Thursday

May 9th, 2019

Friday

May 10, 2019

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

8:00 - 9:00

Registration

9:00 - 10:15

Keynote Address – Dr. Alec Couros

     “Understanding The Digital Realities

           Of Our Students”

Session A

Thursday

10:30 - 11:45

Session B

Thursday

1:00 - 2:15

Session C

Thursday

2:30 - 3:45

Session D

Friday

9:00 -10:15

Session E

Friday

10:30 - 11:45

Session F

Friday

1:00 - 2:15

A1

Spotlight Session:

Empowering Students To Be Digital Leaders

Assigned Room

Jennifer Casa-Todd

B1

Spotlight Session:

Social Media For Deep Learning

Assigned Room

Dr. Alec Couros

C1

Spotlight Session:

Fostering Coding & Computational Thinking

Assigned Room

Lisa Anne Floyd

D1

Spotlight Session:

Social Media For Deep Learning

Assigned Room

Dr. Alec Couros

E1

Spotlight Session:

Fostering Coding & Computational Thinking

Assigned Room

Lisa Anne Floyd

F1

Spotlight Session:

Empowering Students To Be Digital Leaders

Assigned Room

Jennifer Casa-Todd

A2

Data Informed Decision Making

Assigned Room

Clarke Hagan & Marnie Wilson

B2

Google Classroom

Assigned Room

Trevor Poole

C2

Minecraft In The Bilingual Classroom

Assigned Room

Sergii Obraztsov

D2

Data Informed Decision Making

Assigned Room

Clarke Hagan & Marnie Wilson

E2

Google Classroom

Assigned Room

Trevor Poole

F2

Minecraft In The Bilingual Classroom

Assigned Room

Sergii Obraztsov

A3

Assistive Learning Tools

Assigned Room

Greg Kiesman & Warren Hart

B3

Literacy Links With A Maker Mindset

Assigned Room

Renée Sanguin & Shauna Cornwell

C3

Robotics & Coding In The Classroom

Assigned Room

Michael Thiessen

D3

Assistive Learning Tools

Assigned Room

Greg Kiesman & Warren Hart

E3

Literacy Links With A Maker Mindset

Assigned Room

Renée Sanguin & Shauna Cornwell

F3

Robotics & Coding In The Classroom

Assigned Room

Michael Thiessen

A4

Learn To Code - Code To Learn

Assigned Room

Dorothy Goddard & Richard Roberts

B4

Adding Tech To Your Math Class

Assigned Room

Corbin Boughen

C4

A Year In The Life Of An IDM Classroom

Assigned Room

Jim Thomson

D4

Learn To Code - Code To Learn

Assigned Room

Dorothy Goddard & Richard Roberts

E4

Adding Tech To Your Math Class

Assigned Room

Corbin Boughen

F4

A Year In The Life Of An IDM Classroom

Assigned Room

Jim Thomson

A5

Gamifying The Middle Years Classroom

Assigned Room

Kristopher Drohomereski

B5

Google Goodness For Educators

Assigned Room

Phil Taylor

C5

Personalized Professional Learning

Assigned Room

Lauren Mitchell-Lawson & Greg Kiesman

D5

Gamifying The Middle Years Classroom

Assigned Room

Kristopher Drohomereski

E5 

Googly Goodness For Educators

Assigned Room

Phil Taylor

F5

Personalized Professional Learning

Assigned Room

Lauren Mitchell-Lawson & Greg Kiesman

A6

Makerspace

Assigned Room

Nathan Ramage

B6

What Are You Reading?

Assigned Room

Tara McLauchlan

C6

Global Collaboration With Global Read Aloud

Assigned Room

Lisa Ferguson

D6

Makerspace

Assigned Room

Nathan Ramage

E6

Professional Learning With A Maple Flavour

Assigned Room

John Evans

F6

Global Collaboration With Global Read Aloud

Assigned Room

Lisa Ferguson

A7

Why I Replaced Myself With A Machine

Assigned Room

Kirsten Thompson

B7

Teaching Information Literacy In The Age Of “Fake News”

Assigned Room

Kevin Osachuk

C7

Get In The Game

Assigned Room

Roque Lacroix

D7

Why I Replaced Myself With A Machine

Assigned Room

Kirsten Thompson

E7

Teaching Information Literacy In The Age Of “Fake News”

Assigned Room

Kevin Osachuk

F7

Get In The Game

Assigned Room

Roque Lacroix

A8

Coding & Computational Thinking

Assigned Room

Leah Obach

B8

Books & Bots

Assigned Room

Erin Clarke & Liz Loewen 

C8

Using SeeSaw To Enhance Learning

Assigned Room

Darin Arnold & Keri-Lynne Bacon

D8

Math Everywhere!

Assigned Room

Devon Caldwell

E8

Books & Bots

Assigned Room

Erin Clarke & Liz Loewen

F8

Using SeeSaw To Enhance Learning

Assigned Room

Darin Arnold & Keri-Lynne Bacon

A9

TECH Talks

Assigned Room

Various Presenters

B9

TECH Talks

Assigned Room

Various Presenters

C9

TECH Talks

Assigned Room

Various Presenters

D9

Using Design Thinking To Tackle The World’s Problems

Assigned Room

Sarah Harder & Brett Schmall

E9

Level Up!

Assigned Room

Shannon Magee & Chris Fredrickson

F9

Computational Thinking

Assigned Room

David Wall

Top of Page

A1 - Spotlight Session: Empowering Students To Be Digital Leaders - The Power Of Class Accounts

Jennifer Casa Todd – Author of “Social LEADia”

Those of us who are connected to other educators via social media, recognize the power of connecting our students. In this session, we will look at the various ways we can teach digital citizenship in context by having kids run a class social media account. We will look at best practices as well as inspiring ways to show your kids that social media can be used to learn & share learning, address social inequality, and be a more positive influence in the lives of others. Let’s stop focusing on what kids CAN’T do online and focus on what they CAN do and how they can make a difference and be the leaders our world needs today.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

A2 - Data Informed Decision Making With Power Bi

Clarke Hagan & Marnie Wilson – IT Director, Louis Riel School Division & Data and Assessment Consultant, Brandon School Division

Despite wanting to make data-informed decisions, school divisions are experiencing the problem of being data rich yet information poor.  We often have the data but struggle to make it readily available and understandable.  Power Bi is a free tool from Microsoft that allows anyone to create interactive visualizations of data and data dashboards.  This program works on all platforms and is optimized for mobile devices.  This session will showcase how our school divisions have started to use Power BI to transform raw data into insights.  We will also share our future plans for using Power Bi to help make informed decisions at all levels - Board office, school and classroom.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

A3 - Assistive Learning Tools For The Modern Classroom

Greg Kiesman & Warren Hart – Instructional Coordinator & Teacher, Louis Riel School Division

It has never been a better time to be an educator. In today’s classroom, we see a wide range of learners. Integrating tech tools into your teaching, you can reach learners in new ways to help them achieve their learning goals. In this session, Greg & Warren will show classroom uses for assistive technologies such as Microsoft’s live translation, speech to text, Immersive Reader, Flipgrid and more, available through the O365 platform.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

A4 - Learn To Code - Code To Learn

Dorothy Goddard & Richard Roberts – Program Support Teachers, Winnipeg School Division

We will explore Computational Thinking as a continuum, how it mirrors inquiry and design thinking, how it can span multiple curriculum areas, and how it can tie those together in multidisciplinary projects. Most importantly it will explore how it can support students in becoming active and engaged problem finders, solvers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and coders!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

A5 - Gamifying The Middle Years Classroom 

Kristopher Drohomereski – Teacher, Sunrise School Division

Gamification has become a popular topic in education, but where to start? This workshop will demonstrate how to use basic Office tools to get your students learning outcomes through play.

Target Audience: Middle Years

Top of Page

A6 - Makerspace: Engagement & Accountability

Nathan Ramage – Principal, Prairie Spirit School Division

This session will describe how our Makerspace program has evolved over the last 3 years.  We will be looking at how TGMS has incorporated technology such as G-suite to allow Makerspace to run efficiently.  We will be looking at our past 3 years and how we have evolved into making students more accountable in their learning when engaging in Makerspace.  By building career portfolios, students can now realize how some of the learning in Maker can be transferred into a possible future career.  Accountability doesn't just stop with the students, the school team is always looking for ways to make this period more engaging for students.

Target Audience: Middle Years

Top of Page

A7 - Why I Replaced Myself With A Machine

Kirstin Thompson – Teacher, Turtle River School Division

"Never send a human to do a machine's job". Let technology do what it can do within your learning context and allow it to free up your time to really focus on those aspects of teaching that you wish you had more time to do. This session will facilitate reflection on what aspects of your teaching are replaceable and then share how you can do it! Attendees are left with opportunities to increase individualized face-to-face time with their students.

Target Audience: K-12

Top of Page

A8 - Coding & Computational Thinking In The Classroom

Leah Obach – Teacher, Park West School Division

Engaging learners in coding and computational thinking activities can promote the development of important skills, giving students a foundation for success in their current learning and in their futures.  Find out how coding and computational thinking can be introduced, using a variety of student-friendly activities and tools.   Enjoy some hands-on time to try out classroom activities and tools, so you can go back to your classroom equipped with ideas to infuse!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

A9 - TECH Talks

Various Presenters

The TECH Talks sessions will have broad appeal for all of the technicians who register to attend this year’s Riding The Wave conference!  You’ll have a dedicated space throughout the day where you’ll have opportunities to hear from some engaging presenters & industry experts as well as time to network with your colleagues from around the province.  More details will be shared early spring about specific speakers and topics to be addressed.  If you’re a technician, the TECH Talks sessions are being designed to meet your specific needs!

Target Audience: Technicians

Top of Page

B1 - Spotlight Session: Moving Beyond Tweets & Pokes: Social Media For Deep Learning

Dr. Alec Couros – Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Social media services have exploded in use over the past few years. These new tools have fueled many debates around the relevance of new media in learning environments. Some see these tools as unnecessary distractions, while many other educators have accepted them into personal and classroom use. So what do we need to know about this new reality? What exemplars exist for social media in education? And, how can we use these tools to support student thoughtfulness, critical thinking, and creativity?

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

B2 - Google Classroom

Trevor Poole – Educational Technology Teacher/Specialist, St. John’s Ravenscourt

Want to be a Google Classroom guru, or just want to know what Google Classroom is in the first place? This session is for you! It will be a quick, but fun, hands-on run-through for teachers who are either new to Google Classroom or want to get more from Google Classroom. For the best learning, make sure to bring your laptop.

Target Audience: K-12

Top of Page

B3 - Literacy Links With A Maker Mindset

Renée Sanguin & Shauna Cornwell – Inquiry Support Teachers, Winnipeg School Division

Participants will explore a menu of maker opportunities with literacy connections that start with creating. This includes Picture Book/Novel Engineering, Lego Story Starter, authentic student talk through instant challenges and using digital tools for multimodal literacy learning such as SEESAW, Adobe Spark Video and Comic Life.  This session will highlight connections to the new Manitoba ELA framework in the practices of Exploration & Design and Power & Agency. Come tinker, design, create, make, explore with us!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

B4 - Adding Tech To Your Math Class

Corbin Boughen – Teacher, Seven Oaks School Division

Come spend 75 minutes looking at ways to infuse some technology into your math classrooms.  Have you heard of Desmos?  Would you like to learn ways to use it in your math class?  We will look at Desmos, including going through some prebuilt learning activities. We will also look at how to build lessons in Desmos.  There will be demonstrations of ways to use Google Sheets, Google Slides and Peardeck.  Please have a Google Account. Chromebooks and laptops would work great, however phones will also work.

Target Audience: Senior Years

Top of Page

B5 - Googly Goodness For Educators 

        Phil Taylor – Google For Education Certified Trainer, Educational Technology Consultant

If you're an educator who is using Google tools in the classroom, you will have noticed many improvements and features have been added to G Suite for Education. This BYOD session will explore the changes and enhancements made to Google Classroom, Google Sites, as well as enhancements made to the free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum which is suitable for all subject areas in Middle and High School. I will also share some of our my favourite practical tips and tricks such as taking advantage of the Explore feature found in many G Suite tools.

Target Audience: Middle Years & Senior Years

Top of Page

B6 - What Are You Reading? Using Digital Tools To Share Our Reading Lives

Tara McLauchlan – Coordinator, St. James-Assiniboia School Division

How can we support our students in leveraging digital to highlight their reading identity? How can teachers and school administrators use digital tools to share their passion for reading with their school communities?  This practical, hands on session will provide participants with many ideas to share the love of reading.

Target Audience: K-12

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B7 - Teaching Information Literacy in the Age of "Fake News"

Kevin Osachuk – Teacher Librarian, Louis Riel School Division

Information Literacy is a learned skill that needs to be embedded in curricula.  We need students to have the skills to consider the accuracy and reliability of sources (both digital and in non-fiction books) through high school and beyond.

Target Audience: Middle Years & Senior Years

Top of Page

B8 - Books & Bots 

Erin Clarke & Liz Loewen – Teacher Librarians, River East Transcona School Division

Come and play! In this session we will share our experiences with integrating technology and great books into our work with students as EY and MY Teacher Librarians. We will share our experiences with coding using a variety of unplugged activities, sites, apps, robots, and single board computers. This will be a hands on session where you can try your hand at coding, play with a robot, and connect with other educators. Be ready for a session filled with collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and FUN!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

B9 - TECH Talks          

        Various Presenters

The TECH Talks sessions will have broad appeal for all of the technicians who register to attend this year’s Riding The Wave conference!  You’ll have a dedicated space throughout the day where you’ll have opportunities to hear from some engaging presenters & industry experts as well as time to network with your colleagues from around the province.  More details will be shared early spring about specific speakers and topics to be addressed.  If you’re a technician, the TECH Talks sessions are being designed to meet your specific needs!

Target Audience: Technicians

Top of Page

C1 - Spotlight Session: Fostering Coding & Computational Thinking

Lisa Anne Floyd – Director of Research & Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning

Coding and computational thinking (CT) concepts are currently being integrated into K-12 classrooms in Canada and around the world. Educators see the value of fostering these skills in our students as well as how coding and CT can provide a rich context for developing problem solving, creativity and innovative thinking. Join Lisa Anne Floyd as she shares ideas, research and best practices surrounding the effective integration of coding and computational thinking in the classroom. We will explore hands-on activities that you may use and remix for use in your own classroom to support your students to become effective thinkers, leaders, innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

C2 - Integrating Minecraft Into The Bilingual Classroom

Sergii Obraztsov – Teacher, Lord Selkirk School Division

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world. Moreover, schools in many countries incorporated the game into their standardized curricula. This session gives teachers an opportunity to try new methods of teaching different languages, history, and culture through supported educational use of Minecraft. The research objectives are to illustrate the main uses, benefits, and challenges of supported integration of Minecraft into the Bilingual classroom for teaching and learning purposes. This lecture based on real classroom experience of using Minecraft in comparing Trypillian and Aboriginal cultures by Ukrainian Grade 4 students in Social Studies.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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C3 - Robotics & Coding In The Classroom

Michael Thiessen – Technology Administrator, Fort La Bosse School Division

In this session, we will explore how students can learn coding and computational thinking by using Sphero robots. This session will be a hands on experience using different types of robots from Sphero and the Sphero edu app on a tablet. We will spend some time discussing the benefits of teaching coding to our K-8 students and explore how we can use robotics to provide a positive learning experience to students of all skill levels.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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C4 - A Year In The Life Of An Inquiry Design Model Classroom

Jim Thomson – Teacher, River East Transcona School Division

This session will provide a warts and all look at teaching with the new Interactive Digital Media Vocational Program curriculum.

Target Audience: Senior Years

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C5 – Personalized Professional Learning: A Model For Enhanced Teacher Learning

Lauren Mitchell-Lawson & Greg Kiesman – Instructional Coordinators, Louis Riel School Division

This presentation describes a innovative model of job-embedded professional learning developed by the Instructional Support Team in Louis Riel SD.  It has been adopted within several areas of teacher support in the division, including the LRSD Ed Tech Mentorship Team Initiative for infusing technology into classroom pedagogy.

Target Audience: ALL

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C6 - Global Collaboration With Global Read Aloud

Lisa Ferguson – Teacher Librarian, Louis Riel School Division

Introducing educators to Global Read Aloud and the many different programs that can be used to encourage global collaboration during this six-week event every fall. We will explore: Twitter, Flip Grid, Padlet, Skype (Zoom and Google Hangouts), etc.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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C7 - Get in the Game: Incorporating Games into the Learning Process

Roque Lacroix – Teacher, Portage La Prairie School Division

This presentation is aimed towards senior years (grades 9-12) educators with the purpose of illustrating why using games in the classroom can greatly increase student success. It will also include some personal anecdotes and context specific examples for core subjects that can be used to enhance classroom learning, engagement, and understanding.

Target Audience: Senior Years

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C8 - Using SeeSaw To Enhance Learning In The Early Years Classroom

Darin Arnold & Keri-Lynne Bacon – Technology Coach & Teacher, Portage La Prairie School Division

SeeSaw is a digital portfolio, but can be an extremely powerful tool for learning when used to have students reflect on their learning. This session will cover how SeeSaw can be used as a reflection tool in an early years classroom, especially when combined with other iPad apps, such as Book Creator, ChatterKid, and PuppetEDU. Through SeeSaw, students will reflect using voice recordings, annotating on their artifacts and using labels and captions. This session will go over strategies and experiences that are currently being used in a Grade 1/2 classroom.

Target Audience: Early Years

Top of Page

C9 - TECH Talks

Various Presenters

The TECH Talks sessions will have broad appeal for all of the technicians who register to attend this year’s Riding The Wave conference!  You’ll have a dedicated space throughout the day where you’ll have opportunities to hear from some engaging presenters & industry experts as well as time to network with your colleagues from around the province.  More details will be shared early spring about specific speakers and topics to be addressed.  If you’re a technician, the TECH Talks sessions are being designed to meet your specific needs!

Target Audience: Technicians

Top of Page

D1 - Spotlight Session: Moving Beyond Tweets & Pokes: Social Media For Deep Learning

Dr. Alec Couros – Professor, Faculty of Education, Univeristy of Regina

Social media services have exploded in use over the past few years. These new tools have fueled many debates around the relevance of new media in learning environments. Some see these tools as unnecessary distractions, while many other educators have accepted them into personal and classroom use. So what do we need to know about this new reality? What exemplars exist for social media in education? And, how can we use these tools to support student thoughtfulness, critical thinking, and creativity?

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

D2 - Data Informed Decision Making With Power Bi

Clarke Hagan & Marnie Wilson – IT Director, Louis Riel School Division & Data and Assessment Consultant, Brandon School Division

Despite wanting to make data-informed decisions, school divisions are experiencing the problem of being data rich yet information poor.  We often have the data but struggle to make it readily available and understandable.  Power Bi is a free tool from Microsoft that allows anyone to create interactive visualizations of data and data dashboards.  This program works on all platforms and is optimized for mobile devices.  This session will showcase how our school divisions have started to use Power BI to transform raw data into insights.  We will also share our future plans for using Power Bi to help make informed decisions at all levels - Board office, school and classroom.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

D3 - Assistive Learning Tools For The Modern Classroom 

Greg Kiesman & Warren Hart – Instructional Coordinator & Teacher, Louis Riel School Division

It has never been a better time to be an educator. In today’s classroom, we see a wide range of learners. Integrating tech tools into your teaching, you can reach learners in new ways to help them achieve their learning goals. In this session, Greg & Warren will show classroom uses for assistive technologies such as Microsoft’s live translation, speech to text, Immersive Reader, Flipgrid and more, available through the O365 platform.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

D4 - Learn To Code - Code To Learn

Dorothy Goddard & Richard Roberts – Program Support Teachers, Winnipeg School Division

We will explore Computational Thinking as a continuum, how it mirrors inquiry and design thinking, how it can span multiple curriculum areas, and how it can tie those together in multidisciplinary projects. Most importantly it will explore how it can support students in becoming active and engaged problem finders, solvers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and coders!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

D5 - Gamifying The Middle Years Classroom

Kristopher Drohomereski – Teacher, Sunrise School Division

Gamification has become a popular topic in education, but where to start? This workshop will demonstrate how to use basic Office tools to get your students learning outcomes through play.

Target Audience: Middle Years

Top of Page

D6 - Makerspace: Engagement & Accountability

Nathan Ramage – Principal, Prairie Spirit School Division

This session will describe how our Makerspace program has evolved over the last 3 years.  We will be looking at how TGMS has incorporated technology such as G-suite to allow Makerspace to run efficiently.  We will be looking at our past 3 years and how we have evolved into making students more accountable in their learning when engaging in Makerspace.  By building career portfolios, students can now realize how some of the learning in Maker can be transferred into a possible future career.  Accountability doesn't just stop with the students, the school team is always looking for ways to make this period more engaging for students.

Target Audience: Middle Years

Top of Page

D7 -  Why I Replaced Myself With A Machine

Kirstin Thompson – Teacher, Turtle River School Division

"Never send a human to do a machine's job". Let technology do what it can do within your learning context and allow it to free up your time to really focus on those aspects of teaching that you wish you had more time to do. This session will facilitate reflection on what aspects of your teaching are replaceable and then share how you can do it! Attendees are left with opportunities to increase individualized face-to-face time with their students.

Target Audience: K-12

Top of Page

D8 - Math Everywhere!

Devon Caldwell – Teacher, Fort La Bosse School Division

Early years classrooms are busy places with teaching, assessing, and reporting demands.  How can teachers provide engaging and developmentally appropriate programs while managing a multitude of other requirements? The secret lies in what you do every day.  In this practical session, early years teacher and PhD candidate Devon Caldwell shares innovative and creative tech-infused strategies for teaching and assessing numeracy throughout the school day.  Bring your questions and ideas for sharing in this fun and interactive session!

Target Audience: Early Years

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D9 - Using Design Thinking To Tackle The World’s Problems

Sarah Harder & Brett Schmall – Teacher & Learning Coach, Hanover School Division

Water is a valuable resource and access to clean water is a challenge in some communities. Living in Canada, this is not an issue that we think of often. But there are places around the world, as well as in Canada and the USA, that deal with this every day. What can we do about this? How can we help?  Using the design thinking model (specifically John Spencer's LAUNCH cycle), we will work through the process of planning a learning experience (at any grade level) that will allow students to question, explore and create.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will require that participants come ready to brainstorm and create. It may be beneficial to come with a laptop or iPad to work with. Please bring earbuds/headphones as well.

Target Audience: K-12

Top of Page

E1 - Spotlight Session: Fostering Coding & Computational Thinking

Lisa Anne Floyd – Director of Research & Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning

Coding and computational thinking (CT) concepts are currently being integrated into K-12 classrooms in Canada and around the world. Educators see the value of fostering these skills in our students as well as how coding and CT can provide a rich context for developing problem solving, creativity and innovative thinking. Join Lisa Anne Floyd as she shares ideas, research and best practices surrounding the effective integration of coding and computational thinking in the classroom. We will explore hands-on activities that you may use and remix for use in your own classroom to support your students to become effective thinkers, leaders, innovators and problem solvers of tomorrow.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

E2 - Google Classroom

Trevor Poole – Educational Technology Teacher/Specialist, St. John’s Ravenscourt

Want to be a Google Classroom guru, or just want to know what Google Classroom is in the first place? This session is for you! It will be a quick, but fun, hands-on run-through for teachers who are either new to Google Classroom or want to get more from Google Classroom. For the best learning, make sure to bring your laptop.

Target Audience: K-12

Top of Page

E3 - Literacy Links With A Maker Mindset

Renée Sanguin & Shauna Cornwell – Inquiry Support Teachers, Winnipeg School Division

Participants will explore a menu of maker opportunities with literacy connections that start with creating. This includes Picture Book/Novel Engineering, Lego Story Starter, authentic student talk through instant challenges and using digital tools for multimodal literacy learning such as SEESAW, Adobe Spark Video and Comic Life.  This session will highlight connections to the new Manitoba ELA framework in the practices of Exploration & Design and Power & Agency. Come tinker, design, create, make, explore with us!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

E4 - Adding Tech To Your Math Class

Corbin Boughen – Teacher, Seven Oaks School Division

Come spend 75 minutes looking at ways to infuse some technology into your math classrooms.  Have you heard of Desmos?  Would you like to learn ways to use it in your math class?  We will look at Desmos, including going through some prebuilt learning activities. We will also look at how to build lessons in Desmos.  There will be demonstrations of ways to use Google Sheets, Google Slides and Peardeck.  Please have a Google Account. Chromebooks and laptops would work great, however phones will also work.

Target Audience: Senior Years

Top of Page

E5 - Googly Goodness For Educators

Phil Taylor – Google For Education Certified Trainer, Educational Technology Consultant

If you're an educator who is using Google tools in the classroom, you will have noticed many improvements and features have been added to G Suite for Education. This BYOD session will explore the changes and enhancements made to Google Classroom, Google Sites, as well as enhancements made to free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum which is suitable for all subject areas in Middle and High School. I will also share some of our my favourite practical tips and tricks such as taking advantage of the Explore feature found in many G Suite tools.

Target Audience: Middle Years & Senior Years

Top of Page

E6 - Professional Learning With A Maple Flavour

John Evans – Manitoba Education Consultant, Government of Manitoba

Professional Learning with a Maple Flavour! Discover the many resources available through Maple - The Manitoba Professional Learning Environment to support and enhance your work in the classroom with your students!

Target Audience: ALL

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E7 - Teaching Information Literacy in the Age of "Fake News"

Kevin Osachuk – Teacher Librarian, Louis Riel School Division

Information Literacy is a learned skill that needs to be embedded in curricula.  We need students to have the skills to consider the accuracy and reliability of sources (both digital and in non-fiction books) through high school and beyond.

Target Audience: Middle Years & Senior Years

Top of Page

E8 - Books & Bots

Erin Clarke & Liz Loewen – Teacher Librarians, River East Transcona School Division

Come and play! In this session we will share our experiences with integrating technology and great books into our work with students as EY and MY Teacher Librarians. We will share our experiences with coding using a variety of unplugged activities, sites, apps, robots, and single board computers. This will be a hands on session where you can try your hand at coding, play with a robot, and connect with other educators. Be ready for a session filled with collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and FUN!

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

Top of Page

E9 - Level Up! Gamify Your Classroom

Chris Fredrickson & Shannon Magee – Manitoba Education Consultants, Government of Manitoba

Want to engage and motivate your students? Add some excitement into your classes? Try gamification!
In this session, you will get an introduction to what gamification is and how you can use it in your class. Look forward to a quick walkthrough of the principles of game design and how to use it to increase engagement in your class. We will go over some tips and tricks to launch a gamified class online and you will walk away with plenty of resources and ideas to start your quest!

Target Audience: K-12

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F1 - Spotlight Session: Empowering Students To Be Digital Leaders - The Power Of Class Accounts

Jennifer Casa Todd – Author of “Social LEADia”

Those of us who are connected to other educators via social media, recognize the power of connecting our students. In this session, we will look at the various ways we can teach digital citizenship in context by having kids run a class social media account. We will look at best practices as well as inspiring ways to show your kids that social media can be used to learn & share learning, address social inequality, and be a more positive influence in the lives of others. Let’s stop focusing on what kids CAN’T do online and focus on what they CAN do and how they can make a difference and be the leaders our world needs today.

Target Audience: ALL

Top of Page

F2 - Integrating Minecraft Into The Bilingual Classroom 

Sergii Obraztsov – Teacher, Lord Selkirk School Division

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world. Moreover, schools in many countries incorporated the game into their standardized curricula. This session gives teachers an opportunity to try new methods of teaching different languages, history, and culture through supported educational use of Minecraft. The research objectives are to illustrate the main uses, benefits, and challenges of supported integration of Minecraft into the Bilingual classroom for teaching and learning purposes. This lecture based on real classroom experience of using Minecraft in comparing Trypillian and Aboriginal cultures by Ukrainian Grade 4 students in Social Studies.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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F3 - Robotics & Coding In The Classroom

Michael Thiessen – Technology Administrator, Fort La Bosse School Division

In this session, we will explore how students can learn coding and computational thinking by using Sphero robots. This session will be a hands on experience using different types of robots from Sphero and the Sphero edu app on a tablet. We will spend some time discussing the benefits of teaching coding to our K-8 students and explore how we can use robotics to provide a positive learning experience to students of all skill levels.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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F4 - A Year In The Life Of An Inquiry Design Model Classroom

Jim Thomson – Teacher, River East Transcona School Division

This session will provide a warts and all look at teaching with the new Interactive Digital Media Vocational Program curriculum.

Target Audience: Senior Years

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F5 - Personalized Professional Learning - A Model for Enhanced Teacher Learning

Lauren Mitchell-Lawson & Greg Kiesman – Instructional Coordinators, Louis Riel School Division

This presentation describes a innovative model of job-embedded professional learning developed by the Instructional Support Team in Louis Riel SD.  It has been adopted within several areas of teacher support in the division, including the LRSD Ed Tech Mentorship Team Initiative for infusing technology into classroom pedagogy.

Target Audience: ALL

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F6 - Global Collaboration With Global Read Aloud

Lisa Ferguson – Teacher Librarian, Louis Riel School Division

Introducing educators to Global Read Aloud and the many different programs that can be used to encourage global collaboration during this six-week event every fall. We will explore: Twitter, Flip Grid, Padlet, Skype (Zoom and Google Hangouts), etc.

Target Audience: Early Years & Middle Years

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F7 - Get in the Game: Incorporating Games into the Learning Process

Roque Lacroix – Teacher, Portage La Prairie School Division

This presentation is aimed towards senior years (grades 9-12) educators with the purpose of illustrating why using games in the classroom can greatly increase student success. It will also include some personal anecdotes and context specific examples for core subjects that can be used to enhance classroom learning, engagement, and understanding.

Target Audience: Senior Years

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F8 - Using SeeSaw To Enhance Learning In The Early Years Classroom

Darin Arnold & Keri-Lynne Bacon – Technology Coach & Teacher, Portage La Prairie School Division

SeeSaw is a digital portfolio, but can be an extremely powerful tool for learning when used to have students reflect on their learning. This session will cover how SeeSaw can be used as a reflection tool in an early years classroom, especially when combined with other iPad apps, such as Book Creator, ChatterKid, and PuppetEDU. Through SeeSaw, students will reflect using voice recordings, annotating on their artifacts and using labels and captions. This session will go over strategies and experiences that are currently being used in a Grade 1/2 classroom.

Target Audience: Early Years

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F9 - Computational Thinking: Opening Up The Suitcase

David Wall – Manitoba Education Consultant, Government of Manitoba

Inspiring complex thinking (computational, critical & creative) through the new ELA curriculum. Imagine a child given a suitcase in Eastern Europe immediately prior to World War 2 and the suitcase is found intact years later in a Winnipeg basement. Using artifactual and multimodal literacy to represent the storytelling process, we explore the potential of artifacts to engage deeper thinking skills.

Target Audience: Middle Years & Senior Years

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