2019 ATLE JTC Spring Symposium Program
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ATLE JTC Spring Symposium 2019 - Program At a Glance
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Date: May 1st, 2019
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Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton
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7:45 AM - 8:45 AMRegistration and Breakfast
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8:45 AM - 9:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks - Todd Kennedy
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9:00 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote Presentation: Dana DiTomaso
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Preparing students for the challenges of 2025 is more than just making sure that everyone takes at least one how-to-code class. Our keynote speaker, Dana DiTomaso, will address the changing technology landscape and what that means for the lessons we teach our students now.

Dana is President & Partner at Kick Point, where she applies marketing into strategies to grow clients' businesses, in particular to ensure that digital and traditional play well together. With her deep experience in digital, Dana can separate real solutions from wastes of time (and budget).

In her spare time, Dana is the past-president of the Advertising Club of Edmonton and is the weekly technology columnist on CBC Edmonton AM. She also enjoys drinking fancy beer and yelling at football players.
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10:00 AM - 10:30 AMTransition / Networking / Snack Time
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AMPanel on Panels (Interactive Whiteboards, LCD Panels, TVs)Online Assessment Tools in the classroom and beyond.Design Jam: Lightning Speed Design Thinking for Staff MeetingsOk Google... What's all the Fuss?
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Learn from your friends who are trying wild and woolly ideas to replace their interactive whiteboard fleet.We have a delightful conversation planned with two school jurisdictions who will talk about their methods and systems and learnings from online testing, exams, quizzes - all the way from classroom assessments to Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams.Design Thinking has taken the education world by storm! Teachers are using it to support next generation learning, to foster a sense of curiosity and develop student agency. Students are using it as creators and Makers and to understand the process of developing ideas. Administrators can use it too!

Learn how you can use the Design Jam to address challenges, give all of your staff or team members a voice, collect user point of view, and generate a prototype of actionable ideas… all within a 60 minute meeting. Lightning speed support that involves your whole learning community. The question is… How might we…????

What's all the fuss about Google Drive and Docs in education anyway? This session will try to help answer that. And what about those elephants in the room? The data storage and privacy issues. We'll address that too. I hope you'll join the discussion!!
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Lyle Roberts (Foothills School Division), Jason Yaremchuk (Northern Gateway Public Schools), Cory Spence (Calgary Board of Education)Battle River School Division, Red Deer Public SchoolsSimone Gessler - Assistant-Superintendent - Learning with Yellowknife Catholic SchoolsMichelle Armstrong, EdTech Team, As a Regional Director, Michelle works with EdTechTeam helping to coordinate professional development training in Canada, working with districts and organizations to customize their workshops and events.
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11:30 AM - 12:30 PMLunch and Networking
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLeadership StrategiesYouth on STEMSupernetTBD
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If you're looking for perfect people and perfect solutions, this is not the session for you. Instead we will have real conversations with real leaders on some of the strategies that they have incorporated and how they have worked. A great opportunity to ask questions and learn from some experienced leaders.At Millennium, we believe that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) play an important role no matter what field you choose to pursue. STEM, especially technology, is a way to empower oneself and a way for one to stand out. We work with the goal of empowering youth through the development of skills in STEM. Through hosting conferences and workshops, we emphasize the connection of technology and computer science with other industries and career fields and equipping students with the necessary technological skills in order to be successful in their future careersThis session will provide an opportunity to hear updates on the new Supernet services and the transition process.
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Cory Spence (Calgary Board of Education), Dan Durand (Edmonton Catholic Schools), Kelly Smith (Grande Yellowhead Public School Division)Millennium STEM Student LeadersBell Canada
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1:30 PM - 2:00 PMTransition / Networking / Snack Time
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PMFireside ChatMicrosoft Licensing AgreementCyberaThe Alberta Library Licensing Program
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Join your colleagues in a facilitated conversation about opportunities and challenges facing technology leaders in the province. Topics will be determined by those that are brave enough to come and share. If you choose to be part of this please be prepared to bring one or two challenges and opportunities that we can then work through in our time together.What will the next Microsoft Agreement look like? How will it impact school jurisdictions? Ask lots of questions in this session and get some answers!This presentation will break down the infrastructure and services available to Alberta’s K-12 education community through Cybera, the provincial not-for-profit technology accelerator. These services include 1) Networking resources (directing peering connections to major web providers, and a commercial internet bulk-buying program), 2) Security services (a shared virtual firewall, and an identity federation to simplify the management of students’ online logins), 3) IT procurement (ShareIT, a program for Alberta educators to bulk-buy IT software and hardware), and 4) Data Science services (including a look at how Alberta schools are optimizing their data to increase staff productivity and student retention). Cybera’s services are designed to reduce costs and save time for administrators, while improving the use and understanding of new technologies for the education sector.The Alberta Library (TAL) is a consortium of public, regional and government libraries representing almost all libraries in Alberta. TAL provides services such as a provincial online catalogue, digital licensing and authentication services. We curate and manage the K-12 Online Reference Centre (ORC) on behalf of Alberta Education and the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library for Alberta Advanced Education.
TAL’s licensing program provides over 200 different products to our members. CEO Tim Janewski will talk about how TAL can work with Alberta schools and school divisions to provide access to a range of digital products and to achieve savings in time and budget.
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Michael Lynn (Microsoft)This presentation will be given by the project managers of Cybera. Tim Janewski, CEO (The Alberta Library)
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