Schedule

Legend

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Leadership

InfoTech

EdTech

SIS

Water Cooler Chat

Sponsor Session

Sponsor Spotlight

Lounge

Wednesday December 8th

8:00am -

9:00am

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

9:00am -

9:10am

Opening Remarks

Main Stage

Greetings from ATLE president Barry Scheelar and Convergence Conference Committee Chair Angela Dearing. We will also be revealing the winner of the Early Bird prize!

9:15am -

10:00am

Keynote: Pushing the Limits

Main Stage

In this talk, physician, aquanaut and scientist-astronaut candidate program graduate Dr. Shawna Pandya shares stories from the field, and her lessons on success, failure, resilience, leadership and teamwork when it comes to pushing the limits - and why it matters.

photo of Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya is passionate about the two ‘extremes’ of humanity – surviving and thriving. She’s interested in furthering technological innovation and human knowledge, and tackling humanity’s grandest challenges to affect positive social change. After leaving her career in neurosurgery she went from repeatedly telling herself “I am an absolute disgrace,” to gaining a new sense of being. In her talks, Dr. Pandya talks passionately about resilience and the lifelong learning she came to embrace from her time with sociopaths, Navy SEALs, martial arts, medicine, astronauts, and from her father. She successfully completed Scientist‐Astronaut Candidate training in 2015 with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in zero‐gravity. In 2016, Dr. Pandya was named as prime crew for Project Poseidon, which aims to further ocean and space exploration, while setting a world record for “most days spent under the sea.” She also received the Global Women of Vision award in 2016. Preparing for space requires more than just knowledge — it involves an incredible amount of mental and physical agility. Outside of her work, Dr. Pandya continues to further develop these skills through martial arts. She holds a black belt in taekwondo, a sport she’s been practicing for over 15 years. She has also travelled to Thailand annually since 2015 to train in muay thai.

10:00am -

10:15am

Morning Break

Go for a walk, do some yoga, grab a coffee!

10:15am -

11:00am

Google for Education: Enabling Teaching and Learning

Glow

Come learn how Google for Education tools can help both students and teachers alike. Hear about Chromebooks: A range of simple yet powerful devices with built-in accessibility and security features to deepen classroom connections, Google Classroom: an all-in-one place for teaching and learning, and Google Workspace for Edu: a suite of tools making collaboration easier, streamline instruction, and keep your learning environment secure.

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Rachelle Soloman

Rachelle Solomon recently joined the Google for Education team, working with K-12 schools and school boards. She was previously part of different Canada-wide education initiatives, including Grow with Google and the Google News Initiative’s News Lab.

Never doubt a small group of thoughtful committed AB citizens can change the world." IT for Dominica

Matchbox

Never Doubt That A Small Group Of Thoughtful Committed Citizens Can Change The World: Indeed It'S The Only Thing That Ever Has. Margaret Mead. Providing knowledge and enhancing the technical skills of teachers is vital for student success. Please join us to reflect on the last two years of providing online professional development to educators in Dominica. We will discuss the successes, the challenges, and the rewards.

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Tammy Davis

Tammy Davis is a Learning Services Coordinator in Northern Gateway Public Schools. Part of her portfolio includes providing curriculum, assessment, and technology support within the division. Tammy has been a volunteer for the It for Dominica Summer Institute for the past 2 years.

Alberta Ed PASI Session

The Candle

· Discussion on the benefits of parent data PASI integration · Digital student documents implementation and refinement within PASI · Responsible school integration · Learning needs tab · Alberta student link process maturity with digital student documents for out of province schools · Vendor updates

Leslie Benito

o Student Records Business Analyst with Red Tape Reduction & Student Records, Alberta Education o Works closely with the branch and a variety of stakeholders to coordinate activities to support operational requirements and initiatives.

Sookham Singh

High-Yield Instructional Strategies with Google

Flint

Get the most bang for your buck by utilizing the high quality instructional strategies made famous by Hattie and the wonderful free tools from G Suite for Education. Move beyond the guessing game of whether or not a strategy is working by employing teaching practices that are scientifically proven to work coupled with Google tools.

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Diana Benner

Diana Benner is the Director of Professional Development at TCEA. She has been involved in education for more than 20 years. She has served as an instructional technologist, instructional designer, and an online learning specialist, supporting school districts and state governments. She loves offering engaging staff development and working with educators to get them excited about using digital tools in the classroom in order to impact student achievement. She has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology and is an ISTE Certified Educator.

Level Up, Calgary! Launching CBE’s System-wide Design Challenge in Minecraft

Flare

During the 2020 / 2021 school year, The Calgary Board of Education partnered with Microsoft to co-design a system-wide design challenge titled “Level Up, Calgary! Community Reimagined, Reconfigured, Revitalized.” CBE’s Teaching & Learning with Technology team worked with Microsoft and Cleverlike Studios to create a world of downtown Calgary in Minecraft: Edu Edition. The challenge launched on October 8, 2021, tasking CBE students with reimagining the downtown core to encourage citizens to live, work, play and connect downtown. This session takes participants through the process of creating the design challenge, highlights lessons learned and concludes with a demo of the Minecraft world.

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Chris Blais

Chris Blais is a life-long learner, passionate about empowering teachers and administrators to leverage technology for learning. He has a Masters in Educational Technology and is currently a CBE specialist on the Teaching & Learning with Technology team. Prior to this role, Chris taught for 14 years at the elementary level, incorporating robotics, 3D printing, coding and design thinking into his practice. He has presented his work at Shift Lab Conference, ECEC Conference, and SAPDC Summer Literacy Conference in addition to guest lecturing at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. Currently, his team is formalizing opportunities for students to engage in game-based learning within CBE including Minecraft: Education Edition.

Pushing the Limits and Building Tomorrow's Solutions Today

Main Stage

Following on Dr. Pandya's keynote on pushing the limits, she will take workshop participants through a small-group exercise on building solutions in the face of adversity through a collaborative process. 7min: Introduction of topic, goals, and process: Problem Identification, asking ""What If?"" 10min presentation of solutions from different groups (2-3min each)and integrating new solutions, Working Backwards, Drawing Resources, the ""Mad-Libs"" Blueprint 3min: Wrap-up & Takeaways

photo of Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya is passionate about the two ‘extremes’ of humanity – surviving and thriving. She’s interested in furthering technological innovation and human knowledge, and tackling humanity’s grandest challenges to affect positive social change. After leaving her career in neurosurgery she went from repeatedly telling herself “I am an absolute disgrace,” to gaining a new sense of being. In her talks, Dr. Pandya talks passionately about resilience and the lifelong learning she came to embrace from her time with sociopaths, Navy SEALs, martial arts, medicine, astronauts, and from her father. She successfully completed Scientist‐Astronaut Candidate training in 2015 with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) and was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in zero‐gravity. In 2016, Dr. Pandya was named as prime crew for Project Poseidon, which aims to further ocean and space exploration, while setting a world record for “most days spent under the sea.” She also received the Global Women of Vision award in 2016. Preparing for space requires more than just knowledge — it involves an incredible amount of mental and physical agility. Outside of her work, Dr. Pandya continues to further develop these skills through martial arts. She holds a black belt in taekwondo, a sport she’s been practicing for over 15 years. She has also travelled to Thailand annually since 2015 to train in muay thai.

Sketchnoting for Visual Learners (we are all visual learners)

The Ember

Sketchnoting,” or “visual notetaking,” is increasingly being recognized as a legitimate form of notetaking that is surprisingly effective at improving retention of information. Teachers are using sketchnoting with students to encourage synthesizing information rather than trying to merely take dictation during a lesson. In this session, we will explore the brain science behind sketchnoting’s effectiveness, discuss how to get started even if you think you cannot draw, and share resources for further exploration.

Jaime Feil

photo of Julie Porter

Julie Porter

Graduated from The College of William & Mary with a degree in Fine Arts, after switching to that major from pre-med. She has worked as a freelance editor and artist for 33 years, with drawing projects spanning hand-lettered menus for a luncheon honoring Prince Charles to detailed drawings of scat for Rocky Mountain National Park. She began sketchnoting as a way to stay engaged during sermons and meetings, discovering years later that there is a name for visual notes—sketchnoting. Julie taught music, art, and theater in Denver, CO, and now enjoys working for Promethean as an education consultant. In addition to teaching teachers about technology in the classroom, Julie is delighted to be able to share the joys of sketchnoting for Promethean’s online Professional Development sessions, as well as publishing a series of weekly sketchnotes called “Promethean Pro-Tips.”"

Solo IT Part Two

The Hearth

Two years ago I presented on tools and tips on being a Solo IT person, fast forward through a pandemic and see what has changes, what tools have been brought onboard. How you might leverage workflows to help you do your work when more is being asked of you.

Andrew Nickless

Tech turned Teacher turned Tech again, I have been in and out of the IT sector since 2006. Love Hot chocolate and Chocolate chip cookies, and have spoken a few time at ATLE.

Sticky Spiderweb: trapping students with engaging content and timely interventions

Hot Spot

Engaging students in fun and creative ways is crucial, especially in an online environment where it is so easy to just walk away. As teachers, we are bound by learning outcomes, so how do we take what students are required to learn, and help them connect to the content? Through the use of choice boards (YES! Even in High school!) and 360 degree virtual experiences, students are more immersed in their learning, resulting in higher engagement and completions.

photo of Stephanie Krammer

Stephanie Krammer

Steph has been teaching in online and blended environments for over 10 years. She strives to connect with each and every one of her students in a way that is meaningful, where trust and supportive relationships are fostered. Steph is currently working at the Ignite Centre for eLearning, an exclusively online learning environment supporting students throughout all of Alberta.

The Importance of Ethics in AI

The Spark

In recent years we have seen a rise in the use of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives: from machine learning algorithms that screen resumes for job postings, to bots that can converse with one another. In this workshop presentation, participants will explore the pitfalls of artificial intelligence when it comes to algorithms responsible for making decisions impacting lives, and what our responsibilities are to ensure our models are ethical.

photo of Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk works as a data scientist at Cybera. Prior to this role, she worked as a data science intern for the Callysto project, a federally-funded initiative in Canada helping K12 students and teachers learn data literacy, computational thinking and programming. She is experienced in facilitating data science learning experiences which celebrate diversity and are tailored to a variety of skill levels. Laura holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her alma mater recognized her work in creating enriching learning experiences by awarding her the Terry Fox Gold medal. Laura enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for coding and problem solving, and hopes this will inspire students to explore mathematics and data science.

ABEd PASI Session

Candle

· Discussion on the benefits of parent data PASI integration · Digital student documents implementation and refinement within PASI · Responsible school integration · Learning needs tab · Alberta student link process maturity with digital student documents for out of province schools · Vendor updates

Leslie Benito

o Student Records Business Analyst with Red Tape Reduction & Student Records, Alberta Education o Works closely with the branch and a variety of stakeholders to coordinate activities to support operational requirements and initiatives.

Sookham Singh

10:15am -

10:35am

The UN SDGs

Water Cooler

How do you incorporate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in your classroom? What about SDG 13 (Climate Action)? Where have you seen the most success/student engagement? How can we combine purpose-driven learning and inquiry-driven learning to bring these into our classrooms?

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Michelle Valtas

As part of the InkSmith education team, Michelle works with partners and customers across Canada to enhance the student learning experience with meaningful STEAM lessons that connect the curriculum, the global goals, and the development of future-ready skills. An advocate for global prosperity, a tech enthusiast, and extensive experience in the education technology industry has prepared Michelle to support the changes and challenges modern learners and teachers face.

Genially - Making Interactive Content

EdBit

Create presentations, infographics, breakout games, interactive maps and other stunning content by yourself or with a collaborative team. Come get an overview of this great tool and learn how to make amazing interactive content for your classroom.

photo of Kathy Bell

Kathy Bell

A passionate educator and tech mentor. Inquiry, makerspaces, STEM and tech Integration are my jam!

10:40am -

11:00am

Western Canadian Learning Network

EdBit 2

The Western Canadian Learning Network (WCLN) is a consortium of school districts within BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon, and NWT who work together to: Support distance learning, alternate, and blended learning programs. Support classroom teachers who are interested in sharing ideas and personalizing their classrooms. Encourage 21st Century Learning and best practices in education. Support teacher collaboration and professional development. WCLN is a non-profit society that puts ALL contributions directly back into resource development.

Brent Sawatsky

Western Canadian Learning Network
Technical Director

Bruce Wetzel

Western Canadian Learning Network
Executive Director

Dirk Meyer

Western Canadian Learning Network
Chair of the board

11:00am -

12:00pm

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

12:00pm -

12:15pm

12:15pm -

1:00pm

Lunch Break

The Roof Top Lounge

If you feel like some casual conversation while you have lunch come by the Rooftop Lounge in our Kumospace and see who's around! Drop by our sponsors' rooms and have a conversation, check out their wares and maybe find some ITCoin too!

1:15pm -

2:00pm

AB Reports - PowerSchool Custom Plugin for Alberta-Based Reporting

Candle

The AB Reports project has been working for several years to put together and maintain a suite of reports and other tools for PowerSchool users in the province, reports which leverage the PASI DirectConnect functionality to help give school leadership visibility over their PASI data. Join Dave and Brian to get an update on the features and functions which have been added and which are still being developed.

Brian Wynder

Brian Wynder is the Data Coordinator with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He's spent years supporting the collection and analysis of data within the division.

Experience the Creative Side of Google

Flint

We all know the 3 R’s: reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic are essential to the school day. But art, music and fun play a crucial role in our students’ education. Google is totally on board with the finer side of the arts. So get ready to get your Mozart or Picasso on with this session.

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Peggy Reimers - TCEA

Peggy facilitates professional development with gSuite, mobile learning devices, robotics, and other current technology trends. Formally a public school teacher, she shared her passion for technology and her creative, hands-on approach with elementary students for 26 years. Peggy earned her M.S. in Educational Technology from Lesley University and her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana – Billings.

Google IT: Google Workspace for Education Security

Spark

Let’s get back to basics. Security in Workspace for Education starts with some foundational settings in the Admin Console to best control what types of Apps will have access to your domain, how users login and more User and Device settings. Building off a solid security foundation helps mitigate many potentially harmful situations and empowers Workspace Admins to dive deeper with Security Tools such as Google Workspace for Education Plus. Participants will learn how to investigate their own domain to see if their security foundation is solid or shaky. You will leave with security best practices and how to implement them in your own domain.

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Tom Woods

A Google Cloud Certified Administrator, Certified Deployment Specialist and Amplified Admin with over 26 years in IT and 20 years in K-12 educational technology. Tom brings unique insights into the planning, implementation and support of Google for Education in the K-12 space. Amplified IT is a CDW company, and is an education-focused Google for Education technical consultancy. They work throughout North America with schools and districts ranging in size from a few hundred students, to over 500,000 students. Amplified IT works with schools, districts and the Google EDU team to create best practices for the deployment of Google for Education. Amplified IT empowers schools IT staff through tools and services like their GFE Audit, GFE Kickstart and Amplified Labs tools.

Integrating SEL into your Elementary Classroom

Wildcard

Students’ social-emotional well-being matters. Skills like identifying and managing emotions are invaluable. This session will introduce you to SEL and show you ways you can support it in the elementary classroom.

photo of Diana Benner

Diana Benner

Diana Benner is the Director of Professional Development at TCEA. She has been involved in education for more than 20 years. She has served as an instructional technologist, instructional designer, and an online learning specialist, supporting school districts and state governments. She loves offering engaging staff development and working with educators to get them excited about using digital tools in the classroom in order to impact student achievement. She has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology and is an ISTE Certified Educator.

Learning the Secret of the “NIST Five Fingers of Cybersecurity

Matchbox

This session will provide an IT leadership and executive level overview (and discussion) of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Identify • Protect • Detect • Respond • Recover Presenters will show how these five steps can form the basis of any institution’s cybersecurity posture, regardless of their size or current security maturity.

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Curtis Blais

Curtis Blais serves as the shared Chief Information Security Officer in Alberta through Cybera and is a multi-discipline certified security and risk expert with a networking and application development background. He finished at the top of his Cyber Risk Management class at Harvard, has a Masters degree in Leadership and Organizational Change and has worked for every level of government and for numerous verticals both in Canada and internationally. He is currently working on a manuscript for a book aimed at helping organizations formalize their cybersecurity efforts in a simple but effective manner.

Teaching Statistics in Math and Science with Code and Data Science

Flare

An understanding of statistics is becoming increasingly important in our world, and as math and science teachers we have an opportunity to develop student competencies in this area. We'll look at ways to incorporate statistics and data analytics into curricular outcomes, explore available resources, and talk about how you and your students can analyse data with Python in Jupyter notebooks (for free) through the Callysto project.

Byron Chu

Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy into their classrooms. And, as a data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform on every level of society: from networks and the environment, to public health issues.

The Latest on Brain Research in Education

The Bonfire

Discover how to ramp up learning in your classroom or campus with strategies backed by the latest brain research. You'll be able to start implementing these in your practice tomorrow!

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Lori Gracey, TCEA

Lori Gracey currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, librarians, and teachers across the country. She serves more than 58,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori has served on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 and 2022 conventions in San Antonio. She has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director.

Why you need a CYBER incident response plan

Hearth

Becoming proactive when it comes to cybersecurity is (or should be) the goal of all tech leadership. Part of that leadership is recognizing that cyber incidents are inevitable - and when they happen, you need a plan. Learn from our painful journey, and have a take away that includes a template for an incident response plan.

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Lea Beeken

Lea Beeken has been working with data and information governance for over 15 years with Edmonton Public Schools. The journey from digital student records to FOIP compliance (with a CASL stop) has now lead to cybersecurity.

Peter Clissold

Peter Clissold manages cyber security programs in large organizations, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in what makes a successful program tick.

Cyber Security Trends and Priorities

The Glow

David Senf is the Senior Cybersecurity Strategist at Bell. He will walk participants through evolving trends in Cybersecurity for cloud, IoT and 5G. He helps security teams across industries to navigate the complex world of cybersecurity.

David Senf

David Senf is the Senior Cybersecurity Strategist at Bell Canada. He leads the strategic direction of the Bell Business Markets security portfolio to address trends in cloud, IoT and 5G. Additionally, he helps security teams across industries to navigate the complex world of cybersecurity. Previously he was a senior leader at analyst firm IDC quantifying cybersecurity trendlines, assessing vendors and benchmarking organizations' capabilities. David is active in the Canadian security community organizing events and is a frequent speaker on leading security topics.

SchoolEngage Form Management and Assurance Framework Dashboard

Ember

SchoolEngage - Improving digitized school form delivery to parents and staff Assurance Framework Dashboard - Utilizing data to tell meaningful stories that inform, celebrate continuous improvement and support transparency Explore the opportunities of what these systems have to offer!

Ahmad Jawad

Ahmad Jawad, CEO of Intellimedia is an established member of the Alberta business community, having founded and expanded Intellimedia into a thriving corporation. Since founding Intellimedia, Ahmad has led the development of several high value solutions such as Dossier and SchoolEngage utilized by School Districts across Alberta. He is committed to the customer focused philosophy as well as advancing innovation in the Ed Tech market. Ahmad passionately believes in public education and a focus on student learning.

1:15pm -

1:35pm

How to ensure your schools are connected, powered, protected correctly in the new year by Contego

1:40pm -

2:00pm

Unleashing Student Creativity

EdBit

A quick glimpse into increasing student creativity in your classroom using the power of Google Slides and Google Draw. Flexible learning options are a great way to boost student engagement and unleash new ways of showcasing information and ideas!

Emma Cottier

A passionate and enthusiastic middle school teacher from Victoria, British Columbia who specializes in using technology in creative ways to enhance and support the diversity of student learners! I am a certified Google Educator, Trainer, and Innovator, in addition to a education technology consultant for The Cobblestone Collective. I love being blown away by the endless student creativity I see before me in the physical and virtual classroom!

2:00pm -

2:15pm

Afternoon Break

2:15pm -

3:00pm

Amplify Your Assessment & Feedback with Digital Tools

Flare

Join us as we explore best practices for amplifying our assessment and feedback practices through the use of a variety of digital tools to foster student agency. We will dive deeper into concepts of Assessment for, as, and of learning as we explore digital tools that will not only enhance our assessments but also involve students in the assessment process to truly honor student voice in assessment and learning.

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Christine McKee

Christine McKee is in her 5th year as an Emerging Technology and Assessment Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada and has been a classroom teacher with the division for over 16 years. In addition to being selected as an MIE Expert, Christine is a MIE Master Trainer and Flipgrid Certified Trainer.

Building a Community and supporting Student Record Managers across the province

Candle

"This year, within ATLE, a number of people are working to put together dedicated resources and opportunities for those who directly manage student records within school boards, including both school personnel and central office staff. There are many formats these could take ranging from things as simple as maintaining a database of contacts or putting together small scale sessions to organizing large-scale events such as a reprise of the Admin Assistants Symposium from last year. Join us in this session as we talk through potential plans for the remainder of the year and help us to determine what resources would have the maximum impact for the staff in your division."

Brian Wynder

Brian Wynder is the Data Coordinator with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He's spent years supporting the collection and analysis of data within the division.

Creating Digital and Accessible Math with EquatIO

Glow

EquatIO is an innovative Math and STEM software tool that helps to level the math playing field for students by making it easy to create math that is both digital and accessible.EquatIO was built on Universal Design for Learning principles, helping to guide the development for all learners and accommodating many different learning styles. Not only does EquatIO work across all platforms and many Learning Management Systems, it works inside PDF's with OrbitNote. This session will explore EquatIO and how it can help students and teachers create and engage with digital content.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown is a Regional Sales Director for Texthelp working out of their US headquarters in Massachusetts. He has been on the Texthelp team for the past seven years consulting with K-12 and HE institutions in the eastern region of Canada, and this year started working with the western region of Canada to help institutions meet their educational goals.

Google IT: Managing Chrome Security & Supporting Users

Spark

Chrome is the key factor in creating a secure and unified experience across all devices in Workspace for Education. In this session we will explore Chrome settings that create the most secure and safe environment on Chromebooks and desktop browsers. Along with a strong security stance, supporting and enabling our users to collaborate easily and be successful all starts with leveraging the available features and settings in the Admin Console for Chrome.

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Tom Woods

A Google Cloud Certified Administrator, Certified Deployment Specialist and Amplified Admin with over 26 years in IT and 20 years in K-12 educational technology. Tom brings unique insights into the planning, implementation and support of Google for Education in the K-12 space. Amplified IT is a CDW company, and is an education-focused Google for Education technical consultancy. They work throughout North America with schools and districts ranging in size from a few hundred students, to over 500,000 students. Amplified IT works with schools, districts and the Google EDU team to create best practices for the deployment of Google for Education. Amplified IT empowers schools IT staff through tools and services like their GFE Audit, GFE Kickstart and Amplified Labs tools.

Google Tools and Social-Emotional Learning

Hot Spot

Come learn how Google tools can be used in teaching social and emotional learning to students. We will explore topics such as self-awareness, self-management, and more.

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Diana Benner

Diana Benner is the Director of Professional Development at TCEA. She has been involved in education for more than 20 years. She has served as an instructional technologist, instructional designer, and an online learning specialist, supporting school districts and state governments. She loves offering engaging staff development and working with educators to get them excited about using digital tools in the classroom in order to impact student achievement. She has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology and is an ISTE Certified Educator.

H5P - Creating Engaging Asynchronous Content

Flint

H5P provides students with interactive “gamified” learning opportunities, increasing asynchronous engagement. How can we break up content into bite sized chunks where students can really demonstrate an understanding of information being presented? This session will provide a hands on opportunity to play with and see different ways of presenting information to students

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Stephanie Krammer

Steph has been teaching in online and blended environments for over 10 years. She strives to connect with each and every one of her students in a way that is meaningful, where trust and supportive relationships are fostered. Steph is currently working at the Ignite Centre for eLearning, an exclusively online learning environment supporting students throughout all of Alberta.

Pedagogy meets the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Matchbox

We live in a time of constant technological change, now deemed the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'. How are we bringing an understanding of technology and our globalised world into our classrooms? How are we helping our students understand and prepare for the impact of this technology on our own lives?

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Sue Mylde

Sue Mylde is an educator with several years’ experience in different aspects of communication, STEM and education. She is most excited about spaces where technology meets pedagogy and is an advocate for balance in today’s increasingly digital world. In the classroom, Sue has been both Ed-Tech specialist and core subject teacher, and she understands the challenge faced by today’s students, who have some technology know-how but not always critical thinking mindsets to navigate these powerful tools. She enjoys being curious and facilitating knowledge sharing for teachers and students around the areas of digital citizenship, computational thinking and our global world. Sue currently teaches at Rundle College.

Technology Evergreening Strategy - Year 1

Hearth

EPSB has recently shifted to a centralized approach to technology evergreening in the classroom and beyond. This session will share the journey to this point, lessons learned and have opportunity for attendees to take part in conversation and share other best practices regarding technology evergreening.

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Aaron Muller

Aaron has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 20 years, eight years as a classroom teacher and twelve as a Technology Consultant in District Technology. While teaching in the classroom, Aaron utilized his knowledge of subject matter, teaching, learning, assessment and technology to facilitate authentic experiences that created self directed learners in both face-to-face and virtual environments. He supports schools regarding technology planning tied to Alberta's new Technology Framework and is the project lead regarding technologies in new school deployment and renovation. He is a Google certified trainer and dislikes cold weather.

Technology is changing the world and YOU should care!

The Bonfire

Technology is changing the world and YOU should care! In this session Lucy Ho, Founder and Executive Director of Hackergal will share her story on creating a national charity that has inspired thousands of girls and educators to join the movement in closing the gender gap in tech. She'll share how technology is changing our every days and the importance of building a technology industry that is diverse and inclusive for future generations.

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Lucy Ho

Lucy Ho is the Founder and Executive Director of Hackergal, a Canadian charitable organization. After many years working in the technology industry and venture capital herself, she decided to begin her own movement inspiring girls to explore opportunities in tech and code through education. This was fuelled by her personal experience of oftentimes being the only woman in the room when it came to the tech industry. She founded Hackergal in 2015 as a way to close Canada’s gender gap in tech and inspire girls to explore STEM opportunities. To date, Hackergal has exposed computer science education to over 25,000 girls across Canada. She is passionate about technology innovation, the development of great start-up companies, and female empowerment.

The Future of Networks for K-12: Smart & Efficient with Zero Trust

Ember

"Now more than ever, schools must be prepared to address a multi-modal learning experience by adopting IT solutions and strategies that ensure students, teachers and staff are fully & securely connected how, when, and wherever they choose. Please join our Aruba session (and stop by our virtual booth to chat !) to learn how we are redefining the K12 network edge with smart, efficient, zero-trust networking solutions suitable for schools and districts of all sizes. We'll be covering Aruba’s easy to deploy network infrastructure, our multi-vendor security capabilities, along with our A.I. enabled cloud operations platform"

Jason Fernyc

Jason is a Consulting Engineer with Aruba Canada, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. He was employee #6 to join​ Aruba Canada, in 2007. He holds a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Internetworking From University of Alberta,​ holds a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation with APEGA, and maintains a Networking​ Expert certification with CWNP (CWNE).

Genially - Dive Deeper

Hotspot

Dive deeper into Genially! Create presentations, infographics, breakout games, interactive maps and other stunning content by yourself or with a collaborative team.

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2:35pm

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3:00pm

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3:35pm

Consult with Community Veterans

The Candle

There are a lot of new people to SIS related roles across the province, or people who are new to specific pieces of software such as edsembli, PowerSchool, SchoolEngage, Rycor, Schoolmessenger, Sprint, CLASI, and many others. The goal of this session is to gather a group of community veterans, having them identify products that they use and have used for some time, and make those people available for introduction and networking. We encourage anyone who wants to gain access to a wider community for a specific product

Brian Wynder

Brian Wynder is the Data Coordinator with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He's spent years supporting the collection and analysis of data within the division.

David Lorenson

I have worked for Red Deer Public Schools as a system analyst for the the past 26 years. Brian Wynder and myself have created a suite of provincial reports that help districts with many State/Province issues. Outside of work I also work with the WHL (volunteer) for the Red Deer Rebels doing the Video Reply for off ice officials and I am the president of the Red Deer Royals, a local marching band.

ATLE Book Club

The ET Lounge

Interested in meeting once a month to discuss books related to technology or educational technology topics? Join the conversation and shape a new initiative together.

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Janet Bell

Director of Professional Learning at ATLE and EdTech Learning Lead with ERLC, Janet likes to stay ahead of the curve, off centre stage, ready to collaborate wherever interesting project opportunities might emerge.

ATLE ProLearn - What's in it for You?

The ET Lounge

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Nicole Lakusta

Over the many years in the K-12 environment as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead and now STEAM Facilitator, I am still excited about teaching and learning! I live to show the amazing edtech tools and curricular resources that engage, motivate, remove barriers and challenge staff and students. When not hosting PD events, I can be found reading, attending sporting events and traveling with my family. I facilitate learning opportunities for students, adults and organizations! Check out about.me/nlakusta.

MFA – How are we doing?

IT Lounge

K-12 Educational organizations are increasingly being pressured and mandated to adopt Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) due to insurance requirements and the increased number of “bad actors” using more complex methods. Come and join us in the IT Lounge to discuss some of the approaches you have used to begin implementing MFA in your jurisdiction. What are some obstacles you have encountered? How do you manage the organizational and cultural change associated with moving to MFA?

Jeff Cullen

A valued member of the ATLE Convergence planning committee and Director of Technology Foundations for the Future Charter Academy.

3:05pm -

3:25pm

Better formative assessments for them AND you!

EdBit

Quizizz and Blooket are free online tools that can be used for robust data collection and increased student engagement respectively. Andrew shares the things he has learned about how to best use these tools in the DIV 4 classroom.

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Andrew Bullen

Andrew Bullen is a Div IV science teacher in Northern Alberta. He mostly teaches in person, but was a blended learning instructor for a few years before it was cool.

Alienware

Water Cooler

Hands-on discussion and Alienware and the latest products + Esports

3:35pm -

3:45pm

Thursday December 9th

8:00am -

9:00am

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

9:00am -

9:10am

Opening Remarks

Main Stage

We will make any necessary announcements and just hang out together while we wait for the morning keynote.

9:15am -

10:00am

Keynote: Connections That Matter

Main Stage

Journeys commonly consist of challenges and triumphs and without exception, this past year has taken all of us through various journeys we will not soon forget. Their significance though lies in the lessons contained within them…have you taken the time to unpack yours? This past year Giancarlo has been facilitating discussions with national, district and school leaders to share their journeys and unpack the lessons within them. Join him as he interactively shares the common themes that have emerged, the lessons within them and reveal the connections that truly matter.

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Giancarlo Brotto

Giancarlo Brotto is a Global Education Catalyst. He engages with government officials, policy-influencing organizations, thought leaders, school system decision-makers and researchers to gain insights and influence trends in the education sector. He is a catalyst for those that don't just want to talk about change but want to do their part to make it a reality. His dynamic, audience-engaging mindset has him regularly facilitating experiences with education stakeholders across the globe. He has served on the informal advisory group for the Skills for Social Progress Project – OECD, sat on the board of directors for C21 Canada- an organization promoting 21st Century learning, founder of GOLA! – a secure place for high-level education officials globally to collaborate and make genuine policy recommendations and is currently the Chair of the Samuel Beatty Fund at the University of Toronto – promoting the study of STEM across the province, member of the steering committee for Karanga - the global alliance for SEL and life skills, Global Education Advisor for SMART Technologies, and Executive Director and Cofounder of Catalyst – an international organization accelerating education transformation by turning ideas into action.

10:00am -

10:15am

Morning Break

Go for a walk, do some yoga, grab a coffee!

10:15am -

11:00am

It's a Catalyst Circle: Active Learning Connect & Collab

Main Stage

"WARNING! This session is NOT your traditional 'sit and get' experience. Be prepared to be fully present, camera and audio on to connect and collaborate in a Catalyst Circle where together we will compare recurring roadblocks, generate new ideas and crowdsource solutions to kick start active learning in our classrooms. Join Giancarlo, Lia, and your peers in small break out groups for group thinking and follow up doing to unpack: · What is active learning? · What are the challenges to support active learning? · What are the strategies to address these challenges?"

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Giancarlo Brotto

Giancarlo Brotto is a Global Education Catalyst. He engages with government officials, policy-influencing organizations, thought leaders, school system decision-makers and researchers to gain insights and influence trends in the education sector. He is a catalyst for those that don't just want to talk about change but want to do their part to make it a reality. His dynamic, audience-engaging mindset has him regularly facilitating experiences with education stakeholders across the globe. He has served on the informal advisory group for the Skills for Social Progress Project – OECD, sat on the board of directors for C21 Canada- an organization promoting 21st Century learning, founder of GOLA! – a secure place for high-level education officials globally to collaborate and make genuine policy recommendations and is currently the Chair of the Samuel Beatty Fund at the University of Toronto – promoting the study of STEM across the province, member of the steering committee for Karanga - the global alliance for SEL and life skills, Global Education Advisor for SMART Technologies, and Executive Director and Cofounder of Catalyst – an international organization accelerating education transformation by turning ideas into action.

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Lia De Cicco Remu

Lia is a Global Education Systems Change Agent passionate about transforming education for today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

Supporting LGBTQ* Students in the Online Classroom

Flare

LGBTQ* students are vulnerable members of our population. When working with LGBTQ* students in an online setting, there are some specific considerations you should make. Just as in a traditional learning environment, you want to make sure your online space is caring, safe, respectful and welcoming. When you create a safer space in your online environment for LGBTQ* students, you're creating a safer space for all students.

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Monti Tanner

Monti Tanner (he/him) is the Assistant Principal of CBe-learn in Calgary where they offer diverse and unique programs for grade 1 to 12 students. Monti has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Lethbridge. He is a proud third-generation Calgarian who lives, works and plays in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta with his husband and his puppy.

Modernizing Student CommTech Labs

Spark

Is there really a cheaper way to enable CommTech labs and give students/instructors a better experience than traditional on-premises lab rooms? With Azure Virtual Desktop and Azure Lab Services, you can improve equity and access to labs, support anywhere/anytime learning, and provide a superior experience - at less than you'd spend to refresh your on-premises labs. Oh - and you can even save facilities costs by moving away from dedicated lab rooms. We'll compare/contrast AVD and Lab Services, look at how to get started, and share some great customer examples that show the value and savings.

Karen McGregor

Senior Azure Lead for Microsoft Education

Reinventing Teaching and Learning: Developing Inclusive STEM Pathways

Glow

Dell has set a 2030 goal to support more diverse representation in STEM careers. We are working with schools, foundations and other organizations to leverage the Dell portfolio and global team in support of creative and comprehensive programs. These programs address areas like AR/VR, digital media, esports, computer science and artificial intelligence as fields of study. Join us to learn how Dell Technologies is expanding the K-20+ STEM ecosystem through key STEM initiatives such as Girls Who Game, Student Tech Crew, TechDirect, and AI for Workforce as well as through academic-industry partnerships with Intel, ISTE, SETDA and others.

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Katina Papulkas

Katina Papulkas is a Senior Education Strategist at Dell Technologies and is committed to serving students across Canada. She is an experienced educator with a background in teaching, online learning, leadership, assessment, and educational technology. In her two-decade tenure in education, she has been an instructional leader and administrator, where she designed and implemented system-wide initiatives to amplify learning through technology. Katina has been at Dell for three years and enjoys every new challenge and opportunity presented!

PowerSchool Unlimited Contacts Migration

Candle

Join a panel of several boards who have completed the migration to unlimited contacts in PowerSchool as they share how they got there and how their processes have been changed post-migration to maintain their contacts on an ongoing basis.

Brian Fehr

Leesa Chartrand

Online Learning and Lessons Learned by School Leaders

Matchbox

Three school leaders from very different contexts (large urban, medium rurban, and small independent rural) compare notes on online learning and lessons learned in a thought-provoking panel presentation.

Alison Hancox

Principal, Ignite Centre for eLearning (smaller, independent school)

Angela Takla

CBeLearn (urban, larger school division)

Daylene Lauman

As Ignite Centre for eLearning's founding Head of School, Daylene brings 25 years as an educator and school leader, and most recently, serving in the role of Online Learning Advisor with Alberta Education where she worked with school and system leaders across the province. She was the lead author for the ministry’s Online Learning Guide for Students and Families and Online Learning Guide for School and School Authority Leaders. ignitecentre.ca

Tracy Melnyk

Principal, St. Isidore Learning Centre, Elk Island Catholic Schools (rurban, medium-size school division)

Modern Cybersecurity Solutions for Student Safety

Ember

How can we ensure students stay protected from wherever they are learning because cybersecurity continues long after the school day has ended.

Elise Coppola

Compugen with their partners in education have the solutions that can bring learning to life for students.

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Matias Matias

Global Education Strategist at HP Inc.

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Stephen Pieraldi

Cyber Security architect HP Inc and professor at University of California - Berkeley

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Dr. Elka Walsh

National Learning & Skills Lead at Microsoft

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Joanna Belvedere

Commercial Master Trainer at Microsoft

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Adrienne Veneziano

Learning Development Specialist at Compugen

Fliphunt Fun for Everyone!

Flint

Join us to learn how you can create a Fliphunt (a digital video scavenger hunt on Flipgrid) to differentiate learning for students AND teachers. You leave with LOTS of ideas to create your own Fliphunt for your class to better engage students in your content.

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Dr. Bruce Ellis

Dr. Bruce Ellis is the Director of Professional Development for TCEA, a non-profit educational technology organization helping educators around the world to engage students using technology in innovative ways. Bruce assists teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum and technology directors in gaining the skills necessary in the areas of integrating gSuite, iPads, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, 21st century skills, as well as other areas so they can effectively engage students in the classroom.

Cybersecurity at Golden Hills

Hearth

We were encouraged to review our cyber security footprint in 2021. We had a pretty basic understanding and implementation of cyber security. We still don't know it all, but we have made some improvements. We'll talk a bit about our journey, the tools we have selected, the assumptions we made, and some of the challenges we have been wrestling with.

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Todd Kennedy

Todd is the Director of Technology with Golden Hills. His team continues to do amazing things that make a difference for students and teachers every day. We know we don't know everything, but we try to improve as often as we can.

3 Easy Ways to Virtually Assess Students (in Lumio)

Hot Spot

Find out ways to quickly assess students virtually within any lesson. Learn how to leverage ready-made templates and assessment tools to check in with students. We have A LOT of fun and engaging ways to check for understanding in the moment!

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Jody Bean

Within Jody’s education career, she has had many opportunities to serve in multiple capacities from primary grades to district instructional technology coach to secondary ELA/Social Studies teacher. Jody also worked as a middle school administrator and helped design and instruct a Master of Arts Program for a University that emphasized the power of integrating technology to provide feedback, encourage collaboration and foster social and emotional literacy for all students. Jody has established herself as a future-ready educator who transforms curriculum and content into meaningful learning experiences for students.

10:15am -

10:35am

Google: Dip into Canvas and Chips

EdBit

Take on these Gluten-free yet amazing tools to enhance collaboration in Docs, Sheets, Slides. Connect people and files while working on a specific project/task.

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Nicole Lakusta

Over the many years in the K-12 environment as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead and now STEAM Facilitator, I am still excited about teaching and learning! I live to show the amazing edtech tools and curricular resources that engage, motivate, remove barriers and challenge staff and students. When not hosting PD events, I can be found reading, attending sporting events and traveling with my family. I facilitate learning opportunities for students, adults and organizations! Check out about.me/nlakusta.

10:40am -

11:00am

Feedback in Google Classroom

EdBit

Reviewing student work from within Classroom offers an amazing set of tools and features to support students with timely feedback. Come learn more about these features and how they can save you time!

Will Rice

Will has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 20 years 10 as a classroom teacher and administrator and 10 as an educational consultant Both in the classroom and as a consultant Will has put his understanding of differentiation, Universal Design For Learning and educational technology into practice ensuring students maximized their learning

How to ensure your schools are connected, powered, protected correctly in the new year

Water Cooler

Please join Noah Jacobs form CyberPower

Noah Jacobs

CyberPower

11:00am -

12:00pm

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

12:00pm -

1:00pm

Lunch Break

The Roof Top Lounge

If you feel like some casual conversation while you have lunch come by the Rooftop Lounge in our Kumospace and see who's around! Drop by our sponsors' rooms and have a conversation, check out their wares and maybe find some ITCoin too!

1:00pm -

1:15pm

Announcements & PRIZES!

Main Stage

You must be in attendance to win a prize!

1:15pm -

2:00pm

Chrome Extensions You Can't Live Without

The Bonfire

Join me to take a look at a variety of Chrome extensions that can enhance your teaching and student learning. You'll leave with great ideas and a list of extensions to start using the next day in class!

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Dr. Bruce Ellis

Dr. Bruce Ellis is the Director of Professional Development for TCEA, a non-profit educational technology organization helping educators around the world to engage students using technology in innovative ways. Bruce assists teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum and technology directors in gaining the skills necessary in the areas of integrating gSuite, iPads, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, 21st century skills, as well as other areas so they can effectively engage students in the classroom.

Cyber Hygiene 101 - Brush and floss!

Spark

Following up on last year's ATLE presentation (SPF, DKIM, and DMARC, OH MY - I'm going to tell some stories from the last year - and then dive into some principles of basic cyber security. I'll share some skeletons in my closet I found in the hopes you might decide to pull out a broom and check your closets. And shiny fishhooks. Yup, I'll be discussing how shiny fishhooks and a tackle box that is too big leads to bad cyber security hygiene. Last Year's Session is here: https://atleedu.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/ERGdJElN_4BOuqj1ZHB8ZKABSmqL3HxYzvJjXOXb-wPlUQ?e=JbNfJF

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Jaymon Lefebvre

Jaymon has been with Wild Rose School District for 20 years where he has seen everything from FirstClass to Microsoft Azure. He is currently the Director, IT Services and he hasn't had a datacenter for 6 years. Jaymon is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Cloud Security Professional, Certified Penetration Tester and Certified Ethical Hacker.

Empowering Girls to Code through Community

Flint

Let's inspire girls in Alberta to share their voices through code! Hackergal’s mission is to inspire girls to explore the possibilities in code. This session will provide strategies and tools to create a supportive environment for girls to learn to code as part of the National Hackergal Hackathon Program and Canada-wide community. We will walk you through the next steps to get started with Hackergal Hub, our free online learning portal & Lynx Coding Platform, a free web-based tool, and uncover best practices for leading in-person or virtual coding lessons.

Jennifer Takács

Jennifer is an Ontario-certified educator with over 11 years of experience studying and teaching in the field of education. She has a background in international education and technology, and graduated with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Toronto in 2015. In her current role as the Curriculum and Evaluation Manager at Hackergal, she oversees the strategic direction and development of Hackergal’s curriculum, and analyzes the impact of programming offered to girls and teachers across Canada. Jennifer is passionate about designing innovative learning experiences that encourage girls to pursue STEM careers and loves exploring how different digital tools spark creativity in education.

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Kumiko Imai

Kumiko is a teacher at heart. As Director of Education at Hackergal, a Canadian registered charity with a mission to close the gender gap in tech, she oversees the strategy and delivery of Hackergal’s National Hackathon and Ambassador Program. Kumiko has taught in Ontario as well as abroad for 7 years, living in Macau, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. She has found her purpose and passion in making computer science education more accessible and approachable while championing young women to succeed in their future endeavours.

Formative Assessment on iPad (gr. 4-8)

Hot Spot

Join us in learning to use iPad for formative assessment with students in grades 4 to 8. Using photos, audio, videos, drawing, and text we’ll explore using iPad for formative assessment and capturing learning as a process. Students can use iPad to document their work, discuss their problem solving strategies, and record reflections that document their learning. Educators can also use iPad to provide rich, engaging, and timely feedback to support student learning. Audience: grades 4-8 teachers and consultants

Scott Petronech

Scott is an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has worked with teachers to support effective technology integration. He has taught students in Divisions I - IV and is currently the Principal of W. R. Myers in Taber.

Overcoming Barriers to Digital Transformation

Candle

Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is laying the foundation for the future of education operations in Alberta with the Edsembli Cloud Student Information System. Join Francois Gagnon, Secretary-Treasurer at Fort McMurray CS, and Wendy Brown, Product Manager at Edsembli, as they share how Fort McMurray CS is removing constraints and building a platform for growth.

Francois Gagnon

Associate Superintendent (Business, Finance and Operations) - Fort McMurray Catholic School Division Francois is a highly regarded Education leader for almost 25 years. As an Associate Superintendent for Business, Finance and Operations at FMCSD, he responsible for all business and administrative affairs of the district operations providing the full range of financial and management accounting functions including, but not limited to Purchasing and Material Management, Information Technology, Labour Negotiations, FOIP compliance and Capital Facilities Planning.

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P.J. de Las LLagas

Foothills School Division has worked with Edsembli hand in hand to deliver a cutting edge Student Information System for the province of Alberta.

Wendy Brown

Wendy has been helping school districts transform paper-based business processes into digital experiences for over 20 years. Wendy has been with Edsembli for 2.5 years; before joining Edsembli, her experience with education solutions spanned 20 years and included school accounting systems, online payments, learning management systems and Libraries. Wendy looks forward to being a partner in innovation with Alberta School Districts to transform their current business processes.

Privacy Management 101

Matchbox

At this time citizens expect privacy protection and safeguards. Organizations have become aware of the risks associated with managing personal information. Does your school division have a plan? Is someone designated to perform a Privacy Officer role? What do you need to consider at your organization for ensuring privacy requirements are met? Where do you begin? How do you continuously improve? Do you have a process for reporting breaches? Who do staff go to when they have questions or concerns about privacy management? This session will explore available resources and suggest some best practices for managing privacy at your division.

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Donna Molloy

Donna Molloy supports clients to establish Records Management Programs as Principal Consultant, Dynamic Leadership. She has a background managing information in a number of settings with expertise in retention schedule development, policy and procedure development and training. She has supported organizations in preparing privacy impact assessments and conducting privacy scans.

Teams Platform Update, Roadmap, and Q&A

Hearth

Join us to get up to speed with Microsoft Teams for Education. We will discuss recent feature updates and additions, where the Teams platform is going next with things like Mesh and Loop, then spend some time on calling, Teams Connect (Shared Channels), and lots more.

David Kozera

Microsoft 365 for Education Country Lead

Thinking Routines in a Blended Environment

Flare

A thinking routine is a set of questions or a brief sequence of steps used to scaffold and support student thinking. It allows opportunities for students to develop an understanding of metacognition. Using common digital platforms and tools, teachers can engage students in these routines and capture the thinking process.

Crystal Cholin

Heather and Crystal are curriculum consultants from Elk Island Catholic Schools supporting teachers and administrators from K-12. It is apparent that they truly enjoy what they do.

Heather Van Streun

Heather and Crystal are curriculum consultants from Elk Island Catholic Schools supporting teachers and administrators from K-12. It is apparent that they truly enjoy what they do.

What’s New at Rally?

Glow

Rally is now the website provider for 30 Alberta school divisions and their schools. If you’re a Rally client or just interested in the work we do, join us as we provide an overview of our newest website features and a look ahead to 2022.

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Andrew Saunders

Andrew manages Rally’s website development projects for school divisions.

The Classroom of the Future

Water Cooler

Paul Demsky of ViewSonic takes us through the shift in education technology and provides a glimpse into the classroom of the future.

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Paul Demsky

Paul Demsky is the Regional Business Manager in Western Canada for ViewSonic, and is based out of Calgary, AB.

1:15pm -

1:35pm

5 Google Add-ons you must have

EdBit

Five Add-ons that will make your life easier and make amazing things possible. Forms, Spreadsheet and other Google Apps.

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Mildred Weiss

Mildred works in a small private district in Alberta. She is the SIS, Microsoft, Google Admin, and Data Coordinator for the district. She is always eager to learn new things that can pass to the 90+ teachers and staff in her district to make things easier, faster, and cheaper! Train and share information is her passion. She lives in central Alberta with her husband and two college-age children.

Using Phoenix Emailer to handle ad hoc PowerSchool Integrations and trigger automated audits

ITBit

People who manage a PowerSchool instance may find themselves needing a general workhorse tool for automating complicated integrations, or may desire to set up a schedule of email notifications based upon specific criteria to school-based staff members. If you are familiar with basic SQL, you can easily build custom queries to synchronize the data you want via sftp, or automate queries and email to secretaries or principals at each school specific results relevant to their school.

Brian Wynder

Brian Wynder is the Data Coordinator with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He's spent years supporting the collection and analysis of data within the division.

1:40pm -

2:00pm

Introduction to Enterprise Reporting

ITBit

This session will provide an introduction of PowerSchool’s Enterprise Reporting functionality. Learn how to leverage all of the amazing features of this reporting tool. A great tool for some quick look into your PowerSchool data. This session will review many of the built-in Enterprise reports and touch on how to create your own enterprise reports.

Duane Beazer

Duane has just reached his one year anniversary working with the amazing PowerSchool Team at Edmonton Catholic School Division (ECSD), and is enjoying living in the Edmonton area again after being away for 25 years. Duane was previously with Westwind School Division in Cardston for 17 years, and has worked in all areas, VOIP, Wireless, Firewall, Deployment, Hardware, Software, and as Network Administrator, and most recently focusing on PowerSchool, Digital Documents, Contacts, Registration, and all the other great SIS topics/issues involved with PowerSchool.

Pear Deck - Engaging and Assessing Students

EdBit

Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool that can work in conjunction with Google, Office 365, and Canva to help with engaging and assessing every student from K to 12. Not only does it work synchronously with students, but you can also have students engage with it asynchronously as well. Come explore Pear Deck and see how their features can work to increase student learning!

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Bernice Pui

Bernice is a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Support) Consultant and has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 8 years as a knowledge and employability, high school science, and advanced placement biology/chemistry teacher. For her extracurriculars, she coached Speech and Debate Club and was involved in school committees surrounding school culture, technology, and leadership. Bernice recently completed her Master of Education in Educational Studies, with her focus on Technology and Leadership and is looking forward to help teachers experiment with classroom technologies to encourage authentic student learning.

2:00pm -

2:15pm

Afternoon Break

Go for a walk, do some yoga, grab a coffee!

2:15pm -

3:00pm

Teaching Math with iPad (Div. 3-4)

Hot Spot

Join us to learn how educators use iPad to create and deliver engaging learning experiences in math class, virtually or in person. Whether your students are looking to diagram their thinking, use modelling apps, or create videos that demonstrate problem solving skills, iPad can support secondary students learning mathematics. Educators can also benefit from making short instructional videos and providing more engaging feedback to support conceptual understanding. Audience: Grades 9-12, teachers, consultants (strategies could be leveraged in middle school as well)

Joan Kollewyn

Joan recently retired from her role as an educational technology specialist with Rocky View Schools in Alberta. In this role she supported staff and students with many aspects of classroom technology including Apple, Google, assistive technology and robotics. Before becoming a specialist, she taught language arts, art, and communication technology to students from grades 7 - 12. Joan is also an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Scratch...Some More

Flint

So you've taught a few Scratch tutorials.. now what? Take Scratch to the next level in the classroom by integrating operations, facial recognition, and machine learning. Facilitate explorations that encourage 'beyond beginner' problem solving during class time! Take away some easy to use resources to use in your classroom right away!

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Sue Mylde

Sue Mylde is an educator with several years’ experience in different aspects of communication, STEM and education. She is most excited about spaces where technology meets pedagogy and is an advocate for balance in today’s increasingly digital world. In the classroom, Sue has been both Ed-Tech specialist and core subject teacher, and she understands the challenge faced by today’s students, who have some technology know-how but not always critical thinking mindsets to navigate these powerful tools. She enjoys being curious and facilitating knowledge sharing for teachers and students around the areas of digital citizenship, computational thinking and our global world. Sue currently teaches at Rundle College.

Purpose-Driven Learning in the Classroom: Teaching coding through the lens of the UN SDGs

Ember

Join us as we explore climate change issues through inquiry, coding, and project-based learning with the micro:bit and the Land Climate Action Kit. Together, we will explore United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 15 (Life on Land) and 13 (Climate Action) through interactive, inquiry-based learning activities as well as coding and physical computing. This webinar will showcase the kit’s learning potential available for students and provide participants with a hands-on coding activity associated with the Plants and Pollinators they can immediately take it into their classrooms.

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Michelle Valtas

As part of the InkSmith education team, Michelle works with partners and customers across Canada to enhance the student learning experience with meaningful STEAM lessons that connect the curriculum, the global goals, and the development of future-ready skills. An advocate for global prosperity, a tech enthusiast, and extensive experience in the education technology industry has prepared Michelle to support the changes and challenges modern learners and teachers face.

Google Slides Isn't Just for Presentations!

Bonfire

There are many things you and students can do with Google Slides that go way beyond just presentations. Join us to get templates and ideas that you can use in your classroom

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Dr. Bruce Ellis

Dr. Bruce Ellis is the Director of Professional Development for TCEA, a non-profit educational technology organization helping educators around the world to engage students using technology in innovative ways. Bruce assists teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum and technology directors in gaining the skills necessary in the areas of integrating gSuite, iPads, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, 21st century skills, as well as other areas so they can effectively engage students in the classroom.

From Google Classroom to full LMS - Optimize Teaching & Learning with PowerSchool & Schoology

Candle

Join this session to learn how to upgrade your learning environment with Schoology Learning and PowerSchool SIS. Experts from Schoology will lead participants as they explore what thoughtful collaboration with instructional planning can look like, how to effectively engage all learners in a dynamic environment, how to leverage assessments and data for progress-monitoring and how to adjust and personalize based on learner needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the powerful integration between Schoology and PowerSchool can take instruction to the next level.

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Adam Larson

Adam Larson has been helping transform teaching and learning with technology for more than 18 years. He uses his past experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district program specialist to now serve as a Senior Solutions Engineer at Powerschool. His desire is to help clients achieve what's possible.

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Christine McKee

Christine McKee is in her 5th year as an Emerging Technology and Assessment Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada and has been a classroom teacher with the division for over 16 years. In addition to being selected as an MIE Expert, Christine is a MIE Master Trainer and Flipgrid Certified Trainer.

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Kate Boswell

My name is Kate Boswell and I am a Schoology Specialist here at PowerSchool. I have been with Schoology for over 5 years helping schools evaluate our solution, and I joined the PowerSchool family in fall 2019. I am based out of New York City and have been working with our PowerSchool clients in Canada for the past year. I am excited to see Schoology grow in Alberta in 2022!

From Computer Labs to 1:1 environment

Spark

"This is the story of the journey of a small school in central alberta together with their district to provide access to computters to all their students. Come to hear the story"

Adrian Schmidt

"Adrian Schmidt was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, and he studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, graduating with honors. Near the end of his studies, he started working for the National Justice Department as the Head of Software Development to develop a system connecting multiple registries across Argentina via satellite connections. In spite of this project never being completed (because of the lack of support by government authorities), it fostered his passion with communication technologies. After this, Adrian continued his career in Information Technology (IT) working as a public advocate in Argentina. Then, after working for some time as an entrepreneur in southern Argentina, he became the IT director of River Plate Adventist University, located in the province of Entre Rios. In 2005, Adrian moved with his family to the Philippines, earning his MBA while working as IT director in a Higher Learning institution (AIIAS). Adrian then moved to Canada in 2008, where he set down roots in Lacombe, AB, working as a Servers and Network Administrator at Burman University. His passions continue to be: networking and internet technologies, learning ways to improve and secure networks, and using his knowledge and expertise to create positive change in the world."

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Mildred Weiss

Mildred works in a small private district in Alberta. She is the SIS, Microsoft, Google Admin, and Data Coordinator for the district. She is always eager to learn new things that can pass to the 90+ teachers and staff in her district to make things easier, faster, and cheaper! Train and share information is her passion. She lives in central Alberta with her husband and two college-age children.

Elementary Math and Science with Robotics and Electronics

Flare

At our elementary school we have been teaching some science and math with coding and robotics and electronics kits. Students have been building and programming virtual and physical devices to explore concepts in geometry, statistics, wheels and levers, plants, recycling, weather, electricity, and flight. Come hear about free resources and inexpensive hardware, including micro:bit, that you can implement related to current and future curricular outcomes.

David Hay

David Hay is teaching Grades 5 and 6, and has also been an innovation consultant and a high school teacher.

Creating immersive VR experiences utilizing Lenovo's VR Classroom

Hearth

Examine some of the newest VR tools available to school today and how they can be implemented. Lethbridge School division has partnered with Lenovo to pilot Lenovo’s VR Classroom 2 solution. VR hold massive potential with driving learning through doing and Lenovo solution is helping us do that. Come see what it takes to create and distribute immersive learning experiences to a class, its easer then you think.

Andy Tyslau

Vice Principal of Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School in Lethbridge. Experience in education of 16 years, 6 of which have been in administration at the elementary and secondary level. Self-proclaimed science geek, lover of the Maker movement, father of three and GB fan.

Christine Chakalall

Christine Chakalall is an 11 year Lenovo veteran with nearly two decades of industry experience enabling customers to achieve more through smarter solutions and technology.

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Jesse Sadlowski

Jesse Sadlowski is the Director of Technology Learning and Innovation for Lethbridge School Division. Jesse Sadlowski is passionate when it comes to fostering and implementation of new technology in the curriculum.

Mario Asta

Mario Asta is the current Director of Learning and Development at Logics Technology. He is a certified elementary school educator that is passionate about the integration of technology that enables student learning. He has spent the past 7-10 years leading educator training and support of technology within K-12 classrooms across Canada. Today he continues to provide the dynamic support educators and IT professionals can count on!

Accelerating Digital Transformation

Matchbox

COVID 19 dramatically impacted school authorities throughout Alberta. Faced with overwhelming amounts of information among all the other pressures how can you better manage content? This session will investigate: How can you use the ASBOA Model Guideline? How can you construct a business case for senior leadership for a content solution? What is Microsoft365 and how can it support your organization's transformation?

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Donna Molloy

Donna Molloy supports clients to establish Records Management Programs as Principal Consultant, Dynamic Leadership. She has a background managing information in a number of settings with expertise in retention schedule development, policy and procedure development and training. She has supported organizations in preparing privacy impact assessments and conducting privacy scans.

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Jordan Uytterhagen

Jordan Uytterhagen founded Cadence Solutions a leading Digital Transformation Services company based in Edmonton, Alberta but performing most implementations internationally. Cadence Solutions was born on the customer side of an ECM implementation at a County that was not executed properly. Jordan Uytterhagen, an employee of “The County” at the time, realized that ECM implementations were not being delivered as promised during the RFP and set out to deliver an implementation as expected by the customer and not the implementation vendors management, Cadence Solutions was born Recent Work: Jordan and his organization have completed more than 70 implementations in the past 8 years in many industries such as public sector, energy, utilities, financial services, and insurance.

2:15pm -

2:35pm

Learn 2 ways to enhance your Google Slides with Lumio by SMART

EdBit

Let’s work with the workflow you already know, Google! Bring your Google Slides to life in Lumio. An easy way to enhance your lessons. Students will love it!

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Jody Bean

Within Jody’s education career, she has had many opportunities to serve in multiple capacities from primary grades to district instructional technology coach to secondary ELA/Social Studies teacher. Jody also worked as a middle school administrator and helped design and instruct a Master of Arts Program for a University that emphasized the power of integrating technology to provide feedback, encourage collaboration and foster social and emotional literacy for all students. Jody has established herself as a future-ready educator who transforms curriculum and content into meaningful learning experiences for students.

Rapidly building dynamic reports with Google Data Studio

ITBit

Google Data Studio offers the ability to build dynamic reports linked directly into an external dataset. This session will take a sample dataset containing mockup data consisting of certain types of student codes (special ed and ESL) over several years, and show you how you can use the GDS toolset to analyze the data and build a report containing this data.

Brian Wynder

Brian Wynder is the Data Coordinator with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He's spent years supporting the collection and analysis of data within the division.

The impact of Digital Divide on Students in Canada

Water Cooler

Research clearly shows that students with fast internet access are more likely to achieve higher grades in school. In this session we will look at the impact on digital exclusion amongst students in Canada. (1) How many Canadian students have no internet at home (2) How is this affecting their grades (3) The pandemic’s impact on EdTech (4) The importance of a digital education strategy within schools (5) What can be done to bridge the digital divide in Canada

Richard Strisik

Kajeet

2:40pm -

3:00pm

Originality Reports

EdBit

Originality reports allow staff to compare student work to information from the internet and now to other assignments submitted by students in their classes and throughout their Division. Come learn about how this feature works and what you need to know as you start using it.

Will Rice

Will has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 20 years 10 as a classroom teacher and administrator and 10 as an educational consultant Both in the classroom and as a consultant Will has put his understanding of differentiation, Universal Design For Learning and educational technology into practice ensuring students maximized their learning

3:05pm -

3:35pm

PowerSchool Plugins Alberta Divisions are Using

Hearth

Discuss PowerSchool plugins your school districts are using.

Leesa Chartrand

Make the Most of Your ATLE Membership

Matchbox

Join this conversation with ATLE Executive Director Doug Dietz to learn how to make the most of your ATLE membership.

Doug Dietz

Ignite Innovation with the ATLE Hub

Bonfire

Ignite innovative practices in your organization by connecting great minds together at the ATLE Hub! Explore the newly launched ATLE Hub (likely will have another name) from the outside in. Explore the interface, how it works on the backend to connect users to expertise, and how you can leverage it with your team!

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Andrew Saunders

Andrew manages Rally’s website development projects for school divisions.

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Janet Bell

Director of Professional Learning at ATLE and EdTech Learning Lead with ERLC, Janet likes to stay ahead of the curve, off centre stage, ready to collaborate wherever interesting project opportunities might emerge.

Edsembli SIS Best Practices

Candle

Please join us, as we host an Edsembli SIS Q&A session with one of Edsembli SIS pilot users, Foothills School Division. Gain insightful tips and best practices as an Edsembli SIS user and maximize the system's capability for optimal performance.

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P.J. de Las LLagas

Foothills School Division has worked with Edsembli hand in hand to deliver a cutting edge Student Information System for the province of Alberta.

Sally Smith

Sally has been with Foothills School Division since 2005. From administering Student Information System at the school level to supporting centrally since 2011, Sally is a wealth of knowledge and a highly regarded member of the Alberta Education Technology community.

Wendy Brown

Wendy has been helping school districts transform paper-based business processes into digital experiences for over 20 years. Wendy has been with Edsembli for 2.5 years; before joining Edsembli, her experience with education solutions spanned 20 years and included school accounting systems, online payments, learning management systems and Libraries. Wendy looks forward to being a partner in innovation with Alberta School Districts to transform their current business processes.

What's Happening in Educational Technology?

Your ET Lounge

Do you work in EdTech or want to? Come and let's chat about our journeys, successes and learning moments over the last number of years. Casual general discussion. You pick the topics, we all talk!

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Angela Dearing

Teacher, mom, technology lover! I'm an EdTech lead teacher with Wetaskiwin Regional Schools. This will be my fourth conference as the chair of the Convergence planning committee.

3:05pm -

3:25pm

Learn how to create choice boards to add voice & choice to a lesson for student advocacy using Lumio

EdBit

Walk away with a choice board you can use tomorrow!

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Jody Bean

Within Jody’s education career, she has had many opportunities to serve in multiple capacities from primary grades to district instructional technology coach to secondary ELA/Social Studies teacher. Jody also worked as a middle school administrator and helped design and instruct a Master of Arts Program for a University that emphasized the power of integrating technology to provide feedback, encourage collaboration and foster social and emotional literacy for all students. Jody has established herself as a future-ready educator who transforms curriculum and content into meaningful learning experiences for students.

What is a Smart Locker and can it Really Save Your IT Team?

Water Cooler

Tech Teams are becoming overburdened with an ever-increasing workload: cyber security threats, student privacy concerns, an influx of devices in schools, and challenges acquiring adequate staff. Many school districts in the United States are incorporating Smart Lockers into their workflow to automate low-level tasks so that their specialized IT staff can focus on these important, time-consuming issues. In this water cooler chat, we will show examples of how Smart Lockers are saving IT teams time by automating broken device exchanges and other device distribution programs. Smart Lockers can also provide secure public charging so students with dead devices aren’t falling behind in class

Kyle Jacobson

Kyle Jacobson has worked directly with Educators for over 11 years to implement technologies that improve classroom outcomes. He consults with CIO’s, Technology Directors, Instructional Technologists, and Media Specialists to ensure life is easier when using technology. He has helped facilitate the implementation of hundreds of tech rollouts to as many districts in his career. Kyle is also a lover of animals and enjoys spending time with his kids on his farm in his free time.

3:35pm -

3:45pm

Announcements & PRIZES!

Main Stage

You must be in attendance to win a prize!

Friday December 10th

8:00am -

9:00am

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

9:00am -

9:10am

Opening Remarks

Main Stage

We will make any necessary announcements and just hang out together while we wait for the morning keynote.

9:15am -

10:00am

Keynote: Be Bold!

Main Stage

A reflection on the accelerated change happening in classrooms and how the private and public sector can work together to empower teachers and students to meet the evolving needs of society.

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Steve Brown

President &Chief Executive Officer
Steve Brown has made his mark in Canada and Internationally by leading organizations through digital transformation. His career spans a diverse mix of industry and technology experience from multi-media entertainment, automotive, and now to learning solutions.
Since joining Nelson in September 2016, Steve has transformed the vision for this 106-year-old company by reimagining the role and purpose of a publisher in 2017 and beyond. Implementing an internal infrastructure focused on student and educator experiences, allowed teams to look beyond learning resources and look at the fundamentals of student engagement. He has reframed the organization’s digital competency by instituting a technology department comprised of some the world’s best and brightest talent based in Silicon Beach California resulting in the creation of Edwin, a world class digital learning ecosystem.
Steve is a strong believer in the transformational power of education and the role it plays in building a stronger society. As the education landscape continues to evolve, the K-12 and post-secondary markets started to move at different speeds. Steve saw the need to increase attention on student engagement in order to prepare students for post-secondary success and future workforce readiness. In March of 2020, this century old organization retracted from the post-secondary market to deepen its focus on K-12 education and technology. Steve’s passion and commitment to transforming education, and the student learning experience, continues to fuel the innovation pipeline at Nelson."

10:00am -

10:15am

Morning Break

Go for a walk, do some yoga, grab a coffee!

10:15am -

11:00am

Collaboration - Taking it from a “Nice” Idea to Achieving Real Results

Bonfire

"“Collaboration” is a great idea, but how do you move it to actionable steps that produce real results? In this session, Cybera presenters will use their experience from running a successful cross-Alberta collaborative service to speak to how proper governance, structure, and management of collaboration initiatives can produce tangible outcomes. Examples from both the post secondary and K-12 sector will be highlighted in this session. "

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Mary Friedrich

Mary is the ShareIT Manager at Cybera, leading shared IT initiatives in the areas of procurement, professional development and training, and collaboration for Alberta’s higher ed and K-12 sectors. Mary has managed this program since its inception in 2016 and is a true advocate for shared services and the power of community through driving economies of scale, information sharing, and collaboration. Mary’s career portfolio includes leadership roles in regional management, change management, learning and development, instructional design, business analysis, project implementation, and organizational effectiveness. The ShareIT program was awarded the esteemed Collaboration of the Year Award from at the Canadian Higher Education Information Technology conference in June of 2017.

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Meagan Hampel

Meagan has led Cybera’s external relations since 2014, and has launched several new programs, events, and media platforms to increase awareness of the company’s many digital initiatives. She strongly believes in the power of innovation for social good, and is excited to continue promoting this message to the world.

Starlink Pilot Project Planning, Setup and Gotchas

Hearth

"This is the first installment of our ATLE Grant Funded Project that outlines the possibility to use Starlink to provide equitable access in a rural context. During this session, we will be discussing information about our beta access, project planning, setup and gotchas. This session would be useful for those entertaining the idea of trying out Starlink their network environment. "

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Howard Smith

Howard Smith is a Systems Analyst at Golden Hills School Division, where he troubleshoots, repairs and maintains a wide variety of computing equipment and infrastructure. He specializes in site support, digital signage and colony schools / rural locations.

Shannon Walker

VMware Carbon Black - EDR

Spark

Visibility is Key... you can't stop what you can't see! VMware Carbon Black is a marketing leading EDR solution protecting your endpoints from the most advanced cyber attacks. Please join us as we discuss the benefits of VMware Carbon Black EDR, Black Gold School Division use case, and Dell partnership.

Eric Leitch

Eric Leitch- VMware Carbon Black Western Canada Account Manager specializing in Endpoint Security

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Rick Sparrow

Rick Sparrow- Black Gold School Division IT Analyst: Rick is a hands on current customer of VMware Carbon Black EDR solution.

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Scott Coleman

Scott Coleman is a Senior IT Professional supporting Public Sector entities, including K-12 and Post-Secondary, throughout the Prairies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. He and his team are dedicated to supporting their customers through the vast channels included in Digital Transformation, while enabling modern practices to ensure all organizations meet their technological goals.

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Terry Sangha

Terry Sangha- VMware Carbon Black Solution Engineer: 20 years of IT experience specializing in Enterprise Security and Architecture SecOps.

Elementary Coding in Minecraft Education Edition

Flare

Many elementary students love building and exploring in Minecraft, in this session we'll talk about how to take it to the next level with computer science and coding. You and your students will be able to gain new powers and abilities, while developing skills in problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and perseverance. We'll also talk about alignment with the current curriculum and the new curriculum. Minecraft Education Edition requires a Microsoft 365 account and a Windows or Mac computer, a newish Chromebook, an iPad, or an Android device.

David Hay

David Hay is teaching Grades 5 and 6, and has also been an innovation consultant and a high school teacher.

Microsoft Tools for Inclusive Digital Learning

Flint

Join us for this 45-minute educator workshop where we’ll dive into the accessibility features of Microsoft Teams and O365 to learn how you can use these tools to differentiate in your classroom. Inside this hands-on workshop, we’ll discover accessibility features inside Microsoft Teams and O365 such as noise suppression, immersive reader, translation, differentiated assignments, Presentation Coach, Editor, and Dictate. We'll also look at Reading Progress inside Microsoft Teams, which allows students to independently read aloud, record themselves, and develop their reading skills while allowing you to provide feedback and support.

Michelle Armstrong

Pure Digital Data: The Future of Education Forms

Candle

IPPs, Behavorial Plans, Standardized Assesments, Counciling Notes and more have met their match! Built in collaboration with the teams at Horizon, Prairie Rose, Grasslands, Medicine Hat Public, & Calgary Catholic, we’ve been hard at work building a brand-new student management platform. These five school districts have been meeting with our developers each week to design a completely customizable way to create and manage all manner of IPPs, assessments, student goals, medical/behavioural plans and reports. Educations Forms was also built in collaboration with Alberta Ed and is fully SIS compatible. Join this session to learn more about the project and the exciting future of Education Forms.

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Brad Leitch

Brad is the CEO at Imagine Everything and the community lead for the Education Forms project.

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Camille Quinton

Director of inclusive Learning at Prairie Rose School Division

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Corey Sadlemeyer

Assistant Superintendent at Medicine Hat Public Schools

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Kaleb Motz

Director of Community Development - Heading up aspects like project management, training and onboarding, Kaleb ensures all school district partners are well integrated in the Imagine Everything development community.

Lena Cameron

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Kevin DeForge

Ed Tech Supervisor at Calgary Catholic Schools

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Terri Duncan

Associate Superintendent of Learner Services at Horizon School Division

The Edwin Impact | Wherever learning happens

Ember

Join the Edwin Classroom Success team in an interactive presentation of Edwin, Nelson's Learning Ecosystem. In this session you will explore digital curriculum resources and tools through the lens of an Alberta educator. Learn how continuous learning happens in fully connected classrooms using your LMS of choice. See the impact Edwin has on sharing, creating and collaborating among teachers and students in their safe, trusted and modern learning environments.

Ashley McLellan

Ashley is the Director of Professional Learning at Nelson and works in partnership with leaders and educators across Canada to transform the educational experience for each student. You can connect with her on Twitter @ashmac205

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Chris Smeaton

Chris Smeaton is a retired Superintendent of Schools and currently is working for Nelson Canada as a consultant supporting the implementation of Edwin across Alberta and BC. He has long been a advocate of ensuring that modern teaching is present in classrooms today and that requires modern leadership. In creating a culture of "fail forward," Chris believes in providing a safe environment for teachers to expand and innovate. Chris also provides leadership coaching and works with school leaders to support their practice as instructional leaders.

Claire Varley, M.Ed., OCT

Sherri Ross, B. Ed., B. Mus., Dipl. BA.

Laser-Focused Learning with Epson

Glow

Join Epson in this LIVE session and DEMO to discover how Laser Displays give educators the power to rise above and deliver laser-focused learning that sticks. Specifically designed for education, Epson displays deliver immersive images without compromising whiteboard space. And advanced laser technology means no lamps to change — ever.

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Marion Randell

Marion Randell is the BDM with Epson Canada. She is responsible for Education and Corporate customers in Western Canada. She has over ten years of experience in the professional AV industry, and previously worked for Rogers Wireless and Xerox Canada. She completed her MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University and lives in Victoria.

Engineering and sustainability in First Nations fish harvesting traditions

Hot Spot

In this session, we explore the mathematics and engineering behind intertidal modifications (“fish traps”) located in Tla’amin Nation territory. We have implemented a programming code-based application with a mathematical model that simulates population size of salmon over the course of ten years with no harvesting, low harvesting and greedy harvesting to facilitate engagement and exploration. Teachers will be provided with lesson plans and interactive activities to learn about the Coast Salish fish trap traditions in their classrooms.

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Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk works as a data scientist at Cybera. Prior to this role, she worked as a data science intern for the Callysto project, a federally-funded initiative in Canada helping K12 students and teachers learn data literacy, computational thinking and programming. She is experienced in facilitating data science learning experiences which celebrate diversity and are tailored to a variety of skill levels. Laura holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her alma mater recognized her work in creating enriching learning experiences by awarding her the Terry Fox Gold medal. Laura enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for coding and problem solving, and hopes this will inspire students to explore mathematics and data science.

10:15am -

10:35am

What's Next for School:Using AI to Improve Students’ Network Experience & Facilitate Better Learning

Water Cooler

With the explosion of online learning and the ubiquitous use of devices in the classroom, any problem with the school network can cause disruption for students and teachers. Juniper Networks has devised a solution: Using AI, its network automatically detects anomalies and applies predictive analytics to fix IT issues before they reach the classroom.

David Situ

System Engineer at Juniper Networks

Bill Gove

System Engineer at Juniper Networks

SmarterMarks - in person or online assessment with statistics

EdBit

SmarterMarks enables in-person and online teachers to create, score, and analyze multiple-choice, numeric response, and written questions aligned to curricular outcomes. Statistics within SmarterMarks help with interpreting student assessment data, highlighting misconceptions or understanding, while also flagging suspicious activity within a student’s assessment. Come learn more about how SmarterMarks can help provide more insight on student assessment and make it easier to create more effective assessments!

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Bernice Pui

Bernice is a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Support) Consultant and has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 8 years as a knowledge and employability, high school science, and advanced placement biology/chemistry teacher. For her extracurriculars, she coached Speech and Debate Club and was involved in school committees surrounding school culture, technology, and leadership. Bernice recently completed her Master of Education in Educational Studies, with her focus on Technology and Leadership and is looking forward to help teachers experiment with classroom technologies to encourage authentic student learning.

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Blythe Evans

Blythe is a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Support) Consultant and has been with Edmonton Public Schools for 15 years. She started her career as an elementary teacher, then continued as a technology lead teacher, assistant principal, and assessment consultant. Through each of these roles, Blythe continued learning about technology integration and supporting teachers through coaching and mentoring. As a Google Certified Trainer and educational technology consultant, her focus areas for support include Digital Citizenship, Google Workspace integration for student centered learning and accessibility tools for digital assessment practices. Blythe also leads a mountain biking club and is often found coaching on the river valley trails.

10:40am -

11:00am

Keep on Track with Docs Checklists

EdBit

Check ✅ out two new additions to Google Docs - inserting checklists and special emoji checklists. Make your lists more interactive and easy to scan with checklists.

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Nicole Lakusta

Over the many years in the K-12 environment as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead and now STEAM Facilitator, I am still excited about teaching and learning! I live to show the amazing edtech tools and curricular resources that engage, motivate, remove barriers and challenge staff and students. When not hosting PD events, I can be found reading, attending sporting events and traveling with my family. I facilitate learning opportunities for students, adults and organizations! Check out about.me/nlakusta.

Rally Roadmap

Water Cooler Chat

Rally website clients are invited to join this informal chat. We want to hear your thoughts on where our product should go next! We’ll let you know about some ideas we’re considering for future development. Let us know what features would benefit your users most, and feel free to bring your own ideas to the table.

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Andrew Saunders

Andrew manages Rally’s website development projects for school divisions.

11:00am -

12:00pm

Sponsor Spotlight

Exhibitor Hall

Take some time to visit the vendor hall and meet our fabulous sponsors. You never know what one of them might have to share with you that is something you really need. Convergence wouldn't happen without them so please take a moment to stop by and say hi!

12:00pm -

1:00pm

Lunch Break

The Roof Top Lounge

If you feel like some casual conversation while you have lunch come by the Rooftop Lounge in our Kumospace and see who's around! Drop by our sponsors' rooms and have a conversation, check out their wares and maybe find some ITCoin too!

1:00pm -

1:15pm

Announcements & PRIZES!

Main Stage

You must be in attendance to win a prize!

1:15pm -

2:00pm

Coming out of this pandemic, how will we find our new normal?

Matchbox

"The pandemic has caused systems, schools and teachers to change their educational approaches. It has been an accelerator for change. When we finally are through with the pandemic, how will our schools look? What will be our norm and how do we take the lessons learned during this most challenging time to create a normal that serves students, supports teachers and develops systems even more. In this session, we will look at how this pandemic has radically changed our view of delivering education not just to the few but to masses. We will tackle the question of what we will need to do from a leadership perspective to come out better than when we went in. "

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Chris Smeaton

Chris Smeaton is a retired Superintendent of Schools and currently is working for Nelson Canada as a consultant supporting the implementation of Edwin across Alberta and BC. He has long been a advocate of ensuring that modern teaching is present in classrooms today and that requires modern leadership. In creating a culture of "fail forward," Chris believes in providing a safe environment for teachers to expand and innovate. Chris also provides leadership coaching and works with school leaders to support their practice as instructional leaders.

Designing and Implementing a Web based Forms Solution

Candle

This session will explore the trials, tribulations and successes of implement a division-wide electronic forms solution for a Division of 45,000 students and their parents. Topics will include PowerSchool Single Sign On, Verification, Registrations, Surveys, and other data gathering forms.

Ahmad Jawad

Ahmad Jawad, CEO of Intellimedia is an established member of the Alberta business community, having founded and expanded Intellimedia into a thriving corporation. Since founding Intellimedia, Ahmad has led the development of several high value solutions such as Dossier and SchoolEngage utilized by School Districts across Alberta. He is committed to the customer focused philosophy as well as advancing innovation in the Ed Tech market. Ahmad passionately believes in public education and a focus on student learning.

Don Switzer

Don Switzer has been in IT at Edmonton Catholic Schools for 27 years and is currently the Manager of Software Development Services. He and his team are responsible for providing software, reporting and visualization solutions where needed.

Don't get Board: Let's Jam!

The Bonfire

Have you heard of Jamboard? Attend this session to get the ins and outs of this free Google tool. Lots of resources will be shared for this whiteboard.

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Peggy Reimers - TCEA

Peggy facilitates professional development with gSuite, mobile learning devices, robotics, and other current technology trends. Formally a public school teacher, she shared her passion for technology and her creative, hands-on approach with elementary students for 26 years. Peggy earned her M.S. in Educational Technology from Lesley University and her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana – Billings.

Frustrated answering "How Do I..." questions, then your IT department needs an Ed Tech help desk

Hearth

Most school divisions do an amazing job with IT but when it comes to ED Tech most IT Department are doing double duty. This session will examine some of the differences and similarities between IT and ET. Look at one solution that is being implemented in Southern Alberta that is supporting teachers and your IT Department with ED tech support.

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Jesse Sadlowski

Jesse Sadlowski is the Director of Technology Learning and Innovation for Lethbridge School Division. Jesse Sadlowski is passionate when it comes to fostering and implementation of new technology in the curriculum.

Mario Asta

Mario Asta is the current Director of Learning and Development at Logics Technology. He is a certified elementary school educator that is passionate about the integration of technology that enables student learning. He has spent the past 7-10 years leading educator training and support of technology within K-12 classrooms across Canada. Today he continues to provide the dynamic support educators and IT professionals can count on!

LocknCharge - Compare Carrier, Joey and Epic carts as well as wall units and Smart Lockers!

Ember

Join Ben Evered of Software4Schools.ca to see how LocknCharge carts with baskets give teachers an extra hour of instruction per week compared to none basket deployment carts. Compare Carrier, Joey and Epic carts, side by side in real-time and see which solutions work best for you.

Ben Evered

Sales Manager www.Software4Schools.ca

MinecraftEDU within the Curriculum: Yes! We Can!

Hot Spot

Minecraft has planted itself in the hearts of our youth and now educators are using the game to provide dynamic learning experiences. With Subject Kits available for LA, Science, Math, SS and more, the classroom implementation possibilities are endless. Join us for this 45-minute beginner session where we will walk you through Minecraft for Education and placing your first blocks. Come learn how Minecraft for Education has the power and the ability to captivate and motivate your students to learn.

Michelle Armstrong

Safe Digital Schools with XDR + SIEM

Spark

This session will provide an overview of the Microsoft Extended Detection and Reponses Platform (XDR) and Microsoft Sentinel (SIEM). We will demonstrate how a pre-integrated platform for security helps schools stay safe and control costs. This session will explore the areas of EDR, UEBA, SOAR, 3rd party integrations and more.

David Kozera

Microsoft 365 for Education Country Lead

Karen McGregor

Senior Azure Lead for Microsoft Education

What's New With SMART

Glow

Join to see SMART Technologies introduce new SMART Boards, and never before seen updated to Lumio! Join Alek for an overview, ask questions, and as always get interactive with SMART! Stay for Nick’s overview of SMART Remote Management. The MDM that is changing the way assets are managed in K-12 and Higher Ed!

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Alek Kolga

Alek is an experienced educator. He specializes in supporting Information Technology and Curriculum teams evaluate, implement, and support division technology upgrades. He is your point of contact for using SMART to deliver outstanding outcomes. His main focus is identifying customers’ unique needs and delivering pathways for school districts to find success.

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Nick Benoit

Nickolas Benoit is a Technical Consultant with SMART Technologies based out of Canada. Nick has held a variety of roles w/ SMART including Account Director, technical consultant and territory manager. Nick has spent the majority of his time with SMART supporting K-12 schools, large districts and Universities on their technical deployment strategies. His current focus is to work with AV and IT teams to ensure a seamless installation, configuration and management of the SMART solution.

1:15pm -

1:35pm

Let's Kumo!

EdBit

You've seen Kumospace and you're dying to know how you can set up your own and use it! Come for a quick how-to and some useful tips and tricks on creating the Kumospace of your dreams.

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Angela Dearing

Teacher, mom, technology lover! I'm an EdTech lead teacher with Wetaskiwin Regional Schools. This will be my fourth conference as the chair of the Convergence planning committee.

1:40pm -

2:00pm

Discover Sora!

Water Cooler

Come and join Andrea for an intro into Sora! Learn all that the Student Reading app has to offer, and the ways it can enrich the lives of students and staff.

Andrea Hotton

Andrea Hotton is an Account Executive at OverDrive. Andrea has spent the last 20 years working with schools across Canada to implement digital resources into the modern classroom. Her passion is in helping educators engage students with literacy and personalized learning at all levels.

Strategies for Shared iPad in your classrooms

ITBit

THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
In a quick 20 minutes, learn how easy it is to leverage Shared iPad in your classroom, and see demonstrations of why more school districts have started using Shared iPad. This session is recommended for teachers with any number of iPad devices in the class, and will be informative for IT techs that want to learn about the best way to securely support and deploy Shared iPad devices throughout a school. It’s really very simple. Scan the code at the end of the session to receive the latest information on Shared iPad in your inbox.

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Aaron Shannon

Aaron Shannon, Apple Education Technical Consultant for the prairie provinces, supports IT and ET projects that use Apple technology.

Yes you Canva!

EdBit

Unlock your access to a FREE premium Canva license for educators and learn some key features to up your graphic design game.

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Angela Dearing

Teacher, mom, technology lover! I'm an EdTech lead teacher with Wetaskiwin Regional Schools. This will be my fourth conference as the chair of the Convergence planning committee.

2:00pm -

2:05pm

Afternoon Break

Have a very quick break before the last session.

2:05pm -

2:50pm

Adapt to the new normal in education- Mitigate Learning Loss

Ember

Many educators struggled in 2020 when they were suddenly sent home to teach due to the pandemic. 18 months later, many of these same educators have developed new best practices, new innovative teaching methods and the hybrid classroom has significantly developed. This presentation will discuss what new innovations Logitech has introduced to help you help yours and enhance hybrid teaching, learning, explore best practices, and combat learning loss.

Lynnette Whitfield

Lynnette grew up in Calgary Alberta and immigrated to Australia in the early 90's where she lived for over 22 years. She represented large video conference vendors PictureTel, Tandberg, Cisco in sales, before becoming Polycom's Director - Education Industry Solutions for the Asia Pacific region. She moved back to Calgary in 2014 to be closer to her ageing parents. Today Lynnette manages the Alberta, Manitoba, NWT and Nunavut territories for Logitech's Global Video Collaboration Corporation (GVCC) division.

An Introduction to the Research of John Hattie for Administrators

The Matchbox

John Hattie's extensive research into what works best in education is something that all educators should be familiar with. This session will provide an introduction to what his research found and its impact on leaders.

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Lori Gracey, TCEA

Lori Gracey currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, librarians, and teachers across the country. She serves more than 58,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori has served on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 and 2022 conventions in San Antonio. She has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director.

Coding Made Easy with CS First

Flint

With step-by-step instructions and a team ready to answer all of your questions, setting up CS First for your classroom doesn’t have to be complicated! Let us help you get set up for using this program with your students. Join us for this 45-minute set-up teacher workshop where you will: Explore CS First and how coding helps to build 21st-century skills in your classroom Set up your class(es) inside CS First Learn best practices for using CS First with your class from current educators Get a sneak-peek into the upcoming co-taught lessons where we’ll co-teach your class for you as we all learn to code together

Michelle Armstrong

Fostering Student Connections and Engagement with Flipgrid

Bonfire

Flipgrid allows you to empower students on a whole new level as you break down the four walls of your classroom to build global connections, and engage students in authentic learning and assessment practices. In this interactive session, we will expand from the basics! We will explore ways we can enhance our topics, engage in better teaching practices, support social and emotional learning, build relationships with our students, as well as connect our students to a global community!

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Christine McKee

Christine McKee is in her 5th year as an Emerging Technology and Assessment Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division in Alberta, Canada and has been a classroom teacher with the division for over 16 years. In addition to being selected as an MIE Expert, Christine is a MIE Master Trainer and Flipgrid Certified Trainer.

Network Automation With Open Source Software

Spark

In this session we'll briefly look at what is required to lay the foundation and create an environment to start exploring open source software for network automation. But we'll also go beyond those basics and examine real-world examples of custom built automation tools. We'll focus on what's possible rather than 'how-tos' or providing a tutorial. After a brief introduction to each open source software package (conda, jupyter notebooks, python, pandas, streamlit) we'll consider how these can be stacked together to create custom network automation tools that address specific operational requirements. We'll do this by looking at a few tools that I've personally built.

Simon Reed

Simon is a Network Architect at Mount Royal University. He's been looking at open source software to see how it can be leveraged to build custom network automation tools that address real-world network operations challenges. He sees great value in coupling traditional networking skills and capabilities with newly emerging skill sets in network programmability. His light-hearted approach to presenting and his focus on his audience makes for an engaging time spent exploring new ideas together.

Teaching Computer Science in Elementary

Hot Spot

Soon we will be teaching computer science in elementary school. In this session we'll look at free resources and ways to implement computer science from K to 6, and how this can be fun for the students and for us. We will also talk about establishing communities of practice and how we can share.

David Hay

David Hay is teaching Grades 5 and 6, and has also been an innovation consultant and a high school teacher.

Unboxing SPIKE Prime

Flare

This session will take a look at the fourth generation of LEGO robotics - SPIKE Prime! Let's take a tour of the new hardware and software.

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Peggy Reimers - TCEA

Peggy facilitates professional development with gSuite, mobile learning devices, robotics, and other current technology trends. Formally a public school teacher, she shared her passion for technology and her creative, hands-on approach with elementary students for 26 years. Peggy earned her M.S. in Educational Technology from Lesley University and her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana – Billings.

Windows in Education: The Next Generation

Hearth

Let's talk about the next generation of Windows for Education! We'll explore what new experiences await users within our latest Windows offerings.

Steven Stronach

2:05pm -

2:25pm

Intro to myViewBoard Visual Learning Platform

Water Cooler

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Paul Demsky

Paul Demsky is the Regional Business Manager in Western Canada for ViewSonic, and is based out of Calgary, AB.

Technology in Schools - University Credit for Teachers

EdBit

Technology in Schools I is an exciting initiative hosted by the Consortia (ERLC) and the University of Alberta Faculty of Education. Take 24 hours of professional learning through ERLC and use it to fulfill 2/3 of the work towards credit in a U of A graduate course. Attend this session to learn how this all works.

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Janet Bell

Director of Professional Learning at ATLE and EdTech Learning Lead with ERLC, Janet likes to stay ahead of the curve, off centre stage, ready to collaborate wherever interesting project opportunities might emerge.

2:30pm -

2:50pm

Useful Phone Apps for Teachers

EdBit

Andrew would like to share several useful apps that you can use to help make your classroom flow more effectively and demonstrate to your students that devices can be tools, not just toys.

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Andrew Bullen

Andrew Bullen is a Div IV science teacher in Northern Alberta. He mostly teaches in person, but was a blended learning instructor for a few years before it was cool.

3:00pm -

3:40pm

ATLE Annual General Meeting with PRIZES!

Main Stage

Join us for the ATLE AGM and have a chance at our last lot of prizes! As always, you must be in attendance to win.