NOTE: Please see Session Descriptions for Sessions 1-2 for information on repeat Sessions.
Session: 3B + 4B (Double)
Title: Introduction to Google Read and Write
Presenter: Alexis Einarson
Learn a few tips and tricks to using Google Read and Write and how to implement them in the classroom with students with reading and writing difficulties as well as how to use with your entire student population.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of Google. Please bring a Chromebook and a headset with mic or earbuds with a mic.
Audience: Middle Years, Senior Years, Resource/ Educational assistants
Session: 3D + 4L
Title: Computational Thinking and Coding with Indoor Drones
Presenter: Royce Hollier
We're all well aware of the fact that we need to infuse computational thinking (CT) into the lives of ourselves and our students. Using drones can be a way to support CT, address curricular outcomes and familiarize students with a cool tool that many of them will use for careers and pleasure in ways that we can't presently imagine. We will use Parrot Mambo drones and work with FreeFlight, Tynker, Workbench and dabble in Apple Swift Playground.
Audience: Middle Years, Senior Years
Title: Curating Learning Using Wakelet
Presenter: Phil Taylor
Curation is absolutely necessary in the information age! As Gayle Allen says in her book, The New Pillars of Modern Teaching, “We’re assembling resources in a way that represents the ongoing story of our learning. We are the curators.” In this hands-on BYOD session, you will learn how to curate learning for your classroom. Wakelet, an online tool, has a number of features to help you and your students create visually appealing collections of resources such as websites, videos, Twitter chats, and much more.
Prerequisites: Comfort using web-based tools. Please bring a device.
Title: Class Management Using Edsby
Presenter: Shanon Wieler and Laurie Turnbull
Edsby provides many levels of communication between teacher, students and parents and includes features like Attendance, Gradebook, Calendar and Announcements. Pembina Trails School Division in South Winnipeg began a pilot of Edsby in spring 2019 and we are now in the midst of deploying this solution Division wide. We’ll present our experience up to and including deployment as well as an overview of how a teacher can benefit from Edsby’s numerous features.
Audience: K-12, Administration
Title: Gettin’ Googley
Presenter: Trevor Poole & Darren Kuropatwa
Learn how to tap into Google’s free online toolset and knock down the walls of any classroom, engage students and make connections in new and exciting ways. During this workshop teachers will learn tips, tricks, and hacks that can immediately be used in the classroom. With these and other open-ended tools, the options are endless. This session is focused on all educators in all subject areas. Participants should bring their own laptop.
Prerequisites: General knowledge of G Suite for Education
Audience: Early Years, Middle Years, Senior Years, K-12, Administration, Post-Secondary
Title: Mystery Acid X-5
Presenter: Kent Lewarne
Vernier pH probes are an incredible tool for our chemistry teachers. Using the Labquest 2 tablets and the pH sensor, teachers will learn a teaching sequence for using titrations to identify the unknown acid called "X-5". This session is targeting Grade 12 Chemistry and involves volumetric titrations. The session is limited to 6-12 participants only.
Prerequisites: Familiar with Chemistry 40S
Audience: Senior Years, Chemistry 40S
Subject Area Focus: Chemistry 40S
Session: 3R + 4R (Double)*
Title: Hutterian Distance Learning with Google for Education
Presenter: James Wollman
Whistling Wind School is located on MillsHof Colony at Glenboro, MB in the Prairie Spirit School Division.
This modern, purpose-built school provides on-site instruction for its K-12 students as well as a technology-driven distance delivery system for its high school students.
Instruction for its high school program uses Google for Education hardware and software, including Chromebooks, Google Hangouts Meet, G Suite for Education and other hardware and software.
Whistling Wind School has purposely designed learning classrooms for this distance education delivery system and participants will be able to examine both the receiving and delivery infrastructure and methods for this distance learning program.
As part of this session, participants will be provided transportation to Whistling Wind School where they will start with a brief tour of the school. Participants will be shown how both tradition and technology can be brought together to deliver education in a contemporary environment for today’s Hutterian students.
*Offsite. Participants will depart by bus at 1:10 p.m. and return at 3:15 p.m.
Prerequisites: Chromebook, GSuite knowledge beneficial
Audience: Senior Years, Distance education coordinators or teachers