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Quest Program
Quest Program
​The Quest Conference offers opportunities to address the learning style and needs of each attendee! Check out inspiring speakers, personalized learning sessions, the Quest Playground & Marketplace, interactive exhibits and student projects.
 
Program information below is from Quest 2016. The 2017 program will be posted once sessions and activities are confirmed. 

Active
Learning Lab 
Active Learning Lab 
Discourse and Dialogue
Discourse and Dialogue 
Learning
Narrative
Learning Narrative 
Multiple Perspectives Panel 
Multiple Perspectives Panel 
Putting the
Puzzle Together
Putting the Puzzle Together 
​Blended
Blended 

Flipped ​
Flipped

​Off-site
Off-site

​Inspire SessionInspire Session

Meet-Ups
Meet-ups

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  • November 16
  • November 17
  • November 18

7:30 AM- 8:15 AMRegistration/Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM- 8:25 AMOpening Ceremony
Elder Laureen "Blu" Waters

8:25 AM- 9:00 AMStudent Message - Amanah

Inspire SessionAmanah -- A theatrical presentation by students from Maple High School. The story of a family’s arduous journey from war-torn homeland to the intimidating sanctuary of an adopted country. Intermingling fantasy, fairy-tale and fact, the play serves as testament to humanity’s need for acceptance, community and dutiful reverence of legacy.


9:00 AM- 9:15 AMWelcome
J. Philip Parappally, Director of Education, YRDSB

Catherine Montreuil, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education

9:15 AM- 9:30 AMCo-anchor Session 1

​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto

Michael Fullan, OC, Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


9:30 AM- 10:20 AMKeynote Presentation 1 - Creating Opportunities One Hashtag at a Time (Rafranz Davis)
Inspire SessionWhen we think of connected learning, we often think of connecting teachers, students, classrooms and communities to our greatest asset…each other. However, there are moments of connected learning that are much less about connecting people than they are about inspiring ideas. Take a journey with me through my school district and learn how 140 characters and a culture of “yes” helped inspire new ideas and innovative learning opportunities where students and teachers not only have a voice but own their learning.​

Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD

10:20 AM- 10:30 AMTravel Break
Playground opens for the day

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA: Personalized Learning Sessions

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA01: Coding Camps, MakerMinis and Hackathons (Stouffville Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together Session

When it comes to developing students as inventors, there is nothing more empowering than placing students in the driver’s seat of their own creative journey. In our rural school district, we have worked diligently to provide access and opportunities for all students by providing them with the tools, resources, and needed supports to tackle problems of their choosing through mentor-based collaboration and computational thinking. Participants will leave with resources and ideas to implement in their own communities.

Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD​

​*Also offered in B01


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA02: The Importance of Digital Citizenship (Newmarket Room)

Learning NarrativeWhat do we do when cyberbullying invades our classrooms? In this session, follow the journey of a teacher and her class when a cyberbullying incident became a tangible reality. Hear about successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Through collaborative inquiry using a variety of digital tools, students worked across the curriculum to understand the concept of digital citizenship and the critical role they each play in their digital communities and the lasting impact of their online decisions.

Julie Millan, Instructional Leader, Teaching & Learning with Technology + Diana Hale, Teacher, Toronto District School Board

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA03: Breakout EDU: Ultra-Engaging Learning Games for Learners Of All Ages (Richmond A Room)

Active Learning LabAre you searching for innovative ways to cover curriculum, help your students solve problems, collaborate, and develop a growth mindset? Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for learners of all ages. It presents learners with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. It’s even great for staff PD! Participants will solve a series of mysteries in order to breakout! Participants will leave with many resources to create their own Breakout EDU experiences. 

Kim Pollishuke, Digital Literacy Resource Teacher, YRDSB


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA04: Empower Reluctant Writers through Global Digital Connections & Immersive Environments
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.​

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA05: Visible Learning: Open and Transparent School Learning Plans (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Learning NarrativeSchool Improvement Plans can be static and disconnected documents, but they don't have to be! The SCDSB uses Google Drive as a platform for our School Learning Plans for Student Achievement and Well-being. These plans are accessible to view and comment by all SCDSB staff. Each collaborative inquiry is documented by the learners in a Learning Story which is also open to all staff to use as a resource and to offer their colleagues probing questions and support.


Patrick Miller, Principal of Innovation and Dean Maltby - Principal of Program, Simcoe County District School Board

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA06: Teaching Problem Solving Through Coding (Aurora Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherGrade 8 students will demonstrate and explore how to implement and utilize computational and iterative programming strategies to develop problem solving skills. Working with Lego EV3 Robots, Sphero Robotic balls, and Scratch, students will demonstrate how developing coding skills promotes deeper thinking about problems.

Dan Grant, Elementary School Teacher, Bayview Hill Elementary School, YRDSB


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA07: A School's Journey with Modern Learning (Vaughan West Room)

Learning Narrative​Have you ever wondered about how to incorporate mindfulness across a whole school? How to design professional learning opportunities based on staff interest? How to re-imagine existing physical spaces to foster inclusion and well-being? During this session we will share our school’s Modern Learning journey in using staff and student voice to inform our approaches to teaching and learning in order to improve student achievement and well-being.

Janani Pathy, Principal, Middlefield CI, Tanya-Lynn Paul, Vice-Principal, Middlefield CI + Kirsty Irvine, Vice-Principal, Keswick HS, YRDSB

*Also offered in F02


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMA08: Hot Topic (Grand York Ballroom)

Discourse and DialogueDuring this facilitated session, participants choose what to discuss. Walk in, share what you’d like to do and work with others to select the topic that appeals to most people, or split into groups and discuss various topics and rotate – it’s up to you!​


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMA09/B09: Making Indigenous Connections (1.5 hours, continues into session B) (Markham B Room)

Active Learning LabThis session begins with examples of how First Nation, Métis and Inuit culture have been integrated into non-native curriculum in exciting new ways: drum teachings in a design class and residential school stories with Orwell’s book 1984. Participants will work in facilitated groups looking for new and creative ways to approach FNMI material in their subject areas, improving student understanding of Indigenous people and culture. Groups will share their ideas in the third part of the session.

Andrew McConnell, First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Teacher Advisor + Julie Sayles & Kristin Quinn, Teachers, Huron Heights Secondary School, YRDSB


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMA10/B10: The Use of Assistive Technology in Mathematics (1.5 hours, continues into session B) (Vaughan East Room)

Multiple Perspectives PanelStudents and teachers are feeling the frustrations with learning and providing the right support. By examining the strengths, needs, and interest of the students we will have a better understanding in how to support our learners. Teachers will get an idea of what type of assistive technology they can use in the classroom to support their students in Math. We will be covering tools found in our board image, Web 2.0 apps and Google Apps.

Erica Mark and Debra Besner, Technology Resource Teachers, YRDSB


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMA11/B11: Rise of the Frankenstuffies! A Technology Infused, Inquiry-Based Project (1.5 hours, continues into session B) (Markham A Room)

Active Learning LabThis interactive workshop will introduce participants to an award-winning project-based learning unit that combines history, a novel study, and science to answer the inquiry question: How Does Industrial Change Affect the Environment? Using maker techniques, students create a “Frankenstuffie”, write a background story for their creation, and film an amazing movie bringing their creature to life. Participants will practice apps and techniques that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Petra Willemse and Bryan Hughes, Performance Learning Program, Seycove Secondary School, North Vancouver School Board


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMA12/B12: The YRDSB WWI Arts Inquiry: Activity to Deep Learning (1.5 hours, continues into session B) (King City Room)

Learning NarrativeOur board-wide WWI Arts Inquiry project is a vision for deep learning in the arts. In our digital world, students are drawn to hands on experiences of the ‘real thing’ even though they will communicate their learning and ideas using digital tools. In the workshop we will share the process (including the challenges and rewards) and the impact of the learning on both students and teachers.

William Lottering, Curriculum Consultant, The Arts K-12, Jan Emonson, Curator + Christina Blake, Museum and Archives Education Programmer, YRDSB


11:30 AM- 11:40 AMTravel Break

11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB: Personalized Learning Sessions

​If you select A01-08 above, please select one of B01-B08 below. If you selected A09-A12, your sessions continues into Session B and there is no need to select another session.


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB01: Coding Camps, MakerMinis and Hackathons (Stouffville Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherWhen it comes to developing students as inventors, there is nothing more empowering than placing students in the driver’s seat of their own creative journey. In our rural school district, we have worked diligently to provide access and opportunities for all students by providing them with the tools, resources, and needed supports to tackle problems of their choosing through mentor-based collaboration and computational thinking. Participants will leave with resources and ideas to implement in their own communities.

Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD​

​*Also offered in A01


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB02: Setting the Stage for Student-Directed Learning in the Modern World (Vaughan West Room)

Learning Narrative​In this session we will share how we engaged Grade 8 students as active partners in their learning. Using an inquiry approach, students and teachers deconstructed curriculum expectations, designed an inquiry question and planned their own learning trajectory. Finally, in the culminating activity, they developed a call to action in response to a global issue.

Lynne Cohen, Principal; Danny Goodman SERT & Dawn Teplinsky, Heidi Luk, Doug Grundman, Gr. 8 teachers, Thornhill Woods Public School, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB03: Empower Reluctant Writers through Global Digital Connections & Immersive Environments
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB04: Student IT Team- Start One Today! (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherThe Student IT Team at Thornhill Secondary School will share our journey through the process of establishing and promoting an after school Student IT Team. Learn from our best practices how to: interview potential candidates, train the team in customer service skills, schedule the team, advertise and promote the service, and collect data. Attend our session and you will learn the benefits of a Student IT Team and how to establish one at your school.

Heather Moynagh, Secondary English/Library Teacher, Danaca Barnes, Teacher Librarian + students from Thornhill Secondary School, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB05: A Tale of Two Schools Co-Learning about Mathematics (Aurora Room)

Learning NarrativeFollow two schools from the beginning of their collaboration with a small voluntary group of teachers to three years later, having moved to scale with both schools working collaboratively to learn about effective mathematics instruction using modern learning strategies.

Lisa Dilworth, Principal, Parkview PS + Kelli Cote, Principal, Ramer Wood PS, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB06: Making Connections - Bridging Schools, Communities and the Generations Through Storytelling (Newmarket Room)

Learning NarrativeThe session details how English and Communications Tech Students at Richmond Hill High School worked with local seniors to create digital stories from the interview and script writing stages, through to production. We assess the collaborative nature of the project, implications for engaging in a cross-curricular endeavor, the multi-faceted learning for students, and the impact on the seniors. Q&A + discussion allows participants to explore future learning opportunities with the project.

Yvonne Kelly, Community Resource Facilitator, Anna Wilson, Comm. Tech Teacher, Christopher Duff, Teacher + students from Richmond Hill High School, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB07: Modern Learning in ACTion...A Post-Performance Reflection on Deep, Relevant, Modern Learning (Grand York Ballroom)

Multiple Perspectives PanelIn this workshop, students from the cast and crew of Amanah, along with their teachers, share the planning, process, and praxis that led to the opening performance at Quest. Inspired by real stories from Syrian migrants and folklore, Amanah is an original tale of immigration and cultural displacement. Created by grade 11/12 drama and music students inspired by stories and first-hand accounts of the Syrian refugee crisis, Amanah tells the story of a family’s arduous journey from war-torn homeland to the intimidating sanctuary of an adopted country. Intermingling fantasy, fairy-tale and fact, the play serves as testament to humanity’s need for acceptance, community, and dutiful reverence of legacy. Over thirty students perform in the play to originally composed music and vocals. Join us in this workshop for a post-performance talk-back on the creation of the piece, and the planning-on-the-fly, that led to this original student work.

John Castrounis, Lazaros Geronikolos, and Cheryl Wilson, Teachers from Maple High School + Amanah student cast and crew from Maple High School


11:40 AM- 12:40 PMB08: ‘Turning Learning in Schools’ a holistic approach of leading transformation (Richmond A Room)

Learning Narrative

In this session, Turning Learning, ROC Mondriaan and De Haagse Scholen from the Netherlands will share experiences about the journey and power of Holistic School Transformation. As member of the Global Partnership New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, Dutch schools are working on a total new approach of learning, based on New Pedagogies, 6 C’s,  Deep Learning Experiences, Teacher Profession all supported by research and New Measurement. What are experiences and early findings so far? What are the benefits from being member of a Global partnership? How can Leaders facilitate Change and Innovation as a second nature? How can Teachers be Designers of Learning and Students Leading Learners? And how can we create a school as Learning Studio? In this ‘Hot Topic” session we would like to meet individuals with similar interests or questions.  

ROC Mondriaan, De Haagse Scholen, Den Haag, The Netherlands, Marlou van Beek MMC CMC and Stefanie van Oostveen, Turning Learning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 


12:40 PM- 1:35 PMLunch

1:35 PM- 1:45 PMCo-anchor Session 2

​​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto


1:45 PM- 2:35 PMKeynote Presentation 2 - Fall in Love with the Problem You're Solving (Sarah Prevette)
Inspire SessionSarah Prevette teaches creativity and design thinking to some of the world’s biggest business leaders and believes that education is the single most important function in society. Drawing on an illustrious history as a successful entrepreneur, investor and product developer -- she highlights opportunities for you and your school to find effective, out-of-the-box solutions for deeper learning that you can implement tomorrow. Prevette brings contagious energy as she showcases how educators around the world are developing their own skill sets as innovators and learning repeatable methods around ideation, validation and rapid prototyping. “Fall in love the problem you’re solving,” she says, “not the solution”—and you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible. 

Sarah Prevette, Founder of Future Design School (FDS)

2:35 PM- 2:45 PMTravel Break

2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC: Personalized Learning Sessions

2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC01: Fireside Chat (Grand York Ballroom)

Inspire Session
Following her keynote presentation, Sarah Prevette will delve deeper during a one-hour fireside chat. 

Sarah Prevette, Founder of Future Design School (FDS)​


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC02: HLPS KidNews - News Kids Can Use (Aurora Room)

Active Learning Lab​Since January 2016, our Student Support Centre (13 students Grades 3-6 with various exceptionalities) have been creating news broadcasts every month to share with our school community. Students research local top stories, school sports, local weather and birthdays. Students interview students, parents and staff. Students edit and compile using green screen, google drive, DoInk and iMovie. Students do it all! Participants will have an understanding of tools and basics for starting their own school news broadcast. Participants will have the opportunity to create a script based on a current and relevant event and will have the opportunity to work with the HLPS News Team to use iPads, green screens and microphones to record their segment.

Catherine Foster, Special Education Resource Teacher/Student Support Centre + students from Holland Landing Public School, YRDSB


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC03: Integrating Ojibwe into Mainstream Classrooms (Stouffville Room)

Active Learning Lab​Participants will actively participate and rotate through centres that are reflective of Ojibwe Language while making connections to appropriate curricular areas. Each centre will reflect an aspect of First Nations culture that can be transferred to classroom practice.

Kirsty Howie, Language Teacher, YRDSB + Caitlyn Lymburner, Teacher, YRDSB 


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC04: Power Up Your Next Meeting (Markham B Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherBring your own device and explore innovative ways to engage and power up staff in a variety of meeting settings.  After just one hour of experiential learning you’ll leave with a toolbox of applications (e.g. interactive agendas, virtual staff meetings, Kahoot, Padlet, Google Forms & more!) to implement in your context. Laptop/tablet is recommended for this session.

Richard Erdmann, Principal + Monica Wand, Vice-Principal, Alexander Muir P.S., YRDSB


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC05: Transformation - Ontario on the Move (Vaughan East Room)

Learning NarrativeOntario students need the knowledge, skills, and attributes that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens. Through innovation research, Ontario boards are working to shift practice and leverage the powerful ways that technology can enable deep learning. We’ll focus on deep learning: examining effective practices, building common understanding, and sharing practical examples of ways that technology is transforming learning environments.

Greg McLeod​ and Heidi Siwak, Education Officers, Ontario Ministry of Education

​*Also offered in D05


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC06: School as a Service - Deep Learning in an Academic Environment (Markham A Room)

Blended​This session is about Haukilahti High School moving into the premises of Aalto University. It improves the learning experience of high school students by collaborating with universities and using their resources in education. Having a high school in the campus area will make school more like a service, not just a building. The objective is to share information about the concept of increased collaboration and modern flexible learning environments.

The presentation will be given by four high school students - Jaro Mykkänen, Miikka Tervo, Sonja Alkio and Isa Korhonen. Submitted by Ilpo Salonen, Executive Superintendent of Comprehensive Education & Leena Mattila-Villa, Secondary Teacher/Vice Principal, City of Espoo, Finland


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC07: Learning without Borders (Newmarket Room)

Learning Narrative​In this session, we will share our experience learning collaboratively with Roland Michener Secondary School (RMSS), using digital tools as part of authentic sharing and mathematics learning. RMSS is a grade 7 to 12 school in South Porcupine, which is part of the District School Board Ontario North East. This session is geared towards both elementary and secondary teachers and administrators who are interested in exploring ways to work collaboratively beyond the borders of their communities.

Yvonne Chan, Principal, Stonebridge Public School, YRDSB + Mike Watson, Acting Vice-Principal, District School Board Ontario North East


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC08: Hot Topic (Ballantrae Room)

Discourse and DialogueDuring this facilitated session, participants choose what to discuss. Walk in, share what you’d like to do and work with others to select the topic that appeals to most people, or split into groups and discuss various topics and rotate – it’s up to you!​​


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC09: Introducing Building Outside the Blocks (King City Room)

Active Learning LabBuilding Outside the Blocks (BOB) is an approach to teaching and learning. BOBs can help maximize class time to meet a wide breadth of curriculum expectations and deepen learning for individuals while building community. BOBs are teacher-provided, student-driven projects that use the students’ interests and lives as an avenue to learning. This session will be a fun and dynamic introduction to Building Outside the Blocks (BOBs) and what makes it an authentic experience in modern learning.

Noa Daniel, MEd, Middle School Teacher, Building Outside the Blocks creator, The Leo Baeck Day School, Thornhill, ON


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC10: Student-led Deep Learning in Action (Vaughan West Room)

Active Learning LabThe workshop will include video evidence of students' co-leadership from Rushey Mead Academy, Leicester, an outstanding inner-city secondary school in England. Student facilitators will be present from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Scarborough, Ontario, a unique and internationally acclaimed centre for Self-Directed Learning. Participants will plan strategically for student-led learning and they will gain practical experience of collaborative learning approaches.

Tony Glover, Education Consultant, England + Dana MacIsaac, Head of Science + students from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Toronto Catholic District School Board


2:45 PM- 3:45 PMC11: Design Thinking: Innovative Classroom Spaces (Richmond A Room)

Multiple Perspectives Panel​Take everything out of your classroom and start over again with the following in mind: collaboration and flexibility are critical, technology is an integral part of our lives, anxiety and mental health issues are major challenges for staff and students, and we need to design iterative spaces that constantly evolve. How can we rethink and redesign our classroom spaces to meet the needs of modern learners? What are the implications on pedagogical design, student-teacher interaction, wellness, learning, collaboration? This workshop will highlight a year long collaboration between staff and students to transform classroom spaces supported by extensive research, numerous site visits to places like Google Toronto, and an examination of the impact of aesthetic design on learning and pedagogical practice.

Mark Melnyk, Head of History, Adrienne Chong, Teacher, additional staff and students from Markville Secondary School + Jim Jamieson, YRDSB Curriculum Consultant


7:30 AM- 8:15 AMRegistration/Continental Breakfast
Playground opens for the day

8:15 AM- 8:25 AMOpening Ceremony
Elder Laureen "Blu" Waters

8:25 AM- 8:45 AMStudent Message

Inspire SessionCarneGlee Club from Herbert H. Carnegie PS

Dance is our Sport from Bill Crothers SS

Cadenza and Enjoy the Music from Sir William Mulock SS​


8:45 AM- 9:00 AMWelcome
Anna DeBartolo, Chair of the Board, YRDSB

J. Philip Parappally, Director of Education, YRDSB

9:00 AM- 9:20 AMCo-anchor Session 3
​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Change, University of Toronto + Hannah Alper, YRDSB Student & Changemaker

9:20 AM- 10:20 AMKeynote Presentation 3 - Lightning Round
Inspire SessionBrian Aspinall, Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, LKDSB

Michelle Cordy, Teacher and Google Certified Innovator, TVDSB

Eddy Robinson, Indigenous Artist, Activist and Educator

Royan Lee, Curriculum Consultant, YRDSB 

Janani Pathy, Principal, Middlefield CI + Tanya-Lynn Paul, Vice-Principal, Middlefield CI + Kirsty Irvine, Vice-Principal, Keswick HS, YRDSB

10:20 AM- 10:30 AMTravel Break

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD: Personalized Learning Sessions

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD01: Should everyone learn to code? Coding and Computational Thinking K-8 (Markham B Room)

Active Learning LabAcross the country and around the world coding is becoming part of many elementary curriculum documents. But, is coding for everyone?  You are invited to learn about the reasons why we might teach coding and computational thinking in elementary school. You will discover resources available to help any educator guide students to coding success. Participants are asked to bring an iPad loaded with Swift Playgrounds. Some iPads will be available to borrow for this session. At the end of the session you may still be wondering about whether coding is an essential skill for Ontario students, but it will be clear that everyone can code and anyone can teach coding.  

Michelle Cordy, Teacher and Google Certified Innovator, TVDSB

​*Also offered in E01


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD02: Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing (Ballantrae Room)

Discourse and Dialogue​The topic of Indigenous Ways of Knowing through an urban lens grounded in the Indigenous methodology of locating one self and how we can engage Indigenous ways of knowing through modern technology, electronics and digital space. When Anishinaabe (Ojibway) people locate themselves in the Anishinaabe language they are essentially locating their spirit to the universe and creation. When in the city and we locate ourselves as Indigenous people with Indigenous methodologies we are re-Indigenizing urban
spaces and essential Indigenizing digital space. Indigenous people can access, embrace and interact with their culture through technology as a practice.

Eddy Robinson, Indigenous Artist, Activist and Educator

​*Also offered in E02


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD03: Making with Minecraft (Richmond A Room)

Active Learning LabIn this session participants will explore curriculum connections to the popular game Minecraft. Do you have access to technology? iPads, PCs, Windows tablets? All of these devices are capable of playing the game. Together, we will explore how to get set up so your students can begin creating content to support our curriculum.  Curriculum connections will be demonstrated in the following areas: numeracy, literacy, science, art, history and geography.

Brian Aspinall, Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD04: Hands-On Learning with Electronics (Newmarket Room)

Active Learning Lab
​Discover how inexpensive electronics can provide students with hands-on learning experiences. Workshop participants will build an interactive sound and light generating circuit that demonstrates how neurons work. Participants will also learn how to convert any web camera into an easy-to-use lensless microscope to view plankton.​

Thomas Zimmerman, Master Inventor, IBM

​*Also offered in F01


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD05: Transformation - Ontario on the Move! (Vaughan East Room)

Learning NarrativeOntario students need the knowledge, skills, and attributes that will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens. Through innovation research, Ontario boards are working to shift practice and leverage the powerful ways that technology can enable deep learning. We’ll focus on deep learning: examining effective practices, building common understanding, and sharing practical examples of ways that technology is transforming learning environments.

Greg McLeod​ and Heidi Siwak, Education Officers, Ontario Ministry of Education

*Also offered in C05

10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD06: School as a Service (Oak Ridges Room)

Blended Session​This session is about Haukilahti High School moving into the premises of Aalto University. It improves the learning experience of high school students by collaborating with universities and using their resources in education. Having a high school in the campus area will make school more like a service, not just a building. The objective is to share information about the concept of increased collaboration and modern flexible learning environments.

The presentation will be given by four high school students - Jaro Mykkänen, Miikka Tervo, Sonja Alkio and Isa Korhonen. Submitted by Ilpo Salonen, Executive Superintendent of Comprehensive Education & Leena Mattila-Villa, Secondary Teacher/Vice Principal, City of Espoo, Finland

*Also offered in C06


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD07: Digital Technologies as Accelerators (Stouffville Room)

Active Learning LabParticipants will learn ways of using tablets in comprehensive literacy programs as a way to engage, differentiate for and challenge student learning in primary classrooms. Participants will engage in experiences for a deeper understanding of how technology can increase collaboration, literacy skills, and multimodal communication. Participants will leave with tools and strategies that allow for purposeful and intentional use of tablets in supporting 21st century competencies.

Smruti Soni, Central Lead Teacher, Model Schools for Inner Cities, Toronto District School Board


10:30 AM- 11:30 AMD08: Next Gen Experiential Learning (Grand York Ballroom)

Discourse and DialogueWe don't live in a two dimensional world, so why should our classrooms be restricted to two dimensional learning? The use of technology to enhance learning has never been more advanced, nor more accessible, than it is now. This session will look at innovations, such as virtual reality goggles and 360 degree video, that allow students to experience learning in other parts of their city, country, the world, or the universe. The possibilities are endless, and they're just getting started!

Corey Margolese, Teacher, Emily Carr SS, YRDSB


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMD09/E09: Leading Through Pedagogy: Moving Beyond Inquiry (1.5 hours, continues into session E) (Vaughan West Room)

Learning NarrativeCreating the conditions for deep learning rests not only in the classroom, but amongst its leaders as well. Co-delivered by Jane Phillips-Long (SO, TDSB) and Josie Fung (Director of the Rotman I-Think Initiative), this works explores how Phillips-Long enabled change in her family of schools with a focus on pedagogy. Building from a base of Inquiry, to a deep exploration of Integrative Thinking teachers and school leaders have found meaningful ways to shift learning in their classrooms.

Josie Fung, Director, I-Think Initiative, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto + Jane Phillips-Long, Superintendent, Toronto District School Board


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMD10/E10: All In: Co-Constructing a Deeper Understanding of Global Citizenship (1.5 hours, continues into session E) (Markham A Room)

Active Learning LabJoin us in our physical and online collaborative learning environment as we all, both educators and students, engage with purposeful technology as the accelerator to tackling student-generated questions and ideas. In an ever-changing world, the roles and responsibilities of citizens evolve. In our collaborative community we seek to construct a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. We’re all in.

Emma Stevens and Brittany MacDonald, Grade 2 Teachers + students from Black Walnut Public School, YRDSB

10:30 AM- 12:00 PMD11/E11: Building Knowledge Networks in Education: Lessons Learned from Ontario’s Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (1.5 hours, continues into session E) (Aurora Room)

Discourse and Dialogue​We will share key findings from our experiences facilitating knowledge networks to improve practices and help with problems of practice; including the importance of using systems approaches and the utility of social media for network building, and sharing research and innovative practices. Evidenced informed practices and example models for building knowledge networks will be shared, with break out sessions where participants can discuss their experiences, and plans for knowledge networks.

Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, co-director of KNAER, OISE/UT + Katina Pollock, Associate Professor, co-director of KNAER, Western University


10:30 AM- 12:00 PMD12/E12: Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Classroom Technology (1.5 hours, continues into session E) (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherThe session will describe the learning styles of students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder and how they can be accommodated with technology to enhance learning, organization and memory.

Rahila Chughtai and Alana Shields Barker​, York ASD Partnership


11:30 AM- 11:40 AMTravel Break

11:40 AM- 12:40 PME: Personalized Learning Sessions

​If you selected D01-08 above, please select one of E01-08 below. If you selected D09-12, your session continues into Session E and there is no need to select another session.


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME01: Should everyone learn to code? Coding and Computational Thinking K-8 (Markham B Room)

Active Learning LabAcross the country and around the world coding is becoming part of many elementary curriculum documents. But, is coding for everyone?  You are invited to learn about the reasons why we might teach coding and computational thinking in elementary school. You will discover resources available to help any educator guide students to coding success. Participants are asked to bring an iPad loaded with Swift Playgrounds. Some iPads will be available to borrow for this session. At the end of the session you may still be wondering about whether coding is an essential skill for Ontario students, but it will be clear that everyone can code and anyone can teach coding.  

Michelle Cordy, Teacher and Google Certified Innovator, TVDSB​

​*Also offered in D01


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME02: Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing (Ballantrae Room)

Discourse and Dialogue​The topic of Indigenous Ways of Knowing through an urban lens grounded in the Indigenous methodology of locating one self and how we can engage Indigenous ways of knowing through modern technology, electronics and digital space. When Anishinaabe (Ojibway) people locate themselves in the Anishinaabe language they are essentially locating their spirit to the universe and creation. When in the city and we locate ourselves as Indigenous people with Indigenous methodologies we are re-Indigenizing urban
spaces and essential Indigenizing digital space. Indigenous people can access, embrace and interact with their culture through technology as a practice.

Eddy Robinson, Indigenous Artist, Activist and Educator​

​*Also offered in D02


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME03: Augmented Reality, QR Codes and Interactive Bulletin Boards (Richmond A Room)

Active Learning LabThis session will explore augmented reality (using multiple senses to access information) and QR (quick response) codes to make physical content interact with digital content. Make the most of the devices in your classroom to increase student engagement through fun, interactive learning opportunities. Topics will range from creating interactive bulletin boards to hands-on student projects to using QR to quickly share media links. Be ready, Cyborgs!

Brian Aspinall, Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME04: When should we put the devices away? (Newmarket Room)

Discourse and Dialogue Session
​For many, personal digital devices are ubiquitous in daily existence. As a society and individuals, we struggle with the pros and cons of this reality. The fact that phones, tablets, or laptops are often no further than an arm's reach away has been met with delight, derision, and everything in between. But how might we move away from black and white thinking on the matter? In what learning situations can we leverage digital tools? When do they negatively or positively disrupt learning? When does it benefit learning to keep them in our hands and on our tables, and in which scenarios should we intentionally put them away? Come to this session to engage in dialogue around the nuances of this continuing debate in education.

Royan Lee, Curriculum Consultant, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME05: Drawing Kids into Mathematics with Turtle Art and Scratch (Stouffville Room)

Discourse and Dialogue​Let your students amaze you with their scientific and mathematical minds as they code with Turtle Art and Scratch (free)! Programming? Coding? Don’t worry! These tools are easy enough for children and yet powerful enough for all. Many students have difficulty understanding & enjoying science & mathematics. As they create art, students will—through physical movement—learn coordinate geometry, angles, operations, variables, & distance as they draw their way into being scientists & mathematicians.

Peter Skillen, Independent Educator/Manager, Digital Age Learning with the YMCA of Greater Toronto


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME06: Making Space for a Makerspace (Vaughan East Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together​A MakerSpace provides an opportunity for experiential, inquiry based, and hands on learning. At Markham Gateway P.S., we were committed to putting our understanding of modern learning into action. Join us as we introduce a MakerSpace to you and walk you through our journey of how we made a MakerSpace that worked for our school community. We will discuss challenges we experienced along the way as well as some practical solutions.

Jared Yoshiki, Intermediate SERT/Technology Lead Teacher, Markham Gateway Public School, YRDSB


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME07: Curious Students...Happy Teachers: A Knowledge Building Approach to 21st Century Learning (Grand York Ballroom)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherLooking for a way to motivate your students to learn, 21st century-style? This session will explore the impact on learning when students produce curiosity-driven questions surrounding their curriculum. Using a Knowledge Building environment we explore why knowledge building is highly motivating for students and share activities and examples from the classroom on how a Knowledge Building environment might work for you in your classroom.

Glenn Wagner, Secondary Science Teacher, Upper Grand District School Board


11:40 AM- 12:40 PME08: Space and Design for Modern Learning Environments (Oak Ridges Room)
Multiple Perspectives Panel
How can school boards support and sustain modern learning environments for existing and future schools? Participants will discuss the importance of investigating creative and innovation solutions when designing and reimagining flexible learning spaces, the associated challenges (e.g. funding), and the opportunities for improving student achievement and well-being. 

Dawn Adams, Senior Manager, School and System Operation; Bryan Blacker, Manager, New Construction; Robert Selvazzo, Facilities Services - Maintenance and Construction; Rita Angellotti, Principal, Johnny Lombardi PS; Janine Stutt, Principal, Leadership Development and Early Years Lead, John Steh, Associate Manager of Leadership Development, YRDSB

12:40 PM- 1:30 PMLunch

1:30 PM- 1:45 PMCo-anchor Session 4
​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Change, University of Toronto + Hannah Alper, YRDSB Student & Changemaker​

1:45 PM- 2:30 PMKeynote Presentation 4 - The Afternoon is for Hands-on Learning (Thomas Zimmerman)
Inspire SessionThe push for greater accountability and educational assessment has both teachers and students asking, “Will this be on the test?” But learning is not confined to paper and pencil for there are many styles of learning. In this talk Thomas will share his experiences and insights gleaned from creating and running the Extreme Science Program; a hands-on after school STEAM program for low-income Latino students in San Jose, California. Hands-on projects provide students an opportunity to develop “soft skills” which are in high demand in the tech job market. Students build working prototypes with limited resources, practice creative problem solving, learn the importance of persistence and improvisation, deal with failure, communicate and contribute to a team, and learn from on-line resources. 

Thomas Zimmerman, Master Inventor, IBM​

2:30 PM- 2:40 PMTravel Break

2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF: Personalized Learning Sessions

2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF01: Hands-On Learning with Electronics (Newmarket Room)

Active Learning LabDiscover how inexpensive electronics can provide students with hands-on learning experiences. Workshop participants will build an interactive sound and light generating circuit that demonstrates how neurons work. Participants will also learn how to convert any web camera into an easy-to-use lensless microscope to view plankton.

Thomas Zimmerman, Master Inventor, IBM

​*Also offered in D04


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF02: A School's Journey with Modern Learning (Grand York Ballroom)

Learning NarrativeHave you ever wondered about how to incorporate mindfulness across a whole school? How to design professional learning opportunities based on staff interest? How to re-imagine existing physical spaces to foster inclusion and well-being? During this session we will share our school’s Modern Learning journey in using staff and student voice to inform our approaches to teaching and learning in order to improve student achievement and well-being. 

Janani Pathy, Principal, Middlefield CI, Tanya-Lynn Paul, Vice-Principal, Middlefield CI + Kirsty Irvine, Vice-Principal, Keswick HS, YRDSB

*Also offered in A07 


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF03: Inspiring Learning Outside - A Canvas for Discovery and Building Capacity Outdoors (Stouffville Room)

Learning Narrative​In the era of Modern Learning, where educators and students are co-learners, natural spaces offer rich learning opportunities that capitalize on environmental inquiry as a canvas for deep learning. “A Week in the Forest”, a Ministry of Education Pilot Project, is a narrative that will unpack how to develop an Outdoor Mindset. The session will share the journey of this collaborative learning experience and inspire participants to begin their own modern learning story - outside!

Tanya Murray, Elementary Teacher, Robert Munsch Public School, YRDSB ​+ Jocelyn Schmidt, Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher, Robert Munsch Public School, YRDSB

​*Also offered in G03


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF04: How Modern Learning is defining the Role of Teacher Librarian and the Learning Commons in the 21st century (Markham B Room)

Learning Narrative​Participants will explore the evolution of the library into a Learning Commons for the 21st century, a hub of Modern Learning in Secondary schools. We will examine how inquiry based units, new technologies and collaborative resources enrich the learning community of students, staff and parents serving as a change agent in learning and teaching pedagogy while empowering students to lead the way toward creativity and innovation in problem solving as learning.

Sharon Romero, Head of Library, Sofia Papadatos, Head of Moderns/FSL, students from Langstaff Secondary School + Laura Marotta, Vice-Principal, Aurora High School, YRDSB


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF05: From Good to Great – Learning, Equity and Well-being (Vaughan East Room)

Learning NarrativeThe session will give an international perspective on how municipalities and schools can improve teaching through systematic quality work. Preschools/schools in the City of Linköping focus on factors that develop and maximize students’ high order skills. Teachers and principals challenge their thinking in Professional Learning Communities. The goal is to systematically improve the quality of teaching and to build classroom practice where everybody learns. A variety of ICT-tools are used to enhance learning and to create student engagement and equal learning opportunities. Systematic quality work is essential to gather proof of learning.

Lars Rejdnell, General Director of Education, Elisabeth Stärner, Manager of Strategic Development + Magnus Vahlberg, IT Group, City of Linköping, Sweden

​*Also offered in G07


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF06: Literacy Assessment and Planning in a Digital World: Making it Work (Markham A Room)

Learning NarrativeThis interactive session demonstrates how teachers using digital tools enhance student oral language and writing, in the elementary grades. Gathering data is important. Teachers need to ‘capture’ learning, analyze and organize the data in order to effectively plan specific next steps for learners. “Documentation must serve to advance learning, not merely capture it” (Ritchhart et al. 2011). Technology can help to make this a reality! Come and share this exciting journey linking home and school.

Miriam P. Trehearne, Literacy Consultant and Author + Angie Harrison, Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, YRDSB


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF07: Curious Students...Happy Teachers: A Knowledge Building Approach to 21st Century Learning (Vaughan West Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherLooking for a way to motivate your students to learn, 21st century-style? This session will explore the impact on learning when students produce curiosity-driven questions surrounding their curriculum. Using a Knowledge Building environment we explore why knowledge building is highly motivating for students and share activities and examples from the classroom on how a Knowledge Building environment might work for you in your classroom. 

Glenn Wagner, Secondary Science Teacher, Upper Grand District School Board

*Also offered in E07

2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF08: #MSICEdAppHack Educational Hackathon Initiative (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Learning NarrativeParticipants in this workshop will be led through the process of developing the classroom conditions necessary to facilitate the App Development process through the Hackathon Approach, linking Ontario Curriculum and Information Technology Standards. Further, information will be shared regarding key strategies for engaging students towards the development of the collaborative and metacognitive skills necessary for learning and working within our 21st Century.

Vicky Branco, Superintendent of Model Schools for Inner Cities + Helen Fisher, Central Coordinating Principal Model Schools for Inner Cities, Toronto District School Board


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF09: Supporting French Language Learners with Assistive Technology (Ballantrae Room)

Multiple Perspective PanelThis session will examine the different assistive technology programs that the YRDSB is using to support students learning French as a Second Language through purposeful planning, and student voice. Participants will examine learner profiles, consider their strengths, needs and interests and decide which assistive technology best supports their students in French. Participants will have a better understanding of how assistive technology software supports diverse learners in our FSL classrooms.

April Townsend and ​Debra Besner, Technology Resource Teachers, Student Services, YRDSB


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF10: Google classroom: Technology and Student Connections Start Here (Richmond A Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together​This session will acquaint teachers with Google classroom, introducing the basics and demonstrating why the program is an essential tool to beginning the technological journey and enhancing student-teacher relationships. Hear from educators who are using it, learn more about BYOD policies and walk away with a manual and Google Classroom account that is ready to use. 

Mary Kennedy, Secondary English/Student Success Teacher + Donna Goheen, Secondary English/Religion Teacher, Curriculum Chair Religion, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF11: Helping Math Score Improve with Ultimate Potential Mathematics (Aurora Room)

Multiple Perspectives PanelIn Ultimate Potential Math, an innovative program in DCDSB, students learn to recognize their potential in math and in life. Math becomes the vehicle by which student thinking is transformed. Educators will explore how iPads can be used to support pedagogical techniques that increase student engagement and nurture a growth mindset. In addition to exploring how technology can be used to support student metacognition, workshop participants will investigate specific U.P. Math classroom practices.

Leanne Oliver, Curriculum Chair of Mathematics + Michael Stokes, Teacher​, Durham Catholic District School Board


2:40 PM- 3:40 PMF12: Taking Action: Developing the YRDSB Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being (Oak Ridges Room)

Learning NarrativeHow does a Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement become a reality? How does a plan stay “live”, relevant and responsive while using technology to leverage advantage? This session will describe the York Region District School Board’s journey to develop and implement a five-year Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-being (BIPSA) that is dynamic and which can easily be used to guide improvement planning at the school level.

Karen Friedman, Associate Director of Education, YRDSB + Heather Sears, Superintendent of Curriculum Services, YRDSB


3:40 PM- 4:00 PMBreak

4:00 PM- 5:15 PMReception and Student Entertainment

​Performance: The Brew from Emily Carr SS


5:15 PM- 5:25 PMEnter Grand York Ballroom

5:25 PM- 5:55 PMWelcome
Host: Susan Logue, Superintendent of Student Services, YRDSB

Performance: Rezonance from Emily Carr SS ​

Speaker Introduction: J. Philip Parappally

5:55 PM- 6:45 PMDinner Speaker - Hon. David C. Onley
Inspire SessionAs Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, The Honourable David C. Onley adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate. Defining accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential,” and believing that true accessibility occurs only when disabled people can completely participate in all aspects of social, cultural, and economic life, Onley shares the leadership lessons he’s learned from his experience at one of the top echelons of government, as well as his message of human rights for all.​ 

6:45 PM- 6:55 PMThank You & Closing Ceremony
Speaker Thank You: Mustafa Ismail, YRDSB Student Trustee

Closing: Elder Laureen "Blu" Waters

6:55 PM- 8:25 PMDinner

7:30 AM- 8:15 AMRegistration/Continental Breakfast
​Playground opens for the day

8:15 AM- 8:25 AMOpening Ceremony
Elder Laureen "Blu" Waters

8:25 AM- 8:45 AMStudent Message
Inspire SessionVocal Ensemble from Wismer PS 

Blue Box Band from Alexander Muir PS

Dancers from Ha
rtman PS  

8:45 AM- 9:00 AMCo-anchor Session 5
​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto + Brennan Wong, YRDSB Graduate and Social Entrepreneur​​

9:00 AM- 9:45 AMKeynote Presentation 5 - Deep Learning in a Digital World of Possibilities (Shelly Sanchez Terrell)
Inspire SessionCan we make compassion, curiosity, and citizenship go viral? Around the world, millions share the narratives of their lives in bite-sized chunks through SMS, status updates, videos, podcasts, or images. These are our learning rituals in our digital society. Our students create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, and share stories outside of learning institutions daily and these messages go viral. We will explore these learning trends and discover ways to integrate them in our classes to support digital publishers in crafting messages with positive impact. We will also explore the potential and test the possibility of supporting our students in making compassion go viral.​


​Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Teacher Trainer, e-learning specialist and author​

9:45 AM- 9:55 AMTravel Break

9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG: Personalized Learning Sessions

9:55 AM- 11:25 AMG01/H01: Climate Hack2Action: Innovation through Authentic Problem Solving (1.5 hrs, continues into session H) (Grand York Ballroom)

Multiple Perspectives Panel​In collaboration with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, YRDSB students will be participating in a hackathon challenge related to climate change.  Hackathons are deep learning experiences designed to access and develop the modern learning skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, metacognition and problem solving.  Student teams will come together to work with policy experts, community leaders, and entrepreneurs to seek impactful solutions to the authentic problem of climate change. This session will be the culminating Pitch Competition during which time five teams will have their solutions judged by a panel of distinguished community leaders and the session participants.


9:55 AM- 11:25 AMG02/H02: Connect Students to Each Other and the World (1.5 hours, continues into session H) (Richmond A Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together​Want to engage students in deep and authentic learning? Then connect them to experts and other students in your District or in the World! In this session you will hear about examples of connected learning and its impact on students, play with tools such as Padlet, Dotstorming, Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts on Air, and Google Plus Communities, and learn about exciting projects happening right now. Discover how easy it really can be to move beyond the walls of your classroom using technology.

Jennifer Casa-Todd, Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS + ​Robert Cannone, Teacher at Christ the King ES, York Catholic District School Board


9:55 AM- 11:25 AMG03/H03: Hands-On Learning with Electronics

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.​ CHECK THURSDAY FOR NEW SESSION TIMES.


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG04: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Math and the Brain: Learning Math Through the Lens of Social Justice (Vaughan West Room)

Learning Narrative​Engaging in a number of math inquiries over a two year period, students, educators, and parents explored the big ideas in math and pedagogy including: growth mindset, rich math conversations and culturally responsive pedagogy and math. Students were encouraged to be agents of change as they explored complex issues in the local and global communities. By engaging in rich learning opportunities through the lens of inquiry, students increased learning and achievement in math, writing and reading.

Gianna Helling, Principal, Toronto Catholic District School Board/Student Achievement Officer, Ministry of Education


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG05: Inspiring Learning Outside - A Canvas for Discovery and Building Capacity Outdoors (Stouffville Room)

Learning NarrativeIn the era of Modern Learning, where educators and students are co-learners, natural spaces offer rich learning opportunities that capitalize on environmental inquiry as a canvas for deep learning. “A Week in the Forest”, a Ministry of Education Pilot Project, is a narrative that will unpack how to develop an Outdoor Mindset. The session will share the journey of this collaborative learning experience and inspire participants to begin their own modern learning story - outside!

Tanya Murray, Elementary Teacher, Robert Munsch Public School, YRDSB ​+ Jocelyn Schmidt, Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher, Robert Munsch Public School, YRDSB

*Also offered in F03

9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG06: Assistive Technology (AT) for Everyone: Exciting options, Thoughtful Choices (Newmarket Room)

Learning NarrativeThis learning narrative focuses on YRDSB’s ongoing journey providing Read&Write for Google Chrome (RW) as an accessibility tool for all teachers and students. Gain an understanding of how RW allows educators to respond to students’ unique needs. Explore how RW compares to traditional AT tools such as Dragon, Kurzweil and WordQ. Hear from students about how they use RW and from teachers about how RW empowers deep learning with options that are essential for some, and helpful for all.

Andrea Brown and Sumona Sanyal​, Technology Resource Teacher, Student Services, YRDSB


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG07: From Good to Great – Learning, Equity and Well-being (Vaughan East Room)

Learning NarrativeThe session will give an international perspective on how municipalities and schools can improve teaching through systematic quality work. Preschools/schools in the City of Linköping focus on factors that develop and maximize students’ high order skills. Teachers and principals challenge their thinking in Professional Learning Communities. The goal is to systematically improve the quality of teaching and to build classroom practice where everybody learns. A variety of ICT-tools are used to enhance learning and to create student engagement and equal learning opportunities. Systematic quality work is essential to gather proof of learning.

Lars Rejdnell, General Director of Education, Elisabeth Stärner, Manager of Strategic Development + Magnus Vahlberg, IT Group, City of Linköping, Sweden

*Also offered in F05

9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG08: Getting Started with Scratch Coding in the Elementary Grades (Markham B Room)

Putting the Puzzle TogetherCoding is an essential skills for our 21st century learners. It provides our students with deep learning through authentic opportunities to explore critical thinking and problem solving, encourages innovation and creativity, and builds self-aware and self-directed learning. In this session we will share with you the TDSB Coding Continuum, Scratch Curricular Connections document, Coding in the Elementary Grades website, as well as the materials we used to support developing rich coding tasks. 

Andrew Schmitt and Wayne Loo, Instructional Leaders, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Toronto District School Board


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG09: Through Their Eyes: Capturing and Communicating Primary Student Voice (Aurora Room)

Active Learning LabThis session will highlight how technology (iPads, SMART TVs, Apple TV, online classrooms, Google Apps for Ed) can weave together to bring learning in an inquiry-based classroom to life. We will explore how to capture student thinking, improve student engagement, promote 21st century learning, and enhance communication between students, teachers, and parents.

Julia Graydon, Learning & Technology SPAT,  Alison Radley- Walters, Teacher, Kyle Gleason, Kindergarten Teacher + Mark Searson, Superintendent of Education, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG10: Supporting Students Who Learn Online (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Blended SessionStudents want to learn online for a wide variety of reasons, some valid and others myths. Considering student readiness levels for online learning is an important step in ensuring success. Join us as we share the newest Student Orientation Learning Module designed to prepare students to be successful in the online learning environment. Bring your devices to the hands on session as we explore innovative ways to engage students.

Bea Meglio, Education Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education + Lorenzo DiCerbo, HSCDSB​ + Juilia Fleming, Teacher, SCDSB


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG11: Enabling Deep Learning Through Integrative Thinking (Markham A Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together​Enabling deep learning is profoundly developed through creating experiences that empower learners. Building on the resources on Learn Teach Lead this workshop will introduce Integrative Thinking and what it might look like in the classroom. Co-delivered by the Rotman I-Think Initiative and Rola Tibshiran, a Grade 6 teacher, this workshop will share stories of powerful deep learning when New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and Integrative Thinking are brought together.

Nogah Kornberg, Associate Director, I-Think Initiative, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto + Rola Tibshirani, Teacher, Ottawa Catholic School Board


9:55 AM- 10:55 AMG12: Leveraging Digital Communication Tools to Foster Authentic Education (Ballantrae Room)
Discourse and DialogueThe world has truly become today’s classroom. Looking at online communication tools (Skype and Google Hangouts), we’ll look at how you can bring the outside world (and some of the best experts around), into your classroom to help engage students. Join us as we unpack these tools.


Todd Taylor, Digital Literacy Resource Teacher, Secondary East, York Region District School Board



10:55 AM- 11:05 AMTravel Break

11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH: Personalized Learning Sessions
If you selected G04-12 above, please select one of H04-12 below. If you selected G01-3, your session continues into Session H and there is no need to select another session.

11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH04: Byte-Sized Narratives: Digital Icebreakers and Activities for Today's Learners (Vaughan East Room)

Active Learning LabA look at the most popular social networks, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter reveals the byte-sized narratives our learners share on a daily basis. Our learners want to connect with others and share themselves and their stories. In this session, we will participate in digital and mobile icebreakers our learners will enjoy. We will also learn about STEM while taking selfies and expressing ourselves with emojis.

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Teacher Trainer, e-learning specialist and author​



11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH05: Engaging the Disengaged (Markham A Room)

Learning Narrative​In our small school there is a growing gap between the success of our applied and academic students. We will share how we are trying to re-engage our applied level students through effective use of technology. Students have gone from seeing technology as a toy to seeing technology as a necessary tool to improve their learning. We will share our successes and failures as we learn how technology can change our teaching practices and student assessment.

Kendra Spira, Science Department Head, Erin District High School, Upper Grand District School Board


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH06: Hartman Art Challenge 150 - Blending the Critical and Creative Thinking Realms (Aurora Room)

Multiple Perspectives Panel​This session will explore the learning journey of one elementary school's initiative to blend critical and creative thinking through the arts. Highlights will include various techniques and strategies to deepen both our staff and student thinking and creating, and how we were able to involve other schools to participate with us, both on-site and remotely. Video documentation and first hand discussion with students and staff will provide insights on how to boost the arts in your school!

Stephen Helston, Principal, Jose Carvalho, Intermediate Teacher + students from Hartman Public School, YRDSB


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH07: Python Coding for Elementary Intermediate Students (Markham B Room)

Blended Session​This session will apply math knowledge from the Grade 8 curriculum to a practical, engaging, motivating, enriching, authentic and forward thinking application by means of Python coding. This enrichment extracurricular activity serves as preparation for secondary school before students are exposed to Java in Grade 10, and develops logical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills. The result is students achieving excellence in numeracy, which is the goal of the Ontario Renewed Math Strategy.

Adel Messiha, Grade 8 Teacher, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School + Laurie Finn, Principal, Glad Park Public School​ + students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Secondary School, YRDSB


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH08: Indigenous Topics in the News (Newmarket Room)

Discourse and DialogueIn this session, Elder Laureen “Blu” Waters will lead a discussion about our collective responsibility and individual roles for protecting the earth, as related to current events and topics such as pipelines and water access. 

Laureen “Blu” Waters, sun dancer and pipe carrier of the Cree/Métis/Micmac-Wolf Clan and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. 



11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH09: “I didn’t know how to do my homework last night and my parents couldn’t help.” Sound familiar? (Buttonville/Unionville Room)

Learning NarrativeThis session is designed to support communication regarding the topic of Math by looking at digital ways for students to create learning tools that promote risk taking and foster a love of learning, creativity, leadership and critical thinking in the Math classroom. These resources will help students and their parents to access learning material and lessons in the comfort of their home.

Mojgan Faghani, Secondary Math Teacher, King City High School, YRDSB


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH10: Beyond Badges: An Exploration of Scientifically Proven Ways to Develop Gameful Attitudes (Ballantrae Room)

Learning NarrativeHuman beings love to play games. Instead of simply giving your students rewards in the form of badges, consider creating conditions to harness a gameful attitude. Instead of using abstract game mechanics, you will learn how to turn your entire classroom into a game and your learners into gameful individuals.

Shauna Pollock, Consultant, Coach, Author

 


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH11: Rethinking Mathematics Education in a Digital World (Vaughan West Room)

Putting the Puzzle Together​The introduction of technology including 1-to-1, BYOD and Google Apps for Education, has redefined how teachers teach and students learn. But how does that translate into the Math classroom and how can we ensure that students are engaged in deep learning of problem solving strategies and Mathematical thinking? In this session, we will utilize a hands-on approach to show how technology  has redefined how teachers plan, teach and assess. We will also examine how technology can amplify students' ability to communicate, collaborate, represent and learn from one another in a one-to-one junior math classroom. This session will highlight the dynamic use of online discussion forums, web 2.0 brainstorming and presentation tools, Crowdmark moderated marking system, online math games and manipulatives, as well as various Chrome apps and extension to enhance student learning.

Sandra Chow, Teacher, Toronto District School Board


11:05 AM- 12:05 PMH12: 70.20.10: An experiment in experiential learning (Stouffville Room)

Learning NarrativeIn a world where we learn 70% experientially, 20% socially, and 10% formally, how are we engaging students in authentic learning in the classroom? In this hot topic session, we will go on a journey through an experiment in experiential learning where students were encouraged to connect science fiction literature with reality. The results were dynamic and innovative, and led to a wide-ranging discussion on issues like accessibility, human augmentation, and the psychology of isolation. Where will Modern Learning take us next?

Heather Sebastian, Teacher, Keswick HS, YRDSB


12:05 PM- 1:05 PMLunch

1:05 PM- 1:20 PMCo-anchor Session 6
​Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto + Brennan Wong, YRDSB Graduate and Social Entrepreneur​​​

1:20 PM- 2:10 PMQuest Panel - Deep Learning in a Digital World
Inspire SessionMichael Fullan, OC, Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto

A
ndy Hargreaves, Professor, Thomas More Brennan Chair of Education, Boston College

Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Bruce Drewett, Director, Leadership Development and School Board Governance Branch, Ministry of Education (Moderator)

2:10 PM- 2:30 PMConsolidation

​Michael Fullan, OC, Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


2:30 PM- 2:40 PMClosing Remarks
​J. Philip Parappally, Director of Education, York Region District School Board

2:40 PM- 2:45 PMClosing Ceremony
Elder Laureen "Blu" Waters

 
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