Saskatchewan IT Summit
The summit will create opportunities to:
- Explore exemplary practices for teachers and learning with technology to support the actualization of Saskatchewan curricula.
- Share best practices in network infrastructures and centralized technologies that support student learning through technology use in schools and school divisions.
- Promote professional dialogue that fosters effective teaching and learning with technology.
- Celebrate, support and encourage partnerships and networks of support.
The summit will provide keynote and concurrent sessions that respond to the above goals and have applicability across the educational sector. Sessions will be specifically directed to intended audiences including:
- Classroom Teachers
- Technical Support Personnel
- School-Based Administrators
Keynote Presenter: George Couros
We are excited to welcome George Couros as our keynote presenter this year. George is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching and learning. He has worked with all levels of schools, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator and school and district administrator. He is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of connectedprincipals.com, an initiative that bring educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.
Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when your first connects to people’s hearts, is modelled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, The Principal of Change (georgecouros.ca/blog) or through Twitter @gcouros.
The Innovator’s Mindset
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators.
Leading Innovative Teaching and Learning
Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why”, this workshop is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. It is not focused on the “how to” of technology, but the conversations that will help staff move forward in a way where they will be excited and feel supported in their journey.
Creating Blended Learning Environments
An online component should not be “blended”, but the norm in our classrooms. In our world that is extremely connected and digital, learning to create different opportunities to use online resources is extremely helpful for creating innovative learning environments that really tap into and create a true learning community. In this session, ideas will be shared to build upon for your own classrooms using different online mediums that are “real world” for our students.
Your Digital Footprint
We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations. “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as schools, what can we do to actually shape this footprint? With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organization. This is not about branding so much as it is about modeling for our students that we are learners along with them.
Blogging as Professional and Student Portfolio
Blogging has become a tool that is used often in the classroom, but has also become a valuable tool for educators to use in their own professional learning. Aligning with Teaching Standards, this session will show you how to create a professional portfolio that will be invaluable for sharing, connecting, and reflecting on teaching practice. #blogasportfolio
Creating Amazing Presentations with Keynote (For Mac)
George will walk you through some of the steps to make a compelling talk through keynote software on Mac. If you lecture or give presentations, this will definitely help out with the ins and outs of making a compelling presentation. (NOTE: A MAC with Keynote is the software being used but all welcome to attend.)
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- Keynote Presentations
- Concurrent Sessions
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50 percent refund between two and 10 business days prior to the start date.
No refund will be issued within 48 hours of the start date.