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
Dean Shareski is a learner, teacher and advocate of joyful learning. His work has taken him from classroom teacher to district administration and community builder with Discovery Education all across North America and beyond.
He serves on the EdCan Board of Directors, Canada’s longest-running educational organization. He also won the 2010 ISTE award for the outstanding leader of the year. He has been writing on his blog for 15 years and has authored and co-authored two books. His passion remains connecting people to their most valuable resources, each other.
Dean has spoken and keynoted at conferences nationally and internationally. Dean brings humility and a sense of humour to his presentations and credits his extensive network of smart people as his greatest asset.
Finding Joy in a Complex World
In today’s complex educational setting, joy is not a word or idea that gets talked about often. Where might joy fit into the learning landscape? What are the tenets of joyful learning? This session will explore what joy can look like in our classrooms, schools and districts, the role of technology and how joy might be embedded in all learning.
Real vs Fake: Tools and Strategies for Developing Media Literacy
Today more than ever, learners need to be able to evaluate and critique media and information. Critical thinking remains a global competency and something every school and district deems valuable. Often, however, teachers need strategies and approaches to help students develop this disposition. This session provides ideas and activities to directly address the issues of truth-finding.
My 25 Favorite Teachers
I’ve been fortunate to connect with and learn from great teachers from around the world. Any time you can grow your network, you’re better for it. This session will introduce you to 25 people that not only do interesting work but also are accessible and can be added to your own professional learning network.
LISA ANNE FLOYD
Lisa Anne loves to share her passion for creative coding and digital making tools with students and teachers at school districts and educational conferences across Canada. She is a PhD candidate at Western University where she is focusing on coding and mathematics in teacher education.
Lisa teaches in the Bachelor of Education program at Western, receiving recognition for Excellence in Teaching in the undergraduate program. She has her master’s in mathematics education and was recently inducted into Waterloo University’s Society of Descartes Medalists for her contribution to math and computer science education in Ontario. Lisa also works in Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario, where she has years of experience teaching secondary computer science, math, science and experiential learning.
Fostering Creativity and Innovation Through Coding and Computational Thinking
It’s an exciting time in education as jurisdictions all around the world are integrating coding and computational thinking across all levels of education. This momentum has resulted in teachers and school districts looking for support to gain understanding, confidence and pedagogical experience to successfully incorporate these ideas into classrooms.
Lisa Anne will share ways that coding and computational thinking (and beyond!) can improve teaching, learning and problem solving, as well as best practices that are critical for district-wide implementation and classroom integration. Let’s inspire our students to be creative and innovative with coding and computational thinking, to understand how the digital world around them works and to come up with new ideas and approaches to problem solving. As educators, we not only need to develop an understanding of what it takes to be active contributors and creators of technology, but we will need to think critically about approaches, and be thoughtful in our teaching practice, in order to foster powerful and meaningful thinking in our classrooms.
Modelling Math Concepts Through Coding
Modelling of math concepts through coding offers many advantages for our students including making the concepts seem more tangible, representing concepts dynamically and putting students in control. In this breakout session, we will look at how students can create new or remix existing programs to explore math ideas.
Examples and challenges from the book Coding for Young Mathematicians Using Scratch and Python, written by George Gadanidis and Lisa Anne Floyd will be highlighted. Math concepts from Grades 1 through 9 will be explored.