Faculty of Education


Scroll down to see descriptions of the workshops. We will update this page as we receive information from presenters. 

8:30 – 9:00 am


Registration: Nametags will be provided for registered delegates. Browse the vendor display area where refreshments are provided.

9:00 – 10:15 am
Session 1


A collaborative demonstration of educational technology for use in the classroom.

10:30 – 11:45 am
Session 2


A collaborative demonstration of educational technology for use in the classroom.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm 


Lunch. Lunch is included with your registration.

12:45 – 2:00 pm
Session 3


A collaborative demonstration of educational technology for use in the classroom.
2:00 – 2:30 pm Take time to browse the vendor display area and ask questions! Stay for a chance to win prizes and collect your certificate of participation.

Workshops from our 2014 Teaching with Technology Event

What strategies are you using to embrace disparate Internet-enabled devices in the classroom?
Presenter: SMART / Advanced Education

Join Karen Brooks Nelson from Advanced Education, who will share a Pearson Math Makes Sense lesson and experience how SMART can make learning visible when students are working with their devices. Students are not only engaged, but they are empowered to take ownership of their learning…individually and collectively. Teachers get instant feedback and broader participation. Peers communicate and share ideas. Bring ANY wireless device if you want to be part of this collaborative classroom experience, or we’ll share one of our Samsung tablets with you. You’ll be surprised how much is already available to you from SMART, and what options are within your reach.

SMART’s head is in the cloud and yours can be too! Jeannette Peoples from SMART Technologies will share a sneak peek at what’s coming April 2014.

NOTE: Although math examples will be used, the strategies are cross-curricular.


A Classroom to Promote Success
Presenter: Strategic Transitions

Strategic Transitions presents a learning experience that gives all individuals an equal opportunity to be successful. This session will demonstrate ways in which students can present information and content in different ways, differentiate the ways that they can express what they know and stimulate interest and motivation for learning. Participants will partake in an integrated, inclusively designed learning experience making use of many familiar tools. These include…

wordQ+speakQ: The combination of wordQ+speakQ enables all individuals to develop stronger reading, writing and proofreading habits.

Inspiration and Kidspiration: Visual thinking where the learner better understands and retains information when ideas, words and concepts are associated with images.

ActivExpression2: An intuitive Learner Response System designed to promote full-class participation and engagement throughout lessons while encouraging ongoing, real-time assessment of student progress.

iWordQ: An easy-to-use writing and reading application or iPad® to assist struggling writers and readers in a mobile environment.

Inspiration Maps/Kidspiration Maps: Bring visual thinking and learning to the iPad® for all ages. Build knowledge: analyze and organize information, think critically and demonstrate comprehension. 

It will once again be a fabulous session! Don`t miss it!


Windows in the Classroom (WiC)
Presenter: Dustin Jez & Meghan Marshall (Microsoft Canada)

With a Windows in the Classroom (WiC) Seminar, you'll explore tools and technologies that help energize and engage students. You'll learn how to get more out of the software you use every day. And you'll discover how the latest devices and software work together to help unleash 21st century learning and learn how to connect with innovative teachers around the world through the Partners in Learning (PiL) Program.


Presenters: Jason Ellis, Matthew Saunderson (Turning Technologies Canada)

Learning happens deeper and more frequently when participants are engaged. One of these engagement tools has become the gamification of education and its curriculum. This gamification of curriculum lends itself to today’s learner and helps them to “level up” their learning. There are several interactive ways for this to take place.

Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Competition
  • Bravo Gaming Suite
  • Gamification – What is it?
  • What can gaming unlock in the classroom?
  • When to use gaming in the classroom?
  • Much more…

This will be a dynamic presentation detailing the connection between teaching and gaming. We look forward to seeing you at this interactive session.


Student Response System in the K-12 classroom
Presenters: Jason Ellis, Matthew Saunderson (Turning Technologies Canada)

A Student Response System in a K-12 classroom can give every student a voice in the classroom. It can tie teacher to student like no other technology in the classroom. Being able to understand the level of comprehension allows for agile teaching that is reactive to the results students are giving you.

With a Student Response System you are also able to determine EQAO readiness prior to actual testing. Students are able to answer questions independently and receive their mark live time without other students knowing how they answered.

Discussion topics:

  • Peer Discussion
  • Competition
  • Agile Teaching
  • Competition
  • BYOD

In this Interactive session we will be providing real-life in class examples and testimonials of teachers using this solution in their classrooms. See how this technology can fit in your future classroom.


Pedagogy in Practice
Presenters: Jason Ellis, Matthew Saunderson (Turning Technologies Canada)

This session will pull in some of today’s top Pedagogy theories and how they can be utilized with technology in the classroom. This session will detail several Learning Theories such as:

  • Immediate Feedback
  • Peer Instruction
  • Engagement
  • Agile Instruction
  • Active Learning

We will detail the Learning Theory and how it can be executed with a Student Response System. We will give real world examples that will showcase Pedagogies in both a K-12 & High-Ed classroom. This session will be interactive and please feel free to BYOD.


Building Future Friendly Schools Through the Use of Collaborative Technology
Presenter: Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal

TakingITGlobal (TIG) is an online international charitable organization serving youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning community (at and innovative education programs (through in the areas of global citizenship, environmental stewardship and student voice. The purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to TIG’s education programming, and to explore how technology can help schools prepare students for the future. Join us to learn more!


Startup Alley - Apps & Opportunities
Presenters: TBA

Get a chance to preview innovative educational resources, related to lesson planning and assessment, created by local startups. Learn about opportunities to use these apps in your classroom and how educators can pursue employment and volunteer opportunities to support EdTech startups.


5 Favourite Classroom Uses of the Livescribe Pen
Presenter: Aviva Dunsiger

The Livescribe Pen can record everything you write, hear or say. Learn how the Livescribe Pen and the new Livescribe 3 can be used in the classroom to support student learning. If this session you will learn to:

  1. Use it for easy sharing of feedback with students and parents.
  2. Use it for assessment of inquiry.
  3. Use it for guided reading and follow-up activities.
  4. Use it in various ways for support of students with special needs.
  5. Use it for math problem solving activities -- with a focus on increased thinking.

Find out about the new Livescribe 3 that can instantly sync everything you write on paper directly onto your iPhone or iPad. Your notes become more useful when they are organized, tagged, searchable and converted to text.


Minecraft in the Classroom
Presenter: Zoe Branigan-Pipe

This presentation will demonstrate how students are using 21st Century tools like Minecraft to self-organize tasks that are rich in thinking, collaboration and design as part of their Math and Language programs.


Using Technology to Create A Window into the classroom
Presenters: Aviva Dunsiger, Aaron Puley, Tammy Faux

Parents are such an important part of education. How do we engage parents in the learning process? How do we inform them of what's happening in the classroom, but also encourage them to share their voices? See how we've used a combination of online and offline conversation and classroom involvement possibilities to really make parents, partners in education.


Using Digital eTexts in the Classroom
Presenter: Anna Perrotta (Niagara Catholic Educational Technology Coach)

How does using a digital eText differ from using a standard traditional textbook?  Find out how digital eTexts support 21st Century learning through increased student engagement, enhanced content, and embedded communication tools. Learn how digital eTexts can extend student’s learning beyond the classroom and how teachers can transform the way they deliver content in the class.


Assistive Technologies

As instructors how can we use technology to model its benefits, while uncovering how it can remove barriers and promote success for our special education students?

This session will provide an overview of "Teaching and Learning" using assistive technology and technology including Ministry licensed, board licensed and free software programs used in Peel and other school boards to assist students with special education needs. Universal design features of various types of software will be highlighted, as well as the use specific adaptive equipment to support students with physical needs.


An Elementary School Film Festival: Student Moviemaking in a Project-Based Learning Environment
Presenter: Ryan Sauriol – Niagara Catholic Educational Technology Coach

In Project-Based Learning (PBL), students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project. Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning, and can allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. PBL can motivate students who might otherwise find school boring or meaningless. (B.I.E., 2013)

Our elementary students live in the YouTube era. They have access to cameras, editing software, and most importantly prior knowledge of filmmaking that previous generations of students their age did not. “Real Students, Real Storytelling” is a project which leverages that prior knowledge and seeks to build deeper understanding of not only the moviemaking process, but allows students several cross-curricular learning experiences. A School Film Festival is synthesizing knowledge and application of skills in a contemporary, meaningful, authentic-to-kids-today way.


My iPad is an Interactive WhiteBoard Killer
Presenter: Jared Bennett

In this session we will explore the power of the iPad as an effective replacement for Interactive Whiteboard Technology. We will investigate the different ways it can be utilized to make student thinking more visible, to share ideas across the classroom and around the world, and how it can drive an inquiry-based collaborative learning environment to enable student-led investigations. We will learn how students can share their ideas using voice, video, and text using a variety of instructional strategies that leverage a small number of powerful apps.


The Role of the Student in the 21st Century Learning Classroom
Presenter: Emmanuel Roussos - Niagara Catholic Educational Technology Coach

Talk directly to the students who use an inquiry-based approach in their science and social studies units to fully-comprehend today’s prevalent issues. With a focus on transformational knowledge to improve critical thinking, students were given different perspectives to view the information presented to them. The focus will be on how to set up engaging lessons where students can utilize different skills within the context of 21st Century learning to explore and fully comprehend this issue's impact. The results of this transformative style of teaching indicate that students in the digital classroom have an increased engagement to their learning, thus leading to a greater increase in achievement in their unit of study. This session will share those results and best practices.


Xbox in the Classroom

Explore how to use the Xbox Kinect to create engaging and playful learning experience. This is will be a hands-on session so be prepared to play.


21st Century Teaching Tools

Explore how the use of a variety of 21st century teaching tools can be used to support creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.


iPad for Early Learning
Presenter: Vida Slak and Philip Ihewuokwu (DSBN)

The session will focus on using the ipad as an observation and documentation tool in the classroom. The Evernote and Notability app will be used to demonstrate how an educator can use the many features of these apps effectively. Attendees will learn how to use the Evernote and Notability app to create, edit, share, organize and email notes. The audio recording feature of the Notability app is an excellent review and feedback tool.