Welcome to the Conference!

Come together with like-minded individuals, share innovative practices around supporting diversity, and learn strategies for keeping ourselves and our students safe in the evolving digital world.

Who Should Attend
  • SET-BC District Partners
  • District/school administrators
  • IT managers
  • Learning support teachers
  • Classroom teachers
Program Highlights
  • Exciting breakout sessions in multiple formats
  • Networking with vendors and colleagues
  • SET-BC District Partner meeting
Topics for Discussion
  • Inclusion methods and examples
  • UDL and the new BC curriculum
  • PBL and math
  • GAFE and accessibility
  • And much more!
Dr. Jennifer Katz – Inclusion in the High School: Yes You Can! (February 21st)

Dr Jennifer Katz

  • Inclusion in High-School: Yes You Can! While the benefits of inclusive education are clear, the methods to successfully implement inclusive education at the high school level have remained, or at least are perceived to be, elusive. In this keynote address, Dr. Katz will share stories, research, methods, and examples of successful inclusion in high school.
  • Inclusion in High-School: Maintaining Rigor AND Teaching to Diversity This breakout session focuses on the practical “how-to” of implementing the new BC curriculum with diverse learners through the lens of UDL. Videos, lessons, and assessment measures will be shared.
  • Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” and “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL.” Dr. Katz taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg and Vancouver for 16 years, including both special education classrooms and inclusive classrooms, in addition to working as a resource teacher, guidance counsellor, and consultant. Her work as an advocate of inclusive education has become known internationally, and she has addressed multiple audiences, including university courses, academic conferences, parent advocacy groups, educational conferences, and school and division based professional development workshops. Dr. Katz is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the UBC.
Dr. Mike Ribble – Digital Citizenship to Develop Character for the Future (February 22nd)

Dr. Mike Ribble

  • Digital Citizenship to Develop Character for the FutureTechnology has changed the dynamics of families, schools and communities. The introduction to children, often at a very young age, does provide opportunities that their parents did not have, but issues they also do not understand. As producers of information, as opposed to being just consumers of it, children have a greater responsibility to themselves and others. In this keynote Dr. Ribble will discuss how can we can help students to balance the positive aspects of technology while protecting them from the potential issues and teaching the values in a society that is ever increasingly dependent on technology.
  • Helping Students Become Safe, Savvy and Social This session is to provide participants with resources on helping students understand the issues around technology use in schools from a Digital Citizenship perspective. The objective is to ask teachers to begin the process on how to develop integration plans for new technologies, and how to respond to new situations related to technologies as they emerge in their schools and classrooms. This process will help teachers so they can better share the ideas in their classroom. After this session educators should have a better understanding of how to work with students in a classroom setting on various Digital Citizenship topics.
  • Dr. Mike Ribble author of the books Digital Citizenship in Schools (now in its 3rd edition) and Raising a Digital Child has worked within the education field his entire career. He has been a science educator and an assistant principal at the secondary level. Dr. Ribble has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the community college and the university level. Currently, he works as the director of technology for a school district in Kansas. Dr. Ribble has spoken on the topic of digital citizenship to parents, teachers and students in the United States and internationally.

Keynote sessions:

Jennifer Katz

Inclusion in High-School: Yes You Can! Dr. Jennifer Katz (February 21st)

While the benefits of inclusive education are clear, the methods to successfully implement inclusive education at the high school level have remained, or at least are perceived to be, elusive. In this keynote address, Dr. Katz will share stories, research, methods, and examples of successful inclusion in high school.

Mike Ribble

Digital Citizenship to Develop Character for the Future. Dr. Mike Ribble (February 22nd)

Technology has changed the dynamics of families, schools and communities. The introduction to children, often at a very young age, does provide opportunities that their parents did not have, but issues they also do not understand. As producers of information, as opposed to being just consumers of it, children have a greater responsibility to themselves and others. In this keynote Dr. Ribble will discuss how can we can help students to balance the positive aspects of technology while protecting them from the potential issues and teaching the values in a society that is ever increasingly dependent on technology.

Breakout sessions:

Jennifer KatzInclusion in High-School: Maintaining Rigor AND Teaching to Diversity – Dr. Jennifer Katz

This breakout session focuses on the practical “how-to” of implementing the new BC curriculum with diverse learners through the lens of UDL. Videos, lessons, and assessment measures will be shared.

Mike RibbleHelping Students Become Safe, Savvy and Social – Dr. Mike Ribble

This session is to provide participants with resources on helping students understand the issues around technology use in schools from a Digital Citizenship perspective. The objective is to ask teachers to begin the process on how to develop integration plans for new technologies, and how to respond to new situations related to technologies as they emerge in their schools and classrooms. This process will help teachers so they can better share the ideas in their classroom. After this session educators should have a better understanding of how to work with students in a classroom setting on various Digital Citizenship topics.

Joti ChahalDigital Storytelling – Joti Chahal

Participants in this workshop will learn more about the pedagogical framework of digital literacy and digital storytelling. After learning about various digital storytelling apps, participants will get the opportunity to experiment with all of them in an interactive stations activity.

Carla BerlingeriBuilt-in Accessibility Tools for iOS and MacOS- Carla Berlingeri

This session will explore the built-in accessibility features of Apple’s mobile (iOS) and desktop (MacOS) operating systems. We will explore effective ways to utilize tools such as Guided Access, Assistive Touch, Dictation, Speak Screen etc for all learners.

Elyssa DerbanTeachers as Designers – Elyssa Derban

Teachers use the elements of design when planning lessons and units for their students every day. This session will explore the ADDIE model for instructional design and consider where concepts like Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction naturally fit in the big picture of supporting student growth. Small groups will have an opportunity to practice using the ideas presented on an instructional design scenario for a secondary classroom.

cbusseyDigital Portfolios – Clayton Bussey

Introduction to the benefits of e-portfolios for assessment of and for learning. In this session, participants will gain a basic understanding of e-portfolios including what they are and how they can be used to improve communication with parents and student ownership of learning. This session will also include a short demo of FreshGrade as well as practical tips for creating learning artifacts with various iOS apps.

Adam RattrayCoding with Raspberry Pi(es) – Adam Rattray

In this session we will examine how to use Raspberry Pi as a tool to learn coding. This is a hands on workshop where participants will carry out tasks on Raspberry Pi(s).

Danielle VergeProject Based Learning in Secondary Classrooms – Danielle Verge

In this session, we will explore how project based learning (PBL) can be integrated into any secondary classroom. We will discuss how the new curriculum fits with PBL and explore real life examples of PBL in the secondary classroom. Participants will gain an understanding of the planning process and will be given a chance to reflect on how PBL can be used in their classrooms and plan for its implementation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device.

Sarah ChadwickIntro to Coding and Makerspaces– Sarah Chadwick

In this session, participants will learn about the basic concept of coding and makerspaces and discuss what the benefits and challenges are. We will also explore the vast resources and tools that exist to start teaching students the fundamentals of coding and how to set up a makerspace classroom. This will be an interactive and hands-on session. Devices will be provided.

Elizabeth WelshStacey HarpellSET-BC AAC Technology: Options and Features – Elizabeth Welsh and Stacey Harpell

This session will cover and compare the SET-BC AAC technology options and the features that will help determine the best match for student trials and long term solutions. There will be some time at the end of the session to have a close-up look at some of the technology.

Mike SheaneDebbie KlassenPhysical Access Road Show – Mike Sheane and Debbie Klassen

This session will provide an overview of the physical access road show being presented this year. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to explore strategies around the planning and implementation of assistive technology to support the educational programs of students with physical disabilities.

Flo WongCoding for Complex Needs – Flo Wong

As coding emerges as a hot topic in education, more and more educators are looking to incorporate coding activities and tools into the classroom. In this session, we’ll take a look at what coding is and how educators can support students with complex needs in accessing coding activities and tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their iOS devices to this session if they have one.

Angela CheungBoardmaker Online – Angela Cheung

This session is for beginning users and includes a basic orientation to the Boardmaker online environment. We will cover creating, sharing and editing premade activities.

Nadine KorvenSensory/ Self- Regulation Apps for Intermediate/ Secondary Students – Nadine Korven

During this session participants will be exploring sensory apps as tools to use with individual students or with an entire class.

  1. Sensory Apps – Which ones seems to have the most success. Different ways to use with students or class.
  2. Mindful Apps – Apps to calm and re-focus students. Decrease anxiety and support self-regulating.
  3. Gear Shifters – Quick easy apps that are used a quick tools to support a “mind shift” from an escalated state to calmness.

Josh CampbellDrones in the Classroom (and beyond) – Josh Campbell

With drones (or UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) being sold in record numbers, do they have a place in the classroom? In this workshop, we will investigate this question together, while looking at practical and legal implications to consider before taking flight. Bring your ideas, your curiosity, and maybe some safety gear, as we seek to determine whether these flying machines are merely toys, or powerful and engaging educational tools.

Colin ChengChrome Extensions for Literacy Support – Colin Cheng

This presentation will discuss ways to enhance the use of Google’s Chrome Browser to provide additional supports to students who may struggle with literacy. Some of the extensions that will be presented include TextHelp’s Read&Write for Chrome as well as a handful of extensions that support text summation, font replacement, definition and translation support, text to speech and speech to text.

Merrill GrayG Suite for Education – Merrill Gray

G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) is a core suite of educational supports for schools that allow students to work on documents from any device and from anyplace. The apps: Gmail, calendar, drive, docs, sites and classroom promote collaboration and communication. This session will explore the main G Suite tools in Docs, Forms and Slides and will present some examples for using G Suite in the classroom.

dkimMath Supports for Students with Diverse Learning Needs – Debby Lee

This session will serve as an overview of technology tools for Math. Participants will be provided an opportunity to explore technologies, such as iApps and web-based tools, and strategies around supporting students with diverse learning needs with Math.

Scott McKayFlipped Classroom and Other Trends – Scott McKay

In “Flipped Classroom & Other Trends” we take the opportunity to explore a variety of emerging and innovative teaching strategies to better support students. Please bring your own device. This session will be a sample of the Tier 1 service that has already been offered to a number of districts. To experience the ‘flip’ and access presentation materials, visit: http://bit.do/201617flipped

Charlotte FriendClicker 7 Support in the Secondary School Classroom – Charlotte Friend

Cricksoft’s Clicker is now provided as Clicker 7. Both old and new features of the program can be used at the secondary level to help students succeed in the areas of working memory, webbing and brainstorming, vocabulary and language enhancement and to aid in graphic organization of written content. This session will look at Clicker’s features both old and new and how to adjust user preferences and accessibility features to support writing and language development at the secondary level.

John DreschaSET-BC Website: A Whirlwind Tour – John Drescher

For over 20 years the SETBC website has been helping BC educators with great resources and information. This session will provide a brief history of the SETBC website by drawing attention to the origin of resources that continue to be important and popular with educators around the world, concluding with an overview of the current content and functionality.

tyamadaDistrict Partner Strategy Sharing – Facilitator Tak Yamada

In this session we will have several presenters highlighting some of the amazing initiatives that support inclusion in secondary schools across the province.

  • Grade 7 Kurzweil/Firefly Training: All Grade 7 students in SD5 (415 students @ 6 schools over 200km!) were trained on Kurzweil/Firefly
  • Software to Support Learners: Demo of Don Johnson software such Co writer and Snap and Read as a Universal license for all students in the district. Sharing of success and challenges, and how ARC materials work within these products
  • District Wide Implementation of Read&Write for Google Chrome: Delta is a GAFE district. This school year we have started a district roll out of Read&Write for Google Chrome by having a SET-BC Consultant lead a ½ day Train the Trainers session (one elementary and one secondary). There is excitement and desire among classroom teachers, specialist teachers, EAs and Administrators with this initiative. There are many positive stories being shared through students learning to access this Extension.
  • Building your UDL Tool kit: District wide UDL tech tools imaged on all computers and iDevices. District mentorship Training and Implementation plan to support the UDL Tool kit.
  • UDL in SD27: Highlights of some of the work we are doing with iPads
  • Entrepreneurship Fair: Graduation Transitions and Life Skills- Showcase of talents and skills with an employment perspective. Profiling schools, programs and individuals by providing an opportunity to show what they are doing, school initiatives while using the planning and experience as a way of fulfilling IEP goals.

Jessy ToComparing Communication iApps (TouchChat, Proloquo2go, GoTalkNow and Lamp) and finding the best voice that matches all their complex needs

This session will take a closer look at 4 commonly used iApps for Communication on the iPad. We will compare/contrast switch accessibility, symbol sets, operating systems, visual scenes and environmental control. The audience will be provided time to explore each of these iApps to have a better understanding of the strength and stretches of each iApp.

Lena LingKerry RandleSET-BC District Partner Meeting – Lena Ling and Kerry Randle

This session will provide networking opportunities for District Partners as well as information about SET-BC’s Service Delivery and services for the 2017-18 school year.

Angela Cheung and Sumeet GhtauraLiteracy Support using Read & Write for Google Chrome

In this session we will explore the Google extension- Read & Write for Google Chrome. This user-friendly extension provides support to students in reading, writing, listening and speaking. We will be exploring features that allow students access to a variety of digital texts, on multiple platforms.

SET►LAB

Come join us in the SET►LAB to explore different communication, vision and physical access tools!

Vendor sessions

Our Sponsors

Welcome SET-BC District Partner Conference Sponsors!

This conference is a great opportunity to meet and connect with key BC school district staff who are involved in making recommendations and supporting technology solutions for K-12 students.

For more than 25 years, SET-BC has enjoyed and valued our assistive technology and technology vendor relationships. We are excited to offer several conference sponsorship opportunities. Please see below for our sponsorship options. In addition to the packages described, we are also seeking support in the form of door prizes for our District Partner social. Any door prize donations will be shared on our site and announced at the event.

Note there are a limited number of exhibit tables available so please register early to reserve your place at our conference. Thank you, in advance, for your sponsorship and support – we look forward to seeing you in February!

For sponsorship information and registration, please contact Tak Yamada at training@setbc.org by November 30th, 2016.

Major Sponsor
  • Two 8’x3’ tables in the Vendor Fair room
  • Logo and company profile on our conference website
  • 2 invitations to the social that involves district partners
  • 3 conference registrations
  • Mention before the keynote
  • Mention via social media
  • Presentation opportunity at one of the vendor breakout sessions
  • Inclusion of promotional materials in conference participant registration packages

Price CDN: $2000

Social Sponsor
  • Two 6’x3’ tables in the Vendor Fair room
  • Logo and company profile on our conference website
  • 2 invitations to the social that involves district partners
  • 3 conference registrations
  • Mention before the social
  • Mention via social media
  • Shared presentation opportunity at one of the vendor breakout sessions
  • Inclusion of promotional materials in conference participant registration packages

Price: CDN $1500

Lunch Sponsor
  • One 8’x3’ table in the Vendor Fair Room
  • Recognition signage on lunch table
  • Logo on our conference website
  • 2 conference registrations
  • Inclusion of promotional materials in conference participant registration packages

Price: CDN $1000

Coffee Sponsor
  • One 6’x3’ table in the Vendor Fair room
  • Recognition signage on coffee table
  • Logo on our conference website
  • 1 conference registration
  • Inclusion of promotional materials in conference participant registration packages

Price: CDN $500 or equivalent value in door prizes

Social Sponsor

Aroga logo

Live. Learn. See. Communicate. These words not only serve as a company motto, but also resonates with every one of our clients because they represent the difference our products make in people’s lives. For over 28 years, Aroga has strived to help our clients attain a measure of independence, and with our policy of lifetime technical support, price matching, and extended product warranties, we are Canada’s premiere Assistive Technology retailer.

Lunch Sponsor

Bridges logo

texthelp logo

Ootelec logo

Coffee Sponsor

Daessy logo

ERAC logo

Humanware logo

Tobbi Dynavox logo

Prize Donors

Community Partner Sponsor

Conference Location

  • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC, V6X 1A3

Parking: Complimentary for conference attendees.

Register your license plate below.

Conference Accomodation

  • Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC, V6X 1A3
  • 604-273-7878

NOTE: Special conference rate available until January 24th, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel Complimentary Conference Benefits include:

  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Access to the fitness center
  • Airport shuttle service to and from the Vancouver International Airport

Location information

Conference Registration

  • Register by January 31st, 2017 to be entered into a draw for some amazing prize donations from our vendor sponsors!
  • Photo and video consent: We will be taking pictures and capturing video of various parts of the event. By attending the event, you provide us with permission to use these pictures and videos possibly containing yourself to be put up on our web and used for future promotional material for our conferences. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Rate Due Date
Regular 2 day $50 February 10th, 2017
Regular 2 day (STUDENT) $25 February 10th, 2017
Regular 2 day (DISTRICT PARTNERS) $0 February 10th, 2017
Regular 1 day February 21, 2017 $30 February 10th, 2017
Regular 1 day February 21, 2017 (STUDENT) $15 February 10th, 2017
Regular 1 day February 22, 2017 $30 February 10th, 2017
Regular 1 day February 22, 2017 (STUDENT) $15 February 10th, 2017

The conference fee includes snacks, lunch, parking and a chance to win some of our amazing door prizes!

Cancellation Policy

  • Registrations cancelled on or before February 3rd – full refund.
  • Registrations cancelled between  February 4th and February 10th – 50% refund
  • Registrations cancelled after February 11th – no refund

Registrations are transferrable – if you are unable to attend once registered your registration can be transferred to another up to February 20th. Please contact us at training@setbc.org if you wish to transfer your registration.