Thanks for Attending!
Thanks to all for a successful and busy two days of presentations, sharing, and networking! We enjoyed connecting with you and hope you enjoyed your conference experience! Please consider joining us again at our next conference – tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2019.
- SET-BC District Partners
- District/school administrators
- IT managers
- Learning support teachers
- Classroom teachers
- Pre-service students
- Exciting breakout sessions in multiple formats
- Networking with vendors and colleagues
- SET-BC District Partner meeting
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
February 21st, 2017
February 22nd, 2017
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.
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.
Inclusion 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.
Helping 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.
Digital 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.
Built-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.
Teachers 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.
Digital 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.
Coding 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).
Project 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.
Intro 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.
SET-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.
Physical 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.
Coding 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.
Boardmaker 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.
Sensory/ 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.
- Sensory Apps – Which ones seems to have the most success. Different ways to use with students or class.
- Mindful Apps – Apps to calm and re-focus students. Decrease anxiety and support self-regulating.
- Gear Shifters – Quick easy apps that are used a quick tools to support a “mind shift” from an escalated state to calmness.
Drones 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.
Chrome 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.
G 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.
Math 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.
Flipped 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.
Clicker 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.
SET-BC Website: A Whirlwind Tour – John Drescher
For over 20 years the SET-BC website has been helping BC educators with great resources and information. This session will provide a brief history of the SET-BC 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.
District 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.
Comparing 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.
SET-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.
Literacy 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.
Community Partner Sponsor
- Our conference took place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC).
Thanks to all attendees and our vendor / program partners for a very successful two day conference! We appreciate all the positive feedback and look forward to hosting our next conference in the spring of 2019. Have a look at some of the conference action here: District Partner Picture Gallery