General Information

This year, we hosted our annual District Partner Conference virtually on February 20-21, 2018. Participants enjoyed attending sessions and our provincial District Partner meeting from the comfort of their own district location. Thanks to everyone who attended – see you next year!

Who Attended
  • SET-BC District Partners
  • District/school administrators
  • IT managers
  • Learning support teachers
  • Classroom teachers
Program Highlights
  • Keynote presentation
  • Breakout sessions on a variety of current technology-based topics of interest
  • SET-BC District Partner provincial meeting
Topics Discussed
  • Technology inclusion methods
  • G Suite Tools
  • Office 365 Support for UDL
  • Technology support for current educational frameworks
  • And more!

Keynote Speaker

Keynote: SET-BC and Diversity Awareness (Charlotte Friend) – Sessions 1A and 2A

Charlotte FriendSET-BC has evolved over the years from a Provincial Outreach Program that supports students with specific designated disabilities to one that supports the diverse needs of ALL students in a universally designed educational system.  Through our Ministry of Education mission and mandate, SET-BC consultants partner with district and school teams to encourage, to support, to identify and implement effective technology solutions, and to help their students reach their maximum potential.

During the keynote presentation, you will be introduced to a new unit from our lending library that celebrates diversity and ability, providing teachers and students with an opportunity to explore tools to support learning needs, helping to develop understanding of individual learning differences, promoting self-advocacy and celebrating students as unique and gifted individuals.

Keynote Speaker Background: Charlotte Friend has been a SET-BC consultant for seven years.  Her work history spans 30 years as a high school French teacher, a brief stint as a teacher-librarian followed by elementary resource support for many years.  Charlotte has the unique perspective of being a SET-BC consultant, a teacher and a parent to children who received SET-BC support while in school.  She brings the richness of her unique perspective to every presentation she facilitates and is passionate about how students with complex or learning needs are supported in our K-12 school system.

Breakout Sessions

Virtual District Partner Conference Schedule

The following information is available for download – 2018 VDPC Outline

February 20, 2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
9:00-10:30 1A – Keynote: SET-BC and Diversity Awareness 1B – Technology Resources for the French Classroom 1C – Kurzweil Firefly v. 15 1D – Beginner Implementation of AAC
10:45-12:00 1E – Tools to Support Inclusion 1F – Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum 1G – Use of Writing Scaffolds 1H – Assistive Technology Assessment and Considerations
Lunch
1:00-2:15 1I – District Partner Meeting 1J – Chrome Extensions that Support Struggling Readers and Writers 1K – Backing up Page Sets using Chat Editor 1L – Supporting Students with Complex Needs Using Boardmaker Online
2:30-3:45 1M – Office 365 to Support UDL 1N – iPad Apps for Literacy 1O – Read and Write for Google Chrome 1P – Inclusion of Students with Complex Needs and Goals

 

February 21, 2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
9:00-10:30 2A – Keynote: SET-BC and Diversity Awareness 2B – iPad Apps for Social Stories and Digital Storytelling 2C – Read and Write for Google Chrome 2D – Beginner Implementation of AAC
10:45-12:00 2E – Tools to Support Self-Reflection 2F – Synergy Project Synopsis 2G – Tools to Support Math Learning 2H – Conducting Effective Assistive Technology Trials
Lunch
1:00-2:15 2I – District Partner Meeting 2J – SET-BC Website Tour 2K – SET-BC Loan Bank and You 2L – Tier 3 Questions and Answers
2:30-3:45 2M – ADST and Coding 2N – DRFS Planning and Preparation 2O – ResourceSET and LearningSET 2P – Office 365 to Support UDL

 

Session Overview

Strand Session Code Session Title Presenter
Inclusion 1A, 2A Keynote: SET-BC and Diversity Awareness Charlotte Friend
Technology 2M ADST and Coding Mark Reid
Complex Needs 1H Assistive Technology Assessment and Considerations Carla Berlingeri
Complex Needs 1K Backing up Page Sets Using Chat Editor Jessy To
Complex Needs 1D, 2D Beginner Implementation of AAC Stacey Harpell
Literacy 1J Chrome Extensions that Support Struggling Readers and Writers Sarah Chadwick
Complex Needs 2H Conducting Effective Assistive Technology Trials Elizabeth Welsh
Literacy 1F Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum Julius Kristoff
SET-BC 1I, 2I District Partner Meeting Kerry Randle
SET-BC 2N DRFS Planning and Preparation Clayton Bussey
Complex Needs 1P Inclusion of Students with Complex Needs and Goals Debbie Klassen
Literacy 1N iPad Apps for Literacy Monica Lee
Literacy 2B iPad Apps for Social Stories and Digital Storytelling Alanna Wasylkiw
Technology 1C Kurzweil/Firefly Version.15 Kamelia Dousti
Technology 1M, 2P Office 365 to Support UDL Debby Lee
Technology 1O, 2C Read and Write for Google Chrome Joti Chahal
SET-BC 2O ResourceSET and Learning SET Cindi Johnston and Victoria Doolaar
SET-BC 2K SET-BC Loan Bank and You Josh Campbell
SET-BC 2J SET-BC Website Tour Adam Rattray
Complex Needs 1L Supporting Students with Complex Needs Using Boardmaker Online Ashley Pleasance
SET-BC 2F Synergy Project Synopsis Monica Lee
Literacy 1B Technology Resources for the French Classroom Lillian Quon
Complex Needs 2L Tier 3 Questions and Answers Flo Wong
Inclusion 1E Tools to Support Inclusion Sumeet Ghtaura
Technology 2G Tools to Support Math Learning Carmen Cheung
Inclusion 2E Tools to Support Self-Reflection Yik-Wah Penner
Technology 1G Use of Writing Scaffolds Mike Sheane

 

Session Descriptions

Keynote: SET-BC and Diversity Awareness (Charlotte Friend) – Session 1A, 2A. SET-BC has evolved over the years from a Provincial Outreach Program that supports students with specific designated disabilities to one that supports the diverse needs of ALL students in a universally designed educational system.View Resource
ADST and Coding (Mark Reid) – Session 2M. In this session, you will learn about the ADST curriculum and how to implement technology to teach coding in the classroom.
Assistive Technology Assessment and Considerations (Carla Berlingeri) – Session 1H. This session will provide an overview of the steps involved in selecting assistive technology for students.View Resource
Backing up Page Sets using Chat Editor (Jessy To) – Session 1K. This session will walk you through how to backup communication page sets to Chat Editor and how to load your saved files and customize it on Chat Editor.
Beginner Implementation of AAC (Stacey Harpell) – Sessions 1D, 2D. In this session, you will discover the ways we communicate nonverbally. We will discuss how students with complex needs can use all five modes of AAC (with a strong focus on how to incorporate technology) in the classroom.View Resource
Chrome Extensions that Support Struggling Readers and Writers (Sarah Chadwick) – Session 1J. In this session, we will explore free Google Chrome Extensions that can support a variety of learners in the classroom.  These extensions and apps will focus on supporting students with their literacy skills.View Resource
Conducting Effective Assistive Technology Trials (Elizabeth Welsh) – Session 2H. This session will provide you with strategies and best practices for conducting effective assistive technology trials with students with complex needs.
Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum (Julius Kristoff) – Session 1F. The session will provide an overview of digital storytelling in the intermediate grades 4-7.
District Partner Meeting (Kerry Randle) – Sessions 1I, 2I. This session will provide important information for District Partners regarding our program. In addition, we will be seeking your feedback on our services for the 2018-19 school year.
DRFS Planning and Preparation (Clayton Bussey) – Session 2N. In this session, we will discuss DRFS planning.  Information covered will assist districts as they start to prepare for their 2018-2019 DRFS meeting.View Resource
Inclusion of Students with Complex Needs and Goals (Debbie Klassen) – Session 1P. In this session we will talk about how the goals of students with complex needs align with the classroom goals.
iPad Apps for Literacy (Monica Lee) – Session 1N. This workshop will focus on ways iPads can be used to support student learning in literacy. A brief introduction into how apps such as Book Creator and Explain Everything can be used to enhance and augment literacy activities classroom. A few web-based applications that can be used with iPads such as Padlet, QR codes and Kahoot! will also be explored.View Resource
iPad Apps for Social Stories and Digital Storytelling (Alanna Wasylkiw) – Session 2B. In this session we will take a closer look at iPad apps that can help students participate more in school and support multiple means of expression, engagement, and expression.View Resource
Kurzweil/Firefly Version.15 (Kamelia Dousti) – Session 1C. This session will be an overview of the reading and writing toolbars on both the standalone software and firefly. Participants should have access to version 15 and have a login and be ready for some exploration of the program.
Office 365 to Support UDL (Debby Lee) – Sessions 1M, 2P. This session will provide an overview of educational programs and learning tools available in Office 365 to support the three principles of Universal Design for Learning.View Resource
Read and Write for Google Chrome (Joti Chahal) – Sessions 1O, 2C. This session will provide participants a chance to experiment with Texthelp’s Read and Write for Google Chrome. Read and Write is an extension that helps learners improve their reading, writing, studying and research skills. It has an easy to use toolbar that helps increase student access to digital content and gives learners the ability to personalize their learning according to their abilities and needs.View Resource
ResourceSET and LearningSET (Cindi Johnston and Victoria Doolaar) – Session 2O. In this session, we will look at the new ResourceSET and LearningSET and how to locate student and Professional Learning resources.View Resource
SET-BC Loan Bank and You (Lena Ling) – Session 2K. In this session we will look at resources available through the SET-BC Loan Bank including past and present projects (CNTP and SETdirect) as well as how to make the most of the short-term loan program.View Resource
SET-BC Website Tour (Adam Rattray) – Session 2J. Come explore what resources and useful information exists on SET-BC’s robust website. Here you will find lesson plans, project information, and more.
Supporting Students with Complex Needs Using Boardmaker Online (Ashley Pleasance)- Session 1L. This session will provide a beginner to intermediate overview of using Boardmaker Online to provide supports for students including creating: visuals, First/Then boards, behaviour maps, and Social Story templates.
Synergy Project Synopsis (Monica Lee) – Session 2F. This session will provide an overview tour of all current Synergy Projects and why they work so well.
Technology Resources for the French Classroom (Lillian Quon) – Session 1B. One of the questions we often hear:  “Does it work in French?” This session will review the apps and software materials that we have found work well in the French language classroom.View Resource
Tier 3 Questions and Answers (Flo Wong) – Session 2L. This session will provide district partners the opportunity to ask questions about the Tier 3 process or Tier 3 services.
Tools to Support Inclusion (Sumeet Ghtaura) – Session 1E. This session will consist of an overview of inclusion, the principles of Universal Design for Learning, as well low-tech and high-tech tools to support these frameworks in the classroom.View Resource
Tools to Support Math Learning (Carmen Cheung) – Session 2G. This session will discuss ideas on how web-based tools and iApps can be used to help elementary students explore math concepts.
Tools to Support Self-Reflection (Yik-Wah Penner) – Session 2E. This session will provide an overview of tools to support student reflection. Both web-based and iOS applications will be addressed.
Use of Writing Scaffolds (Mike Sheane) – Session 1G. This session will provide an overview of built-in scaffolding supports in Kurzweil 3000 and SOLO 6.