General Information

Welcome to the Technology in the Inclusive Classroom conference! This year’s conference will be held on February 20th and 21st, 2019 at The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC. We invite all BC educators and SET-BC District Partners to attend two days of inspirational keynote presentations, exciting breakout sessions, supportive collegial networking and more!

Who Should Attend
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Learning Support Teachers
  • District Specialists
  • District / School Administrators
  • IT Managers
  • Pre-service Education Students
  • and…
  • SET-BC District Partners
Program Highlights
  • Two keynote presentations
  • Thirty different breakout sessions
  • Technology vendor displays
  • Networking opportunities with colleagues
  • SET-BC District Partner Meeting
Topics Presented
  • What Works in Educational Technology
  • Technologies in the Inclusive Classroom
    • Readily available
    • Innovative and emerging
    • Support for all learners
  • Technology and First Peoples Principles of Learning
  • and more!

Keynote Speakers

Richard ByrneRichard Byrne – Built to Last: What Works in Educational Technology

In the last decade I’ve seen thousands of educational technology tools and programs. Some come and go quickly while others stand the test of time. In this keynote I will feature not only the tools that stand the test of time, but the characteristics to look for in choosing the next educational technology tool to use in your classroom.

Richard Byrne is the author of the longstanding and popular blog Free Technology 4 Teachers.  His blog has over 60,000 subscribers and has received numerous awards for best technology education blog.  Richard is a former high school teacher who was an early implementer of technology in his classroom. Over more than a decade, he has presented internationally on a wide variety of educational technology topics focusing his work and presentations on sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance students’ learning experiences.  “I believe when used correctly, technology has the power to improve student engagement and student achievement.  I also believe that technology gives teachers the ability to form powerful, global, professional learning communities.”

Bruce BeairstoBruce Beairsto – All I’m Saying is Give Tech a Chance!

Does my granddaughter need a smartphone? Would a class set of iPads be a good investment for your school? Is Facebook good or evil?

This session will consider the pedagogical and structural foundations that have to be laid in order for us to use technology effectively in creating inclusive schools that achieve our educational goals.

Bruce Beairsto is an Adjunct Professor in Education at SFU. He taught in Richmond from 1973 to 2010, beginning as a junior secondary Math/Science teacher and retiring as Superintendent. Along the way he was the Technology Coordinator when the Apple IIe was the cutting edge of technology and the Assistant Superintendent responsible for the first fully integrated Learning Services department in BC in the early 1990’s when integration was just beginning to change our understanding of special education. He is both a pioneer of, and a passionate advocate for, inclusion.

Session Information

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February 20th, 2019

Ballroom A Ballroom B Ballroom C Ballroom D Steveston A Steveston B Bridgeport Lulu Island Gulf of Georgia
7:00 am Registration Desk Opens
8:30-10:15 Built to Last – Richard Byrne Keynote Vendor Fair
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 The Past, Present, and Future of AR and VR in Education – Richard Byrne Provincial Resource Programs – Poster Sessions Vendor Fair Planning for Inclusion Using Touchchat – Jessy To Computational Thinking: What is it? – John Thomson Battle of the Apps – Lillian Quon, Alanna Wasilkiw, Yik Penner, Peter Jordan and Clayton Bussey Classroom Technologies and First Peoples Principles of Learning – Monica Lee Tools to Support Students with Complex Needs – Bridges Canada
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 SET-BC District Partner Meeting 1 CVI and Apps to Support Students with CVI – Debbie Klassen Vendor Fair Music 4 All – Doug Abbot Open Tech Lab Technology to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – Carly Herman Getting to the Core with a Snap! – Alex de la Nuez Read and Write for Google Chrome – Joti Chahal
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45 SET-BC District Partner Meeting 1 TouchChat Tutorial – Lorena Duran Vendor Fair 3D Printing for and by Students with Visual Impairments – Flo Wong Open Tech Lab Using Green Screen in the Elementary Classroom – Clayton Bussey Technology to Support Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS) – Yik Penner Boardmaker Online for the Inclusive Classroom – Ashley Pleasance and Nona Navin
4:00-5:30 District Partner and Vendor Social – Invitational Event
Where do I find..?
Conference Registration Main Hall (4th floor) – Feb 19th (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) Feb 20/21st (beginning at 7:00 am)
Coffee, Snacks and Lunch during the day Main Hall by Ballrooms (4th floor)
SETspeaker Sofa – Device charging area Open Technology Lab – Steveston B
Door Prize Ticket Drop Vendor Hall – Airport Ballroom D

 February 21st, 2019

Ballroom A Ballroom B Ballroom C Ballroom D Steveston A Steveston B Bridgeport Lulu Island Gulf of Georgia
7:00 am Registration Desk Opens
8:30-10:15 All I’m Saying is Give Tech a Chance! – Bruce Beairsto Keynote Vendor Fair
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Continiung the Keynote Conversation – Bruce Beairsto Learning Supports for ALL Students! – TextHelp Vendor Fair Say Hello to the Most Powerful Notetaker – HumanWare C-Pen ReaderPen: Promoting Independence for Struggling Readers – Scanning Pens Chrome Extensions to Support Diverse Learners – Sarah Chadwick Synergy vs. CBS – Josh Campbell Using Visual Scenes for Communication and Social Engagement – Elizabeth Welsh Using iMovie for Engagement – Ray Stewart
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:15 SET-BC District Partner Meeting 2 Overview of PRC-Satillo Speech Generating Devices – Liberator Communications Canada Vendor Fair Eye Gaze Technology – Carla Berlingeri Open Tech Lab Video Production in the Classroom – Peter Jordan and Josh Campbell Supporting Diverse Literacy Needs – Iren Heer Apps for Numeracy and Differentiated Instruction – Alanna Wasylkiw and Lillian Quon
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:45 SET-BC District Partner Meeting 2 AAC Implementation in the Classroom – Stacey Harpell Vendor Fair Taking the Guess Work out of Home Reading Programs – Karen Melville Open Tech Lab New Realms: Implementing Virtual Reality in Your Classroom – Adam Rattray Apps for Struggling Writers – Kamelia Dousti Digital Tools for Graphic Art and Design – Emily Olson
Where do I find..?
Conference Registration Main Hall (4th floor) – Feb 19th (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) Feb 20/21st (beginning at 7:00 am)
Coffee, Snacks and Lunch during the day Main Hall by Ballrooms (4th floor)
SETspeaker Sofa – Device charging area Open Technology Lab – Steveston B
Door Prize Ticket Drop Vendor Hall – Airport Ballroom D

February 20th

Richard Byrne

Built to Last – Richard Byrne Keynote

In the last decade I’ve seen thousands of educational technology tools and programs. Some come and go quickly while others stand the test of time. In this keynote I will feature not only the tools that stand the test of time, but the characteristics to look for in choosing the next educational technology tool to use in your classroom.

Richard Byrne

The Past, Present, and Future of AR and VR in Education – Richard Byrne

Open an education journal or conference program today and you’re bound to find many mentions of augmented reality and virtual reality. You might think that these are new topics in education, but they’re not. Both of these technologies have been used in education settings for more than two decades. In this research-based presentation you will learn about the origins of AR and VR in education, how they’re used today, how you can use them in your classroom, and how AR and VR could be used in education in the next decade.

Provincial Resource Programs – Poster Sessions

Interested in how other provincial programs can support your students? Join this fast paced, carousel-type session where some of our “sister” programs will share the types of services they provide and explain how you can access them for your K-12 and graduating students. There are so many resources out there – come find out what’s available!

Debbie Klassen

CVI and Apps to Support Students with CVI – Debbie Klassen

What is CVI?  This session will provide a brief overview of Cortical Visual Impairment and then provide an introduction and exploration of apps to support students with CVI.

Lorena Duran

TouchChat Tutorial – Lorena Duran

This session will teach participants how to operate the TouchChat communication app and create custom buttons and pages to support their students’ communication in and out of the classroom.

Alanna WasylkiwYik Wah PennerPeter Jordancbussey

Battle of the Apps – Lillian Quon, Alanna Wasilkiw, Yik Penner, Peter Jordan and Clayton Bussey

This fast-paced, competitive app battle between SET-BC consultants will highlight different technology tools such as apps, Chrome extensions, web-based tools and more. Live demos will show how they can support varying grades and subject areas. Participants are sure to not only be informed about various options to support learners, but also entertained. A final vote from participants will show which consultant will be the winner of Battle of the Apps!

Carly Herman

Technology to Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – Carly Herman

This session will provide participants with a quick overview of self-reflection and assessment as a means to support SEL. Tools that will be explored will be Google/ Microsoft Forms, Explain Everything and Padlet.

Clayton Bussey

Using Green Screen in the Elementary Classroom – Clayton Bussey

This session will provide participants with opportunities to explore how the Green Screen app by Do Ink can be used with elementary students in the classroom.  Through participation in a sample lesson, attendees will learn how to use Do Ink’s Green Screen app, as well as helpful hints for planning a lesson for students.

John Thomson

Computational Thinking: What is it? – John Thomson

This session will look at what Computational Thinking is and its applications both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition the session will look at strategies and lesson activities that teachers can use to implement computational thinking activities with their students.

Jessy To

Planning for Inclusion Using TouchChat – Jessy To

This session will provide resources, ideas and strategies for classroom inclusion lesson ideas, hands on planning and experiencing high interest activities that can be adapted to all age groups for inclusion of TouchChat in a classroom setting.

Doug Abbot

Music 4 All – Doug Abbot

This session will explore a variety of apps, software and technology to support all learners engaging in music.  From switch and eyegaze access, to students with gross motor skills, this workshop offers tools to give learners an opportunity to engage, interact, and create music in a meaningful way.

Flo Wong

3D Printing for and by Students with Visual Impairments – Flo Wong

A look at the 3D printing project supported by SET-BC and how 3D printed objects support concept and literacy development for students with visual impairments and deafblindness. Also a look at how a group of self-determined students advocated for accessible signage in their secondary school and how 3D printing supported their efforts.

Monica Lee

Classroom Technologies and First Peoples Principles of Learning – Monica Lee

This session will explore examples and strategies teachers can use with technology-based projects that are aligned with First Peoples Learning Principles. This workshop features projects conducted by teachers from around the province, as they explore various themes highlighting the First Peoples Principles of Learning, such as digital storytelling, slam poetry and Reconciliation, and endangered and disappearing languages. This workshop is an invitation to begin teacher conversations around First Peoples Principles and perspectives, reconciliation and Indigenous rights through technology-supported project-based learning.

Alexandra de la Nuez

Getting to the Core with a Snap! – Alex de la Nuez

An introduction to Snap + Core First (S+CF) communication software. This session will provide an overview of unique features of the S+CF software that can be used with a variety of communicators. Learn how to edit buttons, adapt vocabulary sets, use the supported navigation feature, use location-based growth, use the support feature to help facilitate social exchange, make adaptations for students with CVI, make adaptations for students using alternate access, make adaptations for gaze interaction, data tracking, how S+CF interacts with Communicator 5, and more!

Yik Wah Penner

Technology to Support Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS) – Yik Penner

This session will provide participants with a quick overview of video modelling as a means to support PBS. Tools that will be explored will be iMovie, Adobe Spark and the built in screen recorder on iOS devices.

Bridges Canada

Tools to Support Students with Complex Needs – Bridges Canada

In a lively, quick paced presentation, Claire and Claire will show a wide range of technology to support students with a range of complex needs. We will take a peek at the latest access devices for computers, Chromebooks and iPads, introduce new Reading Curriculum designed to support middle and high school students with complex needs, and demonstrate VR with a special needs slant. Join us for this session to build your awareness of the newest tools that Bridges is supporting in school systems across the country.

Read and Write for Google Chrome – Joti Chahal

This session will provide participants with opportunities to explore Texthelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome and how this tool can support differentiated instruction in the classroom. Read&Write is an extension that helps learners improve their reading, writing, studying and research skills. It is 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.

Ashley PleasanceNona Navin

Boardmaker Online for the Inclusive Classroom – Ashley Pleasance and Nona Navin

This session will provide an overview on how to navigate the Boardmaker Online environment. We will cover beginner to intermediate use of Boardmaker Online as a tool to create materials that will support students in an inclusive setting.  Participants should have an existing Boardmaker Online account or sign up for a free trial account BEFORE attending the session.

February 21st

Bruce Beairsto

All I’m Saying is Give Tech a Chance! – Bruce Beairsto

Does my granddaughter need a smartphone?  Would a class set of iPads be a good investment for your school?  Is Facebook good or evil?  This session will consider the pedagogical and structural foundations that have to be laid in order for us to use technology effectively in creating inclusive schools that achieve our educational goals.

Bruce Beairsto

Continuing the Keynote Conversation – Bruce Beairsto

Join Bruce Beairsto after his keynote presentation to continue the conversation about laying a solid foundation for using any technology effectively to support inclusion. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and share with others the challenges (and successes!) of technology-based initiatives in your district, school or classroom.

TextHelp

Learning Supports for ALL Students! – TextHelp

From G Suite to Microsoft, many students struggle with reading, writing and organization for a variety of reasons (learning, language, and emotional challenges). TextHelp’s learning programs are FREE to teachers and many aspects are free to students as well. Read&Write, Fluency Tutor, WriQ, and EquatIO offer students and teachers supports to successfully and confidently engage with and complete assignments and tests independently. This session will introduce these programs as well as how many districts are successfully implementing them to support learners of all levels, leveling the digital learning field for those who struggle most.

Liberator Communications Canada

Overview of PRC-Satillo Speech Generating Devices – Liberator Communications Canada

Overview of speech generating devices, vocabularies and access methods available from Liberator Communications Canada, a division of PRC-Saltillo.

Stacey Harpell

AAC Implementation in the Classroom – Stacey Harpell

What is Augmentative Alternative Communication? How do I incorporate communication in my classroom that would help or include all students, yet still help or include my student that is nonverbal? Is communication for my nonverbal student different than communication for my verbal students? Learn these answers in a deep and meaningful way that helps you take these ideas directly to the classroom.

Josh Campbell

Synergy vs CBS – Josh Campbell

SET-BC supports classrooms around British Columbia in a variety of ways. In this session, we will look at two classroom-based support initiatives: Tier 2 Classroom-based Solutions and Synergy Projects. While these supports can look similar on the surface, they are different in several ways including the exact nature of support provided and how classroom teachers can access the supports. During the session, similarities and differences will be presented with real classroom examples of each highlighted.

Peter JordanJosh Campbell

Video Production in the Classroom – Peter Jordan and Josh Campbell

This session will explore the basics of video production from planning, to production, to a few video editing tips.  We’ll look at simple camera techniques to help you to start to develop a film grammar that will guide both teachers and students. The iPad can be the all in one device to supporting students to create works of art.

Karen Melville

Taking the Guess Work out of Home Reading Programs – Karen Melville

Learning to read is a complex process for children. How can we create an inclusive environment for all students to be given the opportunity to develop this foundational skill in their own timing with the amount of repetition and experience needed to become confident and proficient? In this session, we will explore how to use the principals of UDL with inclusive teaching practices to develop an individualized reading programme for students both in school and at home.

Sarah Chadwick

Chrome Extensions to Support Diverse Learners – Sarah Chadwick

In this session, participants will learn about free chrome extensions that can support a variety of diverse learners in the classrooms. These extensions range from text to speech, speech to text and web page distilling tools.

Humanware

Say Hello to the Most Powerful Notetaker – HumanWare

The ever-innovative BrailleNote Touch just became the BrailleNote Touch+ combining the simplicity and accessibility of a note taker with the power and efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. Supported by Android Oreo platform, it expands the entire user experience to fulfill today’s digital expectations. Join us to find out why this new cookie is hands down the most up-to-date, simple and powerful solution to optimize Braille efficiency in todays classroom.

Scanning Pens

C-Pen ReaderPen: Promoting Independence for Struggling Readers – Scanning Pens

For individuals with literacy difficulties, paper has always been inherently inaccessible. Although traditional text-to-speech programs have allowed students to access the curriculum through the use of a personal computer, paper continues to persist as a reality in the world of communication. The C-Pen ReaderPen, a pocket-sized device that reads text aloud, has opened a new world for students with print disabilities such as dyslexia. Experience the ReaderPen in action and learn how it is helping students gain independence in this hands-on demonstration.

Carla Berlingeri

Eye Gaze Technology – Carla Berlingeri

This breakout session will provide participants with an introductory overview of eye gaze technology. Considerations for selecting and using eye gaze technology will be discussed, as well as strategies for introducing and implementing eye gaze with students. Software and hardware options for assessment, skill building, communication and curricular access will be shared.

Adam Rattray

New Realms: Implementing Virtual Reality in Your Classroom – Adam Rattray

This session will provide both a concrete introduction into virtual reality and also explore tools for introducing VR in your classroom. Find out what technology currently exists and what you can do to use it in your classroom.

Elizabeth Welsh

Using Visual Scenes for Communication and Social Engagement – Elizabeth Welsh

A look at the communication software and apps commonly used that allow access to and creation of visual scenes.  Also covered will be the benefits to using visual scenes for communication, examples of these, how to create and how to use.

Iren Heer

Supporting Diverse Literacy Needs – Iren Heer

This session serves as an overview and hands-on exploration of the use of relevant technologies, including both low and high technology tools, to support diverse literacy needs. The session will provide participants with opportunities to establish meaningful connections between curriculum delivery and learning activities, and implementation of technologies.

Kamelia Dousti

Apps for Struggling Writers – Kamelia Dousti

This session will provide participants with hands on experience using the apps Adobe Spark and Book Creator to create digital stories.

Ray Stewart

Using iMovie for Engagement – Ray Stewart

Explore how to engage students through the use of iMovie on the iPad. Creating iMovie trailers can be a powerful means for students to express their learning to showcase their knowledge over a variety of subject areas. Participants will get hands-on and creative in this introductory level workshop.

Alanna Wasylkiw

Apps for Numeracy and Differentiated Instruction – Alanna Wasylkiw and Lillian Quon

This session will provide support in selecting and using apps and digital tools to support numeracy development. Various app options and websites will be discussed along with implementation strategies to support inclusion and plan for differentiated instruction, specifically for mathematics.

Emily Olson

Digital Tools for Graphic Art and Design – Emily Olson

This session will give an overview and hands on practice with free art and design sites/apps for a variety of grade levels (for example: Canva, Piktochart, Aviary, Spark post, Doodle Buddy, and more).

Our Sponsors

Major Sponsor

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Bridges is the only cross-Canada, full service, assistive technology company delivering support, service and training for products that address learning, communication, alternative access, low vision and blindness.We’ve been Canada’s source for the best in AT for over 25 years.

Come visit us at our booth to see:

  • Readtopia – NEW comprehensive reading curriculum specifically designed for students with complex, high needs in middle and high school.
  • Mercury 12:  a Windows based tablet Magnifier with Speech. Ideal for a classroom with distance, and near magnification plus OCR.
  • Bridges Tech Kits:  new easy to implement assistive technology classroom kits for coding, science, number sense and more!
  • Co:Writer Universal – the best word prediction to support all students Eye Gaze technology for the special needs classroom that expands learning and engagement and real assessment for students with profound physical and cognitive challenges and yes, even visually impaired!
  • Buzzclip: a discreet wearable for people living with blindness or partial sight that uses ultrasound to detect obstacles and subtle vibrations to notify users.
  • Inclusive ClassVR – a virtual reality tool that immerses students in spectacular 360º environments that enhance and complement their real-world exploration and play.

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Social Sponsor

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Lunch Sponsor

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Coffee Sponsor

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Community Partner

Conference Location

Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond BCThe Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond BC.

  • Conference hotel room rate of $179.00 per night has been extended to January 25th.
  • Reserve your room quickly – rooms available at this rate are filling quickly!
  • To reserve your conference room rate, call 1-800-663-9255 / 604-303-6565 and ask for IN HOUSE Reservations – tell the agent that you are booking your room for the “SET-BC Conference” in February.

Registration

Registration for our conference is now closed – we SOLD OUT!

Thanks to all our registrants – we look forward to seeing you on February 20th.

  • If you are staying at the hotel the night before the conference, our Conference Registration Desk will be open on February 19th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Stop by and check in then – you’ll avoid the morning rush and have time to enjoy your morning coffee!

Conference Fee

  • Early Bird rate ($100.00) was available until 4:00 pm on January 25th.
  • After January 25th ($165.00) was available until February 9th when the conference sold out.

Any questions about your registration? Please contact us at training@setbc.org.

Photo Gallery

mikeRibble_keynote1 Enjoy photos from our past 2017 District Partner Conference until we take more in February!