SD10 educators met at Nakusp ElementaryIren Heer, one of our Tier 1 SET-BC Provincial Teachers, facilitated a professional learning service in School District #10 Arrow Lakes in September with teachers, district support workers, administration, and a district support member.  The face-to-face workshop took place at Nakusp Elementary School and examined how the Universal Design for Learning framework aligns with BC’s redesigned curriculum to provide flexible and personalized teaching and learning opportunities.

Iren brought iPads to the session for participants to work in small groups and so they would have the opportunity to explore built-in functions (the QR Code reader, AirDrop), a web-based program for collaboration (Padlet), and a variety of apps (Book Creator, Popplet, Toontastic, Chatterpix, Comic Life, and Explain Everything).  The group enthusiastically discussed implementation strategies that suited each participant’s needs.  Iren showed examples from her teaching career to provide the group with contextual examples of how technology, such as iPad apps, may be used to support the diverse needs of students.

The participants had been unaware of the apps we explored prior to this session.  One participant used an iPad for the very first time and enjoyed the new experience with the technology.  The participants were engaged in this conversation and took away valuable resources that may be used within their classrooms, schools, and district.  Iren also provided web-based resources to support this session, which are available on her AfterShare blog at

Thanks to SD10 for hosting this professional learning opportunity – we look forward to continuing the conversation at future events!

To learn more about the technology used in this SETevent, search for it by name in learningSET.