Thanks for Attending!

We enjoyed connecting with the many attendees at this year’s conference that was held on February 20th and 21st, 2019 at The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC.  BC educators and SET-BC District Partners attended two days of inspirational keynote presentations, exciting breakout sessions, and had the opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the province.

Who Attended
  • 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

Thanks to everyone who accessed the SET-BC Conference app! Using the app during the conference allowed people to stay connected, see announcements, plan their schedules, submit surveys and win some great prizes. Congratulations to our Conference App Challenge winner – Galen Soon from SD#33!

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 featured not only to the tools that stand the test of time, but 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 I explored 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? During this fast paced, carousel-type session some of our “sister” programs shared the types of services they provide and explained how to access them for K-12 and graduating students.

 

Debbie Klassen

CVI and Apps to Support Students with CVI – Debbie Klassen

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

 

Lorena Duran

TouchChat Tutorial – Lorena Duran

This session taught participants how to operate the TouchChat communication app and how to 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 highlighted different technology tools such as apps, Chrome extensions, web-based tools and more. Live demos showed how they can support varying grades and subject areas. Participants were not only be informed about various options to support learners, but also entertained. A final vote from participants determined who had won the Battle of the Apps!

 

Carly Herman

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

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

 

Clayton Bussey

Using Green Screen in the Elementary Classroom – Clayton Bussey

This session provided 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 learned how to use Do Ink’s Green Screen app, as well as gained helpful hints for planning a lesson for students.

 

John Thomson

Computational Thinking: What is it? – John Thomson

This session looked at what Computational Thinking is and its applications both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition the session explored 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 provided 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 explored a variety of apps, software and technology to support all learners engaging in music.  From switch and eye gaze access, to students with gross motor skills, this session offered participants 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 explored examples and strategies teachers can use with technology-based projects that are aligned with First Peoples Learning Principles. This workshop featured projects conducted by teachers from around the province, as they explored various themes highlighting the First Peoples Principles of Learning, such as digital storytelling, slam poetry and Reconciliation, and endangered and disappearing languages. This workshop was 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 provided an overview of unique features of the S+CF software that can be used with a variety of communicators. Participants learned 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, use data tracking, and discovered how S+CF interacts with Communicator 5.

 

Yik Wah Penner

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

This session provided participants with a quick overview of video modelling as a means to support PBS. Tools explored during the session were 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 showed a wide range of technology to support students with a range of complex needs. They took a peek at the latest access devices for computers, Chromebooks and iPads, introduced new Reading Curriculum designed to support middle and high school students with complex needs, and demonstrated VR with a special needs slant. This session built participants’ 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 provided 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 provided an overview on how to navigate the Boardmaker Online environment. Participants explored beginner to intermediate use of Boardmaker Online as a tool to create materials that will support students in an inclusive setting.

 

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 considered 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

After his keynote presentation, Bruce continued the conversation about laying a solid foundation for using any technology effectively to support inclusion.  Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share with others the challenges (and successes!) of technology-based initiatives in their 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 introduced these programs as well as discussed 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

This session provided participants with an 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? Participants received answers to these answers in a deep and meaningful way to help them take AAC implementation 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, participants looked 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 were 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, participants explored 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 learned 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. A few TSVIs joined the Humanware team in the vendor fair and found out why this new cookie is hands down the most up-to-date, simple and powerful solution to optimize Braille efficiency in today’s 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. In a hands on demonstration, session participants experienced the ReaderPen in action and learned how it is helping students gain independence.

Carla Berlingeri

Eye Gaze Technology – Carla Berlingeri

This breakout session provided participants with an introductory overview of eye gaze technology. Considerations for selecting and using eye gaze technology were 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 were also shared.

 

Adam Rattray

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

This session will provided both a concrete introduction to virtual reality and also explored tools for introducing VR in the classroom. Participants explored what technology currently exists and what they could do to use it in their classrooms.

 

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 served 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 provided 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

In this session, participants explored 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 were hands-on and creative in this introductory level workshop.

 

Alanna Wasylkiw

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

This session provided support in selecting and using apps and digital tools to support numeracy development. Various app options and websites were 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 offered participants 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 and Community Partners

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors and community sponsors for their support of our conference this year. Your presence in our Vendor Fair was key in extending our attendees’ knowledge of current technologies that can support students in inclusive classroom settings.

We’d also like to thank our Community Partners for attending and sharing information on their programs and how to access their valuable student and adult services.

We hope to see you at our next conference!

Major Sponsor

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Social Sponsor

Humanware logo

Liberator Communications logo

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Lunch Sponsor

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Coffee Sponsor

Canadian Assistive Technology logo

Software4Schools logo

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Community Partner

Conference Location

Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond BCThis year’s conference was held at the The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC.

Thanks to the staff and conference team at the hotel for all their efforts to ensure our attendees had an enjoyable conference experience!

Photo Gallery

2019 District Partner ConferencePlease enjoy photos from our 2019 District Partner Conference Picture Gallery!