Breakout Sessions

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[pane title=”Session 1 and 2- What’s the Code? Bringing Coding and Computer Science into Elementary Schools”]

What do elementary school teachers do after Hour of Code? This session will include hands on examples of coding and its integration into math, science, language and even physical education! We will focus on a lesson model for technology creation centred on inquiry and knowledge building. Computer Science demonstrations will include programming circuits with Arduinos, App Creation, Raspberry Pi and various robots.

Presenter: Enzo Ciardelli


[pane title=”Sketch and Learn”]

Participants will learn how to create digital sketch notes that help learners remember ideas and lessons in visual formats. Not an artist? No worries! You’ll leave with creations of your own that you never dreamed were possible. Skills needed: an open mind, curiosity, willingness to have fun and try new things.

Presenters: Beth Woof, Mark Lambert and Suzana Milinovich


[pane title=”Integrating TLE into Middle School Rotary Classes through the use of 1 to 1 iPads”]

As rotary teachers in Grade 7 we are engaging students by adapting our teaching practice and assessment methods to reflect the dynamic technological realities of Middle School Students. We will share what we have learned through the use of 1 to 1 iPad integration and the gradual change to a paperless classroom. We will share how we use classroom websites, twitter, apps, Google Drive, and online collaboration in subjects ranging from Language and Math to Art, Drama, Health and Science. Here are examples of some of what will be shared:

Presenters: Antonio Belluardo and Matthew Midgley


[pane title=”iPE…do you?”]

Technology in the gymnasium…that’s right! Technology is not just for the regular classroom anymore. I will take you through a number of programs and apps that can help with classroom management, diagnostic, formative & summative assessment. You will learn ways that technology is able to increase active participation, have students self & peer assess, and utilize video analysis tools. This session will be packed with useful, take-home, easy-to-implement the next day, ways to integrate technology into your phys-ed class.

Presenter: Jeff Hinchliffe


[pane title=”Using the Ladder of Inference in English Strands”]

I will share my experiences using the Ladder of Inference and discuss its use in all English strands. I feel that this is an important tool that could become a go-to staple in our students learning adventure. This session may also be adapted for the Elementary panel.

Presenters: Roma Surat-Mihajlovic and Mirjana Kovacevic


[pane title=”Boost Inquiry-based learning with the Virtual Library”]

Learn how to access and use the wide variety of online resources found in the HWDSB Virtual Library to enhance inquiry-based learning in your classroom. A number of databases appropriate for K-8 students will be explored. The session will also include a overview of the collection of eBooks and audiobooks. Come and learn about resources that will help to engage your students. Please bring a device with you that you can use to access the Virtual Library.

Presenter: Sue MacLachlan


[pane title=”iDoceo”]

Looking for a way to document student learning? idoceo allows us to easily document our assessments, evaluations, conversations and observations using audio, video, photos and text, in an organized notebook right from your iPad. Create custom icons to represent student progress, and produce student reports. Back up to your board Google Drive to ensure none of the assessment data is lost. Come explore the possibilities of idoceo.

Presenters: Mike McKague and Theresa Price


[pane title=”Encourage Rich Inquiries with the HWDSB Virtual Library”]

Learn how to access and use the wide variety of online resources in the HWDSB Virtual Library. Databases appropriate to various subject areas in secondary will be explored. Participants will learn how to integrate a Virtual Library database link into their Hub course. The online collection of eBooks and audiobooks will also be highlighted. Come and learn how the HWDSB Virtual Library can help to engage your students.

Presenter: Svetlana Chekhovich and Lisa Dupuis


[pane title=”Getting into the Hub for Secondary Teachers”]

Are you a secondary teacher who would like to start using the Hub in your classroom. We will show you how to set up your course. Use the news feed, calendar and begin uploading content. This session is aimed at new users and will focus on what you need to know in order to get started using the Hub right away.

Presenters: Darren Green and Laura Schmidt



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[pane title=”Letting students Take the Wheel (in terms of their learning)”]

Do you want to empower students to take control of how they demonstrate their learning? Our session will show how students are using technology (iPads) to show us that they understand content in Science. Tools such as Padlet, Explain Everything, and students capturing their work with the camera tool for reflection will be shared, including student examples. Although we are Science educators, these strategies can be applied to other content-based courses.

Presenters: Cheryl Graves and Bryan March


[pane title=”Inquiry in the Arts”]

“Inquiry through the Arts. Using IBL to link a variety of subject areas through the production of a play at any grade level and in any subject. The organization, process and final product allows students to explore creativity, direct their own learning, take control and ownership of the learning, and demonstrate a variety of expectations in many subjects as well as the arts. This session will walk teachers through the process of implementing inquiry through the arts using a class or group production and other arts projects.

Presenter: Kelly George Dalgleish and Tanja Rojlic


[pane title=”My Journey through Gradebook”]

This session will focus on using Gradebook as a tool for driving student learning. It will capture practical applications and real-life experiences using Gradebook to track, assess and evaluate students’ understanding of curriculum expectations.

Presenter: Jacqui Oliver


[pane title=”Cultivating the Opposable Mind: Tools and Strategies that Set the Stage for Deep Inquiry”]

How do you set the conditions in your class room to nurture generative thinking, deep collaboration, and inquiry? This session will provide both an overview of integrative thinking tools that allow students to make their thinking visible, and an opportunity to engage in activities that help students generate ideas, leverage each other’s expertise, and increase their ability to collaborate with other students in the class. An example of cross-panel collaboration between a grade 6 and grade 12 class will be used to contextualize the learning.

Presenter: Jennifer Warren


[pane title=”Inquiry Based Learning and 1:1 Technologies: The K-12 Learning Commons Experience”]

“As part of the HWDSB 1:1 iPad pilot project Teacher Librarians from K through 12 are aiding staff and students in moving across Inquiry-Based Learning. We will share our experiences in this unique transformation in educational approach so that all staff within HWDSB will have a more in-depth understanding of how Inquiry Based Learning is supported through the use of technology as a tool;
have a better understanding of what the role of a Teacher Librarian is in a 1:1 iPad pilot school and have a clearer understanding of the benefits and hurdles of starting a whole school one to one project. ”

Presenter: Theresa Price and Jane Burlanyette


[pane title=”Using Garageband and iMovie in the Classroom”]

Beginner educators will learn the basics of how to create, edit and publish media texts using Garageband and iMovie.

Presenter: Adele Stanfield and Students


[pane title=”The Commons – Connecting students through blogging”]

Journalling/blogging has been a part of my practice with my students to help them write more often and in different formats to express their opinions in French as a Second Language for many years now. The activity has grown and developed each time it is assigned and is applicable to many different courses. This year, we started using HWDSB Commons and are now developing the interactive writing, reflection and reading as students form networks within the class to read and comment on each others’ entries. I am looking forward to see how it changes again and will share specifics on how we do this assignment and how to assess the students’ work.

Presenter: Beverly Kukhta-Jackson


[pane title=”The Hub: Beginnings and Exploration”]

This introductory workshop will provide those who are new to The Hub an opportunity to discover some of the basic features that will get you up and running in your very own Online Classroom. Explore areas of The Hub that make it a valuable tool for managing classroom resources and providing vital communication links for students. Discover ways to upload assignments, web links, multimedia files and support material and organize all of these items by class. See demonstrations of how students can use and access dropbox, calendars, news items, and rubrics. Practical examples of how The Hub is being used in the Intermediate grades will be shared, but all ideas will be applicable across other grades and divisions as well.

Presenters: Paul Menicanin and Peter Martindale



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[pane title=”Session 3&4 – Cognitive Thinking Tools, Techniques, and Tips”]

This session is designed to explore the four current big ideas in cognitive thinking: Inquiry-based Learning, Integrative Thinking, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), and Knowledge Building. Each idea will be presented, discussed, and experienced by participants in a way to peak your interest and provide you with practical understanding and resources to begin using these valuable concepts in your classes immediately!

Presenter: Pieter Toth


[pane title=”I Can’t Just Google It?”]

Most often teachers and students alike will use Google as their first and only search engine for information. What they may not realize is that the answers they find were what Google wanted them to find, and not possibly what they need. This seminar will introduce teachers to at least five other academic search engines that can help students find information tailored more towards their specific inquiry, instead of just a general search. From there it will look at the various tools and apps available for students to digitally organize all of the resources they found online in one simplified manner that works for them. A backward design approach will be the method of delivery used, allowing teachers the chance to navigate their own way through this process.

Presenter: Kate Holden


[pane title=”Session 3&4 -iNnovating iDeas with iPads (K-3)”]

Our hands-on workshop is geared specifically to Primary classroom teachers who are interested in exploring innovative ways to effectively use iPads to transform learning. Apps that will be explored and referenced in this session include, Book Creator, Pic Collage, Drawing Pad, GS Wizard and Lego Movie Maker. After demonstrations on using these apps you will have a chance to engage in hands-on activities and see for yourself how powerful these tools can be.

Presenter: Anja Kitchen and Dawn Stinson


[pane title=”A Hook, an iPad and a Coffee Table: My Journey to an Inquiry Classroom”]

This workshop will follow a classes journey through the human body strand of science and how inquiry has guided our learning. Student work will be showcased, including their process in creating an interactive Green Screen video exploring the digestive system. Highlights will also be shown from our Twitter chat with Sunnybrook Hospital as we followed a live colon cancer surgery, along with our Skype conversation with the lead surgeon. Come and see how iPads, inquiry and a transformed environment can engage your students!

Presenter: Shauna Ritter


[pane title=”Flip It: Using Student Voice and Choice to Guide Learning”]

How can we use student voice and choice to transform our secondary classrooms? Come and join one Henderson teacher and her students as they share their experiences in their flipped classroom. See how their project-based and collaborative environment increased student achievement, engagement, and well-being. Walk away with a practical plan of action to comfortable implement inquiry to help you “flip it”.

Presenter: Stefanie Seiler


[pane title=”Nitty Gritty Inquiry: Small Scale Implementation of IBL”]

Do you want to implement some inquiry-based teaching strategies into your class room but don’t know where start? I promise you will leave this session with (at least) one way to teach using inquiry-based practices. Each of these methods will be concrete examples that will take less that 20 minutes of instructional time. And…you could use them tomorrow! From Piktochart to graffiti walls to Twitter, easy ways to start IBL.

Presenter: Eric Lootsma


[pane title=” Authentic Authorship and Ownership of Learning Through Blogging”]

Blogging in the secondary classroom provides students with opportunities to be authors for authentic audiences. No longer do they need to create artifacts for the teacher alone to assess but, rather, they can share their learning openly with others, connect with experts, and collaborate with peers (both within their class, their school, and across the world). Blogging not only supports the writing process for students but is a dynamic running record of learning for the teacher who can assess the entire learning journey versus segments of it. In this session, I will share my Blogger of the Week Non-Fiction Inquiry assignment completed with my ENG2D class. I will share the process, my vision to flip ‘English’ on its head, my student’s individual inquiry journeys, what they thought of the whole process, and my reflection / learning for next steps.

Presenter: Aaron Puley


[pane title=”Session 3&4 – D2L: Designing a Student Centered Course”]

Transform your classroom with D2L. This is a sit-down and show me session. Bring your questions about the various tools and aspects of D2L that you would like to learn about. Did you want to allow students more personal choice in their learning journey, expand their abilities by taking on challenging tasks? D2L allows you to keep track of these choices efficiently and effectively. Personalize units of study for groups or individual students. Use the Self assessment tool to help students gauge their own progress. Add some pizzazz with Badges, kids like getting rewarded for their efforts. Track the expectations that are covered in your assignments with Competencies. Use Checklists to organize the work that students need to submit. You decide.

Presenter: Wendy Melnick


[pane title=”Using Career Cruising as a Student Inquiry Tool”]

Provide an overview how Career Cruising IPP tool can be used not only to support the implementation of Creating Pathways to Success (2013) policy document, but also how to use individual student voice to guide curriculum delivery through inquiry.

Presenter: Sirio Vacca


[pane title=”21 Strategies for 21st Century History”]

21st Century teaching and learning is driven by key skills which we need to be relevant, and our students need for their future. This workshop focuses on these in History/Law in particular incorporating technology to drive learning, as well as fostering inquiry opportunities within our classrooms. Sharing 21 great strategies/technologies you can use for your Grade 10 -12 courses.

Presenter: Yvan Brochu




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[pane title=”Turning A Screen Into A Window: Using Technology To Engage With Parents”]

This session will look at how to use technology to engage parents in the learning process. I will share how I’ve used a classroom blog, coupled with Twitter, Instagram, and Storify to document children’s learning journeys, and get parents involved in extending learning at home. I’ll share examples from different grades and schools to give ideas about possible options that you can use. Look at ways to engage all of your parents and the benefits that this can have for “connections” and “classroom learning.”

Presenter: Aviva Dunsiger


[pane title=”The HUB and ePortfolio in the classroom”]

I would like to demonstrate how I have used the HUB in a middle school setting (creating modules, class notes, use of dropboxes to submit assignments in different formats, use of rubrics and providing feedback for students). The second part is more of a cause for reflection as I would also like to show how student reflections on their work and tasks can be used in ePortfolio to enhance student learning and provide another form of descriptive feedback. I have been getting students to read their reflections before they begin subsequent tasks and this has allowed me to measure the improvement in results because of this practice. I feel that a beginning learner would benefit from an introduction to the HUB and especially ePortfolio where students can be empowered to use their reflections to set personal goals in their tasks.

Presenters: Gurdeep Gill and Lisa Neale


[pane title=”There and back again, a teacher’s journey: IBL & Technology in the secondary classroom”]

This session provides steps to integrating inquiry and technology into your daily classroom. Examples are provided to illustrate how these steps can be applied to every-day classroom activities, mini-assignments and eventually to your culminating activity.

Presenter: Jana Boglevsky


[pane title=”Our TLE Trek: How Technology Has Changed Learning in our J/I Classroom”]

This session focuses on how technology can be integrated into your classroom to enhance the learning of all students. I will share my honest experiences as an intermediate classroom teacher implementing the TLE project, including the obstacles and successes I experienced, and how technology and inquiry has changed the learning experiences of my students. Some questions to consider:
What does TLE look like in the classroom? What techniques and strategies can be used to promote and differentiate learning? How do we create opportunities for inquiry? What challenges does TLE pose? How do the roles of teachers and students change?

Presenter: Marco Lutterotti


[pane title=”Making it work! Using Explain Everything, Google Drive and the Learning Commons as a Team”]

In this this session we will follow the transformational journey that has allowed us to be responsive to our school’s needs and common inquiries. We learned how to address significant learning gaps by integrating Google Drive, Explain Everything and the Learning Commons to foster and develop collaboration and improve staff capacity while using technology. This session will highlight: how we transformed learning relationships, how we shared the workload among a group of people, How we used Explain Everything and Google Drive to capture learning, and how we shared and leveraged multidisciplinary support staff to help us achieve our school and system goals. At the end of this session, we will have a discussion about how to facilitate a similar process that may work for you at your school.

Presenters: Bill Forrester and Jessica Clement


[pane title=”Minds on Minecraft”]

This presentation will demonstrate how students are using 21st Century tools like Minecraft to self-organize tasks that are rich in thinking, collaboration and design as part of their Math, Social Sciences, Arts and Language programs.
We will demonstrate a variety of lessons that use Minecraft as a learning, creating and thinking tool. We will clarify, share and present 4 different lesson types that have used Minecraft: Inquiry Learning, Design Thinking, Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning and share how each are connected to higher order thinking skills and standards related to the Ontario Curriculum.
We will provide examples of Minecraft in the classroom ranging from Primary to Secondary and will invite participants to join our collaborative Minecraft space. Finally, we will assist participants and answer questions participants have about setting up and starting their own Minecraft activity at the classroom, school or club level.

Presenters: Zoe Branigan, BreAnna Kindt and Mark Hadala