2017 Speaker List

Keynote Speakers

  • TiffanyPoirierTiffany Poirier


    Tiffany Poirier is a national award-winning educator, author, and parent who believes in the power of questions and the infinite gifts of every child. Read More

Spotlight Speakers

  • Jennifer Casa-Todd

    I am the Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter, an IB World School in Aurora, Ontario…. Read More

  • Neil Finney

    Ignite Ideas. Incite Discussion. Inspire Change – to the way we teach students… Read More

  • KyleKitchenKyle Kitchen

    Like you, educational technology expert and passionate educator Kyle Kitchen, has seen how technology can transform learning and empower students… Read More

  • Regalado VasquezRegalado Vasquez

    Reggie Vasquez is currently a Grade 5 Gifted Classroom Teacher and… Read More

  • Janette Hughes

    Dr. Hughes is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Technology and Pedagogy… Read More



Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold
Dedicated to high-quality customer service in the 21st Century classworld. Tech-minded and willing, recent recipient full-time contract. Life is good.
Brock Baker Brock Baker
Brock Baker (@wordsintobirds) is an experienced Canadian high school educator, speaker, writer, analyst, consultant and project manager. In collaboration with his students he co-founded the provincial wide sharing network @ONThoughtBakery in 2015 and in 2016 started the student educational conference #OwnYourEd. He is currently working on the advisory board of the Living Online Lab (www.livingonlinelab.org) and his main research interests revolve around the implications of technology on education and political systems.
Candace Bamber
Toronto District School Board
Always thinking about education and how to prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing society.
Michael Cain Michael Cain
Durham Catholic District School Board
I can currently the a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Durham Catholic District School Board. My portfolio includes technology enabled teaching and learning and 21st Century teaching and Learning.
Carl Bull
Dad, educator, learner, explorer of places and ideas. Have partnered with parents, teachers and students to explore innovative educational ideas such as coding, 3D printing, robotics and much more.
Mark Carbone Mark Carbone

President of ECOO, Chair of OSAPACAfter a 35 year career with the Waterloo Region District School Board, Mark is now working as an independent consultant in the education and technology sectors. His experience includes serving in a variety of roles: Chief Information Officer, IT Manager, ICT consultant, secondary classroom teacher and department head for the Waterloo Region District School Board Ontario, Canada. He currently chairs the OSAPAC advisory committee to the Ministry of Education, is president of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) and Mark is a speaker at www.TEDxKitchenerED.com. Mark is a frequent presenter at Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching conferences in Ontario and throughout Canada. Personal interests include arranging and composing music. Mark is an active performer as a member of the Venturi Winds Quintet and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Connect, Learn, Reflect and Share: Make a Difference Today. Contact Information Professional Blog: http://blog.markwcarbone.ca/ Twitter @markwcarbone: https://twitter.com/markwcarbone Instagram markwcarbone: https://www.instagram.com/markwcarbone/ Connect: http://about.me/markwcarbone

Leigh Cassell Leigh Cassell
Technology Coach
Leigh Cassell is an AMDSB Technology Coach, and Founder & President of the Digital Human Library. Leigh’s portfolio includes connections-based learning, blogging as pedagogy, 1-1 learning environments, and new literacies. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher (SCIT), and National Coordinator of A Kids’ Guide to Canada. Leigh’s work continues to focus on using new innovative technologies effectively to create connections-based opportunities for learners, develop student competencies in the areas of 6C’s, and prepare students to succeed as next generation learners.
Benjamin Clapp Benjamin Clapp
Limestone District School Board
Grade 6/7/8 teacher at a rural school, integrating technology in meaningful ways on a regular basis.
Mistene Clapp
Connected Technology Teacher
Limestone District School Board
Educator within the LDSB working with other educators to implement technology into their pedagogy one day at a time. Believer that everyone can move forward and celebratory of all successes – big and small – progress is all attempts at trying something new.
Bill Corcoran
Consultant – Learning Technologies
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Learning Technologies Consultant – Ottawa Catholic School Board. Lifelong learner, educator, technology enthusiast, extreme collaborator, parent, Samaritan on the Digital Road.
Keith Crawford
Brock University
Keith A. Crawford is an educator and researcher in educational technologies and additional language learning. Keith presently works for the District School Board of Niagara as an occasional teacher.
Sandra Daugherty Sandra Daugherty
Halton Catholic District School BoardI have been a classroom teacher for 26 years teaching grades K-6. I am currently being trained as a microsoft innovative educator
Helen DeWaard Helen DeWaard
Lakehead University
Helen is currently teaching digital and media literacy at the Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Orillia. She has completed a Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, OISE. Her passion for teaching and learning with technology stretches back through her career as an elementary school teacher, special education resource teacher and school leader. Her work with digital storytelling, critical digital literacy and teaching with technology stretches into global contexts that include digital badges, Virtually Connecting and ISTE Inclusive Learning networks.
Dr Debbie Donsky
Principal in Curriculum and Instructional Services
Dr Debbie Donsky, mother of two wonderful children, is committed to equity and inclusive education where student voice, partnering with communities and empowering teachers leads to the best outcomes for all learners by building learning communities where all voices are valued. She is currently a Principal in the Curriculum and Instructional Services department in the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada. Her portfolio includes the Arts and Learning Design and Development and is one of the Co-Chairs of the board’s Modern Learning Strategy. Debbie also teaches the Principals’ Qualification Courses with the Ontario Principals’ Council for the York Region District School Board. Debbie has made a career focused on creating spaces of possibility–whether as an advocate, leader, blogger (visit Debbie’s blog) and now illustrator and co-author of Milo’s Adventures. Stories are what connects us to the possible–keep telling your stories!
Kaylyn Dorland Kaylyn Dorland
OCT, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow and Trainer
Halton Catholic District School Board
Primary teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, working closely with 21st century leads all around the world to bring engaging and meaningful learning to Canadian students.
Jean-Marc Dupont
Vice Principal
Jean-Marc is passionate about techno-pedagogy and the development of 21st century skills, specifically critical and creative thinking. He has facilitated many projects for his board including the migration to Google Apps for Education , the creation of digital citizenship plans for all schools, as well as the board’s new mission statement. Jean-Marc is always looking for a new challenge and likes to chat about all things pedagogy.
Glenn Ellis Glenn Ellis
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Secondary and Post Secondary Educator with OCDSB and Queens Faculty of Education. CFL, OHL and MLS Sports Photographer with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Former Secondary ICT Consultant. Recipient of OCDSB Technology Excellence Award and the Dick Hopkins Provincial Award for Technology Excellence
Kirsten Elvestad
Provincial Lead for Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching
Ministry of Education
Kirsten Elvestad’s 17 year career has provided her a variety of diverse experiences. As an Ontario teacher and vice-principal, she has worked in 9-12 schools and a 7-8 school. As a 4 year Student Success Lead for District School Board Ontario North East, her responsibilities included eLearning, SHSM, COOP/OYAP, 7-12 curriculum, and BIPSA/SIPSA planning. In this role, she facilitated learning session on a variety of topics at the board, regional and provincial levels. She is currently on secondment with the Ministry of Education (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch – eLearning Ontario) as a Provincial Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Lead.
Greg Farrell Greg Farrell
Student Achievement Officer/ Teacher/Principal
YRDSB Ministry of Education
Greg is a teacher, leader and learner who strives to connect technology too deep learning in authentic ways. Math, Inquiry and Social Justice are things that inspire him!
Lisa Floyd
Instructor – Computational Thinking in Math/Science Education, Western University and Teacher in TVDSB
Faculty of Education, Western University, Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB)
Lisa is currently teaching Computational Thinking in Math and Science courses at Western University’s Faculty of Education. She also teaches math and computer science in TVDSB. She is working on her MPEd in Math Education and is fortunate to be helping with research projects involving Computational Thinking at Wilfrid Laurier and Western University.
Steven Floyd Steven Floyd
Steve is a High School Computer Science and Computer Engineering Teacher. He is a Lead Mentor for FIRST Robotics Team 5288 and the Lead Teacher for his school’s SHSM in ICT.
Tina Fraser Tina Fraser
Technology Services Coordinator
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
I am a geek who loves to work with others in learning how to integrate technology successfully in the classroom.
Oliver Gallery Oliver Gallery
Renfrew County District School Board
Lise Galuga
As a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a technopedagogue in support of provincial digital schools initiatives, Lise Galuga demonstrates how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. An engineer by training, but a teacher by nature, Lise offers professional development sessions across North America and beyond on the pedagogical integration of new technologies. Ingénieure de formation, mais enseignante par nature, Lise Galuga est technopédagogue provinciale en appui des écoles effectuant un virage à l’ère numérique. Elle porte fièrement les désignations « Innovatrice Certifiée Google for Education », « Formatrice Certifiée Google for Education » et « Enseignante Exemplaire SMART ». Lise est spécialiste de l’intégration pédagogique des technologies et elle offre des formations aux cadres, directions, enseignantes et enseignants, et aux élèves d’un peu partout en Amérique du Nord ainsi qu’en Europe.
Sophie Galuga Sophie Galuga
CECCE – OttawaSophie Galuga, currently a grade 6 student at École élémentaire catholique Montfort, has spent the past 3 years, sharing her passion for robotics with teachers, parents and students. She has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to be given her own booth at the Maker Faire event in Ottawa where over 7000 participants benefited from her demonstrations over two days. Since, she has presented playground sessions sharing how robotics can be used in the classroom at the Tac2015 conference in Toronto and the Symposium des Rocheuses in Banff, Alberta where teachers and principals have been impressed both by her charm and her breadth of knowledge!
Jen Giffen Jen Giffen
Digital Literacy Resource Teacher
York Region DSB
Jen Giffen currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the YRDSB. She earned her B.Ed (I/S English and Mathematics) at Queen’s University and her M.Ed (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) at OISE at the University of Toronto. She has an honours specialist in English and Additional Qualifications in Special Education and Integration of Information and Computer Technology in the Classroom. she has also been the Literacy Lead, Student Success Teacher, and Modern Learning Teacher. She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and increase critical thinking skills. She spends her free time playing with her three little boys and coaching competitive and participating in competitive cheerleading.
Joe Grabowski Joe Grabowski
Intermediate Science and Math Teacher
Wellington Catholic School BoardJoe Grabowski is an intermediate science and math teacher in Guelph, Ontario. In 2015, he founded Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants to bring science, adventure and conservation into classrooms across North America through virtual speakers and field trips. Joe is an avid scuba diver and a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
Tamara Grunberger
Netivot HaTorah Day School
Tamara Grunberger currently serves as the Principal at Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto. This is after serving as the Director of the Middle School and a Mathematics Instructor. Tamara played an instrumental role in transforming the Middle School into its own school within a school focusing on addressing the unique academic, emotional and social needs of students of this age group. Her areas of interest include how students learn, positive climate and culture in schools and student engagement. Tamara holds a Masters Degree in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Assessment.
Anne-Marie Hayden
Director General, Communications
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Anne-Marie Hayden is Director General of Communications for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and has been with the OPC for more than a decade. She is responsible for leading the office’s communications team, and all internal and external communications and outreach activities, including media relations and media analysis, publications and production, special events and speeches, public opinion research, translation, web and multimedia, as well as the OPC’s client service centre. Prior to joining the OPC, Anne-Marie worked as a communications consultant in the private sector, for a public relations and communications firm based in the National Capital Region.
Gianna Helling Gianna Helling
Student Achievement Officer
Ontario Ministry of EducationGianna Helling has been a teacher and administrator with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the past 24 years. She is currently at the Ontario Ministry of Education where she works with Principal and Superintendents to support student achievement. She has authored a number of articles on Leadership, Collaboration, Blended Learning and Student Transition Initiatives including Establishing Successful Transitions for Intermediate Students in Perspectives on Schooling and Instructional Practice (University of Toronto Press). Gianna has presented to administrators across Canada and internationally on a variety of topics including Strategies for Students at Risk, ELL Learners, Personalized Student Learning, Inquiry, Collaboration, Growth Mindset, Online Pedagogical Documentation for Learning and 21st Century Learning.
Tanya Hertner Tanya Hertner
I have been teaching Grade 7 and 8 for the last 18 years with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. I believe it is important to incorporate technology to engage and enrich our 21st century learners.
David Hutchison David Hutchison
Brock University
David Hutchison, PhD, PMP is cross appointed to the Faculties of Education and Humanities at Brock University. He is Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities.
Paula Joly Paula Joly
TELT/K-12 Educational Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board
I enjoy sharing my love for expanding personalized learning opportunities through the effective use of technology as an Educational Consultant and OCSB Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning Contact since 2012. I have savoured over 10 years of classroom experience teaching grades 4 through 11 in both Math and all things FSL.
Susan Klooster
Instructional Coach
District School Board Ontario North East
District Instructional Coach
Arianna Lambert
I’m a grade 4/5 Teacher at John A. Leslie Public School who loves integrating Tech in the classroom. Through Inquiry and Entrepreneurial thinking, I work with students who are engaged in meaningful learning opportunities while looking at ways to make the world an even better place.
Lindsay Leonard
District School Board Ontario North East
In her current position as a Technology Coach with DSB1, Lindsay Leonard’s role focuses on helping teachers redefine their classrooms in a 1:1 iPad program. As a digital leader in her Board, Lindsay works closely with teachers and students to promote innovative learning opportunities that provide students with 21st century skills.
Ronna Lockyer
Ronna Lockyer has been in education for 25 years in many roles including elementary teacher, secondary teacher and gifted education teacher. For the last 15 years, she has served students as a school administrator. Ronna is excited about innovation and technology and not only helping both staff and students unlock their genius potential but also learning from staff and students to improve her own leadership and skills.
Heather Loree Heather Loree
Greater Essex County District School Board
High school science teacher using a flipped mastery based model.
Megan Lowe Megan Lowe
Waterloo Region District School Board
Megan Lowe is an elementary teacher who has taught extensively in England, Australia and Canada. She’s a tech enthusiast and TED Innovative Educator who is passionate about good teaching and learning.
Dan Martinic
Dan has been teaching High School for 18 years and occasionally serves as a coach for integrating technology in the classroom. Dan’s students use digital tools for demonstrating learning, solving problems, sharing & publishing. He is particularly proud of his students’ achievements with GIS technology. In his practice, Dan uses a variety of digital platforms and has recently completed Google Certified Educator Level 1.
Katrina Massey
Thames Valley
Katrina teaches secondary computer science, math, and French in the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. She is currently the co-leader of a TLLP (Teacher Learning & Leadership Program) with the goal of improving student achievement in mathematics by integrating computational thinking and coding into elementary math classes. Katrina is also passionate about encouraging girls to code and her TLLP team believes that by exposing students to coding and digital making at a younger age, they can inspire girls to consider pursuing the STEM field.
Ryan Matthews
Instructional Coach
Carl Mazur
Born in Burlington and raised in Grimsby, I graduated Brock University in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science. Unlike my fellow graduates who took jobs in related careers, I choose to start a graphic design business St. Catharines. In the early 1990’s, I was offered a position on a letter of permission to teach “tech” as an itinerant teacher in Hamilton. I soon realized how much I enjoyed teaching. My background in computer science and graphic communications afforded me the opportunity to obtain my teaching certification through Brock University’s new technological education certification program. I was hired in 1993 by the Hamilton-Wentworth Roman Catholic School Board and taught communication technology and technological design. The following year, I transferred boards, to what was then, the Lincoln County Catholic School Board now part of the amalgamated Niagara Catholic District School Board. I soon became the department chair of technological studies at a new high school. I developed and implemented communication technology curriculum from grades nine through twelve. I then, moved to Denis Morris high school in 1999, to take the lead in the communication technology and computer science programs. I am still at Denis Morris, teaching communication technology courses from grade nine through to grade 12. I also teach a specialized animation course and computer science at the senior level. I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario with my wife and two daughters.
Melanie McClelland Melanie McClelland
Early Childhood Educator
Renfrew County District School Board
I have been a Registered Early Childhood Educator for 18 years and have worked in a Kindergarten classroom for the past five years. I am passionate about making technology time with my students purposeful and educational!
Bea Meglio< Bea Meglio
Education Officer
Ministry of Education
Bea Meglio, with over 25 years of classroom experience, is a passionate advocate for empowering teachers and students to always strive to reach their potential. Currently as an Education Officer with Technology Enabled Learning Ontario, she works towards supporting innovative opportunities to expand where, when, what and how learning occurs.. Bea, a media studies specialist and former Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact, is able to ground the intentional use of technology in authentic and practical classroom applications.
Vickie Morgado
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 15 years with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT and Connects as well as internationally at ISTE. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world using various tools such as Twitter, Skype, blogs, Google Docs and Google Hangouts. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for technology, global education and collaborating with other teachers and students. She is interested in teaching students to be caring global citizens that create positive digital footprints.
Chad Mowbray
Vice-Principal of Curriculum, Innovation and Technology
District School Board Ontario North East
I have been teaching and exploring with technology for over 15 years. I love working with teachers to see the amazing ways they are challenging students to develop STEM skills that will help them to transform our world. Sharing these ideas across a system is incredibly exciting. There are so many incredible ways that we can leverage technology so students have fun playing with the tools that they discover passions they never knew they had. These passions then become a purpose that helps them to focus on learning and transforming the world. I am personally connected to this work as I want my own children to discover their purpose through play and passion.
Stephanie Myers
Learning Technologies Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Stephanie is a Learning Technologies Consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about learner agency, future ready schools and is a former seconded teacher to the University of Ottawa where she taught integrating technology in the classroom. Stephanie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Hapara Certified Educator.
Michael Nesbitt Michael Nesbitt
Trades and Technology Consultant
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Transferred into teaching after a 25 year career in construction management. Taught Construction Technology and House Building in Ottawa for 8 years. Now the OCDSB board lead and instructional coach for trades and technology.
Cheryl Orchard
Elementary Teacher
Thames Valley DSB
Grade 6 teacher, London, ON Former K-8 Instructional Coach and Numeracy Coach.
Kiril Pamporov
IT Manager – Enterprise Administration
IT Service Manager, with 11+ years of experience in IT operations, Data Analytivs, ITIL Lifecycle and Service Management on a global scale. Achieved success in developing and managing robust IT solutions and infrastructures in global environments for large multinational customers.
Jillian Plaunt
Technology Coach
Ontario North East
A Google for Education Certified Trainer and Technology Coach. I am passionate about teaching and love the opportunities GAFE provides educators and students.
Adriana Porcari
Ottawa School Board
I am a grade 6 teacher teaching with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
Jonathan Pratt Jonathan Pratt
TELT-Contact/eLibrary Coordinator
Theresa Price
21CL Special Assignment Teacher
I have worked as a teacher in the secondary panel for over 20 years. I am currently working as a 21CL Special Assignment Teacher with a focus on Special Education.
Orly Rachamim
Director of Educational Technology
Orly Rachamim is the Director of Educational Technology at Netivot Hatorah Day School, in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Orly received her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and has taught elementary and middle school grades across various subject areas. She obtained her Masters degree (M.Ed.) in Education & Digital Technologies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Within the scope of her current role at Netivot, Orly coaches both students and teachers to foster an appreciation for the importance of technology in education, as well as guide them in developing the necessary skills to be successful learners and innovative educators in the 21st Century. Orly’s current interests focus on the practical use and integration of web applications in instruction, Digital Citizenship, online safety and security, and digital storytelling in foreign language learning.
Jamie Reaburn Weir
Jamie is a passionate educator in the WRDSB who focuses on the ideas of personalization of learning and descriptive feedback rather than grades. As an active collaborator, she has co-facilitated engaging and meaningful student-led projects that provide her students with opportunities to have a voice on a global level. Jamie also presents at various conferences across Ontario including BIT, Google Summits, and Connect. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being a mommy to two beautiful, funny, and creative little girls.
Jill Russell
Technology Program Leader
District School Board of Niagara
Katelyn Scott Katelyn Scott
Graduate Student
Brock University
Katelyn is currently finishing her Master of Education degree part-time in the Teaching, Learning and Development stream at Brock University. Her thesis project investigated teacher self-efficacy for teaching with technology, as she worked with in-service junior teachers to integrate both SMART Technology and iPads into their teaching practices. She looks forward to hopefully classroom teaching in the near future, and perhaps returning to school eventually to complete a PhD.
Olivia Skibinski Olivia Skibinski
Grade 7 teacher, lover of learning!
Jonathan So
Peel Board of Education
Jonathan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board. He is currently teaching Grade 6 at Ray Lawson Public School. He has also taught grades 2 to 6 and is one of the lead instructional technology and math coaches at his school. He is always looking to promote creativity and exploration in his students and colleagues. Jonathan uses Google Apps in his daily teaching and loves how it opens his classroom to the world around him. He is a google certified teacher (level 2). His interests lie in math and technology (not in any particular order) but he is also passionate about inquiry and the endless possibilities it has for his students. Jonathan also loves building connections with other teachers and classrooms. Opening the classroom doors and letting the world in has been one his most recent passions. Connect with him @Mrsoclassroom.
Richard Swandel Richard Swandel
Secondary ICT Consultant
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Richard Swandel is an educator with 16 years experience as a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. His current obsessions include equity in edtech, GSuite, learning spreadsheets, and Google Cardboard.
Derek Tangredi
Elementary Teacher Grade 8
Derek Tangredi is a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board (London, Ontario) committed to progressive Education through student centered actions. He is also founder of Hacked Education, a non-profit venture to give students the access and ability to use technology and equipment ordinarily unavailable to them at home or through their schools. Derek has an Engineering background and is a speaker on several subjects including Makerspaces, Coding in the Classroom, Mathematics, Engineering, & Robotics. He has presented at EdCamp Global, BIT, STEAM, iCON, Google Summits & others on the Maker Movement: “Making in the Classroom”. In November, 2015, he spoke at the “Track to the Future” Conference on Making in the Classroom on the use of robotics in education. Look for future presentations here or via Twitter. Derek’s goal is to engage and empower students about their passions through Coding, Making, and Inquiry. His goal is to extend learning beyond the classroom.
Eric Therrien
ICT Consultant
Nova Scotia Education and Early Childhood Development
Eric Therrien BEd, MEd Eric is currently an ICT consultant for mathematics and science at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Nova Scotia, Canada. He joined the department 5 years ago after 19 years of experience in teaching science and mathematics programs in English and French. He has international teaching experience at CISE in Egypt. He has published articles for Canadians teachers, AVISO, Check Marks and newspaper ACPI (Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers). In 2005 he received an award NSTU (Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union) for his research of technology integrations. In 2011 he was awarded the superintendent for Excellence in Leadership HRSB (Halifax Regional School Board). Eric is passionate about the potential of digital for learning and has given numerous lectures and workshops on the subject in Canada and internationally. He is now a Google Educator and has really value the GA4E tools to enhance communication and collaboration. He lives in Dartmouth, NS and is married to Josette who is also an educator and father of two, Alex and Amélie.
Rola Tibshirani
Ottawa Catholic School Board
My name is Rola Tibshirani and I am a French Immersion junior teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. I am passionate about students’ taking ownership of their learning by creating and applying Integrative and Designing Thinking processes to embrace challenges. Participated in Ontario Education Ministry projects on assessment (edugains.ca), technology (Learning Connections) and participating in the Global Initiative New Pedagogies For Deep Learning (6 Competencies). I connect my students with projects from around the world and foster students collaborative inquiry through Global Partnership.
Kyle Tuck Kyle Tuck
Systems Administrator and Technician
Brock University
Kyle Tuck has worked in Brock University’s Faculty of Education for over 17 years, providing guidance on the management, deployment, and use of a wide variety of educational technologies. His roles have included Systems Administration, Instructor for the Educational Technology Leadership course, SMART Certified Trainer, and event organizer for Brock’s Teaching with Technology Showcase. He helps prepare future teachers for classrooms that may use any of a wide range of technologies.
Sabrina Tyrer
Instructional Coach
Thames Valley District School Board
I am an Instructional Coach, K – 8 with the Thames Valley District School Board. I am also a Google Certified Educator, Level 1 & 2.
Catherine Veteri
London District Catholic School Board
I have been teaching Math and Physical Education for 13 years. I have a new passion for integrating coding and flipped learning to engage and deepen understanding with my math students. I am also fortunate enough to be a part of the Microsoft Innovative Education team in Canada.
Andrew Wheelock
Technology Coordinator
Technology Integration specialist in Western New York. Help schools in all areas of educational technology to help students learn and teachers become more effective and productive. I have a passion for Games and Simulations for Education as well as creating powerful professional learning communities. Author of Coffee with a Geek Blog and Interview Series.
Wendy Wright
Who am I? Teacher, librarian, wife, mother of 4, water polo coach, sister, daughter, friend…I am many different things to many different people, but to my students I am the robotics/library lady. I have been teaching for 6 years (yes this is a second career), and in the beginning, was very computer illiterate (I didn’t know how to turn on my laptop in my first computer course). I chose to change that. I am a doer, and my personal goals were to get up to speed with what’s going on in the world. I chose to focus my attention on becoming a 21st century learner myself and have since begun to share this knowledge with other educators and especially with my students. What do I know about robotics? Very very little, but we are having a great deal of fun learning together and exploring this new and exciting world. Education: BA Psychology/French, BEd My strengths: Inquisitiveness, perseverance, dedication My Goals: Develop a school wide program incorporating robotics into curriculum based learning and inquiry. Develop an outline of curriculum links based on robotics use for educators