2016 Speaker List

Keynote Speakers

  • Angela Maiers

    Angela Maiers

    Mattering is the Agenda

    Angela Maiers has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. Read More

  • Chris Hadfield

    “Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

  • Marc Saltzman

    Marc Saltzman

    Tech Trends and Tools That Make the Grade

    Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s most recognizable and trusted tech experts, specializing in consumer electronics, business technology, interactive entertainment and Internet trends. Read More

Spotlight Speakers

  • Zoe Branigan-Pipe

    Zoe is a qualified Ontario Teacher who has taught in the classroom for the last 15 years… Read More

  • Alec Couros

    Alec is an associate professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada…. Read More

  • Sylvia Duckworth

    Award-winning teacher who has been teaching for more than 30 years in the public and independent school systems… Read More

  • Shaun Elder

    Executive Director of one of Canada’s most respected arts education initiatives, The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts… Read More

  • Michael Furdyk

    Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.... Read More

  • Todd Sniezek

    As Instructional Coach at the District School Board of Niagara, Todd spends the majority of his time learning and sharing his passion for technology integration with his board... Read More

  • David Wees

    Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in NYC... Read More



Samer Amrane Samer Amrane
Conseiller pédagogique
Samer Amrane est conseiller pédagogique au palier élémentaire et qualifié en intégration de la technologie de l’information et de la communication. Il accompagne, entre autres, les enseignants dans la formation et l’intégration de la technologie en salle de classe. Dans sa première année d’existence, Samer fait partie du programme Viamonde21 initié par le conseil scolaire Viamonde pour accompagner plusieurs écoles, dont deux enseignantes volontaires dans l’utilisation, d’une plate-forme (EAV) en salle de classe tout en faisant le lien avec les compétences du 21e siècle et les éléments de la triangulation.
Samer Amrane Abhi Arulanantham
Abhi Arulanantham is a Grade 5/6 teacher at Brimwood Blvd. Jr. P.S. in the TDSB. She is passionate about integrating social innovation and technology to increase student voice in the classroom. Abhi is also a co-leader of the school’s social innovation and student leadership team, Ubuntu. She is excited to be presenting with Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of TakingITGlobal.
Kristina Autio
Client Relations & Outreach Officer
We are the TeachOntario Team; a community provided by TVO for Ontario teachers to Explore, Create, and Share educational information.
Greg Ayrheart
Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
Greg Ayrheart has been a teacher for 33 years in various public and private elementary and secondary schools. During that time, he completed his Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has taught grades 1 through 12 and has integrated computers all along the way. As part of these years, 15 of them were spent as an administrator. Greg has been using Apple Computers since 1982 and currently is enjoying using his “phablet,” his iPhone 6 Plus as a replacement for his iPad.
Kellie Barron
Louise Bernardini Louise Bernardini
I.T. Coordinator / IT4 Learning Trainer
District School Board of Niagara
Louise Bernardini is an I.T. Coordinator and part of the IT4 Learning training team at the DSBN. Her role is to provide technology training and technical support to staff and students. Prior to working at DSBN, Louise was self employed as a trainer focusing mainly on Microsoft training in the private and public sectors. She has her Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
Andrew Bieronski
Andrew Bieronski is a high school teacher in the Futures Forum Project at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, ON, which is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is passionate about finding ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. Andrew serves as an Educational Technology Mentor to startup companies that are part of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED.
Paul Bisson
Paul has been a Principal for the GECDSB for the past 17 years. Prior to that he has the president of the local federation for two years. He is a French Immersion teacher who has taught in both the elementary and secondary schools. He is currently the co-principal of a K-1 French Immersion school in Tecumseh where their motto is “We are better together”.
Heather Black
Instructional Coach
Peel District School Board
Heather Black is an Instructional Coach with the Peel District School Board. She works alongside teachers and administrators to implement board and ministry initiatives.
Mr. Jimmy Blackwood
Peel District School Board
Jimmy is a Geography teacher and Social Sciences Head at Rick Hansen Secondary School who focusses on the effective use of technology to empower students to share their learning with a global audience. His classroom features a podcast studio in which students produce podcasts and live internet broadcasts on various global issues.
Mars Bloch
Vice-President Programs
Let’s Talk Science
Dr. Marietta (Mars) Bloch is Vice-President Programs (interim) at Let’s Talk Science where she manages program development for Let’s Talk Science resources that support early years and Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators and students. Here, Mars works along with Program Managers and other members of their teams to develop, organize and facilitate professional learning opportunities for educators such as workshops and Summer Institutes. Prior to joining Let’s Talk Science in 2004, Mars has extensive expertise in the formal educator sector as a teacher, consultant, coordinator, and resource and curriculum developer. Her leadership roles include Program Coordinator for the Toronto District School Board, Course Director at York University’s Faculty of Education (Mathematics, Science and Technology program), an Ontario representative for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada’s (CMEC) development of the Pan-Canadian Protocol for Collaboration on School Curriculum (Science); Director of In-service for Science and Technology at Thompson Learning Nelson Publishing; and leading the CMEC working group in the development of the Pan-Canadian Science Assessment Program for Canadian Grade 8 students. In 2002-03, Mars was president of the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario. She is a founding co-chair of the Science & Technology Awareness Network, and is a recipient of the Marshal McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award and of the Jack Bell Leadership Award in Science.
Alison Board
Teaching & Learning Coach
Alison is a Teaching and Learning Coach at Model Schools for Inner Cities in TDSB. She currently works with teachers to share innovative teaching and learning practices that support student achievement for all. As a classroom teacher, Alison used a strong foundation of inquiry-based learning to adapt initiatives such as STEM and the integration of technology. She has presented her own research at various workshops and conferences, and continues to document how rigorous and integrated practice leads to student success through student voice and engagement.
Joanne Borges
teacher/ed tech consultant
LDSB/ Fair Chance Learning
I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and currently a Vice-Principal/Student Support Teacher for Limestone District School Board with over 20 years of elementary teaching in all grades K-8. Most recently, I have worked as a system Connected Technology Teacher assisting in the integration of educational technology for deeper learning and student success, as well as an educational consultant for Fair Chance Learning. Areas of expertise include professional development for educators in classroom integration of technology and pedagogy, digital citizenship, BYOD, social media and digital literacy as school cultures shift towards modern learning environments. I recently completed a Master of Education degree focussed on technology integration for sustainable change from Queen’s University.
Zoe Branigan-Pipe
Zoe is a qualified Ontario Teacher who has taught in the classroom for the last 15 years and works in consultant and leadership roles intermittently. She is presently a teacher for the Gifted Program at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in Ontario and Instructor for Brock University.
Her experiences and years of teaching have been documented through own professional blog at: http://pipedreams-education.ca. She is respected and well known for her creative ability to integrate the arts, differentiate instruction and use innovative teaching aamethods and tools to engage all learners and always with a focus on Social Justice and Global Awareness.. Zoe is a strong advocate for open learning models that emphases inquiry, critical thinking, play and game-based learning as well as social networking in education. Zoe is a TedX speaker and a strong advocate for multimedia tools and assistive technologies that open doors and opportunities for all students.
Mrs Milène Brassard
Conseillère pédagogique
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Je suis une conseillère pédagogique depuis peu. J’enseigne depuis 8 ans maintenant (en maternelle/jardin et en 1ère année). Je suis passionnée par les technologies et leur utilisation dans la salle de classe.
Karen Brooks Nelson Karen Brooks Nelson
Education Consultant
Advanced Education
Karen Brooks Nelson is a certified SMART trainer who has travelled North America sharing her knowledge of interactive technologies. She takes pride in helping teachers breathe life into their curriculum with fresh but simple ideas that can be created in minutes. Karen has a background as a teacher and educational technology consultant for an Ontario school board. She was long standing member of the Central Ontario Computer Association (COCA) and a provincial representative for the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC). Upon leaving teaching she joined Advanced Presentations where she focussed on developing an expertise in student collaboration, teacher education, and engagement in the 21st century classroom.
Rebecca Bunz Rebecca Bunz
Rebecca Bunz (BSc & BEd) is a Master of Education student at Brock University. She is also a certified teacher within the DSBN and teaches Mathematics for J/I Teacher Candidates in the Teacher Education program at Brock University. Her research interests surround evaluating and integrating educational technology into the 21st Century classroom.
Stuart Burnie
Teacher Librarian
Harriett Todd Public School, Simcoe Country District School Board
24 years of Teaching Experience, Bachelor of Education, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University, Michigan, USA
Michael Cain
Program Consultant
Durham Catholic District School Board
Michael Cain has been in education for almost 20 years. He has taught both elementary and secondary school and is currently the Consultant for ICT and e-Learning for the the Durham Catholic District School Board.
Peter Cameron
Peter Cameron is a teacher with twenty years of teaching experience at the junior level. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and SMART Exemplary Educator and an experienced and proven leader in the integration of all types of technologies within the classroom. Peter’s class, their projects and initiatives have been featured on the CTV News site, CBC’s As it Happens and The Owl Magazine. His students have received accolades from dignitaries from around the world! Peter Cameron believes in the power of connections, student voice and leveraging technology to make a positive difference in the world. He is passionate about sharing best practices, ideas, resources, lessons and student exemplars with teachers and administrators throughout the world. He has has presented workshops at the local, regional and provincial level.
Andrew Campbell
Grand Erie DSB
I am the father of three teenage sons, an educator, a writer and a thinker about education and technology.
I was born and grew up in the north of England and came to Canada in my teens. Educated at the universities of Guelph, McMaster and Toronto, I was a successful elite soccer coach with The University of Guelph and The Oakville Soccer Club before moving into teaching. After eight years with The Toronto District School Board I accepted a position to teach at The American International School in Kuwait. I returned to Canada in 2001 and I am currently a Grade 5 teacher in Brantford, Ontario.
I write about education and technology on this blog. My thoughts on education have been published in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, The Brantford Expositor and on The Canadian Educational Association website and The National Education Policy Center (US) website. I have been interviewed about education on Rogers Television, CBC and private radio and on several podcasts. I speak publicly about education, present at education conferences in Canada and the US and to parent groups in Ontario.
I live in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rodolfo Candela
Limestone District School Board
Rodolfo (Rudy) is an elementary school teacher with 18 years teaching experience in junior and intermediate classrooms. He has taught in Vancouver, Toronto and Kingston. He attended the Mathematics, Science and Technology Teacher Education Program at York University. He currently teaches in an enriched grade 7 class and is involved in many technology initiatives in the Limestone District School Board.
Crystal Carbino
Designated Early Childhood Resource Educator
Crystal is currently the Designated Early Childhood Resource Educator for the Simcoe County District School Board.
Kathleen Carr
Classroom Teacher & Teacher Technology Coach
Avon-Maitland District School Board
I am one of a team of four elementary teacher/tech coaches in the AMDSB, supporting students and teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 8. As coaches, we are available to all teachers and students; whether they work in a one-to-one environment or when a classroom has just one teacher iPad. Our role includes working to connect the right technology to engage kids to the curriculum, to support teachers to assess student understanding and to transition learning spaces and practices to mobile technologies.
Joanne Cayer
Grade 8 teacher, Sciences
Ottawa Catholic School Board
I’ve taught Core French, and Immersion. Now for the past three years, an Immersion teacher of Sciences (my passion!) and Religion — and a Google Certified Educator! I have two girls 18 and 16, and a wonderful 14-year old stepson. My babies are my doggies, Zeus (a black Terrier-Poodle or Maltese) and Rambo (my 9-month old Shorkie – shitsu/yorkie). And my other baby: my hubby… Oh yeah, personal time. I’m a poet and a writer, and I love my suspense-murder mystery TV series and books (Elementary, NCIS, Bones, Crossing Jordan, Inspector Banks,etc). My husband and I kayak, 4-wheel, hike, camp and snowmobile for fun.
Before teacher: sold cars (very young), hi-tech secretary, translator and tech-writer, UN delegate -secretary working at the International Monetary Fund in DC, office administrator, then office manager of a national law firm in Ottawa.
Gen-Ling Chang
Director Equity Projects
The Learning Partnership
Gen Ling Chang is currently Director Equity Projects with The Learning Partnership. She was the former Associate Director, Toronto District School Board for Student Achievement, Well-being and Academics K-12. In a secondment to the Ministry of Education as a Senior Specialist with The Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat, Student Achievement Division, she had the privilege of working on school and system improvement with all the English District School Boards across Ontario. She taught outside Canada and in Canada, in secondary and elementary schools, and worked as a senior researcher with the Ontario Studies in Education.
To design and scale innovative and future-oriented education, her leadership work ranges from developing networks of learning among leaders and teachers to collaborating on programs with business and not-for-profit organizations. As a strong advocate of public education, she champions student right to learn in a safe, caring environment, new and emerging ways of learning that engages imagination, inquiry, voice and choice, and equity of opportunities for all students, in particular closing the digital gap.
Nikolaos Chatzopoulos
Director of Innovation
Plato Academy Schools
Nikolaos Chatzopoulos (Nik) is currently the Director of Innovation and Educational Technology Coordinator at Superior Schools, the management company of Plato Academy Schools in the Tampa Bay Area. He is also the host and organizer of ST4T, an annual EdTech conference in Clearwater, FL. He is also the co-founder of EdCampTampaBay. Nik is a Kahoot Founding Ambassador, and he is also an Osmo, Augthat and Book Creator Ambassador.Nik has taught Elementary Math and Science for 11 years in public and charter schools in the Tampa Bay Area. His work has been featured on EdTechTeacher’s blogs, at Edudemic, and at Daily Genius, where he is a regular contributor. Nik is also an experienced presenter, speaker, and trainer that has presented at FETC, ST4T, FCSC, Miami Device, EdTechTeacher’s iPad Summit, and at Daytona College.
Sandra Chow
Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow is a grade 5/6 teacher at Joyce Public School, a K-6 school with the Toronto District School Board. Joyce Public School is a SMART Showcase Elite School and has won awards including the Mindshare Learning Award in 2013 and two National Technology Innovation awards with the Learning Partnership. Sandra has taught in multiple grades, worked as a teacher librarian in Taiwan, and has lead workshops on integrating technology in education, internationally and throughout Ontario. She is a SMART Exemplary Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Google Certified Trainer.
Mistene Clapp
Connected Technology Teacher
Limestone District School Board
Mike Clare
Sessional Instructor Fac of Edn UOIT
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Mike has worked with the York Region District School Board for over 30 years. In that time Mike has been a Department Head in two schools and has been seconded to Historica for a number of years. Mike has a Masters Degree in Education focusing on digital applications to the teaching of history and social sciences. Currently Mike is doing contract work with The University of Ontario while developing combined curriculum digital resources with The National Council for Social Studies in the United States and various provincial history teachers associations in Canada. A few sample topics are: 1776 & The Loyalists, The War of 1812 etc. Mike is also on the executive of Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association (OHASSTA) and has published teachers’ guides and numerous articles in Educational Journals.
Linda Clarkstone
Library Technician
Westlane Secondary School, DSBN
Linda Judd Clarkstone has been a Library Technician with the District School Board of Niagara for 16 years. Upon graduating from a DSBN school, she began post-secondary education at Brigham Young University in elementary education. Shortly thereafter, she changed course to pursue a career in the library field, an area she was passionate about. Her love of libraries began as an elementary student, when she volunteered at the Niagara Falls Public Library in the Children’s Department, and later at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. She is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at Mohawk College. She has worked in many DSBN school libraries, preparing them for automation. Linda has been the Library Technician at Westlane Secondary School in Niagara Falls for 12 years now. She is a strong advocate for literacy, continually striving to promote a love of reading among her students, and has run many successful programs. She is a longstanding member of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and presently co-chair of the DSBN Library Subject Council.
Nicholas Contant
Educational Technologist
Brock University
Nicholas Contant is a graduate of the BA in Interactive Arts and Science (Honors) and current graduate student of Brock University’s Master of Education (MEd) program. Through research opportunities in the MEd program, Nicholas has furthered his research interest in educational technology and online teaching and learning. Nicholas also serves as an Educational Technologist with the Adult Education program, where he applies informed practice to enhance their online course delivery.
Michael Cooper
Director of Development and Government Relations
The Learning Partnership
Michael has an extensive history in development, communications and government relations. Prior to his role at The Learning Partnership, Michael has held roles at Operation Springboard, First Nation consulting firm Bell & Bernard Limited, and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (now Futurepreneur). He has an extensive history of government relations having served as a Special Assistant in the office of the former Prime Minister Paul Martin. Michael was born in Toronto and raised in Innisfil, Ontario, before going to Queen’s University. He resides in Mississauga along with his wife and two children.
Michelle Cordy
Teacher, Applied Researcher
Thames Valley District School Board
Michelle Cordy is a teacher and applied researcher. She began teaching in 2001, and has taught in both K-12 and higher education settings. Her focus has been on mathematics education and technology integration. Michelle also engages in classroom-based research with partners from academic institutions as well as industry partners. Currently, she teaches grade 3 with 1:1 iPad. She is a Google Certified Innovator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and holds a Master of Education in Mathematics and Science education.
Terri Corneil
21CL Consultant – Assistive Technology
Terri Corneil has been an educator for 26 years with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Her career has taken her from the classroom to a Teacher Librarian/ Technology role, to a Resource Teacher for Special Needs students. Now with the portfolio of Assistive Technology Consultant and SEA Claim Coordinator for Hamilton Wentworth, Terri enjoys building capacity with board and school staff. The best part of her job is watching students thrive when Assistive Technology is made available to them.
Frank Coster
Vice President Canadian Operations
Follett School Solutions
Alec Couros
Associate professor of educational technology and media
University of Regina
Alec Couros is an associate professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality. Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.
James Cowper
Principal learner and instructional leader in the Ontario Public School system, Kingsville Public School. Forward and creative thinker in forward and creative district. Students are at the centre of my professional life and define the core of my beliefs, values and understandings. Constantly looking for new ways to engage in learning. Above all else my decisions are focused on one aspect of school life, what is best for the kids. To make a school community excellent I espouse and practise the four tenets of leadership: Trust, Kindness, Intention and Authenticity.
Keith A. Crawford
ESL and elementary school occasional teacher
Keith A. Crawford is an ESL and elementary school occasional teacher currently working as a Research Assistant and intern at at for iHub Niagara. He has almost a decade of experience in English Language classrooms in Taiwan and South Korea. He is also a second language learner himself as is practicing Mandarin Chinese. His research interests include additional language learning, digital environments and educational technology practices within K-12 and higher educational context.
Hannah Cree
Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Hannah’s career began at a young age and even her cherry stand needed to have a big sign & marketing plan!Hannah is sieve for information; leadership, empowerment and social entrepreneurship drive her. Currently she is collaborating with The Royal Conservatory – Learning Through The Arts to launch ‘6 Social’ to youth and schools across Canada. The focus is on ideation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, technology and storytelling delivered through experiential programming online, at events and in the classroom.Her background is in training, program development, marketing and she was the Director of a tech-based accelerator for entrepreneurs. She is a Master Graduate of Leadership and a certified trainer in various subjects including: Team Building, Facilitation, Public Speaking, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Self– Esteem & Communication.
Donald Cyr
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Je me présente, Donald Cyr, enseignant en Ontario. J’enseigne depuis 1996 et ma passion des jeunes fait en sorte que je veux toujours m’améliorer dans la manière dont j’enseigne. J’ai oeuvre à différents niveaux tant à l’élémentaire qu’au secondaire. Je suis marié et père de 3 enfants. J’habite à London en Ontario et je travaille à l’école élémentaire Académie de la Tamise. Au plaisir de vous rencontrer à CONNECT! Donald Cyr
Anabel DaSilva
Conseillère pédagogique
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Anabel Da Silva travaille dans le domaine de l’éducation depuis 20 ans. Grâce à ses initiatives au niveau de l’intégration des TICS, le conseil scolaire Viamonde lui a confié le leadership de plusieurs projets innovateurs tels que le réseau des compétences du 21e siècle et le réseau d’Apprentissage Actif.
Jenn Davey
Vice Principal
Limestone District School Board
Jenn Davey: I’m currently an administrator for LDSB. It is exciting to be at a school that thrives on learning with the use of technology. I live and work in a small town near Kingston, ON. Mother of two who also are excited about using technology for their learning.
Jennifer Davies
Conseillère pédagogique
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Jennifer Davies est conseillère pédagogique au Conseil scolaire Viamonde depuis quatre ans. Passionnée par l’éducation, elle est ravie de faire partie du programme Viamonde 21 cette année qui vise le développement des habiletés technologiques et les compétences du 21e siècle chez les élèves.
Mr Justin Davoh
Originaire du Bénin, Justin Davoh a poursuivi ses études en Allemagne et en Belgique et est devenu ingénieur informaticien. Dès son arrivée au Canada, il accepte un poste d’enseignement à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Après un passage dans plusieurs écoles multiethniques de Montréal, il a accepté un poste d’enseignant au Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. En août 2012, il enseigne en Saskatchewan au Centre d’enseignement virtuel et d’innovation. Depuis 2014, il s’est joint à l’équipe du conseil scolaire Viamonde en tant que conseiller pédagogique responsable de l’environnement d’apprentissage virtuel et accompagne les enseignants dans le développement de stratégies permettant l’acquisition des compétences du 21e siècle de leurs élèves.
David Desjardins
Kim Desing-McCardle
Teacher/Instuctional Coach
District School Board of Niagara
As an English teacher, Program Leader, Literacy Chair and Instructional Coach with the District School Board of Niagara, Kim is all about student success & the belief that all students can learn.  Through her role as coach, Kim has been promoting the principles of a Thinking Classroom (TC2): 1) Engage Learners, 2) Create Assessment-Rich Learning, 3) Sustain Inquiry, 4) Nurture Self-Regulated Learners, and 5) Enhance Learning Through Digital Technology.  It is this 5th principle that she and  Barb Lane, an instructional coaching colleague, will be using as the lens for discussion at Connect 2016.  Kim and Barb are currently undergoing certification for 21st Century Learning: Creating an Inquiry Based Classroom through York University.
Helen DeWaard
Faculty of Education
A former teacher and school principal, Helen DeWaard is an instructor of Media and Digital Literacies and Digital Teaching and Learning at Lakehead University, Orillia. She has a MET (Master of Educational Technology) from the University of British Columbia and a M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, OISE. Interests include the application of digital technologies to teacher education, digital storytelling, e-portfolios, mentoring in education and designing, curating and activating learning with technology.
Luigi Di Filippo
English Montreal School Board
Kaylyn Dorland
Kaylyn Dorland is a grade 2 teacher from the Halton Catholic District School Board, where she has been teaching since 2011. She is the founder of #WHOtoYOU, a global, collaborative project that provides students the opportunity to connect, create and co-present a project on Sway. Dorland successfully uses OneNote, Sway, Learning Tools, Minecraft, Code.org and Skype on a regular basis in her classroom. Part of being a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert also took Dorland on a week-long Microsoft Educator Exchange Global Forum in Redmond, Washington in the Spring of 2015. At the Microsoft Educator Exchange, Dorland collaborated with 300 teachers from all over the world including Finland, El Salvador, Japan and Indonesia where her and her four team members won runner-up for best project plan. Her long-term goal is to expand #WHOtoYOU and teach other teachers how to connect and collaborate with classrooms from all over the world. In her fifth year as a primary teacher, Dorland has now progressed to the status of Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, where she works closely with 21st century teaching leads, speaks for Microsoft webinars and webcasts as well as post a 21st century article, “A Day in the Life” on Edsurge (current, educational “hot-topic” website) She also trains and consults fellow educators and administrators on how to use Microsoft products in the classroom in meaningful and productive ways.
Carolyn Dowds
I consider myself very lucky to have been an elementary teacher with the DSBN for 10 years now…9 of those were spent in grade 1 and, eager for a change, I am now enjoying a very different sort of year, in a grade 3/4 class! Technology has always played an important role in my classroom, and I am so happy to be able to share with you, my love of D2L and it’s many uses as both a learning and communication tool in a primary/junior classroom.
MaryBeth DuChene
Primary Classroom Teacher committed to using technology to help all students think critically and demonstrate their learning
Sylvia Duckworth
Crescent School
Sylvia is an award-winning teacher who has been teaching for more than 30 years in the public and independent school systems. She currently teaches Core French at Crescent School in Toronto. She is a huge believer in the importance of creativity in education and for personal well-being. Recently, she became enamoured with sketchnoting and the popularity of her edusketches led to her being named the “Top Influencer for #EdTech” in 2015 on Twitter. Sylvia is considered a leader in technology integration in the FSL teaching community and she has presented at numerous GAFESummit, BringItTogether and OMLTA conferences. This is her first Connected conference and she is delighted for the opportunity to share her passion for creativity with other educators. You can find her on Twitter at @sylviaduckworth and her resources at about.me/sylviaduckworth.
Jessica Duhaime
Jessica Duhaime est enseignante depuis cinq ans. Elle a de l’expérience en enseignement aux cycles primaire et moyen. Sa carrière précédente en traduction et sa passion pour la langue française et la technologie la motivent à encourager la communication au moyen de la technologie chez ses élèves et à les amener à devenir de meilleurs citoyens du 21e siècle. Dans son enseignement, Jessica prend plaisir à intégrer les TIC et utilise, entre autres, l’Environnement d’Apprentissage Virtuel (EAV) comme plateforme de communication avec ses élèves et leurs parents
Mark Duke
Kindergarten Teacher
Newcastle Public School
Mark Duke O.C.T., H.B.A, B.Ed., Library Specialist Loves the colour green, any powered vehicle and suffers from Ophidiophobia
Jeff Dumoulin
Information Technology Teacher Consultant
Grand Erie DSB
I support Grand Erie DSB staff and students with the use of Ed Tech tools to support teaching and learning.
Shaun Elder
Executive Director
The Royal Conservatory – Learning Through the Arts
As Executive Director of one of Canada’s most respected arts education initiatives, The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts, Shaun Elder has brought a renewed focus on supporting teacher capacity through the creation of innovative teacher professional learning programming.
Discussions with Calgary Board of Education (CBE) about the future of arts education led to a groundbreaking 2015 partnership. CBE instructional leaders are working alongside LTTA facilitators to co-construct teacher professional learning programming in the digital media arts. The partnership aims to support teachers in the design of personalized learning and to make learning visible for Grade 5-10 students.
Shaun has been involved with Learning Through the Arts since its inception as a pilot project in the then North York Board of Education (now Toronto District School Board) in 1994, helping build relationships with Ministries of Education and funders, and later, leading early efforts to provide digital access to the program’s wealth of learning resources and lesson plans.
Shaun has dedicated much of his career to exploring how interactive digital media tools can expand access to creative thinking processes for youth. He believes that students are more engaged in learning when given permission to explore the thought processes behind the works and ideas they are studying, and are invited to embody their own point of view.
Shaun has a ten year history of developing tools for music creation and learning, both at the Royal Conservatory and through his own start-up company. His innovative music creation app Piano Invention was described by The Music Void as ‘breaking new ground’.
Shaun is a composer and violist. After completing a BA in Philosophy at University of Toronto, he completed the Orchestral Training Program at The Royal Conservatory of Music. His music for harp, guitar, and piano has been heard on CBC and NPR. He splits his time between the GTA and Western Canada, and has a small acreage in Southwest Saskatchewan.
Michele Faux
TeLT Contact (Retired)
Simcoe County District School Board SCDSB
Kristen Fennell
Vice Principal
Simcoe County District School Board SCDSB
Kristen is an elementary vice principal with the Simcoe County District School Board. She came to this position following a two-year secondment as Mathematics Instructional Resource Teacher, K-8, with SCDSB’s Program and Innovation team. Kristen has been the Project Leader for Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA), Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) and Provincial Knowledge Exchange (PKE) projects focused on numeracy achievement in K-9 classrooms. In 2015 Kristen, on behalf of Fieldcrest E.S., received a Ken Spencer Award for Innovation through the Canadian Education Association. She has written for Stanford Senior Scholar Anne Lieberman and is a reviewer for Rubicon Publishing’s new Math UP 6 resource.
Tania Fera-VanGent
Professor of Communications
Niagara College
Tania is a Communications Professor at Niagara College in the Department of Academic and Liberal Studies. In addition, she periodically teaches online for Ontario Learn towards the Teacher/Trainer of Adults Certificate. Tania completed a secondment as a Faculty Associate in the Centre for Academic Excellence and was a Planning Committee Member for the College Educator Development Program (CEDP Western Region). She continues to be involved in PD at Niagara College as she participates in the Part-time teacher Training Program and the College Educator Development Program as a facilitator. Her educational background includes an Honours BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Communications from Brock University, and a Certificate in Teaching Adults from Niagara College. Prior to teaching at Niagara College, Tania worked in the Communications field in various roles.Currently, Tania enjoys seeking out teaching strategies to develop class synergy (both face-to-face and online). She focuses on creating community and inclusive classroom environments. Her special interests are social learning, blended learning, and transformative learning. Her curriculum development work focuses on academic connectivity: aligning course learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and teaching and learning activities with the goal of student success.
Diane Findlay
Compass for Success
Patricia Fiorino
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Patricia Fiorino’s teaching experiences with OCSB span 17 years, including the positions of Elementary Art Consultant and classroom teacher in both primary and junior divisions. She currently teaches in the FDK program. She has supported the implementation of success criteria and assessment practices across the curriculum and actively planned and supported school and board improvement plans and ministry initiatives. An active community member, she continues to provide experiential and professional development supports in classrooms for both students and teachers. Patricia is delving into Makerspaces and assessment practices focusing on the 6 C’s.
Lisa Floyd
TVDSB and Western University – Faculty of Education
Lisa is currently an instructor for Computational Thinking in Math and Science Courses at Western University’s Faculty of Education. She also teaches computer science and math with the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. She is a passionate advocate for getting young kids to code. She is a grad student pursuing her Masters of Professional Education in the field of Mathematics and likes to research new ways to enhance understanding of math concepts for young people. As a mother of three young sons, she appreciates activities that make learning fun, yet challenging. Follow her on Twitter @lisaannefloyd
Steven Floyd
I am a High School Computer Engineering and Computer Science Teacher. I have been attempting to make my classroom a place of authentic collaboration, creativity and experimentation. Tools such as Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, NXTs, Robotics and 3-D Printing have allowed students to develop and demonstrate their skills by experiencing project development from start to finish.
Kelly Friedman
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
I am partner in DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Toronto office. I am an experienced commercial litigator with unique expertise in electronic information issues, including electronic discovery, cybersecurity and privacy. I pride myself on having an efficient, no-nonsense approach to problem solving and dispute resolution. In 2011, I was named as one of Canadian Lawyer’s “Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada”. I am an expert advisor to Standards Council of Canada, Canada’s member body in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), advising and negotiating with respect to international standards on information technology security.
Jaime Gauthier
Educator, life-long learner, GAFE lover.
Kara Golani
Joe Grabowski
Science and Math Teacher
Wellington Catholic District School Board
I teach intermediate science and math in Guelph, Ontario. I’m the founder of Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, a website that brings science, adventure and conservation into classrooms across North America through guest speakers and virtual field trips.
Through Google Hangouts, students interact with some of the world’s leading scientists, adventurers and conservationists. I’m education director with a conservation group called Sharks4Kids and on the board of directors with another group called Planet Madagascar.
Mr. Ralph Grant
Technology Consultant/Conseiller pédagogique en technologie
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Ralph Grant a plus de trente ans d’expérience en éducation, dont les 9 dernières années en tant que conseiller pédagogique. Toujours intéressé par la technologie et son utilisation en milieu scolaire, il se charge de ce dossier auprès du personnel enseignant et du personnel cadre du Conseil scolaire Viamonde.
Julia Graydon
Learning and Technologies SPAT
The team will consist of three experienced Kindergarten teachers (Kyle Gleason, Julia Graydon and Alison Radley-Walters) and one administrator (Karen Keels) who has both elementary and secondary experience.
Daphne Guerrero
Manager, public education and outreach
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
As the Manager of Public Education and Outreach at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Daphne develops and oversees the Office’s education and outreach activities aimed at encouraging people to think and talk about digital privacy. Daphne’s work in digital issues started at the non-profit Media Awareness Network (now MediaSmarts), where she created and promoted resources designed to foster kids’ media literacy.
Stephanie Gumieniak
Brock University
Stephanie Gumieniak is an OCT certified teacher and Master of Education student at Brock University.
Craig Guthrie
Greater Essex County District School Board
I am a Grade 7/8 math teacher at Tecumseh Vista Academy in Windsor. I have previously participated in a TLLP, Middle Years Collaborative Inquiry and am in Year 1 of a Ministry Partnership with Norway and Alberta (NORCAN).
Trevor Hammer
Technology Coach
Avon-Maitland District School Board
Paul Hatala
eLearning/Blended Learning Instructional Coach
Paul Hatala has been working for the HWDSB for the past 15 years as both a classroom teacher and consultant. In his present role, he supports teachers and students in leveraging technology to enhance the learning opportunities. In addition to his work at the HWDSB, Paul also teaches at McMaster University and has taught in the Faculty of Education at Brock University.
Elizabeth Hayes
Customer Success
Gianna Helling
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Gianna Helling has been a teacher and administrator in both Elementary and Secondary schools with the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the past 24 years. She is currently the Principal at St. Sebastian School. She has authored a number of articles on Leadership, Collaboration, Blended Learning, Instructional Rounds and Student Transition Initiatives including Establishing Successful Transitions for Intermediate Students in Perspectives on Schooling and Instructional Practice (UTP, 2013). Gianna has presented to administrators across Ontario and internationally on a variety of topics including Strategies for Students at Risk, ELL Learners, Personalized Student Learning, Student and Parent Engagement, Assessment, Inquiry, On-line Pedagogical Documentation and 21st Century Learning.
Mrs. (Amy) Phuong Hoang
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Niagara College, Applied Dreams
I am entering my 20th year of teaching Mathematics at Niagara College. I always emphasize to my students that success in mathematics comes with effectively practicing. I realize that motivation needs to be realistic and convincing. In designing my math courses, I chose to implement the on-line assignments in conjunction with the traditional teaching approach to engage the knowledge learn with regular practice. Technology is a transparent way to assist the students to become fluent and confident in their math problem-solving skills.
Geoff Hogan
Staff Technical Lead
SWIFT Network
Geoff Hogan has extensive experience in using technology to transform business operations during his
career as a private sector consultant and a public servant. Since 1999 Geoff has also worked to
facilitate expansion of broadband in Grey County and South West Ontario. Formerly the president of
the Ontario chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association he has been a leader facilitating
collaboration between municipal IT departments.
Geoff is currently the Director of Information Technology and a member of the senior management
team for the County of Grey located in Owen Sound Ontario. Geoff leads a staff of 12 and is responsible
for the County’s Strategic Direction for the use of Information Technology including infrastructure, the
County’s corporate GIS and business applications. Geoff also leads the County’s Intelligent (Smart)
Community project.
Geoff resides in rural Grey County near Thornbury with his wife, 2 daughters and Golden Retriever Alfie.
David Hutchison
Brock University
David Hutchison is a university professor in the Department of Teacher Education. He is also Director of Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities.
Joey Jackson
Teacher Technology Coach
Dustin Jez
Fair Chance Learning
Martha Jez
Fair Chance Learning
Jamie Johnston
DSB Ontario North East
My colleague and I have been in education for approximately 16 years and have had various opportunities to work both in the classroom and at the board level as Instructional Coaches. We enjoy challenging ourselves to become better educators as well as challenging our students to be critical, reflective, 21st century thinkers.
Jessica Johnston
Let’s Talk Science
Janis Jones
Toronto District School Board
Janis Castle Jones is an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board at Brimwood Blvd. Junior Public School. She is passionate about integrating Social Innovation and Technology to amplify student learning and achievement. Janis is a Co-leader of the “Ubuntu” Social Innovation and Student Leadership team. She is pleased to be presenting with Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of Taking It Global.
Dennis Kambeitz
EZ Education Solutions
Dennis is recognized as a leading expert on how robotics will impact all levels of the workforce over the coming decade, and what educators must do to prepare our students for the upcoming transition.
His presentation on “Preparing our Workforce for a Robotic World” has been called ‘Enlightening’, ‘Transformative’ and ‘life-changing’ by educators, government officials and the general public.
Danielle Karlsson
Grade 7 teacher
St. Clair Catholic District School Board
Sharon Keller
Let’s Talk Science
Becky Kennedy
Teacher – Kindergarten
Simcoe County District School Board
Becky is a Simcoe County District School Board Teacher who is passionate about using technology as a tool to move student-learning forward in play and inquiry-based classroom!
Kyle Kitchen Kyle Kitchen
IT 4 Learning
District School Board of Niagara
Kyle has been a elementary teacher with the DSBN for 15 years. For the past 5 years he has been a part of the IT4 learning technology integration team. Working closely with staff and students k-12, special education teams, he helps integrate technology into daily curriculum. A Smart certified and a Google educator, he has presented at multiple conferences around the province demonstrating his hands-on experiences for sharing student voice and inquiry through the use of technology. His combination of humour, knowledge and passion for student achievement will leave you energized and anticipating an emphatic return to your classroom to experiment with some new and updated lesson ideas.
Mr Tim Kivell
21st Century Learning Consultant, HWDSB for the past 4 years. 10 years of classroom experience at the Junior and Intermediate level specializing in Math.
Mrs Susan Klooster
District Instructional Coach
District School Board Ontario North East
Chris Knight
Teacher Consultant
Greater Essex County District School Board
Mr. Chris Knight has been an educator for 16 years. He is currently a Teacher Consultant for Technology in the Classroom and 21st Century Learning, K-12, with the Greater Essex County District School Board in Windsor, Ontario. He began his career teaching in London, England, where he also worked as a consultant for the integration of information and communication technologies. Since moving to Windsor he has filled the positions of elementary teacher and elementary instructional coach prior to his current role.
Chris works closely with all board stakeholders to provide leadership, direction, and ongoing support in the effective integration of technology across the 76 schools in the district. He has implemented innovative learning structures across the district that have engaged and empowered educators and students to use technology in ways that positively impact student learning. He has facilitated professional learning sessions throughout the system and partnered in research with the University of Windsor. He has shared the work from GECDSB at various events across the province, including the Ontario Education Research Symposium, the RCAC Symposium, for the Ontario Principals Council, and at a variety of Ministry of Education events.
Vanessa Knox
CCI Learning
Jessi Lalonde
Limestone District School Board
Jessi Lalonde has taught Special Education for 17 years. She works with students at all different ability levels and feels that technology can be an important element in helping every student create work that showcases their knowledge and in fostering critical thinking skills necessary for success in the 21st Century. Jessi has lead a number of school, board and provincial workshops in technology in education. Jessi is excited to be returning to Connect as a presenter.
Barb Lane
District School Board of Niagara
Barb Lane has been working with students and educators of the District School Board of Niagara for 17 years as an English teacher, Program Leader, Literacy Consultant, and System Instructional Coach. Both Barb and Kim have been promoting the principles of a Thinking Classroom (TC2): 1) Engage Learners, 2) Create Assessment-Rich Learning, 3) Sustain Inquiry, 4) Nurture Self-Regulated Learners, and 5) Enhance Learning Through Digital Technology.  It is this 5th principle that they will be using as the lens for discussion at Connect 2016.  Barb and Kim are currently undergoing certification for 21st Century Learning: Creating an Inquiry Based Classroom through York University.
Mitch LaPointe
Program Leader/Business
District School Board of Niagara
One of the pioneers of blended learning, he once sat in front of my first big screen TV, which was the size of today’s Smart cars, plugged his laptop into his VCR and started recording. He recorded every single lesson in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and put them onto tapes. He set up small TVS and VCRS in the back of the room and let advanced students go back there and watch my lessons. They would come back and work on their computers and progress through the workbook at their own pace. He immediately saw greater results. Advanced learners were no longer waiting. Those who needed more help and more time could now get it. It was a huge improvement. That was 1998! Now his YouTube channel has over 200000 views, all coming to learn to use MS Office. Now his students, as young as 14 are getting MS Office User Specialist certified in his classroom.
Neal Larsen
Peel District School Board
Luc Lessard
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Originaire de Sudbury, Luc Lessard travaille en enseignement pour plus de 23 ans. Il est administrateur scolaire pour près de 13 ans. Il travaille à Champlain à Welland depuis trois ans déjà.
Mme Mahlah Lockey
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Mahlah Lockey a commencé sa carrière d’enseignement en Alberta en 1997 avant de déménager en Ontario en 2004. Elle a déjà enseigné tous les niveaux de la maternelle jusqu’à la huitième année, la plus grande partie de son expérience étant aux cycles préparatoire et primaire. Elle est présentement enseignante à Welland, Ontario avec le Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Passionnée de l’enseignement, Mme Lockey perçoit l’apprentissage comme un parcours et croit fortement au développement professionnel pertinent. Elle est toujours à la recherche de nouvelles idées innovatrices afin d’engager et soutenir ses élèves dans leur propre parcours, surtout à l’aide de la technologie et des activités pratiques et authentiques.
Andria Lynett
Teacher & Video Producer
District School Board of Niagara
Andria is a high school teacher and video producer obsessed with the many uses of video in education. She currently lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario. Formerly, she worked in the sometimes exciting world of the Toronto film industry. These days, she is focused on creating stop-motion animated videos that demystify Shakespearean plays for students with learning disabilities, for students who are allergic to the Bard’s writing, and for struggling English language learners.
Heather Ma
Early Years Consultant
Simcoe County District School Board
Heather is currently working as the Early Years Consultant for the Simcoe County District School Board. As a teacher, she has worked with students in the Primary Years and in Special Education. She is a believer in the power of play and the role of documentation to make learning visible.
Dalia Maamoun
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Ancienne journaliste, ayant travaillée dans le journalisme pendant deux ans, ensuite en secrétariat de direction pendant huit ans, Dalia Maamoun a fait la transition vers l’enseignement comme une troisième carrière. Maintenant dans sa troisième année en tant qu’enseignante pour le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, Dalia adopte des pratiques d’enseignement et d’apprentissage intégrant la technologie afin de préparer ses élèves à acquérir les compétences du 21e siècle.
Nathalie MacDonald
Enseignante ressource
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Je suis enseignante depuis 1994. Durant ma carrière, j’ai enseigné tous niveaux de la maternelle à la 8e année, à deux conseils scolaires. J’adore travailler avec les élèves en difficulté de toutes sortes. Ayant des difficultés d’apprentissage moi-même, j’ai une unique perspective qui me permet de bien comprendre ses élèves et de les aider à trouver des stratégies qui les aideront à vivre des succès et réaliser leur plein potentiel. Je suis passionnée par la pédagogie universelle: Depuis de nombreuses années, j’utilise grandement la technologie auprès de tous les élèves, pas seulement ceux qui sont à risque et en difficulté. Il n’y a rien de mieux que de voir les élèves engagés et passionnés de leurs apprentissages!
Brad MacMaster
Kindergarten Teacher/Tech Dude
Angela Manolachi
Curriculum Consultant
CS Viamonde
Artemis Manoukas
Vice Principal
Toronto DSB
Vice Principal at a Model School for Inner Cities, Toronto District School Board. #techieadmin Mom of 2 busy boys, world traveller & lilbrarian
Faith Marcel
Niagara College
Faith Marcel teaches English for Academic Preparation at Niagara College and serves as an online curriculum developer and teacher trainer for Colleges Ontario. She holds an MA in Linguistics and is currently a PhD student in Language and Literacies Education in the collaborative Knowledge Media Design program at OISE, University of Toronto.
Lee Martin
Lee is a primary French Immersion teacher with the District School Board of Niagara, with a focus in mathematics, second language acquisition, arts and educational technology.
He graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology. He attended the Faculty of Education at Brock University where he was awarded the Don Galbraith Award from the Science Teachers Association of Ontario and the Distinguished Graduate Award for Primary/Junior.
In 2014, he was hired by Crabtree Publishing House to consult on their “Get Connected To Digital Literacy Series,” which supports young readers in gaining an understanding of computers, networks, programs and applications, and coding. Furthering his learning outside the classroom, he is also an eLearning Specialist with Brock University supporting the development of their two year teacher education program.
As an educator, he believes that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and struggle instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we can be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dan Martinic
Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
For 16 years, my passion has been engaging students in learning experiences outside the classroom. Whether it’s a trip to Central America, an evening at the Improv, or a global online project, I strive to find ways for students to connect. I am honoured to be present with you at this year’s Connect.
Jeffery Maxwell
Technology Teacher
Niagara Catholic District School Board
Jim McDonald
Senior Technical Consultant
Follett School Solutions
Ben McDougal
Community Builder
Jet Set Studio
As an influential entrepreneur whose passion is the art of connection, Ben McDougal builds community within the Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem. Along with being an community builder who believes in the power of an engaged network, Ben develops interactive video game events throughout North America, drives innovation at an Iowa home builder and leads a new hardware startup within the Internet of Things. Connect with this nerd you need to know, by visiting www.BenMcDougal.com
Karen McGregor
Greg McLeod
Greg McLeod is currently a Principal in TDSB. He is passionate about inquiry based education and using technology. Greg has held many other positions including Instructional Leader in Science and Technology and Coordinator/Instructor at OISE/UT in the preservice program.
Mrs Sophie McQueen
Conseil Scolaire ViaMonde
Sophie McQueen enseigne depuis 10 ans à l’élémentaire à Oakville. Avant sa carrière en éducation, elle a passé plusieurs années à faire de la consultation en informatique dans le domaine financier à Toronto. Ses carrières précédentes en informatique et en génie la motivent à vouloir trouver des façons différentes d’engager et de responsabiliser ses élèves envers leur apprentissage et de gagner la confiance des parents envers la technologie et son utilité en salle de classe.
Ling Meng
Senior Business Intelligence Solutions Specialist
Compass for Success
Stephen Miles
STEM Coach
Stephen Miles (M.Ed Digital Technology) is a technology teacher with the Toronto District School Board specializing in multimodal literacy from Kindergarten to Grade 8. With an IT background prior to teaching Stephen brings his private sector experience to integrating the latest technologies into teaching practices. His current focus is to bring the concept of Digital Citizenship, STEM and 3D Printing to the forefront of teaching in Ontario and work to promote 21st Century teaching practices into our classrooms.
Derrick Millard
Sheridan College
Derrick has many diverse interests. He loves traveling and this has led him to teaching in three different countries, including Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada including time in both Alberta and Ontario. Although Derrick started in English Second Language, it was his transition into online course development and teaching around technology that has become his true passion. Since the move, he has taught courses in web design, database design, introduction to programming, social media, the impact of technology on society and various office products. He started at Sheridan in instructional design and faculty mentoring, working with faculty on how to best integrate technology and online learning into their classes. His work in the online field has earned him two awards, the E-Learning Award at Dubai Women’s College (2004) and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year in the Higher Colleges of Technology (2005). Since coming back to Canada he has presented at the This is IT Conference on Wikis (2009) and on Beyond Google and YouTube (2010).
Dave Miller
Manager, Business & Learning Technologies
Dave has held many roles in Educational Technology for over 40 years, from operations and technical roles, to project management and for the past 11 years IT management. His focus is on providing direction to educators, students and parents so they can make the best use of technology in school and at home, and so they don’t get caught up in technology trends of the day.
Sunshine Miller
Coordinator of Cooperative Enrichment
I am a Google Certified Trainer, Certified Google Educator, and Microsoft Teacher Trainer with 16 years of public school educator experience. I have experience with Chromebooks, 1:1 android tablets, 1:1 iPads and Mac Books as well as desktop technology resources for students and educators. I have extensive experience in the designing and implementation of curriculum that supports instructional technologies. I provide local, regional and state professional development for teachers focusing on the Arts and technology, GAfE, Microsoft 365, and game based learning and assessment strategies.
Dina Moati
Sheridan College
Dina Moati has over 13 years of experience in the field of education, which spans across K-12, vocational, and postsecondary settings. Her career portfolio includes extensive experience of using technology in the classroom and empowering students through incorporating tools that implement Universal Design for Learning and ignite creativity. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a certified Assistive Technologist, Learning Strategist, as well as Adult Education Facilitator.
Dina believes in the value and uniqueness of each learner and her work is grounded by the core value of the right of each person to have the opportunity to realize his/her fullest potential through enhancement of strengths and empowerment to reach goals. She is currently a professor of Education in the Educational Assistant Program at Sheridan College.
Muriel Monnet Castano
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Marg Moran
Harriett Todd Public School, Simcoe County District School Board
22 years with SCDSB, Honours Bachelor of Education, York University, Toronto, ON, Masters of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON
Vickie Morgado
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 14 years with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board and is Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and PioNear. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University. In her classroom she connects her students with the world using Twitter, blogs and Skype in the classroom. She is a life long 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. Vickie has presented at various conferences including: ISTE, BIT, OAME, as well as throughout her school district.
Mathieu Morin
High School Teacher
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Ancien ingénieur environnemental et ayant travaillé dans l’industrie pendant 6 ans, Mathieu Morin a fait la transition vers l’enseignement comme une seconde carrière en 2013. Maintenant dans sa deuxième année comme enseignant de sciences au secondaire pour le Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Mathieu cherche constamment à mieux préparer ses élèves à être des citoyens du 21e siècle.
Russ Morrison
Belmont Secondary School Library Learning Commons
Ted Mouradian
The 2% Factor
Ted’s professional achievements include lecturing at Universities and Colleges as well as appearing on many radio and television programs. Ted has written 3 books on the management of professional and personal relationships in the workplace, and is currently completing a fourth. His weekly newspaper advice column, ‘Workplace Wisdom’ can also be read in the St. Catharines Standard every Saturday.
As a Relationship Management Consultant focusing on the elimination of conflict in the workplace, Ted’s expertise is highly sought after by management and non-management interests alike. For over a decade, Ted has put his proprietary and acclaimed Cooperative Action Model© into practice helping to create long-term, sustainable behavioural change.
Ted is co-founder and President of The 2% Factor Inc. which provides the tools today’s professionals need to improve workplace relations, eliminate conflict and bullying, and create a highly desirable work environment that allows organizations to attract and retain top talent. He has provided training workshops to organizations throughout Canada, the United States and as far away as Australia.
Nimisi Mujynya
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Marc Nead
Numeracy Support Teacher
St. Clair Catholic District School Board
Marc is a special assignment teacher working in the areas of numeracy and 21st century education. He has been an intermediate teacher for the past 10 years and has implemented full inquiry learning and teaching in a classroom as well as leveraging digital tools to enhance his pedagogy. He is keenly aware of the importance of utilizing student voice as a tool for high level engagement in the classroom. In 2015, along with 2 colleagues, he authored a curriculum document detailing strategies to use student voice and choice to change pedagogy and classroom instruction. He is obsessed with Twitter and the Toronto Blue Jays, is the proud dad of 3 awesome children and the lucky husband of an amazing kindergarten teacher.
Peter Nield
Co-founder of MHS
Peter Nield is the co-founder of Teaching Solutions Software, whose flagship software, Math Help Services, is now used by schools across the country. His innovative approach to EdTech design has helped countless teachers successfully transition to 21st Century Learning; increasing student engagement and creating a culture of curiosity in the process.
Brendan O’Dacre
Gale Market Development Manager
Nelson Education Ltd
Brendan O’Dacre has a MEd in Childhood Education. He has worked at Nelson Education foir about 9 years, for the past three in Digital resources exclusively. Brendan works with schools across the country developing their digital Learning Commons.
Sandy Owens
Vice Principal Of Information Technology
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Sandy Owens is a Vice Principal of Information Technology in the Ottawa Carleton District School board with over 20 years experience as a teacher, consultant and administrator. She has provided inservice and workshops on topics ranging from Assistive Technologies to Implementation of Board wide Technology Plans. She has presented both in Ontario and internationally.
Michael Partridge
Elementary ICT Consultant
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Michael Partridge is the Elementary ICT Consultant for the OCDSB. He has 17 years of elementary teaching experience in two school districts. He has worked extensively in Physical Education, coaching and regular program classes all the while heavily integrating technology. Over the past two years, Michael also worked on building teacher capacity to integrate technology as an Instructional Technology Coach.
Jim Pedrech
Department Head, English and Canadian & World Studies
London District Catholic School Board
Hi! I am the English and Canadian & World Studies Department Head at a high school in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada. I am interested in lots of things, including writing, engaging novels, and effective pedagogies. I am particularly interested, however, in how new(ish) texts, like video games, can be used to foster learning.
Chris Penny
West Chester University
I am the proud parent of three amazing little boys, Conner (11), Liam (9) and Keagan (7). I am gainfully employed as Professor of Education at West Chester University and a graduate of Penn State University. In a previous life I was a professional football (soccer) player. In 2011 I won the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for my excellence in the classroom, but there is a pretty good chance I was the only applicant that year. In 2007 I became an Apple Distinguished Educator, and in 2008 a Google Certified Teacher.
Anthony Perrotta
Communications Technology Specialist
Toronto Catholic District School Board
A graduate of Humber College’s prestigious Film and Television Production program, Anthony’s experience in Canadian film and new media production is extensive and diverse. From corporate film experience to independent film and new media works, Anthony’s love of film/new media led him to a career in teaching that has been equally and deeply rewarding. With a specialization in Communications Technology and Broad-based Technological Studies, Anthony has been committed to providing students with learning experiences rooted in their voice, creativity, autonomy and the ability to curate and share their work. Most recently, in the role of Resource Teacher with 21st Century Learning and AICT at the Toronto Catholic District Board, Anthony’s passion for student learning took root in his daily work with teachers. Working with teachers across all subject areas, Anthony’s efforts were to support teachers in their goals to integrate technology in meaningful and authentic ways. Purposely back in the classroom with renewed energy, Anthony continues to use technology and new media skills to empower students to be critical, creative, provoking and active citizens. Anthony also holds a BA in Film Studies (with Distinction) and a Bachelors of Education in Communications Technology from Brock University. Anthony has written media / technology curriculum for Queen’s University, Niagara University, OECTA, OPHEA, Nelson Education and other institutions across Canada and has presented at a number of leading educational conferences include STAO and Connect. Anthony also has extensive experience in eLearning instruction, administration and design. Formerly, the District eLearning Contact for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Anthony has been a program administrator for eLearning and continues to consultant on eLearning projects across the province.
Laura Plant
Co-Executive Director
Ladies Learning Code
Colin Pinkney
Toronto District School Board
Colin Pinkney has been a principal with the Toronto District School Board for seven years. Last year he attended this Niagara Conference as a representative from his school board. Colin’s vision of allowing students to follow their individual passions through a #Geniushour program for all forced a dramatic change at the school under the watchful eye of Hella Richter-Glinos. Colin recognizes that many people know a lot more about technology than he does, but he uses his formal role to make things happen in creative ways to help students achieve. Colin’s passions include his family, friends, and baseball.
Chandra Poluru
Portal Developer
Compass for Success
Robert Powo
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Robert Powo, enseignant débutant au conseil scolaire Viamonde, est soucieux de l’apprentissage des élèves et très conscient de la place qu’occupent les technologies dans la vie des élèves. Il a joint une équipe spécialisée dans l’intégration des technologies dans l’apprentissage des élèves: Le réseau d’apprentissage actif.
Theresa Price
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Theresa Price has been an educator for 21 years. Since February she has worked for the HWDSB as a 21st Century Learning Consultant. Until recently she acted as a Teacher Librarian and Information Technology Consultant for her high school and in this role helped oversee a unique 1:1 iPad pilot project focussed on transforming classrooms using Inquiry Based Learning.
Olivier Prodjinotho
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Olivier Prodjinotho a étudié à Kharkov en Ukraine et parle très bien le français et le russe. Il a obtenu une maitrise en sciences et aime les mathématiques, la physique, la biologie et la chimie. Il enseigne présentement à l’Académie de la Tamise à London. Il s’intéresse à l’ère numérique en salle de classe, particulièrement la pédagogie inversée.
Jamie Reaburn Weir
Jamie Reaburn Weir is a mother, educator, thinker, writer, and learner. She teaches students English at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in the Waterloo Region District School Board and believes that providing a learning space that is inviting, engaging, and thought-provoking, is the best way to empower students to be the owners of their own learning journey.
Jason Richea
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Peel District School Board
A 21st Century Instructional Technology Resource Teacher that promotes critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in every student. My core philosophy is that technology should support quality teaching, and is not a substitute for effective teaching. I support other teachers looking to do the same and learn alongside them in their journey. My class is a blended learning environment, incorporating ‘flipped’ learning, problem based learning, and BYOD.
Hella Richter-Glinos
Genius Hour Teacher (JK-Grade 5)
Millwood Junior School
Since 1992, Hella Richter-Glinos has had a varied career as a Special Education, ESL, Itinerant, homeroom and rotary teacher. Whatever the assignment, she has always integrated technology and offered students choice in their learning. This year she is thrilled to teach Genius Hour to all grades at Millwood Junior School. When teaching Genius Hour to kindergarten, Hella relies on Monica Samayoa, Registered Early Childhood Educator in our French immersion S.K.
Since starting in the field of early-years education, in 2004, graduating from George Brown and becoming an Inquiry Play Based Learning specialist, Monica Samayoa has been attracted by new challenges. She became familiar with different learning environments when working in schools and childcare centres in the G.T.A. and as a personal support teacher for autistic children in Europe. Monica is working towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Early Childhood Leadership degree.
Jay Royal
Senior Educational Consultant
Follett School Solutions
Matt Sajn
Professor of Communications
Niagara College
As a Professor of Communications at Niagara College, Matt is constantly exploring the connections between social media and the various industries at play throughout the Niagara region. Matt is an alumni of both Queen’s University and Niagara University, and has worked at both secondary and post-secondary levels throughout his career. His emphasis continues to be on course based research, specifically looking at ways to apply effective communication approaches to relevant and meaningful contexts throughout the Niagara region and Canada. In terms of curriculum development, Matt is currently exploring ways to promote digital literacy and digital citizenship to students from any number of different programs throughout the college.
Monica Samayoa
Early Childhood Education
Melissa Sariffodeen
Co-Executive Director
Ladies Learning Code
Melissa Sariffodeen is a social entrepreneur who loves to build things that create opportunity, impact and have the power to change the world.
Melissa is a co-founder of both Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou – organizations promoting digital literacy in Canada. She is passionate about empowering women to become builders – not just consumers – of technology and dedicates her time (and heart) to help educate and equip Canadian women and youth with the important technical skills they need to thrive today and in the jobs of the future.
To date, Ladies Learning Code has taught over 24,000 women and youth through one of their programs coast to coast and they’re just getting started.
Richard Saunders
Avon Maitland DSB
Kathleen Carr, Trevor Hammer, Joanna Jackson and Richard Saunders are Next Generation Learning Tech Coaches. They work together to provide tech-integration support to teachers in the Avon Maitland DSB mobile device initiative. This initiative provides
iPads to students, supports enhancing learning through the use of tech tools and helps teachers apply their practice through building teacher capacities. They have spent the past two years helping to build one of the most progressive and comprehensive
mobile technology initiatives in Canada. With over 11 000 devices in their district, they have a wealth of experience in supporting classrooms with a wide range of technologies.
Andrew Schmitt
Instructional Leader
Andrew Schmitt is an Instructional Leader: Teaching and Learning with Technology with the Toronto District School board. He supports teachers and administrators from across the board with technology integration in the elementary curriculum and shares ways to expand the classroom beyond the walls of a school using a variety of tools. Before his current role, Andrew was the Teacher-Librarian and Technology Chair at Joyce Public School. During his time working with students, teachers and parents at Joyce, Andrew won the 2013 Mindshare Classroom Video Challenge Award, two National Technology Innovation Awards, two TDSB Excellence Awards and the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Katelyn Scott
Graduate Student
Brock University
Katelyn is currently in the final year of her Master of Education program 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 classroom teaching in the near future, and perhaps returning to school eventually to complete a PhD.
Erin Secord
Let’s Talk Science
Erin Secord is an artifact Conservator at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation.
Bruce Seidel
Steve Shaw
Olivia Skibinski
Olivia is an elementary teacher with experience in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions. She is currently teaching a 6/7 and is exploring how best to blend these two curriculums. Her interest in inquiry based learning has helped her in teaching her favourite subject Science, which she currently teachers to all 6, 7, and 8s at her school.
Mrs. Annie Slater
Vice Principal
Annie is a Vice-Principal in a Junior High School in the TDSB. She has taught students from K-8 Outdoor Education, Media and Technology, Science and Technology, and Special Education. Prior to becoming an administrator, Annie was a Teacher Librarian and a Digital Lead Learner in the TDSB, supporting other teachers with meaningful technology integration. She has previously presented at Connect, Google Camp, BIT15 and at the EdTechTeam Toronto Summit.
Todd Sniezek
Instructional Coach
District School Board of Niagara
Todd Sniezek is an Instructional Coach at the District School Board of Niagara. In his past position as the IT4 Learning Consultant and in his new role, he spends the majority of his time learning and sharing his passion for technology integration with his board. His love of everything digital and fondness for embedding rich, technology-enabled learning in the classroom is infectious for everyone around him. Todd is known to champion technology for special education and his focus on utilizing low-cost solutions for classrooms ensures that students have more access to tools in and out of school. For Todd, effective technology integration is an essential need for all students to be successful in all areas of the curriculum from K-12. He constantly pushes the limits of what can be done with the tools available and he is more than willing to share his excitement with anybody who asks and often with those that don’t.
Amy Spurrell
Elementary Teacher
I teach gr 8 science and math and look for ways to include technology and inquiry into my curriculum. I am dedicated to STEM and STEAM initiatives that focus on collaboration, problem solving and communication in an inquiry based learning environment. I am starting to use GAFE and Google Classroom to see how working in a cloud based platform can improve student learning through the use of timely descriptive feedback in online assessment and evaluation.
Alex Stamp
Assistant Curriculum Leader, Arts
Toronto District School Board
Nicole Stogaitis
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Nicole Stogaitis est une enseignante qui cherche constamment à motiver ses élèves et à transmettre un désir d’apprendre pour le plaisir d’apprendre. Jeux, technologie, collaboration et projets de grande envergure, toute stratégie qui encourage l’élève à être actif dans son apprentissage est gagnante.
Gregg Stone
Education Consultant
Kyle Sutter
Graduate Student
Brock University
Kyle Sutter is in his final year of a Master of Education in the Teaching, Learning, and Development stream and interested, broadly, in game-based learning. His research focuses on the motivational impact of incorporating narrative elements within a gamified learning experience and how this teaching approach impacts student learning. Kyle became interested in gamification during his Bachelor of Education, intrigued by implementing game elements into the classroom. Kyle has continued his love for game-based learning by assisting in teaching a university course that explores research and current issues related to the integration of video games and other new interactive technologies in K-12 teaching and learning. Kyle is currently an occasional teacher with the WCDSB and focuses on in implementing game-based strategies into his teaching.
Johanna Swenson
CCI Learning
Daniel Sweeney
CCI Learning
Chad Taylor
Limestone District School Board
Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Showcase school, Been an administrator for 14 years. Advocate for technology as a tool to engage students and allow for different forms of learning
Kim Taylor
Let’s Talk Science
Scott Taylor
Let’s Talk Science
Diane Tepylo
University of Western Ontario/ University of Ontario Institute of Technology/ALCDSB
With almost 20 years teaching mathematics, science and programming, Diane is currently completing her PhD in student and teacher learning in mathematics, with special interests in spatial reasoning, coding and mathematical interventions. Presently, Diane teaches Computational Thinking in Math and Science Courses UWO’s Master of Professional Education and mathematics education in UOIT’s Faculty of Education. An avid gardener, builder, and volunteer, she sees math, science and coding in almost everything she does. Follow her on Twitter @TepyloTeaches.
Rémi Thomassin
Conseiller pédagogique
Rémi Thomassin travaille dans le domaine de l’éducation depuis plus de 20 ans. Grâce à ses initiatives au niveau de l’intégration des TICS, le conseil scolaire Viamonde lui a confié le leadership de plusieurs initiatives au sein du conseil scolaire particulièrement le programme innovateur Viamonde21 qui intègre les compétences du 21e siècle en lien avec les multitudes de technologies qui sont à notre disposition.
Rochelle Tkach
Elementary Occasional Teacher
DSBN/Brock University
Rochelle Tkach is a passionate educator advocating for 21st century learning practices. Rochelle is an Ontario Certified Teacher working as an Elementary Occasional Teacher for the District School Board of Niagara. When she is not sparking creativity in the classroom, she is working diligently to complete a Master of Education at Brock University and work as a Research Assistant for the Niagara Educational Technology and Innovation Hub (iHub). Her research focuses on how tablets can enhance students’ 21st century skills through the specific features and multi-modality embedded within apps. Rochelle’s mission is to place more emphasis on EdTech pedagogy and the reasons behind why EdTech should be blended into the inclusive classroom. Rochelle is currently advocating through her own EdTech Advantage (edtechadvantage.ca) blog and guest blogging for Learning Bird.
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 desgining 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
Systems Administrator and Technician
Brock University
Kyle Tuck is a Systems Administrator and Technician at Brock University’s Faculty of Education. He is actively involved with the deployment of educational technologies in classroom environments Kyle is a founding member on the organizing committee for the Faculty of Education’s Teaching with Technology Showcase.
Ryan Turner
Learning Leader
Calgary Board of Education
Ryan Turner is currently a Lead Teacher for both technology integration and 4th-6th grade teachers at a K-9 school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Mr. Turner earned his Bachelor of Education and post-baccalaureate certificate in education at the University of Manitoba before spending the past 16 years working as a head and classroom teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. During this time, he has been spotlighted and used as a model for innovative leadership and teaching practices within the Calgary public school board. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Turner has presented about such topics as online safety and chara cter education at conventions and symposia, most recently about the classroom integration of Web 2.0 tools in February 2015 at the City of Calgary Teachers’ Convention. This year, Mr. Turner completed his Master of Education in Leadership and Technology at the University of Calgary.
Brittany Hemming
Ladies Learning Code
District School Board of Niagara
Sylvia Vanaselja
Sylvia has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 15 years with the Dufferin Peel Catholic District school board as an educator. She connects her classroom using a variety of tools including Twitter, blog and Skype and is skilled at integrating Minecraft into the curriculum. Sylvia has presented at a variety of conferences in her board, at Bit15 and is a leader in technology integration in her school board.
Joe Vardy
Negin Vatandoost
Policy and Research Analyst
The Learning Partnership
Catherine Veteri
Catherine Veteri is a Physed and Math teacher, mom of two young girls, volleyball coach and adventurer. She is inspired to motivate others to be more innovative in their classroom, with and without technology. She is a believer that the Flipped Learning Model decreases memorizing, in a math classroom, and increases understanding. Her latest mission is to learn how to integrate block coding,in the elementary and secondary schools, to help numeracy skills.
David Wees
Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist
New Visions for Public Schools
David is currently a Formative Assessment and Instructional Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. He has worked as a mathematics and science teacher in NYC, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver. David has 8 years experience with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Years Programmes. He is the co-author of a textbook designed for the International Baccalaureate program. He has his Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Bachelor of Education (Secondary Mathematics), and Master of Educational Technology, all from the University of British Columbia.
He has been published in the Bangkok Post, Dialogue Online, Educational Technology Solutions, Leading and Learning, Software Developer’s Journal, and Edutopia. He has also been consulted for stories in the Globe and Mail, the CBC, the Vancouver Sun, and the Tyee. He has been a guest on CBC’s On the Coast and CKNW’s the Bill Good show. He has presented on Technology in Mathematics, Computer Based Math, Social Media, Change in Education, and other topics related to the use of technology in education. He blogs regularly at http://davidwees.com and can be found on Twitter at @davidwees.
Karen Wilson
21 Century Learning Consultant
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Karen is part of the 21st Century Learning team at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board where she serves the West Cluster of schools as a K-12 Consultant. Her teaching experience includes Family Studies, Science and Teacher-Librarian in both Hamilton and Windsor. She has also enjoyed participating in collaborative writing projects for the Ministry and eLo related to Adolescent Literacy, Financial Literacy, Geography and Social Science and Humanities.
Victor Wong
STEM DLL, Teacher
Toronto District School Board
Victor Samou Wong is a STEM DLL and the author of the ADVANCE: An Art and Innovation program at Georges Vanier Secondary School. Specializing in combining art with technology, Victor has been called upon to talk about art and technology by the Cultural Human Resource Council, OCADU, OAEA, and others.
Todd Wright
Faddle Creek
Todd Wright was recently Curriculum Administrator for ICT, eLearning and Learning Resource Services and Innovation Commons in the York Region District School Board. He has been an Apple Distinguished Educator, part of the Microsoft PIL original 10 and has enjoyed working with educators from around the world on ICT implementation strategies. Following many years in elementary and secondary classrooms in both Alberta and Ontario, Todd has been a Computer Resource Teacher, Curriculum Consultant and Coordinator for ICT. In his varied duties he has been part of a team that has been recognized for leadership in the area of digital literacy implementation.
Wendy Wright
I am a wife, mother of 4, water polo coach, and now a technology and robotics enthusiast.
Teaching is a second career for me, and I have now been teaching for 5 years. When I first went to teachers college, I chose UOIT for its technology component knowing this is futur of teaching. I’ve come a long way from being the 40 year old in the classroom almost in tears beacuse I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the laptop, and was already falling way behind! Panic!! Incentive, determination and interest are what have driven me to become the teacher and inspirator I am today. I love guiding and enhancing students learning through the use of technology. I recently was awarded a large grant for robotics equipment for our school and am currently installing a robotics lab, lego center, as well as a DYI room in my library commons. This area is trully developing into a common learning ground for all our students and staff. I am continuing to grow and learn about robotics, coding, STEM, and the various uses for technology integration in the classroom and I am very excited to share my learning with all of you.
Xiang Yan
Niagara College
I have a master degree in statistics and focus on high quantile estimation. I have been teaching at Niagara College for 3 years and I love anything that is math related.
Kellie Yateman
Limestone District School Board
Lorraine Young
Digital Solutions Manager
Nelson Education Ltd.
Lorraine Young is the K-12 Digital Solutions Manager at Nelson Education Ltd. She is passionate about supporting teachers and students as we explore and navigate the digital landscape together. Lorraine spent the first 12 years of her career in the video game industry and is inspired by the convergence of education and technology. Lorraine is eager to experience this brave new world firsthand as her daughter started JK this year.
Cyril Zheng
Tina Zita
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Peel District School Board
A chocoholic, picture book addicted techy teacher passionate about the 21st century learners we are entrusted with.