I have the opportunity to work with administrators, teachers, educational assistants. I belong to various local, provincial and international organizations (ATLE ProLearn, DEN Star, current ETCATA Vice President, ISTE, JTC, STAC*) that allow me to share my thoughts and offer presentation opportunities.
My life vision is to live a life filled with trust, respect, perseverance, healthy relationships, passion, thoughtful nutrition/exercise while inspiring others to reach their potential. My professional vision is to open up opportunities where learners (of any age) can explore, create, and imagine in any way that makes them successful, engaged and contributing members of society.
I offer various types of professional learning experiences:
face to face (one hour, half day, full day, at elbow) and virtually (synchronous or asynchronous). Many of my topics embed technologies within the learning environment. I value the impact that low – high technologies have in and outside the classroom.
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General PD Topics
Accessibility to Learning: Removing Barriers for Students (low – high tech, struggling readers/writers) while universally designing and planning the environment and resources.
Augmentation of the Learning Environment: Using Augmented Reality
Blogging to develop a Showcase Portfolio (for Teachers and for Students)
BreakOUT Learning with Critical Inquiry
Coding & Programming: Practical Tips, Pedagogy and Assessment
Design Thinking introduction
Developing your Professional Learning Network
Digging Deep into Discovery Education Canada (I am a DEN Star) – uses, ideas, resources
Effective Exit Passes
Emerging Technology Tools for Subject Specific Areas (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, PhysEd/DPA, Visual Arts, Music)
Get Your Google On in the GSuite environment – basics, apps, extensions, add-ons for specific grades and even subject areas
Get SMARTer while engaging your students with the SMARTboard – any core subject areas and interactives
iOS Apps Playground – subject specific, K-12 grade levels, accommodations
Learning Commons in the Learning Environment – working with Library Staff to review Library Standards and how to engage students/staff in the different ways
Literacy Strategies (I am a Stepping Out Trainer)
LTPF (Learning and Technology Policy Framework) Readiness – student-centred learning, professional learning, leadership, research and digital learning environments.
Maker Education: Creating and Innovating with Students – from design thinking to creation to the prototype
Math: Instructional and EdTech Strategies and Supports (K-9)
Mobile Learning – mobile devices in the classroom, cellphones in the learning environment, makerspaces, coding, robotics.
Q&A Sessions – informal individual, small group sessions to support teachers with any EdTech content
Read & Write Gold/for Google Chrome (trainer) – reading, writing, and research
SETT (Students – Environment – Tasks – Tools/Tech) for the classroom and for individual students
sQuaRe Learning – using QR codes in the classroom
Twitter in the Classroom and Professionally – from basics to PLN
Video in the Classroom – student and teacher uses from creation, YouTube playlists, DE Canada lists
Videoconferencing – using various platforms to connect students/staff with other students/staff and experts
Virtual Reality – an opportunity for students to travel and learn about their world and beyond
ATLE (Alberta Technology Leaders in Education) ProLearn
DEN Star (Discovery Education Network) educator
Current ETCATA (Educational Technology Council of the Alberta Teacher’s Association) Vice President
ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education)
JTC (Jurisdictional Technology Contact for Alberta Education)
STAC (School Technology Advisory Committee)