With a limited budget, it is difficult to find the resources to support innovative curriculum and technology projects.
However, SD70 deployed a small number of laptop carts over the past two years with the specific intention of trying to determine how mobile technology can support improved student achievement. Our initial metric for determining the effect of mobile technology on student achievement was the volume and quality of written output. However, what we found was more qualitative than quantitative. What we are observing is: greater levels of student engagement or active involvement in learning activities, development of a growth mindset that emphasizes improvement in learning and capabilities, and a greater emphasis on critical reflection of learning rather than content retention. This project demonstrates that innovation need not be system level transformation, but rather can be small scale initiatives designed to engage students in relevant and meaningful learning activities. SD70 educators will describe and discuss classroom experiences and challenges associated with the deployment of classroom based mobile technology.
School Districts are faced with an ongoing demand in education for reliable access to new and updated applications. What's more, these requests from the teaching and learning community are not standardized across a school district. The applications and features required in an Elementary school can be vastly different than what is desired in a Secondary school. Throw into the mix the challenges of supporting a diverse user base (teachers, administrators, office users and students) and you are faced with a serious challenge to keep standards, consistency and sustainability in your workstation imaging strategy. Abbotsford School District IT Manager Karman O'Brien, in consultation with IBM K-12 Senior Architect Chris King will take you through the "best practices" methodology for building the ideal image using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013.
Whether you have front of room or 1:1 student devices, the power of SMART amp and SMART Notebook software allows teachers and students to collaborate naturally while giving teachers real-time insight to student collaboration. Whichever path you choose, SMART offers unparalleled tools for structured and unstructured collaboration, as well as easy transitions between teacher-led and student-centered learning. Come and learn about how these tools are being implemented in classrooms across Canada.
In this presentation we introduce GLPI – an open source service desk ticketing and inventory system used extensively at SD73. We’ll first demonstrate some of the key features of GLPI’s ticket tracking system followed by how SD73 weaves these features into the day-to-day IT management operations to improve communication, resolve deadlocks/gridlocks and avoid HR conflicts within the IT department. Learn the ins and outs of a very good free ticket tracking system but more importantly, learn how to use some of its features such as “service level agreements” and “watchers” to keep the peace in IT.
Looking back at Vancouver's shift from the "desktops in SCCM 2007" mindset to the "tablets/laptops in SCCM 2012" approach. Technical details regarding deployment, configuration, and lessons learned following our Teacher Laptop Initiative rollout of Surface devices.
This MESH session will be an opportunity for all to share the initiatives that have made life easier for school district ‘customers’. Has a recent technology project – big or small - improved communication, or reduced the necessary steps? Maybe it helped get technology out of the way, or enabled data-driven decision making?
Kelly Michell will be discussing innovative and effective strategies Charter has been providing to their customers to offset capital budget challenges allowing their customers to do more with less.
Our schools are full of stories that deserve to be told. We need to share them in a manner that educates the world to what happens in our classrooms. Circulating our successes creates pride in the classroom and in the community. It encourages students to strive further and harder. Engaging our audience empowers others to celebrate and be a part of our daily efforts.
Andrea Williamson is a social media strategist at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology and a Social Media Consultant for NewToBC. She seeks stories and content that helps them share their stories and make a difference. Her presentation will discuss best practices for social media, what channels are available for use, how to manage online conversations, how to engage with your audience, how to utilize analytics to increase your social media reach and how to listen socially.
This presentation seeks to demystify the sometimes foggy landscape of privacy in the digital space. The speaker will use real examples of how school districts, government ministries and other public bodies have been able to remain compliant with privacy legislation in the face of emergent technologies and online services. Particular focus will be given to social media and cloud technology. Additionally, this presentation will address common compliance tools such as consent forms and privacy impact assessments and how they can help you practice and demonstrate good privacy principles. This presentation will be open to questions throughout in order to foster a lively discussion on a complex subject.
In May 2014 the West Vancouver School District Technology team began the implementation of GAFE. We went with GAFE because there was a need to find collaborative tools that provided a more streamlined teaching and learning experience. We have now completed the configuration and technical implementation and are working on implementing GAFE at a school and classroom level with a goal of having our entire district working in the Google environment by the fall of 2015. We will discuss our journey from the technical side, through the privacy issues and eventual classroom use. Our presenters represent all aspects of the GAFE journey in West Vancouver.