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Spring ICT Conference: Teachers Learning Technology

More than 180 ETFO members attended the spring ICT conference on April 7 and 8, 2017. A goal of the program was to promote deep thinking about how technology, curriculum and instructional practices intersect.

The conference began Friday at the Marriott with a keynote presentation by Michelle Cordy—an ETFO member from the Thames Valley local. Michelle inspired participants to develop professional networks because of the way they can shape educators in powerful ways. She also encouraged participants to find ways to promote creativity and innovation with their students and also for themselves. A second presentation was delivered by Katina Papulkas of TVO, who shared an overview of the many free resources available to ETFO members.

Friday’s breakout presentations were facilitated by members implementing innovative technology practices in their classrooms. They included sessions such as: how to integrate Skype, Twitter and blogs, Google Apps, Office365, iPads, Digital Breakouts, coding in the FSL classroom, Genius Hour and connecting globally.

Saturday’s hands-on sessions took place at OISE/UT, which provided members with opportunities to try out new learnings in computer labs or on their own laptops, iPads and other devices. Some of the workshops addressed: Google Sites, learning about iPad apps, coding in the classroom, Web 2.0 tools, green screening and creating ebooks.