ERAC’s Updated BC Digital Classroom is a core collection of digital resources that most districts have licensed. The collection has been updated to provide resources that are truly K – 12 in nature. Come learn an overview of the tools included and examples of how they can be integrated into meaningful opportunities to access and learn from the rich resources available in the BCDC.
The greater Victoria School District (SD61) recently implemented the Evergreen Technology Program (ETP), which transferred the management of computer hardware inventories from school administration to the school board. The decision to move from a decentralized computer hardware management model to a centralized one was to ensure: 1) that all schools had computers that were “fit for purpose”, 2) that hardware standards were met by all schools regardless of PAC and other monetary or funding implications, and 3) that hardware inventories were equitable in quality across the District. The main purpose of the program is to supply, monitor and maintain the computer inventory for all schools. This presentation will describe the conditions leading up to the decision to create the program, challenges around implementing it, what we achieved in the first year, and services we plan to implement in the future.
Heritage Christian Online School teacher librarian Pippa Davies, and Overdrive account executive Darryl Johnson will share how HCS Blended learning commons engages distance learning students with personalized learning, using Overdrive digital resources in curriculum kits.
Calgary Catholic School District’s 55,000 students have been successfully using Google Apps For Education (GAFE)
for over 3 years. While there are many learning advantages in this cloud-based environment, supporting students
who struggle due to learning disabilities, language barriers, and other challenges called for a simplistic cloud-based
Calgary Catholic adopted Read&Write for Google as an inclusive learning technology to assist these struggling
students as well as provide productivity tools to proficient learners in the Google ecosystem. The program offers
simplistic, easily-discoverable tools inside of Google Docs, webpages, PDFs, and Kurzweil (kes) files through the
Chrome web browser on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks, and new supports for iPads and Android were recently
launched into the program as well.
While the program offers students reading, writing, research, and study support in school and at home, it also benefits
GAFE administrators on the back-end by offering a number of popular research-based educational tools in one
easily-deployed extension via the Google management tool.
Attendees will learn about the division’s processes with the program from pilot and evaluation to decision and
implementation, as well as what the future plans are for curriculum integration. A basic overview of the program’stools, platforms, and licensing options will also be provided.
Disasters can occur in a variety of ways and at any time. As something that comes up during audits, we have all heard terms like “Disaster Recovery” and been asked what our “DR Plan” is.
However, the word “Disaster” can mean different things to different people. To some it means services such as email and payroll will never go down for more than a few minutes. To others it means that if your webserver dies, it will only take 3-4 days to rebuild the server and restore the most recent working backups.
And even if everyone in your organization agrees on a definition of DR, most people have different ideas about which systems and services are important. Everyone wants to get paid and email is important, but what about environmental controls and security systems such as alarms and key fob access? Can any of the application level services even work without the underlying infrastructure?
Planning for Disaster Recovery is a huge undertaking and requires a solid foundation to work from. This presentation will offer some of the early lessons we learned at SD61, as well as provide room for discussion in the Q&A session. We hope to help provide a starting point for school districts beginning their own DR planning journey!
Have you considered using online applications in the classroom but have wondered how you can do it in a many that respects the privacy rights of students in BC? This workshop is for educators that want to better understand the privacy rights of students in BC when using, or considering using, online educational applications as part of classroom learning.
We will discuss the legislative requirements for protecting personal information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and how those requirements may inform how teachers ask students to engage with online applications. We will touch on topics such as local storage, voluntary and informed consent, first and third party personal information, the kinds of assignments that lend themselves to the use of online applications, and training. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about BC’s privacy laws and to develop your own approach to privacy and online educational applications.