Mike East, General Manager, IBM K-12 Education
This session will review the educational technology trends, opportunities and challenges that IBM is seeing in school districts across Canada. It will also discuss IBM's vision and strategic framework for the effective use of technology for achieving a District's educational priorities, and the keys to a cost effective ICT infrastructure for schools of the 21st century.
Lambton Kent District School Board - Enhancing Math credit risk/recovery programs using electronic resources tied to the Ontario Math Curriculum;
Lambton Kent District School Board - Targeted approaches to achieving success with higher OSSLT pass rates;
Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board - Impacting OSSLT success in single gender classrooms;
Thames Valley District School Board - Addressing the Gaps in Secondary At-Risk Students
Mag Wadie, National Consulting and Technical Services Manager, IBM K-12 Education
CIOs and IT Managers of school districts across Canada face unique challenges compared to their counterparts in other industries. Addressing those unique challenges yet maintaining the ability to harness new technologies is no easy task. This session will review the current challenges and opportunities related to infrastructures of Canadian school districts. Mag will also share some of the work that the IBM Consulting and Technical Services team has done to help CIOs and IT Managers walk the fine line between stabilizing the infrastructure, yet capitalizing on the opportunities that new technologies present to lower their Total Cost of Ownership.
Michael Hiltz, Manager of Computer Services, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board,
Brad Klinck, Senior IT Specialist, IBM K-12 Education
Everybody is talking about Clouds, a few understand them, and many don't see how they could benefit from them. This session will demonstrate how Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has embraced the cloud, based on an understanding of system needs and a conviction that the role of Computer Services is to enable and support student achievement. Michael Hiltz will share the organizational perspective of cloud and an organization's readiness efforts, while Brad Klinck will dive into the technical architecture of Hamilton-Wentworth DSB's Private Cloud.
Stephen Louca, Computer Resource Teacher, York Region District School Board
In this session you will hear about the evolution of the classroom in the 21st Century as personal electronic devices continue to become mainstays in the lives of our students and educators. You will hear about the classroom culture that best supports learning in a 1 to 1 (student to device) environment. You'll also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and ask all of those burning questions you may have.
Mike McCann, Storage Specialist, IBM Systems Technology Group
There is probably no other infrastructure component that has grown in importance and scale over the last decade as much as storage has. With implications for storage decisions on so many other aspects of the infrastructure (Data Growth Projections, Video, Backup, Retention, Disaster Recovery, etc.), it is more important than ever to formulate a sound strategy around your storage infrastructure. This session will cover current demands, industry trends, and innovative technologies for storage solutions that would benefit districts who are about to consolidate or build a new storage infrastructure.
Cathy Horgan, Director of Education, BHNCDSB
Wally Easton, Associate Director, Corporate Services & Treasurer, BHNCDSB
Leslie Telfer Principal of Program, School Effectiveness Lead, BHNCDSB
This team will share their journey and perspectives on how they developed their Educational Technology Strategic Plan for the implementation of technology to support their educational priorities, and how they are aligning educational technology and all curriculum resources to support student achievement and build teacher capacity.
Gary Austin, Industry Executive, Caribbean Region
Peter McKay, K-12 Education Manager, IBM K-12 Education
Across Canada school districts are planning to buy fewer computers for their classrooms. Why? Because the expectation is that more and more students and teachers will be bringing technology to school in the form of Smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. When this occurs will your district be ready the onslaught of "free" technology? In this session IBM will review the steps required to prepare for a BYOD program. Research from the Gartner group will be reviewed along with real world K-12 education examples. And a brief update to the popular "What's The Right Device For Me / My Classroom / My Teachers / My Kids" will be covered.
Jonathan Bibby, Superintendent of Schools, former Principal of Holy Family Elementary School, PVNCCDSB
Leta Potter, Educational Consultant, IBM K-12 Education
This session will detail PVNCCDSB's Fast Forward Teacher Laptop Project involving all K to 12 teachers. How PVNCCDSB aligned this 21st Century project with Ministry and District Initiatives, differentiating instruction based on student data, and Web 2.0 tools for collaboration will be explored. In addition, a Principal's perspective will be shared as to the impact on teacher instruction and PLCs as well as other success criteria needed in the context of a school environment. OR
Peter McKay, K-12 Education Manager, IBM K-12 Education
SchoolConnect 6.0 continues IBM's K-12's focus on making IT Infrastructures simple and systematic to manage while also adding capabilities to improve computer access both inside and outside the classroom. In this session we will overview the upcoming features of SchoolConnect 6.0 and explain their value to both teachers and administrators. A brief overview of IBM's recent SharePoint Portal projects will also be presented.
Thomas D'Amico, Superintendent of Student Success - Learning Technologies, Superintendent of Schools, Ottawa Catholic School Board
This session will outline the Ottawa Catholic School Board's journey to become a 21st Century Learning/Teaching School Board. The presentation will outline the importance of changing more than just equipment and infrastructure. A focus on student success and teaching pedagogy is the driving force to help shape this District. The presentation will include specific strategies that have helped the Ottawa Catholic School Board meet the challenges and obstacles in transforming an entire School District.