Dec 02

Technology Symposium Feb 2014: Moving EdTech from Enhancement to Transformation

Registration for the annual Technology Symposium, is now open! This is the third annual technology symposium organized by the Centre for Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP) at SFU. The details are as follows.collaboration
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Segal Graduate School of Business; 500 Granville Street at West Pender; (adjacent to Granville Street and Waterfront Stations)
Registration Fee: $135
To Register: Click here. Please note that this symposium fills up quickly so register early if you are interested.
Marshall McLuhan first alerted us to the fact that “We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” What he didn’t say is that it often happens without our noticing. As we continue to use technology to enhance pedagogy and to search for ways in which it can and should transform pedagogy, we need to consider not only what is possible but also what we want.
Brian Kuhn, Director of Technology and CIO in Vancouver; Jenny Arntzen, Educational Researcher and Technology Studies Educator at UBC; Bruce Beairsto, Adjunct Professor at SFU, and friends will provide a scaffolding of thoughts for participants’ active exploration of the question, “In what ways are we shaping technology, in what ways is it shaping us, and and how can we best move forward with confident intentionality?”
This symposium will actively engage participants in consideration of what is currently being accomplished through the innovative use of technology today and where we want it to go tomorrow. It is an opportunity to consider the Why and the What of technological innovation as well as the How of implementation. Participants will have an opportunity for in-depth face-to-face discussions with a wide range of educational professionals. It will be a rich opportunity to stand back and take stock, clarify where we want to go, think about strategies for getting there and connect with others who are doing the same.

Dec 02

“What is UDL?” Great Video Resource

Hi everyone,


Our very own Kristin Wiens, SD 62’s Curriculum Coordinator for students with Low and High Incidence Disabilities, has created a fantastic 5 minute video introducing Universal Design for Learning. Thank you Kristin!


Nov 19

Nov 22 PRO D Universal Design for Learning & Technology Session


What’s the Buzz about UDL? Want to learn more about a proactive planning framework to support all learners in a diverse classroom? Curious about how technology ‘fits’? Then this workshop is for you! Be prepared to roll up your sleeves to develop lessons and learn how you can apply the UDL framework and incorporate technology in your classroom.


Date: Friday, Nov 22, 2013

Time: 9am to 11:45am

Location: Westshore Centre 207-814 Goldstream Ave
Facilitator: Donna Sagoti, Sheri-Lynn Gurney
Audience: All teachers K-12, cross curricular


To sign up: Click here to register

Nov 04

Registration for Nov 22 PRO D Workshops Open!

We are offering many learning opportunities for School District 62 teachers to choose from on the upcoming Professional Learning Day (Friday, November 22, 2013).

Technology Taste Tester

Interested in integrating technology but not sure where to start? Then this offering is for you. Click here to select from 7 sessions on a wide range of technology and curriculum options.

SMART Board Basics

Have a new SMART Board or looking to review the basics? Click here to sign up for a full day workshop on SMART Boards.

Sep 27

SD 62 Learning Opportunities Booklet 2013-2014

Hi everyone,

The Learning Opportunities Booklet 2013-2014 is now available! Click below to check out what is being offered in the district this year!


Professional Learning Handbook 2013-2014

May 07

NEW Elementary Graduation Diploma: Learning Through Exploration In The Formative Years

Learning Through Exploration  

Kim Dunnigan from Simon Fraser University will be providing an information session on Wednesday, May 15th at 3:30- 5:00pm in the Conference Room at the Sooke School Board Office for all elementary teachers interested in furthering their studies. This Graduate Diploma Program focused on Learning Through Exploration In The Formative Years will start September 2013. If you have any questions please contact Kim at, or 778-782-4212.


Apr 29

Google in Education Vancouver Summit

Join the first annual Google in Education Vancouver Summit to be held at the Mulgrave School 

on May 4 & 5, 2013. This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams. 

Register now!  Teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning are invited!

Apr 19

Computer Using Educators of BC ( CUEBC ) Regional Conference April 27th, 2013

Computer Using Educators of BC ( CUEBC ) Regional Conference is back on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo this April 27th, 2013
Information and registration can be found here:   A great opportunity for Educational Technology PD on Vancouver Island
Computer Using Educators of BC ( CUEBC)
Regional Conference in Nanaimo @ Dover Bay Secondary School
Registration $20.00 includes Sessions, Lunch and Door Prizes
Saturday April 27, 2013 Dover Bay Secondary School Nanaimo
8:30 Registration and Coffee
9:00-11:00 Sessions
11:00-11:45 Lunch
11:45:-1:45 Sessions
1:45 -2:00 Closing

Sessions include:

Cloud Tools for Education
Digital Photography in the Classroom
iPad Boot Camp
Digital Storytelling
Student/Teacher Screencasting
Using Twitter
Using Scratch for Programming in the Classroom

Apr 09

Friday April 19th Next Steps with SMART Boards

Hi everyone,

We are excited to see you all again! Here is everything you need to know (hopefully!) for next Friday’s get together. Please email if you have any questions of concerns.

Instructor: Sasha Zekulin, a SMART certified Education Consultant

Date: Friday, April 19th

Time: 9am to 2:30pm

Location: #103-814 Goldstream Ave.

Parking: You may park in the school parking lot. However, should this fill up, there is additional parking across from the water

  Wheel Pub (off of Peatt Road / turn left if driving south west towards Goldstream)). Drive into the church parking lot and on the left side is a gated area which is Public Parking. It looks like an alleyway but is actual parking for the public. People CAN NOT park in the large gravel parking area you first drive into as it’s for the church and they will tow immediately.

Co-creating the Agenda

In order to create an agenda tailored to us, Sasha has asked those interested to submit any topics or questions they would like covered. To submit requests, please:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the password smarttalk
  3. Enter your name, email and comment at the bottom via the comment option.



8:30am- 9:00am: Coffee and muffins

9:00am- 10:15: SMART Board Intermediate

10:15am- 10:30am: Break

10:30am- 11:55am: SMART Board Basics

12:00pm- 1:00pm: Lunch (provided at Evedars)

1:00pm- 2:30pm: Time to Create Lessons and Collaborate


Lunch Menu

We are providing soup/salad and sandwiches at Evedars for everyone. We will submit your order by first break so Evedars can have everything ready for us at 12pm. Please note that everyone is responsible for their own drinks.



Ham and Havarti sandwich
Rosemary chicken sandwich
Tuna dill sandwich
Thai chicken wrap
Caesar chicken wrap
Soup: TBA

Salad: Garden


Required Software and Hardware:

For this workshop you will need a computer with the SMART Software downloaded onto it. We highly recommend that you bring the computer (if possible) that you will be using to develop your interactive lessons.

If you are bringing a personal laptop (belongs to you):

Please download the software from home. Click here for instructions. The SMART Board Product Key (Licence Number) you will be prompted for is NB-AECAW-B2DBF-XHDY8-5SBIR.

If you are bringing a work laptop (belongs to the school):

Please download the software through the software catalogue while at your school. Click her for further instructions.

If you do not have a laptop to bring:

Devon and I have laptops with the software on that you are welcome to use. Please bring a flash drive so you can save anything you create and take it home with you.

If you need help installing the software on your computer, we are more than happy to help. However, we ask that you arrive right at 8:30am as this can take time.

See you on April 19th!


Dawn and Devon

Apr 02

Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry based learning is an approach that I have chosen to incorporate into my A&W 10 Math class, which is an approach to teaching and learning that allows for a deeper understanding in students by providing opportunities for active involvement in learning.  This approach was made clear to me at the Technology and Inquiry conference in Vancouver last month where Neil Stephenson, the district principal of Innovation and Inquiry with the Delta School District, shared his knowledge on this topic.  I would now like to share with all of you some of his resources that have helped me bring inquiry into my classroom.

Introduction to Inquiry Based Learning

Inquiry Rubric for teachers that was built around the 8 elements of strong inquiry based practice


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