Presenters 2019

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Alec Couros

I am a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. I help adults and youth take up the incredible affordances of the digital age while providing them with strategies to avoid the numerous pitfalls.

I have given hundreds of keynote presentations and workshops to K-12, higher education, & corporate audiences across the globe. Popular topics include connected learning, digital citizenship, digital literacy, digital identity, social media in organizations, digital ethics, internet scams, digital privacy, and cyber-security.

I am an accomplished educator and researcher and have been recognized with numerous awards for teaching and leadership. I have worked with education, government, and corporate clients to develop policies and procedures related to technology integration and implementation initiatives.

Most importantly, I’m a father of four wonderful children and I am privileged to learn from them daily as they grow up in this amazing but complex era.

 


Spotlight Speakers:

Jennifer Casa Todd

Image result for jennifer casa toddI am currently a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, and author of the book, Social LEADia, published by Dave Burgess Consulting. Before this, I spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher for Literacy and Literacy Consultant, respectively.

In my district-level role, I have had the honor of working with teachers from Kindergarten to grade twelve in practically every subject area to integrate technology in the classroom, to support literacy, assessment, and differentiation, and to promote twenty-first century competencies.  I have also had the privilege to write curriculum for the Ministry of Education of Ontario’s 21st Century Learning office as well as the Catholic Curriculum Corporation.

I am a life-long learner currently studying at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology with a focus on social media in education and Digital Citizenship.

I am a wife and mom of two teens. Wearing my parent hat, I have been the co-chair as well as an active member of the Parent Council for over a decade, bringing parent and school communities together for a variety of issues. I have also worked closely with the Bully-Free Alliance of York Region with whom I initiated a panel discussion, “Fears, Cheers, and Unclears: Parenting in a Connected World.” I am also the lead organizer for the Digital Citizenship Summit, Canada happening in Fall of 2018.

I am also the author of Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership   It is full of examples of students who are leveraging social media for good, and the teachers who are empowering them to do so. We have banned and blocked social media for over a decade, and we are not exactly happy with the result. It’s time for a new approach.

I love learning and connecting with other educators from across the globe, and am passionate about connecting students to each other and to the world. Technology has the potential to transform learning in ways we can only have imagined when we were in school! With awesome power, comes awesome responsibility too!  I believe we need to think critically about issues of equity, access, privacy, and safety.


 Lisa Anne Floyd

Lisa Anne Floyd

Lisa Anne Floyd is an advocate of introducing students and teachers to the world of coding. She is a Computational Thinking in Math and Science Education instructor in the Bachelor of Education program at Western University, for which she has received an award for excellence in teaching in an undergraduate program. Lisa Anne has her Masters in Mathematics Education and likes to consider research and evidence-based practices while integrating coding ideas across all subject areas. She loves to share her passion for creative coding and digital making tools with students and teachers at school districts and educational conferences across Canada. Lisa Anne is a co-host for the TVO Teach Ontario Coding and Computational Thinking in the Classroom Hub and has many years of experience teaching secondary Computer Science, Math, Science and Experiential Learning in the Thames ValleyDistrict School Board.