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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

Invisible Waste: Air quality lesson plans from TELUS World of Science Edmonton
This 2.5 hour session will introduce you to the science of air quality and offer ways of bringing this important topic into your classroom through hands-on activities and inquiry-based experimentation. We will learn about common air pollutants, their impact on our health and the environment, how we can measure and monitor air pollution, and where we can find reliable air quality data for Alberta. Workshop participants will receive several free resources including a series of air quality lesson plans, a PocketLab Air sensor (up to $300 value), materials lists for all activities, teacher's resources, and much more! Come learn how these resources can be applied in your classroom in support of the Alberta science curriculum for grades 4, 7, 9, and Science 30. Please bring a laptop/phone/iPad for the workshop.

Speakers
VC

Vanessa Carias

Vanessa finished her PhD at the University of Alberta in the Department of Medical Genetics this past summer. During her time in university she volunteered with Let’s Talk Science where she was a coordinator responsible for teaching science demonstrations and organizing outreach... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
1328

10:45am

Fire and Explosions
Do you want to add a bang to your lessons when you are covering science curriculum? This session is for you! You'll get hands on with materials and experiments that will put a pop in your planning! Though some experiments will be geared towards middle school/high school all grade level instructors are welcome! KABLAM!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1439

12:30pm

Bubbles and Bangs
Jason will go through a host of ways you can use his Top Secret Bouncy Bubble solution to engage and delight audiences of all ages. All the materials can be easily obtained and each activity can fit your science curriculum objectives. Science should be educational but also fun. This session is for you if you want to infuse your lesson with laughter!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1439

12:30pm

Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship
The importance of environmental sustainability and stewardship has evolved over the past twenty years. Social awareness has ignited an interest and sense of action in the students. Where does a teacher look for accurate and up to date information for students? This session will focus on Alberta curriculum resources and community supports that are in your region of Alberta. Successful lessons, projects and actions will be shared within the session. Become your students mentor and facilitate stewardship and environmental sustainability in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

Innovation in Education has been Paul\'s passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 22 years with his project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences with more than... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1435

12:30pm

Practical Gamifcation in the Class
This session is designed to give teachers a hands on experience with gamification.The goal is to give you some practical tools to enhance your classroom, as well as have fun during convention.You will be lead through a portion of "Safe Haven" and then you will be able to explore the core components to build your own gamified classroom. We will lay out how we build in assignments, some of the games we used to engage students, and the challenges that we faced in rolling this out.If you have access to technology, this will assist you at the end to explore some of the resource sites available.

Speakers
BG

Brian Grocholski

Brian and Leland teach in Alix, Alberta. Three years ago they team taught English 9 and Science 9. They introduced the concept of gamification to their class and saw some strong engagement from the students who normally fell by the wayside. Not only did the kids have more fun in class... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2401

2:15pm

Relating Science and Spirituality – Why? Should? Can? How?
Science and spirituality are often characterised as opposing and irreconcilable worldviews. However, there are many people who deeply value both a scientific way of knowing and a spiritual way of knowing. How do people who value both a scientific and a spiritual perspective relate the two together? This was the central question of my doctoral research that involved deep interviews with twelve participants. The session will explore how people understood science and spirituality and how they brought them together in their lived experience. The goal is to develop insight and understanding into how we can truthfully relate science and spirituality in our own lives.

Speakers
RL

Ron Licht

Dr. Ron Licht was a senior high school science and mathematics teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for 25 years before retiring in 2016. During the majority of that time he taught physics, chemistry, science and mathematics classes through a method that he calls Structured... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2404
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

The Science Pawdcast
What's a podcast? How do you start a podcast? How could a podcast be useful to your class? Could your students start a podcast? Jason will answer these questions, but also give you some fun stories of his own experience in setting up "The Science Pawdcast"- a growing podcast which mixes dogs and science! The Science Pawdcast has a section called "Ask an Expert" and he has interviewed some fascinating people such as Cara Santa Maria from Bill Nye Saves the World, Sarafina Nance an astrophysicist, Dr. Donald Henderson a palaeontologist and Gideon from I've Pet That Dog!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with 106.7 the Drive, a radio station, and currently delivers high octane Science Assemblies to Central Alberta Schools. He is... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2305

9:00am

How to Implement an Effective Physics 20/30 Lab Program in Your School
There are many lab experiences mandated in the Alberta Physics 20-30 Program of Studies, 2007. These experiences do not need to use expensive equipment and do not need to involve intricate procedures. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with ideas for over 20 lab experiences spanning Physics 20 and 30, have participants engage in a discussion of program expectations regarding these experiences and how implementing a guided inquiry or open-ended approach enhances student learning. Teachers will also be introduced to various evaluation methods and scoring guides for lab skills that can be implemented in the classroom.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

Next Step High School
Kristian Basaraba is presently a high school science teacher at Next Step High school in Sherwood Park. He has a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and has taught all levels of high school science, including International Baccalaureate and non-academic... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
2906

10:45am

Education for the Real World
EVERFI believes in educating the whole child and designs online resources in the areas of applied STEM & career exploration, social-emotional learning, health & wellness and financial literacy. The online resources are aligned to AB curriculum outcomes and are cost-free due to community partners like the NHL & United Way.

Speakers
LP

Leila Pullum

Based in Calgary, Leila currently works as the Sr. Implementation Manager for Alberta at EVERFI. Previously, Leila taught elementary school for four years in a traditional classroom in both urban and rural settings and three years online. She now manages all of the school implementation... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2305

10:45am

Teaching Math and Science with Data Science and Computational Thinking
The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching. Callysto is a free online platform designed for students in Grades 5 to 12. It is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting.Teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will be able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in math, science, and other subjects. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your teaching, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Callysto Ambassador, Cybera
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2401

10:45am

Teaching and Building Electric Vehicles- STEM Activities
Teaching and Building Electric Vehicles is a project that will build youth literacy around energy efficiency and by providing educators across Alberta with training and resources to easily integrate STEM-based, hands on activities into their classrooms that align with provincial curriculum.

Speakers
CA

Christine Avey

Co-founder /educator, PEEL
Christine Avey graduated from Queen’s University in 1995 with a degree in Psychology and Geography.  After graduating she traveled extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia before returning home to complete her B.Ed at the University of Calgary in 2001.  After volunteering... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 167

12:30pm

Data Science in Elementary School
The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching. Callysto is a free online platform designed for students in Grade 5 and up. It is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting.Teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will be able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in elementary science, math, and social studies. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your classroom, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Callysto Ambassador, Cybera
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2401

12:30pm

Goal Up - Activating the SDGs in your Classroom
In September 2015, the world came together in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda, which seeks to end extreme poverty, inequality, and combat climate change by 2030. Here, the Centre for Global Education will provide resources to help you understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so that you can engage them within your classrooms. In this session, through hands-on learning, educators will explore how the SDGs offer teachers a framework for their students to better understand global issues and to engage as problem solvers in a knowledge-to-action framework. We will offer teachers the opportunity to learn from and dialogue with experts in the field and explore resources to enhance and support teaching the Sustainable Development Goals. During the session, teachers will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues and begin building meaningful student learning experiences.

Speakers
SF

Sarah Flynn

Sarah Flynn is the Program Director for the Centre for Global Education. She has a BSc in Molecular Genetics, an MA in Sociology, and is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Sarah has worked in both biomedical and clinical research with the Department... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1435

12:30pm

Expanding Energy Storage STEM Activity
Expanding Energy Storage is a project that will build youth literacy around energy efficiency and by providing educators across Alberta with training and resources to easily integrate STEM-based, hands on activities into their classrooms that align with provincial curriculum.

Speakers
CA

Christine Avey

Co-founder /educator, PEEL
Christine Avey graduated from Queen’s University in 1995 with a degree in Psychology and Geography.  After graduating she traveled extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia before returning home to complete her B.Ed at the University of Calgary in 2001.  After volunteering... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GWH 167

2:15pm

Intro to Project Wild and Below Zero
This session is an introduction to the 6-hour certification workshop offered by Canadian Wildlife Federation. It focuses on environmental and conservation education and includes cross curricular lesson plans for all grades. Project Wild and Below Zero are two excellent teacher lesson resources that can be utilized to teach using land-based education. This workshop is active, involving participant interaction and can include both indoor and outdoor activities. Participants will leave with sample copies of activities.

Speakers
BT

Beth Townsend

I am an Executive for the ATA Specialist Council - Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC). I would like to present our workshop using two sources that we highly recommend that come from a full day certification workshop from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901 B

2:15pm

Laboratory Skill Performance Assessments
The use of performance assessments in the chemistry laboratory present unique opportunities for formative assessment. They are authentic ways for students to demonstrate their abilities and can positively affect students’ attitudes toward the lab, their academic achievement, and upon the overall environment of the classroom. This session will present how to administer performance assessments of five basic lab skills and the benefits to the classroom that result. The lab skills that will be discussed are measuring mass using an electronic balance, measuring volume using a graduated cylinder, lighting a Bunsen burner, measuring volume using a pipet, and completing one trial of a titration. Although this session focuses on high school chemistry, the ideas discussed could easily be adapted to the physics, biology or general science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
Tyler Buchan is a teacher, and Science Department Coordinator, at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 15 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees from the University of Alberta in Science Education, and in Philosophy... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2505

2:15pm

Integrating Curriculum while Engaging Students with Voice and Choice!
This session will focus on the interesting connections you can make between course curriculum and brainstorm the possibilities of collaborating with other teachers to create powerful learning environments. I will present and show a couple sample projects I have created in the past and talk about how I integrate the curriculum to create a well rounded learning experience for all in a very purposeful manner. The interesting thing about this session is how the project is planned around outcomes from more than one course but uses student voice and choice to help engage the learner. I have seen observed interesting changes in my students implementing these projects over the years and I am looking forward to sharing my observations with others who are interested in this teaching style.

Speakers
avatar for Tia Vandermeer

Tia Vandermeer

Teacher, Wolf Creek School Division
My teaching philosophy is based heavily around delivering a classroom environment that reaches every single learner in a 21st-century teaching style. We work heavily together figuring out our learning styles. Once we find our strengths we continue to grow in these areas. Next, we... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2304