Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Technology Conference

Get Your Head Out of Your Apps!

Technology offers rich learning potential in the classroom for students and teachers to  come together to learn how technology can enhance the teaching and learning experience. Over April 28-29, an exciting schedule of speakers and panelists will converge on topics such as;computational thinking in the primary classroom, coding, virtual field trips, and how technology can help your students make a positive difference in the world. We can’t wait!

Attending the event? Get prepared by downloading the conference agenda.

Keynote Address & Moderator Day 1: Anthony Carabache

Anthony is staff with OECTA’s Professional Development Department. Much of his work to date has centered upon OECTA's AQ online course development and design. His primary responsibility is to make the online learning environment as rich and engaging as possible. He also conducts talks provincially about 21st Century Learning and his web presence is solely dedicated to any teacher or future teacher who wishes to learn how to integrate tech in the classroom in a meaningful way. His latest article in @OECTA magazine, 'PASTA', articulates the need for simplicity in a fast-paced world of education. A strong advocate for teachers, he is currently focused on the need to respect teachers as learners and key contributors to their own professional development.

Keynote Address Day 2: Dr. Camille Rutherford

Dr. Camille Rutherford is an Associate Professor of Education at Brock University. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at Northwest University and project director for the Distributed Leadership Study. As a former classroom teacher and university administrator, her work with teacher candidates, teachers, adult educators, educational leaders and technology companies explores the use of technology to transform leadership and enhance teaching & learning. As a co-founder of the Educational Research and Innovation Hub (ihub) she oversees a number of research projects, supervises the ihub research residents, and provides educational insight regarding EdTech product development and efficacy.

Conference Panelists

We are fortunate to have a diverse set of panelists from all areas of the province, including many classroom teachers, TVO, ministry and pre-service teaching programs. Each panelist has been selected to share their unique skillsets and experiences related to education and technology.

Download the complete list of panelists.

Conference Workshops

Capturing Student Learning


Are you wondering what pedagogical documentation is and how you can implement it in your practice? Join this session to discover how you can capture student learning using a variety of simple tools as well as examine how to assist students in sharing their learning in non- traditional ways.

Speaker Profile

Luke McPherson is an elementary educator with the TCDSB. He has a deep interest in 21C Teaching and Learning and Student Digital Literacy. Some of his areas of focus include the documentation of student learning, GAFE tools, social media in the classroom, and promoting student voice with tech tools.

Digital Ambassadors to a New Culture


How can we enrich our students understanding though technology? Join us as we share examples of experiences of how we integrated technology into our classroom to engage students in cultural journey around French communities. From ordering food, to exploring French recipes, listening to regional French music and discovering local French festivals. We will explore three user friendly apps (PicCollage, Explain Everything and PuppetPals) that can be used to engage students in a fun and exciting way. These apps can be adapted for a variety of grades and subjects.

Speaker Profile

Erin Naylor currently teaches grade 4 and 5 core French and grade 4 to 8 music with the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board. She recently completed a Teacher Learning and Leadership Program and a Collaborative Learning Community, where she was able to create several in depth Core French Cultural Units that incorporate the use of technology. Make sure to check out the April TeachOntario Talk that will feature some of her work.

Meaghan Tahon is a core French teacher with PVNC who loves French culture, travelling with her family and her backyard chickens. A student of French immersion, Meaghan grew up in an English speaking family and discovered a love of speaking French and French culture at school, which she now hopes she passes on to her own students. She loves to get involved with projects that allow her to develop new resources that incorporate technology and the newest pedagogies into her teaching.

Exploring by the Seat of your Pants


Our world is becoming more connected everyday, but it seems like our students are becoming more isolated in their technology bubbles. There are a ton of great opportunities and resources that you can use to take down the walls of your classroom and expose students to important issues and exciting places around the world, while introducing students to amazing role models and new career paths. This doesn't have to be complicated and you can start as soon as tomorrow. During this workshop I'll share my adventures taking down the walls and how it changed the way I teach. I will introduce some excellent resources and share my organization. Bringing science, exploration and conservation into classrooms across North America through virtual speakers and field trips.

Speaker Profile

Joe Grabowski currently teaches grade 7 science and math with the Wellington Catholic District School Board. He's the founder of the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants and an avid scuba diver. Recently he was named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Integrating a Virtual Classroom into your Physical Classroom


Did you know that you can manage your classroom more easily with Google Classroom? This workshop will introduce you to creating and starting your own Google Classroom in a matter of minutes and show you the many tools embedded within the application.

Speaker Profile

Carolina Dobrowolska is an intermediate teacher for the Toronto Catholic School Board. In her classroom you will see her students using technology to build 21C competencies, students collaborating with Google Apps for Education and a Flipped Math Classroom. Carolina strives to weaken the stigma of using electronics in the classroom and to empower teachers to embrace technology and grow their pedagogical thinking. Her motto: "Don't be afraid to click!"



TVO is proud to present mPower - a fun and innovative, online game-based resource that builds problem-solving, critical thinking and math skills for students K-6. Find out how you can access this new and innovative resource!

Speaker Profile

Katina has been an educator with the Toronto District School Board for over twenty years. She has been a classroom teacher, central instructional leader and administrator - and has thoroughly enjoyed each role. She was seconded by TVO last year, and is currently the Director of Educational Partnerships which gives her the opportunity to share incredible TVO educational resources across the province.



Join in an interactive, hands-on session as you get to know the digital learning tools found at Students can use these virtual manipulatives to build mathematical representations, manipulate their models to solve problems and use the built-in annotation features to share their thinking. Participants will use the mathies learning tools to solve sample problems from across a variety of grade levels. They will also explore the available information tip sheets and wiki supports. These tools are easy to use and have been developed in collaboration with Ontario teachers based on current educational research. They are freely available on Desktop, iOS and Android devices and are free from advertisement.

Speaker Profile

Agnes is currently on assignment with the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Provincial Mathematics Lead. She is excited to be part of a team that creates the digital learning resources found at These mathematics resources are designed for use by students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. During her 32 years with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB she has worked as a secondary math teacher, department head and secondary program consultant.

Greg is currently on assignment with the Ministry of Education as a Provincial Math Lead, working on digital resources such as MathCLIPS and since September 2007. Prior to this, he was working as the Secondary Programme Coordinator for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic DSB. He has been involved in a number of provincial math projects, including TIPS, PRISM-NEO, a member of the great K-6 Numeracy Team in 2005-2006, and a number of Geometers Sketchpad symposiums. Greg is also the webmaster for OAME and MAC2, the Past President of the MAC2 chapter of OAME, co-chair for OMO2014 and OAME2016, and a member of the OAME board of directors. Greg has a passion for Mathematics and for Technology, and for working with others who share those interests (or want to).

Tech Gazing


Let’s take a look back in time at how technology has evolved. Participants will explore what can be done with existing and accessible technologies to support teacher practice and student learning. Participants will investigate apps that provide opportunities for real world exploration in alignment with curricular expectations. This session is designed for an intermediate/senior level audience.

Speaker Profile

Mark has a B.Sc, Specialization in Applied Mathematics from Sir George Williams- Concordia University and a B.Ed from University of Toronto. As an Academic Information and Communication Technology Resource teacher he shared his expertise with both elementary and secondary colleagues. For the past 5 years Mark has been back in the classroom where the integration of technology is interwoven within his lessons.

The ConnectED Classroom


Learn how you can easily break down the walls of your classroom and travel to places you and your students never dreamed possible. Participants will explore many tricks and tips about how they can leverage technologies such as Twitter, Google Hangouts, blogs and SMART Technologies to connect their classrooms. Come learn how you can create a sense of connectedness and adventure in your own classroom while giving your students a voice and a strong sense of their place and an ability to make a positive difference in the world.

Speaker Profile

Peter Cameron is a grade 5/6 teacher who is passionate about unleashing the power of technology in his classroom. He teaches his students how to leverage tech to be difference makers. Peter is passionate about sharing with educators and students throughout the world. His ConnectED classroom has been featured by CBC News, As IT Happens, Owl Magazine and National Geographic. In his free time he enjoys travelling and exploring the great outdoors with his family.

What Does Computational Thinking Look Like in a Primary Classroom?


Session A

Participants will be introduced to the components of computational thinking and how they can be nurtured in the primary grades. See how unplugged activities as well as bee bots and Scratch Jr can be used as a context for the development of computational thinking. Participants are encouraged to bring a Chromebook or Ipad, but this is not necessary.

Speaker Profile

Steve Floyd currently teaches computer science and computer engineering with the LDCSB. He has also been working with elementary teachers as they investigate computer programming as a context for curriculum instruction. Steve is a recent winner of the 2016 Infosys Foundation USA/ACM/CSTA Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

The Integration of Coding in Mathematics Instruction for Intermediate Grades


Session B

Participants will be introduced to the idea of integrating coding into pre-existing Big Ideas, Math Processes and Specific Curriculum Expectations. See how Scratch, an online programming tool, can help students develop a deeper understanding of math concepts. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or chromebook, but this is not necessary.

Speaker Profile

Steve Floyd currently teaches computer science and computer engineering with the LDCSB. He has also been working with elementary teachers as they investigate computer programming as a context for curriculum instruction. Steve is a recent winner of the 2016 Infosys Foundation USA/ACM/CSTA Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Your Digital Classroom: Using Technology for Deeper Learning


In this interactive session, participants will investigate technology tools essential in today’s world as well ideas about managing their digital classroom. The Provincial Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is being used by many Ontario teachers to post course content; receive, assess & provide feedback on student work; inspire meaningful class discussions, and much more. Learn how to effectively integrate technology, including Google Apps for Education, in this safe, secure, private learning environment.

Speaker Profile

Joe Sisco is currently on secondment to the Ministry of Education and Technology Enabled Learning Ontario, serving as the London Southwest Region Education Officer. He is a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer from Windsor, Ontario who is passionate about learning and education. Joe been an educator for 30 years with the WECDSB as a secondary mathematics teacher and Consultant.

Conference Particulars

When is the Conference Taking Place?

The conference will take place over April 28 and 29 at the Hilton Markham Suites, Markham and is open to  teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

How Can I Attend the Conference?

The Technology Summit is now fully booked.

Are My Expenses Covered?

OECTA's standard milage rates, and meal allowances will apply for those attending the conference.

Please note: If you are attending the conference and are from any one of the units listed below, due to considerations of distance, delegates are required to use the following expense form.

Algonquin-Lakeshore Kenora
St. Clair Bruce-Grey
Nipissing Sudbury
Eastern Northeastern
Superior North Huron-Perth
Northwest Thunder Bay
Huron-Superior Renfrew


If you have any further questions about the conference or any of the conference particulars, please contact:

Riley Watson
Professional Development Department
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
Tel: 416-925-2493 ext 476