Fall Pro-D in SD73

Two Great Tech Integration Events You Won't Want to Miss!

PLAYDATE - People Learning & Asking Y: Digital Age Teacher Exploration

Friday, Sep. 26th, 8am-3pm

Norkam Secondary

This is a new kind of conference. Think about the last time you attended an EdTech PD, conference or other professional learning event. Oftentimes, we leave full of new knowledge and a list overflowing with new apps, programs and skills to try out. However, once we return to "the real world" many of us lack the time and support to actually try out all of these new tools.

PLAYDATE14 is a space for us to come together and collaboratively explore these tools we've always wanted to learn more about. The concept is to invite educators from around the area to join together on one day, sit in a room for a few hours and just play. They will collaborate to learn about EdTech apps, programs and tools with one another. Simply time to play, tinker, and explore.

No presenters. No agendas. Just playing.

Explore the things you've never had time to explore.

Registration is free and will be limited to the first 150 participants. More information including a registration link will be available shortly at the event website listed below.


Sept. 26, 2014 at NorKam Secondary


Google in Education Summit

Friday, Oct. 24th, 8am to Saturday, Oct. 25th, 5pm

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada

We invite you to join us for the second annual EdTechTeam Kamloops Summit featuring Google for Education to be held at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia on October 24 & 25, 2014. 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.

Early bird rate runs until Sept. 25 and is $249 for the 2 day event. There are also discounts for groups of 5, 10, and more. Please also check out the full day, intensive pre-summit events being offered on Oct. 23 (for an additional registration fee).

If you have already been using Google Apps in your classroom and have a success story to share, please consider doing a presentation about your experience, your favourite Google App, etc. Presenters receive complimentary registration for the 2 day event. If you are interested in putting in a presentation proposal, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/qrGiXc with your session information, bio, etc.

Looking for a fun new assessment tool? Try Kahoot!

(From their website): Kahoot! empowers educators and captivates learners. Through the creation of a trusted learning space, educational content is delivered by asking meaningful questions in real-time, creating a social, fun and game-like environment. Through a simple 'drag & drop' creator tool (using any device), build quizzes with embedded imagery and video, based on educational content. Or, find public content to play. It’s fast, intuitive and fun!

This tool is still in beta and is currently free for educators to use. Find out more and give it a try at https://getkahoot.com/

Tracy Poelzer, District Technology Coordinator

Please contact me for assistance with professional learning and pedagogical integration support for educational technology in the classroom.