Morning Keynote – Mario Chiasson, PhD Candidate, Consultant, Speaker, Author
Mario is currently enrolled in a Ph. D. program at Université de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick. His research focuses on the design of spaces that influence the learning and teaching of skills development such as 21 century competencies.
Over the years, Mario has helped countless organizations and institutions (schools, districts, ministries, colleges, universities, business and communities) to solve complex problems and use ICT tools to engage all members of the learning community. His collaborative approach empowers all stakeholders involved in the process. From startups and small projects to educational and community reform, Mario is experienced and equipped to make big things happen. More information can be found at mariochiasson.com.
With more than 20 years of experience as a professional educator, Mario has been a teacher, Technology Mentor, programmer, District Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supervisor, Technology & Vocational Trades Subject Coordinator, and Supervisor of Data and Accountability (data governance and process workflows) for Anglophone East School District (ASD-E) in Moncton, New Brunswick. His role and responsibilities have included providing an administrative and pedagogical vision for technological advancements.
Mario has been part of many provincial projects including 1 to 1 laptop/iPad projects, learning commons design, and provincial and international collaborative projects. In 2008, Mario was a Canadian ICT Specialist in Cameroon, Africa where he contributed to the development of a college “Centre Professionnel Don Bosco de Mimboman”. He is a Microsoft Innovative Teacher, a Cisco IT Essential Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Certified Trainer and was a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Board for 4 years.
Keynote: Let’s Close The Gap: How Can the School System Embrace the Age of Acceleration?
The massive and evolving changes in the modern world require serious reflection for the educational system (K-20) to address the learning experience of students aiming to develop competencies the innovative society is requiring. This complex challenge has certainly created a mismatch between formal education and the innovative society. Based on a research findings that was conducted in a school in South-East New Brunswick, this keynote we will share the 3 Educational Forces the education system needs to consider to reshape the learning culture and prepare students for a world where jobs are still not yet been created or defined.
Noon Keynote – Bryan Ouellette, Science Lead Teacher, Anglophone East School District
For nearly a decade, Bryan has been working within the education system to transform teaching methods and instructional practices. His vision has led to some amazing student productions, most notably the YouTube channel Down2aScience. He is an advocate for student publishing, but most of all, student-led instruction. This vision entitles students the opportunity to discover, apply and interpret content knowledge, while achieving societal, collaborative and communication skills that will help build our students as individuals and strengthen their understanding of themselves. His implementation of challenges within the classroom has redefined how teachers are able to evaluate their students, and also gives the students a much better perspective and grasp of the required content knowledge. Most importantly, students will leave the education system with transferable skills across any workforce.
Closing Keynote – Brad Carter, Apple Canada
Brad Carter is a national development executive with Apple Education Canada focussing on the strategic development of technology and on improving the collective adaptive capacity of schools. Brad has spent more than 15 years as a teacher and exploring the impact of technology on society and, in particular, K12 education. A former teacher and school administrator, his global travels, which include leading an international student body and faculty around the world, have given him a broad perspective on schools and schooling. He is an experienced public speaker and has presented internationally as a keynoter and workshop leader.
Title: The Four Rs: Readin’, Wrtitin’, ‘Rithmetic …and Computational Thinking
The closing keynote frames the event’s discussions around computational thinking, or CT. Brad Carter presents the case that computational thinking is a fundamental literacy—as important as the traditional “basics” of reading, writing and mathematics—and an essential part of any student’s 21C education. While often associated with coding, it is a higher order thinking process and both a skill and a disposition, a way of looking at the world that is as important to the aspiring biologist or historian as it is to the future programmer.