CALL FOR SPEAKERS
Building Digital Leaders
Featuring Tanya Avrith
Tanya Avrith is an educational consultant for Amplified IT, living in South Florida. She previously served as the Lead Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship Teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada. While there, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district wide Digital Citizenship Program (dcp.lbpsb.qc.ca), and she has been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss Digital Citizenship education. She has presented to thousands of educators, students, and parents from all over Canada and the United States addressing strategies for learning how to harness the power of social media.
Tanya facilitated the deployment and professional development of 1:1 initiatives including Macbooks, iPads and Chromebooks as well as the adoption of Google Apps for Education for her district. Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of the EduSlam.me show.
Rebrand Digital Citizenship
The paper resume is dead. Our students’ modern-day resumes will consist of their unique online spaces. How are we, as their teachers, facilitating their online presence and teaching them how to be literate in 2015?
Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. A “vaccination” approach to digital citizenship—having a one-hour conversation with students about the appropriate use of technology that they encounter only outside of the school—will not suffice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, need to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school.
Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device
Chromebooks have huge potential in the area of creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. There are so many opportunities for creation on Chromebooks; we just need to rethink what creation looks like! This session will look at how you can redefine your classroom using Google Apps for Education and the Web using Chromebooks or even the Chrome Browser.