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The Toronto Catholic District School Board is proud to present...

TCDSB21C Conference of 2012 

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Friday, December 7th was a dynamic, transformational, ground-breaking day for TCDSB staff in a Board-wide symposium streamed live on 21st Centure Learning. Staff from across the Board watched presentations on-line by experts in the field of technology and learning. A summary of the day's programme is listed below. Twitter was alive on #tcdsg21c and we were trending for one full hour. A sample of the positive feedback from staff on Twitter:
#tcdsb21c today was an excellent way to connect/engage a large board around a single learning goal. Bravo
@TCDSB_21C_AICT & organizing team!
#tcdsb21c. You can't leap a canyon in a bounce - take baby steps. Ian Jukes
Retweeted by Marcello Mancuso and 1 other
#tcdsb21c Jukes: we have to stop committing "assumicide". We can't assume they can use or navigate their digital landscape.
"Don't change your classroom practice. Change something in your personal practice.... Learners first, teachers second." YES. #tcdsb21c
Retweeted by Stephen Carey
"@WetzVP: #tcdsb21C Will Richardson just changed the game. "What is the value of our space when we don't need school to do school?""
#TCDSB21C schools need the tools in order to fully embrace this reality. "If you build it,they will come."
Just-in-time learning will allow young people 2 acquire the skills required 4 the world that awaits them when they leave school. #tcdsb21c
#tcdsb21c Authentic work leads to motivation.
@mrconforzi @robertdaddario #tcdsb21c Ian Jukes provides tangible definition of "life long learning"
Student brains today are being rewired by "digital bombardment" @ijukes What does this mean for educators? #tcdsb21c
Lori DiMarco: Catholic graduate expectations are part of 21st century learning.#tcdsb21c
@willrich45: Send a message to Toronto Catholic SB teachers about 21C Learning. All #TCDSB21C are being shown to the audience. Join in!
Retweeted by Peter Aguiar
@TCDSB_21C_AICT @AICTCoordinator good luck and God bless today. Your leadership and guidance will usher in real change. #tcdsb21c
In reply to Lori DiMarco
@willrich45 Counted at least 10 Game Changers in your session on Friday #tcdsb21c - can only imagine what they'll do neXt..Great inspiration
Continuing to learn and share from 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life - thanks @TCDSB_21C_AICT #tcdsb21c
#tcdsb21c "If we're asking questions that can be answered with google, then we gotta ask different questions." #Teachers
CONGRATS on Symp. Learning theories align w/cogn sciences intersect w/edutech. The components are ready, its time to connect 'em. #tcdsb21c
Thanks to everyone for your participation! Keep the conversation going at #tcdsb21c.

Conference Information:

December 7th, 2012

This was the first conference to be live streamed across the entire school board to all staff. Our keynote speakers delivered incredibly diverse talks that surround 21st Century Fluencies.


Keynote Speakers

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Ian Jukes

Co-Director of the 21st Century Fluency Project


Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. He is the Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and on-line training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations.
Over the course of the past 10 years, Ian has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 9,000 presentations. He typically speaks to between 300,000 and 400,000 people a year. In August 2002 Consulting Magazine Online named him one of the top ten educational speakers in America.
Ian has written twelve books, 9 educational series and had more than 100 articles published in various journals. Ian is also the publisher and co-editor of the Committed Sardine Blog which is electronically distributed to more than 90,000 people in over 60 countries.




Will Richardson

Web 2.0 in Teaching and Learning



For the past seven years, Will Richardson has presented to tens of thousands of educators around the world in Australia, China, New Zealand, Norway, U.K., across the U.S. and Canada and more about the compelling intersection of social online learning networks and teaching and learning. A decade-long blogger at, his ideas on personal and systemic change around learning have been published in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, Edutopia and English Journal.
A national advisory board member for the George Lucas Education Foundation, Will is a former public school educator of 22 years, and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (, a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 3rd Edition 2010) has sold over 75,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. In May, 2011, Solution Tree released his second book: Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education. His most recent book, Learning on the Blog, was published by Corwin in August of 2011.



Conference Breakout Lineup

Ian Jukes: Literacy is Not Enough – The New Learning Process
(this is a 90 minute presentation with a break in between)
In an education system that emphasizes standards and high-stakes tests, is it realistic or even possible to encourage students to think, explore, and develop their own understanding? Learn how schools can develop a research-based constructivist model to encourage students to think, search, and discover—and still have those students excel at the tests. The New Learning Process covers a fundamental shift in the basic paradigm of teaching that is required to prepare digital students for 21st century life. It looks at current teacher practices, and explains how we can teach effectively in an age when new technologies cascade onto the new digital landscape at an astonishing rate, and identifies the principles and processes that transcend these new technologies. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how to address learning standards and improve test scores to meet both curricular goals, and strategies that will prepare students to meet the new realities of the 21st century.


Will Richardson: Connective Writing
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
The ability to easily publish to the Internet has opened up all sorts of new possibilities for teachers to help students enhance their writing skills and become more effective communicators. In the age of the Read/Write Web, every reader can truly be a writer as well. Weblogs and wikis and other new writing spaces provide wide and diverse audiences from around the world for feedback and response. But they also require a more “connective writing” approach, one that can synthesize many disparate ideas from different sources, all connected together through hypertext. We'll look at how literacy is reframed in the context of these global, collaborative, transparent spaces.
Apple: iCreate
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
This session will be presented by Rob Policicchio- Education Market Development Executive. Come learn directly from Apple on how the iPad and its collection of over 700,000 apps can be leveraged by educators in sparking student curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. Participants will also learn about communication and collaboration tools which are transforming the way we teach.
Microsoft: Partners in Learning
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
This session will be presented by Lia De Ciccco-Remu, Director, Partners in Learning and Greg Milligan, National Technical Specialist, Education. It's an exciting time to be an educator. New Learning tools and technology are more freely available to creatively shape teaching and learning for all learners. Microsoft offers FREE resources to enable successful learning opportunities for 21st century classrooms. This session will give teachers to learn about Microsoft's Partners in Learning program, see new tools like Windows 8 and connect with innovative teachers around the world through the Partners in Learning network
Microsoft: the Xbox Kinect in the Special Education Classroom
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
Get Students Engaged: Learning through Motion with Kinect for Education. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets students’ whole body—and attention—into learning fun. Students can use their arms as the hands on a clock to form the correct time, or play a game where they read “red” on the screen then vigorously pop all the red balloons. Students can even collaborate on projects using avatars. This session will focus on the use of Kinect in the Special Education Classroom.
TCDSB Staff: Critical Thinking Literacy in K-8
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
Critical literacy is an essential approach to exploring the wide range of texts and media within our world. Critical literacy strategies lead readers to question, investigate, and challenge the motives that drive the message being presented in a text. This breakout session will present the role of critical literacy in the classroom while highlighting necessary considerations and strategies for teachers.
Maria Campbell: Face to Faith - The Tony Blair Foundation
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
This session will be presented by Maria Campbell, Faith to Faith’s Relationships Development Manager, and TCDSB Staff. Face to Faith brings students of different religions and cultures together using digital technology to connect schools in 19 countries. The Face to Faith online community is a vital part of the experience for students, enabling them to carry on with their discussions, celebrating their cultures and building relationships with one another, outside the Virtual Community. Our work is also informed by the Toledo Guiding Principles on teaching about religions and beliefs in public schools – we agree that there is a positive value in an approach that teaches respect for everyone’s right freedom of religion and belief, and that teaching about religions can reduce harmful misunderstandings and stereotypes.
TCDSB Staff - Engaging Wired Youth (9-12 Literacy)
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
The focus of Engaging Wired Youth is to provide new and contemporary tools that can make the delivery of curriculum and meeting curriculum expectations exciting, engaging, and relevant to the “wired” students in the classroom. The workshop will provide teachers with a number of project based ideas that promotes communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. With a focus on the English classroom, teachers will be introduced to a number or classroom ready projects along with an authentic understanding of 21st century learning as it pertains to classrooms today.
TCDSB Staff – Elementary Mathematics
(This is a 45 minute session and will be repeated)
How are the 21st century fluencies, the 4Cs (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking) incorporated in mathematics teaching and learning? During this session, participants will experience a mathematics lesson organized using the three-part problem solving lesson structure, with classroom video, photo artefacts, and samples of student work that was created using paper-pencil, Explain Everything Ipad app and Livescribe Pens. Also, we will skype in the classroom a teacher so that you can ask her questions about her mathematical thinking and instructional decisions with regards to the board-writing (bansho).