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Wednesday, November 8 • 15:15 - 16:10
Creating Shared Goals for Educational Technology

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How can K-12 educational institutions meet the demanding and very diverse needs of all stakeholders?  Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has created a collaborative work environment between IT and the division ET Team to better serve our end users and to ultimately meet the learning needs and goals of our students.  We have recently fortified this by becoming full members of SRNET giving us secure access to a wealth of educational tools and supports across Canada.

In this presentation, we will explore the important roles of division personnel - from superintendent to technician, teacher and consultant - in creating shared goals to support teachers and students in all stages of educational technology, including the initial purchase of technology to the effective integration of technology in the classroom. We will share our journey, our challenges and successes, and how we currently collaborate to make decisions related to technology refresh, budget considerations, staff professional development and prioritizing technical support and advancement within the division.  Throughout, we will discuss how having access to the NREN supports our classroom and administrative technology initiatives.

About Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division consists of 50 schools (K-12) and over 17,000 students.  Our number one goal is to improve student learning. To that end, Information Technology and Educational Technology have created shared goals to support student learning.   We have an Educational Technology Team that includes the IT/ET Superintendent, IT manager, ET Coordinator, and ET consultants, and we engage school personnel through a collaborative model with Educational Technology Facilitators at each of our schools.  We work together to create an annual School Digital Citizenship Plan to address the following at each school: student safety, parent communication, staff professional development and student learning. The Educational Technology Team uses the goals outlined in School Digital Citizenship Plans to respond to the individual needs of each school, and focus on best practice to support student learning.  Our session is designed to give administrators practical strategies to ensure that ET and IT work together collaboratively to meet the learning needs of students.

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Tressa Kokonas

Learning Services Coordinator, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Tressa's teaching experience includes being an elementary classroom teacher, a teacher librarian, and an extended learning opportunities catalyst teacher withing the Gifted Education Program. She has a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration, and in her current role... Read More →

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Jim Bennett

Manager, Information Technology, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Jim Bennett has over 30 years of experience managing cross-functional technology teams deploying enterprise-scale projects, both domestically and internationally. Since joining the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) eight years ago, Jim has been bringing his knowledge of IT best practices, along with Agile and Lean Six Sigma methodologies to the division to improve IT operations and efficiencies.Through his time with the GSCS, Jim has been active provincially, working with various groups... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 15:15 - 16:10 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 301

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