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Friday, October 21
 

7:30am

Registration
Friday October 21, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Rotunda

8:30am

Welcome and Keynote
Speakers

Friday October 21, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am
GYM

9:15am

Ignite Presentations
Speakers
PB

Phil Bakker

Teacher, Kelowna Secondary School
I teach grade 10 science, chemistry 11 and 12. I am very involved in the local LSA, and have lead workshops on assessment, 20th century learning using 20th century technology; using discrepant events to teach. | | I enjoy reading, gardening, coaching soccer.
VC

Van Chau

Educator, Delview Secondary School, Delta SD
Van is the author of a number of science textbooks for BC, Science Department Head and mentors educators in the implementation of curriculum, delivery of instructional strategies and development of assessment. She actively conducts teacher pro-d, providing hands-on experience and differentiated instruction to maximize student learning opportunities, is part of Delta School District’s Critical Thinking Competency Group and has been a writer... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt

President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 20+ year history... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
GYM

9:45am

Coffee Break
Friday October 21, 2016 9:45am - 10:15am
TBA

10:15am

1-3: STEM-based Storytelling in Primary Grades 1, 2 & 3

“Far, far up north there is a long road that winds around trees and leaps over hills. At the very, very end of the dirt and stone road sits a little log house that stands one story tall…”

Through a story about a forest that needs help,  Sam and Alex, the Delta Kids, use inquiry skills and problem solving to find solutions to what makes a healthy forest. 

Mike will outline an innovative set of lesson plans created this summer using the Smarter Science framework and how it is used throughout the three grades to gradually build the skills of inquiry-based problem-solving and how it is incorporated into English Language Arts 1, 2 & 3. Sample lessons will be available.


 


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Founder, IF Web of Learning
Over 30 years, I have taught at Elementary, Secondary, College & University levels, mostly Science, but also English, Graphics, Math. I co-created the Canada-wide Smarter Science framework for teaching inquiry. | | Over the past summer, I coordinated a curriculum development project called the Delta Program, for Partners in Research. By incorporating literacy, and classroom virtual visitors into inquiry-based science, students become... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
C201

10:15am

1-6: Eix & Eix - Hands on Science

A cross-Canada father daughter collaboration brings you a collection of our favourite inquiry activities for elementary physics and chemistry.  Try out goop races, oobleck balloons, catapults and spinning tops, and take away a set of gear to impress and inspire your students.  Best for grades 1-6.  


Speakers
avatar for Sandy Eix

Sandy Eix

Science Learning Lead, Science World
We're a father/daughter science teaching team, ready to help you build a bag of inquiry tools for your classroom. Sandy is the Science Learning Lead for Science World. John is a retired high school chemistry teacher from Ontario.



Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
B213/214

10:15am

7-9: Hands on Agriculture Programs for your Classroom (gr. 7-9)
Spuds in Tubs and Climate Action, Pencil Patch Garden for Learning and Planting a Promise (Daffodils) are all programs by BC Agriculture in the Classroom that bring learning to life for you and your students. These free programs and related curriculum resources will be a part of the agriculture science opportunities in this session.

Speakers
JL

Jennifer Long

Education Specialist, BC Agriculture in the Classroom
Jennifer Long is a science teacher from the Chilliwack School District who is on secondment with BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.  Her role in this organization is to develop and present BCAITC resources to teachers in the province as well as facilitate connections between teachers and the agriculture industry.  |  


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
D219

10:15am

K-12: FortisBC Energy Leaders - curriculum resource

FortisBC Energy Leaders - Supporting the development of energy education in B.C.

Making informed decisions about using energy responsibly, safely and with conservation in mind requires an understanding of where energy comes from, its natur and hte role it plays in our daily lives.  That's why FortisBC created the Energy Leaders Program.  Aligning with 21st-century learnings and supporting energy education in B.C., the FortisBC Energy Leaders Program offers high quality, inquiry-based classroom resources to support, enhance an denrich energy learnings in B.C. classrooms.

Classroom ready

The program makes it easy for you to find resources, lesson plans and activities related to energy solutions, conservation and safety.  Select lesson plans include free, tangible classroom resources to assist with lesson delivery.

Curriculum connected

FortisBC's Energy Leaders Program supports the development of energy educaiton in B.C. classrooms by providing curriculum-connected resources highlighting B.C.'s energy story in the class room.

 

 

 


Speakers
DB

David Barnum

Curriculum Coordinator, School District 46 - Sunshine Coast
avatar for Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Program Manager, Conservation Education & Outreach, FortisBC
My main focus at FortisBC is to promote energy behavior change initiatives and programs to schools, residential and commercial customers. I'm proud that we currently have an interactive presentation for K-7 schools called Energy is Awesome and that we're soon launching a corporate curriculum based program called Energy Leaders for K-12. I love being a part of working to promote positive change around energy efficiency through education and... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
B211

10:15am

K-12: Inquiry, Devices & Probes in the 21st Century Science Classroom
One of the hallmarks of an authentic science experience is engaging in authentic science; observing the world around you, collecting data, then forming conclusions based on the analysis of this data. Many classrooms spend the bulk of their inquiry time collecting this elusive data. The pursuit of true “open-ended” inquiry becomes much easier If students are able to collect real world data in a timely fashion. Imagine a classroom where students are encouraged to ask scientific questions, to collect data in numerous ways, and to communicate their findings using modern technology. Probeware is an amazing tool that allows learners to spend less time collecting data, and more time on the process of inquiry. We will specifically look at these ideas as it relates to the high school science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Fuerderer

Stephen Fuerderer

Science Department Head, Byrne Creek Secondary


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
B230

10:15am

K-12: Inquiry-based Science: Simple Strategies to Promote Inquiry Learning
New curriculum promotes inquiry to engage students and enhance learning. Creating an inquiry environment in the classroom can seem like a daunting task. We will share simple inquiry strategies for all levels of science using a variety of activities and classroom routines.

Speakers
CS

Craig Sutton

Teacher, SD36 (Surrey)
Craig is the Science Helping Teacher for the Surrey School District. He also teaches Math and Physics at Frank Hurt Secondary. He has a passion for inquiry to promote deeper learning and supporting teachers in their professional development.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
B231

10:15am

K-12: Teaching, Assessing and Evaluating Student Inquiry
Hi everyone - I'm happy to continue conversations, plase feel free to email me.

my email - nmcaleer@sd62.bc.ca or nancy.mcaleer@hotmail.com

Come see easy-to-implement ways to give effective feedback on Inquiry skills, how to assess and evaluate inquiry for grading and how to effectively integrate First Peoples perspectives and interdisciplinary studies in meaningful ways. See how Core Competencies and Curricular competencies can be seamlessly addressed in a Science classroom while teaching content. Workshop contains sample activities, projects, materials and methods which could be easily used for grades 5-12 with adaptations by the teacher. Resources will be provided as take-aways or downloads. You may win a door prize!

Door prize given out (recommended for gr 3-8 but you could extend some activities a bit higher): 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Scholastic) - available on Amazon as well as other sellers

Recommended book full of great stuff - not mentioned in session but my personal copy is dog eared and has tags all over it if that is any indication: First Nations Science & Ethnobotany Unit K-10 - available from www.strongnations.com  - based on old curriculum but the content and approaches will still work well with the new curriculum - HIGHLY recommended

Also Douglas Llewellyn books: Inquire within (grades 3-8 implementing inquiry and argument based science), Differentiated Science Inquiry  (exactly what it sounds like) and Teaching High School Science through Inquiry - all excellent.(all from Corwin and on Amazon)

Page Keeley: Science Formative Assessment (also from Corwin) - there are two newer volumes or an older edition.

shared links:
google drive link that some wonderful people in SD73 made  - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByJi-LSlV0UCS29nVk1lRXZYWkU 
http://www.fnesc.ca/science-first-peoples/
http://www.coastalfirstnations.ca/sites/default/files/imce/intothedeepblue.pdf
http://www.bie.org/
http://galileo.org/
http://smarterscience.youthscience.ca/
https://teachbc.bctf.ca/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYGawWpiDOE getting started in student inquiry
http://www.ted.com/talks/sal_khan_let_s_teach_for_mastery_not_test_scores
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/curriculum/science/INQ_Rubric_MS.pdf                   formative assessment rubric
http://www.learninginnovationlab.com/uploads/1/2/0/0/12000341/inquiry_lab_rubric.pdf     deficit model rubric

http://galileo.org/rubric.pdf                        discipline-based and  interdisciplinary studies rubric
http://www2.phy.ilstu.edu/pte/302content/inquiry_labs/302-312_inq_lab_rubric.pdf        authentic inquiry lab scoring rubric

Speakers
avatar for Nancy McAleer

Nancy McAleer

Science Teacher, Sooke School Dsitrict #62
Nancy McAleer worked for three years as a Curriculum Development team member with the Ministry of Education's current K-9 and 10-12 Science Revisions. Also, Nancy worked closely with the First Nations Education Steering Committee as a contributor to the First Peoples' Science 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide. Nancy is a Smarter Science Certified Trainer for student inquiry and has taught for nearly 20 years in BC and Ontario.



Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
A218

10:15am

K-7: Nelson Science - New resources for a new curriculum.
Nelson Science K-7 is a brand new made-in-BC program that fully aligns with the goals of the new science curriculum. Through explorations designed to unleash students’ innate curiosity, and infused with First Peoples' knowledge and perspectives, Nelson Science K-7 opens inquiry pathways that allow students to deepen their understandings of big ideas, develop the core and curricular competencies, as well as build place-based and content knowledge. Join us for an introduction to this exciting new program!

Speakers
AC

Anita Chapman

Educational Consultant, Nelson Education Ltd
Anita Chapman is an educational consultant who works primarily in the area of curriculum, assessment, and learning resource development. She is a former Science teacher, school counselor, and instructor in teacher education. She worked on the development of the Core Competencies and had presented widely in the new directions in BC curriculum.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
A210

10:15am

6-10: Hands-On, Minds-On: Engaging Youth with Science!
Do you want some fresh new ideas for hands-on engagement in the classroom? Hands-on, minds-on activities are proven as an effective way to capture the attention, and engage youth in every aspect of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM is an effective platform to build critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills. This workshop is focused on providing a variety of activity ideas with easily accessible materials for teachers from Grade 6 to 10 that can be adapted for a range of grade levels and abilities and across disciplines. Let’s Talk Science facilitators will lead you through multiple science-based experiences that involve technology and creativity.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Carnovale

Christina Carnovale

Let's Talk Science Challenge and Events Coodinator, Let's Talk Science
Christina works closely with Let’s Talk Science volunteers to plan meaningful and dynamic experiences for students attending the Let’s Talk Science Challenge as well as other educational events that take place in universities and colleges across the country. Christina also worked in a number of museums, delivering and developing educational programs for K-12 students.
avatar for Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt

President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 20+ year history... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
A209

10:15am

8-10: Low-tech Ideas to Lift Your Lessons
Bored of Jeopardy? Need a break from digital? I'll share some ideas for fun, engaging low-tech activities that you can integrate into virtually any content area. You will come away with ready to use printables and resources that are adaptable to your lessons. Ideas for games, review activities, and concept models will be shared.

Speakers
LF

Linda Funk

Teacher, Sooke SD62
Linda has worked for Let's Talk Science, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and several other informal educational sites. She taught science for 2 years at a BC Offshore School in Shanghai and is currently teaching in the Sooke School District.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
C213

10:15am

9: BC Hydro Energy Investigations - gr. 9

BC HYDRO ENERGY INVESTIGATIONS – Grade 9 teachers

This classroom resource directly supports the new BC curriculum for Science 9 – Physics, and features hands-on learning activities paired with a discovery-oriented approach to explore electricity, energy use, conservation and electrical safety.

Teachers with a permanent class receive a complete electricity resource that includes a variety of teacher-created and tested materials, including:

  • A Teacher Resource Guide, with 12 lesson plans, experiential learning activities, assessment tools and BLMs to support student learning
  • A Circuitry Kit with all the materials needed to accompany the hands-on lab investigations – ONE per teacher
  • Engaging slideshows, graphics and other digital resources available on FirstWave
  • Take-home activities that support personalized learning

Speakers

Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
D217

10:15am

10-12: Secondary Science Curriculum DRAFTS: Re-cap and Feedback

In this session, Grahame Rainey, BCScTA President, and Angie Calleberg, Ministry of Education, will provide you with an overview of the secondary science curriculum DRAFTS, which include 12 courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, Earth sciences, environmental science, and physics. After this quick re-cap, you will be invited to work in small groups to dig deeper into the curriculum drafts and provide feedback on the work through collaboration, questioning and problem-solving.

 


Speakers
AC

Angie Calleberg

Ministry of Education
Curriculum and Assessment
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Grahame Rainey

President - BC Science Teachers' Association.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
C209/210

10:15am

11-12: Standards Based Grading
Standards Based Grading, or Learning Objectives Based Grading, are ways to track and report students' progress. They offer clarity in expectations and can work as a powerful formative assessment tool. Find out more about SBG and LOBG, and why you would want to use these as your primary grading scheme. This session is applicable to any grade, SBG is used in math and science classes (and others!) from grades 8 through 12.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Teacher, VSB
Assessment, Inquiry, Technology, Engineering



Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
D218

10:15am

11-12: Starting a Biotech Program one piece of equipment at a time

 Inspire your students, tomorrow's researchers. The future is in their genes. Biotechnology is here and you need to teach it to your students. Learn about the nation’s leading biotech programs and find out how they got to where they are now. Learn how to set the foundation for engaging students using relevant real-world lab experiences and what building blocks will allow you to continue to address the world’s rapidly changing scientific landscape.  You will be shown how to get the funding to introduce biotechnology into your current curriculum. Gain knowledge of how to engage your students in real research. 


Speakers
avatar for Bob Malyk

Bob Malyk

Biology Teacher - consultant, Bio-Rad Laboratories (Canada) Ltd.
Bob Malyk BSc., MEd. Graduate of McGill University Consultant for Bio-Rad Laboratories Life Science Biotechnology Explorer Education Program; Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario (Retired) Teaching for 44 years; Taught Grades 11, 12 and Advanced Placement Biology; Past AP consultant for the College Board; Recipient of: • CIBA-Geigy Award of Teaching Excellence from the National Association of Science Teachers • Outstanding Biology... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
A217

10:15am

11-12: Using Moodle in Senior Sciences
Learn a variety of ways in which you can incorporate the different features of the Moodle learning platform into your course to enhance your students learning and improve their digital literacy skills. The examples I share come from my experiences of what worked and didn’t work in a senior chemistry class. Please bring a digital device to this workshop.

Post Session Info:

To access the Edvantage Science Moodle website go to  http://edvantagescience.com/
Then select 'Edvantage Science Customization Project'.  On the new page select 'Jalandoon: Catalyst 2016'.  The site is open, so you do not require a password to access it.
However, if you want to try some of the activities, you have to sign up for this course.  


Speakers
BJ

Barb Jalandoon

Teacher, Delta School District


Friday October 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
D216

11:30am

Lunch
Friday October 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
GYM

11:45am

AGM
Friday October 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:15pm
GYM

12:30pm

4-6: STEM-based Storytelling in Junior Grades 4,5 & 6

“Sam and Alex sit on the grass in the field behind their school, waiting while their teacher takes attendance. They feel the soft grass under their hands and hear birds trilling and the wind rustling through brightly coloured fall leaves.

“I’m going to tell you the story of John Rae, one of Canada’s most accomplished Arctic explorers,” 

Storytelling forms the basis of STEM-based problem-solving in Grades 4,5 & 6. Through the true story of John Rae, Canada’s best and least known non-aboriginal explorer, Sam and Alex, the Delta Kids, use inquiry and problem-solving skills to plan and replicate one of his journeys through the Arctic.

Mike will outline an innovative set of lesson plans created this summer using the Smarter Science framework and how it is used throughout the three grades to gradually build the skills of inquiry-based problem-solving and how it is incorporated into English Language Arts 4, 5 & 6. Sample lessons will be available.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Founder, IF Web of Learning
Over 30 years, I have taught at Elementary, Secondary, College & University levels, mostly Science, but also English, Graphics, Math. I co-created the Canada-wide Smarter Science framework for teaching inquiry. | | Over the past summer, I coordinated a curriculum development project called the Delta Program, for Partners in Research. By incorporating literacy, and classroom virtual visitors into inquiry-based science, students become... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
C201

12:30pm

5-9: Science First Peoples 5-9
This session is designed to introduce educators to the new FNESC/FNSA Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5-9, a
resource designed to help BC educators incorporate First Peoples' perspectives and content into science classes in authentic and respectful ways.

Speakers
JC

Jo Chrona

Curriculum Coordinator, First Nations Education Steering Committee
avatar for Nancy McAleer

Nancy McAleer

Science Teacher, Sooke School Dsitrict #62
Nancy McAleer worked for three years as a Curriculum Development team member with the Ministry of Education's current K-9 and 10-12 Science Revisions. Also, Nancy worked closely with the First Nations Education Steering Committee as a contributor to the First Peoples' Science 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide. Nancy is a Smarter Science Certified Trainer for student inquiry and has taught for nearly 20 years in BC and Ontario.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
C209/210

12:30pm

6-7: BC Hydro Energy Connections - gr. 6/7

BC HYDRO ENERGY CONNECTIONS – Grade 6/7 teachers

BC Hydro’s Energy Connections has been updated to support and align with the new Grade 7 Science curriculum, including a focus on inquiry-based activities and the core competencies of 21st Century learning.   

Teachers with a permanent class receive materials to teach electromagnetism, electrical safety, methods of generating electricity and conservation, including:

  • Teacher Resource Guide with 14 lesson plans and black-line masters
  • Class set of student handbooks with various activities
  • Colour poster highlighting provincial landmarks and electrical safety concepts
  • Electromagnetism kit with all the materials needed for hands-on activities – ONE per school
  • Take-home activities that support and reinforce  electrical safety messages

 


Speakers

Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
D217

12:30pm

K-12: Designing Inquiry Activities - Adapting Existing Activities for the New Curriculum
New resources that align with the new curriculum are in high demand. But existing labs and activities are still valuable and can be adapted to meet the new learning standards. We will demonstrate how a Tuning Protocol can be an effective tool for a group of teachers to collaboratively redesign existing resources for the new curriculum.

Speakers
CS

Craig Sutton

Teacher, SD36 (Surrey)
Craig is the Science Helping Teacher for the Surrey School District. He also teaches Math and Physics at Frank Hurt Secondary. He has a passion for inquiry to promote deeper learning and supporting teachers in their professional development.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B231

12:30pm

K-12: Science & Sustainability – 21st century tools to critically investigate sustainability and ourselves (SLS)
Are you interested in exploring exciting sustainability topics to engage your students in science? Here’s an opportunity to investigate leading edge curricular and pedagogical tools to engage student inquiry on environmental sustainability. Participants will explore the SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability curriculum materials that fulfill the new Ministry’s guidelines and develop student competency in Critical & Creative Thinking, Communication Skills, and Personal/Social Responsibility in a wide variety of science courses.

Speakers
ME

Megan Eadie

Operations Manager, Be The Change Earth Alliance
Megan has a passion for the environment and has always cared about nature. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from UBC where she also worked to integrate sustainability education. Her interest in education began when she volunteered teaching science experiments to elementary students. She is eager to bring environmental and social education to many while making science more accessible and exciting. At BTCEA Megan works on a... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
D219

12:30pm

K-7: Nelson Science - New resources for a new curriculum.
Nelson Science K-7 is a brand new made-in-BC program that fully aligns with the goals of the new science curriculum. Through explorations designed to unleash students’ innate curiosity, and infused with First Peoples' knowledge and perspectives, Nelson Science K-7 opens inquiry pathways that allow students to deepen their understandings of big ideas, develop the core and curricular competencies, as well as build place-based and content knowledge. Join us for an introduction to this exciting new program!

Speakers
AC

Anita Chapman

Educational Consultant, Nelson Education Ltd
Anita Chapman is an educational consultant who works primarily in the area of curriculum, assessment, and learning resource development. She is a former Science teacher, school counselor, and instructor in teacher education. She worked on the development of the Core Competencies and had presented widely in the new directions in BC curriculum.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
A210

12:30pm

6-10: Hands-On, Minds-On: Engaging Youth with Science!
Do you want some fresh new ideas for hands-on engagement in the classroom? Hands-on, minds-on activities are proven as an effective way to capture the attention, and engage youth in every aspect of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM is an effective platform to build critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills. This workshop is focused on providing a variety of activity ideas with easily accessible materials for teachers from Grade 6 to 10 that can be adapted for a range of grade levels and abilities and across disciplines. Let’s Talk Science facilitators will lead you through multiple science-based experiences that involve technology and creativity.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Carnovale

Christina Carnovale

Let's Talk Science Challenge and Events Coodinator, Let's Talk Science
Christina works closely with Let’s Talk Science volunteers to plan meaningful and dynamic experiences for students attending the Let’s Talk Science Challenge as well as other educational events that take place in universities and colleges across the country. Christina also worked in a number of museums, delivering and developing educational programs for K-12 students.
avatar for Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt

President, Let's Talk Science
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 20+ year history... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
A209

12:30pm

8-10: Low-tech Ideas to Lift Your Lessons
Bored of Jeopardy? Need a break from digital? I'll share some ideas for fun, engaging low-tech activities that you can integrate into virtually any content area. You will come away with ready to use printables and resources that are adaptable to your lessons. Ideas for games, review activities, and concept models will be shared.

Speakers
LF

Linda Funk

Teacher, Sooke SD62
Linda has worked for Let's Talk Science, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and several other informal educational sites. She taught science for 2 years at a BC Offshore School in Shanghai and is currently teaching in the Sooke School District.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
C213

12:30pm

8-9: Inquiry and Curricular Competencies – Making them work in the grade 8/9 classroom

Join us for a hands-on session that connects inquiry, integrates curricular competencies and makes connections for students. Come explore how you can leverage what you already know, integrate new ideas from the curriculum and broaden inquiry in your classroom through discussions and hands-on activities. This session will leverage some examples from the new McGraw-Hill BC Science Connections resource and we’ll help you understand how you can move your students along the science inquiry continuum from directed to guided to open inquiry that is doable in your classroom. We’ll provide you with ideas and activities to try in your class on Monday.


Speakers
VC

Van Chau

Educator, Delview Secondary School, Delta SD
Van is the author of a number of science textbooks for BC, Science Department Head and mentors educators in the implementation of curriculum, delivery of instructional strategies and development of assessment. She actively conducts teacher pro-d, providing hands-on experience and differentiated instruction to maximize student learning opportunities, is part of Delta School District’s Critical Thinking Competency Group and has been a writer... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B230

12:30pm

7-10: Eix & Eix - Hands on Science

A cross-Canada father daughter collaboration brings you a collection of our favourite inquiry activities for physics and chemistry.  Tinker with electric circuits and motors made from surprising materials, explore the chemistry of mysterious white powder, and more!  You’ll take home a sack of equipment ready to show off in class.  Best for grades 7-10. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Sandy Eix

Sandy Eix

Science Learning Lead, Science World
We're a father/daughter science teaching team, ready to help you build a bag of inquiry tools for your classroom. Sandy is the Science Learning Lead for Science World. John is a retired high school chemistry teacher from Ontario.



Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B213/214

12:30pm

8-12: Inheritance and Health
This workshop will cover a Mini Medical Genetics Case Study aimed to help students understand the purpose of medical genetics and the process of evaluating a medical genetics case as they diagnose Mrs. Ima Patient with a mysterious genetic disease.  We will also cover revised Alien Babies , designed to teach students inheritance patterns as they cross two alien parents to make a unique alien baby.  

Speakers

Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B210

12:30pm

11-12: Improve Student Engagement using Pop-Culture in your Life Science Class
Use popular science to engage high school students in your classroom. See how popular TV and movies can be connected to real-world discoveries and issues. This inquiry-based activity makes for a great skills lab by teaching pipetting, gel electrophoresis, and making solutions with stunning results. Turn this into a complete science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activity by allowing your students to build their own horizontal electrophoresis box to investigate the science and engineering behind a workhorse in the biotechnology lab. Learn how to use a fun hands-on lab to increase student involvement and understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Malyk

Bob Malyk

Biology Teacher - consultant, Bio-Rad Laboratories (Canada) Ltd.
Bob Malyk BSc., MEd. Graduate of McGill University Consultant for Bio-Rad Laboratories Life Science Biotechnology Explorer Education Program; Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario (Retired) Teaching for 44 years; Taught Grades 11, 12 and Advanced Placement Biology; Past AP consultant for the College Board; Recipient of: • CIBA-Geigy Award of Teaching Excellence from the National Association of Science Teachers • Outstanding Biology... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
A217

12:30pm

11-12: Low Tech to High Tech: Using Playdough, Cell Phones and Moodle to increase understanding in senior biology courses

In this session, I will show how I have been using Playdough in my senior biology classes to engage students and model complicated processes like enzyme-substrate interactions, blood transfusions and membrane transport.

In an effort to further engage students, I have them document their work using their mobile devices and use apps of their choice to add labels. They then submit the work on a course management system such as Moodle.

Students have enjoyed the process of these modelling activities and through Moodle, I was able to give detailed feedback and see where there was confusion on their part. It gave an excellent opportunity for summative assessment.

 

If time permits, we will also explore the addition of Plickers to senior biology instruction and the impact it has had on classroom dynamics.

 


Speakers
JM

Joe Muise

Teacher, St. Thomas More Collegiate
I have been a science teacher at St. Thomas More Collegiate for 12 years. In that time I have primarily taught Biology 12 and Physics 12. I have recently looked for ways to increase my active learning opportunities in Biology 12 as well as find ways to incorporate Moodle other than a place for students to find notes.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
D218

12:30pm

11-12: Using technology to promote high quality science education online and face-to-face
For the last five years I have been teaching online graduate courses in the Master of Educational Technology online graduate program at UBC (http://met.ubc.ca/). During the program together with my students we had an opportunity to explore how technology can help teachers engage their students with science. We developed online tutorials for using Google Apps for Education, Explore Everything, SMART boards, Bring Your Own Device classrooms, computer simulations, etc. In this workshop we will explore some of these technologies and I will share with the participants the resources we have created. They are freely available and will help any are built to help science teachers not only to learn about new technologies, but also explore how they can bring inquiry and hands-on science in their science classrooms. (It would be very beneficial if participants can bring their own laptops).

Speakers
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Marina Milner-Bolotin

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC Faculty of Education. She investigates how technology can help teachers to engage students with science in a meaningful way.


Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
D216

1:45pm

Break
Friday October 21, 2016 1:45pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

4-7: Beyond Computer Science - Teaching Computational Thinking through an Interdisciplinary Approach
Though scientific disciplines are often differentiated during instruction in the classroom, when examining the natural world it becomes evident that science is incredibly interdisciplinary. In this hands-on workshop, teachers will explore the idea of interdisciplinary science through a series of "unplugged" activities which aim to bridge computer science and computational thinking with various areas of biology, chemistry, physics and earth/space science.

Speakers
AM

Andrew MacLean

Acting Director, Science Venture, University of Victoria
This workshop session will be lead by Acting Director of Science Venture, Andrew MacLean in partnership with Ulrike Stege, Chair of the Computer Science Department at UVic and Todd Milford, Assistant Professor in science education at the University of Victoria. | | Andrew has more than 10 years of experience as an educator, developing and delivering curriculum in non-formal learning environments across the country. Prior to his current role... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
B231

2:00pm

5-9: Science First Peoples 5-9
This session is designed to introduce educators to the new FNESC/FNSA Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides for grades 5-9, a
resource designed to help BC educators incorporate First Peoples' perspectives and content into science classes in authentic and respectful ways.

Speakers
JC

Jo Chrona

Curriculum Coordinator, First Nations Education Steering Committee
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Nancy McAleer

Science Teacher, Sooke School Dsitrict #62
Nancy McAleer worked for three years as a Curriculum Development team member with the Ministry of Education's current K-9 and 10-12 Science Revisions. Also, Nancy worked closely with the First Nations Education Steering Committee as a contributor to the First Peoples' Science 5-9 Teacher Resource Guide. Nancy is a Smarter Science Certified Trainer for student inquiry and has taught for nearly 20 years in BC and Ontario.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
C209/210

2:00pm

K-7: Energy Literacy in the classroom and beyond through Energy is Awesome Program
Energy is Awesome is an educational program that has been in place at FortisBC since 2006. The program is delivered in the form of an interactive presentation by FortisBC trained employees that teaches children GrK to G7 about energy safety, energy usage and conservation. The presentation takes about an hour to deliver and provides a great opportunity for students to learn how energy is used and delivered in BC. The presenter will provide a background for the program, provide a description of the program elements as well as a summary that will define the necessary requirements for program participation.

Speakers
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Fortis BC

Public Safety Manager, FortisBC
Michelle Petrusevich, MA | Public Safety Awareness Manager, FortisBC | FortisBC is a provincial energy provider servicing approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 | communities in British Columbia, Canada. During her 10 year tenure with the Company, Michelle’s | held a number of roles. In her current position of Public Safety Awareness Manager, she is responsible | for managing public safety awareness portfolio which... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
B211

2:00pm

K-7: The Classroom Gardener
If you've ever wanted to take your routine classroom learning out of doors, this workshop will give you practical strategies for integrating cross-curricular learning into your school garden. We will explore the many entry points the revised curriculum provides us to jump into a hands-on, highly motivating learning environment. We will look at how classroom teachers can meaningfully integrate the First People’s Principles of Learning into their garden classroom and participants will leave with ready-to-use ideas and lessons that will support their garden teaching, no matter what gardening skills they have! Suitable for K-7 teachers and anyone else interested in working with children in outdoor classrooms.

Speakers
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Megan Zeni

The Classroom Gardener
Megan Zeni is a mom, teacher and enthusiastic classroom gardener. She believes just about any of the big ideas, core, and curricular competencies can be taught in an outdoor classroom. Megan loves to share strategies for getting kids of all ages outdoors and learning in school gardens.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
C213

2:00pm

K-9: Science Fair Projects and the New BC Science Curriculum

The new BC K-9 Science curriculum has some exciting additions including more focus on Inquiry and Project-based learning. This interactive hands-on session will show some correlations between the Core Competencies and the Smarter Science Framework and Steps to Inquiry.  This will provide your students with the skills to do in depth research and experimentation possibly leading to a Science Fair project.  Find out how the Science Fair Foundation of BC and the 13 Regional Science Fairs around the province can provide support for your students to pursue their passions in science. Participants will receive a handout with the correlations.

 

Karen Morley is a recently retired Surrey science teacher, former BcsCTA president and Certified Smarter Science trainer. She is currently working with the Science Fair Foundation of BC.

 


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Karen Morley

Director of Programs, Science Fair Foundation of BC
Past president of BCScTA, retired science teacher, founding committee member of South Fraser Regional Science Fair, Smarter Science Trainer, passionate dragon boater and traveler. Talk to me about Science Fairs, Inquiry and project based learning, dragon boating and Nova Scotia!


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
D219

2:00pm

K-12: BC Science Teachers' Association & Me
The BCSTA wants to be able to support, encourage and engage its members in the teaching of science in this province.  Meet with (a member or members) of the executive to look at how this could be improved upon.  Bring your ideas, energy and enthusiasm to this workshop.

Speakers
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Phil Bakker

Teacher, Kelowna Secondary School
I teach grade 10 science, chemistry 11 and 12. I am very involved in the local LSA, and have lead workshops on assessment, 20th century learning using 20th century technology; using discrepant events to teach. | | I enjoy reading, gardening, coaching soccer.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
D216

2:00pm

K-12: Collaborative Science & Marine Stewardship: Inquiring into BC's Great Bear Sea
The Great Bear Sea is a BC gem. It is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, and an important marine resource both locally and internationally. How do we ensure that this unique area is sustainably managed for future generations, particularly for the communities that have called this area home for thousands of years? The Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the Past Planning for the Future, showcases how Coastal BC communities, 18 First Nations and the provincial government are collaborating to plan for the future of the Great Bear Sea. Using engaging film segments, real-life research data, and local First Nations knowledge and place-based stories, the Great Bear Sea curriculum explores themes such as traditional and local knowledge, collaborative science, marine planning, biodiversity, sustainable resource management and marine stewardship. This workshop will introduce you to the newly developed, curriculum-connected resources (Grades 4 – 7 and Secondary Environmental Science) through hands-on activities, film segments and more. All participants will be provided with free resources, including film and print materials. These resources specifically address the new BC curriculum, including a specific focus on First Peoples’ perspectives and worldview.

Speakers
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Jennifer Buffett

Teacher and Education Consultant, Diamond Elementary and Education Consultancy
Jennifer Buffett has a diverse background in education with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria as well as a Masters in Science Communications from the University of Dalarna, Sweden. She has extensive experience in a variety of informal and formal education settings teaching students and teachers. Her experiences include working with: Engaging Science and the Education... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
A209

2:00pm

7-8: STEM-based Storytelling in Intermediate Grades 7 & 8

“Alex stands in the kitchen, leaning against the counter, watching as Sam fills a large metal pot with water from the sink.

“Why do we boil the water before we use it?” Alex asks Sam.” 

Storytelling forms the basis of STEM-based problem solving in Grades 7 & 8. On a canoe journey along the coast, Sam and Alex learn about systems, especially water systems and use inquiry and problem-based learning to find solutions for safe drinking water.

Mike will outline an innovative set of lesson plans created this summer using the Smarter Science framework and how it is used throughout two grades to gradually build the skills of inquiry-based problem-solving and how it is incorporated into English Language Arts 7 & 8. Sample lessons will be available.


Speakers
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Mike Newnham

Founder, IF Web of Learning
Over 30 years, I have taught at Elementary, Secondary, College & University levels, mostly Science, but also English, Graphics, Math. I co-created the Canada-wide Smarter Science framework for teaching inquiry. | | Over the past summer, I coordinated a curriculum development project called the Delta Program, for Partners in Research. By incorporating literacy, and classroom virtual visitors into inquiry-based science, students become... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
C201

2:00pm

8-10: Know-Do-Understand - Assessing & Engaging Students for Deeper Understanding

Oct 25, 2016: Thanks everyone for coming to our session. We've uploaded our PowerPoint. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Grace and Lionel

PS. You can contact Lionel through his gmail account and a period between first and last name.

“Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand”.  This practical session provides teachers with an easy model to pull together all the curricular pieces (big ideas, core & curricular competencies, pbl, content) to assess student understanding. Presenters will share rich examples and ideas aligned to the new curriculum that will allow you to assess your students while engaging them in science inquiry. And don’t miss a demonstration of McGraw-Hill’s interactive adventure assessment showpiece, TimeStamp™.  Participants will leave with a strong understanding of how all the pieces fit together as well as ready-to-implement ideas for the classroom on Monday.


Speakers
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Grace Lai

Educator, Surrey District School Board
Grace is currently a Peer Support Consultant with the Surrey SD, providing support to teachers with: classroom management, implementing curriculum, assessment and evaluation practice; instructional process/skill in science. She is also a physics teacher and author of BC Science resources.
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Lionel Sandner

McGraw-Hill Education, Senior Science Consultant
Lionel is currently working on various science education projects, textbooks and interactive technologies ranging from grades 7 to 12 in BC and Ontario. Drawing upon his many years of classroom teaching experience, and leadership on the Pan Canadian Science project, he believes in making science an active, engaging and personal experience for all students.



Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
B230

2:00pm

8-9: Inquiry based assessment using connected themes in the new Science 8 and 9 curriculum.
Ideas and examples for blending curriculum areas in projects. Looking at inquiry based materials from a wide number of resources to explore inquiry based, engaging work to connect students to their abilities to think about and analyze real world information. Data handling, graph making, pattern based classes to help in the identification of the key issues in science linked to the Gr 8 and 9 curriculum. Bring your ideas on assessing these materials and quality examples to share.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Hunter

Susan Hunter

teacher, Surrey
BCAPT exec member | MA Science Education


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
A210

2:00pm

8-12: Inheritance and Health

This workshop will cover a Mini Medical Genetics Case Study aimed to help students understand the purpose of medical genetics and the process of evaluating a medical genetics case as they diagnose Mrs. Ima Patient with a mysterious genetic disease.  We will also cover revised Alien Babies , designed to teach students inheritance patterns as they cross two alien parents to make a unique alien baby.  

 


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Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
B210

2:00pm

11-12: Gravity visualized - warped space time and black holes
Einstein's general relativity involves warped space time. The movie Interstellars was based on this physics. This hands on workshop will allow teachers to play with a simulator that they can make themselves in their classroom. While the new curriculum has for Physics 12 has this as an optional topic, it is part of Earth Science Astronomy units and gravity as a force is covered in the elementary grades as well.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kirkey

Jennifer Kirkey

Instructor of Physics and Astronomy, Douglas College
Jennifer Kirkey has been teaching physics and astronomy at Douglas College for 25 years. She has been active with Science World's Scientist in the School programs which involves running hands on workshops in elementary school classrooms. She has been an active member of the local Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
A218

2:00pm

11-12: Low Tech to High Tech: Using Playdough, Cell Phones and Moodle to increase understanding in senior biology courses

In this session, I will show how I have been using Playdough in my senior biology classes to engage students and model complicated processes like enzyme-substrate interactions, blood transfusions and membrane transport.

In an effort to further engage students, I have them document their work using their mobile devices and use apps of their choice to add labels. They then submit the work on a course management system such as Moodle.

Students have enjoyed the process of these modelling activities and through Moodle, I was able to give detailed feedback and see where there was confusion on their part. It gave an excellent opportunity for summative assessment.

 

If time permits, we will also explore the addition of Plickers to senior biology instruction and the impact it has had on classroom dynamics.

 


Speakers
JM

Joe Muise

Teacher, St. Thomas More Collegiate
I have been a science teacher at St. Thomas More Collegiate for 12 years. In that time I have primarily taught Biology 12 and Physics 12. I have recently looked for ways to increase my active learning opportunities in Biology 12 as well as find ways to incorporate Moodle other than a place for students to find notes.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
D218

3:30pm