October 20-21, 2017, Vancouver, BC

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Workshop Descriptions

The BCTEA has joined in with the Super Conference this year. It will be unique for Tech ed in that we will not have our traditional workshops that require machines, and we will not have as many offerings. However, what it will offer is the opportunity for you to participate in workshops and hear excellent keynotes in areas you may not often get the opportunity to see and hear. This is truly getting out of our silos and seeing what other Provincial Specialist Associations are doing. The cost is very reasonable and the location is spectacular. It is over 2 days and we will have an AGM on Friday afternoon after the day’s conference activities. We will also have our traditional District Reps meeting where we get to discuss concerns and issues we face.

We have 7 workshops. It was decided that we wanted to try and offer workshops that would appeal to non Tech Ed teachers as well as Tech Ed teachers. This will be very evident when you look at the workshops listed below.

We encourage you to register for the conference and help support this cohesive initiative to bring multiple PSA’s together. Every PSA is presently trying to get the workshops uploaded so you can see what is being offered. This will be completed before the end of May. The early bird rate will soon be filled.

SessionWorkshopPresenterPhotoWorkshop Description
Exploring Problems Using 3D Printing Devin Burroughsdevin-burroughsDescription:
In this workshop we will discusses what it takes to incorporate 3d design and printing into your school. We will be touching base on the purchasing, maintenance and use of the equipment. We will also be looking at some basic 3d design software available and the pros and cons connected to them.
Robotics/Coding Jason Brettjason-brettDescription:
From beginner robotics such as Lego mindstorms all the way to FIRST robotics, participants will be shown examples and strategies to bring robotics into your school. Platforms such as Lego, VEX, VEX IQ, Mbot and FIRST.
Seaspan Tour and BCIT Aviation Campus Tour Steve Claassen
Steve ClaassenDescription:
Two exciting tours have been set up. The morning tour (9:00 - 12:00) is out to BCIT's huge Aviation hanger to Canada’s leading aerospace training facility. The afternoon tour (1:00 - 3:30) is to Seaspan's shipyard to check out the latest ship building project. Transportation is provided and space is limited to 20 people maximum per tour.

Participants must email Steve Claassen to order steel toed boot sizes (if needed) and to book a seat for these tours.

To reserve email: Steve.Claassen@sd71.bc.ca
ADST Woodwork Projects Randy Greyrandy-pictureDescription:
Elementary or middle school teachers wanting to implement the new ADST curriculum but may be wary of using tools in the classroom will be shown what and how they can get started. Participants will be shown safe tool use, safety procedures, and will leave with the new elementary/makerspace Heads Up For Safety Booklet. Each participant will also create a small woodworking project that could easily be done with students.
Jewelry Making Ryan HarmonSteve ClaassenDescription:
This workshop explores the world of Art Metal and Jewelry design and showcases various projects, techniques and procedures found in primary through senior secondary classrooms. All participants will leave this hands on workshop with a sample project, resources and a desire to create exciting learning opportunities in their own classrooms. No experience necessary!
Maker thinkingSusan CrichtonSteve ClaassenDescription:
Makerspace encompasses two main initiatives. One is a space that has tools and materials available for youth to create solutions/artifacts. Second, it should involve design thinking, which is outlined in the new ADST curriculum as curriculum competencies. Participants will be guided through an exercise to assist teachers in learning Design thinking.
Creating a Makerspace in your Classroom Dereck DiromSteve ClaassenDescription:
Participants will learn how the MakerEd movement with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) focus can be an effective way to integrate the Applied Design, Skills and Technology (ADST) curriculum in their classroom or school. We will explore all the various buzzwords, resources, tools and technologies and potential assessment strategies found in classroom based Makerspaces. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore littleBits technology and discuss strategies on how they can be integrating ADST into a language arts/aboriginal unit.
Implementing the new ADST curriculum in Wood and Metal classes Heather ElliottSteve ClaassenDescription:
Implementing the curriculum competencies in the Wood and Metal shop requires a new rubric for instruction and assessment. Along with this new direction for student projects, from an old "cookie cutter model", is integrating the design process to personalize projects. Some new ideas will be shared, and then open discussion time for participants to share what they are doing and thus build new teaching techniques and strategies to work within the new curriculum.
In addition to the new curriculum ideas for implementation, we will introduce the revised edition of the “Heads up for Safety” documents which include a broader range of equipment and will be divided into subject area format to make them easier and more accessible. It also includes a “junior” version for assisting in the implementation of the A.D.S.T. Curriculum at the K – 6 Level.
Hand-outs and takeaways will be available.