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Monday, July 30
 

7:00pm

7:00pm

8:30pm

Fun-Bonfire & Marshmallows on the Beach
Monday July 30, 2012 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Beach - Behind Bayview Behind Bayview Building
 
Tuesday, July 31
 

8:30am

Plenary - Welcome, Introductions and Team ID

Everyone assembles in the Main Hall for a Welcome message from Youth Science Canada then we describe the schedule for the next 2 days. This is an important session because you form groups that will periodically get together for fun and laughter.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:30am - 9:15am
Centre Hall - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

A&E 1- Introduction to Assessing & Evaluating Inquiry-based Science

 How do you assess inquiry-based learning? The familiar benchmarks that we use, knowledge and understanding, only partly apply to assessing inquiry. Rick Pardo, using a very simple activity, will show you how to become familiar with strategies for assessing process skills used in problem solving.


Speakers
avatar for Rick Pardo

Rick Pardo

Thames Valley District School Board
Rick Pardo has been a Science Learning Coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board for the past 4 years and previously taught secondary science and physics for 9 years.  Rick offers workshops in Smarter Science for teachers across North America.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

Intro 1-Introducing Smarter Science

In this introductory session, Colleen and Sue will cover the history and theory of the Smarter Science framework. Using discrepant events, they will be able to show how you can engage your students.

They also demonstrate how this approach to teaching science will address differentiation and help you cover literacy and numeracy expectations in the content areas.


Speakers
CF

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen has been using the Smarter Science model in her classroom for the past 4 years. She is currently working with Smarter Science to help teachers across the province learn more about Steps to Inquiry and other inquiry processes.
SL

Susan Lindsay

Susan Lindsay has taught in a wide variety of areas and grade levels with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is currently a Learning Coordinator for K-6 Science & Technology and Literacy, supporting teachers as they develop inquiry-based learning in their classrooms using Smarter Science.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

C&I 1- The Marshmallow Challenge

What is the difference between Creativity and Innovation? Mike will set you to the task in the Marshmallow Challenge and draw insights from your participation. He will introduce you to other strategies that can be used to get your kids' creative juices flowing at any ability or grade level.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

Franco 1- Introduction à Éducasciences (atelier double)

Cette introduction à Éducasciences inclut des activités qui encouragent le questionnement. On y traite des fondements de l'enseignement par enquête, des habiletés liées au processus et de l’utilisation des affiches « pas-à-pas vers l'enquête ». Cet atelier s'adresse à des enseignantes et enseignants qui n'ont jamais utilisé le cadre Éducasciences dans leur salle de classe.


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

PBL 1- Using SEPUP materials with the Smarter Science framework

You say you’re committed to increasing your Inquiry-based teaching activity.  This will mean implementing Inquiry-based teaching strategies; building in assessment strategies; differentiated instruction; connections to literacy and numeracy; more hands-on labs and activities; classroom & laboratory safety; achieving consensus & “buy-in” (among teachers, students, parents, & administrators…); classroom facilitation and more.  What resources and established content is available to help teachers?  Attend our session and learn about a very successful program, SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program).  SEPUP uses “Issue Oriented Science” as a theme to help you deliver a successful Inquiry-based teaching model. Learn about the program (with written structure & content).  We’ll explore examples, work through a lab activity, provide alignment to the Ontario Science Curriculum, and give you specific places in the program where the Smarter Science Process Skills are implemented.  This session will focus on our programs for the middle grades (6, 7, 8, & 9).


Speakers

Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

TPS 1- Technological Problem Solving: Problem-Based Learning in Action

Technological problem solving (TPS) is a key component of the grade 1-8 S&T curriculum, and this session will explore how inquiry and TPS are naturally linked. Several rich problem-based projects at various grades will be shared. Participant will be encouraged to share rich TPS projects that their students have tackled, or others that they are aware of.


Speakers
BP

Brad Parolin

Brad Parolin has taught science from grades 3 – 8, and is currently serving as an instructional leader for grades 1-8 science and technology with the Toronto District School Board. He was introduced to the Smarter Science framework in 2006, and became an early and enthusiastic adopter of this approach.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 2 - Bayview

10:30am

Break

Choose coffee, tea or juice from the beverage stations and relax on either the Patio at the Main Building or the Second Floor Lounge in the Bayview building. Or just saunter around the grounds!


Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:30am - 10:45am
...

10:45am

Franco 2- Introduction à Éducasciences (atelier double)

Cette introduction à Éducasciences inclut des activités qui encouragent le questionnement. On y traite des fondements de l'enseignement par enquête, des habiletés liées au processus et de l’utilisation des affiches « pas-à-pas vers l'enquête ». Cet atelier s'adresse à des enseignantes et enseignants qui n'ont jamais utilisé le cadre Éducasciences dans leur salle de classe.


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00am
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

A&E 2- Unit Tasks to take Back to your Grade 10 classes

This session will begin with a Smarter Science diagnostic to use at the very start of the semester with Grade 10. Other inquiry based labs from the Gr.10 Applied course will be shared.


Speakers

Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

Intro 2- Using Level 1 of the Steps to Inquiry Poster sets

Primary teachers and those teaching students who need a simpler format will find this session useful. Using Level 1 of the Steps to Inquiry poster sets, Colleen and Sue will use hands-on demonstrations to illustrate how to get started.


Speakers
CF

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen has been using the Smarter Science model in her classroom for the past 4 years. She is currently working with Smarter Science to help teachers across the province learn more about Steps to Inquiry and other inquiry processes.
SL

Susan Lindsay

Susan Lindsay has taught in a wide variety of areas and grade levels with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is currently a Learning Coordinator for K-6 Science & Technology and Literacy, supporting teachers as they develop inquiry-based learning in their classrooms using Smarter Science.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

10:45am

C&I 2- Things that make you go Huh?

This is a session geared around the ideas of discrepant events and how to use them to stimulate student thoughts and ideas. We will review some common and some not too common examples of these teachable moments. All materials will be supplied and all safety and disposal protocols followed. Each participant will receive a sample to keep at no charge, and the confidence to use these events in their science programs once back at school.


Speakers

Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

PBL 2- Using SEPUP materials with the Smarter Science framework

You say you’re committed to increasing your Inquiry-based teaching activity.  This will mean implementing Inquiry-based teaching strategies; building in assessment strategies; differentiated instruction; connections to literacy and numeracy; more hands-on labs and activities; classroom & laboratory safety; achieving consensus & “buy-in” (among other teachers, students, parents, & administrators…); classroom facilitation and more.  What resources and established content is available to help teachers?  Attend our session and learn about a very successful program, SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program).  SEPUP uses “Issue Oriented Science” as a theme to help you deliver a successful Inquiry-based teaching model. Learn about the program (with written structure & content).  We’ll explore examples, work through a lab activity, provide alignment to the Ontario Science Curriculum, and give you specific places in the program where the Smarter Science process skills are implemented.  This session will focus on our High School programs.


Speakers

Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

10:45am

TPS 2- An Inquiry Unit for Grade 9 (double session)

Let a paper airplane demonstrate the inquiry process. Get short activities and make models that focus on the investigative skills needed to be successful. Participants will work through a unit outline and an inquiry to start their Gr.9 programs.

In the second half of the session, she introduces some tried and true inquiry labs. Using these activities she introduces 'the control' as a starting point.


Speakers
JS

Jenny Shaw

Jenny is a Science teacher at Westminster S. S. in London who has used the Smarter Science approach to learning for the past 10 years.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

A&E 3- Learning Key Concepts And Inquiry Skills: Assessment For, As, and Of Learning-Grades 7&8

Presenters will share specific examples of Assessment For, As, and Of Learning tasks, designed to help students learn how to use skills of experimental inquiry in association with the Smarter Science framework, while also developing understanding of key concepts from strands of the Grade 7 and 8 curricula.


Speakers
avatar for Lynn Lemieux

Lynn Lemieux

Toronto District School Board
Lynn and Laura are currently teaching Grade 7 and 8 Science and Technology. Both are continuously learning, and enjoy finding new ways to motivate Intermediate students to enjoy learning concepts and inquiry skills in Science and Technology.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

Intro 3- Using Level 2 of the Steps to Inquiry Poster sets
Speakers
CF

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen has been using the Smarter Science model in her classroom for the past 4 years. She is currently working with Smarter Science to help teachers across the province learn more about Steps to Inquiry and other inquiry processes.
SL

Susan Lindsay

Susan Lindsay has taught in a wide variety of areas and grade levels with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is currently a Learning Coordinator for K-6 Science & Technology and Literacy, supporting teachers as they develop inquiry-based learning in their classrooms using Smarter Science.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

C&I 3- Adapting Your Textbook to Inquiry-based Science

This workshop will focus on the Smarter Science model by using a standard text book lab (e.g. diffusion lab) and having the participants discover what it is they would like to learn from their observations. Classroom ready ideas will be provided.


Speakers
DV

Douglas Vallance

Head of Science and Mathematics department at Gordon Graydon Seniour Public School. Has worked together with all other teachers at the senior level to develop hands on and interactive lessons to allow the students more opportunity to experience science.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

Franco 3- Éducasciences : Mise en oeuvre du cadre Éducasciences

Cet atelier permettra aux participantes et aux participants de se familiariser avec la façon de mettre en oeuvre le cadre Éducasciences et les affiches « Pas à pas vers l'enquête » en participants à une enquête scientifique comme s'ils étaient des élèves. 


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

PBL 3- Introduction to Problem-based Learning/Case Studies

“The ability to solve problems is more than just accumulating knowledge and rules; it is the development of flexible, cognitive strategies that help analyze unanticipated, ill-structured situations to produce meaningful solutions. Even though many of today's complex issues are within the realm of student understanding, the skills needed to tackle these problems are often missing from instruction.”

 During this one-hour session, Mike will introduce you to the basic elements of Problem Based learning. There will be references to various resources on the web e.g. IMSA  and participants will leave with a template for designing rich problem-based learning tasks.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

TPS 3- An Inquiry Unit for Grade 9 (double session)

Let a paper airplane demonstrate the inquiry process. Get short activities and make models that focus on the investigative skills needed to be successful. Participants will work through a unit outline and an inquiry to start their Gr.9 programs.

In the second half of the session, she introduces some tried and true inquiry labs. Using these activities she introduces 'the control' as a starting point.

 


Speakers
JS

Jenny Shaw

Jenny is a Science teacher at Westminster S. S. in London who has used the Smarter Science approach to learning for the past 10 years.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview

2:45pm

Break

Choose coffee, tea or juice from the beverage stations and relax on either the Patio at the Main Building or the Second Floor Lounge in the Bayview building. Or just saunter around the grounds!


Tuesday July 31, 2012 2:45pm - 3:00pm
...

3:00pm

3:00pm

A&E 4 - Smarter Science ~ in the Primary Classroom

Bring science to life in the Primary Classroom with the Smarter Science framework.  In this bilingual session, teachers will come away with ready made resources in both French and English ready to use in their primary classroom.


Speakers
JA

Julie Arsenault-Howick

This dynamic bilingual team who have worked with the Smarter Science Inquiry Framework in the primary classroom through the use of Science Buddies.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

C&I 4- SCAMPERing Your Way Through Science

Using the SCAMPER technique, Mike will lead you through 2 exercises that will get kids thinking outside the box, literally. This strategy blends well with brainstorming and you will take part in a lively session that has 'no holds barred'!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

Franco 4- Éducasciences : faire appel aux habiletés du processus au quotidien

Cet atelier met l’accent sur les habiletés liées au processus : observer, prédire, formuler une hypothèse, etc. Vous découvrirez des activités qui permettront à vos élèves de les maîtriser afin de pouvoir ensuite les utiliser lors d’enquêtes.


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

Intro 4- Using Success Criteria to Assess Inquiry-based Learning

Rick and Susan will share the use of Success Criteria as a way to assess and evaluate inquriy skills and products through sample activities for various grade levels.  The emphasis will be on assessment for, as and of learning in the context of the Smarter Science framework - (eg. observe, predict ..... etc.) using the Smarter Science Posters.  Particants should be familiar with the use of the posters and/or have attended an introductory session earler in the day.


Speakers
SL

Susan Lindsay

Susan Lindsay has taught in a wide variety of areas and grade levels with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is currently a Learning Coordinator for K-6 Science & Technology and Literacy, supporting teachers as they develop inquiry-based learning in their classrooms using Smarter Science.
avatar for Rick Pardo

Rick Pardo

Thames Valley District School Board
Rick Pardo has been a Science Learning Coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board for the past 4 years and previously taught secondary science and physics for 9 years.  Rick offers workshops in Smarter Science for teachers across North America.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

3:00pm

PBL 4- Welcome to Wonderland!

The heart of Problem Based Learning is authentic tasks relevant to the learner. Last semester Kay Stephen based an entire grade 11 biology course on wonder. Students kept Wonder Journals to critically reflect on their learning and what it led them to wonder about. These Wonder Journals became the basis for both their assessment and evaluation. At the end of each unit students were assigned a research project based on their own “I wonders…” resulting in them being fully engaged and owning their own learning process. Case studies were designed from events happening in the school community or reported in the local media. Not just student engagement and marks soared so did the real, authentic learning that endured beyond the scope of the course. Come and find out how to make these techniques work for you!


Speakers
KS

Kay Stephen

Kay Stephen has been a secondary school science teacher for many years and currently works for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. In addition to her classroom work, Kay has been extremely active in other ways. She was chosen as the Smarter Science® Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2011.  She is also a science education blogger, an author of science curriculum and textbooks, and a Google Science Fair judge. Most recently she has been... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

3:00pm

TPS 4- Summer Inquiry Camp

The goal of the inquiry camp was to develop students' ability to conduct independent research. Participants will not only learn about the process of starting a camp, but will also get meaningful activities that can be used in the classroom.


Speakers
BD

Brad Digweed

Currently an Instructional Coach with DSBN with 12 years experience teaching science in grades 2-8. I am also the Chair of the Niagara Regional Science Fair Committee. Working towards my Masters of Ed. degree. My thesis will be collecting data from the inquiry camp in the summer 2013 to see if this informal learning experience positively develops inquiry skills and impacts participants' attitudes towards science.


Tuesday July 31, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview

4:15pm

Free Time
Tuesday July 31, 2012 4:15pm - 5:45pm
...

5:45pm

Smarter Science Teacher Awards Dinner

No need to dress up in your finest but we are going to be awarding 3 teachers with the Smarter Science Teacher of the Year Award for 2012. If you're going to be making an acceptance speech, be sure to keep it under 45 seconds!


Tuesday July 31, 2012 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Dining Room - CTMC CTMC Building

7:00pm

Fun-Planning your skit for tomorrow's plenary
Tuesday July 31, 2012 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Lounge - CTMC CTMC Building

8:30pm

Fun-Bonfire & Marshmallows on the Beach
Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Beach - Behind Bayview Behind Bayview Building

9:30pm

Fun - Stargazing

Join Jenny and Kay for some star gazing. Jenny will have a celestron telescope set up (May be pointed at the moon or planet) and will show 2 Galileo  student telescopes, which can be obtained for very low cost.   Jenny will use a laser pointer to identify stars and the space station or any Iridium flares that are going by at the time. Participants will be shown how to make their own star maps and use them. Kay will show you how to use a Canadian Space Agency star-counting activity.


Speakers
JS

Jenny Shaw

Jenny is a Science teacher at Westminster S. S. in London who has used the Smarter Science approach to learning for the past 10 years.
KS

Kay Stephen

Kay Stephen has been a secondary school science teacher for many years and currently works for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. In addition to her classroom work, Kay has been extremely active in other ways. She was chosen as the Smarter Science® Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2011.  She is also a science education blogger, an author of science curriculum and textbooks, and a Google Science Fair judge. Most recently she has been... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2012 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Meet in front of CTMC
 
Wednesday, August 1
 

8:30am

Plenary - Team Skits

 Each team will be performing a three-minute presentation on their theme. Be prepared for fun and laughter. Prizes, prizes, prizes!


Wednesday August 1, 2012 8:30am - 9:15am
Centre Hall - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

A&E 5- The Best of Both Worlds: Inquiry and Literacy with Smarter Science (double session)

Compelling research shows that literacy is best taught through the content areas. The Smarter Science framework and inquiry tools help develop deeper conceptual understanding and improved literacy skills. Lots of classroom examples & assessment ideas will be shared.


Speakers
BP

Brad Parolin

Brad Parolin has taught science from grades 3 – 8, and is currently serving as an instructional leader for grades 1-8 science and technology with the Toronto District School Board. He was introduced to the Smarter Science framework in 2006, and became an early and enthusiastic adopter of this approach.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

Intro 5- Using Level 3 of the Steps to Inquiry

 Rick will be showing participants how to use the Level 3 Steps to Inquiry posters to develop an inquiry-based question. As part of his presentation, he will be using the famous candle and jar experiment.


Speakers
avatar for Rick Pardo

Rick Pardo

Thames Valley District School Board
Rick Pardo has been a Science Learning Coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board for the past 4 years and previously taught secondary science and physics for 9 years.  Rick offers workshops in Smarter Science for teachers across North America.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

C&I 5- Creating an Inquiry Plan

An inquiry plan is an outline for developing a level III Inquiry Challenge. Inquiry Plans typically start with an engagement piece (discrepant event, science news, video etc.) and outline Background Information for the teacher.They also include how to identify the Process Skills used in the inquiry and where this inquiry fits in your curriculum.

Mike will guide you through the process of creating an Inquiry Plan. Templates will be available in paper copies, a MS Word template and as an online form.

You will leave this session with the beginnings of your very own Inquiry Plan.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Newnham

Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

Franco 5- Éducasciences : l’évaluation des élèves faisant des enquêtes scientifiques

Cet atelier met l’accent sur les stratégies à utiliser pour évaluer le rendement des élèves qui font des enquêtes scientifiques. Les participants utiliseront des outils d’évaluation permettant de cibler des habiletés liées au processus.


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

9:15am

PBL 5- Spongelab (double session)

Since launching a year ago in July 2011, the Spongelab science platform has reached some incredible milestones. We're rapidly growing into a global community full of science multimedia, complete with online teaching and data-tracking tools.

See all of the details in our cool infographic that shows how Spongelab is the new go-to place for science education.



Speakers

Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

9:15am

TPS 5- Using Probeware to Engage students in Inquiry-based Science

This session will provide hands-on experiences to use probeware in conjunction with the Smarter Science Framework. The result is authentic research opportunities and a powerful platform for data collection and analysis.  Participants will have fun using probeware in their guided and open inquiries and see why students love these devices. 


Speakers
BD

Brad Digweed

Currently an Instructional Coach with DSBN with 12 years experience teaching science in grades 2-8. I am also the Chair of the Niagara Regional Science Fair Committee. Working towards my Masters of Ed. degree. My thesis will be collecting data from the inquiry camp in the summer 2013 to see if this informal learning experience positively develops inquiry skills and impacts participants' attitudes towards science.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 9:15am - 10:30am
Classroom 2 - Bayview

10:30am

Break

Choose coffee, tea or juice from the beverage stations and relax on either the Patio at the Main Building or the Second Floor Lounge in the Bayview building. Or just saunter around the grounds!


Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:30am - 10:45am
...

10:45am

A&E 6- The Best of Both Worlds: Inquiry and Literacy with Smarter Science (double session)

Compelling research shows that literacy is best taught through the content areas. The Smarter Science framework and inquiry tools help develop deeper conceptual understanding and improved literacy skills. Lots of classroom examples & assessment ideas will be shared.


Speakers
BP

Brad Parolin

Brad Parolin has taught science from grades 3 – 8, and is currently serving as an instructional leader for grades 1-8 science and technology with the Toronto District School Board. He was introduced to the Smarter Science framework in 2006, and became an early and enthusiastic adopter of this approach.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

C&I 6- Teaching Reasoning through Inquiry-based Science

Successful open-ended inquiry requires properly explicated reasoning. Attendees will use various inquiry techniques (e.g., PEOE) and practice at how to get students to develop smarter inquiry skills. Some classroom research will be mentioned.


Speakers

Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

Franco 6- Enquête scientifique ouverte et enquête fermée

Cet atelier met l’accent sur la différence entre les enquêtes scientifiques ouvertes et les enquêtes scientifiques fermées. Les enseignantes et enseignants vivront une enquête scientifique à trois degrés d'ouverture et apprendront à modifier des enquêtes scientifiques pour les rendre plus ouvertes. 


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

10:45am

Intro 6- Introduction to the Inferencing Model Using Environmental Science

Rick will show how the Experimental Design & Performance (Steps to Inquiry Posters) have been used to design and conduct experiments to confirm an inference rather than a prediction. This approach addresses situations where observations are made without the direct manipulation of variables. The experiences of Thames Valley DSB's grade 9 water quality science project will be shared.  Participants will have the opportunity to start an "infer" project of their own.  


Speakers
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Susan Lindsay

Susan Lindsay has taught in a wide variety of areas and grade levels with the Thames Valley District School Board. She is currently a Learning Coordinator for K-6 Science & Technology and Literacy, supporting teachers as they develop inquiry-based learning in their classrooms using Smarter Science.
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Rick Pardo

Thames Valley District School Board
Rick Pardo has been a Science Learning Coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board for the past 4 years and previously taught secondary science and physics for 9 years.  Rick offers workshops in Smarter Science for teachers across North America.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

10:45am

PBL 6- Spongelab (double session)

Since launching a year ago in July 2011, the Spongelab science platform has reached some incredible milestones. We're rapidly growing into a global community full of science multimedia, complete with online teaching and data-tracking tools.

See all of the details in our cool infographic that shows how Spongelab is the new go-to place for science education.



Speakers

Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

10:45am

TPS 6- Technological Problem Solving

Doug will lead participants through the Smarter Science PEOE poster as they are faced with a design and build challenge. These challenges allow students to be creative with their design regardless of their level or grade.


Speakers
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Douglas Vallance

Head of Science and Mathematics department at Gordon Graydon Seniour Public School. Has worked together with all other teachers at the senior level to develop hands on and interactive lessons to allow the students more opportunity to experience science.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:45am - 12:00pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview

12:00pm

Lunch & Group Photograph

Make sure you wear your biggest smile to this lunch! At 1:15 PM we are all going to meet in front of the CTMC building for a group photograph. Please arrange to meet with your group so that you can be together in this photograph.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Dining Room - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

A&E 7- Senior Biology Gets a Makeover

This session shares some of the ways to approach to teaching Senior Biology using the Smarter Science framework. The presentation will include examples of previous cookbook labs that have been transformed, PEOE's, and assessment tools for this framework.


Speakers
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Maria Tuma

Maria has been teaching with the Waterloo Region District School Board for 15 years. She currently teaches Grade 9 science (applied and academic) and Grade 12 Biology. She is excited about the Smarter Science approach and continues to find ways to weave Smarter Science into her teaching.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

Intro 7- I Wonder....UMM???

Teachers will discover how Smarter Science's, hands on learning, transformed my classroom from a group of excited Gr.1's and 2's to a hub of learning and curiosity. Learn how to teach 'Smarter' and teach inquiry in all areas of the curriculum.


Speakers
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Jo-Anne Peckham

Jo-Anne Peckham is a 20 year elementary teacher of the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, teaching in all grades and divisions, in Trenton, Ontario. Current co-chair of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology Fair. Known as ‘Ms.Frizzle’ among her colleagues, she believes that teaching Science and sparking their curiosity about the world, develops a love of learning. Mrs Peckham who was introduced to Smarter Science in... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

C&I 7- Thinking About the Box

Having trouble thinking outside the box? Let Kay Stephen lead you through a workshop inspired when she received a package in the mail. Even before opening the package questions were generated! Questioning is the heart of critical thinking! If you have questions you have science! Once the package was opened and the packing peanuts spilled out the experimental opportunities were limitless! Kay will show you how to inspire excitement in your classroom, model questioning techniques, and demonstrate how to facilitate a Smarter Science experiment. These processes transcend all age groups and learning strands! What was in the package? Come and find out!


Speakers
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Kay Stephen

Kay Stephen has been a secondary school science teacher for many years and currently works for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. In addition to her classroom work, Kay has been extremely active in other ways. She was chosen as the Smarter Science® Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2011.  She is also a science education blogger, an author of science curriculum and textbooks, and a Google Science Fair judge. Most recently she has been... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

Franco 7- Les changements subtils dans votre planification

Cet atelier met l’accent sur les changements subtils d’activités tirées de manuels scolaires afin de les transformer en tâches ouvertes. Les participants modifieront des activités traditionnelles et les intégreront au « pas-à-pas vers l’enquête ».


Speakers
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Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

1:30pm

(Cancelled) PBL 8- Our School Board's Experiences with PBL & TPS

Rick will share how the Smarter Science posters have been used to guide Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Technological Problem Solving (TPS) activities. Additional student templates and forms developed to scaffold these distinct approaches will be shared.  

Technological Problem Solving/ Design & Build (TPS)
Students develop the ability to design solutions to problems. They create models of new devices or processes to help address human needs and desires. Students are challenged to be creative in their thinking rather than arriving at predetermined answers. Critical aspects of technological problem solving are: careful planning; purposeful selection of tools and materials; testing, retesting, and modifications of a product or process; communicating about the solution; and recommending changes or improvements.

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a complex and collaborative approach to inquiry learning. Students investigate multiple sides of a situation to reach a decision or conclusion. Typically they participate in a performance task, such as: debate, mock trial, structured discussion, or oral defense. In addition or alternatively, students may demonstrate understanding through written briefs, physical products, product comparisons or product evaluations.

 


Speakers
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Rick Pardo

Thames Valley District School Board
Rick Pardo has been a Science Learning Coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board for the past 4 years and previously taught secondary science and physics for 9 years.  Rick offers workshops in Smarter Science for teachers across North America.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

1:30pm

TPS 7- Greening Lucas

Take an entire school's worth of science students and set them to the task of 'Greening' their school. Find out how the science department organized and carried out this incredibly complex inquiry-based task in the course of 2 weeks.

At the end of 2 weeks, the entire gym was filled with student exhibits that demonstrated their solutions.

The most unique aspect of this project was that the student teams comprised grades 9 through 12 students of all ability levels.


Speakers
CF

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen has been using the Smarter Science model in her classroom for the past 4 years. She is currently working with Smarter Science to help teachers across the province learn more about Steps to Inquiry and other inquiry processes.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview

2:45pm

Break

Choose coffee, tea or juice from the beverage stations and relax on either the Patio at the Main Building or the Second Floor Lounge in the Bayview building. Or just saunter around the grounds!


Wednesday August 1, 2012 2:45pm - 3:00pm
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3:00pm

A&E 8- Mystery Chemicals: A Textbook Lab converted to Inquiry

Participants will learn about the conversion of the mystery powder lab (SNC 1P) to an inquiry model by adapting Poster Set 2, working through the activity and assessment piece. Prior Knowledge of Smarter Science is recommended.


Speakers
CF

Colleen Fletcher

Colleen has been using the Smarter Science model in her classroom for the past 4 years. She is currently working with Smarter Science to help teachers across the province learn more about Steps to Inquiry and other inquiry processes.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 4 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

Intro 8- Using the Smarter Science Approach with a Split Grade

This session will focus on how to implement inquiry-based science through the Smarter Science approach in classes that have split grades. The examples used will be from the Junior and Intermediate levels.


Speakers
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Bryan Honsinger

Bryan is a teacher with the District School Board of Niagara. He has taught science annually in various grades ranging from 4-8. Over the last two years he has adopted the Smarter Science inquiry model and find that the students are more engaged and learn to love science.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room D - CTMC CTMC Building

3:00pm

C&I 8- Creating an Innovation Culture at Your School

 So, you're all excited about the inquiry approach to science, and you return to school and try to convince the colleagues in your department to consider adopting Inquiry. And nothing happens…

Mike Newnham discusses the barriers to change and the elements necessary to convince teachers to change their attitude about this highly engaging and rewarding approach to teaching.

During this session you will collaborate with other attendees on methods for creating a culture of innovation in your department. You will leave this session with a step by step plan that you can implement.


Speakers
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Mike Newnham

Youth Science Canada - Sciences jeunesse Canada
Mike Newnham is the Program Director of Smarter Science, an initiative of Youth Science Canada, to promote and support inquiry-based science and technology education in Canada.  While he was a science teaching coordinator with the Thames Valley District School Board in London Ontario, Mike, with the help of his dedicated teacher team, created a framework for supporting teaching and learning science inquiry. This framework called Smarter... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 1 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

Franco 8- PEOE, un type d’enquête scientifique efficace

Cet atelier met l'accent sur une stratégie très efficace à utiliser en classe pour cibler un concept particulier tout en invitant l’élève à se questionner et à utiliser les habiletés liées au processus : PEOE (Prédire-expliquer-observer-expliquer).


Speakers
DT

Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay est un consultant qui se spécialise dans l'enseignement des mathématiques, des sciences et de la technologie. Il travaille depuis deux ans chez Sciences jeunesse Canada à titre de représentant francophone pour Éducasciences. Il a plus de 13 ans d'expérience en salle de classe aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 3 - Bayview Bayview Place

3:00pm

PBL 7- Activities and Case Studies for your Senior Biology Class

Lynn will share some Smarter Science activities and Case Studies she uses in her Senior Biology course. A few examples include: Osmosis, Enzyme Action, Protein Misfolding (Protein Synthesis Research) Homeostasis and yourself, and Case Studies (from the Buffalo Case Studies website) Agony and Ecstasy, Fleacide Dip, The Mystery of Seven deaths etc.


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Meeting Room A/B - CTMC CTMC Building

3:00pm

TPS 8- Gizmos and Smarter Science

ExploreLearning Gizmos are excellent tools to use when getting started using the Smarter Science inquiry framework. In this session, you will observe and participate in modelled lessons specifically designed to scaffold student centred inquiry thinking strategies using web based simulations.


Speakers
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Stephen LIPPA

Sales Consultant and Lead Trainer, ExploreLearning
I am passionate about connecting teachers to strategies and tools that work to engage students in learning and deliver dramatically improved achievement. For the last three years, I have had the privilege to support teachers across Canada in implementing Gizmos into instruction using practical and effective strategies (like the Smarter Science inquiry framework). I am an avid reader of nonfiction and am in continuous pursuit of being the change I... Read More →


Wednesday August 1, 2012 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Classroom 2 - Bayview