Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Monday, April 8 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Catalytic Conversation: How a Blockchain Hackathon showcases top pedagogy and collaboration

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Attendees will learn how a Blockchain Hackathon provided a multidisciplinary approach and platform for social impact and change through inquiry, problem and project-based learning. Students from five schools joined together in a seven day project of ideation, training, coding, hacking, design and so much more. Students had to achieve a working understanding of what blockchain can do in order to conceive of a solution to their problem. They had to understand their area of expertise and develop a plan, working together throughout. Students then had to sell their ideas to field experts, their peers and teachers through marketing, presentations and sheer passion for making a difference. The effort was huge, the gains were just as big.Behind the scenes, a similar level of cross-disciplinary collaboration was necessary within each of our organizations. Administrators and teachers alike drew upon their individual relationships with students to identify candidates, and then in some cases convince them and their parents to make the significant investment of time. This required teachers and administrators to look up and out of their own silos to see the benefit to the students - which they certainly did, making their own investments in support. And, in the end, teachers who had been most skeptical in advance became the biggest advocates for the student experience.Join us to learn what Blockchain is, why this emergent tool is an important skill, how a blockchain hackathon works, what students said about the experience, the challenges, the achievements and why this was so exciting and important to them. There will be plenty of interactivity including how to bring a hackathon to your school.

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Jim Laplante

Executive Director, Information and Innovation, Upper Canada College
Jim LaPlante is the Executive Director, Information and Innovation, at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Jim has worked in education and educational technology for 25 years. At the YCDSB, Jim was a classroom teacher, consultant, and technology co-ordinator. Over the last few years... Read More →
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Charles Fowler

Director of Information Technology, Royal St. George's College
Charles Fowler is the Director of Information Technology at Royal St. George[?]s College in Toronto, where he has stewarded the the school through the advent of data networks, internet access, one-to-one access to computing, and more. Charles is active in the community of other independent... Read More →
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Mary Anne Van Acker

Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology, The Bishop Strachan School
Mary Anne Van Acker is the Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology with The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. With extensive experience in the technology industry from programmer to senior leader, her role today includes the development of innovative initiatives that... Read More →

Monday April 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Toronto AB

Attendees (12)