Tools that promote digital citizenship & 21st Century skills
I am secondary teacher with the TCDSB in my 14th year of teaching. Over the years, I have increasingly embedded 21st century learning skills in my lessons and activities, with a special emphasis on self-regulation in applied (college) level students. I am an executive director for the Ontario History and Social Sciences Association of Ontario, an organization that seeks to improve the instruction of history and social sciences in the province. I have been working with the Ontario Ministry of Education over the last two years, as reviewer and lead writer of e-learning courses in the subject areas of Social Sciences and History. This experience has really helped me examine how to embed the dimensions of 21st century learning in independent online studies.
Peter is a proud father of three kids who firmly believes in the mantra of family first. As a parent who has been actively engaged in his kid’s education as they have gone through GTA schools, colleges and universities, he has a very rich and positive perspective on the strong expectations that parents place on the education of their children. Besides being an avid reader, he is a very fitness conscious individual who plays volleyball on a weekly basis, enjoys golf over the summer months, and passionately follows the game of cricket around the world.
Bringing 20+ years of K-12 sector experience to his CTO portfolio, Peter has been described as both a practical minded and visionary leader. On the one hand, he has his feet firmly planted on the ground and is pragmatic and realistic in his approach; on the other hand, he also has a clear, exciting and meaningful vision for the future of TDSB IT Services. Peter’s vision includes adopting modern IT technologies to make the technology foundation more adaptable, flexible and efficient to support the ever growing technology needs of the organization, improving IT processes and governance to support a smooth running IT environment, and ensuring that a dynamic environment of innovation is in place to improve technologies and service delivery well into the future at TDSB. Perhaps one of the most important things to understand about Peter is that he has a strong awareness of the technology needs of students and educators and is deeply committed and dedicated to supporting those needs. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology
Luke McPherson is an elementary educator with an interest in all forms of Teaching and Learning and Student Digital Literacy. He helped the Toronto Catholic District School Board pilot its "Project Next" with a focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the elementary classroom. He is currently working with his students on the responsible and effective use of social media, both in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Camille Rutherford, is an associate professor of Education at Brock University. As a former classroom teacher and university administrator, her work with teacher candidates, teachers, adult educators and educational leaders explores the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning and transform leadership.
Mr. Daniele Montanaro has been in the teaching profession for the past 11 years with the TCDSB. He is currently leading a TLLP project #ICANyet which is focusing on promoting growth mindset and self-regulation through student driven digital portfolios. He is a SMART Exemplary Educator and has had opportunities to facilitate and present at TCDSB 21C Edcamp, TEAMS conference, and OECTA Leading Together and Learning Together Mathematics/Technology conference. He is always searching for innovative ways to personalize the learning experience.
Mario Addesa is a 21C resource teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board and he is an instructional leader for York University. His accomplishments include co-organizer of Edcamp Toronto and integrating technology in creative and innovative ways in the classroom to extend student learning.
Dino Miele is a dedicated and innovative CIO at the District School Board of Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario. Dino has formed numerous projects and developments with the DSBN. He is also the founder of both CONNECT and the Ultimate Gaming Challenge Niagara (UGC).