ECOO Board 2015-16 Takes Office


A new ECOO Board of Directors for 2015-16 has taken office as of the conclusion of the 2015 Annual General Meeting, held November 5th, 2015 in conjunction with the #BIT15 Bring IT, Together conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Following a Call for Nominations process, nominations for the roles of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and two Directors-At-Large were received by the Nominations Committee, resulting in 5 acclamations and one remaining vacancy (Treasurer).

Mark W. Carbone has been re-acclaimed to the annually-elected role of President, Donna Miller Fry has been acclaimed to the role of Vice-President, Colin Jagoe has been acclaimed to the role of Secretary. Jaclyn Calder and Mark Chesser have each been acclaimed to two-year terms as Director-At-Large, joining Zoe Branigan-Pipe and Alana Callan who will be continuing on the Board in the second year in their two-year terms. Dan Ballantine has agreed to continue in the role of Treasurer in the interim until the new Board appoints a replacement to the role.  Harry Niezen will continue on the Board as the appointed Conference Chair.  The role of Past President on the Board remains vacant for the time being.

Biographies submitted for the 2015 nominees are provided here. The full board, together with contact information, is posted to the ECOO Board of Directors, 2015-16.

Mark W. Carbone

Mark has 34 years experience in K12 public education in Ontario through a variety of roles including teacher, ICT consultant, IT manager and CIO. In his ongoing work with OSAPAC (Ministry advisory committee), the OSSEMOOC project, and his past experience with ECOO, he is well positioned to provide leadership to the ECOO organization for the 15/16 year as ECOO continues to support moving Ontario education forward with important next steps.

Donna Miller Fry

Donna Fry has over thirty years’ experience in publicly­funded schools in Ontario as a teacher, administrative head, online instructor, alternative education teacher, vice­principal, and principal. She served as an Education Officer with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch ­ eLearning Ontario. Currently she is the Provincial Lead for Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching, on secondment from her role as a Secondary Principal with Superior­Greenstone District School Board. She is a member of OSAPAC, co­lead of OSSEMOOC and served on the ECOO Board of Directors for the 2014­15 year.

Colin Jagoe

Colin has served on the ECOO Board as a Director-­At-­Large for the past year and looks forward to continuing to serve the Ontario Education Community again. He currently teaches secondary science in Brighton, Ontario. He is an advocate for change in our school system and believes that strategic use of technology can drive our schools to change, becoming places better suited for learning for today’s learners.

Jaclyn Calder

Jaclyn has worked with the ECOO Conference Committee for a several years, spearheading a number of new initiatives that debuted at the 2013 and 2014 BringIT, Together conferences. Jaclyn highly values what ECOO has to offer to Ontario educators, having seen the benefits from engagement in work of ECOO within her teaching practice, and she is eager to give back to the organization.

Mark Chesser

Mark has been integrating technology and Web 2.0 tools into his teaching practice for several years. In 2013, he was the eLearning teacher for his Board, an opportunity which he found challenging and a real signpost of his future career. Mark looks forward to being on the Board of Directors of the ECOO so that he can help other teachers already using technology as well as help other teachers learn more about what it is we already do.

New Board Seeks Input
The new Board will be seeking input from ECOO members regarding initiatives beyond the scope of the annual conference. Members interested in participating in ECOO initiatives should contact a member of the Board to declare their interest.

Board of Directors selection process
Under the ECOO bylaw, a Nominations Committee for the 2016 process will be struck at the first meeting of the new board, and a Call for Nominations for 2016-17 will be made no later than three months prior to the next Annual General Meeting. Nominations for the annually elected roles of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 Director-At-Large positions will be received up until 40 days prior to the next Annual General Meeting. Where there is more than one nominee for an elective position, an Election Process will occur. The new Board will take office at the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.


Andrew Forgrave,
Chair, Nominations Committee

Call for Nominations 2015: ECOO Board of Directors



September 1st, 2015.

The Nominations Committee of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario has opened the Call for Nominations for positions on the ECOO Board of Directors for 2015-16.

The nominations period will close on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

ECOO works to support the effective use of technology in the classroom through:

  • hosting an annual conference;

  • forming partnerships with other educational organizations and vendors; and

  • liaising with the Ministry of Education.

ECOO members are invited to share their enthusiasm and expertise by serving on the ECOO Board of Directors.

An online balloting period will occur following the close of the Call for Nominations, and during the days leading up to the ECOO Annual General Meeting. Final balloting and announcement of the new directors will occur at the ECOO AGM to be held this during the #BIT15 Bring IT, Together conference, November at Niagara Falls, Ontario. The meeting is scheduled for 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 5th, 2015.

If you want to be actively involved in running your organization or wish to encourage the involvement of a colleague, please submit your nominations for positions on the ECOO Board of Directors.

ECOO Board positions for the 2015 election:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director-at-Large (2 members to be elected in 2015.)

Note that the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer are elected annually. These positions serve on the Executive Committee.

Note that the four Director-at-Large  positions support long-term goals and functioning of ECOO, and are elected for two-year terms.  Each annual election sees two Director-at-Large positions filled for a two-year term. Zoe Branigen-Pipe and Alana Callan were elected to 2-year terms in 2014 and continue on the Board for the 2015-2016.

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  • A Conference Chairperson will be appointed by the Board of Directors.

View the responsibilities for each position.

Nominations Process

Nominations and nominee biographies must be sent to the Nominations Chair via the online nomination form.

To complete the form, you will require the following information:

Nominate a Fellow Member


  • Your name, email address, membership number*

  • Nominee’s name, email address, membership number

  • nominated role

  • Statement/Biography

  • Your name, email address, membership number*

  • nominated role

  • Statement/Biography

*membership number is receipt number for BIT14 Bring IT, Together conference registration.
Contact if you need to confirm this information.

Nominees will be announced to the membership following the close of the Call for Nominations. The announcement will include the biography/statement and a photo of each nominee.

  • Nominations close on Sunday, September 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • All nominations for ECOO Board of Directors will be confirmed via email.
  • If you have submitted a nomination but not received confirmation, contact the undersigned.
  • For questions regarding the Call for Nominations contact:


Andrew Forgrave,

Chair,  ECOO Nominations Committee 2015


Call For Proposals #BIT15

The Call for Proposals is now open to submit proposal ideas to the conference committee for the 2015 edition of Bring IT Together in Niagara Falls from November 4-6, 2015!

Go here to find more info and to submit your proposal!


This is an invitation to join a special live event on February 10.  Please share this opportunity with your colleagues.

OSSEMOOC presents:

Dean Shareski:  “Teacher as Researcher”

In a world of constant flux and change, waiting for the white paper on “best practice” may not be the best way for teachers to stay innovative and provide the best experience for students. What is the role of teacher as researcher? What does or could it look like to be in a state of perpetual experimentation?

February 10, 2015 8 p.m. EST – 9 p.m. EST

Please use this link to enter the synchronous meeting room any time after 7:30 p.m.:

OSSEMOOC is “Ontario School and System Leaders Educational Technology Massive Open Online Community” – created by OSAPAC to support Ontario leaders in becoming connected.  We host open live conversations every Tuesday evening.  Watch the website for upcoming topics, guests and links to events.

Request for Proposal: Development and Maintenance of a French ECOO Website


Established in 1979, the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the integration of new computing technology into the educational curriculum. ECOO works to enhance student learning by supporting technology-using-educators through:

  • hosting an annual conference;

  • forming partnerships with other educational organizations and vendors; and

  • liaising with the Ministry of Education.

Educational technology is common to both the English and French systems in Ontario, and crosses all curriculum areas in the elementary and secondary panels. With the rapid advancements in technology and the ever-increasing use of devices and social media in teaching and learning, there exists a pressing need for professional learning for classroom teachers. Attending the annual ECOO conference, the various edcamps across Ontario, the Google Summit and sharing ideas through social media are just a few of the ways in which ECOO members are acquiring new skills in technology.

In 2013, as a focus for the annual conference, Bring IT, Together (BIT), the co-chairs reached out to their colleagues in the French-language system in an effort to provide a full French-language stream. There were several choices of workshops in French, presented by francophones and applicable to the French-language system and curriculum. LEARNStyle presented a half-day Google workshop in French, which was very well attended. Additionally, the National Film Board (NFB) provided a half-day review of their classroom resources in French. One of the co-chairs communicated with AEFO and information about the conference was distributed to all Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) members. During the plenary sessions, some welcome remarks were made in French for our francophone colleagues.

Some feedback from francophones during and after the conference included suggestions and requests that the ECOO website be translated for French-language teachers and administrators and that resources for francophones be available on the website.

ECOO has entered into an agreement with the French-language branch of the Ministry of Education to create a French ECOO website. The project objectives are to translate, adapt and maintain the ECOO website in French in order to better inform the French-language education community of the programs being offered by ECOO and the resources available.

A French ECOO website will benefit and support all of Ontario’s classroom teachers in the French-language system who are interested in and/or already engaged in the use of technology and social media. The development of this site will ultimately facilitate meeting several educational objectives:

  • Improve student learning

  • Enhance teacher professional learning

  • Provide capacity-building for teachers

  • Support the use of technology in the classroom

  • Support 21st Century teaching and learning practices

Project: French ECOO Website

Requirements of the Candidate
  • Fully bilingual

  • Mastery of written French

  • Mastery of: Content Management Systems (CMS); web server management; database management;video editing; social media literacy

  • Ontario Certified Teacher

Details of the Project
  • Consultations with the ECOO website manager

  • Translation and adaptation of the website including:

  • technical adaptation

  • graphic design

  • production of French video tutorials

  • Translation and proofreading of website content and resources

  • Research to add French resources to the site

  • Development of promotional material for ECOO, French-language education community and Ministry of Education, French-language branch

  • On-going maintenance including follow-up with users, regular updates and reporting on usage of the site

  • On-going translation of the ECOO site

  • Technical maintenance

Proposals to include the following:
  • A cover letter

  • A current résumé

  • HST Registration number (if applicable)

  • Breakdown of fees: estimated number of hours, rate per hour, total cost to complete the project

  • References

  • Samples of past project work in this field

Please submit your proposal in English, in PDF format, by Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:59 pm EST to:

Mark Carbone, ECOO President: