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

Background

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:  ecoopresident@ecoo.org

We’re excited for Bring IT Together 2!

To get a sneak peak at some of the big ideas from keynote speakers and breakout sessions for November’s upcoming conference, Michelle Cordy @cordym ECOO’s project manager, will be hosting a series of pre-BIT interviews.

Please tune in live or watch the interviews at your own convenience to get inspired for #BIT14.  The link to view the interview will be available on the Google+ Event pages or on Twitter just prior to the scheduled interview times.

Pre BIT14 Episode One:  Keynote speaker Richard Byrne

Took place Tuesday, October 14: Youtube link

Pre BIT14 Episode Two: Keynote Speaker George Couros @gcouros

The Principal of Change

Date: Wednesday, October 15 8:00 am

Pre BIT14 Episode Three: Getting Googly with Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworthand AndrewBieronski @AndrewBieronski 

Date: Wednesday, October 15 9:00 pm

Pre BIT14 Episode Three: David Hann @TeacherHann and Heather Durnin@hdurnin

Maker Ed

October 16th 8:30 pm (still to be confirmed)

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Pre BIT14 Episode Four: Artemis Papert and Brian Silverman

Wednesday, Oct 22nd at 8pm.

There will be more to come!  Follow the #BIT14 and #ECOO hashtags for other webcasts.  See our previous webcasts on our YouTube Channel.

Bring IT Together 2-Right around the corner!

Have you registered for Bring IT Together2 yet?

Bring IT Together2 is a 3-day conference hosted by ECOO and OASBO-ICT on November 5th-7th, 2014 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

This exceptional event will Bring IT Together for educators & education professionals from across Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday features a number of full-day Wednesday Workshop options run in parallel to a full-day OASBO-ICT track (keynote and sessions).  Thursday and Friday each feature keynotes and a huge selection of Core Conference sessions. Networking and social events, in addition to the expanded Exhibition Hall, are featured on all three days. bit#14 keynote speakers include George Couros, Richard Byrne, Ron Canuel, Artemis Papert, and Brian Silverman.

For more information, please visit our conference website at http://bringittogether.ca/

 

2014 ECOO Programming Contests

Gold medal winners from Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Gold medal winners from Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Coaches

Coaches

 

The extremely successful ECOO-CS Programming Contest season has come to an end for another year. The top three teams at the Provincial Final were:

Gold: Waterloo Collegiate Institute of the Waterloo Region District School Board.

Silver: Richmond Hill School of the York Region District School Board

Bronze: Don Mills Collegiate Institute of the Toronto District School Board

 

The first contests, at the Boardwide level, were held at the end of March by 21 school boards and the independent schools conference. Over 250 teams from over 125 schools participated.
On 26 April, three Regional Contests were held, hosted by the School of Computing at Queen’s University in Kingston, by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University in Toronto and by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario in London. A total of 93 teams participated.

 

The Provincial Final was held in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University in Toronto on 10 May. There were 26 teams from 22 schools representing 12 school boards from Ottawa to Windsor.

 

The competition was hotly contested. All teams solved at least two of the four programming problems. The top three teams were thrilled by their medals and prizes. One student from each of the remaining teams had a chance at a door prize.

 

The donuts provided sugar for the brains during the contest and the pizza and pop lunch after the contest was much deserved.The venue, AV support, food, parking and engraving for the trophy for the Provincial Final were all graciously provided by the York University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We really appreciate their support.

 

Without the problems developed by Dr. Sam Scott of Sheridan College and his team (Greg Reid, Kevin Forest, Nathan Schucher, Dino Baronhe, John Ketelaars), there would be no contests. Thanks to all for their hard work.

 

The coaches  of the teams deserve appreciation for preparing their students for the competitions and donating up to three Saturdays to accompany them to the contests.
David F. Stermole
President, ECOO-CS

Digital Odyssey 2014

Digital Odyssey 2014

Code, the Most Important Language in the World

Featuring keynotes by:

Chrys Wu, Developer Advocate for The New York Times and

Sean Yo, Information architect, web expert and community builder, Hive Waterloo.

Code is the common language between us and computers, the instructions we give our devices to get them to do what we want. Code is an integral part of human communication today and the more you can empower yourself with code, the better off you will be. Technology permeates all area of our lives and work, and whether you know it or not, someone somewhere wrote code that determines what you what you can and cannot do with every device and platform you interact with.

Embrace code! Bend computers to your will!
As librarians, we encounter technologies in all aspects of our work and we help our patrons navigate this technical world. To thrive in your interactions with technology it is important know what code is and the general concepts behind writing it. Improving our collective code literacy will help empower us in our daily work and let us better help our patrons learn this important skill.

Interactive Workshops
Want to learn more about coding? Sign up for the “Learning Through Games” workshop where you will learn programming concepts and logic through gameplay with Scratch, an introductory programming language designed to help teach basic programming logic and techniques.

Interested in setting up a workshop to help your patrons learn to code?

Sign up for the “Train the trainer” workshop and learn how to run and modify a Scratch workshop by doing it. Together, Kids Learning Code, Maker Kids, TIFF and Toronto Public Library, have developed comprehensive, maker curriculum for educators.

Register now - space is limited!

Friday June 6th, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oakham House, Ryerson University

Members: $160
Non Members: $190