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Chair, Nominations Committee, 2015 Chair, Nominations Committee, 2014 Director, ECOO Board, 2009-2012

Google Apps Ontario Summit a Success!

Mark Wagner Welcomes Participants  (image CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0), by @ecooweb

Over the weekend of April 20-21, over five hundred educators gathered at Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener, Ontario for the Google Apps for Education Ontario Summit. Participants travelled from all over Ontario (and even beyond its borders!) to attend the two-day Saturday/Sunday summit, which featured over 70 sessions, in addition to three keynotes and a demo slam event.

A number of leading Google App educators visited Ontario to provide the weekend series of keynotes and sessions, supported by a good collection of local-to-Ontario Google App-using educators and software vendors. The event was sponsored by ECOO and hosted at Eastwood Collegiate with the support of staff and students from the Waterloo region. Thanks go out to Mark Wagner‘s team, as well as ECOO’s Bill Mackenzie for spearheading the event, and WRDSB’s Mark Carbone for ensuring wonderful support and WiFI capacity.

Resources from the Summit are shared online for your use.

Plans are underway to host another Google Apps for Education Ontario Summit in 2014. Keep an eye out for dates on our page.

Images from the event are hosted on Flickr and are available for use under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The Agenda: Teaching Towards the Future

First of all, the #tag is #learning2030. Check it out on Tagboard

Every Ontario educator needs to watch this episode of The Agenda. Recorded this past Sunday at Trent University as part of TVO’s Learning2030 series, the 54-minute episode digs deeply into the state of learning and education in Ontario today, and asks difficult questions about the system’s readiness to educate the graduating class of 2030.

The Agenda’s Steve Paiken speaks with a panel featuring Michael Fullen, Camille Rutherford, Cathy Bruce, and Ron Canuel, and features wonderful studio-audience interviews with ecoo tweeps Heidi Siwak (@HeidiSiwak), Zoe Brannigan-Pipe (@zbpipe), and Colin Jagoe (@colinjagoe).

Ontario’s new Minister of Education Liz Sandals, and Ontario’s new Premier (and former Minister of Education) Kathleen Wynne must hear the significant challenge to their mandates in panelist Ron Canuel‘s closing words:

” — the inertia context in education is profound … the system is a big C conservative. The people working within it are trying their best to be creative, are trying to be the risk takers … teachers do gravitate towards this … there’s not one teacher who wants to do a lousy job out there …

“I’m going to say this now, and I may really upset some people, but I think there are some district leaders, and Ministry folks, that have really got to change their paradigms, and they’ve got to show a lot more courage to bring this forth, because without the courage, we’re not going to see the change.”

[Ron Canuel is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Education Association. He has over 34 years of experience in the public education sector, most recently as Director General of the Eastern Townships School Board in Quebec, where 1:1 computing initiative was undertaken over ten years ago.]

Call for Presentations

ECOO2013: Bring IT, Together

THANK YOU! Our Call for Presentation Proposals is now closed.

We are extremely excited about this year’s annual conference, Bring IT, Together! — and we are very pleased with the response to our Call for Presentation Proposals. You have definitely come through in offering to share your expertise as we continue to support Ontario’s learners, educators, administrators and support professionals, schools, districts, and education technology companies in this dynamic time.

Our Conference Committee is now charged with the significant task of carefully reviewing all of the proposals, and working to build for you the very best, balanced, and engaging program possible. This is always one of the most challenging, yet rewarding parts of preparing for our annual conference, and we have already begun the process. We will be contacting presenters in May, and are aiming to share our program with you by the beginning of June.

Again, thank you for offering to help us Bring IT, Together! And we will see you at the Falls in October !


Our conference this year will be October 23rd-25th, 2013 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre  in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

We’re hoping you will take your experience in learning and Bring IT Together with your colleagues from around the province and indeed, the world. We are Ontario’s showcase for innovation and excellence in education. and look forward to seeing the diversity of learning approaches involving technology that you can offer to our community.

Sessions are typically one hour long (but we’re open to your ideas!) and you will have access to the internet and a projector (and a whiteboard if needed). We also welcome ideas for the all-day preconference as well as poster sessions and model classrooms.  We encourage you to be imaginative in content, process and product. We’re here to support you sharing your story with participants so let us know what you’re thinking.

We’d like to hear from educators from across the entire province and beyond. We welcome both the novice and expert presenter — if this is your first time, we’re happy to support you in sharing your experiences.

/>The following page will allow you to enter your proposal. You will notice we are asking for the least amount of information necessary to make our selection. More in-depth information (full contact information, tags, photographs, materials, equipment needs, etc) will be collected after we have designed our program. For each session, there will be one Lead Presenter (who will receive one day free at the conference). If you are presenting with others, just provide a list of co-presenters’ names. We regret we can only offer the Lead Presenter a free conference day. This call for presentations will close on April 19th, after which the ECOO committee will meet, discuss and confirm the accepted sessions, and then decide on the schedule.

And shortly after that, we will all Bring IT Together in Niagara Falls for a most remarkable annual conference! (Keep your eyes open for upcoming details  — this promises to be a great learning event!)

If you wish to review conference sessions from our previous conference please consult one of the following:

2012 Sessions in PDF 2012 Sessions on

We encourage you to express your creativity in terms of content, delivery and process — we’re willing to work with you to experiment and innovate.

Thanks again, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Cal Armstrong

Annual General Meeting

ECOO-2013-AGM_forUPDATEx300Members of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting.

  • Date: Saturday, March 2rd, 2013.
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: Appleby College , Oakville
    Meeting will be in the Reading Room

Members are invited to attend in person or join in via teleconferencing.

The meeting will include:

  • President’s Report
  • Annual Financial Report
  • Conference Report
  • Report from the Chair of the Nominations Committee for the Board of Directors

At the conclusion of the AGM, the incoming Board of Directors 2013 will take office.

A summary of the meeting  will be provided on the ECOO website after the meeting.

Attending the Meeting

Teleconference Details for AGM on March 2nd, 2013

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.

A link to the teleconference will be active here approximately 30 minutes before the meeting begins.

If you are planning to attend via teleconference, please send an email to so we can ensure that we will have sufficient (virtual) seats available!