Doug Peterson President
It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of president of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario.
I believe that ECOO should provide a strong professional learning experience with its annual conference. In education, we cannot stand still. We need to encourage and support the learning and leadership of all Ontario educators.
I believe that the ECOO organization can be a vibrant and powerful voice for computer using educators with ongoing initiatives throughout the year as well. Learning and support is not solely a once-a-year November event. I believe that ECOO can and should be an effective partner with all educational organizations in the province.
For years, ECOO has been on the forefront of advocacy for the effective use of technology in Ontario classrooms. I am a long-time member of the organization and have contributed to its mission in a number of ways:
- I’ve been a member since the concept of an Ontario based organization was just an idea, and one of the first conferences took place in several rooms at OISE in Toronto.
- Over the years, I’ve presented at the annual conference and have also been a featured speaker.
- I’ve been a member of the Special Interest Group for Computer Science, helped organized the provincial programming conference, and was part of a team that brought the programming finals to the Ontario Science Centre.
- I’ve contributed to the growing knowledge of what technology can bring to the classroom by writing articles for the ECOO Output magazine.
- I’ve attended and presented at various Special Interest Group events.
- I had the honour of co-chairing the annual conference in 2013 and 2014. This was significant to the organization as it moved from a hotel location to a conference centre in Niagara Falls. The design gives us a format for today’s conference. We’ve partnered with OASBO-ICT, incorporated social activities into the three day program, introduced the concept of an informal “Learning Space”, expanded the exhibitor hall, ensured fast and reliable internet access for all attendees, and more.
- I’ve had the opportunity of being a learning pedagogista and learning station host at Minds on Media events.
Beyond ECOO, I have contributed to ongoing learning within the Ontario educational community using social media.
- I’m a regular blogger at https://dougpete.wordpress.com
- On this blog, I regularly feature the best of Ontario Educational blogging with a Friday post “This Week in Ontario Edublogs”
- You’ll find me discussing some of these blog posts on voicEd radio on Wednesday morning and rebroadcast throughout the week.
- You’ll find me active on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dougpete and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dougpete
In education, I was a Computer Science teacher, Business Education Director and Computer Consultant with the Essex County Board of Education and then the Computers in the Classroom Teacher Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board. I’ve also taught the Computer Studies teachable course at the University of Windsor.
For a number of years, I was a member of the OSAPAC Committee. Through this, I had the opportunity to work with a committee that recommended software for licensing by the Ministry of Education. At the annual ECOO Conference, we maintained a booth to show off the latest acquisitions and annually presented with the title “Freshly Minted Software”.
I’ve had the opportunity to present at learning events locally, within Ontario, and throughout the United States with organizations like OSSTF, OSLA, ETFO, OTF, MACUL, ISTE, CSTA, Western RCAC, CEMC, ACSE, edCamps as well as various school boards and districts.
I stand committed to bringing my experience and my desire to assist Ontario educators to continue to lead with the use of technology in the classroom, consistent with the goals of the organization.