Jen Apgar Director at Large

x`I am honoured to be nominated for the position of Director-at-Large for the Board of Directors of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO).

My experience to date with ECOO has included presenting and attending (2014- present) at the ECOO/BIT Conferences and I see great potential in this organization developing its breadth, depth and scope of influence in the landscape of teaching and learning organizations across the province

As an empathetic and curious connector, I have found myself growing my learning network through social media. I approach teaching, learning and problem-solving through a collaborative lens, with learning for ALL as the primary goal. I use my social media space to provoke thinking, within the themes of play, passion and purpose. To this end, my goal is not to be an “#EdTech Rockstar” but rather to build and grow reflective practice around deeper learning and global competencies to meet the needs of today’s learners (adults and kids).

Connections do create opportunities to share one’s voice in different places and I strive to deliver a message that provokes critical thinking and respects the diverse learning needs of any audience. I am a playful person who likes to model taking smart risks and being intelligently disobedient with the goal of new learning. I am not a recipe follower and I am an outside of the box thinker, but I know that when I work in teams it isn’t all about me, and cooperation is not the same thing as collaboration. While I tend towards divergent thinking and like to look at the big picture, I also love to zoom in and solve problems. My toolkit is always evolving, shifting and growing as I gain new experiences through my broad and diverse learning connections.

Currently some relevant highlights include:

Relevant Connections Across Ontario

  • Technology Enabled Learning Ontario (TELO) – Toronto Area Region of Ontario (2016-Present)
    • Collaborating with TELT-C in our district and TARO team to realize the goals of TELO
  • Learning Connections (LC) Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat, Ministry of Education Project (2014-2016)
    • Connected with 15 school boards from across the province to learn together and share our experiences and projects from across the province
    • Worked on a cross-district collaborative project with YRDSB
    • Worked on a cross-district system level project with YRDSB and ABELearn
  • Ontario Teachers Federation – OTF (2014)
    • Presenter – OTF Teaching Learning & Technology Conference, 2014
    • Presenter – OTF Webinar
  • ETFO Provincial (2014-2015)
    • Presented at ICT and Women in Tech Conferences with TDSB educators
  • Presenter at:
    • PUSH Your Learning Conference, SCDSB 2017
    • Google Summit – Waterloo, ON, 2015
    • Microsoft Connected Learning Conference – The Journey Through Education, 2014

Board Experience

  • Laidlaw Foundation (2010-2016)
    • Board Member
    • Chair of the Governance Committee
    • Chaired the Nominations Committee for election of new Board Members
    • Member of the Strategic Planning Team
    • Member of the Executive Director Selection Team

Ontario University Athletics (1998-2001)
Program and Member Services Coordinator (Staff position)

  • Liaised with Sport Tech Council and Board of Directors (All the Athletic Directors of the Universities in Ontario)
  • Event planning for AGM and Semi-AGM
  • Maintained minutes and updates to the Constitution

Rugby Ontario (formerly Ontario Rugby Union) (1998-2000)

  • Board Member -Director of Junior Development

I believe my experience, outlook, ideas and energy can be a great asset to the ECOO board, as it prepares to begin a new journey launched from the recent successes of the BIT Conferences. There is so much more to be realized and I would love to be there to contribute to that realization.