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Joan BadgerJoan strives to be an educational leader who embraces the culture of change. She believes that we need to create authentic learning experiences that inspire creativity and innovation. Joan's passion for 21st century learning is contagious! The SMARTBoard Lesson podcast, which she co hosts with Ben Hazzard, has allowed her to connect with people around the world!
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Jeff HoeppnerJeff is a Grade 4 teacher in Winnipeg who has immersed himself in technology in his personal life. He is passionate about making sure his students have frequent opportunities to use a variety of those same technology tools, in order to better learn and communicate (primarily through blogging and Instagram), and to do so in a responsible manner. When he's not working, he is a runner/triathlete, long-time incurable Jets/Moose and Blue Bombers addict/season ticket holder, photographer of wooden country grain elevators, able to find balance in the universe between (and room in his heart for both) Star Trek and Star Wars, and believer that there is an awesome Rush song for any and all occasions.
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Darren KuropatwaDarren's unique skill set - an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity - make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His leadership and vision in the field of educational technology are known world-wide through his work as one of the founding conveners of the K12 Online Conference and his professional blog, A Difference.
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Anita Lesage
Anita is an after degree Pre-Service Business Information Technology Education major at Red River College. Her second teachable is Fran├žais obtained from her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. She is a self-motivated professional, excels in leadership roles and welcomes new challenges. She is an avid iPad user and embraces all that technology encompasses. In 2013, Anita participated virtually in the Flat Classroom Conference in Japan, presented at a MANACE Technology Information Night (TIN) and Riding The Wave of Change, and worked on a global project--infusing technology into the curriculum--with Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
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Connie LoweConnie is a Kindergarten teacher who provides her students with many opportunities to make their learning transparent through the use of social media. From blogging to tweeting and Instagramming, her students connect with other students and other classrooms around Manitoba and across Canada! Connie has a keen interest in exploring emergent curriculum and through the Reggio Emilia Approach and her use of technology in the classroom, she's opening up a world of possibilities for her students.
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Erin MalkoskeErin is an early years teacher who is currently teaching a Grade 1&2 class at Dr. FWL Hamilton School in Winnipeg. Erin's students have numerous opportunities to connect with other classrooms and other communities through their classroom blog, 200 Awesome Days. When she's not hard at work in her classroom, Erin likes to spend her time baking incredible looking cakes, she loves to travel and she generally just likes all things awesome!
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Andy McKielAndy is an avid user of technology. Through his work with educators throughout the province, he advocates the use of the many tools afforded by emerging technologies, including blogs, wikis and podcasts. In his pursuit to provide 'just-in-time' professional learning opportunities for learners of all ages and stages, he's been exploring the ways in which these tools can be used more effectively to improve the teaching and learning at all levels.
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Ryan MillerRyan is an elementary school administrator who strives to create exciting and innovative learning experiences for students. He embraces technology as a tool to engage staff and students and to explore content in an authentic and meaningful way. Ryan is also a musician and creates songwriting projects for students as a form of collaborative expression.
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Meghan Reid
Meghan Reid is a business/technology teacher education student in the joint program at Red River College and the University of Winnipeg. She is intrigued by the advances of technology and the amazing ways it can be used in many aspects of life. Meghan is passionate and excited to share her experience, research and knowledge for a technology-enhanced classroom.
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Dean ShareskiDean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and he is currently on leave from Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Dean specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and he holds a Masters of Education in Communications and Technology through the University of Saskatchewan. Dean is also a sessional lecturer for the University of Regina.
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Sandy WelbergenSandy is a grade 6 teacher with a passion for place-based education and embracing emergent technologies to adapt for classroom use. A board member of the Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA), she is an advocate of the use of GPS technology and the sport of Geocaching with students. Through active living and the great outdoors, students learn essential skills such as estimation, observation, prediction, problem-solving and team work, while experiencing their community and the world in new ways.