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Thursday, February 7
 

9:00am

Maki(Ng) Green Science Fun, Safe and Not Safe!
What is the difference betwee Green Science vs. Environmental Science? Is it the same as Earth Day? Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares science demonstrations focused on the designing of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances in our classrooms and environment.

Speakers
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Michael Ng

Teacher, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating his true passion... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:15am

Shaving Cream, Cabbage Juice and Underwater Volcanoes
We are very excited to offer a new twist to some of the science demos that we have shared in the past: come join us for a series of demos and activities for the elementary classroom! We offer a variety of activities that you can use in your classroom right away, to promote fun, interactive science inquiry. We have selected activities that are safe, inexpensive and inspiring additions to do in your classroom, with or without access to a science lab.

Speakers
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Kevin Andersen

Teacher, Parkland Composite High School
Kevin Andersen is a science teacher at Parkland Composite High School. Kevin is the Science Department Head and he has been teaching for 25 years.
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Lyssa Bencz

Lyssa Bencz is a science teacher at Parkland Composite High School. She has a passion for all things biology, and has been teaching since 2010.


Thursday February 7, 2019 10:15am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Stephanie MacPhail - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus 43620
  • Tags English

11:15am

Building Better Science Illustrations: Photoshop for Nerds
Are you cutting and pasting your scientific diagrams by literally cutting and pasting? Is the copy of your photocopy’s copy so faded that students need a hand-lens just to read it? Do you have the perfect illustration that just needs a bit of tweaking, but you don’t know how to digitally edit it? Then this session is for you! In the session, Brad takes you through various ways to digitally manipulate, customize and improve your scientific diagrams and illustrations. Whether you’re using Word, Paint or a Google Doc, or thinking of moving into a more powerful program like Photoshop, Brad will have tips and tricks to save you time and improve your diagrams. Tutorials using Paint, Word, Google Docs, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop CC and free open source software will be included in the presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Langdale

Brad Langdale

Teacher Conventionaire Brad Langdale teaches Physics at Spruce Grove Composite High School in Spruce Grove, Alberta. You might remember him from such sessions as: Hot Wheel's Physics, Teaching Through Infographics and A Selection of Humorous YouTube Videos. He is a 20-handicap and... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Rick Kremp - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

11:30am

Fun Environmental Activities in your Schoolyard!
In this session, we'll highlight a variety of resources and schoolyard activities to help you deepen students' connections with nature and environmental stewardship. You’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community.  There are many benefits to students for engaging and connecting with nature including health and personal wellbeing. Many teachers want to engage students in learning in nature but need ideas/activities they can do with their students. This session provides teachers with lots of examples and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Senior Education Advisor and joined ACEE in 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools, leads our capacity building for environment and energy education, and creates and delivers many of our education... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:45am

Free Graphing With Advanced Grapher
Come and learn about a FREE, graphing program. Advanced Grapher is a powerful but easy-to-use graphing, curve fitting and calculating software. The program can graph Cartesian (Y(x) and X(y)) equations, tables of values, inequalities and slope fields. Up to 100 graphs in one window. Calculus features: regression analysis, obtaining zeroes and extrema of functions, intersections, derivatives, equations of tangents and normals. Lots of graph and coordinate plane parameters. You will be able to create high-quality graphs and copy them to your documents.

Speakers
avatar for Don Chandler

Don Chandler

Teacher, Salisbury High School
After a brief career in banking, Don returned to university to obtain his Education Degree in 2001. Since that time, Don has been teaching with Elk Island Public Schools at Salisbury High School. Having graduated from Salisbury in 1992, Don felt right at home teaching at his alma... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

12:45pm

3 Great Ideas from 3 Great Teachers on 1 Great Subject: Gr.10-12 Science
Title 1: A Chemistry 20 Lab Exam: My successes and why you should try it too. For the past three years my colleagues and I have developed an refined a practical final exam for our Chemistry 20 course. Originally designed as a way to encourage ownership for skill development in increasingly large classes, we have seen huge increases in engagement during lab activities as students strive to master techniques. Speaker: Reuben Mahaffy Title 2: Forensic Science Mock Crime Scene Final Assessment Task Speaker: Jenna Willman Title 3: Performance Assessment in the Chemistry Lab Speaker: Tyler Buchan

Speakers
TB

Tyler Buchan

Teacher, Salisbury Composite High School
TBD
avatar for Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben teaches Chemistry, Biology, and General Science at Spruce Grove Composite High. He is a dynamic and iterative teacher who is always looking for ways to improve his practice. His preschool-age children indulge his various nerdy pastimes and make excellent test subjects.
avatar for Jenna Willman

Jenna Willman

High School Science
Jenna has been teaching for 12 years, specializing in biology and forensic studies.She is also the First Nations-Métis-Inuit teacher lead at her school. One of her professional goals is to continue incorporating Indigenous perspectives into her science classroom.




Thursday February 7, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shaw CC: Hall D Level - Room D2
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Video Analysis in Science Classes
The ubiquity of cell phones in classrooms presents enormous challenges to teachers. Despite having access to nearly all of human knowledge students are often more interested in texting a friend who is sitting a 20 feet away. However, modern cell phones can offer an amazing picture of the scientific world thanks to the slow motion cameras built into most of them. These not only allow an amazing qualitative picture of phenomenon that would otherwise be inaccessible but also provide striking quantitative tools. Using high speed video capture students can analyze the motion of everyday objects with striking precision. In this session Ian will show you some of the tools available and provide an overview of how to quickly and easily use them with your students. If you have access to a laptop and a cellphone you are encouraged to bring them to get some hands on practice!

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Teacher
Ian has been teaching Math and Science for 16 years, including 2 years teaching in Hong Kong, 3 years in Vancouver and a year each in Tokyo and Mexico.  He is currently the IB Physics teacher at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton and will be started his doctorate in Science Education... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Cannabis: The plant, not the politics
Cannabis is scheduled to be legalized in 2018. But while concerns about legalization and it's implications for Canadian society are top of mind for politicians, police and the general public, there are many misconceptions about the cannabis plant itself. This session is designed to give teachers a more thorough understand of the biology, physiology, cultivation and history of the cannabis plant.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Hole

Jim Hole

co-owner, Hole's Greenhouses
Jim Hole lives in Edmonton Alberta and works nearby at his family’s greenhouse and garden centre in Saint Albert, where divides his time between writing about what he does and doing what he writes about. Explaining what makes plants tick is Jim’s specialty, and he does it without... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

La physique en français à l'université de l'Alberta
Venez découvrir ce qui se passe en physique, en français, à l’université de l’Alberta et au Campus St Jean. Un projet de recherche sera présenté qui offre des possibilités de partenariats avec des écoles. Cette recherche en physique-mathématique et en physique des particules est au sein de l'expérience MoEDAL (Monopole & Exotics Detector at the LHC, Large Hadron Collider) au CERN, à Genève et souligne la recherche du monopôle magnétique. Une invitation sera lancée aux enseignants du secondaire à une possible collaboration sur ce projet de recherche. Les écoles participantes auraient une salle de contrôle permettant aux équipes d’élèves de participer à l’analyse des données obtenues au CERN. Une expérience d’apprentissage authentique que vous pouvez offrir à vos élèves!

Speakers
avatar for Marc de Montigny

Marc de Montigny

Professor, University of Alberta
Marc de Montigny est professeur de physique à la Faculté St Jean depuis 1995. BSc et MSc (physique des particules) université Laval, doctorat (physique mathématique) université de Montréal, stages post-doctoraux à la University of Florida, Gainesville, et à l'université McGill... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shaw CC: Hall D Level - Room D2
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags French

2:00pm

Teaching Astronomy Like a Star
Students love to learn about the Stars, Planets and Space Exploration. Science Fiction is one of the most popular genres in film and literature. In this Session Ian will share ideas, tools, and resources for infusing Astronomy through various curricula. Are you looking for meaningful ways to get students involved and interested in Science and Research? Astronomy is one of the few areas of science where genuine research can be conducted by amateur scientists. In this session you'll also find Astronomy resources specifically designed for Grades 6 and 9 as well as ways to use Astronomy to teach Physics 20 and 30. Ian will also share there experiences teaching Astronomy 15 along with the potential for further Astronomy engagement with students.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Teacher
Ian has been teaching Math and Science for 16 years, including 2 years teaching in Hong Kong, 3 years in Vancouver and a year each in Tokyo and Mexico.  He is currently the IB Physics teacher at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton and will be started his doctorate in Science Education... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English
 
Friday, February 8
 

9:00am

Re-examining Munich 1938... the parable, the geopolitics and the echoes
Using the framework of "Realism" (that all foreign policy is based on self-interest) we examine the geopolitics of the Munich Crisis and its remarkable analogues in recent military interventions. Along the way there is a history quiz (everyone gets a prize) on the misuses of the "Munich" parable.Participants will become aware of "Popular Geopolitics" (what we are led to believe),"Classical Geopolitics" (on enduring geopolitical issues) and "Practical Geopolitics" (geopolitics as practiced).Most discussions of war (that we are privy to) are not based on their real causes.This talk gives participants an understanding of the ultimate causes of war- a necessary prerequisite for understanding and debate.Much of what people think is received as is.While thoughtful consideration fails due to boundaries set on what is not known and the framing of what is known.This talk enlarges historical knowledge on the Munich Crisis as well as recent military aggression and examines the real motives behind past, present and future wars.

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. He has been studying and talking on the need for a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History. One with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. “What I particularly enjoyed was... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Mary Briand - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 250
  • Grade Focus 43806
  • Tags English

9:00am

How to Implement an Effective Physics 20/30 Lab Program in Your School
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

There are many lab experiences mandated in the Alberta Physics 20-30 Program of Studies, 2007. These experiences do not need to use expensive equipment and do not need to involve intricate procedures. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with ideas for over 15 lab experiences spanning Physics 20 and 30, have participants engage in a discussion of program expectations regarding these experiences and how implementing a guided inquiry or open-ended approach enhances student learning. Teachers will also be introduced to various evaluation methods and scoring guides for lab skills that can be implemented in the classroom.

Speakers
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Kristian Basaraba

Next Step High School
Kristian Basaraba is presently a high school science teacher at Next Step High school in Sherwood Park. He has a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and has taught all levels of high school science, including International Baccalaureate and non-academic... Read More →
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Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz is the Physics 30 Team Leader, Assessment Sector with Alberta Education. She has been working with Alberta Education in various capacities for many years, 13 as Physics 30 Examination Manager. She believes that all students should have the opportunity to succeed in... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 119
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English

10:30am

Laboratory Skills Performance Assessments
The use of performance assessments in the chemistry laboratory present unique opportunities for formative assessment. They are authentic ways for students to demonstrate their abilities and can positively affect students’ attitudes toward the lab, their academic achievement, and upon the overall environment of the classroom. When used in conjunction with student self-assessment checklists performance assessments can also promote metacognitive activity. This session will present how to administer performance assessments of five basic lab skills and the benefits to the classroom that result. The lab skills that will be discussed are measuring mass using an electronic balance, measuring volume using a graduated cylinder, lighting a Bunsen burner, measuring volume using a pipet, and completing one trial of a titration. Although this session focuses on high school chemistry, the ideas discussed could easily be adapted to the physics, biology or general science classroom.

Speakers
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Tyler Buchan

Teacher, Salisbury Composite High School
TBD


Friday February 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English

10:30am

Jabberwocky - A full year project for Science 7
It is sometime in the future and humanity is beginning to explore new worlds. We focus on Jabberwocky, a newly discovered planet with 8 continents each with a different ecosystem. Students work on various tasks through the 5 science units. For example, they will "discover/create" various plants and animals, describe the different adaptations, and how they work as part of the ecosystem. Students are able to show their knowledge through the different tasks. They are also very engaged, and love to share what they have learned. You will walk away with the introduction of the planet, tasks for each unit and marking guides.

Speakers
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Shaunda Lang

Shaunda has a BSc in Biology and a BEd Secondary Science. She has been teaching math and science for 12 years at the junior high level. She currently teaches at Thomas B. Riley School in Calgary. Her class is full of hands-on, interactive lessons, with engaging projects. Her personal... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Citadel Theatre: The Club 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 43715
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Create a Climate of Critical Thinkers in your Classroom - Tips & Tools for Climate Action
Climate change can resonate with every student, grade level and subject as it connects to our environment, economy, and society. This workshop will prepare you to return to your classroom Monday morning ready to explore climate change topics in a creative and meaningful way with hands-on, student-centred projects, and resources! Learn how to take your science lessons to the next level with a class-based citizen science project. These climate change projects emphasize personal action, engage students in local issues, and contribute meaningful data to a national citizen science database. You will also explore an energy efficiency and stewardship action kit - jam-packed with tools and activities to explore simple yet effective ways to conserve energy in your classroom, school and home! You will leave this session with a toolbox of lesson ideas and learning materials that will educate, engage and inspire your students to reduce their environmental footprint. Join us to explore how multiple balanced perspectives, critical thinking, and an experiential learning approach can energize your classroom! Div 2 - 4 and all subjects welcome.

Speakers
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Chelsea Brooks

Chelsea is an educator with Inside Education specializing in citizen science programs and outreach. She spends most of her days working with students in classrooms across Alberta.
avatar for Andre Morson

Andre Morson

Educator, Inside Education


Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Citadel Theatre: The Club 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 43620
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Hands on with particles and waves!
This session is primarily geared towards teachers of Physics 20 and 30. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and build 2 hands on models that can be used with students to investigate wave-particle duality. In the first activity, participants will explore how observations for a double slit experiment conflict with predictions based on classical interpretations of waves and particles using a simple model, and how these observations can be explained with modern physics principles. The second activity will involve a visual investigation of the interference of waves. Participants will build a model of a double slit interference experiment and explore the different ways that this model explains observations for the wave nature of light and particles.

Speakers
MB

Matt Blahun

Matt is currently a teacher at Mayerthorpe High School in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, where he teaches Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He spent time as Head of Physics at a comprehensive school in England before returning to Alberta.
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Laura Pankraz

Facilitator of Physics PD, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Laura celebrates working with teachers to improve students' understanding of Physics. She has facilitated at the Perimeter's teachers' summer conference for three years and has presented on physics and science PD at many conventions.


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Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 119
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus 43809
  • Tags English