Day 6: Wow what a great day of learning at the Ontario GAFE Summit

Written and shared by Jonathan So.

So I just spent the last eight to ten hours getting my mind blown by amazing presenters at the edtech team Ontario Summit.

Okay, so first I want to say if anyone doubted the dedication of teachers to their students then they are sorely misguided.  All they have to do is look at all of the wonderful teachers who have given up their weekend to enjoy, talk, collaborate and learn this weekend.  I don’t know any profession that would do professional development like teachers.


Okay so what did I learn?


The day started off with an amazing key note from Jennie Magiera: on what is innovation and the idea of transformation.


She asked us why we are here?


Of course I said I want to learn about google apps.


The next statement said, why are you here? And the answer should be to be a better educator.


It really hit home.  She’s right.  Tech is great but it’s not what is driving me to learn, it is the vehicle that I am driving but pedagogy is driving my learning and to be better at teaching is why I am here.  Jennie continued to make us think about this concept.


She showed us her first use of iPads, and how proud she was that the kids were quiet and on task, but stated is this engagement, is this learning?  Then she showed us true engagement, through creation. Very powerful.


My next session was google forms: there are so many possibilities but the best application was from Scott Monahan who suggested making a form for assessment.  The form has the  names of the students,  the subject and a comment box.  Use your iPad or mobile device to voice record the text.  Wow, amazing.


Some other ideas:


Reading assessments, exit tickets, student surveys, data collection in math, etc.


My next learning was with Kyle Pace on creating a google site. With my myclass site being phased out, I needed to learn some new platform to allow my to host all the flip things we have been doing in the classroom. For me this was google sites.  When I first started before the conference I felt a little overwhelmed with it but with Kyle’s tutorial is was quite easy to follow.  You can see it here:


My next session was my own. It was great to present on flipping a P/J classroom.  I put my presentation on or you can see my slide show at


It was also great to hear all of the help from the audience and the engagement in helping each other.


One thing I stressed with flipping is just have an open mind, possibilities are endless. It also doesn’t need to be something with a lot of sparkle, just a simple instructional video can move and meet many.
My final session was with Rolland Chidiac, another amazing educator in Kitchener Catholic Board.  He talk about his journey with chrome books and the possibilities with student creation.  Now he has me wanting some chrome books!


Again what a fabulous day of learning.  Check out my storify here:


 Shared by Jonathan So, an elementary school teacher, teaching in Canada.

I love to incorporate Technology in the classroom and share all the wonderful things that my students are doing. I also enjoy how students explore new concepts and learn through inquiry.

Follow me on twitter @mrsoclassroom

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