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Upcoming conferences dive into technology in Christian education

Written on March 16th, 2011

The role of technology in the world of education is continually evolving and the upcoming Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) 2011 Primary Curriculum Conferences are a means to educate teachers as to how they can use technology in the work they do.

It’s also a chance to learn what educators want to see in terms of improving technology’s ability to meet their needs in providing a Christian education in their classrooms on a daily basis.

Hugo Marcus, OACS executive director, says the four conferences scheduled for early April will build upon themes explored in past conferences that targeted pupils in the junior and intermediate divisions.

“(The conferences) cover such a variety of purposes,” says Marcus. “It has an education focus for all the teachers but this one is a broad sweep of making (teachers) familiar with, and becoming comfortable with, technology.”

Each of the four conferences, being held April 4, 5, 6 and 7 in Stratford, Hamilton, Barrie and Ottawa respectively, will begin with a morning seminar titled, “The Future is Now: Achieving Clarity, Consistency and Christian Perspective in a Changing World.”

These seminars will be led by Dan Beerens, a frequent contributor to past curriculum development days.

The afternoon session will build upon that theme through technology’s eyes when Chris van Donkelaar, OACS director of information technologies, discusses eCurriculum in the seminar, “Achieving Together: Envisioning an Elementary eCurriculum.”

“The afternoon sessions were intended to gather information from elementary teachers as to how they see the structure of the eCurriculum for their various divisions,” says Marcus, adding that he expects input from primary teachers to offer different insight than that of junior or intermediate educators.

“It’s really a fact-gathering piece for us as we continue to construct the eCurriculum site,” he says.

The conference also has the additional benefit of providing a forum for teachers to share their perspectives with fellow educators.

“They often work in isolation in their schools,” says Marcus, but the conference opens the door for “networking with a whole group of teachers.”

Deadline for registration is March 18. If you’d like to learn more contact 905-648-2100 or see the conference brochure at this link.