If you haven't attended a Google Summit for Education Conference, I highly recommend them. Since attending my first conference in Kamloops in 2014 and meeting Tracy Poelzer, District Technology Coordinator, the sessions are amongst the most informative and visionary I've had the pleasure to attend.
This round, I was eager to get some advanced perspective relating to FIPPA/FOIPOP (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy.) And, Mark Walsh, lawyer and Secretary Treasurer of School District 61, did not disappoint. Detailing the extensive privacy impact assessments, interactions with the BC Privacy Commissioner, and work to achieve impact assessments and permissions guidelines, the session provided a much needed overview and path to accessing cloud resources sensibly and legally. My notes from the session are recorded here.
With the renewal of the SD57 Technology Advisory Committee, born from the ashes of the previous District Technology Team, I'm much more hopeful to create inroads of access including district-wide reliable wifi, cloud document access and editing such as Google Docs, Classroom & Drive, and greater support for a wide array of District and student-owned devices for learning.
In year-4 of eCampusLive, a series of Flipped, Project-Based Learning Biology Classes, I can attest to the impact and importance of technology in promoting learning for all students. It's been since 2010 that the last district-wide conversations and focus on these manner of opportunities occurred occurred with this team. While long overdue, it's also opportune and never too late in planning for the educational future we wish to achieve.