2014 ORION K-12 Education Workshop

June 12, 2014

Move beyond the buzz around new technology to discover its true value for improving learning!

On June 12th, ORION is holding a workshop to discuss game-changing tools, techniques and strategies on how the new wave of education technology can be used to deliver results for students and educators.

This workshop will bring together thought-leaders from Ontario’s public education community, school board executives and industry experts at the forefront of developing trends, providing you with an opportunity to discuss and collaborate on the future of Ontario’s K-12 education.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please contact:

Mark Grant, Business Development Representative
(416) 507-9860


Keynote Speaker: Kristan Uccello

Krispy headhshotKristan Uccello is a Developer Advocate for Google focussed on games. Passionate about education through technology, Kristan is also an avid paint ball player, snowboarder, occasional privateer, fervent technologist and an all-around excited geek. He has worked in the knowledge works industry for over 16 years performing roles at big and small companies (and even starting a few). Right now, he is helping other trailblazing developers to realize their goals using Google’s game technologies from the Google offices in Mountain View, CA.


Clare Brett

ClareBrett-photoClare Brett is the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is also an Associate Professor in the area of Education and Knowledge Technologies. Clare has researched the design of blended learning environments in classrooms for 20 years. Her research interests have focused on investigating technical and social supports, as well as challenges, for collaborative online learning and their application for online graduate apprenticeship. Some of the courses she has taught include the Theories of Learning and the Design of Online Learning Environments, and Educational Applications of Computer Mediated Communications. Clare also gives faculty workshops and presentations in the area of online learning with graduate as well as pre-service faculty. She has received a number of research grants, including grants from SSHRC and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. She has been awarded a Distinguished Contributions to Teaching award.


Mark Keating

Mark Keating PictureMark Keating has over 18 years’ experience deploying projects, technology and IT best practices. A strategic thinker, Mark started an IT security & management consulting company early in his career. In 2006, Mark was hired as Vice President of the Canadian Division of Giesecke & Devrient, a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. In this role, Mark led a team of 70 as he oversaw all IT related planning, operations, software and technology selection as well as application development. In 2012, Mark was appointed CIO for the Peel District School Board, the second largest school board in Canada serving approximately 155,000 kindergarten to grade 12 students at more than 230 schools.


Laurie Clement

headshot-Laurie_ClementLaurie Clement is a Grade 8 teacher for Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. Her classroom is currently piloting a 1:1 Chromebook model where she focuses on preparing her students to become innovative thinkers in a global environment. Laurie enjoys collaborating with fellow teachers across the globe and has developed global projects using Google Apps For Education. Her projects are designed to provide students with a global perspective on issues impacting their world. Laurie is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and has been actively involved in educating staff in the WECDSB on how to integrate emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. Laurie is the 2014 recipient of the Orion Leadership Award for K-12 Education.


Carly Jacobs

CarlyJacobsHeadshotCarly Jacobs is a Grade 8 student at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School in Windsor, Ontario. She is currently learning in a 1:1 Chromebook classroom and feels passionately about the benefits this opportunity has provided. She capitalizes on the opportunity to connect anytime and anywhere, collaborating with peers across the globe. Over the past three years she has engaged in student driven projects with partners in Ireland, Venezuela, Croatia, Brazil, the United States, Sweden, and Mexico. During these global projects, she could often be found “hanging out” online and discussing current global issues, debating the sustainability of water in China and the current status of the land dispute in the Falkland Islands. When Carly is not reading, she enjoys baseball and is also very involved in supporting local charities such as Free The Children and Operation Christmas Child.