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Wednesday, November 25 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Digital Literacy: What is going to make the real difference? / Culture numérique : Qu’est-ce qui peut faire une véritable différence?

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Organized by Actua

We are told that digital literacy is a critical set of skills and attitudes that will be necessary for today's youth to succeed and participate in the 21st century.  In order to contribute to initiatives like open science, offerings of large data-sets, and participatory policy-making, all individuals, particularly youth, will benefit from that foundational knowledge.  But Canada's policy frameworks in support of learning computer science and engineering, not to mention access to connectivity and equipment, is at best uneven and at worst non-existent.  This session will examine computer science and engineering learning initiatives from the Canada and the UK in order to better inform a coordinated approach to effectively move the dial on the digital literacy and innovation capacity of Canadians entering the workforce, an area that has been identified as a key part of Canada's renewed Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy.

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Aaron Brindle

Communications Manager, Google Canada
Aaron oversees communications for several of Google's core consumer products in Canada. He is a frequent commentator on Google Trends and has traveled extensively in Canada's north as the project manager behind Google's arctic mapping efforts. Aaron is a passionate advocate of ST... Read More →

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Miles Berry

Principal lecturer for Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Miles Berry is principal lecturer for Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. He teaches initial teacher training courses as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as tutoring masters students. His principal research focus is on pedagogies for computing education. Other professional interests include knowledge management in education, use of open source software and principles in schools, independent learning and online communities in professional learning. He is a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society and serves on the management board of Computing at School, a non profit organization that supports excellence in Computing education in schools. A fellow of several ​professional societies, he is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a member of the Royal Academy of... Read More →
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Jennifer Flanagan

CEO, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is the co-founder and President and CEO of Actua, a national charitable organization that engages Canadian youth in inspiring and innovative science and technology experiences. Through camps, classroom workshops, clubs, and community outreach, Actua’s programs reach a quarter of a million youth annually. Over the past decade, Jennifer has led the development of... Read More →

Karen Gill

Director of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Ontario Ministry of Education
Karen Gill is the Director in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch and has been with the Ministry of Education since 2006.  Prior to coming to the ministry, Karen served in the public education sector for 32 years as a secondary school teacher, department head, and secondary school and board... Read More →
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Steven Woods

Senior Engineering Director and site lead for Google’s primary Canadian engineering site in Kitchener-Waterloo, Google Canada
Steven Woods joined Google in 2008 and has since served as Google Canada’s Senior Engineering Director and site lead for Google’s primary Canadian engineering site in Kitchener-Waterloo. Steven is responsible for building and leading teams in consumer products & services and advertising while fostering a creative culture of innovation, engineering, and aggressive product delivery. | | Steven is highly involved in advocacy, mentoring and support as part of the Canadian tech community and serves on the board of Communitech and several Canadian companies. | | Earlier, Steven founded several startups in Silicon Valley including NeoEdge Networks - an in-game advertising company; Kinitos - a company dedicated to enabling creation of radically inexpensive and powerful consumer services; and Quack.com - an interactive voice portal service acquired by American Online/Time Warner in 2000. Steven was a Vice President, Technology at AOL/Netscape from 2000-2002. | | Steven holds Ph.D and Masters degrees in Mathematics (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo - and an undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010 Steven was honoured to receive the University of... Read More →

Wednesday November 25, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Panorama (penthouse)
  • Host Organization Actua

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