Key Note Speakers

Dr. Herman Michell

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Dr. Herman Michell is the new Executive Director at NORTEP-NORPAC. He is originally from the small fishing/trapping community of Kinoosao, on the eastern shores of Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan. He speaks fluent Cree (‘th’ dialect) and also has Inuit, Dene and Swedish ancestry.

Dr. Michell has been involved in the field of Aboriginal highe

r education in different capacities for over ten years. He is a tenured professor at First Nations University of Canada and has taught undergraduate courses in Indigenous Health Studies, Education, and Environment. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Michell sits on numerous internal and external committees including having served on the Board of Governors at First Nations University of Canada as a faculty representative for seven years. His administrative experience includes completion of a three-year term as Department Head of Science.

In 2008, Dr. Michell completed a Ph.D in Education from the University of Regina in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the inclusion of Woodlands Cree culture in science education. Previous to this, he graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia in 1998, specializing in Curriculum & Instruction. He also completed graduate course work in Education Psychology and Special Education from both UBC and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Michell initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Sociology from the University of Winnipeg in 1990.

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Keynote Address:

Dr. Herman Michell’s keynote address is focused on Bridging Western Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing as a way to raise the achievement levels of Aboriginal learners in the pure and applied sciences.

Session Descriptor:

In this workshop, Dr. Herman Michell will share some key ideas and practical suggestions on incorporating cultural content in School Science.

Dr. Alec Couros

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Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media and the Coordinator of Information and Communications Technology at the Faculty of Education , University of Regina. Alec is scholar and advocate of openness in distributed learning environments. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, social/networked learning, instructional design, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity.


His blog, Open Thinking and Digital Pedagogy, can be found at

You can follow Dr. Couros on twitter!/courosa

Keynote: Why Social Networks Matter

Social networking services often get the bad rap of ‘time-wasters’ or tools that kids use inappropriately. Yet in reality, there are many social networks built upon passion, kindness, transparency, sharing, and collaboration. This keynote presentation will lead participants through a thoughtful exploration of these powerful human networks; the implications for practice, information & media literacy, and the shifting role of school systems.

Quarter Session: Trends in Mobile Learning

Laptops, Netbooks, iPads, iPods and SmartPhones have created a reality where technology is more easily available and affordable than ever before. Add this reality to the emergence of broadband mobile networks, and there are great implications for our current modes of teaching & learning. This session will provide an introduction to mobile learning, describe what technologies now exist, and give practical examples of how these new tools can be used in teaching & learning.

Workshop: Harnessing New Social Technologies in Teaching, Learning & Professional Development

This is a hands-on session that will help participants explore the connected world of social media. The session begins with an overview of personal learning networks and emerging literacies relevant to the digital age. Then, participants will get a chance to learn the ins and outs of popular social media tools, how they can be used in teaching and learning, and how they are relevant to long-term, job-embedded professional learning.


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