Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

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EDST 497B: Technology in the Classroom: Practical Applications for Learning, Teaching and Assessment

July 27 – August 14 (Monday to thursday*)   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*With the exception of the week of August 3, where classes will be from Tuesday to Friday instead


This course will be a hands-on overview of current educational technologies integrated in our classrooms that are adaptable for all grades and subject areas. Students will create an ePortfolio with examples of technologies in action within the themes of communication, collaboration, creation, assessment, and productivity. Students will explore technologies in areas such as Learning Management Systems, digital assessment methodologies, coding, robotics, Design Thinking, STEM/STEAM learning and evaluate the effectiveness of each technology for its ability to help students learn while maintaining privacy standards and building digital citizenship.

The students will create example projects for each technology designed for a self-chosen grade level and subject area using the current British Columbia Curriculum.
The students will learn how to evaluate many current technologies for their effectiveness for student learning.

Each technology will be explored and evaluated for privacy concerns using the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FOIPPA) of British Columbia for standards and the work of Julia Hengstler, Vancouver Island University.

The students will create an ePortfolio designed as a future reference with ideas and examples of how various technologies can be used for effective learning across grades and subject areas with the themes of communication, collaboration, creation, assessment, and productivity.

The students will explore the following technologies:

  • Learning Management Systems
    • Office 365 Groups and Teams
    • Google Classroom
  • Student ePortfolios
    • Freshgrade
    • See-Saw
    • Google Apps for Education
    • web site based ePortfolios
  • Assessment for, as, and of learning using tablet computer applications
    • Camera
    • Explain Everything
    • Sketches School
    • Voice Recorder
    • Paper 53
    • Book Creator
    • Pic-Collage
  • Virtual Reality
    • Google Expedition
    • Discovery VR
  • Google Tour Builder
  • Augmented Reality
    • HP Reveal
  • Coding
    • Without technology
    • Scratch
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Twinery
    • Hour of Code
    • Micro:bit
  • Robotics
    • First Robotics
    • Evo and Ozobots
    • Sphero
  • Design Thinking, STEM/STEAM
    • Various projects incorporating various technologies across multiple subject areas
  • Podcasting using various applications and webtools
    • For learning and assessment
  • Visual literacy
    • Photography project
  • Sketchnoting
  • Computer-Aided Design
    • Tinkercad
    • 3D Printing
  • Videography
  • Animation
  • Other language learning
    • Duolingo
  • BreakoutEDU
  • Digital Citizenship
    • Be Internet Awesome
    • Common Sense Media
  • Virtual field trips
  • Webquests

Brendan Robertson

A public school teacher for the past 24 years, Brendan Robertson has spent the last six years working as a Technology Innovation Coordinators (TIC – Tech Coach) for School District 22 in Vernon.  A major part of this role is to work with teachers and students on integrating technology into lessons in order to improve learning outcomes.  Over the years, Brendan has taught both primary and intermediate grades in both English and French Immersion programs.  He has been a vice-principal as well as district French Coordinator for many years.  As a tinkerer and learner, Brendan challenges himself professionally.  He has taught an all boys class, taught STEM/STEAM in China, and has always experimented with integrating new technology into his lessons.  Along with his TIC colleagues, Brendan was runner up in the 2017 CMOLIK for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC and recently won the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education for Technology and Innovation.  As founder and head coach of School District 22 Fencing, he has taught this sport to hundreds of local students.  Thirteen of his athletes have represented Canada at the World Cup and World Championship level over the past 24 years.  When he doesn’t have a sword or a keyboard in hand, Brendan can be found riding his bikes or working on his metal sculptures.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.