Vancouver Island Learning Network ADST, Computational Thinking and Coding Session #7

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Vancouver Island Learning Network ADST, Computational Thinking and Coding Session #7

February 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm


That’s right! It’s time for another Vancouver Island Learning Network gathering!  ADST, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Coding…..and more. All in one great venue, making for an exciting event.  Whether you’ve been to previous events, or considering attending for the first time, you don’t want to miss this one.  Come for the learning, networking and fun-filled, jam-packed opportunities to share what you are doing in your school. 

Learning sessions will include 3D Printing, App Development, Micro:bits, Design challenges, creativity  and so much more. 

Join us, won’t you? 

Pick your anticipated sessions when you register – you may change at the event if desired. 🙂

Date: Friday, February 7th and 8th, 2020 – The Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo BC


Friday Night 

5:00 – 6:00 pm No host Bar and Catered Food 

6:00 pm Welcome 

6:10 pm Escape Room – large group activity 

7:15 – 7:45 pm Keynote Rod Allen  

8:00 – 8:45 pm choices challenge – connecting to Core Competencies 

  • Make Do 
  • Sphero Olympic Opening Ceremonies 
  • Root Robot  


7:30 – 8:15 am Breakfast 

8:30 am – 10:15 Session 1– What can I do with… 

  1. Introduction to Lego Mindstorms EV3 : BC Robotics 
  1. Coding in Minecraft for Beginners :  Robyn Ilten-Gee Microsoft 
  1. Introduction to Micro: bits : Kids Code 
  1. Design Thinking with 3D Printing: Vivian Tinkerine Canada 
  1. SWIFT Playgrounds – updated content : Apple Canada  
  1. AI, Machine Learning and Robotics :  Science Venture 
  1. Unplugged Session : Cathy Fowler 
  1. Office 365 Teams : Shannon Hagen 
  1. Introduction to Scratch: Mike Silverton 
  1. App Dev for iOS with SWIFT Full Day Session Apple Canada Bob Bajwa 

10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee 

10:30 am – 12:15 pm Session 2– Deeper dive sessions connecting to curriculum            

  1. Office 365 : Robyn IltenGee  Microsoft     
  1. Break Out : Lesley Johnson  
  1. Scratch 3.0 Game Development: Mike Silverton 
  1. Connecting Micro: bits to the curriculum : Kids Code       
  1. Digital Citizenship : Kara 
  1. Design Thinking with 3D Printing: Vivian Tinkerine Canada 
  1. Everyone Can Create, Design Thinking Frameworks, Core Competencies:  Apple 
  1. VR and AR : Science Venture  
  1. App Dev for iOS with SWIFT Full Day Session Apple Canada Bob Bajwa 

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch 

 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Session 3– Trade show micro classrooms  

  1. Scratch : Mike Silverton 
  1. MicroBits : Kids Code 
  1. Root Robots Block Based and SWIFT : Rich Ready Cowichan Valley 
  1. Bee Bots, Cubetto, and Games : Sheri Kinney 
  1. Office 365 Robyn Ilten-GeeMicrosoft 
  1. 3D Printing Tinkerine 
  1. Ed Camps : Questions TBA 
  1. SWIFT Playgrounds : Apple 
  1. Green Screen : Matthew Hull 
  1. Google Expeditions App : Jenn 
  1. Edison Robots : Cathy Fowler 
  1. 3D Pens: Cherise Bouvier  
  1. Ed Camp Sessions TBA 
  1. Unplugged: TBA


Location: The Coast Bastion, Nanaimo BC. Room booking deadline is January 17th to receive the conference rate for a room.

Phone this number: 1-800-663-1144 (Do Not Call Hotel Front Desk)  and Use Booking Code: CBI-GFC19377


  1. If your district is covering your costs and you are approved to attend proceed to register.
  2. If  are from a Vancouver Island School District and will use your own Professional Development Funds, connect with your district’s VILN contact and let them know you are self funding and then proceed to register.
  3. If you are attending from a district not on Vancouver Island, send an email to with the subject VILN. We will coordinate your invoicing and ask you to register.



Food $90 paid at hotel by individual or district

Hotel Room $130-150 approximately – paid at hotel by individual or district

Parking $10 paid at hotel by individual or district

Session Registration to cover Breakout Room and AV $25 billed from Cowichan Valley School District to individual or district

Total participant cost estimate $250 plus taxes (sharing of rooms where possible will reduce overall costs)


February 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
February 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm


Lisa Read
Glen Posey


Coast Bastion Hotel Nanaimo BC
11 Bastion St
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6E4
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