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About Our Theme
As educators, we must prepare all learners for a future we can only imagine. The STAO2014 theme, "Inspiring Innovation" was chosen to help science educators in Ontario better understand the significance of STEM education and how it can prepare our students for a rapidly changing global world. Science educators today have the awesome task of transforming thinking and learning practices in the classroom and STAO is here to help. The goal of STAO2014 is to help turn inspiration into action, initiatives into implementation.

What's Special This Year
Will Richardson will be the plenary speaker, with a different presentation each day.

Also, a unique event, “The Elementary Extravaganza”, will occur on Saturday. Along with 28 sessions dedicated to elementary teachers, there will be

  1. storefront (or “poster”) sessions where teachers can showcase class activities, projects, etc. in a less formal manner than a full workshop
  2. expert tables where subject specialists can dialogue with teachers and share best practices
  3. display tables set up by other subject associations
  4. vendors and book publishers with specific material for elementary teachers

Why You Should Attend
With the emphasis on STEM education, you can expect to see sessions on using technology-enhanced learning in a hyper-connected age: the future of digital, mobile and socially-networked learning; BYOD implementation ideas, cloud computing uses, blended learning environments, and much more.

Featured speakers include Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Maureen Jennings, David Miller, Maria Nickel, The Water Brothers.

As usual, there will be plenty of networking opportunities for teachers. The exhibit hall will have the latest resources and classroom-ready materials on display. So, come and enjoy what is new, improved, or still working well in the classroom!

From the Logo Designer (Russell Grant)
“When I heard this year’s STAO2014 theme, Inspiring Innovation, I instantly thought of that ‘aha moment’ or ‘eureka effect’ one gets when one comes up with a brilliant solution or idea. To represent this kind of thinking, I designed a logo of a brain being plugged in with the word "inspiring" being the power cord and the word "innovation" being the power source.”

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