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Edtech Advocacy &
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Bringing BYOD Down to Earth With Cloud-Based Tools

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rob Heinrichs  
Elaan Bauder  

Learn about the process of implementing BYOD in a triple-track middle school with key supports that include cloud-based tools.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The main goal of this presentation is to inspire educators to utilize cloud-based tools, in a BYOD environment if possible. Even with a limited number of devices, teachers will be able to see more possibilities for their classes, and how learning can be customized and deepened for their students. Highlights will give practical advice and examples from a school with an extremely varied population and some very diverse needs. Our journey is not "perfect" and not without challenges, but it has slowly changed the culture of the school. Attitudes of both staff and students regarding technology and more importantly, how we learn, have shifted and are moving our students forward in a very positive way. Hopefully other educators will come away with ideas of how to implement change in their own schools and districts.

Cloud based tools include Office 365, Skype, Minecraft for Education, as well as many other online sites.

Supporting research

Aggarwal, Deepshikha. “Leveraging the Power of Cloud Computing for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).” IEEE Xplore, 1 July 2019,

Franco Duran, Diana M, posted on “Cloud Computing: A Collaborative Learning Tool for Students.” Virginia Tech: Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), 2 July 2018,

“Cloud Based Tools & Applications for Learning.” PDST Technology in Education, Mar. 2015,

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Rob Heinrichs, SD43

Rob Heinrichs has been a Coquitlam School District teacher for 21 years. Primarily as a core classroom teacher in grade 4-7, Rob has always been an innovator and implementer of different technologies into his practice. Over the last few years Rob has taught Coding and Design explorations as well as being a District Technology Support Teacher. Rob is a Global Minecraft Mentor and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Elaan Bauder, School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

Elaan Bauder started teaching in primary grades but opportunities took her to middle school and she spent the majority of her teaching career there. As well as all subjects in the core classroom, she taught Information Technology & Computer Explorations for many years. Elaan completed her Masters degree, is part of an edtech specialist association, sits on an advisory committee for edtech, and has organized many technology-related workshops / events across the district and province. Elaan loves working with students of all ages. Elaan works as a Technology Support Teacher / Technology Coach in School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) in BC, Canada.

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