Calgary City Teachers’ Convention bridges divide

January 17, 2012 Tyler Melnyk

App features speakers, subjects and times

The hard work of the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention Association (CCTCA) Committee is resulting in meaningful and focused professional development for teachers.

This year, approximately 10,000 educators will take part in CCTCA’s two-day conference, February 16 and 17. The conference theme of “Relating, Engaging and Empowering” will examine the rapport building necessary to bridge the digital divide between educators and 21st-century learners.

In keeping with the theme of bridging the digital divide, CCTCA will forgo the traditional paper-and-coil program booklet in favour of a more detailed and accessible digital version that can be downloaded at An “At a Glance” information sheet (with a lanyard-style badge holder) will be delivered to schools before convention. An exciting feature of the digital version is the convention app designed by Calgary Public high school teacher Scott McLean and available from the iTunes store. Convention participants are encouraged to download this free application, which will enable them to take the program everywhere they go. Attendees will be able to search speaker information by date, subject, time or division and to save preferred sessions in a favourites folder. Additionally, complete convention details and dynamic updating ­features for scheduling changes will enable teachers to send feedback following each session.

This year’s Calgary City Teachers’ Convention takes place February 16 and 17 at the Telus Convention Centre, 120-9 Avenue, in Calgary. For information, visit

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