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2018 Conference (18th)

Conference Details and Highlights

The 2018 ACSE Conference will be held at the York Campus of Seneca College on Saturday February 24, 2018.
ACSE Conference Highlights
  • Bring your students to participate as a reach-ahead activity for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs. 
  • Are you a Computer Engineering and Maker enthusiast? Teacher or student? Come to 1 or both of these half-day workshops.
    • Morning
      • "Web Services For Embedded Applications"
      • Dennis Cecic, P.Eng will bring the world of Web Services to Arduino enthusiasts

    • Afternoon
      • "Tiny Bread Duino"
      • Mike Druiven and Tom Sej will show attendees how a mini-Arduino can be built from scratch for less than $5.
    • Note: If you plan to attend either of these workshops please indicate on the registration form as space is limited.
  • Explore Micro:bits - the hottest embedded device for educators around the world
  • Explore curriculum integration with robotics: EV3, mBot, and more
  • Update you Python curriculum with Pygame programming
  • Learn new approaches to exploring the Global Impact of Computing using Spider Web Discussions
  • Explore the Internet Futures
  • Finally implement Git and GitHub for Student Collaboration in your classroom
  • Bring Design Patterns into your Senior CS assignments and projects
  • Learn what works well with CS integration and Makerspaces for Grade 7 and 8 students

  • As always, lunch is included, door prizes, and there will be an optional social event following the conference.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. George Gadanidis

TopiDr. George Gandidisc: Why math and coding are a natural fit, across the grades?

Based on my work in elementary math classrooms and in HS math and computer science classrooms, I will share how coding may help us teach math better, and how math can provide a meaningful context for coding. At the HS level, the integration of math and computer science can create opportunities for significant reform in what and how we teach. I will share examples of coding + math using Scratch, Python and math oriented coding environments we have developed using Blockly.

More information about the project and other Computational Thinking in the classroom initiatives can be found here.


Early in my teaching career, I taught mathematics and computer science, and developed and taught an integrated grade 10 math + computer science program. Currently, I am professor at Western Education. In the last several years, I have spent about 50 days annually working in classrooms, in Ontario and in Brazil, collaborating with teachers to develop better ways of engaging students with mathematics (most recently with the use of coding). I am also the co-director of the KNAER Math Knowledge Network ( Links to some of my work are available at

Payment and Registration Information

Step 1 - Payment
Make your payment at the following site:

Registration is $90 for general attendees or $45 for students, teacher candidates and retirees. 
The deadline is February 17, 2018, after which the price goes up to $110/$55. 

If you are unable to use Paypal, be sure to bring a cheque or the correct amount in cash on the morning of the conference. 

Step 2 - Registration
Fill in the registration form at

If you have further questions or concerns about the conference, please contact our conference organizer Grant[DOT]Hutchison[AT]

Location and Parking Details

The conference is being held at:

Seneca @ York - Stephen E. Quanlan (SEQ) building

70 The Pond Road
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 3M6

The recommended parking lot is the Student Services Parking Garage, located next door (cost is $8 for the day).

For TTC transit, get off at the York University Station (Line 1)

The maps below shows the parking lot and conference building. Click to enlarge.



The twitter hashtag for this year's conference will be #acse18. We encourage you to tweet before, during, and after so can all learn from each other!


If you take any pictures at the conference, please share them via twitter using the hashtag #acse18.


Title         Speaker

 Why math and coding are a natural fit, across the grades?  Dr. George Gadanidis link
 Pygame Workshop  Sam Scott link  
 Computing with a Social Purpose  Paul Allison link
 Project Include  Umar Ahmed link
 Tiny Bread Duino  Mike Druiven link
 Git with the Program  Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher link
 Critical Thinking with Spider Web Discussions (SWD)  Lisa Rubini link - slides
link - resources

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