Jen Giffen (aka Virtual Giff) is a Teacher Librarian and Former Curriculum Consultant (Digital Literacy) Consultant in the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada. She has a B.Ed from Queen's University (Cha Gheill!) and an M.Ed in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE at the University of Toronto.
Google Innovator (#WDC17), Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Apple Teacher, HP Teaching Fellow, Student Voice Ambassador, sketchnoter, teacher matchmaker, cheerleader, mom of three boys (#boymom), and up for just about anything. Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the podcast, Jen is a believer that you have time to do anything you want – you just need to make time. Former player of the game of school, she now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students You can often find her learning at her computer, having a conversation with her Google Home, driving around listening to podcasts and chilling & watching Netflix with her husband (#forreal). She wants you to know that while at first, the hokey pokey is hard, eventually you turn yourself around. #Ginger #Canadian #HashtagLover. @VirtualGiff – everywhere.
Microsoft transformED Class of 2030 - March 30, 2019, Mississauga, ON
Connect 2019 - April 30 - May 3, 2019, Niagara Falls, ON
York Region DSB Growing Literacy Learners Conference - May 11, 209 - Richmond Hill, ON
ISTE 2019, - June 25-27, 2019, Philadelphia, PA