GETCA - Mobile Device Apple App Support
Vice President Info/Tech
Website and technology
The GETCA 2017 conference information will soon be available on your Apple mobile
device. This App can be downloaded through the app store onto your iOS device by
either clicking this (Link)
or by searching within the
Apple App store using the following keyword phrase (GETCA).
Use this app to find sessions that you wish to attend during convention. You can
add many sessions to your favourites so you have a variety to choose from during
convention. You may also send feedback on any of the session that you attend. If
you include your name, you will be entered in a draw for a chapters gift card or
two tickets to Mayfield dinner theatre.
The GETCA 2017 conference App features the following capabilities:
- Retrieve this year's conference keynote speaker profile and topic
- View Sessions available
View times for which each individual session is available
- View Subjects available that in turn links to session track information
- Submit feedback to the speaker and GETCA regarding individual speakers and sessions
Q1. Quality of Speaker Content
Q2. Quality of Presentation
Q3. Application to your Teaching Assignment
Q4. Potential Impact on your Professional Practice
Q5. Overall Rating
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
(Q.) Do I have to attend convention?
(A.) All certified teachers employed in Alberta's public school boards have a legal
and professional obligation to attend their designated teachers' convention each
year. These two convention days are paid days of work. Being absent from convention
can result in unprofessional conduct consequences including lost wages, fines, termination
and removal of certification. If there is a unique professional development opportunity
at the same time as convention, a teacher must apply for Alternate PD. The application
will be looked at and permission will be granted or denied. The form can be found
on the website under Alternate PD at www.getca.com
(Q.) Who can come to convention?
(A.) All certified teachers employed by Edmonton Public. Edmonton Catholic, Fort McMurray
public and Fort McMurray Catholic schools.
(A.) Student teachers for the University of Alberta who are in their final practicum
during convention can attend. Convention ID's are given out at the student union
office at the U of A.
(A.) Substitute teachers can attend. Convention ID's can be picked up at the ATA local
office in Barnett house, substitute teachers meeting or at the info desk at convention.
An ATA membership card, school board ID or proof of employment are required.
(A.) Teachers on leave if they are on maternity leave, unpaid leave or professional
improvement leaves can attend if they have paid their local union dues for the year.
Convention ID's can be picked up at the ATA local office in Barnett house or at
the info desk at convention. An ATA membership card, school board ID or proof of
employment are required.
(A.) A teacher on Medical Leave is not able to attend convention because, contractually,
convention days are paid days of work. If a teacher on medical leave attends convention
they would be expected to return to work the next school day after convention.
(A.) Teachers who are not employed by Alberta schools can attend if they meet all
requirements for Out of District registration. There is a fee involved. Go to www.getca.com
and click on Out of District Registration for more details.
(Q.) Can I bring my child to convention?
(A.) No. Convention is a paid work day. Arrangements for child care during convention
are the same as during a day of school. Teachers who bring children to convention
will be asked to leave and will be contacted by a provincial ATA staff officer.
(Q.) How is convention funded?
(A.) Each year GETCA receives funding from convention fees paid by members of the
ATA locals for Edmonton and Fort McMurray, as well as registrations and exhibitors.
A big part of the fees are spent on speakers and speaker expenses including travel,
accommodation and substitute release costs. Another large amount goes to paying
for the facilities, rentals, audio-visual costs and printing. Other costs include
website maintenance, app development, professional accounting and legal services,
meeting costs and committee member expenses.
(Q.) Is there free Wifi at the Shaw and Westin?
(A.) It is not free but we do have a certain number wireless connections available.
Teachers are welcome to connect at the Shaw without a code and a code will be provided
at the Westin info booth should you need it.
(Q.) Why is there only an iPhone app?
(A.) This is our first year trying an app for convention. We are starting with the
iPhone and will possibly add an android and/or blackberry app next year, depending
(Q.) Why are sessions I want always full?
(A.) Unfortunately, we cannot always predict the number of people that will find one
session more interesting than another. We do our best with the information we have
and the room sizes that are available. We ask that you have three options available
for each time slot so that you have a plan when your first choice fills up.