The Scarfe Digital Sandbox began in 2013 as a virtual and face-to-face space for teacher candidates and faculty to explore technology integration. It was ‘imagined and implemented’ by Dr. Wendy Carr, the Assistant Dean of Teacher Ed at the time, Joanne Naslund (pictured right), now retired Education Librarian and Yvonne Dawydiak (pictured right), then Cohort coordinator and digital tech integration specialist; now Learning Design Manager, Teacher Education.

Sessions are held on a once or twice weekly basis while BEd students are in session and are provided by a small but dedicated team: Meet our Team! 

This virtual space is designed as a resource blog to support those who attended sessions and those who were unable to do so! Some of the resources within this blog have been created thanks to the financial support provided by UBC Vancouver students via the Teaching Learning Enhancement Fund. Please see past and current related projects here.

We are thankful to have the opportunity to conduct our work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.
All resources on this blog are shared with a Creative Commons 4.0 license (non-commercial, share alike with attribution). We ask that you please consider your own relationship to the territories on which you reside and acknowledge those whose lands you occupy.

Face-to-face (f2f) Planning Playshops are held weekly through the Fall term in the Scarfe Studios (as of Sept. 2018 ) Scarfe 1006 or 1007, Flexible teaching and learning studios. These are intended as informal learning events where participants can ‘drop in and drop out’ as their schedules permit. We will often begin with a brief presentation to orient you to a topic followed by hands-on and discussion or consulting time where you can explore the presented concept/technology or follow your own path.

You are free to come and go, bring your lunch… join in and play at these sessions. Bring your ideas and questions for future sessions or to be answered ‘as needed’!

Times and topics vary by term Watch our calendar for details about workshops and events!


Winter term 1

  • September – Pop up Makerspace in Scarfe 155. Join us during your LLED 350 and 360 class to engage with various hands on learning challenges and activities or drop in any time to play and explore on your own or with friends! Facilitators will be available (see the calendar for schedule).
  • October – December: Various Playshops and “walk-by” foyer sessions relevant to teaching and learning in K-12 (see the calendar for times and location)

Winter term 2

  • January – March: Gearing Up For Practicum consults – planning and resource selection in collaboration with the Education Library
  • Occasional after school ADST and technology integration sessions relevant to teaching and learning in K-12 (see the calendar for times and location)
    Hosted by:  Yvonne Dawydiak, Learning Design Manager, and special guests

Contact Us

Please contact the Scarfe Digital Sandbox Project Team with your planning or digital tech integration questions at any time:

Yvonne Dawydiak  (@yvonnedtechtalk) Learning Design Manager, Teacher Education

*Instructors please contact Yvonne for co-planning and/or co-teaching within your BEd Program courses. 

Yvonne is an educator with 25+ years experience in K-12, teaching primarily at the elementary school level. After graduating from UBCs Master of Educational Technology program, Yvonne joined UBC’s Teacher Ed team as cohort coordinator of the Personalized Learning and Technology cohort in 2013. Following a three year secondment from the Surrey School District SD36, Yvonne remained at UBC and continues to work, collaborate and learn with Faculty, students and staff in the Teacher Education program.