Program: Tech Forum Atlanta 2014

 













 
 
7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast


8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

The Past, Present & Future: Which are we preparing our students for?
Carl Hooker
We are in a state of disruption. The digital world is meeting our analog minds and the future of learning hangs in the balance. The role of the technology amplifies what's both good and bad about our modern culture: People being sucked into their phones rather than having a face to face conversation; The ability to get immediate access to information at the touch of our fingertips; Tweeting what we had for lunch; Spending hours and hours watching mindless YouTube videos trying to figure out what the fox says. We are all a part of this societal shift of living in this digital age, but what are we doing to harness this in our schools? This presentation will highlight where we have been, where we are today and where will can possibly go with the future of learning both in and out of our schools.

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Refreshment and Networking Break


9:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

The Flipped Classroom: What's Next?
Dan Gagnon (moderator); Andy Boyle, Max Monroe and Randy Smith
You already know about the flipped classroom; you may very well be implementing it in your school or district. But why are you doing it? What are you learning and where do you want to take flipping in the future? Join several flipped classroom pioneers for a lively discussion about best practices and the underlying reasons why the flipped classroom is inspiring teachers and students across the globe.
 
Purposeful, Progressive PL
Kate Matthews; Joe Crawford; Melissa Jackson
Teachers – like students – learn in different ways and at different times. Hear from district leaders who’ve used a variety of methods, based on individual goals and needs, to enhance their colleagues’ professional learning. From flipping the PD sessions to using Google Forms and Web 2.0 resources, see which ones are working for teachers across the region.
 
Stop Integrating & Start Innovating
Adam Phyall and Donna Teuber
In this collaborative session you’ll learn how to plan and implement courses that decentralize learning so that teachers no longer "teach from the front" and students take charge of their own learning. See how schools look in a true student-centered learning environment, how classroom technology can enhance teaching and learning, and how you can use the TPACK and the SAMR models to elevate the use of authentic learning.
 
Inquiry and Problem-Based Learning
Connie White, Amy Pruitt and Gail Holmes
Come delve into problem-based learning (PBL) and how it allows students to learn research and thinking strategies while exploring real-world problems and challenges. We will look at a plethora of project ideas, performance tasks, and resources to support PBL, with such elements as student choice, brain-based learning, and public presentation opportunities. Various types of assessment rubrics and project management ideas will also be shared.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment and Networking Break


11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Industry Spotlights & Demos
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Dessert Reception


1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Roundtable Discussions & Mini-Workshops
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.

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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS:
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2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

It STILL Takes a Village: Connecting with Your Community
Carl Hooker, Mike Speer and Karen Reiss Medwed
In this interactive session, you’ll learn how three districts are using social media and web tools including Google Hangouts, LiveStream, MailChimp, Twitter, and more to connect with parents and other community members and build public support. Then you’ll put those tools into practice!
Which Technology is Right for YOU?
Christine Weiser (moderator); Brent Williams, Aaron Turpin, Connie White, Jeff Morrison, and Donna Teuber
Should you buy laptops, Chromebooks, Windows or Droid tablets, iPads, or some other device for your teachers and students? Go BYO and let them choose? Brent Willams will share pros, cons and issues to consider when trying to decide on the right devices for shared or 1:1 use, then turn it over to four school and district administrators who will offer their own stories about which purchasing choices they made -- and, more importantly, how and why they made them.
 
Make it Meaningful: How to Personalize Learning for Every Student
Aaryn Schmuhl, Angie Foerster, and Kari Nguyen, Justin Castile
It really is possible to allow every child to learn in the way that works best for him or her. Hear how several districts are making this a reality by creating individual learner paths, teaching project- and problem-based learning, using digital materials and “flexbooks,” implementing a tech-enabled curriculum & assessment, and offering a flexible learning environment with online and blended classes. 
 
STEM, STEAM, and the Maker Ed Movement
Mary Cantwell, Amanda Stavropoulos and Ley Hathcock
What defines original work in today’s STEM environment? And what role should the arts – visual, literary, and performing – play in allowing students to explore science, technology, and engineering? Come explore the maker movement, the STEAM concept, and the role of right brain antics in a left brain world. See how educators at two schools are helping students develop a fluency in technology, engineering and design that can be applied across the curriculum, resulting in authentic, creative output.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception
Join the party! Unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners.

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