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.