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.
|Crossing a Different Digital Divide: Navigating Meaningful Collaborations Between Technology and Instruction
This panel will define the gaps between technology department goals and curriculum department goals, and explore ways to close these gaps. This interactive panel discussion will bring together representatives from IT, Instructional Technology, and Curriculum & Instruction to discuss the challenges and solutions for creating collaborative programs that provide robust, tech-infused teaching and learning curriculums. Panelists will share their tips for navigating this conversation when rolling out initiatives such as transitioning to digital content, 1:1, BYOT, and more. Bring your questions and challenges for discussion!
Nurturing Passion, Wonder and Voice
Does passion, wonder and voice drive the car in your learning environment or have these qualities taken a back seat to things more easily measured on tests? What does a truly student centered learning environment look like when we embrace the natural creativity and curiosity that our kids have? How are we preparing and supporting teachers to implement the kind of experiences that inspire a love of learning in kids? Come see and hear examples -- from kindergarten through high school -- of meaningful, engaging student projects and learning experiences that nurture wonder and passion and give students the opportunity to find their own voices.
The Smartest Person in the Room: An interactive learning challenge
Tired of old "sit n get" PD? We all have multimedia studios and high-powered computers in our pocket -- why don't we take them out and use them? There is a revolution afoot that combines the concepts of PB/game-based learning/maker movement with the mobile device and applies it to PD. The great part is, these challenges can happen on any platform and with any topic while promoting teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and perseverance. In this session, we'll do one of these challenges live -- with a focus on the biggest questions about technology in schools. Come ready to move and have some fun while you learn!