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 and Curriculum: Can this marriage be saved?
In order for any tech initiate to not just survive but thrive, the tech and curriculum departments must share the same goals, which many times is easier said than done. This interactive panel discussion will bring together leaders from IT, Instructional Technology, and Curriculum & Instruction to discuss the challenges and solutions for creating successful edtech initiatives. Panelists will share their tips for navigating this conversation when 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!