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10:00 – 11:30Session One
12:30 – 2:00Session Two
2:30 – 4:00Session Three
10:30 – 12:00Session Four
12:30 – 2:00Session Five
2:30 – 4:00Session Six
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Join Dean Shareski and Alec Couros to discuss innovations in teacher education for developing technical skills and new literacies in preservice teachers. We'd like to share our experiences, but more importantly, we'd like to lead a conversation discussing the role of teacher education programs for developing innovative teachers.
Skype? Wikis? Delicious? RSS? Twitter? Podcasts? Google Docs? 2.Go will cover all the basic 2.0 tools that will be talked about in Educon sessions, and "introduce" you to many of the attendees to help you network. 2.Go is for beginners who are just starting to integrate technology into their lives.
We've all been encouraged to build a 21st century classroom full of cool technology tools and gadgets, yet many have witnessed the underwhelming change these tools have brought to student learning. Why is that? We'll explore this dilemma as we work collaboratively to clarify a vision and a process for creating digital age learning environments.
When does technology integration make sense in the classroom, and when does it not? We will examine the instructional routines we often abuse (see PowerPoint), and propose strategies for disrupting these routines by introducing "design thinking" to teaching practice. Participants will make a physical book that illustrates this concept.
How do we easily cater to the individual learning styles of students through technology; and facilitate collaborative, project-based work? Join a conversation hosted by a group of students from the project-based Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Your thoughts will likely be implemented in a wide-release online software package called Alight Learning, which is actively being developed by us.
Do students need a teacher who "looks like" them, and is from a similar background? How can we create meaningful relationships with students in spite of our own preconceived expectations and stereotypes? How can educators design curriculum that pushes beyond student labels? This conversation will explore multiculturalism in the classroom, and its implications for learning.
Explore project based learning using real examples of projects from two different non-traditional urban high schools. We'll discuss the characteristics of a good project and share strategies for designing projects to maximize student learning and engagement.
Join us as we discuss backchannel uses, constraints, and successful practices that were revealed by seventeen educators in a qualitative study. This non-disruptive, non-subversive, collaborative activity will be used during the primary discussion to expand participation and interactions. Moderator, anchor, and jockey roles will be explored and practiced.
The current focus on standards is misguided and will result in students prepared for yesterday's world, rather than ready to create tomorrow. In this presentation, we will explore alternative concepts for organizing teaching and learning that will allow students to solve problems which they face now and in the future.
Tools can remove barriers to learning for students with learning challenges, but have the perceptions ever changed of these students by the average classroom teacher? Join the conversation to discuss the often observed, but rarely documented gap between general and special education teachers and how we can bridge this gap so that every teacher understands how to support all of their students to their potential.
What's working? We'll share emerging teacher practices using ubiquitous tools for staff and students such as Google Apps for Ed, talk about the resulting student work, and speak to the bigger picture of changing pedagogy. The conversation will continue as participants share what's working in their schools, and how we are collectively moving forward toward more constructivist, collaborative, reflective and open educational practices.
As a result of Internet access and other information technologies, it is time to start talking about the role of copyright and fair use in contemporary society. Using materials from the Center for Social Media and Temple Media education lab, this session will examine different perspectives regarding the future of intellectual property
Direct Instruction often refers to a rigorous scripted method of teaching, systematic and boring. For the purposes of virtual environments, where the art of teaching is alive and well, direct instruction can be used as a way of modeling and explicitly showing what the students are expected to demonstrate and show, while allowing opportunities to create, question, and make sense of the material.
In this session, Ted Bongiovanni, Associate Director of Distance Learning for New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will facilitate a discussion of best practices for teaching and learning online. Discussion topics will include: activity design, the management of digital spaces, assessment and program evaluation.
We will discuss how teachers can design powerful and engaging learning experiences by focusing on narrative, pedagogy, social media, creative curricula, and the world outside the classroom. I will illustrate how a 5-year K12 Adventure Learning program engaged millions of students worldwide and assist participants in designing Adventure Learning lessons.
This conversation will focus on the relationship between the teacher/learner/community and the physical educational facility. Our Essential Question, then, is: "In a wired world unfettered by the geography of place, how do we design teaching and learning spaces when much of the teaching and learning happens outside of the physical "school" building?"
In this "stump the lawyers" session, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues at the intersection of educational technology and the law with four uniquely qualified "expert" panelists. Limited only by being specific to educational technology, the topics of discussion will be generated by questions from the audience.
Elementary School In The 21st Century - How Does The Pedagogy Change? How Does That School Look, Or Not Look?
We hear that education/schools need to change, to adapt for the 21st century. We even see examples of lessons, projects, technology use. But what is the "big picture?" What REALLY changes? We will look at examples and then outline/brainstorm as a group the "could be's" and "should be's".
- Christian Long, Jason Kern, Benedikt Kroll and Michael Nathman
- Session Two
- Room 204
For 6+ weeks this academic year, 3 sections of 10th grade English students (at a college prep, independent school in Texas) publicly analyzed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (via The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition). Instead of the traditional approach to analyzing a text (with a teacher-lead conversations around pre-determined themes), students were challenged to "fall down the rabbit hole" (like Alice) throughout the duration of the project, therefore trusting their own instincts as they made their way through Wonderland's themes.
The fourth 'R', Relationship, is one of the most important important tools to build upon if we are to succeed in generating lasting change in our schools. This session will ask participants to consider which strategies are most effective in building relationships with school, district, regional, national, and international colleagues.
How can we as educators and community partners cultivate strong youth leaders in an era of constantly changing technology? The answer is simple: youth as agents of this change. This conversation will focus on implementing student-driven, service-learning program models in schools.
Come to the Franklin Institute, from 6pm-8pm, to see a group of societal visionaries speak about their vision of what is smart in a panel discussion.* Introductions by Dr. Dennis Wint, CEO of The Franklin Institute* Loren Brichter - CEO of atebits Software and developer of Tweetie Twitter...
Online learning has become a hot topic, but how is it being done at the secondary level to promote participatory learning? This session will examine an online class that is doing just that. We will discuss the implications while meeting some of the students taking the class.
Three teachers with backgrounds in math, reading, and ICT are working together to create interdisciplinary learning experiences for their students using Scratch, Google Apps, Wiktionary, Audacity, and SchoolTool.
Pennsylvania educators and EdTech Leaders Online are part of e-Learning for Educators, a 10-state collaboration with training for teachers to facilitate and design online PD for educators. This session will discuss: What's effective online instruction? How can it meet the needs of educators and address topics underrepresented in traditional PD?
Chris Alfano (SLA's systems administrator) and Marcie Hull will be presenting on the collaboration between what happens behind the network and in front of the network.
For over 100 years, educational leaders have extolled the virtues of inquiry as a way to promote meaningful student learning. What are the essential features of inquiry across all disciplines? How can web tools enhance inquiry? Participate in model activities, discuss, share, and learn about this powerful teaching strategy.
Community partnerships enable schools to give students experiences outside the classroom. Students can apply their education and learn from nontraditional teachers.
- Melanie Manuel, Juan Gabriel Sanchez, Jillian Gierke
- Session Six
- Room 211
How can we extend our conversations outside of the classroom? How do we develop productive partnerships with other classrooms around the globe? How do we involve our audience?
If we assume that the schools we need are inquiry-driven, technology-infused and communities of care, what do leaders have to be to engender and nurture those ideas?
Participants in this conversation will discuss specific learning activities that are assigned by members, suggesting enhancements and new elements that bring the assignments into the light of learning 2.0.
If using Web 2.0 tools is so easy, why is implementation so difficult? Preparing students for the 21st Century calls for collective action of all stakeholders and this session looks at the steps needed to build momentum and garner buy-in from the entire school community. Participants will discuss...
Clay Shirky says, "it's not information overload - it's filter failure" Have you figured out a way to filter in the relevant information and filter out the noise? Join us to share the places and spaces that you use to harness the power of your network's intelligence and expertise.
- Brandon Lutz, Tracey McGrath, Lori Sheldon, Scott Snyder
- Session Two
- Room 311
As technology continues to infiltrate our everyday lives, what can the conscious classroom teacher, administrator or technology integration coach do to create balance in their everyday life. Discuss strategies for seamlessly integrating and managing technology in your professional and personal life, while maintaining a balance in the unconnected world.
Join a conversation about practical ways to develop Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everybody" concepts in a school community. Be ready to share both successes and set-backs, and discuss the best processes for change.
With all the talk about 21st century skills and standards, what is really important to teach adolescents? We believe that the ability to self-regulate their learning is the most important skill we can help adolescents develop. In this session, we will present some of our practices and facilitate an open discussion for feedback, dialog, and the sharing of best practices.
To build scholarship in STEM, students need to be taught in environments that foster the development of a systems thinking approach to learning using engineering design as the platform. Evidence shows potential value in increasing the presence of engineering in K-12 STEM education to address the current lack of integration of science, technology, and mathematics.
Jeff Han researches advanced multi-touch solutions that enable novice and expert users to manipulate complex datasets through powerful and visually rich interface techniques. Jeff believes multi-touch has a place in our classrooms; he?d like your input as innovative, early-adopter educators on what applications you see for this technology to inform his thinking and advocacy for use in education. Note: Prior to this session we encourage you to come try the multi-touch wall so you have first-hand experience with the technology.
You're exhausted; your mind is churning with snippets of conversation from the EduCon experience; you're headed back into your own "real" world. Go armed with a plan of action for creating real reform at home.
There are five axioms that form the foundation of the Educon experience. The axioms focus on the characteristics of school, of the role of technology and what learning can become. They provide a framework for informing what we can andshould do as educators.When we discuss pedagogy, when we...
Seymour Papert's work has defined the frontiers of education for 40+ years. Gary will share what Papert's ideas mean for the future of learning through personal anecdotes, Papert's words and video clips.
- Erin Garvey, Brad Latimer, Mark Miles, Sunil Reddy, Caitlin Thompson
- Session One
- Room 207
How do teachers create a curriculum based in projects for a subject grounded in discrete skills? What does project based mathematics look like? How can meaningful projects serve to not only demonstrate student comprehension of key concepts, but also provide an opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge to practical situations? What role do traditional assessments play in a project-based math curriculum?
In this conversation, participants together with SLA students, SLA staff, and a University Researcher will reconsider the traditional definition of "schooly." We will use participatory learning activities to propose the benefits of broadening the definition of what counts as school texts. We will examine possibilities for personal and social transformation within classroom settings.
What can be done when students require additional support beyond the classroom? How can we offer support for students while balancing a full teaching load? How can resources be made available to effectively offer differentiated support? This conversation will focus on creating a structured set of mathematics resources both inside and outside of school.
Portfolios can be used to document the process of learning, and to document what has been learned. In this conversation, we will look at how these two facets of learning can be mutually supportive. Moreover, we will look at portfolios as tools for student learning and teacher professional development.
Talk and learn about Science Leadership Academy with the people who matter most: the students! The members of panel will describe their own educational experiences at SLA -- as well as what lead them to the school, and where they think the experience will take them.
What if we created a platform for inspiring disruptive ideas? What if we took the most passionate examples of learning and built them into lasting change for schools? SpeedGeek Learning is people presenting ideas in context, with meaning, for perspective. Let's create the platform for this disruptive inspiration.
Play your cards right and you can leave this intensive, immersive, engaging and transformative session a Stager Certified Educator, complete with I.D. card, certificate of awesomeness (suitable for framing) and web badge for use on your blog or web site. Some educators don't achieve this much over a lifetime, but you may in less than 90 minutes! You will also gain a greater sense of the issues, ideas and expertise a 21st Century educator needs in order to create more productive contexts for learning. Resources for post-certification learning will be shared.
- Alexa Dunn, Joshua Block and SLA Student Assistant Teachers
- Session One
- Room 300
The Student Assistant Teaching program at SLA places Senior students in underclassmen classrooms and completes the high school circle experience of teaching and learning. It enriches teacher/student and student/student relationships, builds a multi-leveled community of reflective learners, and reinforces an ethic of care in the classroom and beyond. Please join us for an evocative and stimulating panel discussion with teachers Alexa Dunn and Joshua Block, plus members of the Student Assistant Teaching program as we explore the roots of this program and its success at SLA.
Digital storytelling, podcasting, Flash animation, Scratch, etc are just a few powerful tools to create content or the web. The list is tremendous! This conversation will discuss current thoughts on creating and creativity, focus on best practices and explore some of these amazing tools.
Why are there still so many educators sitting in the back of the faculty meeting rolling their eyes whenever 21st Century Skills are on the agenda? How can Professional Development be meaningful, effective and important for the uninterested. This will be a conversation about getting ALL educators...
Diane Ackerman's quote, "play is the brain's favorite way of learning" is oft used to describe the learning that takes place in elementary schools. Despite that belief, a simple visit to any school in the country will reveal a picture that flies in the face of Ackerman's statement....
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do your students? This session will help you understand Cognitive Load and its impact on education.
Presented by a Program Consultant and Classroom Teacher from Ontario - Come see the power of a collaborative and engaging online learning environment that meets the needs of 21st Century learners in elementary and middle schools.
- Jeff Kessler, Tyrone Kidd, Juan Gabriel Sanchez, Erin Garvey
- Session Five
- Room 303
The sequel to "Forging Student Teacher Relationships in an Era of Shared Learning," Tyrone Kidd and Jeff Kessler are back to expand upon the topic. In this session, Jeff and Tyrone will work with new SLA faculty to describe how students have helped them adapt to the SLA community.
Those at risk are often under-represented in discussions about educational change. How can the needs and voices of at risk students and at risk teachers, be brought to the forefront when considering the transformation of our schools?
- Mark Bey, Jamie Bowers, Matthew Kay, Pia Martin, and Jas Thomas
- Session Four
- Room 209
How do we have authentic dialogue concerning the intersection of race, responsibilities and values in our schools? Come join an intimate and honest conversation about our experiences as black educators. We will discuss the roles and relationships we have with students, staff and parents.
The next ten years promise to be hugely disruptive for the traditional idea of school as more and more alternative learning platforms are created and expanded. This conversation will focus not on technology but on the larger shifts that will have to occur for schools to evolve into a different role in our society. Driving the discussion will be quotes from Allan Collins and Richard Halverson's recent book Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology.
What happens as students imagine themselves into their unknown futures? What are students' hopes and expectations with regards to their learning communities? How do characteristics they want to consider map onto what's currently "searchable," and how might that change? Will the increasing transparency of learning enable students to assess their future learning opportunities in new ways?
Remixing is as old as art itself. As digital technologies expedite the transition from passive consumers of text to an engaged, read/write culture, we explore the pedagogical benefits of the remix in relation to literacy and tackle the thorny issues of plagiarism and illegal appropriation.
This conversation will focus on what can be done across subjects, grades and schools to build a climate of care.
The intention of this workshop is to explore how the ideal of more democratic and progressive classrooms might look today in light of 1:1 computing, networked communication and other tools that might be available.
- Rosalind Echols, Stephanie Dunda, Matthew VanKouwenberg, Tim Best
- Session Four
- Room 308
Four SLA science teachers will lead a conversation examining the current state of science education. How are science teachers' (and students') roles changing in the internet age? What are some techniques we can use to maximize learning for all students? How can we move toward our own personal "dream teaching" situations? Science teachers don't always have the answers, but we'll share how SLA is approaching these questions. Join other like-minded educators as we share our experiences and discuss how we can realize the future of science education.
Let's talk about the position of Technology Coordinator. What are our challenges, what are our solutions. What do we want from our administrators? What do we want from our teachers? What is required of the IT position and should they weigh in on educational technologies?
If schools kill creativity, then what hope do we have of helping our students be prepared to devise creative and imaginative solutions to problems in their futures? Come examine frameworks for thinking and working creatively. Explore and experience creativity, innovation, and imagination in action. Reframe your problems into opportunities.
Tinkering is a time honored way to learn, invent, and innovate. Yet in schools, tinkering is viewed as wasted time, while instead we teach students to make, do, and invent using rigid procedures with tight timelines. How can we bring the creative benefits of tinkering back to the classroom?
- Lisa Parisi, Karen Janowski, Paul Bogush, Christine Southard
- Session Six
- Room 207
Come join us for a great discussion about UDL and its uses in a classroom. Learn how teachers are using this approach to level the playing field, helping all students be successful. Find out how technology makes this much easier and removes the obstacles to success for learners.
"Should a student-centric, user-generated education be the predominant learning model for this era of the 21st Century?" will be explored through a technology-enhanced Socratic Seminar.
Share and discover ways of leveraging technology in your classroom to support hands-on, inquiry-based science instruction. Come learn and discuss ways to promote observation, exploration, and reflection using engaging curriculum materials and a variety of technology tools. Bring examples of student work to share!
A conversation and collaborative demonstration on the meaning of 'networked learning' through the metaphor of free improvisational music.
Why we attend school, what we accomplish while we are here, how we spend our time; these are the issues I would like to investigate as we consider how to make 'school' more about meaningful and enriching life experiences, and less like hoop jumping and necessary evils.
- Jessica Brown, Jeff Evans, Louis Mazza, Paul Wagenhoffer
- Session One
- Room 209
We are living in an era where left-brain thinking is no longer sufficient for success; a more holistic approach is required. Daniel Pink, in A Whole New Mind, argues that right-brain capabilities are just as important, if not more. How does this play into school curriculum, pedagogy, and community? What is the value of visual studies and design in a 21st century school?
Why Has Technology Failed to Bring Substantial Change to American Schools (and what can we do about it)?
The authors of Disrupting Class ask "Why haven't computers brought about a transformation in schools the way they have in other areas of life?". Excellent question. Join us for a discussion of what we can do to change that situation. Bring any and all ideas to share.
Wiki's are not meant to house static content. See a MediaWiki implementation that highlights how a teacher can have their curricula materials online, make it visually appealing and increase the ability for collaboration among the learning community.
On Youth Voices, students publish images, videos, audio, and text not just to communicate but to connect with each other in groups of passionate inquiry. National Writing Project and EdTechTalk teachers who have been building this site with their students for seven years. Come learn more about a multi-school, peer-to-peer social network.
With each wave of school reform, a new batch of jargon is deposited on our shores. Take a critical look at the new wave of business model reform language, from "Race to the Top," to "non-negotiables," including our new "higher, clearer, and fewer" "internationally-benchmarked" "college- and career-ready" "Common Core" standards.