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Falling Down the "Alice Project" Rabbit Hole: Inverting Traditional HS English Research and Writing

Who:
Christian Long, Jason Kern, Benedikt Kroll and Michael Nathman
When:
Session Two
Where:
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.

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Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd: Collaborative Action Plans

Who:
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 204

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...
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Papert Matters: Thinking About Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas

Who:
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 204

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.

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Stager Certified Educators Executive Program

Who:
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D.
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 204

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.

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Taking Play Seriously

Who:
Brian C. Smith
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 204

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....
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The "Decoupling" of Education and School: Where do We Begin?

Who:
Will Richardson
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 204

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.