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Best Practices: Project-Based Learning in Forward-Thinking Schools

Who:
Meghan Best, Tim Best, Jillian Gierke
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 311

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.

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Managing Life and Personal Learning Environments in the 21st Century

Who:
Brandon Lutz, Tracey McGrath, Lori Sheldon, Scott Snyder
When:
Session Two
Where:
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.

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The Art of the Remix: Collaborative Writing in the Social Media Classroom

Who:
Dr. Leif Gustavson, Vanessa Scanfeld
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 311

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.

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Thinking Creatively: Inventing the Possible

Who:
Linda Nitsche
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 311

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.

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Youth Voices - A Social Network Where Teachers Nurture Student-to-Student Conversation

Who:
Paul Allison
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 311

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.