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21st Century Classrooms or 21st Century Learning?

Who:
Tracy Weber
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 211

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.

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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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Field Guide for Change Agents

Who:
Rodd Lucier and Ben Hazzard
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 309

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.

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High Noon - A model for online participatory learning

Who:
Dave Bill, Basil Kolani
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 207

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.

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Learning 2.0 -- Overhauling Classroom Best Practices

Who:
David Warlick
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 208

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.

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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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Redefining "Schooly" Texts

Who:
Joshua Block, Molly Buckley and Alexa Dunn
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 209

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.

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SLA Student Experience

Who:
Larissa Pahomov and SLA Students
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 300

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.

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Taking the load off a learner's mind: Cognitive Load Theory in Education

Who:
Christopher Craft
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 308

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do your students? This session will help you understand Cognitive Load and its impact on education.

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User-Generated Education: An Authentic Student-Centric Model of Education

Who:
Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 307

"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.

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What Free Improvisational Music and Networked Learning Have in Common

Who:
Shelly Blake-Plock
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 303

A conversation and collaborative demonstration on the meaning of 'networked learning' through the metaphor of free improvisational music.

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What if school wasn't just like real life, what if it just was real life?

Who:
Diana Laufenberg
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 301

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.

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Zapping the Buzzwords: "Disruptive innovation," "the widget effect," and more.

Who:
Tom Hoffman
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 304

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.