November 5, 2018
8:30-3:30 (lunch provided)
Choose one of these exciting, full-day, hands-on workshops on November 5 to start off the conference.
Leading Teachers From Monday to Someday with Tom Daccord
In successful tech-integration programs, conversations about great teaching center on the technology as an effective learning platform. Schools that share a common vision for learning, extensive support for teachers, and a willingness to learn from others are much more likely to reap the benefits of technology integration.
Moreover, successful leaders recognize that effective tech integration is as much about attitude as aptitude and they encourage and support innovation and risk-taking. These leaders also understand that teachers often instinctively view devices as “productivity” tools to do what they’ve always done, so they demonstrate and communicate how teaching and learning can be enhanced. Though thoughtful integration of learning technologies requires reflecting on pedagogy, curriculum, and teacher practice (Someday), many teachers need small chunks or stepping stones (Mondays) to gain experience and confidence, and leaders leverage Monday-Someday connections. Even so, many teachers are reluctant to take risks or say they don’t have the time to do so. Additionally, negative staff members with strong personalities may intimidate some innovative and risk-taking teachers. Therefore, it’s essential that leaders take away negative power and combat stagnation. Fortunately there are many ways to do so.
Join us and explore how innovative leaders in the U.S., Canada, and other countries think beyond a device or platform and promote conscientious innovation with learning technologies. We will examine common traits of innovative school technology leadership: 1) the power of vision and mission 2) planning for learning, not technology, 3) a “backward-design” alignment of mission with instruction, 4) empowering classroom innovation both formally and informally, 5) structured support for developing institutional capacity, and 6) blended professional development opportunities for teachers. We will also look at best practices for dealing with reluctant and negative teachers or administrators and for tackling the omnipresent “I don’t have time to use technology” quandary. Workshop content is drawn not only from experiences at hundreds of school and thousands of educators, but also from notable researchers such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Marzano, Grant Wiggins, Richard Dufour, Scott McLeod, Larry Cuban, Dan Lortie, Peter Senge, and others. In all, participants will walk away with a vision, a mission, a clear pedagogical framework, and a set of practices for transforming learning spaces to better meet the demands of an increasingly connected and cognitively demanding world.
Elementary iPads with Avra Robinson
Playful Practice: Developing Games and Simulations for Teacher Learning with the MIT Teaching Systems Lab
Design Thinking & Making with Greg Kulowiec
Workshop participants will walk away with a thorough understanding of the Design Thinking model, practical application of the Design Thinking process as well as the ability to construct design challenges. Further, participants will examine the connection between Design Thinking and Making with the intention of bringing value to school MakerSpaces with the goal of moving beyond MakerSpaces and Making as an isolated location or experience outside of the curriculum.
Creative and Innovative Approaches to Google and G Suite in the Classroom with Ben Sondgeroth
Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality: Fostering Innovation and Engagement in EDU with Mason
Immersive technology is taking education by storm. Learn how to take students on virtual reality field trips, manipulate 3D objects, augment the world around them, and more. In this workshop, participants will experience first-hand the immersive capabilities of AR, VR, and MR in the classroom and begin aligning those experiences with student standards of learning to increase the rigor, relevance, and engagement. Participants will then curate tools, resources, and lesson ideas to transform the learning experiences of their students. And finally, participants will learn how to create their own immersive experiences and help foster student creativity with immersive technology.
Project Based Learning with Tom Driscoll
In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, meaningful ways to integrate technology as an integral component in student engagement and motivation, and instructional strategies to support student learning. With PBL, we will identify and align student learning goals, construct driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity, in addition to offering student choice and voice through the use of technology. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create assessment frameworks for PBL, and reimagine current curriculum in order to implement Project Based Learning in their classroom.