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7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

Identity, Networks, & Connected Learning
Dr. Alec Couros
We are currently exiting the age of personal computer and entering a new mobile reality. Emerging technologies now provide us with the tools to drastically transform our learning environments, and for the first time in history, learners now have the technical ability to learn anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Yet, transitioning away from our industrial model of education will not be easy, and leaves us with many questions. What do teachers/leaders need to know about modern learning? How can social networks and new media be used to support student learning? How do we deal with digital identity & citizenship? This presentation will outline our new technological reality, feature examples of how social media and mobile devices can transform learning environments and guide participants in examining the potentials and pitfalls of 21st century learning.

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

9:45 am - 11:00 am

Morning Breakout Sessions
Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

One-to-One and BYO Districts Share Their Stories
Christine Weiser (moderator); Ron Chandler and Themy Sparangis; Jenith Mishne; Robert Craven and Crystal Turner
As school districts implement 1:1 and BYOD initiatives they learn a great deal about how teaching and learning is transformed. They also learn which policies and procedures need rethinking, which hardware and software choices are most helpful, and how to change course when things don’t go as planned. This session will focus on these and other key implementation issues.
It Takes a Village
Mike Lawrence, Holly Clark, Bill Selak, and Christine Olmstead
In these politically charged times, with teachers and schools feeling attacked and bad news going viral, how do we break through the isolation and change the conversation?Four education leaders will talk about ways of sharing the good news, inviting parents into their children’s learning, partnering with the community, and building widespread support.
Professional Development Revisited
Lisa Gonzales, Charles Young and Jason Borgen
We know students learn in different ways but are we also providing differentiated learning for K-12 educators? Come hear from district leaders who are committed to sustained, quality professional learning, personalized to the needs of teachers. Options that will be discussed include: Google Hangouts, face-to-face workshops, focused institutes, collaboration time during the year, creative faculty meetings, on-demand learning, flipped PD, mentoring, twitter resources, and other approaches to building PLCs.
The Other Two Letters in STEM: Technology and Engineering’s Role in Today’s Classrooms
Sylvia Martinez (moderator); Luz Rivas, Jim Klein and John Umekubo
When we talk about STEM education, we often mean math and science. But what about the creative learning that takes place when all students – both female and male -- are encouraged to become high-tech problem solvers and inventors? Come see how the Maker Movement, student coding, engineering and other “geeky” pursuits are transforming student learning, K-12.
John Umekubo's resources
 Jim Klein's resources

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Industry Spotlights & Demos
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Dessert Reception

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

Roundtable Discussions & Mini-Workshops
These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders.

  • Getting Ready for SBAC: What do you need to know and do to prepare for the CCSS assessments? (Ingrid Roberson, Catharine Reznicek and Asim Babovic)
  • Catharine Reznicek's presentation
  • Open Education Resources (OER): Where to find them, how to evaluate them, when to use them. (John Fleischman, Jay McPhail and Jeremy Davis)
  • Download the presentation
  • Tomorrow’s Tools Today: A Look at Google Glass, 3-D printers and other cutting-edge technologies and their educational potential. (Leslie Fisher and Gary Carnow)

    2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions
    Geared especially to administrators, IT leaders, mentor teachers and other ed tech visionaries, these concurrent sessions feature widely-acclaimed and respected speakers covering the hottest topics.

    Collaborative Approaches to Embracing Common Core
    Jenith Mishne; Scott Bailey and Robert Sidford; Susan Tandberg and Rick Hassler
    Not only does the Common Core challenge us to teach in new ways, it also presents great opportunities for collaboration.How can you support and encourage teachers in your district to explore the new standards, incorporate relevant CCSS resources, and share successes and advice with one another?
    Beyond Engagement: Making Learning Irresistible
    Alec Couros, Jim Klein and Robert Gravina
    Incorporating technology into the classroom is far more than just a way of entertaining students. Join in the discussion of powerful ideas for learning as we explore what it takes to create passion and fascination in students and to transform our learning spaces into places that make learning irresistible!
    Listen to the Students: The Ultimate Smackdown
    Jenny Burks and Siggy Abuel (moderators); Students from Newport Mesa USD, Long Beach USD and Los Angeles USD
    Hear from the end users – classroom students – about their favorite digital tools and the most effective and engaging ways they are using technology each and every day. Come to see what the students are excited about. Leave with solid ideas to share at your school.

    3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    Sponsor-Hosted Reception
    Join the party! Unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners.

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