Social Media and Student Devices: Developing Guidelines
David Jakes (moderator); Ryan Bretag, Scott Floyd, Ben Grey and Hank Thiele
Social media tools, along with handheld technologies such as smartphones and tablets, continue to push educational practice and how schools operate in a 24-7, always-on, connected digital environment. Effectively positioning your school to utilize social media and leverage student-owned technology requires a thorough understanding of the policy, guidelines, and recommendations that support such use. Join a panel of experienced administrators for a lively discussion of the questions surrounding the development and deployment of frameworks to support the effective school use of disruptive technologies.
New Frontiers in Online Learning
Jeffrey Hunt and Phil Lacey
Online learning is gaining popularity across the country, from K-12 to higher education and beyond. School districts interested in online programs should consider many aspects of this new wave of teaching and learning. This session will examine administrative, curricular, learning, and technology issues that a school district should address when implementing an online initiative.
Flipping the Classroom
Scott Meech and Dan Rezac
Technology is finally at a point that allows us to inexpensively and effectively transform classroom experience and the role of the teacher. We will talk about several initiatives that build on Jonathan Bergmann's and Aaron Sams' concept of "flipping" the classroom -- in which lessons are delivered via teacher-made videos, freeing instructors to work more closely with students on hands-on activities and individual needs. We will share examples, offer tips and tricks for building effective lessons, and discuss how to organize these materials to provide the biggest impact on students and on education as a whole.
Building Collaborative Learning Environments
Jon Orech, Jim Gerry and students from IMSA
Tools that facilitate collaborative online learning are generating a lot of excitement on the part of teachers and students. But it is not enough to assume that "If You Build it, They Will Come." Using examples of real projects – from literary wikis to student-created digital textbooks to global science collaborations – we will examine the keys to fostering collaborative and authentic learning.