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7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast


8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

World Class Schooling: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students
Dr. Yong Zhao
The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education involving personalized curriculum, product-oriented learning, and the globe as the campus.

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.


Creativity, Collaboration and the Common Core
Carol Broos; Candace Marcotte with Jamie Perry, William Marsland, and Kyle Shack; Jaclyn Moreno and Ashley Coblentz
The presenters for this session span elementary through secondary grades and specialize in a wide range of subject areas, including art, music, ESL, foreign language, math, and social studies. What they share is a passion for incorporating technology into the curriculum in ways that lead to engagement and motivation. You’ll hear about a variety of powerful, project-based learning experiences that support Common Core standards while infusing the arts across the curriculum and providing authentic opportunities for students to collaborate and learn.
 
The Flipped Classroom: What's Next?
Jonathan Bergmann with Michael Gorman, R.J. Gravel, and Brian Gervase
You already know about the flipped classroom; you may very well be implementing it in your school or district. Butwhy are you doing it? What are you learning and where do you want to take flipping in the future? Join Jon Bergmann and a few invited panelists for a lively discussion – involving audience members as key contributors – about best practices and how the flipped classroom is transforming teaching and learning.
 
Professional Development Tips and Breakthroughs
Chris Geocaris and Rico D’Amore; Scott Meech; Phil Klamm and Kevin Schmitz
Experts agree that sustained and effective professional development is crucial to a successful technology program. In this session you’ll meet administrators and technology leaders from three districts that are involved in one-to-one and/or BYO initiatives. From all-staff institute days to video-based classes to face-to-face “appy hours” that complement online learning experiences, you will learn about the types of professional development needed to launch and sustain such ambitious initiatives.
 
Approaching a Holistic Technology Integration Strategy
Daniel Rezac with Andy Kohl and Elizabeth Greene
Getting buy-in for technology integration is always a challenge. What is the essential element that brings everything together, and elevates the “tool time” discussions to something more meaningful, creative, and practical? We’ll explore curriculum review, digital writing, and media literacy, as we discuss an approach to engaging teachers in the integration of technology into every aspect of instructional design.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment and Networking Break


11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Industry Spotlights
Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Lunch and Dessert Reception


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

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


Idea Exchange: One-to-One and BYO Best Practices
Roundtable: Formative Assessment (Miller, Coblentz and Moreno)
Roundtable: Authentic Learning (Russell and Crowley)
Roundtable: Teachers as Bloggers (Harter)

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.


Moving Beyond Textbooks
Charlene Chausis, Michael Gorman and Phil Lacey
Books of the future are going to be connected, adaptable, flexible and customizable. Come explore the options for moving away from traditional textbooks in favor of e-publications and a variety of Open Educational Resources (OER). You’ll see how the newest web-based tools for curating information and aligning with Common Core standards put students and teachers – not textbooks – at the center of the learning process.
Differentiation Within the Classroom
Scott Meech with Kristen Olsen and Megan Ryder
Three instructional technology leaders from Downers Grove District 58 will share the ways in which the RtI approach to identifying individual students' needs and the SAMR model of technology integration and enrichment are transforming learning in district classrooms. Come explore how everything from flipped lessons within the classroom to an iPad take-home program fit into the picture.
Managing Schools, Classrooms, and Information with Google Apps
Hank Thiele and Jennie Magiera
If you’ve adopted, or are considering adopting, Google Apps for Education you’ll have a variety of new tools available to you for both instructional and administrative uses. This session focuses on the ways in which teachers and administrators are using tools including Google Drive, Google Forms, YouTube, Google Sites and Google Scripts to manage information, build portals, organize classes and professional development, connect with community members, and more.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception
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