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7:00 am - 8:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome and Opening Keynote

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future
Adam Bellow
Join Adam Bellow for an hour filled with insight, laughs, and a call to action for us as educators to reflect on our practice, infuse the best of what is available to us and discuss ways in which we can turn what we don't like about the educational system into something that we dream it can be and know is most helpful to students. This keynote will involve audience participation and be filled with amusing images and anecdotes. It will cover the history of educational technology as well as distinct ways we can motivate our students and fellow educators to make a difference.

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.

Which Technology is Right for Your School or District?
Steve Young (moderator); Mary Ann Beseda, Carl Hooker, Kevin Schwartz, Candace Threadgill
Should you buy laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, Windows tablets or some other device for your teachers and students? Invest in multiple platforms? Go BYO and let them choose? In this session, you will hear several district administrators sharing their own stories about what purchasing choices they made -- and, more importantly, how and why they made them.

Increasing Learning and Productivity with Google Apps for Education

Scott Floyd, Amy Mayer and Stuart Burt
Districts across the nation have found powerful ways for staff and students to collaborate, communicate, and create with the tools within Google Apps for Education. The presenters for this session will share the ins and outs of migrating to GAFE, tips for using its collaborative tools for meetings and information gathering, and a variety of ideas for engaging and effective classroom learning opportunities that tap into the power of Google’s cloud-based apps.

Technology in the Early Grades
Lisa Carnazzo and Lisa Johnson
Are you eager to share your students' learning with the world? To allow young learners to create, explore and have fun while meeting state and national standards? We will share a number of kid-friendly, technology-enhanced lesson ideas that foster inquiry and produce evidence of learning. This lively session, featuring primary-grade guest presenters, will showcase great apps and projects that transform learning for the youngest students!

Building-Level Leadership: The Role of the Visionary Principal
Karen Fuller (moderator); Linda Rawlings, Chris Ruggiero and Michele Staley
There is compelling evidence that effective leadership on the part of school administrators is crucial to the success of major initiatives such as 1:1, BYO, blended or flipped learning. In this session, you'll hear from several forward-thinking principals whose schools have witnessed transformative change as a result of their efforts and the efforts of others committed to student-centered learning powered by digital tools. Whether you're a principal, yourself, or an ed tech specialist looking for ways to encourage and support building-level leaders you work with, this session is for you.

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Industry Spotlights
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.

Roundtable Discussions:

  • Measuring What Matters: Soft Skills Made Visible

    Greg Garner and Tracy Clark
    How can we use digital resources, in concert with our own intuition and conversations, to help our students (and colleagues) develop cognitive depth and grow soft skills such as culture, empathy, respect, and personal development? How can we make these skills “visible” and important to teachers and students?
  • "App Smashing" Project
    Miguel Guhlin
    This workshop will help you avoid succumbing to content app frenzy and, instead, center your use of iPads to create projects that allow for blending the output from one or more apps into incredibly fun creations.

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.

Building a New Culture: Advice on Navigating Change
Steve Young (moderator); Karla Burkholder, Peter Griffiths and Kevin Schwartz
This participatory session will explore issues related to transformational leadership, strategic planning, and leveraging a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) to focus your efforts. Using examples from their own districts, as well as exercises that push you to explore the essential ingredients for organizational change, the workshop leaders will talk about audacious leadership and the keys to being an effective change agent.

The Other Two Letters in STEM: Technology and Engineering’s Role in Today’s Classrooms
Juan Orozco, Elaine Plybon, Randy Rodgers and Mark Barnett
When we talk about STEM education, the emphasis is often on math and science. But what about the creative learning that takes place when students are encouraged to use technology and engineering tools and skills to become real-world problem solvers and inventors? What are we doing to inspire all students – both female and male – to develop their computing and engineering skills? Come learn how the Maker Movement, student coding experiences, game design, robotics, and adaptable electronic devices are converging to transform student learning.

Lessons from the Flipped Classroom
Todd Nesloney and Courtney Toht
Come see how flipping the classroom allows creative teachers to nurture project-based learning, promote deep thinking, and become involved in global projects that reach far beyond the classroom walls. You’ll learn about the logistics of flipping – including the tools used by our presenters to create and deliver video-based “homework” and the ways in which they deal with students who don’t have connectivity at home – and see the results. Come with your questions and your own flipped classroom success stories

Social Media: Proving That Knowledge is Power and Sharing Knowledge Empowers
Carl Hooker, Carrie Ross and Sandy Kendell
Your stakeholders are using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. If you are not intentionally seeking and promoting interaction in these spaces, you are missing out on powerful opportunities. Let’s explore the most impactful ways to connect with your community to create transparency and build public support at the local level. Then we’ll talk about how these same tools can become the best free professional development an educator can ask for when they participate in professional learning networks for both district-directed and self-directed learning.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Sponsor-Hosted Reception
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