What the Heck Do We DO With all This Data?
Sheryl Abshire, Bryan Doyle and Peter Griffiths
Sick of collecting ever-more data to comply with accountability mandates? Tired of even thinking about this subject? If so, you’re not alone. But don’t despair. Come explore what’s possible when big data is combined with powerful tools for visualizing it and making it transparent and usable. See how to build a supportive data culture in your school or district and how to use the data you’re collecting to personalize learning and drive key decisions.
Rethinking Learning Spaces
Kay Abernathy (moderator); Karen Fuller and Ian Powell; Carl Hooker and Carolyn Foote; Scott Floyd
Do your classrooms and libraries look almost exactly like they did a century ago? For the first time in decades, a number of schools can answer this question with a resounding “No!” From mobile-friendly classrooms to media centers transformed into digital learning spaces, this session will provide specific, affordable ways you can redesign learning environments to meet the needs of today’s students.
Learning by Making
Stuart Burt and Randy Rodgers
Come get a close-up, hands-on look at a variety of tools -- from 3D printers to MakeyMakey to robotic kits and more -- involving maker spaces and interactive technology. This session will also include discussion about curriculum tie-ins and the skills being acquired, as well as a look at how to interest all students, even those who didn’t previously think of themselves as techies.
Understanding Digital Citizenship & Identity
How do we educate children and adults in a world where the most offensive behavior is, at most, a few strokes away and everything you do ends up in your permanent record? How do we create a culture that respects and understands both creators and consumers while increasingly limiting the distinction between these two groups? How do we develop kind and caring citizens with integrity in both offline and online spaces? Tech Forum keynoter Alec Couros will address these and other questions as he explores the meaning of digital citizenship in today's world.