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Tech & Learning Live @ Atlanta

Tech & Learning Live @ Atlanta

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA

Friday, February 26

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live back to Atlanta on Friday, February 26 . This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 1, 2016, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.


"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist

Programs

Registration and Breakfast: Playground

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Come prepared to share your ideas and questions on our “Anything Goes” wall .

Playground stations include: Chanel Johnson’s STEM virtual rotation lab; David Lockhart’s maker space; Donna Teuber’s design thinking activities; and Chris Templar’s Robotics, including the opportunity to build your own bottle bot!

Welcome and Opening Keynote: Becoming an Agent of Change

We talk a lot about "changing education," but what does that look like in practice? How can you become an agent of change at the classroom, building, or district level? Keynote speaker Henry Thiele will examine these questions in his presentation. He believes change agents must spend time getting to know their students, their staff, their parents, their communities in order to make change—and today's technology tools can facilitate this goal. Henry will look at some of the ways technology can help edtech leaders change the future of education by connecting them with their school communities and closing what he calls the "investment gap" between attending and valuing.

Becoming an Agent of Change

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Breakout Session # 1

Rethinking Academic Coaches (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Many schools have added academic “coaching” models that dedicate staff members to train teachers on the effective implementation of tech & learning. This session provides examples of these successful instructional coaching models and offers tips and guidelines you can use to replicate these best practices in your schools.
PRESENTERS: Donna Teuber, Richland School District Two, SC, Christine Horowitz and Wanda Greenfield, Spartanburg District 7, SC: Heather Cox, iTeach Center, GA; Christian Padgett, Fulton County Schools.

Rethinking Academic Coaches

We Have the Devices: Now What? (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Whether your schools are BYOD or 1:1, you have most likely moved past the “which hardware” conversation. Now what? In this session, hear how both sides of the device divide--instruction and tech--came together to provide the meaningful content, training, and buy-in needed to sustain a successful mobile device program.
PRESENTERS: Joani Kay, Mountain Brook Schools, AL; Janet Copenhaver & Monica Hatchett, Henry County Public Schools, Collinsville, VA; Trey Holladay, superintendent, Chris Hamilton, CTO, & Beth McKinney, Athens City Schools. Moderator: Tony Perez.

We Have the Devices: Now What?

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction? (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Blended instruction can create smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, and adaptive teaching that results in true personalized learning. These schools share their stories of how they used blended, online, and virtual learning to improve the learning experience for their students.
PRESENTERS: Brent Hollers, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell, GA, Amanda Massie & Students, Henry County Schools

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction?

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Industry Spotlights

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Discussions #1

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. [NOTE: There will be two sessions of “Anything Goes” (topics will be repeated) at 11:25-12:05 and 2:15-2:45]. Topics include:

· Diversity in STEAM (Adam Phyall)

· iPad in the Elementary Classroom (Paula Stanbridge and Sharon Mumm)

· Drones in Education (Aaron Griffin)

· Creating an Efficient Help Desk (Rena Seals, Becky Faulkner, and Kelly Davis)

· Virtual Field Trips (Angie Foerster)

· Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In (Kim Buice)

· Support Reading with Tech (Paul Barkley)

· Using Social Media Safely (Joel Colón)

· Considerations for Implementing an LMS (Lisa Dobbs, Jennifer Kaiser, Tony Perez, Chanel Johnson)

· Anything Goes: topics suggested by attendees the day of the conference

Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In

iPad in the Elementary Classroom: RoundTableHintCards

iPad in the Elementary Classroom: Using the iPad as a Comprehension Tool

Luncheon

Dessert Reception

Breakout Session #2

Next-Gen PD (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Hear examples of PD programs that work. Bring your questions and your ideas.

PRESENTERS: Bryan Phillips, Hoover City Schools, AL Alabama; Melissa Jackson, Newton County Schools, GA; Suzan Brandt, Mountain Brook Junior High, AL: Susan Grigsby, Forsyth County Schools. Moderator: Beth Miller, president of GLMA (Georgia Library Media Association).

Next Generation PD

Cool Tool Smackdown (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

During this lightning-paced smackdown, presenters will make their cases for apps, add-ons, and other edtech tools while the audience votes on their favorites. Who will be left standing at the end of this battle?

PRESENTERS: Sharon Mumm, Mountain Brook Schools, AL; Kati Searcy, Fulton County Schools, GA; Staci Gelbaum, Cumberland Academy of Georgia; Jennifer Liang, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland Academy of Georgia; Marcus Borders, Stonewall Tell Elementary, Cynthia Hardy, Fulton County Schools. Moderator: Stephanee Stephens.

Cool Tools Smackdown

BYOD: Supporting Device-Agnostic Learning (Future Ready Gear: Technology Infrastructure)

This session will discuss how to create a device-agnostic environment in your school, including infrastructure, professional development, classroom management, and financial recommendations.

PRESENTERS: Marty Bray, Chief Technology Officer, Forsyth County Schools; Jennifer Lamkins, Chief Technology Officer, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL; Joel Colón, Instructional Technology Specialist, McCracken Middle School, SC. Moderator: Kate Crawford.

Anything Goes Discussions #2

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. [NOTE: There will be two sessions of “Anything Goes” (topics will be repeated) at 11:25-12:05 and 2:15-2:45]. Topics include:

· Diversity in STEAM (Adam Phyall)

· iPad in the Elementary Classroom (Paula Stanbridge and Sharon Mumm)

· Drones in Education (Aaron Griffin)

· Creating an Efficient Help Desk (Rena Seals, Becky Faulkner, and Kelly Davis)

· Virtual Field Trips (Angie Foerster)

· Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In (Kim Buice)

· Support Reading with Tech (Paul Barkley)

· Using Social Media Safely (Joel Colón)

· Considerations for Implementing an LMS (Lisa Dobbs, Jennifer Kaiser, Tony Perez, Chanel Johnson)

· Anything Goes: topics suggested by attendees the day of the conference

Closing Session & Reception: Playground

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!

Speakers

Sponsors