FETC Future of Educational Technology: Please Join Me

Hello from Orlando Florida. I am excited about learning with thousands of other educators at this amazing conference.  If you are deciding at the last minute to attend I highly suggest it. You will be involved  in the opportunity to choose from 600+ learning opportunities that best meet your needs specific to your role in leading the digital transformation — with basic to advanced sessions in 5 program tracks. Check out these possibilities from the links below. In fact you can take a look at the Schedule at a Glance right here. 

Information Technology
Inclusion & Special Education
Early Learning 

In the space below I have posted my contribution to FETC and promise you will walk away with some amazing ideas, resources, strategies, and future collaborators.  

$W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s
Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: NORTH 220F 

The makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create. Discover ways to establish not just a space but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to making. Explore ways to bring design, computational thinking, coding, robotics, electronics, engineering, and other elements of making into the regular classroom day in support of academic standards across the school in every subject. You will discover free and inexpensive maker resources to engage students in writing, math, reading. science, social studies, and the fine and applied arts. Discover connections with PBL, STEM, and STEAM from Mike Gorman that will bring your classroom, school, and district makerspaces to the mainstream. 

$W071 | Project Based Learning for Your District/Classroom Quickstart
Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: NORTH 220F 

Explore various models of PBL that allow for standards-based learning while facilitating the 4C’s. Understand how PBL can be the process and pedagogy for multiple initiatives, including 1:1, STEM, flipped classrooms, and student-centered learning. Investigate free resources that will help you take those first steps as a classroom teacher, school administrator, department head, or district leader. Walk away with amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to learn even more. Most of all, build the knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion necessary for you to take that next step.  

$W121 | Beyond PBL, STEM, and STEAM … Dewey Meets Technology and Standards
Monday, January 28, 2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: NORTH 220F  

Discover how the process of PBL connects to STEM, how STEM goes beyond the initials of its content, and how the verbs of STEM bring action to the content and standards. Together we will examine these educational movements through ideas from Dewey. Michael, a facilitator at the National STEM Academy in Washington, D.C., a STEM/PBL Facilitator for BIE, and a STEMBL workshop designer for Discovery, will share with you a multitude of Dewey-able ideas! Learn about great resources as you take a tour of websites promoting STEM.

$W158 | Harnessing Technology to Support Standards and Provide Authentic Learning
Monday, January 28, 2019 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 330B

Are you ready to promote important curriculum standards and 21st century skills while taking your school devices forward and going full throttle? Learn how examining a standard can help promote real learning and go beyond the shine of technology. You will explore a multitude of free and open source content just ready for your students to use. You will also find a multitude of ways to teach and assess 21st century skills while also learning about web resources to expand SAMR, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Webb’s Deeper Learning. Best of all, you will learn how technology and the important standards and skills can put your students at the center of learning.

$W188 | Taking Students Deeper in Inquiry … Spiraling Questions and Answers
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 331B

Uncovering information through inquiry is essential. Before students perform a search, it is important that they have good questions; after all, it is good questions that lead to answers. Better yet, answers lead to deeper questions. It’s more than a cycle; it’s an inquiry spiral! Learn techniques and employ technology that will engage today’s student to inquire and question with skill, develop and use today’s pre-search technologies, and engage in self-regulated research and evaluation. Best of all, walk away with free resources and tools in order to further sustain the learning process. (Mike was featured regarding informational searches using Google advanced search techniques by Alan November in his latest book, “Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age.”)

C094 | Computation Thinking Across the Curriculum: Students Thinking for Solutions
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Room: NORTH 220C

Learn how computational thinking can be part of every subject at every grade level. Discover practical methods and reasons as to why students need to focus on inquiry and employ critical thinking to come up with their own answers while posing new questions. Find out how computational thinking supports the process behind student coding and STEM learning activities. Discover ways that this can facilitate STEAM, PBL, and inquiry-based learning. You will learn about different programs and walk away with resources you can use tomorrow. Best of all you will learn how to engage your students in a style of thinking that promotes deeper, connected, and authentic learning that promotes the necessary 21st century skills. 

cross-posted at 21centuryedtech.wordpress.com

Michael Gorman oversees one-to-one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning and is on the National Faculty for The Buck Institute for Education. His awards include district Teacher of the Year, Indiana STEM Educator of the Year and Microsoft’s 365 Global Education Hero. Read more at21centuryedtech.wordpress.com.