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Beyond the Classroom: Change from Here

Who:
Chris Lehmann
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 204

EduCon is an invigorating weekend for many of us, but then what? How can we make these ideas live every day in our classroom?

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Creativity and Critical Thinking Skills To Transform Education

Who:
Howie DiBlasi
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 204

Creativity, innovation and critical thinking all matter because : It is an essential element of self-directed lifelong learning. Because it enables our citizens to adapt to rapidly changing economic, civic and cultural circumstances. Creativity matters because it is vital for high-value work and for the competitiveness of our economy: it is the one capacity that cannot be outsourced.

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Design Thinking: 21st Century Skills for the Real World (Not Just School-Centric Practice)

Who:
Christian Long, David Bill, Ethan Bodnar
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 204

This session will explore "design thinking" -- both a mindset and a methodology -- as authentic 21st Century pedagogy. Using Prototype Design Camp -- an innovative design program focused on solving real world problems tied to the 'future of learning' -- as an active case study, participants will discuss the merits of 'design thinking' as an authentic problem-solving process for thinkers of all ages. Additionally, participants will consider the implications for (nearly 50) 11th and 12th graders who will take part in the Prototype Design Camp at a state-wide ed-tech conference in Ohio immediately following Educon.

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Diversifying Your Rolodex

Who:
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 204

This conversation will explore a lack of gender diversity in the edtech thought leader space, and in a panel/participant interactive format, crowdsource wisdom for solutions and collective action surrounding the issue.

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Making the Case to Parents: Starting a National Conversation

Who:
Will Richardson
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 204

For the conversation around meaningful change in education to take place, parent voices will have to sing loudly. This conversation will brainstorm a plan to create a "National Back to School Night" for parents in Fall 2011.

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Why Johnny Can't Read: A Conversation About What It Means to Be Literate...Today

Who:
David Jakes, Laura Deisley
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 204

Nicholas Carr argues that we live in The Shallows. Clay Shirky writes that the literary world is now losing its normative hold on culture. So, is literacy changing? As we incorporate connective technologies in our classrooms, are the skills associated with deep reading and critical thinking being lost? What does it mean to be literate in 2010 and beyond?