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Digital and Media Literacies

Who:
Kristin Hokanson, David Cooper Moore, Renee Hobbs
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 208

Today people need enhanced capacities for using information in ways that meet their daily needs, according to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. This session offers a unified definition of digital and media literacy, identifies five key challenges and identifies a list of 10 action steps for bringing digital media literacy to all 300 million Americans.

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If Games are the Answer, Whats the Question?

Who:
Sylvia Martinez
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 208

You hear it everywhere. Games are the future of education. After all, kids love games, so if we could just sneak some education into them kids would magically learn! Right? Or is it more complicated than that? Lets explore this together and find out where hype, hope, and reality meet.

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Is Homework "Deliberate Practice"?

Who:
Kathleen Cushman
When:
Session Two
Where:
Room 208

Ideally, homework should be "deliberate practice," targeting individual areas of need and pushing each student to a new place just within reach. But students say it rarely works that way. What would it take to design homework that was more like practicing a sport or a musical instrument?

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Lessons for K-12 from the Best Preschools in the World

Who:
Gary S. Stager Ph.D.
When:
Session One
Where:
Room 208

The educational approach to the teaching of very young children, refined over five decades in the small Italian city of Reggio Emilia stands a source of inspiration for dramatically transforming the learning environment and experiences for teachers and students K-12 everywhere. There are special lessons for the appropriate constructive use of technology. The boldness of the approach is a provocation for those who toss about terms such as reform and school change.

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The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn & Share Globally

Who:
Alec Couros, Dean Shareski
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 208

Given that many teachers now have increased access to generous social networks and free digital resources, to what extent does this condition obligate teachers to share and connect their work, and the work of their students? While not often mandated by policy, what are the ethical considerations around the act of sharing as the pedagogical default?

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Who:
Darren Kuropatwa, Dean Shareski
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 208

This conversation will explore curriculum and cross disciplinary opportunities to explicitly teach visual literacy skills using concrete examples from the news and a Mythbusters approach to YouTube. Bring your laptop and be prepared to play and learn and talk.