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Who:
Eric Sheninger
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 211

The norm in most schools is to block and ban. Eric Sheninger was victim of this stigma. Join him as he shares his journey towards embracing technology and social media as he leads a conversation on strategies to initiate and sustain change.

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21st Century Schools: Part IV, A New Hope

Who:
John Schinker, Alvin Trusty
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 300

In a period of civil unrest, rebel students have invaded our schools using smart phones, netbooks and tablets. NCLB strongholds paralyze the rebellion by emphasizing a test-prep curriculum, but a band of rebels still embrace 21st century skills. Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration can restore freedom to the galaxy

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A Call For All Educators! How Do We Get More "Connected" Principals?

Who:
George Couros, Patrick Larkin
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 209

George Couros and Patrick Larkin the creators of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat will lead a conversation about how to connect more educational leaders through social media in order to expedite school improvement efforts.

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Charting a New Course

Who:
Michael Farrell, Raymond Lucci, Joshua Newman, Luke Van Meter
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room Drama Studio

Four new faculty members at SLA speak about what brought them here, the shift to a new instructional paradigm, and the ups and downs of navigating a new environment.

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Cultivating Connected Learning Experiences through Arts Integration

Who:
Kyle Pace, Michelle Baldwin, Yoon Soo Lim, Elizabeth Peterson
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 311

Why Integrate with the Arts? Learning experiences through multiple art forms provide connections to all aspects of life. In this conversation, participants will discuss arts integration, why its important for children and how educators can collaborate to integrate effectively.

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From #chat to #do - Taking action with your PLN

Who:
Eric Brunsell, Elizabeth Alderton, Damian Bariexca
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 308

Educators are using Twitter to share more than what they had for breakfast! This conversation shares research conducted by the facilitators about how educators are using Twitter for educational purposes. Together, facilitators and participants will discuss the proliferation of hashtag chats and concrete methods for moving communities to take action.

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From Tradition to Innovation: One School's Personalized Approach to Online Instruction

Who:
Megan Howard, Maryellen Berry
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 307

What happens when an independent elementary school seriously evaluates the meaning of its mission statement, eliminates its current language program, and adopts an innovative (and disruptive?) approach to language instruction? In this session, participants will explore the promises and pitfalls of online learning. Discussion topics will include: teacher management of hybrid classrooms, student directed learning and assessment, metacognition, and program evaluation.

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Future Of The Book

Who:
Chris Penny, Christine DiPaulo
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 313

The Future of the Book is now! Tablet computing devices are being adopted in education at an amazingly fast rate. It is we, the early adopters and who, through trial and discovery, will help develop the best practices for the Future of the Book.

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Innovations in 21c Learning Spaces

Who:
Ray Bordwell, Peter Brown
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 301

Educators addressing changing educational paradigms are often confronted with "old school" ideas about learning spaces. This conversation with leading thinkers in school design arenas will illustrate how shifts in educational ideas are changing ideas about spaces, and how educators can be involved in shaping innovative space types for 21c learning.

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Project-based Learning in the Language Classroom

Who:
Melanie Manuel, Jillian Gierke
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 207

What can a 9-12 curriculum in World Languages using project-based learning look like? In a world without financial limitations and policy structures, what does our dream curriculum look like? With the help of technology, how can we upgrade our current curriculum so that it more closely resembles our ideal curriculum?

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Story Matters Here

Who:
Jon Orech
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 304

Explore how Digital Storytelling builds community and increases trust and empathy for reluctant and willing learners. We will discuss how to transform the development, creation, and sharing of story, as well as how to avoid pitfalls. Participants are encouraged to bring their own stories of success to share. Submit or vote on questions at http://tinyurl.com/storymatters

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The same as it ever was, but does it have to be?

Who:
Leo Brehm, Beth Knittle
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 309

Please join us for a conversation on change. We will discuss our ideal learning environments and practices; outline the skills, knowledge, tools and strategies needed; and set realistic goals to realize this vision. Help us to pinpoint the traits of successful change that has been implemented in either a small classroom or school/district-wide.

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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.

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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?

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Will Online Learning Change Everything, Or Has it Already?

Who:
Cory Plough, Beth Still
When:
Session Four
Where:
Room 303

This session will examine the meteoric rise of online and hybrid schools and what it means for education.