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21st Century Teacher Learning: Our Teacher Inquiry Group

Who:
Ted Domers, Andrea Gray, Peggy Kaplan, Kathryn May, Molly Thacker
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room Drama Studio

What happens when teachers create a community of learners to foster professional growth? We invite participants to join us in exploring authentic teacher learning, as we unpack the elements of our teacher inquiry group Struggles and Strategies and look to the future to develop our practice.

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Classrooms of Tomorrow (the day after today that is)

Who:
Rodd Lucier & Zoe Branigan-Pipe
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 304

YOUR CULMINATING TASK Which emerging trends do you see impacting your classroom as soon as tomorrow? As a designer, how might you modify classrooms in your school(s)? How will tomorrow's classrooms be more engaging and participatory? Participants will form teams, self-assign roles, and design classrooms that meet the needs of modern learners. Final designs will be published online as 'pencasts'.

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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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Google Docs: Not just for sharing

Who:
Sara Platt, Ann-Bailey Lipsett
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 211

Thinking outside the Docs: Using Google Docs not just to share but to collaborate in real-time to improve individualized student instruction.

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History, history

Who:
Margaret Graham, Melissa Mandell, Matt Herbison
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 300

Dialogue, conversation, stories. Talk with us about making history come alive for students. What do you need to make primary sources work in your classroom? We'll discuss historical digital collections and critique online history resources. Chocolate provided.

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I teach kids Establishing passion-based connections with students

Who:
Mark Carls
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 307

How do you captivate your students? Using ideas from your class/school as well as what you've seen at EduCon, come share your thoughts.

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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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Professionalizing teaching: A guided discussion on what WE (teachers) can do to make teaching more professional.

Who:
Juan Gabriel Sanchez, Matthew Van Kouwenberg, Rosalind Echols
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 303

This conversations will explore the ways in which teaching is not often valued as a true profession, as well as what teachers can do to combat that perception.

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Teaching Middle School in an Age of Autodidacts

Who:
Andrew Carle
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 207

I'm interested in exploring the viability of open-inquiry classrooms, where students pursue skills of their choosing, supported by teachers with unrelated expertise. Where's the "sweet spot" for student inquiry, balanced between the learning habits of obsessive hobbyists, realities of the middle-school classroom, and the absentee approach of Minimally Invasive Education? ( http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com) Is it worth looking for?

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The Reality of Enabling School Change: A Story of Risk, Hurdles, and Hope

Who:
Darren Draper, Dave Doty, Scot McCombs
When:
Session Six
Where:
Room 209

July 1, 2009 marked the first day of the Canyons School District. In this conversation we'll discuss the creative and logistical rewards and challenges of implementing a new vision for technology to improve student achievement and engage stakeholders.