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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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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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I <3 PowerPoint.

Who:
Christina Jenkins
When:
Session Three
Where:
Room 207

Why do we use a language of bullets and arrows in our classrooms? I <3 PowerPoint argues that presenting is an art, and PowerPoint and its cousins need not be teacher-centric or deadly. Attendees will be inspired to transform their own presentations with karaoke, paper, music videos, comics and more.

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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?