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Ctrl+Alt+PD: Shifting School Culture with Technology and Collaborative Professional Development

Who:
Heather Hersey, Cathy Stutzman, Don Ginty, Marci Zane, Vinny Panico, Mary Woods
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 300

Want to start a learning revolution? Looking for examples of teacher-led professional development and the role of technology in bringing about change? Facilitators will invite a discussion of the techniques used to initiate a culture shift toward collaboration and learning for all stakeholders in the school community.

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Is the Internet Making Us Stupid?

Who:
Mary Beth Hertz, Ann Leaness
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 307

We are at a pivotal point in history where technology is advancing at breakneck speed. What, however, are the effects of this technology on our brains? In this session we will discuss ideas from Nicolas Carr's "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains" and other writings in an interactive dialogue.

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iSchool Area of Focus: Helping Students Become Experts

Who:
Alisa Berger, Mary Moss
When:
Session Five
Where:
Room 301

Only in its first year, the NYC iSchools Area of Focus program, which requires juniors to select a two-year focus for their studies, is already increasing motivation and attracting college interest. Come learn about how the program works, share and discuss suggestions for improvements, and evaluate the program for use in your own school community.

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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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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.