Preconference Institutes

Preconference Institutes – February 24, 2016

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Google for Education India Summit by EdTechTeam

Are you Future Ready?

Welcome to the next iteration of EdTechTeam’s Global Summits. To help you prepare your classrooms for the future of education, we are excited to bring you a combination of Google in Education and Future Ready Schools. Sessions are built on the ideals of Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency, and Inspiring Spaces while utilizing the fantastic Google tools available for educators.

The program includes a keynote presentation, engaging and informative breakout sessions, hands on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers, and a closing session. We are also including the option to join learning strands to help you get the most out of your weekend so that you can start applying your learning right away.

Session themes include:

  • Courageous Leadership
  • Empowered Teachers
  • Student Agency
  • Inspiring Learning Spaces
  • Resources, Devices, and Infrastructure
  • Moonshot Thinking and 10X Thinking
  • Student Ignite Projects (or 20% Projects)
  • Google Apps for Education, iPads for Educators
  • Makerspaces
  • And much more…

Technology and Learning Experts

All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Apple Distinguished Educators, or teachers with success stories from the Future Ready Schools community! 

The Summit Presenters -

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Diving Deep Into Deeper Learning

Participants in this preconference session will 'dive deep' into deeper learning. We'll look at the research that supports more authentic, cognitively complex work; greater student agency; and robust technology integration. We'll use lesson plans, video exemplars, and the trudacot teacher discussion protocol to redesign elementary and secondary lessons and make them better. We'll learn from systems that are already doing this and identify strategies that we can implement in our own schools. Throughout our time together, we'll talk about the leadership, visioning, and implementation practices necessary to make this happen.

Participants should bring a willingness to rethink learning and teaching, a lack of defensiveness, and, preferably, a laptop or Chromebook (because iPads don't always play nice with Google Sheets).

Speaker - Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens)

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Programming: The New Liberal Art - Why and How to Teach It

In the mid-1960s, Seymour Papert asked, “Does the computer program the child or the child program the computer.” Programming is a way of seeing.

Beyond vocational benefits, computer programming gives young people agency over an increasingly complex technologically sophisticated world. Programming is fundamental to engineering, science, making sense of data, and mirrors the writing process. If your goals are as modest as to improve achievement in ab otherwise unchanged mathematics curriculum, then we would teach every child to program computers since programming is one of the few contexts for using the math taught to kids. Without programming, computational thinking becomes a rhetorical exercise.

Despite these self-evident benefits, schools go to extraordinary lengths to deprive students of programming experiences.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience with creating beautiful art in Turtle Art, controlling external devices with Snap!, and flying drones with Tickle (an iPad dialect of Scratch). Examples of K-8 programming integration projects will be shared and we will look at options for teaching the new Computer Science Principles AP course. Strategies for teaching programming across the curriculum and various grade levels will be discussed.

Speaker - Gary Stager

Gary Stager
Gary Stager is an internationally recognized educator, speaker, journalist, consultant, and founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. Since 1982, Gary has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression. He led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools (1990) and has taught students from preschool through doctoral programs. His new book (written with Sylvia Martinez), Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, explores the maker revolution and its implications for school reform.

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