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Thursday Session 1 [clear filter]
Thursday, November 2
 

8:00am

Change Management Toolkit for Shifting Schools Toward Proficiency-Based Learning
This session focuses on seven high leverage tools and strategies school administrators can utilize to facilitate the implementation of proficiency-based systems of teaching and learning. Gradebooks, vision statements, professional development plans, instructional coaches, guidelines/procedures, distributed leadership structures, and professional learning communities can all provide a cohesive package of tools to help with the shift to a proficiency-based model of education.


Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 1

8:00am

Children and Social Media - Impact for Schools
The average tween spends about 7 hours per day on media, and the onset age of smartphone use is decreasing.  Apps developers use psychological engineering to capture users eyeballs, yet the more time teens look at screens, the more they are likely to report symptoms of depression.  What is the research saying about social media use, possible effects on children, and what impact might this have for the social, psychological, and educational functions of schools?

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 1

8:00am

Creating and Making: Vision, Leadership, and Pedagogy
Although #makered and #makerspaces are trending in K12, there is NO single pathway to a successful space for creating and making! But there is ONE absolute FIRST step in the journey -- KNOW your WHY! We’ll take a look at schools who articulated their vision around creating and making, some common frameworks, and research on primary and secondary benefits of maker centered learning. Come share your vision for creating and making in your school, or come to help shape your WHY!.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 2

8:00am

How Social Media Can Improve Your School
We’ll explore different social media tools and their direct benefits to your school community (to students, to families, to educators and to leaders). We’ll discuss some of the perceived challenges and concrete strategies to address those concerns. Tips, tricks and proper management techniques will be shared along with a chance to collaborate with educators from across the state.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northstar 2

8:00am

Project-based learning as a path to personalized and flexible pathways
Project based learning has been a successful conduit to personalized learning and has started to develop flexible pathways for students to demonstrate their proficiency. Hear how schools are adapting to these flexible and emerging pathways as they develop. Along those line, we will talk about how school policies and practice might need to change as a result of these pathways.


Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Gateway 1

8:00am

Screencasting as a Practical Tool for Student Centered Learning
The methods of screencasting (recording content and narration on-screen) can be accomplished easily on most devices and can be used in a variety of ways to facilitate student centered learning. I wish to showcase how my students and I have used screencasting in a variety of valuable ways including creating new instructional content (a la flipped classroom), video lab reports, show-and-explain assessments, and video reflections.

Presenters

Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Escapade 2