PETE & C 2013

The Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference (PETE & C) takes place this coming week. Here are the sessions I am tentatively planning to attend. I will blog about my adventures as the days go by.

Monday, February 11

8:00 – 10:00 AM Keynote: Jonathan Strickland – Separating the Signal from the Noise: The Challenges of Curation

Thanks to the Internet, we have more tools and data at our disposal than ever before. How do we sort the valuable information from everything else? Is the future of human intelligence tied to curating and evaluating data.

10:15 – 11:15 AM Customizing Education Using Agile Methods (Cocoa Suite 1)

Mass Customized Learning (MCL) offers student learning in an adaptive, on-demand, anytime-anywhere learning environment. Where do IU/District teams begin planning? How do teams identify the users of a complex MCL environment? Participants will be introduced to Agile and learn how the TIU used the method to address their district’s MCL needs.

11:30 – 12:30 AM Learning in a Networked World (Cocoa Suite 4/5)

The rapid emergence of networked learning challenges many of the fundamental assumptions about schools that we’ve held for over a hundred years. This thought-provoking presentation explains the power of personal learning networks and the changes they demand in our learning, our classrooms and our schools.

2:30 – 3:30 PM 60 in 60: 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes (Trinidad)

Get ready for an hour packed with ways to enhance your classroom and school through web tools! Gain exposure to web applications designed to help differentiate instruction and integrate common core standards. Join the fun, watch as all 60 tools are revealed and leave with access to the wiki.

4:00 – 5:00 PM When the MOOC Revolution Comes to K12 (Hotel – Overlook)

In 2012, leading U.S. universities began offering MOOCs, Massively Open Online Courses, taught by some of their best professors, with the goal of providing nearly free courses to over one billion people. This summer, high school students completed 15,000 of these courses! K-12 teachers need to know about this high-quality, low-cost learning system.

Tuesday, February 12

8:00 – 9:15 AM Keynote: Aaron Sams – To Flip Or Not To Flip

Join this open and honest conversation with Flipped Learning pioneer Aaron Sams as he discusses when flipping a class is appropriate, when it is not, and how to flip your class effectively. The interactive session will also address many common misconceptions and concerns about the Flipped Classroom. Hear perspectives on when it is best for the teacher (or a team of teachers) to make the lessons, where do supplemental videos t in, using audio or video as feedback, and how students can contribute to the learning cycle or assignment via video.

9:45 – 12:00 noon Student Showcase

Students from Salisbury include Kelly Wetherhold’s students sharing The Media Edge and Michelle DeOliveira’s students sharing Challenge-based Learning.

10:45-11:45 AM Infographics: Analyze, Evaluate and Create (Cocoa Suite 2/3)

Infographics, visual representations of data, can play a critical role in developing students’ ability to understand and analyze information. Discover the qualities of effective infographics and the tools to help your students create their own. Come learn how and why infographics should be a part of your teaching and learning.

2:15 – 3:15 PM Gamification: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Empire B)

In this session, I will share the process I went through to gamify my keyboarding curriculum and fifth grade hero project. You will leave with a good idea of how to gamify your own classroom. I will also discuss how the first few months have gone.

3:45 – 4:45 PM 21st Century Skills Through Game Programming (Hotel – Garden Terrace East)

Engage your students like never before using YoYo Games Gamemaker software. This software allows students to express their creativity and originality. They can create games in any content area and the software is automatically differentiated allowing students of varying ability levels to successfully design a video game.

Wednesday, February 13

8:00 – 9:00 AM Oh the Web We Weave When We Network 2 Succeed (Crystal A)

Participants will gain an understanding of how to capitalize on social networking resources such as Edmodo, Springpad, Pinterest, Twitter, Ning, Plurk, Discovery and Facebook to further enhance their teaching and learning. Discussion will also center on building and empowering responsible student social networks in an educational setting & beyond.

9:15 – 10:15 AM Visioneering…Technology…Challenging Times (Cocoa 1)

How can school districts balance a progressive vision for teaching and learning within the current fiscal and political challenges in Pennsylvania? This session will provide a blueprint for advancing a district’s vision for 21st century teaching and learning with technology while controlling costs.

10:30 – 11:30 AM Building a Course on iTunes U (Cocoa Terrace)

Thinking about creating a course on iTunes U ? Get an overview of the process, from institution sign up to course creation and editing. Find out about the advantages and drawbacks of using this platform for digital learning.

11:45 – 2:00 PM Closing Keynote: Randy Wilhelm – Igniting the Hope of Knowing

Join Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation, as he encourages and edifies educators to Ignite the Hope of Knowing. How is it that we come to KNOW something? For kids, learning and knowing happens 24/7, whether the system of education is involved or not. Fueled principally by curiosity, kids are born with the natural desire to know. They continually ask questions, seeking answers to often vexing questions, especially from their point of view. Do you remember what it feels like to know something new for the first time? Too often we look to external solutions for ways to improve learning. Rather, we should look inside each student, for each is outfitted with a powerful, curiosity-motivated desire-to-know machine. Unleash it, and the results will be quantified exponentially as we together ignite the hope of knowing.

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