To break down the walls of our classrooms we need to consider how to blend online and face to face learning. This conversation will focus on how open learning can transform education by giving students and educators the confidence and tools to think and learn for themselves.
During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).
Honoring Our Learning Philosophy Through Our Learning Reports: Is it about learning and progress or is it about grades?
In 2013, how do schools report learning and growth? Is it through test scores, a “report card,” a “progress report,” a portfolio, or __________? Are we modeling 21st century communication and collaboration as we offer formal feedback and document student growth and progress?
Have you ever experienced the Web 2.0 in a classroom 1.0? Have you had trouble using 21st century technology in a 20th century space? This hands-on, interactive conversation is seeking innovative learners and teachers who are ready to take on an extreme makeover that impacts teaching and learning.
Are we moving towards a Surrogates society? Are online PLNs taking the place of face-to-face PLNs? Let’s debate between the use of online and offline interactions to develop and advance our professional and personal learning.
At SLA, we view acceptance of students with special needs as vital to our culture of diversity. Supporting all students in the general education curriculum requires communication and cooperation amongst all members of a school community. We are always working to develop and build upon systems to support a wide range learners, with the end goal of moving them towards independence beyond the walls of our school.
How do we incorporate teacher voices into the debate over assessing teacher performance? I want to start the conversation by asking various education professionals their opinions, then pose my ideas about using inquiry to help teachers create a more formative and democratic approach.
We want our students to be collaborative solution-finders, but group work alone doesn’t get there. Students need frames for creative leadership – and practice to grow into leaders who foster collaborative, creative teams. In this session, we’ll practice using tools from Leadership+Design Studio and explore how they develop young creative leaders.
Google's Fusion Tables enable the connection of data to locations on Google Maps. Come and see maps showing how student performance and poverty compare geographically. Add teacher pay onto the map to see how that factors in. Have some data you want mapped? Come and share.