Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!

Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!

The Bulletin

SCICON is back for another exciting year.  

On May 17th, Kent ISD will be hosting the annual SCICON GR. This one day conference will feature Wendy Johnson. Wendy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education, and writing her dissertation on “Fostering Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity in Productive Classroom Discourse”, at Michigan State University.  Area teachers will be sharing classroom stories and experts from STEM and education technology will  facilitate sessions.

Reasons to Attend SCI CON this year:

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Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

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“Personalized learning is intended to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists may employ a wide variety of educational methods, from intentionally cultivating strong and trusting student-adult relationships to modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.” (Glossary of Education Reform, 5/14/15)

On May 3rd, Kent ISD will host The Personalized Learning Conference (PLCON). This conference is beneficial to all educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning.

Leaders in education have a unique opportunity to create organizational priorities and values that support personalized learning for every student.  Administrators can maximize time…

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Spring Tech Ideas

Jacaranda tree in bloom

It is the season of testing, which means many of us are experiencing reduced access to tech. It is also likely that students are starting to get a bit squirmier than normal, and creativity may be needed to engage them meaningfully. Here are some ideas to consider – all of which can be accomplished with minimal devices:

1.) Visit explore.org and search “nest” or “birth”. You can easily find a live cam view of animals with their young (or soon to be young). This could be used for a writing prompt, exploration of geography, measurement, and much more. Plus, all it takes is a computer and a projector.

2.) Take a picture a day of a growing plant (or anything going through a spring transformation) and then combine the images into a looping GIF file using makeagif.com. The images could be taken using a classroom computer with webcam, a student or teacher phone, or even a regular old digital camera. You could store the images in a shared folder for people to access when they have the opportunity to create the GIF.

3.) Record students doing stuff – audio or video of students speaking written work, enacting a scene, debating a point, or explaining a concept. For audio, you might try using Vocaroo.com, which will work on any Chromebook or computer with a microphone. For video, you can save space on your device by uploading it to Google Drive (see this guide for simple recording) where you can share it immediately.

No matter how you record, students will be moving and likely taking it a little more seriously because others may hear or see it. It may be a little tricky keeping everyone on task, but it is not impossible.

As always, Ron, Andrew, and I are here to help you plan and/or implement these and any other ed tech ideas you may have. Contact us at edtech@kentisd.org

Don’t Miss Kenowa Hills Personalized Learning In Action!

Don’t Miss Kenowa Hills Personalized Learning In Action!

The Bulletin

See personalized learning in action at the Kenowa Hills Public School District

You may have read about personalized learning in previous blog posts (5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning) or maybe you even attended PLCON 2016, but have you seen what it actually looks like in a classroom, school, and district?
On Tuesday, May 2, Kenowa Hills is welcoming up to 50 educators to visit their elementary, middle, and high schools for guided classroom tours, mini-presentations, and Q & A sessions with teachers, students, and school leaders. This is a FREE opportunity open to all educators

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The Mi Moot! Learn about best practices in blended learning

The Mi Moot! Learn about best practices in blended learning

Registration is now open for the MI MOOT – Transforming Classrooms on August 1 & 2, 2017 at Lansing Community College West.

This energizing and impactful event is focused on best practices in blended learning. Attendees will explore blended learning resources, discover the latest trends, practice new skills, network with like-minded educators, and have some fun.

More info is at: mimoot.org

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PLCON Registration Discounted for Aspiring Educators

PLCON Registration Discounted for Aspiring Educators

Through improved pedagogy and technology, teachers are better able to personalize learning for their students. The Personalized Learning Conference on May 3, 2017 hopes to further develop the capabilities of educators to utilize these new strategies and tools so that they can meet the needs of every student.

While it is important for Michigan’s current workforce to develop their skills for providing personalized educational opportunities for students, there is also a need for the next generation of teachers to develop these skills. This is why we are excited to announce that aspiring educators receive 50% off their registration for the Personalized Learning Conference. This discounted price is available for undergraduate students and student teachers.

To take advantage of this offer, simply register for the Personalized Learning Conference using your student email address and the discount code PLCGRAD.

Learn more and register for the Personalized Learning Conference by going to plcon.org

Reserve Your Seat for the Personalized Learning Conference

Reserve Your Seat for the Personalized Learning Conference

The Personalized Learning Conference will be held at Kent ISD on May 3, 2017. All educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Maybe you read our recent blog post, 5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning.  As in the blog post, the goal of this conference is to build awareness and understanding of how to personalize teaching and learning for the purpose of increasing student learning outcomes. This includes a focus on implementation through mastery learning and system-alignment.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Kickoff with Laura Hilger, Teaching and Learning Senior Coach at KnowledgeWorks
  • Conference Keynote with Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer at KnowledgeWorks
  • Over 30 sessions focused on personalized learning
  • An all-day maker space facilitated by Kent ISD’s STEM Consultants
  • Unique conference schedule that allows for informational, discussion, and hands-on sessions
  • Registration is only $50 and includes lunch
  • SCECHs are available
  • Additional opportunities for site visits to a schools implementing personalized learning (Kenowa Hills Public Schools and Kent Innovation High)
  • NovaNow PBL Workshop, which will help educators understand and implement project-based learning 

Visit plcon.org to learn more and reserve your seat today!