Conversations

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).

Student Voices: digital redlining and privacy

Session 4
Chris Gilliard, Bill Fitzgerald, Hugh Culik

Students from Macomb Community College examined the problematic status of privacy in post-secondary education. They identified standardized curricula, assessments, academic advising, and other forms of digital redlining that emphasize training over critical thinking. These findings are developing into a set of student-centered privacy principles that they will refine at Educon.

The Edtech Teacher: Ambiguous and Obsolete?

Session 3
Robert Keith, Melanie Hutchinson

What do Edtech Teachers, Integrationists, and Tech Coordinators do? There is no definitive answer. Are they necessary in our schools or becoming obsolete? Since many have also become full or part time Makers and/or Computer Scientists, the position might need redefining. This session will aim to clarify the role, the purpose, and perhaps the future of such a position.

Hacking Project Based Learning

Session 2
Ross Cooper, Erin Murphy

In this workshop session, co-authors of Hacking Project Based Learning share some of their PBL hacks. Discuss ideas for making your PBL more efficient, but most importantly more rigorous and engaging. Whether you are just starting with PBL or looking for ways to refine your practice, this session will meet your needs.

Reimagining School Writing: Literacy, Agency, and Voice

Session 1
Joshua Block & SLA Students

There is a sad truth about the way that most students learn to write: They become boring writers. To write with clarity and insight involves struggle (regardless of age). When faced with this challenge, many students are taught to detach from content, to analyze with sterile language, and to develop ideas within a narrow formula. In this conversation participants and SLA students will share ideas and strategies to make school writing focus on reclaiming the joy and power of developing a unique, insightful writing voice.

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