Are you thinking about implementing blended learning models in your classroom or district wide? Whether you are a teacher or district leader, this session offers information on how to implement and sustain blended learning within a classroom and throughout a school district. Discussion will include access to and designing professional development. Areas of focus include visioning, teacher training, and sustainability. Assessing where you are with internal resources and leveraging your current resources. Building capacity to support long term implementation is key. How can you create internal resources to create local expertise and save on costs? Planned activity will involve access to and active participation to online training course. Participants will be offered a complimentary enrollment in the Introduction to Blended Learning professional development course.
This session will provide the vision and mission for developing a potential model for statewide broadband infrastructure for Internet Access and aggregation. This public/private partnership will leverage existing resources and fill gaps so that New Mexico may enjoy the benefits other states who've implemented such networks are experiencing today. Included will be guidance on accessing new funding available from PSFA and E-Rate, and coordinating with Higher Education and other infrastructure initiatives to extend the benefits of digital learning to all.
Does your institution reap dividends from all the information that's available to it? Do you think about the data you possess as having strategic value? Or do you think about data and information only as numbers in a spreadsheet or names in a table? This session will highlight how robust data/information management (and sharing!) can provide a positive Return on Information for your school or district. We'll talk in very practical terms about managing information as a valuable strategic asset. We'll talk about some attributes of good data management practices and related IT practices. We'll discuss ideas for how to derive insights from available data and information that can inform understanding, behavior and decisions in classrooms, board rooms, and the corner offices.
Whether technology is involved or not, effecting meaningful and lasting change in any organization is really tough. Many efforts to make a positive change get dropped or fail along the way. In this session, we will discuss effective and practical techniques to ensure you are focused on the right change, leading the change process, and maximizing the odds of achieving your desired outcomes.
Game design, is the hot buzzword in education. But are students ready to create graphic intense games? Are teachers and school infrastructures? Turning the clock back to the dawn of the personal computer may be the answer. Remember Zelda? Text based adventures offer many of the benefits of game creation. Allowing teachers to engage active gamers, teach using digital tools to create digital content, storytelling, creative writing, logic and programming. All without the overhead of fancy graphics. Mark with introduce an open source program he used in a tech enrichment class. The students created a zombie filled town with cowboys and miners set in a steampunk world. Come explore the town of Two Stones.
TPACK and SAMR are two approaches to support teachers integrating technology in instruction. This session will showcase new digital learning tools and resources. Teachers will have the opportunity to work together to brainstorm engaging lessons while evaluating their level of transformational teaching with technology.
With increasing threats to network security as well as a rapidly escalating number of ways to breach current defenses and gain unauthorized access to data and personal information, it is imperative that school districts implement stringent security practices to protect their networks. Tom will review Education Network Security in a Hyperconnected World a white paper providing insight into potential network security threats impacting today’s school districts. Included in the white paper are the experiences and recommendations of two school districts—Broward County Public Schools (Florida) and Huntington County Community School Corporation (Indiana) as well as a Network Security Recommendations Checklist to assess your district’s network security protocols and procedures.
Our efforts to improve learning through the effective use of technology will only succeed when we also upgrade our understandings about our students, and how they have changed since we went to school. Dr. Patty O’Sullivan will share her findings gained through her work with the Pojoaque Valley School District; the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of School and Adolescent Health; and Albuquerque Public Schools through the Bernalillo County Substance Abuse Prevention Programs. Her 4 Cornerstones prepare the inner terrain for learning and include: Emotional, Relational, Interactive, and Relevant).
Discuss the current ISTE Standards for Students and provide feedback to ISTE as they refresh the standards. The updated standards will be released at ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Your participation is essential, and your voice will help shape the future of learning! Because the world is changing, so are the ISTE Standards. Please bring your laptop or mobile device to provide your feedback to ISTE online during the session!
Technology and all aspects of education are approaching one another at light speed. As technological advances continue to accelerate the world forward, schools will need to prepare students for fulfilling professions which do not yet exist. We are fast-moving into a world of innovation and creativity - education needs to reflect that shift.
Our session “Toolbox of Change” helps schools plan and prepare for Education 3.0 using interactive strategies to assess our audience and their learning needs. We will discuss the huge advances in educational tech adoption at a national level as well as what that looks like in our own school where we have seen an explosion in the use of instructional technology and student-generated content. Taos Academy team leaders will share on their Three Year Plan to support blended learning, build buy-in and shared vision among staff, and use of data to anticipate emerging technologies.
Chromebooks offer many benefits to education, however if you need or want to run Windows apps expect a big bill for current solutions. In anticipation of our move to 1:1, ABHS experimented with some DIY solutions. We achieved limited success and look forward to a second round of experimenting. Come learn from our mistakes and see how we are moving forward with this project.
Santa Fe Public Schools is entering the third year of its 5 year digital learning plan. The plan focuses on infrastructure, equipment and support and professional development. Discover the keys to a successful PD program that remains an integral part of the program success.
The Education 3.0 session helps online and blended learning practitioners scaffold their students from novice e-learner to empowered partner in content creation. The result is powerful personalized learning both by and for learners in the online or blended learning classroom. Team leaders from Taos Academy discuss the intersection of IT and instruction and how the two areas support one another. Our session blends theory and practice. Icebreakers get participants moving and helps facilitators assess the learning needs of the group; an overview of Conrad & Donaldson’s 4 Phases of Engagement serves as our framework. At each level, we share activities and templates to support a personalized learning environment through student choice and learner-generated content.
Thinking about a 1:1? Planning a 1:1 now? In the beginning stages of a 1:1? Learn how Farmington Municipal Schools has implemented and maintained a 1:1 deployment for students in 6-12 grade, with over 5,300 laptops, since 2008. Topics include: budgeting, for the long haul; professional development, building from the teacher up; planning, planning and more planning; infrastructure, you never have enough time, money and bandwidth; repairs and service; and changing the pedagogical space (flipped classrooms) to support 24/7 learning in and out of the classroom. Bring your questions, concerns and criticisms for an open Q&A opportunity as time allows. http://district.fms.k12.nm.us/fli
Microsoft's OneNote is a hidden treasure that many would love once they discover it. Picture your bookshelf of 3-ring binders. Now, imagine if you had all of that information accessible easily on your computer. Teachers can discover ways to collaborate with grade levels/content in their school or across the district. Have you ever found something online that would go great for Unit XX in a couple of months, then couldn’t find it again when you needed it? Print it to OneNote and it will be there when you are ready.For districts who provide Office 365 accounts for students and staff, the features expand even more to include security features in OneNote Classroom and OneNote Staff Notebooks. Do you have students who do not have access to the Internet once they leave school? See how this tool can provide middle/high school students with resources without having to have Internet access.
The new draft ISTE Standards for Students set the stage for powerful digital learning opportunities. Learn to leverage this upgrade to guide your planning, budgeting and implementations. Understand what's new and what's continued from the previous standards, which have been the official technology standards in New Mexico since 2005.
An overview of well-loved tools for teachers, administrators, and technology coordinators. If you have a job that needs to be done, there is probably an application or website that can save you time and/or increase student engagement and teacher support.
Is your organization interested in a tool that allows real-time collaboration and generous cloud storage? Google Apps is being used by businesses and educational organizations around the world at little to no cost. This presentation introduces and demonstrates the power of Google’s cloud storage, how to share files, and collaborate in real-time. This presentation will focus on the use of Google Apps for Education and how it is being implemented and used in the Albuquerque Public School district with staff and students.
Generation YES is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that works with schools and companies to prepare groups of students in schools to support technology integration and maintenance. Generation YES has provided customized solutions to schools for 19 years and has spent more than $30 million in research to develop the online tools, network and curriculum required to ensure quality onsite support in elementary, middle and high schools. For the 2015-2016 school year, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) CTO, Mr. Paul Romero, adopted the Gen YES program. Beginning with a nine-school pilot, Gen YES APS is now active in selected district elementary, middle, and high schools. Gen YES APS will help the district offer a proven technology education curriculum to students, support the effective integration of technology in classrooms, increase the level of tech support at participating sites, and help build the next generation of IT professionals in New Mexico.
Santa Fe Public Schools is entering the third year of its aggressive technology integration plan with focus on infrastructure, equipment and support, and professional development. What are the tools SFPS has integrated as part of its infrastructure plan?
Despite decades of significant investments (of time, money and people), anticipated gains in student outcomes remain elusive. Learn about a new protocol designed to capture the Learning Return for students in terms of digital fluency, depth of knowledge and career readiness, and how we can extend the conversation beyond test scores. Opportunities to engage your district as a "Co-Investigator" will be shared.
With mobile technology still relatively new in our society and the rules of technology use still evolving, teaching our school communities about digital citizenship is essential. After becoming a 1:1 iPad school, we found an increasing need to prepare our students to be safe and responsible technology users. In this session, we will explore the different elements of digital citizenship, discuss device management in the classroom, and share resources and strategies for implementing digital citizenship lessons in the classroom and at the school-wide level.