Below are just a few of the great sessions that we’ve scheduled for this December’s Symposium.
Apps to guide information rehearsal and retention
Timothy Jaconette, @timjac
This fun session will introduce teachers and administrators to mobile app driven solutions to improve learning. The focus of this session will be on apps that help you record information you’ve learned, retain that information electronically and then rehearse your knowledge to transfer learning from the digital world into our minds. Apps presented will be useful both to students in the classroom as well as to school employee’s daily work. most apps discussed are free! The presenter is a Senior Researcher of Mobile Apps at Stanford University and brings no bias toward any one company. I would prefer an afternoon session if possible.
E-learning model at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia: A journey to 200,000 students
Abdullah Al Fraidan, @Alfraidan
In this presntation, we will shed light on the elearning model at King Faisal University Saudi Arabia and its experience in attracting more than 150,000 elearning students in its various programms using high technology. More than 400 online services are available to students plus more than 144 exam centers spread throughout the country which make students not need to be encampus except in the graduation ceremony.
Beyond Blended Learning. It’s Blended Instruction.
Sometimes relying on anecdotal feedback isn’t enough to justify why something is done the way it is. Blending theory into practice can help you answer “that’s why.” Learn how Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios can improve student writing outcomes.
It’s not just blended learning anymore, it’s blended instruction. Blending theory and research into practice increases the validation of instructional design. In this session, the writing process will be justified by theory and research. Participants will be shown how the stages from the theory of self-regulated learning actually improve writing outcomes, all of which students can demonstrate using Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios. While the initial establishment of the process is teacher-directed, future processes are student-centered, allowing students to take more ownership of their writing.
[Insert LMS Here] Summer Academy
Kevin Fairchild, @kfairchild6
Last year, I built a blended summer course for teachers who wanted to incorporate a blended component to their classes. The course was delivered through our LMS, using a flipped model, and included not only instruction in using the LMS but also considerations and strategies for online learning. I’ll share how I built the course, how the teachers completed the work, and what some of the results were.
Technology in the Common Core Age
Dennis Large, @dennislarge
Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessments are changing our classrooms. K-12 online and blended learning environments are poised to lead the change. This session examines the specific role of technology in this transformation – including research and best practices. We will examine some of the ideas and the applications gaining traction as teachers make the connections between ed tech and the Common Core.