Monday, May 5, 2014
Welcome & Opening Keynote Session – Monday, May 5, 2014
8:30am – 9:45am
Julie Young, President & CEO (Retiring)
Florida Virtual School
“Evolution of Distance Learning: From Stone Tablets to Tablet Computers and Beyond”
Session 1- Monday, May 5, 2014
Connecting K -12 Schools Through Videoconferencing and Other Mobile Technologies
Presented by: Daryl Diamond (Sheridan Technical Center, Broward County Public Schools) Ruth Pluemer (Lyons Creek Middle School, Broward County Public Schools), Maurice Rancourt (BECON – Video Conferencing, Broward County Public Schools), Elaine Shuck (Polycom), and Kevin Williams (BECON – Video Conferencing, Broward County Public Schools)
Broward County Public Schools has a long history utilizing videoconferencing and mobile technologies to enhance teaching and learning. This session will showcase some of these unique learning experiences and demonstrate how its implementation has changed the classroom landscape by exposing students and teachers to content that incorporate a global perspective.
Session 2 – Monday, May 5, 2014
Game Rush – Motivation and Engagement Strategies for Gamification
Presented by: Katharine Hixson and David Small (Pearson)
Games and gamification are increasing in popularity amongst schools and institutions. But, designing and delivering games is viewed as a challenging task. This session will address three critical concepts: 1) How should we design games? 2) What instructional strategies best benefit from games? 3) What are practical tips for games?
Session 3 – Monday, May 5, 2014
Online Facilitation – Situational Coaching/Mentoring to Reduce Transactional Distance
Presented by: Carla Lane (The Education Coalition)
Online students need support to be successful. Facilitators have to do more to cover the transactional distance of an online class. Situational coaching and mentoring reduces the gap by supporting students as they present individual needs and work to become self-directed and independent learners. This session will also discuss professional development plans that K-12 schools, colleges, and single departments can initiate to help instructors understand this process, create student orientations, provide materials, and assess student growth. Stop by to learn more.
Session 4 – Monday, May 5, 2014
Using Lecture Capture as a Pathway to Learning
Presented by: David McDonald (Stephen F. Austin State University)
This presentation will share the results of a pilot project using the PANOPTO lecture capture tool to increase learning at a mid-sized university. This session will include a brief introduction to lecture capture, a demonstration of the technology, a description of the methods used, and the project results.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Session 5 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Presented by: Mickey Revenagh (Connections Learning)
Hear how students around the country went from hating high school in a traditional setting to discovering an innovative new “Version 2.0″ blended schools where technology combines with personalized learning to make school relevant and engaging again. Hear about the elements students today need to ensure #MyHighSchoolDoesn’tSuck.
Session 6- Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Innovative Global Trends and Best Practices in Video-Enabled Learning Spaces
Presented by: Elaine Shuck and Marci Powell (Polycom)
Students and faculty expect to communicate anytime, anywhere utilizing visual collaboration in the classroom in innovative ways. Video-enabled devices are revolutionizing how educators teach and students learn. This session will focus on the latest technological capabilities, hottest trends, and best practices which are impacting the way we teach.
Session 7 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Higher Ed 101: Why Colleges Act the Way They Do
Presented by: Rob Robinson (Blackboard)
For those new to working with colleges and universities, or even for seasoned veterans, they can sometimes be baffling institutions. Why they behave the way they do can be explained by the history of U.S. higher ed, their unique structures, funding, and organizational models. This session will help explain this unique industry.
Session 8 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Transformative Learning Online: Creating a Quality Learning Environment
Presented by: John Beckem (State University of New York, Empire State College)
Through the use of technology, Empire State College has effectively linked theory, research and practice to foster transformative learning in online and blended study environments. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate how transformative learning has been achieved in online and blended study environments of adult students through the use of current, relative Web 2.0 and Social Media technologies. Participants of this presentation will be given the history and development of transformative learning theory, findings of quantitative and qualitative research, examples of assignments, rubrics for assessment, student outcomes, student feedback, and criteria for selecting and implementing appropriate technologies to foster transformative learning in online and blended study environments.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Closing Keynote Session – Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Dr. James Martin, Professor of English and Humanities, Mount Ida College and Senior Academic Advisor, The Education Alliance
Dr. James E. Samels, President and CEO, The Education Alliance
“Back to the Future: Connecting the Dots of Distance Learning