INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Collège de Montréal

March 27 – 28, 2020


Speakers

From keynote speakers to EdTechTeacher instructors and invited experts, check out our lineup.

Schedule

Explore the setup of each day, keynote speaker, and strand sessions.

Strands

Choose from one of the four event strands for a deep dive into the concept.


ABOUT

This 2-day EdTechTeacher event, hosted by Collège de Montréal, will provide differing approaches to exploring innovation. Educators are invited to select one the four event strands and take a deep dive into the concept. Over the 2 days, attendees will participate in collaborative, hands-on workshops focused on how to integrate their strand concept into their school, classroom, or learning design.

The four topics include Design Thinking, Personalized Learning, Project-Based Learning, and Coaching Teachers to Student Success. Participants will have an additional opportunity to explore ideas as the keynote speaker discusses how the process of developing a graduate profile can lead to innovation in teaching and learning. These two days are designed for administrators, teachers, and instructional technology specialists.

Personalized Learning

Tom Driscoll will take you through the rapidly emerging concept of personalized learning along with justifications for its role in transformative education.

Project Based Learning

Shawn McCusker will share examples and strategies for incorporating project-based learning into curriculum.

Design Thinking

Greg Kulowiec leads this strand with a deep dive hands-on approach to understanding and teaching design thinking in our classrooms. 

Coaching Teachers to Student Success and Learning

Avra Robinson will explore ways in which instructional coaches can best help & support teachers integrating technology in the classroom.

PRESENTERS & SPEAKERS

JUSTIN REICH

Keynote Speaker 

Envisioning the

Graduate of the Future

Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher and Director of MIT’s Teaching System Lab.

GREG KULOWIEC

Design Thinking

Greg is a senior instructor with EdTechTeacher and former history. He has facilitated Design Thinking workshops across the country and helps schools unlock and unpack Design Thinking.

AVRA ROBINSON

Coaching Teachers to Student Success and Learning

Avra is an Instructor and the

Director of Online Learning

for EdTechTeacher.

SHAWN McCUSKER

Project Based Learning

Shawn is an EdTechTeacher instructor, former history teacher

and administrator. 

ROSEY McQUILLAN

 

Rosey is an assistive and educational technology consultant and Apple Teacher with over 25 years teaching experience at all grade levels. Currently, she is a Program Supervisor at Lesley University and an instructor with EdTechTeacher. Rosey works with teachers to design accessible curriculum for all learners.

 

TOM DRISCOLL

Personalized Learning

Tom is an EdTechTeacher instructor and Director of Learning and Technology

in Bristol, Rhode Island.

CONFERENCE STRANDS

Choose one of the four conference strands – Personalized Learning, Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, or Coaching Teachers to Student Success and Learning through Technology – and take a deep dive into this topic over the course of the 2-day event.

  • STRAND 1
  • STRAND 2
  • STRAND 3
  • STRAND 4
  • Keynote
STRAND 1

Coaching Teachers to Student Success and Learning

Today’s teachers are under immense pressure to “innovate” and “transform” their practice to meet the demands of the 21st century. However, they also need support in order to understand how they might augment their instruction, curriculum, and classroom environment. Whether you are a tech-savvy teacher informally coaching colleagues, a formal tech coach, or even an administrator, you can play a critical role to provide that support. In this workshop, we will explore coaching strategies for how to be confidante & cheerleader, advocate & ally, researcher & detective….and more!

We will consider how different types of technology tools meet the needs of different learners and teachers. As we work through scenarios and consider case studies, participants will create a toolkit of sorts – complete with strategies and technology tools that they can take back to their schools to increase teacher and student success.

STRAND 2

Project Based Learning

Introduction to Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise in multiple disciplines simultaneously. Applicable across grade levels and content areas, PBL is a pedagogical method that encourages student voice while maintaining a challenging path to learning. The essential design elements of PBL provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, refine 21st Century Skills, and publish to an authentic audience.

In this intensive, 2-day workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, define the difference between projects and true Project Based Learning, and work through a design process that will lead to successful Project Based Learning experiences for students. This course will help you to create the PBL experience your students need whether you are an individual teacher constructing PBL experiences for your class, working with your team to build a cross curricular experiences, building large scale semester long experiences, or focusing on smaller scale units. We will discuss strategies to help students construct powerful driving questions to support sustained inquiry, maximize authenticity, and identify ways in which we can ensure student voice and choice throughout the process. Participants will also explore examples, create assessment frameworks, and reimagine current curriculum in order to implement a Project Based Learning path in their classroom.

STRAND 3

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is increasingly being adopted by schools, teachers, and educational settings as a framework to unlock creativity and to create a process for innovative thinking. This two-day, hands-on exploration of Design Thinking is constructed for educators new to Design Thinking, as well as educators already using the process in their school or classroom.


Day #1 : Hands-on Introduction to Design Thinking

During the first workshop day, participants will be introduced to the concept of Design Thinking and will engage in the Design Thinking Process to experience the framework first-hand.

With a emphasis on the mindset, philosophy, and purpose of Design Thinking, participants will develop a solid understanding of both the why and the how of Design Thinking. We will begin to unpack the Design Thinking process by examining strategies to implement in the classroom to fully utilize the potential of this model. Further, participants will engage in mini hands-on design challenges and will begin to develop their own design challenges for classroom use.


Day #2: Design Thinking in Action

During the second workshop day, the emphasis will be on exploring Design Thinking in a classroom or educational setting. Through a process of examining current classroom practice and integration of Design Thinking, participants will begin to solidify their understanding of both the Design Thinking process and how it can be effectively used as a model for classroom discovery, student engagement, and innovation. With a day-two emphasis on the practical application of Design Thinking in education, participants will begin to develop an understanding of the “how” of Design Thinking in the classroom.

STRAND 4

Personalized Learning

Day 1: 

During Day #1 of the workshop, participants will explore the rapidly emerging and evolving concept of personalized learning. Through an examination of current research and practical examples in action across the nation, participants will identify key elements of personalization and how these approaches can advance learning for all students. Key ideas explored will include: dynamic learner profiles, flexible pathways and progressions, learner agency, and the essential role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in student-centered environments.

Day 2: 

Day #2, participants will engage in hands-on simulations and design challenges that will help them effectively implement personalized learning in their classrooms and schools. During these activities, we will examine how personalized learning shifts educator practices, and we will explore strategies that help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in these modern learning environments. We will also discuss ways to scale effective classroom implementation across schools with strategic actions that leaders can take, such as applying personalized learning principles to professional learning opportunities for educators. Participants will leave Day #2 with a firm grasp of personalized learning along with practical takeaways that they can readily implement in their educational settings. 

Keynote

Envisioning the Graduate of the Future

When the seniors in your school walk across the stage at the end of the academic year, what will they need to succeed in their future? What kinds of characteristics would your community be most proud to see represented among your graduates? These kinds of questions can guide schools towards developing graduate profiles that serve as rubrics and blueprints. They can help educators look back on existing curriculum and instruction to evaluate how current practices line up with graduate profile priorities, and they can help educators look forward to imagine the kinds of learning systems we need to align aspirations with action. In a keynote presentation, Justin Reich, Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher and director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, will describe how the process of developing a graduate profile can lead to innovation in teaching and learning.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 

MARCH 27

7:45 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – Introductions and Keynote Presentation

9:30 – Morning Session

12:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

DAY 2 

MARCH 28

8:00 – Inspire Sessions with Strand Instructors

9:00 – Morning Session

12:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

VENUE INFORMATION

Collège de Montréal

HOTEL INFORMATION 

Le Meridien Versailles – Montreal

1808 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal

Book before 2/25/20

$129 (Canadian)

PARKING INFORMATION

Parking is $20 per day per spot.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Fly into Montreal-Trudeau (it’s about 25-30 minutes from downtown depending on traffic – closer to an hour in traffic).

Have any questions?

888-377-9518

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admin@edtechteacher.org

JUSTIN REICH

 

Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of the PK12 Initiative at MIT, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, a Lecturer in the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

 

GREG KULOWIEC

 

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

 

AVRA ROBINSON

 

Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers and students for over 20 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was first a classroom teacher and later the Instructional Technology Coordinator and coach for a K-8 school district in Northern Illinois. During that time, she worked with teachers and students on a daily basis as they worked towards total Common Core State Standards integration in a 1:1 program that included Chromebooks, iPads, and Windows laptops. Avra has presented at local and regional conferences sharing ideas about digital publishing, coaching teachers, Google Apps for Education, and more.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

 

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom. An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego, and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes.  

 

TOM DRISCOLL

 

As a Director of Educational Technology (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.