Schedule

Schedule                     Basic Schedule

 

Registration, Badge Pickup: 7:30 -8:10am

Welcome:  8:10-8:20 (Boardroom)

Keynote:  8:20-9:20 Dr. Tory Hill, Superintendent, Sweeny ISD

 

Session 1

9:30-10:25

Panelists

Conference Room A

Make LeARning Real!

 

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality are no longer futuristic concepts.  From virtual field trips, to enhancing the reading experience, and even on to an AI integrated classroom – discuss how these technologies have the potential to revolutionize education and the workspace.

 

John Amenson

Thurman Nassoiy

George Williams

Conference Room B

Big Data – Little Privacy

 

The era of Big Data has arrived – it is important we know the implications and effects, both positive and negative, that these tools/platforms might have in the future for our students.  This panel will discuss how we do our due diligence in considering the implications of the choices we impose on our students as we integrate digital media into our learning spaces.

Diana Bidulescu

Kevin Lewis

Conference Room C

Three Part Harmony: Striking a Chord with Curriculum and Technology

 

How often is something presented as either a “tech initiative” or a “curriculum initiative,” why can’t it just be a “learning initiative”?  The absence of common ground may stem from a lack of understanding about how the other side works, not out of ignorance, but out of stubbornness and a respect for tradition and past practice.  This panel will discuss methods to listen carefully to one another, and generate harmony between Curriculum, Technology, and pedagogy to find the best solutions for the district, and more importantly, the students.

Nancy Everts

Michelle Leggett

Conference Room D

Flipping your Tech life from Day to Night; Night to Day

How do you value the role of technology in your daily life? As professional developers and trainers, we need to foster the transfer of technology use from personal to professional. This panel will discuss ways to uncover the inherent knowledge and skills that educators have with regard to many common educational technology tools.

Shaun Pitre

Adrienne Smith

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

Session 2

10:30-11:25

Panelists

Conference Room A

DisruptED! How Ed Tech is an Agent of Disruption

 

Technology is revolutionizing almost every part of our lives, and education is no different.  Starting with integrating technology into everyday lessons, influencing the culture of schools, and ultimately diving headlong into a complete paradigm shift, technology will continue to disrupt (in a good way) the status quo.  Let’s discuss how leadership can embrace the changes, and steer the conversation so that public school systems are more relevant than ever before.

Sandy Dickerson

Michelle Hicks

Shaina Glass

Conference Room B

Put Learning into Leadership

How does a leader prepare to lead? Good leadership is more than just showing up.
The leader sets the tone for everyone and should lead by example.

This panel will discuss how leaders establish and maintain connections with communities of learners, collaborate with them, and continuously learn while simultaneously building up others around them.

David Becker

Michelle Hammonds

 

Conference Room C

Back to the Future – Are you Ready?

The past 25 years have seen a worldwide push for 21st-Century educational practice – while much has changed in the world, not much has changed in education. Are we ready to take on the educational challenges that our culture provides to us? This panel will discuss what it means to be a “Future Ready District,” and how to meet and adapt to educational challenges, both in the present and distant future.

Andres Chavez

Katie Alaniz

Dawn Wilson

Conference Room D

Transformers: The Cutting Edge of Ed Tech Coaching

One and done professional learning centered around tech integration is ineffective.  Let’s discuss innovative ways for you to coach teachers in order to start changing pedagogy and integrating technology into instruction at a transformative level.

Seth Fewell

Adrienne Smith

Tangila Webb

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

LUNCH / NETWORKING:  11:30-12:25 (Board Room)

     ** Catered lunch provided by Pearland ISD and supporting vendors

 

 

 

Session 3

12:30-1:25

Panelists

Conference Room A  

Purpose of PD – Know Your WHY!

Why do we do what we do?  Everyday decisions and actions influence the learning that we take in and the training that we give out.  How do we demonstrate our expertise and refocus our efforts on the intentions driving our professional development plans?

“Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an employee, a leader of a team or division or you want to tackle the WHY of your entire organization, discovering the WHY injects passion into your work. And it’s those who start with WHY that have the ability to inspire those around them.” – Simon Sinek

David Becker

April Whitehead

Conference Room B

From Playdough to Plato: Flexible Seating for Learning

There is a disconnect between how people learn in their daily lives, and what our students expect when they walk into a traditional classroom.  How do we create classroom spaces that allow teachers to mold and shape learners into future scholars, while enabling students to maximize their intrinsic motivations for learning?

Michelle Barber

Michelle Hammonds

Conference Room C

The Voice: Giving Learners the Stage

Learning is exciting when students have agency and the content is relevant to them. Providing flexibility and choice truly puts the learner in the center of their educational experience.

Kim Hocott

Tina Niemann

Jackie Nowlin

Conference Room D

Engineering Online and *Blended Learning

 

An LMS is most effective when it is leveraged heavily by connecting the in-class to the out-of-class experience on a daily basis by both instructor and student. This experience for the end-users develops confidence while using an online course for teaching and learning. The LMS gives the instructor a “place” to develop, deliver, and manage the content with a well-designed course that allows for blended learning that creates dynamic learning for the student. Let’s discuss best practices of course design that can be delivered to a blended learning environment.

Nicole Bell

LaSonya Cobbs

Vicki Gaido

Gretta Rogne

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

 

Session 4

1:30-2:25

Panelists

Conference Room A  

You’ve Been Framed!

SAMR, T-PACK, P21, 4C’s… the EdTech framework acronyms go on and on! While many of us are familiar with some of the frameworks driving the shifts in Ed Tech integration, many others may not be familiar. This panel will discuss several models and frameworks, along with the pros and cons of each.

John Amenson

Michelle Barber

Michelle Leggett

Conference Room B

The Tech Ready Admin: What Every Digital Leader Should Know & Do

 

Being an agent of change requires risk-taking and a focus on continual improvement for teachers and students. The educational leader must continuously look for ways to model technology, find innovative and creative classroom curriculum components, and set expectations for continuous growth and student engagement.  This panel will explore the tools and characteristics of a “Tech Ready Admin” that must be involved in successfully leading a campus through implementations and developing 21st-century learners.

Laura Reeves

Tiffany Regan

Conference Room C

Get ‘er Done: Quit Talking PD and Do It

Discover – Pitch – Design repeat. Do you find yourself stuck in a rut of continuously finding materials; selling ideas; and creating fabulous trainings without real results or buy-in? Then this panel is for you! This session will discuss ways to get unstuck and get moving in the realm of your PD goals.

Shaina Glass

Debbie Sitler

Conference Room D

Tech Fads – Hot or Not?

The Urban Dictionary describes a fad as “a thing that becomes very popular in a short amount of time, and then is forgotten at about the same speed”. As leaders in the field of educational technology, how do we identify those technology tools and/or practices that have staying power? Join us to discuss what sizzles and what fizzles.

Thurman Nassoiy

Tina Niemann

April Whitehead

Conference Room E

Photo Booth

 

Wrap Up & Door Prizes: 2:30-3:00 (Board Room)

 

 

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