Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Tech Tip: 2016 Summer Learning Opportunities

If you are searching for opportunities to brush up on your technology integration skills and learn about new ways to be innovative with technology, here are some conferences and classes to think about attending/taking over the summer...

CCSD SLA- (Cherry Creek's Summer Learning Academy) June 6-10, ISF (Instructional Support Facility) and Thunder Ridge Middle School

This is a conference with sessions taught by Cherry Creek teachers, coaches, and leaders. Sessions focus on English/Language Arts,
Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English Language Acquisition, Technology, and World Language. On Wednesday, June 8th, SLA will host a featured speaker, Dr. Sue Brookhart.  

ISTE- (International Society for Technology in Education)- June 26-29, Denver, CO

The ISTE conference pulls in educators and educational leaders from around the world, and it's being hosted right in our backyard at the Denver Convention Center this year. Expect engaging sessions, fantastic keynotes including Michio Kaku, Ruha Benjamin, and Michelle Cordy, and countless vendors showcasing their newest, most exciting hardware, software, and apps. The video below explains why you should attend ISTE 2016.

InnEdCO's Google Apps in Education Learning Academy- June 25, Denver, CO
This year there is no InnEdCO (Innovative Education Colorado) conference in Keystone this summer, since ISTE is in Colorado. However, InnEdCo is hosting a Google academy to kick off the ISTE conference on Sat, June 25. Keynote speakers include Alice Keeler and Jamie Casap. Choose a learning pathway that meets your needs within four strands: Intro to Apps for Beginners, Advanced Apps for Googlers, Google Apps for Leadership, and Google Apps for Admins. 

BLC- Building Learning Communities- July 20-22, Boston, MA
If you have ever heard Alan November speak, or have read one of his books, you know why this conference is a recommended one. There will be multiple, excellent keynotes including Eric Mazur and David J. Malan, and Alan November will serve as the host of the conference. This conference focuses on creating and enhancing relationships for "more meaningful teaching and learning enhanced by technology."

Schoology NEXT- July 11-13, Miami, FL

If you are using Schoology or if you are interested in using Schoology, this is a fantastic conference! This year's keynote speaker is the one and only Bill Nye, "The Science Guy." One of the highlights of the conference is learning about upcoming additions and improvements to Schoology before anyone else. In addition to learning about Schoology and what it can do for you, you can improve your knowledge in the areas of Leadership, BYOD and Mobile Learning, Integrating Technology and Content, and Hot Topics in Education.

There are many online courses 
being offered this spring and summer through eNet Learning Online. These courses can be taken for graduate credit, but every participant will receive CEU credits. Some of the courses offered include Designing Blended Learning, Curate, Collaborate, and Create: A Wealth of Resources, and Creativity in the Mobile Classroom. Click the link above to learn more about the courses offered. 

Dominican University Online

Are you switching grade levels or content areas next year? Do you want to integrate more technology with your curriculum next year but have trouble finding the time to plan and do your research? If what you need is time, and you want to earn credit for it, then check out the Dominican University Online course, Developing Curriculum to Engage All Learners for 2016-2017. Through this course, you can earn up to 6 credits this summer doing what you already do, planning to help engage all learners in your classroom.

Hopefully you have found something here to pique your interest and save yourself from boredom during the summer months. If your summer is already full of travel and family time, stay tuned to learn about more learning opportunities when we return in August.

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