During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

Learning Environments: Rethinking K-12 Communication and Collaboration

Session 1
David Bill, Ethan Bodnar

What is the future of our learning environments and what will be the necessary methods of communication and collaboration? This conversation will explore this question by uncovering some essential questions as well as using our collective expertise to identify some strategies that can be implement to improve communication and collaboration in our schools.

The Role of Adventure Education in a Project Based Learning Environment

Session 2
Caitlin Thompson, Jacob Lotkowski

Some of the richest educational experiences can occur beyond the classroom walls. This conversation will focus on ways to expose students to adventure education and the outdoors. Discussion will cover place-based education, service learning, outdoor trips, and challenge courses. Come to share stories and explore new ideas.

Cultivating an Authentic Voice in the Online Environment

Session 3
Laura DeSena

Writing is practice in self-discovery and self-expression, even as the writer engages in dialogue with external sources and peers. The context is an e-environment: infinite resources that overwhelm. The challenge: guide students in establishing voice/vision: I/the subjective eye. We will explore free writing as an essential stage of authentic writing,

Hacking School: the EduCon 2.4 Hackjam

Session 4
Chad Sansing, Meenoo Rami

Are you ready to hack school? Join us for a fully interactive session that explores the possibilities for transforming schools through renewed coperation and agency amongst educators and students.

Visualizing Functions with Geometer's Sketchpad

Session 5
Erin Garvey, Scott Steketee

Students often find functions and related concepts confusing. Our usual examples, numeric functions, don't lend themselves to continuous manipulation of variables or to graphical representations other than x-y graphs. See how students use Sketchpad 5 to create their own geometric functions, allowing them to vary the variables kinesthetically and generate pictures of function behavior. Students will report on actual classroom use. Ready-to-use activities will be provided.

Getting Students to Do the Work: An Iterative Approach to Self-Guided Inquiry

Session 6
Derrick H. Pitts, Jesus Jimenez-Lara, Alex Johnson, Tyler Morales, Allen Yang, Matthew N VanKouwenberg

Students at SLA wanted to make astronomy more accessible to everyone, including those who don't have telescopes. Working with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer for the Franklin Institute, they are bringing streamed images of the sun to the world. Join them as they tell their tale of inquiry driven constructivism.

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