Saturday, June 13, 2015

WeLearn 2015

Yorktown Community Schools hosted their third annual WeLearn Conference with a focus on using technology to enhance the classroom experience and education opportunities for students and teachers alike.

YCS Technology Integration Specialist, Holly Stachler (@classTECHnique), kicked off the two day event Thursday morning introducing the first keynote speaker, Ramsey Musallam (@ramusallam). Ramsey, a secondary sciences instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco, regularly delivers keynote presentations, webinars and workshops on using technology as a strategic classroom partner. His key message? When designing a learning experience for students, sequence of information is important. Consider how you deliver information to students to spark curiosity and inspire exploration.

The second day of the conference featured Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) as the Keynote presenter. Author of “Ditch That Textbook” and the Ditch That Textbook Blog, Matt encourages teachers to provide instant feedback to students and catch them in the moment of learning. Matt “walked the talk” by having attendees participate by using different digital tools including Kahoot, Formative, and Google Forms. The presentation even included a special guest from Singapore via a Google Hangout.

Throughout the two-day event, participants could attend their choice of WeLearn sessions broke down by skill level and experience – WeLeap for beginners, WeLaunch for those ready to take it to the next level, and WeLead for those leading in area of EDTECH. More than 50 conference sessions included options that focused on coding in the classroom, creating digital content, app smashing, and using tech to keep students engaged bell to bell.

Daily Ignite sessions followed the lunch break. Presenters were allotted five minutes to present 20 slides about how technology impacted their districts and classrooms. Participants could also visit the Kids Coding Sandbox where they could see students-in-action. At the Twitter Tent, Yorktown High School Student Ambassadors were on deck to help make sure everyone had a Twitter handle ready to tweet with #ycsWeLearn and connect with fellow educators.

Check out highlights of the Yorktown Community School WeLearn Conference on Storify.

Guest Blogger: Kallie Sulanke

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