Leading and Learning at #ACTEM19

I had a fantastic time, as always, at #ACTEM19. ACTEM is the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, and the event holds a special place for me. Besides one of my best friends, Andy Wallace is on the ACTEM board (and always love hanging out); during my first ACTEM, I met my soon to be co-author Suzy Brooks. The following year on the Friday of ACTEM, we submitted our book pitch to Times 10 Publication. And this year, we are a month away from our book coming out.

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This year was no different with learning from so many and connecting with past and new peeps. So much learning is happening with presentations, networking, and notebooks filled with innovative next steps. Besides speaking, I was excited to see some great presentations, awesome keynotes, teacher showcases, and make new connection – what up Mr. Casal.

I was happy with the feedback from my session and wanted to share the resources.

Click below for my three sessions.

Moving from Consumption to Creation: One of the keys to academic achievement is active learning. According to research –  personalized, collaborative, and connected learning experiences enhance student engagement, which in turn drives student success. By integrating blended and digital learning into the classroom, educators can take learning experiences to the next level and improve student performance. A classroom that nurtures creativity often results in students taking different approaches to interacting with the same curriculum. Computers don’t teach, Apps don’t teach, TEACHERS teach. Technology does not replace educators. Digital learning is an instructional strategy that enhancing and engages learners. It’s important to know what tools we have and what they’re capable of providing to enhance student learning.  This session focused on active learning tools that can increase engagement that educators can use for instruction. Click here for the deck.

Skills for Innovative Leadership: Supporting digital learning and innovation in schools is challenging. Join the presenter, a veteran building principal who recently moved into a district technology leadership role, to identify key elements critical to putting innovative leadership into action. An innovative leader should try to create new ideas, but it is more important that they create a culture of innovation. Explore methods to empower your teachers with a shared vision and a safe and supportive environment of risk taking, trust, and swift implementation. Innovative leaders not only “think” differently, but they “act” differently. Now is the time to act and put these innovative characteristics into action. This session empowered YOU to build a culture of innovation. Click here for the deck.

Strategies for Ed Tech Coaching: Too often schools launch new technology without a plan for supporting and coaching teachers through the process of using new technology effectively in their classrooms.  One key to launching and supporting the marriage of EdTech and curriculum is increasing the opportunity to support teachers and help them raise student achievement. Today’s students’ needs vary as they are growing up in the digital learning age. Knowing how to integrate existing tech with today’s instructional best practices and strategies engages students to maximize learning.  Supporting educators on this journey is a critical step.  Click here for the deck.

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