Harnessing the Power of Connected Learning
January 6-8, 2017, Monterey, CA
21st century technology allows teachers and students access to information and innovation in the classroom like never before. Join educators from around the state and explore ways to bring connectivity, creativity, and flexibility into the classroom.
Alice Keeler is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is co-author of the Amazon bestseller, 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. A former high school math teacher, she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at CSU Fresno. Alice has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for CUE’s Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification. She has participated on collaborative teams for Google, working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013-2015 and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.
General Session | Friday, January 6 | 8:00 – 9:30 am
The 7 Stages of Grief in a Student Centered Classroom
In a student-centered classroom we remember that "the person doing the work is the person doing the learning." Technology can help shift from a traditional teacher-centered model to a student-centered classroom; however, do not expect this to be unicorns and rainbows. Students asking for worksheets, "can't you just tell me," and other forms of resistance should be expected. Students go through the 7 stages of grief when moved to a student centered model, let's help them through this to let them really shine!
Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD in Texas. In this role, she supports growth for staff and students through innovative programming including pathways of digital leadership and STEAM focused opportunities for students. She is the author of the book, The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech, which was released January 2015. As a national speaker, Rafranz uses her voice to challenge those in the greater education community on topics such as diversity, equity and closing the opportunity gap for marginalized communities.
General Session | Saturday, January 7 | 8:00 – 9:30 am
Creating Opportunities One Hashtag at a Time
When we think of connected learning, we often think of connecting teachers, students, classrooms and communities to our greatest asset... each other. However, there are moments of connected learning that are much less about connecting people than they are about inspiring ideas. Take a journey with Rafranz Davis through her school district and learn how 140 characters and a culture of "yes" helped inspire new ideas and innovative learning opportunities where students and teachers not only have a voice, but own their learning.
Technology coach, middle school science teacher, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer
General Session | Sunday, January 8 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
How to Impact a Classroom Full of Digital Natives
Today's students come from a world of entertainment at the push of a button. As educators, we must learn to change our students' view of their digital devices from an entertainment machine into that of an educational workhorse. We need a mind-shift to empower the digital natives in our classes to work together by collaborating and communicating like never before. With the availability of so many powerful tools and apps, we can put the power of the classroom into our students' hands and allow them to experience the classroom as an open door rather than a room with four walls.
Optional Ticketed Sessions
You must be registered for the conference to attend these sessions.
Friday, January 6
1:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Creating a student-centered classroom starts with the mindset that students are the center of the learning. This workshop will help you to create resources, scaffolds, and tools to aid in designing a student centered learning environment. This workshop focuses on Google Classroom and Google Apps. This session will include Chrome extensions and Add-Ons; however, it focuses on pedagogy not tools. If you are not a Google Classroom or Google Apps user you can translate these ideas to other tools. Bring your own device: Laptop computers/Chromebooks are recommended, as many of the activities and learning experiences are not tablet-friendly and will not work on an iPad or other tablets. Price: $65
Saturday, January 7
Teach Like a Marketer: Creating Stories that Inspire
9:45 am – 12:00 pm
Did you know that the NY Times has an entire team dedicated to creating rich, interactive multimedia stories where traditional means of writing are enhanced by the integration of maps, images, video, animations and data? In this session, we will explore the creative devices used by the NY Times "T Brand" studio and learn how students and teachers can also create inspired stories, using tools like Adobe Spark, Google News Lab, and more. Participants will create beyond words and images, towards deeper thought provoking visuals inspiring learners to return for more!! Bring your own device: Laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks are recommended for this session. Price: $85 (Includes continental breakfast)
Authentic Learning through Ethnographic Videos - Bring Your Own Device
Tour: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
and Workshop: 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
During this walking tour, you will learn how to create enthusiasm in your students by crafting a "proof of learning" video about life in historic Monterey. You will hear the stories of the early Monterey residents, view historical buildings, and use your smart phone to capture content for your video. Following the tour, you will use an editing app to turn your content into a video. This session is aligned with CCSS, NGSS, and ESSA. Please have a video-editing app (iMovie, WeVideo, Splice, etc.) installed on your device and wear comfortable walking shoes. Price: $30
Conference Highlight - included with registration
The App Lab
Do you find that you often walk away from technology conferences with a list of apps to try, but no time to actually learn to use them? The App Lab aims to change that. Based on the PLAYDATE un-conference concept, The App Lab is a break-away from sit and get sessions. While each session in The App Lab will focus on a specific app and will have a facilitator, this won't be a traditional lecture session where someone else is teaching you how to use an app. Instead, The App Lab is a place for you to explore and experiment with new apps and to interact with/learn from other conference attendees in a more organic way.
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Who Should Attend
K-12 technology coaches and coordinators, site administrators, teachers, academic coaches, district curriculum and technology staff.
Suggested Funding Sources
Title I, Title 2, Title 3, SIG, LCFF, and SB77 funds
Location and Schedule
Hotel rooms, conference check-in, the exhibit hall and all sessions will be held at:
Monterey Marriott Hotel, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940
Marriott conference room rate: $150; call the hotel directly at (831) 649-4234
Ask for the special CLS conference rate (hotel sells out quickly; make reservations early)
The Monterey Marriott is within easy walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf. Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are just minutes away.
Schedule of Conference Activities
Friday, January 6
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
General Session, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Exhibit Hall, 9:45 am - 6:00 pm
Workshops, 9:45 am -
Reception, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 7
Registration, 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
General Session, 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Workshops, 10:00 am -
Exhibit Hall, 11:00 am - 2:45 pm
Sunday, January 8
8:30 am - 10:45 am
General Session, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
schedule and activities are subject to change
College credit is available - sign up at conference check-in.
The California League of Schools conference bookstore carries titles by your favorite education authors.
Visit the exhibit hall for a full range of educational products and services.
Exhibit Hall is open Friday, January 6, 9:45 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, January 7, 11:00 am - 2:45 pm.
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Cancellation requests must be in writing and faxed to (562) 430-5607. Please call as soon as you fax your request to verify receipt at (562) 430-3136. ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. A colleague may substitute to avoid cancellation penalties.There is no refund for ticketed sessions or no-shows.
Prior to 11/6/16 - $60 fee; 11/7/16 - 12/6/16 - 50% fee; after 12/6/16 - no refund.
Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included.