I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about InnEdCO 2018! I am extra excited this year since my new position has given me the opportunity to play more with edtech than ever before. As a Digital Coach, I have been able to support teachers from a variety of content areas with implementing new and innovative ideas into their instruction. It is so much fun to learn about other content areas and how technology can be best leveraged to enhance student learning. Because of this, I found myself struggling to narrow down which topics I want to present on this year. This forced me to really reflect on the work I've been doing and which skills and passions I have developed the most. With three session applications available, here is where I landed. I have included links to the proposals in the title - any and all feedback is always appreciated!
Access is Not Enough: a tech lens on equity
This session comes from my passion for examining equity alongside edtech. This year, I've experienced rolling out 1:1 Chromebooks in an urban setting and am finding that simply putting devices in the hands of students does not suddenly level the playing field. I really enjoy giving Ignite talks on topics I'm passionate about. I'm ready to share some of my learning around how we can do better as edtech to make sure all students are able to benefit.
Teaching Math in a Chromebook School
As a former math teacher, Chromebooks were never my first choice. It can be very difficult to have an entire math class facilitated via keyboard without a user-friendly math syntax system - very few things beat handwriting. I have had the amazing opportunity to support some math teachers in my position and am excited to facilitate a conversation with these teachers and others around how to best utilize a school-wide adopted device for a content that may lend itself well to a keyboard.
Hyperdocs: take your Google Drive to the next level
In my previous and current position, I have found myself creating a ton of user guides using strategic linking and bookmarking. For example, my Making Schoology Pretty Guide allows users to navigate all of the different ways they can make Schoology more aesthetically pleasing by opening with a menu of topics. Since creating these guides, I have found myself supporting many teachers with creative lesson ideas that use these same skills. With so many examples, I thought it would be design a workshop where I guide participants on how to create their own Hyperdoc to meet their individual needs - teacher support, student support, personalized learning playlist, etc. I really wanted to push myself to do something bigger this year and I hope that this workshop will be a great avenue to expand my presentation types while providing participants with a useful and personalized learning experience.
I would love any and all feedback on my proposals! If you are looking to submit a proposal, the deadline is December 8th. You can submit your proposal using the directions here.
What are you submitting as proposals to InnEdCO? Are you getting as excited as me? Feel free to use the comments to start a conversation about this amazing learning opportunity!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate creative educator dedicated to improving the student experience. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.