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Educators Panel: When Tech Works...and When It Doesn't

Chris Lehmann, the principal at Philadelphia's Science and Leadership Academy,says that technology should be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.

Come hear from educators about how and when technology took their instruction to the next level...and when it tanked.


Claire Polcrack is a mathematics teacher at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven, Connecticut. Claire currently teaches Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus and in previous years has also taught Algebra II, Geometry, and SAT Math. She piloted a flipped class in her AP Calculus class this year and is beginning her first flipped unit in Pre-Calculus now.

Richard Speaker has long focused on uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is the Graduate Studies Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction, and Coordinator for Virtual Initiatives at the University of New Orleans, where he maintains the UNO Virtual Campus ( along with the Louisiana Regents Second Life Estate, which was funded as part of the Louisiana Board of Regents SELECT project. His research and curriculum development interests focus on the integration of literacies and technologies in the learning of language, literacy, and content disciplines; in particular, he examines how teachers and learners collect language and concepts in their development of skill and expertise.

Mikkel Allen is a Reading Interventionist and Technology Elective Instructor at SciTechAcademy's PreK-2 small school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mikkel works with exceptional readers and surveys "cool technology" topics with young futurists. Learners operate digital centers for learning including iPads, smart phones, Promethean flip charts. Panelists will have 3 minutes to give an overview of how they incorporate technology into their instruction. From there, we will open it up to questions!

Food and drinks will be provided.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks to the three presenters. I wish we'd had more time to ask questions because the ideas that each of them shared were really interesting.

    April 11, 2013

  • Lisa Maria L.

    I wish I could attend, but I am in Arizona until the first of May.

    April 8, 2013

  • Jess B.

    Wish I could make it -- it's the same night as the IDEAxcelerator graduation!

    April 2, 2013

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