This event, during Philly Tech Week 2014, mixes the inspiration of a TED conference with the exploration of an un-conference. Local EdTech leaders will each give a 10 minute talk about a powerful idea, experience, or project with the intent of making the audience think more deeply ('rethink') about a topic in educational technology. Then, audience members choose which speaker's interactive breakout session they will attend, with the option of staying in one session or using the 'rule of two feet' to move to a different speaker's session.
Come be a part of this very special evening!
Our Speakers -
Marcie Hull: Students as Administrators
Technology Coordinator and Teacher, Science Leadership Academy
Marcie brings a powerful understanding of both the fine and digital arts and their role in schools. She has established a reputation as one of the top digital educators in the city. Marcie has presented at the National Educational Computing Conference, PETE&C, the NY Tech Forum and has worked training teachers all over the School District of Philadelphia.
Brian McGowan: Why Learning Theory Is Insufficient to Drive Learning
Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX
Dr. McGowan is an author, educator, entrepreneur, and mentor. He has spent more than a decade studying how healthcare professionals and patients learn, and he and his company, ArcheMedX, are currently pioneering a new learning model focused on simplifying the 'natural learning actions.'
Meenoo Rami: Classrooms in a Connected World
English Teacher and co-chair of EduCon, Science Leadership Academy
Mixing moments of joy, laughter, risk and encouragement Meenoo pushes her students to think critically about their connection to the word and the world. She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences such as: NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, Urban Sites Conference for National Writing Project, and #140edu. Meenoo also runs a weekly twitter chat for English teachers called #engchat which bring teachers from around the country together to discuss ideas related to teaching of English.
Dan Lopez: The MOOC is Dead: ReThinking Online Education
VP of Engineering, Apprennet
A product of urban public schools in Rochester, NY, Dan has taught in Philadelphia public and charter schools. He's made use of his engineering background to found the Lessonsmith lesson sharing platform and to work on many other EdTech projects. Dan is determined to make online learning interactive, engaging and effective.
Christopher Rogers: Leveraging a Connected Learning Ecosystem through Technology
Media & Technology Specialist, Greene Street Friends School
Co-Founder, Chester Sound Digital Music Lab
Born and raised in Chester, PA, educated at Villanova, Cheyney, and Penn. Chris aspires (and persistently attempts) to merge the potential of digital literacy & the power of social justice education to inspire the next generation of leaders to dream bigger and love wider.
Brendon Jobs: Developing "Thinkers" for the Unseen and Uncertain Future
World History & African American History Teacher, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)
Brendon teaches World History and African American History in the Social Studies department of the Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia, PA. He earned an M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania as a James Madison Fellow. He uses a combination of a class website, Edmodo, and Blogger to communicate with students and coordinate learning activities. Digital fluency is a key learning goal in the classroom environment he constructs each year.
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