Event Edit: We're excited to announce that we've added a happy hour networking event after the panel! For those of you who attended the UT Elementary meetup/panel discussion, you'll be familiar with this kind of event. We'll all stampede together over to Gabriel's Cafe (located in the AT&T Center at 1900 University Ave.) We'll give everyone who shows up a free drink ticket, courtesy of our awesome sponsors! What better way to celebrate Connected Educators Month?!
Educators love connecting with other educators. Those of you in the EdTech Austin meetup know this quite well. We exchange emails, meet for a happy hour, help make introductions to other folks who "you totally need to meet." But after all that, sometimes we still miss opportunities to capitalize on these connections.
So, we’re connected! Now what? Tonight’s panel will explore/discuss:
-how we might inspire (or nudge) others to collaborate through online communities of practice and social networks
-how one can continue to deepen or sustain connections for continued professional learning
We've got a great panel of education leaders and thinkers to weigh in on this topic. Join us and be part of the conversation!
Isabel is currently the Project Director of the Austin Quality Schools Collaborative, a group of five local high-performing charter schools and four foundations. She focuses on coordinating operational investments and growth strategies with the end goal of closing the achievement gap in Austin. Previously, she was a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration working for US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Chief of Staff.
Stephanie has experience teaching across multiple content areas from kindergarten to early college. She believes in hands-on, inquiry based learning while using tech to amplify instructional practices and works to support teachers with this as an Innovative Teaching Strategist with Manor ISD. Her current projects include serving on the SXSWedu 2014 advisory board, consulting with schools as a Google Certified Teacher, and organizing EdCamp Austin.
George Couros- @gcouros
George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He has worked with all levels of school from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator. He is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning and speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada. His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.
Jon Samuelson- @ipadsammy
Co-Host of the the Techandia Podcast on EdReach and The TechEducator Podcast on TeacherCast, Jon has been in education since 1993. Jon has presented and keynoted at conferences around the United States, sharing his love of mobile learning and educational technology. Jon constantly strives to learn and share ideas with educators by any means necessary.
Sandy Kendell- @EdTechSandyK
Sandy is an Educational Technology Specialist, perpetual learner, and proponent of authentic, thoughtful use of technology in education. Her professional interests include social media in education, digital citizenship and ethics, educator professional development, online blended and distance learning, and mobile learning. She is most passionate about the personalized ongoing professional learning educators can immerse themselves in through social media.
Greg Garner- @classroom_tech
Greg has worked in a variety of contexts, in and out of the K-12 classroom, and uses his experience to put more and more learning opportunities in the hands of today's students. He is fascinated with the way we assess students, especially on "soft skills" that have been all but forgotten in today's testing culture. Presently, he serves the teachers of Eanes ISD in Austin as an educational technologist. He is constantly looking for ways to disrupt the status quo and refuses to take "no" for an answer when it comes to student learning
Stay tuned for more details...
-The EdTech Austin Team