Teach like a Ted Talk: Change the Narrative into Action 

At this point, you’ve probably at least heard of TED Talks, if not watched a few, and maybe you even have a favorite that you’ve shared with your college class. The individuals behind some of the most popular TED Talks are incredible communicators, making their messages heard and felt in 18 minutes (or less). Learn best practices in creating a different focus for your classroom which include connecting with your audience, storytelling, and don’t forget the visual center. And after the 18 minutes then see what new extended learning (XR) opportunities that add immersive technology to engage our students, tell compelling stories, and educate audiences in completely new ways. 

The Role of the Student Creator – Transformative Learning

***Warning: This workshop is for instructors who can handle extreme excitement and engagement.

So when we say transformative learning powered by technology, we are talking about authentic, project-based learning, where students have agency, ownership, and commitment to a relevant goal. See free activities that allow students to take on the role of creator, problem solver, and learner-teacher working alongside peers and instructors to accomplish something bigger than themselves.  Engage. Inspire. Assess. Technology can serve as an extension of the student’s thinking — a place to explore ideas, research questions, test hypotheses, compose thoughts, and come to conclusions – in other words, to learn! We will experience tons of hands-on apps and activities!

So. Much. Immersive.Tech. #VirtualRealityLearningExperiences

The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our classrooms to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950’s.a. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual and Augmented Reality is changing education. What started out as something that was simply “cool” has become a way to engage learners like never before. Join us to experience ten different virtual reality classroom activities including an Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive! Get ready for a totally immersive experience!

Promoting Creativity: Less Talking and More Doing!

Creativity and innovation are frequently identified as key 21st century skills, important to success in education and current and future careers. But as discussions of its importance proliferate, information on strategies that teachers can use to foster student creativity is less common. The goals of this session are to note the importance of creativity and innovation using technology, summarize recent research and provide examples of how creativity can be enhanced in today’s schools and classrooms. Become part of the innovative classroom experience with hands-on free activities that promote creativity!

Emerging Career Trends – The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tap into the latest information to assist in guiding your students into careers that are meaningful, high paying, and have massive opportunity. What college majors and technical programs have the highest opportunities and the highest unemployment in the next decade? We must provide solid guidance to our students right now. The Fourth Industrial Revolution we are experiencing today builds on this first wave of computerization with the latest, rapidly evolving and disruptive advances in technology: the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet, robotic process automation, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, cyber-physical systems and connected wearable devices. The challenge is determining how we, as educators, can best train the next generation of students for a future that is still evolving? 

Artificial Intelligence – What is Our Role in the Future? 

Discover how businesses are making products, goods, and services more intelligent—and the effect it’s having on society and education. With the digital wealth system, we need more people, with diverse educational and life experiences, to fuel the creativity that results in digital innovation. How can we teach differently to meet the new demands of AI? Many businesses and individuals are optimistic that this AI-driven shift in the workplace will result in more jobs being created than lost. But which jobs with which skills?

Ready to Roll to Office 365 & 2019

In the last year 100s of new features have been added to Office 365. A new culture of work is here. It’s open and collaborative, letting you work together securely, from anywhere in the world. Do your best work in this modern workplace with Microsoft 365 solutions. See how to work with 3D models, find things fast with Timeline, dictate in Word and Outlook, and even bring your “A” game with template infographics. And wait until you see the new Resume Assistant that uses LinkedIn insights on the back end to connect to Microsoft Word on the front end. Gain valuable insights in Excel with AI aligned connections to data analysis. Find out if you should be teaching Office 365 or Office 2019?

Personal Security: Be Careful, Be Powerful

As the proliferation of smart devices begins in earnest, instructors may invite a whole new wave of security risks into their classrooms and personal lives without even realizing it. Take a 360 overview of what risks exist because any device with an operating system can be hacked, be it a smartphone, medical device, car, or beyond. The Internet of Things has such an exciting outlook, as long as security is planned at every step.  The more devices and points of entry there are on a network, the more opportunities there are for an intruder to find a sneaky way in. But that doesn’t make these hacks any less clever…or problematic. Be safe, be careful, be powerful!

How a Confidence Mindset Can Help Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Many experts agree that the future global economy will be built on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs. There are plenty of stats to back up their claims: In the U.S., STEM employment is projected to grow nearly twice as fast as non-STEM employment by 2018. But as demand for STEM workers increases, a disconnect is emerging: There are not enough qualified candidates to fill these new roles. As we look to fix the global shortage of qualified STEM workers, it is clear that we must first close the gender gap as women are greatly underrepresented in STEM fields. The fourth industrial revolution brings promise for those who understand technology and peril for those who do not.