Keynote: 
Educational Technologist Kathy Schrock

It's Time to Find Your EdTech Passion 
(Monday, May 14, Time TBA)

How do you identify your edtech passion? Kathy can help! She will showcase the aspects of educational technology used to support meaningful teaching and learning she cares deeply about. She will provide a wide array of practices, pedagogies, and thought-provoking uses of technology by educators and students. From cool gadgets to embedding technology, and everything in-between, you will come away with a plan of how you can focus on “doing what you love” in the edtech arena!


Featured Sessions (Date/Time TBA)

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Using and Creating 360° Panoramas
Using virtual reality in the classroom can immerse students in an 360° environment, can help with understanding complex subjects, and is engaging to learners of all ages. Having students create the online, interactive panoramas and having them use a Google Cardboard viewer to be immersed in the image, can be very powerful! During this presentation you will learn the how and why this technology supports teaching and learning across the content areas.

Promoting Inventiveness in the Classroom
The skills inherent in inventiveness -- the form of creativity leading to invention -- are important skills for all students to master. The ability to brainstorm, to think in different ways, to learn to elaborate, and to produce something original, can be used in all walks of life. During this presentation, Kathy will provide a background to the theory of inventiveness and showcase the types of apps and tools that can be used to support this practice.


Biography:
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist.

She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, an Amazon Teacher Innovator,  an Alpha Squirrel, a ThingLink Certified Educator, and a Discovery Education STAR and Guru.  In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy's current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything!

In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes both nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Kathy's passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!

Some personal facts about Kathy are that she lives in a geodesic dome (take a 360° tour), was her high school mascot at Morris Knolls High School in NJ, has a large Dave Debusschere sports card collection, and watches Days of Our Lives each day! She has been married to her husband, Jim, since 1981, and they have a son, Rockwell, and a daughter-in-law, Jessica.

Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has also authored several books about educational technology topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby, both the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, has served on the ISTE Board of Directors for two terms, and has worked with the US Department of Education on several educational technology initiatives. 
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March 30, 2018
Last day for early registration

May 7, 2018
Last day for online registration

May 14-15, 2018
Onsite registration open
Monday 8:00 a.m.



Here's what our 2017 attendees have to say...



"I have not gotten this much USEFUL and immediately applicable information from one conference, maybe ever!"



"It always challenges me and provides me with some new information that I didn't know prior to attending."



"Practical ideas from teachers and admins. who are using Google tools everyday."



"This is the best conference that I attend every year."



"The sessions were amazing. I feel very confident with Google and I still learned SOOO much. I would 100% suggest this conference for more educators in my district. I feel like there should be someone from every school in our district represented there."