Empowering Leaders to Transform Teaching and Learning!

Mark your calendars for #WIREDTC 2019 - August 12, 2019 in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan!

Your favorite northern Michigan conference is back with a laser sharp focus on innovative teaching and learning! #WIREDTC is a fun and engaging professional development experience that will deepen your practice and leave you inspired and energized to start the new school year. We invite you to join us as we rethink traditional classroom approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning.

Wait a second...isn't this a tech conference?

Yes...but it's more than that.

#WIREDTC is for sure a tech conference, but frankly it's MORE than that! We feel strongly that technology integration is best when teachers and educational leaders focus on strong pedagogy first and use tech when it makes sense. We will always advocate for what's best for kids, and we truly believe that what's best is a "Learning First, Technology Second" approach. With standards from ISTE and AASL and state competencies from MITECS at the core, WIREDTC 4.0 is proud to bring you both Spark Sessions and Intensive Workshops that will guide you in transforming teaching and learning.

Teachers don't teach "just tech". It's all connected. It's about time we reflected that.

We are excited to have you join us in this journey.

This opportunity is organized by TCAPS Loop, your information source for Technology and Curriculum and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. SCECHs will be available.

Conference Keynote: Dr. Liz Kolb

Liz is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She teaches courses in education technology for the undergraduate elementary, undergraduate secondary, and Masters and Certification programs. She authored Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), Help Your Child Learn With Their Cell Phone and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE in 2013), Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017).

In addition, Liz has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, School Administrator Magazine, Scholastic, Edutopia, ISTE's Edtekhub, and Learning and Leading with Technology. Liz has done consulting work and has been a featured and keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States and Canada. Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education.

She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework, which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans.

Liz is a research based edtech goddess! We can't wait to learn from her at #WIREDTC!

CLoSING Keynote: COLBY SHARP

Colby is a fifth grade teacher in Parma, Michigan. He is a fierce literacy advocate with a deep passion for books and teaching.

Helping kids find the books that help them fall in love with reading brings him tremendous joy. He has been a classroom teacher since 2006. In 2011, he started the Nerdy Book Club blog with his friend and bestselling author Donalyn Miller. He co-hosts The Yarn podcast with Teacher Librarian Travis Jonker. He also serves on the Nerd Camp Michigan team. Nerd Camp is a free literacy event that takes place in Parma, Michigan each summer.

Colby is the editor of The Creativity Project. He co-authored Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids with Donalyn Miller in 2018. We are extremely excited to have him on board for the closing keynote at #WIREDTC!