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Thursday night Keynote Session Title and Description
Engage, Empower, Energize: Realizing The Hope of Technology
The power of technology comes through its ability to open doors to exciting learning opportunities for our kids. To feel this power in our classrooms, a community of innovative learning must be fostered by teacher leaders and school leaders. With a passion for excellence driving our work, all students can feel a fresh energy that empowers their learning in the classroom and beyond.
Session One Title and Description (8:00 a.m.)
Maximizing Classroom Engagement through Connected Learning
Innovative educators are always looking for ways to get kids excited and engaged with their learning. This session is designed to build capacity in the attendees through discussion, conversation and action planning on a number of strategies to maximize engagement. Topics will include: creating permeable classrooms, using social media to engage experts, learning in the community, and connecting students with authentic audiences. In addition, time for discussion will be made to talk about how providing students with choice, voice, authentic audience, and a chance to change the world will amplify all learning spaces.
Session Two Title and Description (9:15 a.m.)
Integrating Technology and Visible Thinking Strategies
Visible Thinking Strategies are a series of high value teaching strategies that help students with their thinking about their thinking as well as organize critical thinking. Join the conversation about how these strategies when coupled with technology can boost learning and amplify the impact of teaching in all classrooms. Leave with simple, but effective strategies that can be used in the
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Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon serves as a fellow for the Martin Institute based in Memphis, and as the Secretary of Innovation for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today’s needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. His first book, Leading Engaging School, is set for publication in the fall. He is supported by his wife and two daughters, and spends the remainder of his time running and cycling.