I can't believe it is already November and I am once again encouraging staff members to present at the One Conference! I LOVE the conference and the feeling that our professional development has on that day. But it only happens when we as staff members are willing to share what we are doing in our own classroom/instruction with others!
In talking with staff and maybe trying to nudge a few into participating; I often hear, "It's nothing special," "Everyone knows how to do that," or the famed, "It's not techie enough for the conference." We do tend to be tougher on ourselves than anyone else would. No idea is too big or too small; we have staff at all levels of technology integration and many may not have experience with a tool or activity that you are using.
Amplifying Student Voice! will be the theme for our 2019 Waukesha One Conference. We are asking presenters to share technology practices that encourage student voice! How do you have students Creating, Collaborating, Communicating, and Critically Thinking? Consider including student presenters or capture them in a video, work samples, projects or other means to share their experience with the audience.
- What technology are you using in your classroom to support student thinking?
- How do you have students collaborating in the classroom and beyond?
- How are students communicating with others their thinking and ideas?
- What are your students creating? What technology supports this process?
It is through this open-minded mentality of sharing and risk-taking that we all grow and learn a little more. Never presented before? Don't worry, this is a great place to amplify your voice! The planning team is happy to help you take those first steps.
Looking for a different way to contribute? This year we will be offering a new session format known as "SNAP" Chats. These 1/2-hour sessions will be similar to a roundtable discussion group, more informal. We are looking for individuals willing to be "facilitators" for these sessions. You would not be creating a presentation but asking questions and helping to keep the discussion meaningful to those involved. Agreeing to facilitate one of these sessions requires an ability to welcome a diverse set of learners of varying abilities, ask thoughtful questions to keep the conversation moving, and encourage others to share their thoughts and experiences. "Check out the Call for Presenters form for more information.