Conversations

During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

How Teachers Can Co-Opt the Lean Startup Model for the Classroom

Session 2
Mary Jo Madda (with help from Leonard Medlock)

When it comes to teaching, being able to quickly understand whether or not students are learning—and then adjusting practice accordingly—is crucial to the profession. So how can educators co-opt “Lean Startup” methods, with series of rapid testing processes designed to test and scale businesses popularized by Eric Ries—to design the best possible classroom? This conversation will follow a step-by-step process to demonstrate how educators can turn classrooms into hotbeds of experimentation.

Not Playing School - How can asynchronous learning empower students in their own education?

Session 2
Charlie McGeehan, Sam Reed, Jessica Shupik, Sophie Date, Maggie Stephan

Students, educators, and partners from The U School, a Philadelphia high school in its 2nd year, will share work we have done to design our spaces, systems, and curriculum to support students in an asynchronous, competency-based learning model. Participants will engage in a discussion of the implications of our design.

Street Art and World Languages

Session 2
Melanie Manuel

During the session, participants will investigate street art's potential as a viable and powerful teaching and learning tool. The presenter will model activities and a SCRATCH game using street art that increase engagement, integrate the arts and move students to experience the 5C's particularly Communities, Culture and Connections. The purpose of the session is: - to provide authentic material and instructional strategies using street art - to share lessons designed collaboratively with Chilean educators and artists - to promote arts integration in the world language classroom - to elevate appreciation of street art not only for its aesthetics, but its cultural value

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