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Spring VirtCon 2015

April 25, 2015 | 9AM-4PM (EST)

Let’s Grow Together Through Creation, Collaboration and Celebration

This year, at Discovery Education’s Spring VirtCon, innovative educators will take the lead and run the agenda.  They will share classroom strategies around the creation of authentic work, methods of collaboration and the benefits of reflecting upon and celebrating our work.





How to Participate

As spring approaches, opportunities for growth are unfolding all around us. There may be a new skill we have always wanted to learn or to create closer connections to other educators. We may find ourselves looking for ways to contribute to our community and to make a greater difference in the world. 

Join us to watch live-streamed presentations by administrators, DEN STARs and inspiring educators from throughout the world!

Register Today!

Sign up to reserve your virtual seat and to be sent more information as it becomes available.

Share What's Happening in Your Classroom!

This year at Discovery Education's Spring VirtCon, innovative educators will take the lead and run the agenda. They will share classroom strategies around the creation of authentic work, methods of collaboration and the benefits of reflecting upon and celebrating our efforts. Are you doing something innovative that you think would benefit other educators? We encourage to complete the application below for consideration on our panel of distinguished educators.

Click here to submit a proposal to present at the Spring VirtCon
. Presenters will be notified during the week of March 16, 2015.

Please note: The Spring VirtCon takes place on April 25th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm ET. We will be broadcast live from Discovery's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. All speakers must be physically present in Silver Spring, and are responsible for their own transportation.

Share the Learning!

Host your own Viewing Party:
Collaborate with fellow educators from your school or district as you participate in VirtCon. It’s the perfect way to host your own PD day! We will provide the presenters, sample agendas and marketing materials to make it a success. Go to http://goo.gl/forms/19kkHEbcmj to register your event.

Attend a Viewing Party:
Browse the map below to see what viewing parties are currently being hosted in your area.  Don't see one?  Host your own!
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Viewing/Recording

Every session will be broadcast LIVE with a full video feed to homes and dozens of viewing parties around North America and the world.

All sessions will be archived and available immediately following the presentation.

Conference Agenda

9am—Open Keynote - Don Levy
For All the World to See: The Transformation of Visual Storytelling

Visual communication is the universal language of humankind. Participants will explore how the increasing availability of digital production tools and a growing market of trained and experienced talent creates new and important opportunities to apply visual techniques to communicate, educate and develop understanding.

10am—Dennis Grice
6 Ways to Show What You Know

Testing isn’t the only way to assess students. Learn practical, concrete ways to give students ownership of their own learning and allow them to use their creativity to ‘show what they know.’

11am—Rachel Yurk
It’s About Learning, Not the Device

This session will explore instructional models that support the effective integration of technology into instruction. Educators will learn more about valuable digital resources and how to implement them to make the classroom environment stronger, while increasing learning and motivation.

12pm—Midday Keynote, Todd Wirt
Embracing Failure in a Creative Classroom

The digital transformation of classrooms worldwide has given students many opportunities to experience an environment of choice. With increased freedom and creativity, failure is naturally going to become a part of the process. Participants in this session will gain insights into designing their classrooms to foster creativity and embrace failure.

1pm—Tracy Carpenter
Building Community Through Creativity

This session will focus on infusing creativity in the classroom in order to create environments that transcend geographic limitations and provide spaces for students to create, make mistakes, collaborate and solve problems.

2pm—Matt Monjan
Farm to Table: A SAMR Immersion Lesson

Explore a Farm to Table transdisciplinary lesson through the lens of SAMR, an instructional model designed to help educators infuse technology in teaching and learning. Participants will leave this session with real-life examples and best practices that they can immediately apply in their classroom.

3pm—Closing Keynote, Dacia Jones
Engage, Inspire, Expect and Inform

Attendees will learn how to engage students with inspiring activities that raise expectations in the classroom, include students in the planning process and tie authentic learning to standards.

Get Involved

9am—Open Keynote - Don Levy
For All the World to See: The Transformation of Visual Storytelling

Visual communication is the universal language of humankind. Participants will explore how the increasing availability of digital production tools and a growing market of trained and experienced talent creates new and important opportunities to apply visual techniques to communicate, educate and develop understanding.

10am—Dennis Grice
6 Ways to Show What You Know

Testing isn’t the only way to assess students. Learn practical, concrete ways to give students ownership of their own learning and allow them to use their creativity to ‘show what they know.’

11am—Rachel Yurk
It’s About Learning, Not the Device

This session will explore instructional models that support the effective integration of technology into instruction. Educators will learn more about valuable digital resources and how to implement them to make the classroom environment stronger, while increasing learning and motivation.

12pm—Midday Keynote, Todd Wirt
Embracing Failure in a Creative Classroom

The digital transformation of classrooms worldwide has given students many opportunities to experience an environment of choice. With increased freedom and creativity, failure is naturally going to become a part of the process. Participants in this session will gain insights into designing their classrooms to foster creativity and embrace failure.

1pm—Tracy Carpenter, Zulma Whiteford
Building Community Through Creativity

This session will focus on infusing creativity in the classroom in order to create environments that transcend geographic limitations and provide spaces for students to create, make mistakes, collaborate and solve problems.

2pm—Matt Monjan
Farm to Table: A SAMR Immersion Lesson

Explore a Farm to Table transdisciplinary lesson through the lens of SAMR, an instructional model designed to help educators infuse technology in teaching and learning. Participants will leave this session with real-life examples and best practices that they can immediately apply in their classroom.

3pm—Closing Keynote, Dacia Jones
Engage, Inspire, Expect and Inform

Attendees will learn how to engage students with inspiring activities that raise expectations in the classroom, include students in the planning process and tie authentic learning to standards.

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