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.
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!
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.
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.’
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.
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.