He holds master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Technology in Education from Villanova University and Harvard University, respectively, and is an adjunct faculty member at Wilkes University for whom he designed the Digital Media in the Classroom graduate level course. Lance resides in Pennsylvania and continues to teach vicariously through his wife, an incredible sixth grade teacher.
Now that everything is digital, mobile, and social, it is essential that we think outside the box, outside the book, and outside the classroom, when it comes to teaching and learning. Starting with ourselves as learners as well as leaders we can model the rich, community-driven experiences that we want for our students. Then we can see that being a “C” student is not such a bad thing in the context of inspiring students to create, communicate, collaborate, and remain ever curious.
Thinking Outside the Book
Devices are getting cheaper. Content is becoming more accessible. And school systems around the globe are going digital. The shift from print to digital, traditional to tech, is much more than a simple move from old to new. It requires a collective vision and purposeful planning that helps leaders at all levels, from boardroom to classroom, recognize the value of a new instructional paradigm that places the student at the center of this ever-changing digital landscape. We’ll share success stories from around the country and discuss strategies for making the digital transition within your school system a reality.
STEMulating Minds Want to Know (and Do)What do you want your students to be able to do? Get a job. Buy a house. Know stuff. Is this different than what your students expect? Living in a time where information is abundant and creative ideas have real value, what do our students want to be able to do? Start a company and create their own job. Design an energy-efficient home. Know everything they possibly can that interests them. How do we help get them there? Starting with STEM (or STEAM) as a project-based, inquiry-driven framework, we’ll look at the ways we can design our instructional practices to help facilitate and STEMulate our students’ minds.
The Collective Brain
Leverage the power of community and learn effective ways to engage and inspire your students. During this session we will explore the ten latest, greatest and most effective resources and strategies shared by teachers of the Discovery Educator Network. You’ll leave the session with a ton of new ideas, tools and resources to start using tomorrow in your classroom.
Becoming Social(er): Why Does Community Matter?
Drawing upon the results of our recent evaluation of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) professional learning community and my personal ongoing research (i.e., vicarious teaching experiences like discussing the Hunger Games in Edmodo with my wife’s sixth grade classroom) we’ll discuss the importance of community for educators and students. What are the benefits and challenges associated with “social” in the context of both teaching and learning? How do we find our niche within a professional learning community? How does our own participation as active or passive community members model behavior and influence our expectations of our students?