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For Educators ...
Turn It App a Notch!: Tools for a More Engaging iPad Educational Experience
Research tells us we should use technology. Students already embrace technology. Colleagues encourage us to try new technology. So what’s holding us back? Keeping up with the pace of new technology can seem overwhelming to even the most innovative instructor, and locating apps for non-technical courses can seem even more of a challenge. Yet the desire to connect with your students and increase their engagement and success pushes you to consider how digital solutions can impact your classrooms.
In this interactive and energizing session, find out more than just what the research says or what students say they want. They explore more than a dozen iPad apps for use across disciplines that will have both you and your students turning learning and success "app" a notch!
Lecture Light Shine: High-Wattage (and Low-Stress) Ideas to Engage Any Student in Any Discipline
You have spent years passionately creating your lectures and you do not want to change a thing. Or, as you start your teaching career, you reflect on and consider replicating what your classroom experience was like as a student, back when you simply listened to lectures.
However, with traditional lecturing, students often retain very little of what they hear. What can you do to cover this material while being careful not to create a boring classroom?
During this interactive session, learn how you can deliver lectures in a manner that is not only informative, but that also results in engaged and illuminated students.
Never Let Them See You Sweat: Strategies to Keep Your Cool When Challenging Students Run You Hot
You plan an amazing class session and design the perfect homework assignment. Then it happens. Just like that — either the Latecomer, the Know-it-All, the Sidebar Conversationalist, or the Constant Facebooker makes an appearance. Nod your head if this sounds familiar. Now say to yourself "It's okay" if you don’t know what to do to keep these students from derailing your efforts.
Finally, schedule this workshop if you want to know why these and other challenging student types behave as they do both online and on-ground and precisely what you can do today that will result in you not having to attend another classroom management workshop ever again.
It's no secret that trying to connect with and reach students can be a challenge of seemingly epic proportions. Learn a methodology that effective instructors use while uncovering your own hidden superpowers!
New educators will get the perfect foundation for starting out in the right direction to be a world-class teacher, and experienced educators will walk away refreshed and renewed. You will know how to energize students at the start of every class, deliver any course content in a meaningful way, and effectively end class. You will know how to set-up everyone (both you and your students) for success every single time!
Why Isn’t Anyone Talking to Me?: Online Discussion Do’s, Don’ts, and Best Practices
Do you wonder why you can hear a pin drop in your online classroom during discussion weeks? Or are you tired of racking your brain, trying to figure out how to get students hold more meaningful online course discussions?
In this session, and you will know the eight things you must do before starting any online classroom discussion as well as the various questions you must ask in order to keep the conversations going. You will take what you know about effective face-to-face dialogue to turn silence on its head and get your students holding golden discussions in the online classroom.
Words That Wow!: Communication Tips to Put Power in Everything You Say
Are there times when it feels like your message gets lost? Can your voice seem hidden, muted, or completely ignored? Or do you have a strong voice but are wondering how to make it even more powerful?
Sounding or acting confident is not a 100% guarantee that you will always get what you want, but you will find that the way you communicate can have far more impact than the actual words you say. Your nonverbal communication - your body language - not only affects whether you get what you want but also how others perceive you and how you perceive yourself. In this interactive session, learn how to interact in a way that makes you effective and that makes you stand out, that makes you sound confident even if you do not feel confident. You will know what you can do on an everyday basis so when you speak, your listeners will say "Wow!"
Secrets to Keep Your MVPs from Becoming MIA: Strategies to Retain Your Very Best Faculty
Every campus has them, but how does every campus hold on to them? Your best faculty members. Your MVPs.
They shine the brightest, work the hardest, and bring out the best in all students who cross their paths; they willingly devote themselves to committee work, engage in professional development, and serve as mentors to their colleagues and students. They are the team members any campus wants to keep on its roster.
Attend this session to learn why some of the best faculty members leave the schools to which they have dedicated themselves and – more importantly – learn some best practices to retain them.
Who Moved My Chalkboard?: A Three-Step Plan to Get Faculty On-Board with Edtech
Change is good! It’s the "let's get started" part that can be the challenge. Faculty members hear and learn about infinite numbers of educational technology tools and may feel some consternation about changing their tried-and-true model of teaching, a model to which they have become comfortably accustomed. Some get excited at the prospect of adding technology while others get overwhelmed, and most then find themselves in one of two camps: wanting to use everything all at once or ending up using nothing at all.
Attend this session for strategies to overcome faculty obstacles that might currently limit their use of ed tech tools, help your faculty make smart decisions about incorporating digital teaching tools to further course objectives and student learning, and walk away with a practical road map to transform your faculty from a chalk-and-talk team to a chalk-and-talk-and-tech team.
You Always Have Such Great Ideas!: Establish and Enhance Your Thought Leadership Abilities
What makes a good thought leader? What makes a poor one? Why are some thought leaders heard while others are not?
This interactive session will help answer these questions with basic ideas, theories, and best practices of thought leadership development. The concepts and strategies presented will construct a foundation for your movement into a position of being a thought leader or enhancement of the thought leadership role you currently hold. You will be someone with ideas others will definitely want hear!