This year, when applying to present, you will choose from the types of sessions listed below. These descriptions are provided to assist in choosing the best format for your sessions.
Best Practices Showcase–Instructional (50 minutes)
Presenters: Classroom teachers, media specialists, or any educator who uses technology for direct instruction
Description: These sessions highlight a best practice related to how technology is used instructionally. Presenters should clearly identify the challenge they faced, the choices they made, and the results they achieved.
Anticipated Audience: Teachers and/or media specialists
Take away: Participants should leave with concrete ideas that allow them to implement best practices in their own classrooms.
Best Practices Showcase–Administrative (50 minutes)
Presenters: School or District level administrators, Conference Keynotes, or Featured Speakers.
Description: These sessions highlight methods that administrators, schools, and teachers can use to enhance the educational environment through assessments, communication tools, and other technologies that improve learning outcomes, or provide more efficient ways to get work done. Presenters should clearly identify the challenge they faced, the choices they made, and the results they achieved.
Anticipated Audience: School level administrators or teachers with administrative responsibilities
Take away: Participants should leave with a take-away that allows them to implement the best practice in their work, their classrooms, or their schools.
Technical Briefing (50 minutes)
Presenters: Representatives of various IT Departments, the Dept of Educational Technology or experienced school technical specialists (STSTs and ITSAs)
Description: These technical sessions are designed to share methods used for maintaining school computers, networks, and software. These technical sessions provide participants with recommended and standard practices for using SDPBC resources and equipment.
Anticipated Audience: School techs (STSTs and ITSAs) or District technology support personnel
Take away: Participants should leave with a clear understanding of topics or policies that allows them to implement the best practices in their work or their schools.
Hands-On Workshop – Double sessions (1hr 55min)
To ensure sufficient preparation or materials, presenters may request advance sign-up.
Presenters: Classroom teachers or District support personnel who are experienced at teaching in a lab environment or regularly teach with a project-based approach using technology
Description: These sessions teach participants to use District-approved software programs in a hands-on environment with an emphasis on projects that teachers can implement with their students. Hands-on workshops are conducted in either Windows or Macintosh computer laboratories.
Anticipated Audience: Teachers interested in “hands-on” learning, lab classroom management, or project-based learning using technology
Take away: Participants should leave with a takeaway that allows them to implement the best practice in their work, their classrooms, or their schools.
Interactive Session (50 minutes)
Presenters: Classroom teachers, media specialists, administrators or anyone who is interested in increasing the effective use of technology in education
Description: These sessions can be conducted in a panel format if desired. These sessions are opportunities to share topics of community interest through an innovative, thought-provoking, format that encourages audience participation.
Anticipated Audience: Classroom teachers, media specialists, administrators, or anyone who is interested in increasing the effective use of technology in education
Take away: Participants should leave with a better understanding of the proposed topic, issues surrounding the topic, and/or best practices pertaining to the topics that arise through open discussion within the group.
Examples of Interactive Sessions might include:
- Panel Discussions – Invite colleagues to participate in a lively discussion on trending topics. Panels require a moderator (the primary presenter) and up to four panelists. Panel details will be finalized after all applications are reviewed.
- “Round Table” Sessions – This will be an informal conversation centered around a topic of your choosing. This should not be a presentation or “Sage on the Stage”, rather a somewhat structured conversation among interested colleagues. Provide a topic and be able to provide leading questions to keep the conversation flowing.
- Flipped Sessions (Will require advance sign up by participants) – Provide online resources to be viewed in advance of your session. Participants should come prepared to engage at an informed level when arriving at the session.
- Other – Submit your own idea!