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Monday, October 08, 2012

Come to Edscape in New Jersey this Saturday October 13




Guest post from -- Eric Sheninger http://ericsheninger.com  Eric is a NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012)PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education LeaderASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of "Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals" and "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership.  

The annual Edscape Conference will once again be held at New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ on Saturday October 13, 2012.  Hundreds of educators from over seven different states and Canada will once again descend upon my school to learn together and network in an effort to move their respective school cultures down an innovative path.  Edscape evolved out of the need to provide educators with relevant, meaningful professional development focusing on digital learning and innovation that was in dire need for many.  This was the case for teachers in my District as well as those throughout the Tri-State area. 


Here is a description of the conference:

As the educational landscape changes schools must transform accordingly in order to prepare all learners with the skills, tools, and knowledge to be successful in the 21st Century. This requires a shift in instructional techniques that focus on critical thinking, inquiry, problem-solving, authentic contexts, and technology. 

Edscape is a conference intended to bring together passionate educators who firmly believe that innovation is essential to increasing student engagement and achievement. Innovation begins with a desire to change. Edscape will provide attendees with the inspiration, strategies, and the confidence to actively pursue a transformation in teaching and learning practices.  

The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation Now”. We will explore how learning environments can be established to promote critical thought, inquiry, problem solving, and creativity. Attendees will leave with a greater sense of how to authentically engage all learners through meaningful and relevant instruction.  

The Edscape Conference will feature presentations and workshops by innovative educators who believe that change is essential to meet the diverse needs of all learners in the 21st Century. They will share best practices, success stories, applicable strategies, and pedagogical techniques that address the following:
  • Meaningful, cost-effective professional growth opportunities to improve teaching and learning.
  • Effective technology integration as a means to promote student creativity, apply knowledge, and increase engagement in the classroom.
  • Design of authentic learning experiences to enhance critical thought, inquiry, problem-solving, and relevancy in the classroom.
  • Essential leadership practices to articulate a vision for school improvement and begin the implementation process.
Other conference highlights include the following:
  • 60 concurrent sessions
  • Keynote by Vicki Davis, an internationally-renowned teacher
  • Presentations by educators who routinely speak and present at national conferences
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Fantastic networking opportunities
  • An innovation lab to see firsthand some of the latest educational technology in action
  • Giveaways
DON'T MISS OUT AND REGISTER TODAY!

Sponsors include: TEQ, New Milford High School, NJEA, Edutopia

Note from Vicki: I'll be presenting an updated version of 21st century influencer and am working on something incorporating the Captivating Teacher Manifesto. Hope to see you there. Many incredible tweeters will also be there including #satchat founders and others.
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