Getting Your January PD Started In Full Gear!

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It's January, and with a new year comes new resolutions.  I'm excited to begin my new year with a vlog, which is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time.  I enjoy writing, but sometimes it is easier for me to just quickly record a video and throw it online, so this is one of the things I'm going to start attempting.  Although I can't promise them on a regular schedule, I am making a concerted effort this year to do more video, and vlogging is a great, easy way to do that.

A bunch of people have already been asking me when they see me what that "thing" is that I'm carrying around and videoing on.  Well, it was my Christmas gift to myself, the DJI Osmo Pocket.  I absolutely love this thing - shoots in 4k, has a gimbal (stabilizer) build right into the the device, and has a screen.  No more having to carry around the clunky video rig with my cell phone anymore.  I'm super happy with the purchase.  You can click on the image below to be taken to the setup I have. (Note: Includes Amazon Affiliate link used to help fund the cost of keeping this website up)

Bryan's FETC Featured Sessions

Top Tech Toys to Transform Your Classroom

Presented with: Dr. Katrina Keene

Room: SOUTH 320GH
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Top Tech Toys to Transform Your Classroom is an internationally recognized and presented, high energy session presented by leaders in education, Bryan L. Miller (@EdTechNerd) and Dr. Katrina Keene (@DrKatrinaKeene). It's time to reignite education and bring the future of play to the present. In this session, you will learn about and see up-close the NEWEST #TopTechToys that bring coding, STEM, AR/VR and more to transform your classroom. Using educational standards designed by Bryan and Katrina, this session will help you learn how to make decisions for what is best for your classroom or school. Visit www.toptechedu.com for more information and see what Top 12 #TopTechToys are featured at FETC!

PLAYdagogy: The Next Generation of Play

Presented with: Dr. Katrina Keene

Room: NORTH 330B Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
With incredible and innovative new educational connected toys along with educational research, educators can now inspire today’s learners by engaging them and bringing back the excitement of play. In this session, we will take a closer look at how we can redesign play. Educators, it is time to take back play in the classroom. The next generation of play starts today! Join Bryan L. Miller and Dr. Katrina Keene, authors of the upcoming book PLAYdagogy, and let’s define your pedagogy for play … or, should we say, PLAYdagogy!

Future of Ed Tech Early Learning Track Orientation

Presented with: Gail Lovely, Kristen Brooks, Steve Dembo

Room: SOUTH 320D
Monday, January 28, 2019: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Discover the early learning topics that interest you most at FETC 2019. Learn how to navigate a collection of sessions, workshops, posters, and events specifically designed for early learning education. This session's focus will be on networking with peers and strategizing to make the most of numerous early learning-oriented sessions with colleagues who also work with children ages 3 to 6 years old. FETC offers early learning content focused on various developmentally appropriate edtech topics for preschool directors, teachers, assistant teachers, child care staff, site supervisors, program directors, and curriculum designers. Join us to learn how to maximize your time at FETC!

CODEagogy: The Secrets of Leading a School of Coders

Presented with: Dr. Katrina Keene
$$ PAID WORKSHOP $$

Room: SOUTH 330B
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Up, Down, Left, Right, Repeat, Turn. Are you lost in your journey to lead a school culture of computer science? Join authors Dr. Katrina Keene and Bryan L. Miller of the upcoming book, CODEdagogy, in discovering the secrets of developing your personal pedagogy around what it means to be a leader in a computer science-rich school. Not only will you walk away with inside information and innovative practices to building a successful program, but you will be given the opportunity to be featured in Bryan and Katrina’s upcoming book, CODEdagogy.

CODEagogy: The Secrets of Leading a School of Coders

Presented with: Dr. Katrina Keene
$$ PAID WORKSHOP $$

Room: SOUTH 330B
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Up, Down, Left, Right, Repeat, Turn. Are you lost in your journey to lead a school culture of computer science? Join authors Dr. Katrina Keene and Bryan L. Miller of the upcoming book, CODEdagogy, in discovering the secrets of developing your personal pedagogy around what it means to be a leader in a computer science-rich school. Not only will you walk away with inside information and innovative practices to building a successful program, but you will be given the opportunity to be featured in Bryan and Katrina’s upcoming book, CODEdagogy.

Going BEYOND the Hour of Code

Room: NORTH 220C
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Educators are expected to engage modern learners with the latest technology to set them apart from other countries and become global citizens. Frustration occurs because not all students have a level playing field. Technology will not only make the task of teaching learners with varying abilities and backgrounds easier, it will engage them and improve the institution has a whole. Educators must feel supported and valued when differentiating instruction, motivating students born in poverty, and teaching sensitivity of controversial topics. Technology can be the necessary agent of change. Once leadership reaches a shared vision of the technological world, teachers can be the agent of change within the classroom. No longer feeling burdened to incorporate technology, instead, they will witness the benefits of  giving all students access to tools to advance in this competitive society. In this session, you will identify the equality issues in your school and work towards ways on improving the learning environment for all students through strategies and tools, including coding and robotics. Computer science IS for all and you will learn there are resources that can support all schools and empower YOU to bring equality to the forefront.

FETC 2019 Other Must-Sees

Cathy Cheo-Isaacs @iwearthecrowns & Steve Isaacs @mr_isaacs

C052|Creative Coding with Minecraft
Room: South 320EF
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 12:00 PM -12:40 PM

Dr. Katrina Keene @DrKatrinaKeene

C218| eParenting in the Digital Age
Room: NORTH322
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 4:00 PM -4:40 PM


Monica Burns@ClassTechTips

C102| A Flash of Inspiration for Sparking Creativity in the Classroom
Room: NORTH 320AB
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Kira Westbroek, Matt Cheek & Sarah Gold

C204 | Gamifying Math with Osmo
Room: NORTH 220AB
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 4:00 PM - 4:40 PM


Sara Frey @somegoodideas

$W247 | Bringing Coding & Robotics to the Classroom With Wonder Workshop
Room: SOUTH 331A
Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

David Lockhart @bigguyinabowtie

The Super Spark: 60 Tools to Start the Fire
Room: NORTH 330CD
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

Are you planning on attending FETC?  Be sure to leave a note in the comments and let me know.  You can also see me in between sessions when I'm at the Wonder Workshop booth - 1511.  Come say hi and I look forward to seeing you in Florida!

Happy Coding!

 

 

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