Monday, May 09, 2011

4T VirtualCon: Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology

Tags: elementary education, instructional improvement, k-12, master of arts with certification, professional development, secondary education, teacher education, teaching and learning, technology

The 4T VirtualCon is an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education. The current Elementary and Secondary Master of Arts with Certification (MAC) interns at the University of Michigan School of Education are assisting with the development of the conference. The conference is free and open to all educators. However, most sessions will be targeted to K-12 practicing and preservice teachers. The conference will be held virtually—no plane tickets, no hotel fees! The opening keynote will begin on Sunday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. and the conference will continue through 10:00 p.m. on May 25. All sessions will be live and archived. Educators and others are invited to present by submitting a conference session. The conference is run by instructors from the MAC programs at the University of Michigan School of Education. While the conference is free and open, registration is required. In addition, interested educators can get SB CEU's by attending the virtual conference.

Theme: Learning...Anywhere, any time, any pace
The National Education Technology Plan developed in 2010 by experts in education technology is the guide for the conference. The plan focuses on the future of education technology and the power it has to help change teaching and learning. You can participate in this conference anywhere, any time, any pace to think with other educational professionals about how best to use technology to expand and enhance learning opportunities. We welcome innovative ideas, lessons, resources, and discussion topics that support pedagogically sound, technology enhanced teaching.

The conference will feature:

  • Real-time conference sessions (i.e. live webcast)
  • Free registration
  • Four types of virtual sessions (panelist, workshop, lecture, and poster discussion topics)
  • Alumni rooms for U-M School of Education alumni
  • Networking rooms for educators who are interested in specific topics in education
  • Networking rooms for preservice teachers and potential employers
  • Continuing Education Units
  • Archives of all sessions for download
  • All conference sessions will be live

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