Fall VirtCon 2011: Tech or Treat

The fall virtual conference Tech or Treat has been scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9am to 3pm ET. You are invited to join in on the fun as we have an amazing lineup of presenters including Wes Fryer, author of Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing, our DEN Gurus, and more.

We have a spooktackular day of professional development (and PRIZES!) planned for you.

Schedule (all times are eastern)

9:00 am The Monster Mash-Up with Traci Blazosky, DEN Guru
Are you spooked? Is tech giving you a scare? Take a break and do the DEN Monster Mash with me! We’ll turn tricks into treats with my cauldron of Discovery goodies.

10:00 am No Tricks, Just Treats with Nancy Sharoff, DEN Guru
Reeses, Kit Kat, Hershey Bars…
Rolo, Peppermint Patties, Mars…
Come satisfy your sweet ‘tech’ tooth. I’ll be sharing out the goodies in my bag during this session on hardware, iDevice apps, and online apps.  All treats, NO tricks!

11:00 am Digital Storytelling: Get it Write! with Joe Brennan
Take advantage of the free tools that come with every computer along with the American Film Institute’s seven years of research, field testing, and curriculum development to integrate visual storytelling into your core curriculum. Use the manual and video clips available from AFI’s “Lights, Camera, Education!” program available on Discovery Education streaming to help students apply the writing process to memorable video production.

12:00 pm The Collective Brain with Lance Rougeux
Leverage the power of community and learn effective ways to engage and inspire your students. During this session we will explore the ten latest, greatest and most effective resources and strategies shared by teachers of the Discovery Educator Network.  You’ll leave the session with a ton of new ideas, tools and resources to start using tomorrow in your classroom.

1:00 pm Spotlight Session with Wes Fryer
We need to play with media to become more effective communicators. As children, we learn to progressively make sense of our confusing world through play. The same dynamics apply to us as adults communicating with new and different media forms. As you learn to play with digital text, images, audio and video, you will communicate more creatively and flexibly with a wider variety of options. Author and educator Wesley Fryer will inspire and empower you, as a creative person, to expand your personal senses of digital literacy and digital agency as a multimedia communicator!

2:00 pm Treat Yourself to A Story with Dean Mantz, DEN Guru
What makes a good digital story?  We will discuss key components of a good digital story as well as learn about a couple tools for creating them.

Register here to attend online.

Join us online, or join one of the local events our Leadership Council members are planning.

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