Announcing the 2016 Student Technology Conference

 

The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 Am to 9 Pm EST. We invite all to attend!

The Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 as well as colleges and universities and for all, is committed to:

  • Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.

Last year’s conference featured more than twenty general sessions and four keynote addresses from all over the world with over 500 participants!

This is an amazing, engaging, collaborative, worldwide event that you will want to be a part of. You can join for just for one session, or for every session! Even if you miss a session, they are all recorded so you can watch them later!


Attending: You can join anywhere you have an Internet connection, and the schedule of sessions is published in each of the time zones in the world. Just find your time zone, find the sessions taking place, and click right into the ones you want to join. You can also import the entire calendar (Google) into your own calendar, or add selected sessions to your personal calendar to be sure that you don’t miss them.

Presenting: For those interested in presenting (and we encourage teachers and students around the world to do so, even if for the first time), the call for proposals is now open! The final date to submit a proposal is Saturday, January 23, 2016. Click HERE for more information and to submit your proposal.

Volunteering: One of the best parts of this conference is the incredible volunteer effort to help new (and sometimes seasoned!) presenters. Volunteers gather throughout the whole conference in a special virtual lounge and work to make sure that presenters and attendees are given help whenever they need it. Our volunteers are an elite group of global helpers–come find out why they say being a volunteer moderator is the most fun you can have at the conference. More HERE.

The Community: A significant bonus to attending the Student Technology Conference is joining the conference community of students and educators from around the world.

Great Keynotes: Who better to keynote the Student Technology Conference than students. Keynote speakers this year, include the Young Hackers of New York City and Coco Kaleel fromveryhappyrobot.com. More keynotes will be announced after the holidays!

Sponsors: We’ve got a devoted and most-appreciated set of sponsors who make this conference possible (and keep it free!). Our special thanks to Marymounyt School of New York, University School of Milwaukee, Westhampton Middle School, Lauriston Girls’ School and others who support our conference. And there’s still time to join this illustrious group and help support our event! Email steve@hargadon.com.

Send a Tweet: “#stutechconf2016 is coming! Submit to present or register to attend, all free, all online, 6th year of this great event http://www.studenttechnologyconference.com

2016 Student Technology Conference

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3 Online Tools for Formative Assessment

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Wall Wisher can be used to informally assess student knowledge and promote discussion.

To truly understand how students are learning, and to guide their performance, consider incorporating an array of formative assessments in your course design.  Unlike summative assessments, such as quizzes and tests that gauge a student’s body of knowledge long after instruction has occurred, formative assessments are meant as informal “practice” activities or quick progress checks that occur as a part of a lesson.  Based on learning outcomes, the instructor can use data gathered from the assessment to make quick adaptations to their teaching to support the learning process. Common examples of formative assessments include: pre-tests, polls, surveys, quiz games, and end-of-lesson “exit tickets”.

There are several online tools that instructors can use to create engaging formative assessments that make data collection quick and easy. Here are 3 of the most popular free tools you can use to get started. Continue reading