Sunday, September 19, 2010

Come Hear The Innovative Educator Share Ideas for Thinking Outside the Ban and Taking Risks for Student Success at the Free Tri-State Tech Conference

On October 2nd I will have the opportunity to share ideas at the Tri-State Tech Conference (TSETC) with innovative educators passionate about thinking outside the ban and taking the risks our students need for success. I hope friends, colleagues, and followers of my blog will join me as I share real-life anecdotes of the risk-taking experiences I felt were necessary to do what what was in the best interest of 21st students despite the protests of educational administrators stuck in the past.

Readers of The Innovative Educator know that I’m passionate about educator voice and thinking outside the ban. Here at The Innovative Educator I share ideas to do just that in posts that explain the importance of sharing educator voice through blogging, provide ideas and plans for Harnessing the Power of Cells in Education Today, tell why I believe in friending students on Facebook and using Facebook with students beginning in elementary school, and more.

At the conference I’ll share the risks every educator needs to begin taking today and I’ll provide actual examples from my life that demonstrate ways I continuously worked to think and act outside the ban that often keeps our students stuck in an outdated, irrelevant and boring (no our students don’t all have A.D.D.) educational system. I will also share a six-step guide any educator can take to get on the path to taking risks for student success in their own school or district.

Of course the first step in the right direction is attending the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC) where in addition to hearing me present, participants will have the opportunity to learn about practical strategies and tools to engage learners through professional development sessions, workshops, and virtual learning labs. Most importantly, the reason to attend is because “It is our goal that educators leave inspired and motivated to pursue innovative practices while becoming agents of change," states Eric Sheninger, Principal of New Milford High School. Sheninger is the man behind the conference and he does more then talk a good game. Though he does that well too. He is a principal who actually used to block, and now offers guidance to those skeptical about social media use. Sheninger, a leader I deeply admire is someone I have covered often here at The Innovative Educator in stories like these:
Principal who used to block, now offers guidance to skeptical admins in social media use
Want to help a principal start a blog? These 5 principals can provide inspiration
Follow the Leader Who’s a Tweeter
Just Say Yes to Publishing! Exposing The Man Behind the Curtain If He’s Still Saying No.
5 Ways to Build Your 1.0 and 2.0 Personal Learning Network

I am thrilled to be a part of a conference spearheaded by such a passionate and devoted leader and grateful to the conference host Schoology for supporting Mr. Sheninger in bringing this free opportunity to educators.

Conference details:
Please visit the official conference website, check out the prestigious list of presenters, register to attend for FREE, submit a proposal, and if you are able to, consider sponsoring.

When:
Saturday, October 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. after hour meet up from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at Jersey Boys Grill

Location:
The 2010 Tri-State Educational Technology Conference will be held at New Milford High School.
New Milford High School
330 River Road
New Milford, New Jersey 07646

Meals:
Breakfast and lunch provided free of charge

Transportation from New York City:
For those traveling from New York City there is a free shuttle bus is available if you reserve a seat by September 24th. Please email crystal@schoology.com to reserve your spot.

Your bus ticket will grant you round trip passage on a luxury charter bus, from Penn Station, straight to New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ. Buses will begin loading in front of Penn Station at 7:00 am on Saturday, October 2nd. The buses will depart at 7:30 am for New Milford High School, so don’t be late.

Buses will depart from New Milford High School at 5:00 pm following the conference, to bring people back to Penn Station.
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