Thursday, June 2, 2016

Presentations for Spartanburg Technology in Two Conference

Below are the resources shared at the Spartanburg 2: Technology in Two conference held on June 2 at Boiling Springs Elementary School.

8:30 - 9:30

What Happens when they Google you?

 Presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

Have you ever Googled your own name? Most people have at some point, and there's a good chance your students, colleagues and future/past employers have Googled your name, too. Make sure what they find about you in Google is what you want them to find.  Whether this workshop is for you, or will serve as a unit plan for helping students create their own online presence you will learn these key facts:

1. SEARCH RESULTS. How do they work? How can I impact them?

2. SILENT DIALOGUES. What do people think when they see your results?

3. IMMEDIATE ACTION. Are people compelled to click and explore you further? How can they?

4. CONTACT. After people have Googled you, reacted and taken initial action, this is the crucial component.

It’s when you compound attraction with outreach. Because ideally, you’d like people to email, call or reach out to you in SOME way. Building an online brand is no longer an option in our digital generation, search results speak loudly, are yours saying the right thing?


9:45 - 10:45

Last Year Called They Want Their Lesson Plans Back, Transitioning your Classroom into the 21st Century 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

As teachers we plan units.  We plan units because that's the way we've always packaged our learning.  What if we did it differently?  Let's identify the things that are the problems that confine us in our units, identify key ways we can rethink packaging learning and provide amazing, unique, innovative experiences where learning is the focus and students drive classroom experiences.  Come to this session expecting to participate, be pushed and tap into amazing resources.  Last year called, they want their lesson plan back.


11 - 12

Character & Digital Citizenship in the Classroom 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee,

Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship, and responsibility for self and others.  Often when we get behind a keyboard, those virtues disappear.  Let’s learn more about the online space and how to provide student opportunities to learn digital citizenship in settings that are supportive to learning.


1 - 2

Tech Tools for School Leaders 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

School leaders have the difficult task of staying up to date with cutting edge learning technologies and systems, as well as leading a building.  At the core of those tasks is productivity.  This session will focus on increasing your productivity using tools and resources from the world’s top companies.  We’ll focus on managing your to-do list, email, funneling, tracking progress and the latest trends in educational technology.  Come ready to let go of old habits and build in new ideas to maximize your productivity.


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