Sponsor Spotlight: UConn Two Summers Program

We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the University of Connecticut’s Two Summers Program. They are once again a Platinum Sponsor for EdCamp Connecticut! Thank you for helping to make our fifth annual event a reality!

UConn Two Summers Program

Two Summers Program Summary

UConn’s Two Summers MA/SD (http://edtech.education.uconn.edu/) in Learning Technology is a Master’s and Sixth Year Diploma program designed for working teachers interested in wisely integrating learning technologies into classroom instruction. The program is aligned with the ISTE/NCATE NETS-C standards for digital age teachers/coaches (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-coaches), those who have the skills and knowledge to guide and support teachers to wisely integrate technology into their classroom teaching in an increasingly connected and global society. The program is run as small cohorts (15 to 20 students) where students have identical plans of study and progress through courses together. Variations of the program include a 27 or 30 credit option or the conferral of an MA or Sixth Year Certificate (as the choice of each student). The program admits practicing teachers or those with equivalent experiences in education. Since 2006, average GPA for admitted students in the cohort is near 3.7, recently results include 3.7 (2013),and  3.65 (2014).

Content Knowledge: consists of an understanding of contemporary hardware and software, Internet and offline computer-based tools used to support classroom instruction.

Pedagogy: consists of an understanding of instructional design methods, contemporary learning theory, and design research methods that enable the wise and successful integration of technology with classroom instruction.

Dispositions: consists of a world view in favor of risk taking, on-the-fly problem solving, instructional design principles, and learning through data-driven decision making based on classroom trials of technology.

The key comprehensive assessment is an e-portfolio in Taskstream (http://www.taskstream.com). Since its inception in 2006, the Two Summers program has had 90 – 100% Completion rate and all students who submit the e-portfolio achieving scores at, or above, goal. As part of the e-portfolio of required program artifacts, the Two Summers program is researching a year-long game-based approach (called Project Technologia) to several of its standards, and is piloting a card-game based assessment, called Card-tamen, based on the TPACK (see http://www.tpack.org/) framework for technology integration.

EdCampCT 2014 Smackdown Resources

A big thanks once again to all the participants of EdCampCT 2014 for making it the amazing, inspiring, and informative event that it was. As you post photos & share blog posts please tag them with #EdCampCT so everyone can find and share them more easily.

Below is the official list of resources shared during the 2014 edition of the EdCampCT Smackdown (link to view it directly in GDrive):

We’re managing our wait list

This has been an unprecedented year for EdCamp Connecticut.  Our registration filled up this spring in record time, and we have our longest wait list yet!  People have been great with communicating, and we thank everyone who is letting us know they cannot attend or that they’re eager to be offered a spot.  As cancellations come in, we are notifying those who’ve signed up for the wait list.  We thank you for your patience and and interest and hope to make available as many spots as possible.  Stay tuned!

Sharing ideas for EdCampCT 2014

[tl;dr – Sharing is awesome. You should do it. Here’s the padlet where you can share ideas for conversations and sessions you’d like to see at EdCamp CT 2014]

Sharing is hard. Taking a personal and private thing and putting it out for the public can be scary. We can be worried about looking silly, or naive, or unoriginal. But sharing is super important- especially in the education world.

Sharing is Hard.

Teaching is hard. There are so many variables. There are so many seemingly little things that can have a surprisingly large impact on how students learn. Learning from the successes and failures of others can help increase our own successes and reduce our own failures.

Any EdCamp is wholly built on a foundation of individuals sharing what things have (and have not) led to success in their educational practices. I have found the most value in my EdCamp experiences whenever I am willing to jump out of my shell and share with others through one-on-one conversations, discussions in sessions, or by proposing and leading sessions. When I sit back and keep my ideas and experience to myself, I still enjoy EdCamp, but I get less out of it.

Maybe it’s your first EdCamp, or you don’t feel like you have much educational experience, or you don’t feel you have anything original to share. Your sharing is still welcome at EdCampCT.

In a post reflecting on how hard it is to share new or original ideas, Dean Shareski notes:

…although on the surface our stories, insights and ideas may not be new, they come with our personal context and perspectives and it’s those aspects of sharing that to me are most interesting and meaningful.
Maybe originality is overrated. But your thinking isn’t.

We hope EdCamp Connecticut will be a place where we welcome your thinking. Where you can share your perspectives, even if they’re not truly “original” ideas.

Your ideas for EdCamp CT 2014 Sessions

To get the ball rolling, we’ve created a Padlet (link here) where you can post ideas for sessions you’d like to share or sessions you’d like other attendees to share.

EdCampCT 2014 Session Ideas

If you’d like, you can also view session ideas from vintage EdCampCTs.

At EdCampCT world headquarters we are super excited to see the awesomeness that your sharing will bring to EdCampCT 2014.

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