Sponsor Spotlight: UConn Two Summers Program

The University of Connecticut’s Two Summers Program continues to demonstrate its commitment to the ongoing professional learning of educators by being a Platinum Sponsor of EdCamp Connecticut. We are so grateful for their generous support!

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UConn’s Two Summers MA/SD 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, 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. see http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-coaches. 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 25 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. In 2013 the average GPA for admitted students was 3.70 which has held steady for the last few years.

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. Since its inception in 2006, the Two Summers program has had 90 – 100% Completion rate and all students who submit the e-portfolio achieving 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.

Thanks to the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

EdCamp Connecticut is extraordinarily grateful for the generous support of The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation.  After learning about the edcamp format and its impact in Connecticut, New England, and now worldwide, the Foundation Board of Directors decided to sponsor EdCamp CT to help ensure that all participating educators have an enjoyable, fulfilling day of professional learning and networking.

The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation has funded regional projects in the areas of arts, education, historic preservation, hospitals, and human services, and EdCamp Connecticut is honored to be among the recipients of the Foundation’s support.

 

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Educator U

Many thanks to Educator U for supporting EdCamp CT 2014 as a new Bronze Sponsor!

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Educator U provides schools with over forty years of combined experience in academic technology integration and IT administration. Our team is comprised of network administrators, educators, and school administrators. While most consulting firms reside outside of the classroom, our team is directly connected to the classroom and has experience with integrating devices and pedagogy to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

Educator U assists schools in designing a comprehensive plan to integrate a successful 1:1 learning environment. Our network administration team will provide your school with a personalized blueprint for creating a durable network infrastructure, organizing a device deployment plan and coordinating an effective management system that supports a 1:1 learning environment.

Educator U will design a comprehensive plan for professional development that meets the needs of the 21st Century learner. Our academic technology team will provide faculty and staff with specialized training that integrates today’s pedagogy with new and emerging technology applications. Training sessions will demonstrate tools and applications in an educational context, allow time for faculty and content area collaboration, and showcase pertinent examples of student and faculty work that synthesizes new and emerging technologies with current curriculum.

Registration is full!

Registration for EdCamp CT has filled more quickly than any previous year!  If you didn’t sign up, though, don’t lose hope.  As the summer approaches, and as people’s plans change, spots will open up.  So, join our wait list and keep your fingers crossed!  We’ll contact you if tickets become available.