Learning -- it isn't just textbooks and slide rules anymore. Heck, even calculators are old news. The nation's premier educators are utilizing cutting-edge technology to engage their students like never before. They're turning the classroom into a 21st century multimedia exploration of knowledge that not only grips generations raised on iPads and smartphones, but empowers and expands their students' creative freedom within the learning environment.
The Learning Technologies Conference is proud to bring the industry's foremost trailblazing instructors and education professionals to Bakersfield, offering area educators and learners alike invaluable next-generation tools to change how you see a classroom forever.
Please select from the following:
|8:00 - 8:40 a.m.||Check-In and Breakfast|
|8:45 - 9:00 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Sonya Christian and Todd Coston|
|9:00 - 10:15 a.m.||Keynote Address: Dr. Michael Wesch, Digital Ethnology - Kansas State University; "Nurturing Wonder in the Age of Whatever"|
|10:15 - 10:30 a.m.||Break - Release to Breakouts|
|10:30 - 11:20 a.m.||
Track 1 - Band Room 2
Making Sense of Maker Ed
Debby Kurti - Table Top Inventing, Victory Valley College
|10:30 - 11:50 a.m.||
Track 2 - Indoor Theater
Own It! - Technology to Engage and Retain Learners
Dana Van Deinse, Grand Key Education
|11:20 - 11:30 a.m.||Short Break - 10 min. (Track 1)|
|11:30 - 11:50 a.m.||
Track 1 - Band Room 2
Teaching is Storytelling - 20 Min.
Bill Moseley, Bakersfield College
|Noon - 12:50 p.m.||Lunch and Networking - Performing Arts Center Band Room 2 (Track 1 and Track 2)|
|1:00 - 2:00 p.m.||
Track 1 and Track 2 - Indoor Theater
Afternoon Keynote - "2015: The Year Competency-Based Education Displaced Traditional College Degrees
Dean Florez, 20 Million Minds Foundation
Track 1 - Band Room 2
Igniting a Revolution - High Tech Citizen Science
Steve Kurti - Table Top Inventing
Track 2 - Indoor Theater
NextGen Educators: A Competency-Based Approach for the Whole Educator - 50 Min.
Amy Kaufman - UC San Diego
Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and “the explainer” by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society and education. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.
Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. After years of experimenting with social media and assessing the learning potential of these tools, Wesch argues that they don’t automatically foster significant learning or establish genuine empathy or meaningful bonds between professors and students. Using social media is but one of the many possible ways to connect, but the message that Wesch’s experimentation brings is that only genuine connections may restore the sense of joy and curiosity that we hope to instill in our students.
Dean Florez is leading The Twenty Million Minds Foundation after 20 years of legislative policy making in the higher education field. As a past state Assemblyman and Senator, Dean Florez was elevated to the position of California Senate Majority Leader in November 2008, the Senate’s second most powerful position.
During his tenure in the State Legislature, Dean Florez was an outspoken leader in the areas of clean air, higher education, policy, food safety, animal rights, government accountability and infrastructure financing and development. His emphasis during his tenure in the Legislature was overseeing high technology implementation and educational reform. Specifically, Dean Florez chaired the Senate Select Committee on Wireless Technology and Consumer Driven Programming and the Senate Governmental Organization Committee that oversaw major technology purchases and implementation.
Prior to his election to the Legislature in 1998, Dean Florez worked in higher education policy as the Senate’s Chief consultant to the Senate Committee on University of California Admissions and staffed the California Joint Master Plan of Higher Education Review.
Dean Florez is a past investment banker, having received his MBA from Harvard in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA where he also served as Student Body President.
Dean Florez is dedicated to bringing higher education into the digital age through his work at 20MM.
Debby Kurti is the Disruptive Learning Strategist for Table Top Inventing and an adjunct Computer Information Systems professor at Victor Valley College. Debby’s teaching style is an eclectic blend of constructivist pedagogy fused with social learning theory that allows her to facilitate interesting experiences that excite her students’ curiosity and fire up their desire to know more. She has been teaching technology to teachers, administrators, students, and lifelong learners at all levels of education from K-12 through graduate university courses for almost twenty years, including fourteen of those years as a CIS faculty member in the Kern Community College District at Porterville and Cerro Coso Community Colleges. Debby served as a campus mentor for California Virtual Campus and has taught classes for both CVC and @ONE. Her current academic pursuits include maker education as a tool to engage students and deepen learning, 3D printing, open source electronics, social media, & online learning. Debby earned her MA in educational technology from Pepperdine University.
Steve Kurti is the Chief Maker at Table Top Inventing. For as long as he can remember, Steve has been making things. In his quest to spark creative thinking and problem solving through practical and exciting projects, Steve draws on his background in biomedical research, high energy fiber laser development, and 15 years of building laboratory devices. As an experimental physicist with a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Steve has seen research and development from many angles and is now bringing that experience to middle school, high school, and college students who want to make everything from catapults to cybernetic augmentations. Through the medium of Making and Inventing, students are transformed from passive observers of education to active learners. This powerful shift fosters deep insights, creative expression, collaborative thinking and a host of other skills that are difficult to learn in traditional settings. Steve holds three patents and is a columnist for the TeacherLibrarian Journal. His latest contributions include a three part series titled “Making an Educational Makerspace: The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces; The Environment and Tools of Great Educational Makerspaces; and Practical Implementation of an Educational Makerspace.”
Ms. Dana Van Deinse is a digital learning expert with proven results in virtual and blended school operations, the development of eLearning programs, and school accreditation. Having actively participated in traditional, blended and online learning environments serving in the role of teacher, principal, head of school, board member, community partner, and parent, she believes that all students can learn and accomplish success with personalized support. Ms. Van Deinse is an accomplished speaker and trainer having collaborated with numerous education organizations, to include the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), AdvancED and the YMCA. Most recently, she launched a company to help schools increase student retention by teaching students ownership and accountability skills. She has also developed the accreditation protocol which included the establishment of quality benchmarks for digital learning schools around the world. Ms. Van Deinse earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a Post-Bac teaching certificate from Arizona State University, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Amy Kaufman is an experienced professional development facilitator and trainer, education consultant and curriculum designer. Currently, she designs, develops and delivers online/blended courses for educators, industry professionals, and the DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) through the University of California at San Diego. She is also a program facilitator for CTE and educational technology for the Orange County Department of Education. Previously, she was a CTE instructional programs administrator serving 27 high schools within five comprehensive high school districts. Amy has been an instructor at the high school, adult school and community college level. Her latest projects include development and implementation of online/blended career pathways courses for alternative education students and co-development of new online/blended teacher training curriculum for the Electrical Training Alliance and the IBEW.
Mary Jo Pasek
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