#OETC20 Conference Theme
Focusing Our I’s
From current trends to emerging technologies, BYOD and blended learning to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has spent the last 22 years informing Ohio’s educators of the ever-changing world of educational technology. But with so many options, apps and open resources, and diversity in learning models, technology in education has become an increasingly complex learning tool. OETC is taking some time to focus on educators fully understanding educational technology. From policy and planning to implementation and integration, #OETC20 seeks to provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at each step of the process by bringing educational technology In Focus.
Focusing Our I’s is about enhancing the overall learning experience using educational technology. It is about maximizing efficiencies of the technologies that are currently in place and streamlining integration of these technologies into the classroom. And it is about inspiring educators to reach out of their comfort zones to bring new technologies to the students.
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#OETC20 Session Tracks
- Focusing Our I’s: Ingenuity and Impact – This track focuses on educational policy, leadership, and planning, in regards to the use of technology as a strategic tool for organizational improvement and transformation, including state/federal technology grants, data-driven decision making, educator evaluation tools, how to make purchasing and budgeting decisions, facilities management, and implications of state and national standards. Sessions may also cover strategies for funding of technology projects, including state and federal programs, and other aspects of planning and cost-effective management of technology, as well as security, risk management, and privacy from a leadership perspective.
- Focusing Our I’s: Infrastructure and Integrity – This track focuses on technology infrastructure and the overall management of information systems that support all learning environments. Session topics may include implementation of 1-to-1 computing, wireless environments and the roll-out of mobile devices as well as network security and security breaches, penetration testing and privacy issues, solutions to bandwidth issues, and compliance with local, state, and national security regulations and directives. Topics could also include technology solutions or technology’s impact on; school security, campus safety, digital threats and prevention including but not limited: online threats, cyber bullying and security within social networking.
- Focusing Our I’s: Implementation and Integration – This track shares insights into practical strategies used by educators and faculty to fully explore the current uses of technology in the learning environment, including information on effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, managing use of technology in their classrooms, and assess the impact of the technology upon student achievement. Sessions may address how educators and students are using various technologies as well as the online and hybrid learning environments to promote high academic performance. Topics may include virtual learning, hybrid coursework, acceleration programs, and online solutions for credit. These sessions could cover a diverse spectrum of learning environments.
- Focusing Our I’s: Inspiration to Innovation – This track focuses on incorporating cutting-edge technologies, new digital tools, and technological resources to enhance the education and the learning environment to solve educational issues. These sessions represent the most innovative thinking in the application of technology and technology strategy in education and are highly regarded models of technology adoption in the education technology community.
- Focusing Our I’s: Inclusion and Involvement - This track focuses on resources that are available to ensure that EVERY student has access to technology tools, information, and digital media to support the information sharing and the learning process.
- Assistive Technology Solutions - These sessions focus on all aspects of technology use in the learning environment, including the use of devices or services that make life easier and improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities; and computer access, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and adapted curriculum solutions.
- eLearning and Distance Learning - These sessions focus on methods of teaching and learning in which the online delivery of content is facilitated by various technologies including video, voice, audio, online collaboration tools, and correspondence over the Internet. There are many technologies that can offer a great deal of flexibility as to when, where, and how education is distributed. Sessions feature ways to improve interactive communication, assessment, feedback, support, and content delivery, whether it is in a synchronous or asynchronous learning environment.
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing flexible curriculum, instruction, and materials that are accessible to all students. These sessions showcase the principles of UDL and present information on a framework to reduce barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all students. The goals of UDL are to remove barriers to learning, support improved access to information and to learning itself, and provide multiple, flexible approaches to learning that will result in success for learners.
- OER, Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Access - These sessions focus on addressing relevant issues around the creation, curation, and access to digital content and electronic resources. Sessions could address strategies to manage online resources, including which systems and tools are most effective, the challenges that new electronic formats are posing, how to rearrange our workflows to find solutions to e-resources problems, how to achieve more through thoughtful licensing, and how standards and best practices can assist our efforts.
- Focusing Our I’s: Interaction and Interchange - This track focuses on collaboration and the overall impact of networking. This will include sessions on increasing one’s PLN for professional development and learning, as well as digital citizenship and the imprint that each person leaves in a digital environment. Sessions should discuss the impact of teaching positive digital citizenship to students.
- Focusing Our I’s: Initiatives of the State of Ohio - This track focuses on state initiatives and the successful use of technology in their implementation. Sessions from this track will be provided by the State of Ohio and OETC partners. OETC is anticipating offering sessions on state initiatives including, but not limited to, the following:
- Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology
- State Testing and Assessments
- College Credit Plus
- Choose Ohio First
- Workforce Alignment
- Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee
To better assist OETC attendees in selecting the best sessions for their interests, #OETC20 is now offering session formats to further detail session information. The session formats are as follows:
Learn Today, Do Tomorrow
Learn Today, Do Tomorrow sessions are traditional lecture or panel style sessions, where the presenter or moderator leads the session with minor interaction from the audience.
Discuss & Discover
Discuss & Discover sessions provide opportunity for presenter facilitated interaction, through question and answer, moderate activities, or small groups. Sessions should be designed in order to increase collaboration and information sharing between attendees.
Make. Build. Do.
Make. Build. Do. sessions are hands-on activities, makerspaces, bring your own devices, etc., that are deeply interactive sessions, with intense audience participation.
#OETC20 Redesigned Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
#OETC20 is excited to announce a brand new Exhibit Hall floorplan! We have combined Exhibit Halls A & B, to deliver more excitement and learning for you!
We now have twice the space to offer more interactive playgrounds, more session classrooms, the #OETC20 Drone Experience, and the brand new Networking Nook, our dedicated space for you to develop and expand your personal learning networks.
#OETC20 Featured Speakers
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. | Union Station Ballroom A
Question Formulation: A Fundamental Skill for Thinking, Learning, and Researching
Participants will experience a brief introduction to the value of question formulation for thinking, learning, and researching. There will also be a brief experience in formulating and working with one’s own questions, previewing the powerful, yet simple Question Formulation Technique (QFT). Beyond this preview, participants will have the opportunity to learn how they might use the QFT in their classrooms and courses during other sessions at the conference.
Presented by: Andrew Minigan, The Right Question Institute
About Andrew Minigan:
Andrew P. Minigan is the Right Question Institute’s (RQI) Director of Strategy. He facilitates active learning experiences for educators, faculty, researchers, and students in both K-12 and higher education, and he has worked with tens of thousands of learners from around the world. Andrew conducts research and consults on other researchers’ empirical work, and also designs new learning experiences and curricula to support educators, researchers, and learners. He is a Co-P.I. on a National Science Foundation funded research grant to develop a strategy so researchers can learn how to formulate better, more transformative research questions. He is also a P.I., with Sarah Westbrook, on a Library of Congress grant that will provide learning opportunities for educators around the country, especially those working with traditionally underrepresented students, so they may learn a strategy to facilitate more effective student-driven inquiry on primary sources.
From 2015-2018 Andrew led RQI’s Million Classrooms Campaign (supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation). By learning with educators in the field, he scaled a pedagogical innovation on a global level. Now, students across all grade levels around the world are improving their own question formulation skills with a powerful yet simple strategy.
Andrew conferred an Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Digital Wellness - Flipping The Script
Technology is an amazing tool that provides incredible access and power for students. But technology access is not without its challenges: screen time, tech addiction, cyberbullying, viruses, plagiarism, and identity theft, to name a few. There are so many problems that students can get caught up in S0 let's Flip The Script. Stop scurrying to clean up the damage and missed opportunities caused by the 24/7 digital world. It’s time for a revolution! Through education and community, we are changing the way we view digital wellness. Education is the catalyst for helping students live a healthy life in a digital world. Devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets have vastly improved the way we learn, solve problems, and work in our daily lives. In our increasingly technology-rich world, it is essential that students are equipped to lead a balanced and healthy digital lifestyle for success in school, at home, and in their future careers.
Presented by: Rich Boettner, Hilliard City Schools
About Rich Boettner:
Rich has been the Chief Technology Officer for Hilliard City Schools since 2010. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Hilliard and 10 years as a teacher in two different school districts teaching music, technology and gifted education. Over the past four years, Rich has helped lead the district through a One2One rollout involving all 16,500 students. In 2019, Hilliard Schools received the WOSU Distinguished District Award for exceptional technology integration. Rich was selected as Innovator of the Month for the Technological Horizons in Education Journal and participated in a national education radio show on Blended Learning. He has presented at conferences for ISTE, the National School Board Association, the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, the Council of the Great City Schools, the Ohio School Board Association, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, and the Learn21 CoSN Conference. Rich participated in the development of the Blended Learning Standards for the Ohio Department of Education.
Rich has a passion for teaching Digital Wellness, Blended Learning, and Online Learning course development for students. Over the last 15 years, Hilliard has created thousands of Blended Learning spaces in their learning management system and 75 full online courses for students in grades 7-12. Last year, virtually all K-12 students in the district used the learning management system and 2000 semester hour credits were earned by students taking online courses in grades 7-12. He earned his bachelor's degree in K-12 music education from Ohio State University and his master's degree in educational administration and a principal's license from Ashland University.
#OETC20 Featured Speakers
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. | Union Station Ballroom A
The Future of Digital Learning: From Distracted Student to Content Creator
Are devices distracting your students from learning opportunities in your classroom? Devices also have the power to engage learners. Let’s give each device, even students’ personalized device, a purpose in our classrooms. Every student can create, and every student should, but students will not discover this on their own. This session sets the tone and scope for Kelly’s later presentations: Vanquishing the Myth of The Digital Learner and Start a Podcast, Teach the World, as well the session he is co-presenting, Rock’em, Sock’em Educators by illustrating ways we can truly use devices to teach and learn by focusing on creation over consumption. Engagement, personalization, relevance and student success are attainable and around the corner by changing how we use devices to teach and learn.
Presented by: Kelly Croy, The Wired Educator, Port Clinton City Schools
|About Kelly Croy:
Kelly Croy is the Director of Innovation and Instruction at Port Clinton City School District in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Kelly Croy, Host of The Wired Educator Podcast, author of Along Came a Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator.
He proudly taught 7th Grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School in Ohio for 26 years. He has led many exciting initiatives in education including a self-contained, progressive Challenge Based Learning Studio, a computer and robotics club using the Swift Coding Language, and led his students to become published authors of digital books. Kelly has led classroom, building and district initiatives in technology, instruction, culture and leadership.
Kelly believes “Everyone Can Create, and everyone should.” Creating with technology demonstrates our highest evidence of learning. Creating what never existed before is the rigor and relevance we seek in education, and it exemplifies all depths of knowledge. It is synthesizing, and it is FUN.
Kelly hosts the popular Wired Educator Podcast where he interviews amazing educators & educational authors from around the world and shares their stories to help teachers level-up and make a difference in the lives of students.
Kelly is the author of the nonfiction books: Along Came a Leader: A Personal & Professional Guide to Leadership, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Bullying: How to Get on with your Life When a Bully Steps Into It.
Kelly speaks at schools and educational conferences throughout the year.
Kelly was recognized by the Apple Distinguished Educator Program and serves on the Apple Distinguished Educator Board for the Americas. He was recognized by Google, as a Google Certified Innovator, and by PBS as a PBS Digital Innovator.
The R Factor: Building an Exceptional Culture
Building and sustaining an exceptional culture requires intentional effort from everyone. When a culture is strong, people are fully engaged and work together for the success of the organization. The peformance of an organization rises and falls on behavior. How do we navigate the events we experience in a way that produces the best possible results? The answer lies within implementing a simple and powerful framework into your life. A system for being intentional about the way you think, make decisions, and act: E+R=O (Event+Response=O).
The key to producing outcomes is not the events or circumstances you encounter, but how you choose to respond. It's call The R Factor. The Six R Factor Disciplines provide you with a system for Managing your Response with intention, purpose and skill. The daily application of these disciplines, not the circumstances you face, determine the quality of outcomes you produce.
Presented by: Dawn Sayre, Focus 3
||About Dawn Sayre:
Before joining Focus 3 in July 2019, Dawn spent 23 years in public education. She is an experienced school administrator, a former teacher, middle school principal, high school principal and curriculum director who has implemented the Focus 3 systems at an elite level with her staff, students and school community.
Dawn is a proud graduate of Otterbein (College) University where she was a member of the Women’s Basketball Team. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She then went on to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership and Superintendent License from the University of Dayton.
Through her education and athletic experience, Dawn shares a unique perspective on Focus 3’s system. With passion, she conveys the value of culture as a critical component to achieving the elite academic results that we strive for in our school systems. Dawn will guide your journey to align your culture to your values.
#OETC20 Featured Speakers
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. | Union Station Ballroom A
What’s Going on For Girls and How We Can Help Them, in School, STEM and Life
The world is complicated for girls. From experiencing significant drops in confidence during middle school to dealing with chaotic relationships to navigating social media — a girl’s life is hard. Why do girls have difficulty opening up to adults? What are the daily issues that girls are concerned with and what is holding them back from reaching their full potential? How can adults better connect with, educate and support the girls in their lives? How can educators encourage confidence in girls to promote their interest in STEM fields? Dr. Lisa Hinkelman has been working with and researching girls for more than a decade and will bring data to life in this opening session with research, stories and strategies that can help girls become confident, competent, and courageous.
Presented by Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, Ruling Our eXperiences, Inc. (ROX)
|About Dr. Lisa Hinkelman:
Dr. Lisa Hinkelman is a nationally recognized researcher, speaker and author who is a foremost authority on educating and empowering girls and creating environments that foster girls’ confidence, self-esteem and successful decision-making. She has spent more than 15 years researching girls and educating adults both as a professor at The Ohio State University and as the Founder and CEO of Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX), an organization that delivers evidence-based programming, research and education focused on the critical issues impacting girls.
As a researcher and author, Lisa has produced journal articles, technical reports and research briefs and also authored the award-winning book, ’Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships Academic Success and Interpersonal Strength’, published by Corwin Press. Her most recent research, The Girls’ Index: New Insights Into the Complex World of Today’s Girls, is a nationally representative sample of 10,678 girls and provides a unique understanding of girls’ lives today. She is a dynamic and sought-after consultant and speaker who regularly presents her research to schools, organizations and professional associations throughout the country. Lisa earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University.
The Future of Smart Mobility and Ohio’s Workforce
It’s 2020 – where’s my flying car? Across Ohio and throughout the world we’re experiencing an era of unprecedented transportation innovations – changing the ways we move people and goods every day. These “smart mobility” solutions offer significant improvements in transportation safety, mobility, access, and reliability – but to fully realize this potential, the most important ingredient is talent. During this session, you’ll learn how DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the state’s one-stop shop for connected and automated vehicles on the ground and in the air – is working with partners across industry, education, government, and communities to deploy this technology while also preparing Ohio’s emerging workforce – from Pre-K to PhD – for jobs and career paths that are rapidly evolving.
Presented by: Rich Granger, DriveOhio, and Interns, Jen Schlegel and Kenya Gray
About Rich Granger:
Rich Granger is Managing Director of Workforce Development at DriveOhio, the state’s one-stop shop for connected and automated mobility solutions on the ground and in the air. In this role, Rich works with partners across industry, education, government and communities to deliver a portfolio of workforce development programs that prepare Ohio’s existing and emerging workforce – from Pre-K to PhD – for the future of smart mobility. These problem-based learning and work-based learning programs are paired with workforce mobility solutions to address “spatial mismatch” accessibility challenges for workers, students, and job seekers.
Rich has spent his career at the intersection of technology, innovation, education and workforce development. He grew up in Northeast Ohio and lives in the Columbus area with his wife and their young daughter, who wants to own a self-driving car when she grows up.
||About Kenya Gray:
Kenya Gray is a fourth year City and Regional Planning major at The Ohio State University from Cleveland, Ohio. Kenya is a workforce intern at DriveOhio, travelling around the state supporting STEM education and outreach programs. He regularly interacts with educational partners and institutions across K-12 and higher education, including the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
At Ohio State, he is a Morrill Scholar, serves as the President for the Black Mental Health Coalition, and is the Vice President of Band of Brothers. Ever since he was a child, he has always been very involved in his community. He is excited to have the opportunity to attend the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which gives him a chance to become more involved on an even grander scale.
About Jen Schlegel:
Jen Schlegel is a University Innovation Fellow, a Biomedical Engineering student at The Ohio State University, a DriveOhio Innovation + Workforce Intern and a certified ADA/504 Coordinator. She most recently won the 2020 Ohio State University President’s Prize for Handicom, a touchscreen platform that gives limited to no dexterity users access to a collaborative workspace. Jen’s ultimate dream is to become a neurologist, and she’s a maker/creator/inventor with a life-long goal of improving people’s quality of life.
In 2019, Jen won The Ohio State University's Student Life Disability Services Outstanding Student Advocate Award, which honors students who act as exemplary advocates for disability access and inclusion on campus. In 2018 she won the Techhub Grant for HandikAPP, a touchscreen platform to give limited-to-no dexterity users access to advanced coding capabilities. In March 2019 she won the Wexner Medical Center Brain Health Hack with an application for better medical response to chronic health instances. She was also a finalist in the Toyota Mobility Project in 2015 for an Application to improve indoor mobility for people with disabilities, a runner up in the DriveOhio / IMR Innovate-o-thon in 2018, and placed third in the Business Builders Club IdeaPitch in April 2019.
She has been a member of the OnRamp Accelerator Program at Ohio State, and a project leader for the Medical Innovation Club with sponsorships from the Innovation Studio. She has also been a project leader for Engineers for Community Service to design and build custom bikes for children with disabilities. Other projects include: Go-Go Thimble (a writing/stylus device that fits on a finger to improve writing capabilities for people with limited dexterity), HereTo (a robotic smart whiteboard system that assists people with disabilities by providing better access to group meetings and collaborations), Vanishing Cabinet (a furniture concept to give greater storage options to people with disabilities), Convertible Rollator Project (advancing a convertible rollator/wheelchair to include a power wheelchair option for users with unpredictable mobility needs), and a conceptualization of the future of paratransit system.