2018 Topical Presentations

Keynote: Beyond Digital Citizenship

Presenter: Reuben Loewy
We are in the midst of the greatest information and communications transformation in human history. Entertainment, commerce, education, healthcare, and communication have all been radically upended by the Internet. However, the majority of institutions do not address the complete picture of what the Internet is, how we affect it, and how it affects us. This keynote session will address how we can guide teachers and students to engage positively and creatively with the Internet, rather than addressing the negative aspects of social media and fake news. Reuben Loewy is a leading pioneer in the burgeoning field of Internet Studies in schools, and author of Living Online: Teaching the Internet. Born in London, Reuben is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In his previous career as a foreign correspondent, Reuben reported from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Balkans for various media. He has lived and worked in England, Scandinavia, Africa, and the Middle East before settling in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information about his educational non-profit, visit: http://www.livingonlinelab.org

Robotics

Mike Garrant, technology instructor at Blair Academy, will host hands-on sessions in robotics. These sessions will position attendees as students in the classroom, and invite them to work with robotics equipment from a student perspective. In addition to utilizing the robotics facilities of the new Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, this program will provide context for what is involved in starting and promoting a robotics program at a school in terms of both equipment and resources.

Makerspace

Mike Garrant, technology instructor at Blair Academy, will host hands-on sessions in design and fabrication. Like the Robotics workshop, these sessions will position attendees as students in the classroom, and invite them to work with the fabrication equipment from a student perspective. This will include exposure to 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, and T Shirt printing. The experience provides context for both two dimensional and three dimensional design. In addition to utilizing the maker space of the new Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, this program will provide context for what is involved in starting and promoting a maker program at a school in terms of both equipment and resources.

Leadership Challenges Creating New Technology Spaces

Chris Fortunato, head of school at Blair Academy, will host a focus group discussing the challenges involved in creating new technology spaces at independent schools from a leadership perspective. Topics include assessing the needs of the school, creating a new vision, and bringing that vision to reality. The recent process of designing and implementing Blair’s new Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration will be used to frame this discussion.

Demo Showcase

Facilitator: JT Amirault, Groton School, MA
This session will provide many easy ways to bring some of the conference excitement home. Participants will provide an assortment of ten to fifteen minute demonstrations that showcase a variety of useful ideas and techniques.  You’ll be able to reproduce some of the demonstrations post-conference by following written instructions posted on the edACCESS wiki. The goal of this session is to expose you to at least one useful technique or tool you can demonstrate back at your school.We encourage every school to contribute at least one demonstration to this session. Please contact JT to schedule your demo.