5:30-6:00 Sign In, Food and Drink, Networking/Happy Hour!
6:00-7:00 Edcamp/Unconference format. (Not passive sit and git!)
Join us as KCedu and the Lean Lab partner up at EduHub, a co-working space for education and youth-related startups. Network with genius educators, business partners, and other interested folks as you eat and drink, learn and network.
This week is a special EdTech Edition, sponsored by the Mozilla Gigabit Fund. We will be featuring local edtech founders as they demo their creations to transform the classroom. They will lead discussions on the future of edtech, VR and AR.
Demos and Guests:
Nick Dorn from LRNG: LRNG partners with schools, businesses, cities, and community institutions such as libraries and museums, nationwide and around the globe, to create a 21st century learning experience for learners everywhere.
Kari Keefe from SenseEd: The SensED IoT program is designed to help educators learn to teach fundamental principles of computer science in innovative and engaging ways.
Brooke Cashion from zSpace: zSpace is virtual reality learning experience.
Dominique Davison from PlanIT Impact: With PlanIT Impact, client groups, civic leaders, and citizens can be immersed in a planned design scenario through 3D navigation and interactive information.
Clarence Tan from EdCoda: A 3D educational video game that matches your lesson plans! Have your students complete lessons, homework, and quizzes through the lens of a game they’ll love playing.
Cindy Fisher, Ed.D. from Smart Steps: Customize Decision Trees for your classroom to streamline classroom routines and set up guidelines for projects. One step at a time, students make choices in the Smart Steps Mobile app. More independence, less prompting! Great for home, too.
When you arrive, grab a snack and check out the whiteboard where participants create the schedule on the fly! Want to share something? Want to get feedback from others on a topic? In addition to the featured guests, as an attendee, you can throw your idea up in one of the squares for small group breakout conversations. For example:
- Want some Twitter tips/help or want to learn some networking apps, like Voxer--add it to the schedule. You'll get lots of help/input.
- Want to talk gamification? You'll find someone to talk with.
- Find some interested parties to co-write a grant. EdHub has several offices for us to spread out and share/discuss. :)
After introductions of featured guests at 6pm, we go into an Edcamp/Unconference format in two fast-paced, 20 minute breakout sessions. Stay in one group or sample more than one discussion. We come back together as a group at 7:00 for final announcements and then continue conversations at EduHub or at a nearby establishment.
This format is about active small group networking and relationship building, not passive listening. CHOICE and VOICE! You'll be happy you plugged into KC's vibrant educator network.
Mozilla is offering a second round of grants in 2016 to support uses of gigabit technology. This is a great time to form a team by making some new friends and brainstorming a multi-district project! Look for Janice Wait with Mozilla (officed at EduHub) for more info on application requirements.
EdCamps are free events for open-ended learning! We'll remind you of the dates or look here for more info: http://www.edcamp.org/
Lean Lab always has lots going on. Stay up to date here: http://theleanlab.org/events.html
If you have an announcement, let one of the organizers know by responding to this invitation, by contacting us on Facebook, Twitter, or by mentioning it in person before the meeting begins. We try to end the announcements by 6:15. If we are short on time, you can also write notes on the whiteboard to the left of the signup area.
We're networking at EDUHUB, in Westport, behind McCoy's and across the street from Kelly's and the Tivoli Theater. EduHub is on the third floor (Suite 301).
See views of Westport from the windows!
FREE Parking in the Manor Square parking garage or on the street.
Tips for finding the parking garage: Turn onto Pennsylvania Ave between Kelly's and McCoy's Public House. Go past Eduhub (on your right) and look on your left. As soon as you pass a putt-putt golf green you'll see a driveway to the parking garage!! If you miss it, you can drive around Westport Coffeehouse, turn left again, going through the grocery store lot, and you'll see the Mill Street entrance next to Golds Gym. If you enter from the Gold Gym side, look for doors to Tivoli Theater from the parking garage. You can walk out onto Pennsylvania and the building will be right across the street.