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Borrow, Build, and Blend: Integrating Multimedia with Active Learning

As educators and trainers, we have an arsenal of tools for teaching in traditional environments, but what about blended and digital spaces? What do we do? How do we do it? Join us for a free, one-day conference open to those interested in teaching and learning with technology from all fields (K12, higher ed, business and non-profits).

This day full of interactive sessions facilitated by students and alumni of CMU’s educational technology programs will focus on ways to borrow, build, and blend multimedia into active experiences for F2F, blended, and virtual learning.

The event is free, though RSVPs are requested!


9:00 to 9:30 AM EST Welcoming activity
Troy Hicks, Director of CMU’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology

  • What do our students need to be successful now and in the future?
9:45 to 10:45 EST More than Read, Respond, Repeat: Getting Creative with Online Discussions
Megan Tolin, Director of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy at IUPUI School of Education

  • Discussion forums can be useful, but so often they are designed as read this article, compose a response, then reply to two people. Rinse and repeat. These forced conversations tend to be everything but meaningful. Let’s change that. Join us as we share ideas and suggestions for rethinking and redesigning the traditional online discussion forum for today’s classrooms, considering both strategies as well as tools for engaging learners, from youth to adult.
11:00 to 12:00 EST The Expert Effect: Get Your Students to Learn From, Become, and Teach Like Experts
Zach Rondot, Troy Schools, 2018-19 Teacher of the Year

  • Teachers used to have to be the expert on everything in the classroom. Times have changed! This session will expound upon a three-part pedagogy of how to get students to, 1) learn from experts outside of the classroom, 2) become the experts through Project-Based Learning, and 3) teach the world like experts. Participants will learn about technology tools to get their students voices out to an authentic global audience.
12:00 – 1:00 EST Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 to 2:00 PM EST Exploring Adobe Spark as a Multimedia Authoring Tool
Troy Hicks, Director of CMU’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology

  • In April of 2018, Adobe announced that K-12 students and teachers would have free, premium access to their web-based multimedia authoring tool, Spark. Featuring three separate elements — Posts, Pages, and Video — Spark offers writers or all ages and skill levels many paths toward digital authorship In this session, we will explore the affordances that Spark offers our digital writers, considering various genres, audiences, and purposes for which they can compose multimedia texts ranging from social media banners to responsive web pages to digital stories.
2:15 to 3:15 What’s the Future of AR and VR in e-Learning?
Misty Kitzul, Education Analyst & e-Learning Designer, Training & Development Consultant

  • Have you heard of AR and VR? What about MR and XR? In this session, we will explore the current (and future) state of augmented and virtual reality apps, as well as new trends in mixed and extended reality. From Pokemon Go to Google Cardboard, from Merge Cubes to examples from business and medicine, we will look at some examples of how reality is moving in new directions for teachers and trainers.
3:30 to 4:00
  • 2 Minute Tech/App Smackdown
  • Next Steps and Evaluation
  • Closing Words

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