Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LEA Convcation Sessions

The Lutheran Education Association (LEA) Convocation is being held Thursday through Saturday in Grand Rapids, MI. I hope to connect with many of you there as we celebrate the gift of Christ's ministry to children and families that we share.

Nearly two years ago I was tasked by LEA to put together a learning strand for educators surrounding the idea of instructional design in the digital age. To that end, there are a series of four sessions I will be leading at the Convocation. Feel free to join us for any or all of these sectionals.

These sessions were designed to fit together and challenge all of us to consider the emerging design principles and elements that are now possible for learning in the digital age. What is different about the space for these sessions is that we will be using tables rather than the traditional speaker/audience format. Our space is designed to spur conversation with each other, peer learning, and instructional construction. In addition, in a traditional conference format (or even in our own classrooms) the learning is designed for a specific target group but may not fit the needs of many in that group. Through peer interactions, the learning becomes more personalized so that each educator has the opportunity to learn and grow in a way that fits their needs. In addition, these sessions are created to adapt to the needs of a wide variety of grade levels and school circumstances.

Each of the sessions will be held at the Amway Ambassador West space, found in the hotel adjacent to the convention center. Here is a brief overview of each session:

10:30-11:30 -- Technology and Instructional Design: How has the digital age changed instructional design? How is it still the same? And what does a hot air balloon ride have to do with this topic? Come and find out.

12:00-1:00 -- Digital Citizenship in the Digital Age: What could/should digital citizenship look like in Lutheran school? What elements are essential across the grade levels? And what do tattoos have to do with all of this?

1:30-2:30 -- Understanding and Applying Student Directed Learning: What are the benefits of ceding a level of control of the learning process? How can we help students follow and pursue their God-given interests and passions? And what does O'Hare International Airport have to do with student learning?

3:00-4:00 -- Instructional Design Workshop: This is the time for YOU to practice, create, design, and get feedback for lessons and activities that you can use in the classroom immediately upon your return, applying technology and instructional design to meaningful and dynamic learning experience.

Please join us these sessions. I look forward to the learning and the conversations!

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