Practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference Schedule

The practical Ed Tech Creativity Conference is next week. It is a free event that anyone can attend online. Register here or via the form below and you will be registered for all these free webinar presentations. Here is the line-up of presentations.

  • Easy ways to create your own apps
    • December 10 at 3:00 pm ET – Richard Byrne
      Not long ago, creating a mobile app required extensive coding skills and programming knowledge. Today, there are many tools that enable teachers and students to develop their own working apps without any prior programming experience. Come to this presentation to learn how you and your students can develop simple apps for use on your phones or tablets.
  • 3D printing solutions for global problems
    • December 10 at 4:00 pm ET – Jeremy Rinkel
      With an emphasis and focus on the sustainability goals of the UN, students were challenged to make prototypes or products that would be useful to help communities and countries achieve the sustainability goals of the UN. Our first year of 3D printing has brought challenges, but we learn a lot through problem solving and design. I discuss our journey to 3D printing, the excitement of students learning about ‘real’ challenges and how 3D printing could play a role in solving these problems. Take ideas from our experience, make them your own and help our world save one 3D print at a time.
  • Coding + Drones = 100% involvement
    • December 11 at 4:00 pm ET – Karin Knapik-Cloutier
      Create multidisciplinary projects that encode students and learn the 4 Cs of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. With the help of TELLO drones and free apps that run on IOS, Android and as a Chrome extension you can teach students to code at primary school through high school.
  • Simple portable electronics
    • December 11 at 8:00 pm ET – Denise Wright
      This presentation shows you how to make some simple portable electronics. Portable electronics can include pedometers, smartwatches or even a denim jacket that can play music. Every day people use some sort of portable electronics. View this jacket made with ada flora. Microbits can even be used to make watches.
  • Take shape: draw your own icons
    • December 12 at 2:00 pm ET – Tony Vincent
      Icons are an extremely effective form of communication. They are simple images that are immediately recognizable and are universally understood. Icons are usually simple drawings and usually have one color, making them easy to design if you break them into shapes. Of course, there are millions of icons that you can download, but it has advantages to make them yourself. When you make your own drawing, you can fill it with any color. And you can customize your icon – you can adjust it to your needs. Moreover, it feels good to be creative with your visuals!

      In this webinar, Tony Vincent demonstrates techniques for constructing icons by combining shapes in Google Drawings. The techniques work in every graphic design app. After you have learned how to make your own icons, see how you can put them to work. Get ideas for using icons in your newsletters, flyers, slide shows, bulletin boards, videos, 3D prints and documents. Teachers will be excited to get students on the path to also draw their own icons – kids love the challenge of drawing with shapes and enjoy using their own creations in their projects.

  • Makey Use Makey to make tools
    • December 12 at 3:00 pm ET – Art Spencer
      For the past 3 years I have had pupils in 4th, 5th and 8th grade design and build tools for aids using Makey Makey signs for students with special needs. My students learn the design process and then work in groups to make knots with cardboard, aluminum foil and conductive clay. Students with special needs then have success with the use of a computer, despite physical limitations. This session provides an overview of that project and gives tips on how you can do something similar in your school environment.
  • Use video as a reflective, collaborative and data collection program
    • December 12 at 4:00 pm ET – Brian Heyward
      Video can be used to reflect on process / progress, to collect data for informal / formal research and to collaborate synchronously or asynchronously on the same tasks. Video tools and other considerations will also be presented.

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