Reform Symposium Online Conference – FREE!

Have you signed up for the FREE Reform Symposium Online Conference?

I have!

It takes place Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31 and looks AMAZING! There will be something for everyone!  Just think, where else would you get leaders in education presenting for 3 full days – on countless topics?  The days are jammed packed with so much variety and opportunities for learning!

Here is an overview of what has been planned for the Reform Symposium:

Day One (Friday, July 29)

  • Welcome at 7am
  • There are 3 Key Note addresses throughout the day
  • There are a total of 24 workshops offered
  • There is 1 panel discussion in which you can participate.

Day Two (Saturday, July 30)

  • Starts at 1am (that’s what happens at worldwide conferences, I guess)!
  • Keynote address is from 1:30-2:30am
  • Workshops begin at 3:00am
  • There are 40 workshops to choose from throughout the day
  • There is an Unconference where you will get the opportunity to chat with colleagues from around the world in Google+ or Skype
  • 3 other Keynotes through the day
  • 1 Panel Discussion
  • Conference ends for the day at 8:15pm

Day Three (Sunday, July 31)

  • Starts at 1am!
  • 4 Keynote addresses throughout the day
  • 1 Panel Discussion
  • An opportunity to participate in Technology Smackdown – where anyone can present their favourite website or technology tool in 2 minutes.
  • Closing Keynote address is 2:00-3:00pm
  • 3:30 -4:00 – Raffle
  • 4:-4:30 – Symposium Closing

In all, there are over 80 presenters participating in the conference, from over 50+ countries! The organizers are expecting over 8,000 educators from around the world.

This really is an amazing Professional Development opportunity!

I have looked through the schedule and a sample of the workshops I hope to attend include (Vancouver time):

  • July 29 – 9:30-10:00am – It’s Personal – Differentiating to Customized Learning / Math and Technology
  • July 29 – 10:30 – Empowering Women and Girls in Technology
  • July 29 – 11:30-12:30 – Panel Discussion – Collaboration Between Leadership and Teachers
  • July 29 – 1:00 -1:30 – My One Great Lesson
  • July 29 – 2:00 – 2:30 – PLN
  • July 29 – 4:30 – 5:00 – Online Collaborative Space
  • July 29 – 5:30 – 6:00 – Preparing Educators to be Technologically Literate
  • July 29 – 6:30-7:30 – Closing Keynote – Critical Thinking 2.0

Okay, I may not be able to attend the first workshops on Day 2. I didn’t realize they were in the middle of the night when I wrote them down.  I’m a little bummed because I really wanted to attend the 20 Tools in 40 minutes, but I don’t think I can get up at 1:30 to attend the workshop (unless, of course, my 6-month-old decides he needs to nurse at that time). I will still list some of them that I am interested in, regardless of the time.  I wonder if these workshops will be saved and archived for future viewing?  Hmmmmm…. I may get to see everything afterall!

  • July 30 – 1:30 – 2:30 – 20 Tools in 40 Minutes (so cool!)
  • July 30 – 4:00 – 4:30 – Learning Styles
  • July 30 – 6:30 – 7:00 – Dogme with Young Learners
  • July 30 – 7:30 – 8:30 – Differentiating Instruction for Today’s Learners
  • July 30 – 10:00 – 10:30 – Using Comics
  • July 30 – 11:00 – 11:30 – 21st Century Assessment
  • July 30 – 12:00 – 1:00 – Keynote by PrincipalEl!
  • July 30 – 2:30 – 3:00 – Little Girls Can Be Mean
  • July 30 – 5:00 – 5:30 – Using Web 2.0 Technology
  • July 30 – 6:00 – 6:30 – Student Driven Learning / Poverty
  • July 30 – 7:00 – 8:00 – Closing by George and Alec Couros

Now, I know I won’t be able to attend all of these sessions with 3 young children under my feet all day, but I wanted to write down just a sample of some of the workshops just so you all get an idea of what is available at the Symposium!

  • July 31 – 4:00 – 5:00am –  Assessing Assessment Panel
  • July 31 – 6:00 – 6:30am – Alternative Assessments
  • July 31 – 6:30 – 7:30 – Technology Smackdown
  • July 31 – 8:00 – 8:30 – Differentiated Learning – for Teachers
  • July 31 – 9:00 – 10:00 – Who Directs the Learning?
  • July 31 – 10:30 – 11:00 – Using Web 2.0 Tools in Primary
  • July 31 – 11:30 – 12:30 – Keynote – Teacher 2.0
  • July 31 – 1:00 – 1:30 – Leading by Example
  • July 31 – 2:00 – 3:00 – Closing Keynote – The Future of Learning

This is just a small sample of the workshops being offered at the Reform Symposium Online Conference.  It’s going to be an amazing weekend of learning!  

Shelly Terrell wrote 9 Reasons to attend the Online Reform Symposium.

Check out her post!

Whatedsaid wrote 20 reasons why you should attend the Symposium!  Take a look!

To get more information head over to the Reform Symposium Worldwide eConference headquarters.

What a great Professional Development opportunity this is for all educators!

I hope to see you there!

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am an elementary educator who recently returned to the classroom after 12+ years as an elementary school administrator. Lastly, I am passionate about helping others, learning about abuse, helping others in abusive relationships, and helping others understand their worth.
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