As we get closer to FETC 2019, we’re diving into our series of interviews with conference presenters. Many of the presenters we spoke with prior for FETC 2018 are presenting once again this coming January, so now is an ideal time to catch up on those conversations.
One such interview is included here, with featured presenter and all-around edtech innovator Steven Anderson, who has been working as a consultant to educators and school leaders across the globe, helping them better understand technology and social media.
Join us as we revisit Steven’s interview with Dr. Rod Berger and read below to get a preview of the sessions he will be presenting at FETC 2019 in Orlando. Watch here.
Steven Anderson’s Sessions at FETC 2019:
Session C188 | Showing You’re Awesome! Creating Effective School Communications
- Room: SOUTH 220C
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM
The digital age is making it easier for parents and the community to learn what happens inside the school building. Using social media and other tools, schools and districts can more deeply engage with those stakeholders, providing a more unified foundation for better relationships. It also makes it easier for professionals to tell their stories and take control of the message they want all to know about the great things happening in schools and districts. Join us as we will examine the current social media landscape, describe personal and school branding and explore non-traditional tools for communication. He will also show how to accomplish it easily and simply but having maximum impact.
Session $W119 | 4 Edtech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom
Co-presenting with Shaelynn Farnsworth
- Room: NORTH 220D
- Monday, January 28, 2019: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
When moving from direct instruction to a more student-centered classroom, care and consideration must be taken to reach all learners. Through differentiated instruction, educators rely on several different methods and techniques to ensure students are successful. Differentiation of content, interest, process, and demonstration is responsive teaching and meets the learner where they are at. Effective technology integration provides additional support to a differentiated classroom. Join us as we will examine the differentiation processes and how technology fits in the differentiated classroom. Participants will walk away with a ready-made technology-infused differentiated toolkit and strategies to implement differentiation in any classroom.
Session $W159 | Key Indicators of Highly Effective Technology Use
- Room: SOUTH 330C
- Monday, January 28, 2019: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Technology in the classroom is becoming nearly as ubiquitous as textbooks and pencils. Each day students encounter lessons designed with technology in mind. However, as educators and school leaders, how do we know if the lesson is highly effective? Join us as we will examine the key indicators of highly effective technology use and how school leaders can best identify when technology works and when it does not.
Session C069 | Ensuring Engagement and Effectiveness in Learning
- Room: NORTH 320H
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
Each day, students encounter lessons designed with technology in mind. However, as educators and school leaders, how do we know if the lesson is highly effective? Teachers and leaders need to not only know how to make learning fun and engaging but also use research-proven strategies to ensure learning is effective. When new technologies or instructional practices are introduced into classrooms, it can be a challenge for leaders to communicate how everything fits together to create a richer learning environment. Join us as we will examine the key indicators of highly effective technology use and how school leaders can best identify when technology works and when it does not.
Session C132 | Utilizing Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age
- Room: NORTH 220D
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM
With ubiquitous access to information, why is it that we still have people who believe that the Earth is flat, 9/11 never happened, and vaccinations cause autism? Technology provides users with unprecedented amounts of information at the click of a button. Readers are inundated with endless search results that are filled with truths, half-truths, fake news, bias, fallacies, and fictitious websites. In this information age, it is imperative educators develop healthy skepticism within their students. Teach students how to think, not what to think; by providing them with opportunities, strategies, and tools to hone skills to analyze, evaluate, and debunk the misinformation that they encounter daily.