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Matt Miller kicks things off with 3 live sessions starting at 1:30. Matt is the author of 4 books focused on student centered learning. Don't miss these LIVE sessions. 
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CPE Credit Request Information

CPE credit will be granted for "attending" the virtual event sessions from July 15th - 17th only if you complete this tracker form and submit it through Eduphoria.  While some sessions are less than 1 hour in time, we expect you will take time to practice or explore the things you learned about in the session, so all sessions receive 1 hour credit.

We hope you enjoy these three days of learning.  Be sure to check out the Summer Learning News page for more details on other learning options you have for the rest of the summer and back to school time.






July 15th - Featuring Matt Miller Live



Live Session Schedule

Virtual Keynote: The Art and Science of Memorable Teaching

1:30 - 2:30 PM CDT

Breakout Session:  Digital Instruction: To Infinity and Beyond!

2:45 - 3:30 PM CDT

Breakout Session:  Surfing the Webb: Deep Learning w/Tech and DoK

3:45 - 4:30 PM CDT





Virtual Keynote

1:30 - 2:30 PM CDT

 

The world is changing quickly. The work world demands more and more. How can we prepare students for it? And can we do it in a way that honors our unique, true selves as teachers? Using classroom stories, vision and surprises at every turn, Matt Miller shows how teaching is a craft -- part art and part science. With a little perspective and confidence, we can take great strides toward the classroom of our dreams. You’ll leave this speech entertained, equipped and inspired to create memorable learning that changes students’ lives.





Breakout Session:  Digital Instruction:  To Infinity and Beyond!

2:45 - 3:30 PM CDT

Tired of the glazed over eyes? The slumped posture? Gather ideas to students actively engaged with new content. Create self-paced lessons where students are their own guides in learning. These steps will move your class from teacher-centered toward student-centered learning right away!





Breakout Session:  Surfing the Webb:  Deep Learning with Tech and DoK

3:45 - 4:30 PM CDT

If we're not careful, it's easy to get stuck in superficial learning. How can we help students think more deeply and learn for the long haul? When we use powerful tech tools with Webb's Depth of Knowledge, we get the kind of learning students will remember! Get plenty of practical examples and tips for creating your own lessons in this session!





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Matt's Books
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Tech Like a Pirate

Tech Like a PIRATE helps provide the tools, ideas, and inspiration for educators to use technology as a treasure map to amazing learning.  With a customizable set of principles for ensuring that technology is an asset, and not a barrier, Matt Miller’s guidance will help all teachers - from the tech-savvy to the tech-terrified--create impactful, transformative learning using low- or no-cost equipment.

 The rise of digital culture has left some teachers and their students distracted, divided, and overwhelmed. But Tech Like a PIRATE brings educators flexible strategies for creating classroom tech experiences that will electrify student engagement. You don’t have to be a tech genius--just willing to try!

 Tech Like a PIRATE offers an accessible, engaging, and empowering toolkit for educators looking to innovate and engage their classes through technology. It’s full of practical examples that are rooted in research, best practices, and solid pedagogy, and it’s accompanied by a treasure trove of additional resources at DitchThatTextbook.com/TechLAP.

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Ditch That Textbook

Are you ready for a change? You know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order. If that sounds like you, then you're ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones. Author and teacher, Matt Miller shows you how to choose and incorporate teaching practices that are: Different from what students see daily. Innovative, drawing on new ideas or modifying others' ideas. Tech-laden with the use of digital sites, tools and devices. Creative, tapping into students' original ideas as well as your own. Hands-on, encouraging students to make and try things on their own. Packed with practical advice, specific recommendations for tools, and the encouragement you need to revolutionize your classes, Ditch That Textbook will inspire you to create relevant teaching that gets student buy-in so they'l enjoy learning.

What people are saying about Ditch That Textbook: "Matt Miller's Ditch That Textbook is a book that delivers sound advice, relatable anecdotes and an actionable roadmap for educators." -- Adam Bellow, 2011 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator of the Year "In an age where many schools are still training students to work in a factory, Matt Miller moves past sweeping rhetoric and shows teachers how to move their classes into the future. This is a quick, energetic read that will leave you inspired to take the next step in your classroom!" -- Don Wettrick, Innovation Specialist and Author, Pure Genius

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Ditch That Homework

Students hate it. Parents wonder if it’s worth the tears, frustration, and nightly arguments. Teachers debate whether it’s really helpful or just busywork that consumes their precious time. One thing everyone can agree on is that homework is a contentious topic. In Ditch That Homework, Matt Miller and Alice Keeler discuss the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it.

As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore some of the benefits for ditching homework: Better education for all students, Reduced stress for families, More intentionality with lesson planning, Increased love of learning, More time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoying their after-school hours, And that’s just the beginning.

Miller and Keeler offer a convincing case for ditching—or at a minimum greatly reducing—homework. They also provide practical guidance on how to eliminate homework from your lessons. You’ll discover strategies for improving learning through differentiation and student agency and by tapping into the way the brain works best. Are you ready? Read this book and you’ll understand why it’s time to Ditch That Homework! #DitchHW

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Don't Ditch That Tech

Daunted by differentiation and devices?

Ditching tech isn’t the answer—understanding how to find the right tool, for the right teacher, for the right moment is!

Don’t Ditch That Tech, provides practical ideas to help you find the sweet spot where classroom devices meet students’ needs. In this teacher-tailored guide, you’ll find tips on how to handle cart/lab scenarios, develop attention-grabbing strategies, build metacognitive practices, and more—all with differentiation in mind. Whether you're a tech newbie or the school’s device guru, you’ll walk away with new understandings and strategies for transforming and diversifying your approach to teaching in a twenty-first-century world.

Authors Matt MillerNate Ridgway, and Angelia Ridgway, PhD, bring a diverse range of perspectives to this useful guide. From their own classroom experiences they share practical suggestions for working within your classroom walls—and ultimately, transforming your students’ lives beyond it.

You’ll find ideas for how to use tech to . . .

  • Personalize learning and add authenticity

  • Promote metacognition and student agency

  • Increase students’ and stakeholders’ access to your classroom

  • And more!

DON'T Ditch That Tech!
Use it to transform your classroom!

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