Annual Tech Rodeo scheduled for January 13
Conference to feature authors of The LAUNCH Cycle, plus other engaging presenters
On January 13, Central Valley educators will have the opportunity to meet for a day of technology-driven inspiration. The second annual Tech Rodeo will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Visalia Unified’s new Ridgeview Middle School. Hosted by the EdTech Integration Department of TCOE’s Educational Resource Services, the conference will include a powerful keynote session, robotics exhibition corral, and inspiring presentation sessions on school site technology integration; creating student access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics); and building a professional learning network outside school walls.
One of the exciting new aspects of the Tech Rodeo is student-led technology sessions. “In the spirit of empowering students, this year Tech Rodeo will feature opportunities for student leaders to present interactive sessions,” said Katherine Goyette, TCOE educational technology & integrated studies specialist. “This new ‘Students Teaching Teachers’ strand allows students themselves to impact education in the Central Valley and beyond."
This year, the keynote presentation will be conducted by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani – authors of The LAUNCH Cycle. In their presentation and in subsequent breakout sessions, the authors will discuss “design thinking” – a creative process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level. Design thinking begins with the premise of tapping into student curiosity and allowing them to create, test and re-create as a way to solve problems, take risks and think creatively.
"Tech Rodeo is designed to inspire educators of all levels to meet the needs of today's students, with presenters that teach technology integration skills within the context of instruction guided by content standards,” said Ms. Goyette. “At Tech Rodeo, learning is key and technology is the way to accelerate it!”
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
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