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VSTE Goes Green: Over the years we’ve made an effort to reduce the amount of paper waste that gets accumulated by reducing the scope of the printed program. This year we will provide a printed conference program with only a summary schedule of the sessions available during each breakout session. For the full detailed listing of each session we encourage attendees to make use of our online schedule here which will work on mobile devices and all major platforms.

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Sunday, December 7 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Technology and the Case for Lifelong Learning

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin Technology has obviously changed the landscape of learning, providing teachers and students with vast resources of information and tools that enable them to use the information in a variety of ways. But it also presents a challenge to educators who need to harness the power of technology to engage and motivate students, to involve them in the learning process. There is a great temptation to assume that technology levels the playing field, but the fact is that not all students learn the same and not all teachers teach the same. By the same token, not all students and teachers will use technology in the same ways. So, there is a need to provide students with as many opportunities to respond to instruction as possible. Time to Teach Differentiated Instruction (DI), which is modeled after Marzano’s Nine Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, is the means whereby teachers can use all of the tools in their toolbox, including technology, to engage and motivate students to pursue lifelong learning. In either a “Bring Your Own Device” or “Model Classroom” session, I intend to demonstrate DI, using a combination of technology and interactivity. This model may be of interest to both classroom teachers and school administrators in K-12, and it can be modified for any subject and any grade level. In today’s environment of high stakes testing, a program that maximizes student learning without demanding more of a teacher's day is quite valuable. Teachers can easily incorporate technology into their lesson plans, along with other strategies, to maximize student motivation and performance.

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Maryann Whitaker

National Trainer - Differentiated Instruction, Center for Teacher Effectiveness
Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Tyler CC/National Trainer, Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Ask me about Differentiated Instruction strategies and how to book a workshop for your school.

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm

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