Digital Design Strategies: A K-12 Perspective

  • 21 Feb 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, PA

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The PA/DE/NJ Distance Learning Association cordially invites you to take an inside look into the innovative strategies that K-12 uses to create effective learning for their professional community and students. Whether you are in K-12, Higher Education or Corporate Training, come participate to add your perspective and determine how these principles can apply to your particular environment. 

"Universal Design Strategies for Online Learning" presented by Ben DeSantis, Project Consultant @ MCIU

The Office of Professional Learning (OPL) within the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) is charged with providing dynamic, effective, and cost-effective professional learning services for MCIU member schools. One component of these services that is growing is online learning for professionals. In recent years, the MCIU has expanded its online offerings for educational professionals, including teachers, support staff, and administrators. As with any targeted audience, there are specific requirements that we must be mindful of, but we largely rely upon universal design strategies for our online learning options. Come hear about the different types of options we offer, our design process, and specific strategies that we employ to keep our online learning engaging, meaningful, and effective.

Ben DeSantis is a Project Consultant in the Office of Professional Learning at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU). As part of his responsibilities, Ben designs and assists with facilitating online professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators, ranging from brief continuing education seminars to certification programs. Prior to coming to the MCIU, Ben was a teacher at a public high school in the county.

"Personalized Learning in the Digital Age: Supporting Paradigm Shifts" presented by Philip Vinogradov, Director of Technology @ the Upper Dublin School District

Personalized Learning, Inquiry, Project-Based Learning, the 4C’s, all reflect a recurring theme in education predating Dewey, the perennial battle cry of curiosity, stifled by the very institutions meant to nurture it. Together we will explore the foundational elements that enable the paradigm and cultural shifts necessary to support authenticity and learner agency, specifically empowering student to be co-designers of learning. This is an interactive session, so please bring your device.

Philip Vinogradov is a Google Certified Innovator, Director of
Technology, and Instructional Technology Specialist who is passionate about leveraging emerging technologies to support transformative teaching, personalized learning, collaboration, and design thinking. With 20 years of classroom experience, he has led workshops on gamification and challenge based learning at ISTE, PETE&C, Google in Education Summits, and presented on leveraging emerging technologies to transform practice at PETE&C, NAIS, and NSTA conferences.
Philip continually reminds those he works with that “We cannot teach our students everything, we empower them to learn anything”.

ABOUT OUR HOST: The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU), one of 29 Intermediate Units formed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1971, provides a vast array of effective and efficient services that meet the educational and social service needs of Montgomery County’s 200-plus schools, including the 22 public school districts, more than 150 nonpublic schools, four career-technical schools, three charter schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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