IDEAcon is just a few weeks away! Although many of us miss making appearances at in-person events, this year’s IDEAcon is being held virtually to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions and protect our attendees. IDEAcon staff is committed to providing our members with a fruitful and educational experience despite these restrictions.
IDEAcon 2021 will feature hundreds of live and on-demand sessions featuring keynote speakers who are experts in the education industry. Our partnership with the TCEA Convention and Exhibition has allowed us to expand and diversify the number of events, activities, and presentations available for attendees to enjoy. With so many sessions to choose from, it may be difficult to navigate your way around our conference to find events and presentations that speak to your role and interests.
Thankfully, the IDEAcon staff has got you covered. Members from the IDEAcon and TCEA Convention and Exposition committees have put together sample schedules to help attendees find sessions that apply to their careers. Mock schedules have been organized by role and topic so campus leaders, librarians, teachers, IT administrators and other educators can discover and interact with presenters that allow them to develop their professional skills as effectively as possible.
As an example, Amber Heffner, the Executive Director of IDEA, helped craft a sample schedule for ELA and SS teachers. The sessions listed on this mock schedule are curated for educators who work with students to develop their proficiency in the English language. Live sessions are mixed with on-demand presentations, as well as special events so attendees are given an opportunity to network every day during the conference. Educational technologist Dee Lanier, education coach and author Jorge Valenzuela and scholar activist Dr. Sawsan Jaber are some of the speakers listed on this schedule. Sessions with tips and tricks on how to use popular educational technology tools like Screencastify, Google Jamboard and even Minecraft are featured as part of this schedule as well.
Another mock schedule was created by Jenna Hnilo, the Director of Marketing and Outreach for IDEA. This schedule was created for teachers of special populations. As a former computer science teacher who worked with learners of all capabilities, she is passionate about technology’s ability to transform education and each student’s experience in the classroom. Some of the speakers listed on this schedule include high school teacher and educational technology experts Joshua Piper and Sarah Horner, as well as former literacy consultant and librarian-teacher Jennifer Casa-Todd. Accessibility and cultural sensitivity are among the topics that will be addressed at different sessions listed on this schedule. Sessions featuring innovative ways to use Google Workspace and Immersive Reader are also part of this mock schedule.
Lindsay Zilly, the Director of Professional Learning at IDEA, created the mock schedule for those interested in creating robust curriculums based on innovative and research-based instruction. Some of the subjects that will be discussed at the sessions listed on her sample schedule include cybersecurity, accessibility and instructional strategies to accelerate learning as well as foster student engagement. Speakers featured on this schedule include Steve Baule, Ed.D. of Winona State University and Angela Elkordy, Jack Denny and Ayn Keneman of National Louis University.
To view the IDEAcon + TCEA mock schedules described above, click here. You can also peruse the entire session schedule yourself on the IDEAcon website here.
Although adhering to a mock schedule is not necessary to get a worthwhile experience as an IDEAcon attendee, sticking to one of these agendas can help you have a worry-free, self-paced experience. In addition to the events listed on these schedules, attendees are welcome to visit two exposition halls during the month. The IDEAcon Exhibit Hall will be open from February 22-24, 2021.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s IDEAcon!