Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 Winter STEAM and Arts Integration Online Conference Registration is Open!

Are you passionate about igniting student learning through the arts?  Then be a part of the 4th Connectivity Online STEAM Conference offered by Education Closet!

What is the conference about?
The winter conference will focus on how to make the shift to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) integration. The growing movement of adding the Arts to STEAM while integrating the Common Core State Standards is essential in ensuring our students not only grow into critical thinkers, but also empowered creative, imaginative, and innovative citizens of the future. This year’s conference will showcase discussions, practical strategies, research, tools, resources, and demonstrations available for educators and leaders that can help them implement STEAM effectively in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

When is the online conference?
The virtual conference will be held live on Saturday February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST) from wherever you are located.  Sessions are provided by leading educators, administrators, businesses, and researchers in the field. Each presentation is between 15-30 minutes in length and follows three strands: mini lecture sessions, hands-on strategy sessions, or demonstration sessions. There will also be break periods so that you can network with others from around the world, ask questions and explore the virtual exhibit booths by some of the globe's leading #ArtsEd Tech companies.

What's in it for me?
Because Education Closet highlights educators and leaders who are using STEAM practices in the field, everyone walks away with ideas that are meaningful and relevant to their teaching.  Each session is hand-picked to deliver high-impact information so your time is maximized throughout the event.  And with over 1,000 participants from all over the world, you'll be able to forge connections with others who share your passion for this work!

How will I be able to attend?
Education Closet's approach to this professional learning environment is through a virtual event space that will be provided by ON24, a global webinar-based platform to enhance participant engagement. There are no complicated downloads or software needed.  You'll receive one link to access the entire conference from any device, including your tablet or mobile phone. 

What if I can't watch the day of the conference?
All information is archived on a password-protected website after the event for 1 full year for registered participants.  You'll be able to access every session, all of the handouts and even the virtual exhibit booths whenever it's convenient for you.  Use it for small or large group PD throughout the year with your school or district!

Will I get professional development hours from this?
Each participant at the conference is eligible to receive a certificate for 8 hours of professional development participation.  This is available immediately after the event is concluded for live participants, and can also be earned through watching and commenting on the presentations in the archives.

First 500 participants receive a mailed TinkerKit of sample products, services and coupons worth over $200!
Early Registration is available from November 1-15, 2014 at $85.00 per person.
Regular Registration is available from November 15, 2014 to January 30, 2015 at $99.00 per person.
Learn more and register here: http://educationcloset.com/steam-conference-winter-2015

Education Closet's Connectivity conferences have been a great resource for me to incorporate STEM ideas into my own lessons. With the inspiration of the STEAM integration, I have also been able to share more of the arts with other core classes.  Thank you for your ideas, Education Closet!

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