Monday, May 18, 2015

Register for Education Closet's STEAM Conference!

Behold!  Art Educators have not just one online conference this summer through AOE, but two!  Registration is open for Education Closet's Connectivity STEAM & Arts Integration online conference!

This conference is taking place on Thursday, July 23rd!

When was the last time you attended a conference?  Was it because of your lack of funds for registration, hotel, and travel (not to mention babysitters)?  The STEAM & Arts Integration conference is only $99.00!

You can attend live or watch every session on-demand.  And every session is 100% actionable in your classroom.  All surrounding one of the hottest topics in education: Arts Integration and STEAM.

What is the conference about?
The 2015 summer 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.  If you're familiar with Donna Staten, she'll be presenting on Pinterest in the Art Room and Artsonia!!!

When is the online conference?
The virtual conference will be held live on Thursday July 23rd, 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?
Each registrant receives access to the live conference day, as well as access to the on-demand archive site for one full year.   You can attend the conference live that day OR access it on-demand when it’s convenient for you.  You can also ask questions and connect with educators throughout the school year!
As part of registration, all participants receive access to a private Google+ community so that they can continue to network with each other and share ideas.  You’ll also be able to connect with our partners so that they can serve as a mentor/coach when challenges arise.

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.

Regular Registration is available at $99.00 per person up until the date of the conference.

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!