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Brainstorm 2014 Conference: Creativity and Innovation

The Third Annual Brainstorm Conference is sponsored by the James Madison University College of Education Learning, Technology and Leadership Education Department, Educational Technology M.Ed. graduate program in partnership with the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, JMU Outreach & Engagement and the JMU Center for Instructional Technology.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8 a.m.-4:35 p.m.

The conference participants and presenters gather for a full day of sharing what’s new and what works in technology in education.

Two conference sessions are open to the general public, free of charge.

Kim Wilkens, Opening Session Keynote Speaker
9-9:40 a.m.
“The Magic of Tech: Lessons from Hogwarts”

Technology is changing everything – the way we work, govern, educate and communicate. This change has been so rapid and so profound, that the educational system in the U.S. finds itself trying to catch up. In the past 50 years, we have experienced a technology revolution and demand for a tech-savvy workforce is rapidly outpacing the supply.

While Apple and others may wax poetic about the magical properties of their latest devices, all these technological innovations are possible because there were programmers who could write code. The "magic" is what makes technology so fascinating to many kids and so intimidating for many adults. In this session, we'll draw on lessons from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to explore the amazing possibilities of tech in the classroom today.

Wilkens (M.Ed.) graduated with a degree in computer science in 1987 and started her career at IBM in Austin. She later morphed into an independent technology consultant, helping companies implement testing methodologies and designing websites. In 2001, she began teaching technology in K-8 schools. In 2012, she started Tech-Girls with a mission to empower girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. Wilkens is passionate about helping students of all ages get a peek under the hood of technology, so they understand it is not magic that makes this stuff work.

Brief Innovation Updates by JMU Presenters
3:50-4:20 p.m.

Introduction to Innovation in Education – Dr. Michele Estes

Virtual Reality: Believe the Oculus Hype – Tom Wilcox

Neuroheadset Applications in Education – Dean Stubbs

People interested in attending the public sessions should enter Memorial Hall through the front doors (High Street entrance) for an escort to the open conference meetings.

For more information about the conference, check the VSTE website at http://www.vste.org/index/learn/learning_events/brainstorm2014.

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