Session proposals will be submitted in one of the following conference tracks. For sessions that may fall under multiple tracks, please submit the proposal under the best-fitting track.
Accessible Technology Solutions
The use of accessible technologies and materials strengthens opportunities for learners to experience independence, participation, and progress. When students have difficulty using educational materials and technologies due to a disability or other diverse learning needs, they are at risk of falling behind their peers. Access to accessible materials and technologies for students with disabilities and diverse learning needs results in the same opportunities to fully and independently participate and make progress in the curriculum as students without disabilities. (National AEM Center, 2017).
With the increasing demand for materials and technologies that can be used by the widest range of students, many traditional assistive technology features and supports are now available in mainstream technologies. This track will address all aspects of technologies whether mainstream or dedicated assistive technology devices that can be used to support diverse learners. Presentations in this track are encouraged to contain some hands-on and exploratory experiences as participants will be encouraged to BYOD (bring your own device).
Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Access
Presentations in this track should address relevant issues around the creation, curation, and access to digital content and electronic resources. Presentations could address topics such as effective strategies to manage electronic resources or ask which systems and tools can be used to manage electronic resources more effectively? What kinds of challenges are new electronic formats posing? How are we rearranging our workflows to find solutions to e-resources problems? What can we achieve through more thoughtful licensing? How can standards and best practices assist our efforts?
eLearning and Distance Learning
Presentations in this track should include methods of teaching and learning in which the online delivery of content is facilitated by various technologies including video, voice, audio, online collaboration tools, and correspondence over the Internet. There are many technologies that can offer a great deal of flexibility as to when, where, and how education is distributed. Presentations feature ways to improve interactive communication, assessment, feedback, support, and content delivery; whether it is in a synchronous or asynchronous learning environment.
Cutting-Edge Technologies, Innovative Teaching Methods, and New Classroom Tools
Presentations in this track should focus on incorporating cutting-edge technologies, new digital tools, and technological resources to enhance the education and the learning environment to solve educational issues. These initiatives represent the most innovative thinking in the application of technology and technology strategy in education and are highly regarded models of technology adoption in the education technology community.
IT Infrastructure Planning and Management
Presentations that focus on the use of technology infrastructure to support the management of information systems and support the learning environments such as desktop virtualization, implementation of 1-to-1 computing, solutions to bandwidth issues, implementation of wireless environments, and the roll-out of mobile devices. Presentations may also cover strategies for funding of technology projects, including state and federal programs such as E-Rate, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and other aspects of cost-effective management of technology.
Educational Policy and Leadership
Presentations within this track will focus on educational policy and the use of technology as a strategic tool for school improvement and transformation, including state/federal technology grants, data-driven decision making, teacher evaluation tools, how to make purchasing and budgeting decisions, facilities management, and implications of state and national standards.
Security, Compliance, Privacy, and Risk Management
Presentations within this track will focus on technology solutions or technologies impact on; school security, campus safety, digital threats and prevention, including but not limited to: network security, online threats, security breaches, penetration testing and privacy issues, security (i.e. cyber bullying and security within social networking), and compliance with local, state, and national security regulations and directives.
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Presentations within this track should share practical strategies used by teachers and faculty to explore new technology options, effectively plan on the use of technology within the learning environment, integrate technology into the curriculum, manage technology in their classrooms, and assess the impact of the technology upon student achievement. Presentations may address how educators and students are using various technologies, as well as the online and hybrid learning environments to promote high academic performance. Topics may include virtual learning, hybrid coursework, acceleration programs, and online solutions for credit recovery. These sessions could cover a diverse spectrum of learning environments, including but not limited to the following topics: Flipped Classroom, Differentiated Instruction, Model Lessons, Evolving Classroom, creating Engaging Learning Environments, Integrating the Common Core, Online/Hybrid Learning, LMS, Assessment, Constructivism, Presentation Design, and Project Based Learning.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing flexible curriculum, instruction, and materials that are accessible to all students. Since UDL recognizes student variability, the sessions will showcase the principles of UDL which support digital literacy, access, communication, and etiquette. The goals of UDL are to remove barriers to learning, support improved access to information, and for students to become expert learners. The beauty of UDL is that it's not just another initiative to add to an ever-increasing list. The framework brings our learning initiatives together and provides a way for successfully integrating them into our day-to-day curriculum. The UDL framework supports initiatives that are already in place in Ohio schools, including Ohio’s Model Curriculum, the Ohio Improvement Process, including the decision framework and 21st Century Learning. Participants will leave with an understanding of the UDL framework, technology tools, and digital media that supports differentiated teaching approaches and resources that support learning success for all students.