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STEMxCON Brings Educators Together from Across the World!

(reprinted from the MIT STEM Pals newsletter)

 

 

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More than 3700 educators from 108 countries signed up to attend STEMxCON, the world’s first Massively Open Online Conference for STEM Educators. The excitement began on Thursday September 19th at 8am Pacific Time, running around the clock with over 180 online interactive presentations, concluding with a closing keynote on Saturday September 21st 5pm Pacific Time.

 

What made this event so exciting is that it offered an opportunity for educators across the world to learn from one another. One participant even called it “Professional Development in my PJ's” (@LynnKoresh via Twitter). Best of all, if you missed the event, the archives are available for free, too.

 

With support from sponsors that included HP, iEARN, Adobe, and more, the entire event was offered at no cost to attendees. STEMxCON was coordinated by ISTE.org and was managed and run by co-chairs Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, founders of the Global Education Conference. A host of volunteer moderators from around the world supported presenters and attendees. The result was a rare confluence of ideas and sharing among STEM educators:

I was unsure of how I would like this online 24 format. However, it has been wonderful. I love being able to interact with the presenters from my own home and use my computer to look up sites and other resources while they talk. (USA)

This conference is really important, because sometimes it is difficult to attend from where I live and share with so many different people. (Chile)

PERFECT AND INSPIRING (Mexico)

This is my first online conference and wasn't able to "attend" until Saturday, but the quality of the three presentations I've seen is incredible. Living in Bogota I don't get this kind of access to tech ed thought. Most stimulating. (Colombia)

Due to time differences and work commitments, I was only able to attend today (Sunday morning in NZ) but it was definitely worthwhile... (New Zealand)

It has been a cerebral feast and I get to take home a doggybag full of treats and ideas (South Africa)

It’s not too late to benefit from STEMxCON. All sessions were recorded and are available via the web for viewing. Peruse the program schedule for a topic of interest, then search the recordings archive that is sorted by the presenter’s last name. There were a WIDE variety of topics and presentations, and each offered practical tips and insights. Examples include:

 

 

 

These are just a few of the 180+ presentations that made STEMxCON so amazing. The feedback during the event was a testimony to the impact (“My name is Meg and I am addicted to #STEMx13. :smileyhappy:@megomainsky via Twitter)…and the positive feedback continues to pour in. If you were not able to attend live, we highly recommend you take a moment to enjoy any of the recorded sessions.

 

Bring some friends, make some popcorn, and be inspired.

 

If the success of this inaugural event is any indication, then we may see more “MOOCon’s” in the future...

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  • A former K-12 district administrator and adjunct professor of communication, Elliott has won over 60 state and national awards in school public relations, is a past columnist for Electronic School, School Administrator and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many leading educational publications. Recently, Elliott helped developed models for personal learning, which in testing increased successful completion of algebra from 33% to 71% versus traditional classroom instruction. His work is featured by HP at www.hp.com/makeitmatter
  • I am part of the HP Calculator team, working on the HP Prime graphing calculator. I taught mathematics for 20 years and have extensive experience in the professional development of teachers of mathematics. My area of interest is mathematics education; specifically, how technology affects the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
  • Mike is a passionate education advocate dedicated to helping schools design, build and deliver solutions that solve the complex instructional challenges that face K12 leaders every day. Mike is interested in working with individuals and organizations that share the same level of commitment to improving Instructional outcomes with and through the use of technology


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