"The future classroom must look very different from the traditional classrooms of yesterday. As the landscape of information changes, so must our instructional pedagogies. Our students' futures are digital, and their successes will depend on knowing how to use digital tools to build businesses, communicate effectively and work productively from remote locations. This story-filled keynote will look at how we can better prepare our students for a future where technology will become even smarter and more prevalent." - Holly Clark
What is Get Your TEch On?
June 1st, 2022 from 7:30-3:00 @ Green Mountain High School
Get Your Tech On returns this summer to re-inspire Jeffco educators with ways to get students collaborating, communicating, creating and thinking critically around implementing digital tools and 1:1 devices.
This is a FREE event for Jeffco educators. Licensed educators being paid to work June 1st will receive add pay for their attendance at this event!
Additionally, all attendees will receive a copy of Holly Clark's Chromebook Infused Classroom!
Get Your Tech On Website
2019 GYTO Recap
Meet Your Get Your Tech On Keynote
Holly Clark is an education leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She now shares that journey in her three books and through The Infused Classroom community channels. Holly is known for her leadership and expertise in education and digital learning. She is an international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom and over five years as an administrator in both public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is for helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. Hollyclark.org
Register in ESS using code: ETGYTO, session 0003
This is a free event, but capacity is limited.
Licensed Jeffco staff (who are not regularly paid on June 1st) will receive 6 hours of additional pay for attending this event. Administrators and certified staff are not eligible for additional pay.
Present at Get Your TEch On
Licensed staff are eligible to receive 3 hours of additional pay ($26) per session. Administrators are not eligible for additional pay, but are welcome to present. Certified staff are not eligible for pay.
Let's go on to a Journey - I got you!
I want to take you on a journey - one that I am not the leader of (you aren’t either so no worries). The leader is learning - Let’s learn together first, if you aren’t familiar with Holly Clark and the work she is doing with technology and integration into classrooms please check out her website. Holly Clark (this year's Jeffco’s Get Your Tech On keynote speaker!) If you don’t know Ken Shelton (or even if you do) please take a moment to read Techquity - he does an amazing job of outlining the need and value of tech in our classrooms for equity. Use of technology with our students comes with many benefits and many responsibilities for students, teachers, parents and our schools tech leaders, DTLs. After getting a taste of those two people through their websites - I learned a few things, I hope you did too.
Now - let me lead you on a quick learning journey - here is some info you might not know: Jeffco DTLs are doing a lot of work this year with Jeffco's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team and making sure not all but each student has the ability to see themselves reflected in our school library collections. Amazing work! But we don’t talk enough about how DTLs have teamed with Jeffco TechforEd to create equity for all students through technology.
This year the TechforEd program brought in grant money to provide 1:1 Chromebooks for our lower grades; schools chose to either focus on 1st and 2nd grade. We now have 1:1 in grades 1 or 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Next year, we will add 8th and 12th, covering almost all students - alleviating the burden of purchase at the school level and allowing for schools to concentrate on their integration of technology into the classroom. With this increase in such a short period of time and Covid limiting our ability to have more timely professional learning opportunities around use of technology, we need to jump in with both feet and infuse our classroom with technology.
Which is what this post really started out to be about, the journey of an infused classroom. Now here is where you can jump on the learning journey for yourself and your students.
Holly (I like to think I am on a first name basis with her) has put together an amazing amount of thoughtful ideas and resources for teachers. Check out Holly’s Google/Chromebook Archives. She has practical, engaging and thoughtful professional learning that is student-centered. In her book, The Chromebook Infused Classroom, she dives deeper into pedagogy but also provides thoughtful practical tips from keyboard shortcuts, to tools, to mindful integrations. This is just one example of a 10 question list she puts out -
10 questions to ask when using a Chromebook:
Let's Journey on Together - I Got You!
I am ending this blog post with a few things - First - if you haven’t signed up to attend Get Your Tech On - do it, registration opens in April - you will be so happy you spent a few hours gathering ideas, tips and tricks from your fellow teachers - and bonus - hear Holly Clark speak live! Second - reach out to your DTL and see how you can collaborate with them to move students towards learner-centered tech infusion. And lastly, try just one new thing - make it small, make it meaningful to you, make it meaningful to your students and, as always, let the learning be the leader. Let us know how the journey goes…
P.S. If you think you’d make a great presenter at Get Your Tech On (I think you would be amazing!) sign up here.
Clark, Holly. The Chromebook Infused Classroom: Using Blended Learning to Create Engaging Student-Centered Classroom. Elevate Books Edu, 2020.
On June 1st, Jeffco Ed Tech will be hosting their 3rd Get Your Tech On event at Green Mountain High School. This annual day of learning puts best practices around technology integration at center stage. The spirit of Get Your Tech On is professional learning for teachers, by teachers. Jeffco educators will share how they use district-approved technology to get students creating, collaborating, communicating and thinking critically in their classrooms. It's a day of inspiration that that encourages both administrators and teachers to reconsider what learning should like for our Generation Z learners.
Registration to attend this event will open in April! All licensed staff who attend will be paid additional pay ($26/hour) for the day.
Get Your Tech On Website
Be a Presenter
It’s time to show other Jeffco Educators how you Get Your Tech On! We would love to have you come share how you get your students creating, collaborating, communicating and thinking critically with technology!
Presenter sign-ups are open from March 4th - 18th. We are able to pay up to 2 licensed educators 3 hours of additional pay per session to help cover their planning time. Administrators are welcome to present, but cannot receive additional pay. Classified staff cannot receive additional pay.
Submit Your Presenter Proposals
Keynote Speaker: Holly Clark
Holly is an education leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She now shares that journey in her three books and through The Infused Classroom community channels. Holly is known for her leadership and expertise in education and digital learning. She is an international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom and over five years as an administrator in both public and private schools. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Columbia University in New York City. Her passion is for helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding. Hollyclark.org