Liberating Genius is a movement designed to help leaders and learners break free from the addiction of security and acceptance of mediocrity and rekindle the genius within.
We can no longer afford as individuals or as a nation to allow our best talents to remain buried beneath well-intentioned but lifeless rules of school. Liberating Genius is a framework and system that fuels innovation, creativity and ability to impact our learning and the world. There is genius within; together let's unleash it.
LEADERSHIP IN A DIGITAL AGE
In today’s world we face technological applications in daily living the likes of which, even a few short years ago, would have been inconceivable. This is a digital age, with interactive devices storing and recording our life experience and containing overwhelming amounts of knowledge. This has become the essence of life in the 21st Century, but more specifically the lives of our children. This session will instill awareness of the importance of the change that is happening today, help educators and organizations understand and re-evaluate current practice, and to provide guidance in how to make change a “want to,” not a “have to.
DIGITAL LITERACY RE-IMAGINED
Emerging technologies and digital platforms have given us a new frontier on which to assert our right, in the words of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
While the role of technology is vital, it comes with its own limitations. Learners are unable to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities afforded to them in the digital age if they are not encouraged to build on to their current literacies and embrace their role as digital citizens.To level the playing field for all, a focus on digital literacy is imperative and is central to the future of every human being.
Digital literacy and critical analysis do not naturally emerge because we put devices in students’ hands or require assignments to be in the form of PowerPoint slideshows and blog posts. Fluency in any language; digital or otherwise, comes from immersion and access to those grounded and fluent in the language. It must be taught explicitly and directly."
GETTING TECHNOLOGY R.I.G.H.T
It is our responsibility as educators to help today's generation of teachers and students make the "RIGHT" decisions about the technology they use. They must learn to use technology in ways that are real, impactful, global, honoring passion and amplifying talent.
The R.I.G.H.T framework seeks to capture the essential qualities of knowledge required and perspective for effective technology integration into teaching and learning while addressing the social and connected nature of the changing landscape. Angela will offer examples of current research and practice as well as wider implications for education leaders, teacher professional development and policy.
PASSION-DRIVEN LEADING AND LEARNING
Education driven by passion awakens us to new learning and a world bigger than ourselves. Passion makes us curious, compels us to dig deeper, and sustains us as we persevere towards answers to questions that matter most. In this presentation, we will explore how the principles and practices of a passion-driven work -- disciplined study, fostered imagination, active participation and community contribution -- can and will transform the teaching and learning process.
HABITUDES OF A 21ST CENTURY LEARNER - Keys for Lifelong Learning & Success
Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving… buzz words no longer! To meet the complexities of today’s world, our students need more than skills — they need Habitudes! Successful students, workers, and citizens have identifiable habits and behaviors which allow them to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and sustain themselves as independent and successful lifelong learners. This session explores intentional lessons and conversations that nurture and develop these habits and attitudes; the Habitudes that ensure our students’ success far beyond our classrooms.
Watch Angela Maiers answer: "What Are Habitudes?," and "Why Are Habitudes So Important?"
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