LEARN-IT Conference on Saturday, May 5

Claire Duvall first attended the annual LEARN-IT Conference as a graduate student in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment.

Now Duvall is the department’s online program support specialist – and the coordinator of the event that this year will feature eye-tracking devices, Lego robotics, makerspaces and more.

“I attended when I was just starting out in my master’s, and it was very helpful for me to get an overall feel for the field,” Duvall says. “Going to the LEARN-IT Conference exposed me to so many different technologies, and it got me revved up and excited. I’m a real hands-on learner, and I love the hands-on component of it.”

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the Learning Center of Gabel Hall, the conference provides more than 100 Instructional Technology generalists and in-service teachers from P-12 school districts in the region with a day of workshops, training activities and research roundtables that help them master technology to enhance learning for all students.

Yanghee Kim

Yanghee Kim, the NIU College of Education’s Morgridge Endowed Chair in Teacher Education and Preparation, will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Augmenting Human Capabilities through Human Technology Partnership.”

Attendees explore tools and strategies for integrating technology for learning and assessment in meaningful ways. They also can experiment with the tools and technologies in a hands-on environment.

The goal remains simple: to help educators transform the teaching-and-learning environment with “low-cost, high-impact” technologies that facilitate meaningful learning.

“People love it,” Duvall says. “Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mary F. English donated the money to put on this conference, and it’s to promote using technology in the classroom in an impactful way and not just for technology’s sake.”

Breakout sessions include:

  • Accessibility for Al1ies: Concepts, Applications and Methods
  • Data-Driven Decision Making for K-12 Classroom Teachers
  • Demystifying User Experience (UX) and UX Technologies
  • Electrical PBL: Batteries, Bulbs and Arduinos
  • Knowledge Visualization in Text
  • LEGO Education: STEM Robotics with Mindstorms EV3
  • LEGO Education: WeDoSTEM 2.0
  • Robots and AR and Games! Oh My!
  • Tech Tools to Help You Get Your Game On!
  • The No-tech Makerspace for Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lessons and curricula

Registration is $20 for current NIU students and $29 for general admission. For more information, call 815-753-9339 or email cduvall@niu.edu.

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