Will this be the last generation of kids who bring backpacks to school? How does this change the way we teach? What about homework? How will we know what the kids are learning? Let’s discuss the exciting transition from a print-based industrial model of education to whatever the future will bring.
This engaging, participatory, fun discussion will focus on PRACTICAL tips about how we can help our students become creative, critical thinkers, who understand context and how to curate content. It is limiting to think of teachers as the only sources of information in a classroom full of learners. This conversation will focus on practical tips that help teachers facilitate a learning-led classroom utilizing all of our students and the knowledge available to them.
Zachary Walker is the founder of Last Backpack Generation and is currently a faculty member at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Zachary is a special educator and technology consultant who teaches pre-service teachers and provides professional development for districts, schools, and businesses. His workshops and seminars are fast-paced, fun, and very, very practical for administrators, teachers, and business leaders. He was one of five recipients of the 2012 Think College Emerging Scholar Award for his research on the use of technology to prepare students for post-secondary environments. Zachary has worked with educators in the United States, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. He also worked with UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) on issues related to inclusive educational policy. Zachary is a certified teacher who has taught at the primary, secondary, and university level. His current research focuses on the impact of mobile technology on both students and teachers and practical strategies for teachers at all levels.
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