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In just a few days, the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), will arrive at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Temporarily on leave from its usual host city of Harrisburg, we’re excited to welcome the conference to our neck of the woods!
This statewide event focuses on current trends and topics in educational technology, offering an extensive exhibitor/product showcase, interactive sessions, and keynote presentations. With much to see and do over three full days—and with more than a few familiar faces on the program—we’ve rounded up a handful of sessions that are definitely not-to-miss.
Mini Series: A Community Approach to Building A Culture of Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Education invites attendees to a series of 30-minute sessions that will equip them with the resources they need to build a community approach to digital citizenship. The first session will cover Common Sense’s new and improved K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. The second session will dive into enhancing digital teaching skills, while the third session will showcase resources available to support parent communities through the ups and downs of raising a child in the digital world. Finally, the fourth session will showcase how to tie all this work together with the Common Sense Recognition Program. Join for one session or stay for all four!
Learn to Code, Learn to Create With CMU CS Academy
Network member Erin Cawley will lead this session around Carnegie Mellon University’s CS Academy, highlighting how educators can help foster students’ continued creativity in coding, even as programming courses get more challenging in the K-8 space.
PAECT Playground – STEM on a Budget
Join Hempfield Area School District as they explore STEM challenges that can be done in-classroom with items from the dollar store! Activities will be aligned to ISTE Standards and suitable for K-12 students.
STEAM Studio Model for Innovation: Building Robust Learning Ecologies and Pathways in Computer Science
South Fayette School District demonstrates how BlockBased Coding can be used to increase computational thinking skills when focused on delivery in a standards-based math environment.
Make Learning Real through Design Challenges
Learn how Design Challenges enable students from different high schools to partner with local non-profits, businesses, and universities to respond to real-world problems. Lead by Norton Gusky.
Women Leaders in STEM Education
This panel discussion session will showcase talented women leaders in STEM education. This diverse panel of teachers, administrators, and higher education leaders from rural to urban areas, including Rachelle Poth, Dr. Diane Fine, Jacie Masyk, and more, will provide inspiring stories and share STEM best practices and tools.
Connecting & Disconnecting SEL Instruction
In this session, participants will be introduced to tools and strategies to promote social-emotional wellness. These strategies include those that are “connected” (using tech) and “disconnected” (screen-free). Participants will walk away with extra tools to support students as they tackle growing social-emotional needs.
The Genius Corps: Inclusive STEM Innovation
Learn about The Genius Corps, a collaborative partnership designed to bring the world of STEM to students with special needs through dynamic adaptive experiments in state-of-the-art university labs.
Tech Savvy Exploratory in Elementary Schools
Stop by Duquense City School District’s poster session to see how students in grades 4-6 are focusing on their own interests in small-group settings while utilizing technology. Examples include pyrography, sewing, cooking, and coding.
Wednesday Closing Keynote
Jordon Rooney: Social Impact in the Digital Age
Remake Learning guest blogger Jordon Rooney closes out PETE&C on Wednesday afternoon, addressing issues related to modern media production and consumption, social media, misinformation, and youth voice and empowerment.