VAIS Technology Retreat

21st Century Technology:
How to Be Innovative, Creative and Economical

Sunday, March 29 – Monday, March 30, 2009
Wyndham Virginia Crossing Resort


Learner-centered, lifelong learning has been the cry of knowledge society visionaries for the last decade. Yet learning continues to be delivered with teacher-centric tools in a twelve week format. Society is changing. Learners needs are changing. The course, as a model for learning, is being challenged by communities and networks, which are better able to attend to the varied characteristics of the learning process by using multiple approaches, orchestrated within a learning ecology. - George Siemens

When we design curriculum that is build around inquiry-driven, project-based learning, where students and teachers work together to create new meaning and deep understandings, then we can use 21st Century tools to allow students to create meaningful, creative and authentic work, using the best available research, while collaborating with and presenting to people from all over the world. - Chris Lehmann

Sheryl's Presentations

Shift in Learning-The Possibilities
A passionate student is a learning student. Using digital media
students are building their own learning experiences, constructing
meaning, and collaborating in teams to solve authentic content-based
problems. Teachers who use these empowering technologies are
discovering we can have rigor without sacrificing excitement. The
secret: Focus on student passion and interest. Come listen as Sheryl
stirs a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more
engaging approaches that unleash the passion that lies within each

Creating Environments that Support Possibilities- The Role of Emerging Technologies in the Core Curriculum
How do we promote the knowledge, skills and sense of urgency for 21st
Century teaching and learning among all teachers in our schools? As
the people of the world are becoming increasingly connected, the
nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in
profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections
and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our
schools. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach focuses on real-world examples of
learning environments that extend the walls of the traditional
classroom, offering new possibilities and igniting a passion for
learning. Evidence based on exemplary practices in education suggests
that new models of teaching and learning have the power to improve
educational outcomes dramatically.