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Tuesday, February 7 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Knowledge Sharing: Project Based Learning & Design Thinking

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For many, the first step in solving a problem is to start asking questions. By using inquiry, we foster conversation to find a solution and solve the problem. So why does the traditional education system often leave this questioning process out of the classroom in favor of repeated and expected answers? As teachers look to shift and bring a focus on inquiry into their classrooms, they are turning toward Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL encourages students to become the question askers and knowledge seekers, igniting a new level of inquiry in the classroom. Join this great panel of PBL experts as we discuss ways to bring inquiry into the classroom through Project Based Learning.

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Mindy Ahrens

Teacher, Design39Campus, Poway Unified School Dist
Mindy Ahrens teaches 4th/5th grade at an innovative public school, Design39Campus, in Poway, CA. Prior to this position, she spent 15 years teaching students from preschool to 8th grade in various settings. She studied Project Based Learning techniques in depth and earned a M.Ed. degree in teacher leadership from the High Tech High charter school organization.
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Judy Caraang

Learning Experience Designer #dSquad, Design39Campus
4/5 Learning Experience Designer, 1:1 device agnostic, deeper learning, design thinking, inquiry instruction, Dreamer-Designer-Doer @judycaraang www.hackingelementary.com
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Billy Corcoran

Learning Experience Designer, Design39Campus
Billy’s work stretches from coast-to-coast as an Learning Experience Designer at Design39Campus in San Diego, California and an adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. Billy, an Apple Distinguished Educator, loves kids and is a tireless advocate for how kids learn best, speaking on this topic at Maine’s biggest conferences such as Leveraging Learning, ACTEM, Maine DOE Move the Needle, and at Apple’s 2015... Read More →
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Stacy Jennings

Learning Experience Designer, Design39Campus
I have been an educator for 20 years in San Diego County. My credentials are in both General Ed/Multiple Subject and Special Ed/Learning Handicapped with a Resource Specialist Certificate. My passions are: Personalized Learning, Design Thinking, Wondering, Creative Confidence, Adaptive Schools, Thrively, Real World Scholars, Improv, and disrupting the norm!
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Sabba Quidwai

Instructor & Director of Innovation, EdTechTeacher & USC
My mission is to help empower people to become creative problem solvers. Every day, I meet people who are both fascinated and overwhelmed by the rapid pace of change and concerned about how to leverage the technology around them. I work with students, educators and business organizations to bridge the digital divide and create cultures that allow people to thrive. | | Today, as Director of Innovative Learning at the Keck School of Medicine of... Read More →

Tuesday February 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am