2013 NMC Summer Conference Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops are extended-length sessions (3 or 6 hours; or special set times) to provide attendees the chance to explore a topic in depth or participate in hands-on training in a variety of new software programs. Preconference Workshops require advance registration and payment of a special fee in addition to the normal Summer Conference registration fees. Preconference Workshops will be held Tuesday, June 4th, with the exception of the Photo Safari which will start on Monday, June 3.

2013 NMC Photo Safari in Hilton Head
Kyle Dickson and Nil Santana, Abilene Christian University
Monday, June 3; 6:00 - 10:00 pm and Tuesday, June 4; 5:15 am - 4:00 pm
Registration Fee: $349

Join us June 3-4 for an unforgettable NMC Photo Safari capturing the natural beauty of South Carolina. Monday evening we'll host a beach walk around the toe of Hilton Head Island, focused on sunsets and low-light shooting. Then early Tuesday we'll visit Pinkney Island Wildlife Refuge in search of coastal birds and the elusive Carolina gator. The safari will combine opportunities to explore the beaches and salt marshes around the island and share images in critique sessions. Nil Santana and Kyle Dickson from Abilene Christian University will also explore ways to use digital photography in professional development on your own campus. Bring a long lens, tripod, and shoes you don't mind getting wet!
photo credit from flickr, courtesy of Bob Fornal

Monday, June 3
   6:00 pm Introductions and Pre-Flight
   7:00 pm Travel to Harbour Town
   7:30 pm Beach walk
   8:25 pm Sunset shooting
   10:00 pm Return to hotel

Tuesday, June 4
  5:15 am  Leave hotel for Pinkney Wildlife Refuge
  5:45 am Arrive at nautical twilight
  6:15 am  Sunrise shooting
  11:30 am Return to Hilton Head for brunch/lunch
  2:00 pm  Return to hotel for critiques (BYOD)
  4:00 pm Rest before NMC Opening Reception

Digital Badges: All Six Themes, One Workshop
Mike Soupios, Danielle Mirliss, and Christopher Petruzzi; Seton Hall University
Tuesday, June 4; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $125
Bring your own device

This preconference workshop will look at digital badges through lenses that are the six conference themes.  The presenters will use theoretical and
practical examples, discussion, real-world knowledge, and a hands-on experience to Explore, Reflect, Play, Imagine, Create, and Transform with  digital badges.  In the end, the attendees will walk away having created their own digital badges with the understanding of how they fit into the 
world of education.

Zen of Teaching 2.0: A Collaborative Reflection on the Myths of Teaching & Learning and Technology
Antonio Vantaggiato, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon
Tuesday, June 4; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration Fee:  $125
Bring your own device

This followup of the successful summer 2012 workshop will be an opportunity to share, debate and discuss what are the imitations, preconceptions and misknowledge (the myths) about teaching, learning and technology that impede real change in education. Such change is badly needed, and we're unaware of the Web's power. We claim we follow constructivist theories, but  still "deliver" courses, "watch" online courses, and "attend" face-to-face ones, while some think reading is declining, the book is dead, and MOOCs are the solution. In the workshop, participants will use Storify,  a wiki and Twitter to enhance and amplify our discussion.

Getting Started: Creating an iTunes U Course
Apple Professional Training Staff
Tuesday, June 4;  1:00 - 4:00 pm
Registration Fee:  FREE
Prerequisite: Watch the iTunes U Webcast Series.  https://edseminars.apple.com/itunesu_webcast_series/
*Please bring any of your own materials that you would like to add to your course (course outline, documents, videos, images etc.), along with an iPad and a MacBook to the session.

Start creating your own iTunes U courses in this hands-on session. Learn how to discover great content for your courses in the App Store, iTunes U catalog, and iBookstore. Then build a course using iTunes U Course Manager, an easy-to-use web-based tool. You will also learn how to create your own learning materials using the built in features of iPad along with iLife, Keynote, and iBooks Author for Mac.






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