STEM Summit 14 Recap

STEM Summit XIV Recap

Program SSXIV

BurkeSmith-Alternative Credit Overview
Burck Smith, C.E.O. and Founder, StraighterLine
Burck is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine, an online provider of college courses. Ten years before launching StraighterLine in 2009, he co-founded SMARTHINKING (now a Pearson company), the largest online tutoring provider for schools and colleges. Burck has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is a former independent consultant and journalist. Former clients and publications include the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and others.

Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching
Mariale Hardimann, EdD, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Neuro-Education Institute

Mariale is the interim dean of the JHU School of Education, and founder of the Neuro-Education Institute at JHU. Dr. Hardiman, author of Connecting Brain-Research with Effective Teaching: Brain Targeted Teaching Model, will talk about her work linking brain research to education and how it is applied to improving student development and learning. Dr. Hardiman is the former principal of a Blue Ribbon School in Baltimore City and teacher. The Neuro-Education Initiative furthers the understanding of how research findings from the cognitive and neurosciences has the potential to inform teaching and learning through research, collaboration, and advocacy. In partnership with the School of Medicine, Kennedy-Krieger Institute, and the Brain Science Institute, this Initiative fosters dialog among educators and brain science researchers to develop joint research projects and magnifies the potential for current findings to enrich educational practice.

Ed Kohls, Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
Ed is a principal at Ayers Saint Gross with more than 25 years of experience in the planning and design of academic buildings. He has worked on projects at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, University of Virginia, Howard Community College and other institutions. In addition to design, his responsibilities include planning, programming, facilitating public process and project management. Ed has served as president and board member of the Maryland and Baltimore AIA, a member of Maryland’s architectural review board and an advisor to the University of Maryland ‘s school of architecture.

Frank Bonsal-Ed Tech 2
Education Technology: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Future Classroom. Moderator: Frank Bonsal III, Director of Entrepreneurship, Towson University, Innovation & Applied Research.

Frank Bonsal III is a pioneer in the field of education technology and investment. He has 25 years of experience advancing efficacy, innovation, and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy. As the first Director of Entrepreneurship at Towson University, venture capitalist, and angel investor, Bonsal has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs. His direct investment experience includes over 25 education companies, half realized with tens of millions positively impacted. Frank will lead a panel discussion of education technology entrepreneurs in a discussion of how technology will shape the future.
Panelist: Ryan Imbriale, Executive Director of Dept of Innovative Learning, BCPS
Panelist: Jody Mitchell, CEO and Founder, 4SightGPS
Panelist: Ian Siegel-Smarty Reader


STEM Summit XIII Recap

Technology is transforming how teachers teach and how students learn. There are many different forms of instructional technology and each school system has a slightly different approach to expanding technology in the classroom. In the first session of STEM Summit XIII, the instructional technology leaders from Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties talked about initiatives in their school districts. Martha Barwick, Harford County, reported on their Digital Harford Strategic Plan and their BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) pilot projects. Kyle Rickansrud, Cecil County, talked about Cecil’s device-neutral technology plan and intense concentration on professional development. Fran Glick, Baltimore County, discussed its STAT plan and 1:1 device/student program roll-out. Those presentations are available here: 01-HCPS Presentation SS13 02-CCPS Presentation SS13 and 03-BCPS Presentation SS13

The instructional coordinators were then joined by two principals from Harford County schools, Brad Spence, and Melissa Mickey. In this discussion, we explored the real-world impacts of expanding technology in the classroom, such as the changing nature of the teacher-student relationship, cost and sustainment of technology, professional development, and other challenges and opportunities faced by our school systems as they move into the digital age.

Next, Tiara Booker-Dwyer, Education Program Specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education, talked about how the state is keeping pace with 21st Century requirements, new opportunities for students, and advances in technology education. She spoke to how the State has expanded options available for students to engage in technology education and is in the process of modifying the standards document to include more rigorous engineering and computer science concepts and practices. Booker-Dwyer’s presentation is available 04-State Of MD STEM Opportunities

Gretchen LeGrand, who works as a trainer for, is a leader in the Hour of Code movement, and serves as the executive director of Code in the Schools, a non-profit focused on bringing computer coding education to every student in Baltimore City, talked about why it is critically important that students have explore to coding curriculum at a young age and what schools and non-profits are doing to expand this type of education around Maryland. She also discussed resources available to teachers and students. LeGrand’s presentation is available 05-Code in the Schools.

STEM Summit XIII was topped off by a talk by University of Maryland Baltimore County professor John Fritz on his study of learning analytics. In this fascinating discussion, Fritz related how instructors at the university level are using data from learning management systems and other classroom technologies to refine course content and pedagogy. He also discussed how data is enabling schools to predict student performance in more advanced classes and use that information to improve student performance as a whole. His presentations are available 06-UMBC. Analytics help students learn 06-UMBC Blackboard Charts.