Founded in 2007, the Technology and Learning Institute (TLI) has provided faculty members with the opportunity to learn about how curricular technology integration positively impacts pedagogy and consequently improves teaching and learning.
Classroom Assignments in the Humanities Building
Toolkit 1 (Wiemer): Room 110 (Monday-Tuesday); Room 101 (Wednesday – Friday)
Toolkit 2 (Kravits): Room 112
T21C (Peller, Peller, Richter): Room 101 (Monday- – Tuesday) all; Room 110 (Wednesday – Friday) Quantitative; Room 119 (Wednesday – Friday) Humanities
eBooks (Backon): Room 123
Six Principles of TLI Culture
1. The wisdom of crowds is more powerful than any individual expertise.
2. I will reflect publicly on my experiences as a learner and the potential to use what I have learned in the classroom. That means I will be posting to the TLI 2012 blog on a daily basis while I am here, and those regular posts will become a habit of mind after I leave, so the bonds we establish this week do not end on Friday.
3. While my official role is one of student this week, I am a teacher by professional affiliation, and should play that role when appropriate during the week. All the instructors understand that in this rapidly changing world, nobody is truly an expert, and we all collaborate to learn.
4. We all recognize that professional relationships may originate in a formal setting such as the classroom, but experience with numerous conferences and unconferences indicate that the best learning occurs in more informal settings, and that is why the evenings are constructed as they are.
5. We are beginning to understand that learning is an art, not a science, but that there is a science underlying student learning today, and it reveals that traditional approaches to teaching are now known to be less effective than they were when we didn’t understand learning, the student brain, and the changing goals of education today. We also know that technology, while it sometimes gets in the way of what we have always recognized as effective learning, has also extended the learning process in ways we could not have imagined a few years ago. Think about these powers of learning:
- With the advent of ubiquitous instant communication through phones, texts, emails, tweets, and blog posts, we are all telepathic. We have a thought, and we can immediately send it to anyone we know, nearly at the speed of the thought itself.
- Total recall, the ability to augment the memory capacity of our biological processor with an infinite store of out-of-body memory and calculation. And here’s the best thing: not only can we recall things saved to this official store but we can also “recall” things we never even learned in the first place.
- The ability to communicate with perfect fidelity. The proliferation of cameras, both still and video, combined with the ability to send email, tweets, and Facebook links to various media allows people to understand in much more detailed ways and with much greater fidelity. The clear communication of much more complex ideas between people is now possible.
Adrian Sannier, Digital Strategist and Vice President of Product at Pearson eCollege
6. We know that professional learning networks do not thrive in small increments, but flourish as a function of longevity. It is our hope that you will return to TLI next year and in subsequent years, making your professional growth a regular part of your teaching career. The conference evaluations on Friday will be designed to incorporate your feedback and input so we might improve the program to better meet your needs going forward.
Please contact Andrew Speyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements for late night arrivals or any special needs including any dietary requests.
Please note that all meals are provided except for dinner on Tuesday night, which will be attendee-choice at one of New Haven’s many restaurants (suggestions and transportation arranged).
We are asking all attendees to bring a web-enabled device (especially an iPad) so that all can participate in interactive sessions. All buildings and dorm rooms have wifi access.
Map to campus and locations of buildings and areas: http://www.choate.edu/aboutchoate/pdf/mapwithkey.pdf
Key conference times are as follows (daily schedule can be found here):
Sunday, June 10th:
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Main conference registration in the Paul Mellon Humanities Building, first floor Rotunda (map #22).
Friday, June 15 the conference ends with box lunches.
Choate Rosemary Hall is located at 333 Christian Street, Wallingford, CT 06492. Complete travel information is posted at the link below: http://www.choate.edu/aboutchoate/mapsdirections.aspx
Dorm room accommodations are provided for Sunday – Thursday night. All guest “students” are staying in Bernard (South) House Dorm (map #19, labeled “new dorms”). Instructors are staying in the Sally Hart Lodge (map #27). Parking should be in the student area of Gun Powder Creek (map next to area J).
Sheets, towels, pillowcases, and a blanket will be provided in each dorm room.
Please bring your own fan and a desk light if you wish.
All meals are provided, Sunday dinner through Friday lunch and served in the Choate Dining Hall (map #11). The only exception is the Tuesday dinner in New Haven.
Wireless networking is available in all meeting locations and dormitories. You do not need to bring an Ethernet cable.
The fitness center (map #32) will be open Monday – Friday, 6 am – 7:30 am and in the afternoon (times TBA).
Emergency phone numbers during conference: Choate Rosemary Hall Security (every day, every hour) 203-697-2400