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3 Musts of #iNACOL14

iNACOL is taking place in Palm Springs, California this year … helloooo sunshine! As Seattleites, we are especially excited for this event, but not only for the sun. The following are the three “musts” of iNACOL 2014.

1. Breakout Session and Book Signing

iNACOL brings together the best and brightest in blended and online learning to share ideas, best practices, and innovations in K–12 education. Join our sessions with these pioneers in education technology:

Wednesday, November 5, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
“Innovations in Blended Learning: Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment”
     Moderator: Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart
     Panelist: Elliot Sanchez, Founder & CEO, mSchool
     Panelist: Dawn Smith, Principal, Benjamin Franklin Elementary

Explore the new ways that technology is being used to personalize learning, and discover best practices for creating a student-centered learning environment. Hear education thought leaders share the challenges and opportunities of continually evolving blended learning environments, and how they engage students to improve learning, support knowledge retention, and raise achievement.

Immediately following the session, walk (don’t run) to booth #504 to receive a signed copy of Tom Vander Ark’s latest book, Smart Cities That Work For Everyone that quotes, and is also signed by, our CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson. The first 100 people receive a signed book! Okay, maybe you should run.

Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
“The Evolution of Blended and Competency-Based Schooling: What Lies Beyond the Horizon?”
     Dr. Tim Hudson, Senior Director of Curriculum Design, DreamBox Learning

Even when we believe we’re thinking “outside the box,” we are often limited in our capacity to envision new school models that are more personalized, leverage technology, and improve learning. When designing schools and classrooms, we often don’t realize how heavily our ideas are influenced by the assumptions and mental models we have about learning and education. Let’s explore our hidden suppositions and imagine the full implications of blended learning.

2. Blended Learning Benefits at Booth #504

Because this event is so special to us, we’re doing something we’ve never done before—giving away a YEAR LONG school-wide site license of DreamBox Learning® Math. Come to booth #504, and watch a demo of DreamBox Learning K–8 Math – which will include our new Spanish learning environment that’s available this fall, and you’ll be entered to win. Wow, what an offer! Also, just for stopping by, you’ll receive our Get One Free 3-month Home Trial, Give One Free 3-month School Trial—’tis the season, right?

DreamBox Learning® Math in English and Spanish provides a deeply personalized K–8 math learning experience with lessons that differentiate for the highest levels of student achievement. Driven by Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology, students benefit from a rigorous curriculum and embedded formative assessments. The result is a game-like experience that students love, actionable data that supports teachers so they can be powerful coaches, and outcomes administrators are proud to share.

We are thankful for you, unstoppable educator, for teaching the world’s unstoppable mathematicians.

3. Hit Happy Hour!

It’s time for happy hour—and you deserve it!

Vacation Palm Springs lists a few of the best happy spots in Palm Springs within walking or crawling (we know you’re tired) distance from the Palm Springs Convention Center to help you and your colleagues unwind!

Kaiser Grill, 205 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
            When: 3:00–6:00 p.m.
            What: Half-off appetizers, pizzas, well drinks, and select wines and beers
Blue Coyote, 445 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
            When: 4:00–6:00 p.m.
            What: Discounted drinks and food all $5, in the bar only
Grind Brgr Bar, 262 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
            When: 3:00–6:00 p.m.
            What: Special-priced appetizers and drinks

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @DreamBox_Learn as we will be live-tweeting and having some fun at booth #504! We can’t wait to see you at iNACOL in Palm Springs!

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