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Moving from Consumers to Producers of Knowledge
Jeff Utecht

Thursday, March 7, 2013
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

Content is free, production of knowledge is at an all time high. How do schools take advantage of the productive power of the web? How can schools engage students in meaningful projects that focus on producing creative projects and not just consuming information? In this workshop we will dive deep into understanding the power of the Internet and how to harness the power of search, content, and creation to move students from consumers to producers of knowledge.

In the first half of the day we will focus on looking at the skills students need and the pedagogy that drives this new information-abundant world. We will discuss the skills teachers should be spending time in class teaching and how those skills will transform into real inquiry based learning opportunities for students. We will be using Google Dive (formerly known as Google Docs) so make sure you have a google account before we begin the day. 

In the second half we will build on the morning skill set and start looking at specific units of study that can harness the power of inquiry and the internet. We will have some fun as we learn about QR Codes, Social Bookmarking and other programs and software that teachers can use to make the content on the Internet come alive in real learning possibilities. 
This workshop is for educators, grades 3-12.
Discuss and learn how to do the following:
Create a Web-Based Classroom Newspaper
Discuss the use of QR Codes in the Classroom
Seniors literary comparison of text
Please bring your laptop, tablet or other device to access the internet.
Jeff Utecht is an international educator, educational technology consultant, and author. Over the past ten years, he has been teaching at international schools in the Middle East and Asia. At Washington State University Jeff helped pioneer a new approach to teaching math to elementary students and, in 2001, in just his third year of teaching, he received a Bill and Melinda Gates grant for technology education. Based on his own experiences of using the internet to connect with educators around the world, Jeff published his first book for educators titled Reach. Over the past five years, he has consulted with Web 2.0 companies, educational organizations, and helped to develop a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program for international educators. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Apps Certified Educational Trainer and recently presented a TEDx talk in Thailand. To learn more, visit

The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street.

The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $139/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS" or click here to reserve a room online. Special discounted rates have been extended and are available until Friday, February  22, 2013.

Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service.  Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $51 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  The self parking rate is $46 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Registration Fee

• $190 Member Fee
• $240 Non Member Fee
• First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
• Workshop includes lunch 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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