Tech and Trek Conference

Tech and Trek Conference

What: Tech and Trek Conference

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The Tech and Trek Conference is an opportunity for all educators (K-Higher Ed) to explore The Mindful use of Technology, Mobile Technology, Creating High-Impact Student Experiences, and Innovations in Teaching and Learning.

This is an educational technology conference that spans three days and two nights on the beautiful campus of Hiram College.  At the conference, you will…

  • Form and sustain a collaborative bridge for higher ed and K-12 educators and technologists.
  • Participate in an ongoing dialogue between higher ed and K -12 educators and technologists regarding the mindful use of technology.
  • Reflect on effective technology in learning abilities.
  • Explore the possibilities of mobile technology for learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom.

Keynote Speaker and hands-on workshop facilitator

Alan November

Will Richardson, Author & Educator

Where: Hiram College

When:  June 19-21, 2019


This conference is made possible by a joint partnership between Hiram College and ideastream




Agenda and Details from 2018

Wednesday, June 20th

11am-2pm / Pre-conference:  iPad Pro Training and Lunch

1pm-3pm / Check-in

BioBlitz Scavenger Hunt

Campus Tours (Optional)

3:30pm-5pm / Opening Session

What is Tech and Trek?: Mobile Technology Meets Mindful Technology / Panel Discussion.  Moderator:  Ashton Marra, ideastream. Hiram Panel:  Lori Varlotta, Matthew McKenna, Jen McCreight, Megan Bockleman

5:15pm-7:15pm / Dinner and Opening Featured Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Heinlen, Incorporating Mindfulness in Our Schools and in Our Lives


Mindfulness Breakout Sessions

  • Labyrinth Walk
  • Guided Yoga
  • Mindful Classroom Management and Engagement
  • Tech Temptations and Being Mindful

8:45pm-10pm / Tech and Trek Evening Activities

  • Appy Hour
  • Night Hike

10pm-12am / Tech Talk Cafe (Optional)

Thursday, June 21st

6:30am-8am / Hike, run, yoga, meditation (Optional)

8am-9am / Breakfast

9am-10am / Keynote Speaker: Alan November Keynote: Critical Thinking on the Web

10:15am-12:15pm / Hands-On Workshop with Alan November

12:15pm-1:15pm / Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm and 2:45pm-3:45pm

Technology Breakout Sessions

  • Swift Badges: Everyone Can Code
  • Augmented and Virtual Realities
  • MakerSpace
  • Active Learning with Apps for Photography and Video

4pm-5:30pm and 6pm-7:30pm

Trekking Breakout Sessions

  • Farming
  • Geocaching
  • Gaming and Instructional Design
  • Tech, Trek and Interact

6:30pm / Boxed Dinner Break

8pm-10 pm / Summer Solstice Bonfire/Cocktail Hour and Evening Activities

10pm-Midnight / Tech Talk Cafe (optional)

Friday, June 22nd

6:30am-8am / Hike, run, yoga, meditation (Optional)

8am-9:30am / Breakfast and Closing Featured Speaker: Dr. Lawrence A. Tomei, The Realities and Myths of Innovation

9am-9:45am and 9:45am-10:45 am

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Breakout Sessions

  • Biomimicry
  • Project-based learning using Google
  • Global Resources
  • Flipped Classroom 2.0

11am-12:30pm / Closing Session and Light Lunch

12pm-1pm / Checkout


The 2018 conference was made possible by a joint partnership between Hiram College and ideastream

The 2018 Keynote Speaker / Workshop is sponsored by Hiram College’s Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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