Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATLE board has determined that all face-to-face events, for the remainder of the school year, be cancelled. The ProLearn planning committee, in conjunction with JTC, is looking forward to seeing you at the our next ATLE Unconference, May 2021.
What can you learn when you bring together a group of people who lead technology in education with no barriers and no predefined topics? At this event, you will find out.
Who Should Attend the Unconference?
Attendees should be in a leadership role on the ET or IT side of education. Leaders are also encouraged to bring staff you are developing as leaders. It doesn't matter if your professional training is in Education or Technology. All perspectives are welcomed. The more diverse the group of attendees, the more interesting the conversations. This could include:
- Supervisors, Directors, Managers
- Coaches, Coordinators, Trainers
- Project or Team Leaders
How It Works
An unconference is an open, participant-driven conference. The content is proposed and provided by the participants. Unconferences rely heavily on the passions and interests of the participants.
There will be time at the start of the day for attendees to propose and vote on session topics they most want to hear. We’ll select the most popular topics and set times for these discussions in the 5 available spaces. Attendees can wander freely between the discussions.
This is tricky because it’s difficult to make a formal presentation interactive. But if you have a big, well-developed idea you can pull it off.
Short Presentation with Conversation
5-15 minutes of prepared material/comments by the session leader followed by an interactive discussion.
Someone identifies a topic they are interested in, others come to join the conversation and an interesting discussion happens.
My Big Question
You have a question you want to know the answer to, and you think others in the group could help you answer it. This format could also just be the seed of a conversation.
Show and Tell
You have a cool project, a demo, or just something to show and let people play with that is the springboard for all the conversation in the session. Alternatively, you can invite others to bring their own items to show and tell (perhaps with a theme), and everyone takes a turn sharing.
Learn how to do X
If you’re inclined to teach, this can be simple and effective. Bring the equipment that you need, and have a plan that will let you teach five, ten, or 15 people how to do something all at the same time.
No pre-scheduled topics, no tourists.
Attendees suggest and lead conversations or presentations. Sessions will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another session slot. If the conversation doesn't go anywhere after 20 minutes. That's ok. End it, move on.
Organizers will plan for 20 session slots. If we only use 10, that’s ok. Interesting conversations is the goal.
The unconference was one of the most productive and beneficial events I have ever attended in the almost 20 years I’ve been working in K-12 technology. By design, it allowed us to pick topics that were current, timely and immediately relevant to all of our current situations in a collaborative, peer environment. The unconference will remain at the top of my list of conferences to attend in the future.
- Ernest Aleixandre, Director of Information Technology Services, Aspen View Public School Division No.78
The ATLE Unconference was an excellent process to facilitate learning and collaborating with your peers based on issues and projects that are pertinent for today.
- Ken Robitaille, Director of Technology, Battle River School Division No. 31