A highlight of the summer for many HSE teachers was attending Launching INquiry, our Summer of eLearning Conference sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education. With two inspirational Keynote speakers, over eighty different breakout sessions, and time to collaborate with colleagues, participants left with many new ideas to spark inquiry in their classrooms.
In addition to meaningful professional learning, two particular features helped make Launching INquiry 2016 a stand-out event:
Classroom Innovation Grants: Exhibitors contributed to a fund through which we were able to offer micro-grants to conference attendees. Thirty-four teachers and administrators submitted proposals, each one aimed at jump-starting inquiry with students in our schools. We would have loved to fund all thirty-four projects! In the end, available funds enabled five grants to be awarded. These are highlighted below.
Parenting Digital Kids: In conjunction with our educator conference, HSE Schools hosted a learning experience for parents! Steve Garton, the Senior Manager of Learning Solutions at Common Sense Education, provided an insightful Keynote on our changing world and ramifications for teaching and learning in this new digital age. Other topics covered were screen time, safety and security, and social media. The evening was thought-provoking and informative for all!