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Wednesday, May 20 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
From Hard and Messy to Amazing: Interoperability and Change:

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Houston was spending millions in books which were left in schools' lockers while elementary schools lacked early literacy resources. The learning environment was out of touch with the students' reality. The superintendent put forth a bold vision: Learning had to be connected, and we had to teach our students how to use technology so they could not be replaced by technology. Each division in the district knew that their part was critical, but the organization did not have a culture that supported cross-divisional collaboration. Conversations about designing new learning environments along with the discovery of IMS Interoperability Standards provided direction. "Interoperability What?" Join Karen Daugherty and Beatriz Arnillas, previously Director of EdTech in HISD, to hear how the Houston staff went from fear and skepticism to dialogue. The resulting strategies to empower students led them to build an amazing library filled with digital objects so all could learn.

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Beatriz Arnillas

Sr. Educational Advisor, itslearning
I started as an ESL and World History teacher. After graduate schools I was an Artist-in-residence in Kentucky Public Schools and later Studio Art (Tenured) Professor in PA. I got to design and teach blended and online Art History courses in 2003, to make it easier for students to... Read More →
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Michael Dorsey

Director, Digital Learning and Resources Curriculum and Development Office, Houston ISD

Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm MDT