We’re still buzzing with excitement from hosting our first virtual summit on July 28-30. If you were one of nearly 3,000 educators who attended, thanks for joining us and for bringing your energy and creativity!
Although we weren’t able to gather in person (2020 had other plans in mind), this event was a huge success thanks to your participation. We hope you feel as inspired as we do after three days of professional development and invigorating discussion around student creativity, student voice and blended learning.
Missed the event? You don’t have to miss out. Re-live the summit and watch all sessions free and on demand. Plus, we’ll send you a certificate of completion for any sessions you attend.
We’ve compiled some of the highlights from the summit below. But be sure to check out the event page for a full list of sessions and topics.
Day 1 kicked things off with a keynote by Allyson Apsey, elementary principal and author, who led us on a journey of reflection and self-discovery by discussing ways to bring out the best in our peers and those around us. In the afternoon, Jen Leban, Erika Sandstrom, Manny Curiel and Bruce Reicher took us on an epic green screen adventure. Over on the blended learning track, we learned how to adapt curriculum to prepare and empower students and their families for a blended/hybrid learning environment.
On Day 2, Marlena Gross-Taylor challenged us to deepen our understanding of racism in order to eradicate it from schools. How does equality differ from equity? How can we foster diverse educational experiences and provide an inclusive environment for all students? Later, Jen Leban was back to show us how to create videos in WeVideo with other apps like EdPuzzle and FlipGrid. Day 2 ended on the WeVideo red carpet with an exclusive sneak peek of our latest feature, real-time collaboration (coming soon)!
On the last day of the summit, Dan Ryder delivered an interactive keynote focusing on remote learning and ways to meet curricular and social emotional learning goals when students are without physical access to maker spaces. In the afternoon, sessions focused on app smashing, how to make engaging instructional videos, and innovative blended learning strategies.
To conclude #WCCS20, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad, shared three areas of focus to help educators navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead. This is what he had to say about the summit: "It was amazing to see remarkable educators come together to engage in timely professional development around blended learning, student voice, and student creativity. The keynote speakers and presenters were very inspiring, the sessions were relevant, and the participants were very engaged. We're already planning for next year!"
He also shared a special video challenge, which is still accepting submissions through August 17. Head over to our educator creator community to check it out.