8th Annual MVU Symposium
The 8th Annual MVU Online Learning Symposium, Blended Instruction, was held Monday, Nov. 7, at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.
MVU and partners, Traverse City Area Public Schools and Traverse Bay Area ISD, lead the discussion on Blended Instruction as a way to enhance curriculum delivery, improve student achievement and engage students.
The 2011 Symposium examined how face-to-face classroom instruction combined with online learning can result in effective instructional models that help transform schools.
Vice President Global Education Strategy
Gordon Freedman divides his time between his corporate roles at Blackboard, Inc., and his involvement in the nonprofit world of education change. His current passion is state-level education reform.
At Blackboard, Freedman serves as the Vice President Global Education Strategy examining worldwide trends in education, technology and policy. In his role as Executive Director of the Blackboard Institute he and others in Blackboard and in the academic community look for best practices for K20 student progression.
In the nonprofit world, Freedman is part of a new nonprofit, the National Laboratory for Education Transformation, NLET, which looks at education 3.0 issues and applies expertise from non-education entities and individuals to help solve persistent education problems. Freedman is also a board member of Education Forward, a new California nonprofit that is promoting a state-level diploma and transcript system for all students enrolled in public education. Freedman is currently a fellow at SRI International.
Freedman has a background in government, the news media and the film and television industry. Freedman became involved in education and technology in the mid-1990s and has helped many higher education institutions develop online strategies. He is the co-founder of the International School of Monterey, a K-8 charter school.
Keynote sponsored by Arialink.
Performing Arts Teacher
Oxford Community Schools
Krista Price holds degrees in Theatre/Speech Secondary Education and Elementary Education (Cedarville University), as well as a Masters in Humanities (Central Michigan University), and is in her 14th year of teaching and directing.
Krista became passionate about the use of technology in education two years ago when she decided to “flip” her classes and provide all her course content via videos online. Since then she has given talks on “Teaching in the Youtube Culture” at the MACUL conference (2010 & 2011); her videos can be accessed on Michigan itunes U.
Keynote sponsored by School Improvement Network.