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The NMC Summer Conference pathways, or “tracks” align with the priorities of our member community so that you can relate the sessions you attend with the trends, approaches, and topics most pressing among innovators in the industry. Select one specific pathway that is most relevant to your work or a skill you want to acquire — or embark on multiple pathways for a well-rounded perspective on all things edtech. Choose your own NMC Summer Conference learning adventure!

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Access and Equity
While technology has grown more pervasive in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry, not all institutions and individual learners have access to the latest devices and software. First-generation and minority students are often challenged by external factors and require special support, while learning institutions face budget constraints that prevent them from providing key services and tools. Furthermore, universal design for learning and educational technologies is now becoming an imperative to better accommodate disabled populations. In the face of these challenges, this pathway will explore projects, programs, and affordable technologies that are bolstering access to high-quality learning opportunities and equalizing the playing field for all learners of all backgrounds.

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Digital Humanities
This area reflects the intersection of computing and disciplines that explore human culture. While technology has long been leveraged for teaching and learning in science, engineering, and related disciplines, it also can play an essential role in advancing literature, creative writing, art, and the social sciences. Digital storytelling in the form of video narratives and museum technology (“mustech”) such as the use of virtual reality for creating interactive art exhibits are two examples of digital humanities entrance points, but the sky is the limit for this burgeoning field. In this pathway, learn about tools, techniques, and initiatives that are making the humanities more immersive and 21st century.

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Future Learning Trends
We know the only thing certain in life — and education — is change. Many educational technologies such as 3D printing, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and wearables were once outliers according to collective wisdom, but are now seen as aspects of impactful digital strategies for teaching and learning. Step outside of what is possible today to invent a better tomorrow. This pathway enables thought leaders to posit future learning scenarios, whether based on actual pilots or big ideas, and involve participants in the design of the next iteration of learning experiences.

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Real-World Learning
Universities, schools, libraries, and museums are all tasked with creating authentic learning experiences that are relevant to what is happening in the real world. In order to gain essential 21st century skills such as critical thinking and creativity, learners must be engaged in activities that deepen their knowledge beyond pure fact memorization and allow them to actively demonstrate what they are learning. Simulations, makerspaces, work and apprenticeship programs, challenge-based learning, and entrepreneurial initiatives are just a few of the scenarios enabling real-world learning. Learn about projects and programs that are equipping learners with vital skills that prepare them to be successful in the workforce and as global citizens.

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Technology Training
In order to effectively implement cutting-edge technologies and technology strategies, staff of learning institutions must have space to discover new tools and receive adequate professional development. In this pathway, participants will learn about the latest technology training and implementation models or try out and receive high-quality, hands-on training on emerging hardware and software. Develop better technology implementation strategies, take out the latest technology for a test drive, or deepen your understanding of and capacity for tools you already know.

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