The (SO):Inspired Conference Will Empower Science Educators Like You

Science educators, we see you. You’re working overtime to keep your students engaged and on track. You’re digging deep to keep yourself motivated and lift up your peers. 

You need new ideas, tips, and best practices you can put to use right away. And you don’t have room on your calendar for one more meeting.

You are exactly who we had in mind when we developed the Science Online (SO):Inspired Conference, the virtual event presented by Labster for university, college, and high school science teachers who are reinventing science education during the pandemic. 

“Science educators are facing a difficult new reality — pioneering solutions to ensure students succeed in this rapidly changing learning environment”

Michael Bodekaer Jensen, CEO and Co-Founder of Labster

“Science educators are facing a difficult new reality — pioneering solutions to ensure students succeed in this rapidly changing learning environment,” said Michael Bodekaer Jensen, CEO and co-founder of Labster. “The SO: Inspired event offers an opportunity for the STEM education community to come together to share stories, tips and best practices that will help meet their short-term and long-term needs in the ‘classroom’. Our ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists, and this can only be done by first empowering science educators with the right tools to motivate and engage their students.” 

This conference is a “get to do” — not a “have to do” 

Starting Wednesday, October 14, the conference is live, free, and open to science educators from around the world. And yes, you can register to get the recordings (we know you may have to teach when the conference is live).

With sessions ranging from case studies and peer best practices discussions to a presentation on the classroom of the future and a featured plenary session with Sal Khan of Khan Academy, this is time you’ll want to set aside to renew yourself as a science teacher.

Find sessions that inspire and empower you:

Starting timeSession
8:30 am EasternSupporting the COVID Cohort in the Lab
With lab classes notoriously demanding of first year students, are members of the incoming class prepared to study science at the university level? What can we do to support students and enable their success this term and next?
9:30 am EasternSharing access to science education across Europe
We’ll explore how the pandemic can provide a starting point for further development of digital solutions in education. 
11:10 am EasternA Discussion With Sal Khan: Khan Academy’s Sal Khan will engage in a purposeful chat with Labster’s Mads Bonde about the difficulties around developing and using technology to significantly transform student outcomes, as well as the challenges and potential of shifting to distance learning during the pandemic and beyond.
12:00 pm Eastern (Concurrent)Access, Inclusivity, and Equity in the Virtual Science Classroom
What opportunities do we have to tell the stories of scientists of color, women, and non-binary genders in 2020, a year characterized by both a social justice awakening and remote learning? 
12:00 pm Eastern
Surviving and Thriving in the New Learning Environment
Online learning is not just a digital version of the in-person classroom, we have an opportunity to recreate it. Learn best practices that promote learning and reduce anxiety for students and faculty alike.
12:00 pm Eastern
Community College Faculty Share Lessons from the Front Lines
What can other colleges learn from community colleges’ entrepreneurial approach to improving learning outcomes while simultaneously offering an accessible, flexible education to nontraditional students?
1:30 pm Eastern
Best Practices for Using EdTech in Your Curriculum
What are the best strategies and practices for making ed tech a part of your curriculum now and in the post-pandemic future?
1:30 pm Eastern
How High School Teachers Can Get Back in the Groove During a Pandemic
We’ll hear from high school teachers and administrators about their experiences and discuss tips for mastering new technologies, supporting students’ social-emotional well-being, imparting knowledge, and creating opportunities for hands-on learning in a remote or hybrid setting.
1:30 pm Eastern
Chemistry & Biology: Two Approaches to Learning
What can two highly related fields with two different approaches learn from each other? How can we apply these insights to leverage learning technology?
2:45 pm EasternHow We Can Transform Science Education in a post-COVID World?
Simply moving classes from in-person to online does not transform the way we teach science. Beyond the logistics of how lessons are delivered, what needs to change in science education?
3:45 pm EasternThe Classroom of the Future
Michael Bodekaer Jensen will give a closing address on his perspective of the future of learning. Understanding how we will teach, what students will learn, and a blue sky look at technologies and platforms through tomorrow’s telescope.

Use #scienceonline2020 to keep the conversation going 

Every session is meant to be the beginning — not the end — of a conversation. You’ll be able to continue to dig into the topics and talk to your peers and session speakers in the community chat rooms on the conference website and on social media with the hashtag #scienceonline2020

Last day to register is Tuesday, October 13

Now is the time to register. Your free registration gets you access to every session. You’ll be able to participate in the interactive Q&A with speakers, and your registration will give you access to the recordings of each session if you can’t attend live. 

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