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What is the Technology Test Kitchen?

The Technology Test Kitchen, simply put, is designed to provide you with hands-on learning experiences that will support your online/digital teaching and learning efforts. The space was originally designed as an exploratory installation which leveraged the metaphor of a teaching kitchen. In this “Test Kitchen,” participants interacted with “chefs,” who had prepared teaching and learning related demonstrations and activities, guided and reinforced by “recipes” that they could take with them beyond the conference. While the chefs were the resident “experts,” the idea was to foster a low-stakes and approachable learning space whereby through direct engagement with the application of the “recipes,” participants walked away with the skills and confidence to see themselves as “chefs” and “experts.” Importantly, to make this experience meaningful to participants, recipes were always structured as contextualized and relating to practical application which could be translated to their personal teaching and learning contexts.

Based on who is running the Technology Test Kitchen, the space and therefore the experience has looked different from year to year, and has featured everything from Chef Battles and educational robot demonstrations, to open, free-flowing sandboxes where participants can bring their own devices for collaborative play. This year we welcome back the popular and challenging OLC Escape Room and the informative and engaging Chef Demos, and introduce a new and exciting narrative-based, gamified journey to the mix. Through a series of themed, interactive stations (each with their own set of fun challenges and tasks), the Technology Test Kitchen will invite participants to embark on a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-styled learning journey. Expect to be wowed by multiple pedagogical approaches, new and interesting ways to engage with educational technologies, and ‘out of this world’ opportunities for prizes! Whether you’re new to the OLC, new to thinking about technology, or someone who has returned for yet another year or simply a new venue to explore with others, this low-stakes, fun, playful, and collaborative space is for you. Join the adventure and write your own story with us in Orlando.

Check out some of the Technology Test Kitchen themes and stations below (referred to as “mini-missions”). Stay-tuned for more details!

 

The 2019 OLC TTK Pathfinder Mission

OLC TTK Pathfinder Mission Patch

Click on the badge to join the mission and begin your journey.

This year the Technology Test Kitchen has been transformed into the “OLC TTK Space Base.” Through entering the Base, you will take on the role of a “space traveler,” and will be invited to join an epic adventure, as you and the TTK Space Team work together to complete the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

 

Featured OLC TTK Stations

  • The ENGAGEMENT Mini-Mission: Throughout this mini-mission, space travelers will face tasks and fun challenges related to the ways in which students interact and collaborate with other students, the ways they relate, respond, and interact with content, curriculum, and technology, and their relationship with educators. Together we will explore what it looks like or might look like to facilitate learning environments that promote regular, but responsive, engagement, which critically considers the needs, preferences, and desires of all members of the learning community. Space travelers will depart from this mission with stories to tell and resources to share. Most importantly, accomplishing this mini-mission is critical for the successful completion of the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

  • The INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ADVOCACY (IDEA) Mini-Mission: Throughout this mini-mission, space travelers will face tasks and fun challenges related to the ways in which we create supportive environments, where we regularly attend to learner needs and consistently share resources. Together we will explore what it looks like or might look like to transparently recognize oppressive structures and work towards more equitable learning environments. We will also dwell on the importance of anti-oppressive pedagogical orientations and examine and develop strategies for coming to know, recognizing, and valuing multiple identities. Space travelers will depart from this mission with stories to tell and resources to share. Most importantly, accomplishing this mini-mission is critical for the successful completion of the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

  • The ASSESSMENT Mini-Mission: Throughout this mini-mission, space travelers will face tasks and fun challenges related to the ways in which we build regular and ongoing assessment into learning environments, which is aligned with objectives, considers multiple modalities, and is intentionally incorporated as a fundamental for growth (both on the part of learners and educators). Together we will explore what it looks like or might look like to integrate forms of reflective practice into learning environments, communicate both informal and formal assessment with others, and situate evaluation and feedback within unique learning contexts. Space travelers will depart from this mission with stories to tell and resources to share. Most importantly, accomplishing this mini-mission is critical for the successful completion of the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

  • The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Mini-Mission: Throughout this mini-mission, space travelers will face tasks and fun challenges related to the ways in which we seek opportunities to grow in practice. Together we will explore what it looks like or might look like to treat educators as learners and take a lifelong learning approach to our own development. We will consider everything from digital presence and educator identity to strategies for growth in project management, personal organization, and mentoring/leadership. Space travelers will depart from this mission with stories to tell and resources to share. Most importantly, accomplishing this mini-mission is critical for the successful completion of the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

  • The UNIVERSITY-AS-LEARNING-CONTEXT Mini-Mission: Throughout this mini-mission, space travelers will face tasks and fun challenges related to the ways in which the institution works in meaningful ways and impacts educational and learning practices. Together we will explore what it looks like or might look like to examine and contextualize our rights and responsibilities in relation to policy, critically consider our relationship to learner data and practices of consent, and understand how university structures inform our practices. We will also discuss and share ideas for effectively collaborating within and across institutional contexts for the purposes of contributing to meaningful and sustainable change to learning environments. Space travelers will depart from this mission with stories to tell and resources to share. Most importantly, accomplishing this mini-mission is critical for the successful completion of the 2019 OLC TTK PATHFINDER MISSION.

 

The OLC Escape Room Mission

In the spirit of constructivist learning, the Technology Test Kitchen will feature an EdTech themed Escape Room event on Friday morning, 9:45am – 12:30pm in Northern Hemisphere D.

For those daring space travelers who are looking for something more exciting and adventurous, we invite you to join others in completing the OLC Escape Room Mission (#OLCEscapeRoom) – a fun challenge and puzzle-based experience that unites participants around collaboration and strategy. It will take place Friday morning in Northern Hemisphere D. Space travelers will have the option to choose between four 30-minute time slots, which run between 9:45am -12:30pm.

Escape Rooms are collaborative experiences where participants work together to solve a series of puzzles, challenges, riddles, or mysteries using clues, hints, and intentional strategy. They often feature a specific theme and a particular set of objectives that require participants to work as a team if they hope to complete the challenge in time. 

In the spirit of the Technology Test Kitchen, the OLC Escape Room will allow conference participants a fun and unique space to not only engage with a variety of educational technologies, but do so in a themed, challenge-based environment with others. Challenges might include finding a hidden code within a database to unlock a presentation, navigating through a virtual or augmented reality to receive your next clue, using distance-learning technologies to communicate with your teammates, or completing a circuit to turn on a device, among others. That said, they will all be fun, practical, and representative of the types of teaching and learning challenges that educators face in their day-to-day lives.  

To hear from others who have participated in OLC Escape Room challenges before, visit the OLC Escape Room Testimonials flipgrid page.

Each member of the winning team (max 10 members per team) will receive a $25 OLC gift card and some fun OLC swag!

Report to the space crew sign-up form (coming soon) to join your team and review the 2019 OLC Escape Room Mission today! 

TTK Schedule of Sessions

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Connect with us

Want to learn more about the Technology Test Kitchen and how you can get involved? Contact us at ttk@onlinelearning-c.org