Another conference is in the books! On Saturday, January 31st, the live event of the AOE 2015 Online Conference took place, with 1650+ art teachers registered! It was an honor to work with so many talented and innovative presenters and companies to put together this one-of-a-kind event for art teachers!
If you attended, or if you missed it, you can catch up on some of highlights in this recap.
This is how WE Conference!
Online conferences are different. They may not look or feel the same as traditional conferences, but I guarantee the participants of the AOE Winter Online Conference had a great time, felt connected, AND learned a TON of new information to take back to their art rooms. We are calling this a Mid-Winter refresh – and it was oh-so-needed!
So, if you think you know what the word “conference” means… Let’s turn that upside down and see how attendees of the winter conference enjoyed their professional development!
Creative and modern art teachers: this is how WE conference!
We conference with our babies,
with our colleagues,
while eating gourmet meals,
with our pets,
in our PJ’s,
and while cleaning our art rooms,
We hang out at school on a Saturday by choice!
and we do it from every corner of the world!
Yes, this is how WE conference! Art teachers unite!
Here’s What 1650+ Attendees Had to Say…
Prior to this conference, I was one of those art teachers wondering….”I wonder what I could do job-wise instead of teaching art.” Thanks again for a great conference – it has helped motivate me and encourage me in my role as an art teacher! – Maria
This was my first year attending and I was very impressed with the content of the presentations. I think AOE did a great job of covering all aspects of teaching art. It was great hearing about what other teachers have been successful at in their own practice and how they have adapted some of their teaching practices and lessons to be able to accommodate more of their students. I am definitely looking forward to next year! -Samantha
I enjoy the conference because it was all about the art. I will implement some of the ideas and use some of the coupons. I get so caught up in my world I forget to look up and see what is going on. Thank you, thank you! -Nancy
Last summer’s was great but this was really phenomenal. I had to leave half way through and am so appreciative of the After Pass. I’m going to make SURE to have no conflicts next time! -Barbara
— Ted Edinger (@ArtWithMrE) January 31, 2015
Love all the information I’m getting. Now to implement it all. #aoeconference
— Jamielle Orrell (@JamielleO) January 31, 2015
— Nic Hahn (@MiniMatisse) January 31, 2015
— Kendall Gamelin (@KendallArtsAlot) January 31, 2015
— Tricia Oliver (@artctrish) January 31, 2015
— Brandy Carlson (@carlson_brandy) January 31, 2015
#aoeconference awesome ideas and great resources…..art ideas to help kick the winter blues
— Terri Manoogian (@TerriManoogian) January 31, 2015
— Mrs. Crider (@SREArtRoom) January 31, 2015
Another wonderful conference!!! It’s getting better each time. Thank you for all of your hard work. I am excited and motivated for the rest of the school year!!! -Kelly S.
Thank you to all the presenters and Jessica. I learned so very much and will look forward to revisiting the presentations and the after Pass. -Diane on Maui
Thank you – and this is just the time of year I need this type of collaboration and refreshment!! – Sarah M.
Even as a veteran art teacher, I still learn something new with every conference! Thank you, AOE! -Kathy O.
Presenter Awards : Winter 2015
If you attended, you know the presenters were amazing! Each presenter brought his or her own ideas, energy, talent, and refreshing perspective to the table; they poured their heart and souls into these presentations. So, let’s give them even more love! Today I would like to announce the official presenter awards.
The winners in each category are…
People’s Choice Awards – Awarded to the top 5 presentations as determined by attendee feedback in the post-conference survey.
- “Essential Clay Tools to Make and Buy” by John Post
- “Monster Mediums” by Nic Hahn
- “Warning: You May Become Addicted to Weaving After Watching this Presentation!” by Cassie Stephens
- “Insanely Successful School-Wide Collaborations” by Nic Hahn and Don Masse
- “20 Visuals in 10 Minutes” by Alecia Eggers
Buzzworthy Award – Awarded to the presentation that sparked the most controversy, intrigue, and conversation.
“You Made a Print with What!? Pushing Printmaking to the Next Level” by Tim Bogatz
Performer Award – Awarded to one or more presenters who exhibited great energy, presence, and passion throughout the presentation.
“Flipping out for a Flipped Classroom” by Johanna Russell
Production Award – Awarded to the presentation that had clear audio, good lighting and overall appealing backdrop
“10 Strategies for ESL Students” by Shelly Hardin
Comic Relief Award – Awarded to the presentation that provided a witty and humorous take on their topic: got the crowd laughing
“Insanely Successful School Wide Projects” By Nic Hahn and Don Masse
Takeaway Award – Awarded to the presentation that provided well produced handouts and extras for attendees to use long after the conference has ended.
“Flipping out for a Flipped Classroom” by Johanna Russell
Information Guru Award – Awarded to one or more presenters who went deeper into a topic with rigor and plenty of research-based information(along with practical takeaways).
“Effortlessly Track Student growth with the “ARTifacts Method” by Tracy Hare
Peer Choice Award – Awarded to one presenter, as voted by your fellow presenter colleagues, as an outstanding contribution to the conference and the field of art education.
“Essential Clay Tools to Make and Buy” by John Post
I think it’s safe to say this conference had the most wonderful DISCOUNTS provided to attendees. The first 1000 registrants received a SWAG Box in the mail, but EVERYONE received a laundry list of hefty discounts and prizes from our partners! Thank you to all of the wonderful companies in Art Education who work hard to make products and resources that help us inspire students on a daily basis!
Here is what participants are saying about their Swag –
The Educational Sketchbook Program: Sample Sketchbook was my favorite! Thank you so mush for the sketchbook! It is going to be my “source” book- For all my inspirations and ideas from the conference! Thank you- Great quality! -Kathleen
I just started using Art to Remember this year. I loved receiving an example product to share with students and parents that has a fun Art of Ed logo on it that I can be proud to carry around to staff meetings! Thanks! -Camielee
Thank you Blick art materials for providing all the materials to experiment and complete an art project sample. I can not wait to use this technique with my students. -Stormy
Crystal Art Products-thank you for the poster. You make the best Art room visuals! I have many of them in my K-5 classroom and there are many more I want to purchase. They are great for any age level! -Mary
That’s a Wrap!
From all of us on the AOE Team, our technology crew and customer support team who worked behind the scenes for months to prepare for this event, the presenters, and all of the partners who helped make this conference possible – thank you! Who ever thought 10 years ago we would be learning this way? It’s so motivating to know we have more options when it comes to our PD. Excited to be one small part of this powerful movement. See you at the next one!
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