Meet the speakers of your conference. Learn about these Iditarod experts and their sessions. What will be the part you are most excited to learn about?
Sara is a long time member of the Iditarod Education Committee and dog handling coordinator for the race. She will be around and about the conference helping out in many different ways.
Get Involved with the Last Great Race:
Are you looking for ways to get your class involved in the race in a new and different way? Along with Jen, Annie will introduce some of their special race projects and share some lesson ideas to use in the classroom. Learn about the Trail Mail Art Contest and how to send your own mail down the trail, the Iditarod Postcard Challenge, Iditarod’s updated suggested reading lists, the Iditarod Traveling Quilt, and our new Iditarod Certified Educator Program.
Bryan and Lisa’s Session Lisa and Bryan will share how they have used Iditarod and dog mushing as a tool in their classrooms, schools, and lives. With a combined 43 years in the classroom and 53 years mushing, their hands-on lessons will engage participants in Iditarod challenges and celebrations as they apply to team building, communication, leadership, organization, and other lessons.
Coding Down the Trail As a participant in this session, you will be introduced to Iditarod STEM activities that can be done to incorporate coding at any grade level. Learn how to use coding bots such as Dash & Dots to help students learn about the trailbreakers for the race, and Ozobots to engage students by integrating the map and checkpoints of the race. Practice with an actual bot, and create your own codes to get hands-on experience with the activity to bring back to your classroom. These lessons also provide multiple extension activities which include other tech options for enrichment opportunities.
Iditarod Breakout Room and Tik Tok. To begin this session participants will learn about the new Iditarod Edu Tik Tok page. Participants will go with an understanding of how to use Tik Tok and how this app can be an incredible resource for teachers. Next participants will attempt to get to Nome in the Iditarod digital Breakout Room. All teachers will receive a copy of the room that can be played with students as soon as they get home.
Iditarod has an App for That will provide teachers with a plethora of ideas for the classroom. Be it social and emotional learning, Newton’s laws, building a better sled, cultures along the trail, language arts, building a spread sheet or understanding math functions, Iditarod provides real life applications for every grade and every subject. Go home with a greater understanding of the race and ideas for lessons that will captivate and motive students.
You will see Linda all week as our wonderful Emcee. Linda will also share some lessons with the participants as well as entertain us with an Iditarod Trivia game.
Get Involved with the Last Great Race:Are you looking for ways to get your class involved in the race in a new and different way? Jen and Annie introduce some of their special race projects and share some lesson ideas to use in the classroom. Learn about the Trail Mail Art Contest and how to send your own mail down the trail, the Iditarod Postcard Challenge, Iditarod’s updated suggested reading lists, the Iditarod Traveling Quilt, and our new Iditarod Certified Educator Program.
We’re Going On A GooseChase! Learn about GooseChase, an interactive Scavenger Hunt Game, as you are challenged to our week-long game! In addition to being super fun for adults, this app is a great way to motivate and engage students. In this session you’ll discover how this game can be used both in your classroom and as a PD tool for faculties. And then, it’s Game On as we embark in the first ever Iditarod EDU GooseChase around Alaska!