The 2016 Schedule

It’s all right here.
Below is our schedule for TEACHAPALOOZA. But as they say on those TV commercials, “Wait there’s more!”

Come early and attend our Hands on Video/Backpack Video seminar.
Stay a few days after TEACHAPALOOZA and attend our Hands On Data seminar.

Just think in one week you can get up to speed on video, coding and data visualization. WHEW!

See our 2016 schedule minute-by minute. You will see that we are focusing deeply on data and coding skills this year, just as you requested.
Don’t be scared.
Even if you have never read or written a line of code in your life, we have Hands-on classes for you.

Click on the schedule below and explore the faculty, the schedule and start making your plans for which breakout sessions you will attend.

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FREE Tution for TEN Texas Educators

Through a grant  to the Poynter Institute, the Headliners Foundation of Texas is offering free tuition for the first ten Texas college and university journalism faculty members to register for TEACHAPALOOZA.

While the Foundation will pay tuition for up to 10 participants for the seminar, each participant will be responsible for the cost of airfare, hotel and meals. Once you have applied, Poynter will provide you information about special low hotel rate deals they have arranged, with rates as low as $125 a night, including breakfast, internet access and shuttle transportation to and from the seminar.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please click on the following link to apply.  

At the conclusion of the seminar, you will be required to return a 1,000 word (or so) written assessment of the program to help the Foundation evaluate this opportunity for future funding.

A Critical Thinking Exercise About Studies

Every year at TEACHAPALOOZA educators share stories about how they are trying to find ways to get students thinking more critically about the information they hear and read. Here is a great case study.

The University of Maryland released a study that suggests a particular brand of chocolate milk may help young athletes who suffered concussions to recover. The questions arise whether the study makes any scientific, let alone logical sense. Then we learn that the milk company helped pay for the study.


Why the First Five Minutes of Class is Crucial

Here are strategies to help you get every class off on the right foot:

Open with a question or two.

What did we learn last time? 

Asking students to tell you what they already know (or think they know) has two important benefits. First, it lights up the parts of their brains that connect to your course material, so when they encounter new material, they will process it in a richer knowledge context. Second, it lets you know what preconceptions students have about your course material. That way, your lecture, discussion, or whatever you plan for class that day can specifically deal with and improve upon the knowledge actually in the room, rather than the knowledge you imagine to be in the room.

Reactivate what they learned in previous courses.

Write it down.

Frequent, low-stakes writing assignments constitute one of the best methods you can use to solicit engagement and thinking in class. You don’t have to grade the responses very carefully — or at all. Count them for participation, or make them worth a tiny fraction of a student’s grade. If you don’t want to collect the papers, have students write in their notebooks or on laptops and walk around the classroom just to keep everyone honest and ensure they are doing the work. Limit writing time to three to five minutes and ask everyone to write until you call time — at which point discussion begins.


Crowdfunded Journalism Rises

During TEACHAPALOOZA 2015 we heard predictions that crowdfunding for journalism would rise. It has. reports:

In the first nine months of 2015, crowdfunding projects devoted to journalism raised more than $1.74 million on Kickstarter, according to the report. That’s up from $49,256 in 2009, the year Kickstarter launched. The amount of crowdfunding projects has also increased, growing from 17 to 173 projects over that same period.

Likewise, the contributor base to journalism projects on Kickstarter has also expanded, increasing to 25,651 people in 2015 from an initial 792 people in 2009.