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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the conference really free?
  2. When is the conference?
  3. What do I need to attend?
  4. How do I access the conference online?
  5. How do I attend sessions?
  6. Can I get Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for participating, and how? (Hint: Yes!)
  7. Will the session recordings be available?
  8. What are the 4T Conference and its satellites?
  9. Can I get a certificate or form to show attendance and participation?
  10. What is the conference hashtag?
  11. I’m interested in presenting. How do I apply?
  12. Help! I have more questions.

1. Is the conference really free?

Yes! Register here.


2. When is the conference?

Thursday, July 20, and Friday, July 21, 2017. Each day’s sessions run from noon – 5pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sessions are 60 minutes in length, with 15 minutes in-between.


3. What do I need to attend?

  • Registration for the conference
  • Device to access the sessions (we recommend laptops or desktops; while our platform Zoom has mobile apps for Android and iPhone/iPad, some of the data tools we will be using do not interface well with small screens). You must be able to download the small Zoom launcher app. In our limited testing, Chromebooks will work.
  • High speed Internet connection (broadband or wireless – preferably a home or school network, not at a cafe)
  • Access  to Zoom on your device (see FAQ’s 4 and 5)


4. How do I access the conference online?

We’ll be using the web conferencing tool Zoom for the 4T Data Literacy conference. It is compatible with laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, and mobile apps (but check out question 3 above regarding smartphone use of some of the data tools). Please test your audio when you enter the space.  You will be asked for your name and email address.

Have connectivity problems? Try these options:

  1. Try a different browser (e.g., move from Safari to Chrome).
  2. Try a different device (e.g., connect via an app).


5. How do I attend sessions?

  1. When you want to join a session, go to the 4TDL Schedule or check the newsletter link you’ll receive the night before each day’s events. Click on the link for the session that you are attending. The link will take you to the Zoom room for that session.
  2. Type in your full name and email address (this is important if you would like a $25 certificate [for those who are not Michigan K-12 educators] or free Michigan Department of Education SCECH continuing ed credits [for those who are]). 
  3. Look at the toolbar on the right-hand side of the screen and open the chat window so you can join the conversation.

Remember:

  • You don’t have to sign up for specific sessions – just register for the conference!
  • Log into each session about 10 minutes before the start time to make sure you get a spot. Note: only live sessions can count for SCECH or certificate credit.


6. Can I get Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for participating, and how? (Hint: Yes!)

Yes! Participants registered with the Michigan Department of Education’s online continuing education credit system can earn between 3 and 12 SCECH credits. (This means that you must be a K-12 educator certified to teach in the state of Michigan.) Check out the SCECH Agenda for 4T Data Literacy Conference  for SCECH credits by session. We apologize that the University of Michigan does not have relationships with other states’ or countries’ continuing education systems.

If you’re not a Michigan K-12 educator, skip down to #9 — we’ve got something new for you this year!

For more on SCECHs, please visit our SCECH information page.

7. Will the session recordings be available?

Yes, we’ll share the link to archived webinars on the Schedule page after they take place. However, you must view live webinars if you are looking for SCECHs or for a session to count toward the $25 certificate option.


8. What are the 4T Conference and its satellites?

The 4T Virtual Conference started in 2011 with the goal to connect educators around the globe on educational technology issues. It happens each May. 4T stands for “Teachers Teaching Teachers About Technology.” Its first satellite conference, the 4T Virtual Conference on Digital Writing, started in 2015 and takes place in October. The 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy Conference is the second satellite and began in 2016.


9. Can I get a certificate or form to show attendance and participation?

SCECH credits are available (see FAQ #6) for those with a valid account on the Michigan Department of Education site. You must have a PIC number.

New this year! If you aren’t a part of the Michigan Department of Education’s SCECH tracking site, we heard you that you want proof of attendance, too! See our SCECH page to learn how you can purchase a $25 certificate of attendance.


10. What is the conference hashtag?

#4TDL


11. I’m interested in presenting. How do I apply?

At this point, participation is by invitation only.


12. Help! I have more questions.

Please email us at contact.data.literacy@umich.edu .