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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 with Blackboard Collaborate?
  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.

All webinars are on Eastern Standard Time (EST).


3. What do I need to attend?

  • Registration for the conference
  • Device to access the sessions (Please note that, unfortunately, Blackboard Collaborate does not work on Chromebooks. However, it should work on most mobile devices.)
  • High speed Internet connection (broadband or wireless – preferably a home or school network, not at a cafe)
  • Access  to Blackboard Collaborate on your device (see FAQ’s 4 and 5)


4. How do I access the conference with Blackboard Collaborate?

Blackboard Collaborate is a free tool for our participants to use.  As a participant, you are responsible for making sure that Blackboard Collaborate works on your computer. Test it on your machine before the conference!

To confirm that Blackboard Collaborate works ahead of time:

  1. Click this test link and follow the steps to launch Blackboard Collaborate on your computer.
  2. Make sure you can open the Blackboard room.  If you cannot, please download the latest version of Java (free – go to Software Update on a MAC).  You can also visit the Blackboard Collaborate Support Desk.

Java must be up-to-date on your machine for Blackboard to work.


5. How do I attend sessions?

  1. When you want to join a session, go to the 4TDL Schedule. Click on the link for the session that you are attending. The link will take you to the Blackboard classroom.
  2. Type in your full name and let Blackboard Collaborate download to your computer and open (you may have to double-click on the Blackboard download to get it to open).

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, and up to an hour early, to make sure you get a spot (only 100 participants per session), and to make sure your computer is working properly with Blackboard.


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. Please stay tuned — this information may be updated as we get closer to the 2017 conference.

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.


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. Due to high levels of registration, we are unable to issue certificates for those participating from out of state or internationally. Note: This information may be updated when 2017 registration opens — please check back!


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 .