ImageThink Making an Impact in Education
September 20, 2016[ssba]
ImageThink supports a lot of education conferences because visuals are so important to teaching & learning. Faculty, administration, alumni, and students have so much passion that you can feel the energy as we create real-time visual recording summaries of the content.
Here are some impactful education conferences and events we have supported
South Ward Community Schools Initiative in Newark, New Jersey
The education conference brings together families and community members to become active participants in five Newark schools: Louise A. Spencer, Belmont Runyon, BRICK Avon Academy, BRICK Peshine Academy, and Malcom X Shabbazz.
Hosted at Belmont Runyon elementary, the event boasted a full house of parents, teachers, education experts, and even Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.
The event, which rolled out the South Ward Community Schools Initiative, put major focus on the great things that happen when parents truly get involved in their children’s school communities. By collaborating with teachers and school officials, and by bringing their unique talents and skill sets to bear, parents can create a school that truly reflects the needs of their children; a pathway can be created for students to succeed and grow intellectually and emotionally; and the True North of student well-being can be followed more fully and holistically. The education conference encouraged families to find ways that they can contribute to their schools and voice the needs of their communities.
Schools are not just for rote memorization
Mayor Baraka emphasized that it will take hard work, but that when a local community devotes itself to its schools, the community as a whole truly benefits.
The beauty of this visual recording display was that it ran over multiple days, so everyone could see a progression of ideas captured from the questions. This hub became a “must experience” destination for the audience. We were very impressed by the level of commitment & concern attendees felt towards the students of the world.
Changing the Odds conference for Momentous Institute
“Back to school” memories from the ImageThink team
Office manager Chyna Canada recalled, “First year in Middle School I had to take public transportation alone for the first time ever. I was nervous to be taking the bus by myself! To my surprise, 3 of my friends from elementary school were on the same bus! “
Our newest graphic recorder, Lilly Lam, remembered the summer before 6th grade, “I had braces put in and I still recall the giddiness I felt for school to start so I could show them off. I was most excited about the ability to color coordinate the rubber band colors for each holiday.”
Senior graphic recorder James Lake had an epiphany on his 1st day of Kindergarten, “I had no idea my name was James until my first day of school! They were calling ‘James’ over & over, even though it was accompanied by my last name, I didn’t respond. My family always called me ‘Jim’, I had no idea that was only a nickname until they told me at school. From then on, everyone called me James, which I’m grateful or because I much prefer that name.”
We have some homework for you: Share your back to school story; the anticipation, excitement, & sometimes dread. We want to hear from you.