We’re excited to be back in person and hosting the Annual SmartLab Conference (previously AFDC)! This event allows you to connect with educators who are passionate about PBL + STEM, learn pedagogical best practices for SmartLab Facilitators, and hear what’s next for SmartLab Learning.

Tickets are on sale now and available through June 17th for $850.

Note:  If you have a Free or Discounted ticket and have not yet received a discount code please contact us at

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June 21-23, 2022


The DoubleTree Hilton – Westminster, CO

Hotel registration will be provided in the confirmation immediately following your conference registration, via the Hilton Hotels portal. Rooms are held at the special conference rate of $129/nightand include a free buffet breakfast.


Details on presenter sessions and activities will be available soon and shared on our event website. We are using the Whova Conference Manager App and encourage to you download the app (invitation code inh8g3kkvs) in order to:

  • Receive updates on sessions
  • Connect with other attendees
  • Plan ride shares from the airport
  • View a floorplan of the event
  • And more…

Keynote Speaker

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.

A Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school leadership, deeper learning, technology, and innovation. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa.

Scott has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Scott blogs about leadership and innovation at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences.

Scott currently serves as an ISTE Community Leader and an InnEdCO Ambassador, and also is a member of NAESP’s Professional Learning Advisory Council. He has written or edited 4 books and 170 articles and other publications, and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States.


SmartLab and Deeper Learning Workshop:

Most schools and educators know our students need more from us around purpose and the “why” of learning versus factual recall and procedural regurgitation. Reconfiguring school to make that happen can be a challenge, however, particularly in the face of historical mindsets, institutional inertia, accountability mandates, and standardized curricula. Fortunately, SmartLab Learning can help us with our deeper learning goals!

In this interactive keynote workshop, Dr. Scott McLeod will help us think about both the “why” and the “how” of redesigning instruction for higher-level thinking, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. Bring a computing device and come prepared to dialogue with redesign with fellow conference attendees!



Sessions run 8:00 am – 3:45 pm, Tuesday, June 21st – Thursday, June 23rd. On Wednesday night we’ll host a social event at the Rayback Collective.

Session topics include:

  • Product Sessions:
    • SmartLab HQ
    • SmartLab Learning Hub
    • Professional Development (new/refreshed SmartLabs)
    • SmartLab Studio
    • Technology Support
    • Facilitator Resources
  • SmartLab HQ Sessions:
    • Integration, Collaboration, and Project Creation
    • Portfolios and Assessment
    • Microsoft Teams, Class Notebook, and PowerPoint
    • Pear Deck
  • Digital Fabrication: Tinkercad to Fusion 360
  • Digital Fabrication: Nomad CNC
  • Facilitated grade-band and regional networking
  • Discussion Panels

Call to Presenters

We want you to share your experience with the SmartLab community. Your colleagues want to learn about:

  • Differentiating for Learners (ELL, SPED, GT, etc.)
  • Documentation of Learning and Assessment (journals, portfolios, etc.)
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Collaboration with Content/Classroom Teachers
  • Increasing Student Engagement, Ownership, and Agency
  • Digital Fabrication (3D printing, CNC machining, laser engraving, etc.)
  • SmartLab Studio (formerly known as Student Broadcast Studio)
  • Integrating Ed Tech Tools
  • Technology-Specific Training

Interested in presenting at the 2022 Annual SmartLab Conference?

All Presenters are entered in a raffle to win a Sphero BOLT Power Pack, a $3,000 value.


“Let me involve you in how to do it”.

(1.5 hrs)

Discussion Panel

“let us talk about this topic.”

(45 mins.)


“Let me tell you how to do it.”

(45 mins.)

Poster Presentation

“Ask me about what I did.”

(45 mins.)

Environments & Experiences

“Let me show you how I did it.”

(10 mins. each presenter, 45 mins.)

Register Today for SmartLab Conference 2022