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Sunday, July 13
 

11:30am

12:30pm

Build a Worldwide Learning Community--In Your Elementary Classroom!
Limited Capacity seats available

Children do not learn from technology; they learn from what that technology allows them to do.” Technology tools now exist that allow students to connect with and learn the curriculum standards from others across the country or around the world, creating a community of learners centered in your classroom. We’ll explore ways to use tools such blogs, Skype, Twitter and video to capture, deepen and share the learning of the students in your classroom.  You’ll leave with

• A working knowledge of the tools you’ll need to connect your classroom

• Accounts set up and ready to go for your new school year

• An understanding of ways to find classes and individuals to connect with

• An awareness of ways to use technology in authentic, curriculum-centered ways in your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →


Sunday July 13, 2014 12:30pm - 6:30pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

FLIP your classroom into the BEST production studio and collect evidence of learning along the way!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners need to DO, CREATE, PRODUCE, and SHARE their learning experience with not only one teacher, but with a MUCH BIGGER community. There are so many resources, tools, and strategies to help plan, run and support meetings. This workshop will be a sharing of some of these resources and strategies to help make meetings and PD planning more effective. This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session that’s fun and informal and will teach you how to use blended learning and show you how to flip your classroom. Whether you’re at the elementary, middle or high school level, see how these learning models have a place in your classroom. This is the best way to collect evidence of learning while covering the common core curriculum.

Get ready to create and walk away with a valuable process and cool projects to share! Showcase what learning looks like in the classroom today! A lesson, an iPad, social media tools– what an exciting time for teachers and learners!

 



Speakers
avatar for ALAS Media

ALAS Media

ALAS Media
Alas Media is a multimedia company dedicated to telling stories to create change. Our passion grew out of a need to share the untold stories of our community and eventually evolved us into a media company that helps share the stories of not only our community, but Fortune 500 companies, businesses, schools and other organizations through production, sound, design and education. | At Alas Media, we give your story wings.
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Sunday July 13, 2014 12:30pm - 6:30pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Monday, July 14
 

7:00am

8:00am

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks & Connected Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Social Networking services often get the bad rap of 'time-wasters' or distractors. Yet, there are many social networks built upon passion, kindness, transparency, sharing, and collaboration. This session will explore these positive human networks as they apply to educators. Participants will learn how educator networks are transforming practice through the development of Personal Learning Networks. They will learn the most commonly used tools and techniques to support teaching and learning through social media. And, perhaps most importantly, participants will leave with the capability to extend and enhance their learning about this vital topic beyond the duration of the workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

Build a Worldwide Learning Community--In Your Elementary Classroom!
Limited Capacity seats available

Children do not learn from technology; they learn from what that technology allows them to do.” Technology tools now exist that allow students to connect with and learn the curriculum standards from others across the country or around the world, creating a community of learners centered in your classroom. We’ll explore ways to use tools such blogs, Skype, Twitter and video to capture, deepen and share the learning of the students in your classroom.  You’ll leave with

• A working knowledge of the tools you’ll need to connect your classroom

• Accounts set up and ready to go for your new school year

• An understanding of ways to find classes and individuals to connect with

• An awareness of ways to use technology in authentic, curriculum-centered ways in your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

FLIP your classroom into the BEST production studio and collect evidence of learning along the way!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learners need to DO, CREATE, PRODUCE, and SHARE their learning experience with not only one teacher, but with a MUCH BIGGER community. This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session that’s fun and informal and will teach you how to incorporate movie making, social media, and mobile learning technology into your classroom. Whether you’re at the elementary, middle or high school level, see how movies have a place in your idea marketing and collecting evidence of learning for the school, parents and students. This is the best way to collect evidence of learning while covering the national curriculum.

This framework will help revolutionize your classroom; it can transform it into the most important space of your school– if not the community. Get ready to create and walk away with a valuable movie making process and a cool project to share! This is the best way to showcase what learning looks like in the classroom today. A lesson, an iPad, social media tools– what an exciting time for teachers and learners!

Speakers
avatar for ALAS Media

ALAS Media

ALAS Media
Alas Media is a multimedia company dedicated to telling stories to create change. Our passion grew out of a need to share the untold stories of our community and eventually evolved us into a media company that helps share the stories of not only our community, but Fortune 500 companies, businesses, schools and other organizations through production, sound, design and education. | At Alas Media, we give your story wings.
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

Learn to Code, Code to Learn
Limited Capacity seats available

Many people view coding (computer programming) as a narrow technical skill. But the ability to code, like the ability to write, can help you learn many other things. When you learn to code, you learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas -- essential skills for everyone. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Scratch, the most popular programming language for young people. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own interactive projects in Scratch, reflect on your learning experiences, and discuss ways of integrating coding into the classroom.

Scratch is now on the web!!


 

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick

Programming Language Developer, MIT
Mitchel Resnick is LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Director of the Okawa Center, and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
avatar for MIT Scratch Team

MIT Scratch Team

M.I.T.
The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.


Monday July 14, 2014 9:00am - 4:00pm
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop (not a tablet) with Wireless
  • Price 395
  • Capacity 30

1:00pm

First 5 Days: Building a Culture for Year Long Success
Limited Capacity seats available

There is a significant opportunity in the first five days of school to set the tone concerning powerful, engaging and self-directed learning. By giving students ownership of their learning and having them develop tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for the global economy. In this session, participants will consider the broad opportunities that await in the first five days of school, including information literacy, student roles, global collaboration and more. They will then select a theme for the first five days of their year, break into smaller groups by theme and design the appropriate elements needed to bring this theme to life, just in time to return to school this Fall.

Presentation Resources:


http://www.novemberlearning.com/resources


 



Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Making Students Thinking Visible
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we'll explore 6 different lightweight ideas/activities you can implement in your classes tomorrow to leverage mobile (and stationary) technology to document student learning and foster reflective ways for students to share what they're learning. We won't just talk about them, we'll do them. Then we'll talk about them and how each of us might practically adapt these ideas in our own classrooms. Each practical activity will model ways in which the hard work involved is the thinking engendered in students while the technology is elegantly simple and easy to manage for teachers.

Basically, we'll have fun, play with practical ideas that allow teachers to easily incorporate technology in their classroom daily, and leverage some of the mobile technologies that are increasingly found in students' pockets. This session will be an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of using technology in the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Tuesday, July 15
 

7:00am

8:00am

Digital Portfolios using Google Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Google Apps for Education provides a free cross platform set of tools for educators. In this session we will examine how to have students digitize their work, create digital portfolios and have teachers manage the whole process. Examples, best practices and templates for each step will be included in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

iPads for Learning? iPads for Creating? It's Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to iPads for learning? This pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad in the elementary classroom. This hands-on workshop will start off with the basics of how to use an iPad so you and your students are as efficient as possible in order to maximize instructional time. This includes tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine the iPad's iOS platform, unique features that support student learning, and applications and activities that support mobile learning. Participants need to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this hands-on session. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning)
Limited Capacity seats available

Engage in a strategy-building session on how to foster student-owned learning in the classroom (and survive!). Don't expect one-size-fits-all answers - but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward (reflective) silences...
Join us as we explore ways to:
  • Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, connectors and creators of content
  • Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies
  • Promote and develop student capacity for finding the right information, right relationships and right resources, all at the right time
  • Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and “failures” for the richer learning opportunities 






Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

(Re)inventing Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

What it means to read, how we access, select and hold onto texts, and the strategies we use for constructing and sharing our making meaning have been dramatically impacted and enabled by newer literacies and technologies. Some of these shifts have quickly and immediately moved into our classrooms, and others require more examination and questioning - asking us to continually reexamine our pedagogies (and practices as readers) of texts that can be produced and consumed in an instant.

During the session, we will discuss ways of rethinking and “connecting” our readers workshops, cultivating digital libraries, leveraging e-readers and mobile tools, annotating and sharing print and digital texts, and evaluating multimodal tools which are changing how we teach and work alongside student readers. Emphasis will not be on tools but on the literacy practices that they open.

I teach within a BYOD (bring your own device) classroom, and all examples and tools will all come directly from my work with students. Where we will root/situate our work in the emerging literature in the field (i.e., new literacies theories, multimodality), the emphasis will be on the practical. Examples will include but not be limited to use of digital tools for textual annotation, methods for building readers communities within GoodReads and other online spaces, scaffolds for student creation of multimodal book trailers linked to QR codes and auroas placed on book spines, using multimodal tools for feedback and reflection, rethinking readers notebooks with evernote, and use of voicethread and other apps to support interactive readers’ portfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

iPads for Learning? It’s Elementary! (Part 2: Beyond the Basics)
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Are you participating in the iPads for learning? It's Elementary! (Part 1: Getting Started) pre-conference? Either way, this workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information for those who already know the basics of iPads for learning in the elementary classroom. This hands-on workshop will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine using this mobile device to transform learning. This workshop includes time to collaboratively designing an activity that redefines learning. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition
Limited Capacity seats available

How can leaders maximize student engagement and academic achievement? How can leaders encourage teachers and students to collaborate with peers and professionals around the world?

The goal of this session is to provide you with maximum capacity for effective leadership in the 21st Century. This session will outline essential skills for leaders and offer practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning process. Articulating vision and managing change will be emphasized, along with the following:
  • Alignment of curriculum to standard
  • Designing more rigorous, demanding and globally connected assignment
  • Building capacity for family and community involvement
  • Addressing issues related to equity
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Designing staff development programs
  • Defining new roles for students

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Ability Level All
  • Target Audience Administration
  • Attendee Requirements None
  • Price $240.00

1:00pm

There's A Digital Tool For That!
Limited Capacity seats available

Our young people LOVE the chance to create, connect and collaborate using different online tools. There are so many possibilities and ways to integrate these tools into the curriculum. They give our students a voice and way for them to connect to what they are passionate about.

Shannon McClintock Miller will highlight several different digital tools and show how she has integrated them into successful, creative, collaborative, and global projects within her library and school.

You will walk away from this workshop ready to use several of these digital tools with your students and others.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Price 240

4:00pm

Presenter Orientation
Tuesday July 15, 2014 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

5:00pm

7:00pm

Presenter Orientation
Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Statler - 2nd Floor
 
Wednesday, July 16
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

7:00am

7:00am

7:15am

BLC Orientation Session
Convene with a number of BLC veterans for a newbie survival session. We want you to get the most you can from your time at the conference, so let us show you the ropes. We will give you tips on choosing sessions, how to get around the hotel and how to find help. We will also highlight the various online tools used throughout the week to help us stay connected, and we let you in on the best places to charge your laptop. Finally, Boston is a great city and we will share some recreational recommendations!

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:15am - 8:15am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

8:30am

10:20am

Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan

Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Michael Fullan, OC is recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform. He advises policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. He is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. From 2004-2013 Michael Fullan served as Special Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario. He received the Order of Canada in... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom

10:20am

Moving Beyond Textbooks: Free and Open Source Digital Curriculum

Discover the curriculum of tomorrow. How do we build it and can it really be free? What must educators think about when planning, building, and vetting these digital lessons? The curricular book of the future is going to be connected, adaptable, flexible and customizable. Explore the options for moving away from traditional textbooks in favor of e-Publications and a variety of Open Educational Resources (OER). Walk away with a multitude of free resources! See how the newest web-based tools for curating information and aligning with Common Core standards put students and teachers – not textbooks – at the center of the learning process.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Music Production for NON Musicians
Music is so important to all of us. And, for so many years, if one didn't catch the music instrument bug early (or frankly couldn't afford an instrument), you became a listener, not a participant. NOW..... STOP THE PRESSES! LISTEN! ANYONE CAN MAKE MUSIC! PROMISE! This workshop will focus on how digital technology has allowed us to have access to instruments and our own professional production studio. Also, we have easy access to a plethora of FREE online just-in-time lessons and tutorials. Now, from idea— to having a song up on iTunes, is a process that can take a few hours (or less). Think about that! No longer do you need to worry about copyright issues (from using other people’s music) when your students are creating their own music. This will be a FUN and LOUD workshop. COME! Spend about an hour with us and BECOME THE MUSICIAN YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Studio Manager, Alas Media
Elizabeth grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the... Read More →
avatar for Rosa Ruvalcaba

Rosa Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Educator, Alas Media
Rosa grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country... Read More →
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

So Just How Do You Become A Connected School Leader And Make A Difference?

How many of you have thought you were a connected school leader just by being signed up for Twitter or by listening to a webinar online?  In this presentation, Shannon will show you embrace what it truly means to be connected through social networks and by participating in various activities as you develop your very own personal learning network.  She will provide information on how she has made a difference within her school community, librarianship, and education by being connected.  


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Stories That Matter, Stories That Move: Using the Power of Storytelling to Foster Self-Directed Learners & Purposeful Journeys

For nearly two decades, twin brothers and co-founders of Boston-based media/interactive development firm FableVision Peter H. Reynolds and Paul A. Reynolds have created and shared stories that have helped inspire learning, creativity, and courage to lead self-directed, meaningful life journeys.  With books and films that have been celebrated around the globe, Peter landed the Association of American Publishers’ 2013 Visionary award for making such a "positive impact on the lives and endeavors of those throughout the learning resource community."

What makes the Reynolds' brand of storytelling so powerful?  As American Psychologist Jerome Bruner (2002) explains, "metaphorically rich, morally instructive narratives teach us who we are and who we can become.  The brothers will share how the power of story can provide transformational change in students' (and teachers') lives - whether it is inspire self-directed learning (The North Star), courage needed for learning & self-expression (The Dot), resilience in the face of struggles (Ish), flexibility and growth mindset (Sky Color), embracing others with differences (The Blue Shoe, I’m Here), adaptive expertise, creativity and innovation (Going Places.)  The brother’s talk will be interspersed with a sampling of their books and animated films, all of which can be brought into one's practice - often with enduring, life-changing results. 

Key to the Reynolds mission, they will also encourage every participant and their students to discover and capture their own stories -  and share them using a host of powerful new tools for creative self-expression and publishing.  And most importantly, the Peter and Paul will challenge everyone to “make your mark matter!”  Suddenly, we live in a world where we any student can create and broadcast self-created media from home and school.  And, somewhat unnervingly, one can use 3D printers just as easily digitally fabricate a plastic gun as they can a simple machine or toys.  Infinite choice & easy acquisition to creation/maker tools makes it all the more important to provide positive scaffolding.  Attendees will be given the encouragement and support they need to provide the learners in their care with inspiration and guidance to use their creativity and human potential to move the world to a better place.  


Speakers
avatar for FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
About Peter H. Reynolds | | Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision (www.fablevision.com), an award-winning educational multimedia development company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum, as well as FableVision Learning, a K12 educational media & technology publisher based in Dedham, MA. Reynolds’ goal is “to help children... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Teaching Literacy with iPads
Can an iPad really help you to teach literacy in your elementary classroom? The answer is ""yes""! Whether you have access to only one iPad or several, we'll explore apps, tools and methods that can help you to take advantage of this powerful learning tool. You’ll leave with

· A list of apps to support each component of the curriculum
· Ideas for supporting learning in a one or two iPad classroom
· Tips for getting the most out of your iPads
· An online handout with information from the session

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Technologies New and Old for the English Classroom
This presentation follows on from the notion of getting students to INVEST in the classroom learning experience by exploring a number of tools that can be employed in the context of teaching English. If you want answers to the questions below, then this session will empower you to transform your everyday classroom learning experiences into powerful human interactions that will not only inspire students to respond and compose texts in more meaningful ways, but will also make the learning environment a place where both teacher and student can be creative, expressive and successful!

• How can I encourage reluctant writers to express themselves?
Drawing on everyday objects that are lying around your school and home, you can help students develop their understanding of abstract concepts, like empathy and characterisation, whilst simultaneously stimulating their sense of creativity and playfulness.

• How can reflection be more than just identifying strengths and weaknesses?
This presentation will explore ways that self-reflection can be improved by using video recording technology as a means of improving collaborative skills and enhance speaking skills.

• How can I develop a classroom where students help each other?
Edmodo is a simple yet powerful tool that helps to expand the classroom domain and by its very nature, encourages students to build a community of learners that supports and assists each other. In doing so, students act as the leaders in their learning. Learn how to implement and facilitate the use of this transformative tool.

• How can I avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’?
PowerPoint is an excellent piece of software that continues to be used a presentation tool by teachers and students alike. However, there is a lot of potential for PowerPoint to make teaching very static and one-dimensional. During this presentation, we will explore the potential for PowerPoint to transform teacher-student interactions through the creation of what I like to call ‘learning pods’.

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Lia

Stefanie Lia

Merrylands High School


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Beyond Googling: Building the Conditions for Structured Inquiry

Over the journey that has been Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, they have become really deeply aware of how inquiry is a process. Similarly, Chesterfield County, Virginia has scaled inquiry-based blended learning to 60,000 students. The five core values of Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation and Reflection are at the heart of the inquiry process and everything they do as a school, but there are some differences with the way SLA approaches instruction at the individual school level and how teachers in a large, managed instruction district approach instruction.  At  the center of any great the inquiry process is that the person engaging in the inquiry, the learner, who actually cares about the questions they are asking. In this session Chris Lehmann, principal of the school, and Adam Seldow, executive director of technology in Chesterfield County, VA will highlight the core values and show how you can put inquiry into practice at any level and any scale.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Founder, Science Leadership Academy
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The... Read More →
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Dr. Adam Seldow

Executive Director of Technology, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Dr. Adam Seldow serves as the Executive Director of Technology for the Chesterfield County Public Schools near Richmond, VA. He is the recipient of the 2013 Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educator's Voice Award for Innovator of the Year, as well as the 2012 recipient of the Virginia Department of Education's State Educational Technology Leadership Award for the state of Virginia. In his role of Executive Director of Technology, he... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Common Core
Discover how 21st century skills have been integrated into the Common Core. Free resources, digital tools, lessons and exemplars will be shared. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools/resources in meaningful and effective ways.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free tools and resources that allow administrators, teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, be creative and think critically in a Common Core world
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated with staff and students
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Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Flipping the Classroom using "Just in Time" Recording

Do the challenges to flipping your class prevent you from getting started? Are you having a hard time seeing when the best time to start flipping would be? Learn how “Just In Time” recording – where you can record as you teach without having to take additional time from your day - helps you overcome the barriers to flipping your class and can get you up and running easily and quickly.  Finally, we will spend some time on what makes the best videos and digital content.  


Speakers
avatar for Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson

Tech Integration Specialist, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day school
Piloting the progressive pedagogy paddywagon through the primary grades, we are changing instruction by teaching core content THROUGH code.


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Microsoft's TouchDevelop as a High School Programming Elective
This presentation will demonstrate a path to creating a High School computer programming elective that focuses on creating Apps for Microsoft's mobile device App store using TouchDevelop on mobile devices. The session will review the organization of the course, the available resources, and the pedagogy behind a very hands-on approach that gets students programming as quickly as possible, while concurrently connecting broader computing principles to projects as they are being completed.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas White

Thomas White

iPad Integration Coordinator, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career, and is a credentialed teacher in both the province of Ontario and the state of California.  In 2010 he became Monte Vista's iPad Integration... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Bringing Books to Life
Learn how to bring books to life using stop-motion animation and green screen technology. Your students will improve fluency, comprehension and become life long lovers of reading.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers

Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:00am - 11:20am
Plaza Ballroom

11:30am

NewsActivist.com- An Academic Social Network Built By and For Teachers and Students
Newsactivist.com is an open academic global network built by Champlain College Humanities Department Chair Gabriel Flacks. The site was built to facilitate cross-campus and cross-border collaboration between teachers and students and to engage students in writing thoughtfully and critically about contemporary issues.The site provides each student a personal page for writing linked within a local class network, but also within an international network of other student writers, allowing students to share perspectives with ease and in an academic environment.
It is easy to use and free for teachers and students. It is presently being used by dozens of teachers and thousands of students collaborating on feedback activities to enhance courses in Humanities, Sociology, English, Business, French, and ESL. Attendants of this workshop will 1. discover why and how the site was needed in order to allow for the effective collaboration of Flacks and his teaching partners; 2. find out how the site can help teachers find local or global collaborative partners for collaborative online international learning exercises and 3. to learn how use of the site can easily enhance courses in almost any discipline with low barriers to access.


Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Gabriel Flacks

Humanities Department Chair / Founder Champlain College, Saint-Lambert, Champlain College/ Newsactivist.com
I am the founder of newsactivist.com, an academic network of student writers and collaborating teachers who use web 2.0 to empower students by allowing for cross-campus and cross-border writing about contemporary issues, in a safe, and open environment. | I am the Humanities Department Coordinator at Champlain College Saint-Lambert. | Through my positions I have a broad network of teachers from Quebec, Japan, England, and New York, each open... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:30am - 11:50am
Plaza Ballroom

11:45am

Book Signing - Paul and Peter Reynolds
Speakers
avatar for FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
About Peter H. Reynolds | | Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision (www.fablevision.com), an award-winning educational multimedia development company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum, as well as FableVision Learning, a K12 educational media & technology publisher based in Dedham, MA. Reynolds’ goal is “to help children... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:15pm
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

11:45am

A Kid's Eye View - Student Documentaries

As our elementary students explore the world around them, they have a lot to say with distinct, refreshingly honest, and four-foot-high points of view. When our students become documentarians, they tell stories, create art to express non-fiction content, and make persuasive call-to-action films that set their powerful voices loose into the world. Happily, student documentaries also address a range of CCSS ELA Speaking/Listening and Writing standards while immersing students in the art of filmmaking.

In this session, I will share how my students go on powerful investigations behind the camera lens. In one student documentary, my students explore the range of reactions to a public art installation by sculptor Tom Otterness. In other, PSA-style documentaries, they craft powerful arguments to improve their community. I’ll share how I introduce documentary making to my students and the supports I provide (and often don’t provide). It just takes one smartphone, tablet, or camera and video-editing software to empower your students to create amazing documentaries YOU will be itching to show to the world. 


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her students in the classroom is far more challenging and inspiring than anything she previously encountered.      | | Alycia loves working with her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Challenge, Engage, Learn: An Inquiry-based Approach to Flipped Learning
This interactive workshop will share an approach to flipped learning that critically combines the more common interpretation with the thinking of leading educators including:
·      John Hattie: Visible Learning
·      Prof. Eric Mazur: Teaching through questioning
·     Alan November: Who owns the learning?
·      Ramsey Musallam: Teachers as creators of curiosity and Inquiry
Rather than flipping traditional instructional content, our approach focuses on the use of high quality provocations as lenses on learning, designed to challenge, initiate, inspire and motivate.Students come to lessons primed, curious and ready to learn, armed with questions to be answered and problems to be solved; having already considered, shared, revealed and discussed their understanding of key concepts in student-led learning communities. It seeks to change relationships between and amongst students and teachers. Ownership is shared and meaning is negotiated as learning opportunities are planned and personalized in direct response to feedback from student to teacher.The hands on element will use Verso to demonstrate how educators are engaging students in a process of productive discomfort in order to challenge their thinking, expose ideas and cultivate social capital with the intention of building learning power in their schools. 

Sponsors
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Head of Education, Learnology
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region; developing partnerships with educational bodies to successfully implement change. His expertise lies in online learning; supporting teachers, schools and education districts in managing change in support of... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Creating an iOS Programming Elective for High Schools
This presentation will demonstrate a path to creating a High School computer programming elective that focuses on creating Apps for Apple's iOS. The session will review the organization of the course, the available resources, and the pedagogy behind a very hands-on approach that gets students programming as quickly as possible, while concurrently connecting broader computing principles to projects as they are being completed.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas White

Thomas White

iPad Integration Coordinator, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career, and is a credentialed teacher in both the province of Ontario and the state of California.  In 2010 he became Monte Vista's iPad Integration... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Designing Online Learning

The proliferation of inexpensive or free “easy-to-use” online tools provide increased access for educators to develop online and blended courses and activities for students or other educators. Yet effective design for the online environment involves more than uploading content in an available online shell and educators have many questions as they get involved with designing online content. What’s different about online design? How do we adapt face-to-face content for effective delivery in an online or blended environment? How do we design online content so that it’s interactive and engaging? How is learning in the online environment assessed?  How do we keep the focus on the pedagogy and content and not the technology tools? 

This hands-on interactive session will address these questions and more through a discussion of key online course design principles, an exploration of an online course used to prepare educators to design their own online courses, and a review variety of example online courses and activities that illustrate effective online design. 


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Document Learning at Your School!
We have a way to measure if students know information but what about measuring students on learning? The needs for alternative forms of assessment are at the tops of every leader's lists and we have a great way to help connect the dots for teachers and students to actually showcase what learning looks like on a daily, weekly, and even monthly bases.  This workshop will focus on practical tips and examples on how you can capture learning as it happens in your class.  Using the tools you have access to, whether it’s audio, video or photography, come learn how to collect evidence of learning in your classroom and how to share it with the world!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Studio Manager, Alas Media
Elizabeth grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the... Read More →
avatar for Rosa Ruvalcaba

Rosa Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Educator, Alas Media
Rosa grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country... Read More →
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Engaged in the Digital Age: Transforming the Way You Teach
This session will discuss how the use of technology can transform traditional learning models into self-paced, collaborative learning environments. Screencasts used as part of blended learning are coupled with virtual environments to create a platform for teaching. Emphasis is also placed on the need for tools that allow for collaboration amongst students as well as assessment providing immediate feedback for teachers and students alike.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Boydstun

Brian Boydstun

Biology Teacher, Summit High School
Brian Boydstun is an innovative teacher of biology at Summit High School, which is part of the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas and has been teaching in Texas for the past twelve years. Brian is known for his passion for technology in the classroom and how it can transform the way we teach. He has presented sessions about integrating technology in the... Read More →
avatar for Chrissy Boydstun

Chrissy Boydstun

English Teacher, Mansfield High School
Chrissy is passionate about transforming learning in the digital age as students transition from direct teach to a blended model in an effort to break down the walls of education that limit learning to a class period or school day. Always eager to teach innovative lessons that inspire student creativity and optimal engagement, Chrissy has been at the forefront of technology training from the teacher perspective on her campus and throughout her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Flipping Feedback

In addition to content, the flipped model can be used to provide meaningful student feedback on assessments. Use video feedback to provide direct instruction and start a dialogue with the student instead of the one way red ink conversation.


Speakers
avatar for April Gudenrath

April Gudenrath

Educator, Discovery Canyon High School
April Gudenrath has been part of the Flipped movement for over six years. She has consulted around the world for schools on how to best use their class time. She is also a published author on this subject. Currently she teaches in the IB Senior English and Theory of Knowledge programmes as well as an Area Vocational English class in Colorado Springs, CO.


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

iPads for Learning in the 1 iPad Classroom
Do you only have 1 iPad in your classroom? Do all of your students have iPads? Either way, this session will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad.

With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine the iPad's iOS platform, unique features that support student learning, and applications and activities that support mobile learning. We will also discover tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. Participants are encouraged to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Liberating Student Voice: Classical Strategies, Modern Tools, and the Art of Teaching Quality Writing
Milan Kundera famously said, "One morning (and it will be soon), when everyone wakes up as a writer, the age of universal deafness will have arrived."" Has that age arrived, when everyone is blogging, texting and tweeting, and some have stopped listening? Now, more than ever, as students are encouraged to ""find their voices"" as writers, teaching quality writing strategies is critical. Students need reasons to write, audiences to reach, and teachers to encourage them to take great risks as they negotiate the transition into serving as their own writing authorities.
In this session, two teachers, one from Washington D.C., the other from Zurich, Switzerland, will share their year-long collaboration experience focused on the art of teaching writing using modern tools. Their work is interdisciplinary and often experimental: students are encouraged to ""own their writing"", even self-assessing and critiquing each other. In this interactive session, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, Tumblr and other self-publishing platforms are used to explore the synergy between modern tools and ancient writing traditions. Both teachers encourage their students to foster an appreciation for classical authors and writing strategies by encouraging them to incorporate ancient rhetorical devices into their modern writing platforms.
This session is focused on the art of teaching writing to Middle and Upper School students.

About us: Daryl ""Gus"" Grissom, Ph.D., is a historian who has spent his career learning from ancient Greek authors, specifically Thucydides and Aristotle; Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., is an author, poet, and visual artist who focuses on timeless concepts such as mindfulness and empathy in her exploration of the craft of both interdisciplinary studies and teaching writing. Through this collaboration, their goal is to leverage both tradition and technology to allow students to discover their own authorial voices while still guiding them in ways that transcend the traditional writing process."

Speakers
avatar for Daryl Grissom

Daryl Grissom

Upper School Latin & History Teacher, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Dr. Daryl “Gus” Grissom teaches both History and Classics at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dissertation focused on Thucydides’ analysis of the Peloponnesian War. But his tenure as a Communications Officer in the United States Marine Corps gives him a special interest in integrating technology in the... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Digital Workstations for the K-5 Classroom
Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of hands in the classroom to work with students while you worked with a small group? In this session, you will see how one elementary teacher is leveraging technology to maximize her teaching time, while differentiating her instruction for all students. Join Erin Klein as she shares how having a single iPad in the classroom allows you to internally flip your instruction so that your students can get the most focused support you can offer in a limited time frame. If you do Daily 5, Centers, or Workstations, you'll love these simple yet dynamic and creative teaching ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Klein

Erin Klein

Teacher, Author, Presenter, Spotlight
Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world. She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

12:30pm

How to Start a Copernican Revolution
Who would have thought that one simple technique could transform a classroom into a 'student-centric' culture of learning? Learn how to teach students to ask their own questions using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and discover how easy it is to slingshot students into deeper trajectories  of learning.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Long

Chris Long

Ed Tech Coordinator, HBUHSD
Chris Long is an instructional leader who is passionate about using technology to create collective and innovative environments to improve teaching and learning. With 18 years of high school physics teaching experience, Chris thrives when he is helping students and educators to ask questions and experiment. | | This past year, Chris designed and taught Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom for UCI. This is a Massive... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:00pm

Blast Bad Behavior and Conquer Curriculum
Provide teachers with strategies that give more time to teach while freeing principals from being constant disciplinarians, and increasing their time to be educational leaders. Learn how to dramatically increase instruction time, and decrease time spent giving multiple warnings/repeated requests. One of the greatest misconceptions in education is that students come to school knowing how to behave. With the numerous low level interruptions teachers experience each day, precious instructional time is lost. Classroom techniques will be shared that enhance learning, reduce teacher stress, and dramatically decrease the number of student referrals. This leading edge seminar demonstrates highly successful discipline strategies/tools that work! These tools enable teachers to: teach disrespectful students to be respectful, and motivate the most challenging students. There will be time to teach because the classroom will be a safe, calm, productive environment. These smart, proven, practical strategies can be effectively used at every grade level. They are supported by leading educational researchers such as Marzano, and have been tested in classrooms across America for over 20 years. Teachers will be able to spend time doing what they do best…teaching!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Teresa Johns

Education consultant/Master teacher/ Educational entrepreneur
I have proven methods to share that reduce student disciplinary problems and meet the increasing demands for student performance. These strategies are research based and results driven. Learn how to remain clam and respond right when students challenge. Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. 80-90% of minor misbehaviors can be eliminated and power struggles avoided using these techniques. Students will enjoy coming to your class... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:10pm

A Kid's Eye View - Student Documentaries

As our elementary students explore the world around them, they have a lot to say with distinct, refreshingly honest, and four-foot-high points of view. When our students become documentarians, they tell stories, create art to express non-fiction content, and make persuasive call-to-action films that set their powerful voices loose into the world. Happily, student documentaries also address a range of CCSS ELA Speaking/Listening and Writing standards while immersing students in the art of filmmaking.

In this session, I will share how my students go on powerful investigations behind the camera lens. In one student documentary, my students explore the range of reactions to a public art installation by sculptor Tom Otterness. In other, PSA-style documentaries, they craft powerful arguments to improve their community. I’ll share how I introduce documentary making to my students and the supports I provide (and often don’t provide). It just takes one smartphone, tablet, or camera and video-editing software to empower your students to create amazing documentaries YOU will be itching to show to the world. 


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her students in the classroom is far more challenging and inspiring than anything she previously encountered.      | | Alycia loves working with her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

A Student Centered Approach to Assessment and Self-Reporting

Supported by current rigorous research on the power of student reflection and self- reporting, the desire to further refine our feedback / feed forward strategies and placing greater value on student voice, St Mary’s Primary School Tauranga has been guided by a learning vision ‘to develop Assessment Capable Students, Teachers, Leaders and Parents’.  These workshops will explore their journey, inspiration and development of a school vision incorporating a student centred pedagogy and how students have experienced a rich and receptive localised curriculum, designed to meet the needs of personalised learning.


Speakers
JM

Janet McCarroll

Deputy Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Janet McCarroll is Deputy Principal and Curriculum and Assessment Leader at a New Zealand primary school, with a roll of 410 students, located on the  Tauranga  estuary. Janet has shared her school's journey developing a  vision which supports student self assessment and self reporting at the  International Conferences on Thinking (ICOT) in both Wellington NZ (2013) and Belfast Ireland (2011), and other national conferences... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Augmented Reality and Stop Motion Animation for Young Learners
Augmented Reality (AR) is one way that iPads and computers are fundamentally altering the classroom landscape Put simply, augmented reality refers using technology to layer information into a real-world image through the medium of an iPad. This ground-breaking technology is especially effective in classrooms with young learners because it makes learning more engaging. See examples of how I have used augmented reality apps, and learn how to make a variety of objects and images around your classroom come alive through an iPad or mobile device. You will also get the chance to create using Aurasma on your iPad or Aurasma Studio on your computer.

Next, we will see some examples of student work using stop motion animation. Finally, we will have some time to work in groups and try out creating your own animation.


Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavatana

Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Change your Focus: Rethinking Assessment
So exactly how can you use technology to inform your instruction? This session will highlight tools and provide instructional strategies for using these tools to monitor student understanding during a course of study so that you can make informed decisions about your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hokanson

Kristin Hokanson

Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. As a speaker and... Read More →
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Teryl Magee

Educational Consultant
Teryl Magee spent over a decade in public education as an elementary teacher, mentor teacher, and instructional coach with Knox County Schools. She holds a BS and M. Ed in from The University of Tennessee. As an education consultant she has worked with students and teachers across the country helping them to leverage web-based tools and emerging technologies to increase rigor and student engagement. Teryl has been recognized by the National... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Common Core: Transform Your Low-Tech Class with a Mobile Makeover
Are you frustrated by the lack of technology in your classroom? Harness the power of mobile devices to engage your students, amplify their curiosity and transition to the Common Core Standards. Teach your students how to leverage their mobile devices to research, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create! Only a fraction of your students actually need a mobile device for you to successfully create a high-tech classroom. Explore free education apps, learn how to use QR codes in the classroom and walk away with ideas for how you can use mobile devices to create a student-centered classroom.exts
leveraging technology to support vocabulary development



Speakers
avatar for Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker

Educator, Windsor Unified School District
Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Cultivating #newliteracies
How can we model and help our students develop skills in the new literacies of the digital world? How does one "craft a tweet"? What are the nuances of hashtagging? What are the aesthetics necessary for effective vlogging? How do we cultivate and maintain a positive presence in social media? Our students are the "prosumer", publishing generation and require social and media skills that transcend physical space. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples to assist in integrating and supporting the "new literacies" in one's classroom and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Digital Ethics or The End of the Age of Legends

We live in an age where everything is recorded digitally – in pictures, video, and text – live as it happens; it's the end of the age of legends. "Selfie", according to the Oxford dictionary, is the word of the year 2013. Often the selfies our students are sharing aren't putting their best digital foot forward. As teachers, how can we help our students leave digital footprints they can be proud of? Is only sharing your "best stuff" such a good idea? How do we address the issue of digital ethics across the curriculum and in our classrooms?

In this session we will share some practical suggestions for a digital ethics policy in your classroom, share resources you can use with your students to have meaningful conversations about making ethical and responsible choices online, and share concrete practical suggestions you can use in your class tomorrow to help your students create digital footprints that will pass The Grandparent Test (it's not what you think it is).

 


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Ability Level All
  • Target Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Please download the "i-nigma QR-Code Reader" and "Phonto" apps before the workshop (available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) and bring your fully charged mobile device

1:10pm

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community

If you still think that Twitter is only a tool used to keep connected with friends or with happenings around the world, you could be missing out on greater opportunities to help students expand the boundaries of their learning. In this session, participants will find out how Twitter can help students collaboratively solve problems, search out alternative perspective on global issues and gain further insight to information they have found online.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Peace Corps: Educating Educators Globally

The Peace Corps offers educators a variety of ways to bring their teaching skills and experience overseas by working as an educator in one of 64 developing countries around the world, ranging from primary education to university English teaching. Educators return from their Peace Corps service with new cross-cultural skills, and more resourceful ways of teaching underserved populations. Peace Corps also allows U.S. based classrooms an opportunity to connect with students in Peace Corps countries through WorldWise Schools, using letter writing and the internet as communication tools. 


Speakers
avatar for Katrina Deutsch

Katrina Deutsch

Recruiter, Peace Corps
Katrina started traveling during the summers in college with a student group on campus, making documentaries about social issues while volunteering. Through the organization she traveled to South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Cambodia, Thailand and Ethiopia. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in English and Communication Studies, Katrina departed for long-term service in Nicaragua as an education volunteer with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Kid Flipping Kids: Producing Student-Created Tutorials
This session focuses on the benefits of student-created tutorials. For over seven years, our students have been happily creating tutorial screencasts on their own time after school and for no extra credit or grade. The students are energized to take an active role in their own learning. These peer-to-peer lessons engage students because the students in the videos speak the same ""kid language"" and the student-created screencasts enable them an opportunity to see multiple ways to solve a problem.

You will view student-created screencasts, discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, how to share them on-line, how to use the videos as authentic assessment and tutoring tools, how to produce them on a budget (using iPads, tablets or desktops), how the student tutorials are used to flip our classroom as well as glimpse at some emerging positive data. Let's make and share some student tutorials!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Math Teacher, Mathtrain TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model.  For over seven years, Eric’s students have been using screencasting software to create math video lessons, which are used in classroom instruction, for the class podcast and shared with freely with a global audience. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Increase the 'Wow!' by Staying in the Now
During the 2013-2014 school year, Upper School and Middle School teaching colleagues at Zurich International School joined together in a groundbreaking program that focused on actively bringing Mindfulness techniques into the classroom. The course was led by Philippe Goldin, a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
Mindfulness has powerful effects in any classroom, and serves to break down many barriers, allowing students to ""own their writing"" and take pride in celebrating their authentic voices, without fear or anxiety. They become more in-tune with their own senses, able to connect to the environment, describe their own feelings and emotions, and relate to others' experiences on a global scale.
Through incorporating Mindfulness exercises and writing strategies into class time with students, teachers can boost confidence and trust in a community of empathetic learners. Mindfulness involves being fully present, in the ""now"" moment, able to connect to the external world, while quieting the internal chatter that can stymie a learner's development and sense of freedom.
This hands-on session will focus on the many ways to incorporate Mindfulness into teaching practices, both in and out of the classroom. We will share active in-class techniques that apply Mindfulness to the practice of engaging students as empowered writers, learners, and global citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:30pm

How Movement Helps the Brain Function and May Lead to Higher Test Scores
In this session you will learn about websites that you can use for 1-3 minutes to get children and adults moving. You will learn some stretches and moves that may help students' brains function better for exams. You will see how building these 1-3 minute breaks into your day are easy, fun and practical that anyone in a classroom or a business setting can use. Do you want more productive students and colleagues? If you said YES, then this CUE tip is for you.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Deborah Engen

National Educational Workshop Consultant, Adjunct Professor, North Dakota State University
Deborah is currently serving as a national educational workshop consultant and a graduate level adjunct professor. She has published two children's books and travels around the country speaking on the following topics: Discipline with Love and Logic, Kids in Crisis, Student Achievement while having Fun in the Classroom and Bullying. Deborah serves as a keynote speaker, university advisor, workshop consultant for preK-12 educators, parents and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:00pm

Student Digital Leaders
A grassroots movement has led to Student Digital Leadership initiatives operating in a number of UK schools, both at primary (elementary) and secondary (high school) level. Until recently, there has been no mechanism to provide transferable recognition for the skills and achievements that students acquire in these roles. Mozilla's Open Badges technology offers an opportunity for addressing this, whereby students are able to collect badges for the roles they take on and display them on selected websites - for example, social networking profiles, job sites, online CVs and more ..

The session will describe how the SDL initiative is operating in UK schools, including the roles that students typically take on, and the design and development of the badging framework that helps define each badge/role.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Glyn Barritt

Glyn Barritt

Social Learning Manager, SSAT
SSAT organisation is now four years old and rebuilding its reputation for excellence in education support .. helping teachers and school leaders to meet educational priorities and to develop a vision in which the education system as a whole enables every student to reach their full potential. | | Please follow me on Twitter .. | @ssat @ictregister @ssatprimary @ssatsen @glynbarritt


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:30pm

Regain Your Sanity and Desire to Teach
Request or command, how do you address your students? Are you an authoritarian, permissive, or an authoritative teacher? Do you even know the difference? Why does it matter? Knowing is the difference between a healthy and dysfunctional classroom. Who is in charge, you or your students? Is your classroom a place of rebellion and frustration for you and the students, a classroom where anything goes, or is it a teacher facilitated and student-centered? Come discover the style that engages students and lets them know you truly care. It has been said that students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Turn your classroom around and get your sanity back!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Teresa Johns

Education consultant/Master teacher/ Educational entrepreneur
I have proven methods to share that reduce student disciplinary problems and meet the increasing demands for student performance. These strategies are research based and results driven. Learn how to remain clam and respond right when students challenge. Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. 80-90% of minor misbehaviors can be eliminated and power struggles avoided using these techniques. Students will enjoy coming to your class... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:35pm

Effective Online Facilitation

What does it take to be an effective online facilitator? How do we create engaging, reflective online discussions that support deeper learning? How do facilitators maintain participation over time and build strong learning communities? How do faciliators keep discussions on target and focused on the core goals? Why are facilitators important for building effective online discussions, or are they ?

This session will include a discussion of key online facilitation strategies and interactive activities where participants are engaged in collaboratively addressing key facilitation challenges and strategies based on real examples from online courses and communities.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Investment
The 21st century has been abuzz with cries to be innovative, creative and technologically savvy in teaching. However, if students do not commit wholeheartedly to the experience of learning, it is difficult to engage them in a sustained and meaningful manner. This presentation will explore the ways in which teaching must aim to address more than educational outcomes; in fact, the goals of education are far from achievable if we do not address the emotional, psychological, social and physical needs of young people. This session will offer strategies that encourage students to INVEST in their education.

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Lia

Stefanie Lia

Merrylands High School


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Using Video for Communication
Using video for communicating with your students is just the beginning. Utilize Camtasia to share information with parents and staff. Help eliminate miscommunication or email after email trying to explain an idea or concept; show them instead!

Speakers
avatar for April Gudenrath

April Gudenrath

Educator, Discovery Canyon High School
April Gudenrath has been part of the Flipped movement for over six years. She has consulted around the world for schools on how to best use their class time. She is also a published author on this subject. Currently she teaches in the IB Senior English and Theory of Knowledge programmes as well as an Area Vocational English class in Colorado Springs, CO.


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

You Can Make a Difference, but Will You? Facilitating E-service Learning for Students
Collaborative technologies have made it possible for students to connect with social and civic organizations at a scale and frequency that was recently unimaginable. This workshop will use a successful middle school e-service learning program to model an innovative approach to capturing student engagement through social media and community service.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Fortin

Shawn Fortin

Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Copyrights? Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Google Generation
This session is designed to clear up copyright confusion and helps teachers understand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law, especially in relationship to the increased use of digital media, mass media and popular culture as tools for building students' critical thinking and communication skills. Learn some helpful ideas and tools to teach students and staff about copyright and fair use.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hokanson

Kristin Hokanson

Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. As a speaker and... Read More →
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Teryl Magee

Educational Consultant
Teryl Magee spent over a decade in public education as an elementary teacher, mentor teacher, and instructional coach with Knox County Schools. She holds a BS and M. Ed in from The University of Tennessee. As an education consultant she has worked with students and teachers across the country helping them to leverage web-based tools and emerging technologies to increase rigor and student engagement. Teryl has been recognized by the National... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

District Wide Implementation of Google Apps for Education
Your school or district is going Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a system where students and teachers can use the tools all within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices they can use back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

iCan: Integrating Technology in a Global Learning Environment - How it All Comes Together
This session will focus on providing a concise vision of how all of the pieces come together to create a succinct global learning environment. Discussion will include the necessity of a virtual platform for instructional delivery, how to keep students informed, as well as how to best maximize resources, create a paperless classroom, allow for collaboration, assess learning, and provide feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Boydstun

Brian Boydstun

Biology Teacher, Summit High School
Brian Boydstun is an innovative teacher of biology at Summit High School, which is part of the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas and has been teaching in Texas for the past twelve years. Brian is known for his passion for technology in the classroom and how it can transform the way we teach. He has presented sessions about integrating technology in the... Read More →
avatar for Chrissy Boydstun

Chrissy Boydstun

English Teacher, Mansfield High School
Chrissy is passionate about transforming learning in the digital age as students transition from direct teach to a blended model in an effort to break down the walls of education that limit learning to a class period or school day. Always eager to teach innovative lessons that inspire student creativity and optimal engagement, Chrissy has been at the forefront of technology training from the teacher perspective on her campus and throughout her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Learner-Driven Curriculum - Flipped Asynchronous and Flipped Discussion Models
One of the most difficult questions to answer is, ""why are we learning this?"" The reason for this question is that teachers have always determined the specifics of the course curriculum, some going as far as creating a calendar to make sure everything is planned for each day, with little to no input from the learner.
Why not let learners determine what they learn, and in what order? Why not let them determine whether or not they as a class have mastered the material? Why not let them determine the types of assessments used? This session will focus on varying levels of ownership that learners can take on to ensure that they are engaged in a curriculum that they helped to create. Concepts such as ""overview days"" will shape a classroom where facilitators can truly facilitate, allowing learners to construct peer evaluations that hold themselves accountable to their own standards.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/Algebra 2 Teacher, Coppell High School
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Maths/Algebra 2 teacher and Department Chair at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. Ian has presented at BLC in 2014. He believes in learners owning their own learning, and demonstrates this belief in his everyday classroom structure. He uses the flipped asynchronous model in his... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 

How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 programs and more.

Leave with a unified goal for teaching and learning with technology and ideas for how to evaluate the teaching with technology that occurs within your school in order to assess the impact your investment has.


Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Tapping Passion and Reflection for Learning- The Vlogger
Video blogging is a refreshing way to transform more traditional assessments such as essays into creative, student-driven presentations of knowledge. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples, including a variety of styles such as Common Craft, RSA animate,documentary, stop-motion, screen capture, and the ubiquitous "talking head". You will find that when students vlog they are generally more passionate about demonstrating and reflecting on their learning, and even the more timid individuals can often gain confidence, allowing for a different perspective on their progress. Get started with participating in the VoxBoxED21 Project Amy developed with fellow teacher Casey Agena - join in a global community of “confession box” vloggers using simple tools such as custom niches, iPads, and velcro.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

3:00pm

Greatness with Google
Greatness begins with Google:  Utilize Google Drive and its corresponding apps to create new and innovative ways to collect and analyze data, collaborate on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and even drawings, all while maintaining access through multiple platforms.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been named one of Apple’s “Outstanding High School Teachers” and works as a district trainer and leader in technology integration and innovation for the Mansfield... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine has been on the forefront of designing, creating and producing iTunes U courses for both teacher and administrator use throughout the state of Texas. In addition... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm

A Student Centered Approach to Assessment and Self-Reporting

Supported by current rigorous research on the power of student reflection and self- reporting, the desire to further refine our feedback / feed forward strategies and placing greater value on student voice, St Mary’s Primary School Tauranga has been guided by a learning vision ‘to develop Assessment Capable Students, Teachers, Leaders and Parents’.  These workshops will explore their journey, inspiration and development of a school vision incorporating a student centred pedagogy and how students have experienced a rich and receptive localised curriculum, designed to meet the needs of personalised learning.


Speakers
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Janet McCarroll

Deputy Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Janet McCarroll is Deputy Principal and Curriculum and Assessment Leader at a New Zealand primary school, with a roll of 410 students, located on the  Tauranga  estuary. Janet has shared her school's journey developing a  vision which supports student self assessment and self reporting at the  International Conferences on Thinking (ICOT) in both Wellington NZ (2013) and Belfast Ireland (2011), and other national conferences... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Blogs as Digital Portfolios: It's Elementary
All learners want to showcase their learning for a wide audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. There are safe and effective ways to do this. We’ll look at age-appropriate tools and apps that can be used to demonstrate the learning of the elementary students in your classroom.
You will leave with
· A model for using digital portfolios in your classroom
· Examples of effective digital portfolios
· Ideas for age-appropriate tools to demonstrate learning
· An online handout of materials from the presentation

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Bringing A New "Voice" To Libraries & Schools Through Makerspaces

There are so many ways that libraries and schools are being redesigned and changing.  One way is by the addition of Makerspaces which are adding new places for creativity, collaboration, and connections.  When Shannon McClintock Miller and her students added a Makerspace and tools like a Makerbot 3D printer, LittleBits, knitting, and “Maker Lunches”  to the library, little did they know what it would bring to the entire school community.  Through classroom PBL projects, individual passions, and global connections, the students at Van Meter have been inspired to make a difference within their Makerspace, school and the world.  


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Common Core: Integrating Informational Texts & Teaching Academic Vocabulary
Literacy is at the heart of the Common Core. The focus on informational texts has left many teachers wondering, how do I balance fiction and informational texts? Where do I find informational texts? How can I better support vocabulary development? This session will explore strategies for:
identifying “complex texts”
using digital texts with students
teaching active reading and annotation strategies
pairing informational texts with nonfiction titles
using web 2.0 tools to engage students in conversations about complex texts
leveraging technology to support vocabulary development



Speakers
avatar for Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker

Educator, Windsor Unified School District
Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Elevating the Craft of Writing through Revision and Conferring for K-3 Authors
Learn strategies to launch your writing workshop with organization and creativity. Gain useful management tips and sound pedagogical practices to lift the craft of your young writer's stories. Students will become inspired to write longer, with enthusiasm and confidence. You will be amazed at how your writers will grow throughout the unit. As a teacher, you will enjoy teaching each lesson as you look closely at the mentor texts you've loved for years and see your students apply quality craft to their own writing.

A great way to engage students is with collaborative projects that align to Common Core standards. Understanding the need to bring students to a higher level and encourage critical thinking while still maintaining a stress-free, fun environment, Klein offers strategies to achieve this workshop model in a K-3 setting. As a member of The National Writing Project, Klein emphasizes the importance of writing as a process and stresses the importance of collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Klein

Erin Klein

Teacher, Author, Presenter, Spotlight
Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world. She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Global STEM Classroom and 21st Century Skills

Join our discussion of the Global STEM Classroom programs and the importance of 21st century skills – based on our experience working with schools in UK, Russia, The Netherlands, France, Ukraine.  You will learn about two major components of the Global STEM Classroom program – intercultural competency and global team work skills based on NASA 4D systems methodology - credits to our experts team member Tatyana Fertelmeyster from Connecting the Differences; our Advisor, Dr. Charlie Pellerin, a world-wide known astrophysicist, NASA Hubble Telescope leader, the creator of NASA 4D Systems and NASA 4D systems trainer and a world-known coach, Diane Brennan. We will discuss next steps in expanding our global partnerships with the schools in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Mexico, India and China and the acquisition of 21st century skills; mapping of the Global STEM programs to the National Standards will also be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin

Larisa Schelkin

CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ™ model. She held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa is a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and... Read More →
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Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute, and the UMass President’s Office. She was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Peace Corps: Educating Educators Globally

The Peace Corps offers educators a variety of ways to bring their teaching skills and experience overseas by working as an educator in one of 64 developing countries around the world, ranging from primary education to university English teaching. Educators return from their Peace Corps service with new cross-cultural skills, and more resourceful ways of teaching underserved populations. Peace Corps also allows U.S. based classrooms an opportunity to connect with students in Peace Corps countries through WorldWise Schools, using letter writing and the internet as communication tools. 


Speakers
avatar for Katrina Deutsch

Katrina Deutsch

Recruiter, Peace Corps
Katrina started traveling during the summers in college with a student group on campus, making documentaries about social issues while volunteering. Through the organization she traveled to South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Cambodia, Thailand and Ethiopia. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in English and Communication Studies, Katrina departed for long-term service in Nicaragua as an education volunteer with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

The First Five Days

Do you think the First Five Days of School are absolutely essential to the success of the school year?  Are you confident that all of your students understand how to learn and globally collaborate in the evolving world of digital content?  Do your students understand advanced search? Do they know how to organize the myriad details of what they read on the Internet.  Do they know how to contribute to the learning success of the class with easy-to-use tools such as screen casting?  What if every teacher designed a very powerful 1stFiveDay orientation for students to "learn how to learn"?  Initial pilots have shown that this concept of the 1stFiveDays can create higher levels of academic achievement for the whole year.  The good news is that is an accessible and very doable concept. Go team.  


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

BLC Learning Design Space

How often do you leave a workshop or conference session brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Bring your take-aways and join this “maker space” to design, develop and test-drive your ideas for lessons and activities. Members of the November Learning Team will be on hand to support efforts and share key strategies for transformative learning design. Question, reflect, revise and redesign to your heart’s content, knowing you’ll leave with your mind full and a set of activities planned for the #1st5days…and beyond!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →
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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm

Thirty Years of Flipping Classroom Instruction
This presentation will cover innovations, instructional techniques and lessons learned in over thirty years of "Flipping" instruction in K-18 classrooms, situated in different cultural contexts from the Arctic to the Equator and in some locations in between. While the technologies and capabilities have dynamically evolved over the years, the basic strategies and themes that will be demonstrated should provide an easy segue for using any technology both in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Nepal), a trained Waldorf teacher and former head of staff of the New Age School in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he was on the faculty of... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Duck Boat (Purchased Tickets Only)
A “DUCK” is an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. On this narrated city tour you’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill to fashionable Newbury Street; from Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. Learn little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.

And this is not any ordinary street tour…. You will “splashdown” as your ConDUCKtor takes your DUCK right into the Charles River. Bring your camera, ipods and videos – share the ride with family members and colleagues. We’ve booked Ducks especially for BLC participants.

Price: $36 – The Duck Boat will pick you up outside of the hotel at the Valet entrance.

 


Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Boston

6:00pm

Reception at FableVision
Building Learning Communities is invited to a Creativity Reception at FableVision Studios located on the top floor of the Boston Children’s Museum with gorgeous views of the city. Come to meet and be inspired by Peter H. Reynolds, his twin brother Paul, and his team in this fabulous creative workspace from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The Studio is 1.1 miles from the Park Plaza (15-minute cab ride with traffic or 25-minute walk). The address is 308 Congress Street, (on the top floor of the Boston Children’s Museum).

Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
FableVision 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
 
Thursday, July 17
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday July 17, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

7:30am

8:30am

10:20am

Are Schools Ready for Digital Age Learning?
School leaders often ask themselves,
Are the dollars invested in instructional technology having sufficient impact to justify the cost?
Is professional development focused on the appropriate skills?
Do teachers and administrators share ownership of the technology success?
Is the school ready for a paperless environment?
And what do students think about technology use at school?

This session will take a look at data gathered from more than 50 schools in south Texas using the Clarity online platform from BrightBytes. Survey results from more than 2,000 teachers and administrators, and more than 12,000 students show commonalities, misconceptions, opportunities, and recommendations to ensure sustainability.

For more details on the Clarity pilot, visit www.learn421.net/claritypilot

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Building Online Learning Communities in Distance Learning Courses
Some of the most difficult tasks in online learning involve designing rigorous, motivational and creative activities for students who are separated from their teachers—and classmates—in both time and space. This session will demonstrate how to construct, develop and implement strategies and materials that enhance online student creativity and contribute to successful professional collaboration amongst online colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Nepal), a trained Waldorf teacher and former head of staff of the New Age School in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he was on the faculty of... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Darren Kuropatwa - Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Developing Professional Learning Magazines using Flipboard

Face it. Some of your teachers simply have no desire to be on Twitter—even if you explain all the resources that can be found there. I get it! However as an administrator, technology coordinator or curriculum coach, you still have a responsibility to help your staff continue their learning and to keep them informed about the latest news and resources in their fields. In this session, learn how you can take the relevant articles and resources you find on Twitter (and in other places), and easily create customized, digestible, electronic learning magazines for free using Flipboard. These can easily be shared with teachers, parents or other specific groups.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

iPads in Early Childhood: Sharing Ways to Capture Student Thinking and Learning
In just four short years, for the tech-savvy early childhood educator, the iPad has opened up seemingly limitless new learning opportunities in the classroom. This tool’s versatility lies in its exceedingly simple interface, easily manipulated by those curious little hands, while at the same time opening up innumerable uncharted worlds for students to explore. With an experienced approach to this phenomenal tool, the teacher can act as a guide to students as they expand the boundaries of their imagination.

In this workshop I will share with you some of the ways that I have successfully incorporated these apps in the classroom. Then we will work with some of the apps ourselves so that participants leave with a clear understanding of how to incorporate them into classroom learning. We will try out one whiteboard app, one digital storytelling app and finish the session off with the basics of augmented reality.

Some apps that will be shown include, Educreations, Doodlecast Pro, Sonic Pics, Aurasma, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavatana

Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Oh, the relationships you'll build!

Transforming class culture to make things personal using the flipped classroom model.

With the increasing demand to make courses more rigorous and cover more material, it can be challenging to find the time to check in with each student in your classroom on a daily basis. How do you ensure that you are able to address each of your student's questions, concerns and comprehension? How will you have enough time to connect with each and every one of your students on a personal level? Stacey will explain how the flipped model can be used to create a participatory learning environment. Through pre-recording lessons and sending the teacher-driven lecture home, students can regain a voice in the classroom. Interactive elements, such as embedded quizzes, can help give the teacher a snapshot of individual learners' needs and customize one-on-one and small group conversations.


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Upper School Math Teacher, Bullis School
Stacey Roshan is an Upper School math teacher at Bullis School in Maryland. Having noticed the high levels of anxiety surrounding her students, Stacey realized that the traditional classroom does not provide the right tools in order for students to stay caught up and engaged with course material. Because of this, she decided to flip her AP Calculus class and has since applied an inverted model to her Honors Algebra 2 class.


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Sara Wilkie - Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom

10:20am

Copyrights? Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Google Generation
This session is designed to clear up copyright confusion and helps teachers understand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law, especially in relationship to the increased use of digital media, mass media and popular culture as tools for building students' critical thinking and communication skills. Learn some helpful ideas and tools to teach students and staff about copyright and fair use.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hokanson

Kristin Hokanson

Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. As a speaker and... Read More →
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Teryl Magee

Educational Consultant
Teryl Magee spent over a decade in public education as an elementary teacher, mentor teacher, and instructional coach with Knox County Schools. She holds a BS and M. Ed in from The University of Tennessee. As an education consultant she has worked with students and teachers across the country helping them to leverage web-based tools and emerging technologies to increase rigor and student engagement. Teryl has been recognized by the National... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

De-Mystifying Global Education Tools
Join author of acclaimed "Growing Up Global" and the new "Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners" and school advisor/mentor, Homa Tavangar, in an exploration of effective tools for enhancing global learning. Learn about integrating global competencies into all academic areas and "specials," including Common Core Standards; get more buy-in from staff and volunteers; tap into existing, underutilized resources of your school community; form meaningful partnerships, and come away with inspiration to sustain your efforts for bringing the world home.

Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
This session will cover bringing your course from your classroom to the world. From planning, implementation, and execution this session will allow you to see the whole picture of utilizing iTunes U. Individualizing student needs has never been easier, and this energetic and exciting presentation will get you ready to put your course online and in the hands of all your students.

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
Learn the advantages of using iTunes U.
Learn how to effectively start up an iTunes U course.
Learn how to transform the learning experience for students.
Learn how your iTunes U course can expand your classroom to the world

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been named one of Apple’s “Outstanding High School Teachers” and works as a district trainer and leader in technology integration and innovation for the Mansfield... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine has been on the forefront of designing, creating and producing iTunes U courses for both teacher and administrator use throughout the state of Texas. In addition... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Microsoft's TouchDevelop as a High School Programming Elective
This presentation will demonstrate a path to creating a High School computer programming elective that focuses on creating Apps for Microsoft's mobile device App store using TouchDevelop on mobile devices. The session will review the organization of the course, the available resources, and the pedagogy behind a very hands-on approach that gets students programming as quickly as possible, while concurrently connecting broader computing principles to projects as they are being completed.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas White

Thomas White

iPad Integration Coordinator, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career, and is a credentialed teacher in both the province of Ontario and the state of California.  In 2010 he became Monte Vista's iPad Integration... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Increase the 'Wow!' by Staying in the Now
During the 2013-2014 school year, Upper School and Middle School teaching colleagues at Zurich International School joined together in a groundbreaking program that focused on actively bringing Mindfulness techniques into the classroom. The course was led by Philippe Goldin, a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
Mindfulness has powerful effects in any classroom, and serves to break down many barriers, allowing students to ""own their writing"" and take pride in celebrating their authentic voices, without fear or anxiety. They become more in-tune with their own senses, able to connect to the environment, describe their own feelings and emotions, and relate to others' experiences on a global scale.
Through incorporating Mindfulness exercises and writing strategies into class time with students, teachers can boost confidence and trust in a community of empathetic learners. Mindfulness involves being fully present, in the ""now"" moment, able to connect to the external world, while quieting the internal chatter that can stymie a learner's development and sense of freedom.
This hands-on session will focus on the many ways to incorporate Mindfulness into teaching practices, both in and out of the classroom. We will share active in-class techniques that apply Mindfulness to the practice of engaging students as empowered writers, learners, and global citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standards
Creating novel solutions to real-world problems intrinsically motivates students to realize deep, lasting learning. With today’s technological tools, it is easier than ever for students to be empowered to solve problems by creating real products for real audiences, both locally and globally. During this session, we will discuss how to use current standards to create problem-based units and demonstrate how problem-based, authentic learning can be used with any standards/content to provide an environment in which students are naturally motivated and in which teachers can differentiate in a sophisticated manner.
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Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
avatar for Heather Popilek

Heather Popilek

District Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator, Wheeling CCSD21
Heather Popilek is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices.  Heather is currently working as the district Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator. Heather enjoys learning new things and pushing the envelope to support students and teachers as they stretch beyond traditional teaching and learning and taking risks to grow as individuals and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Blast Bad Behavior and Conquer Curriculum
Provide teachers with strategies that give more time to teach while freeing principals from being constant disciplinarians, and increasing their time to be educational leaders. Learn how to dramatically increase instruction time, and decrease time spent giving multiple warnings/repeated requests. One of the greatest misconceptions in education is that students come to school knowing how to behave. With the numerous low level interruptions teachers experience each day, precious instructional time is lost. Classroom techniques will be shared that enhance learning, reduce teacher stress, and dramatically decrease the number of student referrals. This leading edge seminar demonstrates highly successful discipline strategies/tools that work! These tools enable teachers to: teach disrespectful students to be respectful, and motivate the most challenging students. There will be time to teach because the classroom will be a safe, calm, productive environment. These smart, proven, practical strategies can be effectively used at every grade level. They are supported by leading educational researchers such as Marzano, and have been tested in classrooms across America for over 20 years. Teachers will be able to spend time doing what they do best…teaching!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
TJ

Teresa Johns

Education consultant/Master teacher/ Educational entrepreneur
I have proven methods to share that reduce student disciplinary problems and meet the increasing demands for student performance. These strategies are research based and results driven. Learn how to remain clam and respond right when students challenge. Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. 80-90% of minor misbehaviors can be eliminated and power struggles avoided using these techniques. Students will enjoy coming to your class... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:30am - 10:50am
Plaza Ballroom

11:00am

Motivational and Educational Tips and Strategies for Reading
Have you ever felt like your students have to force themselves to be in your classroom? Do you need help with strategies that can help students check their work and improve their test scores?

This session will offer both motivational strategies to put the spark back into your lessons and students as well as offer strategical ideas that can help you teach a reading lesson once instead of having to reteach it again. Learn techniques that students on every level can benefit from and help them feel inspired when they have mastered the objective.   

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
KM

Kimberly Melchor

Reading Teacher, Southwest Independent School District
Kimberly is passionate about motivating students to become more engaged in reading. She also enjoys finding ways to help students understand reading concepts through simple strategies and techniques. Kimberly is Chairman of the Literacy Committee at her campus and works closely with colleagues and administration to ensure that students are engaged at a high rigor of learning. She has been selected "Teacher of the Year" by students and parents for... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:00am - 11:20am
Plaza Ballroom

11:30am

NewsActivist.com- An Academic Social Network Built By and For Teachers and Students
Newsactivist.com is an open academic global network built by Champlain College Humanities Department Chair Gabriel Flacks. The site was built to facilitate cross-campus and cross-border collaboration between teachers and students and to engage students in writing thoughtfully and critically about contemporary issues.The site provides each student a personal page for writing linked within a local class network, but also within an international network of other student writers, allowing students to share perspectives with ease and in an academic environment.
It is easy to use and free for teachers and students. It is presently being used by dozens of teachers and thousands of students collaborating on feedback activities to enhance courses in Humanities, Sociology, English, Business, French, and ESL. Attendants of this workshop will 1. discover why and how the site was needed in order to allow for the effective collaboration of Flacks and his teaching partners; 2. find out how the site can help teachers find local or global collaborative partners for collaborative online international learning exercises and 3. to learn how use of the site can easily enhance courses in almost any discipline with low barriers to access.


Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
GF

Gabriel Flacks

Humanities Department Chair / Founder Champlain College, Saint-Lambert, Champlain College/ Newsactivist.com
I am the founder of newsactivist.com, an academic network of student writers and collaborating teachers who use web 2.0 to empower students by allowing for cross-campus and cross-border writing about contemporary issues, in a safe, and open environment. | I am the Humanities Department Coordinator at Champlain College Saint-Lambert. | Through my positions I have a broad network of teachers from Quebec, Japan, England, and New York, each open... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:30am - 11:50am
Plaza Ballroom

11:30am

Book Signing - Alan November
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

11:45am

A Walk Around the World: Year Two
Take a walk around the planet with Paul Salopek, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and National Geographic Fellow now in the second of his seven-year trek. The walk, which began in the Rift Valley of east Africa in January 2013, is an exercise in "slow journalism" through a retracing of the steps of our ancestors' first migration. Join partners like Harvard University's Project Zero, MIT's Media Lab, National Geographic, and a host of students and teachers around the world who are doing amazing projects inspired by the walk.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Beyond Googling: Building the Conditions for Structured Inquiry

Over the journey that has been Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, they have become really deeply aware of how inquiry is a process. Similarly, Chesterfield County, Virginia has scaled inquiry-based blended learning to 60,000 students. The five core values of Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation and Reflection are at the heart of the inquiry process and everything they do as a school, but there are some differences with the way SLA approaches instruction at the individual school level and how teachers in a large, managed instruction district approach instruction.  At  the center of any great the inquiry process is that the person engaging in the inquiry, the learner, who actually cares about the questions they are asking. In this session Chris Lehmann, principal of the school, and Adam Seldow, executive director of technology in Chesterfield County, VA will highlight the core values and show how you can put inquiry into practice at any level and any scale.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Founder, Science Leadership Academy
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. The... Read More →
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Dr. Adam Seldow

Executive Director of Technology, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Dr. Adam Seldow serves as the Executive Director of Technology for the Chesterfield County Public Schools near Richmond, VA. He is the recipient of the 2013 Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educator's Voice Award for Innovator of the Year, as well as the 2012 recipient of the Virginia Department of Education's State Educational Technology Leadership Award for the state of Virginia. In his role of Executive Director of Technology, he... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Building Literary Social Lives - Book Clubs, Book Reviews, and More

Everyone who teaches children to read faces the conundrum that although the act of reading is often a solitary mental activity, students learn to comprehend deeply when they engage in constructivist, social learning. In this session, I’ll share a wide range of tools, apps, and strategies I’ve used with my third graders to infuse our reading workshop with the power of social communication and to assess my students’ reading development.

From close eReading using Subtext to online book recommendations using Biblionasium, I’ll share actual examples of student work and videos of how we use these tools in my classroom. I’ll even share the anecdotal results of this May’s classroom experiment when we pack away all of the books and print materials in my classroom and try a solid month with only eReading and digital texts available to the students. Come listen in on the social reading buzz in my classroom!


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her students in the classroom is far more challenging and inspiring than anything she previously encountered.      | | Alycia loves working with her... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Flipping Feedback

In addition to content, the flipped model can be used to provide meaningful student feedback on assessments. Use video feedback to provide direct instruction and start a dialogue with the student instead of the one way red ink conversation.


Speakers
avatar for April Gudenrath

April Gudenrath

Educator, Discovery Canyon High School
April Gudenrath has been part of the Flipped movement for over six years. She has consulted around the world for schools on how to best use their class time. She is also a published author on this subject. Currently she teaches in the IB Senior English and Theory of Knowledge programmes as well as an Area Vocational English class in Colorado Springs, CO.


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

HAPARA - Round Table Discussion on Making Learning Visible.
Schools and districts that have adopted Google Apps have access to a deep body of student work.  This session will explore potential goals of transforming classroom data into knowledge and actionable insight.  Come participate in this round table on making learning visible.
Discussion Facilitators:
Dr. Lee Becker is the Lead Scientist for Hapara.  Formerly with Avaya Labs, Lee has conducted research in social media analysis, computational linguistics and student learning.
Chris Buja - building upon his experience at Google and Cisco Education, Chris leads partnerships with educational leaders for Hapara, maker of Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps.  Chris also founded a leading public school network in California.

Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Alcutt Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Understanding Digital Citizenship

Issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, and student access to inappropriate content are important areas of understanding for teachers, administrators, children, adolescents, and parents. In this workshop, participants will problem-solve many of the important issues that face our schools in an era where access to information is ubiquitous, and digital messages are easily spread. Through a balance of information-sharing and activity, participants will work to develop strategies for dealing with and understanding such issues through a positive framework, one that moves toward the intentional development of learner digital identities.


Speakers
avatar for Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Common Core
Discover how 21st century skills have been integrated into the Common Core. Free resources, digital tools, lessons and exemplars will be shared. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools/resources in meaningful and effective ways.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free tools and resources that allow administrators, teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, be creative and think critically in a Common Core world
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated with staff and students

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Digital Workstations for the K-5 Classroom
Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of hands in the classroom to work with students while you worked with a small group? In this session, you will see how one elementary teacher is leveraging technology to maximize her teaching time, while differentiating her instruction for all students. Join Erin Klein as she shares how having a single iPad in the classroom allows you to internally flip your instruction so that your students can get the most focused support you can offer in a limited time frame. If you do Daily 5, Centers, or Workstations, you'll love these simple yet dynamic and creative teaching ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Klein

Erin Klein

Teacher, Author, Presenter, Spotlight
Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world. She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Flipping the Classroom using "Just in Time" Recording

Do the challenges to flipping your class prevent you from getting started? Are you having a hard time seeing when the best time to start flipping would be? Learn how “Just In Time” recording – where you can record as you teach without having to take additional time from your day - helps you overcome the barriers to flipping your class and can get you up and running easily and quickly.  Finally, we will spend some time on what makes the best videos and digital content.  


Speakers
avatar for Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson

Tech Integration Specialist, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day school
Piloting the progressive pedagogy paddywagon through the primary grades, we are changing instruction by teaching core content THROUGH code.


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
This session will cover bringing your course from your classroom to the world. From planning, implementation, and execution this session will allow you to see the whole picture of utilizing iTunes U. Individualizing student needs has never been easier, and this energetic and exciting presentation will get you ready to put your course online and in the hands of all your students.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been named one of Apple’s “Outstanding High School Teachers” and works as a district trainer and leader in technology integration and innovation for the Mansfield... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine has been on the forefront of designing, creating and producing iTunes U courses for both teacher and administrator use throughout the state of Texas. In addition... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Kids Flipping Kids: Producing Student-Created Tutorials
This session focuses on the benefits of student-created tutorials. For over seven years, our students have been happily creating tutorial screencasts on their own time after school and for no extra credit or grade. The students are energized to take an active role in their own learning. These peer-to-peer lessons engage students because the students in the videos speak the same ""kid language"" and the student-created screencasts enable them an opportunity to see multiple ways to solve a problem.

You will view student-created screencasts, discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, how to share them on-line, how to use the videos as authentic assessment and tutoring tools, how to produce them on a budget (using iPads, tablets or desktops), how the student tutorials are used to flip our classroom as well as glimpse at some emerging positive data. Let's make and share some student tutorials!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Math Teacher, Mathtrain TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model.  For over seven years, Eric’s students have been using screencasting software to create math video lessons, which are used in classroom instruction, for the class podcast and shared with freely with a global audience. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Tapping Passion and Reflection for Learning- The Vlogger
Video blogging is a refreshing way to transform more traditional assessments such as essays into creative, student-driven presentations of knowledge. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples, including a variety of styles such as Common Craft, RSA animate,documentary, stop-motion, screen capture, and the ubiquitous "talking head". You will find that when students vlog they are generally more passionate about demonstrating and reflecting on their learning, and even the more timid individuals can often gain confidence, allowing for a different perspective on their progress. Get started with participating in the VoxBoxED21 Project Amy developed with fellow teacher Casey Agena - join in a global community of “confession box” vloggers using simple tools such as custom niches, iPads, and velcro.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

The World Is My Audience
Do your students struggle with writing? Do they argue with you when you ask them to write? If you answered yes to these questions this session is for you. The World Is My Audience will focus on how to take struggling writers and motivate them by changing their audience. In this session you will learn how I used iBooks Author and Book Creator to publish student writing for the world. Change their audience, change their lives. Leave behind a legacy and watch the motivation soar.

http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/01/using-book-creator-support-autistic-students/

Speakers
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City Schools
Jon Smith is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before moving into technology integration. Jon recently organized three global iBook projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Flip One Thing: Assessment

Traditional assessments measure learning and provide some feedback for learning. When you flip your assessments, you give students the freedom and challenge to show what they have learned.

See examples of how you can use tools like ThingLink, Blogs, Stop-motion videos, Twitter, Sketchnotes and more to flip your assessments so that the assessment process is the learning! Find out how an ordinary teacher can manage and keep up with it all using free version of Canvas as your home-base and SpeedGrader to provided timely, rich-feedback to your students.


Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Long

Chris Long

Ed Tech Coordinator, HBUHSD
Chris Long is an instructional leader who is passionate about using technology to create collective and innovative environments to improve teaching and learning. With 18 years of high school physics teaching experience, Chris thrives when he is helping students and educators to ask questions and experiment. | | This past year, Chris designed and taught Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom for UCI. This is a Massive... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:00pm

Beat the Clock! Teach More in Less Time
Involved in this presentation is a set of classroom strategies and beliefs that will give the teacher more time to teach. The information presented is research based, and is used nationwide. It gives teachers the tools to manage their classroom in a way that even the most difficult student can learn. What teachers will take from this is a belief system, and a set of strategies which will produce amazing results. Punishment does not work. It is a temporary fix for a set of behaviors. This will impact your teaching. Understanding certain beliefs will provide a foundation that will change the life of teachers and students. We are providing a set of strategies and beliefs that students and teachers will carry with them the rest of their lives. Who better to provide this than the teacher who acts as a role model and teaches life skills? Teachers are the provider of life skills and correct behaviors that will help the student excel today and tomorrow. What you expect and teach in the classroom will be your return.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
TJ

Teresa Johns

Education consultant/Master teacher/ Educational entrepreneur
I have proven methods to share that reduce student disciplinary problems and meet the increasing demands for student performance. These strategies are research based and results driven. Learn how to remain clam and respond right when students challenge. Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional. 80-90% of minor misbehaviors can be eliminated and power struggles avoided using these techniques. Students will enjoy coming to your class... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:10pm

Building a Personal Learning Network
This concept of a PLN has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network. Your PLN is no longer tied to your zip code and you no longer work in isolation. Collaboration no longer just means to work with a colleague in your building. You are able to connect to educators from around the world who are ready and willing to teach beyond the walls of their own classroom.
Your PLN is customized as:• it filters the vast information available and pushes what interests you• you choose who is part of your network• you decide when and how to access and use it
Learning how to build your own PLN is:• a 21st century skill• learning about tools that enable your to make these connections• being in charge of your own Professional Development• connecting to educators who will contribute to your learning• extending your learning• receiving “just in time” learning and help• becoming globally aware• sharing your own best practices• experiencing the power of 21st century learning for yourself• filtering through “too much” available information

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Global STEM: Your students who will work at Apple, Microsoft, Google, Novartis, GE – are we preparing them?

STEM in schools and STEM in the professional world: there appears to be a disconnect. Has something changed in the STEM professional world that we are not addressing? Are we preparing our students for the real STEM world that is waiting for them in their future? 

Please, join us for a session to answer all the essential questions:

• What kind of technology are STEM professionals using and would like our students to be able use it as well? • What kind of skills and knowledge do STEM professionals want our students to have?
• What is the process of transferring innovative knowledge from the STEM professional world to STEM K-12? 


Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin

Larisa Schelkin

CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ™ model. She held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa is a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and... Read More →
avatar for Isa Zimmerman

Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute, and the UMass President’s Office. She was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Growing Up in a Global Classroom
Based on over a decade of research, and 20+ years advising international organizations, explore tangible and virtual ways to create a global classroom and nurture global citizens, whether you’re a seasoned global nomad, or you’ve never left the country.

Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

iPads in Early Childhood: Sharing Ways to Capture Student Thinking and Learning
In just four short years, for the tech-savvy early childhood educator, the iPad has opened up seemingly limitless new learning opportunities in the classroom. This tool’s versatility lies in its exceedingly simple interface, easily manipulated by those curious little hands, while at the same time opening up innumerable uncharted worlds for students to explore. With an experienced approach to this phenomenal tool, the teacher can act as a guide to students as they expand the boundaries of their imagination.

In this workshop I will share with you some of the ways that I have successfully incorporated these apps in the classroom. Then we will work with some of the apps ourselves so that participants leave with a clear understanding of how to incorporate them into classroom learning. We will try out one whiteboard app, one digital storytelling app and finish the session off with the basics of augmented reality.

Some apps that will be shown include, Educreations, Doodlecast Pro, Sonic Pics, Aurasma, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavatana

Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition

Listen as we outline essential skills for leadership and offer both practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning and  implementation process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Making it more than just a video

Tools such as embedded quizzes, discussions, polls, and annotations can be useful in creating a more interactive experience for students watching instructional videos and allow teachers to personalize their own videos or videos they have found on youtube. In this session, Stacey will share a variety of tools allowing teachers to incorporate interactive elements into instructional videos. She will share how she uses results from embedded quizzes, as well as statistics on viewer engagement, to inform what is done in the classroom. Stacey will share how she has been able to reclaim class time for differentiation, and how adding interactive elements to video lessons has allowed her to better connect with students and their individual needs.


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Upper School Math Teacher, Bullis School
Stacey Roshan is an Upper School math teacher at Bullis School in Maryland. Having noticed the high levels of anxiety surrounding her students, Stacey realized that the traditional classroom does not provide the right tools in order for students to stay caught up and engaged with course material. Because of this, she decided to flip her AP Calculus class and has since applied an inverted model to her Honors Algebra 2 class.


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Models and Probes: Preparing for NGSS
The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) project prepares diverse students for careers in innovative technologies by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use computational models and real-time data acquisition. ITSI has produced dozens of activities in elementary, middle and high school science using a range of commercial sensors as well as open source or research-based models.

Teachers can customize ITSI science inquiry activities easily to fit their classrooms and engage their local communities using the web-based interface. All activities are embedded in software that allows students to read the activity, answer questions, make predictions and collect data, analyze results, run a computer-based model, take and annotate snapshots of that model, and save their work within one application. It also allows the collection of formative and summative assessment data, which is available to the teachers.
This workshop will allow you to try out the activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials are free and available online.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Make du Jour: Fostering Daily Creativity and a Personalized Learning Strategy with Choice and Voice
Sir Ken Robinson claims that “creativity is as important as literacy”. In an age when most information is “Googleable” how do we craft assessment tasks that allow our students to practice divergent and critical thinking? How can we give them opportunities to both demonstrate their learning and their ability to apply and create knowledge, fostering the shift from consumption to production? More importantly, how do we move beyond the “assignment” stage and encourage students to be intrinsically motivated to make beautiful things on a regular basis? One of the greatest challenges is developing ideas, finding time, and offering opportunities for students work on creative projects. Even if you don’t have the luxury of  offering a project-based curriculum, you can still develop a steady diet of ongoing, “back-burner” projects that gets students to “dare to make and share”. This workshop will explore ways to instill a creative culture in your classroom, with everything from low-entry point crowdsourced uses of social media to the #showyourwork movement which asks students to be overt about their design thinking, creative process, and troubleshooting and contribute to collective knowledge. At the heart of personalized learning is creative freedom, but students often need a spark of inspiration, a design brief, or mentorship to get them on the road to making. Finally, we’ll look at teacher-as-creator as well, and the importance of transparency and curation in facilitating creativity in the classroom. “There is no win, there is no fail, there is only make” (John Cage).

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Dynamic Digital Portfolios
Our students in Grade 3 have created amazing digital portfolios that allow them to reflect on their work and receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work
completed on both iPads and computers, and store all selected information (photos, video clips, projects , photos of handwritten work in one place. We use Voicethread to create a seamless digital
portfolio experience whether the student work is created in Pixie, Keynote, Kidspiration, Share, PuppetPals, Storykit etc. with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. The basic principles and ideas shared can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other software or apps, for example Share (Tech4Learning) and Google Sites.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
avatar for Sue Worsnup

Sue Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Learner-Driven Curriculum - Flipped Asynchronous and Flipped Discussion Models
One of the most difficult questions to answer is, ""why are we learning this?"" The reason for this question is that teachers have always determined the specifics of the course curriculum, some going as far as creating a calendar to make sure everything is planned for each day, with little to no input from the learner.
Why not let learners determine what they learn, and in what order? Why not let them determine whether or not they as a class have mastered the material? Why not let them determine the types of assessments used? This session will focus on varying levels of ownership that learners can take on to ensure that they are engaged in a curriculum that they helped to create. Concepts such as ""overview days"" will shape a classroom where facilitators can truly facilitate, allowing learners to construct peer evaluations that hold themselves accountable to their own standards.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/Algebra 2 Teacher, Coppell High School
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Maths/Algebra 2 teacher and Department Chair at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. Ian has presented at BLC in 2014. He believes in learners owning their own learning, and demonstrates this belief in his everyday classroom structure. He uses the flipped asynchronous model in his... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standard
Providing students with the opportunities to be involved in all stages of a district or school 1:1 plan and implementation allows for high levels of ownership and engagement. Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, Illinois included students in all stages of the process of identifying which device would best serve the District’s needs--from having students, first, select a platform to then meet with experts, decide on a device, outline their rationale for the staff committee simultaneously working on the same project, and then presenting alongside staff members to the Board of Education. Following the decision to proceed with the purchase of Chromebooks, students have continued to maintain ownership for the process by participating in other projects, including identifying locations in the community that provide free access to the Internet and creating policies and guidelines for other students.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
avatar for Heather Popilek

Heather Popilek

District Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator, Wheeling CCSD21
Heather Popilek is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices.  Heather is currently working as the district Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator. Heather enjoys learning new things and pushing the envelope to support students and teachers as they stretch beyond traditional teaching and learning and taking risks to grow as individuals and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Shilpa Yarlagadda and Friends - Keynote Followup - Club Academia
Is it safe to say that students are changing the world? In this session, you'll meet several who not only had, but have acted upon, powerful ideas celebrating what technology can do for teaching and learning. They run Club Academia; if you haven't heard of them yet, you will. They're creating videos by the hundreds, training their teachers and speaking all over the world, and now they're coming to you. Wear socks that you don't care about losing when they get blown off.

Speakers
avatar for Roya Huang

Roya Huang

Student - Co-Founder of Club Academia
Roya Huang, co-founder of Club Academia, is a freshman at Williams College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Outside of schoolwork and Club Academia, Roya is involved in the Williams College Law Society (President) and volunteer immunology research under Professor Alex Engel. Roya hopes to go to law school after graduating from Williams.
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Sara Ma

Founding Member, Club Academia
Sara is an incoming freshman at University of Southern California majoring in the arts, sciences and business of technology. She is currently working with Shilpa to design and expand Club Academia Global which allows any student to contribute to the Club Academia video tutorial community. In her free time, she photographs conceptual portraits.
avatar for Shilpa Yarlagadda

Shilpa Yarlagadda

Student - Founder of Club Academia, Club Academia
Shilpa is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. From her involvement with Club Academia, Shilpa was named a winner of the $20,000 Westly Prize and is currently one of twelve innovating youth under twenty two years of age to serve as a... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:30pm

How Movement Helps the Brain Function and May Lead to Higher Test Scores
In this session you will learn about websites that you can use for 1-3 minutes to get children and adults moving. You will learn some stretches and moves that may help students' brains function better for exams. You will see how building these 1-3 minute breaks into your day are easy, fun and practical that anyone in a classroom or a business setting can use. Do you want more productive students and colleagues? If you said YES, then this CUE tip is for you.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Deborah Engen

National Educational Workshop Consultant, Adjunct Professor, North Dakota State University
Deborah is currently serving as a national educational workshop consultant and a graduate level adjunct professor. She has published two children's books and travels around the country speaking on the following topics: Discipline with Love and Logic, Kids in Crisis, Student Achievement while having Fun in the Classroom and Bullying. Deborah serves as a keynote speaker, university advisor, workshop consultant for preK-12 educators, parents and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:00pm

Peace Corps: Educating Educators Globally
Peace Corps offers opportunities for educators to live, learn and work with a community overseas for 27 months. From working in primary schools to universities, educators can bring their skills overseas, and then return to the U.S. with new cross-cultural competencies, awareness, and resourcefulness. Peace Corps also offers a World Wide Schools program, connecting U.S. classrooms with classrooms in the developing countries in which Peace Corps Volunteers serve. Come learn about both of these opportunities with Peace Corps Representative Katrina Deutsch, who served as a high school English teacher in Nicaragua for 3 years.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Deutsch

Katrina Deutsch

Recruiter, Peace Corps
Katrina started traveling during the summers in college with a student group on campus, making documentaries about social issues while volunteering. Through the organization she traveled to South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Cambodia, Thailand and Ethiopia. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in English and Communication Studies, Katrina departed for long-term service in Nicaragua as an education volunteer with the... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:30pm

The Common Core and Listening

Teachers are challenged to meet a new standard in the Common Core - listening.  There are few classroom tools that address listening.  In this short talk I will give teachers an understanding of the neuroscience behind auditory learning.  Participants will also learn about tools they can use to help students build critical listening skills.  They will learn how to use their smart phones and computers to  record sound in the classroom.  Some of the products featured include Listen Edition, Tape me, and Voicethread.


Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brady-Myerov

Monica Brady-Myerov

Accelerator Company, Listen Edition
I started Listen Edition to inspire students to learn using compelling public radio stories. People can talk to me about authentic learning, bringing real world problems into the classroom and they can tell me how much they love public radio!


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:35pm

Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Elementary Grades
The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize learning in your classroom. Students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We'll discuss why you would want to do this, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom.You’ll leave with a list of tools that help young children to connect ideas for using connections to enrich your curriculum, suggestions for choosing an effective blogging tool, an online handout with the material from the presentation

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. | Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Developing Student Agency Through Reflection and Self-Reporting

A story from a New Zealand Primary School as they journey towards developing student agency through student self-reporting. Supported by current research on the power of student self-reporting, the desire to further refine our questioning, feedback and feed forward strategies, and placing greater value on student reflection, St Mary's Primary School, Tauranga, New Zealand has been guided by a Learning Vision, 'to develop Assessment Capable Students, Teachers, School Leaders and Parents' in the core curriculum areas of Reading, Writing and Maths and a Conceptual Curriculum. This session examines 6 Themes:

1. The Development of  the Vision
2. Assessing what we Value,-Critical Learning Conversations,
3. The Digital Journey to Self-Reporting,
4. Telling the  Story
5.Partners in Learning
6. Where to Next?

 Using web 2.0 tools to capture critical learning conversations in both Core Curriculum and Rich and Relevant learning experiences in a conceptual curriculum, students self-reflection and self- reporting provides a deep picture into the meta-cognitive development of the learner and their understanding of how they learn, accelerating self empowerment.


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Janet McCarroll

Deputy Principal, St. Mary’s Catholic School
Janet McCarroll is Deputy Principal and Curriculum and Assessment Leader at a New Zealand primary school, with a roll of 410 students, located on the  Tauranga  estuary. Janet has shared her school's journey developing a  vision which supports student self assessment and self reporting at the  International Conferences on Thinking (ICOT) in both Wellington NZ (2013) and Belfast Ireland (2011), and other national conferences... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

First Five Days - Research Skills
Why do today’s learners lack good research skills? Why do they stare blankly when you utter the phrase, “primary source”? If you are an educator that requires effective research skills in regular assignments, then why not set aside the first five days of your class and have students practice these skills exclusively, before you begin your class curriculum? In this session, you will learn how to introduce learners to a more effective approach to internet research. You can then learn how a small sacrifice of time at the beginning of the year can allow learners to use these skills to take charge of their own education, both in high school and in college.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/Algebra 2 Teacher, Coppell High School
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Maths/Algebra 2 teacher and Department Chair at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. Ian has presented at BLC in 2014. He believes in learners owning their own learning, and demonstrates this belief in his everyday classroom structure. He uses the flipped asynchronous model in his... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Global Journalism
With more than 300 reporting projects by some 200 grantee journalists working in video, photography, radio, print and web, the Pulitzer Center is a rich resource for educators seeking to bring global issues into their classes through compelling storytelling. Our placements in National Geographic, the New York Times, the Atlantic, PBS and dozens of other outlets are just the beginning. Learn about the ways our education team works with teachers, including e-Books, social media, student awareness campaigns, video and photo workshops, Skype sessions with journalists and more. From water and sanitation to women and children's issues to fragile states to global commodities, the Pulitzer Center has a unique media focus on the under-told stories that affect millions.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Story telling is one of the most ancient and powerful forms of human expression. In today’s media rich world, there are an abundance of digital tools that allow students to express themselves through digital narratives in ways that would have been impossible only a few years ago. This presentation will introduce participants to the tools of digital storytelling, provide rich examples of student work, and help to provide context to the relevance of story telling in curriculum and instruction.


Speakers
avatar for Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

PBL in a Blended Learning Model
Do you wish you had more time for project based learning? The shift from breadth to depth in the Common Core Standards creates more opportunities for students to explore real-world problems and challenges, understand the relevance of what they are learning, and pursue their passions. Leverage technology and social media, while blending together learning mediums, to empower students, facilitate collaboration and inspire creativity.


Speakers
avatar for Catlin Tucker

Catlin Tucker

Educator, Windsor Unified School District
Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Sensing Science: Temperature Readiness for K-2
Children learn by exploring their world through everyday activities and developing intuitive understandings. Testing representations using data collection helps us learn about temperature preconceptions. Concepts involving temperature and heat are among the phenomena children experience most frequently, yet they are all but ignored in early elementary education because of their abstract and invisible nature. Sensing Science uses existing surface temperature sensors and infrared devices in conjunction with a computer, enabling K-2 students to interact with their assumptions, record and replay their actions and reflect on their archived data. Using sensors, models, drawings, and other representations make it possible for children to explore their world, investigating the widest possible range of scenarios throughout the classroom, on the playground and elsewhere. We closely observed students' actions and actively elicited spontaneous ideas in order to test and revise assumptions about common preconceptions regarding temperature and heat. Based these preconceptions we designed visualizations and explorations. As part of a National Science Foundation grant, initial design tests took place in Littleton Public Schools (MA) during the first year. The materials were tested with two classrooms in each grade K-2 during the first year.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Shannon Miller - Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Do You Know What Kids Are Doing With Their Smartphones When You Are Not Watching?
Digital citizenship is a critical skill set in today’s technology rich and globally connected society. A growing number of schools allow students to bring their own mobile devices but often fail to acknowledge the digital disconnect between students and teachers.

Technology and digital media allow students to explore, develop their global IQ, collaborate, and learn in ways never before imagined. This can only materialize, however, with the appropriate teaching practices, and when both students and teachers exercise responsible, safe and ethical behavior.

Students misuse technology due to boredom, curiosity and peer pressure. Participants in this session will become familiar with apps students commonly use to consume content, create content, connect with other people, and play. While some apps may have instructional value, educators should be vigilant about many others.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Feeling overwhelmed? ... So were we!
Meet two teachers, Meghan Snee and Melinda Soliwoda, who attended the BLC conference last summer. They walked in with new iPads, not knowing how they would be incorporated in the classroom, let alone how to set up a blog...and what's a hashtag anyway...and what do you mean teachers should be tweeting?!
Coming from a school district that was attempting to launch themselves into the 21st century, these teachers were eager to learn, but feeling completely overwhelmed at how much they didn't know existed in the land of technology in today's classroom.

Come hear first hand how these two teachers were inspired, motivated, and determined to turn their classrooms into the future of learning after three days at the BLC conference. Learn how they blogged, tweeted, posted, linked, uploaded, embedded and flipped their thinking. And no, they aren't teaching high schoolers, they teach second and fifth grade. If they can do this, so can you.
These two teachers are still learning something new about technology everyday. They enjoy sharing their knowledge with their students and colleagues. They want to share it with you, and help you feel less overwhelmed and more, 'I can do this!'

Get a crash course in:
- Edmodo
- titanpad
- qr codes
- blogging
- video tutorials
- Prezi
- ScribblePress
- Twitter
- and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Snee

Meghan Snee

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected globally. Meghan developed the Math Maniacs, a math club where 5th and 6th graders mentor students in grades 1 - 4. Currently, over 250 students participate in... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

Melinda Soliwoda

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. | | Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view of teaching and learning, and she continues to share these 21st century tools with her school and colleagues to empower more students to create, connect, and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

My Dream Classroom Model
This session tells the tale of one teacher’s journey to create her dream classroom scenario through the use of flipping, gamifying, differentiation and project-based learning in one inspired classroom setup…. and how she lived to tell about it! Learn how their use in tandem created a new model for academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Thirty Years of Flipping Classroom Instruction
This presentation will cover innovations, instructional techniques and lessons learned in over thirty years of "Flipping" instruction in K-18 classrooms, situated in different cultural contexts from the Arctic to the Equator and in some locations in between. While the technologies and capabilities have dynamically evolved over the years, the basic strategies and themes that will be demonstrated should provide an easy segue for using any technology both in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Nepal), a trained Waldorf teacher and former head of staff of the New Age School in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he was on the faculty of... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

3:00pm

Google Mania
Using Google collaboration tools such as Hangouts and Groups so that you can streamline your productivity. Whether its staff meetings or reaching that unreachable parent, teachers can use google tools to help stretch that ever valuable commodity of time a little bit further....

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been named one of Apple’s “Outstanding High School Teachers” and works as a district trainer and leader in technology integration and innovation for the Mansfield... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine has been on the forefront of designing, creating and producing iTunes U courses for both teacher and administrator use throughout the state of Texas. In addition... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm

A Play2Learn Scavenger Hunt
Albert Einstein said: “Play is the highest form of research.” We’re going to do some serious research into the potential of iPads and other mobile devices for learning. First we’ll play. Then we’ll learn by unpacking the things we did while playing. Expect to be out of your seat and learning with others in this high impact, fun and educational session exploring practical ways iPads and other mobile devices can be used to help students learn and share their learning with the world. Walk away with a kit of resources you can easily adapt to your own school or classroom.

Don’t forget to bring along a SmartPhone or iPad!

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Challenge, Engage, Learn: An Inquiry-based Approach to Flipped Learning
This interactive workshop will share an approach to flipped learning that critically combines the more common interpretation with the thinking of leading educators including:
·      John Hattie: Visible Learning
·      Prof. Eric Mazur: Teaching through questioning
·     Alan November: Who owns the learning?
·      Ramsey Musallam: Teachers as creators of curiosity and Inquiry
Rather than flipping traditional instructional content, our approach focuses on the use of high quality provocations as lenses on learning, designed to challenge, initiate, inspire and motivate.Students come to lessons primed, curious and ready to learn, armed with questions to be answered and problems to be solved; having already considered, shared, revealed and discussed their understanding of key concepts in student-led learning communities. It seeks to change relationships between and amongst students and teachers. Ownership is shared and meaning is negotiated as learning opportunities are planned and personalized in direct response to feedback from student to teacher.The hands on element will use Verso to demonstrate how educators are engaging students in a process of productive discomfort in order to challenge their thinking, expose ideas and cultivate social capital with the intention of building learning power in their schools. 

Sponsors
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Head of Education, Learnology
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region; developing partnerships with educational bodies to successfully implement change. His expertise lies in online learning; supporting teachers, schools and education districts in managing change in support of... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Designing Online Learning

The proliferation of inexpensive or free “easy-to-use” online tools provide increased access for educators to develop online and blended courses and activities for students or other educators. Yet effective design for the online environment involves more than uploading content in an available online shell and educators have many questions as they get involved with designing online content. What’s different about online design? How do we adapt face-to-face content for effective delivery in an online or blended environment? How do we design online content so that it’s interactive and engaging? How is learning in the online environment assessed?  How do we keep the focus on the pedagogy and content and not the technology tools? 

This hands-on interactive session will address these questions and more through a discussion of key online course design principles, an exploration of an online course used to prepare educators to design their own online courses, and a review variety of example online courses and activities that illustrate effective online design. 


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Students as Tech Support
Few schools have the amount of technical support that they need and one of the most overlooked resources schools have is their students! If you have staff who are reluctant with technology, students can be great liaisons to change while empowering the student at the same time. The student learns by teaching and the teacher learns by listening. In this session, we will cover a variety of examples of how this is accomplished.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

The PBL and Flipped Learning Connection ... A Timely Discussion

Gain an understanding of the eight essential elements found in PBL Participants while learning about the Flipped Learning experience and history. Discover how both PBL and Flipped Learning promote the 4 C's of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity Investigate how Flipping the Learn gives PBL needed time while PBL provides process for important in class time for Flipped Classrooms. Participants will explore how Flipping the Learning through PBL can give opportunities for students to own and curate their own learning and curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Thinking Hyperbolically! A Math/Art+Design Mashup

The session will showcase ideas gleaned from “Thinking Hyperbolically!” – a math/art+design hybrid course offered as an elective subject for high school students (typically in year 9 and 10). The primary focus of this course was to establish powerful links to interdisciplinary learning through minimal reliance on student “creative” or “mathematical” ability.  TH! has promoted experience over stereotype and has provided an exciting template for innovative models of cross-curricula learning related to mathematics, design and art, incorporating applied practical experiences for students including the use of contemporary digital technologies. Each unit of work produced aesthetic form (physical and virtual) from underlying mathematical theory. TH! and its peripheral studies has influenced the education experience for both students and teachers, providing that “curiously sharp sense of joy” May (1975), inherent in the surprising mashup of disparate themes. We believe the cross-fertilisation of ideas enriches best practice. TH! projects detail how innovative practice is constantly evolving. Sharing ideas and promoting action related to interdisciplinary models of learning will enhance the breadth of development in critical thinking and the scope of potential creative output for all.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Silk

Melissa Silk

STEAM Coordinator, International Grammar School
Melissa is the inaugural STEAM Innovator at International Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. She has established cross-curricular relationships with members of the IGS community, forged many partnerships between museums, industry professionals and academics working in a range of STEMtoSTEAM research and practice environments. Melissa is heading a pioneering charge in STEAM education in Australia, with the support of a bold community of... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Using Online Community to Promote Continued Professional Development
A growing number of school systems are embracing new models of professional development that incorporate online and blended learning, social media, video, and other dynamic tools—transforming PD into more personalized, ongoing, and on-demand programs that foster continuous growth and improvement. This session will concentrate on those key strategies that reflect a community’s commitment to student success through collaborative and innovative work.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

BLC Learning Design Space

How often do you leave a workshop or conference session brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Bring your take-aways and join this “maker space” to design, develop and test-drive your ideas for lessons and activities. Members of the November Learning Team will be on hand to support efforts and share key strategies for transformative learning design. Question, reflect, revise and redesign to your heart’s content, knowing you’ll leave with your mind full and a set of activities planned for the #1st5days…and beyond!


Speakers
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Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →
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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm

iCan: Integrating Technology in a Global Learning Environment - How it All Comes Together
This session will focus on providing a concise vision of how all of the pieces come together to create a succinct global learning environment. Discussion will include the necessity of a virtual platform for instructional delivery, how to keep students informed, as well as how to best maximize resources, create a paperless classroom, allow for collaboration, assess learning, and provide feedback.

Speakers
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Brian Boydstun

Biology Teacher, Summit High School
Brian Boydstun is an innovative teacher of biology at Summit High School, which is part of the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas and has been teaching in Texas for the past twelve years. Brian is known for his passion for technology in the classroom and how it can transform the way we teach. He has presented sessions about integrating technology in the... Read More →
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Chrissy Boydstun

English Teacher, Mansfield High School
Chrissy is passionate about transforming learning in the digital age as students transition from direct teach to a blended model in an effort to break down the walls of education that limit learning to a class period or school day. Always eager to teach innovative lessons that inspire student creativity and optimal engagement, Chrissy has been at the forefront of technology training from the teacher perspective on her campus and throughout her... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 

How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 programs and more.

Leave with a unified goal for teaching and learning with technology and ideas for how to evaluate the teaching with technology that occurs within your school in order to assess the impact your investment has.


Speakers
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Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Technologies New and Old for the English classroom
This presentation follows on from the notion of getting students to INVEST in the classroom learning experience by exploring a number of tools that can be employed in the context of teaching English. If you want answers to the questions below, then this session will empower you to transform your everyday classroom learning experiences into powerful human interactions that will not only inspire students to respond and compose texts in more meaningful ways, but will also make the learning environment a place where both teacher and student can be creative, expressive and successful!

• How can I encourage reluctant writers to express themselves?
Drawing on everyday objects that are lying around your school and home, you can help students develop their understanding of abstract concepts, like empathy and characterisation, whilst simultaneously stimulating their sense of creativity and playfulness.

• How can reflection be more than just identifying strengths and weaknesses?
This presentation will explore ways that self-reflection can be improved by using video recording technology as a means of improving collaborative skills and enhance speaking skills.

• How can I develop a classroom where students help each other?
Edmodo is a simple yet powerful tool that helps to expand the classroom domain and by its very nature, encourages students to build a community of learners that supports and assists each other. In doing so, students act as the leaders in their learning. Learn how to implement and facilitate the use of this transformative tool.

• How can I avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’?
PowerPoint is an excellent piece of software that continues to be used a presentation tool by teachers and students alike. However, there is a lot of potential for PowerPoint to make teaching very static and one-dimensional. During this presentation, we will explore the potential for PowerPoint to transform teacher-student interactions through the creation of what I like to call ‘learning pods’.

Speakers
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Stefanie Lia

Merrylands High School


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

The World Is My Audience
Do your students struggle with writing? Do they argue with you when you ask them to write? If you answered yes to these questions this session is for you. The World Is My Audience will focus on how to take struggling writers and motivate them by changing their audience. In this session you will learn how I used iBooks Author and Book Creator to publish student writing for the world. Change their audience, change their lives. Leave behind a legacy and watch the motivation soar.

http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/01/using-book-creator-support-autistic-students/

Speakers
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Jon Smith

Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City Schools
Jon Smith is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before moving into technology integration. Jon recently organized three global iBook projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00pm

Annual BLC Bash
The social highlight of the conference week! Your registration includes the Annual BLC Bash that will be held in the magnificent ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel.

Thursday July 17, 2014 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 18
 

7:00am

7:30am

8:30am

10:20am

Bringing Real World/Global Learning to Common Core: One District’s Journey with the Out of Eden Walk and Everyday Africa Project
In order give students purpose to engage students deeply in the Common Core, District 21 in Wheeling, IL has partnered with the Pulitzer Center to bring real world issues and a global perspective to students. By framing the Out of Eden Walk and Everyday Africa Projects with problem-based, authentic learning units connected to the Common Core, students had the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field, peers from around the globe, and their own communities to solve real-world problems.

Participants will leave with examples of how to:

*Engage students deeply in the Common Core through problem-based, authentic learning experiences
*Deepen professional practices of teachers and encourage risk-taking
*Connect classrooms across districts and across the world
*Partner with organizations to support instruction


Speakers
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Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
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Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Challenge, Engage, Learn: An Inquiry-based Approach to Flipped Learning
This interactive workshop will share an approach to flipped learning that critically combines the more common interpretation with the thinking of leading educators including:
·      John Hattie: Visible Learning
·      Prof. Eric Mazur: Teaching through questioning
·     Alan November: Who owns the learning?
·      Ramsey Musallam: Teachers as creators of curiosity and Inquiry
Rather than flipping traditional instructional content, our approach focuses on the use of high quality provocations as lenses on learning, designed to challenge, initiate, inspire and motivate.Students come to lessons primed, curious and ready to learn, armed with questions to be answered and problems to be solved; having already considered, shared, revealed and discussed their understanding of key concepts in student-led learning communities. It seeks to change relationships between and amongst students and teachers. Ownership is shared and meaning is negotiated as learning opportunities are planned and personalized in direct response to feedback from student to teacher.The hands on element will use Verso to demonstrate how educators are engaging students in a process of productive discomfort in order to challenge their thinking, expose ideas and cultivate social capital with the intention of building learning power in their schools. 

Sponsors
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Head of Education, Learnology
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region; developing partnerships with educational bodies to successfully implement change. His expertise lies in online learning; supporting teachers, schools and education districts in managing change in support of... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Global Learning as a Pedagogy, not a Project
It's time to move beyond the “wow” factor of a global project designed to connect your students with other kids who happen to live halfway around the world. Most of these projects don't go beyond students working parallel to each other, contributing their perspective, data or participating in Q & A sessions via synchronous or asynchronous technology platforms.
Global skills, literacies and capacities need to push our teachers and students to not just talk about the world, but learn, speak and collaborate with the world. Let’s explore examples and ideas to connect to experts, mentors and peers from around the world as a way of teaching and teaching. 

Speakers
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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom

10:20am

Screencasts that Pop
This session delves deeper into the creation and sharing of screencast tutorials. Whether it is you or your students creating the tutorials, we will examine topics such as:

-Planning (script or no script- we’re fans of no script),
-Recording (video aspect ratio, audio, mics),
-Editing (adding intro/outro music, bumpers, captioning, fixing errors),
-Exporting/Sharing (file types, where to upload tutorials, YouTube, iTunes, own site)

We have been producing screencasts for over 7 years and continue to enjoy learning and sharing screencasting tips. Therefore, part of this session is devoted to inviting you to share any of your own tricks or tips as well as questions. Familiarity with either Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac or iPad screencasting apps is helpful.

Speakers
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Eric Marcos

Math Teacher, Mathtrain TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model.  For over seven years, Eric’s students have been using screencasting software to create math video lessons, which are used in classroom instruction, for the class podcast and shared with freely with a global audience. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

So Just How Do You Become A Connected School Leader And Make A Difference?

How many of you have thought you were a connected school leader just by being signed up for Twitter or by listening to a webinar online?  In this presentation, Shannon will show you embrace what it truly means to be connected through social networks and by participating in various activities as you develop your very own personal learning network.  She will provide information on how she has made a difference within her school community, librarianship, and education by being connected.  


Speakers
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Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

STEM to STEAM to STEAMIE: Turning up the Temperature on STEM Education

Are you ready to facilitate the building of a society of learners as you go beyond the four components of STEM? This is a must attend webinar for those wanting to fit Project Based Learning, 21st Century Skill Acquisition, and NETS into their STEM initiatives. Participants will be introduced to the idea of integrating Arts (STEAM)) and including everyone (STEAMIE). Michael, a facilitator at the National STEM Academy in Washington DC last summer, will present an amazing collection of STEM programs! He will relate his own learning experience including a first -hand glimpse of STEM initiatives at the White House and a look at STEM in relation to the Next Gen Science Standards.. Learn about great resources as you take a tour of web sites promoting STEM education. See firsthand examples of free software designed to turn up the heat on any STEM education effort. Michael, the Fort Wayne Chapter: United States Air Force Association STEM Educator of the Year is ready to show you that it really is time to get STEAMIE!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Dynamic Digital Portfolios
Our students in Grade 3 have created amazing digital portfolios that allow them to reflect on their work and receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work
completed on both iPads and computers, and store all selected information (photos, video clips, projects , photos of handwritten work in one place. We use Voicethread to create a seamless digital
portfolio experience whether the student work is created in Pixie, Keynote, Kidspiration, Share, PuppetPals, Storykit etc. with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. The basic principles and ideas shared can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other software or apps, for example Share (Tech4Learning) and Google Sites.

Speakers
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Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
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Sue Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Feeling overwhelmed? ... So were we!
Meet two teachers, Meghan Snee and Melinda Soliwoda, who attended the BLC conference last summer. They walked in with new iPads, not knowing how they would be incorporated in the classroom, let alone how to set up a blog...and what's a hashtag anyway...and what do you mean teachers should be tweeting?!
Coming from a school district that was attempting to launch themselves into the 21st century, these teachers were eager to learn, but feeling completely overwhelmed at how much they didn't know existed in the land of technology in today's classroom.

Come hear first hand how these two teachers were inspired, motivated, and determined to turn their classrooms into the future of learning after three days at the BLC conference. Learn how they blogged, tweeted, posted, linked, uploaded, embedded and flipped their thinking. And no, they aren't teaching high schoolers, they teach second and fifth grade. If they can do this, so can you.
These two teachers are still learning something new about technology everyday. They enjoy sharing their knowledge with their students and colleagues. They want to share it with you, and help you feel less overwhelmed and more, 'I can do this!'

Get a crash course in:
- Edmodo
- titanpad
- qr codes
- blogging
- video tutorials
- Prezi
- ScribblePress
- Twitter
- and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Snee

Meghan Snee

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected globally. Meghan developed the Math Maniacs, a math club where 5th and 6th graders mentor students in grades 1 - 4. Currently, over 250 students participate in... Read More →
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Melinda Soliwoda

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. | | Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view of teaching and learning, and she continues to share these 21st century tools with her school and colleagues to empower more students to create, connect, and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Common Core: Flip Instruction & Create Student-Centered Classrooms

“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” Lecture alone is ineffective whether it is live or online. So, the challenge with the flipped classroom model is to engage students around the content in a dynamic way. Then class time can be used to create learning communities where students communicate, collaborate and create! Given the myriad tools at our fingertips, this is becoming easier to do!


Speakers
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Catlin Tucker

Educator, Windsor Unified School District
Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:45am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Twitter for Beginners - The Why and How of Tweeting in Your Classroom
Think Twitter is just for celebrities? Come and find out how tweeting in your classroom can open up a world of collaborative projects and incredible connections for your students, no matter their grade level. In this CUETip session, you will learn some great, practical ideas for using Twitter in your classroom and find out how to get started.
Expand your children’s horizons by connecting your classroom with students from across the globe using Twitter!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. Her classes are quite diverse, with students from around the world and with very different learning styles and abilities. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. She enjoys using individual digital portfolios with her students and has launched coding... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 10:50am
Plaza Ballroom

11:00am

Leading Change by Leveraging Technology
Technology integration in schools is finally seeing a shift from resource acquisition to a focus on educational outcomes and skill development. In this way, leading complex change is increasingly difficult in the twenty-first century and it may, at times, feel like an overwhelming or impossible task. This workshop will explore technology as a catalyst for positive change and a tool for encouraging lasting reform across all levels. Technology integration cannot be just another initiative.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Fortin

Shawn Fortin

Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:00am - 11:20am
Plaza Ballroom

11:30am

Putting the 'E' in Engagement
The “traditional” approach to teaching modern teenagers has not kept pace with the ever-changing demands of their world outside of school and has left these students largely disengaged from their education. However, simply sitting students in front of computers and letting them use their cellphones does not automatically result in high-quality educational experiences. Participants will develop an understanding of the supportive modern theory, research, and practice (e.g., Connectivism, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Engagement Theory) in order to implement worthwhile and engaging digital instruction in their classroom, school, or district.  

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Fortin

Shawn Fortin

Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:30am - 11:50am
Plaza Ballroom

11:45am

Apps for the Classroom
With hundreds of thousands of apps it can be overwhelming to know which apps to download for your class. In this workshop, we’ll give you some of the essential tips for searching for apps for your classroom and share some of our favorites that will help you and your students learn and create really awesome projects! Come with your favorites, too, and build a collaborative list of good resources that we'll share with all. This will be a FUN and interactive workshop!

Speakers
avatar for Rosa Ruvalcaba

Rosa Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Educator, Alas Media
Rosa grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Being Smart with Graphs
SmartGraphs is a project that studies the educational value of digital objects embedded in graphs that “know” about themselves and that provide scaffolding to students to help them learn about graphs and the concepts conveyed in graphs.

Digital SmartGraphs can be authored or customized by teachers and accept inputs from students’ responses, sketches, functions, models, and probes. The software analyzes the graphs for the kinds of features that experts recognize and then engages students in conversations that instruct and assess student knowledge.

SmartGraphs is guided by collaboration between the Concord Consortium and the Pennsylvania State Department of Education Classrooms for the Future program, through which 145,000 laptop computers are deployed to serve 500,000 students. Other states, districts, or schools that are also interested in providing meaningful software to help students interpret visual graphical data from existing graphs or real time data collected with probes will thrill with this free Open Source software tool! 

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Designing for Online & Blended Courses

While learning management systems like Moodle and Blackboard are still popular choices for facilitating online and augmented courses, these systems are being challenged by 'small-tools-loosely-joined' approaches to instructional design. This workshop will outline various pedagogical approaches used to construct learning environments based on freely available or low-cost tools. Participants will learn the ins and outs of some of the most common and powerful tools while coming to understand the pedagogical frameworks afforded by distributed learning environment design. Both closed and open models of learning will be explored throughout the workshop.


Speakers
avatar for Alec Couros

Alec Couros

Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina
Dr. Alec Couros is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

11:45am

iTunes U for Administrators: Working, Learning, and Thriving
This session is designed for the advancement of professional development. iTunes U can bring your professional development courses to the next level. This presentation will walk you step-by-step through creating an online professional development community that will allow you seamlessly integrate district initiatives, reduce copy costs, and improve communication. This easy to follow and upbeat presentation will have you creating a thriving professional development environment in no time.

Learn the advantages of using iTunes U for Professional Development
Learn how to streamline district initiatives
Learn the effectiveness of using iTunes U as a communication tool
Learn how to empower your district

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been named one of Apple’s “Outstanding High School Teachers” and works as a district trainer and leader in technology integration and innovation for the Mansfield... Read More →
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Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine has been on the forefront of designing, creating and producing iTunes U courses for both teacher and administrator use throughout the state of Texas. In addition... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

The World Is My Audience-A How To Session
In this session, a follow-up to The World Is My Audience, attendees will see a step by step process for writing and publishing books using iBooks Author and the Book Creator app. This is a hands-on session with time to ask questions about the publishing process.
Information provided in this session will include:
1-How to set up iTunes producer accounts.
2 - Using iBooks Author - how do you use it to create?
3 - How to build a small book sample with iBooks Author
4 - How to share and publish iBooks.
5 - How to make an iBook using Book creator app.
6 - Getting book from book creator to iTunes producer for publishing.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City Schools
Jon Smith is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon was a special education teacher for 12 years before moving into technology integration. Jon recently organized three global iBook projects in which classrooms from around the world wrote and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

We Learn Through Stories

How can we make learning sticky using powerful storytelling frameworks that tap into peoples' emotions? How do we involve all students in creating digital content that doesn't also create hours of content for teachers to assess? This interactive session will showcase Digital Storytelling activities for your class tomorrow that you can use to document student learning & foster reflective ways for students to share their learning. First: We play! Then we'll discuss how to practically adapt these ideas & make them your own. We’ll learn how to exercise your students' & your own creativity muscles and share simple strategies for collecting & publishing student work.

Don’t forget to bring along a smartphone or tablet!

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

De-Mystifying Global Education Tools
Join author of acclaimed "Growing Up Global" and the new "Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners" and school advisor/mentor, Homa Tavangar, in an exploration of effective tools for enhancing global learning. Learn about integrating global competencies into all academic areas and "specials," including Common Core Standards; get more buy-in from staff and volunteers; tap into existing, underutilized resources of your school community; form meaningful partnerships, and come away with inspiration to sustain your efforts for bringing the world home.

Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

My Dream Classroom Model
This session tells the tale of one teacher’s journey to create her dream classroom scenario through the use of flipping, gamifying, differentiation and project-based learning in one inspired classroom setup…. and how she lived to tell about it! Learn how their use in tandem created a new model for academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Shilpa Yarlagadda and Friends - Keynote Followup - Club Academia
Is it safe to say that students are changing the world? In this session, you'll meet several who not only had, but have acted upon, powerful ideas celebrating what technology can do for teaching and learning. They run Club Academia; if you haven't heard of them yet, you will. They're creating videos by the hundreds, training their teachers and speaking all over the world, and now they're coming to you. Wear socks that you don't care about losing when they get blown off.

Speakers
avatar for Roya Huang

Roya Huang

Student - Co-Founder of Club Academia
Roya Huang, co-founder of Club Academia, is a freshman at Williams College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Outside of schoolwork and Club Academia, Roya is involved in the Williams College Law Society (President) and volunteer immunology research under Professor Alex Engel. Roya hopes to go to law school after graduating from Williams.
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Sara Ma

Founding Member, Club Academia
Sara is an incoming freshman at University of Southern California majoring in the arts, sciences and business of technology. She is currently working with Shilpa to design and expand Club Academia Global which allows any student to contribute to the Club Academia video tutorial community. In her free time, she photographs conceptual portraits.
avatar for Shilpa Yarlagadda

Shilpa Yarlagadda

Student - Founder of Club Academia, Club Academia
Shilpa is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. From her involvement with Club Academia, Shilpa was named a winner of the $20,000 Westly Prize and is currently one of twelve innovating youth under twenty two years of age to serve as a... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Motivational and Educational Tips and Strategies for Reading
Have you ever felt like your students have to force themselves to be in your classroom? Do you need help with strategies that can help students check their work and improve their test scores?

This session will offer both motivational strategies to put the spark back into your lessons and students as well as offer strategical ideas that can help you teach a reading lesson once instead of having to reteach it again. Learn techniques that students on every level can benefit from and help them feel inspired when they have mastered the objective.   

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
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Kimberly Melchor

Reading Teacher, Southwest Independent School District
Kimberly is passionate about motivating students to become more engaged in reading. She also enjoys finding ways to help students understand reading concepts through simple strategies and techniques. Kimberly is Chairman of the Literacy Committee at her campus and works closely with colleagues and administration to ensure that students are engaged at a high rigor of learning. She has been selected "Teacher of the Year" by students and parents for... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

12:30pm

Not All Roses Have to be Red!
How do we reach all learners without having them squished into a box? Differentiated instruction is the core of teaching - and with technology we are finally at a point that we can truly differentiate. Learn practical strategies to tackle one of the biggest challenges when working with learners; literacy.

This session will celebrate strategies designed to allow all children to flourish. 

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Meldrum

Kim Meldrum

Education Consultant - Digital Citizenship, Lester B. Pearson School Board
I am an education consultant who is passionate about the implementation of technology as a tool for learning. I am enthusiastic about all that GAFE has to offer our teachers and students. I believe that technology innovation is a powerful way to differentiate learning to ensure success for all our students.


Friday July 18, 2014 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:00pm

Creating Instructional Tutorials for a Diverse Audience
This session will demonstrate how to use simple computer functions to create multi-modal tutorials for a diverse audience. Several examples will be presented to accompany a short demonstration of how easy it is to develop useful teaching materials in a short amount of time.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Nepal), a trained Waldorf teacher and former head of staff of the New Age School in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, he was on the faculty of... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

1:10pm

1:1 Devices: For Students, with Students, By Students
Providing students with the opportunities to be involved in all stages of a district or school 1:1 plan and implementation allows for high levels of ownership and engagement. Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, Illinois included students in all stages of the process of identifying which device would best serve the District’s needs--from having students, first, select a platform to then meet with experts, decide on a device, outline their rationale for the staff committee simultaneously working on the same project, and then presenting alongside staff members to the Board of Education. Following the decision to proceed with the purchase of Chromebooks, students have continued to maintain ownership for the process by participating in other projects, including identifying locations in the community that provide free access to the Internet and creating policies and guidelines for other students.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
avatar for Heather Popilek

Heather Popilek

District Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator, Wheeling CCSD21
Heather Popilek is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices.  Heather is currently working as the district Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator. Heather enjoys learning new things and pushing the envelope to support students and teachers as they stretch beyond traditional teaching and learning and taking risks to grow as individuals and... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Global Learning as a Pedagogy, not a Project
It's time to move beyond the “wow” factor of a global project designed to connect your students with other kids who happen to live halfway around the world. Most of these projects don't go beyond students working parallel to each other, contributing their perspective, data or participating in Q & A sessions via synchronous or asynchronous technology platforms.
Global skills, literacies and capacities need to push our teachers and students to not just talk about the world, but learn, speak and collaborate with the world. Let’s explore examples and ideas to connect to experts, mentors and peers from around the world as a way of teaching and teaching. 

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Do You Know What Kids Are Doing With Their Smartphones When You Are Not Watching?
Digital citizenship is a critical skill set in today’s technology rich and globally connected society. A growing number of schools allow students to bring their own mobile devices but often fail to acknowledge the digital disconnect between students and teachers.

Technology and digital media allow students to explore, develop their global IQ, collaborate, and learn in ways never before imagined. This can only materialize, however, with the appropriate teaching practices, and when both students and teachers exercise responsible, safe and ethical behavior.

Students misuse technology due to boredom, curiosity and peer pressure. Participants in this session will become familiar with apps students commonly use to consume content, create content, connect with other people, and play. While some apps may have instructional value, educators should be vigilant about many others.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Oh, the relationships you'll build!

Transforming class culture to make things personal using the flipped classroom model.

With the increasing demand to make courses more rigorous and cover more material, it can be challenging to find the time to check in with each student in your classroom on a daily basis. How do you ensure that you are able to address each of your student's questions, concerns and comprehension? How will you have enough time to connect with each and every one of your students on a personal level? Stacey will explain how the flipped model can be used to create a participatory learning environment. Through pre-recording lessons and sending the teacher-driven lecture home, students can regain a voice in the classroom. Interactive elements, such as embedded quizzes, can help give the teacher a snapshot of individual learners' needs and customize one-on-one and small group conversations.


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Upper School Math Teacher, Bullis School
Stacey Roshan is an Upper School math teacher at Bullis School in Maryland. Having noticed the high levels of anxiety surrounding her students, Stacey realized that the traditional classroom does not provide the right tools in order for students to stay caught up and engaged with course material. Because of this, she decided to flip her AP Calculus class and has since applied an inverted model to her Honors Algebra 2 class.


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Teaching Zack to Think: Developing Critical Thinking Skills
Too many students are unable to separate fact from fiction on the Internet. We can
teach students how to read the “grammar” of the Internet and apply strategies to
validate information. This popular workshop provides step-by-step teaching tips
for helping students, teachers and administrators think critically about Internet 
information.

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:35pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:15pm

District Wide Implementation of Google Apps for Education
Your school or district is going Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a system where students and teachers can use the tools all within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices they can use back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:15pm - 2:35pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Twitter for Beginners - The Why and How of Tweeting in Your Classroom
Think Twitter is just for celebrities? Come and find out how tweeting in your classroom can open up a world of collaborative projects and incredible connections for your students, no matter their grade level. In this CUETip session, you will learn some great, practical ideas for using Twitter in your classroom and find out how to get started.
Expand your children’s horizons by connecting your classroom with students from across the globe using Twitter!

Moderators
avatar for Christine Olmstead

Christine Olmstead

Assistant Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education
Christine serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Orange County Department of Education. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. Her classes are quite diverse, with students from around the world and with very different learning styles and abilities. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. She enjoys using individual digital portfolios with her students and has launched coding... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Plaza Ballroom

2:35pm

Reflection and Next Steps
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor