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Tuesday, July 15
 

8:00am EDT

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Pre-conference Master Class (4-Hour)

1:00pm EDT

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. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Pre-conference Master Class (4-Hour)
  • Ability Level All
  • Target Audience Administration
  • Attendee Requirements None
  • Price $240.00
 
Wednesday, July 16
 

10:20am EDT

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

Special Projects, 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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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

Special Projects, 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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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 &quotGus" Grissom

Daryl "Gus" 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... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

CEO, MindWise
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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 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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, July 17
 

10:20am EDT

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 Suzanna Clavello

Suzanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leadership, I... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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

Special Projects, 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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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 Suzanna Clavello

Suzanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leadership, I... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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 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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 18
 

11:45am EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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 Suzanna Clavello

Suzanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leadership, I... Read More →


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

1:15pm EDT

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... Read More →


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