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Sunday, July 13
 

12:30pm EDT

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 other evidence of their learning. In addition to teaching, Kathy is an author and speaker. You can also find... Read More →


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

9:00am EDT

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 other evidence of their learning. In addition to teaching, Kathy is an author and speaker. You can also find... Read More →


Monday July 14, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 16
 

10:20am EDT

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 other evidence of their learning. In addition to teaching, Kathy is an author and speaker. You can also find... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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 Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

PreK-1 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, July 17
 

10:20am EDT

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 Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

PreK-1 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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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 Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

PreK-1 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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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

Senior Scientist, 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... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session