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Wednesday, July 16
 

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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, KLEINspiration.com
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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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, KLEINspiration.com
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session
 
Thursday, July 17
 

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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, KLEINspiration.com
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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session

1:10pm EDT

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 Susan Worsnup

Susan 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 EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

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

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
 
Friday, July 18
 

10:20am EDT

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 Susan Worsnup

Susan 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 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