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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
 
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)
 
Wednesday, July 16
 

1:10pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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 →


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

1:10pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Thursday, July 17
 

2:35pm EDT

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.


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... Read More →


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