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Wednesday, July 16
 

10:20am EDT

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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... 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... 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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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. ReynoldsPeter 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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... 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... 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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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... Read More →
TM

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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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. His relaxed... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session
  • 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 EDT

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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →
TM

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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 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 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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. His relaxed... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Imperial Ballroom
  Main Conference Session

10:20am EDT

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... Read More →
TM

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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

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 →


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

10:20am EDT

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.
"

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... 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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session

1:10pm EDT

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

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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. His relaxed... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session
 
Friday, July 18
 

10:20am EDT

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
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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alec Couros

Dr. Alec Couros

Professor, University of Regina
I am a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. I help adults and youth take up the incredible affordances of the digital age while providing them with strategies to avoid the numerous pitfalls.I have given hundreds of... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Imperial Ballroom
  Main Conference Session

10:20am EDT

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
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... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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. His relaxed... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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... 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... Read More →


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