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Wednesday, July 16

10:20am EDT

Teaching Literacy with iPads
Can an iPad really help you to teach literacy in your elementary classroom? The answer is ""yes""! Whether you have access to only one iPad or several, we'll explore apps, tools and methods that can help you to take advantage of this powerful learning tool. You’ll leave with

· A list of apps to support each component of the curriculum
· Ideas for supporting learning in a one or two iPad classroom
· Tips for getting the most out of your iPads
· An online handout with information from the session

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Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and other evidence of their learning. In addition to teaching, Kathy is an author and speaker. You can also find... Read More →

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

1:10pm EDT

Cultivating #newliteracies
How can we model and help our students develop skills in the new literacies of the digital world? How does one "craft a tweet"? What are the nuances of hashtagging? What are the aesthetics necessary for effective vlogging? How do we cultivate and maintain a positive presence in social media? Our students are the "prosumer", publishing generation and require social and media skills that transcend physical space. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples to assist in integrating and supporting the "new literacies" in one's classroom and beyond.

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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 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Level 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.

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

4:00pm EDT

Bringing A New "Voice" To Libraries & Schools Through Makerspaces

There are so many ways that libraries and schools are being redesigned and changing.  One way is by the addition of Makerspaces which are adding new places for creativity, collaboration, and connections.  When Shannon McClintock Miller and her students added a Makerspace and tools like a Makerbot 3D printer, LittleBits, knitting, and “Maker Lunches”  to the library, little did they know what it would bring to the entire school community.  Through classroom PBL projects, individual passions, and global connections, the students at Van Meter have been inspired to make a difference within their Makerspace, school and the world.  

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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 →

Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
Thursday, July 17

10:20am EDT

Developing Professional Learning Magazines using Flipboard

Face it. Some of your teachers simply have no desire to be on Twitter—even if you explain all the resources that can be found there. I get it! However as an administrator, technology coordinator or curriculum coach, you still have a responsibility to help your staff continue their learning and to keep them informed about the latest news and resources in their fields. In this session, learn how you can take the relevant articles and resources you find on Twitter (and in other places), and easily create customized, digestible, electronic learning magazines for free using Flipboard. These can easily be shared with teachers, parents or other specific groups.

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