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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 

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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

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
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.


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