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Contributing to Professional Learning Communities [clear filter]
Monday, July 14
 

8:00am EDT

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks & Connected Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Social Networking services often get the bad rap of 'time-wasters' or distractors. Yet, there are many social networks built upon passion, kindness, transparency, sharing, and collaboration. This session will explore these positive human networks as they apply to educators. Participants will learn how educator networks are transforming practice through the development of Personal Learning Networks. They will learn the most commonly used tools and techniques to support teaching and learning through social media. And, perhaps most importantly, participants will leave with the capability to extend and enhance their learning about this vital topic beyond the duration of the workshop.

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 →


Monday July 14, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
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

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

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 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am EDT

Microsoft's TouchDevelop as a High School Programming Elective
This presentation will demonstrate a path to creating a High School computer programming elective that focuses on creating Apps for Microsoft's mobile device App store using TouchDevelop on mobile devices. The session will review the organization of the course, the available resources, and the pedagogy behind a very hands-on approach that gets students programming as quickly as possible, while concurrently connecting broader computing principles to projects as they are being completed.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas White

Thomas White

Special Projects, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

Creating an iOS Programming Elective for High Schools
This presentation will demonstrate a path to creating a High School computer programming elective that focuses on creating Apps for Apple's iOS. The session will review the organization of the course, the available resources, and the pedagogy behind a very hands-on approach that gets students programming as quickly as possible, while concurrently connecting broader computing principles to projects as they are being completed.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas White

Thomas White

Special Projects, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am EDT

Designing Online Learning

The proliferation of inexpensive or free “easy-to-use” online tools provide increased access for educators to develop online and blended courses and activities for students or other educators. Yet effective design for the online environment involves more than uploading content in an available online shell and educators have many questions as they get involved with designing online content. What’s different about online design? How do we adapt face-to-face content for effective delivery in an online or blended environment? How do we design online content so that it’s interactive and engaging? How is learning in the online environment assessed?  How do we keep the focus on the pedagogy and content and not the technology tools? 

This hands-on interactive session will address these questions and more through a discussion of key online course design principles, an exploration of an online course used to prepare educators to design their own online courses, and a review variety of example online courses and activities that illustrate effective online design. 


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm EDT

Effective Online Facilitation

What does it take to be an effective online facilitator? How do we create engaging, reflective online discussions that support deeper learning? How do facilitators maintain participation over time and build strong learning communities? How do faciliators keep discussions on target and focused on the core goals? Why are facilitators important for building effective online discussions, or are they ?

This session will include a discussion of key online facilitation strategies and interactive activities where participants are engaged in collaboratively addressing key facilitation challenges and strategies based on real examples from online courses and communities.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor
 
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

1:10pm EDT

Building a Personal Learning Network
This concept of a PLN has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network. Your PLN is no longer tied to your zip code and you no longer work in isolation. Collaboration no longer just means to work with a colleague in your building. You are able to connect to educators from around the world who are ready and willing to teach beyond the walls of their own classroom.
Your PLN is customized as:• it filters the vast information available and pushes what interests you• you choose who is part of your network• you decide when and how to access and use it
Learning how to build your own PLN is:• a 21st century skill• learning about tools that enable your to make these connections• being in charge of your own Professional Development• connecting to educators who will contribute to your learning• extending your learning• receiving “just in time” learning and help• becoming globally aware• sharing your own best practices• experiencing the power of 21st century learning for yourself• filtering through “too much” available information

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Tolisano

Silvia Tolisano

Author & Consultant, AASSA Social Media Coordinator
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Designing Online Learning

The proliferation of inexpensive or free “easy-to-use” online tools provide increased access for educators to develop online and blended courses and activities for students or other educators. Yet effective design for the online environment involves more than uploading content in an available online shell and educators have many questions as they get involved with designing online content. What’s different about online design? How do we adapt face-to-face content for effective delivery in an online or blended environment? How do we design online content so that it’s interactive and engaging? How is learning in the online environment assessed?  How do we keep the focus on the pedagogy and content and not the technology tools? 

This hands-on interactive session will address these questions and more through a discussion of key online course design principles, an exploration of an online course used to prepare educators to design their own online courses, and a review variety of example online courses and activities that illustrate effective online design. 


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Treacy

Barbara Treacy

Instructor; Digital Learning Consultant, HGSE


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor