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Empathy and Courage [clear filter]
Wednesday, July 16

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!

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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 →
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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 →
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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

Technologies New and Old for the English Classroom
This presentation follows on from the notion of getting students to INVEST in the classroom learning experience by exploring a number of tools that can be employed in the context of teaching English. If you want answers to the questions below, then this session will empower you to transform your everyday classroom learning experiences into powerful human interactions that will not only inspire students to respond and compose texts in more meaningful ways, but will also make the learning environment a place where both teacher and student can be creative, expressive and successful!

• How can I encourage reluctant writers to express themselves?
Drawing on everyday objects that are lying around your school and home, you can help students develop their understanding of abstract concepts, like empathy and characterisation, whilst simultaneously stimulating their sense of creativity and playfulness.

• How can reflection be more than just identifying strengths and weaknesses?
This presentation will explore ways that self-reflection can be improved by using video recording technology as a means of improving collaborative skills and enhance speaking skills.

• How can I develop a classroom where students help each other?
Edmodo is a simple yet powerful tool that helps to expand the classroom domain and by its very nature, encourages students to build a community of learners that supports and assists each other. In doing so, students act as the leaders in their learning. Learn how to implement and facilitate the use of this transformative tool.

• How can I avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’?
PowerPoint is an excellent piece of software that continues to be used a presentation tool by teachers and students alike. However, there is a lot of potential for PowerPoint to make teaching very static and one-dimensional. During this presentation, we will explore the potential for PowerPoint to transform teacher-student interactions through the creation of what I like to call ‘learning pods’.

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Stefanie Lia

Merrylands High School

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

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

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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

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