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Tuesday, July 15
 

8:00am EDT

iPads for Learning? iPads for Creating? It's Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to iPads for learning? This pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad in the elementary classroom. This hands-on workshop will start off with the basics of how to use an iPad so you and your students are as efficient as possible in order to maximize instructional time. This includes tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. 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. Participants need to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this hands-on session. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.


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 →
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 →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Pre-conference Master Class (4-Hour)

1:00pm EDT

(Re)inventing Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

What it means to read, how we access, select and hold onto texts, and the strategies we use for constructing and sharing our making meaning have been dramatically impacted and enabled by newer literacies and technologies. Some of these shifts have quickly and immediately moved into our classrooms, and others require more examination and questioning - asking us to continually reexamine our pedagogies (and practices as readers) of texts that can be produced and consumed in an instant.

During the session, we will discuss ways of rethinking and “connecting” our readers workshops, cultivating digital libraries, leveraging e-readers and mobile tools, annotating and sharing print and digital texts, and evaluating multimodal tools which are changing how we teach and work alongside student readers. Emphasis will not be on tools but on the literacy practices that they open.

I teach within a BYOD (bring your own device) classroom, and all examples and tools will all come directly from my work with students. Where we will root/situate our work in the emerging literature in the field (i.e., new literacies theories, multimodality), the emphasis will be on the practical. Examples will include but not be limited to use of digital tools for textual annotation, methods for building readers communities within GoodReads and other online spaces, scaffolds for student creation of multimodal book trailers linked to QR codes and auroas placed on book spines, using multimodal tools for feedback and reflection, rethinking readers notebooks with evernote, and use of voicethread and other apps to support interactive readers’ portfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate... Read More →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm EDT

iPads for Learning? It’s Elementary! (Part 2: Beyond the Basics)
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Are you participating in the iPads for learning? It's Elementary! (Part 1: Getting Started) pre-conference? Either way, this workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information for those who already know the basics of iPads for learning in the elementary classroom. This hands-on workshop will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine using this mobile device to transform learning. This workshop includes time to collaboratively designing an activity that redefines learning. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.


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 →


Tuesday July 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Pre-conference Master Class (4-Hour)
 
Wednesday, July 16
 

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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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

A Kid's Eye View - Student Documentaries

As our elementary students explore the world around them, they have a lot to say with distinct, refreshingly honest, and four-foot-high points of view. When our students become documentarians, they tell stories, create art to express non-fiction content, and make persuasive call-to-action films that set their powerful voices loose into the world. Happily, student documentaries also address a range of CCSS ELA Speaking/Listening and Writing standards while immersing students in the art of filmmaking.

In this session, I will share how my students go on powerful investigations behind the camera lens. In one student documentary, my students explore the range of reactions to a public art installation by sculptor Tom Otterness. In other, PSA-style documentaries, they craft powerful arguments to improve their community. I’ll share how I introduce documentary making to my students and the supports I provide (and often don’t provide). It just takes one smartphone, tablet, or camera and video-editing software to empower your students to create amazing documentaries YOU will be itching to show to the world. 


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

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

11:45am EDT

Liberating Student Voice: Classical Strategies, Modern Tools, and the Art of Teaching Quality Writing
Milan Kundera famously said, "One morning (and it will be soon), when everyone wakes up as a writer, the age of universal deafness will have arrived."" Has that age arrived, when everyone is blogging, texting and tweeting, and some have stopped listening? Now, more than ever, as students are encouraged to ""find their voices"" as writers, teaching quality writing strategies is critical. Students need reasons to write, audiences to reach, and teachers to encourage them to take great risks as they negotiate the transition into serving as their own writing authorities.
In this session, two teachers, one from Washington D.C., the other from Zurich, Switzerland, will share their year-long collaboration experience focused on the art of teaching writing using modern tools. Their work is interdisciplinary and often experimental: students are encouraged to ""own their writing"", even self-assessing and critiquing each other. In this interactive session, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, Tumblr and other self-publishing platforms are used to explore the synergy between modern tools and ancient writing traditions. Both teachers encourage their students to foster an appreciation for classical authors and writing strategies by encouraging them to incorporate ancient rhetorical devices into their modern writing platforms.
This session is focused on the art of teaching writing to Middle and Upper School students.

About us: Daryl ""Gus"" Grissom, Ph.D., is a historian who has spent his career learning from ancient Greek authors, specifically Thucydides and Aristotle; Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., is an author, poet, and visual artist who focuses on timeless concepts such as mindfulness and empathy in her exploration of the craft of both interdisciplinary studies and teaching writing. Through this collaboration, their goal is to leverage both tradition and technology to allow students to discover their own authorial voices while still guiding them in ways that transcend the traditional writing process."

Speakers
avatar for Daryl &quotGus" Grissom

Daryl "Gus" Grissom

Upper School Latin & History Teacher, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Dr. Daryl “Gus” Grissom teaches both History and Classics at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dissertation focused on Thucydides’ analysis of the Peloponnesian War... Read More →
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 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Digital Workstations for the K-5 Classroom
Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of hands in the classroom to work with students while you worked with a small group? In this session, you will see how one elementary teacher is leveraging technology to maximize her teaching time, while differentiating her instruction for all students. Join Erin Klein as she shares how having a single iPad in the classroom allows you to internally flip your instruction so that your students can get the most focused support you can offer in a limited time frame. If you do Daily 5, Centers, or Workstations, you'll love these simple yet dynamic and creative teaching ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Klein

Erin Klein

Teacher, Author, Presenter, KLEINspiration.com
Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

A Kid's Eye View - Student Documentaries

As our elementary students explore the world around them, they have a lot to say with distinct, refreshingly honest, and four-foot-high points of view. When our students become documentarians, they tell stories, create art to express non-fiction content, and make persuasive call-to-action films that set their powerful voices loose into the world. Happily, student documentaries also address a range of CCSS ELA Speaking/Listening and Writing standards while immersing students in the art of filmmaking.

In this session, I will share how my students go on powerful investigations behind the camera lens. In one student documentary, my students explore the range of reactions to a public art installation by sculptor Tom Otterness. In other, PSA-style documentaries, they craft powerful arguments to improve their community. I’ll share how I introduce documentary making to my students and the supports I provide (and often don’t provide). It just takes one smartphone, tablet, or camera and video-editing software to empower your students to create amazing documentaries YOU will be itching to show to the world. 


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

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
 
Thursday, July 17
 

11:45am EDT

Building Literary Social Lives - Book Clubs, Book Reviews, and More

Everyone who teaches children to read faces the conundrum that although the act of reading is often a solitary mental activity, students learn to comprehend deeply when they engage in constructivist, social learning. In this session, I’ll share a wide range of tools, apps, and strategies I’ve used with my third graders to infuse our reading workshop with the power of social communication and to assess my students’ reading development.

From close eReading using Subtext to online book recommendations using Biblionasium, I’ll share actual examples of student work and videos of how we use these tools in my classroom. I’ll even share the anecdotal results of this May’s classroom experiment when we pack away all of the books and print materials in my classroom and try a solid month with only eReading and digital texts available to the students. Come listen in on the social reading buzz in my classroom!


Speakers
avatar for Alycia Zimmerman

Alycia Zimmerman

Grade 3 G&T Teacher, PS 33 Chelsea Prep, NYC DOE
Alycia Zimmerman has been going on intellectual adventures with her third grade students for seven years. Prior to becoming a teacher with the New York City Teaching Fellows program, Alycia worked as a life sciences assistant editor for Oxford University Press. Working alongside her... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 18
 

10:20am EDT

Common Core: Flip Instruction & Create Student-Centered Classrooms

“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” Lecture alone is ineffective whether it is live or online. So, the challenge with the flipped classroom model is to engage students around the content in a dynamic way. Then class time can be used to create learning communities where students communicate, collaborate and create! Given the myriad tools at our fingertips, this is becoming easier to do!


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker

Educator, Trainer, Coach, Speaker & Author, catlintucker.com
Link to Catlin's Presentation --> bit.ly/BellinghamPresoCatlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County where she taught for 16 years. Catlin is pursuing her doctorate... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:45am EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza