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Wednesday, July 16
 

10:20am EDT

Beyond Googling: Building the Conditions for Structured Inquiry

Over the journey that has been Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, they have become really deeply aware of how inquiry is a process. Similarly, Chesterfield County, Virginia has scaled inquiry-based blended learning to 60,000 students. The five core values of Inquiry, Research, Collaboration, Presentation and Reflection are at the heart of the inquiry process and everything they do as a school, but there are some differences with the way SLA approaches instruction at the individual school level and how teachers in a large, managed instruction district approach instruction.  At  the center of any great the inquiry process is that the person engaging in the inquiry, the learner, who actually cares about the questions they are asking. In this session Chris Lehmann, principal of the school, and Adam Seldow, executive director of technology in Chesterfield County, VA will highlight the core values and show how you can put inquiry into practice at any level and any scale.


Speakers
avatar for Chris  Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Founder, Science Leadership Academy
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally. Science Leadership... Read More →
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Dr. Adam Seldow

Executive Director of Technology, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Dr. Adam Seldow serves as the Executive Director of Technology for the Chesterfield County Public Schools near Richmond, VA. He is the recipient of the 2013 Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educator's Voice Award for Innovator of the Year, as well as the 2012 recipient of the... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

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
"

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

10:20am EDT

Flipping the Classroom using "Just in Time" Recording

Do the challenges to flipping your class prevent you from getting started? Are you having a hard time seeing when the best time to start flipping would be? Learn how “Just In Time” recording – where you can record as you teach without having to take additional time from your day - helps you overcome the barriers to flipping your class and can get you up and running easily and quickly.  Finally, we will spend some time on what makes the best videos and digital content.  


Speakers
avatar for Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson

Head Maker Wrangler, Echo Horizon School (independent)
Sam Patterson, M.F.A., Ed.D. is a Makerspace teacher for PreK-6th grade students at Echo Horizon School in Culver City California. Dr. Patterson is an innovative teacher using puppet building and computer programming to inspire kids to create and share. His shares his work through... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Stuart - 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

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

Kid Flipping Kids: Producing Student-Created Tutorials
This session focuses on the benefits of student-created tutorials. For over seven years, our students have been happily creating tutorial screencasts on their own time after school and for no extra credit or grade. The students are energized to take an active role in their own learning. These peer-to-peer lessons engage students because the students in the videos speak the same ""kid language"" and the student-created screencasts enable them an opportunity to see multiple ways to solve a problem.

You will view student-created screencasts, discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, how to share them on-line, how to use the videos as authentic assessment and tutoring tools, how to produce them on a budget (using iPads, tablets or desktops), how the student tutorials are used to flip our classroom as well as glimpse at some emerging positive data. Let's make and share some student tutorials!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Math Teacher, Mathtrain TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model.  For over seven years, Eric’s students have been using screencasting software to create math video lessons... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

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

2:35pm EDT

Copyrights? Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Google Generation
This session is designed to clear up copyright confusion and helps teachers understand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law, especially in relationship to the increased use of digital media, mass media and popular culture as tools for building students' critical thinking and communication skills. Learn some helpful ideas and tools to teach students and staff about copyright and fair use.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hokanson

Kristin Hokanson

Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as... Read More →
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Teryl Magee

Educational Consultant
Teryl Magee spent over a decade in public education as an elementary teacher, mentor teacher, and instructional coach with Knox County Schools. She holds a BS and M. Ed in from The University of Tennessee. As an education consultant she has worked with students and teachers across... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

District Wide Implementation of Google Apps for Education
Your school or district is going Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a system where students and teachers can use the tools all within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices they can use back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

iCan: Integrating Technology in a Global Learning Environment - How it All Comes Together
This session will focus on providing a concise vision of how all of the pieces come together to create a succinct global learning environment. Discussion will include the necessity of a virtual platform for instructional delivery, how to keep students informed, as well as how to best maximize resources, create a paperless classroom, allow for collaboration, assess learning, and provide feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Boydstun

Chrissy Boydstun

English Teacher, Mansfield High School
Chrissy is passionate about transforming learning in the digital age as students transition from direct teach to a blended model in an effort to break down the walls of education that limit learning to a class period or school day. Always eager to teach innovative lessons that inspire... Read More →
avatar for Brian Boydstun

Brian Boydstun

Biology Teacher, Summit High School
Brian Boydstun is an innovative teacher of biology at Summit High School, which is part of the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas and has been teaching in Texas for the past twelve years... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

Learner-Driven Curriculum - Flipped Asynchronous and Flipped Discussion Models
One of the most difficult questions to answer is, ""why are we learning this?"" The reason for this question is that teachers have always determined the specifics of the course curriculum, some going as far as creating a calendar to make sure everything is planned for each day, with little to no input from the learner.
Why not let learners determine what they learn, and in what order? Why not let them determine whether or not they as a class have mastered the material? Why not let them determine the types of assessments used? This session will focus on varying levels of ownership that learners can take on to ensure that they are engaged in a curriculum that they helped to create. Concepts such as ""overview days"" will shape a classroom where facilitators can truly facilitate, allowing learners to construct peer evaluations that hold themselves accountable to their own standards.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/AP Calculus, Coppell ISD
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Math/AP Calculus teacher at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. For the last seven years, Ian has used uses the flipped... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 

How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 programs and more.

Leave with a unified goal for teaching and learning with technology and ideas for how to evaluate the teaching with technology that occurs within your school in order to assess the impact your investment has.


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 →


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

2:35pm EDT

Tapping Passion and Reflection for Learning- The Vlogger
Video blogging is a refreshing way to transform more traditional assessments such as essays into creative, student-driven presentations of knowledge. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples, including a variety of styles such as Common Craft, RSA animate,documentary, stop-motion, screen capture, and the ubiquitous "talking head". You will find that when students vlog they are generally more passionate about demonstrating and reflecting on their learning, and even the more timid individuals can often gain confidence, allowing for a different perspective on their progress. Get started with participating in the VoxBoxED21 Project Amy developed with fellow teacher Casey Agena - join in a global community of “confession box” vloggers using simple tools such as custom niches, iPads, and velcro.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

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 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

4:00pm EDT

BLC Learning Design Space

How often do you leave a workshop or conference session brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Bring your take-aways and join this “maker space” to design, develop and test-drive your ideas for lessons and activities. Members of the November Learning Team will be on hand to support efforts and share key strategies for transformative learning design. Question, reflect, revise and redesign to your heart’s content, knowing you’ll leave with your mind full and a set of activities planned for the #1st5days…and beyond!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

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 →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm EDT

Thirty Years of Flipping Classroom Instruction
This presentation will cover innovations, instructional techniques and lessons learned in over thirty years of "Flipping" instruction in K-18 classrooms, situated in different cultural contexts from the Arctic to the Equator and in some locations in between. While the technologies and capabilities have dynamically evolved over the years, the basic strategies and themes that will be demonstrated should provide an easy segue for using any technology both in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace... Read More →


Wednesday July 16, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session
 
Thursday, July 17
 

10:20am EDT

Copyrights? Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Google Generation
This session is designed to clear up copyright confusion and helps teachers understand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law, especially in relationship to the increased use of digital media, mass media and popular culture as tools for building students' critical thinking and communication skills. Learn some helpful ideas and tools to teach students and staff about copyright and fair use.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Hokanson

Kristin Hokanson

Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as... Read More →
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Teryl Magee

Educational Consultant
Teryl Magee spent over a decade in public education as an elementary teacher, mentor teacher, and instructional coach with Knox County Schools. She holds a BS and M. Ed in from The University of Tennessee. As an education consultant she has worked with students and teachers across... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

De-Mystifying Global Education Tools
Join author of acclaimed "Growing Up Global" and the new "Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners" and school advisor/mentor, Homa Tavangar, in an exploration of effective tools for enhancing global learning. Learn about integrating global competencies into all academic areas and "specials," including Common Core Standards; get more buy-in from staff and volunteers; tap into existing, underutilized resources of your school community; form meaningful partnerships, and come away with inspiration to sustain your efforts for bringing the world home.

Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is... Read More →


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

10:20am EDT

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
This session will cover bringing your course from your classroom to the world. From planning, implementation, and execution this session will allow you to see the whole picture of utilizing iTunes U. Individualizing student needs has never been easier, and this energetic and exciting presentation will get you ready to put your course online and in the hands of all your students.

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
Learn the advantages of using iTunes U.
Learn how to effectively start up an iTunes U course.
Learn how to transform the learning experience for students.
Learn how your iTunes U course can expand your classroom to the world

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am 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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

10:20am EDT

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standards
Creating novel solutions to real-world problems intrinsically motivates students to realize deep, lasting learning. With today’s technological tools, it is easier than ever for students to be empowered to solve problems by creating real products for real audiences, both locally and globally. During this session, we will discuss how to use current standards to create problem-based units and demonstrate how problem-based, authentic learning can be used with any standards/content to provide an environment in which students are naturally motivated and in which teachers can differentiate in a sophisticated manner.
"

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide... Read More →
avatar for Heather Popilek

Heather Popilek

District Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator, Wheeling CCSD21
Heather Popilek is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices.  Heather is currently working as the district Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator. Heather enjoys learning new things... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

11:45am 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

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

Flipping the Classroom using "Just in Time" Recording

Do the challenges to flipping your class prevent you from getting started? Are you having a hard time seeing when the best time to start flipping would be? Learn how “Just In Time” recording – where you can record as you teach without having to take additional time from your day - helps you overcome the barriers to flipping your class and can get you up and running easily and quickly.  Finally, we will spend some time on what makes the best videos and digital content.  


Speakers
avatar for Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson

Head Maker Wrangler, Echo Horizon School (independent)
Sam Patterson, M.F.A., Ed.D. is a Makerspace teacher for PreK-6th grade students at Echo Horizon School in Culver City California. Dr. Patterson is an innovative teacher using puppet building and computer programming to inspire kids to create and share. His shares his work through... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am EDT

iTunes U: A Global Perspective
This session will cover bringing your course from your classroom to the world. From planning, implementation, and execution this session will allow you to see the whole picture of utilizing iTunes U. Individualizing student needs has never been easier, and this energetic and exciting presentation will get you ready to put your course online and in the hands of all your students.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Fore

Michael Fore

Educational Technology Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Michael Fore is a front-runner in the realm of digital learning environments. As a founding member of the TASA initiative, Michael is the instructor of a course which currently has over 7,000 enrolled worldwide. In addition, to maintaining a global digital course, Michael has been... Read More →
avatar for Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness

EdTech, Mansfield, ISD
Catherine McGuinness is one of the premier teachers in the state of Texas. Holding a dual citizenship in both the United States and South Africa, Catherine is able to bring a global view to her educational design. As a founding member of the joint Apple and TASA project, Catherine... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

Kids Flipping Kids: Producing Student-Created Tutorials
This session focuses on the benefits of student-created tutorials. For over seven years, our students have been happily creating tutorial screencasts on their own time after school and for no extra credit or grade. The students are energized to take an active role in their own learning. These peer-to-peer lessons engage students because the students in the videos speak the same ""kid language"" and the student-created screencasts enable them an opportunity to see multiple ways to solve a problem.

You will view student-created screencasts, discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, how to share them on-line, how to use the videos as authentic assessment and tutoring tools, how to produce them on a budget (using iPads, tablets or desktops), how the student tutorials are used to flip our classroom as well as glimpse at some emerging positive data. Let's make and share some student tutorials!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Math Teacher, Mathtrain TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model.  For over seven years, Eric’s students have been using screencasting software to create math video lessons... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

Tapping Passion and Reflection for Learning- The Vlogger
Video blogging is a refreshing way to transform more traditional assessments such as essays into creative, student-driven presentations of knowledge. This presentation will offer tips, tools, and examples, including a variety of styles such as Common Craft, RSA animate,documentary, stop-motion, screen capture, and the ubiquitous "talking head". You will find that when students vlog they are generally more passionate about demonstrating and reflecting on their learning, and even the more timid individuals can often gain confidence, allowing for a different perspective on their progress. Get started with participating in the VoxBoxED21 Project Amy developed with fellow teacher Casey Agena - join in a global community of “confession box” vloggers using simple tools such as custom niches, iPads, and velcro.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

The World Is My Audience
Do your students struggle with writing? Do they argue with you when you ask them to write? If you answered yes to these questions this session is for you. The World Is My Audience will focus on how to take struggling writers and motivate them by changing their audience. In this session you will learn how I used iBooks Author and Book Creator to publish student writing for the world. Change their audience, change their lives. Leave behind a legacy and watch the motivation soar.

http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/01/using-book-creator-support-autistic-students/

Speakers
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City Schools
Jon Smith is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon was a special education teacher... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Make du Jour: Fostering Daily Creativity and a Personalized Learning Strategy with Choice and Voice
Sir Ken Robinson claims that “creativity is as important as literacy”. In an age when most information is “Googleable” how do we craft assessment tasks that allow our students to practice divergent and critical thinking? How can we give them opportunities to both demonstrate their learning and their ability to apply and create knowledge, fostering the shift from consumption to production? More importantly, how do we move beyond the “assignment” stage and encourage students to be intrinsically motivated to make beautiful things on a regular basis? One of the greatest challenges is developing ideas, finding time, and offering opportunities for students work on creative projects. Even if you don’t have the luxury of  offering a project-based curriculum, you can still develop a steady diet of ongoing, “back-burner” projects that gets students to “dare to make and share”. This workshop will explore ways to instill a creative culture in your classroom, with everything from low-entry point crowdsourced uses of social media to the #showyourwork movement which asks students to be overt about their design thinking, creative process, and troubleshooting and contribute to collective knowledge. At the heart of personalized learning is creative freedom, but students often need a spark of inspiration, a design brief, or mentorship to get them on the road to making. Finally, we’ll look at teacher-as-creator as well, and the importance of transparency and curation in facilitating creativity in the classroom. “There is no win, there is no fail, there is only make” (John Cage).

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  Main Conference Session  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Dynamic Digital Portfolios
Our students in Grade 3 have created amazing digital portfolios that allow them to reflect on their work and receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work
completed on both iPads and computers, and store all selected information (photos, video clips, projects , photos of handwritten work in one place. We use Voicethread to create a seamless digital
portfolio experience whether the student work is created in Pixie, Keynote, Kidspiration, Share, PuppetPals, Storykit etc. with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. The basic principles and ideas shared can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other software or apps, for example Share (Tech4Learning) and Google Sites.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
avatar for Susan Worsnup

Susan Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Learner-Driven Curriculum - Flipped Asynchronous and Flipped Discussion Models
One of the most difficult questions to answer is, ""why are we learning this?"" The reason for this question is that teachers have always determined the specifics of the course curriculum, some going as far as creating a calendar to make sure everything is planned for each day, with little to no input from the learner.
Why not let learners determine what they learn, and in what order? Why not let them determine whether or not they as a class have mastered the material? Why not let them determine the types of assessments used? This session will focus on varying levels of ownership that learners can take on to ensure that they are engaged in a curriculum that they helped to create. Concepts such as ""overview days"" will shape a classroom where facilitators can truly facilitate, allowing learners to construct peer evaluations that hold themselves accountable to their own standards.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/AP Calculus, Coppell ISD
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Math/AP Calculus teacher at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. For the last seven years, Ian has used uses the flipped... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standard
Providing students with the opportunities to be involved in all stages of a district or school 1:1 plan and implementation allows for high levels of ownership and engagement. Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, Illinois included students in all stages of the process of identifying which device would best serve the District’s needs--from having students, first, select a platform to then meet with experts, decide on a device, outline their rationale for the staff committee simultaneously working on the same project, and then presenting alongside staff members to the Board of Education. Following the decision to proceed with the purchase of Chromebooks, students have continued to maintain ownership for the process by participating in other projects, including identifying locations in the community that provide free access to the Internet and creating policies and guidelines for other students.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide... Read More →
avatar for Heather Popilek

Heather Popilek

District Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator, Wheeling CCSD21
Heather Popilek is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices.  Heather is currently working as the district Science and Exploratory Curriculum Coordinator. Heather enjoys learning new things... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Shilpa Yarlagadda and Friends - Keynote Followup - Club Academia
Is it safe to say that students are changing the world? In this session, you'll meet several who not only had, but have acted upon, powerful ideas celebrating what technology can do for teaching and learning. They run Club Academia; if you haven't heard of them yet, you will. They're creating videos by the hundreds, training their teachers and speaking all over the world, and now they're coming to you. Wear socks that you don't care about losing when they get blown off.

Speakers
KC

Kelsey Chan

Founding Member, Club Academia
Kelsey is an incoming freshman at MIT who loves teaching and working with young children. She has made over 200 calculus and French videos for Club Academia and is now working with Shilpa Yarlagadda to encourage students from other schools to make educational video tutorials for their... Read More →
avatar for Roya Huang

Roya Huang

Student - Co-Founder of Club Academia
Roya Huang, co-founder of Club Academia, is a freshman at Williams College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Outside of schoolwork and Club Academia, Roya is involved in the Williams College Law Society (President) and volunteer... Read More →
SM

Sara Ma

Founding Member, USC
Sara is an incoming freshman at University of Southern California majoring in the arts, sciences and business of technology. She is currently working with Shilpa to design and expand Club Academia Global which allows any student to contribute to the Club Academia video tutorial community... Read More →
avatar for Shilpa Yarlagadda

Shilpa Yarlagadda

Student - Founder of Club Academia, Club Academia
Shilpa is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. From her involvement... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm EDT

Do You Know What Kids Are Doing With Their Smartphones When You Are Not Watching?
Digital citizenship is a critical skill set in today’s technology rich and globally connected society. A growing number of schools allow students to bring their own mobile devices but often fail to acknowledge the digital disconnect between students and teachers.

Technology and digital media allow students to explore, develop their global IQ, collaborate, and learn in ways never before imagined. This can only materialize, however, with the appropriate teaching practices, and when both students and teachers exercise responsible, safe and ethical behavior.

Students misuse technology due to boredom, curiosity and peer pressure. Participants in this session will become familiar with apps students commonly use to consume content, create content, connect with other people, and play. While some apps may have instructional value, educators should be vigilant about many others.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanna Clavello

Suzanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leadership, I... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

Feeling overwhelmed? ... So were we!
Meet two teachers, Meghan Snee and Melinda Soliwoda, who attended the BLC conference last summer. They walked in with new iPads, not knowing how they would be incorporated in the classroom, let alone how to set up a blog...and what's a hashtag anyway...and what do you mean teachers should be tweeting?!
Coming from a school district that was attempting to launch themselves into the 21st century, these teachers were eager to learn, but feeling completely overwhelmed at how much they didn't know existed in the land of technology in today's classroom.

Come hear first hand how these two teachers were inspired, motivated, and determined to turn their classrooms into the future of learning after three days at the BLC conference. Learn how they blogged, tweeted, posted, linked, uploaded, embedded and flipped their thinking. And no, they aren't teaching high schoolers, they teach second and fifth grade. If they can do this, so can you.
These two teachers are still learning something new about technology everyday. They enjoy sharing their knowledge with their students and colleagues. They want to share it with you, and help you feel less overwhelmed and more, 'I can do this!'

Get a crash course in:
- Edmodo
- titanpad
- qr codes
- blogging
- video tutorials
- Prezi
- ScribblePress
- Twitter
- and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Snee

Meghan Snee

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

Melinda Soliwoda

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

My Dream Classroom Model
This session tells the tale of one teacher’s journey to create her dream classroom scenario through the use of flipping, gamifying, differentiation and project-based learning in one inspired classroom setup…. and how she lived to tell about it! Learn how their use in tandem created a new model for academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

2:35pm EDT

Thirty Years of Flipping Classroom Instruction
This presentation will cover innovations, instructional techniques and lessons learned in over thirty years of "Flipping" instruction in K-18 classrooms, situated in different cultural contexts from the Arctic to the Equator and in some locations in between. While the technologies and capabilities have dynamically evolved over the years, the basic strategies and themes that will be demonstrated should provide an easy segue for using any technology both in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Sponder

Barry Sponder

Professor of Ed Leadership/Instructional Technology, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Barry Sponder is a Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In addition, he's an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology at The University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Dr. Sponder is a former Peace... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

4:00pm EDT

BLC Learning Design Space

How often do you leave a workshop or conference session brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Bring your take-aways and join this “maker space” to design, develop and test-drive your ideas for lessons and activities. Members of the November Learning Team will be on hand to support efforts and share key strategies for transformative learning design. Question, reflect, revise and redesign to your heart’s content, knowing you’ll leave with your mind full and a set of activities planned for the #1st5days…and beyond!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

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 →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Plaza Ballroom

4:00pm EDT

iCan: Integrating Technology in a Global Learning Environment - How it All Comes Together
This session will focus on providing a concise vision of how all of the pieces come together to create a succinct global learning environment. Discussion will include the necessity of a virtual platform for instructional delivery, how to keep students informed, as well as how to best maximize resources, create a paperless classroom, allow for collaboration, assess learning, and provide feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissy Boydstun

Chrissy Boydstun

English Teacher, Mansfield High School
Chrissy is passionate about transforming learning in the digital age as students transition from direct teach to a blended model in an effort to break down the walls of education that limit learning to a class period or school day. Always eager to teach innovative lessons that inspire... Read More →
avatar for Brian Boydstun

Brian Boydstun

Biology Teacher, Summit High School
Brian Boydstun is an innovative teacher of biology at Summit High School, which is part of the Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas. He received his Masters in Education from the University of Arkansas and has been teaching in Texas for the past twelve years... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

4:00pm EDT

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 

How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 programs and more.

Leave with a unified goal for teaching and learning with technology and ideas for how to evaluate the teaching with technology that occurs within your school in order to assess the impact your investment has.


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 →


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

4:00pm 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’.

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie Lia

Stefanie Lia

Merrylands High School


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

4:00pm EDT

The World Is My Audience
Do your students struggle with writing? Do they argue with you when you ask them to write? If you answered yes to these questions this session is for you. The World Is My Audience will focus on how to take struggling writers and motivate them by changing their audience. In this session you will learn how I used iBooks Author and Book Creator to publish student writing for the world. Change their audience, change their lives. Leave behind a legacy and watch the motivation soar.

http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/01/using-book-creator-support-autistic-students/

Speakers
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Technology Integration Specialist, Alliance City Schools
Jon Smith is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Alliance City Schools where his class iBooks project has attracted attention for its global reach and practical approaches to integrating transliteracy practices into the classroom. Jon was a special education teacher... Read More →


Thursday July 17, 2014 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session
 
Friday, July 18
 

10:20am EDT

Dynamic Digital Portfolios
Our students in Grade 3 have created amazing digital portfolios that allow them to reflect on their work and receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work
completed on both iPads and computers, and store all selected information (photos, video clips, projects , photos of handwritten work in one place. We use Voicethread to create a seamless digital
portfolio experience whether the student work is created in Pixie, Keynote, Kidspiration, Share, PuppetPals, Storykit etc. with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. The basic principles and ideas shared can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other software or apps, for example Share (Tech4Learning) and Google Sites.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
avatar for Susan Worsnup

Susan Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

10:20am EDT

Feeling overwhelmed? ... So were we!
Meet two teachers, Meghan Snee and Melinda Soliwoda, who attended the BLC conference last summer. They walked in with new iPads, not knowing how they would be incorporated in the classroom, let alone how to set up a blog...and what's a hashtag anyway...and what do you mean teachers should be tweeting?!
Coming from a school district that was attempting to launch themselves into the 21st century, these teachers were eager to learn, but feeling completely overwhelmed at how much they didn't know existed in the land of technology in today's classroom.

Come hear first hand how these two teachers were inspired, motivated, and determined to turn their classrooms into the future of learning after three days at the BLC conference. Learn how they blogged, tweeted, posted, linked, uploaded, embedded and flipped their thinking. And no, they aren't teaching high schoolers, they teach second and fifth grade. If they can do this, so can you.
These two teachers are still learning something new about technology everyday. They enjoy sharing their knowledge with their students and colleagues. They want to share it with you, and help you feel less overwhelmed and more, 'I can do this!'

Get a crash course in:
- Edmodo
- titanpad
- qr codes
- blogging
- video tutorials
- Prezi
- ScribblePress
- Twitter
- and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Snee

Meghan Snee

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

Melinda Soliwoda

Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

De-Mystifying Global Education Tools
Join author of acclaimed "Growing Up Global" and the new "Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners" and school advisor/mentor, Homa Tavangar, in an exploration of effective tools for enhancing global learning. Learn about integrating global competencies into all academic areas and "specials," including Common Core Standards; get more buy-in from staff and volunteers; tap into existing, underutilized resources of your school community; form meaningful partnerships, and come away with inspiration to sustain your efforts for bringing the world home.

Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

My Dream Classroom Model
This session tells the tale of one teacher’s journey to create her dream classroom scenario through the use of flipping, gamifying, differentiation and project-based learning in one inspired classroom setup…. and how she lived to tell about it! Learn how their use in tandem created a new model for academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Fisher

Susan Fisher

Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

11:45am EDT

Shilpa Yarlagadda and Friends - Keynote Followup - Club Academia
Is it safe to say that students are changing the world? In this session, you'll meet several who not only had, but have acted upon, powerful ideas celebrating what technology can do for teaching and learning. They run Club Academia; if you haven't heard of them yet, you will. They're creating videos by the hundreds, training their teachers and speaking all over the world, and now they're coming to you. Wear socks that you don't care about losing when they get blown off.

Speakers
KC

Kelsey Chan

Founding Member, Club Academia
Kelsey is an incoming freshman at MIT who loves teaching and working with young children. She has made over 200 calculus and French videos for Club Academia and is now working with Shilpa Yarlagadda to encourage students from other schools to make educational video tutorials for their... Read More →
avatar for Roya Huang

Roya Huang

Student - Co-Founder of Club Academia
Roya Huang, co-founder of Club Academia, is a freshman at Williams College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Outside of schoolwork and Club Academia, Roya is involved in the Williams College Law Society (President) and volunteer... Read More →
SM

Sara Ma

Founding Member, USC
Sara is an incoming freshman at University of Southern California majoring in the arts, sciences and business of technology. She is currently working with Shilpa to design and expand Club Academia Global which allows any student to contribute to the Club Academia video tutorial community... Read More →
avatar for Shilpa Yarlagadda

Shilpa Yarlagadda

Student - Founder of Club Academia, Club Academia
Shilpa is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. From her involvement... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm EDT

Do You Know What Kids Are Doing With Their Smartphones When You Are Not Watching?
Digital citizenship is a critical skill set in today’s technology rich and globally connected society. A growing number of schools allow students to bring their own mobile devices but often fail to acknowledge the digital disconnect between students and teachers.

Technology and digital media allow students to explore, develop their global IQ, collaborate, and learn in ways never before imagined. This can only materialize, however, with the appropriate teaching practices, and when both students and teachers exercise responsible, safe and ethical behavior.

Students misuse technology due to boredom, curiosity and peer pressure. Participants in this session will become familiar with apps students commonly use to consume content, create content, connect with other people, and play. While some apps may have instructional value, educators should be vigilant about many others.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanna Clavello

Suzanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leadership, I... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Oh, the relationships you'll build!

Transforming class culture to make things personal using the flipped classroom model.

With the increasing demand to make courses more rigorous and cover more material, it can be challenging to find the time to check in with each student in your classroom on a daily basis. How do you ensure that you are able to address each of your student's questions, concerns and comprehension? How will you have enough time to connect with each and every one of your students on a personal level? Stacey will explain how the flipped model can be used to create a participatory learning environment. Through pre-recording lessons and sending the teacher-driven lecture home, students can regain a voice in the classroom. Interactive elements, such as embedded quizzes, can help give the teacher a snapshot of individual learners' needs and customize one-on-one and small group conversations.


Speakers
avatar for Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Director of Innovation & Educational Technology and Math Teacher, Bullis School, Potomac, MD
Stacey Roshan is Director of Innovation & Educational Technology at Bullis School and author of Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms. She is passionate about discovering and bringing innovative tools into... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:15pm EDT

District Wide Implementation of Google Apps for Education
Your school or district is going Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a system where students and teachers can use the tools all within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices they can use back to their classrooms.

Speakers
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Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development... Read More →


Friday July 18, 2014 1:15pm - 2:35pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor