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Monday, July 22
 

8:00am EDT

The Problem Finders

Project-based learning has been let down in too many instances with “fake”, academic, theoretical problems that need solving. The learning processes involved are at best fuzzy for most educators: what is “collaboration”, “student-designed” and “student-led” learning?

NEW and IMPROVED session for BLC13

  • Learn from the creative practices of some of the best media and tech companies in the world.
  • Find out what the independent and collaborative learning skills and processes these growing creative industries, and other business, require.
  • Hear inspiring mini-talks, stories from schools around the world and participate in a series of highly engaging discussions and exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Pre-conference

1:00pm EDT

Re-designing Assessment

Unpacking the broad assessment agenda we face in schools today and exploring new insights and solutions for the challenges we face.

Let’s face it, the assessment agenda is fraught with mixed metaphors, blind alleys and confusing vocabulary! We need to get to grips with this powerful part of learning. We need to put assessment back on to our own daily agenda and not just for a grade at the end of the course. Let’s re-establish assessment in it’s rightful place as an integral part of any learning.

  • It is all about the grade at the end of the day. How can I break this everlasting cycle?
  • I want my students to be more central in their learning, how do I take steps towards this?
  • I think I am doing OK with assessment in my classroom, but how does this compare with elsewhere in the world? Do others face the same challenge?

 


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops... Read More →


Monday July 22, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Pre-conference

1:00pm EDT

The Art of APPlication, Part 2: Using Apps to Design Collaborative Opportunities for Students to Create and Contribute Content

How often do you leave a workshop brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Following our first session, Apps Task-onomy, we will dig even further as we investigate ways to implement recommended apps into YOUR practice. Join this "make session", where participants will create lessons and app-tivities for immediate use in their class(es).

 


Speakers
avatar for Jordy Whitmer

Jordy Whitmer

Learner, Teacher, Facilitator, BalancEdTech
Jordy is a 3rd-8th grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School in Birmingham MI. Always curious, Jordy has: taught in 3 different districts for 20+ years; designed and facilitated school and district level initiatives for Birmingham; served as Educator-On-Loan for the Michigan Department... 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 →


Monday July 22, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  Pre-conference
  • Suggested Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General (all audiences)
  • Attendee Requirements iPad (or other app device)
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

6:00pm EDT

Using cameras to Paint with Light and Improve writing

Bring your digital camera, a small flashlight (and tripod if possible), and join us on a walking tour of downtown Boston to explore night photography. Learn how to control light and use flashlights to paint with light and create imaginative images as a starting point for creative and point of view writing. If you have a camera with some manual settings bring it, but if you don’t we will use what ever camera you have or you can download the Slow Shutter iPhone app.

Engage students to paint their city, home and themselves in a different light using photography. We will investigate how we frame our photos (what we focus on, what we edit out) as a starting point for reflective practice, for writing, art and critical thinking in the classroom. Use photography to ignite imagination and create highly dramatic photos to render the familiar a little strange. Use these photos as a starting point for points of viewing writing.

This is a sample book that we created with our students on paint with light: 
http://www.blurb.com/books/1372522

 


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 →


Monday July 22, 2013 6:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  Pre-conference
  • Suggested Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General (all audiences)
  • Attendee Requirements If you have a camera with some manual settings bring it, but if you don't we will use what ever camera you have or you can download Slow Shutter iPhone app. IF you have an iPad, iPhone, laptop or tripod bring it (optional). Bring the cables to connect your camera to your laptop or a card readers so you can offload photos to computer. Bring a small flashlight and battery charger for your camera. Come with your camera fully charged and comfortable shoes.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 30
 
Tuesday, July 23
 

8:00am EDT

Creative and Critical Thinking: Creating Space for Innovation

Whether you're an innovator who’s seeking to break a new idea to colleagues and community, or a leader trying to manage the expectations of an engaged active team, finding space to innovate is tough. Leaders face the challenge of managing priorities and planning in advance for the unplannable innovations that might come around the corner. Innovators face the hurdle of seeing their initial ideas grow, become accepted and flourish into a widely adopted way of thinking, working or learning.

Our expertise grows from nearly a decade working in technology, fashion, TV and film media, leading projects to be on budget, on time and on top of the competition, coupled with a background in classroom, government advisory and technology leadership roles.

We will bring both these worlds together to help provoke your own team's response to managing creativity and creating space for more innovation in your schools and your education department. We will share compelling stories, discuss the learning from these, and introduce your team to tools for reuse in your innovation strategy.

 


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  Pre-conference

1:00pm EDT

Enriching Writing through Technology

Technology inspires students to be innovative and to confidently realize the potential of their imagination and literary expression. Creating texts using technology focuses students on the craft and artistry of writing, and taps into their creativity. This practical workshop will foster a deep understanding of how to use technology and explicit literacy strategies with students to motivate them to become confident and effective writers. A plethora of resources, practical strategies and student work samples will be shared.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Yager

Karen Yager

Deputy Head Student & Teaching Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School
I am the Dean of Studies at Knox Grammar School, and an English Method Lecturer at the University of NSW (UNSW). In 2011, UNSW appointed me as the ICT Pedagogy Officer. In this role I have developed a wiki for students and lecturers that features a plethora of ways to use technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  Pre-conference

1:00pm EDT

Leadership: Managing the Transition

How can leaders maximize student engagement and academic achievement? How can leaders encourage teachers and students to collaborate with peers and professionals around the world?

The goal of this session is to provide you with maximum capacity for effective leadership in the 21st Century. This session will outline essential skills for leaders and offer practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning process. Articulating vision and managing change will be emphasized, along with the following:

  • Alignment of curriculum to standards
  • Designing more rigorous, demanding and globally connected assignments
  • Building capacity for family and community involvement
  • Addressing issues related to equity
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Designing staff development programs
  • Defining new roles for students

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Tuesday July 23, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Pre-conference
  • Suggested Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Attendee Requirements None
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 70

1:00pm EDT

Technology in the Primary Classroom--Oh, the Possibilities!

The benefit of having technology in our classroom is not that we can do things better, but that it allows us to do things that were formerly impossible! Technology allows primary students to create in new ways, to connect with people and classrooms outside of their building and to share their work with the world. We’ll explore new tools, student examples, and classroom management techniques that will help make this shift possible in your classroom of little learners. 

We’ll investigate

  • How to keep our young learners safe online
  • Blogging tools that are appropriate for this age level
  • How to leverage Skype in your classroom
  • Classroom Twitter accounts--why would you want one?
  • How you can begin to connect your classroom with the world

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 →


Tuesday July 23, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Stanbro - 4th Floor
  Pre-conference
 
Wednesday, July 24
 

10:20am EDT

A Play2Learn Scavenger Hunt

Albert Einstein said: “Play is the highest form of research.” We’re going to do some serious research into the potential of iPads and other mobile devices for learning. First we’ll play. Then we’ll learn by unpacking the things we did while playing. Expect to be out of your seat and learning with others in this high impact, fun and educational session exploring practical ways iPads and other mobile devices can be used to help students learn and share their learning with the world. Walk away with a kit of resources you can easily adapt to your own school or classroom.

Don’t forget to bring along a smartphone or iPad!


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His relaxed... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am EDT

Classroom Activities Go Global: Blending Everyday Teaching and Learning with Virtual Cross-cultural Collaboration Activities

The advancement of technologies has made it common to share our daily life and work together with others across the globe. Such an interconnected society requires schools to prepare our kids to be competent in cross-cultural communications and global working environments.

Then, what should the school activities look like?  Should we design additional curricula focusing on global issues and or cultural information? What are the effective ways to transform teaching and learning methods to fulfill the requirement?

In exploring the answers through this session, participants will:

  • Understand how regular classroom activities could be blended with cross-culturally situated virtual learning environments.
  • Be introduced to one of the best practices in transforming local school curricula to be interculturally rich and globally collaborative.  
  • Ascertain the roles of class teachers, resource teachers, administrators and district offices in internationalizing school activities.
  • Discover the implications for adopting Common Core curriculum and assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eunhee Jung

Dr. Eunhee Jung

Founder & Executive Director, IVECA International Virtual Schooling
I am an ambitious and persistent scholar and education transformer. My life goal is to contribute to making a better world by educating future generation to become interculturally competent global citizens. ------- Bio Dr. Eunhee Jung is the Founder and Executive Director of IVECA... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Kidder

Rachel Kidder

School Library Media Specialist, Sunderland Elementary School
I have been a School Library Media Specialist for 3 years. I love my job and the students and teachers I am lucky enough to work with every day. I am passionate about helping students access, evaluate, use, create and share information. I especially love encouraging students to read... Read More →
avatar for Tim Merritt

Tim Merritt

Principal, Frontier Regional and Union 38 School Districts
I am presently an Elementary Principal in the western part of Massachusetts. Prior to my work in adminstration, I taught secondary English including Advanced Placement Literature, Journalism and Composition. Before entering Education, I led Sales and Marketing teams in the High Tech... Read More →
avatar for Ellen VonFlatern

Ellen VonFlatern

Grade Six Classroom Teacher, Sunderland Elementary School
I have been teaching elementary school for approximately 14 years in a small town in rural Western Massachusetts. I love my school, my job and learning news things in order to help me be the most effective teacher possible. I was fortunate to be a participant in the IVECA program... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Crowdsourcing edu content Ideas for activating your network to not only connect but to create

A hugely popular session at BLC12 this session will get you busy building and sharing your expertise! Professional networks are brimming with resources and links and it sometimes feels like too much. One of the best ways to narrow the focus is to crowdsource specific content. Networks should not simply be about connecting with fellow educators, we need to activate the huge potential they have and create together.

Learn alongside Tom Barrett who has been spending the last 5 years crowdsourcing resources that support teacher’s professional development as well as inspire engaging learning in the classroom!

- How can I make crowdsourcing a part of how I design materials for teachers and students?
- How do I engage all of my staff to be able to engage in creating resources together?
- How can I filter the vast amount of resources that I see everyday in my online networks? How do I make the most of the resources available?
- What tools can I use to help create resources with other teachers in my district?

Attendees will

- understand how a network can be a powerful tool for co-creation and not just connections;
- reflect on their own creative practices and how crowdsourcing might fit in;
- see real world examples of how crowdsourcing innovations are being applied in sectors beyond the education sector;
- see a range of examples of successfully crowdsourced resources for education.
- take away a range of tools and models to crowdsource unique resources for your classes and schools;
- see crowdsourcing in action


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

10:20am EDT

Shift Happens: Are you in denial? And for how long?

This workshop will respond to the following learning questions:
1) What elements must we shift in our own methods to take advantage of the global communications revolution and the incredible, transformative options available?
2) How can we design (not just assign) more motivating yet vigorous student work? "


Speakers
avatar for Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

Educator, Concordia International School
Michael currently teaches middle school students at Concordia International School Shanghai.  As an ADE, coupled with a heart for the Greater China community, Michael has written several articles, served on the advisory board for the K12 Horizon Report and presented at numerous conferences... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Your school library--mobile, flipped, and curated
Today's school libraries should move well beyond their walls supporting flipped classrooms, curating content and instruction, and finding their ways onto every student's mobile device.

E-content and mobile technology transform the role of the librarian and notion of library. Participants will rethink library as a hybrid platform and explore options for addressing ubiquitous portable service, instruction, and resources. Presenters will share options and strategies for curating, flipping, and mobilizing the traditional physical library for 24/7 availability.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Luhtala

Michelle Luhtala

Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School
New Canaan High School, edWeb.net, Library Journal "Movers and Shakers" All presentations and resources from my sessions can be found at http://bit.ly/iasl16keynote
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza

Joyce Kasman Valenza

Teacher Librarian, Springfield Township High School
Joyce Kasman Valenza loves her work as the teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School (PA)! For ten years, she was the techlife@school columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She currently blogs for School Library Journal. She considers herself a mother and a founding... Read More →



Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Creativity and Academic Excellence

Creativity is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration' - Thomas Edison.

The path to the creative society of the future goes straight through the classroom. When students have been taught the essential skills and knowledge of each subject they develop a deeper understanding of the material and are able to go beyond existing knowledge and transfer this knowledge to new situations. All of the research demonstrates that creativity only happens with sustained hard work, skill, and the confidence needed to take risks. According to Collard, ‘Creative skills aren't just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen.’

We need to prepare our students to excel in examinations so that they can access the career paths they have chosen, but we also need to ensure that our students are to be able to enter the world as confident, creative individuals who can deal with the diverse and challenging problems they will encounter. Our students will have to master disciplinary knowledge and expertise to do well in tests, but if they are to flourish in the world, they must learn to uncover the learning, and understand how everything connects together, and how to link knowledge across disciplines. When we enable our students to achieve this their creativity will be unleashed.

This workshop will explore practical ways to unleash creativity in your students and enable them to flourish academically. A plethora of strategies, ideas and resources will be shared.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Yager

Karen Yager

Deputy Head Student & Teaching Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School
I am the Dean of Studies at Knox Grammar School, and an English Method Lecturer at the University of NSW (UNSW). In 2011, UNSW appointed me as the ICT Pedagogy Officer. In this role I have developed a wiki for students and lecturers that features a plethora of ways to use technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am EDT

Using the iPad for Assessment


For the past year my school has been running a one-to-one iPad pilot for students in grades 7 - 12. The iPad allows for both formative and summative assessments using a variety of Apps and projects. These Apps and projects provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts using all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy from remembering and understanding to evaluating and creating. In this session I will share our most successful projects and our favorite Apps. When iPads are used effectively, they are more than just a laptop replacement.
Apps will include

•Explain Everything
•iMovie
•iStopmotion
•iBooks
•Book Creator.
•Socrative
•Nearpod



Speakers
avatar for Liz Bleich Davis

Liz Bleich Davis

Director of Curriculum, Keys School


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

How apps can empower change and even save students!

Blake Copeland and Britt Knighton address the biggest issues facing education today, including: cutting edge methods for learning, making effective academically focused social networks, and combating campus emergency situations through smartphones.


Speakers
avatar for Blake Copeland

Blake Copeland

Student and iOS Developer, RETech, Inc.
As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year... Read More →
avatar for Britt Knighton

Britt Knighton

Marketing Director, ReTech
Britt is the creative director at Hole in the Roof marketing. He focuses on brand strategy and product design in the web, app, apparel, and promo product world. The son of two retired educators, His involvement with ReTech has been a joining of two passions: Dynamic design and bettering... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am EDT

Using the Power of Story to Advocate for the Most Critical 21st Century Skills - The "4C's" - Plus 1

Join twin brothers Peter H. Reynolds and Paul Reynolds as they challenge educators to incorporate the 4 C's plus 1, in their approach to teaching and learning:   Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, plus one - Compassion.   They share their short film, "Above and Beyond" along with a sneak peak of a new book called “Going Places". This fable helps show that content mastery with the 4 C's plus 1 can provide students with the "wings" they need to meet the demands of higher education, career, and life in a global society and world economy. In addition, hear about Peter's ‘essentials’ that foster creativity and innovation in the classroom. Participants leave with a renewed sense of engagement and a practical list of tools to tackle this challenge.




Speakers
avatar for Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

CEO, FableVision
Paul Reynolds can't quite remember the moment the egg split, altering his life forever, but he's thoroughly glad it did. His twin brother Peter has been a source of constant inspiration and cosmic companionship during his entire life journey. After a short incubator stay in a hospital... Read More →
avatar for FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
About Peter H. ReynoldsPeter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision (www.fablevision.com), an award-winning educational multimedia development company co-located at the Boston Children's... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

BYOB (Build Your Own Blend): Tinkering with Time, Place, Path & Pace for Student-Owned Learning

The Innosight Institute (2012) defines blended learning as: “a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace...”  Given that blended learning is NOT about putting content online and hoping students will take it from there... How might we leverage digital tools, environments and processes to give students more control over time, place, path and/or pace, even within a traditional school schedule? How might we most effectively combine face-to-face and online experiences to engage learners and extend their thinking beyond traditional boundaries?

Attendees will consider elements critical to the design of successful “BYOB” learning opportunities, including:

  • Thoughtful selection of resources and processes to support student workflow, productivity and self-direction
  • Meaningful integration of online and face-to-face experiences to reframe time, place, path and/or pace of learning
  • Strategies for pushing past the novelty of digital tools and environments to leverage the affordances of each  



Presentation Resources: http://bit.ly/blcbyob13



Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community... 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 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Creating a Participatory Culture in the Primary Classroom

Maria Knee and Amanda Marrinan create a participatory culture in their early years classrooms. They use simple but powerful social media tools that transform learning and offer authentic learning experiences. These learning experiences foster collaboration and communication skills and engage children in new media literacy skills while they learn traditional literacy skills. Amanda and Maria will discuss how they create a global classroom bulletin board where children’s learning is shared and enhanced by others around the world.

Attendees will become informed about
Blogs, wikis and twitter as learning tools in the early years classroom
Addressing specific Common Core standards
Young learners and the participatory culture
Collaborative classroom learning opportunities"


Speakers
avatar for Maria Knee

Maria Knee

Kindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School
About Maria KneeKindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH Maria Knee is an award winning New Hampshire educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. She continuously seeks ways to expand learning opportunities for her students and for herself. Maria... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Marrinan

Amanda Marrinan

Year 5 Teacher, St. John Vianney's School
Amanda Marrinan is an educator from Brisbane, Australia who uses Web 2.0 tools to support a child-centred and inquiry-based approach to learning in her classroom. To Amanda's students, the world is their classroom.  As learners and teachers, they have engaged in learning conversations... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks & Connected Learning

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


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alec Couros

Dr. Alec Couros

Professor, University of Regina
I am a professor of educational technology & media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. I help adults and youth take up the incredible affordances of the digital age while providing them with strategies to avoid the numerous pitfalls.I have given hundreds of... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

A Walk Around the World

In January of this year, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Paul Salopek began a seven-year walk around the world. Called "Out of Eden," the walk will retrace the path of human migration out of the Rift Valley of Africa, eastward through Asia, across the Bering Strait by boat, and down through the Americas to finish in Patagonia. He will be examining the great stories of our day – ethnic migrations, climate change, resource shortages, regional conflicts – as a walking global correspondent for National Geographic. The Pulitzer Center will be heading up the educational component of the walk, facilitating interaction between Salopek and your students along the way through e-mail Q and As, Skype talks, and other methods. We will share some exciting ways teachers have already begun to use the walk as an interactive learning tool and will show you how to get involved in this unique project. Come walk with Paul!


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Cell Phones: The Secret Learning Weapon:

Tired of fighting for the attention of your students while they surreptitiously text their friends about their boredom? How about asking them to take their phones out to learn? They know how to work them better than you AND there are so many educational functions they probably aren't even aware of. Learn how to use smart phones in your classroom to create and complete projects. Turn them on and tune them in to the power of learning on their phones.

Use Twitter chats to engage whole classes in discussions and eliminate the conversation that happens between you and two eager students in your room. Use instagram and video functions to shoot footage for projects - edit them in iMovie. Work on documents using Google drive. Maintain your student publication using Word Press and get to play with other free apps that will enhance classroom learning.


Presentation Resources:

Main Presentation - http://bit.ly/14Qaerl

Collaborative Handout: http://bit.ly/1bUVOJm

Google Form for Paraticipation: http://bit.ly/17wwSTA



Speakers
avatar for Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein

Secondary Teacher, Instructional Coach and author, Long Island City High School
Nationally Board Certified Teacher, writing facilitator, j-teacher, lover of the written word, student press rights advocate, motivator of the college bound. Mom. #jerdchatEagerly pushing the boundaries of what's comfortable, relinquishing control to my students and always growing... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am EDT

Personalized Learning: Beyond the Hype

Despite significant advances in technology for learning, today’s education systems remain largely “one-size-fits-all”, ignoring the individuality of students and forcing them into artificial timelines for learning. But what does Personalized learning really mean? In this presentation, we will go beyond the marketing hype around personalization to discuss a true Personalized Learning platforms that enable the creation of personal and social learning spaces to support learner-centered experiences and empower students to direct their own learning. In this session we will discuss successful examples and definitions of personalization approaches and how standards of interoperability are critical to the success of personalization for all.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

Managing Director, Strategy for Dell Services Global Education, Dell
With 20 years combined experience in providing leadership, strategic direction and hands-on management in the areas of: (1) operations management, (2) product development, (3) brand/marketing and  (4) business development with several large, medium size and start-up enterprises... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Common Core: Rethink Research and Engage Students

Research isn’t a solitary task confined to a library. Research happens every time we
grab our cell phones to answer a question or search for something. Despite being hyper connected to information, students need to learn how to find, evaluate and use that information in a variety of contexts. Explore how Instagram scavenger hunts, infographics
and expert group investigations can be used to get students researching to address the Common Core Standards.

Participants will:

Discuss the changing role of research in our lives.
Crowdsource ideas for using Instagram to teach informal research.
Explore how infographics combine research and digital media.
Brainstorm benefits of allowing students to become the “experts” and teach each other.


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 →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Small Shifts, Big Impact: Closing the Gap to Empowered Learning

How large is the gap that truly exists between the real and ideal for learners? Are there ways to “tweak” (small shift) instruction that will enlist students as deep questioners, critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers (big impact)? What if we created a “Destination Postcard” of the ideal learner, and designed learning experiences from there? Join this Switch-inspired think-tank on lesson design and implementation strategies that empower students to think and act their way to the acquisition and connection of content while developing enduring learning dispositions. (Common Core Compatible)

Attendees will engage in discussion and consider activities designed to help educators:

  • Consider content acquisition as a vehicle for learning (means not end).
  • Develop learner-driven ways to leverage digital tools, environments and processes.
  • Apply concepts from Switch (Chip & Dan Heath) to identify “small shift / big impact” possibilities in lesson (re)design.



Presentation Resources: http://bit.ly/ssbi13



Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community... 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 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Students as Tech Support

Very few schools have the amount of technical support that they need and one of the most overlooked technical resources schools have is their students! If you have staff who are reluctant with technology, having students work as in class liaisons is a great way to bring the teacher along while empowering the kids. The student learns by teaching and the teacher learns by listening. In this session, we will cover a variety of examples of how this is accomplished where the students, staff and school all benefit.


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 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm EDT

There's A Web 2.0 Tool For That!



Our young people LOVE the chance to create, connect and collaborate through different online tools. There are so many possibilities and ways to integrate these tools into the curriculum. This presentation will explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools and how they can be used to enhance the different strands within literacy: listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary, storytelling, writing, spelling, and poetry.
Shannon McClintock Miller will highlight several different Web 2.0 tools and provide examples of how they can be used in each of these strands.

You will walk away from this presentation ready to use a tool or two within each of these strands and armed to answer those questions with, "There's a Web 2.0 tool for that!"


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm EDT

Global Goods, Local Costs: Where Did All My Stuff Come From?

Our students know a lot about the things they wear, eat and use every day. After all, who pays more attention to the price and characteristics of a new iPod, outfit or shrimp dinner than a teenager? But in our globalized world, many of the basic resources that compose these goods are extracted, refined and processed far away under obscure systems that mask some hard truths. Using vivid reporting by Pulitzer Center journalists, we will explore the untold process that links shrimp, oil, chocolate, gold and other extracted resources to the products we buy at our local stores. You will learn how you can use Pulitzer Center reporting and educational materials to engage your students on these issues, weaving together themes of environmental awareness, workers' rights, human rights, national borders, ethnic migrations, urbanization and government and corporate transparency.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm 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 


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 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Club Academia - Inspiring Ideas by Students
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
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 →
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 →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm EDT

How can I use Yahki to transform my 1st 5 days?

This session explores ways to set up a successful year in the 1st5days, using Yahki. Come prepared for hands-on best-practice activities including:

-       Negotiated student goal setting
-       Flipped and AIM Framework approaches; student media curation and idea hatching
-       Learner democracy - student interests and choices
-       Formative assessment by Day 4
-       Student-led learner network building
-       Leveraging learner analytics with students
-       Reflective learning approaches
-       Involving parents and guests
-       Celebrating and featuring learner success across your community.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Lamont

Mark Lamont

CEO, Yahki
International education transformation researcher and entrepreneur. Currently deep into learner analytics, scalable social media pedagogies,  macro cloud education developments, and micro #1st5days best practice. Running projects worldwide, witnessing global convergence. Founder... Read More →
avatar for Ashraf Tawakkol

Ashraf Tawakkol

CEO, Taya IT - Yahki Founder
Architect, inventor, designer, entrepreneur and accidental education disrupter. Born and raised in the USA but based in Egypt and UAE. Ashraf started a social network in the midst of democratic rumblings and ended up with an exciting new tilt on learning in the Web 2.0 space – something... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Sponsor Session

1:10pm EDT

Flipped Classroom for Real Learning... Definitions, Resources and Tools

Are you ready to turn education upside down? Perhaps you have tried a little Flip of your own and want to learn more. You might be beginning an investigation to discover what a Flipped Classroom is with the thought of possibly trying some kind of flip yourself. This is a must attend session before jumping in the air and doing a full flip. Together we will investigate and contemplate what might work best for specific classroom needs. You will leave with a better definition, resources to explore, and tools to begin your flip. Best of all, you will discover how to incorporate Bloom’s higher order thinking skills and blend the learning environment. You may just begin to Flip your idea of what Flipping really is!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:10pm - 2:35pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

Leadership: Critical processes and decisions for leadership
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

Making Connections - Learning with Others

Maria Knee and Amanda Marrinan have connected their classrooms for many years. It has been a powerful learning experience for Maria and Amanda as well as for their students. Learn how Maria’s students shared the making of maple syrup with Amanda’s students in Brisbane and how Maria’s students learned more about Australian animals from Amanda’s students. Maria and Amanda will share their learning journey and share opportunities for others to connect. Come learn about and explore opportunities that are available. We will discuss how this can work in your classroom and how to get started.

Attendees will learn:
Tools that help classrooms connect.
How to make this work in your classroom.
Projects, resources and ideas for learning together."


Speakers
avatar for Maria Knee

Maria Knee

Kindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School
About Maria KneeKindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH Maria Knee is an award winning New Hampshire educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. She continuously seeks ways to expand learning opportunities for her students and for herself. Maria... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Marrinan

Amanda Marrinan

Year 5 Teacher, St. John Vianney's School
Amanda Marrinan is an educator from Brisbane, Australia who uses Web 2.0 tools to support a child-centred and inquiry-based approach to learning in her classroom. To Amanda's students, the world is their classroom.  As learners and teachers, they have engaged in learning conversations... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

Media and Visual Impact

2.0 has been around for awhile. Yet, many of our schools have failed to fully embrace its potential to enhance learning.  Our profession is not notorious for rapid response – and it should be! In this session we will explore structures and curricular features and successful examples that schools can implement now!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

Educator, Concordia International School
Michael currently teaches middle school students at Concordia International School Shanghai.  As an ADE, coupled with a heart for the Greater China community, Michael has written several articles, served on the advisory board for the K12 Horizon Report and presented at numerous conferences... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm EDT

Music Production for NON-Musicians!

Music is so important to all of us. And, for so many years, if one didn't catch the music instrument bug early (or frankly couldn't afford an instrument), you became a listener, not a participant. NOW..... STOP THE PRESSES! LISTEN! ANYONE CAN MAKE MUSIC! PROMISE! This workshop will focus on how digital technology has allowed us to have access to instruments and our own professional production studio. Also, we have easy access to a plethora of FREE online just-in-time lessons and tutorials. Now, from idea to having a song up on iTunes is a process now that can take a few hours (or less). Think about that! No longer do you need to worry about copyright issues (from using other people’s music) when your students are creating their own music. This will be a FUN and LOUD workshop. COME! Spend an hour with us and BECOME THE MUSICIAN YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE!


Speakers
avatar for ALAS Media

ALAS Media

ALAS Media
Alas Media is a multimedia company dedicated to telling stories to create change. Our passion grew out of a need to share the untold stories of our community and eventually evolved us into a media company that helps share the stories of not only our community, but Fortune 500 companies... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

2:35pm EDT

Web 2.0 Tools that will Rock Your Classroom
Let’s look at the best Web 2.0 tools that will "rock your classroom." We will recommend a variety of great tools for educational use and personal productivity. Then it’s your turn. Come share your favorite tools for learning and teaching. For the Web 2.0 tools presentation, we will be looking at apps for creativity, collaboration and publishing spanning all areas of the curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

Autonomous Mastery Learning in a Digital Classroom

How can essential questions, digitized lectures, student research, collaboration, student blogging, historical fiction, self paced learning and mastery learning come together to change teaching and learning in your classroom? Using constructivist methodology, flipped teaching and free applications you can provide students with the opportunity to guide their own learning. During this session, participants will learn techniques, ideas and strategies of how to create 21st century assignments. This session represents the culmination of seven years of reflection and refinement concerning methodology and unit planning between Mike, Garth and their students.


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

Building an Empathetic Student Writing Community

Recent surges in technological innovation connect educational communities worldwide, and have certainly changed the face of learning. Through various forms of media, we are each consumers and producers of stories that serve to connect us with others. This new wave of expression drives us to become not only informed learners, but empathetic global citizens. This hands-on session focuses on strategies to:

  • build a writing community within the classroom that focuses on empathy, trust, and the ability to understand others on a global scale
  • use interactive writing prompts that engage students
  • involve photography and videography with writing as a connective storytelling tool
  • encourage students to explore various styles, finding their own authentic voices



Presentation Resources: http://www.slideshare.net/CaitlinKrause




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 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm EDT

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize classroom learning. Even primary students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We’ll discuss why you would want to do this, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom. You’ll leave with
• A list of tools that help young children to connect
• Ideas for using connections to enrich your curriculum
• Suggestions for choosing an effective blogging tool
• An online handout with the material from the presentation

Presentation Handout

 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher,
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world. Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and other evidence of their learning. In addition to teaching, Kathy is an author and speaker. You can also find... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

IPads meet the Common Core

Participants will have toolbox of web-based and iPad app resources for implementation of the ELA and Social Studies/History Common Core Anchor Standards in writing

Participants will be exposed to collaborative tools for reading, writing and research

Participants will be prepared to instruct their students to independently evaluate web resources

Participants will be exposed to model lessons using Common Core Writing Standards seamlessly woven into English and Social Studies lessons

Participants will have "hands on" practice using apps introduced in this session.

Presentation Handout: http://goo.gl/ZN2EZ



Speakers
avatar for Sydnye Cohen

Sydnye Cohen

Library Media Specialist, Brookfield High School
I have long been a technophile. Connecting teachers and students to technology in a way that integrates it seamlessly into the curriculum is what brings joy to me every day. I am a library media specialist, working in a 1:1 iPad school who is lucky to be able to work collaboratively... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Apps for the Classroom

With hundreds of thousands of apps it can be overwhelming to know which apps to download for your class. In this workshop, we’ll give you some of the essential tips for searching for apps for your classroom and share some of our favorites that will help you and your students create really awesome stuff! Come with your favorites, too, and build a collaborative list of good resources that we'll share with all. This will be a FUN and interactive workshop!


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Studio Manager, Alas Media
Elizabeth grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to... Read More →
avatar for Rosa Ruvalcaba

Rosa Ruvalcaba

Filmmaker/Educator, Alas Media
Rosa grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

At the Core of Research: Databases and Wikis are Cool Tools that work for Grades K-2(CC)

The research process needs to begin as early as Kindergarten. Students in early childhood grades are able to access databases, record their findings and collaborate on wikis. These early learners are so proud of their accomplishments and view themselves as capable researchers, beginning at the age of five. You will be amazed to view some of their products and hear testimonials from teachers who were reluctant to begin the research process in the primary grades.


Speakers
avatar for Suzy Rabbat

Suzy Rabbat

Media Literacy and the Common Core Specialist, Arlington Heights School District 25
Suzy Rabbat is a school library media consultant in the Chicago area. After 16 years of classroom teaching experience, spanning grades Kindergarten through eight, she completed a Master’s of Library and Information Science Degree and shifted her instructional focus to research... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Dale Truding

Dr. Dale Truding

Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Arlington Heights District 25
Dr. Truding has 43 consecutive years in education in 7 different states and 11 different suburban school districts. Dr. Truding has served as a teacher, coach, consultant, principal, director and Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning. Truding has also designed two new schools... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm EDT

I think, therefore I teach

Garth and I have collaborated across two school districts, nearly thirty miles apart for the past seven years. That does not stop our students from learning together (virtually) everyday in the classroom, reflecting and refining their own websites with help of their blog buddies and working outside of school on projects such as Medieval Minecraft villages. This session is strictly about educational philosophy. We will walk you through our educational beliefs our creative process. Experience the “down and dirty” truth behind our collaboration. Our goal is that crowd participation and insightful questions will drive this presentation and create conversation that touches at the heart of teaching.
1. Constructivism
-What does it mean?
-Its place in a classroom
2. Collaborative Process
-Tools
-Re-imagine, Refine, redesign
-Implementation
-Reflection
3. Motivation
-Change from carrots to caring
4. Mastery
-From content to culture
-Using content to teach mastery of skills to empower learning, not knowledge


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm EDT

Reading Aware

Reading Aware
Literacy for productive citizens...sharing tools/ideas to empower students.
The session will focus on reading as a means to encourage problem-finding, as a means to encourage service, and as a means to encourage literacy. Students in a high school novels course connected, blogged and created authentic projects inspired by their texts. Follow an English teacher’s journey to create a meaningful, rigorous course where technology empowers and homework is a gift students give.


Speakers

Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

The Three Pillars of Web Literacy and the Common Core - Part One: Advanced Search Techniques that Promote Deeper Thinking

For years, the November Learning team has promoted and educated tens of thousands of teachers and students on how to read the "grammar" of the Internet and apply simple strategies to validate information. In this session, participants will be taken deeper into this topic with a series of examples that demonstrate how you can address these same topics within your curriculum while also accounting for the Common Core State Standards.




Presentation Resources:


http://www.novemberlearning.com/resources

http://brianmull.wikispaces.com 

 



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 →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

4:00pm EDT

What's All This Change About In The Library?
Not a day goes by in the library at Van Meter that there isn't a change....within the world of libraries and librarianship. The role of the teacher librarian.....schedule, connector, collaborator, responsibilities, technology integration specialist, social media guru....so much changes all of the time. The library itself changes....physical spaces, collections are changing and becoming more digital with eBooks and other online resources, the library is no longer left inside of four walls, the materials in the library are changing, and much more.

In this presentation learn how Shannon McClintock Miller embraced these changes within her library and school. She will give you lots of ideas and examples on how to embrace this change as well and make a difference.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Twitter as a Class Building Tool
Twitter is an exceptionally powerful--and seriously underused--capture tool. The platform is ideal for snaring dialogue--whether in a film or presentation, a meeting or class discussion. Conversations normally lost are easily recorded and archived for future use. Even notes on a whiteboard or personal notepad can be photographed and posted on Twitter.My senior students and I have been using Twitter to host our classroom, capturing our conversations in and out of class with people around the world, since October 2012. To date, we’ve amassing more than 11,000 tweets, all of them automatically archived in a Google spreadsheet and later mined, manipulated and visualized using google scripts. Participants will leave this session knowing:how to use hashtags to define the class "space" and themes, best practices for collaborative note-taking, how to automatically archive tweets and set up a Twitter visualization using Google scripting, how to use web tools to organize and archive collections of tweets around discussions and some legal considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter has spent more than 15 years exploring the impact of technology on education. If there’s one thing he’s learned in all this, it’s that the essence of technology has nothing at all to do with anything technological.


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Awakening Your Creative Genius

Awakening Your Creative genius does exactly what the title suggests. It causes people to become aware of their own creative potential and understand how to harness it in education. This session takes creativity out of the confines of just art and music. Keep an open mind as this experience is not meant to teach the audience anything new, but rather to get people to see what they already know from a different perspective - causing a paradigm shift.


Speakers
avatar for Arvin Ross

Arvin Ross

Director of Professional Development, iSchool Initiative
Arvin Ross is the Director of Professional Development for iSchool Initiative and a Junior at Kennesaw State University. He is an international voice known an “Awakener”. Overcoming a broken home and a background of drugs, fighting, and  gang life, his words carry the weight... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)
 
Thursday, July 25
 

10:20am EDT

Going Global - Learning Together in the Early Years

Tools such as classroom blogging, Skype calls and collaborative projects allow young learners to connect and learn from children who live far away. In addition, their classroom teachers can develop relationships that support their own learning. Come discover how you can connect and develop a classroom environment that spans time zones and empowers learners.

Attendees will become familiar with
Expanding learning opportunities by connecting classrooms
Tools to communicate, connect and learn.
Addressing specific Common Core standards.
The payoffs and the trade offs and what makes it work"


Speakers
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Maria Knee

Kindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School
About Maria KneeKindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH Maria Knee is an award winning New Hampshire educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. She continuously seeks ways to expand learning opportunities for her students and for herself. Maria... Read More →
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Amanda Marrinan

Year 5 Teacher, St. John Vianney's School
Amanda Marrinan is an educator from Brisbane, Australia who uses Web 2.0 tools to support a child-centred and inquiry-based approach to learning in her classroom. To Amanda's students, the world is their classroom.  As learners and teachers, they have engaged in learning conversations... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am EDT

Inquiry is the Heart of Learning: Practices from International School Classrooms

What are your questions or accomplishments for letting genuine inquiry lead student learning? An inquiry-based, collaborative workshop to explore effective ways for secondary teachers to incorporate open-ended, student-led inquiry effectively and creatively to unleash deeper learning. Inquiry is central to curriculum in an IB World School. Come for ideas from our classrooms, student and teacher resources, plus good online networks to tap into a community of inquiring teachers. We will create and post shared resources and ideas from the session.


Speakers
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Patricia Kyle

Deputy Secondary Principal & Online Course Coordinator, KIS International School
About Pat KyleDeputy Secondary School Principal, KIS International School, Bangkok Pat Kyle has had a unique and varied career in business and education. Her experience spans a diverse range of communities, cultures and continents. She most recently worked in Washington, D.C., as... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am EDT

Learning Should Feel Like Play. Reducing Student Anxiety Levels Through the Flipped Model.

Imagine teaching an advanced placement calculus class with strong achievement expectations. How would you ensure that students’ anxiety in high stakes AP level courses would not undermine their ability to reach their full potential and master challenging topics? In this session, Stacey will explain how, through pre-recording lessons and sending the teacher-driven lecture home, students can regain a voice in the classroom, transforming the classroom environment into a more calm, excited, inspiring atmosphere where learning can truly thrive.

In this session, you will learn:
• How a teacher can leverage technology to reduce student anxiety
• How a teacher can foster independent and resourceful learning using a flipped approach
• How to reclaim class time for individualization and differentiation in the flipped classroom


Speakers
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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 →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am EDT

Telling Photo Tales

Over 80% of our brains are used interpreting visuals. It seems a waste not to take advantage this powerful channel into the minds of our students. What sorts of ways can a single image be used to tell stories and explore complex ideas in Math, Science, Language Arts or Languages classroom? What could we do with a series of pictures? How can we do this beyond the time and space of the classroom walls and have our students generate a bank of powerful visuals to inspire future students to create even more powerful learning imagery? What’s the best way to get stuff off the kids mobile devices and shared publically so our students learn while making a contribution to the global knowledge commons? We’ll touch on how all this feeds the essential 21st Century skills of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship.

Bring your camera enabled mobile device. We’re gonna use it. And show you how to take better pictures in the process.


Speakers
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Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His relaxed... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize classroom learning. Even primary students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We’ll discuss why you would want to do this, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom. You’ll leave with
• A list of tools that help young children to connect
• Ideas for using connections to enrich your curriculum
• Suggestions for choosing an effective blogging tool
• An online handout with the material from the presentation

Presentation Handout


 


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 →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Brandeis - 4th Floor

10:20am EDT

Creativity and Academic Excellence

'Creativity is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration' - Thomas Edison.

The path to the creative society of the future goes straight through the classroom. When students have been taught the essential skills and knowledge of each subject they develop a deeper understanding of the material and are able to go beyond existing knowledge and transfer this knowledge to new situations. All of the research demonstrates that creativity only happens with sustained hard work, skill, and the confidence needed to take risks. According to Collard, ‘Creative skills aren't just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen.’

We need to prepare our students to excel in examinations so that they can access the career paths they have chosen, but we also need to ensure that our students are to be able to enter the world as confident, creative individuals who can deal with the diverse and challenging problems they will encounter. Our students will have to master disciplinary knowledge and expertise to do well in tests, but if they are to flourish in the world, they must learn to uncover the learning, and understand how everything connects together, and how to link knowledge across disciplines. When we enable our students to achieve this their creativity will be unleashed.

This workshop will explore practical ways to unleash creativity in your students and enable them to flourish academically. A plethora of strategies, ideas and resources will be shared.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Yager

Karen Yager

Deputy Head Student & Teaching Excellence K-12, Knox Grammar School
I am the Dean of Studies at Knox Grammar School, and an English Method Lecturer at the University of NSW (UNSW). In 2011, UNSW appointed me as the ICT Pedagogy Officer. In this role I have developed a wiki for students and lecturers that features a plethora of ways to use technology... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

Are you interested in using your twitter account as a communication tool with your students? Come see how a geometry teacher uses Twitter to engage her students in and outside the classroom in 140 characters or less. We will explore how a learning community has been created between the teacher and students through tweets, hashtags, and student created resources that are being shared through Twitter. Not only will you see the teacher’s perspective on managing a classroom Twitter account, but also student and parent testimonials.


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

Geometry Teacher, Coppell High School
Pre-AP Geometry and Academy Geometry teacher at Coppell High School.    TWITTER: @mrsjcaviness


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Collect, Mash, Share, Learn. Yahki 101

This session is 50% hands-on. Experience Yahki for the first time. Build Your Own Learning Community with Yahki in minutes. Create stories and challenges for students.  Stock up on a raft of fresh ideas to put your students in the driver’s seat for their learning. See how a social networking tool designed for the pursuit of democracy abroad has evolved into a vehicle for an ‘Education Spring’ for schools worldwide with the invention of ‘the education channel’ for each school globally. This is a BLC ‘first’.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Lamont

Mark Lamont

CEO, Yahki
International education transformation researcher and entrepreneur. Currently deep into learner analytics, scalable social media pedagogies,  macro cloud education developments, and micro #1st5days best practice. Running projects worldwide, witnessing global convergence. Founder... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
St. James - 4th Floor (C Wing)
  Sponsor Session

10:20am EDT

Flip with Precision: If the first step of the journey is the Flip, the second has to be Precision.
The Precision Teaching Initiative has been designed to improve understanding of effective teaching and learning in order to support teachers in continually tailoring educational opportunities to each student’s level of need and ability. Inspired by the work of Prof. Eric Mazur, Precision Teaching is the perfect partner to the flipped classroom; taking flip data collected from students prior to the lesson and then using classroom technologies, including 1:1 and BYO devices and high quality questioning, to collect on-demand, actionable student data within the lesson, in order to inform what happens next.

This hands-on workshop will share examples of how teachers in Australia have been using essential student in-class data to constantly reflect upon and inform their own practice. Participants will be introduced to some simple strategies that have been shown to offer unique visibility on learning, whilst supporting high quality learning conversations, meaningful collaboration and measurably higher levels of understanding.


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Head of Education, Learnology
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region; developing partnerships with educational... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Digital Portfolios: Not Just for Primary

All learners want to showcase their learning for a wide audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. There are safe and effective ways to do this. We’ll look at age-appropriate tools and apps that can be used to demonstrate the learning of the elementary students in your classroom.
You will leave with
• A model for using digital portfolios in your classroom
• Examples of effective digital portfolios
• Ideas for age-appropriate tools to demonstrate learning
• An online handout of materials from the presentation

Presentation Handouts


 


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 →


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am EDT

Global Education Leadership Challenge from the Perspective of Global Educators

Views from a number of school leaders in US/UK/France/Russia/ Netherlands attending BLC (Superintendents, school principals, STEM teachers, GTEC project leaders and GTEC Ambassadors from the US, Russia, UK, France, Netherlands). A discussion of the challenges from the variety perspectives of educators from different educational systems (re: implementing Global STEM education programs) and about how we can realistically develop collaborative programs across geographies and cultures.  While Global collaboration in STEM sounds like the perfect answer to developing student and teacher skills, this is still not so easy to implement in our schools (in US and around the world). Participants will learn more about different challenges in the various educational systems and how develop appropriate collaborative programs for different schools and countries. The legendary Dr. Charlie Pellerin (NASA Hubble Telescope) (and a GTEC Advisor) will be joining us via Skype & speak about NASA 4D system and our collaborative efforts bringing it to the educators around the world with GTEC team. GTEC team members and teachers & students from global school partners will be co-presenting these sessions.

Dennis Yarmouth Hign School, S.Yarmouth, US http://dy-regional.k12.ma.us/dennis-yarmouth-regional-high-school

Finham Park Math & Computing High School in Coventry, UK http://www.finhampark.co.uk/

Schkola Lycei Vtoraia Schola High School in Moscow, Russia http://www.sch2.ru/

Het 4E Gymnasium in Amsterdam, Netherlands http://www.het4egymnasium.nl/

Rene-Cassin High School, Ballan-Mire, France http://clg-rene-cassin-ballan-mire.tice.ac-orleans-tours.fr/eva/


Speakers
avatar for Elena Bochkareva

Elena Bochkareva

Mathematics teacher, Lyceum Vtoraya Shkola High School
I am a mathematics teacher with more than 30 years of experience, many of my students have successfully participated in various mathematical competitions - including the Math Olympics and many other local, regional and National math tournaments as well as many STEM (science, technology... Read More →
avatar for Diane Brennan

Diane Brennan

Leadership and Executive Coach, Brennan Associates Coaching & Consulting
I've been involved in executive coaching and leadership development within organizations since 2000. Since 2008 I've worked with Charlie Pellerin, 4-D Systems Founder and CEO, using the 4-D Systems methodology with NASA scientists, engineers, leaders and teams. We've also used 4-D... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Charlesworth

Ruth Charlesworth

KS3 Science Co-ordinator & Science Teacher (Chemistry). RSci., Finham Park School
Ruth Charlesworth qualified from Sheffield University with a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry. She successfully managed a hotel before training to be a secondary science teacher at the University of Warwick. She has been teaching for four years at Finham Park School... Read More →
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Mary Carol Descroix

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Collège René Cassin
I teach English to French students in the Loire Valley in France. For several years I have been involved in promoting international communication exchanges between my students and their peers in the US, Canada and Australia through e-mail, shared blogs and video-conferencing. It's... Read More →
KJ

Kenneth Jenks

Principal, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
I am a 1981 graduate of U-Mass, Amherst. I spent three years as a substitute teacher in the Amherst schools before joining the Dennis-Yarmouth faculty as a history teacher in 1984. I began as principal of D-Y in 1999. We have one goal: capture their imagination! If students are excited... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Pagan

Antonio Pagan

Chief Information Officer, City of Northampton / Northampton Public Schools
avatar for Leonid Perlov

Leonid Perlov

Fotievoy st. 18, Moscow, Russia, Liceum \
I'm a teacher of geography with the Highest Professional Teacher Certification at Licej Vtoraya Shkola High School, Moscow, Russia. I work at school since 1979. I take part in GTEC (tele-tools projekt). I am a GTEC Ambassador in Russia and a lead educator for Global STEM Teamwork... Read More →
avatar for Vitaliy Popov

Vitaliy Popov

Consultant, The Global Technology and Engineering Consortium
I am a PhD candidate at the Education and Competence Studies Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, graduating in October 2013. My dissertation is on intercultural online collaborative learning in higher education. Specifically, I have developed and examined the effects of... Read More →
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Tracie Robinson

Senior Teacher, Finham Park School
I am a Science teacher with 25 years experience. My main subject is Biology and I teach ages 11 -18. I am also responsible for disadvantaged students at school and making sure that they reach their potential by overcoming any barriers to learning they might have. I have been involved... Read More →
avatar for Larisa K. Schelkin

Larisa K. Schelkin

CEO, President & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; She is also a Founder of the Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC) and a co-founder of the DOME Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Annamaria Schrimpf

Annamaria Schrimpf

President, METAA
avatar for Julia Sigalovsky

Julia Sigalovsky

Teacher, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
Julia Sigalovsky, Ph.D., serves as a Chemistry Teacher and a special engineering projects instructor at DYRHS since the fall of 2011. She is the key project developer and instructor for Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC) projects since its interception in 2009. Together... Read More →
avatar for Isa Zimmerman

Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute... Read More →
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Галина Рынская

Teacher, Lyceum
I am an English teacher, an alumna of the Moscow State OIl and Gas University ( Ph.D. In applied geophysics) and the Moscow State Pedagogical UNiversity, a UNESCO Expert, a professor of the Moscow State UNiversity of Energy, the President of the Moscow "Svetsky" Club. I am passionate... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Google Apps on the iPad

Google and Apple don’t always play well together. In this session I will show you ways to leverage Google Apps for Education tools such as Google Docs, Presentations, Forms, Mail, Tasks and Sites, on your iPad. We will look at both Google created Apps and third party Apps that help the two to get along. Whether you are teaching with 1 iPad in the classroom or you are in a 1 to 1 iPad setting, you will come away from this workshop with ideas for ways to:
Go paperless
Collect assignments
Sync your email
Give feedback
Share files
Collect data


Speakers
avatar for Liz Bleich Davis

Liz Bleich Davis

Director of Curriculum, Keys School


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

The Future School
The more I work with technology the less it has to do with anything technological. Future schools will engage in conversations around these seven key cultural changes. This session on change management discusses how to make these possible.
• Trust – We thought it fair to say schools generally run with a top-down control/dependency management model. They need to shift to a trust/capacity model. The pace and pressure of change is now too great to be centrally managed. A high degree of faculty autonomy and capacity means more power in the system overall.
• Transparency – Transparency yields accountability and accountability creates trust. This applies to all stakeholders–students, families, faculty and administration. Opaque systems, characterized by elaborate (read costly in administrative time and money) policies and controls working in place of trust, are stiff.
• Time for Collaboration – This is where faculty and administration develop capacity for themselves as individuals and collectively as a school. This needs to be a significant amount of time–a few hours a week at least.
• A User-Driven Experience – In some sense we’ve treated students as the objects of teaching: We say “We teach students,” for example, and that leads to a passive engagement from students. And we’ve asked students (and teachers) to adapt to a set of entirely artificial constraints–the school calendar and bell schedule, for example. Innovative schools will flip that around and adapt themselves to their users needs. The consumer-driven BYOD movement is just the beginning of this change.
• Maker Culture – “Our whole theory of education,” Henry Miller famously lamented, “is based on the absurd notion that we must learn to swim on land before tackling the water.” Innovative schools will embrace the Maker movement, explicitly or implicitly, which taps our human need to make and do meaningful work.
• Hyperlocal Decision-making – One size does not fit all in education and what works in one school may not work in another. There is a huge difference between an inner city public school on a lunch program and an Ivy League prep school. There is good research showing the best schools are the ones most responsive to their immediate communities, not to some central authority.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter has spent more than 15 years exploring the impact of technology on education. If there’s one thing he’s learned in all this, it’s that the essence of technology has nothing at all to do with anything technological.


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

11:45am EDT

Autonomous Mastery Learning in a Digital Classroom

How can essential questions, digitized lectures, student research, collaboration, student blogging, historical fiction, self paced learning and mastery learning come together to change teaching and learning in your classroom? Using constructivist methodology, flipped teaching and free applications you can provide students with the opportunity to guide their own learning. During this session, participants will learn techniques, ideas and strategies of how to create 21st century assignments. This session represents the culmination of seven years of reflection and refinement concerning methodology and unit planning between Mike, Garth and their students.


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
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Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am EDT

How apps can empower change and even save students!

Blake Copeland and Britt Knighton address the biggest issues facing education today, including: cutting edge methods for learning, making effective academically focused social networks, and combating campus emergency situations through smartphones.


Speakers
avatar for Blake Copeland

Blake Copeland

Student and iOS Developer, RETech, Inc.
As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year... Read More →
avatar for Britt Knighton

Britt Knighton

Marketing Director, ReTech
Britt is the creative director at Hole in the Roof marketing. He focuses on brand strategy and product design in the web, app, apparel, and promo product world. The son of two retired educators, His involvement with ReTech has been a joining of two passions: Dynamic design and bettering... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am EDT

Personalized Learning: Beyond the Hype

Despite significant advances in technology for learning, today’s education systems remain largely “one-size-fits-all”, ignoring the individuality of students and forcing them into artificial timelines for learning. But what does Personalized learning really mean? In this presentation, we will go beyond the marketing hype around personalization to discuss a true Personalized Learning platforms that enable the creation of personal and social learning spaces to support learner-centered experiences and empower students to direct their own learning. In this session we will discuss successful examples and definitions of personalization approaches and how standards of interoperability are critical to the success of personalization for all.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

Managing Director, Strategy for Dell Services Global Education, Dell
With 20 years combined experience in providing leadership, strategic direction and hands-on management in the areas of: (1) operations management, (2) product development, (3) brand/marketing and  (4) business development with several large, medium size and start-up enterprises... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Ideas to meet the Core Curriculum in Language Arts

Learn how technology can help meet the goals of the Common Core. We will share lessons, projects and key technologies that we have used with students. The presentation will focus on language arts, but the ideas can be applied to other subject areas. Learn how technology can motivate students to meet the goals of the common core.
Core Curriculum Standards
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources


Speakers
avatar for Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Language Arts Chairperson, Mount Clemens Junior High School
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.thecl... Read More →
avatar for James Wenzloff

James Wenzloff

Learning Mentor, November Learning
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm EDT

iPad Apps To Support Literacy Strands

Most educators would agree that students' literacy is crucial to their academic success - and a great way to promote literacy across all strands is with the use engaging iPad apps. This presentation will explore a variety of iPad apps and how they can be used to enhance the different strands within literacy: listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary, storytelling, writing, spelling, and poetry. Shannon McClintock Miller will discuss in depth why she likes each app and provides examples of how they can be used in the classroom. You will walk away from this presentation ready to use an app or two within each of these strands. Get ready to have some fun with apps!


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Let's Start at the Very Beginning - Creating a Learning Environment for Young Learners(CC)

"Young learners are active, curious and motivated. Their learning environment should be filled with concrete and hands-on opportunities that engage them and inspire learning. Just as wooden blocks, Unifix cubes and water colors are tools used to explore and develop concepts, digital tools, such as netbooks, iPads, Roamer Robots, video cameras and interactive whiteboards can also enhance the learning in a primary classroom. Learn how digital tools support a learning environment that motivates students to be active, independent and reflective learners.

Attendees will:
Look inside a technology rich kindergarten classroom
Hear student reflections about their learning
Gain techniques for setting up and managing the learning environment
Have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
"


Speakers
avatar for Maria Knee

Maria Knee

Kindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School
About Maria KneeKindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH Maria Knee is an award winning New Hampshire educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. She continuously seeks ways to expand learning opportunities for her students and for herself. Maria... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Marrinan

Amanda Marrinan

Year 5 Teacher, St. John Vianney's School
Amanda Marrinan is an educator from Brisbane, Australia who uses Web 2.0 tools to support a child-centred and inquiry-based approach to learning in her classroom. To Amanda's students, the world is their classroom.  As learners and teachers, they have engaged in learning conversations... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm EDT

ThinkENG

Literacy for productive citizens...sharing tools/ideas to reveal student genius.

Digital technologies can amplify contemplation and create meaningful conversation offering opportunity for choice and for voice. Strategies to support learning, to encourage deep thinking and to reveal understanding will be shared along with examples for implementation. The assignment/the assessment can and should allow for creativity. Participate and experiment during the session: backchannels, screencasts, photography


Speakers

Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Understanding Student Aspirations: Enhancing the Learning Environment Through Student Voice

This presentation will describe the dynamic nature of student aspirations and the ways in which student voice has been turned into action across the country in states like Ohio, New Hampshire, Montana, and Texas, and internationally in the United Kingdom. 
Dr. Quaglia will share the conditions that need to be in place so that every student regardless of age or background can reach their fullest potential. This presentation will share data from over 800,000 students who have participated in the My Voice Survey.  Such data have implications regarding how schools are organized, the role of educators, and how we are assessing students. The presentation will also provide an understanding of the importance of student voice and how it can be used proactively in school reform initiatives designed to increase academic standards and in the overall develop of healthy productive citizens.


Speakers
avatar for Russell Quaglia

Russell Quaglia

President/Founder, Quaglia Insitute for Student Aspirations
Dr. Russell J. Quaglia is the president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. He is a pioneer in the field of education and has been described by national news media as America's foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations... Read More →
avatar for Adam Ray

Adam Ray

Pearson Foundation


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

A Walk Around the World

In January of this year, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Paul Salopek began a seven-year walk around the world. Called "Out of Eden," the walk will retrace the path of human migration out of the Rift Valley of Africa, eastward through Asia, across the Bering Strait by boat, and down through the Americas to finish in Patagonia. He will be examining the great stories of our day – ethnic migrations, climate change, resource shortages, regional conflicts – as a walking global correspondent for National Geographic. The Pulitzer Center will be heading up the educational component of the walk, facilitating interaction between Salopek and your students along the way through e-mail Q and As, Skype talks, and other methods. We will share some exciting ways teachers have already begun to use the walk as an interactive learning tool and will show you how to get involved in this unique project. Come walk with Paul!


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

Google Search Tips and Tricks

Instructional time is precious. Rather than asking your students to mine the Internet looking for information, show them how to get to the information using effective search strategies. Join us as we take a tour of the tools that Google has developed to help you and your students focus on synthesizing the information you’ve found rather than spending precious classroom time trying to find it. Explore how to use Google’s latest search techniques with your students and develop strategies to help your students do meaningful queries rather than just hunt for data.


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm 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 


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 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor
  Repeated Session

1:10pm EDT

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

Are you interested in using your twitter account as a communication tool with your students? Come see how a geometry teacher uses Twitter to engage her students in and outside the classroom in 140 characters or less. We will explore how a learning community has been created between the teacher and students through tweets, hashtags, and student created resources that are being shared through Twitter. Not only will you see the teacher’s perspective on managing a classroom Twitter account, but also student and parent testimonials.


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

Geometry Teacher, Coppell High School
Pre-AP Geometry and Academy Geometry teacher at Coppell High School.    TWITTER: @mrsjcaviness


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

Authoring Digital Content in the Early Years

How can we encourage young learners to develop their global voice? How do we encourage elementary aged students to become authors and creators of their own digital content? How do we use the legacy of children’s learning in inform, guide and enhance our instruction of future students? This workshop explores digital tools (both through the use if the iPad and through the use of Web 2.0 tools) to create opportunities for young learners to contribute to the world of learning.


Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Roberts-Walstrom M.E.T.

Lindsey Roberts-Walstrom M.E.T.

Curriculum Specialist for Technology Integration (preK-12), West Hartford Public Schools


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

Building a Student Learning Network (SLN): Collaborating, Comprehending and Connecting in a Digital World.

The research on comprehension instruction indicates that active readers who think as they read
use a variety of strategies-they ask questions, determine importance, synthesize information
and connect what they are learning to what they already know. These same strategies are
essential for students to turn information into knowledge when using technology. Designed for
educators who desire to move beyond device specific or single-purpose, skill-focused apps, this
session will focus on how a limited number of tools can transform learning as students become
inspired by audience and authentic feedback, connect with classrooms and experts around the
globe, and create projects previously unimaginable. The session will:
 marry best practice instructional strategies with current digital tools and practices
 address social media, digital publishing, student creation, reflection and cross-grade,
cross-school, cross-global collaboration
 offer specifics in supporting students to read with a critical eye and a skeptical stance as
they navigate and evaluate digitalsources
 provide a variety of ways to help their students engage in research and investigation
that spark local, as well as global learning,right from their own classrooms


Speakers
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher & Author, Big Shoulders Fund
Kristin Ziemke is a teacher, staff developer and the co-author of Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and Connecting Comprehension and Technology. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin collaborates with organizations around the world to develop learning experiences that redefine school. Currently serving as a resident teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm EDT

From 1:1 to 1:World

Imagine the difference between the vision of 1:1 compared to 1:World.  The real revolution is not that every student has a digital device.    The real revolution is access to massive amounts of information and people (teamwork) around the world.   In 1:World thinking the emphasis on staff development shifts from technical training to the classroom management skills of a globally connected classroom. 

 

How do teachers manage their own continuous improvement?

How do we build powerful communities of educators who are sharing best practices?

How do we empower students to manage unlimited and constantly exploding sources of (very good and very bad) information?

How do we teach students to connect globally for a wide range of collaborative work?

How do we balance the political expectations of standard assessments with the opportunity to be innovative and creative?

How do we engage the whole family in the education process?

 

While a one word change does not guarantee improvement, it can give your school community a clear vision of where we are headed.  

 


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

STEM Meets PBL At The Common Core

How can educators integrate Project Based Learning and 21st century skills into STEM education? Even if you only teach just one subject, you can still incorporate STEM and PBL into your classroom. Are you a member of an interdisciplinary team or planning group? ...then it gets even better! Discover dozens of engaging online programs and opportunities that allow STEM and PBL to push your students’ creativity and innovation. The results will be a PBL educational experience that will rev up student engagement and inquiry…full STEM... or should we say... STEAM ahead! View several brief demonstrations of software and take a tour of some amazing web sites. Learn from practicing educator Michael Gorman, who was named STEM Educator of the Year by the Indiana US Air Force Association, an Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-finalist, a BIE National Faculty Member, and a facilitator for the Siemens Discovery Education National STEM Academy. Walk away with resources that will allow for a real partnership between STEM and PBL!Best of all discover how the new Common Core makes PBL and STEM a perfect 21st century learning opportunity. Join Mike in a session that promises to be an exciting PBL entry event giving participants ideas and content they can use tomorrow!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

Building an Empathetic Student Writing Community

Recent surges in technological innovation connect educational communities worldwide, and have certainly changed the face of learning. Through various forms of media, we are each consumers and producers of stories that serve to connect us with others. This new wave of expression drives us to become not only informed learners, but empathetic global citizens. This hands-on session focuses on strategies to:

  • build a writing community within the classroom that focuses on empathy, trust, and the ability to understand others on a global scale
  • use interactive writing prompts that engage students
  • involve photography and videography with writing as a connective storytelling tool
  • encourage students to explore various styles, finding their own authentic voices



Presentation Resources: http://www.slideshare.net/CaitlinKrause




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 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm EDT

IPads meet the Common Core

Participants will have toolbox of web-based and iPad app resources for implementation of the ELA and Social Studies/History Common Core Anchor Standards in writing

Participants will be exposed to collaborative tools for reading, writing and research

Participants will be prepared to instruct their students to independently evaluate web resources

Participants will be exposed to model lessons using Common Core Writing Standards seamlessly woven into English and Social Studies lessons

Participants will have "hands on" practice using apps introduced in this session.

Presentation Handout: http://goo.gl/ZN2EZ



Speakers
avatar for Sydnye Cohen

Sydnye Cohen

Library Media Specialist, Brookfield High School
I have long been a technophile. Connecting teachers and students to technology in a way that integrates it seamlessly into the curriculum is what brings joy to me every day. I am a library media specialist, working in a 1:1 iPad school who is lucky to be able to work collaboratively... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

2:35pm EDT

Club Academia - Inspiring Ideas by Students
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
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 →
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 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

4:00pm EDT

At the Core of Research: Media Literacy for Grades 6-8 (CC)

The Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards demand careful evaluation and integration of information presented in diverse media and formats. Learn how to scaffold success for your middle school students as they sharpen their skills for analyzing main ideas and details, analyzing the purpose of information, and evaluating the motives behind a presentation. Sharpen your own media literacy tools as we practice these skills together!


Speakers
avatar for Suzy Rabbat

Suzy Rabbat

Media Literacy and the Common Core Specialist, Arlington Heights School District 25
Suzy Rabbat is a school library media consultant in the Chicago area. After 16 years of classroom teaching experience, spanning grades Kindergarten through eight, she completed a Master’s of Library and Information Science Degree and shifted her instructional focus to research... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Dale Truding

Dr. Dale Truding

Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Arlington Heights District 25
Dr. Truding has 43 consecutive years in education in 7 different states and 11 different suburban school districts. Dr. Truding has served as a teacher, coach, consultant, principal, director and Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning. Truding has also designed two new schools... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Common Core: Finally Time for PBL

Do you wish you had more time for project based learning? The shift from breadth to
depth in the Common Core Standards creates more opportunities for students to explore real-world problems and challenges, understand the relevance of what they are learning, and pursue their passions. Learn to leverage technology and social media to empower students, facilitate collaboration and inspire creativity.

Participants will:

Explore project based learning.
Collaborate with other attendees to design a PBL assignment to use with students.
Discuss how Web 2.0 tools and social media can be used to connect students to each other and experts.
Identify the multiple Standards addressed with this single project structure.


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 →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Creative RightENG the Core

Literacy for productive citizens...sharing tools/ideas to empower creative writers across contents.
The session will focus on using digital technologies to inspire and enhance writing. Participants in the session will explore the endless opportunity for inspiration through exploration of various design, image, creation and publishing tools. The learning experiences, connected to the core, will highlight writing projects teachers can adapt and can repurpose to foster creativity while revealing content understanding.


Speakers

Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm EDT

Models and Probes: Getting Ready for the Common Core

The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) project prepares diverse students for careers in information technologies by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use computational models and real-time data acquisition. ITSI has produced dozens of activities in elementary, middle and high school science using a range of commercial sensors as well as open source or research-based models.

Teachers can customize ITSI science inquiry activities easily to fit their classrooms and engage their local communities using the web-based interface. All activities are embedded in software that allows students to read the activity, answer questions, make predictions and collect data, analyze results, run a computer-based model, take and annotate snapshots of that model, and save their work within one application. It also allows the collection of formative and summative assessment data, which is available to the teachers.
This workshop will allow you to try out the activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials are free and available online.


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Senior Scientist, Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
St. James - 4th Floor (C Wing)

4:00pm EDT

Teachers and Students as Curators: Finding and Employing New Information and Resources for the Digital Classroom

Each year the amount of published information continues to expand at a staggering pace. From books and periodicals to web-based content, it's easy for teachers to get lost in this information explosion. How can we discover engaging resources that move the textbook as the focus while putting students at the center? What tools allow teachers and students to view and archive relevant information that helps them to understand new content? Join us as we explore a new category of web-based tools-tools for curating information-and see how these tools can help both teachers and students align with the new Common Core.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

The Three Pillars of Web Literacy and the Common Core - Part Two: Developing Organized Learning Libraries with Diigo

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 →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm EDT

Cell phones: The Secret Learning Weapon:

Tired of fighting for the attention of your students while they surreptitiously text their friends about their boredom? How about asking them to take their phones out to learn? They know how to work them better than you AND there are so many educational functions they probably aren't even aware of. Learn how to use smart phones in your classroom to create and complete projects. Turn them on and tune them in to the power of learning on their phones.

Use Twitter chats to engage whole classes in discussions and eliminate the conversation that happens between you and two eager students in your room. Use instagram and video functions to shoot footage for projects - edit them in iMovie. Work on documents using Google drive. Maintain your student publication using Word Press and get to play with other free apps that will enhance classroom learning.



Presentation Resources:

Main Presentation - http://bit.ly/14Qaerl

Collaborative Handout: http://bit.ly/1bUVOJm

Google Form for Paraticipation: http://bit.ly/17wwSTA


Speakers
avatar for Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein

Secondary Teacher, Instructional Coach and author, Long Island City High School
Nationally Board Certified Teacher, writing facilitator, j-teacher, lover of the written word, student press rights advocate, motivator of the college bound. Mom. #jerdchatEagerly pushing the boundaries of what's comfortable, relinquishing control to my students and always growing... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm EDT

Design Thinking for School Improvement A *NEW* session from the NoTosh team for BLC13!

Explore how the process of Design Thinking can be applied to issues being grappled with at a school leadership level. During this session we will work on one common challenge that will be crowdsourced and voted on leading up to the workshop. Working through the creative process the NoTosh team will lead you and colleagues towards some possible solutions and share with you some ideas for applying this methodology to future challenges.

Attendees will:

- learn about the Design Thinking process to explore creative problem solving.
- use Design Thinking in an hour to address a single school improvement issue.
- consider the way curriculum might be delivered using the Design Thinking process.
- take away potential solutions to a school based challenge that can be put into action and tested.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Plaza Ballroom 2nd Floor/Mezzanine

4:00pm EDT

Global Goods, Local Costs: Where Did All My Stuff Come From?

Our students know a lot about the things they wear, eat and use every day. After all, who pays more attention to the price and characteristics of a new iPod, outfit or shrimp dinner than a teenager? But in our globalized world, many of the basic resources that compose these goods are extracted, refined and processed far away under obscure systems that mask some hard truths. Using vivid reporting by Pulitzer Center journalists, we will explore the untold process that links shrimp, oil, chocolate, gold and other extracted resources to the products we buy at our local stores. You will learn how you can use Pulitzer Center reporting and educational materials to engage your students on these issues, weaving together themes of environmental awareness, workers' rights, human rights, national borders, ethnic migrations, urbanization and government and corporate transparency.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

Education Director, Pulitzer Center
Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm EDT

Make the APPsolute Fit! Select the Right Mobile Device Apps to Include Learners with Special Needs

Availability of free and low-cost apps for mobile devices grows exponentially. Many educators and families have turned to these less expensive tools and content hoping for a simple and affordable way to accommodate learners with special needs, especially in the general curriculum. However, we must keep already known decision-making processes in mind when designing and recommending interventions. Educators need to be careful of “magic wand syndrome”. Take care to make the fit for the learner just as you would for any other tool. This session will share a public resource wiki for guiding decisions about apps and strategies to consider for mobile device implementation for students with special needs.


Speakers
avatar for Madalaine Pugliese

Madalaine Pugliese

Assistive Learning Technology Specialist, Assistive Learning Technologies, LLC
Ms. Pugliese has 40 years of experience in public education and is a nationally recognized speaker and authority in technology integration. Her achievements include: • President, Assistive Learning Technologies, LLC • Director of Assistive Technology Graduate Program at Simmons... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 26
 

10:20am EDT

Enabling Student Empowerment and Achievement - Google Apps and Hapara Teacher Dashboard

Learn how teachers around the world are empowering students and improving writing outcomes as they move to digital work environments with Google Apps for Education. At the Manaiakalani cluster in New Zealand, the Richland 2 district in South Carolina, and the Science Leadership Academy in Pennsylvania, educators are transforming pedagogy supported by Google’s free productivity, collaboration and social media tools, coupled with Hapara’s Teacher Dashboard for knowledge and classroom management. Hear how these emerging models of teaching and learning with cloud-based tools are enabling teachers to move the needle on student empowerment, student achievement, and perhaps most significantly, student joy.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Buja

Chris Buja

VP Business Development, Hapara
Chris Buja founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School, among the top ranked public high school in the country.  He serves as VP of Business Development for Hapara, the world's leading classroom platform for Google Apps for Education. His prior experience includes Google datacenters... Read More →
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of education with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
St. James - 4th Floor (C Wing)

10:20am EDT

Online Learning and What Works for Kids in a Global Classroom

Online learning will become a normal feature of high school experience before we know it but, unlike at the university level, it is still quite new for secondary schools. Come learn of our experience with offering online courses for several years as part of the IB Diploma Programme in an IB World School. Perspectives from students, online teachers and the school administration about the challenges, problems, promise and excitement of being part of global digital classrooms. Please come to share your experience with online learning of any kind or to learn more about effective online learning for high school kids.


Speakers
avatar for Patricia Kyle

Patricia Kyle

Deputy Secondary Principal & Online Course Coordinator, KIS International School
About Pat KyleDeputy Secondary School Principal, KIS International School, Bangkok Pat Kyle has had a unique and varied career in business and education. Her experience spans a diverse range of communities, cultures and continents. She most recently worked in Washington, D.C., as... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am EDT

Storyfinding


In a word or two you remember the whole story: glass slipper, sour grapes, cold porridge. You remember more than the facts (a step mother & two step sisters, an absent father, a godmother) you remember the relationships and deeper connections between the characters (nasty step mom & sisters, warm but lonely friendships with the animals in the house, a dream of a better life).

The challenge for teachers and students is not to find problems but to find stories. Powerful narratives, in a word or two, bring to mind a wealth of ideas and relationships; more than just facts. How can we find the stories that make our teaching sticky? How do we help kids find, and more importantly tell, the stories that make their learning sticky?

We’ll look at some strong examples and send you on your way with a toolkit of ideas and practices to make teaching & learning sticky in your class.


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His relaxed... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am EDT

What makes learning great? A journey through provocative learning and planning student-owned curriculum topics

Of all the creative industries, the ad industry is probably the best known for its use of provocation to stick ideas in our minds and compel us into action. What would happen if we harnessed provocation for learning? Well, it's actually part of what we know makes learning great already, one of the core ingredients to make the difference between students being taught science or learning how to be scientists, being taught about language or being taught to become writers.
At the end of this session, participants will: - have an understanding of why provocation is a core part of both creative and critical thinking - see how the planning of student-owned learning depends upon strong, provocative exploratory topics - learn about different approaches to planning topics that tightly map curriculum but which offer freedom of choice in the students' learning journey.


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am EDT

Make the APPsolute Fit! Select the Right Mobile Device Apps to Include Learners with Special Needs

Availability of free and low-cost apps for mobile devices grows exponentially. Many educators and families have turned to these less expensive tools and content hoping for a simple and affordable way to accommodate learners with special needs, especially in the general curriculum. However, we must keep already known decision-making processes in mind when designing and recommending interventions. Educators need to be careful of “magic wand syndrome”. Take care to make the fit for the learner just as you would for any other tool. This session will share a public resource wiki for guiding decisions about apps and strategies to consider for mobile device implementation for students with special needs.


Speakers
avatar for Madalaine Pugliese

Madalaine Pugliese

Assistive Learning Technology Specialist, Assistive Learning Technologies, LLC
Ms. Pugliese has 40 years of experience in public education and is a nationally recognized speaker and authority in technology integration. Her achievements include: • President, Assistive Learning Technologies, LLC • Director of Assistive Technology Graduate Program at Simmons... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am EDT

Student Created Digital WIki-Textbook

Imagine if students, thirty miles apart, could collaborate on their own digital textbook. Now image students receive no grades for their work. Imagery, podcasts, text, PowerPoints, hyperlinks and more all created by students and shared with the world. In this presentation we will focus on how we built a 21st century learning environment between two school districts via a living digital textbook. We will explain how to collaborate on a common curriculum that engages and empowers students to collaborate, communicate and disseminate their story of world history using Skype, GoogleDocs and Wikispaces. Our students’ efforts over the past seven years have resulted in the creation of a digital textbook; several years before Apple’s iAuthor. Engaged with curriculum, motivated by a desire to understand the world in which they live and leaving digital footprints worth following.


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

10:20am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is the voice for UNICEF in the United States, working for the survival of children around the world through fundraising, education and advocacy.  For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization. This session will educate attendees on UNICEF's global impact through the concept of  “global citizenship”, specifically as someone who understands global interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge inequalities and takes action in a way that is personally meaningful. Attendees will also be engaged with specifics around the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s global impact, domestic campaigns and the TeachUNICEF global education resource.


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

Global Citizenship Fellow, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Nicholas Leisey is a passionate advocate for human rights and utilizes his natural instincts for civic engagement and grassroots mobilization to engage multiple communities around the country to unite on behalf of the world’s children. After earning his degree in public relations... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 10:20am - 11:25am EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Building Reading Communities using Subtext
In this "Hands On Session" participants will learn how it is possible, in a closed classroom community, to share margin notes, highlight, summarize, and assess in Subtext, a collaborative, social, reading app. Participants will learn how to create closed groups and share both fiction and non-fiction readings with their students. Participants will be able to find text resources, both free and paid, as well as convert any web content and make it available in Subtext. This session will review how Subtext can help assess the standards of the Common Core as well as help participants create assessments, add web links to notes, and monitor student progress while students are reading. Participants will see how it is possible to have a safe, social reading experience where students interact with each other as well as the teacher about their assigned readings in a connected way.

Presentation Handout: http://goo.gl/nlBNp



Speakers
avatar for Sydnye Cohen

Sydnye Cohen

Library Media Specialist, Brookfield High School
I have long been a technophile. Connecting teachers and students to technology in a way that integrates it seamlessly into the curriculum is what brings joy to me every day. I am a library media specialist, working in a 1:1 iPad school who is lucky to be able to work collaboratively... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am EDT

Global STEM Classroom Collaboration Technology and 21st century skills

This session will be presented by GTEC international team and the US school administrators, teachers and students. We will explore what really works and what does not from the perspective of the students and the teachers. The effectiveness of the existing web-based collaboration tools for a virtual community, student teamwork in STEM education and the acquisition of 21st century skills and mapping of the GTEC STEM programs to the National Standards will be discussed. We will provide  recommendations for the US and international educational community on the applicability of these tools for educational collaborative projects - both from the students’ and the teachers’ perspectives. We will discuss the opportunities that virtual labs provide for developing global STEM teamwork classroom programs and offer examples of professional collaborative tools.  We will also review the perspective of STEM employment & workforce development professionals (re: STEM skills & workforce readiness). The participants of innovative and rigorous Global STEM program will share their experience in joint international projects implemented under the GTEC umbrella. 8th and 9th graders of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School worked with schools in UK, France and Russia on various GTEC STEM projects such as NASA space exploration, astronomy investigations, world-wide clean water research, and methods of data visualization and etc.

Dennis Yarmouth Hign School, S.Yarmouth, US http://dy-regional.k12.ma.us/dennis-yarmouth-regional-high-school

Finham Park Math & Computing High School in Coventry, UK http://www.finhampark.co.uk/

Schkola Lycei Vtoraia Schola High School in Moscow, Russia http://www.sch2.ru/

Het 4E Gymnasium in Amsterdam, Netherlands http://www.het4egymnasium.nl/

Rene-Cassin High School, Ballan-Mire, France http://clg-rene-cassin-ballan-mire.tice.ac-orleans-tours.fr/eva/


Speakers
avatar for Elena Bochkareva

Elena Bochkareva

Mathematics teacher, Lyceum Vtoraya Shkola High School
I am a mathematics teacher with more than 30 years of experience, many of my students have successfully participated in various mathematical competitions - including the Math Olympics and many other local, regional and National math tournaments as well as many STEM (science, technology... Read More →
avatar for Diane Brennan

Diane Brennan

Leadership and Executive Coach, Brennan Associates Coaching & Consulting
I've been involved in executive coaching and leadership development within organizations since 2000. Since 2008 I've worked with Charlie Pellerin, 4-D Systems Founder and CEO, using the 4-D Systems methodology with NASA scientists, engineers, leaders and teams. We've also used 4-D... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Charlesworth

Ruth Charlesworth

KS3 Science Co-ordinator & Science Teacher (Chemistry). RSci., Finham Park School
Ruth Charlesworth qualified from Sheffield University with a Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry. She successfully managed a hotel before training to be a secondary science teacher at the University of Warwick. She has been teaching for four years at Finham Park School... Read More →
avatar for Mary Carol Descroix

Mary Carol Descroix

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Collège René Cassin
I teach English to French students in the Loire Valley in France. For several years I have been involved in promoting international communication exchanges between my students and their peers in the US, Canada and Australia through e-mail, shared blogs and video-conferencing. It's... Read More →
KJ

Kenneth Jenks

Principal, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
I am a 1981 graduate of U-Mass, Amherst. I spent three years as a substitute teacher in the Amherst schools before joining the Dennis-Yarmouth faculty as a history teacher in 1984. I began as principal of D-Y in 1999. We have one goal: capture their imagination! If students are excited... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Pagan

Antonio Pagan

Chief Information Officer, City of Northampton / Northampton Public Schools
avatar for Leonid Perlov

Leonid Perlov

Fotievoy st. 18, Moscow, Russia, Liceum \
I'm a teacher of geography with the Highest Professional Teacher Certification at Licej Vtoraya Shkola High School, Moscow, Russia. I work at school since 1979. I take part in GTEC (tele-tools projekt). I am a GTEC Ambassador in Russia and a lead educator for Global STEM Teamwork... Read More →
avatar for Vitaliy Popov

Vitaliy Popov

Consultant, The Global Technology and Engineering Consortium
I am a PhD candidate at the Education and Competence Studies Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, graduating in October 2013. My dissertation is on intercultural online collaborative learning in higher education. Specifically, I have developed and examined the effects of... Read More →
avatar for Larisa K. Schelkin

Larisa K. Schelkin

CEO, President & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; She is also a Founder of the Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC) and a co-founder of the DOME Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Annamaria Schrimpf

Annamaria Schrimpf

President, METAA
avatar for Julia Sigalovsky

Julia Sigalovsky

Teacher, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School
Julia Sigalovsky, Ph.D., serves as a Chemistry Teacher and a special engineering projects instructor at DYRHS since the fall of 2011. She is the key project developer and instructor for Global Technology and Engineering Consortium (GTEC) projects since its interception in 2009. Together... Read More →
avatar for Isa Zimmerman

Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute... Read More →
GR

Галина Рынская

Teacher, Lyceum
I am an English teacher, an alumna of the Moscow State OIl and Gas University ( Ph.D. In applied geophysics) and the Moscow State Pedagogical UNiversity, a UNESCO Expert, a professor of the Moscow State UNiversity of Energy, the President of the Moscow "Svetsky" Club. I am passionate... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am EDT

The Three Pillars of Web Literacy and the Common Core - Part Three: Using Twitter to Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom

If you still think that Twitter is only a tool used to keep connected with friends or with happenings around the world, you could be missing out on greater opportunities to help students expand the boundaries of their learning. In this session, participants will find out how Twitter can help students collaboratively solve problems, search out alternative perspective on global issues and gain further insight to information they have found online.




Presentation Resources:


http://www.novemberlearning.com/resources

http://brianmull.wikispaces.com 

 


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 →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am EDT

At the Core of Research: Reflective Note-Taking Strategies for Grades 3-5 Using Various Tools(CC)

Claim and evidence are the two key ingredients for research at the upper elementary level. The Common Core Writing Standards require these students to move beyond summarizing information to analyzing and reflecting on evidence to support a claim. In this session, we’ll take a look at strategies for reflective note-taking that engage students in the metacognitive process needed to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources.


Speakers
avatar for Suzy Rabbat

Suzy Rabbat

Media Literacy and the Common Core Specialist, Arlington Heights School District 25
Suzy Rabbat is a school library media consultant in the Chicago area. After 16 years of classroom teaching experience, spanning grades Kindergarten through eight, she completed a Master’s of Library and Information Science Degree and shifted her instructional focus to research... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Dale Truding

Dr. Dale Truding

Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Arlington Heights District 25
Dr. Truding has 43 consecutive years in education in 7 different states and 11 different suburban school districts. Dr. Truding has served as a teacher, coach, consultant, principal, director and Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning. Truding has also designed two new schools... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Flip with Precision: If the first step of the journey is the Flip, the second has to be Precision.
The Precision Teaching Initiative has been designed to improve understanding of effective teaching and learning in order to support teachers in continually tailoring educational opportunities to each student’s level of need and ability. Inspired by the work of Prof. Eric Mazur, Precision Teaching is the perfect partner to the flipped classroom; taking flip data collected from students prior to the lesson and then using classroom technologies, including 1:1 and BYO devices and high quality questioning, to collect on-demand, actionable student data within the lesson, in order to inform what happens next.

This hands-on workshop will share examples of how teachers in Australia have been using essential student in-class data to constantly reflect upon and inform their own practice. Participants will be introduced to some simple strategies that have been shown to offer unique visibility on learning, whilst supporting high quality learning conversations, meaningful collaboration and measurably higher levels of understanding.


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Head of Education, Learnology
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region; developing partnerships with educational... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is the voice for UNICEF in the United States, working for the survival of children around the world through fundraising, education and advocacy.  For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization. This session will educate attendees on UNICEF's global impact through the concept of  “global citizenship”, specifically as someone who understands global interconnectedness, respects and values diversity, has the ability to challenge inequalities and takes action in a way that is personally meaningful. Attendees will also be engaged with specifics around the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s global impact, domestic campaigns and the TeachUNICEF global education resource.


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

Global Citizenship Fellow, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Nicholas Leisey is a passionate advocate for human rights and utilizes his natural instincts for civic engagement and grassroots mobilization to engage multiple communities around the country to unite on behalf of the world’s children. After earning his degree in public relations... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Twitter as a Class Building Tool
Twitter is an exceptionally powerful--and seriously underused--capture tool. The platform is ideal for snaring dialogue--whether in a film or presentation, a meeting or class discussion. Conversations normally lost are easily recorded and archived for future use. Even notes on a whiteboard or personal notepad can be photographed and posted on Twitter.My senior students and I have been using Twitter to host our classroom, capturing our conversations in and out of class with people around the world, since October 2012. To date, we’ve amassing more than 11,000 tweets, all of them automatically archived in a Google spreadsheet and later mined, manipulated and visualized using google scripts. Participants will leave this session knowing:how to use hashtags to define the class "space" and themes, best practices for collaborative note-taking, how to automatically archive tweets and set up a Twitter visualization using Google scripting, how to use web tools to organize and archive collections of tweets around discussions and some legal considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter has spent more than 15 years exploring the impact of technology on education. If there’s one thing he’s learned in all this, it’s that the essence of technology has nothing at all to do with anything technological.


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am EDT

Awakening Your Creative Genius

Awakening Your Creative genius does exactly what the title suggests. It causes people to become aware of their own creative potential and understand how to harness it in education. This session takes creativity out of the confines of just art and music. Keep an open mind as this experience is not meant to teach the audience anything new, but rather to get people to see what they already know from a different perspective - causing a paradigm shift.


Speakers
avatar for Arvin Ross

Arvin Ross

Director of Professional Development, iSchool Initiative
Arvin Ross is the Director of Professional Development for iSchool Initiative and a Junior at Kennesaw State University. He is an international voice known an “Awakener”. Overcoming a broken home and a background of drugs, fighting, and  gang life, his words carry the weight... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm EDT

Common Core: Flip Instruction and Create a Student-Centered Classroom

“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!


Participants
will:

Discuss strategies for flipping and engaging students online.
Explore online resources that can be used to flip instruction (i.e. TED-Ed, virtual field trips, etc.)
Crowdsource favorite websites for media, resources, and information.
Brainstorm ideas for extending learning in class with student-centered activities.


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 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm EDT

Do You Really Know Your Students? Flipping the Classroom to Increase Personalization.

Imagine teaching an advanced placement calculus class with strong achievement expectations. How would you ensure that you are able to address each student’s questions, concerns and comprehension levels in a difficult subject? In this session, Stacey will explain how using the flipped model and iPads have changed her student’s learning environment. Outcomes include increased comprehension, reduced anxiety levels and grade improvements without increased homework or class time.

In this session, you will learn:
• How one teacher flipped her AP Calculus class
• How iPads can be used for student-created video content
• How to better connect with students’ individual learning through the flipped model


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 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm EDT

Managing Complex Change in Technology Integration through Harnessing the Inherent Influence of Building Leaders.

"Principals have incredible influence on building their school’s learning community. Start the change process in your schools tomorrow with the knowledge gained in this workshop. In the hour, building leaders will:

*Discuss five components of creating a culture of change in regards to technology integration.
*Learn how to determine what components are missing that leave teachers feeling confused, anxious, or frustrated.
*Discuss plans to effectively prevent false starts or increase the rate of change among teachers.
*Examine visionary practices for learning design that demonstrate the seamlessness of optimum technology integration.
*Learn quick and easy tools to master as a building leader which demonstrate effective technology integration as a priority."


Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Roberts-Walstrom M.E.T.

Lindsey Roberts-Walstrom M.E.T.

Curriculum Specialist for Technology Integration (preK-12), West Hartford Public Schools


Friday July 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

The First Five Days
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Georgian - 2nd Floor
  Regular Conference

1:10pm EDT

Design Thinking for School Improvement A *NEW* session from the NoTosh team for BLC13!

Explore how the process of Design Thinking can be applied to issues being grappled with at a school leadership level. During this session we will work on one common challenge that will be crowdsourced and voted on leading up to the workshop. Working through the creative process the NoTosh team will lead you and colleagues towards some possible solutions and share with you some ideas for applying this methodology to future challenges.

Attendees will:

- learn about the Design Thinking process to explore creative problem solving.
- use Design Thinking in an hour to address a single school improvement issue.
- consider the way curriculum might be delivered using the Design Thinking process.
- take away potential solutions to a school based challenge that can be put into action and tested.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Senior Consultant, NoTosh Ltd
Tom Barrett is one of the UK’s best known classroom teachers, working in the elementary schools sector. He curates and shares thousands of practical ideas from teachers across the globe on his blog edte.ch, and puts into practice the very best thinking on educational technology... Read More →
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts.McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm EDT

How an actual revolution led to the creation of a democratic learning tool
Yahki founders, American-Egyptian architect and designer, Ashraf Tawakkol, and Australian global education entrepreneur, Mark Lamont, share a unique story of how social media R&D in the context of overseas democratic uprisings and the confluence of social media led to the development of Yahki -  a toolset that now offers breath-taking ‘learner democracy and liberation’. The R&D focused on content curation, mash up, and sharing in the public domain, not just at school, leading to the invention of the ‘education channel’. The channel enables everyone to move seamlessly between their public and school social media worlds. The outcomes and new opportunities for learners, teachers, parents and schools are amazing, for the 1st5days and beyond. This is a ‘world first’ not to be missed.”

Speakers
avatar for Mark Lamont

Mark Lamont

CEO, Yahki
International education transformation researcher and entrepreneur. Currently deep into learner analytics, scalable social media pedagogies,  macro cloud education developments, and micro #1st5days best practice. Running projects worldwide, witnessing global convergence. Founder... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:35pm EDT
Clarendon - 2nd Floor