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Wednesday, July 24
 

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

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)

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)
 
Thursday, July 25
 

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

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

Quality feedback using technology

Online feedback among peers who know one another is effective. Studies have shown that students can be more comfortable with and adept at critiquing and editing written work if it is exchanged over a computer network with students they know. According to Hattie and Timperley, “…feedback is information with which a learner can confirm, add to, overwrite, tune or restructure.’ With an abundance of cheaper tablets, laptops and phones, the ‘student’ has never been more connected. Teachers have a mandate to make use of this technology to enhance feedback for all learners.

This session looks at the theory of feedback and how technology can provide quality feedback in a quick and meaningful way. It demonstrates ways that technology can be used to enhance feedback, providing students with immediate feedback that can be saved, reflected upon and used as future reference when needed."

This presentation will demonstrate the use of various programs including: Wikis, Blogs, Voicethread, Google Apps, Podcasts/Vodcast, Quia as well as various iPad applications. It will also discuss a global project between a class from Australia and the United States and show how students communicated and provided feedback throughout the task.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


Thursday July 25, 2013 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A 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
 
Friday, July 26
 

1:10pm EDT

Be a Fear Fighting Facilitator: How to Empower Teachers to Overcome Fear, Learn from Failure and Take Risks

Teachers are not afraid of technology. Teachers are not afraid of change. Teachers are afraid of the failure that can come along with technology and change . In the age of high-­stakes testing and performance-­relatedpay, teachers are afraid to take risks in their teaching and create a dynamic classroom that will benefit student learning and progress. In this session, we will explore how we can help teachers overcome their fear of failing and embrace change in instructional practice and use of technology. We will discuss strategies for creating a community of risk­ takers who are willing to give students control of their learning, get messy, and learn from failures rather than avoid them.


In this session participants will:
● Discuss the role of administrators as leaders in change, facilitators of overcoming fear, and cheerleader in risk taking
● Identify strategies for creating an environment where failure is a temporary side effect of change and taking risks is welcomed when helping students become independent learners
● Understand the significance of modeling risk taking, embracing failures and allowing students to navigate their learning
● Discuss ways to celebrate and share teachers’ students’ success and learning.
● Understand the need for creating a welcoming forum, such as Twitter or Edmodo, where teachers can passively share successes, post questions, share resources and collaborate


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gohagon

Michelle Gohagon

Regional School District 13
Michelle Gohagon is a technology integration specialist in Regional School District 13 for grades K­6. She received her Bachelor’s from the University of Hartford in History and Secondary Education, a Master’s in Special Education from Simmons College and studied Educational... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Lussier

Jenny Lussier

Library media specialist, Brewster Elementary School
Jenny Lussier is a teacher librarian for grades PreK-2 and formerly a fifth/sixth grade teacher in Regional School District 13 in Durham & Middlefield, CT. She has a passion for research, children’s literature, and technology and loves to share and learn with kids and adults! You... Read More →


Friday July 26, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 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