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Crafting Vision and Managing Change [clear filter]
Wednesday, July 24
 

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

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

District Wide Implementation of Google Apps for Education - Advanced

Google Apps for Education provides a free cross platform set of tools for educators. You can create Web sites, collect homework, manage student portfolios and much more. If your district has adopted GAfE or is thinking about it, then this session is for you. We will walk through real examples and best practices of how to utilize these tools in an educational setting. You do not have to have Google Apps for Education to join this session, but are curious about what it has to offer.

- Administrators will see a variety of ways to manage a Google Apps for Education Domain.
- Principals will learn how to introduce student directed digital portfolios to their staff.
- Teachers will learn how to achieve a paperless classroom that emphasizes student ownership of the work.


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 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

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

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

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

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

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

Research, Inquiry and the Common Core: A Collaborative Journey and Smackdown

The Common Core State Standards ask students to build knowledge through research--through assessing the credibility of their reading, through synthesizing information form multiple sources, through responding critically to informational texts, through supporting an argument with solid evidence. How can teachers and librarians work together to unpack the CCSS and inspire learning? Joyce, Michelle, and Shannon share their collaborative experiences K-12, followed by a CCSS Smackdown!


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 →


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

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
Friday, July 26
 

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

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

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

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

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

Building Your Common Core “Apptitude”

Attend this session and explore an array of useful apps and resources that will keep you up to speed as a busy administrator implementing Common Core. You'll leave with a toolkit of apps that will get you through a full day of productivity.


Speakers
DC

Dr. Christine Olmstead

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Orange County Department of Education


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

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