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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

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

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Common Core

Discover how 21st century skills have been integrated into the Common Core. Free resources, digital tools, lessons and exemplars will be shared. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools/resources in meaningful and effective ways.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free tools and resources that allow administrators, teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, be creative and think critically in a Common Core world
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated with staff and students


Speakers
DC

Dr. Christine Olmstead

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Orange County Department of Education
avatar for Lainie  Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

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

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

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)

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

Creative learning through Gaming

Students today want to be active learners, finding their own information and resources, collaborating with their peers around the world and sharing ideas and opinions. Games can provide more engagement than lessons because that is the designer's focus.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can change classroom practice and equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how Middle School students at Knox Grammar School are learning through creative integrated assessment tasks using Minecraft and other rich classroom gamed based learning experiences.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation
How Minecraft was used for an integrated assessment task
How ARC (alternative reality games) was integrated into a language unit
Examples of student work, and
A demonstration of how to use tools such as video, blogs, Edmodo and Quia to gamify the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


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

11:45am EDT

Learn Like a Kid - 24/7 Learning Networks with Mobile Devices

This session is an extended version of Lainie's TEDx Talk. It goes more into specifics and gives educators practical information to get connected.

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This fast-paced session will explore ways that students can use the mobile devices to curate their own learning networks comprised of experts, practitioners, teachers and other students around the world to make learning a 24/7 experience. With mobile devices such as the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate and produce creative works! During this session we will also discover tips and tricks to make connections. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for communication and collaboration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device to participate.


Speakers
avatar for Lainie  Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Whittier - 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

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

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

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 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Arlington - 2nd Floor

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)

1:10pm EDT

Oral History as a Flagship Project: The Perfect Marriage of 21st Century Technology and Traditional Historical Methods

Inspired by the vision of our Head of School, Joan Holden, the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes History Department designed a signature Oral History Project. Together with the assistance of our IT Department students create a polished 10-12 minute documentary based on recording the oral history of a family member at least one full generation removed. Using Blogs, Macs, iMovie and the internet students are fully supported in this endeavor. Established benchmarks must be met during the process including selecting a subject, researching the time period of the subject’s life, composing at least 20 questions, and filming 45-60 minutes of raw video footage. Once these benchmarks are reached students use class time to edit their projects, integrating images and music to form a cohesive documentary theme. This project has replaced the midterm exam for our 11th grade students in a school wide effort to equip our graduates with the 21st century skills of communication, creativity and digital literacy.


Speakers
avatar for Steven J. Ebner

Steven J. Ebner

History Department Chair, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Steven J. Ebner has been the Upper School History Department Chair for St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past 9 years. He has taught AP Government, US History, World History and a Practical Economics elective the he designed on Financial Literacy and... Read More →
avatar for Caroline English

Caroline English

Upper School History Teacher, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School
Caroline English currently teaches 9th grade World History and 11th grade AP U.S. History at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. In an effort to transition the curriculum into one that incorporates more 21st century learning skills, she has stressed critical... Read More →
avatar for Daryl &quotGus" Grissom

Daryl "Gus" Grissom

Upper School Latin & History Teacher, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Dr. Daryl “Gus” Grissom teaches both History and Classics at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dissertation focused on Thucydides’ analysis of the Peloponnesian War... Read More →


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

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

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

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 →


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

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)

4:00pm EDT

Advanced Searching For Inquiry Meets The Common Core

Uncovering information through inquiry is essential to common core learning. In this engaging and fast paced session you will explore search strategies that put students at the center of their search. Mike will guide you through five search engines as you practice using different search strategies and techniques with him. You will discover and explore search engines built on the basis of peer review, computation, readability indexes, social media (education style), and informational searches (advanced but simple). Perhaps you or your students may wish to build their own search engine. Learn some of Mike’s important search strategies that were recently featured in Alan November’s newest book, Who Owns The Learning. You will walk away with ideas and tools that will allow you to address the Common Core while putting students truly at the center.


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 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm EDT

Collaborative Learning - Google Tools and the Common Core

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and make collaboration a natural way of learning in your Common Core school. If you are ready to move your school from content consumption to content creation and community building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific Google tools that provide an easy-to-use, integrated way for teachers and students to collaborate
-Explore practical workflow models for sharing and collecting assignments
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated in classrooms
-Discover how real-time collaboration, powerful sharing controls and seamless compatibility make learning more engaging and a teacher’s life easier


Speakers
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Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Arlington - 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
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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 →


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
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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

Oral History as a Flagship Project: The Perfect Marriage of 21st Century Technology and Traditional Historical Methods

Inspired by the vision of our Head of School, Joan Holden, the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes History Department designed a signature Oral History Project. Together with the assistance of our IT Department students create a polished 10-12 minute documentary based on recording the oral history of a family member at least one full generation removed. Using Blogs, Macs, iMovie and the internet students are fully supported in this endeavor. Established benchmarks must be met during the process including selecting a subject, researching the time period of the subject’s life, composing at least 20 questions, and filming 45-60 minutes of raw video footage. Once these benchmarks are reached students use class time to edit their projects, integrating images and music to form a cohesive documentary theme. This project has replaced the midterm exam for our 11th grade students in a school wide effort to equip our graduates with the 21st century skills of communication, creativity and digital literacy.


Speakers
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Steven J. Ebner

History Department Chair, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Steven J. Ebner has been the Upper School History Department Chair for St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, for the past 9 years. He has taught AP Government, US History, World History and a Practical Economics elective the he designed on Financial Literacy and... Read More →
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Caroline English

Upper School History Teacher, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School
Caroline English currently teaches 9th grade World History and 11th grade AP U.S. History at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. In an effort to transition the curriculum into one that incorporates more 21st century learning skills, she has stressed critical... Read More →
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Daryl "Gus" Grissom

Upper School Latin & History Teacher, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Dr. Daryl “Gus” Grissom teaches both History and Classics at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dissertation focused on Thucydides’ analysis of the Peloponnesian War... Read More →


Wednesday July 24, 2013 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A 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

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
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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

Learn Like a Kid - 24/7 Learning Networks with Mobile Devices

This session is an extended version of Lainie's TEDx Talk. It goes more into specifics and gives educators practical information to get connected.

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This fast-paced session will explore ways that students can use the mobile devices to curate their own learning networks comprised of experts, practitioners, teachers and other students around the world to make learning a 24/7 experience. With mobile devices such as the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate and produce creative works! During this session we will also discover tips and tricks to make connections. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for communication and collaboration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device to participate.


Speakers
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Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

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

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
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Liz Bleich Davis

Director of Curriculum, Keys School


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

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

Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Common Core

Discover how 21st century skills have been integrated into the Common Core. Free resources, digital tools, lessons and exemplars will be shared. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools/resources in meaningful and effective ways.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free tools and resources that allow administrators, teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, be creative and think critically in a Common Core world
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated with staff and students


Speakers
DC

Dr. Christine Olmstead

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Orange County Department of Education
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Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

Creative learning through Gaming

Students today want to be active learners, finding their own information and resources, collaborating with their peers around the world and sharing ideas and opinions. Games can provide more engagement than lessons because that is the designer's focus.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can change classroom practice and equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how Middle School students at Knox Grammar School are learning through creative integrated assessment tasks using Minecraft and other rich classroom gamed based learning experiences.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation
How Minecraft was used for an integrated assessment task
How ARC (alternative reality games) was integrated into a language unit
Examples of student work, and
A demonstration of how to use tools such as video, blogs, Edmodo and Quia to gamify the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


Thursday July 25, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Stuart - 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 →


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

1:10pm EDT

Creating a HS App Programming Computer Elective

This session will describe the structure, available resources, and pedagogy for creating a High School computer science elective that teaches students how to build Apps for Apple's iOS. It is based on a course that was successfully pioneered in 2011-2012, and continues today. The presenter is the course's current instructor, who does not have a degree in computer science, and who will demonstrate that a degree in computer science is not necessary for a successful offering of this course. Some topics to be covered include but are not limited to the following:
-Apple's SDK and Xcode;
-Dealing with the Apple Developer issue with the HS age group;
-Getting to the documentation with Dash;
-Using Stack Overflow;
-Using iTunesU in conjunction with iBooks materials;
-Introducing a business model to student development teams;
-Vetting the professional literature, from sources such as Big Nerd Ranch, and O'Reilly Media.


Speakers
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Thomas White

Special Projects, Monte Vista Christian School
Thomas White has been a secondary teacher from 1998 - 2010, teaching in Canada and the United States, in public schools, Catholic schools, Adult Education and private schools.  He has taught a variety of courses, in Science, Math, English and Technology throughout his teaching career... Read More →


Thursday July 25, 2013 1:10pm - 2:15pm EDT
Stuart - 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

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)

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

Making Video Instruction a Less Passive Experience

Tools such as embedded quizzes, callout boxes and hotspots can be useful in creating a more interactive experience for students watching instructional videos. In this session, Stacey will explain what these tools are and how they can be applied to create a more engaged learning environment. Among the topics discussed will be how pre-assessments help set the tone for full-class discussion and aid in grouping students and how callout boxes and hotspots draw student attention to key concepts and provide a visual clue to important talking points.

In this session, you will learn:
• How self-assessment quizzes boost student productivity by providing feedback of comprehension and areas to review immediately
• How embedded quizzes provide teachers a quick snapshot of areas that need attention and one-on-one work
• How to help students flag essential concepts from the lecture using callout boxes and hotspots


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 →


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

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)

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

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 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

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

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)
 
Friday, July 26
 

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)

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

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