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Wednesday, July 24
 

10:20am EDT

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

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

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

In exploring the answers through this session, participants will:

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eunhee Jung

Dr. Eunhee Jung

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

Rachel Kidder

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

Tim Merritt

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

Ellen VonFlatern

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


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

10:20am EDT

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

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

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

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

Attendees will

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


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

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


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

10:20am EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Luhtala

Michelle Luhtala

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

Shannon McClintock Miller

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

Joyce Kasman Valenza

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



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

11:45am EDT

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks & Connected Learning

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


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alec Couros

Dr. Alec Couros

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


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

11:45am EDT

Teaching Literacy with Your iPad(s)

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

Presentation Handout 

 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm EDT

Students as Tech Support

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


Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

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


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

2:35pm EDT

Media and Visual Impact

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


Speakers
avatar for Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

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


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

2:35pm EDT

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


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

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


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

2:35pm EDT

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

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

Presentation Handout

 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

4:00pm EDT

Apps for the Classroom

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


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

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

Rosa Ruvalcaba

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


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

4:00pm EDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

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


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


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

10:20am EDT

The three essential tech tools to create, collaborate and update student learning

Need help getting started with technology integration in your classroom? In a world filled with BYOD, apps and “100 best” lists, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Join Mike and Garth as we discuss the three essential tools for technology integration. No matter what the device, subject or experience level, you can use these three tools to go from beginner to teacher-leader. GoogleDocs, Skype and student-created blogs are the essential technology tools needed to create your classroom window-to-the-world. Just three tools, that’s it! We promise no lists, rapid fire explanations or a myriad of downloads. We will discuss the philosophy and practicality of each tool through real-world examples. Actual teachers, actual success stories and a common sense approach to technology will allow you to leave this session ready to tackle technology in the new school year.


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 →


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

10:20am EDT

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

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

Presentation Handout


 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

10:20am EDT

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

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


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

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


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

11:45am EDT

Global Education Leadership Challenge from the Perspective of Global Educators

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

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

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Elena Bochkareva

Elena Bochkareva

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

Diane Brennan

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

Ruth Charlesworth

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

Mary Carol Descroix

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

Kenneth Jenks

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

Antonio Pagan

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

Leonid Perlov

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

Vitaliy Popov

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

Tracie Robinson

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

Larisa K. Schelkin

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

Annamaria Schrimpf

President, METAA
avatar for Julia Sigalovsky

Julia Sigalovsky

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

Isa Zimmerman

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

Галина Рынская

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


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

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

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


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

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


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

2:35pm EDT

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)

4:00pm EDT

The iPad Journey: An Honest Story

Monte Vista was the world's first adopter of iPads, placing them in the classroom the day of their sale, in April 2010, and has continued with a current 1:1 program for all students, 6th through 12th grade, teachers, administrators and a large part of the support staff. We have hosted visitors from states across the country, as well as representatives from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China and Japan. We have also hosted 5 iPad conferences, with 2 more to come in this school year. This session will be a story of that journey, from its beginning to the present, with an honest evaluation of our successes and failures, and the leadership that has kept us going forward. The purpose of the session is to give schools who are considering an iPad program some valuable insights to help launch their own programs.


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 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

4:00pm EDT

Student Created Digital WIki-Textbook

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


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting... Read More →
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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 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby
 
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)

10:20am EDT

Student Created Digital WIki-Textbook

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


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

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

Mike Pennington

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


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

10:20am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

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


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

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


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

11:45am EDT

Global STEM Classroom Collaboration Technology and 21st century skills

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

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

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Elena Bochkareva

Elena Bochkareva

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

Diane Brennan

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

Ruth Charlesworth

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

Mary Carol Descroix

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

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

Antonio Pagan

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

Leonid Perlov

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

Vitaliy Popov

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

Larisa K. Schelkin

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

Annamaria Schrimpf

President, METAA
avatar for Julia Sigalovsky

Julia Sigalovsky

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

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

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


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

11:45am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

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


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

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


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

11:45am EDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

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


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