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Sunday, July 21
 

12:30pm EDT

FLIP your classroom into the BEST production studio and collect evidence of learning along the way!

Learners need to DO, CREATE, PRODUCE, and SHARE their learning experience with not only one teacher, but with a MUCH BIGGER community. This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session that’s fun and informal and will teach you how to incorporate movie making, social media, and mobile learning technology into your classroom. Whether you’re at the elementary, middle or high school level, see how movies have a place in your idea marketing and collecting evidence of learning for the school, parents and students. This is the best way to collect evidence of learning while covering the national curriculum.

This framework will help revolutionize your classroom; it can transform it into the most important space of your school– if not the community. Get ready to create and walk away with a valuable movie making process and a cool project to share! This is the best way to showcase what learning looks like in the classroom today. A lesson, an iPad, social media tools– what an exciting time for teachers and learners!


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 →


Sunday July 21, 2013 12:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Pre-conference  Repeated Session
  • Suggested Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General (all audiences)
  • Attendee Requirements Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop or iPad with either iMovie or Photo Story, and a video or photo camera (if you have one).
  • Price $500
  • Capacity 25
 
Monday, July 22
 

9:00am EDT

FLIP your classroom into the BEST production studio and collect evidence of learning along the way!

Learners need to DO, CREATE, PRODUCE, and SHARE their learning experience with not only one teacher, but with a MUCH BIGGER community. This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session that’s fun and informal and will teach you how to incorporate movie making, social media, and mobile learning technology into your classroom. Whether you’re at the elementary, middle or high school level, see how movies have a place in your idea marketing and collecting evidence of learning for the school, parents and students. This is the best way to collect evidence of learning while covering the national curriculum.

This framework will help revolutionize your classroom; it can transform it into the most important space of your school– if not the community. Get ready to create and walk away with a valuable movie making process and a cool project to share! This is the best way to showcase what learning looks like in the classroom today. A lesson, an iPad, social media tools– what an exciting time for teachers and learners!


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 →


Monday July 22, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  Pre-conference  Repeated Session
  • Suggested Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General (all audiences)
  • Attendee Requirements Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop or iPad with either iMovie or Photo Story, and a video or photo camera (if you have one).
  • Price $500
  • Capacity 25
 
Wednesday, July 24
 

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

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)

1:10pm EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

1:10pm EDT

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 
How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 


Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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

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)

2:35pm EDT

Building an Empathetic Student Writing Community

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

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



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




Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

CEO, MindWise
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

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

Presentation Handout

 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

2:35pm EDT

IPads meet the Common Core

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

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

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

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

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Sydnye Cohen

Sydnye Cohen

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


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

4:00pm EDT

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

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

Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

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

Presentation Handout


 


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

10:20am EDT

Creativity and Academic Excellence

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Karen Yager

Karen Yager

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


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

10:20am EDT

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 →


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

10:20am EDT

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

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


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

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


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

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 →
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 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
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 →


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

Tweets for Family and Global Communication

It is not just for celebrities anymore! Twitter has quickly become one of the easiest and most effective tools for educators to promote home/school connections. Learn how one kindergarten teacher uses Twitter to keep parents informed, promote student/parent dialogue about learning and provide followers with a virtual classroom experience. Hear parent feedback on Twitter’s impact and learn how easy it is to implement in your classroom.
· Learn the basics of navigating Twitter, including account creation and
set up

· Receive sample letter templates to help parents use Twitter

· Find education professionals and interests to follow on Twitter

· Crack the code of common Twitter lingo and characters


Speakers
avatar for Ann Graboski

Ann Graboski

Kindergarten Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools
Ann Graboski is a kindergarten teacher in West Hartford, CT. Ann is an advocate for using technology to strengthen the home/school bond, enhance learning experiences and to create academic connections for her students and their families. Ann is certified in early childhood education... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

A Walk Around the World

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

1:10pm EDT

Google Search Tips and Tricks

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


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

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


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

1:10pm EDT

Rethinking Professional Development

It’s not the gadgets, tools and wires that will change the culture of learning. It’s how you create a vision that withstands the rush of new tools, and how you use them for collaboration, communication and critical thinking that will radically change the teaching and learning process. New technology does not change teaching and learning practices, not without a clear vision and innovative practices to engage students in becoming more self directed problem finders. 
How can we make use of these tools to expand learning and foster critical thought? What programmatic trends distinguish schools on the leading edge of using technology for global education? How can a school’s professional development program help teachers embrace these opportunities? What technologies are educators talking about? How can administrators become more aware of tools like Twitter so they can make informed decisions about policy? What are ways administrators can help model implementation of technology? Come to this forum and be prepared to share your experiences and explore your questions to help envision the future of your school, implementation of 1:1 


Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

Technology Integration Specialist
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate... Read More →


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

1:10pm EDT

Tweet me this, Tweet me that

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


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

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


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

2:35pm EDT

Building an Empathetic Student Writing Community

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

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



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




Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

CEO, MindWise
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with... Read More →


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

2:35pm EDT

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)

2:35pm EDT

IPads meet the Common Core

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

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

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

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

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Sydnye Cohen

Sydnye Cohen

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


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

4:00pm EDT

Cell phones: The Secret Learning Weapon:

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

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



Presentation Resources:

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein

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


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

4:00pm EDT

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

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

Attendees will:

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


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

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


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

4:00pm EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

4:00pm EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Madalaine Pugliese

Madalaine Pugliese

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


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

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 →
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 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Terrace - Lower Lobby
 
Friday, July 26
 

10:20am EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Madalaine Pugliese

Madalaine Pugliese

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


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

10:20am EDT

Student Created Digital WIki-Textbook

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


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

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

Mike Pennington

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


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

10:20am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

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


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

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


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

10:20am EDT

Tweets for Family and Global Communication

It is not just for celebrities anymore! Twitter has quickly become one of the easiest and most effective tools for educators to promote home/school connections. Learn how one kindergarten teacher uses Twitter to keep parents informed, promote student/parent dialogue about learning and provide followers with a virtual classroom experience. Hear parent feedback on Twitter’s impact and learn how easy it is to implement in your classroom.
· Learn the basics of navigating Twitter, including account creation and
set up

· Receive sample letter templates to help parents use Twitter

· Find education professionals and interests to follow on Twitter

· Crack the code of common Twitter lingo and characters


Speakers
avatar for Ann Graboski

Ann Graboski

Kindergarten Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools
Ann Graboski is a kindergarten teacher in West Hartford, CT. Ann is an advocate for using technology to strengthen the home/school bond, enhance learning experiences and to create academic connections for her students and their families. Ann is certified in early childhood education... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Suzy Rabbat

Suzy Rabbat

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

Dr. Dale Truding

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


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

11:45am EDT

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

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


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

11:45am EDT

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF & Global Citizenship

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


Speakers
avatar for Nick Leisey

Nick Leisey

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


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

11:45am EDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

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


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

1:10pm EDT

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

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

Attendees will:

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


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

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

Ewan McIntosh

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


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