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Sunday, July 15
 

11:30am

12:30pm

Turning Classrooms into Learning Studios: Lights, Camera, Learn!

Marco Antonio Torres is an internationally recognized teacher and filmmaker who uses the movie-making process to make his classroom projects explode with empowerment and enthusiasm. Working along side the exceptionally talented Alas Media Team, this phenomenal workshop will take you through the entire movie making process.

This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session where teachers will learn not only valuable and practical tips on how to make a great movie, but also how to plan and manage such projects. Teachers will also find out how to market this program to their communities and also learn how to share the projects with the world! See how movies have a place in your content area classroom/ new studio. Lights, Camera, LEARN!

 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Sunday July 15, 2012 12:30pm - 6:30pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop with either iMovie or Photo Story, and a video or photo camera.
  • Price $500 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
  • Capacity 25

1:00pm

iPad Apps for Creativity

We will start by exploring a variety of apps, some that lend themselves to learning content such as math facts or spelling words and others that can be used in open-ended content creation such as storytelling or photography. Then we will link these apps in design to your curriculum. We will explore opportunities for mapping to the curriculum where students are creating, contributing and engaging globally on both the iPad and other mobile technologies.

Participants will:

  • Explore a subset of apps from a recommended list of apps
  • Consider affordances/constraints as a way to evaluate apps
  • Contribute to a common sharing space where we’ll list recommended apps and links to recommended app-tivities
  • Consider and comment on apps and app-tivities in the common sharing space
  • Explore ways where students can create content
  • Identify ways to connect students globally

 

 

Presentation Link: http://balancedtech.wikispaces.com/BLC12+-+iPad+Apps+For+Creativity


Speakers
avatar for Jordy Whitmer

Jordy Whitmer

Learner, Teacher, Facilitator, BalancEdTech
Jordy is a 3rd-8th grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School in Birmingham MI. Always curious, Jordy has: taught in 3 different districts for 20+ years; designed and facilitated school and district level initiatives for Birmingham; served as Educator-On-Loan for the Michigan Department of Education; taught overseas and online graduate courses for Michigan State and Western Michigan; researched capacity building in systemic reform, technology... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Sunday July 15, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements iPad or device for running apps
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 30
 
Monday, July 16
 

7:00am

8:00am

Design Thinking: Genuine Epic-Scale Problem-Based Learning from Whole-School Planning, to Supporting and Measuring Learning

Project-based learning has been let down in too many instances with "fake", academic, theoretical problems that need solving. The learning processes involved are at best fuzzy for most educators: what is "collaboration", "student-designed" and "student-led" learning?

  • Learn from the creative practices of some of the best media and tech companies in the world, with whom Ewan McIntosh has spent the past three years.
  • Find out what the independent and collaborative learning skills and processes these growing creative industries, and other business, require.
  • Hear inspiring mini-talks, guest speakers joining virtually from around the world and participate in a series of highly engaging discussions and exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. | | McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) Intermediate
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 65

8:30am

Happily Ever After: Digital Storytelling with Scratch

Do you love stories? Do you want to learn how to create your own interactive digital stories? Join members of the Scratch Team at MIT Media Lab for a hands-on introduction to storytelling with Scratch. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for young people (ages 8 and up) to create their own interactive stories and share their creations online with others. As students program and share with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively, while also learning important computational ideas.

In this hands-on session, participants will be introduced to Scratch, create interactive stories, view examples of stories created by young people and hear how Scratch is being used by educators for storytelling. No prior experience necessary.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick

MIT Media Lab
About Mitch Resnick | Professor, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA | | Mitch's Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. With their Scratch software, millions of young people are developing their own interactive stories, games and animations -- and, in the process, learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 8:30am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Download Scratch at http://www.scratch.mit.edu.
  • Price $250
  • Capacity 28

9:00am

Turning Classrooms into Learning Studios: Lights, Camera, Learn!

Marco Antonio Torres is an internationally recognized teacher and filmmaker who uses the movie-making process to make his classroom projects explode with empowerment and enthusiasm. Working along side the exceptionally talented Alas Media Team, this phenomenal workshop will take you through the entire movie making process.

This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session where teachers will learn not only valuable and practical tips on how to make a great movie, but also how to plan and manage such projects. Teachers will also find out how to market this program to their communities and also learn how to share the projects with the world! See how movies have a place in your content area classroom/ new studio. Lights, Camera, LEARN!

 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 9:00am - 3:00am
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop with either iMovie or Photo Story, and a video or photo camera.
  • Price $500 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
  • Capacity 25

9:00am

EduBloggerCon East

Getting to the Park Plaza early? Consider EduBloggerCon. This event is a “collaborative conference” where attendees help to build and create the experience. At the start of the day, attendees will work together to develop sessions based on the submissions that attendees have indicated they are willing to facilitate or would like to learn about.

This event is free, and you can attend even if you are not registering for the full BLC conference. More information is available at http://www.edubloggercon.com/ebcEast2011.

 


Monday July 16, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
A Wing - 4th Floor

1:00pm

Re-designing Assessment

Unpacking the broad assessment agenda we face in schools today and exploring new insights and solutions for the challenges we face. Let’s face it, the assessment agenda is fraught with mixed metaphors, blind alleys and confusing vocabulary! Let’s re-establish assessment in it’s rightful place as an integral part of any learning.

It is all about the grade at the end of the day. How can I break this everlasting cycle?
I want my students to be more central in their learning, how do I take steps towards this?
I think I am doing OK with assessment in my classroom, but how does this compare with elsewhere in the world? Do others face the same challenge?

Attendees will:

  • understand the key issues that swirl around the assessment agenda for schools;
  • reflect on their own assessment practices and place them in the wider national and international context;
  • see real world examples of how assessment innovations are being applied in sectors beyond the education sector;
  • explore a range of misleading metaphors, helping to create a clearer definition of what assessment can and should be;
  • leave with a better understanding about what assessment is and isn’t;
  • review and debate the challenges we face as teachers, as a nation;
  • find solutions to local challenges and begin to see how assessment can be a platform for students to reflect and develop higher order thinking skills.

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 to inspire and engage children in their learning. | Tom works on leadership, technology adoption and improving teacher capacity with NoTosh in schools across the... 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 products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop, iPad, etc.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 65

1:00pm

Student as Contributor: The Digital Learning Farm

Alan November describes the "Digital Learning Farm" as a place where students come together to make valuable contributions to their classrooms for the benefit of their classmates and the world beyond their school's walls. This session will focus on the ideas behind these contributions and will introduce participants to a toolset that will get their students moving in the direction of empowered, purposeful learning. Examples include tutorial creators, student scribes, curriculum reviewers and more. All participants in this session will get a free copy of Alan's upcoming book, within which he discusses this concept in great depth.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:30pm

Let's Play! Game Design with Scratch

Side-scrollers. Quizzes. Mazes. Simulators. Young people are using Scratch to create and share a wide variety of interactive games. In the process, they learn important computational concepts (for example, using variables for keeping score and conditionals for making game decisions), while also developing general problem-solving skills and design capacities.

Join members of the Scratch Team at MIT Media Lab for a hands-on introduction to game design with Scratch. Participants will be introduced to Scratch, learn to create games, view examples of games created by young people and hear how educators are using Scratch for game design. No prior experience necessary.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick

MIT Media Lab
About Mitch Resnick | Professor, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA | | Mitch's Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. With their Scratch software, millions of young people are developing their own interactive stories, games and animations -- and, in the process, learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 1:30pm - 5:30pm
MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Download Scratch at http://www.scratch.mit.edu.
  • Price $250
  • Capacity 28

6:00pm

Paint the World in a Different Light: Boston City Night Photo Safari

Bring your digital camera and join us on a walking tour of downtown Boston to explore night photography and to change the way you view Boston Harbour.

We will explore global projects engaging students to paint their city, home and themselves in a different light. We will investigate ways we can offer to depict stereotypes, such as inner city locations in inspiring ways.

We will be going on a photo safari around downtown Boston at night and will look at ways to investigate the how we frame our photos (what we focus on, what we edit out) as a starting point for reflective practice, for writing, art and critical thinking in the classroom. Learn about night photography and painting with light to ignite imagination and create highly dramatic photos to render the familiar a little strange.


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 knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Bring a digital camera (preferably one with manual settings). If possible bring: a tripod, flashlight (any size, or led light), laptop, cord to connect camera to laptop or card reader to off load your photos.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 30
 
Tuesday, July 17
 

7:00am

8:00am

Catalyzing Learning Using Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics

Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our lives are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Peer instruction is a research-based pedagogy that actively engages students in the classroom and has been shown to dramatically improve conceptual understanding, even in large classes. While successfully implementing peer instruction doesn't require any technology, using the right technology can improve student engagement, increase learning, and make it easier to implement peer instruction in your classroom. In this workshop you will learn how to use Learning Catalytics -- a web-based technology publicly unveiled for the first time last year at BLC '11 -- to bring peer instruction to your students. You will get hands-on experience designing effective questions -- not just multiple-choice but also open-ended questions where students produce textual, numerical, or graphical responses -- and using Learning Catalytics to pose them to students. You will also see how to use Learning Catalytics to manage the discussions students have during class and promote engagement and conceptual understanding.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Lukoff

Brian Lukoff

Co-founder and CEO, Learning Catalytics
Brian Lukoff, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Education at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where his research focuses on using technology to develop innovative ways of improving student engagement and learning in the classroom.  He is also co-founder and CEO of Learning Catalytics, a company that develops a cloud-based technology for facilitating and managing an interactive classroom... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Eric Mazur

Dr. Eric Mazur

Area Dean of Applied Physics, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University
After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1981, Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982. In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics. | In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

8:00am

Connective Learning: An Introduction to Google Tools in Education

Learn how to tap Google's free online toolset and knock down the walls of your classroom, engage students and make connections in new and exciting ways. During this pre-conference session you will build robust learning solutions that you can immediately apply in your classroom. Develop a custom search engine based on your particular subject area or unit of study. Create an interactive map for your literature, history, math or science class. With these and other open-ended tools, the options are endless. When you return to your classroom in the fall your students will be stunned at what you did on your summer vacation!


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience Elementary, Middle, Secondary
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Sign up for a Google account before attending at http://www.google.com.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

8:00am

Designing Powerful Tutorials with Camtasia Studio (for Macintosh)

Screencasting is a fun and exciting way for students to take an active role in their own learning. Student-created screencasts can be used for authentic assessment, tutoring and sharing concepts with a global audience. This workshop will start with the basics of how to get started with screencasting. With hands-on guidance and demonstrations, participants will learn how easy it is to record, edit and share their screencasts using Camtasia (a free copy of Camtasia Studio or Camtasia for Mac will be provided to each attendee).

Participants will learn to create, organize and present crisp, professionally-pleasing screencasts. Other topics to be covered include:

  • Screencasting on a budget
  • Pen-based input tools (Tablet PC, Electronic Whiteboard, USB Tablets, etc)
  • Tips on microphones and recording high quality audio

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Eash

Ryan Eash

Customer Success Manager, TechSmith Corporation
I'm responsible for ensuring successful customer adoption of TechSmith solutions; the makers of Snagit and Camtasia. I've been with TechSmith since 2007, and provide training opportunities both online and in-person. Prior to TechSmith, I taught for 10 years in the elementary grades through higher-ed. I love working with people, and seeing their excitement when they learn something new that they can then use to improve learning for others.
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →
avatar for Dave McCollom

Dave McCollom

Education Evangelist, TechSmith
Dave McCollom is the Education Evangelist for TechSmith.  He works closely with users around the globe, specifically focusing on the educational markets. In his position, he conducts ongoing and direct conversations with customers in order to influence continuous product improvement. His outreach to the educational community includes attending conferences both in the U.S. and abroad as well as visiting schools and classrooms for... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience Elementary, Middle, Secondary
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop and video camera (if you have one). Download trial of Camtasia at http://www.techsmith.com.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

8:00am

Helping Our Students See The Stories Behind The Mountain Of Available Data

Data is not boring. Data is not something that's just for math or science class. Since 2010 we've never had so much publicly available data about the way our lives are run, the environment, our geography, our history… But most of us don't know how to tap into the PDFs, tables, geocodes and charts to dig out the meaningful stories hidden in there. Learning how is one of the key new literacy skills our youngsters will need if they are to be fully participative members of society:

  • How can Google open up hidden data?
  • How can our students become gatherers of meaningful information about the world around them?
  • What stories have been told using data, and can we find authentic real world problems that our students could help solve with their own open data crunching?

Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. | | McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  • Intended Level(s) Intermediate
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 30

8:00am

iPads for learning? It's Elementary!

Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Just considering an implementation? Either way, this pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad in the elementary classroom.

This hands-on workshop will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine the iPad's iOS platform, unique features that support student learning, and applications and activities that support differentiated mobile learning. We will also discover tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. Participants need to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this hands-on session. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.

 

Presentation Resources: http://lainierowell.com


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:00pm

Building a Bridge While Walking on It. iPads and Possibilities for Mobile Learning

Do you like to eat with your fingers? Maybe the iPad is for you. Are you a “multitasker”? If so, perhaps the iPad is not for you. What real questions do you need to consider in implementing mobile technologies into a school culture? How does teaching and learning change when you have access to the right information at the right time.

In an age of overabundance of information what information do we need, do our students need? Learn about practical examples of how you can use iPads for empowered learning. This is not a session showing yet another list of the latest apps. Bring your iPad and be prepared to share an idea of how you are using iPads to change the structures of learning. Join Julia for this hands on popular session.

Please come to the workshop with your own iPad, your Apple ID's and passwords and your iTunes account.

Also, go to the following link and download the apps PRIOR to the session. Many of the apps require you double click them to launch them then sign up for an account. Please sign up for accounts for these apps prior to coming so that you can participate along with us and use them right away. If you have a laptop, bring it also. 

Click on the link below to get the list of apps to download: http://ipadapi.wikispaces.com/

 


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 knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience Middle, Secondary
  • Attendee Requirements Please bring an iPad and laptop to this session and add apps in the session description
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

1:00pm

Building Learning Communities: A Hands-on Learning Adventure

In a world of rapidly developing technology, are you having a difficult time finding a jumping off point? In this four-hour session you will take part in a hands-on learning adventure that models an immersion process you can use with your own students. You will interact with a powerful learning community as you explore a variety of Web-based tools and learn to integrate these same tools across the curriculum in meaningful and effective ways. The results will be expanded opportunities for developing a personal learning community, authentic work, global audiences and concrete ways that your students can make valuable contributions to their learning community.


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... Read More →
avatar for Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter
Angela Maiers, Chief Instigator: Dreaming Big and Igniting Change, taught literacy skills to disadvantaged youth in elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa from 1989 to 2003. She has since worked as an education consultant and speaker. | | Angela is the founder and President of Maiers Education Services, a consulting firm headquartered in Clive, Iowa. Her company provides just-in-time consultation services to schools, organizations, and... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:00pm

Designing Powerful Tutorials with Camtasia Studio (for Windows)

Screencasting is a fun and exciting way for students to take an active role in their own learning. Student-created screencasts can be used for authentic assessment, tutoring and sharing concepts with a global audience. This workshop will start with the basics of how to get started with screencasting. With hands-on guidance and demonstrations, participants will learn how easy it is to record, edit and share their screencasts using Camtasia (a free copy of Camtasia Studio or Camtasia for Mac will be provided to each attendee).

Participants will learn to create, organize and present crisp, professionally-pleasing screencasts. Other topics to be covered include:

  • Screencasting on a budget
  • Pen-based input tools (Tablet PC, Electronic Whiteboard, USB Tablets, etc)
  • Tips on microphones and recording high quality audio

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Eash

Ryan Eash

Customer Success Manager, TechSmith Corporation
I'm responsible for ensuring successful customer adoption of TechSmith solutions; the makers of Snagit and Camtasia. I've been with TechSmith since 2007, and provide training opportunities both online and in-person. Prior to TechSmith, I taught for 10 years in the elementary grades through higher-ed. I love working with people, and seeing their excitement when they learn something new that they can then use to improve learning for others.
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →
avatar for Dave McCollom

Dave McCollom

Education Evangelist, TechSmith
Dave McCollom is the Education Evangelist for TechSmith.  He works closely with users around the globe, specifically focusing on the educational markets. In his position, he conducts ongoing and direct conversations with customers in order to influence continuous product improvement. His outreach to the educational community includes attending conferences both in the U.S. and abroad as well as visiting schools and classrooms for... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience Elementary, Middle, Secondary
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop and video camera (if you have one). Download trial of Camtasia at http://www.techsmith.com.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

1:00pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition

How can leaders maximize student engagement and academic achievement? How can leaders encourage teachers and students to collaborate with peers and professionals around the world?

The goal of this session is to provide you with maximum capacity for effective leadership in the 21st Century. This session will outline essential skills for leaders and offer practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning process. Articulating vision and managing change will be emphasized, along with the following:

  • Alignment of curriculum to standards
  • Designing more rigorous, demanding and globally connected assignments
  • Building capacity for family and community involvement
  • Addressing issues related to equity
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Designing staff development programs
  • Defining new roles for students
  • Sharing best practices

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience Administrators
  • Attendee Requirements None
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 50

1:00pm

Think like a Detective, Produce like an Investigative Reporter: Connecting the Common Core with deeper thinking, learning and sharing.

Join us as we journey through a Common Core based activity drawing on critical thinking, information literacy and project development.  Explore the process changes involved in building the capacity of students to ask deeper questions, think critically about content, deconstruct information and support or challenge claims, as they respond to increasingly complex tasks.

An intentional play on the popular quote from David Coleman, a contributing author of the ELA Standards, the title of this workshop invites participants to engage with the standards using the media and mediums of todays leaners. 

Throughout this high engagement, hands-on workshop, participants will explore a process for:
- asking effective questions
- mapping a project plan
- collecting, analyzing and sifting through evidence
- identifying authentic audiences

Closing discussion and reflections will offer participants an opportunity to connect design elements of the workshop with learning experiences for their students.

 

Presentation Link: http://brainyardworkshop.wikispaces.com/


Speakers
avatar for Roy McCloud

Roy McCloud

About Roy McCloud | Learning Facilitator; Personal Development Coach, Birmingham Public Schools, Birmingham, MI | Roy is a dynamic, engaging teacher at Birmingham Covington School. His mission is to educate, inspire and empower people to transform the way they see themselves and to embrace their Best Life NOW! In addition to teaching, Roy has led countless workshops throughout the district, state, and country. His passion outside of school is... Read More →
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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
  • Intended Level(s) All
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Participants will need device to access Internet and contribute to web-based learning space (laptop, iPad, etc.)
  • Price 225
  • Capacity 30

5:00pm

 
Wednesday, July 18
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday July 18, 2012 7:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

7:00am

7:15am

BLC Orientation Session (sponsored by ePals)

Convene with a number of BLC veterans for a newbie survival session. We want you to get the most you can from your time at the conference, so let us show you the ropes. We will give you tips on choosing sessions, how to get around the hotel and how to find help. We will also highlight the various online tools used throughout the week to help us stay connected, and we let you in on the best places to charge your laptop. Finally, Boston is a great city and we will share some recreational recommendations!


Wednesday July 18, 2012 7:15am - 8:15am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

8:30am

10:20am

A Practical Map for School Change: Strategies, Considerations, and Applications for Authentic Innovation

Successful public charter schools have embraced innovation, entrepreneurship and 21st century learning throughout the past decade. For many of us, though, our schools have strongly established traditions, expectations and curriculum that are slow to embrace change. We are in a time of global transition, but how do we effectively navigate cultural and social expectations while meeting the needs of learners in the digital age? How can we generate real change in our schools when our local and national culture is steeped in 20th century educational traditions and benchmarks? In this session, you will take away applied examples for making the case, stimulating and building resonance for change in your school. You will pick up proven tactics that will help you create and support programming for integrated 21st century learning, change existing faculty mindsets and practices and meet expectations of parents and colleges.

 

Download the Presentation PDF


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Boyle

Nancy Boyle

About Nancy Boyle | Coordinator of 21 Century Curriculum and English teacher, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA | | Nancy Boyle is a veteran classroom teacher who has presented at several national and regional conferences. Nancy was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Future Program. Mrs. Boyle has served in various roles at Cushing and teaches several courses in the English... Read More →
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James Tracy

About Dr. James Tracy | Headmaster, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA | | Dr. Tracy is a leader in the independent school community and is the editor of The NAIS Guide to Principles of Good Practice and of Why Change? What Works? The NAIS Guide to Change Management. He has written extensively on educational issues, including 21st century secondary education. | | Dr. James Tracy became Cushing’s eleventh headmaster on July 1, 2006. Prior... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Assessment 2.0

What does assessment look like in a Digital Age classroom of Web 2.0 integration and multimodal projects? How do we distinguish between higher-order thinking and "bells-and-whistles?" In this session we explore the role of backward-design principles in developing effective Assessment 2.0 strategies. We will look at storyboarding techniques and rubrics that help establish a clear relationship between project goals and skill benchmarks. A fundamental goal is to identify characteristics of effective assessments that link to and measure student mastery of worthwhile learning goals.
Attendees will learn how to:
• Build a logic model for backward-design assessment
• Develop skill benchmarks tied to learning objectives
• Construct a storyboarding process that improves formative and summative assessment
• Find and create rubrics that evaluate preparation, content, format, design, presentation, and interactivity

 

Presentation Links:
http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/news-a-media/where-ett/204-tom-blc1 (Google Presentation)
Assesment 2.0 (PDF)


Speakers
avatar for Tom Daccord

Tom Daccord

Director & Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher
Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Chris Anderson's Keynote Follow up

Stay after the keynote to learn more from Chris and have an informal question and answer session.




Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Deploying Effective Collaborative Social Learning Platforms Designed for K12

A leading safe, social curricular learning platform (ePals LearningSpace) will be demonstrated and show the advantages of this next generation social learning platforms for school use. This session will provide evidence and data on how social learning platform significantly increases writing, critical thinking, and engaged learning. See how to leverage "social learning" principles while maintaining easy teacher and district implementation in a safe way. Simplify integrated web 2.0 tools in the kind of way that prepares students for college and the career workplace where they will create, share and manage their work and ideas in a professional online environment with their peers. Presenters have done thousands of integrated school deployments worldwide and are industry leading experts.  

Curricular content from the Smithsonian and publishing companies will be also be featured.


Speakers
avatar for Tim DiScipio

Tim DiScipio

Co-Founder, ePals
As the Co-Founder of ePals, Inc., Tim's leadership and vision helped build the company into one of the K-12 education industry's most recognized and leading global brands now reaching millions of teachers and students in 200 countries and territories. His role at ePals has been directing company partnerships, marketing, product strategy and building the company's global user base. Having created one of the first "social networks" on the web... Read More →
avatar for Rita Oates

Rita Oates

President, Oates Associates, Oates Associates
About Rita Oates | How we can help students learn more so they succeed in life? When and where does technology come into that success equation? Rita Oates has been working on that throughout her career, in K12, higher ed, in for profit organizations and in volunteer groups. | Dr. Rita Oates directed ed tech in Miami-Dade County Schools, the fourth largest school district in the USA, for more than seven years. She was education editor of the... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am

Flat Stanley Goes Digital

After sixteen years, cardboard Flat Stanleys have gone digital. Join the discussion on how one second grade class of students used digital cameras, Google Maps and laptops to learn about geography and their friends and family. There is now an “App for that” with the launch from Flatter World, but don’t be afraid to try this type of project on your own.


Speakers
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Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Go Above and Beyond Using the 4 C's ~ Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity

Join Peter as he challenges educators to incorporate the 4 C's ~ Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity in their approach to teaching and learning. Peter shares his new short film, "Above and Beyond", created in collaboration with The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This animated fable helps show that content mastery without the 4Cs will not provide students with the "wings" required to meet the demands of higher education, career, and life in a global society and world economy. In addition hear about Peter's essentials to foster creativity and innovation in the classroom. Participants leave with a renewed sense of engagement and a practical list of tools to tackle this challenge.


Speakers
avatar for FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
About Peter H. Reynolds | | Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision (www.fablevision.com), an award-winning educational multimedia development company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum, as well as FableVision Learning, a K12 educational media & technology publisher based in Dedham, MA. Reynolds’ goal is “to help children... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

iMovie & Final Cut Pro X Tips

This is a specific post production, editing workshop focused for more experienced (or willing) people who feel they need more time to talk about strategies, techniques, and tools to help them get their movies to look and feel more PRO-like. First off, any teacher can make a better looking, flowing, sounding movie. iMovie and Final Cut Pro X are two tools that have been intimidating to some, but I will take this time to go over features and tip of both applications that can help you produce the movie you want to make. There are a lot of you who ask me for this workshop and here it is. I can also do my best to answer any of your specific questions you may have about these apps. I will showcase some of my favorite tips and techniques, project management advice, and direct you to online resources to continue your journey to better movie making! 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Kids Teaching Kids: Empowering Students through Screencasting

This workshop will demonstrate the powerful effects of integrating student-created math video lessons, also called screencasts or mathcasts. The math videos are used as tutoring tools, a form of authentic assessment and for creating an enhanced “kids teaching kids” classroom culture. Perhaps best of all, the students enjoy creating these screencasts.

The video tutorials are used in classroom instruction and shared with a global audience via our iTunes podcast, YouTube channel, as well as our own Mathtrain.TV Web site. You will view student-created screencasts and discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, as well as share them on-line using the screen recording software Camtasia Studio, Jing (free) as well as the free iPad app, ScreenChomp.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating how we create our screencasts.

 


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Lobby

10:20am

Mapping the Road to Innovation: Lessons Learned Visiting Over 20 Schools and Districts

Over the past three years, the November Learning team has visited over 20 schools in the United States, in Canada and in Asia as a part of our Innovative Planning Partnership (IPP), a process that assists schools and districts in developing technology integration plans that lead to more empowered teaching and learning immediately and in the future. By completing a review of current technology and professional development plans, a school/district-wide survey, a series of classroom observations and meetings with school leaders, teachers, students and parents, we have been able to define clear steps of how to integrate and align technology across the curriculum.

During this session, I will share what we have learned during our visits, including the top five crucial areas that are often forgotten about as schools make the transition from paper to digital environments.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Situated Learning - Making the Real-World Clickable with QR Codes

Have you been wondering about those curious little square codes that are showing up more and more in magazines, stores, theaters, and everywhere else? They are QR Codes and they have the power to link the real-world to the digital-world. In this session we will explore ways to use those little black and white codes to communicate and educate.

Participants will learn:
-more about what QR Codes are and how they work
-how to quickly and easily create your own QR Codes for free
-how to use QR Codes to give students access to rich information and experiences through links to movies, podcasts, text, URLs and more

Be sure to bring your smartphone to fully participate in this interactive session!

 

Presentation Resources: http://lainierowell.com


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am

TeachUNICEF: Fostering Global Citizenship through Online Resources

Armed Conflict. Gender Equality. Water and Sanitation. Children in an ever-increasing globalized world need to understand interconnectedness, respect and value diversity, have the ability to challenge injustice and take action in personally meaningful ways. Through TeachUNICEF’s free online interdisciplinary resources, educators can foster global citizenship in the classroom and explore critical global issues.

Attendees will learn:
• The importance of global education in the classroom
• Understand what is global citizenship and components of global competency
• How to utilize TeachUNICEF’s web resources
• Take action! TeachUNICEF and service learning


Useful links for this presentation:
http://www.teachUNICEF.org
http://www.theoneminutesjr.org/?thisarticle=571
http://www.unicef.org/photoessays/index-pe_29913.html


Speakers
avatar for Leigh Forbush

Leigh Forbush

About Leigh Forbush | Global Citizenship Fellow, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Boston, MA |   | Leigh Forbush is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she works as a community mobilizer, bringing together schools, universities, volunteers and community organizations to unite in service of children around the world. Before her work with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Leigh was a Community Health Volunteer in the Dominican... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Where will you take your reading?

Reading is a lifelong skill that is critical to student success. Not until myON reader was launched was a program able to personalize learning and provide books and assessments digitally. Launched in 2011, myON reader is a personalized literacy environment that matches students to a recommended book list based on their interests and reading level that provides anytime, anywhere access on any device. The myON platform uses the MetaMetrics Lexile® Framework for Reading to provide valid and reliable embedded assessments and scientifically based predictions of future reading abilities. 

During this session you will:

  • Preview the largest online digital library with reading supports—professional recorded audio, dictionary and highlighting—and the embedded assessments that allow educators and students to track reading growth.
  • Learn how one district that started to implement technology added myON reader and is now observing astronomical reading results.
  • Discover how myON reader is building a community of readers in Hillsborough County Florida through a partnership with the school district and community partners to provide anytime, anywhere access to all children in the county.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Brekhus

Todd Brekhus

About Todd Brekhus | President, Capstone Digital, Bloomington, MN | Todd Brekhus is an educational leader devoted to introducing innovative technologies to educators and administrators.  As President of Digital Solutions of Capstone Publishers, Brekhus leads the digital product vision and strategy as the organization continues to expand its digital solutions in the education market. His prior experiences launching products and services into... Read More →
avatar for Connie Dopierala

Connie Dopierala

About Connie Dopierala | District Media Coordinator, Charleston Community School District, Charleston, IL | Connie Dopierala, Charleston County School District Media Services administrator, is a 25+ year teaching veteran. She received a BA in Communication/Education from Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA); an MA in Communication /Education and an MS in Counseling from the University of Evansville (Evansville, Indiana); and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50am
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

BLC in the Classroom: Ideas From Previous Conferences Put Into Action

In this one-hour interactive discussion, my students and I will share reactions and reflections on activities inspired by previous BLC events. Participants will also share ways they have (or will) put BLC ideas into action. Various topics will include:

-Flickr used as a way to make abstract thinking concrete (an idea inspired by Darren Kuropatwa’s use of Flickr in his calculus classroom)

-Student film as art, instruction, and introductions (inspired by the film making workshops of Marco Torres and Alas Media)

-The Digital Farm (inspired by Alan’s presentations of the same name)

-Student Scribes in an English Classroom (inspired by Alan’s podcast with Darren Kuropatwa)

 

Presentation Link: http://tinyurl.com/BLCathome


Speakers
avatar for Robin Neal

Robin Neal

English Teacher, Beaver Country School
Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School in Boston. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in how technology in the classroom can create more dynamic, authentic educational experiences. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences on this topic and takes pride in avoiding lectures, creating a learn-by-doing... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50am
Terrace - Lower Lobby

11:45am

Curation for Learning

Curation belongs in school. It should be part of your students’ search toolkit, part of your librarian’s strategy for collection development, part of your professional development plan, part of your effective Web presence! Learn how digital curation can enhance and inspire a school's learning culture. Joyce will define curation as a learning strategy and discuss what might be curated, the best new tools for curating, the role of student work and effective online strategies for scaling your practice as a teacher or a librarian to meet the needs of your learning community.

 

Presentation Link: http://joyceatblc.wikispaces.com/


Speakers
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 member of the school library Geek Tribe, TLNing, TL Virtual Café Pathfinder Swap, School Library Websites, and TLGuide.


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Gaming to Create and Learn

The 2012 Horizon Report acknowledges that is time for the adoption of 'Game Based Learning'. Alan November recently tweeted - ‘You never get an F in gaming, there's no penalty for risk taking in gaming.’

We are seeing the second generation of children who have enjoyed mastery of the word processor, with all its agility and opportunities to revise or refine, however, with this abundance of technology, assessment tasks rarely allow students to demonstrate their new multi-literacy skills or unleash their creativity.

Today's students need an edge. They need to engage in tasks that will make them comfortable with uncertainty, allow for team work, connect globally and permit creativity. Educators need to begin a journey of change that enlists the use of games within the curriculum.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how 256 Middle School students took a journey of learning through an integrated assessment task focused on sustainability, using Minecraft to deliver their final product.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

• How Minecraft was used for in an integrated assessment task,
• How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation,
• Student feedback,
• Examples of student work, and
• 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 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Habitudes for Leading and Learning in the 21st Century

Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving… buzz words no longer! To meet the complexities of today’s world, our students need more than skills — they need Habitudes! Successful students, workers, and citizens have identifiable habits and behaviors which allow them to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and sustain themselves as independent and successful lifelong learners. We’ll explore intentional lessons and conversations that nurture and develop these habits and attitudes; the Habitudes that ensure our students’ success far beyond our classrooms.


Speakers
avatar for Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter
Angela Maiers, Chief Instigator: Dreaming Big and Igniting Change, taught literacy skills to disadvantaged youth in elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa from 1989 to 2003. She has since worked as an education consultant and speaker. | | Angela is the founder and President of Maiers Education Services, a consulting firm headquartered in Clive, Iowa. Her company provides just-in-time consultation services to schools, organizations, and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

High School Journalism Can Change the World

Student journalism can be about so much more than simply reporting on the school play and the football game. I will tell the story of the Student News Action Network, an online youth news service with contributors in more than 50 countries, and will share resources and techniques for teachers to empower their students to be effective digital storytellers.

Teachers will learn

  • Why student journalism is a great interdisciplinary teaching model that aligns with 21st century learning concepts
  • How they can use relevant, high-impact resources to teach with journalism
  • How their students can create a positive digital footprint

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 and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Scaling Up: System Wide Transformation

Alan November challenges us to give students the opportunity to proclaim "stand on our shoulders” by doing work that is valued by others and that peers can build on to transform the world. In promoting “stand on our shoulders” work in your school or district, you want to move from pockets of innovation to sustained innovation.
Hear strategies to use in your search for the Holy Grail—Scaling Up:
• Promote a framework that emphasizes providing students the opportunity to do transformative work (what is transformative work and how does it create a sense of ownership among students);
• Strengthen professional learning networks with an emphasis on teacher-leadership and looking at student work;
• Implement policies that promote digital citizenship rather than just focusing on restricting users [encourage students to bring cell phones & other devices to school for learning, decrease restrictions on access to the internet (including YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook), and remove policy barriers to display of student work & photos on the web]; and
• Provide anytime/anywhere access to the resources of your network through a bring-your-own-technology initiative and a private cloud.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

About Eric Williams | Superintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VA | | Eric Williams is the Superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia, a school district of 12,500 students served through 19 schools. He started his career as a teacher of Social Studies and English-as-a-Second Language in Virginia and Brazil. After moving to Massachusetts, he worked as the Director of an alternative school that featured... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Small Shifts, Big Impact: Closing the Gap to Empowered Learning

How large is the gap that truly exists between the real and ideal for learners? Are there ways to “tweak” (small shift) content-driven instruction that will enlist students as deep questioners, critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers (big impact)? What if we created a “Destination Postcard” of the ideal learner, and designed learning experiences from there? Join this Switch-inspired think-tank on lesson design strategies that empower students to think and act their way to the acquisition and connection of content while developing learning dispositions. (Common Core Compatible)

Attendees will engage in discussion and consider activities designed to help educators:

Consider content acquisition as a vehicle for learning (means not end).
Create a classroom of “disruptive technologists,” seeking learner-driven ways to leverage digital tools, environments and processes.
Apply concepts from Switch (Chip & Dan Heath) to identify “small shift / big impact” possibilities in lesson (re)design.

 

Presentation link: http://bit.ly/ssbi-links


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community, innovate learning approaches and empower students to become change leaders. She offers intermittent micro-thoughts @lottascales
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

The Values Exchange Community: Enhancing critical thinking, persuasive reasoning and social awareness across the curriculum

The Values Exchange (VX) is a unique web-based thinking environment. The VX community allows students to explore any social issue using 'Facebook-style' technology and powerful social concepts (my feelings, hopes, ideals, equality, law etc). Students eagerly grasp the chance for online debate about situations that really matter to them. Students can post unlimited issues of their own, and explore a comprehensive dashboard of results as soon as they submit their ideas.

This session will explain exactly how teachers can use the Values Exchange Community to enhance their teaching in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, participants will:
understand the background to this thinking environment
how students can best use it
how to set up their own cases for debate
how to engage students in exploring results and interpreting rich meaning from the data


Speakers
avatar for David Seedhouse

David Seedhouse

About David Seedhouse | Values Exchange |   | Professor David Seedhouse is the creator of the Values Exchange Community - or 'social networking with brains' as he likes to call it. His mission is to promote deep thinking and clear communication about the social issues that affect us all - by using the internet for structured, tolerant, democratic engagement. The Values Exchange Community is used by universities, health services, health and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

What Happens When Second Graders Own Their Timetable

Everyday the Year 3 (2nd Grade) pupils at Rosendale Primary School in London negotiate their day.

Since September 2011 NoTosh has been working with the teachers at Rosendale Primary School. One of the key elements that emerged was how their innovative child centred curriculum was restricted by the traditional notion of the timetable. So we helped them re-design it, handing over the control to the 8 and 9 year olds.

Attendees will:
- See an overview of the project and how it fits into ongoing Design Thinking work
- Explore the curriculum model that puts the pupil at the centre of learning
- Review their own timetable to reveal questions and challenges - and surface the traditional blocks in the way
- Take away a new perspective on what teachers or school has control over
- Hear the views of pupils and staff who are innovating in this way in their classes
- Have time to reflect on their own practice and what it would take to change


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 to inspire and engage children in their learning. | Tom works on leadership, technology adoption and improving teacher capacity with NoTosh in schools across the... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Developing 21st Century Learners with 19th Century Content

With heightened expectations for what it means to meet the needs of our graduates as they prepare for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century alongside the requirements of meeting state standards and district curricula, the teacher often feels pulled in several directions as to how to accomplish what can often look like competing goals. This workshop, using the case study of child labor during the Industrial Revolution, will demonstrate how teachers can “globalize” the curriculum – making meaningful modern connections and offering suggestions for instruction and assessment that embody the skills and thinking required in the digital age including electronic surveys, blogging, web site evaluation, skyping with outside experts, and creating and posting video clips.

Attendees will walk with the following tools:
• Design model and criteria for a performance assessment.
• Strategies for embedding important digital and information literacy skills.
• Strategies for globalizing curricula.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Wise

Mark Wise

About Mark Wise | Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District, Windsor, NJ | | Mark Wise serves as the K-12 Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction for West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. Previously, he taught high school history and government in New Jersey as well as in Washington D.C. Mark did his undergraduate work at UMASS Amherst in political science/history and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Faculty Research Project: A Year Long Study of Best Practices Across the Curriculum

Members of our faculty engaged in a yearlong exploration of effective innovative practices to create optimal models in modern education at the secondary school level. School visits, research, discussion and reflection reshaped our approach to learning. We will share our findings of systemic, curricular and specific classroom models, evaluation and assessment, use of technology as a tool, project-based learning and the ever-shifting roles of the teacher and the student and discuss how we are implementing change at our school.
In this session you will:
-Learn how we planned, organized and implemented our study
-Discover what best practices we observed and how teachers and schools developed successful classes and programs
(-Learn about authentic PBL and ethics education)
-Hear what we learned about our own professional and personal growth by challenging and questioning ourselves and each other as education professionals
-Discuss how you can do a similar faculty project at your school

 

Download the Presentation PDF


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Boyle

Nancy Boyle

About Nancy Boyle | Coordinator of 21 Century Curriculum and English teacher, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA | | Nancy Boyle is a veteran classroom teacher who has presented at several national and regional conferences. Nancy was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Future Program. Mrs. Boyle has served in various roles at Cushing and teaches several courses in the English... Read More →
avatar for James Tracy

James Tracy

About Dr. James Tracy | Headmaster, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA | | Dr. Tracy is a leader in the independent school community and is the editor of The NAIS Guide to Principles of Good Practice and of Why Change? What Works? The NAIS Guide to Change Management. He has written extensively on educational issues, including 21st century secondary education. | | Dr. James Tracy became Cushing’s eleventh headmaster on July 1, 2006. Prior... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Formative assessment rules, OK? - 101 Wrong Metaphors About The Only Assessment that Matters

Ewan McIntosh entered the teaching profession in Scotland as the country undertook a national drive to make every school an “assessment for learning school”. Formative assessment is in his bones, yet what he hears from US politicians, education ‘experts’ and school district administrators about formative assessment is distinctly, erm, not formative assessment.

- what is the difference between assessment for learning, as learning and of learning?
- What does great formative assessment look like in practice?
- Why do we need to worry more about getting formative assessment right in order for our students to succeed in summative, standardized testing? What does the research tell us?


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. | | McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

High School Journalism Can Change the World

Student journalism can be about so much more than simply reporting on the school play and the football game. I will tell the story of the Student News Action Network, an online youth news service with contributors in more than 50 countries, and will share resources and techniques for teachers to empower their students to be effective digital storytellers.

Teachers will learn

  • Why student journalism is a great interdisciplinary teaching model that aligns with 21st century learning concepts
  • How they can use relevant, high-impact resources to teach with journalism
  • How their students can create a positive digital footprint

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 and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

Traditional schooling is no longer relevant in today’s world and there are expectations that schools (and school systems), reform and innovate to better prepare children for the demands of life and work in the 21st century. How do education systems and school leaders respond to this challenge? What frameworks, structures, roles and responsibilities are necessary to support reforms? What capabilities do teachers require and what does effective teaching look like in schools? How do we bridge the equity gap regardless of the background, interests and abilities of all children?

This workshop will:
• explore the changing nature of schooling in today’s world in the context of moving schools from "cottage" to "enterprise" using technology to support learning and teaching.
• share insight into a "whole of system" response to 21st century schooling at superintendent, leader and teacher level
• provide practical structures and frameworks for leading a 21st century system and school
• demonstrate practical examples of building teacher capacity through an inquiry and knowledge building model


Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

About Greg Whitby | Executive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia | | Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students and employing over 4,500 teachers and staff. He has extensive experience in senior system leadership and K-12 schooling in government and non-government... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

Re-Imagining Schools will look at ways to develop sustainable professional development that supports a technology infused curriculum and develops leadership within your faculty. We will investigate innovative ways to restructure the boundaries of learning and teaching. Empower teachers using technology to re-imagine new roles for themselves and their students that will allow students to connect with others globally learn in ways that wouldn't otherwise be possible. This is intended for administrators and lead teachers who want to look at managing change.


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 knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm

Small Shifts, Big Impact: Closing the Gap to Empowered Learning

How large is the gap that truly exists between the real and ideal for learners? Are there ways to “tweak” (small shift) content-driven instruction that will enlist students as deep questioners, critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers (big impact)? What if we created a “Destination Postcard” of the ideal learner, and designed learning experiences from there? Join this Switch-inspired think-tank on lesson design strategies that empower students to think and act their way to the acquisition and connection of content while developing learning dispositions. (Common Core Compatible)

Attendees will engage in discussion and consider activities designed to help educators:

Consider content acquisition as a vehicle for learning (means not end).
Create a classroom of “disruptive technologists,” seeking learner-driven ways to leverage digital tools, environments and processes.
Apply concepts from Switch (Chip & Dan Heath) to identify “small shift / big impact” possibilities in lesson (re)design.


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community, innovate learning approaches and empower students to become change leaders. She offers intermittent micro-thoughts @lottascales
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

The State of Play: How Gaming Can Enhance Learning

In the last few years, education has finally noticed gaming and virtual worlds, but this gaming attention has been characterized by two very different perspectives. Some see engagement, concentration and collaboration, while others see isolation, social dysfunction and addiction. Often, educators have difficulty seeing the relevance of a particular game to some portion of their curriculum. Central to this theme, is that the ideas and attitudes one associates with "play" are clearly disconnected from those we associate with "learning". This presentation will dispel the myths surrounding gaming, draw clear connections between games and learning and give attendees practical examples and resources to begin using these powerful learning platforms and reintroduce the concept of playful learning.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served as a classroom teacher, district technology trainer, curriculum developer, media specialist, online educator, consultant, Guild Master, TV host, and all around chief... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

Reading and Writing Aware

During this session, learn how to utilize reading and writing as a means to encourage problem-finding, as a means to encourage service learning, and as a means to encourage literacy. Students in a high school novels course connected, blogged and created authentic projects inspired by their texts. Follow an English teacher’s journey to create a meaningful, rigorous course where technology empowers and homework is a gift you give. Social reading and writing tools will be shared during the session.

 

Link for presentation: http://bit.ly/erinolson


Speakers
avatar for Erin Olson

Erin Olson

Instructional Leader/Curriculum Director, Sioux Central Community School
Erin currently serves Sioux Central Community School as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. She has taught middle school language arts and high school English for a combined total of ten years before supporting technology integration at PLAEA for three years. Erin is a passionate educator and curriculum designer. In 2015, she received the ITEC State Technology Leader Award. She has been nationally recognized for her work as a... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm

An Easy Way to Globalize Classroom Activities: Intercultural Virtual Exchange for 21st Century Global Citizenship

Do you hear that our students should have global competencies to compete with others in different countries? The rapid evolution of ICT has expedited the global interconnectedness of our society and the cross-cultural interactions among people. It has become an important agenda in school education to prepare our students to be competent in such a global society.

However, what abilities specifically should we help our students develop? How should we design our subject curricula and classroom activities? Most importantly, does it sound proper that the students learn to compete with others?

In finding the answers through this session, participants will: 

  • Understand the construct and dimensions of intercultural competence
  • Be introduced to Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities (IVECA) that globalizes teaching and learning in their classrooms
  • Learn a simple method to integrate their regular curricula with IVECA
  • Discover the benefits and ultimate goals of globalizing their classroom activities
  • Explore the ways to use IVECA in assessing student performances

Speakers
avatar for Eunhee Jung, Ph.D.

Eunhee Jung, Ph.D.

About Eunhee Jung, Ph.D. | Founder & Executive Director, IVECA International Virtual Schooling Dr. Eunhee Jung is the Founder and Executive Director of IVECA International Virtual Schooling. Her expertise is in using instructional technology to integrate classroom activities with virtual teaching and learning environments that are cross-culturally situated to promote intercultural competence of young people around the world. Dr. Jung... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Connected from the Start - Global Learning in the Primary Grades

There are an abundance of learning opportunities implicit in a connected world. Tools now exist that make it possible for even our earliest learners to communicate with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. Primary students, too, can be global learners. We’ll talk about the “why’s”, 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 Link: http://kathycassidy.com/presentations/connected-from-the-start/


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... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Global Virtual STEM Classroom and Global Team-Work as 21st century skills

As global STEM teams becoming an everyday reality, our students have to become competent and be fully prepared working with colleagues from different cultures both face-to-face and virtually. Join our session to learn more about:

Global Diversity and Global Team-work skills;
A learning framework working across cultures;
Some fundamental dilemmas that people of all cultures facing while working in global teams;
You will also learn more about one of innovative approaches teaching and learning Global team-work skills via GTEC Global Virtual STEM Classroom;
You will be provided with recommendations ready for forming global partnerships and implementation at your school


Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin

Larisa Schelkin

CEO & 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; Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ™ model. She held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa is a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition

This workshop outlines essential skills for leadership, and offers practical
guidelines and creative solutions of building accountability into the planning and implementation process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. A shift in perspective from technology to information and communication planning is a critical next step. We will explore opportunities for “leader as a role model.” We will also explore various opportunities for professional development design including empowering educators to join global professional communities.

The workshop will include response to the following critical leadership questions, such as:

How do we retain our educational and social values during this transition?
How do we redesign the culture of learning from a classroom with walls to every classroom expanding to global boundaries?
How do we build capacity within our schools for massive opportunities for professional development?
How do we engage our parent community, board and alumni as strategic partners in this transformation?
What should every student know to be prepared to make meaningful contributions to society?
What is the emerging definition of life-long learning?
How can we design more motivating and rigorous student work?
What is the balance of online learning with face-to-face learning?
How can school leaders provide the role models needed to set the tone and expectation of this transition?


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Leaving Positive Digital Footprints: What’s Your Legacy?

Critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, communication and creativity are not 21st Century skills; they have been the goal of education for the last twenty years. Teaching students skills they need to be successful in their future is a philosophical idea built upon strong constructionist theory. Web 2.0 tools don’t change education, passionate teachers do. Join Mike and Garth as they discuss the philosophy behind their integration of technology into curriculum. Learn not just about free web 2.0 tools, but more importantly learn how these tools inspire students to learn for more than just a grade. 21st century learning is about changing the focus of why we teach and then using technology to improve how we teach.

 

Presentation link: http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/blc12.html


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 a connected classroom. Their collaboration started six years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth connect their students from two... 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 I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Photo Storytelling: Images Tell Amazing Stories

Who said you need a fancy video camera to capture a great story? Any still camera and audio recorder (even a phone) is all you need. Come discover how simple it is to tell compelling stories through photography. Whether you are experienced or just starting out with photography, we’ll show you how to create photo stories like the pros.


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 express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the... 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 and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm

Podcasting for Beginners

This workshop is for educators who want to get started creating and using podcasting in their classroom. We will cover the basics of planning, recording and publishing your podcast. We will walk you the all the steps from planning, classroom management to publication and syndication. This workshop is for teachers new to podcasting.

Common Core Standards

Speaking and listening

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Listening Standards, Grades 10-12, Item 4

Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance and style are appropriate to purpose.

Listening Standards, Grades 6-12, Grade 6, Item 6

Make strategic use of digital media in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Listening Standards, Grades 8, Item 6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

 

Presentation Link: http://anewadventure.wikispaces.com/Podcasting


Speakers
avatar for Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Language Arts Chairperson, Mount Clemens Junior High School
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.theclem.org has been an avenue for her students to publish their writing to an authentic audience. Chris was awarded the Pioneering Partners Award for her programs She... Read More →
avatar for James Wenzloff

James Wenzloff

Learning Mentor, November Learning
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts curriculum evaluations at a school and district level. | Jim has presented keynotes and workshops at local, state-wide and national conferences, including the... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm

Stepping it Up: Learning to Blog FOR your Students

Blogging with your students is a process, not an end in itself! This process mirrors the effort you and your students put into it. Learning the logistics of using a blogging platform is easy. Experiencing the shift in teaching and learning takes time and pedagogical commitment.
The presenter will share a guide for educators with step-by-step directions for teachers to learn about blogging FOR their students.

The session will look at the following essential components of the process:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Commenting
  • Connecting
  • Reciprocating
  • Consistency
  • Quality

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm

Students as Tech Support

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

 

Link for presentation: http://tinyurl.com/blc12students


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 across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm

The Future of the Flipped Classroom

Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann are prominent voices and advocates of the Flipped Classroom. This presentation looks at the current status and the future of the Flipped Classroom.

Teachers who flip their classes quickly realize that using teacher-created videos allows them to create dynamic, active and rich classroom experiences for their students.

A single educational model can never meet all educational needs of teachers and students, but used in conjunction with one another, Universal design for learning (UDL), Project Based Learning (PBL), Standards Based Grading (SBG) and The Flipped Classroom can help teachers meet the various needs of all students.

Participants will leave with a granular view of the Flipped Classroom as well as a broader view of where the Flipped Classroom fits into the larger picture of education. Participants will see examples from classrooms utilizing aspects of PBL, UDL, Flipped Class and SBG.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Teacher, Woodland Park Schools
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily in the area of technology integration. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

2:35pm

The Power of Video

This session enables educators to realize the potential solutions that video can provide in today's schools. Furthermore, this session will show how video can increase collaboration among students, schools and educators throughout the world.

 

Presentation Links: Greg's website or download his presentation PDF


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

About Greg Green | High School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Clintondale High School, Clinton Township, MI | | Greg was named to Converge Magazine's Top 50 Educators and to TechSmith Corporation's Twenty Educators to Watch List in 2011. His flipped school approach has been highlighted not only by November Learning but also the following: Bloomberg EDU, The Teaching Channel, Globe and Mail, Detroit Free Press, ESchool News and District... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

21st Century Learning in Singapore: Lessons Learned from One of the World's Exemplary School Systems

In January, 2012, Tom Daccord was invited by the Ministry of Education in Singapore to serve as Outstanding Educators in Residence, working with educators from across the system to examine 21st century learning and technology integration. In this session, Tom will share his experience working with teachers, school leaders, educational technology administrators, and ministry leaders. Participants will understand:
-The signature strengths of the Singapore system: clear instructional goals, an aligned and coherent system, sophisticated talent development, an ICT mentor program, and a culture of continuous improvement.
-How these key ideas can be adapted within U.S schools and districts.

 

Presentation Links:
http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/news-a-media/where-ett/204-tom-blc1 (Google Presentation)
Singapore BLC12 (PDF) 


Speakers
avatar for Tom Daccord

Tom Daccord

Director & Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher
Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm

Becoming a Mobile Learner

Embark upon a journey through the dawn of the information age with college student, Travis Allen. Experience the life of a true digital native who boldly refused to accept the status quo in the classroom. Learn how he uses his tablet, and only his tablet, in all of his courses. More importantly learn how you can be a part of a revolution for change in education.


Speakers
avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

President and Founder, iSchool Initiative
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 8 countries... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Building the ∞:1 Program, or why your 1:1 program is short-sighted

School IT architectures have been built upside-down and their design reflects what we might call the factory model of education. They primarily support administrative functions yet the core business and by far the largest volume of data is in the classroom, not the front office. That is partly because the template for school IT architectures was enterprise, not education, and partly because we had difficulty imagining other uses for IT beyond email and record-keeping. (To be fair, that in turn was a reflection of the limitations of the technology.) 21st Century learning calls for a new architectures, ones that are platform agnostic, where school itself is seen as the operating system and users can connect anywhere, anytime: an ∞:1 program. This session looks at the influence of three powerful currents--the coming internet-of-things, the steady rise of mobile technologies and the consumerization of educational technology--and recasts the functions of the IT network and team, moving them from a maintenance to a creative department and one that supports users--that is people, not hard- and software.

 

Presentation Link: http://ovenell-carter.com/blc12-preso-1-the-1-program-or-why-your-11-pr


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked to speak on developing best practices in this field at BLC and to the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of British... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm

Creating Student Feedback and Authentic Assessments with Screencasts

Transform your teaching and learning by creating and sharing authentic assessment using free screen recording software. See real examples of schools, teachers, students, peers and universities who are creating screencasts to comment on student essays, provide meaningful feedback on student work and contribute to a library of tutorials.

This session focuses on various simple, easy and useful ways to incorporate screencasting with students whether using a Mac, Windows or iPad device.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating screencasting options.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

Flipping the Classroom? … Definitions, Resources, and Tools to Keep You on Your Feet

Are you ready to turn education upside down? Perhaps you have tried a little Flip of your own and want to learn more. You might be beginning an investigation to discover what a Flipped Classroom is with the thought of possibly trying some kind of flip yourself. This is a must attend session before jumping in the air and doing a full flip. Together we will investigate and contemplate what might work best for specific classroom needs. You will leave with a better definition, resources to explore, and tools to begin your flip. Best of all, you will discover how to incorporate Bloom’s higher order thinking skills and blend the learning environment. You may just begin to Flip your idea of what Flipping really is!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

4:00pm

Give Your Students a Global VOICE!

We can empower all of our students to make a difference in the world, giving people purpose and mastery for learning. Two example projects will be highlighted:

She's the First where a group of students raised money to send a young woman from Tansania to the Kisa Secondary School.

The Van Meter Dreams to Life Foundation technology was put into the hands of inner city school children in Des Moines.

You will also learn to tap your students' passions via Twitter and other social tools such as FlipSnack and VoiceThread to connect your students with authentic community around the world. You will leave this session inspired to let your students be heard through their VOICE.

 

Shannon's presentation link: http://bit.ly/shannonmmillerblc12


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

iPads for Learning? It's Elementary!

Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Just considering an implementation? Either way, this session will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad in the elementary classroom. This fast-paced session will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can perform research, collaborate, interact with experts, and produce creative works! We will examine the iPad's iOS platform, unique features that support student learning, and applications and activities that support differentiated mobile learning. We will also discover tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. Participants are encouraged to bring their own iPad to participate.

 

Presentation Resources: http://lainierowell.com


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Learning is ...

How would you complete that sentence? Think visually. 

In this hands on session participants will mash up their ideas with powerful images, painlessly share them with the group and spend the lion's share of our time together thinking deeply and discussing our shared vision for what real learning looks like in our classrooms. We'll touch on ideas of ethical and responsible use of technology, creative commons and some thoughts about visual design. We will model a simple process teachers and administrators can take back to their schools to engage their colleagues in meaningful discussions that culminate with creating a core set of shared values. Ideally these core values will inform the conversations administrators and teachers have about their professional growth. Teachers can also use the same process with their students to foster deep discussions around the content they are learning in their classes.

If time permits, we'll also discuss how these ideas can be shared globally. (You'll need a flickr account, get it before BLC12, and access to your email for that. NB: You do NOT need to do this to participate.)

Bring your own laptop.

 

Presentation link: http://j.mp/DarrenBLC12


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Models and Probes, Oh My!

The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) project prepares diverse students for careers in information technologies by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use computational models and real-time data acquisition. ITSI has produced dozens of activities in elementary, middle and high school science using a range of commercial sensors as well as open source or research-based models.

Teachers can customize ITSI science inquiry activities easily to fit their classrooms and engage their local communities using the web-based interface. All activities are embedded in software that allows students to read the activity, answer questions, make predictions and collect data, analyze results, run a computer-based model, take and annotate snapshots of that model, and save their work within one application. It also allows the collection of formative and summative assessment data, which is available to the teachers.
This workshop will allow you to try out the activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials are free and available online.

 

Presentation link (zip file): Download zip file.


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

Music production for NON Musicians!

Music is so important to all of us. And, for so many years, if one didn't catch the music instrument bug early (or frankly couldn't afford an instrument), you became a listener, not a participant. NOW..... STOP THE PRESSES! LISTEN! ANYONE CAN MAKE MUSIC! PROMISE! This workshop will focus on how digital technology has allowed us to have access to instruments and our own professional production studio. Also, we have easy access to a plethora of FREE online just-in-time lessons and tutorials. Now, from idea to having a song up on iTunes is a process now that can take a few hours (or less). Think about that! No longer do you need to worry about copyright issues (from using other people’s music) when your students are creating their own music. This will be a FUN and LOUD workshop. COME! Spend an hour with us and BECOME THE MUSICIAN YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE! 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

Thinking About Flipping? What Does the Research Say?

The Flipped Classroom Model is gaining momentum as a new means to transform educational processes. At the core of this model is the ancient art of questioning to draw out student understanding.  To help you make a research-based case for adopting this model, Sonny Magaña will share recent findings by the University of York and  Marzano Research Laboratory on the impact of technology-supported questioning strategies on student engagement and academic achievement.


Speakers
avatar for Sonny Magaña

Sonny Magaña

About Sonny Magaña | Head of Global Research, Promethean, Seattle, WA | | Sonny Magaña has taught at every grade level from kindergarten through graduate school, served as a Principal, District Administrator, and State Technology Projects Director. The Milken Family Foundation honored Sonny with the Milken National Educator Award in 1997 for his work in advancing 21st Century teaching and learning in Washington State. Serving as... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

6:00pm

Duck Boat (Purchased Tickets Only)

A “DUCK” is an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. On this narrated city tour you’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill to fashionable Newbury Street; from Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. Learn little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.

And this is not any ordinary street tour…. You will “splashdown” as your ConDUCKtor takes your DUCK right into the Charles River. Bring your camera, ipods and videos – share the ride with family members and colleagues. We’ve booked Ducks especially for BLC participants.

Price: $36 – The Duck Boat will pick you up outside of the hotel at the Valet entrance.

 


Wednesday July 18, 2012 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Boston

6:00pm

Reception at FableVision

Building Learning Communities is invited to a Creativity Reception at FableVision Studios located on the top floor of the Boston Children’s Museum with gorgeous views of the city. Come to meet and be inspired by Peter H. Reynolds, his twin brother Paul, and his team in this fabulous creative workspace from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The Studio is 1.1 miles from the Park Plaza (15-minute cab ride with traffic or 25-minute walk). The address is 308 Congress Street, (on the top floor of the Boston Children’s Museum).


Speakers
avatar for FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

FableVision Learning ~ Gold Sponsor

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
About Peter H. Reynolds | | Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision (www.fablevision.com), an award-winning educational multimedia development company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum, as well as FableVision Learning, a K12 educational media & technology publisher based in Dedham, MA. Reynolds’ goal is “to help children... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 6:00pm - 7:30pm
FableVision 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA
 
Thursday, July 19
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday July 19, 2012 7:00am - 8:30am
Mezzanine - 2nd Floor

7:00am

8:30am

Announcements w/ Alan November and Keynote with Geetha Narayanan - Innovations for Insights: 5Ws and an H (Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Over the last decade Geetha has researched change at many levels and it is her hypothesis that breaking patterns of practice established over decades of mimicking western and colonial education “methods” is hard to do alone, by either hero Principals or indeed by groups of evangelical school teachers. The educational system resists change and in order for reform to have a long term impact Geetha has adopted a “memetic” view to curriculum development. What this means in lay terms is that in large part members of educational communities are either skeptical, evangelical, critical or plain mimics of change initiatives and in order to orchestrate breakthroughs and not result in breakdowns change needs three critical components- a safe closed space for practitioners to try and fail; continuous and formative support by creative and critical specialists and most importantly an overarching and unambiguous vision.

Presenting at this conference, Geetha will draw on a series of innovations she has implemented at institutions in India and draw from this a kind of pattern language – that will enable these innovations to spread across borders and across spaces.

The approach and methodology outlined in the case studies presented will be of interest to a wide range of educational practitioners ranging from technology innovators to instructional designers, theoretical scholars to everyday educators.

The integration of design thinking, sustainability and embodiment should also be of interest to practitioners who want to build pedagogies that will revive the human spirit while simultaneously create cultures of stewardship for our planet.


Speakers
avatar for Geetha Narayanan

Geetha Narayanan

About Geetha Narayanan | Principal Investigator, Project Vision, Centre of Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD), Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, India | | Described often as edgy, esoteric or philosophical, Geetha Narayanan has over 3 decades of experience in education. Her work as a game changer in this field has led her to start many institutions. Amongst them are a not for profit trust... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Creating Collaborative Presentations!

Learn how to create an engaging presentation with Prezi. Prezi is a free software for educators and students that allows building presentations that are not just linear. In this workshop, you will not only learn how to use Prezi, but you will also better understand how to be an effective communicator on stage. The audience will co-create a Prezi.


Speakers
avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

President and Founder, iSchool Initiative
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 8 countries... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Creating Digital Curriculum Content: ePubs & iPads

With iPads increasingly becoming the device of choice for 1:1 programs, school districts and classroom teachers have the ability to create their own, custom-made content that can be published and distributed to students online, directly to the iPad.

In this session will focus on finding, annotating and creating customized articles and books for the iPad.

Participants will learn how to:

• Create and distribute PDF documents to the iPad
• Use apps to annotate PDF documents directly on the iPad.
• Create an iBook with cover image, table of contents, text, image and embedded with video
  with iBooks Author.
• Convert existing files to ePub file format, and upload and distribute custom ePub files from
  the cloud for quick download to the iPad.
• Develop strategies for management and distribution of epubs

 

Presentation Links:
http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/news-a-media/where-ett/208-tom-blc2 (Google Presention)
iPads Creating Digital Content (PDF)


Speakers
avatar for Tom Daccord

Tom Daccord

Director & Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher
Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Lobby

10:20am

Creating Your Window to the World: Students Leaving a Legacy

Remember the days of hanging your child’s work on the refrigerator for everyone to see? In today's changing world the refrigerator is no longer relevant. Students need a window to the world where they can publish, share and connect with others around the world. In this session participates will learn how to create their classroom’s window to the world. Digital publishing in the classroom is much more complicated than placing a computer or iPad in front of your students. You, as a teacher, can shift your philosophical understanding of teaching and learning. Garth and Mike will discuss the positives and negatives, problems and road blocks and how allowing students a digital voice has effected teaching and learning in our lives. Further, we will discuss the methodology necessary to prepare students for leaving Digital Footprints worth following. Think of the excitement in August as you introduce a new way to connect with your students, parents and the world. Join us and empower your students to leave digital footprints worth following.

 

Presentation link: http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/blc12.html


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 a connected classroom. Their collaboration started six years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth connect their students from two... 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 I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Filter In, Not Out, Using Google Search

No longer should you be concerned about spending precious classroom minutes mining the Internet looking for information. Join us as we take a tour of the tools and strategies 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.

 

Presentation Link: http://goo.gl/ylmH8


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am

Geetha Narayana's Keynote Follow up

Stay after the keynote to learn more from Geetha and have an informal question and answer session.


Speakers
avatar for Geetha Narayanan

Geetha Narayanan

About Geetha Narayanan | Principal Investigator, Project Vision, Centre of Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD), Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, India | | Described often as edgy, esoteric or philosophical, Geetha Narayanan has over 3 decades of experience in education. Her work as a game changer in this field has led her to start many institutions. Amongst them are a not for profit trust... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning)

We thought about titling this session, "Stop Giving Them The Answer: Let Them Figure It Out Themselves!", but thought that sounded a little too edgy. Join us for a strategy-building session on how to foster student-owned learning in the classroom (and live!). Don't expect one size fits all answers - but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward silences...
In this session, participants will explore ways to:
• Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, connectors and creators of content
• Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies
• Promote and develop student capacity for finding the right information, right relationships and right resources, all at the right time.

 

Presentation Link: http://balancedtech.wikispaces.com/BLC12+-+Less+Is+More


Speakers
avatar for Jordy Whitmer

Jordy Whitmer

Learner, Teacher, Facilitator, BalancEdTech
Jordy is a 3rd-8th grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School in Birmingham MI. Always curious, Jordy has: taught in 3 different districts for 20+ years; designed and facilitated school and district level initiatives for Birmingham; served as Educator-On-Loan for the Michigan Department of Education; taught overseas and online graduate courses for Michigan State and Western Michigan; researched capacity building in systemic reform, technology... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

No Future Left Behind: 21 Century Classrooms…Converge… Learn…Create!

How do educators create real student centered learning and essential educational transformation? More than a presentation, you will have the opportunity to listen to testimonies from educators, students and various professionals. Along the way, Mike will share some tools he has created to assist your students. These include ”Ten Basic Google Search Techniques” and a “Seven Step (A-G) Web Evaluation Program." Learn about amazing free web resources such as Intel Thinking Tools and investigate student creativity with some video creation ideas. Have the opportunity to smile, laugh, engage and reflect on both practice and possibilities. Walk away with points to ponder, antidotes, a reason to transform and resource material that you can share with your personal learning community.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Primary Digital Portfolios

Yes! Primary students, too, can have digital portfolios that allow them to reflect and record their learning. Just like their older counterparts, young learners want to showcase their learning for a wide audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. We’ll discuss what works effectively with our youngest students.
You will leave with
· A model for using digital portfolios in your classroom
· Examples of effective digital portfolios
· Ideas for age-appropriate tools to demonstrate learning
· A wiki with all of the information from the session

 

Presentation Link: http://primaryportfolios.wikispaces.com/


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... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Storyfinding

In a word or two you remember the whole story: glass slipper, sour grapes, cold porridge. You remember more than the facts (a step mother & two step sisters, an absent father, a godmother) you remember the relationships and deeper connections between the characters (nasty step mom & sisters, warm but lonely friendships with the animals in the house, a dream of a better life).

The challenge for teachers and students is not to find problems but to find stories. Powerful narratives, in a word or two, bring to mind a wealth of ideas and relationships; more than just facts. How can we find the stories that make our teaching sticky? How do we help kids find, and more importantly tell, the stories that make their learning sticky?

We’ll look at some strong examples and send you on your way with a toolkit of ideas and practices to make teaching & learning sticky in your class.

 

Presentation link: http://j.mp/DarrenBLC12


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

The Globally Connected Classroom: A Study of ePals in Written Language Development and Learning

Elementary students in the United States communicated via email with students in Australia in my research, published in The Reading Teacher. This session will provide teachers with qualitative research results and specific instructions for setting up and implementing ePals in their classrooms.  Teachers will learn about the impact of authentic communication activities on students’ motivation/engagement, written language production and cultural learning and empathy.  Results and implications for subgroups of general education students, special education students, and second language learners are reported. Student writing samples will be shown. Methods of using the new ePals global community, projects, and activities will also be shared. Learn benefits of globalizing student writing.  Assist students in improving their written language and cultural understandings.

 

Download my PowerPoint Presentation


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Monique Charron, EdD

Nancy Monique Charron, EdD

About Nancy Charron | Assistant Professor, School of Education, Southern New Hampshire, Manchester, NH | | Dr. Nancy Charron has worked as a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a reading specialist, and a principal designee at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.  Currently an Assistant Professor at Southern New Hampshire University, she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and Deaf Education at the... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am

WoW in School: The Hero's Journey Continues

You mean there is educational value in World of Warcraft?” Absolutely! In this session, Peggy Sheehy will discuss her experiences playing World of Warcraft (WoW) with her students and a team from Pender County Schools in North Carolina and one in Manitoba, Ca.. Come hear as she shares her own gaming experience, the professional educator community that has emerged as her guild in World of Warcraft, “Cognitive Dissonance” and her joint venture with Lucas Gillispie (Pender County Schools) in a project that initially targeted at-risk students in an after-school program designed to build community, leadership, literacy and student confidence in a variety of curricular areas using WoW. For the past two years, the project, which evolved into an ELA elective, The Hero's Journey," was brought into the academic day. English Language Arts, digital citizenship, leadership, teamwork, communication, web 2.0 and social networking are all addressed in a blended curriculum using 3D GameLab courseware, JRR Tolkien's, "The Hobbit," and the commercial video game, World of Warcraft.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served as a classroom teacher, district technology trainer, curriculum developer, media specialist, online educator, consultant, Guild Master, TV host, and all around chief... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Curation for Learning

Curation belongs in school. It should be part of your students’ search toolkit, part of your librarian’s strategy for collection development, part of your professional development plan, part of your effective Web presence! Learn how digital curation can enhance and inspire a school's learning culture. Joyce will define curation as a learning strategy and discuss what might be curated, the best new tools for curating, the role of student work and effective online strategies for scaling your practice as a teacher or a librarian to meet the needs of your learning community.

 

Presentation Link: http://joyceatblc.wikispaces.com/


Speakers
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 member of the school library Geek Tribe, TLNing, TL Virtual Café Pathfinder Swap, School Library Websites, and TLGuide.


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50am
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

Empower Your Students To Connect, Create and Collaborate With Each Other

In this workshop, you will learn how social networks can be used to connect, create, and collaborate with each other and the world. I will share my experiences using social networks such as Skype, Twitter, Edmodo, Facebook, Diigo, Blogger, KidBlog, Collaborize Classroom, StudyBlue and more with my students at Van Meter Community School and others around the world. You will also hear from representatives of these various platforms via Skype and share your own experiences with others in the workshop as well. Participants will not only see how I organize my life in these social networks, but you will also have the chance to sign up and get connected within them as well. You will leave this workshop having new places to connect, tools to use with within your classroom and library, and a global community that opens you up to new ideas, people, and places.

 

Presentation Link: http://bit.ly/shannonmmillerblc12


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

The Values Exchange Community: Enhancing critical thinking, persuasive reasoning and social awareness across the curriculum

The Values Exchange (VX) is a unique web-based thinking environment. The VX community allows students to explore any social issue using 'Facebook-style' technology and powerful social concepts (my feelings, hopes, ideals, equality, law etc). Students eagerly grasp the chance for online debate about situations that really matter to them. Students can post unlimited issues of their own, and explore a comprehensive dashboard of results as soon as they submit their ideas.

This session will explain exactly how teachers can use the Values Exchange Community to enhance their teaching in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, participants will:
understand the background to this thinking environment
how students can best use it
how to set up their own cases for debate
how to engage students in exploring results and interpreting rich meaning from the data


Speakers
avatar for David Seedhouse

David Seedhouse

About David Seedhouse | Values Exchange |   | Professor David Seedhouse is the creator of the Values Exchange Community - or 'social networking with brains' as he likes to call it. His mission is to promote deep thinking and clear communication about the social issues that affect us all - by using the internet for structured, tolerant, democratic engagement. The Values Exchange Community is used by universities, health services, health and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50am
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

Building Biodiversity Knowledge and Tools for 21st Century Learning

Learn about the Encyclopedia of Life project, a global effort to document information about all of the estimated 1.9 million species on Earth (www.eol.org). The focus will be on how EOL, a completely free resource, can be used for curriculum development resources and to actively engage students in the process of doing science with its participatory tools and to become familiar with this life-long learning resource. Anyone can access, reuse and repurpose the authoritative scientific content, podcasts, media, and literature found on EOL. Web-based tools allow students to better access, use and share biodiversity information and to be involved in science projects, while also learning about media and technology. The following tools will be demonstrated, with specific case examples of their use:

Virtual Collections http://education.eol.org/page/collections
Electronic field guides http://education.eol.org/ideas/tools/fieldguide
Education LifeDesk tool http://www.edulifedesks.org/

The presentation will draw upon information and results gained from specific projects in formal and informal learning settings.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group
About Jeff Holmes | Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group, Cambridge, MA | With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeff has spent the last 16 years developing technology-based education programs and conducting a wide range of research in teacher education, cross-cultural learning, and technologies aimed at the K-12 level. Jeff came to EOL from Discovery Education (a division of Discovery Communications... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Building the ∞:1 Program, or why your 1:1 program is short-sighted

School IT architectures have been built upside-down and their design reflects what we might call the factory model of education. They primarily support administrative functions yet the core business and by far the largest volume of data is in the classroom, not the front office. That is partly because the template for school IT architectures was enterprise, not education, and partly because we had difficulty imagining other uses for IT beyond email and record-keeping. (To be fair, that in turn was a reflection of the limitations of the technology.) 21st Century learning calls for a new architectures, ones that are platform agnostic, where school itself is seen as the operating system and users can connect anywhere, anytime: an ∞:1 program. This session looks at the influence of three powerful currents--the coming internet-of-things, the steady rise of mobile technologies and the consumerization of educational technology--and recasts the functions of the IT network and team, moving them from a maintenance to a creative department and one that supports users--that is people, not hard- and software.

 

Presentation Link: http://ovenell-carter.com/blc12-preso-1-the-1-program-or-why-your-11-pr


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked to speak on developing best practices in this field at BLC and to the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of British... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Developing 21st Century Learners with 19th Century Content

With heightened expectations for what it means to meet the needs of our graduates as they prepare for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century alongside the requirements of meeting state standards and district curricula, the teacher often feels pulled in several directions as to how to accomplish what can often look like competing goals. This workshop, using the case study of child labor during the Industrial Revolution, will demonstrate how teachers can “globalize” the curriculum – making meaningful modern connections and offering suggestions for instruction and assessment that embody the skills and thinking required in the digital age including electronic surveys, blogging, web site evaluation, skyping with outside experts, and creating and posting video clips.

Attendees will walk with the following tools:
• Design model and criteria for a performance assessment.
• Strategies for embedding important digital and information literacy skills.
• Strategies for globalizing curricula.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Wise

Mark Wise

About Mark Wise | Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District, Windsor, NJ | | Mark Wise serves as the K-12 Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction for West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. Previously, he taught high school history and government in New Jersey as well as in Washington D.C. Mark did his undergraduate work at UMASS Amherst in political science/history and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Flip School: A Game Changer

This game changing program was developed in order to better serve our students and eliminate the learning obstacles that often stop learning from taking place. This flipped school approach allows an at-risk student to learn in the same type of supportive atmosphere as a more affluent student. Thus creating educational equality in our public schools. By using today’s available software enables local, state and national educators to put the best teacher presentation in front of all students at all times. For the first time, we have the opportunity to take advantage of each teacher’s strength and expertise.

 

Presentation Links: Greg's website or download his presentation PDF


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

About Greg Green | High School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Clintondale High School, Clinton Township, MI | | Greg was named to Converge Magazine's Top 50 Educators and to TechSmith Corporation's Twenty Educators to Watch List in 2011. His flipped school approach has been highlighted not only by November Learning but also the following: Bloomberg EDU, The Teaching Channel, Globe and Mail, Detroit Free Press, ESchool News and District... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Gaming to Create and Learn

The 2012 Horizon Report acknowledges that is time for the adoption of 'Game Based Learning'. Alan November recently tweeted - ‘You never get an F in gaming, there's no penalty for risk taking in gaming.’

We are seeing the second generation of children who have enjoyed mastery of the word processor, with all its agility and opportunities to revise or refine, however, with this abundance of technology, assessment tasks rarely allow students to demonstrate their new multi-literacy skills or unleash their creativity.

Today's students need an edge. They need to engage in tasks that will make them comfortable with uncertainty, allow for team work, connect globally and permit creativity. Educators need to begin a journey of change that enlists the use of games within the curriculum.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how 256 Middle School students took a journey of learning through an integrated assessment task focused on sustainability, using Minecraft to deliver their final product.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

• How Minecraft was used for in an integrated assessment task,
• How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation,
• Student feedback,
• Examples of student work, and
• 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 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Getting to Angry Birds

Presented by Special Guest, Lachlan Hull

During my presentation, I would like to explain how I use a classroom management tool created by the team at ClassDojo to build a sense of group accountability through personal behaviours amongst the young students in my class during 2011. I would also like to talk about how I have continued to use ClassDojo in my classroom in 2012 and how I have assisted this tool to be integrated throughout our school.

I would like to discuss how I used Angry Birds (iPad application) with my students to apply the games concepts to real life situations; relevant to my students. I would show evidence of students work and the end result of our project, illustrating how my students created an giant Angry Birds level from the data they collect from playing the game.

Attendees would learn:
• Different ways I have assisted students to become accountable for their behaviours in class.
• Ways of creating positive classroom environments with the help of ClassDojo.
• Ways of engaging students in exploring real life situations with the assistance of Angry Birds.
• How I’ve learnt from my mistakes to engage students in their learning.

 

View my presentation slides (PDF)

 

View a video Lachlan created in Australia of his project (on YouTube)


Speakers
avatar for Lachlan Hull

Lachlan Hull

Primary School Educator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School/Brisbane Catholic Education
Special guest, Lachlan Hull is a Primary School Educator for Brisbane Catholic Education in Queensland, Australia. He is currently in his second year of Teaching and is the ICLT Coordinator at his school.


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Introduction to Creating and Publishing with iBooks Author

Create and publish interactive multi-touch lessons and books for the iPad, with Mac’s free iBooks Author.  Or just create almost any type of book just for fun.  Flipping your class?  You and your students can design engaging class resources with galleries, video, 3D objects, animation and interactive diagrams.

This session is for beginners and will demonstrate how fast and easy it is to create your first captivating iBook for the iPad.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm

Building Biodiversity Knowledge and Tools for 21st Century Learning

Learn about the Encyclopedia of Life project, a global effort to document information about all of the estimated 1.9 million species on Earth (www.eol.org). The focus will be on how EOL, a completely free resource, can be used for curriculum development resources and to actively engage students in the process of doing science with its participatory tools and to become familiar with this life-long learning resource. Anyone can access, reuse and repurpose the authoritative scientific content, podcasts, media, and literature found on EOL. Web-based tools allow students to better access, use and share biodiversity information and to be involved in science projects, while also learning about media and technology. The following tools will be demonstrated, with specific case examples of their use:

Virtual Collections http://education.eol.org/page/collections
Electronic field guides http://education.eol.org/ideas/tools/fieldguide
Education LifeDesk tool http://www.edulifedesks.org/

The presentation will draw upon information and results gained from specific projects in formal and informal learning settings.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group
About Jeff Holmes | Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group, Cambridge, MA | With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeff has spent the last 16 years developing technology-based education programs and conducting a wide range of research in teacher education, cross-cultural learning, and technologies aimed at the K-12 level. Jeff came to EOL from Discovery Education (a division of Discovery Communications... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

Collaborative Learning Using Google Tools 

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. The goal of this session is to provide you with the knowledge as well as practical strategies to make collaboration a natural way of learning in your classroom.

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

If you are ready to move from content consumption to content creation and community building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

 

Presentation Resources: http://lainierowell.com


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Crowdsourcing Edu Content

Ideas for activating your network to not only connect but to create

Our 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 to inspire and engage children in their learning. | Tom works on leadership, technology adoption and improving teacher capacity with NoTosh in schools across the... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm

Harnessing the power of the teacher and student voice to create a truly collaborative teaching environment.

Educator Melissa Spears explains how technology has changed the landscape of her classroom; allowing her more flexibility, an expanded reach and a myriad of new resources. Using technology in her classroom, Mrs. Spears can take her students on a field trip to Alaska, or to a meet and greet with authors, all without leaving campus! Find out how her students stay ahead of the curve with captured lessons and with a few simple commands, Mrs. Spears can reach the kids who have missed a lesson or need review.


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Spears

Melissa Spears

About Melisa Spears | Teacher, Monmouth-Roseville High School, Monmouth, IL | Melissa Spears is a high school math teacher at Monmouth-Roseville High School in west central Illinois. She has been teaching high school math for six years and currently teaches algebra and geometry to students in grades 9-12. She is one of the fortunate few who love going to work every day. The best part of her job is helping students realize their... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

Traditional schooling is no longer relevant in today’s world and there are expectations that schools (and school systems), reform and innovate to better prepare children for the demands of life and work in the 21st century. How do education systems and school leaders respond to this challenge? What frameworks, structures, roles and responsibilities are necessary to support reforms? What capabilities do teachers require and what does effective teaching look like in schools? How do we bridge the equity gap regardless of the background, interests and abilities of all children?

This workshop will:
• explore the changing nature of schooling in today’s world in the context of moving schools from "cottage" to "enterprise" using technology to support learning and teaching.
• share insight into a "whole of system" response to 21st century schooling at superintendent, leader and teacher level
• provide practical structures and frameworks for leading a 21st century system and school
• demonstrate practical examples of building teacher capacity through an inquiry and knowledge building model


Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

About Greg Whitby | Executive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia | | Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students and employing over 4,500 teachers and staff. He has extensive experience in senior system leadership and K-12 schooling in government and non-government... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

Re-Imagining Schools will look at ways to develop sustainable professional development that supports a technology infused curriculum and develops leadership within your faculty. We will investigate innovative ways to restructure the boundaries of learning and teaching. Empower teachers using technology to re-imagine new roles for themselves and their students that will allow students to connect with others globally learn in ways that wouldn't otherwise be possible. This is intended for administrators and lead teachers who want to look at managing change.


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 knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

Teaching Empathy Through Literature and the Web

Realistic fiction offers students the opportunity to learn about people and cultures from around the world. The web provides the authentic connection between students and people from around the world. Using these two resources, lessons can be created that engage and challenge your students to read more and with greater understanding. We will share classroom examples of books used with students and how we connected fiction to the real world. One example is the web site our students created for the novel Mississippi Trial 1955. We will focus on literature appropriate for grade 5 - 9. The concepts can be adapted for all grades.

Common Core Standards:

Informational Text, Grades 6-12, Grade 8, Item 9

Analyze a case in which two or more text provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing Grades 6-8, Grade 8,  Item 2a-f

Write information/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Presentation Resources: http://empathyblc.wikispaces.com/

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Language Arts Chairperson, Mount Clemens Junior High School
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.theclem.org has been an avenue for her students to publish their writing to an authentic audience. Chris was awarded the Pioneering Partners Award for her programs She... Read More →
avatar for James Wenzloff

James Wenzloff

Learning Mentor, November Learning
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts curriculum evaluations at a school and district level. | Jim has presented keynotes and workshops at local, state-wide and national conferences, including the... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

The Values Exchange Community: Enhancing critical thinking, persuasive reasoning and social awareness across the curriculum

The Values Exchange (VX) is a unique web-based thinking environment. The VX community allows students to explore any social issue using 'Facebook-style' technology and powerful social concepts (my feelings, hopes, ideals, equality, law etc). Students eagerly grasp the chance for online debate about situations that really matter to them. Students can post unlimited issues of their own, and explore a comprehensive dashboard of results as soon as they submit their ideas.

This session will explain exactly how teachers can use the Values Exchange Community to enhance their teaching in all areas of the curriculum. In addition, participants will:
understand the background to this thinking environment
how students can best use it
how to set up their own cases for debate
how to engage students in exploring results and interpreting rich meaning from the data


Speakers
avatar for David Seedhouse

David Seedhouse

About David Seedhouse | Values Exchange |   | Professor David Seedhouse is the creator of the Values Exchange Community - or 'social networking with brains' as he likes to call it. His mission is to promote deep thinking and clear communication about the social issues that affect us all - by using the internet for structured, tolerant, democratic engagement. The Values Exchange Community is used by universities, health services, health and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm

To Flip or Not to Flip

An open and honest conversation with two Flipped Classroom proponents about when flipping a class is appropriate, and when it is not, and how to flip your class effectively. Presenters will demonstrate various ways to easily create video lessons. Presentation will address many common misconceptions and concerns about the Flipped Classroom.

Learn how to:
-Determine what to flip in a classroom
-Decide where in the learning cycle to incorporate a video lesson
-Create a video lesson your students will love that is appropriate for them
-Provide access to instructional videos for all students
-Flip you classroom in an inquiry based and constructivist environment.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Teacher, Woodland Park Schools
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily in the area of technology integration. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Reading and Writing Aware

During this session, learn how to utilize reading and writing as a means to encourage problem-finding, as a means to encourage service learning, and as a means to encourage literacy. Students in a high school novels course connected, blogged and created authentic projects inspired by their texts. Follow an English teacher’s journey to create a meaningful, rigorous course where technology empowers and homework is a gift you give. Social reading and writing tools will be shared during the session.

 

Link for presentation: http://bit.ly/erinolson


Speakers
avatar for Erin Olson

Erin Olson

Instructional Leader/Curriculum Director, Sioux Central Community School
Erin currently serves Sioux Central Community School as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. She has taught middle school language arts and high school English for a combined total of ten years before supporting technology integration at PLAEA for three years. Erin is a passionate educator and curriculum designer. In 2015, she received the ITEC State Technology Leader Award. She has been nationally recognized for her work as a... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Apps for the Classroom

With the app store now available for more than just your iPhone and iPad, it can be overwhelming to know which apps to download. In this workshop we’ll give you some of the essential apps for your classroom and share some of our favorites apps that will help you and your students create. Come with your favorites, too, and build a collaborative list of good resources that we'll share with all.


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 express and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the... 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 and evaluate their learning. | Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

2:35pm

Combining Traditional Skills with 21st Century Tools to Improve Student Writing and Vocabulary Development in Class and At Home

This interactive workshop will explore and provide examples of best practices in writing instruction, vocabulary instruction, setting expectations and goals, and the integration of new online tools to improve student outcomes in these disciplines.  In the 21st century, “new literacy” implies the effective use of online tools such as the ERB Writing Practice Program (WPP) and Word Voyage, an online vocabulary practice program based on Greek and Latin Roots.  These will be shown as examples that offer a differentiated, multi-grade approach that meets each student where he or she is with English fundamentals. These programs for the student and teacher offer immediate scoring and suggestions for revision, next step tutorials, exemplars.  They also provide instruction in word roots, parts of speech, etymology, spelling, syllables, sentence writing, and grammar. Performance data follows the students through the grades, highlighting areas that need growth.  Teachers work on a stream-lined platform that allows them to address the needs of each student.


Speakers
avatar for Abigail Konopasky PhD

Abigail Konopasky PhD

Presidential Scholar | George Mason University | | | Abigail Konopasky received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Slavic Linguistics from Princeton University in 2001. After completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University, she went on to a tenure-track position in the English Department at the University of New Orleans. Throughout her career she has been interested in literacy and access to literacy resources, teaching writing, ESL... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Empowering Students to Manage Their Own Learning

A good teacher knows that his/her students are responsible for their own grades. So why aren’t the students also responsible for doing the majority of the work? News flash, they are!

Come hear how middle school spanish teacher, Alyssa Katz, has transformed her teaching. The culture in our classroom has shifted to students unlocking the answers, learning to problem solve, seeing their full potential, and realizing that they already have all the tools they need to be successful. You will hear her many strategies for building self-directed students who are engaged, motivated and actively LEARNING! This session is supported by Jennifer Beine Bowden.

Presentation Resources: http://portal.sliderocket.com/BEPVW/Empowering-Students-BLC-2012


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Beine Bowden

Jennifer Beine Bowden

Director of Building Learning Communities, November Learning
Jennifer Beine has been the director of November Learning’s BLC Professional Development Conference since 2008, while also serving as the technology coordinator for various school districts since 2003. In her director role she shows tremendous work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and incredible proficiency in organizing over 55 presenters, 1000+ attendees and a staff of 25, which included 12 middle-school students. Teachers who have... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Katz

Alyssa Katz

About Alyssa Katz | Spanish Teacher, Lawrenceville Middle School, Lawrenceville, NJ | | Alyssa Katz is a Spanish teacher for 7th and 8th graders at Lawrence Middle School in Lawrenceville, NJ. The school has just completed its first year with a 1:1 program, following a year of intensive training in technology to prepare for this initiative. Alyssa has played an active role in the integration of technology into the classrooms, both in her own... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community

Have you been on Twitter for a while? Do you feel like something is missing? There's a good chance that you are not maximizing your experience. Signing up for and learning the basics of using social tools are generally pretty easy. But to really gain value, you need to understand the more advanced features of what these tools have to offer. This workshop will provide you with several examples of how to tweak your usage to gain the most value out of your time online.


Speakers
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Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

2:35pm

iPads in Education- Examples from the Classroom

iPads are making their debut in many schools. There are many questions to be answered.
Can iPads replace laptops? Are they just another bandwagon or a tool that can improve teaching, student learning and productivity like no other device? Let’s talk about how immediate access and availability to information, productivity tools, a global network, assistive technology as well as being able to create content and media, all on one device, can change a classroom’s learning environment.

Audiences will:

  • Look at a showcase of examples from the classroom
  • Learn how to plan and upgrade traditionally taught lessons
  • See how teachers choose different apps that address all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Look at apps that support the Digital Learning Farm concept to empower student learners.
  • Reflect on 21st century skills, literacy and fluency as it relates to using iPads in the classroom

Speakers
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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

Learning Design & New Media

This workshop will help educators to ensure all learners understand how to apply key lifelong learning skills: planning, questioning, conversing, visualising, emoting and critiquing. These competencies help students became more fluent and creative in designing and producing their media texts where the message must be clear and intentional. Student work uses language, image and sound for self expression, communication and social advocacy.

This framework assists teachers to decide on, and co-develop big ideas with students and to recognise what students bring, not only their prior knowledge but also their misconceptions. It identifies what the intended learning will look like at a particular year level of schooling, and the evidence required for learning to be assessed. This includes the development of formative assessment tasks and providing students with regular feedback.

You will also learn how to tap a Youtube channel and Facebook communication strategy to build a professional community of shared best practice.  

Throughout the program we found more teachers started to engage in critical and reflective conversations with colleagues around their learning design and how digital learning tools can be used for student achievement and for them to produce work of quality.

 


Speakers
avatar for Kym Nadebaum

Kym Nadebaum

Program Manager, New Media and Virtual Environments, Department of Education & Childhood Services
Kym is a teacher and a leader in the effective use of digital media technologies in teaching and learning in Australia. Based in South Australia at the Department of Education, he is responsible for film making and new media projects with students, and professional learning programs for teachers to develop pedagogical frameworks to design learning with new media.  His current focus is to implement approaches across the state that enable... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

The Common Core and Lifelong Learning: Are We Pouring Concrete or Building Capacity?

The learning objectives within the Common Core State Standards represent a rigorous application of research, media and higher-order thinking skills, as students develop their capacity to engage in complex text and tasks that have real-world implications.

Essential to this effort are the lifelong learning skills, habits and dispositions that serve as the foundational structure for all learners. Without thoughtful and purposeful attention to these and other requisites we risk our investments of time, money and energy yielding little return – like pouring concrete without proper supports in place.

Join us for a rich discussion focused on the core tools our leaners need to build capacity and develop competencies in discovering meaning, analyzing content, comparing information, synthesizing, applying and sharing their understandings.
Participants will:
- Identify the requisite skills, dispositions and learning habits that support the Common Core
- Consider resources designed to foster student development of foundational tools and structures for learning
- Share critical shifts in the roles of teachers and students in a standards-based learning environment
- Explore how learners are being empowered to extend their thinking, research and learning beyond current boundaries

 

Presentation Link: http://brainyardworkshop.wikispaces.com/


Speakers
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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; one in Birmingham, Alabama (Trace Crossings School) and one in Birmingham Michigan (Birmingham Covington School-BCS). | Dr. Truding's Doctorate in Educational... Read More →
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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:35pm

Who Owns the Learning

Placing easy to use digital tools in the hands of our students can lead them to build very creative solutions such as tutorials to help classmates learn. We know that many children prefer to learn from their peers. Giving our students a sense of purpose toward making a contribution to the learning community can be one of the most powerful and effective ways of improving achievement for all students. We have under estimated the capacity of our students to lead and contribute to their learning community.


Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

2:35pm

YOU MATTER: 2 Words Changing Learning and Lives

When we think of people who made the biggest impact in our live, it was not their expertise or accomplishments that provided me us with direction, guidance and reassurance to accomplish our goals; it was their sincere belief in us. They let us know through their words and actions that we mattered.

The children in our lives want that same validation. In fact, every single person you will ever meet shares this common desire. They want to know they matter.

Mattering a universal human need, and it’s one you have the opportunity to satisfy. In this session, we will explore specific and actionable ways to answer “yes” to the following questions:

Do you see me?
Do you hear me?
Do you care about me?
Do I matter to you?


Speakers
avatar for Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter
Angela Maiers, Chief Instigator: Dreaming Big and Igniting Change, taught literacy skills to disadvantaged youth in elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa from 1989 to 2003. She has since worked as an education consultant and speaker. | | Angela is the founder and President of Maiers Education Services, a consulting firm headquartered in Clive, Iowa. Her company provides just-in-time consultation services to schools, organizations, and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

10 Important Things Librarians Should Teach This Year

What are the ten big things modern TLs must teach to ensure learners at all levels grow as transliterate citizens? From a better understanding of intellectual property to best tools for telling stories and communicating new knowledge, while addressing the CCSS, Joyce and Shannon count them down and reveal strategies for delivering instruction.

 

Presentation Link: http://joyceatblc.wikispaces.com/


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →
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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 member of the school library Geek Tribe, TLNing, TL Virtual Café Pathfinder Swap, School Library Websites, and TLGuide.


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

Be a Photography Artist/Genius in Under an Hour

Photography is BEAUTIFUL! I don’t know of many people who don’t LOVE an aspect of photography. Capturing moments, experiences, and stories is such a personal and HUMAN experience. Now, with the ease of use of digital cameras-- anyone can not only make high grade images, but can push the creativity envelope and create new art from a photograph. This workshop will FOCUS on how to make a better picture with what you have on you, we will show you how to explore more creative features available on your camera as well as in post production. Smart phones are dominating this space now and we will share some of our favorite apps for making magical images. We will practice shooting options and even talk about ongoing learning opportunities online. Attend this workshop if you want to learn how to make a better image, learn about enhancing the image, and sharing your art! SEE you there! 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

4:00pm

Digital Literacy: Show Me Don't Tell me

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the award winning "Me, Myself and I" Digital Literacy Project. This fully resourced modular project has been running successfully in classrooms from Grades 5 - 9 in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore the UK, and the USA. Participants will be given access to resources for all 9 modules along with guidance on how to adapt each module to meet local priorities and curriculum requirements. Taking the theme of "Learning as a Journey" the resources have been designed to equip students and teachers with essential skills, knowledge and understanding, along with contemporary strategies and an essential toolkit of key Web 2.0 tools to support learning across all areas of the curriculum. This exciting digital literacy project also focuses on developing self and peer assessment capabilities and student autonomy through the use of personal digital narrative and a range of learning management tools.

This session is sponsored by Learnology.


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

About Phil Stubbs | Head of Education, Learnology, Melbourne, Australia | | Phil Stubbs, Head of Education, Learnology, Australia. 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 bodies to successfully implement... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

District-wide implementation of Google Apps for Education-Beginners/Intermediate

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

 

Link for presentation: http://tinyurl.com/blc12google


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 across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

My Big Campus and Safe Web 2.0 in Education: Blogging, Messaging, Sharing and Collaborating

The benefits of collaborative, engaging, dynamic education are touted again and again. But the task for IT is to figure out how to open up those learning opportunities while still ensuring safety, security, and CIPA compliance. See how you can extend the traditional classroom into a safe online learning environment that gives teachers and students access to Web 2.0 tools and resources they need for more engaging and active learning--but also provides IT with safety, monitoring, and reporting.


Speakers
avatar for Herb Bossard

Herb Bossard

About Herb Bossard | Technology Integrator, Conneaut School District, Linesville, PA  |   | Herb has been teaching Math for 24 years and the last 3 years as a technology Integrator. He has been using technology in the classroom for years. His superintendent offered him the Classrooms For the Future technology integrator position. He spent a year training at conferences, workshops, and other districts to facilitate Twenty First Century... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Reboot, Read, Write

The digital age has changed what it means to be literate. A teacher’s toolbox should now include digital devices, apps and websites that can engage learners. We can support the traditional definition of literacy while allowing students to create, collaborate and connect as they learn to read and write. But where do you start? We’ll look at what it means to be literate today and some of the digital tools available to enhance that literacy in an early years classroom.

You will leave with
· A link to materials from the presentation
· Ideas for starting point to make your classroom “connected”
· Resources to support your continued learning

 

Presentation Link: http://kathycassidy.com/presentations/reboot-read-write/


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... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Rebuilding a school from the first building brick - and the first pedagogical brick

Maintain academic rigour while transforming the way kids learn through problem finding curricula? Rebuild a school from its first brick right through to its first pedagogical principles without harming great grades? Ewan McIntosh and his team have been working with MLC School, Sydney, Australia, to do just that, helping the faculty, students and local community change the very way they think about learning, teaching and the space around them.


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. | | McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

4:00pm

The Flipped Social Studies Classroom

Teachers often spend class time delivering content, and then students go home and do individual processing work for homework. In the “flipped classroom,” teachers use technology to reorganize classroom time, so students maximize the value of time in class with their teachers and peers. Students do content acquisition individually at home and spend class doing the difficult processing work that can greatly benefit from teacher coaching and peer collaboration. Students can work at their own pace, and come into class for activities more likely to require peer assistance or teacher coaching.
In this session, social studies teachers will learn how to flip their classrooms.
Participants will learn how to:
• Use online social studies content for flipped activities
• Use simple screencasting and media production tools
• Use collaborative platforms to maximize the value of class time together
• Find innovative social studies educators piloting flipped activities

 

Presentation Link: http://tinyurl.com/edtechteacherflipped (Google Doc)


Speakers
avatar for Tom Daccord

Tom Daccord

Director & Co-Founder, EdTechTeacher
Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm

Transforming That Past Lesson For The 21st century classroom... A Ten Step Approach

Welcome to a session that builds on successful past practices and transforms them for today’s digital learner. Integrating appropriate technology into a lesson will make a past “great idea” even better. Educators have a vault of awesome activities that have proven to be successful with students. Learn how to take these perennial gems through an amazing process of reinvention, remixing, and transformation. You will discover how to create new 21st century lessons through a simple but effective ten step method. An included document will show you how to leverage technology while riding a foundation built on content standards and 21st century skills. It will be the best ten steps you take as you transform your school and classroom into a hub of engaged student centered learning. A must attend session that will have you and your students taking that first step.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Twitter Tips and Tricks

In this session we will show you how to take your Twitter use to the next level. We’ll help you decide who to follow, who not to follow, and how many make sense for you. We will demonstrate a number of Twitter tools, elaborate on Twitter etiquette and clear up your Twitter vocabulary questions. We will also suggest ways to leverage your use of Twitter to get the most out of it for your purposes.

Attendees will learn...
to find the best people to follow for them.
to leverage the power of the community for their purposes.
to use Twitter more efficiently.
to use a variety of Twitter Tools.
to use proper Twitter etiquette.

 

Presentation Link: bit.ly/twitterblc12


Speakers
avatar for Liz Bleich Davis

Liz Bleich Davis

Director of Curriculum, Keys School
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

4:00pm

Modern Abolitionists: Developing Empathy Through Technology

More slaves exist today than at any point in history. This one-hour interactive presentation will demonstrate how, through the use of free web 2.0 tools, a teacher can still deliver “traditional” curriculum while using social justice and media literacy to increase student engagement and develop empathy. Students will share the multimedia work they produced and explain the connections they found between their fight against modern slavery and their developing communication skills.

Topics will include:
-Wikis
-Google Docs
-Video production tools
-Copyright rules
-YouTube
-Twitter

 

Presentation Link: http://tinyurl.com/BCDSfightsSlavery


Speakers
avatar for Robin Neal

Robin Neal

English Teacher, Beaver Country School
Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School in Boston. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in how technology in the classroom can create more dynamic, authentic educational experiences. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences on this topic and takes pride in avoiding lectures, creating a learn-by-doing... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

5:30pm

Topic/Question & Tool Hands-on Gatherings (BYOD)

See the wiki which will be sent to all registered at a later date. You can sign up there to facilitate or attend one of these "skill" sessions to learn the "how-to" about one of the many tools you will hear about over the course of the conference.

This will also be a time to chat with others working in the same careers as you.

 


Thursday July 19, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Boston Park Plaza 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

9:00pm

Annual BLC Bash (sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The social highlight of the conference week! Your registration includes the Annual BLC Bash that will be held in the magnificent ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel.


Thursday July 19, 2012 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 20
 

7:00am

7:30am

8:30am

Announcements and Keynote with Eli Pariser (Sponsored by ePals)
Speakers
avatar for Eli Pariser

Eli Pariser

About Eli Pariser | Online Organizer, New Organizing Institute, Brooklyn, New York | | Shortly after the September 11 terror attacks, Eli created a website calling for a multilateral approach to fighting terrorism. In the following weeks, over half a million people from 192 countries signed on, and Eli, rather unexpectedly, became an online organizer. Eli was 20 years old at the time. | | Eli has appeared as a commentator on Good Morning... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Eli Pariser's Keynote Follow up

Stay after the keynote to learn more from Eli and have an informal question and answer session.


Speakers
avatar for Eli Pariser

Eli Pariser

About Eli Pariser | Online Organizer, New Organizing Institute, Brooklyn, New York | | Shortly after the September 11 terror attacks, Eli created a website calling for a multilateral approach to fighting terrorism. In the following weeks, over half a million people from 192 countries signed on, and Eli, rather unexpectedly, became an online organizer. Eli was 20 years old at the time. | | Eli has appeared as a commentator on Good Morning... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:20am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Appetizers - an Un-session sharing

This birds of a feather session is intended to actually build a learning community by providing an opportunity for you to meet with others to share ideas and learn from one another about creative ways you are using iPhone/iPad/iPod apps. This is a moderated session where presentations will be by participants in the room. This is your two minutes of fame to share something cool, leading edge or extremely powerful for learning. Come with something to share and come learn about ways people are using their favourite new apps and build an App learning community at BLC.


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 knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sell out sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Being Smart with Graphs

SmartGraphs is a project that studies the educational value of digital objects embedded in graphs that “know” about themselves and that provide scaffolding to students to help them learn about graphs and the concepts conveyed in graphs.

Digital SmartGraphs can be authored or customized by teachers and accept inputs from students’ responses, sketches, functions, models, and probes. The software analyzes the graphs for the kinds of features that experts recognize and then engages students in conversations that instruct and assess student knowledge.

SmartGraphs is guided by collaboration between the Concord Consortium and the Pennsylvania State Department of Education Classrooms for the Future program, through which 145,000 laptop computers are deployed to serve 500,000 students. Other states, districts, or schools that are also interested in providing meaningful software to help students interpret visual graphical data from existing graphs or real time data collected with probes will thrill with this free Open Source software tool!

 

Presentation link (zip file): Download zip file.


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am

District-wide implementation of Google Apps for Education-Intermediate/Advanced

Google Apps for Education provides a free cross platform set of tools for educators. You can create Web sites, collect homework, manage student portfolios and much more. We will walk through real examples and best practices of how to utilize these tools in an educational setting and go over some of the more advanced features.

 

Link for presentation: http://tinyurl.com/blc12google


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 across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Habitudes for Leading and Learning in the 21st Century

Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving… buzz words no longer! To meet the complexities of today’s world, our students need more than skills — they need Habitudes! Successful students, workers, and citizens have identifiable habits and behaviors which allow them to manage emotions, communicate effectively, and sustain themselves as independent and successful lifelong learners. We’ll explore intentional lessons and conversations that nurture and develop these habits and attitudes; the Habitudes that ensure our students’ success far beyond our classrooms.


Speakers
avatar for Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers

Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter
Angela Maiers, Chief Instigator: Dreaming Big and Igniting Change, taught literacy skills to disadvantaged youth in elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa from 1989 to 2003. She has since worked as an education consultant and speaker. | | Angela is the founder and President of Maiers Education Services, a consulting firm headquartered in Clive, Iowa. Her company provides just-in-time consultation services to schools, organizations, and... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Kids Teaching Kids: Empowering Students through Screencasting

This workshop will demonstrate the powerful effects of integrating student-created math video lessons, also called screencasts or mathcasts. The math videos are used as tutoring tools, a form of authentic assessment and for creating an enhanced “kids teaching kids” classroom culture. Perhaps best of all, the students enjoy creating these screencasts.

The video tutorials are used in classroom instruction and shared with a global audience via our iTunes podcast, YouTube channel, as well as our own Mathtrain.TV Web site. You will view student-created screencasts and discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, as well as share them on-line using the screen recording software Camtasia Studio, Jing (free) as well as the free iPad app, ScreenChomp.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating how we create our screencasts.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

Mathematics Teacher, Mathtrain.TV, StudentCreated.TV, Lincoln Middle School
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Scaling Up: System Wide Transformation

Alan November challenges us to give students the opportunity to proclaim "stand on our shoulders” by doing work that is valued by others and that peers can build on to transform the world. In promoting “stand on our shoulders” work in your school or district, you want to move from pockets of innovation to sustained innovation.
Hear strategies to use in your search for the Holy Grail—Scaling Up:
• Promote a framework that emphasizes providing students the opportunity to do transformative work (what is transformative work and how does it create a sense of ownership among students);
• Strengthen professional learning networks with an emphasis on teacher-leadership and looking at student work;
• Implement policies that promote digital citizenship rather than just focusing on restricting users [encourage students to bring cell phones & other devices to school for learning, decrease restrictions on access to the internet (including YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook), and remove policy barriers to display of student work & photos on the web]; and
• Provide anytime/anywhere access to the resources of your network through a bring-your-own-technology initiative and a private cloud.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

About Eric Williams | Superintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VA | | Eric Williams is the Superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia, a school district of 12,500 students served through 19 schools. He started his career as a teacher of Social Studies and English-as-a-Second Language in Virginia and Brazil. After moving to Massachusetts, he worked as the Director of an alternative school that featured... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

10:20am

To Flip or Not to Flip

An open and honest conversation with two Flipped Classroom proponents about when flipping a class is appropriate, and when it is not, and how to flip your class effectively. Presenters will demonstrate various ways to easily create video lessons. Presentation will address many common misconceptions and concerns about the Flipped Classroom.

Learn how to:
-Determine what to flip in a classroom
-Decide where in the learning cycle to incorporate a video lesson
-Create a video lesson your students will love that is appropriate for them
-Provide access to instructional videos for all students
-Flip you classroom in an inquiry based and constructivist environment.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Teacher, Woodland Park Schools
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily in the area of technology integration. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

Twitter Tips and Tricks

In this session we will show you how to take your Twitter use to the next level. We’ll help you decide who to follow, who not to follow, and how many make sense for you. We will demonstrate a number of Twitter tools, elaborate on Twitter etiquette and clear up your Twitter vocabulary questions. We will also suggest ways to leverage your use of Twitter to get the most out of it for your purposes.

Attendees will learn...
to find the best people to follow for them.
to leverage the power of the community for their purposes.
to use Twitter more efficiently.
to use a variety of Twitter Tools.
to use proper Twitter etiquette.

 

Presentation Link: bit.ly/twitterblc12


Speakers
avatar for Liz Bleich Davis

Liz Bleich Davis

Director of Curriculum, Keys School
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Senior Director, Teaching & Learning, EdTechTeam, Inc.
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this past year. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings and works with districts and... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

10:20am

NuVu Studio: Developing Designer Minds

Inspired by MIT’s Media Lab, NuVu Studio is an innovation center for middle and high school students where teams build multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects. NuVu nurtures creative problem solving, collaboration, and presentation skills. This session is entirely led by students. Past participants of the program will share their experience, explain the program’s influence on their learning, and demonstrate how the NuVu culture is shaping the everyday curriculum at Beaver Country Day School outside of Boston.


Speakers
avatar for Robin Neal

Robin Neal

English Teacher, Beaver Country School
Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School in Boston. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in how technology in the classroom can create more dynamic, authentic educational experiences. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences on this topic and takes pride in avoiding lectures, creating a learn-by-doing... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Creating the 21st Century Assignments: Self-paced mastery learning in a flipped digital environment

How can essential questions, digitized lectures, student research, collaboration, student blogging, historical fiction, self paced, and mastery learning come together to change teaching and learning in your classroom? Join Mike and Garth as we dissect the process of creating a 21st century webquest, based on the essential questions of your curriculum, that allows students to collaborate and develop depth of understanding and master content. Using constructionist methodology, flipped teaching and free applications, you can provide students with the opportunity to guide their own learning. During this session we will talk about the philosophy and design of WebQuests, how to share your WebQuest with students and how WebQuests can be used to change teaching and learning.

 

Presentation link: http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/blc12.html


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 a connected classroom. Their collaboration started six years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth connect their students from two... 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 I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:35am
Terrace - Lower Lobby

11:45am

An entire PROFESSIONAL production studio in your pocket! REALLY!

The iPhone, your iPod, and the iPad once were considered NON creative devices because one couldn't really create anything on these devices. Well, ITS NOT TRUE! Not only can you create an unlimited variety of things, I use them as a portable (very) production studios! I can plan, produce, edit, and showcase a move ALL DONE FROM my mobile devices. This WILL REVOLUTIONIZE LEARNING! We will look at the different applications that can make this happen from cool planning tools, to amazing production resources, to powerful editing apps, and finally to our names on a marquee. We will show you how you can make a movie on your iDevice. Bring it! We’ll show you just HOW COOL having a movie studio in your pocket really is. 


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.  | | In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional filmmaker and photographer who uses these digital storytelling skills to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

11:45am

Crowdsourcing Edu Content

Ideas for activating your network to not only connect but to create

Our 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 to inspire and engage children in their learning. | Tom works on leadership, technology adoption and improving teacher capacity with NoTosh in schools across the... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

Cultivating Empathy or "Why is she smiling?"

What happens when bullies use social media?
What happens when a kid, bully or bullied, shoots a video and posts it to YouTube? (The answers aren’t all bad.)
And why is she smiling?

A conversation with educators about cultivating empathy in our students to combat bullying in and out of school in an increasingly digital environment. Participants will leave with a wealth of powerful visual material and discussion starters they can use in their schools with their students. We’ll share ideas to effectively lead these sort of difficult conversations and share resources we can easily access anywhere any time.

[While it’s not required to attend the session it would be a good idea to have a twitter account before arriving at BLC12.]

 

Presentation link: http://j.mp/DarrenBLC12


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Empower Your Students To Connect, Create and Collaborate With Each Other

In this workshop, you will learn how social networks can be used to connect, create, and collaborate with each other and the world. I will share my experiences using social networks such as Skype, Twitter, Edmodo, Facebook, Diigo, Blogger, KidBlog, Collaborize Classroom, StudyBlue and more with my students at Van Meter Community School and others around the world. You will also hear from representatives of these various platforms via Skype and share your own experiences with others in the workshop as well. Participants will not only see how I organize my life in these social networks, but you will also have the chance to sign up and get connected within them as well. You will leave this workshop having new places to connect, tools to use with within your classroom and library, and a global community that opens you up to new ideas, people, and places.

 

Shannon's presentation link: http://bit.ly/shannonmmillerblc12


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational Services for Biblionasium. | | She speaks and consults in Iowa and around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

11:45am

Flip School: A Game Changer

This game changing program was developed in order to better serve our students and eliminate the learning obstacles that often stop learning from taking place. This flipped school approach allows an at-risk student to learn in the same type of supportive atmosphere as a more affluent student. Thus creating educational equality in our public schools. By using today’s available software enables local, state and national educators to put the best teacher presentation in front of all students at all times. For the first time, we have the opportunity to take advantage of each teacher’s strength and expertise.

 

Presentation Links: Greg's website or download his presentation PDF


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

About Greg Green | High School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Clintondale High School, Clinton Township, MI | | Greg was named to Converge Magazine's Top 50 Educators and to TechSmith Corporation's Twenty Educators to Watch List in 2011. His flipped school approach has been highlighted not only by November Learning but also the following: Bloomberg EDU, The Teaching Channel, Globe and Mail, Detroit Free Press, ESchool News and District... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

PBL Meets STEM... An Incredible Appetizer.... Resources, Ideas, and a Partnership that will Provide the Right Main Course!

Fasten your seat belts for the fast and exciting Driving Question; "How can educators integrate Project Based Learning and 21st century skills into STEM education? Even if you only teach just one subject, you can still incorporate STEM and PBL into your classroom. Are you a member of an interdisciplinary team or planning group? ...then it gets even better! Discover dozens of engaging online programs and opportunities that allow STEM and PBL to push your students’ creativity and innovation. The results will be a PBL educational experience that will rev up student engagement and inquiry…full STEM... or should we say... STEAM ahead! View several brief demonstrations of software and take a tour of some amazing web sites. Learn from practicing educator Michael Gorman, who was named STEM Educator of the Year by the Indiana US Air Force Association, an Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-finalist, a BIE National Faculty Member, and a facilitator for the Siemens Discovery Education National STEM Academy. Walk away with resources that will allow for a real partnership between STEM and PBL! Join Mike in a session that promises to be an exciting PBL entry event giving participants ideas and content they can use tomorrow!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

PMI-PSI: Highly Effective K-12 Mathematics and HS Science Courses

Rich digital content is at the core of the 25 mathematics and science courses that are posted for the free use of all at www.njctl.org, the homepage of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The courses are comprised of more than 44,000 interactive whiteboard slides, with robust embedded formative assessment questions; homework; class work; assessments; curricula; and pacing guides. These teacher developed resources are all part of CTL’s Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI): programs designed to support high levels of student achievement in K-12 Common Core mathematics as well as high school physics, chemistry and biology. PSI and PMI share the same core philosophy, pedagogies, assessment strategies and technology. Dr. Goodman, the founder and development leader of PSI-PMI, will be discussing how those have been woven together to create a uniquely successful approach to science and mathematics education.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, is the Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI). Bob is a Content Expert Reviewer for Achieve, a Field Reader for the US DOE and a... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Presentation 21 Make-Over

How will you avoid exposing your audience to “Death by PowerPoint”?
Learn why audiences today expect more than bullet lists, over used templates and clipart. How do you design compelling presentations? This presentation is for teachers who want to step up their own design practices in their teaching, online presences, as well as help students use images to support their learning.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about basic design principles and techniques
  • Find sources for quality images and other tools
  • Understand how to use images to enhance learning
  • Experience the power of visuals

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

11:45am

Teaching Empathy Through Literature and the Web

Realistic fiction offers students the opportunity to learn about people and cultures from around the world. The web provides the authentic connection between students and people from around the world. Using these two resources, lessons can be created that engage and challenge your students to read more and with greater understanding. We will share classroom examples of books used with students and how we connected fiction to the real world. One example is the web site our students created for the novel Mississippi Trial 1955. We will focus on literature appropriate for grade 5 - 9. The concepts can be adapted for all grades.

Common Core Standards:

Informational Text, Grades 6-12, Grade 8, Item 9

Analyze a case in which two or more text provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing Grades 6-8, Grade 8,  Item 2a-f

Write information/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Presentation Resources: http://empathyblc.wikispaces.com/

 


Speakers
avatar for Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Language Arts Chairperson, Mount Clemens Junior High School
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.theclem.org has been an avenue for her students to publish their writing to an authentic audience. Chris was awarded the Pioneering Partners Award for her programs She... Read More →
avatar for James Wenzloff

James Wenzloff

Learning Mentor, November Learning
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts curriculum evaluations at a school and district level. | Jim has presented keynotes and workshops at local, state-wide and national conferences, including the... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor

11:45am

The Grass Roots of Cultivating and Managing Change

Change comes not when you introduce new technology, but when people adopt new behaviours. Best practices are best developed collaboratively and collegially and in this session you will explore ways to establish the right climate for fearless innovation and to extend a compelling invitation to students and their families (often overlooked), teachers and administration so that all participate. The key is seeing that everyone--from early adopters to the hard core skeptics--has a crucial role to play. You will leave with guidelines, some practical tips and a suite of tools for cultivating and managing change.

 

Presentation Link: http://ovenell-carter.com/blc12-preso-2-the-grassroots-of-change


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked to speak on developing best practices in this field at BLC and to the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of British... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Bling v Bang! - Where’s the Learning? How Can You Tell?

When it comes to using technology in the classroom, it is easy to become distracted by the glitz, glimmer and gimmicks of activities high in "cool factor” but lacking in rigor or academic value. How do we design learning experiences that challenge students at their learning edge and draw on or strengthen their repertoire of digital skills and literacies? How do we “locate the learning” in student-created content and projects? How do we avoid the allure of “BLING” (cool tech tools) and focus on the power of “BANG” (meaningful student-owned learning) to effectively “widen the walls” and “raise the ceiling” of our learning environments? (Common Core Capatible)

In this session, participants will explore ways to:
- Apply TPaCK, SAMR and HEAT frameworks as pedagogical lenses when designing lessons strengthened by use of technology.
- Challenge students to find authentic ways to leverage available tools for deeper learning.
- Seek balance over time among content acquisition, lifelong learning skills and the development of tool fluency.

 

Presentation link: http://bit.ly/bvb12-links


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community, innovate learning approaches and empower students to become change leaders. She offers intermittent micro-thoughts @lottascales
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Lobby

1:10pm

Build a Robust Learning Library with Diigo

In this session, participants will learn how to build robust, tagged libraries of content using Diigo. These libraries, which can be accessed from any device connected to the Internet, allows teachers and students to bookmark Web sites, images and notes that can be made more meaningful through the use of embedded highlights and sticky notes. But the learning doesn't stop there. Learners can also organize together in groups to share research with peers locally or anywhere around the world. We have seen Diigo being used at every level of education, and graduate students have said that this one tool has changed research forever.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Empathy: The 21st Century Skill

From West Point to HSBC (biggest bank in the world), one of the most valued skills is to understand different cultural perspectives and points of view. If we want our students to be competitive in the global economy, we must challenge them to co-create and present to a worldwide authentic audience. Any classroom can be organized to be a global communications center, and we can design more rigorous and motivating assignments that engage our students to communicate globally with purpose. Expand boundaries of potential and give your students courage to engage with the world.


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Formative assessment rules, OK? - 101 Wrong Metaphors About The Only Assessment that Matters

Ewan McIntosh entered the teaching profession in Scotland as the country undertook a national drive to make every school an “assessment for learning school”. Formative assessment is in his bones, yet what he hears from US politicians, education ‘experts’ and school district administrators about formative assessment is distinctly, erm, not formative assessment.

- what is the difference between assessment for learning, as learning and of learning?
- What does great formative assessment look like in practice?
- Why do we need to worry more about getting formative assessment right in order for our students to succeed in summative, standardized testing? What does the research tell us?


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

Founder, CEO, NoTosh Limited
Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a Scotland and Australia-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world’s top creative companies and school districts. | | McIntosh’s company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 2nd Floor

1:10pm

Getting to Angry Birds

Presented by Special Guest, Lachlan Hull

During my presentation, I would like to explain how I use a classroom management tool created by the team at ClassDojo to build a sense of group accountability through personal behaviours amongst the young students in my class during 2011. I would also like to talk about how I have continued to use ClassDojo in my classroom in 2012 and how I have assisted this tool to be integrated throughout our school.

I would like to discuss how I used Angry Birds (iPad application) with my students to apply the games concepts to real life situations; relevant to my students. I would show evidence of students work and the end result of our project, illustrating how my students created an giant Angry Birds level from the data they collect from playing the game.

Attendees would learn:
• Different ways I have assisted students to become accountable for their behaviours in class.
• Ways of creating positive classroom environments with the help of ClassDojo.
• Ways of engaging students in exploring real life situations with the assistance of Angry Birds.
• How I’ve learnt from my mistakes to engage students in their learning.

 

View my presentation slides (PDF)

 

View a video Lachlan created in Australia of his project (on YouTube)


Speakers
avatar for Lachlan Hull

Lachlan Hull

Primary School Educator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School/Brisbane Catholic Education
Special guest, Lachlan Hull is a Primary School Educator for Brisbane Catholic Education in Queensland, Australia. He is currently in his second year of Teaching and is the ICLT Coordinator at his school.


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:10pm

PMI-PSI: Highly Effective K-12 Mathematics and HS Science Courses

Rich digital content is at the core of the 25 mathematics and science courses that are posted for the free use of all at www.njctl.org, the homepage of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The courses are comprised of more than 44,000 interactive whiteboard slides, with robust embedded formative assessment questions; homework; class work; assessments; curricula; and pacing guides. These teacher developed resources are all part of CTL’s Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI): programs designed to support high levels of student achievement in K-12 Common Core mathematics as well as high school physics, chemistry and biology. PSI and PMI share the same core philosophy, pedagogies, assessment strategies and technology. Dr. Goodman, the founder and development leader of PSI-PMI, will be discussing how those have been woven together to create a uniquely successful approach to science and mathematics education.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, is the Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI). Bob is a Content Expert Reviewer for Achieve, a Field Reader for the US DOE and a... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

The State of Play: How Gaming Can Enhance Learning

In the last few years, education has finally noticed gaming and virtual worlds, but this gaming attention has been characterized by two very different perspectives. Some see engagement, concentration and collaboration, while others see isolation, social dysfunction and addiction. Often, educators have difficulty seeing the relevance of a particular game to some portion of their curriculum. Central to this theme, is that the ideas and attitudes one associates with "play" are clearly disconnected from those we associate with "learning". This presentation will dispel the myths surrounding gaming, draw clear connections between games and learning and give attendees practical examples and resources to begin using these powerful learning platforms and reintroduce the concept of playful learning.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served as a classroom teacher, district technology trainer, curriculum developer, media specialist, online educator, consultant, Guild Master, TV host, and all around chief... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

1:10pm

United Classrooms: The Australian Connection

Participants will be introduced to the hugely successful United Classrooms Global Collaboration Project, connecting classrooms in the United States with partner classes in Australia. This fully resourced project has been designed to foster high quality, online curriculum-facing collaborations through the development of concrete offline relationships. Attendees will be presented with a starter pack containing the full project overview and all related materials before being offered an opportunity to identify a partner class from a list of Australian schools.
The project creates opportunities for students to:

  • Develop meaningful relationships with students in a partner school
  • Develop a personal digital narrative
  • Develop and maintain a personal online homepage
  • Develop an authentic understanding of what it is like to live in a different locality.
  • Work together to create an online living history database
  • Gain an authentic understanding of similarities and differences in the values and attitudes of people from different generations in contrasting localities.

This session is sponsored by Learnology.


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

About Phil Stubbs | Head of Education, Learnology, Melbourne, Australia | | Phil Stubbs, Head of Education, Learnology, Australia. 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 bodies to successfully implement... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

2:30pm

Closing Keynote w/ Alan November & Special Guest, Greg Whitby (sponsored by ePals)
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →
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Greg Whitby

About Greg Whitby | Executive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia | | Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students and employing over 4,500 teachers and staff. He has extensive experience in senior system leadership and K-12 schooling in government and non-government... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor