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Sunday, July 15
 

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


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
 

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... 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

Professor, 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... 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... 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

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... Read More →
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

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


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

1:30pm

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

Professor, 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... 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... 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
 

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... 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

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 McCloudLearning 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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


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
 
Wednesday, July 18
 

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... Read More →
avatar for Rita Oates

Rita Oates

President, Oates Associates, Oates Associates
About Rita OatesHow 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A 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. ReynoldsPeter 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler - 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 mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates technology through a student-centered “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video tutorials, which are used in classroom instruction... 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

Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the... Read More →


Wednesday July 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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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 WilliamsSuperintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VAEric 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


Wednesday July 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 SeedhouseValues 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... 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - 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 BoyleCoordinator of 21 Century Curriculum and English teacher, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MANancy 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... Read More →
avatar for James Tracy

James Tracy

About Dr. James TracyHeadmaster, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MADr. 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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


Wednesday July 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... Read More →


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

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, MS PE, MS CS

Larisa Schelkin, MS PE, MS CS

CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
Larisa K. Schelkin is CEO & Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation (GSTEM) and President, Global STEM Education Consulting, LLC. Larisa is the author of the Global STEM Classroom® - globally connected... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

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


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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... 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... 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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... 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. His relaxed... Read More →


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

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... 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 MagañaHead of Global Research, Promethean, Seattle, WASonny 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
 
Thursday, July 19
 

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

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


Thursday July 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

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


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

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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


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... Read More →


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

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. His relaxed... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 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... 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 SeedhouseValues 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... Read More →


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

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 mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates technology through a student-centered “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video tutorials, which are used in classroom instruction... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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 SeedhouseValues 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... 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... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Statler - 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... Read More →
avatar for Rosa Ruvalcaba

Rosa Ruvalcaba

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


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

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
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Dr. Dale Truding

Dr. Dale Truding

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

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →


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
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Thursday July 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza

Joyce Kasman Valenza

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


Thursday July 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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)
 
Friday, July 20
 

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... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor (C 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... 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... 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 mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates technology through a student-centered “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video tutorials, which are used in classroom instruction... 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 WilliamsSuperintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VAEric 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... 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... 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

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


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

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... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 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.

 

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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 Tolisano

Silvia Tolisano

Author & Consultant, AASSA Social Media Coordinator
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies... Read More →


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

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

Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the... Read More →


Friday July 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. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - 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... Read More →


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