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Tuesday, July 17


Catalyzing Learning Using Peer Instruction and Learning Catalytics

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

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Brian Lukoff

Co-founder and CEO, Learning Catalytics
Brian Lukoff, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Education at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where his research focuses on using technology to develop innovative ways of improving student engagement and learning in the classroom... Read More →
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Dr. Eric Mazur

Area Dean of Applied Physics, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University
After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1981, Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982. In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy... Read More →

Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)
Wednesday, July 18


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.

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Brian Mull

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

Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - 2nd Floor
Thursday, July 19


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.

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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


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/

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Dr. Dale Truding

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

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

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