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Crafting Vision and Managing Change [clear filter]
Wednesday, July 18
 

10:20am

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

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

 

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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 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - 2nd Floor

10:20am

Deploying Effective Collaborative Social Learning Platforms Designed for K12

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Tim DiScipio

Tim DiScipio

Co-Founder, ePals
As the Co-Founder of ePals, Inc., Tim's leadership and vision helped build the company into one of the K-12 education industry's most recognized and leading global brands now reaching millions of teachers and students in 200 countries and territories. His role at ePals has been directing... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

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


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

1:10pm

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

About Greg WhitbyExecutive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students... Read More →


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

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

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


Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

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


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

1:10pm

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

Head of STEAM, Atlanta International School
Shelley Paul is an instructional designer, improvisor and ambivert who doodles-to-think-and-learn daily in her work as PK-12 Head of STEAM at Atlanta International School. Shelley collaborates and co-learns with school leaders, faculty and students to solve problems, build community... 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

2:35pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

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


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

2:35pm

Leaving Positive Digital Footprints: What’s Your Legacy?

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for D. Garth Holman

D. Garth Holman

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

4:00pm

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Tom Daccord, Co-Director of EdTech Teacher

Tom Daccord, Co-Director of EdTech Teacher

Co-Director, EdTech Teacher


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

4:00pm

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked... Read More →


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

4:00pm

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... 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

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

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 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

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)

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

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked... Read More →


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

11:45am

Flip School: A Game Changer

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

 

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


Speakers
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Greg Green

About Greg GreenHigh School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Clintondale High School, Clinton Township, MIGreg was named to Converge Magazine's Top 50 Educators and to TechSmith Corporation's Twenty Educators to Watch List in 2011. His flipped school approach has been highlighted... Read More →


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

1:10pm

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

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

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


Speakers
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Greg Whitby

About Greg WhitbyExecutive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students... Read More →


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

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

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


Speakers
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Julia Leong

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


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

2:35pm

Empowering Students to Manage Their Own Learning

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

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

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


Speakers
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Jennifer Beine Bowden

Director of Building Learning Communities, November Learning
Jennifer Beine has been the director of November Learning’s BLC Professional Development Conference since 2008, while also serving as the technology coordinator for various school districts since 2003. In her director role she shows tremendous work ethic, excellent interpersonal... Read More →
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Alyssa Katz

About Alyssa KatzSpanish Teacher, Lawrenceville Middle School, Lawrenceville, NJ Alyssa Katz is a Spanish teacher for 7th and 8th graders at Lawrence Middle School in Lawrenceville, NJ. The school has just completed its first year with a 1:1 program, following a year of intensive... Read More →


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

2:35pm

Who Owns the Learning

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


Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. 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
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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 →
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Joyce Kasman Valenza

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


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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Herb Bossard

Herb Bossard

About Herb BossardTechnology Integrator, Conneaut School District, Linesville, PA    Herb has been teaching Math for 24 years and the last 3 years as a technology Integrator. He has been using technology in the classroom for years. His superintendent offered him the Classrooms For... Read More →


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

4:00pm

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

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


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 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
 
Friday, July 20
 

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

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)

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

Flip School: A Game Changer

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

About Greg GreenHigh School Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Clintondale High School, Clinton Township, MIGreg was named to Converge Magazine's Top 50 Educators and to TechSmith Corporation's Twenty Educators to Watch List in 2011. His flipped school approach has been highlighted... Read More →


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

11:45am

The Grass Roots of Cultivating and Managing Change

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

Director of Educational Technology, Mulgrave School
Brad Ovenell-Carter is the Director of Educational Technology at Mulgrave School, a co-ed K-12 IB school in Vancouver, Canada. Brad is fascinated with the way technology is reshaping education. As an Apple Distinguished Educator he has consulted at individual schools and been asked... Read More →


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

1:10pm

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

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


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