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Teaching Global Communication Skills [clear filter]
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

iMovie & Final Cut Pro X Tips

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


Speakers
avatar for Marco Torres

Marco Torres

Teacher, Creative Director, Media Coach - ALAS Media, ALAS Media
Marco Antonio Torres taught high school for ten years,  and was the media coach and education technology director for San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles. In addition to his work in the classroom,  Marco Torres is also a professional... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - 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)

10:20am

TeachUNICEF: Fostering Global Citizenship through Online Resources

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

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


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


Speakers
avatar for Leigh Forbush

Leigh Forbush

About Leigh ForbushGlobal Citizenship Fellow, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Boston, MA   Leigh Forbush is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she works as a community mobilizer, bringing together schools, universities, volunteers and community organizations to unite... Read More →


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

11:45am

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Robin Neal

Robin Neal

English Teacher, Beaver Country School
Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School in Boston. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in how technology in the classroom can create more dynamic, authentic educational... Read More →


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

11:45am

Curation for Learning

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza

Joyce Kasman Valenza

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


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
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

High School Journalism Can Change the World

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

Teachers will learn

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

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

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)

1:10pm

Developing 21st Century Learners with 19th Century Content

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Wise

Mark Wise

About Mark WiseSupervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District, Windsor, NJMark Wise serves as the K-12 Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction for West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. Previously, he taught high... Read More →


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

1:10pm

High School Journalism Can Change the World

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

Teachers will learn

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

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulte

Mark Schulte

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


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

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)

2:35pm

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

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

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

In finding the answers through this session, participants will: 

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

Speakers
avatar for Eunhee Jung, Ph.D.

Eunhee Jung, Ph.D.

About Eunhee Jung, Ph.D.Founder & Executive Director, IVECA International Virtual Schooling Dr. Eunhee Jung is the Founder and Executive Director of IVECA International Virtual Schooling. Her expertise is in using instructional technology to integrate classroom activities with virtual... Read More →


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

2:35pm

Connected from the Start - Global Learning in the Primary Grades

There are an abundance of learning opportunities implicit in a connected world. Tools now exist that make it possible for even our earliest learners to communicate with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. Primary students, too, can be global learners. We’ll talk about the “why’s”, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom.

You’ll leave with:

* a list of tools that help young children to connect

* ideas for using connections to enrich your curriculum

* suggestions for choosing an effective blogging tool

* an online handout with the material from the presentation

 

Presentation Link: http://kathycassidy.com/presentations/connected-from-the-start/


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin, 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

Photo Storytelling: Images Tell Amazing Stories

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


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

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


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

2:35pm

Stepping it Up: Learning to Blog FOR your Students

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Silvia 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 →


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

2:35pm

The Power of Video

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

About Greg 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 →


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

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

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

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

Primary Digital Portfolios

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


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

10:20am

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

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

 

Download my PowerPoint Presentation


Speakers
avatar for Nancy Monique Charron, EdD

Nancy Monique Charron, EdD

About Nancy CharronAssistant Professor, School of Education, Southern New Hampshire, Manchester, NHDr. Nancy Charron has worked as a general education teacher, a special education teacher, a reading specialist, and a principal designee at the elementary, middle school, and high school... Read More →


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

11:45am

Curation for Learning

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza

Joyce Kasman Valenza

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


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

11:45am

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author, Teacher Librarian Consultant, Speaker, & Author
Shannon, a mom of three wonderful children, is a teacher librarian and technology integration specialist. She is an educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources, Director of School and Library Strategy for In This Together Media and Executive Director of Library & Educational... 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

Developing 21st Century Learners with 19th Century Content

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Mark Wise

Mark Wise

About Mark WiseSupervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District, Windsor, NJMark Wise serves as the K-12 Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction for West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. Previously, he taught high... Read More →


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

1:10pm

Collaborative Learning Using Google Tools 

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

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

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

 

Presentation Resources: http://lainierowell.com


Speakers
avatar for Lainie  Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, 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 →


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

1:10pm

Crowdsourcing Edu Content

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

Our professional networks are brimming with resources and links and it sometimes feels like too much! One of the best ways to narrow the focus is to crowdsource specific content. Networks should not simply be about connecting with fellow educators, we need to activate the huge potential they have and create together!

Learn alongside Tom Barrett who has been spending the last 5 years crowdsourcing resources that support teacher’s professional development as well as inspire engaging learning in the classroom!

- How can I make crowdsourcing a part of how I design materials for teachers and students?
- How do I engage all of my staff to be able to engage in creating resources together?
- How can I filter the vast amount of resources that I see everyday in my online networks? How do I make the most of the resources available?
- What tools can I use to help create resources with other teachers in my district?

Attendees will
- understand how a network can be a powerful tool for co-creation and not just connections;
- reflect on their own creative practices and how crowdsourcing might fit in;
- see real world examples of how crowdsourcing innovations are being applied in sectors beyond the education sector;
- see a range of examples of successfully crowdsourced resources for education.
- take away a range of tools and models to crowdsource unique resources for your classes and schools;
- see crowdsourcing in action!


Speakers
avatar for Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

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


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

1:10pm

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Spears

Melissa Spears

About Melisa SpearsTeacher, Monmouth-Roseville High School, Monmouth, IL Melissa Spears is a high school math teacher at Monmouth-Roseville High School in west central Illinois. She has been teaching high school math for six years and currently teaches algebra and geometry to students... Read More →


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

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 →


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

2:35pm

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Abigail Konopasky PhD

Abigail Konopasky PhD

Presidential ScholarGeorge Mason University Abigail Konopasky received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Slavic Linguistics from Princeton University in 2001. After completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University, she went on to a tenure-track position in the English Department... Read More →


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

2:35pm

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community

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


Speakers
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)

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

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

Reboot, Read, Write

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

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


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - 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)

4:00pm

Modern Abolitionists: Developing Empathy Through Technology

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Robin Neal

Robin Neal

English Teacher, Beaver Country School
Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School in Boston. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in how technology in the classroom can create more dynamic, authentic educational... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - 2nd Floor
 
Friday, July 20
 

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

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

1:10pm

United Classrooms: The Australian Connection

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

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

This session is sponsored by Learnology.


Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

About Phil StubbsHead of Education, Learnology, Melbourne, AustraliaPhil Stubbs, Head of Education, Learnology, Australia. Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education districts and government departments... Read More →


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