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Wednesday, July 18


BLC Orientation Session (sponsored by ePals)

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

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


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.

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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 →
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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)
Thursday, July 19


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.


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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
Friday, July 20


Announcements and Keynote with Eli Pariser (Sponsored by ePals)
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Eli Pariser

About Eli PariserOnline Organizer, New Organizing Institute, Brooklyn, New YorkShortly after the September 11 terror attacks, Eli created a website calling for a multilateral approach to fighting terrorism. In the following weeks, over half a million people from 192 countries signed... Read More →

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


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

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

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