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Monday, July 16
 

8:30am

Happily Ever After: Digital Storytelling with Scratch

Do you love stories? Do you want to learn how to create your own interactive digital stories? Join members of the Scratch Team at MIT Media Lab for a hands-on introduction to storytelling with Scratch. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for young people (ages 8 and up) to create their own interactive stories and share their creations online with others. As students program and share with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively, while also learning important computational ideas.

In this hands-on session, participants will be introduced to Scratch, create interactive stories, view examples of stories created by young people and hear how Scratch is being used by educators for storytelling. No prior experience necessary.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick

Professor, MIT Media Lab
About Mitch Resnick Professor, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA Mitch's Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. With their Scratch software, millions of young people are developing... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 8:30am - 12:30pm
MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Download Scratch at http://www.scratch.mit.edu.
  • Price $250
  • Capacity 28

1:00pm

Student as Contributor: The Digital Learning Farm

Alan November describes the "Digital Learning Farm" as a place where students come together to make valuable contributions to their classrooms for the benefit of their classmates and the world beyond their school's walls. This session will focus on the ideas behind these contributions and will introduce participants to a toolset that will get their students moving in the direction of empowered, purposeful learning. Examples include tutorial creators, student scribes, curriculum reviewers and more. All participants in this session will get a free copy of Alan's upcoming book, within which he discusses this concept in great depth.


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 →


Monday July 16, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor (C wing)

1:30pm

Let's Play! Game Design with Scratch

Side-scrollers. Quizzes. Mazes. Simulators. Young people are using Scratch to create and share a wide variety of interactive games. In the process, they learn important computational concepts (for example, using variables for keeping score and conditionals for making game decisions), while also developing general problem-solving skills and design capacities.

Join members of the Scratch Team at MIT Media Lab for a hands-on introduction to game design with Scratch. Participants will be introduced to Scratch, learn to create games, view examples of games created by young people and hear how educators are using Scratch for game design. No prior experience necessary.

 


Speakers
avatar for Mitch Resnick

Mitch Resnick

Professor, MIT Media Lab
About Mitch Resnick Professor, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA Mitch's Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops new technologies and activities to engage people (especially children) in creative learning experiences. With their Scratch software, millions of young people are developing... Read More →


Monday July 16, 2012 1:30pm - 5:30pm
MIT Media Lab 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience General
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Download Scratch at http://www.scratch.mit.edu.
  • Price $250
  • Capacity 28
 
Tuesday, July 17
 

8:00am

Connective Learning: An Introduction to Google Tools in Education

Learn how to tap Google's free online toolset and knock down the walls of your classroom, engage students and make connections in new and exciting ways. During this pre-conference session you will build robust learning solutions that you can immediately apply in your classroom. Develop a custom search engine based on your particular subject area or unit of study. Create an interactive map for your literature, history, math or science class. With these and other open-ended tools, the options are endless. When you return to your classroom in the fall your students will be stunned at what you did on your summer vacation!


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 →


Tuesday July 17, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)
  • Intended Level(s) Beginner
  • Intended Audience Elementary, Middle, Secondary
  • Attendee Requirements Laptop. Sign up for a Google account before attending at http://www.google.com.
  • Price $225
  • Capacity 40

8:00am

iPads for learning? It's Elementary!

Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Just considering an implementation? Either way, this pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad in the elementary classroom.

This hands-on workshop 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 need to bring their own iPad to fully participate in this hands-on session. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.

 

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 →


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

10:20am

Kids Teaching Kids: Empowering Students through Screencasting

This workshop will demonstrate the powerful effects of integrating student-created math video lessons, also called screencasts or mathcasts. The math videos are used as tutoring tools, a form of authentic assessment and for creating an enhanced “kids teaching kids” classroom culture. Perhaps best of all, the students enjoy creating these screencasts.

The video tutorials are used in classroom instruction and shared with a global audience via our iTunes podcast, YouTube channel, as well as our own Mathtrain.TV Web site. You will view student-created screencasts and discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, as well as share them on-line using the screen recording software Camtasia Studio, Jing (free) as well as the free iPad app, ScreenChomp.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating how we create our screencasts.

 


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

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


Wednesday July 18, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Lobby

10:20am

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

Gaming to Create and Learn

The 2012 Horizon Report acknowledges that is time for the adoption of 'Game Based Learning'. Alan November recently tweeted - ‘You never get an F in gaming, there's no penalty for risk taking in gaming.’

We are seeing the second generation of children who have enjoyed mastery of the word processor, with all its agility and opportunities to revise or refine, however, with this abundance of technology, assessment tasks rarely allow students to demonstrate their new multi-literacy skills or unleash their creativity.

Today's students need an edge. They need to engage in tasks that will make them comfortable with uncertainty, allow for team work, connect globally and permit creativity. Educators need to begin a journey of change that enlists the use of games within the curriculum.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how 256 Middle School students took a journey of learning through an integrated assessment task focused on sustainability, using Minecraft to deliver their final product.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

• How Minecraft was used for in an integrated assessment task,
• How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation,
• Student feedback,
• Examples of student work, and
• How to use tools such as video, blogs, Edmodo and Quia to gamify the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


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

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

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

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

The State of Play: How Gaming Can Enhance Learning

In the last few years, education has finally noticed gaming and virtual worlds, but this gaming attention has been characterized by two very different perspectives. Some see engagement, concentration and collaboration, while others see isolation, social dysfunction and addiction. Often, educators have difficulty seeing the relevance of a particular game to some portion of their curriculum. Central to this theme, is that the ideas and attitudes one associates with "play" are clearly disconnected from those we associate with "learning". This presentation will dispel the myths surrounding gaming, draw clear connections between games and learning and give attendees practical examples and resources to begin using these powerful learning platforms and reintroduce the concept of playful learning.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served... Read More →


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

2:35pm

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

Podcasting for Beginners

This workshop is for educators who want to get started creating and using podcasting in their classroom. We will cover the basics of planning, recording and publishing your podcast. We will walk you the all the steps from planning, classroom management to publication and syndication. This workshop is for teachers new to podcasting.

Common Core Standards

Speaking and listening

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Listening Standards, Grades 10-12, Item 4

Present information, findings and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance and style are appropriate to purpose.

Listening Standards, Grades 6-12, Grade 6, Item 6

Make strategic use of digital media in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Listening Standards, Grades 8, Item 6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

 

Presentation Link: http://anewadventure.wikispaces.com/Podcasting


Speakers
avatar for Chris Burnett

Chris Burnett

Language Arts Chairperson, Mount Clemens Junior High School
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.thecl... Read More →
avatar for James Wenzloff

James Wenzloff

Learning Mentor, November Learning
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts... Read More →


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

2:35pm

Students as Tech Support

Very few schools have the amount of technical support that they need, one of the most overlooked technical resources schools have is their students! If you have staff who are reluctant with technology, using students as in class liaisons is a great way to bring the teacher along while empowering the students. The student learns by teaching and the teacher learns by listening. In this session, we’ll cover a variety of examples of how this is accomplished where everyone involved benefits.

 

Link for presentation: http://tinyurl.com/blc12students


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 →


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

4:00pm

Creating Student Feedback and Authentic Assessments with Screencasts

Transform your teaching and learning by creating and sharing authentic assessment using free screen recording software. See real examples of schools, teachers, students, peers and universities who are creating screencasts to comment on student essays, provide meaningful feedback on student work and contribute to a library of tutorials.

This session focuses on various simple, easy and useful ways to incorporate screencasting with students whether using a Mac, Windows or iPad device.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating screencasting options.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

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


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

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

Models and Probes, Oh My!

The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) project prepares diverse students for careers in information technologies by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects that use computational models and real-time data acquisition. ITSI has produced dozens of activities in elementary, middle and high school science using a range of commercial sensors as well as open source or research-based models.

Teachers can customize ITSI science inquiry activities easily to fit their classrooms and engage their local communities using the web-based interface. All activities are embedded in software that allows students to read the activity, answer questions, make predictions and collect data, analyze results, run a computer-based model, take and annotate snapshots of that model, and save their work within one application. It also allows the collection of formative and summative assessment data, which is available to the teachers.
This workshop will allow you to try out the activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials are free and available online.

 

Presentation link (zip file): Download zip file.


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Senior Scientist, Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable... Read More →


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

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)
 
Thursday, July 19
 

10:20am

WoW in School: The Hero's Journey Continues

You mean there is educational value in World of Warcraft?” Absolutely! In this session, Peggy Sheehy will discuss her experiences playing World of Warcraft (WoW) with her students and a team from Pender County Schools in North Carolina and one in Manitoba, Ca.. Come hear as she shares her own gaming experience, the professional educator community that has emerged as her guild in World of Warcraft, “Cognitive Dissonance” and her joint venture with Lucas Gillispie (Pender County Schools) in a project that initially targeted at-risk students in an after-school program designed to build community, leadership, literacy and student confidence in a variety of curricular areas using WoW. For the past two years, the project, which evolved into an ELA elective, The Hero's Journey," was brought into the academic day. English Language Arts, digital citizenship, leadership, teamwork, communication, web 2.0 and social networking are all addressed in a blended curriculum using 3D GameLab courseware, JRR Tolkien's, "The Hobbit," and the commercial video game, World of Warcraft.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served... Read More →


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

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 Biodiversity Knowledge and Tools for 21st Century Learning

Learn about the Encyclopedia of Life project, a global effort to document information about all of the estimated 1.9 million species on Earth (www.eol.org). The focus will be on how EOL, a completely free resource, can be used for curriculum development resources and to actively engage students in the process of doing science with its participatory tools and to become familiar with this life-long learning resource. Anyone can access, reuse and repurpose the authoritative scientific content, podcasts, media, and literature found on EOL. Web-based tools allow students to better access, use and share biodiversity information and to be involved in science projects, while also learning about media and technology. The following tools will be demonstrated, with specific case examples of their use:

Virtual Collections http://education.eol.org/page/collections
Electronic field guides http://education.eol.org/ideas/tools/fieldguide
Education LifeDesk tool http://www.edulifedesks.org/

The presentation will draw upon information and results gained from specific projects in formal and informal learning settings.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group
About Jeff HolmesDigital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group, Cambridge, MA With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeff has spent the last 16 years developing technology-based education programs and conducting a wide range of research in teacher education... Read More →


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A 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

11:45am

Gaming to Create and Learn

The 2012 Horizon Report acknowledges that is time for the adoption of 'Game Based Learning'. Alan November recently tweeted - ‘You never get an F in gaming, there's no penalty for risk taking in gaming.’

We are seeing the second generation of children who have enjoyed mastery of the word processor, with all its agility and opportunities to revise or refine, however, with this abundance of technology, assessment tasks rarely allow students to demonstrate their new multi-literacy skills or unleash their creativity.

Today's students need an edge. They need to engage in tasks that will make them comfortable with uncertainty, allow for team work, connect globally and permit creativity. Educators need to begin a journey of change that enlists the use of games within the curriculum.

The session, will focus on why and how gaming can equip students with 21st century learning skills, inspire them to stretch and enrich their knowledge and understanding, and demonstrate how 256 Middle School students took a journey of learning through an integrated assessment task focused on sustainability, using Minecraft to deliver their final product.

The outcomes of this workshop will demonstrate:

• How Minecraft was used for in an integrated assessment task,
• How gaming can enhance creativity and innovation,
• Student feedback,
• Examples of student work, and
• How to use tools such as video, blogs, Edmodo and Quia to gamify the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


Thursday July 19, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)

11:45am

Getting to Angry Birds

Presented by Special Guest, Lachlan Hull

During my presentation, I would like to explain how I use a classroom management tool created by the team at ClassDojo to build a sense of group accountability through personal behaviours amongst the young students in my class during 2011. I would also like to talk about how I have continued to use ClassDojo in my classroom in 2012 and how I have assisted this tool to be integrated throughout our school.

I would like to discuss how I used Angry Birds (iPad application) with my students to apply the games concepts to real life situations; relevant to my students. I would show evidence of students work and the end result of our project, illustrating how my students created an giant Angry Birds level from the data they collect from playing the game.

Attendees would learn:
• Different ways I have assisted students to become accountable for their behaviours in class.
• Ways of creating positive classroom environments with the help of ClassDojo.
• Ways of engaging students in exploring real life situations with the assistance of Angry Birds.
• How I’ve learnt from my mistakes to engage students in their learning.

 

View my presentation slides (PDF)

 

View a video Lachlan created in Australia of his project (on YouTube)


Speakers
avatar for Lachlan Hull

Lachlan Hull

Primary School Educator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School/Brisbane Catholic Education
Special guest, Lachlan Hull is a Primary School Educator for Brisbane Catholic Education in Queensland, Australia. He is currently in his second year of Teaching and is the ICLT Coordinator at his school.


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

11:45am

Introduction to Creating and Publishing with iBooks Author

Create and publish interactive multi-touch lessons and books for the iPad, with Mac’s free iBooks Author.  Or just create almost any type of book just for fun.  Flipping your class?  You and your students can design engaging class resources with galleries, video, 3D objects, animation and interactive diagrams.

This session is for beginners and will demonstrate how fast and easy it is to create your first captivating iBook for the iPad.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

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


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

1:10pm

Building Biodiversity Knowledge and Tools for 21st Century Learning

Learn about the Encyclopedia of Life project, a global effort to document information about all of the estimated 1.9 million species on Earth (www.eol.org). The focus will be on how EOL, a completely free resource, can be used for curriculum development resources and to actively engage students in the process of doing science with its participatory tools and to become familiar with this life-long learning resource. Anyone can access, reuse and repurpose the authoritative scientific content, podcasts, media, and literature found on EOL. Web-based tools allow students to better access, use and share biodiversity information and to be involved in science projects, while also learning about media and technology. The following tools will be demonstrated, with specific case examples of their use:

Virtual Collections http://education.eol.org/page/collections
Electronic field guides http://education.eol.org/ideas/tools/fieldguide
Education LifeDesk tool http://www.edulifedesks.org/

The presentation will draw upon information and results gained from specific projects in formal and informal learning settings.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes

Digital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group
About Jeff HolmesDigital Learning Editor, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group, Cambridge, MA With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeff has spent the last 16 years developing technology-based education programs and conducting a wide range of research in teacher education... Read More →


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

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

2:35pm

Apps for the Classroom

With the app store now available for more than just your iPhone and iPad, it can be overwhelming to know which apps to download. In this workshop we’ll give you some of the essential apps for your classroom and share some of our favorites apps that will help you and your students create. Come with your favorites, too, and build a collaborative list of good resources that we'll share with all.


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

Elizabeth Ruvalcaba

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

Rosa Ruvalcaba

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


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

2:35pm

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
avatar for Jennifer Beine Bowden

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 →
avatar for Alyssa Katz

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

iPads in Education- Examples from the Classroom

iPads are making their debut in many schools. There are many questions to be answered.
Can iPads replace laptops? Are they just another bandwagon or a tool that can improve teaching, student learning and productivity like no other device? Let’s talk about how immediate access and availability to information, productivity tools, a global network, assistive technology as well as being able to create content and media, all on one device, can change a classroom’s learning environment.

Audiences will:

  • Look at a showcase of examples from the classroom
  • Learn how to plan and upgrade traditionally taught lessons
  • See how teachers choose different apps that address all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Look at apps that support the Digital Learning Farm concept to empower student learners.
  • Reflect on 21st century skills, literacy and fluency as it relates to using iPads in the classroom

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 →


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

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

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

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

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)
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:20am

Being Smart with Graphs

SmartGraphs is a project that studies the educational value of digital objects embedded in graphs that “know” about themselves and that provide scaffolding to students to help them learn about graphs and the concepts conveyed in graphs.

Digital SmartGraphs can be authored or customized by teachers and accept inputs from students’ responses, sketches, functions, models, and probes. The software analyzes the graphs for the kinds of features that experts recognize and then engages students in conversations that instruct and assess student knowledge.

SmartGraphs is guided by collaboration between the Concord Consortium and the Pennsylvania State Department of Education Classrooms for the Future program, through which 145,000 laptop computers are deployed to serve 500,000 students. Other states, districts, or schools that are also interested in providing meaningful software to help students interpret visual graphical data from existing graphs or real time data collected with probes will thrill with this free Open Source software tool!

 

Presentation link (zip file): Download zip file.


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Senior Scientist, Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable... Read More →


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

10:20am

Kids Teaching Kids: Empowering Students through Screencasting

This workshop will demonstrate the powerful effects of integrating student-created math video lessons, also called screencasts or mathcasts. The math videos are used as tutoring tools, a form of authentic assessment and for creating an enhanced “kids teaching kids” classroom culture. Perhaps best of all, the students enjoy creating these screencasts.

The video tutorials are used in classroom instruction and shared with a global audience via our iTunes podcast, YouTube channel, as well as our own Mathtrain.TV Web site. You will view student-created screencasts and discover how easy it is to create them for nearly any subject, as well as share them on-line using the screen recording software Camtasia Studio, Jing (free) as well as the free iPad app, ScreenChomp.

An actual student, Tiana "Paul" Kadkhoda, will be co-presenting and demonstrating how we create our screencasts.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Marcos

Eric Marcos

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


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

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

Presentation 21 Make-Over

How will you avoid exposing your audience to “Death by PowerPoint”?
Learn why audiences today expect more than bullet lists, over used templates and clipart. How do you design compelling presentations? This presentation is for teachers who want to step up their own design practices in their teaching, online presences, as well as help students use images to support their learning.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about basic design principles and techniques
  • Find sources for quality images and other tools
  • Understand how to use images to enhance learning
  • Experience the power of visuals

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Tolisano

Silvia Tolisano

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


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

1:10pm

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

1:10pm

Getting to Angry Birds

Presented by Special Guest, Lachlan Hull

During my presentation, I would like to explain how I use a classroom management tool created by the team at ClassDojo to build a sense of group accountability through personal behaviours amongst the young students in my class during 2011. I would also like to talk about how I have continued to use ClassDojo in my classroom in 2012 and how I have assisted this tool to be integrated throughout our school.

I would like to discuss how I used Angry Birds (iPad application) with my students to apply the games concepts to real life situations; relevant to my students. I would show evidence of students work and the end result of our project, illustrating how my students created an giant Angry Birds level from the data they collect from playing the game.

Attendees would learn:
• Different ways I have assisted students to become accountable for their behaviours in class.
• Ways of creating positive classroom environments with the help of ClassDojo.
• Ways of engaging students in exploring real life situations with the assistance of Angry Birds.
• How I’ve learnt from my mistakes to engage students in their learning.

 

View my presentation slides (PDF)

 

View a video Lachlan created in Australia of his project (on YouTube)


Speakers
avatar for Lachlan Hull

Lachlan Hull

Primary School Educator, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School/Brisbane Catholic Education
Special guest, Lachlan Hull is a Primary School Educator for Brisbane Catholic Education in Queensland, Australia. He is currently in his second year of Teaching and is the ICLT Coordinator at his school.


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

1:10pm

The State of Play: How Gaming Can Enhance Learning

In the last few years, education has finally noticed gaming and virtual worlds, but this gaming attention has been characterized by two very different perspectives. Some see engagement, concentration and collaboration, while others see isolation, social dysfunction and addiction. Often, educators have difficulty seeing the relevance of a particular game to some portion of their curriculum. Central to this theme, is that the ideas and attitudes one associates with "play" are clearly disconnected from those we associate with "learning". This presentation will dispel the myths surrounding gaming, draw clear connections between games and learning and give attendees practical examples and resources to begin using these powerful learning platforms and reintroduce the concept of playful learning.


Speakers
avatar for Peggy Sheehy

Peggy Sheehy

Teacher on a Mission, EPIC Learners
6th Grade Humanities Teacher, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District. After an exciting first career as a professional musician, Peggy Sheehy shifted her spotlight to the classroom, and to awakening dreams through education. For the past sixteen years, she has served... Read More →


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