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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

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

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

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

Scaling Up: System Wide Transformation

Alan November challenges us to give students the opportunity to proclaim "stand on our shoulders” by doing work that is valued by others and that peers can build on to transform the world. In promoting “stand on our shoulders” work in your school or district, you want to move from pockets of innovation to sustained innovation.
Hear strategies to use in your search for the Holy Grail—Scaling Up:
• Promote a framework that emphasizes providing students the opportunity to do transformative work (what is transformative work and how does it create a sense of ownership among students);
• Strengthen professional learning networks with an emphasis on teacher-leadership and looking at student work;
• Implement policies that promote digital citizenship rather than just focusing on restricting users [encourage students to bring cell phones & other devices to school for learning, decrease restrictions on access to the internet (including YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook), and remove policy barriers to display of student work & photos on the web]; and
• Provide anytime/anywhere access to the resources of your network through a bring-your-own-technology initiative and a private cloud.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

About Eric WilliamsSuperintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VAEric Williams is the Superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia, a school district of 12,500 students served through 19 schools. He started his career as a teacher of Social Studies and... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - 2nd Floor

11:45am

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

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

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

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

 

Presentation link: http://bit.ly/ssbi-links


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

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

Sara Wilkie

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


Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - 2nd Floor

11:45am

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

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

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

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


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

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

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


Speakers
avatar for Julia Leong

Julia Leong

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


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

1:10pm

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

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Paul

Shelley Paul

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

Sara Wilkie

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


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

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)

4:00pm

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

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


Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor (A wing)
 
Thursday, July 19
 

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

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

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

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Brad Ovenell-Carter

Brad Ovenell-Carter

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


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

11:45am

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

Flip School: A Game Changer

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

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


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

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

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

Learning by Inquiring

Presented by Special Guest, Greg Whitby

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Whitby

Greg Whitby

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


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

1:10pm

Reimagining Schools - How to sustain Professional development

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


Speakers
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

Teaching Empathy Through Literature and the Web

Realistic fiction offers students the opportunity to learn about people and cultures from around the world. The web provides the authentic connection between students and people from around the world. Using these two resources, lessons can be created that engage and challenge your students to read more and with greater understanding. We will share classroom examples of books used with students and how we connected fiction to the real world. One example is the web site our students created for the novel Mississippi Trial 1955. We will focus on literature appropriate for grade 5 - 9. The concepts can be adapted for all grades.

Common Core Standards:

Informational Text, Grades 6-12, Grade 8, Item 9

Analyze a case in which two or more text provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing Grades 6-8, Grade 8,  Item 2a-f

Write information/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Presentation Resources: http://empathyblc.wikispaces.com/

 


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 →


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

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)

1:10pm

To Flip or Not to Flip

An open and honest conversation with two Flipped Classroom proponents about when flipping a class is appropriate, and when it is not, and how to flip your class effectively. Presenters will demonstrate various ways to easily create video lessons. Presentation will address many common misconceptions and concerns about the Flipped Classroom.

Learn how to:
-Determine what to flip in a classroom
-Decide where in the learning cycle to incorporate a video lesson
-Create a video lesson your students will love that is appropriate for them
-Provide access to instructional videos for all students
-Flip you classroom in an inquiry based and constructivist environment.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Teacher, Woodland Park Schools
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily... Read More →


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

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

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)
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:20am

District-wide implementation of Google Apps for Education-Intermediate/Advanced

Google Apps for Education provides a free cross platform set of tools for educators. You can create Web sites, collect homework, manage student portfolios and much more. We will walk through real examples and best practices of how to utilize these tools in an educational setting and go over some of the more advanced features.

 

Link for presentation: http://tinyurl.com/blc12google


Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development... Read More →


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

10:20am

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

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

10:20am

Scaling Up: System Wide Transformation

Alan November challenges us to give students the opportunity to proclaim "stand on our shoulders” by doing work that is valued by others and that peers can build on to transform the world. In promoting “stand on our shoulders” work in your school or district, you want to move from pockets of innovation to sustained innovation.
Hear strategies to use in your search for the Holy Grail—Scaling Up:
• Promote a framework that emphasizes providing students the opportunity to do transformative work (what is transformative work and how does it create a sense of ownership among students);
• Strengthen professional learning networks with an emphasis on teacher-leadership and looking at student work;
• Implement policies that promote digital citizenship rather than just focusing on restricting users [encourage students to bring cell phones & other devices to school for learning, decrease restrictions on access to the internet (including YouTube, Twitter, & Facebook), and remove policy barriers to display of student work & photos on the web]; and
• Provide anytime/anywhere access to the resources of your network through a bring-your-own-technology initiative and a private cloud.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Williams

Eric Williams

About Eric WilliamsSuperintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VAEric Williams is the Superintendent of the York County School Division in Virginia, a school district of 12,500 students served through 19 schools. He started his career as a teacher of Social Studies and... Read More →


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

10:20am

To Flip or Not to Flip

An open and honest conversation with two Flipped Classroom proponents about when flipping a class is appropriate, and when it is not, and how to flip your class effectively. Presenters will demonstrate various ways to easily create video lessons. Presentation will address many common misconceptions and concerns about the Flipped Classroom.

Learn how to:
-Determine what to flip in a classroom
-Decide where in the learning cycle to incorporate a video lesson
-Create a video lesson your students will love that is appropriate for them
-Provide access to instructional videos for all students
-Flip you classroom in an inquiry based and constructivist environment.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Teacher, Woodland Park Schools
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor (C wing)

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

11:45am

Flip School: A Game Changer

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

 

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


Speakers
avatar for Greg Green

Greg Green

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


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

11:45am

PMI-PSI: Highly Effective K-12 Mathematics and HS Science Courses

Rich digital content is at the core of the 25 mathematics and science courses that are posted for the free use of all at www.njctl.org, the homepage of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The courses are comprised of more than 44,000 interactive whiteboard slides, with robust embedded formative assessment questions; homework; class work; assessments; curricula; and pacing guides. These teacher developed resources are all part of CTL’s Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI): programs designed to support high levels of student achievement in K-12 Common Core mathematics as well as high school physics, chemistry and biology. PSI and PMI share the same core philosophy, pedagogies, assessment strategies and technology. Dr. Goodman, the founder and development leader of PSI-PMI, will be discussing how those have been woven together to create a uniquely successful approach to science and mathematics education.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, is the Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro from 1999 to 2009... Read More →


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

11:45am

Teaching Empathy Through Literature and the Web

Realistic fiction offers students the opportunity to learn about people and cultures from around the world. The web provides the authentic connection between students and people from around the world. Using these two resources, lessons can be created that engage and challenge your students to read more and with greater understanding. We will share classroom examples of books used with students and how we connected fiction to the real world. One example is the web site our students created for the novel Mississippi Trial 1955. We will focus on literature appropriate for grade 5 - 9. The concepts can be adapted for all grades.

Common Core Standards:

Informational Text, Grades 6-12, Grade 8, Item 9

Analyze a case in which two or more text provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing Grades 6-8, Grade 8,  Item 2a-f

Write information/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Presentation Resources: http://empathyblc.wikispaces.com/

 


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 →


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

1:10pm

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh

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


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

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

PMI-PSI: Highly Effective K-12 Mathematics and HS Science Courses

Rich digital content is at the core of the 25 mathematics and science courses that are posted for the free use of all at www.njctl.org, the homepage of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The courses are comprised of more than 44,000 interactive whiteboard slides, with robust embedded formative assessment questions; homework; class work; assessments; curricula; and pacing guides. These teacher developed resources are all part of CTL’s Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI): programs designed to support high levels of student achievement in K-12 Common Core mathematics as well as high school physics, chemistry and biology. PSI and PMI share the same core philosophy, pedagogies, assessment strategies and technology. Dr. Goodman, the founder and development leader of PSI-PMI, will be discussing how those have been woven together to create a uniquely successful approach to science and mathematics education.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, is the Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro from 1999 to 2009... Read More →


Friday July 20, 2012 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 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 →


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