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Wednesday, July 26 • 10:20am - 11:25am
Norris/Soloway - It’s About Time: Technological Support for Orchestrating and Leveraging the 1-to-1, Face-to-Face Classroom

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While the Great Disrupter of K-12 – online learning – is receiving the lion’s share of attention, the reality is that face-to-face, brick-and-mortar classrooms aren’t going away anytime soon. And, as such, it’s about time that educational technologists provide educators with innovations that go beyond enhancing teacher-led instruction and support teachers in taking real advantage of their 1-to-1 classrooms. Indeed, orchestrating classrooms where instruction moves seamlessly between small, collaborative groups and whole class conversation is education’s next challenge. Curriculum for such orchestration requires, we feel, a more supportive infrastructure than is currently available (e.g., on OER marketplaces, from LMSs). Towards providing just such an infrastructure for digital curricula, in our talk, we will describe the easy-to-learn, easy-to-use (really truly!) Collabrify Roadmap Platform (CRP) which provides teachers with support for the full life-cycle of a digital lesson (create/adapt, distribute, monitor, assess), where those digital lessons support students co-constructing richly-expressive artifacts and support dialogue amongst the groups and the teacher. The CRP, in classroom use around the U.S. is free, device-agnostic, and Google Classroom-friendly. Finally, the CRP can also support online classrooms, finally enabling isolated, online students to benefit from and engage in social, face-to-face classrooms, thereby in effect, merging online and face-to-face classroom instruction.


Cathie Norris

Regents Professor & Chair, Dept. of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas
Dr. Cathleen Norris is the Regents Professor & Interim Chairperson, Department of Learning Technologies, College of Information, University of North Texas. Dr. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – and receiving Dallas’ Golden Apple Award – has shaped her university R&D agenda: d... Read More →
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Elliot Soloway

Professor, Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, with appointments also in the School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For 15+ years, Dr. Soloway’s R&D efforts have been... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All