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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.


Cathleen 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... Read More →
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Elliot Soloway

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan
Learning at home and learning at school must be seamless - that's what we have learned from COVID. Digital curricula makes it so. The Center for Digital Curricula at the University of Michigan provides K-5, deeply-digital, standards-aligned curricula for K-5  - all four core subjects... Read More →

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