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Wednesday, July 26 • 11:45am - 12:50pm
Merrill/Van Ledtje - The Power of the Selfie Center: Moving from a Self-ME to a Self-We

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What does the selfie tell us about ourselves -- as we take and retake, create and revise to capture the “just right” picture? How does putting a series of selfies together create a landscape that becomes the learner’s story? How does this story become the teacher’s instructional story? And, finally how do these stories create a community of deep readers, talkers, and thinkers? This presentation focuses on the power of talk and reflection in student lives. The Selfie Center will be introduced as a powerful model and pedagogical tool in promoting students’ positive digital identities. This presentation will offer a new definition of selfie as story, and will highlight the use of video as a “selVie.” Selfie videos will be presented showing students in kindergarten through sixth grades at deep levels of understanding and reflection. Student presenter, Olivia Van Ledtje (aka LivBIt) will share how she has crafts her video selfies around her passions as a learner and uses social media to make connections to teachers and students around the world.
Participants will:
• Consider the ideals of digital citizenship, student voice and the
power of audience in the digital realm
• Learn how implementing a Selfie Center can enrich students’
thinking and create avenues for feedback
• Walk away with simple, effect, and dynamic ways to integrate
video in their classrooms and techniques for encouraging
student talk, thinking, and metacognition.

avatar for Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia (aka as LivBit) is a 9-year old who is smart about all things shark and hopes to be a future ichthyologist.  She is an ambassador for the Gills Club, an organization promoting girls in science through inquiry-based experiences meant to grow enthusiasm and activism for sharks... Read More →
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Cynthia S. Merrill

Staff Developer/Consultant/Author of Spark Change
Staff Developer/Consultant

Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  Main Conference Session
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All