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Sunday, July 23
 

9:00am

Walden Pond - Observe American History First Hand Through Science - Day 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Spend two days in the birthplace of the American Revolution, Concord, MA, and be part of the next revolution in technology-enhanced science learning. This workshop will include scientific technology investigations and a digital storytelling adventure at Walden Pond.

The Concord Consortium has a number of powerful free computational models, a wide-variety of inexpensive BlueTooth sensors, digital microscopes, geocaching (GPS) techniques and tools that can be combined into interactive, computer-based curricula for any grades 3-14, as well as hundreds of learning activities based on these resources.

Additionally, the Concord Consortium has editing software that makes it easy to modify these activities and create new ones that can be tailored to the needs of students with different learning styles. Since it is all online, students can be monitored as they use the materials, providing teachers and researchers with detailed insights into student thinking.

Help get these powerful resources, all developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, that are aligned with ISTE, NSES, and NCTM standards, into wider use. Bring your own laptop for a hands-on experience, and leave with activities that you can use with your students.

Laptops and/or mobile devices (Smart Phones or tablets) are required.
Comments from Past Participants:

“Geocaching was something I had been completely unaware of, and may be able to use in class.”

“As a non-science teacher, I was amazed to learn how easy and user-friendly pro-scopes and other probes were to use. I had to go outside of my comfort zone but now feel that I could teach a useful and coherent science lesson!”

“This was a wonderful presentation – Walden Pond was lovely and this was a fantastically unique experience.”

 “The beauty and diversity of Walden and Warner Pond – The knowledge gained about Thoreau – so much new to stretch my thinking!”


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hough

Ryan Hough

Ryan Hough brings over 20 years of computer experience and problem-solving skills to the Concord Consortium as the IT Support Engineer. He is also a talented photographer and avid biker.
avatar for John Hughes

John Hughes

Rocky Hill School
John Hughes teaches US History, AP US History, and other courses as needed (Ancient and Medieval History, European History, the Cold War, Comparative Religion, and freshmen English) at the Rocky Hill School in Rhode Island. He also coaches soccer and sailing.
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The 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 wit... Read More →


Sunday July 23, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Concord Consortium and Walden Pond Concord, MA
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience Educators Grade 3 - Postsecondary
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

BLC Information Center
Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

Gorman - PBL: Learn, Plan, Step, Action…. A PBL Deep Dive for Teachers and Leaders - Part 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Your teacher or administrative team can join Mike Gorman for amazing PD. Not only will you learn about many of the concepts learned in the Splash session you will have the opportunity to make those next steps in planning a PBL for a classroom or creating a PBL plan for your school or district. This is a deliverable that you will be able to take back with you while getting feedback at the session. This in-depth session will also provide the added opportunity to learn about aspects of PBL which include scaffolding, management, authenticity, metacognition, project flow cycles, and protocols that enrich the PBL culture. Mike has been in education over 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, the start of an action plan or project, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best seven hours you spend at any conference!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

2:00pm

November/Wilkie - First Five Days - Part 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

The first five days of school can prepare students to "learn how to learn" and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

November Learning
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... Read More →


Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All
 
Monday, July 24
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Monday July 24, 2017 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

MIT Scratch Team - Empower your Students to Change the World: Coding with Scratch
Limited Capacity seats available

Express yourself, explore your creativity with code, and experience the wonderment and joy of the MIT Media Lab. Your students will thank you!

Tap your students’ curiosity, imagination, and natural drive to create with the easy-to-use coding language of Scratch. This workshop, intended for newcomers and Scratch experts alike, provides a hands-on introduction to Scratch, the most popular programming language for young people. When you learn to code, you learn important life skills for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own interactive projects in Scratch, reflect on your learning experiences, and discuss ways of integrating coding into the classroom. You will also be introduced to the resource-rich global Scratch community where students have published more than 18 million projects.


Monday July 24, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Cost $300.00

8:00am

Teuber - Design Sprint

Around the world, educators are discovering that a startup mindset will help their schools to rapidly achieve moonshot goals. By engaging in the design process to identify the right problem to solve, educators can use ideation, rapid prototyping and the feedforward process to create technology initiatives that can be successfully scaled.

Through a series of interactive activities, participants will learn how to:

1. Ask the “why” about what you’re doing
2. Build a culture of innovation in your school or district to encourage teams to explore solutions to existing problems.
3. Use the human-centered design process to work with groups to explore multiple solutions for a problem. Use the business model canvas to plan how you’re going to implement.
4. Try your solutions on a small scale with a first and second iteration. 

5. Gather quantitative and qualitative data and create a case study of the results to share with all stakeholders.
6. Use the “yes and” mindset to find ways to grow or pivot your initiative. 

 In this session, participants will go through a design challenge to develop innovative solutions for challenges that they are facing in their classroom or school. Participants will work in teams to discuss challenges, engage in brainstorming solutions, and create a rapid prototype of their solution. Gamestorming activities will engage participants in the process.

Video: https://youtu.be/DQ9xxguIWlc


Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School Dist... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

9:00am

Gorman - PBL: Learn, Plan, Step, Action…. A PBL Deep Dive for Teachers and Leaders - Part 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Your teacher or administrative team can join Mike Gorman for amazing PD. Not only will you learn about many of the concepts learned in the Splash session you will have the opportunity to make those next steps in planning a PBL for a classroom or creating a PBL plan for your school or district. This is a deliverable that you will be able to take back with you while getting feedback at the session. This in-depth session will also provide the added opportunity to learn about aspects of PBL which include scaffolding, management, authenticity, metacognition, project flow cycles, and protocols that enrich the PBL culture. Mike has been in education over 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, the start of an action plan or project, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best seven hours you spend at any conference!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

9:00am

November/Wilkie - First Five Days - Part 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

The first five days of school can prepare students to "learn how to learn" and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

November Learning
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... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

9:00am

Walden Pond - Observe American History First Hand Through Science - Day 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Spend two days in the birthplace of the American Revolution, Concord, MA, and be part of the next revolution in technology-enhanced science learning. This workshop will include scientific technology investigations and a digital storytelling adventure at Walden Pond.

The Concord Consortium has a number of powerful free computational models, a wide-variety of inexpensive BlueTooth sensors, digital microscopes, geocaching (GPS) techniques and tools that can be combined into interactive, computer-based curricula for any grades 3-14, as well as hundreds of learning activities based on these resources.

Additionally, the Concord Consortium has editing software that makes it easy to modify these activities and create new ones that can be tailored to the needs of students with different learning styles. Since it is all online, students can be monitored as they use the materials, providing teachers and researchers with detailed insights into student thinking.

Help get these powerful resources, all developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, that are aligned with ISTE, NSES, and NCTM standards, into wider use. Bring your own laptop for a hands-on experience, and leave with activities that you can use with your students.

Laptops and/or mobile devices (Smart Phones or tablets) are required.
Comments from Past Participants:

“Geocaching was something I had been completely unaware of, and may be able to use in class.”

“As a non-science teacher, I was amazed to learn how easy and user-friendly pro-scopes and other probes were to use. I had to go outside of my comfort zone but now feel that I could teach a useful and coherent science lesson!”

“This was a wonderful presentation – Walden Pond was lovely and this was a fantastically unique experience.”

 “The beauty and diversity of Walden and Warner Pond – The knowledge gained about Thoreau – so much new to stretch my thinking!”


Speakers
avatar for Ryan Hough

Ryan Hough

Ryan Hough brings over 20 years of computer experience and problem-solving skills to the Concord Consortium as the IT Support Engineer. He is also a talented photographer and avid biker.
avatar for John Hughes

John Hughes

Rocky Hill School
John Hughes teaches US History, AP US History, and other courses as needed (Ancient and Medieval History, European History, the Cold War, Comparative Religion, and freshmen English) at the Rocky Hill School in Rhode Island. He also coaches soccer and sailing.
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The 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 wit... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Concord Consortium and Walden Pond Concord, MA

1:00pm

Gorman - Beyond the Initial Technology Shine: Developing Lessons that Promote 21st Century Skills and Significant Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to look into the significant content and 21st-century skills while taking your school devices forward and going full throttle? Learn how examining a standard can help promote real learning and go beyond the shine of technology. Examine how to unpack a standard in order to prepare for technology integration. You will explore a multitude of free and open source content just ready for your students to use. You will also find a multitude of ways to teach and assess 21st-century skills while also learning about web resources to expand Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Deeper Learning. Learn about TPACK and discover the six questions to ask when developing a lesson. Michael has traveled the country providing technology integration, consultation, and program assessment schools and districts. His first-hand experience at implementing a one to one program will be valuable as you listen and collaborate with others. Best of all, you will learn how technology and the important standards and skills can put your students at the center of learning. Explore these amazing ideas and allow your students to be the ones that shine!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

MIT Scratch Team - Learning to Code, Coding to Learn: Getting Started with Scratch Jr.
Limited Capacity seats available

ScratchJr was developed collaboratively for children ages 5-7 by MIT's Lifelong Kindergarten Group, Tufts' DevTech Research Group, and the Playful Invention Company. Using the same general programming principles as Scratch, ScratchJr allows children to create interactive stories and games by snapping together simplified icon-based programming blocks. This workshop will provide an overview and history of ScratchJr as well as hands-on activities and strategies for implementing ScratchJr in home and school settings.

Speakers

Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Cost $300.00
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

1:00pm

Rowell - Making Thinking Visible: Engaging ALL Learners and Tailoring Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore research-based strategies that engage learners and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information for effectively using technology to make thinking visible.  

Attendees will:

  • Learn about specific strategies to transform the process of giving learners feedback (while making teachers’ lives easier)
  • Examine how to use resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning 
  • Discover how services/tools that work on any device can give all students a voice and make thinking visible 
  • Participate in activities that can be replicated with staff and students

 
Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level p... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Krause - Mindset, Design, Connect! Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling for Creative Connections - Part 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning 

This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other creativity hacks. 

This session is designed for those of us curious, creative educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy. 

Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. All levels of experience are welcome, and we'll work with a variety of media.

Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as a connective force, amplifying each classroom community.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, c... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Tuesday July 25, 2017 7:00am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

November - School and District Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership is the key position to effectively articulate the vision and assign resources needed to tap the full power of our investment in educational technology to improve instruction.  In this focused hands-on workshop, Alan brings his extensive knowledge of what successful school leaders really do around the world to build continuous capacity to improve student learning.  Topics Include: 

  • Building capacity for continuous improvement
  • Strengthening the faculty as community
  • Balancing change anxiety with support for core values
  • Leader as Role Model
  • Aligning technology investment with curriculum
  • Designing and evaluating affective staff development
  • Observation Questions for Leaders: Transformational 6
  • Moving Beyond 1:1 to 1:World

 


Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost $295.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Rosenthal-Tolisano - Sketchnoting: Visual Note Taking
Limited Capacity seats available

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.

This workshop is for educators who want to hone their abilities to listen more intently, summarize and organize their notes in a visual way  and learn how to do this with their students.

We will look at structures of a sketchnote, typography, connectors, and containers. There will be plenty of time to practice and build your own visual library. 

Please bring your own sketchnoting journal, pencil and colored markers or a tablet with a sketchnoting app downloaded (ex. Paper by FiftyThree)

https://vimeo.com/192796335


Speakers
avatar for Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner

8:00am

Rowell - Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (and Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)
Limited Capacity seats available

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about specific Google Classroom and other 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


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level p... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

8:00am

What's Next?: Exploring the "Next" Literacy Practices that Open Alongside Our Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

It isn’t new for English teachers to engage with technology.  But, it is new for our students to create sharable multimodal content that is meant to challenge and inspire audiences across the globe.  This session centers on the “next” literacy practices, those which emerge when we move from consumption to content creation, from participation to collaboration, and from posting to putting ideas and content in motion.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder

Assistant Professor, English Education, University of Georgia
Sara Kajder, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, and a recent middle school Professor in Residence. A former member of the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, her teaching across grades 6 – graduate has been anchored in assisting stu... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $275.00

9:00am

Krause - Mindset, Design, Connect! Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling for Creative Connections Part 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning.

This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other creativity hacks. 

This session is designed for those of us curious, creative educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy.

Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. All levels of experience are welcome, and we'll work with a variety of media.

Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as a connective force, amplifying each classroom community.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, c... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $450.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Gorman - PBL Leadership Splash for School and District Leaders… A Look at Project Based Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Come on your own, or bring a team! Learn how you can begin the implementation of PBL in your school or district. Get an overview of a process that is student centered while promoting important content standards along with 21st century skills. Discover the important keys of PBL while looking at various models. Understand how Project Based Learning can be the process and pedagogy for multiple initiatives including 1 to 1, STEM, Flipped Classrooms, and Student Centered Learning. Investigate resources that will help you take those first steps as a classroom teacher, school administrator or department head, or district leader. Mike has been in education over 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best four hours you spend at any conference!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Kirr - Genius Hour / Passion Time Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rkNFHDUC_w

Why take time out of your curriculum for students to own the learning? You'll have time during this workshop to explore comprehensive resources and plan for time in your classroom or school for students to pursue their passions. We'll figure out specific ways to tackle any obstacles together.

Participants will gain:

-Ways to communicate to parents and administration reasons for trying Genius Hour
-How to create time in the schedule
-Resources to begin passion-based learning with students
-How to assist students in choosing topics
-How to keep track of student progress
-Reflections and assessments for students
-How to scaffold for reluctant learners


Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year. Her book, wher... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner

1:00pm

Rowell - Transform Learning - Teaching Above the Line
Limited Capacity seats available

In a connected world, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! During this series we will examine using technology to transform learning. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools and resources in meaningful, effective ways. Participants will get hands-on experiences and time to design an activity that redefines learning.

 

Learning Outcomes:

-Discover tools and strategies for personalizing learning

-Explore ways to cultivate information literate learners

-Review examples of learners motivated to create 24/7 with real purpose and for authentic audiences

-Evaluate opportunities to connect your learners locally and globally 

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Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level p... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Teuber - Supporting Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

https://youtu.be/2GWoLIegbGg

Learning can happen anywhere, but learning happens best when the learning experience is personalized for students and when students have a learning environment that inspires passion-based, authentic,and collaborative experiences. Workshop participants will apply research-based design principles to transform an ordinary classroom into a flexible, creative space with work zones to facilitate independent work, collaboration, problem solving, and creation of products. Bring your challenges and ideas and be ready to learn how you can create a new blueprint for your classroom. 

Participants will: 

 

  • Explore how learning interest survey can be used to gather data about student needs
  • Develop user profiles to assist in designing space and activities for a variety of learners
  • Use rapid prototyping to create a classroom design that supports personalized learning
  • Discuss ways to involve students in the redesign of space
  • Learn how to design on a budget 

 

 Outline:

This workshop will be hands on with teams of teachers working together to create user profiles and design learning environments to support the needs of learners. Through a series of prototyping activities, participants will create a learning environment that supports the personalized learning experience that they want to see in their classroom.

 

  • Research on designing space for personalized learning
  • Creating user profiles using empathy mapping
  • Developing a prototype for a classroom redesign to support personalized learning using maker materials

 

 

Research:

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration, Scott Doorley, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Get Active: Reimaging Learning Spaces for Student Success, Dale Basye, Peggy Grant, Stefanie Hausman, Tod Johnston, ISTE Publication 2015


Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School Dist... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost $275.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner

5:00pm

BLC Opening Reception
Join us for conversation and appetizers!

Tuesday July 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Registration
Tuesday July 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

Opening Reception and Main Conference Registration

Don’t miss out! Join us in the Plaza Ballroom to kick off BLC17. Pick up your registration materials in the Statler Room, and then head to the ballroom across the hall to meet and mingle.


Tuesday July 25, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 26
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Wednesday July 26, 2017 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

7:15am

BLC Orientation
Wednesday July 26, 2017 7:15am - 8:15am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

Wednesday Keynote - Zoran Popovic
Speakers
avatar for Zoran Popovic

Zoran Popovic

University of Washington, EnLearn
Zoran Popović is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, as well as founder of Enlearn. Trained as a computer scientist, his research focuses on creating engaging environments for learning and scientific discovery. He is one of the leaders in the field of large-scale citizen science. His laboratory created Foldit, a biochemistry game that produced four Nature publications, and showed for the first time that novices can be developed into world-class experts in a science domain through game-based scientific discovery. His laboratory has produced award-winning math learning games played by over five million learners worldwide. He is currently focusing on engaging methods that can rapidly develop mastery and expertise in arbitrary domains with particular focus on scientific breakthroughs and revolutionizing K-12 math education. Zoran is known for conducting large-scale educational campaigns including Algebra Challenges conducted in Washington, Minnesota, and Norway with almost 100,000 students. To maximize the impact of his research, he founded Enlearn to develop the first platform that adapts all aspects of the learning ecosystem by specializing to each curriculum, student, classroom and teacher in realtime, towards maximizing learning outcomes. His contributions to the field of interactive computer experiences have been recognized by a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Bates/Richardson - Growth Mindset in the Elementary Classroom - How to Transform the Thinking of Your Students and Yourself
Are you excited about implementing growth mindset principles with your students but are unsure where to begin? Let us help. Over the past two years, we developed and implemented science and literature-based curriculum to help change the thinking of our students and ourselves. Our classrooms have become places where mistakes are celebrated as learning opportunities, and teachers are laser-focussed on consistent, targeted feedback.

In this session, we will show you how to:

Teach your students that their brains are complex organs that grow through practicing, making mistakes, and trying new things.
Create an atmosphere where growth mindsets are celebrated in the classroom and beyond.
Utilize technology such as digital portfolios, class blogs, and Twitter to make your students’ growth mindset visible.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. Inspired by her learning at BLC, she has had... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

10:20am

Gorman - STEM, STEAM, Makers...Transforming STEM from Nouns to Verbs
Are you ready to facilitate action based STEM thinking going beyond content, and toward action? This is a "must attend" session for those wanting to fit Project Based Learning into their STEM initiative. Participants will be introduced to ideas and resources that make STEM, STEAM and Makers Culture come alive. Michael, a facilitator at the National STEM Academy in Washington DC, STEM/PBL Facilitator for BIE (The BUCK Institute), and STEMBL workshop designer for Discovery Education will share with you a multitude of free Dewey-able ideas and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Kirr - What's the Big Hoopla Over Genius Hour?
Genius Hour - What's the big hoopla over Genius Hour? Why hand over 20% of precious class time to the students? Find out many reasons why you should be doing passion-based learning in your classroom, and leave with loads of resources on how to begin!
Participants will gain:
-A better understanding of just what Genius Hour IS and is NOT
-Links to comprehensive resources to begin Genius Hour, help struggling students, and projects that have been completed
-Connections to teachers who are already using this type of learning in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year. Her book, wher... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

10:20am

Krause - Mindfulness: Beyond the Buzzword: How mindfulness and empathy-driven movements have been re-shaping education

Mindfulness is a trending "hot topic", highlighted in education practices worldwide. Adopted by corporations such as Google and Microsoft, used by Olympic athletes, and seen as a benefit for performance artists and musicians, mindfulness is not a new concept, yet it is generating deep interest, as a recent boost in published scientific research points to great benefits in attention, focus, health, and even happiness.

What classroom doesn't benefit from fully-aware, joyful students who are truly engaged in the process of learning? The benefits of mindfulness in schools are myriad, yet the first steps involve educators digging deeply into the theories and practices of mindfulness, in order to understand it better and feel confident about the strategies being useful and practical.

This interactive, highly entertaining session will give an overview of the history and development of what is now called the "mindfulness movement", and an explanation of findings in the area of cognitive science and learning with regard to mindfulness, compassion, and empathy. A basic introduction to a personal mindfulness practice, plus techniques for practically applying mindfulness in the classroom, will also be a part of this session.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, c... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage

10:20am

Library 2.0: How do we Craft and Share the story of the modern library’s critical role in the 21st Century?

We are experiencing a dramatic transition on the library landscape – in both public and school libraries. The digital age is rapidly and radically transforming how we live, play, work, and learn – and the traditional library has been upended in the process.  Conversations ensue about the need for staffing and funding an “obsolete” institution, but the attendees of BLC know better.  Libraries are not less important in the 21st century – they are more important than ever! They continue to be the free, scaffolded portals (physical & digital) to knowledge and learning – open and accessible to all.  A vibrant, democratic society relies on this shining beacon of light in every community.  In a world facing the darkness of ignorance, intolerance, and conflict, we need that light even more brightly.  Peter and Paul shares their advocacy work for what he calls Library 2.0 using stories, animated films, and inspirational messages.  They describe the library as a mission-critical beachhead for innovations and creativity in our schools and communities.   Peter and Paul will enjoin attendees to work with them to articulate and broadcast the urgent message that the modern library has increased and critical relevance in a rapidly changing world. The keynote concludes with a group brainstorming activity to imagine how we might convey the Library 2.0 message.  Who knows, at BLC 2017, FableVision may unveil an animation or book BLC attendees helped to create!

 


Speakers
avatar for Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Founder, FableVision Learning
Peter is a New York Times best-selling children's book author illustrator ( Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, Someday ), selling over 20 million books in over 25 languages around the globe. In 1996, he founded FableVision as a social change agency to help move the world to a better place by creating "stories that... Read More →
avatar for Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

CEO, FableVision Learning
Paul serves as CEO of FableVision, which is co-located at the Boston Children's Museum in the city's Innovation District. Paul has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries - broadcast, museum, institutional, K12, educational publishing, technology and research. When he's not entrenched in all things FableVision, Paul teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two decades. Paul is also a children's book author - collaborating with his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Lirenman - Self Assessment with the Littles? Absolutely!
Far too often people underestimate the capabilities of our youngest learners. Come learn how a group of keen and curious six, seven, and eight-year-old students are playing an active role in their learning journey. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of clearly laid out learning intentions, the importance of co-creating success criteria, and the use of strategies which help our young learners successfully self-assess. We will also explore student portfolios as a means to communicate student learning and the important role students, teachers, and parent(s) play. You will leave this session with practical strategies (with and without technology use) that will help the youngest learners play an active role in their education. Remember, you’re never too young to self-assess.

Speakers
KL

Karen Lirenman

K-3 STEAM Teacher, Surrey School District
Karen is an author and award-winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a  hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Her stu... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Norris/Soloway - It’s About Time: Technological Support for Orchestrating and Leveraging the 1-to-1, Face-to-Face Classroom
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.

Speakers
CN

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 →
avatar for Elliot Soloway

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
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Polansky - Authentricity: Beyond the Curriculum
The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine.” Alex Korb, PhD

“When threatening conditions do not exist, the Reticular Activating System focuses its attention on stimuli that arouse curiosity. This is the “key to the gate.” The brain seeks input about the new, the unexpected, the colorful, musical, moving, aromatic sensations.” Dr. Judy Willis

The best educators elicit curiosity and innovation in their students through passion, competence, and connection. The day to day demands of curriculum and protocol can often feel overwhelming in a world where a clear mind contributes to our best work. Neuroscientists and psychologists have routinely proven the importance of culture in education. ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ focuses on the importance that school culture plays in our quest to reinforce a growth mindset and will provide attendees with some simple take-aways that result in a culture where staff, students, and families are encouraged to communicate authentically, learn creatively, and contribute passionately. The formula shared is simple with implications that will last a lifetime.

In just over an hour, we will share inspiring stories of success that have resulted from the effective use of peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. An approach founded in social-emotional well-being has led to the transformation of students and educators on a multitude of levels. Leave smiling with simple take-aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

CEO, Authentricity, Inc.
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Hang out with the guy who received over 50,000 hits for his 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. | | Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regi... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Rosenthal-Tolisano - Blogging as Pedagogy
Blogging should not be an add-on, not an isolated project, but should be seen as PEDAGOGY.The strategies, techniques, and approaches that teachers can use to facilitate learning. Blogging is inherently a platform that encourages communication and reflection. We are taking “blogging” beyond a technology platform,and seeing it as a shift directly related to teaching and learning in modern times. It becomes a platform for learning, creating, reflecting and sharing with a global audience. The transparency of sharing one’s successes and failures openly while being a responsible digital citizen embodies risk-taking and, at the same time, opens up and invites global feedback and perspective to develop critical thinkers. Blogging can support the strategies, techniques and approaches to facilitate the learning in your classroom no matter what grade level, age group and subject area. Blogging supports five primary areas: Reading, Writing, Reflecting, Feedback, Sharing.

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

10:20am

Salva - Kahoot! Deeper Uses
Do more than review with this popular tool. Come learn how to maximize it's potential for different populations. Teachers are having measurable results on standardized assessments when using the tool in novel ways. Learn about "Blind" kahoots to introduce new content. The session also models how students can create online games to challenge each other and other learners around the world. This is engaging students at the highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. No, not just a review tool!

Speakers

Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Zoran Popovic - Further Conversations
Speakers
avatar for Zoran Popovic

Zoran Popovic

University of Washington, EnLearn
Zoran Popović is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, as well as founder of Enlearn. Trained as a computer scientist, his research focuses on creating engaging environments for learning and scientific discovery. He is one of the leaders in the field of large-scale citizen science. His laboratory created Foldit, a biochemistry game that produced four Nature publications, and showed for the first time that novices can be developed into world-class experts in a science domain through game-based scientific discovery. His laboratory has produced award-winning math learning games played by over five million learners worldwide. He is currently focusing on engaging methods that can rapidly develop mastery and expertise in arbitrary domains with particular focus on scientific breakthroughs and revolutionizing K-12 math education. Zoran is known for conducting large-scale educational campaigns including Algebra Challenges conducted in Washington, Minnesota, and Norway with almost 100,000 students. To maximize the impact of his research, he founded Enlearn to develop the first platform that adapts all aspects of the learning ecosystem by specializing to each curriculum, student, classroom and teacher in realtime, towards maximizing learning outcomes. His contributions to the field of interactive computer experiences have been recognized by a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Starling - Our Littlest Innovators
Implementing innovative teaching and learning can seem like a huge task, even more so in the hands of our littlest students. With some planning and preparation, we have been able to successfully implement Social Emotional Learning (or SEL) and Project-based Learning (or PBL) into our kindergarten class using collaborative tools.

In “The Littlest Innovators” session, best practices and lessons will be shared surrounding the use of collaborative tools, such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Shadowpuppet, as well as the project topics, and SEL characteristics these tools were used with. The goal is that attendees will walk away with strategies and ideas they can use tomorrow in their classrooms with their own little innovators and truly put student voice and choice into learning.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Starling

Allison Starling

Director of Innovative Learning, St. Gabriel's Catholic School
Allison Starling is the Director of Innovative Learning at St. Gabriel's Catholic school in Austin, TX. Starling received her Bachelor's degree in History with a concentration in Sec.Ed from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Shortly after relocating to Texas due to her h... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Robichaud - Makerspaces for any subject
How you can take advantage of the makerspace movement even if you are not a STEM course. The principles of a makerspace can be used in any course without investing tons of money, actual classroom space, and hours of prep.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Wendy Robichaud

Dr. Wendy Robichaud

Instructor, Oxford Hills Technical School
Career & Technical Education, makerspaces, instructional technology, distance education


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Yates - Implementation Ups and Downs
As a district that has implemented a 1 to 1 conversion for all our students, we have learned a lot of lessons-about what we did right and what we would do differently.
This session will provide a snapshot of our digital journey and give attendees advice about some of the biggest challenges they might face and how to approach them.

Speakers
DY

David Yates

Director of Communications, East Irondequoit Central School District
After more than 20 years working in television news Dave Yates moved into the educational field. | He is a member of his district's digital conversion team, which has been at the forefront of implementing a 1-1 initiative for all of their students. | The district has hosted a... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:30am

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Cassidy - 1,1 Robots Are Fun; 1,2 Coding is Too; 1,2,3 Learn with Me
Robots and coding ARE fun, but that alone is not a good reason to add to your already full day in the elementary classroom. Why would you want to use them? We’ll discuss the why and the what as well as the how of using this new pedagogy in ways that support and extend your curriculum.
You’ll leave with
  • An understanding of how to use coding with young children
  • Ideas for using coding and robots in curricularly appropriate ways
  • A digital list of robots and apps that can be used effectively in your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom b... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

11:45am

Clark/Walmsley - The 5 Essential iLearning Workflows
With so many apps and online tools available, it can be overwhelming for teachers. This session will provide 5 essential workflows and ways to get started using them right away. With these workflows, you will be able to foster a technology rich learning environment, in which students will construct, curate, and create relevant and meaningful content.

The 5 essential workflows are:
Showcasing Learning
Create/Revise/Publish
Tutorial Challenge
Design Strand
Broadcast/Podcast

Examples of each workflow will be shared and teachers will have time to ""tinker"" with apps that support each of the essential workflows. Coaches and administrators could take these workflows back to their schools to support professional learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jancey Clark

Jancey Clark

ES Learning Coach, AIS-R
avatar for Sean Walmsley

Sean Walmsley

iLearning Integration Coach, American International School - Riyadh
Sean Walmsley has been developing a learning theory called Spark iLearning. At the foundation of Spark iLearning is helping to inculcate the intrinsic motivation in our students, teachers and ourselves. Subsequently, we need to be mindful of one's individual interests, imaginatio... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Dunbar - Liberating Genius in Action!
What happens when we create a time and space for students to strive audaciously and collaborate with others? Join Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., STEM, whose class embraced both Genius Hour and Angela Maiers' Liberating Genius to find their learning, lives and world changed.

Resources:
https://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2016/03/14/how-one-teacher-empowered-students-with-onenote-and-liberating-genius/#sm.0000t7qg5pcszezs10l26rqwz7kmw

https://docs.com/tammy-dunbar/8170/liberating-genius-onenotes

https://docs.com/tammy-dunbar/3662/liberating-genius-sways

What makes genius hour different is the focus on the process of students becoming more engaged in their work. Recognizing genius in our students is more than an act of encouragement or a well-meaning attempt to boost self-esteem; it is critical in our efforts in preparing our students for the global environment that thrives on critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, innovation and effective communication. We must nurture a culture that requires and expects students to demonstrate their genius, and empowers them to share their personal genius with the world.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Dunbar

Tammy Dunbar

Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA). A popular presenter and trainer across the country, Dunbar presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference... Read More →


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

11:45am

Leighton/Picillo - Tools for the Blended Classroom
This student led session, will focus on four tools that we use in our classrooms to improve communication, creativity, discussion, and feedback. The tools are Todaysmeet, Lucidpress, Verso and Kaizena. Our student will be on hand to share examples and their perspective.

Speakers
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John Leighton

US History Teacher, Franklin High School
I teach US History in a 1:1 environment with sophomores from AP to co-taught.
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Dustin Picillo

Teacher, Franklin Public Schools
Dustin Picillo is a Social Studies teacher at Franklin High School Social Studies. With John Leighton, he teaches a wide variety of students from co-taught level and Franklin Arts Academy through AP level students.  


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Mull - Making Thinking Visible with Nearpod
As researched by John Hattie and demonstrated by Eric Mazur, one of the most impactful changes a teacher can make in instruction is to provide students with quality feedback in a timely manner. Nearpod is a tool that allows teachers to do just that! Used across the curriculum to formally assess students through the process of a given lesson, teachers can receive real-time data of students responses on discussion questions, polls, and annotated drawings, allowing teachers to immediately intervene on student misconceptions. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to take part in a Nearpod session and learn what goes into building these interactive learning lessons.

Speakers
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Brian Mull

Innovation and 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 →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Rosenberg - From Passive to Active: Applying Learner-Centered Principles to Cultivate Self-Directed Environments
In this workshop, students, teachers and administrators from the Rutland Central Supervisory Union will highlight their efforts to transition from traditional teacher-centered institutions to learner-centered environments.

The Learner-Centered Education model focuses on cultivating students as self-directed learners and giving them the tools they need to coordinate and manage their own learning. Increasing the likelihood of student engagement, the model provides more opportunities for students to choose how, where, and when to both access and demonstrate their learning. Using content to leverage transferable skills, it helps learners clarify where they are in their learning, where they’re going, and how to get there.

Presenters will share several key efforts that have been part of this transition to a Learner-Centered paradigm. Students and teachers will explain their “asynchronous classrooms” in which students track their own progress against content proficiencies and drive their own learning through self-pacing and formative and summative assessment. Administrators will explain their organic model of school transformation, differentiating their approach based on teacher and school readiness, interest, and culture.

Speakers
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Adam Rosenberg

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Rutland Central Supervisory Union


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level Intermediate

11:45am

Roshan - Data driven: using analytics to inform & personalize instruction
When we hear the word “data” used in education, we too often jump to thinking about standardized tests and scores. But data is information; it provides rich insight into individual and class needs. Empowered with this information, the teacher can customize and personalize the learning experience for each student.

In this session, teachers will learn how to use analytics provided by tools such as EDpuzzle and Pear Deck to amplify learning and give each student a voice in the classroom. In a 1-to-1 environment, calling on students to individually answer questions is not the only way to engage in discussion and foster rich dialogue. What’s more, each student can respond in a format that is most comfortable for them; while some are naturally more vocal, other students thrive when they have a moment to process and type out their thoughts. Technology allows learners to participate equally and fully; in fact, it requires each student to actively participate and respond to each question, form an opinion, and submit an answer. Additionally, these tools allow for students to contribute in an anonymous format, providing a safe space for them to make mistakes and encouraging authentic responses.

Data provided by these tools not only informs the teacher, it also empowers the student. Participants will see examples of how to use these analytics to help students identify what questions they need to ask and where to focus their studying. This makes them efficient and effective learners and helps them gain confidence in their ability to help themselves, thus encouraging them to take ownership over their performance. Finally, participants will learn how these tools can generate reports to help engage students in a process of reflection and revision.

In this session, participants will learn:
• How can teachers use technology to provide each student in the classroom an equal voice?
• How can teachers create a safe space for each student to honestly respond and make mistakes?
• How can teachers engage each student in the room?
• How can teachers efficiently and effectively target class and individual student needs?
• How can teachers use technology to engage students in the process of reflection and revision?

Speakers
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Stacey Roshan

Upper School Tech Coordinator & Math Teacher, Bullis School
Stacey Roshan is Upper School Technology Coordinator and Math teacher at Bullis School. She has a keen interest in discovering and bringing innovative tools into the classroom to engage students. She has spent a lot of time working to flip the mathematics classroom in an effort t... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Rothstein - What’s the Most Powerful Learning Technology? The Question
What is the simplest, most transformative learning technology that is freely available to all? A
question. When students and adults learn how to ask their own questions, they move from
passive recipients of information to curious seekers of knowledge, more skillful problem-solvers
and independent thinkers. Yet it is rare that this essential skill of question formulation is
deliberately taught. Even when questioning is encouraged and valued, it can feel like “pulling
teeth” to get all students asking their own questions. But, it is possible to move quickly and
deliberately into student-centered questioning that effectively nurtures curiosity and
sophisticated thinking. This session will introduce the Question Formulation Technique (QFT),
simple yet powerful strategy to teach students to produce their own questions, improve them, and
strategize on how to use them. The art of asking good questions may be the most important
learning technology we could share with students. Let’s democratize access to that ability with a
simple process that ensures all students learn to ask their own questions.
Learning Objectives 
Learning Objective 1: Unpack how the technology of question asking can be democratized and
taught to effectively spark and sustain students’ engagement and curiosity.
Learning Objective 2: Actively learn the QFT to teach students how to produce, improve, and
strategize on how to use their questions. 
Learning Objective 3: Identify ways the QFT can be immediately implemented and strategize the
next steps for how student questions will be used for deeper learning.

Speakers
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Dan Rothstein

Co-Director, The Right Question Institute
How can ordinary citizens hold accountable decision-makers? If we more people learn how to ask their own questions, and better questions, how could they improve our democracy? How would it improve education?


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Stubbs - Cultivating Curiosity: Practical strategies for deeper student engagement

The hands-on workshop will focus on the importance of teacher clarity, feedback and peer instruction. Participants will be supported in using Verso to engage in a range of high-impact provocations, designed to make learning deep and visible.

Teachers will work together to explore research-based strategies capable of shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student. Phil will align global educational research with examples from schools around the world He will work with participants to examine the importance of developing students as question askers, learning designers and directors of their own learning. 


Sponsors
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Phil Stubbs

Education Director, Verso Learning
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education systems and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He is a regular presenter at conferences around the... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Swanson - 21st Century Problems
Over the past few years a great deal of attention has been given to '21st Century Skills'. However, we often neglect the very problems that demand these new skills. In addition to all of the knowledge and resources that are now readily available, there is an unprecedented opportunity for student to collaborate in working on authentic problems at every age and in every subject area.

This workshop is focused on ‘'authentic problems': what they mean, how to identify and scaffold them for our students, and how to help students be problem finders as well as problem solvers. We will discuss the meaning of authentic, real-world, and relevant, as well as the differences between educational experiences, questions, and problems. We will look at a number of examples from different subject areas and ages and see how authentic takes on different meaning in different contexts.

For the second part of the workshop, we will use design thinking tools to think outside the box and find innovative ways of teaching lessons. We will look at ways to scaffold problems that seem too complex, be a part of global collaborative problem-solving, and reinvent projects and assignments so that they gain new relevance to students.

Speakers
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Paul Swanson

UNIS Hanoi, MSHS Tech Coordinator
Paul is a Tech Coordinator at UNIS Hanoi by day, but always a teacher at heart. He is particularly interested in nurturing innovation in school settings, helping teachers feel empowered through technology, and moving education toward a more authentic, student-centric experience.


Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Winstone/Worsnup - Developing Digital Portfolios
Digital Portfolios provide students with the opportunity to collect and reflect upon their learning journey. Our students are creating digital portfolios that allow them to receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work completed on both iPads and computers, and store selected information from across the curriculum (photos, video clips, projects, photos of handwritten work) in one online space. We have many years experience working with a variety of tools and we will share how our Grade 3 students use Seesaw to create a seamless digital portfolio experience, with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. This is the start of a student's ongoing digital portfolio. The basic principles and ideas can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other applications such as Google sites.

Speakers
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Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
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Susan Worshup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


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

12:00pm

Silverman - Out with the old, in with the new: Realizing Your Organization’s Vision Through Change.
Come and gain a framework for 21st century learning and implementation strategies that could apply to any classroom environment. Understand new ways of engaging and teaching to all student learning styles while still meeting the demands of current learning standards. Instructional leaders will gain first-hand experiences around crafting vision and managing change to ensure that every student develops academic and life skills for their future and every teacher is empowered to make this vision a reality.

Speakers
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Matthew Silverman

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, River Trails District 26


Wednesday July 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

12:30pm

Stearns - Looking At the Mathematical Practices Through the Eyes of A Reading Teacher
The Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices were written to help students to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. We will connect some of the Mathematical Practices to techniques we have used to help students make sense of text and persevere in understanding during reading class. As we connect our teaching practices in reading and mathematics, we can better help our students make connections in their learning, leading to stronger understandings.

Speakers
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Christine Stearns

Educator/consultant, New Boston Central School/Find-Your-Balance Educational Services


Wednesday July 26, 2017 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Thompson - Your 'Happening' Classroom-Share with iMovie on iPad
iMovie is simple, easy and quick! Great for teachers and students. Videos can show creativity and collaboration; reenact history; share exciting books; show off activities; and create PSAs, tutorials, projects, assessments, etc. Publish and share across the globe. Start simple and grow. No limit! Optional: Bring an iPad or iPhone with iMovie and a few conference pics and 10 second video clips. (iMovie app is free for most.)

Speakers
avatar for Donna Thompson

Donna Thompson

Education Technology Instructor, SCETV
Love to Teach! Love to Laugh! | Bachelor’s degree from Furman University and Masters from Wilkes University in Instructional Media. | Been in computer support and training for over 25 years. | Currently travel across South Carolina showing teachers the exciting free re... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

1:10pm

Sara Wilkie - Diggin In To Diigo
Congratulations, you’ve made it to Friday at BLC17! Your brain is probably full of new ideas and resources, from multiple people and sessions. The question now is, how will you organize and share all of the online content you’ve gathered? Diigo is the answer! Bookmarking is one way, but Diigo offers to make organization and sharing of online resources and content easy, and easy to access. Join Sara to learn how to save, organize, annotate and share libraries of content. Discover the POWER of Diigo for yourself and your students!
In this session, you will learn how to:
  • save Web-based bookmarks
  • add Tags to easily find your bookmarks
  • share links with a group
  • annotate websites
  • read sites later
  • add Diigo App
  • add Diigo extensions

Speakers
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Sara Wilkie

November Learning
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Baird - Digital Portfolios: Mindful Practices to Develop Reflection and Oracy Skills
Digital portfolios, like Seesaw, have become popular in the classroom and rightfully so. However, many students treat digital portfolios much like their own personal Youtube channel. How can students see the value in digital portfolios and use it to help themselves learn?

With deliberate instruction, digital portfolios offer students the ability to practice and develop a plethora of skills needed to be engaged citizens of the world. This session will focus on fostering reflection and increasing oral dexterity, which must be deliberately taught and nurtured. By implementing mindful practices that scaffold skills, students will become professionals in creating and curating content.

Speakers
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Alexandra Baird

K-5 Technology Coach, Saint Andrew's Episcopal School
Alexandra specializes in building relationships and empowering teachers to transform the facilitation of digital tools to provide students the opportunities to learn in different modalities and demonstrate what they know in creative, and otherwise, unimaginable, ways. She was a c... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Dailey - Collaboration and student engagement: Defining, leading and delivering change
This workshop will demonstrate one district’s approach to integrating disciplinary literacy alongside approaches to blended and personalized learning and a range of focused cooperative learning structures. Curriculum Director, Jeanie Dailey will demonstrate how, by recognizing the interrelationship between each of these initiatives, Horry County Schools have been able to build a focused professional community of teachers who are now working as one to define, lead and deliver change. Jeannie will use examples from a highly effective Middle School Social Studies initiative to demonstrate how this consolidated approach and a focus on deep academic engagement, is moving learning forward and for every student.

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Jeanie Dailey

Horry County Schools
Jeanie Dailey is an accomplished educator having taught High and Middle School Social Studies for over 20 years. She has been recognized as District Teacher of the Year and served as a teacher evaluator for 3 years. With 16 years as a Social Studies Teaching and Learning specialist, Jeannie has exceptional experience in successfully leading change across Horry County Schools. She has been the successful author and program director for two American History grants and is a proud mother of one daughter and grandmother to one perfect... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Education Innovation Alliance Developing 21st Century Leaders - Learn, Lead, and Innovate to become a 21stCentury District

Education Innovation Alliance Developing 21st Century Leaders -  Learn, Lead, and Innovate to become a 21stCentury District

School districts leaders are expected to manage complex change initiatives such as ESSA, Local Control and State Standards which today require a comprehensive technology infrastructure to support the digital teaching and learning transformation. These system changes demand and calls for a highly skillful superintendent and cabinet to understand all the complex technology solutions they are expected to implement. There are stories of great success initiatives yet we often hear of some significant missteps that are very costly both financially and politically. This professional development program and partnership between CALSA, ACSA, Capitol Advisors, Intel Education, PDLN, and Cisco Systems Inc, will buildinnovative leadership capacity by empowering the Chief Innovation Officer to drive the digital transformation in public education.  

Join Charles Kanavel CEO of the Kanavel Group and Cisco Systems Executive Tim Watrous as we introduce a program which will empower superintendent and cabinet members by developing their leadership and technical skill-sets. The certification will help leaders as they drive district-wide technology initiatives impacting student performance and district goals.



Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Gallagher - Student Data Privacy for the Techie Teacher
Digital devices and tools have clearly become an important part of the teaching and learning experience of almost every teacher and student nationwide. At the same time, stakeholders are concerned about the privacy of students’ data when they are using these tools. While the student data privacy discussion is tackled in think tanks, policy forums, and legal briefs, it is challenging for educators at the classroom and school building level to stay informed so they can apply those policies well in their schools. Will the decisions made at the federal, state, and local levels impact how they can use technology with their students? Can they still confidently use the edtech products that have helped them and their students? This session will make education data policies and regulations understandable at the classroom level. Based on the ten question checklist in the Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy, participants will learn strategies that will help them feel more confident about their own edtech choices and about how to talk with teacher colleagues and even students about what data privacy means. Technology can be a powerful learning tool and it not going away. Let’s empower teachers to understand data privacy so they can confidently navigate this growing element of education.

Speakers
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Kerry Gallagher

Digital Learning Specialist, St. John's Prep
Kerry Gallagher is a Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts and Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org in Palo Alto, California. Prior to taking on a full-time instructional technology role, Kerry taught middle and high school history... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Intermediate

1:10pm

Gould - Are 'U' Ready To Lead For A Sustainable Future for Our Children
This presentation explores the use of systems thinking (ST), Theory U (TU), and design thinking (DT) as the skills and tools for leaders, at all levels within a school system, to answer the question: “What leadership skills are needed to meet the needs of the 21st-century and beyond for our children?”

Five key areas of leadership capacity are explored in this presentation:

• Understanding a system as a network of human interactions
• Generative listening as a means for increasing collaboration and
trust within school settings
• Understanding the mechanisms that enhance or block peoples’
capacities to understand change both personally and collectively
within a school
• How visioning and prototyping are key change leadership tools
• How changing our metaphors of school will enhance leadership
throughout a school system

These 5 areas not only will help participants uncover thinking that blocks the emergence of new possibilities within their schools, but also help them to discover ways to build the capacities within others to create and sustain change.

You will leave this presentation with ideas on how to make a positive difference in the lives of students, families, educators, and communities; by emphasizing the generation and transformation of leadership skills through the use of ST, TU, and DT knowledge and practices.

Speakers
avatar for John Gould

John Gould

Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education | Drexel University|
I have more than 40 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which I have specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, leadership development, curriculum innovation and the effective implementation of new technologies in learning environs. | | My work and research is informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and in other leadership positions within Pennsylvania school districts. I have penned many articles on school innovation and sustainability. Throughout my career, I presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels focused on rethinking the design of schools. I also served as the project manager in charge of crafting a ""shared vision and action plan"" for former Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). Presently I am an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University and co-designer of its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Change. | | I am grounded in... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

November - Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions
Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Rowell - Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)
"Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools.

Attendees will:

-Learn about specific Google Classroom and other 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."

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level p... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Sackstein/Hamilton - Hacking Homework
Co-author Connie Hamilton and I will help teachers and administrators understand why homework must be re-imagined for the 21st century learner in order to better encourage 24/7 learning and connections between home and school. Attendees will be able to handle the usual pushback when changing tradition in a school after a discussion that will address the usual challenged associated with major education reforms.

Speakers
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Connie Hamilton

K-12 Curriculum Director, Saranac Community Schools
Connie Hamilton Ed.S. is a K-12 curriculum director in Saranac, Michigan. She has been a principal at both the elementary and secondary levels and held teaching and instructional coaching positions at both levels. She is a national presenter on critical educational topics includi... Read More →
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Starr Sackstein

Secondary Teacher, Instructional Coach and author, Long Island City High School
Nationally Board Certified Teacher, writing facilitator, j-teacher, lover of the written word, student press rights advocate, motivator of the college bound. Mom. #jerdchatEagerly pushing the boundaries of what's comfortable, relinquishing control to my students and always growin... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Teuber - Make it Real
Participants in this interactive workshop will select a Teachers Guild (teachersguild.org) design challenge and use maker materials to create a rapid prototype of a promising idea for their classroom or school. Using a feedback process, we’ll improve on the prototypes and come up with a plan that can be implemented back in our schools.

The Teachers Guild is a collaborative online community where educators work together to design solutions to classroom challenges. Participants will choose ideas from the following Teachers Guild challenges:
Cultivating curiosity and problem-solving in our students through active and authentic STEM
Building character in our students from day one
Redesigning the parent-teacher conference experience
Inspiring our students to be makers every day
Reimaging professional learning so that we continue to grow, feel inspired, and have the greatest impact on our students

Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School Dist... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

1:10pm

Wassmann - Learning CAN Be Fun: Passion Projects
I didn’t know that learning could be this much fun” was a statement made by a student who experienced Live! Laugh! Learn! Genius Hour at our school. Grade 4 and 5 have Innovation Time in their schedule. Innovation Time came from combining Library and FabLab class and happens once every six days. Students unleash their passion, build on a concept, wonder about a topic, or come up with a new concept that they develop, create, iterate and present on during two trimesters. Attendees will get concrete examples of what worked, what didn’t work, what stood out and how we used experts and real audiences with our elementary students.

Speakers
avatar for Inge Wassmann

Inge Wassmann

Director of Innovation, St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School
As Director of Innovation, Inge is a visionary who implements a growth mindset by creating a culture that empowers all learners to explore their passions, interests, and future through play and purpose. She is a team builder who welcomes divergent thinking and encourages everyone to become part of the innovation process. Inge works in close collaboration with faculty and staff to design optimum learning environments where there is room for risk taking, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-assessment, reflection, and connected learning. She works relentlessly with faculty and students to leverage new methodologies and new technologies, yet never forgetting the human aspect of relationships. Inge promotes global presence through online presence for all through blogging and social media, will ask questions and listen with empathy. | | Inge, with the assistance of the St. Stephen's innovative team and educators, plans ShiftinEdu (former Miami Device. ShiftinEdu is a 2-day learning event at St... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

1:10pm

Ziemke - The Evolution of Literacy in a Digital Age: Read the World NOW
With the influx of mobile devices, multimedia websites, e-books, interactive graphics, and social media, there's no question that literacy is changing. But are we adjusting our pedagogy to adopt and adapt literacy instruction to meet the needs of today’s learner?

This workshop will explore the latest research and trends in digital literacy and investigate new modalities that require students to read beyond the text to comprehend new information. Holding on to what we know about best practice instruction, we’ll rethink reading with images, video, sketchnotes, graphics, AR and VR. Together, we’ll craft lessons that explicitly teach students to analyze features they may encounter as they read the world. Attendees will leave with a set of digital artifacts to share with colleagues that craft a vision for literacy today.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher
Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin is a dynamic educator who pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. She is the founder and Managi... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:30pm

Jones-Pisano - 10 Lifesavers in 20 Minutes! Classroom Management Strategies that Work!
Find more time to teach by reducing classroom disruptions for low-level infractions by up to 70%! These practical, proven classroom management concepts and strategies complement any behavior management system in effect in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Educational Advocate/Trainer, The Thriving Classroom
Education= Opportunity.” has been  Ms Jones-Pisano’s professional mantra for over three decades in education and social work. Ms. Pisano has earned a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY- New Paltz and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. As well, she hold... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

1:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

Pierides - Creating a Joyful School

There is a nice feeling when you walk into this school."  This is a comment I hear over and over when visitors walk through the doors of my school.  This "feeling" is not random.  It has been building over my 11 years as principal of Hamilton School.  The steps I've taken to create a joyful school have been conscious efforts to balance out the mandates, test pressure, anxiety, that are parts of today's schools.  It is an attempt to even out the scale of academics and climate.  The presenter will share concrete examples of joy-building activities that bring students together and create a happy school environment in which students thrive.  Studies have revealed that school climate is something educators should prioritize.  This workshop will provide administrators with easy ways to start this important work.    


Speakers
avatar for Irene Pierides

Irene Pierides

Elementary Principal, Hamilton School, Glen Rock
Educator for 30+ years in NYC and NJ - Child advocate, lifelong learner, literacy specialist, mother, friend.


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Asavavatana - Yes They CAN! Code, Create, and Make in Early Childhood!
The words ‘coding’, ‘robotics’, or ‘engineering’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your classroom is wired for technology, or your students have never seen a device, things like coding and design can easily become an integral part of learning in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of computational thinking (thinking like a robot!) to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating coding with core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. It will further explore how the Engineering Design Process can complement coding and briefly look at 3D printing design projects that can work with young children. With these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.


Participants will:
-Learn ways to teach coding through both ""unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
-Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
-Look at some 3D printing design projects that work in early childhood
Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Brennan - Mentoring Passion
Passion inspires, it connects, and it empowers learners. This session will focus on how building choice, connections, and mentors into inquiry-based writing assignments can foster student reflection and ownership of learning. As elementary students engaged in passion-based inquiry projects, they connected with high school students completing a similar research project, forging a mentorship connection. Students collaborated to share their research and reflections. In addition to the upper level students mentoring their younger partners, the high school students sought mentor relationships with experts in their field of inquiry, passing that knowledge on to their elementary partners. Students learned with and from one another. Mentors matter.


Participants in this session will have an opportunity to see how collaborative tech tools helped both elementary and high school students share their research with real audiences beyond the walls of their classrooms. Building in opportunities for students to discover their own mentors and models for writing, connect with experts outside of the classroom, and make choices on how to best share their discoveries empowers students to engage in their written work with a more critical and reflective focus. When students have both purpose and audience for their writing endeavors, magic happens!

Speakers
avatar for Christy Brennan

Christy Brennan

LS Technology Coordinator


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Clavello - Leading with Intent and Intuition…Even When You Are not in Charge
Everyone is a leader by title or by choice, or has the potential to become one.
In order to transform traditional classrooms into modern learning environments, highly effective leaders must not only lead by example; they must also tap into their emotional intelligence (EQ), which is a better predictor of success than IQ and experience.
Unlike IQ, EQ can be improved and strengthened over time.

People who consciously choose to inspire and influence others -whether they are
the boss or not- are equipped with a unique skillset, mindset and toolset. They show great kindness, sincerity, affection, and empathy, thus bringing out the best in others. By being more in tune with themselves and more aware of what is happening around them,
they have the ability to understand and share others' experiences and emotions, and therefore connect at a deeper level.
This is especially important when addressing myths and misconceptions about the value of digital learning as well as when dealing with staff who is resistant to change or show skepticism.

Participants in this session will learn how nurturing their inner strengths to
effectively manage their behavior and interactions with others results in better
leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! | | With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leaders... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Cummings/Lane - The Steam Engines Collaborative: How one school district created a mentoring community for the students that crosses all grade levels.
The Steam Engines Collaborative is like a Teachers Without Borders program in the Pelham School District. In 2015-2016 I started a program in the elementary school called Science Buddies. This became a popular way for upper level students to mentor the younger grades in science education. After successfully teaching inquiry lessons to my 5th grade students, I allowed them to design their own lessons and ""take them on the road,"" or across the school into 1st-3rd grade classrooms. This was a popular way for the teachers of younger students, so busy teaching reading and math lessons, to have help teaching science. This program took off, and when the Superintendent asked me, ""What next?"" I thought of expanding it, not only to all subject areas, but to all three schools in the district. Now we have the Steam Engines Collaborative, which currently has 28 teachers participating. The 4th and 5th grade students in the elementary school mentor the 1st-3rd graders. The middle school students mentor the upper elementary students, and the high school students mentor the middle schoolers. The mentor/mentee classes are paired up and then the teachers plan topics and schedules to meet both of their needs. The mentoring students plan the lessons based on the curriculum requirements of the mentee class. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math are woven through the lessons. This program has taken off due to the amazing support of the Superintendent and Administrators in the Pelham School District, in which we are all encouraged to take risks and creatively teach in this exciting new world of innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Cummings

Rebecca Cummings

Teacher, Pes
I'm all about 5th grade!


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Eist - Student-run Virtual Tutoring Program
In our presentation, we will feature: (1) the history, objectives, and key values of virtual tutoring at Bullis School, (2) the student-run nature and coordination of our organization, (3) showcase of screencasts on Bullis Student Tutor’s online channel, (4) virtual services offered including teacher-requested videos, and (5) introduction to resources for screencast making.


Our interactive presentation intends to show virtual tutoring as a promising educational activity in the age of Internet as well as a valuable student leadership opportunity. A participant will learn how to create an educational screencast in a workshop setting and share experiences about using student-created videos. Attendees are expected to learn about the role of virtual tutoring in a K-12 school environment; the popularity of this program at Bullis School and world-wide; and how we use innovative, educational technology to inspire collective thinking. This discussion will be an exciting, rewarding opportunity for presenters and attendees to communicate about virtual tutoring.

Bullis School’s student tutoring program features a successful virtual tutoring initiative. Virtual tutoring permits the creation of easy-to-make educational videos by students via online platforms. Our student-led presentation will offer time for attendees to directly interact with our experienced virtual tutors about the process of creating content and expanding a teacher’s tool kit in the age of Internet. With a rich history of three years in service, our program continues to achieve many milestones: 30,000+ views and viewed in 160+ countries.

Our presentation is unique in the following aspects: (1) it is a student-run, interactive discussion with direct audience participation, (2) it showcases the real experience of managing a virtual tutoring program, and (3) it includes a workshop session on the creation of a screencast. Most importantly, our presentation reveals the efficacious use of technology to tap into your student’s resourcefulness, creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Speakers
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Jason Eist

Coordinator of Learning Support Services, Bullis School
Jason Eist M.S. Education, has been an special educator for 20 years.  As past Director of the Memory Plus Clinic he has first-hand experience with the impact of technology in improving student success. As the Bullis School Coordinator of Learnring Support Services and Student Tutor Coordinator he has created a thriving peer tutoring program, employing the use of a student-run, Youtube channel with student-made tutorial... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Gutierrez - Collaborating on Designing Inclusive Media
As learners, we have access to many digital resources across devices, domains, and programs. But who is being left behind? Many diversity and inclusion initiatives do not address the participation of students with disabilities from the start, releasing media that is inaccessible - whether it's complex text, an uncaptioned video, or an unidentified image. This could potentially limit participation and engagement.

There are solutions to this issue; one is designing with the lens of universal design. This session will be a hands-on, collaborative workshop that invites participants to work in groups to make short video projects that are accessible from the start. The videos will focus on the theme of Empathy. Strategies will be shared that draw from the Representation principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Participants will be invited to share their projects on a crowdsourced document like Padlet. Creations will be made on personal devices with a chosen app like Adobe Spark, Explain Everything, or Screencastify.

Speakers
avatar for Rhianon Gutierrez

Rhianon Gutierrez

Digital Learning Specialist, Boston Public Schools


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

2:35pm

Hale - Upgrade Your Curriculum with Glocal Perspectives
Educators are always on the lookout for methods to upgrade curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices so their students experience meaningful and purposeful units of study. Janet Hale, author of: Upgrade Your Curriculum - Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students (ASCD), will guide you through using a GLOCAL lens (students take action locally that has a positive impact globally) to upgrade your units. During this session you will apply the Transformational Matrix and three lenses (Entry Points, 21st Century Clarifications, and Technology Authenticity) to aid your upgrading process, with a strong emphasis on adding glocal perspectives to your students' learning.

Speakers
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Janet Hale

Curriculum Decisions
Janet Hale is an educational consultant who is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences.  Janet works with schools, districts, higher-ed programs, and educational organizations in the... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Kuropatwa - Providing “Permission To Wonder”: Inquiry as thinking and learning tools
In a world where knowledge is more a verb than a noun how do we foster deep learning in our students? Good questions cause thinking. Unfortunately, many of the questions regularly asked in classrooms focus on knowledge as a noun. This presentation will explore inquiry as a pedagogical stance and the effective use of thinking and learning tools in the classroom. We will work together to model teaching practices that lead to students co-constructing a networked (real world) rather than hierarchical (artificial) understanding of their world regardless of grade level or discipline.
Participants will leave this workshop with a toolkit of research based questioning and thinking strategies they can begin using with their students tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Shaver-Hood - Global Education: Connecting Classroom Across Cultures
Wareham Public Schools (WPS) has developed a vibrant Global Education program that encompasses active sister school partnerships in nine countries across five continents. The program is in its fifteenth year and is a district priority, whose ideals and objectives are embedded into the culture, climate and curriculum in each school, and is a high community priority as well.

In an effort to reduce global disparities, WPS Global Ambassadors gather weekly to discuss issues around health, education and environment. Students SKYPE regularly with international peers to discuss ways that youth can get involved with solving world issues and brainstorm possible solutions for such crises as: universal access to clean water, mosquito-borne illnesses, lack of technology in rural schools, and global warming.

The WPS Global Education program has become a model for myriad other school districts. In this session, presenters will lead participants through engaging activities that will take them through the process of creating a Global Education program~ from classroom activities that foster global connectedness, to student exchange programs, to action steps for establishing sister schools.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Manning

Maureen Manning

Wareham Public Schools
Maureen Manning, M.Ed, CAGS, is a dynamic international presenter and teacher trainer for the topics of Global Education, Family & Community Engagement and Movement and Learning. Manning is the Director of Communications, Global Education and Family and Community Engagement in Wa... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Superintendent of Schools, Wareham Public Schools
Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood, Ed.D. is presently the Superintendent of Schools in Wareham, MA.  Dr. Shaver-Hood holds degrees in Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Secondary Education.  Dr. Shaver-Hood has taught at the secondary level in Indiana as well as working as a School... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Silk - Bits 'n Pieces
Year 8 students at International Grammar School in Sydney STEAMed up their music program using littleBits® magnetic electronic circuits. The students (and their teachers) created experimental electronic music compositions using littleBits Korg® Synth Kits, mixed in a range of sound editing software. Within this innovative learning and teaching program, we investigated the science and mathematics of sound, the history and significance of electronic music, and the idea of making and mixing sound that relates to explorations of individual identity. The student compositions are mysteriously compelling, especially when visualised via a collaborative science demonstration using sand from the IGS sand-pit! Here is a taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB8ULrw-UKc. This is a truly collaborative STEAM project with much potential for global iterations.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Silk

Melissa Silk

STEAM Ed Researcher, University of Technology Sydney
Melissa Silk is a STEAM educator from Sydney Australia. Having forged many learning and teaching partnerships between schools, museums, industry professionals and academics, she can be found working in a range of STEM to STEAM research and practice environments. Melissa works e... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Middle Grades
  • Session Level Intermediate

2:35pm

Zimmerman - Student Designers
Students exceed all expectations and put in hours beyond normal requirements when they are allowed to design the way they produce and display new knowledge and understanding. We have the opportunity to help students develop skills that intersect with their passion and talents. You'll hear about personal impact from students in 2nd grade through high school, as well as parent perspective. Free publication, assessment, and collaboration tools are woven into this session for you to try with your students no matter what level or subject you teach. Give your students confidence to publish their work for a global audience. https://doc.co/4W8e9A  

Student Designersdoc.co - Student Designers, published by Michelle Zimmerman, Ph.D. on Docs.com.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Zimmerman

Michelle Zimmerman

Researcher / Educator, Concordia University Wisconsin/ Renton Prep
Blended learning models and experiential learning can enhance human connection, creativity and innovation supported by effective digital tool use.


Wednesday July 26, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

3:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Wednesday July 26, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Baird - Nurturing Self-directed Professional Development
Changing instructional practice and philosophy is a challenging feat. Often studies look at self-efficacy and professional development as important factors in creating change. However, self-directed professional development is often not discussed.

What is self-directed PD? Why should we help teachers develop self-directed PD mindsets, skills, and habits? And, how do we do so?

This session will discuss these questions and provide scaffolding methods to develop self-directed PD practices.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Baird

Alexandra Baird

K-5 Technology Coach, Saint Andrew's Episcopal School
Alexandra specializes in building relationships and empowering teachers to transform the facilitation of digital tools to provide students the opportunities to learn in different modalities and demonstrate what they know in creative, and otherwise, unimaginable, ways. She was a c... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

4:00pm

Cassidy - Connected From the Start
The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize classroom learning. Even young students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We’ll discuss why you would want to do this, 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 effective tools
• An online handout with the material from the presentation

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom b... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

4:00pm

Cooper - Serious Play: Humor as an Assessment Tool
Participants will become familiar with the philosophical, psychological and """"common sense"""" definitions of humor and comedy. They will also analyze and apply our """"competing frames of reference"""" model of humor to their own classroom settings so STUDENTS can analyze content in a humorous way at high cognitive levels. Participants will create artifacts/products that demonstrate their understanding of our comedy/humor model by applying it to their classroom content (ie. Meme, He said-She heard, I do-They think). We will also share our detailed rubric for this approach to assessment with participants.

It is highly recommended that participants bring mobile or computing devices.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper

Consultant, ESC Region 11
Charles Cooper was in the classroom 17 years. He has taught at elementary, middle, high school and college levels. The bulk of his time, though, has been spent (5 years) teaching middle school science and (10 years) teaching high school social studies as well as (5 years) teaching college level government courses online and in person. He has been out of the classroom for a little over a year. He is the 2013 Northwest District Teacher of the Year, the 2012 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award recipient, and the 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). As educator and presenter, he is a HUGE advocate of brain based teaching and see's humor as a powerful tool for the classroom. He likes to incorporates philosophy, technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Matthew Miller - Leadership and the Importance of Social Media
Educational leaders, supported by their boards of education, must effectively use social media to tell their stories. In an age of instant information, positive communications about students and schools are key to building community support.

Speakers
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Matthew Miller

Superintendent, Mentor Public Schools
Matt is the superintendent of Mentor Public Schools. He has spent the last 22 years serving Ohio communities as an educator in the roles of superintendent (11), director of student services and instruction (1), principal (5), and teacher (5). Matt is actively involved in the prestigious and nationwide League of Innovative Schools through Digital Promise, also serving as an elected member of their advisory committee. He was selected as one of 100 superintendents nationwide to attend and present at the #FutureReady National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House in 2015, was named to the National School Boards Association Top 20 to Watch in the Nation, and conducted his first TEDx Talk entitled... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

McCurdy - The Creative Learning Exchange: Empowering students to educate students
Learning is about asking students, “Why do we need to know this? and “what will they do with knowledge?”. The design of learning in the classroom is shifting from delivery of content to real-world application of knowledge being taught in the classroom. We want students to use curiosity and imagination in combination with foundational knowledge building to then innovate and create with that knowledge.
The Creative Learning Exchange is a site designed to share their innovation and creativity. It allows students to share their understandings, teach other students and see what questions students are asking and to build upon each other’s understandings. Student learning should be powerful experiences used to improve the understandings of other students and to continuously push knowledge forward. The Creative Learning Exchange uses technology to provide students global access to student learning and provides an opportunity to leave legacies of their own learning to be used to further understanding.

Speakers
FM

Francois McCurdy

Innovative Instructional Strategist, American international School Riyadh
Francois McCurdy is currently a grade 6 Math and Science teacher and Innovative Instructional Strategist at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is Canadian trained as a teacher and holds a Masters degree in International Counselling. He also views himsel... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Reading Together: Digital Reading, Annotation and Participatory Communities in the Classroom

Bringing digital tools into readers workshop challenges us to consider how we intentionally build community, engage students with texts, grow stamina, make and capture meaning connect readers, and respond as individuals, groups, and larger communities of readers. We'll explore one teacher's work in rebuilding a middle level reading workshop to expand, engage, and connect with a central focus on what happens when we are reading together with students and online communities in digital spaces.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder

Assistant Professor, English Education, University of Georgia
Sara Kajder, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, and a recent middle school Professor in Residence. A former member of the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, her teaching across grades 6 – graduate has been anchored in assisting stu... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Sara Wilkie - #Q2Learn: Students driving their thinking & learning through “Q”uestioning; the essence of an innovative learning environment
The Common Core standards are all about staking a “Claim” and finding “Evidence”. Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking? Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments. Today our challenge is to determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.
Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for
assessing or checking their understanding. Join us as we explore strategies and share resources for developing learning routines:
  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing, connecting and synthesizing
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

November Learning
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Silverman - Promoting Student Growth Through Inquiry, Authentic Learning and Reflection
Participants will gain direct insight and strategies into the following pedagogical and best practice instructional frameworks:
1) How to promote inquiry and creativity in and out of the classroom.
2) How to take student inquiry and passion into a Genius Hour structure.
3) How to start and manage a personalized Genius Hour project for every student.
4) How to use design thinking practices to reflect and improve on learning and student growth.

Speakers
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Matthew Silverman

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, River Trails District 26


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

4:00pm

Swanson - Digital Wisdom
Amidst all of the changes that have been brought by new technologies, many people are struggling to find balance, to preserve strategies that continue to be valuable, and also to leverage the new tools available.

This workshop will examine the latest research on tech practices, will take a hard look at the implications we can draw from that research, and will provide participants with practical strategies for leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning in their own classroom or school.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Swanson

Paul Swanson

UNIS Hanoi, MSHS Tech Coordinator
Paul is a Tech Coordinator at UNIS Hanoi by day, but always a teacher at heart. He is particularly interested in nurturing innovation in school settings, helping teachers feel empowered through technology, and moving education toward a more authentic, student-centric experience.


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Taylor - Developing Strategic and Critical Thinking Skills via Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is one of the world’s most popular strategic action games designed to pit players against artificial intelligence characters as well as real world opponents. Anyone can play for free but players can also pay for immediate upgrades (with real world cash) for troop training and base building. Whilst it is not mandatory, players are encouraged to buy in-game gems to effectively compete. It is a lesser-known fact that players can equally do so without having to pay for anything, but to do so requires thinking prior to clicking, analysis subject to experimentation. At Bangkok Patana School students take part in this extremely popular extra-curricular-activity in which the following areas are explored:

THINKING WITHOUT DIGITAL
LEARNING WITH DIGITAL
STRATEGIC COLLABORATION
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
COMPETING WHILST SHARING

In this session Brian will guide you through the journey of dovetailing the learning into a popular gaming ecosystem; engaging the students in their world. Time permitting we will set up live clans to invoke analysis and discussion of diverse strategies and future plans, combining metrics and ideas with actual game-play review of past events. Regardless of your gaming experience, you'll be able to clearly see how this platform can help develop valuable transferable strategic and critical thinking skills.

Speakers
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Brian Taylor

Assistant Principal, Cross Campus Curriculum Technology Integration, Bangkok Patana School
Brian has taught Science and ICT/Computing in the UK, Kenya, Togo, Oman, Qatar and Thailand. As a father of three young rascals he's passionate about mindfulness and all aspects of digital citizenship. He's presented to audiences all over the world on critical and computational... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Wassmann - Mindfulness: For Our Staff or Students?
New initiatives! YES! We are so excited, but is our faculty? We strive for our students to be mindful, compassionate, and innovative thinkers, but do we do the same for our staff? We need to practice what we preach. Everyone knows that in order to move forward, faculty needs to feel supported and PD is the answer. Professional Development, Professional Development, Professional Development!!! Learn how one school tackles PD, new initiatives, and buy-in.

Speakers
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Inge Wassmann

Director of Innovation, St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School
As Director of Innovation, Inge is a visionary who implements a growth mindset by creating a culture that empowers all learners to explore their passions, interests, and future through play and purpose. She is a team builder who welcomes divergent thinking and encourages everyone to become part of the innovation process. Inge works in close collaboration with faculty and staff to design optimum learning environments where there is room for risk taking, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-assessment, reflection, and connected learning. She works relentlessly with faculty and students to leverage new methodologies and new technologies, yet never forgetting the human aspect of relationships. Inge promotes global presence through online presence for all through blogging and social media, will ask questions and listen with empathy. | | Inge, with the assistance of the St. Stephen's innovative team and educators, plans ShiftinEdu (former Miami Device. ShiftinEdu is a 2-day learning event at St... Read More →


Wednesday July 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Intermediate

6:00pm

FableVision Reception
Explore the creative spaces of the FableVision Studios. Meet authors and creators Paul and Peter Reynolds, and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the Boston Tea Party museum. BLC attendees can walk with BLC Staff ( a little over a mile - weather permitting - wear comfortable shoes) or take public transportation. This is a no-miss!

See the FableVision Website for information and Directions:  http://www.fablevisionstudios.com/#welcome   

Speakers
avatar for Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

Founder, FableVision Learning
Peter is a New York Times best-selling children's book author illustrator ( Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, Someday ), selling over 20 million books in over 25 languages around the globe. In 1996, he founded FableVision as a social change agency to help move the world to a better place by creating "stories that... Read More →
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Paul Reynolds

CEO, FableVision Learning
Paul serves as CEO of FableVision, which is co-located at the Boston Children's Museum in the city's Innovation District. Paul has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries - broadcast, museum, institutional, K12, educational publishing, technology and research. When he's not entrenched in all things FableVision, Paul teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two decades. Paul is also a children's book author - collaborating with his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds... Read More →



Wednesday July 26, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
FableVision Studios 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
 
Thursday, July 27
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Thursday July 27, 2017 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Thursday Keynotes
Speakers
avatar for Christy LaPaglia

Christy LaPaglia

Autism Awareness Educator, Mentor Public Schools
Christy LaPaglia has been working in the field of special education as a teacher, consultant and an autism awareness educator for over 20 years.  Christy began her career by being hired to be the teacher in the first classroom in a public school in Northeast Ohio designed specif... Read More →
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... Read More →
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Dr. Eric Williams

Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Public Schools
Eric Williams has served as the superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in Virginia since July 2014. LCPS serves approximately 78,000 students in 90 schools. Williams served previously as superintendent in York County, Virginia, as an assistant superintendent and principal in Naples, Florida, and as a teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has also worked as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and Brazil. Dr... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Brennan - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Need?: Design Thinking and PK-5 ELA
How might we help the pigeon drive the bus? How might we create an even stronger house for the three little pigs? Let’s look at how we can apply principles of design and engineering to Language Arts. If we approach design thinking as a mindset and pedagogical method, we can discover a variety of empathy-fueled problem solving opportunities within some of our youngest students’ favorite characters.

Speakers
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Christy Brennan

LS Technology Coordinator


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Clavello - Practical Things You Can Do to Lead by Example
As we move deeper into the digital age, schools are increasingly more concerned about equipping students with 21st century skills, yet in many cases the school culture does not support modern education. While some school leaders have fully embraced technology, many still find it intimidating, overwhelming, or simply fluff. Reluctant leaders limit technology use to basic routine tasks and have no clear understanding of how to harness its power or how it impacts student learning. In other words, they don’t know what they don’t know.

To reach a transformation of traditional classrooms into modern learning environments, leadership is the #1 priority. Requiring teachers to attend professional development, collaborate, and take risks does not ensure capacity building or sustainability over time unless leaders facilitate and model the behavior they expect in others.

In this session we will discuss practical, effective strategies that technology-leading school administrators can use to model, inspire, influence, and encourage innovation, and ensure buy-in.

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I feel very honored to be back at BLC for the 4th year in a row and contribute to this growing global learning community! | | With 28 years of experience in public education -13 of which in an administrative position- plus 3 years of professional coaching and Energy Leaders... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Cummings - Science Buddies: How 5th grade students became inquiry experts and spread the joy of being a scientist to lower elementary students in Pelham, NH.
I started this program when I became concerned that teachers in the lower elementary grades were not able to find time to teach science. Infused throughout the NGSS standards are skills that involve DOING science: wondering, observing, collecting data, making sense of your observations. Younger students are natural scientists, and by the time they arrive in 5th grade, many of them have lost that sense of natural curiosity. It is my belief that educators need to provide a venue for these scientific skills to flourish in the lower grades, not lie dormant until the students arrive in biology or chemistry classes in the upper grades. The Science Buddies program took off, and has now morphed into the Steam Engines Collaborative in our district, where teachers from all grades and subjects provide mentoring opportunities for the students to collaborate. Watching students of all abilities, from special education to enrichment, take on the role of teacher is a wonderful and progressive view on the direction that education is going in where there are no borders and personalized learning is the goal for every student.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Cummings

Rebecca Cummings

Teacher, Pes
I'm all about 5th grade!


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Duprey - Secondary Grading Hacks for Project-Based Learning
Much of the challenge of project-based learning in high schools stems from difficulty managing pedagogical logistics (planning, assessing, tracking, etc). This session aims to share daily, weekly, and project-length strategies that optimize student learning. In this session, I will tackle a key challenge that confronts secondary teachers doing project-based learning: how do you "grade" this kind of work? I will share several rubrics for writing that allow wide student choice while preserving rigor, strategies for successful student self-assessment (both written and conference-style), strategies to facilitate meaningful peer feedback and peer sharing of learning, before-and-after grade book examples, and some elementary strategies hacked for secondary (running record, readers'/writers' workshop).


Speakers
avatar for Cassie Duprey

Cassie Duprey

teacher, Corbett High School
I have lived and taught in Walla Walla, South Africa, the Mississippi Delta, Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Oregon. I cam to teaching through Teach For America in Mississippi and then at KIPP: Bridge College Prep in Oakland, CA. I have found my dream job in Corbett, Oregon: I get to... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Gorman - Powerful and Effective Technology Integration: The importance of Going Beyond SAMR
This session will not only introduce and reinforce ideas of SAMR and T-PAK but will show educators how to bring about rigor aligning SAMR to both Blooms and Web’s DOK. Understand that being on top of SAMR might still be a way from deeper learning using technology. Discover opportunities to use technology to amplify 21st century learning while putting students, not the device in the center. Michael has traveled the country providing technology integration, consultation, and program assessment schools and districts. His first-hand experience at implementing a one to one program will be valuable as you listen and collaborate with others Best of all walkaway with resources that will help you take your school and students beyond SAMR and toward powerful technology integration supporting standards and skills.

Speakers
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Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Gutierrez - Technology and Special Education: A Shared Vision
Professional learning should be authentic and ongoing and build capacity in teachers as learners and leaders. District departments should also work together to provide and foster these connections. The technology department in Boston Public Schools is engaging in more multidisciplinary, inclusive and personalized ways of delivering professional learning. We will showcase several examples of how the technology department and special education department came together to organize professional learning for teachers. Examples that will be showcased are: (1) an Edcamp style meetup for inclusion teachers, (2) a technology expo for related service providers (OTs, PTs, ATPs, and SLPs), and (3) ongoing, school-embedded support around inclusive learning. The foundation of our work is Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and we are actively, delightfully seeking these opportunities to connect and collaborate with each other.

This session will share practical strategies with attendees and showcase examples of the power and necessity of this collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to share and brainstorm ways in which they too can engage in this type of collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Rhianon Gutierrez

Rhianon Gutierrez

Digital Learning Specialist, Boston Public Schools


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Keynote Followup with Eric Williams
Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Matthew Miller - #GoOpen
Mentor Public Schools in Mentor, Ohio has been focused for the past four years on rethinking and revitalizing the instructional program for our students. #GoOpen offers us the opportunity to reallocate funds previously earmarked for instructional content towards tools, training, and resources that make our teachers more effective. At the same time, the skills necessary to selecting and implementing Open Educational Resources are some of the same skills we want to instill in our student population: the ability the seek out content, verify its authenticity, synthesize it, and apply it to a task. The shift to Open Educational Resources through #GoOpen is critical the next phase of this educational evolution.

Speakers
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Matthew Miller

Superintendent, Mentor Public Schools
Matt is the superintendent of Mentor Public Schools. He has spent the last 22 years serving Ohio communities as an educator in the roles of superintendent (11), director of student services and instruction (1), principal (5), and teacher (5). Matt is actively involved in the prestigious and nationwide League of Innovative Schools through Digital Promise, also serving as an elected member of their advisory committee. He was selected as one of 100 superintendents nationwide to attend and present at the #FutureReady National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House in 2015, was named to the National School Boards Association Top 20 to Watch in the Nation, and conducted his first TEDx Talk entitled... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Curriculum Directors
  • Session Level All

10:20am

McCurdy - Fostering Curiosity in Student Learning
In the age of the internet and social media, the teacher’s role is no longer confined to the sole act of dispensing academic content. An infinite amount of knowledge is available in the palm of our hand within seconds. Teaching and learning need to be about building a strong knowledge base in order for students to then engage curiosity with that knowledge.
Learning in the classroom is designed to promote questioning of the content, having students ask why they need to know it and being curious about how can they use knowledge and apply their understandings to relevant situations.
How can we design learning to provide students with multiple opportunities to answer their own questions, pursue their own inquiry and provide creative solutions to real-world issues?

Speakers
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Francois McCurdy

Innovative Instructional Strategist, American international School Riyadh
Francois McCurdy is currently a grade 6 Math and Science teacher and Innovative Instructional Strategist at the American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is Canadian trained as a teacher and holds a Masters degree in International Counselling. He also views himsel... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Richards - Entrepreneurship as an Antidote to Grades and Knowledge Silos

What happens when learning at school is more like working at a startup? No homework. No grades. No exams. No scheduled class periods. No teachers. A starting point and ending point. A space to gather and work. Opportunities to expand networks and gain experiences. Near continuous feedback. Guidance. If this sounds more like the “real world” and less like “school,” then perhaps schools are not following the wisdom of John Dewey who stated that school must reflect life, and life must reflect school. Using the work of students from Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Startup 101 program as a foundation, participants will engage in a combination of storytelling, small group brainstorming, and a mini design project. The goal of this session is for participants to leave with ideas for encouraging entrepreneurial and innovative thinking at any scale and for any age group.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Reshan Richards

Dr. Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Rowell - Making Thinking Visible: Engaging ALL Learners and Tailoring Instruction
Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level p... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Silk - Mini Machina
Little kids at International Grammar School (IGS) in Sydney often get STEAMy when they explore STEM concepts. Kindy and Year 1 teachers collaborate with Mel Silk from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to design and create simple machines for their explorations into “force and motion”. See how the STEAM team encourage explorations into science and math by getting to know Rube Goldberg and playing with littleBits® electronics, cogs, wheels, dinosaur snowflakes, ink, beans and augmented reality. The Arts and STEM connection for these young learners was never so much fun! How does this all go together?
Take a look here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmKKLY-CAhE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXTWJqHHmdM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXTWJqHHmdM

Speakers
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Melissa Silk

STEAM Ed Researcher, University of Technology Sydney
Melissa Silk is a STEAM educator from Sydney Australia. Having forged many learning and teaching partnerships between schools, museums, industry professionals and academics, she can be found working in a range of STEM to STEAM research and practice environments. Melissa works e... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

10:20am

Van Ledtje - Introducing…Livbit: Igniting Student Voice and Engaging Audience through Video Sharing
In this session meet 9 year-old powerhouse, LivBit as she shares her digital narrative journey. Britton (1970) asserts that understanding floats on a sea of talk, and LivBit will share how she uses talk and video to capture deep ideas about books, thinking, and life. LivBit’s work creates a powerful example about student agency, independence, meta-cognition, and advocacy for following a child’s lead in curriculum topics. LivBit’s work allows:

• Multi-dimensional representation of the learner;
• Tests a theory students develop;
• Allows students to share an opinion and deepen their understanding around the language of an opinion;
• Creates meaningful literacy memories to be analyzed and cherished
• Incorporates meaningful and purposeful technology integration into the classroom

Participants will view examples of LivBit videos; learn how to analyze and frame the student understanding; understand the power of feedback given during the LivBit process; and explore digital storage systems for the student video work. Participants will also experience micro-writing opportunities from the video work as LivBit models how to use hashtags as a form of synthesis and categorization of her video work. Participants will walk away with simple, effect, and dynamic ways to integrate technology into their literacy block(s).

Speakers
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... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Starling - Our Littlest Innovators
Implementing innovative teaching and learning can seem like a huge task, even more so in the hands of our littlest students. With some planning and preparation, we have been able to successfully implement Social Emotional Learning (or SEL) and Project-based Learning (or PBL) into our kindergarten class using collaborative tools.

In “The Littlest Innovators” session, best practices and lessons will be shared surrounding the use of collaborative tools, such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Shadowpuppet, as well as the project topics, and SEL characteristics these tools were used with. The goal is that attendees will walk away with strategies and ideas they can use tomorrow in their classrooms with their own little innovators and truly put student voice and choice into learning.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Starling

Allison Starling

Director of Innovative Learning, St. Gabriel's Catholic School
Allison Starling is the Director of Innovative Learning at St. Gabriel's Catholic school in Austin, TX. Starling received her Bachelor's degree in History with a concentration in Sec.Ed from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Shortly after relocating to Texas due to her h... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

10:45am

Stubbs - Collaborative Classrooms: Surface to deep in 50 minutes

In this workshop, Phil Stubbs will share how teachers around the world are adopting simple strategies to meet the challenge of engaging students more deeply in their learning. Participants will engage in a demonstration lesson, designed to challenge traditional definitions of blended learning. This lesson will model collaborative strategies designed to activate students as learning resources for each other. It will use cooperative learning theory to demonstrate the relationship between collaborative academic engagement and transitioning student thinking from surface to deep.


Sponsors
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Education Director, Verso Learning
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education systems and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He is a regular presenter at conferences around the... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 10:45am - 11:50am
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

11:30am

Jones-Pisano - How Do You Activate Their Bird Brains? Teaching Metacognitive Learning Strategies that Promote Literacy
It is mind-boggling to learn that six of the top ten jobs with the best outlooks today are jobs that didn’t exist ten to fifteen years ago. More awesome is that we are educating students for jobs not yet created; therefore, it has become increasingly apparent that our students will need to be able to process and utilize a wide range of nonfiction reading and that ALL teachers have become purveyors of the literacy skills our students will need to survive and thrive in the 21st century.

Explore how to introduce metacognition and ""thinking about thinking,"" utilizing an I Do-We Do-You Do process.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Educational Advocate/Trainer, The Thriving Classroom
Education= Opportunity.” has been  Ms Jones-Pisano’s professional mantra for over three decades in education and social work. Ms. Pisano has earned a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY- New Paltz and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. As well, she hold... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:30am

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Christy LaPaglia - Continuing the Conversation
Speakers
avatar for Christy LaPaglia

Christy LaPaglia

Autism Awareness Educator, Mentor Public Schools
Christy LaPaglia has been working in the field of special education as a teacher, consultant and an autism awareness educator for over 20 years.  Christy began her career by being hired to be the teacher in the first classroom in a public school in Northeast Ohio designed specif... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Doe/Liston - Collaboration through Genius Hour and Personalized Professional Development
Through Genius Hour in our classrooms to the personalized professional development model in our district, this session will explore strategies that allow all of our learners to follow their passions and collaborate on real world problems. This session highlights a unique blend of practical strategies that validate every learner.

Pelham School District’s culture of personalization also extends the growth mindset to our professional learning model, which includes the implementation of Pineapple Charts that invite teachers into their colleagues’ classrooms to observe new instructional strategies and project-based learning examples. We’ve personalized professional development through virtual book reads, digital cohorts, teacher Genius Hour projects, and Maker’s Spaces where educators can explore innovative thinking with the goal of improving student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Doe

Holly Doe

Director of Technology, Pelham School District
Holly Doe is passionate about student voice and integrating a global perspective to the classroom. Holly has over 22 years of classroom and leadership experience. As the Director of Technology in the Pelham School District, she is leading a digital transformation to a 1:1 Chromeb... Read More →
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Kathryn Liston

5th Grade Teacher, Pelham Elementary School
I am interested in connecting with other educators around the world to share best practices. My particular areas of interest are Genius Hour, STEM, coding, inquiry-based projects, poetry, and literacy education.


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Kuropatwa - Things That Suck About Digital Citizenship
This participatory session will engage attendees in some meaningful dialogue around several aspects of digital citizenship. We'll explore some hot-button topics and consider their impact on the work we do as educators. This session will provide clarification around a number of key digital citizenship issues and will also highlight a valuable model for engaging your students in classroom conversations. There’s a fair bit of fear mongering disguised as digital citizenship online. Our kids need more models of empathy and empowerment – so do we. We’ll share some of those models too.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Leighton/Picillo - Gamifying Education
Goose Chase is a web based scavenger hunt app that we have incorporated into our US History I classes. Goose Chase teams compete to complete various missions including locating, archiving and chronicling achievements. We have used it in class, outside of the classroom as well as to aid in field trips. The app is a unique tool that allows us to increase engagement.

Speakers
avatar for John Leighton

John Leighton

US History Teacher, Franklin High School
I teach US History in a 1:1 environment with sophomores from AP to co-taught.
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Dustin Picillo

Teacher, Franklin Public Schools
Dustin Picillo is a Social Studies teacher at Franklin High School Social Studies. With John Leighton, he teaches a wide variety of students from co-taught level and Franklin Arts Academy through AP level students.  


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Marotta - History Comes Alive through Podcasts
Imagine learning about a community’s History by listening to podcasts created by students. Beginning last spring, the Level 6 students selected 12 historic venues in the Montreal-West borough. They began researching the history and compiling their findings which eventually were professionally recorded into 45 second bilingual podcasts.

Students created QR codes which were later printed on durable, weatherproof plaques. All 12 plaques were mounted at the corresponding locations, where passersby can instantly listen to the brief history lesson delivered by the students with a simple swipe of their smartphones.
A great 21st Century initiative where students contributed to their lessons and gave meaning to their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Marotta

Sonia Marotta

Honore Mercier/English Montreal School Board
Principal at Honoré Mercier Elementary School, Sonia Marotta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and two Certificates in Educational Leadership from McGill University. A passionate leader who believes students need to lead their learning in class and give purpose to their work. Flip Classroom, Podcasts, and international exchange learning projects are some of her initiatives in her various schools. She held roles as Vice Principal, McGill Figure Skating Varsity Captain, Physical Educator, Italian TV sport host, figure skating coach and personal... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

11:45am

Rodriguez - Universally Designed Professional Development
General Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on cognitive neuroscience. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) governing K-12 education in the United States defines and endorses UDL as a framework to help achieve greater opportunity and academic achievement for all learners, including accelerated learners, students with disabilities, and English language learners. This session will offer strategies for enhancing professional development planning using the principles of UDL.

Objective:​ As educational leaders, we aspire to build great systems in a landscape of barriers. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows us to do just that and universally designed leadership allows us to apply proven principles of learning to successful leadership practices in the 21st Century.

Speakers
avatar for Kristan Rodriguez

Kristan Rodriguez

Administrator and Educational Consultant, CREST and RECA
Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a highly successful K-12 administrator and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the pas... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Sackstein - Teach Students to Provide Excellent Peer Feedback
Too often all of the power rests in the hands of the adults in education, but students are capable of doing everything we empower them to do. In this session you will learn about why we need to give students this control and how to do it in your classrooms. Doing this will make students more independent learners and encourage them to take ownership of their learning as well as become closely acquainted with the standards/skills in your class.

Speakers
avatar for Starr Sackstein

Starr Sackstein

Secondary Teacher, Instructional Coach and author, Long Island City High School
Nationally Board Certified Teacher, writing facilitator, j-teacher, lover of the written word, student press rights advocate, motivator of the college bound. Mom. #jerdchatEagerly pushing the boundaries of what's comfortable, relinquishing control to my students and always growin... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Salva - Refugees? Under-Schooled Learners? Boost Everyone's Achievement
Come learn practical ideas to capitalize on gifts of your newcomers. They are not a deficit... your language learners and the answer! Recent classroom video will be shared to model use of free technology tools to engage all learners, break down language barriers and boost everyone's achievement. You don't have to be a tech-whiz to be an innovative educator. Come learn ways to make learning relevant and empower your students to be agents of change.

Speakers

Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Taylor - Top Tips for Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are, according to research from John Hattie and Dylan Wiliam, high impact strategies on learning. Brian has been cultivating the PLC model with teacher and student technology advocate groups within his school for several years. In this session Brian will explore the highs and lows of the PLC learning journey, share best and next practice ideas and top tips to assist you on your road to establishing and/or developing PLCs in your establishment.

PS - also happy to present on Crafting Vision & Managing Change (we rolled out a new IMS and VLE two years ago - the narrative behind the psychology of change management and the tactics we used this is highly relevant to Technology & Curriculum Directors)

Speakers
avatar for Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Assistant Principal, Cross Campus Curriculum Technology Integration, Bangkok Patana School
Brian has taught Science and ICT/Computing in the UK, Kenya, Togo, Oman, Qatar and Thailand. As a father of three young rascals he's passionate about mindfulness and all aspects of digital citizenship. He's presented to audiences all over the world on critical and computational... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Venables - Content Curation - the new wave of text dependent analysis, media literacy, and social media responsibility
Students are entering a new era of digital media literacy where social media controls access to rapidly changing current events worldwide. Social media has become a way for users to curate information and share it broadly - and if curation is done without a distinguishing eye, a student risks creating an echo chamber of false sources confirming one another and ultimately leading to a grave misunderstanding of the current events unfolding. Companies such as Google and Facebook are taking aim at fake news sites but rather than place the responsibility to survey information appropriately on these organizations, we aim to provide students with the tools they need to curate responsibly.

This session will walk an attendee through the compelling reasons why content curation is a skill that must be taught to our students, the content and standard connections in the classroom, and the student workflow for appropriate curation.

Attendees will walk away with compelling reasons to teach this vital skill to students as well as the tools for successfully implementing a content curation lesson in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brady Venables

Brady Venables

Technology Integration Specialist, Richland 2


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level Intermediate

11:45am

Winstone/Worsnup - Get Going with Apps
Do you sometimes feel like you are drowning in a world of tech? With so many applications and programmes it can be overwhelming to know how to use technology, with your students, in an authentic and meaningful way. Join us to discover a few simple, easy and practical ways of using an iPad/tablet to enhance the learning in your classroom. Come along with a learning objective and an iPad/tablet and be prepared to explore, share and create! It doesn’t matter if you have 1 iPad per class or 1:1, we will show you effective ways that this device can be used. Details of apps that are needed will be given before the session.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
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Susan Worshup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Thursday July 27, 2017 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

12:00pm

Hernon - Bringing Families into the Learning Community: Parenting Support Groups

Parents have needs and want to be a connected, valuable members of the learning community too - and here’s how one school brought parents into the learning. Participants will learn actionable ideas and tools to implement parenting support groups in their school communities. 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Hernon

Steve Hernon

Principal, Presenter, Consultant, St. Brigid School
Steve is a veteran Nursery through 12th Grade teacher and administrator. A progressive educator and relentless learner, who seeks to reimagine education through creative, research-based strategies. If asked to summarize his philosophy into one word, Steve would choose “opportun... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Stearns - Looking at the SMPs Through the Eyes of a Reading Teacher
The Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices were written to help students to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. We will connect some of the Mathematical Practices to techniques we have used to help students make sense of text and persevere in understanding during reading class. As we connect our teaching practices in reading and mathematics, we can better help our students make connections in their learning, leading to stronger understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Stearns

Christine Stearns

Educator/consultant, New Boston Central School/Find-Your-Balance Educational Services


Thursday July 27, 2017 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Pierides - Creating a Gender Inclusive School Climate
What can administrators do when they have student(s) who are struggling with gender identification? Creating a gender-inclusive school is a must for today's schools. This workshop will share "One School's Journey" about how a fifth grade student socially transitioned in school. Discussion will include steps the school took to provide education for parents, teachers, and students. This workshop will also include ways that a school can begin to create a gender-inclusive school today!

Speakers
avatar for Irene Pierides

Irene Pierides

Elementary Principal, Hamilton School, Glen Rock
Educator for 30+ years in NYC and NJ - Child advocate, lifelong learner, literacy specialist, mother, friend.


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level Beginner

1:10pm

Asavavatana/Van Ledtje - Talking “Technology”: Teaching Fluent Communicators in the 21st Century
By the time students reach the early childhood classroom, many of them are already absorbing large amounts of content through technology. To keep up with 21st century demands, the term “literacy” should encompass the fluency with which children can interface with and manipulate new forms of media. In other words, students should not just be users of digital media, but creators as well. By teaching students how to effectively communicate their own ideas through media such as icons, videos, hashtags and more, students can apply the same critical thinking and analytical skills that we teach in reading and writing to their experience with current communication tools.

In this session, the amazing Olivia Van Ledtje (a.k.a LivBit) and I will share how young students can experience and learn literacy skills that match the way we communicate in today’s world. Taken together, the ideas in this workshop will enable early childhood educators to strengthen and diversify their core teaching methods by integrating them with the latest technology has to offer.

Participants will:
-Examine how 21st century media is changing the definition of literacy in early childhood, and how classrooms should adjust to make the most of this evolution
-Walk through several exercises that break down how to use literacy concepts to teach young learners how to analyze and create new forms of media
-Walk away with examples and tools for how technology can be used to enhance the Reading and Writing Workshop in grades K-2

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own... Read More →
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... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Cassidy - Digital Daily Five
Reading to self, reading to someone, working on words, writing and listening to reading are all important parts of any literacy program. The two sisters have given us a wonderful framework with their Daily Five model. How can iPads make this structure even better? We’ll explore apps, tools and methods that can help you take advantage of this powerful learning tool.
You’ll leave with
• An understanding of ways to use iPads to improve literacy.
• Ideas for ways to make technology use meaningful in your classroom
• A digital handout with all of the information presented.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom b... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

1:10pm

Clark - The Professional Passion Project
We know that personalized, passion-based learning works best for students. But what about teachers? In this session, you will learn how to bring passion to your professional learning with the Professional Passion Project. Teachers, coaches, and administrators will explore the power of personalized professional development and plan how it could work in their school.

The session will outline the steps of the project and attendees will be provided with resources to begin a Professional Passion Project of their own. The project begins by brainstorming a topic or question you are passionate about. Then, we will develop a plan of action and explore resources to support collaboration, research, and data collection along the way. To conclude, we will discuss ways to share the final project with a local and global community. Last, but certainly not least, the Professional Passion Project ends with reflection, which typically leads to another question and the cycle begins anew.

Speakers
avatar for Jancey Clark

Jancey Clark

ES Learning Coach, AIS-R


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Gould - Design Thinking as an Essential Leadership Tool to Nurture Creativity and Inquiry In Schools
Do you believe we can redesign our schools to meet the needs of the 21st-century and beyond? At Drexel University for the past seven years, students in our EdD program, who are practicing educators at all levels, are exploring this question.

Participants in this presentation will: view student video examples, interact with the tools of systems and Theory U, explore how design thinking enhances creativity, and what we are learning from our students in creating generative conversations within communities necessary for rethinking the design of pre-K through adult education.

Learn and see how students begin the design thinking process, by exploring trends in social media, medicine, world economics, nanotechnology, environmental sustainability, and automation. Coupled to these trends, they explore the categories of “self-to-nature”, “self-to-others”, ""self-to-technology,"" and “self-to-self” as a way to think about the present realities on this planet and their relationship to the educational needs of the future. Understanding “the source” of their own attention is the key coping skill for the 21st-century.

All participants will receive a copy of the Design Handbook our students use as they begin the 10-week design studio. This handout has activities that participants can utilize within their own programs and organization.

Speakers
avatar for John Gould

John Gould

Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education | Drexel University|
I have more than 40 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which I have specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, leadership development, curriculum innovation and the effective implementation of new technologies in learning environs. | | My work and research is informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and in other leadership positions within Pennsylvania school districts. I have penned many articles on school innovation and sustainability. Throughout my career, I presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels focused on rethinking the design of schools. I also served as the project manager in charge of crafting a ""shared vision and action plan"" for former Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). Presently I am an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University and co-designer of its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Change. | | I am grounded in... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

New Literacies, New Questions, New Research: Making Meaning from Our Work in the Classroom

This session asks two core questions:  one, how do we know what is really working in our pedagogy when we integrate new ideas about learning, teaching and literacy; and, two, what does it mean to do research with (and not just of) adolescents?  We’ll work with sample lesson study models, approaches for digital ethnographic work alongside students and ideas for leveraging new tools to understand our classroom work in deeper, richer ways – and in real ways that help us to articulate the response to “so what.”


Speakers
avatar for Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder

Assistant Professor, English Education, University of Georgia
Sara Kajder, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the University of Georgia, and a recent middle school Professor in Residence. A former member of the faculties of the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, her teaching across grades 6 – graduate has been anchored in assisting stu... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage

1:10pm

Quick - Standards Based Grading Using Digital Resources
This session will cover how to set up a digital classroom using a standards based grading model. The presenter’s own 1:1 journey and how that led to a shift to standards based grading will briefly be discussed. During this session, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of standards based grading and how a standards based approach can improve teaching and learning outcomes for students. Methods for using digital technology to differentiate instruction will be provided including multiple examples and strategies for various types of differentiation. This session will emphasize using technology to master learning targets and multiple ways of using formative and summative assessment and providing clear and effective feedback to students. Attendees will leave this presentation with: an understanding of standards – based grading, strategies for using technology to differentiate instruction, the ability to develop learning targets, and methods to use technology to help students achieve mastery of learning targets.

Speakers
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Nicole Quick

Special Education Teacher, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is a special education teacher in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 iPad initiative in her district for the past three years. Nicole is also working on her Ed.D in te... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Rodriguez - UDL: Universally Designed Leadership
General Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on cognitive neuroscience. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) governing K-12 education in the United States defines and endorses UDL as a framework to help achieve greater opportunity and academic achievement for all learners, including accelerated learners, students with disabilities, and English language learners. This session will cover the basics of UDL and provide tools for how UDL can be applied effectively to educational leadership practices.

Objective:​ As educational leaders, we aspire to build great systems in a landscape of barriers. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows us to do just that and universally designed leadership allows us to apply proven principles of learning to successful leadership practices in the 21st Century.

Speakers
avatar for Kristan Rodriguez

Kristan Rodriguez

Administrator and Educational Consultant, CREST and RECA
Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a highly successful K-12 administrator and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the pas... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Rogers - Teachers’ Perspectives on PEER Professional Development and How it Has Changed Teaching and Learning
All too often teachers feel disconnected from professional development and struggle to find meaningful ways to apply it into the classroom. The Carlisle Area School District in central Pennsylvania began a PEER (Professional Development, Enthusiasm, Evolution, Reflection) program with 11 district identified model teachers. The teachers reflect on how the PEER professional development is fundamentally different from traditional professional development and ways it has changed students’ learning in terms of engagement, collaboration, meaningful assessment, room arrangement, and the role of the teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cook

Chris Cook

Instructional Coach, Carlisle Area School District
avatar for Kristi Janosco

Kristi Janosco

5th Grade Teacher, Carlisle Area School District
I am a 5th grade teacher in the Carlisle Area School District. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Environmental Studies and an MAT in Elementary Education. This year I will begin my 12th year of teaching. |
avatar for Polly Pluta

Polly Pluta

4th Grade Teacher, Carlisle Area School District
avatar for Christine Rogers

Christine Rogers

Grade 6 Teacher, Carlisle Area School District
Dr. Christine Rogers is a sixth-grade science and social studies teacher in the Carlisle Area School District in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has 11 years of public education experience. Christine is passionate about teaching young learners to use technology for the purposes of ex... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Schwang

Kathy Schwang

Mathematics Teacher, Carlisle Area School District


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Rothstein - Better Questions, Better Decisions: Building Consensus with the Right Question Strategy
Decision making and reaching consensus can be a challenging endeavor. Yet, being able to
actively and strategically participate in the decision making process is essential, especially for
district, school, and departmental leaders who are tackling difficult issues such as budgetary
changes or review processes, trying to build buy-in for new initiatives, or creating a collaborative
and inclusive problem-solving culture. The Right Question Strategy offers a simple yet powerful
strategy that helps individuals more effectively participate in decisions by learning to 1) define
and identify decisions; 2) explore three key elements in decision making—reasons, processes,
and roles; 3) ask questions about decisions. This easy-to- use and easy-to teach-strategy can be
used to build consensus within a group through creating a space where everyone is able to
efficiently and effectively ask questions about decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rothstein

Dan Rothstein

Co-Director, The Right Question Institute
How can ordinary citizens hold accountable decision-makers? If we more people learn how to ask their own questions, and better questions, how could they improve our democracy? How would it improve education?


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Smith - When You Have Powerful Data on Your Side, Change is No Longer a Dirty Word
Innovating is actually easy for school leadership when data tells everything you need to know about your students, staff and leadership team.
Indigo has assessed over 10,000 students and 2,000 educational staff in the past year, and we know a lot about different school cultures and the educational landscape. For instance, high school girls are 27% more Motivated than boys to give back and help people unconditionally, while boys are 29% more Motivated by discrete goals and money; and GPAs are highly correlated to students’ Social-Emotional well-being; and 2 of the job ready skills that are least developed in the student population are Creativity and Leadership – but why?

This session will cover actual data analytics, observations and case studies from districts that are using the Indigo program to change their schools’ cultures by providing innovative ideas in and out of the classroom. Once disconnects between all the constituents in a school are isolated and understood, leaders can use data analytics to do what they really want: innovate. We will show exactly how data makes the change process seamless.

Participants in this session are strongly encouraged to take the Indigo survey before attending (provided for free, takes about 15 minutes). A comprehensive report is automatically emailed upon completion.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Smith

Sheri Smith

Founder, The Indigo Project
Sheri Smith graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. In college, Sheri interned at the State Department for Vital Voices, an initiative started by Hillary Clinton. Here Sheri recognized her passion for helping people find their voice and inspiring them to catalyze change in the world. Shifting her career focus to corporate consulting, Sheri discovered the power of assessment technology for hiring and coaching and has been using these tools for over 10 years. Sheri saw the benefits of clients working in their zone of genius and the pain of being in a role that... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Starling - Promoting School Culture with Digital Literacy
How can we promote, practice, and prepare our students to make the best decisions when living in a digital world? How do their decisions impact school culture and safety? This presentation will explore the evolution of Digital Literacy while offering resources and brainstorming next steps for attendees to take away and implement tomorrow. As we look to impact our community, student, parent and teacher input will be featured in this presentation as we look at the multifaceted need for strong Digital Literacy in our learning communities today. Session applies to both Elementary and Secondary.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Starling

Allison Starling

Director of Innovative Learning, St. Gabriel's Catholic School
Allison Starling is the Director of Innovative Learning at St. Gabriel's Catholic school in Austin, TX. Starling received her Bachelor's degree in History with a concentration in Sec.Ed from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Shortly after relocating to Texas due to her h... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:30pm

Jones-Pisano - 10 Lifesavers in 20 Minutes! Classroom Management Strategies that Work!
Find more time to teach by reducing classroom disruptions for low-level infractions by up to 70%! These practical, proven classroom management concepts and strategies complement any behavior management system in effect in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Kathryn Jones-Pisano

Educational Advocate/Trainer, The Thriving Classroom
Education= Opportunity.” has been  Ms Jones-Pisano’s professional mantra for over three decades in education and social work. Ms. Pisano has earned a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY- New Paltz and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. As well, she hold... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

1:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Thursday July 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Doe/Liston - Around the World in 20 Classrooms
Take a virtual visit to Pelham Elementary School to see how our teachers and students collaborate on a local and global level. From Mystery Skype to collaborative mapping projects, students are making connections across the curriculum and becoming global citizens.

We'll visit 20 classrooms from kindergarten through high school, and explore student driven approaches to real world problem solving, organically developing global empathy, collaboration, and citizenship in our students.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Doe

Holly Doe

Director of Technology, Pelham School District
Holly Doe is passionate about student voice and integrating a global perspective to the classroom. Holly has over 22 years of classroom and leadership experience. As the Director of Technology in the Pelham School District, she is leading a digital transformation to a 1:1 Chromeb... Read More →
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Kathryn Liston

5th Grade Teacher, Pelham Elementary School
I am interested in connecting with other educators around the world to share best practices. My particular areas of interest are Genius Hour, STEM, coding, inquiry-based projects, poetry, and literacy education.


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Duprey - Project-Based High School Government: Rigor and Engagement
Inspired by everything you've heard at BLC? See how one high school teacher moved from the theoretical to the practical.

Take Alan November's frameworks for building learning communities and examine a real classroom's attempts to put Alan's principles into practice. Specific assignments, project design, student work samples, and areas for continued improvement will all be shared. A rural AP US Government class (in an AP-For-All school) will serve as the case study. In this session, I will compare and contrast my class before and after attending BLC. See how three units were transformed from worksheets to dynamic projects with students documenting their own learning using blogs, digital magazines, and recorded conversations. Successful and less successful student work will be shared, including reflections on improvements for next year based on this first year experience.



Speakers
avatar for Cassie Duprey

Cassie Duprey

teacher, Corbett High School
I have lived and taught in Walla Walla, South Africa, the Mississippi Delta, Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Oregon. I cam to teaching through Teach For America in Mississippi and then at KIPP: Bridge College Prep in Oakland, CA. I have found my dream job in Corbett, Oregon: I get to... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level Advanced

2:35pm

Kuropatwa - Providing “Permission To Wonder”: Inquiry as thinking and learning tools
In a world where knowledge is more a verb than a noun how do we foster deep learning in our students? Good questions cause thinking. Unfortunately, many of the questions regularly asked in classrooms focus on knowledge as a noun. This presentation will explore inquiry as a pedagogical stance and the effective use of thinking and learning tools in the classroom. We will work together to model teaching practices that lead to students co-constructing a networked (real world) rather than hierarchical (artificial) understanding of their world regardless of grade level or discipline.
Participants will leave this workshop with a toolkit of research based questioning and thinking strategies they can begin using with their students tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. His... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments

2:35pm

Lirenman - Innovate with iPad
Are you looking to engage and inspire your K-3 students through the use of iPad? Whether you have one iPad or twenty, this workshop is for you. Using her newly released book “Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom” Karen Lirenman will provide a complete selection of clearly laid out engaging open-ended lessons that change the way you use iPad in the classroom. By simply downloading a few basic, open-ended creation apps, your students will engage in the learning process and demonstrate their newfound knowledge in the way that works best for them. Participants need to bring their own iPad and have the following apps preloaded: Pic Collage, Popplet or Popplet lite, Book Creator, Explain Everything and/or Draw and Tell to fully participate in this hands-on session. Whether you have one iPad or twenty, this session is for you.

Speakers
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Karen Lirenman

K-3 STEAM Teacher, Surrey School District
Karen is an author and award-winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a  hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Her stu... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

2:35pm

Norris/Soloway - Supporting Synchronous Collaboration with the Collabrify Construction Tools
Coming

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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 →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Newbury Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Polansky - Authentricity: Beyond the Curriculum
The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine.” Alex Korb, PhD

“When threatening conditions do not exist, the Reticular Activating System focuses its attention on stimuli that arouse curiosity. This is the “key to the gate.” The brain seeks input about the new, the unexpected, the colorful, musical, moving, aromatic sensations.” Dr. Judy Willis

The best educators elicit curiosity and innovation in their students through passion, competence, and connection. The day to day demands of curriculum and protocol can often feel overwhelming in a world where a clear mind contributes to our best work. Neuroscientists and psychologists have routinely proven the importance of culture in education. ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ focuses on the importance that school culture plays in our quest to reinforce a growth mindset and will provide attendees with some simple take-aways that result in a culture where staff, students, and families are encouraged to communicate authentically, learn creatively, and contribute passionately. The formula shared is simple with implications that will last a lifetime.

In just over an hour, we will share inspiring stories of success that have resulted from the effective use of peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. An approach founded in social-emotional well-being has led to the transformation of students and educators on a multitude of levels. Leave smiling with simple take-aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

CEO, Authentricity, Inc.
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Hang out with the guy who received over 50,000 hits for his 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. | | Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regi... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Richards - Blended Meeting Design: Saving Time and Serving Talents
We’ve all attended meetings that could have been handled through email. And we’ve all been part of email chains that should have been handled face-to-face. Our leaders serve us best when they think about our time and our talents — how to save the former and give us the opportunity to share the latter. While not advocating for the elimination of meetings, This is a push for greater mindfulness about their how, when, where, and why. Blending online and offline leadership practices unlocks the potential of the people - teachers AND, more importantly, students - in our schools. In this design oriented session, we'll brainstorm, design, and share ways to best utilize the minds and effort of those who are called to work together.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Reshan Richards

Dr. Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Richardson - Twitter for Beginners -The Surprisingly Easy Way to Connect Your Students with the World
Do you hear the word ‘Twitter’ and assume it’s a fun app for following the latest gossip and trends? That’s what I used to think too. Over the past four years,Twitter has transformed my classroom into a global learning environment where my students regularly communicate with peers from around the world.
Twitter is much more than just a social networking tool. It is truly the gateway to connecting your students with other classrooms from across town and across the planet! In this session, you will find out how tweeting in your classroom can open up a world of collaborative projects and incredible connections for your students, no matter their grade level.

In this session, I will show you how to:
Create a class Twitter page
Search for other classes and experts to follow
Make connections that lead to collaborative projects
Use hashtags to help you research and organize information

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. Inspired by her learning at BLC, she has had... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Teuber - Design Sprint Part 1
Around the world, educators are discovering that a startup mindset will help their schools to rapidly achieve big goals. In this session, participants will use the human-centered design process to immerse themselves in a challenge that their school is facing and synthesis the learning to develop insights for innovative solutions.

Through a series of interactive activities, participants will learn how to:
Ask the “why” about what you’re doing.
Build a culture of innovation in your school or district to encourage teams to look through different lenses to develop solutions to existing problems.
Learn observation and interview techniques to gain an understanding of the problem.
Develop a How Might We statement that allows for a broad set of solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School Dist... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Vidler - Ensuring prosperity through education
Ensuring prosperity through education. It is a simple concept but a difficult reality to achieve for all.

Youth unemployment, is at global crisis point. According to last year’s figures from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Greece’s youth unemployment rate was at 58.4%, Italy at 39.7%, the UK 20.3% and USA 15.8%. We need to be developing students who are not only competent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects but competent at collaborating, communicating and promoting their soon to be developed innovations to the world. Generation Z (The Millennials) know how to promote themselves via Snapchat and Instagram but have they considered whether they will get a job post school following the traditional trajectory of school, university or trade to job? Australia based Expand Education has developed an innovative education program that offers a dynamic curriculum focused on developing skills that prepare secondary students for life. Expand is focused on students fulfilling their potential academically and personally. Vital life skills including financial and digital literacy literacy are taught and importantly students develop a sense of purpose for now and the future.

The Expand Education program helps students become motivated, confident and resilient teenagers who, “finish school and go out and pro-actively fulfil their potential.” Says Expand Founder and teacher Tory Vidler. “At Expand we believe in developing strong relationships with our students in order to best understand what makes each child tick and unleash their potential.” Tory says.
“In a traditional classroom this is difficult to do but at Expand this is what we were created to do.”

Speakers
avatar for Tory Vidler

Tory Vidler

Founder / Secondary teacher, Expand Education Australia
Tory has taught years 7-12 across Australia. She believes strongly that education is the key to opportunity. Tory is enthusiastic about encouraging experienced professionals to join the teaching profession and developing opportunities for students to experience the real world thr... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level Intermediate

2:35pm

Walmsley - Anything TV
Learn how video, new media and new literacies can be leveraged in any classroom or any curricular content with the creation of a classroom TV show called Anything TV. With Anything TV, students are able to curate, collaborate and create a multi-media product that addresses curricula pertaining to their class or student-led content generated from their own interests and passions.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Walmsley

Sean Walmsley

iLearning Integration Coach, American International School - Riyadh
Sean Walmsley has been developing a learning theory called Spark iLearning. At the foundation of Spark iLearning is helping to inculcate the intrinsic motivation in our students, teachers and ourselves. Subsequently, we need to be mindful of one's individual interests, imaginatio... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

3:30pm

Harju Hammons - Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different
Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Experience a Breakout EDU Game and learn how to bring engaging immersive learning experiences to your  students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hammons

Mark Hammons

Director of Global Operations and Data, BreakoutEDU
avatar for Patti Harju

Patti Harju

BreakoutEDU


Thursday July 27, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Boylston Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Asavavatana - Yes They CAN! Code, Create, and Make in Early Childhood!
The words ‘coding’, ‘robotics’, or ‘engineering’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your classroom is wired for technology, or your students have never seen a device, things like coding and design can easily become an integral part of learning in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of computational thinking (thinking like a robot!) to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating coding with core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. It will further explore how the Engineering Design Process can complement coding and briefly look at 3D printing design projects that can work with young children. With these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.


Participants will:
-Learn ways to teach coding through both ""unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
-Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
-Look at some 3D printing design projects that work in early childhood
Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Cooper - Problem Based Learning: Scaleable Inquiry!
Have students UNCOVER your content! Instead of COVERING this topic or that topic, set up "messy" inquiry scenarios that will have your students inspired to solve real world problems. Problem Based Learning is a scaleable learning model that can be used in a single day's lesson or it can be expanded to incorporate an entire unit. Participants will be introduced to the concept, get a taste of PBL as an active student and, finally, we'll break into groups to discuss applications.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper

Consultant, ESC Region 11
Charles Cooper was in the classroom 17 years. He has taught at elementary, middle, high school and college levels. The bulk of his time, though, has been spent (5 years) teaching middle school science and (10 years) teaching high school social studies as well as (5 years) teaching college level government courses online and in person. He has been out of the classroom for a little over a year. He is the 2013 Northwest District Teacher of the Year, the 2012 Humanities Texas Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award recipient, and the 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). As educator and presenter, he is a HUGE advocate of brain based teaching and see's humor as a powerful tool for the classroom. He likes to incorporates philosophy, technology... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Dunbar - Global Communication and Collaboration in the Classroom with Skype
Open students’ eyes to the global ramifications of technology by using Skype to communicate and collaborate with anyone, anywhere in the world. Have a book talk with an author; experience the challenges faced by explorers; virtually visit national and global parks and landmarks; Mystery Skype with classrooms and learn about other cultures and geography. Session will feature live Skype session with educators from around the world discussing how they communicate and collaborate globally and how it has enhanced and elevated their lesson and their students' engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Dunbar

Tammy Dunbar

Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA). A popular presenter and trainer across the country, Dunbar presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Leighton - Authentic Assessment
In this session, you will learn about ways to ramp up projects and find ways to make them more authentic. While this may seem like a daunting shift, students will be empowered and find a new meaning in their learning.

Opportunities for authentic assessment are all around us if we look for them. A few recent examples we have used include, the family heirloom genealogy project, the new high school project, ""1491"" Life before Columbus project, the school food policy project, and the voter registration project.

Speakers
avatar for John Leighton

John Leighton

US History Teacher, Franklin High School
I teach US History in a 1:1 environment with sophomores from AP to co-taught.


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

November - Critical Thinking on the Web
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Rogers - The ABCs of Designing Rigorous Assignments that Students Love
Too often, students are tasked with cookie-cutter assignments. These tasks provide little motivation for students to complete or to learn from their work. Changing the way teachers think about and plan assignments can have a powerful impact on student learning.
It's easy as ABC...
A. Align the assignment to grade-level standards.
B. Big ideas and higher-order thinking.
C. Choice. Let students have a voice and choice.
A group of elementary and secondary teachers from the Carlisle Area School District in Pennsylvania are a part of the district’s Model Classroom initiative. Over the past three years, they have designed implemented rigorous assignments that the students have loved and will share their successes and challenges using the ABC method. As a endorsement from a former student, “My favorite part of my day was history class. I loved all your projects. You taught me new ways to analyze text and take in all perspectives of something. You challenged me to think outside of my comfort zone.”

Speakers
avatar for Christine Rogers

Christine Rogers

Grade 6 Teacher, Carlisle Area School District
Dr. Christine Rogers is a sixth-grade science and social studies teacher in the Carlisle Area School District in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has 11 years of public education experience. Christine is passionate about teaching young learners to use technology for the purposes of ex... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Sara Wilkie - #Q2Learn: Students driving their thinking & learning through “Q”uestioning; the essence of an innovative learning environment
The Common Core standards are all about staking a “Claim” and finding “Evidence”. Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking? Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments. Today our challenge is to determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.
Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for
assessing or checking their understanding.
Join us as we explore strategies and share resources for developing
learning routines:
  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing, connecting and synthesizing
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

November Learning
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... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Shade - Rebranding Schools through Social Media
The foundation of a PLC rests upon the four pillars of mission, vision, values, and goals. A PLC begins by exploring these questions: Why do we exist, or what is our mission? What must our school become to accomplish our vision? How must we behave—what values must we demonstrate—to achieve our vision? And how we will mark our progress toward our goals? While the PLC process is often a campus-based process, Denton ISD took the lead in embracing it to drive the district mission, vision, values, and goals.
To answer the first question, Denton ISD embraced the power of social media (i.e. Facebook Twitter, YouTube, etc.) and rebranded its mission using feedback from its stakeholders. Using crowdsourcing, a concept embedded in the mission statement, the district involved contributors from all over the world to create its logo. In determining its values, DISD used the power of technology to reach out to 30,000 members of its community. What followed was a set of values the district used to develop an alternative community accountability report (in addition to the state ratings system based on standardized assessment, the lowest rated community value). The interactive report not only reflects the community’s values, but drives the district goal setting process.
How did the district do it? How did the district do it? Find out in this session led by Chris Shade, the Coordinator of District Improvement and Innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Shade

Chris Shade

Coordinator of District Improvement & Innovation (and of Federal & State Programs), Denton ISD & Independent Consultant
Liberally Conservative | Extroverted Introvert | Optimistic Pessimist | Idealistic Realist | Imperfect Perfectionist | Creative Bureaucrat


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Teuber - Design Sprint Part 2
Around the world, educators are discovering that a startup mindset will help their schools to rapidly achieve big goals. By engaging in the design process to identify the right problem to solve, educators can use ideation, rapid prototyping and the feedforward process to create technology initiatives that can be successfully scaled.

Outline:
Participants will take the insights gathered from Design Sprint Part 1 and engage in ideation, rapid prototyping and the feedforward process to create innovative solutions that can be successfully implemented in their classrooms and schools.

Through a series of interactive activities, participants will learn how to:
Use brainstorming rules to come up with innovative ideas.
Build to think with rapid prototyping and feedback.
Use the business model canvas to plan how you’re going to implement.
Use the “yes and” mindset to find ways to grow or pivot your initiative.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School Dist... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Thompson - FUN with Augmented Reality
Explore images and books that come alive! We will explore a talking alphabet, coloring pages for storytelling and quizzing, 4D Elements and Anatomy, history, a self-reading book, and our world around us in 360 degrees! Also see how easy it is to create a 360 degree image with the free Google Street View app.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Thompson

Donna Thompson

Education Technology Instructor, SCETV
Love to Teach! Love to Laugh! | Bachelor’s degree from Furman University and Masters from Wilkes University in Instructional Media. | Been in computer support and training for over 25 years. | Currently travel across South Carolina showing teachers the exciting free re... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

4:00pm

Valentine - Superconnect Your Education World: Leveraging the power of relationships, networks, and a learning mindset to effectively re-design the classroom to bring schools into the 21st century.

Creating, implementing and sustaining innovation in schools is a challenging endeavor for administrators, teachers and thought-leaders alike. Identifying what will best serve the needs of children, while inspiring them as life-long learners, is both invigorating and daunting. Recognizing historical antecedents that play a role in resistance to moving the schools forward is of critical importance. Learning how to learn is the key, regardless of formal environment, geographic location, or other external factors. In the words of Socrates, "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel". 

This session will address the following questions: 

  • What can we learn from the one-size-fits-all approach to teaching/learning in our country to move the education system forward into the 21st century? 
  • How can we leverage ALL stakeholders to play an active role of inspiring children? 
  • Why is it of central importance that we craft a laser-focused vision, clear goals, and manage obstacles and changes that emerge along the way?
  • What does the future hold in terms of supporting a learning culture for our youth? 
  • How can we embrace some common philosophies and strategies to develop a ""toolkit for success"" as it relates to change, growth-mindset and shapeshifting to lead and grow as educators? 

 

This session will include an overview of the following:

  • Superconnect as an agent of influence 
  • Theory of Change
  • Diffusion of Innovations 
  • Brief history of the education system 
  • Brief, general forecast the needs of educators and learners 
  • Toolkit for leading, inspiring and empowering learners amidst the waters of change

Speakers
AV

Amy Valentine

Executive Director, The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning
Amy E. Valentine is the director of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, the recently formed grant-making foundation that focuses on advancing and improving opportunities for access to digital education. The Foundation was created to serve as a convener of stakeholders who are committed to promoting social change through highlighting the benefits of blended and online learning through success stories and giving back to this important community of pioneer families and students... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

6:00pm

LearnLaunch Summer Edtech Showcase
LearnLaunch Summer Edtech Showcase and Reception - Register here

Boston is an epicenter for the development of edtech products and some of the best and brightest companies in edtech can be found right here in Boston's Innovation District. On Thursday, July 27th, from 6pm - 8pm, LearnLaunch is hosting a showcase featuring over 30 companies, including graduates from the LearnLaunch Accelerator and other education companies from the broader Boston edtech community. 
Educators interested in new edtech innovations, those seeking to grow and connect with developers in the edtech space, and those simply wanting to know more about the future of education should attend.
We will serve food and refreshments, pitches, demos, and opportunities to play and give feedback on edtech tools.

Thursday July 27, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LearnLaunch 281 Summer Street Flr. 2 Boston, MA 02210
  • Cost Free for BLC attendees!

7:30pm

Global Speed Networking
Join Alan November to meet people from across the world who share your educational interest. Make new connections and enjoy a lively discussion!

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Thursday July 27, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

9:00pm

Annual BLC Bash
Enjoy great music and amazing desserts with your BLC17 community! 

Thursday July 27, 2017 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza
 
Friday, July 28
 

7:30am

BLC Information Center
Friday July 28, 2017 7:30am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Friday Keynote - Dr. Robert Evans
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Evans

Dr. Robert Evans

Clinical and Organizational Psychologist and Executive Director, The Human Relations Service
Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and a former child and family therapist, Rob has worked with schools and families for thirty years. He has consulted to more than 1,400 schools across the country, working with teachers, administrators, boards and parents... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Hernon - Bringing Animals into the Learning Community: A Pet in Every Classroom

Yes, you read that right - every classroom has a pet! The research on pets in families shows tremendous benefits, and here’s how one school’s mission to bring an animal to every classroom transformed a community. Participants will learn actionable ideas and tools to bring pets into the classrooms. 


Speakers
avatar for Steve Hernon

Steve Hernon

Principal, Presenter, Consultant, St. Brigid School
Steve is a veteran Nursery through 12th Grade teacher and administrator. A progressive educator and relentless learner, who seeks to reimagine education through creative, research-based strategies. If asked to summarize his philosophy into one word, Steve would choose “opportun... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

10:45am

Cassidy - Microblogging, Movies and Math
Using iPads for math should mean more than drill and practice. We'll explore math-creation apps that support best practices, allowing students to explain and share their learning. We’ll also explore the use of videoconferencing, tweeting and blogging to take your classroom mathematics global.
You’ll leave with
• an understanding of how to use iPads as a math creation tool
• familiarity with appropriate tools
• a digital handout of all materials shared

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom b... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

10:45am

Dr. Robert Evans - Continuing the Conversation
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Evans

Dr. Robert Evans

Clinical and Organizational Psychologist and Executive Director, The Human Relations Service
Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and a former child and family therapist, Rob has worked with schools and families for thirty years. He has consulted to more than 1,400 schools across the country, working with teachers, administrators, boards and parents... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:45am

Hopkin - Teaching Thinkers and Thinking Teachers

This session will examine the journey of the implementation of a school based coaching programme, with reference to change management, and the highs and lows of leading a mind shift in professional learning culture.

We will candidly explore the issues presented in managing the shift in self-perception of teachers from passive recipients of managerial dictates to proactive innovators and entrepreneurs through the use of an innovative and technologically infused coaching system.


Speakers
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Dr. Neil Hopkin

Principal, The British International School
Neil has been a Principal of seven outstanding schools, across the UK, Singapore and China, including a federation of schools in Central London. In 2009, he was designated a UK National Leader of Education for his work in leading outstanding schools. With a Post Grad in Mathemat... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
St. James Boston Park Plaza

10:45am

Kirr - Shift the Culture of Your Classroom
It all started when I gave students time to read - and then share what they were reading. Simple enough, right?! This was the catalyst that sparked the change in everything I did in the classroom. Five years later, you wouldn't recognize my classes. I don't decorate the room, student choice is ubiquitous, we have time built in to personalize learning, students teach each other, and we use feedback in lieu of grades. Join me as I share valuable lessons learned when I dedicated time during the week for students to learn what THEY wanted to learn.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year. Her book, wher... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

10:45am

Marotta - Simple Technology in the Classrooms
Flip Classroom
· Flip classroom used as reverse instruction and the benefits.
· I will demonstrate how the students contributed in creating the instructional videos all in connection to the curriculum. (They were on French grammatical rules)
· They created them using “SCREEN-CAST -O -MATIC” and the SmartBoard

Apps used in classrooms…how to set them up and how they are used.
· REMIND (great communication tool used by administrators and teachers for parents and students).
· Book Creator (a great and fun way for students to create their own ebooks with colorful images).
· ClassDojo (great way for teachers to keep their students and parents informed on lessons, homework…also used as a communication tool)
· Kahoot (making learning fun with this interactive app for teachers and students…adding videos, images, and diagrams to questions to amplify engagement)
· Pole everywhere (allows you to transform one-way presentations into a lively conversation with the entire class)

Below is a link to the podcast project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGGm6-EhPig

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Marotta

Sonia Marotta

Honore Mercier/English Montreal School Board
Principal at Honoré Mercier Elementary School, Sonia Marotta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and two Certificates in Educational Leadership from McGill University. A passionate leader who believes students need to lead their learning in class and give purpose to their work. Flip Classroom, Podcasts, and international exchange learning projects are some of her initiatives in her various schools. She held roles as Vice Principal, McGill Figure Skating Varsity Captain, Physical Educator, Italian TV sport host, figure skating coach and personal... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

10:45am

November - Making Thinking Visible
Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:45am

Quick - Collaboration and Engagement in a 1:1 Classroom
This session will provide techniques and strategies on how to use collaboration in a 1:1 classroom. An emphasis of this session will be on creating student – centered classrooms that promote self-efficacy and put students in charge of their own learning. Resources that promote collaboration in a 1:1 classroom will be discussed, modeled and applied to student learning. The continued focus of this session will be finding the best tools and determining the best pedagogy to offer cooperative learning opportunities in the classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities that promote collaboration in the classroom. Strategies for management of devices and behavioral concerns in a digital classroom will also be addressed.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and explore some of the digital tools and apps discussed in the session. The TPCK framework will be discussed as a way to begin building content and technology enriched lessons for collaboration. This includes an understanding that lessons should be built on solid objectives and pedagogy and the technology is used to strengthen the instruction rather than viewing devices as just another “tool” in the classroom. Participants will learn strategies to help with classroom management when using 1:1 devices.

Speakers
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Nicole Quick

Special Education Teacher, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is a special education teacher in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 iPad initiative in her district for the past three years. Nicole is also working on her Ed.D in te... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:45am

Rosenthal-Tolisano - Sketchnoting: Visual Note taking
The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote. This session is for educators who want to hone their abilities to listen more intently, summarize and organize their notes in a visual way and learn how to do this with their students.We will look at structures of a sketchnote, typography, connectors, containers and share resources to continue to learn about sketchnoting beyond the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Silvia Tolisano (AASSA Social Media Coordinator)

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level Beginner

10:45am

Roshan - Using Technology to Empower Students and Personalize the Learning
This interactive presentation explores how teachers can leverage technology to personalize and create an environment where learning takes center stage. To facilitate this student-centered experience, tech tools provide both a snapshot of individual learner's needs as well as an overview of how the class is performing as a whole. Participants will use tools such as EDpuzzle, Pear Deck, and Plickers to actively participate in the session.

When equipped with the right tools, teachers can truly individualize and customize the learning experience for each student. What’s more, effectively integrating technology into the classroom can bring compassion back into an otherwise overly stressed environment by freeing time for the teacher to provide individual student support, interact with them, and observe them in the process of learning.

In addition, technology can help put students in the driver-seat, allowing them to control the pace and depth of their learning. In order to help facilitate this kind of student-centered experience, tech tools can provide both a snapshot of each individual learner's needs as well as an overview of how the class is performing as a whole.

With the increasing demand to make courses more rigorous and cover more material, technology can enable the teacher to get to know students on a more personal level. This session will share real classroom examples of effective integration of tools such as EDpuzzle, Pear Deck, and Plickers, along with best practices for implementation.

In this session, participants will learn:
• How can teachers shift their classroom to a student-centered learning environment and foster a culture of collaborative learning?
• How can teachers use technology to personalize, both inside and outside of the classroom?
• How can teachers use technology to pre-identify individual student and class needs and differentiate the learning experience?

Read Stacey's Article:  ISTE | Put pedagogy before tech
 

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Upper School Tech Coordinator & Math Teacher, Bullis School
Stacey Roshan is Upper School Technology Coordinator and Math teacher at Bullis School. She has a keen interest in discovering and bringing innovative tools into the classroom to engage students. She has spent a lot of time working to flip the mathematics classroom in an effort t... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:45am

Spieldenner - Play, Craft, Learn with Minecraft

Join this session to learn about how educators from around the world are using Minecraft Education Edition to empower their students. In this session, we will uncover:

·         Why use Minecraft in the classroom
·         Basics of Minecraft
·         Examples from Educators’ practice in the classroom
·         Create your own activity to use with your students


Speakers

Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

10:45am

Staudt - Sim City in the Real World
Model My Watershed gives students access to real data in real places so they can make informed decisions about their environment. In this data rich world students need to develop systems thinking skills in order to make informed decisions about environmental sustainability. Middle and high school students can problem solve through modeling and hands-on data collection activities based on their local watershed data and use STEM practices to model their environment.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The 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 wit... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

10:45am

Ziemke/Van Ledtje - Digital Identity: Growing Up in a Connected Culture
Today, technology allows us to amplify students’ stories as learners produce, publish and share in our digital culture. Digital forms of storytelling—like blogs, tweets, and online video—invite new audience, offer diverse feedback and engage students to collaborate with the world. More so, sharing begs awareness, seeks understanding and has the potential to turn classroom devices into empathy-generating machines as kids interact and learn about the world. This session will celebrate the benefits of technology and include a student presenter who will share her digital adventure partnered with a teacher perspective on how to coach students to consider their identity as they use media to understand themselves and their place in the global learning community.

Speakers
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... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher
Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin is a dynamic educator who pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. She is the founder and Managi... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Building a Culture of Classroom Coaching

Dr. Hopkin and Ms. Solway will provide an insight into how technology can be used to support coaching both as a tool for outstanding teacher development and education in the classroom. A working definition of what we mean (and do not mean) by the ubiquitous term ‘coaching’ will be provided, along with sound-bites from teachers about the difference it makes to their practice.  Presenters will describe the four Pillars of Coaching:

1. Retrievable (thematic) learning;
2. Retrievable (personalised) learning;
3. Predictive (personalised) learning;
4. SODA (self organised developmental arc) learning  

We will show examples of what is meant by each pillar, and will answer the challenge of how a teacher can self analyze: “You can’t coach what you can’t measure”. We will describe and demonstrate use of cellphones and iPads to collate self analysis and coaching content as well as use of Go Pro and MS Kinect to track student movement around Elementary and Kindergarten learning spaces. 

 

This session will describe the journey, pitfalls encountered and solutions discovered in using technology to support coaching.


Speakers
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Dr. Neil Hopkin

Principal, The British International School
Neil has been a Principal of seven outstanding schools, across the UK, Singapore and China, including a federation of schools in Central London. In 2009, he was designated a UK National Leader of Education for his work in leading outstanding schools. With a Post Grad in Mathemat... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Gallagher - No Textbooks, Tests, or Paper. Just Engaged Learners.
Adult professionals don’t use textbooks or take tests daily, and are using and less and less paper to do their work. Why should our children learn in a wholly different environment when preparing for the professional world? Learn why and how one classroom teacher cut out textbooks, tests, and paper to transform her students’ learning experiences every day. Then experience it for yourself by doing a “walk-thru” of a lesson during the session. You’ll be moving, talking, creating, and sharing with other participants. Be sure to bring a device so that you can engage in the in-person and online collaboration that will occur during the session. You’ll find out how this new way of learning and teaching can make the classroom more of a community and can reignite students’ and teachers’ passion for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Gallagher

Kerry Gallagher

Digital Learning Specialist, St. John's Prep
Kerry Gallagher is a Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts and Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org in Palo Alto, California. Prior to taking on a full-time instructional technology role, Kerry taught middle and high school history... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Gorman - Inside PBL and Technology Integration...What Would Dewey Do?
Discover the most important components of PBL and Deeper Learning and examine why it works through the eyes of John Dewey. You will have a chance to reflect and discuss with others as you grasp a deeper meaning of PBL. Walk away with some tools, resources, and new ideas. What would Dewey do? Mike, a PD provider for the BUCK Institute, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and November Learning will provide essential steps that will allow educators to feel both success and accomplishment as they travel up the technology stairway of blended learning with PBL. Educators will learn how some important small steps will provide a giant leap. Walk away with some amazing free tools and resources as you take each step. You will find yourself at the top of the PBL and Technology Integration stairs in no time!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Leading Legacy through Social Media: Publishing Student Work for Professional Development

You can lead legacy through social media. Become a source of professional development for others through publishing student work, even if you've never presented at a conference. You can also seek out published student work as a source of professional development. Hear the stories of a Pre-K, 1st and 3rd grade teacher who adapted my high school student's published projects for their classes. It took over a year to realize there were teachers inside my school and across the country who were adapting and successfully launching students to design their own projects because of what I published and shared on social media. I didn't realize the impact it was having. Find out how middle and high school students left a legacy for younger students mentoring them in conference presentations. It so inspired 4th grade students that they presented out of state this year with two 7th grade mentors. For them, it all started with Spinodino, a music video created by a 9th and 10th grade student now with nearly 8,000 views on YouTube. This turned into a movement in our school where each teacher creates a collection of published student work. Access student projects and free tools to help you start your own legacy. https://doc.co/Em3c1D 


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Zimmerman

Michelle Zimmerman

Researcher / Educator, Concordia University Wisconsin/ Renton Prep
Blended learning models and experiential learning can enhance human connection, creativity and innovation supported by effective digital tool use.


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Merrill/Van Ledtje - The Power of the Selfie Center: Moving from a Self-ME to a Self-We

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.

Speakers
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... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Mull - Using the Question Formulation Technique to Guide School Decision Making
An important goal for any school administrator who wants to successfully involve the school community in the decision making process, should be to honor the ideas and concerns of those within the community. This can be achieved by engaging your stakeholders in a simple, focused process of asking questions—questions that serve to guide future actions. In this session, participants will come together in a “faculty meeting” to explore the questions behind a new school-wide initiative using the Question Formulation Technique. This streamlined questioning technique encourages divergent thinking, but at the same time, it brings focus to what you choose to explore in your schools. Additionally, this same technique can immediately be taken from the faculty meeting and into the classroom to invigorate the learning process.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and 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 →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Spieldenner - Play, Craft, Learn with Minecraft

Join this session to learn about how educators from around the world are using Minecraft Education Edition to empower their students. In this session, we will uncover:

·         Why use Minecraft in the classroom
·         Basics of Minecraft
·         Examples from Educators’ practice in the classroom
·         Create your own activity to use with your students


Speakers

Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Staudt - Sensing Science
Explore dynamic technology-based visualizations and model-based inquiry tools to help demonstrate opportunities for kids to learn about fundamental science concepts at an early age. With the use of models embedded in online stories kindergarten students start to develop a conceptual understanding of matter and its changes.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The 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 wit... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Intended Audience Early Childhood
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Valentine - Ahead By a Century: Innovation as a Catalyst for Change

Why do students choose online and blended options: Lessons to be learned from the ones who matter the most, our learners themselves. What role do grit, perseverance and self-advocacy play in propelling kids forward? 

Administrators, teachers, parents, community leaders and students are demanding change in schools to meet, and exceed, the needs of students. Technology is not the panacea, however it is a powerful driver that can be used to scale much-needed change in schools at a rate and pace that will serve an unprecedented number of students.  

How can we future creativity, grit, curiosity and innovation in classrooms within administrators, teachers and most importantly, students? 

This session will utilize modern philosophies of Dr. Brene Brown and Seth Godin as the underpinnings of how to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of educators and students in order to leverage the power of technology in schools. Research from the 2016 report published by Evergreen Education (""Why do students and their families choose blended/online options?"") will be incorporated, along with initial findings from the 2017 FBOL/Evergreen Education study, titled, ""Tapping into the creative spirit of the teacher to integrate blended options in classrooms to personalize learning"". Additionally, major trends, case studies and profiles will be incorporated into this session to highlight specific examples. 

How can we continue to move ""ahead by a century"" as individuals? In order to do this, we must embrace the soft skills that lie beneath the cognitive surface. Come join this session to find out!


Speakers
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Amy Valentine

Executive Director, The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning
Amy E. Valentine is the director of The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, the recently formed grant-making foundation that focuses on advancing and improving opportunities for access to digital education. The Foundation was created to serve as a convener of stakeholders who are committed to promoting social change through highlighting the benefits of blended and online learning through success stories and giving back to this important community of pioneer families and students... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:15pm

Krause - Virtual Worlds & Immersive Storytelling: Mindfulness & Empathy in #VR#AR#MR

A true “Mission Critical” is amplifying students’ consciousness; boosting their capacity to discriminate between fact and fiction, using digital literacies to contribute to a better world. Alan November recently published an article about how educators can save democracy by teaching this form of digital awareness.

The need for literacy and awareness extends to virtual realms of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality), pointing to the future of education practices.  

What are goals and benefits of these enhanced environments, which often hype their ability to “immerse students in the learning”?

How can we harness these tools to increase a student’s capacity to connect, appreciate the complexity of an issue, and understand and relate to others’ perspectives? From a mindfulness angle, how can #VR and #AR applications foster authentic curiosity, bringing about an even greater sense of awareness and presence?

In this session, we’ll view through a lens of empathy and storytelling, evaluating the #UX (user experience) of these immersive, virtual realms, relating them to standards for effective learning.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, c... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy and Courage

1:15pm

Leighton - Student Self Assessment
In this session, you will learn about several ways to build a class setting where the students own their learning and assess themselves. In my classes all students conduct monthly parent / teachers / student conferences where the self asses, set goals and share what they are learning. Through this and other class activities, students are empowered to take an active role in their learning.

Speakers
avatar for John Leighton

John Leighton

US History Teacher, Franklin High School
I teach US History in a 1:1 environment with sophomores from AP to co-taught.


Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Intended Audience General - All Audiences
  • Session Level All

1:15pm

Richardson - Individual Student Blogs in Early Childhood: Creating Digital Portfolios forYoung Learners with a Focus on Digital Citizenship
If you’re intimidated by the idea of building digital portfolios for your young learners, then you’re not alone. I jumped into individual student blogs three years ago filled with trepidation! However, with just one iPad, my class of first graders created blogs of their work from across the curriculum and learned to comment on those of others.

In this session, I will show you how to:

• Use EasyBlog.Org to build individual student blogs including photos, voice recordings, and videos
• Teach digital citizenship skills to ensure your students stay safe online and their parents feel secure
• Have your students appreciate the work of their classmates and other learners by leaving comments

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. Inspired by her learning at BLC, she has had... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

1:15pm

Smith - The Secret to Student Engagement
High School students know more about themselves than we think – simple classroom tools can tap into their positive energies.

That quiet student in the back row. The aggressive class disruptor. And a bored kid who refuses to do homework. How can a teacher connect with these different students? Curriculum and content alone don’t increase engagement. Understanding the unique characteristics of each individual holds the key to engaging students and promoting a productive learning environment.

This session will highlight results from Indigo implementations at various high schools around the country. The Indigo Inventory, a non-cognitive assessment tool used in the corporate world, provides teachers access to all the metrics needed to understand each student – but not to rate or rank them. Indigo data would likely show that the quiet student is a low Influencer; the disruptor is Dominant; and the homework-challenged student has low Compliance. By simply recognizing these Behavior traits, then incorporating what “drives” kids to want to perform (Motivations), teachers can start personalizing their lessons and curriculum to serve all students. We will demonstrate how schools have transformed their cultures with the Indigo program, and give specific direction on how you can use these concepts to be the teacher whose kids love to show up energized in class.

Participants in this session are strongly encouraged to take the Indigo survey before attending (provided for free, takes about 15 minutes). A comprehensive report is automatically emailed upon completion.

Speakers
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Sheri Smith

Founder, The Indigo Project
Sheri Smith graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Studies and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. In college, Sheri interned at the State Department for Vital Voices, an initiative started by Hillary Clinton. Here Sheri recognized her passion for helping people find their voice and inspiring them to catalyze change in the world. Shifting her career focus to corporate consulting, Sheri discovered the power of assessment technology for hiring and coaching and has been using these tools for over 10 years. Sheri saw the benefits of clients working in their zone of genius and the pain of being in a role that... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Session Level All

2:15pm

November - Next Steps and Final Reflection
Join Alan November for a discussion on Next Steps and a wrap up of the best BLC ever!

Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza