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4-hour Pre-Conference [clear filter]
Monday, July 24
 

8:00am EDT

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 EDT
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA

1:00pm EDT

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

November Learning 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... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm EDT

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 EDT
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • Cost 300
  • Intended Audience Elementary
  • Session Level Beginner

1:00pm EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

8:00am EDT

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

Senior Partner & Founder, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counsellor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass, one of his students published an... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost 295
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

8:00am EDT

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

Silvia Tolisano

Author & Consultant, AASSA Social Media Coordinator
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner

8:00am EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm EDT

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

November Learning 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... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm EDT

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

7th grade ELA Teacher, Thomas Middle School, Arlington Heights, IL
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 25th year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner

1:00pm EDT

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, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm EDT

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 Chuck Holland

Chuck Holland

Director of Instructional Technology, Richland Two
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of education 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 District Two, Columbia... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  4-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Cost 275
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level Beginner