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7-hour Pre-Conference [clear filter]
Sunday, July 23
 

2:00pm EDT

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

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 →


Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

2:00pm EDT

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

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 →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, 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 to... Read More →


Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All
 
Monday, July 24
 

8:00am EDT

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 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 →


Monday July 24, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

9:00am EDT

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

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 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
White Hill Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand CV
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

9:00am EDT

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

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 →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, 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 to... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Terrace Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

1:00pm EDT

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

CEO, MindWise
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with... Read More →


Monday July 24, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All
 
Tuesday, July 25
 

9:00am EDT

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

CEO, MindWise
Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with... Read More →


Tuesday July 25, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  7-hour Pre-Conference
  • BLC Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Cost 450
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All