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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Thursday, July 21 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Bots, Code, Robots - How Much Fun Is This?

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Computer Science - it is being mandated in many states and school districts. If you are not a programmer, what do you do?  It's not rocket science - it's computational thinking - collaborative problem solving, and above all it is FUN! This session is designed for teachers who want to come and play with BeeBots, Spheros, 3D Printing, Lego Robotic Kids, Arduino Kits and 'unplugged' problems, explore Hour of Code activities and find out just how easy it can be to excite students about Computer Science! 

Join us to get hands on with the ‘EdTech Toy Box.’ Using examples of technology available for the classroom, learn how this hardware can be used in the classroom. Including authentic student led projects. 

Have you tried the Hour of Code? iPads will be available, and a Code.org trainer will assist you and discuss how you can use this engaging series of activities to excite your students about coding!  


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Kathy Cassidy

Teacher, Prairie South School Division
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher whose passions include literacy, connecting classrooms and using technology in transformative ways. In 2005, she realized she could connect her classroom with the outside world using student blogs, video-conferencing... Read More →

Kern Kelley

Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 and Coordinator of the Student Leadership Ambassador program in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over two decades and has conducted professional... Read More →
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Karen Lirenman

SAIL Academy, Brookside Elementary, Surrey School District
Bio 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... Read More →
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Marcy Reed

Co-Director, BLC16, November Learning
Marcy joined the BLC Staff during the early years of Building Learning Communities, and has been an active participant at BLC each summer since BLC's debut at Roger Williams College!Marcy is an educator with years of experience at the secondary level where she has taught subjects... Read More →
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Heather Sutkowski

Computer Science Teacher and Code.org PD Facilitator
Heather has been a K-12 teacher for 12 years and currently teaches Computer Science and Technology at an elementary school in Hartford, CT. Heather is has also been a Code.org CS Fundamentals Facilitator in CT for two years, providing free PD workshops for K-5 teachers. #CSforA... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
  Thursday Afternoon Active Session
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All