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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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Tuesday, July 19 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Meet Microsoft Classroom Ninjas – Masters of Empowering Learning

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Come learn from educators how they are not just replicating analog, traditional classroom experiences (i.e. paper and pencil) with digital and instead leveraging cohesive learning tools to empower student learning. Office 365 Education now includes customized experiences where teachers manage everything from class assignments to their professional learning communities and students post questions, collaborate in groups, and access all the materials they need—all in one place. It incorporates the tools teachers and students already love in Office and new tools like OneNote, Sway, and Microsoft Forms.

 Attendees will:
-Learn about specific Microsoft tools and how they can be integrated into the classroom 
-Participate in a rotation of interactive, hands-on activity with Microsoft Innovative Educators that can be replicated in classrooms
-Gain confidence in sharing learnings and content in front of a class so that you can bring these learnings into next school year

 If you are ready to take the next step towards saving time and engaging your students with technology, this session is for you.

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Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. We believe limitless potential is within... Read More →

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Melissa Cleaver

Common Sense Education Outreach Coordinator, Omaha Public School
Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
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Tammy Dunbar

teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca (CA) Unified, is the 2020 NCCE Closing Keynote and is a 2018-2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She was named 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, won the 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN... Read More →
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Kelly Means

Project Coordinator, Omaha Public Schools
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Lauren Pittman

Special Education Teacher, Holly Spring Elementary STEM Academy
I have been teaching special education in and around Georgia for the last 10 years. I am reading interventionist and literacy chair for my school. I am highly invested in technology for special education students and have taken my classroom digital this year with the help of Microsoft... Read More →
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Michelle Zimmerman

Director of Teaching and Learning, Renton Prep
I teach middle and high school STE[A]M and Project Based Experiential Learning at Renton Prep. My PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development from University of Washington has helped me answer questions about learning design and practice, and conduct classroom research since 2008... Read More →

Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  4-Hour Pre-Conference Session
  • Cost FREE!!!
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All