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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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Wednesday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Spoken Reasons: A Journey from Self-Determination Theory of Motivation to Digital Storytelling in the Classroom with Sway​

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Research offers insights for working with diverse populations in education. There are theories in motivation and research methods, technology and case studies. Experience the story of how research in practice changed the way student voice shaped learning design, impacted preschoolers, formed identity, and helped at-risk youth find purpose in education. You'll get to try out  Poetic Transcriptions, experience digital ink, and collaboratively co-authoring Sway based on your own student artifacts you can access or bring with you or practice with artifacts provided. Sway works on any device and is easy to create with a mobile device. Look at ways of telling your own experiential learning, story, cross-age mentoring, and cross-country collaboration to share how your work creates bridges across domains and people. See how Sway can become a tool for amplifying voice, co-authoring, and creating digital portfolios.


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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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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 →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza