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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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Sunday, July 17
 

12:00pm

BLC Information Center
Sunday July 17, 2016 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

First Five Days: Building a Culture for Year Long Success (Part I of 2) - Alan November, Sara Wilkie
Limited Capacity seats available

*This is Part 1 of an 8-hour session that takes place over two days - Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. 

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

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $425.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All
 
Monday, July 18
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Monday July 18, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Making Thinking Visible: Engaging ALL Learners and Transforming Assessment - Lainie Rowell
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device 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 for formative and summative assessment. 

Attendees will:

-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)

-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity 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, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

8:00am

We Learn Through Stories - Darren Kuropatwa
Limited Capacity seats available

Memories built through storytelling & metaphor are easier to recall; memories are  even more sticky when you include an emotional component. How can we make learning sticky using powerful storytelling frameworks that tap into peoples' emotions? How do we involve all students in creating digital content that doesn't also create hours of content for teachers to assess? This interactive, hands-on workshop will engage all learners in Digital Storytelling activities you can use in your class tomorrow! Document student learning & foster reflective ways for students to share their learning grounded in strong formative assessment practices. 1st: we play! Then we'll discuss how to practically adapt these ideas & make them your own. We’ll learn how to exercise your students' & your own creativity muscles and share simple strategies for collecting & publishing student work.
You’ll need a mobile device and you'll want to know your username & password to install new apps.Your device has to be able to send email using the native email app it came with. Nice to have a laptop with you too.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

8:00am

First Five Days: Building a Culture for Year Long Success (Part 2 of 2) - Alan November, Sara Wilkie
Limited Capacity seats available

*This is Part 2 of an 8-hour session that takes place over two days - Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. 

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

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $425.00
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Build a World-wide Learning Community in Your Elementary Classroom - Kathy Cassidy
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology tools now exist that allow students to connect with and learn curriculum standards along with others across the country or around the world, creating a community of learners centered in your classroom. We’ll explore ways to use tools such blogs, Skype, and Twitter to capture, deepen and share the learning of the students in your classroom.  

You’ll leave with a working knowledge of these tools, accounts set up and ready to go for the new school year, an understanding of how to find individuals and classes to connect with and an awareness of how to use technology in authentic, curriculum-centered ways in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $425.00
  • Intended Audience Elementary (K-5)
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level Beginner

9:00am

Learn to Code, Code to Learn - MIT Scratch Team
Limited Capacity seats available

Many people view coding (computer programming) as a narrow technical skill. But the ability to code, like the ability to write, can help you learn many other things. When you learn to code, you learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas -- essential skills for everyone. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Scratch, the most popular programming language for young people. 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.

Scratch is now on the web!!

This session will be held at the MIT Media Lab located at 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, room 445. We strongly recommend taking public transportation.

Use the online campus map: http://whereis.mit.edu/
Find your way around campus with your phone: http://m.mit.edu

Speakers

Monday July 18, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Cost $395.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier) - Lainie Rowell
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 building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Digital Tools and Apps That Will ROCK Your Schools, Classrooms and Libraries! - Kathy Schrock
Limited Capacity seats available

We have all heard....Oh, I have a digital tool for that project!  That app will be perfect for your students!....but do we ever have the time to truly discover, test, and create with all of the digital tools and apps available for educators and students.  In this workshop, Shannon McClintock Miller will show you lots of amazing educational tools and apps for creation, discovery, connecting, and collaboration.  You will have time to test out and create with these tools and apps too.  You will leave this workshop ready to ROCK your schools, classrooms and libraries by bringing a new tool box full of awesome digital tools, apps, ideas, and examples back to the students and teachers. 
  1. Participants will collect a tool box of several digital tools and apps to use with their students and others in an online curation tool. 
  2. Participants will learn how to use and create with digital tools of their choice.
  3. Participants will be able to integrate digital tools and apps into their curriculum, library and classroom.  

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. | | She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google... Read More →


Monday July 18, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All
 
Tuesday, July 19
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Tuesday July 19, 2016 7:00am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum - Kathy Schrock
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital storytelling can be used as an assessment at all levels to showcase student mastery of content for any subject area. This workshop will include the process of planning for a digital story and introduce online tools (for laptops, Chromebooks, and Windows tablets) and mobile apps (for iPads and Android tablets) to use in producing and creating the stories.  Participants will create different types of digital stories which include  a personal narrative, a story that informs/instructs, and a story that documents an event. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy and the SAMR model in relation to these types of assessments will also be discussed, as well as the standards alignments.  Participants should bring a laptop, Chromebook, Windows tablet computer, Android tablet, or iPad 2 or newer to the workshop. 
 
iOS apps to download: Padlet, 30Hands, Mindjet Maps, PhotoGrid Collage Maker, Phonto, Chatterpix Kids or YAKit Kids, Canva, WeVideo (search iPhone apps); Android apps to download: COM-Phone Story Maker, MindJet Maps, Photo Grid Collage Maker, Phonto, Face Changer Video, Skitch, WeVideo

https://vimeo.com/139713032 

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. | | She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Google Apps Implementation - Kern Kelley
Limited Capacity seats available

Your school or district has gone Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a systematic look at how students and teachers can use all the tools within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices and we will also discuss the new service Google Classroom and how it integrates within Google Apps for Education.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

8:00am

iPads for Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity - Lainie Rowell
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you new to iPads for learning? Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Either way, this pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad.
This hands-on workshop will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple's iPad. With the iPad, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! We will examine using this mobile device to transform learning. This workshop includes time to collaboratively design an activity that redefines learning. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Infusing the Common Core Across the Curriculum
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Leadership, Managing the Transition - Alan November
Limited Capacity seats available

Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning) - Sara Wilkie
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about being the guide on the side seriously. But, how do you get from student dependence to independence? Taken from our popular Master Class Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning), this session is a perfect and highly practical compliment to Alan & Sara’s #1st5Days session, and will engage participants in a strategy-building experience of how to seed (start), scaffold and grow process-centered and student-owned learning (and survive!). Don’t expect one-size-fits-all answers – but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward (reflective) silences…

Join us as we explore & draft take-away activities that will:
• Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, collaborators, connectors and creators of content…from the #1st5Days and beyond
• Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies
• Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and “failures” for the richer learning opportunities embedded within
• (re)Imagine the increasing range of teacher and student roles in the learning process • Identify and consider critical and recursive elements of learning design that support students as they develop habits of practice
• Consider resources to scaffold the process and build capacity of all learners over time Participants will also be offered the opportunity to schedule a 45-minute Skype or Google follow-up session with the facilitators to reflect on and discuss their design, implementation and/or next-step ideas

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Strand Crafting Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

8:00am

Meet Microsoft Classroom Ninjas – Masters of Empowering Learning

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.


Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Cleaver

Melissa Cleaver

Staff Development/Training, Omaha Public Schools
avatar for Tammy Dunbar

Tammy Dunbar

Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA). A popular presenter and trainer across the country, Dunbar presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference (where she earned two global awards for project excellence). She was at ISTE 2016 (co-presenting with Choose2Matter.org founder, Angela Maiers), CUE 2016 and... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Means

Kelly Means

Innovation Facilitator, Omaha Public Schools
avatar for Lauren Pittman

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 OneNote and the Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet. I run a blog chronicling not only our adventures in the classroom but also review and recommend websites and... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Zimmerman

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. Being able to include students in Participatory Action Research is rewarding to see transformation in students. I'm also currently Adjunct at Concordia University... Read More →


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

8:00am

Passion-Based Learning (Genius Hour) Workshop - Joy Kirr
Limited Capacity seats available

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
https://youtu.be/2rkNFHDUC_w

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year.


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level Beginner

8:00am

Apps, ‘Bots and Code: The New ABC’s in the Elementary Classroom - Kathy Cassidy
Limited Capacity seats available

There is a lot of talk about coding and robotics in education, but why would you want to use them in your elementary classroom?  Are you curious about what is possible? We’ll talk about the “why’s”, the “how’s” and curricular connections. 

Best of all, we’ll turn our space into a coding and robotic workshop! We’ll try out some coding tools and robots ourselves and spend some time designing curricular and age-appropriate activities for your classroom.   

Imagine the possibilities! 

Downloading the free app ScratchJr by MIT Media Lab ahead of time is suggested.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $425.00
  • Intended Audience Elementary (K-5)
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level Beginner

1:00pm

Breakout of the Box of Teaching and Learning with Breakout EDU - Kern Kelley, Brian Mull
Limited Capacity seats available

Introduced to BLC15 attendees last year with rave reviews, Breakout EDU is an immersive learning platform that engages learners of all ages (even adults) in a live gaming experience that promotes teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking opportunities. It all begins with a Breakout EDU kit, the core of the game. This kit can then be used alone or expanded upon with numerous accessories to make it usable within a variety of curricularly aligned games that can be used to teach in a collaborative context.
This pre-conference session will begin with an introduction to Breakout EDU and the opportunity to play one of the many games that are available to all educators. Following game play, we will lead you through a discussion that we encourage you to have with all who play—focusing on what was learned, the successes and areas to improve upon for future success working within a group, and how what was learned ties back to all collaborative learning opportunities within the classroom.
During the rest of the session, all participants will work together to crowdsource the development of a game that we will then submit for publication within the Breakout EDU game directory. This means that the work you do, will potentially be used by educators from around the world!

 Participants in this session will:
  • Receive an overview of the Breakout EDU platform learn about the Breakout EDU kit and options for expansion 
  • Play a Breakout EDU game with co-participants 
  • Be exposed to a series of discussion questions to use following game play collaborative 
  • Create a Breakout EDU game with co-participants 
  • Have an absolute BLAST!
Breakout EDU: It’s time for something different in education.
Attendee Requirements: Bring your own laptop and/or tablet with you.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Mindfulness by Design: Leveraging Presence for Deep Meaning

We’re entering a whole new arena of learning and knowledge of brain function. Charting the inner landscape of the mind allows us to actively promote meaningful learning across the curriculum, in and out of the classroom.

Mindfulness is at the heart of breakthrough applications in education and media, rooted in awareness, curiosity, and authenticity. Even just five years ago, science did not have the research available to show the many benefits of mindfulness that are just coming to the forefront. Now, this topic has exciting and powerful developments to explore and apply.

 Dynamic life begins with us; with mindset and approach. The state of our minds has a great impact on the power of our connections, our engagement, and our overall learning experiences. This workshop blends the philosophical and the practical, diving into research and applications across the curriculum. We’ll look at current technology and social media that blend well with mindfulness. As we integrate mindfulness in all curriculum arenas, highlighting design thinking strategies and examples, we will investigate ways to craft active mindful learning, with curious collaboration. And, in the midst of all the activity, we will promote ways to keep our own selves sustained.

 Ultimately, it’s how we choose to approach our knowledge and tools that matters, in the context of community. How we understand the incredible capacities of the mind, and its ability to relate to others, just might have the greatest impact on overall learning. We’re in an age of collaboration and creativity; a time of empathy-driven problem solving, using design thinking models to amplify our understanding.

Daniel Pink calls this “The Conceptual Age”—an age of invention and innovation, focusing on the characteristics of the brain's right hemisphere: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, and big-picture thinking. It's an age that invites us to be passionate, lifelong learners, looking at tech and tools and how to find presence and meaning beyond the buzzwords.

In Visible Learning for Teachers, education researcher John Hattie completed what Grant Wiggins calls “the most exhaustive meta-analysis in education.” Hattie isolates what factors make the biggest difference in student achievement. His top 5:

§  Student self-assessment
§  Response to intervention
§  Teacher credibility
§  Providing formative assessments
§  Classroom discussion 

Incredibly, all five of these factors are best supported by mindfulness, at the core. Best education environments are ones that promote awareness, encourage listening, interchange and reflection, and foster active, empathetic engagement—just the type of place where mindfulness thrives.

Learning is a dynamic enterprise. In a recent post on Boston’s mad*pow design agency site, founder and industry expert Amy Cueva aptly said “collaboration is the new innovation.” True—we’re in a mindshare-fueled world. We will discuss what that means in action, as we aim to “go global” in a connected society.

 Deepen your skills and understanding of mindfulness principles and education initiatives, learn about current trends, and leave with practical activities to integrate into every classroom and school community. This workshop is designed for educators, administrators, and other school personnel (Instruction Specialists, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, Counselors and Assessment Coordinators) alike.

The following research and resources are among those referenced in our workshop and discussion: Richie Davidson (2013) at the University of Wisconsin, studying focus techniques and emotional well-being; the APA's findings (2011) that “improved concentration, emotional intelligence, and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness and compassion” increase through mindfulness practices; Daniel Goleman (2014), providing research showing that mindfulness capabilities improve the ability to cope with stress, to make effective decisions, and to use creativity. This session also draws on the work of John Hattie (2012) and visible learning processes, various Design Thinking examples and research, and Yong Zhao's (2015) global learning and innovation models. We will discuss applications across the curriculum, exploring ways to integrate these findings into our active daily life, in and out of the school environment.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00

1:00pm

PBL Splash… A Look at Project Based Learning - Mike Gorman
Limited Capacity seats available

Come on your own or bring a team! Spend a half day exploring the authentic and deep learning experiences that Project Based Learning makes possible. 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 38 years, initiated a school district one to one program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. You will walk away with amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to learn even more. 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

Consultant, November Learning


Tuesday July 19, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

1:00pm

Step-By-Step Directions On How To Become A Connected Educator and Learner - Darren Kuropatwa, Roy McCloud, Sara Wilkie
Limited Capacity seats available

We live in a world that is connected....Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Symbaloo, LinkedIn, Blogger...the list goes on and on.  And it isn't just us as educators....it is our young people too.  In this workshop, Sara Wilkie, Roy McCloud and Darren Kuropatwa will teach you how to get connected on various social media platforms, bookmarking websites, and teleconferencing websites.  They will share their own stories about getting connected and how they crafted brands for their learning spaces, schools and themselves.  This dynamic team will help you do the same as they walk through step-by-step directions with each platform and resource.  You will leave armed with the tools and confidence you need to be a connected educator and learner too. 
  1. Participants will learn what it means to be a connected educator.
  2. Participants will become connected with various social networks and online tools.  
  3. Participants will create a plan to use social media and online tools to become a connected educator


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost $245.00
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Session Level All

3:00pm

BLC16 Presider and Volunteer Briefing
Speakers
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Opening Reception
Join us for a glass of wine or beer, tasty hors d'oevres and great conversation after you pick up your registration materials in the Statler Room!

Tuesday July 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom B - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Registration
Tuesday July 19, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

6:00pm

BLC16 Presenter Briefing
Speakers
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

7:00pm

Most Likely to Succeed - a special screening at BLC16!
Ted Dintersmith will be present for a special showing of his acclaimed film "Most Likely to Succeed" just for BLC16 attendees. "Most Likely To Succeed" is the best film ever done on the topic of school — both its past and its future. The film inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. After seeing this film, you’ll never look at school the same way again.

After the film, Alan and Ted will hold a discussion! This is a no-miss!

See the trailer at:  https://vimeo.com/122502930
 

Moderators
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Lots, The Future Project, Inc.
Ted Dintersmith is on a whirlwind tour of trying to change education in America, one community at a time.  Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist, is executive producer of “Most Likely To Succeed,” a self-financed documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The documentary argues that modern American schooling is outdated, promoting rigid coursework and rote memorization of facts at the expense of... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 20
 

7:00am

BLC16 Orientation
Are you new to BLC? Join us for an early morning look at BLC16 with presenters Lainie Rowell and Sara Wilkie! 

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:00am - 8:15am
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Wednesday Keynote - Dr. Eric Mazur
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eric Mazur

Dr. Eric Mazur

Harvard University
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry. He is the Vice President of the Optical... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Beyond the Initial Technology Shine: Developing Lessons that Promote 21st Century Skills and Significant Content
It really is time 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 Deeper Learning. Learn about and see how this all fits into the SAMR model of technology integration, and beyond. 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

Consultant, November Learning


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Coding & Robotics in Early Childhood? No Problem!
The words ‘coding’ and ‘robotics’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Whether your classroom is filled with access to technology, or your students have never seen a device, coding and robotics can become a seamless part of the learning that happens in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of coding and robotics to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating into core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. Working with these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.

Participants will:
-Learn ways to teach coding through both ""unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
-Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
-Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavatana

Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Genius Hour .
What's the big hoopla over Genius Hour? Why hand over 20% of precious class time to the students? Find out many reasons why you should be doing passion-based learning in your classroom, and leave with loads of resources on how to begin!
Participants will gain:
A better understanding of just what Genius Hour IS and is NOT
Links to comprehensive resources to begin Genius Hour, help struggling students, and projects that have been completed
Connections to teachers who are already using this type of learning in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Hashtaggery: Harnessing the Power of the Tag for your Course
"The tag is the soul of the Internet”, says Derrick de Kerckhove in The Augmented Mind. How can educators exploit the use of tagging content in a variety of mediums in order to help students practice these new literacies and understand the workings of the Web? In this session we’ll look at both practical and creative (or “meta”) tagging and explore ways to organize a course in Twitter, G+, Storify, Instagram, and Wordpress blogs. We’ll explore playful uses of tags to re-contextualize, add commentary, or create art, poetry, and literature. The hashtag is a powerful device of the organization of knowledge, but it can be maximized for critical and divergent thinking.
*this is a presentation with some hands-on activities. Please bring a mobile device and, if you wish, a laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience High School
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Keynote Follow-Up with Dr. Eric Mazur
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eric Mazur

Dr. Eric Mazur

Harvard University
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry. He is the Vice President of the Optical... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Language Learning the Digital Way: Sheltered Instruction + Technology
U.S. classrooms and classrooms across the globe strive to meet the needs of a growing number of students of diverse backgrounds. What these students have in common is the need to master a new language and embrace a new culture. This can be overwhelming, intimidating and motivating - all at the same time.

English language learners (ELLs), limited English experience students (LEEs) and learners of languages other than English (LOTE) need ample opportunities to develop social and academic vocabulary, and make academic progress in a highly engaging, accepting and supportive classroom environment.

Participants in this session will learn field-tested sheltered instruction strategies enhanced by a variety of technology tools and resources that will help students learn how to learn, gain self confidence and make significant progress toward mastery.

Participants are asked to install the Read&Write Google Chrome extension prior to the session and request a free teacher premium account at https://rwchrome.texthelp.com/drive/Home/RegisterTeacher

 

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Susan F. Reeves

Susan F. Reeves

Educational Specialist, Digital Age Learning; K-5 Facilitator, Code.org, Education Service Center, Region 20
Talk to me about all things education & technology! I love to talk about computer science (coding) in the elementary/middle school grades, English Learners, mobile devices, Google, Edmodo and many other resources. I am a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Discovery Educator Network STAR Discovery Educator, Edmodo Certified Trainer, and Brainpop Certified Educator. In addition to my role at ESC-20, I am a K-5 Facilitator with Code.org and... Read More →



Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Learner-Driven Curriculum - Flipped Asynchronous and Flipped Discussion Models
One of the most difficult questions to answer is, """"why are we learning this?"""" The reason for this question is that teachers have always determined the specifics of the course curriculum, some going as far as creating a calendar to make sure everything is planned for each day, with little to no input from the learner.
Why not let learners determine what they learn, and in what order? Why not let them determine whether or not they as a class have mastered the material? Why not let them determine the types of assessments used? This session will focus on varying levels of ownership that learners can take on to ensure that they are engaged in a curriculum that they helped to create. Concepts such as """"overview days"""" will shape a classroom where facilitators can truly facilitate, allowing learners to construct peer evaluations that hold themselves accountable to their own standards.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/Algebra 2 Teacher, Coppell High School
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Maths/Algebra 2 teacher and Department Chair at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. Ian has presented at BLC in 2014. He believes in learners owning their own learning, and demonstrates this belief in his everyday classroom structure. He uses the flipped asynchronous model in his... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Lesson Crashers
Participants will adopt the """"Lesson Crash"""" model, take it to their home districts, and make it their own. Participants will recast their """"coaching"""" into """"crashing"""". Like in the TV show, Yard Crashers, I.T. Crashers will meet teachers where they are, help them on projects they are already working on, and celebrate every tiny success along the way. This will be documented via audio and video, packaged as a mini-TV series in their districts, and played to celebrate the wonderful tech integration happening in every classroom. Instruction Technology will become the celebrated P.R. that teachers have been looking for. Even though most campuses and districts reward a single teacher of the year, Lesson Crashers will help reveal and celebrate the variety of talent hiding in each and every school hallway. Do you have a lesson you want to trash!? Get it Crashed!!!

Our program seeks out great teachers who have identified an area of weakness where a little tech could really help. The entire Crash event is a celebration of strengths, commitment to student achievement, and the recasting of Instructional Technology in education as a team effort from top to bottom.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper

Consultant, ESC Region 11
Charles Cooper was in the classroom 17 years. He has taught at elementary, middle, high school and college levels. The bulk of his time, though, has been spent (5 years) teaching middle school science and (10 years) teaching high school social studies as well as (5 years) teaching college level government courses online and in person. He has been out of the classroom for a little over a year. He is the 2013 Northwest District Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Stories the Matter, Stories that Move
Using the Power of Storytelling to Foster Self-Directed Learners & Purposeful Journeys 

For nearly two decades, twin brothers and co-founders of Boston-based media/interactive development firm FableVision Peter H. Reynolds and Paul A. Reynolds have created and shared stories that have helped inspire learning, creativity, and courage to lead self-directed, meaningful life journeys. With books and films that have been celebrated around the globe, Peter landed the Association of American Publishers’ 2013 Visionary award for making such a "positive impact on the lives and endeavors of those throughout the learning resource community."

What makes the Reynolds' brand of storytelling so powerful? As American Psychologist Jerome Bruner (2002) explains, "metaphorically rich, morally instructive narratives teach us who we are and who we can become.” The brothers will share how the power of story can provide transformational change in students' (and teachers') lives - whether it is inspire self-directed learning (The North Star), courage needed for learning & self-expression (The Dot), resilience in the face of struggles (Ish), flexibility and growth mindset (Sky Color), embracing others with differences (The Blue Shoe, I’m Here), adaptive expertise, creativity and innovation (Going Places.) The brother’s talk will be interspersed with a sampling of their books and animated films, all of which can be brought into one's practice - often with enduring, life-changing results. 

Key to the Reynolds mission, they will also encourage every participant and their students to discover and capture their own stories - and share them using a host of powerful new tools for creative self-expression and publishing. And most importantly, the Peter and Paul will challenge everyone to “make your mark matter!” In a modern world where we create and broadcast media from home and school, or digitally fabricate anything from toys to guns with new 3D printers - positive scaffolding of these powerful new creation tools is essential. Attendees will be given the challenge to provide the learners in their care with guidance and encouragement to use their creativity and human potential to move the world to a better place.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

CEO, FableVision
Paul is the CEO and Co-Founder of Boston-based FableVision, which creates and distributes original educational media, mobile games and apps designed to move the world to a better place. Paul has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries - broadcast, museum, institutional, K12, educational publishing... Read More →
avatar for Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds

FableVision Learning
Peter H. Reynolds (www.peterhreynolds.com ) is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator, creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision, (www.fablevision.com) an award-winning educational multimedia company co-located at the Boston Children's Museum.  Peter has conceived and designed media for a wide variety of media platforms for broadcasters, museums, publishers, and educational organizations, including Sesame... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

The Fourth Screen

Between the first screen, the movie screen, and the fourth screen in your pocket were two others. They have dramatically changed the ways in which we work, learn, play, and live together. Increasingly, our online lives breed a lack of inhibition not seen offline while simultaneously the phones most kids have in their pockets make all spaces learning spaces and potentially shift learning times to any time. 

This session will model conversations educators can take back to their schools about cultivating empathy and empowerment in our students to combat a host of social issues around student use of social media. Participants will leave with a wealth of powerful visual material and discussion starters they can use in their schools with their students. We’ll share ideas to effectively lead these sort of difficult conversations and share resources we can easily access anywhere any time.


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level All

10:20am

Twitter for Beginners -The Surprisingly Easy Way to Connect Your Students with the World
Do you hear the word ‘Twitter’ and assume it’s a fun app for following the latest gossip and trends? That’s what I used to think too. Over the past three years,Twitter has transformed my classroom into a global learning environment where my first graders regularly communicate with students from around the world.

Twitter is much more than just a social networking tool. It is truly the gateway to connecting your students with other classrooms from across town and across the planet! In this session, you will find out how tweeting in your classroom can open up a world of collaborative projects and incredible connections for your students, no matter their grade level.

In this session, I will show you how to:

- Create a class Twitter page
- Search for other classes and experts to follow
- Make connections that lead to collaborative projects
- Use hashtags to help you research and organize information
- Build a personal learning network

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. Her classes are quite diverse, with students from around the world and with very different learning styles and abilities. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. She enjoys using individual digital portfolios with her students and has launched coding... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Assessment When There is No Right Answer

When learning is centered around not what one knows but what one is able to do with what one knows, it calls for a different way to think about assessment of learning. The technologies students already have in their hands possess simple tools for documenting learning experiences and producing generative artifacts that are evidence of learning in this context. This session examines and uncovers qualitative formative assessment of learning, an approach that supports process-oriented educational design.


Speakers
avatar for Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M from Harvard... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

10:20am

OneNote and Learning Tools: How to Access Education for 21st Century Learners

OneNote is a powerful tool to organize and deliver lessons as well as engage and organize students in a simple and effective way. This session will look at the power of OneNote, how it used in classrooms and how the Learning Tools help both general and special education students access their learning.



Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Pittman

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 OneNote and the Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet. I run a blog chronicling not only our adventures in the classroom but also review and recommend websites and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

All In! How to Unite One School With One Book
Middle school students are notoriously fickle. Sixth graders are intimidated by the older kids, seventh graders are distracted by anything social, and *nothing* is cool enough for eighth graders. How, then, does one go about planning an activity to bring together students from all grades? What could possibly appeal to both boys and girls, be appropriate enough for those ages 11 through 14, and have enough educational value to ensure the support of administration and staff?

How about a school-wide read?

For five years, our All In! school-wide read has been the most popular club in our school district. Let us show you how one book can unite your community. We'll share videos, activities, anecdotes, and expertise so you can create a highly successful school-wide reading adventure!

Participants will:
-learn how to select a book
-leverage social media and video platforms to create interest
-create book-based team-building activities

Moderators
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.

Speakers

Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Shop in a Box
The Robotics Shop in a Box will teach people the basics of electronics, engineering, and programming through the use of a toy car. You will make the car completely autonomous through the usage of informational videos. This is an easy way to learn the basics of 3 of the biggest industries in our world today.
The Web Design Shop in a Box shows how to create successful business plans and websites. This box includes instructions on how to write a business plan and how to write HTML5 and CSS.
The Commerical Arts Shop in a Box is used to promote artistic expression and escapism through the creation of murals, or canvas panels that shape to create a larger image.
The Medical Assisting Shop in a Box is to educate the public on the importance of health and hygiene. Through a series of instruments, pictorial information cards, and instructional videos, you will learn things like; properly obtaining blood pressure, preforming correct baby measurements, obtaining vital signs, and how to correctly wash your hands. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Breakout EDU - The Game
Sign up as a team with the Tech Sherpas to play this game - See them on the Mezzanine. Teams compete to find the answer to the challenge within the alloted time - this year the winner gets great prize (in addition to bragging rights!) 

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Community Action Education: Students Worldwide Collaborating to Solve 21st and 22nd Century Global Grand Challenges
One Planet Education Network® (OPEN) was an early pioneer of the use of “live” videoconference events offering students from around our small planet to take the wheel, collaborate with their peers, and present their own unique cultural viewpoints on how to solve difficult global issues and critically evaluate significant scientific and technological advancements. While teachers guided and mentored, it was the students leading the research and coming up with creative solutions during these project-based international programs.

Now we share lessons and videos from past and recent live cross-cultural engagements.

Founder of OPEN, George Newman, explains how the combination of local and global community action education and related learning games and international student collaborations can help advance our education systems, better align schools to evolving workplace realities, and favorably impact our children’s career preparation and global society.

Moderators
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.

Speakers

Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Genius Hour
What's the big hoopla over Genius Hour? Why hand over 20% of precious class time to the students? Find out many reasons why you should be doing passion-based learning in your classroom, and leave with loads of resources on how to begin!
Participants will gain:
A better understanding of just what Genius Hour IS and is NOT
Links to comprehensive resources to begin Genius Hour, help struggling students, and projects that have been completed
Connections to teachers who are already using this type of learning in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy Kirr currently teaches 7th grade ELA in NW Illinois. She started in education working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and later became a reading specialist and nationally board certified. Teaching for over 20 years, she strives to learn more every year.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Making Thinking Visible: Engaging ALL Learners and Transforming Assessment

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device 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 for formative and summative assessment.

Attendees will:

-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)

-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning

-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible

-Participate in an activity 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, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Perusall - Turning Reading Assignments into Engaging Collective Activities
In this workshop, we will do a deep dive into Perusall, the social reading platform introduced by Eric Mazur in his keynote.  Based on extensive patent-pending behavioral research at Harvard, Perusall turns often-skipped solitary reading assignments into engaging collective activities students don’t want to miss.  Perusall keeps students on track before class, ensuring students learn more, get instant answers to their questions, come to class prepared, and enjoy the experience. During the workshop we will try out the platform live and explore how to use Perusall to better understand student misconceptions, structure class discussion, and save time.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Lukoff

Brian Lukoff

Co-founder and CEO, Perusall LLC
I am an educator, technology designer, and engineer with a passion for assessment and innovation. I am currently co-founder and CEO of Perusall, a collaborative reading platform to help get students prepared for class. In 2013, Pearson acquired Learning Catalytics, a company that I founded with Eric Mazur and Gary King. I received a Ph.D. from the Stanford University School of Education where I studied educational measurement and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Self-Publishing for Students: Develop Entrepreneurs Through E-books

Thanks to technology, authorship is at our fingertips, and today's writers are able to share their work with others on multiple platforms and in various forms. Innovative and entrepreneurial writers have discovered they do not need permission from a major publishing house to call themselves authors and deliver their work to the world. Why should students wait to be adults to share the stories and essays they have inside? By using the free tools available, students can publish their work, whether it be the first novel of a trilogy or a collection of poems or essays. In this session, we will:

Identify the steps to publishing from start to finish, including: 

•Completing the manuscript
•Formatting
•Paying attention to the details - everything from page breaks to fonts to copyright considerations

Explore the available platforms (including but not limited to): 

•Kindle
•NOOKPress
•Smashwords

Understand the role social media and marketing play in getting your novel noticed: 

•Goodreads
•Wattpad
•Facebook/Instagram/Twitter
•Virtual book tours and review swaps

Join us and empower your students with the power of self-publishing!


Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Levine

Jacqueline Levine

Hudson River Teacher Center Director, PNW BOCES
Jackie is a NYS certified elementary educator, and administrator, and a Young Adult fiction author. In an “if I had access to this back then” moment, Jackie realized her students have the chance to share their work with the world and build their brand through self-publishing. It has since become her mission to make sure every student takes the technology tools available to them to follow their passions and become entrepreneurs. Jackie... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level Intermediate

11:45am

Sketchnoting- Visually Taking Notes
The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking 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
* containers
* your own visual library."

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Technology for Student Ownership
Technology for Student Ownership"Technology can be a captivating tool that pulls students into learning, but how do we get students to own their learning? Garth and I had our students drive our world history class and they became inspired learners that left digital footprints worth following. Come learn how we engaged students and made learning a journey, not just a destination. In this session we will discuss and see examples of:
1. Essential Questions: Designed by students, for students and a catalyst for student ownership
2. Autonomous Units of study: Allow kids the freedom to create, while giving yourself an opportunity to work with the students that need you most
3. Digital Publishing: How do we allow students to leave digital footprints worth following.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners
By engaging students in problem and project based learning, impacting their emotions, causing them to question and think about controversial topics, and presenting content in the form of visuals and stories, research shows that students more often retain content and turn it into personal knowledge. By infusing the information literacy skill set as the common thread across the content areas, students have the foundation they need to succeed. Learn how the team of classroom teacher, teacher librarian, and technology teacher can work together to create and teach lessons that intertwine these literacies.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. | | She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

The Jackson 5 Was Wrong and Other Mindset Shifts for Learners

“Teacher’s gonna show you, how to get an A…” Not anymore Jackson 5!
Today’s classroom is a place where STUDENTS guide the curriculum as kids of all ages are empowered to ask questions, seek information and collaborate with peers. We move from having 1 teacher and 30 students, to an environment where everyone plays the role of both teacher and learner and expands the physical space of the classroom to include colleagues around the world. New digital tools make this easier than ever before as students collaborate online with peers and experts, create to demonstrate understanding and gather authentic feedback that matters.  Learn practical strategies you can use tomorrow to connect learners, capture student thinking and build agency across the grades. 


Speakers
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Author and Education Consultant, Ziemke Consulting, LLC
Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.  A teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Kristin works... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

This is CS50
CS50 is Harvard University's introductory course for majors and non-majors alike, a one-semester amalgam of courses generally known as CS1 and CS2. In 2007, we set out to alter the course's style and tone to resonate with those "less comfortable" and "more comfortable" alike, albeit without sacrificing the course's historical rigor. We maintained the course's underlying syllabus but revamped every problem set, providing students not only with more direction but context as well. And we augmented the course's support structure. As of 2015, CS50 is Harvard's largest course with over 800 students, up from 132 in 2006, and those "less comfortable" now compose the course's largest demographic. Since 2015, CS50 is now also offered in parallel at Yale University. Also as of 2015 is a version of the course specifically geared for secondary school and the new AP CS Principles curriculum (CS50 AP) now offered in approximately 45 middle and high schools around the country, with a wider rollout beginning in 2016. 
We present in this talk what we have done to evolve the course and why we have done it. We also look at CS50’s online counterpart, CS50x, Harvard College's first course to be offered on an even larger scale via edX with over 500,000 registrants, and we examine CS50 AP by discussing the changes made to adapt the curriculum and bootstrap teachers. In the second half, we host a panel discussion and Q&A including several teachers who have successfully adopted or adapted the CS50 AP curriculum in their own classrooms this past school year.

If you would like to apply to join us at one of our teacher training workshops during 2016 so you can bring CS50 AP to your school, apply now at https://cs50.harvard.edu/ap/apply

Speakers
avatar for David Malan

David Malan

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University
David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He received his A.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same in 1999, 2004, and 2007, respectively. He teaches Harvard College's largest course, Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, and edX's largest... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Using Data To Inform Teaching and Guide Student Reflection

In this session educators will look at all the ways we can create and analyse data for improvement. Leadership ways help guide school improvement, students creating their own data for study tips, pastoral care leader survey ideas and more ideas will be shown and shared. Google Sheets can be used to provide data on students, both summative and formative, to inform their teaching. The power of cells changing colour and graphs of student progress can quickly allow us to intervene as well as provide frameworks for regular student reflection. Technology should make our lives easier and data should inform our teaching, these markbook ideas allow us to achieve just that.


Speakers
avatar for Craig Verbruggen

Craig Verbruggen

Head of Mathematics, eLearning Coordinator, Bishop Druitt College
Craig is Head of Mathematics (7-12) and also the eLearning Coordinator (K-12) at Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour, Australia. He is passionate about creating and implementing authentic assessments in Mathematics and sharing these ideas with other subject areas to adapt. Craig currently organises ICT staff professional learning opportunities through many methods including professional learning communities amongst staff. Flipped learning... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Global Communication and Collaboration in the Classroom w/Skype

Global Communication and Collaboration in the Classroom with Skype

Open students’ eyes to the global ramifications of technology by using Skype to communicate and collaborate with anyone, anywhere in the world. Have a book talk with an author; experience the challenges faced by explorers; virtually visit national and global parks and landmarks; Mystery Skype with classrooms and learn about other cultures and geography.


Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Dunbar

Tammy Dunbar

Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA). A popular presenter and trainer across the country, Dunbar presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference (where she earned two global awards for project excellence). She was at ISTE 2016 (co-presenting with Choose2Matter.org founder, Angela Maiers), CUE 2016 and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Whiteboarding and Screencasting: 6 dimensions of a tool to support instruction, feedback, knowledge building, and assessment

In this workshop, participants will learn about, and practice, six dimensions that white boarding and screencasting tools can be used in support of instruction, feedback, knowledge building, and assessment of learning. These dimensions are: synchronous instruction and feedback, a synchronous instruction and feedback, instructor-drive template creation, student note taking, student-driven tutorial production, and student work with templates. By exploring these 6 dimensions, participants will have a better understanding of how dynamic, multimedia tools can  help people communicate thinking and better understand each other.


Speakers
avatar for Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M from Harvard... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

12:00pm

Shop in a Box
The Robotics Shop in a Box will teach people the basics of electronics, engineering, and programming through the use of a toy car. You will make the car completely autonomous through the usage of informational videos. This is an easy way to learn the basics of 3 of the biggest industries in our world today.
The Web Design Shop in a Box shows how to create successful business plans and websites. This box includes instructions on how to write a business plan and how to write HTML5 and CSS.
The Commerical Arts Shop in a Box is used to promote artistic expression and escapism through the creation of murals, or canvas panels that shape to create a larger image.
The Medical Assisting Shop in a Box is to educate the public on the importance of health and hygiene. Through a series of instruments, pictorial information cards, and instructional videos, you will learn things like; properly obtaining blood pressure, preforming correct baby measurements, obtaining vital signs, and how to correctly wash your hands. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Beyond Facebook..
Teaching Global Citizenship: Moving Beyond Facebook Friends and Skype." - Linking up with the another classroom around the globe? Want to create an experiential learning environment to help students become global citizens? Try these techniques to make the connections more meaningful. Create a profound learning opportunity for students by problem solving "real" world issues: communication, technical issues, media bias and group dynamics. Using tools like padlet, chalkup and seesaw students learn to handle the stickiness of national agendas, the media and misinformation can create by working online together and exploring current events from different views.

To give a bit of insight into our class attached is a blog cast my co-teacher Adam Jones did with Vicki Davis on Bam Radio about our class.

http://www.bamradionetwork.com/every-classroom-matters/3682-merging-classrooms-how-i-shared-my-students-with-a-class-in-egypt

Moderators
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Kenney

Lynne Kenney

Schutz American School, Schutz American School
People should talk to me about activities and tools to create global citizens. Beyond Facebook friends we can nurture meaningful activities and thinking that promote student activism and caring. I try to empower young people by exploring how to create change and to define the future instead of perpetuating stereotypes and fear.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Learning on the Move
Now that mobile devices have become a great tool for teaching and learning, we can think about delivering professional development with them on the go. With so many great resources in our neighborhoods and beyond, let's move away from sit and get PD to creating the engaging learning experiences in the world around us. The kind of learning we want for our students. See an example of how String Theory Schools used an iTunes U course and iBook used for Learning on the Go at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

#Q2Learn

Students driving their thinking & learning through questioning; the essence of an innovative learning environment

The Common Core standards are all about staking a “Claim” and finding “Evidence”.  Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking?  Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments.  Today our challenge is to collectively determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.  

Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding.  

Join us as we explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning and thinking routines:

  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing and connecting
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers 

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

2016 50-State Whirlwind Tour - Lessons Across the Country!

Ted has completed an extensive 2015-2016 school-year trip, going to all fifty states.  He will talk about what he observed: 

What’s working?

What isn’t,?

What it will take to accelerate the pace of progress and change in our schools? 

Ted will discuss his nine-month “No State Left Behind” tour. You can preview his travels on his website:

http://www.edu21c.com/blog/


Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Lots, The Future Project, Inc.
Ted Dintersmith is on a whirlwind tour of trying to change education in America, one community at a time.  Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist, is executive producer of “Most Likely To Succeed,” a self-financed documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The documentary argues that modern American schooling is outdated, promoting rigid coursework and rote memorization of facts at the expense of... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Activating Student Voice as a Driver for Deep Personalized Learning and Whole-school Change

In this workshop, Phil Stubbs will share how teachers around the world are adopting simple strategies to meet the challenge of engaging students more deeply in their learning.

He will share practical strategies for shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student and demonstrate how these strategies are being applied to on-going professional learning in order to allow teachers and school leaders to meet the challenge of whole school improvement as a collective endeavour. Participants will leave with a range of student-ready activities suitable for use in "The First 5 Days".


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Education Director, Verso Learning
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education systems and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He is a regular presenter at conferences around the world, both as an educator and as Education Director for a range of global education companies. His focus is on student voice, feedback and data, and the development of... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Bridging the Gap: Connecting K12 & Higher Ed in Ohio

As students transition from a high school to a college/university setting, they are likely to encounter vastly different experiences. Too often, there is an expectation and preparation gap for students making this transition. At The Ohio State University, College Ready Ohio is working to bridge these gaps, connecting high school teachers and university faculty to work bidirectionally toward building a bridge for students in transition.

This session will highlight where some of these gaps exist, both culturally and pedagogically, and explore how collaborative efforts to build learning communities has improved teaching and learning at both the secondary and postsecondary levels in Ohio.


Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Scragg

Benjamin Scragg

Program Manger - College Ready Ohio, The Ohio State University
Ben works in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University, where he is the Program Manager for College Ready Ohio, a state-funded grant initiative aiming to bridge the worlds of K12 and higher education through teacher professional development, strategic technology implementation, and online/hybrid learning. In addition, Ben coordinates OSU's GE Online initiative, which aims to develop beautiful online sections of... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Making Thinking Visible with Nearpod
As researched by John Hattie and demonstrated by Eric Mazur, one of the most impactful changes a teacher can make in instruction is to provide students with quality feedback in a timely manner. Nearpod is a tool that allows teachers to do just that! Used across the curriculum to formally assess students through the process of a given lesson, teachers can receive real-time data of students responses on discussion questions, polls, and annotated drawings, allowing teachers to immediately intervene on student misconceptions. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to take part in a Nearpod session and learn what goes into building these interactive learning lessons.

Speakers
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Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Put Students in the Front
Empower students to take control of their learning by creating students centered spaces that encourage choice, employ technology and metacognitive reflection. Learn easy steps to making more formative spaces that inspire risk taking and synthesis learning. Move away from the traditional and inspire real growth by harnessing student creativity.

Check out our student media outlet wjpsnews.com
the testimonial page and presentation pages on starrsackstein.com

Speakers

Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Re-imagining Spaces for Blended Learning: The Cafe, the Studio, and the Stage
It might sound like the Parisian Left Bank but it could be your course. It’s time to re-imagine the environments in which our students learn, whether we teach in a traditional classroom setting, offer a hybrid course, or teach completely online. One possible model is the “Café - Studio - Stage”, which facilitates distributed cognition, peeragogy, maker culture, and radical transparency. What are the essential elements of these “spaces” - whether they be physical or virtual - and what tools are useful in managing student learning, production, and amplification of student work? The “Café” fosters community and is the hotbed for discussion of ideas, but can also include individual research and reflection, curation, and student-lead teaching. The “Studio” provides the “whitespace” for students to produce artifacts. The synchronous aspect of “studio time”, even in a purely digital realm, is characterized by a creative energy much like the classic artist studio. It is a time for brainstorming, prototyping, collaboration, and for formative feedback. Finally, the “Stage” constitutes the various platforms available to share and showcase student work and learning with the goal being a sense of relevance via an authentic audience as a well as the obligation to contribute to socially-constructed knowledge.
We’ll discover ways to promote transparency and assist students in amplifying their work and connecting with experts in the field. The combination of curation, creation, reflection, and amplification leads to the cultivation of a positive digital presence, where students not only consume but contribute to knowledge production.
Participants will be come away with relevant activities they can replicate in the classroom (MS-Higher ED) and are encouraged to begin to develop an action plan for implementation. A full website of resources curated by the presenter is available as a take-home “goodie-bag”.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Redefining ‘Literacy’ the Early Childhood Classroom: Reading and Writing Beyond Paper
By the time students reach the early childhood classroom, many of them are already absorbing large amounts of content through technology. To keep up with 21st century demands, the term “literacy” should encompass the fluency with which children can interface with and manipulate new forms of media. Rather than seeing this as an obstacle to the learning we want children to do in the classroom, we should be building effective classroom strategies that apply what we already know about literacy to these new frontiers of communication. In other words, students should not just be users of digital media, but creators as well. By teaching students how to effectively communicate their own ideas through 21st century media such as icons and videos, students can apply the same critical thinking and analytical skills that we are teaching them in reading and writing to their experience with technology. This workshop will also look into how teachers can leverage different aspects of technology to enhance the traditional Reading and Writing Workshop in the early years. Media tools such as iPad apps help students to both create and reflect on their work, which help teachers to more effectively confer, assess, and form strategy groups. Taken together, the ideas in this workshop will enable early childhood educators to strengthen and diversify their core teaching methods by integrating them with the latest technology has to offer.

Speakers
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Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

This is CS50 - Question & Answer Panel Discussion
In this follow-up to David Malan's "This is CS50" presentation, a panel will discuss implementation and answer questions.

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Chornesky

Natasha Chornesky

Computer Science Acacemic Evangelist, Microsoft
Experienced in education and startups, I was the first teacher to bring Steve Blank's evidence-based entrepreneurship-customer development-to middle and secondary school students. Currently working at MSFT on computer science and entrepreneurship student learning experiences and looking to help to teachers bring agile methodology and mindset into their classrooms. If you're working with kids--reach out!
avatar for David Malan

David Malan

Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University
David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He received his A.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same in 1999, 2004, and 2007, respectively. He teaches Harvard College's largest course, Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, and edX's largest... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Maxim

Jeff Maxim

Computer Science Teacher, Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School
I teach CS50 at Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School in NYC. I'm a web developer at www.experiment.com ... both are really cool organizations and you should check them out!
avatar for Katie O'Shaughnessey

Katie O'Shaughnessey

Computer Science Teacher, Hopkins School
Katie is passionate about bringing computer science to students of all ages. She teaches high school computer science, including the new AP Computer Science Principles course (CS50 style). She also volunteers to teach an after school coding club at her son's public middle school, as well as a middle school coding club at Hopkins School. She believes coding is a life skill that empowers all students and should be taught at all levels. She... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Twitter - A Powerful Classroom Tool
Are you interested in using your twitter account (or creating one) as a communication tool with your students? Come see how a geometry teacher uses Twitter to engage her students in and outside the classroom in 140 characters or less. We will explore the role Twitter plays in developing a learning community among teachers and students as well as witness first-hand how Twitter encourages students to drive the lessons making learning authentic. This session is for all level of Twitter users.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

Teacher, Coppell High School
Jessica Caviness is beginning her 17th year in Coppell, Texas, teaching mathematics at Coppell High School. Ms. Caviness’ 16 years in the classroom include experience with middle school math, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. As a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching precipitant, Ms. Caviness has been recognized for bringing innovative methods into her classroom, providing transformative experiences for her... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Global Education?

Confusion abounds when it comes to what people think "global education" stands for. Understanding the different angles and ways of addressing various interpretations can help build buy-in and confidence so that more students get a quality "global education," whatever they think it is.


Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

“We want to own the learning!”

Once a year, the leadership of our organization travels abroad in order to exchange knowledge, and gain inspiration for new and different ways, in which to improve the abilities, well-being and growth of Danish pupils as learners. The last three years we have visited The United States of America including New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Vermont, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento and Silicon Valley.
In this workshop we give an outsiders digest of the American school system and challenges ahead compared to the Danish school system. We will discuss in what ways the two school systems differ and in what way we can stride to improve the systems through the shared knowledge and know how.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Holst Andersen

Robert Holst Andersen

Head of Secretary, The association of Danish Pupils
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The Association of Danish Students

The Association of Danish Pupils is a politically independent nongovernmental organization, working for the interests of grade school pupils in Denmark. Our goal is to create a “good school life” through an organization led “by and for pupils”. This is not just another catchy slogan – it means that we are actually run by pupils! Our organization provides courses to improve a variation of democratic and general skills for both... Read More →
avatar for Cecilie Tang-Brock

Cecilie Tang-Brock

Head of Projects, The association of Danish Pupils


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level a

1:30pm

Balancing Your Numeracy Instruction
The term “balanced numeracy” comes from the ideas of balanced literacy. The goal of balanced literacy is to help students to comprehend and make meaning of words, where as the goal of balanced numeracy is to help students comprehend and make meaning of numbers. Both balanced literacy and balanced numeracy include components such as: modeling, vocabulary development, peer discussions, building on prior knowledge, independent practice, close read/problem analysis, and metacognition.

This workshop will introduce you to ways to incorporate best common practice of teaching literacy to teaching mathematics.

Participants will learn:

• Strategies to incorporate more reading and writing into their mathematics instruction.
• How they can use common literacy practices such as visualizing, predicting, and making connections to improve mathematics instruction.
• Ways to integrate mathematics into their literacy block.

Moderators
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Stearns

Christine Stearns

Educator/consultant, New Boston Central School/Find-Your-Balance Educational Services


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Thank you, Mr. Gutenberg, but we've moved on
The story of how String Theory Schools said goodbye to the textbook. We created a culture of learning with vision on the future of education through collaboration and creativity, giving teachers and students a voice and choice.

Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

App Smashing

Are your students and faculty flexing an artist’s palette of apps or merely randomly accessing a rather wimpy list of individual random tools? Creating dashboards for learning is a new essential skill for your students and one you can model. If you are implementing 1:1 or BYOB, this session will prepare you to smash together a variety of digital tools to develop tool literacy in your own school community.

In this interactive presentation we will address:

• In what ways might the creation of dashboards and launchpads/PLEs organize learners' understanding of their personal information landscapes and support productivity, workflow and agency?
• In what ways might the creation of playlists/learning palettes support teaching and learning/
• How do you creatively combine apps to accomplish learning goals more powerfully? More thoughtfully? More artfully? What are your best recipes?



Speakers
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Joyce Valenza has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Master of Information program. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce has authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Blogs as Digital Portfolios
Elementary students, too, can have digital portfolios that allow them to reflect and record their learning. Just like their older counterparts, young learners want to showcase their learning for a wider audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. We’ll discuss what works effectively with young students.
You will leave with
· A model for using digital portfolios in your classroom
· Examples of effective digital portfolios
· Ideas for age-appropriate tools to demonstrate learning
· A digital handout with all of the information from the session

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Digital Citizens in Society

With BYOT Programs emerging at many schools, digital citizenship programs have provided a safety net for school. However, they have just opened our eyes to what our students can do and write on social media and also the role that sports and movies stars have in shaping the expectation of communication skills in a 21st Century environment. Lets look at the wealth of resources that are available in online news articles, use SAMR ladders to reflect on how we can improve Digital Citizenship lessons and preface emerging research from the likes of Mal Lee and Martin Levens in how our schools should transform. From research activities that infusing digital citizenship into curriculums, to whole school change issues involving tech, we will propose, discuss and also share our current situations on that continuum.



Speakers
avatar for Craig Verbruggen

Craig Verbruggen

Head of Mathematics, eLearning Coordinator, Bishop Druitt College
Craig is Head of Mathematics (7-12) and also the eLearning Coordinator (K-12) at Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour, Australia. He is passionate about creating and implementing authentic assessments in Mathematics and sharing these ideas with other subject areas to adapt. Craig currently organises ICT staff professional learning opportunities through many methods including professional learning communities amongst staff. Flipped learning... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Embracing the Journey-One District's K-12 Digital Conversion
Educational institutions throughout the world have begun to explore the potential benefits that implementing a one to one initiative offers. In the East Irondequoit Central School District (NY) the digital conversion effort has been embraced at every level as a vital step towards ensuring a better chance of success for our students.
This session will cover all aspects of our conversion plan; our decision to use iPads, our pilot program for choosing teachers, the selection of a learning management system, the evolution of a professional development plan for our staff and the creation of a student utilization rubric. It will demonstrate the applications of the device across all grade levels. Potential stumbling blocks will also be addressed.
We will examine the importance of analyzing data-not only to gauge student performance but also as a way to see which tools are being used most effectively by teachers.
We will share the various communication and partnership strategies used within our community regarding the conversion process as well as digital content and citizenship.
By giving attendees the opportunity to hear from various district personnel this will prove to be something that everyone will find relative no matter what position they hold.

Speakers
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Dave Yates

Director of Communications, East Irondequoit Central School District
After more than 20 years working in television news Dave Yates moved into the educational field. | He is a member of his district's digital conversion team, which has been at the forefront of implementing a 1-1 initiative for all of their students. | The district has hosted a number of visitors from across New York to get a first hand look at their implementation process, including current U.S. Education Secretary John B. King. | Dave and the... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Engage Students with Whole-Brain Thinking and Learning
Creativity. Innovation. Critical thinking. Problem solving. These are the goal posts for 21st century students. Recent brain-based research supports the notion that hands-on making, building, and creating not only nurture creativity, but also impact cognition, working memory, and innovative problem solving. While we don't have to be neuroscientists to be effective in the classroom, if we are to truly master the craft of teaching we must have an understanding of how the brain learns. Furthermore, if we want to nurture creativity, innovation, and critical thinking, we need to learn how to engage the whole brain. As STEAM-based learning creates a significant shift away from rote academics, whole-brain instruction provides pedagogically sound experiences that engage students and build their capacity to learn. Participants in this session will explore:

—Recent brain-based research illuminating cognitive function as it relates to teaching and learning;
—The application of this scientific research as it applies to classroom instruction;
—Whole-brain learning experiences that promote creativity, problem solving, memory, and analytical skills - all critical elements of STEAM instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Hughes

Melissa Hughes

Founder and President, Andrick Group
Dr. Melissa Hughes is the Founder and President of the Andrick Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and master's degrees in Instructional Technology and Educational Administration. Throughout her career, Melissa has taught students from primary grades to the university level. She has authored more than a dozen resource publications and developed countless instructional materials for the classroom based upon best practice and sound... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Extending Google Apps for Education with the Chrome Store
The benefits of using Google Apps for Education spans far beyond apps that are created by Google. Google also provides the Chrome Store, a repository for other companies to connect us with apps that they have created and function seamlessly with Google’s apps. From timeline creation, to mind mapping, to video production, to peeling back the layers of the human body, the Chrome Store has you covered.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

First Five Days - Building a Culture for Year Long Success

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

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Kids Stories Matter: The Power of Digital Autobiography
"How can a structured multimedia project achieve the highest level of student engagement, collaborative learning, hands-on experience, and profound personal expression?

How does the process of creating an autobiographical film allow all students to succeed and be heard, regardless of their academic strengths and challenges?

How do we give voice to students’ experience and understanding of the world?

This writing/film project allows students to reflect on significant events or people in their lives by composing a carefully crafted personal essay that serves as the script for a 2-5 minute dynamic multimedia creation. Students are highly motivated when they can immerse themselves in interactive, project-based learning using the latest technologies. Equally important is their desire to tell their personal stories and to share these stories with others. This project is intensive, allowing students to be fully immersed in the writing and movie-production process, and ending with a demonstration of their refined technology skills and a powerful expression of their authentic selves. Examples of subjects for film include adoption, living with ADHD and other learning differences, memories of childhood, the challenge of competitive sports, perceiving and creating art, dealing with a parent’s illness or death. For many students, this is the most significant shared learning experience of the year. This project levels the classroom playing field; everyone has a story to tell, and all stories matter.

Workshop participants can expect to:
• Understand the importance of cultivating a student’s voice in writing and film and how this classroom practice embraces differentiated learning
• See how a personal essay can be transformed into a movie, which includes video footage, digital photography, a recorded audio script, and music
• Receive step-by-step instructions on how to teach this digital storytelling project with relevant web links and a rubric assessment of skills (these skills are transferable to any subject)
• Review excellent royalty-free media sites used to add music and other digital media to educational projects
• Appreciate the importance of creating a digital library of original media
• View the “Best in Show” student works
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Speakers
avatar for Mig Hayes

Mig Hayes

Teacher/Media Specialist, Carolina Friends School
Mig is well suited in her dual role as a teacher/media specialist, with a B.A. and M.A. in English, a Masters of Library Science, and 32 years teaching experience. She has been teaching at Carolina Friends School for 30 years, a Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to serving as the Media Specialist for Middle/Upper Schools, Mig also teaches English, video production and digital storytelling classes. She has been awarded several... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Making Thinking Even More Visible

What are your students thinking and how do you know? Alan November asks  ‘Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?’  At the International School of Amsterdam a culture of thinking is embedded into our philosophy, programme and curriculum. We want students to think about thinking and therefore we embrace the opportunities that technology provides to facilitate.

Join us to explore how we use a range of technology tools with primary aged students to make thinking visible. See how self and peer reflection is an integral part of learning in our classes. We will share our experiences with screencasting, movie-making, book-making, mind mapping, digital portfolios and collaborative projects across a range of curriculum areas. Some of the tools we have used include: Book Creator, Explain Everything/DoodleCast Pro, iMovie, Adobe Voice, Padlet, Poplet, Voicethread amongst others.


Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
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Sue Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Shop in a Box

Shop in a Box is the vision of our class, the Model United Nations, at  Thomas A Edison Career & Technical Education High School. Here the students have flipped typical teaching methodology. Students are usually recipients of knowledge imparted by the teacher, but in the Model UN we direct the class ourselves. We decided to build a museum dedicated to exposing the terrible human rights violations that continue to plague our world. But it wasn’t enough. We didn’t want to simply expose problems, we wanted to solve them. We found the answer right where we were. We would package our shop skills into a box and export our education to places where opportunities are limited. They are destined for orphanages in Guyana and Bangladesh, schools for girls in the Dominican Republic, and a school for the victims of trafficking in Seattle. This session will highlight student empowerment and introduce participants to the boxes created by the students. It may not change the world, but it will change someone's world. Come and join us and see how. 


Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Twitter - A Powerful Classroom Tool
Are you interested in using your twitter account (or creating one) as a communication tool with your students? Come see how a geometry teacher uses Twitter to engage her students in and outside the classroom in 140 characters or less. We will explore the role Twitter plays in developing a learning community among teachers and students as well as witness first-hand how Twitter encourages students to drive the lessons making learning authentic. This session is for all level of Twitter users.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

Teacher, Coppell High School
Jessica Caviness is beginning her 17th year in Coppell, Texas, teaching mathematics at Coppell High School. Ms. Caviness’ 16 years in the classroom include experience with middle school math, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. As a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching precipitant, Ms. Caviness has been recognized for bringing innovative methods into her classroom, providing transformative experiences for her... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Using Instructional Coaches to Develop a Growth Mindset in Your Building
This session will share the story of 5 classrooms and how the instructional coach model has evolved to encompass a shift in mind set. As Carol Dweck said "we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems." We will discuss the idea of "growth mindset" as well as share concrete examples of how to have successful instructional coaches help spread influence across buildings/districts to help successfully implement a 1:1 program. Classroom and teacher examples will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Garrett

Jordan Garrett

Instructional Director, Berwyn South School District 100
Jordan is an educator from Chicago who works in Berwyn South School District 100. Her first few years of teaching were spent in first and fourth grade teaching with 1:1 iPads. She has taken her 1:1 classroom experience to the coaching side. She is now an iCoach, instructional coach, where she travels between eight buildings working with teachers to effectively integrate iPads and MacBooks into the curriculum. She is the district leader of iSWAT... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

The Mindful Mindset: Train Yourself to Be a “Neuro-Networker”

As educator George Couros says, “innovation is not about a skill set: it's about a mindset.” And, a mindful mindset is at the heart of education. 

A resilient, open, curious, healthy mindset makes for an ideal learning landscape, and mindfulness is a key part of the equation. Come join this workshop to build core mindfulness skills while exploring key creative applications across the curriculum. Understand and investigate the neuroscience behind modern mindfulness practices, and discuss innovative, integrated ways to build mindful exercises into active class time, personalizing and fitting the context of a dynamic classroom community.

When we, as engaged participants in an education community, use mindfulness methods as a means to build self-awareness, focus, and creative ideation, we can call ourselves “neuro-networkers”. We’re actively using mindfulness to change our minds and connect with others— in powerful and innovative ways! Everything, from design thinking, creative ideation, presence in social media, and applications across the curriculum, stems from here.

This session focuses on mindfulness and its active application across three arenas, using it to: 
- increase focus (concentration)
- promote presence (awareness) 
- boost empathy (connection capacity for relational trust)


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Everyday Executive Functioning in Teachers

In recent research, executive function skills have been identified as having a huge impact on a student’s success in school, particularly when that student suffers from an Executive Function Disorder, or EFD. Supports are put in place to build the student’s skills and teach coping strategies for the deficits with which he or she struggles. Not everyone receives this support and guidance however, in particular the adults who completed school well before EFD had been identified and support became commonplace. Organization, task flexibility, time management, working memory – these are a few of the identified executive functions, but they are also factors a supervisor considers when measuring a teacher’s effectiveness during an observation. The Skillful Teacher notes that “good planning skills stand behind good teaching,” indicating that planning high quality lessons are at the heart of what every teacher needs to do to be effective in the classroom (Saphier, Haley-Speca, and Gower, 2008). Lesson planning, and the delivery of a well-planned lesson, require a high level of executive functioning skills as well. In this session, we explore the variety of evaluation tools and the executive functions required for a teacher to qualify as effective. We will also review current research pertaining to the identification of this issue, as well as what administrators can do to support faculty members struggling with poor EF skills. 


Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Levine

Jacqueline Levine

Hudson River Teacher Center Director, PNW BOCES
Jackie is a NYS certified elementary educator, and administrator, and a Young Adult fiction author. In an “if I had access to this back then” moment, Jackie realized her students have the chance to share their work with the world and build their brand through self-publishing. It has since become her mission to make sure every student takes the technology tools available to them to follow their passions and become entrepreneurs. Jackie... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience Administration
  • Strand Contributing to Professional Learning Communities
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Providing “Permission To Wonder”: Questions & Questioning as thinking and learning tools

In a world where knowledge is more a verb than a noun how do we foster deep learning in our students? Good questions cause thinking. Unfortunately, many of the questions regularly asked in classrooms focus on knowledge as a noun. This presentation will explore the effective use using thinking and learning tools in the classroom. We will work together to model teaching practices that lead to students co-constructing a networked (real world) rather than hierarchical (artificial) understanding of their world regardless of grade level or discipline. 

Participants will leave this workshop with a toolkit of research based questioning and thinking strategies they can begin using with their students tomorrow.


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Put Students in the Front
Empower students to take control of their learning by creating students centered spaces that encourage choice, employ technology and metacognitive reflection. Learn easy steps to making more formative spaces that inspire risk taking and synthesis learning. Move away from the traditional and inspire real growth by harnessing student creativity.

Check out our student media outlet wjpsnews.com
the testimonial page and presentation pages on starrsackstein.com

Speakers

Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Read the World: Literacy for a Digital Culture

Today’s digital classroom seeks to combine rich literacy instruction with 21st century tools to engage students in meaningful learning experiences. New devices invite students to read beyond the text and use multimedia--images, video, infographics--to add layers to their thinking. In this new learning landscape, we rethink what it means to “read” and craft lessons that explicitly teach students to analyze a photo, closely read a video clip and read the world. We’ll investigate new entry points for all learners and share ideas for empowering students to author their own messages as content creators in this participatory digital culture. 


Speakers
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Author and Education Consultant, Ziemke Consulting, LLC
Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.  A teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Kristin works... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Sketchnoting for Reflection
"he term sketchnoting describes a style of visual notetaking. During the session you will learn (or review) the basics of creating sketchnotes and then participate in an application time that provides you with an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned while at BLC16!

Be prepared to use sketchnoting as a form of:

* Note Taking: How can we summarize main ideas visually?
* Visual Thinking: How can we make thinking visual and visible to others?
* Content Creation: How can we take concepts and content, in order to be able to share visually to appeal to a larger audience
* Memory Aid: Doodling triggers memory after the event has passed. Visuals beat text when it comes to remembering
* Process Ideation: Documenting the formation of concepts and ideas
* Storytelling: Conveying of events through images and text
* Mind Mapping: Brainstorming and organizing of ideas, thoughts and connections

Please bring a sketch notebook and a pencil/marker or your iPad with an app such as Paper by FiftyThree in order to reflect visually.

Speakers
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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Modern Teaching & Learning Coach, Globally Connected Learning Consultant
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

The First Five Days - Building Research Skills at the Start
Why do today’s learners lack good research skills? Why do they stare blankly when you utter the phrase, “primary source”? If you are an educator that requires effective research skills in regular assignments, then why not set aside the first five days of your class and have students practice these skills exclusively, before you begin your class curriculum? In this session, you will learn how to introduce learners to a more effective approach to internet research. You can then learn how a small sacrifice of time at the beginning of the year can allow learners to use these skills to take charge of their own education, both in high school and in college.

Speakers
avatar for Ian VanderSchee

Ian VanderSchee

IB Math/Algebra 2 Teacher, Coppell High School
Ian VanderSchee is an IB Maths/Algebra 2 teacher and Department Chair at Coppell High School. He received his Bachelor's of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his Bachelor's of Education from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada. Ian has presented at BLC in 2014. He believes in learners owning their own learning, and demonstrates this belief in his everyday classroom structure. He uses the flipped asynchronous model in his... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Tweets for Family and Global Communication
"t’s not just for celebrities anymore! Twitter has quickly become one of the easiest and most effective tools for educators to promote home/school connections, foster global connectivity, and impact student success with technology that takes learning to the next level. The classroom paper “newsletter” is a thing of the past. Discover an easier, more effective way to communicate with parents and build supportive homes for learning- Twitter! Learn how one kindergarten teacher uses Twitter to keep parents informed, promote student/parent dialogue about learning, make global connections, give back to the professional community, and provide followers with a virtual classroom experience. Hear parent feedback on Twitter’s impact at home, and learn how easy it is to implement in your classroom or school. Leave feeling inspired and ready to use this technology in ways that will revolutionize your teaching!
• Learn the basics of navigating Twitter
• Find educational interests to follow on Twitter
• Crack the code of common Twitter lingo and characters.

The session is geared for teachers from pre-K through middle school, but is also suitable for administrators, too.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Graboski

Ann Graboski

Kindergarten Teacher, West Hartford Public Schools
Ann Graboski is a kindergarten teacher in West Hartford, CT. Ann is an advocate for using technology to strengthen the home/school bond, enhance learning experiences and to create academic connections for her students and their families. Ann is certified in early childhood education has been teaching for 11 years. She received her master's degree from the University of Saint Joseph. In addition to teaching, Ann presents at conferences and... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Redefining Homework for the 21st Century

Homework can be a critical part of the educational process that impacts every member of the learning community.  However, as currently utilized, homework practices are outdated, deeply rooted in tradition and focus more on compliance and task completion rather than growth and learning.  The presenters will focus upon research regarding current homework practices and make a compelling case for the need to change our homework assignments so that they promote student inquiry, questioning skills, active engagement based on interest and curiosity, and feedback to students that is meaningful and specific.  

Based on research about the brain, motivation, persistence and student differences, Dr. Kasun, Mr. Aldarelli and Dr. Huguenin developed a powerful presentation in which they share their journey to improve and enhance homework practices globally. This engaging presentation details how educators can change their philosophy, set policies, and create practices that promote “home learning”.  By utilizing practical innovative applications that leverage the use of technologies such as Verso, Google Docs, Kaizena, etc., homework can become more meaningful and impactful for student learning. 

 

Participants Will:

- Understand how to influence the development of homework policies that promote growth learning as opposed to compliance and task completion.

- Obtain information regarding current and relevant research studies pertaining to homework practices and it’s impact on student achievement.  

- Walk away with innovative strategies that leverage the use of technology to promote collaborative and engaging homework assignments.

 

Topics Addressed:

- Flipped Learning

- Developing Student Questioning Skills

- Student Feedback

- Policy Development

- Student Voice/Choice


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Edward Aldarelli

Edward Aldarelli

Principal of the West Freehold School, Freehold Township Schools
Edward Aldarelli is the current principal of the West Freehold Elementary School, Law Professor at Monmouth University, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Mr. Aldarelli presents nationally on the topic of homework and has worked with school districts in an effort to redefine their practices in order to make home-learning assignments meaningful, engaging and personalized. Mr. Aldarelli is committed to sharing... Read More →
avatar for Dr Jeff Huguenin

Dr Jeff Huguenin

Principal of the Catena School, Freehold Township Schools
I am entering my thirteenth year as an administrator, with four years as an Assistant Principal, and nine as a Principal. Currently, I serve as the Principal of the Joseph J. Catena Elementary School in Freehold Township Schools. In May of 2015 I finished my dissertation through the Doctoral program at St. Peter's University. I look forward to presenting with our Superintendent, Dr. Kasun, and my colleague, Mr. Ed Aldarelli.
avatar for Dr  Ross Kasun

Dr Ross Kasun

Superintendent, Freehold Township Schools
I have been the superintendent in Freehold for the past four years, and prior, I served as the the superintendent in Colts Neck and the assistant superintendent in Summit. I am an adjunct professor for St. Peter's University and Montclair State University. Our work to improve homework practices was recognized by ASCD as a Promising Practice. | During the 2014-2015 school year, I was one of 100 district leaders from across the country... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Spoken Reasons: A Journey from Self-Determination Theory of Motivation to Digital Storytelling in the Classroom with Sway​

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.

 


Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Zimmerman

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. Being able to include students in Participatory Action Research is rewarding to see transformation in students. I'm also currently Adjunct at Concordia University... Read More →


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

4:00pm

TEALS: Teaching Computer Science with Help from Industry Volunteers
It’s hard to find teachers with computer science background to offer CS courses in school. The TEALS program pairs a classroom teacher with limited or no computer science background with a team of industry volunteers who co-teach or support the class. Over time, the classroom teacher gradually takes over instructional responsibilities until they are comfortable teaching independently. In this session, we’ll discuss the TEALS model and results, as well as general advice for working with subject matter experts as volunteers in the classroom.

Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Granor

Nathaniel Granor

Lead Program Manager, TEALS/Microsoft
Nathaniel focuses on work that involves building bridges between different communities, whether teaching a cappella to music students in Myanmar, or his current role at TEALS. TEALS helps high school build and grow sustainable computer science programs through co-teaching partnerships with industry volunteers. At TEALS, Nathaniel has been involved with everything from curriculum and teacher training to program implementation and research, and... Read More →



Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Thursday, July 21
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00am - 5:30pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Thursday Keynotes
Speakers
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Author and Education Consultant, Ziemke Consulting, LLC
Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.  A teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Kristin works... Read More →
avatar for Jordyn Zimmerman

Jordyn Zimmerman

Jordyn Zimmerman is a student studying to become a special education teacher. Having experienced special education programs while in school herself, Jordyn hopes to become a catalyst for change in education. Jordyn has been challenging the status quo in specialeducation for many years. Because Jordyn has difficulty with verbal communication, the educational system as it was, didn’t realize Jordyn’s true potential. | | After a series of... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Shop in a Box
The Robotics Shop in a Box will teach people the basics of electronics, engineering, and programming through the use of a toy car. You will make the car completely autonomous through the usage of informational videos. This is an easy way to learn the basics of 3 of the biggest industries in our world today.
The Web Design Shop in a Box shows how to create successful business plans and websites. This box includes instructions on how to write a business plan and how to write HTML5 and CSS.
The Commerical Arts Shop in a Box is used to promote artistic expression and escapism through the creation of murals, or canvas panels that shape to create a larger image.
The Medical Assisting Shop in a Box is to educate the public on the importance of health and hygiene. Through a series of instruments, pictorial information cards, and instructional videos, you will learn things like; properly obtaining blood pressure, preforming correct baby measurements, obtaining vital signs, and how to correctly wash your hands. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Are worksheets getting you down? Go sheetless!

Worksheets: we all use them, and they provide quick and valuable feedback; but are you (and your students) tired of giving the same worksheets day after day? Transform that boring worksheet into a fun and engaging assessment, with or without the help of technology. This session will demonstrate a variety of ways for assessing students, using tools like Poll Everywhere, Google Forms, Plickers, Bingo, and more!


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Caviness

Jessica Caviness

Teacher, Coppell High School
Jessica Caviness is beginning her 17th year in Coppell, Texas, teaching mathematics at Coppell High School. Ms. Caviness’ 16 years in the classroom include experience with middle school math, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. As a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching precipitant, Ms. Caviness has been recognized for bringing innovative methods into her classroom, providing transformative experiences for her... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience High School, Middle School
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Curation: An Update

Curation belongs in the curriculum. It should be part of your school’s search toolkit, part of your collection development strategy, part of your professional development plan, part of your effective Web presence! Joyce will define curation as a learning and workflow strategy and discuss--what might be curated, the best new tools for curating, students as curators, the role of student work in curation, and using curation as an effective strategy for scaling your practice.  We will also examine the importance of curating the new bounty of OER.


Speakers
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Joyce Valenza has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Master of Information program. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce has authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Empowering Families with Technology
How can I change family perceptions around technology? Changing families’ perceptions on the use of technology can help schools change their culture. Explore how to support teachers and families in changing their perception of the use of technology and how it
can be better utilized to create a learning environment.
We will explore how:
Families use technology for learning
Families use technology to organize and collaborate daily chores
Parents create a culture of learning with their devices
Parents give students an opportunity to design solutions to their own problems

Speakers
avatar for Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Digital Learning Project Specialist, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
My name is Ymasumac Maranon Davis, though people call me Yma and that is fine! Ymasumac is a Quechua Indian name from Bolivia. My father is Bolivian, my mother is from New England and her ancestors came around the same time as the pilgrims. We are a very global family and because of this we grew up in Yucatan, Mexico! | I currently work as a Coordinator for Digital Learning Innovation with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

GeekSox: Beyond the Curriculum
The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine.” Alex Korb, PhD

“When threatening conditions do not exist, the Reticular Activating System focuses its attention on stimuli that arouse curiosity. This is the “key to the gate.” The brain seeks input about the new, the unexpected, the colorful, musical, moving, aromatic sensations.” Dr. Judy Willis

The best educators elicit curiosity and innovation in their students through passion, competence, and connection. The day to day demands of curriculum and protocol can often feel overwhelming in a world where a clear mind contributes to our best work. Neuroscientists and psychologists have routinely proven the importance of culture in education. ‘Beyond the Curriculum’ focuses on the importance that school culture plays in our quest to reinforce a growth mindset and will provide attendees with some simple take-aways that result in a culture where staff, students, and families are encouraged to communicate authentically, learn creatively, and contribute passionately. The formula shared is simple with implications that will last a lifetime.

In just over an hour, we will share inspiring stories of success that have resulted from the effective use of peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. An approach founded in social-emotional well-being has led to the transformation of students and educators on a multitude of levels. Leave smiling with simple take-aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

Speaker and Consultant, Authentricity Motivational Speaking and Consulting
An approach founded in social-emotional well- being has led to the transformation of students and educators nationwide. Leave smiling with simple take- aways and active analogies that could change the way you teach and transform the way you think. | | Aaron currently serves as the Principal of Bristol County Agricultural High School and resides in Southeastern, MA with his wife Rhonda, their six children, and dog Stella. Aaron speaks... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Global Goals and Systemic Change: A Mindful Leadership Module

It’s a brave new world, right here, right now. Beyond doubt, there is an urgent need for mindful solutions in society, especially in regard to innovation, creativity and leadership. As researcher and leadership expert Margaret J. Wheatley says, “we need better means to engage everyone’s intelligence in solving challenges.”

Poet Gary Snyder says in his poem For the Children, “to climb these coming crests/ one word to you, to/ you and your children:/ stay together/ learn the flowers/ go light.” Positive organizations need this sustenance, passion, enthusiasm and hope to endure, and to co-create within community.

 This session's topic has great impact on organizations and individual leaders and learners, addressing key themes. We’ll draw on the work of M.Wheatley, Y. Zhao, H. Tavangar and many others in advising educational leaders and organizations on how to thrive in challenging, dynamic global environments; P. Palmer (2015) in linking personal authenticity and accountability to effective leadership practices that effect social change; and O.Scharmer (2014) on the development of the globally recognized MIT edX course Transforming Business, Society and Self, a highly-recognized "learning environment that is personal, practical, relational, mindful, collective, and transformative." Many other organizational leadership models and examples will be referenced and actively evaluated.

 In 2010, IBM interviewed 1,500 CEOs across the globe. All agreed on the following points:

1) complexity has escalated in organizations
2) organizations are not equipped to cope with this complexity
3) creativity and innovation are now the most important leadership qualities

Mindfulness allows individuals and organizations to adapt and navigate in a complex world, while maximizing creative potential. For creativity to thrive, the mind needs to feel empowered and free to explore. Organizational systems that prioritize leadership, freedom, and entrepreneurial creative spirit are adopting regular mindfulness practices, and this is yielding great benefits. Startup incubation is also at a record high, because many larger companies are now realizing the advantages of supporting those who focus on creative solutions and innovation. This has great applications and promise in the education arena.

Leadership has a call to action, in the need for mindful choices that foster creativity and social impact on a global scale. We are at a pivotal societal turning point: the United Nations has just adopted the 17 Global Goals, a series of worldwide values that unite the globe across all cultures, physical and political boundaries. Bridging these gaps, the ultimate goals are to seek better systemic solutions for effective, long-term change— sustainable change that reflects a set of common globe-wide values and leadership objectives. 

Mindful Leadership complements these Global Goals across many categories, including “quality education”, “good health and well-being”, “sustainable cities and communities” and “partnerships for the goals.”

This session aims to address leadership practices and principles in education, applying them to co-imagine and invent ways to effect positive systemic change.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Individual Student Blogs in Early Childhood: Creating Digital Portfolios for Young Learners with a Focus on Digital Citizenship
If you’re intimidated by the idea of building digital portfolios for your young learners, then you’re not alone. I jumped into individual student blogs two years ago filled with trepidation! However, with just one iPad, my class of first graders created blogs of their work from across the curriculum and learned to comment on those of others.
In this session, I will show you how to:

• Use EasyBlog Jr to build individual student blogs including photos, voice recordings, and videos
• Teach digital citizenship skills to ensure your students stay safe online and their parents feel secure
• Have your students appreciate the work of their classmates and other learners by leaving comments

Speakers
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. Her classes are quite diverse, with students from around the world and with very different learning styles and abilities. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. She enjoys using individual digital portfolios with her students and has launched coding... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Keynote Followup with Jordyn Zimmerman
Speakers
avatar for Jordyn Zimmerman

Jordyn Zimmerman

Jordyn Zimmerman is a student studying to become a special education teacher. Having experienced special education programs while in school herself, Jordyn hopes to become a catalyst for change in education. Jordyn has been challenging the status quo in specialeducation for many years. Because Jordyn has difficulty with verbal communication, the educational system as it was, didn’t realize Jordyn’s true potential. | | After a series of... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Keynote Followup with Kristin Ziemke
Speakers
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Author and Education Consultant, Ziemke Consulting, LLC
Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond.  A teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Kristin works... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

STEMTASTIC Ideas and Resources… From STEM to STEAM to MAKERS
Are you ready to facilitate the building of a society of learners as you go beyond the four components of STEM? This is a must attend session for those wanting to fit Project Based Learning, 21st Century Skill Acquisition, and NETS into their STEM initiatives. Participants will be introduced to the idea of STEM and integrating the Arts (STEAM) and including the Maker’s Movement (STEAMIE) Michael, a facilitator at the National STEM Academy in Washington DC, STEM/PBL Facilitator for BIE, and STEMBL workshop designer for Discovery will share with you a multitude of STEAMIE ideas. Learn about great resources as you take a tour of web sites promoting STEM education. See firsthand examples of ways to include a Makers Program for all students in just about any environment. Turn up the heat on any STEM education effort. It really is time to get STEMTASTIC

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Redefining Homework for the 21st Century

Homework can be a critical part of the educational process that impacts every member of the learning community.  However, as currently utilized, homework practices are outdated, deeply rooted in tradition and focus more on compliance and task completion rather than growth and learning.  The presenters will focus upon research regarding current homework practices and make a compelling case for the need to change our homework assignments so that they promote student inquiry, questioning skills, active engagement based on interest and curiosity, and feedback to students that is meaningful and specific.  

Based on research about the brain, motivation, persistence and student differences, Dr. Kasun, Mr. Aldarelli and Dr. Huguenin developed a powerful presentation in which they share their journey to improve and enhance homework practices globally. This engaging presentation details how educators can change their philosophy, set policies, and create practices that promote “home learning”.  By utilizing practical innovative applications that leverage the use of technologies such as Verso, Google Docs, Kaizena, etc., homework can become more meaningful and impactful for student learning. 

 

Participants Will:

- Understand how to influence the development of homework policies that promote growth learning as opposed to compliance and task completion.

- Obtain information regarding current and relevant research studies pertaining to homework practices and it’s impact on student achievement.  

- Walk away with innovative strategies that leverage the use of technology to promote collaborative and engaging homework assignments.

 

Topics Addressed:

- Flipped Learning

- Developing Student Questioning Skills

- Student Feedback

- Policy Development

- Student Voice/Choice


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Edward Aldarelli

Edward Aldarelli

Principal of the West Freehold School, Freehold Township Schools
Edward Aldarelli is the current principal of the West Freehold Elementary School, Law Professor at Monmouth University, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Mr. Aldarelli presents nationally on the topic of homework and has worked with school districts in an effort to redefine their practices in order to make home-learning assignments meaningful, engaging and personalized. Mr. Aldarelli is committed to sharing... Read More →
avatar for Dr Jeff Huguenin

Dr Jeff Huguenin

Principal of the Catena School, Freehold Township Schools
I am entering my thirteenth year as an administrator, with four years as an Assistant Principal, and nine as a Principal. Currently, I serve as the Principal of the Joseph J. Catena Elementary School in Freehold Township Schools. In May of 2015 I finished my dissertation through the Doctoral program at St. Peter's University. I look forward to presenting with our Superintendent, Dr. Kasun, and my colleague, Mr. Ed Aldarelli.
avatar for Dr  Ross Kasun

Dr Ross Kasun

Superintendent, Freehold Township Schools
I have been the superintendent in Freehold for the past four years, and prior, I served as the the superintendent in Colts Neck and the assistant superintendent in Summit. I am an adjunct professor for St. Peter's University and Montclair State University. Our work to improve homework practices was recognized by ASCD as a Promising Practice. | During the 2014-2015 school year, I was one of 100 district leaders from across the country... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Swaying Theory to Practice: Research to support design from classroom to administration

Whether your focus is co-authored student projects or solutions for administration and building strong learning communities, see how Sway can easily transform your content to a professional, polished product with no design skills needed. Find out how to collect and analyze data, create on the go with mobile, and embed multi-media. You’ll be able to build and co-author during the session, and discuss implications from Learning Sciences and Human Development research.


Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Zimmerman

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. Being able to include students in Participatory Action Research is rewarding to see transformation in students. I'm also currently Adjunct at Concordia University... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Session Level All

10:30am

Whiteboarding and Screencasting: 6 dimensions of a tool to support instruction, feedback, knowledge building, and assessment

In this workshop, participants will learn about, and practice, six dimensions that white boarding and screencasting tools can be used in support of instruction, feedback, knowledge building, and assessment of learning. These dimensions are: synchronous instruction and feedback, a synchronous instruction and feedback, instructor-drive template creation, student note taking, student-driven tutorial production, and student work with templates. By exploring these 6 dimensions, participants will have a better understanding of how dynamic, multimedia tools can  help people communicate thinking and better understand each other.


Speakers
avatar for Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M from Harvard... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Beyond Student Voice
Give students more than just a voice; give them true ownership. But how do we release control as teachers and empower our students to take an invested role in their learning? This session explores student-empowerment methods used to move the classroom climate from teacher-centered to student-driven. Transform your class culture by discovering the most readily available, yet under-utilized resource in education: your students

Moderators
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.

Speakers

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Breakout EDU - The Game
Sign up as a team with the Tech Sherpas to play this game - See them on the Mezzanine. Teams compete to find the answer to the challenge within the alloted time - this year the winner gets great prize (in addition to bragging rights!)

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
Boylston - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Learning on the Move
Now that mobile devices have become a great tool for teaching and learning, we can think about delivering professional development with them on the go. With so many great resources in our neighborhoods and beyond, let's move away from sit and get PD to creating the engaging learning experiences in the world around us. The kind of learning we want for our students. See an example of how String Theory Schools used an iTunes U course and iBook used for Learning on the Go at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Book Signing with Dr. Reshan Richards
Speakers
avatar for Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Reshan Richards is faculty member at Columbia University and Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, which he co-founded. Reshan also teaches an entrepreneurship course at Montclair Kimberley Academy in NJ and is the co-author of Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off. An Apple Distinguished Educator and member of Mensa, Reshan has an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an Ed.M from Harvard... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

An Open Pedagogy for Teaching (Math and so much more)

How can we teach now in ways we couldn’t teach before?

How can students learn now in ways they couldn’t learn before?

What new pedagogies take advantage of the open architecture of the internet and model effective learning design?

We can create deep learning experiences that encourage students to show and share what they know and contribute to the global knowledge commons. While technology will never replace teachers, it has opened doors to new ways of structuring student participation in their own learning and opened windows onto the world in ways that allow us to build in feedback loops for learning from people within and beyond the boundaries of the space and time of the classroom. After wading through examples of concrete student centred learning experiences that reimagine ways teachers think about how they structure the architecture of participation in the teaching of mathematics we will begin to reimagine how each of us might evolve our own open pedagogy across all disciplines.

This workshop will model ways we can eliminate disposable assignments (assignments students complain about doing and teachers complain about grading) and instead create tasks that add value to the classroom and beyond. Come learn what is meant by "open pedagogy" and reimagine new ways you can teach and your students can learn.


Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All

11:45am

Empower Learning through Mastery
Why not move away from the traditional practice of grading and consider a mastery based approach that centers on student growth through formative feedback. Learn how to shift the grading mindset and implement a student centered approach to communicating about learning.

Speakers

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Follow-up discussion - Infusing Principles of "World Class Education"

This session offers a deeper dive on concepts introduced during the main session, and will include lessons learned from the Take-Action Guide to World-Class Learners co-authored with Yong Zhao.


Speakers
avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Global Education Advisor, Growing Up Global
Homa Tavangar is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House), The Global Education Toolkit, and co-author with Yong Zhao, et. al. on the new, 3-book Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series. She is the Series Adviser for NBC/Sprout Channel’s animated children’s program, Nina’s World starring Rita Moreno & Mandy Patinkin, and has worked with a... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

11:45am

From Ideas to Innovation: Launch Your Initiative!
What would it look like if teachers had support to pitch innovative ideas and put them into action? R2 Innovates has given teachers permission to address the challenges that they face in their school and classroom through an innovation incubator which provides them with mentors, time for planning, and funding.

In Richland School District Two, we've created an innovation incubator called R2 Innovates to help teachers develop their great ideas. Our incubator has brought together teams of teachers who want to develop their ideas and put them into action for the benefit of students in Richland Two. Our first cohort of innovators was selected in November of 2013 and additional cohorts have been accepted each year. Through a two part application process, we select individuals or teams who we believe in. R2 Innovates has paired the innovators with mentors and provided the human-centered design training and support they need to pitch their ideas and put ideas into action. Through interactive design activities, participants will learn about the process of moving from insights to action.

Successful innovations include a blended learning model, a data mapping project, a competency-based assessment program, student designed maker space, passion-based learning, a program to engage Latino families in the learning community, and a new model for professional development delivery with gamification and badging. Innovation team leaders will be available to talk more about their specific projects.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Holland

Chuck Holland

Technology Integration Specialist, Richland School District Two
avatar for Jennifer Lanier

Jennifer Lanier

Media Specialist, Summit Parkway Middle School, Richland School District Two
Creator of Maker Space in Library Media Center
avatar for Tami Lenker

Tami Lenker

Technology and Learning Coach, Blythewood High School, Richland District Two
Tami Lenker, a graduate of BYU, is the technology and learning coach at Blythewood High School and a former English teacher.
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Director of Technology Integration and Innovation, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools and districts implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. A former library media specialist and district level technology specialist, she currently serves as the Director of Technology Integration and Innovation in Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC. Donna's team has successfully... Read More →
avatar for Marc Turner

Marc Turner

TLC Lead Teacher, Dent Middle School, Richland School District Two


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Innovation and Blended Learning in an Early Years (K to 3) Classroom
In Sept of 2015, Surrey Schools launched The SAIL Academy. SAIL is a STEAM program which offers a special focus on developing independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators, innovators and contributors. In this interdisciplinary program, students learn through hands on inquiry and project based learning.Come learn how SAILs vision can be applied to your early years (K-3) classroom.
Participants will leave this session being able to
• create powerful and productive learning opportunities and experiences for their youngest learners
• create opportunities for students which support independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators, innovators and contributors
• utilize a blended home/school learning approach which allows families to be an integral part of their child’s learning journey
• support the maker mindset for their students

Speakers
avatar for Karen Lirenman

Karen Lirenman

SAIL Academy, Brookside Elementary, Surrey School District
Karen is a 24 year teaching veteran with the Surrey School District in British Columbia, Canada. She is an award winning K-3 teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. Karen’s teaching style includes inquiry, project based, and maker mindset. Her students have choice in how to learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen has presented both locally and... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

iPad (and iPhone) Tips and Tricks

Are you new to iPads for learning? Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Either way, this session will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about teaching and learning with the iPad. This includes tips and tricks to get even more out of your Internet communication device. Participants should bring their own iPad to fully participate in this session.


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Leadership Coaching to Foster a Technology-Rich Growth Culture

Embracing and implementing technology initiatives requires change. Effective school leaders are using the power of coaching to craft and communicate a vision for digital learning and managing change.

Coaching unlocks individual potential and maximizes performance while inspiring others to become solution-minded. When faculty and staff are fully engaged, they more readily embrace challenges, take risks and collaborate for more significant results.

Coaching results in:

·      increased leadership engagement and competency
·      the establishment of practices to remove barriers in achieving the vision (sometimes you may be the #1 obstacle!)
·      more meaningful, engaging conversations
·      keeping teachers’ connected to their passions
·      growing a vibrant growth-focused culture  
·      ensuring the buy-in of stakeholders
·      increased life-work balance

In this session school leaders will become familiar with basic coaching skills such as intuitive listening, reframing, clarifying, and scaling as well as tools and principles to live by and lead by.

According to a study of 100 executives from Fortune 1000, the average ROI for coaching is 6 times the investment. How long are you willing to wait for that type of ROI? Join the conversation at BLC 2016!

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

The Digital Daily Five
Reading to self, reading to someone, working on words, writing and listening to reading are all important parts of any literacy program. The two sisters have given us a wonderful framework with this Daily Five model. How can iPads make this structure even better? We’ll explore apps, tools and methods that can help you take advantage of this powerful learning tool.
Download the free Pic Collage for Kids app before you come and we’ll do some word work learning together.
You’ll leave with
• An understanding of ways to use iPads to improve literacy.
• Ideas for ways to make technology use meaningful in your classroom
• A digital handout with all of the information presented.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Women in EdTech
In this courageous conversation about gender and leadership, Joyce will share the results of a video survey celebrating women in edtech leadership and pointing to several elephants in the room surrounding that topic. The goal of this interactive session is to provoke both men and women to consider how we might better support/elevate each other.
We will respond to an anthology of video stories from leaders. 
Participants will leave with a better understanding of: 
The need to ensure all students/faculty are safe and welcome at the table 
Building a school culture free of small, but damaging gender biases
Encouraging female leadership


Speakers
avatar for Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Joyce Valenza has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Master of Information program. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce has authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Cultivating Curiosity: Developing Students as "question-askers"

This hands-on workshop will examine strategies designed to cultivate curiosity in order to engage students more deeply in their learning. It will use global research and practical examples from classrooms to examine the importance of developing students as question askers, learning designers and ultimately, owners of their own learning. Participants will be required to bring their own device.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Phil Stubbs

Phil Stubbs

Education Director, Verso Learning
Phil has extensive global expertise in the education sector having worked on innovative projects with schools, education systems and government departments in the UK, the USA, China, Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He is a regular presenter at conferences around the world, both as an educator and as Education Director for a range of global education companies. His focus is on student voice, feedback and data, and the development of... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

11:45am

OneNote and Learning Tools: How to Access Education for 21st Century Learners

OneNote is a powerful tool to organize and deliver lessons as well as engage and organize students in a simple and effective way. This session will look at the power of OneNote, how it used in classrooms and how the Learning Tools help both general and special education students access their learning.



Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Pittman

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 OneNote and the Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet. I run a blog chronicling not only our adventures in the classroom but also review and recommend websites and... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Shop in a Box
The Robotics Shop in a Box will teach people the basics of electronics, engineering, and programming through the use of a toy car. You will make the car completely autonomous through the usage of informational videos. This is an easy way to learn the basics of 3 of the biggest industries in our world today.
The Web Design Shop in a Box shows how to create successful business plans and websites. This box includes instructions on how to write a business plan and how to write HTML5 and CSS.
The Commerical Arts Shop in a Box is used to promote artistic expression and escapism through the creation of murals, or canvas panels that shape to create a larger image.
The Medical Assisting Shop in a Box is to educate the public on the importance of health and hygiene. Through a series of instruments, pictorial information cards, and instructional videos, you will learn things like; properly obtaining blood pressure, preforming correct baby measurements, obtaining vital signs, and how to correctly wash your hands. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Shop in a Box
The Robotics Shop in a Box will teach people the basics of electronics, engineering, and programming through the use of a toy car. You will make the car completely autonomous through the usage of informational videos. This is an easy way to learn the basics of 3 of the biggest industries in our world today.
The Web Design Shop in a Box shows how to create successful business plans and websites. This box includes instructions on how to write a business plan and how to write HTML5 and CSS.
The Commerical Arts Shop in a Box is used to promote artistic expression and escapism through the creation of murals, or canvas panels that shape to create a larger image.
The Medical Assisting Shop in a Box is to educate the public on the importance of health and hygiene. Through a series of instruments, pictorial information cards, and instructional videos, you will learn things like; properly obtaining blood pressure, preforming correct baby measurements, obtaining vital signs, and how to correctly wash your hands. 

Moderators
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for TA Edison CTE HS Students

TA Edison CTE HS Students

Students, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
Sukhraj Swagmaster Sandhu, Ashbel Benjamin, Javier Chand, Zafar Seenauth Swagmaster and Ash recently graduated from Thomas A Edison CTE High School and were members of Model UN 4.0.    Javier and Zafar are seniors at Edison and will be running for the dais of Model UN 5.0 this fall.


Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Who's Driving Your Data?
Sharing our school and system data analysis processes that provide a systemic focus and drive our planning. A glance at the format of system quarterly data meetings data meetings, virtual visits with school leaders, and data tools will be discussed.
A focus will be on results of data study - what did we do differently because of our data, and what happened next? Examples of specific growth points within our schools, and examples of replicating strong data points will be included.
Schools and school systems are looking for ways to organize the wealth of available data and make it meaningful at a system level. We believe we have a strong model to "drive data!"

Speakers
avatar for Carol Martin

Carol Martin

Director of Instruction and Intervention, Sylacauga City Schools
An educator for over 30 years, I was a English/Reading teacher grades 5 - 12, an administrator, high school Principal, and now District Coordinator. My specialty areas have always been at-risk students, team building, and interventions for success. I am an enthusiastic and experienced presenter!


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Coding & Robotics in Early Childhood? No Problem!
The words ‘coding’ and ‘robotics’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Whether your classroom is filled with access to technology, or your students have never seen a device, coding and robotics can become a seamless part of the learning that happens in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of coding and robotics to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating into core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. Working with these fundamentals, teachers can ensure that their classroom mirrors how we think, learn, and play in the 21st century.

Participants will:
-Learn ways to teach coding through both ""unplugged” activities and through the incorporation of devices.
-Walk away with resources and ideas for integrating technology with the core curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math or even Science)
-Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavatana

Pana Asavatana

KA-2 Technology and Design Coach, Taipei American School
Pana is the KA-2 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. She has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana shares her own insights into her teaching process on her blog at mspanasays.com, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Connected From the Start
The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize classroom learning. Even young students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We’ll discuss why you would want to do this, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom. You’ll leave with
• A list of tools that help young children to connect
• Ideas for using connections to enrich your curriculum
• Suggestions for choosing effective tools
• An online handout with the material from the presentation

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Creating Student-Driven Learning Experiences and Environments

One of the most powerful ways to transform teaching and learning is by moving to student-driven learning environments. Two districts in Illinois, along with a high-performing high school in Chicago, asked students to be involved in designing their own learning environments and learning experiences. How can schools and districts support classrooms move from a traditional environment to a student-driven, student-empowered environment? How can teachers gradually hand over more control to students while still meeting teaching expectations? What non-traditional roles can students play during this process?

Participants will leave with examples of:

*ideas of how to begin the shift
*how to give students a voice in their learning experiences
*student-generated, workable ideas to engage students more deeply in their learning
*Design Thinking basics *student-driven learning environment resources


Speakers
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Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Developing Digital Portfolios

Digital Portfolios provide students with the opportunity to collect and reflect upon their learning journey. Our students are creating digital portfolios that allow them to receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These portfolios combine work completed on both iPads and computers, and store selected information from across the curriculum (photos, video clips, projects, photos of handwritten work) in one online space. We have several years experience working with a variety of tools and  we will share how our Grade 3 students use Seesaw to create a seamless digital portfolio experience, with the recording option enabling students to explain their thinking quickly and in more detail. This is the start of a student's ongoing digital portfolio. The basic principles and ideas can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other applications such as Google sites.


Speakers
avatar for Tracey Winstone

Tracey Winstone

Teacher, International School of Amsterdam
Tracey Winstone is a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with 16 years experience of teaching internationally. Originally trained in the UK she is currently working at the International School of Amsterdam teaching the Primary Years Programme.
avatar for Sue Worsnup

Sue Worsnup

Lower School IT Facilitator, International School of Amsterdam
Sue Worsnup is an experienced Technology Facilitator. Over the years she has worked with Pre-K to Grade 5 students. Originally trained in the UK she now supports students and staff at the International School of Amsterdam.


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience Elementary (K-5)
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Global Collaboration for Local Impact

Using various social media platforms such as Twitter, Voxer and Blogging, we bring people together to grow as educators and also as learners. Mindset is at the heart of what we are able to achieve and accomplish. Through communication and collaboration, we become lead learners who bring the global world to our local classrooms.

Participants during this session will be able to:
- take away practical ideas and resources to apply to their own global learning.
- engage in dialogue with those in attendance that will force them to grow their minds in the way they think about their own professional learning.
- develop resources of professionals that will support them in their learning once they leave BLC.
- participants will have access to the Lead Learning team for ongoing personal professional development.
- be inspired to apply what they learn and make connections with colleagues from all corners of the globe.


Speakers
avatar for Craig Vroom

Craig Vroom

Middle Level Principal, Hilliard Weaver Middle School
Craig Vroom is the principal at Hilliard Weaver Middle School in Hilliard, OH. With 22 years of experience at multiple levels of education, he truly embraces the craft of teaching and learning. As both an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator, his lens of primary and secondary education allows him to make connections and use the relationships he nurtures to move the organization and people within in forward. | | Mr. Vroom... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Teaching Global Communication Skills
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Global Goals and Systemic Change: A Mindful Leadership Module

It’s a brave new world, right here, right now. Beyond doubt, there is an urgent need for mindful solutions in society, especially in regard to innovation, creativity and leadership. As researcher and leadership expert Margaret J. Wheatley says, “we need better means to engage everyone’s intelligence in solving challenges.”

Poet Gary Snyder says in his poem For the Children, “to climb these coming crests/ one word to you, to/ you and your children:/ stay together/ learn the flowers/ go light.” Positive organizations need this sustenance, passion, enthusiasm and hope to endure, and to co-create within community.

 This session's topic has great impact on organizations and individual leaders and learners, addressing key themes. We’ll draw on the work of M.Wheatley, Y. Zhao, H. Tavangar and many others in advising educational leaders and organizations on how to thrive in challenging, dynamic global environments; P. Palmer (2015) in linking personal authenticity and accountability to effective leadership practices that effect social change; and O.Scharmer (2014) on the development of the globally recognized MIT edX course Transforming Business, Society and Self, a highly-recognized "learning environment that is personal, practical, relational, mindful, collective, and transformative." Many other organizational leadership models and examples will be referenced and actively evaluated.

 In 2010, IBM interviewed 1,500 CEOs across the globe. All agreed on the following points:

1) complexity has escalated in organizations
2) organizations are not equipped to cope with this complexity
3) creativity and innovation are now the most important leadership qualities

Mindfulness allows individuals and organizations to adapt and navigate in a complex world, while maximizing creative potential. For creativity to thrive, the mind needs to feel empowered and free to explore. Organizational systems that prioritize leadership, freedom, and entrepreneurial creative spirit are adopting regular mindfulness practices, and this is yielding great benefits. Startup incubation is also at a record high, because many larger companies are now realizing the advantages of supporting those who focus on creative solutions and innovation. This has great applications and promise in the education arena.

Leadership has a call to action, in the need for mindful choices that foster creativity and social impact on a global scale. We are at a pivotal societal turning point: the United Nations has just adopted the 17 Global Goals, a series of worldwide values that unite the globe across all cultures, physical and political boundaries. Bridging these gaps, the ultimate goals are to seek better systemic solutions for effective, long-term change— sustainable change that reflects a set of common globe-wide values and leadership objectives. 

Mindful Leadership complements these Global Goals across many categories, including “quality education”, “good health and well-being”, “sustainable cities and communities” and “partnerships for the goals.”

This session aims to address leadership practices and principles in education, applying them to co-imagine and invent ways to effect positive systemic change.

 


Speakers
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Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Leadership - Managing Change

Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.


Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

1:10pm

Making Thinking Visible with Nearpod
As researched by John Hattie and demonstrated by Eric Mazur, one of the most impactful changes a teacher can make in instruction is to provide students with quality feedback in a timely manner. Nearpod is a tool that allows teachers to do just that! Used across the curriculum to formally assess students through the process of a given lesson, teachers can receive real-time data of students responses on discussion questions, polls, and annotated drawings, allowing teachers to immediately intervene on student misconceptions. During this session, teachers will have the opportunity to take part in a Nearpod session and learn what goes into building these interactive learning lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

StartupInABox: Teach Students to Create Companies And They Will
StartupInABox is a nickname given to a piece of the Greenwich High School computer science program. It's a series of courses that provide students with all the requisite skills to identify problems in the real world, design products to solve them, actually create these products, and deploy them to a live customer base. In this presentation, you'll hear about how GHS students accumulate 100k page views per month on their products, and how facilitating a course like this is not as far in the distant future as you might think.

First, we'll lay out the groundwork for what it takes for such a program to get off the ground. You'll learn how the GHS program started and the most important pieces to start with.

Then, we'll participate in the most important piece: build things! At the Thursday session, we'll hold a pitch workshop where teachers will conceive app ideas to improve their BLC experience. Then, we'll have a competition where the audience will select the best idea. After an overnight hackathon, I'll present the prototype of the best idea at theFriday session! 

We'll wrap each session by overviewing the skills necessary to complete these tasks, how they overlap with common core and NGSS, and the requisite coding skills necessary to turn these ideas into reality. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Meyers

Matt Meyers

CS Program Writer, Greenwich High School
Matt Meyers is the computer science program writer at Greenwich High School and the founder/president of Slate & Tablets. His work at GHS has seen computer programming grow from 0 student enrollment to 300 students in just 3 years. He's written these courses drawing directly from his experience with Slate & Tablets, an edtech company he founded with no programming experience. He taught himself how to code, developed applications to solve real... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Global Communication and Collaboration in the Classroom w/Skype

Global Communication and Collaboration in the Classroom with Skype

Open students’ eyes to the global ramifications of technology by using Skype to communicate and collaborate with anyone, anywhere in the world. Have a book talk with an author; experience the challenges faced by explorers; virtually visit national and global parks and landmarks; Mystery Skype with classrooms and learn about other cultures and geography.


Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Dunbar

Tammy Dunbar

Teacher, Manteca Unified School District
Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA). A popular presenter and trainer across the country, Dunbar presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference (where she earned two global awards for project excellence). She was at ISTE 2016 (co-presenting with Choose2Matter.org founder, Angela Maiers), CUE 2016 and... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:30pm

Beyond Facebook..
Teaching Global Citizenship: Moving Beyond Facebook Friends and Skype." - Linking up with the another classroom around the globe? Want to create an experiential learning environment to help students become global citizens? Try these techniques to make the connections more meaningful. Create a profound learning opportunity for students by problem solving "real" world issues: communication, technical issues, media bias and group dynamics. Using tools like padlet, chalkup and seesaw students learn to handle the stickiness of national agendas, the media and misinformation can create by working online together and exploring current events from different views.

To give a bit of insight into our class attached is a blog cast my co-teacher Adam Jones did with Vicki Davis on Bam Radio about our class.

http://www.bamradionetwork.com/every-classroom-matters/3682-merging-classrooms-how-i-shared-my-students-with-a-class-in-egypt

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Kenney

Lynne Kenney

Schutz American School, Schutz American School
People should talk to me about activities and tools to create global citizens. Beyond Facebook friends we can nurture meaningful activities and thinking that promote student activism and caring. I try to empower young people by exploring how to create change and to define the future instead of perpetuating stereotypes and fear.


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

Inspiring 1:1 Project Management
Greenwich Public Schools hired a project manager to coordinate the roll-out of 9,000 devices to all students, teachers and administrators over a three year period. The roll-out was successfully completed on-time and within-budget while setting a high benchmark for quality project planning, tracking of organizational success metrics, and program evaluation. Organizational success metrics were tracked in key project areas including teacher shifts in practice, professional learning, use of digital tools, and student outcomes. Project planning documents, key success factors, and lessons learned will be shared that can provide immediate value to any 1:1 implementation.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will leave the presentation with best practice examples of:
• A three-year system-wide project plan to implement a 1:1 environment with tips on how to roll-out a digital learning environment on-time and within budget
• Educational goals and subgoals that define desired shifts in teacher practice with measurements of progress based on survey results
• A digital learning environment program of studies that provided 39 hours of professional learning aligned with the educational goals, district curriculum, desired shifts in practice, and digital toolbox
• Digital toolboxes that define the district standard power applications that were found to best enhance teaching and learning
• Organizational success metrics used to track progress in all project plan workstreams (e.g., project management, curriculum, learning management system, professional learning, infrastructure, mobile device management, application usage, communication and program evaluation)
• Lessons learned and key success factors

Moderators
avatar for Nicole Dalesio

Nicole Dalesio

K-8 Technology ToSA, Union School District
Feet in the trenches, head "in the cloud," Nicole’s specialty is creativity and technology in education, and has been teaching since the last millennium. She is a K-8 Technology ToSA at the Union School District in San Jose, and is also a Google Certified Innovator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and an Adobe Education Leader. Her favorite "classroom," is when she is outside exploring and taking photo walks.

Speakers

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Thank you, Mr. Gutenberg, but we've moved on
The story of how String Theory Schools said goodbye to the textbook. We created a culture of learning with vision on the future of education through collaboration and creativity, giving teachers and students a voice and choice.

Speakers
avatar for Christine DiPaulo

Christine DiPaulo

Director of Innovation, String Theory Schools
INTERNET OF THINGS PUPIL, OPTIMIZATION KNOW-IT-ALL, CHIEF MOTIVATIONAL BUTTERFLY, IDEATION JOURNEYMAN. | - IGNORING YOUR PASSION IS LIKE DYING A SLOW DEATH.


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

#Q2Learn

Students driving their thinking & learning through questioning; the essence of an innovative learning environment

The Common Core standards are all about staking a “Claim” and finding “Evidence”.  Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking?  Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments.  Today our challenge is to collectively determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.  

Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding.  

Join us as we explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning and thinking routines:

  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing and connecting
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers 

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Humor As An Assessment Tool: Part Deux
Purpose: To use students natural inclination to laugh and make others laugh as a powerful, relationship/community building classroom assessment.

Participants will become familiar with the philosophical, psychological and ""common sense"" definitions of humor and comedy. They will also analyze and apply our ""competing frames of reference"" model of humor to their own classroom settings so STUDENTS can analyze content in a humorous way at high cognitive levels. Participants will create artifacts/products that demonstrate their understanding of our comedy/humor model by applying it to their classroom content (ie. Meme, He said-She heard, I do-They think). We will also share our detailed rubric for this approach to assessment with participants.

It is highly recommended that participants bring mobile or computing devices.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper

Consultant, ESC Region 11
Charles Cooper was in the classroom 17 years. He has taught at elementary, middle, high school and college levels. The bulk of his time, though, has been spent (5 years) teaching middle school science and (10 years) teaching high school social studies as well as (5 years) teaching college level government courses online and in person. He has been out of the classroom for a little over a year. He is the 2013 Northwest District Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

It's Computer Science, Not Rocket Science

Computer Science has become a ‘hot topic’ these days. Why? Because the study of computer science can lead to high-skill, high-wage, high demand careers. From President Obama to your local board of education, there have been calls to make computer science and coding available to all students of all ages and across all demographics: Computer Science for All. In a recent legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers mandated that K-12 schools include Computer Science in their curriculum - and other states have enacted similar mandates. But what does that mean? How are teachers who are not computer programmers supposed to learn the skills needed to teach their students coding? Don’t be intimidated - there are tons of online resources that can help you provide meaningful activities, learn along with your students, and have fun!

This presentation will demonstrate resources that make computer science accessible and fun. Teachers will leave with a wealth of free or inexpensive resources for including computer science, computational thinking and coding activities into their classrooms. 


Speakers
avatar for Marcy Reed

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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

2:35pm

Leadership Coaching to Foster a Technology-Rich Growth Culture

Embracing and implementing technology initiatives requires change. Effective school leaders are using the power of coaching to craft and communicate a vision for digital learning and managing change.

Coaching unlocks individual potential and maximizes performance while inspiring others to become solution-minded. When faculty and staff are fully engaged, they more readily embrace challenges, take risks and collaborate for more significant results.

Coaching results in:

·      increased leadership engagement and competency
·      the establishment of practices to remove barriers in achieving the vision (sometimes you may be the #1 obstacle!)
·      more meaningful, engaging conversations
·      keeping teachers’ connected to their passions
·      growing a vibrant growth-focused culture   
·      ensuring the buy-in of stakeholders
·      increased life-work balance

In this session school leaders will become familiar with basic coaching skills such as intuitive listening, reframing, clarifying, and scaling as well as tools and principles to live by and lead by.

According to a study of 100 executives from Fortune 1000, the average ROI for coaching is 6 times the investment. How long are you willing to wait for that type of ROI? Join the conversation at BLC 2016!

Speakers
avatar for Susanna Clavello

Susanna Clavello

Coordinator, Digital Age Learning, Education Service Center, Region 20
I have 27 years of experience in public education and currently serve as the Coordinator of Digital Age Learning at a regional service center in San Antonio, TX. Passionate about the possibilities that technology offers and the importance of preparing students for their future, I support schools in fulfilling their vision of teaching and learning in the digital age. In October 2015 I became a Professional Certified Coach and Energy Leadership... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Makerspace Mash-up: Imagine - Play - Make - Create
Our workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to experience maker activities designed and implemented by teachers and their students at the Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School, with consulting support from Lesley University. While the specific work of a makerspace is hard to nail down, it’s purpose is clear. Makerspaces exist to help learners design, build, innovate, and create with technologies, from duct tape and cardboard to littleBits and Scratch. The makerspace provides an exciting learning environment to engage in authentic problem-solving activities related to science, engineering, art, and mathematics. These maker activities speak to the very essence of critical thinking and ways of knowing needed to advance 21st century competencies. In this workshop, we will set up a series of makerspace centers for participants to experience, from MakeyMakey orchestras to designing your own robots. All activities are aligned to the common core and Next Generation standards, and more importantly, are kid approved.

Learning Outcomes will include:
(1) No more “deer in the headlights” stress about facilitating maker activities for students; with this experience, these tensions give way to confidence.
(2) More than just a “Show Me”, participants will experience highly interactive and authentic learning opportunities through an array of hands-on student-centered STEAM activities and resources used to build new literacies and communication skills.
(3) Participants will learn that constructivist maker experiences are not an add-on and can be aligned to their curriculum and support common core standards.

Speakers
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Sue Cusack

Assistant Professor, Lesley University
Sue Cusack is an Assistant Professor in the STEM Division in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. Her area of expertise is the inclusive use of instructional and assistive technologies in support of student-centered learning. She also directs the Lesley University Makerspace Initiative, where Sue and her Lesley STEAM team provide a new way for Lesley students and community partners to engage in learning and inquiry-based... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Newbury - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Making is Not Enough: Building a Culture of Creators Schoolwide
While the Maker Movement is lauded as the latest technological panacea for education, many educators struggle to understand and implement the tenets of this cultural return-to-craft. In this presentation, JD Pirtle, director of innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, will demonstrate how to build a permanent culture of creating and true innovation that involves every student, teacher, and staff member in your school. Attendees will learn how Catherine Cook School has grown from 1:1, document cameras, and Smartboards into a leader in the intentional use of emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, data visualization, robotics, and computer programming in the last few years—culminating with hosting a national conference on emerging technology in the classroom.

Attendees will see/learn:

- Real-world examples of engaging curriculum that begins with preliterate 3 year-olds, and grows with each student through high school.
- Best practices for incorporating emerging and traditional technologies into all aspects of school life and disciplines.
- Empowering students and faculty to be producers, not just consumers of technology.
- How to get buy-in from board of directors, administration, and parents.
- Methods for conducting transformative professional development for faculty.

Speakers
avatar for JD Pirtle

JD Pirtle

Director of Innovation, Catherine Cook School
JD Pirtle is an artist and educator interested in computational, generative and algorithmic processes–particularly those that utilize or produce open-source software. He is currently the Director of Innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, teaching programming, electronics, robotics and rapid prototyping for expression and inquiry. Pirtle founded and now directs the school’s IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) program, a... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Tech Directors: What exactly do we do?
The role of technology director has changed significantly in the last five years. From data management and secure servers, to an understanding of curriculum, standards and integration of 1-to-1. So just what should a technology director ""do""? We will discuss the changing role of technology, where our expertise needs to be and what we can ignore.
Discussion will focus on:
1. IT vs. Curriculum
2. How to Collaborate with all departments
3. Control: Let it go!
4. Professional Development; Blended Learning, 1-on-1, Large Group
5. Supporting STEM, FabLab, STEAM, MakersSpace

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Minecraft Education Edition: Rethinking Minecraft, Rethinking Learning

What happens when a team takes a game loved by over 100 million and brings it to classrooms? Go on a journey with us as we develop professional learning, game features, curriculum, and support the 200,000 learners already using Minecraft in their classroom and invite many more to join.



Moderators
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Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
avatar for Neal Manegold

Neal Manegold

Senior Manager, Education, Microsoft
Neal has spent the past 15 years blending the best of technology offerings with authentic education opportunities. He taught and designed mathematics curriculum at a charter network in South Los Angeles, and worked in highly capable programs in Seattle. After building a curriculum design and product management organization in an adaptive learning startup, he found his way to Minecraft. He is responsible for curriculum design, educator outreach... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Bots, Code, Robots - How Much Fun Is This?
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!  


 

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

Director of Student Agency, EdTechTeam
Starting his teaching career in New Zealand, Kern is presently the Director of Student Agency for EdTechTeam Inc. and Technology Integrator at Regional School Unit #19 in central Maine. He has provided support to educators for over a decade and has conducted professional development across the globe. He has always loved working with students with a special focus on having them teach others. He advises a student produced live tech support show... Read More →
avatar for Karen Lirenman

Karen Lirenman

SAIL Academy, Brookside Elementary, Surrey School District
Karen is a 24 year teaching veteran with the Surrey School District in British Columbia, Canada. She is an award winning K-3 teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. Karen’s teaching style includes inquiry, project based, and maker mindset. Her students have choice in how to learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen has presented both locally and... 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 ranging from programming, computer graphics, communication and math to middle school music. She is an active supporter of Career and Technical Education (CTE... 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. #CSforAll!


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

4:00pm

Explore Boston at BLC16: #XploreBosBLC
Join us to #XploreBosBLC while learning about the potential of augmented reality and geocaching. This session will give choice over pace and path as we embark on a tour of local historical and pop culture landmarks. Participants can choose to stay with guides or do a self-paced tour and stay connected with the group by sharing ideas, photos and videos online.

Requirements:
Walking shoes - We will be covering approximately 2 miles so please wear comfortable shoes!

Participants also need an Apple or Droid phone or tablet with wireless service and the following free apps installed prior:

Aurasma
Geocaching app

Details and links to apps will be emailed to participants prior to the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

Director of Learning, Hanover School Division,
Darren Kuropatwa is the Director of Learning for the Hanover School Division in Manitoba, Canada. His unique skill set – an in-depth knowledge of pedagogy, leading edge technology skills and boundless creativity – make him a strong change agent in 21st century education. Darren is well known for his innovative use of visuals and storytelling using technology to enable students & educators to do things they could not have done before. He has... Read More →
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Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

4:00pm

Mobile Sapiens: Found Art and Story Scavenger Hunt Safari
Let’s break free from the hotel and explore our stunning surrounding environment, all while having fun with a scavenger hunt-style safari. Participants will need a sense of adventure, a mobile phone (list of relevant apps will be shared before the event), and a desire to create some found art and narrative. Experimenting with found art sharpens one’s senses and better prepares the mind for creative thinking - that is, connecting dots in unique ways. You can participate individually or in a team but will have only 40 minutes to explore and create before sharing with the rest of the group. Get ready to hone your playfulness and creativity and learn some engaging activities try with students.

Speakers
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Amy Burvall

23 year veteran teacher in independent schools; CEO of Burvall Industries (Consulting), Full-time learning and creativity consultant
A Humanities teacher for over 20 years in independent and I.B. schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology and creativity in the classroom. She has developed creativity and innovation curriculum for schools in South America, India, and the U.S. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views. Amy’s presentations and... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

7:30pm

Global Speed Networking
Back by popular demand, on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30, Alan will once again host Global Networking in the Georgian Room. 

Join us for this fun-filled, action-packed Speed Networking event with educators from all over the world. Our Global Bell will go off every three minutes, and you will meet another educator. For the past few years, many participants listed our Global Speed Networking Event as one of the highlights of BLC due to the many personal connections they made with creative educators.

Super yummy refreshments will be served!!

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

9:00pm

BLC Bash
Bring your dancin' shoes and your sweet tooth and join us for an evening of camraderie, music and dessert. Our host, Alan November, will be in the photo booth for pictures with attendees, and we will all enjoy socializing with both old and new friends.
 

Thursday July 21, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Friday, July 22
 

7:30am

BLC Information Center
Friday July 22, 2016 7:30am - 3:00pm
Georgian Coat Room - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Friday Keynotes - Linda Liukas and Dr. Robert Goodman
Speakers
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Robert Goodman

Executive Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry, and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, NJ from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and, later, the Progressive Mathematics Initiative®... Read More →
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Linda Liukas

LInda Liukas is a computer programmer who has authored a book that introduces computer programming through the amazing character Ruby. Her innovative approach is truly unique - in Ruby's world anything is possible!


Friday July 22, 2016 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Extending Google Apps for Education with the Chrome Store
The benefits of using Google Apps for Education spans far beyond apps that are created by Google. Google also provides the Chrome Store, a repository for other companies to connect us with apps that they have created and function seamlessly with Google’s apps. From timeline creation, to mind mapping, to video production, to peeling back the layers of the human body, the Chrome Store has you covered.

Speakers
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Brian Mull

Innovation and Learning Design Coordinator, Trinity Episcopal School
Brian Mull got his first taste of the role technology can play in the classroom as he worked toward earning his Master of Education degree at Louisiana State University. Immediately upon graduating, he accepted a sixth grade position at a local school, where he also served as the school’s Technology Site Coordinator. Two years later, Brian accepted a job in New Orleans at Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of Technology. There, he led... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Keynote Followup with Linda Liukas
Speakers
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Linda Liukas

LInda Liukas is a computer programmer who has authored a book that introduces computer programming through the amazing character Ruby. Her innovative approach is truly unique - in Ruby's world anything is possible!


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Keynote Followup with Robert Goodman
Speakers
avatar for Robert Goodman

Robert Goodman

Executive Director, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry, and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, NJ from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and, later, the Progressive Mathematics Initiative®... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Microblogging, Movies and Math
Using iPads for math should mean more than drill and practice. We'll explore math-creation apps that support best practices, allowing students to explain and share their learning. We’ll also explore the use of videoconferencing, tweeting and blogging to take your classroom mathematics global. Download these apps ahead of time and we’ll have some fun.
Number Frames by the Math Learning Center
Skitch by Evernote
Geoboard by the Math Learning Center
You’ll leave with
• an understanding of how to use iPads as a math creation tool
• familiarity with appropriate tools
• a digital handout of all materials shared

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Cassidy

Kathy Cassidy

Grade One Teacher, Prairie South Schools
Kathy Cassidy has been teaching for more than 20 years and is currently a grade one teacher in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. She is passionate about literacy and about using technology in meaningful ways. Since 2005, her classroom has been connecting with the world through a classroom blog, student blogs, Skype, Twitter and other means. Outside of school, Kathy speaks internationally and maintains a professional blog. Her first book is Connected From... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace - Lower Level Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

StartupInABox: Teach Students to Create Companies And They Will
StartupInABox is a nickname given to a piece of the Greenwich High School computer science program. It's a series of courses that provide students with all the requisite skills to identify problems in the real world, design products to solve them, actually create these products, and deploy them to a live customer base. In this presentation, you'll hear about how GHS students accumulate 100k page views per month on their products, and how facilitating a course like this is not as far in the distant future as you might think.

First, we'll lay out the groundwork for what it takes for such a program to get off the ground. You'll learn how the GHS program started and the most important pieces to start with.

Then, we'll participate in the most important piece: build things! At the Thursday session, we'll hold a pitch workshop where teachers will conceive app ideas to improve their BLC experience. Then, we'll have a competition where the audience will select the best idea. After an overnight hackathon, I'll present the prototype of the best idea at theFriday session! 

We'll wrap each session by overviewing the skills necessary to complete these tasks, how they overlap with common core and NGSS, and the requisite coding skills necessary to turn these ideas into reality. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Meyers

Matt Meyers

CS Program Writer, Greenwich High School
Matt Meyers is the computer science program writer at Greenwich High School and the founder/president of Slate & Tablets. His work at GHS has seen computer programming grow from 0 student enrollment to 300 students in just 3 years. He's written these courses drawing directly from his experience with Slate & Tablets, an edtech company he founded with no programming experience. He taught himself how to code, developed applications to solve real... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Technology for Student Ownership
Technology for Student Ownership"Technology can be a captivating tool that pulls students into learning, but how do we get students to own their learning? Garth and I had our students drive our world history class and they became inspired learners that left digital footprints worth following. Come learn how we engaged students and made learning a journey, not just a destination. In this session we will discuss and see examples of:
1. Essential Questions: Designed by students, for students and a catalyst for student ownership
2. Autonomous Units of study: Allow kids the freedom to create, while giving yourself an opportunity to work with the students that need you most
3. Digital Publishing: How do we allow students to leave digital footprints worth following.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Director of Tecnology, Independence Local Schools
My career began 9 years ago as a student teacher in Garth Holman’s 7th grade world history classes. Garth and I inspired our students to lay the foundations of the first Digital textbook created completely by students for the sake of leaving a digital legacy. The following year I became a 7th grade world history teacher at Chardon Local Schools and Garth and I co-taught between our two districts for the next 8 years. Our students... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Transform Learning - Teaching Above the Line

In a connected world, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! During this session 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. This session includes hands-on experiences and time to work with your team to design an activity that redefines learning.


Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with educators to find innovative ways to improve teaching and learning. | | Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Nurturing Creativity Curiosity Empathy and Courage
  • Session Level All

10:20am

ADVANCED OneNote and Learning Tools: How to Access Education for 21st Century Learners

OneNote is a powerful tool to organize and deliver lessons as well as engage and organize students in a simple and effective way. This session will look at the power of OneNote, how it used in classrooms and how the Learning Tools help both general and special education students access their learning.



Moderators
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Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
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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 OneNote and the Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet. I run a blog chronicling not only our adventures in the classroom but also review and recommend websites and... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Minecraft Education Edition: Rethinking Minecraft, Rethinking Learning

What happens when a team takes a game loved by over 100 million and brings it to classrooms? Go on a journey with us as we develop professional learning, game features, curriculum, and support the 200,000 learners already using Minecraft in their classroom and invite many more to join.



Moderators
avatar for Microsoft

Microsoft

Microsoft
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 every student, every educator, every school. Together we can unlock this potential by providing technology that empowers educators and inspires students.

Speakers
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Neal Manegold

Senior Manager, Education, Microsoft
Neal has spent the past 15 years blending the best of technology offerings with authentic education opportunities. He taught and designed mathematics curriculum at a charter network in South Los Angeles, and worked in highly capable programs in Seattle. After building a curriculum design and product management organization in an adaptive learning startup, he found his way to Minecraft. He is responsible for curriculum design, educator outreach... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Using OneNote in the Classroom
Daniel and Michael from  share about their experience using OneNote Classroom Notebooks this past year.

Speakers
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Daniel Fehlauer

Physics Teacher, Dexter Southfield
I've taught in independent schools for fifteen years, mainly physics. In the last couple of years, I revamped the physics curriculum at Dexter Southfield in Brookline, MA to be more activity based, using RealTime Physics from Sokoloff, Laws, and Thornton and the Vernier data collection system. This past year, I used OneNote Classroom Notebook and found it to be an exceptional tool to gain insight into my students' thinking, provide feedback... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Teaching History Through Genealogy: An Authentic Learning Experience
Participants will be challenged to rethink how they do projects. Authentic learning experiences offer students a high level of ownership, problem solving, engagement, and connectivity.

Using the genealogy project as an example, participants will be able to:
* develop an understanding of the power of authentic learning experiences
* transform one of their traditional projects into an authentic learning experience
* design and share ideas for future authentic learning experiences.

note - I call it authentic learning experience, because I have come to value the experience that the student goes through as much if not more than I value the content they are learning during the project.

Speakers
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John Leighton

US History Teacher, Franklin High School
I teach US History in a 1:1 environment with sophomores from AP to co-taught.


Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Digging into Diigo
Congratulations, you’ve made it to Friday at BLC16!  Your brain is probably full of new ideas and resources, from multiple people and sessions. The question now is, how will you organize and share all of the online content you’ve gathered?  Diigo is the answer! Bookmarking is one way, but Diigo offers to make organization and sharing of online resources and content easy, and easy to access. Join Roy, Mikal & Sara to learn how to save, organize, annotate and share libraries of content. Discover the POWER of Diigo for yourself and your students!
In this session, you will learn how to:
  • save Web-based bookmarks
  • add Tags to easily find your bookmarks
  • share links with a group
  • annotate websites
  • read sites later
  • add Diigo App
  • add Diigo extensions

Speakers
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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
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 shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Growth Mindset in the Elementary Classroom - How to Transform the Thinking of Your Students and Yourself
Are you excited about implementing growth mindset principles with your students but are unsure where to begin? Let us help. This past year, we developed and implemented science and literature-based curriculum to help change the thinking of our students and ourselves. In one school year, our classrooms became places where mistakes were celebrated as learning opportunities, and teachers were laser-focussed on consistent, targeted feedback.

In this session, we will show you how to:

- Teach your students that their brains are complex organs that grow through practicing, making mistakes, and trying new things.
- Create an atmosphere where growth mindsets are celebrated in the classroom and beyond
- Utilize technology such as digital portfolios, class blogs, and Twitter to make your students’ growth mindset visible

Speakers
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Christine Bates

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Christine Bates has been teaching first grade in Brookline, Massachusetts for five years and loves working with this fun age group. The students she works with are from around the world and bring a global perspective to her classroom. | | Christine began integrating technology into her classroom after she attended BLC14. Since then, she and her students have enjoyed using technology on a daily basis. Twitter and individual student portfolio... Read More →
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Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been teaching in Brookline, Massachusetts for thirteen years and absolutely loves it. Her classes are quite diverse, with students from around the world and with very different learning styles and abilities. She has found connecting with other classrooms via Twitter to be an exciting way to engage all learners across the curriculum. She enjoys using individual digital portfolios with her students and has launched coding... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standards
Creating novel solutions to real-world problems intrinsically motivates students to realize deep, lasting learning. With today’s technological tools, it is easier than ever for students to be empowered to solve problems by creating real products for real audiences, both locally and globally. During this session, we will discuss how to use current standards to create problem-based units and demonstrate how problem-based, authentic learning can be used with any standards/content to provide an environment in which students are naturally motivated and in which teachers can differentiate in a sophisticated manner.

Speakers
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Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Teaching Graph Literacy
Graph literacy is the ability to identify important features of a wide variety of graphs and relate those features to the context of the graphs—in other words, to increase your understanding of graphs' meaning. According to the Common Core State Standards, English and language arts teachers, as well as math and science teachers share the responsibility for teaching students to understand graphs found in books, magazines, and newspapers, and on the web. By using the Graph Literacy activities middle school students investigate equivalent graphs, learn to interpolate values, discover the difference between dependent and independent variables and find linear trends on graphs and use these trends to find corresponding linear equations. This workshop will allow you to try out the graph literacy activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials are free and available online or through the Apple AppStore.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

The Science of Answering and the Art of Asking Good Questions
Uncovering information through inquiry is essential. Before students perform a search it is important that they have good questions… after all it is good questions that lead to answers. Better yet, answer lead to deeper questions. It’s more than a cycle it’s an inquiry spiral! Learn techniques and employ technology that will engage today’s student to inquire and question with skill, develop and use today’s pre-search technologies, and engage in self-regulated research and evaluation. Best of all, walk away with free resources and tools in order to further sustain the learning process. (Mike was featured involving informational searches using Google advanced search techniques by Alan November in his latest book "Who owns the Learning")

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning


Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Taking "The First Five Days" to the Next Level
The first day of school is every child's favorite day of school. Followed, closely, by the last day of school. ""The First Five Days"" concept has aimed to capitalize on the excitement and curiosity students have at the opening of the school year by encouraging teachers to plan engaging lessons that focus on mindsets and skills that will set students up for academic success.If done well, student enthusiasm and motivation will continue from the first day to the last, as teachers build upon ""The First Five Days"" skills, make them relevant to the subject studied, and students gain confidence in their own abilities.

But what happens to your students' motivation if every other class they attend is focused on the syllabus and ice breakers? In order to fully capitalize on the ""First Five Days"" model, educators need to advocate for it in their buildings on a team-wide or school-wide level. This session will work with teachers, specialists, or administrators on ways to expand the model in their buildings, by first making the individual teachers' ""First Five Days"" lessons more replicable, and then by developing a campaign strategy to get others on board.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Lou Buell

Mary Lou Buell

history teacher, Weymouth High School
Passionately connected educator, devoted to my twitter and voxer groups, dedicated to bringing technology experiences to my unconnected, low-tech classroom. Also devoted wife of a business owner, and mom to 4 children enrolled in public education, 3 in Duxbury and 1 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.


Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Global STEM Education –what you should know even if you are not in STEM

 The Global STEM Education Center will address the following:

· Why Global STEM is not a simple “add-on” to the Global Education and why YOU should know about it – even if you are not in STEM.
· What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how it relates to Global STEM Education and why you should know about it?
· Why your students are not going to be ready for the 21 st century without

Global STEM? What is the very minimum, but absolutely “must-have” knowledge for them?

· If you are in STEM – where are we in Global STEM education and where are we going next?
· How to bring Global STEM ® programs to your school and what can you do on a limited budget?
· What you should know about Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and why these are (one of the) “must-have” experiences for educators and students?
· A quick “tutorial” for educators on what NASA and SpaceX are doing and why all educators should know about?
· A brief overview of other innovations and “moonshots” and grand challenges in science and engineering that all educators should know – and why
· STEM Education – a brief summary of mapping to the standards and conducting research and evaluation


Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin

Larisa Schelkin

CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ™ model. She held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa is a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Making is Not Enough: Building a Culture of Creators Schoolwide
While the Maker Movement is lauded as the latest technological panacea for education, many educators struggle to understand and implement the tenets of this cultural return-to-craft. In this presentation, JD Pirtle, director of innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, will demonstrate how to build a permanent culture of creating and true innovation that involves every student, teacher, and staff member in your school. Attendees will learn how Catherine Cook School has grown from 1:1, document cameras, and Smartboards into a leader in the intentional use of emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, data visualization, robotics, and computer programming in the last few years—culminating with hosting a national conference on emerging technology in the classroom.

Attendees will see/learn:

- Real-world examples of engaging curriculum that begins with preliterate 3 year-olds, and grows with each student through high school.
- Best practices for incorporating emerging and traditional technologies into all aspects of school life and disciplines.
- Empowering students and faculty to be producers, not just consumers of technology.
- How to get buy-in from board of directors, administration, and parents.
- Methods for conducting transformative professional development for faculty.

Speakers
avatar for JD Pirtle

JD Pirtle

Director of Innovation, Catherine Cook School
JD Pirtle is an artist and educator interested in computational, generative and algorithmic processes–particularly those that utilize or produce open-source software. He is currently the Director of Innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, teaching programming, electronics, robotics and rapid prototyping for expression and inquiry. Pirtle founded and now directs the school’s IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) program, a... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Teaching Environmental Sustainability
Every child lives in a watershed and, thus, is a watershed steward. The Teaching Environmental Sustainability curricula is unique in that it allows students to visualize the impact of human action on his/her watershed using an online modeling application called Model My Watershed. It also permits students to engage in land planning exercises that allow them to immediately see the potential impact of changes on their watershed. By linking processes that act at the local scale to conditions that occur at a larger scale, the Model My Watershed web application lets students link their own observations of nature to scientific models of complex environmental systems. This workshop will allow you to try out the Teaching Environmental Sustainability activities and see how they would fit in your school. Project materials including Model My Watershed application are free and available online.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Curriculum Developer/Professional Developer, The Concord Consortium
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing many projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). | | Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Transforming Learning: Six Questions
This workshop is based on Alan’s New York Times best selling book, “Who Owns the Learning” and a powerful new 6 step model of designing transformational learning experiences. If the answer is no to all 6 questions chances are very good that the assignment has not leveraged the power of technology.

1. Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
2. Did the assignment develop new lines of enquiry?
3. Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
4. Is there an opportunity for students to publish – across various media with capacity for continuous feedback?
5. Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
6. Does the assignment provide “best in the world” examples of content and skill?

Additional topics can include building collaborative classrooms, teaching students to self assess and a range of quality teacher feedback strategies.

Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Creating Vision and Managing Change
  • Session Level All

1:30pm

Classroom Management Using Digital Engagement in a Secondary Level Classroom
This session will focus on digital norms in the classroom as well as how the iPads can be used to engage each student with various activities that promote collaboration, differentiation, critical thinking skills and whole group instruction.

We will also look at various ways to manage a digital classroom including examining what a digital classroom should look like in terms of physical space and student interactions with teachers and peers in the classroom. Strategies for off - task student behavior will be addressed as well.

Resources will be provided on how to set up a digital classroom and various instructional strategies for improving engagement. 

Speakers
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Nicole Quick

Special Education Teacher, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is a special education teacher in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 iPad initiative in her district for the past three years. Nicole is also working on her Ed.D in teaching and curriculum with a research focus on using 1:1 technologies in secondary classrooms.


Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler - Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Alan November - Next Steps
Speakers
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Georgian - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza