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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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8-Hour Pre-Conference Session [clear filter]
Monday, July 18
 

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

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


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
 
Tuesday, July 19
 

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

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


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