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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.

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Wednesday, July 20
 

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

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... Read More →

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →

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 (CA) Unified and is a 2018-2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She was named 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, won the 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN Award for #CultivateWorldLiteracy... 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

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

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Ross Kasun

Ross Kasun

Superintendent, Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey
Dr. Ross Kasun is currently serving in his sixth year as the superintendent for the Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey, and was chosen as the 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. He earned his doctoral degree from Seton Hall University with a dissertation... 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... Read More →

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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →



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

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Ross Kasun

Ross Kasun

Superintendent, Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey
Dr. Ross Kasun is currently serving in his sixth year as the superintendent for the Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey, and was chosen as the 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. He earned his doctoral degree from Seton Hall University with a dissertation... 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... Read More →

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... 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

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:35am
St. James - 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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd 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... Read More →

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 (CA) Unified and is a 2018-2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She was named 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, won the 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN Award for #CultivateWorldLiteracy... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James - 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
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... Read More →

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... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington - Mezzanine/2nd Floor Boston Park Plaza
 
Friday, July 22
 

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
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... Read More →

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... 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... Read More →

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... Read More →


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