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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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Thursday Afternoon Active Session [clear filter]
Thursday, July 21

4:00pm EDT

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!  


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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 →
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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... Read More →
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Karen Lirenman

SAIL Academy, Brookside Elementary, Surrey School District
Bio Karen is an author and award-winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a  hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Her... 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... 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. #CSforA... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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:

Geocaching app

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

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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. His relaxed... Read More →
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Lainie Rowell

Consultant, Orange County Department of Education
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building. During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also serve... Read More →

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

4:00pm EDT

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.

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Amy Burvall

Author and Consultant, Education Consultant and Author
Amy Burvall is a professional recombinant, frequent flâneuse, and itinerant artist. After 25 years in the classroom she is currently consulting, creating, and curating in the fields of creativity, visual thinking, and digital literacies. She was an early YouTuber with her History... Read More →

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