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Sunday, July 22
 

12:00pm

2:00pm

November/Wilkie - The First Five Days - Part 1
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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, November Learning
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... Read More →


Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450

2:00pm

Rothstein/Santana - Students Becoming Sophisticated Question-Askers and Thinkers - Part 1
Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 1-Day Training (Sunday afternoon July 22, 2018 and Monday morning, July 23, 2018) led by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Co-Directors of the Right Question Institute - will include participation by teachers and students 
The ability to ask one’s own questions, improve them, and strategize on how to use those questions may be the single most important thinking skill students can learn at any stage of their educational journey.
The skill of question formulation, however, is too rarely deliberately or rigorously taught. We can create more equitable learning opportunities for all students and enrich the educational experience of advanced as well as struggling learners, by prioritizing a commitment to teach this skill to all students.
What would it mean, then, if students began, just like researchers, innovators, or scientists, to drive their educational journey by learning not only to ask their own questions, but also how to work with those questions to learn even more? More than 250,000 educators around the world are showing just what happens when students learn to work with their own questions. They are deploying a deceptively simple method, the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), that allows students to produce their own questions, improve their questions and strategize on how to use them. It is purposefully called a “technique” to underscore its universal relevance and ease of use, but it is much more than a technique. It is the core of a learning model that provides opportunities for students to do divergent, convergent, and metacognitive thinking. As students learn to use the QFT, they become more curious and take ownership for their own learning. Their teachers, in turn, experience new joy as they see students driving their own learning. Both students and teachers also discover the profound power of question formulation as a democratic habit of mind.
In this hands-on, active learning experience, participants will work closely with Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, co-creators of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), as well as with educators experienced in using the QFT across age levels and disciplines. 
Over the course of the two half-day sessions, participants will:
 
  • Participate in an active learning experience with the QFT
  • See classroom examples from pre-k through higher education
  • Learn strategies for best practices in planning, facilitation, and professional development with the QFT
  • Work with planning tools and classroom resources
  • Form self-organized working groups around topics of interest
 
take advantage of opportunities to share work and collaborate with peers
hear from students who can speak to how the skill has made them more confident and excited learners
 
Workshop participants leave with a deep understanding of the strategy and the ability to immediately apply it with students and share with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rothstein

Dan Rothstein

The Right Question Institute
Dan Rothstein is co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Dan’s work focuses on honoring the work of educators who are driving a movement to help all students learn to ask better questions. His keynotes and seminars have engaged many audiences... Read More →
avatar for Luz Santana

Luz Santana

Co Director, The Right Question Institute
Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute (RQI), an organization that advances a strategy for teaching all people, no matter their level of education or income, how to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions. In her capacity as Co-Director... Read More →


Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450
 
Monday, July 23
 

7:00am

8:00am

Rowell - Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)
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, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

November/Wilkie - The First Five Days - Part 2
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... Read More →
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, November Learning
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... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450

9:00am

Rothstein/Santana - Students Becoming Sophisticated Question-Askers and Thinkers - Part 2
Question Formulation Technique (QFT) 1-Day Training (Sunday afternoon July 22, 2018 and Monday morning, July 23, 2018) led by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Co-Directors of the Right Question Institute - will include participation by teachers and students 
The ability to ask one’s own questions, improve them, and strategize on how to use those questions may be the single most important thinking skill students can learn at any stage of their educational journey.
The skill of question formulation, however, is too rarely deliberately or rigorously taught. We can create more equitable learning opportunities for all students and enrich the educational experience of advanced as well as struggling learners, by prioritizing a commitment to teach this skill to all students.
What would it mean, then, if students began, just like researchers, innovators, or scientists, to drive their educational journey by learning not only to ask their own questions, but also how to work with those questions to learn even more? More than 250,000 educators around the world are showing just what happens when students learn to work with their own questions. They are deploying a deceptively simple method, the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), that allows students to produce their own questions, improve their questions and strategize on how to use them. It is purposefully called a “technique” to underscore its universal relevance and ease of use, but it is much more than a technique. It is the core of a learning model that provides opportunities for students to do divergent, convergent, and metacognitive thinking. As students learn to use the QFT, they become more curious and take ownership for their own learning. Their teachers, in turn, experience new joy as they see students driving their own learning. Both students and teachers also discover the profound power of question formulation as a democratic habit of mind.
In this hands-on, active learning experience, participants will work closely with Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, co-creators of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), as well as with educators experienced in using the QFT across age levels and disciplines. 
Over the course of the two half-day sessions, participants will:
 
  • Participate in an active learning experience with the QFT
  • See classroom examples from pre-k through higher education
  • Learn strategies for best practices in planning, facilitation, and professional development with the QFT
  • Work with planning tools and classroom resources
  • Form self-organized working groups around topics of interest
 
take advantage of opportunities to share work and collaborate with peers
hear from students who can speak to how the skill has made them more confident and excited learners
 
Workshop participants leave with a deep understanding of the strategy and the ability to immediately apply it with students and share with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rothstein

Dan Rothstein

The Right Question Institute
Dan Rothstein is co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Dan’s work focuses on honoring the work of educators who are driving a movement to help all students learn to ask better questions. His keynotes and seminars have engaged many audiences... Read More →
avatar for Luz Santana

Luz Santana

Co Director, The Right Question Institute
Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute (RQI), an organization that advances a strategy for teaching all people, no matter their level of education or income, how to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions. In her capacity as Co-Director... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450

1:00pm

Rowell - Transform Learning - Innovating to Teach at the Highest Level
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. 

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Krause - Mindset, Design, Connect! Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling to Amplify Engaged Learning - Part 1
Part 1: Monday, July 24, 2017 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Part 2: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning.
This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other innovation hacks.
This session is designed for educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy.
Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. We address leadership and passion, growth mindset and resilience, as we create the ultimate architecture for the classrooms of the future. All levels of experience are welcome, and we’ll work with a variety of media.
Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as connective forces, amplifying "integration, inclusion and innovation" in each classroom community.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Consultant: Mindfulness • Story • Design, MindWise
Caitlin Krause works in interdisciplinary arenas linking technology, learning, leadership, writing and immersive storytelling. She is passionate about the intersection of expression, experience, and user engagement. A respected global speaker, leader, entrepreneur and educator, Caitlin... Read More →


Monday July 23, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450
 
Tuesday, July 24
 

7:00am

8:00am

Asavavatana - I'm Little and I'm Literate! Exploring Early Childhood Literacy in a Digital World
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital tools bring with them an explosion of possibility for learning, especially with young children. In this session we will explore meaning-making in forms that are more relevant to the way we think and play in the real world. The first half of the session will aim to approach digital tools from a literacy lens, we will create digital texts to learn and understand what types of thinking should be highlighted when using each platform. In the second half of the session we will take a look at coding and computational thinking as a literacy in the 21st century. By taking on challenges and creating games of your very own, you will walk away from the session with a better understanding of how coding can work for your little ones! Come prepared to make, create, and engage because just like in early childhood, we are going to learn through DOING! 

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 275
  • Attendee Requirements Bring an iPad with the following apps: Scratch Jr. , Pic Collage Kids, Adobe Spark, Musical.ly, Green Screen by Do Ink (or any other green screen app) and Seesaw. You will also need Gsuite (Drive, Sheets etc.) in order to access some resources that will be provided.

8:00am

Kuropatwa - Things That Suck About Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

This participatory session will engage attendees in some meaningful dialogue around several aspects of digital citizenship.  We'll explore some hot-button topics and consider their impact on the work we do as educators.  This session will illuminate a number of key digital citizenship issues and will also highlight a valuable model for engaging your students in classroom conversations. There’s a fair bit of fear mongering disguised as digital citizenship online. Our kids need more models of empathy and empowerment – so do we. We’ll share some of those models 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. His relaxed... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 275

8:00am

November - School and District Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership is the key position to effectively articulate the vision and assign resources needed to tap the full power of our investment in educational technology to improve instruction.  In this focused hands-on workshop, Alan brings his extensive knowledge of what successful school leaders really do around the world to build continuous capacity to improve student learning.  
Topics Include: 
  • Building capacity for continuous improvement
  • Strengthening the faculty as community
  • Balancing change anxiety with support for core values
  • Leader as Role Model 
  • Aligning technology investment with curriculum
  • Designing and evaluating affective staff development
  • Observation Questions for Leaders: Transformational 6
  • Moving Beyond 1:1 to 1:World

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 295

8:00am

Rowell - Pedagogy and Best Practices for Blended Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you already familiar with Blended Learning? Just considering Blended Learning? Either way, this series will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about using technology to personalize learning. Participants will get hands-on opportunities to learn and time to design integrated learning experience.
Learning Outcomes:
 
  • Examine the different models of Blended Learning as well as the role of a Blended Teacher
  • Experience a blended learning environment that builds community while fostering communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Explore tools and strategies to create learning experiences that are personalized, flexible and authentic.
 

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

Krause - Mindset, Design, Connect! Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling to Amplify Engaged Learning - Part 2
Part 1: Monday, July 24, 2017 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Part 2: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning.
This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other innovation hacks.
This session is designed for educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy.
Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. We address leadership and passion, growth mindset and resilience, as we create the ultimate architecture for the classrooms of the future. All levels of experience are welcome, and we’ll work with a variety of media.
Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as connective forces, amplifying "integration, inclusion and innovation" in each classroom community.


Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause

Consultant: Mindfulness • Story • Design, MindWise
Caitlin Krause works in interdisciplinary arenas linking technology, learning, leadership, writing and immersive storytelling. She is passionate about the intersection of expression, experience, and user engagement. A respected global speaker, leader, entrepreneur and educator, Caitlin... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 450

1:00pm

Cassidy - Mathematical Mashup: Teaching Primary Math With iPads
Limited Capacity seats available

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYByz2dggo

Using iPads for math should mean much more than drill and practice. We'll talk about best practices in math instruction and explore math-creation apps that support these best practices. We’ll investigate ways to allow your students to solve problems, to explain their solutions and to let you see their math thinking. We’ll also talk about ways you can amplify this learning by sharing it with parents and others beyond your classroom. 
Bring along an iPad to join the fun! A list of free apps to be used in this session will be emailed to participants for download the week before the conference. You’ll leave with:
 
  • An understanding of how to effectively use iPads in mathematics instruction
  • A list of appropriate apps and student examples of their use
  • Hands-on experience creating math with an iPad
  • The understanding of how to take your math learning global
 

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 24, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 275
  • Attendee Requirements An iPad is required.

1:00pm

Rothstein/Santana - Better Questions, Better Decisions: Building Consensus with the Right Question Strategy
Getting everyone on board to push in the same direction is challenging. How can learning to ask questions and focusing sharply on key decisions lead to greater buy-in and collaboration? The Right Question Strategy (RQ Strategy) offers a deceptively simple strategy for positively jumpstarting a change process that gets buy in by focusing on the refinement and use of two key skills: question formulation and effective participation in decision-making.  
The Right Question Strategy was developed by the Right Question Institute over the course of the past two decades and has been applied in many fields with many applications. Research has shown that the strategy is very effective for increasing active and effective participation and strengthening partnerships. It is a deceptively simple strategy that allows all involved to efficiently and constructively ask questions and explore the rationale and need for any proposed change, the decision-making process and how they can play a constructive role in the change process. The strategy distills complex ideas on effective civic participation and problem-solving into an easy-to-learn and easy-to-teach process that can be replicated easily. This session will be particularly relevant for district, school and departmental leaders who want to get buy-in for new initiatives, create a collaborative problem-solving culture and address specific challenges.
How can you more easily build consensus for change in your school and district? How can you get more buy-in for making important changes to improve teaching and learning in all settings? The Right Question Strategy offers a simple yet powerful strategy that helps individuals more effectively participate in decisions by learning to 1) define and identify decisions; 2) explore three key elements in decision making—reasons, processes, and roles; 3) ask questions about decisions. This easy-to-use and easy-to teach-strategy can be used to build consensus within a group through creating a space where everyone is able to efficiently and effectively ask questions about decisions.

In this hands-on, active learning experience, participants will work closely with Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, developers of the Right Question Strategy whose work has been enthusiastically adopted by teachers in the classroom, administrators in the districts and schools, and has been featured in presentations to Microsoft, Google, Harvard Medical School, the Library of Congress and in many countries, including Japan, Argentina, and Canada. 

In this half-day session, participants will:
  • Participate in an active learning experience using the two core tools of the Right Question Strategy:
  • The Question Formulation Technique (QFT)
  • The Framework for Accountable Decision-Making (FADM)
  • Unpack the key principles embedded in the strategy
  • Be introducted to additional planning tools 
  • Form self-organized working groups around topics of interest
  • Receive and use a planning guide for designing relevant applications of the Right Question Strategy
 
Administrators who have used the Right Question Strategy for consensus-building report that they observe “an unprecedented level of collaboration and effective problem solving.” One principal said “I heard questions I never would have thought about and saw people who often butt heads actually working well together. 
Workshop participants leave with a deep understanding of the strategy and the ability to immediately apply it with colleagues and staff in a wide range of settings.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rothstein

Dan Rothstein

The Right Question Institute
Dan Rothstein is co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. Dan’s work focuses on honoring the work of educators who are driving a movement to help all students learn to ask better questions. His keynotes and seminars have engaged many audiences... Read More →
avatar for Luz Santana

Luz Santana

Co Director, The Right Question Institute
Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute (RQI), an organization that advances a strategy for teaching all people, no matter their level of education or income, how to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions. In her capacity as Co-Director... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza
  • Cost 275

1:00pm

Rowell - Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?... NOT IN MY CLASS! Designing Innovative Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners
This session is based on Alan November’s “Transformational Six”:
 
  • -Will the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
  • -Will the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
  • Will there be opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?
  • Will there be opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
  • Will there be an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
  • Will the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?
 
Educators will be guided through designing their own innovative learning experiences. Examples/lessons will be shared throughout.  

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Tuesday July 24, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Opening Reception
Pick up your registration materials and join us for a glass of wine, hearty hors d'oevres and fun fellowship! 

Tuesday July 24, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

7:00pm

Presenter Dinner
BLC Presenters are invited to join Alan November for a dinner immediately following the Opening Reception. RSVP is required.
Please contact Marcy Reed Marcy@NovemberLearning.com

Tuesday July 24, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 25
 

7:00am

Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

BLC Information Center Open - Information and Registration
Wednesday July 25, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Opening Announcements and Keynote: Dr. Marc Brackett, PhD
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marc Brackett

Dr. Marc Brackett

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Asavavatana - I think Icon…I think Icon…Reading POWER in the Digital World
In order to navigate the vast and changing landscape of communication, we need to be chameleons. Each new tool, app, or platform, not only brings with it a set of rules or “grammar” that is necessary to use it, but also requires a deeper understanding in order to communicate effectively with it. This session aims to explore how we can approach modern day forms of communication in elementary education, and teach students right from the start to be thinkers with and through these tools. Teaching strategies from traditional literacy instruction can easily be adopted and applied to digital platforms. Ultimately, we want to help our students develop skills and strategies to be fluent communicators in the world they live in. Our hope is that they will be able to transfer and develop these strategies from one tool to the next, preparing them for whatever the future of communication may bring.

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Beine-Bowden - Coding in the Early Years: Setting the Foundation
Attendees will explore why our youngest learners are at an optimal age for learning the foundations of coding. I will review concepts that are essential to understanding what it means to code and program and showcase how 3 to 8 year-olds can learn those concepts in fun ways that make sense. We will brainstorm and back channel all ideas generated; come to engage your brain! The session draws on the work of Dr. Seymour Papert and the recent book, Coding as a Playground, by Dr. Marina Bers.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Cassidy - 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 their 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.

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 →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Clark - Put on Your Thinking Cap: How to Incorporate Making Thinking Visible (MTV) Routines into any classroom
"In this interactive and introductory session, participants will learn the value and purpose of integrating MTV routines into any classroom, regardless of grade level or content area. Participants will engage in the core routines and try them out, using both paper and digital tools. We will try several MTV
routines, in a variety of subject areas, including math, science, humanities, and art. MTV routines support students in thinking at a deeper level, and build a culture of thinking within the classroom and school, by encouraging all voices and perspectives to be heard and understood. Participants will see how effective MTV routines can be for professional learning, too! After this session, you will have the tools and experience needed to begin using MTV routines in your classroom right away!"

Speakers
avatar for Jancey Clark

Jancey Clark

Education Consultant & Speaker
Jancey Clark (@jancey5) partners with schools and education organizations to envision the ideal learning environment and co-design professional learning to engage and empower educators. An experienced presenter, at both international and virtual conferences, Jancey is passionate about... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Hansen - Collaborate, Make a Difference: Improving MIT OpenCourseWare through Teacher Feedback
MIT OpenCourseWare offers teaching materials from 2400 courses spanning the entire MIT undergraduate and graduate curriculum. MIT OpenCourseWare’s Creative Commons license means that anyone, anywhere in the world, can translate, remix, and freely share our materials—which makes the site perfect for educators! Through a special portal and publications, OCW Educator helps teachers and librarians navigate the vast library of MIT teaching materials available on the site. In this session, we offer participants a unique opportunity to shape the future of the OCW site and, in particular, its features for teachers. Participants will engage in interactive user-testing and provide feedback (online and in small groups) to OCW site innovators. We’ll translate this feedback into changes that will improve global learning communities’ access to this high quality open educational resource. It’s a chance to collaborate with colleagues to make a difference in the lives of teachers and learners around the globe!

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Sarah Hansen

OCW Educator Project Manager, MIT OpenCourseWare


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Keynote Followup with Dr. Marc Brackett
Speakers
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Dr. Marc Brackett

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Kirr - Shift the Culture of Your Classroom
What does “innovative” mean? Teachers who are labeled as “risk takers” and sometimes even ostracized by others in their own school learn a ton from their students’ failures and successes as they try new ideas. This session will expose you to lessons teachers have learned from their students. Depending on group size and participation, we’ll work through up to ten lessons, and you and your students will benefit from them when you get back to school.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Maranon Davis - The Skin I’m In: Empowering Students to Challenge the Myth of Meritocracy
Data shows kids of color are not thriving in our educational system, why is that and how do we fix it? In this workshop we will explore how the myth of meritocracy shows up in the curriculum of our classrooms leaving students of color and their history of resistance to oppression out of the story. We will identify strategies found in new research that empowers students to challenge the single story being told in our curriculum. We will use the lens of indigenous people and the invisibility of their full story and its impact on their descendants.

Speakers
avatar for Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Educational Consultant, Limitless Learning Lab
I am deeply invested in opening up the human experience in all spheres of life. I have a passion for exploring and expanding our learning cultures to allow all students to have a voice and be seen. I am committed to learning about and healing our emotional selves so that we can show... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Mull - 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

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Reynolds/Calvin - Paper Prototyping Bootcamp for STEAM-Powered Learning
From kindergarten to high school, discover how schools, libraries, and programs around the country have used Fab@School Maker Studio to create practical, affordable makerspaces using paper, cardstock, and inexpensive digital fabricators. This session provides hands-on opportunities for getting comfortable with easy, paper-based digital design and fabrication software tools. Participants experience the benefits of rapid paper prototyping, which allows for quick cycles of testing and iterative design enhancements - especially helpful within limited class periods. Explore research-based best practices, appropriate to get all students (PreK-12) designing and creating. We encourage participants to bring their devices.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Calvin

Andrea Calvin

Vice President, Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity
At the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, & Creativity, Andrea works to engage new and existing partners to ensure that all learners – especially children – develop the vision, confidence, knowledge and skills needed to succeed. She works closely with our pilot schools seamless... Read More →
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Paul Reynolds

CEO/Co-Founder of FableVision, FableVision Learning
As CEO and Co-Founder of Boston-based FableVision, Paul oversees the company’s educational media group FableVision Studios, and the K12 edtech publishing group FableVision Learning.  FableVision is on a 200-year mission to create & share positive storytelling, media & technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Sumich - Transdisciplinary Learning - teaching and learning beyond single subjects.
Ormiston Junior College is a place where students build Authentic Inquiry Projects instead of subjects, this work culminates with students pitching for their own grades with peers and teachers providing feedback and group assessing for the learner. This workshop will discuss, share and reimagine what authentic learning could be. We will be sharing a process for building authenticity so that it becomes possible for all learners to gain success.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Sumich

Luke Sumich

Leader of Learning, Ormiston Junior College
New Schools, Hearts and Minds, Professional Learning, Rugby, Golf, Life Long Learners



Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Zimmerman - From Conflict to Collaboration: Leadership shifts that changed school culture
With more freedom doesn't necessarily come more creativity. Like driving through a mountain pass without guardrails, navigating shifts in education without guardrails can feel unsettling. As teachers, there's a delicate balance between letting go of control to allow students freedom to create with a sense of ownership, and chaos. There is a similar effect with adults on staff. Through visiting schools in United States, Europe and Asia, as well as talking with industry leaders who are known for cutting edge teams, and my own research, I created a new iteration for leadership design with the hope of seeing a positive shift. This shift included entirely redesigning the interview and hiring process as well as professional development, collaboration opportunities, and celebrating educators taking risks. Parents and students voiced noticing a positive shift even within the first month of school.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michelle Zimmerman

Dr. Michelle Zimmerman

Researcher / Educator, Concordia University Wisconsin/ Renton Prep
Blended learning models and experiential learning can enhance human connection, creativity and innovation supported by effective digital tool use.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Cusack - Making Your Way to Mathland

What better place to learn math than in Mathland? Inspired by Seymour Papert, mathland is a culture steeped in computational thinking and problem-solving where children naturally pick up the language through mathematical ways of knowing. In this hands-on workshop, we will create Mathland experience and immerse participants in maker-minded math play. Explore the mathland “maker” way of knowing through tinkering, coding, and creating and watch learning come to life!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Cusack

Susan Cusack

Asst Professor, Dir. Lesley STEAM Learning Lab, Lesley University
Sue teaches in the Educational Technology programs, and is the co-director of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab (makerspace). Sue’s work involves designing maker learning experiences; using technology to facilitate meaningful and inclusive and culturally responsive learning oppor... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Trimnal - It’s Time to Assess the Way We Assess: Implementing Non-Traditional Assessments
Let’s get together, as forward thinking teachers, and move beyond the strict multiple choice model where we assess with only the end of course standardized test in mind. This is challenging when you are teaching a rigorous and highly evaluated subject area.  I challenge you to utilize every part of the assessment process including before, during and immediately after, to encourage growth in your students. . Though we teach subjects that are fast-paced and rigid, we should veer away from the model of “teach, test and move on to the next.” It is not just about a grade - it’s about learning through the process. In this session, I will give you valuable ways to continuously assess your students’ understanding outside of traditional multiple choice.

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Megan Trimnal

Teacher, Gaston County Schools
Megan Trimnal is a science teacher for Gaston County Schools in NC. Currently teaches Forensics, Biology and APES (Gaston Online)  but has dabbled in other science courses during the last five years in GCS.  The best part of teaching is the opportunity to be daring and courageous... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Bruzzese - Multimodal Literacy: An Introduction
The session will be a fun hands-on intro to multimodal literacy using FlipGrid and Mighty Networks. Many resources and examples will be shared. You will not only get to 'play' with the software but I will make direct links to November's ideas in 'Who Owns the Learning' and Fullan's 'New Pedagogies for Deep Learning'.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Bruzzese

Sam Bruzzese

Lecturer & 'retired' LBPSB principal, McGill University
Sam Bruzzese, is a retired school principal, who lectures at McGill University. He has given many courses and workshops on the transformative/disruptive power of educational technology in schools. He provides edtech pedagogical support for both public and private schools. His current... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Colavecchia - Thinking Beyond the Test
Secondary classes are driven by large amounts of content specific standards and expectations as well as high stakes exams where passing grades are necessary to graduate high school. Teachers and students can find it difficult to navigate the world of high stakes testing while still using inquiry based approaches to teaching and learning. This session will provide participants with strategies for using authentic real world problems in their classes to help students foster critical thinking skills while still mastering content needed for these high stakes tests. An emphasis will be on differentiation and student centered learning. Participants will walk away with resources and digital tools that can help make the transition to a student – centered, problem based learning classroom environment possible.



Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Collado - Building a Learning Farm of Global Collaborators
Join us to learn how Middle School Principal, Dr. Nino Collado and his students are building a team of Global Collaborators to work with fellow middle schoolers in  Africa.  The collaboration is enhancing mastery of Math concepts and building a sense of purpose in all the students.  

Moderators
avatar for Ana Castro

Ana Castro

CEO, Genius Plaza
Ana Roca Castro started her career at Columbia University where she managed educational projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation of Oracle Learning Management System (OLM) for the United Nations. In 2008, Ana became a social entrepreneur and started... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nino Collado

Dr. Nino Collado

Principal, James S. Rickards Middle School.
Washington “Nino”Collado was born in the Dominican Republic in 1962 in small towncalled Jánico (Ha-Nee-Co). Nino, as his mother always called him, was raisedsurrounded by educators. His mother, María Tejada and eight of his uncles and auntswere teachers. After the death of his... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Krause - Mindful by Design: ​Mindfulness, Creativity & Innovation in an Age of ​#AI
How do we find and cultivate our inspiration and true engagement, leading us to create and innovate?
Is it ingenuity over automation, empathy over disconnection? What defines us is what sets us apart from the machines, even as we build them—and, it’s these traits that will become increasingly important as we embrace new technologies and ways of approaching everything from data analysis to problem-solving to creative expression.

This session looks into the design and flourishing of our greatest assets. In the Age of AI, what makes us human becomes all the more essential, critical to our communication, creativity and true consequence. We’ll blend in storytelling, VR, robotics, design and mindfulness as we step through the looking glass into animated wonderlands that illuminate our innovative perspectives as creative learners.

Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Newman - A True Flipped Classroom
What if a class taught itself and the teacher was only there to add value to the existing learning? In some courses, this digital learning farm method makes a lot of sense.

During this interactive session, we will look at what it really means to build a digital learning farm. We will analyze questions such as ""What do we do with differing levels of student expertise?"", ""How do we handle feedback methods?"", and ""What are the caveats to a system such as this?"". Additionally, we will look at several examples of student-driven learning in action.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Newman

Anthony Newman

Senior Manager Business Development, Purdue University
Anthony is an established entrepreneur and education leader with experience in education, healthcare, government and consulting. His work has primarily focused on using technology to accelerate innovation in education, business and government. | | Anthony has founded 2 technology-focused... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Reed/Mathieson - Charlottesville 2017: Using Visible Thinking to Support Courageous Conversations
How can visible thinking strategies transform classroom culture and create equitable, inclusive spaces for courageous conversations? Following the Unite the Right Rally in August, seventh and eighth graders at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, gathered in a student-directed, elective course to investigate the origins and legacy of the rally. Join us as we share our students’ quest for understanding. In this session we will model the routines embraced by our students, discuss and explore how these routines support and empower student voices, and generate ideas for how visible thinking routines might be used to spark, enrich, and sustain school-wide conversations.



Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Rowell - Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?... NOT IN MY CLASS! Designing Innovative Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners
This session is based on Alan November’s “Transformational Six”:
-Will the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
-Will the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
-Will there be opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?
-Will there be opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
-Will there be an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
-Will the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?
Educators will be guided through design considerations and participants will leave ready to develop their own innovative learning experiences. Examples/lessons will be shared throughout.

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Soloway/Norris - Managing Digital Curricula Using the Free, Device-Independent Roadmap.center Platform
In order to fully utilize 1-to-1 classrooms, teachers need a supply of deeply-digital (not just digitized), highly-interactive curricula. And, teachers need to manage the entire process of using those curricula. In our hands-on session, we will describe Roadmap.center, a free, device-independent, browser-based platform that supports teachers and students during the full life-cycle of a digital lesson:
• creating (or modifying) “Roadmaps” (lessons) from OER – Open Education Resources that are available on the Internet;
• distributing Roadmaps to learners for use on their devices (e.g., tablets, Chromebooks, laptops) – as they work solo or in collaborative groups;
• monitoring learners – and the learning analytics that they generate – in real-time, as the students move through the learning activities in the Roadmaps;
• assessing the artifacts developed by learners during lesson Roadmap enactment; and
• sharing Roadmaps in a professional community. 
Educators can collaborate synchronously, co-located or not, in creating or modifying Roadmaps. Virtually any URL – any digital element on the Internet – can be included as a resource in a Roadmap. And, virtually any application, e.g., word processor, game, simulation can also be included as a learning activity in a Roadmap.  Students too can collaborate synchronously as “collabrified apps” (e.g., G-Suite, Collabrify Productivity Tools) can be included in Roadmaps. 
 
During the session, attendees will use https://roadmap.center to access the Roadmap Repository, modify a Roadmap, distribute it to a class. It is our intention that attendees will leave our session with the skills and understanding needed to continue using Roadmap.center to develop exciting lessons to support their digital learners. 

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Cathleen Norris

Regents Professor & Chair, Dept. of Learning Technologies, University of North Texas
Dr. Cathleen Norris is the Regents Professor & Interim Chairperson, Department of Learning Technologies, College of Information, University of North Texas. Dr. Norris’ 14 years in K-12 classrooms – and receiving Dallas’ Golden Apple Award – has shaped her university R&D agenda... Read More →
avatar for Elliot Soloway

Elliot Soloway

technology, N/A
Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, with appointments also in the School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For 15+ years, Dr. Soloway’s R&D efforts have been guided... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Stern - Connecting to Experts to Solve Authentic Problems
Picture a fifth grader who has identified animals as one of her passions. She has chosen to work on the problem of endangered species and make recommendations for improving the situation. Monday morning starts off with a Skype conference call with an NGO in Brazil that will share some important information about deforestation of the Amazon.

After she finishes the call, the student and her team write down action steps and divide the tasks based on each member’s interest and expertise. They have two weeks until the next call and before then have two scheduled team meetings and a full-day lab session to work on this project with an expert in the field.

This vision is possible! This session will present concrete ways to harness expertise to dramatically enhance engagement and understanding for students. Examples will be given for early elementary though high school.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Stern

Julie Stern

Author and Instructional Coach
Julie Stern is an author, trainer, and instructional coach, supporting schools in transforming teaching and learning around the globe. She constantly seeks to answer questions such as: | | - How do we prepare young people to tackle problems we currently don't know how to solve... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Stubbs - Surface to deep in 50 minutes
In this workshop, Phil will share a range of simple strategies to meet the challenge of engaging students more deeply in their learning. With a focus on teacher clarity, participants will engage in a demonstration lesson designed to model collaborative thinking and processing strategies, supporting learners in finding and applying their voice in order to activate students as learning resources for each other. It will show how, by changing relationships in the classroom and equipping students to go beyond their best, teachers around the world are supporting students in making the transition from surface to deep and enduring understanding. 

Speakers

Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Teuber - Developing Better Thinkers Through Play
Engage students in making their thinking visible and teach students how to be creative problem solvers through play using Lego® Serious Play® methods. Through hands-on activities, participants will learn activities that can be used with students for developing imagination, creativity, social emotional learning, and visual thinking. Participants will also have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for using Lego® Serious Play® in the classroom.

Objectives:
1. Learn the four core steps of using Lego® Serious Play® to facilitate visual thinking, problem solving, and creativity
2. Engage in hands-on building and teamwork to gain practice in using Lego® Serious Play®
3. Learn stand-alone activities and brainstorm ideas for using Lego® Serious Play® in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of education with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Wilkie/McCloud - #Q2Learn: How do we help students slow their thinking down to truly drive more of their own learning? The answers are in the questions…
A growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments is to determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning. Students making sense of information is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has created a sense of urgency for students to become critical and engaged members of our global society, who ask the right questions, listen intently, intellectually filter information, and invite further discussion, in order to bring people and ideas together.
Back by demand and inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Alan November’s Six Questions for Transformational Learning, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning, rather than simply assessing or checking their understanding.
 
Join us as we address the urgency to explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning techniques and learning routines to:                                                               
  • make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing, synthesizing and connecting to the world
  • enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking      
  • nurture a learning community that fosters inquiry, communication and connections
 
@sewilkie @roybps #learnbydesign #Q2learn

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, November Learning
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Yates - Ditch the Desks! Classrooms of the Future are Here Now
For more than 200 years the face of the classroom has remained relatively unchanged-a teacher standing in front of rows of desks with the students absorbing the information. The world outside of schools has been changing rapidly, isn't it time for the learning environment to do the same? 
East Irondequoit has emerged as a leader in digital conversion and is now focusing not only on what students use to learn but where they are learning. Through innovative technology in the classroom and flexible furniture, teachers are creating environments which are more reflective of how students are learning together in this digital age. Hear from the people who have been the ones leading the change and the kids they are teaching. 
Plus get a chance to try a hands-on demonstration of virtual reality glasses and see that the classroom is not only changing-it is limitless.

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David Yates

Director of Communications, East Irondequoit Central School District
After spending nearly twenty years in television broadcasting Dave Yates found a home in the education communication field. There he has brought his understanding of the way the media operates to help expand his district's exposure. At the same time he has immersed himself in the... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Comber/Christopher - 21st Century Learning through Interdisciplinary Opportunities
Students increasingly need to connect educational experiences to the real world, and as educators we must facilitate that in our classrooms.
This workshop will explore how teachers can use authentic, interdisciplinary units of work to better engage students, and best develop twenty-first century skills such as problem solving skills, self-efficacy, and a passion for learning.  
It will draw on the work by presenters who work in the Science faculty and Technology Faculty at Glendowie College in New Zealand, to create units of work that have bridged two or more learning areas in the junior school.  The results of this work have been highly engaging, both for students and for staff.  The presenters will share their findings about the benefits and challenges of implementing the interdisciplinary teaching programmes, and a reflection of student voice. 

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Trevor

Science Teacher, Glendowie College
I am a science/chemistry teacher in my second year of teaching. I am interested in exploring digital learning platforms to promote self paced learning, facilitating learning across subject areas and using context to make authentic real life connections for students.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Cusack - Making our way to Language and Literacy

Join us and experience making as a mindset, a learning modality, and as a vehicle for teaching language and literacy. Experience for yourself the affordances of making and learn how maker-inspired activities can transform teaching and make literacy more accessible and engaging for all learners. See how the “maker way of knowing” can draw your students into problem solving, close reading of a text, word consciousness, and authentic language and literacy experiences. Come play, tinker, and design with us, and experience learning in this emergent 21st century context.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Cusack

Susan Cusack

Asst Professor, Dir. Lesley STEAM Learning Lab, Lesley University
Sue teaches in the Educational Technology programs, and is the co-director of the Lesley STEAM Learning Lab (makerspace). Sue’s work involves designing maker learning experiences; using technology to facilitate meaningful and inclusive and culturally responsive learning oppor... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Blake-Davis - A Triad Partnership: Providing Expanded Opportunities for Global Citizenship
This session is designed to present the rationale and major components of our global citizenship program. Below is a description of the program encompassing the essential elements. We are particularly proud of the partnership that we have developed between Central Berkshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Outdoor Center-Becket Chimney Corners YMCA, and Berkshire Adventures to create a cultural immersion program with young students from China.

The primary purpose of our global citizen partnership program is to develop students’ sense of global identity by increasing their cross cultural awareness. Each of the organizations in our triad partnership assumes a vital role in creating a well-rounded experience that is designed to increase students’ global identity. Visiting students from China, aged 9-13 years, are paired with American students in Central Berkshire Schools and experience both a school and a traditional camp-based setting. Central Berkshire ensures that Chinese students have ample time to experience typical days at school while at the same time building friendships with American students. Time spent at school focuses on American academic schooling. Students participate in all subjects including math, English, social studies, and science. Programming also includes physical education, 21st century skills, music, and art. The Berkshire Outdoor Center arranges students’ living quarters for both Chinese and American students so space and time is created during weekend and evening hours for students to continue to build relationships and learn about Chinese and American cultures- with guidance from experienced camp counselors. Both settings emphasize skills that foster curiosity, compassion, collaboration, courage and a commitment to learning about language, traditions, school, neighborhood and family. As a result of this collaboration, students develop deeper understandings about the concepts of expanding citizenship as members of a natural environment and school community. Lastly, our third partner, Berkshire Adventures serves as a liaison with China to assist us in recruiting students and communicating with schools and families from China to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.
Our program prioritizes skills that lead to global leadership. These competencies will be outlined in our presentation and described in greater detail. They are designed to foster students’ proficiency for participating in and contributing to a globalized society and include: thinking globally, communicating effectively, and contributing responsibly.
Thinking Globally
• Studying issues from a global perspective
• Gaining an appreciation for other world cultures
• Understanding world viewpoints
Communicating Effectively
• Developing foreign language skills
• Collaborating effectively with students from other cultures through communication
Contributing Responsibly
• Interacting and building relationships with students from other cultures
• Striving to become more knowledgeable about other cultures to develop values
• Showing respect and open mindedness in behavior and thinking

Speakers
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Laurie Casna

Assistant Superintedent, CBRSD


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Cassidy - Digital Portfolios in Elementary
Even young students can have digital portfolios that allow them to reflect and record their learning. They, too, want an audience and feedback beyond their teacher’s comments. We’ll discuss the why’s, the what’s and the how’s and look at the best hosts currently available.

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 →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Marshall - Gamification with Augmented Reality and VR
Virtual Reality is fiddly and expensive for many schools. How do we extract the best value from it? Exploring how an effective VR setup can revolutionise how we do excursions, activities and document school events - and bring students into the creation process.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall

Head of Digital Learning, Santa Maria College
Melissa Marshall is the Head of Digital Learning and the Head of Technology & Commerce at Santa Maria College, located in beautiful Perth, Australia. She completed a Master of Education (ICT in Education) in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) majoring in... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

McClaskey - Personalization and UDL: The Perfect Match to Realize Learner Agency and Equity for all Learners
When learners understand their unique strengths and challenges as a learner, there is more engagement and motivation--the barriers to learning can be removed. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) creates such a culture of learner agency and equity. Based on research in the neurosciences and how we learn, UDL and personalization are the perfect match to bring equity and agency to every learner. In this session, you will step into a learner’s shoes and use the UDL Lens of Access, Engage and Express in order to experience firsthand what teachers gain by knowing the strengths and challenges of their learners. We will move between online resources and collaborating with peers so you can identify a Personal Learning Backpack of tools and skills that can support challenged and enhance strengths for your learners to realize agency.  You will depart with a clear understanding how to empower your learners and bring equity to your classroom. Remember your devices!

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen McClaskey

Kathleen McClaskey

Founder, Make Learning Personal
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is CEO and Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, and co-author of bestseller, Make Learning Personal (2014) and How to Personalize Learning (2016). Kathleen received her MEd in Technology in Education in 1988 from Lesley College. In her professional... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Miller - Becoming the Leader You Would Want to Follow
We hear all the education clichés about leaders; instructional leaders, change agents, ones that inspire and challenge others. Everyone aspires to be the leader that others want to follow. We know leadership is about behaviors, not a specific personality. This session will provide practical strategies and resources to support the behaviors to become the type of leader others desire to follow.

During this session, participants will:
• Explore the practices and behaviors of great leaders when at their very best.
• Apply research and principles of leadership to inspire and motivate others to achieve extraordinary out of the ordinary.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Pittman - Accessible Project Based Learning
Project based learning is a wonderful way to expose students to 21st century learning skills that they need for today's workforce.  During this session, we will break down what skills students need to be 21st century learner, products and technologies to help your PBL journey as well as accessibility tools available to help your students with every step along the way.  

Moderators
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Microsoft

Microsoft

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Pittman

Lauren Pittman

Teacher, Holly Springs Elementary
Lauren Pittman is a special education teacher with 13 years’ experience working with students with exceptionalities.  She is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and certifications in general and adaptive special education as... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Polansky - Alphabet Soup: 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 under a half hour, Aaron will share a story decorated with peer-modeling, direct-speak, and innovative approaches that reach far beyond curriculum. This 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

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Superintendent-Director
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Polubiec - Lessons from Finland: Exercise balls, baby boxes and Karelian pies
Finland consistently outperforms other countries on international assessments. Finland’s school system inspires educators from all over the world to learn from its achievements. Finnish success did not happen overnight or by accident. It was a result of intentional long-term reforms that masterfully blended innovative thinking, research-driven policies, and Nordic cultural tradition.
The audience will understand how Finland developed a system where the achievement gap between the strongest and weakest students is the smallest in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jacek Polubiec

Dr. Jacek Polubiec

Dr. Jacek Polubiec is an educational leader who has spent twenty years teaching and supervising urban schools. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from City College of New York, MA from Queens College, MS from the Principals Institute at Bank Street College, and Ed.D. in Urban School... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Rimmer - Surviving the "Novemberized" Classroom: One Teacher's Practical Approach to Incorporating Alan November's Classroom Strategies
Think you're ready to try Alan November's classroom strategies but don't know where to start? Feeling inspired but overwhelmed? This is the session for you!
Come to my “classroom” and learn how these strategies work from the first day of school.  Don’t count on just sitting idly by. Using hands-on activities, you will learn first-hand my simple 2-step method of implementing Alan November’s ideas. You will witness the real-life results of this method through student work samples and testimonials.  
Participants will leave this session ready to actualize ANY of Alan November’s visions in ANY classroom. I promise, you can make the “Novemberized” classroom happen!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Rimmer

Ashley Rimmer

English 10 Teacher, Gaston County Schools
Ashley Rimmer is entering her 5th year of teaching and "Novemberized" learning some in her classroom last year. She is excited to learn new ways to empower students. She is a National Board Certified English teacher. Last year, she was Teacher of the Year for her school and a finalist... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Rowell - What Are They Thinking? Strategies for Transparency in Learning to Tailor Instruction
Research shows that timely feedback makes a significant impact on learning and achievement. This session will be a rich source of ideas, strategies, resources and information to give educators the power to make informed instructional decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

Consultant, OCDE, November Learning
Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

T.A. Edison CTE Students - Developing Student Leadership by Implementing PREP21: Problem, Research, Evaluate, Propose to build 21st Century Skills
Interested in experiencing genuine student leadership and engagement? See how students at one NYC high school are empowered to make change in instruction by collaborating with teachers to build student-led activities for classes in all academic areas. This instructional methodology incorporates problem solving, research, critical thinking and collaborating to increase student engagement and develop the leaders of tomorrow. 

Speakers
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T.A. Edison 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

1:30pm

D. November - PBL: Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum
The session will focus on sharing a model I used to integrate social justice issues into the English curriculum.  Students were taught the "vocabulary" of social justice and then wrote published open letters based on a local or national question of social justice.  Students tweeted at elected officials and other experts as they researched their projects and ultimately sent their work to their selected audience.

Speakers
DN

David November

David is the nephew of Alan November. He attended BLC as a college student and was inspired toward a career in education. David has worked in a K-12 charter school in North Philadelphia since 2009. He currently leads both grades 8 and 9 in addition to his teaching duties and is... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

Freedman - All Aboard the Hyperdoc Express
Have you heard the hyperdoc buzz? Have you been looking for a way to personalize learning in a dynamic setting? Come listen to teachers and some students (need to know how many to bring), and you will see how their educational experience was revolutionized from a typical lesson to an odyssey into digital literacy, reading, writing, and STEAM skills. Students will share their work and thinking about the change, giving you a firsthand account on why you should jump on the hyperdoc train!
Hyperdocs allows educators to work with students as they go. We are able to give feedback throughout the process. Listening to students we are able to integrate more tools and activities based on their interests. Students collaborate with their teacher, classmates, and students in other parts of the world on their hyperdocs. They are able to build a strong classroom community, learning from each other as they go through the hyperdoc. Students ask questions of each other, teaching each other skills and strategies as they work through each hyperdoc. 
Hyperdocs bring the passion back to teaching. Educators work to design creative learning experiences that meet the needs of individual students. Various digital tools are immersed in the content area when using hyperdocs. Students can work at their own pace, collaborate with classmates both synchronously and asynchronously, and standards in all areas can be applied when using hyperdocs as a tool for learning. Hyperdocs can be created with the learner in mind, using a variety of Google tools to present the activity. There are plenty of choices the educator has to make when designing hyperdocs beyond the objective and goals of the lesson. The learning model hyperdocs uses is one that engages students, asks them to explore concepts, apply knowledge, explain what they discovered, reflect on the learning process, and extend thinking. 
The energy in the classroom has shifted, and a community of learners is being built. Hyperdocs can be created in any content area or to teach specific skills such as research or digital citizenship. It is important to know this is not a digital worksheet, rather a pedagogical revolution that brings learning to life. In this session we will explore hyperdocs in the content areas K-12 that are already created, learn about the process to create hyperdocs, and then have some time for attendees to make their own hyperdocs to support learning in the classroom. Teachers will leave with ideas to implement the next school day! 

Speakers
avatar for Rayna Freedman

Rayna Freedman

Teacher of 5th graders/ITS, Mansfield Elementary Schools
Rayna Freedman is beginning her 18th year at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Rayna is President-Elect of the... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:00pm

Collado - Building a Learning Farm of Global Collaborators
Motivating students to think deeply and solve increasingly complicated problems with purpose is now essential and very doable.  One of the most successful strategies is to engage students in solving authentic problems with students their own age from another country.  We have developed a framework that can be applied to any grade and subject.  Middle School Principal, Dr. Nino Collado will provide compelling results about how math students collaborated with students in Africa. Even though this is a specific content based example, you will learn how to apply the framework across the curriculum.  

Moderators
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Ana Castro

CEO, Genius Plaza
Ana Roca Castro started her career at Columbia University where she managed educational projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation of Oracle Learning Management System (OLM) for the United Nations. In 2008, Ana became a social entrepreneur and started... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nino Collado

Dr. Nino Collado

Principal, James S. Rickards Middle School.
Washington “Nino”Collado was born in the Dominican Republic in 1962 in small towncalled Jánico (Ha-Nee-Co). Nino, as his mother always called him, was raisedsurrounded by educators. His mother, María Tejada and eight of his uncles and auntswere teachers. After the death of his... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Hancock Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Clark - Adding Student Voice to Professional Learning
The most meaningful professional learning I have ever experienced didn't come from a keynote speaker - it came from...students! This session will provide ideas on how to incorporate student voice into your school's professional development, through opportunities such as TEDxYouth, think tanks, documentaries, student panels, and twitter chats. Show students that their voice is valued, and plan ways to make school more meaningful for them, based on what they need. 

Speakers
avatar for Jancey Clark

Jancey Clark

Education Consultant & Speaker
Jancey Clark (@jancey5) partners with schools and education organizations to envision the ideal learning environment and co-design professional learning to engage and empower educators. An experienced presenter, at both international and virtual conferences, Jancey is passionate about... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Book Signing with Alan November
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Asavavatana - I'm Little and I'm Literate! Early Childhood Literacy in a Digital World
"Digital tools bring with them an explosion of possibility for learning, especially with young children. In this session we will explore meaning-making in forms that are more relevant to the way we think and play in the real world. This session aims to help educators working with young children find connections between literacy instruction and modern day forms of communication by highlighting thinking processes. How can we infer meaning from and assess the validity of a digital text? What strategies will help us problem solve when using digital tools? How can we begin to develop skills that will support strong researchers in a digital landscape? These are all things we can and should begin exploring in the early years! Come and learn ways that I have begun building these skills into teaching and learning and play around with some apps yourselves!
If you can, please come with a device that has these apps on it: Seesaw and Musical.ly

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Collins - Designing Physical Microworlds for Learning
In this session, we will introduce ‘Microworlds-based learning’. One of the challenges inherent to the implementation of ‘Constructionist’ and Creative Learning practices is the implementation of environments that support the development of personally meaningful projects for each student. As proposed by Seymour Papert [1], one alternative is the creation of ""microworlds,"" ie. environments that facilitate the learning that happens when children first learn to speak in their native languages. It is a kind of learning that emerges organically from the local culture, and that evolves as part of the interactions with the artifacts and the other participants of the space. Papert saw digital technology playing an essential role in the creation of microworlds for learning. The Logo programming software and the LEGO Mindstorms were a great example of that. Logo and Turtle Graphics were intended to be used to build a ‘math world’ for students—an environment in which to construct their own rules and problems—learning by creating, exploring and experimenting in this world.

Unfortunately, technology-based microworlds tend to be very costly and computer-centric, limiting their application to specific domains of knowledge and to select organizations that can afford the investment. In our work, we extend the microworld concept beyond digital technologies and use cardboard, fabric and other commonly-available materials to transform classrooms, libraries, computer labs and other spaces into rich environments conducive to learner-driven construction and exploration.

In this fun and interactive hands-on session, teachers will have the opportunity to intuitively experience a physical microworld, reflect about the key theories and elements involved in microworlds design, and brainstorm about ways to implement microworlds as part of their curriculum practice. We invite all educators, designers and technologists interested in the creation of tools, practices and environments for creative learning.

Learning Goals:
(1)Design personally meaningful hands-on projects within a physical microworld such as ‘The Underwater World’ or ‘The Enchanted Forests’.
(2)Get introduced to creative learning framework and practices, envisioning yourself as physical microworld designers and facilitators.
(3)Analyze the role of different materials, technologies and space layouts in creative learning experiences.
(4)Discuss active strategies to integrate physical microworlds into the curriculum as well as incorporation relevant aspects of the students' lives.

[1] Papert, S. (1980).. Mindstorms: children, computers and powerful ideas. New York: BasicBooks.

*This session will be co-presented by Alisha Panjwani, Leo Burd and Rachel Garber

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Collins

Alisha Collins

Designer/Educator/Author, SEEDS StudioLab at Acera School/Creative Learning Company
Alisha is a designer and educator interested in exploring experiential and experimental ways of integrating storytelling, craft, wellness, play, and interactive technologies to create participatory learning practices. Her practice centers on nurturing children’s creative confidence... Read More →
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Rachel Garber

Creative Learning Company
Rachel Garber, M.Ed is an educator with 20+ years of experience working with young people, volunteers, teachers, and parents in both public school and community-based educational programs. She has a passion infusing creativity into learning and exposing children to new opportunities... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Kuropatwa - Leading Change
“If you really want to understand something, try changing it.” - Kurt Lewin

As the Director of Learning for a school division made up of 18 schools, it’s my job to help lead the largest change initiative ever undertaken in our school community. One of the most important, difficult, messy things any school leader does is lead change. While we can learn from the change leadership of others, copying their work most often leads to failure. Success is more likely to come from adapting others work to our own context. In this workshop I’ll share the journey we’ve undertaken collectively in our schools; how we developed a shared vision, cultivated collaborative cultures, maintained a focus on deep learning, and wrestle with the nuances of accountability. Informed by the latest research on change management in education, we’ll also model strategies for fostering deep learning conversations in your schools. We’ll engage in some deeper learning conversations together and take back a wealth of ideas you can adapt to your own context. Developing collaborative cultures is careful and precise work that has profound impact when carried out well. So how do you do that? Come, let’s learn together. Good people are important, but good cultures are moreso.

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. His relaxed... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Marshall - Passion Projects and Extended Learning: Guiding Thinkers to Embrace Difficult Problems
Sometimes when we get learners to choose, they pick the first option, the easy option, or the solution that they know will work. How can we encourage learners to explore dangerous options: ones they may well fail at? We look at ideation, passion and the role of mentors for this process in a case study at Santa Maria College, Western Australia.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall

Head of Digital Learning, Santa Maria College
Melissa Marshall is the Head of Digital Learning and the Head of Technology & Commerce at Santa Maria College, located in beautiful Perth, Australia. She completed a Master of Education (ICT in Education) in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Education (K-12 Middle Schooling) majoring in... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

McNulty - Using Code.org and MIT's Scratch as Assessment and Enrichment
"The goal of this session is to learn how to use MIT's Scratch as both an assessment tool and an enrichment tool. Students can create animations to illustrate their understanding of Newton's Three Laws, a game to show what they know about animal adaptations or even create an interactive animation to show the character motivation and theme from their latest silent reading book.

This program can also be used to extend learning. Students who have proven they know the material can create anything in Scratch - a math game to teach their classmates how to multiple decimals or an animation that shows the battles and outcomes of the American Revolution.

To begin with, this session will show you how to use the free web based program Code.org to teach the basics of coding to your students as well as yourself! Code.org is a great tool because you and your students can move at your own pace through a series of mini-lessons on the basics of coding languages in fun and engaging activities.

After taking a look at how to set up your class in Code.org and get started, we will jump into MIT's Scratch! Through tutorials and play, you and your students can learn to create both animations and games. We will go over the basics of Scratch, as well as the tutorials. Finally we will end with the many ideas of how you can incorporate this into your classroom no matter what subject you teach!

Speakers

Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Richardson/Bates - 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. Over the past three years, we have developed and implemented science and literature-based curriculum to help change the thinking of our students and ourselves. Our classrooms have become places where mistakes are celebrated as learning opportunities, and teachers are 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
avatar for Christine Bates

Christine Bates

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Christine Bates has been teaching first grade in Brookline, Massachusetts for seven 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... Read More →
avatar for Laura Richardson

Laura Richardson

First Grade Classroom Teacher, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline, MA
Laura Richardson has been a classroom teacher in Brookline, Massachusetts for fourteen years and absolutely loves it. She infuses technology across all subject areas by developing and teaching coding & robotics curriculum, using individual student blogs, and connecting with other... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Richner - Emotionally Intelligent Design for Educational Technology
Presenter will provide highlights from his career as an educational technologist with a psychology background and a commitment to emotionally intelligent communities and schools, culminating in the development of an online learning platform for the RULER approach to social emotional learning.

Speakers
avatar for Andrés A. Richner

Andrés A. Richner

Director of Technology, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
I am a former classroom educator who specialized in tech integration then fell in love with user experience research and design. I am interested in social justice projects. I love film and outdoor sculpture parks. I grew up in Puerto Rico, studied in the Northeast, and recently spent... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Rosenthal-Tolisano - Building a Professional Development Hub for your School
Teachers and administrators struggle to find time to work together in a meaningful way. There are plenty of meetings scheduled. Many teachers leave these meetings though with the feeling of “could have spent my time doing more important things”. How do we squeeze in one more meeting to help teachers grow as professionals? How do we add one more opportunity for teachers to learn important new skills, listen to one more educational consultant, one more expert on a new initiative? How do we give teachers the time to learn with and from their own colleagues? How can teachers learn from what is going on in the classroom next door?

In this session, we will take a closer look at:

-Why build a PD hub for your school?
-The challenges
-The characteristics
-The steps to take as you are developing a professional development hub for your school

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Author, Coach, Consultant, Mentor
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Sparvell - The Class of 2030:The Science of Emotions
Against a backdrop of significant and accelerating change, how do we best prepare students to ‘make a life’ and ‘be happy’?
In this session, Mark will share fascinating insights from recently conducted research across 4 countries exploring the experiences, expectation and aspirations of students and how these map against the priorities identified by their teachers.
The session will be lively, conversational, provocative and fun – and importantly, it will focus on what we can do Monday  and not just someday.
You can follow Mark on twitter @sparvell and resources used in the session are located here
 
You can follow Mark on twitter @sparvell and resources used in the session are located here

Moderators
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Microsoft

Microsoft

Speakers
avatar for Mark Sparvell

Mark Sparvell

Mark Sparvell is an award-winning Australian school leader and educator with over 25 years’ experience who has worked extensively with education systems and institutions globally. Mark led the Microsoft School Leader Audience strategy for three years, building relationships with... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Sumich - Shifting Staff from Professional Development to Professional Learning
Professional Development is done to you. Professional Learning is the stuff you choose to learn more about, the stuff that motivates you. This workshop is a chance to discuss strategy about how we might build a team of Professional Learners in our schools. We will share successful strategies of PL and how effective leaders build and grow the andragogy in their educational setting.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Sumich

Luke Sumich

Leader of Learning, Ormiston Junior College
New Schools, Hearts and Minds, Professional Learning, Rugby, Golf, Life Long Learners



Wednesday July 25, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

3:00pm

Lindsay - Extraordinary Inquiry: Constructing Successful Environments for Empowering Individualized, Student-Driven Inquiry and Community-Based Action

Inspiring leadership through individualized, student-driven inquiry is challenging, but it can be done! Our Exhibition model empowers individual students to pursue deeper understanding of personally meaningful real-world issues and take community-based action to positively impact the world. Join us to gain strategies for constructing purposeful year-long planning helping students develop organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills; organizing an investigation incorporating multiple, simultaneous student-designed inquiries; and supporting student leaders in networking with the community to engage in significant community-based action related to a real-world issue.

Speakers
TL

Trevor Lindsay

Trevor Lindsay has 16 years experience teaching in independent schools throughout the country. He has presented innovative teaching approaches and strategies at each of the past three International Baccalaureate Global Conferences and the 2017 Project Lead the Way Summit. A current... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

3:30pm

Yates - Using Pictures and Videos to Tell your Story
Being able to convey stories from throughout your schools through images rather than words can be a powerful and effective way to deliver a message.  In today's world where people are pressed for time-it can also do it quickly.  Learn some tips on getting the shots and putting them together in a way that will get the job done.

Speakers
DY

David Yates

Director of Communications, East Irondequoit Central School District
After spending nearly twenty years in television broadcasting Dave Yates found a home in the education communication field. There he has brought his understanding of the way the media operates to help expand his district's exposure. At the same time he has immersed himself in the... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Newman - Mixing Gamification with Pedagogy
Traditional educational quizzing applications or LMS quizzes are limiting and based off an old model of test taking. At our institution we found many instructors wanted to improve engagement around retention of material. Traditional models such as alternating formative and summative testing often improves test scores however it does not promote student engagement. Using the same principles of gamification found in many modern yet simple video games, we set out to create a quizzing application that instructors found easy to use and students wanted to play. Replay, a web and mobile application was created by the Purdue University Studio team to improve student engagement and learning retention. Its unique approach to quizzing makes it fun and easy for students to engage in quizzes and competitions, learn new material and compete with their peers regardless of their location.
 
During this interactive session, we will discuss the building and pilot of a recently developed teaching and learning tool, Replay. Attendees will have the opportunity to jump into the application. Additionally, there will be a brainstorming session where attendees will be able to engage with one another to virtually build a gamified application.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Newman

Anthony Newman

Senior Manager Business Development, Purdue University
Anthony is an established entrepreneur and education leader with experience in education, healthcare, government and consulting. His work has primarily focused on using technology to accelerate innovation in education, business and government. | | Anthony has founded 2 technology-focused... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Stern - Real-World Transfer of Learning
Stronger natural disasters, the rise of international terrorism, a polarized populace – the question for our generation of teachers is, “How do we prepare young people to tackle problems we currently don’t know how to solve?” In an increasingly complicated world, we need to honor the research-rich past and harness children’s natural curiosity as we look to the future. School transformation requires collaboration at the highest levels to ensure everyone is rowing into the unknown in the same direction. Participants will find out how we can work together to prepare students to tackle complex problems with deep, conceptual understanding.

Educators acknowledge that the 21st Century requires us to do schooling differently, but how do we prepare young people for the unknown while still meeting our required learning standards and benchmarks? Many teachers and leaders fell there is “no time” for real-world transfer of learning. But structured properly and collaboratively, we can do it!

When learning is focused at the conceptual level, students can make natural connections between the disciplines and work together to solve complex problems. And teachers and students can select a focus problem or project of their choice while still hitting the required learning outcomes. This session will demonstrate a protocol that leaders can use to help staff come to consensus on a common vision and purpose to gain buy-in and collective efficacy. Next, participants will experience a shared process for creating interdisciplinary projects. Finally, they will model a peer coaching protocol for refining project plans and supports.

Outcomes:
• Contribute to a vision and common purpose for school transformation
• Use a shared process for creating a standards-aligned, interdisciplinary project
• Try out a peer coaching protocol for refining project plans and supports

Speakers
avatar for Julie Stern

Julie Stern

Author and Instructional Coach
Julie Stern is an author, trainer, and instructional coach, supporting schools in transforming teaching and learning around the globe. She constantly seeks to answer questions such as: | | - How do we prepare young people to tackle problems we currently don't know how to solve... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Beichler - Creating a Culture of Learning for Educators
How can you embed professional and personalized learning across a school for all stakeholders? In this session, you will learn how one school leader empowered her staff to lead the learning in one middle school. Through a shared vision, teachers transformed their instruction into a personalized learning model embedding Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment in their classrooms. You will learn about creating a strategic plan for your school aligned with Division and/or District Goals. Key elements will include how to empower your teachers, students, and community members in the journey of educational transformation resulting in deeper learning for all students.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget M. Beichler

Bridget M. Beichler

LCPS, LCPS
I am a middle school principal with Loudoun County Public Schools.


Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Cobb - Children's Nonfiction Authors Collaborating with Teachers and Students ( Class ACTS)
Authors on Call, a division of iNK Think Tank has been pioneering a hi-tech version of an "author-in-residence program" using interactive videoconferencing and a wiki to unpack the creative process so students can create their own. iNK is a nonprofit and we should have completed a number of these projects, funded by grants, for Title I schools by the time of the conference. We have already done some of the programs with transformative results. Andrea Warren, award-winning author of Orphan Train Rider, will join Vicki on screen in the iNK Zoom room to contribute her experiences in this method of reaching students with interactive videoconferencing. 

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Cobb

Vicki Cobb

President/Founder, INK Think Tank, Inc.
Vicki Cobb, the “Julia Child” of hands-on science, a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Teachers College, is a former science teacher with a M.A. in secondary school science. The publication of her classic book, Science Experiments You Can Eat, (an updated, revised edition... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Dunbar - Building Blocks of Code with MakeCode & MinecraftEDU

Discover engagement and collaboration through coding with Microsoft’s free & easy-to-use MakeCode! Experience first-hand how MakeCode supports critical-thinking, creativity and crafting connections that increase knowledge. Also featured will be a showcase of MinecraftEDU which provides meaningful learning experiences through game-based learning.

Moderators
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Microsoft

Microsoft

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 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Gorman - Computation Thinking Across the Curriculum… Students Thinking for Solutions
Spend an hour with Mike as he addresses the need for computational thinking in every subject at every grade level. You will discover practical methods and reasons as to why students need to focus on inquiry and employ critical thinking to come up with their own answers while posing new questions. Find out Computational Thinking supports the process behind student coding and STEM learning activities. Discover ways that this can facilitate STEAM, PBL, and Inquiry Based Learning. You will learn about different programs and walk away with resources you can use tomorrow. Best of all you will learn how to engage your students in a style of thinking that promotes deeper, connected, and authentic learning that promote the necessary 21st century skills.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Jacobs - How can one bead can change your life?
Homelessness is a worldwide problem and everyone struggles with finding a solution. We asked our students to come up with an idea meant to build awareness and empathy. One of the hardest things for students is to understand what it means to live a life other than their own.

Join us in a hands-on, thought provoking, engaging conversation about a worldwide issue that relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This student-created project about homelessness can be easily adapted for any grade level and assists your students in understanding what it means to be without a home.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Jacobs

JoAnn Jacobs

MS Social Studies Teacher, Mid-Pacific Institute
JoAnn Jacobs is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Mid-Pacific Institute. She is also a co-founder of Edcamp Honolulu and a former #edchathi moderator. Mohala Boncales is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Mid-Pacific Institute. JoAnn and Mohala believe in the power of... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Kelley - Implementing Innovation: Less us, More Them
Makerspaces. Hackerspaces. Fab-Labs. Innovation Labs. These are all names given to the physical spaces where innovation is expected to happen in schools. But how does a school foster a maker-culture among both its faculty and its students?
In the rush to build the makerspace, many schools adopt a “build it and they will come” mentality and fail to develop ways to cultivate a love of making and innovating in their students or to train teachers to successfully integrate design thinking and the iterative process into their curriculum.
Maker culture means many things to many people but at its core it is a culture of learning by doing with strong roots in constructivism. The ideas behind the maker movement include allowing students to imagine, experiment, create, share, and dream up possibilities.
In this presentation Innovation Specialist, April Kelley, will lead you through Lauralton Hall’s journey from creating their innovation lab to fostering a maker-culture throughout the school community. Through round table discussion, April will share some successes and failures she has encountered and invites you to share your own successes and failures. Through this sharing of ideas, we can better develop a maker culture in our schools.

Speakers
avatar for April Kelley

April Kelley

Innovation Specialist/ Science Teacher, Lauralton Hall
I began my teaching career in environmental education and transitioned into the science classroom fifteen years ago. I am passionate about authentic learning and technology integration. I am also an avid reader of urban/paranormal fantasy and enjoy hiking and kayaking.



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Long - Your School Library - A Dynamic Part of Your Learning Community!
Join me to discover just how much school libraries have changed and are changing!  This interactive session will discuss ways that school librarians, administrators and teachers can work together to develop comprehensive library programming that focuses on showcasing student work with an authentic audience, developing student PLNs with Twitter, digging deeper through effective research, reviewing dispositions of effective librarians and developing a culture of reading at your school.  School librarians are student support staff with so much to offer.  Through a collaborative approach to library programming, our school libraries can indeed be innovating, integrating and inspiring for our students! 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Long

Laura Long

School Library Media Specialist, Gaston County Schools
Laura Long is the school library media specialist at Highland School of Technology in Gastonia, NC, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Masters of Library Science from East Carolina... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Lucente - The Struggle is Real: Lessons Learned From Our First Year Of Passion Projects
Hear from three secondary teachers as they explain the challenges and successes of implementing passion projects in the classroom. Learn how to let go of control in the classroom in order to give students ownership of their learning, by encouraging students to research and explore whatever they want (while still covering the curriculum)! You will walk away with an understanding of how to get started, how to prepare, and how to overcome passion project challenges. Presenters will show video footage of students in action and examples of student work.

Speakers
avatar for Leisha Lucente

Leisha Lucente

Teacher, Trailside Middle School
3rd year History teacher at Trailside Middle School, trying to navigate Personalized Learning and Performance Assessments to ensure deep learning for students. Always reflecting, learning from mistakes, and trying make improvements. See why we do Passion Projects here! https... Read More →



Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

November - 6 Questions
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... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Russac/Hall - Where Learning Meets Design: Taking Control Of The Visual Classroom
The ubiquity of handheld devices and learning media means that every educator (and student) makes daily choices in how to shape content. The prominence of visual stimuli places a heightened emphasis on the design of information. Explore the theories beneath visual scholarship, including illustrative examples and group exercises. Probe how cognition and perception can have real-world impacts on critical thought and creativity.

Sixty-five percent of people identify as visual learners. The brain processes optical inputs 60,000 times faster than text. Amid the contemporary world of smartphones, television, Internet, and video games, visual media undeniably dominate the input stream for life and learning. For teachers, therefore, thinking like a designer can change the way students engage with concepts and retain essential ideas. For students, tapping one's visual imagination to approach educational problems (whether historical, literary, mathematical, or scientific) can yield tremendous dividends in motivation and collaboration. If visual literacy is about learning to look, how to internalize and deconstruct the images that the brain sees (input), then visual thinking is about learning to design, how to imagine graphic representations based on the mind’s creation (output). Elements such as typography, color, layout, and pre-attentive attributes all elevate the value of handouts, charts, infographics, animations, and slides to engage students beyond linear learning. Via today’s technologies and media, the visual image can inspire thought and literacy in a range of design-based investigations.

How do visual thinking and visual literacy represent crucial tools in a contemporary teacher's toolbox? What are hands-on applications of visual design practices to enhance the value of learning materials and student creations? What resources and real-world examples can help educators craft rich learning tools for student engagement?

Whether in social media or toddler books, learning lives in a world of pictures. Most curricula, however, reinforce literacy in words yet seldom emphasize the skill of “reading pictures.” Parsing an image requires discrete analytical steps. Maps, cartoons, infographics and graphs all require training to negotiate subtleties of meaning. This workshop approaches design as a method of problem-solving. When a teacher creates a handout or PowerPoint, he or she makes explicit choices in emphasis, font, hue, layout and balance. He or she needs to consider purpose, audience and format.

Speakers
avatar for Mercer Hall

Mercer Hall

Teacher - Middle School.Jr HS, Buckley Country Day School
Mercer Hall has been teaching for over sixteen years at an independent school on Long Island, New York. He is a five-time honoree as Teacher Of The Year, and he has been awarded both the Thomas J. Reid Excellence In Teaching Award and the Powers Family Teacher Recognition Award. Mercer... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Russac

Patricia Russac

Library Director, Buckley Country Day School
Patricia A. Russac is a teacher librarian with over seventeen years of experience at an independent, private elementary school in New York. She is a TED Educator, a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, and a National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. She... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

6:00pm

FableVision Reception
Take a cab, take an Uber, or walk with members of the BLC Community to the wonderful FableVision Studios located in the Boston Childrens' Museum near the historic docks of Boston! Chat with Paul and Peter Reynolds, see their creative space and share a glass of wine with friends old and new!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

CEO/Co-Founder of FableVision, FableVision Learning
As CEO and Co-Founder of Boston-based FableVision, Paul oversees the company’s educational media group FableVision Studios, and the K12 edtech publishing group FableVision Learning.  FableVision is on a 200-year mission to create & share positive storytelling, media & technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 25, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
FableVision Studios 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

6:00pm

Summer Showcase at LearnLaunch
BLC participants are invited to the Summer Showcase in the beautiful campus of LearnLaunch. The Summer Showcase is an opportunity for educators and community members to explore the latest innovations in education technology with the startups of Boston's edtech ecosystem.
There will be pitches, demos, opportunities to play with and give feedback on edtech tools, and plenty of time for meaningful conversations with colleagues who care about education innovation at this fun and inspiring reception in the heart of Boston's Innovation District. Last year's Summer Showcase hosted 31 edtech companies and 136 educators and community members.
LearnLaunch is located on Summer Street, just one block from FableVision. Feel free to join for some or all of the event. Tickets are free for BLC participants at http://bit.ly/LLShowcase2018 (ticket link will go live on 6/14)
Location: 281 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA (About 1 mile from the hotel)

Wednesday July 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LearnLaunch 281 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
 
Thursday, July 26
 

7:00am

Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Thursday July 26, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

8:30am

Announcements and Thursday Keynotes - Pana Asavavatana, Joy Kirr and Aaron Polansky
Our Thursday Keynotes will each share on their areas of passion and expertise. 
Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning and doesn’t mind being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist”. 
Aaron is best-known for promoting a safe, rigorous and innovative environment where students and teachers are encouraged to innovate and take positive risks. 
Pana is the founder of #KchatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia Pacific), and creator of the Traveling Teddy Project - her passion is for Technology and Design.

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Superintendent-Director
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Asavavatana/Kirr/Polansky - Keynote Followup
Join Pana Asavavatana, Joy Kirr and Aaron Polansky for an informal discussion on the topics they each presented.

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Superintendent-Director
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Beilharz - Deep dive into Minecraft:
Develop your own Sustainable Mars colony and practice using Minecraft. Complete tasks and learn first-hand how students use this virtual learning platform to research to communicate, critically analyse, collaborate and create, all the new 21st century learning skills.

Join us live on our server and complete the following activities:
  • Learn to build
  • Complete a scavenger hunt
  • Explore previous projects
  • Complete a Sculpture by the Sea Challenge
If they already have a normal Minecraft account (not an EDU account), and their own payed user account they will be fine and will not need an account from me.
All participants MUST have a laptop (no iPad) and Minecraft installed (link below). If they do not have a payed account I have 20 to give out.
https://minecraft.net/en-us/download/
 If you have never used Minecraft and are wondering what the fuss is all about, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Cobb - Getting Our Foot in the Classroom Door--The Nonfiction Minute
I show how an organization of award-winning children's nonfiction authors created a free resource on the web of multimedia, short (400-word) essays that has become a huge hit -- by July, we anticipate more than 3 million page views in two years. This recent blog post explains the Nonfiction Minute more fully. https://www.vickicobbsblog.com/blog/getting-our-foot-in-the-classroom-door-the-nonfiction-minute

The Nonfiction Minute has been so successful that a series of print books compiling our essays (based upon themes) has been published by Quarto. The first book of biographies, "30 People Who Changed Our World" (published October 2017) and the second, "30 Animals Who Share Our World" (April 2018), have received excellent reviews. The biography collection received a NCSS-CBC Notable Award.
I present with one of our contributors, Roxie Munro, author/illustrator, most recently of "Masterpiece Mix" and "Rodent Rascals" (three starred reviews). My colleague will be beamed in via Zoom room technology, thus enabling full interactivity with the audience. The Nonfiction Minute website: http://www.nonfictionminute.org/

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Cobb

Vicki Cobb

President/Founder, INK Think Tank, Inc.
Vicki Cobb, the “Julia Child” of hands-on science, a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia’s Teachers College, is a former science teacher with a M.A. in secondary school science. The publication of her classic book, Science Experiments You Can Eat, (an updated, revised edition... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Collins - From STEAM to SEEDS: Designing Creative Interdisciplinary Learning Environments and Experiences in Science, Engineering, Esthetics, Design & Storytelling for Students.
Storytelling and making are two of the oldest forms of self-expression. Through stories, we give meaning to our everyday experiences making sense of our world. By making physical objects, we can create tangible representations of our ideas that we can share with others. In this talk, Alisha Panjwani will share teaching experiences to cultivate creative learning by combining innovative forms of storytelling and new forms of making with novel technologies. She will present ways for engaging students in making physical representations of their personal stories using Tangible Computational Media such as paper electronics, programmable projections, and sewable circuits. By sharing examples of the artifacts and stories made by children, she will highlight pedagogical practices emerging from the intersection of the sciences, engineering, esthetics, design, and storytelling (SEEDS) for engaging students in creating impactful and personally meaningful projects. Reflecting on her own teaching explorations with students, she will share ten design principles for developing creative learning environments, experiences, and tools that broaden and deepen student’'s engagement with new technologies.

Learning Goals:
(1) Creating opportunities for students to express themselves in meaningful ways with new technologies.
(2) Transforming classrooms into creative makerspaces where students can identify their creative self, develop a compelling vision, pursue a passion, and create an impact that matters in their world.
(3) Designing original learning experiences with new materials and technologies to support novel means of creative inquiry and expression.

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Collins

Alisha Collins

Designer/Educator/Author, SEEDS StudioLab at Acera School/Creative Learning Company
Alisha is a designer and educator interested in exploring experiential and experimental ways of integrating storytelling, craft, wellness, play, and interactive technologies to create participatory learning practices. Her practice centers on nurturing children’s creative confidence... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

DaDa - Teach Across the Globe from the Comfort of your Home
DaDa is China’s fastest growing online English education platform. DaDa connect teachers from US, UK, Canada, Australia with 4-16 years old students in China on its one-on-one online classroom. Each week, more than 10,000 teachers around the world log on to DaDa’s online classroom to help over 100,000 students from all over China to learn English.  The session features a DaDa teacher providing insights on online teaching, including instruction approach, culture immersion, and tips and tools to ensure student success in the online environment.

Moderators
Sponsors
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DaDa

DaDa ABC


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Edwards - A School District’s Journey to Digital Literacy: Franklin’s Case Study
Our presentation will detail the process of taking a district with 11 schools and over 5,000 students into the Digital Age. The Franklin Public Schools in Massachusetts, had started this journey with a number of early adopters who were engaging in a variety of activities, but without purpose and planned outcomes. The district begin sending 20-40 teachers and administrators to BLC each year, beginning in 2012. During a debriefing pizza lunch at BLC 2014, we decided to form a Digital Learning Committee (DLC) to solidify and actualize our learnings. This committee continues to this day with the presenters, Joyce and Brian, spearheading the effort. Together, we represent the building based and district views of identifying a need and solving problems in the digital learning arena. We determined our mission to be:The Franklin Public Schools Digital Learning Committee will empower all stakeholders to become responsible digital citizens and active learners within a constantly changing digital landscape.
We will specifically address our successes and challenges so that other districts can best decide how to proceed simultaneously on multiple fronts. Some of the successes include: the formation of a Digital Literacy Committee, creating a general awareness of the need for digital learning which has carried over into budget development, the creation of a Bill of Rights, helping to set the direction in the district without having integration specialists as part of our staff, a teacher driven approach to innovation with a growth mindset, and lesson design that now incorporates the interactive and digital components that we had not previously seen in our classrooms. The challenges we faced include the same challenges that come with every initiative: lack of time, money and resources. However, we have worked hard to overcome these challenges and others and will share some of our pitfalls and how other districts may be able to anticipate and learn from our experiences. The truth is that this work is never done and we are now moving towards authentic audiences for students while maintaining their safety, embedding digital literacy in all content areas, and making the digital learning standards of Massachusetts relevant for our teachers. We have come a long way but realize there is still much work to do. Join us for a conversation about digital literacy that will include sharing of documents that the district has created, Q&A, and turn and talk so that attendees will have the opportunity to consider takeaways that will help their own work as they return to their districts and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Edwards

Joyce Edwards

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Franklin Public Schools
Joyce Edwards, Ed.D. | | Dr. Joyce Edwards is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Franklin, MA. She has nineteen years of experience in K-12 public education, beginning as an elementary teacher and moving into administration at both the elementary and secondary... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Gorman - PBL Splash ... What Project Base Learning Done Right... Really Is
Spend an hour with BIE (Buck Institute) National Faculty Member Michael Gorman. Learn about the different models of PBL. Gain an understanding involving proper scaffolding of the learning experience so that standards are taught inside the project. Decide on your definition of learning as you communicate and collaborate with other participants. See how PBL promotes true student-centered learning.  You will be excited as you learn how PBL can be the main event facilitating the content standards and the 4 when done right! Best of all, walk away with free valuable resources that will help you take the next stestep. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Krause - Mindful by Design: ​ ​"The Danger of a Single Story"
​We contain multitudes. ​From real life to virtual worlds, modern mindful presence is all about choice and voice, encompassing curiosity​, multiplicity​ and self-awareness. We are constantly faced with the question of how to "be present”—to connect in a meaningful way.
This workshop looks at three prime focus areas: mindfulness, design thinking and storytelling.

We’ll talk about the “how” and the “why” of using practices in mindfulness and presence, as well as how technology such as virtual reality can be incorporated, to sharpen awareness, focus, creativity and design. We (as well as our ideas!) are inter-related, thriving in a network of connections, and many different layers of meaning and context.

Best of all, those of us who are “hacks and hackers”, problem-solvers and designers, adopt solutions-based approaches that keep our own minds empathetic and flexible. We begin to see, quite truly, that no human is an island. The advantage of mindful awareness and connection is core to “Mindful by Design”, with leadership, voice, and interrelated systems in focus, as we cultivate innovative mindsets.

Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Levine - Creating a Digital Writing Circle in Grades 3-6
Using digital platforms to share writing, students can comment on pieces by their peers, receive feedback, and respond to writing prompts. In this two half-day workshop series, participants will learn how to teach the skills of peer review and how to moderate an online learning community of budding writers in the classroom. Participants will also learn how to further personalize learning and develop students into entrepreneurs by using the platform to share information about upcoming writing contests, articles about writing strategies and famous writers, and opportunities to publish in anthologies and magazines.

Through this format, teachers have a unique opportunity to also develop positive digital citizenship skills through the teaching and modeling of respectful critiques and comments.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Levine

Jacqueline Levine

Coordinator of Regional Literacy and Teacher Center Services, PNW BOCES
Jackie Levine is the Regional Coordinator of Literacy and Teacher Center Services for PNW BOCES. As a teacher for ten years in grades K - 5, Jackie provided professional development to colleagues in instructional technology and literacy, including guided reading, writing workshop... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Reed/Mathieson - Finding our way: How do we create and sustain programs that transform teaching, learning, and school culture?
The goal is clear: an educational program that nurtures the development of independent, lifelong learners. How we get there is as important as our final destination. What does the road look like? Does the journey allow space and time for exploratory teaching, failure, faculty voice, and community-wide collaboration? What is the role of a school leader or administration in this process? Join us as we share the unfinished story of a transformational program: Where did we start? Where have we been? How do we fuel our travels? And what have we learned along the way? Plan to engage in conversation about the complexity of school change and share your own stories from the road. This is a long, hard road to travel. Let’s do it together.


Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Rimmer - Taking a Step Back: Giving Students Ownership of their Learning
Do you feel like you do all the work and your students are just “playing school”?  If students don’t “own” their learning, then they will never see the intrinsic value of the process.  Come to this session to see how student-led decision making has personalized learning in my classroom.
In this session, participants will discuss various ways to more deeply involve students in their own learning processes.  By letting students make decisions about various elements in the classroom, assignments become more real, more practical and more “theirs.”  These strategies apply to everything from daily note-taking to long-term projects, in any classroom, at any grade or academic level. It’s time for students to quit playing and get involved.  

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Rimmer

Ashley Rimmer

English 10 Teacher, Gaston County Schools
Ashley Rimmer is entering her 5th year of teaching and "Novemberized" learning some in her classroom last year. She is excited to learn new ways to empower students. She is a National Board Certified English teacher. Last year, she was Teacher of the Year for her school and a finalist... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Stubbs - Vocabulary-focused strategies for deep academic engagement
This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to high-impact equitable strategies employed by schools to integrate disciplinary and academic literacy alongside collaborative approaches to learning in order to break habits of low engagement, compliance and passivity, and student invisibility.  The workshop will demonstrate how research-based, student-centered collaborative strategies are being used to develop deeper connections with learning, as students are equipped to make use of high-value academic and contextual language to articulate their thinking and find their voice.

Speakers

Thursday July 26, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Mandeville - The Teacher's Perspective of Mystery Skype!

Mystery Skype is a game of "Yes/No" questions between two classrooms around the world. The catch? Your students have NO idea who they're Skyping! Students engage in a series of back and forth inquiry to determine the location of their new Skype friends. Join us to learn more on what this amazing activity is all about, the pros and the cons, options on structuring your class, and become inspired to create global connections!

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Mandeville

Samantha Mandeville

Franklin Public Schools
I'm a 7th grade world geography teacher on a mission to have students create global connections each and every year. I am passionate about having students take ownership of their own learning building connections with my students, both academically and personally.



Thursday July 26, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Colavecchia/Quick - Classroom of the Future: New layouts, New technology, Enhanced Student Learning
Flexible seating, 10 point touch screens, multiple monitors and touchscreens with video capabilities, 1:1 classroom…how can all of this be used to enhance instruction? 
The presenter will talk about her experiences teaching in the “classroom of the future” and how this new setting made it possible to create student centered learning experiences.  She will describe her journey that made all of these digital tools an enhancement to the learning that was already occurring in her traditional classroom setting.  She will also discuss how the option of flexible seating helps students be their best learning self.  The present will explain her role in the classroom in the new setting as well as the student responsibilities.  She will also explain the process of how the school district was able to provide all of the new technologies and seating in her classroom.
Student operation in the classroom as well as videos/pictures of the classroom will be shared.  If it can be arranged, students will come and talk about their experiences learning in the classroom of the future.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Quick

Nicole Quick

Instructional Technology Specialist, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is the Instructional Technology Specialist in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 initiative in her district. Nicole recently completed her Ed.D in teaching and curriculum... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

DeRosa - Dynamic Learning Networks | Connecting, Sharing and Learning Together
Shawn Lockhart, Elementary School Principal and website developer saw a need amongst educators in his district to share, connect and network in ways that Twitter, Google and Facebook were not able to provide. To meet that need, Shawn co-developed BetterEducate.com. BetterEducate.com is a dynamic resource sharing and collaboration platform for teachers and school leaders to connect online and learn from each other. 
The BetterEducate community is growing all the time and the list of resources that are being shared and connections being made by BC educators is impressive. Shawn and David will share this dynamic networking tool that is developing educational capacity within schools around the province of British Columbia. 

Speakers
avatar for David DeRosa

David DeRosa

President, BC Principals' Association
On July 1st, 2018, David will begin his 2 year term as the President of the British Columbia Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association and will enjoy a new chapter in his professional career. He looks forward to representing, supporting and advocating for the 2450 public school... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Asavavatana - Yes They CAN! Code, Create, and Make in Early Childhood!
The words ‘coding’, ‘robotics’, or ‘engineering’ can sound very daunting to an early childhood educator, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your classroom is wired for technology, or your students have never seen a device, things like coding and design can easily become an integral part of learning in early childhood education.
This session covers specific ways that you can introduce the basics of computational thinking (thinking like a robot!) to the youngest members of the school community, as well as ideas for integrating coding with core curricular areas such as literacy, math and science. It will further explore how the Engineering Design Process can complement coding and briefly look at 3D printing design projects that can work with young children. 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)
Look at some 3D printing design projects that work in early childhood
Have a chance to try out activities and tools

Speakers
avatar for Pana Asavavatana

Pana Asavavatana

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... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Bruzzese - Inception: Who owns the learning in university?
There are many examples from K-12 levels on Alan's ideas around the digital learning farm (student as designer, scribe, researcher, communicator & collaborator). However, at the university level this has not been used or documented to the best of my knowledge. This session will give examples and ideas on how to do this at the university level. I've been doing this in all my McGill classes since 2010 (after I attended BLC with Michael Wesch). I will showcase student work, blogs, and examples of how I have my undergrad and grad students do this regardless of their field of study. I will also share and provide specific resources on how to do this in your school (all levels).

Speakers
avatar for Sam Bruzzese

Sam Bruzzese

Lecturer & 'retired' LBPSB principal, McGill University
Sam Bruzzese, is a retired school principal, who lectures at McGill University. He has given many courses and workshops on the transformative/disruptive power of educational technology in schools. He provides edtech pedagogical support for both public and private schools. His current... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Clark - Transforming the Culture of Math
It’s an exciting time for teaching and learning math! Come join the math revolution and transform the culture of math at your school! This session will explore how students of all grade levels can master both content standards and mathematical practices, so that they can apply math authentically to solve real-world problems. In order to be future-ready, students must have a conceptual understanding of math, and be able to explain their thinking orally, with models, through drawings, and in writing. Simply getting the right answer is not enough! Students need to find and justify multiple solutions, using a variety of problem-solving strategies. This can be achieved through rich mathematical tasks. Rich Tasks are open-ended problems, inspired by the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and provide an opportunity to raise awareness of key issues, as well as support students in finding solutions that will have a positive impact on the world.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

Create Mathematical Beliefs & Expectations; these values will become the foundation of your math workshop, and will promote a culture which values deep thinking, growth mindset, and problem-solving

Understand how Mathematical Practices and Skills of Understanding help students master and apply content in meaningful ways
Incorporate Making Thinking Visible routines to support students in thinking critically

Explore ways to integrate technology into the math classroom, for both creating and sharing content

Learn how to facilitate a Number Talk and a Digital Bansho to allow students to see connections between various strategies, and to ask guiding questions and provide feedback to their peers

See examples of Rich Tasks aligned to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and create your own

Develop a Professional Learning Plan so you can share what you've learned with your school community

Let’s work together to transform the culture of math, and teach students how to apply mathematical learning to solve real problems, both locally and globally.

Speakers
avatar for Jancey Clark

Jancey Clark

Education Consultant & Speaker
Jancey Clark (@jancey5) partners with schools and education organizations to envision the ideal learning environment and co-design professional learning to engage and empower educators. An experienced presenter, at both international and virtual conferences, Jancey is passionate about... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Dunbar - Mirror Classrooms: Reflections on Global Collaborative Learning
When students look in their ""mirror monitor,"" they don't see themselves: They see students in Sweden studying exactly the same things, from ""Number the Stars"" to the Raoul Wallenberg Cube Project. Two teachers - one in the United States, and one in Sweden - collaborated on a new project called ""Mirror Classroom"" that allows students to teach each other half a world away. How better to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Global Goals and Basic Human Rights than in a global classroom?

“...and I want you all to remember- that you must not dream yourselves back to the times before the war, but the dream for you all, young and old, must be to create an ideal of human decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced one.”
― Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

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 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Freedman - Connecting to Your Classroom Community: Engaging Parents in the Learning Process
Using Google Sites, Google Forms, Blogger, padlet, and Flipgrid classroom teachers can connect to parents and students, fostering a community of learners. This session will show how to use these tools to get information out of the classroom in efficient and effective ways.
The purpose of this presentation is for teachers to build pedagogical tools centered on parent and student communication. Participants will be able to create a new Google Site to be used as a parent portal and connect to a student and teacher run blog. Participants will create their blogs and develop ideas of how to implement best practices to get the blogs up and running at the start of school. Teachers will create forms to use at the start of school and gain a better understanding of Sites, Blogger, and Forms as a communication tool and learning tool for students.

Showing participants how to use these tools in a step by step format will help participants with using these tools on their own. I will break down how I created the parent portal, including ideas and the process I went through to get to the final site that was designed. I will work with individual participants to create their own site, modeling how to use Google Sites along the way. We will transition to blogger, which will include showing the student voice and their reflections about blogging. We will discuss why blogging is an effective communication tool.

Participants will see various ways to use Flipgrid and Padlet to engage parents in their child’s learning process. Developing ways to reach out to the home has a large impact on student success.

Speakers
avatar for Rayna Freedman

Rayna Freedman

Teacher of 5th graders/ITS, Mansfield Elementary Schools
Rayna Freedman is beginning her 18th year at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Rayna is President-Elect of the... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Garcia - Bringing STEM Careers to the next level with Title 1 ELLs
When it comes to English Language Learners who are mostly first generation college students, the journey travelled must not be ignored.  Learn how the ELL Department from New York City Schools is collaborating with STEM professionals to bring STEM careers to their classrooms and their hearts.  Students don't have to wait for career day to explore STEM options by using a variety of technologies like video conferences with career champions, 360 Virtual Reality experiences and videos. As a result students turn the interviews into eBooks to help fellow students learn about the careers. 

Moderators
avatar for Ana Castro

Ana Castro

CEO, Genius Plaza
Ana Roca Castro started her career at Columbia University where she managed educational projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation of Oracle Learning Management System (OLM) for the United Nations. In 2008, Ana became a social entrepreneur and started... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gilberto Garcia

Gilberto Garcia

Director of College Career Readiness for English Language Learners, New York City Department of Education
As the Director of College Career Readiness for English Language Learners for the Division of English LanguageLearners & Students Support at the New York City Department of Education, Gilberto Garcia, supports more than 450public high schools that serve over 150,000 students, as well... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Hansen - 10 Tips for Getting Educators to Open Up (Number 6 will Shock You!)
MIT OpenCourseWare shares openly licensed MIT teaching materials with millions of learners around the world. In addition to sharing syllabi, reading lists, problem sets, design assignments, rubrics, etc., many MIT faculty members also explicitly make their pedagogical thinking visible by sharing their teaching experiences, ideas, and approaches through the OCW Educator project. In this session, I’ll share this faculty-inspired initiative designed to pull back the curtain on MIT teaching. I’ll provide a brief tour of OCW Educator, including how it got started and what the site looks like today, and share 10 tips for encouraging educators to make their pedagogical thinking visible. The session will inspire others to enhance their open sharing projects with instructor insights and will provide logistical tips for doing this kind of work effectively. We will conclude with a participant-led conversation about how we can more strategically and systematically encourage educators to make their thinking visible through instructor insights publications.

Speakers
SH

Sarah Hansen

OCW Educator Project Manager, MIT OpenCourseWare


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Hoe - Improving Your Digital Workflow in a 1:1 Environment
Discover Apps that work with Google Drive such as WeVideo, Coggle, PDF Mergy and Lucidpress. We will add and practice some favorites and share how it can be helpful in in your school or daily routine.

Speakers
avatar for Chrystal Hoe

Chrystal Hoe

Technology Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Richner - Tech Tools for a More Positive School Climate
Presenter will highlight stories from the research, design, and development stages of the RULER Online Platform, the first version of which will launch for the 2018-2019 school year. RULER is an approach to social emotional learning (SEL) developed over the past 15 years by Yale University psychology professor Dr. Marc Brackett. The RULER Online platform will provide schools with even more materials to promote an emotionally intelligence mindset and help all faculty, staff, students, and the community at large develop skills that can impact the school climate in a positive way. Presenter is a former classroom educator, and will create a highly-interactive, participatory session with live demonstration of both online and offline tools and strategies that are part of RULER.

Speakers
avatar for Andrés A. Richner

Andrés A. Richner

Director of Technology, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
I am a former classroom educator who specialized in tech integration then fell in love with user experience research and design. I am interested in social justice projects. I love film and outdoor sculpture parks. I grew up in Puerto Rico, studied in the Northeast, and recently spent... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Rosenthal-Tolisano - Building a Personal Learning Network
Towards the end of the second decade of the 21st century, we are continuing to experience the exponential growth of information and technology tools that allow us to collaborate, work and learn with people around the world. Understanding the importance of information and network literacy, including network intelligence, capabilities and the ability to craft your own network identity is more important than ever.
This concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) has been around for many years. What has changed though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network.
Your PLN is no longer tied to your geographic location, nor specific times, when you can travel to conferences or workshops. You no longer work and learn in isolation. Your PLN is customized as:
-it filters the vast information available and pushes what interests you
- you choose who is part of your network
-you decide when and how to access and use it
In this session you will learn about building your own PLN by:
- Creating a Twitter account
- Start branding yourself as a professional educator
-Connecting with people who share your interests and who will push your thinking
-Curating and disseminating resources for yourself and others
- Creating your own content

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Author, Coach, Consultant, Mentor
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). She was born in Germany, raised in Argentina, lived shortly in Brazil, and is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness, and global competencies... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Winstone/Worsnup - Give Students A Choice On How They Share Their Learning: Get Going With Apps!
Do you sometimes feel like you are drowning in a world of tech? With so many applications and programmes it can be overwhelming to know how to use technology, with your students, in an authentic and meaningful way. Join us to discover a few simple, easy and practical ways of using an iPad/tablet to enhance the learning in your classroom. Come along with a learning objective and an iPad/tablet and be prepared to explore, share and create! It doesn’t matter if you have 1 iPad per class or 1:1, we will show you effective ways that this device can be used.

It is suggested that attendees download the following apps:


  • Educreations / Explain Everything / screencasting app

  • Book Creator

  • Adobe Spark video

  • Chatterpix

  • ThingLink

  • Popplet

  • Flipgrid/Padlet (optional)





Thursday July 26, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

D. November - Mastering the Transition to High School
In the first unit of my 9th grade English class, students read Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and other psychological research related to habits, mindsets, and motivation.  Ultimately, they draft essays to be read by future students, parents, and teachers that offers advice and guidance.  In this way, students are making their learning visible, easing the difficult transition to high school for themselves and others, and leaving a legacy on their school community.

Speakers
DN

David November

David is the nephew of Alan November. He attended BLC as a college student and was inspired toward a career in education. David has worked in a K-12 charter school in North Philadelphia since 2009. He currently leads both grades 8 and 9 in addition to his teaching duties and is... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Book Signing with Aaron Polansky
Speakers
avatar for Aaron Polansky

Aaron Polansky

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Superintendent-Director
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

12:30pm

Mandeville - Bringing Gamified Elements to Your Classroom

We all love games. Brain teasers, role playing, tic-tac-toe... You name it, we love it! So do our students. Adding gamified elements to your classroom will improve student engagement, build a stronger community within your classroom, and can be applied to any curriculum. Discussion points will include: gamification platforms, such as Classcraft, BreakoutEDU, and FanSchool; simulations and scenarios; quests; and more! Come play!

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Mandeville

Samantha Mandeville

Franklin Public Schools
I'm a 7th grade world geography teacher on a mission to have students create global connections each and every year. I am passionate about having students take ownership of their own learning building connections with my students, both academically and personally.



Thursday July 26, 2018 12:30pm - 12:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Hecht/Marallo - Our Instructional Technology Journey
Follow us as we take you through the ins and outs of journey as we embark upon a 1:1 device initiative to guide students to participate in the global community.  In this session, we will share details about the development of our Instructional Technology Team, our device rollout, and how we gained support from all stakeholders for our initiatives.

Speakers
RH

Robin Hecht

Director C and I, Marlbor csd
Robin Hecht, Director for Curriculum & Instruction: Marlboro Central School District, Marlboro, NY. Ms. Hecht is a 20 year veteran teacher and grade level team leader. She taught 4th grade for 15 years. Outside the classroom she held positions as the district’s Coordinator for... Read More →
JM

John Marallo

John Marallo, Technology Integration Specialist: Marlboro Central School District, Marlboro, NY. Mr. Marallo taught secondary mathematics for twelve years, and is currently working as a Technology Integration Specialist. His Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Beilharz - Authentic Learning Experience using Integrated Learning and STEAM
The 2017 Horizon report acknowledges that significant challenges in implementing technology adoption in k-12 education is a lack of authentic learning experiences.

“STEM education refers to a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest in STEM related fields and improves students’ problem solving and critical analysis skills.” (National STEM School Education Council Strategy, 2015)

This presentation will discuss the benefits of authentic learning tasks and how Knox Grammar School is using Integrated Learning Tasks (ILAs) and STEAM, to provide students with an opportunity to see the synergy that exists between subjects and to realise their interconnectedness to real life experiences.

We will dive deep into the development and implementation of our Mission to Mars project, where teams developed a Mars sustainable colony. Areas of interest that will be covered include:

Why ILAs and STEM are a perfect fit
NASA video conference interactive session from the Johnson Space Centre
Integration of Mathematics, Science, English Technology (Scratch coding) and Language tasks into the project
Submission of a Mars Mission Entrance Exam (M.E.E.)
Building of the environment using Minecraft
Submission of a 3-minute video walk through of their completed environment. Click link for example of completed task https://youtu.be/Ya9Qlrct71g


Teachers will leave this session with all the resources required to complete or adapt the project for their school. Please note, Minecraft was not mandated for this task, it can ba adapted to other means of presenting your final product

The presentation will also focus briefly on a Year 9 Biomechanics STEM ILA and a Year 7 United Nations Sustainability ILA.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Beilharz

Michael Beilharz

ICT Teaching and Learning Integrator, Knox Grammar School


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Beine-Bowden - Coding in the Early Years: Setting the Foundation
Attendees will explore why our youngest learners are at an optimal age for learning the foundations of coding. I will review concepts that are essential to understanding what it means to code and program and showcase how 3 to 8 year-olds can learn those concepts in fun ways that make sense. We will brainstorm and back channel all ideas generated; come to engage your brain! The session draws on the work of Dr. Seymour Papert and the recent book, Coding as a Playground, by Dr. Marina Bers.


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Cassidy - Writing in a Digital Age
"Literacy and the tools we use to communicate are changing. How should a teacher approach writing instruction in this time of transformation? We’ll talk about safe, engaging and age-appropriate ways to give students a chance to participate online while still teaching pencil and paper skills.

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 →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Hall - Reflection and the Development of a Learning Mindset
After years of using Seesaw, the student driven digital portfolio app, we still had shallow, uninformed reflections of learning. Following many discussions and drawing from various PD experiences a few teachers got together to try and fix this. We developed an approach focusing around reflection prompts to guide students thinking, ultimately developing a ‘learning mindset’. The prompts, together with defining a way of working, were instrumental in transforming reflection from being something added on the end to something students valued as part of the learning process. This session will highlight our journey and give participants practical ways to incorporate reflection routines into their classrooms. In addition to this, participants will see an example of how a digital portfolio can be used to drive changes to the learning that takes place in and around the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Technology Integration Coach, International School Basel
Scott Hall has over 15 years of teaching experience at all levels of education. He currently works in Basel, Switzerland as a Technology Integration Coach. Scott has long been an early adopter of technology in the classroom. As an elementary teacher he developed a view of inquiry... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Held - Citizen Science/Citizen Engineering - Authentic Research and Engineering
Citizen science provides an authentic, project-based outlet for students to engage in hands-on scientific research. With “citizen engineering”, students become involved in a design thinking process to engineer and develop solutions to real world problems. This session explores how students can build low-tech devices (plankton nets) and high-tech devices (Internet-connected buoys) to contribute to citizen science initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for David Held

David Held

Making With Held
David Held has worked in the field of educational technology for 25+ years at Poughkeepsie Day School, Teachers College and Trinity School (Manhattan). He has created makerspaces and taught making and STEAM integrated classes. David has presented several workshops on teaching technology... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Kuropatwa - Behind Their Eyes - making thinking visible is not enough
Walk into any classroom and watch the breakneck pace at which teachers are working hard to help students learn. Mind you, if we don’t uncover what students are thinking while learning, they may be running down the wrong path. OK, so we need ways to make student thinking visible. Seeing their thinking is important, but we also need to create the time and space for teachers to absorb, reflect, and act on what their students thinking reveals. This workshop will share strategies both for making student thinking visible and for creating time and space for teachers to meaningfully act on what they learn about what’s going on behind their eyes.

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. His relaxed... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Russac/Hall - Empower Creativity and Visual Journalism
Creating videos and motion graphics nudges both students and teachers to blend a host of proficiencies. It involves visual design, just as it requires language skills of narration and storytelling. It supports technological skills in manipulating online media, and it reinforces the importance of publishing and sharing student creations. Kids teaching kids is the purest model of learning, and they become the educators of their peers.

Video production allows students to stitch together a narrative and storyboard each moment in the process that combines logical reasoning, cause-and-effect, and content mastery. They also must employ their graphicacy skills to fashion compelling visual displays. These quick-cut movies and short animations combine icons and text to communicate a message. Explainer videos are perfect for the classroom. They blend voice, image, and language into captivating presentations for students to learn. Content created using app editors or motion graphics provides a way for the brain to receive information through both the eyes and ears. Learning tools that can tap into both modalities have greater effectiveness in fostering understanding by adding layers of meaning. Teacher-produced videos can be terrific learning tools, but student-created videos are even richer. Creating multimedia videos and animations combine voice, images, and kinetic typography to internalize authentic understanding.

How does incorporating the use of visual media such as video, motion graphics, and animation promote student voice as activists? In what way does the design of multimedia enable them to develop a deeper understanding of the way media messages are constructed for maximum impact? How does video production empower students to teach others?

Using videos and animations encourage four key proficiencies in the visual design process including: Symbol and visual metaphor - Students choose images to pair with their explanations to foster an understanding of figurative meaning. Narration - They must unite each visual frame with a seamless spoken narrative to relate the core information of the story. Script - Students must select crisp words to highlight vocabulary while avoiding large irrelevant language. Design - As filmmakers, they must combine colors, music, transitions, and layout to clearly convey the content.

Speakers
avatar for Mercer Hall

Mercer Hall

Teacher - Middle School.Jr HS, Buckley Country Day School
Mercer Hall has been teaching for over sixteen years at an independent school on Long Island, New York. He is a five-time honoree as Teacher Of The Year, and he has been awarded both the Thomas J. Reid Excellence In Teaching Award and the Powers Family Teacher Recognition Award. Mercer... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Russac

Patricia Russac

Library Director, Buckley Country Day School
Patricia A. Russac is a teacher librarian with over seventeen years of experience at an independent, private elementary school in New York. She is a TED Educator, a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, and a National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. She... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Teuber - Computational Thinking Makes Better Learners
Seeking to help students develop as critical thinkers, educators are incorporating project-based learning and design thinking across the curriculum. In order for these strategies to be effective, however, thinking skills need to be developed through a scaffolded process. Computational thinking is the universal language that enables students to break problems into manageable parts, observe patterns and trends, identify principles related to patterns, and develop step-by-step instructions for solving problems. In this interactive workshop, participants will understand skills they already have and how to develop these further to enable all students to become more resilient problem solvers.

Objective:
1. Participants will learn the major components of computational thinking and how the process develops skills for resilience in students.
2. Participants will engage in hands-on activities which will provide practice in using computational thinking to solve problems.
3. Participants will develop a variety of strategies to incorporate computational thinking into students’ project-based learning and design thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Teuber

Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of education with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Venables - Shifting from Inspiration to Action: A 4 step model for delivering change in schools
So often leaders rely on a mandate of "just do it" when attempting to influence change. Using positional power to influence change often leads to a lack of sustainability. Using the framework provided in the session, participants will learn how to think through planning a change initiative so that organization members are pulled by the force of change rather than forced into it by mandates. Session participants will plan change management through a model developed and practiced in the business world during the 1960s. Participants will work stepwise through a 4-variable formula, spending time to focus on dissatisfaction, vision, first steps, and resistance that influence the success of sustainable change in schools. Session facilitators will share their successes and applications of the formula and facilitate dialogue among attendees based on their experiences working with technology integration.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Holland

Chuck Holland

Director of Instructional Technology, Richland Two


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Wilkie/McCloud - #Q2Learn: How do we help students slow their thinking down to truly drive more of their own learning? The answers are in the questions…
A growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments is to determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning. Students making sense of information is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has created a sense of urgency for students to become critical and engaged members of our global society, who ask the right questions, listen intently, intellectually filter information, and invite further discussion, in order to bring people and ideas together.
Back by demand and inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Alan November’s Six Questions for Transformational Learning, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning, rather than simply assessing or checking their understanding.
 
Join us as we address the urgency to explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning techniques and learning routines to:                                                               
  • make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing, synthesizing and connecting to the world
  • enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking      
  • nurture a learning community that fosters inquiry, communication and connections
 
@sewilkie @roybps #learnbydesign #Q2learn

Speakers
avatar for Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie

Head of Learning Design, November Learning
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... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

Zimmerman - What Julius Caesar Can Teach Us About AI
Many of us only know of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning through pop culture and SciFi movies, although it's already all around us. A recent Forbes article talked about the shift that will occur when Machine Learning and AI take over processing mundane and repetitive tasks and require humans to perform high-value tasks that require strategic thinking, creativity, and ethics. This is a version a student co-presentation at New York Academy of Medicine and SXSWEdu with student voice representing perspective from Generation Z and experts in the AI industry. The goal of education needs to shift to prepare for an unknown workforce by educating students to assess in multiple modalities, transfer learning outside of purely learning content, and knowing how to adapt various situations.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Michelle Zimmerman

Dr. Michelle Zimmerman

Researcher / Educator, Concordia University Wisconsin/ Renton Prep
Blended learning models and experiential learning can enhance human connection, creativity and innovation supported by effective digital tool use.


Thursday July 26, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

1:30pm

Husband-Verbeek - The Teacher's Toolbox: Cellphones as Tools
Cellphones are often seen as a distraction in schools.  They can cause a plethora of problems when used as a social device rather than a tool.  Turn the cell phone into a classroom tool rather than a behavioral problem.  Apps are a wonderful way to engage students in day to day learning.  These tools can be used to capture your students and bring their skills to the next level.  With the controlled use of cellphones in classes; students can stay engaged, increase their independent analytical functioning and still learn with a smile.

Speakers
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Tulani Husband-Verbeek

Mrs. Husband-Verbeek has been an educator dedicated to literacy for more than a decade along the Eastern seaboard. From RI to the Keys of FL - and cities in between - Mrs. Husband-Verbeek has been dedicated to providing advanced literacy skills to all students through targeted skill... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza
  • Links and Materials BLC18 - Google Drive

2:00pm

Trimnal - Growth Model Approach to Differentiation: Transferring Responsibility to Your Students
Student choice.  My students are teenagers so they are all about choice.  When I give them the gift of choice, they gladly accept the responsibility of that choice.  In this session, I will present a protocol of assessment, review and enrichment that will move you from teacher to facilitator.  This involves standards based mini-assessments that students independently analyze.  The results will drive self-directed instruction and remediation based on individualized learning styles for specific content needs as determined by the students’ self reflection.  The students CHOOSE how they want the delivery of the material.  This approach empowers students from the audience to the stage and inspires them to take ownership of their own learning and success.  Participants will receive step by step instruction and ideas to happily give the gift of choice and responsibility to your own students. 

Speakers
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Megan Trimnal

Teacher, Gaston County Schools
Megan Trimnal is a science teacher for Gaston County Schools in NC. Currently teaches Forensics, Biology and APES (Gaston Online)  but has dabbled in other science courses during the last five years in GCS.  The best part of teaching is the opportunity to be daring and courageous... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:30pm

Lindsay - STEM Outside the Box: Creating Innovative Interdisciplinary Connections within STEM Instruction
How can a robotics module enhance a media literacy unit? In what ways does “appreciation of the aesthetic” connect to computer programming?  How do math concepts and skills link with real-world scenarios? The answers to questions like these can take your STEM-based instruction to the next level! Skills and concepts presented through technology instruction are integral to the development of 21st century learners, but can be even more impactful when investigated through the lense of occasionally outside-the-box, cross-curricular connections.  Gain strategies for identifying interdisciplinary connections between STEM and other subject areas; integrating transdisciplinary and inquiry-based teaching methodologies within the classroom; and expanding the reach of STEM curriculum in your school.

Speakers
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Trevor Lindsay

Trevor Lindsay has 16 years experience teaching in independent schools throughout the country. He has presented innovative teaching approaches and strategies at each of the past three International Baccalaureate Global Conferences and the 2017 Project Lead the Way Summit. A current... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Beichler - Mindset for Change
Before change, before learning, before collaboration; comes Mindset! One principal will share her school journey into Mindset for Change. You will learn about creating a culture of growth mindset in your classroom, team, department, and/or school. You will learn about one school's journey in their transformation from a traditional style of teaching to one of innovation incorporating critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and student contributions through fostering a growth mindset in all stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget M. Beichler

Bridget M. Beichler

LCPS, LCPS
I am a middle school principal with Loudoun County Public Schools.


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Cassidy - Apps, Bots and Code: The New ABC’s in the Elementary Classroom
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” and the “how’s” of using this new pedagogy in ways that support and extend your
curriculum along with practical examples of its use in classrooms.

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 →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Kirr - Personalized Learning - What's Stopping You?
We’ll be exploring teacher fears and uncertainties that arise when the words “genius hour,” “passion project,” or “20% time” are discussed. How DO teachers offer this time to students to pursue their own interests? Participants will share their fears and hurdles, and then discuss non-negotiables to make this time effective. If time, we’ll create a flowchart of how to navigate this valuable time in class.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Long - The Power of Peer Coaching
What do you do when there is not enough time or resources for every teacher to receive one-on-one coaching? Hear how we implemented a peer coaching program with our teachers to support deeper levels of blended learning and PBL in a middle school with over 75 teachers and 1175 students. Participants will learn how to provide collaborative professional development opportunities to staff related to blended learning and PBL. They will learn strategies for determining/developing strong peer coaches in their building or district. In addition, participants will learn practical tips for organizing coaching sessions and accountability for implementation. This session will also showcase student examples of how learning has changed in the classrooms as a result of this peer coaching format. Participants will also walk away with several resources to support teachers in a blended learning or PBL classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Long

Stephanie Long

Educational Technology Specialist, Republic School District
Areas that intrigue me: curriculum, how students learn, student ownership of learning, PBL, blended learning, research skills, school culture, tools like technology to support learning.


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Merrill/Van Ledtje - Books, Bytes, Swipes, and Likes: Crafting Digital Identity with a Global Audience
In today’s connected world, it’s no longer a question of whether or not students are going to be using a device; it’s about supporting students to create, reason, and connect responsibly. In this presentation meet LivBit and hear how crafting a digital identity gives deeper purpose to her literacy journey. 
This presentation will deepen teacher understanding of digital identity, use of social media as a tool for learning, and contextualize guided practice as a construct when supporting students digital lives.  Presenters are confident participants will learn useful digital strategies to use with their students; understand how student stories inspire ideas and incite a larger purpose for learning; and consider new digital entry points for teaching.


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Mull - Using the Question Formulation Technique to Guide School Decision Making
An important goal for any school administrator who wants to successfully involve the school community in the decision making process, should be to honor the ideas and concerns of those within the community. This can be achieved by engaging your stakeholders in a simple, focused process of asking questions—questions that serve to guide future actions. In this session, participants will come together in a “faculty meeting” to explore the questions behind a new school-wide initiative using the Question Formulation Technique. This streamlined questioning technique encourages divergent thinking, but at the same time, it brings focus to what you choose to explore in your schools. Additionally, this same technique can immediately be taken from the faculty meeting and into the classroom to invigorate the learning process.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

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... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

N2Learning - Schools Transform Learning
How do we know if schools are transforming the learning culture to meet the needs of students? What does transformation look like? In Texas, the Principals’ Institute (PI) is empowering campus principals to transform learning in a way that is meaningful, relevant, and sustainable. The PI network has embraced the ideas of continuous learning, student and teacher voice, risk-taking, and permission to fail; and have encouraged other leaders and teachers to embrace the change. School communities across the lone star state are celebrating the transformation. Work is primarily organized in the areas of: the digital learning environment, learning standards, assessment, accountability, organizational transformation, and partnerships. In this session facilitators and campus leaders will share how their work began, is continuing evolve, and the impactful results displayed by Schools Transforming Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Coulson

Eddie Coulson

Consultant, N2 Learning
Let's talk about: | 1) Student ownership of learning | 2) Teacher ownership of teaching | 3) Leading in a "pressure and resource" model rather than a "command and control" model | 4) Transformation vs reformation | 5) Teacher autonomy and innovation
avatar for Roz Keck

Roz Keck

N2 Learning


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
St. James Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

November - Leadership
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... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Quick - Differentiated Classrooms in Action
Developing materials for differentiated lessons with varied levels of learners can take a lot of time. Technology and digital tools make it easy to differentiate instruction and create materials for all levels of learners. Attendees will learn a variety of ways to use technology to differentiate instruction. Samples of differentiated lessons for all grade levels will be provided including student artifacts and student testimonials of how differentiated classrooms have helped them become more engaged learners.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Quick

Nicole Quick

Instructional Technology Specialist, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is the Instructional Technology Specialist in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 initiative in her district. Nicole recently completed her Ed.D in teaching and curriculum... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Winstone/Worsnup - Developing Digital Portfolios
Digital Portfolios provide students of any age with the opportunity to collect and reflect upon their learning journey. Digital Portfolios enable students to make their thinking visible. As well as the many benefits for the students it is also an easy and manageable assessment tool for teachers. Our students are creating digital portfolios that allow them to receive feedback from parents, peers and teachers. These easily created portfolios combine work completed on both iPads and laptops, and store selected information from across the curriculum (photos, video clips, projects, photos of handwritten work) in one online space. We have many years experience working with a variety of tools and we will share how our 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. The basic principles and ideas can be applied when creating digital portfolios using other applications. 


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

2:35pm

Zarkesh - Polyup: A Computational Thinking Playground for All
In 2006, Jeannette Wing said, “To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational
thinking to every child’s analytical ability.” Twelve years later, we find ourselves in a sea of more than 200 coding platforms for K-12, most of whose fundamental aim is to develop these core computational thinking skills. Still, the details of programmatical syntax distract from the core ideas of Computational Thinking. Moreover, the current approach requires new high-skill teachers, new time in school schedules, and new and expensive lab equipment to bring coding and robotics to K-12 classrooms. Thus, we introduce Polyup, a Computational Thinking Playground that is proven to be an engaging problem solving platform across hundreds of 3rd to 12th grade classrooms. This playground uses the language of math in a functional programing paradigm as the core of its visual, tactile interface. As such, it can be easily integrated into math classes, as well as computer science and robotics classes to complement existing approaches—covering a range of  topics from arithmetic to algorithms. We play live on the platform and share teacher and student points of view.

Speakers
avatar for Amir Zarkesh

Amir Zarkesh

CEO and Co-founder, Polyup
Amir is a Co-founder and the CEO of Polyup. Before Polyup, he co-founded iCelero, which spun off into Crunch, an AI-based video compression company, and Bluechip Systems, a low-power, high-performance computing company, for which Amir served as CEO. In the years prior, he co-founded... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 2:35pm - 3:40pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

3:00pm

Comber/Christopher - Facilitating Authentic Student Inquiries
Facilitating student agency and placing students in the front seat of an inquiry leads students to build inquiries driven by students’ curiosity about the world around them accommodates for those eureka moments which enhances authentic learning experiences. 
This workshop looks at innovative learning programmes developed in the Science and Technology faculties at Glendowie College, New Zealand.  It will explain the approaches, implementation, benefits, barriers of student-led inquiries in today’s classroom.
Areas of focus from these case studies include:
 
  • Facilitating Student-agency
  • Shifting to a more student-centred environment
  • Learning to learn strategies
  • Authentic experience and exposure to critical thinking
  • Improving student engagement
 
The workshop will also consider the effectiveness and the future enhancement of the approaches that were measured through student voice and teacher reflection. 

Speakers
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Trevor

Science Teacher, Glendowie College
I am a science/chemistry teacher in my second year of teaching. I am interested in exploring digital learning platforms to promote self paced learning, facilitating learning across subject areas and using context to make authentic real life connections for students.


Thursday July 26, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

3:30pm

Polubiec - Google Primer: Building Collaboration and Distributive Leadership

This session is for those who have some basic understanding of Google tools but would like to see examples of specific Google documents that can be used for scheduling, planning, curriculum development and providing structures for teacher collaboration. Small section of the session will allow the participants to experience creating a simple collaborative project using a shared document.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jacek Polubiec

Dr. Jacek Polubiec

Dr. Jacek Polubiec is an educational leader who has spent twenty years teaching and supervising urban schools. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from City College of New York, MA from Queens College, MS from the Principals Institute at Bank Street College, and Ed.D. in Urban School... Read More →



Thursday July 26, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

4:00pm

Special Session with Stephen Wolfram
Join us for a special conversation with Stephen Wolfram! We will have some fun snacks and great conversations! This is a no-miss session!

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram

Founder & CEO, Wolfram Research
Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, the Wolfram Language and Mathematica, the author of A New Kind of Science and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

7:30pm

Global Speed Networking
Join Alan November for an hour and a half of meeting and greeting presenters who share your passions. Come prepared to network and create community! There will be some yummy snacks......

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... Read More →


Thursday July 26, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

9:00pm

BLC Bash
Join us for an evening of great music and fabulous desserts! Get your groove on with our fantastic DJ, dance the night away, or just sit with friends and discuss all the wonderful learning experiences you have had so far at BLC!

Thursday July 26, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza
 
Friday, July 27
 

7:00am

Registrations and Breakfast Buffet
Friday July 27, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Grand Ballroom B Boston Park Plaza

7:30am

8:30am

Announcements and Friday Keynote: Ted Dintersmith - What School Could Be
Ted is uniquely qualified to help us reflect on emerging highly successful strategies to help our students.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith traveled to all fifty states, visiting 200 schools, and convening 1,000 meetings and forums.  During this immersion into education across America, he met educators in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things, showing us what leads to powerful learning in classrooms, and how to empower our teachers to make it happen.  His talk will convey the insights he gained from this immersion, and subsequent progress in schools, districts, and states.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer and Author of Most Likely to Succeed and What School Could Be
Ted is uniquely qualified to help us reflect on emerging highly successful strategies to help our students.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith traveled to all fifty states, visiting 200 schools, and convening 1,000 meetings and forums.  During this immersion into education... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

9:00am

BLC19 - Pre-Conferences July 14 - 16, Main Conference July 17-19
RFP for BLC19 Sessions 
PreConference Proposal - https://goo.gl/forms/Cajw44mxsmIgWKoY2
Main Conference Proposal - https://goo.gl/forms/KQq7a8cBjtUvH2Q02
Questions? Contact marcy@novemberlearning.com

Friday July 27, 2018 9:00am - 2:30pm
TBA

10:20am

Bruzzese - Technology Together: Whole School Professional Development for Capability and Confidence
The workshop will highlight how we used and adapted the Technology Together model to implement several large scale technology initiatives in our school board (LBPSB). Our successes/challenges will be discussed and the program materials with over 70 resources (surveys, checklists, pd activities, etc.) will be given to the workshop participants. Professional development for technology integration can be challenging for many reasons, not least of which are rapidly changing technologies and the varying levels of ICT competencies within a school. “Technology Together’ is a research based model that originated in Australia, and at it’s core “fosters a school-wide culture of collaboration and support” while helping individual teachers to develop positive attitudes toward ICT. Participants will learn how the metacognitive approach of this professional development program can with used with any technology initiative (1 to 1, iPads, Chromebooks, BYOD, etc.) in any setting from K through university levels.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Bruzzese

Sam Bruzzese

Lecturer & 'retired' LBPSB principal, McGill University
Sam Bruzzese, is a retired school principal, who lectures at McGill University. He has given many courses and workshops on the transformative/disruptive power of educational technology in schools. He provides edtech pedagogical support for both public and private schools. His current... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Colavecchia/Quick - Classroom to Classroom: Shared Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom Walls
Technology has the power to create rich-learning environments for students. Learning experiences can extend beyond the four walls of the classroom. This session will focus on how collaborative experiences were designed to change a one-to-one classroom to a one-to-world classroom. Attendees will learn how to build global connections with teachers and students in other school districts, and how these experiences can help teachers develop inquiry based lesson plans.
The presenters will describe their journey developing a collaborative classroom where students work with and communicate with other classes across the country to enhance their learning experience. The presenters will explain their roles in these collaborative ventures as a math teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist who were looking for a way to expose students to multiple viewpoints and perspectives as well as enhancing their understanding of the content.
This session will highlight the enhanced learning experiences that came out of working with classrooms in other parts of the country and the logistics of how to use digital tools and resources to make global collaborations possible. Student artifacts and videos of the classrooms will be shared. If it can be arranged, presenters will bring students to talk about their experience collaborating and learning with students in other classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Quick

Nicole Quick

Instructional Technology Specialist, East Irondequoit Central School District
Nicole Quick is the Instructional Technology Specialist in the East Irondequoit Central School District in Rochester, New York. She has served as a teacher leader in the digital conversion 1:1 initiative in her district. Nicole recently completed her Ed.D in teaching and curriculum... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Dintersmith - Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer and Author of Most Likely to Succeed and What School Could Be
Ted is uniquely qualified to help us reflect on emerging highly successful strategies to help our students.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith traveled to all fifty states, visiting 200 schools, and convening 1,000 meetings and forums.  During this immersion into education... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Grand Ballroom A Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Joseph - Skills for Innovative Leadership
Supporting digital learning and innovation in schools is challenging. Join the presenter, a veteran building principal who recently moved into a district technology leadership role, to identify key elements critical to putting innovative leadership into action.

An innovative leader should try to create new ideas, but it is more important that they create a culture of innovation. Explore methods to empower your teachers with a shared vision and a safe and supportive environment of risk taking, trust, and swift implementation.

Innovative leaders not only “think” differently, but they “act” differently. Now is the time to act and put these innovative characteristics into action and create a culture of innovation. Innovative leaders foster a culture that is warm, collaborative, and accessible to all. This culture then can encourage all colleagues to offer ideas and try new initiatives/teaching strategies. By creating this culture, leaders create a safe physical and emotional spaces for teachers to explore and develop innovative learning opportunities. This cultural shift encourages more collaboration and less competition among faculty to use digital tools and become creative in planning and lesson delivery.

School leaders are asking educators to create a classroom culture where students think critically. Then, innovative leaders should also be creating that same culture at the school level. If a leader fosters and embraces a culture of innovation and risk taking, then teachers and students learn to do the same thing. This culture of thinking pushes the school or educator to find better and better ways to meet the needs of students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Matthew X. Joseph

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, Milford Public Schools
I is currently the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation for the Milford Public School District, Milford, Ma. | I had the opportunity to present at the Tech and Learning Leader event in Boston and New Jersey in 2017 and well as other state opportunities focused on Ed Tech... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Kelley - We Dig Learning: Using place-based education to boost learning
With the introduction of a new course, The Science of Archaeology, Lauralton Hall embarked on an amazing adventure into place-based education this year combining both scientific skills and interest in local history. Leveraging the campus’ status as a national historic landmark, students learned how to interpret historical (primary) resources, identify sites of interest on campus, and conduct an authentic archaeological dig using protocols set out by the state office of archaeology. In this presentation, April Kelley will describe the archaeology program, its relation to NGSS, and how you can use the lessons she learned to create your own place-based experience unique to your school and community.
Place-based education has been defined as “anytime, anywhere, learning that leverages the power of place, and not just the power of technology, to personalize learning” (Getting Smart, 2017). What makes place-based education so powerful and motivating is that it can be done literally anywhere – from the most rural areas to the most urban and any place in between. They keys to a successful place-based learning experience are its authenticity and its ability to fully engage learners.

Speakers
avatar for April Kelley

April Kelley

Innovation Specialist/ Science Teacher, Lauralton Hall
I began my teaching career in environmental education and transitioned into the science classroom fifteen years ago. I am passionate about authentic learning and technology integration. I am also an avid reader of urban/paranormal fantasy and enjoy hiking and kayaking.



Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Maranon Davis - My kid is on their phone, again! Shifting our perceptions on 21st Century communication
Parents and teachers complaining kids are always on their phones?
Do we need to get kids to create on their devices and not consume?
Kids don't know how to communicate anymore - is this the common complaint of 21st Century kids?
We know we need to get kids to create and not just consume technology, but how do we do this with no support from stakeholders? In this workshop we will move the discussion from perceptions to reality as we explore the changing paradigm of our learning cultures in the 21st Century. Our face-to-face world is blending quickly with the digital realm, we need to understand the belief systems that exist within this digital realm and create new norms of behavior and expectations to support them.

Speakers
avatar for Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Ymasumac Maranon Davis

Educational Consultant, Limitless Learning Lab
I am deeply invested in opening up the human experience in all spheres of life. I have a passion for exploring and expanding our learning cultures to allow all students to have a voice and be seen. I am committed to learning about and healing our emotional selves so that we can show... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

McNulty - Using Google Sites as Digital Portfolios
Digital portfolios are a great way for students to showcase their learning and share their ideas and thoughts with their peers, families and really, anyone! Using Google Sites, we will look at how to create and set up the portfolios and set expectations.

We will also explore the different elements you can include within the portfolio. A few examples - students can use it to showcase the process of a scientific investigation by uploading pictures through Google Apps and explaining the process, sharing observations and predictions, etc. Students can show their summarizing and analysis skills by adding reviews of the books they are reading through out the year.

Digital portfolios in Google Sites can be shared between teachers so students have one place to showcase their learning from multiple classes. And they can be shared to anyone on the web so learning can be shared with classes from anywhere in the world.

Speakers

Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Merrill/Van Ledtje - "I'll Help You Sheer Your Sheep!": Examining Minecraft Stories as Narratives of Care
Observe a student playing Minecraft and it’s difficult to ignore the rich narrative as they create worlds. You’ll hear the language of creation, connection, problem solving and care. This panel, led by 10-year old gamer, LivBit, will show the transformative power of Minecraft as a literacy tool in your classroom.
Participants will: view screen casts of 10-year old tech enthusiast and gamer, Liv’s, Museum of Me project.; learn how to analyze and frame student understanding of Minecraft challenges; understand the power of feedback given during the gaming process; and hear first-hand from a student voice how this work deepens her literate life. 


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
St. James Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Sanders, Selenkow, Short, Sweeny, - Creating Collaborative Community: Digital Notebooks as Communication Tools
Are you swamped with papers, notebooks and emails for your curriculum and lesson planning work? Do you wish you had an easily searchable, central location to organize all your materials  - including emails, videos and images? Would you like to be able to collaborate with your colleagues across the hall, across town or around the world at any time, from any device (phone, tablet or laptop)?  We answered yes to all of the above and went searching for a cheap (free) online solution - and found one! 
We will share our journey of discovery and adoption of the free online application (Microsoft OneNote) for the Gallery Instructor Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The implementation of this digital organizational system, to which information can be added, edited and accessed by all members of community, will be explained and explored. Slides, videos and digital notebooks will illustrate the yearlong process of organizational and content considerations, technical training sessions, and how community and connections were strengthened in the process.  

Speakers
avatar for Beth Sanders

Beth Sanders

Gallery Instructor, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Beth has served as a docent and artist-in-residence at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, where she also served on the Advisory Board, and as a Master Gardener for the Durham County Extension Service. Currently, she is a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and its Winslow... Read More →
avatar for BJ Selenkow

BJ Selenkow

Gallery Instructor, Museum of Fine Arts
Barbara Selenkow-Rippberger has been a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for four years. A former public school social worker, graduate school instructor, and co-director of BLC in Boston, she is passionate about engaging students in looking at and talking about... Read More →
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Annie Short

Gallery Instructor, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Annie Short has been a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for six years. Having worked in fundraising for various art institutions and educational organizations, she is very much enjoying her current work as an arts educator.
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Maureen Sweeny

Gallery Instructor, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Maureen Sweeny has been a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts  Boston for four years. She is a former elementary school teacher and college professor who specialized in the teaching of reading. She is delighted to now be helping students learn to read art objects... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Shea - iOER: iOER: Interactive Open Educational Resources
The Open Educational Resource (OER) movement has focused largely on creating and aggregating traditional educational media (textbooks, graphics) that do not make use of the dynamic qualities of the World Wide Web. In this presentation, I will discuss how the next wave of OER needs to focus on being interactive and mobile-friendly in order to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

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Peter Shea

Director of professional development, Middlesex Community College


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Staudt - Sensing Science Through Modeling Matter

Explore dynamic technology-based visualizations and model-based inquiry tools to help demonstrate opportunities for kids to learn about fundamental science concepts at an early age. With the use of models embedded in online stories kindergarten students start to develop a conceptual understanding of matter and its changes.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Senior Scientist, 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... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Stubbs - Teacher Clarity: Practical strategies for deep student engagement
In order to take learning deep we need to think deeply about learning.This hands-on workshop will explore research-based strategies and simple taxonomies capable of shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student. It will focus on the importance of teacher clarity and strategies for sharing and articulating the learning journey more effectively, whilst exploring the importance of developing students as question askers, learning designers and directors of their own learning in order to involve them more closely in the process.

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Friday July 27, 2018 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

10:30am

Freedman - All Aboard the Hyperdoc Express
Have you heard the hyperdoc buzz? Have you been looking for a way to personalize learning in a dynamic setting? Come listen to teachers and some students (need to know how many to bring), and you will see how their educational experience was revolutionized from a typical lesson to an odyssey into digital literacy, reading, writing, and STEAM skills. Students will share their work and thinking about the change, giving you a firsthand account on why you should jump on the hyperdoc train!
Hyperdocs allows educators to work with students as they go. We are able to give feedback throughout the process. Listening to students we are able to integrate more tools and activities based on their interests. Students collaborate with their teacher, classmates, and students in other parts of the world on their hyperdocs. They are able to build a strong classroom community, learning from each other as they go through the hyperdoc. Students ask questions of each other, teaching each other skills and strategies as they work through each hyperdoc. 
Hyperdocs bring the passion back to teaching. Educators work to design creative learning experiences that meet the needs of individual students. Various digital tools are immersed in the content area when using hyperdocs. Students can work at their own pace, collaborate with classmates both synchronously and asynchronously, and standards in all areas can be applied when using hyperdocs as a tool for learning. Hyperdocs can be created with the learner in mind, using a variety of Google tools to present the activity. There are plenty of choices the educator has to make when designing hyperdocs beyond the objective and goals of the lesson. The learning model hyperdocs uses is one that engages students, asks them to explore concepts, apply knowledge, explain what they discovered, reflect on the learning process, and extend thinking. 
The energy in the classroom has shifted, and a community of learners is being built. Hyperdocs can be created in any content area or to teach specific skills such as research or digital citizenship. It is important to know this is not a digital worksheet, rather a pedagogical revolution that brings learning to life. In this session we will explore hyperdocs in the content areas K-12 that are already created, learn about the process to create hyperdocs, and then have some time for attendees to make their own hyperdocs to support learning in the classroom. Teachers will leave with ideas to implement the next school day! 

Speakers
avatar for Rayna Freedman

Rayna Freedman

Teacher of 5th graders/ITS, Mansfield Elementary Schools
Rayna Freedman is beginning her 18th year at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern as she hopes to change the field of education some day. Rayna is President-Elect of the... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:00am

Hall - Making Connections - Using Google Forms to Promote Teaching and Learning

Google describes Forms as a way to ‘create and analyse surveys’. In the context of education, Forms can have many uses both behind the scenes and in student’s hands. This session will explore various ways this powerful tool that can be used in and around the classroom. We will explore examples of ways teachers can use Forms to work more efficiently. Beyond this, the session will shed light on how Forms can be incorporated into different parts of the learning cycle to facilitate, support and drive student learning. Participants will leave this session with practical strategies to be used in their classrooms in the coming school year.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Technology Integration Coach, International School Basel
Scott Hall has over 15 years of teaching experience at all levels of education. He currently works in Basel, Switzerland as a Technology Integration Coach. Scott has long been an early adopter of technology in the classroom. As an elementary teacher he developed a view of inquiry... Read More →



Friday July 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Hecht/Marallo - Student Tech Squads on the Horizon
Follow us as we take you through the development of Student Tech Squads in each of the buildings in our school district.  In this session, we will provide examples of student applications, resumes, interview questions, and agendas for training sessions that can be used to create your own Student Tech Squad.  Come listen to our students tell you first-hand about their experiences on our Student Tech Squads.

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Robin Hecht

Director C and I, Marlbor csd
Robin Hecht, Director for Curriculum & Instruction: Marlboro Central School District, Marlboro, NY. Ms. Hecht is a 20 year veteran teacher and grade level team leader. She taught 4th grade for 15 years. Outside the classroom she held positions as the district’s Coordinator for... Read More →
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John Marallo

John Marallo, Technology Integration Specialist: Marlboro Central School District, Marlboro, NY. Mr. Marallo taught secondary mathematics for twelve years, and is currently working as a Technology Integration Specialist. His Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:30am - 11:50am
Statler Boston Park Plaza

11:30am

Book Signing with Ted Dintersmith
Speakers
avatar for Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer and Author of Most Likely to Succeed and What School Could Be
Ted is uniquely qualified to help us reflect on emerging highly successful strategies to help our students.  During the 2015-2016 school year, Dintersmith traveled to all fifty states, visiting 200 schools, and convening 1,000 meetings and forums.  During this immersion into education... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:45am

Dunbar - Blue Tickets: Admission to Fearless Learning!
“If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” Sir Ken Robinson

Many teachers reward students who have done well with tickets (mine are blue). But I give extra tickets to students who are observant enough to help me get better. What more could we teach our students if we taught fearlessly and looked at our mistakes as opportunities? We'll share energizing stories of both teachers boldly modeling the challenges of problem-solving and students learning the importance of embracing their mistakes with confidence, innovation and creativity.

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 →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Berkeley Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Gorman - Making Makers Mainstream…Connecting A Maker Culture to Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s

The Makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create. Discover ways to establish not just a space, but a culture connecting authentic learning and standards to Making. Together explore ways to bring design, computational thinking, coding, robotics, electronics, engineering, and other elements of Making into the regular classroom day in support of academic standards across the school in every subject. You will discover free and inexpensive Maker resources to engage students in writing, math, reading. science, social studies, and the fine and applied arts. Discover connections with PBL, STEM, STEAM from Mike Gorman that will bring your classroom, school, and districts Makerspace to the mainstream.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman

Consultant, November Learning
Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop programs and digital professional... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Held - Teach Making, Coding and Electronics with Interactive Art Projects
Building upon the Maker and STEAM movements, this presentation demonstrates how students can design, build, code and exhibit interactive electronic art projects in a course that fuses art and technology. Students use microcontrollers to learn to construct circuits with sensors to create visual and performing art projects. This session shows the process students use integrate problem-solving, building with different materials, constructing electronic circuits and computer programing.

Speakers
avatar for David Held

David Held

Making With Held
David Held has worked in the field of educational technology for 25+ years at Poughkeepsie Day School, Teachers College and Trinity School (Manhattan). He has created makerspaces and taught making and STEAM integrated classes. David has presented several workshops on teaching technology... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Whittier Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Kuropatwa - Behind Their Eyes - making thinking visible is not enough
Walk into any classroom and watch the breakneck pace at which teachers are working hard to help students learn. Mind you, if we don’t uncover what students are thinking while learning, they may be running down the wrong path. OK, so we need ways to make student thinking visible. Seeing their thinking is important, but we also need to create the time and space for teachers to absorb, reflect, and act on what their students thinking reveals. This workshop will share strategies both for making student thinking visible and for creating time and space for teachers to meaningfully act on what they learn about what’s going on behind their eyes.

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. His relaxed... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
White Hill Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Miller - Sustaining Change with Teachers and Students as Change Agents
Explore how the crafting of a shared vision and defining beliefs served as the framework that ultimately drove how one school’s leader, teachers, and students worked as a collaborative team to impact student learning. This session will provide a strategic roadmap to align professional learning to a shared vision to help overcome the barriers and challenges of change and empower teachers and students to act as the major change agents. Through applications of change, the leader as the role model, and the inclusion of student voice, a cultural shift transpires and change is sustained.

During this session, participants will:
• Explore how to cultivate a culture that uses shared vision and beliefs to drive continuous growth.
• Apply research and principles of leading change to design a sustainable professional learning model.
• Evaluate the critical behaviors of a school leader, teacher leaders, and students in the process of sustaining change that result in the empowerment of all.


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Clarendon Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Montgomery - Gaston County Schools: Our Journey With Big Ideas
What’s the best way to grow top performing teachers as instructional leaders in a large district?

Come spend some time with the high school curriculum support team from Gaston County Schools in North Carolina talking about how we envisioned creating time and space for teachers to explore and innovate. We will discuss how we handled sharing the vision, teacher selection, administrative support, and much more.

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James Montgomery

Central Office, Gaston County Schools


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Cambridge Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Mull - 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

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... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Arlington Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Shea - Applying Artificial Intelligence Tools to Improve Student Writing
In this session I will describe a pilot in which AI-based software was used to provide rapid feedback to student writing in a variety of college courses.

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Peter Shea

Director of professional development, Middlesex Community College


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Terrace Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Staudt - Sim City in the Real World

Model My Watershed gives students access to real data in real places so they can make informed decisions about their environment. In this data rich world students need to develop systems thinking skills in order to make informed decisions about environmental sustainability. Middle and high school students can problem solve through modeling and hands-on data collection activities based on their local watershed data and use STEM practices to model their environment.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Staudt

Carolyn Staudt

Senior Scientist, 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... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Stuart Boston Park Plaza

11:45am

Zarkesh - Polyup: Turning Math Classes to Virtual Makerspaces at Scale
Bringing makerspaces to schools has been a growing trend in the last five years. There is a general agreement that makerspaces have two fundamental advantages making them conducive to learning: strong engagement, and the involvement of creative thought processes essential for the 21st-century. However, there are many barriers to bringing makerspaces to classrooms at scale. Makerspaces often depend on programming skills or hard-to-learn software tools, hence a need for new teachers and professional development. They also require expensive hardware, whether it be a 3D printer or a robotics set, limiting access and one-to-one engagement. To build a scalable makerspace model, we introduce Polyup. Polyup is an easy-to-learn, tactile programming environment in the language of mathematics. In addition to connecting to physical environments, Polyup enables a makerspace based on AR (Augmented Reality). With Polyup, students will be able to modify objects in space, including their characteristics and trajectory, all using mathematics. This environment is open and free to all students, teachers, and schools, to combat the severe equity gap in makerspaces. We play live on the platform and share demonstrations of AR makerspaces to come.




Speakers
avatar for Amir Zarkesh

Amir Zarkesh

CEO and Co-founder, Polyup
Amir is a Co-founder and the CEO of Polyup. Before Polyup, he co-founded iCelero, which spun off into Crunch, an AI-based video compression company, and Bluechip Systems, a low-power, high-performance computing company, for which Amir served as CEO. In the years prior, he co-founded... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill Boston Park Plaza

12:00pm

Levine - Adulting: How Understanding Executive Function Can Help Leaders Support Educators
Recent research shows that the brain development continues well into a person's twenties, and sometimes into their thirties. In classrooms, supports are put in place to strengthen a student's executive functioning and teach coping strategies and routine building. Adult learners may be left to figure out how to develop these on their own, approaching rising demands without a fully formed pre-frontal cortex. Lesson planning, and the delivery of a well-planned lesson, require a high level of organization, planning, and moment-by-moment decision making. To further complicate matters, these skills are also factors a supervisor considers when measuring a teacher's effectiveness during observations. 
 
In this session, participants the executive functions and their relationship to education (organization, task flexibility, time management, working memory, etc.). Attendees will also review current research pertaining to teaching, executive function, and discuss what leaders can do to support faculty members of all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Levine

Jacqueline Levine

Coordinator of Regional Literacy and Teacher Center Services, PNW BOCES
Jackie Levine is the Regional Coordinator of Literacy and Teacher Center Services for PNW BOCES. As a teacher for ten years in grades K - 5, Jackie provided professional development to colleagues in instructional technology and literacy, including guided reading, writing workshop... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Statler Boston Park Plaza

1:10pm

November - Integrating Purpose Across the Curriculum
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... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 1:10pm - 2:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

2:15pm

BLC Closing Social
Join us immediately after Alan's closing session for some treats. 

Friday July 27, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza

2:45pm

Closing and Next Steps
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... Read More →


Friday July 27, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Georgian Boston Park Plaza