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Sunday, July 12
 

12:00pm

BLC Information Center
Sunday July 12, 2015 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Image is Everything: Exploring Critical Thinking with Visual Literacies
Limited Capacity seats available

From cave walls to Facebook walls we have always embraced visual communication. Dual coding theory of cognition (Paivio, 1971), reiterates the importance of visual imagery in respect to our thinking processes - that in fact we need visual language in addition to verbal or text-based coding of stimuli. With the changing media landscape, our streams, memes, and zines have exploded with imagery, ushering in a need for visual literacy skills. We are quickly moving from images as decoration and augmentation to images as sole content and communication tool. We have some false beliefs about visual language - that it is equated with “art”, requiring “talent” from “creative types” - and therefore it is unfortunately often not overtly taught and practiced in schools. Technology has affected knowledge in such a way as to diminish the value of “raw” information and increase the value of sense-making, as well as chip away at attention spans, sparking a need for distillation of complex ideas. Images can essentialize the cumbersome in beautiful ways. They have a “stickiness” for the viewer and challenge the critical thinking of the creator.

This hands-on session will explore the “Whys” of visual literacy and offer participants an opportunity to tinker and play with:
iconography and metaphorical thinking
pictograms, “Shortology”, emoji, meme stories, and gifs
graphic design, graphic facilitation, infographics and sketchnotes
photography, cinemagrams (moving photos)
icon-based annotations and marginalia
using images to leverage CVs, social media, and presentations

We’ll experiment with ways to use visual language for personal knowledge management, amplification of knowledge and creative work, critical thinking, social interaction (conversation), and other forms of creative and intellectual expression.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

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


Sunday July 12, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza
 
Monday, July 13
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Monday July 13, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

RemixED: The Power of Remix, Mashup, and Re-contextualization for the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Mozilla’s Doug Belshaw says that the “heart” of “digital literacies” is the Remix. Kirby Ferguson eloquently encouraged us in his TED talk to “Embrace the Remix”, because, as his enlightening documentary series reminds us, “everything is a remix”. Newspaper blackout artist and award-winning author Austin Kleon’s advice to budding creatives is to “Steal Like an Artist”, because “you are a mashup of what you let into your life”. Our students are engrossed in remix culture - they are the appropriation and recontextualization generation. Remix calls for knowledge and understanding, critical, higher-order, and design thinking, a variety of tech skills, and, frequently, collaboration and navigation in the greater media landscape. Most importantly a remix task offers students a chance to truly transform a work and create something unique - something that will contribute to their digital presence and legacy. This session is part pedagogical/philosophical and part participatory. Attendees will leave with a “goodie-bag” of resources and ideas as well as have the opportunity to develop, practice, and share several types of remix projects.

For this workshop I have developed an ever-growing G+ community to organize resources, and serve as a space for sharing participant work and continuing the conversation long after the conference has ended. The slide show offers a glimpse into the history of remix in the art world and its significance in our present media landscape. We’ll explore how different techniques of remix and mashup lend themselves to collaborative creativity and differentiation in the classroom. We’ll also look into the distinctions between “remix” and “rip-off” and discuss the ways in which to help work become transformative rather than mere copies. There will be some discussion of copyright reform, fair use, and creative commons as well. Philosophically we’ll look at the work of William Burroughs, Grandmaster Flash, and Andy Warhol as well as the more recent efforts of writer Austin Kleon, media theorist Henry Jenkins, MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergartener Mitch Resnick, documentary filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, and the online course DS106.

The workshop is peppered with a variety of hands-on activities, where we will use both digital and analogue tools and materials to create individual and collaborative projects. We will also play a version of “Disruptus”, a divergent thinking game that sharpens design-thinking skills. We’ll explore how social media in particular inspires recontextualization and re-imagining. And, in an era of ever-abbreviated communication, we’ll look at various ways to essentialize and synthesize into more minimalist, visual interpretations.

All participants should bring their own device and ideally have created a G+ profile as well as YouTube channel. It would also be extremely helpful to have a camera on one’s phone or the ability to take and upload images easily.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

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


Monday July 13, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

The Lead Learner
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it mean to be the lead learner in your school(s)?
What concrete actions can a school leader take that directly improve student learning outcomes?
Risk and effort, rather than revealing inadequacies, are the key ingredients for growth. How does a school leader concretely model that?
This practical hands-on workshop will walk school & district leaders through many different ways they can throw a global spotlight on the excellent teaching & learning happening in their schools. We will also showcase & practice lightweight ways you can share your own professional growth as the lead learner in your school in ways that lead to improved student learning.
The belief that cherished ideas can be developed creates a passion for learning. What cherished ideas do we have about learning that we want to develop in our schools?

Before you come to the conference, take a picture of “people learning” in your school. No faces: hands only or an over the shoulder shot or faces that cannot be discerned. Bring that picture with you. The magic begins with you. ;-)

Bring your own laptop and/or tablet with you.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

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


Monday July 13, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Collaborative Learning Using Google Tools and Google Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google tools an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to make collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific 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 easierIf 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.
Note: Google Apps for Education account is required to use Google Classroom, but not required to participate in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

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


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

The First Five Days
Limited Capacity seats available

The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year. By preparing students to own their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success. Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

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

Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


Monday July 13, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza
 
Tuesday, July 14
 

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Tuesday July 14, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Assessment: Engaging and Transformative
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment.

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Genius Hour: Reasons & resources for bringing passion-driven learning into your curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Why take time out for students to own the learning? You'll have time during this workshop to explore resources and plan for time in your classroom or school for students to pursue their passions. We'll figure out specific ways to tackle any obstacles together.
Participants will gain:
Ways to communicate to parents and administration reasons for trying Genius Hour
How to create time in the schedule
Resources to begin passion-based learning with students
How to assist students in choosing topics
How to keep track of student progress
Reflections and assessments for students
How to scaffold for reluctant learners

Speakers
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Google Apps for Education Implementation Schoolwide
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Making Student Thinking Visible
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we'll explore different lightweight ideas/activities you can implement in your classes tomorrow to leverage mobile (and stationary) technology to document student learning and foster reflective ways for students to share what they're learning. We won't just talk about them, we'll do them. Then we'll discuss how each of us might practically adapt these ideas in our own classrooms. Each practical activity will model ways in which the hard work involved is the thinking engendered in students while the technology is elegantly simple and easy to manage for teachers.

Basically, we'll have fun, play with practical ideas that allow teachers to easily incorporate technology in their classroom daily, and leverage some of the mobile technologies that are increasingly found in students' pockets. This session will be an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of using technology in the classroom.



Speakers
avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

8:00am

Make du Jour: Cultivating Creativity on a Daily Basis
Limited Capacity seats available

“There is no win, there is no fail, there is only make” (John Cage). One of the greatest challenges is developing ideas, finding time, and offering opportunities for students work on creative projects. More importantly, how do we move beyond the “assignment” stage and encourage students to be intrinsically motivated to make beautiful things on a regular basis? How do we foster the shift from consumption to production? Even if you don’t have the luxury of offering a project-based curriculum, you can still develop a steady diet of ongoing, “back-burner” projects that gets student to “dare to make and share”. This session will explore ways to instill a creative culture in your classroom, with everything from low-entry point crowdsourced uses of social media to the #showyourwork movement which asks students to be overt about their design thinking, creative process, and troubleshooting and contribute to collective knowledge. At the heart of personalized learning is creative freedom, but students often need a spark of inspiration, a design brief, or mentorship to get them on the road to making. In this workshop we will get our creative juices flowing and explore trends in combinatorial and crowdsourced creativity facilitated by social media, as well as the role of analogue elements in digital makery. You will have the opportunity to create and perform, as well as develop projects for future use. We’ll look at teacher-as-creator and the importance of transparency and curation in facilitating creativity in the classroom. All participants will leave with a "goodie bag"- a membership to an ever-growing digital community of resources and dialogue centering around creativity in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Create, Learn and Share In Our BLC Makerspace
Limited Capacity seats available

Makerspaces are popping up everywhere. They are bringing creativity, tinkering, exploring, fun, and a new voice to our young people and communities. With this maker movement, it also brings lots of questions, curiosity, and making of our own.

In this workshop, Shannon McClintock Miller will explore Makerspaces by looking at the what, why, where, and how of these amazing additions to any library, classroom and school. And the best part! We will transform our workshop room into a giant Makerspace for the afternoon to fully embrace what our students experience within these rich spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller

Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
The Library Voice, Speaker, Consultant and Author


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Google Classroom and Digital Portfolios
Limited Capacity seats available

Google Apps for Education provides a free cross platform set of tools for educators. In this session we will examine how to have students digitize their work, create digital portfolios and have teachers manage the whole process. Examples, best practices and templates for each step will be included in the session. We will specifically look at how the new Google Classroom service interacts within the entire framework.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

iPads for Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity? It’s Elementary!
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

1:00pm

Leadership: Managing the Transition
Limited Capacity seats available

How can leaders maximize student engagement and academic achievement? How can leaders encourage teachers and students to collaborate with peers and professionals around the world?

The goal of this session is to provide you with maximum capacity for effective leadership in the 21st Century. This session will outline essential skills for leaders and offer practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning process. Articulating vision and managing change will be emphasized, along with the following:
• Alignment of curriculum to standards
• Designing more rigorous, demanding and globally connected assignments
• Building capacity for family and community involvement
• Addressing issues related to equity
• Developing critical thinking skills
• Designing staff development programs
• Defining new roles for students

Speakers
avatar for Alan November

Alan November

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


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Registration
Pick up your registration materials and conference badges.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

5:00pm

BLC Opening Reception
After you pick up your registration materials, join us for light snacks and a cash bar in the lovely Georgian Room. Meet and greet old friends, and make new ones!

Tuesday July 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza
 
Wednesday, July 15
 

6:00am

BLC Boston Runners

Does a morning of fresh air, good company and an easy jog in the park sound good to you? If so, we encourage BLC attendees to join the BLC Running Club.

A group is currently organizing that will start their Wednesday through Friday mornings with a run around Boston Commons and the Boston Public Garden.

To be back in time to get cleaned up, grab some breakfast and make it to the morning keynote, this group will be meeting in the hotel lobby, across from the registration desk, and leaving promptly at 6:00 a.m.

Each route is between 3.5 and 4 miles. The Tuesday and Thursday routes have an option to drop out after two miles if you’d like. The Friday route is closest to 4 miles, and there is no dropout point.

All levels are welcome, and nobody will be left behind on the route. We hope you’ll join us.

Wednesday Route – Thursday Route – Friday Route

 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

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


Wednesday July 15, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
Boston Park Plaza Main Lobby Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

BLC Information Center
Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm
Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

7:00am

BLC Registration
If you did not have a chance to pick up you materials on Tuesday night, you can get them before the Keynote so you are ready to start attending sessions after the Keynote.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:00am - 8:30pm
Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

7:15am

BLC15 Orientation
First time at BLC? Just want to know what's new and exciting this year? Join us early Wednesday morning for an advance, inside look at BLC15!

Wednesday July 15, 2015 7:15am - 8:00am
Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

8:30am

Welcome and Keynote with Dr. Dylan Wiliam
Speakers
avatar for Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam

Consultant
Dylan Wiliam is Deputy Director and Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London. Formerly of King’s College London, Dylan was a co-author of Inside the Black Box - a seminal publication on the role of assessment as a formative element in learning. | | Dylan Williams is a mathematician with a PhD in psychometrics. Dr Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

American Studies: A 21st Century Approach to teaching American History and Culture
In an age when eliminating the silos of disciplines and allowing students to take ownership of their own education, American Studies provides a great model for humanities education in the 21st century. This session will explore how St. Anne’s-Belfield school's team-taught American Studies curriculum integrates a variety of web 2.0 platforms, many types of texts (including readings, images, films, and songs), and different modes of learning to enable teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of a diverse student body while providing them with key 21st century skills. We will present both a sample lesson and demonstrate the types of texts and technologies we have found most helpful. We will also discuss how this approach has enabled us to prepare our highest achieving students for the AP U.S. History exam and to help students who tend to struggle in Humanities courses find success.  Finally, we will discuss using different methods of assessment, including blogging the research paper and student-created projects on material history and first person accounts of historical events to help all of our students deepen their understanding of American History and culture and become engaged in doing the work of American Studies.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Robertson

Laura Robertson

Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Breakout EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

Speakers
avatar for Tech Sherpas

Tech Sherpas

The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Calling All Creatives: Time to Make Your Mark
In a world facing that is facing increasing challenges, there is one human superpower that the Reynolds brothers are confident will come to the rescue: creativity. Human ingenuity, persistence, and creative problem solving are needed to tackle a host of global problems - from cleaner energy to community development, from poverty to access to clean water, from the causes & impact of climate change to access to more affordable and equitable wellness for all. To that end, the Reynolds are dedicated to inspiring creativity and bravery in the next generation of creative problem-solvers around the globe.

Peter and Paul proudly proclaim their 200-year mission - to create and share positive media, storytelling and technology to move the world to a better place. The impact of their films, storybooks for all ages, and creativity software has been felt by millions around the globe - especially in classrooms, school libraries and other places of learning. Core to their message is the deep-seated belief that creative human potential exists in every young learner. But this unfolding gift must be both protected from a myriad of pressures (fear, self-doubt, test-centric schooling, etc.) - and fostered as early as possible and encouraged life-long.

Share the Reynolds’ personal journeys, which gave them the courage not only to navigate their own unique creative work, but led them to make it their own life’s mission to encourage others to do the same.

Enjoy snippets of their acclaimed short animated films and storybooks that continue to inspire others rethink old systems of learning that stifle the very creativity that this next generation of learners will need to take on our planet’s future demands, conflicts and crises.

And, as they will insist, be ready to “connect the dots” with Peter and Paul who mean business when it comes to build a network of creatives who have the vision, verve and commitment to use their own creativity to make this world a better place. They are excited to connect with the BLC community who they know have been dedicated to this very mission - and are here to remind us all - now more than ever, the world is depending on the work we have been proudly dedicated to for decades.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds

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

Peter Reynolds

Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
Creativity champion Peter H. Reynolds is a NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision Learning, creating technology tools to inspire young writers, artists and thinkers. Known world-wide for illustrating the Judy Moody series, (soon to be released as a feature film) his "classroom classic" books, "The Dot," "Ish," "Sky Color" and "The North Star" embody his mission to inspire all learners to bravely express who they are... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community
If you still think that Twitter is only a tool used to keep connected with friends or with happenings around the world, you could be missing out on greater opportunities to help students expand the boundaries of their learning. In this session, participants will find out how Twitter can help students collaboratively solve problems, search out alternative perspective on global issues and gain further insight to information they have found online.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mull

Brian Mull

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


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Keynote Followup
Speakers
avatar for Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam

Consultant
Dylan Wiliam is Deputy Director and Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London. Formerly of King’s College London, Dylan was a co-author of Inside the Black Box - a seminal publication on the role of assessment as a formative element in learning. | | Dylan Williams is a mathematician with a PhD in psychometrics. Dr Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Imperial Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

PBL and the Flipped Learning Connection
Gain an understanding of the eight essential elements found in PBL Participants while learning about the Flipped Learning experience and history. Discover how both PBL and Flipped Learning promote the 4 C's of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity Investigate how Flipping the Learn gives PBL needed time while PBL provides process for important in class time for Flipped Classrooms. Participants will explore how Flipping the
Learning through PBL can give opportunities for students to own and curate their own learning and curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman

Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
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 development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Show, Play, Plan

Too often our technology integration is limited to show and tell opposed to show, play, and plan. Just as we appreciate time to explore, so do our students. During this session, we will play with a few apps and crowdsource implementation ideas for students to show understanding. Literacy as the focus, creation a must, we will explore stopmotion as well as other free digital storytelling tools. 

iPad apps: iMotion HD, Chatterpix, 30hands


Speakers
avatar for Erin Olson

Erin Olson

Instructional Leader/Curriculum Director, Sioux Central Community School
Erin currently serves Sioux Central Community School as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. She has taught middle school language arts and high school English for a combined total of ten years before supporting technology integration at PLAEA for three years. Erin is a passionate educator and curriculum designer. In 2015, she received the ITEC State Technology Leader Award. She has been nationally recognized for her work as a... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

STEM Across State Lines: What are we learning?
MA and Iowa have been linked through the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in both states and despite the differences there are many similar challenges: how to work with K-12, Higher Education, Business and Industry and Legislators. Reinventing unnecessarily wastes valuable and scarce intellectual and other resources.
Come and learn about: Leadership, Planning, Models for STEM Development

* Student Self-Assessment
* Preparing Teachers to give a Range of Quality Feedback
* Professional Development leading to Successful Systemic Change
* Leader as Role Mode

Speakers
avatar for Larisa Schelkin

Larisa Schelkin

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

Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute, and the UMass President’s Office. She was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Students as Tech Support
Few schools have the amount of technical support that they need and one of the most overlooked resources schools have is their students! If you have staff who are reluctant with technology, students can be great liaisons to change while empowering the student at the same time. The student learns by teaching and the teacher learns by listening. In this session, we will cover a variety of examples of how this is accomplished.

Speakers
avatar for Kern Kelley

Kern Kelley

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


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

The Cloud is our Campfire: Crowdsourced and Combinatorial Creativity
The Open Web is facilitating the power combinatorial creativity like never before. While creativity has always been about remix and “standing on the shoulders of giants”, our networks now allow for boundless creative connections and collaborations. What happens when hundreds or even thousands contribute even the smallest bit to the project pie? How can educators and students participate in established crowdsourced projects, as well as develop their own? The Cloud has become our campfire, where we compose and share stories with the ever increasingly varied media available to us. Technologist Dr. David Weinberger famously noted that “The smartest person in the room IS the room”- can we then apply that concept to creativity? Could what we make together be more poignant, more powerful, and more interesting than anything we could have created individually?
In this session participants will explore various established projects and imagine how they might be applied in their courses or professional development plans. We’ll also take some time to ideate one or more original projects that could be implemented with existing tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Burvall

Amy Burvall

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


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Digital Tools that Transform the Teaching and Learning of Writing
Today’s top teachers are helping students become better writers using digital tools that foster an active dialogue between teachers and students. These teachers give personal feedback, improve learner engagement, and build a formative assessment model. Participants will hear how teachers in Ridgefield, CT transform the feedback they give students.

Goals:
• To share research-based, best practices about the formative assessment model for teaching writing.
• To share how digital tools foster opportunities to expand the ways teachers connect, interact, and develop student writers.
• To demonstrate how to effectively integrate the research and best practices into a class/school.
• To provide information about current resources that make responding to students effective and efficient.


Moderators
avatar for Doug Silver

Doug Silver

CAO, Founder, KEYS2 Engage
I am a founder of the publisher of digital tools designed to make feedback more effective and efficient. Currently, we publish https://www.writerkey.com/  https://www.publishkey.com/ https://feedbackkey.com/ https://tutoringkey.com/ Prior to developing these web-based applications, I was an English teacher, principal, and district ELA supervisor. I went on to be a Supervising Editor at Scholastic Education and Director of Research at the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christine Hopkinson

Christine Hopkinson

English Teacher, Ridgefield Public Schools
Christine Hopkinson has had a wide range of experiences throughout her career, teaching English at both the middle and high school levels as well as in an alternative school setting. She began her career in California, teaching English at Santa Monica High School. She continued on to Westhill High School in Stamford, CT, Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, CT, and her current position at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, CT. Her classes... Read More →
avatar for Judy Silver

Judy Silver

English Teacher and Student Life Coordinator, Ridgefield Public Schools
Judy Silver has taught elementary, middle and high school students over her 15 years of teaching . Currently, she teaches English and is the Student Life Coordinator at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, CT. Her students learn the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills that are necessary for success in college and careers. Additionally, Judy has been a district mentor to many of her colleagues and serves on the Ridgefield Public... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

10:20am

Less (Teaching) Is More Learning: A Master Class Mini
One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about being the guide on the side seriously. But, how do you get from student dependence to independence? Taken from our popular Master Class Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning), this session will engage participants in a strategy-building session on how to seed (start) and grow student-owned learning in the classroom (and survive!). Don’t expect one-size-fits-all answers – but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward (reflective) silences…
Join us as we explore ways to:
  • Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, connectors and creators of content
  • Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies
  • Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and “failures” for the richer learning opportunities

  • Speakers
    avatar for Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
    Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 12:50pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:30am

    Small things make a big difference....
    Small things make a big difference.
    ~First become very familiar with the teacher site.
    ~Make sure you have rules and expectations in place for using iPads in your classroom. It works best if it is not "unique" to work with iPads.
    ~It will save you lots of time if you go through a sample problem (or two) with the entire class first to introduce how to use the app but also to explain the four steps and your expectations of each one.
    ~Students tend to rush through the first step and the last step so setting expectations and explaining to them why those two steps are important will help them in the long run. Many times student who do not get the correct answer do so because they didn't understand the problem and rushed through step 1.
    ~ It worked well for me to slowly work towards" individual" time. The first problem we did was with groups of 4, the next problem students worked in pairs then the third problem was by themselves. However, I always allow them time to discuss the problem with a group before they begin to work. Some like to "talk" through step one together.
    ~I have students check in with me before they begin their explanation to make sure they have the correct answer. If they don't we talk out their ideas and I help them correct their mistakes. This time with each student proves to be very valuable.
    ~Encourage creativity
    ~having ear buds with a microphone is very valuable. (these are now on my supply list)
    ~At the end of each session I pick two or three explanations to share with the class. Hopefully these are different ways to solve the same problem. Analyzing different ways to think about a problem is very powerful especially for the students who struggle.
    ~Using CueThink on a regular basis builds different skills for different students. Some skills are purely iPad skills, some students need practice explaining their thinking, some students struggle with math computation, others have trouble collaborating but each session helps the next session. Don't be surprised if the first sessions are a little bumpy and long but if you stick to it you will see progress and the many benefits.
    ~Once the class builds confidence with the process and app, you can begin to individualize more.
    ~Don't be afraid to dive in and make adjustments as you go.  

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Julie Lowerre

    Julie Lowerre

    5th grade teacher, Dale Street School


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    10:30am

    Drop-in Center
    The BLC Drop-in Center is for answers and practice. Bring your questions and ideas, and pull up a chair and let a BLC student mentor help you pull it all together. We will make sure that everyone has as much one-on-one experience as possible!
    The Drop-in sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am – 3:40 pm, and Friday from 10:30 to noon in the Commonwealth Room located on the Mezzanine in the hallway behind the Plaza Ballroom.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 3:40pm
    Commonwealth Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:00am

    Smart Start Your School Culture for Maximum Academics
    Speakers
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    11:15am

    Lunch Kiosk
    Buy a salad, sandwich, snack or beverage to take with you so you don't miss a session.

    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:15am - 2:15pm
    Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

    11:30am

    Book Signing - Paul and Peter Reynolds
    Speakers
    avatar for Paul Reynolds

    Paul Reynolds

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

    Peter Reynolds

    Founder/CEO FableVision and FableVision Learning, FableVision and FableVision Learning
    Creativity champion Peter H. Reynolds is a NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision Learning, creating technology tools to inspire young writers, artists and thinkers. Known world-wide for illustrating the Judy Moody series, (soon to be released as a feature film) his "classroom classic" books, "The Dot," "Ish," "Sky Color" and "The North Star" embody his mission to inspire all learners to bravely express who they are... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
    Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity seats available

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Goal Control: The ultimate in academic ownership
    It's our goal as educators to have students take ownership for their learning, so let them have GOAL CONTROL, control of their own academic and learning goals. See how elementary classroom teachers are using Student Academic Logs (SALs) to monitor student progress, have students monitor their own progress, and conduct student conferences. You will see videos of teachers conferencing with students where students analyze their own data, determining their strengths first and weaknesses second, and ultimately setting their own goals as they move forward. You will see a variety of ways teachers allow students to track their thresholds with reading levels and test scores, motivating learners to stay on top of their goals. You will also learn how elementary students are engaged in higher levels of thinking as they retake assessments in groups, create and answer test questions for skills that were the weakest for their class and even take control of the test review by deciding the questions the teacher will review with the class.

    Speakers
    MG

    Melinda Gardner

    Principal, Bastrop ISD - Lost Pines Elementary
    Whether it has been working at a preschool, providing in home childcare as a teenager, or her career in education now, Melinda has had some role in helping to rear, educate, and spark passion in kids for nearly twenty years! Putting children on a path to lifelong learning has been and continues to be a passion of hers. Melinda is excited to announce that she has been named the Principal for the 15-16 school year at Lost Pines Elementary in... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Humor as an Assessment Tool
    Humor, creativity, & innovation are slightly different facets of the same classroom gem. In this session you will learn how to turn your student's natural inclination to make others laugh into a positive & highly engaging classroom assessment tool. We will integrate high cognitive thinking levels with online tools and laughter!

    Participants will become familiar with the philosophical, psychological and ""common sense"" definitions of humor and comedy. Participants will analyze and apply our ""competing frames of reference"" model of humor to their own classroom settings so that they can teach their students how to be funny at high cognitive levels. Participants will create artifacts/products that demonstrate their understanding of our comedy/humor model by applying it to their classroom content (ie. Memes, He said-She heard, I do-They think). We will also share our rubric for this approach to assessment with participants. Purpose: To use students natural inclination to laugh and make others laugh as a powerful and relationship/community building classroom assessment.

    Speakers
    avatar for Charles Cooper

    Charles Cooper

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Lainie Rowell

    Lainie Rowell

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Leadership, Technology, and Technology-Leadership
    Technology integration in schools is finally seeing a shift from resource acquisition to a focus on educational outcomes and skill development. However, these gradual changes are a far cry from the digital revolution that is occurring outside of the education system. Leading complex change is increasingly difficult in the twenty-first century and it may often feel like an overwhelming or impossible task. This workshop will explore the application of supportive theory, research, and practice in leading/managing technological change at a school level. Effectively leading change in the modern, digital educational system requires openness and flexibility, considerations for the distribution of leadership, and the effective management of resistance. More importantly, it begins with a foundation that supports student engagement, collaboration, active learning, and exploration. Technology by itself is not an initiative.

    Speakers
    avatar for Shawn Fortin

    Shawn Fortin

    Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
    Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Planning for Success
    Using the Influencer framework, professional learning experiences can be planned so implementation occurs. During the session, the framework will be shared, and you will have opportunity to think through a plan for successful implementation of learning.

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Olson

    Erin Olson

    Instructional Leader/Curriculum Director, Sioux Central Community School
    Erin currently serves Sioux Central Community School as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. She has taught middle school language arts and high school English for a combined total of ten years before supporting technology integration at PLAEA for three years. Erin is a passionate educator and curriculum designer. In 2015, she received the ITEC State Technology Leader Award. She has been nationally recognized for her work as a... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Students as Lesson Designers
    Ensure that your students have a greater stake in their own learning by including them in planning and task design. We will explore the power of student input in everyday lessons, projects, and overall campus culture. Components such as, building a student consult team, key questioning strategies, and thoughtful use of relevant social media will lay the groundwork for a truly student centered learning experience. Through stories of student and teacher success, participants will leave ready to revolutionize the way they plan through including our most valuable resource, the students.

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Griffith

    Erin Griffith

    Digital Learning Consultant, ESC Region 11
    Erin Griffith has served in multiple capacities over her 14 years in education. She has worked as an Aide, Teacher, Administrator, and is currently a Digital Learning Consultant for ESC Region 11, in Fort Worth Texas. She is an Edcamp Parker County Organizer, Instructional Coach, Edublogger, Co-Moderator for #Gueri11aEd Chat, Co-Organizer for E-Merge and Unbound Educators Conference and a passionate advocate for students owning their learning... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    We Learn Through Stories
    How can we make learning sticky using powerful storytelling frameworks that tap into peoples' emotions? How do we involve all students in creating digital content that doesn't also create hours of content for teachers to assess? This interactive session will showcase Digital Storytelling activities for your class tomorrow! Document student learning & foster reflective ways for students to share their learning. 1st: we play! Then we'll discuss how to practically adapt these ideas & make them your own. We’ll learn how to exercise your students' & your own creativity muscles and share simple strategies for collecting & publishing student work.

    Speakers
    avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

    Darren Kuropatwa

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Activating student voice as a driver for deeper, personalized learning
    In this hands-on workshop, Phil will demonstrate what he believes to be the critical meeting point of the work of leading educational thinkers including Alan November -Who Owns The Learning?, John Hattie -Visible Learning, Carol Dweck – Mindset and Michael Fullan -New Pedagogies For Deep Learning)  He will share practical strategies for shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student and he will explain why activating student voice is essential if we are to transition students from surface to deeper, more personalized learning.

    Phil will introduce participants to Verso, a web-based app designed to establish new learning partnerships between and amongst students and teachers. Participants will gain access to a bank of resources for use in the classroom along with a range of examples from schools.

    Speakers
    avatar for Phil Stubbs

    Phil Stubbs

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

    Sponsors
    avatar for Verso Learning

    Verso Learning

    Verso
    Verso Learning is a global education company which grew out of Learnology, the company founded by Colin Wood, seven years ago. Learnology is an education company focused on a “pedagogy first” approach to the implementation of education technology and professional learning tools. Two years ago Colin and his team set out to design a new suite of mobile web tools that would support visible change in schools. A new company was formed... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    12:30pm

    Empowering Teachers to Change
    If we want teachers to change how they teach, we must inspire and equip them to do it.

    In this short 20 minute session we will cut through the fluff and examine the essential elements to building face to face and online learning experiences for teachers that will truly impact how they teach and launch our students into deeper trajectories of learning.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Chris Long

    Chris Long

    Ed Tech Coordinator, HBUHSD
    Chris Long is an instructional leader who is passionate about using technology to create collective and innovative environments to improve teaching and learning. With 18 years of high school physics teaching experience, Chris thrives when he is helping students and educators to ask questions and experiment. | | This past year, Chris designed and taught Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom for UCI. This is a Massive... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    1:00pm

    How to take a Selfie with a monkey!
    Ever wonder how people edit photos to look like there's someone in the photo you know wasn't even there! In this session we cover Pixlr a free web app that can be used to create fantastic images!

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Kern Kelley

    Kern Kelley

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Automous Mastery Learning
    How can essential questions, digitized lectures, student research, collaboration, student blogging, historical fiction, self paced learning and mastery come together to change teaching and learning in your classroom? Using constructivist methodology, flipped teaching and free applications you can provide students with the opportunity to guide their own learning. During this session, participants will learn techniques,ideas and strategies of how to create 21st century assignments. This session represents the culmination of seven years of reflection and refinement concerning methodology and unit planning between Mike, Garth and their students at both schools.

    Speakers
    avatar for Garth Holman

    Garth Holman

    Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
    Mike Pennington and Garth Holman have a combined twenty-seven years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative eleven years ago. Mike recently left Chardon Local Schools and is currently working for NORT2H.org and the Lorain County ESC. Their collaboration started seven years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth... Read More →
    avatar for Mike Pennington

    Mike Pennington

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity seats available

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Making the Most of Digital Resources: Research Skills for Student-Centered Projects
    Research skills can be found all over the standards - core content, technology, library, college and career readiness - but there is great variation on how they are taught in the classroom. In this age of information overload, student who are effective researchers are much more likely to make informed decisions, pursue their own interests, use study time efficiently, and be prepared for life after K-12.

    Unfortunately, research is often misunderstood as googling information without validation, stating facts with no analysis, and plagiarizing without realizing it. As a result, students have difficulty formulating queries, knowing where to find what type of information, and making sense of information to generate new knowledge. So many missed opportunities for students to create content and own the knowledge!

    Statewide digital resource programs such as TexQuest (texquest.net) provide access to a wealth of authoritative resources through user-friendly and age appropriate interfaces. This session will focus on strategies to increase awareness, use and integration of online databases; address the needs of young and mature learners; and boost critical thinking and creativity.

    Speakers
    avatar for Susanna Clavello

    Susanna Clavello

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Model Makers: Getting to the Heavy Lifting of Professional Learning
    "How do we move beyond short-term, broad-based efforts to create a culture of long-term capacity building? What elements are essential when bootstrapping an infrastructure that fosters powerful, relevant and sustainable learning for all educators?

    Join this practical, growth-minded, strategy-filled session, where we will:
    • (re)consider professional learning design
    • examine the critical role of learning leaders
    • explore the influence individuals can have on organizational capacity, development and change.
    • exchange ideas and opportunities for connecting, sharing and growing professional development with student learning
    "

    Speakers
    avatar for Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
    Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Role Models and Renegades: Filling the Wellspring of Good
    “Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig." - Marcus Aurelius
    Active teachers are always digging; always learning more about themselves and the surrounding world. In an active classroom, the teacher becomes a true role model, making his/her own learning visible to students. This is perhaps a new mode of education that involves deep trust, curiosity, and openness.

    In this session, we will share different methods that teachers use to fill their own ""wellsprings of Good"", using curiosity as a guide. Examples include Harvard Project Zero's ""Out of Eden Learn"" module, and Project VOICE Spoken Word poetry. Teachers who are writers, artists, philosophers and researchers will share various techniques for nurturing personal passions (including creative writing, photography, historical research, etc.), incorporating personal practices into teaching practices. We will also discuss ways to use an online global community (the modern PLN!) for collaborative inspiration and support, as we look to build a network of like-minded, creative, collaborative educators worldwide. Bring your ideas, and get ready to share and form your own global passion network in this session!

    Speakers
    avatar for Caitlin Krause

    Caitlin Krause

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Sharing the Student Voice and Personalize Learning
    Klein has spent the past year capturing inspirational moments of children shining through helping others learn. She shares examples of children around the country who are helping one another in creative ways through Genius Hour Projects and Personalized Learning. See how highlighting student voice can support classroom practices and create a more student-centered learning environment.

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Klein

    Erin Klein

    Teacher, Author, Presenter, Spotlight
    Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world. She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Carolyn Staudt

    Carolyn Staudt

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Transforming Learning: Beyond the $1,000 Pencil (Pencil part is optional)
    This workshop is based on Alan’s New York Times best selling book, “Who Owns the Learning” and a powerful new 6 step model of designing transformational learning experiences. If the answer is no to all 6 questions chances are very good that the assignment has not leveraged the power of technology.

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

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Alan November

    Alan November

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:30pm

    Sharing on a Grand Scale: A New Zealand-wide Teacher Resource Sharing Site.
    Sharing on a grand scale a New Zealand wide teacher resource sharing site. POND. Are their opportunities in your district school cluster to create the same PONDs. Connect with a NZ teacher?

    https://www.pond.co.nz/welcome
    Note there are public catalogue items - you do not need to sign in


    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Giles Lancaster

    Giles Lancaster

    Director eLearning - Teacher, Marlborough Boys' College
    I am interested in all three waves of technology integration into schools; students learning about ICT, using ICT to enhance engagement and learning, but it is “when ICT changes the curriculum; so that school for most students no longer fits the conventional model” that is of the greatest interest. I like the term used in New Zealand's eLearning planning framework, to describe this stage of integration as "empowering". Basically... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    2:00pm

    Using an LMS: Do This, Not That
    You've probably heard of or used a Learning Management System (LMS) before, but what are these systems really good for? Learning can’t really be managed, so generally these systems are designed to make a teacher’s job easier and if we are not careful, ruin our students’ love of learning in the process.

    In this session, we will consider the student perspective and examine a few of the key dos and don'ts of using an LMS. If you have ever used an LMS or intend to someday, you won't want to miss this session!

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Chris Long

    Chris Long

    Ed Tech Coordinator, HBUHSD
    Chris Long is an instructional leader who is passionate about using technology to create collective and innovative environments to improve teaching and learning. With 18 years of high school physics teaching experience, Chris thrives when he is helping students and educators to ask questions and experiment. | | This past year, Chris designed and taught Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom for UCI. This is a Massive... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    #NoPressure: Achieving Social Justice Through Challenge Based Learning in a CTE Environment

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and dedicated people can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

    At Thomas A Edison CTE High School, we strive to incorporate our technical and vocational skills into our academic classes. It is the goal of our workshop to explain how the CTE classes we taken inspired us to use the skills that we have acquired to advance the world. From every conference we’ve done to every position paper we’ve written we have learned and experienced so much, and it made us think that we could do something about the problems we see in the world. Because of the passion and desire that our class has for making a difference, we have put actions to our words. Our class sponsors the Human Enlightenment Centre, a girls vocational school in Pakistan that suffers from regular lapses in electrical supply.  In an effort to help, our class has combined our shop skills and created a solar panel battery charger to alleviate the issue.  We are designing a human rights museum in our high school to expose the problems that our class is trying to resolve. In addition our class is also producing a textbook on Apple iBooks that future classes will use as a continuously evolving textbook.

    Changing the world cannot start without changing ourselves. It is our hope that the big challenges of the future can be met by the small steps we make today. We know that we can be the change we want to see in the world, as Gandhi once told us to be. We chose a song called "Heroes" as our anthem, not because we each think we are, but because we have learned that all it takes to be heroes is that one small step that can change tomorrow for everyone.


    Speakers
    GJ

    Genesis Jackson

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    JK

    Jordan Kanneh

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    AM

    Anne Marie Mangal

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    TS

    Trisha Samaroo

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Assessing students in the 21st century
    You’ve replaced the pencil with an i-pad, but how have you changed your assessments? Assessment is what drives instruction in the classroom, and having technology at our fingertips, makes assessing both fun and easy for everyone involved. Come experience first hand several different formative assessment strategies enhanced by technology.

    Speakers
    avatar for Jessica Caviness

    Jessica Caviness

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity filling up

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Creating 'Choose Your Own' Authentic Multi-Modal Assessments
    Educators will be given ideas and examples for creating choose your own assessment tasks. Multi-modal learning principles and student research are key components of this entry to mid-level assessment task for educators interested in gaining further insight into student understanding through student explanation, something seldom found on written exams. These tasks foster creativity through the use of choice and culminate with open ended problem creation and solving by students. Staff involved in these tasks have been reinvigorated by the level of detail shown by students, creating lecture videos, acting out james bond scenes and creating detailed explanation notes, as well as witnessing a level of enthusiasm by students who have seemingly developed a learned helplessness for mathematics come to life, finding themes that relate to their passions in everyday life outside school.

    Speakers
    avatar for Craig Verbruggen

    Craig Verbruggen

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Let It Go
    Who truly owns the learning in your classroom? Come ready to contribute to create a crowd-sourced document of ways you can hand over your middle- to upper-level classroom to your students. Leave this session knowing what it takes to "let it go" and create the classroom culture you've always envisioned.
    Participants will gain:
    A better understanding of why teachers should become the facilitator in the classroom
    Specific ideas to implement next year
    A collaboration of resources in a crowd-sourced document

    Speakers
    avatar for Joy Kirr

    Joy Kirr

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Making Thinking Visible
    What are your students thinking and how do you know? Alan November asks ‘Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?' At the International School of Amsterdam a culture of thinking is embedded into our philosophy, programme and curriculum. We want students to think about thinking and therefore we embrace the opportunities that technology provides to facilitate.
    Join us to explore how we use a range of technology tools with primary aged students to make thinking visible. See how self and peer reflection is an integral part of learning in our classes. We will share our experiences with screen-casting, movie-making, book-making, mind mapping, digital portfolios and collaborative projects across a range of curriculum areas. Some of the tools we have used include: Book Creator, Explain Everything/DoodleCast Pro, iMovie, Adobe Voice, Padlet, Poplet and Voicethread amongst others.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tracey Winstone

    Tracey Winstone

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

    Sue Worsnup

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Carolyn Staudt

    Carolyn Staudt

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    The AASL Best Websites.....25 That Rock Each Year!
    For the past 5 years, the American Association of School Librarian's Best Websites For Teaching and Learning Committee has been selecting 25 websites that will enhance classrooms and libraries. This last year the committee celebrated their 150th website and this year we will be adding 25 more! Come find out about the winners. Shannon McClintock Miller will focus on amazing websites from six categories including; Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Manage & Organize, Social Networking & Communication, Content Resources, and Curriculum Collaboration.
    It will be a fun presentation which will leave you with tons of ideas and wonderful bookmarks and handouts to take with you back to your students, teachers, and school community.

    Speakers
    avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

    Shannon McClintock Miller

    Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
    The Library Voice, Speaker, Consultant and Author


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    There's a Tool for That!
    Are you looking for a way to motivate students, enrich their learning experience, and get immediate feedback for individualized instruction? Come learn about 3 tools that will transform your classroom while engaging students. This hands-on workshop will focus on Quizlet, ShowMe, and Socrative, which are tools that can be used for interactive study skills, tutorials, and assessment. Spend some time learning the basics and then begin exploring and creating. 

    Speakers
    avatar for Meghan Snee

    Meghan Snee

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected globally. Meghan developed the Math Maniacs, a math club where 5th and 6th graders mentor students in grades 1 - 4. Currently, over 250 students participate in... Read More →
    avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

    Melinda Soliwoda

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. | | Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view of teaching and learning, and she continues to share these 21st century tools with her school and colleagues to empower more students to create, connect, and... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Flip your Classroom with Office Mix

    Flip your classroom quickly and easily with Office Mix!  With Office Mix, you can create digital lessons in PowerPoint with simulations, quizzes, discussions, and more. Quickly share your Office Mix with your students for them view on any device and easily differentiate instruction by using Mix analytics. Or mix it up- have students create Mixes for authentic assessment.


    Speakers
    avatar for Shilpa Yarlagadda

    Shilpa Yarlagadda

    Student - Founder of Club Academia, Club Academia
    Shilpa is founder of Club Academia, a non-profit Ed-Tech company. Club Academia is built on the platform "of the student, by the students and for the students" as it hopes to provide a world-class education for all students through its concise video-tutorials. From her involvement with Club Academia, Shilpa was named a winner of the $20,000 Westly Prize and is currently one of twelve innovating youth under twenty two years of age to serve as a... Read More →

    Sponsors

    Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Book Signing - 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 the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Follow-up Q & A with TA Edison CTE Students

    After the students give their presentation, they will stay to answer questions in order to give everyone who wants to know more about their inspiring project a chance to talk to the team.


    Speakers
    GJ

    Genesis Jackson

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    JK

    Jordan Kanneh

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    AM

    Anne Marie Mangal

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School
    TS

    Trisha Samaroo

    Student, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Let It Go
    Who truly owns the learning in your classroom? Come ready to contribute to create a crowd-sourced document of ways you can hand over your middle- to upper-level classroom to your students. Leave this session knowing what it takes to "let it go" and create the classroom culture you've always envisioned.
    Participants will gain:
    A better understanding of why teachers should become the facilitator in the classroom
    Specific ideas to implement next year
    A collaboration of resources in a crowd-sourced document

    Speakers
    avatar for Joy Kirr

    Joy Kirr

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Live Curiously! Building Thinking Intensive Learners through Creation, Collaboration and Choice
    Nothing matters more than student thinking. In light of all the new technologies that students have access to this core value doesn’t change. Today, technology provides new opportunities for students to think critically, respond, and actively build knowledge. Digital tools provide the conduit between curiosity and an individual’s desire to learn, as classrooms become innovation labs where learning is personalized, differentiated and authentic. This session will share easy to replicate routines and habits for living that empower students to think deeply, employ their voice and take ownership for their learning. Join in as we create a curriculum where KIDS do the work!

    Speakers
    avatar for Kristin Ziemke

    Kristin Ziemke

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Prism: Crowd Sourcing Interpretation to Build Close Reading Skills
    Prism is an open source, intuitive, and multi-functional digital literacy tool that can transform the way teachers approach close reading with their students while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation," whereby students provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to a combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned learning experiences. This session will demonstrate a variety of ways to use Prism including as a tool for rich formative and summative assessments. Come learn how to use Prism in the classroom as a basis for rich student-led discussions and to solidify close reading skills at all levels.

    Speakers
    avatar for Laura Robertson

    Laura Robertson

    Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
    Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Recording Student Learning
    Looking for information and suggestions on efficient and useful ways to document student learning? Join us to see how we set up and use Evernote to keep ongoing records about student learning. These records are dynamic, can be easily shared with colleagues and are accessible across platforms.
    Areas covered will include:
    *Documenting progression
    *Anecdotal notes
    *Reading records
    *Photos of learning
    *Collecting student work samples sent via email
    *Storing and organising notes and emails from parents and colleagues

    Speakers
    avatar for Tracey Winstone

    Tracey Winstone

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

    Sue Worsnup

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Rock Star Lesson Design for Common Core and 1:1
    Common Core lesson design is more than just teaching the book differently or adding more think pair share to workbooks. Rock Star Lesson Design means a healthy dose of PBL, SAMR, App Smashing, EdTech, OER and more. IDEALLY ALL AT ONCE. In this session you'll learn a MINDSET that will reduce your workload, your planning and dramatically increase your effectiveness. At least five ready-to-go models will be shared, that can be used on Monday in your classroom. This session is lead by the CUE Rock Star Chief Instigator, Jon Corippo.

    Speakers
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Start With What You Love: Global Education through Passion-Based, Empathy-Rich Learning

    One beauty of global learning is that it can take on so many forms, where one size does not fit all. This benefit also can pose challenges, like where to start, or how to make it meaningful? Join best-selling author of acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners, and school advisor/mentor, Homa Tavangar, in an exploration of how to connect global perspectives and tools to passions and interests (of teachers as well as students) to fuel effective 21st Century learning. Learn simple, fun approaches proven to help build a global mindset among corporate executives, that are even more effective the younger the student. Participants should come away with inspiration to sustain their efforts for bringing the world home – even if they’ve never owned a passport.

    Speakers
    avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

    Homa Sabet Tavangar

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    The First Few Weeks; Creating Legacy, Perspective and Leadership
    Has technology simply changed the way you deliver the same content to your students? Technology integration should change teaching and learning and empower our students to create their own knowledge. In this session we will look at the philosophical shift that needs to occur in any classroom integrating mobile learning devices. Learn how Mike and Garth create students who leave positive digital footprints worth following and own their learning.

    Speakers
    avatar for Garth Holman

    Garth Holman

    Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
    Mike Pennington and Garth Holman have a combined twenty-seven years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative eleven years ago. Mike recently left Chardon Local Schools and is currently working for NORT2H.org and the Lorain County ESC. Their collaboration started seven years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth... Read More →
    avatar for Mike Pennington

    Mike Pennington

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


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    There's a Tool for That!
    Are you looking for a way to motivate students, enrich their learning experience, and get immediate feedback for individualized instruction? Come learn about 3 tools that will transform your classroom while engaging students. This hands-on workshop will focus on Quizlet, ShowMe, and Socrative, which are tools that can be used for interactive study skills, tutorials, and assessment. Spend some time learning the basics and then begin exploring and creating. 

    Speakers
    avatar for Meghan Snee

    Meghan Snee

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected globally. Meghan developed the Math Maniacs, a math club where 5th and 6th graders mentor students in grades 1 - 4. Currently, over 250 students participate in... Read More →
    avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

    Melinda Soliwoda

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. | | Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view of teaching and learning, and she continues to share these 21st century tools with her school and colleagues to empower more students to create, connect, and... Read More →


    Wednesday July 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    6:00pm

    Reception at FableVision
    Sign up to meet Peter and Paul Reynolds in their fun studios. Arrange your own transportation, or walk with the BLC group through downtown Boston - about a mile (weather permitting).

    Wednesday July 15, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    FableVision Studios Boston Park Plaza
     
    Thursday, July 16
     

    6:00am

    BLC Boston Runners

    Does a morning of fresh air, good company and an easy jog in the park sound good to you? If so, we encourage BLC attendees to join the BLC Running Club.

    A group is currently organizing that will start their Wednesday through Friday mornings with a run around Boston Commons and the Boston Public Garden.

    To be back in time to get cleaned up, grab some breakfast and make it to the morning keynote, this group will be meeting in the hotel lobby, across from the registration desk, and leaving promptly at 6:00 a.m.

    Each route is between 3.5 and 4 miles. The Tuesday and Thursday routes have an option to drop out after two miles if you’d like. The Friday route is closest to 4 miles, and there is no dropout point.

    All levels are welcome, and nobody will be left behind on the route. We hope you’ll join us.

    Wednesday Route – Thursday Route – Friday Route

     

    Speakers
    avatar for Brian Mull

    Brian Mull

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
    Boston Park Plaza Main Lobby Boston Park Plaza

    7:00am

    Continental Breakfast
    Thursday July 16, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    7:00am

    BLC Information Center
    Thursday July 16, 2015 7:00am - 5:00pm
    Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

    8:30am

    Announcements and Keynote Panel with Lainie Rowell, Amy Burvall, Blake Copeland and Ozgur Akas
    Speakers
    avatar for Ozgur Akas

    Ozgur Akas

    Head of Mathematics Department, Robert College of Instanbul
    Recognized globally for her pioneering work in innovation and educational technology, Özgür Akas has 20 years of experience in education as a Mathematics teacher, core staff member, MUN (Model United Nations)-EYP (European Youth Parliament) advisor, and Head of Mathematics. She has been an Apple Professional Development Authorized Trainer for two years. She is also a co-author of a geometry book called ’ Take Time to Think About... Read More →
    avatar for Amy Burvall

    Amy Burvall

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

    Blake Copeland

    Student and iOS Developer, RETech, Inc.
    As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year. Both apps centered around helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. Today, Blake has started over four tech companies, built corporate... Read More →
    avatar for Lainie Rowell

    Lainie Rowell

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
    Imperial Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    10 NEW Digital Tools (and a few extra) and Projects for Your Library & Classroom
    Our students love being engaged and connected to their learning, passions, and technology. We have the opportunity to give them the tools they need to collaborate, connect, and create with others not just in their classroom and school, but around the world. In this session, participants will learn how to use a variety of new digital tools to do just that...Connect, Collaborate and Create! Shannon McClintock Miller will tell stories, show a number of amazing digital tools, and give lots of real-life examples that worked for her in the library and classroom. You will walk away with a rich tool box filled with things you can put into practice with teachers and students. She covered 10 digital tools last year and will give you at least 10 more to add to your growing tool box!

    Speakers
    avatar for Shannon McClintock Miller

    Shannon McClintock Miller

    Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
    The Library Voice, Speaker, Consultant and Author


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Assessment: Engaging and Transformative
    Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment.

    Attendees will:
    -Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
    -Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
    -Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
    -Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

    Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

    Speakers
    avatar for Lainie Rowell

    Lainie Rowell

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity filling up

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Got a Toolkit? Let's fill it!
    Come learn about 3 web tools you can use in your elementary classroom to creatively enhance the learning experience of your students. Turn dull stations and group work into engaging tasks with QR codes, revamp your collaborative learning with Padlet, and strengthen the way you give feedback and teacher directed instructions with AudioBoom. Three simple and easy to use tools that will fit right into your tool kit! Spend some time learning the basics and then begin exploring and creating.

    Speakers
    avatar for Meghan Snee

    Meghan Snee

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Meghan Snee is a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in Pembroke for 12 years. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom, learning alongside her students. Her experience traveling to over 40 countries has given her an understanding of the importance of being connected globally. Meghan developed the Math Maniacs, a math club where 5th and 6th graders mentor students in grades 1 - 4. Currently, over 250 students participate in... Read More →
    avatar for Melinda Soliwoda

    Melinda Soliwoda

    Grade 5 Teacher, North Pembroke Elementary School
    Melinda Soliwoda is a fifth grade teacher at North Pembroke Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She has spent the last 12 years teaching fifth grade, after completing field work both in Rhode Island and Rome, Italy. | | Melinda's first experience at BLC13 transformed her view of teaching and learning, and she continues to share these 21st century tools with her school and colleagues to empower more students to create, connect, and... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Student Learning Networks: Building digital communities that ignite powerful learning
    More and more students are being asked to connect with the global community. How well are they prepared to do so? Community starts in the classroom but can build to include other students, educators, experts in the field, and more. This session will show how to build a strong learning network for students starting with community building in the classroom and extending to collaborations across the globe using today's most popular digital collaboration tools. This session will feature video, student work samples & digital platforms for creating and fostering a student learning network. Participants will learn how to build a connected classroom where students have audience, voice & relevance in their work.

    Speakers
    avatar for Kristin Ziemke

    Kristin Ziemke

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    The Global Lens: Tools to Promote Deep Thinking on Big Issues
    Are there simple ways we can support deep thinking around complex global issues? YES! I will share the results of a year of intensive study with researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero and a team of public school educators. Together we have developed a set of micro-interventions that can be used in a variety of settings to support interdisciplinary learning driven by rich journalism texts. Teachers will leave this session with simple tools that you can use right away to build a culture of visible thinking in your class around the most pressing issues of our time.

    Speakers
    avatar for Mark Schulte

    Mark Schulte

    Education Director, Pulitzer Center
    Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    This is CS50

    CS50 is Harvard University's introductory course for majors and non-majors alike, a one-semester amalgam of courses generally known as CS1 and CS2. In 2007, we set out to alter the course's style and tone to resonate with those "less comfortable" and "more comfortable" alike, albeit without sacrificing the course's historical rigor. We maintained the course's underlying syllabus but revamped every problem set, providing students not only with more direction but context as well. And we augmented the course's support structure.

    As of 2014, CS50 is Harvard's largest course with over 800 students, up from 132 in 2006, and those "less comfortable" now compose the course's largest demographic. In 2015, CS50 will also be offered in parallel at Yale University. We present in this talk what we have done and why we have done it. We look at CS50’s online counterpart, CS50x, Harvard College's first course to be offered on an even larger scale via edX with nearly 500,000 registrants. And we offer a glimpse of CS50 AP, an adaption of CS50 for high schools that will satisfy the new AP CS Principles curriculum.


    Speakers
    avatar for David Malan

    David Malan

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:30am

    Teaching, Learning, and Other 21st Century Buzzwords
    The “traditional” approach to teaching modern teenagers has not kept pace with the ever-changing demands of their world outside of school and has left these students largely disengaged from their education. However, simply sitting students in front of computers and letting them use their cellphones in class does not automatically result in high-quality educational experiences. Participants will develop an understanding of the supportive modern theory, research, and practice in order to implement worthwhile and engaging digital instruction in their classroom, school, or district.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Shawn Fortin

    Shawn Fortin

    Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
    Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    10:30am

    Drop-in Center
    The BLC Drop-in Center is for answers and practice. Bring your questions and ideas, and pull up a chair and let a BLC student mentor help you pull it all together. We will make sure that everyone has as much one-on-one experience as possible!
    The Drop-in sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am – 3:40 pm, and Friday from 10:30 to noon in the Commonwealth Room located on the Mezzanine in the hallway behind the Plaza Ballroom.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 3:40pm
    Commonwealth Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:00am

    Data vs. Knowledge
    We live in an era of too much data. The rapid growth of the internet and technology has created an overwhelming abundance of information, causing enormous overflows of data for students, teachers and schools on a global scale. How can we cope with such data in a manner that ensures these overflows become useful knowledge? In this session we will discuss a number of concrete examples of how educators shift between the growing abundance of data making sure they identify the right and most relevant resources to improve their students and schools' learning outcomes. 

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for TeachPitch

    TeachPitch

    Founder, Teach Pitch
    TeachPitch is a cloud-based learning platform that helps teachers and schools identify the best online resources available. | Our website was founded by a former teacher who, constantly constrained for time and budget, struggled to find and manage the best and most relevant answers to his questions among the abundance of learning resources, platforms and content already available on the Internet. | Team TeachPitch offers its users a... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    11:15am

    Lunch Kiosk
    Buy a salad, sandwich, snack or beverage to take with you so you don't miss a session.

    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:15am - 2:15pm
    Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity full

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Coding with Elementary School Students
    Teaching young children to code is not just for the technology classroom it is for every classroom. In this workshop we will answer all the following questions and more.
    Why code in the elementary school? What are the benefits, drawbacks, and connections to Common Core? What do I need to know to get started? What are the available resources for different age groups and multiple technology platforms? Can you program without using a computer or tablet? What are unplugged lessons and how do I implement them? What do kids that are coding really think about coding?

    Speakers
    avatar for Christina Carroll

    Christina Carroll

    STEM lab teacher K-4th, Pulaski Academy
    Christina Carroll earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy, both from Harding University. She has over 14 years of experience in elementary education. At the end of the 2012, Pulaski Academy asked her to embark on an exciting new challenge: to create a STEM lab for students in kindergarten through fourth grade using very little, if any, “store bought” curriculum. The result has... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Developing Professional Learning Magazines using Flipboard
    Face it. Some of your teachers simply have no desire to be on Twitter—even if you explain all the resources that can be found there. I get it! However as an administrator, technology coordinator or curriculum coach, you still have a responsibility to help your staff continue their learning and to keep them informed about the latest news and resources in their fields. In this session, learn how you can take the relevant articles and resources you find on Twitter (and in other places), and easily create customized, digestible, electronic learning magazines for free using Flipboard. These can easily be shared with teachers, parents or other specific groups.

    Speakers
    avatar for Brian Mull

    Brian Mull

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Mindfulness: Beyond the Buzzword
    Mindfulness is the current "hot topic", highlighted in education websites worldwide. Adopted by corporations such as Google and Microsoft, used by Olympic athletes, and seen as a benefit for performance artists and musicians, mindfulness is not a new concept, yet it is generating deep interest, as a recent boost in published scientific research points to great benefits in attention, focus, health, and even happiness. What classroom doesn't benefit from joyful students who are truly engaged in the process of learning? The benefits of mindfulness in schools are myriad, yet the first steps involve educators digging deeply into the theories and practices of mindfulness, in order to understand it better and feel confident about the strategies being useful and practical. This interactive, highly entertaining session will give an overview of the history and development of what is now called the "mindfulness movement", and an explanation of findings in the area of cognitive science and learning with regard to mindfulness, compassion, and empathy. A basic introduction to a personal mindfulness practice, plus techniques for practically applying mindfulness in the classroom, will also be a part of this session.

    Speakers
    avatar for Caitlin Krause

    Caitlin Krause

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Model Makers: Getting to the Heavy Lifting of Professional Learning
    "How do we move beyond short-term, broad-based efforts to create a culture of long-term capacity building? What elements are essential when bootstrapping an infrastructure that fosters powerful, relevant and sustainable learning for all educators?

    Join this practical, growth-minded, strategy-filled session, where we will:
    • (re)consider professional learning design
    • examine the critical role of learning leaders
    • explore the influence individuals can have on organizational capacity, development and change.
    • exchange ideas and opportunities for connecting, sharing and growing professional development with student learning
    "

    Speakers
    avatar for Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
    Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    PBL Plus: Using Social Media to Turn 'Projects' Into Service
    The “traditional” approach to teaching modern teenagers has not kept pace with the ever-changing demands of their world outside of school and has left these students largely disengaged from their education. Technology-enhanced service-learning (or “e-service learning”) provides an excellent opportunity to bridge the widening digital gap between teaching and learning in the 21st century. E-service learning builds student competencies as champions of positive change in a “slacktivist” culture where leaders are often defined more by their number of followers than by the depth of their contributions. Moreover, service-learning takes project-based learning one step further by including a component of meaningful service and leadership education within the learning experience. Students are, in fact, growing up in an increasingly digital world (with an increased exposure to social media outside of school), however, an engaging 21st century service-learning program starts with authentic, project-based learning activities; not technology.

    Speakers
    avatar for Shawn Fortin

    Shawn Fortin

    Director of Teaching and Learning, Belchertown Public Schools
    Dr. Shawn Fortin is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Belchertown Public Schools in Belchertown, MA. He has fifteen years of experience in public K-12 education in MA and has used his knowledge of instructional technology to develop and teach coursework for students, teachers, and administrators. His work with leadership and service-learning has been recognized by a variety of organizations interested in advancing humane... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Tracy Crowley

    Tracy Crowley

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Sketchnoting- Visual Note Taking
    "The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article, listening to a lecture or conference keynote.

    This session is for educators who want to hone their abilities to listen more intently, summarize and organize their notes in a visual way and learn how to do this with their students.

    We will look at structures of a sketchnote, typography, connectors, containers and work on your own visual library.

    Please bring your iPad and a sketchnoting app or download the Paper app by Fiftythree, (please download the in-app purchases). You may also choose to work with paper and a pen. "

    Speakers
    avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

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

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


    Speakers
    avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

    Darren Kuropatwa

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    This is CS50 - Question & Answer with David Malan
    Question and Answer session with David Malan and Alan November

    Speakers
    avatar for David Malan

    David Malan

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

    Alan November

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Tweet Me This, Tweet Me That

    Are you interested in using your twitter account as a communication tool with your students? Come see how a geometry teacher uses Twitter to engage her students in and outside the classroom in 140 characters or less. We will explore how a learning community has been created between the teacher and students through tweets, hashtags, and student created resources that are being shared through Twitter. Not only will you see the teacher’s perspective on managing a classroom Twitter account, but also student and parent testimonials.


    Speakers
    avatar for Jessica Caviness

    Jessica Caviness

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Build a Collaborative Classroom and Increase Productivity using OneNote

    Want to go paperless? Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning?  Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote! A free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!


    Speakers
    avatar for Dr. Kimberly West

    Dr. Kimberly West

    Dr. Kimberly West is a professional learning specialist and educational consultant working with school districts across the United States. Her doctoral work focused on instructional leadership and policy design. Her current work is centered on redefining what teaching and learning looks like in the 21st century, and the vital role technology plays in equalizing access to education for all students. She is a National Board Certified K-12... Read More →

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    Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:00pm

    The Great Debate on Digital Note-taking and Digital Reading
    As we continue to explore digital tools for reading and note-taking on the iPad (marginal annotations?), questions arise around the effects of this new medium on the reader’s experience and outcomes on learning. Skeptics claim the tool's transformational impact on the quality of the learning experience remains elusive, while advocates champion how e-book authoring and annotation tools are paving ways for both teachers and students to be both consumers and analytical producers of literature, which can be both an empowering and creative outlet in the classroom.
    • How do we create informed decisions around which medium to use in our classrooms? 
    • What are ways in which we can design learning experiences where these tools are more effective? 
    • And how do we measure that effectiveness? 
    Participants will hear what the research says about this debate.
    Teachers will get an overview of strategies and resources they can add to their toolkits.


    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers

    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Blending Technology… An Exciting Way to get Formative
    There is no doubt that formative assessment is necessary as teachers plan their next steps for classroom learning. It might be time to blend together formative assessment and formative learning using some of the most amazing free applications that will run on almost any platform. Most take only minutes for teachers to learn, and will provide hours of engaged, energetic, and effective student learning. You will leave with some incredible free tools that will become
    an essential component of your classroom. Get ready to assess and form new ideas on your formative strategies.

    Speakers
    avatar for Mike Gorman

    Mike Gorman

    Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
    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 development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity full

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Designing Brain-Friendly Spaces for Blended Learning
    Are you looking for easy and creative ideas for your best classroom ever?

    In this session, international design consultant and classroom teacher, Erin Klein, will share creative ways you can organize your classroom and create unique spaces, all in the service of helping children learn. National presenter Tom Murray will also share ways to embed technology within the curriculum to enhance current instructional practices and increase active engagement, while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Hear about the fundamental elements of creating a space that is developmentally appropriate, personalized, and brain-friendly for today’s learners.

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Klein

    Erin Klein

    Teacher, Author, Presenter, Spotlight
    Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. Her recent publication, Amazing Grades, was a collaboration with experts from 13 countries around the world. She travels the country speaking about the power of student voice, how meaningful technology integration can enhance learning experiences, and the impact... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Genius Hour: Reasons & resources for bringing passion-driven learning into your curriculum
    Why take time out for students to own the learning? You'll have time during this workshop to explore resources and plan for time in your classroom or school for students to pursue their passions. We'll figure out specific ways to tackle any obstacles together.
    Participants will gain:
    A better understanding of just what Genius Hour IS and is NOT
    Links to resources to begin Genius Hour, help struggling students, and projects that have been completed
    Connections to teachers who are already using this type of learning in their classrooms.

    Speakers
    avatar for Joy Kirr

    Joy Kirr

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Global STEM Classroom ™ and how to start a global collaboration program in your school (STEM, STEAM and more)
    Global STEM Classroom ™ and how to start a global collaboration program in your school (STEM, STEAM and more) - all "how to's", "do's" and "don’ts “and all "nuts and bolts", based on our experience running the Global STEM Classroom ™ programs with US, UK, France, Russia, Mexico, Netherlands and Ukraine

    Speakers
    avatar for Larisa Schelkin

    Larisa Schelkin

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

    Isa Zimmerman

    Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
    Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute, and the UMass President’s Office. She was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Keynote Followup with Blake Copeland
    Speakers
    avatar for Blake Copeland

    Blake Copeland

    Student and iOS Developer, RETech, Inc.
    As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year. Both apps centered around helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. Today, Blake has started over four tech companies, built corporate... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Learn To Learn: Bring 21st Century PD to Your School
    In Summer of 2014, St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia offered its inaugural Learn to Learn Institute, an intensive, optional, paid week-long professional development experience. Inspired by a Board retreat led by Alan November, the goals of this unique PD experience were to collaborate, create, reimagine and redesign course assessments, assignments and activities for learning in the Internet Age. To these ends, we envisioned an immersive and inspiring week that was truly teacher-centered in its implementation, with copious time for design, collaboration, sharing, and peer review. The arc of the week of Learn to Learn started with a keynote address by Alan November, was followed by a curricular design workshop by Sara Wilke, and was followed by three days of intense curricular (re)design work. Both in its agenda and physical set-up, Learn to Learn was designed to reflect 21st century teaching and learning: flexible and mobile furniture and breakout spaces; use of technology to facilitate one's work; collaboration across disciplines and grade levels; availability of experts--usually colleagues--to introduce new skills like blogging; and a schedule that laid out clear goals but provided freedom to use the time and space as needed. The result of the week was what one veteran teacher called "the best professional development experience of my entire career." To be sure, teachers left with upgrade projects and assignments, but more importantly left with deeper, and in some cases new, collegial relationships, collaborative partnerships, and a shared willingness to take risks in the classrooms. The unique format of this professional development experience inspired similarly innovative classroom experiences (more than a few teachers immediately changed the furniture set-up in their classrooms). We invite you to this session to learn more about how and why we implemented our inaugural Learn to Learn Institute, how it has impacted our classrooms, and how you can bring it to your own school.

    Speakers
    avatar for David Lourie

    David Lourie

    Head of School, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
    David Lourie is the Head of School at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He earned a B. A. in history from Yale University in 1993 and holds an M. A. in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College. David began his tenure as Head of School at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in 2006. In his role as CEO of the School, he has worked with the Board of Trustees on its Campaign for Our Next... Read More →
    avatar for Laura Robertson

    Laura Robertson

    Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
    Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

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

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

    Speakers
    avatar for Charles Cooper

    Charles Cooper

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Making Connections with Visual Note Taking
    Visual note taking is a means to better process information and share it with others. While in a professional development session, you listen, process, and sketch. During the session, you are attuned to the information presented, focusing on important concepts, capturing ideas, and illustrating purposefully. With experience, your practice improves and you begin to listen better, process better, sketch better. Students can take notes visually, too. Imagine the potential in their understanding when they are processing and making connections and sketching their thoughts during class! In this session, we will practice visual note taking and learn about the potential benefits of this creativity outlet.
    Attendees should bring iPads with the Paper by FiftyThree app loaded to explore this resource.
    Watch this video to see samples of visual notes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVNM33JsQvU

    Speakers
    avatar for Mary Kemper, CISD

    Mary Kemper, CISD

    Director of Mathematics, K-12, Coppell ISD


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Professional Learning - A Blended Approach
    Educators bear a vital responsibility and face countless challenges, yet they often receive inadequate support to improve their skills and their students’ learning. Too often, their professional development options tend to be limited, ineffective, inaccessible, inefficient and irrelevant. Stemming from the teacher quality movement and the latest research on adult learning, a powerful new approach has emerged, Blended (online/onsite), job-embedded professional development.

    Speakers
    avatar for Susan Fisher

    Susan Fisher

    Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
    I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    RemixED: the Power of remix, Mashup, and Re-contextualization in the Classroom

    Mozilla’s Doug Belshaw says that the “heart” of “digital literacies” is the Remix. Kirby Ferguson eloquently encouraged us in his TED talk to “Embrace the Remix”, because, as his enlightening documentary series reminds us, “everything is a remix”. Newspaper blackout artist and award-winning author Austin Kleon’s advice to budding creatives is to “Steal Like an Artist”, because “you are a mashup of what you let into your life”. Our students are engrossed in remix culture - they are the appropriation and recontextualization generation. Remix calls for knowledge and understanding, critical, higher-order, and design thinking, a variety of tech skills, and, frequently, collaboration and navigation in the greater media landscape. Most importantly a remix task offers students a chance to truly transform a work and create something unique - something that will contribute to their digital presence and legacy. This session is part pedagogical/philosophical and part participatory. Attendees will leave with a “goodie-bag” of resources and ideas in the form of an ever-growing G+ community to organize resources and serve as a space for sharing participant work and continuing the conversation long after the conference has ended.

    The slide show offers a glimpse into the history of remix in the art world and its significance in our present media landscape. We’ll explore how different techniques of remix and mashup lend themselves to collaborative creativity and differentiation in the classroom. We’ll also look into the distinctions between “remix” and “rip-off” and discuss the ways in which to help work become transformative rather than mere copies. There will be some discussion of copyright reform, fair use, and creative commons as well. Philosophically we’ll look at the work of William Burroughs, Grandmaster Flash, and Andy Warhol as well as the more recent efforts of writer Austin Kleon, media theorist Henry Jenkins, MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergartener Mitch Resnick, documentary filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, and the online course DS106.

    We’ll explore how social media in particular inspires recontextualization and re-imagining. And, in an era of ever-abbreviated communication, we’ll look at various ways to essentialize and synthesize into more minimalist, visual interpretations.

    Participants will have the chance to have at least one hands-on experience, so it is helpful to should bring your own device and ideally create a G+ profile ahead of time so you can access all the resources.


    Speakers
    avatar for Amy Burvall

    Amy Burvall

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    To Move the Needle, You Have to Have a Needle
    Evidence analysis should influence instruction, but what teacher has the time to analyze stacks of graded papers? Presenters will describe research-based strategies for informative assessment; strategies for efficient data collection; and an implementation model how they are trying to close the gap between feedback given and feedback used.

    Moderators
    avatar for Doug Silver

    Doug Silver

    CAO, Founder, KEYS2 Engage
    I am a founder of the publisher of digital tools designed to make feedback more effective and efficient. Currently, we publish https://www.writerkey.com/  https://www.publishkey.com/ https://feedbackkey.com/ https://tutoringkey.com/ Prior to developing these web-based applications, I was an English teacher, principal, and district ELA supervisor. I went on to be a Supervising Editor at Scholastic Education and Director of Research at the... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Christine Hopkinson

    Christine Hopkinson

    English Teacher, Ridgefield Public Schools
    Christine Hopkinson has had a wide range of experiences throughout her career, teaching English at both the middle and high school levels as well as in an alternative school setting. She began her career in California, teaching English at Santa Monica High School. She continued on to Westhill High School in Stamford, CT, Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield, CT, and her current position at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, CT. Her classes... Read More →
    avatar for Judy Silver

    Judy Silver

    English Teacher and Student Life Coordinator, Ridgefield Public Schools
    Judy Silver has taught elementary, middle and high school students over her 15 years of teaching . Currently, she teaches English and is the Student Life Coordinator at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, CT. Her students learn the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills that are necessary for success in college and careers. Additionally, Judy has been a district mentor to many of her colleagues and serves on the Ridgefield Public... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:30pm

    Geek Sox: Transforming School Culture
    Aaron Polansky delivers an authentic message that changes lives and transforms cultures. The biggest battle we are facing in our schools and beyond our walls is the social-emotional well-being of our students. In approximately twenty-minutes, Aaron will brighten mindsets, improve self-esteem, instill confidence, shape decision making, and build capacity of all in attendance.

    The impact is immediate. The results are long-lasting.  

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Aaron Polansky

    Aaron Polansky

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    2:00pm

    Tech Tools for Formative Assessments
    Knowing where students are before, during and after a lesson is essential for informing our instruction. We use formative assessments to plan, adjust, and modify instruction in order to provide our students the best opportunity for success in meeting standards. This session will expose participants to a variety of technology tools, such as AnswerGarden, Kahoot!, and Padlet, to gather data from any device. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with these tools. Please bring a device with you in order to participate fully in this session.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Stephanie Williams

    Stephanie Williams

    Instructional Technology Facilitator, Greenville County Schools
    I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator with Greenville County Schools. My goal in this role is to curate resources and strategies for teachers to integrate technology in order to effectively enhance their instructional practice and increase student achievement. I assist teachers by modeling lessons, co-teaching, and leading professional developments. Through Twitter (@swilliams206) and Edmodo, I am able to expand my professional learning... Read More →



    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    2:30pm

    Interactive Simulations in Physics Secondary Education and their Effects on Student Achievement
    Transporting student thinking from novice to expert, teachers should use computer simulation which is a scientific approach to teach physics (Weiman, 2005).The purpose of this study is to examine the benefits of interactive simulations research in physics secondary education and their effects on student achievement I will report the results yielded by the survey, which I have administered to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teachers (STEM) of NewYork City-American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).The teachers have participated in STEM teaching practice workshops and have used simulations in their teaching practice from 2013 to 2014. The findings of this study may promote interactive learning, connecting physical phenomena with practical training, enhancing student learning, changing of classroom environment, providing opportunities to review conceptual understanding of physics. Specifically, this research study will contribute to the ongoing changes being made to the computer simulations and to changes in science instruction in general. 

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers

    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:30pm - 2:50pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Adjust Your Global Vision Lens
    As the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris or the #BlackLivesMatter movement made global headlines, schools and communities around the world have experienced their own microcosm of cultural shifts and soul-searching on their own home turf. This interactive multi-media experience will create a safe environment to demonstrate how easily we build judgment and misperceive differences, then how to expand our view to be more comfortable with discomfort, recognize opportunities to have meaningful discussions about diverse worldviews, and offer practical ways to build empathy – for ourselves and our students. Viewing the world through the diverse lenses we’ll experience can help foster a culture of empathy and inclusion at school, and create transformative global learning experiences. As we strengthen our “global lens” we will enhance school climate, inclusion and social-emotional learning, which can translate into more meaningful, substantive, and creative academic learning. This session can help start that journey.

    Speakers
    avatar for Homa Sabet Tavangar

    Homa Sabet Tavangar

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Automous Mastery Learning
    How can essential questions, digitized lectures, student research, collaboration, student blogging, historical fiction, self paced learning and mastery come together to change teaching and learning in your classroom? Using constructivist methodology, flipped teaching and free applications you can provide students with the opportunity to guide their own learning. During this session, participants will learn techniques,ideas and strategies of how to create 21st century assignments. This session represents the culmination of seven years of reflection and refinement concerning methodology and unit planning between Mike, Garth and their students at both schools.

    Speakers
    avatar for Garth Holman

    Garth Holman

    Teacher, Beachwood Middle School
    Mike Pennington and Garth Holman have a combined twenty-seven years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative eleven years ago. Mike recently left Chardon Local Schools and is currently working for NORT2H.org and the Lorain County ESC. Their collaboration started seven years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth... Read More →
    avatar for Mike Pennington

    Mike Pennington

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity full

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Individual Student Blogs in Early Childhood: Creating Digital Portfolios for Young Learners with a Focus on Digital Citizenship
    If you’re intimidated by the idea of building digital portfolios for your young learners, then you’re not alone. I jumped into individual student blogs this year filled with trepidation! However, with just one iPad, my class of first graders created blogs of their work from across the curriculum and learned to comment on those of others.
    Participants will learn how to:
    • Use EasyBlog Jr to build individual student blogs including
    photos, voice recordings, and videos
    • Teach digital citizenship skills to ensure your students stay
    safe online and their parents feel secure
    • Have your students appreciate the work of their
    classmates and other learners by leaving comments

    Speakers
    avatar for Laura Richardson

    Laura Richardson

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Introduction to Google Classroom
    If you use Google Apps with students you know collecting all those virtual assignments can get overwhelming. Good news, the recent addition of Classroom to the Google Apps suite streamlines the management of collecting, organizing and responding to student work within Google Apps for Education.

    Speakers
    avatar for Kern Kelley

    Kern Kelley

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Keynote Followup with Ozgur Akas
    Speakers
    avatar for Ozgur Akas

    Ozgur Akas

    Head of Mathematics Department, Robert College of Instanbul
    Recognized globally for her pioneering work in innovation and educational technology, Özgür Akas has 20 years of experience in education as a Mathematics teacher, core staff member, MUN (Model United Nations)-EYP (European Youth Parliament) advisor, and Head of Mathematics. She has been an Apple Professional Development Authorized Trainer for two years. She is also a co-author of a geometry book called ’ Take Time to Think About... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Stuart Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Makers-Spaces for Learning
    The workshop creates a case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. We will discuss strategies for creating an effective setting even with limited space restrictions. Provide powerful ideas on how to create an inquiry based approach that uses the global maker movement combined with lessons in entrepreneurship to teach critical 21st century skills. Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students.

    Speakers
    KS

    Kavita Sahai

    CEO, Makers Crate, Makers Crate
    Kavita has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor for over four years, received her masters from UC Berkeley focused on entrepreneurship and is an avid Maker. She is founder and CEO of Makers Crate, a Company that provides lessons and unique materials designed to teach creativity, maker education and entrepreneurship.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Making with Poetry
    As we create makerspaces to build and design, we can leave room to make with poetry. Digital technologies can be used to capture the process, to create the product, to publish the product, and to share the product. The making experiences can be tailored to meet the demands of the Core and your curricular goals. The purpose can be tailored to fit your content and taught concepts. Using your phone, iPad, or laptop, you will have opportunity to accept a design challenge and create. During this session, you will have opportunity "make" and "take" poetry created. 
    Poetry: cut poetry, found poetry, black out poetry, picture poetry

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Olson

    Erin Olson

    Instructional Leader/Curriculum Director, Sioux Central Community School
    Erin currently serves Sioux Central Community School as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. She has taught middle school language arts and high school English for a combined total of ten years before supporting technology integration at PLAEA for three years. Erin is a passionate educator and curriculum designer. In 2015, she received the ITEC State Technology Leader Award. She has been nationally recognized for her work as a... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    PLGC: Professional Learning Google Community - Utilizing a Google Community to impact PLCs by increasing collaboration opportunities
    Who doesn't struggle with time? Time is always of the essence in education! Learn how a Google Community is being used to share ideas and allow collaboration without face time and how it's being kick-started via PLCs! See the vision one campus has for a Google Community as a platform for efficiently sharing innovative ideas not only across grade levels, but with the hopes of multiple campuses joining the same Google Community to maximize collaboration opportunities. You will also learn how PLCs are assessing their team's Trust Factors and developing action steps to improve trust for a stronger more effective PLC. See the steps being taken so that all PLC members will share their voice during PLC time.

    Speakers
    MG

    Melinda Gardner

    Principal, Bastrop ISD - Lost Pines Elementary
    Whether it has been working at a preschool, providing in home childcare as a teenager, or her career in education now, Melinda has had some role in helping to rear, educate, and spark passion in kids for nearly twenty years! Putting children on a path to lifelong learning has been and continues to be a passion of hers. Melinda is excited to announce that she has been named the Principal for the 15-16 school year at Lost Pines Elementary in... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    The First Five Days
    The first five days of school can prepare students to "learn how to learn" and yield achievement dividends all year. By preparing students to own their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success. Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

    Speakers
    avatar for Alan November

    Alan November

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    When Pigs Fly: Student Lead Distance Learning
    Take your lesson to the next level by giving your students the platform to lead. I will discuss how my students wrote, directed, and produced interactive distance learning experiences that supported the objectives in our 8th grade science class. We will explore the process that my students lined out as they created a clever spin on an interactive pig dissection that connected them with over 800 students. Using distance learning tools, they were able to connect and create experiences for students across the state while deepening their own understanding of the content.

    Speakers
    avatar for Erin Griffith

    Erin Griffith

    Digital Learning Consultant, ESC Region 11
    Erin Griffith has served in multiple capacities over her 14 years in education. She has worked as an Aide, Teacher, Administrator, and is currently a Digital Learning Consultant for ESC Region 11, in Fort Worth Texas. She is an Edcamp Parker County Organizer, Instructional Coach, Edublogger, Co-Moderator for #Gueri11aEd Chat, Co-Organizer for E-Merge and Unbound Educators Conference and a passionate advocate for students owning their learning... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Your Professional Digital Footprint: Your Informal Resume
    What was your experience the last time you audited your online identity? What online image have you created of yourself? Or, perhaps, have others created your online image for you? As we participate in online communities, use social networks, publish content, and use data on a daily basis, we organically expand our digital footprint, our own digital DNA.

    Yet,
    • 52% of teachers find it difficult to use online web tools to receive information;
    • 71% of teachers have never used LinkedIn or Twitter to connect with colleagues; and
    • 66% of teachers never share content online.
    (Source: BrightBytes/Clarity, data points from a national study of over 28,000 teachers)

    Increasing self literacy and awareness of the digital footprints we leave behind for the rest of our lives is critical to our professional image and online reputation. This session will focus on how to manage your professional digital footprints as an excellent way to showcase your expertise and build your personal learning brand.

    Speakers
    avatar for Susanna Clavello

    Susanna Clavello

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 2:35pm - 3:40pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    BLC Learning Design Space

    How often do you leave a workshop or conference session brimming with ideas and anxious to put them into action? Bring your take-aways and join this “maker space” to design, develop and test-drive your ideas for lessons and activities. Members of the November Learning Team will be on hand to support efforts and share key strategies for transformative learning design. Question, reflect, revise and redesign to your heart’s content, knowing you’ll leave with your mind full and a set of activities planned for the  #1st5days…and beyond!

     


    Speakers
    avatar for Brian Mull

    Brian Mull

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

    Sara Wilkie

    Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
    Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to shift the focus from teaching to learning. Through hands-on, learning-centered and job-embedded experiences, Sara works side by side with K-12 students, teachers and... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    BLC Maker Sessions

    Join us in the Plaza Ballroom for BLC15 Maker Spaces! Check out one, or all of the following:

     

    1. 3D Printing - Students model the hands on aspects of designing, creating and printing practical objects. With examples from a range of grade levels, attendees will use various devices to design models, render and print them. 
    2. Robotic Telepresence - Attendees operate pre-built Lego Robotics using MIT-App Inventor coded controllers and compete with others in a Robot Battle Royale, all from a separate room using Hangouts for multiple camera views. Attendees also navigate an obstacle course with a Double Robot that we use for homebound students for additional telepresence experience.  youtube.com/watch?v=QmUtBk6lT18
    3. Coding - Using platforms like Scratch, MIT App Inventor and other coding programs attendees will create apps and share them with other users. This can be combined with the Lego Robotics area to show the code created in action.  
    4. Educational Breakout Room - Built on the concept of the popular activity centers where groups of attendees complete an educational puzzle The tasks range from solving mysteries, cracking codes and opening locks all in a set amount of time. The enterprise encourages teamwork, lateral thinking and effective communication all while having a great time!

     

     


    Speakers
    avatar for Kern Kelley

    Kern Kelley

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

    Shannon McClintock Miller

    Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
    The Library Voice, Speaker, Consultant and Author


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Creating with the iPad Tech Share: What’s your favorite app?
    Bring your iPad charged and ready to go to this hands-on sharing session! Kathy will first showcase a few of her favorite iPad apps for creation (that don’t usually show up on the “top 10” lists) and share ways students can use them to create products and showcase mastery of content.
    You will have a chance to download one as we do a short “assessment” creation, and then the ball is in your court! Please come prepared with an app and an idea or story of how it can be used in the classroom. If you have a completed student project made with the app, bring that along to share, too!
    Kathy will have both a 30-pin VGA adapter and a Lightning VGA adapter so you can share directly from your iPad 2 or newer.

    Speakers
    avatar for Kathy Schrock

    Kathy Schrock

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Explore Boston at BLC15: #XploreBosBLC

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

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

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

    • Aurasma
    • Geocaching app
    • Instagram

    Meet in the Arlington Room for 5 minutes to do a very quick intro to augmented reality and geocaching.

    Handouts with directions distributed and extras left behind for those whose arrive late.  

    Handout includes instructions that includes the hint for the first location, ways to customize your journey and a link to a community space where you can share photos, videos and ideas from the journey.

    Location #1 - Boston Common (historical)
    Location #2 - Original Cheers to take pictures (pop culture; www.cheersboston.com)
    Location #3 - Boston Public Gardens

    People don't need to head back to the hotel with the group. You are welcome to stay out and grab dinner, or just enjoy Boston!

    There will be additional "Auras" around town for people to find on their own time if they like.



    Speakers
    avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

    Darren Kuropatwa

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

    Lainie Rowell

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Ready, Set, Tweet!
    Excited about trying Twitter but not sure how to get started?  Let us help you!  At the Twitter workshop, Laura Richardson and Jessica Caviness will work with you to set up your account, write a profile, and start following others…all before you leave BLC15.  You’ll leave this workshop ready to integrate Twitter into your classroom and school with confidence!

    Speakers
    avatar for Jessica Caviness

    Jessica Caviness

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

    Laura Richardson

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Breakout EDU
    Limited Capacity seats available

    Breakout EDU is an ultra-engaging learning game for people of all ages. In the conference setting, a small group of educators will be timed to complete a series of challenges, reveal clues, and unlock mysteries. Breakouts teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Sign-up is needed - limit 8 players. Signup at the Tech Sherpa Table on the Mezzanine.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Boylston Room Boston Park Plaza

    4:00pm

    Playing in the Sandbox with Quick Apple Animation

    Interested in some hands-on playing with animation using super simple “appsmashing”? Amy Burvall will take you through the process of creating a basic animation with Apple Keynote using original hand-drawn or appropriated images. Participants will also explore using the Reflector app, Paper by 53 drawing app, and an Apple laptop/ iMovie to create “speedsketch” animations. It is helpful if participants have already downloaded Keynote, Paper by 53 and the Reflector app. Come play in the sandbox!


    Speakers
    avatar for Amy Burvall

    Amy Burvall

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:05pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    8:00pm

    Creating a Global Repository for Exemplars in Educational Technology
    John will discuss the idea of a repository where teachers may submit examples of their students' digital products. This could be organized by grade, content area, and perhaps tech tool. Ideally, teachers would submit instructions and/or a rubric to help people understand what they are looking at. 

    Speakers
    avatar for John Padula

    John Padula

    Educational Technology Specialist, Brookline Public Schools
    I am the new Ed Tech Specialist at the Edith Baker School, a K-8 public school serving over 800 students. I am interested in Educational Technology, especially how it relates to teachers improving their craft and comfort level with technology.


    Thursday July 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    8:00pm

    Global Speed Networking
    Join us in this fun filled, action packed speed networking event with educators from all over the world.  Our global bell will go off every 3 minutes and you will meet another educator.  Last year, many participants listed our Global Speed Networking event as one of the highlights of BLC due to the many personal connections they made with creative educators. 

    Speakers
    avatar for Alan November

    Alan November

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


    Thursday July 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    8:00pm

    Re-designing Learning Spaces
    Meet Up with others who are interested in re-designing learning spaces in their schools (library spaces, maker labs or fab labs, STEM dedicated spaces or classroom spaces). What does this process look like for your school? How do you engage all the stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, board of trustees)? Most importantly, how will you assess whether this investment in time and space meets teacher and learner needs? This complex process is more than just assessing furniture and shifting/building walls. Let's collaborate and hear how each school is tackling the Redesign Process in their schools. Let's forge a PLN and even consider site visits (if travel allows) or future Google Hangout sessions to continue the conversation after BLC ends. Hope to see you there!

    Speakers

    Thursday July 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    8:00pm

    Starting Google Classroom Without the Tears
    Speakers
    PD

    Patrick Darfler-Sweeney, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools, Hunter-Tannersville CSD
    Topics: | Algebra Based Physics for our 8th grade Technology Students | Odyssey of the Mind | Google | Superintendent Position | What colleges should be teaching in Teacher Preparation and Administration Prep Programs | | HTCSD is a small rural school district in the Catskill Mts of New York State. We have 336 students in grades K-12, our District is 164 square miles of mountain roads and the most beautiful landscape you can imagine... Read More →


    Thursday July 16, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    9:00pm

    BLC Bash
    Join your BLC friends and colleagues for desserts, conversation and a DJ for those who want to move their feet.

    Thursday July 16, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza
     
    Friday, July 17
     

    6:00am

    BLC Boston Runners

    Does a morning of fresh air, good company and an easy jog in the park sound good to you? If so, we encourage BLC attendees to join the BLC Running Club.

    A group is currently organizing that will start their Wednesday through Friday mornings with a run around Boston Commons and the Boston Public Garden.

    To be back in time to get cleaned up, grab some breakfast and make it to the morning keynote, this group will be meeting in the hotel lobby, across from the registration desk, and leaving promptly at 6:00 a.m.

    Each route is between 3.5 and 4 miles. The Tuesday and Thursday routes have an option to drop out after two miles if you’d like. The Friday route is closest to 4 miles, and there is no dropout point.

    All levels are welcome, and nobody will be left behind on the route. We hope you’ll join us.

    Wednesday Route – Thursday Route – Friday Route

     

    Speakers
    avatar for Brian Mull

    Brian Mull

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 6:00am - 7:00am
    Boston Park Plaza Main Lobby Boston Park Plaza

    7:00am

    Continental Breakfast
    Friday July 17, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    7:00am

    BLC Information Center
    Friday July 17, 2015 7:00am - 3:00pm
    Georgian Coat Room Boston Park Plaza

    8:30am

    Announcements and Keynote with Jennie Magiera
    Speakers
    avatar for Jennie Magiera

    Jennie Magiera

    Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62
    Jennie Magiera is the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, and the author of the upcoming book, Courageous Edventures. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about redefining professional learning, serving on the Technical Working... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 8:30am - 10:00am
    Imperial Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Advanced Searching for Inquiry Meets the Common Core 
    Uncovering information through inquiry is essential to Common Core learning. Explore search strategies that put students at the center. You will enjoy this fast moving and engaging power point with entertaining and informative multimedia embedded. Engage in a discussion, interaction, and reflection to facilitate participants' growth in acquiring a sophisticated and powerful inquiry method in using search engines. Best of all, get the keys to a website filled with resources and tools will also be shared in order to further sustain the learning process. (Mike was featured involving informational searches using Google advanced search techniques by Alan November in his latest book "Who owns the Learning")

    Speakers
    avatar for Mike Gorman

    Mike Gorman

    Dir of Professional Development, Southwest Allen County Schools
    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 development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Bringing Authentic, Global Learning Experiences to Common Core: Projects that Make a Difference
    In order to engage students deeply in the Common Core with relevance and authenticity, District 21 in Wheeling, IL has partnered with the Pulitzer Center to bring contemporary real-world global issues to students through journalism projects. By framing the Out of Eden Walk, Ocean Health, and Everyday Africa projects with problem-based, authentic learning units connected to the Common Core, we created an exciting and meaningful context for students to collaborate with experts in the field, peers from around the globe, and their own communities to understand and address real-world problems.

    Participants will leave with examples of how to:

    *Engage students deeply in the Common Core through problem-based, authentic learning experiences
    *Deepen professional practices of teachers and encourage risk-taking
    *Create learner-centered classroom environments
    *Connect classrooms across districts and across the world
    *Use technology to publish student-created products and solutions

    Speakers
    avatar for Tracy Crowley

    Tracy Crowley

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

    Mark Schulte

    Education Director, Pulitzer Center
    Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Coding with Elementary School Students
    Teaching young children to code is not just for the technology classroom it is for every classroom. In this workshop we will answer all the following questions and more. 
    Why code in the elementary school? What are the benefits, drawbacks, and connections to Common Core? What do I need to know to get started? What are the available resources for different age groups and multiple technology platforms? Can you program without using a computer or tablet? What are unplugged lessons and how do I implement them? What do kids that are coding really think about coding?

    Speakers
    avatar for Christina Carroll

    Christina Carroll

    STEM lab teacher K-4th, Pulaski Academy
    Christina Carroll earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy, both from Harding University. She has over 14 years of experience in elementary education. At the end of the 2012, Pulaski Academy asked her to embark on an exciting new challenge: to create a STEM lab for students in kindergarten through fourth grade using very little, if any, “store bought” curriculum. The result has... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Digital Ethics or The End of the Age of Legends
    We live in an age where everything is recorded digitally – in pictures, video, and text – live as it happens; it's the end of the age of legends. "Selfie", according to the Oxford dictionary, is the word of the year 2013. Often the selfies our students are sharing aren't putting their best digital foot forward. As teachers, how can we help our students leave digital footprints they can be proud of? Is only sharing your "best stuff" such a good idea? How do we address the issue of digital ethics across the curriculum and in our classrooms?

    In this session we will share some practical suggestions for a digital ethics policy in your classroom, share resources you can use with your students to have meaningful conversations about making ethical and responsible choices online, and share concrete practical suggestions you can use in your class tomorrow to help your students create digital footprints that will pass The Grandparent Test (it's not what you think it is).

    Please download the i-nigma QR-Code Reader and Phonto apps before the workshop (available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store) and bring your fully charged mobile device.

    Speakers
    avatar for Darren Kuropatwa

    Darren Kuropatwa

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Fostering Peer Instruction Opportunities (With and Without Technology)
    Peer instruction is a powerful pedagogical tool for teachers. Have you tried it? Students teaching students. Online tools like Socrative and Google Forms can assist staff in creating assessable peer instruction opportunities. How can we make it even more motivating for students? In this session we will look at methods such as student creation of questions, both closed and open ended, as well as integrating principles of game design into the team aspect of peer instruction.

    Speakers
    avatar for Craig Verbruggen

    Craig Verbruggen

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Keynote Followup with Jenny Magiera
    Speakers
    avatar for Jennie Magiera

    Jennie Magiera

    Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62
    Jennie Magiera is the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, and the author of the upcoming book, Courageous Edventures. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about redefining professional learning, serving on the Technical Working... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Imperial Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Listening to Learn
    Students come to school to learn how to read, write and do arithmetic. But the one skill they come in with, listening, loses importance over time as they build on their reading and writing skills. Listening as a skill is almost entirely absent from the K12 curriculum. But you can infuse listening skills across your curriculum. In this workshop we will give teachers an understanding of the neuroscience behind auditory learning. Participants will also learn about tools they can use to help students build critical listening skills. They will learn how to use their smart phones and computers to record sound in the classroom. Some of the products featured include Listen Current, Tape me, and Voicethread.

    Speakers
    avatar for Monica Brady-Myerov

    Monica Brady-Myerov

    CEO, Listen Current, Listen Current
    Monica Brady-Myerov is the Founder and CEO of Listen Current, a web platform that brings the power of public radio into the classroom. Listen Current was born out of her love of public radio and her desire to share it with teachers and students. Monica was an award-winning public radio reporter for nearly 25 years. Before starting Listen Current Monica was Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Personalized Learning...Beyond Differentiation
    Each learner has their own learning style, strengths, and needs therefore different customized instruction is necessary as well. In turn, the role of the educator and the learning environment must adjust to meet those new demands. Schools shouldn’t look or act like traditional school structures anymore.

    Since each student has their own learning path, multiple strategies are needed to meet their different learning styles:
    * All should have a personalized learning plan created to facilitate progress at their own pace
    *All curriculum requirements should be based upon a competency based system instead of by grade level requirements
    *All should have flexibility in creating unique course scheduling, learning environments, and choosing support resources

    In turn, this also more than changes the role of the teacher, it changes the whole system! Teachers become:
    *Assessors
    *Instructional Designers
    *Content Curators
    *Coaches
    *Advisors
    *Family-school Collaborators
    These changes when executed correctly, will create a powerful shift in classroom dynamics that guides all learners to become self-directed, self-monitoring, and self-motivated.

    Speakers
    avatar for Susan Fisher

    Susan Fisher

    Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
    I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Twitter for Beginners - The Surprisingly Easy Way to Connect Your Students with the World
    Do you hear the word ‘Twitter’ and assume it’s a fun app for following the latest gossip and trends? That’s what I used to think too. Over the past two years, Twitter has transformed my classroom into a global learning environment where my first graders regularly communicate with students from around the world. Twitter is much more than just a social networking tool. It is truly the gateway to connecting your students with other classrooms from across town and across the planet! In this session, you will find out how tweeting in your classroom can open up a world of collaborative projects and incredible connections for your students, no matter their grade level.
    Participants will learn how to:
    • Create a class Twitter page
    • Search for other classes and experts to follow
    • Make connections that lead to collaborative projects
    • Use hashtags to help you research and organize
    information
    • Participate in Twitter chats with other educators
    • Build a personal learning network

    Speakers
    avatar for Laura Richardson

    Laura Richardson

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:20am

    Activating student voice as a driver for deeper, personalized learning
    In this hands-on workshop, Phil will demonstrate what he believes to be the critical meeting point of the work of leading educational thinkers including Alan November -Who Owns The Learning?, John Hattie -Visible Learning, Carol Dweck – Mindset and Michael Fullan -New Pedagogies For Deep Learning)

    He will share practical strategies for shifting the ownership of learning from teacher to student and he will explain why activating student voice is essential if we are to transition students from surface to deeper, more personalized learning.

    Phil will introduce participants to Verso, a web-based app designed to establish new learning partnerships between and amongst students and teachers.
    Participants will gain access to a bank of resources for use in the classroom along with a range of examples from schools.

    Speakers
    avatar for Phil Stubbs

    Phil Stubbs

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

    Sponsors
    avatar for Verso Learning

    Verso Learning

    Verso
    Verso Learning is a global education company which grew out of Learnology, the company founded by Colin Wood, seven years ago. Learnology is an education company focused on a “pedagogy first” approach to the implementation of education technology and professional learning tools. Two years ago Colin and his team set out to design a new suite of mobile web tools that would support visible change in schools. A new company was formed... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    10:30am

    Drop-in Center
    The BLC Drop-in Center is for answers and practice. Bring your questions and ideas, and pull up a chair and let a BLC student mentor help you pull it all together. We will make sure that everyone has as much one-on-one experience as possible!
    The Drop-in sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 am – 3:40 pm, and Friday from 10:30 to noon in the Commonwealth Room located on the Mezzanine in the hallway behind the Plaza Ballroom.

    Speakers
    avatar for Tech Sherpas

    Tech Sherpas

    The Tech Sherpas are students from Central Maine at Nokomis Regional High. They will be running a 'drop in' center every day, and have been an outstanding resource at Building Learning Communities conferences for many years.


    Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Commonwealth Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:00am

    Bringing Books to Life
    Learn how to “Bring Books to Life” using stop-motion animation and green-screen technology. Students will increase reading fluency and comprehension while also improving sequencing and comprehension skills. Learn how to inspire and engage your students. Watch, as they become life long lovers of reading.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers

    Friday July 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    11:15am

    Lunch Kiosk
    Buy a salad, sandwich, snack or beverage to take with you so you don't miss a session.

    Friday July 17, 2015 11:15am - 2:15pm
    Mezzanine Boston Park Plaza

    11:30am

    The First Five Days in the Humanities
    Alan November's ideas about the first five days of school provide the perfect jumping-off point for a transformative interdisciplinary experience. Eighth graders learned to target their searches, evaluate their sources, publish their findings and defend their conclusions. They then took those skills out for a spin, accessing the world's leading authorities on the Mexican-American War, mashing up websites to summarize what they learned, then writing newspaper stories in Spanish and in English about events that took place during the war. During the session, participants will start with the goals for the project, brainstorm ideas about how to approach them from a first-five-days perspective, then see what the students did and what their outcomes were.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    TS

    Tony Shaffer

    MS Head, Westminster School
    Reader, runner, husband, dad, middle school guy, innovation promoter, international ed aficionado


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:30am - 11:50am
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    'You Say You Want A Revolution' : Teacher Directed Professional Development
    This session will showcase how twitter, the Edcamp movement including its online versions like Edcamphome, and entering the blogosphere can empower teachers to take control of their own professional development and build their own professional learning network (PLN). In an age when professional development has truly been democratized, teachers can now gain access to experts in their fields and utilize their professional learning networks to become the master learners that students and schools desperately need. This session will begin with a synopsis of one teacher's journey and the impact self-directed professional development has had on her teaching and her students. The session will then provide attendees with a variety of different resources that will enable them to create their own professional learning network.

    Speakers
    avatar for Laura Robertson

    Laura Robertson

    Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
    Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Beacon Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Accessing and Visualizing School Data for All the Right Reasons

    Most schools and districts have lots of data about their schools and their students but it is “siloed” in separate places and not easily available to help answer the “what-if” questions that drive the discovery of root cause issues of instructional and operational concerns. School staff has limited time to gather and review data. For PreK – 12 school data to be used effectively, it needs to be timely, easy to use, easy to understand (visual) and detailed.

    This session will demonstrate how to harness the power of these disparate data sets – student information systems, cloud based assessments, student and teacher attendance, teacher and student schedules, discipline records, report cards, ethnicity, special education and RTI interventions, and many other available electronic data sets. District, building, and classroom leaders need to utilize 21st century teaching and learning tools that aggregate their formative assessment data and empower them with the ability to inform ongoing instructional planning that improves student achievement. Teachers and principals need to quickly assess trends across grade levels, within classrooms, and for individual students to enhance the focus on needed interventions for student success. Summative assessment results are useful for accountability and long term planning but are not as valuable as the data from formative assessments gathered throughout the process of teaching. Proactive school and classroom leaders utilize regularly updated 360° profiles of their schools, classrooms, and their individual students, to target plans for instruction, set goals for growth, and to decide what resources are needed for the next stage of instruction. Come learn how to sort, filter, analyze, and compare your school and district data with easy to use visualizations that maximize the precious time available in your school’s professional learning communities.


    Speakers
    avatar for Paul Livingston

    Paul Livingston

    Founder/President, BLKSchoolvision
    Paul A. Livingston, Ph.D. is Founder/President of BKLSchoolVision. As an Ed. Tech Leader, Paul has a passion for easy to use, intuitive solutions that convert data into information. BKLSchoolVision creates interactive dashboards which transforms and  blends disparate data sources to integrate information. He has over 35 years in public school education. For twelve years he taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle school, and high... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Kids as Creators: Copyright & Fair Use for Remix Generation
    This session is designed to give educators "copyright clarity" in order to promote real innovation in digital learning and help them understand their responsibilities and rights under copyright law. With the increased use of digital media, mass media and popular culture as tools for building students' critical thinking and communication skills educators need to understand that the flexibility of fair use enables it to be relevant and useful to many different kinds of creative projects. Learn some helpful ideas and tools to teach students and staff about copyright and fair use.

    Speakers
    avatar for Kristin Hokanson

    Kristin Hokanson

    Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
    Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. As a speaker and... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Makers-Spaces for Learning
    The workshop creates a case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. We will discuss strategies for creating an effective setting even with limited space restrictions. Provide powerful ideas on how to create an inquiry based approach that uses the global maker movement combined with lessons in entrepreneurship to teach critical 21st century skills. Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students.

    Speakers
    KS

    Kavita Sahai

    CEO, Makers Crate, Makers Crate
    Kavita has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor for over four years, received her masters from UC Berkeley focused on entrepreneurship and is an avid Maker. She is founder and CEO of Makers Crate, a Company that provides lessons and unique materials designed to teach creativity, maker education and entrepreneurship.


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Making Connections with Visual Note Taking
    "Visual note taking is a means to better process information and share it with others. While in a professional development session, you listen, process, and sketch. During the session, you are attuned to the information presented, focusing on important concepts, capturing ideas, and illustrating purposefully. With experience, your practice improves and you begin to listen better, process better, sketch better. Students can take notes visually, too. Imagine the potential in their understanding when they are processing and making connections and sketching their thoughts during class! In this session, we will practice visual note taking and learn about the potential benefits of this creativity outlet.

    Attendees should bring iPads with the Paper by FiftyThree app loaded to explore this resource.

    Watch this video to see samples of visual notes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVNM33JsQvU"

    Speakers
    avatar for Mary Kemper, CISD

    Mary Kemper, CISD

    Director of Mathematics, K-12, Coppell ISD


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Personalized Learning...Beyond Differentiation
    Each learner has their own learning style, strengths, and needs therefore different customized instruction is necessary as well. In turn, the role of the educator and the learning environment must adjust to meet those new demands. Schools shouldn’t look or act like traditional school structures anymore.

    Since each student has their own learning path, multiple strategies are needed to meet their different learning styles:
    * All should have a personalized learning plan created to facilitate progress at their own pace
    *All curriculum requirements should be based upon a competency based system instead of by grade level requirements
    *All should have flexibility in creating unique course scheduling, learning environments, and choosing support resources

    In turn, this also more than changes the role of the teacher, it changes the whole system! Teachers become:
    *Assessors
    *Instructional Designers
    *Content Curators
    *Coaches
    *Advisors
    *Family-school Collaborators
    These changes when executed correctly, will create a powerful shift in classroom dynamics that guides all learners to become self-directed, self-monitoring, and self-motivated.

    Speakers
    avatar for Susan Fisher

    Susan Fisher

    Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department, Fulton County Schools
    I enjoy drawing from my past professional experiences as both a high school and middle school teacher, Gifted Student Department Chair, Lead Technology teacher, and Vanguard Technology Team member for the greater county at large, to influence my current leadership role. As a Program Specialist for Professional Learning, I am responsible for supporting student achievement throughout our school system by developing and delivering professional... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Arlington Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    SYDNEY STEAM Room
    A presentation of innovative STEAM projects from International Grammar School, Sydney, Australia. Join Melissa Silk to learn about the activities developed in the STEAM Room. Apart from the coding clubs, Melissa has set up CAD-CAM-Central, an elementary level maker space where current and emerging technologies are explored. Observe how the role of STEAM Innovator at IGS has led to collaborative projects involving music, visual arts and technology such as “Primordial Hum”, an interactive happening, incorporating augmented reality and student electronic music composition based on New Guinea mudmen mask-making in the art class. Then there’s “Tanabata” a project for younger students that smashes science, math and technology into an experience related to the notion of wishing on a star. And so much more…

    Speakers
    avatar for Melissa Silk

    Melissa Silk

    STEAM Coordinator, International Grammar School
    Melissa is the inaugural STEAM Innovator at International Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. She has established cross-curricular relationships with members of the IGS community, forged many partnerships between museums, industry professionals and academics working in a range of STEMtoSTEAM research and practice environments. Melissa is heading a pioneering charge in STEAM education in Australia, with the support of a bold community of... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    11:45am

    Office Sway for Education: Engaging Students, Parents, and Teachers with Interactive Content

    Sway is a brand new creation tool from Office joining Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Sway helps you easily create and share an interactive web-based canvas of your ideas, which looks great on any platform or device. Teachers can use Sway to create and share interactive lessons, assignments, study guides, trip reports, and best practices. Students can use Sway bring assignments, projects, reports, and study materials to life. Come to this session to learn more about how Sway helps you and your students visualize and share your ideas in an engaging new way!


    Speakers
    avatar for Tammy Dunbar

    Tammy Dunbar

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

    Sponsors

    Friday July 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
    Statler Room Boston Park Plaza

    12:30pm

    Creating “show me what you know” styles of assessment
    Creation is easy when you have the right tools. In less than 20 minutes, you be ready to create your own interactive presentations and lead students in “show me what you know” styles of assessment. Using real-life stories from the classroom, you will see and hear how classrooms are utilizing HSTRY’s free presentation tool in every subject. This fun presentation will leave you with tons of ideas for letting students create projects online.

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Claire Varner

    Claire Varner

    Chief Academic Officer, HSTRY
    Claire Varner is the Chief Academic Officer at Hstry, a Boston-based Ed-Tech startup dedicated to increasing student engagement by giving teachers and students the tools to create interactive timelines. Varner received her M.Ed. from Concordia University in Curriculum & Instruction, conducting her action research on the attitudes of young language learners while teaching English in China. Upon her return to the U.S., Varner taught middle school... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    1:00pm

    Animation Creation
    Learn how to make cartoons for your next presentation or just for fun. In this session we walk through the steps of using your Google account to make an animation and share it with the world!

    Moderators
    avatar for Jon Corippo

    Jon Corippo

    Director of Academic Innovation, CUE
    Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading professional learning and his creation, the CUE Rock Star Camp series, with over 50 camps since 2011. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE... Read More →

    Speakers
    avatar for Kern Kelley

    Kern Kelley

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
    Plaza Ballroom Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Documentation For Learning
    Teachers have always documented their lessons, through informal note taking and lesson planning. Traditional documentation of jotting down observations and analog documentation have their limitations though. It is time to change the notion and the way we document. Participants will look at tools and techniques, ranging from video and audio recordings to image capturing, screencasting and reflective, hyperlinked documentation that support modern skills and literacies. We will also go beyond text based, disconnected and random documentation to formalize a documentation process that serves several layers deep.

    On a student level, students create dynamic learning portfolios, as part of the documentation process, monitoring their own learning, making thinking and learning visible to others. Connected to the visible learning of their peers and open to the world, these documented artifacts in a variety of media are an integral piece of a larger learning community. Teachers use students’ documentation as ongoing assessment for learning embedded into their teaching strategies.

    On an teacher level, teachers document their own professional development learning, classroom happenings and reflections. No longer are supervisors relying on a snapshot observation of their teaching skills, but teachers share and highlight classroom learning and personal learning growth over time. When documentations made public, they serve as a hub to make the teacher a connected educator, contributing to a global community of learning.

    On an administrator and school level, documentation as pedagogy could become replacement of old style teacher evaluation and a contemporary model for professional development methods and strategies. A learning communities’ value is highly reliant on the belief that learning is social and collaborative and that sharing of knowledge is at the heart of teaching and learning. Documenting as pedagogy, provides a layout for model of practice the entire school

    Speakers
    avatar for Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Whittier Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Engaging on Global Issues: A Social Justice Case Study
    Mark Schulte and Lorraine Ustaris will share tips on how to create a successful, student-drive, school-wide collaboration around challenging global issues. Using Pulitzer Center reporting projects as a powerful learning resource and point of inspiration, schools can create transformative interdisciplinary events that ignite student passions and incorporate their own experiences and talents in a variety of ways. Looking for a way to elevate your students' issue-of-the-moment awareness to something that lasts? We have inspiring stories to share!

    Speakers
    avatar for Mark Schulte

    Mark Schulte

    Education Director, Pulitzer Center
    Mark Schulte is the Director of Education Outreach for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He uses the journalism supported by the Pulitzer Center to engage students on under-­reported global topics such as water and sanitation, extractives and commodities, climate change, women and children in crisis, and food insecurity. The Education Program at the Pulitzer Center reached more than 15,000 students in the U.S. and Europe in 2013. Prior... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Cambridge Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Google to the Core
    With the implementation of Common Core technology will no longer be considered an "add on", or just another thing to do. Come explore ways to use Chrome extensions and apps and Google tools to transition your classroom to the Common Core. Use google apps to teach writing, research, technology fluency, communication and collaboration and prepare your students for life beyond high school.

    Speakers
    avatar for Kristin Hokanson

    Kristin Hokanson

    Professional Development Specialist, theconnectedclassroom.org
    Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as an elementary teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. As a speaker and... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    St. James Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Helping Students Creating Public Radio-Style Podcasts
    All Things Considered, Radio Lab, Here and Now - these are just a few of the engaging audio tools you’ll learn how to integrate into your classroom. The Common Core requires that students build their critical listening and understanding skills. This presentation will show many ways to build audio into the science curriculum using public radio, audio recording and editing techniques.

    The Common Core also presents opportunities for teachers, especially science teachers,to do more inquiry-based activities. Public radio stories can be used effectively as a “hook” for more in-depth inquiry. Participants in the workshop will explore ways of connecting audio, scientific inquiry and social studies topics.

    The presentation will be led by award-winning public radio Reporter Monica Brady-Myerov along with Master Technology Teacher Adam Pizzi of Westfield New Jersey public schools for grades 6-12. We will share use case scenarios of how teachers can arm students with the skills to source, interview, write, edit, and record podcasts. Participants will walk away with a list of tools to build critical listening skills into the curriculum across subjects. They will use their smart phones to record and edit sound. And they’ll learn how to make their students audio storytellers.

    Speakers
    avatar for Monica Brady-Myerov

    Monica Brady-Myerov

    CEO, Listen Current, Listen Current
    Monica Brady-Myerov is the Founder and CEO of Listen Current, a web platform that brings the power of public radio into the classroom. Listen Current was born out of her love of public radio and her desire to share it with teachers and students. Monica was an award-winning public radio reporter for nearly 25 years. Before starting Listen Current Monica was Senior Reporter and Assistant Managing Editor at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Clarendon Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Leadership: Managing the Transition
    Listen as we outline essential skills for leadership and offer both practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning and implementation process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.

    Speakers
    avatar for Alan November

    Alan November

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Georgian Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    STEAM Wonder
    A mathmaker mash-up detailing the STEAM project delivered at Momath, National Museum of Mathematics in New York in January 2015. Join Melissa Silk from the International Grammar School in Sydney Australia, in creating your own beautiful lamp using origami sekkei (mathematical paper folding). The project includes ideas related to biomimicry, elementary symmetries, iteration and illumination while learning about structure, strength, stability, and translations - an aesthetic experience not to be missed! Definitely a project worth sharing with your students.

    Speakers
    avatar for Melissa Silk

    Melissa Silk

    STEAM Coordinator, International Grammar School
    Melissa is the inaugural STEAM Innovator at International Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. She has established cross-curricular relationships with members of the IGS community, forged many partnerships between museums, industry professionals and academics working in a range of STEMtoSTEAM research and practice environments. Melissa is heading a pioneering charge in STEAM education in Australia, with the support of a bold community of... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    White Hill Room Boston Park Plaza

    1:10pm

    Students becoming leaders: Creating, teaching & inspiring students & teachers!

    Robert College of Istanbul has been running a BYOD program since 2011. Student Tech Crew plays a crucial role in the success of the program throughout the years! Students voluntarily apply to be members of this leadership program. They take additional technology trainings and become our ambassadors in and outside the classrooms!

     They run Genius Bar at the heart of the school during lunch times, create videos for their friends, teachers, parents and they help the community by sharing and teaching.

    We’ll walk through the best practices and lessons learned in this session!


    Speakers
    avatar for Ozgur Akas

    Ozgur Akas

    Head of Mathematics Department, Robert College of Instanbul
    Recognized globally for her pioneering work in innovation and educational technology, Özgür Akas has 20 years of experience in education as a Mathematics teacher, core staff member, MUN (Model United Nations)-EYP (European Youth Parliament) advisor, and Head of Mathematics. She has been an Apple Professional Development Authorized Trainer for two years. She is also a co-author of a geometry book called ’ Take Time to Think About... Read More →
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    Metin Ferhatoglu

    Director of Technology, Robert College
    I’ve been working at Robert College (RC) for 18 years. During the last 12 years, I’ve been the Director of Technology. RC aims to promote educational excellence in Turkey. Today RC seeks to graduate young men and women with the skills, insights, and determination to function as leaders and contributing citizens in a wide range of social and cultural roles, both locally and internationally. This aim can’t be achieved without technology... Read More →


    Friday July 17, 2015 1:10pm - 2:15pm
    Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

    2:35pm

    Reflection and Next Steps with Alan November
    Join Alan as he outlines next steps, brings BLC15 to a conclusion, and starts thinking ahead to BLC16

    Speakers
    avatar for Alan November

    Alan November

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


    Friday July 17, 2015 2:35pm - 3:30pm
    Georgian Boston Park Plaza