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Wednesday, November 7 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Flatten Your Classroom: Knock Down the Walls of Your Classroom and Let Your Students Engage the World

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Our students are going beyond the walls of their homes everyday.   As educators, we need to capitalize on this wonder and flatten the walls of our classroom.  This presentation will introduce you to three different levels of world exploration that utilizes technology.   We will first explore the world as “Day Trippers”.  “Day Trippers” allow their students to explore the world around them. We will focus on Google Maps, with special attention to the 360 degree spheres, Google Cardboard, Google Expeditions, live webcams, and other hands-on exploration of various sites throughout the world. Next, participants will become “Weekend Warriors”.  “Weekend Warriors” helps their students travel the world.  They use Skype and Google Hangouts and are connected to communities of like minded educators.  We will discuss virtual field trip and presenter opportunities from Learn around the World, Microsoft Education, Nepris, Field Trip Zoom, and Microsoft Educator Community.  Participants will learn about Mystery Location Calls and virtual author visits. Lastly, participants will become “Backpackers for Life”.  “Backpackers for Life” not only use amazing tools like Google Maps and virtual field trips, they create these experiences for themselves!  Participants will learn how their students can create experiences like 360 degree spheres and live videos of the places of interest in their community and share it with other students around the world.

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Kara Wilkins

District Technology Integration Specialist, Lowell Public Schools
Kara Wilkins spent eighteen years teaching special education and social studies to 7th and 8th graders.  She is currently a District Technology Integration Specialist for the Lowell Public Schools. She is a Google Certified Educator, an Apple Teacher, a 2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am EST
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