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Tuesday, November 6
 

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Enchancing Empathy and Understanding Through Collaborative, Virtual Reality-based Field Experiences
If this next generation of children is indeed so immersed in technology so early and pervasively that it will be harder and harder to get their attention and focus them of key issues of learning, then we're going to need new tools to educate them well.  Classroom-based, virtual reality-based, collaborative experiences might be just that instrument.  Recent research now points to the impact that visualizations, emotions, and personal experiences  have upon long-term memory and empathy training.  Within a VR environment, students can collectively travel to and explore physical and social environments remarkably different from their own.  If seeing is believing, then well-planned, problem-based VR learning excursions where students see first-hand the practical, physical challenges confronting underprivileged persons from across the globe should serve as powerful tools in the development of socially-conscientious young citizens.  

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avatar for Jeff Beine

Jeff Beine

Associate Professor, Malone University
Dr. Jeff Beine has spent twenty years in the classroom, serving students of all ages (third - twelfth) of all ability ranges (Special Education - Gifted) and diverse settings (private school - urban public).   For the last decade, Dr. Beine has taught in Malone University's (Canton... Read More →


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Broadcasting From the Classroom: Podcasting in EDU
As mobile and classroom technologies have improved, so has the domain of audio creation, editing and publishing. Whether a classroom has access to mobile devices (phones & iPads) or laptops & Chromebooks, there is a mobile or web app for nearly every platform that allows for any classroom to create and publish audio online. From individual production to collaborative classroom podcasts, this session will explore all things audio creation in the classroom from elementary to high school. Session attendees will walk away with concrete tools and approaches to integrating audio creation in the classroom and will contribute to a podcast that will be created live during the session!

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avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →


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Building a Culture of Inquiry Using Visible Thinking with Recap Queue, Journey & Video Responses
Build a culture in your classroom (or anywhere!) that values questioning, guides students towards independent research and practice, and deepens traditional in-class discussion with engaging visuals and video. In this session, teachers will learn how to use the Recap Queue, Journey & Video Response tools to make student learning visible privately or in groups, and engage students beyond traditional in-class questioning strategies by harnessing digital tools and videos to develop more sophisticated communication, performance and critical thinking skills.

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avatar for Tracey Heisler

Tracey Heisler

English Teacher, Instructional Coach, Notre Dame Preparatory High School
Tracey Heisler has been teaching for 16 years in both public and private high schools and is currently teaching AP English Language and working as an Instructional Coach for a private high school in Scottsdale, AZ. Tools that promote visible thinking are among her favorites because... Read More →


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Create a Combustible Classroom
Discover innovative methods to create a school and classroom culture that "IGNITES" student learning.  Digital Learning Coach/Grade 3 master teacher Jed Stefanowicz shares strategies to leverage technology and innovation to create a Combustible Classroom- the culture and space to spark engagement and enhance teaching and learning.  Through personal and professional stories and 23 years of classroom stories, Jed’s high-energy workshop will focus on digital content creation, coding, makerspaces, greenscreen, passion projects and discovering modes for students to show what they know through technology. Explore through the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of creating a culture of dynamic learning that is student-focused, inquiry-inspired and engagement-driven. Dive into station-rotation implementation, computational thinking, and flexible tech-integration to promote the conditions for combustion, incorporating elements of Blended Learning, Differentiation, and the 4 C’s to share tools for the elementary teacher to personalize instruction and meet the needs of every learner.

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avatar for Jed Stefanowicz

Jed Stefanowicz

TOSA- Digital Learning Coach, Natick Public Schools
Jed Stefanowicz taught grade 3 for 22 years in Natick, and is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), as Elem. Digital Learning Coach, providing job-embedded PD and coaching for academic technology integration. Jed engages and builds staff/student capacity with ed-tech, always focusing... Read More →


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Creating Interactive Learning Experiences with G Suite for EDU
Our youngest students do NOT need to be left behind in the G Suite classroom. From writing and narrating a story to exploring new ideas to reflecting on their learning process in a digital portfolio, G Suite for EDU offers a variety of opportunities for engaging young learners. In this session, we will explore ways teachers can create interactive activities with Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, as well as audio recording and screencasting tools.

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Fast & Fun Formative Assessment
Gauging your students’ understanding of the topics you teach is a process that involves discussion, a bit of intuition, and some formative assessment activities. In this webinar you will learn how to use free tech tools to create and conduct fun, engaging, and informative formative assessments. Whether you teach elementary school, middle school, or high school, you will come away from this webinar with fun formative assessment activities that you can do tomorrow. Fast & Fun Formative Assessments addresses the needs of teachers who don’t have computers or tablets for every student. And teachers who do have laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets for every student will learn some new ways to have students use those too.

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avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology 4 Teachers
I am a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing this blog. I taught for eight and a half years at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME. During that time I piloted 1:1 laptop use before the program went school-wide. I coordinated a "laptop... Read More →


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From paper to YouTube - Movie making & Storytelling in the iPad/Chromebook/MacBook classroom
Making a movie is one of the most diverse learning experiences, project-based at it’s core. It’s not just about the visuals but about all the different mediums coming together to tell a cohesive story. From thinking about genre to crafting an engaging story to filming and fine tuning during editing to sharing and processing feedback. For us, every movie project ends on YouTube. But that’s the least important part. Crafting the story, writing the script, storyboarding the action, creating sets and staging scenes, all these different things happen within, but also without, technology. The writing process is key, the editing and revising of every step of the process, the story telling... This session will take a look at how 4th and 5th graders make movies for everything from a unit on immigration to public service announcements about social and environmental issues. How we start with an idea, research the genre, write the scripts, record, edit and share. We use stop motion, iPads, MacBooks, and even Chromebooks. Making a movie is a project-based writing project that transcends content area and can be done across the technology spectrum, with plenty of analog components too. This session goes down the rabbit hole of it all...

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avatar for Chris Casal

Chris Casal

Computer Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools


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Hands On Digital Literacy Skills in A World of Memes and Fake News
Media Literacy might be the most important critical thinking skill of our time, especially in a 1:1 learning environment. What programs should we have in place to evaluate facts, identify bias and discern truth across the curriculum? This session will take a look at how we have taught media literacy in the past and the new challenges we face in teaching students who, device in hand, are connected to information at all times. Bring your devices, this session will use web-based tools and practice hands on classroom strategies for students of all ages.

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avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Instructor, EdTechTeacher


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Personalize Learning To Amplify Student Voice & Agency
Successful personalized learning environments not only optimize instructional approaches to students needs and interests, but also emphasize student agency in which they take ownership of the learning. To do this effectively, students must become co-designers of the learning environment in which they are provided with choice and autonomy regarding what, how, when and where they learn. Personalized learning done well also promotes social and emotional learning by amplifying student voice as learners actively engage and collaborate with educators, students, and outside networks throughout the learning process. During this session, participants will explore these concepts along with specific examples of this in action across the nation. Participants will leave with practical strategies and resources that will help them implement these approaches in their educational settings.

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avatar for Tom  Driscoll

Tom Driscoll

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
As a Director of Digital Learning (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology. Tom’s career in... Read More →


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Student Presentations: Ditch the TriFold and Ignite Passion and Creativity
For years, 5th graders in Scarsdale, NY did a 6 week culminating project at the end of the year.  Capstone. They researched an area of interest, developed questions they sought answers to, talked to industry experts, and then they shared their learning. On tri-fold boards. With paragraph summaries of the answers to their questions. Pasted to the board. And a picture or two. Maybe some glitter. But is that really inspired, passionate learning? We didn’t think so. We are now entering year three of CapCon! A Capstone Learning Conference. There are no tri-folds. Instead, students do Ignite talks summarizing the story of their experience. They do TED talks and demonstrate their learning in individual and creative ways. They make movies; live action and stop-motion, to tell their story. This session will dive into rethinking the notion of student driven learning and presenting in modern, engaging ways. How one school flipped the staid tri-fold model and turned it on it’s head. We will outline the year-long process to prepare students to truly culminate their elementary experience is a mic-drop kinda way. Students telling their stories their ways

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avatar for Christine Boyer

Christine Boyer

5th Grade Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools
avatar for Chris Casal

Chris Casal

Computer Teacher, Scarsdale Public Schools


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Take Your Classroom to Hyper Speed: Using the HyperDocs Concept with all Google Apps Tools
HyperDocs create an interactive learning experience for students, allowing them to explore content, create and curate digital artifacts that demonstrate what they know, think, feel, and understand. The misconception about HyperDocs is that they are simply Google documents with hyperlinks in them. However, when used appropriately, they can transform teaching and learning into interactive, engaging, student-centered environments. Similarly, a HyperDoc doesn’t have to be only a Google Document, in this session we will explore how to use the HyperDoc process to transform the learning experience using the full Google Suite: including Slides, Forms, Sheets, Drawings, and MyMaps. 

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avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In this... Read More →


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Tech and Executive Functioning: Supports, Strategies and Resources
 Many of our students struggle with executive functioning. Executive Functioning skills are those that are needed for everyday life. They include: planning, problem solving, flexibility, organization, time management and task initiation. For many of our students, these skills can be challenging and pose many educational hurtles. In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of tools, resources and strategies that can aid in time management, organization, note taking and reading.


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avatar for Rosey McQuillan

Rosey McQuillan

I  am assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, I have extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands... Read More →


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Four Shifts for the Future
Schools have always faced the twin challenges of conserving important traditions and preparing students for a changing future. In this talk, we'll explore four important shifts taking place with implications for educators: exponential growth of informal learning, changing teaching practices inside colleges, the impact of automation on working life, and the continually improving field of the science of learning. Examining these important changes, we'll explore what schools need to preserve and where schools need to grow and change to prepare young people for a complex world. 

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avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the... Read More →


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Leading & Coaching With Techno Purpose: Exploring Blended Learning
Academic coaches and leaders will… Define blended learning. Identify the connections between blended learning and t-Pack. Identify elements of a “true” blended learning classroom. Discuss the role of an academic coach and/or leader in the implementation of digital teaching and learning initiatives. Use technology tools appropriate for a blended learning environment - for trainings and classroom use.

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avatar for Vann Lassiter

Vann Lassiter

Director of Instructional Technology, St. Mary's Academy
Vann is an educator, author, motivational speaker, and model. Vann’s enthusiasm & dynamic teaching style has earned him the nickname “Super Vann” & “The Energizer Bunny of Technology.” Vann is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer & Apple Foundations Trainer. He... Read More →


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No More Dumpster Projects: More Meaningful Making
How might we apply a design thinking mindset in the service of amplifying teaching and learning in our classrooms? How might we evolve MakerSpaces and STEM labs into venues for social justice and restorative practices? How might we transform popsicle stick projects into points of problem-solving pride? Explore possibilities and identify solutions in this session for any educator.

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avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Educator by trade, generalist by practice, I’m a 18-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine. As a part-time education consultant, I offer customized professional development experiences in design thinking, project based learning, technology... Read More →


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Personal Digital Inquiry & Creating to Learn: Structures & Tools to Help Learning Meaningful & Relevant with Students
In this session we will learn how to design new learning opportunities for students to creatively express their knowledge using the Personal Digital Inquiry model & Dr. Renee Hobbs’s new book Create to Learn. The first half of our session will be spent looking at the aspects of the inquiry including generating questions, collaborating & discussing findings with peers, accessing and analyzing potential ideas for creativity, taking action through the creation and, finally, reflecting on the action. The second half of the session will center mediums for digital media creation that you can bring to your classroom. We'll look at options such as blogging, vlogging, podcasting among other means of sharing one's learning.

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avatar for Dave Quinn

Dave Quinn

Director of Technology Integration, Mendon / Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts, and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a candidate in the... Read More →


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Playful Rehearsal- Teacher Practice Spaces
Every great teacher knows that skill development requires deliberate practice; ironically, teachers themselves have limited opportunities to practice important teaching strategies and moves in low-stakes settings. In this presentation, Justin Reich, EdTechTeacher co-founder and head of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT, will describe the ideas underlying this research and showcase prototypes of games and simulations that help teachers rehearse for and reflect upon important decisions in teaching.

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avatar for Justin Reich

Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the... Read More →


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Rigorous Whimsy: Using Creativity to Deepend Understanding in Any Classroom Pre-K to Post-12
How might we choreograph a short story, remix a political party, sketchnote an equation, costume a scientific phenomenon, or hashtag a nutrition plan?  Explore high tech and low tech ways to integrate creative expression into any learning environment all in the service of critical thinking and deeper learning.  Also: LEGO, PlayDoh, emojis and more.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder

Educator by trade, generalist by practice, I’m a 18-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine. As a part-time education consultant, I offer customized professional development experiences in design thinking, project based learning, technology... Read More →


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Teacherpreneurship 101
The Internet has made it possible for teachers to earn a nice second income without having to wait tables or paint houses during summer vacation. For the last ten years I’ve earned my income online while helping other teachers. I’m frequently asked, “how’d you do it?” and “can you help me?” Come to this presentation to find out how you can earn your second or even primary income online. This isn’t a get rich quick system and I won’t be pitching Teachers Pay Teachers or multi-level marketing schemes that annoy your friends. The lessons shared in this presentation can be passed on to your students as you help them prepare to join a workforce that requires them to be able to sell their skills to employers and clients.

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avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology 4 Teachers
I am a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing this blog. I taught for eight and a half years at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME. During that time I piloted 1:1 laptop use before the program went school-wide. I coordinated a "laptop... Read More →


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Transforming teaching practice by creating time and space for pedagogical dialogue
This presentation will showcase the necessity of transforming practice to reflect modern learning in a 1:1 programme. I will highlight how we sought to transform our pedagogy to reveal significant classroom engagement and student learning by investing time to establish a pedagogical dialogue in teachers' schedules trough "pedagogical circles". Inspired by the work of Ritchhart, Church and Morrison  (2011) and Ritchhart  (2015) through Project Zero at Harvard, teachers delved into an examination of their practice to integrate "visible thinking" routines to transform their pedagogy and engage students in deeper thinking and learning. Through "pedagogical circles", teachers have led pedagogical and physical transformations of their classrooms to exhibit active and deep learning. Records of teachers' reflections and classroom observations on a blog, as well as bi-monthly discussions were instrumental to bringing forward significant change.

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avatar for Nathalie Lemelin

Nathalie Lemelin

Director of Development and Innovations, Collège de Montréal
Nathalie Lemelin, Ph.D. is director of development and innovations in teaching and learning at Collège de Montreal. She brought Action Research to the museum education context in Québec, through her doctoral research whereby she implemented a participatory action research model... Read More →


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Wednesday, November 7
 

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Virtual Reality in EDU
With the rapidly changing landscape of Virtual Reality and the reality of classroom integration, this session will explore the implications of virtual reality in a classroom setting as well as a the tools and resources that are readily available to begin integrating this potentially transformative technology. From consumption to creation session attendees will walk away with both a framework and tools to begin exploring pre-created VR content and VR as a storytelling platform.

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avatar for Greg Kulowiec

Greg Kulowiec

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 TBA
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Amplifying the Power of Chrome in your Classroom
Unlock the creative and innovative power of Chrome and move beyond using the core suite of Google tools for simply word processing, productivity and organization. In this session, we will explore various Chrome apps, extensions, and add-ons that can allow students to create multimedia, manage digital resources, and engage in new learning opportunities. When teachers know where to find these amazing tools, our students’ learning experience is enhanced to a level never before seen. Whether on a Chromebook or laptop, Chrome provides the opportunity to transform student learning.

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avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In this... Read More →


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Leading Personalized Learning
Although personalized approaches to learning have gained considerable traction, there is still much confusion regarding what this complex set of ideas actually looks like in practice. In this session, join Bristol Warren Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade and Digital Learning Director Tom Driscoll as they lead participants through an exploration of the key components of personalized learning, such as learner profiles, competency-based progressions, flexible pathways and student agency. They will also highlight specific steps and key leadership moves that you can take to refine a vision for personalized learning and put it into practice across your school or district.


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avatar for Tom  Driscoll

Tom Driscoll

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
As a Director of Digital Learning (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology. Tom’s career in... Read More →


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Optimizing Learning with Quality Real-Time Feedback
In today's classrooms, teachers are being asked to use devices to differentiate lessons, offer personalized learning, provide real time individual feedback and so much more! With all of these demands it can be a challenge to plan and execute tech infused lessons while optimizing valuable teaching minutes. But don't throw up your hands and give up, come to this session to give Classkick a try! Classkick is a web based tool which offers teachers the ability to create lessons and nurture student learning while using PC's, Chromebooks, or iPads. Explore ways to create engaging lessons to meet the needs of all your learners. View the teacher dashboard where every student device can be viewed from your screen. Monitor students while working on their device and offer quality feedback quickly from your device to easily keep them on task, reteach a skill, and offer positive feedback. In addition, students can collaborate with one another to offer help and silently raise a hand to get your attention when more help is needed. Bring your device to experience Classkick and sign up for a free account!

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avatar for Anissa Labrador

Anissa Labrador

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Anissa Labrador is a dedicated lifelong educator who is never satisfied with status quo and is always looking for her next opportunity to learn. She strives to inspire teachers to embrace change, learn by making mistakes, and enhance their teaching strategies with technology with... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 TBA
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SeeSaw
Looking for a learning journal that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place? Then Seesaw is the solution for you! It has a space that each student can own with built-in tools that make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, record audio, draw and develop new skills. Teachers can also include parents in the community to build a strong school-home connection. In this hands-on workshop participants will alternate between planning as a teacher and creating as a student and will walk away with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to get started with Seesaw the next school day!

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avatar for Anissa Labrador

Anissa Labrador

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Anissa Labrador is a dedicated lifelong educator who is never satisfied with status quo and is always looking for her next opportunity to learn. She strives to inspire teachers to embrace change, learn by making mistakes, and enhance their teaching strategies with technology with... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 TBA
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Using G Suite for Digital Differentiation
Moving from an analog environment to a digital one has never been more important or easier. It can be challenging to design learning experiences which allow students voice and choice while providing opportunities to support diverse learning styles. Digital differentiation using G-Suite, allows information to be presented in multiple ways and encourages students to take ownership of their learning. In this session, participants will learn strategies to enhance student access, provide for differentiation and student productivity with G Suite for EDU.

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avatar for Rosey McQuillan

Rosey McQuillan

I  am assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, I have extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands... Read More →


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Empowering Innovation & Combating Stagnation
In every school or district there are “pockets of excellence,” great teachers innovating and enhancing pedagogical practices. But if schools are to move from pockets of excellence to widespread reform they have to develop a system that acknowledges, encourages, and rewards innovative teachers willing to take chances to meet student needs. Yet, reluctant or negative staff members may dissuade innovative teachers from risk-taking and so it’s essential that school leaders take away that negative power. In this session, we'll examine concepts and practices designed to nurture innovative practices across an entire faculty and combat stagnation. As Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond underlines, "the intensive development of teachers and leaders" should be the central focus of school improvement and is they key to developing a positive and risk-taking culture. 

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