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ISTE in Philly is Back Again

21 Jun

It’s long overdue, but now Philly’s slammin’. And it’s because as many as 20,000 educators are descending upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the 2019 ISTE Conference and Expo.

I arrived tonight to stunning views of the city — a bird’s eye view, giving us a bit of calm before educators take this town by storm.

And I am excited. I am excited to learn. Excited to present 5 sessions. Excited to spend time with passionate educators both that I’ve known for years… and that I will cross paths with for the first time as our shared interests draw us into the same session or booth or event or conversation or coffee break (or even bar across the street to sneak in a bit of Women’s World Cup).

I am excited.

So, I hope see you at the conference (or at least on Twitter via @NancyeBlackEdu or using the #ISTE19 hashtag)….. and that ISTE 2019 greets you with a jet black Benz, plenty of friends, and all the Philly steaks you can eat.

Cheers!

See session details on my ISTE presenter page.

Explore Flipped PD, Empathy, Memes, and More at #FETC19

21 Jan

I am so excited about this year’s FETC. Not only will I be connecting with some of my favorite people in edtech at one of my favorite events in edtech…. but I will also be digging in with amazing educators through 6 workshops and two concurrent sessions!

And this year, I’m not just presenting alone. Joining me for current session Teach All the Memes! is 18 year old social media guru, Laney Blair, whose #IAmMyBeautiful body positivity campaign was recently featured on BuzzFeed. And in Cultivating Empathy with Film and Other Media, award-winning feature filmmaker Kevin O’Brien will gift us with his insights on the power of media and how even 3 minute short films can transform perspective and inspire action.

This is definitely a year of workshops and sessions at FETC you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Flip Your PD: Top Tips and Tools for PD Videos
A perfect FETC kick-off for administrators, tech coordinators, and coaches!
Room: SOUTH 220B; Workshop Number: $W005
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Create the Ultimate Technology Project — Today!
Room: NORTH 220G; Workshop Number: $W072
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

From Student to Author: Writing Instruction for the Digital Age
Room: SOUTH 330H; Workshop Number: $W089
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Monday, January 28, 2019

15 Keys to Effective Classroom Management With Mobile Devices
Room: NORTH 220G; Workshop Number: $W122
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Powerful Instructional Strategies That Cultivate World Changers
What if your everyday class activities could also build a better tomorrow? Would you do it? Come learn practical ways to cultivate world changers!
Room: NORTH 220G; Workshop Number: $W172
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to Turn Your Technology Initiative Into an Educational Movement
An interactive sessions to support school and district leaders in aligning decision-making with an edtech vision for systemic change.
Room: SOUTH 330B; Workshop Number: $W195
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Teach ALL the Memes!
with 18 year old social media guru Laney Blair
Memes permeate youth culture. Learn to understand, create, and teach with these powerful media tools.
Room: NORTH 330CD; Session Number: C148
2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Cultivating Empathy With Film and Other Media
with Award-winning Filmmaker Kevin O’Brien
Gain strategies for selecting and teaching with media that can transform students’ ability to understand and act of the the experiences of others.
Room: NORTH 220G; Session Number: C209
4:00 PM – 4:40 PM

Arts-Infused Charter School will be a Game-Changer in Florida’s Glades Region

4 Oct

I am so excited to share about this school opening with you all!
Last summer, my consulting team worked tirelessly (literally several all-nighters pulled) to help write a charter school proposal for an arts-infused elementary/middle school in Florida’s Glades region, a more rural and underserved community in western Palm Beach County.
We took on this project because we believe Covenant Arts Academy’s unique, holistic approach to education will increase engagement, academic performance, graduation rates, higher-ed participation, JOY, and HOPE for students in this area… results that were already being seen through the school founders’ arts-based after-school program, Street Beat (http://streetbeatincorporated.org/about-us/).
 
This morning, we learned that the charter was approved unanimously! I am thrilled for the Glades community and for the students that will benefit from this innovative curricular model.
My biggest takeaway from this experience: If you have a vision for helping students in a unique or innovative way, share it, explore it, build a team around it. Diverse students need diverse solutions… maybe you’ll be the next one to bring hope to students who need it most!
 
“The [Palm Beach County School Board] considered a third charter, Covenant Arts Academy, vital to filling a need for some of the county’s most remote students.
 
“The nearest arts middle school option for students in the Glades region is 39 miles away and is an audition-based magnet school,” the school wrote in its charter application. “These geographical and access challenges significantly limit potential access for interested students in the Glades region.”
 
Board members agreed, approving the school unanimously.
 
The combined elementary and middle school is expected to open in Belle Glade and promises to integrate arts into all of its classes . It aims to enroll 590 students by its fifth year and would instruct students in music, dance and drama.””

Where to Catch Nancye Blair Black at #ISTE18!

24 Jun

It’s a beautiful morning here in Chicago. The sun has been shining since 5:15 AM!

I, for one, am so excited for this year’s ISTE Conference! Learning, networking, fun… Plus, I had the chance to work on three incredible projects that ISTE is launching this year, so being here to share in this moment of powerful growth in the edtech field is incredibly meaningful as well. (More info on those to follow!)

This year at the conference, I’m most looking forward to two things — continuing to support my fellow edtech-ers through my presentations AND connecting with those who are passionate about transforming education.

A list of my sessions is below. If you can make it, I would love to see you there. Be sure to say hi!

And if you can’t make it to the sessions, don’t hesitate to say hello in the hall, at a reception, or to reach out via Twitter (@NancyeBlackEdu) to connect for coffee or a drink! These connections are what ISTE is all about!

 

My Sessions at #ISTE18

From Student to Author: Innovative Writing Instruction for the Digital Age (Workshop Code: WORKSP125)

Sunday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Discover free and innovative ways that web and mobile technologies can develop voice, focus, dialogue, figurative language and more in your budding elementary writers. With the ideas, student samples, rubrics and practical resources you need, transformational writing instruction is just a session away! (More info…)

 

Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers (Poster)

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 20

Centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation and independence in the elementary classroom. Certain types of centers, like podcasting or graphic design, also promote student voice through media creation. Learn to empower and showcase students’ voices through six types of dynamic centers. Lesson templates included! (More info…)

 

Flip Your PD: Top Tips and Tools For Creating PD Videos (BYOD – Sold out!)

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W194b

A Flipped PD approach to professional development provides personalized, just-in-time teacher education that works! Make the most of your PD efforts by learning how to create and integrate powerful flipped PD videos from a nationally recognized trainer who will share her favorite strategies and tools. (More info…)

 

Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level (15 min Showcase – 2 days!)

Tuesday, June 26, 5:25–5:40 pm
Wednesday, June 27, 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Location: ISTE Central Stage

The ISTE Standards cast a vision for learning. A vision that is student-driven, empowers student voice, and promotes connections across classrooms and cultures. Mobile learning – using portable technology to increase flexibility in the classroom and authentic learning beyond the classroom -uniquely holds the capacity to realize the entirety of this vision in the classroom. Learn more about strategies and opportunities to advance your school or district’s mobile learning initiative!

Can’t wait for FETC 2018!

21 Jan

It’s that time of year again. The time where teachers, administrators, media specialists, tech specialists, and other edtech gurus gather in Orlando for the Future of Education Technology Conference to connect, share, and learn. I am honored and excited to be one of the speakers featured at the conference again this year!

Here’s where you can find me:

Tuesday, January 23
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
15 Keys to Effective Classroom Management With Mobile Devices – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Ed Tech GO! 7 Ways to Maximize Learning With Device Mobility – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

Wednesday, January 24
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Using Tablets to Teach for Deeper Understanding – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 19

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers – Poster
Room: Booth 965

Thursday, January 25
12:00 PM – 12:40 PM
How Media Messages Impact Girls in Computer Science – Concurrent Session
Room: North 220C

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
How to Turn Your Technology Initiative Into an Educational Movement – Workshop
Room: Bayhill 18