Archive by Author

Will I see you at these Summer 2016 Education Conferences?

14 Jun

I am so excited about three upcoming conferences that I will get to be a part of this summer!

As you may know, I’ve done a lot less travel this past year since the arrival of my (totally adorable) baby boy. It’s been a wonderful year and true delight to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time home with him. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to get out to connect with and support my fellow educators more over the next two months!

So, in case you’re out and about, here’s where you can find me. And if you’ll be attending any of these conferences, let me know and be sure to say hello. 🙂

Superior Tech for Teachers: Education Technology Conference
June 15-17, 2016 in Clearwater, FL
More info: http://superiortech4teachers.com

CjoboeaXEAAPa_V.jpg-large8 Ways to Maximize Learning with Mobile Devices
Friday, June 17 @ 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Room: Protagoras C104

It’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration
Friday, June 17 @ 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room: Sapho A201

ISTE 2017
June 25-29, 2016 in Denver, CO
More info: https://conference.iste.org

Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students: Workshop
Saturday, June 25 @ 12:30–3:30 PM, Room: CCC Mile High Ballroom 2A

Innovative Elementary Writing Activities for the Digital Age: Workshop
Sunday, June 26 @ 12:30–3:30 PM, Room: CCC Mile High Ballroom 2C

Taking Your Mobile Learning to the Next Level: Interactive Lecture with ISTE Faculty
Monday, June 27 @ 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Room: CCC 601

How to Turn Your Technology Initiatives into Educational Movements: Workshop
Tuesday, June 28 @ 4:30–7:30 PM, Room: Hyatt Regency, Capital Ballroom 2

ISTE_2016-Digital-Badge_presenterIt’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration: Interactive Lecture
Wednesday, June 29 @ 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Room: CCC 401

I will also be with the 3D Network Leadership team at the
Networking Fair on Sunday from 3-5 PM in CCC Lobby D
and the
3D Network Gathering on Tuesday from 10-11 AM in the PLN Lounge.

NAF Next Conference
July 18-20, 2016 in Orlando, FL
More info: http://naf.org/event/naf-next-2016

Take Your Mobile Learning to the Next Level
Monday, July 18 @ 9:45 – 11:00 AM

Effective Classroom Management with Mobile Devices
Monday, July 18 @ 1:15 – 2:30 PM

See you at FETC 2016!

9 Jan

original_eBadges2016_FeaturedSpeakerHappy New Year! I hope this message finds each of you well… and finds many of you anticipating this week’s Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida!

As a featured speaker for this year’s conference, I can hardly wait to spend time with colleagues and friends, while also making new connections and getting to work with so many incredible and eager educators!

Below you can find a list of places to find me during the conference… as well as a list of my workshops and sessions.

If you will be there, please be sure to say hello!

Networking Events:

Hanging at the FSTE / ISTE Booth during Exhibit Hall Opening
Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. — Exhibit Hall Booth #2155

Florida Educators Tweet-Up: Sponsored by FSTE and #FLedChat
Thursday 2:40 – 3:20 p.m. — Exhibit Hall Food Court/Booth #2155

ISTE’s Verizon Mobile Learning Academy Meet-Up
For past and current VMLA coaches and participants.
Thursday 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. — Exhibit Hall Booth #2155

Florida Society for Technology in Education (FSTE):
Annual Meeting & Future of FSTE Discussion for current and interested members
Friday 12:00 – 12:40 p.m. — Room S230G

Workshops & Sessions:

Teach for Deeper Understanding With Mobile Devices (Workshop info)
Tuesday 8:00-11:00 a.m. – Hyatt Regency Hotel – Bayhill 25

Explore the ability for a mobile device-enriched implementation of the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework to promote deeper understanding. The ideal pairing of mobile devices with the TfU framework has the potential to facilitate deep student understanding and knowledge construction. You’ll explore the dynamic integration of infographics, video games, simulations multimedia tools and other innovative cross-platform student applications. Create your own mobile device-enriched unit, ready to use or share when you return to school! (Preregister for workshops here.)

 

Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students (Workshop Info)
Tuesday 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Hyatt Regency Hotel – Bayhill 25

Whether for reading groups, math activities or creative projects, centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation, independence and discovery learning in the elementary classroom. By integrating easy-to-implement technology activities into these centers, every student, from kindergarten to fifth grade, can enhance their learning experience while developing progressive technology skills. In this interactive workshop, you will gain firsthand experience of six Independent Technology Centers, each providing samples, ideas for extended applications, tutorials, adaptive lesson and rubric templates for K-2 and 3-5. (Preregister for workshops here.)

 

It’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration (Session Info)
Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m. – OCCC – South 330 A

In this interactive session, attendees learn about powerful web resources and best practices that are perfect for our youngest learners. With ideas for tools like Google Docs, Storybird, Voicethread, Skype, Flockdraw, and more participants will learn how to find other teachers and classes who are interested in collaborating, how to set-up 21st Century learning activities that promote global awareness and real world problem solving, and easily implement these new tools in their classroom. In no time, elementary students can be blogging; digital storytelling; sharing videos, images, knowledge or skills; and even creating websites with other students across the classroom and around the world.

 

Nancye ISTE 2013
Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes dignity-driven, technology-enriched instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered many recognitions, including ISTE Emerging Leader, a PBS Teachers Innovation award winner, and featured educator in magazines, books, radio, and television. She is a contributing author to several books, including Tablets in K-12 Education, and currently serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education, and founding president for the ISTE 3D Network. @NancyeBlackEdu

FSTE Events at FETC

22 Jan

fstelogoIf you are a Florida educator and you haven’t checked out the Florida Society for Technology in Education, I highly recommend that you do.  The Florida Society for Technology in Education is a growing organization focused on providing high quality networking, professional development, and advocacy opportunities for Florida educators. FSTE is also Florida’s ISTE Affiliate for educators and educational stakeholders.

I have been a member of FSTE for several years and have had the honor to serve on the Board of Directors for the last two and a half years. Through this organization, I have made some of my greatest friends in edtech. This year, I am proud to be the President of this organization…. and would love to see more of Florida’s educators join (for only $25!). The more we work together, the greater impact we can make throughout the entire state.

If you are attending FETC, there are 4 great ways to learn more about FSTE and get involved. I would love to see you there!

Visit the FSTE Booth
Thursday, January 22 – Friday, January 23
Convention Center – 2nd Floor Hall

Attend our session:
5 Ways YOU Can Advocate for Edtech in Florida
With FL DOE and FSTE Board
Friday, January 23rd
12:00 – 12:40 PM
Room 230E

Come to our meeting:
FSTE 2015 Annual Meeting & Reception
Friday, January 23rd @ 1:00 PM
Room S331A
Free for members
$5 non-members/guests
Cake and refreshments
Time to meet and learn with other Florida educators
Mini-keynotes:
 Susan Bearden & John Lien

Presentation of Making IT Happen Awards
Sneak Peek into upcoming FSTE plans
Raffle prizes including: 2 iPod Nanos, 2 Bluetooth styli,
Science4Us, VocabularySpellingCity, fantastic edtech books,
free ISTE membership, FSTE t-shirts
And more!

Register NOW: http://fste.org/events/?ee=7

Join our discussions:
FSTE Hot Topics Campfire Discussions
Friday, January 23rd
2:00 – 2:40 PM
Room S331A

 

Upcoming Workshops & Sessions at FETC 2015

6 Jan

FETC15_eBadge_250_speakerHard to believe that 2015 is already underway… and with that only two more weeks before the National FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, Florida.

It is an honor to be selected as a Featured Speaker for this year’s conference! I can’t wait to present alongside so many brilliant and talented educators.

Here is a list of the info for each of my workshops and sessions. Would love to have you join me!

Featured Sessions:

Digital Village: Using Technology to Increase Parent Involvement
Thursday 1:00-1:40 p.m. – S310A

If it takes a village to raise a child, then this digital generation calls for a digital village. Studies increasingly show that parent involvement is directly correlated to student achievement, behavior and high school graduation rates. By using digital collaboration tools, parents can become an integral part of their child’s education, sharing from their knowledge, careers, and life experience. For students, their friends and family are the best place to establish their Personal Learning Network, preparing for a lifetime of communication, collaboration and digital citizenship. In this engaging session, attendees will examine pertinent research, explore best practices for implementation, engage live demonstrations of collaborative web environments, view diverse examples, and delve into free, effective Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, Voicethread, video-conferencing, collaborative applications and workspaces, and communication tools. Creating an innovative, connected classroom was never easier than when using these parent-friendly ideas. Whether for individual lessons or yearlong initiatives, educators and educational stakeholders will leave feeling inspired to expand the educational experience with a digital village!

Innovative Elementary Writing Instruction for the Digital Age
Thursday 3:20-4:00 p.m. – S320G

With the emergence of Web 2.0, tablet apps, and global communications tools, the art of writing is becoming increasingly vital to our students. Whether it’s translating the concise word choice of poetry to Twitter, the voice of persuasive essays to blogs, or the delicate crafting of an engaging narrative into ePublishing, effective writing is at the heart of 21st century learning and skills. In this eye-opening session, educators learn how to bring out the inner Shel Silverstein and J. K. Rowling in their students through intentional uses of dynamic applications and student-created digital media. Plus, educators learn about free and affordable ways to promote their budding authors by publishing paper and digital storybooks and anthologies. In fact, these activities, projects and practices have already empowered the presenter’s students to win international digital storytelling awards and even pen an Amazon Best-seller! Through these engaging, student-created projects and instructional practices, educators will see measurable improvements in their students’ spelling, grammar, voice, word choice, figurative language, creativity, elaboration and more! With the ideas, student samples, adaptable rubrics and the practical resources they need to get started, educators will rush to integrate their new learning as soon as they return to school!

3D Technologies: A Key to Maximizing Digital Age Teaching and Learning
Thursday 4:20-5:00 p.m. – S230B

Teaching and learning with 3D technologies can improve student achievement, attention, behavior, and more! Learn how three types of 3D educational applications can enhance teaching and learning at all grade levels! 3D design applications allow students to make their mental images a reality by creating 3-dimensional objects and scenes by using programs like Google Sketch-Up and Autodesk Maya. Progressive uses even include augmented reality, virtual environments, and video game creation. 3D printing produces such digitally designed objects in tangible materials from plastic to human tissue. Through its emergence in the “maker” movement, students are engaging an iterative engineering design process firsthand. Finally, stereoscopic 3D is familiar to many students from 3D movies and theme park rides. Whether with glasses or new glasses-free displays, 3D videos and simulations are increasing students’ learning gains, retention, and attention in classrooms around the world. Each 3D technology provides powerful opportunities for learning and develops the essential skills and knowledge needed for success in emerging 21st century fields and careers. Through best practices, practical applications, student-created examples, and true success stories, we will explore the basics of these 3D technologies and how they may serve as the key to maximizing digital age teaching and learning.

Workshops (a few spots left!) – more info and to register:

Lights! Camera! Student Moviemakers in Action!
Wednesday 8:00-11:00 a.m. – S330G

Lights! Camera! Student Moviemakers in Action! is a hands-on workshop that assists educators in effectively integrating student-created movie projects into the K-12 classroom. In this engaging workshop, educators will explore the positive impact of student media creation on meeting the challenges of 21st century learning and the participatory digital culture. They will learn a basic workflow for approaching various types of class video projects with iMovie. Plus, educators will also discover powerful applications of several student moviemaking genres and styles, as well as technological hardware and software tools, that support implementation of the NETS-S, the Framework for 21st Century Learning and the Common Core State Standards across curricular areas. Guided hands-on activities and demonstration in making creative and advanced video types, including stop-motion, time lapse, and stereoscopic 3D, round out this session to make it an innovative professional development experience that educators won’t want to miss. Best of all, they will acquire access to extended resources, reproducible classroom materials, sample rubrics, student-created examples and how-to video tutorials. As a result of this inspiring session, educators will leave ready to connect with their students in creative and meaningful ways upon returning to school.

Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students
Wednesday 12:00-3:00 p.m. – S330D

Whether for reading groups, Daily 5, math activities, or creative projects, centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation, independence, and discovery learning in the elementary classroom. By integrating easy-to-implement technology activities into these centers, every student, from kindergarten to fifth grade, can enhance their learning experience while developing progressive technology skills. In this interactive session, attendees gain first-hand experience of six progressive Independent Technology Centers. Each hands-on center provides samples, ideas for extended applications, how-to tutorials, adaptive lesson and rubric templates for K-2 and 3-5, as well as time to experiment with the tools. Plus, the session will provide best practices learned from successful implementation at several elementary schools that are making substantial gains on standardized testing while still promoting technology activities that develop creativity and critical thinking. With practical tools, resources and hands-on experience, attendees will leave confident and inspired to successfully develop 21st century skills and deep learning of the standards through these powerful learning centers.

A Coming-of-Digital-Age Story

13 Mar

A Coming-of-Digital Age Story
By Nancye Blair Black
Performed by Laney Blair

Used to be, learning at school was a bore.
Textbooks and textbooks and textbooks. Snore!
In class, teachers would talk, students would hear.
It was the same old story year after year.

Until one day, our principal suddenly appeared
With a class set of computers. The students all cheered!
Our teacher showed us what these new tools could do.
We played fraction games. We Skyped with the zoo!

And then it was our turn. She turned us all loose
To research and learn about a topic we choose.
I tried simulations. Collected data, too.
I emailed an expert. Read cutting-edge news.

Next, it was time to share what we’d learned,
To demonstrate knowledge and mastery earned.
In front of my classmates, I started to doubt,
But then all of a sudden, the words just poured out.

I showed them my slideshow with media galore.
My friends clapped and asked questions and begged me for more!
My teacher joined with them. Could this really be?
That along with my teacher, now a teacher was me?

It was hard to believe, but the message seemed clear;
My work mattered enough to see, read and hear.
And if sharing my ideas could matter to you,
All this work would actually be worth it to do!

So, I darted online to blog on my day.
Would the rest of the world really care what I say?
I posted my project as my global debut.
Other teachers and students were soon commenting, too!

And now, I can’t count all things I can share;
I’m an author, filmmaker and scientist extraordinaire.
My voice makes a difference. I now know it’s true….
And technology helped me to share it with you.