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FETC 2020 – Bienvenidos a Miami!

17 Jan

FETC 2020: What an incredible week of learning and networking at the Miami Beach Convention Center!

After presenting 10 times – 5 workshops & 5 sessions – over 4 days, I am both exhilarated and exhausted. But there is nothing more rewarding than spending time supporting educators and educational leaders in the important work they do every day, so I am grateful to have been a featured speaker at FETC again this year…. and I look forward to being a part of this conference for many years to come!

Workshop & Session Resources

Workshop: App Design for Beginners
Downloads:
Handout of Slides
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Workshop: From Student to Author: Writing Instruction for the Digital Age
Resources: Writing Activities

Workshop: Promote Student Voice through Elementary Technology Centers
Resources: K-5 Tech Centers

Workshop: How to Turn Your Technology Initiative Into an Educational Movement
Download: Handout of Slides
Related Article: Technology Integration for the NEW 21st Century Learner

Workshop: Top Tips and Tools for Creating Flipped PD Videos
Download: Handout of Slides

Session: Using iPads and Tablets to Maximize Anytime, Anywhere Learning
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Session: Professional Learning #SelfCare for School & District Leaders
Download: Handout of Slides

Session: 6 Code-Free Computer Science Activities for any Middle School Class
Download: Handout of Slides

Session: There’s No “I” in Ed Tech
Download: Handout of Slides

Session: Teach All the Memes!
Download: Handout of Slides

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.

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.””

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

Remembering Steve Jobs: Education and the Empowerment of “Black-Collar Workers”

5 Oct

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“There’s an old Wayne Gretzy quote that I love.  ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple.” – Steve Jobs

Today, one year after the loss of Steve Jobs, people still remember, celebrate and live according to his bold entrepreneurial lifestyle.  And I think that the education reform movement can gleam a lot from his example.

In his new book World Class Learners, Yong Zhao proclaims, “Everyone needs to be entrepreneurial in the 21st century.”

Zhao continues, “Entrepreneurs today are the “black-collar workers,” a term coined by Auerswald with inspiration from Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck (Auerswald, 2012b). A teacher who does not believe we need all to be entrepreneurs asked me the same question that Auerswald answers:

From where we sit now, it seems improbable that an entire economy could be built of such workers. Where are the drones in this picture? Where are the undifferentiated masses of the unfulfilled? Try asking yourself this question instead: from the standpoint of a 15th-century peasant, how likely is the reality of the present day? . . . Just as former farmers were compelled to convert themselves into blue-collar workers to realize their potential in the economy of the 20th century, so will former factory workers (and retooling economic drones of all types) convert themselves into black-collar workers to realize their potential in the economy of the 21st century.‘ (Auerswald, 2012a)

The future success of our students is dependent on their ability to be self-directed, to create, to be entrepreneurial.  It is not enough to teach the content of reading, writing and arithmetic, or even the literacies of the 21st century information economy, without also giving intentional thought to how the pedagogy, the processes behind that teaching, is affecting the student-ownership of that very education.

Education, pedagogy, the learning process itself, must belong to the students.  We can no longer treat students merely as the customers of the current educational system, but instead must empower them as vital participants in developing the information economy of the future.

As Alan November states (in this video interview), “[Students] need to be self directed. They need to be life long learners, which means they need to be empowered to manage more and more and more of their own learning.”  Though a systemic shift of control from “the teacher managing learning” to “interdependent, globally connected students” may take the five to ten years November predicts, as educators, there are so many things we can do in the present to usher in this change and to prepare our students for the 21st century “black-collar” culture.

It is my goal to continue passionately pursuing educational practices that directly address strategies for empowerment and the development of student-driven learning.  I look forward to having you join me for the journey!

In remembrance of Steve Jobs for his unapologetic creativity and innovation
February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Auerswald, P. (2012a, March 11). Bliss is on the way: Black-collar workers and the case for economic optimism. Good. Retrieved April 5, 2012, from http://m.good.is/post/bliss-is-on-the-way-the-case-for-economic-optimism
Auerswald, P. (2012b). The coming prosperity: How entrepreneurs are transforming the global economy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
November, Alan. (2010). “Alan November on Curriculum21.” Video retrieved on October 5, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivq3TZ6Bfic&feature=player_embedded.
Zhao, Yong. (2012). “Introduction.” World Class Learners: . Retrieved on October 5, 2012 from http://zhaolearning.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Introduction.pdf.