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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.

#FETC14 Countdown: Innovative Workshops Not to Miss!

20 Dec

2014 is right around the corner… Kick off the new year right by plugging into innovative sessions and workshops at upcoming conferences across the country!  Whether you can make it in person or join in virtually, this is a great time to get connected to the best that ed-tech has to offer.

FETC14 SpeakerI’ll be starting out the year at FETC in Orlando from January 28-31.  If you are planning to be there, I’d love for you to join me in one of my workshops as we explore the transformative potential of using technology in the classroom.  Here are three opportunities… and remember to pre-register for these workshops early while there are still spots available!

Tuesday, January 28 – 8:00-11:00 AM
Ed-Tech Transformation: More than Meets the Eye

Today’s interactive, relational and tech-savvy students are not the same 21st Century learners we had the first decade of the millennium and our technology curriculum and integration shouldn’t be either! Join us as we explore proven and emerging ways to revolutionize your class and school with a technology-infused curriculum that drives student discovery, problem solving, collaboration and creativity, all while meeting the demands for academic achievement.

Thursday, January 30 – 8:00-10:00 AM
Digital Village: Using Technology to Increase Parent Involvement

By using Web 2.0 collaboration tools, parents become an integral part of your classroom and their child’s learning! With interactive demonstrations, free resources, best practices, and testimonials, you’ll move forward inspired to turn your classroom into its own digital village. In this interactive session, attendees will engage live demonstrations of collaborative web environments, explore best practices for implementation, view diverse examples, and delve into free, effective collaboration tools like blogs, wikis, Voicethread, video-conferencing, writing apps, online whiteboards – and more!

Thursday, January 30 – 1:00-3:00PM
It’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration

Discover powerful web resources and best practices perfect for connecting young learners around the globe. Gain ideas for tools like Google Docs, Storybird, Voicethread, ePals, Skype, Flockdraw, Quadblogging and more. In no time, your students will be sharing videos, images, knowledge and skills; blogging; storytelling; and even creating websites with other students across the classroom or around the world.

Empowering Students with Digital Media Creation

25 Aug

The new school year is getting underway.  We are filling drawers with math manipulatives, cabinets with supplies for science experiments, shelves with books… and lesson plans with inspired ideas for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.

Yet, while we make plans to teach these tangible standards, let’s not forget to plan lessons that teach the intangibles, too — Dignity, compassion, identity.  Let’s commit to intentionally making plans that provide our students with opportunities to discover their greatest potential, to making plans to share that potential with the world.

One way to start is to give power to their unique voice though digital media creation.  Technology tools provide opportunities for students to create diverse and engaging media that can be showcased for live audiences around the world.

Throughout this year, I will be posting innovative technology tools, lesson applications and even opportunities for you to share about the amazing digital media created by your students.  Interactive Student-Created Digital Media PortalIn addition, this summer at ISTE 2012 was the official launch of the Engaging Education Interactive Student-Created Digital Media Portal.  This portal provides ideas and tutorials for integrating Movie-making and Animations, Digital Storytelling, Audio and Podcasting, 3D Media, and Web 2.0 Apps. Plus, the Resource section can direct you to free, copyright-friendly photos and screen/video capture apps.  This Interactive Portal is the perfect place to get that first idea to kick off the school year.

So, what are you waiting for?  Empower your students this school year through student-created digital media projects…  And be sure to share their amazing creations with a world who sincerely needs to hear their inspiring voices!

Re-envision Technology Integration in your Classrooms

25 Jan

With all of the advances in technology tools and 21st century learning strategies, it can be hard to both keep up… and to nail down just what ideas are the most important. My latest article in NAESP’s Principal magazine aims to help you do just that.

Technology Integration for the NEW 21st Century Learner

You can read it online here.


You can view the full color PDF of the article here.

I would love to hear your thoughts, feedback and implementation ideas as we work together to use technology to make a difference in our schools and in the lives of our students.

Transforming Technology Integration for 21st Century Learners

9 Apr

Thirty-five years ago, the IBM 5100 and the Apple I circuit board were released, ushering us into the age of the personal computer.

Twenty-five years ago, computers began to enter the classroom… in the form of The Oregon Trail on the Apple IIe.

Fifteen years ago, teenagers took a break from typing their term papers to use a home cordless phone to “page” a school friend… and wait endlessly by that same phone to see if it would ring.

And five years ago, the iPhone, Wii, and eventually netbooks were released, changing everyday use of technology in and out of schools.

This fall, our kindergarten classrooms will be filled with children who were born that year. Children who only know a world where they have access to more information, games, and applications while playing in their car seat with their Mom’s cell phone than they often have when they enter the school’s doors.

These are not the same “21st Century Learners” we’ve grown to know over first decade of the new millennium. For these students, simply watching video and images during lessons, playing a multiplication Internet game, or even taking turns at an Interactive Whiteboard is no longer enough.

These new 21st Century Learners are highly relational and demand quick access to new knowledge. More than that, these students are capable of engaging their education at a whole new level. With the world literally at their fingertips, these students need us to re-envision the role of technology in our classrooms. In a revolution that began as academic technology use and turned to teaching with multimedia technology, we now need a new transformation to teach through technology.

So, what does that look like? For one, we must increasingly put the technology into the hands of students and trust them with more progressive technology objectives. Moreover, we must transform our pedagogy itself to prioritize student discovery, collaboration, and creation. Finally, educators must establish Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) to support their own learning and innovating. In this way, we will ensure that this next generation will not only thrive at our schools, but shine on assessments, establish the problem solving and technology skills needed for successful careers, and become the lifelong learners and innovators we desire to mold.

Are you an NAESP member, you can read this blog and link to others here: http://naesp.org/blog/technology-21st-century-learners
If you are attending the NAESP 2011 Annual Convention, you can join me on Sunday, April 10th from 12:30 to 1:45 PM in Room 13 to find out more as we explore strategies and success stories for Transforming Technology Curriculum for 21st Century Learners.

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