Invite us to your school to…
present interactive workshops to your staff.
provide individual teacher mentoring.
develop, model and discuss engagement strategies with teacher groups.
collaboratively create and support a school-wide engagement practice model.
offer parent workshops on understanding and supporting their adolescents.
Moving to Think: Promoting Engagement in the Classroom
Critical Thinking Activities That Support Curriculum and Integrate Standards
#Tweeting Teachers: Creating Professional Learning Networks and Extending Student Learning
Look, Touch, Construct: Using Everyday Objects to Support Critical Thinking
Outcome Goals: Educators will learn how everyday objects can be used to promote critical thinking and engagement in all subject areas. Two 8th grade teachers will share how they use postcards, charms, Uno cards, windup toys, aluminum foil, and more to get students thinking metaphorically and moving into flexible groups. All ideas will be connected to adolescent brain research and the CCSS verbs. A shared Google doc will allow participants to access the brainstorming from all sessions.
Engagement and Connection: All ideas will be connected to adolescents’ need for novelty, making connections, movement, and social interaction. Classroom examples from math, ELA, science and social studies will emphasize creating, evaluating, and synthesizing. Participants will be able to sift through a myriad of objects, cards, toys, and photos of actual activities for inspiration. A round table brainstorming session will allow for educators of all content areas to connect their learning to their students.
Rationale: Adolescent learners need the opportunity to move, share, create and connect in order to learn. Using everyday objects as manipulatives helps students connect abstract concepts with something tangible. Creating or choosing symbols requires students to think critically about topics and concepts. These learning activities promote rich discussions, broader perspectives, and a deeper understanding of concepts.
Online Description: What do postcards, pipe-cleaners, play-dough and pebbles have in common? They are all things that your students want to get their hands on! Come see how everyday objects can be used as manipulatives to promote critical thinking in the academic classroom. Grab some dominoes, paint chips, or ninjas and brainstorm ways to broaden and deepen your students’ understanding by connecting abstract concepts to tangible items. Leave with tons of ideas and a smile. Let the pipe-cleaner battles begin!
Technology Is The Vehicle, Not The Destination
Outcome Goals: Using the SAMR Model for Technology Integration, educators will assess where they are in their use of technology as a teaching tool. Examples of how our team has integrated technology by flipping classrooms, providing student choice, using collaboration tools, and for formative assessment will be shared. Tips for choosing the right tool for the job and teaching tech-thinking skills will be shared while reviewing several multi-use techs such as Padlet, Kahoot, Spiral, PowToon, and EDpuzzle.
Engagement and Connection: Integrating technology into classrooms is both exciting and essential. It can be utilized in ways students never thought possible and integrated into every discipline and every curriculum. Participants will explore and experiment with tools to promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving using their own devices. Educators will also be given an opportunity to share tech tools they use. Educators will leave with a cache of ideas to integrate technology into their BYOD or 1:1 classrooms.
Rationale: A common misconception is that, as digital natives, our students know how to use technology effectively as a tool for learning. Another is the idea that using technology in a lesson is an all or nothing endeavor. In our experience, students come to us with a wide variety of tech skills, and we see the different degrees of tech integration within our school. Our session will help teachers: focus on how tech can enhance learning; reflect on the thinking required for students to use technology as a learning tool; to explicitly plan activities that will provide modelling and student practice.
Online Description: Whether you are looking to incorporate technology using a BYOD format, or have 1:1 access, this session is for you! Learn how to use technology tools to promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Explore how tech can be used to enhance instruction, support student choice, and assess daily objectives. You will Kahoot, tweet, and more in this interactive, informative session.
Program Book Description: Learn how to use technology tools to promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving while implementing curriculum and engaging your students.
Navigating the Transition To 1:1 Classrooms: A Teachers’ Perspective
Outcome Goals: An overview of the first year of our 1:1 journey will be shared from the perspective of a veteran and a newbie classroom teacher. A share of our team’s successes and stumbles will provide the platform for a discussion of ideas for training before and during 1:1implementation. Educators will leave with a cache of resources our team finds useful, our “What I Wish I’d Known Then” list, and ideas of how to support teachers through the transition. Logistical considerations, student outcomes, a plan for 1:1 boot camp, and suggestions for ways to educate and support parents will also be shared.
Engagement and Connection: As exciting as integrating technology can be, it is also a major undertaking and can be a daunting process. No one wants to see dollars spent on tech that will be under or misused. This responsive presentation is constructed to meet the needs of the audience. Attendees will be given access to a presentation with extensive resources. Ample time will be given for question and answer, group brainstorming, and trouble-shooting.
Rationale: A glance at the revised ISTE standards provides all the reasons a district needs to support bringing technology to the classroom. However, simply providing tech is not enough, and the decision makers are rarely the ones working with students. This session will provide school leaders with ideas that they may not have considered while creating a plan for implementing technology integration. It will also provide inspiration and encouragement for those who are already participating in, or who are about embark on, a similar exciting journey.
Online Description: Are you transitioning to 1:1 classrooms or developing a plan for technology integration? Come get the perspective of classroom teachers on what works and what should be considered during implementation. As we share our journey, we will suggest what is needed to support teachers by way of professional development and creating a culture for safe professional risk-taking. You will leave with useful resources for teachers transforming their classrooms, parents supporting their child’s new use of technology, and administrators handling the nuts and bolts of implementation.
Program Book Description: Get the perspective of teachers on what works and what should be considered during planning for a 1:1 classroom initiative. Leave with resources for the nuts and bolts of implementation.
Soaring to New Heights: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Twitter
Educators will leave with an understanding of how Twitter can be used to create PLNs, extend classroom instruction, and model responsible use of social media. The session will include a review of how Twitter connects teachers to a global PLN providing inspiration, support and resources. Examples of digital citizenship, research, and networking lessons will be shared to demonstrate the power of using Twitter to connect with students, model collaboration, and extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom.
Engagement and Connection
Educators will examine multiple Twitter accounts used by two teachers for PLNs and classroom accounts. Direct connections of Twitter PLNs will be made to actual classroom lessons, professional learning, and tech resource opportunities. Sample lessons, such as Sleepy Hollow Epic Tweet Battle and The Tweet Heard Around the World, will be shared to show how Twitter can be used to formatively assess learning and teach safe social media use. Group sharing and brainstorming will allow educators to share how they use Twitter and connect their new learning to their classrooms.
Twitter is a valuable tool for educators. It can be used solely for gathering resources from innovative educators, or to actively participate in a global PLN. Twitter is also an engaging tool for extending learning beyond the walls of the classroom. It can be used to offer learning challenges, preview a unit, showcase student work, and highlight interests. Twitter is easily accessible and does not require a membership or app to access a teacher’s tweets. It allows teachers to model responsible technology use, while demonstrating how social media can be used for personalized learning.
- Twitter veterans and those just getting started will benefit from this look at how Twitter can be used as a powerful learning tool for teachers and students. #PLN #engagement #sociallearning
Twitter veterans and those just getting started will benefit from this look at how Twitter can be used as a powerful learning tool for teachers and students. See how to use Twitter to create a global professional learning network, offer extension opportunities for students, and model responsible use of social media. Assess your students with Epic Tweet Battles, pique their interest with preview hooks, inspire them with learning challenges, and build connections with personalized tweets. Collaborate with your peers to create a cache of tweet-worthy ideas. #sociallearning