Pre-conference Master Classes with Inspiring Hands-on Experiences

Pre-conference Master Classes run from Sunday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 19, 2016. These workshops provide intensive, hands-on opportunities for exploring leading-edge teaching and learning skills and strategies. Space is limited, so book early! Participants may register for these workshops without registering for the main conference session.

Sunday Afternoon - Monday Morning Session (Two Parts - 8 hours)

*This is Part 1 of an 8-hour session that takes place over two days – Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

 

“Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes”

The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

*Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes*

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Price: $425.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Full Day Session (Monday)

Technology tools now exist that allow students to connect with and learn curriculum standards along with others across the country or around the world, creating a community of learners centered in your classroom. We’ll explore ways to use tools such blogs, Skype, and Twitter to capture, deepen and share the learning of the students in your classroom.

You’ll leave with a working knowledge of these tools, accounts set up and ready to go for the new school year, an understanding of how to find individuals and classes to connect with and an awareness of how to use technology in authentic, curriculum-centered ways in your classroom.

Watch on YouTube!

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Price: $425.00 | Capacity: | Audience: Elementary (K-5) | Suggested Level: Beginner

Many people view coding (computer programming) as a narrow technical skill. But the ability to code, like the ability to write, can help you learn many other things. When you learn to code, you learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas — essential skills for everyone. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Scratch, the most popular programming language for young people. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own interactive projects in Scratch, reflect on your learning experiences, and discuss ways of integrating coding into the classroom.

Scratch is now on the web!!

Location: MIT Media Lab

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $395.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Full Day Session (Tuesday)

There is a lot of talk about coding and robotics in education, but why would you want to use them in your elementary classroom?  Are you curious about what is possible? We’ll talk about the “why’s”, the “how’s” and curricular connections.

Best of all, we’ll turn our space into a coding and robotic workshop! We’ll try out some coding tools and robots ourselves and spend some time designing curricular and age-appropriate activities for your classroom.

Imagine the possibilities!

Downloading the free app ScratchJr by MIT Media Lab ahead of time is suggested.

Watch on YouTube!

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Price: $425.00 | Capacity: | Audience: Elementary (K-5) | Suggested Level: Beginner

Monday Morning Sessions

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment.

Attendees will:

-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)

-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Memories built through storytelling & metaphor are easier to recall; memories are  even more sticky when you include an emotional component. How can we make learning sticky using powerful storytelling frameworks that tap into peoples’ emotions? How do we involve all students in creating digital content that doesn’t also create hours of content for teachers to assess? This interactive, hands-on workshop will engage all learners in Digital Storytelling activities you can use in your class tomorrow! Document student learning & foster reflective ways for students to share their learning grounded in strong formative assessment practices. 1st: we play! Then we’ll discuss how to practically adapt these ideas & make them your own. We’ll learn how to exercise your students’ & your own creativity muscles and share simple strategies for collecting & publishing student work.
You’ll need a mobile device and you’ll want to know your username & password to install new apps.Your device has to be able to send email using the native email app it came with. Nice to have a laptop with you too.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

*This is Part 2 of an 8-hour session that takes place over two days – Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

 

IB in cooperation logo_2_Colour_The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

*Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes*

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Monday Afternoon Sessions

We have all heard….Oh, I have a digital tool for that project!  That app will be perfect for your students!….but do we ever have the time to truly discover, test, and create with all of the digital tools and apps available for educators and students.  In this workshop, Shannon McClintock Miller will show you lots of amazing educational tools and apps for creation, discovery, connecting, and collaboration.  You will have time to test out and create with these tools and apps too.  Shannon will Skype in people from various companies and schools to make this session interactive and fun.  You will leave this workshop ready to ROCK your schools, classrooms and libraries by bringing a new tool box full of awesome digital tools, apps, ideas, and examples back to the students and teachers.

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools.

Attendees will:

-Learn about specific Google Classroom and other Google tools that provide an easy-to-use, integrated way for teachers and students to collaborate

-Explore practical workflow models for sharing and collecting assignments
-Participate in a collaborative activity that can be replicated in classrooms
-Discover how real-time collaboration, powerful sharing controls and seamless compatibility make learning more engaging and a teacher’s life easier

If you are ready to move from content consumption to content creation and community building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

 

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: 40 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Tuesday Morning Sessions

Office 365 Education now includes Microsoft Classroom—a customized experience where teachers manage everything from class assignments to their professional learning communities and students post questions, collaborate in groups, and access all the materials they need—all in one place. It is a competitive product to Google Classroom while building on the tools teachers and students already love, including OneNote, Sway, and Minecraft. Come learn from educators how they are not just replicating analog, traditional classroom experiences (i.e. paper and pencil) with digital and instead leveraging cohesive learning tools to empower student learning.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: FREE!!! | Capacity: 50 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Are you new to iPads for learning? Are you already using iPads in the classroom? Either way, this pre-conference workshop will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about learning with the iPad.

This hands-on workshop will explore productivity tools, educational activities and more, using built-in and freely available applications for Apple’s iPad. With the iPad, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! We will examine using this mobile device to transform learning. This workshop includes time to collaboratively design an activity that redefines learning. Do not miss out on this innovative workshop! Teachers, administrators, IT professionals and technology coordinators are welcome.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements: Bring your iPad!

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: 40 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Your school or district has gone Google, now what? This session is for teachers and administrators covering practical implementation of Google Apps for Education. The session will go beyond use of individual tools and provide a systematic look at how students and teachers can use all the tools within an educational framework. Participants will leave with templates, resources and best practices and we will also discuss the new service Google Classroom and how it integrates within Google Apps for Education.

 

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

IB in cooperation logo_2_Colour_Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.

*Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes*

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

IB in cooperation logo_2_Colour_One of the arts of teaching is knowing when to lead, when to help, and when to let the students figure it out themselves. We take the cliché about being the guide on the side seriously. But, how do you get from student dependence to independence? Taken from our popular Master Class Less (Teaching) Is More (Learning), this session is a perfect and highly practical compliment to Alan & Sara’s #1st5Days session, and will engage participants in a strategy-building experience of how to seed (start), scaffold and grow process-centered and student-owned learning (and survive!). Don’t expect one-size-fits-all answers – but questions, strategies, possibilities, examples, and maybe a few awkward (reflective) silences…

Join us as we explore & draft take-away activities that will:
• Engage and empower students as critical thinkers, questioners, collaborators, connectors and creators of content…from the #1st5Days and beyond
• Build student repertoire of problem-solving strategies
• Challenge learners to mine mistakes, wrong turns and “failures” for the richer learning opportunities embedded within
• (re)Imagine the increasing range of teacher and student roles in the learning process • Identify and consider critical and recursive elements of learning design that support students as they develop habits of practice
• Consider resources to scaffold the process and build capacity of all learners over time Participants will also be offered the opportunity to schedule a 45-minute Skype or Google follow-up session with the facilitators to reflect on and discuss their design, implementation and/or next-step ideas

*Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes*

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: Administration | Suggested Level: All

Why take time out of your curriculum for students to own the learning? You’ll have time during this workshop to explore comprehensive resources and plan for time in your classroom or school for students to pursue their passions. We’ll figure out specific ways to tackle any obstacles together.

Participants will gain:

Ways to communicate to parents and administration reasons for trying Genius Hour
How to create time in the schedule
Resources to begin passion-based learning with students
How to assist students in choosing topics
How to keep track of student progress
Reflections and assessments for students
How to scaffold for reluctant learners

Watch on YouTube!

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: Beginner

Tuesday Afternoon Sessions

Introduced to BLC15 attendees last year with rave reviews, Breakout EDU is an immersive learning platform that engages learners of all ages (even adults) in a live gaming experience that promotes teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking opportunities. It all begins with a Breakout EDU kit, the core of the game. This kit can then be used alone or expanded upon with numerous accessories to make it usable within a variety of curricularly aligned games that can be used to teach in a collaborative context.

This pre-conference session will begin with an introduction to Breakout EDU and the opportunity to play one of the many games that are available to all educators. Following game play, we will lead you through a discussion that we encourage you to have with all who play—focusing on what was learned, the successes and areas to improve upon for future success working within a group, and how what was learned ties back to all collaborative learning opportunities within the classroom.

During the rest of the session, all participants will work together to crowdsource the development of a game that we will then submit for publication within the Breakout EDU game directory. This means that the work you do, will potentially be used by educators from around the world!

Participants in this session will:

  • Receive an overview of the Breakout EDU platform learn about the Breakout EDU kit and options for expansion
  • Play a Breakout EDU game with co-participants
  • Be exposed to a series of discussion questions to use following game play collaborative
  • Create a Breakout EDU game with co-participants
  • Have an absolute BLAST!

Breakout EDU: It’s time for something different in education.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements: Bring your own laptop and/or tablet with you.

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Come on your own or bring a team! Spend a half day exploring the authentic and deep learning experiences that Project Based Learning makes possible. Discover the important keys of PBL while looking at various models. Understand how Project Based Learning can be the process and pedagogy for multiple initiatives including 1 to 1, STEM, Flipped Classrooms, and Student Centered Learning. Investigate resources that will help you take those first steps as a classroom teacher, school administrator or department head, or district leader. Mike has been in education over 38 years, initiated a school district one to one program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. You will walk away with amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to learn even more. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best four hours you spend at any conference!

 

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

We live in a world that is connected….Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Symbaloo, LinkedIn, Blogger…the list goes on and on.  And it isn’t just us as educators….it is our young people too.  In this workshop, Sara Wilkie, Roy McCloud and Darren Kuropatwa will teach you how to get connected on various social media platforms, bookmarking websites, and teleconferencing websites.  They will share their own stories about getting connected and how they crafted brands for their learning spaces, schools and themselves.  This dynamic team will help you do the same as they walk through step-by-step directions with each platform and resource.  You will leave armed with the tools and confidence you need to be a connected educator and learner too.

  1. Participants will learn what it means to be a connected educator.
  2. Participants will become connected with various social networks and online tools.
  3. Participants will create a plan to use social media and online tools to become a connected educator

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Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

We’re entering a whole new arena of learning and knowledge of brain function. Charting the inner landscape of the mind allows us to actively promote meaningful learning across the curriculum, in and out of the classroom.

Mindfulness is at the heart of breakthrough applications in education and media, rooted in awareness, curiosity, and authenticity. Even just five years ago, science did not have the research available to show the many benefits of mindfulness that are just coming to the forefront. Now, this topic has exciting and powerful developments to explore and apply.

Dynamic life begins with us; with mindset and approach. The state of our minds has a great impact on the power of our connections, our engagement, and our overall learning experiences. This workshop blends the philosophical and the practical, diving into research and applications across the curriculum. We’ll look at current technology and social media that blend well with mindfulness. As we integrate mindfulness in all curriculum arenas, highlighting design thinking strategies and examples, we will investigate ways to craft active mindful learning, with curious collaboration. And, in the midst of all the activity, we will promote ways to keep our own selves sustained.

Ultimately, it’s how we choose to approach our knowledge and tools that matters, in the context of community. How we understand the incredible capacities of the mind, and its ability to relate to others, just might have the greatest impact on overall learning. We’re in an age of collaboration and creativity; a time of empathy-driven problem solving, using design thinking models to amplify our understanding.

Daniel Pink calls this “The Conceptual Age”—an age of invention and innovation, focusing on the characteristics of the brain’s right hemisphere: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, and big-picture thinking. It’s an age that invites us to be passionate, lifelong learners, looking at tech and tools and how to find presence and meaning beyond the buzzwords.

In Visible Learning for Teachers, education researcher John Hattie completed what Grant Wiggins calls “the most exhaustive meta-analysis in education.” Hattie isolates what factors make the biggest difference in student achievement. His top 5:

§  Student self-assessment

§  Response to intervention

§  Teacher credibility

§  Providing formative assessments

§  Classroom discussion

Incredibly, all five of these factors are best supported by mindfulness, at the core. Best education environments are ones that promote awareness, encourage listening, interchange and reflection, and foster active, empathetic engagement—just the type of place where mindfulness thrives.

Learning is a dynamic enterprise. In a recent post on Boston’s mad*pow design agency site, founder and industry expert Amy Cueva aptly said “collaboration is the new innovation.” True—we’re in a mindshare-fueled world. We will discuss what that means in action, as we aim to “go global” in a connected society.

Deepen your skills and understanding of mindfulness principles and education initiatives, learn about current trends, and leave with practical activities to integrate into every classroom and school community. This workshop is designed for educators, administrators, and other school personnel (Instruction Specialists, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, Counselors and Assessment Coordinators) alike.

The following research and resources are among those referenced in our workshop and discussion: Richie Davidson (2013) at the University of Wisconsin, studying focus techniques and emotional well-being; the APA’s findings (2011) that “improved concentration, emotional intelligence, and the ability to relate to others and one’s self with kindness and compassion” increase through mindfulness practices; Daniel Goleman (2014), providing research showing that mindfulness capabilities improve the ability to cope with stress, to make effective decisions, and to use creativity. This session also draws on the work of John Hattie (2012) and visible learning processes, various Design Thinking examples and research, and Yong Zhao’s (2015) global learning and innovation models. We will discuss applications across the curriculum, exploring ways to integrate these findings into our active daily life, in and out of the school environment.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $245.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All