Pre-conference Master Classes with Inspiring Hands-on Experiences

Pre-conference Master Classes run from Sunday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017. 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 - 7 hours)

*This is Part 1 of a 7-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*

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Your teacher or administrative team can join Mike Gorman for amazing PD. Not only will you learn about many of the concepts learned in the Splash session you will have the opportunity to make those next steps in planning a PBL for a classroom or creating a PBL plan for your school or district. This is a deliverable that you will be able to take back with you while getting feedback at the session. This in-depth session will also provide the added opportunity to learn about aspects of PBL which include scaffolding, management, authenticity, metacognition, project flow cycles, and protocols that enrich the PBL culture. Mike has been in education over 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, the start of an action plan or project, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best seven hours you spend at any conference!

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: Administration, Teachers, Leaders | Suggested Level: All

Monday Afternoon - Tuesday Morning Session (Two Parts - 7 hours)

We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning.

This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other creativity hacks.

This session is designed for those of us curious, creative educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy.

Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. All levels of experience are welcome, and we’ll work with a variety of media.

Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as a connective force, amplifying each classroom community.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: | Audience: | Suggested Level:

Full Day Session (Sunday)

Spend two days in the birthplace of the American Revolution, Concord, MA, and be part of the next revolution in technology-enhanced science learning. This workshop will include scientific technology investigations and a digital storytelling adventure at Walden Pond.

The Concord Consortium has a number of powerful free computational models, a wide-variety of inexpensive BlueTooth sensors, digital microscopes, geocaching (GPS) techniques and tools that can be combined into interactive, computer-based curricula for any grades 3-14, as well as hundreds of learning activities based on these resources.

Additionally, the Concord Consortium has editing software that makes it easy to modify these activities and create new ones that can be tailored to the needs of students with different learning styles. Since it is all online, students can be monitored as they use the materials, providing teachers and researchers with detailed insights into student thinking.

Help get these powerful resources, all developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, that are aligned with ISTE, NSES, and NCTM standards, into wider use. Bring your own laptop for a hands-on experience, and leave with activities that you can use with your students.

Location: Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Attendee Requirements: Laptops and/or mobile devices (Smart Phones or tablets)

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 25 | Audience: Grades 3 - College | Suggested Level: All

Full Day Session (Monday)

Around the world, educators are discovering that a startup mindset will help their schools to rapidly achieve moonshot goals. By engaging in the design process to identify the right problem to solve, educators can use ideation, rapid prototyping and the feedforward process to create technology initiatives that can be successfully scaled.

Through a series of interactive activities, participants will learn how to:

1. Ask the “why” about what you’re doing
2. Build a culture of innovation in your school or district to encourage teams to explore solutions to existing problems.
3. Use the human-centered design process to work with groups to explore multiple solutions for a problem. Use the business model canvas to plan how you’re going to implement.
4. Try your solutions on a small scale with a first and second iteration.

5. Gather quantitative and qualitative data and create a case study of the results to share with all stakeholders.
6. Use the “yes and” mindset to find ways to grow or pivot your initiative.

In this session, participants will go through a design challenge to develop innovative solutions for challenges that they are facing in their classroom or school. Participants will work in teams to discuss challenges, engage in brainstorming solutions, and create a rapid prototype of their solution. Gamestorming activities will engage participants in the process.

Video: https://youtu.be/DQ9xxguIWlc

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General - All Audiences | Suggested Level: All

Spend two days in the birthplace of the American Revolution, Concord, MA, and be part of the next revolution in technology-enhanced science learning. This workshop will include scientific technology investigations and a digital storytelling adventure at Walden Pond.

The Concord Consortium has a number of powerful free computational models, a wide-variety of inexpensive BlueTooth sensors, digital microscopes, geocaching (GPS) techniques and tools that can be combined into interactive, computer-based curricula for any grades 3-14, as well as hundreds of learning activities based on these resources.

Additionally, the Concord Consortium has editing software that makes it easy to modify these activities and create new ones that can be tailored to the needs of students with different learning styles. Since it is all online, students can be monitored as they use the materials, providing teachers and researchers with detailed insights into student thinking.

Help get these powerful resources, all developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, that are aligned with ISTE, NSES, and NCTM standards, into wider use. Bring your own laptop for a hands-on experience, and leave with activities that you can use with your students.

Location: Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Attendee Requirements: Laptops and/or mobile devices (Smart Phones or tablets)

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 25 | Audience: Grades 3 - College | Suggested Level: All

Full Day Session (Tuesday)

Monday Morning Sessions

*This is Part 2 of an 7-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: | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Your teacher or administrative team can join Mike Gorman for amazing PD. Not only will you learn about many of the concepts learned in the Splash session you will have the opportunity to make those next steps in planning a PBL for a classroom or creating a PBL plan for your school or district. This is a deliverable that you will be able to take back with you while getting feedback at the session. This in-depth session will also provide the added opportunity to learn about aspects of PBL which include scaffolding, management, authenticity, metacognition, project flow cycles, and protocols that enrich the PBL culture. Mike has been in education over 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, the start of an action plan or project, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. Most of all, Mike will provide the enthusiasm and passion necessary as you take that next step. This could be the very best seven hours you spend at any conference!

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Leaders | Suggested Level: All

Join the fun and explore your own inner sense of inventing for the world! Experience the wonderment and joy of the world-famous MIT Media Lab, Your students will thank you!
Tap your students’ curiosity, imagination, and natural drive to create with the easy-to-use coding language of Scratch. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a Scratch team member will ensure your success. This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Scratch, the most popular programming language for young people. When you learn to code, you learn important life skills for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. 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. You will also be introduced to the resource-rich global Scratch community where students have published more than 18 million projects. Your students could be the next globally published coder!

Location: MIT Media Lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $300.00 | Capacity: | Audience: | Suggested Level:

Monday Afternoon Sessions

Are you ready to look into the significant content and 21st-century skills while taking your school devices forward and going full throttle? Learn how examining a standard can help promote real learning and go beyond the shine of technology. Examine how to unpack a standard in order to prepare for technology integration. You will explore a multitude of free and open source content just ready for your students to use. You will also find a multitude of ways to teach and assess 21st-century skills while also learning about web resources to expand Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Deeper Learning. Learn about TPACK and discover the six questions to ask when developing a lesson. Michael has traveled the country providing technology integration, consultation, and program assessment schools and districts. His first-hand experience at implementing a one to one program will be valuable as you listen and collaborate with others. Best of all, you will learn how technology and the important standards and skills can put your students at the center of learning. Explore these amazing ideas and allow your students to be the ones that shine!

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Explore research-based strategies that engage learners 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 to make thinking visible. 

Attendees will:

• Learn about specific strategies to transform the process of giving learners feedback (while making teachers’ lives easier)

• Examine how to use resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning 

• Discover how services/tools that work on any device can give all students a voice and make thinking visible 

• Participate in activities that can be replicated with staff and students

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

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

ScratchJr was developed collaboratively for children ages 5-7 by MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, Tufts’ DevTech Research Group, and the Playful Invention Company. Using the same general programming principles as Scratch, ScratchJr allows children to create interactive stories and games by snapping together simplified icon-based programming blocks. This workshop will provide an overview and history of ScratchJr as well as hands-on activities and strategies for implementing ScratchJr in home and school settings.

Location: MIT Media Lab MIT, Cambridge, MA

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $300.00 | Capacity: | Audience: | Suggested Level:

Tuesday Morning Sessions

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Leadership is the key position to effectively articulate the vision and assign resources needed to tap the full power of our investment in educational technology to improve instruction. In this focused hands-on workshop, Alan brings his extensive knowledge of what successful school leaders really do around the world to build continuous capacity to improve student learning. Topics Include:

  • Building capacity for continuous improvement
  • Strengthening the faculty as community
  • Balancing change anxiety with support for core values
  • Leader as Role Model
  • Aligning technology investment with curriculum
  • Designing and evaluating affective staff development
  • Observation Questions for Leaders: Transformational 6
  • Moving Beyond 1:1 to 1:World

*Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes*

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $295.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

We all want to make meaningful connections, crafting authentic educational experiences for students that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and joy of learning.

This two-part session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness, applying these techniques and practices to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other creativity hacks.

This session is designed for those of us curious, creative educators who are ready to amp up our empathetic connection abilities, widening the scope of what is possible in an engaged, global learning community. We want to shine as storytellers, dazzle with digital media, and master different methods of design thinking and innovative pedagogy.

Learn how to use intentional, mindful strategies to develop signature, authentic learning experiences, building creative connections, online and offline, with purpose and passion. All levels of experience are welcome, and we’ll work with a variety of media.

Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindset, design thinking, empathy, mindfulness, creativity and storytelling thrive as a connective force, amplifying each classroom community.

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $450.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.

This workshop is for educators who want to hone their abilities to listen more intently, summarize and organize their notes in a visual way  and learn how to do this with their students.

We will look at structures of a sketchnote, typography, connectors, and containers. There will be plenty of time to practice and build your own visual library.

Please bring your own sketchnoting journal, pencil and colored markers or a tablet with a sketchnoting app downloaded (ex. Paper by FiftyThree)

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: Beginner

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

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Tuesday Afternoon Sessions

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

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.

This workshop is for educators who want to hone their abilities to listen more intently, summarize and organize their notes in a visual way  and learn how to do this with their students.

We will look at structures of a sketchnote, typography, connectors, and containers. There will be plenty of time to practice and build your own visual library.

https://vimeo.com/192796335

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements: Please bring your own sketchnoting journal, pencil and colored markers or a tablet with a sketchnoting app downloaded (ex. Paper by FiftyThree)

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Come on your own, or bring a team! Learn how you can begin the implementation of PBL in your school or district. Get an overview of a process that is student centered while promoting important content standards along with 21st century skills. 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 39 years, initiated a school district one to one and PBL program, serves on the National Faculty for the BIE (BUCK Institute… a world leader in PBL) and has provided PBL professional development for numerous districts, Discovery Education, PBS Learning Media, and ISTE. He has also taught Gradate level PBL courses. You will walk away with a vision, needed steps to go further, amazing resources, wonderful connections, a wealth of new knowledge, and the desire to either begin or continue to support PBL in your school or district. 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

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Leaders | Suggested Level: All

In a connected world, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! During this series we will examine using technology to transform learning. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools and resources in meaningful, effective ways. Participants will get hands-on experiences and time to design an activity that redefines learning.

 

Learning Outcomes:

-Discover tools and strategies for personalizing learning

-Explore ways to cultivate information literate learners

-Review examples of learners motivated to create 24/7 with real purpose and for authentic audiences

-Evaluate opportunities to connect your learners locally and globally

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: 30 | Audience: General | Suggested Level: All

Learning can happen anywhere, but learning happens best when the learning experience is personalized for students and when students have a learning environment that inspires passion-based, authentic,and collaborative experiences. Workshop participants will apply research-based design principles to transform an ordinary classroom into a flexible, creative space with work zones to facilitate independent work, collaboration, problem solving, and creation of products. Bring your challenges and ideas and be ready to learn how you can create a new blueprint for your classroom.

Participants will:

  • Explore how learning interest survey can be used to gather data about student needs
  • Develop user profiles to assist in designing space and activities for a variety of learners
  • Use rapid prototyping to create a classroom design that supports personalized learning
  • Discuss ways to involve students in the redesign of space
  • Learn how to design on a budget

Outline:

This workshop will be hands-on with teams of teachers working together to create user profiles and design learning environments to support the needs of learners. Through a series of prototyping activities, participants will create a learning environment that supports the personalized learning experience that they want to see in their classroom.

  • Research on designing space for personalized learning
  • Creating user profiles using empathy mapping
  • Developing a prototype for a classroom redesign to support personalized learning using maker materials

 

Research:

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration, Scott Doorley, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Get Active: Reimaging Learning Spaces for Student Success, Dale Basye, Peggy Grant, Stefanie Hausman, Tod Johnston, ISTE Publication 2015

Location: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Attendee Requirements:

Price: $275.00 | Capacity: | Audience: General | Suggested Level: Beginner