Thirteen years into the millennium, educators are still wrestling to define 21st century learning and teaching. What do all these buzzwords mean and what are the implications for how we teach and students learn? How can teachers make practical changes in their classrooms while still addressing state and national standards? In this keynote, Lucy will discuss educational trends and initiatives, and best practices. Begin to understand how technology can be used to support teaching and learning and get inspired to encourage their respective institutions to evolve in this era of education reform.
Gone are the days when iPads are treated as rewards for finishing a lesson or a unit! Come learn how the iPad can be used as an instrumental tool in the learning process. This session will highlight a variety of iPad projects and activities that were implemented in upper elementary classrooms this year across math, history, reading and writing curricula. A number of helpful apps will be presented, as well as tips for successful organization and assessment of student work on the iPads.
During this session, you will how to use several tools that can used to create simple, mobile web apps and content for the classroom, a school event, and more. You will also learn how to easy it is to create dynamic web content written in HTML 5 without knowing code that can be used anywhere on the web and viewed with a computer or any mobile device! Devices of all kinds are welcome to this session for viewing content but most development will be done using a computer.
Join Lucy after her Keynote about modernizing education for a follow-up conversation!
Progressive educators are still wrestling with the idea of what the relationship between progressive ideals and technology is. At the Ethical Culture School we work to be very thoughtful that our technology program is meaningful, child centered and projects are process oriented. We encourage students to assess their learning and choose the tools that are best for them.
In this session we will explore how to manage a classroom so that students can be in charge of their own learning. We will look at how teachers can use technology to differentiate instruction and encourage student choice. We will look at different tools students can use for note taking and project making and will suggest language educators can use to create this empowering classroom environment.
This session will explore strategies to get your students comfortable and proficient using the iPad, so you can focus on creating projects with students without headaches and tech glitches. A number of apps will be highlighted which can be used right away in your classrooms, ideas for projects in different subject areas, and ideas for assessment of your students. Time will be allocated to try some of these apps out and play!
Integrating international projects in to a school's curriculum is not as difficult as some may think. Laura will share ways that she has had her students involved in global collaboration projects and how she, and other educators, have been able to integrate these projects in their curriculum.
This session will explore the partnership between library and technology as a department. Collaboration, support, and information technology and "library" integration (with specific examples) will be discussed
Join Sharan as she shares how she is using apps as a student work repository in her Avenues classroom.
During this session, participants will explore several different methods to leverage technology and curriculum through unique student content creation experiences. Utilizing different iPad apps and social media services, students can produce and publish media aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which can be shared with other children all around the world. Learn how projects such as The Dot Project (http://www.thedotproject.org) can help students to develop a deeper understanding of content, while promoting 21st Century Skills such as creativity and collaboration.
This session will focus on tools, techniques, and workflows you can use to make the digital aspects of your classroom management and communication more productive and efficient. You will learn about web apps, mobile apps, and desktop tools that can applied to any grade level and any classroom environment to make the most of your time and more fully leverage technology to help you save time and effort. Please feel free to bring your laptop, tablet, and cell phone to this session to learn how to use these tools more interconnect them into a set of super productivity tools for your students!
With thousands of educational apps and an intuitive and tactile interface, the iPad is a device that has the potential to effectively engage and allow students to develop literacy skills. But how exactly do you integrate an iPad into an elementary reading block? Using several sequential skills-based apps and exploring different instructional practices, participants will discover ways to use the iPad to teach letter/sound recognition, phonemic awareness, sight word vocabulary, and reading fluency in small reading groups.
For years we have heard the term "technology integration." This session begs the question, "What if simply integrating technology isn't enough?" Explore what it means to truly redefine a learning space through 1to1 digital devices. Learn how to personalize and individualize learning and keep student needs, situations and diversity in mind. See real-world examples of how to re-think your curriculum while maintaining growth in Common Core State Standards.
As educators, we can have a love-hate relationship with technology in the classroom. Too often laptops and tablets are "rabbit holes" of distraction and isolation. This session will explore strategies for turning these devices into "looking glasses" for active exploration and collaboration when used in combination with physical objects and analog techniques.
This hour-long workshop will be a Q&A based session to dig more deeply into topics addressed in the keynotes. Participants will have a chance to engage in a Today's Meet chat to ask direct questions pertinent to their teaching environment and explore ways to apply concepts from the keynote.
This is a workshop on using 3 different digital tools (iPad tripods, iMovie, and Tracker) in an interdisciplinary, cross-grade level art and science project.
In Marking Transformations, Mike Maccarone (Curriculum Specialist for US Science, Avenues) and Kate Howard (Curriculum Specialist for The Arts, Avenues) will share a uniquely integrated collaboration in which they used both iPad and laptop technologies to merge the language of visual art with the physical principles of potential energy. Working with iPads, tripods, the green screen feature in iMovie, and Tracker, a video analysis and modeling tool, 7th and 9th grade students came together to interpret the concept of transformation. In this hands on workshop, you will learn the ease of working with ipad tripods, how to manipulate content with keying features in iMovie, and the basics of mapping movement with Tracker.
The Ethical Culture School is guided by the principal that we are responsible for who our students grow up to be online, as much as we are for who they grow up to be offline. We take an active role in empowering students to make informed and responsible decisions about the physical, social and emotional impacts of using technology and the Internet. We teach students to be thoughtful contributors to the online world.
In this workshop I will share parts of our digital citizenship scope and sequence, and discuss how we are collaboratively creating it. Our classroom teachers, specialists and technology integrator are all working together to find natural, meaningful ways to update our current curriculum to integrate topics such as communication and collaboration, social and ethical use of technology, and encourage creative endeavors.
Simple "Integration" of technology does not work! Technology's greatest impact on education is when technology introduces "new" possibilities for learning. We will walk through a new kind of professional development model focused on the SAMR model with specific examples for teachers to utilize in "Tomorrow's Lesson" and a process to improve throughout a school year and beyond.
Avenues has done several interesting pilot projects in Augmented Reality, focused on finding ways to make AR easy enough for teachers and students to use. Jay will explain how those projects work including the augmentable timeline and map, and talk a little bit about what his team learned about what makes AR a unique educational experience.
In this session student textbooks versus teacher textbooks versus traditional textbooks (by the big five publishers) will be discussed. A history of textbooks will be demonstrated and the current landscape of textbooks analysed. Is the textbook relevant in a contemporary educational setting? What lies in store for textbook? Participants in this session will leave with a better understanding of the future textbook and learn to navigate the world of the textbooks.
The transformation of teaching and learning, along with the renewed focus on student-centered learning, allows for the innovative, but pedagogically sound, integration of varied content streams. From iOS Apps and WebContent, to podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks, the concept of content development has been transformed as well. In this workshop, participants will discuss curriculum planning redesign, appropriate use of content management systems and assessment mechanisms. We will also redesign a curricular unit from scratch as a model for future implementation.
Discover how elementary and middle school students at Avenues enhanced their learning through global collaboration projects.The participants of this session will learn how publishing tools such as videos, audio recordings, wikis, web-based video conferencing, and e-books can be used to foster communication and collaboration among learners. They will understand how effective use of technology can promote student motivation for learning and provide opportunities for increased student achievement. Participants will also learn how they can become a collaborator in the projects presented and replicate in their school community. Participants will be shown tools that can be used with a computer and iPad.
Tablet devices are unique technologies that provide new, previously inconceivable opportunities for learning. In this session, Scott Meech will discuss what makes these devices unique and how they are redefining learning. He will share specific examples and ideas that are being used to fully implement these devices with students, based on their own professional experience. Participants will walk away with specific strategies for capturing learning with an iPad that will allow teachers to finally differentiate effectively.