Innovations in Learning

Digital Storytelling

Participants in this workshop will explore the steps of producing a digital story—from brainstorming ideas to storyboarding, to creating and editing, and finally to presenting and publishing. You’ll learn what tools you need and what steps are involved in producing a simple digital story. After this workshop, you’ll leave with an understanding of how to better plan, produce, and evaluate media assignments more effectively.

The Power of Professional Learning Networks

What's a PLN, and why do I need one? This session will explore the power of networked learning for educators, and how, through the use of digital technologies, there are numerous opportunities for educators to engage in professional learning with colleagues from around the world. Teachers and administrators congregate in powerful learning communities using tools such as Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and more to share resources, support and inspire, and challenge thinking to help us move forward as professionals. This session will explore the power of connected learning, how to begin establishing practices that will help you connect, and the ways in which connected educators transform teaching and learning for themselves and their students.

 

Dynamic Formative Assessment to Improve Student Learning

This workshop explores best practices of assessment and the impact of formative assessment on student learning, including the importance of using formative assessment data to tailor and adjust instruction. This workshop will introduce a variety of digital tools that can be used to create dynamic, interactive, engaging formative assessments. Participants will have the opportunity to create assessments to use in their classrooms using the tools that are shared. Tools shared will be applicable in K-12 settings and can be customized for use in many types of classroom environments.

Blogging for Learning

Blogging can be a meaningful platform for communication and collaboration among all levels of a learning organization. From administrators and teachers to students and parents, blogging can serve as a reflective learning tool, a communication platform between home and school, a way for your school to connect with others around the world, and a method for promoting interactive dialogue among learners. This workshop will explore the various blogging platforms available for school use, as well as ways to get started and best practices for using blogs in the classroom. This session also shares how administrators can successfully manage and promote the use of blogs in their schools.
 

Beyond “Just a Blog”

Many students and teachers are establishing blogging communities and using the platform to support the writing process. How can we take blogging to the next level by engaging students in true portfolio-building and documentation of learning?

  • What is a blog? Why blog in schools?
  • Blogging as a cycle of reading, writing, and continuous feedback.
  • Using blogs to document learning - strategies, platforms, ideas, and exemplars.
  • What do teachers need to know to support this process?
  • Using blogs to document learning - strategies, platforms, ideas, and gallery walk.
  • What should they post? Why? Structured vs. free posting
  • Methods and tools to develop student blogs as learning portfolios.
  • Helping foster global connections so your students can develop readerships.

 

Copyright and Creation - Your Rights & Responsibilities

When we become creators, we turn to a variety of sources for inspiration. Many photographers, artists, and designers make their work available to the public for use: for sharing, "remixing," or even using for commercial use. These contributions to our global community are in a large part responsible for new innovations, creations, art, inventions, literature, and technology.

Digital Citizenship

We talk a lot about digital citizenship, but what does that mean, really? How can we encourage students to not only be cognizant of the "dangers" that persist in online spaces, but to assume responsibility for their own digital interactions? How can we empower students to create and contribute in thoughtful, productive, and inspiring ways? This workshop explores a variety key components of the rights and responsibilities of modern learners in digital spaces and can be tailored to leader, teacher, and student audiences.

STEM-Focused Workshops

  • Hands-on with 3D Printing for the Elementary Classroom (K-6) and Secondary (7-12)
  • Active Engagement with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps (K-12)
  • Transforming Your Classroom with Interactive Learning Stations (K-12)
  • Learning to Code is Fun! Meet Dash and Dot (K-6)