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Category Archives: Outside Learning

2013 Outside Learning

Place-Based Education: The Greenspire School

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Presenter: Erin Fitzpatrick
Location: Traverse City, MI




Presentation Description: Teachers with little experience or a wealth of experience can come to gain knowledge regarding place-based education. Its seamless integration into a PBL environment makes for global citizens who know more about the world around them, and who can educate the community about everything from the ground up!

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2013 Outside Learning

Blogging with Little People

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Presenter: Bess Altman and Terra Bodkins
Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC USA

@Bessaltman    @TerraBodkins

Presentation Description: Teachers often want creative and effective ways of taking their classroom learning outside of the classroom walls and into the future. In this presentation, you will learn about the benefits of blogging, what you can do with blogging, how to get started and how to stay connected.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

Blogging in the Elementary Classroom by Horry County School District (a course on iTunesU

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Bess Altman:

Terra Bodkins

2013 Outside Learning

Transforming your Classroom from the Outside In

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Presenter: Janine Campbell
Location: Dorr, MI

Presentation Description: This presentation explores the following three ways to broaden the horizon of learning outside of the classroom walls: 1. Connecting and Collaborating, 2. Field Trips, 3. Guests. Through examples of each method, teachers will walk away with a variety of steps they can take to look for opportunities to bring outside learning into their classroom using both digital and traditional methods. The use of online tools to engage in outside learning like twitter, Skype, and Artsonia will be explained and specific examples of how those tools were used in the classroom will be shown. Student engagement will also be at the center of this presentation.

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2013 Outside Learning

Photography for All

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Presenter: Luis Perez
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Presentation Description: The saying from photographer Chase Jarvis that the “best camera is the one you have with you” captures the power of mobile devices as tools for documenting our lives through photography in ways that were not possible before. Today’s mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad, have the ability to capture images that rival the quality of those taken with traditional cameras, but in a package that is portable and easy to use for many students who would not otherwise be able to use a camera. For students with disabilities, these devices support a number of accessibility features that make photography more accessible than ever. For example, students with visual disabilities can use facial recognition along with the VoiceOver screen reader to take an image even if they are not able to see what is shown on the iPad or iPhone’s screen. Similarly, students with cognitive and motor impairments can use adaptive devices along with the new Switch Control feature in iOS 7 to interact with their touchscreen devices.

This presentation will include a number of ideas for incorporating photography into the curriculum to engage all learners, tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the camera on your mobile devices, and demonstrations of how to use the camera with the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and other iOS devices. The presenter will share his workflow for mobile photography as well as photos from his own collection that show how someone with a significant visual impairment can be a photographer with the right tools and supports.

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Additional Information:
New York Times article featuring presenter and his work as a photographer and advocate for people with disabilities:


2013 Outside Learning

5 Themes of Geography: Local to Global

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Presenter: Leslie Pralle Keehn
Location: Blairsburg, Iowa, USA


Presentation Description: In a year-long focus on the 5 themes, students first developed local, personal videos that put them out in the community. We shared this project with other districts, publishing their videos and viewing videos of other classrooms as well. Later, they Skyped with a gentleman from India, living in South Africa, who traveled around the poorest regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. With him, they learned about and discussed the 5 themes along with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, taking their learning global. Finally the year-long study culminated in the students producing projects based on personal interest in other countries around the world, using the 5 themes video format from the beginning of the year.

Follow the journey of 7th grade students in rural Iowa who took the 5 themes of geography from local to global as they learned about and connected with cultures around the globe, incorporating creation, connection, collaboration, and change along the way.

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2013 Outside Learning

Making and Sharing Fugleflicks

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Presenter: Tricia Fuglestad
Location: Arlington Heights, IL


Presentation Description: Do you ever wonder if your students own the learning? They definitely would if they created the teaching resources. Fugleflicks are student-created, art-related movies made by kids for kids to teach something about art. Not only do these short entertaining resources inform our school population but those involved in creating them have a tremendously rich learning experience. Take a look behind the scenes into our process for movie-making with small groups, full classes, and the whole school. Find out how we share what we make with authentic audiences to raise the level of craftsmanship and engagement.
There are many takeaways from this presentation regardless of what you teach as you learn to put your students in the director chair, use their creativity, and apply curricular content for the benefit of all.

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Additional Information:
Fugleflicks wiki and Index (includes tutorials for creating green screen effects and animating in Keynote):

2013 Outside Learning

Connecting Classrooms Globally

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Presenter: Todd Nesloney
Location: Waller, TX, USA

Presentation Title: Connecting Classrooms Globally

Presentation Description: Kids today live in a world where they can connect with anyone at any time. As teachers we need to be utilizing the tools we have at our disposal to connect our students with other classrooms, companies, and people from around the world! This session will talk about several of the tools you have that you can start using RIGHT AWAY to connect your students to others safely!

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Additional Information:
Website: www.toddnesloney.com
Website: www.the3techninjas.org
Blog: nesloneyflipped.blogspot.com

2013 Outside Learning

Expanding Learning Possibilities through Crowdfunding Education Projects

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Presenters: Peter Lindberg and Jaime Wood
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA


Presentation Description: In a 15-20 minute video, we demonstrate how educators are using crowdfunding to expand their ability to innovate, connect to community, and test new pedagogical ideas. We share examples of several educators who have used IncitED (a crowdfunding platform for education) to do research, start new schools, buy classroom supplies, and more. Our thesis is that crowdfunding is a grassroots, democratic way to encourage community involvement in education, whether that mean simply improving classrooms or reforming entire systems. We’ll also discuss the best practices for using crowdfunding for education and some tips for starting a campaign.

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Additional Information:
IncitED Tumblr blog: http://incitedcrowdfundingeducation.tumblr.com/

Email info@incited.org for more information about crowdfunding for education.

2013 Outside Learning

Science Is All Around Our Town

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Presenter: JoAnn Delaney
Location: Hershey, PA USA

Presentation Description: Join me and my students on this Appsmashing adventure, Science Is All Around Our Town!

Students took a picture using their device of anything that was science related in their yard, neighborhood or town. Using the location, a QR gps code was generated. Students researched to find out more about the science in their photo. The picture and GPS code was placed in the Educreations app. A screencast was completed to teach others about the science found in our sweet town, Hershey!

Each screencast was tagged by its location on a Google map, building a visual and interactive educational product, sharing the science found all around our town. We also embedded the screencasts in the LayAR, augmented reality app to try yet another new technology.

Future Vision-Work like this has the power to be shared further to make global connections. By sharing our special town map/s with other classes who might like to connect and learn together about each others work, has great learning potential!

As a result of my connected learning experience on Twitter, I want to encourage the same global connectedness. After hearing Angela Maiers, I evolved her thinking, “The smartest person in the room is the room.” My experiences led me to the belief, the smartest person in the world is the world! Let’s do our best to share this vision of connected world learning!

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Additional Information:
Check out my Blog… http://www.domoreedu.com/guest-bloggers/blog-by-joann-delaney/hyperthink


Sci Around Town Links:

Pics taken on digital device

Qrstuff.com use to generate GPS QR code

I-Nigma QR Code,  (QR code reader) Data by 3GVision-scans code made on qrstuff.com

Side by side (photos) by Jeff and Banana-iphone app puts 2 photos side by side or above and below each other.

Chirp by Animal Systems (yellow icon) iphone app to share links/pics

Educreations on web-create acct.
Join group code
you need to sign up to access

Google Maps
Log into your Google Acct.
This is the link to my map…
Click to view student screencasts…(must be signed into Educreations and have joined with group code 98DF7D) also use street view.

LayAR web creation- https://www.layar.com

LayAR -augmented reality by BV app scanner

2013 Outside Learning

Extreme Communication

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Presenter: Tressa Graveley
Location: Elliston, MT, USA
Ms Graveley

Presentation Description: This presentation will share the story of my classroom being chosen by Skype in the Classroom to follow Mark Wood during his summit attempt of Mount Everest. Educators will be exposed to the power of global communication when helping students become 21st century learners. My goal for this session is to share my experience with other teachers and help them transform their teaching to include learning opportunities outside the classroom. By the end of the session, I hope educators will feel comfortable and invigorated to use Skype in their classrooms.

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Additional Information:
Mark Wood’s webpage: http://www.markwoodexplorer.com/

Mark Wood’s Facebook page:

Skype in the Classroom: