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2015-Beyond the Core

Teaching the 21st Century Musician

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Presenter: Thomas J. West
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Presentation Description: The new Common Core Standards for the Arts contain many standards involving greater levels of creativity and independence for music education. These standards, coupled with preparing today’s students for an ever-shifting professional landscape that requires more independent and collaborative technology skills, presents America’s traditional secondary performing music ensemble programs with a challenge: how do we still provide high quality performing ensembles and develop the individual students’ musical and creative abilities. Thomas J. West explains how incorporating the SAMR Model of Technology Integration along with cloud-based methods of Blended Learning enables middle school and high school instrumental music students to take control of their own learning and become independent, well-rounded musicians capable of 21st Century Artistry.


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My website: www.thomasjwestmusic.com
My blog: www.thomasjwestmusic.com/apps/blog

2015-Beyond the Core

Connecting Creativity

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Presenter: Erin Olson & Leslie Pralle Keehn
Location: Pocahontas, IA


Presentation Description: The Connecting Creativity series is a learning quest designed with concept and content convergence in mind, supported by meaningful technology integration. Each Connecting Creativity concept is designed so teachers can repurpose the idea to meet the needs of their students and the needs of their curriculum goals. The four monthly quests we will feature include opportunities for students to combine poetry, photography, design, video, and, of course, creativity. The numerous facets of visual arts and literacy converge in the highlighted quests. Additionally, Connecting Creativity is not only about meeting learning goals, it is about helping students see their world and share with their world.


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2015 2015-Maker Ed

Merry Makers

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Presenter: Steve Sherman
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Presentation Title: Merry Makers

Presentation Description: As the Head of the Imagination Chapter in Cape Town, I get to help young students and their parents get in touch with their creative juices every week. I then connect with other chapter leaders around the world and we share our ideas and experiences. I will include footage and photos in my presentation, share ideas and give you a small taste of some of our projects. I hope that you are encouraged to create a maker space at school and promote making activities to your students.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Living-Maths-191424357561419/timeline/

2015 2015-Maker Ed

Maker Ed: The work and the impact

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Presenter: Stephanie Chang, Trey Lathe
Location: Oakland, CA, USA

Presentation Title: Maker Ed: The work and the impact

Presentation Description: The maker education movement carries with it the momentum and promise to transform education — and ultimately, how we view learning and teaching altogether. It brings together elements of various educational pedagogies and practices, historical movements, and current trends, engaging all youth in interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences that are reflective and purposeful. Maker Ed, a non-profit organization that works with educators, organizations, and communities nationwide, help to train, support, and connect educator’s efforts to integrate making into their educational approaches and make a deep, long-lasting impact on their youth.

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2014 2014-Stories for Learning

Out My Window

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Presenter: Leslie Pralle Keehn, Erin Olson
Location: Blairsburg



Presentation Description: Out My Window was born from a quest to have students gain global perspective. OMW classrooms share their story with the world. Inspired by the 5 themes of geography, students reveal cultural awareness & understanding through poetry & photography.

Goals for the session:
To involve more classrooms in the quest to gain global perspective
To showcase the power of content and concept convergence
To provide an example of meaningful technology integration
To honor student voice and ability to create for an audience

Our perspective is shaped by our experiences. Those experiences are shaped by where we live. The themes of geography can be addressed through personal narrative, and when that happens an appreciation for all that is experienced and all that is seen is heightened. Stories are the thread connecting us all. Using geography, photography, and poetry participants can share and celebrate their story. Because the project is about sharing all of this, an audience can gain also connect to the creator’s story.

Out My Window transforms how we look at and teach geography by making it a cross-curricular tool to connect with a global community. Honoring student voice and perspective in the process of not just consuming, but creating content also honors the power of the human story. Traditionally, geography is not viewed as poetic. The emotion poetry can incite connected to geography’s theme is transformative. Imagine if more students globally gained an appreciation for people and their perspectives…imagine how that would influence empathy.


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2014 2014-Keynote 2014-Stories for Learning

Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning

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Presenter: Wesley Fryer
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

Presentation Title: Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Presentation Description: What ignites your spark for teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom? What sustains your spark for creativity and innovation? What can be a spark of innovation to encourage teachers who are not early adapter / innovators in our schools? These questions and more are addressed by Wesley Fryer, Rachel Fryer, Brad Wilson, Autumn Laidler, Jess McCulloch, Cheryl Oakes, Amy Burvall, Richard Byrne, Kevin Hodgson, Brian Crosby, Jennie Magiera, Jason Neiffer, Diane Woodard, and Michelle Roundy in this opening keynote presentation for the 2014 K-12 Online Conference. Come travel with us from Oklahoma City to Michigan, Chicago, Australia, Maine, Nevada, Montana, California, New York and Wyoming as we explore the theme of “Igniting Innovation” for this year’s conference. Please take the challenge posed by Wesley in this video: Record and share a short (60 second) video answering one of these questions about “igniting innovation!” Share your video on YouTube with the hashtag #k12onlineIgnite under a Creative Commons license. By sharing with a CC license you will permit and empower others to engage in “combinatorial creativity” and make combined remix videos including your ideas! Also, please make sure your video is PUBLIC on YouTube. Share the link to your video using the following Google Form:

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Contributors to this video include:

Wesley Fryer

Rachel Fryer

Brad Wilson

Autumn Laidler

Jess McCulloch

Cheryl Oakes

Amy Burvall

Richard Byrne

Kevin Hodgson

Brian Crosby

Jennie Magiera

Jason Neiffer

Diane Woodard

Michelle Roundy

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The supporting documents link is the Google Form for people to submit their own video link.

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2013 Building Learning

Building Learning Keynote – Making the Case for Making in Schools

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Presenter: Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA


Presentation Title: Building Learning Keynote – Making the Case for Making in Schools

Presentation Description: The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. K-12 educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.

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


2012 Student Voices

Beaucoup de Cool Student Projects

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Presenter: Audrey McLaren McGoldrick
Location: Dorval, Quebec, Canada
Twitter: @a_mcsquared

Presentation Title: Beaucoup de Cool Student Projects

Presentation Description: This presentation is about the year-long process that my math students undertook to create independent research assignments. Their projects unlocked their creativity, either artistic or mathematical, and the final products were as much about the students as they were about math.

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2012 Kicking It Up a Notch

Keynote for Kicking It Up A Notch : It’s Not About the Apps

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Presenter: Mathew Needleman
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter:  @mrneedleman

Presentation Description: As mobile devices take over we have to decide between replicating traditional classroom work with digital flashcards or infusing our classrooms with creativity. Mathew Needleman describes how taking pictures with an iPhone sparked a personal creative renaissance and how this might occur in our classrooms.


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