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2015 2015-Overcoming Obstacles

Meeting Parents and Students Where They Are

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Presenter: Josh Allen
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

Presentation Description: The need to communicate and share has always been valuable, but how we do it today should be different. This session covers how to utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Flipboard at a classroom and district level. I will also cover some ways to make those tools work together, allowing you to post to multiple places, reaching multiple audiences, without having to take the time to visit each site.


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2015 2015-Stories of Connection

The Power of the PLN in Your Own Backyard

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Presenter: Ben Rimes
Location: St. Joseph, MI, United States

Presentation Title: The Power of the PLN in Your Own Backyard

Presentation Description: Connected educators have done an amazing job of flattening their learning experiences for students, and bringing the world into their classrooms. But what happens when we leverage social media to bring about real change locally in our own communities? How do we bring our connections back down out of the cloud to create opportunities for members of our communities to grow and learn together? View three different examples of individuals coming together on regional and state levels through social media to bring about real change and create lasting memories.

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Links related to the video:

Write a House Project – http://writeahouse.com

Pure Michigan Sing-a-Long – https://vimeo.com/54867886

Voices of #michED – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGpkibXv9iBjqc3oAhcXdA-lunzYZRpGx

#michED Twitter Chat – http://miched.net


2014 2014-Passion-Driven Learning

Trust and Transparency

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Presenter: Bart Miller
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Presentation Title: Trust and Transparency

Presentation Description: Support self directed, interest and passion driven learning in your classroom by building trust. Using simple tools and strategies to maximize transparency, we can empower students to explore their passions to engage in deeper learning and authentic inquiry.

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2014 2014-Stories for Learning

Collaboration with TwitCast

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Presenter: Dr. M. Monte Tatom
Location: Henderson, TN, USA

Presentation Description: Participants will learn creative ways to use TwitCasting for students, parents, community, administration, faculty, and staff. TwitCasting is a great way for students and teachers to share up-to-date information and receive feedback using the class hashtag.
ISTE Standards addressed:
ISTE Standard-S 2B: TwitCasting will provide students an opportunity to share information and ideas with classmates, students in other countries and their teachers.
ISTE Standard-T 3C: TwitCasting will give teachers the ability to share relevant information and ideas to students, parents, and peers.
ISTE Standard-A 2B: TwitCasting will give the administrator the opportunity to model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.


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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

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

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

2013 Open Learning

Crowdsourcing Your Professional Development

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Presenter: Tanya Avrith, Holly Clark
Location: Montreal, Canada and San Diego, California
@edtechschools, @HollyEdTechDiva

Presentation Title: Crowdsourcing Your Professional Development

Presentation Description: Tanya Avrith and Holly Clark co-hosts of the eduslam.me vodcast show discuss how they are using their networks to crowdsource for best practices and professional development using some of the most innovative educators in the world. In this segment, they interview Jennie Magiera from Chicago, Illinois and David Theriault from Huntington Beach, California to demonstrate how they are harnessing the power of their social networks to crowdsource their personal learning, as well as the learning of their students.

Tanya and Holly share their story and how they came up with the concept of eduslam.me and demonstrate examples of how powerful the concept of open learning can be.

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Tanya Avrith’s Blog is found at tanyaavrith.com, Holly Clark can be found at hollyclark.net.

Please follow us on twitter: @edtechschools, @hollyedtechdiva and @eduslam. You can also follow David Theriault @davidtEDU and Jennie Magiera @msmagiera

Read more about eduslam on our interview with Jennie Magiera :

2012 Getting Started

Leveraging the Power of Social Media in the Classroom

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Presenter: Elaine Plybon
Location: Bedford, Texas USA
Twitter: @eplybon

Presentation Description: Teenagers spend 80% of their time on the internet involved in social networking websites. This presentation explores the ways educators can utilize their understanding of these venues to create engaging lessons that will help students gain content knowledge, assist teachers in assessing student progress, and provide opportunities for discussions about the students’ own digital footprints. The presentation is designed with the educator who has to deal with restrictive internet filters and even a total lack of internet availability for students.

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Elaine Plybon’s web site: http://www.elaineplybon.net/

2012 Getting Started

Leveraging Social Media to Flatten Your Classroom Walls

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Presenters: Paula Naugle and Jan Wells
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA & Meriden, Kansas USA
Twitter: @plnaugle  & @janwells

Presentation Description: Most teachers would love to communicate and collaborate with other classes but are unsure just how to begin this process. How do you go about finding other classes to connect with? Where do you find projects that can be used for collaboration? How do you cope with time zones? How can social media help you flatten your classroom walls and enable you to incorporate the 4C’s of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking into your weekly lessons?

Find out how Paula and Jan found each other in 2009 and have had their two classes collaborating ever since. Learn how these two veteran educators have used social media sites such as Ning, Twitter, Facebook, Edmodo, Google and Google HangOut, and Skype to collaborate and communicate with many more classrooms each year.

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Paula’s Classroom Blog http://pnaugle.blogspot.com
Paula’s Professional Blog http://plnaugle.blogspot.com

Jan’s Class Website/Blog http://mrswells4thgradeclass.weebly.com
Jan’s Professional Blog http://techtrek4integration.blogspot.com

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