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Category Archives: Leading Learning

2013 Leading Learning

Deeper Learning Online

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Presenter: Laura McBain, Ryan Gallagher
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
@sdmcb, @dlmooc

Presentation Title: Deeper Learning Online

Presentation Description: This video shows what deeper learning looks like from the perspective of a superintendent, teacher and student. It also shows why we need deeper learning and defines the various aspects of it.

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Deeper Learning MOOC

2013 Leading Learning

Leading by Example: Harnessing the Internet to Promote Professional Growth and Lifelong Learning

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Presenter: Paige Hale
Location: Salvisa, KY
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/paige.harrisonhale

Presentation Title: Leading by Example: Harnessing the Internet to Promote Professional Growth and Lifelong Learning

Presentation Description: This presentation will explore an educational professional’s ongoing journey as a leader and lifelong learner. It will examine free online resources for promoting personal professional growth including: social media-based communities of practice, Open Courseware, webinars, listservs, and blogs. This session aims to provide educational practitioners with ideas and inspiration for using the Internet as a tool for ongoing professional growth. Participants will see how a small investment of time can enable them to become active members in current communities of professional practice. The presentation will be produced via video though which the presenter will personally articulate her unique personal experiences and insights.

2013 Leading Learning

Digital Portfolios

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Presenter: Candice Clark
Location: WV

Presentation Title: Digital Portfolios

Presentation Description: I show a cool app by PEGeeks called Easy Portfolio. I demonstrate the basics of how to use Easy Portfolio on the iPad to create student portfolios electronically. It is a simple and neat app that is easy to use and very useful for assessment.

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I used Reflector and a mic to record this app from my iPad to my PC. There are parts that look glitchy. This is simple the video as I switch between screens on the iPad. The audio sounds great. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I had a difficult time figuring out how to record my iPad screen without simply using a camera while maneuvering through the app.

2013 Leading Learning

Creativity Rising

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Presenter: Kelly Dumont
Location: Sandy, Utah

Presentation Title: Creativity Rising

Presentation Description: There sure are a lot of changes happening in education today, mandated this and have to do that. One of the most important things that may be getting lost in this era is the chance for teachers and students to exercise creativity. This presentation will suggest ways to keep creativity rising to the top of what happens in the classroom, despite everything else that is being imposed upon teachers and students.


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2013 Leading Learning

The Promise of Leadership

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Presenter: Julia Osteen
Location: Nashville, TN, USA

Presentation Title: The Promise of Leadership

Presentation Description: True leaders make change happen. If we define leadership as influence, then the effective leader has the ability to influence others to accomplish group objectives. For far too long in education, leadership was only expected from those in supervisory positions. But what about a teacher’s leadership in the classroom? What about students learning how to be positive leaders? This presentation will explore the Promise of Leadership in Educational Change.

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2013 Leading Learning

Bring Digital Badges To Your School or Classroom

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Presenter: Michael Boll
Location: Shanghai, China

Digital Badges Part One: What Are Digital Badges Anyway? Introduction to Digital Badges, how they work and the Mozilla platform.

Digital Badges Part Two: The Tech of Digital Badges  Learn the tech behind getting started with digital badges.

Digital Badges Part Three: Bring Badges Into Your Classroom. Learn how to use digital badges in your classroom

Digital Badges Part Four: Bring Badges to Your School Tips on how to bring the digital badges program to your entire school or district

Digital Badges Part Five: The Future of Badges Digital Badges are just getting started. Take a look at what the future might hold.

Presentation Title: Bring Digital Badges To Your School or Classroom

Presentation Description: Badges, badges, badges. Fun, motivation, excitement. Ok, you get the point. Badges are a time tested (think like for 10,000 ago or more) method to bring out full achievement in students and adults. Everybody loves to receive recognition for things they have done.

The communication revolution (thanks Internet) means we can both give and display badges on a grander scale than ever before. My school is currently in a beta test stage for using badges with students and we would like to share our experiences so far.

This workshop will cover some of the ins and outs of using badges in and outside of the classroom.


* How it works
* Using Mozilla’s Open Badges Program
* How to issue badges
* How to display badges
* Badge use cases
* Setting up systems at your school to enable effective badge distribution

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Michael Boll is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Podcaster and Technology Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. Michael enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology.

Michael is an enthusiastic instructional designer and presenter. He works to make his courses and presentations information packed, slightly provocative and fun.

Michael has a teenage son with profound autism and is keenly interested in the special needs community and its population of diverse learners. This interest led Michael and his wife, Lori Boll, to open an innovative school in Shanghai (ShineAcademy.asia) for their son.

For more information about Michael, check out his website: www.michaelboll.me

2013 Leading Learning

Game Changing Apps

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Presenter: Brad Waid & Drew Minock
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI USA
@techbradwaid  @techminock

Presentation Title: Game Changing Apps

Presentation Description: “Game Changing Apps!” With Brad Waid & Drew Minock

Hear about and learn about some great educational technology apps that will change the way we learn, teach and lead. Join us for some insight on a student engagement, teacher productivity and using augmented reality in education.

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2013 Leading Learning

Mindfulness and Neuroscience: How a Contemplative Curriculum for K-12 Students can Improve Focus, Connectedness, and Self-Regulation

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Presenter: Betsy Hanger
Location: Los Angeles

Presentation Title: Mindfulness and Neuroscience: How a Contemplative Curriculum for K-12 Students can Improve Focus, Connectedness, and Self-Regulation

Presentation Description: After Reading, Writing, and “˜Rithmetic, is Reflection the New “Fourth R”?
In this video presentation, veteran teacher Betsy Hanger will explore the uses of mindfulness training in elementary classrooms. She will describe the curriculum of Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org), connecting the skills developed to the students’ experiences. Examples of students’ journals and mindfulness activities in the classroom will give teachers a realistic idea of this important new movement in urban education. Betsy will answer these questions: 1) What is mindfulness? (definition, origins in medicine, psychology) 2) Who does mindfulness help? (Challenges that mindfulness training addresses: brain slides) 3) What is the curriculum? (three sets of skills, with three examples for each drawn from student work) 4) What improvements can I expect if I do mindfulness training in my classroom? (research, anecdotal experiences: video testimony) Resources for learning more about mindfulness training in classrooms are appended.

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2013 Leading Learning

Learn how to create a WordPress Website in less than 20 minutes

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Presenter: Jeff Bradbury
Location: New Jersey

Presentation Title: Learn how to create a WordPress Website in less than 20 minutes

Presentation Description: Learn how YOU can create a dynamic WordPress website in less than 20 minutes. Jeff (TeacherCast) walks you through the steps and demonstrates how to choose a great theme, add posts, pages, widgets, videos, photos, and menu items.

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2013 Leading Learning

If You Want Data to Transform Learning, Present It as “Over-the-Counter”

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Presenter: Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin
Location: Laguna Beach, California, USA

Presentation Title: If You Want Data to Transform Learning, Present It as “Over-the-Counter”

Presentation Description: Educational leaders understand the importance of data as a tool to inform decisions. However, despite proactive steps educators already take to improve data use (such as professional development and staff supports), research suggests many educators are still analyzing data incorrectly. A largely-overlooked culprit is the manner in which data is communicated to educators. Data systems and reports most educators use to analyze data usually display figures without supporting guidance concerning the data’s proper use. This is akin to providing over-the-counter medication without any labeling or supporting documentation to guide people in the medicine’s proper use. In this presentation, the education data-equivalent to over-the-counter medicine is termed over-the-counter data: essentially, enlisting medical labeling conventions to pair education data reports with straightforward verbiage on the proper interpretation of report contents. The researcher in this quantitative study explored the inclusion of such supports in data systems and their reports. Respondents’ data analyses were found to be 307% more accurate when a report footer was present, 205% more accurate when an abstract was present, and 273% more accurate when an interpretation guide was present. These analysis supports followed specific guidelines to improve their success. Attendees will learn how to add these supports to their own data systems and reports so that educators using the data can do so with significantly increased accuracy.

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Website: http://overthecounterdata.com

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Twitter: @OTCData (twitter.com/OTCData)