Organizations & Groups I’ve Worked With Include
Sample Presentation Topics
Bringing the Outside In: Connecting Your Classroom with Google Hangouts
How are we leveraging technology to bring in outside experts and conduct virtual field trips? Tips, resources, and success stories will be shared. GoogleHangouts have allowed my elementary students to connect and share their learning with an authentic audience. Examples of how my students & I have made connections with authors, experts, and other students across the country include: World Read Aloud Day, Poetry Month, Genius Hour, Engineering Club, and many more!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Need?: Design Thinking and PK-5 ELA
How might we help the pigeon drive the bus? How might we create an even stronger house for the three little pigs? Let’s look at how we can apply principles of design and engineering to Language Arts. If we approach design thinking as a mindset and pedagogical method, we can discover a variety of empathy-fueled problem solving opportunities within some of our youngest students’ favorite characters.
Digital Literacy: Imagine What’s Possible When Literacy & Technology Collide
Create. Collaborate. Explore. Imagine what’s possible when literacy and technology collide. How our students experience stories and texts can be taken to new heights by adding just a few tech tools into the mix. The development of digital literacy skills allows us all to create, collaborate, and learn with others across the hall or across the country. This session will look at different ways of integrating digital literacy into the elementary classroom. Whether you’re tech savvy or just dipping your toes in the techy-waters, let’s look at some simple tools and strategies together. Participants will be provided with activities and lesson plans designed to promote digital literacy.
How Might We Reimagine Libraries as Participatory Learning Spaces?
Innovation on a fixed schedule? This session will look at the methods and tools used by a first-year teacher librarian to transform an elementary library into a participatory learning environment. Topics covered include physical, curricular, and digital spaces for innovation within school library programs.
I Wonder…Embedding Inquiry Across the Curriculum
What is inquiry? What might it look like in your classroom? Together we’ll build a definition of inquiry and look at examples of how it can be used to reimagine and reinvigorate curricula across grade levels and disciplines. Participants will be given time to collaborate with one another on embedding inquiry into a lesson/unit they are currently teaching.
Let’s Dive Deep! An Introduction to Design Thinking
Discover, Empathize, Experiment, Produce. Design thinking is a human-centered approach to creating solutions to the problems we encounter throughout our day. Rooted in the methods of industrial designers at firms like IDEO, and articulated through the work of the Stanford Design School, it has become a process that students and educators have used to develop new solutions based on an empathetic understanding of others. Let’s dive in and explore!
Passion inspires, it connects, and it empowers learners. This session will focus on how building choice, connections, and mentors into inquiry-based writing assignments can foster student reflection and ownership of learning. As elementary students engaged in passion-based inquiry projects, they connected with high school students completing a similar research project, forging a mentorship connection. Students collaborated to share their research and reflections. In addition to the upper level students mentoring their younger partners, the high school students sought mentor relationships with experts in their field of inquiry, passing that knowledge on to their elementary partners. Students learned with and from one another. Mentors matter.
Participants in this session will have an opportunity to see how collaborative 2.0 tools helped both elementary and high school students share their research with real audiences beyond the walls of their classroom. Building in opportunities for students to discover their own mentors and models for writing, connect with experts outside of the classroom, and make choices on how to best share their discoveries empowers students to engage in their written work with a more critical and reflective focus. When students have both purpose and audience for their writing endeavors, magic happens!
Pedagogies of the (im)Possible: Technology Integration in Practice
This panel session addresses the opportunities and challenges that emerge when practitioners work to integrate technologies into educational spaces in ways that are oriented to social justice, youth voice, and sustained inquiry. Featuring participants in the Diglits Inquiry Group, formed from members’ collaborative inquiry into critical digital literacies, this session explores how members–as teachers, researchers, technology coordinators, library specialists, parents–are negotiating the realities of putting digital literacies into practice in transformative and critical ways. Panelists will discuss their efforts to integrate a range of digital arts into different educational contexts, involving stakeholders and the audience in the conversation.
Tech Tools for the Google Guru
Do you consider yourself fluent in the ‘Google Essentials’? Let’s dig a little deeper and explore a handful of the tools and projects that the Google Education team have been developing. Emphasis will be placed on using a variety of Google Tools to enhance and accelerate student learning across a variety of grade levels and content areas. Participants will be given plenty of time to explore the tools and discuss ways to integrate them into their instruction.
What Will You Make This Year? An Introduction to Makerspaces:
How do you define a ‘makerspace’? Is it just a new fad or something that’s been a part of your instruction for years? Let’s look at some curated resources for how makerspaces and STEAM-related programming are being implemented in K-12 learning environments.
What’s That Code? Embedding Computational Thinking in the K-5 Curriculum
How might we embed computer science into Lower School classrooms? What might a K-5 (or even K-12) computer science learning progression look like?This session will provide participants with ideas and examples of how computational thinking and computer science can be integrated into reading, writing, science, math, and social studies curricula. Participants will also have time to brainstorm with one another possible strategies for enhancing collaboration, within and beyond their school communities, to develop K-5 (or even K-12) strands of curricula.