2018 Archives

Below you will find many of our recorded and archived sessions. Just click on the link to view the archived video.

2018 Live PD Session Archives

December, 2018

Bradbury and Amaral

When your students just don't get it, led by Jeff Bradbury and Nick Amaral
Have you ever been in the position of leading your class through a topic only to have a student simply … not get it? Featured FETC speakers Jeff Bradbury and Nick Amaral review some of their favorite techniques and tools for reaching students who are falling behind and possibly disrupting class. Here are their slides, and you can check out some of their other resources here.


November, 2018

Sonny Magana, EdD

Doubling Student Achievement, led by Sonny Magana EdD
FETC featured speaker Sonny Magana talks about a framework for using technology to a) quadruple student achievement and b) better prepare students for whatever awaits them later in life. It's not just the pedagogy, and it's not just the technology, but when the two of them are used in a way to give students voice and involve them in producing and solving real problems, magic happens.





Dave Blanchard

Invasion of International EdTech Tools, led by Dave Blanchard
Some of the most engaging enhancements in education are coming from outside the US. Do you want to use great video resources that are commercial free, screened, appropriate, current, and aligned with learning goals? Consider boclips. Want your students to create video and animated stories? Consider Creaza. And do you struggle to manage all those student projects? Take a look at teamlearn. Here are the slides.





Desiree Alexander

Safe AND Informed, How to Help Students Harness the Internet, led by Desiree Alexander
No one has an innate ability to know where dangers lurk on the web and in social media. As adults, we have the obligation to help kids understand how to use the web and social media safely. How do we talk with them so that they really understand? How to do we broach uncomfortable topics? Who can we advise them when we aren't even sure what they are using? These are some of the topics that Desiree Alexander addresses. Slides here.

October, 2018

Matt Joseph

Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom. led by Matt Joseph
When teachers do all the work, students are passive. How do we get students to be active learners? Matt leads a discussion on techniques and tools. Slides here. And be sure to catch him at FETC!








Suzy Lolley

Five Ways Video Can Transform Your Classroom, led by Suzy Lolley

Do you want to present with video, but worry about the quality and the ads interfering? Suzy discusses how to find and use videos that inspire, inform, and instruct, and ways to use video to introduce, teach, and review virtually any topic, including History, Science, Math, English, Art, and Language. Here are the slides. Suzy finds many of her videos using the boclips service.





Lynn Fuini-Hetton and Randy Ziegenfuss, EdD

Leading Transformation, What Works and What Doesn't with Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetton
Transformation! One of the biggest educational buzzwords of 2018. What distinguishes educational transformation from simply tinkering with the system? We’ll explore the topic and share how we are framing transformation in the Salisbury Township School District. Here are the slides.




Data is not a Four Letter Word with Mia Laudato and Robin Williams

Mia Laudato and Robin Williams

What information can help us help students? How can we get and use it? Mia and Robin lead us through a discussion and show how tools like Google Forms can simplify our lives at the same time as providing valuable insights about our students.




September, 2018

Claude Charron

The Conrad Challenge, a way to turn students into innovators and entrepreneurs, led by Claude Charron

Claude leads a discussion on innovation, using a structured five-phase collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. Here are the slides.




Matt Harris, EdD

What does Digital Literacy Really Mean for Teachers, with Matt Harris, EdD

How can you continue to improve in your use of digital tools to reach students? Matt puts this in context of the ISTE standards, SAMR, and international ICT standards as he discusses teaching techniques with educators. Here are the slides.



August, 2018

Chris Bugaj

I Know a Student With a Problem Just Like That with Chris Bugaj

Who hasn't had a student that's been frustrated, we just have not been able to reach (yet), had untapped potential, or that others reported as disruptive?







May, 2018

Matt Farber

Talking Games with The Tribe and Matt Farber
Matthew Farber shows how master teachers promote deep learning through the use of video games. He goes behind the scenes to model how these teachers use both common pedagogical techniques and novel approaches to reach their students. We discussed topics like
  • What are the students learning?
  • What are the results of using games?
  • How is it different teaching with games and teaching more traditionally?
  • What do they do to prepare and plan their classes?
  • How did they do to get to the point where they knew enough to teach this way?
  • What help, support, and advice do they have for you with your students?


Kristina Ishmael

Make the Shift: How to Leverage Open Educational Resources, led by Kristina Ishmael
We discussed topics like:
  1. Who is using OER, what for, and what are the results?
  2. How are educators, schools, and districts finding good OER?
  3. What changes, if any, do teachers need to make when moving from textbooks to OER?
  4. What are the potential downsides or risks, and what are the different ways of avoiding or overcoming them?
  5. How did different educators and districts start the journey to OER; what are the first steps?
Here are the slides.

April, 2018

Lori Gerstein Ramsey

Students and Screen Time: What Does it Mean for Schools? led by Lori Gerstein Ramney
In this session, we engaged in discussions on topics such as: 
  • What is the national narrative regarding technology and children? 
  • What does the research say about technology and children? 
  • How does this impact the use of technology in schools for teaching and learning? 
  • What can be done to ensure that technology is used well in schools nationally? 
  • What educational technologies (or methods of implementation) have been most meaningful for you or your students?

March, 2018

Personalized PD

Personalized Professional Learning led by The Friday Institute's Mary Ann Wolf and Nancy Mangum
We discussed the following topics:
  • What professional learning has been most meaningful for you, and why did they work better than other instances?
  • What are some models of professional learning that work?
  • What strategies can we deploy to increase opportunities for personalized professional learning?
Here are the slides.

February, 2018

Empowering Students

Empowering Students and Learning Agency led by The Friday Institute's Shayla Rexrode and Nancy Mangum
Personalized learning requires that all learners in a school have ownership in the work and the community. We talked about the following topics: What does empowering students and developing learner agency look like, What are some tangible strategies that move us in this direction, and what are some examples and models of where this has worked.




Student-centered learning

Edchat Twitter chat review: How do we go from teacher-centered teaching to student-centered learning?
A discussion of the previous night's #Edchat Twitter chat, where we talked about the need for, the problems around, and ways that educators move from teacher centered teaching to student-centered learning.



January, 2018

Scott McLeod

Are your children's classes Dangerously Irrelevant (and what you can do about it) Led by Scott McLeod

Questions discussed:
  • How are schools shifting, or resisting the shift, from an industrial model to a global, innovation model?
  • How are teachers and schools making that shift? What's working?
  • What can we all, as parents, teachers, administrators, voters, or policy makers, do to help?
Here is a link to Scott's slides.

Friday Institute Session 1

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: Change Management and Distributed Leadership
Led by Nancy Mangum, Shayla Rexrode, and Mary Ann Wolf

Leading a transition to personalized and digital learning requires school leaders who are able to set a vision for this change and establish a culture that supports this vision. We will be leading you in discussions on the following topics:
  • What are the change management strategies that work or don't work in schools?
  • How do you craft a vision and a culture that supports that vision?
  • What team dynamics lead to successful educational change?
  • What stories do you all bring of successful and unsuccessful implementation, and what can we learn from them?
Here are the slides.