Below you will find many of our recorded and archived sessions. Just click on the link to view the archived video.
December 17, 21st Century Assessment with Starr Sackstein
Starr discusses techniques from her book, Hacking Assessment, that transform assessment to coach and inspire students to learn more, try harder, and own their learning. Teachers should no longer dole out grades like their jobs depend upon it but rather need to talk to kids about what they know and can do. You can download the slides here.
December 9, School Voice from Dubai with Russ Quaglia
Dr. Russ Quaglia's monthly webinar series continued with a brief overview and update of the various School Voice efforts happening around the world. Participants shared their School Voice experiences so that we can listen to, learn from, and amplify the success occurring in schools today. This session featured fascinating practices in Dubai.
November 17, Using Games for Inclusive Classes with Ann Francis
It’s always a challenge when you have a classroom with students of all different abilities operating at different levels. Games can engage and teach students of all abilities, and Ann discussed strategies and gave examples on how she has used games, taught other teachers how to use games in order to reach all learners. Ann used Skoolbo as an example. You can download the slides here.
November 12, Teaching the Last Backpack Generation with Zachary Walker
Will this be the last generation of kids who bring backpacks to school? How does this change the way we teach? This participatory, fun discussion focused on practical tips about how we can help our students become creative, critical thinkers, who understand context and how to curate content. We can teach students to be curious about the world and enjoy learning. And often, we'll find we are learning as much as the students are. Jason had quite a few great resources that you can incorporate into your classes.
We should be using digital citizenship to create the digital lifestyles and communities that reflect what's best in us. After all, we want students to learn how to use technology not only safely and responsibly, but also with a sense of inspiration and opportunity. Students should be able to tell good sources from bad ones, understand the consequences of their actions, and become expert searchers. Jason goes over classroom activities as well as practical strategic planning options to advance digital citizenship in your school and district.
November 3, Teacher Voice with Dr. Russell Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande
Can we possibly give students their voice without teachers having voice as well? Authentic deep learning occurs best in open environments, where both teachers and students can take risks and feel they have a role in decisions. Participants discuss how the impact they can have on education and the obstacles, tips, and tricks to more open educational environments. You can also download Dr. Quaglia's and Dr. Lande's slides so you can get a first person view of whether the pictures accurately convey the messages (you'll have to view the video to understand the reference).
October 29, Part 2, Education Reform Game with Jeff BordenJeff Bordon describes all the events that happened to him over the last week after the attempted kidnapping. We then discussed what we'd learned about Dewey, Vygotsky, and Piaget from the clues everyone uncovered. And then Jeff showed us how to create a similar game for our own teachers and students using free materials and websites. The slides can be downloaded here.
October 26, Education Reform Game with Jeff Borden
Jeff Borden of Saint Leo University starts to unveil the lost educational plans of John Dewey and Lev Vygostky, but has to flee, leaving behind clues about education reform, secret papers, hidden websites that must be decoded by participants. The search starts at http://tinyurl.com/Mysteryboard. Students have to decypher the password from the video. And then can communicate once they further decrypt the clues on the website. One of the clues is a hidden Twitter account that allows the participants to share their discoveries.
September 21, Encouraging Parents with Robert Kravitz
Robert Kravitz, Superintendent of the Englewood, NJ Public School District, describes how he encourages parents to partner with the school district, and how active parental participation can help drive student achievement while decreasing behavior referrals. When parents, teachers, and administrators work together, stress is greatly reduced for all.
October 8, Project Mapping for PBL with Kathleen Fritz
Kathleen discusses how to organize student projects so that they meet learning objectives and keep students on track. PBL is motivational for students, but it can be chaotic for teachers without proper planning. Learn how a project map makes a visual tool that pulls together goals, standards, content, creativity, lessons, activities, reflection, and feedback. You can download the slides here.
August 25, Game Jams with Matt Farber
Matt discusses how students learn to tackle broad open-ended problems through computational thinking, design, systems thinking, collaboration, planning, storyboarding, iterative development during the Game Jams. Matt uses Game Jams with his own Middle School Social Studies classes in addition to helping other schools conduct game jams around the country. Matt is also author of Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning and a leader of Games4Ed, a nonprofit organization that helps roll out game-based learning. Download the slides here.
August 20, Hacking Education with Mark Barnes
Mark shared and discussed insights from his new book, Hacking Education, 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. co-authored with Jennifer Gonsalez. We discussed two hacks, Meet Me in the Cloud, and Pineapple Charts. The first is a way for people in different places to conduct discussions as needed asynchonously. The second allows teachers within a school or district to share best practices and take charge of their own professional development. You can download the slides here.
August 19, Harnessing the Educational Power of Minecraft with Garrett Zimmer
This live event was an interactive discussion on the use of and design of effective game-based learning curriculum (GBL) in Minecraft. Whether you're new to Minecraft or an Expert Game-based Educator, you can see how educators GBL concepts to their Minecraft lessons, and then apply those techniques to help you harness its full potential. Garrett will be conducting other sessions on Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies uses of Minecraft, and is creating Minecraft curriculum for schools at MineGage. You can download the handouts, here.
July 29, Easy Problem Based Learning with Adam Bellow
Problem Based Learning is messy, it can be difficult to manage and orchestrate and to channel for specific learning objectives.
Adam Bellow, ISTE keynoter and edupreneur discusses different ways to overcome these obstacles with educators. Adam built many of these techniques into a ground breaking app, WeLearnedIt, which he demonstrates at the end of the session. You can download Adam's slideshere.
July 29, Telling Your Story with Jeff Bradbury
Getting kids, teachers, your school, your district, and your peers excited about your vision. Jeff Bradbury's TeacherCast has over 50,000 unique visitors a month, so you know he knows a lot about effective communications. In this session, Jeff discusses with teachers the basics of powerful communications, and coaches them in molding the way they talk. Do you want to get students excited about what they are learning? Do you want to motivate parents to help you channel their kids? Do you want to align other educators or administrators with your vision? This session lays out the framework, using how your introduce your self. In a subsequent session, Jeff will cover applying that framework to other types of communications. Watch our Upcoming Web Events for the date. You can download Jeff's slides here.
July 9: Grading Actions that Drive Impact into Student Learning with Dave NagelWhy do we persist on averaging students' grades over a quarter, when this has been proven to be suboptimal? How can we encourage students to focus on learning rather than grades? And how do we balance learning goals with the necessities of report cards and assessment? In this Edchat Interactive, Dave discusses practical strategies that align directly with mastery learning and standards referenced grading, and pulls key lessons from his book, "Effective Grading Practices for Secondary Teachers".
June 11: Integrating Games into Classes with Ryan Schaaf
June 4: Making School a Game Worth Playing with Ryan Schaaf
June 2: Leading Professional Learning with Tom Murray and Jeff Zoul
We often mistake Professional Development, which is delivery of material, with Professional Learning, which involves gaining new skills and knowledge in order to be a better educator. Tom and Jeff, led a rousing discussion on how schools and teachers can engage participants and improve results, from their own experiences and also from the participants'. Listen and hear how educators are connecting and learning in new ways to meet their needs--and those of their students! Download the slides here.
May 28: Effective Grading Actions That Drive Impact Into Student Learning with Dave Nagel
May 26: Developing a District Vision for Technology with Andrew Marcinek
May 21: Keys to Change Leadership with Robert Dillon
May 19: Ken Halla on the Teacher as Leader of the Digital Classroom
Tech doesn't necessarily lead to individualized, personalized learning. But it can certainly provide tools to help teachers spend more time with their students, provide more engaging activities for students, and provide more time on task. Can teachers lead the charge? Ken presents different strategies and then discusses options with other educators in the Edchat interactive event. You can view his slides here.
May 14: Edtech tools for developing a love of reading with Shannon Miller
You had to be there to really participate in this dynamic session, but you can still learn what Shannon and the participants had to say about how they get kids excited about reading. Here is a link to the Padlet that contains all the tools Shannon included: http://bit.ly/engageyourreaders
You can read Shannon's blog at http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com/ and follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/shannonmmiller
April 27: Encouraging constructive parental involvement with Erin Klein
Erin described the many tools that bring parents into their children's lives at school, and which can be used to strengthen teacher-parent collaborations to advance student learning. You can also view Erin's slides.
February 26: Customized, Personalized Learning with Sherry Crofut
February 24: Augmented Reality with Katie Ann Wilson
Author Andy Marcinek's Edchat session discusses how to make the most out of a 1:1 environment, and steers participants around some of the implementation pitfalls. Andy speaks from experience, having been a science teacher, school administrator, and architect of a successful 1:1 implementation. He is the author of The 1:1 Roadmap, Setting the Course for Innovation in Education.
January 7: Genius in Your Classroom Part 1 with Don Wettrick
Activating Student Voice As A Driver For Personalized Learning-Presenter: Phil Stubbs
Student Voice, Aspirations and Santa Claus-Presenters: Dr. Russ Quaglia and Dr. Michael Corso