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2020-21 Live PD Session Archives

March 20, 2021

Showcasing Student Work with Artsteps, led by Deepti Chopra

Artsteps is an elegant way to showcase student work, whether students produce videos, photos, animations, or diagrams. Teachers can create interactive galleries or students can create their own galleries, so that parents or members of the community can browse and interact with student creations. One of the best features of Artsteps is how it easily integrates into the creation tools that you already use with your students, such as 3DBear.

Ms. Chopra will be reviewing techniques and lessons that will inspire your students to produce their best, demonstrating how Artsteps galleries can be used across the curriculum, in language arts, social studies, art, math, and science, and from early elementary to secondary students. Here are the slides and here is a sample.

March 4, 2021

Building International Sales for Edtech and Edugames by George DeBakey

This session will discuss how to expand your business overseas and the opportunities. Main focus will be international schools. You will learn how to sell into this market and valuable marketing strategies and practical recommendations for starting to market overseas. George DeBakey will be a featured speaker at the Serious Play Conference.

February 19, 2021

Introducing Entrepreneurship to Students Led by Anupam Sharma and Dr. Vijay Chandrasekaran from India, Manickavel Muthusamy from Canada

Do you think Entrepreneurship should be taught to the children at an early age? Giving exposure to young children about entrepreneurship can shift mentalities and impart personality traits that are essential to entrepreneurship. Meet this group of edupreneurs, who are working to introduce ideas to help students educators and parents to learn and teach this skill, and who have introduced a free guide for teachers and schools. Here are the slides.

February 14, 2021

Unleash student motivation and creativity with buncee led by Shalini Chauhan and Sumedha Sodhi

Acclaimed educators Shalini Chauhan and Sumedha Sodhi walk us through the process of posing intriguing challenges to students, coaching students through the exploration and design process, and facilitating student showcases using buncee. They will be using examples across the curriculum from early elementary or primary, through secondary education, and will be interacting with participants about their own classes, ideas, and students. Here are the slides, which were also created in buncee.

January 28, 2021

App Smashing with Flipgrid and 3DBear led by Denise Wright, Ann Kozma, and Michael Drezek

Featuring Flipgrid and 3DBear, here are three educators who have some tricks up their sleeves that will light a fire under your students. They’ll be showcasing lessons you can use to inspire your students’ best work and showcase their talents. Michael Drezek and Denise Wright have more than half a century of teaching experience between them, and Ann Kozma is the Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid. Together they will be walking us through engaging lessons in ELA, SEL, Math, Science, STEM, STEAM, art, and social studies that you can use immediately. Here are the slides from Denise, Ann, and Michael.

January 9, 2021

Teaching the Way Children Learn led by Shalini Chauhan

Indian educator Shalini Chauhan demonstrates ways students have produced photos and videos across the curriculum and in cross-curricular projects, and explains why, when children are motivated, and when we adapt our teaching methods to the way they learn, they learn more, faster, and better. Here are the slides.

January 8, 2021

Two Tools to Motivate Students, led by Deepti Chopra

Deepti Chopra showed how Wordwall can be used to set up a playful environment to motivate children to learn and practice, and Artsteps can be used to showcase student work for authentic audiences. Here are the slides.

December 12, 2020

Facilitating Remote Instruction for Teachers and Families led by Tagrid Sihly

In this session, we discussed the most common obstacles to student learning, especially when students are learning remotely, examined a framework and tools for overcoming those obstacles, and provided you with access to a large library of carefully selected, free online resources to facilitate daily planning and instruction. Here are the presentation and the virtual library of resources.

December 8, 2020

Virtual Quests to Engage Students in Exploration, Creativity, and Learning led by Monica Joshi and Amanda Pickard

With Virtual Quests, students can travel from one virtual location to another, figuring out puzzles, locating key clues, learning, building skills, and even collaborating and competing. If you are someone who is actively engaged and looking for user friendly tools, you will be thrilled to discover ThingLink. ThingLink allows teachers to set up virtual learning quests for students and also for students to set up quest challenges for other students. Here are the slides and here is a link to the Thinglinks shown.

November 23, 2020

How to Make Teaching Easier, Using Augmented Reality, led by Anupam Sharma

Anupam Sharma showed ways that lessons and projects where students create in Augmented Reality can motivate children to take charge of their own learning, letting the teacher focus on leading and coaching rather than discipline and compliance. These lessons run across disciplines, starting in pre-school and going through secondary school. This session described activities which are easily followed in 3DBear. If you end up using some of the activities, please share them with her here. And here are the slides.

November 17, 2020

Sexy Assessment led by John Schembari

Why can’t assessment motivate AND evaluate? We had a discussion talking about assessment strategies that save teachers time and energy, provide valuable feedback to students and educators, and inspire instead of turning off students. Here are the slides.

October 25, 2020

How I Spent 35 Years Teaching Children to Respect Each Other led by Lisa Parisi

By fostering community, modeling respect, and teaching responsibility, I was able to create a classroom of considerate, compassionate students who worked hard to make everyone successful and comfortable. Come learn how you, too, can create the leaders our world needs today. Here are the slides.

October 13, 2020

Leading Students Through Failure to Success with the Conrad Challenge, led by Kristie Betts Letter

This session was an interview with 6 high school students about what they learned about failure, success, entrepreneurship, communication, collaboration, innovation, and finding their passion as they created businesses that solved problems. When we think of redesigning education, we should be listening to students.

September 22, 2020

Cross Curricular Lessons to Unleash Student Creativity, led by Monica Joshi

Monica Joshi is IT Head, Sat Paul Mittal School, LUdhiana, Punjab, India. She is a sustainable development enthusiast, and so are her students. She is a Microsoft Innovation Expert, MIE Master Trainer, Minecraft Globl Mentor, was selected for the Microsoft Education Exchange in Singapore, and has presented at #TeachTalk at Edutech Asia. In this session she covers some of her favorite cross curricular lessons, which use Adobe Spark and 3DBear. All her links and slides are in this Adobe Spark website.

August 25, 2020

Fireside Chat on Creating Effective Remote Learning Experiences, led by John Findlay

John Findlay is the CEO and founding partner of LemonadeLXP (est. 2018), a learning experience and digital adoption platform (all baked into one!) . We discussed ways to engage learners and successfully compete with at-home and life distractions for teachers, schools, unicersities, companies, and trainers. John is a featured speaker for the Serious Play Conference.

July 14, 2020

Using AR to Engage Students in the 4 C's, led by Monica Joshi

The best lessons combine academics with foundational skills such as communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and critical thinking. Monica Joshi has taught hundreds of teachers how to use technology to engage students in authentic work that teaches literacy, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM, and STEAM in elementary and middle school. Here she will share some of her favorite lessons that get kids working together to learn and create using Augmented Reality. She will be using the 3DBear app to allow students to showcase their work. Here are the slides as PowerPoints.

June 18, 2020

STEM Challenges that Motivate Students, led by Eika Johnson

In this session, we will explore ways that students can be motivated to explore and use design thinking and problem solving techniques to complete STEM challenges. We will look at 3 STEM challenges, one using building bricks, one using computer aided design, and another using 3DBear and Augmented Reality. All 3 challenges can be adapted for varying grade levels but are ideal for the grades 4-8. Here are the slides.

June 17, 2020

Teaching in and with Virtual Museums, led by Tom Barry, Cradle of Aviation Museum

This session will highlight how you can conduct lessons around a virtual field trip to explore the science of flight, historic events in the history of aviation, and STEM lessons around lunar and mars explorations. Additionally, you will have a framework for creating lessons around any virtual field trip and we will explore the use of student digital storytelling using video, photos, and Augmented Reality using the 3DBear app.

June 15, 2020

Exponential Thinking Games to Cultivate Continuous Innovation, led by Serious Play Conference featured speaker Katharine Hargreaves

This webinar will explore why embracing disruption is the new game - and how leaning into your evolutionary growth edge as a team can help you shift perspectives and turn your problems into creative and flexible solutions. Facilitated by ARKO CEO and Culture Alchemist Katharine Hargreaves, you’ll walk away with some new tools to help you navigate the unknown and innovation experiments you designed to put your insights into practice. Here are the slides.

June 4, 2020

Connections That Make a Difference to Students During Remote or In-class Learning, led by teacher/author Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

We are facing so many obstacles as we try to reach and teach our students, and despite that, we know that connecting, and maintaining, a connection is what is going to make the difference in their lives and learning. We are all social and emotional beings.

In this Edchat Interactive, Jennifer is going to showcase and discuss techniques that can be used in the classroom and remotely, by teachers and with parents, to empower students to handle conflict, collaborate, engage in deep learning, act with kindness, and think critically and creatively. Here are the slides.

June 2, 2020

Learning with Digital Games during COVID-19, led by Serious Play Conference speakers Ryan L. Schaaf and Keri Engel

Play is our brain’s favorite way to learn – Diane Ackerman

Ryan and Keri have curated some great games vetted for educational content and player experience. They demonstrated some of their favorite games from their free resource and discuss how to find and use games to motivate, teach, and engage children from grades K through 12.

May 18, 2020

Designing and using games to change behavior, led by Serious Play Conference speaker Michael Beall

Over his career, Mike Beall has led the design and development of many learning games across a variety of domains including affective neuroscience, astrophysics, regenerative medicine, implicit bias, and environmental science. In this session Mike discusses the design considerations for games that are targeted to affect behaviors, how these games are deployed, and the research behind their use. Interestingly, one of his games had such a positive effect that the FDA prohibited its use.

May 13, 2020

What we've Learned Building Immersive Classes, led by Serious Play Conference speaker James Robert Kiggens

Jim Kiggens will walk us through What are the benefits of immersive classes, Why it's not just a different hardware platform (It’s a different modality), What do the teachers need to know, What’s different about the instructional material, How do you assess and provide feedback for students, How do you find good content. Here are his slides.

May 12, 2020

Integrating Art, Academics, and Augmented Reality, led by 3DBear Ambassador Natalie McKalip

In this session, Natalie McKalip will lead us through the hows and whys of integrating art into curriculum, including projects that you can try with your students tomorrow. Please come prepared with questions along with your own examples, as there will be ample time to interact with Natalie and with each other. Natalie will be using 3DBear to showcase how students can create using Augmented Reality. Here are her slides and here is a sample lesson.

May 6, 2020

How to turn games & activities into tools of evaluation and assessment, led by Serious Play Conference speaker Marcia Downing

We sometimes forget that every activity, even everyday activities, provides an opportunity for our students, and ourselves, to learn and to assess our progress. In this session Marcia Downing walks us through a few fun activities and then springs on us how we were actually assessing and evaluating ourselves. Here are her slides and her handouts.

April 30, 2020

Real Games Used by Real Teachers for Real Learning, led by Serious Play Conference speakers Paul Darvasi and John Fallon

Paul and John led a discussion with educators from around the world on games that motivate students to go beyond what they would normally accomplish in school. Lots of great suggestions on games, ways to teach using games, and ways to motivate students.

April 29, 2020

Augmented Reality, Astronomy, Space Missions, and Astronauts, led by 3DBear Ambassador Denise C Wright

Denise demonstrated some fun ways for students to learn about our solar system, the moon, asteroids, planets, the sun, stars, and constellations. Even in times of remote learning, students can make sense of astronomy through creating their own scenes and stories using Augmented Reality. Using AR, they can experience colonizing Mars, taking a trip to the moon, creating an international space station. Here are the slides.

April 14, 2020

When Machines Read Minds: How your Teaching and Training Programs Are Going to Change, led by Serious Play Conference featured speaker John Kolm

Led by Serious Play featured speaker John Kolm, who gave an overview of neuroanatomy, described what we can measure in the brain now, gave a demonstration of the mind controlling an object, explored some implications for teaching, and talked about some likely futures. Here are the slides.

April 7, 2020

Teaching SEL with Digital Storytelling and Augmented Reality, led by Laurie Guyan and Featuring 3DBear

This webinar showcased how augmented reality can be used in the classroom to support social and emotional learning. We know that students with strong social and emotional skills do better in school and are more engaged in their learning. Laurie explored ideas around digital storytelling and review activities that foster empathy, understanding emotions, and emotional intelligence, showing these techniques using the 3DBear Augmented Reality creation platform. Here are the Nearpod Notes and Slides.

April 2, 2020

Incorporating Virtual Reality in the Classroom, led by Serious Play Conference speakers Aditya Vishwanath & Amrutha Vasan

Aditya and Amrutha have been using VR to teach science for about ten years; what have they and other researchers learned? There are a few key findings to successful use of VR as a teaching tool, and some strategies that tend to work better than others. Their website is View their slides here and the archive to the right.

March 25, 2020

Stories to Calm Students (and parents and teachers) During Turbulent Times, led by Ralph Sing

Ralph starts by walking us through an exercise to give us all the space to be present and resourceful, and then discusses why stories are so powerful, how stories affect us, uses an example of a story that helps children model behavior, and then discuses techniques to use the stories to reach and affect audiences of all ages. Ralph's life mission is to bring an understanding of shared values through stories from the world's spiritual traditions and cultures.

March 24, 2020

Can You Learn to Create a Micro Learning App in Under One Hour, led by Dennis Glenn

If you’re interested in creating bite-sized learning activities where students can learn in short bursts with maximum engagement, you’ll want to invest an hour to attend this session. Serious Play Conference speaker Dennis Glenn uses 20 years of experience to show how to think about learning apps using the business model canvas, then works with the participants as they build micro learning apps using Articulate Rise, and introduces other tools to build learning apps.

March 19, 2020

How the Structure of Games is Actually a Teaching Paradigm, led by Chris Crowell

Have you ever persisted at something that was hard?

Games are designed to be challenging; gamers do that every day and keep coming back. And every time they level up and learn something, the challenge increases. What is it about games that keep bringing us back for more hard fun?

There are very few people who have worked on the design of popular games and also are involved in teaching and designing curriculum. Chris Crowell is one. Join Chris for an engaging discussion that is also a prelude to his workshop at the Serious Play Conference where he guides educators through the experience of creating a game prototype focused on a curriculum concept of their choice.

Here is a link to Chris's presentation.

March 10, 2020

Using Augmented Reality to Reach Students on the Autistic Spectrum, led by Robin Williams, Antti Peltoniemi, and Tero Kujala

These three speakers have worked with and studied children with autism and other “disabilities”, and they have helped teachers both in the US and Finland work with exceptional kids. They will show how exercises, lessons, and interventions that utilize Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can be used to help all children excel.

This session will show a variety of lessons and examples, and will use 3DBear as the platform for showcasing some of the proven techniques to engage students, and especially children on the autism spectrum. Link to Antti and Tero's presentation. Link to Robin's presentation.

February 13, 2020

The Virtual Escape Room, a Model for Serious Learning, led by Enrique Cachafeiro

In collaboration with the librarian and a science teacher from a local high school, Enrique produced a virtual escape room that teaches the enzymes section of Biology. He had 165 Biology students play the game and recorded the results. Dr. Mystakidis from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland and Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis from the University of Patras in Greece, took those results and summarized the data and outcomes.

Enrique shared the idea behind the design, the results and some of the lessons learned along the way, and discussed how Virtual Escape Rooms can be used in your classrooms as a preview to his presentation at the Serious Play Conference. Here are Enrique's slides and here is the video of the escape room.