2018-19 Archives

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

2018-19 Live PD Session Archives

January, 2019

Personalized Learning with Sam Brooks and Lance Key

Within their Putnam County School District in Tennessee, they Sam Brooks and Lance Key implemented what they call the VITAL initiative. VITAL changes the way teachers and students interact, using technology to personalize learning and give agency to both educators and students. This is a subtle but profound difference from solely introducing technology, and they intend to discuss those differences with participants of the Edchat Interactive. Sam and Lance are featured speakers at FETC. You can download the slides here.

New Frontiers for Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, led by Michelle ZimmermanAre you concerned that Artificial Intelligence might replace humans? Are you excited at the possibilities where AI will enhance human performance? Will AI take away jobs, from us as teaches as well as from our students when it’s their turn to enter the workforce? Michelle Zimmerman is the author of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning, award-winning educator, and a featured speaker at this year’s FETC. Follow her discussion on the current and future impact of AI on education. You can download her slides here.

December, 2018

A Brief History of the future of education, led by Ryan Schaaf Ryan Schaaf travels into the future to look back on the factors that changed education to support individuals and society. Want to know how to prepare yourself and your students for the future? This session is both a peek into Ryan's new book and also his three presentations at FETC. Here are the handouts.

When your students just don't get it, led by Jeff Bradbury and Nick AmaralHave 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

Doubling Student Achievement, led by Sonny Magana EdDFETC 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.

Invasion of International EdTech Tools, led by Dave BlanchardSome 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.

Safe AND Informed, How to Help Students Harness the Internet, led by Desiree AlexanderNo 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

Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom. led by Matt JosephWhen 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!

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.

Leading Transformation, What Works and What Doesn't with Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-HettonTransformation! 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

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.Here are the slides.

September, 2018

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.

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

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

Talking Games with The Tribe and Matt FarberMatthew 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?

Make the Shift: How to Leverage Open Educational Resources, led by Kristina IshmaelWe 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

Students and Screen Time: What Does it Mean for Schools? led by Lori Gerstein RamneyIn 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 Professional Learning led by The Friday Institute's Mary Ann Wolf and Nancy MangumWe 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 and Learning Agency led by The Friday Institute's Shayla Rexrode and Nancy MangumPersonalized 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.

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

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

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.

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