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2018-20 Live PD Session Archives

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.

December 18, 2019

Practical Tools and Strategies for Storytelling, led by Brianna Hodges

Storytelling is foundational to all forms of 21st century communication: teaching, coaching, influencing, selling, collaborating, and relating. The human mind is designed to learn and to make sense of the world through stories.

FETC featured speaker and Future Ready educational coach Brianna Hodges discusses how do we teach using stories that motivate change, build community, offer critical feedback, develop capacity, and celebrate achievement.

December 3, 2019

Technology That Levels the Playing Field: Free Assistive Technology from Microsoft, led by Rachel Berger

How many of us have been astounded by the things kids have learned, created, said, or done? We just need to let every kid have a chance.

Microsoft has been hard at work creating free, accessible AT to support students who struggle with reading and writing. Dylexia and Learning Disabilities Assistive Technology Specialist Rache Berger showcased how Microsoft's free learning tools can be used to support classroom engagement of reading and writing for users with learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or ADHD.

November 19, 2019

Google Tools for Struggling Students, with Eric Curts

In a preview of his FETC presentation, Eric will lead a discussion on the many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist struggling learners or students with special needs. These can include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, organization, focus, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use these with students.

Here is a link to the agenda, including the slides and resources.

November 5, 2019

Unleashing the Power of Storytelling Across the Curriculum Using AR, led by Jaime Donally.

Creating is the highest learning in Bloom's Taxonomy, and students not only create, they apply, analyze, and evaluate when they create stories to illustrate their understanding of Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Social Emotional Learning, and Art.

In a preview of one of her six sessions at FETC, Jaime Donally will lead a discussion about why Stories are such a powerful way to deliver meaningful and relevant content. The learning is heightened when paired with a story that penetrates the heart of the student. We'll explore some of the newest and best tools out there to help students create their happily ever after. And we will model how to incorporate storytelling into the classroom.

October 29, 2019

Diverse Tools for Diverse Readers, led by Michele Haiken, EdD. In a preview of her FETC presentation, Michele Haiken will discuss how to enhance your digital literacy toolbox to support the diverse readers in your classroom. Our classrooms include not just one type of student and learner, but are diverse and teachers are called upon to differentiate their teaching to maximize learning potential. Today teachers are called upon not to teach reading, but to teach readers.

October 23, 2019

Education Practices for the 4th Industrial Revolution, led by Sylvia Martinez. The 4th Industrial Revolution is here. Boundaries are blurred between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. More than half the jobs in today's economy did not exist in their present format twenty years ago. As educators, we have the opportunity to shape the future. Emerging trends for K-12 education includes augmented reality, adaptive computing, synthetic biology, wearable technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics. This is a prelude to Sylvia's six sessions at FETC.

October 2, 2019

Unleashing Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, led The Conrad Challenge's Claude Charron As educators, it is our responsibility to equip learners with the knowledge and 21st century skills needed to succeed beyond the classroom. The Conrad Design Method is designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and help students think about the work in new ways. This innovation truly comes to life in the Conrad Challenge, a global competition where teams of 2-5 students ages 13-18 work with an educator coach to develop commercially-viable solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. View slides.

October 1, 2019

Emerging Tech: Transforming Classrooms with AI, AR and VR, led by Rachelle Dene Poth Curious about the implications of artificial intelligence and AR/VR for the future of learning? Learn how these tools can help engage and empower students in learning through opportunities to create and explore like never before. Walk away with new ideas for using AI, AR and VR in your classroom. Rachelle is a featured FETC speaker.

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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