Future Ready SD Session Preview

Empowering Educators through collaboration and creation to design student-centered learning experiences.


Session 1 - 45 Minutes

Knocking Down Walls: Social Media in the ELA Classroom
Brittney Cairns

Social media is an integral part of the high school experience.  Every student is incredibly fluent in the various uses of social media and yet very few teachers are incorporating these tools into their classroom. Learn about the various ways to use social media in your classroom from unique Twitter projects, setting up a class Instagram page, and even getting parents on board. This presentation will provide a basic knowledge of the social media tools students use outside of the classroom and provide encouragement to teachers seeking to bring these into their 21st century classrooms.

#GoOpen: Moooooving to Digital Learning through COW
Elise Ochenduszko & Jessica Janes

Learn about one school's innovative approach to the #GoOpen movement through COW, a unique project involving seven teachers and 600 students from three states through which teachers and students worked collaboratively across state-lines to answer an essential question. During this session you will learn more about the competency-based, interstate, inter-disciplinary project, be exposed to the #GoOpen movement, and develop an action plan using an innovative approach to using Open Educational Resources (OER) in your classroom/school/district now.

Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom
Chris Garcia

Learn to use mobile technology during field trips, making student documentaries. This session will model how to prepare the students for research, what kind and types of footage to take on the field trip, what questions to ask while at the field trip, and how to create the videos through iMovie after the trip. Lastly, you'll learn how to publish the student-made documentaries on student blogs to provide an authentic audience.

The Power of Authenticity: Project-Based Learning
Georgia Figueroa

This session will explore a project done by 2nd grade students at High Tech Elementary, titled Liberty Station: Then and Now. You will engage in a “looking at student work” protocol to identify deeper learning elements such as use of technology, community, collaboration and solving a real world authentic dilemma. You will then reflect on your own practice, whatever grade level you serve and/ or work, and see where implications or opportunities for deeper learning might apply.


Session 2 - 90 Minutes

Augmenting Reality in Your Classroom!
Norma Gamez

Do you want your students to be able to see the unimaginable? Are you ready to see your classroom through new eyes? Imagine having a magical bulletin board where things appear before your very own eyes with the use of an Android or iOS device.

In this hands-on session you will see how you and your students can create your very own personalized Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. Think about it as QR Codes on steroids. We will share some relevant ways to integrate AR in to your classroom, by using Aurasma studio, and some other apps: ColAR Mix, AR Flashcards, NASA Spacecraft 3D, Anatomy 4D, and Elements 4D. Come learn how to augment your classroom reality!

Crafting Group Worthy Tasks in the Math Classroom
Jamie Holmes

The research is convincing: group worthy tasks promote and foster equitable student collaborative learning.  We will review, examine and discuss the essential elements for purposeful and engaging mathematical tasks. In this session, learn ways to craft your own group worthy tasks that will surely engage and transform learning.

Cure for the Common Code
Scott Moss

Explore specific reasons for integrating programming (aka, coding) across subject and grade levels. This session focuses various student-benefits such critical-thinking, creativity, computational thinking, collaboration and problem solving. See a wide variety of specific examples and how to get started. This session provides a wealth of teacher resources and communities pertaining to student programming. This deep dive session includes a hands-on component, so everyone gets to be a programmer!

Synergy in the Classroom: Technology, Collaboration, & Literacy Skills
Jonathan LeMaster

In this interactive workshop you will explore classroom-tested strategies that expose students to unique, multimodal learning environments aligned to state standards and 21st century skills. Through technology, collaboration and close reading skills, you will learn about tech equity and how purposefully planned stations can deliver blended learning and differentiated instruction that is engaging and dynamic. You will walk away with practical, classroom-ready resources for immediate implementation including free access for one year to our award winning TA online resource.

The Tuning Protocol: A Collaborative Tool for Sharing Authentic Feedback
Megan Foxley & Kim Moreno-Smith

Learn by doing! During this session, you will engage in The Tuning Protocol, a tool developed by National School Reform to help facilitate equitable, efficient and productive collegial conversations. Catch a glimpse into how two very different schools with very different demographics work together to encourage students to explore their passions through the launch of 20% projects. The Tuning Protocol will allow you to engage in collaborative dialogue with other participants, providing valuable feedback that will be used to refine the roll out of Genius Hour for the 2016-2017 school year. Walk away with a tool that will enrich collaborative planning with any project or lesson. By the session’s end, you will have developed a plan of how The Tuning Protocol can be used with PLCs or any other work group back at your own sites.

The Three Pigs: Living in a STEM World
Aimee Plette, James Masters, Stephanie Hall & Maria Flaherty

Once the Three Pigs are introduced to STEM, they are able to work smarter in their quest to outwit the Big, Bad Wolf. Will the Wolf join the STEM movement? Explore how to include literature in a K-5 STEM program. Our sandbox time will include engineering/math, Makey Makeys, and coding with Dash robots.

Curating Student Work through Digital Portfolios
Trevor Mattea

Trevor Mattea's 4th grade students curate selections of their work on portfolios that they created using Google Sites in order to share them with an authentic audience and reflect on their growth throughout the year. But what is the difference between a digital portfolio demonstrating “deeper learning” and an online scrapbook, and how do you scaffold the process for elementary students? This introduction to digital portfolios, in which you will read and discuss articles about their purpose, explores student digital portfolios to find evidence of “deeper learning,” and share best practices for using them in elementary classrooms.