Building Learning Communities 2019 Sessions - Boston, MA #BLC19

Learner-Driven Inquiry and Research: 
Asking Big Questions and Finding the Best Answer

It is impossible to predict what learning will look like in the future, but we do know that learners will need to ask the right questions as well as apply critical thinking to access, evaluate, use and manage information to find the best answers. Sugata Mitra, educational researcher and winner of the 2013 TED Prize, says, “the Internet is full of answers, but the Internet is not full of the questions.” This session is designed to explore effective questioning techniques and focus on two main topics:

  • Developing Learner-Driven Questions

  • Accessing and Evaluating Information

Slides for this Session

“What Are They Thinking?” Strategies for Transparency in Learning to Tailor Instruction and Meet the Needs of All Learners

Research shows that timely feedback makes a significant impact on learning and achievement. This session will be a rich source of ideas, strategies, resources and information to give educators the power to make informed instructional decisions.
Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

HyperDoc for the Session 

Baton Rouge - Designing Innovative, Inquiry-Based Learning

Designing Innovative, Inquiry-Based Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners

Slides

Takeaway - 5 Es Lesson Design Template

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Make students owners of their learning with strategies that will help our students innovate and create! These ideas provide us with concrete examples across the curriculum to boost their imagination

Designing innovative learning experiences to make learning personalized, authentic, empowering and inspiring. curiosity, interest, and engagement? If so, let’s talk about how to use student-centered strategies such as classroom inquiry, collaboration, discussion, and community building.

Miami - Designing Innovative, Inquiry-Based Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners

Make students owners of their learning with strategies that will help our students innovate and create! These ideas provide us with concrete examples across the curriculum to boost their imagination

Sketchnotes via Mrs. Erica del Riego-Ochoa at St. Brendan HS

Sketchnotes via Mrs. Erica del Riego-Ochoa at St. Brendan HS

Designing innovative learning experiences to make learning personalized, authentic, empowering and inspiring. curiosity, interest, and engagement? If so, let’s talk about how to use student-centered strategies such as classroom inquiry, collaboration, discussion, and community building.

Slides

Takeaway - 5 Es Lesson Design Template

“What Are They Thinking?” Strategies for Transparency in Learning to Tailor Instruction and Meet the Needs of All Learners - #BLC18

Research shows that timely feedback makes a significant impact on learning and achievement. This session will be a rich source of ideas, strategies, resources and information to give educators the power to make informed instructional decisions.
Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

HyperDoc for the Session 

Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier) - CUE18 - Palm Springs, CA

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools. 

Classroom Resources at sites.google.com/view/gtoolsforlearning/google-classroom

Additional Resources Shared:

Awty - Houston, Texas - Professional Learning Day - February 2018

The Transformational Six Lesson Design: Innovative Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners
5 E's Design Template
Slides here
TodaysMeet Transcript

Making Thinking Visible in the Early Childhood Classroom (featuring Seesaw and other developmentally appropriate tools/resources)
Slides here

Making Thinking Visible with Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)
Slides here

Transform Learning -Teaching Above the Line - BLC17 - Boston, MA

In a connected world, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! During this session, we will examine using technology to transform learning. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools and resources in meaningful, effective ways. This session includes hands-on experiences and time to work with your team to design an activity that redefines learning. 

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Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier) - BLC17- Boston, MA


Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools. 

Classroom Resources at sites.google.com/site/gtoolsined/classroom  

Additional Resources Shared:

Blended Learning - Worcester, MA June 2017

Pedagogy and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the different models of Blended Learning as well as the role of a Blended Teacher
  • Experience a blended learning environment that builds community while fostering communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Explore tools and strategies to create learning experiences that are personalized, flexible and authentic.

Session Resources and Activities: sites.google.com/view/blendlearn

#FallCUE in Napa, CA - Making Thinking Visible: Engaging ALL Learners and Tailoring Instruction

Explore a variety of FREE student response services/tools that work on any device and give teachers the power to make informed instructional decisions. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information for effectively using technology for formative and summative assessment. 

Attendees will:
-Learn about specific free services/tools that transform assessment (and make teachers’ lives easier)
-Examine the advantages of each tool and how to use these resources effectively to engage students and personalize learning
-Discover how these services/tools can give all students a voice and make thinking visible
-Participate in an activity that can be replicated with staff and students

Presentation Slides

TodaysMeet Transcript

Resources at sites.google.com/site/transformassessment

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Transform Learning - Catapult Learning in Rhode Island

Transform Learning - Teaching Above the Line
In a connected world, learners can collaborate, interact with experts, perform research and produce creative works! During this session, we will examine using technology to transform learning. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to lead by example and integrate these tools and resources in meaningful, effective ways. This session includes hands-on experiences and time to work with your team to design an activity that redefines learning.