Friday, May 15, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #36 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #36 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll featurae the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

What do you mean “Stress Free Teaching”?

Imagine feeling like you have created an individual education plan for every student without all the work! Personalized learning, engagement, and less stress are just a few of the benefits I have experienced through implementing blended learning. Join me as I share a journey that leaves students asking to skip recess and me leaving one sentence sub notes that say "the kids know what to do"!

Diana Bailey, Fifth Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Lawrence Public Schools

Raised in Lawrence Kansas, Diana Bailey has taught elementary students for 11 years. Two years ago she began to utilize the blended learning model for 21st century learners. During this time she has won the Unusually Excellent Educator Award and the Lawrence School District Teacher of the Year for 2014. As regional semi-finalist for the state of Kansas teacher of the year, her peers seek her out as a role model, for collaboration, and blended learning practices to implement in their own classrooms. Her love of the outdoors, excersise, travel, and humor keep her in touch with the youth of today and constantly seeking out ways to improve her teaching strategies.

Twitter: @krizmandiana

When:
Monday, May 18, 2015 3:30 PM EST

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 Here is the playlist where you can watch this recorded session and other sessions you might have missed.


Pen, Paper… Robot? Exciting Webinar from Intel


Pen, Paper… Robot? Ask Intel’s Futurist what the classroom of 2025 will look like.


A futurist?


You read that correctly. It’s Brian David Johnson’s job to study and make predictions about the future, for governments, militaries, trade organizations, and corporations. When he’s not researching, his articles appear in Scientific American, Forbes, and Popular Science, and he makes the occasional appearance on PBS and the Discovery Channel.

On May 20, Brian will take on the future of education. Have you wondered how to best prepare yourself for tomorrow’s classroom, or how to prepare your students for their future education? Technology alone, Johnson says, won’t make our kids smarter. So, what force will power education’s future?

Well, sign up for Intel Education’s free webinar, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask a real futurist such questions yourself.

Intel is also giving away a WowWee MiP Robot RC Robot for those that are in attendance. 


I have my question ready: When will Skynet become sentient and what I can do to prepare for this event to happily meet my robotic overlords?


What’s yours? I hope to hear your questions next Wednesday, May 20, 2:00 PM PT. Sign up here. After all, how often do you get the chance to talk ask a professional futurist anything? See you there.


This is a sponsored post from Intel, but talking about the future is still really cool.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #35 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #35 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll featurae the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

Blending: A Recipe for Engaging in Rigorous Math Instruction

Blended Learning is helping math teachers engage students with rigorous math instruction, while supporting the Common Core Standards. Join us as we share a few strategies and techniques that we are using in our classrooms.

Danira Fernandez-Flores, Teacher on Special Assignment – Math 6-12, Foreign Language
Philip Thies, Teacher on Special Assignment – Math K-5, Lawrence Public Schools

Danira Fernandez-Flores is a veteran Mathematics and Spanish teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools. She has taught 10 years at the junior high level and 9 years at the high school level, where she served as Mathematics Department Chair. The last two years she has brought her leadership skills to the position of Teacher on Special Assignment. Danira has taught Mathematics in the blended model, she has supported teachers with the blended model, and created professional learning opportunities for teacher using the blended model. Danira focuses her work towards empowering teachers in designing curricular and instructional environments that promote authentic engagement and learning for all students.

Philip Thies is proud to be a Teacher on Special Assignment with Lawrence Public Schools. Philip partners with teachers, parents, and administrators to design digital curriculum that supports blended learning classrooms and professional learning opportunities, while establishing an atmosphere of personalized learning for all. His passion for education inspires others, creating an environment where individuals exceed expectations.

Twitter: @daniralflores and @philipthies

When:
Monday, May 11, 2015 3:30 PM EST

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 Here is the playlist where you can watch this recorded session and other sessions you might have missed.


Friday, May 1, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #34 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #34 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll featurae the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

Breaking the mold: Blending PD with Blackboard Learn

Blended learning and personalization are two extremely popular buzzwords currently cycling through the realm of education. Many teachers have experienced Blackboard Learn as a student in an undergraduate or graduate level, online course. They have often been exposed to a few of the basic Learn tools, but often have not worked with many of Blackboards features. In order to help provide ideas and inspiration for teachers to use Blackboard learn in a K-12 “blended environment”, the session will focus on “breaking the mold” of traditional sit and get tech training to a more flexible, modeling of blended models and strategies using Blackboard Learn. These blended trainings can help teachers not only learn how to build in Blackboard Learn, but model effective blended strategies in the process.

Jason Bihler, Instructional Designer (High Schools)

After completing his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Mr. Jason Bihler began his fourteen year teaching career in the Mississippi Delta at Shaw High School in Shaw, Mississippi. After two years, he moved to Nashville to take a social studies position at Antioch High School and has spent the last twelve years developing instruction that utilizes technology to push the boundaries of the traditional classroom.

In striving to make connections with his students and to foster higher levels of learning, he began to infuse his classroom with lessons that integrated technology in a variety of innovative ways. Among his pursuits, digital storytelling, back-channeling, and creating his own blended learning environments have enabled him to challenge his students and extend the learning environment. He moved from a single computer classroom with tape recorders and a video camera to the use of digital document cameras, webcams, mobile computer labs, a cart of iPads and student mobile devices. By creating his own web pages, utilizing the Exploring Minds Network, developing Historically Speaking… (a five year blended experiment with Ning), and incorporating Blackboard©, Jason has worked to develop a classroom that is conducive to collaboration, creativity, and communication, while meeting the challenges of the 21st century classroom.

He is an award winning teacher being selected twice as the Teacher of the Year at Antioch and was last year awarded as the General Education Teacher of the Year at the Academies of Nashville Awards. He has facilitated professional development concerning the innovative use of technology in the classroom at both the school and district level.
Twitter: @idesignlt

When:
Monday, May 4, 2015 3:30 PM EST

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 Here is the playlist where you can watch this recorded session and other sessions you might have missed.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #33 #BbK12Live

The @BlackboardK12 BITS Learning Sessions #33 #BbK12Live

I've partnered with BlackboardK12 to share out the awesome sessions they are having this Fall. Educators can sign up to attend and share with other great educators what they have learned. I'll featurae the session and the description on my blog each week and on my Twitter account. If you have questions, feel free to shoot a tweet to @BlackboardK12. Have fun learning and sharing!

Methods for Encouraging Academic Honesty

As educators we have a wonderful opportunity to help students attain knowledge and develop skill and strong character as a result of hard work that is found at the core of a valuable education. As such, academic honesty is a critical component of teaching and learning. In this session, participants will learn about countermeasures for improving academic honesty, pros and cons for each countermeasure, tips for implementing the countermeasures, and evidence that demonstrates that the countermeasures work.

Dr. Misty H. Cobb, Senior Solutions Engineer

Misty Cobb is a Senior Solutions Engineer, K-12 at Blackboard, Inc. Misty is the Teaching and Learning team lead and has worked at Blackboard for three years. Prior to joining Blackboard, Misty served as a director of eLearning and an instructional designer at a regional university in Alabama. Before moving to higher education, she taught grades 9-12, Business/Marketing Education for four years in Alabama.

Misty holds two degrees from Jacksonville State University (BS, MBA) and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Her doctoral research focused on transformational learning experiences of higher education faculty via formal professional development provided by a technology vendor (Blackboard). Misty's other professional experience includes educational technology, enterprise technology implementation, consulting, project management, course and curriculum design, and assessment.

Misty and her husband have three children, Nathan (6) and girl/boy twins, Charis and Jonas (2). She resides with her family in Heflin, Alabama.

Twitter: @mistyhcobb

When:
Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00 PM EST

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Don't forget to check out the Blackboard Live App. It has all of the sessions you might have missed and much much more.
 Here is the playlist where you can watch this recorded session and other sessions you might have missed.