Discover ways to cultivate a thriving and passionate community of learners in your classroom, across your campus, and throughout the school district. Alicia's workshops will show you how to spark and sustain energy, excitement, and love of learning through ideas and best practices for planning and implementing a state of the art 21st Century Classroom, where passion meets practice every day. Alicia will customize training to fit your needs as a 2 hour, 6 hour, 3 day or yearlong event.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) IN THE CLASSROOM
Looking for ways to enhance your classroom practice with today’s tools? Thinking about integrating the use of student devices in the classroom? Not sure where to start, or what you will need to know? This session will give you information you need to get started! Participants will learn about many of the free applications found on the internet for smartphones, iPads and computers that combined with learned instructional strategies can be an effective teaching and learning tool. Participants will explore apps that encourage critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
COMMON CORE W/TECHNOLOGY SKILLS FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
This presentation takes a look at some of the most relevant digital communication web tools that support students and teachers with Common Core State Standards. Come away with a multitude of ideas and resources to successfully implement best practices using digital tools to engage students, increase productivity, and provide an immersive and valid learning experience. The CCSS in English Language Arts/College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards that are addressed include:
Writing Use: technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Speaking/Listening: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
TECHNOLOGY SKILLS FOR PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
The rigor of State and National Standards meets the rigor of Project Based Learning (PBL) in this introduction to PBL workshop. Participants will learn how technology-infused PBL units drive learning and raise studentsʼ level of engagement, authenticity, collaboration, and higher-order thinking, setting your students up to be great problem-solvers and creators in the process. Discover that through the intentional design of PBL units, they not only teach and assess State and National Standards (both ELA and Math), but also naturally lend themselves to the level of learning that the standards promote. Resources for further exploration of PBL will be provided.
DIGITAL LITERACY RE-IMAGINED
Emerging technologies and digital platforms have given us a new frontier on which to assert our right, in the words of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
While the role of technology is vital, it comes with its own limitations. Learners are unable to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities afforded to them in the digital age if they are not encouraged to build on to their current literacies and embrace their role as digital citizens.To level the playing field for all, a focus on digital literacy is imperative and is central to the future of every human being.
Digital literacy and critical analysis do not naturally emerge because we put devices in students’ hands or require assignments to be in the form of PowerPoint slideshows and blog posts. Fluency in any language; digital or otherwise, comes from immersion and access to those grounded and fluent in the language. It must be taught explicitly and directly."
PURPOSE DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
It is our responsibility as educators to help today's generation of teachers and students make the "RIGHT" decisions about the technology they use. They must learn to use technology in ways that are real, impactful, global, honoring passion and amplifying talent.
The R.I.G.H.T framework seeks to capture the essential qualities of knowledge required and perspective for effective technology integration into teaching and learning while addressing the social and connected nature of the changing landscape. Alicia will offer examples of current research and practice as well as wider implications for education leaders, teacher professional development and policy.
LEARNING TO DESIGN, TEACH & ACCELERATE STEM CURRICULUM
The potential to develop a worthwhile STEM program is found in a systemic change of adopting inquiry-based, student centered, skill-driven approaches to teaching and learning that are supported in a system that values innovation. This workshop will highlight tiers of adaptation that include instructional strategies, curriculum design and peer to peer collaboration that target PBL benchmarks inclusive of STEM opportunities.
CURRICULUM DESIGN WORKSHOP
This one day overview will walk you through what a rigorous curriculum includes, and how curriculum fits perfectly into the “big picture” of standards, assessments, instruction, and data practices. You will leave with a preview of the step-by-step sequence for first laying a strong curricular foundation and then designing the actual curricular units of study, from start to finish. The final part of the overview describes how to effectively implement each unit of study in the classroom and instructional program setting.The model defines a rigorous curriculum as “an inclusive set of intentionally aligned components—clear learning outcomes with matching assessments, engaging learning experiences, and instructional strategies—organized into sequenced units of study that serve as both the detailed road map and the high-quality delivery system for ensuring that all students achieve the desired end: the attainment of their designated grade- or course-specific standards within a particular content area.” The RCD Process is broken down into four parts in which:
Seeing the “Big Picture” connections first
Building the foundation for designing curricular units
Designing the curricular unit of study
Implementing the unit of study
TECH TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM TO SUPPORT STEM AND
THE NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This session will explore web sites and tech tools which support and promote Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) content and the Next Generations Science Standards. Participants will learn about some of the brightest “stars” in this ever-growing list of free applications. Participants will see how online math and science simulations and interactive tools can support instruction while improving student learning. They will also glimpse a few of the best engineering sites for elementary, middle and high school levels. Participants will receive the list of web sites and tech tools introduced in class.