Hands-on Learning Institutes

Work with education leaders across several strands of tech integration and emerging technologies. Some of the strands: Digital Storytelling, Project-Based Learning, Play and Games-Based Learning, Emerging Technologies, Measurement and Research, Open Education, Creativity and Visual Literacy.

Cinematic Narrative in the Classroom - Jim Sill
Since their inception in 1895, films have played a huge role in the way we understand the stories and visual mediums. As an award-winning video production teacher, Jim Sill will unfold the language of film to show how easy it is to change the way classroom film projects are understood and produced. Learn how you can teach media literacy in your classroom to get students to stop blindly consuming what is being presented on the screen and start using it to tell their own story. When students and teachers understand the basics of media language they can understand what is being shown to them and communicate back with the technologies that today’s generation embraces. With real world examples and projects, Jim will facilitate a detailed examination on how using film techniques in the classroom can help initiate wonder, generate higher degrees of engagement, and develop critical thinking skills. He will showcase how film can be use in education to tell stories of culture, place and service in the community.

No longer are classrooms tied to expensive and complex cameras and editing programs. Using free online tools and mobile devices, learn just how easy it is to create meaningful assignments that can make an impact. Bring along your mobile device and start making movies. In teams, attendees will develop their film production vocabulary and practice shooting and editing a four shot scene with guided instruction.
Digital Storytelling - Bernajean Porter
The Art of MultiMedia Communication and Digital Storytelling
Urgent! Human beings needed with effective media communication skills in order to translate inert, raw information into valuable knowledge useful and beneficial to others. No paper allowed!

New communication literacies are less about mastering technical skills of digital tools than about being able to artfully design information in ways that increase engagement and "sticking" power of content along with ensuring high impact on audiences living with a saturated world of information. Research shows "You've got seconds to grab someone's attention and only 10 minutes to keep it" ~Dr. Medina. For learners (authors) to be effective communicators in the 21st century, sophisticated grammar skills in expressing ideas with multiple communication technologies will be essential. While words are considered an important foundation literacy, learners will find themselves handicapped in the digital age if text-based communication is the sole mode mastered. Effective media products start with an author’s capacity to develop rigorous content that is worthy of sharing first[meaning-makers] and then designing an attention holding sensory experience that artful influences and impacts the world [media-makers]! Learn and play hands-on with new media literacies and concepts that make information come alive!
Emerging Technologies - Scott Klososky
Measurement and Research - Damian Bebell
Leveraging research and evaluation to inform your school's technology programs
As educators and school leaders, how do we know that our teaching, learning, and ICT investments and practices are having the impact we intend them to? How can we better inform decisions and improve our understanding of teacher, student, and parent sentiment in a quickly changing educational landscape?

In this session, educational researcher Damian Bebell will share real-world examples from schools that have leveraged simple research and evaluation techniques to inform and guide their ICT investments and programs. Sharing techniques and best practices culled from over a decade of ICT studies and collaborative research, this session will help educators design, use, and interpret results from teacher and student surveys, classroom observations, focus groups, and student drawings.
Project-Based Learning - Suzie Boss
Take Thinking Deeper in PBL
Inquiry is the engine for learning in project-based learning. This session explores strategies to turn up the inquiry in PBL, whether you are a newcomer or veteran of the project approach. Among the topics we’ll explore: how to design projects that engage student interests while meeting academic goals; how to get projects off to a good start; how to manage the “messy middle” of PBL; how to connect students with experts outside the classroom; how to plan assessment strategies across the arc of the project. We’ll use PBL practices during a hands-on, collaborative learning experience.

Real-World Learning with PBL
Projects that connect students with the real world make the learning experience more relevant and memorable. This session introduces strategies and tools to expand projects beyond the classroom. We will explore strategies for designing community-based projects, in which students take the lead on local problem solving; opportunities for global collaboration and action; and re-thinking service learning through the PBL lens. Expect to make some real-world connections during this hands-on session.

NOTE: These sessions on project-based learning can be taken independently or as a two-part series.
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