Seattle COURSE #23 – Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom

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Friday- March 9, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

COURSE #23 – Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom

by Monica Burns, EdD, EdTech and Curriculum Consultant- Stony Brook, NY


Target Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Reading Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, ELL Teachers, and Principals/Administrators

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Course Description: Technology tools give students access to a variety of content from interactive activities to video clips. You can shift from simply consuming content on digital devices to turning your students into creators. In this session participants will learn how to maintain rigorous expectations for students while designing engaging culminating products. Attendees will explore ways to connect students to authentic audiences and set a purpose for learning when using Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, or any digital device in the classroom. Sorting through websites and apps is a challenging process. But when you’ve found an interesting tool…How will you use it to support student learning? When does it make sense to integrate it into a lesson? Why is it the right choice for your students? This session will introduce transformative technology tools for K-12 teachers. It will provide an overview of the tool in the context of student learning. In addition to sharing real classroom examples, teacher stories, and student work you will create an integration plan that places tasks before apps. The goal of this course is to introduce new tools to teachers that can be used across the content areas and provide a framework for thinking about integration that can be applied to any tool educators investigate.

What You Will Learn

Course Objectives – participants will be able to:

•  Distinguish between content consumption and content creation

•  Describe how to evaluate their current technology integration practices

•  Demonstrate the ability to design a task that supports creation, collaboration and curiosity

•  Demonstrate the ability to create an exemplar student product

•  Demonstrate the ability to design support materials to scaffold student learning

•  Explain how to identify opportunities to assess student creations formatively

•  Demonstrate the ability to set specific goals through an action plan to implement in their school