5 Hacks for the Risk-Taking Teacher

Location: Room Grand Hyatt Presidio A

Explore and create Preregistration and additional fee required.

Registration code: WH338

Fee: $113 (After May 1, $123)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Tuesday, June 27, 4:30–7:30 pm
Location: Room Grand Hyatt Presidio A

Matthew Fox   Joe Marquez  
Explore the tools, resources and the pedagogy behind the five hacks that will challenge you and your students to go beyond what's possible.

Fee: $113 (After May 1, $123)
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees should have accounts created on these educational resources:


Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Differentiated instruction
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Empowered learner

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The workshop would provide opportunities for teachers to take risks. The Sons of Technology want to cultivate risk-taking teachers, who explore taking risks with educational technology and engage diverse learners in creative ways. The workshop will provide a forum for educators to not only learn the risks we took as teachers and how they have paid off positively for our students, but it will give them a chance to share out their risk taking practices to push the boundaries of what is possible in the classroom. While the technology being discussed are largely tools that educators are aware of, the ways in which we will show how we employ them will be vastly different than what educators may expect. The workshop will explore educational technology tools like Nearpod, Remind, Formative, Quizizz, and BreakoutEDU. We will share our risk taking techniques using these tools including, the Inception Model of Nearpod, App Smashing through Nearpod and Remind, student assessment creation using Quizizz and Google Sheets, and exploring the groundbreaking BreakoutEDU format for learning and engagement. In every aspect of sharing our hacks, we will also allow for participants to learn through the technology, modeling best practices while sharing the resource and our hacks in the process. The participants will have access to our webpage which will be pathway they can use to explore our resources during the student/participant paced portion of the workshop. The participants of the workshop will not only walk away with knowledge about the best practices in using the technologies, but will walk away comfortable using tools like Nearpod, Quizizz, Formative and Remind, so that they can begin considering adapting a unit of study to include either the resource introduced or the risk-taking hack we have shared with them. The workshops will also include a collaborative experience, the first of it’s kind, where participants will take part in a BreakoutEDU game during the workshop, where we can model collaboration and game-based learning through some of the resources we are presenting.


Given that our presentation is being submitted as a 3 hour workshop, our times will reflect an overall time of 180 minutes, or six 30 minute blocks.

Session Part 1 - 30 minutes, Formative. The first 10 minutes will be used for a game based learning activity where participants will be immersed in the tool, competing against other participants to answer questions. The next 10 minutes, we will discuss the many ways participants can use Formative in their classroom through peer-to-peer collaboration and through backchannels. We will also share what the participants can expect to see as the ‘teacher’ using the tool, including the data and analytics to help teachers reflect on their students’ learning. The last 10 minutes will explore the hack that we have designed that participants can take with to take risks in their teaching.

Session Part 2 - 30 minutes, Quizizz. The first 10 minutes will again be used for a self-paced learning activity that participants get to see the uniqueness of the tool. The next 10 minutes will explore the hack we have designed where the students are in charge of assessment creation using Quizizz and how they create one using a Google Sheets upload. The last 10 minutes we will challenge participants to create their own Quizizz activity, modeled after how we would want our students to create one, and will model the end result in a workshop-wide Quizizz challenge.

Session Part 3 - 30 minutes, Remind. During the first 10 minutes, we will share the teacher view of what Remind looks like, showcasing the features available for participants to use. Prior to this time, our participants will have signed up for our “class” through Remind, so that we can push out updates about the workshop session (specifically when we move on from one topic to the next, when we want to see examples of learning taking place.) Remind will be embedded throughout the workshop as it will be one of the ways participants can ask questions and present ideas during the workshop. In the next 10 minutes, we will explore our Remind hacks such as App Smashing with Remind, and having a participant challenge where they will work collaboratively to photograph and archive several parts of the workshop. The last 10 minutes will be a scavenger hunt through Remind for participants to get involved in.

Session 4 - 30 minutes, Nearpod. The first 10 minutes will be used to push our presentation from the projection screen in the front of the room, to the mobile devices, laptops, and tablets in front of our participants. We will model best practices using Nearpod and discuss the many ways it can make your 1:1 environment more dynamic. The next 10 minutes we will explore differentiation through Nearpod, as we discuss our hack, ’The Inception Model’ of Nearpod, which is differentiation at it’s finest. The last 10 minutes we will review the hack and offer participants the opportunity to share a Nearpod created lesson covering something they learned so far in the workshop, with the other participants.

Session 5 - two 30 minute blocks or 1 hour, BreakoutEDU. We will spend 10-15 minutes discussing what BreakoutEDU is, and how it works. The next 45 minutes participants will be challenged to an ‘escape room’ experience where they need to unlock the box at the front of the room. They will use the knowledge they gained from the workshop, and will have to solve riddles and problems that incorporate the use of the resources such as Nearpod, Quizizz, Formative and Remind. This pioneering activity will push the boundaries of the participants thinking and develop collaboration skills. Following the end the BreakoutEDU session, there will be time for Q&A on any of the topics we’ve covered and links to all of our resources and hacks discussed throughout the workshop.

Supporting research

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning,

Technology Integration Research Review,

Putting the FORM in Formative Assessment,

Mark Hammons and James Sanders are recognized experts that have spearheaded the BreakoutEDU movement.



Matthew Fox, Northern Virginia Community College

Joe Marquez, CDW-G

Joe Marquez is an 8th grade science teacher and adjunct Professor for the Fresno Pacific University Educational Technology Master's Program. His focus is not on ways educators teach their kids, but rather on new ways they can better reach their kids. Joe is a Certified Google Innovator/Trainer, PBS Innovator, Nearpod PioNEAR/Trainer, Remind Trainer/Connected Educator/Advisory Board Member, Quiver Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, CUE Rockstar Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. Joe was the recipient of the CVCUE 2014 Educator of the Year Award and featured speaker at the California Teachers Summit in 2015 and 2106. View his blog at www.SonsOfTechnology.com

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