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TECHUP! Boomerang: Ignite the World of Professional Learning

Location: W185c

Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
Location: W185c

Robin Pence  
A well-thrown boomerang always brings back something good. This interactive session shows a new process to seek, find and share professional learning that addresses the ISTE Standards. With hands-on, brain-inspired activities, you’ll walk away with a great process to reach your professional goals.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Recommended, but not required: Marvel app, Padlet, GSuite/Google Apps for Education, Google Chrome Browser
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices for using the ISTE Standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective


The purpose of this presentation is to share a new way for educators and educational leaders to engage in and share personalized professional learning experiences aligned with the ISTE Standards for Educators.


Educators will continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

Educators will dedicate time to collaborate with colleagues to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems.

EdTech Coaches will learn how to use these strategies and tools to help design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.

Administrators will learn ways to promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.


90 minute Interactive Lecture
Video - Boomerang...setting the tone (5 minutes)
Introduction discussing Professional Learning - (10 minutes)
Boomerang story, what goes around comes around, ways for educators to get and give something back
Snowball story - ways that snowball picks up snow and speed as goes down a add ideas, increase the purposefulness of the resource
Snowball Activity & Pair Share (Peer to peer) (15 minutes)
Discuss challenges of sharing this way - effective and efficient? (5 minutes)
Video - Google Innovator Proposal (Approximately 1 minute)
ISTE Standards - How do we connect in? (10 minutes)
Ideas & Needs Speed Dating (Game) (15 minutes)
Interactive Tech Activity - Padlet (10 minutes)
Professional Learning Solutions (5 minutes)
App of Opportunity → TECHUP! Boomerang & Next Steps (5 minutes)
Q&A (10 minutes) - There will also be opportunities throughout the presentation for participants to ask questions through Today's Meet Backchannel

Supporting research

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6. Craig, Kathleen. “Why Un-Conferences Are Fun Conferences.” CNNMoney, Cable News Network, 6 June 2006,
7. Diamond, James, and Pilar Carmina Gonzalez. “Digital Badges for Professional Development: Teachers' Perceptions of the Value of a New Credentialing Currency.” SpringerLink, Springer, Cham, 1 Jan. 1970,
8. DuFour, Richard, et al. Learning by Doing: a Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work. Solution Tree Press, a Division of Solution Tree, 2016.
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