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Tools of Engagement: Transforming the Elementary Classroom

Location: W186b

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 24, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: W186b

Melissa Summerford  
People's Choice winner. Witness how student engagement can be innovative through the use of podcasting, blended learning and student choice. It’s about how our students learn today not how we learned yesterday! Learners will be able to implement a classroom podcast station, investigate station choices and examine blended learning ideas using Canvas LMS.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If you would like to participate in the presentation, make sure you have a google account. You'll also need to download the Pod Bean app if you would like to create your first podcast in the session. You can also visit the site to create a channel online. Podbean

Podbean App

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning Outcomes: Learners will be able to implement a classroom podcast station, investigate station choices, and examine blended learning ideas.

Learners will also get access to classroom resources that will support blended learning strategies of student choice.


-Personalized Learning Menus 10 minutes
1. peer-to-peer interactions
What are some items you can add to the choice part of the

-Blended Learning tools 10
1. Hyperlinks to investigate choices
2. peer-to-peer interactions
Which could you implement and use tomorrow?

- Student Voice 15 minutes
1. Investigate and create podcast station using Podbean
15 minutes

-Student Ownership 10 minutes
1. Investigate Google Sites for student eportfolios

-Witness blended learning in action 5 minutes
1. Student created videos

Supporting research

My innovation plan

Darrow, R., Ed.D. & Powell, A. Ed.D. (2013, October) A roadmap for implementation of blended learning at the school level: A case study of the ilearnNYC lab schools. Retrieved December 03, 2017, from http://www.inacol.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/a-roadmap-for-implementation.pdf

Gablinsky, P. B. (2014). A case study and teacher relationships and the effect on student learning. Rhode Island: University of Rhode Island DigitalCommons.

Horn, M. B., Staker, H., & Christensen, C. M. (2017). Blended: Using disruptive innovation to improve schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kieschnick, W. (2017). Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies. NewYork: International Center for Leadership in Education.

Sinek. S. [TEDx Talks]. (2016, July 14). Start with why how great leaders inspire action [Video File]. Retrieved from URL https://youtu.be/u4ZoJKF_VuA

Sheninger, E. C. (2016). Uncommon learning: Creating schools that work for kids. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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Melissa Summerford, Advanced Academics - Magnolia ISD

Melissa Summerford is a 14 year veteran elementary teacher of students from ages 4 to 9 who is a passionate advocate for student and technology integration. She has created a blended learning classroom environment with 12 Chromebooks, 1 iPad, and 3 Kindles. You can find her @SummerfordStars.

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