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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 45

Dr. Rayna Freedman  
Hooking students from the first day of school is vital for a successful year. Come see various activities you can use to engage and empower students, building a collaborative classroom community from the moment they arrive.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A G Suite for education account.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
Related exhibitors: Flipgrid , Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster session is to provide participants with examples to engage elementary learners from day one. Several learning experiences will be shared for teachers to make their own for their classrooms. Participants will be able to create goal setting activities, getting to know you activities, and various learning experiences to build a classroom community.

Various G Suite tools for communication and collaboration will be shared such as Google Slides, Google Sites, and Google Draw. All lessons will be available to participants who stop at this poster session in a Google Site.

Examples include a play doh activity, designing visual learning selfies, questions to start your school day, Flipgrid intros, Appreciation/Apology/and A Ha routine, Intro to Sketchnoting, Vision Boards, etc. All activities will be shared and educators can start their year with new freshly created ideas.

Supporting research

Dave Burgess Teach Like a Pirate
Matt Miller Ditch that Textbook
Kasey Bell Shake up Learning
Vicki Davis- Cool Cat Teacher Podcast
Jo Boaler Mathematical Mindsets


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Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern. Rayna is president of MassCUE. She is a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, MassCUE, MASCD, Medfield DLD, and BLC. Ms. Freedman is published in Early Childhood Education Today, Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education 2nd edition and Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator.

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