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Edtech Advocacy &
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Becoming Innovators: A Professional Development Experience for Teachers

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 40

Mandy Poche   Dr. Tammy Seneca   Stephanie Thompson  
To create innovative learning experiences for students, teachers must first be immersed in innovation. That's our focus at our "Innovation Day" PD experience. Step through our agenda, including maker challenges and stations where teachers use 3D printers, spheros, Bloxels and more to create and learn. Let's transform teachers into innovators.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
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 Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide educational technology leaders with a dynamic approach to professional development that immerses teachers in innovative design and creation to equip them with the skills necessary to integrate STEM and digital tools successfully and meaningfully.
- Participants will be able to connect challenge-based curricular standards with innovative tools and ideas:
Makerspace challenges (lego challenge, cardboard challenge, paper challenge, invent challenge)
STEM and digital tools (3D Printing, Stop motion animation, Bloxels, Rube Goldberg challenge, Lego Wedo, Bristlebots, Sphero, drones, Makey Makey, Scribble bots, Flipgrid, QR Codes)
We will provide specific lesson examples in elementary and middle school science, math, ELA, and social studies that correlate with each challenge or tool to demonstrate the connection to content standards.
-Participants will be able to implement a professional development experience that empowers teachers to utilize innovative tools and ideas in the classroom with their students.
We will discuss the planning process, the implementation, as well as the lessons learned in the development and roll out of "Innovation Day".

Supporting research

Couros, George. The Innovators Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2015.
Boss, Suzie, and John Larmer. Project Based Teaching: How to Create Rigorous and Engaging Learning Experiences. ASCD, 2018.
ISTE Standards for Educators:
Zimmerman, Eli, et al. “5 Key Areas of Technology Professional Development for Teachers.” Technology Solutions That Drive Education, 14 Sept. 2018,

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Mandy Poche, West Baton Rouge
Dr. Tammy Seneca, West Baton Rouge Schools
Stephanie Thompson, West Baton Rouge Parish Schools

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