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Making a Plan! Placing Tasks Before Apps in Tech-Rich Classrooms

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: Ballroom B: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)

Dr. Monica Burns  
How can you place tasks before apps to make sure learning is still front and center? In this session we’ll explore steps you can take right away to shift priorities from the shiniest and brightest tool to leveraging the power of amazing digital resources to elevate and energize learning experiences.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Adobe Spark, Book Creator, Discover VR, Google Arts & Culture
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore the "tasks before apps" mindset and model for thinking about technology integration. Participants will see student work examples, and example tasks for a wide range of classrooms and learning settings. Participants will explore how creation, curiosity, and collaboration intertwine for thoughtful task development.


5 min - Introduction to "tasks before apps" mindset; 10 min - spotlight on creation in the classroom with student work examples; 10 min - hands on creation activity; 10 min - spotlight on collaboration and models for implementation; 10 min - spotlight on curiosity and resources for sparking student interest; 5 min - goal setting and questions

Supporting research

-- Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (ASCD)

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Dr. Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips, LLC

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