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The InterACTIVE Classroom: Making Intelligence Interactive

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 25, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
Location: Room 117

Joe Merrill   Kristin Merrill  
Education today should be interactive. Unfortunately, many classrooms today are the exact opposite. They have become places where information is delivered and disseminated to students. Discover easy and applicable ways to make the teaching and learning in your classroom more interactive.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
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: Some of the main apps discussed will be:
Apple Clips
Adobe Suite
Power Point / Google Slides

Additional Equipment/Materials include:
-Device with access to the internet

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: 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.
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know and be able to integrate technology like Chatterpix, Apple Clips and Legend to create more student centered lessons and student created multimedia projects as a result of their participation.

Specific skills like green screen, animation and student creation will be introduced and practiced during the presentation.


-Introduction (10 min)
Discussion of modern day classrooms--same proven pedagogy but need to update the presentation of information for the next generation of students.

-Top 10 Tools to Integrate in the classroom (10 min)
Quick rundown of the various Ed Tech tools and apps that the audience will learn about and create with.

-Interactive Discussion/Work Time (35 min)
Discussion/Interactive lesson on the ways these apps and tools can be integrated into all grade levels and subject areas. Audience will participate in mini device-based activities, polls and games that will show the ease of the applications while seeing how they can be added into a preexisting lesson.

-Reflection (5 min)
Time for audience to ask questions and reflect (interactively) via video.

Supporting research

Dive Into Inquiry by Trevor McKenzie
Ditch That Textbook by J. Matt Miller

How Technology Influences Teaching and Learning

Teaching With Technology in 2018

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Joe Merrill, The Merrills EDU, LLC

Joe is a first grade teacher from Naples, FL. He has 8+ years of experience working in primary grade levels, and has been 1:1 four of those years. Joe is the author of the FREE “#AppSmashing with @MrMerrillsClass” (Vol. 1 & 2) eBooks, and is a co-moderator of the #FlipgridFever Twitter chat. You can find him on social media at: @MrMerrillsClass and on

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Kristin Merrill, Year

Kristin is a fourth grade teacher from Naples, FL. She is an ambassador for: Flipgrid, Seesaw, and Classkick. Kristin has co-hosted events like Ed Camp Flipgrid, and is also one of the moderators of the #FlipgridFever chat. She and her husband (Joe) are both featured on the Microsoft EDU web series: "Journey to Microsoft," which is available to view on Youtube now! Kristin has been teaching for over 12 years and works hard to engage students in learning by reaching them in ways that are responsive, relevant and interACTIVE through the intentional infusion of technology in the classroom!

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