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The Power of Stories Using Digital Tools

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 33

Dr. Sara Armstrong   Tisha Richmond   Tamara Letter   Dr. Rena Hawkins   Barbara Bray   Rich Czyz   Sylvia Duckworth   Kerry Gallagher   Dr. Katie Martin   Michael Mohammad   Dean Shareski   Linda Ullah   Dr. Ilene Winokur  
Telling personal stories builds connections and relationships. We'll share stories that made a difference in our lives and offer ideas, tips and strategies about the power of stories using technology so you can create and share your story, too.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees do not need to bring any software or other materials. They may want to bring their smartphone or device for selfies with presenters and QR code reader to access materials.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
Related exhibitors: Flipgrid , Buncee , GoGuardian + Pear Deck + Edulastic

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation
The way schools are designed teachers tend to be isolated in their classrooms. Amazing things are happening behind closed doors. Teachers may share their stories with students and students may write stories for the teacher. The presenters are authors, keynoters, leaders, ISTE spotlight speakers, professional developers, coaches, and researchers. They will share personal stories, various technology tools, and strategies that will help teachers encourage collaboration and writing for a global audience about global collaborations, digital equity issues, visual literacy, leadership strategies, and digital citizenship.

Technology intervention. Include specific names/titles and descriptions if tools are not widely known and available
Podcasting tools using Soundcloud, Zoom, Audacity, Google audio files
Canva.com and Buncee to create graphics for blogs and Pixabay for royalty free images.
Procreate for Sketchnoting
Google tools for collaborative writing, presenting and drawing
Peardeck for student observations and questioning
FlipGrid for stories, questions, and collaboration

Models employed. Include a brief description.
Each presenter has shared their personal story in books, blogs, speeches, keynotes, or podcasts. The common thread is their passion for education and wants to help other educators. Stories are relevant because everyone has a story. The best model is to have the presenters share their personal stories in a poster session where educators can come up to them to talk one-on-one. We wanted to provide a safe place for anyone to feel comfortable to talk to someone they may have always wanted to talk to.

Lesson plans or instructional activities/strategies employed. Include a brief description of your instructional electronic resources or tools used.
The best way to share why stories matter is to have a venue to tell stories. We will have one or two computers available for sharing pictures, slides, and sketchnotes. There will be quotes, short excerpts, and pictures on the bulletin board from each of the presenters. Each presenter will share strategies, tips, and the technology that attendees can use to create their own stories.

Evidence of Success
Attendees have time to meet with different presenters and walk away with at least one or two ideas or tips for their own personal story.

Supporting research

Bray, B. & McClaskey, K. How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. 2017. Corwin Press.

Clarke, A. “Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(11), pp. 2045 - 2055 DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051121 Reprint (PDF) (433Kb) A Place for Digital Storytelling in Teacher Pedagogy

Czyz, R. The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide To Revolutionizing Professional Learning. 2017. DBC Consulting

Duckworth, S. Sketchnotes for Educators. 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners. 2016. EdTech Team Press.

Frida, M. Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/storytelling-in-the-classroom-matters-matthew-friday Edutopia. 2014.

Liu, S. The Power of Storytelling in the Classroom. 5 Ways It Can Be a Great Help. https://www.edutopia.org/blog/storytelling-in-the-classroom-matters-matthew-friday Teach.com. 2016.

Martin, K. Learner Centered Innovation. Spark Curiosity. Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius. 2018. IMPress.

Robinson, Ken with Lou Aronica. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education. Penguin Books.

Shareski, D. Embracing a Culture of Joy. Solutions for Creating the Learning Spaces Students Deserve. 2017. Solution Tree Press.

Smeda, N., Dakich, E. & Sharda, N. Smart Learn. Environ. (2014) 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40561-014-0006-3

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Dr. Sara Armstrong, Sara Armstrong Consulting
Tisha Richmond, Medford School District
Tamara Letter, Hanover County Public Schools

Tamara Letter is a passionate technology integrator with 21 years experience, specializing in creative learning experiences for students and teachers. As an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) with Hanover County Public Schools, she has presented numerous sessions on technology integration at local, state, and international conferences. She serves as the Social Media Chairperson for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) conference and was honored as Teacher of the Year 2018 for Mechanicsville Elementary School. Connect with Tamara on Twitter or Instagram (@tamaraletter) or her website: http://www.tamaraletter.com.

Dr. Rena Hawkins, Maple Elementary
Barbara Bray, Rethinking Learning

Barbara Bray hosts her podcast, Conversations on Learning, is the co-author of Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning, and founder/owner of My eCoach (my-ecoach.com). She posts on her blog, Rethinking Learning (barbarabray.net), and is a national and international speaker, keynoter, and difference maker. Barbara has been on a lifelong mission to transform teaching and learning with the use of technology and innovative practices that includes using design thinking with personalized learning and Global Goals. By acquiring the skills all learners need, we develop our passions to discover our WHY.

Rich Czyz, Yardville Elementary School
Sylvia Duckworth, Independent

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada with more than 30 years experience in the classroom. She is on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and author of the books “Sketchnotes for Educators” and “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students”. You can find her resources at sylviaduckworth.com and her store at sylviaduckworth.shop.

Kerry Gallagher, St. John's Prep

Kerry Gallagher is Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org – internet safety non-profit in Palo Alto, California – a FutureReady Instructional Coach, ASCD Emerging Leader, Adobe Education Leader, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and EdSurge Columnist. She served as middle & high school teacher and digital learning specialist for over 15 years. Kerry is a TEDx & keynote speaker and lawyer by training. She’s been recognized by Family Online Safety Institute (2015), MassCUE (2016), SmartBrief and St. Anselm College (2018). Find her @KerryHawk02 and www.KerryHawk02.com.

Dr. Katie Martin, Altitude Learning

Katie is the VP of Professional Learning at AltSchool worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students. She has also served as middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district new teacher mentoring program. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D and in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the support that impacts teacher efficacy and retention. Katie aspires to create experiences that empower all learners to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to thrive in a changing world.

Michael Mohammad, Brookfield Central High School

Mike Mohammad has been teaching science at the secondary level for 18 years. Mike attended University of Wisconsin Madison where he received his degree in Secondary Education in Broadfield Science and Biology with additional certifications in chemistry and physics. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Design and Technology from Concordia University.His interests in education focus on putting students at the center of their own learning experience. He has a passion for using technology to help learners access & engage with content and express their understanding. He is a Google Certified Educator and Apple Teacher.

Dean Shareski, Advanced Learning Partnerships.
Linda Ullah, Mrs.

Linda Ullah has been an online instructor at the Krause Center for Innovation @ Foothill College & for My eCoach. She is passionate about tapping into children’s curiosity & inspiration so they develop a sense of wonder. She holds a M.Ed in Special Education and a M.A. in Instructional Technology. She has been an elementary classroom, special ed, Title 1 and GATE teacher, a technology learning coordinator, teacher in residence at the Krause Center for Innovation, a coach for the New Tech Network, the Friday Institute at NCSU, & for My eCoach and Personalize Learning, LLC Twitter @Linda_Ullah

Dr. Ilene Winokur, Gulf University for Science and Technolo

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