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Ditch That Panel: Different, Innovative, Tech-Laden, Creative, Hands-on Teaching

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 25, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: Terrace Ballroom II/III, Level 4 (near Posters)

Stephanie DeMichele   Sean Fahey   Dr. Rayna Freedman   Krista Harmsworth   Craig Klement   Tara Martin   Dr. Lance McClard   Matt Miller   Evan Mosier   Karly Moura   Sandy Otto   Mandi Tolen  
These educators have embraced DITCH-style teaching and learning: Different, Innovative, Tech-laden, Creative and Hands-on. From a variety of perspectives (teacher, coach, admin, etc.), they'll discuss practical lesson ideas, issues around DITCH-style teaching, promoting classroom change and more.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Any device that lets participants browse the web (computer, tablet, smartphone) will let them access a backchannel through Twitter for submitting questions.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: 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

Participants will be exposed to a variety of instructional practices related to DITCH-style teaching (different, innovative, tech-laden, creative, hands-on).
Participants will learn about some of the issues surrounding this type of teaching and will hear strategies from panelists.
Participants will learn about the power of collaboration in supporting the implementation of new ideas in the classroom.


Moderator (Matt Miller) will do a brief introduction of panel members. (5 minutes)
Questions to the panel (45-50 minutes) will include topics ranging from instructional practices to teacher coaching practices to leadership practices including the DITCH model (different, innovative, tech-laden, creative, hands-on). Topics will also include handling change and communicating instructional change with students, parents, colleagues and others.
Questions and comments will be encouraged from attendees at the end (5-10 minutes).

Supporting research

Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom (written by panel moderator Matt Miller) has been a respected source of ideas and strategies for teachers for nearly three years, selling tens of thousands of paperback/digital copies throughout the United States and beyond.

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Stephanie DeMichele, Educational Service Ctr Northeast Ohio

Stephanie DeMichele is an educational consultant, speaker, and instructional technology coach who encourages & inspires educators to grow, to innovate, and to overcome their #edtech fears when it comes to student-centered learning. She is a Google-Certified Trainer, an ambassador for Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, Quizlet, a DitchBook Ambassador and a member of the Ditch That Textbook Speakers’ Bureau. Stephanie is frequently asked to speak on the subjects of #PedTech, #MixtapeLearning, and the #TeacherBordered classroom. You can connect and learn more at stephaniedemichele.org.

Sean Fahey, Five-Star Technology Solutions

Sean is a former elementary and middle school teacher from Southern Indiana. Currently, he works as an Innovative Learning Specialist with Five-Star Technology Solutions. In this role, Sean collaborates with teachers and guides them as an eCoach to help integrate technology into classrooms and make awesome learning experiences for students.

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.

Krista Harmsworth, Keith Elementary / Walled Lake Schools
Craig Klement, Garland Independent School District

Craig is the RTI Facilitator at Garland High School, with a background in teaching secondary math and edtech coaching. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Craig is a proud father of 4 and amateur softball coach for his 2 oldest daughters. He also blogs at https://craigklement.wordpress.com/

Tara Martin, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Lance McClard, North Elementary/Jackson R2
Evan Mosier, Davenport Community School District
Karly Moura, Ditch That Textbook & MDUSD
Sandy Otto, English Teacher/Instructional Coach 6-12
Mandi Tolen, Central High School/SJSD

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