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Edtech Advocacy &
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Visible Thinking In Early Childhood Edu

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Participate and share : Poster

Kerri Higgins  
Carmen Heidi Robles  
Iris Randle  

Learn how to leverage technology and transform student's learning through the use of centers and 1:1 computing environments. Discover how the use of learning centers can promote student thinking and deepen understanding. Authentic examples of student products from various grade levels that are ISTE standards aligned will be shared.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Universal Design for Learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, Math
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster session is to share the success of developing and creating a learning center framework using technology

Participants outcome:
Participants will learn a proven learning center framework can yield student growth
Participants will learn the key structure of a learning center
Participants will learn how to align center work to curriculum (relevant to their district priorities)
Participants will learn how to make students accountable for their own work
Participants will learn the effects of how providing student choice and voice empowers them as learners
Participants will learn how to create learning opportunities to explain their thinking
Participants will learn how students can use technology to make their thinking visible
Participants will learn how to incorporate the ISTE standards in centers

Supporting research

Kieff, Judith. "A 1st-Grade Teacher's Survival Guide to the Implementation and Management of Literacy Centers during Guided Reading." Childhood Education, vol.81, no. 5, 2005, pp. 292.

King-Sears, Margaret E. "Designing and Delivering Learning Center Instruction." Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 42, no. 3, Jan. 2007, pp. 137-147

Robinson, Stacey B., The Effectiveness of Rotated Centers During a Reading Block for Students with Learning Disabilities (2016)

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Carmen Heidi Robles, Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy
Iris Randle, Buffalo Public Schools

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