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Participate and share : Poster

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Nichole Carter  
Rebecca Larson  

Must everything end in an essay? Nope! Technology and distance learning has shifted how we create and digest information, so we should be shifting not only our instruction but our assessments too. Come and learn how social media, micro writing and images can be tools of equity and empower students.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
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:
Note Taking Tools (paper and pen or screen and stylist)
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1. Begin through the antiracist lens of education and our responsibility as educators to allow every student to show mastery of learning, regardless of background and how to embrace technology as an equalizer (10 min.)

HOW - Each part will have a short "I do" "You do" and depending on numbers, set, etc, is fluid depending on the learners and the space. Here is a rough outline but, as any lesson, may be adapted as necessary. (approximate timing)

Using social media to inspire classroom assessment.
2. Examine/study mentor texts online using TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, including the prevalence of memes and GIFs (10)
3. Discuss the different guidelines for each platform (15)
4. Crete assignment with classroom content (target/rubric/outcome) and chosen mentor text to create a post. This is purposefully open to allow teachers to pick a platform they want, allowing for choice and mirroring what should be done in the classroom (15)
5. Demo how to use copyright free images or give credit appropriately (5)
6. Practice creating as students would (15)
7. Use padlet to share work (5)
8. Use flipgrid to reflect on work (10)
9. Practice assessing work (10)
Using sketch notes to personalize learning.
10. The science behind the work (5)
11. Basics (5)
12. Guidelines (5)
13. Quick practice (5)
14. Crete assignment with classroom content (target/rubric/outcome) to use sketch notes (15)
15. Practice creating as students would (15)
7. Use padlet to share images (5)
8. Use flipgrid to reflect on work (10)
9. Practice assessing work (10)
15. Resources and student work (5)

Padlet, Flipgrid, Meme Generator, GIF generator, Google Notes

Supporting research

We Want to do More than Survive by Bettina Love

Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch

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Nichole Carter, Beaverton School District

Nichole Carter was middle school classroom teacher for 12 years, teaching both honors and regular ELA. She used the flipped classroom model for four years in a row, in a blended learning environment in a 1:1 iPad school. Author or Sketchnoting in the Classroom, published in June 2019 by ISTE is available on now. No stranger to technology integration, she is now a K-12 Literacy and Digital Curriculum TOSA for the Beaverton School District, a national public speaker, and author.

Rebecca Larson, Sunset High School

Teaching and living in Beaverton, OR, Rebecca has dedicated the last 14 years to education, and is currently teaching Language Arts at Sunset High School. She is passionate about using technology, not only because it can be engaging, but because it is a multifaceted tool for equity in the classroom, and she hopes to share that vision with other educators. At home, Rebecca is a wife and mom of three girls who likes to cook, read, and practice yoga. And although she's now an Oregonian, at heart, she'll always be a Chicago girl #dabears #FlytheW #gohawks.

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