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Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Thursday, December 3, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Suzanne Becking  
Dr. Lucretia Fraga  

Come meet higher ed educators and discuss a variety of digital resources and examples you can use in your classroom now! You will explore digital resources to support your learners as well as the strategies to successfully implement them into your classroom. Join us and have some fun!

Audience: Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Professional developers
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 apps which are needed will be posted on the conference website, and can also be added during the session.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation, Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

One challenge instructors face is finding new ways to promote communication collaboration, critical thinking and creative expression with students as well as providing students access to the resources and support they need. In this session, participants will be introduced to a variety of tools for communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative expression. Participants will begin to explore and learn about a variety of tools from the presenters. Additionally, all participants will discuss how these tools can be used to increase student communication, collaboration, critical thinking and encourage creativity and choice, to inspire curiosity.

The focus of this session will be MLN leaders in higher education demonstrating how these tools can be used to enhance the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative expression for students. A variety of examples from the presenters as well as examples from participants will be collected synchronously and provided during the session. Simply, we will share our experiences with these tools, invite participants to share their ideas and contribute to a collaborative document or backchannel communication tool to share with those in attendance.

Participants should be ready to explore innovative tools to better engage, inspire and reach learners in any course or level, and transform teaching through technology. Additionally, participants will create possibilities for student collaboration within the classroom and in a real-world setting in addition to communication outside the traditional classroom.

By exposing students to various technology tools, teachers will be able to provide more student voice and choice when designing projects and sharing their depth of knowledge about various learning standards. This is where true learning will take place for students.

A successful presentation will be when the collaborative document with specific curricular examples to promote communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative expression are shared with those in attendance as well as the larger ISTE community. #notatiste


The session will start with a brief overview of the content to be covered and introduction of presenters. (5 minutes)

During the session, each presenter will introduce, provide a general overview, demonstrate the functionality and give several examples of how each tool can be used in one or more areas of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative expression. We will work through each of the tools presented, spending approximately 35 minutes of the session interacting with each tool and providing time for participants to explore on their own and discuss at their tables.
Participants will have time throughout the session to interact and share ideas, with a good portion of time reviewing examples and trying some of the different tools being presented. (35 minutes)

Presenters will interact with participants at their tables to brainstorm additional curricular ideas for how students can benefit from these tools or their applicability to professional development training. Each table will then add their ideas to the collaborative document. Time permitting a game may be included as part of the session. (15 minutes)

The remaining time will be reserved for questions and sharing ideas from the session. (5 minutes)

Supporting research


Cult of Pedagogy: Technology

Make, Learn, Succeed by Mark Gura, ISTE

Empowered Learners 4 truths and 4 myths ISTE

Response: Provide 'Voice' and 'Choice' When Students Set Goals

Personalized Learning Empowers Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning

6 Digital Tools To Engage Students

10 EdTech Tools for Encouraging Classroom Collaboration

17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools to Help You Know Your Students

Learn First, Technology Second By Liz Kolb, ISTE

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Dr. Suzanne Becking, Fort Hays State University
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Lucretia Fraga, The University of the Incarnate Word

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