How a Little Idea Turned Into a Multimedia Global Extravaganza

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Listen and learn : Snapshot

Heidi MacGregor  
Explore the power of a student-driven reading project that evolved from a simple suggestion from the teacher to a global project with 100% student involvement. The project involves Google Apps for Education, Twitter, SeeSaw, iMovie, FlipGrid, YouTube and our local TV station.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Android, Windows
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, World languages
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will gain insights into how to increase student engagement by relinquishing control and trusting students to design their own learning.

Technology used in this project: GAFE, Twitter, SeeSaw, iMovie, FlipGrid, YouTube and our local TV station.


10 minutes - Presentation of the evolution of the project.
10 minutes - Share artifacts of student-created work.
10 minutes - Brainstorm ways to apply this model in other settings.

Supporting research

The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros
Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner

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Heidi MacGregor, Russell Street School
ISTE Certified Educator

Heidi MacGregor is the K-5 STEM Integration Specialist for Littleton Public Schools. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for 10 years at Russell Street Elementary School. Heidi is a proud ISTE Certified Educator and is a MakerSpace and Global Education enthusiast. She is always looking for new and exciting ways to amplify student voices. She serves on the MassCUE Board of Directors, the MassCUE Professional Development Committee, MassCUE Influence and Advocacy Committee and is the leader of the MassCUE MakerSpace SIG. In addition, she is one of the co-founders of Middlesex Scratch Meetups.

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