Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
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Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Student Choice and Voice Navigating Our Roadmap to the Future

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Explore and create : Playground

Laura Boone  
Jeff Bradbury  
Lisa Bray  
Scott Bricker  
Jennifer Brown  
Crystal Cameron  
Julie Combs  
Shannon Davenport  
Tammy Dunbar  
Jim Ekrut  
Tim Galles  
Randy Hawkins  
Julie Hembree  
Aaron Hubler  
Jennifer Marshall  
Charity Nix  
Victoria Thompson  
Andrea Tolley  
Maria Turner  
Dr. Rosalyn Washington  
Dr. Heather Wenzler  
Kelly Williams  
Jamie Wright  

Take a trip with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Community in experiential learning activities empowering learners to plot their own learning course. This community is dedicated to exchanging best practices to promote innovation in teaching and learning for all. Join us to explore how digital tools empower learner voice and choice.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: https://education.microsoft.com/en-us
https://info.flipgrid.com/
https://education.minecraft.net/
Topic: Professional learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Facilitator
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Learner
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
Collaborator
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will experience digital tools and strategies that empower student voice as well as choice in the learning journey.

-Learners will explore and examine tech tools that blend well into lessons driven by student choice.

-Learners will explore and examine pedagogy and best practices for lessons utilizing student choice and voice.

-Learners will explore tools and best practices for ensuring lessons using student choice are accessible to all learners.

Outline

1. Welcome and Introduction

a. Welcome video explaining paths and prizes

b. Link to the PPT choice map provided to all participants.

2. Path Exploration – Learners my choose a focused path or travel from destination to destination based on their own learning needs.

a. Path 1: Tech Tools to increase Student Voice 

b. Path 2: Strategies to increase Student Voice 

c. Path 3: Student voice for all! (A look at accessibility in student choice)

d. Path 4: Roadside Attractions – Extras that relate to student choice, and what’s new in Microsoft that could help with student choice.

Supporting research

“Why Choice Matters to Student Learning.” KQED, 19 Nov. 2018, www.kqed.org/mindshift/52424/why-choice-matters-to-student-learning#:%7E:text=According%20to%20the%20student%20engagement,can%20allow%20in%20the%20classroom.&text=Student%20choice%20allows%20students%20to,Student%20choice%20enforces%20true%20differentiation.

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Presenters

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Laura Boone, NCCE
ISTE Certified Educator
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Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast Educational Network
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Lisa Bray, NCCE

Lisa Bray, has fifteen years in education and currently is supporting the largest school district in Idaho as a Regional Digital Integration Specialist. Lisa supports administrators and educators with the systematic implementation of technology to increase workflow efficiency, collaboration, and student learning outcomes with her team. Lisa is an MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer, MIE Fellow and a Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE

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Scott Bricker, NCCE

Scott is an experienced presenter and public speaker who is passionate about being a changemaker in Education, especially as it relates to helping schools create effective change coming out of virtual/hybrid learning. Over the years, he has presented on topics including: Assessment, Brain Research, Microsoft Tools, SEL, Leadership and Effective Technology Integration. Scott is a Professional Learning Specialist with NCCE, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Fellow, a Microsoft Showcase School Leader, and the co-host of the vodcast "Live w/US Microsoft EDU".

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Jennifer Brown, NCCE

Jennifer Brown is a Computer Science Teacher and Business Technology Teacher at Walker Middle Magnet, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer, and a Skype Master Teacher. As a NCCE Professional Learning Specialists, she is dedicated to showing teachers how to best utilize technology in their classrooms. Similarly, as a classroom teacher she demonstrates to her students how utilizing technology can empower their learning. Jennifer is passionate about showing students how to be self-directed, life-long learners and how technology can be used to achieve that goal.

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Crystal Cameron, NCCE

Crystal is a full time Special Education Teacher working with students that have Specific Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Anxiety and Behavioral Disabilities. She has been teaching middle school special education for 20 years in the Everett School District, is a Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE and a MIE Expert. Her school is currently implementing 1:1 Chromebook and PC devices using Google and Office 365. She enjoys working with students and adults to integrate technology. She is also a self-proclaimed accessibility evangelist and will tell anyone about Microsoft Accessibility features if they will listen!

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Julie Combs, NCCE
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Shannon Davenport, NCCE
ISTE Certified Educator

Shannon Davenport serves as the Director of Professional Learning for NCCE. She has worked 21 years in public education for 21 years. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, has been honored as both the Making It Happen recipient from ISTE and as a Distinguished Educator in Montgomery County. Her qualifications consist of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Integrating Technology into the Curriculum. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education and an ISTE Certified Educator and Trainer.

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Tammy Dunbar, Manteca Online Academy
ISTE Certified Educator

Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca (CA) and is a 2019 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She was NCCE 2021's closing keynote, 2016 California Woman of the Year, Assembly District 12, won the 2018 ISTE Literacy PLN Award for #CultivateWorldLiteracy & was a featured speaker on Microsoft’s Fall 2017 Hack the Classroom broadcast worldwide. A popular presenter and trainer, Dunbar has been featured at multiple ISTE, CUE, California Teachers Association, and Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conferences among others. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Global Minecraft Mentor & Nat'l Geographic Certified Educator.

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Jim Ekrut, www.ncce.org
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Tim Galles, St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic School
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Randy Hawkins, Westada School District
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Julie Hembree, NCCE

Julie Hembree is a Teacher-Librarian for the Issaquah School District in Issaquah, WA. She is passionate about using technology as transformative tools to help students become change agents in literacy and global citizenship. Julie has over 30 years in K-12 public education as a teacher, reading specialist, librarian and school technology lead. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert as well as an NCCE Professional Learning Specialist. Julie was co-awarded the ISTE Professional Learning Literacy Network Award in 2018. In her spare time, Julie loves traveling and walking beaches around the world searching for sea glass.

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Aaron Hubler, West Ada School District
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Jennifer Marshall, West Ada School District

Jennifer Marshall, M.Ed., has seventeen years of experience in education, currently serving the largest school district in Idaho as a Regional Digital Integration Specialist. Jen works with her team to support administrators and educators with the systematic implementation of technology to increase workflow efficiency, collaboration, and student learning outcomes. Jen is an MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer, and a Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE.

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Charity Nix, EduTech/NCCE
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Andrea Tolley, Greeneville Middle School

Andrea Tolley is the Microsoft Imagine Academy Educator at Greeneville Middle School in Greeneville, Tennessee. She has been teaching for 19 years and enjoys working with middle school students. She has presented in various places such as BETT in London, FETC, TETC, CUE, NCCE, etc. on a variety of Microsoft programs such as OneNote, Sway, Imagine Academy, PowerPoint, and many other topics. Andrea loves meeting new people, learning from others, and sharing her knowledge as well.

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Maria Turner, NCCE
ISTE Certified Educator
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Dr. Rosalyn Washington, Atlanta Public Schools
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Dr. Heather Wenzler, Riddle and Bloom

I've been a successful classroom teacher and hybrid learning course developer for the past fifteen years; an educator and trainer with specialties in K-12 education, curriculum and instruction, gifted education, and educational technology. I've dedicated 15 years to both public schools and charter schools in the Bay Area of California. I have been a teacher of the gifted, teacher-leader, professional development provider, and classroom researcher. 

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Kelly Williams, DeWitt High School
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Jamie Wright, www.cmcss.net

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