Melting Away Your Classroom Walls
Participate and share : Poster
Dr. Rayna Freedman Heidi MacGregor
Connecting to the world outside of the classroom is transformative for students and their teachers. Learn strategies and best practices from two elementary educators who have turned up the heat and melted away their classroom walls. Discover how to bring virtual experts and visitors to amplify all curriculum areas.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Subject area:||Language arts, STEM/STEAM|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Related exhibitors:||iRobot, Microsoft Corporation|
During this session, participants will:
-See concrete examples of how connecting students beyond the classroom walls created transformative learning opportunities.
-Learn where and how to find experts and global partners.
-Understand that not all connections will go as planned, but are still valuable and worth doing.
Dr. Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. Rayna has a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She received her doctorate through Northeastern in teaching, learning, leading, and curriculum. Rayna is the past President of MassCUE and has been presenting at the annual conference since 2010. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC.
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.