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Melting Away Your Classroom Walls

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 6
Experience live: All-Access Package

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
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
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.
Related exhibitors:
, Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

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.

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Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

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, 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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