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Cultivate Compassion Through Creativity Using MEDIA!

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Location: Room 291-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Erika Sandstrom  
Are you curious about how to use media in your school or virtual classroom and how to utilize green screen/video production to teach SEL skills? Educators are always looking for innovative ways to inspire creativity and wonder in our students. Join me for a guaranteed uplifting and mindful session!

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will need access to Canva,com on a laptop preferably for a hands on activity. Canva does work on Smartphones as well.

Many of the examples were created using Adobe Spark, Doink Green Screen APP, WeVieo, IMOVIE, and Keynote. These are not required for this session but will be helpful moving forward.

Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
Related exhibitors:
Soundtrap for Education
, Microsoft Corporation
, Wakelet
, WeVideo, Inc.
, Wix Education
, Book Creator
, Canva for Education
, Zoom

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Have you found a curiosity on how to use video lessons in your school or even virtual classroom? Are you CURIOUS on how you may utilize a Green Screen or video production to teach MINDFULNESS and SEL skills? Would you like to practice some Mindfulness with me? If you answered “YES!”, then this session is for YOU!

We as educators are always looking for innovative ways to inspire creativity and wonder in our students. We are also in a time in education that SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and incorporating MINDFULNESS in our schools is more important than anything else we teach. We are in a time with uncharted stressful waters that could use healing for both educators and their students. Both SEL and mindfulness-based initiatives in education emphasize the development of positive self, moral, social, and emotional understanding as well as personal healing and coping strategies. Therefore, I have found a way to incorporate #MindfulSEL practices into creative video production that will cultivate compassion in ANY classroom!

In this session, participants will be introduced to how to incorporate Mindfulness into any classroom setting as well as resources to build on their own personal practice. Participants will also be introduced to options on how to make your own homemade ‘green screen studio’ on a budget.
Additionally you will learn how to incorporate Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning using the power of video as well as with the use of a Green Screen and many other media modalities through some provided lesson plans ideas and creative activities.

This session is wonderful for beginners and experienced “green screeners” as well as ANY grade level or subject area teacher and even administrators. You will gain new green screen, graphic design and video production skills and collect ideas for teaching SEL and Mindfulness using a Green Screen as well as ideas for projects to spice up your existing curriculum. Join me for this hands on Mindful session that will leave you calm and relaxed but most of all inspired!


*INTRODUCTION...10 minutes

*HANDS ON SEL/Mindfulness for all! You should leave this session feeling calm and relaxed. ... 20 minutes

*LET's PLAY and CREATE TOGETHER! ...25 minutes
Participants will be show several tutorials of some #MindfulSEL options and we will create a GIF together in Canva you can take with you and use right away with your students.

*Q & A with Erika ...5 minutes

Supporting research

I was recently featured on the cover of EdTech k-12 Magazine with this article explaining how SEL can be taught using creative media.

How Tech Is Reinventing Arts Education

other research I love!
Why Videos are Important in Education

5 Major Benefits of Using Video In Education

3 Ways Wordless Videos Ignite Social Emotional Learning

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Erika Sandstrom, Peabody Public Schools

Erika is a Digital Learning Coach and a 6-8 as Digital Media Teacher specializing in Green Screen and Video Production. In her 30th year, she has created and presented district-wide Mindfulness Professional Development and serves as a leader on the SEL Core District Team. Dubbed “Green Screen Gal”, Erika shares her passions through professional development and online courses. She has hosted webinars for Wakelet, WeVideo, Adobe, and presented in educational summits, podcasts, and LIVE webinars. Erika also hosted the Green Screen Summit in July 2021 and recently was featured on the cover of the of Ed Tech K12 Magazine.

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