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Participate and share : Interactive session

Maria Galanis  
Jennifer Leban  

Hear from all students and give them opportunities to share their voices and show what makes them who they are and what they’re thinking! Bring in collaboration where diverse voices can work on common goals. The results can be a beautiful thing. Experience this hands-on with WeVideo and CoSpaces Edu real-time collab!

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Related exhibitors:
WeVideo, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose and Objectives:

•Understand why collaboration is an important skill for students to practice.
Uncover strategies for helping students to collaborate effectively.

•Learn how to use collaboration tools in WeVideo & CoSpaces Edu.

•Create a collaborative video that communicates our identity to the viewers.

•Brainstorm lesson ideas for using collaboration in class with our students.


•Introductions (3-5 mins)

•Why collaboration is such a powerful skill, the importance of creating opportunities where all students can be heard and where they can share their input and express who they are. Collaboration with WeVideo brings with it other vital skills such as Creativity, Communication, and Critical Thinking. (7 mins)

•Demonstrate both WeVideo & CoSpaces Edu to show attendees basic skills in order to be able to participate in the real-time collaboration opportunity. (7)

•Introduce the focus topic which is Who Are You (Identity). Attendees will join a collaborative lesson and their task will be to use the media to find one image or video (or object in CoSpaces Edu) that represents who they are and/or what they identify with. They’ll add ONE word overlay. For the WeVideo project, we’ll add a background music audio file from Stock media. Once everyone is finished, we will export the project as a video that everyone can view! For the CoSpaces Edu project, we’ll share the collaborative project link for everyone to view. (25-35 mins)

•Questions, Ideas (5)

Supporting research

The group roles information that we will share was adapted from Carnagie Mellon University Eberly Center Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation

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Maria Galanis, Deerfield Public Schools

Hi! I'm Maria, an educator living in Chicago and working in the north suburb of Deerfield. My journey in EdTech began in 2001 as a middle school Tech Coordinator, which evolved into Tech Coach, then iCoach, and am currently the K-8 Innovation Curriculum Specialist in my school district helping introduce, integrate, and support innovative learning practices. I received an M.Ed in Curriculum & Technology because I love what tech can bring to learning, connecting people, and the world.

Jennifer Leban, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

Jennifer Leban, NBCT, is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and Teach Plus IL Fellow. Jen is a Google Innovator (#LAX18) and lives in the Chicago suburbs. Jen has taught grades K-8 in fine arts, technology, and library/makerspace classes. She is a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for her work in computer science education. Jen has a YouTube channel, called Reset EDU, and she is the illustrator of Coding to Kindness by Valerie Sousa, published through EduMatch books. She is an education ambassador for WeVideo, Flipgrid, Wakelet, Classroom Q, and Seesaw.

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