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Teaching Tiny Techies: Building Creative Learners Through Project-Based Learning K-2

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 125

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Russell Cave Elementary
Melinda Caudill is a Kindergarten teacher from Lexington, KY. She also serves as a digital learning coach in her building, STLP Coach, and a GoGuardian Certified Coach. Check out her blog and follow her other social medias by looking for Teaching Tiny Techies

Session description

Discover how to incorporate project-based learning in grades K-2 using choice, voice, and creativity. We will focus on creating independence that will allow students individual success in an engaging atmosphere. Many think tiny techies can't successfully navigate and create through choices but they can!

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to show teachers in K-2 classrooms that you can do a lot more with your students than you realize. Students can learn to be independent on their computers as well as use their computers to research and work on project based learning tasks that result in a final product to share with the world.

I will be able to help my students become independent computer users after setting up consistent routines and procedures.

I will be able to take a preset curriculum/standards and create a project based learning task.

I will be able to give my students activities that allow for choice in the activity.

I will be able to give my students activities that allow them to use their voice on a topic.

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10 minutes: I will quickly go over how I introduce the use of computers to my students in a scaffolded way using visuals and routines that we consistently implement.
10 minutes: What is PBL (project based learning)
10 minutes: Examples of project based learning in my own Kindergarten classroom.
30 minutes: Modeling how to take a standard or curriculum task turn it into a PBL activity.
Any additional time will be devoted to questions.

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Supporting research

The Curious Classroom by Harvey Smokey Daniels
The Playful Classroom by Jed Dearybury

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Session specifications

Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level:
Skill level:
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
These are the resources I will mention but they won't necessarily have to have them loaded at the time...

Pear deck
Adobe Express
Google Slides
Book Creator
Cloud Recorder

Subject area:
Science, Social studies
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.