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The New Multiverse: Google Through a Marvel Lens

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 120A

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Project Consultant~CS, Science & STEM
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
Andrew is a Project Consultant for STEM and Computer Science at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit out of Norristown, PA. Prior to joining the MCIU, Andrew spent years teaching middle school Computer Science, Technology Education, Science and Mathematics. He is a Google Certified educator and is passionate about learning, coaching, and empowering others.

Session description

Looking to traverse the Multiverse, expand your Google knowledge and become an edtech Avenger? We'll explore where pop culture collides with technology and how this new perspective can level up your student engagement. Google enthusiasts and Marvel fanatics are invited to collaborate with like-minded edtech champions.

Purpose & objective

Attendees will leave the session with a renewed sense of student engagement and learning relevancy. In addition, attendees will leave with a fresh perspective on numerous google apps as well as Marvel superheroes. Attendees will be engaged in an interactive lecture style including; polling, Q&A, and small group discussions. This session is designed to be engaging and thought provoking. Actual implementation will be left up to each individual attendee

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This session is focused learner engagement. Join us on a journey of blending two superpowered worlds. See first hand how student engagement explodes when you connect your learning to pop culture. Come experience transformative education and then recreate it in your own educational setting.

1) Blending: Making Marvel and Google one (5 minutes)
1a) Opening: Marvel Theme/Movie Opening Music
1b) History of these two giants and their overlaps
2) Pre-Survey: Which Google Apps would be which Marvel Heroes? (10 minutes)
2a) Device-based activity
2b) Turn & Talk: Share your results and reasoning
3) Introduction-Presenter Introduction (2 minutes)
4) Connections between the worlds of Marvel & Google and how to engage students through direct connections to Pop Culture. Draw connections and reveal similarities between Google application and Marvel superheroes. Making these comparisons will strengthen our synapsis connections for both. During each reveal, participants will learn about the overlapping and differing strengths and weaknesses of each Google application and Marvel superhero. (30 minutes)
5) Making Connections: Why using pop culture and meeting students where they are works (making it relevant). (5 minutes)
6) Activity (5 minutes)
6a) Think-Pair-Share: Ideas to incorporate pop culture into learning
6b) Device-based Activity: Engagement Brainstorm Share-out (from think-pair-share)
7) Q & A (collect throughout presentation via device-based activity) (as time allows)

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Supporting research

1) Engaging Students in Learning:
2) Research Proof Points: Better Student Engagement Improves Student Learning:

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Session specifications

Innovative learning environments
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery and allow students to demonstrate their competency.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.