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Create Next Level Projects Using Digital Tools, AR, LEGO, Apps and More!

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom IV

Participate and share: Interactive session
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Roger Bell New Tech Academy
Principal at Roger Bell New Tech Academy in Craven County, NC. Educator for 20 years with experience as a digital teaching and learning coach and 5th grade teacher.
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Roger Bell New Tech Academy
Mr. S ~ Instructional Technology Facilitator at Roger Bell New Tech Academy, a public restart school located in Havelock, North Carolina. At RBA we are an Apple school and regularly use Dash, Cue, Sphero, and Tello EDU drones.
Instructional Coach
Roger Bell New Tech Academy
North Carolina native and educator of 14 years. Taught kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades. 2023 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Southeast Region Teacher of the Year (North Carolina).

Session description

Create authentic, engaging projects that promote agency within the community and allow kids to create. You will see how we embed augmented reality, CLIPS, iMovie, GarageBand, LEGO, Keynote and more to involve our students in authentic projects that give them voice and choice throughout the design process.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our presentation is to give participants exposure to hands-on, state science and social studies standard driven activities using a variety of digital tools which highlight student creativity, collaboration, agency, and engagement.

After our presentation, participants will begin to think and plan engaging student projects in new ways, utilizing digital tools and focusing on student creation and engagement, all while meeting and exceeding state standards. Participants will see specific student examples of these types of lessons and we will introduce and give hands-on experience using augmented reality (AR) apps, slow motion video recording techniques, LEGO Education STEM/robotic sets, audio/music recording apps, movie making apps, and more. Participants will see examples of past projects and how they connect with the community in important ways.

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3 mins: Short introduction video.

3 mins: Presenter introductions.

7 mins: Slideshow describing goals of presentation, agenda for the presentation, timeline/photos/student evidence of a successful PBL projects using various digital tools.

35 mins: ‘Appy Hour’ Breakout time: Attendees rotate among 5-8 areas with hands-on devices/digital tools–iPad stations to try Augmented Reality apps and slow-motion movie making activities, codable LEGO robotic stations, a green screen movie-making area, GarageBand recording area, and more.

10 mins: Regroup and discuss experiences, and view slideshow to connect experiences to science and social studies standards, the community, and beyond. Attendees will be given access to a presentation website resource with links to all projects and apps used during the presentation.

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Session specifications

Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
We will provide all materials needed for the session. Phones or devices will be helpful to scan QR codes and provide feedback during the session.
Subject area:
Science, Social studies
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.