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Make Active Learning Great: Integrate and Create

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 115C

Preregistration Required
Explore and create : Exploratory Creation lab


Training and PD Specialist
Seesaw Learning
Mia Leonard taught Kindergarten in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. Mia is a Google Certified Innovator, PBS Digital Innovator, and Seesaw Certified Educator. In the classroom, Mia explored innovative methods to transform teaching and learning and empower her students daily. Mia currently works at Seesaw as a Professional Development and Training Specialist. Mia is the author of Building Blocks for Tiny Techies: A Teacher's Guide to Digital Learning in Primary Classrooms. She also speaks regularly on how to amplify the voices of our littlest learners through technology at conferences and events across the country.
Director of Curriculum, PreK-6
Erin Wakshlag is the Director of Curriculum, PreK-6 at Seesaw Learning. Erin taught in an urban, Title 1 elementary school with a majority EL population for 8 years before attending UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute where she received her Masters in Educational Leadership and administrative credential with a focus on social justice and culturally sustaining practices. Erin then worked as the district TK-5 literacy and ELD coordinator and also facilitated PreK to K alignment with neighboring preschools. Her entire career has centered on providing access and opportunity to students and families in a way that empowers learning within the community.

Session description

Participants will explore how cross-curricular, active learning using multimodal tools can support maximizing instructional time, empowering students and deepening learning. Educators will remix a cross-curricular lesson to make it their own!
Grade level: PK-5
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

Educators will explore how technology can be used to support active learning and cross-curricular instruction.

Educators will create their own resource to support active learning and cross-curricular instruction.

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Intro (5 min): What is integrated teaching? What is active learning?
Lesson 1 Preview (10 min.): Lesson example that is not cross-curricular and does not support active learning
What content integration did you see?
How did this lesson support active learning?
Lesson 2 Preview (10 min.): Lesson example that show cross-curricular integration of ELA & CS with active learning
What content integration did you see?
How did this lesson support active learning?
Lesson 3 Preview (10 min.) Lesson example that show cross-curricular integration of Science, Social Studies & CS with active learning
What content integration did you see?
How did this lesson support active learning?
Lesson Remix (20 min.) Lesson template shared for educators to customize
Questions (5 min.)

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Supporting research

Reuell, Peter. “Lessons in Learning.” The Harvard Gazette, 2019, Accessed 22 Sept. 2022
Alfie, Samuel. “5 Reasons Students Today Need Innovative Learning Spaces” `EmergingEdTech, Accessed 22 Sept. 2022
“Implementing an Integrated School Curriculum.” Accessed 22 Sept. 2022

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Session specifications

Innovative learning environments
Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android
Subject area:
Computer science, Language arts
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors:
Seesaw Learning

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