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Deepening Learning with Technology: An EL Magazine Panel

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 121A

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Digital Learning Initiative Section Chief
NC Department of Public Instruction
Ashley McBride, Ed.D., is a digital learning leader for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.She has experience as a secondary English teacher, instructional technology facilitator and director of technology. McBride has led districtwide professional learning and statewide initiatives that help promote the effective and safe integration of technology for administrators, educators and students. In addition to her work with the state of North Carolina, McBride serves on the board of the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) and is also a COSN Certified Educational Technology Leader. She holds a doctorate in educational technology from Central Michigan University where she researched technology-related professional learning and educational technology coaching. Her experiences in K-12 education and her research in the field informed her 2021 ISTE-published book, The Edtech Coaching Primer: Supporting Teachers in the Digital Age Classroom.
Assoc Dean of Students & Ed Tech Prof
George Washington University
Natalie B. Milman, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Professor of Educational Technology in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at George Washington University. She is also a member of the interdisciplinary Human-Technology Collaborations PhD program and research lab ( and winner of the 2017 Bender Teaching Award. Her research focuses on the design of instruction and models for the effective leadership and integration of technology at all academic levels; online student support needs, engagement, and learning; issues of diversity, inclusion, and digital equity; and the use of digital portfolios for professional development.
University Liggett School
Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning and the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.
Chief Content Officer
Anthony Rebora is the Chief Content Officer for ISTE-ASCD. Previously, he was the editor in chief of Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, and led content development for the association's fast-evolving digital outlets. Under his leadership, Educational Leadership won numerous awards for editorial excellence, increased the breadth of its coverage and contributors, and expanded its online reach. He was formerly a managing editor at Education Week, where he oversaw coverage of teaching and teaching policy. As an editor, his foremost goals are to empower diverse educator voices and raise awareness of critical issues and solutions in education.

Session description

The panel will be moderated by Anthony Rebora, ASCD's chief content officer, and will explore current challenges and solutions in integrating classroom technology. It focuses on ways educators, post-pandemic era can move beyond rote, "transactional" uses of technology and instead use digital tools and platforms to deepen instruction.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to provide educators with a comprehensive understanding of how technology can be effectively used to deepen learning experiences. It aims to inspire and empower educators to leverage technology as a tool to enhance student engagement, critical thinking, collaboration, and overall learning outcomes. Educators will be introduced to a variety of digital tools, applications, and online resources that can support deep learning experiences.

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Greet the audience, introduction, and a brief overview of what will be covered in the presentation.
Discuss the rapidly changing educational landscape.
Explain how these trends and challenges impact educators and their role in addressing them.
Provide examples and practical tips for implementing these approaches effectively.
Share examples of how technology can enhance teaching, engage students, and facilitate learning.
Share practical tips and resources for implementing these strategies effectively
Provide examples and resources to help educators create inclusive and supportive learning environments
Invite participants to stay connected, share their experiences, and continue learning together

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Session specifications

Innovative learning environments
Grade level:
Skill level:
Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
For Educators:
  • 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