iLC 2018 - Breakout Session Detail


Student Choice & Agency

Learn about strategies for helping students drive their own learning experiences


Blended Learning as Our Path to Personalization

Blended Learning in the Beacon Network is best described as an evolving philosophy geared toward providing students with more agency in their learning. This session describes resources we have used, tools we have created, and how our approach to Blended Learning has changed over time. Content of this session revolves around exploration of methodological rationales and ideals described in our blending framework, discussion of the conditions needed for personalization, and the path we are following to get to Personalized Learning. This session is designed to be interactive and should provide teams and individuals with opportunities to learn, reflect, and collaborate. While it is not essential, it is highly recommended that participants bring a digital device to get full access to session content and activities.

Speakers:  Alexander Magaña, Executive Principal; Kevin Croghan, Director of Personalization, Beacon Network Schools

A Student Perspective on Online/Blended Learning

Google and other companies design products with the end user in mind. Do you ever wonder what it is like to be an end user (student) in an online/hybrid program? Come hear from a panel of students from The Village at Academy Online High School. They will share about their experience in a non-traditional model and take questions from the audience.

Speakers:  the Students!  Moderator:  Nathan Gorsch, Principal, Academy Online High School.  

Everyone is a Genius!

If you had an extra hour each week to learn anything, what would you want to learn? I've asked my students this question and the plethora of topics they've voiced blew my mind. Everyone is inherently curious and everyone is born with a drive to learn. Unfortunately, that drive and curiosity is often stifled by high stakes testing and a need to cover all standards. This session will explore the idea that CCSS and Passion Projects can co-exist. Come join me if you're interested in implementing Genius Hour/20% Projects/Passion Projects in your classroom or if you've run into barriers with administration. You'll leave this session feeling inspired to take these projects on in your classroom as well as some ideas for implementing them!

Speaker:  David Van Sicklen, Personalized Learning Partner, Aurora Public Schools

Personalized Learning for ALL Learners

Learn how to offer choice and flexibility in the classroom, in order to facilitate intrinsic motivation, engagement in learning, and self-determination. Discover how learner voice-oriented activities can foster learners' influence, responsibility, advocacy, and leadership. Explore the Imaginarium's Personalized Learning Driver Model to help ALL students influence and ultimately direct their own learning.

Speaker:  Margaret McCormick, Director Client Services, Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ Innovation Lab

Show Me How You Know It!  Voice & Choice in Math Assessments

In this session, learn how to manage technology and creativity in allowing students authentic voice and choice in how they show their learning. There is a time and place for paper and pencil assessments, but what other ways can students show what they know! If we are delivering math content in new innovative ways, why can't we allow students to show their learning in innovative ways? The time is now to allow your students the guidance and creativity in showing what they know!

Speaker:  Evette Davis Ed.D, Kennesaw State University

Personalizing Primary to Increase Student Engagement

We all know that engagement increases when students are given time to pursue their passions, but what does personalized learning look like for our littlest learners, when building a strong academic foundation is our highest priority? In this session, we will share how we have allowed our students to pursue their passions while continuing to provide them with a strong foundation in reading, writing and math using programs, such as McGraw-Hill Wonders and Bridges. We will share our journey in developing personalized learning, which has transformed into what we call "Personalized Learning Pathways" for our students. We will discuss how our students use learner profiles and their own data to successfully choose the activities they will be working on throughout each week and align to critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration. We will share our favorite apps, tools and resources used to maximize student pathways. Participants will have the opportunity to use all of these resources to create their own personalized learning pathways for their own students.

Speakers:  Kristen Wright & Erin Cordova, Teachers, Wildcat Mountain Elementary

Integrating Technology Into the Teaching Practice

Integrating technology into the teaching practice can transform learner outcomes. Beyond using apps for entertainment or performing repetitive tasks, Digital Tools provide students with a voice to express themselves and meaningful opportunities to create, expand and even share their learning beyond the classroom. This empowers students to lead their own learning, fosters collaboration and allows them to develop the 21st-century skills that they need to succeed in the real world.

Speakers:  Blanca Valdez, Bilingual Teacher, Waco ISD

Reclaiming My Time! Student Voice in Just In Time Direct Instruction

Small group instruction is making a shift towards student voice! Learn how you can provide your students the foundation to make their voices heard! Equipping your students with the knowledge in knowing when they need support and where to get it from gives them ownership of their learning! In this session, you will learn ways in how you can merge the use of technology, best practices and 21st century learner skills, to give your students voice in what they need to exceed in Just In Time Direct Instruction! It's time to let your students reclaim their time!

Speaker:  Evette Davis Ed.D, Kennesaw State University

Student Panel Lunch: Student Voices

What do students think about transforming education towards blended and personalized learning environments? The student panel features students who are enrolled in blended learning classrooms. Students come from various schools with diverse backgrounds. In a provocative, unfiltered and honest conversation students will provide first-hand accounts of their experiences, why they enrolled in blended classes, and pros & cons. This is your chance to ask questions to students participating in blended learning models. Send your questions to students through Twitter using #iLC2018

Speakers:  the Students!  Moderator:  Natalie Ruecker, Math Teacher, Calvert Academy