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Webinar Index

The following document is an index of the webinars hosted by Thinkfinity's Content Partners and ISTE. The webinars vary in length, but typically run between 20 minutes and 1 hour. Simply select the link of the webinar you would like to view to access the recording. You will need to click on the "Back" button in your browser to return to Thinkfinity.


2014 VILS Virtual Conference: Connected Learning

Once again, ISTE and the Verizon Foundation are proud to present the archives of all content sessions from the 2014 Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Virtual Conference. The sessions this year provide numerous opportunities to discover how to leverage mobile technologies and innovating teaching into instructional practice.


2013 VILS Virtual Conference: Mobile Technology for Learning, Teaching and Leading in STEM

ISTE and the Verizon Foundation are proud to present the archives of all 19 sessions from the 2013 Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Virtual Conference. This exciting event brought together all of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program participants and experts in the field for an inspiring learning opportunity that explored best practices and emerging strategies for mobile learning in STEM.

Mobile Learning (Mobile Devices, Apps,Tablets)


I have an iPad- Now What?

Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young

Description: Touch tablets—iPad and Android—are the consumer electronic with the fastest adoption rate ever. In exploring ways these devices will impact education, many districts are beginning with school administrators. This workshop provides an opportunity for new iPad users to learn some critical usage skills and also explore School Technology tools and strategies for selecting apps that support instruction use on the iPad.

Partner: ISTE


Mobile Devices in the Science Classroom

Presenter: Ben and Jared

Description: Science and technology form a natural bond that allows for the creation of a better learning environment for students and teachers.  Attend this webinar to learn how to change the face of a traditional science classroom through the use of mobile devices, apps, Google Apps for Education and a complete change to the process of scientific inquiry.

Partner: ISTE


Parent Engagement and Mobile Learning

Presenter: Monica Burton

Description: With students spending 80 percent of their time outside of School, it is more important than ever to partner with families and communities in the effort to prepare students for college and career readiness. Discover how to put mobile devices to work 24/7 to engage both parents and students during non-school hours to ensure learning success!

Partner: ISTE


iPad for Beginners

Presenter: Chris O'Neal

Description: iPads are famous for not coming with any kind of instruction manual. Learn things you might not pick up on immediately, as well as tricks to make the iPad an integral part of your, and your students' learning.

Partner: ISTE


iPod Touches in the K-12 Classroom

Presenter: Robert Craven

Description: Tiny devices, big impact. Learn how manage your iPod Touches, take your devices online, and of course, encourage creation in the classroom. Robert Craven is an educator with a technology obsession. An educator for over 15 years now, Robert quickly realized the impact technology made on both his teaching and student learning; this discovery started him on his endless journey into the integration, development and practice of technology and curricular integration.

Partner: ISTE


iPad for Intermediate/Advanced Users

Presenter: Chris O'Neal

Description: Now that you've had your iPad for a while, you're comfortable with it. But you would like to be more productive and less clunky with it. Learn how this nimble device can help you be more efficient and effective in the classroom and beyond.

Partner: ISTE


Android Tablets for Beginners

Presenter: Robbie Grimes

Description: There are so many Android flavors on the market. In this session, Robbie Grimes provides an introduction to Android tablets including the hardware and software. Additionally, he provides tips for implementing Android tablets in your classroom.

Partner: ISTE


Getting Past the Glitz: Choosing Apps that Support Instruction

Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young

Description: First use of a new technology often becomes entrenched use - even when better resources are identified later. Educators must approach use of tablets and other touch technologies with a critical eye. This session offers tools educators can use to expand their own understanding of the importance of - and strategies for - selecting mobile apps for instructional uses as part of a school's overall plan for effective instruction.

Partner: ISTE


Android Tablets for Intermediate/Advanced Users

Presenter: Robbie Grimes

Description: If you are already familiar with the Android tablet, you might be interested to know how to utilize Android tablets in the classroom. Robbie also gives tips for managing tablets in a classroom.

Partner: ISTE


Edmodo As a Classroom Management Tool

Presenter: Victor Fitzjarrald

Description: This webinar covers the practical aspects for how to implement Edmodo in your K-12 classroom. The session will cover how to create groups for your classes, using the assignment and quiz tool as well as communication options within the platform. The session will also touch on ways to integrate this tool into your classroom practice.

Partner: ISTE


BYOD Programs: Baby Steps for Schools

Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young

Description: BYOD initiatives are growing in popularity, but they require thoughtful planning and implementation. This session will provide opportunities to familiarize yourself with current research and trends related to Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives, consider factors that increase chances for a successful implementation as well as provides a few baby steps for schools to consider before rolling out their BYOD program.

Partner: ISTE


Best High School Educational Apps for iPads, iPhones, and Mobile Devices

Presenter: Alice Kristie

Description: Ignite students' love of learning with interactive educational apps for mobile devices. Discover hundreds of free and inexpensive apps for high school classrooms. Designed for all curricular areas.


Take Your Game Mobile with Apps and AR!

Presenter: Kay Novak

Description: Learn how to use mobile learning and augmented reality (AR) to create academically based mysteries, whodunits and scenarios! Explore Project Outbreak as an example of a biology mystery that engages students in an epidemiology scenario that includes problem solving, critical inquiry, mobile learning and global competency.

Partner: ISTE


Math and Mobile Devices

Presenter: Linda Fahlberg-Stojanovska. Ph.D.

Description: The focus of this webinar will be on apps, sites and approaches just for math teachers. Linda has found great resources for you and your students to get the most out of your mobile devices.


Activities and Ideas to Keep Kids Learning this Summer

Presenter: Helen Crompton, ISTE Education Consultant

Description: Engage students with mobile devices and learning over the summer. This webinar, originally offered to Verizon employees, introduces summer activities to consider for student use which include projects, apps, and learning tools for all ages. All are aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Parent Handout


Create Mobile Explorations for your students with Active Explorer!

Presenter: Bob Hirshon

Description: In five minutes, with no programming knowledge, you can make your own kid-friendly expeditions for students that they can access on their smartphones or tablets. With a free Active Explorer account, you'll have access to the "Quest Creator," where you'll name your Quest, type an invitation, and build a "to do" list detailing what you want your kids to collect. Students then join the Quest on their mobile device, see your Quest instructions and have access to all the tools they'll need to complete it: camera, sketch pad, data charts, graphing tool, audio recorder, GPS, etc. When they're done, they upload their collection to their own on-line work space, where they can make reports, posters presentations— even comic strips— and share them with you.

Free Apps for the Mobile Classroom

Presenter: Monica Burns

Description: iTunes features more than a million apps for sale. With so many options, choosing the right apps for a mobile classroom can be wildly overwhelming. Get an overview of the perfect free apps for developing your mobile learning environment, and explore how they can facilitate student collaboration and help foster critical thinking skills — whether you have just a few devices or a set for the whole class.

Partner: ISTE


Pedagogical Practices


Curators of Knowledge: Students’ New Role in the Digital Collaborative Classroom

Presenter: Naomi Harm

Description: Explore how students become curators of knowledge in the new digital collaborative classroom and discover online project tools such as Projects by Jen, Traveling Rhinos and Google Connected Classrooms. Harm will model effective strategies for online collaboration and provide free learning resources such as the ISTE Standards for Teachers and Students to cultivate a global collaborative classroom for your K-12 students.

Partner: ISTE


Flipped Classroom: Tradition Upside Down

Presenter: Annyce Dey

Description: A hot trend in education, flipped classrooms provide a way for teachers to spend more time working with their students and less time lecturing. Learn the basics of how the flipped classroom model works and get a snapshot of how to implement it in a K-12 classroom.

Partner: ISTE


Students as Content Creators and Contributors

Presenter: Julene Reed

Description: Learning opportunities abound for promoting creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking through the use of technology. Although educators have a wide-variety of technologies to use, it really doesn't matter what you have, but rather what you are doing with it to promote learning. This session showcases numerous applications with examples of how they can be used to promote the four C's, encourage students to be more than consumers of information, but rather creators and contributors.

Partner: ISTE


Imagining Future Friendly Schools: Leveraging Mobile Technology to Drive Global Citizenship, Environmental Stewardship and Student Engagement!

Presenter: Michael Furdyk

Description:  TakingITGlobal co-founder Michael Furdyk will discuss his experiences harnessing the power of technology to foster digital youth engagement, global education and social innovation among today's students in this 2014 VILS Virtual Conference Keynote. What does the future of a globally connected school look like? Find out how one organization is empowering young people to tackle global challenges, and discover how you can connect your students to projects happening all over the world.

Partner: ISTE

Best Practices in Creating Blended Assignments

Presenter: Kristin Kipp

Description: In this session, Kristin Kipp, the iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year will share best practices in creating blended assignments for your classroom. Blended assignments are those that incorporate both face-to-face elements as well as online elements to create a truly unique educational experience for students.

Partner: ISTE


Project Based Learning with a 1:1 Initiative

Presenter: Mandy Wilson

Description: Learn how to design and implement project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. PBL takes students through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

Partner: ISTE

Flipped Learning - A Key to Differentiating Instruction

Presenters: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Description: Learn how flipping instruction as homework time allows teachers to differentiate learning activities for every learner.


Improve Student Literacy

Presenter: Ebony Schoon

Description: This session will help you develop the skills needed to use mobile devices for increasing student engagement in literacy in order to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards.

Partner: ISTE


Resources for Differentiating with Mobile Learning

Presenter: Karen Fasimpaur

Description: This session will focus on free, open-licensed content resources that can be used to differentiate learning in mobile environments. You’ll leave this session with a plethora of great content that you can put to immediate use with your learners.

Partner: ISTE


Get Started Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

Presenter: Liz Kolb

Description: Interested in using student cell phones in learning? Discuss policies, safety, permission forms, and parents. Create and explore examples of successful implementation projects in K-12.

The Basics of Flipped Learning

Presenter: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Description: Learn more about Flipped Learning and how to reach all of your students in every class every day. This overview will introduce participants to the concept of flipped learning: Where educators are actively transferring the responsibility and ownership of learning to the students.

Partner: ISTE


Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts

Presenter: Doug Buehl

Description:Discover why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. As students strive to meet new rigorous standards, teachers of science, mathematics, and technical subjects face an urgent need to mentor students as readers of the varied texts of their disciplines. The Common Core State Literacy Standards expect students in the STEM disciplines to meet 10 reading standards that assume learners are regularly reading and comprehending complex texts in these disciplines. As a result, all teachers must ensure that students can independently access the knowledge in technical texts.

Partner: ReadWriteThink, IRA


Mobilize Mathematics: Mobile Learning Meets the Common Core Curriculum

Presenter: Helen Crompton

Description: This webinar will be full of practical tips and ideas which can be taken directly back to the classroom.  Designed for elementary and middle school math teachers, this webinar will describe useful apps and show the participants how to create authentic real-world activities.


Khan Academy: The Long "Khan" or Ed Reform?

Presenter: Victor Fitzjarrald

Description: This session will explain what Khan Academy is, how it got started, the pros and cons as well as how it can be used to support differentiated instruction as well as remediation. Finally, the presenter will discuss of Khan Academy can support the "flipped classroom" model.

Partner: ISTE


Reaching English Language Learners with Verizon Thinkfinity

Presenter: Tammy Dewan

Description: This 90 minute presentation provides a tour of resources available to assist teachers of English Language Learners. Please be aware that the webinar references the old Verizon Thinkfinity site.


How to Go Paperless

Presenter: AJ Juliani

Description: In a perfect BYOD world, students and teachers would no longer have a “need” for paper resources. See how my class went paperless, and how you can make the switch in five practical steps.


iPads as part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolkit

Presenter: Alex Dunn

Description: In this webinar, class profiling and goal selection act as the starting point for exploring how apps, accessibility features and the integration of the iPad with external devices (switches, interactive whiteboards) can provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement for ALL in collaborative, inclusive learning environments.


Formative Assessment Tools

Presenter:  Victor Fitzjarrald

Description: Learn about a variety of assessment tools, such as Socrative, Google Forms, and PollEverywhere.


Did They Get It? Assessment and Edmodo

Presenter: Melinda Lula

Description: Gather valuable assessment data using the social networking tool Edmodo and give student the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities digital age style.  Mesh web 2.0 tools with assessment in order to better understand their students’ progress and ultimately improve student learning

Use Edmodo

  • to present learning and assessment opportunities that are available anytime, anywhere
  • to provide valuable feedback to students
  • to promote increased collaboration among students and other teachers


The Project-Based Learning (PBL) Super Highway

Presenter: Mike Gorman

Description: Explore practical ideas based on the eight essentials of PBL. You will discover four amazing stops: the whole project, great resources, the driving question and the public audience. Best of all you will discover that PBL really is the “How To” of the Common Core and even aligns with Flipped Classroom concepts.

Partner: ISTE


Teaching and Learning Tools


Google Tools for the Classroom

Presenter: Tammy Worcester

Description: Explore a variety of Google tools,such as maps and reading levels, used by Tammy Worcester and enjoy shared tech tips


Google Forms

Presenter: Tammy Worcester

Description: In this session, we'll go beyond the basics to make Google Spreadsheets and Forms more powerful by: Using formulas, functions, and scripts; Creating our own custom charts and graphs; Adding logic-branching to our forms; Finding (and creating our own) cool templates; and more! We'll also take advantage of the collaborative brainpower in the room during a sharing / problem-solving time. Bring any Google SS & Forms solutions you'd like to show off, or come with a question or problem to challenge the group.


ePortfolios: a shining reflection of their work!

Presenter: Carol Teitelman

Description: Help students proudly share their work in a digital portfolio that reflects their learning accomplishments. By converting your students' classroom work into a mobile- friendly digital format, you create an online portfolio they can share with family, potential colleges, other students or the whole world. Find out how to guide your students in choosing the most illuminating examples of their products and processes.

Partner: ISTE


Makerspace in the Classroom

Presenters: Andrew Carle and Josh Ajima

Description: Imagining students as designers and makers and allowing them to share their ideas with the world has become both simpler and more complex with the introduction of technology in the classroom. Find out how to help students discover the power of making with a fast-paced introduction to the maker movement and classroom makerspaces.

Partner: ISTE


Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating: Seven simple steps to open the door to Worldwide Learning in K12 schools

Presenter: Vicki Davis

Description: Find out how to get your students connected and find collaborative partners online while still meeting standards, and discover examples of connected learning from other schools. You'll learn step by step how to take your classroom global from an internationally recognized leader and classroom teacher who has collaborated with her students on more than 10 global projects.

Partner: ISTE


National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)

Presenter: Jenny Wei

Description: Join an educator from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to explore history of science, math, and technology—and resources to help you share this content with your students. We are planning to feature videos, lesson plans, and interactives from Smithsonian’s History Explorer, but we want to address topics that will be helpful to you. Please share your ideas or questions to help us make this workshop useful to you.

Partner: Smithsonian History Explorer


Think Possibilities: Thinkfinity's FREE Online Tools!

Presenter: Tammy Dewan

Description: This 30 minute webinar will provide a tour of the wealth of Thinkfinity resources available. Please be aware that many of the slides reference the old Thinkfinity site.


Social Media in the Classroom

Presenter: Jennie Magiera and Autumn Laidler

Description: Jennie and Autumn emphasize the benefits of “Amplifying our Students” by providing opporuntities for the sharing of student voices and ideas through Social Media. In classrooms everywhere students are often told to be quiet.  This sessions encourages all educators to consider giving students a real reason for speaking and an audience to hear them. ** Please note - the beginning of the session has a few technical difficulties and the audio is at time challenging. However, once you get past the technical issues of this presentation, the information shared is most informative.

Partner: ISTE


Tips and Tricks for Teaching with Digital Media

Presenter: Carolyn Jacobs, MaryAnn Tourkantonis, Molly Sorrows

Description: This 36 minute recorded presentation provides a tour of a wealth of resources that can be used when building STEM lesson plans.

Partner: WGBH and Teacher's Domain (


A Tour of ArtsEdge

Presenter: Lori Gracey

Description: This 32 minute webinar provides a tour of the ArtsEdge website as well as provides links to content and resources from the ArtsEdge website.
Partner: Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, ArtsEdge


A Tour of EconEdLink

Presenter: Mark Moore

Description: This 24 minute webinar provides a tour of the EconEdLink website provided by the Council for Economic Education. Please be aware there may be some minor redesigns of the site since this webinar was recorded.


A Tour of EDSITEment

Presenter: Lori Gracey

Description: This 32 minute webinar provides a tour of the EDSITEment website which is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please be aware there may be some minor redesigns of the website since the webinar was recorded.


A Tour of National Geographic Education

Presenter: Lori Gracey

Description: This 31 minute webinar provides a brief overview of and a tour of the National Geographic Education website. Please be aware that there may be some minor redesigns of the website since the webinar was recorded.


A Tour of Science NetLinks

Presenter: Lori Gracey

Description: In this 37 minute webinar, Lori provides a tour of the ScienceNetLinks which is a project of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Porgrams of the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Please be aware that there may be some minor redesigns of the website since the webinar was recorded.


Civil War Stories from Smithsonian's History Explorer

Presenter: Naomi Coquillon

Description: This 31 minute webinar provides a tour of the resources available on the History Explorer website related to the Civil War.

Partner: National Endowment for the Humanities


Real Stories, Real Stuff: Teaching with Resources from the Smithsonian

Presenter: Jenny Wei

Description: This hour long webinar provides an in-depth view of how to use physical and digital objects to engage learners.

Partner: National Museum of American History


Tour of Smithsonian's History Explorer 2.0

Presenter: Jenny Wei

Description: This 40 minute webinar provides a tour of the updated History Explorer website. Please be aware that there may be some minor redesigns of the website since this webinar was recorded.

Partner: National Museum of American History


A Tour of Wonderopolis

Presenter: Patty Bridge

Description: This 23 minute webinar provides a brief tour of the Wonderopolis site, a Thinkfinity partner. Please be aware that there may be some minor redesigns to the website since the webinar was recorded.

Wonderopolis: Using Wonder and Inquiry to spur Engaged Learning in K-12 Classrooms

Presenter: Laura DeBusk

Description: Join us for a guided tour of the site and the various sections of the Wonder of the Day®, pointing out some of the many ways any Wonder of the Day can be used for different ages and learning levels.

Build Once, Learn Anywhere: Blended Learning for Mobile (Build Once, Learn Anywhere)

Presenter: Heather Chirtea

Description: Digital Wish's Executive Director, Heather Chirtea, demonstrates a simple way to deliver blended learning to student mobile devices using the new eBuilder. The mobile eBuilder tool allows teachers to build digital eTextbooks, activities, and lesson plans with very simple drag-and-drop skills using a computer's browser. Digital content can be saved as an "app" and downloaded to any smartphone, tablet, iOS, Android, Kindle, Mac, or Win. As a bonus, all content is searchable by the Common Core Standards.

Historical Literacy and the Common Core

Presenter: Prof. Chauncey Monte-Sano

Description: Webinar presented on building students’ historical thinking and literacy skills and using primary sources with the Common Core State Standards. The presentation is designed for history and social studies teachers, but is open to all interested educators.


Using Technology to Teach Outdoor Education: National Geographic

Presenter: Sean O'Connor

Description:  Explore tech tools that engage students in citizen science projects and connect them with their local communities. Sean O’Connor will introduce FieldScope, mobile tech and online communities and how they can be used for citizen science projects, using the example of BioBlitz, a program from National Geographic.


Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning

Presenter: Scott Filkins and Cara Gutzmer

Description: Drawing on the work in his 2012 NCTE book Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment, Scott Filkins will share practical tools to gather information about students as readers and instructional responses that promote increased understanding of subject matter.  Scott will be joined by Cara Gutzmer, a middle school instructional coach who has also worked with teachers from a variety of STEM disciplines to elevate learning by enhancing the assessment-instruction connection.


Leaping Forward with Project Based Learning!

Presenter: Ginger Lewman

Description: You buy in to the basics of integrated, real life learning that looks and feels different than a traditional classroom, but you're not sure how to start... we'll highlight a robust resource: the LifePractice PBL recipe cards that provide just the right level of guidance that allows the beginning PBL "chef" to get started cooking! But just like a recipe, they provide deep inspiration and enough flexibility for even experienced PBL "chefs" to add their own flavors and textures to stimulate the learning appetites of their own students!

Partner: ISTE



Re-Imagining STEMx Education: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning for a High Tech World

Presenter:Jim Vanides

Description: Our students are graduating into a fast paced, flat, high-tech-enabled and global economy. As such, the “STEM education bar” has been raised. In this 2013 VILS Virtual Conference keynote session, Jim Vanides will speak to why it’s important to add the to the STEM acronym and what innovative educators are doing to make STEM(+) learning more powerful, relevant, and global.

Partner: ISTE


STEM, Mobile Devices and Thinkfinity Community- Perfect Together

Presenter:  Barbara DeSantis

Description: A great webinar on locating high-quality STEM resources for all grades. Explore free lesson plans, interactives, and activities, as well as community support, at Make the most of BYOD, tablets and smartphones with the fabulous STEM resources Barbara shares.


Maximizing STEM Learning through Online and Mobile Communications: Insights Gained from Verizon's Thinkfinity Site

Presenter: Dr. Erica Boling

Description: This webinar focuses on using the Thinkfinity Community in Maximizing STEM Learning through Online and Mobile Communications. Learn methods for designing interactive, educational, and engaging online communities based on the findings from more than two years of research conducted on Verizon's site. Dr. Boling has successfully built and maintained interactive online communities within the Thinkfinity Community.

This Isn't Rocket Science: How to Incorporate STEM Apps in Your Classroom

Presenters: Kirstin Fearnley and Renee Stockdale-Homick

Description: Join the Science NetLinks team for an up close and personal look at their new science app, Gravity Launch. You can get the inside look at how the app was developed, how it can be used in the classroom to engage your students, and how it and other STEM apps can be incorporated into your instruction.


School Technology and Leadership


7 Habits of the Highly Effective Tech-Leading Principals

Presenter: Michelle Otstot

Description: The principal who models these behaviors is going to be able to inspire innovation in their school much more effectively than a principal who simply requires that teachers use technology, or collaborate, or take risks.

Going Mobile: Best Strategic Practices for K-12 Leaders

Presenter: Sheryl Abshire

Description: To increase effectiveness in student achievement and engagement, communication, and parent as well a community involvement, this session will share best practices for using mobile technologies. Guiding attendees through the process of going mobile by sharing her district's phases: planning implementation, evaluation and next steps, Dr. Abshire will provide the groundwork for successful mobile implementation.

Partner: ISTE


Computer Forensics and Data Recovery for Educators

Presenter: Brent Williams

Description: This session addresses the makeup of a response team, appropriate times to bring in legal counsel and/or authorities, proper response levels, evidence

gathering techniques, and software used for evidence gathering and building a sound case.


How to Craft a Sustainable Technology Program

Presenter: Heather Chirtea

Description: Digital Wish’s year-long study on sustaining technology programs revealed that the most successful schools develop multiple sources of revenue, they trigger strong community engagement, and they prioritize daily support and training for teachers. We’ll provide an easy-to-follow action plan that will help your school to develop sustainable funding for your technology initiative.

Partner: ISTE


Improving Student Learning through Mobile Learning: Lesson Learned

Presenter: Harry Tuttle

Description: Learn how some districts and schools are using mobile learning to transform learning in their classrooms and create more engaged students who use higher-level thinking skills.

Partner: ISTE


Mobile Technologies and the Common Core Standards- Two for the Price of One

Presenter: Donna Williamson

Description: Mobile technologies are inspiring and empowering students all over the world to publish online, think critically, and evaluate resources. These tools are also serving as a valuable teaching and learning tool to customize student learning. Anytime, anywhere data on what a student needs to meet Common Core Standards is critical. In this session, we will discuss how various mobile technologies are helping teachers integrate technology skills, as outlined in the Common Core Standards, and customize learning for each child.

Partner: ISTE


Building Lessons for iDevices

Presenter: Kimberly Boyd

Description: There’s an app for that, but then what do you do with it? This presentation helps participants go beyond finding the “cool” apps and assists teachers in integrating them effectively into the curriculum. The presenter will share lesson ideas and product samples.

Partner: ISTE


Social Media for Leaders, Teachers, and Students

Presenter: Patrick Larkin

Description: Social media is learning media with the capacity to allow those who utilize it wisely to collaborate with learners in ways that were previously unimaginable in our schools. This session looks at the role social media played in the evolution of Burlington High School in Massachusetts. Explore how this amazing transformation can happen in your classrooms and schools if you are willing to embrace these modern resources.

Partner: ISTE


Modifying Classroom Management for Mobile Devices

Presenter: Victor Fitzjarrald

Description:When anything new is added to a classroom, it takes planning and a shift in classroom management to make a successful transition. Mobile devices are no exception, and often times mobile learning makes classroom management exponentially more difficult. This session will cover the in’s and out’s of classroom management for mobile devices, including electronic management apps and programs, student screen capture, and device management.

Partner: ISTE


1:1 Models Research

Presenter:Jenifer Corn

Description: Discover what we have learned from the North Carolina 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative: Evaluation Study of Laptops in North Carolina High Schools. The presenter will discuss the critical building blocks for an effective 1:1 computing environment. A summative handout of research findings will be distributed.

Partner: ISTE


Virtual Learning Platforms

Presenter: A.J. Juliani

Description: Virtual learning platforms (VLPs) extend the classroom beyond traditional walls and boundaries. This session will focus on how VLPs can enhance collaboration within schools, foster digital growth, and improve instruction and student achievement.

Partner: ISTE


Google for Admins

Presenter: Wendy Gorton

Description: Google for Administrators (GWA) introduces participants to innovative ways Google tools can be used in educational leadership. This fast-paced presentation with hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational strategies for instruction and leadership.

Partner: ISTE


Google Sites for Administrators

Presenter: AJ Julliani

Description: Class websites, web quests, ePortfolios, real-timecollaboration. The buzz words of 21st century teaching and learning can all be applied using Google Sites. Google Sites allows for students to work together (or individually) in real-time, providing endless possibilities for collaboration. We’ll take a look at examples, and get your started on your own ePortfolio.

Partner: ISTE

Google Forms & Docs for Admins

Presenter: Rushton Hurley

Description: Google's collaborative tools are invaluable for educators, and none more so than Forms and Docs. Get introduced to their potential for learning and logistics, and become familiar with other Google tools for community connections and more. You'll need a sense of humor, a Google account, and the right password.


School Administrators: Leading with Verizon Thinkfinity

Presenter: Lori Gracey

Description: This 23 minute webinar provides an overview of the wealth of Thinkfinity resources available for School Administrators. Please be aware that many of the slides reference the old Thinkfinity site.


The Power of Free Technologies

Presenter: Rushton Hurley

Free isn't important only because our budgets are downright anemic. Instead, meaningful use of freely available tools at school means students can access the same tools at home, and do so for educationally sound purposes. Learn about the mountain of possibilities, and return home with plenty to share.


Must-Have Apps for School Administrators

Presenter: Susan Brooks-Young

Description: Touch tablets—iPad and Android—are the consumer electronic with the fastest adoption rate ever. In exploring ways these devices will impact education, many districts are beginning with school administrators. Attend this session to learn about free and low-cost apps school and district leaders can download to make a touch tablet a personalized productivity tool. Appropriate for iOS and Android OS devices.


Classroom Observation of the NETS for Evaluation and Professional Development

Presenter: Talbot Bielefeldt

Description: Learn to use the ISTE Classroom Observation Tool to evaluate and improve ICT integration in your classroom, school, or program.


Best Practices in Implementing 1:1 Mobile Learning

Presenter: Naomi Harm

Description: Learn how to best support your teachers in your mobile learning initiative through best practice implementation strategies for any device.

Partner: ISTE


Achieving C3: An Exploration into 21st Century Social Studies

Dr. Kathy Swan shares reflections on the the development of the C3 Framework document and invites educators to join her in promoting an understanding of Social Studies at all levels of education. She is an enthusiastic speaker who has served as a Fellow with the National Museum of American History, and can bring a spark to your efforts in promoting an understanding of Social Studies.


Introduction to Design Thinking

Presenter: NYSCI - content partner

Description: Design-based thinking.  What is it?  How do you incorporate design into your classroom ethos?

Coaching and Mentoring

Building Momentum: Encouraging All Teachers to Integrate Technology

Presenter: Les Foltos

Description: Draw on the ISTE Standards for Students and Coaches to explore a variety of technology integration strategies you can share with your colleagues. Learn an approach that identifies connections between curricula and uses pedagogy to drive technology use. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the kinds of support your peers might need and discover proven strategies other coaches have successfully used.

Partner: ISTE


Digital Age Coaching

Presenters: Kim McMonagle and Holly Jobe

Description: Coaches, technology facilitators, technology integration specialists, and others who help classroom teachers integrate technology into the classroom are instrumental in the effective implementation of the NETS for Teachers. With the guidance of a coach, teachers can leverage the power of technology to engage students in their learning and help them develop digital age skills. - ISTE's NETS for coaches.

Partner: ISTE


Virtual Workshop #1

Presenter: Les Foltos

Description: Tech Coaching roles and responsibilities, ISTE Standards for Coaches, building a coaching plan.

Partner: ISTE

Virtual Workshop #2

Presenter: Les Foltos

Description: Enhancing communication and collaboration skills, building trust and collaborative norms.

Partner: ISTE

Virtual Workshop #3

Presenter: Les Foltos

Description: Coaching strategies to integrate technology

Partner: ISTE


Digital Citizenship


Using 2.0 to Connect Students Globally

Presenters: Mali Bickley and Jim Carleton

Description: Learn how to use technology to connect, create communities, foster co-learning and change teaching in classrooms around the globe. Experience a showcase variety of collaborative projects that connect students in inquiry-based learning opportunities.

Partner: ISTE


1:1 at Home: Supporting Parents in a 1:1 School

Presenter: Jason Brand

Description: For a 1:1 laptop or tablet program to be truly successful a student’s whole world needs to be considered. This requires everyone being involved and parents along with the home environment are a crucial piece. This practical, hands-on session is designed to give educators the tools they need to support their parent community.

Partner: ISTE


Being a Digital Citizen

Presenter: Nick Sauers

Description: Discover how leaders and teachers can effectively leverage technology initiatives as a tool for changing teaching and learning. Key factors of success implementation will be shared as well as common pitfalls experienced by many schools.

Partner: ISTE

Creating a Safe Classroom Environment in the Digital Age

Presenter: LeeAnn Lindsey

Description: Technology provides students with new tools for creating, innovating, communicating, researching and solving problems — and with these new tools come new responsibilities. How do teachers ensure a safe environment while also fostering student responsibility and autonomy with technology? Explore the issues surrounding responsible technology use, and learn some tips for laying a strong foundation for digital citizenship.

Partner: ISTE


Digital Citizenship and Responsible Use

Presenter: Mark Ribble

Description: With all the innovation technology brings to education, one basic concept is being overlooked—understanding responsible use. Tools are available to students and educators, but using them safely, securely, and ethically is what educators and parents want and need for students. This session will focus on the policies and practices that districts have considered in order to ensure responsible use of technology.

Partner: ISTE


Empowering Our Students to Be Digital Citizens

Presenter: Kelly Mendoza with Common Sense Media - content partner

Description: As schools increasingly integrate technology, they face challenges with behavioral and ethical issues that arise from students, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sharing, and plagiarism. Digital citizenship is an essential 21st century skill in which students are safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world.

Partner: ISTE


Pictures of Practice (Project Highlights)


School Project Snapshot

Presenter: Charles Carroll MS Team

Description: This project describes the first year experience of Charles Carroll Middle School's implementation of mobile devices. Through this webinar, you will hear first hand experiences and get ideas for management and implementation of mobile devices in the classroom.

Partner: ISTE


Project Snapshots

Description: Educators invited from various VILS schools will share their insights, progress and successes in short snapshot presentations.

Partner: ISTE


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