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Tuesday, July 14
 

10:10am

Coding in the Elementary-ish Classroom
We will share tips, tricks, apps, and real-world experiences of teaching coding in the classroom (our experience is mainly in elementary school but could be applicable to all grade levels).

Speakers
CL

Cheryl Lykowski

Cheryl Lykowski is an educator, tech geek, mother, and grandmother. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Lourdes College and her Master’s Degree in Education/Instructional Technology, where she is also an adjunct instructor.Cheryl teaches second grade at Monroe... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

10:10am

It's About Learning Not the Device
Explore instructional models that support the effective integration of technology into the classroom. Educators will learn more about valuable digital resources and how to implement them to make the classroom environment stronger, while increasing learning and motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Yurk

Rachel Yurk

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cedarburg School District
Rachel Yurk is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cedarburg School District. After completing her masters degree in teaching from Aurora University, Rachel earned the Instructional Technology Coordinator License from Cardinal Stritch University. In over 20 years in... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Classroom 323 American University

10:10am

PBL in the Media Rich Classroom





Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology consultant, and professional development trainer. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education in 1997. She has taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

10:10am

The Snow Day Challenge
Mother Nature has caused an increasing number of canceled school days in the last few years, particularly in the eastern United States. In Michigan, we have seen school districts extend their school years to make up for lost days. Both staff and students often get frustrated with the increasing number of interruptions. Just because people are not physically in the building does not mean that learning has to stop. Let’s grab onto the opportunity to educate students during those days. Discovery Education offers an easy way to engage, educate and entertain students.

This session will be “all hands on deck” as we figure out the best way to put together a collection of resources that can be assigned to students that are experiencing “School Canceled” due to the weather.

A Snow Day Challenge is a short independent assignment that is issued by a teacher, principal or superintendent during a canceled school day. Typically, the challenge is designed to be a fun learning experience that keeps a student engaged during a down day. A Snow Day Challenge can be an exciting opportunity for those “days off”.

My goal it to put together a collection of up to 10 ready-made grade-level assignments that can be easily assigned during weather related cancelations. They should be designed in a way that students are excited and can’t wait to get online to complete the challenge. 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Tchozewski

Dave Tchozewski

Director of Information Technology, Jenison Public Schools
Dave is now in his 28th year in education. He is a 22-year veteran of the high school math classroom before moving into his current role as Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. He now leads his district in providing access to appropriate technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 331 American University

10:10am

An SOS Digital Call for Integration
You may have heard of these strategies, but join us as we dive deeper, share ways to enhance them with web tools, explore the brand new feature page, explain how to build your own PD session using these strategies, learn how you can add strategies to our collection, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

Director-Community Development & Content, Discovery Education
I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

11:10am

Bridges to STEM
In this session the participants will learn how to engage creative problem solving in your students thru the use of Discovery Education products (Science Techbook, Streaming Plus and Board Builder). Mrs. Whiteford will present an example from her own curriculum in the design and construction of a bridge in order to demonstrate STEM teaching principles and motivate you to bring STEM learning into your classroom. This session will include a hands on component in which you will be challenge to "make" something as part of a team.

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Classroom 323 American University

11:10am

Choose to MASH- DEN Style!
In this session, Traci will share some creative ways to offer students choice when curating information. Combining Discovery resources and applications, you'll experience how to create a unique Mash-Up that can easily be implemented in your own classroom. You'll see just one way to design learning experiences that teach students to synthesize content and reach a more complete level of understanding. We will also explore ways to integrate S.O.S. strategies like: What Did They Say?!?, Tweet! Tweet!, Paper Slide, and Six Word Story.
Come and explore a great way to get your students working collaboratively together!




Speakers
TB

Traci Blazosky

I am a fourth grade teacher at Clarion Area Elementary in Clarion, PA. I was recognized as astate level Keystone Technology Integrator in 2007, and also facilitated the Keystones State Summit as well. I have been a DEN star since 2007, and on the PA DEN Leadership Council since... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

11:10am

Immerse Your Students in the Magic of Green Screen
Immerse your students in Discovery Education images and videos with the magic of green screen technology. This session will be a “Let’s give it a try!” experience. A green screen will be set up for participants to work hands-on with the magic of a green screen. Although there are other green screen apps available, we will be using the iPad app, Green Screen by Do Ink ($2.99). Feel free to investigate with us before making your purchase. For those of you on the cutting edge, download the app prior to attending so you are ready to lead the way. Note: This is an iPad ONLY app. Feel free to give other apps a try and teach the group about alternatives.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Tchozewski

Dave Tchozewski

Director of Information Technology, Jenison Public Schools
Dave is now in his 28th year in education. He is a 22-year veteran of the high school math classroom before moving into his current role as Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. He now leads his district in providing access to appropriate technology... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 331 American University

11:10am

Sketch it Out! Doodle Your Learning
During this interactive session we will examine how doodling and visual note taking can capture learning and help students process complex ideas. We’ll share classroom examples and explore how doodling and drawing can help students process, retain, and share information.

Speakers
TC

Tracy Carpenter

Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

11:10am

Creativity in the Classroom
Knowing we need students to think creatively and problem solve in order to be college & career ready, how can we encourage these skills and still meet the standards and curriculum goals each day?
This session will feature ways to foster creativity, innovative thinking & problem solving in your classroom regardless of the subject/grade level you teach. 

Tuesday July 14, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

1:00pm

6 Ways to Show What You Know
Testing isn't the only way to assess students. Learn practical, concrete ways to give students ownership of their own learning and allow them to use their creativity to 'show what they know.'

Speakers
DG

DENnis Grice

Dennis Grice is a K-8 Technology Teacher at St. John's Lutheran School in Orange, California where his mission is not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology to teach. He is also a STAR Discovery Educator and Leadership Council Member, Peer Coaching Workshop Facilitator... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

1:00pm

A Monumental Tour of Free Tools from Discovery Education
When was the last time you paused before logging into Discovery Education? Hop onboard as we share Discovery Education's portal of FREE content, curriculum and challenges for parents, students, and educators. We’ll make stops at some of the most sought after gems organized before you login to your DE account. From webinars and virtual field trips to virtual labs and downloadable interactive lesson plans there's sure to be something here for you (and your colleagues).

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Schutt

Kyle Schutt

Director, Edu Outreach & Curriculum Integration, Discovery Communications
Husband, father, friend - Outdoors lover - DIYer - STEM enthusiast - Learner - Educator - Virtual Field Trip Host - Discovery Education


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 312 American University

1:00pm

Creating an Engaging Course Using iTunes U
It is easier than ever to create a course or unit for your students using the iTunes U app. on your iPad. If you have an iPad, and an iTunes account, you can begin creating an engaging and interactive course for your students or staff.

In this class participants will explore how easy it is to make a unit or a course in iTunes U. With the growing interest in mobile devices (iPads, laptops, etc.) as well as online and blended learning opportunities, creating and customizing content for our learners is essential. This tool makes it possible for your learners to easily access all links, content and materials in one place. Participants will see many examples of what they can do with these tools, and have hands-on time to create and publish a unit, course or book using iTunes U.

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

1:00pm

Lights, Camera...Student Engagement!
Let's harness our students' interest in video and make our classroom lessons more creative, student centered, and engaging. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore 5 (or more) easy, fun, and free or low-cost ways that your students can become producers of their own content. You will leave with curricular-based ideas that you can implement in your classroom immediately no matter what devices you have, grade level you teach, or skill level you possess.

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

1:00pm

Stop, Drop, and Roll!
When is the last time you found an idea so awesome that you stopped what you were doing, dropped everything, and rolled with it? Join us for a fast-paced session filled with 'totally rad' instructional tools, 'rock star' equipment, and 'design diva' physical space design ideas that will inspire you and your students to STOP, DROP, and ROLL! Library Media Center and Arts Integration strategies will be emphasized in this fun breakout session.

Speakers
SD

Sandi Dennis

I am a highly motivated, creative, and engaged Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist in a charter school district in Decatur Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I design instruction, online courses, training materials, and training presentations. I work with students, teachers... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University

2:00pm

Board Builder Plus SOS Is BOSS
This equation will bring Board Builder and SOS together in a jam packed session of ideas and ways to use these two Discovery Education tools together. Which SOS can you use with Board Builder? Come and find out!

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 303A American University

2:00pm

Breaking Down the Walls of your Classroom and School Library
Shhh! Not anymore. The school library is changing and is now a place where students and teachers are creating, collaborating, and sharing their learning beyond the physical library space. Let's explore some examples of how this is occurring and how you can do it your school.

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Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 324 American University

2:00pm

Class Will Come to Order.... Online!
Google Classroom was released to schools last year. What's all the hype about it? What can it do for your classes? Come find out!

Google Classroom is a super simple, intuitive dashboard for your students to quickly and easily receive assignments, announcements, links, and more! For those in or transitioning to the paperless classroom, this is the tool guaranteed to propel you to success. Communication is at the core of this tool.

**Google Apps for Education required for participation and implementation in the classroom**

Speakers

Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Center Classroom 312 American University

2:00pm

Coding in the Classroom: Adding a British Perspective
Speakers
TC

Tracy Carpenter

Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.Learner. Creator. EdTech enthusiast. DEN Guru, Maryland LC.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

2:00pm

Building Momentum: What Makes a Movement?
As teacher-leaders, we are used to being leaders within our classrooms and communities, yet it can be difficult to extend the influence beyond the walls of our buildings. Join me to explore ways to assess readiness, make a plan, and build a movement within your school, district, and/or beyond. Share your strategies for what has worked for you, and take away a few new ones to try!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Hines

Kelly Hines

Senior Manager, Community Engagement, Discovery Education
Kelly Hines is currently a Community Engagement Manager with Discovery Education. After 15 years as a National Board Certified Teacher and professional development trainer, Kelly works with schools and school districts across the Southeast to build classroom and professional communities... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Tavern: Mary Graydon Center (MGC) American University
 
Wednesday, July 15
 

10:10am

Happy 'Hours of Coding'
Coding is all the rage for the classroom these days. But getting started, knowing what to use, and knowing the steps to implement it in the classroom take a lot of planning and understanding. If you are new, or semi-new, come let me share what I have learned and how my students successfully learn to code every year. We will start with the basics of code.org, dive deep into Scratch, where will spend most of the class and then learn of extended opportunities that you can provide for your students with little coding knowledge yourself. Your eyes will be opened to an array of sites to use and I will settle your fears of getting started.

Speakers
LA

Lea Anne Daughrity

Lea Anne Daughrity is a specialist in the area of 1:1 devices in education. She led one of the first large-scale iPad rollouts in the state of Texas and has shared her knowledge and understanding in venues around the state and across the country. She believes that handheld devices... Read More →
avatar for Karie Huttner

Karie Huttner

Educational Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District
Dedicated to inspiring all learners to become active creators of knowledge both in the physical and virtual environment through a constructivist based approach to learning, Karie Huttner is a K-5 technology coordinator at two schools in the Verona Area School District in Wisconsi... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

10:10am

Making Learning Visible with E-Portfolios

On line digital documentation allows students and parents to be actively involved in the learning process. Students are able to reflect on their success and failures and parents will have a window into the classroom. Parents are able to have authentic conversations with their children about learning as well as provide support when needed. I have been using portfolios in my classroom for 2 years and would never go back!

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

10:10am

Weave DE tools and Learning together with the Google Thread
Is your district a Google Apps for Education user? If so, there are countless ways in which the use of Google tools can be leveraged to make Discovery Education media more meaningful in the classroom. Not only will we see how you can use the main suite of Apps like Docs, Presentations, and Forms, but we will explore some great Apps and Extensions that weave it all together with DE resources for more engaged, meaningful learning.  

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Yurk

Rachel Yurk

Instructional Technology Specialist, Cedarburg School District
Rachel Yurk is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cedarburg School District. After completing her masters degree in teaching from Aurora University, Rachel earned the Instructional Technology Coordinator License from Cardinal Stritch University. In over 20 years in... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

10:10am

STEM is Everywhere in Discovery Education





Speakers
PD

Patti Duncan

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology consultant, and professional development trainer. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education in 1997. She has taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:10am - 11:00am
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

11:10am

Scavenging New Realities
The Most UnReal, UnBelievable Scavenger Hunt Come to this un-conference session to be challenged! Come alone or as team and bring mobile and tablets. You'll need them! With no instructions, you will solve a puzzle that taps hidden codes, music, movies, image cues, art, and your own imagination. Learn some great classroom applications along the way. Note: Contents may include QR, AR, and LOL.

Speakers
HD

Hall Davidson

As Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives, I get to go all over the country and sometimes all over the globe to work with teachers, administrators, districts, and regions that want to make the transition to digital. Since being part of the DEN's beginning, I have learned much... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

11:10am

Substituting to Redefining: Transforming Learning the SAMR Showdown
Substituting to Redefining: Transforming Learning the SAMR Showdown

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

Director-Community Development & Content, Discovery Education
I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

11:10am

Unleashing Creativity with App Smashing
Linda will explain what app smashing is and give examples of key apps that she has used to create a new project to make a multimedia book or video. Lots of resources and examples will be shared. 

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

11:10am

Discover Student Accounts
Much of the power of Discovery Education won't be realized until teachers set up accounts for their students. Student accounts allow students to access DE resources on their own, have access to the wonderful Board Builder for creating projects and showing understanding in a multitude of ways, teachers to differentiate instruction, to provide links for resources directly to students, create quizzes and reading prompts that can be assigned directly to students, and much more. Do you want to know more about using student accounts? This session is for you!

Speakers
SM

Sandy MacDougall

Sandy has been an educator for almost 30 years. He taught a wide variety of subjects while he worked in an alternative high school and then taught primarily English, science and healthy living while teaching grade 7. For the last several years, Sandy has been working centrally as... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

1:00pm

Back to School with Discovery and the Discovery Educator Network
In this session you will learn tips and techniques to keep your students engaged throughout the school year. In addition, I will showcase ways you can stay connected with the DEN. Specifically, you will learn about many websites, apps. and people that allow you to (1) Get Organized , (2) Get Creative, (3) Get Connected and (4) Get The Resources. This will be a fun and engaging session!

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

1:00pm

Level Up! Gamified Professional Development
Ever needed to cover a bunch of topics with your staff but didn't have the time? Why not build a game out of it and in the process build a PLC? Come get some ideas on how to build learning challenges around Discovery Education and more. Make learning engaging for adults again!

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

1:00pm

Mystery Skyping
Are you trying to build your students problem solving and critical thinking skills? Mystery Skyping provides you with an opportunity to provide authentic and engaging activity to build these skills as well as many other life long skills. Students use communication and collaboration to try and locate another class. We use Skype but Google Hangouts would also work. We will actually be having a Mystery Skype call, so come ready to work and learn!

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

1:00pm

Perfectly Portable Presentations
PowerPoint and Keynote are awesome presentation tools. But, they're not the only games in town. Join me as I expose you to free, easy-to-use, web-based presentation tools that go beyond PowerPoint and Keynote. These tools are guaranteed to bring your presentation to life in ways that machine based software simply can't. You no longer need to be tied to your desktop for the best presentations. It's time to become portable!  

Speakers
avatar for David Fisher

David Fisher

STEM Resource Teacher, School District Palm Beach
David Fisher began the 2014-2015 school year as a STEM Teacher and Learning Team Facilitator and is currently a Grade 4 Teacher at Whispering Pines Elementary School in Boca Raton, Florida. David recently completed a three-year School Improvement Grant funded position as the Technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

1:00pm

Building Your Top 10 of DE Staff Development
Have you been asked to present Discovery Education to your staff? Join us as we highlight the top strategies, resources, and supports to share from professional development to the hidden gems. Let us know your favorites and we'll add them. Together we can build the best session you can take back with you!

Speakers
avatar for Jannita Demian

Jannita Demian

Director-Community Development & Content, Discovery Education
I have been with the DEN since its launch in 2005. I am passionate about encouraging participants to discover new and creative ways to re-engage today's learners and am always seeking new opportunities to keep educators connected and inspired. Prior to coming to Discovery Education... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University

2:00pm

Augmented Reality Can Make Your Classroom Come Alive
Make your classroom come alive by using Augmented reality (AR)! This session will you how to create AR experiences for your students. We will also discuss meaningful ways to integrate AR in classrooms to enhance learning and understanding. This hands-on workshop will leave you empowered to bring a whole new dimension to your teaching.

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 203-205 American University

2:00pm

Connecting your Classroom to the World
With a focus on Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) , applicable tips and tricks will be shared with participants on the hows and whys of connecting your classroom and students with the outside world. We will explore strategies for incorporating literacy and math skills into VFT experiences. Come learn how we are using VFTs as a springboard into great lessons.

Speakers
CL

Cheryl Lykowski

Cheryl Lykowski is an educator, tech geek, mother, and grandmother. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Lourdes College and her Master’s Degree in Education/Instructional Technology, where she is also an adjunct instructor.Cheryl teaches second grade at Monroe... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Schutt

Kyle Schutt

Director, Edu Outreach & Curriculum Integration, Discovery Communications
Husband, father, friend - Outdoors lover - DIYer - STEM enthusiast - Learner - Educator - Virtual Field Trip Host - Discovery Education


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Gianni Lounge MGC Room 200 American University

2:00pm

Get In Touch With Your Inner Librarian: Strategies with Using Digital Tools to Enhance Literacy
Are you looking for a range of methods to support literacy, creativity, and problem-solving in your classroom? Come discover a wide variety of teaching techniques, interactive ebooks, apps, websites and online tools in this session. Not only will these resources promote literacy, but they are also a novel way to bring creativity and technology together. 

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 245 American University

2:00pm

Research, Making, and Board Builder
This session focuses on using the Big 6 to create a research project using DE videos and other resources to curate all of the research into Board Builder. But the learning doesn't stop there.... take the Big 6 one step further to create physical designs and document the process with Board Builder. Examples of 3D printing projects as well as other ideas that promote student creation will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Karie Huttner

Karie Huttner

Educational Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District
Dedicated to inspiring all learners to become active creators of knowledge both in the physical and virtual environment through a constructivist based approach to learning, Karie Huttner is a K-5 technology coordinator at two schools in the Verona Area School District in Wisconsi... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 247 American University

2:00pm

Storytelling for the YouTube Generation
Every student has a camera in their pocket and easy access to video tools that rival professional movie studios. The question becomes, how do we leverage such tools in the classroom? We will explore non-traditional ways to harness the power of digital storytelling to tap into student creativity throughout the curriculum. By analyzing popular 'viral' videos, we will assess what draws us to them, how they were created, and how educators can replicate those same principles and ideas using free technologies. Students live in a remix culture, so we will take inspiration from YouTube videos and demonstrate how they can be remixed for classroom usage!

Speakers
SD

Steve Dembo

As the Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy at Discovery Education, I oversee the DEN website, blogs, virtual events, and our social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. I also have the privledge of working with our LC Social Media and Blog teams throughout... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Mary Graydon Conference Room 2-5 American University