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Wednesday, November 15 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Advancing Creative Mindsets

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Are you wrestling with these questions: Now what? What can we do with these devices? How do you encourage staff to innovate? How do you reflect? How do we make sure we are not just using "expensive pieces of paper"? How do you proceed? We will walk participants through our process of answering this essential question - "How Can We Cultivate and Curate the Progression of Student Learning and Growth?" This session is aimed towards both building-based secondary-level educators, administrators, and district administrators who are exploring or are involved in the implementation of a mobile learning initiative. Through the voice of administrators, teachers and students, participants will experience first hand how Blake Middle School engaged students and educators in the transformation from a computer lab/wireless cart model to the 1:1 environment.

By following four core principles (Program Development, Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration, Professional Development, and Reflection/Evaluation), students and educators from Blake Middle School have brought an engaging student-centered model to fruition. This session will zoom in on two of these core principles… Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration (Student/Teacher demonstrations across curricula demonstrating the applications of the program; Fostering creativity/redefinition and reflections/curation via student portfolios) Professional Development Structure (ETT, common planning, internal structures, appropriate staffing)

Participants will walk away with a framework to help address these questions, highlighting our approach to thematic professional development, a culture of collaboration, student creativity, purposeful learning, and digital citizenry. We will exhibit our methods of transparency and communication with the parents and greater community, philosophy of mistakes, and professional development model. The lessons we learned, and approach we took as a team to enhance the learning for our students, will hopefully help with sharing our approach, successes, mistakes, and process of growth.

Speakers
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Jason Heim

Science Teacher, T.A. Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
Jason is an eighth grade science teacher at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA and is an edtech enthusiast. His passion and leadership skills have helped lead a culture of creative and collaborative students and adults.
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Diane Horvath

Technology Integration Specialist, Blake Middle School
Diane is the Technology Integration Specialist at Blake Middle School who believes in living in BETA! She has a strong desire to continually evolve and spark opportunities for creativity, connectivity and innovation to students. Her current spotlight is on blending technology + d... Read More →
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Nat Vaugh

Principal, Blake Middle School
Nat Vaughn is the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA. His strong advocacy of fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents, coupled with his core values of communication and transparency, have been key elements in foste... Read More →


Wednesday November 15, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Silver Ballroom 3 (THOUGHT)
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