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Medfield Public Schools invites you to our 4th Annual Digital Learning Day!  It is an entire day filled with free professional development from over 60 teacher-led workshops focusing on MakerSpace/ STEAM, the integration of iPads & Google Apps for Education, student showcases, discussion panels, and special Out-of-District guest presenters.

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Friday, March 25
 

8:30am

Infographics: The New Way to Share Student Research
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Looking for fun, creative ways for your students to practice close reading and research skills?   Join us to learn how to use inforgraphics to motivate your students to create, collaborate and share research presentations.  At the end of the session, time will be given for teachers to make their own infographic.



 
 



Presenters
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Christy Callahan

Dale Street School
Reading Specialist grades 4-5
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Julie Lowerre

5th grade teacher, Dale Street School
Teaching 5th grade with enthusiasm. PBL and blended learning are my current passions but creativity in the classroom is a constant pursuit. Love the maker movement and want to promote the skills that will help my students change the world. #FuseMA #tlap #designthinking #bepr... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 115 First Floor

8:30am

Google Classroom
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After much hesitation, I jumped into using Classroom this year, and I would not turn back having started using it. My session will cover the basics of how to set up Classroom and communicate to students with it. I have used Classroom to communicate with students, conduct class activities, work on major written asignments, and issue homework and class starter / exit slip activities. All of these topics will be covered in the session.

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Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Lab 006 Downstairs

8:30am

Pass your Google Driving Test!
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Calling all beginner Google Drivers- this session is for you.  Learn how to navigate Drive, be better organized, save time and use Google Drive like a pro!

Here is the link to my presentation. There will be plenty of hands-on time, so let me know if you'd like help with anything in particular!

Presenters
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Leora Seri

Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Lab 119 First Floor

8:30am

Using Today's Meet to Enhance Socratic Seminars
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My partner Ann Marie Fratolillo and I will show how to run a Socratic Seminar (student-run discussion) using Today's Meet, to facilitate involvement of all students. We will discuss how we've used it, how it can be extended beyond the classroom, etc.  To model the process, we will host a Socratic during the session on using technology in the classroom. To prepare for the session, feel free to visit this link:   and consider how/why you use technology in the classroom, and if you have any concerns about it. In addition, we will provide copies of the Goals & Rubric for Socratic.

Pre-reading is not necessary; we will provide access to the article at the session as well.

Presenters
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Ann Marie Fratolillo

Blake Middle School
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Mary Garcia

English Teacher, GSA Advisor, Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 116 First Floor

8:30am

Sphero Year II and MakerSpace
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year, I covered how we planned to use the Robotic Ball - Sphero - that Bedford received through a community grant. This year I will talk about what we learned and how they will fit into our MakerSpace this year!

This is a hands on activity so bring your iPad It might be a good idea to download the SPRK Sphero app from the App Store (its free)! Don't worry there will be extra iPads and plenty of Spheros :)

Handout/Presentation Link 

Presenters
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Matt Hall

Digital Learning Coach, High Plain Elementary



Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 120 First Floor

8:30am

You're Still not on Twitter?
Limited Capacity seats available

What? You're Not On Twitter? Twitter has become a terrific resource for educators.  Come and learn the benefits of this social media tool and create your own Professional Learning Network (PLN).  We'll sign you up for an account and get you off and running.

Presenters
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Robert Parga

Principal, Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 112 First Floor

8:30am

Self Care for the Educator
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Yes, that means taking a little time for yourself.  Our students aren't the only ones who experience stress and anxiety.  In this session, participants will practice techniques that can help manage stress, increase focus, and simply make you feel better. Breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, positive affirmations and Brain Gym will be among the tools presented in this session.

Presenters
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Karen Renaud

Wellness, Stress Management, Ballroom Dance, Personal Safety Teacher, Medfield High School
Stress management techniques.


Friday March 25, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Classroom 125 First Floor

9:45am

FORMing an Assessment: Using Google Forms and GoFormative
Limited Capacity seats available

We will team teach a lesson on creating formative assessments with a focus on Google Forms and GoFormative. We will provide a hands-on experience creating Google forms and filling out Google forms.  We will introduce and preview the features of GoFormative.

When in the session, please fill-out our form.


Presenters
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Mel Bissell

Blake Middle School
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Tania Manuel

Blake Middle School
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Josh Walas

Blake Middle School


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Lab 117 First Floor

9:45am

Student Showcase: Tinkerers with a Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

In this showcase, Binit, Andrew, Sam and Matt will showcase how they are using innovative technology outside of the traditional classroom.  Sam will present about his passion for building and flying drones; Andrew will highlight his work with 3D printers;  Binit will show the apps he has created and Matt will demonstrate a 3D printing product. Come see the amazing work these Seniors have accomplished.

here is the slide show 

Presenters
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Orla Berry

Science Dept Chair 6-12, Medfield Public schools
AP Bio Teacher; Science Department Chair Grades 6-12;


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 205 Upstairs

9:45am

Boom! Comics in the Classroom
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- This workshop will give ideas on how to use comics within any classroom (student creation of comics and how to use the AppleTV to project published comics) and allow time to experiment with these new ideas so that you can bring this into your classroom on Monday!
- I will share some exemplars from my classroom through video & pictures
- I will share digital resources for getting graphic novels on apps that will allow students to access these & even differentiate learning
- I will have a suggested graphic novel list for each grade level and other amazing resources- I will give a quick overview of why comics are crucial tools to foster student engagement and promote active learning environments
Get ready to feel inspired and to be ready for class on Monday!
Here is a preview of my presentation... I can't wait! 

Presenters
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Kerry Cowell

K-12 Library Department Head, Dale Street School
@kcowell7 Library Media Specialist~ grades 4&5 #beproudbedale and K-12 library content specialist for Medfield Public SchoolsMy hope is to inspire, support, and empower students & teachers to embrace innovation in order to help our world... Former classroom teacher (14 years)Google... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 203 Upstairs

9:45am

Google Sites
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Come learn how to make a google site starting from scratch! 
You will be coached through the wonderful world of google sites and many of the exciting features google site has to offer. We will teach you step by step how to set up your site as well as organize any existing google site you may already have but have not explored.
There will be instructional time as well as time to work on creating/improving your own site.
You will leave this session with your google site ready to go and share with your students!

The link to our presentation can be found here

Presenters
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Mary Adams

Medfield High School
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GH McCabe

Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Lab 008 Downstairs

9:45am

Organizing Your Google Digital Life
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Are you feeling bogged down by a full inbox and a lengthy "shared with me" list? Do you wish that attendance list would just magically archive instead of clogging up your inbox? Come to my session and learn how to clean up your Google digital life! I will teach you how to use color-coded labels (which you can show or hide), color-coded folders, subfolders, filters, a gmail meter tool, stars, views, and a variety of other interesting Google settings options. Above all else, you will have the TIME to start getting yourself organized and on a roll for the new year. I promise that once you get to the point of organization you desire, it is much easier to keep it that way!

Presenters
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Kelly Bertschmann

Fifth Grade Teacher, Medfield Public Schools


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Lab 007 Downstairs

9:45am

Using Osmo in the classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us in this hands-on session to explore the Osmo and the many uses for your classroom.

Presenters
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Margot Hayes

Dale Street School
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Meghan Krauss

Grade 4 Teacher, Dale Street School


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 125 First Floor

9:45am

Design Thinking and STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers and tech integration specialists looking for concrete ideas to engage students in design thinking this session is for you! We will explore various ways to guide students through the design process with a focus on flexible thinking. How can we teach our students that failure is an essential component of learning? Using the City X curriculum and Tinkercad, students collaborate, problem solve, design, and 3D print. Additional ideas for exploring the design process with students and 3D printing will be shared. Access to a 3D printer is NOT necessary to attend this session.

Here is a link to our presentation .

Presenters
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Raf Sardi

IT, Norfolk Public Schools
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Robin Tucceri

Technology Integration Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools
Former fifth grade teacher now working as a technology integration specialist. Interested in collaborating with teachers, students, administrators.


Friday March 25, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Classroom 114 First Floor

11:00am

May the Forms be With You!
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for an easy way to frame learning, assess your students’ knowledge, and compile responses in one place? We will show you a couple of ways to use Google Forms to survey your students, quiz them, and even have them poll each other. All of the results can be viewed by individual students or by the class (think: pie chart!). Leave with a customized survey to use in class tomorrow!




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Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 119 First Floor

11:00am

How to be more fun than SnapChat!
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Classroom management stategies for a 1:1 teaching environment.

Presenters
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Emily Alland

Blake Middle School
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Colleen Sieber

Teacher, Medfield High School



Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 116 First Floor

11:00am

Student Presentation: Basic Computer engineering and youth entrepreneurship through technology
Limited Capacity seats available

In my section, I would like to teach basic computer engineering through Arduino, and how it can be taught in schools. Also, I would like to show how basic computer engineering can influence and inspire young kids to become more interested in the subject and gain useful tools. 

Presenters
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Mateo Conde

Co-founder, Mcube Webdesign Llc.
I am a junior in high school that pursues his interests in computer science and entrepreneurship, through my own company. I began programming when I was 8 years old and have taught myself everything I know about programming. I have recently begun to learn how to create and program... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 115 First Floor

11:00am

Stop and Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Stop and Show: Come learn how to engage students by creating a short movie with the Stop Motion App. Incorporate humans, drawing, photos, paper, clay, or perhaps even legos to tell a story using your ipad. A great way to learn, create and then share with others. 

Presenters
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Garland Kincaid

teacher, Medfield High School


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 203 Upstairs

11:00am

Google Slides
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Have you ever wondered how to embed YouTube videos on slides without comments or suggested videos? This trick and several others will be shared. In addition to using Google Slides for presentations, we will provide you with a variety of ways to use Google Slides to teach. Methods will be shared for whole class, groups/centers, and individual use.

Here's our presentation!

Presenters
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Mike Douglas

Dale Street School
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Suzanne Flynn

4th Grade Classroom Teacher, Dale Street School


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 007 Downstairs

11:00am

Teach Beyond the Whiteboard And Mobilize Your Learning with Google Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for a more organized way to assign, collect, and grade assignments? Google Classroom is your solution! We will provide the opportunity to see this process from both teacher and student perspective. You will leave this session with your own Google Classroom and an idea for how it can enhance your teaching. For educators who already have Google Classroom, come learn about the latest updates and how to use them to enhance your instruction!

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Shannon MacDonald

grade 4, Dale Street School



Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 006 Downstairs

11:00am

Master your Digital Workflow
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to set up your student's digital workflow effectively.  We will look at how Drive and Google Classroom can combine to create a paperless classroom where you can 'pass out' assignments and handouts simply by dropping them into a folder.  I'll also show you how to have students set up their digital files and share with you so that you can keep tabs on their organizational skills.

Here are the slides

Presenters
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Gregory Keohan

Social Studies Teacher, Blake Middle School


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lab 117 First Floor

11:00am

Using Social Stories to Help Calm Anxious Students
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We would like to share a few apps related to social skills. We will introduce each app and then allow the audience to play with each one to learn how to use them. It would be geared for early elementary audience, particularly those who do individual and/or small group instruction.  Please install Going Places and Social Stories from the app store.

Presenters
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Karen Alberts

Speech-Language Pathologist, Medfield Public Schools
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Kelley Kennedy

Special Educator, Wheelock School
I am a special education teacher at the Wheelock Elementary school here in Medfield. I feel so fortunate to have been partnered with Franklin and we have been working together since 2017. We would love for you to come learn about all of the wonderful things that Franklin has done... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Classroom 204 Upstairs

12:00pm

Cruising into Coding with Pro-Bots
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Thanks to a grant from the MCPE Dale Street School has been running a pilot program integrating 50 Pro-Bots into fourth and fifth grade classrooms. Are you looking for a robotic to use in your classroom that doesn't require an app or device to run it? Pro-bots are the answer for you! Pro-Bot is a turtle robot, cleverly disguised as a race car. This device offers students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with programming and geometric concepts. Pro-Bot commands are entered via a set of arrow and number keys mounted on the back of the device. Plan a route for Pro-Bot using distance and degree measures on the keypad controls. Come to my session to learn about these robots, their basic functions, how to program them, and PLAY!

See the link for my presentation here! 

Presenters
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Marissa Foley

5th Grade Teacher, Dale Street School
Hello! I am a 5th grade teacher at Dale Street School who loves to teach using new strategies and technologies.


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 125 First Floor

12:00pm

Comics: AWESOME. Retelling the text: not so awesome...
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Comics: AWESOME.  Retelling the text:  not so awesome...Retells are an really important part of reading comprehension but what if they didn't have to be so boring for the kids and for YOU?!  Join me on a journey with Book Creator to turn those boring retells into an adventure filled comic!  Book Creator has created templates that make comics easy to construct as well as including real fonts from Marvel.  The kids will be begging to let them retell their favorite story!

Please make sure you have installed and updated Book Creator. 

Presenters
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Deborah Trikoulis

3rd Grade Teacher, Wheelock School
Using technology in the elementary classroom.


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 202 Upstairs

12:00pm

Tell Your Story Digitally: Learn, Create and Share
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn how to share your students’ voice beyond your classroom with the Digital Storytelling app Adobe Voice. We will also show you the storytelling potential with SeeSaw. You will leave this workshop not only knowing how to use these apps but how to share them out in your websites, blogs and on Twitter. Please come with both (free) apps on your devices.

View our presentation here - we look forward to seeing you!

Presenters
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Randie Groden

Teacher Librarian, Memorial School
Randie is a Teacher Librarian who loves to connect students and staff with books and technology.
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Bethany Robertson

LMS, Wheelock School
@libfunnessBethany has taught K-12 as a Teacher Librarian, but is most currently at Ralph Wheelock Elementary School in Medfield. Funergizing learning, sparking innovation and tapping into students’ creativity are what Bethany is most passionate about.


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 203 Upstairs

12:00pm

Using Zaption to increase student engagement
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The goal of this session is to introduce teachers to the learning tool 'Zaption'. This web-based tool allows teachers to "turn videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding." (from Zaption website).

I intend to share this tool from my perspective as a professional developer and then allow for exploration time for teachers to determine ways to use this tool with students in their classrooms.

Presentation Link: Increasing Student Engagement with Zaption

Presenters
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Jamee Callahan

Elementary Literacy Coordinator, Medfield Public Schools


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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12:00pm

Supporting Students with Print Disabilities
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Let's level the playing field for students with documented print disabilities. Together, we will explore the possibilities available with Bookshare, which is an online library of accessible educational media for readers of all ages with print disabilities. I will share how you can get started with using Bookshare with eligible students.

How do you start?
What's the best device to use?
How do students use it at home?

We can also take a look at how you can move to the next level in your use of Bookshare. I'll definitely be sharing how I "tricked" one of our most reluctant readers into using Bookshare on an iPad.

You can view resources for this session here: bit.ly/2016dld 

Presenters
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Stephen Harte

Technology Integration Specialist, Chickering School
I spent sixteen years teaching 4th and 5th grade so I am familiar with the demands placed on the classroom teacher. In 2009, I made the switch to a specialist. Now I spend my time educating teachers and students. It's the best job ever. I think it's important to put a heavy emphasis... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 115 First Floor

12:00pm

Wearable Fitness Trackers
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Excited or confused about the world of fitness trackers? Come and learn about some of the cool tools available to help you improve or sustain your health. There are so many options available and there is something in every price range. Before we can be our best for our students, we need to take care of ourselves. Fitness trackers remind us to do that. This session will include an overview of fitness trackers as well as apps for tracking fitness and nutrition. Unwrap those Fitbits, Jawbones, and pedometers from their packaging and bring them with you to the session! This will be a hands-on, give it a try, figure out what you've got or what you want kind of session.





Presenters
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Susan Cowell

K-12 Wellness Department Chair, Medfield Public Schools
I love learning about new things teachers are trying in their classrooms to help their students learn. I love supporting my teachers who are bravely stepping out of their comfort zones, risking failure. They are my superheroes! One's wellness is dynamic, and so is wellness education... Read More →


Friday March 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Classroom 120 First Floor