Increasing Student Learning through Technology and Assessment: Humanities’ Focus

Featuring: Neil Stephenson Date Time Site Registration fee includes supper. Fee Grade

April 26, 2010 5:00p-8:30p Calgary Science School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW $25/person Gr. 6-9

“Teaching and learning are visible in the classrooms of successful teachers and students. The teacher must know when learning is correct or incorrect and learn to monitor, seek and give feedback.” - John Hattie, Visible Learning, 2009
This session will present a number of ways that technology can be used to assess student learning, both formatively and summatively. Focused around the work of Anne Davies, this session will highlight the importance of creating feedback loops in well-designed learning experiences. Participants will observe how to build assessment practices into large-scale projects, and how multimedia self-assessment can be a powerful tool for differentiated learning. Participants will receive hands on experience with a number of tools and websites that may be used to enhance assessment and deepen student learning. In this session, teachers will: • • • • • • Learn the powerful research that supports assessment for learning Discover the significance of feedback loops in supporting student learning Observe how formative assessment practices can be enhanced with technology Explore different ways to embed assessment for learning into classroom projects Discover the power of multi-media self-assessments to increase student learning Be introduced to Google Docs and Voicethread as powerful assessment tools

Neil Stephenson is currently the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator at the Calgary Science School (CSS). In this role, Neil supports teachers to design meaningful, inquiry-based learning. Neil also coordinates the Outreach efforts of the Science School, sharing CSS developed resources and connecting students and teachers with those outside of the walls of the school. In 2007 Neil was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and was recently awarded both the Prime Minister's Award and the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Engaging ALL Learners: Supporting Inquiry with Technology (2-part Supper Series)
Featuring: Neil Stephenson Dates Time Site Registration fee includes supper. Fee Grade

April 28 & May 5, 2010 5:00p-8:30p Calgary Science School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW $45/person All

Are you confused or unsure how to design and implement inquiry-based learning in your classroom? These sessions will provide a powerful example of how technology can be used to build meaningful historical understanding and dramatically change assessment practices. Participants will be introduced to a number of strong, inquiry-based projects designed at the Calgary Science School. Participants in this two-part session will have hands-on experience with a number of the tools and sites used to build and assess inquiry-based work. Participants will also have the opportunity to see how to include information literacy skills, such as assessing website credibility, can be included as a meaningful part of a large-scale project. A variety of engaging tasks and assessment practices will be shared. This session will be built around the Inquiry Task Rubric developed by the Galileo Educational Network. In these sessions, teachers will:

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Be inspired by a nationally award winning History Project Learn to build strong inquiry based work around the Galileo Task Assessment Rubric Discover how to imbed critical thinking tasks into larger projects Observe about how formative assessment practices can be enhanced with technology Discover the power of multimedia self- assessments Explore the many roles primary source images and digitized artifacts can play in the classroom Discover how Google tools can be used to build collaboration and collective knowledge building into their classrooms Learn how to embed research and information literacy skills into classroom projects Inspire students to be engaged in meaningful and authentic historical thinking

Neil Stephenson is currently the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator at the Calgary Science School (CSS). In this role, Neil helps to support teachers to design meaningful, inquiry-based learning. Neil also coordinates the Outreach efforts of the Science School, sharing CSS developed resources and connecting students and teachers with those outside of the walls of the school. In 2007 Neil was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and was recently awarded both the Prime Minister's Award and the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Register for this session online at www.crcpd.ab.ca

REGISTER ONLINE www.crcpd.ab.ca

Professional Development for the 21st Century Educator: Building Your Own Learning Network (2-part Supper Series for ALL Grades, Humanities’ Focus)
Featuring: Neil Stephenson Dates Time Site Registration fee includes supper. Fee Grade

May 11 & 18, 2010 5:00p-8:30p Calgary Science School, 5915 Lewis Drive SW $45/person All

Technology allows teachers to connect and share their practice like never before. According to David Warlick, Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) allow teachers to “attract information from other professional educators, experts in the field of study, current news and news searches, and other relevant sources from a growing library of web-based digital content.” This session will introduce participants to the basics of web 2.0 technology and social networks. Participants will leave the session with the basic skills necessary to start building their own PLN, and how learn from and share their practice with other educators around the globe. In this two part series, participants will: • • • • • • • • • Be introduced to the concept of Web 2.0 Discover the power of building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Subscribe to a number of Professional Development blogs for all educational topics, including technology integration and Social Studies Learn what RSS is and how to set up an RSS reader Learn how to set up a teacher blog Explore how Twitter can be used to access the knowledge of educators from around the globe Be inspired by how Learning Networks can be used to extend students learning outside of the classroom

Neil Stephenson is currently the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator at the Calgary Science School (CSS). In this role, Neil helps to support teachers to design meaningful, inquiry-based learning. Neil also coordinates the Outreach efforts of the Science School, sharing CSS developed resources and connecting students and teachers with those outside of the walls of the school. In 2007 Neil was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and was recently awarded both the Prime Minister's Award and the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Register for this session online at www.crcpd.ab.ca

REGISTER ONLINE www.crcpd.ab.ca

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