In this session, we will explore tools, apps, activities, and strategies that nurture essential K-4 developmental and learning skills. Using the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (C-R-C-D) model from Ben Schneiderman's book, Leonardo's Laptop, as a framework, we will develop innovative lessons and projects, communication and collaboration strategies, assessment tools, learning supports, and publishing platforms. Additionally, we we will examine the best K-4 web sites, work with innovative tools to help improve student reading, writing, and mathematics, and learn different strategies such as the Flipped Model, SAMR, and Understanding by Design to build creative, collaborative, and community minded classrooms.
The workshop will begin with the Collect phase. We will review advanced search strategies, elementary-friendly search engines, social bookmarking, digital note-taking, and techniques for teaching and modeling these skills to young students. From there, we will delve into Relate with an exploration of collaboration platforms such as Google Drive, learning management solutions like Edmodo, blogging solutions for teachers as well as students, and portfolio development with Evernote. In the Create phase, we will explore a variety of tools and apps for developing student voice, practicing reading fluency, incorporating multimedia into presentations, making thinking visual with screencasting, and building alternative assessments. We will conclude the workshop with the Donate phase: publishing student work, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), and building a global classroom.
The projects, concepts, and tools addressed in this workshop not only apply to The Common Core State Standards, but also to the 4Cs - Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, & Creativity - as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Who Should Attend: teachers, curriculum coordinators, instructional technology specialists, and administrators who work with K-4 students, as well as former summer workshop participants looking to further explore previously covered topics in a more advanced setting.
EdTechTeacher does not provide equipment for the workshop. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless capability. You are welcome to also bring iPads, tablets, or other mobile devices in addition to your laptop, but some tools may not work on all devices.
We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch options are within walking distance.
- 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Class
- 12:00 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Class
Suzy Brooks has been a teacher in Falmouth, Massachusetts since receiving her graduate degree from Lesley University in 1999. Her uniqueness as a 3rd grade teacher lies in that which inspires her: computers, connections, and community service. A licensed Instructional Technology Specialist and a Girl Scout for 35 years, Suzy strives to make strong, positive connections with her students, their families, and her colleagues. It is through these relationships that she has found the encouragement to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for all things technical. Over the past few years, Suzy has been invited to present at MASSCUE conferences and symposiums, EdTechTeacher's Summer Workshop Series, Cache the Wave Summer programming, and dozens of workshops within her district. Workshop participants leave her sessions with a sharp focus on students and an inspired attitude towards technology. Regionally recognized as a teacher leader, Suzy was honored with the 2011 MassCUE Pathfinder Award, is a FableVision Ambassador and Discovery Educator Network STAR. Additionally, she serves on the Massachusetts ASCD Board of Directors, and the Discovery Education Leadership Council. Visit her classroom blog at http://blogs.falmouth.k12.ma.us/simplysuzy.
Register & Pay Online
The cost of this workshop is $595. Please note that our Eventbrite registration system uses PayPal as a payment gateway.
You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay online.
Register & Pay by Check or Purchase Order
The cost of this workshop is $595. To pay by check or purchase order, please send your completed registration form and payment to Ileen Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-314-8214 (fax).
Your registration is not complete without both payment and a completed form.
Checks can then be mailed to:
Attention: Ileen Matthews
41 Kinsley Lane
Mendon, MA 01756
Please note: Space in our workshops is limited and they have sold-out in recent years. Spots are guaranteed on a first-paid, first-served basis, so please expedite payment as soon as possible.
Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to Ileen Matthews at email@example.com. If you have to cancel, we will issue a refund (minus a $25 processing fee) until 21 days before your workshop. After that date, no refunds will be given.
Waiting List Policy
If the workshop is full, we'll put you on the waiting list, and let you know if a spot becomes available.
Professional Development Credits
We have received approval from Framingham State University (Massachusetts) to award 1 (one) graduate credit to participants at a cost of $75. To receive graduate credit participants must be in attendance for all onsite instruction and complete all assigned work. Once registered, participants will receive additional graduate credit details.
We can also award PDPs (Massachusetts) for attendance.
Directions & Travel
The workshops will be held in classrooms leased from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA - minutes from downtown Boston and near Logan Airport. You can reach the workshops by car or public transportation. It is a short walk from the Harvard Square T Stop (the subway), as well as along bus routes. The MBTA website has schedules and details.
If you have not experienced driving in Boston, know that it can be quite a challenge. Parking is limited and expensive - plan on approximately $27 per day in parking around Harvard.
We do also have a list of recommended accommodations in Cambridge.
If you have any questions, please contact us or call (888) 377-9518.