EdmodoCon 2016: Sessions and Session Topics

This year, the EdmodoCon sessions and conversation will take place using Topics, Edmodo's new collaboration feature that creates conversations between educators all over the world.

Each EdmodoCon session will have its own Topic in which you can chat and connect with other attendees, find presentation materials, and keep the conversation going during the session, and after it ends. Follow the EdmodoCon Topic to stay in the loop on everything EdmodoCon.  

Links to all of the topics are posted below. Just click the name of a session, then click the "Follow topic" button. Note, your email must be confirmed in order to participate in topics. 

 

DAY 1

Session Name (click to follow the session Topic)  Time (all times PST)  Presenter Name
Closing the Digital Learning Gap 7:20 - 7:55 am

Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise

Learning Together 8:00 - 8:45 am

Marjorie Miller, K-5 Gifted Teacher

Iwona Kowalik, Teacher

Live Feed: Facilitating Audience Engagement during Debate 8:45 - 9:30 am

Wendy Dowler, English Teacher and Technology Coordinator

Jennifer Kindred, Teacher

Personalising Learning through Project Based Approaches and Redesigning the Traditional Role of the Teacher 9:45 - 10:30 am

Stephanie Ward, Secondary English & Drama Teacher

Edmodofied Data Driven Instruction

10:30 - 11:15 am Alejandra Guzman, Secondary Science Strategist

The Perfect Tool: Large-Scale Decision Making and Edmodo

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Michelle Tripp, Secondary ELA Coordinator

Using Edmodo to Develop a Professional Learning Environment for Teachers

1:00 - 1:45 pm Rashenah Walker, Curriculum Coordinator
Panel - Supporting The Whole Student 1:45 - 2:30 pm Kathleen Dunne, School Counselor and GSA Advisory

Chassie Selouane, Teacher

Scott Meile, English Teacher

Fredy Alexander Duque Sánchez, Tech Specialist
The @CTIVATED Classroom 2:45 - 3:30 pm Craig Blewett, Senior Lecturer
Edmodo: Power to the students  3:30 - 4:15 pm Kazuya Takahashi, English Teacher and Global Teacher Prize 2016 Finalist

 

DAY 2 (All sessions in Spanish with English captioning)

 Session Name (click to follow the session Topic)  Time (all times PST)  Presenter Name

Opening Keynote: Global Learning in the Age of Neuroscience

8:00 - 8:45 am   

Elisa Guerra, Teacher and Top 50 finalist for the Glogal Teacher Prize in 2015 and 2016

A Flipped Classroom Pedagogy with Edmodo

9:00 - 9:45 am Carolina Mariño Aguirre, French Teacher and Cofounder of OnParle.net

Humanizing the World

9:45 - 10:30 am Rafael Villaseñor, Psychology Teacher

Edmodo: A New Way to Do Research

10:45 - 11:30 am María Elena Del Valle Mejía, Humanities Professor

Edmodo as a Professional Development Tool

11:30 am - 12:15 pm Alejandro Ernesto García Velasco, Math Teacher

 

Session Descriptions 

 

Day 1

7:00 am–7:20 am: Opening Remarks and Edmodo Product Roadmap

Vibhu Mittal, CEO of Edmodo

Ved Sinha, Vice President of Product, Edmodo

 

7:20 am–7:55 am: Opening Keynote: Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise

Across the country there are pockets of excellence in teaching and learning, and yet, huge gaps exist between learning outcomes and college readiness based on class, neighborhood, and available resources in the schools they attend. In this keynote, Karen will share her perspective on technology in learning, including the Digital Learning Gap. Karen Cator is president and CEO of Digital Promise, a nonprofit working at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and entrepreneurs to improve learning with the power of technology.

 

8:00 am–8:45 am: Learning Together

Marjorie Miller, K-5 Gifted Teacher

Iwona Kowalik, Teacher

Ms. Miller and Ms. Kowalik are Global Classroom partners. They come up with projects for students to create and share, including class videos, city presentations, holiday traditions, learning languages, Skyping, and much more. It has impacted students in a powerful way. Learning together, even though we both speak different languages, has been incredible.

 

8:45 am–9:30 am: Live Feed: Facilitating Audience Engagement during Debate

Wendy Dowler, English Teacher and Technology Coordinator

Jennifer Kindred, Teacher

Teachers will learn how to: use Edmodo as a live feed during debates to increase audience engagement during a traditionally one way "sage on a stage" project, use Edmodo groups for collaborative workspaces between classes even in different subjects, take a "traditional" project and use the dynamic processes that Edmodo offers to increase student engagement.

 

9:45 am–10:30 am: Personalising Learning Through Project Based Approaches and Redesigning the Traditional Role of the teacher

Stephanie Ward, Secondary English & Drama Teacher

Learn how project based learning approaches can lead to deep learning and how it can maintain and increase academic rigour through student choice and engagement using a model with rigorous objectives and outcomes that maintains a balance between student choice and ability to assess metacognitive skill development.

  

10:30 am–11:15 am: Edmodofied Data Driven Instruction

Alejandra Guzman, Secondary Science Strategist

Get data and instantly change teaching as needed! Use polls and quizzes in order to reteach and provide remediation stations to students, hold students accountable for their learning as they track and monitor their progress, and make students into data analyzers so they are familiar with their own strengths and weaknesses and can take charge of their learning.

  

11:30 am–12:15 pm: The Perfect Tool: Large-Scale Decision Making and Edmodo

Michelle Tripp, Secondary ELA Coordinator

When our district needed to adopt new curriculum, we took an inquiry-based approach. This required intensive research, data analysis, and evaluation. We used Edmodo to extend our conversation beyond meetings. This allowed us to spend less time out of our classrooms while engaging in powerful collegial conversations to impact teaching and learning.

 

1:00 pm–1:45 pm: Using Edmodo to Develop a Professional Learning Environment for Teachers

Rashenah Walker, Curriculum Coordinator

Professional development can use flipped learning, watching videos to complete case studies on a class, teaching strategies, student performance, teacher interaction, etc. In addition to scheduled PD sessions, Edmodo encourages teachers to join communities, make connections with other teachers, and use Spotlight to find resources and ideas for their class.

 

1:45 pm–2:30 pm: Panel - Supporting The Whole Student

Kathleen Dunne, School Counselor and GSA Advisory

Chassie Selouane, Teacher

Scott Meile, English Teacher

Fredy Alexander Duque Sánchez, Tech Specialist

This panel includes short presentations from speakers on how they use Edmodo to meet the unique needs of their students for more than just academics--building community, supporting a school Gay-Straight Alliance, reaching out to students who struggle to get to school, and encouraging gratitude. Teachers in conversation with teachers, about caring for students!

 

2:45 pm–3:00 pm: The @CTIVATED Classroom

Craig Blewett, Senior Lecturer

We are returning to learning by conversation. It's not a route that is always easy for teachers, because it is counter to structured ways - yet in it lies exciting opportunities if we change our paradigm and approach. Equipped with an easy to implement model, and a modern learning environment, it’s possible to effectively integrate technology into the classroom.

 

3:00 pm–3:45 pm: Closing Keynote: Edmodo: Power to the students

Kazuya Takahashi, English Teacher and Global Teacher Prize 2016 Finalist

Japanese students have a strong tradition of learning by rote. After school, they go to “juku” a private cram school hoping to increase their chances of getting into a good university and eventually landing a high-paying job. However, the collapse of classroom discipline became a major problem in the 90s. Since then Japanese education policy makers have gradually realized the importance of collaborative and creative work skills. Especially, educators started recognizing the power of ICT to improve students’ social skills. In this context, Edmodo can be a Messiah to endow Japanese students with the power to be creative and independent learners. 

 

 

DAY 2 (All sessions in Spanish with English captioning)

8:00 am - 8:45 am: Opening Keynote: Global Learning in the Age of Neuroscience

Elisa Guerra, Teacher and Top 50 finalist for the Glogal Teacher Prize in 2015 and 2016

These are exciting times for education: Not only Neuroscience has showed us our student's great potential, but also, thanks to technology, now the whole world is our classroom. How can teachers take advantage of scientific discoveries to help their students reach their fullest potential? How can they use technology to further develop them as global citizens?

 

9:00 am - 9:45 am : A flipped Classroom Pedagogy with Edmodo

Carolina Mariño Aguirre, French Teacher and Cofounder of OnParle.net

With Edmodo and innovative flipped learning strategies, distance learning can be a success. Interactions that take place beyond the walls of the classroom not only enrich student learning, but also fortify bonds amongst students. Edmodo can be used to make classes more dynamic, and to provide students with tools that will keep them ever motivated.

 

 

9:45 am - 10:30 am: Humanizing the World

Rafael Villaseñor, Psychology Teacher

Internationalization is a topic of study that can be viewed from various academic perspectives. This presentation will highlight a project between Mexican and Canadian students that demonstrates the benefits of focusing on social themes, such as addiction and youth’s decision making processes. As educators, we can use Edmodo to motivate our students to reach beyond their personal bubble.

 

 

10:45 am - 11:30 am: Edmodo: A New Way to Do Research

María Elena Del Valle Mejía, Humanities Professor

María Elena has not only used Edmodo to lead her university courses, but has also discovered the enormous potential Edmodo offers for intercollegiate research projects in universities across the world. She will share how throughout this collaborative process Edmodo has become the main space to exchange knowledge, and unique experiences for all research participants.

 

 

11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Edmodo as a Professional Development Tool

Alejandro Ernesto García Velasco, Math Teacher

Alejandro has led a variety of PD courses outside of the traditional classroom setting including sessions around teacher evaluation, olympic trainings, and the use of Edmodo. He will share how PD courses can be structured based on content, and how to integrate them into Edmodo - a cost-effective solution that simplifies the process thanks to the various resources it provides.