EdmodoCon 2017: 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. 

 

Session Name (click to follow the session Topic)  Time (all times PST)  Presenter Name
Opening Keynote 7:00 - 7:30 am

Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Edmodo Introduction and Updates 7:35 - 8:00 am

Ved Sinha, VP Product of Edmodo

Worldwide Education 8:10 - 8:40 am

Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Global Classroom Collaboration 8:45 - 9:15 am

Alessandra Pallavicini, English as a Foreign Language Gorizia, Italy
High School Educator

Bridging Gaps and Cultivating Student Curiosity

9:20 - 9:50 am Sharon Clark, 4th and 5th Grade English Language Arts Educator
Brownsville, Tennessee, USA

Project Based Learning in Math

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Jennifer Parker, High School Math Educator
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

The Accessible and Empowering Educator

10:40 - 11:10 am

Rachelle Dene Poth, Spanish and STEAM Emerging Tech Educator
Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA

Redefining the Classroom with Collaborative Technologies and Partners 11:15 - 11:45 am

Simon Withey, Computer Science Educator Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Panel - Formal and Informal Teacher Professional Development 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Heather Askea University IT Coordinator, Wise, Virginia, USA

Christi Collins 5th Grade Educator, Wise, Virginia, USA

Carol Weintraub Director of New York Partners for Technology Innovation Commack, New York, USA

Dr. Anubhuti Yadav New Media Professor New Delhi, India

Virtual Handshake: Growing Your PLN Near and Far  1:45 - 2:10 pm

Resa Mai, Elementary School Librarian Windsor, Colorado, USA

Building and Supporting a National Community of Teachers  2:15 - 2:45 pm

Lucia Bartolotti, High School Educator and ICT Support Trieste, Italy

Aumentando la Evaluación con Edmodo (Scaling Assessment in Edmodo) 2:55 - 3:25 pm  

Oscar Mendoza Vega, Humanities Professor Apaxco, Mexico

Conectando con Estudiantes de Escuelas Rurales (Accessing Students from Afar) 3:30 - 4:00 pm  

Cristian Gaviria, Elementary and Intermediate Level English Educator
Manizales, Colombia

Fireside Chat with Sal Khan: Education Reimagined  4:05 - 5:00 pm

Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Closing Keynote: Steven Farr 5:05- 5:35 pm  

Steven Farr, Senior Director of Classroom Leadership with Teach For All

 

Session Descriptions 

 

7:00 am–7:30 am: Opening Keynote

Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

With a vast array of experience in education, from classroom to the U.S. Department of Education to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Richard Culatta identifies emerging trends and key principles of 21st century teaching and learning. In an era when technology is present in students' lives beyond the classroom, it is more important than ever before to define how and when education and technology can best complement each other. 

 

7:35 am–8:00 am: Edmodo Introduction and Updates 

Ved Sinha, VP Product of Edmodo

Edmodo welcomes all attendees and speakers to the 7th annual EdmodoCon event! With this introduction comes some exciting updates from Ved and other Edmodo team members.

 

8:10 am–8:40 am: Worldwide Education

Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Anthony Salcito presents a passionate, open, knowledgeable and playful look at how together we can create a better future through education and through the inspiration of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world.

 

8:45 am–9:15 am: Global Classroom Collaboration

Alessandra Pallavicini, English as a Foreign Language Gorizia, Italy
High School Educator

Edmodo can help teachers open their students' eyes to the world around them and connect their students with other cultures and languages. Italian educator Alessandra will share her journey of how she and a fellow Edmodo teacher from Ukraine joined forces to expand the worlds of their students from very different cultures and languages.

 

9:20 am–9:50 am: Bridging Gaps and Cultivating Student Curiosity

Sharon Clark, 4th and 5th Grade English Language Arts Educator
Brownsville, Tennessee, USA

Sharon uses Edmodo to encourage her students' exploration in a manner that enables them to bridge gaps and quench their thirst for knowledge. She is excited to share those special "aha moments" gleaned from the minds of her inquisitive student leaders, particularly those of her 4th and 5th grade technology students using Edmodo to direct their own learning through research and other assignments.

 

10:05 am–10:35 am: Project Based Learning in Math

Jennifer Parker, High School Math Educator
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Finding good projects for math classes can be a challenge. Fortunately for the math teachers out there, Jennifer has embraced this challenge. She will share how she harnesses the power of Edmodo and other classroom tools to incorporate more project based learning into her math curriculum on a daily basis.

 

10:40 am–11:10 pm: The Accessible and Empowering Educator

Rachelle Dene Poth, Spanish and STEAM Emerging Tech Educator
Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA

Rachelle found Edmodo when she was struggling to connect with her students beyond the school day. She was frustrated that she was not available to answer their questions and share resources with them when they needed her most - after the class bell. With Edmodo though, she was able to connect better with her students and witness their transformation as more involved, organized and reflective learners, both in and out of the classroom.

 

11:15am–11:45 am: Redefining the Classroom with Collaborative Technologies and Partners

Simon Withey, Computer Science Educator Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Using Edmodo as the primary delivery method for his classes and the SAMR framework as the backbone of his pedagogy, Simon has revolutionized his teaching practice. He share his success story of how the SAMR model, through Edmodo, has allowed him to make the most of several partnerships such as that of O'Reilly media through Safari Books.

 

12:30 pm–1:30 pm: Panel - Formal and Informal Teacher Professional Development

Heather Askea University IT Coordinator, Wise, Virginia, USA

Christi Collins 5th Grade Educator, Wise, Virginia, USA

Carol Weintraub Director of New York Partners for Technology Innovation Commack, New York, USA

Dr. Anubhuti Yadav New Media Professor New Delhi, India

Teachers around the world use Edmodo to transform the way their students learn, but these teachers from the US and India have also discovered powerful ways to use Edmodo to transform the way teachers learn. This panel will highlight some of the most innovative ways Edmodo can enhance both formal and informal professional development practices for teachers.

 

1:45 pm–2:10 pm: Virtual Handshake: Growing Your PLN Near and Far

Resa Mai, Elementary School Librarian Windsor, Colorado, USA

Resa shares how she grew her professional learning network (PLN) using Edmodo within her school community and across her online teacher education program. With teachers, peers, support staff and administrators in her district, Resa's PLN is strong, but it is enhanced with the inclusion of classmates and professors from across the US and around the world. Edmodo allows Resa to optimize her PLN by making everyone's valuable insights and resources available at her fingertips each day.

 

2:15 pm–2:45 pm: Building and Supporting a National Community of Teachers

Lucia Bartolotti, High School Educator and ICT Support Trieste, Italy

Lucia has been teaching Engish as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Italy for 25 years. As a translator, she has been heavily invested in the development and growth of the Edmodo platform and community in Italy. With her support, the Italian community has exploded over the past couples years. Lucia will share some of her tips and tricks on how to grow and nurture a national community of educators on Edmodo.

 

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm: Aumentando la Evaluación con Edmodo (Scaling Assessment in Edmodo)

Oscar Mendoza Vega, Humanities Professor Apaxco, Mexico

Teaching in a large learning institution in Mexico, Oscar and his colleagues must manage and deliver assessments for thousands of students each day. With Edmodo, they have been able to revolutionalize their testing processes for both professors and students. Learn how Edmodo has allowed for a more efficient creation, administration and grading of assessments across the university

 

3:30 am - 4 pm : Conectando con Estudiantes de Escuelas Rurales (Accessing Students from Afar)

Cristian Gaviria, Elementary and Intermediate Level English Educator 
Manizales, Colombia

Cristian teaches English in a small village in the outskirts of Manizales, Colombia. By mixing the communicative-approach methodology and the features of Edmodo, Cristian has been able to reach his students both near and far to connect them with the joys of learning English and enhancing their digital skills at the same time. 

 

4:05 pm - 5:00 pm: Fireside Chat with Sal Khan: Education Reimagined

Sal Khan, Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Salman "Sal" Khan will discuss his beginnings at Khan Academy, as well as the organization's mission to educate millions of individuals worldwide. Sal will also share his thoughts on what education - if reimagined - could look like and how his dream of "providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere" could become a reality.

 

5:05 pm - 5:35 pm: Closing Keynote: Steven Farr

Steven Farr, Senior Director of Classroom Leadership with Teach For All

Steven Farr leads the Global Learning Lab at Teach For All seeking out and spreading insights and innovations from transformational classrooms in oppressed and marginalized communities around the world. The Lab seeks to challenge and change education systems in order to fulfill the potential of students as leaders who will shape a better future for themselves and all of us. Steven began his career teaching high school English and English as a Second Language as a part of the 1993 Teach For America corps in the Rio Grande Valley. He is a graduate of the University of Texas's Plan II Honors program and Yale Law School, and he taught civil rights in the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center before returning to Teach For America as Vice President of Training & Support in 2001. He joined Teach For All in 2011. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, on ABC Nightly News, and on National Public Radio.