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Teaching Big Ideas to 21st Century Learners through collaboration, innovation, and differentiation

Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Room 211
Zoe Branigan-Pipe and Ben Hazzard
Affiliation: Zoe: Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Ben: Lambton Kent District School Board
Conversational Focus/Audience:
Middle School, Elementary School, All School Levels
Conversation Description:

This session will demonstrate how a classroom teacher and program consultant in public schools of Ontario, have used 21st learning tools to embrace a 21st Century Learning model with a Big idea approach in a elementary and middle school environment. The session will provide participants an opportunity to create BIG IDEA lessons and assessment activities that align with curriculum, using a TLCP focus. The Goal is for the participants to have concrete activities, lessons to back to their schools and continue the conversation using the pathwaytobigideas wikispace. Examples and short videos of lessons, blogs, podcasts and cloud computing applications (google docs, twitter, voicethreads, global collaboration initiatives) will provide the participants with authentic understanding and practice of how a classroom can fully integrate a 21st Century approach to teaching.Presenters will highlight projects and how the Big Idea approach can lead to more collaborative learning and will encourage conversations about ways educators can connect their students to more meaningful topics. Presenters will share how they have connected/ collaborated with over 25 different schools world wide, as well as share innovative ways they has used podcasting to connect with educators, students and Trip Expeditions in Antarctica. Participants will discuss how both commercial collaborative activities and 2.0 web applications can foster relationships and a sense of community within the classroom and thus, empower students to take control of their own learning.

Conversational Practice:
Participants will be able to ask questions and collaborate before, during, and after the session by visiting the wikispace "PATHWAY TO BIG IDEAS"found at: http://pathwaytobigideas.wikispaces.com/
http://pathwaytobigideas.wikispaces.com/ Zoe: http://pipedreams.edublogs.org Ben: Ben's Website: http://benhazzard.com
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Stream via Elluminate: Room 211 — Channel A


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