Motivating Underachieving Students – Resources

Are you frustrated at the challenge of working with underachieving and unmotivated students? What motivates them to learn? What can we do to improve the situation? This session will explore what does motivate underachievers, and some concrete actions teachers can take to improve learning for every student.

How The Heck Do We Reach 10-14 Year Olds!?! – Resources

Learners in grades 5-8 can seem hard to teach. They are rapidly going through physical, intellectual, and emotional changes, making them developmentally different than elementary students and high school students. What practices will make your life easier by being harmonious with the developmental characteristics of young adolescents?

Motivating Students with Engaging Tasks

The two most popular questions from students are “why are we learning this?” and “when will we ever going to learn this?” Both questions show how students sometimes feel that what they are learning has little meaning for them. Creating Engaging Tasks is a template for creating learning activities that situates the learning in a meaningful context by designing a role and task for the student. Engaging Tasks can make the learning more meaningful, engaging, and interesting to your students. This interactive session highlights how to find, use, & design such learning tasks.

Technology to Transform Learning, Not Buff and Shine It – Resources

The true power of technology is not in learning to use it, but rather using it to learn. The device (by itself) isn’t the magic, all the ways students can learn with it is! Don’t be a district that puts the device first or is swayed by fancy gadgets and buzzwords! Put the learning first.

Technology, Inequity, and Learning – Resources

We have all heard about the Digital Divide. Maine’s schools are the first (and still only!) schools to participate in a statewide 1to1 technology initiative. Does the 15-year-old MLTI mean that we no longer have a Digital Divide in Maine? Are there Digital Divides beyond access to tools and devices? How are we doing in Maine? What are the issues surrounding technology, inequity, and learning?

Leveraging Tech to Motivate Learners – Resources

The true power of technology is not in learning to use it, but rather using it to learn. The device (by itself) isn’t the magic, all the ways students can learn with it is! Don’t be a district that puts the device first or is swayed by fancy gadgets and buzzwords! Put the learning first. How can teachers leverage their devices to motivate learning and ensure that we keep student learning the priority.

Intro to Badging and Micro-credentials Resources

What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? Is anyone using them in education?

Micro-credentials 101

What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? Is anyone using them in education for students?

Motivating Underachieving Students

Are you frustrated at the challenge of working with underachieving and unmotivated students? What motivates them to learn? What can we do to improve the situation? This session will explore what does motivate underachievers, and some concrete actions teachers can take to improve learning for every student.

How the Heck Do We Reach 10-14 Year Olds?!

Learners in grades 5-8 can seem hard to teach. They are rapidly going through physical, intellectual, and emotional changes, making them developmentally different than elementary students and high school students. What practices will make your life easier by being harmonious with the developmental characteristics of young adolescents? Come to this session to find out!