Kristin Ziemke to Present at LL19!!!

We're pleased to announce that Apple Distinguished Educator, Kristin Ziemke will be our Friday Keynote speaker as well as presenter of two sessions on Thursday!

Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Since establishing her own consulting company in 2011, Kristin has worked with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that redefine school. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin leads school teams to develop curriculum that is student-centered, personalized and authentic. Working in Chicago schools for nearly two decades Kristin currently serves as a resident teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund. Acknowledging the challenges education faces today Kristin maintains the firm belief that we can change the future through children. She dedicates her research and writing to developing engaged and empowered students that empathize, understand and care about the world.

Kristin is passionate about teacher development and partners with Heinemann Publishing, The Educator Collaborative and Future Ready Schools to reimagine professional learning. She has been recognized for her work as a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, South by Southwest Featured Speaker, Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, Golden Apple Foundation Fellow, Apple Distinguished Educator, and National Board Certified Teacher. Kristin is an international keynote speaker and her work has been featured by Apple, EdWeek, Mindshift and Scholastic.

John Wahlig To Open On Thursday!

John Wahlig is a senior at Falmouth High School with an extensive background in both working with and teaching software development. As a sophomore, he became a member of Apple’s coveted Worldwide Developers Conference Scholar class in recognition for his work pioneering the iPad as a device to help students with Down syndrome learn in a more effective and engaging way. John also founded Falmouth Girls Code, an organization dedicated to introducing elementary school girls to programming and helping to close the gender gap in technology. Most recently, John served as a United States Senate Page, and is currently working on a software product to help bridge the American political divide.

John will highlight what he has learned about the intersection of technology and education throughout his various experiences in both fields. John will discuss the importance of technology in regards to both Maine and America’s future with an emphasis on the iPad as a device that can be used to bring programming education to a wider audience than ever before.

Tentative Daily Schedule

Thursday, November 7

7:30 - 8:30 Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 9:20 Welcome and Opening General Session

9:30 - 10:30 Block 1

  • Virtual Classroom Visit
  • Using Book Creator to Enhance Writing Workshop - Jennifer Mummert & Chantal Blessing
  • Creating a Caring Community through Technology - Erica Fabie

10:45 - 11:45 Block 2

  • Digital Mathematics to Scale Thinking: Representation, Choice & Student Driven - Kristen Ziemke
  • So I Have A Robot...Now What? - Emily Rogers & Ann Fecteau
  • Smile, It's Time for a Pix - Krissy Thompson

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Block 3

  • Developing Our Media Toolkits - Billy Corcoran & Mike Lewis
  • Seesaw Activities as a Teaching Tool - Kristeen Chambers
  • Creating Esti-mysteries and Splat! - Lisa Coburn

2:15 - 3:15 Block 4

  • Digital Curiosity Powered by Pedagogy: Inspiring a Sense of Wonder at Every Age - Kristen Ziemke
  • Using Stage Pro: an interactive whiteboard, in your classroom - Amy Tyler
  • This App's a KICK! - Becky Walker & Gayle Middleton

3:15 Networking time with snacks!

Friday, November 8

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 Recap Day one, housekeeping chores, questions

8:15 - 9:15 Keynote

  • Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age - Kristen Ziemke

9:30 - 10:30 Block 5

  • Virtual Classroom Visit
  • Green Screen in the Classroom - Amy Tyler
  • Promoting Learner Agency in Early Literacy - Amy Musone

10:45 - 11:45 Block 6

  • BloxelsEDU - Game Design in the Classroom - Jon Graham
  • Techie Show and Tell - Jacqueline Durant-Harthorne & Joanne Gauley
  • Sparking Creativity with Sketchnoting, and Everyone Can Create Drawing iBook - Stephanie Weber

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 Everyone Can Create!

3:00 - 3:15 Feedback & Door Prizes

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