Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

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Pappas keynote Ed Tech SummitI’m pleased to be the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Ed Tech Summit 2015 in Ashland Oregon (April 17, 2015). It’s co-sponsored by Southern Oregon University and the Southern Oregon Education Service District. It showcases innovations and best practices for integrating technology into schools and classrooms. Hands-on sessions are led by teacher experts in the field as well as technology hardware and software specialists.

Here’s the teasers for my keynote and two breakout sessions. Click here for more on my presentations.
I plan to screencast all via Periscope. When the schedule comes out, I'll post the times.  

Keynote: Teaching and Learning in a Digital World
Life’s become an “open-book” test. So what doess that mean for schools? Students are awash in a sea of text without context and they explore their digital world with an expectation of choice and control that challenges traditional notions of learning and literacy. This keynote will illustrate how to fuse digital technology and sound instructional practice to craft learning environments that motivate students with the opportunity to think like professionals while solving real-world needs.

Session 1: Teaching with Documents: Literacy, Tech and More
Who's the historian in your classroom? This session will demonstrate techniques for blending historical thinking and literacy skills into an engaging student-centered classroom. Following up on the themes of my keynote, we'll also explore some free (and easy) tech tools to help your students research, collaborate and share their thinking with an audience beyond their teacher. We'll explore key components of document-based instruction.

  • How to choose the right documents.
  • How to guide students through a close reading of the documents.
  • How to frame the task around enduring questions, the kind that students might want to answer.

Session 2: Leading for Connected Learning
This session is designed for administrators and other educators interested in the intersection of leadership, instruction and technology. Following up on the themes of my keynote, I’ll use a case study approach to demonstrate the essential elements of the connected classroom - one where students research, collaborate and share their thinking with an audience beyond their teacher.

The session will include key "look-fors" that leaders can to use to reflect on teaching, learning and technology in their schools.

SOU Ed Tech Summit 2015

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How to Tweet Live Video of Your Presentation with Meerkat

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Thinking of trying Meerkat. Here’s my step-by-step set up for using Meerkat to livestream a presentation or event via Twitter. Tips and tricks to make your Meerkast a success.

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The World Is My Audience: Using iBooks Author and Book Creator to Change Student Writing

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Guest post from teacher Jon Smith details the story of his student-written iBooks. Jon and his students have published 44 iBooks that have been downloaded over 32,000 times from iTunes bookstores across the world.

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First Ladies as Political Symbol: A Visual Literacy DBQ

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Image-based DBQ explores the how first ladies are used as political symbols. Great tool for middle school students to develop visual literacy.

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The Marshall Plan: Altruism or Pragmatism?

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In this interactive DBQ, readers are guided through posters, photographs, political cartoons to examine the motivation behind the Marshall Plan.

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Combat Troops in Context: A Visual Literacy DBQ

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This DBQ project explores posters, videos and other media that contribute to the popular image of the soldier in the minds of the American people.

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New Deal Poster DBQ: Public Persuasion or Propaganda

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This DBQ uses WWII-era WPA posters to examine how art can be used to influence public opinion. Key questions guide student through a close reading of the works.

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Classroom Tech: When Less is More

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In this 18 minute podcast I share idea for fusing technology into instructional design. You think about the instructional goals that you want to achieve, and then from there, you say, okay, so what kind of tools are out there. The big question is what’s the least amount of technology you could use to get the job done?

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Perspectives on the US Immigration Debate: 1920s DBQ

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This DBQ assignment is meant for students to view the issue of immigration through various primary sources based on the perceptions of different individuals and groups from the 1920s. As you look over them, consider the various perceptions of immigration throughout the 1920s. What was the reasoning and motivations behind these differing beliefs? How did different groups or individuals view immigrants and immigration? What did these same individuals and groups believe should be done with immigrants? How are their arguments similar and different?

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Little Rock Nine: Evaluating Historical Sources

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This chapter examines the historic setting of the Little Rock Nine though a variety of documents. They include news photographs of the events, governor’s proclamation, historic essays, Presidential speech, TV news reports and video reflections by participants. Your task is to examine the context of these documents and decide which are most helpful to your understanding of the conflict.

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