More Reflections from NAISAC14

Lindsey Own
#MakerEd at #NAISac14!
Yesterday, I delivered a workshop with Vinnie VrotnyJaymes Dec, and Andrew Carle on Maker Education to over 40 people at the National Association of Independent Schools conference!  It was AWESOME!…MORE

Lorri Carroll
#NAISAC14: Teachers Unplugged
Session leaders Jenni Swanson Voorhees, Chris Bigenho, Jill Brown, Liz Davis, Sophie Halliday and Linda Swarlis led us in an amazing conversation where WE got to choose the topics!…MORE

#NAISAC14 General Session: John Chubb/ John Quinones
Here are my notes from Friday Morning’s General Session with NAIS President, John Chubb, and Featured Speaker, John Quinones from ABC News. John Chubb shared the vision of NAIS and talked about the importance of quality teachers. John Quinones gave a heartfelt reflection on the impact of teachers in his life and  the power of making mistakes and learning from them…MORE

#NAISAC14 “Yikes! What have I gotten myself into?
Here are my notes from this amazing session led by Peggy Campbell-Rush, Director of Lower School at Gill St. Bernard School (Gladstone, NJ). Every minute of this session was filled with great advice!…MORE

#NAISAC14 “Beyond These Walls: How Augmented Reality can Promote Your School’s Message”
Justine Fellows (Greens Farms Academy) and I presented at the Speed Innovating Session at NAIS (Disney World!). The session is set up much like “Speed Dating.” Attendees pre-register for three topics they want to learn more about and presenters have 15 minutes to share their topic. When the 15 minutes is up, participants move to their next topic of choice.  There’s a large, (very intimidating) stop watch on the screen at the front to keep everyone on schedule…MORE

Karen Blumberg

Slides from the workshops I co-presented with @ksivick @hadleyjf @lizbdavis and otehr resources from #naisac14
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) just held their annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. While it rained the first two days, at least it was a warm rain and not the icy rain that has been plaguing New York City. I was really honored to be at the conference as an NAIS Teacher of the Future and as a presenter….MORE

Jennifer Carey
Teaching Empathy: Cultivating Communities of Kindness in the Digital Age
One of the key elements with the digital world is taking advantage of teaching opportunities – students will make mistakes and it’s important to use them as a chance to redirect and guide them appropriately. For example, commenting on other student blogs requires thought and productivity. Students write their own commenting policy for their blog, e.g. “do not use text talk,” “be kind not rude.” These types of lessons can help them when they go out and comment on other peoples’ blogs. Not only do students need direction on this, so do teachers. …MORE

NAIS- Going All In: The Ins and Outs of Creating a Digital Curriculum
This year, the NAIS annual conference is being held in Orlando Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort. As such, Ransom Everglades made it possible for several dozen teachers to attend the conference on Friday, the teacher focus day….MORE

Liz Davis

Passion Driven Professional Development- Teachers Unplugged at NAISAC14
This morning I helped facilitate our second (annual?) Teachers Unplugged session at the NAIS conference. This is an Edcamp style unconference that allows the participants who show up to define the conversations that they want to have. Among a sea of stand and deliver presentations, Teachers Unplugged is a chance to connect with other independent educators attending the conference and discuss issues that we are all grappling with…MORE

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