Blended Learning Summit 2021 – The Remix

The Technology Design Team is excited to announce our 5th Annual Blended Learning Summit for 2021 (bit.ly/blsummit2021) via Zoom on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants may register for the morning, afternoon, or both. Registration is now open via HCP (Sections 96628 and 96630). Join us for a day of learning and collaboration to support both our current contexts and moving forward! Austin ISD teachers and Technology Design Coaches will share stories, strategies, and skills to support personalization and blended learning for both academics and the whole child.  Participants will choose their own learning path of sessions based on their interests and needs. This will be a virtual event and is PLED eligible.

Participants may choose to attend AM sessions, PM sessions, or both.
Sessions are Exchange Day (PLED) eligible.

S C H E D U L E

MorningLUNCH and Wellness BreakAfternoon
9:00 – 9:30 am – Whole Group Opening
9:30 – 9:40am – Wellness Break
9:40 – 10:40 am – Session #1
10:40 – 10:50 am – Wellness Break
10:50 – 11:50 am – Session #2
11:50 – 12:00 pm – AM Closing Survey and Feedback
12:00 – 1:00 pm1:00 – 2:00 pm – Session #3
2:00 – 2:10 pm – Wellness Break
2:10 – 3:10 pm – Session #4
3:10 – 3:20 pm – Wellness Break
3:20 – 4:00 – Whole Group Closing with PM Survey and Feedback

9:40 – 10:40 am SESSIONS

#Session Title and Information
⭐ = Positive and Purposeful Interactions
πŸ“‹ = Authentic Student Choice
πŸ—£οΈ = Meaningful Feedback
πŸ“Š = Using Data to Personalized
🎯 = Student Goal Setting
πŸ’‘ = Student Metacognition
1Self-Efficacy Still Exists – Margaret Daniels, Gus Garcia YMLA Description: What is self-efficacy and whom does it impact? All because of what the school changes based on COVID-19 showing up,we adapted. The β€œwe” in this situations are everyone affected by decisions, programs, and technology being addressed to still offer and provide a quality education to all students. Come and let us share stories that will help foster our self-efficacy still exist in us and our students. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ 🎯  – Stories, PreK-12, All Levels
2Personalizing is a Process, Not a Checkbox – Helen Wilson, LASA Description: In this session,  I will share how I implemented strategies for personalizing learning in my high school classroom using blended learning structures and BLEND/Canvas features.  For me, instituting blended learning and personalization has been a journey as I worked and reworked my teaching craft over the past few years and then worked it yet again for the age of concurrent and remote teaching.  Participants will learn about my successes and failures and have an opportunity to share what has worked for their students. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 6-12, All Levels
3Strategies for Student Goal Setting – Melanie Sherwood and Carey West, Austin HS and McCallum HS Description: What does student goal setting look like in a virtual and blended environment? Learn new student goal setting strategies to promote student autonomy, mastery, purpose, and belonging. Through reflection, dialogue and praxis participate in group supported development of student goal-setting for your content area.  πŸ“‹  – Strategies, Grades 6-12, All Levels
42020: The Year of Adaptations – Liz Mattarazzo, Burnet MS Description: This year has been CRAZY and we have all had to adapt. Come see how I have adapted the strategies and best practices I used in my F2F classroom in my virtual/concurrent setup. I will be sharing information and resources about how I’ve used games, stations, and personalized learning strategies to reach my 8th grade math students. ⭐ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š  – Strategies, Grades 6-8, All Levels
5Develop Deeper Engagement With PlayPosit – Laura Siebers, PlayPosit Description: PlayPosit is much more than a multiple choice quiz tool.Β  AISD’s PlayPosit Account Director, Laura Siebers, will lead participants through the lesser-used, but highly effective, tools within PlayPosit.Β  How can Broadcast mode enhance the synchronous learning time? Learn about the website embed and peer review tools for more engaging ways to use video with students. πŸ—£οΈ πŸ’‘ – Strategies, PreK-12, Advanced
6The Top 10 Tech Tips & Tricks for the Trenches!  – Lorrie Salome, Hill ES Description: This session will offer a smattering of my top ten favorite adaptations found during this year of….well, let’s just say: immense stress! The session will be like a speed dating session–short bursts of ideas, and hopefully you find a few you like! ⭐ πŸ“Š  – Strategies, PreK-12, All Levels
7Remix of the Interactive Notebook, guess what, it’s now digital! – Katie Moccia, Bailey MS Description: Let’s start by saying, Hi, my name is Katie Moccia and I teach 7th-grade science. In this new, but quickly becoming norm, I have tackled the digital interactive notebook. A new way to take notes, answer questions, add readings, etc. A way for students to choose unique ways to answer, enhance their technology skills and never leave their notebook in another class! In a nutshell, I will show you how to: ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ  – Skills, Grades 6-12, Intermediate
8Building Virtual Community – Routines for Engagement and Community  – Danielle Bryant, Widen ES Description: Join us as we discuss the importance of continuing to build community with learners! We will spend time discussing the importance of WHY we are building community during a global pandemic and then dive into the HOW to continue doing this in the later months of the year and into the future. This session will include live modeling of activities and games to create community routines and access to a comprehensive document with directions while incorporating AISD’s SEL Morning Meeting plans. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ’‘ – Skills, PreK-5, All Levels
9Metacognition and Sown to Grow – Alex Hubbard, Lee ES IDescription: n this session I will give participants a better idea of what metacognitive practices are and how they relate to a growth mindset and overall student success. I will also share my experience using the web based tool sown to grow, which provides a user-friendly platform for students to practice metacognition. Participants will have an opportunity to explore resources , including sown to grow asynchronously. πŸ’‘ – Skills, 3-12, All Levels
10Student-Created Branding: The Digital Citizenship Connection – Tanya Avrith and Howard Martin, Adobe and TDT Description: Every year, students are presented digital citizenship lessons by their teachers and understanding their Digital Footprint is key in those lessons. Adobe Education Evangelist Tanya Avrith will share how she used Adobe Spark as a catalyst for discussing how we present ourselves in the online world and how students can create their own positive branding and use that in the classroom. ⭐ πŸ’‘ – Skills, Grades 3-12, All Levels
11BLEND for Beginners- Jack McGavick and Shane Rosenkrantz, TDT 
Are you just getting started with Canvas/BLEND? Join us for a quick overview of key features and hot tips. We’ll share resources to help you plan out your learning next steps and allow plenty of time for questions.
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘-Skills, All Grades, Beginner

10:40 – 10:50 am WELLNESS BREAK


10:50 – 11:50 am SESSIONS

#Session Title and Information
⭐  = Positive and Purposeful Interactions       
πŸ“‹  = Authentic Student Choice                             
πŸ—£οΈ  = Meaningful Feedback                                         
πŸ“Š  = Using Data to Personalized                                         
🎯 = Student Goal Setting                               
πŸ’‘ = Student Metacognition
1So You Want To Do Genius Hour – Remotely? – Helen Wilson, LASA Description: In this session,  you will hear about my experience teaching Genius Hour, or 20% Time, in my high school classroom.  Although I teach it as a standalone, for-credit course,  the blended learning and personalization structures I will discuss in this session could be adapted as a standalone unit in any classroom and at any level – including remotely, if desired.  Participants will have a chance to begin crafting a Genius Hour mini-unit that they could consider doing in their own classrooms. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 6-12, All Levels
2Using Data to support students in reflecting with peers on goals and growth – Carlos Cuellar, Travis Heights ES Description: Learn how to co-design a data tracker with your students that will help launch meaningful peer to peer conversations on goal setting and authentic feedback.  You’ll walk away with some examples of data trackers, student artifacts, and protocols for productive peer to peer conversations. ⭐ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 3-12, All Levels
3Crash Course: Authentic Student Collaboration in a Remote Learning Environment – Christine Paterson and Marisela Aguilera, Navarro HS Description: How do we foster collaboration in a classroom and move beyond “group work” to create authentic and productive relationships between students? This session will emphasize processes for research, digital organization of project based assessments, and collaboration that models workplace skills. ⭐ πŸ“‹ 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 9-12, All Levels
4Structured Breakout Rooms for Student Engagement – Olivia Garza, Sadler Means YWLA Description: Do you want to send kids to breakout rooms but are having a hard time with participation? Tired of juggling visiting each room with enough time for feedback? I will be presenting strategies that help promote engagement and independent collaboration for students in breakout rooms through Google Slides! I will share templates that have helped encourage students to work while I moderate from a distance. Through trial and error, I have found what most benefits my 6th grade students, let’s work together to find what strategies work for yours. ⭐ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 3-8, All Levels
5How I Added Choice to Increase Engagement, Independence, & Build Relationships – Marion (Elise) Baughman, McCallum HS Description: How can you increase choice in your classes? How can this process help your students become more independent while also helping you foster stronger relationships? During this session I will share the strategies I use to create more opportunities for choice and how my implementation of more choice led to more student independence and stronger relationships. Participants will leave this session with tools, resources, and practical strategies you can implement in your own classroom (in person or virtually). πŸ“‹ πŸ“Š 🎯  – Strategies, Grades 6-12, All Levels
6Developing and utilizing a digital portfolio and data tracker at the elementary level – Ragnar Rowland, Harris ES Description: In this session you will see the work I have been implementing campus wide with grades Pre-k through 5th in building and using a student portfolio.  Along with a data tracker for the students to begin owning their learning. πŸ“‹ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Skills, PreK-5, All Levels
7Collaborative Learning with Concurrent Teaching – Hailli (Hannah) Fanning, Barrington ES Description: In the session I would like to share my experience with providing students with collaborative opportunities in the classroom through google slides, jam boards, and collaborative discussion. I would like to have participants participate in a concurrent Philosophical Chairs lesson. ⭐ πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 3-5, All Levels
8Escape Rooms as an Alternative and Engaging Assessment – Valorie Hernandez, Ann Richards Description: This session will go over the mechanics of creating an Escape Room using Google Slides, but as an added bonus, it will show you how it was implemented in a math class and can be duplicated to all disciplines, as a means of assessment. I will show you how it was used, what choices students were given, and how feedback was given to have students create their own escape rooms as an assessment. This session will offer you a blank copy of an escape room that can be personalized for your use or your students use in the classroom. Perfect engaging activity for the virtual classroom. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ  – Skills, Grades 6-12, Intermediate
9Digital Breakouts – Micah Linnell and Sarah Day Linnell, Bear Creek ES Description: Have you ever wanted to do an educational escape room with your class, but don’t have the money or resources? Digital breakouts are a fantastic way to challenge your students and create a shift in instructional practices in the classroom. It provides joy that comes from solving puzzles and challenging your students through critical thinking. No need to purchase any equipment. All you need is a device, an open mind and a love of innovative learning/teaching. πŸ“‹ – Skills, Grades 3-8, All Levels
10Do the β€œWrite” Thing Challenge-Christy Barrett and Gigi Azam, Child Study Team  
Reinforcing writing strategies for personal narratives and expository writing to foster self awareness and self advocacy, and ultimately a confident and successful student who knows he can write well.
πŸ“‹ πŸŽ―πŸ’‘ -Skills, Middle School, All Levels
11Student-Centered Mastery Learning- Payton Crawley, Lively MS
In remote and in-person settings, students have found success when they are in the “driver’s seat” of their own learning. Check out how BLEND quizzes and lesson design tools have promoted student-centered learning with an emphasis on mastery. 
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š πŸŽ―πŸ’‘-Strategies,  All Grades, All Levels
12Book Trailers with Adobe Spark- Megan Kite, Pleasant Hill  ES
How can we create collaborative reading communities that increase reading interest and engagement? This session will help participants add one of our new district tools, Adobe Spark, to their literacy toolboxes. Learn how to create interactive book trailers and ways to integrate them into your classroom or library programming. 
 πŸ“‹-Skills,  Elementary and Middle School, All Levels

11:50 am – 12:00 pm CLOSING SURVEY


1:00 – 2:00 pm SESSIONS

#Session Title and Information
⭐ = Positive and Purposeful Interactions
πŸ“‹ = Authentic Student Choice
πŸ—£οΈ = Meaningful Feedback
πŸ“Š = Using Data to Personalized
🎯 = Student Goal Setting
πŸ’‘ = Student Metacognition
1Using Playlists to Differentiate learning and Meet Student Needs – Brittany Rosado and Courtney Power-Freeman, Gus Garcia YMLA and TDT Description: How do we meet the needs of all learners, especially in this virtual context? Just like in the f2f classroom, all students come in with a different skill set. In this session I will share my story about how I created a “Playlist” environment for students to be able to demonstrate mastery over a topic and choose their path forward. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š  – Stories, Grades 3-12, All Levels
2Blazing a New Trail: Connecting Students with a Community Partner – Ana Lee, Erica De Los Santos, and Leslie Lilly, Oak Springs ES, TDT, and The Trails Foundation Description: In this session, you’ll hear the story of how a 2nd-grade classroom at Oak Springs Elementary is partnering with a community organization, The Trail Foundation, to provide an engaging learning opportunity for students. You’ll explore resources and templates, learn more about the design process, and hear from a few students themselves on how they feel about this opportunity. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š πŸ’‘ – Stories, PreK-2, All Levels
3Structured Breakout Rooms for Student Engagement – Olivia Garza, Sadler Means YWLA Description: Do you want to send kids to breakout rooms but are having a hard time with participation? Tired of juggling visiting each room with enough time for feedback? I will be presenting strategies that help promote engagement and independent collaboration for students in breakout rooms through Google Slides! I will share templates that have helped encourage students to work while I moderate from a distance. Through trial and error, I have found what most benefits my 6th grade students, let’s work together to find what strategies work for yours. ⭐ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 3-8, All Levels
4Personalized Playlists in a Virtual Setting – Melissa Prepster, Gorzycki MS Description: How can you personalize learning in a virtual setting? Come learn how I’ve used BLEND/Canvas and a personalized playlist to give students choice and autonomy over what and how they learn. I created this method after finding virtual learning to be overwhelming for many of my middle school students. This lets them know exactly what they need to do and allows them to take ownership while letting me know that they have mastered necessary material. πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 6-12, All Levels
5Using Playlists to Structure Blended Learning and Increase Student Choice (or, How We Saved Our Sanity During the Pandemic) – Lacey Faulkner and Anna Foster, Northeast ECHS Description: Lacey Faulkner and Anna Foster will present how they converted their algebra 1 curriculum for the pandemic year into playlists suitable for both synchronous and asynchronous teaching, consisting of β€œmust do” and β€œchoose to do” activities, and will offer lessons and learnings as the year progressed. Using the district’s analysis of essential and complementary TEKS learning goals, the teachers decided which skills students would need to master in order to pass a unit, and which skills the students could choose to learn. Completing only the β€œmust do” activities would earn students a C; in order to earn an A or B, β€œchoose to do” activities would have to be mastered. Faulkner and Foster will show how they created each playlist, including how they made videos and chose what practice assignments to offer; how they used assignments and the gradebook in Blend and what grades (and how) they transferred that information to Frontline (formerly Teams); and their plans to implement the playlist structure into post-pandemic teaching, including implications for standards-based grading. ⭐ πŸ“‹ 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 6-12, Intermediate
6Develop Deeper Engagement With PlayPosit – Laura Seibers, PlayPosit Description: PlayPosit is much more than a multiple choice quiz tool.  AISD’s PlayPosit Account Director, Laura Siebers, will lead participants through the lesser-used, but highly effective, tools within PlayPosit.  How can Broadcast mode enhance the synchronous learning time? Learn about the website embed and peer review tools for more engaging ways to use video with students.  πŸ—£οΈ πŸ’‘ – Strategies, PreK-12, Advanced
7Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 Certification (Part 1 of 2) – Tanya Avrith and Howard Martin, Adobe and TDT Description: Developing the Student Voice in our classroom relies on providing multiple ways of hearing that voice. The Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 certification focuses on how teachers can support student creativity in the classroom and connects that to the AISD-licensed Adobe Spark apps.  Classroom teacher and Adobe Education Evangelist Tanya Avrith will lead this double-length session and all participants will complete the requirements for the Level 1 certification during the session. πŸ“‹  – Skills, PreK-12, Beginner
8Building Virtual Community – Routines for Engagement and Community – Danielle Bryant, Widen ES Description: Join us as we discuss the importance of continuing to build community with learners! We will spend time discussing the importance of WHY we are building community during a global pandemic and then dive into the HOW to continue doing this in the later months of the year and into the future. This session will include live modeling of activities and games to create community routines and access to a comprehensive document with directions while incorporating AISD’s SEL Morning Meeting plans. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ’‘ – Skills, PreK-5, All Levels
9Playlist and Remix – Using student choice to drive resilient learning – Travis Hall, Sadler Means YWLA Description: We know students have more success, deeper learning, and greater investment in their education when they have choice.  With so many requirements, how do we let them take control of their learning?  In this session we’ll discuss Student Playlists, specifically how to create, align, scaffold, and document student learning through their use. πŸ“‹  🎯 – Skills, Grades 6-8, All Levels
10BLEND for Beginners-Jack McGavick and Shane Rosenkrantz, TDT 
Are you just getting started with Canvas/BLEND? Join us for a quick overview of key features and hot tips. We’ll share resources to help you plan out your learning next steps and allow plenty of time for questions.
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š πŸŽ―πŸ’‘-Skills, All Grades, Beginner
11IXL Foundations 1:  LLoyd Wafer, IXL
Foundations I covers strategies for using the Real-time Diagnostic and the IXL curriculum.  This session will get you started with using this powerful tool that can help you plan meaningful, engaging instruction to advance learning in your classroom.  
πŸ“‹  🎯-Skills, Elementary PK-2, Elementary and  High School, All Levels

2:00 – 2:10 pm WELLNESS BREAK


2:10 – 3:10 pm SESSIONS

#Session Title and Information
⭐ = Positive and Purposeful Interactions
πŸ“‹ = Authentic Student Choice
πŸ—£οΈ = Meaningful Feedback
πŸ“Š = Using Data to Personalized
🎯 = Student Goal Setting
πŸ’‘ = Student Metacognition
1Self-Efficacy Still Exists – Margaret Daniels, Gus Garcia YMLA Description: What is self-efficacy and whom does it impact? All because of what the school changes based on COVID-19 showing up,we adapted. The β€œwe” in this situations are everyone affected by decisions, programs, and technology being addressed to still offer and provide a quality education to all students. Come and let us share stories that will help foster our self-efficacy still exist in us and our students. ⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ 🎯  – Stories, PreK-12, All Levels
2The Top 10 Tech Tips & Tricks for the Trenches! – Lorrie Salome, Hill ES Description: This session will offer a smattering of my top ten favorite adaptations found during this year of….well, let’s just say: immense stress! The session will be like a speed dating session–short bursts of ideas, and hopefully you find a few you like! ⭐ πŸ“Š  – Strategies, PreK-12, All Levels
3Crash Course: Authentic Student Collaboration in a Remote Learning Environment – Christine Paterson and Marisela Aguilera, Navarro HS Description: How do we foster collaboration in a classroom and move beyond “group work” to create authentic and productive relationships between students? This session will emphasize processes for research, digital organization of project based assessments, and collaboration that models workplace skills. ⭐ πŸ“‹ 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Strategies, Grades 9-12, All Levels
4Developing and utilizing a digital portfolio and data tracker at the elementary level – Ragnar Rowland, Harris ES Description: In this session you will see the work I have been implementing campus wide with grades Pre-k through 5th in building and using a student portfolio.  Along with a data tracker for the students to begin owning their learning. πŸ“‹ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘ – Skills, PreK-5, All Levels
5Goal Setting in Music: Steps Toward Mastery- Blake Bartosh, Doss ES
How do you get students to know where they are and where they want to go? This session will focus on student goal setting and metacognition for the masses. We will take a look at a few strategies that have worked for me and share ideas around what could work for your classroom.
πŸŽ―πŸ’‘-Strategies, Elementary PK-2, Elementary 3-5, All Levels
6Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 Certification (Part 2 of 2) – Tanya Avrith and Howard Martin, Adobe and TDT Description: Developing the Student Voice in our classroom relies on providing multiple ways of hearing that voice. The Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 certification focuses on how teachers can support student creativity in the classroom and connects that to the AISD-licensed Adobe Spark apps.  Classroom teacher and Adobe Education Evangelist Tanya Avrith will lead this double-length session and all participants will complete the requirements for the Level 1 certification during the session. πŸ“‹  – Skills, PreK-12, Beginner
7IXL Foundations 2:  Strategies for Data Driven Classrooms- LLoyd Wafer, IXL
This session provides an in-depth look at IXL’s Curriculum and Analytics.  Learn how IXL’s curriculum is targeted and scaffolded to meet the needs of your students.  Leave understanding how IXL Analytics is an important tool for planning and monitoring learning experiences. 
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘-Skills, Elementary and High School, Intermediate
8BLENDer: Elementary
BLENDers are a space for you to share your brilliance and/or be inspired! Come share something you have created or learned about OR kick back and learn from colleagues. Your BLENDer facilitators will provide an informal structure for this collaborative session and, if you choose to share,  you don’t need to prepare anything fancy–just a quick Zoom screen share of one of your designs or a brief story will delight your fellow participants! 
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘-Skills/Strategies/Stories, All Grades, All Levels
9BLENDer: Secondary
BLENDers are a space for you to share your brilliance and/or be inspired! Come share something you have created or learned about OR kick back and learn from colleagues. Your BLENDer facilitators will provide an informal structure for this collaborative session and, if you choose to share,  you don’t need to prepare anything fancy–just a quick Zoom screen share of one of your designs or a brief story will delight your fellow participants! 
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘-Skills/Strategies/Stories, All Grades, All Levels
10 BLENDer: Electives/Librarians/Counselors
BLENDers are a space for you to share your brilliance and/or be inspired! Come share something you have created or learned about OR kick back and learn from colleagues. Your BLENDer facilitators will provide an informal structure for this collaborative session and, if you choose to share,  you don’t need to prepare anything fancy–just a quick Zoom screen share of one of your designs or a brief story will delight your fellow participants! 
⭐ πŸ“‹ πŸ—£οΈ πŸ“Š 🎯 πŸ’‘-Skills/Strategies/Stories, All Grades, All Levels

3:10 – 3:20 pm CLOSING SURVEY

3:20 – 4:00 pm CLOSING SURVEY

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