BFA and FWSU Educators Present at Dynamic Landscapes Conference

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment
FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community

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Each spring teachers, librarians, technology integrationists and administrators gather for a learning event sponsored by the Vermont School Librarians Association and the VITA Learn Vermont.  The goal of Dynamic Landscapes, the name of the conference, is to explore topics related to 21st Century technology applications in modern educational settings.

BFA Fairfax and FWSU were active participants at the conference sharing our learning with other educators from our region. Here is a sampling of the sessions led by our esteemed group:

The Journey to Mastery  –  John Tague
It started with a few “flipped” lessons in one class. Over the next to years,
my classroom changed from traditional to flipped to mastery based. In this
workshop, you will learn the “why’s”, “what’s” and “how’s” of the
transformation to an asynchronous learning environment where “no one is
left behind or held back!”

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Creating a Digital Age Culture with iPads  –  Rhonda Siemons, Jen Skerret, Kendra Myers and John Tague
Bellows Free Academy teachers share our iPad journey starting with 1:1
devices for middle school students, moving a 1:1 into the high school and
adding iPad carts in elementary classrooms. What have we learned? What
practices have evolved? What’s changed? Panel consists of classroom
teachers from the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Sign up for iTunes U  – Angelique Fairbrother and Rhonda Siemons
Looking for a free interactive LMS for blending learning or flipped
classrooms? iTunes U provides a platform to deliver content to students’
devices (even without internet at home!) Come learn how to incorporate
iTunes U courses into any curriculum. Will share how to access materials
already created, or how to design courses that meets you and your students
needs. Will provide resources that can help you get started immediately for
your next lesson.

dynamic_landscapesOne sign of a true learning organization is when the organization shares its knowledge with others in the field. We are very proud that our organization is now regularly part of the educational professional development community of educators throughout Vermont.

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