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Join us for a panel discussion with both educators and students on the topic of "Student Participation in Building the Learning Environment."
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here
Moderator Suzie Boss will lead a panel discussion with Connie Weber, Sylvia Martinez, Marcie Hull, Jane Krauss, and their students. The discussion will include:
- How can we shape the learning space so that kids are able to take more of the lead on their own learning?
- How does more active participation change how students see themselves--and the wider world?
- How can we change the culture of school so that student participation is the norm?
writes about education and social change for Edutopia, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and a variety of other publications. She is the co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, and has developed youth programs in collaboration with a number of nonprofit organizations. She recently joined the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education and consults on the design of community-based projects that engage learners and enhance communities.
is president of Generation YES, an educational publisher of innovative technology curriculum and tools that put students at the center of the solution to technology integration in K-12 schools. Generation YES students learn technology skills in order to assist their teachers, peers and community as they work to integrate 21st century technology into classrooms and communities. Previous to Generation YES, Sylvia programmed and designed educational games and software for consumer and school markets. For 8 years she was executive producer at Davidson & Associates, the makers of Math Blaster, and designed games for all subjects and ages. She’s also been in charge of console and PC casual game design for adults and children, working in all aspects of design, development, manufacturing and publishing. She has a master's in educational technology from Pepperdine University and a bachelor's in electrical engineering from UCLA.
has been a teacher for 30 years. Education: “Teaching as a Psychological Process” program at University of Michigan; Masters Ed Psych UM, currently working on a Educational Leadership Masters. Connie has taught upper-elementary in independent schools throughout her career. Emphasis on innovative curricular design in which students play a large part in determining their own learning; central theme of “learning how to learn,” which includes open-ended assignments, problem-based learning, development of self-discipline, creative expression, and reflective awareness in learning. Connie enjoys using an online network for student empowerment in writing, multimedia productions, and ongoing connection and extension. Networked learning communities both F2F and online.
Connie has been involved in teacher professional development and evaluation for twenty years. Honoree in the American Teacher Awards elementary division, 1996, awards selector through 2006. Appearances in Creativity in the Classroom: professional development videotapes/guidebooks created by Harvard Project Zero and Disney Learning Partnership. Teacher Leader, formation of a school-based group of reflective practitioners; also soccer coach; director of summer outdoors camp. Connie designed and manages Fireside Learning, an on-line global professional network for educational conversations. http://firesidelearning.ning.com
is the Technology Coordinator, fine arts teacher and technology teacher for the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her fine arts training along with obtaining her K-12 art teaching certificate and art history minor at Temple’s, Tyler School of Art. A year spent in Italy after college gained her more experience with paint and paining techniques. Marcie returned home and began working for the School District of Philadelphia in 2000. She quickly became a Technology Teacher Leader and developed a reputation as a proponent for technology development in her school for teachers and students. She was able to finish her masters for Technology in Education at Rosemont College in a year and a half. During this time Marcie also obtained a K-12 Pennsylvania Business Technology certification. She went on to become an adjunct professor for Rosemont College, in their Technology in Education Department. Spring of 2006 Marcie was hired and became part of the founding staff of Science Leadership Academy. Spring of 2008 Marcie became a Keystone teacher. She currently writes a blog located at www.ecram3.blogspot.com
, where she reflects upon the development of SLA and posts her thoughts and opinions about trends in education.
is an education writer and teacher and a director on the board of SpringBoard Innovation.
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