Blended Learning: One Teacher’s Journey Weaving Together Technology & Tradition - by Catlin Tucker

Sunday, April 13 at 6:45 PM - Ballroom

Catlin Tucker

Many teachers are feeling increasing pressure to teach 21st Century students without easy access to 21st Century tools. The idea of blending online work with face-to-face engagement is daunting. Join author and teacher Catlin Tucker as she shares her journey from traditional low tech classroom to a blended learning model by capitalizing her students’ connectivity and the technology they bring into her classroom.

She encourages teachers to build their own technology tool belts to create a blended learning model that works for them. She believes weaving together technology and tradition can make educators more effective while improving learning outcomes for students. Explore how technology can be used to empower both teachers and students in an increasingly digital world.

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher and CUE Lead Learner. She teaches 9th and 10th grade English language arts at Windsor High School in Sonoma County, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has also taught online college level writing courses, which led to her interest in blended learning.

Corwin published her first book Blended Learning for Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms in June 2012. She is currently working on her second book Using Web 2.0 Technology to Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards and writing a blended learning course for ASCD.

Catlin is an experienced professional development facilitator and trainer, education consultant, curriculum designer and frequent Edtech speaker. Catlin earned her BA in English from UCLA and her English credential and Masters in Education from UCSB. She writes an internationally ranked education technology blog at and is active on Twitter @CTuckerEnglish.

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Telling the Story: Lessons Learned from the Outside World - by Kathy Schrock
Monday, April 14 at 8:15 AM
- BallroomKathy Schrock

Research states that facts and figures only activate the part of the brain where we make sense of words. But, when listening to a digital story, a recent article reports "not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are, too". To get their point across, the business world is shifting from bullet points to stories. How can we do this in schools? Presenting content using storytelling can be captivating, compelling, and can help students grasp the content. This presentation will include the research to support this pedagogical shift, various examples of content presented this way, and an overview of the process and tools that can be used to create these rich digital stories.

Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian, and is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities and an independent educational technologist.

Kathy has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, a Sony Education Ambassador, and a Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru. In 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, Kathy partnered with Discovery Education and she maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired.

In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotesnationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!

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Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about edtech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, has served on the ISTE Board of Directors twice, and has worked with the US Department of Education on several educational technology initiatives.

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TIE Tech SlamTIE Tech Slam

by Kris Baldwin, Marcia Torgrude, Michele Davis, Lennie Symes, Sherry Crofut

Tuesday, April 15 at 12:25 PM - Ballroom


Kris Baldwin Marcia Torgrude Michele Davis Lennie Symes Sherry Crofut

It’s back! The second-annual TIE tech slam promises to be another action-packed event as several TIE staff members are given short amounts of time to share their best resources for using technology in and out of today’s classrooms. It’s what you need to know, just when you need it--right now!

Find out what the content experts have to say about amazing lessons and activities aligned with content and Common Core standards. Add some literacy building tools to your teacher toolbox for every content area. Bring your content to life with picture and video. And what’s a tech slam without Google Glass in the house! You’ll want to be the first to tweet these cool tools out to your followers and share with your social networking friends! #TIE14.

We’ll wrap it up with several prize drawings! Must be present to win.