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Check out some of the sessions that will be offered at the 2016 FutureNOW! Conference. Continue to visit this page for updated sessions. Get your tickets today!

Authentic and Community-Based PBL: Opening the Door to Opportunity – Daniel Costa & Students from Bonsall High School Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B216

Become the student! Learn about the Keepers of the Forest project, in which 10th grade Bonsall High School students partnered with Ecolife Conservation, a local NGO that works in Uganda and central Mexico, to build stove prototypes and create documentaries demonstrating the plight of the Batwa people of southwest Uganda. In this interactive session, Bonsall High School students will facilitate you through a mini-project entry and answer any questions about their experience. This seven-week project focused on themes of African colonialism, and ended up leading to a true relationship between students and their NGO partner. For 2016-2017, Bonsall High School and Ecolife are in discussions to send student learners to central Mexico to work with indigenous peoples as part of next year’s Keepers of the Forest project. Join us and learn how to open doors of opportunity for your students and the world!

Beyond A Seating Chart; Utilizing Classroom Space for Creative and Collaborative Learning – Kara Alhadeff, Gompers Preparatory Academy Session 2B 11:40am-12:20pm, Room 221

Space can have a remarkable impact on learning. This introduction session focuses on designing a classroom environment that fosters a creative and collaborative culture. Participants will learn about a secondary mathematics classroom that emulates a Google Workspace, encouraging students to work together and think outside the box. Participants will participate in a classroom design exercise. In addition, participants will receive reasoning riddles and strategies that cultivate more collaboration in STEAM classrooms. This presentation will inspire teachers to transform space and provide resources for developing a collaborative and innovative environment for students.

Beyond Blended: From Consumption to Creation – Katie Martin, JoHanna Simko and Katie Wright, Mobile Technology Learning Center University of San Diego Session 1A 9:00am-9:40am, Room B212

This session will explore how to foster a learning environment where technology meaningfully enhances student learning by empowering students to create, design, produce and construct.  We will step in to the shoes of a learner to collaborate and digitally curate the process of learning to share with teams back at your sites.

Coding with Minecraft – Carlos Hererra and Salvador (Sonny) Najar, ThoughtSTEM Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B221

Introduction to coding concepts common to virtually all programming languages using drag & drop blocks in the LearnToMod software. Utilizing a built-in simulator, participants can build and test mods which can also be run in actual Minecraft. Participants will work on computers we provide to earn virtual “badges” as they complete coding challenges. Each participant will receive a LearnToMod account which will continue to allow access for a month following the session. This presentation will provide a basis for how LearnToMod can be used educationally both in the classroom and for after school programs.

Creatively Meeting the Needs of English and Academic Language Learners – Sharmila Kraft and Erin English, Vista Unified Session 1B 9:50am-10:30am, Room B208

In the Vista Unified School District, the Executive Director of Elementary Education and the Director of Blended and Online Learning collaborated to solve the problem of meeting varying literacy needs of English Learners and academic language learners. Building on a natural and strong integration of the ISTE and CCSS ELA/ELD standards, learning models were designed using non-traditional classroom environments, high interest and high rigor content, and innovative instructional strategies that were focused on oral and written output.  Additionally, a focus on individualized small group instruction, strategic integration of SAMR and research-based online strategies were employed to increase personalized student achievement.  Highly qualified Vista Unified staff collaborated with experts in the field using research-based methods. Findings indicated good preliminary results.

Cure for the Common Code – Scott Moss, Innovation Middle (SDUSD) Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B203

Explore specific reasons for integrating programming (aka, coding) across subject and grade levels. This session focuses various student-benefits such critical-thinking, creativity, computational thinking, collaboration and problem solving. See a wide variety of specific examples and how to get started. This session provides a wealth of teacher resources and communities pertaining to student programming. This Deep Dive session includes a hands-on component, so everyone gets to be a programmer!

Deeper Learning Through Design Thinking – Mindy Ahrens and Judy Caraang, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B209

Are you looking for a way to blend the Common Core standards with the Deeper Learning Skills you know kids need today? The Design Thinking Process allows students to practice content skills while growing their collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity skills. Join us to experience the Design Thinking Process for yourself through an integrated humanities and STEM challenge. Tools and scaffolds will be provided along the way that you can take directly back to the classroom. 

Design Thinking in Action! – Megan Power & Amy Fousek, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B209

In this 90 minute deep dive you will get hands on experience working through the design thinking process. Join us to see how you can use Design Thinking to enhance your students learning and unlock their creative mindsets.

Designing a Culture of Innovation – Eric Chagala, Vista Innovation & Design Academy (Vista Unified) Session 2A 10:50am-11:30am, Room B221

Buzzwords have overtaken the lexicon for education – and it is time to declare war on them! Especially words like: “innovation,” “trust,” “creativity,” and “personalized learning.” In this brief talk, we will explore tips & tricks from the Design Thinking Process that can help to build a genuine culture of innovation on a school campus.

Digital Portfolios for Elementary Classrooms – Trevor Mattea, High Tech Elementary Chula Vista Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B202

My fourth grade students curate selections of their work on portfolios that they created using Google Sites in order to share them with an authentic audience and reflect on their growth throughout the year. But what is the difference between a digital portfolio demonstrating “deeper learning” and an online scrapbook, and how can we scaffold the process for elementary students? Please join me for an introduction to digital portfolios, in which we will read and discuss articles about their purpose, explore student digital portfolios to find evidence of “deeper learning,” and share best practices for using them in elementary classrooms.

“Discover DNA” and other programs from Salk Institute Education Outreach – Dona Mapston, Salk Institute Education Outreach Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B212

Salk’s Education Outreach has a nearly half-century tradition of sharing its groundbreaking biological research with the San Diego community. Programs are tailored for adults and student groups while special events are designed for all ages. Under the direction of neurobiologist Ellen Potter and educational specialist Dona Mapston, Education Outreach’s signature programs—Mobile Science Lab, Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program, and March of Dimes High School Science Day—are complemented by scientific presentations and community outreach events. The recently launched New Frontiers in Science initiative adds SciChats@Salk and Partnerships in Science Education to the roster to inspire the next generation. With all these program offerings, Salk’s world-class faculty and staff are key partners in the curriculum, imparting their passion and knowledge of innovative research that impacts human health to help inspire and launch the next generation of scientists. Come learn about these award winning program offerings and how to bring the science of the Salk into your classroom!

From Seat Time to Competency Based Professional Development (Digital Badges) – David Miyashiro, Steve Regur, Amy McCammon, & Kari Hull, Cajon Valley Union School District/Educators Coop Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B216

Blended and personalized learning is good for both students and teachers. This innovative approach to professional development allows teachers and administrators to work at their own pace as they build competencies and earn compensation. We can all agree that a one size fits all model for learning isn’t effective for children. This is also true for adult learners. In this presentation district leaders will take away templates and structures for personalizing teacher professional development using online digital badges and competency based demonstrations of learning. The Cajon Valley Union School District developed an online digital academy that provides teachers with the content and skills necessary to complete a Demonstration of Learning (DOL), which leads to the earning of a digital badge and corresponding stipend. Most professional development models pay teachers for their time to sit through a “training” or “workshop”. This innovative approach to professional development makes time the variable and learning constant. Advanced teachers can skip through modules and go straight to the Demonstrations of Learning. Novice teachers on a given competency may go slow, work with a team, or have in person support if necessary as they complete their badges.

GAFE Add-ons and Extensions to Maximize Productivity – Joe Kemery, Santee Unified School District Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B208

Google has a fantastic suite of apps that help with many needs we encounter.  But what about those things Google may not have included? We explore how using Google extensions and add-ons help take those Apps to the next level. This hands-on session will focus on how we can will walk us through a variety of tasks that can be streamlined using Google Apps with add-ons/extensions. Focus will be in Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms and Chrome Browser.

Getting to Deeper Learning Through Real-World Work – Jennifer Pieratt, CraftED Curriculum Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B202

Learning deeply is an aspiration every one of us, as educators, has for our students. While the philosophies of the Deeper Learning movement sound agreeable at minimum, and enticing and exciting at best, they can also be intimidating. This session is designed to 1) take one step toward demystifying how to plan and facilitate deeper learning and 2) provide participants with tools and skills to tackle deeper learning through one (of many) vehicles: field work. Join us as we learn about, explore and design field work opportunities to engage our students in more meaningful learning.

Global Connections at D39C – Elba Ozakcay and Paula Cotton, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 1B 9:50am-10:30am, Room B221

Some of the ideas that we will discuss in this session include global education, global citizens, making global connections, and why are they important for our 21st Century learners. We will also touch on Design39Campus’ journey on the path of connecting globally.

How Might You Solve “THIS” Challenge? – Julie Mori & D39C Students, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B Collaboratory

How might you be able to construct a device in a collaborative team, within specific parameters and adhere to a budget of $10? Come experience an integrated design project! This hands-on workshop will focus on the Design Thinking Process and its impact for learning. As you engage in this collaborative challenge, you will also learn the steps to successfully facilitate design projects, collaboration techniques, integrating standards and formative assessment.

Introduction to 3D Thinking/Printing in the Classroom – Brian Alvara and Victor Ciccarelli, STEAM Maker Session 2A 10:50am-11:30am, Room B212

The 3D thinking Workshop is designed to demonstrate how to quickly and easily implement 3D thinking in the classroom using both software and a 3D printer.  3D thinking can provide a significantly richer learning environment where students and educators will also gain knowledge on how to use associated software systems and design principles to correlate lessons to NGSS and CCSS already in progress or implemented in the classroom.  More than just using technology in the classroom, this workshop offers ideas on curriculum design and implementation.

It’s All in the Dough – Claymation as an Educational Tool – Brandon Lee, High Tech Elementary, North County Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B213

From The Boxtrolls to Wallace and Gromit to Nightmare Before Christmas, stop motion animation has captivated us with its alluring style. While 2D animation fades, children are still fascinated with stop motion cartoons. In this session, you will learn how to use claymation as an educational tool for your classroom. Not only will you learn the technical skills of modeling, lighting, and filming, but we will discuss how to incorporate claymation into your next project, whether for a final product or a novel assessment tool. Hope you’re ready to play with clay and animate!

Leading Innovation From Where You Are – Grant Lichtman, Future of K-12 Education Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room Loft

I am the lucky guy who gets to visit and work with schools all over the country and around the world. Based on observations from more than 100 schools and working sessions with about 10,000 educators in the last three years, there are four characteristics of successful educators who can lead change at their school from the office or the classroom: modeling risk taking, distributing authority, trying new stuff, and embracing discomfort. In this highly active session, the people in the room will create and share ideas for how to be and become effective innovation leaders with colleagues and students. No sit-and-get here!!


Melt the Glacier! – Leighangela Brady and Lisbeth Johnson, Authors of Transforming Ice Age Schools Session 1 Deeper Dive 9:00am-10:30am, Room B203

Optimum learning begins and ends with questions for learners to ponder and challenge. Whether with or without a digital device, learners need to be engaged in learning that prepares them for a new future. In this interactive presentation, we will guide you to transform the classrooms in your schools and districts by hacking away at the educational glacier described in our book Transforming Ice Age Schools. Prepare to engage in reflecting on a future learning vision and school culture, understanding the needs of today’s student, exploring innovative teaching and learning, and leading school transformation. Dive deep and share your own 21st century educational practices. By the end of this presentation, we will challenge you to commit to the ultimate mission and join other school leaders in our Professional Leadership Network who want to #melttheglacier!

PBL 102: Teaching Innovation via PBL – Kaleb Rashad, Westwood Elementary (PUSD) Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B216

Let’s get to the DOING! What does innovative behavior look like in the classroom? How can we use PBL to promote creativity, innovation, and deeper learning?? Let’s design a lesson that you can use! Bring your favorite topic, unit, lesson or idea. We will go from INSPIRATION to EXECUTION! You will have a fistful of project ideas and tools to bring them to life! Let’s do this. Warning: This is not a passive session! Let’s Design the Future Together.

Q&A with Milton Chen – Milton Chen Session 1A 9:00am-9:40am, Room Showcase

Continue the conversation with keynote speaker Milton Chen in an audience driven questions and answers breakout session.

Rocketry as an Interdisciplinary Project – Andrew Lerario and Brian Delgado, High Tech High Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B209

Can a space science program engage a more diverse student body into the STEAM fields? Our presentation will explore this question, examining how it might work and what type of curriculum, in this case rocketry, could be involved in this effort. Following a small scale rocket construction activity, we will invite participants into a discussion centered on envisioning interdisciplinary projects through rocketry.

STEAM Powered Art with LittleBits – Jo-Ann Fox and Ted Kirkbride, Quantum Academy (EUSD) Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B213

Learn how to put the A in STEM with LittleBits. LittleBits are simple electronic building blocks that allow you to create, prototype, engineer, and invent just about anything. This is a hands on session where you will experience the power of engineering with simple circuits and learn how to create a piece of art that is moveable and/or interactive. If you are looking for new tools for your makerspace or just looking for unique ways to power learning with STEAM, come join this session. We will share the story of how students at Quantum Academy experience STEAM learning with LittleBits.

STEAM to the Core: Aligning Engaging Lessons to Content Standards – Patricia Jolliff and Allen Jolliff, Temecula Valley Unified School District Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B213

Engaging students by providing opportunities to explore STEAM concepts of study while supporting the Common Core Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards is a top priority at the middle school level. Learn how to guide students to create, innovate, communicate, and collaborate on projects that are student-centered. This session will showcase a mini-unit in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics interconnect with Language Arts to serve as a vehicle for discovery, and innovation, while meeting rigorous content standards.

Join this hands-on workshop, bring a laptop or personal device and your ideas then prepare to walk away with new ideas, resources and lesson plans suitable for middle grades.

Student Engaged Assessment: Putting the Learning in Student Hands – Kriscia Cabral, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 1B 9:50am-10:30am, Room B212

Research indicates 40%-60% increase in parent participation when student-led conferences are instituted. Encourage students to accept responsibility and accountability for their learning. Find the benefits for all stakeholders. Integrate reflection pieces as evidence of student learning. Students are the leader of a conference with his/her parent(s). The teacher is only the facilitator and timekeeper. Students share their academic achievements and goals with their parents. Move the focus to student work and growth that is evident over time. Learn how to plan and conduct a learning environment in which teachers, students, and parents all benefit!

Students as Leaders of Their Own Learning – Stacy Jennings and Tom Downs, Design39Campus (PUSD) Session 2 Deeper Dive 10:50am-12:20pm, Room B208

Using the design process, explore how classroom instruction can be transformed by growing student voice and building students’ repertoire of expression into a process where student ideas and feedback become essential to classroom learning. Moving from superficial reaction to deeper questioning is essential to creating a space where authentic voice can be heard and leveraged to empower kids to be leaders of their own learning.

The Power of Partnership – Jim May, New Tech Network Session 1A 9:00am-9:40am, Room B208

As evidenced by the FutureNOW conference, there is a robust conversation in our field about innovative pedagogies and technologies to support student learning.  However, we tend to give far less attention to the underlying systems and patterns of interaction that either enable or impede the spread of those innovations. This session will explore the concept of partnership, how it diverges from typical patterns of getting work done in education, and a framework for thinking about how to foster genuine partnerships in service of advancing innovative practice in your school or district.

Thrive Blended Model – Jamie Pekras and Cori Brooks, Thrive Public Schools Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B203

This session will give insight into blended learning the Thrive way. We will cover the struggles and successes that come with this type of academic environment. Educators will leave with the ins and outs of blended learning, a tool kit of resources and online learning programs, and a set of next steps for your classroom. We will cover elements such as personalized learning plans, teacher as facilitator in a blended environment, building strong relationships, and student ownership.

Vertical Surface Learning: The Mobility of Knowledge – Kyle Ausmus, Bonnie Gonzalez, & Traci Jackson, Design39Campus & Oak Valley Middle School (PUSD) Session 3 Deeper Dive 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room B202

Looking for an approach that consistently leads to a number of positive and observable changes within the classroom? Using Peter Liljedahl’s research, we will explore how to transform your classroom by using visible random groupings and vertical, non-permanent surfaces. Come learn with us as we uncover a low-technology way to increase the mobility of knowledge in the classroom.

Why STEM Needs Music, and Vice Versa – Merryl Goldberg, CSU San Marcos Session 2B 11:40am-12:20pm, Room B212

A hands-on introduction to a study carried out by music and business professors at California State University San Marcos concerning how music and arts are fundamental to successful careers in high tech, including what local engineers at ViaSat have to say about it. The session will be conversational and include live musical examples.