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Citizens in the Making: The Role of Schools in Inspiring Students to Engage in Transformative Civic Learning

When: April 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PDT
Where: Connectedlearning.tv

cltv webinar 4How can teachers prepare students for success not only in college and career settings, but in civic life as well? This webinar will explore the ways that educators can help students use digital tools to connect their academic learning to powerful projects in their communities in order to inspire personal and social empowerment.

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom unHangout

When: April 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PDT
Where: Connectedlearning.tv

unhangoutFor the culmination of the Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom series with Connected Learning TV, join an unHangout—a new kind of online conference that utilizes the Google Hangout platform—featuring teacher authors, editors, and friends in connected learning.

Assessment on the Web: A Fireside Chat with Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU

When: May 6, 2014, Time TBD
Where: Via Google Hangout on Air from this page.

Opte-300x300According to Assessment on the Web, a recent report published by P2PU, assessment is the biggest hurdle to innovation in how people learn. Assessment today is designed around the way learning was structured in the past. Every learner was expected to master the same body of knowledge, going at the same speed, using the same learning resources and approaches. Online, we are distributed, and so are our curiosities and interests. There is no “one size fits all” model of the internet. The web calls us to participate in a way that makes us uniquely equal. The web has changed the way we learn. The way we recognize learning hasn’t. Join Vanessa Gennarelli, Learning Lead at Peer 2 Peer University as she discusses this latest report and its implications for learning and teaching.



Archive of Past Webinars

What Makes an Edcamp Special?

Originally Aired: April 16, 2014, 5:00-5:30 p.m. PDT
edcampIn this webinar, an experienced panel of Edcamp organizers shared what makes an Edcamp so special. They went over the basics for running an Edcamp event as well as helpful tips they’ve discovered along the way. They touched upon topics like: What makes an Edcamp an Edcamp? Can I run an Edcamp at my school? How do I do it? What Edcamps are coming up? How can I attend one?View the archive…

Media-Making Tutorials from KQED Education

Originally Aired: April 15, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT
media-making kqedKQED Education has developed a set of multimedia tutorials to help teachers and youth understand how they might leverage free, predominantly online tools to create media projects. Join this conversation to hear how several teachers have used these tutorials with their students as they’ve engaged in multimedia argumentation via KQED’s Do Now Twitter-based civic engagement project.View the archive…

Mozilla Webmaker’s Thimble: A “Gamechanger”

Originally Aired: April 10, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT
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Thimble, a tool developed by Mozilla’s Webmaker team to allow anyone to be a creator of the web and not just a consumer, was recognized as one of the best educational tools online—a “game changer”—of 2014 and given an “ON for Learning” award by Common Sense Media and its Graphite platform. Join Chris Lawrence, Senior Director of the Webmaker Community Team, Jeffrey Knutson, Senior Editor at Common Sense Media, and a group of educators who’ve used Thimble as a teaching and learning tool with youth and adults as they discuss the award and the affordances of this innovative web-based authoring experience. View the archive…

Classrooms as Community Hubs: Developing Open Digital Networks

Originally Aired: April 8, 2014, 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT
classrooms as community hubsHow can schools take advantage of digital networking opportunities to connect their students to each other and to the larger community outside their four walls? This webinar explored the power of digital tools in helping students deepen their learning and link up with others who share their interests. It will also highlight the ways in which open networks help teachers share resources and develop innovative practices.View the archive…

What Happens When Young People Take Action? Teaching About the Freedom Movement

Originally Aired: April 7, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT
what happensThe young people who took part in Freedom Summer and the Freedom Rides took brave and decided actions to dismantle the structures of discrimination through nonviolence. This webinar features Facing History and Ourselves’ educators in conversation with activist Chude Allen, historian Kathy Emery, and Oakland USD teachers exploring innovative ways to teach this powerful and inspiring history. This discussion is meant to help teachers and students to consider the relationship between the political context in which their commitment took place, the stories and motivations of those who became freedom movement activists, and implications for today. This webinar was offered through a collaboration with the Educating for Democracy in a Digital Age initiative. View the archive…

STEM to STEAM: Hacking the Notebook, Continued

Originally Aired: April 1, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT
hacking the notebook part deux After successfully unveiling the latest iteration of the hacked notebook—which employs low-cost circuitry that allows for self-directed creativity—at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, David Cole and Jen Dick of NEXMAP talk with educators who are either beginning to implement or have already tried out this work with youth. View the archive…

Networked Classrooms: Providing Equitable Access to Connected Learning

Originally Aired: April 1, 2014, 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT
equitable accessWhat role can classroom teachers play in providing students access to transformative Connected Learning opportunities? This webinar will explore the importance of making classrooms powerful sites of digital learning and connection in order to ensure that all students, particularly those who do not have opportunities to produce digital content during after-school hours, can make their voices heard. View the archive…

Appy Hour: How Subtext Supports Common Core Standards—A Common Sense Media and Educator Innovator Webinar

Originally Aired: March 17, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT
appy hour subtextSubtext is a collaborative digital reader in which students can access, annotate, and engage with literature in the classroom. The app lets you access, purchase, or import any text, and annotate, highlight, comment, and add instruction to texts. Subtext helps support Common Core Standards, which require students to read independently and closely, and which build a foundation for literacy by having students read a wide and deep range of high-quality, challenging literary and informational texts for any subject area. In this webinar, learn about Subtext and how it can help students meet Common Core Standards. Educator Innovator was proud to co-host this #appyhour webinar with Common Sense Media‘s Graphite platform. View the archive…

Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom

Originally Aired: March 13, 2014, 2:30-3:30 p.m. PDTteaching in the connected learning classroom
With today’s new modes of learning and engagement, the opportunities to craft ever more personalized and meaningful experiences for students grow daily. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom is the title of this webinar as well as a forthcoming ebook published by the MacArthur Foundation and edited by National Writing Project educators. Drawing from work colleagues have shared at NWP’s Digital Is—an Educator Innovator partner—the editors have curated examples of practice into a collection that is unique in its focus on in-school examples of connected learning. Join us for this Educator Innovator webinar where we hear from the editors and consider the implications for teaching and learning, in school and out.View the archive…

The Past, Present, and Future of Web Literacy

Originally Aired: February 25, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m. PSTweb literacy map
What are the skills and competencies required to be effective on the web? What does reading, writing, and participating look like in online spaces? In this webinar with Mozilla’s Doug Belshaw, we discuss the history of web literacy and Mozilla’s current and future work on a new Web Literacy Map. View the archive…

“I Write to Know What I Think”: Facing History and Ourselves’ Approach to Writing

Originally Aired: February 10, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PSTfacing history and ourselves
Joan Didion said it well when she articulated this connection between writing and thinking. From its inception almost 40 years ago, Facing History and Ourselves has honored writing as a tool to help students reflect ethically, engage emotionally, and process new information and perspectives from literature and history. In this webinar, we explore how to use writing to specifically deepen students’ experience with historical events, contemporary issues and personal narratives. Educators shared the impact and process of this deep writing and thinking, as well as resources available (free) from Facing History and Ourselves to help students with this process.  View the archive…

A New Design for the Mathematics Classroom: Insights from Knowles Science Teaching Fellows

Originally Aired: January 7, 2014, 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST
a new designWhat if a classroom was actually designed to do what we wanted it to do? What if we threw out what doesn’t work and built something that actually reflects our values as educators? In this webinar, we explore an innovative classroom structure that provides students more opportunities to develop important mathematical and 21st century skills. View the archive…




Hour of Code: Aurora Public Schools Scalable Game Design

Originally Aired: December 12, 2013, 4:00—5:00 p.m. PST
hack the notebookAurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO is engaged in a partnership with the University of Colorado at Boulder, funded through Google’s Computer Science for High Schools and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Middle and high school students are creating video games a part of a program called Scalable Game Design (SGD). Teachers and students are finding a lot to write about in their game design work. In this webinar, part of the National Writing Project’s partnership with the Hour of Code, we’ll hear teachers reflections about having students code video games and also how writing supports student learning in Scalable Game Design. View the archive…

Hack the Notebook and Illuminate Your Thinking

Originally Aired: December 5, 2013, 4:00—5:00 p.m. PST
hack the notebookIn a reprise of a National Writing Project Annual Meeting session, Jie Qi of the Responsive Environments group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , and David Cole and Jennifer Dick of Nexmap.org and its I/O (Inside/Out) program walk you through the building of low-cost circuits that allow writers to hack the traditional notebook and tell stories with interactivity. Tune into this webinar to learn how you can work with circuits, writing, and your creative impulse to turn the writer’s notebook into a repository of STEM-powered storytelling. View the archive…

Planning for Voice and Choice in the STEM Classroom from Knowles Science Teaching Fellows

Originally Aired: November 12, 2013, 6:00—7:00 p.m. PST
voice and choiceWe know from Connected Learning that interest and agency are powerful catalysts for learning but how do you allow for these in formal settings like schools and in content-rich areas like science? In this webinar with Knowles Science Teaching Fellows, they share strategies that marry project-based learning with blended content instruction in new and exciting ways while increasing student choice in the classroom. They discuss how they enable students to be more self-directed and have greater autonomy in what and how they are learning, and also how their work enables educators to focus their instruction on the important skills and practices of their disciplines. View the archive…

Mapping Standards to DIY Skills

Originally Aired: November 5, 2013, 4:00—5:00 p.m. PST
mapping skillsDIY Skills represent all the ways we can build our world. From “Wind Engineer” to “Beekeeper,” these creative roles empower kids to develop new abilities and know-how. We’re inspired by teachers integrating DIY into their classrooms, and want to help. A common request has been for DIY to map how our skills align with various educational standards. This webinar will provide insight into how we hope to make this a tremendous resource. Guests include Megan Leppla of DIY.org; Jim Chandler of Auburn Land Lab; Joe Dillon of Denver Writing Project; and Paul Oh of the National Writing Project. View the archive…

#teachtheweb: An Educator Innovator Webinar

Originally Aired: October 15, 2013, 9:00—10:00 a.m. PDT
#teachthewebIn this webinar, Laura Hilliger and Chris Lawrence of the Mozilla Foundation explore Webmaker tools for digital authorship and remix. Learn how to use tools like ThimblePopcorn, and Web X-Ray Gogglesto create open and shareable “teaching kits” that combine effective writing pedagogies with deeply engaging free and open digital production on the Web. Learn how you can become part of the supremely supportive #teachtheweb community. View the archive…

Great Tools for Production-Centered Design from Common Sense Media and Graphite

Originally Aired: August 20, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT
Great Tools for Production-Centered Design with Common Sense Media and GraphiteNeed inspiration on incorporating production-centered design into your teaching? This webinar with Common Sense Media and two Innovators focuses on production-centered tools and how teachers are using them with students. You’ll learn about Common Sense Media’s new service Graphite, which provides robust ratings and reviews of apps, websites, and games—by teachers, for teachers—and we’ll also visit with Innovators Andrea Zellner and Joe Dillon who will review a number of other tools. View the archive…



Do Now from KQED Education

Originally Aired: August 8, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT
do_now_kqed_educationInterested in having your students join a national debate on Twitter about current events? Do Now from KQED Education is a weekly activity that builds civic engagement and digital literacy skills where students have the opportunity to debate with a variety of modes of communication and rhetorical strategies. In this webinar, learn how Do Now adds value to learning and how you can get your students involved. Guests include Janelle Q. Bence, Chris Sloan, and host, Matt Williams. View the archive…



Meet the Innovators with Suzie Boss

Originally Aired: July 31, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT
meet_the_innovatorsIn this live Hangout on Air, Suzie Boss graciously hosts part two of a conversation about innovation. Boss talks with some of the NWP teachers whose insights informed her new book, Bringing Innovation to School. Paula White and Chad Sansing join us from Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, a district that offers “seed funding” for innovative classroom ideas. Antero Garcia shares what happened when he introduced the Black Cloud environmental game to high school students in Los Angeles. These teachers exemplify the innovator educator spirit that Boss describes. They are networked learners who aren’t afraid to take risks and think differently about teaching and learning. View the archive…


Bringing Innovation to School—Author Chat with Suzie Boss

Originally Aired: July 10, 2013, 10:00–10:30 a.m. PDT
Author Chat with Suzie Boss

In this first of a two-part series on teaching innovation, we visit with Suzie Boss, author of Bringing Innovation to School. Boss talks with Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, the National Writing Project’s Director of National Programs and Site Development, about practical strategies to jumpstart students’ creativity and problem-solving capacities. View archive…

Crafting Digital Writing with Troy Hicks and Guests

Originally Aired: June 18, 1:00–2:00 p.m. PDT

crafting_digital_writin_archiveAs part of the Summer of Making and Connecting, Educator Innovator sponsored a collaborative conversation featuring the author of Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Genres and Media and Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, Troy Hicks. Troy talked with colleagues from other National Writing Project sites and discussed the role of craft in supporting the teaching of digital writing. View archive…