Discovery Education Corporate Room

Discovery Education Corporate Room



ASCD Featured Speaker and Concurrent Sessions, Presented by Discovery Education:



Saturday, March 24
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Opening Keynote: Reed Timmer

Sunday, March 25
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Distinguished Lecturer
They’re Coming from the Cloud and They’re Here to Help
Presented by Hall Davidson
The digital age produces two major inevitabilities: Digital ‘techbooks’, dynamic, less expensive, more effective supplementary resources –especially for today’s learners--and digital tools (apps) that make tablets themselves teaching tools. Technology will combine these functionalities into a single learning device. In a BYOD world, it’s time to see what ‘techbooks’ really mean and explore tools that make tablets magical.

Monday, March 26
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Session Speaker
The Power of Glass Schools
Presented by Steve Dembo
Web 2.0 technologies are breaking down the barriers to publishing content on the internet. Schools that employ these tools are finding the benefits reach far beyond the classroom walls. By making learning transparent, many schools are creating a strong sense of community while offering their students the opportunity to collaborate with others on a global level. See how school and district leaders have embraced these new technologies to lead by example, while still maintaining high standards and keeping their students safe.


Discovery Education Corporate Room:


Dates: Saturday, March 24 – Monday, March 26, 2012
Times: See below
Location: 203B
Capacity: 100 Classroom Style

Saturday, March 24

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
A Day in the Life of a Discovery Educator
Presented by Jannita Demian
Join us as we take you on a journey through “A Day in the Life” of a 21st century classroom from the perspective of its teacher. Morning bell to afternoon dismissal, see how digital media from Discovery Education enriches lessons by differentiating instruction, meeting the needs of the individual student.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
To Chase or not to Chase a Tornado; Reed Timmer will stand by your decision as you both create an interactive storm chasing video vignette
Directed by Jannita Demian & Brad Fountain

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Teachers, Technology and the Common Core Transition
Presented by Shanika Hope and Susanne Meixsell
This session will explore high-impact instructional practices designed to support educators with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. Participants will examine practical strategies for using digital content and technologies to engage students in today’s 21st Century classrooms. Session concepts and ideas include the integration of common core focused content, pedagogy best practices, and effective use of instructional technology to improve learning for all students.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
The Digital Classroom: What Does it Look Like? (With a Sneak Peek of Discovery Education’s New Digital Textbook Series)
Presented by Brad Fountain
Students today engage with content differently than any previous generation. Districts across the country are selecting the complete digital primary instructional resource, Discovery Education Science Techbook, over traditional textbooks. Strategies for success with digital in any classroom - one computer, several computers and 1:1 classrooms - will be shared, along with a preview of our two newest digital textbook series: High School Science and Middle School Social Studies.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Making Mobile Media Meaningful in Your Classroom (and Beyond)
Presented by Hall Davidson
Make your classroom walls expand and the world come alive with information. iPads, tablets, and mobile phones create and share learning both in the classroom and the extended anywhere/anytime universe. On computer or mobile, build interactive projects and assessments that expand learning with apps, QR codes, social media sites, and more. Learn how freeresources, media libraries, and the web can work mobile—even for students without smart phones. iPad and mobilewill be used but applies to other platforms.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Taking your Curriculum Digital
Presented by Brad Fountain
Think outside the box, and outside the book, when it comes to your strategic curriculum planning. We'll showcase a variety of our partnerships with districts around that country that show how we support the digital transition including curriculum mapping, sustained professional development and digital curricular resources.

5:00 PM -6:00 PM
UbD and Digital Media: WHERE are you heading TO?
Presented by Jannita Demian
They say “Life is a Highway” but where’s the road map?!? In a world bombarded with different media types, educators are asking WHERE do we go from here? Based on principles of UbD, join us to learn new and impactful ways to increase student engagement. See examples of how teachers across the nation are utilizing media to help transform their teaching from the hook at the beginning of the unit to the summative assessments at the end.

Sunday, March 25

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Making Mobile Media Meaningful in Your Classroom (and Beyond)
Presented by Hall Davidson
Make your classroom walls expand and the world come alive with information. iPads, tablets, and mobile phones create and share learning both in the classroom and the extended anywhere/anytime universe. On computer or mobile, build interactive projects and assessments that expand learning with apps, QR codes, social media sites, and more. Learn how free resources, media libraries, and the web can work mobile—even for students without smart phones. iPad and mobile will be used but applies to other platforms.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Teachers, Technology and the Common Core Transition
Presented by Shanika Hope and Susanne Meixsell
This session will explore high-impact instructional practices designed to support educators with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. Participants will examine practical strategies for using digital content and technologies to engage students in today’s 21st Century classrooms. Session concepts and ideas include the integration of common core focused content, pedagogy best practices, and effective use of instructional technology to improve learning for all students.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Revitalize Your Classroom with Discovery Education Assessment
Presented by Jason Altman
Overwhelmed with student data that you can’t use? Learn how Discovery Education Assessment and performance rubrics can support the efficient and effective development of differentiated instruction for all learners. We will help you save time using resources you already have to check for understanding when you challenge your learners in a digital environment. Prepare to remediate and enrich students, and to collect real-time data on their progress with the click of a mouse using Discovery Education.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A Day in the Life of a Discovery Educator
General DE overview, highlighting our mission and overall story
Presented by Jannita Demian
Join us as we take you on a journey through “A Day in the Life” of a 21st century classroom from the perspective of its teacher. Morning bell to afternoon dismissal, see how digital media from Discovery Education enriches lessons by differentiating instruction, meeting the needs of the individual student.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
The Digital Classroom: What Does it Look Like? (With a Sneak Peek of Discovery Education’s New Digital Textbook Series)
Presented by Brad Fountain
Students today engage with content differently than any previous generation. Districts across the country are selecting the complete digital primary instructional resource, Discovery Education Science Techbook, over traditional textbooks. Strategies for success with digital in any classroom - one computer, several computers and 1:1 classrooms - will be shared, along with a preview of our two newest digital textbook series: High School Science and Middle School Social Studies.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Taking your Curriculum Digital
Presented by Brad Fountain
Think outside the box, and outside the book, when it comes to your strategic curriculum planning. We'll showcase a variety of our partnerships with districts around that country that show how we support the digital transition including curriculum mapping, sustained professional development and digital curricular resources.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Ayuda! Pomoc! Tulong! Help! I'm an English Learner in a Digital Land
Presented by Jannita Demian
With diverse classroom populations, your ability to differentiate feels more important than ever. In this session, explore Discovery Education through the lens of Language Learners and see how digital media and technology can engage and benefit students from all backgrounds

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Brain Based Learning
Presented by Ginny Washburne
What can the latest brain research teach us about teaching and learning? This webinar will introduce a variety of brain friendly teaching techniques along with practical implementation strategies. Learn how achieving buy-in, understanding emotion, incorporating movement and brain breaks, understanding the importance of play and how to provide immediate feedback can lead to a successful learning environment.

Monday, March 26

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
ithink, iNeed, iPads in the Classroom
Presented by Steve Dembo
Sure they're bright and shiny, but are they really learning devices? We'll take a close look at how exactly these technologies are being leveraged in the classroom and what the best Apps are for educational purposes. We'll also explore some creative ways that you can fund your own i-initiative!

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
DE Open House/Hands-on Model Class experience (ELEMENTARY)
Presented by Jannita Demian

12:30 PM -1:00 PM
DE Open House/Hands-on Model Class experience (SECONDARY)
Presented by Jannita Demian

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