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Thursday, March 3 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Leading with Legos

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Since Legos are such a widely known product our session will ignite creativity: all attendees will actively participate. Active participation was our goal as we set out to utilize this platform to increase teacher utilization of STEAM activities within their classroom. As instructional technology facilitators we led with Legos to provide opportunities for engagement, inclusion and creative problem solving. We started with breaking down the teaching behaviors we wished to increase, added manipulatives and Led with Legos. The same will be true of our session. If you want to increase STEAM you have to first gain confidence and start with a simple brick. Then decide which designs will lead to success and which ones might be a pitfall that needs to be reimagined and redesigned for the best solution. In the background teachers will be exploring ways to build groups that consist of student roles, reinforce communication skills like listening, speaking, and construction of written products. Teachers who participated in our program have had opportunities to observe the process, practice the process in their classroom with support, and modify and create their own learning opportunities in their classrooms that meet their students needs.

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Marli Boyd

Librarian, Barton Pond Elementary School
Marli Boyd wrote her fifth grade “graduation essay” about wanting to be a librarian when she grew up. This is her ninth year as a school librarian and she is currently at Barton Pond Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is passionate about making the library a safe... Read More →
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Kristin Gray

This is my 32nd year of teaching!  This is my third year as an ITF.
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Charlotte Hester

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Dare County Schools
Education is constantly changing! Since beginning my role as ITF at First Flight Elementary, I am learning that every day is a journey that helps us grow and improve in all aspects of ourselves. I love teaching elementary students and seeing them flourish in their classrooms and related... Read More →
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Lori O'Neal

ITF, Nags Head Elementary
As the Instructional Technology Facilitator at Nags Head Elementary my vision is to use best practices from 15 years of teaching/coaching in elementary education to support teachers in facilitating a blended learning environment where all students succeed. My pedagogy is based on... Read More →
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Christine Spinella

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Dare County Schools

Thursday March 3, 2022 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
  Concurrent, Leadership in Digital Learning
  • Grade Span 44684
  • Devices Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Macbooks, PC Laptops
  • Diversity We realize not every teacher has access to all these materials, but some of the processes include using group roles and developing protocols for communications with students. These processes allow teachers to tailor the learning process to meet the needs of the students they teach as they increase STEAM within their classroom. We will also share resources for grant writing within our session to help fund programs within other districts.
  • Level Beginner
  • Room 301B