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Summer of Powerful Learning

Teachers and students have integrated many different technology tools into their learning environments during this past year. Now that the tools are in place, it’s time to leverage their transformative potential for instruction. The VILS Summer of Powerful Learning series will provide educators an opportunity to enhance their technology practices using research-based instructional strategies. Whether you want to revamp a lesson or add something new, this series will offer many techniques that will enhance your instruction for the upcoming school year. Starting June 8, join us on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET throughout the summer to take your technology integration to the next level with these strategies:

  • June 8: Designing for Voice and Choice: Learners will integrate digital tools into a preexisting lesson plan to incorporate voice and choice in a manner that honors diverse learner interests and ability levels. This session will focus on creating opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of voice (choosing a topic of interest) and choice (choosing different artifacts of learning). WATCH NOW
  • June 15: How to Engage Students Through Powerful Questioning: Learners will explore the use of questioning, which has always been a powerful tool in the teacher’s toolbox. This session will focus on how students can drive the questions to recall, reflect, and synthesize learning. WATCH NOW
  • June 22: Designing for Mastery: Learners will integrate digital tools into a preexisting lesson plan to engage students in rigorous learning. This session will focus on using formative feedback and self-assessment for student growth and progress.
  • June 29: Designing Learning to Connect: Learners will integrate digital tools into a preexisting lesson plan to include opportunities for increased connection between learners and their community. This session will focus on peer learning strategies and sharing learning with authentic audiences.
  • July 13: Designing for Collaboration: Learners will integrate digital tools into a preexisting lesson plan to offer students meaningful opportunities to connect and learn from one another. This session will focus on protocols that promote collaboration and peer feedback.
  • July 20: Designing Learning for Metacognitive Reflection: Learners will identify strategies to have students reflect on how they learn best through roleplay. This session will focus on having students self-regulate and monitor their learning process in order to build self-confidence.
  • July 27: Empowering Students to Use Video and Audio for Learning: Learners will identify best practices for teaching students how to use quality audio and video to demonstrate their learning. This session will focus on how to provide students with authentic opportunities to create video and audio to deepen their learning.
  • August 3: Adapting SEL for Multicultural Contexts: Learners will practice relationship-building activities to solicit information about their students and their communities. This session will focus on digital protocols that will assist in collecting data that can be used to personalize instruction and build rapport.
  • August 10: Creating Rubrics that Promote Mastery and Choice: Learners will design a rubric to offer students meaningful opportunities to demonstrate their learning. This session will focus on having students develop mastery through a variety of learning products that can be assessed with a single rubric.
  • August 17: Evaluating Your Tech Tools for Student-Centered Use: Learners will evaluate a tool they are already using or have access to. This session will focus on revisiting the functionality of the tool using research-based design to ensure that the tool is used effectively to center student learning.

These sessions are free and open to all teachers. Note that there will be no session on July 6.

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