Professional Development Session Descriptions Monica Burns, Ed.D. -- EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Author, Founder of and Apple Distinguished Educator

#FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable & Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology

Collecting meaningful formative assessment data and putting this information into action is a challenge for teachers at every grade level. Technology tools can make the collection of formative assessment data more purposeful and efficient . #FormativeTech can save instructional time and help teachers organize data so strategic interventions reach students in need. This session will provide an overview of the research behind formative assessment and the technology tools that can transform teacher practice. Attendees will understand how they can make quick changes to their practice to see immediate results and implement larger shifts for scalable and sustainable reform. This session will include opportunities for interactive, hands-on experiences so teachers can take on the student perspective while preparing to replicate these strategies in their own classroom.

30 Must-Have Technology Tools for K-12 Teachers

Finding the perfect technology tools for your classroom is a challenge for busy teachers. Learn about the latest, greatest and Monica's absolute favorite education technology tools. You’ll see these must-have tools in action, participate in hands-on learning activities and build your understanding of what is possible in a tech-friendly classroom. This popular session is easily customized for your audience, so if you’re looking for 30 Must-Have Technology Tools for (K-2) (Reading) Teachers (Using Chromebooks), just ask!

Creation Inspiration: Discovering the Power of Technology Tools to Check for Understanding

Technology tools give teachers a window into student thinking. In this session you’ll learn how to provide opportunities for students to create products using digital tools. Attendees will explore ways to integrate creation tools into their curriculum to increase student participation and engagement while checking for understanding to inform future instruction. From webpages to posters, tutorials to movies, this session will show how students at all grade levels, in every subject area, can show what they know with the help of technology tools.

Apple Teacher Program Prep: Exploration and Mastery of iPad and Mac Tools

The brand-new Apple Teacher program lets teachers earn badges as they explore favorite iPad and Mac tools. Learn how the Apple Teacher program works and participate in hands-on activities as you see how Apple tools can be used for teaching and learning. Attendees will see Keynote, Pages, Numbers, GarageBand, and iMovie in action in the context of different grade levels and subject areas. This session covers the basics of favorite Apple tools for iPad and Mac while setting up educators at all levels to earn Apple Teacher badges.

Creation in Clicks! How-To Shift from Consumption to Creation for Authentic Audiences

Technology tools give students access to a variety of content from interactive activities to video clips. You can shift from simply consuming content on digital devices to turning your students into creators. In this session participants will learn how to maintain rigorous expectations for students while designing engaging culminating products. Attendees will explore ways to connect students to authentic audiences and set a purpose for learning. Whether you're in a project-based learning environment or a classroom ready to connect with authentic audiences near and far, this session will prepare teachers to use tech tools with their students.

10 Transformative Tech Tools: A How-To for Elevating Teaching & Learning Placing Tasks Before Apps

Sorting through websites and apps is a challenging process. But when you've found an interesting tool... How will you use it to support student learning? When does it make sense to integrate it into a lesson? Why is it the right choice for your students? This session will introduce 10 transformative technology tools for K-12 teachers. It will provide an overview of the tool in the context of student learning. In addition to sharing real classroom examples, teacher stories, and student work you'll create an integration plan that places tasks before apps. The goal of this session is to introduce new tools to teachers that can be used across the content areas and provide a framework for thinking about integration that can be applied to any tool educators investigate.

All sessions can be tailored to strictly iPad, Mac, Chromebook, or open to all devices. Sessions are customizable for specific grade levels and subject areas. So if you’re looking for 30 Must-Have Technology Tools for 3-5 Math Teachers Using Chromebooks with English Language Learners, just ask!

The Digital Storytelling workshop was so much more than what I had envisioned! Monica’s in-depth knowledge and expertise coupled with her engaging hands-on approach made the time just fly by. The entire staff left excited about the many possibilities of incorporating technology across the curriculum!" - Laura Bernaur, Head of School, St. Alban’s Country Day School, Roseville, CA
We have had iPads in our basic skills program for 2 years, after one day with Monica Burns teachers were sending me artifacts, pictures and videos of student work the very next day- I’ve never seen staff so inspired by a professional development session, I can’t wait to bring her back to the district!" - LISA Koch, Title I Coordinator, Jackson School District, NJ
Monica’s instruction is priceless. She intuitively understands which technology will assist in student learning and lead to purposeful, successful classroom instruction." - Amy Hall, Media Specialist, Utah Public Schools

About Monica

Dr. Monica Burns is an Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.

Since starting, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia and Channel One News. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).

Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. In addition to being named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013, Monica is an Amazon Education Teacher Innovator, Book Creator Ambassador and Nearpod Pionear for her use of engaging creation and formative assessment tools. Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and completed a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University in 2017.

Contact Monica -- 631.807.8266

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