BrainPOP at ISTE 2015

June 28-July 1
Philadelphia, PA

Booth 2720 • POPUp Classroom at the Marriott, Room 305/306

Veteran users, we encourage you to apply early for a spot at one of the free Certified BrainPOP Educator sessions we’re holding pre-conference on June 27th and 28th.

We’re proud to be serving as an official ISTE 2015 sponsor, and we can’t wait to see you Philly! Come take advantage of the professional development sessions we’re running in our POPUp Classroom. Explore the latest additions to our resources in general and the My BrainPOP suite of features, including Make-a-Map (powered by Ideaphora®) for concept mapping; the Quiz Mixer for custom assessment; primary source activities to help build cross-disciplinary literacy skills; GameUp for playful assessment; BrainPOP ESL, our award-winning program for English language learners; and the breadth of lesson ideas we offer – for every topic.  

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POPUp Classroom & Team Sessions

The Certified BrainPOP Educator Program
Saturday, 2-5 pm
Sunday 12:30-3:30
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306
Pre-registration required
Apply for a spot at one of our pre-conference training sessions, the first step in our “CBE” program. The CBE program is offered to teachers who demonstrate enthusiasm about BrainPOP and notable creativity using our resources. Once you earn your CBE designation, you’ll share your expert knowledge and consult with our developers on new features. BrainPOP tees guaranteed! BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

Concept Mapping With Make-a-Map
Sunday, 9:30-10:15 am
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306
Get a head start on the ISTE 2015 festivities: come by Sunday morning for a session exploring Make-a-Map, our Ideaphora®-powered concept mapping tool. We’ll introduce you to the difference this unique tool can make for your class. Make-a-Map lets students take clips of our movies then connect, organize, and manipulate them along with keywords and other elements to build visual representations of their knowledge. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last. BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

A Look at GameUp
Sunday, 10:30-11:15 am
Monday, 8:30-9:30 am
Tuesday, 10:45-11:45 am
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 am
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306
One hundred games by 40 partners, covering hundreds of topics. We’ll explore the breadth of titles and playful assessment offerings on GameUp, our online games portal. The session is perfect for experienced gamers and newbies alike. Get a first-hand look at the quality, curricular titles we offer as well as SnapThought, our photo reflection tool. Take home tips for working game-based learning into your classroom. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last. BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop

ISTE Spotlight Session: Concept Mapping With Make-a-Map
Sunday, 1:30-1:45 pm
Location: ISTE Central
Stop by ISTE central for a 15-minute look at Make-a-Map, our Ideaphora®-powered concept mapping tool, with Laura Gatto.

The Science & Technology Playground
Monday, 8-11:30 am
Location: PCC Level 2 Bridge
Members of the BrainPOP team will be on hand throughout this Playground, featuring demonstrations of best practices using hardware, software, and mobile devices. Our own Laura Gatto leads a Playground presentation on concept mapping at 9 am (see below).

Teaching STEM Using Concept Maps
Monday, 9-10 am
Location: PCC Level 2 Bridge (Science & Technology Playground)
Whether you teach pre-school or high school physics, concept mapping provides a firm foundation for learning and thinking in the classroom. BrainPOP’s Laura Gatto shows you the benefits of concept mapping and how they can inspire reflective thinking, creative problem solving and meaningful learning.

Paying It Forward: Leveraging Female Voices in Ed Tech
Monday, 8:30-9:30 am

Location: PCC 116
This year’s annual gathering of female ed tech leaders from around the world takes the form of a session dedicated to the concept of leadership. Covering coaching, mentorship, collaboration, and everything in between, the panel showcases female agents of change and examines possible ways to strengthen the voice of women in ed tech. With Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), Mila Fuller (National Council of Teachers of English), Ellen Bialo (Interactive Educational Systems Design), Margaret Roth (Yet Analytics), and Kari Stubbs, PhD (BrainPOP)

Come Game With Us: Research Meets Classroom Practice
Monday, 11 am-1 pm
Location: PCC Broad Street Atrium, Table 15
Join Barry Fishman (University of Michigan), Briana Pressey (Joan Ganz Cooney Center), Sarah Vaala (Vanderbilt University), and BrainPOP’s Kari Stubbs, PhD, for interactive game play and a discussion of the latest research on game play, games for assessment, and changing classroom practice.

K-3 Focus Group: Make-a-Map & My BrainPOP Jr.
Monday, 11 am-12 pm
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306

K-3 teachers, share your thoughts on current designs for upcoming BrainPOP Jr. tools, including those for concept mapping and keeping track of learning. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last.

Snapshot 1 of 2: Connecting the Dots! How Concept Mapping Turns Information Into Knowledge
Monday, 12:45-1:45 pm
Location: PCC 120A, Table 1
Come discover the ways digital concept mapping tools like BrainPOP’s Make-a-Map can help learners turn information into knowledge. With Laura Gatto (BrainPOP)

Think You Know BrainPOP?
Monday, 12:45-1:45 pm • 2:30-3:30 pm • 4:15-5:15 pm
Tuesday, 2:15-3:15 • 4-5 pm
Wednesday, 11:45 am-12:45 pm • 1:15-2:15 pm
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306

Tell us what you want to learn about! Trainings and PD with BrainPOP? Make-a-Map (powered by Ideaphora®) for concept mapping? The Quiz Mixer and GameUp for custom and playful assessment? Primary Source activities? Lesson ideas? BrainPOP ESL’s new placement test? Whether it’s these features or anything else, we’ll tailor each of these one-hour sessions to meet your needs. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last.

ISTE Spotlight Session: A Look at GameUp
Monday, 2:45-3 pm
Location: ISTE Central
Join POPstar Robert Miller (Volusia County Schools, FL) for an overview of GameUp. He’ll show you the breadth of titles and playful assessment offerings on our online games portal.

ISTE Ignite Sessions, Round 3: Why Use Playful Assessments?
Tuesday, 10:45 am-12 pm
Location: PCC Terrace Ballroom I/II
Assessments are considered valid and reliable, but rarely “engaging.” In this Ignite session, BrainPOP’s Kevin Miklasz, PhD, makes an argument for the value of playful assessment and talks about the interplay of grit, interest, curiosity, knowledge, and the way we design our assessments.

Focus Group: BrainPOP & Assessment
Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306

Do you teach students in grades 3-8? If so, drop by and advise us on how we might improve BrainPOP’s quizzes and activities to better assess student learning. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last.

Digital Principals: Transforming the Ways We Engage Students
Tuesday, 4-5 pm
Location: PCC 103BC
Delve into best classroom practices for increasing student engagement, as well as related research findings. With Robert Miller (Volusia County Schools, FL), Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow), and Kari Stubbs, PhD (BrainPOP)

Birds of a Feather Session
Student Teachers & Entrepreuneurs: Testing Ed Tech Together
Tuesday, 5:15-6:30 pm
Location: PCC 111B
Meaningful collaboration between teachers and ed tech designers benefits schools, organizations, and students. BrainPOP’s Katya Hott discusses challenges and success stories reflecting educator-entrepreneur collaboration, and talks about involving your school or organization in this kind of partnership.

ISTE Ignite Sessions, Round 4: Constructing & Deconstructing Meaning Using Concept Maps in the K-12 Classroom
Wednesday, 10:15-11:30 am
Location: PCC The TIP/Hall D, Booth 1052
We learn best when we connect one idea or thought with an existing idea of thought on a given topic. While making these mental connections, our brain transfers mere information into knowledge structures. Come hear what BrainPOP’s Kari Stubbs, PhD, has to say about concept mapping as a means for helping students visualize and understand their own thinking.

Focus Group: BrainPOP Educators & Professional Development
Wednesday, 10:15-11:15 am
Location: Marriott, Room 305/306

Educators and administrators are invited to weigh in on our current PD offerings and share their perspectives on what future trainings and sessions might look like. Participants receive a BrainPOP tee while supplies last.

ISTE Spotlight Session: Concept Mapping With Make-a-Map
Wednesday, 11:45 am-12 pm
Location: ISTE Central
Stop by ISTE central for a 15-minute look at Make-a-Map, our Ideaphora®-powered concept mapping tool, with POPstar Nili Bartley (Hopkinton Public Schools, MA).

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