M.A.D – P.D

Make A Difference – Professional Development

Welcome to the online conference that will change your life and the way you teach!  Share and/or learn the tools, tips, resources and ideas that have proven to be game changers for educators.  You will be able to collect ideas from educators all around the world during an exciting day of sharing, without travel or any cost.   Presentations will be happen via YOUTube Live on May 7th 2017 from 8am-8pm EST.  Soon a schedule of presentations will be posted on this page.

Educators are challenged to share the one teaching strategy/tool/idea that has helped make a difference in their teaching practice and/or for their students.   Each presenter will share their idea over a 15 minute time period and explain how it’s made a difference.  A 15 minute for question period from the participating audience will follow. All videos will then be archived and shared with the greater education community.

Educators, preservice teachers and all others are invited to take part.  If you have never used youtube live before, worry not.  Here is  a simple tutorial.

We are currently accepting educators interested in presenting their innovative idea that have made a difference.  If you would like to present please fill out this form.

Wondering who is presenting so far?  Here is a quick look. Don’t worry, there is still room for your great idea!


Title: Synopsis:
Brad Currie Hacking Google for Education Making Google Apps work for all school stakeholders.
Rachel Murat Inquiry Based Learning IBL has transformed my teacher centered US History course to a student centered learning environment. Students are asked a compelling question (one that they helped create) and then must collect evidence to make their claim.
Leigh Cassell A Kids’ Guide to Canada A Kids’ Guide to Canada: By Kids, for Kids / Un Guide du Canada: Par Enfants, Vers Enfants” is a national teacher-led initiative being organized by elementary teachers across the country, sponsored by the Canadian Education Association, Esri Canada, the Digital Human Library, ihub Niagara, Canadian Geographic Education, ECOO and many other incredible organizations.
Nancy Angevine-Sands Engaging Families in Learning Twelve percent of a student’s time is spent in school, 55% is spent away (Harvard). If we don’t engage families in their children’s learning, we miss out on a valuable partnership. It begins with core beliefs about family engagement. From there it’s a short path to embedding it into your work.
Peg Grafwallner How to F.R.A.M.E. (Focus, Reach, Achieve, Model, Encourage) the First 10 Minutes of Your Class Applying F.R.A.M.E. Creates a Classroom of Community Learners
Dianne Csoto Blogging: Writing in a 21st Century Classroom Use blogging as a way to get your students writing in a relevant, real world way.  Share with an authentic audience to show students why grammar and organization are such a big deal!
Tigger Pritchard Shut up Im looking at the uncluttering of the communication that we transmit from ourselves and our environments.we often look at a wide range of resources, visual aids etc. But often forget how complex and confusing our spoken words can be.

One of the best tips I’ve learned and pass on, is to “shut up”…or at least to reduce our verbal clutter, along with other messages we transmit!
Katherine Goyette & Adam Juarez #Transform #Teaching @Twitter Break down the 4 walls of the classroom.  Students spend significant time on computers and mobile devices so why not catch them while they’re online.  Leverage Twitter to facilitate academic conversations, concept discussions, debates and review for assessments. If Twitter is blocked in your district, learn no-tech ways to leverage the engagement power of social media. Develop and use hashtags to moderate Twitter Chats with all of your students or with one class at a time.
Lemarr Treadwell Digital Storytelling Providing student voice and choice. Use technology to have students represent their own voice and acknowledge each other’s values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, stories, and cultural backgrounds.
Dianne Csoto Lights! Camera! Assess Why should students be judged on how well they understand content with a paper/pencil test.  Use video as an assessment tool.  WeVideo, Screencastify, Flipgrid, Greenscreen, stop-motion, the opportunities are limitless.
Katherine Goyette No More Boring Student Presentations! Ditch that Powerpoint Blend technology resources and public speaking rubrics to teach students to jazz up their multimedia presentations. Achieve 100% engagement as students listen to peer presentations and simultaneously provide formative feedback. This can be accomplished via your choice from multiple platforms including but not limited to Google Classroom, Edmodo, Twitter, Cel.ly, etc.
Rola Tibshirani Who is the expert? Connecting your students to many professional experts online, for feedback or for new learning.
Reshan Richards Explain Everything! I’ll share a quick “how-to” with Explain Everything and a couple of whiteboarding and screencasting ideas that can be used immediately.
Kathi Kersznowski Blendspace: a game changer! This free web tool can change the way you teach! For all grade levels, all subjects.  Quickly create digital units by yourself or with collaborators.  Fantastic tool!
Helen DeWaard Sounds Abound student audio recordings enhanced by sound effects – reader’s theater, choral compositions, audio stories etc.
Dean Shareski Surprisingly Awesome My simple idea is the way in which podcast and podcasting has influenced my thinking. From the storytelling/narrative genres to interviews, audio and it’s portability is an under utilized medium for learning.
Robert Ward Honoring the Whole Child I’ll explain how teachers can intrinsically motivate their students by attending to their social, emotional, soulful, and academic needs. All four aspects of child development are equal and inextricably intertwined. This whole-child approach will transform your teaching as it inspires and empowers your students!
Lena Marie Rockwood Accentuate the Positive Positive communications with students and families helps promote positive relationships. Acknowledging staff and students for the ‘good things’ that happen in school each day promotes a positive culture. This session will include some of the strategies I have used to help build positive relationships with students and families along with positive acknowledgement of staff.
Kim OConnor Tearing down the walls of our classroom by live camera A guide of my favourite live camera sites (earth cam, animal planet live etc) that I use with my students and how you can leverage them to engage your classroom.
Shelly Vohra Inquiry and Personalized Learning How big ideas and essential questions can engage students and personalize learning
Teresa Gross Students as Teachers: Flipping the Traditional Classroom Roles Students teaching the class while the teacher takes on the role of a student.
Lee Araoz Genius Hour: Passion-Based, Technology-Infused Learning Discover Genius Hour, a passion-based, technology-infused learning experience. Join in a high-tech exploration of the latest digital tools and resources that can be used to redefine learning in the classroom. The ability to create content is a critical skill needed in the ever-changing world of the 21st century. Attendees will gain the knowledge base needed to transform learning through the use of technology by exposing them to a plethora of content-creation tools available to students AND teachers. Collaborate and innovate as you discover new ways for students to curate, create and share digital content.
Noa Daniel Building Outside the Blocks How the Building Outside the Blocks approach engages learners through personalizing projects that help students build skill, autonomy and community in minimal class time.
Dianne Csoto Student Tech Squads Technology is second nature with today’s students. Why not let them understand how it works by problem solving when it goes wrong and empower them at the same time?!  Hear how elementary students are making a difference in their school by showing off their skills in the student led Tech Squad.
Amanda Owens Retelling with Scratch Jr. Transforming from a 5th Grade Language Arts Teacher to a K-8 Technology Teacher over the past year has been a wonderful experience. As a former elementary teacher, I understand the importance of literacy across ALL areas. This year I decided to utilize Scratch Jr. to promote literacy in my 1st grade instruction while also incorporating coding and encouraging creativity. Join me and take this innovative tool back to your classroom!
Rex Ferguson-Baird Screening for Supports:  Using Student Data to Direct the Team Using student reading level data as a screening tool for progress as well as a driver for an RTI model of supports and interventions from the school team.
Joanna Grace It’s not silly it’s sensory How using sensory strategies, that might on the face of it seem a bit silly, actually supports learning and underpins cognition.
Catherine Tang Digitizing the Daybook: Why I Plan Online I use Microsoft OneNote to keep track of all of my day plans, long range plans, thoughts and resources. It has helped me tame the paper monster, plus I can easily link to any videos or online tools I’ll need in my lessons. It also makes it easy for me to gather and store resources for future lessons.
Trevett Allen Foundations for Teaching in a Digital and Analog World What are the skills we are actually teaching in Constructionist Education?  I will walk you through the traditional methods, what they become in Apps and offer a guided discussion about how design, empathy, and prototyping make the basics transformative.  Maybe a bit thrown in about how ePortfolios should actually be collaborative work spaces as well.
Paul McGuire 1:1 technology 1:1 computer implementation and the effect on student voice
Anne Shillolo Office Lens: The Game Changer Office Lens is a new mobile app that makes any document accessible with just a click or two.
Nancy Penchev Student Led Clubs to Empower Students and Build Leaders For the last few years I have given students a space to hold clubs. Students are totally in charge of ideas, advertising, and conducting clubs. My job is to open the door, take pictures, and tweet. Giving students the opportunity to share their passion and excitement with others has created amazing leaders. It has given a voice to the quiet students who normally don’t try to lead. We have grown from Maker Moments on Wednesdays and Robots on Friday to two clubs a morning, every morning. We have math, legos, maker, coding, and more. Students come early to school to learn with each other and it is amazing to see. I would love to share how this began and what has worked for us.
Don Goble Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia Explore an activity that brings the writing process to life with digital storytelling. A simple six-word story, created as a video with six unique camera shots, allows students the ability to tell a powerful visual story. This presentation will guide educators through a unique project that addresses the fundamentals of media literacy, filmmaking, and the digital storytelling process.
Tan Huynh Words that matter: Teaching Academic Vocabulary to ELs Vocabulary is the gatekeeper to academic success.  Without it, students struggle to access academic language and content.  With it, students are empowered to glide between social and formal language.
Jon Harper My Bad: The Power in Sharing Mistakes Too often what we see in social media is everyone’s highlight reel. They are fun to look at but not very realistic. I believe that the sooner we start sharing our imperfections with the people we love and the people we serve, the sooner they will stop thinking they have to be perfect. They will give themselves a little grace. And this will then gives others courage to do the same.
Sandeep Stem challenge Fun! How to apply the 4 square problem solving model to Stem challenges.
Kris szajner I Want Smore! Smore digital poster tool and how I used this to reframe parent education, flipped homework, and STEM education in my kindergarten class.
Carol Salva Social Contracts Allowing students to set norms for the classroom.