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Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015
"A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."
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Megan SmithSenior Designer, Interactive Media, Highlights for Children, Dust or Magic 2014
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Highlights Foundation Retreat 2016 Agenda
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2:00 – 5:00 PM Arrive. Check into your room, pick up workshop materials. Please note that this agenda should be considered a draft; and may be altered during the workshop session, depending on the group.
7:00 An evening with the Nosy Crow’s Kate Wilson. The leader in digital storytelling knows how to work within a narrative structure to weave interactive elements that increase engagement. Here’s a closer look at the recipe for an award winning app. See Kate’s comments on a panel from last year in Bologna.
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 Demos: 50 apps in 60 minutes. Language and literacy apps that everyone needs to know. We can’t take you to Bologna, but we can bring some of the apps to Pennsylvania. Here’s a closer look at what the 2016 BRDA jurors discovered this year.
- Fiction vs. non-fiction techniques.
- Innovative interactive design strategies.
- Android, Apple, Kindle, Windows and other platforms
10:00 Katie Paciga: Old Theory Meets New Technology. A fresh look at new technology from the point of view of old literacy theory: e.g., whole language vs. phonics in an iPad age.
1:00 Group photo & Walking Tour, A walking tour of the Highlights Farmhouse with Kent Brown. See where the first issues of Highlights for Children magazine were conceived.
2:00 Gail Lovely: Technology for Language Enrichment in Schools and Libraries
- Introducing apps to young children for the first time
- Using a tablet in the classroom
- Using a tablet in the library
- Apps that use the camera
- Augmented reality apps
3:30 Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey: What we learned when we wrote “Tap, Click and Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens.”
7:00 And evening with Daren Carstens: Inneraction vs. Interaction. Thoughts on interactive design that increases (rather than decreases) engagement with the concept. Daren will demonstrate Math Doodles and illustrate his unique creative process.
9:00 Reviewing the reviewers (optiona); and a frank and informal look at some dusty apps, with some help from some Teachers With Apps.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
- Apps to help with fine motor development
- Apps for verbal development
- Making movies and digital creativity experiences.
1:30 Evaluation and depart
Faculty for 2016
- Dr. Kathleen A. Paciga, "Katie," is an educator, researcher, and family gal. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Spanish from Loyola University Chicago in 2002; a M.S.Ed in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2006. She completed her doctoral studies in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Literacy, Language & Culture from UIC in 2011. Katie began her career as an educator with six years of primary level teaching experiences in schools servin...
- Lisa Guernsey is director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to examine policies, tell stories, and generate ideas on new approaches to help disadvantaged students succeed. Prior to her work at New America, Lisa worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also contributed to several national publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time...
- Michael H. Levine is the founding executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research, builds multi-sector alliances, and catalyzes industry and policy reforms needed to advance high quality media experiences for all children. Levine also serves on the executive team at Sesame Workshop where he focuses on educational impact and philanthropic partnerships for the global non-profit. Prior to joining the Center, Levine was Vice President for ...
- Daren Carstens founded Carstens Studios Inc., where he authors, designs, programs and develops educational products for children. He has worked in K-12 educational publishing for 20 years, and his work has received many awards including the prestigious international Bologna Children's Book Fair New Media Prize in the Best Educational Software category, 2010 & 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Awards - Parents' Choice Foundation, and 2010 & 2011 Editor's Choice Awards - Children's Technology Review. Daren combines the rare talent of a thorough understanding of learning processe...
- Warren Buckleitner is an educational psychologist who reviews children's interactive media. He's been a preschool, elementary and college teacher in TCNJ's IMM program. He is the founding editor of Children's Technology Review (www.childrenstech.com). He speaks at education and library conferences, and contributes content books and publications, including a decade of children's tech coverage for the New York Times. He holds a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University (Cum Laude), an MA in early childhood edu...
- Gail Lovely is an independent educator who currently leads her own consulting and training company. Gail enjoys working with teachers, schools and private companies to design and implement technologies. Gail has worked in public education as a teacher and district implementation specialist, in privat...
- Kate Wilson is the founder and managing director of Nosy Crow, a four-year-old, multi-award-winning publisher of children's books and apps. She comes to app making with a background in children's publishing: before setting up Nosy Crow, she was the UK publisher of US books from Goodnight Moon to The Hunger Games and Judy Blume's Forever, as well as working on UK bestsellers like The Gruffalo and Horrible Histories. She's interested in children's literacy, in building businesses for the long term and in cake.