Dedra Stafford | From Technology to School Climate

Dedra Stafford

From Technology to School Climate

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Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and author in Education. She is a former middle-level teacher and district professional development specialist who now consults and provides staff development in social and emotional learning, classroom management, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and teacher motivation.

Dedra has presented at 3 international schools and over 30 states. Much of her time is spent supporting high-risk schools in an embedded capacity. Ms. Stafford holds both an administrator's and a superintendent's license and collaborates with district leaders, principals, coaches and teachers across the country supporting their work in providing quality instruction that produces success in the classroom.

Dedra's newest book co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver, "Teaching Kids to Thrive: The Other Essential Skills for Success" has instantly been recognized as one of the must-read books on creating an SEL culture with a common sense approach.

A regular contributor to professional journals and online teacher resources, she stays abreast of current educational issues as well as technology trends. As a former classroom teacher, Dedra Stafford understands the need for professional development that offers practical ideas, which can be implemented immediately into the classroom.

Breakout Session
Web 2.0 Tools of Classroom Collaboration

The next generation of the web is
the new web 2.0. Collaboration websites cater to the on- demand, video game generation of today.
See how these sites can work in the classroom. Move your class into the future and out of the past
with Voice thread, Photostory, Blogs, and the ever-popular Teacher Tube website. Teacher Tube is
You Tube for the education world. See how you can learn, teach, and assess student learning all with this and many more great websites.

Format: Hands-on in Lab
Skills: Learn how to use Voicethread (free), Photostory (free), and MovieMaker (free) for class projects. See how teach- ers are using blogs, and see other sites that are interactive and made for education. Learn how to navigate and use the Teacher Tube website.
Needed: Lab, headphones, digital camera, and mics and internet

Breakout Session
The Nuts and Bolts of It

Now that you understand what podcasting is and how it can be used in the classroom, come in and make one! We will use the computers and free software to create a simple podcast. You don’t have to be a techie to make this happen. Learn the ins and outs of the podcasting basics and Audacity software and be ready to enhance your curriculum with this great tool of the digital age. (this session can be combined with “What Casting” in a 1-2 day hands-on session)

Format: Hands-on in Lab
Skills: Learn how to use Audacity (free software) and the basic tools and functions to create podcast Needed: Lab, headphones and mics ( participants will work in small groups)

Breakout Session
What Casting? How to use Podcasting in the Classroom:

Can you really make it educational? Don’t ban those IPods yet. We can show you ways to make a podcast in the classroom. Get kids hooked using the technology that they crave. Podcasts are great for lecture, reinforcements, or even student projects. All kids can podcast and so can you, ready? Come and learn what podcasting is and see how teachers are using podcast to enhance the curriculum. (this session can be combined with “Nuts and Bolts of It” in a 1-2 day hands-on session)

Format: Presentation and hands-on exploring
Skills: Learn what podcasting is and how to use podcast in the classroom Needed: Lab with internet connection and headphones

Breakout Session
Twitter This:Websites that make you say “COOL!”

This session is a tech lover’s dream! Come in and learn about the websites that everyone is talking about (or tweeting about). No theory, lecture, or research in this session. It is an old fashion swap party. We will highlight the latest and greatest websites educators can use to teach, learn, and have fun with. You will share your favorite websites and ideas and learn everyone else’s. If you like learning.... This is the session you will not want to miss!

Format: Presentation and possible hands-on exploring Needed: Internet, Screen

Dedra Stafford
Featured Books

Summarization in Any Subject: 60 Innovative, Tech-Infused Strategies for Deeper Student Learning, 2nd Editionby Dedra Stafford

Summarization in Any Subject: 60 Innovative, Tech-Infused Strategies for Deeper Student Learning, 2nd Edition

by Dedra Stafford
Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Successby Dedra Stafford

Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success

by Dedra Stafford

New Education Classic Enlivens SEL Teaching

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