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Friday, March 11 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Leveraging Social Media to Enhance Professional Learning and Community Communication

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Far too often, discussion around social media focuses on what should be restricted instead of exploring the potential to positively transform teaching and learning. First, social media can be leveraged as a powerful tool to personalized professional learning. It can also be leveraged to articulate the district's vision, celebrate accomplishments towards this vision, and provide powerful examples of student learning within the wider community. In this session, you will learn how Bristol Warren’s innovative uses of social media to enhance professional learning and community communication have positively impacted student learning across the district.

We have experienced how Twitter can be used to collaborate with colleagues, communicate successes with a wider audience, and learn from educators across the globe. In particular, Twitter “lists” featuring our administrators and educators provide a streamlined way to connect teaching and learning together. Professional development opportunities and resources are also offered for educators, administrators and school committee members, providing them with guidance and inspiration for using Twitter as a learning tool. Examples will also be provided regarding how Twitter is used to reach out and connect with the local community.

We will also demonstrate how to transform traditional sit & get professional development into highly engaging, interactive learning environments featuring educator voice, choice, and peer collaboration. Teachers lead sessions highlighting digital learning strategies that have proven successful, then dive into these strategies to collaboratively develop lessons. Google Hangouts were used to provide a gamification session led by Devin Young of Classcraft, despite him being in New York. All the while, teachers were backchanneling on Twitter via the #KMSTech2015 hashtag and sessions were shared on the district's YouTube channel for educators across the district to access. Through BWEdTech.org, we then archive this work and provide staff with online access to each session’s resources. Our success has evolved through the ongoing collaboration of teachers and leaders committed to a vision of professional growth to advance and celebrate the learning of adults and students in our district.

Connect with the Presenters:

Tom Driscoll | @Mr_Driscoll | Director of Educational Technology for Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Mario Andrade | @MarioJAndrade | Superintendent of Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Diane Sanna@BWAsstSupt | Assistant Superintendent of Bristol Warren Regional School District 
Jared Vance@Principal_Vance | Principal of Kickemuit Middle School (BWRSD)

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Dr. Mario Andrade

Superintendent, Bristol Warren Regional School District
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Tom Driscoll

Director of Digital Learning, Bristol Warren Regional School District
Tom Driscoll is the Director of Digital Learning for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. Previously, Tom taught high school social studies for eight years in northeastern Connecticut. Tom also speaks at conferences, consults with school districts, and has... Read More →
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Diane Sanna

Assistant Superintendent, Bristol Warren Regional School Department
Diane has over 20 years of experience in education working as an elementary teacher, curriculum director, and currently assistant superintendent. She has a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is a PhD candidate at Lesley University in the Educational Studies program... Read More →
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Jared Vance

Principal, Bristol/Warren
Jared Vance is presently the Principal of Kickemuit Middle School in the Bristol/Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island. Prior to his arrival at KMS, Jared was the Assistant Principal of Curtis Corner Middle School in South Kingstown, RI for three and a half years. Before... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST