Boston Summer Institute
We are back for our 16th summer of learning in Boston with a new approach to summer workshops.
Boston University Academy
Our Boston Summer Institue will be held in the heart of Boston just walking distance from the MBTA Green Line “B” Trolley. There are also multiple hotels and pay-per-entry parking lots in the area.
7:30 – 8:00 am: Registration
8:00 – 8:30 am: Keynotes or Ignite Talks (multiple 10-minute mini-keynotes)
8:45 – 11:30 am: Morning Session for your registered workshop
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch on your own
12:30 – 3:30 pm: Afternoon Session for your registered workshop
- There are numerous hotels in the area depending on your preference. Use your favorite travel site to find Boston hotels.
- Hotel Commonwealth
- Boston Hotel Buckminster
- Boston Inn
- Cambridge Hyatt
- AirBnB can also be an affordable option to stay.
- Lodging accommodations available at Boston University Academy
- $90/night/person in a shared suite with a private bedroom and shared bath or $158/night/person in a shared suite with a private bedroom and private bath. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about making an overnight reservation.
- If you are flying into Boston’s Logan Airport, the most convenient option is to take a taxi from the airport to your local hotel.
- You can also take the subway (also known as the “T”) or a bus from Logan Airport. The MBTA website has schedules and details. From Logan, take the Silver Line Bus to South Station and then get on Green Line “B” trolley to the Boston University Central stop. Keeping the Marsh Chapel on your right and Pavement Coffee on your left, walk one block west to the Academy entrance at One University Road.
Get to know our workshops:
Summer Institute Boston Schedule
Join us for the whole week for the best experience, or you may also attend part of the week to meet your needs. Filter the options below or sort through the schedule to find the right workshops for you.
Each morning, we will have all the attendees together for an exciting keynote or multiple 10-minute inspiring Ignite Talks.
|Workshop||Instructor||Workshop Title||Location||Instructor||Duration||Date (s)||Ticket Needed||Topics||Grade Level||Device||Grad Credit||Description||Link to Description||Link to Bio||Link to Purchase||Ticket Needed||Headshot||Bio 2018||Twitter handle||Course ID|
|Creating Interactive Learning Experiences with G Suite for Education||Avra Robinson||Creating Interactive Learning Experiences with G Suite for Education||Boston||Avra Robinson||Half-day AM||June 27||1-day ticket (June 27)||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||No||G Suite for EDU offers a wide variety of opportunities for engaging learners of all ages. From writing and narrating a story to illustrating ideas to verbally reflecting on the learning process, the possibilities are endless. In this half-day workshop, we will explore ways teachers can create interactive activities using tools such as Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Drawings, as well as audio recording and screencasting tools.||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_1||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_avra-robinson||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 27)|
|Creative Uses of iPads in the Elementary Classroom||Anissa Labrador||Creative Uses of iPads in the Elementary Classroom||Boston||Anissa Labrador||2-day||June 25-26||2-day ticket (June 25-26)||iPads||Elementary||iPad||Yes||From recording reading fluency, to developing storytelling skills, to demonstrating problem solving, iPads can be used in a myriad of ways in the elementary classroom. This workshop will focus specifically on unleashing the creative potential of the iPad at the K-5 level. We will explore apps and strategies specific to young learners to empower them as creators of their own learning artifacts. With our philosophy of “All the Good Apps Fit on One Screen” as a guiding principle, this workshop provides participants not only with an understanding of the device itself, but also ways to leverage essential tools and apps in the classroom. |
Key topics addressed in this intensive workshop will include reading and writing, visible-thinking strategies, multimedia creation, portfolios and publishing, and collaborative projects. Whether you have a cart of shared iPads, a 1:1 program, or a single device in your classroom, this workshop provides an excellent forum for thoughtful integration into the elementary classroom.
|http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_4||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_anissa-labrador||http://ettsummer.org/register||2-day ticket (June 25-26)|
|Design Thinking||Greg Kulowiec||Design Thinking||Boston||Greg Kulowiec||2-day||June 28-29||2-day ticket (June 28-29)||Design thinking||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||Yes||While we cannot predict what the future looks like, we do know that innovation and creativity are skills that our students need and Design Thinking has emerged as a proven framework for helping people develop a creative problem-solving mindset. The Design Thinking process provides an effective framework that can be implemented in classrooms to create an environment that values collaboration, research, and creativity. This process ultimately helps facilitate the process of carefully identifying a problem, and proposing, prototyping and testing solutions. The foundation of Design Thinking is the capacity to empathize with the end-user or intended community, so special attention will be given to thoroughly understanding all aspects of the process. |
Over the course of the workshop, we will engage in a deep-dive into the Design Thinking process, participate in hands-on design challenges, work through a lo-fidelty prototyping process and test proposed solutions. Next, we will explore ways that exemplar schools have incorporated Design Thinking activities into their own curriculum and devote time to developing a vision and practical approach to adopting Design Thinking in classroom and school environments.
|http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_7||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_greg-kulowiec||http://ettsummer.org/register||2-day ticket (June 28-29)|
|Digital Portfolios||Anissa Labrador||Digital Portfolios||Boston||Anissa Labrador||Half-day PM||June 27||1-day ticket (June 27)||Digital portfolios||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||No||What is a digital portfolio? Who should create a digital portfolio? Why are digital portfolios useful and important? How can digital portfolios help us differentiate learning experiences for students? Most importantly, HOW does one create a digital portfolio? Join us for an engaging session filled with tools that you can take back to your classroom for immediate implementation! Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways they can increase student engagement, differentiate learning experiences for students, and get students reflecting on their learning through the use of digital portfolios.||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_9||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_avra-robinson||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 27)|
|Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Productivity and Creativity||Avra Robinson||Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Productivity and Creativity||Boston||Avra Robinson||Half-day PM||June 27||1-day ticket (June 27)||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||No||Discover some of the best Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for productivity and creativity perfect for laptop, desktop, and Chromebook classrooms. Also learn strategies that promote more effective teacher integration. Featured tools include: Google Explore, SAS Writing Reviser, Screencastify, PrintFriendly, Kami, Mercury Reader, and others. Explore how educators can make the most of these powerful, free tools that extend Google capabilities!||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_15||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_brenda-doucette||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 27)|
|HyperDocs||Mason Mason||HyperDocs||Boston||Mason Mason||1-day||June 26||1-day ticket (June 26)||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||No||Combine the power of Google Slides and your curriculum content to create engaging lessons that promote collaboration, communication, reflection, and creativity among students! In this session, you'll learn the key components of a HyperDoc, explore subject-specific examples, and take away valuable resources by grade level. Bring your computer to begin designing your first HyperDoc to use right away with your students!||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_18||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_mason-mason||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 26)|
|Makerspace||Greg Kulowiec||Makerspace||Boston||Greg Kulowiec||1-day||June 27||1-day ticket (June 27)||Makerspace||Elementary, Middle School, High School||All devices||No||What is the "Maker" movement, and how can we effectively and creatively use a school makerspace? How can coding be used to make real objects come to life, allow students to tell stories or solve problems? In this hands-on workshop we will explore the purpose and philosophy of of school based makerspaces. By adopting a Design Thinking mindset, makerspaces and making can become more than a process of following a recipe for a prescribed product. Instead, it can become a creative environment that values both lo-fi analog creation and coding, 3D design and printing. With the underlying purpose of fostering creativity and innovation, the workshop will help educators frame the purpose of a makerspace to foster problem solving, creation and innovation.||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_27||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_greg-kulowiec||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 27)|
|Managing the Technology Classroom||Mason Mason||Managing the Technology Classroom||Boston||Mason Mason||Half-day AM||June 27||1-day ticket (June 27)||Classroom management||Elementary, Middle School, High School||All devices||No||BYOD, iPads, Chrombooks, or somewhere in between? Gain the valuable knowledge and skills necessary to manage your technology-rich classroom. Get the tips, tricks, and classroom hacks to make teaching and learning in a digital environment a breeze. Learn how to transform your rules, policies, and procedures to increase student engagement, reduce off-task behavior, and improve student success. Increase student productivity through proven technological tools and pedagogical strategies for success.||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_29||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_mason-mason||http://ettsummer.org/register||1-day ticket (June 27)|
|Project Based Learning: Integrating Technology to Support Meaningful Student Learning||Greg Kulowiec||Project Based Learning: Integrating Technology to Support Meaningful Student Learning||Boston||Greg Kulowiec||2-day||June 25-26||2-day ticket (June 25-26)||PBL||Elementary, Middle School, High School||Chromebook/Chrome Browser||Yes||Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise. Applicable across grade-levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest. Project Based Learning, paired with the ever-growing technology access available in many educational settings, offer educators unique possibilities in unit design. Intentional use of technology within the essential design elements of PBL provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, refine 21st Century Skills, and publish to a Public Audience.|
In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, meaningful ways to integrate technology as an integral component in student engagement and motivation, and instructional strategies to support student learning. With PBL, we will identify and align student learning goals, construct driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity, in addition to offering student choice and voice through the use of technology. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create assessment frameworks for PBL, and reimagine current curriculum in order to implement Project Based Learning in their classroom.
|http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_34||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_greg-kulowiec||http://ettsummer.org/register||2-day ticket (June 25-26)|
|Teaching History with Technology||Tom Daccord||Teaching History with Technology||Boston||Tom Daccord||2-day||June 28-29||2-day ticket (June 28-29)||History||Middle School, High School||All devices||Yes||The Teaching History with Technology Workshop is an intensive hands-on environment for History and Social Studies educators. During this intensive workshop, participants will explore practical, dynamic, and creative ways to use technology in the classroom to enhance their curricula and provide students with unique opportunities to create original content to demonstrate their understanding. The workshop examines innovative ideas, effective techniques and thoughtful approaches for incorporating web tools, mobile devices, apps and emerging technologies into History and Social Studies curricula. In addition to exploring examples and content applicable to World History, United States History, and Civics at the middle school, high school and college level, this workshop emphasizes the use of technology to provide students with the ability to create digital stories, screencasts, collaborative documents and presentations, interactive maps, Virtual field trips, and timelines. Other topics include social networking, evaluating sources, and emerging technologies. The projects, concepts, and tools addressed in this workshop apply to the 4Cs - Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity - as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills||http://ettsummer.org/workshops#table_7_row_39||http://ettsummer.org/instructors#group-id-table_1_tom-daccord||http://ettsummer.org/register||2-day ticket (June 28-29)|
|Instructor||Duration||Date (s)||Topics||Grade Level||Device||Grad Credit|