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BbWorld K-12 LIVE

A K-12 program for optimizing community engagement, understanding accessibility, and driving student success.

This year we’re presenting content for the entire K-12 community, from communications professionals to teachers. Don’t miss out on a chance to hear from peers and Blackboard experts about the topics that matter most to you, including community engagement, educational accessibility, and personalized learning.

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What to expect for 2017

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see when you join for the live streaming. Be sure to check back for more details about speakers and session timing as the event gets closer.

Connecting the dots on personalized learning with new classroom models

Digital tools, content, and new resources have the potential to be a gateway for more personalized learning. Hear from Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, as she shares new research to help connect the dots between the imperative for personalized learning and the challenges school and district leaders face in leveraging technology to transform the classroom learning experience.

The ABC’s of Blackboard’s Accessibility, Branding and Communication

Learning organizations must be able to engage all stakeholders effectively. Effective engagement is easily accessible, includes a brand that resonates, and involves a robust communication network designed to bring important information to the forefront at all times. See how Blackboard has helped Hartselle City Schools provide accessibility, branding, and communication to all stakeholders with our new website, app, and rapid notification system.

What’s the difference? Blackboard Teacher Websites vs Blackboard Learn

Join the conversation with St. Mary Parish’s web administrator, who has been working with Blackboard Learn and Web Community Manager for the past four years and will share their use of these two valuable communication tools and to share their training materials on a special site established for this purpose. This session will outline the decisions that must be made on the administrator’s side, a quick review of teacher webpage creation tips, and a list of “Best Teacher Apps” will be provided.

Next gen. communication: An inside look at our Community Engagement roadmap

Wondering what we’re doing behind the scenes with your community engagement products? Join our product experts for this exciting session on the new features, enhancements, and updates coming to your communications tools in the second half of 2017.

Legendary Community Engagement: How-to tips from the pros

At the heart of every strong community is a school system that brings everyone together. Strong school communities take deliberate, creative, and consistent effort to create the kind of engagement that will make a difference. Join two leading experts, Lana Snodgras of West Plains R-VI School District and Stephanie Smith of Fort Osage Public Schools, as they share tips from the trenches about strategies and tools that can make you a hero to your community.

Text, Twitter, Email, Call – what do parents say are the most effective tools for communications and engagement?

The widespread use of social media tools, online resources and mobile devices across our society has had a significant impact on the expectations of parents for school-to-home communications. In this session, Dr. Julie Evans will join us again to share the latest research from a survey of 30,000 parents of K-12 students about their expectations for various communications modalities, and the differences in those expectations by community type, grade level of child and other socio-economic profiles.

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Developing your crisis communication plan

Cindy Warner, Shelby County Public Schools

Shelby County Public Schools has a best-in-class communication program, and the program’s architect Cindy Warner is sharing all her trade secrets with you. Tune in for this exciting session on designing and rolling out a comprehensive communication plan that keeps your community in the loop on crises through proactive, multi-channel strategies.

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A day in the life of a school PR social media guru

Stephanie Smith, Fort Osage School District Lana Snodgras, West Plains Schools

Being a social media guru is no easy task, but these two make it look like a cinch. Social media is fast becoming one of the leading ways for schools to reach their communities, and these presenters have found the perfect way to integrate it into their communications strategies. You’ll leave this session with plenty of ideas to put into practice immediately.

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What our K-12 team is building (and why)

Lee Blakemore, Senior Vice President of Blackboard K-12

Three pillar beliefs guide our K-12 business: each student learns differently, engaged communities boost student success, and students learn better in safe environments. Tune in for a keynote presentation on the trends that we’re seeing around these key areas, and how our K-12 strategy is aligned. You might even get a sneak peek of what we’re working on in real time, including how the New Learning Experience is evolving based on your input and ideas.

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Customer keynote: A new learning experience realized

Paula Barr, iNACOL Blended & Online Learning Teacher of the Year | Dr. Jerri Kemble, Dr. Angelique Nedved, Dr. James Basham

Lawrence Public Schools started blending learning way ahead of the curve. Roll out a highly effective communications strategy and a comprehensive safety and security protocol on top of their innovative teaching, and you have a truly phenomenal district. Tune in to this powerful keynote from our nation’s education leaders for a story that’s sure to inspire.

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Impacts of mobile communication on a large, diverse district

Elizabeth Rios, Socorro ISD

Socorro Independent School District serves over 45,000 students at 47 campuses, comprising the second largest school district in El Paso, a border city in far west Texas. This school year, they rolled out a mobile app to connect their district’s diverse and multi-lingual community. Learn the ins-and-outs of their strategy—from app configuration, to training programs, and marketing campaigns.

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#GoOpen with Blackboard Open Content

Chris Tims and Bradley Parker, Crowley ISD Brent Mundy, Blackboard

Explore the possibilities of a world with digital content at your fingertips. Learn how Crowley ISD leverages Blackboard Open Content to provide a cloud-based, cross-platform learning object repository for authoring, sharing, and reusing digital content. Their story starts with solving for big challenges with comprehensive professional development, and ends with engaged students and empowered teachers.

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Rocket sessions: 5 sessions in 50 minutes

Multiple speakers

Love a TED talk? Who doesn’t! We took that format and supercharged it. Introducing rocket sessions: 10 minute sessions that pack a punch. You won’t be disappointed in these five rocket sessions:

  1. Create winning digital communications
  2. Lifeline – all in who you know; life support – phone a friend
  3. Trends in digital learning
  4. Top 10 tools for personalized learning
  5. How history went paperless

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