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Session Descriptions: Day 2 AM Block: Festa

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

Increasing Student Engagement & Mindblowing Creation of Content Using Buncee
August 9, 10:55-11:35am
Karen Festa, Special Education Teacher, Narragansett Public Schools


  • Science, K-8
  • Audience cap: 40
  • Participant devices (tablet, iPad, laptop) are recommended for this session but not required

Looking for ideas on how to engage students and ignite creativity while allowing voice and choice in science? We will review the abstract, introduction, and findings of a research study conducted in a fourth grade integrated classroom using Buncee to analyze data and provide information upon conducting a Foss-Web Science investigation. Attendees will view samples of student Buncee's as well as have an opportunity to explore the digital canvas tool Buncee itself.

The presenter will allow time for Q & A as well as share resources and ideas of how Buncee can be used within classrooms at various elementary and middle school levels.

Karen Festa is a proud mother of 2 amazing daughters, a Sunday School teacher, and a Special Education Teacher at Narragansett Elementary School. She is a member of the district blended learning team, PBIS Committee, and Curriculum Council at her school. As an educational consultant for the Rhode Island Department of Education, she presents in various school districts on topics such as Aligning IEP's to CCSS, Motivating and Engaging all Students, and Universal Design for Learning.

Karen has co-moderated twitter chats #coteachat, #spedchat, #edbeat, and #udlchat. 

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