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Session Descriptions: Day 2 PM Block: Ramm #2

  • 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

Your Journey to a Blended Classroom
August 9, 1:50-2:30pm

Deb Ramm, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Johnston Public Schools
@deb_ramm Website

  • Technology/Computer Science, K-12
  • Audience cap: 40
  • Participants are required to bring the device of their choice (tablet, iPad, or laptop) for this session

All students should be engaged in 21st century applied learning opportunities and as educators, we must develop the skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, problem solving, and persistence. Personalization through blended learning offers opportunities for that are critical in developing and promoting the careers of the future. Leveraging technology to increase the quality of teaching and learning for all students is necessary and supported by blended learning experiences.

Debra Turchetti-Ramm has been a fourth grade teacher for the Johnston Public School (JPS) System in RI since 1997. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who has done a significant amount of professional development in the areas of science, math, and technology. She is President of the RI Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (RIASCD) and also serves as their communications coordinator.

A recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science, Deb has created a STREAM program for her fourth grade students, has presented at RI Science Teachers Association, and attended several summer institutes including Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, American Geoscience Institute, and the Honeywell Space Academy.

In 2015, she was selected as a PBS Lead Digital Innovator. She had been both a participant and trainer for Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative since 1998, and has been working to transform her classroom into a blended learning environment using her class website as a launchpad, as well as laptops and iPads with her students daily.

Deb has also presented digital storytelling workshops highlighting the work of her students (often with her students) at various local forums, including the Learning First Alliance, RI Department of Education’s Innovation Powered by Technology, and the Highlander’s Blended Learning Conferences.

Debra is a founding member of EdUnderground, a hands-on technology integration and blended learning laboratory for teachers, and was a Fuse RI Fellow, working to collaborate with the state’s districts to assess readiness, analyze data, and help disseminate best blended learning practices based on each district’s specific needs.

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