Thursday, 16 July 2020
12:00-1:00 pm US ET
Hacking Parallax: A NatGeo Explorer on the Power of Perspective
Our world is so incredible that it is difficult to describe its richness in a single language. Nowhere is this more evident than through the lens of National Geographic. Join explorer Andrés Ruzo on a journey from the Amazon to the Arctic—because when perspectives meet, discoveries often follow.
Andrés Ruzo is a National Geographic explorer and host of the award-winning NatGeo Latin America show, Misterios del Inframundo (Mysteries of the Underworld). His work has been featured across NatGeo platforms, including the channel, magazine, digital, and other media outlets. He is a geothermal scientist, conservationist, science communicator, and educator who in 2011 became the first geoscientist granted the shamanic blessing to study the sacred Boiling River of the Amazon. He is the founder and director of the Boiling River Project, a nonprofit dedicated to understanding and protecting the Boiling River area by bringing together science, traditional Amazonian knowledge, and many other disciplines. He is based between Miami (USA) and Lima (Peru), holds degrees in geology and finance, and will soon be receiving his geoscience PhD. (Southern Methodist University). He is also a TED MainStage speaker and TEDBook author and has been featured on numerous major media outlets across the globe.
**Please note that this opening keynote will not be recorded.**
James E. Alatis Plenary
Friday, 17 July 2020
2:00-3:00 pm US ET
Our Paramount Duty: Language as a Vehicle for Connection and Belonging
There are 71 million displaced people worldwide. As educators, language acquisition is not our goal, it is our vehicle—a vehicle through which we connect ELLs to mainstream students, so every student is fearless in reaching across difference. Our goal is that every student feels welcome and that they belong in our schools and communities.
Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. Mandy strives to create connections between her students and the community inside and outside of the school. Mandy has taught for the past 20 years, 8 of which have been in her current role. She earned a BA from Eastern Washington University, an MA from West Texas A&M University, and an MFA from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Mandy is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Saturday, 18 July 2020
2:30-3:30 pm US ET
Teaching With Play: Games, Game-Based Learning, and Gamification
Play is powerful for all ages, and learners generally like a fun factor in their learning. Most teachers use games, and some have tried game-based learning and gamification. But what are the differences among games, game-based learning, and gamification, and what underlies why they work—or don’t work?
Dr. Deborah Healey is the 2019–2020 president of TESOL International Association. An online and face-to-face teacher and teacher educator, she writes and presents extensively around the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America) on pedagogy and appropriate use of technology in language teaching. She is a contributor to two TESOL Technology Standards publications as well as the TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching and the Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology. Having used games extensively in her teaching, Dr. Healey began researching gamification and gamifying her online and face-to-face courses for the University of Oregon. She has found the psychology of game-play fascinating, especially as it applies to teaching and learning.