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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Nikki Vradenburg: Featured Teacher

We are so excited to have Nikki Vradenburg on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as a Featured Teacher for the month of December! Nikki teaches a grade 4/5 classroom in a K-8 rural school with 70 students in Bozeman, MT. This presentation is intended to showcase the wide variety of authentic products created by elementary students to share their learning. Participants will view examples of blog posts, screencasts, concept maps and audio recordings created by students in her classroom. Participants will learn basic principles for managing technology in the elementary classroom and will explore and analyze tools for creating authentic products with elementary students. Misconceptions about the limitations of young students using technology will be addressed as examples and explanations of student work are shared.

Nikki currently teaches fourth and fifth grade at LaMotte School in Bozeman, MT. She taught the K/1 class at her school for 12 years. She has been a classroom teacher since 2001 and has been at LaMotte since 2004. Before finding her place at LaMotte she taught for three years in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Nikki is a National Board certified teacher in the area of ELA Literacy. She is passionate about technology integration, especially blogging with students. Her classroom is a 1:1 Chromebook classroom and when she taught K1 they had 1:1 iPads. She is a BrainPOP certified teacher and a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator. She was named a finalist for the 2017 Montana teacher of the year. She delivers professional development to teachers all over the state of Montana in the areas of differentiation and technology integration and she recently presented at national education conferences NCCE in Seattle and ISTE in Denver in 2016. Nikki is a proud wife and mother, pet owner, reader and a writer. She loves camping, hiking and backpacking in the beautiful mountains of Montana where she has lived nearly all of her life.

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