An Authentic Digital Writing Instruction Workflow
Presented by: Eric Nentrup
We're still doing it wrong. We assign written products to students and either collect ephemeral pages covered in student scrawling, or attempt to "go digital" and end up awash in a sea of word processor files which elicit a heartfelt "now what?".
We need a bulletproof digital writing workflow.
And this isn't simply a means for tossing your manila folders. It's about pre-writing, drafting, multiplying your presence, protecting the 1:1 writing conference, recognizing weaknesses and having the agency to focus on the grammar and syntax drills to correct it, and doing all this with autonomy and authenticity of tools and task.
In this workshop, educators will leave armed to launch their own digital writing workflow for their students, ditch the red ink, and never "grade papers" again. The students won't just thank you; they'll do it with eloquence.
Presented by: Samantha Morra
The iPad is an amazing piece of technology. Its applications in education are extensive and varied. Are you using your iPad to its fullest potential? In this workshop we will appsmash, use multiple apps unleash creativity, and get the most out our iPads. We will explore the features of the iPad as well as free and low-cost apps that can make you iPad an indispensable tool in your school.
Be a Shower, Not a Grower: Blogging like Seinfeld
Presented by: Barry Saide
The show Seinfeld was promoted as being simple, and about nothing. But, beneath the surface, it provided social commentary, asked questions, and connected people through similar experiences. Blogging is no different. We'll discuss how to find meaning in the simple things, turn questions into blog posts, and be a master of our domain!
Big Data! How is BIG DATA impacting the instructional process in your school/district?
Presented by: Sandra Paul
Using BIG DATA to drive learning is how we can change the instructional process in the classroom. The data points from all the data that is being used today is now being used to help design instructional strategies, evaluate the impact of these strategies on both students and teachers, fuel an evidence-based approach to experimentation, and create personalized learning environments. In this presentation we will be discussing "the good, the bad and the ugly" of how BIG DATA can be incorporated in your school or district to improve instruction and learning.
Blended Learning By Design
Presented by: Margaret Roth and Jason Lewis
Various models and styles of blended learning have been proposed and practiced in recent years, but what has actually been achieved is blended classrooms; classrooms enhanced with existing technologies to support traditional pedagogical practices. For true blended learning, the design process of the technology must be driven by instructional needs. It's not about blending the classroom with technology; it's about blending the classroom with learning, by leveraging technology.
Building a School Culture: Brand it, Tell it & Sell it!
Presented by: Bill Burkhead
Build your brand by telling your story. Presenter will share how a simple, well-organized & laser focused blog helped turned his 1,100 student Urban MS with over 4,000 student discipline referrals per year into a successful and respectful learning environment. Focus will be on specific strategies used to promote positive communication with students, staff, parents and community members. Participants will create a blog and leave ready to Brand it, Tell it & Sell it to their school communities that day!
Building K-12 Capacity for Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership
Presented by: Dr. Joe Mazza
Dr. Joe Mazza serves as Innovation Coach at @PennGSE. In this session, he will articulate the need for a new role (Dir. of Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership) in today's K-12 organizations to fully build and leverage connectivity across all stakeholders. What does it look like? How to get support? How does the job description read?
Joe's goal has been to blur the lines between the edu personal learning network (PLN) and his own K-12 school district (#nped). Leave this session with takeaways for your own school district whether you are a teacher, admin, tech coach, parent or other staff.
Chromebooks: Conquering with the Cloud
Presented by: Rich Kiker
Come learn and share all the reasons that Chromebooks and Google provide the ideal environment of access and inquiry that leads to opportunity for learners. The audience will have plenty of opportunity to share and ask questions along the way. We'll discuss and play with a range of solutions like Chromebooks, Chrome Web Store, GAfE, Chrome Experiments, and more!
Citizenship in this Digital Era: Learning for Everyone in the Community
Presented by: Chris Giordano and Cindy Assini
Participants will use web 2.0 technology to learn, including connecting with professional networks online and seeing examples of classroom activities. The presentation will focus specifically on how teachers can cater to digital preferences of students in social studies and promote community engagement. Interactive activities, resources, and specific classroom examples will help participants learn, navigate, and teach about the digital landscape. Finally, this workshop will provide digital citizenship lessons and assessments used within innovative classrooms.
Coding with a Finch is a Cinch
Presented by: Daniel Taylor andUrsula Wolz
Scratch is a known platform. Snap! is an iteration that allows students to learn coding by manipulating a robot instead of looking at a 2-D screen. Students engage in tag, art, dance, sports with the robots. This was implemented during CS Ed Week to our more than 600 middle school students. Facilitated by 40 peer tutors.
See our website https://sites.google.com/site/mthebronfinchsnap/
Creating Cultures of Innovation
Presented by: Jared Wastler
Today's world requires schools to facilitate student learning that promotes creativity and innovation. "Innovation" does not mean that we simply do it different, it means we do it better. Come learn how one school has created a culture of innovation through Makerspaces, MOOCs, flipped classrooms, digital collaboration, and on-demand professional learning, many with resources already in the building. Participants will leave with a framework for innovation in their own schools.
Creative Ways of using Google Presentations
Presented by: Jeffrey Bradbury
We have all sat through BORING PowerPoint presentations... right? In this session, we are going to learn how to use Google Presentations in a more creative and collaborative format than you have ever imagined! Learn how you can use Google Presentations in ways OTHER than the traditional slide show and reimagine the power of student projects.
Cultivating Pedagogical Innovation Through Emerging Leaders
Presented by: Dr. Andrea Tejedor
The success of any key initiative lies in the capacity of teachers and administrators to mark the path for others to follow. Join the conversation and learn how a spiral model for change was adopted to build a culture of pedagogical innovation, and cultivate emerging leaders/shift-shapers. The team explores emerging technologies, examines pedagogy, evaluates outcomes, and capitalizes on technologies to define a strategic shift in the pathways for students to learn.
Presented by: Laura Fleming
Digital Badges are becoming a popular way to acknowledge
skills. Badges can be used to recognize, assess, motivate and evaluate
learning. An overview of the concept and applications of digital badges will be presented as well as design principles for recognizing informal student and professional learning with digital badges.
Digital Photography in the Mathematics Classroom
Presented by: Bette Sloane
Secondary and elementary educators can use smart phones, iPads, and digital cameras to integrate the arts into the math curriculum by artistically documenting key math concepts. With an emphasis on technology, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM), this innovative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching mathematics encourages real-world connections. By giving students the role of investigative learners, they are more engaged in the content and take ownership over their learning experiences. Example: students observe parallel lines in their everyday lives. They find and photograph this mathematical concept and share their math-art via instagram, twitter, websites, wikis, blogs, e-books, etc.
Digital Productivity for School Leaders
Presented by: Mike St. Pierre
In "Digital Productivity for School Leaders", Mike St. Pierre will provide a user-friendly and practical framework for anyone in school leadership looking to accomplish the following:
- get more done in less time
- utilize digital tools (Evernote, Hangouts, ToDoist and more!) to maximize productivity
- go paperless
- decrease meetings
A digitally productive school leader is an innovator and truly embodies what it means to "Innovate Now" so that students learn more and adults work smarter.
Presented by: Brad Currie and Starr Sackstein
EdPerspectives is a monthly On Air Google Hangout featuring Brad Currie and Starr Sackstein. Brad (School Administrator) and Starr (NBCT Teacher) provide insight on such topics as achievement, teacher evaluation, educational technology, and assessment. Join this relevant and engaging conversation that will look at educational trends from both sides of the aisle.
Presented by: Daniel Alston, Wendy Morales, and Regina Schaffer
The Middletown Township Public School EdTech Challenge is an annual, on-demand learning exploration and celebration of technology integration for elementary and secondary educators. The purpose of this workshop is to share our innovative model with our colleagues as a means to offer ongoing technology integration professional development for teachers and administrators.
Explore Global Project Based Learning
Presented by: Heidi Hutchison
Are you wondering what makes project based learning different than "regular" projects you may be doing? We will explore the 8 essentials of PBL through looking at two global PBLs called "The #Malala Project" and "The One and Only Ivan Project." Learn how to develop a driving question of your own, create, facilitate, and/or join a global PBL, as well as model global and digital citizenship skills for students.
Flip Your Classroom or Faculty Meeting
Presented by: Dr. and Mrs. Samuel and Dawn Thompson
This presentation will provide innovative tools to flip both classrooms or meetings. A hands-on exploration into models which can be used by both classroom educators and/or administrators is the focus of this session. Attendees will have the opportunity to utilize digital media and improve lessons by providing practical time saving methods. For the administrator, pre-meeting activities online can allow for in-depth discussion on important initiatives at faculty or department meetings. These models will be introduced throughout the session.
Grading with Learning in Mind
Presented by: Danielle Shanley, Director of C & I, New Milford Public Schools
Are you confident that your students receive consistent, accurate and meaningful feedback that supports learning? Are you confident that the grades you assign students accurately reflect the desired learning outcomes for your class?Educational reform needs to be supported by 21st century grading practices. Are your grading policies reflective of yesteryear? For this working session, bring a copy of your classroom, school or district grading policy for a hands-on review of grading practices. Join us in a discussion about effective practices for assessing your students that focus more on learning and less on on student behavior. How do you handle extra credit? How do you manage late work? How do you deal with plagiarism? How do you feel about zeros? Do you live and work in the world of "averages"? Leave with practical, easy-to-implement practices for improving your systems and for focusing on student learning. Begin by improving your grading practices now.
How 140 Characters Can Change Your Classroom
Presented by: Kyle Calderwood
Have you ever wanted to collaborate with a teacher or educator from another country, but didn't know where to get started? Are there benefits to using Twitter in the classroom? YES! Learn how thousands of educators worldwide are using Twitter for Professional and classroom development. Learn how Twitter can give a voice to shy students, increase student discourse and resource sharing. Twitter also opens up the classroom to the rest of the world by allowing you and your students to talk to other classes across the world. Learn how to connect yourself and your students with professionals in your content area. You can then begin engaging discussions with community leaders, scientists, writers, artists, and engineers.
Innovative Uses of Technology in the Classroom
Presented by: Kanchan Chellani
Educators today have endless options when it comes to technology tools. To achieve results, technology must be carefully implemented to enhance the learning experience and to not become a distraction. This session will provide educators with a framework and implementation examples to illustrate the power of technology to enable a 21st century learning environment. Examples will include the use of tools such as Poll Everywhere, Socrative, Edmodo, Games, Videos, Case Studies, and QR Codes.
Instagram in the Classroom
Presented by: Jodi Samsinak
Have you noticed that your students are not just texting anymore? They are taking pictures instead...in your class! What if you could teach them how to use Instagram to foster curiosity and increase engagement with your content? I will show you how to take this popular photo sharing app which incorporates class content both at school and away to create a rich-visual learning experience that connects your classroom with learners around the globe!
It's the Process not the Program: Design Tools for Institutions Using Online Resources
Presented by: Matthew Alpaugh
The world of design and collaboration are no longer held tightly by the hands of the pros with hefty price tags for software. The paradigm is shifting. Tools that work closely with Google Apps for Education like LucidPress, Pixlr and Animoto allow free professional design tools for students and staff to learn the process and create great publications and designs. I will review the simple rules and tools of great design and collaboration that institutions can use in a classroom or for external marketing.
Just Google It: Tools and Apps to Innovate, Ignite, and Inspire (I3)
Presented by: Dr. Claudia Edwards
Do you wish you could learn how to "Google"? Come to this hands on session to learn how to inspire 21st century learners, integrate Common Core Standards, and ignite collaboration in your school, classroom and beyond using Google's innovative tools and apps. Participants will get a list of Google Apps that can be used immediately in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to set up a Google account prior to attending this session.
Lego's and Beyond: Teaching Reading & Writing Skills with Toys Students Love
Presented by: Billy Krakower, Sharon Plante
Launch elementary aged students into the story creation process utilizing Lego Story Starter Kit with a variety of Web 2.0 tools. The Lego Story Starter Kit can creatively enhance reading and writing skill instruction to increase student engagement while fostering critical thinking. Blast beyond the classroom walls building collaboration with students in other states using tools such as Google Hangouts and Edmodo.
Level Up! Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom
Presented by: Sarah Thomas
In this session, you will be introduced to the five easy steps to gamify your classroom. Gamification is an innovative advance that has been sweeping the nation, and changing the way many of us teach. Applying game dynamics to learning has been found to increase engagement among students. Come join in the discussion, and gain a solid foundation to begin gamifying your class. This is the ultimate walk-through!
Multimodal Meaning Making
Presented by: Natalie Vazquez
This workshop is designed to demonstrate digital tools that inspire engagement, critical thinking, and creativity while transforming traditional assessments into 21st century learning opportunities. Participants will be introduced to multimodal options for redesigning traditional tasks such as student presentations, research projects, and collaborative and reflective activities. Tools such as Citelighter will be demonstrated, and a sampling of student-created projects will be shared to highlight ways in which multimodality engages our students in today's participatory culture.
PD for iPhiles and iPhobes: Differentiating Technology Integration Instruction
Presented by: Jonathan R. Werner
If we know that the lecture is dead in our classrooms, why do we expect Sit and Get Professional Development to succeed with teachers? We'll examine creating a comprehensive differentiated approach to Technology Integration instruction. While many of us have the tech available, now we need to take the next step to transform teaching and learning. And that is going to require redesigning how we teach teachers to rethink their pedagogy and instruction.
Real Content/Real Literacy
Presented by: Joanna Westbrook and Jessica Groff
As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, they need access points to participate in academic discourse. This workshop gives examples of authentic literacy tasks developed by content teachers in collaboration with an ELA teacher and presents writing scaffolds that address diverse academic needs.
Research in the 21st Century Classroom
Presented by: Cathy Danahy and Sharon Bailey
What does research look like in the 21st century classroom? Our students have the world at their fingertips and the answer to any question is just a few clicks away. How can we teach students to find relevant and credible sources and how can we guide them in organizing their sources using digital bookmarking tools to sift and sort through digital information? Come hear about an 8th grade 21st century Research unit.
School Wide Systems of Support Using Google Drive
Presented by: Thomas Martellone
School wide systems of support are necessary to help all students. Learn how to implement PLC communication tools, systems to record and track students at risk, and how you can manage a school wide progress monitoring and RTI system using Google Drive.
Scratch and Learning by Designing and Coding
Presented by: Samantha Morra
Scratch is a programming tool developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab. It is a free program that allows educators to create learning opportunities for students to learn by designing. Students are active participants in projects that encourage creativity and problem-solving. These projects are often interdisciplinary and provide for reflection and collaboration. Getting started with Scratch will add a whole new dimension to any teacher's repertoire.
Social and Mobile Shouldn't Be Distant from Learning
Presented by: Shelly Blake-Plock
Just as social and mobile technologies have changed the face of communications, entertainment, politics, and business networking, so too are they changing the ways we learn online. Join in this conversation as we take a look at what's going on "under the hood" of social and mobile technologies and discuss what these developments mean for learning.
Student Literacy Portfolio with Evernote
Presented by: Debra Johnson Dahrouge
Writing folders collect writing, reading logs track reading, but literacy portfolios bring the two together and grow with the student. Rather than require compliance, allow and encourage literacy growth and student ownership. The workshop will focus on how to use Evernote in your classes to build literacy portfolios, but allows for paper and pen options too. Appropriate for teachers, grade leaders, supervisors of curriculum and instruction of all levels.
Tell your school's story
Presented by: Chris Casal
In the 200-teens schools are digitally and globally connected. But just being connected doesn't mean you're telling the story you should be. Having a website doesn't mean you're engaging your community digitally. This session will outline various tools to leverage the digital medium, tell your school's story, share your successes with the global community, and actively engage your audience. Web tools such as TagBoard and apps like Adobe Voice will be discussed as storytelling tools for you to broadcast your school's narrative.
The Newsroom: Teaching Digital Nonfiction that Matters
Presented by: Matthew Morone
Now more than ever, educators are expected to integrate substantial and challenging nonfiction texts into their classrooms. Through this "newsroom" approach, students are exposed to nonfiction texts of real-world importance. By integrating proven motivational strategies and digital communication and collaboration tools such as Twitter, Skype, and GoogleDocs, students learn and demonstrate authentic researching, reading, writing, and networking skills, connecting themselves to the world beyond the classroom walls and facilitating real change in their communities.
The Power of Twitter
Presented by: Chris Bruno
This session demonstrates, at a beginner level, the power of Twitter in regard to increasing student interest and bringing about well-rounded teaching. Teachers who are considering starting a Twitter account or who have just began would benefit the most from this presentation. Different techniques on how to effectively utilize social media and properly interact with students online will boost student drive and interest, and these techniques will be modeled in the presentation. This session will also share popular follows and where to find lesson materials on Twitter while also providing the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other educators who are on Twitter, connecting educators across the world digitally to empower each of our individual classrooms.
The Silent Discussion
Presented by: Kenneth Russo
Level the playing-field by allowing for silent, in-class discussions. This innovation has multiplied the positive effect of discussion and idea sharing. The quiet and introverted are made equal to the outspoken. All matter of self-consciousness evaporates. It's amazing! I use My Big Campus.
Tools of the Trade when Teaching with Technology
Presented by: Leigh Anne Langston
Beginners in the use of social media will learn the basics steps toward developing a Professional Learning Network (PLN). Discover the value of PLNs, experience Twitter and chats. Learn what research says about technology and its effectiveness for students. Fill your technology toolbox and increase your confidence in the classroom.
Transforming Your Classroom with Google Hangout and Edmodo
Presented by: Elissa Malespina and Melissa Butler
Break down the classroom walls with Google Hangout! Learn ways to use both Google Hangout and Edmodo in your classroom from two Edmodo Certified Teachers
Utilizing Student Genius: Creating a Student Run Help Desk
Presented by: Jennifer L. Scheffer
More and more schools are transitioning to 1:1 environments. Learn how the creation of a student run help desk can support all stakeholders of a learning community with this transition. Explore options for structuring your program, discuss strategies for identifying and recruiting students, and walk away with ideas on how to design an innovative curriculum and project-based assessments. Learn how Burlington High School developed and maintains a highly successful student-run help desk.
Presented by: Warren Black
Imaging if students can learn thorugh interactive 3D game design aligned to the Common Core? Well they can through VR Quest. This session will demonstrate the use of virtual reality game design using head-mounted displays in the classroom as a project-based learning model.
What am I looking for when I visit a connected classroom?
Presented by: Tiffany Lucey
What am I looking for when I visit a connected classroom? We will discuss how to implement it and a variety of tips, tools and tricks to making it successful. Tellegami, PicCollage, EDModo, Remind 101, Google Voice, SignUp Genius, Doodle, Skype, Mystery Skype, ClassDojo, EverNote, Google Drive, DropBox, Dropittome, infuse learning, Instagrok, Pinterest, Twitter, TodaysMeet, LinkdIn, bit.ly, Red Laser and QRafter will be discussed and demonstrated. Each participant will also receive a handout as well as a link to these interactive resources to be shared with their staff.
Worlds of Making
Presented by: Laura Fleming
An overview and examination of the potential of makerspaces in the school library media center will be presented and how they foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and STEM related concepts. Participants will learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing, and gain practical applications and tips for establishing their own makerspaces in their library. (A tour and overview of the NMHS makerspace will be provided during the presentation.)