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Saturday April 5, 2014


Save the Date

Edscape NJ

Saturday OCt 18, 2014


Last Years Highlights for Attendees

  • Learning about exciting, free Web 2.0 tools
  • Hearing from esteemed educators who are innovating now
  • Leaving with an array of applicable strategies and ideas to begin the change process
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Networking opportunities
  • Sharing of best practices by other school districts, teachers, and administrators
  • Opportunity for hands-on experiences with innovative digital tools

Last Years Course Offerings

1:1 Classroom, Maintaining a Healthy Balance
Presented by: Teq
Explore the possible ways to implement a 1:1 program at your school, while learning about Chromebooks, iPads, and Netbooks. A 1:1 program is an essential step towards initiating collaboration, communication, and developing creative expression. Students will benefit from self-paced learning, while teachers will transition towards multiple teaching methods. Let’s make this step together and extend our learning environments to include parents and the outside world.

10 Coolest Things (You Can Do with a SMART Board)
Presented by: Teq
Explore some of the latest and least known uses for a SMART Board. This fast-paced session will explore 10 resources—some academic and some just fun. Following a “count-down” format, we’ll explore topics such as Mixed Reality, Prezi, Ripping Flash, Recognizing Tables, and more.

10 Ways to Spice up a Faculty Meeting
Presented by: Brad Currie, Chester School District
Ten Ways to Spice up a Faculty Meeting will examine the role of lead learners and how they impact the facilitation of professional development in their buildings. Integrating innovative and best practice tools can foster a more collaborative learning environment for all educators that in turn will directly impact the success of students.

A Framework for the Adoption of iPads for Data Collection and Formative Assessment
Presented by: Teq
Explore four of the most versatile apps and websites available for the iPad! 
Learn all the details on how to use Nearpod and Infuselearning to create interactive presentations and increase students participation with polls, quizzes, videos, drawing interactivity, website-sharing, self-guided quizzes, and more. And learn how Socrative and Google Drive can be used to create open ended questions, collect student responses, give immediate feedback, and assess understanding.

Blended Learning Live & Connected
Presented by: Tiffany Della Vedova, the Mandell School
Explore innovative ways to use collaborative, connected technologies to create opportunities for blended student learning. We'll engage in a blended experience while discussing the misconceptions of blended learning, the multifaceted definition of it, and the variety of tools which can be used to create a blended environment. We'll discover how to utilize blended techniques to connect learners with anytime, anywhere experiences; build a bridge for learners to understanding virtual environments; and develop digital citizenship competencies in an active manner.

Blended Learning: Using Web 2.0 Tools to improve student learning
Presented by: Dr. Gregory Farley, Hazlet Township Public Schools
This workshop offers a practical definition of Blended Learning and meaningful examples of implementing online/face-to-face teaching strategies in your school.  Blended Learning extends the classroom day and leverages Web 2.0 tools to create a dynamic learning environment for our students via a Learning Management System.  This workshop provides background and ideas for school leaders and draws upon practical experience from Hazlet Township Public Schools which has implemented a successful model of blended and online learning.

Body Talk--Interpreting Student’s Non-Verbal Communication
Presented by: Paul Bogush, Moran Middle School
If you can effectively read and interpret the nonverbal communication of students, and manage how students perceive you, you will enjoy greater success than teachers who lack this skill. What your body is telling your students?  What are students are telling you with their bodies? A conversession on the non-verbal cues that we send and receive.

Bringing Your Teacher Home
Presented by: Jeffrey Fiscina, New Milford High School
Teachers will be guided through ways that they can set up their own personalized resources for students to use outside of school.  Resources include using Edmodo, iPad app educreations, Google sites, and social networking.  There will be a discussion on the importance of continuing learning outside the classroom.

Choice, Voice, and Authentic Audience-The Keys to Engagement and Integration          
Presented by: Dr. Robert Dillon, Affton School District
Innovation for students comes when we can unleash their passions and maximize their engagement with learning. Three keys to maximizing engagement come from providing students with rigorous choices to pursue learning targets, opportunities for their voice to be a part of their learning, and using authentic audiences to increase the quality of the student work. Join our conversation for practical tips for making this is a reality in your classroom.

Create, Connect, Communicate
Presented by: Carolyn Sinone, Millville Public Schools
CREATE authentic learning, CONNECT with educators, COMMUNICATE with parents and students via class blogs.  Take learning to the next level and ensure both your own and your students success in the blogoshpere.  Leave with a blog up and running!

Digital Publishing in Writing Workshop
Presented by: Cathy Danahy and Liz Walker, Allendale Public Schools
The Common Core Standards have made it clear that students use technology to produce and publish writing and to collaborate with others. These standards can be accomplished by finding ways to turn students’ print writing into digitally published pieces. Ipad Apps such as ShowMe and iMovie and Websites such as VoiceThread and Weebly are some examples of tools students can use to digitally publish their work. Come learn how to incorporate digital publishing into your writing workshop.

Digital Storytelling
Presented by: Teq
Digital tools allow us to take the age-old practice of storytelling and engage our students with text, narration, images, and music. Through the use of the SMART Board, we’ll explore ways in which teachers are effectively building digital storytelling into their instruction, as well as how both software and online resources make this a creative learning experience.

Does augmented reality have a place in the classroom?
Presented by: Sandra Paul, Sayreville Public Schools
Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data (Wikipedia). Geotaging, geolocation, gaming, etc. AR is being used by educators across the globe in a multitude of creative and engaging curricular lessons and learning games. Students can create place–based mobile games. In this workshop attendees will be introduced to AR using The Smart Document Camera as well as other mobile/iPad apps that can create this form of reality. There will be a discussion on how AR can presently being used in the classroom and enhancing the learning experience of students and this should be adopted in your classroom.

Don't Just Publish It ... Broadcast It!
Presented by: Jeffrey Bradbury, North Brunswick Twp. School District
Learn how to expand student engagement in your classroom by helping students create professional looking audio/video podcasts that they can share with a global audience.

Empowering Teachers - Strategies to Affect Change
Presented by: Jason Bedell, Lakehurst School District
This conversation will focus on how to bring about substantive change in a school along 2 parallel lines of thought: the administrative and technological strategies and policies that help to empower and support the teachers and students, as well as grass roots movements where teachers take the initiative.

Engaging Learners in STEM Subjects
Presented by: Teq
Improving instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in inquiry, discovery, and learning. In this session we will show teachers how to successfully combine STEM concepts, proper pedagogical knowledge, and technology to further ease the understanding of material and increase engagement.

Enhancing Pedagogical Practices by Plugging In
Presented by: Greg McVerry, Southern Connecticut State University
Innovation often involves identifying what already works. In this session we begin by asking how can we enhance our pedagogical goals. We will then discuss methods to improve literacy instruction using digital texts and tools.

Fostering Innovation through Professional Development
Presented by: Jared Wastler, Liberty High School
Incorporating innovation into the classroom requires modeling innovation in professional development. Whether a FedEx Day or Flipped Faculty Meetings, providing innovation as a part of PD is vital to making innovation a meaningful part of the school's culture. This session will share ideas for innovation in professional development and provide a forum for discussing the implications and parallels for classroom use.

Global Collaborator Network
Presented by: Bill Krakower, Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School
The main objective of the Global Collaborator Network is to link projects to the Common Core as we are all adopting these new standards. It was our hope to bring in other countries as well and truly be globally connected classrooms. We have helped and encouraged each other in the use of the tools that we were going to use with our students. Each one of us started slowly collaborating with just one other class on projects such as Mystery Location Calls, and would like to collaborate with other educators across the world on many different projects that are a part of the Global Collaborator Network.

How We Flipped the Script
Presented by: Sarah Thomas, Prince George's County, MD
In this session, I will share how I used Flipping in my classroom. Flipping incorporates prerecorded video lessons, created by either the teacher or student(s). It has transformed teaching by meeting our "digital natives" halfway, helping them to grasp concepts on their terms, using their devices. By the end of the session, participants will be familiar with this innovative technology, and have ideas of how to start implementing it in their own classrooms.

In America, Zip Codes Should Not Determine the Quality of a Student's Education. How do we do that? INNOVATE NOW
Presented by: Daisy Dyer Duerr, St. Paul Public Schools, Arkansas
This will be a very interactive structured discussion surrounding Arne Duncan's tweet "In America zip code should never determine the quality of your education." Several talking points will be Pre-determined including the rural/low-socioeconomic perspective I bring to the table. I am currently a K-12 Principal in Rural Arkansas I will prompt the group with my experience in using technology to "Innovate Now" and completely change how we at our school in rural Arkansas are educating students. Educators today MUST Innovate Now; we must provide the best for all students to be competitive in global society.

Increasing Family Involvement through Digital Tools
Presented by: Dana Sirotiak, Hackensack Public Schools and Will Diaz, Fort Lee Public Schools
This workshop will allow attendees to leave with multiple means on how to improve family engagement. In order to create a more transparent partnership between the home and school, the integration of digital tools and social media breaks down several communication barriers.

Nearpod: An engaging experience
Presented by: Daniel J. Gallagher, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
Transform your lessons using a mobile device and the app called Nearpod.  Teachers can push out a variety of slides to student devices which are informative and interactive.  The students submit responses that appear on the Teacher's device, as well as the teacher can login after the lesson and look at assessment reports.  Best of all, it is a free app!  Works on iOS or Android devices.  Bring your device with the app installed to this workshop, it will be fun!

Project-Based Learning with the iPad
Presented by: Teq
Continue to explore how both teachers and students benefit from using iPads in the classroom in this follow-up session.  You'll work with a few apps to see how they facilitate research on a topic, creating a product, and sharing this creation with others.  This course supports multiple Common Core Standards, including Writing, W.X.3, and W.X.6.

Schools without Walls
Presented by: Robert Hans, New Milford High School
Education is rapidly changing as the innovation of technology makes the world a global village, which is often held in the palm of our hand. This reality makes the student desire a more experiential educational experience beyond the walls of the school building. The drive for CBI- Community Based Instruction and CTE – Career and Technical Education is a current response to the student’s desire for an experiential educational experience. Come learn, share and discuss what this means for the educator and student as we prepare students for their 21st Century Lives and Careers.

Open Educational Resources
Presented by: Samantha Morra, Consultant
The development and access to open educational resources, also known as OER, is expanding an exponential rate. Tools that connect resources to the Common Core are emerging almost daily while traditional textbook publishers continue their steady pace toward digitization of learning materials. This session will provide examples of both while engaging school leaders in a conversation about the pro's and con's of both and how they fit (separately and/or together) into current and future learning models.

Scratch and Programming
Presented by: Samantha Morra, Consultant
Programming and learning to code is an essential 21st century skill. Schools everywhere are embracing coding as part of the curriculum. Scratch, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a great way to start. Scratch is a free cross-platform programming application from MIT that allows student to create games, animations and simulations. In this session we will discuss the core ideas underlying Scratch, guide participants through a set of introductory hands-on activities, and discuss strategies for integrating Scratch into classroom practice.

Teaching Digital Citizenship – Don’t Stick Your Head in the Sand – Be Proactive!
Presented by: Kevin Carroll, Principal; Joshua Sussman, Guidance Counselor; Erin Hummel, Media Specialist, Waldwick High Schoolfont>
The ubiquity of technology and social media throughout society demands that schools accept the task of teaching students how to behave as responsible digital citizens.  This discussion-based workshop will review how to teach students to create trustworthy digital identities, protect their online reputations, avoid participating in online bullying behaviors, report online bullying behaviors that they witness, and use social media to leverage their learning in the global classroom.

Tech Commandments II - The Revenge
Presented by: Adam Bellow, eduClipper
A sharp look at what is working and what isn't across the country for education and the implementation of technology. Based on the 2009 article - The Tech Commandments - this will explore how things have changed and stayed the same over the past 5 years. Participants will get be encouraged to share your failures and successes during the session.

The Google Classroom
Presented by: Keith Devereaux, New Milford High School
Teachers will be shown how to use various Google products to enhance their teaching. Sites, Calendar, Drive, Forms, Groups, Google+ Hangouts and more.

The Next Gen Learning Organization
Presented by: Dr. William Brennan, Farmingdale School District, NY
This facilitated discussion will promote the next generation learning organization. This work is based on a National study of principals and virtual learning as a means to enhance professional learning, organizational change and innovative teaching and learning practices.  Dr. Brennan will challenge us to look beyond the surface barriers technology may present to the opportunities that knowledge sharing and fluid interaction offer our students and educators.   We'll address the various antecedents to any organization seeking to accelerate individual and organization change.

Transforming your classroom through Google Hangout
Presented by: Elissa Malespina and Melissa Butler, South Orange Middle School
Google Hangout opens your classroom up to the world,. Students are able to meet experts in different fields, see outer space, connect with other classrooms, participate in virtual debates and so much more. Learn how one NJ school is using Google Hangout to extend learning and how you can to.

Tweet the Text: Using Twitter for Reading Comprehension
Presented by: Matthew Morone, Pascack Valley High School
A major frustration of English teachers presently is the lack of reading comprehension in the 21st century student. Using Twitter, my students and I developed a reading response method that heightens student reading comprehension, fosters communication with classmates, and encourages students to “dig deeper” to discover supplemental sources to heighten textual understanding. In this presentation, I will explain how this classroom model was developed, share student samples and feedback regarding this approach, and demonstrate how any digitally-connected classroom can begin instituting these techniques immediately.

Using QR Codes in the 21st Century Classroom
Presented by: Raquel Williams, West Essex Regional High School/Digital Teaching Solutions
Participants will learn the basics of QR Code. They will learn how to create (i.e.podcasts on QR code), read and use them in the classroom. Participants will be given time to create mini-lessons with this tool. Be inspired! Come and learn innovative ways of implementing QR codes in your 21st Century Classroom.

Web 2.0 tools for your BYOD School
Presented by: Dr. Daisy Sam, Ridgewood High School
Are you a BYOD school? Do you need ideas? Come learn how web 2.0 tools like Quizlet, Voicethread, Lingtlangauge, and Socrative can increase student productivity, student engagement, save paper, but most importantly empower students to CREATE, COLLABORATE, and SHARE. Don’t miss the innovation train! See now, learn now, be inspired, and innovate now!

PANEL DISCUSSION: What is a Connected Educator?
Presented by: Elissa Malespina, Melissa Butler, Joe Mazza, Thomas Murray, Rick Kiker, Bill Krakower, Dana Sirotiak, Eric Sheninger, Jeff Bradbury & Sandra Paul
10 Top Teachers and Administrators lead a panel discussion on what it means to be a "connected educator" and how to become one. We will discuss such topics as Twitter, Google Plus, Edmodo and more. We will also answer questions on the topic.

You Have the Technology & Equipment-Why Isn't Anyone Using it Properly: Part II      
Presented by: Jim Sarto and Melissa Zeevi, Bergen County HS/MS Principal
This interactive PowerPoint /Video Stream & Hands-On Technology presentation focuses on the proper and simple implementation of available technologies in the classroom. Too often equipment may be at the disposal of the staff. However, the proper in-class and in-district professional development is lacking. This presentation will guide the professionals through incorporating effective use of technology in the classroom. Areas addressed: Smartboard, iPad, iPod, Mimiotech, Smartphones as an educational tool, Wifi options, televisions/monitors in common areas (cafeterias, foyers, etc.) for interactive and educational processing, apps search and application, 24/7 student learning & innovative ongoing professional development........ Make it Non-Threatening & Fun!"

8 am - 9 am

Registration & Breakfast
9 am - 10 am

Introduction & Keynote
10:10 am - 11 am

Session I
11:10 am - 12 pm

Session II
12 pm - 1 pm

1:10 pm - 2 pm

Session III
2:10 pm - 3 pm

Session IV
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Closing & Raffle
Cafeteria Auditorium Google Apps at your Fingertips 21st Century Mobile Learning. Paving the way for enhanced student learning anywhere, anytime Cafeteria 21st Century Mobile Learning. Paving the way for enhanced student learning anywhere, anytime Learning with the iPad
    SMART Board Training for Math Elementary Learning with the iPad   Google Apps at your Fingertips Jetson's Age Mathematics
   SMART Boards and Differentiated Instruction SMART Board Training for Math HS Utilizing Math Software SMART Response & SMART Response LE, VE, CE, PE
  SMART Board Basics Google Earth in the SMART Classroom SMART Boards and Differentiated Instruction SMART Board Training for ELA Elementary
   SMART Board Training for Science HS Introduction to Notebook Software SMART Board Training for ELA HS SMART Table Usability
    Digital Storytelling SMART Board Training for Science Elementary Podcasting SMART Boards and Web 2.0
   SMART Board Basics SMART Boards and Web 2.0 Digital Storytelling SMART Board Training for Social Studies MS/HS
   The 20 Coolest Things (that you can do with a SMART Board) Introduction to Notebook Software SMART Board Training for Social Studies Elementary The 20 Coolest Things (that you can do with a SMART Board)
   Promoting Early Childhood Literacy Using Multimedia ExperiencesThe 20 Coolest Things (that you can do with a SMART Board) The 20 Coolest Things (that you can do with a SMART Board) Morning Meeting and Daily Routines on the SMART Board
    It's 8am, Do You Know Who Is Bullying Your Child at School Morning Meeting and Daily Routines on the SMART Board Promoting Early Childhood Literacy Using Multimedia Experiences Innovative Teaching, Thinking, and Technology
  Connecting Classrooms What If? Leading the Mobile Revolution Building a Culture of Literacy
  Building a Collaborative ePub Integrated Studies: Rethinging Curriculum and Schedules Tacit Knowing in Digital Realms: Roadblocks to Teaching and Learning Innovative Teaching, Thinking, and Technology
  What is Professional Development and What Should It Be? Enhance Learning with Social Media Upgrade Your Toolkit: eduTeacher's Best Free Web Tools A Professional Learning Network for Educators
  Integrating the Internet and Technology Into SS Spontaneous Professional Development Creating a 21st Century Classroom The World of Unlimited PossibilitiesBody Talk: Non-Verbal Communication in the Classroom
  The Mobile, Hybrid Classroom: This Isn't Your Father's Prius! No Assembly Required Teaching ELLs Across the Content Areas Body Talk: Non-Verbal Communication in the Classroom
    Mobile Technology Panacea or Problems What's All the Hubbub  

Google Apps at your Fingertips
Presented by: Teq
Increase your knowledge of Google applications, such as Google Earth, Google Body Browser, Google Art Project, Google Documents, Google Images and advanced Google Search options. We’ll show how these tools can be used in the classroom to inspire learning and collaboration.

SMART Boards and Differentiated Instruction
Presented by: Teq
Discover how technology, specifically your SMART Board, can help you address the diverse strengths and weaknesses of the students in your classroom. We’ll provide background information on differentiated instruction, along with strategies and resources to help you differentiate planning, instruction, management and student assessment.

SMART Board Basics
Presented by: Teq
In this hands-on session, learn the basics—from set-up, to using the SMART Board with existing applications on your computer. Learn how to download the Notebook Software, use the Floating Tools, and use SMART Ink Aware tools. After this class, you’ll have the confidence to integrate the SMART Board into daily classroom activities.

The 20 Coolest Things (that you can do with a SMART Board)
Presented by: Teq
Explore some of the latest and least known uses for a SMART Board. This fast-paced session will explore 20 resources — some academic and some just fun. Following a “count-down” format, we’ll explore topics such as Mixed Reality, Prezi, Ripping Flash, Recognizing Tables, and more.

Spontaneous Professional Development
Presented by : Lisa Thumann, CMSCE, Rutgers University
There are a plethora of FREE Web2.0 resources for bringing professional development to the educators in your district. Archived webinars can be viewed at home in your pajamas or with your PLC (professional learning community) as part of a district meeting. Using archived and live Elluminate (desktop video conferencing) sessions from presentations all over the world, harness the power of your network to virtually keep learning.

Upgrade Your Toolkit - eduTecher's Best Free Web Tools
Presented by: Adam Bellow, eduTecher
We teach in an exciting time. Come explore some of the latest and greatest free web tools that will allow innovation and invigoration in your classroom. Bring your laptop and play along as we go. You're sure to find something new and exciting that you can use right away!

A Professional Learning Network For Educators
Presented by: Tom Whitby, St. Joseph's college
The use of social media to develop a Personal Learning Network for the purpose of professional development.