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Writer's Workshop for Grownups By: Sarah Thomas
Think you could never be an author? Think again! We all have something to share. Find out how easy it is to get started with writing and publishing educational books. This session could change your life!
How much time do you spend on communicating with parents and teachers or painstakingly creating certificates? What if there was a way to expedite the process and make it more efficient? Teachers and Administrators can now use Google Forms to easily send out customized emails, create certificates, and so much more!! Autocrat allows you the capability to create a template and using the information from Google Forms, it will create a Google Doc, Google Slide, draft an email or export to PDF.
Learn about the programming device that is FINALLY in the USA!!! This has changed programming in the UK and made technology accessible to everyone.
We will discuss how we can include social justice into our teaching using authentic and original ideas.
This presentation reviews some Google extensions and websites/webapps that can be used to support ELs and all students. Attendees will have time during the workshop to download and explore them.
Read to Feed is a reading incentive program that provides students with an opportunity to increase their literacy levels and global understanding in a program that helps students make a difference. A program from Heifer International, kids can provide resources in poverty stricken areas based upon pledges attached to reading. There are several approaches. At this session, learn about the ways to use this program to enhance learning through utilization of several Google products and global communication platforms that increase student voice. Emphasis is placed upon a combination of standards for Social Studies, Math, ELA, and Science.
James Wheatley, a prior teaching specialist for the University of Delaware and instructional coach, will inspire us all by demonstrating how to incorporate virtual reality in a variety of environments including the classroom, labs, creative spaces, media rooms and more.
Tired of the boring old worksheets and graphic organizers? Want to beef up your existing standards-based curriculum? Learn how to create engaging and personalized digital learning experiences through interactive and hands-on slides, Google Docs, Draw, and more.
Second Grade Start up is an encouraging and informational presentation that will overview the technological journey that my 2nd grade students have embarked on during the 2017-2018 school year. I will outline what my students have accomplished, what applications or web 2.0 tools they used. I will also go over how I got my students started with Schoology. Other information will include: tips, differentiation, examples of work, and how to manage ever-changing tech. After the presentation, I will open the floor for questions.
Video creation has grown quickly and has become so popular. When you watch a video, it creates a connection with the person you’re watching. You hear their voices. You look in their eyes. A bond is created quickly. Video has never been so accessible to the classroom! Participants will learn about Screencastify and how both teachers and students can utilize it in daily lessons.
Use YouTube Live to create instructional videos, live lessons, screencasts, webinars, and more for any audience.
Finding new and exciting ways for students to submit their writing is the key to getting them involved. We will help by showing you different ways that we can make it happen!
Incorporating quick makerspace activities in your classroom.
Learn the basics of TinkerCAD, a browser-based 3D modeling application. Even if you don't have a 3D printer to actually print your object, creating models in TinkerCAD can allow for students to show their learning in a new way! You will learn to combine simple geometric shapes to make unique forms, consider things like measurements, and ultimately grow your spatial awareness. If my third graders can do it, so can you! Don't be intimidated... we'll do it together. We will end the session with brainstorming ways that TinkerCAD can be used in any subject with any grade level (recommended grades 3 +up). Bring a laptop or Chromebook to make the most of this experience.
Educators who have started integrating tech into their lesson quickly realize that it takes a tool bag of digital tools to transform your instruction. But how does it all fit together? Learning how to weave these digital tools into a lesson or project often involves more than one app or tool. In this session, participants will develop an understanding of the digital workflow needed to develop dynamic, engaging instruction. We will explore how to plan lessons and get into the groove of integrating multiple tech tools to tackle standards.
iPads are more than just a collection of apps (though we will certainly look at some good ones.) They are a tool to infuse engagement into your classroom. Join us to explore how they can be used independently in centers as well as how they can aid elementary students in applying content in a fun and creative way.
Come play, tinker, and explore in our MakerSpace! We love to chat about innovation.
Personalized Blended Learning as a Game Changer for Struggling and English Language Learners
By: Shirley Moux and Stacy Mentor
Do you want to learn the secret to filling in educational gaps? Do you want to learn how to double your students growth in one year? Come to this session to learn how leveraging the data from personalized learning software programs like Imagine Learning, Dreambox, and/or Reading Horizons is a real "Game Changer". Participants will learn practical strategies to use this data to drive instructional decisions and transform lessons in your classroom. Participants will explore strategies to help plan and deliver truly personalized learning experiences for your students. Participants will also receive resources to keep students and families engaged throughout the school year.
Flipped Classroom for Elementary Grades 3-5
By: Amber Metz, Diana Magana, Jennifer Wahl, and Sade Urquhart
Do you struggle with getting to all your small groups? Do you struggle with differentiating your instruction for your higher or lower level learners? Do you ever wish you could make 25 clones of yourself? Flip that classroom! Join us to learn what the recipe is for a successful flipped classroom. No longer will sick days be a problem. Assignments for students who are absent will not be hard to make up.
Interested in having 100% engagement in your classroom? Interested in facilitating an environment of persistence and collaboration? Interested in cultivating strong academic stamina? Of course you are!!!! Join me in discovering how implementing Breakout Boxes (modeled after the popular social outings, Escape Rooms) in your academic content can transform your classroom! Experience a Breakout Box for yourself and discuss ways to successfully implement with your students!
Building School Happiness Agency via Technology: 3 Strategies to intentionally leverage technology to authentically connect with our school community and provide opportunities to build happiness skills
Learn how to shoot and edit quality videos. Explore editing apps (splice, Adobe Premiere Clip, and imovie). Use video production as a media for students to explore their creativity, submit assignments, and increase overall engagement in collaborative projects.
When you need immediate formative assessment feedback, is your go-to game Kahoot? Let us introduce you to some other engaging formative assessment games, like Quizlet Live, Spiral, etc... that will not only engage your students in school and/or at home, but provide you with the data you need to guide instruction in your classroom!
Looking for a way for students to interact with their tablets, let me introduce you to Osmo. Osmo is an award winning educational game system for the iPad. Or maybe Ozobots have always peaked your interests, come learn how these little robots can be used in your room. Along with several other great items, that can be used with iOS and Android, I would love to introduce you to!
You don't need to be a mentor/ambassador for a website to be on the cutting edge of EdTech! We'll explore Google's Certifications, Nearpod, Edpuzzle, TES Teach (Blendspace), Flipgrid, and Screencastify/Screencast-O-Matic to get you "in the know!"
Writing skills are essential for success in and outside the classroom. But teaching those skills is notoriously difficult and time-consuming, particularly evaluating students' writing skills. PEG Writing is a software program designed to support the teaching and learning of writing by providing students with immediate feedback in the form of essay ratings, spelling and grammar corrections, and trait-specific suggestions for revising. In this session, attendees will learn (a) how the program works, (b) what it does (and doesn't) do, (c) what the research says about how best to use it, and (d) specific suggestions for either getting started with PEG or maximizing teaching effectiveness for returning and experienced PEG users.
Learn how to identify and analyzing online facts from articles to photos to videos! Teach your students to use a critical eye when evaluating online information!
Education should be an experience. For that, we need to create opportunities for our students. In this session I will talk about how I transformed my classes into student-run businesses that turn a real profit and teach you how to do it, too!
iRobot, Terminator, Nao, Watson, ST Math, Aleks: What do these things all have in common?
By: Sandra Paul
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are currently becoming a major force in many industries and will be used in quickly coming future society. But why would this concern K-12 education? What impact will AI have for our students in the coming 22nd century? How does coding and data meet together in understanding AI and Robotics. In this session, these questions will be discussed and explored to provide a better understanding and the possibilities of AI in k-12 education.
Building Confident Writers and Critical Thinkers through Inquiry Based Learning
By: Melanie Prince and Michelle Schwartz - Frontier
In the fall of 2016, Colonial School District rethought their approach to competency-based learning, prioritizing initiatives that serve a variety of student needs found in their diverse, Title 1 classrooms. Join this session to hear how Colonial implemented digital lessons that are successfully developing the creativity, critical thinking, and 21st century skills students need for success in life and school.