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Saturday Oct 18, 2014

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    Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL. In addition to teaching, he is an athletic director, team leader, computer club advisor, track coach, basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. Read more

  • Proposal Call for Proposals

    What makes your school special? What is working in your classroom?
    Edscape NJ is looking for innovative educators to share their classroom experiences. Please submit your proposals by May 16 to be considered for Edscape NJ.

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    New Milford High School
    300 River Road
    New Milford, NJ 07646

    Weldon E. Howitt Middle School 70 Van Cott Avenue Farmingdale, NY 11735

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  • New Milford
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About Edscape

As the educational landscape changes schools must transform accordingly in order to prepare all learners with the skills, tools, and knowledge to be successful in the 21st Century. This requires a shift in instructional techniques that focus on critical thinking, inquiry, problem-solving, authentic contexts, and technology.

Edscape is a conference intended to bring together passionate educators who firmly believe that innovation is essential to increasing student engagement and achievement. Innovation begins with a desire to change. Edscape will provide attendees with the inspiration, strategies, and the confidence to actively pursue a transformation in teaching and learning practices.

The theme of this year's conference is “Innovation Now”. We will explore how learning environments can be established to promote critical thought, inquiry, problem solving, and creativity. Attendees will leave with a greater sense of how to authentically engage all learners through meaningful and relevant instruction.

The Edscape Conference will feature presentations and workshops by innovative educators who believe that change is essential to meet the diverse needs of all learners in the 21st Century. They will share best practices, success stories, applicable strategies, and pedagogical techniques that address the following:

Keynote

Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL. In addition to teaching, he is an athletic director, team leader, computer club advisor, track coach, basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. He holds a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a National Boards Certification in early adolescence social science. Beyond traditional professional development, Josh is an active member of the twitter and blogging community as well as a respected presenter. His area of expertise lies in innovative approaches to teaching and learning in addition to leveraging 21st Century Skills in today’s classrooms.

His work has been recognized by the International Society of Technology Educators as they named Josh a member of their "Emerging Leaders Class of 2011." Josh has also been recognized as the Illinois Computer Educators, “Educator of the Year” for 2012, and he is the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. In 2013 he was named by the NEA Foundation as a Global Learning Fellow as well as the Outstanding Alumni Recognition award winner at North Central College. He is an active blogger at Stump the Teacher and his work there has received recognition through numerous EduBlog Awards nominations. In addition, he contributes writing for Education Week, SmartBrief for Education and on the EdReach Network.

Featured Speaker


Lyn Hilt is a connected teacher, learner and leader. She is the elementary technology integrator/coach for the Eastern Lancaster County School District in Pennsylvania. Prior to this role she served as an elementary principal for five years, and taught elementary technology and grades five and six in both elementary and middle school settings. Lyn has had the honor of presenting to and working with groups of educators on topics including innovative professional development, social media use in schools, and transformational educational leadership. She also facilitates webinars and teaches online and adjunct graduate courses. Lyn is passionate about the power of personal learning networks to inspire and support connected learning endeavors. She enjoys spending time with her family and adopted greyhounds, and she relishes experiencing life's adventures with her energetic toddler son.

You can read more of Lyn's reflections on leading, teaching and learning on her blog, Learning in Technicolor, and by following her on Twitter @lynhilt.

About the Organizers

Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.

As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally. Eric is a NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of "Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals" and "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 by Edublogs.

Teq is an innovative learning company, offering a full spectrum of professional development services designed to empower educators, improve technology integration, and increase student achievement. Since 1972 we’ve remained one of the largest providers of interactive classroom technology in the nation. Our model fosters passion and creativity in the classroom, offering a unique blend of experienced service and support. We take a holistic approach to strengthening school goals, while differentiating the practice for individual educators.

Schedule

  1. Sign-In & Breakfast

  2. Keynote: Josh Stumpenhorst

  3. Session 1

  4. Session 2

  5. Lunch & Innovation Center

  6. Session 3

  7. Session 4

  8. Closing Raffle

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.

App Smashing

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 app smash, use multiple apps to unleash creativity, and get the most out of our iPads. We will explore the features of the iPad, as well as free and low-cost apps that can make your iPad an indispensable tool in your school.

Apptastic

Presented by: Teq
Educators all over the country are describing the iPad as a revolutionary learning tool. Discover why, in this collaborative and engaging session. Together we will explore how the iPad can enliven and expand possibilities in the classroom. Learn how the iPad is being used by teachers and students, and play with a handful of apps. This session will not only cover the basic use and settings of an iPad, but practical application of popular apps for teachers, apps for students, and apps for teachers and students.

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 are 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, and laser focused blog helped turned his 1,100-student urban middle school 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, and 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, and 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're a teacher, admin, tech coach, parent, or other staff.

Challenge-Based, One-Screen, and T21: The EdTechTeacher Approach to iPad PD

Presented by: Tom Daccord
Learn about EdTechTeacher's philosophical and practical approach to iPad professional development and explore a blended model that provides sustained individual and community support. Explore how EdTechTeacher moves teachers through a consumption-curation-creation-connection pedagogical spectrum and helps them nurture creative learning environments. We will look at particular strategies to make hands-on and online iPad PD dynamic, interactive, and meaningful to teacher practice.

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 and Ursula 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 2D screen. Students engage in tag, art, dance, and 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.

Design the School of the Future

Presented by: Tom Daccord
Do you REALLY know how would change schools? What if there were no limitations? What if resources were not a problem? What would the ideal learning environment look like? In this hands-on session, we will collaborate to create an ideal school for the future from three diverse perspectives - physical space, curriculum and pedagogy, and professional learning. Whether you are a superintendent, a school principal, a technology director, or classroom leader, come contribute your ideals to see what could be possible.

Digital Badges

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 Lab Reports

Presented by: Teq
Leave the handwritten report behind. Learn how to create top-notch interactive lab reports using a variety of collaborative tools, including tablet devices, iPads, and free or low-cost web tools, in order to enhance your students' work and strengthen their understanding.

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 this session, 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.

Digital Tools for the Writing Process

Presented by: Teq
Integrate collaborative learning tools to increase the quality of students' writing. This session will introduce different web tools and apps that can be used to aid students with each step of the writing process (planning/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Teachers will learn how students can use technology to interact and collaborate with peers during the writing process through web tools and applications such as Edmodo, Padlet, Popplet, OneNote, Evernote, and Google Docs.

EdPerspectives

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.

EdTech Challenge

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 and meetings. A hands-on exploration into models that 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.

Google Apps at Your Fingertips

Presented by: Teq
Teachers and other staff will learn how to use the Google Chrome web browser or Chromebooks, together with Google Apps, effectively in their classrooms. They will be introduced to multiple apps that will help facilitate learning and help with management of a 1:1 classroom. Participants will also discover how to maximize the potential of these devices by utilizing multiple apps in concert to enhance student engagement and to provide students with differentiated modes of content creation.

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.

Great Uses of Google Apps and Chrome Extensions

Presented by: Tom Daccord
Google Apps for Education and Chrome Extensions provide creative and productive learning opportunities for laptop, Chromebook, and iPad classrooms. Learn some of the best uses of Google Forms, Google Documents, Kaizena, Clearly, and Screencastify. We will explore how students and educators can make the most of using Google and integrate effectively with others tools and apps.

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? Learn 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!

Introduction to SMART Notebook

Presented by: Teq
Learn how to create content in the SMART Notebook software to make your own interactive Notebook files. This webinar will cover how to create engaging SMART Notebook pages using basic and advanced features, such as linking to the internet, using pre-made templates, and importing other presentation or interactive files into SMART Notebook.

It's the Process, Not the Program: Design Tools for Institutions Using Online Resources

Presented by: Matthew Alpaugh
The world of design and collaboration is 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. We'll review the simple rules and tools of great design and collaboration that institutions can use in a classroom or for external marketing.

Just Flip It!

Presented by: Teq
The Flipped Classroom is growing in popularity amongst education circles. This session will review the benefits of the flipped classroom, from creating an active learning environment in the classroom to turning the teacher into a facilitator. Also learn what tools and best practices can be implemented to ensure you are able to successfully "flip" a lesson or topic in your classroom.

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.

Legos and Beyond: Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Toys Students Love

Presented by: Billy Krakower, Sharon Plante
Launch elementary-aged students into the story creation process utilizing the Lego Story Starter Kit and 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 by utilizing 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!

Mobile Presentations and Assessment with Nearpod

Presented by: Teq
Engage your students with interactive lessons and better your assessments of their learning with Nearpod! Let our PD instructors show you the ins and outs of this interactive learning tool, so you can focus your students learning, and create interactive presentations that include polls, quizzes, videos, drawing activities, self-guided quizzes, and more.

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.

Project-based Learning with Google Drive in the ELA Classroom

Presented by: Teq
See how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities! Learn how these Google-based PBL activities can increase the critical reading and thinking skills of your students, as well encourage them to better communicate and collaborate with their peers. This course will give you the skills to use Google's free tools in order to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge, in your classroom.

Project-based Learning with Google Drive in the Math Classroom

Presented by: Teq
See how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities! Learn how to implement Google-based PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use Google's free tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge, in your classroom.

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 opportunity 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.

STEM and NAO: Robotics in Education

Presented by: Teq
Improve your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction. Learn how to keep students engaged and better their learning outcomes, as we help you successfully combine STEM concepts, proper pedagogical knowledge, and innovative technologies, including Aldebaran's latest humanoid robot, NAO.

STEM to STEAM: Using the Arts to Enhance Student Learning

Presented by: Kate Wilson
In the growing STEM to STEAM initiative, some feel it's a way to group the Arts in with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math as a way to promote a shrinking curricula. However, art and design are vital tools to communicate effectively in today's media focused society. Transforming complex ideas into comprehensive artifacts requires skills in basic design, usability, and accessibility. Come learn a handful of strategies to incorporate the arts into STEM learning you can implement at any grade level.

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.

Small Tech Changes - BIG Learning Impact!

Presented by: Beth Holland
Sometimes, the smallest changes can have the largest impact on helping our students to connect to content, demonstrate their understanding, and become more independent in their learning. When every student has access to a mobile device, how can you leverage those capabilities to support - and enrich - your students? In this session, we will explore accessibility features and pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of ALL of your students.

SMART Board Basics

Presented by: Teq
Learn the basics in this hands-on session, from setup 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.

Smash Your Curriculum

Presented by: Beth Holland
Despite what Apple and Microsoft would like for us to believe, there isn't always "an app for that." Sometimes, it takes multiple tools to complete a process (aka. a "smash"), and this idea becomes abundantly clear when working with mobile devices. As teachers, we start thinking about "smashes" because we want our students to be able to demonstrate their understanding, to reflect on a process, and to envision creating a learning artifact that was previously inconceivable. We want students to take ownership in their learning process, develop technology fluency, and identify the best possible means to "show what they know." When there are no limitations to what can be created with the available tools, there are no limitations to how students can demonstrate their growth as learners. In this session, we will explore what's possible with curriculum design when we remove the barriers to what students can create with iPads, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.

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.

Used Effectively or Simply Used? - Learning with Mobile Devices

Presented by: Beth Holland
As an administrator, if you walk into a classroom where every student has a mobile device, what should you see? What questions might you ask your teachers and students? How do you know if the device is being used effectively or simply being "used"? Though every school and classroom is different, by the end of this session, participants will have a set of criteria to evaluate student performance, a sense of what's possible, and ideas for how to achieve it.

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.

VR Quest

Presented by: Warren Black
What if students could learn through 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.

What Do Great Teachers Do with Tablets?

Presented by: Tom Daccord
A tablet provides unprecedented opportunities for mobile, personalized, and differentiated learning. Great teachers identify important learning goals and construct innovative tablet-integration activities that help students reach these objectives. Come explore a range of creative and authentic K-12 tablet activities developed by talented and progressive educators from across the country -- and beyond.

What's New in SMART Notebook 2014

Presented by: Teq
From powerful new add-ons to improved math tools, and on to web-based collaboration, Notebook 2014 has a large selection of new tools to improve your classroom instruction. Join us as we explore the latest edition of SMART Notebook and what's new and improved since version 11.

Why Teach Coding in Your Classroom?

Presented by: Kate Wilson
The digital natives sitting in our classrooms need the opportunity to demystify how and why our go-to devices can perform the functions they love. As educators increase their integration of technology into instruction, we cannot overlook the importance of teaching the language of technology to students from an early age. Integrating coding into your classroom can start with a few small steps and offer students a wealth of 21st century skills. No experience with computer science required! Participants will gain a wealth of curated digital resources to support their integration of coding in the classroom across grade levels.

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.)

Writing with Mobile Devices

Presented by: Beth Holland
In the mobile era, what does writing look like? What is the process and what product is generated? While the fact that we proceed through the steps of Pre-Writing, Drafting, Revising, Publishing, and Reflecting may not change, the associated tasks and processes certainly evolve and transform when students have access to mobile devices. During this session, we will examine the impact of mobile devices on the tasks associated with writing, and identify tools, apps, and skills to transform what's possible.


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