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Effective Communication in the Tech-Ruled Classroom
Speaker: Josh Carter, Teacher, Monett R-1, MO Kourtney Brown, Teacher, Monett R-1, MO
In this session we will present the methods in which we maintain our 1:1 classroom which hosts 7 teachers daily. We will demonstrate efficient communication between teachers, students, and parents. Some of the resources to be shared during this session include Trello, Google Drive, Google Classroom, ClassDojo, and Seesaw. By the end of the session you will know how to use these resources for effective communication and collaboration within your classroom.
Elementary Literacy Differentiated Time Saving Tools
Speakers: Abigail Howe, Instructional Coach Shawnee Mission School District, KS
Need literacy tools for digital differentiation that save valuable teaching time? Fill your toolbox with tools for ALL learners here. You will learn about key digital tools to differentiate literacy instruction. Leave understanding how to save valuable teaching time by utilizing digital differentiation tools to increase student achievement in literacy.
Empower and Inspire with Digital Portfolios
Speakers: Kristy Cagwin, Language Arts Teacher, Rockwood School District, MO
Implementing school-wide digital portfolios has helped connect and engage students with classroom instruction and learning goals. Digital portfolios have elevated students' thinking and self-awareness of their academic progress and empowered them to make positive, self-directed choices both in and out of the classroom. Learn the process that one middle school used to launch digital portfolios for all of their students. At the end of this session, you will know how to create digital portfolios using google sites.
Engage Students and Families with Instagram and Twitter
Spotlight Educator: Kara Welty, Mentor Teacher and Technology Integrationist, Independence School District, MO
Are you wondering how to use Instagram and Twitter in the classroom with purpose? Would you like to take digital learning to the next level? Receive an in-depth look of how to use Instagram and Twitter in the classroom safely to engage students and families in ways that will transcend learning for your students. By following simple tips, you can get students excited about school, build endless connections with the world around you, and boost student learning and performance in more ways than you could ever fathom!
Engaging Diverse Learners Using 21st Century Tools
Speaker: Miranda Ming, Professional Data Coordinator & Teacher, Jennings School District
In this interactive session, educators will be presented with a template for a daily lesson plan that incorporates 21st century tools into assessment and instructional practices. Walk a day in a student's shoes, as we present a lesson from "Do Now" to "Exit Ticket" and explain the usage and purpose of various instructional tools. From Blendspace to Google Classroom, to a Digital Word Wall and finally end the day with a Kahoot to formatively assess the learning objective! Walk a away with an interactive, engaging, yet rigorous lesson in hand and elevate learning standards to apply to real world experiences today!
Engaging Tech Tools in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom
Speaker: Erin McAninch, Teacher and Dept. Chair, Ozark R-VI School District, MO
How many times have you heard the phrase, "This technology education works well in all areas…except for mathematics."? Are you looking for new ways to engage students in math class? Then, attend this session! Learn three tech tools that you and your students will enjoy. GoFormative is a free assessment tool where students can draw, type, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding. Quizlet and Quizletlive provide free study tools for students, teachers, and learners of all ages. Lastly, Recap is a free video response and reflection app that allows teachers to see how students learn.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/U99Xym
Engaging Tech Tools to Elevate ELA
Speaker: Shayna Peery, Teacher, Ozark High School, MO
Suites Are you looking for new ways to engage students with reading and writing in the classroom? This is the right place! This session will highlight the importance of evolving and elevating students through the reading and writing process giving students confidence in the classroom. With these tech tools, teachers can formatively assess student's ability and help them emerge as readers and writers. You will create accounts and see examples from four tech tools, as well as hear the success of these tools in an ELA classroom. See how Actively Learn, Write About, Read Theory and Instagram can engage your readers and writers. Leave this session with fantastic tools you can use in your ELA classroom as soon as you return to school.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/JN19Vy
Engineering Brightness: Lighting up the World through Philanthropic Entrepreneurship (Poster Session)
Speaker: Tracey Winey, Media Specialist & Teacher, Preston Middle School
Engineering Brightness where we took the concept and practice of 3D Printing to create an authentic, multi-age, global entrepreneurship project. We forged connections with other educators at the K-12 and tertiary levels. The essential question Tracey and John looked to solve through the project was: 'how can students use technology to impact the world and themselves?' By finding a problem kids can solve with a focus on engineering, we created an amazing and unique global opportunity through Engineering Brightness. Students designed 3D lights that can be printed and shared with communities who currently experience light poverty, so they have light to aid in reading and studying at night. Come learn how!
Engineering Design for Young Explorers
Featured Speaker: Christina Garcia, Teacher, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
In this idea packed session, our METC Featured Speaker will share her journey of implementing NGSS Engineering Design in her first grade classroom. Through the use of robotics, LEGO's, computer science programs, iPad apps and other strategies for integrating technology with 21st century skills across the curriculum, Christina Garcia is striving to inspire the next generation of explorers in a student centered environment that is engaging and fun. Examples of Dash & Dot, BeeBots, Tynker, Code.org, MinecraftEDU, Kodable and others will be shared. At the end of this session, you will have innovative STEM experiences you can use with your students.
Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/cgtechtraining.com/ed-tech-training/metc-2017
Session resources: www.edtechinspirations.com
Enhancing Instruction Through Virtual Reality and Google Cardboard
Speaker: Brian Reed, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
In education, we want to students to solve real world problems. But to solve these problems, students need to experience the real world. Advances in technology such as Google Cardboard and Expeditions, virtual reality (VR) apps, and other VR tools brings the real world into the classroom. Come learn how to make this a reality in your classroom and leave with a list of apps and resources to implement VR in your classroom
Session resources: https://bobdeneau.com