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Help Your Teachers Develop Technology-Supported Instruction that Works
Speaker: Jennifer Porter, Midwest Account Executive, Chalkable
Once, limited hardware, poor digital materials, and technical problems were the barriers to technology integration. Now educators must approach planning and implementation of technology-supported instruction using strategies that enhance and not just automate what they would normally do. Learn how to use effective strategies and the SAMR model to develop technology-enhanced lessons that actively engage students on a new level.
Hooked On Hangouts
Speaker: Mindy Southern, Educational Technology Facilitator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
Travel The World! Be a Super Sleuth! Interview An Author! With Google Hangouts the possibilities are limitless! Come find out how our team of Library Media Specialists have our district Hooked on Hangouts and how you can replicate this in your school! Our team of LMS working with grades K-12 will show the different approaches each took to help elevate learning beyond the classroom walls in their buildings utilizing Google Hangouts. You will experience a live Google Hangout with individuals from around the world! You will leave knowing how to locate and then connect students to Google Hangout opportunities.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/3QpZl9
How METC Changed My Classroom
Speaker: Cheryl Hermach, Teacher, Rockwood School District, MO
In this session you will learn how I have used knowledge learned from previous METC conferences in my ELA classroom. METC has allowed me to figure out how to not only replace pen/pencil tasks, but to elevate and educate my students in ways that pen/pencil can't. I will cover the nitty-gritty on how I have flipped my instruction and used video, Thinglink, 6 Shot 6 Word personal narratives, Activelylearn.com, Instagram for a character unit, e-portfolios (the beginning) and many more to actively engage my students in the content.
How Problem Based Learning and STEAM Can Change Everything
Speaker: Chantell Mason, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
In this session, see how you can transform your classroom into a problem/project based learning environment, often driven by social justice issues, that is infused with the principles of STEAM and education technology. You will leave with a plan to engage your students using inquiry about something relevant to them, but that can also achieve positive standardized test results.
How to do Student Collaboration Locally and Globally
Speaker: Austin Houp, Instructional Technology Director/Teacher, Ash Grove School District, MO
Want to provide your students with authentic learning opportunities? Then let's get your students to collaborate through your daily lessons! We'll discuss ideas of how to have your students collaborate with fellow students to solve local issues. Want to stretch your students even further? Then consider connecting with other teachers via social media (Twitter, Google+, etc.) to do collaborative research and not only solve global issues, but to also exchange cultural experiences!
Session resources: bit.ly/METC17Houp