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MakerSpace 2.0 (Tuesday - Affton)
Speaker: Kathy Wagoner, Instructional Tech. Fac, Affton School District, MO Jennifer Ackerman, Librarian, Affton School District, MO
Students love MakerSpace. They look forward all week to attending and choosing their favorite lab. How do you keep the excitement? After launching a very successful MakerSpace last year, we are now tweaking our MakerSpace to keep it innovative, engaging and fresh for the students. At the end of this session, you will have ideas on how to keep MakerSpace fresh so students continue to stay excited about it.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/aG8jlx
Makerspace 2.0 (Wednesday - Parkway)
Speaker: Kim Lindskog, Library Support Specialist, Parkway School District
You acquired the space, secured the stuff, and invited students but now what? How do we continue to harness the excitement, inspire innovation, broaden the library's purpose, and continue to engage patrons? You will have opportunities to learn about interactions in Makerspace movements, strategies, mobile Makerspaces, practicalities, and programing directions. Just as the librarian is evolving so too are the programming options. The Makerspace movement is an emerging juncture where students can learn and practice innovation skills which can elevate the library's purpose and enhance collaboration opportunities that broaden the library's influence. Discussion will be around innovation topics like: augmented reality, virtual reality, Google products like Expeditions, coding, game design, circuitry, and 3-D printing.
Making Your Classroom More Introvert-Friendly
Speaker: Julie Smith, Professor, Webster University
How do you include the voice of students who don't necessarily want to use their voice? Nearly half of our students are introverts. They may be silent – but their minds are active! Many of us include "class participation" in our grading. We need to evolve our teaching to include their voices - even if they don't want to use their "voices" - there are loads of ways to educate them & help their voices emerge. Come learn about tools to engage introverted students – whether they be online tools, cell phone tricks or old-school paper ideas.
Marketing Your Library in the Digital Age
Spotlight Educators: Andrea Head, Library Media Specialist, Francis Howell School District, MO
Libraries have been transformed from the quiet spaces of yesteryear and have now emerged as the hub for collaboration and student learning. You too have a vibrant school library program! Come learn how you spread the word that this bustling space has something to offer everyone by employing a variety of marketing strategies to reach your target audience. You will be presented with a plethora of practical ideas and strategies, as well as the resources and tools to make each a reality. Leave with a marketing plan to use in their library/learning commons.
Session resources: http://bit.ly/LibMarketingMETC
Measures of Academic Progress: K-12, Growth, and Adaptive Assessment
Speaker, Keri Cavanah, Account Executive, Northwest Evaluation Association
Come explore NWEA's K-12 Interim Assessments that provide essential information about a student's continuum of learning and growth trajectory. Discover why educators around the globe trust MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) to deliver accurate instructional insights that help them accelerate student learning. Don't miss an opportunity to learn how MAP provides Missouri educators a projected proficiency on the state assessment in addition to on-track college readiness as low as fifth grade!
METC Cool Tool Duel
Speakers: Gina Hartman, Learning & Innovation Manager, Schoology
LIVE at the METC is the Cool Tool Duel back by popular demand. Come join three instructional technology leaders that work with school districts around the nation in this fun, fast-paced session. Each presenter will highlight a handful of digital tools that can have a powerful impact on teaching and learning. You will be able to vote for your favorite Cool Tool at the end of the session. Don't miss this duel!
Mini-Makers: Process, Tools and Materials Appropriate for Our Youngest Makers
Speaker: Rebecca Hare, Science Teacher and Design Specialist, Gulliver Schools, FL
In order to get our youngest students creating, making and designing their ideas, we first need to support them with tool, process and material training. In this interactive session, I will show and tell what two educators have learned and experienced as supporters of young makers, and we will give you practical advice on how to get started making with this age group.
Session resources: http://rlh-designed.weebly.com/blogish/getting-started-with-low-fi-making
Mystery Skype - Where in the World?
Spotlight Educator: Shelby Bailey, Teacher, Warren County R-III School District, MO
Have you ever wondered how to use Skype in the classroom? One of the many exciting ways is through an activity called Mystery Skype. In a Mystery Skype, two classrooms are connected, and through a series of yes or no questions, the location of the other classroom is discovered. The students do not know where the other classroom is prior to the call. A Mystery Skype promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and teamwork. Plus, they are fun!