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Painting a True Picture of Meaningful Assessments
Speaker: Gigi Goodall,Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates
What is the purpose of assessment? How can assessment effectively be used to identify the needs of every student in math and reading, including both misconceptions and advanced concepts? Once teachers understand the needs, how is the instruction connected? What defines growth? What does a positive district culture centered on data look like in schools and classrooms? Come to this session to learn how assessment can inform instruction, how data can be tied to instructional resources and how a blended learning environment is attainable to create a positive change in schools.
Passion-Based Literacies & Social Media
Spotlight Educator: Shannon Steimel, Librarian, Lift for Life Academy, MO
When students have the opportunity to read and write about their passions, it transforms their literacy skills. Social media gives students authentic audiences to share their passions. Whether it is reading and blogging about the problems in our world they want to solve, tweeting about their favorite books, publishing their own stories with Storyjumper, Wattpad or Createspace, or creating their own worlds through game design, technology tools are evolving our ideas of literacy. Come to this session to learn how build a student-led culture of literacy at your school.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/7FO7Xt
PBL: Surviving the Shark Tank
Speakers: Julie Carda, Technology Help Desk Instructor, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District, MO
Are you interested in learning how to engage and excite your students with learning? Do you want to take learning to the next level? Come learn how we took a simple science unit and transformed it into a cross-curricular and cross-grade level PBL unit involving real-world problems, experiences, and solutions. At the end of this session you will be able to plan, design, and create a PBL unit, and through this you will learn how to actively engage students in learning. Join us to learn how to survive the Shark Tank!
Personalize Learning Made Easy - Symbaloo Lesson Plans
Speakers: Ching-Wen Chang, Associate Professor, Missouri State University
Personalized learning, differentiated instruction, standard-based grading, etc. do not need to be just buzz words. You can make these instructional practices happen by using Symbaloo Lesson Plans. Create personalized learning activities for your students that includes videos, articles, interactive content or quizzes through a game-board format. Built-in analytics tools gather insightful data and improve learning outcomes, while students enjoy an engaging learning environment. Come participate in creating a personalized lesson activity with Symbaloo Lesson Plans.
Personalizing PBL using Inquiry Based Strategies and Student Blogging
Speaker: Brian Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-III School District
This presentation will provide interactive examples of inquiry based strategies that allow learners to develop and drive project/problem based learning. These strategies, in combination with student blogging, create a personalized classroom atmosphere that allows for voice, choice, and authentic, higher order thinking and learning. You will leave with practical examples of inquiry based strategies that can be implemented in any classroom, grade level, and content area and applied to project/problem based classrooms and units.
Speaker: Jane Bannester, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Are you looking for ways to include a "real-world" audience appeal, while giving students purpose and motivation, let me introduce you to the world of Podcasting. As your own instructional tool or in creating production, podcasting will be a great way to spice up your classroom. Podcasts can be published and archived so students learn from each other by both creating and hearing original audio. You will leave with the tools and resources needed for creating podcasts, lesson ideas for multiple subject areas, and where to find examples. Don't miss adding a new tool to your teaching arsenal.
Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK
Pokemon GO in the Inquiry-Based Classroom
Speakers: Michelle Kendrick, Program Coordinator, eMINTS National Center
In this session you will use data collection and analysis apps to support inquiry learning. This session will use a new and fun game, Pokemon GO, to motivate students to think at deeper levels. Come learn how we used Pokemon GO to promote elementary and middle school student inquiry. From question formulation, data collection and to using data for reasoning, Pokemon GO can provide a motivational tool to inspire student inquiry.
Session resources: http://pokemoninquiry.weebly.com/
Promoting a Digital Culture
Spotlight Educator: Dustin Jenkerson, Principal, CPS 93 School District, MO
School leaders must take an active role in promoting and modeling the use of technology to transform the learning environment. In this session you will explore some ways to inspire and facilitate change with your students, faculty and community. Professional Learning, Professional Learning Communities and Networks (PLN's), Community Outreach and other methods will be discussed pertaining to digital leadership. Modeling and living as a digital learner can educate teachers and administrators on the benefit of using technology and becoming a connected educator. Google Classroom, Schoology, Twitter, Hashtags, YouTube, QR codes, Green Screening.