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Use Science to Teach Reading, Reading to Teach Science (Poster Session)
Speaker: Lori Smith, National Curriculum Associate, Learning A-Z
Elementary science time may often get shorted due to the reading block taking up excessive time. If teachers could teach reading and science simultaneously, everyone wins! This Poster Session will explore how to do just that. Science A-Z and Reading A-Z blend the practices of science with reading instruction to allow seamless integration of science and literacy into daily curriculum. Free trials to all who stop by!
Session resources: www.raz-plus.com
Use STEAM and Mathematics Modeling to Differentiate your Instruction (Poster Session)
Speaker: Sheila Hobson, Teacher, The Principia/Independence School
This Poster Session focuses on STEAM & mathematical modeling activities that foster a collaborative culture of student centered learning. Students use important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration which are important skills that they will use in the workforce. A variety of student centered differentiated activities will be available for teachers to use in their own classroom.
Use the T to Engage Students in STEM
Speaker: Bob Deneau, Coordinator of STEM, Rockwood School District
Students love technology but they may not be near as engaged in traditional subject areas. Utilizing a variety of different technologies, teachers can engage more students in science, math, and more. Come learn strategies utilizing a variety of products and skills to transform your students into STEM learners. Discover how robotics and coding can fit into multiple subject areas and learn STEM thinking strategies that can be utilized across other multiple subject areas. Example tools we will demonstrate are LittleBits, Lego WeDo, 3D printing and Design, Coding tools such as Raspberry Pi, Bloxels, Ozobots, Arduino and more.
Session resources; https://bobdeneau.com
Using Design Thinking to Create Changemakers
Speakers: Eva Rudolph, Teacher, Fox Middle School, MO
Fox Middle School has created the Changemakers Project, a platform designed to empower students to make a positive change in their community. In this session you will learn how to use the design thinking process to develop empathy in your learners, implement digital tools that foster student collaboration, and encourage students to identify themselves as changemakers. This session includes resources, collaborative activities, and strategies that can be applied directly into your classroom.
Using Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) to Defend Your Library Program
Featured Speaker: Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School, MD
The verdict is in! You will gain insight into how to utilize EBP resources to develop strategies for using evidence to inform your instructional practice and show how it impacts student achievement. You will be provided with ideas and resources that will enhance and evolve your thinking. Come acquire new knowledge to cultivate your professional growth and elevate your instructional practices so you can educate 21st-Century learners today!
Session resources: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1980337
Using Google Classroom in the Library
Speakers: Andi Huisinga, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
Engage your students beyond the library walls by creating a Google Classroom. Let Google Classroom help encourage student discussion, share book reviews, make research more collaborative and even run a March Madness-style book contest. By the end of this session you will know how to create a library classroom in Google Classroom and leave with a plethora of ideas on how to use it.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/kdFRLC
Using Technology to Maximize Educator Collaboration
Speaker: Riina Hirsch, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
This presentation will focus on strategies for increasing your collaboration using technology. Teachers are the greatest resource you have. Helping teachers integrate technology into their collaborative workflow is a powerful way to improve teaching and learning. In this age of "accountability" finding ways to effectively collaborate increases efficacy and impact. Tips and tools for online collaboration will be provided including Twitter, Padlet, Today's Meet, Kahoot!, Participate Learning, Coggle, Poll Everywhere, Office Mix, One Drive, and more. Tech & teachers are a powerful combination. Come learn tips & tools to leverage tech to increase meaningful collaboration.