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What can Sphero do for you?
Speaker: Andy Wall, Innovative and Technology Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
What can a Sphero do for you? Change the way you teach! Sphero is a robot that creates increased engagement with students. Using basic coding skills, teachers can create an environment where students make cross-curricular connections to topics being taught. You will discover some basic coding skills so you can incorporate robotics, coding and more into many different subjects. In this session you will see examples of Sphero lending a hand to teach various concepts in the elementary setting. You will explore how to integrate robots into various subjects, creating engaging lessons.
What if Schools Were Like Google? Implementing a Genius Hour Project
Speaker: Troy Cockrum, Director of Innovative Teaching, Little Flower School
In this session, you will learn practical ways to implement a Google-like 20% or Genius Hour Project. Using tested methods, the project will quickly have students choosing passion-based projects to support their learning and collaborating with others in answering their own questions. This innovative format will revolutionize your classroom and make every day more efficient and more fun for everyone. You will gain knowledge of the process to implementing Genius Hour, see student examples, learn from the presenter's experience in building the project, and gain ideas to start Genius Hour in your classroom tomorrow!
What is Innovation Class
Speaker: Andy Wall, Innovation and Technology Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Come see the exciting new curriculum of #innovationclass at Orchard Farm School District where students explore topics outside of the normal curriculum. In this session, you will see examples of innovative instruction, STEM projects, Design Challenges, and much more. Andy will show ways for your instruction to evolve and meet the needs of students more efficiently. You will elevate your instruction from the status quo using tools like Sphero, Minecraft Education Edition, Bloxel Builder, Pixel Press Floors, Code.org, Tinkercad, Scratch Coding, Virtual Reality, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and more!
What Should Come First, Training or Professional Development?
Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Simply adding 21st century technology, to 20th century teaching practices only dilutes a teacher's effectiveness. Explore why it's crucial to differentiate between training, the HOW — a user manual on devices, software, apps etc. and professional development, the WHY— building teacher capacity to shift away from traditional teaching strategies. By the end of this session, you will be able to explain the difference between training and professional development and why it's crucial that teachers are provided with both.
What TED Talks Can Tell Us About Student Engagement
Speaker: Sarah Rausch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Centralia R-VI School District
Are you addicted to TED Talks like I am? Come learn how a TED Talk mindset can help you engage your students. We'll learn why TED Talks are so engaging, how you can "TED Talk" your instruction, and how you can use the TED Ed online platform to build lessons around specific TED Talks. At the end of this session you will have also learned the 6 types of student engagement. Join Sarah as she helps you learn how to increase student engagement today!
What, Why, and How?: Project Based Learning in the 21st Century Classroom
Speaker: Brian Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-III School District
The focus on 21st Century skills, student creation, collaboration, and choice create an excellent opportunity for incorporating Project Based Learning (PBL) into the classroom. Project/Problem Based Learning is an equitable approach to education therefore elevating and educating students in a learner-driven classroom. We will discuss the misconceptions of Project Based Learning, its effectiveness in regard to student engagement and achievement, development of curriculum, and include a collaborative brainstorm session pertaining to the implementation of technology tools in a project based setting. This session will offer real examples from the classroom and include personal experience from an educator that has implemented Project Based Learning successfully in the classroom.
What's All the Hype About Hyperdocs
Speaker: Lisa Barry, Director of Technology & Special Project, St. Alban Roe School
HyperDoc is a term used to describe a Google Doc that contains an innovative lesson for students- a 21st Century worksheet, but much better. It's about hyperlinking your docs for amazing learning experiences! Come and learn what a Hyperdoc is and isn't, and how to create your own. At the end of the session, you will be able to create your own Hyperdoc and be able to bring this great tool back to your school. Hyperdocs will help teachers and administrators make their documents come alive and transform the way in which they are delivering content currently.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/VNY1rv
What's New in Moodle 3.2?
Speakers: Diana Dell, Moodle Instructional Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC
Many schools will soon be upgrading to Moodle 3.2. Attend this session to learn about the new features now available in version 3.1 and 3.2 of Moodle. The constant evolution of Moodle features allow educators to improve instructional practices and teacher efficiency through the use of cutting-edge technology embedded within the world's most-used LMS platform. New features include support for competency based education, learning plans, the long-awaited global search, a new recycle bin, improved course editing, simplified grading, and improvements to many core modules. You will leave with an understanding of how new Moodle features can enhance the learning process and teacher efficiency.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/kh3HIC