Innovative Instruction Preconference Sessions

Focus: Sharing best practices that integrate technology tools for teaching and learning into the classroom.
Target Audience: PreK-16 Educators; Instructional Specialists; Curriculum Specialists

1. Flipped Instruction / Modified Flipped Classroom "In-Class" Flipped
2. Differentiated Instruction / Personalized Instruction / Individualized Instruction
3. Project Based Learning / Problem Based Learning
4. Online Learning
5. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
6. Subject/Content Area Focus / STEM
7. Online Learning
8. Blended Learning
9. Social Networking (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr)
10. Career & Technical Education (CTE)
11. Learning Spaces

P01- Code Studio - K-5 Computer Science Fundamentals Curriculum

Full Day

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: K-5

 Patricia Brown, Technology Specialist, Ladue School District, St. Louis, MO      

 Computer science is foundational knowledge for all students in the 21st century but many schools don’t teach it, especially at the elementary level. While utilizing Code.org, this session will instruct participants on how to introduce computer based science to their classrooms in a format that is fun and accessible. During the session participants will receive an overview to computer science, access the online curriculum and teacher dashboard while learning strategies to create an “unplugged” classroom.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a laptop of choice with Wifi access

P02- Robotics in the classroom

Full Day

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Ben Eye, Teacher CTE, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson, MO        

Eric Brown, Teacher CTE, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson, MO

 Want more student engagement?  Want to spark students' creativity and imagination?  If you answered yes Robotics is for you.  In this session we will provide participants with skills to be able to start, build, and develop a robotics program for their classroom.  Participants will be introduced to the VEX robotics platform and Robot C programming language which will give participants hands on experience with these systems.

 BYOD: Attendees should bring a laptop with the following:

Intel® Pentium® processor or compatible, 800 MHz minimum
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or greater
256MB of RAM minimum
Up to 30MB of available hard disk space
1 available USB port
Compatible Bluetooth adapter (optional)
Trial Version of Robot C

P05- BreakoutEDU – Fostering Creative Problem Solvers in your Classroom through Gamification of Content - 

FULL, session closed

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Nick Cusumano, Theatre & Film Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Peters, MO

Andrea Head, LMS and Learning Commons Content Leader, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles MO       

 Experience a Breakout that will teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills as we tackle challenges that ignite our natural drive to problem-solve.  Find out how the BreakoutEDU process works, how to utilize your LMS in the process, how to organize it, and how to use it in your classroom and connect with the active Breakout EDU online community.

BYOD: Attendees should bring an electronic device of choice (smartphone, tablet, or laptop)

P07- Google and SAMR   

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Tina Lauer, Instructional Technology Specialist, St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, MO

 Using Google Apps for Education and other apps that sync with your Google Drive, you will explore how to use the SAMR model of technology integration into your curriculum.  The SAMR model will show you how to go beyond just substituting paper/pencil projects with technology, and how to seamlessly integrate technology into your lessons.  Using the participant's current grade level standards the group will build lesson plans based upon the SAMR model.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device that has Google Chrome installed - preferably a laptop or Chromebook.  Participants should also be able to access their current grade level standards so they can build lessons based on the SAMR model of technology integration

P12- STEAM-Y Force & Motion

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8

 Carly Ewing, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

Sarah Abel, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

Danielle Eggers, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

 Learn how to STEAM up your Force and Motion instruction with engineering challenges and technology. Participants will take Newton’s laws to the next level with catapults, exploding canisters, rollercoasters, pendulum painting, egg drops, and more. Explore the use of lego robotics, makey makeys, coding software and more to STEAMing up your physical science instruction. May the force be with you as you work with fellow participants in this hands-on session. (Focus will be at an upper elementary level, but can be adapted to all ages)

BYOD: All technology needed will be supplied 

P13- WeDo 2.0 Workshop:  Make Science Come to Life

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5

 Laura Jackson, Retired Teacher, LEGO Education, Overland Park, KS

 Using LEGO Education solutions, elementary students can explore, create, and share their scientific discoveries as they build solutions to real-world, standards-based projects.  Explore the ways to integrate engineering into life, physical, and earth science.  This workshop will include getting started projects, guided-practice projects, and open-ended projects presented through an interactive software that teaches programming.  Come learn how to build engineering skills using Lego’s WeDo 2.0!

P14- Basic to Advanced Google Tools: Drawings, Forms, and Slides

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Stephanie Filardo, Teacher, St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO

 Google Apps for Education provides many tools for educators to enhance their lessons.  Among these tools are Drawings, Forms and Slides.  Within this session, participants will gain an overview of each of these apps and how they can be used within the classroom.  In addition, participants will get hands-on experience with examples and an opportunity to create personalized content with these apps.  Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how these three apps can work together to create more powerful resources for their schools and classrooms.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device that can access a browser, Chromebooks and laptops are ideal

P15- BreakoutEDU 2.0 Building Breakouts: Creating Customized Breakouts for your Classroom and Content

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Nick Cusumano, Theatre & Film Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Peters, MO

Andrea Head, LMS and Learning Commons Content Leader, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, MO      

 During this session participants will be able to create their own BreakoutEDU, face to face games and Breakout EDU digital games for their classrooms.  The session will cover best practices for game design, types of locks to use, using data validation for online components and where to locate resources.  Participants will share their skills by splitting into design groups where they will design a game and then share their games with the other groups.

BYOD: Attendees should bring an electronic device of choice (smartphone, tablet, or laptop)

P17- Crack the Code - Teaching Kids to Code - 

FULL, session closed

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Jill Badalamenti, Technology Coach, Reed School, Ladue, MO

 Come learn about coding with kids and crack the code on their learning. In our classrooms, we have so many skills to teach our students in such a short time. We always think, “how can we add one more?”  Once I introduce you to how easy it is to incorporate coding into your classroom and show you how engaged your students become while learning to code, you will be wondering why you didn't do it sooner.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device with Wifi access

 

P20- High Tech & Low Tech Solutions to Closing the Feedback Loop

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Aric Foster, Teacher & Learning Consultant, Armada High School, Armada, MI

Megan Moran, Teacher & Learning Consultant, Township High School District 211, Elgin, IL

 While most teachers provide meaningful feedback, and successful students read the feedback, there is inconsistency in how effectively learners process and internalize feedback in order to succeed on future tasks. This session shares specific strategies and tools to close this feedback loop from two experienced educators who have put these tools into practice.  Participants will work on their individual smart devices in several apps that will enhance their students experience when providing effective feedback.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a smart device with the capability to download an app. Attendees should have the following apps on their smart devices: Voxer, Seesaw, Socrative, Kahoot, & Plickers

P23- Teaching Science and Math through Robotics

Half Day PM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: 4-12

 Laura Jackson, Retired Teacher, LEGO Education, Overland Park, KS

 Robotics is a proven and effective way to capture students’ attention and keep them engaged in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math lessons. This session is for educators from 4th grade and up just getting started with LEGO® Education MINDSTORMS® EV3, considering how to incorporate robotics into the classroom or help their FIRST LEGO League team.  Learn firsthand how robotics can get your students excited as they solve real-world challenges, all while building the critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Last modified: Thursday, 12 January 2017, 11:56 AM