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.
Virtual Memories - Bringing Yearbook to Life with Augmented Reality Software
Speaker: Otto Schultejans, Teacher, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, MO
This session will highlight how a small urban school was able to boost Yearbook sales by providing VR-enabled images in their Yearbook. Using the Aurasma application, various videos are linked to our 2016 Yearbook. This tech can be utilized throughout the school. Bring your smartphones to this session to have an opportunity to create your own Aurasma account, take a sample video, and link it to the "trigger" image of the METC logo.
Speakers: Dr. Beverly Boyd, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
As educators, we want to know our impact. In this session, you will learn how to use a Data Workbook built in Google to organize pre/post assessment data to show individual student growth for your class and entire team, including up to five subgroups. This tool drives the collaborative team dialogue with a focus on effective instructional practices and differentiation for all learners. Work smarter with this time-saving, user-friendly tool and SEE your impact!
Session resources: https://goo.gl/eKZ8xq
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