A Spotlight on Strategies from Discovery Education
Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
Are you looking for creative ways to easily and effectively integrate Discovery Education digital media resources in your class? We’ve heard your S.O.S call! Go hands on in this interactive session and explore the popular series, “Spotlight on Strategies”. Teachers of every grade level and subject area will walk away with classroom-ready tips and tricks for integrating digital media.
Administrators, Ramp Up Your Role In Technology Integration
Speaker: Cara Wylie, Program Coordinator, eMINTS
Do you struggle with staying current with technology integration? If you are an administrator who wants to learn how to model technology use, then this session is for you! We will explore ways administrators can elevate and optimize technology use in their schools. At the end of the session, you will walk away with new tools and strategies to enhance digital leadership in your school.
Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/emints.org/techyadmin/home
Amplifying Student Voice through Social Media
Keynote Speaker: Jennie Magiera, Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62, IL
Learn how to harness social media tools to amplify student voices and empower them to share their thinking with the world. In this session we will explore how to scaffold social media use and show students how to use it for good and not evil. Example tools include Twitter, Google Docs, Schoology, Google Classroom, QR Codes and more. From school-wide movements to classroom-based activities for K-12, you will walk away with ideas for all ages and situations.
An Elementary Solution for Math and Literacy Summer Learning Loss
Speaker: Ben Gwynne, Senior Schools Manager, EverFi
Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring remediation each year. To prevent this "summer slide," Major League Baseball partnered with EverFi to develop a web-based resource that prepares students to enter the next school year on track. This baseball-themed, game-based learning experience is available at NO COST through a partnership with MLB. EverFi is a grade 4-5 resource focusing on sentence structure/correction, commonly confused words, synonyms/antonyms, factors, multiples, ordering units of measure, fractions, and more.
Android on Chrome- Best of Both Worlds
Spotlight Educator: Nick Cusumano, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
The Best of Both Worlds- Android Apps on a Chromebook. Come explore the new possibility that this will provide in your classroom. Bring your Chromebooks and explore the new world of possibilities such as Adobe Apps, Skype and more...all available on a Chromebook. We will be developing best practices for evaluation tools and determine what apps to provide for students. You will leave this session after experimenting with Android Apps, so bring your Chromebooks!
Session resources: http://tinyurl.com/bobwaocb
Audio and Video on a Budget
Speaker: Jane Bannester, Media Teacher, Ritenour School District
Come learn how to create engaging lessons and assessments in order to create a student friendly, technology revolution in your own classroom! This session will show how to weave budget friendly audio and video alternatives into your teaching. We will look at using tools accessible to you on the web, alternative software options, and different ways to implement lessons and assessments into your own teaching, including online audio/video recorders and editor software. Examples include Vocaroo, SoundCloud, YouTube, TwistedWave, Google Apps, Castify and more. No matter the device, including Chromebooks, this session is for you. During the session, you will evolve through thinking of different ways to use the tools and rethink assessment options for your students.
Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK
Automate your School with Google Apps
Spotlight Educator: JP Prezzavento, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Fox C-6 School District, MO
Is your school still using triplicate forms to request professional development? Do your maintenance and tech requests live in an email strand? If this sounds like your school district, you NEED to learn how to automate your school's workflow with Google Apps. See how schools can use Google tools to create a paperless workflow for all of the administrative tasks that are sucking up time and productivity.
Avoiding Brain Drain: 30 Minute Tech
Speaker: Andi Huisinga, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
We've all been there. Technology PDC is often overwhelming with so much tech introduced that teachers end up not incorporating any of it. Librarians and other specialists can help ALL teachers streamline administrative procedures and create highly effective student learning by chunking tech PDC into short, product-oriented bites. Come discover how 20-30 minute tech sessions can make PDC more effective. By breaking up large technology ideas into bite-sized pieces that are product driven, it provides quality PDC without overwhelming teachers. Examples of GAFE, Discovery Education and free resources will be shown. School librarians need to evolve into technology leaders in their schools and help teachers find the technological resources needed to make their administrative and instructional practices more effective. By educating teachers in a manner that will not overwhelm them, the LMS & Instructional Coaches can be agents of school-wide change.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/U0ixa6