Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts
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Transforming Non-fiction Reading and Research with Technology
Spotlight Educator: Mary Kienstra, Teacher, Naperville Community Unit District 203, IL
When kids care, it changes everything! In this session you will learn ways to transform your non-fiction units by engaging kids in reading and research projects. See how meeting the experts, writing scripts, producing videos with a purpose, and using green screens will empower your students. Take home ideas you can use with any nonfiction content.
Twitter and Voxer and Slack, Oh My! Using Social Media Platforms for PD (Poster Session)
Speaker: Patricia Brown, Technology Specialist, Ladue School District
Professional learning is social and collaborative, learn ways you can interact with emerging technologies such as Voxer, Slack, and Twitter to enhance your personal learning network. Stop by this Poster Session to learn about how these social media platforms can enhance your PD!
Twitter: A Tool for Professional Development
Speaker: Tori Grable, Teacher, St. Joseph School District
Looking to grow professionally, learn about the latests news in education, and borrow ideas from other great educators? Twitter is a free tool that can help grow your professional learning network and allow you to learn in real-time whenever and wherever you are. It truly allows for differentiated and personalized professional learning. Bring your device, as you will set up both Twitter and TweetDeck accounts to use as a professional learning network, identify other Twitter users that you may want to follow to learn and borrow ideas from, search Twitter for information about a particular topic. Like much in 21st Century education, professional development is evolving with the use of technology. Twitter and TweetDeck are tools that elevate professional learning, allowing the educator to develop your own personal learning network to meet your professional learning needs. Twitter and TweetDeck are both free web-based tools.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/0BUe4f
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