Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts
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Mystery Skype - Where in the World?
Spotlight Educator: Shelby Bailey, Teacher, Warren County R-III School District, MO
Have you ever wondered how to use Skype in the classroom? One of the many exciting ways is through an activity called Mystery Skype. In a Mystery Skype, two classrooms are connected, and through a series of yes or no questions, the location of the other classroom is discovered. The students do not know where the other classroom is prior to the call. A Mystery Skype promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and teamwork. Plus, they are fun!
Navigating the Grant Landscape to Fund K-12 Technology
Speakers: Elizabeth Evans, Grants Development Consultant, Grants Office LLC
With the recent changes to e-rate, schools now look to alternative sources of funding for their technology needs. Join us as we discuss the K-12 grant funding landscape, review specific technology-friendly grants, and offer tips for a successful proposal submission. This session will benefit you by providing you with distilled information on technology-friendly grants targeted towards K-12 education initiatives. As a result of attendance, you will be able to name different sources of funding for technology-friendly grant opportunities; including funding amounts, and deadlines; recognize RFP/guidance language stating whether or not a grant is "technology friendly"; explain how technology can be built into a grant proposal as a means to accomplish the project's goals; and describe 10 tips for getting grant funding. No brand specific technologies will be demonstrated within this presentation; all references are intentionally generalized so as not to show favoritism among solutions.
Session resources: https://grantsoffice.sharefile.com/d/sf7ea8505f4a48fe9
Office 365 Can Do All of That?!?!
Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDW-G
Microsoft has an amazing suite of tools and is capable of empowering educators to completely transform the way they work, teach and how students learn. Join me to learn more about Sway, OneNote, OfficeMix, Snip, Minecraft, Microsoft Classroom, and Microsoft Forms! Educators must understand how to leverage technology in ways that provide opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist. This session will empower you to Emerge, Evolve, Elevate, Educate and use technology as an accelerator toward a goal, not the goal itself.
Oh the Places you will Go....with Google!
Speakers: Samantha Hardesty Knoll, Instructional Technology Coach, Wentzville R-IV School District, MO
Pack your bags and come experience all the amazing Geo Tools created by Google. We will sight see using My Maps, check out changes using Time Lapse, take a tour using Tour Builder, enjoy the Cultural Institute, and explore Google's Street View. Let's Discover how each of these cool tools can be used within any curricular area to engage and excite our students. You will have a chance to explore Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions and walk away with ideas about how to integrate Google Geo Tools in your classroom and across curriculum.
Session resources: goo.gl/iJaZc6
Painting a True Picture of Meaningful Assessments
Speaker: Gigi Goodall,Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates
What is the purpose of assessment? How can assessment effectively be used to identify the needs of every student in math and reading, including both misconceptions and advanced concepts? Once teachers understand the needs, how is the instruction connected? What defines growth? What does a positive district culture centered on data look like in schools and classrooms? Come to this session to learn how assessment can inform instruction, how data can be tied to instructional resources and how a blended learning environment is attainable to create a positive change in schools.
Passion-Based Literacies & Social Media
Spotlight Educator: Shannon Steimel, Librarian, Lift for Life Academy, MO
When students have the opportunity to read and write about their passions, it transforms their literacy skills. Social media gives students authentic audiences to share their passions. Whether it is reading and blogging about the problems in our world they want to solve, tweeting about their favorite books, publishing their own stories with Storyjumper, Wattpad or Createspace, or creating their own worlds through game design, technology tools are evolving our ideas of literacy. Come to this session to learn how build a student-led culture of literacy at your school.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/7FO7Xt
PBL: Surviving the Shark Tank
Speakers: Julie Carda, Technology Help Desk Instructor, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District, MO
Are you interested in learning how to engage and excite your students with learning? Do you want to take learning to the next level? Come learn how we took a simple science unit and transformed it into a cross-curricular and cross-grade level PBL unit involving real-world problems, experiences, and solutions. At the end of this session you will be able to plan, design, and create a PBL unit, and through this you will learn how to actively engage students in learning. Join us to learn how to survive the Shark Tank!
Personalize Learning Made Easy - Symbaloo Lesson Plans
Speakers: Ching-Wen Chang, Associate Professor, Missouri State University
Personalized learning, differentiated instruction, standard-based grading, etc. do not need to be just buzz words. You can make these instructional practices happen by using Symbaloo Lesson Plans. Create personalized learning activities for your students that includes videos, articles, interactive content or quizzes through a game-board format. Built-in analytics tools gather insightful data and improve learning outcomes, while students enjoy an engaging learning environment. Come participate in creating a personalized lesson activity with Symbaloo Lesson Plans.
Personalizing PBL using Inquiry Based Strategies and Student Blogging
Speaker: Brian Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-III School District
This presentation will provide interactive examples of inquiry based strategies that allow learners to develop and drive project/problem based learning. These strategies, in combination with student blogging, create a personalized classroom atmosphere that allows for voice, choice, and authentic, higher order thinking and learning. You will leave with practical examples of inquiry based strategies that can be implemented in any classroom, grade level, and content area and applied to project/problem based classrooms and units.
Speaker: Jane Bannester, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Are you looking for ways to include a "real-world" audience appeal, while giving students purpose and motivation, let me introduce you to the world of Podcasting. As your own instructional tool or in creating production, podcasting will be a great way to spice up your classroom. Podcasts can be published and archived so students learn from each other by both creating and hearing original audio. You will leave with the tools and resources needed for creating podcasts, lesson ideas for multiple subject areas, and where to find examples. Don't miss adding a new tool to your teaching arsenal.
Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK