Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts
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Change Takes Change: Change your questions; Change their Inquiry
Speaker: Rebecca Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-II School District
Is your grade-book riddled with F's and low effort scores? Are your students performing like zombies on your tests? As teachers it is our job to change and adapt to our students needs and the ever advancing and changing world. This means we must EVOLVE our teaching habits and mindsets, or we will become irrelevant and ineffective. Come learn how to change how you ask questions, and stage inquiry; and change your classroom...as well as your life! Learn strategies I use to decrease zeros and low effort scores; and increase engagement, critical thinking, and inquiry through PBL, asking the right questions, and student reflective blogging. By the end of the session, you will learn how to write and evaluate the quality of a good question prompt, create and post a first KIDBLOG post, and identify 5 strategies to increase student engagement.
Character Goes Viral - High School Students Use Social Media to Counter Cyberbullying
Speakers: Tami Bopp, CharacterPlus Way Program Director, CharacterPlus
More than a hashtag, #startswithus began in 2014 and continues to be the empathic battle cry against cyberbullying. In this session, student leaders will share how they came together with other schools to: deepen their understanding of the effects of harmful messages, design surveys to discovery the prevalence of negative messages in their schools, develop an online campaign to counter these messages, and how they impacted their schools for the better. More importantly, learn how you can support and empower students in your school to do the same.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Speaker: Lisa Janas, Teacher, Wright City Middle School, MO
Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books from years back? Now Google Forms makes it easy to create these stories online. In this session you will see templates and examples of how teens have rewritten history with their adventure stories. You will leave this session with a plan and structure to create your own adventures and learn how you might implement this in your own classroom.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/vSTqzp
Cisco Networking Academy Student Panel
Speaker: Jim Elkins, North Technical High School, SSD & Students
Do you have a student help desk? Are you teaching ICT courses in your school? Come learn about the experiences from current and former students in the Cisco Networking Academy from North Technical High School. Students will share the PMI's (Plus, Minus & Interesting) components of the program. Interested schools and teachers will be able to hear some of the life-changing opportunities students were able to take advantage of due to enrollment in Cisco Networking Academy courses. The panel moderator, a 16 year Cisco Academy instructor and K-12 educator, will also provide details about the variety of courses that can be offered, instructor training, and costs associated with starting a Cisco Networking Academy in your school.
Classcraft: Join the Quest for Classroom Adventure
Speaker: Joe Cox, Teacher, Lutheran High School South, MO
This presentation will introduce the classroom gaming platform Classcraft. You will be supported through a hands-on workshop in which participants will be guided through setting up their own Classcraft classroom environment. You will be introduced to various elements of the gaming platform, including setting up you own classrooms through the trial version. This demonstrates emerging classroom management technology evolving the classroom into an integrated in-class/online experience. Classcraft can be accessed through mobile devices, tablets and laptops.
Classkick-Game Changing App
Spotlight Educator: Kami Butterfield, Teacher, USD 508 - Baxter Springs, KS
Create amazing bell ringers and interesting interactive lessons with the use of the game changing CLASSKICK app. This amazing app can help create lessons that differentiate to meet the needs of all your students, regardless of ability level. You will be students when you enter this session and teachers ready to create their own lessons when you leave.
Coding is fun for everyone K-12 (Poster Session)
Speaker: Kathy Foy, Teacher, Principia School
Coding is fun and easy to learn for all ages. The resources to help teach students k-12 is rich and available at no cost. Students love to code. Educators can try a variety of hands on activities to inspire students and take back to the classroom,
Session resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2q5IC-9u-f0eTBWY2Y3REEtMG8
Connect2Learn Year 2: Measuring the Impact of 1:1
This panel discussion by the Lee's Summit Instructional Technology Department will highlight the district's Connect2Learn initiative, which provided each student in grades K thru 12 with a Dell Chromebook 11 in the Fall 2015. You will see how Bright Bytes data from teachers, students and parents was used to make decisions. Hear about continued progress, see actual growth data highlighting the impact of 1:1 on students and teachers, and learn how the district continues to provide ongoing support and professional development using Schoology. Our Connect2Learn Program is an important step toward developing engaged learners and meeting the district's mission - We prepare each student for success in life. As districts emerge and evolve with technology, the LSR7 Instructional Technology Team demonstrates how they have elevated tech use for educating all students, K thru 12.
Cracking the Code (Part 1)
Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Alacoque School, MO
Explore engaging ideas for no-tech and lo-tech activities that teach coding concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Learn how our youngest students can learn to code using color, symbols, shapes/patterns and syntax. Example tools include Bloxels, Code.org, and Sphero. You will leave understanding that coding language and concepts may be taught without the aid of a computer, as well as engaging ways to teach problem solving and critical thinking skills. The value of coding in the classroom will be explored by demonstrating how coding can evolve from unplugged activities.