Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts
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The Bode Book Review: An Example of Student-Led Blogging to Promote Reading
Speakers: Elisabeth Alkier, Teacher, Saint Joseph School District, MO
What began as a simple book club evolved into a collaborative blog, where passionate student readers craft and share book reviews with peers. The Bode Book Review has taken the book club concept and adapted it to our 1:1 technology initiative and our students' love for online writing spaces. It has evolved from a classroom assignment with a limited audience to a continuously updated digital space with a potentially limitless audience. You will explore how to create a thriving online reading community through collaborative blogging. We'll also look at how technology like QR codes, tags, and Google Forms can help build connections to other students, books, and schools. Learn to promote active reading habits among students and encourage positive literacy habits with online and real-time communities, including through service projects.
The Bookstore Model: Genrefying and More to Evolve Your Library
Speaker: Julie Boatner, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Why do so many people prefer a bookstore over a library? What do bookstores have that libraries don't? Come learn about many different methods of genrefying your library. Hear practical tips in creating an inviting atmosphere. Watch your library evolve into a collaborative space ready for the future!
Session resources: https://goo.gl/m3nHf5
The Brain STEM & Project Approach in the Early Elementary Classroom
Speaker: Carrie Hallensleben, Teacher, Pembroke Hill, MO
We will explore emerging and current brain research as it relates to how people learn. A model of inquiry, integration of subjects, inclusion of technology and the arts, (as advocated by STEAM,) facilitates engagement and builds neuro-pathways to long-term memory. Examples of projects and student artifacts from a first grade classroom will be shared.
The Digital-Age School: A Vision for the Future
Featured Speaker: Dustin Jenkerson, Principal, 15 - 16 Trenton R-9: 16 - 17 CPS 93, MO
Technology is rapidly changing the learning environment in ways we could not have imagined. As technology changes, teaching and learning needs to evolve to more of a teacher facilitated, student driven learning environment. In this session we will explore the possibilities that technology offers to catalyze radical change in student and professional learning at all levels.
The Google Play Store, Coming to a Chromebook Near You!
Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Apps that run on phones and tablets now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This means you can download and use Android apps, work with Office files, be productive offline, and even play Minecraft! We'll cover which Chromebooks this applies to and how to get the most out of Android apps to transform teaching and learning. At the end of the session, you will know how to find which Chromebooks can run android apps and how to use them effectively for transforming teaching and learning.
The Google Throwdown
Speakers: Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District, MO
The Google Throwdown is ready to strike! In this rapid fire session, Google Certified Innovators will battle it out by sharing tips & tricks to ninja-fy your Google skills. Don't miss out on this fun & energetic session, as these Innovators throwdown to become the next Google Champion!
The Journey of Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER)
Speakers: Eric Langhorst, Teacher, Liberty Public Schools, MO
School districts nationwide are exploring Open Educational Resources (OER). Liberty is a #GoOpen district and is currently implementing an OER philosophy. Learn about Liberty's OER journey as we share ideas on curriculum curation, logistics of sharing resources and considerations for compensating teachers who create curriculum. Session will include the experiences of both a classroom teacher and district administrator implementing OER.
Session resources: www.LibertyOER.com
The Mad Caucus for School Technology: You Choose
Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
With so much technology available for teaching and learning, narrowing the choices is critical! Explore a wild variety of technologies used in schools and vote competitively for the best for your district. Technologies include VR, AR, captions, mathematics apps, Mystery Skype, GoogleLitTrips, telescopes, microscopes, holes in school walls (yes!), media festivals, and more. Wild fun every time, the Mad Caucus will deliver something to take back.
Session resources: https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0
The Never-Ending Story: Professional Development for Technology Integration
Speaker: Karmin Ricker, Technology Director, Raymore Peculiar
The Raymore Peculiar School district has been implementing a hybrid BYOD/1:1 roll out since 2014. Learn how we have provided a professional development framework that supports teachers new to BYOD and provides ongoing support for our 1:1 teachers. Hear how professional development is essential to a change in instruction. We will discuss how our model has evolved while sharing our challenges and successes.