Archived METC17 Searchable Program & Handouts
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The New "3R's" - AR, VR, MR: Find, Make, Integrate Them!
Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Mixed Realities (AR,VR) have made huge impacts in the workforce, entertainment--and education. Google's Cardboard created inexpensive entry points for Virtual Reality. The high end features virtual holodecks already used by districts. Augmented Reality also has inexpensive entry points. Mixed Realities enter the classroom in books, lessons, and real world interactions. Learn to make them and integrate Augmented Realities and Virtual Reality elements and learn appropriate ways to integrate them into the curriculum. The primary AR tool used is Aurasma, but others will be demonstrated. The primary VR tool shown will be Google Street View, because it is cross platform. These technologies change or are updated or displaced rapidly.
Session resources: https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0
There's NOT an App for that? Make one!
Speaker: Sarah Spaunhorst, Computer Science Teacher, Visitation Academy, MO
The new AP Computer Science Principles course is in its first year of implementation! One of the curriculum options for the course is Mobile CSP - integrating MIT App Inventor with the standards aligned by College Board. In this session, you will experience firsthand how to start with MIT App Inventor, including ideas of classroom implementation for middle and high school students. The first part of the session will involve introduction to App Inventor and some of its uses. The second part of this session will describe the integration of App Inventor into this classroom, including benefits and lessons learned from implementing the course.
Tips & Tricks for Successful Collaboration
Speaker: Holly Pantle, Media Specialist, Charleston CUSD#1, IL
Come to this session and hear how one school librarian went from co-teaching four lessons a year to 100. You will learn about some simple ways you can start collaborating with classroom teachers on a regular basis and be a pioneer for using technology. Some examples of the lessons and units will also be shared.
To Chromebooks and Beyond
Speakers: Jen Gill, Teacher, Shelby County R-4 Schools, MO
Are you looking for ways to help your students emerge into technology as they evolve through the grade levels? Be ready to elevate your learners from a basic knowledge of Chromebook use to one that personalizes their instruction, using a variety of online resources and join us as we go to Chromebooks and Beyond! This session will provide you with a list of online resources and give you a clear picture of how personalized instruction is used in both the primary and intermediate classrooms.
Top 10 of What's New with Discovery Education
Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
There's more to Discovery Education than just videos. In this session we'll dive into the top 10 new resources and tools added to Discovery Education. Did you know more than 30 free programs on everything from Decoding Cancer to the math behind EA Sports Madden Football can be accessed? Come learn all about these new resources and many more. We will be sharing Discovery Education Streaming resources and free partner program resources in this session.
Transform Instruction with Nearpod
Speaker: Matt Bright, Teacher, Hancock Place School District, MO
Transform your classroom into a fun and interactive setting. Using Nearpod allows teachers to keep students engaged and even allow students to pace their own learning. Nearpod offers virtual field trips, content for all grade levels and courses from Math and ELA to digital citizenship, and allows teacher to check for understanding and track student progress. At the end of the session, you will be able to utilize Nearpod as not only a representational tool but also to give formative assessment, track student progress, flip classroom instruction and take students on virtual field trips.
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