Leading the Learning for the Net Generation

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Session 2 choices (12:45 to 2:15pm)


Session 2A: Online Discussions and Forums
Presenter: Lauren Lewis
Location: Room 102

Moodle forums and online discussions provide a means for students to communicate their ideas while incorporating technology that they use regularly. Additionally, for students who experience difficulty presenting and discussing their ideas in class, forums provide a "safe-place" for these students to share their ideas in a format in which they may be more comfortable. These forums enrich class discussions and provide students with a tool that they will need in college and post-secondary schools--blogging and posting online. My presentation would focus on creating a forum and the benefits of using this tool in the classroom.
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Middle School, High School

Session 2B: Thinkfinity (Science and Social Studies)
Presenter: Barb Rule
Location: Room 103

This session will cover provide basic overview of the Thinkfinity program and Verizon Foundation’s partnership with premier education and literacy organizations to provide free, standards-based, high quality, online resources. The session will focus on navigation to resources specific to Science and Social Studies from one or more of the Partner sites.
Session Resources:
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School, University Students

Session 2C: Moodle: Beyond Parking Resources to Driving Student Collaboration
Presenter: Ann Johnston
Location: Room 106A

You’ve created your own Moodle site and used it in your own classroom. Join this session to dig deeper into the various activities/blocks available to promote student collaboration. Be prepared to share your own site with the group and share best practices from your classroom.
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School

Session 2D: The 21st Century Teacher: Technology Staff Development Opportunities for Teachers Who Already Know How to Word Process
Presenter: Doug Johnson
Location: Room 106B

Are the new skills needed by teachers to use technology effectively “technology” skills or “teaching” skills? This session looks at the implications of emerging technologies on the teaching profession, describes 7 challenges now facing teachers, and describes 10 teaching competencies that can be developed through carefully planned staff development efforts that go beyond hands-on classes.
Resource Link: 21st Century.pdf
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School

Session 2E: 21st Century Schools for 21st Century Learners
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Clapper
Location: Room 106C

Who are we teaching today? What do today’s students expect of us? What should students learn and how does it relate to their lives? What are considerations for today’s schools as we prepare our students for life beyond K-12 education?
These questions will be explored in detail as Dr. Clapper focuses on the importance of creating 21st Century Schools for 21st Century Learners.
Audience: Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators

Session 2F: iPodcast…and So Can You!
Presenter: Steve Schoessler
Location: Room 106D

Podcasting combines iPods and traditional audio broadcasting. Learn how to effectively utilize these resources to improve student learning. Through the use of professionally-produced or student-produced podcasts, new doors can be opened for your students. The session will focus on how podcasts can be used in the classroom as well as how they are created.
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School

Session 2G: Wiki While You Work... An Introduction to Wikispaces
Presenter: Kristin Hokanson
Location: Room 106E

This session will introduce teachers to wikis and Wikispaces. Learn how to use this free and tool to engage your students with 21st Century Learning practices.
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High


Session 2I: iLife ’09 – Leveraging Challenge Based Learning in the 1-to-1 Classroom
Presenter: Peter Oyler, Apple, Inc.
Location: Room 108

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow, Today (www.acot2.com) is a collaborative effort with the education community to identify the essential design principles for the 21st century high school by focusing on the relationships that matter most: those between students, teachers, and curriculum. The goal of ACOT2 is more targeted -- to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school. To that end, This session will review the Challenge Based Learning strategy and highlight its alignment to a 1 to 1 digital learning environment.
Audience: Regular Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, High School


Session 2J: Teaching Zack to Think
Presenter: Alan November
Location: Room 104

Too many students are not sure how to separate fact from fiction on the Internet. The Internet can provide any version of the truth to support almost any belief. We can teach students how to read the “grammar” of the Internet and to apply strategies to validate information on a website. This popular workshop provides step-by-step teaching tips that help students and teachers think critically about Internet information.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School