Leading the Learning for the Net Generation

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Session 3 choices (2:30 to 4pm)


Session 3A: Tech Wizards – The New Face of Professional Development
Presenter: Beth Breiner
Location: Room 102

Can a program based on the concept of fourth through eighth grade students teaching classmates and teachers really work? YES!!! Attend this presentation regarding the Tech Wizards and Tech Wizards, Jr. a cadre of elementary and middle school students trained in emerging technologies and assigned the task of providing support and professional development to classmates and school faculties.
Audience: Regular Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School

Session 3B: Thinkfinity (Math and Language Arts)
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 Math and Language Arts 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 3C: Technology and the English Language Learner
Presenter: Vicki Reed
Location: Room 106A

English Language Learners coming into the classroom are frequently at a disadvantage, not only because of their inability to speak or understand the English language, but also with their exposure to technology in their previous schools. This session highlights a cooperative effort between the Technology Specialist and the ESL staff to create an environment where students can make great strides in both of these areas by completing technology projects tied into vocabulary building. Once complete, these projects are shared with incoming students and their parents to help them with the acculturation process. Projects completed by students will highlight this presentation.
Link: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, High School, University Students

Session 3D: The Fence or the Ambulance: Are You Punishing or Preventing Plagiarism in Your School?
Presenter: Doug Johnson
Location: Room 106B

Too much effort is expended in education trying to catch plagiarism in student work. Teachers and media specialists are using various web services and techniques using search engines to determine if or how much of student writing is lifted from online sources. While such tools are necessary and can be effective, educators should also be creating assignments, especially those that involve research, that minimize the likelihood of plagiarism in the first place. This workshop gives teachers the tools that help them design LPP (Low Probability of Plagiarism) projects that require original, thoughtful research.
Resource Link: fence.pdf
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, High School, University Students

Session 3E: 1:1 Ubiquitous Laptops Creating 21st Century Schools Through Technology
Presenters: Paul Cohen and Dr. Ben Tantillo
Location: Room 106C

Pascack Valley Regional High School District is in the fifth year of a 1:1 laptop initiative. Dr. Ben Tantillo, Superintendent and Paul Cohen, Assistant Superintendent will discuss how the teaching paradigm and student learning has changed in their district. As part of the discussion, they will provide insight as to changing the culture of a district and the leadership skill sets needed to facilitate change. Central to their success, was the formulation a plan to integrate the technology into curriculum and instruction, recognizing that technology is a means to an end, not the end in itself. Data taken from the last four years assessing 21st Century Skills will be presented.
Resource Link: Ubiqitous_Laptops.pdf
Audience: Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators

Session 3F: Using Technology to Teach the Civil War
Presenter: Dr. Jim Beeghley and Sarah Beeghley
Location: Room 106D

This session for classroom teachers will use various Internet based resources in order to demonstrate numerous methods for using technology to teach the Civil War. The presentation will include practical classroom examples, using technology to promote historical inquiry, Web 2.0 applications and data from the presenter’s doctoral research.
Link: Session Resources and Civil War Sallie
Audience: Regular Educators, Library/Media

Session 3G: Geocaching for Educators
Presenter: Chris Champion
Location: Room 106E

Interested in learning how to Geocache? Come to this informational session where you'll learn about GPS and the world wide treasure hunt called Geocaching. We'll look at best practices for teachers in Elementary through High School settings, explore some lesson ideas, and get some hands-on time with working GPS units.
Links: Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School

Session 3H: Use Tomorrow’s Educational Technologies Today
Presenter: Ryan Cutting, Sage Technology Solutions
Location: Room 107

Today’s students are raised on the newest and most advanced technologies. Their WII or DSi can hold their attention for hours. But what about your classrooms? Learn what technologies you can provide to your teachers that will equip them to reach and engage today’s learners. See first-hand how to reach every student, whether they are tactile, visual, or audible learners through the use of interactive whiteboards, student response systems, document cameras, and interactive software. Stimulate the learning process, and liven up your classrooms with tomorrow’s educational technologies today.
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School

Session 3J: Power Up Your Professional Network
Presenter: Jennifer Dorman
Location: Room 104

Wouldn’t it be just awesome if all teachers had a “Magic Eight Ball” that we could turn to every time we had a question about instructional practice, technology or learning theory? It would provide resources, anecdotal experiences, practical application, and much more. Through the connective and collaborative power of online technologies we have access to a vast and vibrant network of educators that are infinitely more qualified than a Magic Eight Ball to provide ongoing, timely support and encouragement. Learn to Power Up your professional learning network with customized and interactive Web 2.0 applications.
Links: Professional narrative & CV and Session Resources
Audience: Regular Educators, Special Educators, Administrators/Supervisors, Technology Coordinators, Library/Media, Elementary, Middle School, High School, University Students