Tag Archives: instructional technology

Make a Splash, Start a Ripple

The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

avrith

Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Maximize Your Learning with Discovery Education at METC

Max Brooks METCThe “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges.
 Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!

creating book trailers using video editing apps

It was my pleasure to visit two outstanding classrooms recently in the Normandy School District as part of our ITEF Grant involving iPad use in the classroom.  One was a fifth grade classroom and one was a combined 2nd-3rd grade gifted classroom.  In both rooms, students were engaged and on task with their goal of creating book trailers using video editing apps on their iPads.  Teachers had already taken them through the script writing process, and they had created storyboards of the movies they wanted to make.  In each classroom, students were busy finding pictures on the Internet or on other iPad apps that illuminated their stories.  They were using higher order thinking skills to decide what kinds of pictures they needed, how to download them and how to edit them, so that they would fit into the book trailers.  Some students were using the camera feature on the iPad to actually take pictures.  This was a highly engaging task, and students rose to it well.  I had the opportunity to read some of the scripts, which were actually persuasive pieces, and they were excellent.  It was very gratifying to see that the teachers that I had worked with in professional development sessions were implementing their knowledge so well in their classrooms.  Congrats to these teachers and their terrific students!

Start Out the New Year with a Steady Diet of Tech PD!

CLASS: Discovery Education streaming
January 9  8:30am-3:30pm; free to to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members

CSD offers DE streaming training on the second Monday of every other month during the school year for FREE. Plan to attend this full day of learning and walk away saying, “WOW!”  Through your subscription to DE streaming, you receive on-demand streaming and downloading of videos for your classroom, lesson plans, quizzes, images, sound effects, encyclopedia articles, and more! Using Discovery Education streaming, students are engaged in their learning experiences, and teachers have the ability to create standards-based lessons, assignments, quizzes, and writing prompts online. Come learn the user-friendly features including the My DE page and drag & drop features in My Content. Find out about the curriculum focused features including the Ready Zone, STEM Connect and more! Learn how the Interactive Atlas and the Student Center can engage 21st century learners. CSD offers this free training every other month on the second Monday of the month during the school year from 8:30am-3:30pm.  *Free to those schools that purchase DE streaming subscriptions through CSD and to CSD/CSG Members; $189 non-members.

WEBINAR: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 18   4-5 pm
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In this webinar we will discuss how to be safe in the digital world.

WEBINAR: Midwest Education Technology Conference Q & A
January 25   4-5 pm
If you are going to METC, participate in this webinar and learn how to make the most of your conference experience. Discover how to find the best sessions to meet your needs using the METC conference planner. Learn about networking opportunities in the Connections Lounge and Exhibit Hall, plus, after hours tweet-ups.  Leave this webinar feeling more confident to plan and organize your personalized day of learning.

CLASS: Digital Citizenship: Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint
January 26   8:30am-3:30pm; $149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Grad. Credit Available)

Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating?  Anyone using the web or a mobile device leaves a digital footprint. We teach our children how to be safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to use of technology?  Class time will include discussion through the digital lenses of: Access ~ Commerce ~ Communication ~ Literacy ~ Etiquette ~ Law ~ Rights & Responsibilities ~ Health & Wellness ~ Security.  Being a Digital Citizen means learning how to properly use the Internet and other technology resources. In order to be successful and safe, today’s students must know how to find, evaluate and utilize electronic resources.

CONFERENCE: Free Discovery Education Network (DEN) Saturday Conferences
SciCon DEN Conference January 28  7:30am – 2:30pm; free
Attend this free, Discovery Educator Network Virtual Conference. Each Virtual Conference will feature presentations from DEN gurus and other nationally known speakers. These informative sessions will cover a variety of relevant topics, such as differentiating learning with digital content and integrating new Web 2.0 tools into instruction. Those attending in-person gatherings will participate in the online presentations, as well as breakout sessions presented by local STAR Discovery Educators.  DEN SciCon is an online conference focused on providing participants with some of the most effective strategies for transforming their Science classes through the meaningful and effective integration of digital media content.

Registration information can be found here.

On the Road with Technology Rich Lessons

Today and tomorrow, Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger are on the road- teaching our Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement class onsite in Alton, Illinois.

Here are some the activities the educators will take part in over the next two days:

• Learning easy to use Internet search strategies for you and your students
• Finding lesson plans and classroom projects on the Web to use or modify
• Storing websites in a free location on the web
• Creating lists and/or search engines of approved websites for students
• Understanding the “grammar” of the web
• Creating quizzes online
• Putting together assignments that require students to use technology
• Locating scoring guide templates for technology projects and create your own rubric online

If you are interested in scheduling any kind of instructional technology training in your building, contact Martha or Stephanie. Of course, educators are welcome to come here to CSD as well- our fall/winter/spring classes will be posted in the next couple of weeks!