Program information is tentative and subject to change.

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Session Level Presenter Time Room
iPadagogy: An Examination of Teaching Practices in a 1:1 iPad InitiativeBeginnerMichael Reichert1:30 - 2:20 PM207 Murray Conf. Room WHL

I will share the results of a year-long doctoral study of the integration of iPads in curricula and pedagogy among middle school boys, including a summary of teachers’ views about the successes and challenges of mobile technology instruction. Particular attention will be given to how the initiative enhances students’ global perspectives and strengthens engagement in learning.

Also, findings of a study of the Saint Edmond’s Academy1:1 iPad Initiative will be discussed.  I will describe how teachers integrate iPads with content and pedagogy in a 1:1 iPad initiative, the beliefs of the faculty with regard to the affordances and constraints of teaching with iPads, and how the teachers at Saint Edmond’s Academy foster students’ growth of a global perspective.

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Thinking Outside the Box to Break Inside the BoxBeginnerSarah Cuje10:30 - 11:20 AM135 WHL

Do you ever get the feeling that you just want to escape? Spice up any content with a fun way to get students collaborating and problem solving! #BreakoutEDU, a platform for immersive learning games, has made its mark on classrooms all over and now you can join the fun! In this session we will explore ways to make your own #BreakoutEDU puzzles so they can be tailored to your students’ needs.

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Choose your own adventure: Using Google Forms to meet narrative writing standardsIntermediateJustin Malin10:30 - 11:20 AM205A WHL

Did you enjoy reading and choosing your own adventure stories when you were younger? Did you enjoy having the ability to decide what comes next and then rereading the story to find a different ending? Now is your chance to make your own adventure using technology. In this session, I will show my experiences with using Google Forms to create and choose your own adventure story. Attendees will see student work samples, and I will discuss what worked well and where I could improve the lesson in the future. Attendees will then have time to work and create their own choose your own adventure story using templates I provide. This lesson connects to Common Core Writing Standards; narrative writing, using dialogue and description, and publishing digitally in grades 3-8.

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Online Formative Assessment for Writing: A Demonstration of PEG WritingBeginnerJoshua Wilson11:30 AM - 12:20 PM207 Murray Conf. Room WHL

Audience members will learn about an online formative writing assessment program called PEG Writing (i.e., PEG). PEG utilizes automated essay scoring technology to provide students with immediate essay ratings and targeted feedback to improve their writing. Audience members will learn more about automated essay scoring, view a demonstration of PEG Writing, and learn about results of research studies showing the effectiveness of PEG Writing for improving writing outcomes for elementary and secondary students.

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Green Screen MagicBeginnerMolly Keohane and John Chancey11:30 AM - 12:20 PM205A WHL

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to create a Green Screen Station on a very limited budget and to jump into creating videos using the user friendly app Do Ink.

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“App”etizers and Websites for Enhancing Your CurriculumBeginnerChristelle Patselas2:30 - 3:20 PM116 WHL

Looking for ways to enhance your curriculum with technology? Looking to keep students engaged? Then I would love to introduce you to Apps and Websites which will do just that!!!! This session will show you many wonderful websites and apps which are available to enhance your curriculum, manage classroom behavior, and have students engaged in learning!

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Rewriting the Writing ProcessIntermediateWilliam Culver
Justin Comegys
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM135 WHL

The advent of educational technology has permitted us to replace antiquated methods of instruction. Google tools and Learning Management Systems allow educators who teach writing to re-imagine the writing process. Traditionally, we teach young people to write by error analysis. We allow them to do it wrong, then correct them. This is ineffective. Google Tools allow us to TEACH writing in a way that is efficient for teachers and effective for students. This session presents a new, digital writing process.

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Online Grammar Checkers: Implications for Assessment and School PolicyBeginnerJoseph Hutcheson10:30 - 11:20 AM110 WHL

Does “writing enhancement” software give students an inflated (and false) confidence in their academic writing? Or does this software simply reflect how the power of the internet betters the experience of twenty-first century students? In this session, I will survey several online grammar checkers (Grammerly et al.) that offer tips and tools to improve student writing. In addition to detailing the features of these checkers, I will compare how each of them addresses grammatical mistakes found in a common student paper. The presentation will end with an open-forum discussion that focuses on the implications for classroom assessment (especially formative assessment) and school policy. Teachers and administrators will discuss their impressions of the software and whether or not there is a need for school policy to address and govern the use of the software.

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Computational Thinking in the Star Wars Hour of CodeBeginnerDr. Fred Hofstetter2:30 - 3:20 PM207 Murray Conf. Room WHL

Computational thinking is the manner in which computer scientists approach the solving of complex problems by breaking them down into manageable components and creating named procedures for performing each part. Particularly well suited to the teaching of computational thinking is the Star Wars Hour of Code. This presentation explains how its fifteen stages align with the computational thinking dimensions of decomposition, programming, algorithms, abstraction, and data. Participants learn how to get student and/or teacher accounts where this Hour of Code is freely hosted at studio.code.org. The final stage provides open access to the App Lab tools you can use to create your own unique app that you can share via Facebook, tweet it out, or text it to any smartphone.

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Personalized Professional LearningBeginnerKristen Barnello
Tiffany Kannengieszer
Debbie Pfotzer
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM116 WHL

Why do we expect our teachers to personalize learning for our students, but administrators are still doing whole group, non-differentiated instruction on Professional Learning days? What if that wasn’t the case? At WPHS, our teachers influence the PL sessions we offer, self-select the PL sessions most meaningful to them. Even better…our teachers share their expertise and lead the PL sessions. Come see what WP is doing to foster increased collaboration and teacher buy-in for our technology-focused PL sessions.

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Bringing Computer Science into the Elementary ClassroomBeginnerYanaka Bernal2:30 - 3:20 PM109 WHL

In this presentation, we will review computer science principles and how to introduce them into any level elementary classroom. Computer programming is being considered a fundamental to career readiness but most students do not encounter coding until they are in high school. This presentation will offer elementary level teachers and administrators a guide (and resources) to successfully implement a coding program in their school.

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Green Screen on the Cheap!BeginnerMary Grace Flowers
Jennifer Cella
1:30 - 2:20 PM205A WHL

We are two library/technology specialists within the Colonial School District who teach technology tools to students from Kindergarten to fifth grade. We have presented the topic of this green screen tool on three seperate occassions and it has been a huge hit among teachers of all grade levels. We show and teach how to use two different green screen applications and leave time for exploration and implentation. Our presentations have been informational, engaging and fun!

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Digital Storytelling 101: Student Creations In Every Subject AreaDr. Monica Burns10:30 - 11:20 AM319 WHL

Students of all ages have a story to tell! From personal narratives in the English Language Arts classrooms to the steps of an experiment in a Science classroom. Join Dr. Monica Burns for an overview of the totally free Adobe Spark tools for iPads and Chromebooks. This session will introduce Spark Video movie-making tool, Spark Page website builder tool, and Spark Post image creator tool.

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1-2-3 Easy Drag & Drop Website Creator for Teachers and StudentsDr. Monica Burns11:30 AM - 12:20 PM319 WHL

Want to create a class website but not sure where to start? Join Dr. Monica Burns as she shares how to design a website with the totally free Adobe Spark tools for iPads and Chromebooks. With now experience in HTML or coding necessary, teachers who bring a device to this session will leave with their very own class website and ideas for student projects.

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Movie-Making on iPads and Chromebooks: Simple Steps for Getting StartedDr. Monica Burns1:30 - 2:20 PM319 WHL

Making a movie just got easier! Learn how to use the free, BYOD-friendly Spark Video to make movies. Students can use this tool on iPads, Chromebooks, or any web-browser. Dr. Monica Burns will share easy steps for setting up K-12 students with success as they record their voice, add images and video clips, text and icons to their creation.

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Creating Digital Newsletters to Share Student LearningDr. Monica Burns2:30 - 3:20 PM319 WHL

This session will introduce Spark Page as a tool for creating digital newsletters. Dr. Monica Burns will share strategies for getting the word out about the great work happening in your classroom with this free, web-browser based tool. You’ll hear how students of all ages can contribute to a digital newsletter and see how easy it is to share student work with this iPad and Chromebook friendly tool.

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What Types of Technology Help Students Learn? (panel discussion)IntermediateMegan Wagaman
Al Drushler
10:30 - 11:20 AMERC Smartboard WHL

In this presentation, Al Drushler and Megan Wagaman will provide a brief overview of ways they use technology in their classrooms, and ways they have students use technology for their courses. They will then hold a question-and-answer session — which includes a panel of students — about how technology helps these students learn, ways they have benefited from technology in educational settings, and what works and what does not. The students will be college students who are pre-service preK-12 teachers. In this way, people teaching various grade/college levels can share ideas and hear from students who have experienced K-12 technology in education recently, and are in the midst of applying those skills and knowledge to succeed in college, while also looking ahead to their own careers as educators.

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Using Technology to Meet the Needs of Special Education StudentsBeginnerTiffany Kannengieszer
Kristi Dionne
Stefanina Baker
1:30 - 2:20 PMERC Smartboard WHL

One of the most daunting tasks as a teacher is differentiating to meet the needs of each and every student. It is often time consuming and seems impossible with the other tasks required of teachers. In this session, two special education teachers and a regular education teacher who teachers in a Team Approach to Mastery setting team up to highlight the tools and strategies used to address the specific needs of special education students.

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F.U.N. Integrating Technology into Your ClassroomBeginnerNancy Crowley
Inger Cierniak
2:30 - 3:20 PM110 WHL

This session is for the teacher who needs some encouragement and tools for integrating technology into the classroom. It is focused on learning and using technology to enhance that learning. Attendees will be given some practical solutions for engaging students and creating dynamic lesson plans.

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Exploring Virtual RealityBeginnerLeslie Fisher11:30 AM - 12:20 PM109 WHL

This class will take you bottom to top (hope you enjoyed the pun) in virtual reality (VR).  We will discuss what it is, why it works and what you need to get going on both exploring and creating your VR.  We will also explore the different types of VR and the types of VR headsets available.  We will then take a “heads” on look at some of the most impactful VR applications available and finish with an overview on how VR is making real world impacts as well.

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Tools for Your Classroom-AKA Tools You Can Use TomorrowBeginnerLeslie Fisher10:30 - 11:20 AM109 WHL

What a fantastic time to use technology in the classroom!  The amount of free, affordable and downright cool solutions is amazing! This class will introduce you to some of the top websites, apps, and tools that you can start using in your classroom tomorrow.  We will also take a peek into the future at some technology that might be part of your future classroom.

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DigitalReadworks: Not Your Grandma’s Readworks!All LevelsLisa Mims and Joyce Lester11:30 AM - 12:20 PMERC Smartboard WHL

Readworks.org is the solution to reading comprehension. ReadWorks’ reading articles create an extremely strong foundation for improving students’ reading comprehension. Readwork articles can be used for independent reading, whole-class close reading, and for read-aloud. And now, Readworks has gone digital! Improve your students reading comprehension. access thousands of high-quality, FREE K-12 articles, and create online assignments. They’ve also added the Article-a-Day feature, an amazing resource that promotes reading,writing, and vocabulary in a personalized format, every day! Article-A-Day builds important background knowledge, vocabulary, and reading/listening stamina. If you are looking a easy to use digital format for K-12 that provides quizzes in Multiple Choice and Constructed Response format, interesting articles, read alouds, leveled reading and more, Digital Readworks is what you and your students are looking for.

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Curbing Fake NewsIntermediateVivienne Cameron
Cindy Luce
2:30 - 3:20 PM205A WHL

Fact checking/determining the validity of information is a crucial 21st century skill, especially in light of the recent election, but how do we teach it? Newspaper circulation is down, and we are getting our news on our phones, so the in-depth coverage that we have historically assimilated is missing. We are in trouble as a nation because we have grown to disbelieve any information that is inconsistent with our world view – so if we see a negative article about Trump, and we are Trump supporters, we disregard that article flat out. Journalists (WSJ and NYT editors on Meet the Press 1/1/17) are struggling with this. As educators, we need to accept the change in information delivery, and equip our students to make meaning from existing news sources. At the very beginning (3rd-4th grades) we, as educators, need to foster an awareness that not all information on the internet is true, and that it is important to know if something is true. Expanding upon that, we want students in middle school to learn to read/research for “information”, as opposed to “affirmation”. Attendees at this session will leave with grade appropriate lessons and resources they can use immediately with their 3rd through 8th grade students to foster information literacy

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Virtual Reality and EducationBeginnerJames Wheatley1:30 - 2:20 PM104 WHL

Virtual Reality is a brand new medium that will forever change the way we learn. The presentation will go over the various benefits of virtual reality and how it will be included in the future of education.

I will showcase video from various places that I have utilized Virtual Reality in education environments as well as the software platforms that I have used. I will also show off mock representations of what the future will hold.

I’ll also have a real time demonstration of virtual reality in education that participants can try out throughout the day (if there are booths) or that they can try during the presentation. Please see my website at www.vrwheatley.com for more information.

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Teaching Computer Science Principles with Scratch at the Newark Free LibraryBeginnerSoumita Basu2:30 - 3:20 PM135 WHL
The changing landscape of digital technology in the 21st century calls for educational intervention in K-12 curriculum to better equip future citizens to competently face challenges in a demanding world which is increasingly becoming technology dependent. Scratch is a visual block-based scripting and programming language developed by the Media Lab at MIT. Scratch provides instantaneous visual feedback of the program’s logic by means of animated objects and interactive digital controls. It helps novices learn to program by using the “use-modify-create” pattern of engagement that helps learners transition from passive users through engaged modifiers to authentic creators. As part of the Partner4CS initiative, I worked on a team that taught CS principles and helped learners aged 8-13 (grades 4-8) create computational artifacts at the Newark Free Library in Delaware. This field experience had positive outcomes supported by enthusiastic and positive learner and parental feedbacks. Scratch is more relatable to young learners because its visual programming interface uses a representation that is closer to human language and has reduced syntax as compared to the more complex computing representation in traditional languages such as Java, C#, Swift, and C++. In Scratch, users drag and snap color-coded programming command blocks and immediately see the results of their work in the form of animated sprites in the project editor where scripts are assembled. The ease of such a block-oriented visual interface contributes to reduced cognitive load wherein the learner’s focus lies in logic, structure and execution instead of the technical complexities of writing programs via code. Scratch enables educators with modest technological expertise to teach computer science principles in classrooms.
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Scratch from Scratch: Introduction to Scratch Programming for Complete BeginnersBeginnerSusan Cornett1:30 - 2:20 PM135 WHL

Have you heard about the benefits of using the Scratch programming language with students, but you have no idea where to begin? Do you wish someone would guide you through getting started? Do you keep saying “Someday I am going to sit down and investigate Scratch.” but you never seem to have the time?

Now is the time! Come meet Scratch in this fun, stress-free, hands-on, introductory session. You will be introduced to the Scratch programming language, from the very beginning, just as I introduce it to my students. You will create an account, and do a few beginner activities to help you get the feel of the Scratch environment. I will show you how to see the programs your students have created, and then I will offer you a couple of avenues to explore for those who want to know more. Finally, we will discuss a few strategies and resources for integrating Scratch Programming in your classroom.

NOTE: Scratch runs on desktop or laptop computers. The off-line, downloaded version runs on Linux, Mac, or Windows. The online version also works on Linux, Mac, Windows, or Chromebooks. Scratch does not work on tablets or phones, although there are other, similar programs, which do run on tablets.  Laptops will be available during this session, or you can bring your own.

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A Closer Look at How Teachers Tame TwitterBeginnerMarc Drumm2:30 - 3:20 PMERC Smartboard WHL

In this session, we’ll look at how higher education faculty and graduate students have embraced Twitter to engage their students both in and out of the classroom, collect research data, and communicate and collaborate with others who have similar interests. Specific examples used in a variety of subjects will be presented, including Foreign Language, History, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine, and Urban Studies. Middle and High School teachers may also find these methods beneficial.

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Reaching All Learners – Apple Tools for Special NeedsDave Marra10:30 - 11:20 AM116 WHL

Come to this interactive event and explore the key features built into Apple products for students with special needs. You’ll see how iPad, iPod touch, and Mac offer a rich set of accessibility features that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed. Discover the accessibility features included on every Mac and how they support a wide range of sensory and learning disabilities. Experience the accessibility features of iPad, and see how these tools can break down barriers to learning. Explore apps that can help students overcome individual learning hurdles.

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Deploying iPad and Mac in EducationDave Marra1:30 - 2:20 PM116 WHL

It’s never been easier to put iPad and Mac in the hands of students and teachers. Hear about the latest from Apple for education, including Apple School Manager and the Classroom app. You’ll also learn how to automate device setup for iPad and Mac, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution. Explore how the new Classroom app for iPad helps teachers guide learning and manage iPad in the classroom. Find out how to get your IT team up and running with Apple School Manager and distributing apps and content from the Volume Store.

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Tools for Your Classroom- AKA Tools You Can Use TomorrowBeginnerLeslie Fisher1:30 - 2:20 PM109 WHL

What a fantastic time to use technology in the classroom!  The amount of free, affordable and downright cool solutions is amazing! This class will introduce you to some of the top websites, apps, and tools that you can start using in your classroom tomorrow.  We will also take a peek into the future at some technology that might be part of your future classroom.

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