Preconference Workshops: Entire List

METC 2015 Preconference Workshops
Monday, February 9, 2015

Full day workshops, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, located at EducationPlus.
Half day workshops, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 - 4:00 pm, located at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Breakfast and lunch are provided for those attending a full day workshop or two half day workshops.

FULL DAY  P01 TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-POST SECONDARY
Differentiated Instruction Using Technology Enhanced Literacy Stations ~ FULL
Registration for this preconference workshop is now closed.

Christine Anderson, Associate Professor, Western Illinois University, Illinois; Laura Kieran, Associate Professor, Drake University, Iowa

The presenters will model learning stations using technology as a means to differentiate and support all learners. With the emphasis on differentiated instruction using technology, teachers can take into account students' different skill levels and interests. The learning stations modeled in these sessions will be: Close Reading, Vocabulary and Academic Language Development, Listening and Speaking, Written Expression and Evaluating Apps. This session is perfect for teachers with just a few tablets for your classroom. BYOD: Tablet (Apple or Android)

FULL DAY  P02  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Building your Best Board: Integrate Discovery Education Resources into Your Classroom ~ Canceled
Melissa Robison, Teacher, Kratz Elementary, Missouri; Shelby Bailey, Teacher, Rebecca Boone Elementary, Missouri

DEN Star Educators

Learn how to integrate multimedia into your classroom with Discovery Education (DE) streaming including Board Builder, a unique tool that allows your students to digitize book reports, science projects and more. The DEN Star presenters will spend the morning on how to best utilize the resources of DE streaming in your classroom. During the afternoon attendees will learn how students can curate, create and synthesize content using Board Builder. The group will then go head to head on who has created the most DENmazing Board! BYOL: Laptop or tablet with browser and wifi capability. Discovery Education account setup. 

HALF DAY  (AM)  P03  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Deeper Learning Through Design Thinking
Robert Dillon, Director of Technology, Affton School District, Missouri 

Design Thinking is a set of tools that unlocks deeper learning for our students. Join us for this interactive session that will explore the five phases of design thinking and how you can use it in your classroom to maximize engagement and connect kids to their learning. Online tools that provide templates, resources and materials will be used. Participants will receive resources, ideas and an opportunity to participate in a design thinking challenge. BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY  (AM)  P04  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Video Production with an iPhone and an iPad
Don Goble, Broadcast Technology, Film & Multimedia Instructor, Ladue School District, Missouri 

The art of storytelling completely aligns with written and visual literacy. The iPhone and iPad provide you with a video production studio in your hands and allow your students the creative freedom to tell a story through the medium of video. This hands-on workshop is designed for all attendees to make the connection between written and visual literacy and tap into higher levels of storytelling creativity. We will cover all of the basics: terminology, composition, recording and publication. Bring your iPad / iPhone with the iMovie app to create your own short project! BYOD: iPad or iPhone with the iMovie app installed. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P05  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Embracing Digital Video in the Classroom: YouTube in Education
Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Information & Library Media, Parkway School District, Missouri

Every minute, over 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube, many of which are created by the students that may be sitting in your classroom. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore many of the lesser known features of YouTube, aggregate your own channel, edit videos and see how to expand the walls of your classroom. BYOL: Laptop with browser, wifi capability and webcam. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P06  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Flip Teaching: Jump the First Hurdle with Blazing Speed
Renato Cataldo, CEO & Ed Mass, COO, Crazy for Education, Missouri

Become engaged with every student, every day by flipping your classroom. See the results in student learning comprehension, retention, and engagement from flip teachers. Participants will learn how to quickly, and very easily, create their own video lessons, as well as receive formative assessment feedback from their students, even before they walk into their classrooms. They will feel connected to their students in ways that are not possible in the traditional classroom lecture format. BYOL: Laptop with browser, wifi capability and external webcam. Bring lesson content to create one or two videos from this content. We'll show you how easy it is. Get a head start on the workshop by looking at FlippinPD.com, or use this resource if you can't attend.

HALF DAY  (PM)  P07  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Augmented Reality: Create New Dimensions for Learning
Caroline Haebig, 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Adlai E Stevenson High School, Illinois; Sue Gorman, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin 

Want to do more with student creations and bring class content to life? Augmented Reality (AR) is your solution. AR provides educators with the opportunity to create a whole new level of semi-virtual and semi-real learning environments. This workshop will engage participants in the technical use of AR apps like Aurasma, Layar, Chromville and provide support for designing learning experiences. AR affords opportunities to curate digital products, create dynamic supports for learners and bring a new dimension to existing teaching strategies. BYOD: Mobile device (Apple or Android), either tablet or smartphone. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P08  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: 3-12
Target CCSS and Deeper Thinking with Problem Based Learning ~ FULL
Registration for this preconference workshop is now closed.

Janet Jungk, District Media Specialist (Retired), Carrollton CUSD, Illinois; Beth Pressler, Superintendent (Retired), Carrollton CUSD, Illinois 

We hear about engaged learning and deeper thinking, but what do they look like? BYOD as we’ll work through the similar components of Project/Problem/Inquiry Based Learning and the engineering process that meets Technology and Common Core State Standards. You’ll work through a sample lesson modeling deeper thinking and learn how to apply these strategies to your classroom. BYOD: Laptop or tablet with internet access.

HALF DAY  (AM)  P09  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Tweet Tweet! What's that? Becoming a Connected Educator with Twitter
Andrea Blanco, District Educational Technology Specialist, Francis Howell School District, Missouri; Ted Huff, Principal, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

What does it mean to tweet, retweet, use hashtags or send someone a direct message? We will explore the basics of getting started with Twitter. After becoming familiar with the Twitter concepts we will dig into using Twitter on your computer and mobile devices. We will also explore best practices for using Twitter as a communication tool with your staff, parents, students (if over 13 years old) and the community. BYOD: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. Create an account on Twitter, download Tweetdeck and Hootsuite apps. 

HALF DAY  (AM)  P10 TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: K-8
Starting from Scratch: Coding in the Elementary School
Anne Schoelz, Media Specialist, Josh Ray, Media Specialist, Kerry Townsend, Head Media Specialist, Columbia Public Schools, Missouri

Engage and motivate students and teachers and connect to the world while coding with kids. Math, logic, literacy, art and music can all be integrated to create programs that demonstrate understanding. Scratch, developed by MIT’s lifelong kindergarten group, engages students with creative play to solve problems using computational logic.  It helps support differentiated instruction while promoting engagement.  Participants will use and explore Scratch to create a program as well as learn how Scratch promotes collaboration. Become a part of the Scratch community and share with others outside of the classroom! BYOD: Laptop with Scratch (free) External 1.4 installed. 

HALF DAY  (AM)  P11  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: 6-POST SECONDARY
Using and Creating Infographics in the Classroom
Rob Lamb, Teacher, Pattonville School District, Missouri

Infographics are sets of information visually represented in a way that allows the audience to better understand how information is connected. They can even make charts and graphs fun for your students!  Participants will create their own infographics using free or inexpensive platform agnostic programs and be able to add infographics into their classrooms successfully.  Several lesson plan ideas will be given along with a project that all teachers can do to help students understand how to create an infographic and visually represent data more effectively. BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P12  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: PreK-8
Connect Students with Kidblog
William Chamberlain, Teacher, McDonald County Schools, Missouri; Andrea Blanco, District Educational Technology Specialist, Francis Howell School District, Missouri

The transformational power of student work being shared globally changes students' views of themselves and the world. In this session we will explore why blogging is transformational and will walk you through setting up your own free class blog using Kidblog.org. Special attention will be paid to privacy and safety online. BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY  (AM)  P13  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Writing Outside of the Box: Tech Tools for Any Classroom
Tori Grable, Literacy Curriculum Facilitator, Smithville R-II School District, Stephanie Haenni, Teacher, St. Joseph School District, Elisabeth Alkier, ELA Teacher, St. Joseph School District, Missouri 

Numerous new and innovative technology tools can help students and teachers navigate their way through the stages of the writing process, helping to integrate writing into all content areas. This workshop will guide participants through the writing process, experimenting with digital tools for each step. Apps that can be used with multiple platforms will be shared as well as ideas for how each might apply to multiple content areas. BYOD: Tablet (Apple or Android) or laptop. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P14  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Blending Digital Literacy & Citizenship into Curriculum
Linda Dougherty, District Library Chair/High School Librarian, Northwest R-1 School District, Missouri 

Learn how to blend a classroom lesson with technology to help your students become digital citizens of the 21st century. Layer ingredients like curriculum, Common Core State Standards, ISTE standards as well as digital literacy resources and tech applications. You’ll leave with a “box” of digital citizenship resources and lessons to support collaboration and communication. BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P15  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: 6-12
nABLEing All Learners: Apps as Transformational Technology
Luis Perez, Featured Speaker, Inclusive Learning Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, Florida

This session focuses on frameworks to help educators choose technology that meets the needs of a diverse student population. App selection is approached through a framework (nABLE) based on the SAMR model and Universal Design for Learning principles. The apps and accessibility features discussed in this session can benefit all learners, including those with disabilities, struggling readers and English Language Learners. BYOD: iPad tablet.

LEGO Education
LEGO Education Preconference Workshops

HALF DAY  (AM)  P16  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-4    
LEGO WeDo: Can Do Robotics for Elementary Learners
Steffanie Forbes, Education Consultant, LEGO Education, Kansas

Few tools generate as much excitement in the classroom as those that enable students to take charge of their own learning. With LEGO® Education WeDo, you help your students become motivated, active learners who don’t just know, they do! WeDo is a hands-on tool that combines the joy of LEGO building with easy-to-use technology and supports essential STEM lessons as well as literacy and problem solving. Designed specifically for elementary learners, WeDo engages all students, challenging them to create, test, observe, and explain projects while collaborating with others through building and programming LEGO models. Laptops will be provided with the necessary software installed. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P17  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: 5-9
Robotics in the Classroom: Getting Started with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
Steffanie Forbes, Education Consultant, LEGO Education, Kansas

Teachers can use robotics as the hook to motivate students to ask “why” and “what if” and want to find the answer. Learn firsthand how LEGO Education MINDSTORMS EV3 can get your students excited as they model real-life mechanisms and solve real-world challenges, all while building the critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills that will serve them well for a lifetime. Laptops will be provided with the necessary software installed.

Apple, Inc. Preconference Workshops

HALF DAY  (AM)  P18  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Innovating Teaching & Engaging Students: The Apple Learning Tour
Apple, Inc.

More than ever, teachers are using digital content to
create interactive, engaging experiences for their students. This means students can connect to subject matter and demonstrate knowledge in exciting new ways. We will explore a wide variety of digital content, including education apps, interactive iBooks Textbooks and AN amazing repository of free learning resources and courses on iTunes U. Come to the Apple Learning Tour to see how Apple’s mobile devices and content rich ecosystem make learning more relevant and more personal. MacBooks and iPads will be provided. 

HALF DAY  (PM)  P19  TECH LEVEL: ALL  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
iBooks Author & iTunes U: Curating & Creating Digital Content
Apple, Inc.

Providing personal access to learning tools opens up a whole new world of possibilities for learning. Besides having access to a large and growing collection of education digital resources, teachers can create and disseminate their own, personalized resources using iBooks Author and iTunes U. Learn how to create your own iBooks authored resource as well as publish your own iTunes U course. MacBooks and iPads will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their own devices but must have a Mac laptop with iBooks installed as well as an iPad with iTunes U installed.

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Google Education Preconference Workshops by Missouri Google Certified Teachers


HALF DAY  (PM)  P20  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-12

Teaching In A Classroom Transformed By Google Apps ~ FULL
Registration for this preconference workshop is now closed.
Greg Lawrence, Google Certified Teacher, Instructional Technology Coach, Wentzville School District, Missouri 

As teachers, we want to see our students succeed in all that they do.  We also want them to feel welcomed into our classroom.  But the biggest barrier to all of this is time. From auto-grading quizzes to collaboration in Google Drive to managing student work through Google Classroom, you can truly automate your classroom.  In this hands-on session, participants will get to explore and play with a handful of tools and learn to transform their classroom by Google Apps. BYOL: Laptop (Windows or Mac) with Chrome installed and/or a Chromebook. Google account created, preferably a school Google Apps account.

HALF DAY  (AM)  P21 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Google Docs Rock
Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher

You’ve heard that Google Docs rock!  You’ve also heard that Google Docs can do anything that Microsoft Office can do.  Here’s your chance to dive deep to understand all of Google Docs and what you can do with it in your classroom including surveys, self graded exams and Common Core practices. All hands on...almost all of the time! BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY  (AM)  P22  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Beyond Finding Your House - Storytelling with Google Geo Tools
Bill Bass, Google Certified Teacher, Innovation Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Information & Library Media, Parkway School District, Missouri

Telling stories can motivate and engage students in their learning and teachers can bring context to these stories through tools like Google TourBuilder and Views. Using these tools can help students make deeper connections between the greater world and their own lives. This hands-on workshop will take you beyond finding your house in Google Maps and into some amazing tools to explore the globe. BYOD: Laptop and smartphone. 

HALF DAY  (AM)  P23  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER  GRADE LEVEL: ALL
Become A Content Creator with Google Chrome
Greg Lawrence, Google Certified Teacher, Instructional Technology Coach, Wentzville School District, Missouri 

Students and teachers are spending more time on the web than ever, both in and out of school. In this workshop, we will dive into the world of web apps that give students the ability to create, not just consume. We will discover Chrome apps/websites for producing video, mixing and recording audio, and publishing websites, documents, and more. BYOL: Laptop (Windows or Mac) with Chrome installed and/or a Chromebook.

HALF DAY  (PM)  P24 TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Google Sites is Exciting!
Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher, Lane’s Outstanding Learning, Missouri

Do you have your sites set on making your own free website? With Google Sites you can display videos, calendars, presentations and more all in one place. You choose who can view and even edit your site. Please storyboard your pages before coming to this workshop and we will walk through setting up your own website and maintaining it too! All you need is your planned pages and a Google Account! BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. Google account.

HALF DAY  (AM)  P25 TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE  GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Moodle, Google and YouTube: 20 Simple Ways to Build a Student-Friendly Course
Diana Dell, Google Certified Teacher, Sqooltech’s, Inc. 

What do you get when you combine the power of Moodle, Google and YouTube? You get amazing and engaging learning for students plus efficiency for teachers, of course. The blending of Moodle, Google and YouTube allows for rich course designs that provide for multi-modal learning for diverse student populations. This hands-on session will teach you to incorporate a wide variety of Google tools into your Moodle courses. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Dell’s book entitled "Moodle, Google and YouTube: 20 Simple Ways to Build Student-Friendly Courses." BYOL: Laptop with browser and wifi capability. A basic knowledge of Moodle and Google Docs is needed.

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