Preconference Workshops: Digital Creation

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Digital Creation

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  (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. 

LEGO Education

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. 

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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.
HALF DAY  (PM)  P17  TECH LEVEL: 

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.

Google Education


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. 

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