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Program Schedule
 

June 23, 2014, Monday
Pullen Hall Room 108

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:15 Opening Keynote Address 

Distinguished Guest Speaker: Dr. Mike Ribble
Author of Digital Citizenship in Schools and Raising a Digital Child

Each day, the world is becoming increasingly digital.  Your students begin to use more and more technology devices at home and in the classroom.  But, are they prepared to be good digital citizens?  Just as you teach your students the rules of society, it is imperative that you teach them the rules of the digital world and how to be safe and responsible with technology.  Dr. Mike Ribble will share with us the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship and his expertise on preparing our students to be good digital citizens.

10:15 - 10:30 am  Break

10:30 - 10:40 Welcome Remarks, Dr. Kim Rotruck, Chairperson, Educational Professions Department

10:40 - 10:50 am Conference Overview, Dr. Minnie Ladores, Conference Chair

10:50 - 11:00 am Inspiring Message, Ms. Michelle Saville, Eta Chapter President, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators 

11:00 - 11:20 am Top Five Technology Tips, Dr. Jennifer Rankin, Assistant Professor, Frostburg State University
 
11:20 - 12:00 am Setting up of Wikispaces and STEModo by Conference Participants 
Note: Individual Wikispace pages serves as evidence of conference participation for teacher working towards earning professional development or graduate credits.
 
Join our Wikispace at  http://zestfortech2014.wikispaces.com
 
11:00 - 11:45 STEM and Severe Reading Disorders
This session is a part of SPED 691 Special Education Seminar, open for interested Zest for Tech participants.
Location: Framptom Hall Block Rooms
 
 
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
 
Afternoon sessions at Pullen Hall
 
1:00 - 2:15 Concurrent Workshops - Pullen Hall
 
Workshop 1:  Integrating Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom, Michelle Saville
Pullen 106
In this presentation, Michelle will share tips and strategies for using iPads, SmartBoards, and a SmartTable with young children.
 
Workshop 2: Class Intro: The Kindle Touch, Joanna Nieves
Pullen 108

Technology is indeed the way of the future.  Textbooks and novels for the everyday English class are both costly and cumbersome.  But, with new advancements in technology, we are able to lighten this burden.  The Kindle Touch is an easy, cost effective way of stocking an English classroom with novels and texts at an effectively low price.  They are easy to use and make technology in the English classroom fun and innovative.

Workshop 3: Basic Technology for the Everyday Classroom, Dana Reinhardt
Pullen 110
Mrs. Dana Reinhardt, Allegany Teacher of the Year, teaches 3rd grade at George's Creek Elementary School.  In this workshop, she will show teachers how to incorporate basic technology in the everyday classroom.  
 
 
2:15 - 2:30 Break
 
2:30 - 4:00 Concurrent Workshops - Pullen Hall
 

Workshop 1:  Enhancing Young Language Learner Experience through Technology, La Tang
Pullen 106
La Tang, MEd, leads the Chinese Immersion Program of West Side Elementary School. She will explain how she utilizes innovative technologies such as Smart Boards, Smart Tables, and iPads, to enhance and augment young learner experience and information retention.

Workshop 2:  Digital Math Resources, Eddie Hampton
Pullen 108

Eddie is a math specialist with ACPS. He will be leading a session on digital math resources that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Workshop 3: Create Animated Videos with GoAnimate with Stephanie Schiff and Minnie Ladores
Pullen 110

Making an animated video shouldn't be a drag.  It should be drag and drop!  GoAnimate enables individuals to make videos quickly and easily.  Use it to encourage creativity and critical thinking.  Learn how in this session.


June 24, 2014, Tuesday
Framptom Block Rooms

8:30 - 9:15 Assistive Technology for Communication, Dr. B.J. Gallagher
This session is a part of SPED 691 Special Education Seminar.
Framptom 211

9:00-10:15 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Exploring pH & Chemical Reactivity with Common Acids & Bases in Household Products
Dr. Matthew Crawford
Framptom 105
Acidity and basicity will be explored using both a homemade indicator solution as well as Universal indicator. Common household items will be tested in an inquiry based manner for students to explore acid/base properties. Both indicators and pH paper strips will be used and compared.  In addition to testing pH, a simple acid/base reaction will also be conducted to demonstrate reactivity properties.

Workshop 2: Too Much Sugar: STEM in Third Grade
Jessica Rosenberger
Framptom 126
In this program, Jessica Rosenberger will share with attendees her successful STEM unit for third graders. In this unit, the students studied sugar content in various candies and then composed argumentative letters to the companies in order to persuade them to choose healthier alternatives without sacrificing taste. This unit includes elements of science, engineering, mathematics, close reading, and writing.

Workshop 3: Robotics and STEM Activities 
Chuck Trautwein

Framptom 103/133
Come and meet the robot Chuck's team is using for competition this year!  In this session, Chuck will provide an overview of the FIRST Robotics Programs.  FIRST has four programs ranging from JrFLL (ages 6-8) to FRC (high school.)  They currrently have an initiative to give a LEGO machine (a really cool LEGO machine) to every third grade student complete with a model STEM lesson/activity based on the MSDE STEM Standards, the Maryland Frameworks for Mathematics (Common Core) and the new Next Generation Science Standards.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Exploring pH & Chemical Reactivity with Common Acids & Bases in Household Products.
Dr. Matthew Crawford
Framptom 105
Acidity and basicity will be explored using both a homemade indicator solution as well as Universal indicator. Common household items will be tested in an inquiry based manner for students to explore acid/base properties. Both indicators and pH paper strips will be used and compared.  In addition to testing pH, a simple acid/base reaction will also be conducted to demonstrate reactivity properties.

Workshop 2: Blow your Students Minds with HoverCrafts!
Michael Warne and Gregg Hostetler
Framptom 103/133
In this session, you will construct a real, working Hovercraft with some very basic materials. You will be wiring a two motor system and exploring alternate ways to construct.

Workshop 3: STEMing into Agriculture
Kate Tummino
Framptom 126
This session focuses on STEM-centric lessons, which each incorporate a trade book in order to engage students to learn more about agriculture, tackle real world problems, think like a professional, and use precise tools.

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Electricity and Magnetism
Dr. Robert Larivee
Framptom 105
Dr. Robert Larivee presents an enquiry approach to the topic will be presented. Teachers will have the opportunity to actually perform the tasks and ask questions. All materials will be provided including worksheets. The presentation incorporates Universal Design for Learning and the 5 E’s as adapted by the Allegany County Public Schools and the Maryland Department of Education.

Workshop 2: Blow your Students Minds with HoverCrafts!
Michael Warne and Gregg Hostetler
Framptom 103/133
In this session, you will construct a real, working Hovercraft with some very basic materials. You will be wiring a two motor system and exploring alternate ways to construct.

Workshop 3: STEMing into Agriculture
Kate Tummino
Framptom 126
This session focuses on STEM-centric lessons, which each incorporate a trade book in order to engage students to learn more about agriculture, tackle real world problems, think like a professional, and use precise tools.

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:45 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Electricity and Magnetism
Dr. Robert Larivee
Framptom 105
An inquiry approach to the topic will be presented. Teachers will have the opportunity to actually perform the tasks and ask questions. All materials will be provided including worksheets. The presentation incorporates Universal Design for Learning and the 5 E’s as adapted by the Allegany County Public Schools and the Maryland Department of Education.

Workshop 2: Spatial Reasoning
Dr. Amy Shelton and Dr. Amy Stephens
Framptom 126
Two engineering researchers from John Hopkins will lead participants into exploring spatial reasoning as it pertains to STEM.

Workshop 3: Robotics and STEM Activities 
Chuck Trautwein
Framptom 103/133
Come and meet the robot Chuck's team is using for competition this year!  In this session, Chuck will provide an overview of the FIRST Robotics Programs.  FIRST has four programs ranging from JrFLL (ages 6-8) to FRC (high school.)  They currrently have an initiative to give a LEGO machine (a really cool LEGO machine) to every third grade student complete with a model STEM lesson/activity based on the MSDE STEM Standards, the Maryland Frameworks for Mathematics (Common Core) and the new Next Generation Science Standards.


June 25, 2014, Wednesday

9:00-10:15 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Classification of Organisms
Dr. William Seddon, Biology
Framptom 105
Students will learn about taxonomy and classification schemes.  They are given an example of an organism, and through a series of discussions, will classify an organism (black bear) to the level of species.  They do this by discussing characteristics of organisms at each taxonomic level and use process of elimination to arrive at the species level.  The lesson ends with a hands-on activity that allows the students to handle and compare organisms from different taxonomic groups.  If time permits, a brief assessment quiz is given to pairs of students.

Workshop 2: STEM’s First Steps
Dr. Kim Rotruck
Framptom 126
Where do I start? This presentation discusses the very basic steps needed to generate an inquiry-based lesson using the 5 E approach. It is designed for the STEM novice to explore the elements of engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration and evaluation in pursuit of a problem solving through the engineering design process.  Teachers and pre-service teachers have found the steps helpful to plan successful STEM Lessons.

Workshop 3: STEMing into Agriculture
Kate Tummino
Framptom 103/131
Kate Tummino talks about STEM-centric lessons, which each incorporate a trade book in order to engage students to learn more about agriculture, tackle real world problems, think like a professional, and use precise tools.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: Classification of Organisms
Dr. William Seddon, Biology
Framptom 105
Students will learn about taxonomy and classification schemes.  They are given an example of an organism, and through a series of discussions, will classify an organism (black bear) to the level of species.  They do this by discussing characteristics of organisms at each taxonomic level and use process of elimination to arrive at the species level.  The lesson ends with a hands-on activity that allows the students to handle and compare organisms from different taxonomic groups.  If time permits, a brief assessment quiz is given to pairs of students.

Workshop 2: Rockets/Rockets/and More Rockets!
Michael Warne and Gregg Hostetler
Framptom 103/133
In this session we will explore different types of rockets the students can build and launch.  We will explore Water Rockets, Air Rockets, Real Rockets, and Bungee Rockets.  Some of these projects can be built in a ½ hour and launched.  You will walk out of this session with an awesome project that costs nothing and the kids will love!

Workshop 3: Beyond Graphing: Link and Strengthen Grade Appropriate Math Standards through STEM Dr. Jennifer Rankin
Framptom 126
In this session, teachers will explore ways to use STEM to enhance the instruction of elementary mathematics concepts and tailor STEM lessons to incorporate grade level mathematics standards and standards of practice.

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: DIY Digital Microscope for Your Classroom
Dr. Rebekah Taylor
Framptom 105
This program will feature the construction and use of a digital microscope using common, inexpensive materials. Bring your camera phone and take a look at the microscopic world!  Attendees will have the chance to take home a kit with all the necessary parts to build this microscope for their classroom (while supplies last).  All attendees will have leave with complete instructions and a parts list describing how to build the microscope. 

Workshop 2: Rockets/Rockets/and More Rockets!
Michael Warne and Gregg Hostetler
Framptom 103/133
In this session we will explore different types of rockets the students can build and launch.  We will explore Water Rockets, Air Rockets, Real Rockets, and Bungee Rockets.  Some of these projects can be built in a ½ hour and launched.  You will walk out of this session with an awesome project that costs nothing and the kids will love!

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:45 Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1: DIY Digital Microscope for Your Classroom
Dr. Rebekah Taylor
Framptom 105
This program will feature the construction and use of a digital microscope using common, inexpensive materials. Bring your camera phone and take a look at the microscopic world!  Attendees will have the chance to take home a kit with all the necessary parts to build this microscope for their classroom (while supplies last).  All attendees will have leave with complete instructions and a parts list describing how to build the microscope. 

Workshop 2: STEMing into Agriculture
Kate Tummino
Framptom 103/133
Kate Tummino talks about STEM-centric lessons, which each incorporate a trade book in order to engage students to learn more about agriculture, tackle real world problems, think like a professional, and use precise tools.

Workshop 3: Beyond Graphing: Link and Strengthen Grade Appropriate Math Standards through STEM Dr. Jennifer Rankin
Framptom 126
In this session, teachers will explore ways to use STEM to enhance the instruction of elementary mathematics concepts and tailor STEM lessons to incorporate grade level mathematics standards and standards of practice. 


June 26, 2014, Thursday

Keynote and a whole day workshop with Tammy Worcester!

Tammy

9:00 - 12:00 - Framptom Hall

Tech Tools for the STEM Classroom  In this session, you will learn how to use technology in clever ways for teaching and learning in the STEM classroom. See how lessons and learning can be enlivened, enhanced, and updated through the integration of resources and tools found on the Internet, mobile devices, and the classroom computer. Explore some fascinating ideas and resources that will inspire both teachers and students. You’re guaranteed to go away with many ideas you can implement tomorrow with your students!

12:30 Photo Session at the Compton Pendulum

1:00 - 4:00 - Pullen Hall

Tammy’s Favorite Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools* (K-12) There are so many new technology gadgets, apps, and websites, that it is nearly impossible to keep up. In this fast-paced session, Tammy will share her favorite newly-discovered tips, tricks, and tools for teachers and students.

 


June 27, 2014, Friday

PULLEN HALL

9:00 - 10:30 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1: Digital Storytelling with Windows MovieMaker, Teresa Norris
Pullen 106
Learn the basics of creating a digital story with this hands-on workshop.  We will cover what digital storytelling is, do's and don'ts, and create a digital story using Windows MovieMaker software.  All participants will also receive free resources for digital storytelling to take back for their classrooms.

Workshop 2: StrataLogica: The Learning is in the Layers, Lori Swiger and Spencer Shives
Pullen 108

Herff Jones/Nystrom maps, globes, atlases, and charts now come alive in an environment where teachers and studetns can actively engage with our multi-layered world and easilly share content and collaborate in ways never before imagines.  Completelly web-based and powered by Google Earth, StrataLogica is designed for computers, projectors, and interactive whiteboards.  StrataLogica is a revolutionary, web-based resource that delivers layers of curriculum-based content in a secure and collaborative environment for meeting Common Core State Standards.  Come and see how the Common Core benefits of StrataLogica including exploring, researching, writing, collaborating and assessment are integrated throughout this fun and exciting resource.

Workshop 3: Collaborate on the Cloud, Minnie Ladores 
Pullen 110
Google Drive offers many tools teachers and students can use.  In this presentation, we will collaborate on Google Docs, Google Presentation, and a Google-affiliate app, LucidPress.  LucidPress is a design and layout app that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents.

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1: The eBuddy Writing Program, Kris McGee and Emily Reeves
Pullen 106
This classroom-based interactive workshop will focus on technology tools to support developing literacy skills, especially focusing on non-fiction materials in the elementary classrooms as well as university level classrooms.  Participants will be given the opportunity to select first hand, the technology tools they would like to explore via an online polling technology site.  Once the participants make their selections, the presenter will share the technology tool with the highest votes.  The presenter will then model how this technology tool can be implemented in both an elementary classroom, as well as a higher education classroom.   The audience will be invited to participate with each technology tool during the demonstration. The presenter will have a menu of over fifteen technology tools to select from during the workshop. 

The presenter will also share how the different technology tools can bring together university pre-service teacher candidates and elementary age children in a safe online learning environment through a technology project launched this spring. The presenter collaborated with a former FSU intern and current teacher in a local PDS school.  Together they developed an eBuddy Informative/Argumentative Reading/Writing Project between the university and the PDS elementary school.  The project matched 26 pre-service teaching candidates with 20 magnet fifth grade students to complete an informative/argumentative reading/writing assignment stemming from the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. The presenter will share, via Edmodo, the exchange between the FSU pre-service teaching candidates and the magnet fifth grade students.

The ultimate goal of this workshop is for the participants to leave with at least one new technology tool that he or she could launch in his or her own classroom on Monday morning.

Workshop 2: Let's PowToon! with Minnie Ladores
Pullen 108
PowToon is a fantastic, free, Do-It-Yourself animated presentation tool that supercharges your presentations. Learn to create animated videos that will bring a WOW factor to your class!  Then learn how to post your PowToon on YouTube. 

 

11:45 - 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30

Workshop 1: Incorporating iPads into Your Teaching with Jamie Morningstar
Pullen 106
Jamie Morningstar, Lower School Teacher and Educational Technology Advocate at The Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences will present on how to thoroughly develop a school iPad program, provide examples of how ot incorporate iPad use into your classroom, and also provide participants with resources.

Workshop 2: Physics and STEM, Hang Deng-Luzader
Pullen 108

Workshop 3: Google Apps for Educators:  Spreadsheet and Forms, Chuck Trautwein
Pullen 110
There are so many things you can do with the spreadsheet and form apps on Google Drive.  In this hands-on workshop, Chuck will show you the many ways you can use these teacher-friendly apps!
 

2:30 - 3:00 Closing Session
Conference Evaluation
Distribution of Certificates
Signing of Professional Development Forms