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Tentative Program Schedule

June 23, 2014, Monday
Morning session at the Lyric Theater

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 10:15 Welcome, Conference Overview 

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 Break

10:30 - 11:45 STEM Panel Discussion
11:45 - 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
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

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: Google Apps for Educators:  Spreadsheet and Forms, Chuck Trautwein
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!
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 4:00 Concurrent Workshops - Pullen Hall
Workshop 1:  Enhancing Young Language Learner Experience through Technology, La Tang

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

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: Collaborate on the Cloud with Google Drive, Prezi, and LucidPress Minnie Ladores
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.

June 24, 2014, Tuesday


STEM Workshops with Dr. Jennifer Rankin and Guest Speakers

Workshop 1: Robotics and STEM Activities with Chuck Trautwein
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

STEM Workshops with Dr. Jennifer Rankin and Guest Speakers

June 26, 2014, Thursday
Lyric Theater

Keynote and a whole day workshop with Tammy Worcester!


9:00 - 10:15

21st Century Teaching & Learning – It’s About TIME
“Time” is the central theme of this inspirational, humorous, and informational presentation. Tammy will share examples of the impact of time on human behavior and will provide some practical ways to use time wisely and even save time by using technology effectively and efficiently.



10:30 - 12:00

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!

1:00 - 1:50

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.

2:00 - 2:50

Cool Web Tools for Interactive Whiteboards* (K-6)  In this session, you’ll discover some fantastic (and free!) web resources that can enhance your teaching and engage your young learners. These tools can aid in classroom management, whole-group instruction, and small-group interactive activities. Even if you don’t have an interactive whiteboard, you’ll find that these tools can transform your classroom!

3:00 - 4:00

iHave an iPad – How Do iUse It in the Classroom?* (K-12)  iPads are transforming classrooms! In this session, Tammy will demonstrate her favorite apps and will provide strategies for using the iPad as a teaching and learning tool. Whether you have one iPad or a classroom set, this session is for you!

June 27, 2014, Friday

9:00 - 10:30 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1: Digital Storytelling with Photo Story, Theresa Norris
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 Microsoft Photostory 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

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.

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1: The eBuddy Writing Program, Kris McGee and Emily Reeves
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
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: Create Animated Videos with GoAnimate with Stephanie Schiff and Minnie Ladores
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.

Workshop 2: SmartBoard Tips and Tricks, Jennifer Rankin 

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