Summer 2014 Professional Development Opportunities

Summer is almost here and there are a plethora of Professional Development Opportunities offered by Technology Services!

Summer 2014 Professional Development Catalog

All workshops listed in the link are FREE to Monroe #1 BOCES component districts. Otherwise, the costs is listed in the workshop description.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Doreen Pietrantoni doreen_pietrantoni@boces.monroe.edu

or

Beth Puckett beth_puckett@boces.monroe.edu

Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety

commonsensemediaAs a Certified Educator for Digital Citizenship through Common Sense Media, I can’t express how Digital Citizenship is a timely and important topic for students, teachers, and school cultures. This year I worked with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students using Common Sense Media’s Digital Passport Modules to teach students about Digital Citizenship.

 

Digital Passport offers interactive modules for students to learn about different aspects of Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship.

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Communication – Twalkers – the module discusses cell phone etiquette and safety.

Privacy – Share Jumper – the module discusses online safety with communication and passwords.

Upstander – E-volve – the module discusses standing up to a Cyberbully and appropriate behavior online.

Search – Search Shark – the module discusses effective searching on the internet.

Creative Credit – Mix-n-Mash – the module discusses how to give creative credit where credit is due with images, text, and music.

Students were eager to share connections, ask questions, and learn about Digital Citizenship. The interactive modules engaged them throughout the entire lesson and student applied their learning by creating a Public Service Announcement using the information they learned from Digital Passport and classroom discussions.

Effective Practice Video: Creating eBooks with iPads!

iPads in the First Grade Classroom

Mrs. Hutter’s class has been very productive with the iPads! The class has used the iPads for Math and ELA. The students have created eBooks, practiced Math facts, and gained fluency with sight words.

 

Below is a quick video about learning with iPads in the first grade classroom.

The students created non-fiction ebooks using the iPad and wrote and illustrated traditional books.

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Gaming in Education

Today’s students live in a decidedly different world than students from 20 – 30 years ago. Gaming is a big part of many student’s lives and can be a useful tool for learning.

There are several intriguing articles that were provided by eSchool News.

How I Turned My Classroom into A Living Video Game

How To Engage Girls In Gaming

How Mainstream Video Games Are Being Used As Teaching Tools

Currently, there are classrooms using River City, a multi-user virtual environment that was created by Harvard as part of a gaming in education grant for Science learning. River City is an engaging game in which students create an avatar in order to use their 21st Century Science Knowledge in the 19th Century.  The program complies with Common Core Learning Standards and is now facilitated by Active Worlds.

Quest Atlantis is a multi-user 3-D gaming environment that provide many learning opportunities and is aligned to standards.

Mission US is a social studies/history gaming environment created by WXXI. Currently there are 3 gaming situations: For Crown or Glory, Flight to Freedom, A Cheyenne Odyssey. Each experience allows students to immerse themselves in the game. Teacher resources provided and aligned to standards.

There are numerous online gaming experiences focused on education:

Learning Games for Kids – Offers numerous online gaming experiences for all grade levels and curricular areas.

Nobel Prize – Games based on Nobel Prize award achievements. Appropriate for middle and high school students.

Free Rice  – Game in which rice is donated World Food Program

Learn 4 Good – Games for high school students.

Fun Brain – Games for several curricular areas.

PBS Kids – Numerous games to accompany PBS Kids programs

 

Assignment BOCES!

Recently, WXXI stopped the production of Assignment The World, one of the longest running educational programs–ever.  For 54 years, ATW would bring current events to classrooms in a 15 minute program.

To continue the tradition, Monroe #1 BOCES has created Assignment BOCES! a program that will be made monthly to highlight Global, National, and Local news.  Each month we will highlight a local district and how students are using technology in the classroom.  In addition, a Monroe #1 BOCES program will be highlighted.

If you have a student project or event that you would like to share, please contact Doreen Pietrantoni at doreen_pietrantoni@boces.monroe.edu or Mark D’Annunzio at mark_d’annunzio@boces.monroe.edu.

 

Assignment BOCES!  Pilot Video

2013 TLT Conference – Another Successful Year!

The 2013 Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference was a great success again this year.  We’ve continued to reach teachers from around the region in order to hold an immersive 2 day conference.  Workshops such as Edmodo, Mission US, Smartboard, Appy Hours, and Flipped Classroom gave educations a hands on experience with a new or emerging technology.

The follow video is a highlight reel of the conference. Enjoy!
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Project Based Learning

This summer I have co-facilitated 2 Project Based Learning Workshops (PBL), one focused on middle and high school and the other elementary. Teachers were engaged in the workshops and even asked for more time to spend together so they can roll up their sleeves and start planning.

The biggest misconception of classroom projects is that they are true PBL experiences. Most of the time that is not the case. Generally, classroom projects are activities or a series of activities that do not contain the elements of a PBL.

Project Based Learning Elements

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PBL explained the very easy to understand Common Craft video

For a classroom example of PBL view below:

The Driving Question – How can we as students create public awareness of an environmental issue?

Environmental Project – Elementary Classroom


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There are numerous resources for educators at the http://www.bie.org website.  Take a look and download rubrics, project ideas, project planning sheets, etc.

 

Mobile Learning

The region is alive with the tap, tap, tap of students and teachers interacting with mobile devices. Whether facilitating mobile_learning-150x150an Appy Hour workshop, Conducting an iPad Pilot, or working in districts as they move toward a more mobile learning environment, there is an excitement in the air. Students and educators are welcoming this new way to learn that allows for a student centered classroom in which the ownership of learning is on the holder of the device.  Alan November discusses the ownership of learning in this article Don’t Plan For Technology: Plan For Learning

A common denominator of mobile device or one-to-one computer implementation is having achievable goals, appropriate budget, constant professional development and regular meeting of stakeholders. There are several interesting articles listed here – Keys To Successful Mobile Learning that detail how districts are slowly, but surely implementing a 1-to-1 computer, BYOD, or mobile device initiative.

Effective Practice Video – iPads

Working with educators and students to create Effective Practice Videos is a great way to illustrate how to effectively integrate technology into curriculum to engage students and enhance learning.

iPads in the Primary Classroom

Project Based Learning with iPads

iPads and Speech Pathology