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Thursday, January 14
 

9:00am

Keynote: Beyond "Dead Channels": Hope, Activism, and Learning in a Participatory Age

Antero Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.

Prior to moving to Colorado, Antero was an English teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles where he also co-founded the Critical Design and Gaming School – a public high school based around principles of gaming. Antero completed his Ph.D. in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Antero’s research focuses on developing critical literacies and civic identity through the use of participatory media and gameplay in formal learning environments.

In 2008 Antero co-developed the Black Cloud Game. A Digital Media and Learning Competition award recipient, the Black Cloud provoked students to take real time assessment of air quality in their community. Using custom-developed sensors that measure and send data about air quality, students critically analyzed the role pollution played in their daily lives and presented recommendations to their community.

Antero is a 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, providing teacher input and feedback on national education policy initiatives.

Antero’s research has appeared in numerous journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and English Journal. He is the author of the books Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres (Sense, 2013) and Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom (Digital Media Hub, 2014).

Updates about Antero's work can be found on his blog, The American Crawl and you can find Antero on Twitter.


Speakers
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Antero Garcia

Colorado State University


Thursday January 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Theater
  • Workshop Participant Level All

10:20am

21st Century One-Room Schoolhouse
In this session, a panel of students from Mount Tom Academy will discuss their experiences with blended learning. We will also provide an overview of the program and methods used in our blended learning approach.

High school students from Mount Tom Academy are from different sending schools throughout the valley, yet share a determination to transition from high school with a diploma and a vision for the future.

Mount Tom Academy offers a blended learning approach to meet the needs of students who have had difficulty in traditional high school. With a variety of ages and grades led by a single teacher, it is a modern version of a one-room schoolhouse. Housed in adjoining classrooms on the campus of Holyoke Community College, Mount Tom Academy provides a safe, supportive environment where students achieve academic and personal success while earning a high school diploma.  


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
220 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Digital Storytelling is a Superfood! (Hands-on with iPad)
We often think the more complex a solution is the greater its impact, but many times it is the simpler concepts that are truly innovative and more likely to have greater value. Stories connect students to subject matter much more than information alone. Digital Storytelling is a simple solution that helps students learn more standards-based concepts and skills than many other activities. Because it is hands-on, creative and project-oriented, students retain more of what they are learning. In this workshop, we will review the concept of Stories, Digital Storytelling and How to Tell a Better Story. We will touch on how it relates to 21st century Skills, the Common Core and other standards at all grade levels.

Together as a group, we will create a digital story using 30hands Storyteller for iPad. We will use images, photos, drawings, a video clip, and a touch of Stop Motion video to bring our story to life. For those who bring an iPad and want to create on their own, you can break off individually or in small groups to create a competing story. 

Speakers
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Eric Braun

Co-Founder / Adjunct Professor, 30hands Learning / Tufts University
Entrepreneur & Teacher, Lover of Collaborative Learning + Storytelling, helping make students + teachers feel successful & have fun in teams


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
314 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Evaluating your Organization's Website for Success and Compliance

Website Evaluation

Learn how to evaluate your organization's (primarily educational) website to make sure it is meeting your organizational goals as well as the goals of your audience. We will look into ways to improve existing content on your website, identifying the functionality needed for your users to achieve your goals, and making sure your pages are structured properly for screen readers and SEO.

Website Compliance

If your organization is federally funded, such as a school/district, you are required by law to make sure your website is accessible. If a lawsuit is brought up against your organization because of accessibility, you could be looking at millions of dollars in fines and costs for redesigning the website and training staff on compliance.

We will look at ways to make sure your website is Section 504/508 compliant and how you can make sure everyone has a positive experience while using your website - regardless of what device they may be using to view it or disability they may have.

If you are an Administrator, Superintendent, Technology Director, or anyone who has a say in your organization's website, you can't afford to miss this session!
 
Greenfield Public Schools Case Study with Jordana Harper - Superintendent

Jordana Harper of Greenfield Public Schools will share her story about the redesign of the school district's website that was completed with CES. We will look into the ways the new website improves overall user experience and functionality, allowing content editors to deliver effective and compliant content to their community.

Speakers
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Jordana Harper

Superintendent of Greenfield Public Schools
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Travis Johnston

Web Systems Architect, Collaborative for Educational Services
A Web Systems Architect for CES that specializes in Drupal and Wordpress development, site architecture, design, social media, server and system administration, and project management.




Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
302 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Hitting the Text Jackpot: Free Digital Resources Across the Curriculum
Where do teachers find the best resources to support student learning? This workshop will address digital teaching and learning, while providing several assistive technology resources. Digital text has the potential to come in a number of formats, including text that is read to the student, text that the student may copy and paste into free tools that assist with reading, and videos that may include closed captioning.

We will introduce participants to several tools and resources for use with students across the curriculum, including activities and teaching strategies for use with regular ed, ELL and struggling students. 

Speakers
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Beth Dichter

Teacher, Zanetti Montessori Magnet School
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Carol Holzberg

Director of Technology, Greenfield Public Schools
Presenters from the administrative team at Greenfield Schools all have 25+ years in education and are committed to creating a dynamic school system, rich in technology supports for students, teachers, and administrators on a moderate budget.


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
224 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Keynote Follow-up Session with Antero Garcia
Like what you heard in the keynote address? Join Antero for a follow-up discussion!

Speakers
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Antero Garcia

Colorado State University


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
203 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Online Teacher Best Practices
When creating an online class content, teachers must remember that for learners, the online experience is not a duplicate of the classroom. A successful online class should rely on presenting teaching materials in a well-organized and contextual manner that is easy for students to interact with. Effectively using visuals and multimedia can add a sense of engagement and fun. The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, MAVA, the first 100% on-line public school in the state, will present how teachers deliver their curriculum in a general education, interventionist, and Special Education online classroom.

We plan on bringing 3 teachers to discuss how they take their learning objectives, break down the content and by following the school's Live Lesson Expected Practices teach their subject to their online learners. We will demonstrate the use of BlackBoard Elluninate, the synchronous platform MAVA uses to deliver content.

Speakers

Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
312 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

10:20am

Research "Boot Camp"
Students report they feel better prepared for doing research papers in college if they have a consistent, measured approach to conducting research throughout their middle and high school years. As a grade 7-12 school librarian, in partnership with my social studies department, find out how we designed and implemented our research boot camp. Using a combination of Google Apps for Education, databases provided through the Massachusetts State Library System, websites, co-planning with classroom teachers, librarian classroom instruction and monitoring, you can create a boot camp in your building.

Speakers
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Nancy Stenberg

Teacher/Librarian/Media Specialist, Frontier Regional School


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:20am - 11:20am
205 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

iPad apps: not just for quiet time - let’s get talking!
In this workshop we will dive into a new way of approaching apps for young learners (PreK-3rd) by enriching them with your personal and educated dialogue! School Fuel is a program dedicated to equipping both adults and children with the tools to embrace the digital age in a mindful, successful way. School Fuel curates bundles of the most educational apps there are, suggests tips, tricks and best practices for balancing screen time as well as placing emphasis on parent/child & teacher/child dialogue during play known as the iii Model.

In this session we will examine and practice conversations around apps using the iii Model of dialogue to help jumpstart our minds to play with students and make each experience an educational and rewarding one. The iii Model uses three discrete strategies: Introducing, Interacting and Integrating past and previous knowledge to increase their learning and school readiness. Through discussions and a hands on workshop with iPads we will compare the solitary play our students have vs. the iii Model way to prepare students, parents and teachers to thrive in the 21st Century. 

Speakers
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Cameron Audia

School Fuel Program Manager, Skills21 at EDUCATION CONNECTION
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Matt Mervis

Director, Skills21 at EDUCATION CONNECTION


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
205 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

Girls connect: Investigating girls’ collaborative learning activities in a robotics setting
Girls remain underrepresented in many STEM fields; the gender gap is greatest in computer science. Educational research can help us to understand how to create learning opportunities that will help girls connect with the STEM fields, including computer science. Recently, a special research edition of the Girls Connect Robotics Workshop (see description below) was held in Holyoke at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. A UMass Learning Technologies faculty member, in collaboration with the organizers of Girls Connect, developed this event to investigate girl’s collaborative learning activities while engaged with robotics. In this way, Girls Connect provided the setting for a unique collaboration among students, teachers, STEM outreach practitioners, informal educators, and education researchers.

The research undertaken at this event seeks to understand how girls work collaboratively to solve robotics problems. This research can inform the development of curricula and teaching approaches geared towards girls, potentially interesting girls in the field of computer science. In this session, the research/practice team will share some of the results from the research, as well as discuss the experience and value of local collaboration in building knowledge and expertise to broaden participation in computing and to help girls connect with the STEM fields.

Session objectives (achieved through presentations and discussion):
• Learn about the Girls Connect workshop model, its impact and results
• Understand initial findings about girls’ collaborative problem solving activities
• Discuss the value of collaboration for research/practice teams
• Hear and respond to lessons learned by the research/practice team
• Network with education professionals interested in STEM learning and local learning technology initiatives

Girls Connect is a daylong event that brings together middle-school aged girls to work together in teams, each with an adult “coach” to introduce them to robotics using the platform of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). The girls build and program LEGO Mindstorms robots to carry out challenges on a playing field that integrates a STEM theme related to real-world solutions (e.g. food safety, climate change). Girls Connect focuses on teamwork, exploration, problem solving, and connecting technology to daily life. The all-girl space supports hands-on engagement by every participant. The day is designed to introduce teams and their coaches to FIRST LEGO League, an international robotics competition program for middle-school students, and encourage them to form teams to engage in a longer experience with robotics. 

Speakers
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Renee Fall

Commonwealth Alliance for IT Educ.; Expanding Computing Education Pathways; School of Computer Science, UMass Amherst
Renee Fall has spent the past eight years working to increase diversity in computing in Massachusetts and beyond as project manager of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (www.caite.info) and as a co-PI of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance (www.ECEPalliance.org), both NSF-sponsored efforts to broaden participation in computing. She is also the regional lead for the Massachusetts Exploring Computer... Read More →
avatar for Florence Sullivan

Florence Sullivan

Associate Professor, UMass, Amherst
Dr. Sullivan's research focuses on student collaborative learning in computational environments, including robotics. She is particularly interested in understanding and improving collaborative problem solving and collaborative creativity in computational environments. In her research, Dr. Sullivan focuses on student discussions, her most recently funded research focuses on developing computational means for analyzing group discussions.


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
318 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

Lessons Learned from Designing an Open Online Course for Educators
How can we build a community of learners in an open online course?
How can we design and implement collaborative online courses in our own classrooms?
How can we design open online courses that motivate students to stay engaged and connected?
How can we make sure that open online courses are accessible to all students?
What happens when teachers become web designers?

These are questions we sought to explore and address for a course project in the Learning, Media, and Technology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A group of 12 graduate students, in collaboration with the course instructor, Dr. Torrey Trust, set out to design, facilitate, and evaluate an open online course for educators around the world. Presently (mid-October), the course is in the final stages of development and it will be launched during the first week of November 2015 (see course website: http://digitalmediaeducation.org/).

During the first part of the workshop, we will describe how our class worked as a team to design an open online course that allowed us to connect and learn with educators around the world. We will share how we facilitated student learning and community-building in an open online course and we will explore the data that we collect from the course participants. After time for questions, workshop attendees will collaboratively design an action plan for incorporating the ideas and findings from our session into a lesson plan, class project, or learning activity for their students.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to 1) describe methods for designing collaborative learning activities that connect students with a global audience; 2) identify pitfalls, barriers, and success factors that shape learning in an online environment; and 3) develop an action plan for implementing a connected learning activity in their classroom.

Speakers
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Allison Malinowski

History and Global Studies Teacher, Williston Northampton School
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Torrey Trust

Assistant Professor of Learning Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
312 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

More Than a Game: Video Game Design, Science and Writing
The STEM Game Design Project at the William E. Norris Elementary School taps into students’ interest and motivation around video games, and fuses that passion with elements of writing and science.

The collaborative project between two English Language Arts co-teachers and their science teacher colleague involves students learning about game design theory and then developing and publishing video games with a science theme via Gamestar Mechanic. Student video games are published into an authentic community of other young gamers from around the world, and students use iterative design practice to revise and improve projects.

This session will provide an overview of teacher planning and student work, showcasing the connections between game design theory and the writing process as well as engineering design and Connected Learning principles.

Speakers
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Kevin Hodgson

Sixth Grade Teacher, Norris Elementary School
I teach sixth grade at the Norris School in Southampton, and I am the co-director of technology for the Western Mass Writing Project



Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
222 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

PBS LearningMedia™: Connecting Educators & Students with Empowering Content and Cool Tech Tools
PBS LearningMedia™, a digital media curriculum service, offers over 100,000 classroom-ready, standards-aligned resources including short video clips largely drawn from national broadcasts such as NOVA, American Experience, PBS NewsHour, Between the Lions, Curious George and Masterpiece. In addition, interactive activities, lesson plans, audio files, images, self-paced lessons and professional development can be searched, saved and shared to connect students and colleagues with high-interest, effective resources.

We’ll take a deep dive into the site’s user-friendly functionality and recently launched tools that empower teachers to integrate digital media into instruction through personalized learning experiences for students. After viewing new, meaningful content and a sneak peak at what’s coming, educators will have time to explore the site for specific areas of interest and leave inspired to connect students and colleagues with PBS digital resources shown to impact student knowledge, engagement, and higher order thinking skills and to improve teaching. One lucky participant will also win a prize of PBS related treats.

Speakers
avatar for Bess Kapetanis

Bess Kapetanis

Education Programs Coordinator, WGBY Public Television
I enjoyed a long teaching career as an English Language Arts teacher at Westfield High School. Highlights of my professional development include National Board Certification in 2000 the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program in 2002. | Long devoted to PBS programming and educational resources, I joined WGBY Public Television in 2009 to become its PBS TeacherLine Coordinator. Now Education Programs Coordinator, I'm fortunate to engage with... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
302 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

Rethinking Digital Citizenship
Back by popular demand! Come explore broader ways of thinking about digital citizenship that include social engagement, empowerment, critical thinking, social-emotional literacy, and social justice! (Re)Thinking digital citizenship requires putting young people at the center of our conversation, policy, and practice. Participants will reflect on ways to center students’ in their #digcit practice.

Moderators
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Safire DeJong

Pedagogical Technologist & Co-Chair, Equity & Social Justice Initiative, Collaborative for Educational Services
Keri “Safire” DeJong, Ed.D. is a researcher, educator, organizer, and consultant focusing on social justice education, racial justice work, intergroup dialogue, technology in education, and critical digital citizenship for all ages. Safire holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst where her research focused on the legacies of colonialism within constructions of childhood. Currently, Safire teaches social justice... Read More →

Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
203 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

Schoology: Creating an easy to use interactive classroom
Individuals will learn how to set up an easy to use classroom that will provide collaboration between teachers and students, a way to collect and organize the assignments, ability to set up an online environment that is simple to fall in love with!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Trzasko

Melissa Trzasko

Computer Science/Business Teacher, Southwick-Tolland Regional High School


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
224 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

11:30am

Scratch Programming
An introductory look at what "Scratch" is all about. We will look at how creative computing can help support all areas of the curriculum. We will look at the resources for incorporating "Scratch" easily into your classroom . 

Speakers
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Lisa Stebbins Manzi

Instructional Technology Specialist, South Hadley Public Schools
Lisa Manzi is has been teaching technology in South Hadley for 16 years. She teaches Computer Science and Instructional Technology at the Michael E. Smith Middle School. Lisa also is a visiting lecturer at Mount Holyoke for their Master of Arts in Teaching program. She is a member of CSTA Western Ma. She recently introduced Computer Science using Scratch at the middle school level.


Thursday January 14, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
314 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

2020 Vision for Literacy: Digital Tools to Support Reading and Writing
Reading and writing supports are constantly being developed for Google Apps for Education and the Chrome Browser as well as other platforms and devices. Tools that are designed to assist struggling readers and writers and include features such as word prediction, text-to-speech, picture dictionaries, highlighting, etc. Presenter will discuss the need for digital and multimedia texts to be discretely taught as part of any literacy program PK-12. If these tools are used in ALL classrooms with ALL learners as part of Universally Designed Learning, then ALL students should be able to access the curriculum and reach higher levels of literacy.

This workshop will demonstrate the best of the current toolset including Read&Write, Beeline, Clearly, Read Comfortably, Dyslexie, and other extensions that work alone or in conjunction with Read&Write and Google Chrome to add unique supports and scaffolds for our students.

Speakers
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Gaby Richard-Harrington

Technology Integration, Assistive Technology, and Consultant, Strategy 2 Design / Northampton Public Schools
...left handed, right brained, well, maybe whole brained, athletic, creative, multitasker, lifelong learner... entrepreneur... and willing to stand up to bullies! | | I have worked as an Instructional Technology and Assistive Technology Specialist at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels for the past fifteen years. I am always looking for ways to engage students in lessons rooted in constructivist theory and pedagogy. I have a... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
314 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

A System of Advancing Technology to Enhance 21st Century Skills in Your Classroom
Eduporium views the acquisition and evolution of technology skills as a necessary literacy for those living and working in the 21st century. However, the endless possibilities of virtual reality created by modern technology could be addictive and oftentimes tend to replace the real world. In order to bring students back to reality learning how to inventively alter it, Eduporium specifically selects technologies that enhance the 21st century skills commonly referred to as "The 4 C's:" Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication. We have designed a system of technology that progresses from one “C” to another in correlation with age-appropriate learning objectives. The tech that we have selected serves as the ultimate learning tool as it can be easily intertwined among all school subjects, supporting and enriching them, while helping kids of all ages learn and fine tune technology concepts by applying tech to learning.

Our system includes three progressive bundles of personally selected technology that focus on enhancing learning through creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Our “Cool Tech Petting Zoos” are broken down into three levels featuring corresponding tech products for Pre-K–4, 5–8 and 9–12, emphasizing hands-on experience, STEAM education and project-based learning, respectively. In our workshops, we describe the fundamental principles of our system, how it is structured and progresses from one focus area to the next and how its contents develop the advancement of 21st century skills. We also share our practices by presenting the Tech Petting Zoos to students and teachers and leave time for the audience’s hands-on experience and experimentation with the samples from every bundle!

Speakers
avatar for Andy Larmand

Andy Larmand

Social Media Coordinator, Eduporium
Andy graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism. He’s made an impact on Eduporium’s social media presence by greatly expanding the company’s marketing efforts and reach. The large number of tweets on the Eduporium Twitter account every day? That’s him! He has a way of finding out what people are talking (or tweeting) about and making sure everyone is up-to-date with what’s... Read More →
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Irina Tuule

VP Strategy and Communications, Eduporium
Irina Tuule is a Co-Founder and VP of Strategy & Communications at Eduporium. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education as well as vast experience in teaching and pedagogical research. She is passionate about bringing tech to schools and boosting student creativity and inventiveness. A true believer in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, she focuses on K-2 as the time to shape a STEM foundation. Irina is always testing ideas for enhancing... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
205 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

AI Based Formative Assessment of Students' Constructed Response Answers
This workshop will focus on sharing the strategies for delivering real-time formative assessment of constructed response items in a cost-effective way using advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. Constructed response assessments are one of the best pedagogical principles for imparting critical thinking and knowledge retention.

In the first part, through the visual presentation, this session will familiarize the participants with the learning science and use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve students' conceptual understanding of STEM and ELA topics. A student will demonstrate interactive learning with the guidance from the AI. In the second part, it will involve the participants in an exercise to create constructed response assessment items for use with such an implementation. The participants will learn how to use such items in the classroom or home assignment for formative assessment and using the learning analytics for instruction advancement, revision or remediation if necessary.


Speakers
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Dee Kanejiya

Cognii, CEO
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Denise Wydra

COO, Cognii


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
318 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

Best Practices in Assessing STEM Learning: Strategies and Tools
At its best, STEM education challenges students to tackle complex, ill-defined and interdisciplinary problems, much like the problems professionals in the real world face every day. Both the process and products that result can be challenging to assess. In this workshop we will discuss best practices for assessing STEM units, with an emphasis on classroom assessment that supports learning rather than programmatic evaluation or high-stakes testing for accountability purposes. Teachers will leave with concrete strategies for implementing best practices in their classrooms and a list of technology tools that make it easier for teachers to collect, analyze and share assessment results.

Speakers
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Tiffany Davis

Instructional Technology Specialist, John R. Briggs Elementary School
Classroom teacher for over 20 years, interested in: | Integrated STEM learning grounded in engineering design challenges; | Information literacy and research, especially helping students "scope the problem;" | Using technology to help teachers share and interpret assessment results; | Using LEGOs to support the engineering design process.



Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
302 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

Creative Coding: Intro to Programming by Building Apps
What if you told your students that instead of using apps or playing games on their devices - they could build their own apps? This workshop will introduce App Inventor, a free web-based programming environment, which allows users to quickly and easily develop mobile applications right from a web browser. This workshop will be a hands on introduction to building a mobile application.  

Speakers
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Carmen Ferrara

Co-Founder/CTO, 30hands Learning
A technologist and entrepreneur, Carmen is Co-Founder/CTO of 30hands Learning and is responsible for driving all web and mobile product development for the company. A strong advocate for teaching STEM based curriculum, particularly computer science concepts in schools, Carmen has created professional development courses and curriculum for teaching intro to programming, robotics, and digital storytelling. | | Carmen is also an adjunct faculty... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
222 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

EverFi Digital Learning Resources for 21st Century Skills- Financial Literacy and STEM for grades 6-12
Are your students equipped with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom? From financial literacy and entrepreneurship to STEM and digital citizenship, EverFi's supplemental courses help tackle the career and college preparedness issues students face today. Participants will learn how to integrate EverFi's no-cost, blended digital learning courses into their classrooms to enhance current curriculum and student engagement. Attendees will be given login credentials, standards-alignment documents, lesson plans and ongoing technical and curriculum support, all at no cost.

Speakers
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Maddy Murphy

Director, EverFi
As a Director of EverFi's K12 programs, I work to support implementation of our co-curricular software throughout schools in New England. Financial Literacy, Digital Citizenship, STEM concepts, and Career Readiness are some of the primary topics EverFi's courses address. All content is completely free to schools through the support from local and national partnerships. Please feel free to reach out with questions at maddy@everfi.com.


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
220 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

Let the Students Teach
Our profession is experiencing a redefinition of the traditional classroom power dynamic. This transition period, while stressful and difficult, provides us the opportunity to take a hard look at what we can do to better prepare our students for THEIR future. We’ve identified three key component pairs for learning communities to internalize in order to support connected educators and connected students. Attendees will participate in activities and discussion that will illustrate the principles of lateral learning and bottom up learning with a goal of showing practical ways to be successful in a connected educational environment.


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
203 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

Live Virtual Lesson Studies: Connecting Teachers and Classrooms for Enhanced Professional Learning
The virtual lesson study model is an innovative way to connect teachers to engage in the processes of planning, teaching, and assessing lessons. Teachers meet via Zoom to develop and plan a lesson. Then one teacher teaches the lesson while other teachers and/or instructional coaches watch a live feed from the classroom. The participants then debrief and reflect on the lesson. This model can be used to enhance lessons, demonstrate new teaching methodologies, support new and/or pre-service teachers, or serve as a vehicle for instructional coaching.

The main goal of this session is to focus on the pedagogical aspects of the virtual lesson study model. We will consider what elements of planning are important and how to best involve a group of teachers from diverse locations. We will then explore how to maximize the experience of hosting and observing a live lesson with the use of group-generated focus questions. Finally, we will discuss how to create a protocol for assessing a lesson and how the process of self-reflection can enhance professional learning.

The second goal of this session is to highlight the technical components of this model so participants can implement it within their schools. We will explore how to use available technology with free Zoom Video Conferencing software to link to classrooms for professional learning. We will also explore how to scale this model up or down depending on the available technology. Finally, we will review how to secure the appropriate permissions to include students in a live video feed from their classroom.

Virtual lesson study is an amazingly simple solution to the complex logistical problem of connecting teachers and classrooms. Teachers no longer have to travel to schools, requiring substitutes and other logistical plans. Teachers are also not limited geographically and can connect with teachers and classrooms from around the world. 

Speakers
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Michael Flynn

Director, Mathematics Leadership Programs, Mount Holyoke College
Michael Flynn Directs Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College and was the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year.


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
312 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

1:40pm

Unleashing Students’ Creativity: How Teachers Learn to Use 3D Printers to Transform Students from Passive Consumers to Active Creators of Content
“3D printing and design can electrify various literacies and creative capacities of children in accordance with the spirit of the networked, interconnected, information-based world” - Kostakis, Niaros, & Giotitsas, 2015, p. 126

3D printers are disruptive technologies that are transforming everything from manufacturing to medicine. A cardiothoracic surgeon in Louisville was able to use a 3D printed model of a child’s heart to develop a surgical plan and perform a challenging heart surgery. NASA is exploring the possibility of printing food for astronauts. The Smithsonian is digitizing its entire collection and providing free access to its 3D models of artifacts. Local Motors created the world’s first drivable 3D-printed car that only takes 44 hours to print and assemble. With free 3D modelling software and the price of 3D printers becoming more affordable, teachers and students alike will be able to design and print anything they can imagine.

During the 2015-2016 school year, a group of 20 inservice, preservice, and pre-practicum teachers were invited to participate in a 3D printing community of practice at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://3dprinting4learning.wordpress.com). These teachers will collaboratively design and implement cross-disciplinary 3D printing lesson plans that engage students in design-based learning.

In this session, we will share what we learn from the 3D printing community of practice, including how teachers learn to develop 3D printing lesson plans and the pitfalls and success factors that shape the use of 3D printers in the classroom. We will also share the lesson plans, learning activities, and 3D models that the teachers in our community of practice develop.

During the second half of the workshop, attendees will collaboratively design 3D printing lesson plans and resources or brainstorm ideas for incorporating 3D printers into their classrooms.

Conference Theme: Connected Teachers - We are currently working on developing a collaborative, global website that will feature all of the resources from our community of practice. We will invite attendees to add their resources to the website. Additionally, we will encourage attendees to connect virtually with our community of practice participants.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to 1) identify at least 3 different ways to incorporate 3D printing into a classroom; 2) develop a lesson plan, learning activity, or action plan for using 3D printers as a transformational learning tool; 3) connect with the community of practice participants in order to continue conversations about 3D printing in a K-12 classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Torrey Trust

Torrey Trust

Assistant Professor of Learning Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm
224 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Connecting YOUR SCHOOL with the WORLD - how to participate in Global STEM education programs in 2016-2017
The Collaborative for Education Services (CES) and the Global STEM Education Center will be mounting Global STEM Education programs in the 2016-2017 academic year in 5-6 selected school districts in Massachusetts. A special informational session will be held at the TiE Conference at Holyoke Community College. Please, join the TiE Conference and attend to our special session, if you would like to learn more about the programs and how to apply to secure your school district’s participation. You will hear how the program is structured, the technology requirements and the support offered.

Speakers
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Larisa Schelkin

CEO & Founder, Global STEM Education Center, Inc.
Larisa K. Schelkin CEO, President and Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation; Larisa Schelkin is the author of the Global STEM Classroom ™ model. She held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa is a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and... Read More →
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Isa Zimmerman

Principal, IKZAdvisors, LLC
Dr. Isa Kaftal Zimmerman has been Superintendent of Schools, High School Principal and Assistant Principal, junior high school teacher and Division Director of the Technology in Education Program and Associate Professor at Lesley University and Senior Fellow at the UMass Donahue Institute, and the UMass President’s Office. She was a pioneer in bringing technology to schools for instruction and productivity in MA and she started the MASS... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
203 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Flippity - Game Show Creator
In this hands on workshop participants will create an interactive Jeopardy style web game using Flippity, a web based tool that integrates with Google Drive. This integration with Google Drive allows students an opportunity to work collaboratively and asynchronously. Using the project file, a Google spreadsheet template, users can add text, YouTube videos, and images. Once published, multiple players can access individual copies of the game to play on their own or in group settings. Flippity offers other tools that will be demonstrated, including a flash card generator.

Speakers
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Jeannie Erickson

HS PBH Teacher, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
Jeannie Erickson is a veteran teacher of Psychology and Health education at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. She began her career in education after receiving a master’s degree in counseling from Fitchburg State College. Prior to her career in education and counseling, she worked in health related careers and was a health educator and dental health representative for the Utah State Department of Health. Mrs. Erickson has come to embrace... Read More →
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Audra Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School
Technology Integration Specialist at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. Holds a master’s degree from Lesley University in Educational Technology. Prior to completing her degree and becoming a technology integrator, Audra spent over 17 years in the classroom teaching ELL, ELA, Social Development, Science, Math, and Computer Technology classes. At Groton-Dunstable Ms. Kaplan works to integrate technology into student and staff learning... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
220 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Giving Audio Feedback With the Kaizena-Mini Google Docs Add-On
Participants will learn how to provide students with audio feedback using the Kaizena-Mini Google Docs Add-On. By the end of this interactive session - for which participants are asked to bring a tablet or laptop - teachers will understand how to use a built-in or USB microphone to record audio feedback on student work, which they may access through Kaizena's Google Docs add-on.

In addition to leaving instructor feedback, participants will come away with strategies for facilitating peer-to-peer audio feedback, allowing students to develop speaking and listening skills as they also learn how to constructively critique and respond to one another's work.         

Speakers
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Peter Billman-Golemme

English & Journalism Teacher, Instructional Technologist, South Hadley High School
Peter Billman-Golemme, a former newspaper reporter, is in his 11th year as a high school English, journalism, & public speaking teacher. A licensed instructional technologist, Peter believes in the power of technology to engage students in meaningful, collaborative work.


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
314 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Online Learning: Are We REALLY Connecting?
Online learning is no longer new. But are we REALLY connecting with its true potential? Maybe. Schools integrate tools like Blackboard, Edline, School Fusion, ItsLearning, Compass, Moodle, Apple, Google, Windows and more. Yet this smorgasbord approach isn't quite enough to advance our students toward college and career readiness.

This fast-paced workshop asks AND ANSWERS tough questions. Why are we involved in online learning? What are the differences between "redesigning" and "integrating?" Where is the "base" of your educational activity? How would you teach if you didn't have a classroom? Where does innovation most often begin? Why is innovation often blocked even with the best of intentions? What can teachers and administrators actually do in the face of limited budgets?

Find out what actually works! Learn how one district continues to expand online learning with high success even severe budget restrictions and with an extremely diverse student body with many special needs. Learn how this district uses teacher developed "pockets of excellence" in online learning to bring about systemic change. Learn about a real-world fusion of teacher innovation, professional development, and administrative leadership. Although Moodle is the demo platform for this workshop, the same concepts and approaches can be applied across many platforms. BRING YOUR ONLINE DEVICE. BRING YOUR YABUTS, TOO - "YABUT IN MY SCHOOL . . ."

Speakers
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Romeo Marquis

Founder, The Learning Curve Consortium
Former chemistry teacher, high school principal, associate dean for academic technology and distance education. Strong focus on professional development related to similarities and differences between onsite and online instruction. Developer of "Unlocking the High School Environment."
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Dante Quercio

The Learning Curve Consortium
Dante Quercio is the district online instructional coach in the Worcester Public Schools. Before that he was a middle school social studies teacher.


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
312 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Skills21 STEM LaunchPad - An Engaging, Accessible and Affordable STEM Program
EDUCATION CONNECTION’S Skills21 delivers a road tested model for driving student innovation, STEM achievement and Connected Learning. Schools and organizations from New England and around the country can now participate in the nationally recognized Skills21 effort at low or no cost.

During this engaging and hands-on session, participants will learn how to leverage Skills21’s deep bench of STEM program resources including, but not limited to:

Course Catalogue – The Skills21 Course Catalogue includes 24 challenge-based middle and high school courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business, Media, and Health.

Experientials – Participants will learn how to plan and manage quality out-of-school learning experiences designed to impact students attitudes about STEM college and career options.

Professional Development - Participants will access a new self-directed online PD resource designed to help teachers and students implement STEM challenges and see Connected Learning in action.

The ULTIMATE Expo – Finally participants will learn how to get involved in the 14th Annual Student Innovation Expo or host a mini Expo at their own school or organization.  

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Audia

Cameron Audia

School Fuel Program Manager, Skills21 at EDUCATION CONNECTION
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Matt Mervis

Director, Skills21 at EDUCATION CONNECTION


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
205 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Strategies and Tools for Effectively managing your BYOD environment in a much more demanding network environment
Leonard Gibbons, IT Director at Holyoke Public Schools, will share strategies for managing his network to support BYOD, 1:1, and new learning models focused on improving the learning experience. Workshop Participants will also be invited to share their ideas and success stories they may have.

We will also discuss how application network usage analytics can be used to understand technology usage in the classroom for better insights.

Speakers
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Glenn Mitchell

K-12, Extreme Networks
Glenn Mitchell has over 30 years experience helping Commercial, K-12 and Higher Education Institutions position technology to move their organizations forward. Having been the CIO in multiple school districts, he worked with administration to develop and execute technology plans focused on effectively implementing 1:1, BYOD, Blended Learning, PARCC readiness, and digital content initiatives in the classroom, while also working on network... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
318 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Teaching the Academic Research Process in the Digital Age
Common Core specifies that if students are to be college and career ready, then they need to master how to research a topic and present it in a variety of perspectives such as writing and presenting persuasive arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives. As part of the writing process, students need to conduct research from multiple print and digital sources, paraphrase their findings, cite their sources, avoid plagiarism, and develop formal citations for their sources.

Beyond writing in a variety of perspectives, students also need to master how to communicate their findings via a formal research paper, a digital brochure, an animation, a presentation, as well as communicate their ideas via a verbal presentation, blog, WIKI, and/or website.
The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to provide teachers with a variety of open digital tools so they can teach the six step research process (1. select your topic, 2. search for information, 3. take notes, 4. develop the information, 5. share the information and 6. evaluate your final product) while guiding their students to master the reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards.  

Speakers
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Beth Dichter

Teacher, Zanetti Montessori Magnet School
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Sheila Slawiak

Instructional Technology Teacher, Forest Park Middle School
If you are a teacher that conducts research with your students, then myself and Beth Dichter are presenting an online bookmarking system that will link free applications to every activity within the research process. All free applications are common core aligned. Tools include a lesson plan and a SAMR model to understand what level of technology integration is being used.


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
224 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

The Standards-based Gradebook: Pushing Best Practices
Moving to standards-based teaching and learning can be a daunting process for any school and district, but having the right tools can make that process much less so, with easy grade entry, thoughtful curriculum development, long-term record keeping, and robust reporting. JumpRope was developed from the ground up for schools and districts implementing standards-based grading and serves as a platform to help schools and districts improve teaching and learning. Effective standards-based learning empowers teachers, parents, and students with the data needed to pinpoint specific areas for improvement.

Participants will learn about JumpRope’s curriculum creation process, its gradebook interface, the robust school- and district-wide reports that can be created with data inputted into JumpRope, the parent and student portal. and its integration with student information systems such as Infinite Campus and PowerSchool.

Speakers
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Abner Oakes

Jumprope


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
302 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

2:50pm

Through My Window: Collaborative, Idea-Centered Engineering Curriculum
Explore a cutting-edge, multimedia engineering curriculum called Through My Window that includes a YA STEM novel, companion interactive website, and engaging offline enrichment activities. This collaborative curriculum, which appeals to both girls and boys, highlights the ways engineers help society. It can be used in both formal and informal educational settings. Participants will leave with new ideas about how to broaden students' perceptions about engineering beyond “men in hard hats”; innovative tools that appeal to the desire and ability of children to interact with engineering in an idea-centered learning environment; and substantial “ready-to-implement” resources.

Speakers
avatar for Isabel Huff

Isabel Huff

Outreach Coordinator, Through My Window
Isabel Huff is a @smithcollege graduate who works for @S_T_C_C as the Outreach Coordinator for @TMWorg, an innovative #engineering curriculum!
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Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh

Professor, Springfield Technical Community College
Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh is an @S_T_C_C professor and Principal Investigator for @TMWorg, an innovative #engineering curriculum!


Thursday January 14, 2016 2:50pm - 3:50pm
222 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040