Using Technology to Engage Learners

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If You Like That…Then You’ll Love This…

1 hour, half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

We all get used to our favorite tools. But sometimes that limits our view of what else is out there. In this session, Ginger will take those tools to the next level, as well as share some new goodies that you might not know about!  

All a-Twitter

half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

In this session, we’ll learn & practice the basics of Twitter. Maybe you’re new to Twitter. Maybe you started an account and just never used it. This is for you both! We’ll reignite our Why as we refocus on the personal and professional benefits of using Twitter.

Shedding Light on the Dark Apps

half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, parents

Join Ginger for a highly active and engaging session that will highlight both the positive and cautionary realities of using social media for learning. We’ll spend some time exposing us to “dark apps,” or those apps that allow our kids to connect with other anonymously. We’ll peek into that world and quickly learn what is happening and how we can shed light into those dark corners.

Trending Topics: What’s Next?

1 hour, half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Looking into our magic crystal ball, what tech trends will the future hold? And how can edtech give the push that our kids need to not only use but to also develop these innovations? Join Ginger as she looks into the next generation of tools for the next generation of kids.

Learning by Doing: The Big 5 Must-Have Tools for Learning by Doing

1 hour, half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

As we move from sit/get lessons into more active and authentic learning projects (a la Common Core), EdTech tools will be leading the way! Come learn about the “Big 5” must-have tools for a stellar Project Based Learning classroom! (this is a broad view of 5+ types of tools, with many options for each type: video conferencing, collaborative documents, social networking, Google Alerts, blogging).

Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram: Social Media in the Classroom

half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students, parents

Join Ginger for a highly active and engaging half-day session that will highlight both the positive and cautionary realities of using social media for learning. First, we’ll learn — and practice — the basics of Twitter. Are you a newbie? That’s ok! We have you covered. Maybe you have a Twitter account you started once a few years back, then got busy and accidentally let it stand alone like an abandoned orphan on a rainy street. Then this is for you too! We’ll reignite our Why as we refocus on the benefits of Twitter, then look deeper into other tools to see how they too can support our (and our students’) learning.

Finally, Ginger will spend some time exposing us to “dark apps,” or those apps that allow our kids to connect with other anonymously. We’ll peek into that world and quickly learn what is happening and how we can shed light into those dark corners.

Google Tools for a Googled World

1 hour, half-day, full-day

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As it turns out, this philosophy walks hand-in-hand with the idea of a 21st Century learner: to be able to access and use important information at any time, any place. Come learn more about the free Google tools that are available to all of us and ways the tools can be used to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms. (we’ll be looking deeply into some of the more common Google Tools available to our learners)

YouTube: So Much More Than Just Cat Videos!

Full-day session

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

This session will walk participants into the vast array of free Open Education Resources available for teachers and students either in a traditional classroom, a flipped classroom, or a PBL environment. We’ll outline the difference between YouTube.EDU, YouTube for Schools, and YouTube.com/teachers and how to use each to the best results. Finally, we’ll take a quick look inside YouTube’s powerful recording and editing software for those working in a Chromebook (or not) classroom!

Connectivity

Copyright Confusion and Fair Use in a Digital World

half-day session

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

Increasingly, students and educators are turning to digital research and tools in our everyday work as we create magnificent projects with music, photos, and information quickly found online. But are we sure it’s legal? Is it ethical? Many educators are new to this digital world, so how do we best guide students through the fair and responsible use of digital media without squashing the excitement of creativity? After all, fair use laws aren’t what they were even 20 years ago. This session will actively walk educators through the decision-making process outlined by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education using actual classroom scenarios and ample Q&A practice time. Participants will also learn helpful ideas regarding how to teach students and colleagues about this vital topic.

Tools of the Trade: Honest Collaboration with Technology

Full-day session

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

If we expect students to develop 21st century communication skills, they need the opportunity to authentically practice them in their everyday learning experiences. This studio is a hands-on learning experience for you to explore, collaborate, and share essential learning tools, such as Google tools, mobile apps, social media, blogs, podcasts, video conferencing, web curation, and creativity & presentation tools. You will leave with a portfolio full of tools, a beginning Personalized Learning Network, and a head full of techniques to help learners of all ages to be ready for today’s real world.

Energized and Engaged! a New Teacher’s Transition into Technology

Full-day session

Audience: K12 teachers (mentors and rookies)

New teachers feel overwhelmed at all they’re expected to learn right away. Technology is often put to the back burner when it could be the piece de résistance for the educational gourmand.  Visit this round table to Q&A with a couple of new teachers in a Self-Directed Staff Development environment to find what has really worked for them this year. Audience is encouraged to share their successes as well.

Beyond the Basics: Using the iPad to Ignite Kids’ Thinking!

Full-day session

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

If you already know how to use the basic hardware of the iPad, then this session is a great next step. We’ll explore ways we can use our iPads in our lessons to foster Higher Order Thinking Skills and create deeper thinking strategies for our learners. The secret is that it takes more than just drill & kill tools to win!

Beyond the Basics: Using the ChromeBook to Ignite Kids’ Thinking!

Full-day session

Audience: K12 teachers, administrators, students

If you already know how to use the basic hardware of the ChromeBook, then this sessionis a great next step. We’ll explore ways we can use our ChromeBooks in our lessons to foster Higher Order Thinking Skills and create deeper thinking strategies for our learners. The secret is that it takes more than just drill & kill tools to win!

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