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Fall Institute

Institute of Technology for Innovation in Education

Kenote: Dr. Chris McGee
November 8, 2014  - 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM

Fontbonne University – Library – 6800 Wydown Blvd., 63105

Registration Fee - $100  Registration Form (pdf, 406.7KB)

Optional credit available, choice of 1 or 2 credit hours for an additional $200 per credit hour.

Registration deadline for credit is Oct. 1, 2014.

2 hours credit required meeting dates are:

  •  Monday, October 6 (6-8pm)
  • Saturday, November 8 (8:45 am-4pm)-Institute Day
  •  Saturday, November 22 (9-11am) OR Monday, November 24 (4-6pm)

1 hour credit required meeting dates are:

  • Saturday, November 8 (8:45 am-4pm)-Institute Day
  • Saturday, November 22 (9-11am) OR Monday, November 24 (4-6pm)

OBJECTIVE:

Today’s schools require teachers who can effectively balance high quality innovation with research and assessment to prove those interventions are working. 

If you’re tired of sending teachers to technology conferences just to learn a few new apps and abandon them after six months, you’re not alone. 

The Fontbonne Fall Institute on Technology for Innovation in Education is the area’s leading experience for the innovative teacher.  Sessions focus on the current needs of the classrooms in the St. Louis area and examine the technologies that support those needs.  Institute participants can learn:

  • ·       Which technologies are effective and which are unproven providing districts and private schools a solid return on investment
  • ·       How to use design thinking to solve any range of problems from low test scores to a disengaged community
  • ·       How to identify outside sources of funding for their technology needs and tips on how to appeal to donors
  • ·       The most exciting strategies and technologies that hold real promise for change (not just gimmicks)

Institute participants become part of an elite community of St. Louis educators and are connected to their presenters long after the day’s work has ended.  Benefits include:

·       Free visits to Fontbonne’s Center for Educational and Emerging Technology (an opportunity to explore some of the promising, but unproven educational technologies)

·       Institute-only events on campus to explore technology and/or network with area professionals

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr. Chris McGee

 Dr. Chris McGee, curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves school district. Dr. McGee is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts he served. He currently serves Apple Inc. as an Apple Professional Development Specialist. He travels the country training teachers to use Apple products and integrate them seamlessly into their day-to-day operations. He is a certified “Power Searcher” through Google Inc. and is pursuing certification in Google Apps for Education. . For more information on Dr. McGee visit his website www.chrisrmcgee.com, or connect with him on twitter at https://twitter.com/cmcgee200

 

BREAKOUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

Workshop Presenter Session Title Presentation Description Audience (check all certification areas that apply)
Session #1:  Exploring New Strategies  
A Dr. Robert Dillon Tending to the Garden of Information No longer are we in a space where information for our students is scarce. Instead the flood of information is like a messy garden filled with weeds, wildflowers, and a variety of mental treats. This session provides a framework for helping to build their capacity to choose good sources, triangulate points of view, and choose media stream that support and challenge their ways of thinking. Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science
B Don Goble Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia Bring the writing process to life with digital storytelling!  A simple six-word story, created as a video with six unique camera shots, allows students the ability to tell a powerful visual story. This presentation will guide educators through a unique project that addresses the fundamentals of film making as well as the digital storytelling process, by using a a free iBook on iTunesU, written by the presenter. Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Professional Development
C Vicki Nelson iPad Apps and the Special Education Classroom An iPad can be a special education teacher's most valuable technology.  This session will showcase a variety of apps for the special education setting. Apps for reading, writing, phonics, spelling, math, fine motor, and behavior monitoring will be demonstrated. Early Childhood, Special Education/Accessible Technology
D Rebecca Hare Learning Space Design for Technology-Enhanced Lessons (Session 1)

If we want to cultivate creative and flexible minds, we need to design our learning spaces to promote innovative thinking. In this highly interactive and creative experience, we will explore and discuss emerging trends in learning space design and discover ways of creating spaces that support active and technology.

Must take workshop H in Session 2.

Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Special Education/Accessible Technology, Professional Development
Session #2:  Making it Work     
E Shannon Parker Making the most of Google Drive Take your use of Google Drive to the next level! This session will give you tips for managing the workflow and making Google Drive work extremely well for you and your students. Topics addressed will include avoiding organization pitfalls, sharing folders and files, file naming protocols, leveraging comments and collaboration, efficient use of the search window, and grading while maintaining student privacy. Participants will learn how using scripts such as gClassFolders can make managing student digital work a breeze. We’ll also explore how some of the great add-ons like Kaizena make Google Drive an even more powerful learning platform.  Middle Communidation Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math
F Dr. Robert Dillon Adding Reflection and Revision to the Creation Process In this session participants will collaborate to design their own flexible, technology-integrated learning space that supports active and social learning strategies. We also will explore resources for a variety of budgets to make our learning space designs happen.  Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Special Education/Accessible Technology
G Andrea Zeiter
Cheri Nahlik
Making Flipped Learning Work for High-Needs Students Making flipped learning work for a disadvantaged community is a significant challenge.  In this session, we will share how we made flipped learning work with inner city sixth graders at a charter school in St. Louis. Most of our students begin sixth grade at least three grade levels behind, and many of them have learning disabilities. We used the flipped learning model to close the achievement gap and address the needs of our high-poverty students. Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Special Education/Accessible Technology
H Rebecca Hare Learning Space Design for Technology-Enhanced Lessons (Session 2) In this session participants will collaborate to design their own flexible, technology-integrated learning space that supports active and social learning strategies. We also will explore resources for a variety of budgets to make our learning space designs happen.

Must take Workshop D in Session 1.
Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Special Education/Accessible Technology, Professional Development
Session #3:  Interactive workshops:  the next level  
I Alexandria Mooney & Lauren Fleischer Authenticate Your Classroom! Learn how to break down the walls of your classroom and give your students authentic learning, real-world experiences without ever leaving school!  Innovate your teachings with the aid of various technologies that bring the far away close, and take you to the edge of the world and beyond! Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math
J Patrick Dempsey Think, Design, Prototype, Make We all want to teach students how to learn and solve problems on their own but how do we really do that?  We know that students will need to use their creativity outside of school so how can we help them uncover a creative engine that has been dormant.  Experience design thinking for yourself and then prototype a design of your own in a pop up makerspace. Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle-Communication Arts, Middle-Social Studies, Middle-Science, Middle-Math, Secondary-Communication Arts, Secondary-Social Studies, Secondary-Science, Secondary-Math, Special Education/Accessible Technology, Professional Development
K Janine Duncan and HES Dept. Technology and the Home Connection In the past, the focus for technology training has been on teachers and students. However, a critical stakeholder seems to be missing:  the parent.  If flipped learning and other modern educational initiatives are to succeed, parents, guardians, and the community at large will need to be oriented as well.  In this session Janine Duncan (Asst. Professor and Dir. of Graduate programs in Human Environmental Sciences) with the assistance of HES students, will share their expertise in understanding the experiences of the modern parent as it relates to the school district.  They will also share some effective technologies and strategies to communicate with parents and encourage their participation in our modern educational system.  All certification areas
L Amy Peach and Michael Hodapp SOLEs in the classroom Sometimes the world's most innovative practices in education come from places as remote as rural India.  In his 2013 TED prize winning talk, Dr. Sugata Mitra shared his desire to spread the result of his ground-breaking research around SOLEs (Self-organized learning environments) to the rest of the world.  After working with Dr. Mitra in a workshop at TED this year, Amy Peach and Michael Hodapp would like to share the strategies and techniques through a SOLE with Fontbonne students and Institute particpants.  Don't miss the unique opportunity to be one of the first educators in the U.S. to explore this type of educational experience and help spread this unique form of learning to St. Louis area schools.   All certification areas