Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops, February 11, 2013

Full-day workshops, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Half-day workshops, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Lunch included for those attending a Full-Day workshop or two half-day workshops. 

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Full Day Preconference Workshops

FULL DAY  P01  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Remixing the Common Core: Digital Media & 21st Century Literacies
Elizabeth Radzicki
Location: Pattonville School District Learning Center, Room 207
Through digital media, participants will explore the three major aspects of literacy: Critical Consumption, Active Connection, and Powerful Creation. We'll evolve from fans and critics in the morning to photographers, filmmakers, and bloggers in the afternoon. By day's end, we will have produced a transmedia collection of pieces to answer the Big Question: "What can we learn from media?" Bring your own laptop/tablet with wireless capability. Cameras and other specialized equipment will be provided. The instructor may be asking participants to work together, so there is the possibility of sharing devices.

FULL DAY  P02  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Getting the Most Out of Digital Photography
Michael Butler
Location: Pattonville School District Learning Center, Computer Lab
Learn how to take beautiful photographs using your compact or DSLR digital camera. Attendees will learn how to use the auto exposure settings (sports, portrait, landscape, and macro). Learn how to review the history on a photo to assist you when using maual settings. We will look at Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Bring your own camera and camera user manual (or have access to manual online).

FULL DAY  P03  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER
Engaging Students with ActivInspire & Promethean Boards
Christina Lowery
Location: Hazelwood School District, The Learning Center, Room 1 of the Galactic Center, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant MO 63031
Are you interested in learning more about Promethean ActivBoards and ActivInspire? This workshop for beginners / novice users will explore the basics of the ActivInspire software. Learn how to create your own engaging lessons as well as use pre-made resources from Promethean Planet. Participants will leave with the confidence to create a simple flipchart. No previous experience with Promethean ActivBoards or ActivInspire is necessary!

FULL DAY  P04  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
Promethean ActivInspire Training for the Advanced User
Kelly Gilchrist
Location: Hazelwood School District, The Learning Center, Training Lab, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant MO 63031
Learn Promethean ActivInspire's advanced capabilities to create high quality, engaging and interactive flipchart lessons. Attendees will learn how to: create containers in their lessons, layer and manipulate objects, install and access resource packs, insert a web link and video into the lessons, hide objects, use all features of the resource library, create actions to make their lessons interactive, plus much more. Bring a zip drive and/or way to save files.

Half Day Preconference Workshops
(All half day preconference workshops are located at the St. Charles Convention Center)

HALF DAY (PM)  P05  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Stories in Motion: Video Production with an iPhone & an iPad
Ken Shelton (Keynote Speaker), Don Goble (Midwest Spotlight Educator)
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior A
The art of storytelling aligns with written and visual literacy. The iPhone and iPad provides you with a video production studio in your hands. This workshop is designed for all attendees to make the connection between written and visual literacy and tap into higher levels of storytelling creativity. The presenters will cover the basics: Terminology, Composition, Recording, and Publication. Bring your iPad/iPhone with the iMovie app.

HALF DAY (AM)  P06  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
iBook Author: Creating Multi-Touch Resources for iPad
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.
Barry Sevett
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior A
Using iBooks Author, a free authoring tool for Mac, you can easily create full-screen, interactive multi-touch books and learning resources for the iPad. Bring learning to life with interactive diagrams, photos, video, 3D objects and more. In this workshop you'll explore resources created by students, teachers and publishers, and create your own iBooks-authored book. BYOD requirements: Bring you Apple laptop or iPad. If you do not have your own device, MacBook computers and iPads with resources and content will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own content.

HALF DAY (AM)  P07  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
You Tube in Education
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Bill Bass (Midwest Spotlight Educator)
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior C
More than 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, many of which are created by the students that may be sitting in your classroom. In this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore many of the lesser known features of YouTube, aggregate your own YouTube Channel, edit Creative Commons videos, and see how you can make your own videos available to students and expand the walls of your classroom.

HALF DAY (AM)  P08  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Maximizing Engagement in a Common Core Environment
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Robert Dillon
Location: Embassy Suites (Connected to the St. Charles Convention Center), Calhoun Room
Looking to explore new best practices in the era of Common Core Standards? Don't let the standards and assessments keep you from the best instruction of your life. This workshop will explore a variety of passion-based learning tools including maximizing student voice, experiential learning, and project-based learning. Participants will discuss a variety of apps for field work, using Twitter to grow their professional network, and a number of collaborate structures that infuse technology. Join the conversation about an innovative, technology-infused road ahead. BYOL with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY (PM) P09  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Integrating Technology into Common Core
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Jill Badalamenti
Location: Embassy Suites (Connected to the St. Charles Convention Center), Calhoun Room
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being used by more and more districts throughout the country. Integrating technology will be essential in implementing CCSS. During this workshop you will explore Web 2.0 sites that teach content while engage students, explore ways to communicate on a global level, and use free tools on the Internet to better incorporate technology. Participants will come away with numerous lessons, ideas, and Web 2.0 tools to help them successfully integrate technology into all levels of CCSS. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (AM)  P10  TECH LEVEL: ALL
The Paperless Administrator
Greg Lawrence (Making IT Happen Award Winner, Midwest Spotlight Educator), Keri Skeeters
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior D
If we, as administrators and district leaders, want out teachers to transform into their classroom with technology, then we need to be the example. Discover with other leaders, how you can use various technology resources and workflows to save you time, motivate your staff, and transform your classrooms and schools...and doing it all paperless. Don't miss out, your teachers need you! BYOL with browser and wifi capability. Download and install Chrome Framework and Evernote (free download app). Please create a free Google Apps Account. Optional: A mobile device (tablet or Smart Phone). 

HALF DAY (AM)  P11  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
Building Your Personal Learning Network from the Ground Up
Bob Deneau, Mark Pennycuick
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 104
In today's connected world, teachers have more resources and opportunities for personal learning. Personal Learning Networks transform a teacher's approach to learning and in turn positively affect student learning. Participants will leave this workshop understanding what a PLN is and how it can be used for a teacher's professional growth; utilize resources such as Twitter, Pinterest, Google Reader, and others to organize their own PLN that will grow with their teachering; and apply the PLN to the classroom. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P12  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED
The 21st Century Classroom Supported by Discovery Education & Other Tools
Jason Altman and Joe Diaz, Discovery Education
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior D
From St. Louis to Oregon Country, from performing arts to social studies, join us for a day of instructional exploration through the rich media resources of Discovery Education. Your journey begins by examining instructional strategies, lesson planning, and best practices in teaching. Then, experience a model classroom with your teachers Mr. Diaz and Mr. Altman, where you'll fly at an altitude of fun-thousand feet to St. Louis, MO, and investigate the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the lens of 21st century resources. This fast-paced and engaging pre-conference session will be an exciting journey in cross-curricular integration for the humanities and sciences based on the Common Core State Standards.

HALF DAY (PM)  P13  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Classroom Magic: 29 Amazing Web Power Tools
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Howie DiBlasi 
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 103
Discover new resources, create great learning opportunities and develop skills for living in a knowledge-based, highly technological society. Discover NEW valuable professional development resources, interactive Web 2.0 sites, creativity tools, problem solving resources and collaboration connections. Improve your skills to make learning more fun for you and your students. Learn about FREE, fun and creative experiments for the classroom, teching tehmes, and teaching tips. Participants will use the latest tools, products and technologies to explore 29 Web 2.0 tools in specific content areas, using interactive multimedia resources. Best practices will be shared that infuse 21st Century skills into the curriculum and create engaging learning environments. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (AM)  P14  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER
Deconstructing Pop Culture's Effect on Adolescent Career Aspirations
Chantal Chandler
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 102
Using images and video from popular culture, we will demonstrate the connections between media literacy and occupational socialization and show the participants how to promote the curcial critical thinking skills that lead students to be informed media consumers in relation to career choice. Having the skills to deconstruct media messages about occupations will transform the way students think about their own career goals. Participants will learn to recognize and deconstruct stereotypical traits evident in media portrayals of occupations, facilitate student exploration of media messages about career occupation and leave with a modern approach to broadening students ideas about career choice. BYOL with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY (PM)  P15  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
Transforming Instruction Through the World of Prezi
Larinee Dennis, Courtney Janes
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 104
Would you like to spice up your instruction? This workshop models the cloud-based presentation tool, Prezi, as a resource for transforming instruction to better engage students. You will be given time to observe, explore and develop instructional resources created with the Prezi tool. At the end of the workshop you will be able to create a Prezi containing direct instruction and modeling, independent practice, and multimedia. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P16  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER
Project Based Learning in the Elementary Classroom
Jeff Horwitz, Kristen Kaiser, Amy Lamb
Location: Embassy Suites (Connected to the St. Charles Convention Center), Rocheport Room
Learn what Project Based Learning (PBL) looks like and how you apply PBL techniques to an elementary classroom. At the end of the workshop, participants will understand how to create a PBL unit for themselves, be equipped with resources to help them begin their PBL journey and create a PBL unit to use in their classroom. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P17  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Turning the Page on Research: How to Take Research from Paper to Pixels
Nick Cusumano, Jennifer George
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 102
Your students can access the power of Web 2.0 to make their research process more streamlined, dynamic and collaborative. Learn about tools like Evernote, EasyBib and Springnote for collecting and organizing information in a collaborative medium. Help your students take their research to a new level with dynamic product tools like Qwiki, Easel.y, and more. Participants will synthesize their research into three visually rich artifacts - a Qwiki video, an infographic and a multimediea timeline. Bring your own laptop, Smart phone with video capabilities plus cord (to transfer footage) and flash memory video camera if you own one (otherwise flash memory video cameras will be provided).

HALF DAY (PM)  P18  TECH LEVEL: ALL
This Preconference Workshop has been CANCELLED. 
Hands-On STEM Investigations with CPO Science
Jessie Herman
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 103
Explore innovative inquiry-based learning that incorporates all of the elements of STEM. Participate in technology-rich investigations with CPO's Data Collector and sensors to perform experiments about various science topics - motion, speed, acceleration, projectiles, temperature and pressure, and electric circuits. Participants will learn strategies to engage students in exploring authentic problems with technology tools; identify ways for students to understand and use technology while applying science, engineering, and math skills; and increase their background knowledge of scienece principles while engaging in inquiry-based learning activities. Each participant receives a CPO Science textbook, investigation manuel, and a chance to win hands-on equipment.

HALF DAY (AM)  P19  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
Systems Thinking Through Game Design
This Preconference Workshop has been CANCELLED. 

Bob Coulter
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior D
Help students develop systems thinking skills as they develop original games and simulations. Using Star Logo TNG, a free agent-based modeling tool development at MIT, students as young as 3rd grade have successfully created math-rich simulations of ecosystem dynamics, prey-predator relations, and hunting models. In this half day workshop you'll learn the basics of the software, develop a prototype game, and go back to school with access to student-friendly tutorials and guides. BYOL with wifi capability. StarLogo TNG software and sample games will be provided to participants.

HALF DAY (AM)  P20  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER
Moodle 2 for Beginners
Diana Dell
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior B
Ready to Moodle? Learn why Moodle is called the "Swiss Army Knife" of instructional tools. THis hands-on workshop introduces the basics of Moodle. Resources, activities and blocks will be introduced and demonstrated. Effective course layout and instructional strategies will be presented. No Moodle? No problem! Participants will be provided with one free Moodle course. This workshop is for absolute Moodle beginners. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P21  TECH LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
Are you Ready to Moogle? Combining the Power of Moodle and Google
Diana Dell, Certified Google Teacher
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior B
What do you get when you combine the power of Moodle with the power of Google? Amzing and engaging learning for students plus efficiency for teachers, of course. This hands-on session will teach you to incorporate tools such as Google Translate, Google Gadgets, Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets, Custom Google Search Engines, and more into your Moodle courses. A basic knowledge of Moodle and Google Docs is needed to be successful in this session. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (AM)  P22  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE
"Live" In the Cloud
Brandie Hatch, Dana Todaro
Location: Embassy Suites (Connected to the St. Charles Convention Center), Rocheport Room
Begin using Microsoft Office's cloud based apps and sharing documents. MS Office has journeyed to the cloud with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These free applications allow you to create, edit and collaborate in the cloud. You can monitor and manage instruction while students enjoy endless access to software they perhaps couldn't afford or use otherwise from home. Start creating in the cloud, or locally; you decide! Bring your own device with wifi capability. You may create your own Live.com account and work with us, or you are welcome to watch and listen as well.

HALF DAY (AM)  P23  TECH LEVEL: ALL
Google to the Max: The Classroom Power Users Handbook
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Howie DiBlasi, Google Certified Teacher 
Location: Connected to the St. Charles Convention Center, Room 103
Think you know Google, think again! Discover inside information about the "World's Largest Search Engine". Learn about Google's Secrets and discover 49 NEW features and applications. Tap into it's full potential with tricks, insider tips, "hidden" features and "secret" areas and make your life easier in and outside the classroom. Become a "Power User" that allows you to apply "NEW-Power User Tools", in the areas of education, administrative and personal use. Master the essential tips, apps and get your free pass to the inside workings of "Hidden Google Pages". Session is fast-paced and offers something for all participants. NOTE: This is not a Google Docs workshop. BYOL with browser and wifi capability. 

HALF DAY (AM)  P24  TECH LEVEL: BEGINNER
Google Docs for Beginners
Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 101
Have you heard about forms or flubaroo and don't have a clue? Not any more! We'll explore these free tools that are "in the cloud" during this hands-on half day workshop and take you through the basics of Google docs with time to explore and create docs you can take back to your school and use! BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P25  TECH LEVEL: ADVANCED
Getting More Out of Google Docs
This workshop is now FULL. If you select this workshop on your registration you will be placed on a waiting list.

Bill Bass, Google Certified Teacher (Midwest Spotlight Educator)
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Junior C
Are you a Google Docs user who is familiar with the tools but would like to see what other possiblities are out there? In this hands-on session, you will mash-up the Google Docs with other web tools by adding scripts, add-ons and a variety of other tools to make yoru Docs more usable for you. Experience creating a variety of Google Docs is needed to be successful in this session. BYOL with browser and wifi capability.

HALF DAY (PM)  P26  TECH LEVEL: ADVANCED
Planning Great Lessons with Google Earth
Cindy Lane, Google Certified Teacher
Location: St. Charles Convention Center, Room 101
Google Earth is a great tool to incorporate in a cross curricular lesson plan! A basic knowledge of Google Earth is needed to be successful in this half day session and of course, bring one good lesson plan that can be enhanced with Google Earth so you can walk out with a great lesson planned! BYOL with browser, Google Earth installed and wifi capability.

Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013, 01:35 PM