DEN VirtCon LIVE! schedule

Saturday 20th October 2012

  • Opening Keynote: 10 Common Challenges We All Face

    by Richard Byrne

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    Regardless of the content we teach and the age of our students, there are challenges that are common to all of us. In this upbeat presentation I outline those challenges and share the best resources and strategies for tackling them. Some of challenges I’ll tackle in this presentation include building relationships with stakeholders, Internet filtering policies, and creating engaging projects for all learners.

    About the presenter:
    Richard Byrne is best known in the educational technology community for his award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches a subscriber base of more than 49,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard writes a monthly column for School Library Journal, is a contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, has written for Teacher Librarian, and recently launched Android 4 Schools. Richard has presented at conferences and at schools across North America and Europe. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

    Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. In 2010 he was the runner-up for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 100@30 30th Anniversary celebration (http://techlearning.com/article/...).

    Richard was a high school social studies teacher for eight years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.

    Richard lives and works in the greater Portland, Maine area.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • Great, But Lesser Known, Web 2.0 Tools

    by David Tchozewski

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    Many folks are familiar with popular web 2.0 resources like Google Docs, Twitter, Delicious, among others. This session will feature many terrific, but lesser known, web 2.0 resources that can enhance the classroom experience. Your Monday lesson plans are about to change!

    Presented by David Tchozewski

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 20th October

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  • Lessons from the Tundra: A Sense of Place and Purpose

    by Karen Ogen

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    Join us to learn from Karen Ogen about the recent visit to the Polar Bear Capital of the World (Churchill, Mantioba). She will share her firsthand experience about this amazing environment and help us, and our students, make connections to how our daily actions can help change the world for the better. You’ll leave ready to take action and tap into the rich variety of resources available on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge website. Ultimately, we’ll provide you with the supports you need to inspire your students to accept the challenge of being environmental stewards who serve as agents of change for our world.

    Presented by Karen Ogen

    Presentation: http://www.lexrich5.org/webpages...

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • That’s a Keeper! Reeling in Top Resources

    by Porter Palmer

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    Join us as we go fishing for resources. We’ll reel in some great lesson plans, activities, and tools you can use right away. While we’re exploring, we’ll get schooled on the latest curation tools and find out how to cull resources. When we’re done, you’ll be able to decide if your next catch is “a keeper.” Some come onboard with us as we become pro anglers.

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • Tra-Digital Storytelling

    by CurlyTeach

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    Learn to blend the traditional art form of storytelling through puppetry with it's digital counterpart. I loved puppets as a child and have returned to seeing the importance of using them to tell stories to and with our children today. We need to blend where they are in this digital world with those traditional stories and hands-on building skills to transport students back to the wondrous world of stories. You can use various programs on the iPod, iPad, PC and MAC to tell digital stories using various types of puppets. Not every child wants to be on camera but would gladly tell a story using a puppet if given the opportunity. You can even tell the story from the puppets point of view for a new perspective or take a journey to a foreign land. Hey - put Discovery Content in the background and who knows where you can go!

    Presented by Conni Mulligan

    At 10:00am to 10:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • iStoryTelling K-8

    by Karen Ogen

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    Learn how iPad apps can engage your students in the writing process. I will show you many FREE and low-cost apps that can be used for pre-writing, brainstorming, storytelling, storywriting, and publishing. Many of the apps I will share can be used in the classroom whether you have one iPad, a few in a writing station, or an iPad for every student.

    Presented by Karen Ogen

    Presentation: http://www.lexrich5.org/webpages...

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • Make a Penny Cry: Resource Building and Sharing

    by Carletta Hurt

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    School budgets are tight. Teachers are expected to do more with less – time and money. How do you stretch a dollar? Is that penny crying enough tears to make it to the end of December? There are thousands of ways to engage students with technology that is free or extremely low cost. Where is it? Let’s take a look at 5 programs that you can use today in your classroom that will propel you and your students well into the 21st Century and beyond.

    Presented by Carletta Hurt

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • STEM Connected

    by Max Brooks, Eric S and Francisco P

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    Most of you know all about the DEN. But, did you know that we are also building and growing our Discovery Student Network (DSN) that allows students to connect with one another and share THEIR passion for technology and learning?

    This past summer two high schoolers had the unprecedented opportunity to intern with the Discovery Communications IT Department. During this session, they will be sharing their experience with other local students who are part of the DSN and are interested in Digital Media, STEM, College/Career Preparation, and Social Networking. We will wrap up with more info about how the Discovery Student Network is expanding!

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Saturday 20th October

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  • Stretching Teaching Expanding Minds

    by Florentia Spires

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    The program will highlight the New Rhythm in Our Nation as it relates to STEM Education. It will help viewers understand the impetus behind the change in Science education to include technology, and applied math concepts intuitively in every lesson. Viewers will understand that STEM Education is project based on application of science, technology, engineering and mathematical domains instead of the traditional pedagogical approach of reading and answering the questions. They will understand the rigor and vigor of STEM Education is vital to our youth as we prepare them for 21st Century careers and civic engagement. Despite the challenges that seem insurmountable to some parents, they will witness intellectual growth in problem solving as they learn the skill of delving more into content matters to become deeper thinkers not just recipients of information. Viewers will gain awareness of how they can stimulate youth in their community gearing them up for the rigor of STEM Education in the community that engages students in activities where problem solving is part of the norm and not just a treat. In the event that STEM Education has not reach the community school of the viewers, they will be able to direct the type of learning that emulates STEM education interim.

    Presented by Florentia Spires

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Saturday 20th October

  • Midday Keynote: The Simplest and Most Powerful Learning Technology: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

    by Dan Rothstein

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    This session is brought to you by Intel's Curiosity in the Classroom.

    The skill of question formulation is a foundational skill that makes all learning possible across all disciplines, levels and ages. Educators have long understood the importance of questions and receive some training in how to craft questions to stimulate student thinking. But, how do we teach this sophisticated skill to our students?

    Dan Rothstein, who has twenty years of experience developing what are nationally recognized as the most effective ways for teaching the skill of question formulation and is the Co-Author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011), will lead an interactive keynote webinar that will give you an experience in the deceptively simple Question Formulation Technique™ (QFT™). Educators around the world who are using the QFT often report about their transformed classrooms where students learn to produce their own questions, improve their questions and strategize on how to use them. As students begin to use the QFT, they become more engaged, take greater ownership of their learning and actually learn more.

    Dan will demonstrate how the QFT can be easily integrated into the on-going work in any classroom. He will also discuss the small, but significant change in practice the QFT requires of you and your students. You will be able to immediately use the QFT in your classroom. Your students will get more excited about learning and you’ll get to enjoy watching their excitement

    For more information on how to use the Question Formulation Technique in the classroom go to our website www.rightquestion.org.

    Other resources:
    http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/507

    About the presenter:
    Dan Rothstein is the Co-Director of The Right Question Institute and the Co-Author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011). He is a graduate of Harvard College with a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a Fulbright Scholar and a National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow. In his work with colleagues at the Right Question Institute, he has designed and implemented innovative, participatory learning programs and curricula that have demonstrated through a range of assessments, including a NIH-funded randomized control trial, the cognitive, affective and behavioral changes that result from people learning to ask their own questions.

    At 12:00pm to 12:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Ignite Student Learning:Technology and STEM Vocabulary Integration

    by Rebecca Christian

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    This session will provide methods for the integrating STEM vocabulary and technology. Emphasis will be placed on strategies to assist struggling readers in STEM Literacy schemata development. Students in middle school encounter informational text related to STEM frequently. Among those middle school students who struggle with reading, the acquisition of STEM vocabulary is often a challenge. Providing students opportunities to integrate technology and STEM vocabulary can assist students in becoming more proficient readers. As a reading specialist in my current school, I collaborate with four content area teachers (Math, Science, Social Studies, English) to integrate content vocabulary into the reading classes for grades 6, 7, and 8. This approach has helped students forge more durable connections among the content areas. Readers within our school population range from beginning readers to above grade level. Over the years, vocabulary strategies have been adapted to support the needs of our diverse student population.

    Presented by Rebecca Christian

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • No Facebook or Twitter: Using social media concepts to teach the content

    by Elaine Plybon

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    Many educators have found the use of social media in their classroom to be a useful resource. But what does an educator do when social media websites are blocked by district or campus filters? This session will provide ideas on how to use the concepts of social media to facilitate content acquisition, while increasing student engagement and providing opportunities for discussions about digital citizenship. Whether your filter is ironclad or flexible, this presentation will provide you with resources.

    Presented by Elaine Plybon

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Primary Digital Portfolios

    by Kathy Cassidy

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    Primary students, too, can have digital portfolios that allow them to reflect and record their learning. Just like their older counterparts, young learners want to showcase their learning for a wide audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. There are safe and effective ways to do this. We’ll look at age-appropriate tools and apps that can be used to demonstrate learning as well as primary portfolio examples.

    Presented by Kathy Cassidy

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • The Power of Platform Agnostic in the Classroom

    by David Phillips

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    Apps that can be used any where, any time, on any device are powerful tools for every teacher. In this session, we'll demonstrate how they can be used by teachers who have access to a computer lab, stationary or portable and how student devices can extend learning everywhere kids roam. I'll show examples of my own students' work and show participants how to build lessons using these tools.

    Presented by David Phillips

    At 1:00pm to 1:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Accessibility on the iPad

    by starden

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    How to get the iPad to do more than apps. ibook Author showcases voice over feature and epub that can read documents when the accessibility feature of voice dictation is turned on. What about closed captioning on the iPad - learn the tricks using Discovery Education videos. What are epub book and how do you create digital storytelling using apps and images using DE. How do you text using your voice with iMessage or other apps. Learn the steps on creating karaoke using Discovery songs or teach reading using Discovery songs. What a wealth of assets that are available only if you know how to search for resources. What savings are available when you create your own content or edit and use DE materials. All these differentiation for those at risk and special needs students. Learn how the iPad can be a worth of knowledge only if you knew what to do with it.

    Presented by Linda Rush

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Connecting Your Students to the World Through the Common Core

    by Keith Schroeder

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    Digital, information and citizenship literacy are at the heart of the common core. We can make the common core come alive in our classrooms by connecting your students with other classrooms around the world. This session will take a look at some of the tools to make those connections, and examine some best practices for making those digital connections work for you and your students.

    Presented by Keith Schroeder

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Hi, I'm David and I'm an APPoholic!

    by David Fisher

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    Wonder what's on an APPoholic's iPad and how those apps are used? Now is your chance to find out! You'll learn how a great collection of apps, for all curricular areas and more, can greatly improve how and what your students learn. The best part: EVERY APP IS FREE! Join me for this fun-filled, creative learning experience, and then, go shopping! They're FREE!

    Presented by David Fisher

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • SCRATCHing to the 21st Century

    by Eileen Malick

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    SCRATCH was developed by MIT for very young children to be able to program, but has been ear-marked as an elementary school products that is too simplistic for middle and high school students... but not any more! The inherent SCRATCH programming interface is actually the key to 21st century education on the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy. SCRATCH's drag-and-drop blocks resemble MIT App Inventor interfaces for creating apps on Android Phones. You are not type-type-typing code, you are creating visual structures for complex computer science functions that you can transfer the understanding into other programming languages.

    You can also program physical robots with Scratch! Robots are mechanical mobile devices with software programming and sensors, and SCRATCH and LEGO WeDos provide both!
    Directly plug in the LEGO WeDo USB to the computer with pre-loaded free SCRATCH, and the drag-and-drop robotics components will automatically appear in SCRATCH. If you have a motor raising and lowering, you need to put an interface on the screen to explain what is happening, and if the interface is interactive, we are hitting the core-level of robotics understanding that originally was going over student's heads with LEGO Mindstorm NXTs because the software-hardware-interaction was not immediate. The robotic LEGO WeDo components that work in SCRATCH are a Distance Sensor, The Tilt Sensor, and a Rotating Motor.

    The combination of elementary SCRATCH and elementary LEGO WeDo can tap the interest of all students from the elementary all the way to the high school level.

    Presented by Eileen Malick

    At 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Saturday 20th October

  • Closing Keynote - Finding Your Spark

    by Dennis Grice

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    William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” A good teacher can be the spark that lights a fire in their students. Learn about technology and web tools and discover how find that spark and fan it into a fire that can spread to your students and your fellow teachers.

    About the Presenter:
    Dennis Grice is a Technology Coordinator at St. John’s Lutheran School in Orange, California where his mission is not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology to teach. He is also a STAR Discovery Educator, Member of the LCMS Technology Cabinet, TEC21 Workshop Facilitator, and has shared his passion for integrating technology and curriculum at workshops and conferences across the country.

    At 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday 20th October

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