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August 1-2, 2019

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New Literacies [clear filter]
Thursday, August 1
 

9:00am

Workshop 1-Embedding STEAM experiences in the Classroom
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as gateways to  guiding student inquiry and critical thinking. The goal of a STEAM approach is to develop learners who are eager to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and design creative solutions. This workshop will explore activities that embed engineering and technology into the Math, Science, and Art classrooms. Participants will engage with several hands-on examples of challenges and will explore a number of resources to help them design their own curricular materials.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Helfant

Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator curricular/pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Coordinator of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W132

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 1- The Zombie Invasion: How to Build Engagement & Cross Curricular Connections
Often as educators, we fall into the trap of teaching our content in isolation and powering through it to meet external deadlines. These pressures often cause us to miss critical opportunities to infuse engaging activities, add depth of knowledge to our lessons and create"bigger" real world connections for our students. Our 4th Grade team utilized an overarching Zombie theme to bring in the fun for their students while covering all of the needed learning outcomes. Best of all, no one ever lost a day of instructional time. Let us show you how grade level projects and activities can be constructed without an immense amount of time or cost.

Speakers
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Rebecca Dearolph

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Rebecca is the Innovation Specialist for Woodward Academy’s Primary School and adores helping their staff create unique learning experiences for their staff and students. 
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Susan Fisher

Innovation Specialist, Woodward Academy
Susan and Rebecca are the Innovation Specialist for Woodward Academy’s Lower School and adore helping their staff create unique learning experiences for their staff and students. Both have extensive experience presenting and in professional development.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W126

11:35am

Concurrent Sessions 2-Add a Content-Area Course to Your Language Trip
Adding a content-area course to your language trip can increase enrollment and enrich student learning. The presenters developed a trip to Germany in which students also earn credit in environmental science. Discussion will include how to create an interdisciplinary course within a language trip that complements both culture and course content.    The trip is led by the language teacher, while the course is taught concurrently by a science teacher. Due to its interdisciplinary nature and the opportunity to earn course credit, the trip attracts more students. Presenters will show participants how to: select a relevant course, choose sites in the target country to optimize immersive learning on site, prepare material for on-the-road instruction, and successfully advertise the trip to students.     Outcomes:  1. Participants can design a trip to the target country that allows students to earn credit in a discipline other than the language.   2. Participants can design a trip itinerary that lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration with a content-area course.   3. Participants can identify a potential interdisciplinary partner at their institution.   4. Participants can craft a pitch to recruit students for an interdisciplinary trip.  

Speakers
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Caitlin Ishibashi

Teacher, Woodward Academy
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Ben Shivers

German Teacher, Woodward Academy
I teach German and sponsor Model UN at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. I am a leadership development junkie and public transit nerd. I have a passion for quality speechmaking and would love to help you design your next speaking engagement.


Thursday August 1, 2019 11:35am - 12:20pm
W200.1

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Create Dashboards, Toolkits and Apps with Google Sheets
Learn to create an app, toolkit, or dashboard for your classroom or school using nothing but a Google Sheet, a little bit of HTML/CSS and your imagination.  Attendees will be introduced to Awesome-Table and Glide as ways to visualize and interact with spreadsheet data in the form of custom built web apps...without a single line of code!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Petitto

Robert Petitto

Innovation and Technology Specialist, Woodward Academy
Robert Petitto, a former High School Spanish teacher from the Chicago suburbs, has had the role of Innovation and Instructional Technology Specialist for Woodward Academy for the past 3 years. In his previous role as Instructional Technology Coordinator, he had presented at numerous... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
W126

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Leveraging Library Resources
Join the librarians of Woodward Academy as we delve into all of the resources the library has to offer to enrich the curriculum, to support class projects, and to engage learners. We will cover best practices for teaching information literacy skills in today's educational environment. In addition, we will review age appropriate citation guides for different grade levels and our latest scope and sequence for library skills K-12 and how these have been adapted based on the new AASL standards and what that means for teachers and students.  

Speakers
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Ann Haber

Head Librarian, Woodward Academy
I am passionate about the power of librarians and children's literature and the difference they can make in preparing students as lifelong readers, learners, and productive global citizens. Beginning my 16th year as a librarian at Woodward Academy, I now enjoy the enlightening and... Read More →
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Amy Walker

Media Specialist, Woodward Academy
avatar for Jennifer Inmon

Jennifer Inmon

Library Media Specialist, Woodward Academy Lower School
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Mary Brown

Librarian, Woodward Academy North


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Carlos Science Center Atrium

12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 2-Tangible Programming
Today, more than ever, students are being encouraged to learn how to program. We now know that computational thinking is a skill that will benefit students in every aspect of education. Millions of students are now learning how to code, but there is still a lot of work to do to make it truly a new literacy. There has been a wide variety of research to show that tangible programming is one of the best ways to teach young students this valuable skill. By putting toys that students are already used to using in their hands (for example blocks and legos), they are more likely to think freely and learn the skill faster. In this session, we will explore a variety of tools that foster tangible programming. Come learn how these hands on tools can teach even your youngest students how to program!      

Speakers
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Beth Wardlaw

Technology Integration Coordinator, Darlington School
Beth has served as technology integration coordinator since 2015. She holds a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Shorter College and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. At Darlington, she has received the Brown Faculty Award and was a recipient of... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
W135

1:20pm

Workshop 2-Design Thinking
Learn how to help students and colleagues tackle big problems with a process that can handle a variety of situations. Used both in the humanities and in STEM fields, Design Thinking allows individuals to employ creativity and innovation with purpose. This session will familiarize participants with the Design Thinking process, offer examples from a variety of classrooms, and provide materials for attendees to continue their study on their own. We will share tools and resources from a wide variety of design thinking initiatives that can be used to help manage brainstorming, divergent and convergent thinking, and be implemented in a variety of contexts in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Mittler

Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn has had the opportunity to create and implement numerous pedagogical initiatives. She has presented on a variety of topics from “Coaching in the Classroom” to “Taking Empathy to Action” to “Engaging 21st Century... Read More →


Thursday August 1, 2019 1:20pm - 3:45pm
W121
 
Friday, August 2
 

9:00am

Workshop 1-Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
How can computer science and engineering-based curricula effectively be adopted in the early education classroom environment? What type of instructional supports can be utilized to support students’ learning that do not also require a steep learning curve for teachers? This workshop provides hand-on exercises for giving resources to teachers, administrators, and technology specialists to address this. We will introduce participants to a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. Please bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W200.2 Makerspace

9:00am

Workshop 1-Spider Web Discussions Explained and Implemented
Based-on Alexis Wiggins book, The Best Class You Never Taught: How Spider Web Discussions Can Turn Students into Learning Leaders, this session will demonstrate how the spider web discussion strategy gets 4-12th grade students to engage in a student-driven, higher level of discourse. We will begin with participants engaging in a Spider Web discussion themselves, then move through the creation of their own expectations for their students. From pre-discussion routines to discussion to post-discussion evaluation and reflection, this session will arm you will the tools to walk into your class and start this process with your students on the first day. Tools to help monitor student participation like Equity Maps will be used. Further applications will be examined as well as use in both middle and upper school settings.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Mittler

Lynn Mittler

JK-12 English Department Chair, MICDS
With over twenty years of experience in the classroom, Lynn has had the opportunity to create and implement numerous pedagogical initiatives. She has presented on a variety of topics from “Coaching in the Classroom” to “Taking Empathy to Action” to “Engaging 21st Century... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
W135

1:15pm

Workshop 2-Engaging Children in Early STEM Education Through Tangibles and Games
How can computer science and engineering-based curricula effectively be adopted in the early education classroom environment? What type of instructional supports can be utilized to support students’ learning that do not also require a steep learning curve for teachers? This workshop provides hand-on exercises for giving resources to teachers, administrators, and technology specialists to address this. We will introduce participants to a number of resources that educators can incorporate into their early childhood classroom for teaching STEM concepts. This includes tangibles, math games, and coding apps, with curriculum that can be easily adopted for use. Please bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard

Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an educator, researcher, and innovator, Dr. Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 3:45pm
W200.2 Makerspace