Monday, March 26, 2018 • 1:30 – 5:00 PM
W1: Invention Kit
Author: David Slykhuis, James Madison University, USA & Glen Bull, University of Virginia, USA
Abstract: Participants will learn how to incorporate engineering principles into their science methods courses by completing the construction of invention kits. These kits will be free of charge and participants can keep them following the workshop.
W2: Leading the Way: Preparing Teacher Candidates for Blended Learning
Author: Jayme Linton, Lenoir-Rhyne University, USA & David Schouweiler, Lenoir-Rhyne University, USA
Abstract: This hands-on, minds-on design workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss, explore, critique, and reflect on methods and resources for preparing teacher candidates for success in blended learning environments The goal of this session is building capacity in teacher educators to prepare teacher candidates for innovative K-12 settings Participants will discuss what blended learning is and is not, view examples from K-12 blended classrooms, and explore methods and resources for preparing teacher candidates to design and facilitate instruction in blended settings
W3: Engaging Digital Natives in an Educational Setting
Author: Shonda Brooks, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA & Tarrah Davis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Abstract: One of the biggest problems facing education today is the Digital Immigrant teaching the Digital Native. According to research, students of today are not being adequately instructed because a majority of their teachers are not utilizing 21st century learning techniques. The current generation of students were born into this digital age; their lives consist of computers, video games, digital music players, smartphones, and other technologies. Unless Digital Immigrants are aware of the differences and consciously work to overcome them, the differences in communication can be a hindrance to learning in the classroom. Immediate and effective educational reform is required if school systems hope to adequately teach Digital Natives. Using various free and widely available technologies, educators can transform their learning environments from stagnant places of rote memory that do not engage Digital Natives to dynamic spaces that engross, support, and challenge learners. Digital Natives are used to instant and unfettered access to information, multitasking, dynamic graphics, and nonlinear learning. Digital Immigrants will explore and apply digital resources to create innovative and meaningful learning environments to accommodate the needs of diverse Digital Natives.
W4: Expanding the Walls of the Classroom: Creating a Digital Learning Portfolio Using Google Sites
Author: Gabrielle Read, University of Louisville, USA
Abstract: Expand the walls of your classroom! Students and teachers of all ages can create a digital learning portfolio to share with family, friends, and for potential interviews and applications In this 35 hour BYOL-Bring Your Own Laptop session, participants will create an online learning portfolio using Google Sites This workshop is appropriate for all levels of technology learners
Participants have the option to create a digital learning portfolio for “Max/Maxine”, a fictitious student in their classroom to showcase their work Or, for a younger environment of learners (elementary/middle school), a teacher managed classroom page In this session, step-by-step instructions will be provided, as well as a resource site with “help” videos and tutorials By the end of this session, participants will be able to walk away with a model site and the tools needed to implement a digital learning portfolio within their own levels of instruction The possibilities are endless!
With Google Sites, students have the opportunity to share their hard work and creativity with whom they chose from anywhere in the world From elementary, middle, secondary, to higher education, learn to equip your students with the best technologies to make them standout out above the rest!