Previously Accepted 2020 Sessions and Descriptions

Unfortunately, our 2020 conference was cancelled due to COVID. The sessions listed below were scheduled for the 2020 conference. We anticipate offering some of these session, plus additional sessions, during our 2021 Virtual Event.

7:45 – 8:45 a.m. — Check-in

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9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. – Room 102

Welcome and Opening Session

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9:50 – 10:40 a.m. (select one session to attend)

 

9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 102

Computational Thinking and CT Statute 19-128

Michael Young

UCONN

Andrew Cochran

UCONN

Stephen Slota

UCONN

In this presentation, we will discuss a new CT State Statute regarding teachers at all grades integrating concepts from Computer Science into their instruction. Various programmable robots using Scratch and other programming tools can provide curriculum enrichment and opportunities for teachers at all levels to supplement their existing lessons with ideas about computational thinking. The logic of the new statute mixes in to traditional computer science instruction the need for regular classroom teachers to be prepared to introduce computer science topics within their grade-level curriculum. This session will invite discussion of this approach.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms:  
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Blockly, Shero Edu
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 206

Book Trailers to Promote Literacy

Lisa Zielinski

Jane Ryan Elementary School

Using book trailers to commmunicate the excitement of reading while promoting favorite, new, and diverse books will be discussed at this workshop. Digital book trailers, book talks, or digital storytelling are examples of 21st century information skills in practice. Both students and teachers can create high interest book trailers using numerous apps, sites, and any film editing software to encourage reading in your communities.  Participants will leave with a basic understanding of how to implement this creative, leveled up literacy teaching tool. Tools for finding and using copyright free images will also be shared.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: I-Movie, Powtoon, Animoto, Pixaby, Flickr, Picsforlearning.com, Schooltube, Easybib, Royalty free music, Creative Commons
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 202

Coding to Kindness: Social-Emotional Skills and Coding in Early Childhood

Valerie Sousa

Meadow Brook School

This presentation will allow educators to take a look at the foundational steps to beginning coding/programming in Early Childhood. Even if you are not an Early Childhood educator but new to teaching these skills, it is a great way to start coding/programming in your classroom. During my experience as a teacher, I noticed coding lends itself nicely to teaching many important social-emotional skills. The presentation will go in depth with lessons on how to embed those social-emotional skills into different coding activities that are both tech and non-tech based.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Scratch Jr., Kodable, & code.org
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice,

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 205

Using Google Keep for Research and Organization

Brenda Windsor

Daniels Farm Elementary School

Google Keep is a free extension that allows students to take notes while reading online and/or offline resources. It will document where the information originated and help keep students organized. Using Google Keep allows for quick and efficient transfer to Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Drawing. Notes are able to be worked on collaboratively and shared with teachers for assessing, support, and documentation of growth. Google Keep can also be used to document annotated notes on students work habits, growth, and touch points from conferences. I even use Google Keep to organize my receipts! Participants will create an account, create some basic labels, and practice taking notes, inputting notes into other applications, sharing notes, and collaborating. Hands on presentation!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Keep, Google Drawing, Google Sheets, Google Docs
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 201

Using Voki and FlipGrid to Enhance Instruction

James Dzwonchyk

George Hersey Robertson School

Torrie Phillips

George Hersey Robertson School

Looking to add some spark to your instruction and create ownership among the students? Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. It makes students’ characters come alive!  FlipGrid is a website/app that allows teachers and students to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions regarding focused topics. Learn how to use basic features for these programs to use your classroom instruction!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Voki, FlipGrid
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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9:50 a.m. – 10:40 p.m. – Room 301

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Jessica Cullen

New Canaan High School

Emily Hernberg

New Canaan High School

Virtual reality’s ability to engage users and simulate real world environments has the potential to transform the education sector; however, we have only scratched the surface in exploring how VR can support student learning. This presentation will discuss how VR was used in a high school English classroom to transform a traditional lesson on setting into an immersive classroom experience. Students used the application CoSpaces to recreate an important setting in a novel, then experienced their 3D recreations in VR to discuss the setting’s symbolic nuances. We will also discuss how students used VR to take virtual tours online.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms:  Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: CoSpaces
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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10:40 – 10:50 a.m. — Break

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10:50 – 11:40 a.m. (select one session to attend)

 

10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 205

Bringing Content to Life with Virtual Reality

Sarah Harris

Wethersfield Public Schools

Karen Marshall

Wethersfield Public Schools

Virtual reality is highly engaging and inspires inquiry, critical thinking, and genuine excitement about content in learners of all ages. VR and AR platforms can allow students to visit cities and towns around the globe, immerse themselves in the setting of their favorite book, explore the intricacies of cells and human organs, and virtually “travel” to historic sites and museums. During this hands-on workshop, participants will explore low-cost options for integrating virtual and augmented reality technology into grades 2-12 classrooms using Google applications and other free tools designed to expand classroom walls and bring content to life!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Street View, Google Expeditions, Sites In VR, Google Earth
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 201

Energize Your Curriculum: Quick and Easy Ways to Bring Teaching and Learning to Life

Veronica Lima

Darien High School

Allyson Power

Darien High School

This interactive session will introduce 3-4 handy tech tools and apps that work to encourage authentic language production, highlight student creativity and facilitate collaboration in any classroom. Participants will be introduced to apps that can be used for daily interaction and meaningful practice, comprehension checks and even culminating projects. In addition, participants will learn how to design assignments that will put students at the center of creative control. There will be time to play/create so that you leave with fresh ideas that can be incorporated into your classes the next day with minimal preparation!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Spark Post/Pages, Pic collage, Chatter Pix, Video VOV, Voki
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Intermediate,

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 101

Explain Everything . . . with Explain Everything

Sarah Meyer

Simsbury High School

Melissa Leonard

Simsbury High School

Explain Everything is an App for the iPad that allows you to create videos. This is a great tool for flipped lessons, or for when you’re out of the classroom—say, at a conference! 😉 Bring your iPad!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Explain Everything
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 202

How the Dash Robot Can Bring STEM to your Classroom

Bryan Marchinkoski

Simsbury Public Schools

Jill Vanvoorhis

Central School

A second grade measurement unit was enhanced to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students utilized the scientific method to think about how to get their robot, Dash, home on the quickest path possible after coding it with the Blockly app.  You will receive lesson materials and ideas of how to incorporate Dash into math units. Also learn how these lessons spread to all 5 elementary schools and every second grade classroom in the district.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Blockly
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Mathematics, Science, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 206

Taming the Chaos in Teaching Tech – Routines, Procedures, and Peer Teaching

Bonnie Smithers

Preston Veterans Memorial School

Does chaos erupt in your classroom when you put devices in students’ hands? Was anyone watching your instructions? A common pitfall of introducing new technologies to students is that some students have more prior knowledge than others, causing divergent success in getting on task. This presentation will outline how to establish routines so that students learn to use technology efficiently without losing important learning time. Learn how to leverage the power of peer teaching to increase students’ time-on-task.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Apple Classroom, Seesaw, Quizlet, Book Creator
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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10:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. – Room 301

Using Technology to Enhance Learning

Guy Pratt

Darien High School

Peter Alfano

Darien High School

Technology allows students to become creators, collaborate with peers, and demonstrate knowledge in multiple ways. Technology does not have to replace paper and pencil, but it can add elements to the conversation of learning. We will review how the use of several different apps in a freshman biology course have enhanced the way students are demonstrating knowledge, allowing them to create an end product that moves and is three-dimensional. Examples will be given of before and after the incorporation of technology, focusing on how different apps on the iPad have not necessarily changed the objective of the lesson, but have enhanced and added elements to student learning. Participants will have an opportunity to explore and ask specific questions about using the specific apps featured, depending on their interest, as well as brainstorm ways they may be able to use the apps in their own classrooms.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Book Creator, FlipGrid, Stop Motion Studio and Explain Everything.
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Science
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. — Lunch

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1:10 pm – 2:00 pm (select one session to attend)

 

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 205

Educational Impact of iPads 24-7-365

Chris Robbins

Nayaug Elementary

Tom Griffin

Nayaug Elementary

FLEXIBILITY, CREATIVITY and PERSONALIZED learning awaits school districts that take the innovative step to send devices home with students. Allowing students access to the devices inside and outside of school creates a continuity of learning. Learning doesn’t end with the school day. In this presentation we will use the SAMR model to show teachers  ways to substitute, augment, modify, and eventually redefine what is possible for their students. Using real student and classroom examples with several iPad apps, teachers and administrators will understand the educational benefits and learning potential of each student inside as well as outside of the classroom.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Explain Everything, Epic, Google Suite, Nearpod, Discovery Education, Imovie, Biblonasium, Star Walk, Garage Band, Sketches, Readworks, Quizziz, Seesaw, Classcraft, Prodigy…and so much more
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 206

Engaging Students with Coding & Robotics in Lesson Plans: Unplugged and Plugged Activities

Laura McCaffrey

Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Schools

Liz Plasky

St. Mary School

Amy McKearney

Corpus Christi

This presentation will demonstrate how the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are integrating coding & robotics into lesson plans by grade level and subject area. We will show both unplugged & plugged lessons teachers can use to integrate coding & robotics into lesson plans. The presentation will cover why coding is important and provide examples by grade level & subject area for unplugged & plugged activities. Attendees will leave the session with examples of how to bring coding and robotics into their lesson plans and examples of unplugged & plugged activities for grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Blocky, Wonder, Scratch Jr., Scratch, Code.org, Cue
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 301

Extensions of Extensions – Customizing Google Chrome to Make it Work Better For You

Steven Turgeon

Simsbury High School

Michael McKenna

Simsbury High School

Google Chrome is versatile browser with an ever-growing population of Extensions to make navigating the web easier and more accessible for teachers and students. This session will review the powers available among a collection of Google Chrome extensions, including new options these extensions make available through tools like Read&Write, Google Classroom, Mercury Reader, Keep, and more. Though this session will focus on application from a Middle/High School perspective, these universal tools can aid teachers at any level.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Chrome, Mercury Reader, Google “Share to Classroom”, Read&Write, Keep, Typio
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 201

Getting Started with Seesaw

Kathy McNeiece

Hamden Hall Country Day School

Want to engage your students? Do you want to keep track of their progression through the course of the year? Want a way to share work with parents? Of course you do! Activate student learning with Seesaw, an online student portfolio. Seesaw is the best platform for empowering students to demonstrate and share learning. In this hands on course, we will explore a variety of powerful tools that help students show what they know in the way that works best for them.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice,

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 101

iMovie, Clips, Chatterpix – The Power of Movie Making in the Classroom

Theresa Welch

Beardsley School – Bridgeport, CT

Our students (and many of us for that matter!) are great consumers of content. However, creating content is a true measure of whether someone understands a topic—and students LOVE creating movies! Learn about how to use iMovie, Clips and Chatterpix in the classroom as powerful storytelling tools for students to demonstrate learning. Additionally, learn how you can also use Keynote to create movies without any of those apps!

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: ChatterKid, iMovie, Clips, Keynote
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Room 202

Tech Tools and Your Lesson Plan

Nicole Truhart

St. Rita School

Cheryl Panzo

East Shoreline Catholic Academy

Make students creators with technology, not always consumers. This presentation will show how different technology tools can be integrated into lesson plans and support curriculum. Examples of how coding and robotics can take the lesson plan to the next level will be shared. Instead of students writing reports or making posters, Bee Bots, Dash, Sphero, Scratch, Scratch Jr. and more can be used to enhance the lesson plans. This will be an interactive session using task cards and devices to model classroom activities. You will leave with an idea you can implement this school year.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Blockly, Scratch, Scratch Jr., Sphero Edu
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate,

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2:00 – 2:10 p.m. — Break

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2:10 – 3:00 p.m. (select one session to attend)

 

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 101

8 Years with iPads: IMHO

Valerie DiLorenzo

Rumsey Hall School

Find out what TTFIO is. Explore some apps that thrill AND teach. I attended the very first Neag iPad Conference back in 2012 with an iPad that was put in my hands two days prior. I am excited to return after several years to share what’s worked (and its limitations) in my K- 9 library and school over the past eight years where information literacy is at the heart of the curriculum. This presentation will include several apps and will save some time for tips and tricks too.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users,
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: A variety of apps will be discussed and shared
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 201

Empowering Independent Learning and Family Engagement with Seesaw

Ratosha McBride

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)

Gayle Hills

CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School

Jennifer Dorlini

CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School

Seesaw allows educators to easily empower students to create, reflect, share, collaborate, ignite excitement, and increase accountability for learning. Students are able to show and share what they know through photos, videos, audio, digital drawings, images, text, PDFs, and links. Families are immediately notified of student submissions, and able to explore and comment on their child’s learning experiences in real-time! Participants will view real-life examples being used in schools/districts; hear from schools that describe the impact of Seesaw in their learning environment; and review analytics and examples from several schools using Seesaw for Schools over a 2 – 3 year period.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Seesaw Learning Journal
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: K 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 301

Mathtastic Google

Emily Robinson

Coventry High School

Jennifer Faenza

Coventry High School

This presentation will explore some of the math-specific features of Google that can be used in the classroom. The presentation will include tips and tricks for Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Sites. Participants will have the opportunity to try out the features throughout the presentation.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Sites
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Mathematics, Science, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

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2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Room 205

Maximizing PBL Through WeVideo

Jeffrey Spivey

Coventry Public Schools

When looking at all the various ways to promote project-based learning, one that always pops out at teachers is creating videos. WeVideo is a cloud-based platform that enables students to create, collaborate, share and showcase authentic videos. Come and see how you can use WeVideo to create and share class lessons or have students create their own presentations.

  • This session is appropriate for the following platforms: iPad users, Users of personal devices other than iPads, Users of Chromebook (cloud-based) laptops
  • App(s) featured in this presentation include: WeVideo
  • This presentation is appropriate for the following grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Content from this presentation can be applied to the following: Administration, Art, Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Special Education
  • Individuals with the following skill levels will find this presentation useful: Novice, Intermediate, Expert

 

Note: This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.