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Technology Gold Mine Sessions
April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Gold Mine Sessions
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Optional Networking lunch
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
ADVIS Members - No charge for AM Gold Mine, $15 per person for networking lunch.
Non-Members pay $120 per person.
La Salle College High School
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA 19038
For written directions visit
Director of Professional Development
ADVIS Social Media
Our sincere thanks to ADVIS
Preferred Event Partner
Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
) for its generous support.
This program is graciously supported by funding from
Technology Gold Mines
During this 75 minute-long Gold Mine Session, you choose the four topics that meet your needs best. In one auditorium seven presenters host their own tables, leaving room for nine attendees to sit down and learn from the experience of an independent school “expert” colleague. These intimate, 15-minute, information-packed gold mines focus directly on important themes, details, problems, and solutions. After 15 minutes, move on to another speaker who will share insights on your next favorite topic. Meet a total of four innovators who can address your most pressing needs.
Table Topics and Leaders Include:
Table 1: Augmented Reality - the WOW factor
Jill Lebiedzinski, Director of Educational Technology, Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary
Augmented reality is one of the newest technologies to be hitting classrooms. Instead of a square of lines, commonly known as a QR code, AR uses an actual image to connect the user with online content. Schools are using it in their yearbooks to add authentic video to the memory pages. Teachers are using it in their classrooms to share math lessons taught the same day. Students are using it to be reminded of directions in each center. Platforms like Aurasma and Daqri are raising the bar in technology integration.
Jill is the Director of Educational Technology at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary in Springhouse, PA. Jill has been a teacher in the Catholic school system for 8 years. In the summer, she is an instructor at the Connelly Foundation's Summer Tech Academy. At GMA, Jill is able to combine both her passion for teaching and her enthusiasm for using technology in the classroom.
Table 2: By Learning, You Will Tweet
Nancy Ironside, Middle School Teacher, Stratford Friends School
SESSION HANDOUT (PDF)
Twitter is a powerful tool for educators. Developing a world-wide PLN that is available at any hour to plan and problem-solve improves instruction. Moreover, Twitter is a valuable engine to increase student engagement. Discussing literature, asking questions, commenting during lessons and connecting with experts allow students to develop critical thinking skills, collaborate with one another and explore ideas like never before. Twitter use for class transfers the ownership of knowledge, thinking and ideas to all who participate, not just the teacher. This access empowers students to take charge of their own learning and develop critical thinking skills. This talk will focus on ways Twitter is being successfully used at Stratford Friends School to enable students to connect and engage with their classmates, teachers and the world.
Nancy Ironside has been teaching middle school for more than 12 years. An avid learner and self-described "nerdy teacher," she seeks ways to increase student engagement while building skills and promoting a desire to learn.
Table 3: Digital and Interactive Storytelling as Integral to the Learning Process
Emily Woodward, Lower School Library and Media Specialist, The Baldwin School
The 21st century student needs to communicate ideas with digital fluency. Combining this skill with the art of storytelling is central to the processes of reading and comprehension, today. From Kindergarten through fifth grade, and beyond, this session will empower educators to create and deliver rich learning experiences across content areas. Presentation will include discussion of lesson design, tools, and delivery, as well as finished examples of student work. Tools presented will include Storybird, Thinglink, CuriousWords, Glogster, HaikuDeck, iMovie, Wixie, Prezi, ShadowPuppet, Make Beliefs Comix, and Aurasma.
Emily earned her Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver and has worked in libraries for over 8 years, both Public as well as School Libraries. She has served on on several Tech Committees, including ones that created a "Tech Petting Zoo" to introduce new technology to staff members. She has given technology trainings to staff as well. Emily has also been involved with Professional Associations in the Library field including being on a Conference Committee for several years. She is currently the Lower School Librarian and Media Specialist at The Baldwin School.
Table 4: Exploring Physics and Technology: A Study in Teaching Kinematics To Student-Athletes
Loraine Snead, Science Department Chair and Physics Teacher, YSC Academy
SESSION SLIDES (PDF)
The need for interactive technologies that are engaging and relevant to the lives of K-12 students is becoming increasingly important to incorporate into physics curricula. Theoretical principles of kinematics can be brought to life by including activities that require manipulation and construction of knowledge. This chapter explores the use of Adidas Smart Ball technology and The Physics Education Technology (PHET) simulations in grades nine through twelve for student-athletes enrolled in a small private college preparatory Academy. The findings are centered on the development of a kinematics unit that incorporates four essential outcomes: higher-order thinking, engagement, ownership of learning and science literacy. This chapter further supports employing the interests and passions of students as the context for teaching STEM subject.
An accomplished leader in science education, Loraine brings over 15 years of dedicated advocacy for students and excellence in science education. She attended Georgia State University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Drexel University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Analytical Chemistry with a minor in Physics, Master’s degree in Science Education and a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Loraine worked at Wilmington Friends School, Charter School of Wilmington and Howard High School Vocational School in Wilmington, Delaware as a Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Technology Teacher, Department Chair and Grade Dean. Loraine has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Widener University where she taught General Chemistry courses. Loraine has a corporate background in research and development and marketing of specialty chemicals at Georgia Pacific Corporation in Atlanta, GA and Morton International Inc. in Danvers, MA.
Table 5: Flat Screens are the New Smart Boards… and More
Rob Johnson, Director of Multimedia Technology and Social Media, Chair of Information Sciences and Technology Department, La Salle College High School
In 2014, La Salle College High School made a commitment to begin updating their classroom multimedia to reflect the added benefits of their new student 1:1 initiative and over decade-long implementation of their faculty laptop program. These advancements in instruction led to the removal of SMART Boards and put more of a focus on the student and teacher devices with the new backbone of the instruction being an 80 inch HD TV and improved wireless infrastructure. This preswentation will provide an overview of this major shift to instruction at La Salle College High School.
Rob left Comcast SportsNet 7 years ago to become the Video Production Teacher and Moderator of WEXP TV Studio at La Salle College High School. In 2010 Rob was named Director of Multimedia Technology and was responsible for overseeing all multimedia elements for the school including classroom technology, digital signage, TV Studio and Web, including social media. Rob was recently named Chair of the newly created Information Sciences and Technology Department where he teaches three levels of multimedia courses. Rob received a BA in Communications from La Salle University, and an MS in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Table 6: How to Start Computer Programming at your School
Stephanie Falcone, Technology Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist, Hill Top Preparatory School
SESSION HANDOUT (PDF)
Computer programming at Hill Top Preparatory School caught fire with students and faculty alike starting with the Hour of Code in December 2014. This presentation looks at how programming at Hill Top Prep has expanded, the tools and courses they used to grow the program, and how faculty has adapted without specific coding background/knowledge themselves.
Stephanie is a technology teacher who loves tech, health, the outdoors, vizslas, and rollerblading. She has a Master’s of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Recreation Management from Penn State University, and currently holds two valid Pennsylvania teaching certificates. She collaborates with teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms, offers weekly ‘Tech Bytes’ during staff meetings, delivers monthly tech trainings, develops learning resources for teachers, parents, and students, manages the Technology Lab, and teaches Fundamentals of Web Design, Scratch Programming, and Digital Creation for Upper School students. Stephanie has been a classroom teacher for 10 years and specifically working with technology since 2009.
Table 7: Coding: The Innate Value of Teaching Coding and Computer Programming Starting at a Young Age and The Endless Opportunities for Cross-Curricular Application
Jonas Raab, Technology Education and Computer Science Teacher, The Independence School
SESSION HANDOUT (PDF)
In this day and age our students are spending more and more of their time online and in front of a screen. Whether it be through using a computer, television, phone or other device, they are ever immersed in the world of technology. However, most students (and adults) do not understand how that world works or that they too can learn to create in that space. As educators why not teach them to create instead of consume? Through teaching coding in schools we can help students to not just play on their devices, but program them. This can be started as early as Kindergarten and one does not have to be a professional computer programmer in order to teach it. This presentation will focus not just on the value of teaching coding as a skill, but the value of coding as it relates to other subject areas. Coding helps with math skills, geometry skills, general problem-solving skills, it helps students learn to work in groups and collaborate with peers, it sparks creativity and helps students think in a more analytical way. There are so many resources that we as educators can use to teach coding and work coding and computer programming into all subject areas. Believe it or not, you can even teach coding without a computer with “unplugged” activities. The question becomes not, “why do we teach coding?” but, “why are we not teaching coding?”
As Technology Education and Computer Science department chair and instructor at the Independence School in Newark, Delaware, Jonas Raab is responsible for the comprehensive technology curriculum for grades 1 through 8. Mr. Raab joined the Independence School in September 2012 and has helped take the Technology Education department to the next level by helping to write and implement a separate coding curriculum. He also runs summer video game programming camps at Independence.
Prior to Independence, Mr. Raab was vice president of The Raab Collection, a Philadelphia-based historical documents and autographs firm. His passion for teaching is undeniable and he enjoys researching coding curriculums outside of the classroom through organizations like Code.org, Scratch, Code Academy and many more.
Mr. Raab holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursing his Master's in elementary education from Wilmington University.
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