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2016 Technology Gold Mine Sessions
May 4, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Gold Mines - ROUND 1
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
10:45 to 11:00 AM
Gold Mines - ROUND 2
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Optional Networking lunch
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
- No charge for
AM program, $15 per person for
- $120 per person
for AM program, $135 per person
for AM program and lunch.
Registration Closes April 27th
The Baldwin School
Assembly Room - Main Residence
701 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Director of Professional Development
ADVIS Social Media
Technology Gold Mines Topics and Presenters
You choose the 8 sessions/topics (4 per round) that meet your needs best!
In one auditorium multiple 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 each of two rounds, for a total of eight sessions!
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
A Practical Look at a Hybrid Course in an Independent School
Adam Lavallee, The Episcopal Academy, Math and Economics Teacher
Come discuss what an actual hybrid course looks like in practice at an independent school. During this session, we will discuss the rationale of the course, course design, interactions during the course, and results. Questions and alternate approaches are welcome.
Adam Lavallee teaches mathematics and economics at The Episcopal Academy. He has spoken at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Conference (2015) and Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Biennial Conference (2014).
Arduinos motivating and captivating "Active" students
Dirk Parker, St. Peter's School, Science Teacher, Dir of Innovation
This gold mine session introduces participants to the use of technology to reach active students and promote excitement, persistence, focus and grit to students considered “active” or distracted.
Dirk Parker MEd, BS Animal Behavior, is currently an independent school teacher as well as Director of Innovation at St. Peter's School. He has over 15 years of teaching in independent schools and over 20 years of teaching experience overall. He has also worked as a social worker specializing in working with children with various interpersonal, social emotional and behavior issues.
Build a Makerspace and They Will Come... or Maybe Not!
Bob Sager, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, President/Founder
Schools across the country have spent billions on the design, development and ongoing maintenance of STEM, STEAM, MakerSpaces, innovations labs and more. Have they been successful in actually reaching their key target audience? Who is their key target audience? What have students learned by using these spaces? Hear some great ideas to help boost the ROI on your maker space investment.
Bob Sager is the founder and current President of Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, PAISBOA’s vendor of choice for technology support, management and training solutions for independent schools throughout the Philadelphia region. Bob has been providing consulting and support services in the commercial advertising and K-12 educational environment for over 24 years. During this time, Bob has also developed and presented hundreds of technology based instructional training programs and event lectures in a wide range of subjects.
Gamification: Using Classcraft
Amy Brown, Montgomery School, Middle School Language Arts Teacher; Technology Department Chair
Classcraft is a great online tool for motivating and engaging students by bringing role-playing into the classroom. It doesn't offer content; it is a game that is played alongside the current curriculum. It encourages teamwork and collaboration. In addition, it offers students real risks and rewards for their behaviors, making it a great behavior management tool.
Amy Brown teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, and serves as the Lower School Math Coach and the Chair of the Technology Department at Montgomery School. While Amy's undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Communications and Film, she is certified in Elementary Education, as well as Mid-Level Mathematics and Mid-Level English Language Arts. Amy is passionate about teaching and about technology. She loves finding new and effective ways to reach her students, and especially enjoys sharing strategies with other teachers.
Tinkering at Tatnall: Starting an Elementary Makerspace on a Shoestring Budget
Colleen Hoban and Heather Brooks, The Tatnall School, Technology teacher and Librarian
In this session, Colleen and Heather will provide a brief outline of their journey creating a makerspace at the Tatnall Lower School. They started with a morning tinker club and faculty exploration during the summer. Now, teachers are feeling more comfortable using the tinker lab on their own. They will share videos of the lab in use, show before and after pictures of the space, share projects the students have created, as well as share additional information about the makerspace movement.
Colleen Hoban is the Technology teacher and Heather Brooks is the Librarian in the Lower School at The Tatnall School. Together they have created the Tatnall Tinker Lab.
GoogleApps for Education: Using Google Classroom as a Living Document
Maryellen Troyer, Abington Friends School, International Student Support Specialist and ELL Teacher
SESSION HANDOUT 1.pdf
SESSION HANDOUT 2.pdf
How can students have access to continually updated resource information in one place? Join Maryellen Troyer as she shares how to use Google Classroom to create "living documents." Participants will have access to a model Google Classroom in order to see a real-time example of a "living document." Individuals will be invited to share pertinent experiences with Google Classroom, identify new opportunities for use of this application, and make connections to their personal practice setting.
Maryellen Troyer works with high-school students from China as an International Student Support Specialist and English Language Learning (ELL) Teacher at Abington Friends School. During her time as an ELL Teacher, Maryellen has worked with students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as adults at the post-secondary level and in the community, focusing mainly on supporting international students from Asia. Her passion for creating educational spaces where all students feel welcomed and empowered drives her to continue seeking new ways of helping students learn.
Integrating Computer Programming and Coding in Schools
Mary Gruber, The Swain School, Technology Instructor
Computer programming and coding is emerging as a vital component of computer science in education. Regardless of what future occupations students pursue, it is essential to expose them to coding and programming skills. Beyond skill sets, it encourages students to foster creativity and computational thinking while collaborating, inventing, and problem solving. No, you do not have to be a computer scientist to teach it in your classroom! Come see how Swain implemented a new coding program last year with free resources like Scratch and Code.org materials and expanded the program this year to include various coding websites, apps, Dash and Dot robots, after school coding clubs, and the Hour of Code! This session will assist teachers by providing lesson plans, activities, and event ideas to bring back to their respective schools.
Mary Gruber is the Technology Instructor at the Swain School. She completed her B.S. in Education at Kutztown University with a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in English. While teaching English, drama, and public speaking in various public schools (middle and high school), she earned a M.S. in Education from Wilkes College with a major in Classroom Technology. Her tenure at Swain began in the winter of 2005; she taught 8th grade European Civilizations and 7th grade English before transitioning into 6th and 7th grade English. In 2015, she became Swain’s Technology Instructor and collaborated weekly with teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms, offer individual training, troubleshoot tech issues, help manage the BYOD 1:1 iPad program in grades 5-8, manage the Technology Lab, and teach technology classes in grades PK-8. In addition, she organizes Swain’s Hour of Code participation and after school coding classes.
Move over Ben Franklin: Using Educreations in a 21st century classroom
Tyler Gaspich, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Math teacher
The current status of many mathematics classrooms can be summarized with one idea: if Benjamin Franklin was a student in our class today, he would feel very comfortable. The current trends in education push for students to think more abstractly, problem solve to a much higher degree, and collaborate effectively to achieve a common goal. The question arises: does an older pedagogical model of instruction reflect these 21st century needs? This session will unravel the benefits and challenges of a flipped classroom instructional model using the website Educreations in a high school and college environment. Highlights of this session feature baseline data on student attitude toward flipped classrooms, as well as a brief introduction to Educreations for any individual interested in flipping their classroom to some degree.
Tyler Gaspich attended Saint Joseph's University and received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in mathematics and secondary math education (with an emphasis on technology in the mathematics classroom). Tyler has been teaching high school math for almost 5 years now, and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater. His classroom utilizes a combination of "flipped classroom" and inquiry-based approaches, which promotes high levels of rigor and relevance.
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
So You Are Creating a Maker Program: 10 Big Ideas to Get You Started
Michele Archer, The Swain School, Director of the Makerspace Program
This session outlines 10 big ideas that emerged from the creation of The Swain School's Makerspace. The ideas for the space were derived from multiple sources; a workshop at The Bryn Mawr School, a conference, books, websites, conversations and most importantly through trial and error. The space, the technology in the space, and more importantly the project based learning, collaboration and creativity going on in the space, have already had a tremendous and very evident impact on Swain's students. Join Michele as she shares her experiences and share your own stories of creating Makerspaces in your school.
Michele Archer teaches engineering and design classes as the Director of the Makerspace program at The Swain School. She is a passionate educator with innovative strategies and experience in creating targeted instruction, and is excited by the use of technology to engage students and develop 21st century skills. Prior to teaching, Michele was an Information Technology Specialist at Air Products and Chemicals, a Fortune 500 company, where she supported hardware, software and networking globally in the company. Michele earned a BA in history from Muhlenberg College where she also completed a 7-12 social studies teaching certification. At Drexel University, Michele completed a MS degree in education with a concentration in learning technologies.
Making Video Interactive Using Edpuzzle.com
Stephanie Knudsen, Wilmington Friends School, MS English and Social Studies teacher
Free and easy-to-use resource. A game-changer!
In this session, participants will learn how to use edpuzzle.com to create a class, to enhance a video by embedding questions, and to use diagnostics to track student progress.
A long-time Middle School English and Social Studies teacher at Wilmington Friends, Stephanie is always seeking new ideas. Two years ago, she spent a sabbatical year in Ecuador and had time to take classes and explore web resources. One of her favorite discoveries was
. Stephanie's next adventure: volunteering at the Friends Center (Centro Amigos) in La Paz, Bolivia, this coming summer.
Getting Started with 3D Printing!
Stephanie Falcone, Hill Top Preparatory School, Technology Teacher & Integration Specialist
Learn about the merits of 3D Printing in schools. Discuss how to get started and what CAD program is best for beginners. Share ideas to integrate the 3D printer into classrooms and ways to engage students with hands on learning. Follow the path that this educator took as she taught herself to use a 3D printer and Tinkercad, a beginner CAD program, and then shared her knowledge with other teachers and students. Hear about Hill Top Prep's technology elective - Intro to 3D Modeling - using project-based learning as the main component. Come away from this session with resources, tips and tricks to help you successfully launch your own 3-D printer curriculum and projects.
Stephanie Falcone has a Master’s of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Recreation Management from Penn State University, and two 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 has taught the following upper school classes: Fundamentals of Web Design, Scratch Programming, Digital Creation, Intro to 3D Modeling, and Intro to Graphic Design.
There's an Extension or Tool for That!
Wendy Eiteljorg and Debra Finger, The Shipley School, Director and Assistant Director of Educational Technology
Wendy and Debra will share 20 tools in 10 minutes in this fast-paced "tech tool smackdown". Need a whiteboard? There's an extension for that. Need to organize your tabs? There's an extension for that. We will show you tools for organizing and sharing information with your students and colleagues, how to create beautiful newsletters, and much more. Be prepared to add to your edtech toolbox!
Wendy and Debra have been working together since 2008. They love brainstorming, talking about big ideas, and collaborating. Debra is the lower school technology coach and assistant director of educational technology. She works with the teachers to help them integrate technology in meaningful, authentic ways. Wendy is the Director of Educational Technology and Upper School English teacher and tech coach. She also teaches a digital fabrication course.
Get Your Faculty on the Technology Bus
Carol Dougherty, Perkiomen School, Associate Headmaster
You can do what on your watch? Technology changes everyday. Students pick up new devices and apps and sometimes teachers and administrators get lost in the dust. This Gold Mine is a quick review of a few strategies to get school people excited about staying fresh with technology. How can you make tech professional development fun and easy? How do you create tech leaders throughout your school?
Carol Dougherty is the Associate Headmaster at The Perkiomen School. In this capacity, she manages research, planning, special events, and technology. She has worked in the admissions and development offices as well. She earned her M. Ed. from the University of Hartford and B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Using Technology to Show Growth in Lower School Students
Shannan Schuster, Friends' Central School, Assistant Head of School
Our youngest students do not take tests, write papers, or even fill out worksheets making it hard to show growth and mastery of skills. By using technology, students can show what they know using voice recording and video. Students can read aloud, show their gross motor skills, and describe their thinking in math. Imagine the possibilities!
Shannon Schuster launched one to one technology programs at two large schools (Flint Hill School, Oakton VA, and Friends' Central School). Shannon is a math teacher, has also served as an Assistant Principal, Dean of Faculty, Assistant Head of School and in July will begin a position as Head of School at The Swain School. Shannon is passionate about making school personalized for students and feel that technology is key to this change.
Wearable Tech: Weaving Together Art and Technology
Jenn Phiambolis, The Episcopal Academy, Librarian, Middle & Upper School
Projects in wearable technology fall squarely within the STEAM parameters. They combine aspects of design, textiles, programming, and artistic flair. They are not intimidating and can be done at a high level in a short time, with no prior knowledge required. That said, a strong focus and attention to detail must be maintained throughout each step of the project, and students must learn to carefully craft their projects to completion for them to be successful. Wearable technology projects can reach a variety of students; students with an interest in art, and students with an interest in programming are attracted to them. In many cases, they will introduce these students to interests that they never knew they had. STEAM education projects are often geared to boys. With a focus on fashion design, wearable technology projects appeal very much to girls and are a great way to teach them programming. Learn about what types of projects you can make that bring these two worlds together. From light up bracelets to musical sweatshirts, we will explore both small and large projects.
Jenn Phiambolis, the Middle and Upper School Librarian at The Episcopal Academy, has a passion for Maker Education. Jenn teaches an Upper School experiential course titled Textiles & TechStyles that provides an introduction to the world of wearable electronics, where kids learn to sew and program their own creations. Jenn received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and her Bachelor's degree in English from Temple University.
Yes, You Need to Be on Twitter - It's Not Just For Your Teenager
Kristen Sanchez, Newtown Friends School, Director of Curriculum
In this session, Kristen will share tips and tricks for using social media for professional learning as well as strategies for helping your faculty to adopt these tools. People who are tech-savvy naturally find ways to use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to grow their own learning, but what about teachers who are not comfortable with new technologies? How can we get them to give these tools, now critical to 21st-century education, a try? "Give an educator a PD Day and you teach him for that day; show an educator Twitter and you support him for a lifetime" (Ross Cooper).
Kristen Sanchez is the Director of Curriculum & Integrated Technology at Newtown Friends School. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Kristen began her career in education at The Clinton School for Writers & Artists (MS 260), a New York City public school. She joined the Newtown Friends School faculty in 2005 and taught middle school students English and Social Studies. Kristen moved to her current position in 2010. She serves as a middle school advisor and runs the school's maker space.
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Edu-Tech Academic Solutions
) for its generous support.
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