Non-AP Workshops

14A14 CREATING e-TEXTBOOKS USING iBOOKS AUTHOR

Dates: June 30—July 4, 2014

Designed for teachers of any subject at any level, this one-week course will introduce participants to the software package iBooks author, which can be used to create digital textbooks, study guides, or other interactive materials for the classroom for use on an Apple iPad. This hands-on course will cover the basics of creating dynamic, interactive and media-filled texts, and bring a fresh way of delivering content to students. The course will take participants along the development, editing, and publishing of their own iBooks.

  • A Mac Laptop running OSX 10.7.4 or later is required. An iPad 2 running iOS 5.1 or newer is strongly recommended.

Instructor: Michael McAloon, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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14A15 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

Dates: June 30—July 4, 2014

This workshop is for teachers who are starting, or possibly already teaching, a Multivariable Calculus course. It might also be useful for teachers who want to help one or more students with an independent study course – students who have presumably already finished AP Calculus. We will discuss the major topics that a Multivariable Calculus course should cover: Functions of two or more Variables, 3-space, Vectors, Partial Derivatives and their Applications, Iterated Integrals and their Applications, and Vector Calculus. As time allows, we will also discuss particularly interesting applications, favorite problems, the pros and cons of particular textbooks, graphing software, etc. 

Instructor: John Piacenza, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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14A16 RETHINKING SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Dates: June 30—July 4, 2014

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today's schools and in our information driven society, but we continue to face budget and staffing cuts and, in extreme cases, the elimination of the school library. This workshop will focus on rethinking the school library media center for the 21st century student and learner, as well as how to create a vital information center that is central to your school and an indispensable resource for both students and teachers. Topics we will discuss include marketing, advocacy, social media, blogging, collaboration, the virtual library, apps, ebooks, personal learning networks, technology in the library, and more!

Instructor: Jen Stone, Old Town High School, Old Town, ME


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14A17 SPECIAL TOPIC IN SPANISH: ARTICULATION OF ABILITY LEVELS

Dates: June 30—July 4, 2014

 This one-week workshop will be conducted completely in Spanish. The participants will practice with advanced grammar, and learn how best to present it to enhance the writing and speaking of their students.  They will focus on how to develop students’ proficiency within the Presentational Communication modes of speaking and writing. Participants will observe concrete strategies and activities that language teachers can implement at each level.  The workshop will deal with six themes of the language and will discuss how to implement reading at all levels.  In the workshop, the participants will discuss learning styles and multiple intelligences.  It is highly recommended that two or more teachers from the same language department attend this workshop together.  Strategies will be discussed which will benefit ALL students, not only those headed for college level courses.

Instructor: Patti Smith, Tufts University, Medford, MA


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14B15 INTEGRATING PROBLEM SOLVING, CCSS, AND TECHNOLOGIES

Dates: July 7—July 11, 2014

We will investigate and do problems and activities that you can use in your math classroom for grades 7 – 11. We will approach these problems from both a teacher and student perspective. Over a dozen problem solving strategies will be illustrated. We will link all that we do to the CCSS Mathematical Practices, and you will be shown several excellent questioning techniques. Formative assessment strategies will be shown and discussed. PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment items will be done. Appropriate technologies will be integrated effectively. You will see iPad apps, so bring your iPad if you like. Creative use of SMART Boards will be shown. Each participant will receive the TI-Nspire Teacher Software to take home for free, so bring your laptop! Walk away with dozens of ready-to-use activities.

Instructor: Tom Reardon, Austintown Fitch High School, Austintown, OH


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14B16 LINEAR ALGEBRA

Dates: July 7—July 11, 2014

This workshop is for teachers who are starting, or possibly already teaching, a Linear Algebra course. It might also be useful for teachers who want to help one or more students with an independent study course. We will discuss the major topics that a Linear Algebra course should cover: Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices, Determinants, Vector Spaces, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors, Inner Product Spaces, and Linear Transformations.

 

The workshop will be a combination of theory and applications. Participants will need a graphing calculator that can perform matrix operations (the TI-84 is fine).  The level of mathematical sophistication in the workshop will be about that of a BC Calculus workshop, but knowledge of Calculus is not strictly necessary. (We may briefly discuss some applications that involve elementary Calculus.) 

Instructor: John Piacenza, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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14B17 WRITING IN THE INTERNET AGE: THE RESEARCH PAPER

Dates: July 7—July 11, 2014

Fewer skills are more vital and less developed than the skills surrounding research-based writing.  Whether in preparation for college or the working world, the ability to find and use good information is fundamentally important in the Age of Google.   Information is everywhere, but the mental tools to cull the best information and use it effectively are increasingly rare.  This workshop will help define those skills and allow teachers the time and feedback to create a curriculum that satisfies their specific needs.  We will explore both the use of the modern  -increasingly virtual-library and the bedrock rhetorical skills that allow students to craft compelling arguments. We will also explore both the value and difficulty in creating a research-based writing program that extends over the full course of a student's career.  This workshop has proven valuable to both new and experienced teachers, as they strive to integrate this essential skill into their classroom teaching.

Instructor: Greg Hawes, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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14C13 BASICS OF CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY

Dates: July 14—July 18, 2014

The interaction between students, technology, and teachers is rapidly changing. Learn to use the latest technology and Internet resources inside and outside the classroom to connect with your students where they are. In this "hands-on" course, participants will engage, explore, and learn to employ Internet and technology resources in the classroom such as Google Docs, Google Sites, Moodie, Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and more! Even productive and educational use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can give you a cultural advantage in reaching our digitally savvy students.  By meeting students outside the classroom through these resources, you will guide students into productive and positive interaction with technological resources to reinforce lessons remotely during homework or independent study. By the end of this workshop, participants will have created their own interactive classroom website for use in courses for the following school year. Each participant should arrive with a wireless laptop computer. 

Instructor: Amanda Benedict, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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14C14 BUILDING BRIDGES TO HIGHER LEVEL MATH

Dates: July 14—July 18, 2014

The goal of this workshop is to help teachers prepare as wide a range of students as possible to take upper level high school courses. Starting with the premise that all motivated students can perform at rigorous academic levels, this course will provide teachers with the tools to prepare students for higher intellectual engagement, starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible.

All Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus teachers are invited to develop their skills to provide opportunities for all students to acquire knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in higher-order thinking. Elements of successful curricular planning will be presented.

By consulting the Common Core and inspecting Calculus and Statistics problems, we will backtrack to find the essential concepts required at earlier levels for success in upper-level courses and tailor meaningful classroom activities for all grades.

Content will include rates of change, probability, data collection, linking algebra to arithmetic, Bloom’s taxonomy, and designing challenging assessments.

Come prepared to learn and refine your craft.

Instructor: Tom Tutor, Educational Consultant, Islesboro, ME


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14C15 WORLD WAR I AND THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN AGE

Dates: July 14—July 18, 2014

This workshop will explore the many ways that the events surrounding World War I began many of the trends found in the twentieth century, and ended many of the ideas of progress that had dominated European thought before the war.  We will explore how big government, censorship, the Holocaust, and the cynicism of the modern era all have their roots in the events surrounding World War I. We will analyze historical accounts of the war as well as art, poetry, literature, film, and music that had their roots in the horrors of the Great War.  The workshop is aimed at history teachers teaching World War I as well as language arts teachers teaching the literature and poetry of the Great War.

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT


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14D13 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY IN THE LATIN CLASSROOM

Dates: July 21—July 25, 2014

Integrating technology in the Latin classroom is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This weeklong workshop will address the many ways that current technology can enhance and enliven the Latin classroom.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of technologies that are valuable additions to both the elementary and advanced Latin curriculum. The workshop will address methods and tools for building vocabulary, teaching language skills, and integrating history and culture.  The focus will be on using free or inexpensive web-based tools (Prezi, the Google suite, Popplet, social networks, animoto etc.) that work on various computing platforms to create media-rich lessons.  Participants will come away understanding both the important role that technology can play in the classroom and how to integrate it effectively.  In addition to having multiple lesson plans to take back home, they will come away with a clear understanding of how to construct a technology-rich curriculum for their Latin classes.  Participants should be comfortable with basic computing skills and must bring their own laptop with the following minimum specifications: For PCs: Windows XP - service pack 3 or newer or for Macs: OSX.

Participants should have a good understanding of how to operate the laptop that they will be using.  For example, they should be familiar with how to connect to a new wifi network, how to use the mouse, how the files are organized.  In addition, basic computing skills such as attaching documents to e-mails, copying, pasting, and word processing are a must.  Participants are welcome to bring a tablet/iPad in addition to a laptop.

Instructor: Lynne West, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA


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14D14 THE AMAZING IPAD IN THE CLASSROOM

Dates: July 21—July 25, 2014

The Amazing iPad workshop is designed to take you from the basics of iPad use for your own daily productivity to exploring application of the many available iPad 'apps'. Hands-on experience will be the focus, along with discussion and evaluation of creative uses of the iPad as a tool for student learning within the classroom. Participants will learn about downloading apps, networking, and researching uses for classroom and student enhancement.

Instructor: John Mobilio, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Waterbury, CT


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14D15 UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH POPULAR MUSIC

Dates: July 21—July 25, 2014

During this workshop participants will analyze how American popular music can be used to analyze the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.   We will see how music can be used as a window into the values of a time period, and use this approach to analyze popular music from the 1920s up to the present day. We will see how popular music can be used to help students understand the Great Depression, the changing American society of the 1950s, and the changes that have taken place in America in the post 9/11 world.  This workshop is designed for history teachers who teach the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as well as language arts teachers. No musical knowledge is necessary, although it would be helpful if participants know that a guy named Elvis Presley made some records in the 1950s.

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Hall High School, West Hartford, CT


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14E13 COLLEGE COUNSELING

Dates: July 28—August 1, 2014

Our focus is helping new and less-experienced college counselors “learn the trade” and prepare to contribute to the college-counseling program at their secondary schools.  Geared towards secondary school college counselors with less than three years of experience in college counseling, this workshop has served as a “training ground” for more than 300 college counselors from independent, public, parochial, international, and charter schools.  Additionally, a number of college admissions officers moving to “the other side of the desk” as secondary school college counselors have attended this workshop over the past 16 years.

Topics for the workshop include beginning the process, working with students and parents, writing college recommendations, constructing college lists, developing relationships with college representatives and school officials, and helping students make good decisions.  Each participant will have an individual writing conference with one of the instructors, and the group will visit Wesleyan University for a campus tour and an admissions “case study” exercise.  The workshop will also include an evening “Deans’ Forum” at Taft with admissions representatives from nearby colleges and universities such as Fairfield, Mount Holyoke, Quinnipiac, Trinity, and Yale. 

Instructor: Amy Grieger, Smith College, Northampton, MA ; Bruce Hunter, Rowland Hall, Salt Lake City, UT


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14E14 SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Dates: July 28—August 1, 2014

Integrating technology is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This weeklong workshop will focus on simple strategies for bringing technology into your curriculum.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of technologies that are valuable additions to any classroom.  The primary focus will be on using free or inexpensive web-based tools that work on various computing platforms to create media-rich lessons.  Participants will come away understanding both the important role that technology can play in the classroom and how to integrate it effectively. This workshop is geared towards teachers at the middle and high school level, though, with some adaptations and creativity, teachers of younger students will find the content applicable too.  Participants must bring a laptop for use throughout the week that meets the following minimum specifications: For PCs: Windows XP - service pack 3 or newer or for Macs: OSX.

Participants should have a good understanding of how to operate the laptop that they will be using.  For example, they should be familiar with how to connect to a new wifi network, how to use the mouse, how the files are organized.  In addition, basic computing skills such as attaching documents to e-mails, copying, pasting, and word processing are a must.  Participants are welcome to bring a tablet/iPad in addition to a laptop.

Instructor: Lynne West, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, CA


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14E15 TEACHING STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Dates: July 28—August 1, 2014

This workshop explores the characteristics and needs of adolescents with learning disabilities.  We will examine best teaching practices with an eye on preparing students for the world beyond high school.  With a focus on empowerment and self-advocacy, we will learn how to teach skills that lead to success in college and the workplace.

Instructor: Henry Reiff, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD


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14E16 THE AMAZING IPAD IN THE CLASSROOM

Dates: July 28—August 1, 2014

The Amazing iPad workshop is designed to take you from the basics of iPad use for your own daily productivity to exploring application of the many available iPad 'apps'. Hands-on experience will be the focus, along with discussion and evaluation of creative uses of the iPad as a tool for student learning within the classroom. Participants will learn about downloading apps, networking, and researching uses for classroom and student enhancement.

Instructor: John Mobilio, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Waterbury, CT


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