Non-AP Workshops

15A14 CREATING TEXTBOOKS USING iBOOKS AUTHOR

Dates: June 29—July 3, 2015

Designed for teachers of any subject at any level, this workshop 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 Apple's iPad. This hands-on course will cover the basics of creating dynamic, interactive and media-filled texts, bringing a fresh way of delivering content to students. The course will take participants along the development, editing, and publishing of their own iBooks on an iPad and Mac.

A Mac Laptop running OSX 10.9 or later, with iTunes 10.5 or later installed, and an iPad 2 (or iPad mini) running iOS 5.1 or newer, is required.

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


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15A15 SCHOOL LIBRARIES FOR THE DIGITAL GENERATION

Dates: June 29—July 3, 2015

The library and the library media specialist have never been more important in today's schools and our information driven society. In this workshop, we will look at how the library media center has changed and develop a strategic vision and plan to create a vital information center that will be an indispensable resource for both your students and teachers. Some of the topics we will focus on include: advocacy, marketing, social media, makerspaces, the virtual library, apps, databases, technology and ebooks in the library. Participants will collaborate with colleagues and have opportunities to select topics for in-depth investigation.

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


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15A16 STATISTICS: TEACHING THE FIRST COURSE

Dates: June 29—July 3, 2015

This workshop is designed for instructors teaching an introductory Statistics course. We will cover all the necessary content areas for a first course in Statistics and directly address the course design and pedagogical challenges of teaching an introductory course. Specifically, we will examine traditional topics in both descriptive and inferential statistics including analyzing and designing observational studies, surveys, and experiments; effective visual displays of information; measures of central tendency and variation; regression analysis; probability; normal and binomial distributions; and hypothesis testing. We will also address course design aspects such as the choice of a textbook, pacing of the course, and the integration of technology such as the TI-83/84 graphing calculator, Microsoft Excel, Minitab, and web-based resources. Finally we will explore different pedagogical approaches for engaging students with a weaker background in math such as using student-generated content, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and project-based assessments. A graphing calculator and a laptop computer with a current version of Microsoft Excel are recommended, but not required for the course. 

Instructor: Jeremy Clifford, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15A17 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN SPANISH

Dates: June 29—July 3, 2015

All students can succeed in a foreign language.  They need instructors who can work together as a department starting with Spanish I.   This workshop will train participants in strategies for students with different learning styles, abilities, and interests. It will give practice in language teaching methods that can be started in the first year, and adapted throughout several more years of instruction.

 With the changes in the expectations of upper level courses, school systems need more vertical teaming within language departments.  There is a need for Spanish teachers of all levels of the language to attend training to help them to prepare their students for an eventual college-level class in language or literature. 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. 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.

Instructor: Patti Smith, Tufts University, Medford, MA


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15B13 ADVANCED TEXTBOOK CREATION FOR IPAD USING IBOOK AUTHOR

Dates: July 6—July 10, 2015

Designed for those who have completed the TEC course “Writing & Publishing Textbooks for the iPad using iBooks Author” or have a working knowledge of iBooks Author, this course introduces the use of software tools such as Keynote and Tumult's Hype to create widgets, animations, HTML5 apps, and other elements to unlock some of the capabilities in iBooks Author, thereby enhancing students' experience with your iPad textbook. This hands-on course will enable participants to design, create, and execute code for elements such as infographics, educational games, interactive maps, timelines, etc. that can be inserted into an iBook or into a stand-alone Web site. No experience with these software titles are needed.

A Mac Laptop running OSX 10.9 or later with Tumult's Hype software and Apple's Keynote, and an iPad 2 (or iPad mini) running iOS 5.1 or newer is required.

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


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15B14 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS

Dates: July 6—July 10, 2015

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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15B15 PROBLEM SOLVING, CCSS, AND TECHNOLOGIES

Dates: July 6—July 10, 2015

We will investigate and do problems and activities that you can use in your math classroom for grades 7 – 12. We will approach these problems from both teacher and student perspectives. 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. Appropriate technologies will be integrated effectively. You will see iPad apps, so bring your iPad. 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! The course will be tailored to the needs of the participants. Contact me with specific questions: tom@tomreardon.com Walk away with dozens of ready-to-use activities.

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


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15B16 REVIEWING SPANISH CINEMA

Dates: July 6—July 10, 2015

From dictators, bullfighters, and flamenco to nationalism and globalization

This workshop will study Spanish culture and society through its cinema - since Franco’s dictatorship and up to the coming of democracy – and Spain’s films recent rise to international prominence. Special attention will be paid to the changing national qualities of Spanish cinema, such as the “Spanishness” of its filmmakers, to issues of regional and ethnic diversity and identities within Spain, and to the place of these identities in the wider framework of filmmaking in Europe. We will also study different strategies adopted by Spanish film directors in order to articulate their perceptions of the social realities of the country, as well as develop an appreciation for film as an artistic mode of communication. Classes will combine film screening, lectures, discussions, and presentations. The instructor will provide an exposition of the historical, social, cultural, and ideological backgrounds for the films. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their own analyses of the films. This workshop is conducted in Spanish.

Instructor: Rafael Moyano, The Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY


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15C13 BUILDING BRIDGES TO HIGHER LEVEL MATH

Dates: July 13—July 17, 2015

This workshop is designed 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 techniques to provide opportunities for all students to acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in higher-order thinking. Team leaders and curriculum specialist are invited to identify the common threads of conceptual development in all high school math courses.

By 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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15C14 IMPLEMENTING THE IPAD IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Dates: July 13—July 17, 2015

This 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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15C15 LINEAR ALGEBRA

Dates: July 13—July 17, 2015

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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15C16 THE IMPACT OF THE 1960s ON THE US

Dates: July 13—July 17, 2015

Participants in this workshop will analyze the multitude of changes that took place in the 1960s, and how many of these changes still influence our culture and society today.  We will analyze the causes and impact of the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the antiwar movement and the counterculture. We will also study the impact of Barry Goldwater, the conservative Young Americans for Freedom, and Richard Nixon’s appeals to the “silent majority.” We will be analyzing primary sources, film and television clips, and music throughout the week. 

We will enjoy an excursion to the Museum at Bethel Woods, the museum at the site of the original Woodstock Music Festival. 

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT


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15D13 AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH MUSIC

Dates: July 20—July 24, 2015

US History teachers are constantly looking for new primary source materials:  American popular songs are excellent primary source documents, and an analysis of the meanings of songs of any era is an excellent way of analyzing the values and beliefs of that time period.  During this workshop, participants will learn how to do “close readings” of popular songs, and will analyze American music of all eras of American history.  We will be doing close readings of songs from the 1920s, the Great Depression, America’s wars, the 1950s and 1960s, and the present day.  This workshop will benefit not only those who teach American History, but also American Studies and American Literature.  No musical knowledge is necessary for this course, although knowing the difference between Bob Dylan and Kanye West would be helpful. 

Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Department of Education, Hartford, CT


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15D14 INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO YOUR CLASS

Dates: July 20—July 24, 2015

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 levels, 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

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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15D15 WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER IN THE INTERNET AGE

Dates: July 20—July 24, 2015

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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15E12 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY IN THE LATIN CLASSROOM

Dates: July 27—July 31, 2015

Integrating technology in the Latin classroom is a powerful way to increase student achievement and augment engagement.  This 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. 

 

What is unique about this workshop is that participants will have the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions of Jill Crooker’s workshop, AP Latin: Caesar and Themes to learn some strategies for incorporating authentic literature and AP techniques into any Latin course.  In addition to having multiple lesson plans to take back home, participants will come away with a clear understanding of how to construct a technology-rich curriculum which prepares students for the challenges of advanced 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

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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15E13 COLLEGE COUNSELING

Dates: July 27—July 31, 2015

This workshop is designed as a “crash course” for new and less-experienced college counselors.  Targeted towards secondary school counselors with less than three years of experience in college counseling, past participants have been from independent, public, parochial, international and charter schools.  Many college admission officers moving to “the other side of the desk” have also participated.

We will offer an overview of the college admission process, with particular attention to writing counselor recommendations.  Topics will include an overview of the admission process, working with students and parents, constructing college lists, developing relationships with colleagues, and helping students make good decisions.  Each participant will have an individual writing conference with one of the instructors.  We will also visit a local college campus for a campus tour and an admissions case study exercise, and have an evening panel of college admission representatives from nearby colleges and universities such as Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Trinity, and the University of Connecticut.

Instructor: Amy Grieger, Smith College, Northampton, MA ; Alison Almasian, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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15E14 PRACTICAL TOOLS AND TIPS FOR TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Dates: July 27—July 31, 2015

Are you interested in learning how to integrate technology in your classroom to enhance teaching and learning?

This workshop will provide a variety of tips and techniques that will allow you to slowly integrate technology into your classroom one project at a time or you could entirely paperless if that is your goal. We will talk about how to use Google Apps including Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Drawing to increase your organization and productivity. Utilizing Google Plus and Blogger can be a fun and productive way to get your kids involved in collaborative projects. We will also talk about how to use iPads in the classroom, including using specific apps for grading and ebooks. Making screencasts and using video can be a great way to share information with your students outside of the classroom, and we will cover these technologies as well. Finally, we will also look at learning management systems such as Haiku and Google Classroom which will enable you to be completely organized and connected to your students at all times. All participants will need a laptop and an iPad. This will be a hands on class where you will leave with projects you can use in the classroom all ready to go.

Instructor: Rachael Ryan, The Taft School, Watertown, CT


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