Technology 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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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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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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15C02 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: JAVA, ARRAYS, ARRAYLISTS

Dates: July 13 —July 17, 2015

This workshop is designed for teachers who are new to or with limited experience teaching APCS, although more experienced teachers are welcome. In addition to some introductory Java explorations, focus will be on arrays (one- and two-dimensional) and ArrayList data structures as described in the APCS course description, including an introduction to the exemplar APCS Labs. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed.

Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. The selected topics will be explored in more depth than during a typical one-week survey of APCS; this course in conjunction with that offered the following week (APCS: Inheritance and Labs) will cover the AP Computer Science Java subset and course description. Participants may choose either one or both weeks.

Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience or have significant programming/teaching experience with another language similar to Java.

Instructor: Stephanie Lord, Educational Consultant, Stetson, 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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15D05 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE: INHERITANCE AND LABS

Dates: July 20 —July 24, 2015

Designed for teachers who are learning object-oriented program design and implementation in Java, and for those preparing to implement the exemplar APCS Labs, both novice and more experienced APCS teachers are welcome.

Emphasis will be on inheritance and polymorphism, as included in the APCS curriculum, along with explorations and integration of the exemplar APCS Labs. Participants will develop and share materials for classroom use. Teaching strategies, preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam, scoring rubrics, and course requirements will be discussed. The selected topics will be explored in more depth than during a typical one-week survey of APCS; this course together with that offered the previous week (APCS: Java, Arrays, ArrayLists) will cover the AP Computer Science Java subset and course description. Participants may choose either one or both weeks.

Note: it is assumed that novice APCS participants have some Java programming experience or have significant programming/teaching experience with another language similar to Java.

Instructor: Stephanie Lord, Educational Consultant, Stetson, ME


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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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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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