5 Ways to Hack Visual Storytelling Presented by: Robin Burns & Kelly Wetherhold

Effective communicators know how to tell stories. Digital storytelling plays a strong role in increasing communication, engagement and relevancy. We share five innovative ways you can enhance visual storytelling using technology you may already have on your computers and share applicable ideas you can use immediately.

21st Century Skills Presented by: Rob Sawicki

Designed for educators, this session will define the 6 technology standards and share activity ideas for teachers to incorporate technology into their lessons.

60in60®: Inverted Presented by: Brandon Lutz

Enhance your classroom with the most innovative web tools around provided by you! Bring your favorite web tool and apps and share more than 60 tools as a group. Participants will be broken up into groups, given time to share with their groups and then with the entire audience!

60in60®: 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes Presented by: Brandon Lutz

Enhance your classroom with the most innovative web tools around. Tying technology to the common core standards, 60in60 is designed to change your pedagogy forever!

After School PD w/ Google Hangout on Air Presented by: David Russell

After School PD during a 30 minute planning period solved the limited PD at WASD. Many models of PD require attendees to be onsite. Through Google Hangout on Air anyone around the world can view the PD live and interact or view the recording at a later date.

An Intro to The Flipped Classroom Presented by: Ben DeSantis, Rosie Esposito & Becky Chang

A brief introduction to the idea of a flipped classroom and how it can be implemented. The emphasis will be on math content but all content areas are welcome.

Beyond the Quiz: Using Annotations in Newsela to Interact with Non-fiction Text Presented by: Kate Schartel

Teachers are happily hopping the Newsela bandwagon due to its innovative use of daily news to measure nonfiction comprehension. But what happens when a Newsela article doesn't include a quiz? One answer lies in Newsela's pilot feature for annotating texts. Learn how to sign up to use the annotation feature in your classes and see examples for implementation. Practice using the feature so you know what to expect of the experience when your students use it. Discuss how using annotations in Newsela dovetails with initiatives like the Common Core and Reading Apprenticeship. No experience using Newsela necessary--we'll cover the basics as well.

A Blended Approach to Middle School Learning Presented by: Tara Walter & Anita Benedix

Two teachers will share strategies for incorporating technology into authentic lessons in the middle school classroom. Through the use of learning stations and integrated media, lessons take on a blended approach, allowing students to discover information on their own, while having the support and guidance of their teacher to help when needed.

Blogging 101 Presented by: David Walp

Blogs are a great way to reflect on your practice, build your PLN, and show off your classroom lessons and projects. No experience necessary, just bring a lesson or an idea you might want to write about.

Book Review - Core Six Presented by:Lynn Fuini-Hetten & Randy Ziegenfuss

Six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of the Common Core. The authors of the book know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.

Building Your PLN Presented by: Kate Kieres

This session will introduce participants to social network tools such as Twitter & LInkedIn, as well as apps for accessing, curating, and sharing educator resources. With these tools and apps, you can begin to build your own Professional Learning Network (PLN) - it's as easy as click, read, share!

Capturing Thinking with Educreations Presented by: Cathy Enders

Looking for a way to capture and share thinking that could be reviewed and shared virtually? Using Educreations you and your students can do just that. View a demonstration and practice creating a lesson or capturing a metacognitive conversation. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or iPad.

Close Reading Presented by: Maureen Schafer

What is the strategy all about? How and when should it be used? Do you have suggestions and or experience to share with fellow educators? Do you have questions about the strategy? Whether you've never heard about it, used it, or are an expert, please come CLOSE and join in a casual conversation about this Common Core strategy!

Common Core Math and Technology Presented by: Ross Cooper

We will explore the breakdown of inquiry-based or Common Core math lessons in a way that is simple and effective. We will look at various iOS apps and Web 2.0 resources, which can be used to promote inquiry based mathematics. The focus of the session will be at the elementary level, but information can be applied to all grades.

Crisis Intervention in Schools – Are you prepared? Presented by: Kevin Kelly

This session will be discussion oriented on school based crisis prevention and intervention. Group activities will be conducted to analyze how prepared school districts, and their staff, are to manage student, school, or regional emergencies. The discussion will include prevention, crisis management and postvention.

Communication: The Name of the Game Presented by: Deb Lock

Examples of the use of digital tools to communicate with stakeholders will be used to springboard conversation on effective communication approaches. Administrators are encouraged to bring examples of how they use digital tools to communicate with stakeholders. This is an opportunity for administrators to network and learn from each other.

Configuring & Deploying iPad in Education Presented by: Steve Zalot

Understand deploying iPad and content as they relate to the students, faculty and staff at your institution. We’ll discuss management of departmental and campus-wide 1:1 initiatives, as well as short and long-term loaner programs. We’ll discuss features and benefits of the latest version of iOS.

Creating Interactive Presentations with Nearpod Presented by: Joseph Breisch and Heidi Schiavone

Participants will use nearpod as students first and then learn how to use this intuitive FREE web 2.0 tool to create interactive presentations within minutes.

Digital Creation, Collaboration, and Communication: It’s Elementary! Presented by: Lyn Hilt

In this session we’ll share best practices for technology integration in the elementary grades and examples of tools that help facilitate student creation, collaboration, and communication. Digital storytelling, student response systems, blog options, and more will be shared. Bring your ideas and be ready to share in this session!

Fair Use: Let Students Be the Judge Presented by: Michael Pauling

How do we as teachers train students to create Internet safe projects? We will cover some of the basics of digital media law using various digital media examples. You will be provided with tools that will allow students to make the right decisions concerning media use in projects.

Finding the Right App for Students and Their Learning Goals Presented by: Teresa Cross

Finding the right app to meet students’ needs may seem daunting. To help with this task, lets explore some of the best places for educational app reviews. During this session, we will examine resources that are designed to help educators find the right app to support student learning goals.

Find it Fast: Tips and Tricks to Getting High Quality Results Online Presented by: Rebecca Kelly

The frustration you feel when looking for high quality, relevant information while researching online is universal. This session will offer attendees tips and tricks to make the process of finding relevant, valid resources online quick and easy. You will be able to utilize these methods immediately in your own research and share these methods with students in your classroom.

Flattening the Walls of the Classroom Presented by: Shawn Storm

Come ready to share and learn about tools that you can use to connect with parents, students, and other educators across the world and provide authentic audiences for your students. This session will be open discussion with the facilitator sharing various tools such as Twitter, Google Hangouts, Skype, Instagram, and many more!

Flipped Class/Blended Learning in Mathematics Presented by: John Venner

This workshop will provide an overview of Blended Learning, and share how specifically one teacher has completely flipped his middle school mathematics classroom. Attendees will come away with resources and strategies to flip a lesson, a unit, or the whole class.

Get Your Head in the Cloud: Google Apps Presented by: John Walsh

Students and teachers benefit from “anywhere, anytime” access to their own data, to each other, to the community and to the world. Learn how our school uses Google Apps -- as well as Blogger, Google+, Twitter, Skype, Dropbox and other tools -- for communicating, sharing, collaborating and learning.

Global Connections Presented by: Joyce Parsons

Culture is a set of beliefs and values that effects how individuals view and act in the world. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to get to know what cultural values your students have and for them to understand their own perspectives and biases. By being aware of cultural values, students can then dig deeper into understanding course content through multiple cultural lens and understand why individuals or groups of people act the way they do in history or literature. During the hands on presentation, we will do various games and exercises that you can put into practice in your own classroom to further understand cultural perspectives, so that you can help your students understand the lens in which they see the world.

Google Apps in Elementary Presented by: Becky Connelly, Maureen Schafer & Chris Warren
Explore how Google Apps can be used with students grades 3-5 to create and collaborate! Brainstorm ways to increase 21st Century Skills and engagement, move towards a paper free classroom plus view examples of how Apps can be further used with young students.

Google Tools Slam Presented by: Rich Kiker

The number of free resources from Google grows everyday and the ways educators can leverage these solutions are many. Come take a tour of the latest and greatest from Google including Chrome labs, The World
Wonders Project, Google Art Project, Google.org, WDYL, Think, Trends, and more!

Google Tricks for Education Presented by: Cori Frede

Collaborate with teachers and students across the hall and around the world using Google Apps. Learn different tricks and techniques during this presentation on using Google effectively in the classroom.

High Tech Daily Five Presented by: Mara Lambert

Attendees will receive resources to help them to increase technology integration during Literacy Learning Centers, specifically Daily Five. We will cover the pitfalls and management issues as well as highlight the positives of student engagement. We will demonstrate how we use iPods, iPads, and laptops to enhance student learning and independence.
Attendees will have the opportunity to share any resources they have that might be of interest to the group.

House: Science vs. TV Presented by: Michael Hardisky

During the presentation I will be discussing innovative ways to develop critical thinking skills, scientific writing, and research based problem solving based upon the contents of the "House" episode. I will provide a step by step description of the process, use examples from an episode, and provide a question and answer session as the need arises.

iBooks Textbooks for iPad Presented by: Steve Zalot

Discover how iPad is changing the learning landscape with iBooks Textbooks for iPad, iBooks Author, and iTunes U. We'll explore iBooks on iPad and iBooks Author, a free app to create and publish amazing Multi-Touch textbooks for iPad. Learn about iTunes U, to design and distribute complete courses for iPad.

Instructional design & RLOs - the keys to effective e-learning Presented by: Mary Agnew

Good instructional design is the key to a quality e-learning experience, an experience that can be further enhanced with the use of reusable learning objects (RLOs). As e-learning opportunities continue to grow at the secondary level, the need for instructional design has never been more necessary.

Integrating Formative Assessment and Student Engagement Presented by: Michael Pauling

We will take a look at two free and easy to use applications Kahoot and Socrative. This new technology has made the $2,000 Student Response Systems obsolete. Learn how they can be utilized for formative assessment, exit tickets, pools, games, back channeling, student questions and much more. Give your students a voice!

It’s complicated...The social lives of networked teens Presented by: Randy Ziegenfuss

Today’s youth are growing up in a world that is very different from the one we adults inhabited. Come and explore these questions and some of the recent research on the current generation - Generation Z - and how many of our assumptions may not be quite so accurate.

iTunes and Media Presented by: Prakash Patel

Have you ever wondered about making your own ringtones? Do you have CDs that are collecting dust? It would be great to take all your CDs with you without having to pack them in a ten pound CD collection binder. Sign up for this workshop to learn some user friendly secrets of iTunes. Once you learn these secrets you can create your own playlist, make ringtones, audio clip for a classroom presentation, and so much more. Sign up and don't forget to bring those CDs with you!

Math 180 - A Blended Approach to Mathematics Intervention Programming Presented by:Anthony Villani

Learn about and investigate Scholastic's new Math Intervention program designed for Grades 6 on up. This "algebra readiness" program prepares students to be successful in Algebra with a blended model approach to math instruction to meet the many varied needs of your struggling math students.

Mystery Location Calls! Presented by: Billy Krakower

A Mystery Location Call is an engaging and tech-infused way to have students hone their geography skills while practicing their speaking and listening skills in a video-conference format. During the calls students are learning about other parts of the country through a series of inquiry questions or yes and no questions. They also get to practice their critical thinking skills, learn the importance of collaborative effort, and practice the art of proper communication. Mystery Locations Calls are fun and easy to run in your elementary classroom. During our session we will discuss the process of how to find people to connect with, how to run a call, student engagement during the call, and what to do after the call. Students love these calls and always look forward to participating in them.

QR Codes in the Classroom Presented by: Becky Connelly

Participants will learn how quick response (QR) codes can promote student independence, engagement and motivation in their classrooms on a daily basis. Examples will be shared of how QR codes can effectively be used both as a teacher and student productivity tool from students as young as early childhood age. QR codes can prevent the need for students to type in web addresses and performing searches on their own. Many resources and integration ideas will be shared. Participants will then create their own QR codes from a free online generator and learn how to either add it to an existing document or print alone.

Retool & Recharge Your School Library Program/Space Presented by: Robin Burns & Cherie Pennella

Redefining the role of the Library Media Teacher and use of your School's library space. Learn how one librarian and one library assistant reinvented their roles to include LibGuides, "house calls", professional development program, a makerspace, genrefing the Fiction collection, and so much more.

The SAMR Framework Presented by: Lynn Fuini-Hetten, Bill Dovico & Randy Ziegenfuss

Discover a framework that can be used to classify the richness of technology use on a continuum from substitution through redefinition. View and experience examples of technology use along the continuum, apply the framework to current practice and gain strategies to engage other educators and administrators in conversations to transform how technology is used in teaching and learning.

SAP - Going Green Presented by: Bill Dovico

An introduction on how to make the SAP process electronic by using Google Apps.

Scholastic Technology Based Interventions - Literacy and Math - "Hands On Experience" Presented by: Anthony Villani

Explore some of Scholastic Publishing's most successful blended learning model literacy interventions, including Read 180, System 44, the new iREAD program for grades K - 2. Also available for exploration will be the new Math 180 program as well as Fastt Math and Fraction Nation.

Setting Up an iTune U Course Presented by: Leah Christman

Looking for a way to set up a free course for students or even educators as a professional development course? iTunes University allows k-12 educators to have a presence on this powerful and free platform. Course can be open to the world or used just with a specific classlist. This hands-on session will show you how easy it is to create a course on iTunes U.

STEM Program Creation Presented by:Andrea Farina

A discussion for teachers and administrators who are interested in or involved in planning a STEM program in their building. The facilitator will share some ideas, plans, resources, strategies being used at Palisades Middle School and facilitate discussion amongst participants.

Teachers + Web 2.0 + Common Core=Creative Classrooms

Presented by: Barbara Moran & Angela Greco

The session will present examples which incorporate Web 2.0 tools while addressing the Common Core to show how the two can be combined to create an engaging learning environment for students. Some Web 2.0 tools which will be demonstrated are Educreations, Diigo, Bubbl.us, Blogger, Creaza, Ease.ly, GeoGebra, Google apps, etc.

Teaching Digital Citizenship Can Be Fun! Presented by: Sheila Fredericks

Teaching and learning Digital Citizenship, especially Internet Safety, can be fun by using a combination of animated videos, videos, games, and projects. Animated videos are more child friendly; games reinforce learning; and the projects teach other important skills, such as Web 2.0, drawing, video/audio editing, etc., as well.

Transformation to 21st Century Teaching and Learning Presented by: Leah Christman

Southern Lehigh High School- Transformation to 21st century teaching and learning. Learn about the impact of our 1:1 laptop deployment.

Using the SAMR Framework to Elevate Instruction Above the Line Presented by: Lynn Fuini-Hetten

Lynn Fuini-Hetten and Bill Dovico will engage participants in hands-on activities to discover the SAMR Framework. The framework provides a common language to discuss the level of instructional technology integration.

Using Tech Tools to Facilitate Whole-Class Math Discussions Presented by: Bob Lochel

Tech tools allow math students to "construct viable arguments and critique reasoning" (SMP3). Learn strategies for sharing student ideas with document cameras and online polling; while Padlet, Edmodo, Google Drive and Desmos collect and organize information. Activities for Algebra 1 and 2, Statistics and Pre-Calc.

Visuals, Voice, and Video: Creative and Collaborative Online Tools for Teachers and Students Presented by: Michele Gill

Go beyond threaded discussions, PowerPoints, and essays. Pump up your options when it comes to online assessments, activities, and projects. Join us in a rapid-fire tour of the latest, greatest, and free (or nearly) online visual, voice, and video tools that are easy enough to use without reading the directions.

Voxer in Education Presented by: Billy Krakower
Voxer is a great to connect beyond the Direct Message. Voxer can be used as PD or to connect principals across different schools.

World Language Instruction - there are no limits! Presented by: Patricia Mulroy

Through demonstrations with recorded lessons, blogs and a wide array of activities that support active learning of these critical languages, we will show you the possibilities that exist for teaching not only world languages, but also other content areas using a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
The session will be hosted in the Lehigh Valley - with teachers from Egypt, Taiwan and Japan.

Writing Tools in Google Presented by: Rich Kiker

Looking for tools and strategies for providing high-quality, timely feedback to students on their writing in an online environment? Look no further! These tools can also be used by students for peer writing workshops and collaboration.
A discussion for teachers and administrators who are interested in or involved in planning a STEM program in their building. The facilitator will share some ideas, plans, resources, strategies being used at Palisades Middle School and facilitate discussion among participants.