Thursday’s Sessions

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Teach Like A Pirate

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Mon River A/B

Derek Oldfield, Assistant Principal, Wirt County High School

"Teaching like a pirate has nothing to do with the dictionary definition and everything to do with the spirit. Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to set forth into uncharted territories with no guarantee of success. They reject the status quo and refuse to conform to any society that stifles creativity and independence. They are entrepreneurs who take risks and are willing to travel to the ends of the earth for that which they value. Although fiercely independent, they travel with and embrace a diverse crew. If you are willing to live by the code, commit to the voyage, and pull your share of the load, then you're free to set sail. Pirates don't much care about public perception; they proudly fly their flags in defiance." - Dave Burgess Check #WVSTC17 to view my commercial for the TLAP session.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School,Higher Education


Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Wharf A

Corinne Housington, Professional Development Trainer, ByteSpeed
Sabrina Mayaan, Account Manager, ByteSpeed

The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our classrooms to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D immersive learning is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950's. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual Reality is transforming education. What started out as something that was simply "cool" has become a way to engage learners like never before. Join Sabrina Mayaan, of ByteSpeed, as she walks you through how to bring your classroom to the cutting edge of 21st century learning.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School,Higher Education


Engage Your Students with Formative Assessments!

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Salon C

Kristin Hamilton, Library Media Specialist, Rivesville Elementary Middle School - Marion County

We all know the importance of using formative assessments in the classroom to assess student learning. In this session, learn about some of the cool technology tools that will engage your students in these assessments! Even if you have minimal technology in your classroom, you will still see resources that can work for you! We'll move past the Exit Slip with tools like Kahoot, Plickers, Quizalize and much more. Hands-on experience participating in these activities, as well as time to practice creating your own simple assessments, will make this a fun session for anyone who wants to find some simple ways to inform your instruction. If possible, please bring a device with you; otherwise, you can share with a friend or just watch!

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Discover, Connect, Inspire: Blended Learning and the Role of the School Library

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Salon B

Dr. Kimberly Sigman, Computer Curriculum Specialist, Putnam County Schools
Kelly Thompson, Librarian Media Specialist, Winfield High School - Putnam County
Ronda Moncada, Language Arts Teacher / Librarian Media Specialist, Hurricane High School - Putnam County
Sarah Parkins, Librarian Media Specialist, Poca High School - Putnam County
Amanda Byus, Librarian Media Specialist, Buffalo High School - Putnam County
Mary Beckelhimer, Director of Technology, Putnam County Schools

Blended learning is an integration of traditional and online instruction that provides educational opportunities to facilitate student achievement. An important aspect of blended learning is to ensure flexible access to library resources for both teachers and students. This presentation focuses on how Putnam County school libraries provide resources and services that support blended learning. The session will emphasize methods to embed research into blended learning and will also incorporate tips, modeling and best practices that the librarians have found to be successful at various depths of integration.

Target Audience : Middle School,High School


Parent Communication: Putting the Classroom in the Palms of Their Hands

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Salon F

Michelle Burk, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Clear and timely communication with parents contributes to student success. In today's fast paced world, time is hard to come by. Both teachers and parents rush to take care of daily responsibilities. Smart phones and other mobile devices make it possible to communicate quickly and conveniently, even in the classroom setting. SeeSaw, Class DoJo and Remind 101 are powerful, free digital tools that allow teachers and parents to stay connected. Come try them out for yourself!

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Free AT for PC

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Wharf B

Amy L. Smith, TIS, Summers County Schools

This presentation will cover PC Assistive Technology for dyslexic students and other struggling readers that are FREE. Students must have equal access to the text in the classroom. This presentation will use proven free assistive technology to discuss free fonts, introduce free web-based AT, demonstrate how to have anything on your computer and Internet read to you using 2 free applications, along with how to use your webcam and 2 free programs to turn pictures into text and speech.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Classroom Collaboration With OneNote

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Waterfront

Tina Allen, Assistant Professor, Marshall University
Kimberly McFall, Assistant Professor, Marshall University

Want to increase student use of technology in your classroom? Want to reduce the amount of paper used for assignments? Want to provide additional support and feedback to students as they work on assignments or projects? The OneNote Class Notebook is a shared workspace for teachers and students that offers an alternative to existing paper-based activities in the classroom. Shared notebooks offer the opportunity for students to collaborate as well as the ability for the teacher to provide electronic feedback along the way. Join us as we explore how Microsoft OneNote and the Class Notebook can be used to facilitate collaboration and technology integration into your classroom.

Target Audience : Middle School,High School,Higher Education,Elementary


Google Classroom...In the Classroom and Beyond

Thu 8:00 - 8:50AM

Salon G

Rich Senatore, TIS, Monongalia County Schools
Jennifer Reaves, Teacher, Monongalia County Schools

This session will provide an inside look at the implementation and use of Google Classroom in an early elementary classroom setting. No matter the type of device or how many you have, this is the session for you!

Target Audience : Elementary


Breaking Down Barriers - Engage with Communication and Collaboration

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Salon A

Blake Everhart, Technology Director, Indiana Migrant Education Program

This session will be a hands-on and high energy session where participants will engage with one another through activities that will help to build communication and collaboration skills. Many of the activities could apply to a MakerSpace or help introduce the some key concepts to Coding.

Target Audience : Middle School,High School,Higher Education


Formative Assessments for the Digital Classroom

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Salon B

Kimberley McMillian, Teacher, Lincoln County Schools

Technology can make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday activities. Online tools and mobile devices can help teachers stay organized when collecting data that will make analyzing information easier and more meaningful. With the abundance of technology options available for teachers, it can be intimidating to search for and locate the right one. Implementing and using formative assessment in everyday classroom activities is not difficult and it's made even easier with the help of numerous digital tools. Geared toward classroom teachers, this session focuses sharing some of the digital tools that can help facilitate formative assessment in the classroom; including rubrics and all student response systems. Many free online resources will be shared with session participants.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Cultivating a Garden: Advice For the Beginning Technology Integration Specialist

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Salon C

Rachel Burkett, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Fluvanna County Schools - Virginia

A garden is a place where growth and cultivation take place. No matter your official title, a beginning technology integration specialist may have a tough time deciding just how to cultivate their own gardens. How do you begin changing mindsets? How do you find new resources? How do you master providing professional development? How do you grow yourself? To someone new to the position, finding the answers can be rough, frustrating and overwhelming. This session seeks to provide helpful advice, tips and tricks to answer these questions and more. It is most beneficial to anyone currently taking TIS certification, recently hired as a TIS or someone who is interested in the area of technology integration.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Assistive Technology on Android and iOS Tablets for Struggling Readers

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Wharf B

Amy L. Smith, TIS, Summers County Schools

This presentation will cover Assistive Technology for both Android and iOS tablets to use with dyslexic students and other struggling readers. Students must have equal access to the text in the classroom. This presentation will discuss fonts and introduce apps that deal with text-to-speech, picture-to-text, speech-to-text, writing tools, worksheet helps, spelling aids, math and study aids.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


1:1 Year 1 - A Science Teacher's Perspective

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Mon River A/B

Joanna McKown, TIS certified AP Physics Teacher, Ripley High School - Jackson County

With the labs and demonstrations that are conducted within a science classroom, we already see a lot of student-centered learning. See what adding 1:1 to your classroom looks like from a teacher's point of view. Find some new ways to engage your students in the learning process within a technology rich environment. Adapt old methods to allow for increased student-centered learning. Modify science labs and demonstrations into guided inquiry learning experiences. With a little front loading of the content at the beginning of a unit, you can build a curriculum that will be easily adapted and used for years to come.

Target Audience : High School


Utilizing Nearpod to Create Engaging, Interactive Lessons

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Salon G

Cynthia Modecki, Technology Integration Specialist, Monongalia County Public Schools

Want to learn how to make your lessons ENGAGING, INTERACTIVE and just plain AWESOME? Nearpod might be the tool for you! Nearpod is a digital platform full of free, ready to use, interactive lessons for all grade levels and subjects. In addition, you can customize and create your own lessons and assessments with engaging multimedia activities, including VR Field Trips, 3D models, MS SWAY, collaborative boards, drawing tools and much more! In this session, you will learn how teachers at North Elementary (Morgantown, WV) are using Nearpod to create interactive, engaging lessons. Come & learn about the benefits of using Nearpod and get a taste of what this platform has to offer!

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Peep Show: Tools for Learning

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Salon F

Michelle Burk, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Classrooms are filled with tools used for student learning. Pencils, books and rulers clutter shelves in every school. While these are certainly teacher favorites, most students do not agree. Take a moment to rethink how your students are learning. What are you doing to keep students engaged? How about including a few iPads? How about including some Peeps? Let's get together and find creative ways that students can show what they know!

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School


Motivate, Engage and Grow with Technology

Thu 9:00 - 9:50AM

Wharf A

Janice Hirst, Third Grade Classroom Teacher, Kingwood Elementary School - Preston County

With many elementary classrooms moving to guided reading and/or math, finding resources for the groups not working directly with the teacher that promote active engagement and differentiation are imperative. This session will focus on web sites that students can work with independently while supporting the content the teacher is working with. Some of the sites that will be featured are Prodigy Game, Front Row Ed, Read Works, Newsela and more.

Target Audience : Elementary


Sink or Swim: Planning and Producing Successful Continuous Professional Development

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Salon C

Kevin Sears, Technology Coordinator and Coach, Jackson County Schools
Luke Swiney, Technology Coordinator and Coach, Jackson County Schools

A common misconception is that everyone learns the same. Many times we verbally state the fact that everyone learns differently, but rarely do we adjust our practices to reflect that. Teachers are not an exception to this rule. Everyone learns differently whether they are a student in class or teach a class. Everyone learns differently! This session will provide a few strategies and models for making professional development beneficial and relevant, while appealing to the various learning styles of teachers.

Target Audience : High School,Middle School,Elementary


Responsive Teaching for Meaningful Learning

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Salon B

Kelsey Corder, High School Math Teacher, Spring Mills High School STEAM Academy - Berkeley County
Karla Hilliard, High School English Teacher, Spring Mills STEAM Academy - Berkeley County

Teachers and administrators know that one size doesn't fit all. But many teachers feel the ticking clock of school calendars and the race to "cover it all." Spring Mills High School STEAM Academy takes a responsive approach to teaching our students, building our lessons and activities to suit what our students most need and what will most engage them in their own learning. Through formative assessment, active learning, and intensive collaboration, SMHS STEAM aims to respond to students, not calendars or curriculums. In this session, participants can expect to learn what it means to be a "responsive teacher" and how this philosophy can transform your classroom.

Target Audience : High School,Middle School


A Collaboration to Teach Information Literacy

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Salon G

Lynda Martin, School Librarian, Retired, West Virginia School Libraries Division, West Virginia Library Association

"Specials" teachers often have to cover for "regular" teachers when they are scheduled for Professional Learning Community meetings. To make this time more meaningful, Brookhaven Elementary's team consisting of the school librarian, the TIS, the art teacher and the basic skills teacher, developed an approach to teach digital citizenship, Office or Google tools and research as a part of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades' health curriculum. This session will outline our program which culminates with a 5th grade student-driven and produced health fair for the younger grades.

Target Audience : Elementary


Just the Facts, Please

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Wharf A

Janice Hirst, Third Grade Classroom Teacher, Kingwood Elementary - Preston County

Math fact fluency is important for students in order to become proficient with the WV College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics. Fact fluency frees a child's working memory for higher level tasks. Some schools in our district invested in a technology-based fluency program to address this key area of mathematics. In this presentation, I will share an overview of the program, its impact and strategies for recognizing student achievement in math fact fluency. We will also take a closer look at the mathematics proficiency of four of the students that used Reflex Math for two years by looking at STAR Mathematics data from their 5th grade year.

Target Audience : Elementary


Building Capacity for Your Technology Integration Initiative

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Salon F

Dr. Ken Williams, Director of Student Services and Technology Integration, Mt. Pleasant Area School District - Pennsylvania

Attendees will learn how a small, rural school district in Pennsylvania made the transition from a very traditional educational approach to a more engaged, robust and tech-savvy environment. Participants will walk away with a practical and methodical approach to building teacher capacity in utilizing technology to make a difference in classroom instruction and student engagement. Moving from low-tech to higher-tech, leveraging resources was critical in this school's transformation.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School,Higher Education


Grappling With the Grendel, How the QM Rubric Improves an Online and Traditional Early British Literature Course

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Wharf B

Nathan Fortney, Instructional Designer, Alderson Broaddus University
Dr. Andrea Bucklew, Associate Provost, Alderson Broaddus University
Dr. Kayla McKinney, Assistant Professor of English, Alderson Broaddus University

For many, early British literature has often been associated with the medieval libraries and monasteries of the region, relegated to the dusty pages of ancient manuscripts, and the fanciful dreams of would be adventures everywhere. With common themes and lessons that are as applicable today as they were in the days these tales where first penned, it's time to move these legendary tales of struggle, triumph and tragedy to the modern area, and offer their study to a new generation of scholars, who find themselves armed not with quills and inkwells, but smartphones, free Wi-Fi and unlimited data plans. Join us, as we discuss how a small private university in West Virginia is turning this traditional course offering into an interactive distance education course, guided by the QM framework. We will discuss the methodology used when designing this course, and demonstrate how the QM rubric was applied during the design of the course, to ensure compliance and create a noteworthy course.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School,Higher Education


Virtual Simulation in the Classroom, Whether Traditional or Online

Thu 10:00 - 10:50AM

Mon River A/B

Evelyn Martin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, EET, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
Susie Davis, Special Education Teacher, Sophia Elementary - Raleigh County Schools

The benefit of virtual simulation is that it increases student engagement with course content. Virtual simulation allows for increased critical thinking, learner self-reflection of competency and overall evaluation of learning attainment. Theoretical Framework - The theoretical framework for incorporating the virtual simulation in the classroom is grounded in the learning theory. The Complete Learning Theory combines the blend of traditional learning theories -- behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism with the digital age -- connectivism. In addition, utilizing virtual simulation in the classroom also meets Quality Matters standards for online course design. Describing the Activities - The audience will be actively engaged in participating as a student in the online virtual simulation. Audience members will walk away with hands on knowledge of how a virtual simulation activity can be incorporated into the traditional and online classroom setting.

Target Audience : Elementary,Middle School,High School,Higher Education