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Summer Technology Workshop

Enhancing Instruction with Technology
A two-day summer workshop sponsored by 
Oakland University's School of Education & Human Services
Event Location: Oakland University Main Campus, Pawley Hall
Tuesday, July 8 & Wednesday, July 9   |   8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We are scheduling a second workshop to run in October 2014.  To be added to the list for available updates, please contact Andrea at alewis@oakland.edu.
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Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce our second annual Enhancing Instruction with Technology workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI on July 8-9, 2014.  

We are dedicated to bringing educators together to share knowledge and concerns about educational uses, and the implications, of technology in the classroom. Therefore, as part of our continuing efforts to serve the needs of Michigan K-12 educators in their professional development, we sponsor our annual summer workshop, which is known for its high take away value and for the practical knowledge and hands-on classroom experience of our presenters.  Our 2014 workshop will include an opening session, over 20 breakout sessions over the two days with a variety of educational technology topics, and of course, networking opportunities.

Goals of the Workshop
All attendees will be able to:

  • apply at least one new skill in regards to educational technology in the classroom
  • demonstrate leadership by modeling the use of educational technology to others in their district 
  • identify ways that educational technology can be used to support instruction and student learning, not interfere with it

Benefits
  • Learn how to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance instruction in the classroom 
  • Leave with practical lesson ideas to use in your own classroom, including all ages/subject areas
  • Networking opportunities with other K-12 educators
  • Educators can earn 7 SCECHs
  • Lunch provided, as well as giveaways


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Please click on a presenter to view the sessions that will be available over the course of the two-day workshop.  Each session will be an hour & 15 min. in length to provide for instructional and participation time.

DAY 1: TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

Dwayne Wessel

  • iPad Apps that will Educate, Assess and Inspire Elementary School Students 
    Are you tired of reinventing the wheel each time you teach a lesson? Do you want to reach the digital generation without losing them in a sea of distractions? This session will explore apps that are engaging and very user friendly and offer strategies to help you implement them effectively.  Participants will also have access to video tutorials to review the information we cover at their own pace. Topics will include: flipping instruction to maximize instructional time, user-friendly video editing within your iPad and iPhone and how to utilize the cloud for engaging and relevant instruction. 
  • Apps and Programs that get High School Students Ready for Digital Learning.
    Post high school instruction and assessment opportunities are changing and we need to change too.  This session will show you how to seamlessly integrate technology into your lessons with user friendly apps and programs that will address the learning styles of the digital learner. Rather than reviewing the latest and greatest we will show you strategies to help you determine which programs work within your teaching style and current trends in education.
  • The 5 Best Special Apps for Students with Special Needs
    See how communication apps can be effectively implemented for students with autism and other communication issues. Learn strategies to effortlessly collect data on behaviors and IEP goals. Apply social skill apps and programs to teach students to navigate social situations. Include parents in the learning opportunities by sharing lessons and progress. 

Julie Chapie

  • Brand New to SMART Boards?  An introduction to SMART Boards and the basic functions of SMART Notebook Software
    Guests of this session will learn a brief history of SMART Boards, along with the basic hookup, troubleshooting & maintenance involved with having SMART hardware & software in the classroom.   This session will also focus on how to use some of the basic features & functions of SMART Notebook software and introduction of SMART exchange.
  • SMART Exchange - Downloading lessons and editing them to fit your needs
    Guests of this session will explore SMART Exchange, an online community of free, ready-built lessons.   Learn how to view, download and edit these lessons to fit classroom needs and objectives.  We will introduce SMART Notebook Express, an online option to view, save and interact with Notebook files without having the full software loaded on your computer.  
  • SMART Exchange - Downloading lessons and editing them to fit your needs
    Guests of this session will explore SMART Exchange, an online community of free, ready-built lessons.   Learn how to view, download and edit these lessons to fit classroom needs and objectives.  We will introduce SMART Notebook Express, an online option to view, save and interact with Notebook files without having the full software loaded on your computer.  

Nick Provenzano

  • Remember Everything with Evernote
    In the changing world of education, teachers, students, and staff are being asked to remember more and more. Evernote is a free cloud-based app that allows users to organize all of the information they encounter. This session will explain what Evernote is, how it works, and how it can be integrated into the lives of educators and students.
  • Digital Tools to Support Reading & Writing
    Pen and paper are still great in helping students’ master reading and writing, but there are great digital tools that can be introduced into the classroom to help those students who are struggling to keep up with the rest of the class. This session will explore different web tools that teachers can integrate into their curriculum to support reading and writing instruction.
  • Google: Blogger
    A Blank Canvas for Educators and Students - Digital writing is here to stay and Blogger is a great tool for educators to use to engage students in meaningful writing. Whether it is used as a portfolio, a creative space to share ideas, or a personal space for reflection, Blogger offers a wide variety of options for students and educators.

Brian Peterson
  • Incorporating Weebly and Glogster in your lessons
    In this session, you will be exposed to the basics of website creation using Weebly and Glogster and how I use them in my fifth grade classroom. While my experience is primarily in the elementary classroom, these tools can be adapted and used for all grades. 
  • Incorporating Weebly and Glogster in your lessons
    In this session, you will be exposed to the basics of website creation using Weebly and Glogster and how I use them in my fifth grade classroom. While my experience is primarily in the elementary classroom, these tools can be adapted and used for all grades. 
  • Apps and Web Resources for the classroom
    Who doesn't love free resources?  The apps and web resources are too numerous to list all of them, but I will share some of my favorites that can be used creatively in the classroom.  Apps and web resources such as Brainpop, Getkahoot, Leafsnap, ClassDojo, Nasa’s eyes and so many more will be explored!

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

Dwayne Wessel

  • iPad Apps that will Educate, Assess and Inspire Elementary School Students 
    Are you tired of reinventing the wheel each time you teach a lesson? Do you want to reach the digital generation without losing them in a sea of distractions? This session will explore apps that are engaging and very user friendly and offer strategies to help you implement them effectively.  Participants will also have access to video tutorials to review the information we cover at their own pace. Topics will include: flipping instruction to maximize instructional time, user-friendly video editing within your iPad and iPhone and how to utilize the cloud for engaging and relevant instruction. 
  • Apps and Programs that get High School Students Ready for Digital Learning.
    Post high school instruction and assessment opportunities are changing and we need to change too.  This session will show you how to seamlessly integrate technology into your lessons with user friendly apps and programs that will address the learning styles of the digital learner. Rather than reviewing the latest and greatest we will show you strategies to help you determine which programs work within your teaching style and current trends in education.
  • The 5 Best Special Apps for Students with Special Needs
    See how communication apps can be effectively implemented for students with autism and other communication issues. Learn strategies to effortlessly collect data on behaviors and IEP goals. Apply social skill apps and programs to teach students to navigate social situations. Include parents in the learning opportunities by sharing lessons and progress. 

Jennifer Uhl

  • Take a Sneak Peak of the Newest Version of the World's #1 Collaborative Learning Software!
    The newest version of SMART Notebook was just released in April and provides a number of key enhancements and subject-specific add-ons which enable teachers to inspire learning every day. SMART Notebook 2014 provides access to a full suite of features and functionality to help teachers create, deliver and manage high-impact, interactive lessons for whole-class instruction and small-group collaboration. Come find out how SMART Notebook 2014 brings learning to life more than ever before!
  • Instantly Assess Learning with SMART Response
    SMART Response software is built right into SMART Notebook. It enables teachers to instantly assess learning through formative and summative assessments – increasing student participation and improving learning outcomes. The systems also integrate with industry-leading online assessment and content platforms. This session will provide an overview of the SMART Response system (i.e. student clickers/remotes) and a look at how easy it is to develop, create, deliver and evaluate assessments in SMART Notebook.
  • Inspire Amazing in your Classroom with SMART Amp
    As mobile devices become increasingly popular in classrooms around the world, educators are looking for ways to overcome some of the challenges these technologies present to unlock their true potential. Created with the input of teachers from around the world, SMART amp is designed for the pedagogical needs of today's classrooms. It provides a way to connect mobile devices without the need to install, update or maintain a variety of applications across different hardware and software platforms. This powerful cloud-based software allows you to unleash the power of collaboration and inspire amazing in your classroom.

Chris Stanley

  • Teaching and Learning in the Hybrid/Blended Classroom
    Find out ways to create a vibrant and robust classroom environment that exists beyond the confines on physical walls. Learn new ways to have students express their understanding and engage in countless materials. By teaching a blended classroom, students practice higher order thinking skills through purposeful instruction. NO MORE WORKSHEETS! Come learn effective ways to engage your students and focus on their learning!
  • The Paperless Classroom – Designing a Meaningful Site
    The definition of classroom has certainly changed throughout the years. Due to advancements in technology, the classroom and learning can be transported anywhere! This session will equip educators with different ways to engage learners in a digital environment (and save trees in the meantime), and learn to create a website that creates the possibility of learning anytime, anywhere! 
  • Becoming a Connected Educator Through Social Media
    Learn to create your own Professional Learning Network through one of social media's most popular tools: Twitter. See how educators are making a difference and inspiring others in real time! Get your feet wet and discover how to become a connected educator. Whether you're a beginner or have been using social media for your own enjoyment, discover the greatest professional development available!

Michael Medvinsky

  • Connecting to the Global Classroom
    Connecting learners globally is one way of engaging with the connected world. Designing collaborative projects that include the use of classroom and mobile devices connect the learners in your classroom to others in the world. This is one way of providing a global perspective. Rock Our World, a global collaboration, and apps such as VoiceThread, Edmodo, and Twitter break down the walls of our classrooms and invite-in other perspectives. Let's design experiences to join a growing culture of digitally literate learners.
  • Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    Being a Connected Educator has positively affected my teaching and learning. Twitter has become a think-tank, professional development and an online support group. There are many ways of being connected. Pinterest, FaceBook, EduClipper, Edmodo, YouTube, and blogging are also ways of connecting to other great minds. Let's create and build a digital Personal Learning Network (PLN) together.
  • Giving Learners a Digital Voice (Digital Portfolios and Assessment)
    Student Response Systems, Digital Portfolios, and Gamification are all ways we can give learners a voice in our classrooms. Find ways to use Socrative, NearPod, Kahoot, Three Ring, TodaysMeet, Padlet, and Edmodo to formatively assess and provide a forum for learners voices to be heard. Three Ring, a website and app where I create digital portfolios, has changed the way I collect data and has provided a window into my classroom for parents. These digital tools are also a way for you to create a sandbox for learners to practice digital citizenship in a controlled environment. Learners have a digital voice, are you listening?




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We are thrilled to have such an outstanding, diverse group of presenters this year.  Please click on a presenter's name to view their brief biography.  Their individual sessions are posted on the Session Descriptions page.

Dwayne Wessel, M.Ed. in Special Education with ASD
Dwayne is a lecturer for Oakland University and has extensive experience working with children afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dwayne has a Masters in Education (Special Education, autism endorsement).  He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Education studying cognition and learning. He holds teacher certification in both Ontario and Michigan, has been a classroom teacher and is currently employed as a Teacher Consultant for students with ASD ages 3-26 in Michigan.  Dwayne utilizes technology in his teaching methods as a way to support, enhance, and improve learning for individuals both on and off the spectrum.

Nicholas Provenzano, M.Ed. in Educational Technology
Nicholas is a high school English teacher who is also a passionate blogger about all things nerdy in the educational technology world.  He received his M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University in 2011.  In 2013, he was received the ISTE Teacher of the Year and was awarded MACUL Teacher of the Year.  He is also an Evernote Education Ambassador.  Check out his website: The Nerdy Teacher.

Brian Peterson, Ed.S. in Leadership
Brian is a lectuer for Oakland University in Elementary Education program and has taught fifth grade in the Rochester School District district for 14 years.  He also leads the Detroit Zoological Society’s overnight educational programs.  Brian received Michigan’s Elementary Science Teacher of the Year award in 2011 and has been incorporating technology in his classroom for many years.

Julie Chapie, B.S. in Finance
Julie is the ERL Technology Assistant for the School of Education & Human Services.  She comes from a non-traditional educational background, but has been active in the technology world since 2007 and has facilitated a variety of educational technology training for Oakland University's faculty and undergraduate students.  Julie also has SMART Notebook 11 Certification.

Michael Medvinsky, B.S. of Music in Music Education
Michael is a music educator who advocates the importance of transparent technology integration, social media, and global collaboration into an arts centered learning environment.  Michael received the 2012 Oakland County Elementary Teacher of the Year award and was also nominated for the 2013 Michigan Teacher of the Year award.  He is also a lecturer for Oakland University in Music Education Methods and technology integration. 

Chris Stanley, Ed.S. in Leadership
Chris (@StanleyTeach) is a 21st Century Teacher for Fraser Public Schools (A 1:1 iPad District). He assists staff in integrating technology into their lesson design and works on creating valuable professional development with his 21st Century team. Chris also has three years experience teaching a hybrid English class for students. View his work at stanleyteach.weebly.com.

Jennifer Uhl, M.A. in Instructional and Learning Technologies
Jennifer is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Cranbrook Schools.  She is a SMART Board Certified Master Trainer and a SMART Exemplary Educator.  Jennifer is also a former high school math and science teacher.  She has a Master of Science in Instructional and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado.


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Online registration closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 (or when the workshop fills).  For Day-Of Registration, please contact Andrea Lewis at alewis@oakland.edu.

Questions about the workshop?  
Andrea Lewis
alewis@oakland.edu 
(248) 209-2471

Questions about registration?  
PACE Office
oupace@oakland.edu 
(248) 370-3177



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State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, is a long-time advocate for integrating technology into K-12 education.  He is leading a discussion regarding the technology in education topic on Facebook now. 

“Technology, it’s ever-changing. The kids, they aren’t saying … ‘Slow down.’ They’ll take whatever I throw at them and use it to enhance core curriculum.” -Tasha Candela, 2013 Presenter