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21st-Century Learners
Friday 11:00 – 1:00 Table 4
Presenter: Paula Leguizamon
Discover a new innovative way to do centers in your elementary or secondary classroom using Ipads.

Achieving Educational Excellence with EdModo
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 4
Presenter: Janel M. Schafer
Learn all of the tips and tricks for getting the most out of Edmodo.

Assessment Becomes Cool with Mobile Tools
Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 7
Presenters: Melissa Krupp and Dr. Amy Ackerman
Another painful day of testing? Use mobile devices to approach assessment with free and engaging Web 2.0 tools to increase learning outcomes.

Blog it!
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 3
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 4
Presenter: Mrs. Maryanne Rodriguez
Set up an online blog in order to communicate with students and parents.

CamScanner Mania!
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 6
Presenter: John Park
Learn how to create PDF files with this new and versatile tool. Discover the effective and compelling aspects of its use in the classroom, from grading to homework assignments.

Cool Tools For Teachers
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 8
Presenter: Meredith Martin
Looking for great free web tools? We’ll take a look at some of the best tools available for both teachers and students.

The Connected Classroom
hursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 7
Presenters: Nicole F. Rosso
Students share ideas, link articles, form book clubs, publish writing, and get feedback beyond their teacher. Enhance literacy skills with authentic learning. Start blogging today. Expand your classroom and connect.

Create a Stunning Website Using WordPress
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 6
Presenter: Jeffrey D. Bradbury

We will take the fear out of online publishing and show you why teachers and educators are using WordPress for their class websites.

Create and Curate Content with SymbalooEDU
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 8
Presenter: Meredith Martin
Need to collect and curate webpages? Make a launch page of sites for student use? Find new ways to research and present student projects? SymbalooEDU is the tool for you!

Create Your Own Online Professional Development Center for Staff
riday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 6
Presenter: Stephen Kappre
Receive examples and instructions on how to create an online learning environment for your school district, maximizing professional development time and reducing teacher stress.

Creating an eBook: Copyright, Construction, and Media
hursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 2
Presenter: Arielle H. Goldstein
Using a word processor and the iBooks editor application, you can create your very own multimedia eBook. These books can be read and annotated on any Apple IOS device.

Creating Mobile Apps: No Coding Required!
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 5
Presenter: Tanya L. Soltys
App Inventor is a free program from MIT that allows students to create Android Apps that can be shared on the Google Apps Play store.

Creating the Perfect Digital Classroom
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 5
Presenter: Jeffrey D. Bradbury
Learn how to create and implement the perfect digital classroom using social media and other free online tools to create a safe and effective learning environment.

E-Portfolio Assessment
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 5
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 7
Presenter: Colleen M. Murray
E-Portfolios are a great way to set goals, demonstrate progress, and keep track of student work, and they are easy to initiate and evaluate.

Engaging Your Students on an iPad
Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 2
Presenter: Daniel J. Gallagher
Learn how to make your lessons engaging and interactive on an iPad using the app Nearpod.

Engineering is Elementary: Transforming “Computer Lab” into a STEM Course
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 2
Presenter: Kevin M. Jarrett
Discover how the Museum of Science of Boston’s “Engineering is Elementary” program and cloud-based computing (Google Apps and Chromebooks) are transforming a K-4 Computer Lab into a learner-centered STEM experience.

Enhancing your Teaching by Using Podcasting
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 1
Presenter: Raquel Williams
Learn how to infuse podcasting into your lessons to maximize students’ speaking and listening skills. Web 2.0 tools beyond Audacity will be discussed as examples to support podcasting.

Free Classroom Management with ClassDojo
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 6
Presenter: Michelle A. Wendt
Reinforce positive classroom norms using mobile devices and computers. This free and visually engaging tool eliminates wall charts, communicates behavior reports to parents, and tracks student’s progress throughout the year.

Get Loud in the Cloud with Voice-Thread!
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 2
Presenter: Bruce R. Duboff
Using a laptop and a microphone, classes can satisfy multiple standards in an exciting, dynamic way with students using their own voices and graphics to create multimedia presentations.

Go Gaga for Google Docs!
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 6
Presenter: John Park
Google Docs has it all: documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. It’s a powerful collaborationtool that enhances group work. Learn how tocreate interactive lessons on Google Docs.

Green Gets You Everywhere
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 2
Presenter: Arielle H. Goldstein
Using a green screen, a camera, and a computer, you can take your students anywhere. Great for just about any subject. Using a green screen is simple and exciting.

Have Your Students Publish an eBook
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 8
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 8
Presenter: Matthew D. Farber
With just one Mac computer and one iPad, you can have your students create their own multitouch ebook and distribute it globally in Apple’s iBookstore.

Integrating eReaders in Education
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 1
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 3
Presenters: Sarah Amador and Michele A. Higgins
Explore the power, ease, and excellence of integrating the eReader into the elementary and middle school classroom. Energize instruction and engage all learners while meeting Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Ipads… Google Docs… Evaluations: Now What?
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 1
Presenters: Jennifer E. Baker and Peter J. Moran
Get equipped with the skills to use 21st-century tools to engage students and make your classroom more efficient and productive.

Math the SMART PMI Way
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 5
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 7
Presenter: Erika S. Waldek
Discover how SMART Boards and the Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) are transforming math. The program is aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Mind Mapping Made Easy
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 2
Presenter: Susan Stinson
Explore the web-based mind mapping opportunities available through Mindomo.com. The presentation, collaboration, and organizational tools can be easily integrated into any curriculum.

Multisensory Learning for Students with Special Needs Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 3
Presenter: Danielle M. Kovach
Discover how lessons can come to life for students with special needs through multisensory instruction using a SMART Board. Examples can be easily replicated in the classroom.

Notebook 11 for “SMARTies”
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 3
Presenter: Danielle M. Kovach
Workshop participants will feel “SMARTer” after learning the latest features in Notebook 11. Beginners and advanced users will learn how to navigate the updated SMART Notebook software.

Open the Window and Enjoy the Vyew
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 6
Presenter: John Park
Vyew.com is a powerful online learning, conferencing, and collaboration tool. Learn the effect this technology can have on your 21st-century classroom and improve student engagement and communication.

The Power and Point of Digital Storytelling
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 3
Presenter: Jess Hoertel
Using Photostory3 and Windows Movie Maker, turn boring presentations into dynamic learning experiences.

Prezi in the Classroom
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 8
Presenter: Michael W. Ritzius
Prezi allows users to create beautiful, engaging presentations in a simple and collaborative manner. Creating Prezis online empowers students to co-create and share presentations with a wide audience.

Print, Play, and Learn
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 5
Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 8
Presenter: Neils E. Clemenson
Explore tools to create your own games. Design cards, boards, and 3-D miniatures. Printer not provided.

Rethinking Posters: The World of Glogster EDU
Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 1
Presenter: Jess Hoertel
Make your classroom more interactive with Glogster EDU! Explore the digital poster-making program for lesson planning and student work. Practical uses in everyday lessons will be displayed and discussed.

Science the SMART PSI Way
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 7
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 4
Presenter: Patrick L. Chestnut
Discover how SMART Boards and the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) are transforming science.

Sratch: A Relevant Approach for the Technology Itch
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 5
Presenter: Ryan F. Evans
Learn the practical applications of Scratch, a free programming language for students aged 8-16. Join us and explore how to teach and create with Scratch.

Thursday 1 – 3 p.m. Table 8
Presenter: Mike RItzius
This session will explore the tools to build Professional Learning Networks, collaborate and engage. The essence of the modern educator can now be summarized in one word – Share.

Smart Board Technology in a Preschool Setting

Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 1
Presenter: Evelyn Ayum
Participants will learn how to use SMART Board technology in a preschool setting. Learn how to teach children math and literacy skills. Explore various activities using the SMART Board.

Socrative Student Responses Without Clickers!
Thursday: 3 – 5 p.m. Table 7
Presenter: Barbara S. DeSantis
Use a free web-based service to check for student understanding that works on your PC or any mobile device.

Speaking My Language: iPad and Alternative Augmentative Communication
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 3
Presenter: Karen A. Wester
In this session, you will learn how to assess whether the iPad and AAC apps will benefit your students. You will view several leading apps including Proloquo2Go and Go Talk.

Twitter as Professional Development
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 4
Presenters: William A. Krakower and Dana L. Sirotiak
Twitter offers some of the best professional development. You can use Twitter to connect globally with educators in a matter of minutes to improve teaching strategies and increase student achievement.

The Uses of iPads in Science and Math Classrooms
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 6
Presenter: John Park
Learn exciting ways iPads can be used in science and math classrooms. From interactive virtual labs to polar graphs, these devices engage your students in active learning and raise achievement.

Using Electronic Portfolios for Instruction and Assessment
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 1
Presenters: Mary E. Elbert
This program will assist educators in creating instructional and assesment electronic portfolios in the 21st-century classroom. Participants will address the validity of alternative assessment in the age of standardized testing.

Using Pinterest and Twitter to Become a Connected Educator
Thursday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 4
Presenter: Elissa L. Malespina
Learn the basics of Twitter and Pinterest and how to use them to develop a personal learning network. Learn how to gain valuable PD and how to promote classroom learning.

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance the Classroom
Thursday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 4
Presenters: Elissa L. Malespina and Melissa A. Butler
Learn how to use free Web 2.0 tools (Evernote, Livebinders, Popplet, Tackk) to change how students take notes, organize websites, publish reports, make e-portfolios, and more.

VoiceThread: Collaboration Using 21st-Century Skills
Friday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Table 5
Presenter: David A. Yastremski
Voicethreading allows a collaborative workspace for students to engage in storytelling and visual presentations. Whether in school, at home, or even overseas, students can present in new and innovative ways.

What’s on Your Plate?
Friday: 1 – 3 p.m. Table 2
Presenter: Susan J. Stinson
Explore how to use the USDA “MyPlate” interactive website when teaching nutrition. Come experience free online resources for teaching nutrition at all grade levels.

World Language Video Projects
Friday: 9 – 11 a.m. Table 1
Presenter: Joan G. Jensen Ed. D
Student-created world language videos increase motivation and unlock creativity, while demonstrating world language knowledge. Students love creating them and seeing themselves and their friends on film speaking the language.


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