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NJEA has again enlisted the services of ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements to offer NJEA members attending the Convention low-cost child care. The cost is $20 per child, per day. Sign in to njea.org to register.

Convention App

Smartphone users will be able to “let their fingers do the walking” at this year’s NJEA Convention with an application designed to run on iPhones, Android-based phones, and Blackberrys. Learn more

1:1 Program: Maintaining a Healthy Balance
Friday: 1 – 2 p.m.

Presenters: Morgan Duffield and Matt Ringh
Explore the possible ways to implement a 1:1 program at your school while learning about Chromebooks, iPads, and Netbooks. A 1:1 program is an essential step towards initiating collaboration, communication, and developing creative expression. Students will benefit from self-paced learning while teachers will transition towards multiple teaching methods. Let’s make this step together and extend our learning envi­ronments to include parents and the outside world.

10 Coolest Things You Can Do with a SMART Board
Thursday: 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Presenters: Matt Ringh and Vanessa Vazquez
Explore some of the latest and least known uses for a SMART Board. This fast-paced session will explore 10 resources—some academic and some just fun. Following a “count-down” format, we’ll explore topics such as Mixed Reality, Prezi, Ripping Flash, Recogniz­ing Tables, and more.

A Framework for Data Collection and Assessment with the iPad
Thursday: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Matt Ringh
Explore in detail four of the most versatile apps and websites for iPads. Learn how to use Nearpod and Infuselearning to create presentations that students can interact with through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing inter­activity, website-sharing, self-guided quizzes, and more. Learn how Socrative and Google Drive can be used to create open ended questions, collect student responses, give immediate feedback, and assess understanding.

Best Web Tools for the Interactive Classroom
Thursday: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Presenters: Morgan Duffield and Amy Tarreto
Web 2.0 applications bring learning to life! Increase student skills in collaboration, research, and com­munication with exciting web-based tools. Learn to create a collaborative environment for your students and further enrich your SMART Board learning environment to leave a lasting impression.

Digital Storytelling
Friday: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Ben Cebulash and Amy Tarreto

Digital tools allow us to take the age-old practice of storytelling and engage our students with text, narration, images, and music. Through the use of the SMART Board, we’ll explore ways in which teachers are effectively building digital storytelling into their instruction, as well as how both software and online resources make this a creative learning experience

Learning with the iPad

Thursday: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Presenters: Andrew Grefig and David Dickman
Educators nationwide are describing the iPad as a revolutionary learning tool. Discover why in this col­laborative session and see how the iPad can enliven and expand the possibilities of your classroom. Learn how teachers and students are using the iPad, play with a handful of Apps, and leave with a completed project plan that includes sample materi­als and an assessment-ready rubric.

Project Based Learning and the iPad
Thursday: 12 – 1 p.m.
Presenters: Andrew Grefig and Joseph Sanfilippo
Educators all over the country are describing the iPad as a revolutionary learning tool. Discover why in this collaborative and engaging session. Together, we will explore how the iPad can enliven and expand possibilities in the classroom. You will learn how the iPad is being used by teachers and students, play with a handful of Apps, and explore how it integrates with other educational technology such as the SMART Board, SMART Response, and Safari Montage’s Digital Curriculum Presenter.

Promoting Literacy with Google Apps for Education
Friday: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Presenter: Morgan Duffield
Improving literacy is the responsibility of all teach­ers, not just those in the language classroom. In this session, we will explore how Google Apps can be utilized to help build literacy skills in all cur­riculum areas. Learn how technology can increase student motivation to read and write by connecting learners with audiences both within and beyond the classroom. We’ll also look at how to integrate social learning aspects, such as peer review, sharing, and collaboration. Discover tips on how to include a greater emphasis on key vocabulary terms each day and encourage active exploration of text to facilitate student ownership of the task of learning. You’ll see how to create templates to use as reading journals, graphic organizers, and more. Through the use of practical, classroom-tested examples, we will identify how to seamlessly integrate multiple Apps to promote literacy development in all subjects.

Sound Check: Podcasting in your Classroom
Thursday: 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Presenter: Joseph Sanfilippo
Podcasting is leaving a significant imprint on today’s classroom. With resources to create instructional podcasts, teachers have the ability to communicate classroom experiences anytime, anywhere. Learn to harness the power of audio production and engage your students 24/7 with podcasting!

STEM and NAO
Friday: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Presenters: Andrew Grefig and David Dickman
Improve your science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction with our STEM and NAO course. Learn how to keep students engaged and better their learning outcomes as we help you successfully combine STEM concepts, proper peda­gogical knowledge, and innovative technologies, including Aldebaran’s latest humanoid robot, NAO.

Convention Program

To help you plan your conference, download the 2013 Convention Program for a complete listing of sessions, events, entertainment, and more.

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