Schedule & Sessions

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Registration 7:45 - 8:15 AM

Welcome 8:00 - 8:30 AM


Session A - 8:30 - 11:30 AM (3 Hours)


Creating global connections within an educational environment
Room G38
Tina Jarvis
Ever wonder what a one roomed schoolhouse might look like in a global village? Come spend three hours together where we can learn how to use certain tools along with an active internet connection to begin to connect our students on a global scale. Teachers will learn how to use ePals to make a global connection with teachers and students from around the world. Google Earth will be used to learn more about their connection classroom and their environment and geography. Teachers will then learn how to set up a learning environment in Moodle for the use of collaborating together through embedded multimedia, RSS feeds and WIKI’s. If a Video Conference connection is not a possibility because of varying time zones, then our teachers will be trained how to capture video using a Flip Camera and embed this into their Moodle for a more authentic connection with their global peers.

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Room G44
Jeremy Sarachan
This workshop will review the use of improvisational theater and various technologies to explore digital storytelling. After discussing various elements (character, conflict, pacing, emotional resonance, audience engagement), we will practice using writing and theater games to introduce storytelling techniques in the classroom. Then, we will consider how various Web 2.0 websites and software tools may be used to teach storytelling. For collaborative stories, we will utilize both Twitter and pbworks (a free wiki site) and then we will practice podcasting (Garageband), video editing of still images (iMovie) and try a free (for educators) website, prezi.com, to create an interactive animated story incorporating video, sound and images.

Exam View with Student Response Systems
Room G60


Session C - 8:30 - 10:00 AM (1.5 Hours)

SMART Board Response Systems (clickers) - Using them 'ON THE FLY'
Room G28
Gail Hall
How can I use the response systems as an informal assessment quickly and instantly without lots of preplanning? I don't have a lot of time to spend scanning in preexisting documents or typing in questions but want to use the response system to get feedback as to how my students are doing. Have you ever been teaching and all of the sudden wanted to change you approach or add something different that you hadn't planned for? In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to use the SMART response systems (clickers) during a lesson without planning ahead (Clickers ON THE FLY). You will also be given time to practice on a computer yourself.

Datamentor: Using Data to Inform Instruction
Room G51
Staci Autovino-Kemp
This presentation will empower participants by providing them with an on-line data resource that can be integrated into teaching & learning. It can provide teachers with the necessary expose to data to make informed instructional decisions to improve student learning. A session not to be missed.

School World Website Creation
Room G135

Intro to Web 2.0
Room G 133
Beth Schill and Marlene Benson
Are you unsure what Web 2.0 means? Then this is the session for you! You will be provided with an overview of Web 2.0. Some of the tools shown will include Prezi, Glogster, Wordle, Joglab, Google Bookmarks & Reader, skype and pbwiki. Actual classroom examples will be shown. There will be time for exploration. You will leave with plenty of ideas!

Session D - 10:00- 11:30 AM (1.5 Hours)

SMART Board Response Systems (clickers) - Using them 'ON THE FLY'
Room G28
Gail Hall
How can I use the response systems as an informal assessment quickly and instantly without lots of preplanning? I don't have a lot of time to spend scanning in preexisting documents or typing in questions but want to use the response system to get feedback as to how my students are doing. Have you ever been teaching and all of the sudden wanted to change you approach or add something different that you hadn't planned for? In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to use the SMART response systems (clickers) during a lesson without planning ahead (Clickers ON THE FLY). You will also be given time to practice on a computer yourself.

Datamentor: Using Data to Inform Instruction
Room G51
Staci Autovino-Kemp
This presentation will empower participants by providing them with an on-line data resource that can be integrated into teaching & learning. It can provide teachers with the necessary expose to data to make informed instructional decisions to improve student learning. A session not to be missed.

School World Website Creation
Room G135

Intro to Web 2.0
Room G 133
Beth Schill and Marlene Benson
Are you unsure what Web 2.0 means? Then this is the session for you! You will be provided with an overview of Web 2.0. Some of the tools shown will include Prezi, Glogster, Wordle, Joglab, Google Bookmarks & Reader, skype and pbwiki. Actual classroom examples will be shown. There will be time for exploration. You will leave with plenty of ideas!

Microsoft Office 2007: What’s up with the ribbon?
Room G131

Open Lab Session
Room G122

Session B - 12:30 - 3:30 PM (3 Hours)


The Dirty Dozen - SMART Board Tricks
Room G28
Regina Muscarella & Sue Ibrisimovic
The Dirty Dozen - Down and dirty tricks for the SMART Board. This session is designed help you organize your workspace to make using your SMARTBoard easier, while giving you tricks and ideas to engage your students in your lessons. Learn about creating reveals using a variety of animations, color changes and tables, and make templates to use in your classroom.


Creating global connections within an educational environment
Room G38
Tina Jarvis
Ever wonder what a one roomed schoolhouse might look like in a global village? Come spend three hours together where we can learn how to use certain tools along with an active internet connection to begin to connect our students on a global scale. Teachers will learn how to use ePals to make a global connection with teachers and students from around the world. Google Earth will be used to learn more about their connection classroom and their environment and geography. Teachers will then learn how to set up a learning environment in Moodle for the use of collaborating together through embedded multimedia, RSS feeds and WIKI’s. If a Video Conference connection is not a possibility because of varying time zones, then our teachers will be trained how to capture video using a Flip Camera and embed this into their Moodle for a more authentic connection with their global peers.


Integrating Assistive Technology - 4 Perspectives
Room G133
Christie Rochester
This session will demonstrate ways to integrate the use of instructional technology and the inclusion of assistive technology within and outside of four environments: an Integrated Kindergarten, Elementary Resource Room, Gen Ed classroom for 5th grade, and a 15:1:1 Middle School Classroom (6,7 & 8) with connections to Co-Taught Social Studies and Science classrooms. Participants will learn how these four teachers have successfully integrated and provided their students with the most independent access to curriculum materials and along the way taught their students 21st century life skills.Technology used: SmartBoard and Notebook software, SOLO, WordQ, OCR Software, Laptops, Tablet PC, Blogging, Microsoft Word, Boardmaker software and Speech Generating Devices.

SMART Board & Mobi Wireless Slate
Room G60

Session E - 12:30 - 2:00 PM ( 1.5 Hours)

Going Global: Using National Resource Centers and Technology Applications
Room G28
Suzanne Kolodziej & Nicole Koschmann
The Cornell Educational Resources for International Studies (CERIS) outreach team is committed to engaging audiences outside of the University. Made up of the Einaudi Center for International Studies, the East Asia Program, the Institute for African Development, the Institute for European Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, the South Asia Program, and the Southeast Asia Program, CERIS is guided by the principal that we extend expertise in International Studies to advance the public good and the Cornell University mission. The East Asia Program, Institute for European Studies, South Asia Program,and Southeast Asia Program at Cornell, are designated as NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTERS (NRC) by the United States Department of Education 2006 – 2010. This session will explain how you can use the National Resource Centers to support your teaching and future technology applications the Centers are exploring in K-12 Outreach.

School World Website Creation
Room G135

The New York State Reading Academy
Room G131

Beyond Classroom Walls with Wikis
Room G44
Carolyn Harper
Come and learn about one of the latest ways to use technology with students. A wiki is a collaborative, easy-to-use web page that many people can edit. You don’t need to learn any complicated software: it’s easy! Students can post their own work to share with family members and others on the web. It’s a great place to post class news, podcasts, conference schedules, links, photos and more. It’s an outstanding resource for home-school communication, and an exciting way to connect with others around the world. We’ll tour a very active third grade wiki, and then you’ll have time to begin to create your own wiki. If you have your class list, bring it with you if you'd like to create individual student pages. Energize your new class and yourself with this great resource!

Open Lab Session
Room G122


Session F - 2:00 - 3:30 PM (1.5 Hours)


Going Global: Using National Resource Centers and Technology Applications
Room G28

School World Website Creation
Room G135

The New York State Reading Academy
Room G131

Beyond Classroom Walls with Wikis
Room G44
Carolyn Harper
Come and learn about one of the latest ways to use technology with students. A wiki is a collaborative, easy-to-use web page that many people can edit. You don’t need to learn any complicated software: it’s easy! Students can post their own work to share with family members and others on the web. It’s a great place to post class news, podcasts, conference schedules, links, photos and more. It’s an outstanding resource for home-school communication, and an exciting way to connect with others around the world. We’ll tour a very active third grade wiki, and then you’ll have time to begin to create your own wiki. Energize your new class and yourself with this great resource!

Open Lab Session
Room G122

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Registration 7:45 - 8:30 AM


Session G - 8:30 - 11:30 AM (3 Hours)

DataMentor for School Librarians: Building Partnerships for Achievement
Room G28
Staci Autovino-Kemp
This three hour workshop will focus on a review of the Standards for the 21st Century Learner and strategies for developing collaborative teacher/librarian partnerships. The second part of the workshop, participants will use Datamentor to analyze and interpret their district’s data and correlate it to the NYS and AASL standards.
Attendees will need to create an account in datamentor prior to the training. http://www.datamentor.org

SMART Lesson Activity Toolkit
Room G51
Regina Muscarella & Sue Ibrisimovic
Explore the Lesson Activity Toolkit in the SMART Notebook Gallery and create some dynamic interactive lessons for your students. Create multimedia slides that provide instant feedback as students engage in SMART Board lessons. Participants should bring laptop with SMART Notebook installed, and some materials for lessons.

WebQuests 2.0: Impact on Process and Product
Room G38
Vincy Murgillo
More than using the Internet as an on-line reference tool, WebQuests are inquiry-oriented activities in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the online resources. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Session I - 8:30 - 10:00 AM (1.5 Hours)


"Attention! Attention!"
Room G131
Sandy Howlett
This presentation will provide tips and tricks for creating attention grabbing Promethean flipcharts and response activities. Best teaching practices will be blended with Promethean Technology to spark student learning. Ideas for differentiation will be incorporated as well. Bring your lesson planning ideas and your laptop!

Video On Demand in the Classroom
Room G44
Doreen Pietrantoni
This session will help educators use the Video On Demand database in their classroom as an effective teaching tool. Educators will learn how NYS Standard Aligned content will allow them to differentiate their lessons and bring visual media into the classroom. Please note this database used is unique to Monroe #1 BOCES districts.

Using Digital Resources within Fowlett
Room G133

Open Lab
Room G122

Session J - 10:00- 11:30 AM (1.5 Hours)


"Attention! Attention!"
Room G131
Sandy Howlett
This presentation will provide tips and tricks for creating attention grabbing Promethean flipcharts and response activities. Best teaching practices will be blended with Promethean Technology to spark student learning. Ideas for differentiation will be incorporated as well. Bring your lesson planning ideas and your laptop!


Video On Demand in the Classroom
Room G44
Doreen Pietrantoni
This session will help educators use the Video On Demand database in their classroom as an effective teaching tool. Educators will learn how NYS Standard Aligned content will allow them to differentiate their lessons and bring visual media into the classroom. Please note this database used is unique to Monroe #1 BOCES districts.


Using Digital Resources within Fowlett
Room G133

Open Lab
Room G122

Session H - 12:30 - 3:30 PM (3 Hours)


Creating Media Rich Tours in Google Earth
Room G28
Brian C. Smith
Experience Google Earth like never before by creating engaging content for others to experience. During this session, participants will have hands-on opportunities to create their own virtual tour which includes text, photo, video. Skills, knowledge and applications to learning will be discussed and shared.

The Dirty Dozen - SMART Board Tricks
Room G51
Regina Muscarella & Sue Ibrisimovic
The Dirty Dozen - Down and dirty tricks for the SMART Board. This session is designed help you organize your workspace to make using your SMART Board easier, while giving you tricks and ideas to engage your students in your lessons. Learn about creating reveals using a variety of animations, color changes and tables, and make templates to use in your classroom.

Extending Your Classroom and Practice with Social Media and Learning Management
Room G38
Paul Birkby
This session is an introduction to Kajour, a Web 2.0 product that merges the worlds of social networking with online content management. Paul will demonstrate how Kajour is successfully used in high school psychology classes. Kajour is equally at home across the core curriculae and is already being used in ELA, LOTE, Social Studies, and Science classes throughout the country. Participants will also have the opportunity to see Kajour in action as they experience, first-hand, the power of this online tool. Program developer, Dave Miller will also be on hand to preview upcoming upgrades.

Authentic Formative Assessments
Room G131
Create and customize your own assessment templates to document student progress in between the formal benchmark periods. This will assist teachers in targeting instruction, differentiation, and RTI progress monitoring. Bring laptops and class lists.

vclickers: Virtual Student Response Systems
Room G60

Session K - 12:30 - 2:00 PM ( 1.5 Hours)


Media in the ELA/Social Studies Classroom
Room G44
Doreen Pietrantoni
Learn how to use media such as video on demand, interactive websites, and student created media to engage English/Language Arts & Social Studies learners. These tools will differentiate teaching and learning so that all learning styles are addressed. We will briefly discuss how to us classroom and student created media as an effective assessment tool.

Introducing Moodle
Room G133

Open Lab
Room G122

Session L - 2:00 - 3:30 PM (1.5 Hours)


Media in the ELA/Social Studies Classroom
Room G44
Doreen Pietrantoni
Learn how to use media such as video on demand, interactive websites, and student created media to engage English/Language Arts & Social Studies learners. These tools will differentiate teaching and learning so that all learning styles are addressed. We will briefly discuss how to us classroom and student created media as an effective assessment tool.

Introducing Moodle
Room G133

Open Lab
Room G122

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Registration 7:45 - 8:30 AM


Session M - 8:30 - 11:30 AM (3 Hours)


SMART Boards Beyond the Chalkboard
Room G28
Alana Tomer
My goal this year has been to use my smartboard more interactively. I try to get the kids up and out of their seats multiple times during a lesson and interact with the smartboard. During the session I will show teachers ways to create interactive lessons and how to link movies, websites, etc. There would also be a work time where I can help teachers create interactive lessons.

Deal or no deal - Learning through interactive games!
Room G38
Candace Black
Engage students in learning and reviewing your curriculum by having fun playing games: Family Feud, Concentration, Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 1 vs. 100, Password, and more... As participants, you will explore the different game templates used to play your way through the curriculum and learn the basics of how to adapt the templates to your own classes. A sample of each game will be played with participants using a student response system (a remote control similar to those used on popular TV game shows for audience participation). Attendees will take home a detailed instructional packet and a DVD-ROM with the game templates presented in this session for future use in the classroom.

Playful Inventors Workshop
Room G135
Brian C. Smith
Experience an inventors workshop within a classroom setting. Explore, experiment, design and build inventive creations using PicoCrickets (http://picocricket.com), arts and crafts materials, and music. Build your understanding and skills of a constructivist approach to learning. Participants will design and build a creative project that interacts with its environment, gain hands-on experience with motors, learn to program a computer and leave with increased confidence using and creating with technology.

Session O - 8:30 - 10:00 AM (1.5 Hours)


Using Wikis in the Writers Workshop
Room G51
Travis Wood
This session will explore how wikis can transform the publication process of the Writer's Workshop. Within the session, we will discuss how the use of a wiki simplifies publication and how it allows the teacher to hold 'individual writers conferences' without actually being present. I will share anecdotes and actual published pieces to show how the students writing evolved through the use of wiki.

Administration 2.0 - Using blogs, wikis, &Twitter as an administrator
Room G131
Winton Buddington and John Burke
This presentation will explore the uses of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and webcasts and their application to administrative tasks. Examples from Bay Trail Middle School will be shared as a starting point for group discussion. The goal is for participants to leave with ideas for utilizing these tools in their own schools. Please bring a laptop to join us in our exploration.

Exploring Global Connections through ePals
Room G133
Tina Jarvis
ePals is the Internet’s leading global learning community. It is a community of students, teachers and academic experts in 200 countries and territories. ePals’ mission is to help teachers connect with other teachers from around the world in hopes of creating a collaborative learning experience. Teachers will learn how to search for teachers from specific parts of the globe and how to post to their forum. The Way We Are, an ePals project, will be our working example to learn more about this vibrant community. Find out how your district can utilize this free web based community. This session is designed for beginning users; while more advanced users may enjoy it as well.

Open Lab
Room G122

Session P - 10:00- 11:30 AM (1.5 Hours)


Using Wikis in the Writers Workshop
Room G51
Travis Wood
This session will explore how wikis can transform the publication process of the Writer's Workshop. Within the session, we will discuss how the use of a wiki simplifies publication and how it allows the teacher to hold 'individual writers conferences' without actually being present. I will share anecdotes and actual published pieces to show how the students writing evolved through the use of wiki.

Administration 2.0 - Using blogs, wikis, &Twitter as an administrator
Room G131
Winton Buddington and John Burke
This presentation will explore the uses of blogs, wikis, podcasts, and webcasts and their application to administrative tasks. Examples from Bay Trail Middle School will be shared as a starting point for group discussion. The goal is for participants to leave with ideas for utilizing these tools in their own schools. Please bring a laptop to join us in our exploration.

Exploring Global Connections through ePals
Room G133
Tina Jarvis
ePals is the Internet’s leading global learning community. It is a community of students, teachers and academic experts in 200 countries and territories. ePals’ mission is to help teachers connect with other teachers from around the world in hopes of creating a collaborative learning experience. Teachers will learn how to search for teachers from specific parts of the globe and how to post to their forum. The Way We Are, an ePals project, will be our working example to learn more about this vibrant community. Find out how your district can utilize this free web based community. This session is designed for beginning users; while more advanced users may enjoy it as well.

Herding Cats: Administrators and Teacher Leaders
Room G60

Open Lab
Room G122

Session N - 12:30 - 3:30 PM (3 Hours)

Capture Student Creativity With Digital Story Tellin!
Room G28
Linda Romig
Help your students take the ancient art of storytelling to new and exciting levels with powerful digital tools by creating digital stories.
Digital Storytelling is using computer-based tools to tell stories. They can contain computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Storytelling can be effectively applied to nearly any subject. Digital story creation require the storyteller to think carefully about the topic and consider the audience’s perspective. It allows students to become more creative, gain speaking skills, and improve verbal organizing skills. The process includes planning, writing, editing, illustrating, and producing their digital stories as a means of communicating.
In this class we will explore the educational value of digital storytelling, view some exemplars and have a brief overviews of Photo Story 3, Movie Maker, ActivInspire, PowerPoint and Voice Tread as a means for students to use to create their digital stories. We will also allow time for participants to briefly use each of these programs and become familiar with how they can be used in their classrooms. Lastly, we will discuss how to share our digital stories on our webpages and/or TeacherTube or SchoolTube.

I Have a SMART Board (interactive whiteboard) Now What?
Room G38
Gail Hall
Ok, so you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom and know how to do the basics but now what? How do I design lessons or modify preexisting lessons I have found on the web to meet the needs of my students without spending hours in additional planning? 1st hour we will take a look at lessons created that help in management of classroom activities, samples of successful math and language arts lessons and lessons designed by teachers that can be used for multiple subjects by just editing text. The next hour will allow teachers to create and/or experiment with creating lessons they could use in their classroom. The last hour will be used for reflection and sharing of sites teachers have found useful for interactive whiteboards. Bring your flashdrive so you can take your creation back to school.

Extending the Classroom With Technology
Room G51
Travis Wood & Edward Foote
In this session we will explore how classroom blogging can extend the classroom beyond its walls. We will share how our classroom blog created a community of students who were connected regardless of time, space, and student' abilities. We will share tips and resources to create your professional and classroom blog and make it a success. We will also provide hands-on time to create a professional or classroom blog as well as connect you with classrooms around the world to enhance your students' experience.

Encouraging the Creation of Collaborative Projects: Administrators and Teacher Leaders
Room G60

Session Q - 12:30 - 2:00 PM ( 1.5 Hours)


Saying Goodbye to Pencil and Paper?
Room G131
Joelle Weaver
For some of our students the blank page is not a canvas waiting to be filled, but rather a canyon full of pitfalls and anxiety. Come talk about and explore how to make writing exciting again. We will look at digital storytelling, using storyboards from DVD's, on-line comics, guided writing frames and other online organizers and e-notebooks. My focus is to make writing the best time of your day and your students too!

Teaching online using FREE meeting software
Room G133
Michael Silvestro
Participants will learn how to integrate the free online meeting tool DimDim, to teach via the web using materials you already have. This software allows screen share, PowerPoint and PDF share, white board, and Web Site share, all without installing any software on the guest machines and only minimal software on the host machine. A great tool for more novice or causal users, but powerful enough for distance learning, especially when students are not able to attend class but want to participate.

Media in the Math & Science Classroom
Room G135
Doreen Pietrantoni
Learn how to use media such as video on demand, interactive websites, and student created media to engage Math & Science learners. These tools will differentiate teaching and learning so that all learning styles are addressed. We will briefly discuss how to use classroom and student created media as an effective assessment tool.

Open Lab
Room G122

Session R - 2:00 - 3:30 PM (1.5 Hours)


Saying Goodbye to Pencil and Paper?
Room G131
Joelle Weaver
For some of our students the blank page is not a canvas waiting to be filled, but rather a canyon full of pitfalls and anxiety. Come talk about and explore how to make writing exciting again. We will look at digital storytelling, using storyboards from DVD's, on-line comics, guided writing frames and other online organizers and e-notebooks. My focus is to make writing the best time of your day and your students too!

Teaching online using FREE meeting software
Room G133
Michael Silvestro
Participants will learn how to integrate the free online meeting tool DimDim, to teach via the web using materials you already have. This software allows screen share, PowerPoint and PDF share, white board, and Web Site share, all without installing any software on the guest machines and only minimal software on the host machine. A great tool for more novice or causal users, but powerful enough for distance learning, especially when students are not able to attend class but want to participate.

Media in the Math & Science Classroom
Room G135
Doreen Pietrantoni
Learn how to use media such as video on demand, interactive websites, and student created media to engage Math & Science learners. These tools will differentiate teaching and learning so that all learning styles are addressed. We will briefly discuss how to use classroom and student created media as an effective assessment tool.

Open Lab
Room G122