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NJECC’s 33rd Annual Technology Conference ~ January 8th, 2019
Keynote ~ Dr. Michelle Schmitz, Apple Distinguished Educator, Principal
"Pioneering Change in Education" (Sponsored by Apple Education)

Dr. Schmitz is an elementary administrator who IS reimagining and rethinking education to meet the needs of today’s learner.  Schmitz is the founding principal of EPiC Elementary where Every Person is Inspired to Create, a learning environment that is redesigning education based on three pillars: Empowering Creativity, Equipping Students, and Engaging Communities.  Her mission is to challenge your thinking and provide real-world ideas that will push your students to be creative thinkers, collaborators, and innovative problem solvers.

Please see our website for more information.

Tuesday Presentations and Workshops
Join us for more than 100 presentations featuring professionals teaching in K-12 schools and universities. This year we will feature strands for Library Media Specialists, Special Education Teachers, Math Teachers and English/Language Arts Teachers. We will offer hands-on sessions and BYOD sessions. All presentations and workshops are listed below. You are free to choose from any of the sessions when you register for Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. The detailed schedule will be available mid-December. If you choose to attend our post-conference workshops, taking place on January 9th and January 10th, you must register for the sessions individually.

Hands-On Post Conference Workshops are listed below by date and time. Please choose your post conference workshops when you register.

Cost: 
The fee for Tuesday is $110 for NJECC members and $125 for non-members.
All individual workshops on the post conference days are $110 (member) and $125 (non-member) for each workshop.
Google Certification Preparation Workshop Level 1on post conference days is $279.00 (member) and $299.00 (non-member).

Exhibition Area:  Come visit our exhibition area to view displays and demonstrations from vendors featuring the latest in educational technology products and services.

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Tuesday, January 8
 

9:00am

Keynote Speaker - Michelle Schmitz - "Pioneering Change in Education"
Come visit our keynote, Dr. Schmitz, an Apple Distinguished Educator.
"Pioneering Change in Education"
Dr. Schmitz is an elementary administrator who IS reimagining and rethinking education to meet the needs of today’s learner.  Schmitz is the founding principal of EPiC Elementary where Every Person is Inspired to Create, a learning environment that is redesigning education based on three pillars: Empowering Creativity, Equipping Students, and Engaging Communities.  Her mission is to challenge your thinking and provide real-world ideas that will push your students to be creative thinkers, collaborators, and innovative problem solvers.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Montclair State University
  • Location Memorial Auditorium

10:45am

15 Classroom Creativity Activities with Adobe Spark
In this fast-paced session, attendees will learn how to navigate this easy-to-use website and corresponding mobile apps, view examples and hear classroom stories, and try out the Spark creation tools on their own devices! The classroom creativity activities featured in this session range from K-12 and include all subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Burns

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips/ Book Creator
Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Schmitz
Speakers
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Michelle Schmitz

Principal, EPIC School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 1070 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

A Side-by-Side View of K-5 STEAM Integration
Come explore K-5 STEAM implementation from the side-by-side viewpoint of an administrator and teacher. Building administration will learn the three-step process to create an environment that supports successful infusion.  Teachers will explore curriculum methods and design approaches that can be used at different age levels.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bovino

Linda Bovino

Principal, Betsy Ross Elementary School
CC

Courtney Carrelha

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Ramapo Ridge Middle School
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Susan DeVito

Supervisor of Technology Integration, PreK-12, Mahwah Township Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2021 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is a free Graphic Design tool that can be used by teachers and students to create high quality reports, posters, videos, presentations and more. Learn the basics of Adobe Spark and how you can use it to help your students with digital storytelling projects.

Speakers
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Erin Marmara

Library Media Specialist, Newton High School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 1060 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

AR & VR: Learning Through a Global Lens
Learn how leveraging AR and VR can eliminate barriers and provide students with authentic learning experiences while fostering global awareness and building empathy. Come learn about the differences between AR and VR and tools/practices for incorporating these innovative technologies across multiple grade levels and content areas in meaningful ways. Specific tools, resources, and best practices will be shared from the perspective of a district that is currently employing AR and VR opportunities for students.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Lion-Bailey

Christine Lion-Bailey

Director of Technology & Innovation, Morris Plains School District
Christine Lion-Bailey is the Director of Technology & Innovation for the Morris Plains School District in New Jersey where she provides school leaders & staff with support in the constant evolution of educational technology while sparking innovation and creativity. Christine has... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2046 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Assistive Technology on the Chromebook
Come get hands-on with different assistive technology tools that are available for Chromebooks. These tools provide the least restrictive environment for all students in our classrooms. This workshop is appropriate for teachers of ALL subjects as well as those who teach SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Speakers
avatar for Arielle Goldstein

Arielle Goldstein

Technology Facilitator, Millburn Twp Schools
I am not just a teacher but a technology specialist, a curriculum writer, a trainer, a STEM teacher and organizer, and an assessment coordinator. Not only am I used to wearing many hats; I sincerely enjoy it; I thrive in an environment where no two work days are the same. Along with... Read More →
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Dani Haggerty

Technology Facilitator, Washington School, Millburn Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 1030

10:45am

Computer Lab to MakerSpace/Design Lab
Discuss the process two technology teachers went through to convert their traditional computer labs into starter MakerSpaces. Dollar store purchases, grants, and administrative support to start the conversion, discuss current state of conversion, and the road ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bariso

Jennifer Bariso

Technology Teacher, Robert Erskine Elementary School
CO

Carrie Odgers-Lax

Technology Teacher, Martin J Ryerson Middle School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2042 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Falling In Love With Ed Tech For Littles, K-2
Fall in love with EdTech!  Join us to learn how to amplify instruction, student voice and thinking with EdTech platforms.  We will demonstrate how EdTech levels learning opportunities for all students, regardless of ability.

Speakers
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Laura Amendola

Teacher, West Orange Board of Education
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Stephanie Coia

Teacher, West Orange Board of Education
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Amie Navarro

Teacher, Kelly Elementary School / West Orange Board of Education
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Stephanie Ross

Reading Specialist, Kelly Elementary, West Orange


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2013 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Rome was not Built in a Day!
In this workshop teachers will be able to use Google Earth and mine-craft education edition  to design a Roman Ancient house. Come and learn how to spark students' enthusiasm by developing  math skills of spatial awareness, area, perimeter and volume besides creativity, problem solving and collaboration skills.
Take your math and computer class to a new level!

Speakers
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Joe Fitzgibbon

Teacher, Metuchen Schools District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 3008 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Seesaw: Student-driven Digital Portfolios for the Classroom and Library
Join us to learn how to utilize Seesaw to empower students and increase parent communication and involvement.  This will be a hands-on session where you will be able to utilize Seesaw as a student and also have the time and assistance to set up your own class.

Speakers
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Nydia Peake

World Language Teacher, Francis A. Desmares/Flemington Raritan School District
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Meredith Weil

Library Media Specialist, Francis A. Desmares/Flemington Raritan School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 3007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

STRUCTURE and FORMAT: Using Google Sites to Design Class Instruction (gamification,) Student Portfolios, and Lesson Plans
In this presentation, Google Sites will be discussed. Using examples from the high school art studio, I will share my experience with re-designing my instructional planning and delivery for a digital/interactive environment. The gamification of class instruction will be highlighted. Examples of student-developed on-line portfolios will be shared. Possibilities for restructuring lesson plans will be explored. This presentation will conclude with a class discussion about how the Google Sites format and structure can be applied into your professional practices. Presentation Link

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Batti

Kimberly Batti

Art Teacher, Indian Hills High School
“When I grow up, I will be an artist by day, magician by night,” I announced to my first grade classmates years ago. While these days I am not making rabbits appear from top hats, I have a knack for conjuring expressive characters from my sketchbook. The best part of the work... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 3052 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Unlocking the Everyday Formative Assessment
Go beyond playing Kahoot for fun in your classroom!  Digital formative assessments provide real-time data that allow teachers to quickly assess where their students are in the learning process and drive instruction.  Facilitate meaningful learning experiences in your classroom by exploring digital formative assessments and their capacity to motivate students and improve student attainment of curricular learning goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson

Teacher, Middlesex School District
avatar for Michele Logue

Michele Logue

Technology Coordinator, Middlesex School District
I assist teachers and other professional staff in planning and implementing the effective use of instructional technology and collaborative learning strategies across the curriculum. I love the challenge technology brings to think outside the box and create.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 3009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Past, Present, Future: Classroom
This fast-paced workshop is a variety of hands-on, cooperative, AI activities with nuggets of info on the past, present, and future direction of artificial intelligence. We will also explore the darkside of AI, including the misuse of consumer data and ‘deepfakes’. Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of AI and resources for further exploration. 

Speakers
avatar for Dee Kalman

Dee Kalman

STEM Educator, Hackensack Middle School / Hackensack Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 1050 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Creating a Center-Based Approach to Makerspace Through Challenges
We’ll explore the benefits of creating a Center-Based Makerspace, its functionality, and how we can use different types of challenges (challenge cards, novel engineering, and curriculum-based challenges) to build an effective and manageable Makerspace.  We’ll look at how to create challenges and see what it would look like in practice. This presentation is appropriate for general education as well as library media.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Gottlieb

Jessica Gottlieb

Educational Sales Consultant, Mackin Educational Resources
I have spent the last six years embracing everything MAKER. From running mini-Maker Faires around NJ to helping schools start Makerspaces to creating challenge cards for the new Mackin Maker kits, I have fallen in love with the ed-tech world and what it can do for students.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2008 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Future Ready Librarians New Jersey
In collaboration with the NJASL and under the leadership of Elissa Malespina, FRS-NJ convened a task force of NJ educators and leaders to create indicators and resources based on the national #FutureReadyLibs Framework to support New Jersey's librarians' #FutureReady efforts. These resources will be available as of December 2018 in time for the annual NJASL and NJECC conferences. Join Elissa and Jeremy Reich, FRS-NJ's project coordinator, to learn how you can #GetInvolved and benefit from these resources and the surrounding #FutureReadyLibsNJ community!

Speakers
avatar for Elissa Malespina

Elissa Malespina

Teacher Librarian, FRS-NJ Librarians Task Force Chair, National Future Ready Thought Leader, Sommerville Middle School
avatar for Jeremy Reich

Jeremy Reich

Project Coordinator, Future Ready Schools, New Jersey
Jeremy Reich is a Project Coordinator in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds a BA in History from Drew University and more recently an MAT in Social Studies from Rutgers University – Newark. Jeremy has coordinated... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 1040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Global Libraries and Literacy Heroes
Many countries have individuals who reside in underprivileged, rural provinces where access to education is limited. As a result, common people are stepping up and performing the job of librarians in these provinces. These common people, also known as literacy heroes, are forming improbable libraries and are encouraging and increasing literacy in many disadvantaged and forgotten communities throughout the world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Krista Welz

Dr. Krista Welz

Media Specialist, North Bergen Board of Education


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Revitalize the Middle School Media Center
Join Aimee Toth, Principal of Mountain View Middle School, and Mary Joy Falcone, Technology Coordinator from the Mendham Borough School District, on their journey to revitalize the middle school Media Center.  Using Mountain View's recent Media Center project as a case study, participants will hear first-hand how the school transformed a dated room into a 21st Century collaborative workspace.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Joy Falcone

Mary Joy Falcone

Technology Coordinator, Mendham Borough School District
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Aimee Toth

Principal, Mountain View Middle School, Mendham Borough School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Blender In the Classroom
Blender is a 3d open source software that encompasses modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Most of all Blender is a great model for visualizing the 3d space. It's a great way to spark interest in math for those that aspire to be animators/game developers.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Ostroman

Joseph Ostroman

Mathematics Teacher, Academy360 Upper School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2026 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Student Voice in the Math Classroom
How can we change the landscape of our math classrooms in order to amplify student voice? Discover how partnering Flipgrid with thoughtful task selection is providing teachers and students opportunities to increase mathematical discourse by creating an online community for classmates to share their thoughts and ideas asynchronously via short selfie videos.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Emmel

Kristen Emmel

Math Staff Developer, Franklin Lakes School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Cross Curricular Digital Storytelling
We will present on our full year cross curricular project funded by a contact from the VSA and The Rosemary Kennedy Initiative. The project includes instruction in the fine arts including drawing and painting, still and moving digital media including photographs and animations, and filmmaking using digital film and editing.
Students draw and paint representative expressive pieces that will illustrate emotions and situations that relate to their disability. These will be either abstract or representative. Other students will take the inputs from these works to create animations from the artwork while others will conduct interviews and create "B-Roll" on camera to tell the story about the situations and emotions that are being expressed. Emotional control issues as well as sensory challenges with be the connecting themes. The program's primary goal is to give students on the autism spectrum the opportunity to explore aspects of their disability through the process of visual storytelling. 

Speakers
TB

TJ Borriello

Digital Arts Teacher, Academy360
DD

David Di Ianni

Director, FilmAcademy360
LK

Liana Kelly

Spectrum360


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Thematic Units and Project-Based Learning in the Regular and Special Education Classroom
Curriculum theme-based iPad projects that have been successfully used with middle school students on the autism spectrum, to teach content as well as develop students' ability to utilize technology to creatively express themselves, will be presented. Ideas for creating new projects and adapting projects for all subjects and regular-ed classrooms will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for general education as well as special education.

Speakers
avatar for Debra Ilana Bachrach

Debra Ilana Bachrach

Media Specialist, Spectrum360


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Utilizing Google Forms & My Maps to Collect Data During Community Based Instruction
I would like to move Special Education Teachers, Transition Coordinators, and other related professionals from the notion that we need to be following around our students with paper-based collection methods in the form of data sheets and clipboards to accurately take data in the Community. Staff can utilize their Smartphones to access "on the spot" data collection methods via Google Forms and the Instructor will analyze all results. Attendees will also learn how to utilize "Google My Maps" to collect basic recall CBI data from their students based on the location of the CBI Trip, purpose of assigned CBI Trip, and items purchased. Presentation Link

Speakers
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Lindsey Releford

Young Adult Program Mathematics Teacher, Spectrum360: Academy360 Upper School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Room 2011 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Coding is Lit! - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This presentation demonstrates how to integrate coding into daily lessons in center work in elementary literacy blocks. I will provide and overview/directions for 15 minutes in the beginning. Then, I will set up 4 stations of different coding activities that support literature along with standards. Each station will rotate in 15 minute intervals. The last 15 minutes will be Q & A.

Speakers
avatar for Keri Hennessy-Wilson

Keri Hennessy-Wilson

Technology Coach, Bradley Elementary/Asbury Park, NJ
I have been in education for 19 years and a technology coach for 4. I have a passion for all things Ed tech, STEAM and Making. Come and see how I built capacity in my building with tech tools and integration into the current curriculum.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Develop Interdisciplinary Skills with RSTs (Research Simulation Tasks) - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
PARCC Assessments use the Research Simulation Task (RST) to evaluate students' skill level in various areas.  The RST can be used for any subject area since it requires a student to read, evaluate, synthesize, and present a topic.  The final part, the presentation, is in the form of a short essay that demonstrates the student's ability to do the tasks named. HANDS ON WORKSHOP

Speakers
avatar for Rebeca Gordy

Rebeca Gordy

Chemistry Teacher, Ramapo High School
My degree is a Bachelor of Engineering with a chemical engineering major. I minored in literature since that is another big interest of mine along with history. I worked in Information systems and then was a project manager before I left the workforce. Teaching is my second career... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
ADP Center - Room 1145 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Getting Digi With It in 2019 - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Are you looking to liven up your classroom with web-based tools? Do you want to tap into the love your students have for technology? If so, this is the workshop you don't want to miss! Come and learn about different digital tools that can be implemented in your classrooms tomorrow! Some tools we will discuss include FlipGrid, Newsela, EdPuzzle, Google Forms, Docs, and Classroom and more!

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Palumbo

Theresa Palumbo

Literacy Coach, Chancellor Avenue School/Newark Public Schools
My name is Theresa Palumbo and I am currently a Literacy Coach for Newark Public Schools. I am passionate about effectively implementing technology into all subject areas as I believe that it can enhance student learning. I am currently working to complete my second master's degree... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

3-D Printing and Design with TinkerCAD Workshop - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
In this hands-on workshop participants will design and create files for 3D printing. Do you have a 3D printer or you are considering getting one? Now what? 3D printing can sound intimidating, especially when it comes to creating designs. Many teachers fall back on pre-made designs which are a good way to start but limits the creativity, problem-solving and innovation skills we want to develop in our students. In order for 3D printers to really open doors for our students, we need to look at Computer-aided design (CAD) tools. TinkerCAD is a free web-based 3D design tool. It is a great tool for beginners to advanced 3D designers. We will even explore how to create a 3D print from any drawing. This has some great applications for younger students and students with special needs. You will be amazed at what you and your students can create and print on a 3D printer.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Morra

Samantha Morra

Teacher/Technology Integrator, The Elisabeth Morrow School
Samantha Morra is an educator with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, technology coordinator, administrator, staff development specialist, and educational consultant. She is noted for her work in digital storytelling, STEM/STEAM, and using technology to develop empathy. She... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
ADP Center - Room 1120 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Google Classroom in the Library - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Integrate Google Classroom into your library instruction! Google Classroom can help library media specialists collaborate asynchronously with teachers, provide uniform instruction across classes, and easily integrate a variety of technology tools. Use Google classroom to connect with your students, your colleagues, and other learners across your district. Suitable for every grade level; we will be specifically addressing grades K-6.

Speakers
avatar for Gabrielle Casieri

Gabrielle Casieri

School Library Media Specialist, Lawrence Intermediate School
I teach information literacy to over 900 4th/5th/6th grade students every year! I am an active member of NJASL, currently chairing the NJASL Standards Committee.
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April Oliver

School Library Media Specialist, Lawrence Elementary School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
ADP Center - Room 1121 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Personalize Your Math Classroom with Khan Academy
A key element of meaningful technology integration is the ability to create personalized learning experiences for students. In this 1.5 session, we will consider how to meet individual student needs while addressing grade level standards. Using Khan Academy as our delivery tool, we will walk you through the basics of using Khan Academy as a student and teacher, as well as provide helpful hints (and a lesson plan) for launching with your class. All participants will receive a digital copy of our Khan Academy Quick Start Guide.



Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lisciandrello

Jeff Lisciandrello

Founder, Lead Consultant, Room to Discover
Student-centered Learning Consultant | Founder, @RoomToDiscover: member @NYUSteinhardt @StartEdaccel | @FRSNewJersey Thought Partner


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3002 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Utilizing Desmos to Strengthen your Math Instruction - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Desmos is an amazing free web-based tool that helps students to explore mathematical concepts in a variety of ways! Desmos can be used to teach a concept, explore and investigate, and as an assessment tool. Teachers will learn to explore Classroom Activities and create their own learning activity for immediate use in their classroom!

Speakers
NE

Nicole Ealey

Teacher, Rutherford Board of Ed and AMTNJ


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
ADP Center - Room 1143 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Minecraft - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
 Minecraft is much more than a game, it’s a whole world of creative possibilities! In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up a world, navigate within it, build structures, and craft new objects.  Learn how Minecraft allows fast iteration so students can create - and re-create - a model of a real-world object. Then, create code quickly and easily with MakeCode and connect to your robot agent to turn your code into a building. Join the Minecraft community of educators and learn how to contribute your own lessons. Walk away with a new world of ideas and possibilities that can be immediately applied in any classroom.
Learner Outcomes
After completing this workshop, participants will be able to…
• Navigate the Minecraft interface
• Create worlds with customized settings
• Create models of real-world objects
• Create code to automate the building process

Speakers
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Josh Kaplan

Eduscape


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

10:45am

Using #EdTech to Transform Your Class into an Escape Room - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Do you have a topic or a lesson that you want to make come alive but you just don't know how to make it happen? Try Game-Based Learning! Create a personalized learning experience where students collaborate to solve content-based puzzles to open lock-boxes and "escape."

Speakers
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Eric Guise

Technology Specialist, Hopewell Valley Central High
NJ

Nicholas Johnson

Chemistry Teacher/ PD Committee Member, Hopewell Valley Central High
Teacher, student, podcast host, PD enthusiast, and EdTech guru.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3011 - BYOD

10:45am

Using Google Tools to Promote an Inclusive, UDL Learning Environment - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Learn to use Google tools to create an inclusive classroom environment that promotes a culture of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which focuses on Multiple Means of Engagement; Representation; and, Action & Expression. From the G Suite to apps & extensions, we will explore ways to support ALL learners in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

Inclusive Technology Evangelist, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC


Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Room 3006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Understanding Core Vocabulary, Aided Language Instruction, and LAMP
A main Goal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is to provide users with the ability to communicate what they are thinking. Performance is generally stressed in schools, rather than communication. The importance of SNUG (Spontaneous Novel Utterance Generation) and a robust language system will be discussed as it relates to the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. The difference between Augmentative Communication and Alternative Communication will be defined, and considered in relation to the idea that AAC is used as a last resort for students with minimal potential for developing effective verbal speech. The importance of using core vocabulary within an AAC system,  Aided Language Instruction, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) will be explained, with practical suggestions for implementation within a school setting. Videos will be shown to illustrate the use of Core Vocabulary, Aided Language Instruction and LAMP.  

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Fredericks

Catherine Fredericks

Speech/Language Pathologist/AAC Specialist, Wayne Board of Education
Employed by the Wayne Township Board of Education, Catherine is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Certified Autism Specialist with over 40 years experience helping students with complex disabilities develop communication skills. Recognized in 2017 by Worldwide Leaders in healthcare... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:10pm
Room 2009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

The Future Ready Schools - NJ Certification Program: How to #GetInvolved and #GetCertified!
Future Ready Schools - New Jersey, a coalition of NJIT, NJDOE, and NJSBA, is designed to organize efforts, foster inclusive collaboration, connect educators and leaders to potential resources, and guide and support your school and district's #FutureReady efforts! Join project coordinator Jeremy Reich to learn the why, what, and how of the FRS-NJ school certification program and how you can join the #FutureReadyNJ community. Is your school #FutureReady?

Speakers
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Evan Abramson

Millburn Public Schools
SH

Stephany Hesslein

Middletown Public Schools
WM

Wendy Morales

Middletown Public Schools
avatar for Jeremy Reich

Jeremy Reich

Project Coordinator, Future Ready Schools, New Jersey
Jeremy Reich is a Project Coordinator in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He holds a BA in History from Drew University and more recently an MAT in Social Studies from Rutgers University – Newark. Jeremy has coordinated... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:50pm
Room 1030

11:55am

@WOKellyKids: Student Social Media Ambassadors
The purpose of this initiative is to empower students to leverage social media to connect in positive ways and build a digital footprint that reflects their best selves. Students serve as Digital Leaders for their peers at Kelly Elementary.  Eventually, they will serve as Digital Leaders for their peers in the other six elementary schools within the West Orange Public Schools. Partnering with Olivia Van Ledtje, @thelivbits, students created  teacher-monitored, student-led social media accounts to share their message with the world.  

Speakers
avatar for Diana DaCosta

Diana DaCosta

Technology Integration Specialist, West Orange Public Schools
SR

Stephanie Ross

Reading Specialist, Kelly Elementary, West Orange


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2013 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Adobe Spark Ignites Creativity
Come explore Adobe Spark to ignite student creativity.  Presenting a report, explaining a concept in class, or telling a personal story has never been easier. Starting with a blank slate, or using gentle prompts as a guide, teachers and students use Spark to talk through their story one line at a time. Pick from thousands of beautiful, iconic images (or use your own) to illustrate your ideas. Select a design theme and supporting music in Spark Video which automatically incorporates cinema-quality animation; just tap play and view it on any device or browser. Share with friends, family, and the world.  A great way for students to reach beyond the four walls of their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis

Technology Integration Specialist, Roxbury Schools
I love to discover, explore and share new ways to use technology in creative, effective ways in the classroom and believe that technology should be a transparent layer in teaching that help individuals to deepen their knowledge.
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Teresa Rehman

Director of Technology, Roxbury School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 1060 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

AI and Student Achievement
As more school districts adopt online technology services such as ST Math, Apex Learning, RazKids, Aleks, Microsoft Cognitive Services, CTI, Third Space Learning, Little Dragon, etc., students now have the ability to get individualized instruction using technology with guidance from their teacher. With this technology, adapting to the needs of an individual student can now be done without having to create individual education plans for each student. Students will have control of their own learning at their own pace and at their preferred level of instruction. It also provides for students to create their own progression for their K-12 environment.  In this workshop we will discover the concept of Artificial Intelligence, how AI can contribute to the success of all students in the classroom and how instruction will change in the classroom.  

Speakers
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Sandra Paul

Director of IT, Township of Union Public Schools
I was a computer science teacher for 5 years and have developed the computer science curriculum including coding.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2021 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Classflow - Welcome to the Immersive Classroom
Presentation of Classflow and how it will help to teach and integrate classrooms with Devices.  Entirely free for users and device agnostic, Classflow provides many facets of education, along with over a million free resources that teachers can use for any grade level.

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Hetal Amin

Territory Director, Lindeneau Elementary School, Edison Public Schools
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Amanda Bowler

Classroom Teacher, Woodbrook School, Edison Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2044 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Digital Playlists for Personalized Learning
This session will help explain one way you can personalize lessons by designing digital playlists. These playlists can contain links, videos, interactive edtech tools, google docs, and more!  We will cover what digital playlists are, as well as a variety of ways to implement them in your classroom to best create a personalized learning environment in your classroom using Google Sites to create these interactive self-paced lessons. These playlists are good for any grade level or subject area. This is definitely a system worth considering for any classroom.

Speakers
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Nicholas Amaral

District Staff Development Coordinator, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2042 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

District Technology Leader as Boundary-Spanner
What are the keys to a uniquely successful 1:1, K-12 initiative? A successful initiative defined as every student receiving a digital device 24/7, that was being integrated across all grades and curriculum areas on a routine basis at the end of a five-year period? Come explore these and other themes, in a Google driven, interactive presentation geared to build organizational leadership knowledge that can be immediately applied to boundary-spanning activities in your district.

Speakers
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Barry Haines

Director of Technology, Parsippany-Troy Hills


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 1050 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Keeping Your Screen-Agers Engaged in Class
How do we capture the attention of our Millennial Generation students who spend so much time "connected" to technology? We engage these "Screen-agers" through virtual reality (VR) and other 3D content/technology. Come join us and see how AR apps and the zSpace will change how your students learn...keep them engaged...and make them excited about school again.

Speakers
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Journey Ed

Manager AR VR, JourneyEd
Joe Hutcheson80 East McDermottAllen TX 75002706-818-5632


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2011 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Kicking Your Class up to 11 with Educational Podcasting
Are you looking to take Blooms, SAMR and the 4C's up a notch in your classroom? In this energetic, audience-driven, interactive session, you'll learn about the importance of digital media production and will have the opportunity to create your own podcast to take back to your students.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Bradbury

Father of Triplets, TeacherCast Educational Network
Jeff Bradbury is a globally recognized educator, educational broadcaster, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose powerful message has inspired thousands of educators through the TeacherCast Educational Network.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Learning Redesigned with iBlocks
In this session, you will learn about iBlocks -- project-based learning modules created just for you! iBlocks are personalized instructional blocks created to produce a particular outcome for your students. Crafted around the engineering design process, iBlocks support a flexible learning environment that is cross-curricular and accommodates varying learning styles. iBlocks are custom-made for your particular instructional challenge. During the session we will build a skills matrix designed to provide tailor-made lesson content that helps your students strengthen specific skill sets.

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Chrissy Rebert,

VP of Instructional Solutions at Teq, TEQ


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Level Up Communication & Learning with Seesaw
Authenticity, collaboration, communication, pride, engagement. These are the words that describe a class using Seesaw. In this workshop you will explore how Seesaw can assist with collecting authentic student responses, leveraging class time, and connecting students, families and staff members; locally as well as globally. Whether you have heard of Seesaw or not this is a workshop you will want to attend.  Bring any device to learn how you can transform your class.

Speakers
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Laura Lucchetto

Technology Teacher, Sicomac Elementary School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Robots -- Innovation & Creativity Within "Future-Driven" Classrooms
Robots stirring up energy, imagination, and innovative thinking of your students. In this session, participants will “think like an engineer” while engaging in hands-on activities with robots. Focusing on and encouraging 21st-century skills which are essential for all learners. Robots provide exposure to various STEM activities, computational thinking, and problem-based learning along with tapping into student creativity. Participants will leave with practices and engaging lessons to excite your students and energize your classroom.

Speakers
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Carol Munn

Technology, Eisenhower


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 3048 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Tech Tools to Become Better Instructional Coaches
For any coach/person in charge of providing PD, come join us as we share ways to collaborate and share information. This session will be interactive and keep you engaged. The role of any coach is not only to share information but to also build a community of learning.  This can be done best when applying technology resources readily available.

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Amy Arsiwala

Instructional Technology Coach, Franklin Township Public Schools
Hi, I am an instructional technology coach and adjunct at NJCU. I have a background in ed tech, special education and math. I am the Saturday Stem Coordinator in my district as well.click here to access presentation materials -
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Ted Samaras

Instructional Technology Coach & Google Trainer, Franklin Township Board of Ed


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 3007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Using Games During PD to Engage Teachers
No More Boring PDs for Teachers! Incorporating unplugged and plugged games into professional development can help teachers get and stay excited about teaching! Inspired by ShakeUpLearning's blog, "Teach Like The Tonight Show".

Speakers
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Joanna Antoniou

Supervisor of Educational Technology, Google Certified Trainer, Passaic School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 3009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Where in the World...Google Geo Tools
Fostering empathy and global awareness among learners is a critical responsibility of today's educators. By harnessing the power of Google’s Geo Tools, educators can engage students in authentic learning experiences to develop global awareness and build empathy. Participants will take away Google Geo Tools implementation strategies spanning K-12 learners across multiple contents.

Speakers
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Christine Lion-Bailey

Director of Technology & Innovation, Morris Plains School District
Christine Lion-Bailey is the Director of Technology & Innovation for the Morris Plains School District in New Jersey where she provides school leaders & staff with support in the constant evolution of educational technology while sparking innovation and creativity. Christine has... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2046 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Carousel of Creativity
The relevant Library Media Specialist must consistently Reflect upon curriculum, Refresh one's outlook, and Renew by staying abreast of current technologies and trends. We will share some of our lesson updates and daily best practices integrating the latest pedagogical strategies and tech tools such as FlipGrid, Padlet, WeVideo, Tinkercad, Google Apps for Education, Adobe Spark and others. 

Speakers
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Nancy Mullin

Supervisor of Career Education and Library Science, West Orange Board of Education
As a member of the New Jersey Career and Technical Education State Advisory Committee, Nancy is passionate about providing students with the best CTE opportunities possible. She is also an advocate for school libraries and strives to provide our community with the best library programs... Read More →
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Beverly Tindall

Library Media Specialist, West Orange High School LMC
I have been an educator for over 30 years and have seen many changes over that time, however, I am excited about current shifts in education and the Library world! Follow me @bevtindall !


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2008 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

RGB - A Technical Help Desk
RGB is a student-run technology help desk stationed in the Library Media Center.  Students are responsible for tech help, tutorials and programming, PD workshops, and assisting ITC.  This workshop will cover how to start a help desk and sustain it over time.  Students will be presenting along with the LMS. 

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Melissa Ferro

Library Media Specialist, Ramapo High School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

EVERFI: The Real Life Approach to Education
EVERFI's programs are about building better habits, instilling confidence, and equipping the next generation with the critical life skills needed to pursue big goals with minimal risk. From financial literacy basics like saving and investing, to building empathy and compassion skills while interacting with peers - learn how EVERFI programming will help engage your students in real-life scenarios to give them the instruction and practice they need to succeed for the future. All participants will receive access to the online programs, supplemental lesson plans, assessments and on-going technical and curriculum support - for no cost to their districts.  

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Popolo Vartabedian

Amanda Popolo Vartabedian

New Jersey School Implementation Manager, EVERFI
Amanda Vartabedian is a life-long resident of the Garden State and proud! In 2007, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Exceptionalities, and immediately dove into the education world as a special education teacher. Inspired by a family member with Autism... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2026 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Teaching with Desmos
The Desmos online graphing calculator allows students (and teachers) to explore mathematical conjectures and relationships without the tedious work of the "math."   The Desmos online graphing calculator can be used to model situations and connect math to "real-life."  In this presentation the audience will participate as students and then have an opportunity to explore the free resources available to teachers (in addition to the free online graphing calculator).  If your school is 1:1,  the math team needs to know about Desmos!

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Carter

Kathleen Carter

Mathematics Teacher/Desmos Fellow, North Hunterdon HS
I've been teaching high school math for 18 years; mostly in NJ, but also in Missouri and Massachusetts. I initially trained in the Interactive Math Program, followed Dan Meyer and his "Math Class Needs a Makeover", and strive to engage students in mathematical habits of mind using... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Hack Your Chromebook: Accessibility Features
Let's walk through the accessibility features in the Chrome Browser and Operating System as well as some very helpful extensions that can make learning more accessible for all of your students.


Speakers
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Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 1070 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Increasing Independence and Academic Success
This workshop highlights best practices for increasing students' independence and academic success using technology. The session will showcase mobile tools intended to improve executive functions and provide access to the content area curriculum. The presentation will exhibit apps that make text accessible to struggling readers, improve writing skills, assist with executive functions such as organizing tasks, and address appropriate social behavior. Emphasis will be placed on customizing apps to match users’ specific needs. 

Speakers
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Ellen Farr

Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey
Ellen Farr, M.S., is an assistant professor in The College of New Jersey’s Department of Special Education, Language and Literacy. She is pursuing an Ed.D., specializing in the Design of Learning Environments, at Rutgers University. Ellen has a plethora of experience in both K-12... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
Room 2007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

11:55am

Google Quizzes For Formative Assessments
Use Google Forms as an online resource specifically for teachers to create quizzes online. Students can receive instant feedback on their quizzes. Please bring a WORKING Google account and your laptop!

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Myra Hardy

Instructional Technology Coach, Franklin Township Public Schools
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Connie Tripi

Instructional Technology Coach, Franklin Township Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 11:55am - 1:12pm
Room 3052 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Books, Bytes, Swipes, and Likes: Crafting Digital Identity with a Global Audience - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
In today’s connected world, it’s no longer a question of whether or not students are going to be using a device; it’s about supporting students to create, reason, and connect responsibly. In this presentation meet LivBit and hear how crafting a digital identity gives deeper purpose to her literacy journey.

Speakers
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Cynthia S. Merrill

Staff Developer/Consultant/Author of Spark Change
Staff Developer/Consultant


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3002 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Using Google Apps in the English Language Arts Classroom - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This workshop is geared towards ELA teachers teaching grades 4 and up. You will learn how to use Google Slides as digital interactive notebooks. Google Forms will be discussed, and using them as digital escape rooms, as well as a means to record keep in ELA. Various add-ons will be introduced as well as websites that work well with the Google Suite. You will learn how to go TOTALLY paperless in your ELA classroom! 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Mariano

Megan Mariano

6th Grade English Language Arts, Carlstadt Public School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ADP Center - Room 1120 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

A Dash for Coding - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This workshop will demonstrate  an introduction to coding using the Coding App Playground on the iPad for students in grades  K-5. Workshop participants will be able to get hands-on experience with coding the robot Dash.  In addition, this workshop will demonstrate how to spark creativity with students in grades K-5 and inspire them to have fun while learning new skills with Dash.

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Daphne Polidor

Teacher, Langston Hughes
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Zania Saul

Teacher, Langston Hughes


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Applying the Science & Engineering Practices from NJSLS-S to Other Subjects - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
In the sciences we use the SEPs from NGSS/NJSLS to create 3-Dimensional lessons. Learn how to use inquiry, questioning and the SEP strategies for total student engagement in any subject area.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Green

Ashley Green

Science Teacher, Ramapo High School
I have been teaching Chemistry and Forensics for 13 years. Using the Science and Engineering Practices and Cross Cutting Concepts has allowed me to teach my students important skills, questioning techniques (QFT) , thinking outside of the box and Critical Thinking Skills to solve... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Cubetto for the Elementary Classroom - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This workshop will utilize the Cubetto robot to teach computational thinking skills for students in grades K-5. Cubetto utilizes a map layout, a small wooden robot, and a board with directional markers. Learners use these tools to construct programs and sequences to navigate Cubetto through the layout. Computational concepts such as logical thinking, abstraction, sequencing and loops are emphasized in the activities. Participants will get hands-on experience working with the Cubetto robot.

Speakers
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Steven Lahullier

Technology Teacher, Robert Gordon School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ADP Center - Room 1145 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Flipping Your Classroom Is Easy with EdPuzzle - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Have you always wanted to try flipping your classroom or using blended learning, but feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start? Come learn how to design a flipped lesson and embed questions for student assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Braschi

Kristy Braschi

Teacher, Livingston High School
I am a high school math teacher in Livingston, NJ. I am passionate about making mathematics engaging, meaningful, and accessible to ALL learners. Creating hands-on activities, incorporating various blended learning strategies, and using a growth mindset teaching approach with my students... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3008 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Google Forms: Multiple Uses - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Learn how to use Google Forms in multiple ways. Forms can be used as a simple tool to create surveys. Use Forms as an assessment tool. Use Forms as a way to differentiate instruction. Teach students how to create Forms to show what they know and teach other students. Learn about the different features of Google Forms and how it can enhance student learning and your teaching.

Speakers
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Shivan Persad

Social Studies Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Buzz Aldrin Middle School/Montclair Public School
Shivan Persad is a Social Studies teacher and Technology Coordinator at Buzz Aldrin Middle School who has successfully incorporated G Suite for Education in his daily teaching. Currently, he is a Google Certified Educator (L’s 1&2) and a Certified Google for Education Trainer... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ADP Center - Room 1121 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

Minecraft - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
 Minecraft is much more than a game, it’s a whole world of creative possibilities! In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up a world, navigate within it, build structures, and craft new objects.  Learn how Minecraft allows fast iteration so students can create - and re-create - a model of a real-world object. Then, create code quickly and easily with MakeCode and connect to your robot agent to turn your code into a building. Join the Minecraft community of educators and learn how to contribute your own lessons. Walk away with a new world of ideas and possibilities that can be immediately applied in any classroom.
Learner Outcomes
After completing this workshop, participants will be able to…
• Navigate the Minecraft interface
• Create worlds with customized settings
• Create models of real-world objects
• Create code to automate the building process

Speakers
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Josh Kaplan

Eduscape


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

The Best Things in Life are Free - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Explore free apps that can engage your students. We will use Padlet, Flipgrid and Kahoot! to enhance learning. To best utilize our time together, please download the Padlet app, Flipgrid app and Kahoot! app before the session.

Speakers
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Veronica O'Neill

Doctoral Student, New Jersey City University


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
Room 3010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

12:25pm

TinkerCAD Tips and Tools to Explore 3D Design - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Participants will learn how to Tinker their way to drawing and design in 3D. Tinkercad is a free web-based program that helps students to increase spatial understanding. I utilize Tinkercad in my Architecture class -- and I am hoping you can utilize it for a fun project or a supplemental activity.

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Nicole Ealey

Teacher, Rutherford Board of Ed and AMTNJ


Tuesday January 8, 2019 12:25pm - 1:55pm
ADP Center - Room 1143 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Adobe Spark Video Book Trailers for Students
This session will introduce a format for creating book trailers with the free Adobe Spark tools. Perfect for middle school students, this session will include a hands-on opportunity to create a book trailer to use as an exemplar for their students. This session will focus on activities perfect for novel studies, literature circles and independent reading responses.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Burns

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Class Tech Tips/ Book Creator
Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She visits schools across the country to support PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration meaningful and sustainable. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com helps educators... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 3048 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Avenue For Change - Social Action Through Literacy and Technology
Our session will discuss how to use literature, social media, technology platforms, social action projects, and global connectedness to instill a deeper level of empathy and citizenship both personally and digitally. Through samples of student work and student voice, attendees will understand the importance of this work after hearing their experience, learning, and reflections.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ferrera

Diana Ferrera

5th Grade, ELA Teacher, West Orange Board of Education
Diana Ferrera teaches 5th grade ELA in West Orange, New Jersey. She is an active member in the district and a part of the IGNITE team, where she helps to plan and execute the coaching of teachers on effectively integrating technology into the classroom. Diana is currently finishing... Read More →
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Rebecca Giacopelli

K-5 Gifted & Talented Teacher, Roosevelt Middle School
Rebecca Giacopelli has been a teacher in the West Orange,NJ School District for over 13 years and has taught gifted education to students in grades K-7. She is a member of the West Orange Ignite team, where she helps coach teachers on how to implement technology with meaning in the... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Coding Across the Curriculum
This session will focus on “WHY” you should be teaching students HOW to code, and how to incorporate coding and robotics within the current curriculum, as well as ways to inspire students and teachers within the special needs classroom (varying levels of cognitive ability.)  Real life examples and videos will showcase how students in an Autism program utilize various coding sites and apps to increase their computer literacy. In addition the presenters will demonstrate how to use small classroom-friendly robots, such as Ozobots, Spheros and Drones as part of a coding lesson. Discussion will focus on “brainstorming” additional ways/ideas that educational professionals can use coding apps and robots in a variety of subject areas. A review of ISTE standards will be discussed.

Speakers
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Jennifer Kressler Duda

Special Education Teacher, Mercer County Special Services School District
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Christopher Harris

Principal and Director of Technology, Pennsauken Public Schools
Christopher Harris is the Director of Technology at Pennsauken Public Schools, a Pre-K to 12 public school district serving over 5000 students located in southern New Jersey. He is also the Principal for the Burling School, a K-4 Elementary school housing regular and special education... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2044 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Comic Strips are worth 1000+ Words
Learn how students can create unique, customizable comic creations online with Make Beliefs Comix and ToonDoo. Teachers and students alike can create comic strips and cartoons easily with just a few clicks, drags and drops.  Students can contribute to lessons and show their understanding through the engaging activity of comic creation.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis

Technology Integration Specialist, Roxbury Schools
I love to discover, explore and share new ways to use technology in creative, effective ways in the classroom and believe that technology should be a transparent layer in teaching that help individuals to deepen their knowledge.
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Teresa Rehman

Director of Technology, Roxbury School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2011 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Empower Every Student with an Inclusive Classroom
This course is designed for educators of all subject areas who want to empower students to utilize tools to unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs.
  • Practice creating an accessible and personalized experience
  •  Learn the tools and apps available to create accessible content
  • Understand the importance of personalizing the learning device

Speakers
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Makayla Mota

Microsoft


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 1060 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Flipgrid Fever
We plan to give a brief overview of Flipgrid with a focus on how it can be used for collaboration and feedback, and to encourage student voice.  Participants will create their own teacher accounts and a basic Flipgrid that they can immediately use in their classrooms.  Advanced options such as Gridpals and FlipHunt will also be discussed.

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Karah Iansito

Media Specialist, Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, NJ
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Ellen Luca

Media Specialist, Brookdale School, Bloomfield, NJ


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2013 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Geographic Information Systems for Students
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a highly-pursued skill in research centers across the country. This workshop will allow the learners to acquire the skills they need to set up a classroom or number of classrooms in a renowned GIS system free to K-12. Teachers will go through a standard learning session that most computer-savvy users will be able to follow in a 60-minute period. A pre-video on how to set up an ArcGIS Account will be provided in early December for participants to be ready for the workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Stern-Protz

Stephanie Stern-Protz

STEM Specialist/Coordinator, North Bergen STEM Academy/NASA Endeavor/GISS
Hello,I'm a Coordinator of Experiential Learning and STEM/STEAM Specialist. I've just completed three years plus two summers with NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, where I am now an Educational Ambassador, and am an associate educator for the NASA Endeavor Teaching Certificate... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 3050 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Google Suite in the Visual and Performing Arts Classroom
Keeping track of dates, email communications, music, artwork, student assignments, videos for practice, lesson plans, concert programs, class lists, professional contacts, school paperwork, recordings of performances, pictures of working in the classroom, and more, can be mind-boggling! Come check out and share some ideas for how to make it all work using the programs in Google Suite!  Bring your ideas and questions!

Speakers
avatar for James Garde

James Garde

Instrumental Music Teacher, Carlstadt Public School
I teach 4th through 8th grade band, as well as several technology-based courses in middle school.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 3052 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Graphics and Media in the Creative Classroom
Creativity is an essential skill. Explore our new collection of project guides that helps teach students to develop and communicate ideas through drawing, photography, music, and video. Discover how Apple’s Everyone Can Create curriculum delivers fun and meaningful ways to ignite student creativity by bringing these skills into any lesson or assignment. Extend that creative expression with a look at pro tools in video and music to advance college and career readiness for your students.

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Steve Zalot

Senior Systems Engineer, Apple Inc.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 1050 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

How to Apply the Genius Hour Concept
The Genius Hour Concept helps create an ambiance of creative learning where the interests of all the students are explored.  This environment leads to an organic development of ideas as one project begets the next one.

Speakers
avatar for Rebeca Gordy

Rebeca Gordy

Chemistry Teacher, Ramapo High School
My degree is a Bachelor of Engineering with a chemical engineering major. I minored in literature since that is another big interest of mine along with history. I worked in Information systems and then was a project manager before I left the workforce. Teaching is my second career... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 3007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Keep Creativity in Schools
Are schools killing creativity? The answer is yes,  but we don’t have to. Come learn about creativity and ways to integrate it into your teaching and learning. This working session will be filled with simple and effective exercises aimed at keeping the creative juices flowing both in the classroom and in one’s personal life

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Maureen Danovsky

G&T Teacher and Enrichment Specialist, Hillsborough Elementary School
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Arielle Goldstein

Technology Facilitator, Millburn Twp Schools
I am not just a teacher but a technology specialist, a curriculum writer, a trainer, a STEM teacher and organizer, and an assessment coordinator. Not only am I used to wearing many hats; I sincerely enjoy it; I thrive in an environment where no two work days are the same. Along with... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 1030

1:10pm

Reinventing Professional Learning
Classrooms are always evolving yet teacher professional learning plans are often stagnant, stuck in a one-size-fits-all model that leaves teachers wanting more. In order to best meet the needs of our teachers and students professional learning needs to adapt. Let me show you how to reinvent your professional learning plan as I share tips and tricks to take what you are doing to the next level and personalize PD, by creating anytime anywhere learning modules, and foster total teacher engagement through elements of gamification. Let's make PD a truly immersive, collaborative, and engaging experience.

Speakers
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Nicholas Amaral

District Staff Development Coordinator, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2042 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

What Language do You Speak? Coding for All
Coding/Computer Science has become very prominent recently especially with many teachers using Hour of Code within their lessons once per year or including code.org within their curriculum. We will be exploring coding in math, science, language arts and other subjects. In this session it will be suggested that coding should be done consistently in the instructional process from PreK thru 12 grade.

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Sandra Paul

Director of IT, Township of Union Public Schools
I was a computer science teacher for 5 years and have developed the computer science curriculum including coding.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2021 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Women in Technology
Let's discuss what women need to be successful in technology careers and how we can support more girls entering the field. This is a roundtable discussion, not a formal presentation.

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Sarah Rolle

Director of Technology, The Elisabeth Morrow School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 3009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Beyond Game Play: Using Virtual Reality to Support the Curriculum
Virtual reality simulations allow students to apply the content they are learning to “virtual life” situations. Discover how virtual reality can be used to enhance educational experiences, engage and motivate students, and give students the opportunity to see how the content they were learning connects to the real world.  The focus will be on simulations and games available for HTC Vive through the STEAM store to support and enhance the curriculum.  

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Cynthia Cassidy

Media Specialist, Warren Middle School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Design Projects with Code
With the prevalence and availability of coding platforms, all teachers have the opportunity to infuse computer science into their classrooms. There are many accessible and exciting applications that teachers can use to design unique learning experiences for their students. Several tools will be presented in this workshop, including Scratch, Thunkable, CoSpaces, and Makecode.com. Activities and projects which include coding not only empower students through innovative opportunities, but also enable the incorporation of design and computational and iterative thinking.

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Robert Kalman

Digital Design Teacher & Tech Integrator, Ramsey School District
Robert Kalman is a digital design teacher and tech integrator at Eric S. Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is an avid edtech presenter and consultant, and has experience integrating iPads, Chromebooks, & PC’s in a 1:1 device environment. Robert loves working with both... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2008 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Library Can Feel Like Summer Camp
The library should be a joyful place of learning just like summer camp. In this workshop you will take home concrete ways that your library and school classrooms can embrace joyful learning through art, coding, design process, robotics, and play. We will build on students' favorite books and develop activities that entice students to collaborate and have fun. Teaching and learning can be fun for all and there is power in positive teaching.

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Jennifer Latimer

School Media Specialist, Clinton Elementary School
I am the School Media Specialist at Clinton Elementary in Maplewood and contributing author of the ISTE book Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. I am the recipient of the Jean E. Harris Progressive School Library Media award in 2015 and Code.org teacher of the month in July 2014... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

The Digital Citizenship Game Plan
Participants will learn the differences and similarities between digital literacy and digital citizenship; to weave digital citizenship into digital literacy and media studies;  to effectively communicate with students and teachers about how to use technology responsibly in language they understand; and, strategies to promote collaboration among technology coordinators, curriculum supervisors, library media specialists and teachers. Presentation Link

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Shari Stein

Librarian, Edison Schools
Shari Stein has been a teacher and head librarian for the past 32 years. She is an expert in digital content management and social media usage. Shari has made presentations on digital literacy and digital citizenship to over 5000 students. She also teaches Staff Development courses... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Just the Right Stuff -- Math Tools for the Elementary Classroom
In this session participants will explore math tools and strategies to enhance their overall classroom instruction. Using tools from Google, Symbaloo, Greg Tang and various other resources, participants will learn new and innovative ways to structure their math time. The overarching goal of this session is to have the participants walk away with some new tools for their teacher toolbox and have a desire to incorporate more 21st century skills within their math time.

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Niklas Lasso

Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Merriam Avenue School, Newton Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2026 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Using the Desmos Calculator to Analyze Student Photographs and Pictures
Most students enjoy taking photographs of their friends, surroundings and objects in the world around them. Additionally, many are budding artists. But, how often do they analyze the mathematics behind their images? Participants in this session will learn how to use the Desmos Calculator to investigate the underlying equations and geometric figures.

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Stephanie Cooperman

AMTNJ President-Elect, Retired


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Floreo - An Innovative Mobile VR Platform for Teaching Students with ASD
Immersive virtual reality technology can be used as a valuable tool to support the implementation of evidence-based intervention. Floreo is developing VR software designed to augment special education approaches to teaching skills for success in students with ASD and related developmental disorders. Initial content areas cover social skills and life skills, and managing sensory overload.  Lessons are designed to reach a wide range of ages and abilities. 

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Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Reaching All Learners - Apple Tools for Special Needs
Discover new ways Apple is making exciting technology available to all learners as part of its ongoing commitment to accessibility. For over 30 years, the Mac has shipped with dozens of accessibility features built in, at no additional cost, allowing it to be used right out of the box by people with disabilities. Now, with the innovative new iPad, Apple continues to set the standard by taking accessibility and learning to a whole new level.  Explore the latest built-in Apple accessibility features found in every Mac and iPad to support a wide range of sensory and learning disabilities, including vision, hearing, physical/motor, speech, and language support needs.

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Dave Marra

Senior Systems Engineer/Apple Accessibility Specialist, Apple


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 1040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

1:10pm

Unplugged: Rest and Relaxation in the Classroom
In this presentation, teachers will observe the benefits of practicing mindfullness, meditation, and rest and relaxation for their staff and students. 

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Fernando Palma

Special Education Teacher, Leonia Public Schools
I have been in education for over 10 years working in inner city, private, and public sectors. I was a reluctant special education teacher until a started working with kids with autism. My whole mindset changed and have with working with kids with special needs for the majority... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Room 2009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

The Power of the Selfie Center: Using Technology to Build Meaningful Reflection - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Following the premise made by Britton (1970) that understanding floats on a sea of talk, our work in digital literacy and the Selfie Center in particular, creates a powerful narrative about student agency, meta-cognition, and advocacy for use of meaningful student data. Participants will leave our session empowered to listen more carefully to student talk; armed with a feedback scale to use with selfie videos; challenged to raise the level of dialogue around meaningful data in student lives; and ready to implement a Selfie Center in their own classrooms.  

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Cynthia S. Merrill

Staff Developer/Consultant/Author of Spark Change
Staff Developer/Consultant


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 3002 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

For "Tech's Sake" No More: How to Integrate EdTech to Create an Authentic Learning Experience - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This workshop will focus on the tech tools and resources used to enhance various grade level thematic units of study and the many ways in which they are utilized to create a rich learning environment for our elementary students.  Tools will include:  Ozobot, OSMO, 3Doodler, Tinkercad, Makerbot, Green Screen tech and others.

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Erinn Mahoney

Principal, Barclay Brook Elementary/ Monroe Township
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Nicole Midura

Librarian, Barclay Brook Elementary School (Monroe Twp School District)
20 years as a school librarian. Outside the box thinker at large#hiddenfigurismFollow me with caution @MiduraLibrarian


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 3011 - BYOD

2:00pm

Inclusive STEM Innovation Stations - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Participants will be introduced to our Award Winning Inclusive STEM classroom.  We will provide information on how to start your own inclusive STEM room on a shoestring budget.  We will bring our STEM room to you, as participants will have hands-on opportunities using Universal Design materials from our room.

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Skye Donzelli

Technology Teacher, Howell Memorial Elementary School
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Jennifer Stenard

Media/STEM teacher, Howell Memorial Elementary School
I am a Media Specialist with 23 years of experience. During that time, I have worked with all levels of children from K-8. As a co-winner of 2 Ocean First Model Classroom $10,00 grants, I have helped transform the school Media Center into a STEM center, which was awarded the New... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
ADP Center - Room 1145 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Revealing the Invisible: Metacognitive Support with Actively Learn - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
By fostering all aspects of metacognition with texts that engage students, Actively Learn’s embedded supports and opportunities for differentiation and customization provide students the opportunity to reveal what expert readers do automatically. Participants will learn how to build and customize assignments that support metacognitive thinking across content areas. Presentation Link

Speakers
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Heather Esposito

English Teacher, Reading Specialist, Technology Mentor, Cherry Hill School District, Cherry Hill NJ
I have been teaching high school English for nineteen years. I am a certified reading specialist, technology mentor, and PLC Coordinator. I work on a team of teachers devoted to supporting student voice and I am involved in Action Research focused on student voice, choice, and literacy... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 3004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Google Drawings: The Unsung Hero of Google Suite and its Application in the ELA Classroom - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Google Drawings is a powerhouse of possibility, but many teachers and administrators haven't gotten around to checking it out. Workshop participants will learn how to use Google Drawings, create and share a Google Drawing, and be able to check out some awesome and easy applications for the classroom. Teachers and administrators can expect to implement what they learn in this workshop as soon as they get back to the classroom.

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Aimee Battagliese

ELA Teacher/Certified Media Specialist, Anthony Wayne Middle School
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Maryellen Greer

Library Media Specialist, Anthony Wayne Middle School
Library media specialist at a 6-8 school Google certified educatorAspiring school administrator Close to meeting my 2018 GoodReads goal of 115 books :-)


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
ADP Center - Room 1143 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Look Out Google Slides ... Here Comes Google FRAMES! HANDS ON WORKSHOP
In this hands-on workshop, we will dissect the art of “slide-building” and reimagine it as still frames that give students the ability to create the cinematic world of their dreams.  Look out Tim Burton … here comes Google Frames!

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Jeffrey Bradbury

Father of Triplets, TeacherCast Educational Network
Jeff Bradbury is a globally recognized educator, educational broadcaster, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose powerful message has inspired thousands of educators through the TeacherCast Educational Network.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
ADP Center - Room 1121 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Tools and Resources to Integrate Curriculum and Technology - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
This workshop will give participants a hands-on demonstration of technological tools and resources to immediately integrate within the inclusive classroom as a 21st Century Educator. Participants in this session will take away a toolbox of tech tools and useful apps that can be utilized to enrich and empower creativity and innovation in student learning.

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Angela Brisini

BHS Media Specialist, Bloomfield School District
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Joseph Martinelli

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Seton Hall University


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 3010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Using Google Classroom to Differentiate - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
In this workshop attendees will learn Google Classroom to differentiate and reach all learners. Applications that sync with Google will also be shared. Come and learn how you can engage all your students using this great tool.

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Raquel Williams

Teacher, Metuchen School District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
ADP Center - Room 1120 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:00pm

Using Sutori & Padlet to Facilitate PBL & So Much More - HANDS ON WORKSHOP
Learn how to harness the powerful duo of Sutori & Padlet to curate multimedia content and develop high quality, interactive instructional materials. Whether you're a PBL guru or just looking for a better way to engage your students, Sutori & Padlet can help you up your game.

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Carrie Odgers-Lax

Technology Teacher, Martin J Ryerson Middle School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 3006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Building Effective PLC with Microsoft Teams
PLCs are most effective when there is an organized way to meet, learn, and grow professionally. Microsoft Teams provides that medium to bring educators together in person or virtually so they can discuss, share, learn and grow professionally all the while keeping resources and communications at the educator's fingertips.

Learning Objectives:
·Create Staff Teams for working together in PLCs
·Discover how to get on staff calendars through Meetings and Meet Now
·Set tasks for professional learning success using Planner
·Create and collaborate together in the PLC Notebook

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Makayla Mota

Microsoft


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 1060 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Class Through Pear Deck
Pear Deck is a great technological resource to utilize in your classroom to connect to all learners of every age and different abilities. Students will have a voice and participate more, while being engaged and actively learning, and can respond to different types of formative assessments. Along with Pear Deck, you will be able to utilize Flashcard Factory and provide reinforcement for vocabulary words. Pear Deck is Google-friendly and works well with google slides and google classroom.  

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Jimmy Pineda

Physical Education/Health/Wellness Teacher, New Brunswick Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2046 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Differentiating Instruction with Technology
Raise your hand if you’re overwhelmed with the multitude of fantastic edtech tools out there - and having to remember passwords for them! Which of those tools would be best for the different learners in your classes? Come check out a portal of tools that are sorted by learning style to help you effectively and seamlessly differentiate in your class. Technology tools to address the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners in your classes will be the focus as you explore and evaluate these differentiated resources! Bonus Alert - Get a free ClassLink account to check out how it saves passwords for you! BYOD - A laptop is preferred for this session.



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Jamie Saponaro

Director of Educational Success, ClassLink
I am an Instructional Strategies Consultant and an Educational Technology Trainer looking forward to helping you each get to know your Launchpad!@JamieSaponaro


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2042 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Engaging Chrome Apps and Extensions in the Classroom!
This workshop is all about engaging and fun Chrome apps and extensions that teachers and students can use in the classroom!

Speakers
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Fotini Kotrotsios

Technology Coach and ESL Teacher, Roselle Schools
Ed Tech Consultant and Technology Presenter. Google Educator and Apple Educator. Learning Centers K-12 Specialist ESL Specialist


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2044 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Free Educational Websites for Elementary Students
Do you have families asking you to recommend educational websites? Are you looking for free web resources to use with your students? I will share some of my favorites, and then we can recommend sites to one another. This will be a collaborative workshop -- get ready to share! 

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Wendy Gilson

Media Specialist, Normandy Park School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2013 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Google Slides: Not Just for Presentations Anymore!
Do you use Google Slides for your presentations?  I do, too, but there is so much more you can do with the features in Google Slides.  Learn how to use Google Slides to create posters, comic strips, choose-your-own adventure stories, stop-motion animation, formative assessments, and more!

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Lori Perez

Educational Technology Coach, Livingston Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 3052 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Health Sciences in Education
Teaching health sciences and well being is a topic that has come to the forefront of education. In this session we will explore tools to assist in teaching health, wellness and Sciences to students of all grades.

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Victor La Bozzetta

Sr. Systems Engineer, Apple Inc.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 1050 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Integrating Augmented Reality
This presentation explores free and low-cost options for educators to integrate Augmented Reality in a variety of K-12 subject areas. We will look at some examples of AR apps that can be used on a tablet or mobile device. You will learn how to make interactive augmented reality experiences that you can start using in your classroom immediately.  Some apps that will be explored include HP Reveal, Quiver, & iDinosaur.

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Steven Lahullier

Technology Teacher, Robert Gordon School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2026 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Maker Schools and Maker Districts
We all know that hands-on learning is the future. MakerSpaces are answering that call. They are popping up all over, but are they effective? Do all students have access? Are they integrated into the culture of the school district and the community? This session is a conversation to discover how you can improve the STEM/Maker experience at your school district. Bring your questions. 

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Dan Borghoff

STEM/Makerspace Teacher, Hackensack Public Schools
Dan Borghoff is an edtech specialist, teacher, and maker, currently teaching STEM Design at Hackensack Middle School in Hackensack, NJ. His work with developing student-driven MakerSpaces has been featured on programs like the “NJEA Classroom CloseUp” series as well as the local... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 1030

2:20pm

Making Student Content Accessible for All Learners
Is the content that you share with your students accessible to those with special needs? Get an edge on accessibility compliance with UDL and technology tips and make the content you post to your learning management system accessible to all.

Speakers
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Albert Spiegel

Laptop Program Coordinator, Bergen Catholic High School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2004 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Mindset Over Matter: Establishing a Culture of Empowered Educators
Learn about a "Business as Unusual" approach to professional learning that caused a positive shift in culture that encouraged risk-taking amongst teachers and in turn amplified student voice. Attendees will leave with simple, practical ideas for cultivating empowered educators that can be implemented the next day!

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Diana DaCosta

Technology Integration Specialist, West Orange Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

The Quest to Game Master Status: Creating A Gamified Lesson
An interactive session that offers beginning strategies on how to implement gaming concepts in any classroom to help kids become addicted to learning and to modify behaviors. Come away with the tools needed to transform your classroom into a learning adventure!

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Dr. Shantel Scott

Teacher of English, Freeehold Regional High School District, Aberdeen Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Shantel Marie Scott is a passionate educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator changing lives, with technology, one classroom at a time. Dr. Scott has 15 years of experience teaching English in grades 7-12. With deep roots in innovating classroom instruction, Dr. Scott... Read More →
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Claudia Soldiviero

Teacher of English, Freehold Regional High School District, Aberdeen Consultants, Inc.
My case was an interesting Breast Cancer Diagnosis. I was diagnosed with HER2New + on one breast and than two weeks later with Triple Negative on the other side. After chemo, time for genetic testing and find out that I am BRACA 1 positive. I do things bug, I like to say. Still looking... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 3007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

What Do Your Kids REALLY Know?
Looking for different ways to assess kids’ understanding? Empower your students to be collaborators and producers of content, rather than consumers. Watch your students teach others by creating instructional videos (bits) and other collaborative tasks to deepen understanding and foster cross-curricular concepts. Examine digital teaching and learning strategies from K-12 classroom experiences (specifically in mathematics). Learn how to shift your practice and teach for the love of learning and joy!

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Charleen Schwartzman

High School Math Teacher, Pascack Valley
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Dominique Vetrano

Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment K-8, Hillsdale Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 3009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

What's New from Apple Education
Join us to learn more about what’s new for schools in iOS, macOS, and tvOS.
• Learn about the latest Apple products and explore new features in iOS and macOS.
• See how Apple School Manager, a single destination for IT admins, simplifies and streamlines deployment.
• Discover how teaching tools like Classroom and Schoolwork make it easy to guide how students use devices and apps in the classroom and provide valuable insight into each student's progress.

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Matt Unger

Systems Engineer, Apple Inc.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 1040 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Leading Library and Technology Departments as One
Depending on your school setup and culture, your library and technology departments may be totally separate, work together, or be one and the same. Learn about the research on the value of library and technology departments being combined.  We will touch on the leadership needed to make this kind of change as well as considering whether the change is structural, physical, or both.  I'll share my experience with this and help you think about the value for your school.

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Sarah Rolle

Director of Technology, The Elisabeth Morrow School


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2006 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Meet Micro:Bit: Take Coding to a New Level
Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive way to teach hands-on coding to your students? Learn how to use this tiny programmable computer that enables users to see their code come to life. Use block or text coding via Microsoft’s web-based MakeCode to program the Micro:Bit. Perfect for beginners as well as more experienced coders. Bring your device (with USB port) and I will provide some Micro:Bits!

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Beth Thomas

School Library Media Specialist, Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School; Summit Public Schools


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2010 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

The Nuts & Bolts of Planning and Implementing a Coding & Robotics District Initiative
Summit Public Schools embarked on an elementary coding and robotics initiative. The evolution included developing a scope & sequence, cross-curricular curriculum, and selecting robotics hardware in collaboration with the District Library Media Specialists. Elementary students will have a year's worth of hands-on instruction progressing through drawing, block, and text-based coding languages and programming robots. Media Specialists and Technology Coaches wrote the curriculum with a scope and sequence. All grade levels will have eight unique lessons taught by the Library Media Specialists.

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Matt Schachtel

Technology Coach, Summit Public Schools
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Loreli Stochaj

School Librarian, Franklin School
I love books, coding, robotics, swimming, walking outside, labradors, and learning.


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2012 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

SMART Board, What’s in it for Math?
An equation editor, new tools for exploration and Smart Lab classroom activities to increase engagement and motivation in the math classroom.  Ideas to use in your lessons to enhance instruction and student understanding.

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Linda Treilman

Adjunct Professor, Mercer County Community College


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2002 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

More Than Words: AAC Success at School
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems provide an avenue for students with significant speech and language difficulties to communicate in a variety of ways, including voice-output technology. The field of AAC has significantly evolved in recent years, including its impact on education and learning. Accordingly, the definition of communicative competence has also been updated. This session will address research-based examples of the skills to become an effective communicator using AAC at school and beyond!

Speakers
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Michele Gunnello

Coordinator of Speech/Language Services, Gramon Family of Schools
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Tracy Lee

Assistive Technology Professional, Gramon Family of Schools
Tracy is certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist and credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). With over 20 years of experience working with individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities, she is currently a member of the Gramon Family of Schools administrative... Read More →


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2007 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ

2:20pm

Pi for Everybody: An AT+Edu Partnership
Come learn how the New Jersey AT Act Project partnered with the Asbury Park School District to create Raspberry Pi Assistive Technology solutions in order to increase independence for residents across NJ. Staff also collaborated to raise awareness in local schools about people with disabilities and the power of AT.

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Keri Hennessy-Wilson

Tech Coach, Asbury Park School District
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Mike Marotta

Director, ATAC, Disability Rights New Jersey - Asbury Park District


Tuesday January 8, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Room 2009 Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ
 
Wednesday, January 9
 

9:00am

3D Printing for Fun and Function
This session will go over some of the basics of 3D printing and 3D design, and how this technology can be used for both functional and fun purposes. It will explore free software such as Fusion 360 and Meshmixer with some hands-on activities, as well as exploring slicing software.  No 3D printing or design experience necessary! 

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Chris Stefanski

Library Media Specialist, Wallkill Valley Regional High School


Wednesday January 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Montclair State University

9:00am

Encourage Critical Thinking and Metacognition Through Digital Escape Rooms
Digital escape rooms are a fun way to engage students in collaborative critical thinking. Discussed will be some tips and tricks for creating your own digital escape room. Provide students with an opportunity to use clues to solve puzzles to unlock fun in your classroom!

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avatar for George Agens

George Agens

Educational Technology Coach, Bloomfield High School


Wednesday January 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Montclair State University

9:00am

Google Certification Preparation Workshop (Level) 1 (2 Day Workshop)
Google Certification Preparation Workshop – Join us for an in-depth training on the following Google Topics: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Documents, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Drawings, Classroom, Sites, Chrome, Blogger, Maps, Google Groups, Google Hang-out, You-Tube and more. The content of these trainings is designed to prepare participants for the official Google exams to earn a Google Educator Level 1 certificate. Exam registration and fee are not included.

Speakers
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Samantha Morra

Teacher/Technology Integrator, The Elisabeth Morrow School
Samantha Morra is an educator with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, technology coordinator, administrator, staff development specialist, and educational consultant. She is noted for her work in digital storytelling, STEM/STEAM, and using technology to develop empathy. She... Read More →


Wednesday January 9, 2019 9:00am - Thursday January 10, 2019 3:00pm
Montclair State University

12:30pm

STEM: Environmental Design
This hands-on workshop will center around some of the environmental issues that our population faces today.  Participants will get an opportunity to test,  design, and build the most efficient wind turbine, oil spill clean-up, and space mine with the help of a variety of materials including Lego Robots.

Speakers
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Ryan Gilligan

STEM Teacher, Oakland Public Schools


Wednesday January 9, 2019 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Montclair State University
 
Thursday, January 10
 

9:00am

Sparking Cultural Change - How Using Google Tools Changed the Way We Work and Think
Where is your school culture on the spectrum of Inspiring to Toxic? How can you move that needle w/ tech tools? This 2.5 hour workshop will model how to use the GSuite & other collaborative tools to spark discourse, self-reflection and change by SEEING your collective thinking. GSites, GForms, GSlides, Flipgrid will be modeled for interactive collaboration and used throughout the presentation. Intermediate skill level is best; beginners are welcome but this will be paced for those with BASIC proficiency w/ Google tools.

Speakers
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Tynia Thomassie

Technology Integration Specialist, West Orange Public Schools


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Montclair State University

9:00am

The Tech Coaches' Guide for Building a Professional Development Program
During this session, we will take a look at several items that are needed to complete and execute an effective digital literacy plan.
Technology Integration Plans, designed with input from students, staff members, tech coaches, and school district leaders, are created around and designed to meet all of the national and ISTE standards to provide a well-rounded education for all students.

Speakers
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Nicholas Amaral

District Staff Development Coordinator, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
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Jeffrey Bradbury

Father of Triplets, TeacherCast Educational Network
Jeff Bradbury is a globally recognized educator, educational broadcaster, public speaker, and entrepreneur whose powerful message has inspired thousands of educators through the TeacherCast Educational Network.


Thursday January 10, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Montclair State University

12:30pm

Flipped Classroom
The Flipped Classroom is a popular approach for maximizing class time for higher-level thinking activities and discussions. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to create online tutorial videos to use in a flipped classroom setting. Attendees will learn how to implement various ways of delivering instruction through the videos. All attendees should come prepared with an iPad and classroom materials they can use to develop an upcoming lesson. 

Speakers
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Ashley Holton

Teacher/Mathematics Coordinator, Oakland Public Schools
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Jennifer Wallace

Teacher/ELA Coordinator, Oakland Public Schools


Thursday January 10, 2019 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Montclair State University