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Tuesday, November 7
 

7:30am EST

Registration and Networking
Tuesday November 7, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am EST
Gymnasium

8:30am EST

Opening Session - Featured Presenters
Please join us as we kick off TRETC and hear from our Featured Speakers:
  • Rachelle Poth - PAECT Teacher of the Year

  • Norton Gusky - PAECT Pioneer

  • Debbie Reynolds - NASA Honoree


Tuesday November 7, 2017 8:30am - 9:10am EST
Gymnasium

9:20am EST

Teachers: Take Back Your PD!
Limited Capacity filling up

Over the last two years Redbank Valley School District has turned over a day of professional development to a team of three teachers. These teachers initiated, organized, and ran a teacher-driven, teacher-led, and teacher-facilitated ed-tech camp. Come hear how they pulled it off, and how teachers can take back their professional development using this example and other "take back" methods such as unconference events and utilizing social media.

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Joseph Harmon

Dr. Joseph Harmon

Teacher, Redbank Valley School District
I cast the vision for this one-day event to our administrator and ultimately spearheaded the organizing committee to host it.

Co-Presenter(s)
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Mike Fricko

English Teacher, Redbank Valley
avatar for Kristen Landers

Kristen Landers

Elementary Computer Teacher, Redbank Valley School District
I have been teaching for over twenty years and have spent much of that time providing various opportunities for our students as well as professional development for teachers across our state.


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
B109

9:20am EST

Coding is TOPS in Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

TOPS stands for Team Oriented Problem Solving. Attendees will learn how this unique middle school course utilizes problem-solving, cooperative learning, mathematics and coding to deliver a quality STEM experience. The presentation will have a specific focus on how Spheros are used as the vehicle to spark interest in coding and prbolem solving among middle schoolers.

Presenter
avatar for Greg Taranto, Ph.D.

Greg Taranto, Ph.D.

principal, Canon-McMillan SD
I have been the principal at Canonsburg Middle School (Canon-McMillan School District), a 2020 Re-Designated III Pennsylvania and National Schools to Watch middle school for the past 16 years. We take pride at CMS by providing a variety of programming offerings centered around a whole-child... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Angela  Marasco

Angela Marasco

Mrs. Angela Marasco, Canon-McMillan School District
I have the opportunity to teach students an exciting problem solving class called TOPS (Team Oriented Problem Solving). I am passionate about helping students become better problem solvers and think logically through a problem. I also have the opportunity to expose students to coding... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A111

9:20am EST

Conditions Before Innovation
Many of us attend conferences and events looking for the greatest innovations to bring back to our own educational settings only to realize that ourselves, our schools, and our districts may not have set the foundation to create innovation in our classrooms.   This session will address the five conditions for innovation which set the stage for innovation.  These 5 conditions include the leadership, environment, discovery process, co-learning, and perserverance.   Through project based learning experiences which address these conditions, we can set the stage for true innovation within our classrooms.  

Presenter
avatar for Jenny Lent

Jenny Lent

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Intermediate Unit One
Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Intermediate Unit One


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
B105

9:20am EST

Cross-disciplinary Project Based Learning “A Case Study”
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will cover the details of a cross-disciplinary PBL involving cultural literacy (English & history), religion, and science (biology). The project was successfully enacted at Holy Family Academy and focused on Social Justice issues. In addition to learning hard skills (MLA formatting of sources, research skills, etc.), soft skills (team dynamics, presentation skills, etc.) were explored. All students produced an electronic product. These products were incorporated into an app the students could download onto their phones. The Cross-disciplinary Project Based Learning: A Case Study presentation will focus on how to successfully plan this type of project.

Presenter
avatar for Marlee Flaherty

Marlee Flaherty

Cross-disciplinary Project Based Learning “A Case Study”, Holy Family Academy
Both Emily Yowonske and Marlee Flaherty enacted this Project Based Learning (PBL) last school year. This session is full of practical hints to make your PBL a success. In addition, we will share one that we are currently doing in our classroom.

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Emily Yowonske

Emily Yowonske

Cultural Literacy Teach, Holy Family Academy
Emily Yowonske is a high school educator who teaches the leaders of our future to think critically, work passionately, and care deeply for those around them. Emily's students challenge her to be a lifelong learner as she develops practices that foster engagement and growth. Alongside... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
B110

9:20am EST

Designing a STEAM Project-Based Learning Experience for K-12 Students
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will showcase how Hampton Township School District designed an experience infusing STEAM into all levels. Because of a 2016-2017 AIU STEAM grant, the district was able to design mobile STEAM carts (containing Bee-Bots, Makey Makeys, littleBits and Hummingbirds) to be deployed into each of the elementary schools to enhance the current curriculum. The carts were designed by middle school students who interviewed teachers and principals regarding cart specifications. The middle school students' designs were sent to students in our high school's Engineering & Design class who revised the designs and manufactured the carts for use in the elementary buildings. The high school students presented the carts and the tools within those carts to their alumni elementary buildings for use. The carts and the STEAM tools are currently being used in the elementary buildings. For more information regarding this journey, please see the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/search?q=STEAM

Presenter
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Jackie Removcik

Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Hampton Township School District
I was the point of contact who coordinated this experience for our district.

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Erin Prosser

Erin Prosser

Library Media Specialist / Technology Integrator, Hampton Township
I am a motivated and balanced educator who strives to bring my professionalism and individuality to my classes every day. My focus is on educating both students and adults in the fundamentals of technology integration, computer applications and becoming skilled lifelong learners... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A108

9:20am EST

Engineering a Stronger Writer
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will review how to integrate the writing process and engineering design process both in pedagogy and content. This session will also address how to incorporate STEM content into upper level course work for college preparatory writing in STEM fields by enhancing the writing instruction of lab reports, abstracts, and APA style.

Presenter
avatar for Katie Dantrassy

Katie Dantrassy

Assistant Principal, Marshall County Schools
I have worked as both a STEM coordinator and ELA/ Gifted instructor at the middle school and high school level. Recently, I have served as the curriculum principal at John Marshall High School and have started to encourage stronger collaboration between the ELA and science departments... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
CP

Cassandra Porter

Principal, Marshall County Schools


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
B108

9:20am EST

Finding Time for STEM
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in incorporating more STEM activities in the elementary classroom, but you don't know how to find the time? In this session, the presenter will share ways to work STEM and Project Based Learning into your existing language arts, math, science, and social studies curricula using Makerspace tools, apps, websites, and robotics.

Presenter
avatar for Kristen  Albright

Kristen Albright

library media specialist/technology coach/gifted support teacher, Penns Valley Area School Distict
I love Makerspaces, green screen movie making, Breakout EDU boxes, and designing Escape Rooms.




Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A106

9:20am EST

Incorporating robots and drones into your classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want a new fun and engaging way to reach students on mathematic and science concepts? Sphere robotics and Parrot mini-drones were used within physics and a low level algebra course and the students showed more mastery then in prior years.

Presenter
avatar for Bronwyn Korchnak

Bronwyn Korchnak

Science teacher & Gifted Coordinator, Hopewell Area School District
I have created a robotics lab and spent the last year collaborating with the physics and algebra teachers on various concepts.

Co-Presenter(s)
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Dave Vestal

Physics Teacher, Hopewell Area School District


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A109

9:20am EST

Incorporating Technology in the Primary Classroom
We will demonstrate how to incorporate technology on a daily in all areas of the primary curriculum effortlessly.

Presenter
avatar for Maureen Frew

Maureen Frew

Digital Media Specialist, Avonworth
Primary Teacher for 18 years.

Co-Presenter(s)
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Jaclyn Keane

Kindergarten Teacher, Avonworth Primary Center
KS

Katie Simmons

Kindergarten Teacher, Avonworth Primary Center


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
Gymnasium

9:20am EST

Panel Discussion: What is Personalized Learning?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Regional and national educational technology leaders will participate in a panel discussion focused on personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Is it just another buzzword? How are you thinking about PL? Does technology play a role?

Moderator
avatar for Justin Aglio

Justin Aglio

Teaching and Learning with AI, Publications
Dr. Justin Aglio, a former teacher, and award-winning principal, is the Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation at Montour School District. Dr. Aglio has a passion for doing what is best for student success and has dedicated his career to empower educators and students... Read More →

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon

School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Ishmael

Kristina Ishmael

Director of Primary & Secondary Education, Open Educational Global
Kristina Ishmael is the director of primary and secondary education at Open Education Global where she is leading the development of a comprehensive effort to build global networks, infrastructure, and practices to support open education around the world. Before joining OEG, Ishmael... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Michelle King

Michelle King

Learning Instigator. Love Activist. Transformer, PA, The Learning Instigator
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams

Education Professor, Saint Vincent College
Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000. He operates the education consulting firm Sams Learning Designs, is a Professor of Education at Saint Vincent College, and serves as an advisor to TED-Ed. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A107

9:20am EST

Privacy: 5 Things Educators Can Do
Limited Capacity full
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Do you know how the apps you're using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense's privacy evaluations and the implications for your school. Discuss the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share practices at your school and learn from others. This session is for classroom teachers and administrators

Presenter
avatar for Jennier Ehehalt

Jennier Ehehalt

Education Program Manager, Pittsburgh, Common Sense Education
Jennifer Ehehalt is the Pittsburgh Regional Manager at Common Sense Education. She is responsible for helping school districts build a culture of digital learning and digital citizenship among educators, students and their families. She designs and delivers professional development... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Edward McKaveney

Edward McKaveney

Technology Director, Hampton Township School District
Having worked with educational technologies, media and security in higher education and K-12 for 25-years, Dr. McKaveney has been continuously focused on the advancement of student learning, faculty development and operational success through innovative use of technologies. In addition... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
A110

9:20am EST

STREAMing through the early years: Building critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills using the engineering design process in pre K-6 libraries and computer labs
Limited Capacity seats available

: This session will provide participants with information on how novel engineering and coding lessons in grades prek-6 offer students the opportunity for critical thinking skills. These activities, offered through literature, introduce students at a very early age to the STEAM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.  Attendees will participate in a sample novel engineering activity.

Presenter
avatar for Shelly  Bucci, PhD

Shelly Bucci, PhD

STEAM/Literacy Facilitator, New Castle Area School District
I am the Pre K-8 Instructional Literacy Coach who designed and oversees this project along with Emily Sanders and Tracy Yeropoli.

Co-Presenter(s)
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Emily Sanders

Director of Academics and Innovation, New Castle Area SD
I am starting my 7th year as the Director of Academics and Innovation for the New Castle Area School District, and this is my 5th year as an adjunct professor at Waynesburg University. I have previously worked four years as an Assistant Principal at Peters Township High School and... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Yeropoli

Tracy Yeropoli

Instructional Technology Specialist, New Castle Area SD
As a 1989 graduate of the New Castle High School, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to return to my home district and serve in various educational roles over the past twenty years. Graduating from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Secondary Education - English, I... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 9:20am - 10:05am EST
B111

10:10am EST

Connecting All the Dots: Bringing data from disparate systems together
Limited Capacity seats available

In a data-driven world, it is essential that our data systems work together and speak to one another. Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), in partnership with Performance Matters, will explore the power of connecting data using IMS Global’s interoperability standards while showing the ins and outs of interoperability standards and how they support integration of web based services across multiple platforms. PPS will demonstrate their time-saving systems -- OneRoster, Question Test Interoperability, Learning Tools Interoperability, and OpenBadges --  and you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of how a connected data system can make your schools more effective and successful.

Presenter
avatar for Ellen Botkin

Ellen Botkin

COORDINATOR OF DATA SYSTEMS INTEGRATION, Pittsburgh Public Schools
avatar for Scott Gutowski

Scott Gutowski

Chief Information Officer, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Scott provides strategic and tactical direction to Pittsburgh Public Schools in the areas of Technology, Infrastructure and Innovation Developments, Strategic Planning, Data/Analytics Capabilities and Information Governance.  His team focuses on ensuring that all IT investments... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A110

10:10am EST

Are Your Students Learning? Prove It!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Making the next great leap forward in improving education requires a new, quantitative approach for instructional methods. By combining science of learning principles, evidence-based research, and large-scale data analysis, we are able to demonstrably improve student learning, productivity and outcomes. Tina Frank will present an example of how she used student data to discover and correct student misconceptions in her Chemistry course at Montour High School. Come learn about how you too can employ learning engineering, this new discipline that is dedicated to bridging the gaps between educational theory and practice while improving both. 



Presenter
avatar for Michael Bett

Michael Bett

Managing Director, Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS), Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Bett is currently directing and was instrumental in creating the METALS (Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science) program at Carnegie Mellon University. He served as Managing Director for Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (LearnLab). LearnLab is a... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Norman Bier

Norman Bier

Executive Director Simon Initiative; Director, Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
Norman Bier has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Simon Initiative and the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →
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Tina Frank

CHS & AP Chemistry, Montour School District



Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A105

10:10am EST

Classroom Innovation: New and Better
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us as we discuss how innovative strategies that use multi-platform tools will enhance your practice as a teacher. You will discover engaging tools that you can use in your classroom tomorrow.

Moderator
avatar for Rachel McVeagh

Rachel McVeagh

Dynamic Learning Project Coaching Fellow, Cornell School District
As someone who taught Spanish for over a decade, I know how wonderful it could be for teachers to receive individualized support to help meet their goals and overcome obstacles. In my role as a Dynamic Learning Project technology coach (a Google and Digital Promise initiative), I... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
B105

10:10am EST

Escape Into Project Based Learning
Limited Capacity full
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Come discuss project based learning, creativity and collaboration while seeing and hearing about how students and teachers at Hampton Middle School partnered with Code Breakers and the CMU ETC to conceptualize, design and build a Mayan themed escape room in its library.

Presenter
avatar for Edward McKaveney

Edward McKaveney

Technology Director, Hampton Township School District
Having worked with educational technologies, media and security in higher education and K-12 for 25-years, Dr. McKaveney has been continuously focused on the advancement of student learning, faculty development and operational success through innovative use of technologies. In addition... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
GC

Gwen Cohen

Enrichment Facilitator, Hampton Township School District
ML

Marlynn Lux

Principal - Hampton Middle School, Hampton Township School District


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A111

10:10am EST

From Fuel to Spark: How Thoughtful Technology Integration Brings Learning to Life for ALL
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Without a driver, a car remains parked. Without a spark of imagination, the regular curriculum often lacks the life it needs to be meaningful to students’ futures. This presentation shares how technology use and STEAM concepts should be woven into the curriculum to fuel passions and ignite a sense of wonder in both students and teachers. The focus goes beyond digital tools and SAMR to create meaningful connections across the curriculum while using those 21st century skills.

Presenter
avatar for Colleen Hinrichsen

Colleen Hinrichsen

STEAM Teacher & Instructional Technology Coach, Mars Area School District
Colleen Hindrichsen is a STEAM teacher, technology coach, and former 3rd grade teacher from the Mars Area School District. She has presented on Making and STEAM integration at ISTE, PDE-SAS, PASCD, and TRETC, and provides professional development to her colleagues throughout the school... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Kara Eckert

Kara Eckert

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation, Mars Area School District


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
B110

10:10am EST

Making with Makey Makeys: It's Not Just for the Elementary
Limited Capacity filling up

It is easy to get started with Makey Makey, but don't stop there! There are loads of possibilities for the beginner, intermediate, and the genius level. Making and invention should be available at all levels, and this tool can give such immediate success to the student. In this presentation, you will see how my students at the middle school took something so basic and created multiple avenues of discovery.

Moderator
avatar for Kailen Fiedler

Kailen Fiedler

InnovatEd Teacher, Hopewell Area School District
Hopewell Area School District is a STEM ecosystem. I lead my students and fellow faculty to incorporate as much STEAM into their classrooms. I have guided workshops within our district on how to create STEAM activities. I want to share my knowledge and experience of my success in... Read More →

Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A107

10:10am EST

Mapping Our Future: Utilizing GIS Tools for Geospatial Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a digital mapping technology that can be used across subject areas, grade levels, and skills. It can be utilized by amateurs and experts to explore our past, present, and future. This presentation will provide an overview of digital tools and ArcGIS, show examples of geo-inquiries across subject fields, demonstrate an interactive lesson on the American Civil War, and explain how educators can sign up for a free ArcGIS educational account.

Presenter
avatar for Mark Weaver

Mark Weaver

History Teacher, Hampton Township School District
I attended the NGTC Geospatial Summer Workshop at San Diego State University, where I worked in conjunction with GIS experts to develop an interactive online map on the American Civil War. While I am not an "expert" in the use of GIS tools, my perspective as an amateur user will help... Read More →




Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A106

10:10am EST

Photo Ops for the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore the power of photography and the opportunities it provides to help students communicate. Basic photography techniques will be presented to enable teachers and students to create quality images. We’ll examine photo-based writing, and how it can be used to inspire and improve student writing. Ideas and strategies will be presented that focus on students using their photographs for storytelling, preserving the past, delivering information, and artistic expression.

Moderator
avatar for Matt Dancho

Matt Dancho

Educational Technology Consultant, MJD Consulting
As a teacher, media specialist, and technology coordinator, I have designed and produced creative materials for instructional purposes, public relation campaigns, and multimedia presentations. In the classroom, I have integrated creativity into my instruction to engage students and... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
B108

10:10am EST

Robots and Coding in an ELA class! What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking are essential needs for today's student to be successful in a professional world and many times, teachers struggle with how to actually "teach" these skills. This presentation will show you how collaboration between the library media specialist and ELA teacher, this is possible by incorporating problem based learning into the curriculum. Through the use of close reading, coding and Hummingbird robot kits, students are taking learning into their own hands and demonstrate the 4 C's that are so critical to student success.

Presenter
avatar for Pam Diianni

Pam Diianni

Teacher, Montour High School
Pam DiIanni is currently the library media specialist and technology integrator at Montour High School. I have been teaching for 18 years. I have a science background and certifications and have taught physical sciences, astronomy, and environmental science. I earned my Masters degree... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Nicole Kashmer

Nicole Kashmer

Montour High School Language Arts Teacher, Montour High School


Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
B106

10:10am EST

STEM EDU in Language Arts, too!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This presentation will share ideas, concepts, and standard-based information regarding the incorporation of STEM within an English Language Arts classroom. With current emphasis on STEM/STEAM education, it is critical that we embrace and include the “arts” aspect of STEAM- not just science and mathematics. With the use of technology and innovation, English Language Arts teachers can embrace the science, technology and engineering aspect of our modern day curricular expectations, while enhancing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills within an ELA classroom.

Presenter
avatar for Gina Ligouri

Gina Ligouri

Teacher, Montour School District
Gina Ligouri is an educator, innovator and author. She has earned numerous teaching accolades and credentials, most recently named Pennsylvania’s Technology Innovator of the Year (2020). She currently chairs the English department at Montour High School in addition to teaching literature... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
A108

10:10am EST

Tune In, Hook up with YouTube!
Limited Capacity full
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Did you know that YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine? Maximize this resource in your classroom and search no further! Educators will explore commonly missed features of YouTube. Then, Google Classroom, Forms, & Slides will team up with YouTube videos to differentiate, discuss, and assess.

Presenter
avatar for Carol Persin

Carol Persin

Technology Integration Specialist, Keystone Oaks School District
I am beginning my 6th year as a technology integration specialist at my school district. I have my Google Trainer Certification and love all things Google! Digital breakouts combine my love of creating with technology and exciting students about learning. I hope to have attendees... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
B109

10:10am EST

Tech Tools, Tips and Tricks: Student Choices for Learning
Limited Capacity full
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The student led presentation will focus on ways to use technology to MEET (Motivate, Engage, Empower and Transform) student learning through digital tools and options which enhance personalized learning, promote collaboration, communication and empower students to drive their learning and become leaders in the classroom. Session will show some of the different tools that the students choose and find to be the most beneficial and that empower them in learning. Hear some of their innovative ways to share their PBL, create authentic representations of their learning and how they collaborate and peer teach in a flexible, and blended learning environment. Some tools are Padlet, Storybird, Storyboard That, Piktochart, Flipgrid, Nearpod, Formative, Quizizz, Quizlet Live, Kahoot and more.

Presenter
avatar for Rachelle Dene Poth

Rachelle Dene Poth

Teacher, Riverview School District
Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School... Read More →




Tuesday November 7, 2017 10:10am - 10:55am EST
Gymnasium
  Practice and ISTE standards for students
  • Featured Speaker Rachelle Poth

11:00am EST

Collaborative Learning, Personalized?!
Limited Capacity filling up

First, participants will unpack the meaning of personalized learning and collaborative learning. Second, in small groups, participants will simulate and deconstruct instructional strategies designed to promote collaborative learning such as PBL, TeamBuilders Lessons, Jigsaw, think-pair-share, and the digital tools Nearpod Collaborate! and Padlet. Third, the closing discussion will focus on how these techniques can promote collaborative learning and personalization as well as the potential synergy in personalizing collaborative learning. Educational leaders and educators will walk away with strategies for promoting collaborative learning that meets the needs of all students.

Presenter
avatar for Stanley Whiteman

Stanley Whiteman

Curriculum Director, Duquesne City School District
My dissertation involves facilitating collaborative PD for teachers who are using technology in innovative ways such as the examples we will be using in the session. My teaching and leadership style is very collaborative and I have conducted numerous trainings similar and PD seminars... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Jordan Lippman

Jordan Lippman

Founder, The TeamBuilders Group
Ask about our improvement work at Avonworth, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, and Manchester Academic Charter. The TeamBuilders Group promotes student success by enhancing collaborative learning within elementary schools.


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A110

11:00am EST

Design Learning Spaces That Matter
Limited Capacity full
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Modern learning needs modern learning spaces. As we look to craft curriculum and instruction to prepare our students for college and careers, it is essential that they have an opportunity to learn in spaces that support this mission. The tradition of desks and rows with a teacher directed classroom is inhibiting our progress to address the needs of all students. This presentation allows teachers and leaders to see best practices based on previous district success and brain research. Designing excellent learning spaces aren't about decorating, but they are about having conversations about purpose and intentionality. Participants will leave with a variety of hacks and ideas that they can use to transform their classrooms and set in motion new ways of learning in the classroom.

Moderator
avatar for Dr. Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon

School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
B111

11:00am EST

Keep Everyone on the Same Page: The Nearpod Approach to Teaching
Limited Capacity filling up

Nearpod has helped me create awesome lessons, engage my students with interactive activities, and instantly assess my students’ progress. I will show how I use Nearpod with my students and brainstorm with you about how to use it in your class!

Presenter
avatar for Jana Baxter

Jana Baxter

Instructional Media Services Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
I am a Nearpod Certified Educator and have been incorporating Nearpod in my professional development for over 3 years.



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A108

11:00am EST

Minecraft in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Minecraft is an engaging educational tool that teachers can utilize for further engagement in their classrooms. Minecraft allows students to be creative with a platform they are familiar with while solving real world problems presented each day.

Presenter
avatar for Beth  Hobbs

Beth Hobbs

Classroom Teacher, Montour School District
I have incorporated Minecraft into my classroom for the past few years and I have taught Minecraft class at my School District's STEAM camp.



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Minecraft Lab

11:00am EST

More Bang for Your Buck: Shifting to Open Educational Resources
Limited Capacity full
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Open educational resources (OER) have enormous potential to shift traditional textbook-centered classrooms to flexible, personalized learning environments with timely and relevant materials. Let’s look at how transitioning to OER increases equitable access to instructional materials, empowers educators as they engage in authentic professional learning, and allows districts to reallocate funds.

Presenter
avatar for Kristina Ishmael

Kristina Ishmael

Director of Primary & Secondary Education, Open Educational Global
Kristina Ishmael is the director of primary and secondary education at Open Education Global where she is leading the development of a comprehensive effort to build global networks, infrastructure, and practices to support open education around the world. Before joining OEG, Ishmael... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A106

11:00am EST

On the Ground with Personalized Learning, Where Does RTI/MTSS Fit?
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you trying a one-size-fits-all group intervention and wondering why it isn’t working? Personalized learning also means personalized student intervention. We’re moving in the direction of not only identifying struggling students, but personalizing the services we provide. A strong RTI/MTSS program assigns a personalized learning plan to each student with targeted supports to meet his/her specific needs. When automated, the RTI/MTSS system aggregates an incredible amount of student data with the click of a button. Deer Lakes School District Principal Jen Cavalancia will share highlights and lessons learned on her district’s journey from traditional RTI/MTSS implementation to a digitized system. Learn how to automate administrative aspects of your student intervention process that often bog down the whole initiative, from tiering to progress monitoring and evaluating effectiveness, to meet specific needs of each student.

Presenter
JC

Jen Cavalancia

Principal, Curtisville Primary Center, Deer Lakes School District
Deer Lakes School District Principal Jen Cavalancia manages RTI/MTSS implementation for her district, including the move from traditional to digital tracking systems.

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Nathan Howell

Nathan Howell

Sales Director, OnHand Schools
OnHand Schools, Inc. (OHS) is an Education Technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA that delivers transformational solutions that personalize and accelerate student learning. Our solutions simplify and organize data so schools have a transparent view of student performance and can... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
B105

11:00am EST

To Infinity and Beyond: Taking our students from where they are to a place that is unknown
Limited Capacity filling up

We have all heard the statistic from the US Department of Labor that states, ”65% of today’s grade school kids will end up at a job that has yet to be invented.” If that is indeed an accurate picture, how do we as educators prepare our students for that future? What do we need to do differently, and what in the world does NASA have to do with it?

Presenter
avatar for Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Student, Harrison Middle School
This is a lesson developed by the Space Expedition Educator Crew team through Space Center Houston of which I am an inaugural member. I am heavily involved in STEM and space outreach through various organizations.



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Gymnasium

11:00am EST

Using Digital Feedback to Build Specific Competencies
Limited Capacity filling up

This presentation will explore the importance of providing digital feedback to students in order to build specific competencies. The use of both automated and non-automated feedback will be explored.

Presenter
JN

Jess Nowacki

Learning Technology Specialist, Carlow University
Our team consists of instructional designers and learning technology specialists. We work very closely with faculty and students in the digital environment to build meaningful learning experiences.

Co-Presenter(s)
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Rachael Afolabi Royes

Dean of Online and Digital Learning, Carlow University


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A111

11:00am EST

Pittsburgh Innovation Zone Preview
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a series of quick pitches by innovative ed tech startups in the Pittsburgh region to hear what they do, how their product can benefit you, and how you can build a partnership for your school. Following the session, you will have another 45 minutes to speak one-on-one with those startups that interest you:

Choitek; Classroom Salon, Inc; Digital Dream Labs; Expii, Inc.; IRL Labs; NoRILLA; Processly; Project Playground; ScribbleUp; Shoemaker Immunosystems Lab; Stitchbridge, Inc.; Wick

Moderator
avatar for Tyler Samstag

Tyler Samstag

Director of Instructional Innovation, Allegheny Intermediate Unit


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
Media Center

11:00am EST

Value-based Assessment: Refining our Lens to look at Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators and education leaders (e.g., school leaders, etc.) interested in learning more about values-based assessment and the role of assessment and documentation in maker-centered learning; attendees interested in learning about current work of the Agency by Design research project

What would it mean for assessment to be anchored in the values of the learners and educators who are engaged in the assessment process? In collaboration with the Agency by Design (AbD) research team at Project Zero, the Pittsburgh AbD practitioner cohort has taken the lead on exploring the concept of “values-based assessment” in ways that have influenced the project’s thinking on the role of agency in assessment and how we might look for and learn about the role of personal values in assessment practices. This mini course provides an introduction to this concept as well as the chance to see how it is applied in a maker-centered learning environment, a context that has relevance for a number of different approaches to learning, including experiential education, STEAM learning, project-based and problem-based learning, design thinking, student-centered pedagogy, and more. In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to clarify the values most important to you in teaching and learning, as well as the chance for hands-on experience in applying this values-based approach to assessment.

Presenter
avatar for Jeffrey Evancho

Jeffrey Evancho

Assistant to the Superintendent, South Fayette Township SD
Jeff Evancho is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Secondary Education at the South Fayette Township School District as well as an active leader within the Remake Learning Network. Jeff has been championing remaking learning for all children for his near 2-decade career in education... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A105

11:00am EST

Keeping Score: Empowering Learners With Local Sports Teams
Limited Capacity filling up

Together with the support of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the United Way of Southwestern PA, EVERFI has created digital, online resources to support STEM and social-emotional learning around ISTE Student Standards. In this session, we will learn how the community is involved with districts, implementation strategies of the resources, and walk away ready with lesson plans and access to the resources.

PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP, IPAD, or CHROMEBOOK.

Presenter
avatar for Alyssa Mahramus

Alyssa Mahramus

Senior Technology Implementation Manager, EVERFI
Alyssa is a former teacher who supports schools across PA and WV implement EVERFI's resources, connect educators to community partners, and provide data on student growth.




Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
A109

11:00am EST

Lights, Camera, Coding with BrainPOP
Limited Capacity filling up

Did you know that BrainPOP is more than a movie and a quiz? Have students use BrainPOP for content creation. Learn how to use BrainPOP's two latest tools - Make A Movie and Creative Coding. Learn what all the Beep is about!

Presenter
avatar for Cathie Gillner

Cathie Gillner

Computer Science Teacher, Fox Chapel Area School District
I have presented Digital Citizenship topics on behalf of Common Sense Education, for various parent groups, and several EdWeb webinars. I've presented at TRETC, West Virginia Technology Conference, AIU, PETE&C, & ISTE.



Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am EST
B106

11:50am EST

Lunch Session A
During your lunchtime, relax and discuss the morning's sessions with colleagues and those you meet. Remember to visit our sponsors/exhibitors next door in the gymnasium.

Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 12:35pm EST
Cafeteria

11:50am EST

Lunch
Each lunch session will be 45 minutes and assigned upon check-in

Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
Cafeteria

11:50am EST

Pittsburgh Innovation Zone
Here's your chance to meet some of Pittsburgh's rising ed tech start-ups. Representatives will be available to share their product/service with you, talk about the benefits to your district, and possible partnership opportunities.

Moderator
avatar for Zee Ann Poerio

Zee Ann Poerio

Teacher, St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School
Zee Poerio is the k-8 Computer teacher, 7th & 8 grade Exploratory Classics teacher, and advisor for the Student Technology Team at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she has been teaching for 24 years. Serving as a Teacher Ambassador for CREATE... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Samstag

Tyler Samstag

Director of Instructional Innovation, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
Media Center

11:50am EST

Incorporating Digital Arts Into the the Classroom
Get to know Steeltown media pathway! Steeltown Film Academy (SFA) is an in school and after school program that supplies supplementary education to school districts in Western Pennsylvania through digital media arts.Educating attendees about Steeltown's Youth & Media pathway via our in school programs, Teen Film Crew, and The Reel Teens television show. Discussing techniques to integrate digital media arts into the classroom. Highlighting the advantages of Steeltown Film Academy (SFA) program and the potential career pathways for students.

Presenter
MA

Mary Ann McBride

Community Outreach Manager, Steeltown Entertainment Project
Steeltown is lead by a team of industry professionals working to give back and share their knowledge and experience of the digital media arts industry with students. 


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

11:50am EST

Developing a STEAM+ Curriculum
Our STEAM+ initiative recognizes the value of interdisciplinary investigation, and the inspiration that results from the convergence of different disciplines. We developed our programs to merge diverse standards into a captivating experience that integrates new concepts into students’ existing understanding.Identify curricular areas that could be advanced through technology.
I worked with a team of educators to develop and refine this PS-Grade 8 model for integrating technology, and we work with the Carlow University Education Department to prepare teacher candidates with skills in implementing the model.

Presenter
SA

Suzanne Ament

Educator, The Campus School of Carlow
 Instructional or Technology Coach


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

11:50am EST

Ins and Outs of Flexible Seating
This session will provide teachers with suggestions for implementing flexible seating in their classrooms. The journey from traditional classroom to flexible classroom will be highlighted.Provide teachers with strategies for flexible seating implementation Provide teachers with examples of flexible seating options Provide teachers with ideas for obtaining flexible seating options on a budget

Presenter
avatar for Heather Shadish

Heather Shadish

5th Grade Teacher, Hopewell School District


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

11:50am EST

Virtual Co-ops: Supporting Preservice Teachers Virtually
I teach students about educational technology embedded with the Danielson framework of teaching. We tie technology very closely to pedagogy in order for students to understand and ensure that technology is being used effectively and efficiently in the classroom. In order to make assignments meaningful for the students, I partner with cooperating teachers from around the world in a similar grade level/subject area as the preservice educator. During the course students partner with their co-ops via social media and email and create with the co-op artifacts that the teacher can use with his/her students. This gives the preservice teachers authentic learning experiences and the teachers experience with educational technology. Throughout the course, the preservice teachers create over 10 artifacts for the teacher to use with their students tied to standards and learning outcomes provided by the teacher.Formulate a plan to incorporate this or a portion of this program in your own course.Identify how to get started or volunteer for the program

Presenter
avatar for Dr. Sam Fecich

Dr. Sam Fecich

Professor of Education, Grove City College
Hi! I’m Sam Fecich a professor of education, author, speaker, podcaster, and a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (PSL)! Dr. Samantha Fecich is a professor of Education at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. She is the author of the EduMagic series, titled “EduMagic a Guide for... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

11:50am EST

Closing the Gap Between Human and Computer Tutors: Engaging in Personalized Dialogues with Students
Rimac is an online dialogue-based computer tutor that helps high school students reflect on the concepts involved in the Physics problems they just solved for homework. During the past 7 years, over 300 Pittsburgh-area high school students and their teachers have helped us develop Rimac and discover what does and doesn’t work when you attempt to emulate a human tutor using current technology. We’ve experimented with adapting a variety of tactics inspired by educators and researchers for use in Rimac and have found what does and does not translate well and for whom. We have just created a new version of Rimac using what we’ve learned so far to personalize the tactics that Rimac applies during its interaction with a student. Attendees will learn what pedagogy/theory worked well in Rimac and for whom through posters and interactions with the presenters.Attendees will learn how the latest version of Rimac personalizes instruction by directly interacting with the system.Attendees will learn how particular tactics are implemented by Rimac through demonstration videos.

Presenter
avatar for Patricia Albacete

Patricia Albacete

Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh
I am a Researcher at the Learning Research & Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. My colleagues and I colleagues designed and developed Rimac and have been conducting experiments with it in classrooms and publishing the results for the past 7 years. I have 20+ years... Read More →


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

11:50am EST

Games for Change Student Challenge
 Programming is the wave of the future. The Games for Change challenge taught students programming using MOUSE Create curriculum. The students created a game which can be played online. They also researched and learned a lot about Cuba and immigration.

Presenter
SD

Susan Dunning

Teacher, Cornell School District
I am teaching CS1 Academy through Carnegie Mellon University and CS Discoveries through Code.org.


Tuesday November 7, 2017 11:50am - 1:20pm EST
POSTER SESSIONS 221 Clever Road, McKees Rocks, PA, United States

12:35pm EST

Lunch Session B
During your lunchtime, relax and discuss the morning's sessions with colleagues and those you meet. Remember to visit our sponsors/exhibitors next door in the gymnasium.

Tuesday November 7, 2017 12:35pm - 1:20pm EST
Cafeteria

1:25pm EST

Add-Ons, Extensions, and Web tools Oh My!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

An overview of 15+ tools that help keep a teacher organize, plan & assess engaging lessons, and help students get creative! Many tools are part of Google Apps for Education. The goal is that session attendees identify at least 2-3 new tools that will be useful to them in their classrooms. 

To acess the presentation copy and paste this link goo.gl/a1uc9f

Moderator
avatar for Katie Bordner

Katie Bordner

Spanish Teacher, City High Charter School
I'm an experienced educator who has been using technology to enhance my classroom for 10+ years. Through that time I have cultivated a toolbox of low-cost, incredibly useful tools that would benefit many classrooms. I am a Google Certified Level 2 Educator and I teach a Tech in World... Read More →

Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A108

1:25pm EST

Are You Using a '$1,000 Pencil?'
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Alan November coined the term "$1,000 pencil" as an analogy for misuse of ed tech in teaching and learning. Collectively, we'll explore what defines the transformation of learning with thoughtful use of technology. Next, we'll explore some models and next steps to reach that level of transformation. Bring your laptop or tablet to join in the activities.

Presenter
avatar for Kevin Conner

Kevin Conner

Curriculum & Instructional Technology Coordinator, Allegheny IU 3
I have facilitated and participated in professional learning for educators for nearly 30 years. It is my professional responsibility to provide multiple professional earning experiences for the 9,000+ educators in Allegheny County’s 42 public school districts.




Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
B106

1:25pm EST

CONNECT AND ENGAGE YOUR CLASS WITH PROMETHEAN’S CLASSFLOW
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

ActivInspire users; come see the future of immersive learning.  This is your chance to join us for an interactive, hands-on ClassFlow experience!  As part of this session, you will not only learn how to get started with your own free ClassFlow account, but you will leave with a taste of ClassFlow to begin transforming your current lessons (ActivInspire flipcharts, PowerPoints, & SMART Notebook) into engaging and fun learning experiences.  Winner of Tech & Learning’s 2017 ISTE Best of Show award, the Promethean ActivPanel will utilize ClassFlow, a free instructional delivery system, to connect classroom technologies, measure student learning, and enable differentiated instruction.

Presenter
avatar for Katie Marx

Katie Marx

Education Consultant, Promethean
Katie Marx, M.A.T. | Education Consultant – Pennsylvania & West Virginia | Promethean


Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A109

1:25pm EST

Digital Humanities
Limited Capacity seats available

Our presentation focuses on how to integrate STEAM based learning in a humanities course by using digital tools. Highlights include how to use digital tools like the Smithsonian Learning Lab and Monticello's Sea of Liberty to enhance best practices for primary sources in the classroom; Using primary sources within the humanities classroom; Identifying other tech tools to help integrate primary sources into the humanities classroom.

Hyper Doc: http://bit.ly/2zAsB9x


Presenter
MK

Miriam Klein

District Librarian, Cornell School District
As presenters we have both been trained as Teaching with Primary Sources coaches through the Library of Congress. We have completed summer programs with the Library of Congress, Gilder Lerhman, Monticello, and Mt. Vernon.

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for Amy  Palo

Amy Palo

Social Studies/Eng. Teacher; Social Studies Head, Cornell School District
I am relatively new to breakouts but I feel they need to be shared. Adding breakout games to my classroom showed me how much they could engage students and improve collaboration. I have experience with both physical and digital breakouts and creating my own.



Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A106

1:25pm EST

Innovation Literacy
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

With STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education gaining momentum in schools across the country, educators are working to figure out how this "fits" with what they are already doing. Educators are skillfully integrating literacy and creativity in ways that can exponentially expand student understanding and innovative thinking. Innovation Literacy uses a new lens to investigate the creative use of technology and innovation in other subject areas. This active learning session will allow teachers to explore meaningful ways to infuse design thinking, engineering, and tinkering into their classrooms by pairing children's literature with hands-on STEAM and Maker learning promoting innovation literacy in the classroom.

Presenter
avatar for Jacie Maslyk

Jacie Maslyk

Assistant Superintendent, Hopewell School District



Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A111

1:25pm EST

Inspiring Innovation Across the K-12 Curriculum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this interactive session, participants will hear a brief 5-10 minute background of the South Fayette model for innovation, then will break off into grade level strands of their interest to have small group discussions. After assessing the needs of each individual group, facilitators at each grade level strand will walk through examples from leading teachers on how to create STEAM pathways and how to expand and connect STEAM across all curriculum areas. You'll hear from representatives of the South Fayette School District who have created vertically aligned K-12 computational thinking and design thinking initiatives to inspire students and teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to explore those models and ask questions about next steps, then will be able to visit another grade level strand to investigate even more. If time provides, school groups may come back together for additional question and answer or to consider how this work might inform next steps in those districts.

Presenter
avatar for Aileen Owens

Aileen Owens

Director of Innovation and Technology, South Fayette Township School District
Our team has been fully immersed in creating a model for innovative teaching and learning over the past several years. We’ve experience both the successes and pitfalls and would like to help other educators benefit from our experience, moving forward in either creating a STEAM or... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
SD

Stephanie DeLuca

Assistant to the Superintendent for Elementary Ed., South Fayette Township School District


Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
B108

1:25pm EST

Project-based Learning: Beyond Glitter and Glue
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session attendees will engage in professional development activities focused on increasing the educator’s knowledge and confidence with project-based learning (PBL). Attendees will be active learners and explore first-hand how PBL increases achievement and develops skills by activating students' desire for deeper learning, curiosity, and engagement.

Use this link to access the resources:  https://goo.gl/zQxQfJ 

Presenter
avatar for Karyn Dobda

Karyn Dobda

Coordinator of Professional Development, North Allegheny
Mrs. Karyn Dobda serves the North Allegheny School District as the Coordinator of Online Learning and Professional Development. Her current position encompasses professional development, technology integration, blended learning, strategic planning, and grant writing. Mrs. Dobda has... Read More →



Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A105

1:25pm EST

Redesigning Learning Spaces
As conventional teaching models evolve and emerging technologies gain a solid foothold in classrooms worldwide, formal learning environments require an upgrade to reflect the 21st century practices taking place in them. Education has traditionally relied on teacher-centric approaches where lectures were the main source for knowledge transference. Today, student-centric pedagogies are being embraced to better prepare learners for the future workforce, and new approaches to classroom design are supporting this shift. Additionally, innovative thinking in architecture and space planning is influencing the sustainable design and construction of new school infrastructures that have the potential to significantly impact classroom practices and student learning.

Moderator
avatar for Norton Gusky

Norton Gusky

Educational Technology Broker, NLG Consulting
Coordinated TRETC for 25 years; former Coordinator of Educational Technology and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Presenter
avatar for Justin Aglio

Justin Aglio

Teaching and Learning with AI, Publications
Dr. Justin Aglio, a former teacher, and award-winning principal, is the Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation at Montour School District. Dr. Aglio has a passion for doing what is best for student success and has dedicated his career to empower educators and students... Read More →




Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
Gymnasium
  Pedagogy and Practice
  • Featured Speaker Norton Gusky

1:25pm EST

The Power of the Emoticon: Enhancing Vocabulary Development with Emoticons - Vocamojis
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers, have you considered how we can capitalize on using emoticons in the classroom? Would you like to find an easier way to help even your most reluctant students develop an extensive vocabulary? If these are questions you have contemplated, then this presentation is for you. We will share how digital literacy tools such as emoticons can be integrated with whole brain teaching methods to help students learn challenging vocabulary words in any classroom setting. Come to this session to see how the creation of “Vocamojis” not only increased engagement and motivation for learning challenging vocabulary, but also broadened the vocabulary of struggling readers.

Presenter
avatar for Diane Fine

Diane Fine

Professor, California University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Diane Fine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and serves as the graduate coordinator for the Integrative STEM Education and the Reading Specialist Programs at California University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching focus on integrating digital literacies... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
KM

Kacey Maloney

Teacher & Graduate Student, California University of Pennsylvania
KS

Kylie Smith

Teacher & Graduate Student, California University of Pennsylvania


Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
B105

1:25pm EST

Implementing Personalized Learning the District Context: Lessons from the NGLC and Opportunity by Design Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

We will present evidence from two RAND projects focused on implementing personalized learning approaches. The presentation will focus on effects on student achievement as well as implementation challenges and successes in district schools.

Presenter
avatar for Elizabeth Steiner

Elizabeth Steiner

Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
I have led implementation data collection and analysis for both the projects included in this presentation. My co-presenter has led the outcomes analysis for both projects and is the principal investigator of one of the projects. Together, we are both qualified to lead this sessi... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
avatar for John Pane

John Pane

Senior Scientist, RAND Corporation
I research how technology innovations affect student outcomes -- including recent work on personalized learning: www.rand.org/t/RR2042. @JohnFPane


Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
A110

1:25pm EST

Pandem-Sim & Data: Epidemiology in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

NIH-funded development of three programs related the infectious disease. Pandem-Sim is a simulation (live video-conferencing) where students perform as epidemiologists to solve disease outbreaks around the world. The second program uses PBLs and resource materials to explore all aspects of epidemiology and related careers. The third program is classroom activities linking Big Data to modeling of infectious diseases.

Presenter
avatar for Charles Wood

Charles Wood

Principal Investigator, Wheeling Jesuit University
Principal developer of Pandem-Sim, a role-playing live simulation - think Challenger Learning Center - of the spread and containment of outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. Also team member for the NASA-Cassini spacecraft previously orbiting Saturn, and author/speaker about the Moon... Read More →

Co-Presenter(s)
DT

Debbie Tyrrell

Evaluator and researcher, Wheeling Jesuit University
I'm the internal evaluator and researcher for the NIH-funded Pandem-Sim project where students learn about infectious disease and the epidemiological process. Please ask me about the field testing of our project.


Tuesday November 7, 2017 1:25pm - 2:10pm EST
B109

2:15pm EST

Closing Session

Collaborative Conference Closing 

Conference surveys and documentation for Act 48 credits will be completed and door prizes will be awarded at this end of this session.  

Join with all TRETC attendees in a culminating, interactive session that will involve exchanging perspectives. Up first, “New in 90” featuring a lightning round, day-in-life of several unique 2017 TRETC PIONEERS who will be tweeting all day at #TRETC17 and #TRETC17NEWIN90. Second, roll-alikes will share collective and individual new learnings, and third everyone will be able to create a part of the 2017 TRECT impact keepsake. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover from another and make a mark before you disembark.

Co-chairs:

Dr. Jordan Lippman

Ms. Kylie Lasota


Tuesday November 7, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST
Cafeteria