Speed Learning Sessions
Thursday, November 7
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Critical Text and Multi-Genre Writing
Critical literacy promotes inquiry and the application of critical thinking skills. Multi-genre writing fosters student creativity and innovation through the incorporation of multimodal representations of text. This presentation links critical literacy with multi-genre writing to foster students’ development of critical thinking skills while promoting creativity. Participants will be able to read examples, practice critical literacy, share responses, and view multi-genre writing examples.
Infusing Creativity in the Classroom with Synectics
Ruth Ference, Aimee Renshaw, Chelsea Wegesin
Are your students uncreative and unmotivated? Banish boredom and explore a dynamic method used by Disney Imagineers for enhancing creativity of thought. Using synectics (a process using metaphors to help make connections between dissimilar things), you will work in a small group through the synectics process and then view examples of lesson plans in Language Arts and Social Studies. After this session, you will be able to implement this strategy and help your students “think outside the box.”
Engaging Male Readers Through Technology: A Captive Audience
How do you effectively engage reluctant male readers in order to prepare them for the 21st Century through the use of technologies to promote critical and creative thinking skills in the literate classroom? Through the investigation of technology (I-Pad, digital recorders, video cameras, computers) comprehensive and critical literacy skills and engagement are taught. A key focus will be on male, ESL and Special Education students and the assessment of literacy skills within this context.
Hey, "Today, We are Using iPads to Learn Mathematics!"
Join the fun in viewing how pre-service teachers used inexpensive apps to create an active learning environment for middle school mathematics students.
iPads, Apps, & Adolescents: Becoming Co-Learners in the 21st Century
Jude Matyo-Cepero, Patricia Bruner
Overcome App Avoidance! Join fellow educators as we open the App door to the 21st Century World of Middle School Education. As we explore a variety of core curricular apps, you will become immersed in this exciting realm of student learning. Bring your iPads and join our journey as we overcome App Avoidance!
“We all Decided…”: Collaborative Writing and Technology in Middle School
Often hesitant to comment on one another’s work and unsure of how to communicate effectively in a group, online collaboration is typically a challenge for middle level students. In this presentation, participants will learn about how a middle school Language Arts teacher leveraged in-class collaborative small group assignments to generate genuine online collaboration. Resources for collaborative group work and technology will be provided.
Developing 21st Century Skills While Achieving Common Core Standards
This interactive presentation will highlight global learning for American students. The implementation of common core standards and STEM awareness will enlighten the participant in the big picture of American education and its future.
Improving Writing Through Educational Gaming
This experimental research study reports on the effects of computer-based cognitive and literacy skills instruction and its effects on 6th grade students' writing skills. The instruction, disguised as video games, significantly improved students' writing skills (p < .05) after one marking period as compared to the control group who experienced no significant improvement during that same time. Both groups participated in the same standards-based comprehensive literacy curriculum.
Preparing Teacher-Candidates for Today’s Larger Middle Level Class Sizes: Effective Strategies Employed by Teacher Educators Preparing Middle Level Future Teachers
Middle level teachers must address the needs of the whole student, a task that grows more challenging each day because of increasing class sizes. This session’s focus is on identifying how ML teacher candidates are prepared to effectively manage and instruct large classes so students meet standards, pass new assessments, and gain 21st Century skills necessary for schooling and life. Come join the conversation about dealing with large class sizes and maximizing ML learning experiences.
Literacy Lessons for a Digital World
Meg Gaier, Jamie Diamond
In this speed-learning session, teachers in all content areas will learn how to integrate blogging into their classroom activities. Learning activities will be connected to the Common Core State Standards. Four different blogging platforms will be explored, and we will explain the merits of each. Student work samples and resources will be shared.