a night "speed dating" the newest innovations from Twitter to iPads,
Scratch to Mathematica! Fellow educators will be demonstrating tools, with
examples, that can be immediately integrated into your curriculum. Enjoy
an evening of tech tools, New Haven's finest pizza and great company.
5:15- 5:30 Arrival and Check In
5:30-6:15 Dinner - New Haven Pizza, Salad, Beer, Wine,
6:15-6:35 - "Not Just for Gaming! How to use Scratch
in the Curriculum"
Sarah Ludwig, Hamden Hall
While most think of Scratch as a tool to build computer
games, the truth is it can support projects across the curriculum. This
presentation will explore how Scratch can be used for digital storytelling,
which could be used to explore concepts in any classroom. I will demonstrate
the basics of Scratch, as well as show several student examples. Scratch can be
used with students as early as third grade.
6:40- 7:00 - "iPads Apptivities"
Lee Bruner, St. Lukes
Virtual dissections, music composition, stargazing, animated
Shakespeare plays and more - all on the iPad! We'll explore apps for a variety
of disciplines and discuss where to go for app research.
7:05-7:25 - "Collaborative Projects using
Nikki Cingiser, The Children's School
Take a look at how social networking is changing the world
of collaboration and professional development for a community of kindergarten
and early childhood educators. While initial communication among these
educators focused on a twitter chat (called Kinderchat), it has branched out to
include wikis, blogs and many other tools. Not only are teachers in this
community sharing and learning from each other, but many are now using the same
tools to open their classrooms to others around the world. This session will
help teachers who are both looking to dive in to communities like this, or just
dip their toes in the water and see what social networking has to offer for
7:30-7:50 - "Mathematical Explorations"
Will Nowack and Nick Molnar, Choate Rosemary Hall
See how "Mathematica", a computational software
program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other
areas of technical computing, is being used to enrich and enhance mathematics
7:55-8:15 "Blogging to Think"
Jeff Schwartz, Upper School English teacher, Greenwich
Blogging may be the most important kind of writing we can do
in our classrooms. It won't be the most polished or the most gradable, but it
will be among the most imaginative, personal, and complex. In this short
presentation, we'll look at how students can progress from mechanics to
explorers on platforms, such as Blogger and WordPress.