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So Many Tools, So Little Time
Note: VoiceThread (as originally advertised) will not be presented at this program.
December 13, 2011
5:15 - 8:15 pm
(Beckerman Athletic Center, SKIFF Street)

Spend 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, Soda

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 Twitter"
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 them.

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 curriculum!

7:55-8:15 "Blogging to Think"
Jeff Schwartz, Upper School English teacher, Greenwich Academy

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.

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