Program 1: Full STEAM Ahead: Connecting Literature to STEAM Activities in the Elementary Classroom

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Looking for creative ways to meet Core Content and the Next Generation Science Standards? This workshop will explore cross-curricular lessons that make connections between children’s literature and science, technology, arts, and math topics. The lesson activities are designed to encourage your students to create, invent, and utilize problem solving strategies. Participants will leave this hands-on session with samples of STEAM projects and lesson plans that can be implemented the very next day.

Target Audience: Grades 2-5

Instructor: Angel Somers, Media Specialist, West Long Branch Public Schools

Program 2: Blogging + Genius Hour

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This session will provide participants with information, resources and examples on how to start Blogging and Genius Hour (Passion Projects) in their elementary or secondary classrooms. Participants will learn how to promote student voice through blogging. Participants will also learn how Passion-Based Learning can transform their classrooms into a student-driven learning environment, while supporting the standards and 21st century skills.

Target Audience: Grades K-8

Instructor: Stephany Hesslein, First Grade Teacher at Middletown Public Schools and Certified Google Trainer

Program 3: Google Tools for Education: Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sharing Docs/Files, Permissions, and much more!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

So many classrooms are using Chromebooks and /or the Google platform. Come to this hands-on workshop and learn how to utilize Google Apps and Tools! You will see the immediate benefits for student engagement, collaboration, and classroom management. We will explore the possibilities of Google Classroom, Google Forms, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Creating, Sharing Docs/Files, Permissions, storing in one place and more! We will also review the Microsoft Office Suite applications utilizing the Google Docs platform. Prerequisite – participants should come to this workshop with Google Gmail account.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructor: Frank Simonelli, Training Instructor/Application Specialist

Program 4: Robotics: LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The 4th Industrial Revolution is here! It’s imperative that students understand concepts related to the field of robotics. Mechanical Engineering, Algorithms, Computer Science and creative problem solving are all addressed in this hands-on workshop. Using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits and software, we will build and explore the possibilities that this fascinating field offers within the realm of STEAM education and beyond.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructors: Chris Ippolito, Teacher of Applied Technology, Ocean Township High School, Lead Instructor at Ignite Academy

Program 5: Are Your Lessons Trending?

Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

It is no surprise that YouTube is currently second only to Google in popularity on the internet. It is the world’s go-to site for video sharing and has over a billion users. Each day, people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views. But how is this relevant to our classrooms? Many of us already utilize YouTube, but even with the expansive content that is covered, it is often a challenge to find the right video for our students. Screencasting provides the ability to control the content and delivery, by allowing anyone to create their own videos. This workshop will cover everything you need to know in order to set up and manage a YouTube Channel as well as how to create and upload lessons. This workshop will also address different screen capture applications using the iPad or comparable tablet. Breakout sessions will allow for participants to set up a YouTube account and begin to experiment with and create lessons. Although a touch screen device is best, modifications will be addressed for Chromebooks and laptops. Please bring your own device!

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructor: Amy Caruso, Mathematics Teacher, West Long Branch Schools

Program 6: Reimagining Learning Environments with Technology: Flipped, Blended and Personalized Instructional Tools

Thursday, January 12, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

How can you support your learners with the technology tools that you have? Learn more about blended learning models such as flipped and mastery learning, and digital tools that can be used to engage students. Through demonstration and hands-on experiences, participants will become familiar with various technology applications to record/create, share, and posts instructional videos and other digital content, as well as online platforms for student interaction with the teacher and classmates. Hands-on time will be provided to explore suggested digital tools and resources. This workshop is appropriate for educators of all grade levels and subject areas who are interested in pedagogies and strategies for blending digital and face-to-face instruction and providing customized instructional opportunities for learners.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructor: Kristine Scharaldi, Educational Technology Consultant

Program 7: Empowering Student Voice in the Classroom with Technology

Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Now is the time for students to be assertive in schools. Students need to be active stakeholders in their own education. Teachers must empower students to share their voices and their stories. Students are a valuable resource for improving school climate, academic quality and creating change in the world. Come to this workshop to learn about the importance of student voice in education. Learn how to empower the student voices within your classroom. Projects and tools that will be emphasized are blogging, social media and student portfolios.

Target Audience: Grades 5-8

Instructor: Marla Weinstein, Elementary Technology Specialist

Program 8: Using Google Forms in the Classroom: Teacher Tool & Student Project

Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Creating a Google Form is quick and easy. Google automatically aggregates data collected in forms into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. There are many teachers and administrators who use Google Forms in the most creative and inventive ways not only for classroom management but for instruction as well. Participants should have a Google account prior to coming to class.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructor: Kim Brown, Computer Teacher, Lacey Township Middle School

Program 9: Digital Storytelling

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Digital Literacy is integral to our students’ success. Digital Storytelling is an effective way to address both of these academic necessities while preparing students for workplace demands of the 21st Century. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore how to utilize free, powerful software to inject Project-Based Learning into your instruction and engage your digital native students. Backed by research and aligned with standards, Digital Storytelling is growing in popularity across several disciplines. Upon completion of this workshop, you and your students will be using technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish content, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Instructor: Chris Ippolito, Teacher of Applied Technology, Ocean Township High School, Lead Instructor at Ignite Academy

Program 10: Technology Toolbox for Teachers: Using Voice, Video, and Visuals for Instruction and Assessment

Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Learning comes alive with multimedia! Through voice, video, and visuals, we can offer exciting learning experiences and opportunities for deeper learning and collaboration while addressing curricular goals and skill development. Explore digital tools and applications that provide for multi-model learning and engagement. A wealth of technology resources and classroom examples will be shared to be utilized across grade levels, content areas, and devices. Participants will learn about free and low cost technology tools and apps to be used to create, produce, personalize, and share digital work. Strategies and ideas for incorporating instructional movies, voiceovers, interactive images, and other multimedia content will be demonstrated.

Target Audience: K-12

Instructor: Kristine Scharaldi, Educational Technology Consultant