Summer Tech Academy 2016


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Thursday Keynote: Developing a Growth Mindset


EdCamp Session Resources:
Connected Educator Collaborative Doc
EdTech Tools Collaborative Doc

Thursday Sessions

Session Choice A: Room 303

Follow up: Fostering a Growth Mindset Classroom in the Digital Age:
This session will provide a deeper look into bringing a Growth Mindset framework into your classroom and consider ways that technology can support that change.
Kathi Szymborski, Archbishop Ryan

Fostering Classroom Community through Social Media: Room 111
Students spend much of their free time engaging with social media. As teachers, we can tap into that enthusiasm to promote a sense of community, while also invigorating academic activities. Become a digital role model and promote positive digital citizenship with your students.
Alissa DeVito, Office of Catholic Education

Kahoot!, Socrative & Quizizz: Room 226
This session will focus on three of the more popular online assessment tools: Kahoot!, Socrative, and Quizizz. During this session participants will explore each of these assessment tools from the perspective of the student as well as the teacher. Participants will also have an opportunity examine the data that each assessment tool records and makes available to the teacher. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to create an assessment using one of these tools.
Chuck Ginter, Conwell-Egan


iPads and Digital Literacy: Room 325
This session will discuss using an iPad to promote digital literacy through student projects. We will discuss a few apps that are especially useful for projects where students can use technology to demonstrate their learning. The presentation will include actual classroom examples and there will be time for attendees to tinker with the apps.
Chris Buck, Roman Catholic




SMART Amp/Notebook 15.2: Cafe
Learn about the new features in Notebook 15.2 along with SMART Technologies new collaborative tool, SmartAmp!

Maureen Prado Roberts, SMART Technologies.


Session Choice B:

Creating a Course for Today’s Student: Digital Literacy: Room 303
How can we offer our students the skills they need to be successful creating and consuming information online? The Archbishop Ryan ELA department developed a course that was launched in 2014-15. Hear how they developed and implemented this project-based course.
Kathi Szymborski, Archbishop Ryan


Google Forms for Formative Assessment: Room 111
An extension of the Google Apps for Education Suite, use Google Forms as an assessment tool. From bell ringers to learning checks to exit tickets, learn how to use this tool to measure understanding and modify your lesson to best serve the needs of your students.
Bill Brannick, Office of Catholic Education


Literacy in the Digital Age: Room 226
The Merrian-Webster dictionary defines “literacy” as: “able to read and write” and “having or showing knowledge about a particular subject.” But is that really enough in our technological age? This session will explore (through discussion and hands-on activities) three literacies that are essential in today’s world and what it means to be truly Visual, Digital and Media literate.
Chuck Ginter, Conwell-Egan

Using Schoology for Formative Assessment: Room 325
This is a session for those already familiar with Schoology. We will discuss various formative assessment strategies and the Schoology tools that can help.
Chris Buck, Roman Catholic




SMART Amp/Notebook 15.2: Cafe
Learn about the new features in Notebook 15.2 along with SMART Technologies new collaborative tool, SmartAmp!
Maureen Prado Roberts, SMART Technologies.

Friday Sessions


Session Choice C: 9:05 - 10:10 AM

Exploring the Value of Genius Hour: Room 303
Passion based learning offers students the opportunity to take charge of their learning. More importantly, it is an opportunity for teachers to see their students enjoy learning as develop strong research skills. There are three rules for Genius Hour: There must be a driving question; there must be research; and the results must be shared with the world. Open your students’ minds to the excitement of creating their own learning path.
Kathi Szymborski, Archbishop Ryan

Overview of the Google Educator & Trainer Process/Google Certification Information: Room 324
Google Education offers two levels of Educator Certifications to validate and recognize the work you are doing in the classroom. Attendees will get a chance to explore the Google for Education Training Center. Time will be spent exploring the various training tools Google has available to assist candidates as they prepare for the Educator Level 1 & 2 performance-based tests.
Gene Carboni, Father Judge


Growing as a Connected Educator: Room 111
Teaching no longer needs to be an “isolated” profession. Through the use of online tools and social media, educators can connect, communicate, and collaborate all over the world. Grow your professional resources and support system by developing a strong PLN!
Alissa DeVito and Bill Brannick, Office of Catholic Education


Geospatial Tools in Education: Preparing students for a place in a changing world: Room 226

Geospatial tools and data are more readily available than ever before, and give students the opportunity to learn analysis, storytelling and research skills that translate across disciplines. In this workshop, teachers will learn about some of the tools (both open source and commercial) available for their students to create dynamic web and print maps that engage with an audience and a topic, as well as how those tools can be incorporated into various curricular areas in ways that enhance their students’ learning about the subject and develop real-world technology and literacy skills.
Josh Beauchamp, EAST Facilitator, Conwell-Egan

iPads and Digital Literacy: Room 325
This session will discuss using an iPad to promote digital literacy through student projects. We will discuss a few apps that are especially useful for projects where students can use technology to demonstrate their learning. The presentation will include actual classroom examples and there will be time for attendees to tinker with the apps.
Chris Buck, Roman Catholic


SMART Notebook 15.2 tools and tips along with SMART Amp: Cafe

Learn about the new features in Notebook 15.2 along with SMART Technologies new collaborative tool, SmartAmp!

Maureen Prado Roberts, SMART Technologies.

EdCamp 1: 10:15 - 11:00 AM

EdCamp 1: Room 303

EdCamp 1: Room 324

EdCamp 1: Room 111

EdCamp 1: Room 226

EdCamp 1: Room 325

EdCamp 2: 10:15 - 11:00 AM

EdCamp 2: Room 303

EdCamp 2: Room 324

EdCamp 2: Room 111

EdCamp 2: Room 226

EdCamp 2: Room 325


Session Choice D: 12:45 - 2:00 PM
Google Forms for Formative Assessment: Room 303
An extension of the Google Apps for Education Suite, use Google Forms as an assessment tool. From bell ringers to learning checks to exit tickets, learn how to use this tool to measure understanding and modify your lesson to best serve the needs of your students.
Bill Brannick, Office of Catholic Education

Overview of the Google Educator & Trainer Process/Google Certification Information: Room 324
Google Education offers two levels of Educator Certifications to validate and recognize the work you are doing in the classroom. Attendees will get a chance to explore the Google for Education Training Center. Time will be spent exploring the various training tools Google has available to assist candidates as they prepare for the Educator Level 1 & 2 performance-based tests.
Gene Carboni, Father Judge

Fostering Classroom Community through Social Media: Room 111
Students spend much of their free time engaging with social media. As teachers, we can tap into that enthusiasm to promote a sense of community, while also invigorating academic activities. Become a digital role model and promote positive digital citizenship with your students.
Alissa DeVito, Office of Catholic Education

Geospatial Tools in Education: Preparing students for a place in a changing world: Room 226

Geospatial tools and data are more readily available than ever before, and give students the opportunity to learn analysis, storytelling and research skills that translate across disciplines. In this workshop, teachers will learn about some of the tools (both open source and commercial) available for their students to create dynamic web and print maps that engage with an audience and a topic, as well as how those tools can be incorporated into various curricular areas in ways that enhance their students’ learning about the subject and develop real-world technology and literacy skills.
Josh Beauchamp, EAST Facilitator, Conwell-Egan

Using Schoology for Formative Assessment: Room 325
This is a session for those already familiar with Schoology. We will discuss various formative assessment strategies and the Schoology tools that can help.
Chris Buck, Roman Catholic

SMART Amp/Notebook 15.2: Cafe
Learn about the new features in Notebook 15.2 along with SMART Technologies new collaborative tool, SmartAmp!
Maureen Prado Roberts, SMART Technologies.