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Aug ust 17, 2010

TechSpan


Title The SMART Exchange - Over 37,000 Lesson Resources at Your Fingertips Presenter Jennifer Room Number 130 Level all levels Session Time 9:45 - 10:45 and 1:30

Session Short Description A comprehensive look at the SMART Exchange - SMART's website, with curriculum related lessons available to K-12 teachers created and shared by other educators around the country. We will dive into the 4 areas of Searching for a Lesson, Uploading a Lesson, Looking for a Lesson related to a Specific TEK and Connecting with other Educators using SMART products. This website does not require a login (Yea!) and has so much to offer teachers who are starting to use SMART Notebook and other SMART products. You're invited!

Title Easy Access for Teachers Presenter Sherri Powell Room Number 134 Level secondary Session Time 1:30 - 2:30

Session Short Description Building and accessing databases for the middle school classroom using Microsoft Access.


Title Computer Lab Management Presenter Margaret Slutz Room Number 121 Level elementary

Session Short Description Do you want ideas about managing you computer lab? What resources are out there for use? We will go over ideas for the computer lab class. Time will be spent at the end of the session for sharing of ideas. This will be a chance to network with others who teach elementary computer classes.

Session Time 8:30 - 9:30

Title Classroom (Computer Lab) Management Software (Vision6) Presenter Gumaro Pedoza Room Number 132 Level all levels Session Time 8:30 - 9:30

Session Short Description Do you want to improve the management of your computer lab? Do you want to switch programs or tasks in less than a 5 minute student rotation? Would you like to take control or address common technical issues from your desktop? Do you want to demo to each desktop and monitor student’s desktops by the second? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you will want to attend this session.


Title Scratch'ing the Science Itch! Presenter Saul Martinez Room Number 154 Level elementary Session Time 9:45 - 10:45

Session Short Description Engage your students by challenging them to create Science animations, games, quizzes and movies using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT's Media Lab. Scratch is a tool that challenges students to "create" educational content. Scratch allows students to develop their creativity, critical thinking, logical processing and understanding of educational content, while at the same time providing teachers a great tool for differentiation and assessment. In this workshop, we will explore the basics of the Scratch interface, create a basic animation/movie with a quiz of the solar system and an animation with a drag and drop game of the water cycle. SCIENCE TEKS 3.11C, 4.6A, 5.5A-B, 5.6A-B / TECH APPS TEKS 3-5.7C, 3-5.8B, 3-5.11B

Title Learning.com Meets Web 2.0 – The Sky’s the Limit! Presenter Elizabeth Perrin Room Number 135 Level elementary Session Time 8:30 - 9:30, 9:45 -

Session Short Description Engaging students with customized 21st century learning experiences is easy with Learning.com. Attend this session to learn what’s new and possible with Learning.com’s new digital learning environment – Sky!


Title Learning.com for Middle School – Reach for the Sky! Presenter Jeanine Wilson Room Number 149B Level secondary

Session Short Description Engaging students with customized 21st Century learning experiences is easy with Learning.com. Attend this session to learn the new digital learning interface for EasyTech in the Middle School classroom. Find out what’s new and possible with EasyTech.

Session Time 8:30 - 9:30, 9:45 -

Title Pair-programming for Grades 6-12 Makes Coding More Fun and Accessible Presenter Jimmy Newland Room Number 132 Level secondary Session Time 9:45 - 10:45

Session Short Description Learn about the concept of pair-programming and how it can be used in technology courses in middle and high school. From undergraduate courses to the software development world new research suggests pair-programming can help reinvent computing education and level out the technological gender-bias of the last decade. Learn some first-hand techniques for instruction and assessment and talk about the pros and cons of pair-programming.


Title HTML Web Pages with Classroom Content - the "New Poster Board" Presenter Lawrence Room Number 121 Level secondary

Session Short Description Learn how to help students use off-the-shelf software to create content-rich web pages using classroom content. Show your students how to use basic technology skills to create websites complete with images, backgrounds, and links.

Session Time 1:30 - 2:30

Title Technology 4 Tots Presenter Fred Slone Room Number 151 Level elementary Session Time 9:45 - 10:45 and 1:30

Session Short Description Looking for some ideas to use with 4-6 year olds? Technology 4 Tots is aimed at teachers of grades Pre-K and K. Software, resources, and websites will be shared and they are all free!


Title Creating Websites Using Expression Web Presenter Susan Boone Room Number 220 Level secondary

Session Short Description Microsoft Expression Web is a program for designing, developing, and publishing compelling, feature-rich websites that conform to web standards. You will complete a standards based site using HTML and CSS. HISD has access to this software for our secondary schools.

Session Time 8:30 - 10:45

Title Gaggle Away! Presenter Kashi Woods Room Number 121 Level elementary Session Time 9:45 - 10:45

Session Short Description Overview of Gaggle and examples of ways to incorporate it into the curriculum with students.


Title Integrating Photo Story into the Upper Elementary Curriculum Presenter Stephanie Irby Room Number 154 Level elementary (3-5)

Session Short Description Taking you through the ins and outs of how to successfully use Photo Story with upper elementary students. Photo Story is a free program from Microsoft and it is very versatile and students love it! It can be integrated into many areas of the curriculum like Science and Social Studies.

Session Time 1:30 - 2:30

Title Tools for Teaching Cyber Safety Presenter Amanda Jost Room Number 134 Level all levels Session Time 8:30 - 9:30, 9:45 -

Session Short Description This presentation provides an overview of the Houston ISD Cyber Safety website and an exploration of resources for teaching cyber safety. Emphasized topics will be appropriate online behavior, cyber bullying, and social networking. There will be time for hands-on exploration of the resources.


Title Differentiating Instruction in the Hybrid / Online Classroom Presenter Samantha Room Number 154 Level secondary

Session Short Description This session is designed to look at best practices in online/hybrid classes. We will be examining how to encourage participation, ethical conduct, creativity, higher level thinking, modify instruction for various learning styles and how to perform accurate assessment. We will also address how this type of online structure suits today's tech-savvy students and is translatable into the traditional face to face classroom as well.

Session Time 8:30 - 9:30

Title All Nets with Pearson Success Net Presenter Kevin Holiday Room Number 136 Level elementary Session Time 8:30 - 9:30, 9:45 -

Session Short Description This session will empower you to provide support to the core content areas by assisting classroom teachers with online resources available via Pearson Success Net for Math.


Title Using Technology for Differentiation Presenter Daniel Room Number 139 Level all levels

Session Short Description This session will explore web tools that can be used to differentiate for the variety of learners in a classroom. Tech tools will include those used for visualization, collaboration and content sharing, all of which allow students and teachers to create in ways not possible with traditional pencil & paper.

Session Time 9:45 - 10:45

Title Tips and Tricks for Teaching Systems and Fundamentals Presenter Marty Daniel Room Number 126 Level secondary Session Time 8:30 - 9:30, 9:45 -

Session Short Description This session will help you help your students shine on the Technology Literacy Assessment in the area of Systems and Fundamentals. Find out the basics of what is tested and learn some strategies for presenting this information in a fun and engaging way.


Title Technology in the Bilingual Classroom Presenter Claudia Morales Room Number 139

Session Short Description Use technology in the bilingual classroom in order to improve vocabulary skills and reach academic success.

Level elementary (K Session Time 8:30 - 9:30

Title Excel and Chancery Presenter Susan Searles Room Number 139 Level secondary Session Time 1:30 - 2:30

Session Short Description Using Web 2.0 tools, learn how to download and format files from Chancery into Excel 2003. A wiki website will be provided for additional support.


Houston Independent School District 2010 Board of Education Greg Meyers, President Paula M. Harris, First Vice President Diana DĂĄvila, Second Vice President Carol Mims Galloway, Secretary Anna Eastman, Assistant Secretary Michael L. Lunceford Lawrence Marshall Harvin C. Moore Manuel RodrĂ­guez Jr. Terry B. Grier, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools Houston Independent School District Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center 4400 West 18th Street Houston, Texas 77092-8501 Web site: www.houstonisd.org It is the policy of the Houston Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, handicap or disability, ancestry, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, veteran status, or political affiliation in its educational or employment programs and activities.


TechSpan 2010