ITTIP March 2014

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ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2014

Monthly Megabite STEM Lessons In Brunswick On February 5th, one of the Institute's STEM Specialist traveled to James Solomon Russell Middle School in Brunswick County to observe a STEM lesson. The lesson was a collaboration of eleven teachers, including three VA STEM CoNNECT participants: Martha Trusty, Shawnrica James, and Ruth Thomas. There were over seventy students participating during the lesson which took place in the school’s gymnasium. STEM Specialist, Stephanie Playton, commented, “It was so great to see teachers from across disciplines working together as part of this experience. There were not only history, science, mathematics and English teachers all working together as part of this lesson, but additional support teachers too.” The lesson began with the story of Humpty Dumpty and a dramatic egg drop into a bucket. After engaging the students, science teachers helped make connections to energy and Humpty’s fall. Next the students made suggestions on ways that Humpty could have had a safe landing off the wall he fell from. The history of bungee jumping was discussed and then the students were given their design challenge.

Up-Coming Events March ITTIP Closed for Spring 3rd & 4th Break March 4th Integrating Reading and & 11th Writing in STEM Learning Webinar SITE Conference, March 17th -21st Jacksonville, FL March 27th

SVRTC Awards Banquet, Longwood University

What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 ITTIP Visits Brunswick Middle School

Students were called to their tables in groups to Above: Students get into their start the project of creating a bungee jump for groups and determine their Humpty to use for a safe landing. “The lesson roles. (Continued on Page 3)


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ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2014

STEM Lesson


was very well organized! Each table had the group’s technology equipment and a folder that included rubrics and lesson materials. It was particularly enjoyable to listen to the groups determine their roles and get started!”, said Stephanie Playton. As the students worked in groups, they used an online resource, ITSI-SU, to collect and record their data using probeware. This lesson was part of a larger STEM unit plan that the VA STEM CoNNECT participants will be sharing at a summit in May at Longwood University. The Institute looks forward to hearing about VA STEM CoNNECT participants’ experiences integrating inquiry based STEM units into their classrooms. Additional summits will be held for participants from other workshops ITTIP conducted in the summer of 2013. See page 3 of this newsletter for dates. Above: Students used hard boiled eggs to test their bungee jump designs.

Above: Students worked to design their bungee jump.

ITTIP takes Technology Blendspace Around the World Blendspace is a new tool for creating online lessons. You can embed videos, add quizzes, documents, links and more! Its interface makes it quick to add the content you need in minutes. With a free account you can even have your students (or audience) add comments to your online lessons. You may want to look at Blendspace’s gallery to get an idea of what could be created for your classroom or sign up for a free account to see how this tool may be useful to your classroom needs. Or, look at the different ways users have used Blendspace to create collaborative research presentations and digital storytelling. They also have a Blendspace account for schools. You may even be interested in a free demo! Check out Blendspace to learn more and create your own space!


ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2014

2014 SVRTC Banquet Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) members will be celebrating the 8th Annual SVRTC Technology Awards Banquet scheduled Thursday, March 27th, at Longwood University. Nominations for awards have been accepted in the following categories: Division Leadership Award, Technology Leadership Award, Technology Teacher Award, Instructional Support Award, and Technology Support Award ITTIP looks forward to celebrate the recognition of technology achievements with the consortium. The nomination deadline has been extended to March 7th, due to inclement weather. If you have any further questions about nominations or event details, please check the SVRTC website or contact Barbara at 434-517-0717.

Spring Summit Dates for Workshop 2013-14 Participants Some of the workshops the Institute conducts include a summit, or celebration, at the end of the cohort. ITTIP will be hosting the summits for eligible cohorts this Spring during various times. Please see the table below if you were a Summer 2013-14 participant with the Institute. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the ITTIP office at 434-517-0717:

Name of Workshop/ Face to Face Workshop Date for 2014 Cohort Dates from 2013 Summit


VA STEM Connect II

July 15th - 19th 2013

May 3rd, 2014

Longwood University

SCIEnCE (Middle Teachers)

June 24th - 27th 2013

May 17th, 2014 Longwood University

SCIEnCE (Elementary June 24th - 27th 2013 Teachers)

May 31st, 2014

Longwood University


May 31st, 2014

Longwood University

July 22nd - 26th 2013