ITTIP March 2015

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ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2015

Monthly Megabite SVRTC Annual Banquet Please join us at Longwood University, Monday, March 16, 2015, for the 9th Annual Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) Technology Awards Banquet. The banquet will help recognize outstanding individuals from the twenty-five partnering school divisions for the following awards: Technology Teacher Award, Instructional Support Award, and Technology Support Award. In addition, two competitive awards will be presented for Division Leadership and Technology Leadership. The cost of the event is $20.00 per person which includes lunch. In addition, the banquet will have a keynote speaker, Dr. Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of New Media Consortium. Dr. Johnson is an acknowledged expert in emerging technology and its impacts socially in education. He has written numerous books and publications. Dr. Johnson is also the founder of the Horizon Project. Please register at the link below by Monday, March 9, 2015. s/2014SVRTCAwards

Up-Coming Events March 2nd - Longwood Spring Break 6th March 2nd - Longwood Offices Closed 3rd March 10th PI STEM Webinar March 12th EdTech 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University March 16th SVRTC Banquet, Longwood University March 24th PI STEM Webinar

What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 SVRTC Banquet Page 2 ISTE Webinar Page 2 VAST Page 3 Flying with Finch Page 3 Model My Watershed


ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2015

ITTIP Presents Webinar for ISTE Back in the fall, ITTIP staff was asked to present STEM webinars for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Due to the high attendance and success of the webinars, ISTE asked ITTIP staff to present again as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) grant. The online event took place on Tuesday, February 10th for eligible participants across the nation. The event opened with keynote speaker, Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education, and was followed by three concurrent sessions, including twelve webinars. The Institute presented, Programming and Robotics - Integrating STEM Learning Tools in the K-12 Classroom. The audience included grades 3-12 teachers that all have mobile learning initiatives in their schools. Although the webinar was not open to the general public, you can learn more about some of the information that was presented by reading the ITTIP article published with ISTE, 5 STEM tools you can use for any subject.

Virginia Association of Science Teachers The Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) is getting ready for their annual VAST PDI conference which will be held November 19th-21st, 2015 in Chantilly, Virginia. In preparation for the event, VAST is looking for session proposals. They are focusing on strands including topics of Literacy and Science, Beyond just Books, and Instructional Strategies. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, you can find out more information at: Proposals are due to the VAST review committee by May 1, 2015.

Computer ITTIP Two takes Technology Around the World Science IPad Apps Cargo-Bot is a puzzler designed to teach kids about programming. The iPad application is based on programming a robotic arm to move crates to a designated spot; however, a working solution may not be the optimal solution. Scores depend on how concisely the program runs. Although elementary-aged kids may need adult assistance at first, this kid friendly application (created entirely on the iPad using Codea) is a great way to promote an interest in coding. Tinkerbox is another programming application compatible with the iPad. It is a puzzler and engineering tool that challenges kids to complete physics-based puzzles and create their own virtual inventions. The free app was developed by Autodesk, the creators of AutoCad and other engineering tools. Users can email their inventions to friends or to the developer to possibly be included on the game's website. They can also share high scores through Apple’s Game Center social network, but participation is optional. This application is geared towards older users (middle school and up), as it may be frustrating for younger users.


ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

March 2015

Flying with Finch In November, ITTIP was presented with a Verizon Foundation grant. We are pleased to announce that recruitment of middle and high school teachers has begun for June 22nd and 23rd for this opportunity being held at Longwood University. The two day professional development will include instruction on the use and integration of the Finch Robot in the classroom. Participating educators will receive a $200 stipend, twelve recertification points, and be eligible to receive a loaner set of Finch Robots during the school year to use in their classrooms. The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four-year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments. The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include: • Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors • Accelerometers • Motors • Buzzer

• Full-color beak LED • Pen mount for drawing capability • Plugs into USB port - no batteries required Space is limited for this opportunity. We would like to see participation from multiple divisions so we will limit to two teachers per division, initially - however, all interested teachers should register since we will have a waiting list for cancellations or will be able to take more per division if it does not fill up. Registration can be found at:

Model My Watershed ITTIP is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for middle and high school science teachers. This opportunity is in partnership with Concord Consortium and Stroud Water Research Center and is focused on teaching environmental stewardship through the integration of an online application that allows student to model environmental conditions and determine the environmental effects. There is also a data collection component. Teachers will participate in professional development in the summer at Longwood for 3 days, participate in a fall and spring online course, and then a 2-day session in the summer 2016 and implement activities during the 2015-2016 school year. A $1,000 stipend will be given to participating teachers. If interested, please register at: