MONTHLY MEGABITE March 2016
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center welcomes ITTIP to their new location On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the
provide teachers with that additional in-
Southern Virginia Higher Education
service training they need to work more
Center (SVHEC) hosted a ribbon cutting
effectively with students, is very much in
ceremony and open house to officially
keeping with Longwood’s history and
welcome Longwood University’s Institute
for Teaching through Technology
Innovative Practices (ITTIP) to the
March Spring Break, 7-8 Longwood University
SVHEC campus. ITTIP was formerly located on Broad Street in South Boston,
March EdTech 2016, 9 VCU
and relocated to 820 Bruce St. in November 2015.
March IMPRES Webinar 10
Longwood University’s Provost, Dr. Joan Neff, and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Paul Chapman, attended the ceremony and
The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms in Virginia through the use of technology by providing highquality professional development for educators, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities of K-12 students for a globally competitive workforce.
Above: ITTIP staff stands with Longwood University’s Provost and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services.
March SVRTC Awards 23 Banquet, Longwood University
helped cut the ribbon at ITTIP’s new
The ribbon cutting ceremony had over 30
location. Provost Neff stated during the
guests including Longwood University staff,
ceremony, “ITTIP fits really nicely with
community members, teachers from
Longwood’s overall core mission to equip
ITTIP’s programs, and SVHEC employees,
Page 2 IMPRES
people to become citizen leaders. Having
including Executive Director Betty H.
the opportunity to work with teachers
Page 3 SVRTC Awards Banquet
and continue our progress as an institution that’s always valued education and
Attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony
preparing people to be educators, and to
were able to see and use some of the
marry that with an emphasis on
technologies that ITTIP has put into
technology and the STEM field and
classrooms through teachers’ professional
March 2015 Megabite – Longwood University’s ITTIP
learning experiences, continued on page 2
in this issue
Page 3 Longwood Service Awards Banquet 2
Page 3 Model My Watershed Recruitment
March ITTIP March2016 2015 Megabite Megabite –– Longwood Longwood University University’s ITTIP
SVHEC Welcomes ITTIP (continued)
IMPRES: Principal workshop On February 18th and 19th, nine
On the last day of the workshop
development; including Makey Makey, Hummingbird Robotics, and Finch Robot. Many of the tools are currently being used in Southside Virginia schools through grant funded projects in partnership with ITTIP.
principals from Region 8 met at
series (February 19th), principals
Longwood University to participate
were asked to bring a mathematics
and complete a workshop series
specialist or a teacher leader to
through a Mathematics and Science
participate in the day’s activities.
ITTIP staff is excited about their new office location and looks forward to utilizing the new space and resources at the SVHEC.
Mathematics Partnership for Rural
Partnership grant, Innovative Elementary Schools (IMPRES). The workshop focused on activities to help elementary principals address the need for change in mathematics instruction, analyze what a good mathematics lesson should look like, and to further consider their role as an
As part of the IMPRES grant, ITTIP is also working with twentyfive elementary teachers in Brunswick and Sussex counties through a year-long blended learning experience. These teachers will meet for their last face-to-face workshop day on April 16 in Sussex County.
instructional leader in developing Above: Attendees play Pac Man with Makey Makey.
teacher leadership in mathematics instruction. Right: Principals work through activities that their teachers can use to teach mathematics.
The Unhangout Most of you may have heard of Google Hangouts, a Google tool associated with a Google account that enables you to participate in voice and video calls with other chosen Google account users. The Unhangout is very similar, but has some added features that make it very intriguing to educators and life-long learners. Unhangout is an open source platform project out of the MIT Media Lab. It was developed in order to run large scale online un-conferences. One of the great features of the Unhangout, is that event administrators can create breakout rooms for attendees outside of the main presentation main, or Unhangout Lobby. While participants are able to chat with each other within the Lobby, when participants break out into smaller sessions, or breakout rooms, more in-depth conversations for peerto-peer learning and collaboration for community based learning is enabled, as opposed to the top-down information given in the Lobby. Create an Unhangout today, or just join one to learn!
March 2016 Megabite – Longwood University’s ITTIP
Southside Virginia regional technology consortium Banquet
Longwood University’s service awards banquet
Please join us as we celebrate our Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) members during the 10th Annual SVRTC Technology Award Banquet scheduled Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Longwood University's Blackwell Hall at 11:30 am.
The cost is $20.00 per person which includes lunch and parking. Registration for all superintendents is complimentary. Please Register by Friday, March 11th at the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SVRTCRegistration
Teacher recruitment: teaching Environmental sustainability Who: Middle and High School Science Teachers When: July 19-21, 2016 Where: Longwood University Do you want to learn more about how to use modeling and simulation in your science classroom to teach environmental sustainability? ITTIP is partnering
On Friday, February 26th, Longwood University held an Employee Service Awards Banquet to recognize employees for their years of service. Longwood University holds this annual banquet to recognize five, ten, twenty, and thirty years of service with the State of Virginia. The annual banquet additionally recognizes retired employees for their years of service with the State. This year’s banquet was able to recognize several of our ITTIP staff including: Susan Throckmorton, Office Manager - 10 years of Service Bill Wilson, Senior Technology Engineer – 30 years of Service Dr. Mano Talaiver, Director (Retired) – Retirement
with Concord Consortium, Millersville University, and Stroud Water Research Center on a national project, Teaching Environmental Sustainability -- Model My Watershed (TES-MMW). Learn how to use an innovative online watershed application that allows your students to use authentic data to simulate the environmental impact of real-world scenarios in their own communities in Virginia. A $1,000 stipend is provided for your participation on this year-long project. Additional information can be found on the ITTIP website (www.ittip.org) or at the following registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMW2016 Please Note: This is a National Science Foundation grant-funded opportunity; evaluation data will be collected in the form of pre/post tests for students, focus groups with participating teachers, and review of online teacher products. As part of this project, it is expected that you will use 6 online learning modules with your students.
Left to Right – Bill Wilson, Susan Throckmorton, Mano Talaiver
This is the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) March 2016 newsletter.