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Monthly Megabite 4th Grade Student Connect with STEM Two fourth grade classes at Midway Elementary School in Dinwiddie County have recently been working on an integrated STEM unit. The students created a model of a house and tested whether it could withstand the wind force from a fan. Their classroom teachers, Rachel Davis and Maegan Jones, along with Special Education teacher Taiwanda Johnson and ITRT Betty Spiers were all part of our MSP funded VA STEM CoNNECT project this past summer for teachers to learn more about how to integrate STEM into math and science classrooms. The students used engineering skills to design their houses with only materials that were given to them and incorporated their math skills when it came to the constraints about height and perimeter as they built their houses. The unit was centered around their science weather SOL and they used probeware Above: Students work collaboratively technology to measure the force and to build their house. wind speed as they tested their designs. The students’ excitement was clearly evident as they tested their design on the day that ITTIP STEM Specialist Paula Leach went to visit the classroom. The teachers were impressed with how well the students worked together in designing and problemsolving during the project.
Up-Coming Events Nov 3rd Digispired ii Graduation, Longwood University Nov 8th – ITTIP Presents at VAST 10th Conference, Williamsburg Nov 20th SVRTC Meeting Heartland Park, Keysville Nov 29th ITTIP Presents at VASCD & 30th Conference, Williamsburg
What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 VA STEM CoNNECT Page 2 ISTE’s Leadership Forum Page 3 Promethean Training Page 3 PRESS II Cohort Page 4 INSPIRS: Cohort III Recruitment Page 5 Digispired LilyPads Page 5 Harvest Festival
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ISTE’s Leadership Forum Dr. Manorama Talaiver recently participated in The International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) leadership forum. The leadership forum consists of teams of educational leaders to discuss issues they may be facing within divisions or learning institutes. The forum offers the opportunity for leaders to work together with other experts and colleagues to come up with action plans and strategies to solve problems specific to schools or districts. A current topic in the 2012 Leadership Forum has been the NET Standards for Administrators (NETS*A). Having digital age leadership and standards that are able to evaluate how administrators support digital age learning, integrate technology, and transform education by accepting challenges and embrace new opportunities is extremely important for educational leadership. The forum participants have also recently looked at mobile applications useful for administrative leaders. Productivity and utility applications can assist leaders make better use of their valuable time and resources, while modeling digital age leadership. Another topic of interest has been Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). This has not only been a topic in the ISTE Leadership Forum, but also a popular topic amongst the SVRTC school divisions. The SVRTC members focused on BYOD in the October meeting. Appomattox county school division shared their policies relating to BYOD. Other school divisions joined and discussed issues relating to implementation success and challenges. You can learn more about the SVRTC BYOD presentation and discussion by reading about it in the November newsletter on the SVRTC website. In addition, you can look at this BYOD Livebinder resource to learn more about the program implementation.
Khan Academy's ITTIP takes Technology Computer Around the WorldScience Resources Khan Academy has been around since 2008, providing educational resources. Their online resources cover subjects ranging from math and finance, to history and art. Their site provides thousands of short videos, step-by-step problems and instant data to provide engaging learning experiences. However, new to their range of subjects resources is computer science. Online tutorials for computer science now include programming basics, drawing and animation. You can also browse by category to find what you need. If you browse by category, it will also give you level of expertise ranging from getting started to expert activities. Check out Khan Academy’s resources and begin implementing computer science in your classrooms today! http://www.khanacademy.org/cs 2
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PRESS II Participants: Final Online Class Partnerships Required for Each Student's Success (PRESS), cohort II, is finishing up their last course this semester online. PRESS II consists of two online groups of educators including teachers, media specialists, principals, and central office staff, earning their 21st Century Leadership certificate from Longwood University. This cohort consists of 24 teachers that have been enrolled in a total of six 3-credit online graduate courses since the fall of 2011, facilitated by Dr. Linda Townsend and Dr. Manorama Talaiver. Over the course of two years through the two cohorts, we have already seen many new professional relationships and collaborations emerge among participants, as well as many new 21st century leaders in these partnering school divisions. The last class, Collaborative Learning Communities, has focused on the importance of professional learning communities and how to form them. The participants have been reading two Above is a list of the online books to help with Moodle courses that a PRESS II their understandparticipant was enrolled in with ing: Professional Dr. Townsend. Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement (DuFour & Eaker) and Strengthening and Enriching Your Professional Learning Community: The Art of Learning Together (Caine & Caine). Both books have been highly rated by the participants through book reviews and class discussions.
Promethean Visits ITTIP for Two Trainings One of the teaching and learning consultants of Promethean, visited the Institute two days during the month of October. The first visit was to give the Instituteâ€™s staff training on the ActivTable. The ActivTable is an interactive touch screen table, that allows up to six users at a time to collaborate on activities. The staff learned about fun and creative ways to the use the ActivTable with students to promote 21st century skills in the classroom. The ActivTable includes science, math, social science and writing activities within the preloaded software. Additional activities can be loaded from Promethean's online site directly to the interactive table. Users/facilitators can also upload images and activities to the table with a thumb drive. The Institute The above participant learns looks forward to utilizing this educa- about using the interactive tional tool. protractor tool on the ActivTable.
The second training was a Level II training for Promethean's Interactive Whiteboard. The training was from 10am - 1pm, and was jam packed full of ideas and learning. Twelve participants took part in the session from the counties of Prince Edward, Hopewell, Amelia, Danville, Pittsylvania, Franklin, and Sussex. During the session, participants learned about innovative ways to use multimedia with the Promethean board. One of the main concerns and learning that was addressed for the participants was how to use containers in their Promethean Flip Charts. Evaluation of what a good Flip Chart looks like was also examined. They also learned about ways to integrate the ActiVote and ActivExpression, student response systems. Participants were encouraged to join Prometheanâ€™s Planet, an online resource for teacher created resources.
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INSPIRS Cohort III: Professional Development Opportunity Integrating Nature of Science and Physical Science in Rural Schools (INSPIRS) Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) has received a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant to provide professional development for middle school Physical Science teachers. Topics will include the Nature of Science, content required in the Physical Science SOL, and inquiry based learning techniques integrating technology. Activities of INSPIRS will include: • 3 face-to-face days (Saturdays), 25 hours of online learning resources and professional development in the Winter/ Spring of 2013 (January-May) focused on the integration of Physical Science SOL, including the Nature of Science, through: Inquiry Based Learning (IBL), Understanding by Design (UbD), the 5e learning cycle • Training on software and probeware to integrate into a NoS and PS unit • Lesson plan development using UbD as a template to design a PS unit of instruction • Online resources and support during the school year using Moodle • Classroom follow-up during the school year by ITTIP faculty • Final summit of one instructional unit created by teachers on one Saturday in May (joined by Cohort 1 & 2) Participating teachers will receive: • $400 stipend upon completion of 3 face to face days, online course, and unit plan • 55 recertification points and stipend upon completion of all activities • Software and Probeware • Resources for IBL, UbD, and 5e Strategies • Web publication of NoS and PS unit for statewide distribution Physical Science teachers from the Southern Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) school divisions are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Two or more teachers from the same school are encouraged to attend as a team. The first INSPIRS face to face will be held January 26, 2013. The location will be determined based on recruitment. Some funds are available for travel (for teacher teams traveling more than 60 miles one way). Please register at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/INSPIRS3Registration The deadline to register is January 7, 2013.
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Digispired Students Show Off Their LilyPad Computing Projects Saturday, October 27th, marked a very special day for the Institute. Digispired students got to complete and showcase their very last project as part of an National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that ends this December. Students had been working on this e-textile project (LilyPad Arduino), since July and got to do their final touches and programming to their item during this last Saturday of the academy. Students at three different locations got to connect remotely using Adobe Connect with their location facilitators to learn the last bit of information to finalize their projects while Stephanie Playton, STEM Specialist, familiarized them with the software and coding process. Projects varies from hats, illuminated purses, to t-shirts and bags. Above: A student shows
We have asked the student to bring their LilyPad projects to their gradoff her illuminated project uation on Saturday, November 3rd at Longwood University. We look to the class. forward to celebrating all the accomplishments of these students over Above: A studentâ€™s Digispired bag with a the past 3, and some 6 years, of working with the Institute. We also look forward to them sharing few additions. their experiences with the guests that will be accompanying our students and their peers to this dinner event. Special guests will also be speaking about STEM careers and life experiences as a finale to the academy celebration.
Harvest Festival: Richmond City Event The 7th Annual Harvest Festival was held October 31st at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond. Hosted by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, this free event is held every year to the public and aims to provide a safe, fun, environment for children on Halloween night. The Institute was honored by being asked to have a booth available that would offer scientific, educational entertainment. The Institute was able to bring a number of STEM activities for parents and children to engage in. One of the activities had children and their parents experimenting on ways to design boxes to carry items. Another activity had children examining and matching things in nature that have influenced human inventions. Above: A child takes the role of an engineer to determine the best size and shape for packaging materials.
We were also able to bring and share the Promethean ActivTable, an interactive multi touch screen table that allows up to six children at a time to interact, collaborate, and enjoy. The activities on the ActivTable included classification sorts and puzzle making. Children of all ages enjoyed the evening. The Institute was also happy to share their love and passion for STEM learning on this special night.
This is the Instititute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) November newsletter.