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Monthly Megabite ITTIP Attends First Annual Open VA Conference
Up-Coming Events Nov 13th Gender Summit III,
Washington, DC - 15th The first annual Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference (Open VA) was held Tuesday, October 15th at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). Nov 14th VAST, Norfolk, VA This conference is an initiative of the Office of Governor of the Commonwealth - 16th of Virginia, the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) for Virginia, the Nov 20th SVRTC Meeting, Virginia Community College System, and fourteen universities, including LongNottoway High School wood University. The purpose of Nov 27th- ITTIP Office Closed the conference is to bring higher 29th education stakeholders from across the Commonwealth to investigate the topic of open and digital learning resources (ODLR) in education. What to find in this ITTIP’s staff took part as one of month’s Megabite: the conference exhibitors during the event, showcasing STEM learning tools and open educational resources. Some of the tools included Page 1 ITTIP at Open VA Sphero, Finch, Hummingbird, 3D printing, LilyPad, and MakeyMaAbove: Paula Leach and Stephanie Playton, Page 2 VA STEM CoNNECT key. Summit ITTIP STEM Specialists, share with conference attendees some of the tools the Institute has In addition, Dr. Talaiver, ITTIP’s used or plans on using for professional developdirector, was on the planning comment and working with students.
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STEM Specialists Present LilyPad at VA STEM CoNNECT Summit ITTIP staff attended and presented at VA STEM CoNNECT’s summit at the College of William and Mary, October 8th. The summit was part of VA STEM CoNNECT’s grant for division participants from two cohorts. One cohort started in the Summer 2012, the other 2013. Although Longwood’s ITTIP was the lead for this Math Science Partnership (MSP) grant, several other universities and partners collaborated including, George Mason University, James Madison University, Frank Batten College of Engineering of Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, MathScience Innovation Center, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition, Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, and 48 school divisions across Virginia. STEM Specialists Paula Leach and Stephanie Playton presented a two hour and fifteen minute hands-on workshop during the summit. Participants learned about the ways the LilyPad Arduinio has been implemented with a diversity of students, including globally. During the workshop participants were given Continued on page 3
Above: VA STEM CoNNECT participant examines his design plan before beginning to sew his LilyPad components down with conductive thread.
Celebrating Math ITTIP takes Technology Around the World Now that the opening days of school are behind us, it may be a good time to start celebrating math through planning a Family Math Night. There are lots of things to keep in mind, beginning with getting a committee together to plan the big event. Think about including, not just teachers in the planning, but students and parents. Try getting the community involved! They may be interested in planning the event, or even just donating money for prizes or snacks. Next, decide on a date that doesn’t clash with other community events so that you can get more people to attend. Oh, and don’t forget to advertise! The planning of the event can be the most time consuming and difficult, so use your resources to help. ITTIP has posted an article to help assist with this kind of math literacy celebration, titled Inspiring Math Tips for Teachers and Parents, as a featured article this month on the website. As you prepare activities to engage your participants for the event, make sure to include technology. Not only for engagement purposes, but also to give some participants opportunities that they may otherwise not have access to, this includes parents. This is even more important that ever, now that our Virginia students are taking their Mathematics tests online with virtual math tools and Technology Enhanced Items (TEI). Lastly, don’t forget to take pictures of the event. Also consider doing a short evaluation as a follow-up to help make your Family Math Night one that will not be forgotten! 2
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Open VA (continued) conference. Although Open VA was supposed to occur back in the springtime, it was canceled due to inclement weather. Since the cancellation and rescheduling of the conference in the fall, the planning committee decided to add an extension to the original conference. This conference before the conference, Minding the Future, was also held at UMW the day before Open VA. Minding the Future gave participants the opportunity to listen to six different speakers as they tried to provoke conversations about the future of higher education. Each speaker was given fifteen minutes to present their thoughts about higher education and the effect of digital innovation, such as teaching and learning online. Their presentations Above: STEM Specialist, Paula Leach, were followed up with questions and answers from those who attend- demonstrates controlling the Sphero with an iPad. ed. Minding the Future ended with a final panel session with the day’s speakers. Both events proved to be a positive experience and opportunity for the collaboration, networking and conversations it initiated between Virginia’s universities across the Commonwealth. ITTIP of Longwood University looks forward to participating in next year’s events to continue this learning opportunity and foster partnerships.
VA STEM CoNNECT (continued) a Lilypad microcontroller, battery and battery holder, 5 LED lights, and conductive thread to create a design using felt. The participants first planned out their designs on paper and then began implementing their idea with sewing circuits. The participants were challenged to complete and program at least one working circuit by the end of the workshop using the open source software, Arduino, after a brief overview of the programming language.
Above: Participant sews her microcontroller and battery supply to her design.
Those who attended the workshop got to take their materials home to complete the rest of their designs, given the limited time they had to learn and complete their e-textile project during the workshop. The Institute is happy to report that several of the participants sent pictures and/or videos of their completed work and shared how they have engaged other’s interest in learning how to use the LilyPad Arduino for STEM experiences in their divisions.