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Monthly Megabite Longwood University Hosts VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III Longwood University’s ITTIP hosted the VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III September 30th on campus in Farmville, Virginia. The event attracted over 100 K-12 teachers and administrators from across Virginia to come learn about science and mathematics in STEM learning. After opening remarks from the University's president, President Reveley, the summit’s keynote speaker Steven W. Anderson, engaged the audience Above: President Reveley, Longbefore breaking up to wood University’s President, attend the summit’s welcomed over 100 educators sessions. to the summit.
The event had two sessions, a 1-hour morning session and a 2-hour afternoon session after being served lunch. Participants got to choose from four workshops for each session, that best met their grade level and subject area. During the workshops, participants got to take home ideas, books, technologies, and most importantly, ideas for their classrooms. Above: Participants collect materials to partici(continued on page 3) pate in their workshop.
Up-Coming Events Oct 13th Longwood University, closed Oct 15th SVRTC Meeting, Nottoway High School Oct 18th OPEN VA, Virginia Beach, VA Oct 22nd ISTE Webinar
What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 VA STEM Summit Page 2 SVRTC Meeting Page 3 ISTE Page 3 Ed Tech 2015 Page 4 ACSEL
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Longwood University Hosts First SVRTC Meeting of the School Year The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) held its first monthly meeting for the 2014-2015 school year at Longwood University on September 18th. The first meeting attracted 36 members from divisions including Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George, and Sussex. Members were given a welcome by Dr. David Locascio, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services of Longwood University. The meeting began with a presentation on 3D printing by Spotsylvania ITRTâ€™s, Angel Bonham and Andy Rothenberger. They talked about their STEAM program and how they got started with 3D printing in the classroom. The remaining meeting reviewed summer professional development that ITTIP facilitated and the SVRTC division participation, as well as action items for the consortium, including discussion of a five year plan. Above: Spotsylvania ITRTs present their STEAM
The next meeting will be held at Nottoway High Schoolâ€™s Mini Auditori- program with 3D printers to SVRTC members at um on Wednesday, October 15th at 10 am. Divisions that plan on the opening meeting for the school year. attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kano: Make a ITTIP takes Technology Around the World Computer Kano is a computer and coding kit that has been designed for all ages! The kit is powered by the Raspberry PI, a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a monitor or TV. The Kano gets you to programming in a short amount of time, and has the capability of facilitating the creation of games, such as Minecraft. Kano was a Kickstarter project that was funded in December 2013. The kit is now selling for $129 (+ shipping), and expects to begin shipping this month. The purchase includes illustrated books, a 8GB SD card with the Kano operating systems and levels, a DIY speaker, Raspberry Pi, keyboard, custom case, stickers, cables (including an HDMI for high definition video options!), and WiFi power up.
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VA STEM (continued) Presentations ranged from creating boomerangs and sunglasses, to advanced manufacturing and Circuit Stickers. Presenters included classroom teachers, university faculty, and even a Longwood student! ITTIP realizes the summit would not have been a success without the expertise of these presenters in facilitating the workshops for this event, and is extremely thankful for their willingness to share with other educators across the state. This opportunity was funded through a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the Virginia Department of Education, and held free of charge for participating educators. Educators were also able to earn five recertification points for attending and learning.
ITTIP Presents Webinars for ISTE Last month’s newsletter had an article about the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) hosting a STEM Webinar Pass for educators. During the month of September, ITTIP staff presented two of them: The True Meaning of STEM (September 3rd, 7 pm ET) & Integrating STEM Learning Tools in K-12 Classrooms (September 10th, 4pm ET) The two webinars attracted over 200 participants internationally. Participants included teachers, administrators, universities, researchers and directors interested in STEM education. In conjunction with the webinar, STEM Learning Tools in K-12 Classrooms, an online article was also published on ISTE’s EdTekHub. The next ISTE webinar presented by ITTIP staff will be October 22nd at 4 pm ET titled, Global STEMprenuers. During the webinar participants will meet teenage scientists, inventors and designers who are passionate about innovative thinking and entrepreneurship during an interactive panel. If you are interested in attending, please go to ISTE’s STEM Webinar Pass to learn more about this opportunity.
Above: Teachers share the card they made with during a 2 hour workshop on Circuit Stickers.
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Advanced Concepts for Science Education Leadership (ACSEL) During the month of September, both elementary and secondary teachers met from the Advanced Concepts for Science Education Leadership ( ACSEL) course. The elementary group (consisting of 18 K-5 teachers) led by Dr. Patricia Horne, met on Friday, September 19th for a day of learning at Crewe Primary School. The secondary group (consisting of 17 6-12 teachers) led by Dr. Suzanne Donnelly, met on Tuesday, September 23rd at Nottoway High Schoolâ€™s mini auditorium. Both groups worked on various inquiry based activities and discussed their ideas for developing a lesson plan based on the 5E model. Participants are expected to use Canvas, Longwood Universityâ€™s online course platform, to participate in online discussions before their next face-to-face meeting in the month of October. Participating divisions agreed to pay for substitute teachers in order for their teachers to attend, learn, and create this professional learning community of science teachers across the divisions. As part of the project, participants will also earn two college credit hours from Longwood University upon successful completion of this blended learning course.
Above: Secondary group works through a pendulum activity.
ITTIP staff looks forward to the upcoming face-to-face meetings, as well as reading the forum discussions from these groups of learners. The elementary group will be meeting on October 17th at Crewe Primary School and the secondary group will meet on October 21st at Nottoway High School. This opportunity was funded through a Mathematics Science Partnership (MSP) grant from the Department of Education, and facilitated by Longwood University staff.
Left: Elementary teachers work through an inquiry based activity with the properties of water.
Below: Elementary teachers work together to try to discover a mystery object using probes.
This is the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) October 2014 newsletter.