ITTIP September 2014 Newsletter

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Monthly Megabite Advanced Concepts for Science Education Leadership (ACSEL) at Longwood University

Up-Coming Events Sept 1st

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Sept 3rd

The True Meaning of STEM Webinar, ISTE

On August 4th and 5th, 35 Region 8 science teachers par- Sept 10th Supporting Effective Science Instruction in Middle ticipated in the first 2 days of a 2-credit Fall Course, AdSchool, Principal Workshop, vanced Concepts for Science Education Leadership Chesterfield, VA (ACSEL). The teachers joined as either an elementary or Sept 10th Integrating STEM Learning Tools in K-12 Classroom secondary group for the two days, which will be followed Webinar, ISTE up by three more face-to-face professional development days during the months of September through November. Sept 18th SVRTC Meeting, Longwood University

The main focus of both groups was learning through inAbove: ACSEL particquiry based activities and the Nature of Science. Longipant explores the ocean floor during an wood Professors, Dr. Patti Horne and Dr. Suzanne Donnelinquiry activity. ly, designed the course to be relevant to content that sciBelow: Teachers ence teachers use in their classrooms. Teachers worked work in grade level collaboratively and learned strategies to start off their teams to solve a new school year having their students learning through problem. inquiry too! The elementary group, led by Dr. Horne, will meet on September 19, October 17th, and November 14th at (continued on page 3)


Sept 30th VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III, Longwood University

What to find in this month’s Megabite: Page 1 ACSEL Page 2 ISTE Webinars Page 3 SVRTC Meeting Page 3 VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III

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ITTIP Staff Presents at ISTE Webinars This Fall The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is hosting a STEM Webinar Pass for educators. The STEM Webinar Pass includes 8 live events presented through the Fall. The Institute staff and guests, will be presenting three of them during the following dates: September 3rd, 7 pm ET: "The True Meaning of STEM" - Teachers sometimes struggle over what to teach in the STEM classroom. You’ll learn how to implement an interdisciplinary approach to STEM and discover the importance of providing experiences that develop and foster the skills that prepare students for a global and competitive workplace. September 10th, 4pm ET: "Integrating STEM Learning Tools in K-12 Classrooms" - Are you overwhelmed with the idea of integrating STEM tools in the classroom? Do you need help evaluating which tool is the best fit for you and your students. We’ll talk about how to choose STEM learning tools and how to use them to meet your classroom needs. Learn what the research says and hear about challenges and successful implementations. October 22nd, 4 pm ET: "Global STEMprenuers" - Meet teenage scientists, inventors and designers who are passionate about innovative thinking and entrepreneurship during this interactive panel. The panelists will talk about their personal passion projects on topics ranging from environmental engineering and sustainability to hardware and software engineering. Find out what inspired these young STEMpreneurs to be global risk takers, then ask them questions and discuss strategies for motivating your own students.

Sphero Gets New ITTIP takes Technology Around the World App Last year, ITTIP shared the Sphero as a STEM learning tool at a conference. For those of you not familiar with the Sphero, it is a programmable sphere shaped robot . It connects through Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet device. While there are over 25 different apps available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store to be enjoyed by a broad age range (try the Sphero Draw N’ Drive) available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store, the programming interface is a little more complex. If teachers and students wanted to program the tool themselves using the available programming tool, MacroLab, we suggested a secondary grade level, given its complexity. However, since then, Spherly has emerged as a new programming tool for Sphero. Spherly is a web-based programming environment based on Blockly, that supports ways to program and control the Sphero robot. The environment requires both Bluetooth and a server download to communicate with Sphero. This block like programming tool helps broaden our suggested age range as a STEM learning tool in the classroom to as young as upper elementary classrooms. Check out a demonstration here! 2

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ACSEL (continued) Crewe Primary School. The secondary group, led by Dr. Donnelly, will meet on September 23rd, October 21st, and November 11th at Nottoway High School. Content is being developed for both groups based on the needs addressed by participants during the first face-to-face days in August. This professional development was made possible through a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant through the Department of Education, and the support of the participating divisions: Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Sussex Counties.

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SVRTC’s First Meeting of 2014-2015 Longwood University will be hosting the first meeting for the 20142015 Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) on Thursday, September 18th at 10am. SVRTC consists of 25 school divisions whose mission is to “assist members with coordinating the acquisition and effective integration of viable up-to-date and emerging technologies, valuable training for K-12 students, staff and other citizens in our communities to enhance learning at all levels and encourage economic development in Southside Virginia.” The first monthly meeting will welcome Angel Bonham from Spotsylvania County to speak on incorporating 3D printing into the curriculum, followed by a round table discussion. Additionally, a focus of this meeting will be to review and discuss a five year plan for the future of the Consortium. The meeting will include lunch courtesy of Longwood University’s ITTIP. If your district has not already RSVP’d, please do so by calling the ITTIP office or emailing: or 434-517-0717

VA STEM CoNNECT Summit III Educators and administrators interested in K-12 STEM* should plan to attend this exciting summit being held at Longwood University, September 30th from 9 am - 3:30 pm. The summit will feature Steven W. Anderson as the keynote speaker for the event, a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology and a Dad.

Above: Secondary teachers work on an experiment.

The summit will have morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions will focus on strategies for STEM integration in the Mathematic and Science classrooms. Afternoon workshops will be hands-on with participants getting first-hand experience with STEM activities. Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited, so use the registration link to reserve your spot: *This opportunity is funded through a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant from the Virginia Department of Education.