ITTIP Newsletter October 2016

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ITTIP Hosts Vice Presidential Debate in South Boston Longwood University’s Institute for

Dr. Betty Adams, Executive Director of

Teaching through Technology and Innova-

the SVHEC, further welcomed the guests

tive Practices (ITTIP) worked collabora-

beginning the evening with the raffling of

tively with the Southern Virginia Higher

some door prizes. Door prizes included

Education Center (SVHEC) to host a Vice

donations from local southside businesses:

Presidential Debate watch party attended

$25 Gift Certificate – Ernie’s Restaurant

Guests enjoyed the Longwood debate paraphernalia.

by Longwood

$25 Gift Certificate – Southern Plenty


$25 Gift Certificate – Windmill Bakery

sity Alumni,

$50 Gift Certificate – Bistro 1888

Southside Vir-

$50 Gift Certificate – Molasses Grill

ginia business

American Flag – Annin Flags

owners and

Belk Fragrance – Belk Department Store

residents, on

Gift Bag – Distinct Impressions

Tuesday, Octo-

Gift Bag – Department of Tourism

ber 4th. The event was held at the Prizery,

Gift Bag – Historical Society

an arts and cultural center that is listed on

Tickets (2) to Elf -Little Theatre

the National Register of Historic Places as

Tickets (4) to A Mysterious Evening with

part of the South Boston Historic Tobacco

Daniel Cullen – Prizery

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in PK-12 classrooms through the use of technology by providing high-quality professional development for educators and engaging programs for students, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities in a globally competitive workforce.

Upcoming events Oct 4 Vice Presidential Debate, South Boston, Virginia Oct 5 ITTIP Office Closed Oct 19 SVRTC Meeting, Nottoway High School, Crewe, Virginia Oct 20 IMPRES, Webinar II In This Issue

Warehouse District.

Nick Long, a WHLF

A warm welcome for attendees included

(local radio station)

Page 1 Vice Presidential Watch Party

Longwood Vice Presidential Debate

disc jockey, played

Page 2 STEM Learning Summit

paraphernalia, and patriotic decorations,

the role of master of

including a generous donation of American

ceremonies for the

Flag banners and fabric from Annin Flags. Dr. Paula Leach, Director of ITTIP, and

Refreshments and mingling began at 7:30 pm.

evening. The guests

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Page 3 IMPRES Webinar I

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9th Annual STEM Learning Summit Ignites Educators to use Global Learning Expereinces in Their Schools On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the

Services at Longwood University, opened

Institute for Teaching through Technology

the day’s events by welcoming the group to learning network supported her desire to

and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) hosted

the summit.

teach differently. Following the keynote,

the 9th Annual STEM Learning Summit at

The keynote speaker for the event was

Ms. Ripp provided participants with the

Longwood University. This year’s theme,

Pernille Ripp, a current 7th grade English

resources she uses to foster collaboration

Creating Global

teacher in Wisconsin. She spoke of her

in and outside of her classroom, including

Learning Envi-

struggles as a new educator trying to fit

her very own Global Read Aloud project.

Ms. Ripp speaks to participants.

collaboration, and how her own online

ronments, attract- into what was the “normal” and “standard”

She founded The Global Read Aloud project

ed K-12 district

for a teacher. After having a challenging

in 2001 and it now has over one-million


school year, she had an epiphany about

students from 60 different countries having

principals, tech-

changing the way she taught. Maybe stu-

participated. Ms. Ripp reminded partici-

nology and media dents should have a say in how they were

pants that, “… a world of global learning

specialists, and

taught? Ms. Ripp conveyed the importance awaits!”

classroom teachers from twenty-one school of giving students a voice in the classroom.

The participants also received an update

divisions across Virginia. Dr. Paul Chapman, She shared experiences in which that voice

from Mr. Mark Saunders, Director of Tech-

Dean of the College of Education & Human for her students included virtual peers and

nology & Virtual Learning, Virginia (continued on page 3)

Pixar in a box Khan Academy recently released new instructional material for Pixar in a Box to include the art and science of cameras from the artists who created Inside Out. Pixar in a Box is a series of interactive lesssons that demonstrate to students the concepts they are learning in school, are related to making movies at Pixar. The series is broken into topics inlcuding, but not limited to, Art & Story, Modeling, and Animation (coding). Mathematics and science concepts are integrated seamlessly into this real-life application of making animated films. Throughout the series, you will see glimpes of how movies like how Cars, Monster’s Inc, and Toy Story were made (and of course, Inside Out).The recommended age for this series includes grade 5 through 12. If you are not convinced to try it, watch this introduction video!


October 2016 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

IMPRES has First Webinar of Cohort 2

9th Annual STEM (cont.) Department of Education. He reminded

participant said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the

attendees of the technology supports in

summit!” while another participant said

Participants in the Innovative Mathemat-

place such as eMediaVA, Learn24VA, and

it was “another informative and interest-

ics for Partnership for Rural Elementary

Virginia on iTunesU. He also spoke on the

ing conference.” ITTIP looks forward to

Schools (IMPRES) project had their first

curriculum support the state is working

hosting next year’s summit at Longwood

webinar on Thursday, September 29. The

on in regards to the computer science and

University. If you were unable to join the

webinar topic was Technology in the Math-

computational thinking standards for K-12

9th Annual STEM Learning Summit, or did

ematics Classroom. Teachers learned about

to be integrated into classrooms this year.

not receive information this year, please

technology tools and resources they could

The afternoon events continued with a

email to be added to the

use in the mathematics classroom, includ-

presentation by Dr. Linda Cook, a Direc-

email distribution list. For digital resources

ing Recap and Seesaw, while interacting

tor of Science at a school district in Texas.

regarding the STEM summit, please visit

and responding to questions through the

She spoke about the global competences

our website:

webinar’s chat feature.

our students need to be future ready. Dr.

There will be a total of six webinars

Cook’s presentation focused on a con-

throughout the school year, facilatated by

tinuum of global competencies that ranged

mingled while enjoying complimentary

ITTIP STEM Learning Specialist, Stephanie

from global awareness with tools such

hors d’oeuvres and beverages. While


as Geo Guesser, to global contribution

the debate was being broadcasted live

with collaboration between two countries

from Longwood University’s campus in

through Skype engaging in an engineering

Farmville, Virginia, a large screen enabled

design challenge. . . She walked through

invited guests to view the televised debate

the levels of the model giving participants

from Longwood’s ITTIP outreach location

time to explore the numerous examples of

in South Boston, Virginia.

Vice Presidential Debate (cont.)

learning experiences and share with each other on how they could be integrated into their classrooms. Participants expressed that they were very pleased with the number of ideas and resources they were able to come away Above: Slides from the webinar.

with attending this year’s summit. One

Attendees enjoy refreshements during the watch party.