Tech Camp Sessions 2020

2020 Session Descriptions

This section will be updated as information is made available. (Check back for updates please!)

Sessions A-F

Blended/Flipped Learning
Blended Learning

Jason Siko (Wayne RESA)

As we plan for the fall, many of us are trying to decide what can be done online, what can be done face-to-face, and what can be done in both! This session will look at how to plan for a blended classroom using different models of blended learning.

Class Dojo
Elementary

Laurie Struve

In this entry level class you will learn how to get started with ClassDojo. Class Dojo is an educational technology app and website. It connects teachers, students and families through a variety of communication features. It also provides K-5 teachers with a classroom management system. You will learn about all the features Class DoJo has to offer and how it can help you manage your day. (K-5 Teachers)

Creating Digital Assignments with Google Slides
Google (General) and Digital Creation

Laurie Struve

In this class you will learn a variety of ways to create digital assignments for your students using Google Slides. Some of the things we will address are digitizing offline resources, adapting online resources for student use, and designing drag and drop, sorting and labeling activities. This class is designed for teachers that have used Google Slides and are interested in learning more about how to create digital assignments. Come prepared with an online worksheet saved in your Google Drive.

Customized Eureka Math Modules for K-5 using Google Slides
Math/Science and Math/Social Studies

Janine Owen, Gwen Magnan, Lisa Rachwitz and Jean Barber

Ready to take your math instruction to the next level?  A group of WW teachers from across the district have worked hard all spring/summer to customize the Eureka Math Modules to teach grade level standards using task-based instruction.  This research-based math lesson framework includes a launch, explore, and debrief phase focusing on inquiry, problem solving, and access for all of your students to solve math problems using strategies they are comfortable with!  Come learn about this work and explore the slides that have been created for your grade level. This session will also include a demonstration of math tasks and a chance for Q and A with the leaders of this work.  Looking forward to learning alongside you!

Developing Digital Citizens
Google (General)

Judy Bowling (Wayne RESA)

The digital world is filled with countless opportunities to communicate, collaborate, and create. 

Learn how to embed digital citizenship skills into your classroom that go beyond the protective to the proactive. Discover ways to help your students positively brand themselves and to recognize their rights and responsibilities of living, learning and working in a global community.

Discovery Education
Digital Teacher Tools

Jason Siko (Wayne RESA)

So, we have access to a bazillion videos with Discovery Education Streaming. What next? This session will discuss ways to utilize content (hint: there’s more than videos) beyond just sit-and-watch. We’ll describe new strategies for curating content and presenting content that moves away from passive learning and recall worksheets to spur discussion and deep learning.

DnA/Online Assessments in a Virtual Environment
Google (Elementary) and Google (Secondary)

Joe Orban

Participants will be able to create a Flexible Assessment, administer it in an online format and push the outcome to the MI-Star Gradebook.

Flipgrid Videos
Blended Classroom

Chris Kozaczynski

Engage all your kids in a super-fun, easy way across all areas of curriculum. Video responses are easily recorded and shared with you and the class. From your highest to the most struggling learners, students will find themselves successful right from the start as they record video diaries, reflections, science experiment planning, video pen-pals, and much more!

Sessions G-L

Google Apps – more than Docs and Slides!
Google (Secondary)

Rebecca Keeling

Google Apps have more to offer than just Docs and Slides (although those two are definitely important!) Come view some other options you may not know about in the G Suite and how you can incorporate them into your classroom.

Google Chrome: Personalizing your experience
Digital Teacher Tools

Instructional Technology (Chris O’Donnell or Rebecca Keeling)

We have probably all used the Chrome browser before, especially now with Chromebooks more frequently available in the classroom. Explore some of the tips and tricks of browser basics and then see what extensions (browser add-ons) the Instructional Technology team uses or recommends. (Warning  – you may leave with a time-saving tip or two that can help streamline online work for both you or your students!)

Google Classroom Basics
Google (General)

Laurie Struve

Google Classroom is a powerful tool for teachers and students. In this entry level class you will learn all the basics of Google Classroom. We will address how to create a class, make student assignments, encourage communication and stay organized. You will also learn about how Google Classroom can help you organize your grades. This class will address everything you need to know to get started. (All grades)

Google Classroom (Beginner)
Google (Elementary)

Amy Bidne and Karen Dickelman

Unsure about where to start with Google Classroom? Come learn the basics of how to set up and organize your classroom, adjust your classroom settings, create assignments, grade student work, and more.

Google Classroom for Secondary
Google (Secondary)

Rebecca Keeling

How can you use Google Classroom in the secondary classroom? We will look at how to set up a Classroom, manage our settings and notifications, and discuss how to utilize it with middle and high school students.

Google Docs, Forms, and Slides (Beginner)
Google (Elementary)

Amy Bidne and Karen Dickelman

Learn the basics of Google Docs, Forms, and Slides so you can create quizzes, interactive presentations, collaboration-ready documents, and much more. The best part of these programs is that anything you create with them can be easily uploaded to Google Classroom, making creating digital content easy!

Sessions M-S

Managing Student Learning: G Classroom isn’t enough
Advanced Tech and Teaching

Jason Siko (Wayne RESA)

Wishing you could do a little more online with your students? Moodle to the rescue! We’ll look at some of the advantages a full learning management system (LMS) can provide your classroom, and go through some basic functions. In addition, we’ll give a snapshot of some of the advanced features that help create engaging content.

*This is recommended for those seeking to do more with their digital classrooms than Google Classroom may offer.

Media Literacy: Fake or Real
Literacy

Judy Bowling (Wayne RESA)

Fake news has become more prevalent in the information age due to the ease of distributing information online. How do you discern the difference between real and “fake” or false information? How can you differentiate between real and fake news? Discover a wide variety of strategies and resources to help your students become smarter consumers and producers of information. Learn how to navigate media sources, check for accuracy, and confidently spot fake news stories and how to teach students to do the same. 

MI Open (Social Studies)
Math/Social Studies

Robin Kihn

All about, where to find, and the best uses of the Michigan Social Studies Open Resource Textbook.  We will cover practical use for face to face and digital learning environments.

Real World Connections
Blended Classroom

Chris Kozaczynski

Explore the different ways that you can use Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, and/or Facebook Live to bring learning from all over the world to your classroom. Connections with project-based learning will be shared. Best part- it’s free (almost always) and easy to do!

SAVVAS (Pearson Realize)
Math/Science

Amy Bidne and Karen Dickelman

Learn to make the most of the digital resources available in our science curriculum. We will start with the basics of accessing the available materials and resources and move on to linking assignments with Google Classroom. Training resources will also be made available so you know where to go if you need a refresher during the year.

Screencasting 101
Digital Teacher Skills

Instructional Technology (Chris O’Donnell or Rebecca Keeling)

Learn how to screencast to make recording digital instruction accessible. Screencasting is a way to record your screen and include your verbal comments or even your webcam.  For this session we will be using Screencastify and Loom; two extensions that allows users to record and edit their recordings for free. Basic principles of screencasting will be demonstrated including editing videos. We will also discuss best practices of using this skill in the digital classroom. 

Sessions T-Z

Tinkercad: using 3D modeling in the classroom
Advanced Tech and Teaching

Amy Bidne de Barahona

Tinkercad is an amazing FREE computer-aided design program that can be put to many uses in the classroom. Learn how to add a new layer of creativity and interactivity to your projects and assessments.

Virtual Engagement
Advanced Tech and Teaching

Amy Bidne de Barahona

Tinkercad is an amazing FREE computer-aided design program that can be put to many uses in the classroom. Learn how to add a new layer of creativity and interactivity to your projects and assessments.

Wonders Online
Literacy

Emily Bullock

This class will provide teachers with basic information on how to navigate wonders online and how to make use of online components in the classroom and virtually. 

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