Tech Camp Sessions

***As we get more information, we will be updating this page with Session Descriptions. We look forward to seeing you at STC 2022.***


2022 Session Descriptions

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

Sessions A-F


Beable Trainers

Providing educators with hands-on learning in the Beable Literacy platform. Participants will work through the student experience, view their courses, and explore the scaffolds that support differentiation. Participants will walk away with 3 easy steps to get students started with Beable.

Please note this session is a 2 hour session and the session offered during Session 3 (10:15-11:10 am) will reconvene after lunch.

“Best of 2021-2022” Tech Smash

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Technology)

Back again from last year – it’s time for a Tech Smash! What was that one thing that made your year? Was there an app, project, website, or something else technology-wise that impacted your teaching positively? Join us for an informal “App Smash” style presentation where everyone participates! (It’s not that bad – I promise!) Come with an idea or two; leave with many more. 

Breakouts – Game Creation

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Technology)

Breakouts offer a unique way to engage students in the classroom and can be created to suit many different lesson types. These activities can be done digitally or with a physical box with locks. In this session we will look at how to create different clues and compile them into a game. As requested from last year, I will also have a templates guide available for everyone to use; as always if you are interested in making a breakout I am more than happy to assist.

Breakouts – Puzzle based engagement in the classroom

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Technology)

Have your ever wanted to have an “escape room in the classroom”? It’s time to try one! Breakout games are fun ways to engage learners to think outside the box while collaborating creatively with their peers. Players will try to decipher different clues that will help them open locks to eventually get to the solution inside the box. Expect to practice the 4 C’s: Collaboration (Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication) while participating in these games. These games can be suited to multiple grades and breakout boxes are available to borrow for the classroom.

Classroom Tech TBD

Jameson DeVol (Technology Dept)

Come learn about Classroom Tech with the Tech Department. 

Clever Portal

Chris O’Donnell (Instructional Tech)

Come learn about all that Clever can do for you and your students.  We will look at setting up pages and adding links to your Clever page.  We will look at troubleshooting and support that you can provide to your students.

Coding in the Classroom

(Instructional Tech)

If you can make a list of directions and then follow them, you can code! Coding allows users to develop critical thinking skills and problem solving. Come explore different ways you can incorporate coding into the classroom and play with some of the robots available for checkout to use in the classroom. 

Desmos: A Solution for Open Access Math (& Science)

Hollie Mick

Desmos is a free platform that allows you to create really powerful interactive explorations for students! With built in calculators, graphing, algebra tiles and media/video links Desmos streamlines all the elements of a lesson. Concept connections stand out. Lessons don’t get bogged down in tedious calculations and technical glitches! You may have experience using some of the pre-made activities that are out there but have you ever wanted to make custom activities for your own lesson? In this workshop we will explore how to create desmos activities customized to our learning objectives. Come explore how to harness the power of Desmos in your class!

Differentiating Instruction Using NWEA Student Profile Reports

Melody Campo

In this session, you will learn how to access and read the NWEA Student Profile reports. We will explore the various components of these reports, from the growth chart and on-track progress report, to the individual standards breakdowns and types of skill suggestions. Finally, you will learn ways in which this information can be used to differentiate instruction and group students for various instructional purposes.

DnA Assessments

Joe Orban (Assessments)

Descriptions coming soon

ELA Best Practices & Wonders

Emily Fa’asoa

Wonders provides a ton of materials and lessons for our students. How do we know which lessons to use, which to combine, which to eliminate? Engage in a hands-on process to design a roadmap of ELA lessons that work for our students.  Bring your Wonders TE and/or a device to access Wonders online. 

Sessions G-L

Google Sheets

Chris O’Donnell (Instructional Tech)

Whether you are are a power user of Excel or just learning how to use spreadsheets; come learn what makes Google Sheets special.  We will go over navigation, common formulas, add-ons, and some creative uses for the classroom.

Great Minds/Affirm

Chris Kozaczynski

A one stop location for all things with Eureka Math- teacher resources, pacing, formative and summative assessments too. In this session you will learn how to use evaluation tools for every section of the Eureka math (1st grade through pre-calculus) in an online format that students will recognize easily. Assign pretests, section check-in reviews, and even summative Module assessments…all standards based.  Best part: all of this data is easily downloaded and ready for sharing-out at report card time.

Green Screen in the Classroom

 (Instructional Tech)

Green screens allow users to put themselves “in” a scene they might not be able to access outside of school. Students can present a biography from a historical location, become part of their artwork, or even give a “news report” from Mars! Learn how to use a green screen to photograph or video your students and then how you can borrow one of the kits from Instructional Technology.

Have you seen this site?

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Tech)

This session is the sequel to the previous STC presentation (“Google Apps You May Not Know”) and now includes different Google and non-Google resources that might be worth incorporating into your classroom. (The selections were chosen to provide a variety of resources over many subjects but if you are looking for something in particular please reach out to your Instructional Tech team!)

Implementing Math Tasks and Number Talks with Google Slides

Janine Owen

Did you know that our own Wayne-Westland educators have customized every module of NY Engage math in order to teach ambitious tier I math using math tasks and number talks? We have! They are user-friendly and ready to go the first day of school! Our focus will be looking at the components of the plan for Tier I math instruction and how grade level slides have been formatted and created for easy implementation and alignment to priority standards and the standards based report cards.

iPad Learning Sessions (Each session limited to 20 participants)

Apple trainers

AM 3 hour Sessions: Grades K-2 (up to 2 sessions available)
PM 3 hour Sessions: Grades 3-5 (up to 2 sessions available)
**Participants MUST attend both days of training**
August 16 will be Teaching with an iPad and August 17th will be leveraging mobile learning, connecting new iPad skills to content areas in the classroom and everyday lessons.

Sessions M-S

Making content STEAM-Y with Design Thinking

Diane Fournier

Want to engage learners and deepen understanding in your content area?  Want to embed SEL, culturally responsive practices and real-world applications into your projects and raise student voice and choice?  Design Thinking is a process for solving problems and creating solutions that can check off all of these boxes and more!  In this session we will take a quick look at the process and design a prototype.

Personalizing your Google Chrome Experience

Chris O’Donnell (Instructional Tech)

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!)

Presentations with a geographic twist!

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Technology)

Did you know there are two different ways to create projects using maps in Google? Depending on the topic mapping can help enhance a topic and using these tools can help create focused resources. We will take a look at Google MyMaps and Google Earth Projects (if we have time, there may be some bonus resources as well). Both options can be collaborative, offer a unique way to present material, and can be used with students. 

Student-Centered Classrooms with Google Classroom and Google Sites

Jennifer Brunner

Google Classroom at its heart allows you to distribute work and collect it. It does not make learning better, more engaging, more student-centered… none of that. YOU DO! How you use a tool is what makes the difference. During this session, we will review many tips and tricks to create an engaging, student-centered environment.

Studies Weekly

Studies Weekly trainer

Join Studies Weekly to explore the new Studies Weekly dashboard and take a deeper dive into inquiry. Please note this session will be offered once for Grades K-2 (Wed) and Grades 3-5 (Tues). 

Sessions T-Z

Virtual Reality 

Rebecca Keeling (Instructional Technology)

Virtual Reality offers viewers a chance to “visit” places they might not be able to easily explore. Using the VR headsets we can view 360° photo/movie spheres, examine objects in AR (Augmented Reality), or explore digitally rendered “worlds”. Just this past year, students explored Ancient Civilizations in World History , visited some Spanish landmarks in Foreign Language, and participated in a lesson about Perception vs Reality in ELA. (We even went to Mars courtesy of NASA’s rover selfie!) We will look at different options for the classroom use and how to safely incorporate virtual reality with your students. Please note: the headsets are recommended for ages 7+ although there may be other options for younger students that do not require headsets. 

Wonders Digital Space

McGraw-Hill Rep

Join our McGraw-Hill rep for a deep dive into Wonders Digital Space. This session is perfect for all teachers whether you’ve been using Wonders for three years or you’re brand new! Come ready to learn new ways to use the Wonders Digital Space with your students. 
ZSpace (Multiple Sessions)

ZSpace trainers

Zspace is a unique way to incorporate VR/AR into lessons without the use a VR headsets. Users can manipulate and interact with 3D objects. There are precreated lessons/activities that can be used in multiple subjects. During STC, there will be different sessions focused for different grades as well as open sessions at the end of the day. (Please note the Playground time will be open to all grades.) Come learn how to use the ZSpace and explore the different options for your classroom. 

Please note: Starting this Fall, you will be able to borrow ZSpace from our Available Technology inventory to use in your classrooms!

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