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Midwest Summit for 21st Century Learning

West 40 Professional Development

Monday, May 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)

Midwest Summit for 21st Century Learning

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Think back twenty years ago, to 1996. Where were you in life? How did people communicate? How would you have defined American culture? Now think 20 years into the future. The year is 2037. What does communication and travel look like? What global challenges will our current students grapple with as adults? The answers to these questions should guide what students need to learn to be successful and how that learning should happen. 

Join us on May 1 when eleven of the world's most innovative educators, Apple Distinguished Educators, lead us on a personalized road to learning.

After registration you will recieve an email that prompts you to choose the sessions you want to attend. Be sure to read required downloads and bring your laptop or iPad! 

Read section 2.1, follow along with the during whole group exercises and then complete worksheet 2.1… Does this sound like your classroom routine? We are now having to prepare students for a world that does not match the sit and get style of learning, but how can we do this without going insane? Coding is the answer. During this 90 minute, hands-on workshop you will learn and experience how coding can enhance and engage your classroom through differentiated, cross-curricular lessons. You will walk away with ideas and resources to transform the content, process, product and environment of your classroom to incorporate coding into your current curriculum. 

Code is the new language that our students need to be familiar with in order to compete in the market they are preparing to enter. Many times teachers are afraid to jump into the water with code because it is unfamiliar or they do not know where to start. This session will give you the opportunity to get up close with these resources and get lesson ideas to utilize in your own classroom. You will walk away with ideas to use in your classroom immediately.

  • Curiosity & Technology: Finally a Math Class for 21st Century Learning, presented by Orr, Jon

Experience interactive math lessons that are digital in nature, but promote collaboration instead of isolation, and curiosity instead of acceptance.  Break away from direct instruction and empower your students with resources that "uncover curriculum instead of cover curriculum" Join math teacher/curriculum leader, Apple Distinguished Educator, Jon Orr as you explore curious & collaborative math lessons from his iTunes U courses and Multi-Touch books. Session participants will not only walk away with ready-made lesson resources to use on their next class day, but a new inspiring view on learning mathematics.

  • Video is Changing EVERYTHING, presented by Brad Wilson.

Unleashing the power of video has never been easier (or more fun)...but are your students’ videos worth watching? Using models from society’s platforms of consumption (TV & Film, YouTube, social media), this session will challenge educators to design engaging lessons where students apply techniques that make their videos most effective.  Inspire a participatory culture of demonstration, reflection and celebration through video creation! 

Peer feedback is an age-old teaching approach shown to boost learning outcomes and improve student work. Peer review is now unnecessarily difficult in modern “digital” classrooms. Digital content, digital workflows, and other complications that arise in teaching with technology make this once simple task too cumbersome and time-consuming for many teachers. As a result, teachers opt out of engaging students in this highly effective instructional approach.

Learn how easy it is to implement this evidence-based instructional practice into your classrooms with several different technology tools. Teachers who use student-centered approaches like project- or inquiry-based learning will be especially interested in learning how the technology-based peer feedback process creates a written record of student learning over time.

  • Developing Citizen Journalists: Helping students create and share stories, presented by Goble, Don.

Explore effective tips and strategies to empower your students as citizen journalists. Learn important interviewing skills that will help your students share the stories of your class, school, and community. Use simple apps, along with free content on iTunes U to support the creation of informational texts for your videos using the built-in media resources on iPad. This session is based on Don's book Interview an Expert and iTunes U course Become a Citizen Journalist.

Are you looking to engage and inspire your K-5 students through the use of iPad? Whether you have one iPad or twenty, this workshop is for you.  Using her newly released book “Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom” co-authored with Kristen Wideen,  Karen Lirenman will provide a complete selection of clearly laid out engaging open-ended lessons to change the way you use iPad in the classroom. By simply downloading a few basic, open-ended creation apps, your students will engage in the learning process and demonstrate their newfound knowledge in the way that works best for them. It's differentiation at its best. Participants need to bring their own iPad and have the following apps preloaded: Pic Collage, Popplet or Popplet lite, Book Creator, Explain Everything and/or Draw and Tell to fully participate in this hands-on workshop. Whether you have one iPad or twenty, this workshop is for you.

  • TechKnowledgey for Your Students, presented by Myles, Sarah.

Are you looking for a way to transform your teaching with technology? It’s time we gave students the knowledge, skills and behaviors to responsibly use technology. This session will teach you ways to engage and prepare your students for their future. Throughout the session I’ll give you resources and projects using a variety of applications including: iMovie, GarageBand, iBook Author, Sphero, Makey Makey, Electric Circuits, Web Design, SketchUp, Wood Design, and Coding. We’ll take a look at how I organize my classroom to give students choice and let their voices be heard by authentic audiences. I’ll share all my resources, project planners, and rubrics with you so you can start doing transformational projects with your students too!

  • Taking Inquiry Strategies to the Next Level: Developing Student Thinking with Mobile Learning, presented by Haebig, Caroline.

This session will provide an overview of specific ways teachers can incorporate questioning strategies and inquiry experiences using the latest iPad Apps and G-Suite.  This work will be guided by Common Core Standards ELA standards, Next Generation Science standards and other inquiry-focused practices. Specifically, we will introduce how different iPad Apps, Google Apps and Extensions can be leveraged to implement these learning experiences.  Further, we will demonstrate how these strategies along with the use of technology provide ways for educators to check for understanding and modify instruction.  Our goal of this session to have educators leave with specific strategies for helping students to develop questions, apply content specific knowledge, and support the synthesis of content knowledge. 

  •  Innovate and Transform with iPad- Math Ideas for the Primary Classroom, presented by Wideen, Kristen. 
With the influx of iPads into primary classrooms many teachers are wondering how to go beyond the “drill and kill” math app. Using her newly released book “Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom”Kristen Wideen will show how iPads can be used in purposeful and authentic ways by exploring open-ended creative math applications. You will explore a variety of apps that support best practice and help to create a classroom that is innovative, collaborative, creation and choice driven. After examples are shared and "how to" demonstrations are given, participants will then have some hands on learning with various content creation apps. Participants will experience the transformation that occurs in a math program when technology is used in a purposeful and authentic way. Participants will leave with a variety of math lesson ideas that can be used immediately that will meet the unique and individual learning styles of their students.
The following free apps are needed to participate full in the workshop: Draw and Tell, number pieces, geoboard, Pic Collage, Popplet lite
  • Project Based Learning/Inquiry Based Learning, presented by Cooper, Ross.

Despite the hype surrounding PBL, it is seldom made a reality in our schools and classrooms. Due to its countless layers and complexities, and despite best efforts, educators often implement something that only vaguely resembles PBL. In this session, we’ll demystify what PBL is all about by discussing 10 hacks that construct a simple path educators and students can easily follow to achieve success. We’ll talk about: creating a culture of risk-taking to promote student inquiry and exploration; maximizing class time by prioritizing specific content and learning outcomes; crafting assessments and integrate feedback to ensure that every student learns; providing intentional and purposeful opportunities for student reflection and publishing; and more!

  • Global Connections to Teach Global Perspectives, presented by Wilton, Brittani.

Perspective taking can be one of the most difficult skills that a teacher needs to incorporate into their classroom. How can we take our students out of their neutral to push them to think different and gain awareness about the world they live in. Collaborative, global interactions and projects are the answer. In this session you will learn about how you can connect with classrooms around the world to enhance your student’s perspectives and learning. I will share my experiences from doing global projects and connections to give you resources, project ideas and tips and tricks to make this work.  

Did you know that students in Perth, Australia have a curriculum requirement in 5th grade to learn about US geography? What a great opportunity to connect kids across the globe while still keeping your standards and curriculum in mind. Using projects like creating multitouch books using iBooks Author, FaceTime conference calls to share ideas and shared presentations and documents using Google Apps you can open your student’s eyes to an entire new place in the world. I will share my experiences with collaborating with classrooms from Italy, Australia, Canada, Ireland and England to get you off on your way to exploring new people and places.

  • Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Create Your Story Workshop, presented by Goble, Don.

Attend this session and learn how to bring the writing process to life with digital storytelling. A simple six-word story, created as a video with six unique camera shots, allows students of any grade level the ability to tell a powerful visual story. In this full day workshop, Don will take you through a unique project that addresses the fundamentals of media literacy and filmmaking, as well as the digital storytelling process, allowing you to create your own project by the end of the workshop. You will be able to replicate the entire process and customize it to meet your own curriculum goals. This workshop is based on Don’s book Six-Word Story, Six Unique Shots: Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia 

  • Exploring Student-Created Math Activities with iOS, presented by Orr, Jon.

Do you ever think you are the one doing all of the work in your math classroom? Explore opportunities to allow your students to create their own math problems and solutions. Student created math activities give students a voice and gives you the teacher a window into their understanding. This session will show you iOS tools that will allow your students (and you too) to create their very own visual math problems that they can challenge their peers with.


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