Leveling Up in the Classroom: Our "Integrating Technology" Sessions at NEXT 2016

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

Leveling Up in the Classroom: Our "Integrating Technology" Sessions at NEXT 2016

Posted in Schoology | May 18, 2016

Technology has collided with everything in our lives, especially education. And as soon as we can touch a screen or blink an eye, the technology has already evolved.

The challenge is finding ways to use these rapid technological advances to improve instructional quality and align the learning process to the real world. At NEXT 2016, our annual user conference, prominent members of our community will be discussing all this and more in our Integrating Technology themed breakout sessions. 

They'll cover such topics as  using third-party tools, integrated course workflows, curriculum building and management, and system automation. So if you're interested in expanding your instructional skills in this digital age, I highly recommend checking out this session track at NEXT 2016.

Below are the details for the Integrating Technology sessions this year. The list is long, so check them out by using the links below to jump down and the links labled "Top ^" to jump back up.

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Top ^

Making the Grade: Using Schoology's Gradebook

Presenter:

With 21 years of teaching and 25 years as a freelance network and computer consultant, James Amato is savvy in many veins of technology. This father of three is a Sagittarius and Eagle Scout who loves Schoology, puppies, and long walks on the beach.

Session Description:

This seminar will focus on basic understanding of the Schoology gradebook and its design, ways to accommodate specific grading issues and reinforcing the school-to-home connection with interactive assessments that provide immediate feedback, and digitally submit assignments. In this workshop teachers will also develop rubrics generated in Schoology for both formative/summative assessments and gather instant, usable data to help drive instruction.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to set up grade books using the grading system you want to use, whether category, percentage or weighting
  • How to create a rubric for grading systems
  • How to develop badges for engagement and positivity
  • How to use the mastery feature (enterprise only)

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Helping Veteran Teachers Through Blended PD

Presenter:

Kristie Burk is currently the Coordinator of Blended and Cyber Learning in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She has worked as an English teacher in traditional, blended and online settings at both public high schools and universities. She’s also been a programmer, trainer, and writer.

Session Description:

This session will show you research-based strategies to help veteran and traditional teachers integrate technology better through blended PD in Schoology. You will learn tips to get your veteran staff to flip, blend and integrate with both knowledge and purpose. This session will also help you identify the teachers most likely to be successful—and it may not be whom you think.

What You'll Learn:

  • Research-based strategies for selecting teachers to help integrate technology
  • Models for incorporating blended learning into professional development through Schoology and practices developed during the session

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, and Lead Instructors


Top ^

21st Century Pedagogy: Using Schoology for Blended Learning

Presenters:

Emily Garrison is a Spanish teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment for blended learning at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California. She holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers Other Languages (TESOL) from San José State University.

Chris Bell is a math and computer science teacher at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. He is also a Teacher on Special Assignment for Blended Learning and a teacher leader for technology integration.

Session Description:

In this session, we'll give a brief overview of blended learning and some key elements we have found essential to running blended classes in our public, comprehensive high schools. We will discuss our extensive homegrown teacher training program, which is run through Schoology. We will also explore how we have incorporated the iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework into our program.

Finally, we will consider the importance of teacher created content (opposed to purchased curriculum) in the blended classroom and how the use of Schoology supports teacher course content. Throughout the presentation, participants will be asked to share ideas and experiences regarding blended learning. Come learn about one district's blended learning program and explore what other schools and districts can do to build similar experiences for their own communities.

What You'll Learn:

  • How PAUSD has created a new blended model specifically applicable to public schools
  • How Schoology plays a central role in supporting blended learning and 21st Century pedagogy
  • How to collaborate and build similar experiences for their own communities

Who Should Attend:

System Administrator, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

BigBlueButton from Trainings and Collaboration to Synchronous Courses and Beyond!

Presenter:

Jordan Noble holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management from NAU and has worked in education for six years. Currently, he works with faculty to improve education through technology.

As Systems Coordinator at Mohave Community College, Krista King manages the daily operations of MCC’s Schoology system as well as its connections with other systems. Working in education for almost 20 years, she is proud to work where she can help others achieve their goals.

Session Description:

For Mohave Community College, BigBlueButton was initially selected to deliver synchronous online courses and address the availability of traditionally on-campus low enrollment courses. Since that initial offering, use of BigBlueButton has become popular with ground faculty as well as non-instructional staff across all four campuses and online. Please join us as we discuss how BigBlueButton is currently used in online, classroom, meeting and training modalities at MCC. We’ll also share our classroom setup and process for running live sessions across campuses.

What You'll Learn:

  • Ideas for integrating web technology in classes
  • Classroom management tips
  • Basic ideas for classroom setup

Who Should Attend:

Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Equal Access: Supporting English Language Learners

Presenter:

Bekah Palmer is an ESL instructor with more than 10 years of experience teaching adult students at a variety of proficiency levels. She teaches at the English Language Institute at the University of California San Diego Extension in San Diego, California.

Session Description:

Learn effective techniques for making Schoology courses more accessible to English language learners (ELLs) and other non-native speakers of English. Some of these techniques can also be applied to situations where students need support in digital literacy.

What You'll Learn:

  • Best-practices for supporting students who may be overwhelmed by the cognitive demand of an English-based language management system
  • Techniques for using Schoology tools to enhance course accessibility

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

It’s Not About You: Designing Playlist Resources that Empower Teachers in a Blended Classroom

Presenter:

As a Campus Content Specialist and Instructional Coach, Christopher Puente’s work writing curriculum and creating resources at the district level is constantly informed by the world of PLC planning and classroom facilitation on campus in Pasadena, Texas.

Session Description:

As more schools and districts roll out 1:1 initiatives, curriculum departments are being tasked with designing instructional resources that help teachers take advantage of classroom technology. But curriculum resource developers walk a fine line between empowering teachers and dictating classroom practice. Participants in this session will experience Schoology through the lens of playlist development for use by teams of teachers. Chris will create a playlist in real time, narrating his thought process in a Think Aloud format with the goal of helping others avoid the pitfalls he discovered.

What You'll Learn:

  • A philosophical understanding of what it means to build playlists for teams of teachers
  • Ideas for differentiation opportunities within playlists
  • Access to playlist organizational templates in Schoology
  • Practical knowledge of how third party apps (Blendspace, Ed Puzzle, YouTube, etc.) can be integrated into playlist resources
  • A list of pitfalls to avoid when designing playlists for teachers

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, and Lead Instructors


Top ^

Schoology Life Saver: Individualized Learning Experience for At-Risk Students

Presenter:

Melissa Riggs is in her 21st year teaching elementary students. She currently teaches in a 1:1 iPad classroom of 5th graders in Peyton, Colorado. She loves how technology can be used to engage even the most reluctant learners.

Session Description:

One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is differentiating lessons for students based on their abilities. In this session, we will look at ways to use Schoology to create individualized courses for students. These courses can meet IEP requirements, build student self-esteem, and allow for less “pull out” from the regular education classroom. We will also look at some great free resources where you can find content to build these differentiated courses.

What You'll Learn:

  • How Schoology can be used to create differentiated courses for students
  • To work smarter (not harder) while meeting students’ individual needs
  • How to gather resources to help in building the courses

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

A Hybrid Approach to Standards-Based Grading: Using Schoology Rubrics in a 100-Point Environment

Presenter:

With 20 years of classroom experience, Ted Sadtler teaches middle school Spanish in Atlanta, Georgia. He also leads the vision for middle school faculty professional development, directs the middle school’s vibrant PLC culture, and serves as Instructional coach to individual faculty.

Session Description:

Standards-based grading stands in opposition to the 100-point scale. But there are ways to provide clarity in feedback while operating in a 100-point environment. Learn how to create and use rubrics in Schoology, how to create meaningful rubric criteria, and how to convert the four-point scale to percentage grades. This “nuts & bolts” session will also touch on the issues of cultivating a growth mindset for your students and transforming the “cult of grades” into a “culture of proficiency” for your faculty.

What You'll Learn:

  • A technical understanding of how to create rubrics and integrate them into assessments
  • A high-functioning philosophy behind effective rubric use based on the work of Thomas Guskey and Bob Marzano
  • A proven strategy to develop a “practitioner cohort” to scale up a user base and hasten adoption

Who Should Attend:

Organizational Leaders, Instructional Support, and Instructors


Top ^

Secrets to Personalized Learning Without Going Crazy

Presenter:

Melissa Stanton is a National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Education and also an iPad teacher in Findlay, Ohio. Melissa has been fortunate to be involved with a 1:1 initiative from the piloting in the resource room to now.

Session Description:

Since starting with Schoology and Google in 2013, I have been able to recreate my special education classroom into a paperless, personalized learning experience for my students. I cut my paper consumption by 90 percent and showed my students with special needs how to succeed.

On the last year of the Ohio Achievement Assessment, all eight of my students were considered proficient by the state of Ohio on the reading portion. Learn how to use Schoology tools such as individually assign, grading groups, Google Integration and student completion tools to make personalized instruction happen.

What You'll Learn:

  • A step by step guide and tips on how to personalize instruction for individuals or groups of individuals so they can reach their fullest potential
  • Language Arts resources that easily work with Schoology
  • Learn how to utilize the materials already in your Google Drive to personalize instruction

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors


Top ^

Building Community to Enhance Student Achievement

Presenter:

Chris VanBuskirk has been the Director of Online Learning at Lancaster Bible College since 2013. Since adopting Schoology in 2015, online education at LBC has become an integral ingredient in educational programming at all levels of the college.

Session Description:

This session will explore the process of building community through the online virtual environment to build a student’s sense of responsibility for the learning of his colleagues. The discussion will focus on collaborative online instructional design and the process of designing educational elements to create the social constructivist element which is critical to the success of an online course. The process in the workshop will model collaboration as it occurs in an online course; building the online community which is required in order to create the social constructivist environment. This method will increase the student achievement of the desired outcome.

What You'll Learn:

  • The process of building community in an online virtual environment
  • How to synthesize concepts necessary to build a student’s sense of responsibility for the learning of his colleagues
  • Examine models for using Schoology’s open API to integrate with other systems.
  • How to crystallize seemingly conflicting educational theories in order to arrive at a concrete outcome

Who Should Attend:

Curriculum Developers, Instructional Support, Lead Instructors, and Instructors

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Those are the sessions in our Integrating Technology category for NEXT. You can see all the sessions on our conference website. Check out our Leadership sessions, along with our other tracks right here on the blog. There are more coming soon.

 

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