Celebration of Technology and Learning

Celebration of Technology & Learning

“Replacement” event fills the void left by the cancellation of NJEA Convention and WNET Celebration of Teaching & Learning

Were you disappointed when the NJEA Convention was cancelled due to the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy? Have you been concerned about how you might gain some of the knowledge that convention programs had to offer? Fear not – NJEA has scheduled a special event to provide additional professional learning for members.

In recognition of the convention cancellation and the decision by WNET to also cancel the 2013 Celebration of Teaching and Learning, NJEA will partner with the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), Verizon Foundation, and TEQ, Inc., to hold the Celebration of Technology and Learning at the Somerset Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, March 9. The registration fee is just $15 for NJEA members.

The idea for this conference came from TEQ, one of NJEA’s important technology partners. TEQ donates all of the SMART board technology used at the NJEA Convention and other conferences, including this celebration. They will also provide expert facilitators in technology integration as well as generous financial sponsorship.

The conference program will include much of what was originally planned for the High Tech Hall area of the Convention, with the programs planned by the NJCTL. Both the Teacher to Teacher Learning Lab and the Verizon Foundation Classroom will be hands-on experiences that will enable participants to explore technology tools. The celebration will also feature the popular Technology Integration Showcase, informal drop-in sessions that feature NJEA members who will share their use of innovative technology tools in their classroom teaching.

Participants will be able to schedule themselves into three of the four conference sessions offered in the Teacher to Teacher Learning Lab and/or the Verizon Foundation Classroom. During the fourth session, participants can visit the Technology Integration Showcase. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each session is one-hour long.

In the Teacher to Teacher Learning Lab, you can attend sessions like “Don’t Get Mad – Embed!” where you will learn how to place internet apps such as YouTube videos, Glogs, VoiceThreads, and live feeds onto your classroom or departmental website using the embed button and your free wikispaces educator account. Find out how the University of Boston’s “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum and cloud-based computing (Google apps and chromebook laptops) are transforming computer labs in “Engineering is Elementary: transforming a K-4 Computer Class into a STEM Course.” Discover how to make your classroom more efficient and productive in “iPads, Google Docs, Smart Boards: Now What?” In “Scratch: A Relevant Approach for the Technology Itch,” learn the practical applications of Scratch, a free programming language for students aged 8-16.

The Verizon Foundation Classroom will feature the following sessions: “Create a Common Core Toolkit;” “Maximizing STEM Learning Through Online and Mobile Communications;” and “STEM, Mobile Devices and Thinkfinity Community: Perfect Together.”

In the Technology Integration Showcase, eight tables will be populated by NJEA members who are experts in the use of technology in their classrooms. There will be two different topic sessions at each table (morning and afternoon). The following topics will be featured:

  • Creating an eBook with iBooks: Copyright, Construction, and Media
  • Socrative-Student Response Without Clickers
  • Don’t Get Mad… Embed! Get Loud in the Cloud with Voice-Thread!
  • E-portfolio Assessment
  • PSI and SMART Expand Math Opportunities and Math The SMART PMI Way
  • Achieving Educational Excellence with Edmodo
  • Creating the Perfect Digital Classroom and Wordpress--How to Create a Class Website
  • Rethinking Posters: The World Of Glogster EDU and The Power And Point Of Digital Storytelling
  • World Language Video Projects
  • Engineering is Elementary: Transforming a K-4 Computer Class Into a STEM Course
  • What’s New in the SMART Notebook Version II
  • Adventures with Avatars in the Classroom
  • Moodle--Meeting Students Where They Are and Prezi in the Classroom
  • iPads, Google Docs, SMART Boards: Now What?
  • Scratch: A Relevant Approach For The Technology Itch
  • Embedding Standards-Based Digital Resources Into the Classroom and Connecting Beyond The School Walls Via Skype and Goggle+ Hangout.

All sessions in the Teacher to Teacher Learning Lab and Verizon Foundation Classroom will have internet-connected laptops available to enable participants to have a hands-on experience. For the Technology Integration Showcase, participants are encouraged to bring their own portable device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to access content being shared in the session.

Online registration only!

NJEA members will have an exclusive opportunity to register for the conference from 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 through 6 p.m. Feb. 11. After that, the remaining available conference space will be open to non-NJEA members. The conference will be limited to the first 350 registrants.

Don’t miss the celebration—REGISTER TODAY!