2011 NJEA Convention By now you should have received your 2011 NJEA Convention program. The NJEA Convention offers hundreds of top-notch professional development workshops and acres of vendors on the exhibit floor. Whether you are a novice teacher or a seasoned veteran, you’ll find plenty of resources and opportunities to expand your skills at this year’s convention.

High Tech Hall: bigger and better every year

Every year, High Tech Hall, grows bigger and more technologically advanced, but it never diverts from its basic mission: to help members use technology to improve student learning. Whether you have a quick question, need a complete tutorial, or just want to get acquainted  with professional development opportunities available on njea.org, drop in to High Tech Hall to see how the latest applications are being used in today’s classrooms and among today’s professionals.

Look for Verizon’s Thinkfinity Classroom featuring presentations on the hour that spotlight the tens of thousands of free, easy-to-use resources found on Thinkfinity.org. In the DELL Connected Classroom, NJEA members and other technology experts provide hands-on practice showing how they’re using technology to enhance instruction in New Jersey’s public schools.

The N.J. Center for Teaching and Learning and NJEA are proud to once again offer the Technology Integration Showcase. There members will present one-on-one and small group demonstrations of technology activities tested in their own classrooms.

This year NJCTL has expanded its participation in High Tech Hall to include the Teacher-to-Teacher Learning Lab. Here NJEA members will present hour-long planned presentations.

This year, for the first time, NJEA members can record their time spent in High Tech Hall for professional development credit. Details are in your NJEA Convention program. High Tech Hall can be found in Hall B.

Great IdeasCheck out the Great Ideas Forum

Meet grant winners from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and hear about their innovative projects. Learn how you can implement similar projects in your school and classroom and find out how to apply for an NJEA Frederick L. Hipp grant.

This year’s Great Ideas Forum exhibits include:

  • American Folk Music: An Experiential Journey - A group of students with multiple disabilities learn to make and play Appalachian dulcimers - one of two musical instruments indigenous to the United States. Watch a short DVD and learn a tune on this traditional instrument. 
  • Civic Responsibility and Service Learning - Middle school students learn civic responsibility by going into their communities for a day of service learning. This project enhances the curriculum by providing an authentic experience. 
  • Going Coastal - Elementary school students track animal activity right outside their school.  Learn how you can replicate this outdoor learning lab. 
  • iPod, iPad, iRead! - Find out how you can use multi-sensory learning styles along with iPods and iPads to improve language arts literacy. 
  • Learning Life Skills Through Play Intervention - Learn how toys, games and the Wii can be used to enhance social and communication skills in children with autism/other disabilities; and foster bonding between family members and peers. 
  • Literacy to Go for English Language Learners - Learn ways to use technology to expand learning opportunities outside of school for English language learners and their families. 
  • Project 2015: Youth Led Social Action for Global Change - The presenters will share ideas on how to motivate youth to become active global citizens, using their voices and talents to work for positive social change. 
  • Weather Wizards II - Weather Wizards allows students to observe the weather around the world. Through the use of weather stations, weather cameras and the Internet, students develop math, science, writing, and reading skills. 
  • Wind Turbine:  A Great Advantage to the Environment - This program will challenge students to look at improving the environment by studying renewable energy options and learning how to implement them. 
  • Young Leonardos - Kindergarten, first and second graders are inspired by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to become enthusiastic artists, scientists, writers, and inventors with a lifelong love of learning. 
  • Youth Engaged In-Service (YES) - YES uses the core principles of service-learning to bring youth voice and choice into the school day. Learn how to guide youth to research community needs of importance to them before designing and implementing ethical action plans that encourage responsibility and collaboration. 

This year’s convention charity:
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter

Each year, NJEA members show their compassion, commitment, and gratitude at the NJEA Convention by contributing to a charity that benefits New Jersey residents. This year’s recipient is the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

Why not take an extra moment before coming to the convention to bring along one or more of the items suggested below? You’ll find places to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in the NJEA Service Center and in the Atrium as you enter the Convention Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. It is the local chapter of the national Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders association that is an alliance of individuals with the disease, family members, and professionals dedicated to providing information, education, advocacy, and support. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and how to access the association’s services, call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

How you can help

Bring any of these items to the convention:

  • Gift cards from American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Staples, Office Max, ShopRite, Acme, Pathmark, Home Depot, Lowes, BJ’s, Costco, AC Moore, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, or gas cards.
  • Laminating machine, cash counting machine or flash drives.
  • Dry erase boards and markers, flip charts and markers, heavy duty stapler, paper plates, paper bowls, plastic utensils, coffee, sugar packets, Equal, writing journals, bottled water, arts and crafts supplies, or office supplies.
  • Monetary donations are always appreciated and welcome.
  • You can also donate from home by mailing your donation to: Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.