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Beyond the Worksheet: Project Design in Math – May 3 Webinar

blueprintOpen any math textbook today, and you will encounter page after page of worksheet-style problem sets. These have their uses, of course – but they do not provide the kinds of challenges that will truly exercise students’ creative capabilities, or encourage them to use math as a thinking tool throughout their lives. In this webinar we will see how to construct these challenges using the tools provided by the MLTI. We will review frameworks that can inform the design process, topical approaches that can provide a meaningful context for this work, and how to use the Common Core Standards to inform development. Throughout we will look at concrete exemplars that both illustrate the approach and can be put to work right away.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, May 3 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm. Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

Thoughtful Answers to Difficult Questions: A Modified Delphi Process in Action

April 21st, 2012 No comments

DelphiIn the Regional Meetings scheduled to take place April 23 – May 3, 2012, you will see how to use a modified Delphi process to help inform discussions and decision-making. Since some of you may want to use this type of process in your schools, the video podcast and slides from the meeting presentation are available for download:

A Modified Delphi Process in Action — Podcast

A Modified Delphi Process in Action — Slides

The data used as an example in the slides is drawn from a session conducted in 2009 with school leaders from schools not in Maine.

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Opening the Candy Store: Advanced Math For Everybody – March 22nd Webinar

March 20th, 2012 No comments

Candy StoreMany of the challenges faced by society today – medical decisions, economic policies and choices, much of the workings of democracy itself – can only be truly understood and addressed via the conceptual tools of advanced mathematics. These issues impact student lives now, and will do so to an even greater extent in the foreseeable future. In this webinar we will explore how to use math software to make advanced mathematical thinking – the “Math Candy Store” – available to all students, regardless of their chosen career path. We will see how this approach makes advanced math into something that can be read and understood by everyone with the assistance of software tools, in much the same way that complex texts might be read with the assistance of a dictionary or an encyclopedia. We will construct a toolset by merging software available on the MLTI image with online resources, and show practical examples in action.

As highlighted by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in its Common Core Toolkit, the Common Core State Standards should be considered a “floor” when it comes to expectations for student performance in the 21st century. We will look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics that define the “candy store floor”, and see how to build a coherent and powerful curricular approach upon that foundation.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, March 22 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm. Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

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February 9 Webinar – The Art of The Digital Graph

February 3rd, 2012 No comments

chartAny place or time that there is data to be understood, a graph is its natural complement. Bar charts, pie charts, scatterplots – these all have familiar features and uses on the printed page – but how are they transformed in the digital domain? In this webinar we will see how dynamic features like brushing, layers, and animation can all contribute to greater understanding, and how interactive controls allow for student exploration of both data and mathematical concepts. And while digital graphs can be richly informative, they can also be poorly constructed, and act to obscure meaning: we will see how to avoid this, and examine the key features of good data representations. Finally, we will discuss how to incorporate graphs into broader digital storytelling narratives.

The creation and use of graphs is a crucial component of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, as well as of the recently completed Framework for K-12 Science Education. While work on the Social Sciences Framework is still in progress, it is expected that graphs will also play a key role in these standards. Teachers in all of these areas will find this seminar useful in designing and implementing their curriculum.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, February 9 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm. Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.

October 20 Webinar – SAMR and TPCK: The Basics

October 20th, 2011 No comments

SAMR and TPCK Models

When designing teaching projects using technology, it is important to employ frameworks that enable the best selection, planning, and use of the tools available. The SAMR and TPCK models have proven themselves in use in Maine’s classrooms and around the world. In 2010, over two thirds of Maine teachers familiar with the models found that they played a crucial or important role in their work.

In this webinar we will review the basics of the SAMR and TPCK models, using new examples that reflect evolving priorities and projects in Maine schools. We will also see how to use them in practice, introducing the concept of the “SAMR Ladder” — a concept that we will extend and develop further at our October 27 webinar.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

March 3 Webinar: Painting a Picture – Image Processing for Digital Narratives

March 1st, 2011 1 comment

Sometimes you have the photo you want for that video or comic storytelling project in “just right” form – and sometimes you don’t. We will see how to use the tools on the laptop – particularly iPhoto and Acorn – to remedy the most common problems encountered by teachers and students, and then stretch them just a little further, to explore some of the creative possibilities they afford.

This webinar will be of particular interest to teachers in the Visual and Performing Arts, teachers in Language Arts who plan to use digital storytelling in their courses, and teachers in the sciences who work with images.

January 20 Webinar: Numeracy – Using Technology to See the Big Picture

January 19th, 2011 2 comments

Math DiagramNumeracy is much more than basic math – it includes the skills necessary to complete a course such as Algebra successfully, but also extends to being able to apply mathematical thinking and knowledge to life and learning. We will see how the tools available on the laptop (including Numbers, Geogebra, and Grapher) can be integrated with a range of successful approaches to teaching mathematical thought, and how students can explore areas of math that have traditionally been viewed as lying beyond middle or high school skillsets.

This webinar will be of special relevance to Science and Math teachers; however, since some of the topics covered transcend disciplinary boundaries, we also recommend it for other subject areas.

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November 18 Webinar: Using Technology to Enhance Literacy (TPCK/SAMR In Action)

November 16th, 2010 2 comments

Achieving high levels of student literacy stands out as a top concern for schools throughout the state of Maine. We will see how coupling 21st-Century approaches to literacy to the TPCK/SAMR models used by the MLTI, and to the tools on the laptops, provides us with a uniquely powerful recipe for success. As part of this webinar, we will look at concrete examples that teachers can use in their classrooms right away.

This webinar will be of special relevance to Language Arts teachers; however, since literacy is a concern that transcends disciplinary boundaries, we also recommend it for all other subject areas.

The Consultative Model – Castine Sessions

July 29th, 2010 2 comments
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May 20 Webinar: Voices That Sing, Voices That Tell

May 18th, 2010 No comments

Many forms of digital storytelling rely upon the incorporation of powerful soundscapes as a crucial ingredient. Indeed, soundscapes can in and of themselves constitute digital narratives — but to do so, they must be carefully constructed. We will look at some of the elements that go into creating great digital audio, including music, voice, and environmental sound, and the tools and practices that translate them into a finished product.

Joining this Webinar:
This webinar will be offered twice on May 20 — once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm.
To register for the webinar, please click on the following link: Registration.
If you have not participated in one of these sessions before, guidance and support regarding how to access these webinars is available by clicking on the following link: Support.