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ELA/Literacy Shift Happens!

December 4th, 2012 No comments

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of traveling around the State facilitating professional development sessions focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA/Literacy.  While I am wrapping up the series for the fall, I am also looking forward to presenting the information again throughout the winter and spring.  I thought it might be useful to describe the session so that teachers will get a sense of what to expect.

The Six Shifts– A Constructivist Approach!

Many districts are in the process of “unpacking” the CCSS. That is NOT the focus of this session. Instead we  approach the ELA/Literacy standards from the perspective of “Six Shifts” in pedagogy and instruction-as well as for students and parents- required for a standards-based approach to be successful.

 Text Complexity

One of the most challenging ELA/Literacy Shifts is that of text complexity. In this session, we explore the three aspects of text complexity:

1) Quantitative Measures that assign a text to a grade band;

2) Qualitative Measures that address format, purpose, structure, and language features of the text; and

3) Professional Judgment teachers use to determine how suited a text is for a specific instructional purpose with a particular set of students.

We also take a look at some of the Smarter Balanced assessment items and discuss implications for curriculum and instruction. Since Maine students will be assessed with this system starting in the 2014-15 school year, it is important for teachers to understand everything they can about this “next generation assessment”!

Digital Tools

Throughout the session, participants use applications on the MLTI device as well as other web-based tools that support teaching with the Six Shifts in mind. These include the Preview Annotation Tools, Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite, and OmniGraffle– to name but a few!

Discussions and Sharing

The session is designed for participants to share from their own experiences so that we can all continue to learn from each other. Since the ELA/Literacy standards are intended to be implemented across the disciplines, we discuss issues teachers are facing as they work with their colleagues who teach in the different content areas. Participants leave with a plan for who they should connect with about the CCSS back in their schools.

Who Should Attend???

This session is designed for middle and high school teachers who are using the MLTI devices. While most attendees have been ELA/Literacy teachers, the CCSS are intended to address literacy in other content areas as well, so all are welcome to attend! The design of the session is flexible to meet the diverse levels of knowledge/use of technology and of the CCSS. We do ask that you bring your MLTI device with the most recent image.

To register for an upcoming session in your region, please use this link: http://maine.gov/mlti/events/index.shtml

If you have any questions, post them here or contact me directly at mcallan@mlti.org!

Mary

 

 

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Fall Science Workshop Preview Webinar – Oct 2, 2012 3:30 PM

September 27th, 2012 No comments

Prepare for the NGSS

Join us for a taste of the Fall Regional Workshops for science scheduled all over the state. We’ll spend time looking at the Practices and explore how an MLTI application supports them. Of course, there will be ample opportunity for give and take discussion in preparation for the Next Generation of Science Standards and how technology and the 8 Practices of Science and Engineering can be aligned.

Sign up for Webinar here and 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.

MLTI Professional Development Fall 2012

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

We’re coming to a school near you very soon! This year, the MLTI Professional Development team is going to be in every region of the state, delivering high quality workshops aimed at specific content areas for educators. We will be delivering a series of one-day, hands-on sessions, both in the fall and the spring. We would like to see as many teachers, librarians and administrators as we can attend these sessions, so please spread the word and we’ll see you on the road!

The Fall PD Session descriptors are listed below. For further details on the sessions, their dates and locations, and registration information, click on the session title. For further MLTI Professional Development information, please go to this page on maine.gov.

The Art of Technology in Mathematics

Unlock mathematical conceptual understanding through discovery using technology. Come explore technology options at your fingertips as we seamlessly integrate the MLTI with the new Common Core State Standards. This hands-on workshop will utilize resources to add to your toolkit for teaching and learning. Templates and applets will be provided as we look at ways to increase student conceptual understanding using Geogebra, Grapher, Numbers, and other tools on the MLTI image.

Supporting Students with Special Needs Using MLTI and Universal Design for Learning

This hands-on workshop will begin by exploring accessibility options and adjusting preference settings on the MLTI device to meet the needs of the learner. Participants will also learn to create lessons that target Response to Intervention and incorporate different learning styles to increase universal access for classroom activities. We’ll also examine exciting ways to “provide multiple means of engagement” for students through creating social stories and learning how to socially navigate the world around them. Participants will explore ways to apply these skills to creating Digital Portfolios. Students will ultimately be able to showcase projects that target their Individualized Education Plan benchmarks and goals as well as self-assess their work.

Shift Happens! Common Core, ELA and Digital Literacy
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) identifies 6 shifts in ELA/Literacy, including text complexity, writing from sources and academic vocabulary. This session will explore instructional practices and approaches using digital tools that address the shifts, and provide strategies for implementing the Common Core in the English classroom and across disciplines.

Leveraging Technology with Science Practices

In anticipation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), many educators in Maine are already integrating some of the  8 Science and Engineering Practices into current instruction. Here’s a chance to look more deeply at those Practices from the Framework for K-12 Science Education that inform the NGSS. We will explore MLTI science applications for a hands-on investigation of their alignment to the Maine Learning Results and Practices of the Framework, and discover more ways that technology can enhance learning.

The Art Studio in your MLTI MacBook

Join MLTI to discover the art studio in your MLTI MacBook. Learn new ways to create art, explore tools to design digital portfolios, gain understanding in managing your digital art classroom and grow your research process knowledge. This day will be filled with valuable information for the art teacher.

Digital Citizenship in a Changing World

Students are living in a world of 24/7 access to technology that enables learning and communication in a way that was not possible even a few years ago. This workshop will help you to learn about the digital landscape our students are now living in, and how educators can help students think critically and make responsible choices to improve achievement. We will be exploring some of the free K-12 resources available through Common Sense Media and how to implement them in your classrooms and schools.
Integrating Technology into the World Language Classroom
Technology has produced new communication opportunities, created new ways to participate in culture, and redefined what we call community. This session will focus on integrating MLTI tools into the World Language learners’ experience. We will explore ways to use technology to immerse learners in authentic language and cultural experiences while keeping an eye on assessment and other realities like the Common Core and the Maine Learning Results.
Where’s the Evidence? Digital Tools, Source Material and the Social Studies Classroom

As emerging social scientists, students must have the skills to locate, interpret and use primary and secondary sources in their work. The wealth of source material online, and the digital tools to utilize these resources, present humanities teachers with enormous opportunities to develop these skills in their classes. This workshop will provide educators with strategies for using source material with students: how to find the resources, incorporate source material in student writing, and having students present their interpretations to the world.

 

Architecting the Future of Education: 2012 MLTI Summer Institute

May 14th, 2012 No comments

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is scheduled for July 24 – 26th at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Like last year, we’ll continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

Please visit our website to view the cohorts available.  When registering, you’ll select the cohort of your choice and spend the institute working with the same group in order to maximize the learning experience.  Each cohort is limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise stated), so don’t delay in registering!  Registration for cohorts will be first come, first serve but we will make our best efforts to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

Along with MLTI cohorts being offered, MLTI has joined forces with the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning to offer a cohort designed for school teams.  To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the cohort page. Costs associated with this cohort are slightly different due to extra meeting times schedule in the fall (FMI).

Want to attend but are looking to save some money on registration?  Here are some options for you:

1.  Submit a poster session proposal – save 20% if you are selected to present.
2.  Are you an ACTEM member or a teacher at an ACTEM institutional member school?  ACTEM is offering 40 $75.00 scholarships!

Online Registration

Learn more about the 2012 MLTI Summer Institute on our website

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson.

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.

April 26 Webinar – Digital Tools for Improving Listening and Speaking Skills

April 23rd, 2012 No comments
Two girls with a tin can phone.

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Florian SEROUSSI (Flickr)

“To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation,” said François de La Rochefoucauld. In our constantly connected society, some worry that we are losing our ability to communicate well through face-to-face discourse. While most of us recognize listening and speaking as fundamental literacy skills, sometimes these skills are given short shrift in our classrooms and are overlooked in favor of reading and writing.

In this week’s webinar, we will explore ways to use digital tools to give students experiences that will improve their listening and speaking skills and help them meet the Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening. We will take a close look at the CCSS to identify which skills are addressed, and we will share some ideas for using software and web tools to give students opportunities to practice and improve these skills. While the CCSS focus primarily on the skills needed for classroom discussions and presentations, we will also explore some digital resources we can use to help students learn to listen for information and enjoyment and gain confidence in speaking for an audience.

By the way, April is National Poetry Month and April 26 is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so don’t be surprised if we spend some time Thursday practicing our listening and speaking skills with some favorite poems.

I hope you can join us on Thursday, April 26 at 3:15 or 7:15. 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.

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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March 15 Webinar – Using Social Media to Enhance Writing Skills

March 13th, 2012 3 comments
A collection of buttons with various social media icons

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Kexino

“Beware the Ides of March,” said the soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, but in today’s world he would likely have tweeted that warning or written it on Caesar’s FaceBook wall. There’s no need for you to be wary of the Ides of March this year because that’s when we will present a webinar about how students can use social media to improve their writing.

In past webinars we have taken a close look at the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, focusing on the standards for reading literary and informational text. This week we will explore the writing standards paying particular attention to digital writing. Many of you have participated in past webinars on the writing process from the 2009 – 2010 school year and have a good overview of how our MLTI devices support all stages of the writing process. If you need a refresher, you can find links to all those webinar recordings on our archives page.

In this session we will look specifically at social media and how educators can help students become better writers and meet the writing standards through the participatory web. We’ll look at the opportunities social media provide for writing different types of texts for different purposes, for publishing to various audiences, and for conducting research.

Please join us Thursday, March 15 at 3:15 or 7:15. 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.

February 16 Webinar: Ever-Evolving Science Standards

February 11th, 2012 3 comments
Cover conceptual Framework for Science Education

National Academies Press: Conceptual Framework for Science Education

Science teachers are guided by the Maine Learning Results, AAAS Benchmarks, and the National Science Education Standards. But, in many cases, they deal with just the standards, and not the reasoning behind the standards. By utilizing the full texts and the Strand Map of Science literacy, participants will be able to look at the relationships among the specific standards they are using and how they relate to the standards for the other grades and content areas. The Strand Map also gives reference to textual and web-based resources related to various standards, and includes information about student conceptual problems. Participants will be able to access the Maine Learning Results, AAAS Benchmarks, and the National Science Education Standards, and the Strand Map online, as well as the recently released A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Participants will be able to use the web-based Strand Map of Science Literacy (based on the 2 volume Atlas of Science Literacy) to inform their science teaching through the Maine Learning Results, AAAS Benchmarks, and the National Science Education Standards. We will also examine web-based resources related to science education standards.

You can access the recordings for both sessions from Thursday, February 16 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm.   When you look at the schedule, you will see the correct date and times. Click on the time you wish to view and you will be linked to the recording. You can stop and start it as you would a movie.  If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson.

Slideshow from Standards Webinar

Maine DOE SciTech Framework Blog

This is a link to the NDSL Strand Map for Science Literacy

Here are resources that were referenced in the webinar – You can read them on the web for free.

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A guide for teaching and learning

National Science Education Standards.

Project 2061: Science for all Americans.

Maine Learning Results (Science and Technology)

Benchmarks for Science Literacy

How People Learn

How Students Learn Science in the Classroom

Ready, Set, Science!

Taking Science to School

A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

 

 

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.