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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.

April 5 Webinar: Hot Points – Current Events and Digital Tools

April 1st, 2012 No comments

Current events teaching has never been juicier. Up to the second information on events from all points of the four winds can be easily gathered, disseminated and pored over using digital tools. Videos from within the Occupy Wall Street camp, tweets from observers and players in the Arab Spring uprising and the ability to communicate with anyone at the center of a news story via iChat means that students now have a more immediate connection to events than most journalists had fifteen years ago. And with traditional news sources sometimes struggling to compete with the constant flow of information, our students have never been in a better position to show their flair as budding journalists.

This webinar demonstrated how students can access information and turn it into a news story – making sense of multiple sources, applying a clear vision and creating news stories of their own. We discussed some of the drawbacks to the mass of unfiltered information, and how we can help our students become objective reporters and informed opinion makers.

Here are the links I shared in the webinar:

Newsmap: a visual representation of the Google News aggregator

Google News: Try customising the page using the Preference sliders

Newsvine: user voted news stories – a good place to take the temperature of the news

Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages: over 900 front pages from the world’s newspapers, update daily.

MARVEL: ProQuest News
database is a fantastic resource for searching through 1400+ publications from around the world, with many publication’s articles going back at least a decade.

In addition, we looked at YouTube’s capabilities for up to the minute footage of events, and iTunes Store’s News and Politics Podcasts. Google Earth can provide background on the areas where events are taking place, and the World Data Analyst on MARVEL can help with statistics on each country.

Image by Giladlotan on Flickr. Used with a Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 2.0

Follow Up: March 8 Webinar, Multimedia Art in the MLTI classroom.

March 10th, 2012 No comments

The Multimedia Art in the MLTI Classroom webinar was a brief introduction to multimedia creation with the MLTI tools. slideexample

The webinar started with an overview of creativity and the creative process in education and the reflection of creativity in our future workforce.

Communication involves more than just consumption therefore introducing students to authoring is also important. The webinar focused on simple animation. Often it is easy to find ways to talk with students about animation. Most students have watched many cartoons.  Students today are great consumers of multimedia let’s make them authors as well.

This webinar demonstrated how to use Keynote as an electronic flip book.  Images drawn with Acorn were copied and pasted onto Keynote slides. Once the sequence of images was arranged the Keynote was shared by exporting as a QuickTime Movie.

Animations are often a form of digital story telling. There are some great tools on your MLTI device to help create stories. Visit the archived webinar with your MLTI device and start creating.

March 8 Webinar, Multimedia Art in the MLTI classroom.

March 7th, 2012 No comments

Multimedia is rapidly becoming a communication tool for todays students. We have movies and videos everywhere we look. A large part of communication is not just consumption but also authoring. Join us for this hands on webinar. Using tools on your MLTI device we will create our own animations. Have you ever drawn a picture on your laptop ? Have you ever wanted to make it into an animation? Bring your MLTI device, roll up your sleeves and get ready to create.

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.

Follow Up to the January 26 – Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools webinars

January 29th, 2012 No comments

The webinar on January 26 was about making digital art with your MLTI device. We began by looking at art examples of the Initial. Together we critiqued the works by describing what we could see. The Initial can be traced throughout history sometimes changing yet always remaining familiar. The exercise of looking at a piece of art before creating art allows the artist to see how other artists create. It also builds attention to detail. Resources were introduced such as the full encyclopedia on each MLTI device the Creative Commons website (http://creativecommons.org/) and of course the MLTI Minutes, http://minute.maine121.org/ We then rolled up our sleeves and made art.

Making the digital art during a webinar was a challenge yet it was also fun. The risk involved when any teacher tries a new teaching method is always filled with trepidation but usually the rewards are worth the angst. The webinar yielded some beautiful results as can be seen here. http://maine121.org/art-works

We used Acorn to draw our own initial. It was a simple exercise of opening the program and experimenting with the tools on the Tool Palette and colors on the Color Palette. Acorn is an image editor which we used for drawing and painting in this exercise. Acorn is an application on every MLTI device. More about the application can be found here. http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/.

The recording for the January 26 – Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools webinars can be found here. http://maine121.org/webcasts-2/archives/ If you create an Initial while following along with the recording and you would like to share your art please email it to ahutton@mlti.org and include permission for us to place it on our site with our CC_BY license. (Allows everyone permission to use.)

Also, a special thanks to everyone who participated.

 

January 26th Webinar ~ Digital Art Creation with MLTI Tools 

January 24th, 2012 1 comment

Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lascaux2.jpg

Creating art can be traced back almost to the beginning of human kind. Even those with little background in art history have heard of the Lascaux Caves in France where prehistoric drawings and paintings can be found on the walls and ceilings depicting images of animals and humans. Aesthetically these drawings and paintings, thousands of years later, still bring us to imagine their meanings.

If we continue to look back in history we also have the development of text. Illuminated Manuscripts brought us the initial. “The earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD400 to 600, initially produced in Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire.1 These text images can be found in a variety of forms throughout history eventually even appearing at the beginning of fairy tales. Today initials are still in use and can be found in various artworks including street art tags often recognized as graffiti.

A set of sixteenth-century initial capitals, which is missing a few letters http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ornamental_Alphabet_-_16th_Century.svg

The MLTI program has many tools which allow for art creation. Over the years artists have used many materials to engage their interests and talents. We now have the ability to create digital pieces of art. Photography, painting, drawing, music, poetry, movies, stories, comics, to name a few…All these and more can be created with the suite of tools on our MLTI devices. Although traditional art will always be an important part of our cultures we now live in a time where digital images flourish. Digital Literacy includes digital images as well as digital text. Our students will need to know how to use digital tools in many different ways to be successful in their future.

Join us Thursday to explore creating digital art with MLTI tools. This is a hands on session so bring your MLTI device and roll up your sleeves. We will work together to create a piece of digital art

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.

Oct 27 Webinar: Building Ladders – SAMR and TPCK Part II

October 24th, 2011 1 comment

TPCK pieces

Deconstructed TPCK Diagram

 

Now that folks have been introduced to SAMR and TPACK, its time to talk about how practitioners can apply what we know. The question might be, “How can I look at my curriculum and put SAMR and TPCK into practice in my classroom?” And, of course, we will ponder how technology can aid in the improvement of teaching and learning by giving a closer look at the tools that MLTI and the web have to offer. Finally, we will check out one more example of “building a ladder” of classroom practice and discuss how it might be applied to revamping lessons or units you already use.

 

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.

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.

Free eCollection of 9/11 Resources

August 30th, 2011 No comments

The 9/11 Searchable Information Center, an open access collection of e-books and resources related to 9/11 will be made available at no cost throughout the month of September by ebrary, a member of the ProQuest family of companies.

Knowing that school, public and academic libraries may face numerous requests for information and resources as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, ebrary developed a collection of 15 full text e-books. The collection is available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/september11/home.action. This site is fully functional and also provides free access to ebrary’s research tools for the month.

Libraries are welcome to include this link on their homepages and to assist patrons with Internet access to download and read the titles at no cost anytime during the month of September. Titles included are Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and The Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying, by Tom Murphy; The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11 by Brian Monahan; Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, by Damon DiMarco and Thomas Kean; and We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11, by Tram Nguyen.