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

May 1st, 2012 Comments off

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 Comments off
Two girls with a tin can phone.

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“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.

Mass Customization and Accountability for Learning

April 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Screenshot Perkins and ToyWelcome back from what I hope was a sunny and warm spring break! I hope you’ll be able to join RSU 57 Principal Kevin Perkins and me at 4 PM tomorrow for the fifth free live webinar on Mass Customized Learning. The conversation will center on Chapter 8 of Chuck Schwahn’s and Bea McGarvey’s book Inevitable. We’ll be talking about the metaphor of Weight Bearing Walls and how applying this can help educational leaders move toward mass customization while remaining accountable for the learning, supervision, and safety needs of learners.

To register for the webinar just head on over to maine121.org, select webcasts, and then select the April 24 4:00PM link. See you there!

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

April 21st, 2012 Comments off

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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April 12 Webinar: Art Assessment with MLTI tools

April 11th, 2012 2 comments

Learn to use the tools available on your MLTI MacBook to aid in documenting the learning in your classroom.

Create digital records of student work. Capture formative learning. Organize digital files to aid in assessment and more.

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Specific examples will be demonstrated. Use Photo Booth to record images and video. Use QuickTime Player to record audio, video and even Screen Recording. Use Preview to annotate and resize images.  Then utilize NoteShare to not only manage and collect data but also to critique art works.

There are lots of wonderful resources on your MLTI Device.

Bring your questions and your MLTI MacBook. While discussing the why we will demonstrate the how.

Check out this recorded webinar by clicking here.

Please see the MLTI Minutes for even more examples.

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

April 1st, 2012 Comments off

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

Maine Arts Assessment: April 4th Webinar

March 31st, 2012 Comments off

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative was launched in the Summer of 2010 as a first-in-the-nation state effort to bring best practices in arts education to the forefront by developing and refining assessment strategies at the grass roots level. The stories of the journey are numerous, and lessons learned along the way are many. These have deep ramifications not only for the Initiative as it moves forward, but for anyone associated with arts education in Maine: parents, students, teachers and administrators. Join Catherine Ring and Rob Westerberg on their webinar on Wednesday, April 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm as they unpack these lessons learned.

Drawing from recent data; feedback from over two hundred professionals in the field, feedback from the Fall Conference, Regional Workshops and prior MAAI webinars, Catherine and Rob have organized this presentation into an informing set of common themes. With guest presenter Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine DOE, they will attempt to make sense of it all in a way that can help focus and direct future work for all of Arts education in Maine and beyond. Participants will be instructed to provide live, real time feedback as the webinar unfolds, and everyone’s voice is encouraged to be heard! Active MAAI educator or first time participant,  single listener or in a group, as an educator, parent, administrator or student, this is THE webinar that you will want to be sure to put on your calendar and attend!

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March 29 Webinar – Learning Science By Doing Science (webinar links update-March 30)

March 25th, 2012 Comments off
Paul Fenwick Does Science

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Looking at the Conceptual Framework for New Science Standards K-12, one of the major changes we see is how Scientific and Engineering practices form  a third of Standards platform, along with Core Principles and Crosscutting Concepts. So we are left with the question – How can technology support the practice of science?

There is a plethora of activities and “games” designed to help students learn science, but how can a teacher decide which ones are appropriate and aligned with standards and the curriculum? This session is designed to explore some of the best. From the apps on the MLTI device (ME Explorer, Molecular Workbench, GeniQuest, and NetLogo) to models and simulations on the web, participants will be able to see what could best apply to their classrooms, and then be released to explore even further on their own. Then they will be able to establish their own criteria for choosing, provide a context, and think about the curricular implications.

LearningScience (slides from the webinar)

If you missed the webinar on Thursday, March 29 at 3:15pm or 7:15pm, you can view the recording. Scroll down to the date and click on the time of the presentation you wish to view. Adobe Connect will open up with the recording.

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

March 20th, 2012 Comments off

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
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“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.