Session 1: 10 - 10:30 am ET with Meredith Martin "Getting Started with Makerspaces and STEAM"
STEM, STEAM, and Makerspaces are hot topics in education these days, but many educators are unsure how to get started with them, or think they don't apply if they don't teach math or science. Join Meredith Martin as she briefly covers the difference between the terms and talks about different types of spaces that can be utilized for classroom and school-wide Makerspaces. She will also explore some of the tools and supplies needed and provide examples of maker projects. You will discover not only how to get started with Makerspaces, but also how to tie makerspace activities in with standards, integrate them with various content areas, and so much more!
Session 2: 11 - 11:30 am ET with Jason Innes "Build. Art. Code. Play: Integrating Robotics within K-2 Curriculum" Arts, crafts, and robotics unite for STEAM education in makerspaces and classrooms. Join Jason Innes as he introduces KIBO, a research-based, screen-free robot that kids can easily program using wooden blocks. He will show how PreK through 2nd grade students can build, program, and decorate their own robots, collaboratively and without screen-time. KIBO is a maker's palette. Jason will explain how kids can transform KIBO into anything they imagine using construction paper, pipe cleaners, cardboard, googly eyes, LEGO™ bricks and more, and then bring their creation to life with code. Discover how KIBO might become an animal in its habitat for science, a storybook character in a robotic reader's theater for literacy, a dancer from another culture for music, or a school bus traveling the neighborhood for social studies.
Session 3: 12 - 12:30 pm ET with David Faure "Creating Review Games for Your Science Class with Free Web Tools"
Would you like to incorporate fun activities that will engage your students and help them to retain key scientific concepts, terms, and facts? Why not try review games? In this webinar, you will discover some free Web tools that you - or your students - can use to easily create interactive review games to help reinforce science concepts and facts. David Faure will show you how to use these tools to build these games and provide you with some tips for using these games in the science classroom. While the activities shared are primarily geared to middle and high school classes, teachers of younger students may find them useful as well.
Session 4: 1 - 1:30 pm ET with Monica Burns "Increase Achievement and Understanding in the Math Classroom Using Screencasting"
Would you like an easy way to create customized tutorials that students can use to review concepts, as well as a way for students to demonstrate their own knowledge and understanding? Mobile apps and Web tools that allow you or your students to create screencasts might be just what you're looking for to help boost achievement and understanding in your math classroom. Join Monica Burns as she shares her favorite Web tools and iPad apps for screencasting, along with examples of how to use them in the classroom. Monica will show how simple it is for both teachers and students to capture their own thinking as they explain how to solve math problems.
Session 5: 2 - 2:30 pm ET with Will Eaton "Incorporating Coding and Computational Thinking into Math Curriculum for Grades 3-8"
Would you like to help your math students develop a deeper understanding of math and coding concepts? Join Will Eaton as he explores how you can easily incorporate computational thinking and coding in the context of a math curriculum. He will show how to utilize a block-based programming tool that students can use to code and create 3D models and designs that are printable on any 3D-printer or viewable in any AR/VR space. In addition, Will will explain how this supplemental math software helps students develop a computational mindset - the ability to think abstractly, recursively, algorithmically, and logically - while addressing CSTA standards in an engaging manner. Best of all, you will discover that teaching coding in the context of math helps students develop a deeper understanding of both!
Session 6: 3 - 3:30 pm ET with Jerry Swiatek "Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It's Easier than You Think"
With our increasing dependence on technology and the exponential growth of jobs in technology fields, it becomes more and more essential that our students learn to code. Not only can coding teach problem-solving and analytical skills, it can also help students develop their creative and collaborative abilities – all valuable skills that will help them succeed academically and in their later careers. Coding no longer needs to be relegated solely to computer classes. Join Jerry Swiatek as he explores how you can incorporate and teach coding across all subjects. He will provide a variety of easy-to-use resources, as well as examples of how you can use them to engage your student in a variety of subjects. Best of all, you will discover that teaching coding is easier than you might think!