Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

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Virtual Learning Platforms

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approx. 50 min.
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Virtual learning platforms (VLPs) extend the math elementary classroom beyond traditional walls and boundaries providing engaging and interactive platforms for learning. This webinar focuses on how VLPs can enhance collaboration within elementary schools, foster digital growth, and improve instruction and student achievement. <br><br> The presenter discusses several quality VLPs and shares his views on the pros and cons of each to help educators decide which platform is the best fit their classroom needs. <br><br> *This webinar begins with a brief overview of Mathlanding.org.
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A.J.Juliani
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A.J. Juliani is a K-12 Technology Staff Developer at Wissahickon School District and the co-founder of Collaborative Educational Solutions. Mr. Juliani taught high school English for five years and wrote "The 2.0 Teacher" eBook in 2009.<br><br> He received his MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University, and is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. Mr. Juliani writes about education at the group blog (<a href="http://educationismylife.com/" target="_blank">educationismylife.com</a>). When he’s not thinking of new ways to improve education, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and kids, coaching football and lacrosse, and writing.
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Innovate and Mobilize Your K-5 Math Classroom

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approx. 1 hour
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Mobile technologies have become an integral part of our daily living. Devices including laptops, cell phones, tablets (such as the iPad), and apps are regularly being used in today’s classrooms. In K-5 classrooms these technologies are not as widely used, however their potential is enormous.<br><br> This webinar will help teachers and administrators integrate iPads or other mobile technologies into elementary schools and classrooms. Participants will learn about a wide variety of quality apps along with instructional strategies for teachers to (1) foster active, participatory learning, (2) increase student engagement, and (3) create exciting, exploratory, student-centered learning environments.<br><br> *This webinar begins with a brief overview of Mathlanding.org.
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Dr. Alice Christie
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Dr. Alice A. Christie, Arizona State University President’s Professor Emeritus, presents and conducts workshops nationally and internationally on how technology can enhance teaching and learning. With 45 years of experience as an educator and researcher, she has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, has vast knowledge of educational technology integration, and an internationally acclaimed website (<a href="http://alicechristie.org/" target="_blank">alicechristie.org</a>).<br><br> Dr. Christie presents enlightening, empowering, and engaging keynote addresses, webinars, and workshops to K-12 educators seeking to integrate technology into education, improve instructional strategies, and deepen student learning.
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Are Tablets a Prescription for Learning? Evaluating Apps for Early Learning

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approx. 1 hour
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Touchscreen tablets, iPads, Kindles and Androids could be a breakthrough prescription for early learning, or they could merely be a placebo. This webinar will share evaluation criteria and ideas for choosing effective tablet applications for use with young learners (3-7 years old). The presenter will share examples (good and not-so-good), and implementation ideas along with a few prescriptions for their integration in learning. <br><br> Participants will learn how to be more savvy evaluators and consumers of applications for young learners. Additionally, participants will be able to "take at least two ideas and use them in the morning."
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Gail Lovely
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Gail Lovely is a former classroom teacher who believes that teaching is her calling. After earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Computing from Pepperdine University, Gail enjoyed being an Adjunct Professor there for many years, teaching technology integration courses to students in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. <br><br> Gail has hosted an online community for teachers on Scholastic Network, founded the K2 Email List for Classroom Connect, and written ongoing columns in several magazines and journals. Gail loves to teach and continues to do so by sharing her vision for the active classroom, the improvement of the relationship between teacher, learner and curriculum, and other inspirational yet practical messages.
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What You See is What You Get: Classroom Observations Using the NETS

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approx. 35 min.
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ISTE conducts classroom observations using the ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT), an application for laptop or tablet computers. The ICOT provides teachers, administrators, and researchers with a convenient platform for recording observations of technology use in classrooms in relation to the NETS standards. <br><br> In 2011, the ICOT was updated to include the revised standards and moved to a Microsoft Excel platform. This webinar will help new and past ICOT users to take advantage of the tool's new features, and will show participants how to use the tool to increase the efficiency of observations and support educational decision-making.
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Talbot Bielefeldt
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Talbot Bielefeldt, Senior Research Associate at ISTE, has conducted program evaluations since 1994 for programs funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, state agencies, local school districts, and private foundations.<br><br> Talbot currently works with K-12 program evaluations under a variety of National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and private grants. His particular interest is observational assessment of 21st century skills, including the NETS. He worked on the original development of the ISTE’s Classroom Observation protocol and managed the migration of the ICOT to multiple platforms. He is currently using the ICOT-based rubrics to assess STEM education projects and to quantify the NETS indicators.
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