Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jenny Jorgensen and Mike Arsenault Present at ACTEM Conference

 Jenny Jorgensen, Lead Math Teacher, and Mike Arsenault, Technology Coordinator, both presented at this fall's Association of Computer and Technology Educators of Maine conference, held on Thursday, October 10th, at the Augusta Civic Center. Below is information about their well attended presentations. Congratulations Jenny and Mike! 

Jenny presented, "Teaching Implications from the "Show Me" App". Her presentation focused on how to use the Show Me App for the iPad to enlighten a student's mathematical understanding, and highlight any misconceptions a student may have. Jenny shared Show Me App student recordings; participants discussed the implications for their teaching and student learning, along with specific ways the App can be used with students. Jenny is using the App with students who are part of the RTI Tier 2 process.

Mike Arsenault teamed up with Alice Barr, YHS Technology Coordinator, to present a full-day workshop entitled, "Crash Course in Google Apps for Education". This session provided information on how educators can use Google Drive, Calendar and Sites in the classroom.

The Google Drive component of the session focused on sharing documents and folders. Participants were shown how to create folders that could be used to share files with their classes as well as drop boxes where each student can electronically submit their work. Adding apps like Lucid Chart and the Desmos Graphing Calculator to Google Drive was also demonstrated for creating mind maps and graphs. Each participant was then shown how to create events in their personal calendar as well as creating additional calendars for posting homework, team meetings and more. After lunch we focused our time tying it all together using Google Sites. Participants learned how to create new sites for teacher web pages as well as for specific projects. These sites were filled with text, links, images, embedded folders, video (from Drive and YouTube), calendars and more.

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