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eMINTS Conference: Session 1 (Friday)

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices

Featured speaker Bonnie Davis facilitates this interactive talk, focusing on examining one’s cultural lens and learning strategies to improve the academic achievement of ALL students. Davis discusses culturally responsive instruction with an emphasis on students “who don’t look like you.” Beginning with an examination of one’s cultural lens, she leads participants through reflection and collegial conversation.

Using brain-based instructional strategies, Bonnie explores how to create a classroom community that honors every voice. Participants learn her award-winning strategies to engage all students to improve their academic achievement across the disciplines.

This presentation is based on material on Davis’s book, How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies.

SMART Board 800

Presenter Laura Brockman of SMART Technologies demonstrates how collaborative learning becomes an extraordinarily natural experience with the SMART Board® 800 series interactive whiteboard. Two people can instantly work together anywhere on the surface at the same time using either their fingers or a pen. This interactive whiteboard also features a multiuser Pen Tray with buttons that make it easy for users to switch ink color, right-mouse click and bring up the On-Screen Keyboard.

Google Forms = Easy Online Quizzes!

Suzanne Stillwell of Hallsville School District facilitates participants developing their own free online quizzes and surveys to use with their students. Participants see how to use Google Forms to create simple quizzes and surveys. The form can be easily embedded in a teacher webpage so that students can complete the quiz without having to have a Google account. There is even a script called Flubaroo that can be added to collect, grade and analyze the results!

Gaga for Gaggle

Presenter Diane McCormack of Affton School District demonstrates the tools available to classrooms through Gaggle and develops ideas of how to integrate it into lessons. An overview of the capabilities of Gaggle, what makes it safe for the classroom, and ways it can be integrated into learning are part of this presentation. Gaggle contains email, blog, profile page, message board, homework drop box, digital locker and collaborative writing space. The program is set up to meet the unique needs of classrooms and can be customized by each district.

Student and Class Created e-books

Cathie Loesing (eMINTS National Center) is back to show participants how easy it is to create ebooks and share ideas for classroom use. Creating books in the classroom to support developing reading skills, to share learning and as a component of writing instruction is not a new idea. However, eBooks make sharing those projects easier and more rewarding than ever.

eMINTS Conference: Session 2 (Thursday)

Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment

D. Zach Holden of Joplin School District demonstrates how to use Google Forms for assessing learning or tracking data. Teachers create a Google Form that can be used to track data and assess progress. Information will then be transferred to a Word Document for distribution. This strategy is especially helpful for walk-through evaluations and preparing for the online MAP test.

Unlimited Questioning Through Inquiry Circles

Michelle Gilmer of Sikeston School District provides participants with an explicit structure for lesson design that they can use to encourage students to question, research and produce a product. Students need to be asking questions and to be the driving force in inquiry-based learning, but perhaps some are not certain of how exactly to go about facilitating that activity. This session introduces participants to a structure called Inquiry Circles that can be used to facilitate student-created questions, research and products. This presentation is based on the books Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels and Reading & Writing Together: Collaborative Literacy in Action by Nancy Steineke.

20+ Ways to Integrate Technology

Presenter Marilyn Otte introduces participants to programs or tools that will improve student engagement, maximize inquiry-based learning and provide creative presentation tools to take back to their classroom the next day. 20+ Ways to Integrate Technology is designed to give participants resources to use technology in their classroom in all areas of curriculum. Attendees gain a basic understanding of how to incorporate technology in twenty plus ways using different programs and tools for themselves as well as their students.

Apps with Aptitude

eMINTS’s own Cathie Loesing shares ways to foster creativity, higher order thinking, and communication through the use of apps for iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices. Participants become acquainted with a variety of iPad apps that support higher order thinking for K-5 students.

SMART Notebook 201: AKA ‘I didn’t know you could do that’

If you are not at the “SMART Notebook201: AKA I didn’t know you could do that” session presented by Brooke Higgins, an eMINTS instructional specialist, then you are missing it! She is showing advanced SMART Notebook functions for those of us that have had the basic training, but are ready to learn more about what this program has to offer. I have been to many SMART Board workshops, and I even learned lots of cool new things to use! (Chris Lohman, eIS)

Thursday’s Tip: Student Surveys

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Getting to know your students (and their families) is one of the most important functions of the opening days of a school year. To most effectively facilitate learning, you have to know what will appeal to student sensibilities. Planning cooperative groups will require an intimate knowledge of personalities and learning style preferences. There are even online tools that can help you get to know your students.

As a part of Google Docs, Google Forms allow you to create your own online survey to determine student preferences. The form is easy to set-up and provides options such as drop-down lists, check-boxes, multiple choice, short and long answers, and even a scale tool. The student answers are recorded conveniently on a Google Spreadsheet. Statistics from surveys can be easily summarized in charts and graphs or simply used to determine individual student profiles.

Survey Monkey is another free, online survey tool with many of the same options.

For ideas as to setting up student learning preference surveys, check out the following examples or use these surveys instead of creating your own:

Besides learning student preferences and personality traits, online survey tools can be used in acquiring feedback from parents. Set up a survey to see how parents would like to be informed of classroom announcements. When conference time arrives, use a survey to determine schedules. Garner feedback on recent projects or homework assignments. The opportunities for parent feedback are endless.

How have you used surveys at the beginning of the year? Have you ever tried online surveys? What have you learned from assessing learning styles at the beginning of a school year?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

Tuesday’s Tool: Online Voting

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One of the most engaging aspects of our Presidents is the election process. Even with our current president in the middle of his term, there is still talk about the next election. The election process is a great way to engage students when talking about our governmental officials.

Now, there are several great online tools one can use when holding your own elections.

Google Forms is the feature in Docs that allows users to set up online quizzes, surveys, applications, and even voting ballots. Forms are easy to set up and share. Results are automatically recorded on a spreadsheet. Real-time results in attractive graphs can be shared quickly. The only issue is that Google Forms offers very few options when it comes to limiting the number of times participants vote. One can assign unique codes or usernames that are easy to monitor on the spreadsheet, but this doesn’t allow for privacy. If your school has the Google Apps suite, ballots can be required to include a unique email address or user name.

Survey Monkey is another popular survey tool that allows for elections or polls. Using the email invites, you can avoid double-voting. Survey Monkey also has some advanced features for viewing and analyzing results. The best part is that like Google Forms, it’s free!

While these are the two most popular survey sites that can also serve as voting tools, there are many other online tools out there for voting purposes. BallotBin is an easy-to-use and simple service to collect votes. eBallot takes ridding the world of paper ballots seriously as they provide top-notch security features, analysis tools, and even a paper-hybrid option. For an extensive list of online voting tools, check out Mashable’s list of 40+ online polling tools.

Are there other tools or techniques for running online voting? How do you teach the election process to your students?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center.