STEAM Conference Session Information

Monday, August 3

All Sessions at Nardin Academy

 

Session 1:  8:40AM- 9:30AM


Implementing KhanAcademy.org Into Your Classroom
Eric Bray, The Gow School                                                                           
KhanAcademy.org (and other resources) have become very popular and many schools are wondering how to best implement this website into their daily discussions. This session will I include a thorough tour of the website and a discussion on how Eric uses it (along with additional resources) in his math classes.
Science Olympiad Coaches Clinic
 Larry Hiller, Nichols School
There are many new teams in the Erie-Niagara region. If you are a new coach or a current coach that wants to get together and talk about specific events, or the mechanisms of running a team, this meeting is for you! I will have an agenda for the meeting to go over a couple of specific events in detail, but we will only start in on those activities after any general questions the group has have been addressed. I want this meeting to be as useful as possible to as many people as possible.
Forum on Lab Reports
Anne Casper, Nardin Academy
What are your goals and expectations of student lab reports? How do you evaluate them? How do you foster critical thinking, information fluency, creativity, collaboration, and communication? Do your students use probeware (Vernier,Pasco...) and graphing programs such as plot.ly? Do you feel these enhanced learning? Bring your questions, qualms, ideas, student work, rubrics etc. I will share my trials and tribulations using the Schoology learning management system: my students collaboratively produce PowerPoint's, which are submitted to and graded within Schoology. It's still very much a work in progress. I will also share student work and problems encountered, and ask for your ideas and feedback.
Tools for the Flipped Classroom                                      Vanessa Mesler and Emily Pricola, Microsoft

The flipped classroom is an innovative method of teaching that allows for multimedia lessons and in-class exercises. Now you can "flip" your own classroom using familiar tools like Office Mix, a free add-in for PowerPoint 2013 that lets educators easily create and share interactive online lessons, with the ability to track each student's level of understanding.

This workshop shows you how to create your own Khan Academy-like videos, embedded quizzes, and even virtual simulations to help your student learn more deeply and become active learning participants. Please bring a personal device with you to get the most out of this workshop. 
Paperless, Blended Learning: Musings on the 1:1 iPad Classroom
Kirsten Burke Smith, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
This session will focus on the learning curve experienced after a year of secondary-level instruction with 1:1 iPads. Some topics we will discuss are: electronic assessments, submission and grading of homework, using a learning management system (i.e. Schoology, Edmodo), notetaking/close reading applications, and how "smashing" the apps allows symbiosis and increased engagement of students. We will discuss what doesn't seem to work in going paperless too. If you are an educator of any grade level, there will be something for you to take away from this session! Come with questions, experiences, and ideas to share.
Getting Started with Coding and Robotics
Cheryl Colpoys, Elmwood Franklin School
The ability to write code is becoming a very important skill to learn as more industries rely heavily on technology. Kids can start learning coding concepts at a young age. This year I have begun teaching coding and robotics to our students in first through eighth grade. I will discuss the tools that I am using and what I have learned. 
No programming skills are required to implement these activities. Once you understand a few key concepts teaching it to your students is very simple and fun. Also, these skills can be integrated into many different content areas.
Differentiation through Film/Digital Video
Emma Eddy and Jason Deane, Nardin Academy High School
This one-hour presentation will focus on how differentiation can be achieved through the use of and synthesis of film in the classroom. While the projects and assignments can be presented in and modified for any subject area, this presentation will focus on the exploration and appreciation for Art, Language Arts, and History through film. Together, we will examine student research projects (along with other assignments), which use film to share information but also preserve the legacy of the history, the written word, and the art. Furthermore, we will examine a project to be introduced next school year in which students will synthesize, as a class, a documentary film in the spirit and style of Ken Burns. Finally, together during the presentation, we will discuss how film, literature, and art can be used to preserve the lessons of history, literature, and art, as well as awaken a passion for each subject within our students.
                




Session 2:  10:00AM- 10:50AM


Using Technology to Encourage Vocabulary Retention

CANCELLED
Rebecca Cefaratti, Mount St. Mary Academy
This presentation will introduce teachers to the programs, websites, and apps available to encourage vocabulary retention. These programs, websites, and apps can be adapted for all classrooms, especially in light of the new Common Core literacy standards for reading across the entire curriculum.

STEAM and the Great Lakes: An experiential, place-based model for STEAM, taught through the context of the Great Lakes basin and water resources in WNY
Sandra Smith Cunningham, Nichols School
Explore a model that holistically connects STEAM to the Great Lakes basin and WNY. Learn about the Great Lakes watershed and potential applications of STEAM principles through examples such as engineering and hydropower, water quality monitoring, fisheries research, water filtration and treatment, and data analysis and modeling. Explore numerous possible connections between visual arts, field experiences, research, language arts and history, and stewardship projects, and brainstorm different possible collaborative projects with other educators. Ideas for specific content and lessons will be discussed, as well as opportunities and contacts for networking with community members in order to enrich STEAM at our schools and in our WNY.
Make the Most of your Learning Management System (LMS)
Kirsten Burke Smith, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Do you have Schoology, Edmodo, or another Learning Management System (LMS)? Are you looking for new, fresh ways to engage students using the broader, more complex features of your LMS? This session is for you! We will discuss and share: • taking your LMS beyond the beginner-level of use • app-smashing with your LMS • using your LMS to implement Common Core State Standards and increase the rigor of your instruction • making a dynamic shift away from exclusively teacher-led activities • using "edtech" to give students more responsibility for owning course material
Sway - Inspire Your Students with the newest Microsoft Office Application                                                              Vanessa Mesler and Emily Pricola, Microsoft

Learn how to create interactive web based presentations.  Use Sway to easily create and share a polished, interactive, web-based canvas of your ideas with family, friends, teachers, and coworkers. Sway makes sure your creation looks great on any screen.  Please bring a personal device with you to get the most out of this workshop.  
Differentiating STEAM Classrooms
Sarah Braunscheidel and Andrew Lanigan, St. Francis High School
Learn how to differentiate your STEAM classroom with ready to use strategies that can be implemented on the very first day! Attendees will get all copies and personally partake in completing the strategies.
STEAM Career and Field Explorations
Natalie Beilein, Niagara Catholic Jr/Sr High School
The EdCo WNY STEAM sabbatical funds sponsored my participation in Leadership Niagara 2015. While in LN I have partnered with colleges and regional businesses. Through planning and collaborative efforts I developed a STEAM Career Workshop, a STEAM Field Exploration program with Covanta and Confer Plastics, partnered with a biology professor at Niagara University to co-moderate our Science Olympiad Team and club, developed a College Experience class for our juniors in collaboration with Niagara County Community College, and linked our students to an architect who will be taking our 7th graders on a tour of the Schoellkopf in Niagara Falls. This tour will be experienced first by our students at NC.
Using Socrative in the classroom
Cliff Quinn, Immaculata Academy
Socrative is a web-based program that can gamify the classroom. Socrative offers a range of activities from exit-tickets and quizzes, to a group game called "Space Race." There are many different applications for the program that provide an excellent way to implement technology more frequently in the classroom.





Session 3: 11:00AM- 11:50AM


Using PBS Learning Media
Kirsten Burke Smith, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
PBS learning media is a free service providing direct access to over 100,000 classroom-ready resources. This interactive presentation will cover navigating the features of the site, and allow teachers to delve into the content to find their own resources to integrate into their curricula. Kirsten Kenny is one of 100 educators in the US selected as a PBS Digital Innovator for 2014-2015. In this role, she reaches out to other educators in the community to share new features, benefits and advantages of PBS learning media's educational web-based content.
Fusing and Painting on Glass
Susan Nowak, Bishop Timon St. Jude High School
The presentation will consist of a demonstration of materials and techniques for cutting, fusing and painting on glass. A kiln schedule for firing the glass will be explained.
Cognitive Science as a Unifying Theme for Robotics
Fedirko, William (Faculty); Goldman, Emma (Student), The Park School of Buffalo
 At Park students take coursework that spans several disciplines and thus is not only interdisciplinary but also extra-disciplinary in that we integrate themes and topics from subject areas not previously taught anywhere at the school. So, our students study Psychology while they study Logic, and they study Cellular Automata while they work on Circuit Labs. We believe our approach is highly successful and this year our work culminated with an invitation to present teacher/student research at an academic conference this summer. Our presentation will detail some of the steps we took to reach this critical point.
Tools for the Flipped Classroom                                             Vanessa Mesler and Emily Pricola, Microsoft

The flipped classroom is an innovative method of teaching that allows for multimedia lessons and in-class exercises. Now you can "flip" your own classroom using familiar tools like Office Mix, a free add-in for PowerPoint 2013 that lets educators easily create and share interactive online lessons, with the ability to track each student's level of understanding.

This workshop shows you how to create your own Khan Academy-like videos, embedded quizzes, and even virtual simulations to help your student learn more deeply and become active learning participants. Please bring a personal device with you to get the most out of this workshop.
LEAP: Creating an Online Class Program
Steve Koniarczyk and William Schukraft, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
The Lasallian Educational Access Platform's (LEAP) goal is to connect the Lasallian world through online learning. Learn about how St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (SJCI) is leading a new collaborative learning platform that will collectively share online classes for students, professional development for educators, and informative learning sessions for parents and families. The possibilities are endless and have the potential to provide students with more courses than ever before! This session will focus on year one of the program at SJCI and outline how educators can collaborate to make it a success. If your school is interested in taking the LEAP with us, please join!
Starting a VEX Robotics Program in Your School

Scott Read, iDESIGN Solutions

For schools interested in Robotics, we will discuss how to start a VEX robotics program at your school. Points of interest include starting a club and the responsibilities of club members, preparing for local competitions and funding. For schools wanting to include robotics as part of the curriculum discussion will be had on various curriculum available, programming, events and start up costs.
 




Session 4: 2:00PM- 2:50PM


An inquiry approach to AP Biology laboratory investigations
RJ Bouchard, Nichols School
The recently updated AP Biology curriculum places great emphasis on an inquiry-based approach to laboratory investigations. During this session the presenter will facilitate a discussion with other teachers on strategies to effectively implement inquiry-based lab activities in the sciences. Inquiry-based lab investigations often require significantly greater investments of time than traditional "cookbook" labs. The discussion during this session may also include strategies for carving out time from a compressed schedule to allow for open inquiry.
Team STEAM: Incorporating Cross-Curricular STEAM Elements into the Classroom
Alex Ladowski and Andrea Covey, Mount Mercy Academy
This presentation will be a hands on symposium and discussion about incorporating non-STEAM and STEAM subjects into the science classroom and vice versa. We will go over some of the projects we have done in our science classrooms, other STEAM based projects that have been going on in our schools this year and some plans we have for the future.
Future City Competition: STEAM at its finest!

Patricia Trimper, Diocese of Buffalo

The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in grades 6 - 8 imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using the SimCity software, research and write solutions to an engineering problem, build tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas before judges at the WNY regional competition towards the end of January, 2016. The first place team from each region will go on to compete in the national competition in Washington, DC. Future City builds teamwork, research, writing and speaking skills and gets students interested in engineering. It is an excellent blend of all the components of STREAM.
Sway - Inspire Your Students with the newest Microsoft Office Application                                                              Vanessa Mesler and Emily Pricola, Microsoft

Learn how to create interactive web based presentations.  Use Sway to easily create and share a polished, interactive, web-based canvas of your ideas with family, friends, teachers, and coworkers. Sway makes sure your creation looks great on any screen.  Please bring a personal device with you to get the most out of this workshop.  
Integrating the Guided Inquiry Research Process into Curriculum
Apryle Schneeberger, Nichols School
The Guided Inquiry Research Process allows students to engage in student-centric learning and can be adapted to fit any curriculum. Examples of how this process has been successfully used to link the sciences, literature, poetry, second language, art, history, and many more areas will be provided. Various options for students to present and share their outcomes will also be presented. Additionally, time will be available to discuss how the process can be incorporated into other areas.
1:1 Program Q&A
Jeff Poblocki and Beth Adamczyk, The Gow School and Buffalo Seminary
The session will start with a 15 minute presentation about experiences learned from 10 years of implementing 1:1 programs, including Laptops and iPad. The session will then open up to question and answer. Learn about implementation, curriculum integration, professional development, and more.