STEAM Conference Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Various WNY Locations

 


 

Facilitating & Evaluating Inquiry Based Labs

Larry Hiller, Nichols School

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

Nichols School

1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14216

Building: Center 63, Second Floor

Inquiry approaches to lab work have become more and more popular due to the clear benefits that they have over traditional labs in terms of student gains and ownership. Some educators are intimidated by the idea of implementing inquiry-based labs due to concerns over time restrictions, classroom management or assessment. In this workshop I will present the inquiry program that I have been developing for 17 years. Participants will do an inquiry lab together and debrief about the experience. I will distribute rubrics and other materials that you can use in your own classrooms. These techniques will be applicable to any science subject at any grade level.

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

Larry Hiller: lhiller@nicholsschool.org

 


 

Teachers Survival Guide to 1:1 Device Programs

Eric Yarwood, EdCoWNY

Susan Allen, Nichols School

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

Nardin Academy

135 Cleveland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Room 104 (First Floor) - Enter the building through the Main Entrance near the Wooden Statue

Has your school gone 1:1?  Are you feeling the pressure to use the device for instruction?  Are you scared, frustrated or infuriated? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you.  We will discuss and explore strategies for incorporating devices into your curriculum in meaningful and productive ways.  Platform (laptop, iPad, Chromebook, etc.) is not an issue as the tools that will be introduced are web-based and cross platform. 

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

Eric Yarwood: eyarwood@edcowny.org

Susan Allen: sallen@nicholsschool.org

 


 

Painting on Stained Glass

Susan Nowak, Bishop Timon St. Jude High School

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

Bishop Timon St. Jude High School

601 McKinley Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14220

Art Room - 3rd Floor

This workshop would be a demonstration and hands-on practice of using Reusche stains to trace and paint on glass. Various methods of painting will be explained, along with binders that would be used to mix with the paint. A brief presentation of painted glass will be shown. The kiln process and schedule will be explained and demonstrated. The workshop attendees would be able to pick up their pieces after they are fired.

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

Susan Nowak: nowak@bishoptimon.com

 


 

How to Flip Your Classroom - CANCELLED

Rebecca Cefaratti, Mount St. Mary Academy

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

Nardin Academy

135 Cleveland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

This workshop will introduce participants to the programs and apps available to teachers in order to employ the flipped classroom model. There will be time to test out the programs to make instructional videos that your students can watch outside of class. Teachers can then use class time to focus on activities that reinforce the content learned in the videos. I will work with participants to determine what content can be delivered via videos, what program best suits their needs, and how they can determine that their students are watching and taking notes on assigned videos.

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

Rebecca Cefaratti: rcefaratti@msmacademy.org

 


 

SCRATCH it! Using the free online SCRATCH platform in an elementary / middle school robotics or computer animation course

William Schnaithman, The Gow School

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

The Gow School

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139

Location: Alice R. Gow Science Center

Come and learn how the SCRATCH program is used in an elementary / middle school robotics program to teach logic and computer programming skills. Teachers of elementary / middle school math and science courses would benefit as well as anyone involved in teaching a robotics or computer animation course or unit of study. Participants will actively participate in a four modules, which represent the four (week long) units of the course. The modules include: Basic Animation, Basic Interactive Game Design, Basic Logic and Robotics Programming, Building & Navigation of an Autonomous Robot through a Maze. Come and collaborate with others in order to develop or improve upon your robotics or computer animation program.

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

William Schnaithman: wschnaithman@gow.org

 


 

¡Oaxacan Animalitos! A cross-curricular, 3D, papier-mâché project, appropriate for all levels and all student abilities

Heidi Baust and William Schnaithman, The Gow School

Workshop Time:

1:00PM- 4:00PM

Workshop Location:

The Gow School

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, NY 14139

Location: Reid Art Center - Room 106

What happens when a Spanish teacher collaborates with a talented and experienced 3D art teacher? You get a unique papier-mâché project featuring storytelling and the creation of Oaxacan animalitos. Come to this workshop to design and build your own animalito. Due to time constraints, activities of the workshop will be designed to provide you with experiences working through the various stages of the project. The actual unit is designed to take about two weeks, and is broken up into seven stages. The workshop will include activities designed around each of the seven stages of the project: Background of Art Style & Selection of Animal, Project Planning, Creation of the Animal Parts, Unity of the Parts, Papier-mâché, Painting & Design, and Storytelling. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be ready to incorporate this project into their art program.

Please direct any specific questions about the workshop to the facilitator.

William Schnaithman: wschnaithman@gow.org

Heidi Baust: HBaust@gow.org

 


 

OneNote for Teachers

Vanessa Mesler and Emily Pricola, Microsoft

Workshop Time:

9:00AM- 12:00PM

Workshop Location:

Nardin Academy

135 Cleveland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Location: Room 102 (First Floor)

OneNote is a free cross-platform app that helps students and teachers save time, stay organized, and collaborate more effectively in and out of the classroom. Students can build portfolios of learning, take notes through text or digital ink, and easily collaborate on group projects. Teachers can build and share lessons through class notebooks, letting them grade work virtually and go paperless.  Whether it's to make your job easier or help enhance student learning, this workshop will show you why OneNote is such a valuable tool in the classroom.  Please bring a personal device with Office to get the most out of this workshop.