Session abstracts by track:
Track 1: Transforming Students to Practitioners
Curation Skill-building: A “Must” to Digitally-Enhance Courses and Build Student Info Literacy Toolboxes
Summary - This hands-on session will test-drive both tools and real course examples, to highlight how curation makes sense within the instructional flow. We’ll consider both plusses/minuses, and strategies for “scaling up.” And participants will leave with an online toolbox of supports, to put to use in their own practice once back home, in their face-to-face, online, and blended courses.
Presenter - Kathleen Gradel
Biography -- Dr. Kathleen Gradel teaches educational foundations, research, and technology/literacy courses. She works with teachers regionally, embedding technology supports to enhance student learning and engagement. Her work with her co-presenter Mrs. Jodi Huber has spanned several years, including both hands-on digital story skill-building in elementary schools, as well as conducting parallel work with preservice and inservice educators. Dr. Gradel is also active in delivering technology support to faculty through several campus, regional, and statewide initiatives.
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Facebook Meets Glogster
Summary -- This program will provide multiple uses of Facebook and Glogster for an everyday classroom setting. Although Facebook is often seen as a distraction to students, we found ways to make it inclusive of instruction and activities. Glogster allows students to illustrate what they have learned in a creative and flexible online poster. The two combined provides the teacher with the opportunity to utilize technology in the classroom in a positive and enriching way.
Presenters -- Kristina Tricomi, Marissa Zinone and Sarah Prieto (SUNY Geneseo)
Biographies -- Kristina is a Junior Childhood/Special Education major with a concentration in English from Queens, NY. She is the Assistant Residence Director of Onondaga Hall and the Co-Community Service Coordinator for National Residence Hall Honorary.
Marissa is a Junior Childhood/Special Education major with a concentration in English from Rochester, NY. She is the President of Young Children's Council and tutors in Livonia Central School District on a weekly basis.
Sarah is a Junior majoring in Psychology and Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a concentration in Human Development from Queens, NY. She is a Peer Advocate for Pathways Peer Advocacy, an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, and the Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi.
Interlinking Technology with Education
Summary -- The day of teaching using chalk and blackboards is fading. We welcome the new era where classrooms use Smartboards, Ipads, and laptops to enhance student’s learning. Today’s technology has opened up the doors for teachers to effectively increase student engagement and motivation. In this presentation, we will showcase how you can use technology to implement literacy across all subjects. Together we will explore Classroom Authors, Google Earth, and Animoto. As students ourselves, surrounded by technology and having experienced its increasing dependence and implementation, we have a unique perspective that can offer insight on the value that technology holds for instruction.
Biographies -- Emily Collins is a Junior Childhood and Special Education with a dual major in Geography.
Dorothea Kuntze is Junior Special Education and Childhood Education Major with a second Major in English.
Conor Doyle is a Junior Childhood and Special Education Major with a concentration in Mathematics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Favata is a Junior Childhood and Special Education major student with a concentration in Urban Studies.
Brianne Campagna is a Junior Childhood and Special Education student with a Mathematics concentration and a dual major in Communication.
Track 2: Learning Locally to Acting Globally
Getting to the Core of Development Work: Geneseo Students Transcend 21st Century Skills through Simulated NGO Creation
Summary -- How can we expect student success in the real world without providing them the opportunity to first practice necessary disciplinary skills? This, an essential question behind a course redesign of Third World Development. If students are to learn about development work, what better way than to immerse them in creating grassroots non-governmental organizations. Throughout a semester, student teams applied development theory to real world practice (including research and communication through such tools as digital maps, Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds and Wordpress), leading them through decision-making, problem-solving, and productive teamwork. Join them in simulated activities to share their collective learning experience.
Objectives -- Participants will:
Presenters -- Kimberly Hoffman and SUNY Geneseo students: Michelle Graham, Jordan Laux, Daniel Maddock, Meghan Sovocool, Amanda Spence, Estefania Trujillo with planning participation from: Dr. RoseMarie Chierici, Chair/Professor of Anthropology, Tasmia Naz, Madelyn Sayed
Biographies -- With much success working and teaching collaboratively with SUNY Geneseo professors, Kimberly Davies Hoffman now leads the library’s Instruction & Reference Services program, is a member of the library’s Instructional Design, Assessment, Scholarly Communications, Web, and Management teams, and has been an active collaborator for programs like LILAC and RYSAG. Kimberly earned her MLS at SUNY Buffalo and a BA in French and International Relations at the University of New Hampshire.
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Local History Resources and the Common Core: Improving Literacy in Your Own Backyard
Summary -- The Social Studies curriculum emerged from a necessity to educate young Americans about their heritage and inculcate them with a sense of civic responsibility. Today, ask any young person about certain aspects of their community history and you are likely to get a blank stare or shoulder shrug. Learning national and state history has become disconnected from local history, and building literacy skills in the content areas is often not a focal for classroom learning.
This session provides a basic overview of why and how local history resources can help reestablish the broken links in education and create new connections across disciplines that share common goals: to create better reading, writing and thinking skills among our young people. Attendees will be encouraged to brainstorm their own "backyard brews" to test out when they get home!
Attendees will uncover:
Presenter -- Heidi Bamford
Biography - Received archival training at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Serving as Regional Archivist for the Documentary Heritage Program since 1990 - reaching historical organizations in 6 western counties of the state, providing training, consultation and other assistance in improving the management of their collections. Obtained initial NYS teacher certification in Social Studies, 7-12 in 2007. For past several years, focus has been on working with educators, incorporating local history in classroom learning, p/k-16.
Negotiating Sex and Gender Mediums Across Continents: Brockport NY to Novgorod RU
Summary -- This workshop examines geographies and political stakes of student engagement across continents detailing a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course, linking women and gender studies (WGST) students/faculty at a State University in NY with WGST and linguistics students/faculty at a State University in Russia. The COIL course, Sex and Gender Across Cultures: Brockport, NY—Novgorod, Russia, integrated blended technologies in teaching sex/gender representations as understood in the US, Russia, and selected world cultures. How intercultural exchange transformed the blended environment, and how COIL courses effectively engaged student voices will be addressed. Ways electronic medium influenced student interaction/learning across continents will be emphasized.
Workshop participants will:
Presenters -- Barbara LeSavoy and Ann Giralico-Pearlman
Biographies -- Dr. Barbara LeSavoy is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport (SUNY). Dr. LeSavoy teaches Feminist Theory, Sex and Culture, Gender Race and Class, and Senior Seminar in Women and Gender. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy served as lead faculty for a SUNY (NEH) funded Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project that supported a fall 2012 global classroom linking students at the College at Brockport in NY with students at Novgorod State University in RU.
Ann Giralico-Pearlman is Instructional Design Specialist, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), The College at Brockport (SUNY). As Instructional Design Specialist, Giralico-Pearlman works with faculty/staff to develop or redesign courses for online, hybrid, and media enhanced instruction. Giralico-Pearlman focuses on best-practice pedagogy and andragogy models, creating social interaction in virtual enviroments, and developing effective courses. Giralico-Pearlman supported a fall 2012 global classroom linking students at the College at Brockport in NY with students at Novgorod State University in RU.
Track 3: Telling Stories: From Voice to Screen
The 4th T: The Art and Technology of Telling
Summary - Storytelling is an age-old art which has educated and informed listeners since before the written word. It is a way of communicating information in an entertaining and educational format, whether you are using costumes, puppets, computer software or just your voice to convey the story or the lesson.
In this workshop participants will explore many ways to develop their own stories. They will explore a variety of techniques and modes for telling, including oral strategies, multi-modalities, and digital storytelling. They will leave the workshop with the skills and insight to incorporate storytelling into their teaching and work.
Biographies -- Sharon Peck is an assistant professor of literacy, who researchers urban education, place based literacy and language arts. In her spare time Sharon is a puppeteer, clown and storyteller. She gets her enthusiasm for the arts from her family. Her father is a storyteller and author. Sharon also loves entertaining her seventeen month old twin boys.
Mark Sullivan is the Executive Director of the IDS Project, a coalition of New York libraries that shares the benefits of cooperative optimization, innovation, and mentoring. His love of storytelling began during his Native American Studies classes at Cornell University. While not a professional storyteller, he has been known to tell a few tall tales…
Michelle Costello, Education/Instructional Design Librarian, is liaison to the School of Education and provides reference help and library instruction to students, faculty and community members. Ms. Costello is a member of a three-person library-based Instructional Design Team who assist faculty in designing, developing and implementing online courses. She also teaches workshops for faculty and students on authentic uses of classroom technology which further increases her relationships within the campus community. Ms. Costello was a Co-Project Manager of a successfully developed and implemented learning community of pedagogical improvement for librarians (LILAC, Library Instruction Leadership Academy) and currently serves as consultant for this program. Michelle earned her MLS from Syracuse University and a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from St. John Fisher College.
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Teaching the Multimedia Skills One-Shot
Summary -- As videos become more common assignments, the library sees more frustrated students. At Penfield, we have taken the innovative step of hiring a librarian to teach students new skills and help them complete these challenging assignments. In this session, you will learn how to teach a problem-based multimedia editing class (and you might learn some new skills yourself).
Presenter -- Emily Thompson
Biography -- Emily was born in Montana and became a librarian after trying costume design and teaching English in Asia. She graduated from the University of Michigan School of Information in 2011 and started working at Penfield in October of that year. As the Learning Technologies Librarian, she seeks out new technologies and teaches students how to use them. Her favorite classes include workshops on multimedia editing and getting the most out of Penfield's 3D printer.
Digital Stories P-16…Not Your Grandma’s Storytime!
Summary-- Digital story crafting and publishing combine as a perfect venue for growing invaluable information literacy skills in today’s K-12 AND higher ed classrooms. Digital stories empower meaningful applications, extend practice in digital skills, afford peer mentoring opportunities, and make transliteracy “real”…for students who are 4 or 24+. We’ll tour the “why” and the “how,” based on the experiences of colleagues who have made digital storytelling part of their curricula in both P-12 and higher ed. The session will focus on real examples, and participants will leave with a digital toolbox to either get started or scale up their practice.
Presenters -- Kathleen Gradel and Jodi Huber
Biographies -- Dr. Kathleen Gradel teaches educational foundations, research, and technology/literacy courses. She works with teachers regionally, embedding technology supports to enhance student learning and engagement. Her work with her co-presenter Mrs. Jodi Huber has spanned several years, including both hands-on digital story skill-building in elementary schools, as well as conducting parallel work with preservice and inservice educators. Dr. Gradel is also active in delivering technology support to faculty through several campus, regional, and statewide initiatives.
Mrs. Jodi Huber teaches first grade in the Brocton Central School, and serves as adjunct faculty for SUNY Fredonia and Canisius College. She has modeled effective technology integration both in her district and regionally for nearly a decade, and has been active in multiple regional grants that disseminated smart instructional practice. In her work with co-presenter Dr. Kathleen Gradel, she has demonstrated the viability of multiple effective digital story publishing strategies with her first graders.
Track 4: From Bits to Bytes: Using Technology to Encourage Collaboration
Collaborative Learning via Wikis
Summary -- In this session, participants will learn how to enable collaborative, tech-assisted, asynchronous creation of content via a wiki (Wikispace, specifically) . They will view evidence of success of such a teaching method when used in 2012-13 with IB juniors in Hilton High School.
Presenter -- Markette Pierce
Biography -- I'm an instructional support specialist for professional development after 10 years as a language and literature teacher in grades 7-12. I'm passionate about learner-directed, tech-enabled, synchronous education and am a founding organizer of RIT's Build2Learn/Learn2Build Unconference (4/5/14). I am founding a public charter school/makerspace in Rochester to open in 2015 and look forward to collaborating with other educators at the 3Ts 2014 conference.
10:45 am-12:15 pm
Third Party Software: How to bring interactive and collaborative learning to a LMS
Summary - Learn how to leverage high quality and free third party software in learning management systems as a tool for collaboration! This presentation will discuss a collaborative project involving an instructional designer and a librarian from two different SUNY campuses in the creation and adaptation of an open guide on leveraging the power of high quality, collaborative and free resources within the framework of a LMS. There will be discussion on the technical implementation of these potent resources, as well as hands-on examples demonstrating how to use them in the classroom.
Presenters -- Dave Ghidiu and Katie DeRusso
Biographies -- Dave Ghidiu is an Instructional Designer at Monroe Community College, where he also adjuncts in the Transitional Studies and Education departments. Dave specializes in adapting emerging technologies into meaningful learning tools. His blog, www.FringeEdTech.com, explores ways to “educationalize” existing technologies not targeted for educators. His other passions include desktop publishing, graphic design, and toying around with eBook creation.
Katie DeRusso is a librarian at SUNY Cobleskill, where she runs the information literacy program and specializes in the development of digital learning objects. She also works closely with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to assist faculty with designing assignments and implementing technologies to enhance the critical thinking and information literacy instruction delivered to SUNY Cobleskill students.
Projects, Technology and Core- Oh My!
Summary -- This review of project based learning units encompasses multiple technologies that engage students in critical thinking, real world interactions, and the integration of multiple literacy skills. The units create information rich learning experiences that challenge students, allow for collaborative opportunities and addresses common core standards. Participants will receive lesson plans, suggestions, and lessons learned.
Biographies -- Michelle Miller, a 2006 graduate of Syracuse University, with her Master’s in Library Science, has been a librarian in the Marcus Whitman Central School District for eight years. Michelle has served on the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES SLS Council, and is currently Vice President of Communications for NYLA/SSL.She is pursuing her Certificate of Advance Study in Educational Leadership at Stony Brook University.
Rebecca Trank has an Associate’s Degree in Communications from FLCC. She received her undergraduate degree from Keuka College in Elementary and Special Education with a concentration in Communications. She completed her Master’s degree through Walden University in Elementary Literacy. Rebecca has been teaching elementary and special education for 12 years at the Marcus Whitman Central School District. She enjoys collaborative project based teaching and experiential education activities to enhance student learning. Rebecca lives in the Finger Lakes with her husband and 2 busy daughters.