Secondary Communication

"I'm seeking new ways to more effectively communicate what's happening in my classroom with students and parents."

Suggested Sessions:

9:00
Utilizing Blackboard - Tim Trodgon, Instructional Technology - Come learn how to use Blackboard to manage your courses, conduct online discussions, and communicate with parents. All behind a password protected space. It's easy to get started using Blackboard.

Optimizing Teacher Access Center - Jessica Moorman, TSOptimizing the features of Teacher Access Center including; navigating your classes, viewing your roster, taking attendance, setting up seating charts, gradebook overview and emailing students and guardians. This is a great session for new teachers, or teachers who would just like a refresher! Please note, this session will briefly cover the gradebook basics. For more advanced training on the Teacher Access Center gradebook, please plan on attending one of the gradebook focused sessions.
 
10:00
Using Twitter to build your Personal Learning Network - Jayme Pingrey, Battle High Media Specialist - Interested in connecting with other teachers to share advice, resources, links, and other useful information? Have you considered how social media can be used to build your professional repertoire of teaching tools? Come to this session that focuses on how to use twitter to share and collect resources. 

LMS Integration (Tools/Techniques for Blended and Online Courses) - Jeff Cochran and Patrick Sasser, CACC - Learn instructional strategies and time saving techniques when implementing online components to your courses. See what features and options Blackboard offers as well as other online tools.

Collaboration with Lync - Rob Baker, TS - Did you know? Lync can be used for instant message, video conferencing, and screen sharing within and outside the district! Join us for this one hour session where we will simulate a video conference with others, and explore the screen sharing options.

12:00
#TwitterTalk - Amanda Klenke, Battle High - Do you want to publicize the great things happening in your class? Come to #TwitterTalk to find out more about educational Twitter and how to make it work for you! *Please come with an account already created* We will also discuss PicCollage and project-based learning.

What does the blog say? - Kristie Harms and Anne Borgmeyer, Battle High - Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak. But there's one sound that no one knows, what does the blog say? In the twenty-first century, blogs have become a way for individuals to voice their ideas in a reflective and thoughtful way. In the high school classroom, blogs are an opportunity for students to participate in online learning communities and to contribute to a larger conversation. No matter the content area, the blog format encourages an enhanced quality of writing and a use of multimedia because students are writing for an audience and for publication. In this presentation, learn how to create a virtual, collaborative classroom with blogs and to encourage students' higher-order thinking skills through reflective public writing. 

1:00
Flipped, Tipped or Tilted? Chalk it up to Blackboard - Pam Close and Rachel Tinsley, Hickman High - Not ready for a fully flipped classroom? Use the myriad of tools on the Blackboard learning platform to make curricular resources available to students, while gathering formative feedback of student learning. This session is in the style of an EduCamp, and peer-to-peer sharing within the session is encouraged. We will share our experience and projects using Blackboard in General and AP classrooms, and hope to learn from you as well. Bring ideas to share and explore new avenues of online student collaboration and assessment with your colleagues.

Learning Management Systems 101: An Entry-Level Look at Edmodo and Teachers.io. - Michael Collins, Battle High - This session is intended to introduce teachers to Edmodo and Teachers.io, Learning Management Systems through which you can organize, communicate, and pass electronic material to your class (and more!). Think of them like class websites v2.0. Please download the following Apps: Edmodo, MyHomework, Teachers.io, Educreations, GoogleDrive