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Concurrent Session 2

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                                                Concurrent Session 2




Thursday, March 4th from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Meeting Room 202

Going Google-Free: Providing Quality Student Research Tools

The focus is on preparing students to identify and use quality electronic resources for research.  We will share WebPath Express, pathfinders, online databases, and other web tools.  Google-free research focuses on partnerships between teachers and media specialists to match student research with curricular goals using quality, age-appropriate resources.  Handouts provided.

Paula Barnes Cardinale, Durant Road Middle School

Paul Cancellieri, Durant Road Middle School

Kristen Ziller, Durant Road Middle School

Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle,



Meeting Room 204 (Featured Speaker)

Software, Hardware, and Web Gadgets for Your Educational Adven- tures Are you a gadget head? Do you surf the net or listen closely to geeks talking in hope of hearing about a cool software product or gizmo? Leslie Fisher will show you some of her favorite hardware and software gadgets that do eve- rything from make your life easier to provide piles of fun.

Leslie Fisher, Featured Speaker



Meeting Room 301a

E-rate Compliance Reviews and Audits

Each year E-rate applicants must timely and accurately respond to normal application reviews and some applicants have the pleasure of experiencing a selective review or audit.  Are you prepared?  Join us for an hour packed with information you can't afford to miss as we explore actual review and audit questions.

Barry Pace, NC Department of Public Instruction

Target Audience:  K-12, Administration,



Meeting Room 301b

Personal Learning Networks - Beyond the tools

So youÌve started with Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook.  You belong to 20 different Educational Nings, but now what?  How do you go beyond being a spectator in the PLN world and become an active participant. In this session you will discover tools to keep track of your contacts and why you just need to let some projects loose.

Resources from Session

Bethany Smith, College of Education at NC State University

Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle, High, K-12, Administration,



Meeting Room 302a

How can United Streaming help with the writing test?

Learn how to use the My Builder Tools and My Classroom tools of United Streaming to help prepare students to take the On-Demand portion of the writing process.  Individual logins allow students to use prepared prompts or prompts that you create. Prepares students for the new Moodle used for the writing process.

Lisa Thompson, South Stanly Middle School

Susie Austin, Central Elementary School

Lisa Thompson, South Stanly Middle School

Target Audience:  Middle,



Meeting Room 302b

Advanced Technology: Using the iPod Touch in the 3 - 8 Classroom

Interested in seeing how the iPod Touch can be used to provide relevant and rigorous instruction? Come see how Cape Fear Middle School is using everything from drawing applications to SIMS 3 on the iPod Touch to enhance curriculum driven instruction.

Lucas Gillispie, Pender County Schools

Craig Lawson, Cape Fear Middle School

Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle,



Meeting Room 302c

Technology Solutions for Administrators

During the session, participants will be provided with a variety of Web 2.0 and Open Source solutions to tasks and problems faced by school administrators 21st Century Schools.

John Robinson, Newton Conover Health Science High School

Target Audience:  K-12, Administration,




Meeting Room 303

Writing Across The Curriculum: Using Web 2.0 to Increase Writing Skills in the K12 Classroom

This session will highlight writing prompts and showcase ideas for incorporating writing into the curriculum. Participants will learn to look at writing as a viable form of assessment for goals and objectives covered in the classroom - regardless of subject area! At the end of the session, expect to walk away with many writing prompts incorporating Web 2.0 tools!

April Patterson, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Target Audience:  K-12




Meeting Room 304 (Featured Presenter)

A Safari Adventure Through the Jungle of Twitter Tools

Come along on this guided safari tour of Twitter and learn ways to use it effectively to support teaching and learning. The basics of Twitter use will be included, but the bulk of the tour will be the exploration of the many, many online tools that employ Twitter for enhanced communication and collaboration. Twitter is a micro-blogging tool. It differs from instant messaging, since, in addition to one-to-one messaging, one can employ one-to-many messaging. Many educators have questions about Twitter. "Why would I want to use Twitter?" "What is a tweet?" "How do I find people to follow?" "Isn't Twitter a waste of time?" "How can I use other tools to access Twitter?" "How can I use Twitter with my students?" "What is the downside of Twitter use?" Answers to these questions (and many more) will be answered during this session and participants will leave with tons of ideas for using this simple tool!

Kathy Schrock, Featured Speaker



Meeting Room 305a

Using Web 2.0 Tools and Widgets to Enhance Your Site

There are a plethora of interactive widgets and tools out there that can be used to enhance the effectiveness of your website, wiki or blog.  Come learn about some of these great resources and how to embed or edit the code to make them work for you.

Conni Mulligan, Buncombe County Schools

Target Audience:  K-12, Administration

Link to Presentation:  http://conni-workshops.wikispaces.com/Widgets



Meeting Room 305b

Going Green: No Paper, No Problem . . . Moving Towards a Paperless Environment

Today’s students are multi-taskers, focused on 21st Century skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking.  The paperless classroom allows teachers to build instruction that intrigues and motivates students to become active learners and improve student achievement.   Join us and see how easy it is to create a paperless classroom.

Gail Holmes, Guilford County Schools


Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle, High, K-12, Administration,



Meeting Room 306a

Self-Paced?  ActivExpressions?  In my classroom?

Are you looking for new ways to use Promethean's student response system, the ActivExpression?  Promethean has released a self-paced mode to get your students more involved.  Using ActivInspire, participants will learn how to build self-paced quizzes for the ActivExpressions!  Attendees will leave with access to flipcharts and tutorials to use in their classrooms!


Matt Barfield, Promethean, Inc.

Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle, High, K-12, Administration, Other, Technology



Meeting Room 306b

Read this Aloud:  Giving Students Voice to Create Audio Libraries

Have your students create their own digital library of audio classics for the world to enjoy.  Creating their own Audio Books allows the students to practice oral interpretation of literature, hone reading skills, and expands creativity as well as offers a benefit for challenged readers who need companion audio.  Recording tools as well as project ideas will be presented.

Eric Cole, East McDowell Jr. High School

Keith Ledford, West McDowell Jr. High School

Target Audience:  K-12,




Meeting Room 306c

''Oh, What an Adventure!  Our Journey to 1:1''

Experience the journey to 1:1 with Surry County Schools.  Our voyage has included policy development, teacher training, district wide technology conference,  Web 2.0 integration, and full implementation with all 7th grade students. Join us to discover hidden treasures in this exciting expedition for 21st Century learners.

Jill Reinhardt, Surry County Schools

Jennifer Scott, Director of Professional Development

Shannon Snow, North Surry High School/Surry County Schools

Target Audience:  Elementary, Middle, High, K-12, Administration,



Meeting Room 307

Real Business Threats for Schools

TodayÌs malware imposes significant business risks due to the highly organized nature of attacks Ò applications, web sites and social networks are all subject to attacks. Users may not even realize his/her machine has been compromised. Attendees will learn what they need to look for to stay on top of these threats.

Mark Villinski, Kaspersky Lab

Target Audience:  K-12, Administration, Other, Technical Directors and Technical Stafff



Meeting Room 402 (Featured Presenter)

Web 2.0 Technologies for Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

More than 2,000 teachers were recently surveyed about the Web 2.0 tools that they and their students most commonly used. This presentation will provide a hands-on introduction to these tools along with teacher-created and student-created examples. Strategies for implementation will be shared.

NOTE: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Cliff Mims






Apple Showcase in Room 201

9:45 - 11:15 (1.5 hours)  


Looking for fun and creative ideas?  Enhance your “i” and discover great tools that will transform you and your classroom.  Find joy by cloning yourself in GarageBand, document in PhotoBooth, take a peek in iMovie and find your voice in iTunes.  Discover technology as a necessary tool for both you and your students through MacBooks and iPods with a focus on elementary classroom examples.

Joy Jenkins, Cleveland Elementary Rowan-Salisbury Schools



Tech Showcase A

They Say That Backing Up is Hard to Do

BACKUPS ARE CRITICAL!  Some are cumbersome and hard to manage.  Your data is only as good as your last backup but you don’t know what you have until you need to restore!  Let us introduce you to an easy, affordable solution for integrated local and offsite backups for failsafe disaster recovery.

Sheila Sentelle, Tiber Creek Consulting

Target Audience:  K-12, Administration, Technical Directors



Tech Showcase B

 Advancing Education Through The Use Of Mobility

A discussion surrounding the addition of Mobility solutions associated withtoday's Schools.  Topics will include applications directed toward Administrators, Educators, and Students.  We will discuss how Mobility can improve the overall academic environment as well as the educational experience. 

Bill Aniszewski, Cisco Specialist: Mobility




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