Using LiveBinders and Evernote to Organize Information and Transform Classroom Learning
Melissa Butler is an English Language Arts teacher in the South Orange/Maplewood School District and has been teaching for the past nine years. In addition to serving as an ELA teacher, she has taught students with special needs and worked for the Lovaas Institute as a 1:1 ABA Therapist. In her present position, she is focusing on transforming the curriculum utilizing the Reading/Writing Workshop approach; providing Technology PD opportunities for teachers; implementing a 1:1 device program in her classroom; and co-facilitating technological change with innovative Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Melissa also serves as the advisor for the O’ Ambassadors club, which connects students with students worldwide, including a sister school in Kaliro, Uganda. This service club’s main goal is to create lasting change by working toward the UN Millennium Development Goals. She has presented on topics such as the Implementation of Writing and Reading Workshop in the Middle School Setting, Edmodo, Livebinder and Evernote. Melissa blogs for Edmodo and with her students inside her classroom as well. Connect with Melissa on Twitter at @Angelinashy
Mastering the iPad
Daniela Colabelli is a first year teacher at West Essex High School teaching Biology. She recently graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences as well as a Masters in Life Science Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Daneila works for Apple and is Apple certified in facilitation and workshops. She has worked for Apple for three years now and has had training in Mac software as well as iOS devices such as the iPad. Daniela hopes to share her training of these technical tools to help make your classroom more effective and efficient.
Scan That: Using QR Codes in the Classroom
Natalie Franzi has been teaching Reading at West Essex Middle School for the past two years. Before this Ms. Franzi taught special education at the elementary level. Ms. Franzi graduated with her masters in Special Education from The College of New Jersey, and is currently pursuing her second masters in Educational Leadership from Caldwell College. Ms. Franzi is a SMART Notebook certified instructor and technology enthusiast. Ms. Franzi enjoys professional development serving on the West Essex Professional Development Committee and the Northwest NJASCD executive board. She has previously presented workshops on co-teaching, Turnitin.com, School Wires, and the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Model.
Dr. Brian Friedlander
Using Technology to Enhance Learning & Achievement in Students with ADHD & Executive Function Disorder
Using Digital Pens in Schools for Note Taking, Instruction and Document Work-flow
Dr. Friedlander is a school psychologist with expertise in the area of assistive technology. Dr. Friedlander has a passion for using all kinds of technology in his professional work. He is very interested in the use of mind mapping, digital pen technology, and Web 2.0 technologies. Dr. Friedlander readily applies these technologies in the graduate courses that he teaches at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. Dr. Friedlander consults to many school districts and business organizations in N.J. and is available for workshops, training and presentations.
Patrick Higgins, Jr.
A Year in the Cloud
The Lecture is Dead, Long Live the Lecture
Multitasking Learning Environments
Engineering is Elementary: Transforming a K-4 Computer Class into a STEM Course
Kevin Jarrett became the K-4 Technology Facilitator at Northfield Community School in Northfield, NJ in 2003. He left a 17-year career in the private sector (Information Technology Project Management & Consulting) to pursue teaching as a second, “dream” career, a change that was the basis for an Education World article. As Northfield’s K-4 Technology Facilitator, he is responsible for technology instruction in a lab setting for the entire elementary student body (500+ students). Rather than just “teaching computer class,” Kevin delivers engaging, informative, challenging and enjoyable lessons that integrate with content being taught by his classroom teacher peers while leveraging state-of-the-art Web 2.0 and social media technologies. Here are some of his weekly lesson reflections.
Best Practice: LiveBinders
Bonnie Jing, a professed life-long learner who is an avid proponent of infusing technology into the language arts classroom, teaches English I to ninth graders at West Essex Regional High School. Courses, workshops, seminars, and webinars in language arts education and technology in education supplement her B.A. and M. A. in Comparative Literature. Membership in professional organizations includes: NCTE and ISTE. Bonnie’s enthusiasm for travelling, exploring literature, teaching, and experimenting with technology makes each day an adventure.
|Denise MacDevette |
Creativity in the Cloud - Multimedia Authoring Across Devices
Animation and Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum
Denise MacDevette is the Northeast Regional Manager for Tech4Learning Inc. Former classroom and technology integration specialist and presenter at regional and state conferences, Denise has been assisting districts to implement project-based learning and creativity into their classrooms.
Using Twitter and Pinterest to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)
Using LiveBinders and Evernote to Organize Information and Transform Classroom Learning
Elissa Malespina is the librarian at South Orange Middle School in South Orange NJ. Elissa spends a lot of time working with students and staff to infuse technology into the curriculum. Our student are well versed in Evernote, Edmodo, Livebinders, Animoto and more. When not teaching and running a library Elissa runs an Ed-tech consulting business and speaks at conference and gives workshops on how to infuse technology into education.
The Flipped Classroom
Samantha Morra is an experienced K-12 NJ educator, technology coordinator and school administrator. She is also a Google Certified Teacher and has presented at the state and national levels for organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE), EduCon, and Tech Forum NY and Boston. She currently serves as an advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC) and has written articles for ISTE’s Learning & Leading with Technology publication and has contributed to Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. Samantha’s views on 21st century learning and teaching have been quoted in the New York Times and Star Ledger and selected projects/initiatives were featured on NJN’s Classroom Close Up and on the ABC Network special issues on education. She is passionate about technology and its potential to continue to transform education and support teacher and student learning.
iPads in the Math Classroom
Stephen Olsen is a Math Teacher and STEM Advisor Wood-Ridge High School in Wood-Ridge, NJ where he teaches Algebra 2 and is an advisor for the WRHS Robotics Club. Teaching is Stephen’s second career having been employed for over 20 years in industrial automation after earning his BS in Electrical Engineering. For the last 3 years, he has taught various levels of High School math incorporating technology at every opportunity. Follow Stephen on Twitter @WRHS_MathGuy or www.olsenmath.com .
21st Century Administrators (Round Table) Suggested Audience: Administrators
Connected Generation vs Connected Educators
Sandra Paul is the Director of Technology for the Sayreville Public Schools. In addition to her 14 years of experience as a Director, Sandra spent five years as a Computer Science and Business Education teacher. Sandra was awarded Administrator of the Year by NJASL in 2007 and has presented at NJ Elite, NJPSA Technology Conference, EdCamp Harrisburg, NJ DOE Leadership Conference. In addition, she has provided many in-district technology workshops, including Skype in the classroom, iPads for administrators, Using Social Networking in the classroom, SmartBoard introduction, Mobile Learning, Web 2.0 policies and AUPs. She is the chairperson for the technology committee for NJPSA, Chairperson for Technology Advocacy for NJAET, on the board for ESAC - Channel 13 (WNET), a member of the Emerging Technology Committee for CoSN, member of ISTE and ASCD.
Flourishing Environments Suggested Audience: Administrators
Salim Patel began his second term this year onthe Board of Education of Passaic, NJ in 2012. Afterwinning his re-election, Salim was chosen by his peers to serve as President ofthe Board. The Passaic Board of Education oversees abudget of $360 million and the 6th largest school district (needto verify) in the state. Salim has been involved with theimplementation of a district wide school uniform policy to combat bullying,peer pressure and gang activity. He also spearheaded investments in technologyof over $17 million at the urban school district, which will be deployingchromebooks to all 7th, 8th & 9th grades in the upcoming school year. Salim is also the founder of SMILE, anon-profit focused on social services including food pantries, healthclinics and senior care. He also sits on the Board of Directorsfor the Rutgers University Alumni Association and is the Chair of the RutgersUniversity Muslim Alumni Association, which recently established an endowedscholarship at Rutgers University with the Rutgers School of Journalism.
Skype/Achieve 3000: "It's a Small World After All"
Lisa Pengitore, a teacher of students with special needs at West Essex, has been teaching for nineteen years. She has taught English, reading, and study strategies. Lisa has been an in-class support teacher in math, history, and science classes. As a volunteer for the Bekehila (“In the community”) program, Lisa advised teachers and administrators in Israel how to incorporate technology and state of the art methodologies. She also worked in collaboration with the program coordinator for Shutaf,(“partner”) a year-round, Jerusalem-based educational program committed to an innovative model that welcomes and includes all children and teens with and without special needs.
Building a Learning Community with Wordpress
Scheduling for Learning
Michael Ritzius is a veteran science teacher working at Camden County Technical School in New Jersey and Professional Development consultant for NJEA. He is the founder of the Integrated Studies Program at Camden County Technical School; a hybrid online and face to face learning environment. Ouside of his district, Michael is a co-founder of Edcamp, a grassroots professional development movement, and organizes Edcamp Philly locally. He is also the creator of the SciDo Collaborative, an online international community of science educators. He has held leadership positions in his local education association for the majority of his career.
Rethinking Leadership Through Social Media Suggested Audience: Adminstrators
Scott Rocco is in his nineteen year as a public school educator. His career includes teaching middle and high school social studies, being a middle school vice principal, elementary principal, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, and now Superintendent of Schools. Scott is also an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey in the Graduate School for Educational Administration and an instructor for New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association in the NJEXCEL program. He has given keynote, conference and group presentations on the use of social media for educators, school safety, marketing yourself, and various leadership topics. Scott maintains his own blog at evolvingeducators.wordpress.com and also blogs for edSocialMedia.com. He is dedicated to positively and productively engaging educators in a dialogue that improves student learning, enhances instruction, and creates effective learning environments for all who attend and work in schools. Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRRocco.
Social Media for Development and Sharing Suggested Audience: Administrators
WilliamStites is the Director of Technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy inMontclair NJ and Blogger in Chief of edSocialMedia.com where he keeps the contentfresh and the contributors motivated. He has been at MKA since 1994 and hastaught Third Grade in addition to working in the Technology Department. Hebecame the Director of Technology in 1999. Bill has also served as anadvisor for the New Jersey Educational Computer Cooperative since2001. Bill blogs at edSocialMedia.com and www.williamstites.net.
Edmodo for the Advanced User: Take it to a Higher Level
Tynia Thomassie has been a Language Arts teacher in the West Orange district for 9 years. She teaches Advanced Placement Literature, Broadcast Journalism and Public Speaking at West Orange High School and was selected Essex County Teacher of the Year for 2011, advancing to the top 5 teachers considered for Teacher of the State. Tynia has published 4 children’s books, as well as poetry and non-fiction essays. She presented at the AP Conference in San Francisco in 2011 and frequently teaches technology workshops at the Educational Technology Training Center of Essex County. As Technology Integration Specialist she will teach teachers in all 11 schools how to use a wide array of softwares and hardware and incorporate these tools into their instruction..
Digital Citizenship in Action: Tips & Best Practices
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann works with innovative learning technologies at the School for Global Education & Innovation at Kean University. Lisa assists educators and students in integrating mobile devices, developing personal learning communities and implementing Google Apps. She has presented at nine of the Google Teacher Academies and is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. Lisa also presents at State and National conferences such as Building Learning Communities, ISTE , FETC and the Global Education Conference. Lisa is an advisor and presenter for NJECC.