Ancillae Tech Cafe

A little bit of tech indulgence for everyone! Spring 2016

Savoring our success!

As the trees start to bloom and the flowers appear, we can also celebrate our growth in and outside of of the classroom. No longer is the classroom a place to just sit and absorb information. The classroom of today is an active environment. An environment where students and teachers learn from each other. Where information and technology and the extensive amount of information it provides must be used in a purposeful and reflective way to help all of our students blossom to their full potential.
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What is a Flexible Learning Environment?

With the increased usage of devices in the classroom, we need to reflect on the best way to use our space to create learning spaces for all activities in the classroom. Consider creating some of these areas in your classroom to adapt to various types of learning:


Campfires: Places where a large group gathers to share the same experience through listening or watching a presentation.

Watering Holes: Spaces for small group collaboration

Caves: Individual spaces with barriers to audio and visual stimuli for quiet reflection.

Life: Real world spaces where students apply what they are learning to authentic situations and problems.


Today's classroom environment must provide students with the flexibility they need to access the right kind of space at the right time for optimal learning.

Excerpt from ISTE Get Active


The end of the school year is a good time to start reflecting on the best way to set up your classroom when September rolls around. How are the learners of today different from learners of years past? What message does the physical environment of your classroom give to students and parents about the type of learning in your classroom?

Flexible Learning at Ancillae: Can you identify the learning space?

Local History Project: A Lesson in Flexible Learning

Signs of a 21st century learner? Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Real World Learning, Decision Making. 8th Grade students apply and demonstrate all of the above as they create a documentary movie for a local historical site.

Tech Chef of the Month

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Monica Wilson: Cooking up some lessons in Entrepreneurship

Over the past few months, Monica's sixth grade class has been busy working on their Invention Convention Project during third period classes. What is Invention Convention? Invention Convention is a project that started with asking the question, "What can we improve in our school?" Students broke into groups to go through the design process; Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve. Students then used technology tools such as Google Docs, 123D Design, iMovie and Kahoot to accomplish their goals. Some of the tasks include polls, descriptions of product, 3D Design, and movie commercials.
Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

Professional Development Opportunities

EdCamp Philly http://www.edcampphilly.org

Saturday, May 14th, 8am

Science Leadership Academy, 22nd and Arch Streets – Philadelphia, PA 19103

Consider Signing up for a Course at the MCIU this summer!

Go to MCIU to find out more!


32. Google Apps for Education: Learn the Core Tools

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 6/22/2016


Has your school adopted Google Apps? Do you want to learn more about using Google tools for productivity as well as a teaching resource? Built for the novice, this workshop will allow you to experience the following core Google tools: Drive, Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides and Classroom. Expect to be an active participant in this session as we collaborate on Google tools while learning how to use them.


46. Multimedia in the Classroom: Online Course/Rich Kiker

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE) ACT 48 or Graduate Credit Option

Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2016 to 7/31/2016


This course will help educators learn media editing software as a technical and educational solution to empower themselves and students to develop authentic, relevant, and digital learning. The course content will be based on the Windows and web platforms and will include image, audio, and video editing with all open source or no cost software.


48. Making Global Connections with Skype in the Classroom

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 7/11/2016


Want to connect your classroom with the world and promote global citizenship? Using Skype, you can connect students across town, around the world, bring in industry experts, or take virtual field trips. Learn how you can connect with other educators, get lesson plans, start a project and more from Skype in the Classroom. Come to this session to learn how to connect your students and participate in a several live Skype sessions to learn from and with others using Skype for global collaboration and Mystery Skype.


49. Flip, Blend, Mix and Sway!

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 7/11/2016


Are you ready to Mix and Sway?? Collaboration, communication, creation and critical thinking are all part of today's educational landscape. In today's classrooms of flipping, blending and creating differentiated learning activities, teachers are in need of technology tools that are easy to use, effective and engaging to students. Office Mix and Sway are two innovative resources that can be used by both teachers and students for content delivery, demonstration of learning, assessment, project collaboration, publishing writing and more. Come to this session to learn more about these two awesome tools for the 21st century classroom with time for hands-on creation and sharing.


53. What's a Hashtag? Build Your Professional Learning Network on Twitter

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 7/13/2016


You hear the term "hashtag" everywhere, but what does it mean? How do you search for one? Come to this session with a Twitter account already established and learn what it means to build your professional learning network. Twitter is full of thousands of educators across the globe who are continuously sharing resources, and this learning opportunity is right at your fingertips!


54. GOOGLE EDUCATOR Level 1 Certification Boot Camp

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: All Educators interested in preparing for Google Educator certified status.

Dates: 7/13/2016 to 7/14/2016


Google Education Certifications were updated July 2015. MCIU is pleased to offer educators an opportunity to work with Rich Kiker in preparation to take the Google Educator Level 1 exam. During this two day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the online exam to achieve "Google Educator" status and pursue "Google Education Trainer" status.

Participants will be guided through various activities and classroom examples using media rich content, web-based tutorials, and video learning libraries.

Test preparation for the new Google Educator exam includes readiness with: Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Sites, Chrome, Classroom and exploration of the Google Trainer process.


62. Flipping the Classroom with Blended Learning

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 7/19/2016


What is flipped learning? When do you use it? How do we use flipped learning effectively in the classroom? This workshop will introduce teachers to the flipped learning model. We will examine the validity behind this method, the instructional design required to implement it effectively, and the planning process. During the second half of the workshop you will given time to work on videos to use in your classroom. Come and learn best practices for implementing flipped learning.


66. Google Apps for Education: A Focus on Instructional Strategies

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 7/20/2016


This workshop is for educators who have working knowledge of the Google Apps basics and want to learn more about using Google tools to support student learning. You will deepen your knowledge of features within the core Google apps that allow you to better differentiate your instruction. Some features include using data validation in Forms to redirect students who do not answer questions correctly, using Drawings as a creative formative assessment tool, and using add-ons such as Kaizena which allow teachers and students to leave audio feedback within Docs. Get ready to be amazed by all of the different ways Google tools can support students of varying needs.


71. Let's Get Formative

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Dates: 7/21/2016


"Formative Assessment" has been a trending buzzword in education for the past few years. There are seemingly endless resources on what formative assessment is and how it can be implemented, but these methods are not always realistic. This workshop will briefly touch upon what formative assessment is and why it is used, but will have a greater emphasis on how to realistically implement it in your classroom using technology. Some of the tools that we will explore include Plickers, Socrative, and Google Docs. During the course of the workshop, you will also develop materials that can be used in your classroom.


79. iPad Apps to Support Access to Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Program: Special Education (Training & Consulting)

Audience: Special Education Directors, K-12 General Education Teachers, K-12 Special Education Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists

Dates: 7/28/2016


Participants will explore apps to support their students in their daily environments. Participants will explore apps that support students to be successful as they read, write, communicate, organize themselves, are supported during stressful times of the day, such as: behavioral needs, scheduling, and timers. You will have opportunities to explore these apps and learn them more closely.


87. Building Social Media for Educators: Online Course/Rich Kiker

Program: Continuing Professional Education (CPE) ACT 48 or Graduate Credit Option

Audience: K-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: 8/1/2016 to 8/31/2016


This course aims to give administrators, teachers, and other education professionals the competencies to connect, collaborate, and create a personal learning network. Participants will leverage the power of social media to build a connected community to enhance the learning environment for themselves and their students. Each participant will have the opportunity to construct their community within many platforms like Twitter, Ning, Delicious, LinkedIn, and many other social media outlets.


88. Create - Engage - Assess! Instructional Classroom Change with Nearpod

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/2/2016


Bring your classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations created and customized by teachers. Participants will explore the multiple features of the Nearpod program from the student and teacher perspective. This presentation provides educators with a transformational approach to instruction, while engaging students, and collecting data to drive instruction. The morning session will be an overview of the program and Nearpod site with application and development time in the afternoon. Leave with a functional Nearpod presentation for next school year!


93. SmartBoards: Moving from a Teaching Tool to a Learning Tool

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/3/2016


This workshop is designed for new or beginner users of the Smart brand interactive whiteboard. We will review the Smart Board tools with an emphasis on how these tools can be utilized in the classroom with students. Participants will understand the capabilities of the Smart Board as well as the use of the Smart Board Tools and Notebook software including the gallery and interactive tools. This hands-on workshop will use Notebook Version 15 on the Windows platform.


100. In the Cloud: File Storage, Collaboration, and Communication with Office 365

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/8/2016


This full day workshop allows educator participants to take a deep dive into cloud-based tools for the classroom, with a special focus on topics such as file storage, collaboration, and communication using Office 365. This workshop is ideal for those new to Office 365 and will provide a hands-on overview of the key tools such as Office Online, OneDrive, OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook, Mail, Calendar, Yammer and Delve. Participants will also be given the opportunity to apply their learning towards the end of each part of the session - reflecting on the topics covered, as well as strategizing on how they can be put to the best use in the classroom or with other educators.


105. Empower Students with Workforce Ready Skills: Create, Collaborate, and Communicate with Office 365

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/11/2016


Prepare today's learners for their futures by leveraging creation, communication and collaboration tools that extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. In this workshop, participants will practice real time collaboration in Office 365, anytime communication with Skype, explore the endless possibilities with OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook, and publish interactive content in a Sway. Time will also be provided for lesson development and content creation for use with your students.


107. Virtual Reality Learning Experiences with Nearpod!

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/11/2016


Using the Nearpod VR library, explore the many features of a presentation. Experiment with taking a lesson and adapting your materials around the virtual field trips. We will also explore Google Cardboard and the virtual field trips available to provide a perspective of what works best for your individual classroom.


109. Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety in a K-12 Environment

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators looking to enhance and learn new ideas and concepts

Dates: 8/17/2016


Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety are hot topics in today's schools and homes. Knowing the social networking sites our students (and children) are using can help us stay one step ahead of the curve. Cyberbullying awareness and prevention will be a focus during this workshop. A wide variety of Web-based applications and resources will be introduced to participants during an interactive and hands-on environment offered in this workshop. Windows based PC's will be provided but if you prefer to BYOD (tablets, WiFi-capable laptops, etc.), feel free. The afternoon session will focus on Google Drive Tips and Tricks to enhance your computing experience.


113. Student Voices in the Classroom - Deep Dive into Green Screening in Support of Teaching and Learning

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/18/2016


Are you having trouble getting your students to do presentations in front of the class? Do you want your students to write more and have fun with it? Are you looking for creative ways to test students for fluency? Then look no further...green screening can help.


114. GOOGLE EDUCATOR Level 2 Certification Boot Camp

Program: Professional Development Workshops

Audience: All Educators interested in preparing for Google Educator certified status.

Dates: 8/18/2016 to 8/19/2016


MCIU is pleased to offer educators an opportunity to work with Rich Kiker in preparation to take the Google Educator Level 2 exam. During this two day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the online exam to achieve "Google Level 2" status.

8th grade students give a history presentation during library.