eLearning Update

News on Tech-Integration & 21st Century Skills

11 April 2016

Sign-Up for eRev Now to Lock in Early Bird Pricing!

Did you know that eRev is Indiana's premiere regional eLearning conference? Everywhere I go around the state I hear from teachers who have attended eRev, love it, and express that Evansville area teachers are so blessed to have such an outstanding opportunity so close. And this year's conference is shaping up to be an even greater experience! With nationally recognized speakers like Bob Marzano, Bill Ferriter, and Krissy Venosdale coupled with over 250 workshops and concurrent sessions there will most certainly be something for everyone. Add to this the giveaways, conference exclusive product discounts, included breakfast and lunch, and 21 PGP points and eREV is both a great value and must-attend conference right in our backyard!

Early Bird pricing for eREV runs until 16 April 2016, so act now to lock in this lower price. Information on EVSC pricing is below, as well as some additional information. Click the images for a larger version. Hope to see you at eRev 2016!

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EVSC eRev 2016 Pricing

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Creativity Camp 2016

Highland Elementary School will host its second Creativity Camp June 13-17. Registration is now open to any area student currently in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. The Creativity Camp is sponsored by the Highland School PTA and provided in cooperation with the EVSC ICATS. The goal of creativity camp is to provide elementary students with a creative outlet during their summer break that will enhance their love for learning.

When students register, they will choose one class to attend for the week. The class topics include photography, animation, engineering, coding and many others. Each class is instructed by a licensed master teacher from the EVSC with experience in teaching with technology. To learn what is offered in each class, please visit the Highland Creativity Camp Class Topics page.

The camp is held at Highland School on June 13-17 from 8-11 am each day. Students must have their own transportation to and from camp and must be picked up from the school promptly by 11:15 am each day.

Please share this information with eligible students and encourage them to check it out. Information is available on the EVSC Student Website - http://evscstudents.com.

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White House Science Fair Livestream and Teacher Toolkit

On April 13th, the White House is hosting the 6th White House Science Fair. This year's White House Science Fair will highlight the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators. Students attending this year's Science Fair are tackling some of our Nation's greatest challenges - from combating climate change, to uncovering new ways to fight cancer, to discovering ways to reach farther beyond our atmosphere as a part of the Mars generation. A few project highlights:

  • Kimberly (9) and Rebecca Yeung (11), who launched a camera-equipped balloon into the stratosphere with a little help from GoPro.
  • Hannah Herbst (15), who’s working on a device that harvests power from ocean currents.
  • A whole gaggle of Girl Scouts from Troop 1484 in St. Louis, who created a safe way to dispose of Styrofoam, then realized the byproduct was a cool adhesive, and patented it.
  • Amro Halwah (18), Stephen Mwingria (17) and Si Ya Ni (18), who got tired of trash fires delaying their subway trips (!) and made a robot that cleans the rails.
  • Yashaswini Makaram (17), who created a way to identify a phone’s owner and unlock it based just on the way they pick it up.
  • Hari Bhimaraju (12), who made “The Elementor,” a tool for teaching visually impaired students about the periodic table.
  • Gabriel Mesa (16), who used graphene to create a non-chemical, non-toxic battery.
  • Shemar Coombs (19), who made a 3D-printed cell phone case that integrates a headphone wrapping feature.

Your students can be a part of this event, possibly inspiring them to invent, create, and solve a problem. Join the Livestream on April 13th between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM Central. Use the button below to join. Also be sure to check out the teacher toolkit and Fair website, both with more information. Please let me know if you plan to participate, I'd love to come snap some photos to share!

My ISTEP+ Schedule

As may of you are aware when the ISTEP+ Part II window opens it is "all hands on deck" in order to provide support for the required technology. I will be "tech-ing" ISTEP+ at Hebron Elementary every morning starting on April 18th and continuing until May 3rd. I will be unavailable until 11:30 am each day. I plan on visiting buildings in the afternoon so please feel free to request afternoon appointments during this time frame. I appreciate your understanding and wish everyone the very best as we make final preparations. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist.

A Moment for Fun & Inspiration

Please take a moment to enjoy this wonderful video of Fred Rogers turned into a song using Autotune by YouTube artist melodysheep.

Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?

You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind

It's good to be curious about many things

You can think about things and make believe

All you have to do is think, and they'll grow

Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios

Need More Assistance?

Contact me, I'd be happy to work with you!

Bill is an eLearning Coach helping to facilitate meaningful integration of technology to enrich instruction, engage students & develop 21st century skills. He is a Microsoft Certified Educator and a PhD candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology degree with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology.