Session 2

9:15 a.m.

Session 2 | Presentations | 9:15am

Jason Webb - Syracuse University

The use of videos in online learning allows for real-time instruction and learners moving at their own pace. Unfortunately, this creates a disconnect for faculty assigning these videos -- are students watching them? Moreover, are the students understanding the content? Other questions answered during this session include: how do faculty make their videos content-rich? Interactive? Pedagogically oriented? Data-driven? I'll highlight several tools and methods to build an immersive, learning-focused experience to engage learners, increase retention, and increase learning efficacy. All attendees will walk away with at least one easy way to leverage video-based lessons to provide feedback, receive data, support learners, and improve learner outcomes noticeably in their courses.

Target Audience: Grades K-12 - Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: eLearning

Michele Haiken - Rye Middle School/Manhattanville College

Learn how the creative collaboration and problem solving of stop motion animation and video are the perfect addition to your school's maker space or STEAM curriculum. From aperture to frame rates, students innovate, design, and construct knowledge. This workshop will share projects you can successfully implement in your classroom and empower student learners to be innovative designers.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Conference Strand: Instructional Design

Pamela Culbertson - University at Albany

High schools are increasingly moving toward implementing blended learning courses, a major transition for teachers. This presentation focuses on my findings after directly speaking with high school teachers in a variety of fields. They shared their experiences as they have been transitioning to blended learning, including the successes and challenges they have faced along the way. Along with this, they provided recommendations regarding ways in which this process may be improved and enhanced.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Conference Strand: eLearning

Rebecca Ekstrom - Algonquin Middle School

Nearpod is a dynamic presentation tool that can help you engage your students even more! In school, students view your presentation and you control the pace. But, while we are out of school, you can use Nearpod for asynchronous learning by providing students with a link to your presentation. In addition to adding video, websites, Flocabulary and Flipgrids, you can include engaging activities like polls, drawing, fill in the blanks, assessments, short-answer questions and much more! The Chrome extension Nearpodize allows you to easily convert your Google Slides into Nearpod. Participants will learn about the different features of Nearpod and how to make the most out of this new technology.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Conference Strand: Remote Learning (COVID Response)

Jimmy Fleming - PowerNotes

Everyone involved in teaching and learning in higher education is facing new challenges due to the uncertainty of where instruction will take place, whether on campus or online or both. Students and teachers of writing are looking for digital tools to help make distinct the differences between remote learning and online learning.

PowerNotes can help ameliorate the uncertainties by reinforcing the teaching and learning practices that are shared in face-to-face, online, and hybrid classrooms, whether synchronously or asynchronously. We can help teachers create opportunities for mentoring, peer-review and collaboration online and enhance the best practices of digital reading.

PowerNotes is an online research platform designed to address three problems encountered by digital students and researchers - screen reading and comprehension; managing the flood of resources and information; and protecting the integrity of sources while avoiding patchwriting and plagiarism. With tools to help researchers read, analyze, and organize information more effectively, PowerNotes offers an easier transition to writing.

With robust commenting and sharing features, PowerNotes makes visible the work and practices that students and researchers are already engaged in and allows instructors or peers to guide further work and revision. And by unifying the steps of reading, saving, annotating, organizing, outlining, and citing research into a single, efficient workflow that feeds directly into writing the first draft, PowerNotes helps students develop a process for researching that is more purposeful and rhetorical.

In this session, we will introduce the tools of PowerNotes while discuss many ways it can be used in the classroom, in-person or online:

  • For teachers who want to teach key rhetorical skills, we will show how PowerNotes can
    assist with rhetorical note-taking - paraphrasing, summarizing, and annotating;
  • help develop key critical reading skills like analysis and synthesis;

For those who teach strategies of disciplinary research and writing, we will show ways to gather student work for outputs like the

  • annotated bibliography and
  • literature review.

For those who want to help student improve research and writing processes, we will show how to guide students at all steps along the way, from

  • highlighting and organizing important information they've found online, to
  • talking back to their sources, to
  • recording citation information and pinning it to each bit of research they've collected, to
  • transforming their recorded information from a topical outline to a more intuitive writing outline.

PowerNotes is a rich, easy-to-use, online platform that supports all teaching practices keyed to inquiry and source-based writing.

Target Audience: Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Emerging Technologies

Trudi Jacobson - University at Albany, SUNY

Kelsey O'Brien - University at Albany, SUNY

Thomas Mackey - SUNY Empire State College

Increasingly, secondary and post-secondary students need to become producers of information in both academic and quotidian settings that are often collaborative and online. This requires a shift in mindset and a new approach to literacy. SUNY OER Services adapted Lumen's iSucceed "College Success" online course to include a module that focuses on metaliteracy. This course is available SUNY students, as well as in a modified form for anyone interested in applying the metaliteracy model to lifelong learning. This session provides an overview of the iSucceed course and then focuses on how the metaliteracy module can be used to introduce students to the importance of this information and learning framework. As educators transition to fully online and remote learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis, this new flexible, interactive metaliteracy resource provides adaptable content for both K-12 and college settings. 

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: OER

Tracy Waalkes - OverDrive Education

Kids are better positioned for success when they have 24/7 access to content and tools to serve their unique independent and curricular reading needs. Discover how K-12 students are benefiting from the transformative advantages of digital reading - no matter where they are or which devices they're using - with features like public library connectivity, exportable notes and highlights, title assignments and offline capabilities, and hear how schools are overcoming remote learning challenges to open a world of reading for every student.

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Conference Strand: eLearning

Christie Cruse - Bloomfield College

The traditional model of teachers lecturing in the classroom and students completing homework on their own is changing. Instead, students are gaining subject matter knowledge outside the classroom and using the classroom as a place to dig more deeply into what they've learned. This presentation will show participants how to create an effective flipped classroom to motivate students toward active learning and improve higher-order thinking.

Target Audience: Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Instructional Design

Mark Kenny - Suffolk County Community College

Today's students prefer videos to textbooks. Fortunately, there are a lot of high quality educational videos out there and we can also make our own. But how do we ensure that students are paying attention and learning? That's where Edpuzzle comes in. This easy-to-use web application allows you to crop, add notes or voice-overs, and most importantly, add questions throughout the video. Videos can be programmed to prevent skipping to ensure that students are watching the whole video. Teachers receive detailed analytics indicating which students have watched the video and how they did on the questions. We will discuss how to use Edpuzzle to create your own interactive, engaging video lessons.

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Emerging Technologies