Session 6

3:00 p.m.

Session 6 | Presentations | 3pm

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan - University at Buffalo

Cherie van Putten - Binghamton University

Lynn Aaron - Rockland Community College

Peter Marino - Rockland Community College

Christine Tinnesz - University at Buffalo

The Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success Massive Open Online Course (#EmTechMOOC) is targeted to instructors, staff, and students to help identify the value and implications of using emerging technologies for personal and professional growth. Learners also gain lifelong learning strategies to keep pace with technology change. This project consists of two parts: the #EmTechMOOC and EmTechWIKI. The MOOC provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants as they reflect on innovating and creative uses of technologies. The EmTechWIKI, a socially-curated discovery engine for exploring tools, tutorials and resources, is used in the #EmTechMOOC discovery exercises, but it is also available as a stand-alone resource. We will discuss how to integrate this Coursera-based MOOC into your personal professional development plans and how to implement MOOC activities into coursework to supplement students' learning. Participants build an ePortfolio as a culminating project to highlight their learning. See: 

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Emerging Technologies

Rickele Bello - Crandall Public Library

Presenting on our summer reading program and how we can better serve our communities together. This presentation will highlight the app, Beanstack and how it can be used to motivate readers through the use of digital badges. 

Target Audience: All

Conference Strand: How to/Integration

Jennifer Bloomingdale - Powerful Learning Practice 

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach - Powerful Learning Practice 

How do we promote the knowledge, skills and sense of urgency for understanding connected and blended learning in today's post COVID-19 world? As the physical and virtual worlds converge to become the 'real world' of teaching and learning, virtual exchanges, online mentoring and other immersive environments will play increasingly important roles in educational reform. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools as we explore and own new pedagogies in blended and online environments. 

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Leadership

Peter Nickless - New York Chiropractic College

Student learning and academic retention begins with student engagement. A student who is engaged in your course is more likely to be "all in" with your program and ready to learn and excel. In this interactive session we will explore techniques that have shown to be beneficial for engaging and retaining students in an online environment. Attendees will learn tips and techniques to engage learners, promote interest, and effectively perform student outreach in an online course or program. The primary outcome for the attendee will be to improve student outcomes and programmatic retention.

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: eLearning

Laurie Guyon - WSWHE BOCES

Think you know Nearpod? Think again! Come to this session to learn how to use Nearpod to maximize time on task and student engagement. We will cover fun ways to gather data about your students through interactive activities. Learn how to integrate digital literacy, computational thinking, and digital wellness in new and exciting ways. Walk away from the session with many ideas and templates to take back to the classroom. 

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Conference Strand: How to/Integration

Sharon Hope - University at Albany

Maree Michaud-Sacks  - SUNY Empire State College

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible and openly licensed materials that include full courses, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and other tools, materials, or techniques used to support teaching and learning. Why should you consider using OERs? Join us as we take a closer look at how OERs can be used to support your teaching and benefit your students. We will engage the audience by opening a discussion to learn from each other authentic ways to incorporate OERs into the classroom.

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: OER

Eileen O'Connor - SUNY Empire State College

Scott Dolphin - SUNY Empire State College

Pam Araya - SUNY Empire State College

With the advent of open source virtual-reality (VR) settings and inexpensive server rentals, educators have had the ability to download, modify, and use virtual-reality immersive locations for innumerable education and social purposes. This session will feature a walking tour of several available VR environments, the host being joined by other distant collegial avatars during her travels. Ideas for developing community despite social distance will be considered as well as highlights of the many educational applications. It is important to note that participation only requires a computer and Internet. Documentation will be available for acquiring and using such spaces.

Target Audience: Grades K-12, Post-Secondary

Conference Strand: Remote Learning (COVID Response)