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Friday, March 2


Brainpop.com Kerpoof.com and Edublogs.org
Learning can be fun and effective through technology. Brainpop instructional videos and games are not only on the core, but they help students understand the concepts in a clear and simplified way. Kerpoof is a free online tool that enables students to design storyboards and prewrite their stories in an easy to make, animated way, making their writing come to life. Edublogs allow your students to share their writing and collaborate safely online. My students have loved using these tools in their learning this year!

Friday March 2, 2012 10:45am - 11:45am


Publishing Your Own Textbook is Easy
Imagine you and your students actually becoming published authors! With Lulu.com you or your students can publish paperbacks, hardbacks, textbooks, presentations, brochures, comic books, books of artwork or photography, calendars, yearbooks, portfolios, posters, and more, in both black-and-white and color. You can also publish digital media like ebooks, images, music, CDs, videos, fonts, and more. It is great for publishing your own book or for a student or class project. The publication can be publicly sold online for a profit (set your own royalty) or for no profit (only the printing cost). Or you can keep it private and get only a single copy for yourself or your class. The three presenters from Payson High School have taken different approaches. David Rockwood privately self-published a sport psychology book that is being used all across the nation. Brian Blake took an open source biology textbook, edited and customized it to fit his own class’ needs, and published it; It is being used by the Nebo School District. Linda Walter co-wrote a chemistry textbook to be used by her own classes, which is also being used by the Nebo School District.


Linda Walter

Teacher, Payson High School
This is the first presentation that I have made on this particular topic. I have taught Chemistry and Physics for 30 years and am teaching Math for the first time in many years at this time. Canvas has been challenging, especially for mathematics and AP Physics. My Open Math has bridged... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm


Take a Byte out of the new Math Core!
Come explore many free online resources that integrate technology with the Elementary Common Core Math Standards. Featured websites include Yummy Math, Math Snacks, Math Playground, Arcademic Skill Builders, IXL Math, Decimal Squares, and more!


Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
1023D (Lab B)


Collaborative Writing and Research Using Google Docs
Do you want students to work together on a project or just share ideas in real-time? Can you provide a way for multiple students to create, revise, and edit content all at the same time? Ever have trouble where a student takes a writing assignment home and never brings it back? Or can you picture the student that you don't trust to take the assignment home in the first place?

Google Docs offers a free solution that engages all students to collaborate together to share ideas and create content together. All you need is a Gmail account to get started.

Reviewing the new Common Core, I noticed that students in elementary grades are now required to create content online. This last summer I started to create and post some content myself and found it to be quite exciting. I tried to bring this excitement into my classroom by using Google Docs and also Wikispaces. We found that Wikispaces is a great place to publish the work and that Google Docs is better for the prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and overall collaborative approach.

My intent is to show teachers how to create and share documents in Google Docs as well as how students can go do research together or go through the writing process. Teachers will see the power of multiple students accessing the same document at home or at school to complete a project. Of course, this power extends beyond writing and the elementary grades.


Friday March 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
1023B (Lab A)