On June 3, 2013, USD 207 teachers, leaders, and technology staff joined 150 teachers from across the state of Kansas at the KU School of Education Teacher Technology Camp.
The Summer Tech Camp, sponsored jointly by the KU School of Education, ALTEC, and KSDE, brought together educators for exploration, collaboration, and learning about the hottest topics in technology integration. The one-day conference included hands-on sessions focused on pedagogy, classroom management, and the resources necessary to successfully facilitate student learning with technology.
Amber Rowland, Assistant Research Professor, ALTEC and event organizer, said, “It was a great event, bringing together teachers from all over Kansas who who wanted to brush up and share their ideas on the latest innovations in EdTech.”
3 Sessions Led by USD 207
1. “TEAMS Thinking” Alan Landever, Tyler Fowler, and Liddell Hobin.
This session will approach the topic of STEM + Arts = TEAMS. This is not your typical STEM discussion! The process of TEAMS thinking will be discussed as a way of infusing Science, Math, Arts, Engineering and Technology into every lesson in your classroom.
2. “Multi-Media Book Creation on the iPad” Tammy Irminger, Tyler Fowler, and Liddell Hobin.
This session will demonstrate apps (Book Creator, Drawing Box, PuppetPals, and Comic Book) that can be used together to create interactive books on the iPad for any subject and grade level.
3. “Engaging and Interacting with Students using Nearpod” Kara Gentry, Tyler Fowler, and Liddell Hobin
This session will show one of the best apps we’ve found: Nearpod. Nearpod allows teachers to engage and interact with students via iPads or computers and get real-time feedback as the lesson is in action. You will learn how to use Nearpod in the classroom and the basics of creating presentations for your classroom use.
Kara Gentry, Learning Technology Integration Specialist at USD 207 said, “I had a lot of fun presenting the Nearpod session and getting the teachers involved. It was also really enjoyable seeing all the attendees getting into the spirit of the TEAMS Thinking workshop that Alan (Landever) led. It was a very physically engaging activity, in the way that he outlined TEAMS Thinking with the Lego activity. I think, with this, and all three workshops we did, it was really valuable for the teachers to put their student hats on and participate in the same way that they’d like their own students to do!”
Alan Landever, Director of Technology Services, said, “It was really satisfying, professionally, to share what we’re doing with TEAMS Thinking with a broader community of educators at the Teacher Tech Camp. I was proud of our USD 207 team for the great workshops they lead on Nearpod and iPAD book creation. And getting the chance to see what other schools and districts are doing across Kansas was a really productive way to spend a day of professional development. The organizers put together a great conference.”
After the event, Rowland commented, “The Fort Leavenworth team delivered spot-on examples of hands-on professional learning with Lego competitions, TEAMS Thinking and some fantastic iPad apps! Just what we needed. We are grateful to have such a strong relationship with Fort Leavenworth USD 207 because they bring fresh, dynamic ideas to technology integration and teacher learning from their CYBER-TEAMS initiative.”