Ballroom B – Breakout Segment A
Presenter 1: Jackson Independent Community Challenge Team
Presenter 2: Patricia Pratt
Lions, Let’s Code, Tinker, and Print!
Upon returning to the classroom to teach technology after retiring three years ago, I asked my students what was new In technology that they wanted to learn about. Most of them said they wanted to learn to code. One student mentioned the program uscratch,” so I started doing some research. I found many free online programs I could use. I would like to use the programs “Scratch, U “Tinkercad,” and uGamestar Mechanic.” These, along with some books, can all be used to teach coding. I can then create a class in the program Tlnkercad and let them create and design actual products which can then be produced using a 30 printer. This project will Involve other teachers, college students, and community members as resource people. The high school students will teach the elementary students some basic coding and let them observe them creating, designing, and producing Items such as flower pots, toys, and other Items. This will motivate all students and Improve their grades, attendance, and attitudes toward learning and school, I will use this project in Business Principles class to teach marketing and other concepts. We will add electronics to the items and Involve the science classes. This project can be beneficial to all of our students in K-12. My multimedia classes can Interview students and teachers and create news stories about the project to get student and teacher reaction.
Presenter 3: Sarah Kincaid
For our students to become 21st Century Learners, we must teach to inspire them to be creative thinkers that communicate in a variety of ways in order to not just surpass the previous generation, but to build on the foundation of those before and provide continued basis for the future. It was discussed during the previous school year for the Social Studies PLC to become 1:1 classrooms with the use of Chromebooks. I was eager, yet a little hesitant, because this was a very new adventure for us all and I began to think. Is this the best route for our students? What obstacles are we going to face? How can we incorporate Best Practices while promoting collaborative learning? The main thing that troubled me was even though our students do live in a very technology-based world, there will be some who may struggle with the transition and the learning curve will vary depending on the student. I also recognized that group work and kinesthetic learning will have barriers in order to keep our new Chromebooks safe. Finally, when discussing during PLC in the Spring, it was addressed that some students still want to physically write down items throughout the class in addition to uploading everything to the Google Classroom platform. It is then that I presented my idea to Administration – Whiteboard Tables – and thus my search began. Eight square, whiteboard tables will create 4 person stations with room for Chromebooks safely before each student, provide ample space for additional materials, establish relaxed conversation areas for collaborative learning, while still addressing places for kinesthetic and on-the-floor activities.
Presenter 4: Justin Bailey
Real Learning in Virtual Reality
Due to rising educational and transportation costs, students have limited access to informative and compelling field trip opportunities. Similarly, due to our locale, many engaging sites are out of the reach of feasible travel distances. This project examines VR in the classroom with the hope of determining if virtual reality increases student efficacy by allowing students to effectively engage distant locales from the classroom.
Presenter 5: Maggie Roll
Personalized Learning: Engagement on Fire
Students must be engaged to learn. In my experiences in ten years of teaching in a variety of settings, I have seen many students fail because they have not connected with the content. For some students, they have not found a reason to believe the class is relevant to their lives or for others, they have not developed the grit necessary to persevere when assignments are challenging. I have also seen that students tend to engage more if their learning is personalized so that it feels pertinent to their lives outside of the classroom.
Presenter 6: Caleb Gearhart & Layla England
Pike Central Student Senate
Presenter 7: Donna Combs
Old Fashion Skills with a New Generation
Since I started teaching in 2008, I have always been a teacher who wants to prepare her students for real life situations. My project “Old Fashion Skills With A New Generation” will allow my students to successfully build their confidence in the areas of Math and Reading by allowing them to participate in old-fashion activities/games with students from Branson Headstart. They will sew and stuff a pillow for each of the Headstart students to use during their nap time, they will participate in a peer buddy setting which includes activities at least four times during the school year (holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentines Day) and plan a end-of year celebration. The celebration will include calculating the cost, buying the food, and organizing the activities. This will increase their confidence in the areas of Math and Reading skills by using sales advertisements to purchase the food and materials to use during their peer buddy day, and end-of-year celebration.