Concourse A – Segment A
Presenter 1: Abby Oliver & Oren Hunter Shouse
KVEC Student Senate
Presenter 2: Becki McDavid
The Amazing Computer Coding Project
After surveying my students about their coding knowledge, we will use the Birdbrain Finch Robots to enable them to learn and apply computer coding language to make the robots move forward, backward, recognize colors and have the lights flicker in a pattern. They will have maze challenges and other assignments in addition to some creative time to program the robots to do what they desire.. The robots will provide the students with a tangible physical representation of their code.
Presenter 3: Mary Carter-Osborne
Let’s MOVE Mountains at Mountain View
Mountain View Elementary is a Kindergarten through eighth-grade school, which results in limited use of the facilities tor all students. Physical Education classes are on average once a week, and outdoor, recess time is limited to once a week for the “middle grade” students. Because all tile classes are in dose proximity, students are even limited in the number of steps they get during clan change.
Presenter 4: Jason Hall
Student Centered ELA Podcast
After teaching students for 20 years I have come to find that some students love reading but a great majority of them will only tolerate sitting in an ELA classroom as they have no choice but to be there. My problem of practice is figuring out a way to make even my most reluctant readers excited about reading and writing. Almost all of my students are excited about social media and reaching a potentially global audience. They are also excited about technology that allows them to reach that audience. My strategy for giving students a reason to read, research and write is to draw them in via the appeal of social media and technology by launching a 6th grade ELA podcast. My research question is: Does the act of preparing for a weekly/twice a week, 30 minute podcast inspire students to read, research, and write?
Presenter 5: Haley Minix & McKenzi May
Students in 6th grade at Salyersville Grade School will have the opportunity to participate in a daily writing class that will provide articles for the local Salyersville Independent newspaper. Our school will be features in a section of the newspaper each week. Students who are part of the journalism class (Eagle Times) will be incorporating the writing process each week in their writings. Not only will this help students improve their writing skills, but will also allow students to preview occupations that involve writing and the writing process, and/or photography daily. With the generous innovation grant from KVEC, I will purchase four Chromebooks and one iPad to use as tools to help my students design and create articles for the newspaper.
Presenter 6: Tara Boggs
Discovering Our Narrative: Using Place-based Learning in the ELA Classroom
Over the last several years in my language arts classroom, I have noticed a steady decline in 6th graders’ abilities to communicate clearly using the speaking and listening skills necessary to be successful in their future endeavors in college and their careers. In order to address this problem, I plan to utilize technology to help enhance students’ communication skills to ensure that they will be successful and competitive in the 21st Century. Students will be engaged in our community collecting oral histories to be shared through our YouTube channel and in podcasts.
Presenter 7: Debbie Napier
Virtual Field Trips in Harlan County!
Students will design and create digital field trips that showcase aspects of Harlan County’s coal mining history and present Harlan Country favorably to a large audience via the place based social learning network, Holler. Last year, our initial virtual field trip focused on and told the story of Portal 31, a historical coal mine in the community of Lynch located in Harlan, Kentucky. In the 1940s, Lynch was the largest coal company town in the world and also led the world in coal production. The mine has been restored for tours. Tourists ride a mantrip through the mine which includes sound and light effects, animatronic miners, and a robot mule. This year students will organize and design other Virtual Field Trips of sites important to Harlan County’s coal history to share with other schools, districts, and the community.