At at DENapalooza Milwaukee we will be featuring sessions from DEN Guru Rita Mortenson. A teacher for 28 years in the Verona Area School District, I have enjoyed working with the staff, students, parents and community members helping to integrate technology into the classrooms. Since 1995, I have been the Educational Technology Coordinator for Verona Area High School and am a National Board Certified teacher with an MBA degree. I also recently became a google certified teacher.
As an active Discovery STAR Educator, I serve as the Events Chair for the Wisconsin DEN Leadership Council, and in 2009 was one of three teachers selected to participate in the Discovery Student Pilot Adventure in China for 15 days. Recently I was selected as a Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Gurus, which recognizes “distinguished educators who are thought leaders in the education community.”
An Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007, I have been developing curriculum and showcasing student work in a variety of ways. Having taught several grad classes on the iLife and iWork Suite, and trained teachers on various topics, including iBooks Author and iTunes U, my goal is to make technology integration a natural and fun part of learning. I was also a part of the Apple Distinguished Educator team at the Apple Institute in Ireland which created a course in iTunes U called "My Global Voice: Publishing with iBooks Author".
Breakout Session Descriptions
Spotlight on Strategies- Are you looking for creative ways to easily and effectively integrate Discovery Education resources in your class? We’ve heard your S.O.S call! Go hands on in this interactive session and explore the popular DEN Blog series “Spotlight on Strategies”. Teachers of every grade level, subject area and will walk away with classroom-ready tips and tricks for integrating DE media. Presented by the DEN Team
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Google Tips and Tricks to know before your students do- Where does one start with Google? Apps., extensions, Google classroom, Drive, etc. I will share some of my favorite must haves. Come to this energetic presentation and leave with a lots of things you can begin immediately implementing. Throughout the workshop I will encourage you to download and try some of these many ideas and collaborate with your DEN colleagues. All grade levels and all subject areas. Presented by DEN Guru, Rita Mortenson
Weaving DE Tools Together with a Google Thread- Google apps and extensions coupled with Discovery Education media knit together to create great products. Explore some of these resources and how they can be pulled together to bring learning to new heights. Presented by Rachel Yurk
DE Student Center- Put the power of learning at student’s fingertips with Discovery Education Student Center & Board Builder. With unique logins, students can browse grade-specific content, access personalized assignments, curate, create, and synthesize content to express their personal curiosity, solve problems, and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge. Presented by Chad Lehman
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Interactive Inspiration- Discover an interactive world of learning. This session will help you inspire you to engage your students with free, easy to use tools. Some of the tools that we will explore will be Enchantium, ZooBurst, Pixler, and of course Discovery. The session is for teachers in grades k-12. You will come away with new ideas that can be used Monday morning. Presented by Cathy Houchin and Rita Mortenson
Digital Storytelling- Putting all the pieces together- Put the pieces of digital media together using web tools, iPad apps, Discovery Education media and original student artwork. Tell your story in a way that will not be forgotten. Presented by Rachel Yurk
Keeping Parents happy and kids busy with social media and blogging- In this session, I will showcase how I've incorporated social media in my classroom to keep parents informed and involved. Facebook and Twitter sometimes get a bad rap, but when used for good rather than evil, they can be transformative for you as a teacher as well as for your parents. We will also look at using Weebly as a way to showcase student work, giving students an authentic audience for their work and helping parents feel connected to what their child does in school. Presented by Edie Erickson
BREAKOUT SESSION 3
Google Drive in the Intermediate Grades Using Google Tools such as Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms makes teaching more engaging, more interactive and more effective! Learn how to use these tools in your classroom to expand your student's learning. I will share practical activities that show how I use Google Docs in Language Arts, Google Sheets in both planning with other teachers and in math, Google Slides in math and language arts and Google Forms in any subject area. Presented by Liz Charlton
DE Science- Explore the additional resources found in DE Science that assist educators with inquiry-based learning and reinforcing important literacy and math skills. In this session we’ll review the media resources, including full-length videos and segmented clips, virtual labs, integrated science simulations, explorations and reading passages that help students investigate real-life situations. Presented by Emily Murn
Marvelous Museums- Take a virtual field trip to the Washington DC Smithsonian Museums. Discover how to engage students in activities on these Smithsonian sites. Help them keep track of their learning with purposeful note taking. The Smithsonian has something for everyone! Presented by David Hetzer
DENapalooza- Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
North Division High School
1011 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206
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