Workshops and Presentations for Dynamic Landscapes
The Dynamic Landscapes conference committee is still accepting proposals for the conference. However, we are also excited to share with you a selection of the workshops that have been accepted to the conference.
Generative art is art or design generated by algorithms. Using a programming environment of choice, students can quickly get started writing code to create interesting shapes and patterns. The visual output increases students’ engagement and curiosity. I will be showing how my students were motivated to learn programming concepts (such as branching, looping, and functions) in the process of generating art. Participants in this workshop will create their own designs, using a choice of programming tools.
Presenter: Charlie MacFadyen
Not since the efforts to ban calculators, or Google, has an innovative technology caused as much concern to educators. Will this powerful tool lead to massive cheating and a threat to the teaching of writing? Seattle, Los Angeles and New York City Public Schools quickly banned it. Turnitin, and OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, immediately began developing methods to detect its use. But the real challenge, and opportunity, for educators, is to learn how to use it thoughtfully, ramp up their media literacy curriculum, and develop assignments that result in original and creative work by their students.
I asked ChatGPT to “Write about the concerns and challenges of using ChatGPT in K-12 classrooms.” The response: “The concerns and challenges of using ChatGPT in K-12 classrooms include the need for careful consideration of the quality and reliability of information provided, and the need for teacher training and support to effectively integrate the technology into the curriculum.”
This session will be a fast moving summary of the challenges and benefits of this impactful tool. Come with an open mind, curiosity, and your sense of humor. Participants will get links to all resources. The session will end with a raffle for techy prizes.
Presenter: Maureen Yoder
Mote is the audio toolkit for educators and learners across the world – integrated into the products you know and love. In this session you will learn all about Mote by setting up a free account. Mote gives students and educators the ability to record voice comments anywhere on the web. These voice comments can be transcribed and translated as needed. Students and educators can respond to Mote comments with audio comments of their own! Want to know more? Come to this session and you will be guided through the process of using Mote, its key features and Google integrations and more.
Want a head start? Read this article to see how Mote supports UDL https://learn.mote.com/2021/05/14/6-ways-mote-supports-universal-design-for-learning/
Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell
This session feature Ozobots, desk-friendly coding robots that come with infinite ways to create, learn, and share. Participants will not only learn how Ozobots work, but they will also have a chance to code Ozobots in a variety of ways as well as learn how Ozobots can be integrated into the elementary curriculum.
Presenter: Adam Brua
Join us as we take a deep dive into the why of accessibility and leave with loads of FREE digital resources to support inclusive environments for ALL! The term “”accessible: has more than one meaning related to equitable access in education. It’s often confused with related terms about access for students with disabilities, such as accommodation, adaptation, or assistive technology. Throughout this session, participants will explore the meanings of “”accessible”” and clarify what “”accessible”” means in the context of access for students with disabilities. Come join this fun and engaging experience with the AEM Center’s Technical Assistance Specialists!
Presenter: Kelli Suding
Teaching is a very personal act wrapped up in personal identity – and instructional coaching can make educators feel very vulnerable. After vetting a tool to ensure its effectiveness, I will volunteer to try new tool or resource with a teacher’s class; by purposefully weaving educational technologies into coaching partnership planning, I can model my own vulnerabilities. This can make our teacher-coach relationship one of mutual growth. Come and hear about this intersection of traditional instructional coaching and educational technologies. The development of at least two instructional coaching sequences will be shared, with a focus on how technology resources and tools strengthened teaching-learning dynamics. Evidence will be shared to illustrate coaching in action. Finally, ISTE standards in action will also be articulated and discussed. Two Technology tools highlighted: (1) Book Creator and (2) Google meets/Mystery Location.
Presenter: Laura King