Register for the 2017 South Fayette School District 

STEAM Innovation Summer Institute 

Register for the 2017 South Fayette School District 

STEAM Innovation Summer Institute 

The STEAM Innovation Summer Institute is provided through the generous support of the Grable Foundation. The Institute is designed to assist districts in transforming education through innovation and to provide experiences for teachers that will become a springboard to a greater vision. The expectation for participating in the Institute is that participants must implement what they have learned in their classrooms or in after-school programs during the upcoming school year.  Participants will report back to the Institute team twice during the year to help gauge the impact the Institute has had on teaching and learning. The information you provide will also provide the feedback we need for continuous improvement. We are dedicated to improving our services to you. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

To register for an inspired learning session please click on the links provided below. Sessions are limited in size. Selection is on a first-come first-served basis.  The registration fee for educators from Southwestern Pennsylvania, which has been offset by the Grable Foundation, is $35 per day. Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania include: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Washington, Westmoreland, Green, Fayette, Lawrence, and Mercer.  Registration fee for educators outside Southwestern Pennsylvania will be $100 per day. We are committed to serving every interested educator and learning enthusiast, therefore we have been able to lower costs this year through the additional support of local sponsors.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are committed to meeting your needs and supporting your vision. Contact Aileen Owens at aowens@southfayette.org or Maureen Pedzwater at mapedzwater@southfayette.org for additional information. Feel free to call Maureen Pedzwater at 724-693-3047 for more details.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Institute!

 

The STEAM Innovation Summer Institute Team and Members of the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network

Aileen Owens, Maureen Pedzwater, Lynette Lortz, Stephanie DeLuca, Stephanie Harris and Norton Gusky

  

One-day Sessions   June 12-15

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Introduction to Lego WeDo, MaKey MaKey & More: Using STEAM Tools in the Core Classroom Curriculum
 
Facilitator: Stephanie DeLuca, 3-5 Curriculum and Technology Innovation Coordinator, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
Have you heard about STEAM but aren't sure where to start?  Maybe you've been exposed to these tools with your students, but haven't had time to dive into them yourself?  If you're interested in learning more about using simple robotics and coding in your classroom, then this is the course for you! In this one day workshop, you will get a chance to experiment with Lego WeDo, Makey Makey and other new technology tools, considering how they might fit within your curriculum, taking your students' learning to deeper levels.  
Grade Level: Grades 1-5 with opportunities 5th and beyond
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 001: Tuesday, June 13
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Updated: Now being taught by Katie Henry of Birdbrain Technologies
Hummingbird Robotics: Using Robotics in the Core Curriculum as a Catalyst to Greater Understanding
 
Facilitator: Katie Henry, Birdbrain Technologies
 
Description:
Description:

Join Katie Henry, Professional Development Coordinator for BirdBrain Technologies to design, build, and program your own robot with craft materials, recyclables, or found art. Bring your creation to life by using kit parts like motors, sensors, lights, and program it to be interactive and responsive in easy-to-use visual programing environments like Scratch or Snap! Finally, after becoming comfortable with the technology, we will design a lesson plan together to integrate Hummingbird within your classroom. Hummingbird is in use in hundreds of classrooms as a tool to foster interdisciplinary STEAM projects. No experience with programming, engineering, or robotics required! Hummingbird is in used in hundreds of classrooms as a tool to foster interdisciplinary STEAM projects. No experience with programming, engineering, or robotics required!  

 

Hummingbird Robotics can be a great way to integrate computational thinking into the regular education curriculum.  In this session, you will explore and learn how to use Hummingbird Robotics as well as consider ideas for integrating their use into a unit or lesson plan. Participants should come prepared with curricular materials they might need for lesson planning.  

Grade Level: Grades 3rd - 6th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 002 : Wednesday, June 14
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
BlocksCAD 3D Modeling: Enhancing Difficult to Learn Math Concepts by Embedding STEAM Learning in Math Class
 
Facilitator: Shad Wachter, STEAM Teacher Grades 3-5, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
South Fayette has had the unique opportunity to pilot the first block-based CAD system for elementary students and it was phenomenal. Now we would like to share this opportunity with educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania. In this session you will be introduced to basic 3D CAD principles and will learn how to use Cartesian coordinates and computer programming concepts such as variables, modules and loops. Our math teachers will demonstrate a project they developed for fifth graders, in collaboration with the STEAM teacher, to enhance math concepts that are difficult for students to understand. You will learn how proportional reasoning, ratios, and Cartesian coordinates can be explained in a more visual way using BlocksCAD. Together you will brainstorm additional ways to make learning math concepts more visible to try in  your classroom. This a great opportunity for rich collaboration among districts.
Grade Level: Grades 3rd - 5th  with opportunities for grades 6th - 8th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 003: Thursday. June 15
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Happy Atoms: Explore an Innovative Approach to Teaching Chemistry

Facilitator: Scott Litwinovich, 7th Grade Science Teacher, South Fayette School District
 
Description:
Explore Happy Atoms function like the building blocks of the universe! Atoms have observable behaviors. When atoms share or exchange electrons to be happy, they stick together. Happy atoms form molecules! With this revolutionary approach to teaching chemistry, you can make your own happy atoms! This physical and digital system lets you discover the world of molecules in an intuitive, hands-on way. Using a set of 50 atom models representing 16 different elements, you can assemble your own molecular models. The digital component takes this molecular modeling system to the next level. Using the Happy Atoms app and the camera on your tablet or smartphone running iOS, you can scan molecules you build. The app then uses state-of-the-art image recognition technology to identify the molecules. After a molecule is discovered, the app presents information about it, including its composition, usage, properties, hazards, formula, and structure. The app can recognize up to 10,000 molecules. New technology now enables us to take this innovative approach to teaching chemistry, making it more tangible and instinctive than ever before. 
 
Grade Level: Grades 6 -12
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 004: Thursday, June 15
Attendees Note: Please bring an iPad or iPhone. Indicate if you cannot, and we will provide
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Three-day Sessions   June 12-15

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Scratch Programming: Introduction to Computer Programming, Engineering and Design with Scratch
 
Facilitator: Shad Wachter, STEAM Teacher Grades 3-5, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
At South Fayette School District we believe computational thinking is the new literacy; therefore we have introduced a vertically aligned K-12 computer programming initiative. Scratch block-based programming language is our foundation. Scratch is so powerful in teaching computer programming concepts and practices that it is used for the first two weeks in the Introduction to Computer Programming course at Harvard University. This inspired learning session will help you get started. Here you will learn the concepts and practices of computational thinking and dispositions of good problem-solvers (Habits of Mind) while learning to code using Scratch programming language. In addition you will use computer programming to create interactive stories and games, and will add extensions to Scratch using motors and sensors, to program robots to move. But wait, there’s more! You will use Scratch to program MaKey MaKey circuit boards to design and build your own unique inventions. Most importantly, during this session you will learn to build collaborative projects to connect to other schools and discuss ideas for developing family programming nights for your families as you implement what you’ve learned.  
Grade Level: Grades 3rd - 8th  with opportunities for 8th - 12th 
Class Size: Limited to 20 participants
Session 005: Monday, June 12 - Wednesday, June 14
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Four-day Sessions   June 12-15

Two-day Sessions June 19-20

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Introduction to Python Programming Language
Python can be your stepping-stone into the programming universe
 
Facilitator: Emerging Innovation Student Leadership Team, South Fayette Township School District including: Lead facilitators - Prateek Jukalkar, 10th grade; Vinay Pedapati, 10th grade; and Parv Shrivastava, 9th Grade, with our friends at CMU Computer Science Department and Google Pittsburgh
 
Description:
You are never too young or too old to learn a programming language. The only question is which language to begin with. We suggest Python. It's easy to learn and will provide you with the building blocks you need to start coding in other languages. It's a good language to
use with peripheral devices such a Rasberry Pi, drones, and others, which makes it fun and exciting to use. Django, a popular open source web application framework is written in Python and is the foundation for sites such as Pinterest, The New York Times, The guardian, Bit Bucket, and Instagram. So why not give it a try? Your teachers for this course are grad students from Carnegie Mellon University and students from South Fayette School District who have been immersed in teaching Python in an after school course.  They are thrilled to extend their passion for coding to you and help you be successful in learning to code. We will have the support and leadership of our friends and students at CMU. So let’s get to it.  
Grade Level: Grades 8th - 12th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 006: Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15 
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
 
 
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Join the Maker Movement: Nurture Your Youngest Engineers, Inventors, and Computer Programmers
 
Facilitator: Melissa Unger, K-2 STEAM Teacher, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
The Maker Movement is the term now used for creating inventors, designers, and tinkerers. In this innovation-driven economy, it is considered critical to America's future for our schools to create innovative thought leaders. Join us as we provide you with a springboard of Maker experiences to help you set up your own MakerSpace in your school for young engineers, designers, and computer programmers! You will learn how to introduce elementary classrooms to mechanical engineering by making squishy circuits with conductive Play-Doh and LED lights and then automate student inventions using LittleBits and MaKey MaKey. Using Scratch Jr. you’ll learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking as you design digital stories. Then venture into programming sensors and motors using WeDo Lego Robotics, Hummingbird Robotics Kits and more. There will be many exciting opportunities to share – bring your thinking cap and be prepared to have fun inventing and making! 
 
Grade Level: K-2 with opportunities for grades 3-5
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 007: Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Innovative Methods: bringing STEAM to the Classroom
 
Facilitator: Stephanie DeLuca, Curriculum, Innovation, and Technology Coordinator, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:

Preparing students from an early age to solve real-world problems is the heart of South Fayette’s project-based STEAM Studio Model for Innovation. Project-based STEAM activities can connect to all areas of the curriculum. In this inspired learning session, we will explore science concepts in a multi-disciplinary way, shown through South Fayette’s vertical strand in grades  3-5. We will dive deep into core curriculum areas embedding essential skills such as Habits of Mind, Visible Thinking Routines, and Human Centered Design Thinking as we explore ways in which STEAM Learning and the maker movement can connect to everything you do. 

Grade Level: 3-5 with opportunities for K-2
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 008: Monday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 21
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
 
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
BlocksCAD: Introduction to 3D Modeling for Young Creators
 
Facilitator: Solomon Menashi, Eintsein's Workshop
 
Description:

This year South Fayette had the unique opportunity to pilot the first blocks-based CAD system for elementary students and it was phenomenal. Now we would like to share this opportunity with educators in Western Pennsylvania. In this session you will be introduced to basic 3D CAD principles and design your own unique objects to be printed on a 3D printer. Most importantly you will experience a new way to teach difficult and important math concepts, such as visual proportioning and reasoning, to young learners in a motivating and exciting way. During this experience you will learn: how to use Cartesian coordinates; how 3D printers work; artistic applications of CAD by creating artistic 3D renderings; practical applications of 3D CAD by creating real-world objects; and computer programming concepts such as variables, modules and loops. 

 

Grade Level: Grades 2nd - 5th and beyond
Class Size: Limited to 20 participants
Session 009 : Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Professional Development for Authentic PBL School to Business Partnerships
 
Facilitator: Student Powered Solutions (SPS) Project Team 
 
Description:
This session, led by the Student Powered Solutions (SPS) Project Team of the Consortium for Public Education (CPE), is designed for participants who are interested in partnering with businesses in implementing authentic Project-Based Learning (PBL) challenges into their middle and high school classrooms.  SPS provides a cross-district, collaborative format that tasks student teams with real-time problem solving experiences posed by regional business partners. The two day interactive workshop is grounded in human-centered design thinking and the elements of PBL as established by the Buck Institute.  All participants will take part in a PBL simulation that follows the same process of research, iteration, documentation, presentation,and evaluation which students will take during a Student Powered Solutions project.
 
Grade Level: Grades 8th-12th
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 010: Monday, June 19 - Tuesday June 20 
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Enhancing the Curriculum with Technology Tools 
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 

Google for Beginners: Tools to Support Teaching and Learning

 
Facilitator: Rachel Geis, 4th grade teacher, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
The Google training for beginners will cover basic knowledge, purpose, and functionality of the G Suite for Education.  The training will start with an introduction to Google Drive, focusing on how to create, share, organize, search, and navigate within this “hub” for Google users.  Google for beginners will highlight why avid Google users prefer to use Google vs. other word processing applications, such as the ability to work offline with automatic syncing to the online Google Drive.  This training will also cover the basic functions and purpose of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms in comparison to similar non-Google products.  Lastly, this training will cover how to use and implement Google Classroom in and out of the classroom setting.  Attendees to this training must have his/her own laptop computer with internet accessibility along with an already-created Google for Education account. 
Attendees must bring his/her own laptop computer with internet accessibility.
 
Grade Level: K-12 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 011: Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Personalize Learning and Assessments using Microsoft OneNote and Office 365
 
Facilitator: Lynette Lortz, South Fayette School District Technology Integration Specialist
 
Description:

On a product efficacy grant with Digital Promise and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, South Fayette Township School District is currently piloting the use of OneNote Classroom Notebook and Office 365 to increase personalized learning and experiences for self-assessment. We are excited about the new learning opportunities we hve discovered and would like to share our experiences with you. Through OneNote students now can create personalized digital notebooks to share with teachers and students. Notebooks can be annotated and embedded with video links graphics, and a variety of tools to help personalize student learning. This tool is more powerful than we imagined: a great addition to your educator toolbox.  Attendees to this training must have his/her own laptop computer with internet accessibility along with an already-created Microsoft 365 account. 

 
Grade Level: Grades 3-12th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 012: Monday, June 19- Tuesday, June 20
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Two-day Sessions   June 21-22

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Teachers in the Workplace
 
Facilitator: The Consortium for Public Education's Career Ready Program Team
 
Description:
This two-day session will provide an opportunity for participants to visit regional employers to learn more about how STEAM is integrated into their business model. To fully prepare students for post-secondary success – in their education and their careers – teachers need to understand what academic knowledge and workplace skills are needed in a continually evolving technology driven business environment. This session will begin with a review of the Allegheny Conference’s report, Inflection Point to set a context for our region’s workforce as well as preparation for the worksite visits. Participants will visit two different worksites over the two-day session to learn more about the various the skills needed to be successful and the multiple career pathways in that industry. Following the worksite visits, participants will come together for the afternoon of day-two for a debriefing on how what has been learned can be incorporated into the classroom for students. 
 
Grade Level: Grades 8th-12th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 013: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22 
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Schedule:
This session will be held at the Chatham University: Eden Hall Campus.
 
Building Sustainable Mindsets through Project-based Student-driven Initiatives
 
Facilitator: Eden Hall, Chatham University
 
Description:
 Topics in sustainability have great potential to help integrate across the disciplines while providing fodder for meaningful, student-driven projects in schools and communities. This workshop will introduce participants to mindsets and topics in sustainability, including: food systems and access, biodiversity, green buildings and schools, air quality, renewable energy, aquaponics, vertical gardening, community development, systems thinking and ecoliteracy. This two-day workshop will be spent at Chatham's Eden Hall Campus, where topics will be explored on-site through hands on design challenges. Participants will use a Project Based Learning framework to begin planning units that encourage students to take action in their schools and communities. 
 
Grade Level: Grades K-12, no experience necessary 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 014: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility. 
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Join the Maker Movement: Nurture Your Youngest Engineers, Inventors, and Computer Programmers
 
Facilitator: Melissa Unger, K-2 STEAM Teacher, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
The Maker Movement is the term now used for creating inventors, designers, and tinkerers. In this innovation-driven economy, it is considered critical to America's future for our schools to create innovative thought leaders. Join us as we provide you with a springboard of Maker experiences to help you set up your own MakerSpace in your school for young engineers, designers, and computer programmers! You will learn how to introduce elementary classrooms to mechanical engineering by making squishy circuits with conductive Play-Doh and LED lights and then automate student inventions using LittleBits and MaKey MaKey. Using Scratch Jr. you’ll learn the basics of computer programming and computational thinking as you design digital stories. Then venture into programming sensors and motors using WeDo Lego Robotics, Hummingbird Robotics Kits and more. There will be many exciting opportunities to share – bring your thinking cap and be prepared to have fun inventing and making! 
Grade Level: K-2 with opportunities for grades 3-5
Class Size: Limited to 20 participants
Session 015: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
The Open Portfolio Project: A Lifetime Portfolio System for Makers
 
Facilitator: Anna Keune, Counseling and Educational Psychology/Learning Sciences and Sophia Bender Indiana University Creativity Labs, Center for Research in Learning and Technology 
 
DescriptionHow can a young maker’s portfolio show process as well as product? How can the portrayal of a young maker’s work reflect his/her learning? What can a portfolio demonstrate about a young maker’s identity/identities? The Open Portfolio Project “aims to develop a common set of practices for portfolio creation, reflection, sharing, assessment, and technology solutions to create an open, decentralized, and distributed lifetime portfolio system for makers.” Supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the project brings together the Maker Education Initiative and Indiana University’s Creativity Labs. Through a literature review, surveys and interviews with makers, visits to maker spaces, and research into learner documentation, the team hopes to make recommendations to the field about possible design features for maker portfolios. In addition to building on the longstanding traditions of portfolio assessment in the arts and other disciplines, timely encouragement came from the announcement from MIT that they will be accepting maker portfolios as a part of their admissions application
 
Grade Level: K-12 with a special focus on 9-12
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 016: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
 
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Enhancing the Curriculum with Technology Tools 
Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Google for Intermediate Users: Tools to Personalize Assessments and More
 
Facilitator: Rachel Geis, 4th grade teacher, South Fayette Township School District
 
Description:
This Google training will highlight the complexities of the G Suite for Education.  This training will start with ways to enhance basic Google apps with the use of add-ons like Kaizena and Flubaroo.  Kaizena allows educators to give audio feedback regarding student work, while Flubaroo will automatically grades Google Form assignments and creates an informative spreadsheet for the teacher with a report for each individual student. In addition, this Google training will also highlight the advanced capabilities of Google apps like YouTube, Sites, and Groups.  For Google users that are ready for more advanced apps, there will also be an introduction to Google Expedition and Google Cardboard.  Lastly, this training will cover how to create interactive, student-paced lessons using the apps within the G Suite for Education such as YouTube, Sites, Forms, and Groups.  Attendees to this training must have his/her own laptop computer with internet accessibility along with an already-created Google for Education account. 
 
Grade Level: K-12
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 017: Wednesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Attendees to this training must have his/her own laptop computer with internet accessibility along with an already-created Google for Education account. 
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Three-day Sessions   June 19-21

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
Prototype Design: Designing a Mobile App for Your Classroom with App Inventor
You can create a product prototype of your next invention with the help of this student team
 
Facilitator: Emerging Innovation Student Leadership Team, South Fayette School District including: Parv Shrivastava, Sam Cohen, Joe Cavanaugh, and Anish Thangavelu
 
Description:
Most likely you have thought about the perfect app for your classroom but it just doesn't exist. Why not get started now, and learn to create an app that will be useful to your students, to help them learn those difficult concepts they have been struggling with or to simply engage them in learning to create and invent on their own? App Inventor, developed by MIT Media Lab
is a blocks-based app development tool that actually mimics the computational thinking
process used in text-based code. It’s an important and very powerful tool for building a vertically aligned computer science initiative. In this three-day inspired learning session, you will bring your ideas to life as you begin to develop an app for a mobile device. It may not be that million-dollar idea that launches your career as an entrepreneur, but it may be just the thing that gets you --- and your students – started. The student team will demonstrate the BusBudE app to show how a simple tool like AppInventor can be used to create a product to keep students safe while traveling to and from school. They will teach you how to use AppInventor to make your own new invention. It may just be the beginning of your next prototype. The cool factor lives here!​
 
Grade Level: Grades 6th - 12th 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 019: Monday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 20 
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Four-day Sessions   June 19-22

Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
E-Textiles: Wearable Technologies Design Challenge
 
Facilitator: Sophia Bender, Graduate Research Assistant, The Creativity Labs at Indiana University, Bloomington and South Fayette team including Aileen Owens, Director of Technology and Innovation, and student teachers Ashumi Rokadia.
 
Description:
Description: In this Human Centered Design approach to STEAM Learning, design teams must create an eTextile clothing line, company branding, and marketing plan and then build a prototype of their clothing line. Participants test their understanding of electrical circuitry and computer programming as they program Arduino boards to make LED lights blink on and off to accentuate their unique designs. During a pitch fest, teams must sell their ideas to a panel of judges from local design firms. Think Project Runway meets SharkTank! 
 
Grade Level: Grades 3rd - 12th  
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 020: Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
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Schedule:
8:30am - 11:30am: In session
11:30am - 12:30pm: Lunch & Learn (Lunch provided for your convenience)
12:30pm - 3:30pm: In session
 
UPDATED: NOW OFFERING as Two-day Sessions- Social Virtual Reality: 360 Cameras and Immersive Storytelling

Facilitator: Aparna Wilder and Ali Momeni
 
Description:

This two-day hands-on session will explore how to use relatively inexpensive technology–including 360 cameras and virtual reality (VR) headsets–as tools for immersive storytelling.  

Participants will learn how to use a 360 camera and use the Social VR platform to build and create an immersive narrative using the SocialVR platform with a pre-selected community partner (museum, library, park, organization etc.), and create a lesson plan for their classroom as part of a group project. Each day will end with a reflection session on skills learned during the course of the day and how these can be incorporated into a classroom setting. 

Grade Level: K- 12. No experience necessary. 
Class Size: Limited to 15 participants
Session 021A: Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20
Session 021B: Wednesday, June 21- Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
Schedule:
This session will be held at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Tech Suite 
UPDATED: Now being offered as a Two-Day Session:
Techno Traditional Game Re-Design
Facilitator: Jill Wiggins, Digital Arts Teacher, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
 
Description:

Bring your students into the Maker Movement by redesigning a traditional board game. Choose a game like backgammon, checkers or chess and rethink the design. During this workshop you will learn the basics of 3D modeling and printing and laser engraving in MCG’s newest studio, the Tech Suite. The beginning will be spent using solid modeling software to design and 3D print your game pieces. Participants will have access to ten 3D printers, learning the nuances of running and maintaining them. Then, you will use Adobe Photoshop to design and laser engrave your new game board. This workshop is especially focused on the needs of arts education teachers and has been recommended to us by the Arts Education Collaborative.

 
Grade Level: Grades K-12
Class Size: Limited to 10 participants
Session 022 : Wednesday, June 21- Thursday, June 22
Attendees Note: Please bring a laptop computer with internet accessibility.
Southwestern PA Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/lfvhdxe
Outside Southwestern PA Register Herehttp://tinyurl.com/k5rh9u3
 

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