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The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases.

Keynote Speakers:
Monday’s General Session: Reed Timmer, Discovery Education’s Chief Meteorologist & Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers
Technology and Extreme Storm Chasing Go Hand in Hand
external image ReedTimmer.jpgDid you know violent, destructive tornadoes are most common after sunset? Or that Storm Chasers use Lexan polymer as a bullet-proof protective bubble to guard against projectiles in a tornado? Mobile radar and probe-launching tornado cannons enable extensive research capabilities in the science of meteorology. Learn how the advancement of technology, such as GPS, cell phones and radar play a key role in meteorology education, as well as in the advancement of our understanding of tornadoes and the prediction of these potentially deadly storms. Ground-breaking scientific data that was collected on the record-breaking 2011 season, in particular, the April 27, 2011 Dixie Alley Outbreak will also be shared, along with a summary of how this data can and will be used to save lives.

Shock the students with the video, "then deploy the science"!

Tuesday’s General Session: Gary Stager
The Best Educational Ideas in the World: Adventures on the Frontiers of Learning
external image GaryStager.jpgThere are places where the desires, talent and competence of children are nurtured, celebrated and respected. This presentation will take you on an expedition to some of the world’s best educational ideas. Each stop on the tour shares inspiration from learning contexts built upon young people’s remarkable capacity for intensity. These ideas provide a foundation for meeting the needs of each child, technology integration, increased teacher quality and the fuel for sustaining innovation. While viewed in isolation, these ideas might inspire incremental solutions to specific problems. Combined, they represent educational transformation.

  1. Gary Stager

  2. Biography of Gary S. Stager

  3. Gary Stager News

  4. Stager-to-Go

Wednesday’s Closing Session: Neil Pasricha
Three Steps To Being AWESOME
external image NeilPasricha.jpgSometimes the simplest things in life can bring us the most happiness. The cold side of the pillow, finding money in your coat pocket and snow days are only a few of the things Neil Pasricha thinks are awesome. He wants to share all of them with the world. Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things is an award winning celebration of the little moments we often overlook, but can brighten our days and reads "like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp" (The Vancouver Sun). What started as a hobby to try and help, Pasricha’s feel better about life is now an Internet phenomenon and has gathered nearly 25 million views. His goal is to post one awesome thing every weekday for 1000 consecutive weekdays over four years. 1000 Awesome Things and The Book of Awesome point out universal feelgood signposts that help us stay afloat in troubling times. Pasricha's uplifting lists serve not as fluffy distractions or placating gimmicks, but as reminders of why "life really is awesome after all" (The Guardian) and how we can enjoy it to its fullest by focusing on the things that fill us with joy.



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Session Number: AL11
Session Time: AL Monday 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: Using Technology for Global Collaboration
Program Description: This session is interactive and will provide examples and resources for using technology for global collaboration. Successful collaborations will be highlighted and will include language teaching, simulations, and student summits. Participants are requested to bring laptops in order to take full advantage of tools that will be shared.
Affiliated Organization:Avonworth School District
Presenter: Kenneth Lockette
Strand(s): Instructional Strategies Global Learning and Collaboration

Other links:

Polycom Conferences:
1. Recommended Lessons
2. Award Winning Lessons

Other links:

  1. TWICE
  2. http://www.magpi.net
  3. http://cilc.org/
  4. http://www.iearn.org/
  5. The Globe Program

Session Number: AH18
Session Time: AH Monday 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: An App a Day: Using iPads in the Classroom
Program Description: The iPad brings interactive learning and amazing resources to the fingertips of all learners. Learn how to integrate this amazing resource in math, language arts, social studies and science. Use it to expand creativity, organization and more. Also discover classroom management strategies to make learning with iPad a reality in your classroom.
Affiliated Organization: Owen J Roberts
Session Location: Hotel Hershey
Room: Garden Terrace East
Presenter: Linda Nitsche
Strand(s): Content Areas Mobile / Wireless /iPad


Session Number: CL02
Session Time: CL Monday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: Using iPods in the Special Education Classroom
Program Description: Still not convinced that iPods can serve as a relevant and purposeful digital tool within your classroom? Come and experience first-hand how iPods can be used as an effective tool for making modifications and adaptations for your students.
Affiliated Organization: East Stroudsburg Area School District
Presenter: Joseph Martin
Strand(s): Adaptive and At Risk
Mobile / Wireless /iPad
ESASD EdTech iPods Moodle Resource Page
Apps We Like: iPod Apps Google Form
Note: ESASD Spring into Technology

Scratch It! Sketch It! Create It!
Presented by Linda V. Nitsche
  • PETE&C, February 2012 Tuesday 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Engage your students as creators and shapers, not just users, of technology. Discover ways to use the programming language Scratch and 3D design program SketchUp to help students learn important
mathematical and computational ideas, while fostering the development of problem-solving strategies, critical thinking skills and creativity.


Session Number: FL02
Session Time: FL Tuesday 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: Fantastic Feedback: Assessment Strategies
Program Description: How do you organize and grade those digital papers? With Google Docs, teachers can provide ongoing formative assessment throughout the creation process. With screencasting tools, teachers can deliver a powerful, personalized response to each student. Forget the old scribbled marks in the margin - we’ve got a new way to grade!
Affiliated Organization: York Suburban SD
Session Location: Hershey Lodge
Presenter: Aly Tapp
Strand(s): How To


Session Number: GH18
Session Time: GH Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: 60 in 60: 60 Web Tools in 60 Minutes
Program Description: Get ready to enhance your classroom with 60 free and easy to implement web tools by participating in this fast paced session.
Affiliated Organization: School District of Philadelphia/PAECT
Presenter: Brandon Lutz
Strand(s): How To
Web 2.0 Software


Session Number: EH20
Session Time: EH Tuesday
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: App Attack - 60 Apps in 60 Minutes
Program Description: Get ready to enhance your classroom, management and instructional practice with 60 free and easy to implement Apps for iOS and/or Android. There will be apps for both you and your students shared in this high-paced session.
Affiliated Organization: School District of Philadelphia/PAECT
Presenter: Brandon Lutz
Strand(s): How To
Web 2.0 Software


Session Number: HL07
Session Time: HL Tuesday 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: Make Your Online Classroom Bloom with STEM!
Program Description: In this session, participants will learn how to transform their virtual classroom into an actual STEM lab! We have reached out to organizations like, NASA, Engineering Go For It, and PBS Design Squad to bring real world engineering problems into our online classroom. This session is for any classroom or online teachers interested in STEM.
Affiliated Organization: PA Virtual Charter School
Presenter: Tara Park
Strand(s): Instructional Strategies STEM

Session Number: IL08
Session Time: IL Tuesday 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Session Type: One Hour
Program Title: iLife - Digital Multimedia for Learning!
Program Description: Rediscover creative new ways to work with digital photos, movies, music and more with iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand! In the classroom, over the internet or as part of a dynamic presentation or podcast, iLife offers exciting new digital content creation tools that are powerful, fun and easy to use.
Affiliated Organization: Apple, Inc.
Presenter: Dave Marra
Strand(s): How To
Movies & Video

PC-B02 Discovery Educator Network - Limited space available
The day will provide educators with an exciting and enriching day of professional development focused on creative and effective ways to use digital media in the classroom.

This year’s thematic sessions will help you answer the following questions:
  • How do I engage my students with content and resources that interest them while maintaining a focus on my instructional goals and standards?
  • How can I transform my instructional practices to take my students beyond the classroom walls?
  • How do I help my students achieve in the context of 21st century student outcomes? And, how do I measure their success?
    Why should you attend?
  • Customize your own schedule as you select three breakout sessions out of more than a dozen choices that match your specific interests and needs.
  • Mix and match your session choices or focus on a particular topic including Digital Storytelling, Instructional Leadership, and STEM.
  • Learn from Discovery Education’s experts including our DEN Gurus.
  • See over 25 examples of what other educators are doing in their classrooms during our interactive lunch and learn session.
  • Meet this year’s PETE&C keynote speaker, Reed Timmer, TVN lead storm chaser and meteorologist from Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers.

10 Simple Ways to Use DE Resources
FIRST, some quick resources that are good to remember:
a. __eggtimer.com__ - basic timer
b. __yasiv.com__ - YES! A visual organizer for book recommendations! This link is going on the library wiki right now.
c. Copyright and Creative Commons - new guidelines
d. __agoogleaday.com__ - teaches research using google
e. __screenr.com__
f. __textthemob.com__ - polling tool
NEXT, __discoveryeducation.com__: practical applications
a. Discovery Streaming Plus - 85,000 videos aligned to standards
b. AEIOU: Adjective, Emotion, Interest, Oh!, Umm? - great literacy strategy, formative assessment strategy (I could see this application in a GDoc or Form)
c. Lesson Trailers: __tinyurl.com/trailersample__
d. Three Truths and a Lie - pull up a video, watch the segment, share three truths and a lie with students and have them select the lie.
e. Silent Film - videos in Discovery are editable; select video clip; turn off the sound, and have students narrate.
f. Paper Slide Videos - __paperslide.wikispaces.com/psv__ : students storyboard and write narrations; students record in ONE shot -no editing
g. Images: 27,000 images aligned to standards; with an image, do “I see..., I know..., I wonder” like a KWL - great for primary sources! Another strategy: 6 word story associated with a photo - so much fun! Crosses the curriculum as well. “What do you see?” Study a zoomed in image, take a guess, zoom out, and identify
h. Writing prompts in Discovery: create student accounts for extended assignments.Go to My Builder Tools, Click on Writing Prompt Builder, use an image (demo of a simple tool called __superlame.com__ - simple upload of an image with a sound clip; also showed __toondoo.com__ - students craft a story in comic strip version)
i. Check for understanding: __photopeach.com__ - embed quiz questions in slide show - QUICK. Student accounts and free educator version.
j. Audio - play an audio file, where are we, play AEIOU, etc.
k. Student Center - with DE, unlimited student accounts available - Classroom Manager - tutorials available to create the accounts.

2. Making Mobile Meaningful - Hall Davidson
a. Plain Old Mobile: youtube class accounts - can annotate and send video back and forth; Wiki Offline (app) - search cached version ; Solar System app demo; WordLens iPhone app - scan text and it translates instantly on screen
b. Mobile to Cloud: Google Translator on Android - voice translation through the cloud; iTranslate another option (has Chinese as well); Shazam; leafsnap - take a picture of a leaf and the app will identify the plant; DE Techbook: TourWrist
c. QR codes - QR wall; cut up the QR code and have students put it together; __qrvoice.net__ - scan code and it will “read” info out loud, even in different language
d. __linkyy.com/9oP__ - Google Doc on mobile
e. Coaches’ Eye via Gmail - $4 - review projects and send back via email, youtube, or camera roll
f. VoiceThread mobile app - use an image and have students narrate a process
g. MadPad - video collaboration - remixes/mashups; free sets available
h. Puppet Pals
i. Comic touch live

3. Bridging Literacy and Technology - Brad Fountain - will add link to ppt when it is posted
__brad_fountain@discovery.com__; __http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2012/02/12/bridging-media-and-digital-literacy-with-brad-fountain/__
a. Kindle app to project the content on the screen, read aloud, and have students read to selves
b.Read a passage, take out key sentences, select a portion of those key sentences to create a paraphrase/summary of the text, then narrow the selected sentences further. At lower levels, can do this with key vocabulary. Have students justify choices. Can be done in ppt, on an interactive whiteboard, etc.
c. In small groups, take same passage, complete a t-chart on interesting and important concepts in article.
d. __readwritethink.org__ - offers fillable k-w-l charts (online)
e. analyze misconceptions - add to k-w-l
f. CLOZE activity - can do in MSWord; interactive whiteboard: hide key vocabulary in the passage of study.
g. GIST (Generating Interaction between Schemata and Text) - summarize, then filter by important vs. interesting. Eventually, students refine to two-three sentences of summary for the passage.
h. Exit Tickets
i. RAFT strategy - Role, Audience, Format, Topic - write a story showing relationship; Ex. Acture Triangle writes a Dear John letter to Obtuse Triangle about their differences. LOVE this example. :)
j. Watch a video and write a definition based on what is seen in the video clip (no audio on the clip).
k. Semantic Feature Analysis - see ppt
l. Edit videos in DE - MovieMaker tutorial in Atomic Learning if needed