Tuesday, November 25th, Verizon representative Steven Cronemeyer, presented ITTIP staff with a grant to support professional development on instructional practices using the Finch Robot. The Institute will offer this opportunity to 18 teacher in Southside Virginia during the Summer 2015. After the training, teachers will be provided check out kits to implement in their classrooms during the 2015-2016 school year.
In addition to the teacher workshop, ITTIP will also be offering a Saturday workshop on the Finch Robot for middle school students at Longwood University. Announcements regarding this opportunity will be shared through upcoming newsletters, website, and Southside Virginia Regional Techonology Consortium.
As part of the Greater Richmond Area Educational Technology Consortuim (GRAETC), ITTIP is assisting with faciliating EdTech 2015, including a call for proposals. GRAETC is currenlty made up of the metro-Richmond school divisions of Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Henrico, Hanover, and Hopewell, in addition to Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE).
The EdTech conference, formerly sponsored by WCVE/PBS, will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in downtown Richmond on March 12, 2015. The theme will be, Personalized Learning: Sparking Innovations for Students and Self. It is certain to be of interest to teachers, administrators, library media specialists, and ITRTs from across the central Virginia region! The conference will be organized around 45-minute break-out sessions. If you, or someone you know, have something to present and share, please submit the proposal using our online proposal form.
The lead presenter for selected proposals will receive a conference discount. The conference team will review proposals and contact you via email by mid-January regarding approval and details. We are expecting a large number of proposals, so please complete the online form by December 19, 2014.
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Do you need help with ways to integrate creativity and innovation in your classroom? Are you looking for ways to provide interdisciplinary STEM opportunities for your students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be interested in taking our open online course, Creativity and Innovation in STEM (CI STEM)*.
Creativity and Innovation in STEM open online course was created to assist educators in understanding how to integrate creativity and innovation in the classroom through interdisciplinary STEM experiences. The course is meant to be asynchronous so that time and place are not constraints on the opportunity to learn. There are no specific times for online learning or assignment due dates. Throughout the course educators will have several assignments that involve self-assessment, journals, discussions, and more. The course should take approximately 30 hours to complete.
If you are interested in taking the course, please go to www.schoology.com and join by entered the course code: MR2BN-68765
*Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) was awarded a grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in order to make this content freely available to educators.