Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mobile Mondays - ISTE Mobile Learning Webinars in October

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Connected Educator Month
ISTE MLN and GSN Mobile Mondays Mini-Conference
October 2015

Join us Connected Educator Month in October. Throughout October, there will be hundreds of opportunities to participate in events and activities in dozens of online locations to develop skills and enhance one’s personal learning network.

The ISTE Mobile Learning Network and the Games and Simulations Network are pleased to present a Mobile Mondays Mini-Conference with webinars, hangouts, tweetchats, game  jams, and virtual environment sessions each Monday in October. Please visit the Connected Educators website for the full schedule of professional development offerings at We hope you can join us in October!

ISTE Mobile Learning Network Mondays Mini-Conference Schedule

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 6:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Top Free Tools to Differentiate, Communicate, Assess, & Organize BYOT (1-1) Classrooms

Presenters: Melissa Henning, Educational Content Manager, Source for Learning and Kevin Bower, Third Grade Teacher, Penn Manor Schools

With so many devices and so many apps available, how does a teacher find the most appropriate, useful, and free resources? Explore apps to differentiate for all students, communicate with parents and students, assess knowledge, and get organized!

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:00 PM EDT

Webinar - One Tool For All Your Parent Communication: How Bloomz Can Save Teachers Time and Effort

Presenter: Horatio Ochoa, Head of Marketing, Bloomz

Every day we see hundreds of missed connections between teachers and parents. Between reminders, meetings, event signups, all flying around in hard copy, digital and verbal formats, teachers and parents can’t keep up.  On the other hand, social networks and mobile phones have redefined how we connect. Facebook for friendships, LinkedIn for careers; it seems as if there was a social network for every aspect of life. Almost.

Bloomz is a new mobile and web app that helps teachers save a great deal of time in their communication with parents, by providing a powerful set of tools to connect, coordinate and communicate with parents, all in one beautifully designed app that is easy (and free) for teachers to use.  From messaging, to picture sharing, event and volunteer signups, Bloomz provides the right tools to increase parental engagement and satisfaction in your school and classroom. Join this webinar to learn more about this app and how it works.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 8:00 PM EDT

Hangout: Smart Parents for Powerful Learning

Kae Novak and Marie Bjerede, ISTE Games and Simulations Network with
Tom Van der Ark, CEO, Getting Smart

Getting Smart joins the Metagame Book Club for a discussion of their book, Smart Parents for Powerful Learning. This panel will discuss the inspiration for the book, what is personalized learning and why it is important to parents. It will also include a discussion of educational opportunities available to students and last but not least where does making and game based learning fit in.

Link to livestream and padlet

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 4:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Build Some Content!

Presenter: Carolyn Lowe, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, Leadership & Public Service, Northern Michigan University

See how simple it is to build in a 3D virtual environment. These quickly-mastered building skills can facilitate and demonstrate learning in any subject area.  Examples in STEM and social studies created by children ages 8 and up, and teachers will be shared. The virtual environments used are Open Simulator virtual worlds Biome4Kids and Biome run by Carolyn Lowe out of Northern Michigan University and part of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) collaborative. All are invited to visit and build on their own or schedule a time for Carolyn to meet with you virtually. Receive login information at this webinar so you can connect to Biome4Kids.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 6:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Ready to Go Mobile Friendly FREE Tools

Presenters: Melissa Henning, Educational Content Manager, Source for Learning, and Ruth Okoye, Director of K-12 Initiatives, Source for Learning

Explore the FREE resources of TeachersFirst. In this fast-paced session, explore several mobile friendly (ready to go) resources, learn about FREE PD, and more. Why reinvent the wheel when we have done it for you?

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 7:00 PM EDT

Webinar - The Mindset of a Maker Educator

Presenter: Jackie Gerstein, Boise State, Walden, American InterContinental, and Western Governors' Universities

Being a maker educator often requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles. Discover, through this presentation, first, why we are in a perfect storm for maker education in both formal and informal learning environments, and second, through a self-assessment, the characteristics and qualities of the mindsets of an educator who is embracing making education.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 8:00 PM EDT

Hangout - Pervasive Games: Playing and Creating Them!

Presenters: Chris Luchs, Associate Dean, Colorado Community College System, and Kae Novak, ISTE Games & Sims Chair
A pervasive game is a game that extends gameplay past a screen into the real world. Pervasive games often use mobile devices and geolocation associated with augmented reality. In this hangout we'll show you different types and how educators are going about making their own.This Hangout will be livestreamed with a padlet over the Games & Sims Network website

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 9:00 PM EDT

Tweetchat - Digital Tools in the Classroom  hashtags: #istemln #CE15

Facilitator: Rachelle Poth, Teacher and MLN/GSN Officer, Riverview Jr Sr High School

A discussion of everyone's favorite tools to use in class, whether they be apps or not, for assessment, enrichment activities, collaboration or communication. Share the tools and resources you have found work best for your class.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:00 PM EDT

Webinar -  Implementing BYOT in a Third Grade Classroom

Presenters: Katherine Buttery and Grace Choi, Loudoun County Public Schools

Join us as we share strategies for implementing BYOT in an elementary classroom.  Helpful websites and resources for establishing a successful BYOT program will also be shared.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 5:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Social Justice via Mobile Learning

Presenter: David Stoloff, Eastern Connecticut State University

Educators and community members will explore the uses of mobile learning for mindfulness and for social justice.  We will discuss Charity Miles and Goodsearch, mobile tools for fund-raising.  Participants will share their uses of mobile learning for community connections.  

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM EDT

Webinar - What & Why of Computational Thinking

Presenter: Susan Wells, K12 Education Outreach, Shodor
Jeanette Wing, vice president of Microsoft research and pioneer of computational thinking – the ability to break a problem down and express the solution in a form that a computer can understand and evaluate – sees it as a skill as important as reading, writing and arithmetic, and one that will be embraced by everyone by the middle of the 21st century.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 7:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Smartphones as Tricorders

Presenters: Rebecca and Chrystian Vieyra, Physics Toolbox
The smartphone has evolved into the anticipated "tricorder" of science fiction. Learn how to use your mobile device’s many sensors to scan the world around you to engage students in authentic STEM.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 8:00 PM EDT

Hangout: 21st Century Skills and ARGs: Welcome to Ingress

Ingress is an Augmented Reality Game (ARG) requiring players to join one of two factions which are fighting for the future of the world with smart phones.  Players  "hack" portals, which are real world locations and must physically move to the locations in order to hack them.  The panel discussing this game will consist of players, educators, and game designers.  The panel will discuss the playing of the game, the skill-set needed to succeed and how these skills relate to Common Core and 21st Century Learning.  The panel will be moderated via prepared questions regarding the game with  plenty of time to answer questions from the audience, throughout the presentation.

Livestreamed with a padlet over the Games & Sims Network website

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Leading, Managing and Implementing an Ongoing BYOT Initiative at the Elementary Level

Presenters: Robert Marple, Administrator, Loudoun County Public Schools and Laura Briggs, Loudoun County Public Schools

Learn how our BYOT Initiative helps students and teachers learn. From integrating devices within instruction in multiple grades and classes through professional development for teachers, learn about strategies to help your classroom and/or school program. Join us in sharing reflections and plans for a successful BYOT program.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 5:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Educational Virtual World Apps

Presenter: William Schmachtenberg, App Developer and High School Teacher, Educational Virtual Worlds

Faster processors in mobile devices allow students to explore 3D virtual environments.  In this webinar, I will discuss apps that allow students to search for animals in a murky ocean environment, explore a futuristic Mars Colony, or search for fossils.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 6:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Game Jams: Students as Designers

Presenter: Matthew Farber, Denville Township Schools

Excite Your Students with Designing and Playtesting Games -- All While Teaching 21st Century Skills!

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 7:00 PM EDT

Webinar - Mobile Learning, Creativity, and the Cloud

Presenter: Danielle Abernethy, Integration Specialist, Tech4Learning
Teachers need tools that are flexible enough to work on many devices, are engaging, and allow students to make and share. Meet Wixie, the student publishing tool from Tech4Learning for cloud-based learning that is anything but fluffy and boring.

Webinar Location:

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 8:00 PM EDT

Hangout ­ Hearthstone: How a Card Game Teaches Statistics, Math and Quantitative Reasoning

Presenters: Russell Brandon, Educational Technology Coordinator, St. Francis Xavier School, Phoenix, AZ hosts a panel  PJ Bennett, NANSLO Lab Director, Colorado Community College System, Bob Smith (sixth grade student), Chris Luchs, Associate Dean, Colorado Community College System and Trish Cloud, Technology Teacher, Grand Oak Elementary, Huntersville, NC.

Hearthstone is a popular strategy card game available on PC, Mac, phones and iPad. Dr. PJ Bennett, an avid hearthstone player and director of the NANSLO remote science lab, will give an overview of the free digital card collecting game and everyone will play a few rounds. Hearthstone is available in Google Play and iTunes. Link to livestream and padlet

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:00 PM EDT

Tweetchat - Designing Digital Media to Enhance Teaching & Learning Hashtags: #istemln #CE15

Facilitator: Torrey Trust, Assistant Professor of Learning Technology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Digital media is a fundamental part of students’ lives and can enrich teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. In this Twitter Chat, we will discuss and explore ideas, resources, apps, and strategies for incorporating digital media into the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.

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