July 20, 2011
Matt Dozier and Melanie Ridlon, EAST
Legacy Building and Rebuilding
Your program has a past and it has a future. The intersection of the two is in the palm of your hand. In this session EAST staff shares with you the lessons they have learned over the last fifteen years in how to recover from disappointment, move out of neutral and build on success. You have the power; your students need you to use it wisely!
GIS: How EAST Kids Can Understand and Improve the World
Charlie Fitzpatrick, ESRI
GIS helps people grasp the many layers of our chaotic world, then make decisions about how to improve things. Whether via browser, mobile apps or desktop tools, your kids can make a difference, solving problems by comprehending them and acting on them, learning their way up to college and career. But they need you to help in one special way. Regardless of your experience with geospatial tech — or whether you can even spell GIS or GPS — come see, hear and talk about GIS in EAST.
Energy-Saving Designs Using CAD
Greg Hamano, Archway Systems, Inc.
CAD products have come a long way. These days they are not only used for design, but for stress analysis, calculating energy consumption and more. Bentley’s Hevacomp simulates energy consumption in a building. In Solid Edge, students can design energy efficient buildings, vehicles or devices. With gas prices on the rise, electric bikes are taking off like crazy. Can your students come up with the next major invention for transporting people to work and school?
Energy Projects and GIS
In this hands-on session, we’ll use ArcGIS to do a school campus energy use assessment that you can easily replicate at your school. We’ll discuss the kind of data you’ll need, and share a simple step-by-step process for successfully completing the assessment. We’ll also talk about other types of energy projects that can be done with ArcGIS and how your students can learn more. HINT: We’ll be offering a student training on this subject in the fall!
The Future of Technology at EAST and Beyond: Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
Scott Jochim, Digital Tech Frontier
We are going to explore both Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, and what this technology is, and how it can best be integrated into the EAST environment. We will explore ideas, create a plan, organize the troops and implement this strategy. Both technologies are exciting and cutting edge but skills are needed outside the technology to make a project work. But with a little effort and a plan it will be easy, fun and along the way you may find yourself learning that this technology is really very cool! I will bring with me printed copies for ideas, stories of projects gone right and wrong and more for you to plan your next EAST Adventure! There is no experience necessary other than a great idea and the passion to see it through. You won’t want to miss this fun, interactive and informal session about technology now and in the future.
Jerry Prince, EAST, and Friends
This session has been called many things over the years — but the purpose has remained the same: an opportunity to cover multiple topics in one setting. Announcements, ideas, sing-along, knock-knock jokes and balloons!
July 21, 2011
Facilitator Speed Topics
This fast-paced session covers important topics related to facilitating an EAST classroom. Led by experienced facilitators, each mini-topic will provide useful tips and advice in twelve unique areas. Divided into three sessions, facilitators will have time for three of the four topics during each session hour. Come share and strategize with your peers!
8:00 AM — Student Motivation, EAST Conference Preparation, Starting the School Year in Style, Establishing Client Relationships in an Urban Setting
9:00 AM — Facilitating in the Elementary and Middle Grades, Getting Students Started in GIS Projects, EAST After Hours, Client Relationships in a Rural Setting
10:00 AM — Managing Students Managing Projects, Public Relations & EAST Night Out, Facilitator Motivation, Client Relationships in a Remote Setting
Presenting Your Program
Jerry Prince, EAST
What makes a good presentation a stellar presentation? This session will focus on the presentation portions of Conference. A comparison of examples will illustrate what works and what doesn’t.
Shelley Dirst, Arkansas Department of Education
The Arkansas Digital Sandbox is an exciting new resource for teachers and students that can make sharing and storing digital files school friendly. Come learn how to utilize this tool for your students.
Hosting a Website
Reuben Canada, EAST
Getting a website on the web is a task. This session will cover the process of purchasing a domain, finding a host and connecting the dots to get your hard work on the Worldwide Web. What fun!
The NEW EASTproject.org
Dylan Selby and Melanie Ridlon, EAST
This session will showcase the redesigned EASTproject.org. See what information is available for the public, get a demo of the new simplified navigation and explore tools for facilitators in the myEAST section: Manage Accounts, Classes & Journals, Help Tickets, Manage Projects, Manage Trainings and Facilitator Documents.
Power Up for Energy: The 2011-2012 National Service Focus
Kathy Nelson, EAST
Charge your batteries ahead of this year’s service project focus. We will discuss resources and project ideas focused on energy in all its forms. This session will be electrifying!
Up the Ante
Tim Stephenson and Tyrone Nation, EAST
Are your students struggling with turning basic plans into WOW! projects? The power of EAST is in layering project-based learning with relevance and sophisticated techniques and technology. Spend some time with us and learn tips and strategies for elevating the level of sophistication of your projects.
We end the day at the heart of EAST, with special presentations focused on the unique experiences that comprise the life of an EAST Facilitator. Come prepared to share in the joys and the challenges of the greatest group of educators in the world.
July 22, 2011
Instructional Technology and the New Common Core
Jim Yeager, Pottsville School District
The "New Common Core" and its implications for instruction is a hot topic these days. This session will focus on the role of instructional technology in preparing students for the new skills and the technology-based assessment that will accompany the new core. EAST facilitators are well equipped in both pedagogy and resources to be key players for schools wanting to get an early start on this process
Innovate Your Z: Folders
Scott Jones, Omaha High School EAST
The topic of innovation will be addressed, as well as our success with a new approach to student Z:Folders on the server. No longer are we bound to lost, redundant and corrupted data. Students can no longer make excuses that they cannot access the information because it is in someone else’s folder. No more forgotten passwords. Since these changes were made in our Z:Folders, student collaboration and communication has improved — with no extraneous files hidden/saved in individual folders. Sit in and see if this sounds like a solution for your classroom!
GIS in your Classroom: From Getting Started to Advanced Training
This presentation addresses the questions we hear most frequently from facilitators about ArcGIS: What can I do with it? How do I get students interested? Once I get students interested, how do I keep them going when they get frustrated? What resources are available to help them continue their GIS learning? We’ll give you a conceptual overview of what GIS is and what it can do, and offer tips for student involvement based on what we’ve seen working in other EAST programs.
Reuben Canada, EAST
What are some of the new items going into new EAST classrooms this year? This session highlights some of the cool stuff that is making or has already made a mark in the world of technology.
Matt Dozier, EAST
The Seminar comes to a close with this high-energy session. Hint: There are prizes!
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