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St. Louis, MO

Welcome to the DENapalooza event page for the tour stop in St. Louis, MO.


Event Date:  October 26, 2013

Event Location:   Ritenour Middle School, 2500 Marshall Ave., St Louis, MO 63114 

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Tentative Agenda:

8:30-9:00Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00-9:30Opening and Welcome
9:30-10:15Morning Session 1
10:20-11:05Morning Session 2
11:10-11:45Unconference Planning
12:00-1:00Lunch and Networking
1:00-1:40Unconference Session 1
1:45-2:25Unconference Session 2
2:30-3:10Unconference Session 3
3:15-3:45Closing


Session 1 - 9:30-10:20


Margie Rogers - Digital Shorts for Teeny Students - Young students have important stories to tell! We will discuss some strategies used successfully with primary kids, and brainstorm a few more things to add to your digital toolbox.


Melissa Robison - Discovery Education - Just the Basics Please - Have you ever wondered if there was more to Discovery Education than the video clips? Discovery Education is a fantastic resource for educational videos, but there is so much more. We'll start off exploring with the advanced search feature. Then we will organize content in the My Content tab. After that, we will explore the benefits of becoming a Discovery STAR. Shine on my friends!


Diane Smoot - Digital Tools for Digital Students - There are many digital tools available but which ones are good for students? Take a look at the tools used last summer with our students in our STEM summer academy for incoming college freshmen. I will showcase some of those tools and share ways I keep abreast of technology.


Sarah Spaunhorst - Excel-lent uses for Excel - Classroom Uses and Assessment - Teaching alternate uses of Excel to students in the form of: personal finance projects, compare and contrast tables, media usage, etc. Incorporating the flipped classroom in teaching excel helps students better see and understand their expectations. Also, in conjunction with Google Forms, how Excel gives you an effective and easy method of assessment! At the end of the session, participants will: Be confident in using Excel with students, have ideas of how to integrate Excel into any 7-12 classroom, and use Google Form results to effectively and easily grade.


Cindy Lane - Going Google but got no Game? - As a Google Certified Teacher, I’ll show you some solid tips and tricks you should be using in your classroom! From Customized search engines to finding copyright protected images. You might think you know gmail, but there are many layers to make your life even MORE organized!


Gwyn Savens - Writing Spark - I believe that students will better learn to be lifelong writers if they are not given writing prompts, but instead are taught how to take their inspiration from the world around them. I use TED talks, NPR, and other current events to spark writers to write in their Writer's Notebook. I will focus on how to use outside sources to spark CCSS styles of writing: argument, narrative, and expository.



Session 2 - 10:25-11:15


Cindy Lane - 26 ways to integrate DE in your classroom - It’s the 26th of OCTOBER, so we're gonna ROCK 26 ways to use DE in your classroom! Hope you have your running shoes on, cause we're going to run thru some great engaging ways to rock and roll your classroom! We're using all kinds of ways, well 26 ways today!


Dr. Wanda Davis - Create Teacher Websites in Weebly - So you and your students want to build your own classroom website. During this hands-on session, participants will explore and create a Weebly website. Weebly is an easy, free website creator with tons of features for you to choose from. The easy, “drag and drop” elements allow even the novice technology user to create their own website. Besides the basic "drag and drop" features for the title, text, text with a picture, etc., the free version allows you to use cool items: photo gallery, slide show, YouTube videos, Google Maps, an assignment form, and lots more. Teachers can easily create a classroom website & blog, manage their students' accounts, accept homework assignments online, and keep parents up to date. Weebly tools support today's project based learning classroom. These tools will offer your 21st Century Learners a quick, easy, and effective way to publish their work for the world to see! 


Bill Bass - Harnessing the Power of Digital Media for Learning - Digital media is all around us and permeates the lives of our students. In this session we will explore the ways that both creating and consuming media influences the decisions we make in regards to our student's learning.


Steve Dembo - Untangling the Web: Free Tools to Power Up Your Teaching - Just another tools session? Hardly. We'll start off with tools that were featured in the recent book of the same name, and then break off into other sites that support, supplement and fit the needs of a variety of niche educators. We won't just explore individual sites, we'll look at clusters and genres that every educator should be aware of and make time to become familiar with. And did I mention that they're all free?

Shelby Bailey - Board Builder for Beginners - In this session, you will learn the basics of using Board Builder with your students. You will brainstorm ways your students can use this versatile feature of Discovery Education and create a board of your own.