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Saturday, February 1
 

10:00am CST

Creative and Quirky Science Lessons for Elementary Students!
Are you itching to give creative lessons to your students, but don't quite know where to start? During this presentation we will explore how to create songs, comic strips, and fun trivia games for our elementary students! I'll even show you how I've incorporated food to help teach sedimentary rocks, moon phases, and the solar system to name a few. I promise that you'll leave this course feeling energized and ready to create your own materials to match your classoon curriculum and I will show you the tools that I've used to help launch these ideas in the first place! Get ready for an action packed hour of fun and creativity!

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Conoley

Tracy Conoley

Technology Teacher, GPISD
Hi! My name is Tracy Conoley and I am the computer and science guru on campus! I currently teach technology to all grade levels and video production to our 5th graders. I started out in GPISD as a 4th grade science teacher, moved up to a 5th grade science teacher and was then offered... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
806

10:00am CST

Don't Flip Out: 5 Ways to Easily Integrate Technology in the Classroom
The Flipped Classroom is a very popular model for integrating technology in the classroom. However, this method can be very intimidating to those who aren't "tech-savvy." This session will provide 5 quick and easy ways to integrate technology into your classroom. All grade levels and technology expertise are invited to attend. Participants should bring their own technology device if possible. All techniques can be used simultaneously or integrated one at a time at your comfort level.

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avatar for Karin Busby

Karin Busby

Physics Teacher, Lake Highlands High School

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
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10:00am CST

Teachers as facilitators: Implementing the 5'Rs.
Do you sometimes feel like you are doing more work than the students? Would you like to see them excited about their learning? Do you enjoy energy filled interactive classrooms? Well, this is the session for you. Valuable information shared will help teachers become classroom facilitators. Teacher facilitators plan and organize lessons and the classroom setting based on learning objectives. However, students attain knowledge through inquiry, discovery and discussion. By implementing the 5 R's; Rigor, Richness, Reflection, Relationships and Recursion, your classroom can be transformed into an environment where students: work to reach their full potential; are innovative, creative, use technology and have fun learning; have meaningful dialogue; build collaboration and leadership skills; and, problem solve while making global science connections.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Rouse

Angela Rouse

Science Teacher, Garland ISD
avatar for Dr. Bonita Woods

Dr. Bonita Woods

Garland Independent School District

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
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10:00am CST

Global Science Collaboration
The future of the US is moving more and more towards a global perspective. So why doesn’t education do the same thing? An understanding of various cultures from around the world results in students who have knowledge, consideration, and compassion. This creates action oriented students who strive to make a difference in problem solving and change the world to be a better place. This is especially important in science education. For most of the world’s population, the majority of the aspects of living are now influenced by advancements in science and technology. Since it is a common practice for scientists to openly collaborate at the global level, it is likewise imperative for science educators to globally collaborate. After all, it is these science educators who are teaching the future scientists and they must help them develop a world perspective. Come see what global science education is all about!


Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
613

10:00am CST

Boost science, reading, and writing STAAR performance with one program!
In order for students to be successful on STAAR™, instruction must go beyond the simple recall of science facts and vocabulary. Students must be able to demonstrate their understanding of science content through the application of Scientific Investigation and Reasoning Skills. As a result, instruction must teach content and process TEKS in tandem. The integration of science process and content TEKS as well as ELAR TEKS is a hallmark of the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading® program. This session is a hands-on workshop that will engage participants in Seeds/Roots’ unique integrated instructional model. Free resources provided.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
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10:00am CST

21st Century Skills in the Science Classroom STEM
Our world has changed. Globalization and the digital revolution have redefined the skill set that is essential for student success in the classroom and beyond. ScienceFusion provides deep science content and STEM lessons, activities, and Video-Based projects that incorporate and develop 21st Century Skills.

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avatar for Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Christine Ely | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
407

10:00am CST

Stand Back!! We’re Using Discovery Education’s Science Techbook
Unless you want to ENGAGE students as they EXPLORE science through digital media in conjunction with hands-on resources don’t bother attending this session. We'll EXPLAIN how digital media can change the way you teach science, ELABORATE on how digital media can be utilized to meet the needs of every student, and EVALUATE student progress through science concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Fountain

Brad Fountain

Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He served as administrator of the North Carolina... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am CST
617

11:15am CST

Project Based Learning in an Elementary Science Classroom
Project Based Learning (PBL) allows students to steer their own learning, and gives them the opportunity to own their success. While this is an established model in secondary education, the methodology can be modified for elementary use, especially through Science. This workshop will provide a skeleton for planning a PBL unit in general, as well as the modifications for making that model successful on an elementary level. Examples of kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade projects will be discussed. Each of these projects have been taught and have been successful on an elementary campus.

Workshop attendees will leave understanding:
1-The overall PBL process
2-How to write a Guiding Question
3-Templates for student research
4-How to guide elementary student research
5-Technology information for students to use in research, collaboration, and products for presentations
6-Rubrics for fishbowls, research notes, team collaboration, and product presentations
7-How to include parent communication in the PBL process
8-How to connect learning outside the 4 walls of the classroom.
9-Resources to begin creating PBL units.
10-How to incorporate individual accountability within group projects.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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11:15am CST

Writing Conclusions Based on Data
Are your students struggling to analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from evidence? (3.2 D, 4.2 D, 5.2 D, 6.2 E)

Help them to improve this skill by writing conclusions based on data as part of your inquiry units. During this session participants will practice analyzing data sets and writing scientific explanations that include a claim, evidence and reasoning.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Wilson

Jan Wilson

Science Facilitator, Mesquite ISD

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
808

11:15am CST

Building Academic Vocabulary
Engage students in activities that help make science vocabulary terms for "sticky". Learn games and activities that give students an opportunity to wrestle with the words in a different format, a different context.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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11:15am CST

It all starts with a question?
Questioning is one of the most important dimensions of teaching and learning. It provides one of the fastest means to address increasing academic rigor. Come and learn to use specific strategies for more effective oral and written questioning. Learn how our school uses morning announcements for the question of the day. Any questions?


Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
811

11:15am CST

Where is My Water Going?
This lesson can be used in an elementary or middle school classroom. This hands on activity will show how water is used in a community and what happens if everyone doesn't do their part by watching their water usage. Door prizes and extras given out for those attending.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Kennedy

Wendy Kennedy

6th Grade Science Teacher, Springtown Intermediate
I enjoy teaching science, especially 6th grade science where everything is introduced. I am a facilitator for Project E3 and the Texas Wild Programs. I was in the UNT Collaborative where I attended various conferences and presented at NSTA and CAST.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
806

11:15am CST

STAAR-aligned instructional practices
Is it a fair expectation for students to be successful on dual-coded, high-stakes assessment items if they were not provided with dual-coded instructional experiences through-out the year? In this session you will have an opportunity to explore the instructional shifts required by the STAAR assessment model and their implications for your classroom.

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avatar for Michael Brinkman

Michael Brinkman

Science Facilitator, Grand Prairie ISD
HUGE Science Nerd! Have you seen the $350 million-dollar-flying-car-prototype? Have you heard about the re-programmed bacteria that are creating inorganic materials with complex nano-structures and amazing new properties? Have you seen the living fossils recently "re-discovered... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
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11:15am CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced K-5 Science Curriculum
Join us for a K-5 preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
408

11:15am CST

Teaching Science with the Tip of Your Finger: Using Discovery Education and the iPad
Love Discovery Education? Love your iPad? Would you like to learn how to use them together? Bring your iPad and an open mind as we explore a variety of apps including new ones from Discovery Education that transform the iPad from a content consumption device into a content creation device. You will leave with a wealth of new ideas for using both your iPad and Discovery Education.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Fountain

Brad Fountain

Director of Instructional Implementation, Discovery Education
Brad is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 multi-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He served as administrator of the North Carolina... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm CST
617

1:30pm CST

Evoke Learning Through 'E-Voc'ing Activites (Electronic Vocabulary)
This session will present research-based principles of vocabulary instruction using free-digital tools and internet resources that increase student’s vocabulary comprehension. These tools are designed to support the teaching of words and word learning strategies, promote students' strategic use of on-demand web-based vocabulary tools, and encourage vocabulary instruction to no longer be a “front load” or engage part of the lesson cycle. Rather promote teachers and students to represent their learning and comprehension of academic vocabulary through the explanation, elaboration and/or evaluation phase of the 5 E learning cycle.


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
611

1:30pm CST

Igniting Inquiry in Science
The secret to student success is igniting inquiry and excitement in science. During this session participants will explore strategies for inquiry-based learning. Quality questioning, investigations, creating models, reflection strategies and much more will be demonstrated. Examples will be used from a fifth grade science classroom but can be adapted in all grade levels. Expect a fast paced session full of ideas that can be applied in the classroom. Participants will take a closer look on how to improve student collaboration, problem solving and engage students in active and authentic learning. Join us as we uncover exciting activities to have your students think like a scientist!


Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
808

1:30pm CST

Learning from High Performance Athletes
What High Performance Athletes do in their regular training and how we can use it in our classroom and lesson plans.
A review of the work done by different coaches, instructors and monitors from different sports and from different parts of the world. Their methods and procedures can also be applied to our schools and classrooms to achieve such performance. Combining experiences and knowledge from more than 25 years as a former world class figure skater, 15 as a coach for several high performance athletes and 5 as a classroom teacher, can help us achieve the results we all want for our students.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. John Ramirez

Mr. John Ramirez

Bilingual Teacher, Anderson Elementary AISD
Bilingual Science and Math teacher. Previous Conferences: What High performance Athletes do and how we can use it in our classrooms. Comparative Efficiency in Lesson Planning: how is the rest of the world teaching their children. Computer-Games and Education: Statistical Analysis... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
802

1:30pm CST

Augmented Reality - using this new “wow” tool in classrooms and trainings
Transform your classroom or training to make learning come alive using a highly engaging piece of FREE web-based technology! AUGMENTED REALITY turns static documents and images into short engaging videos or 3D objects using your smartphone or tablet device. Using the free AURASMA app for both iOS and Android, you will see examples of how to “wow” your students or teachers with this technology-led and learner-led brain-friendly tool. Teachers, empower your students to use this tool for enhanced projects, presentations, gallery-walks, word-walls, etc. Administrators, turn stale meetings/trainings into highly effective learning opportunities. Come learn what this powerful tool is all about and how you can begin creating your own dynamic products. Then take it back to your campus to empower your students/teachers to deepen their learning with this free user-friendly tool. Preview at TEKSvideo.com.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Eyler

Paul Eyler

District Science Facilitator, Tyler ISD
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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
805

1:30pm CST

Pint Sized Science
Pint-Sized Science emphasizes the importance of hands on science for young children. We will explore how to use simple materials to do science in the classroom. Join us to explore spinning eggs, echolocation, how many holes, solar system roll out and more. The foundations of an interest and love of science are best built when children are young, using their natural inclinations to explore and experiment in their environments. Teachers can learn some new activities, refresh ideas, and share their experiences with others taking science in their classrooms to another level.

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Doris Prange

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
I love teaching young children. They are so pure at heart and love to learn.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
410

1:30pm CST

Reflection and Application of the Science TEKS - Learning to Write to Argue with Claims and Evidence K-8
Reflect on the makeup of the Science TEKS 5-10. Apply this knowledge and understanding to effectively integrate Reading Informational Text, and Writing to Argue through Science Notebooking.

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Saturday February 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm CST
402

2:45pm CST

Terrific Games and Puzzles for Elementary Schools
Teachers will learn to make their own fun and interactive games and puzzles based on the needs of their students, grade levels, types of learners, and TEKS Objectives. These great instructional tools can be used in different ways such as review, assessment, competition, warm -up, exit ticket, etc. Every game can be used individually, by group, or as a whole class activity. They promote deeper learning, better retention, and help to differentiate instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
808

2:45pm CST

Setting Learning Goals by Deconstructing Standards
Driving questions can be a useful tool in project-based learning for focusing students in on the idea or purpose of a project. However, it is easy to get caught up in the idea of a project, rather than providing learning experiences that lead to the understanding of the content that will be assessed. When constructing learning opportunities such as PBL it is important to begin by setting learning-appropriate goals. This presentation will highlight the importance of deconstructing standards as a way to identify these goals. Once we understand what the standards actually want the student to be able to do with their knowledge, we can more easily come up with a driving question or identify authentic teaching approaches that will lead to the desired project outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Dillon Chevalier

Dillon Chevalier

Professional Development Associate, Center for STEM Education and Research at UT-Dallas

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
804

2:45pm CST

STEMscopes: A Sneak Peek of Our Enhanced K-5 Science Curriculum
Join us for a K-5 preview of Rice University's STEMscopes 2.0, a 100% TEKS-aligned online curriculum with an easy to use interface, and 20+ new features for classroom instruction. Samples of the new print items including the TEKS Activity Book STEMscopedia, our Literacy Book, and the EXPLORE Journal Guide will be available to look at, along with the analytics and student management system. From an integrated app creator to engaging multimedia, you and your students will find STEMscopes 2.0 to be your primary choice for science instruction.


Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
408

2:45pm CST

Follow the WATERshed!
The Elm Fork Education Center is the public education branch of the University of North Texas’s Environmental Programs, and the mission of the center is to develop and implement premiere environmental education programs. Our newest field trip program is all about WATERSHEDS! And it was developed with MIDDLE SCHOOL TEKS in mind! Come sample our Follow the Watershed program, and get additional information about other field trip and professional development opportunities available through the Elm Fork Education Center.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Lathrop

Marti Lathrop

Program Project Coordinator, Elm Fork Education Center - UNT

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
805

2:45pm CST

Equip Your Tablet for Science with SPARKvue HD – A Full-Featured Science Application for Tablets!
iPad/tablet technology is providing educators with even more options to provide their students with 21st-century inquiry-based hands-on learning! Come explore "SPARKvue HD", PASCO’s latest application for the iPad and Android tablets. "SPARKvue HD" offers a full suite of display and analytical tools, all within an integrated learning environment—including reflection prompts, journaling and more. Come see how easy it is to collect real-time data with your tablet and a sensor!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Fields

Scott Fields

South Central US Consultant, PASCO scientific
I am beyond excited to be back as PASCO's "local" DFW rep! We have the wireless sensors and data-collection solutions to make your labs hands-on, efficient, and engaging! With our latest "Essential Physics" & "Essential Chemistry" textbook offerings and lab manuals, PASCO is poised... Read More →

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Saturday February 1, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm CST
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