Presentations and Handouts
Scan You Dig It?
Join us at ISTE Wednesday, June 26, 2013, for “Scan You Dig It?” The grooviest of all our presentations, “Scan You Dig It?” will teach you how to give traditional assignments a makeover and engage the mobile device generation with QR codes.
QR codes seem to be popping up everywhere, but what about education? These little pixelated squares have everyone drawing out their mobile devices to scan and learn on the go. Learn just how easy it is to create them and tie them to educational content in any classroom for little to no cost, even without immediate access to mobile devices.Milton “Bo” Belanger, Upper School Dean of Students at Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart. Bo is a 13-year educator who has served as a high school social studies instructor at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and Catholic High. While at Catholic High, he helped begin the school’s first Dual Enrollment program. He has also presented at ASCD’s and LACUE’s Annual Conferences.
Phone Home: Making History Come Alive with Technology – LACUE 2011, ASCD 2012(with Milton “Bo” Belanger)
Personalized learning and teaching are just around the corner! Combining history, research, and writing with hands-on technology, students designed a walking tour of their hometown, converted information into QR codes, and displayed the codes at points of interest so that any smartphone or camera user can scan them and discover local history. Leave this session with ideas for creating meaningful, student-centered, 21st century units that enrich your community and foster historic preservation.
H.O.T.S. (Help Our Teachers Stay) – ASCD 2010(with Milton “Bo” Belanger)
Research indicates that an induction program is one of the most effective ways to train and retain quality teachers. However, because of the numerous demands on a new teacher’s day, asynchronous online communities can provide rapid, relevant professional development and support for responsive improvement. In this hands-on session (BYOL), attendees will experience ideas, benefits, and challenges of setting up and conducting a virtual induction program.
A Click Away: Cheating 2.0 – ASCD 2009
Imagine a classroom without boundaries, connecting and collaborating with others who are only a click away. However, as boundaries dissolve, both face-to-face and online schools face the challenge of the e-world and its ease of cheating and plagiarism. In this session, attendees will learn causes and sources of online cheating, receive ideas for assignments that take a proactive approach to the dilemma, and explore ways to empower teachers that are only a click away.
Reinventing Professional Development: Using Online Collaborative Tools for Professional Development – ASCD 2008
We’ve all been through it: countless hours spent in useless after school staff development. This session reinvents traditional professional development by taking its cue from the business world and how adult learners learn best. Attendees will understand ideas, benefits, challenges, and research-based principles of using wikis, blogs, RSS Feeds, social bookmarking, and online professional learning communities as self-directed mediums to learn from others and with others.