OTA Encyclo-Media 38: November 29 & 30

OTA Student Media Festival EAST: April 24

OTA Student Media Festival WEST: May 1

Session 8

Wednesday, 10/4, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM


Session descriptions are provided to help you plan your conference experience.
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Great Hall C - 2nd floor

All About Sharing: Helping Educators Start Using Social Media

Haley Wallace, Oklahoma Technology Center

Instructional Technology - All Levels

All educators enjoy sharing resources from their classroom. Many educators would like to share resources and connect with other educators though social media, but they don’t know how.  In this session I will discuss the importance of sharing resources, disclose the research I conducted on educators using social media and showcase my free online course that I created. Participants will walk away with a tool they can use and share with their campus.

Great Hall D - 2nd floor

Use Choice to Empower

Tami Shaw, Positive Stratergery & Edmond PS

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

Promote ownership, individualization, and engagement by pairing choice with clear outcome criteria! Come explore ways to empower others with choice, including menus, choice boards, work-in-progress charts, open-format lists, and learning spaces.

Great Hall E - 2nd floor

Unleashing the Maker Movement to Accelerate Learning Across STEAM

Laylah Bulman, United Data Technologies

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

Innovation Labs, Maker Spaces, and STEAM are developing as new centers for inquiry-based problem solving and learning. Joins us to discover the critical steps you will need to design, equip and inspire your STEAM Lab and Maker Space, based on UDT's Maker model. Don’t miss your opportunity to understand how Maker and STEAM extend from a Digital Learning Convergence Strategy, examine the research behind Maker and STEAM by student achievement, and see examples of using STEAM and Maker to provide a meaningful context to science, math and engineering.  From hands on to making technology and tools, creativity is at the center of new student learning. Discover how UDT can help you bridge digital tools and Inspire Learning by doing.

Room A - 1st floor

FREE Microsoft Tools that Make Learning Fun

Chris Akin, Microsoft

Instructional Technology - All Levels

Who doesn’t love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at some of Microsoft's top free tools for empowering teachers and students and making leaning fun. Learn how these tools can be used across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement.

Room 9 - 1st floor

MAKE the Connection: Makerspaces in the Classroom

Heather Lister, Mackin Educational Resources

Instructional Technology - All Levels

When introduced to the maker movement, many educators were shown shiny toys and robots and failed to see the maker movement as anything more than play. An overabundance of how-to guides and tutorials leaves many educators seeing the maker movement as a combination of singular events or activities, rather than a continuous development of skills and design thinking. The goal of this session is to take a step back and look at the overarching goals of the maker movement and explain its relevance in the curriculum. This session will show teachers how to identify opportunities for making in their curriculum and THEN identify products and resources that can help them achieve that goal. This session will also discuss how to set instructional outcomes associated with making, and how to assess whether those goals were met. This session is for beginner and experienced makers.

Room 10 - 1st floor

Storytelling with Data

Teresa Lansford, Norman PS
Kelsey Barker, Norman PS

Library Media - All Levels

Tell your library's story with evidence! Learn how to use data to advocate for your library, develop programs, and impact student learning. You will leave this session with examples and ideas on how to communicate your data-driven story with teachers, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders.

Room 11 - 1st floor

Integrating Chromebooks

Mendy Hayes, Enid PS
Kevin Schanck, Enid PS

Instructional Technology - All Levels

Do you want to know more about how to use student Chromebooks to transform your classroom? Participants will learn how to increase the functionality of certain Google Apps using Add-ons, how to add features and utilities to their Chrome browser through Extensions, and how to find and install additional Chrome Apps to use as a professional and with students. Walk away with some great tools, beyond Google, that could fit in a variety of content areas.

Room 12 - 1st floor

Gems Hidden inside Google!!!

Adam Rogers, Oklahoma City PS

Instructional Technology - All Levels

This session will help Teachers and Administrators use Google on a daily basis. I will also show some Google Apps and Extensions that make Google better. Educators will come out of the sessions with several tools that they can start using right away.  In the session, I will show they how to use the Apps and Extensions.

Room 16 - 2nd floor

March Madness Poetry

Jennifer Willhoite, Oakdale PS

Curriculum & Instruction - Middle School/Junior High

I will share my unit plan for a poetry unit I do during March Madness.  The attendees will be able to leave with plans they can use for a poetry study / classroom competition.  My students use many different methods to study poetry culminating in a literary response essay.

Room 17 - 2nd floor

Inquiring Minds

Brenda Beymer-Chapman, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Timmie Spangler, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Curriculum & Instruction - All Levels

The time for memorizing facts has passed.  Students need to be engaged and active in their own learning.  Join our discussion of ideas for adding inquiry learning in your classroom.

Room 18 - 2nd floor

What Can your Librarian Do For You?

Cherity Pennington, Shawnee PS
Joey Slate, Shawnee PS

School Administration - All Levels

School administrators will learn how their librarian can help them achieve success with their student and building goals. Two teacher-librarians with their building administrators will show you how partnering together increases student achievement in your building!

Room 19 - 2nd floor

PLS Maker Mobile

Jennifer Fourcade, Pioneer Library System
Ira Topp, Pioneer Library System
Leanne Cheek, Pioneer Library System
Steven Streetman, Pioneer Library System

Instructional Technology - All Levels

Learn how the Pioneer Library System's Maker Mobile, a tricked-out Ford F550 with a drop-down stage, broadband internet access, and a touchscreen computer, is bringing 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling into our libraries, schools, and communities.  This mobile maker space features state of the art technology that delivers STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs across a three county service area.  Come see our machines in action and discover how, you too, can be a maker!

Room 20 - 2nd floor

NO COST Supplemental Online Programs for Your 3rd-12th Grade Classroom!

Wyjuana Montgomery, EverFi, Inc.

Instructional Technology - All Levels

EverFi is an ed tech industry-leader providing OAS Standards-aligned online programs in STEM, financial literacy, digital citizenship, and more to provide high-quality blended learning opportunities in your classroom---including adaptive pathing, assessments and automatic grade tracking for teachers. Bring your own device and leave with a full catalog of high-quality, fun and interactive online programs for your classroom AND a local contact to support you and your students.

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