Sunday, January 18, 2015

FETC 2015 Technology Workshops by Rob Zdrojewski


I'm excited to return to Orlando, Florida to present technology workshops at the annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in January 2015.  I've found FETC to be extremely worthwhile for the past 9 years I've presented.  Join me if you are attending!


Flipping Your Classroom with iPad Screencasting (WWP079)
3-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Focus Area: Web 2.0 and Digital Teaching Tools
Wednesday, January 21, 2015  12:00pm-3:00 pm  Location: S330G

Session Description:
Screencasts have the power to personalize the online environment when students actually see and hear their instructors and each other asynchronously. Learn how to use the leading iOS screencasting apps such as Explain Everything, ScreenChomp, Educreations and more to create basic screencast videos on your iPad. Specific examples will be provided from a “flipped” middle school teacher who now rarely delivers lectures standing in front of students, and instead circulates among them while they take ownership of their learning.
View my presentation outline HERE:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZUihhFpf5hqmPvh1MBCiPBbWKLd5-S_A5i0UhWJfYAQ/edit






Students as Screencasters (WR1096)
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Focus Area: Web 2.0 and Digital Teaching Tools
Thursday, January 22, 2015  8:00am-10:00am  Location: S330H

Session Description:

Screencast video lessons are an essential ingredient in the blended or flipped modern classroom. However, creating screencasts doesn’t just have to be the job of the teacher anymore. Why not flip the direction of teaching and learning and put students in the driver’s seat! Learn how Amherst Middle School Teacher Rob Zdrojewski has “flipped” the Professional Development model with his “Teaching the Teachers” Screencasting projects.  Rob’s students create “Tech Under 90 Sec” tutorial videos on hot topics such as using google docs and gmail.  Teachers nationwide have learned from our student-produced screencasts.  Join us to learn how you too can leverage the power of screencasting for your classroom and beyond!


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Creating Audio Podcasts on iOS Devices (WR2107)
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Focus Area: Web 2.0 and Digital Teaching Tools
Thursday, January 22, 2015  10:30am-12:30pm  Location: S330G
Session Description:
In this session you’ll learn the workflow of creating audio podcast episodes using free or inexpensive iOS apps. Students love creating podcasts! Perfect for integrating ELA and Common Core skills such as scripting, collaboration, analyzing and producing media. No longer do you need expensive gear and complex software to make podcasts, as anyone with any iOS device can easily create them on topics of their choice!  Free hosting options will be explored, so your audiences can be as private or public as you wish.




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Top 10 Problems Edmodo Helps Me Solve
Exhibit Hall Presentations, Booth #831
Thursday, January 22, 2015  2:30pm and 4:20pm
Friday, January 23, 2015  10:40am  
Session Description:
So you’ve heard of facebook, but are you wondering how can social networking benefit your
classroom and yet still be safe?  Learn why Amherst Middle School Teacher and Edmodo Certified Trainer Rob Zdrojewski has abandoned his boring teacher website in favor of using Edmodo as a free “digital learning platform” to engage students and parents, and offer a means to host online Professional Development.  Learn more about the many great features at edmodo.com.






               

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why Flip Your Class?

Today's video blog post discusses why teachers like me have decided to flip their classrooms.


Can't see embedded video above?  View on YouTube.

Have you flipped your class yet?  Not sure where to begin?  Check out these resources I've gathered for my upcoming FETC 2015 workshops.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

LEGO Robotics Engineering: Figure 8 Challenge

Students in Mr. Zdrojewski's Info/Communication Technology course at Amherst Middle School have completed their next challenge in our Robotics Engineering unit.  The "Figure 8 Challenge" combines skills learned from past events such as the Square Around Chair challenge and our Linear Distances challenge.

See recent highlights in the video below I made with Videolicious, my favorite iOS app for rapid video production on an iPhone or iPad:

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Our next challenge is the "Floor Maze" event, which involves a combination of calculating linear distances, angles, and using the Pythagorean theorem to discover how long their robots must travel in our maze.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ISTE 2015 Technology Workshops by Rob Zdrojewski

I'm excited to share that four of my workshop proposals have been selected for ISTE 2015 held in Philadelphia, PA from June 27 - July 1, 2015.  Please join us if you are attending #ISTE2015, the largest annual Educational Technology Conference in the United States!


The Art of Screencasting: "Teacher-On-Demand" Is Now Possible!

Date: Saturday, June 27th 2015  8:30am - 11:30am EDT
Format:  3 Hour Ticketed Workshop (pre-registration required)
Focus:  Digital Age Teaching & Learning--Distance, Online & Blended Learning
Description:  The concept of the “flipped classroom” would not be possible without TechSmith and more. When combined with an online learning platform like Edmodo, teachers have a 24/7 personalized learning environment, perfect for absent students and fostering a more connected blended classroom.
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Learn how to create screencasts on iPads, Windows or Mac using the industry leading screencasting tools from
View registration details at https://www.isteconference.org




Digital Storytelling: Students As Mobile News Reporters Using Videolicious on iOS

Date: Monday, June 29th 2015  8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Format:  90 Minute Ticketed Workshop (pre-registration required)
Focus:  Digital Age Teaching & Learning--Storytelling/ Multimedia
Description:  Learn how to create “newscaster style” videos using the free Videolicious app on any Perfect for any curricular area where integrating student-produced video is desired.  Join us as we explore the basic, intermediate and advanced workflows to create video blog posts in just minutes.
iOS device. Create videos in 3 easy steps: choose media, tell your story, and choose your music. Videolicious then does the editing for you!
View registration details at https://www.isteconference.org




Enable Your Flipped Classroom Using Edmodo!

Date: Monday, June 29th 2015  4:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Format:  3 Hour Ticketed Workshop (pre-registration required)
Focus:  Digital Age Teaching & Learning--Distance, Online & Blended Learning
Description:  Are you wondering how can social networking benefit your classroom and still beAmherst Middle Technology Teacher, Canisius College Adjunct Professor and Edmodo Certified Trainer Rob Zdrojewski has abandoned his boring teacher website in favor of using Edmodo as a free “digital learning platform” to engage students and parents.  In addition to numerous K-12 examples, Rob will also feature his use of Edmodo at the Graduate School level, as an Adjunct Online instructor in the Canisius College Education Technologies Program.
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View registration details at https://www.isteconference.org




Using Socrative and Kahoot to Quiz/Poll/Engage Your Students

Date: Wednesday, July 1st 2015  8:30am - 9:30am EDT
Format:  60 Minute BYOD Ticketed Session (pre-registration required)
Focus:  Digital Age Teaching & Learning--Mobile Learning
Description:  Student response systems (a.k.a. “clickers”) are popular tools to engage students in classroom activities and administer assessments. However their high cost and steep learning curve prevent many from utilizing this technology. Learn how Socrative and Kahoot changes this. These free web-based student response systems run on ANY mobile device with a browser.  Join us and BYOD as we explore some fun engaging demonstrations!
View registration details at https://www.isteconference.org







Monday, December 8, 2014

Robotics Challenge: Square Around Chair


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Seventh and eighth grade students in Mr. Zdrojewski's Technology Education classes at Amherst Middle School are learning how to program LEGO Mindstorms Robotics at Amherst Middle School.  View the video above for an inside look at our recent event "The Square Around The Chair" Challenge!