Monday, March 30, 2015

Campus Technology 2015 Conference Presentations by Rob Zdrojewski


We're excited to return to Boston in July 2015 to present at the 22nd annual Campus Technology Summer Conference for Higher Education.  If you are attending, please join us for our ticketed workshops and presentations!


Using Google Forms and Docs (M03)
3-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Focus Area: Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age
Monday, July 27, 2015   8:30am - 11:30am



Session Description:   Learn how to use google forms to gather and analyze information.  Google forms is integrated into the Google Drive suite of apps, which makes it a perfect fit for collecting data on a large or small scale.  All of your results are then collected within a spreadsheet, making it simple to rearrange your data and keep track of results.  Before you pay for a service like SurveyMonkey, check out what google forms has to offer for free!  We will also explore the greater possibilities with Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Slideshow Presentations and more in a cloud-based environment.  Compared to the traditional features of Microsoft Office, you'll find numerous benefits to "Going Google"!  Join Canisius College Professor and Certified Google Educator Mr. Rob Zdrojewski for an exploratory look at this cloud-based solution.  





iPad Video Production: Flipping, Green-Screening, and Screencasting (M09)
3-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Focus Area: Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age
Monday, July 27, 2015   1:00pm - 4:00pm


Session Description:   This workshop will incorporate iOS apps used to create digital video projects.  We will explore both general purpose and specific niche apps such as Videolicious, iMovie and Green Screen while also demonstrating optional accessories such as pop-up green screens, external microphones, tablet stands, robotic camera mounts and more.  Thanks to the Green Screen Do Ink iPad app, anyone can now shoot broadcast quality green-screen footage!  Also learn how to use the leading iOS screencasting apps to create basic screencast videos.  Join us to see how simple and fun video production on an iPad can be!








The Top 10 Problems Edmodo Helps Me Solve! (A03)
Session Designation: Aspire Session
Focus Area: Online and Blended Learning
Primary Presenter: Mr. Rob Zdrojewski, Edmodo Certified Trainer and Support Ambassador
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   2:30pm - 2:50pm

Session Description:   So you’ve heard of facebook, but are you wondering how can social networking benefit your higher ed classroom? Learn why Canisius College 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, and offer a means to host online Professional Development.





Evernote App: Capture Anything and Remember Everything! (A07)
Session Designation: Aspire Session
Focus Area: Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age
Primary Presenter: Mr. Rob Zdrojewski
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   4:30pm - 4:50pm

Session Description:   Evernote makes it easy to remember things from your everyday life on your phone, tablet or PC. Learn how to use Evernote in and out of the classroom to stay organized and reduce your reliance on paper documents and clutter. Whether you’re looking to bookmark websites, share notes, or just keep track of your last oil change you’ll be sure to find many uses for Evernote to fit into your life too!







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Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Create a "Digital YOU!" Workshop at Amherst Staff Development Day by Rob Zdrojewski

On Monday, March 23 2015 I presented a workshop titled: "How to Create a Digital YOU--Teacher on Demand is Now Possible!" at the annual Technology Learning Day at the Amherst Central School District.  View the recording and outline below!


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Workshop Description:  
Teacher produced screencasts have the power to personalize your classroom since students can actually see and hear their teacher via video.  Learn how to use any brand tablet or smartphone to essentially record your hands and voice while demonstrating concepts. These videos are perfect for students to watch before, during or after class. They're also perfect for parent education too! Specific examples and demonstrations will be provided from a “flipped” middle school teacher and adjunct professor who rarely delivers lectures standing in front of students, and instead circulates among them while they take ownership of their learning.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Digital Wave 2015: Using Socrative and Kahoot to Quiz/Poll/Engage Your Students!


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Using Socrative and Kahoot to Quiz/Poll/Engage Your Students!
Presenter: Rob Zdrojewski - Amherst Middle School and Canisius College
Location: Erie 1 BOCES, Building A, A-3 Meeting Room
Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015  12:00pm - 1:15pm
Socrative and Kahoot are free web-based student response systems that run on ANY device with a web browser. See how you can use tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks or laptops as “clickers” instead of investing in the more traditional one-purpose only hardware devices on the market. Please BYOD and join us!




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Elmwood Franklin School t4 Conference Workshops by Rob Zdrojewski



On Saturday morning, March 14th 2015 I will be presenting two workshops at the annual t4 Technology Conference held at the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, NY.  This free event is open to all educators and administrators in our region.  
Registration and more details are here.




Using Socrative and Kahoot to Engage/Gamify/Quiz Your Students!
Presenter:  Rob Zdrojewski, Amherst Middle School and Canisius College
Date:  March 14, 2015  9:00am - 9:45am
Location:  Room 6
Game-based student response systems (a.k.a. “clickers”) are increasingly becoming a popular technology tool to engage students in classroom activities.  However their high cost and steep learning curve prevent many classrooms from utilizing this exciting technology. Learn how online tools like Socrative and Kahoot aim to change all of this!  Socrative and Kahoot are free web-based student response systems that run on ANY device with a web browser. See how you can use tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks or laptops as “clickers” instead of investing in the more traditional (and expensive!) one-purpose only hardware devices on the market.  Please BYOD (bring your own device) and join us for some fun demonstrations of Socrative and Kahoot!








Greenscreen Video Production on iPads?  Yes We Can!
Presenter: Rob Zdrojewski, Amherst Middle School and Canisius College
Date:  March 14, 2015   11:30am - 12:15pm
Location:  Room 6
Creating green screen video used to be expensive and highly technical--but not anymore!  Thanks to the Green Screen Do Ink iPad app, anyone can now shoot broadcast quality green screen footage.  Imagine having students appear to be on location for their video book reports or presentations.  This app will allow you to choose any video clip or photo from your camera roll and use it as the backdrop behind you.  See examples here.  Join us as we explore your options for green screens, lighting, microphones and more. The possibilities are endless!



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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Digital Wave 2015 Conference at Erie 1 BOCES



The annual Digital Wave Technology Conference at Erie 1 BOCES will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015.  Join me as I present a session on using Socrative and Kahoot as free, web-based formative assessment tools that will engage your students.



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

Presenter: Rob Zdrojewski - Amherst Middle School and Canisius College
Location: Erie 1 BOCES, Building A, A-3 Meeting Room
Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015  12:00pm - 1:15pm
Socrative and Kahoot are free web-based student response systems that run on ANY device with a web browser. See how you can use tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks or laptops as “clickers” instead of investing in the more traditional one-purpose only hardware devices on the market. Please BYOD and join us!