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!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NYSCATE Workshop: iPad Screencasting to Flip Your Classroom by Rob Zdrojewski

Recorded on November 23, 2014 at the New York State Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) annual conference in Rochester, NY.


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iPad Screencasting: The Essential Piece to Flipping Your Classroom!
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Sunday, November 23 2014 8:30am - 10:30am
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xFb4gTRWrCHYGMJY5oovf_VSYztCoBhjMwDAqrSgEG8/editScreencasts 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, 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 students while they take ownership of their own learning.
View my Presentation Outline


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NYSCATE Workshop: Using Socrative To Engage Your Students by Rob Zdrojewski

Workshop recorded on November 22, 2014 at the New York State Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) annual conference in Rochester, NY.


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Using Socrative to Quiz/Poll/Engage Your Students!
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Saturday, November 22 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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 Socrative.com aims to change all of this.  Socrative is a free web-based student response system that runs on ANY device with a web browser.  See how you can use tablets, iPod Touches, smartphones, or laptops as “clickers” instead of investing in the more traditional “one-purpose only” hardware clickers on the market.  Please BYOD (bring your own device) and join us for some fun demonstrations of Socrative.com
View my presentation outline