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NYSCATE 2014 Presentations by Rob Zdrojewski

If you're attending the annual NYSCATE conference in Rochester, NY this fall, please join us for our technology workshops and presentations on November 22-23, 2014.  New this year: all workshops will be held onsite at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is connected directly to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  Follow the conference on twitter using #NYSCATE14  Details below!

iPad Video Production: Creating Digital Storytelling Projects in any Curricular Area!
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Saturday, November 22 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Technology Teacher and Adjunct Professor Rob Zdrojewski of Amherst Middle School and Canisius College NY will demonstrate iOS apps his students and fellow colleagues have 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 mics and more.  Numerous student samples and lesson plans will be provided as we demonstrate app workflows.  Join us to see just how simple video production on an iPad can be!
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UPDATE: View the recorded workshop here

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 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
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UPDATE:  View the recorded workshop here

iPad Screencasting: The Essential Piece to Flipping Your Classroom!
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Sunday, November 23 2014 8:30am - 10:30am 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.
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UPDATE: View the recorded workshop here

The Art of Screencasting: “Teacher-On-Demand” is now possible!
2-Hour Ticketed Workshop
Sunday, November 23 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The concept of the “flipped classroom” wouldn’t be possible without screencasting.  Learn how to create screencasts on iPads, Windows or Mac.  Technology Teacher Rob Zdrojewski has "flipped" his direct instruction into screencasting so his students have anytime, anywhere access to classroom instruction.  When combined with an online learning platform like Edmodo, teachers now have the ability to create a 24/7 personalized learning environment, perfect for keeping absent students up to date and fostering a more connected one-on-one teacher to student classroom.
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Top 10 Problems Edmodo Helps Me Solve
1-Hour Concurrent Session
Sunday, November 23 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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

Workshops Presented by:
Rob Zdrojewski, Technology Teacher, Amherst Middle and Canisius College     
Alane Seeger, Speech Pathologist, Pioneer Central School District
Sarah Warner, Special Education Teacher, Hilton Central School District