Educator, Consultant, & Educational Technology Guru

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Kathy has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Education STAR and Guru. Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes throughout the world. The EdTech graduate program at Wilkes University (PA) enjoys Kathy’s services as adjunct faculty. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, tablets in the classroom, information literacy, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Google+, and many other social networks!

Kathy shares her experiences and expertise in the following sessions:

  • PreConference workshop on Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Concurrent session on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
  • BYOD session on Wednesday at from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Concurrent session on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Monday ~ VR in the Classroom: Creating 360 Degree Panoramas & Immersive Tours

Using virtual reality (VR) in the classroom can immerse students in a 360 environment, help with understanding complex subjects, and engage learners of all ages. Discover how to enable students to create these online, interactive panoramas. Explore using a Google Cardboard viewer to immerse the student in an image, this can be very powerful teaching tool! In this hands-on workshop, learn the how and why of this technology to support teaching and learning. Use the Ricoh Theta S camera to create your own images and videos that can be interacted with online and also made immersible when viewed through Google Cardboard.

Tuesday ~ The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners

By engaging students in problem- and project-based learning, impacting their emotions, causing them to question and think about controversial topics, and presenting content in the form of visuals and stories, research shows that students more often retain content and turn it into personal knowledge. By infusing the information literacy skill set as the common thread across the content areas, students have the foundation they need to succeed. Learn how the team of classroom teacher, teacher librarian, and technology teacher can work together to create and teach lessons that intertwine these literacies.

Wednesday BYOD ~ Visual Notetaking in the Classroom

Visual notetaking, also called sketchnoting, allows students to creatively organize their thoughts using sketches. Visual notetaking targets the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners as all three areas are utilized. Whether taking notes the traditional way and then creating a sketchnoted version, or sketching notes during a lecture, with sketchnotes students showcase their personalized understanding of the content. Learn how to teach students the basics of visual notetaking, how to create a structure that can be used for the process, and practice creating some sketchnotes of your own in this session. Apps and tools that can be used for digital sketchnoting will also be covered. Sketchnoting is appropriate for students in grades 5 through 12.

Wednesday ~ Do the EdTech Hokey Pokey: Put Your Whole Self In!

Put your "whole self in" and "turn yourself around" by exploring exciting new emerging technologies! In addition, learn about the unintended and spontaneous uses of mobile devices with the powerful applications that are here today and coming tomorrow. Teachers, administrators, and coaches need to continue their professional development to understand what technologies are available to support teaching and learning. Understanding the current and future trends plays a big role in their professional growth and leadership in their school and district. In addition, they also should be able to support a digital-age learning culture to ensure that all teachers are on-board with the importance of finding the best technologies and resources for student learning. Technologies presented in the 2016 NMC Horizon Report K-12 will be used as well as a quick overview of the main points of this useful report. This session is a MUST for technology directors and coordinators!