Camp Plug and Play 13.0: The Creative Technology Camp for Teachers

Camp Plug and Play 13.0: The Creative Technology Camp for Teachers

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June 11, 2018, 12:15pm-1:00pm
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June 11, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm
June 12, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm
June 13, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm
June 14, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm
June 15, 2018, 8:30am-11:30am
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Registration Deadline: 
May 14th, 2018
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Camp Plug and Play 13.0: The Creative Technology Camp for Teachers offers a one-of-a-kind professional development experience where participants are immersed in one of five topics for the week. Each strand is taught by knowledgeable and patient facilitators who have a strong passion for empowering teachers and students with technology.

Registration includes your own room Monday until Friday and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and catered breaks. Most importantly, you receive practical instruction and plenty of hands-on time so that you leave with new knowledge, skills, and confidence to use what you’ve learned in your classroom.

The week kicks off with an inspiring keynote presentation by Lisa Highfill. Lisa is a thinker, philosopher, book worm, debater, educator, and tech trainer. Lisa is co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps. Her keynote presentation focuses on the steps that lead up to the aha moment–that moment when learning occurs.

After the keynote, participants meet in their learning strands where they will spend the rest of the week learning, playing, conversing, and creating. In addition to direct instruction and work time, Camp Plug and Play offers optional evening presentations. This summer’s evening topics include “Time to Wonder,” “iOS Magic: iPad and iPhone Tricks Revealed,” and “Get Creative with Google Slides.”

Camp Plug and Play participants will enjoy a mid-week keynote from Tony Vincent. Tony is somewhat obsessed with emojis and has dozens of clever ideas that any teacher can use in his presentation titled “An Emoji Education.”

You are encouraged bring your own MacBook, Windows laptop, or Chromebook. If you’ve got an iPad, bring that too. If you don’t bring your own technology, the Arizona K12 Center can loan you a MacBook to use during the day. 

Please watch for an email from the Arizona K12 Center in the weeks leading up to Camp Plug and Play for important information.

Camp Plug and Play is a great way to spend some of your summer! This is your opportunity to join a group of Arizona educators who, like you, are passionate about teaching and learning.

Did you know that almost 50 percent of our brain is involved in visual processing, and 70 percent of all of our sensory receptors are in our eyes? In Making Infographics, you will learn to use infographics as a way to synthesize, assess, and communicate learning in a visually engaging manner. Infographics are a great medium for students to visualize a concept, process information, and develop an engaging visual representation of what it means. During the week, you will create several of your own infographics, and learn how to increase the rigor of any topic in your classroom. By the end of the week, you will know how your students can break down a topic in pieces, and then rebuild it into a meaningful representation of something important to them that communicates a sharp, focused, and interesting message.

Facilitated by Nancy Pratt and Jill Felty

Participants will:
1. Learn what an infographic is, why you would want to use them in your classroom, and where you can find examples to show your students.
2. Create a variety of infographics that communicate specific messages.
3. Learn about infographic design principles, and multiple ways to use infographics in your classroom for learning, assessment, and communication.
4. Use a variety of tools to create infographics.
5. Understand the workflow in order to collect and publish student infographics.

Online media has become a part of our everyday lives. Teachers can engage their students, relay important information, display and promote learning, and much more by creating media content. Video has become the go-to way students and adults learn today. Instructional how-to videos are a large segment of YouTube content and can teach viewers how to do anything, be it changing a car tire or repairing the cooling system of a commercial airliner. In Making Media, participants will become the producer, director, and editor as they learn to create engaging videos for their students. The ultimate goal is to have students create their own content, as a way to demonstrate understanding.

Participants will learn about the rules of photography and videography. They will put their knowledge to use as they create several different types of media projects that will be shared not only as a class, but also with the entire group at Camp Plug and Play. Strategies like the Rule of Thirds, framing your shots, focus, patterns, depth, storyboards, and more will all be explored this week.

Participants will also explore photo editing on mobile devices for perfecting the quick shots they take with phones and tablets. We will also take an indepth look at iMovie, learn how to use green screen effects, make sample movie trailers as an assessment tool, and more!

Finally, participants will leave with a strong grasp of how to use media, including social media, if desired. They will also have several examples of video and photo projects that can used as references throughout the school year. We strongly encourage participants to bring their own iPad or tablet, phone, and Mac laptop. The Arizona K12 Center MacBooks and iPads will be available for checkout to use during the week as well.

Facilitated by Joel Wisser and Michael Bailey

Participants will:
1. Learn basic and advanced features of digital photography and videography.
2. Edit and create videos and photos in order to entertain, inform, educate, and advocate to an authentic audience.
3. Engage in effective photography and filming techniques on mobile devices and video equipment.
4. Utilize a variety of apps and copyright-friendly resources to create and enhance digital media.
5. Apply mobile media creation skills in an academic and content-based context.

Let's give your website a makeover! Effective teacher websites are not static; they are dynamic, engaging, and student-centered. Adding interactivity, incorporating social media, viewing visitor statistics, embedding widgets, and, most importantly - posting student work, are essential elements of digital-age websites.
In this strand, you will see multiple examples of exemplary teacher websites. In addition, you will enhance your website by adding elements such as Google Forms, Google Maps, Google Slides, YouTube, Twitter, Remind, EduClipper, Haiku Deck, Flipboard, Padlet, ThingLink, etc. to your existing website, in an effort to support active, participatory classrooms where students and teachers collaboratively create exciting, engaging learning environments. You will also learn to make customized graphics for headers, page titles, and blog posts with tools such as Google Drawings and Canva.

Note: This strand of Camp Plug and Play 13.0 is for teachers who already have some experience creating websites, and who have an active classroom website they want to make marvelous.

Facilitated by Dr. Alice Christie and Lynn Castiglione

Participants will:
1. Identify characteristics and elements of exemplary teacher websites that you wish to incorporate into your new classroom website.
2. Add numerous widgets, web tools, and social media tools to create dynamic and interactive websites to communicate with their students, students' parents, and other teachers and students worldwide.
3. Create a dynamic, engaging, student-centered website that is reflective of your learning environment.
4. Create customized graphics using Google Drawings, Canva, or PiktoChart to brand your website as an exemplary educational resource.
5. Design your website so that it features the publication of student work.

Designing and facilitating differentiated learning opportunities that will actively engage every young learner in a classroom can be a challenge for the most experienced of teachers. In Making Task Cards, you will learn how to use online tools and mobile apps to design, build, and manage small group and individual learning opportunities to reinforce and enrich learning in exciting ways. You will harness the power of websites and apps to create independent and collaborative work that furthers student learning in your classroom learning centers or station rotations. You will learn how to clone yourself by making your own audio and video recordings easily accessible through QR codes and augmented reality apps. Finally, you'll discover ways to collect student responses, both in real time and asynchronously, in order to assess their understanding.

At the end of the week, you will leave with a toolbox full of task cards that will help you create amazing learning opportunities for your students and transform "Teacher, I'm done," into "Teacher, let's do this again!"

Note: This strand of Camp Plug and Play is intended for teachers of kindergarten through third grade.

Facilitated by Jennifer Lane and Jon Samuelson

Participants will:
1. Experience learning with task cards from students' points of view.
2. Create engaging digital content for students to read, listen to, or watch.
3. Create exciting digital opportunities for students to practice and produce their own digital content.
4. Use online tools and mobile apps to assess student learning.
5. Create printable and digital task cards for students.

Digital lesson design has the potential to transform instruction. Students can actively explore, engage, collaborate, and create, instead of being passive consumers. HyperDocs are a way to change classroom dynamics by empowering students to fully participate in the learning process.

“HyperDoc” is a term educators use to describe interactive Google Docs, Google Slides, or Google Drawings that transform instructional media and learning activities into a digital package. HyperDocs can be the ultimate change agent in the classroom when they are built with strong instructional design. They have the potential to shift instruction to be student-centric while improving classroom workflow.

In Making HyperDocs, you will see how and why you should use HyperDocs in the classroom. In fact, you will learn much of this information through the format of a HyperDoc. By experiencing HyperDocs from the student perspective, you will grasp how you can make HyperDocs work for your own students. Teachers will leave understanding how they can customize and create lessons and units that can be personalized to meet the needs of a broad range of learners.

Participants will learn how to incorporate hyperlinks, media, and interactive activities during HyperDoc Design School. You will explore a variety of tools to plug into a HyperDoc for student comprehension, collaboration, and creation. Additionally, you will be introduced to a wide variety of ways other teachers have used HyperDocs, including Interactive Notebooks and Novels HyperDocs. Most importantly, you will dive into an online community of HyperDoc creators—a community that freely shares their documents for others to copy and modify. You’ll see that making a HyperDoc taps into your creativity as a teacher as you design worthwhile experiences that your students will love.

Note: Making HyperDocs is appropriate for teachers who work students in second grade and higher.

Facilitated by Kendra Tyler and Lisa Guardino

Participants will:
1. Define “HyperDoc” and explain the theory and pedagogy behind digital lesson design.
2. Explore HyperDoc examples and different packaging options. Discover templates, evaluate solid lesson design, and begin creating.
3. Curate and package visually engaging content using Google apps. Embed digital and non-digital tools that allow for collaboration and creation. Examine workflows to maximize time.
4. Learn to elevate the design and delivery of HyperDocs by reflecting on the 4Cs and SAMR to ensure that HyperDocs are transforming instruction.
5. Learn to share HyperDocs with the Teachers Give Teachers community, and find others that will support and collaborate alongside you.

Additional Information: 

Registration includes your own room Monday through Friday, afternoon break on Monday, breakfast, lunch and breaks on Tuesday through Thursday, and breakfast and morning break on Friday.

Breakfast is served beginning one hour before session start times on June 12-15.

Optional evening sessions will be held from 6:30-7:30pm on June 11-13 and an optional Open Lab will be held from 4:00-5:00pm on June 13-14.

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