Conference Session Descriptions

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Ten Tips in Designing and Implementing a Blended Learning Environment

This presentation will define how the concepts of blended learning can be used as enrichment to any learning environment or as a new pedagogical technique. Michael Pregot will show specific instructional designs that accompany an on-line program. He will also discuss some of the pros and cons that are inherent in a distance learning program. Two of the major goals include a highlight of what a blended format would actually look like and also offer a critical review of the differences between traditional and blended instruction.

Michael V. Pregot, Assistant Professor of Leadership, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Pregot has served as a secondary school administrator at the middle school and high school levels for 15 years and as a P-12 school superintendent for 15 years. Most of his administrative experiences have taken place in New York and Massachusetts with three years of service as an interim superintendent in New Hampshire. During his tenure as a practicing school leader, he has taught adjunct educational leadership courses at Boston College, Keene State, Franklin Pierce, Fitchburg State and Worcester State College. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, he taught educational leadership courses for five years at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.


Session #1 – 10:30 AM

Room Description
Media Center Blended Education Strategies and Discussion
Michael Pregot
The Nebraska BlendEd Advisory Committee will discuss strategies of the BlendEd project with Michael Pregot. Others interested in the BlendEd project may attend the discussion.
A Forum Evolution of Video Communications in Education
Simon Dudley, Marketing Department, LifeSize Corp; Bruce Christensen, Sales Manager, BMI/Bizco Technologies

Our presenter will be discussing how portable devices such as iPads, iPhones, Droids, MAC, and PC’s have changed the Education World. We will discuss how the BYOD (bring your own device) interacts with Video Conferencing and Distance Learning within Nebraska.
B Forum NET Virtual Learning LIbrary: Learning Objects for P-16
Gary Targoff, Assistant General Manager, Education, NET

An overview and demonstration of the NET Virtual Learning Library. Examples of digital content and learning resources available to teachers for use in the classroom or homework assignments, provided by NET and PBS.

Session #2 – 11:30 AM

A Forum National Archives and Record Administration [IVC]
David Rosenbaum

The National Archives and Records Administration comprises the richest record of America’s past. In this breakout session participants will connect to Nebraska native, David Rosenbaum, and be introduced to primary sources through its documents, teaching activities, and professional opportunities.

12:15 PM

Lunch, Visit Vendors [Food Service and Commons]

Session #3 – 1:15 PM

Media Center Surprising Successful Uses of Videoconference Recording and Streaming in Education
Linda Dickeson, Distance Learning Manager, LPS

See how the Lincoln Public Schools uses recording and streaming with the Videocenter, not just for classes and the benefit of students, but for these solutions and more: 1) storing recordings of School Board meetings, 2) delivering videos for the various departments on the district’s web site, 3) recording segments of professional development for independent learning, 4) setting up an “overflow room” for a large event, 5) supporting a live “call-in” show with the Superintendent.
A Forum You have a SMART board, they have iPads (or laptops). Now What
Shelley Thompson, Master Certified Trainer, CCS Presentation Systems

SMART Bridgit software lets you seamlessly connect SMART Board interactive whiteboards to each other or to remote computers and iPads, whether they’re in the same room or around the world. We will show you how to make collaboration more engaging and visual – teams can work on the same content simultaneously and link directly into each other’s documents, regardless of location.
B Forum Award-Winning Instructional Design for Distance Education
Judy Montgomery, Instructional Design Technology Specialist, Independent Study High School

This presentation highlights the key elements in the design, development, and delivery of Physics and Biology, two University of Nebraska Independent Study courses that have been awarded U.S. Distance Learning Association International Awards in Best Practices for Distance Learning Programming. These awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance education programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results.

Session #4 – 2:15 PM

A Forum Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame [IVC]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is at the forefront of bringing popular music into the classroom, teaching the history of rock and roll to thousands of young people in classrooms across the country every year. See an overview of the Museum’s award-winning interactive videoconferencing program On the Road.

Session #5 – 3:15 PM

Media Center Blended Learning: Designing a Comprehensive Learning Environment
Craig Hicks

The options available to create a blended learning model seem to be endless. This session will demonstrate a number of open source free tools that have been integrated to create a comprehensive elearning environment. These blended learning tools are currently serving nearly 100 school districts, 4200 teachers, and 60,000 students in the state of Nebraska.
Educational Needs in the Criminal Justice System
Judge M. Boyd Patterson, Jr. (ret.)

The objective of the presentation will be to demonstrate how technology and specifically videoconferencing can be used to provide statutorily mandated educational services, optional learning opportunities and professional development training within the criminal justice system.
B Forum Making the Most out of your Virtual Field Trip
Abby Jung, Education Specialist, The Durham Museum

In a world with a vast amount of resources, it can be difficult to know where to begin. This session will explore valuable resources from The Durham Museum that allow you to expand your 1-hour virtual field trip into days’ worth of free curriculum. You will explore these engaging activities from start to finish, learning how they were developed and how you can use them in any classroom situation.

4:30 PM

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres (beverages available for purchase) @ the Aura Restaurant attached to the Holiday Inn Southwest

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Session #1 – 9:00 AM

Room Description
Media Center – Mac Lab Cyber Surgeons
Jackie Shia, Director, Challenger Learning Center

Cyber Sugeons is an intense and immersive learning experience that engages your students in a live simulation to quickly diagnose and treat unusual medical cases. With the help of computers, the internet and a small video camera, students interact with a “chief medical officer” played by an educator at the Challenger Learning Center. Together, teams of students use their critical thinking skills and scientific knowledge to solve emergency medical problems.
A Forum ABCs of VFTs
Beth Kabes, Molly Aschoff, John Stritt, ESU Distance Learning Directors

You and your students can do live video conferences from your classroom to local connections in Nebraska and around the world. ESU distance learning directors will share about VFT opportunities, what low tech equipment requirements might be involved, and how you go about scheduling an event in support of your K12 curriculum.
B Forum Mobile Tools for the Distance Learning Classroom
Jamey Boelhower, Remote Learning Specialist, ESU 10

Mobile technology can be a powerful learning tool even in a Distance Learning environment. This workshop will introduce you to best practices of apps for mobile technology in the DL classroom.

Session #2 – 10:00 AM

A Forum Adventures in Medicine & Science (AIMS) of Saint Louis University: Forensic Autopsy
St. Louis University

The forensic autopsy is of paramount importance when investigating a suspicious death, as the public knows from watching the new media and popular television shows. Objectivity and meticulousness in evidence gathering are essential to the process. A solid understanding of human physiology as well as the processes that occur postmortem is also invaluable in this type of investigation. After participating in this unique AIMS program, students will know what really goes into a forensic autopsy.

11:15 am

Lunch, Manhattan School of Music Performance
[Food Service and Commons]

Performances include Pierce’s Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, as well as Nebraska music students from Neligh-Oakdale, Stanton, and Norfolk.

Session #3 – 12:30 PM

Media Center Blended Learning in Higher Education
Michael Pregot

The session is an open forum discussion with Michael Pregot on blended education in higher education. Any interested participants are welcome! Bring your questions on best practices or how to get started. If you have experiences to share, please do!
A Forum SMART Recorders make adding audio and video to your SMART lessons easy for your flipped classroom
Shelley Thompson, Master Certified Trainer, CCS Presentation Systems

SMART Video Recorder allows you to create movie files including audio. You can post these files on your webpage or have a substitute play back in your absence. SMART Page Recorder allows you to record annotation or activity on the page for instant review or revealing answers. Teachers love it for “read along” activities. SMART Audio Recorder also allows you to attach Mp3 or self-recorded sounds to text, pictures, shapes, or pen mark ups.
B Forum Nebraska’s Blend ED Initiative, an Impressive Collaboration
Matt Blomstedt, ED, ESUCC; Linda Dickeson, Beth Kabes, Craig Hicks

On behalf of all Nebraska schools the Educational Service Units Coordinating Council (ESUCC) submitted an IT Project Proposal to the Nebraska Information Technology Committee (NITC). The NITC reviews technology initiatives for the Unicameral to assure feasibility and that thorough planning was done should the project become funded by the legislature. The Blend ED proposal was given Tier 1 status clearing the way for funding consideration by the Education and Appropriation Committees. This session will provide an overview of the Blend ED Initiative and how this massive undertaking is a collaborative effort between K-12, ESUs, post-secondary, NET, and NDE.This initiative seeks to provide the technology infrastructure for single sign-on access (LDAP) for students and teachers in addition to a whole array of integrated tools and services from a course clearinghouse to a large repository of Open Educational Resources and teacher/student created content. The impact of this initiative on schools will be considerable. Learn what is planned by sitting in on this session.

Session #4 – 1:30 PM

Media Center Towards a Taxonomy of Blended Course Designs
Sydney E. Brown, Blended Learning Coordinator, UNL

The UNL Blended Course Taxonomy proposes nine models and a methodology for succinctly conveying what it means to take, teach, offer and support blended courses.
A Forum IT or Educators: Who’s driving the bus?
Mary Schlegelmilch, Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Who holds the vision for technology in your institution? Stakeholder alignment is critical to creating and implementing a technology vision with today’s economic challenges. Technology empowers and engages teaching and learning and expands the time, space, boundaries, and relationships of education. Anywhere, anytime, any device, any content teaching and learning enables educational institutions to extend the walls of the traditional classroom. Development of a vision enables your institution to travel safely and reach your destinations. This session is recommended for administrators, teachers, and IT staff.

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