Delaware Digital Learning Conference Online- Join us next week!

Hello everyone,

Please take a moment to view the amazing courses that will be held online next week!  Lots of informative technology sessions (16 total) at your fingertips!! The conference is open to anyone!  Access to these terrific sessions can be found at:

It’s as easy as clicking the link and joining session!  Sit back and learn from other Delaware Educators and the innovative ideas/tools they want to share!!

Hope to see you there- online that is 🙂


Delaware Digital Learning Conference: Online

Monday, March 16, 2015 to Thursday, March 19, 2015

In conjunction with Digital Learning Day (Friday, March 13), the Delaware Center for Educational Technology / Delaware Department of Education (DCET/DDOE) is hosting the Delaware Digital Learning Conference: Online, a series of 16 Webinars conducted over four days the week after Digital Learning Day (Monday, March 16 to Thursday, March 19). Webinars will be conducted each day at 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, and 6:00PM.
We hope you can join us for the live Webinars. The schedule of Webinars (and the location where you can access the Webinars on the days of the event) can be found at The schedule is also included below.
The conference is open to anyone, but the target audience is all public and private K-16 educators and pre-service educators. We welcome participation from educators in other states.
Conference Presentation Schedule – Monday, March 16
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Freshman Computer Programming: Common Core Skills in Action!
Nywel Cheaye, 9th Grade Student, MOT Charter High School
Patti Ann Mooney, Computer Programming Instructor, MOT Charter High School
Nywel Cheaye, a 9th grade student at MOT Charter High School, will be sharing about her freshman computer programming course and specifically her experiences with Scratch, De-Bug it, Python and Codecademy. She will be sharing the progress of her learning over the course of this year, highlights from her projects and examples of student achievements in this introductory course. Patti Mooney teaches this course, and will be available during the Q & A session for any instructor related/directed questions. This course is part of our dual-enrollment opportunity with Wilmington University. Our hope is inspire others to consider implementing high school programming courses for the masses so every child has exposure to the skills and higher order problem solving that comes from computer programming.
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Strategies to Foster the Growth Mindset in the Blended Learning Environment
Nicole Klues, Education Consultant, Delaware Department of Education
The growth mindset is critical to student success in the 21stcentury. This presentation will show you ways to enhance the growth mindset in the blended learning environment by leveraging resources in a way to promote student grit, perseverance, and confidence. 
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 5:00 PM
Personalizing and Customizing Learning with Schoology
Michael League, Instructional Technology Coach, Indian River School District
Come learn a little about the potential to leverage Schoology, the state’s new Learning Management System, for personalizing and customizing learning paths for students.  This session will feature guided tutorials and a ton of ideas for getting started. 
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 6:00 PM
Free Digital Collaboration Tools to Use in Your Classroom
Mary Murrian, Instructional Technologist, Capital School District
Wayne Hartschuh, DCET Executive Director, Delaware Department of Education
Learn about some of the many free digital tools that encourage collaboration in and out of the classroom, such as Kidblog, Padlet,  Today’s Meet, Zunal (WebQuests), NewsELA, ed.ted and more! We will go through each application and show their ease of use and how you can incorporate them in your classroom even if you have limited technology access.
Conference Presentation Schedule – Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 3:00 PM
iPad: “All about the Apps” to Increase Student Engagement
Melissa Bleile, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12, Woodbridge School District
Explore some Cool iPad apps that increase student engagement!   Teachers will preview multiple apps that will help them gain instant feedback from students as well as increase student engagement and creativity.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Maximizing the Resources of the SBAC Digital Library
Theresa Bennett , ELA Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
Renee Parsley, Math Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
The Digital Library is a component of SBAC’s balanced assessment system, with a focus on the formative assessment process.  The Digital Library consists of online, CCSS-aligned resources created by educators. Participants will take a tour and receive a demonstration of the new Math, ELA, and Assessment Literacy Modules.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 5:00 PM
Starting from Scratch: An Introduction to Programming for Grades 2-12
Susan Cornett, Instructional Technology Coach and Technology Teacher, Newark Charter School
Newark Charter School discovered Scratch, a free, easy-to-learn yet powerful, computer programming language. Learn about theScratch environment and gain tips for setting up Scratch accounts with your students. Ideas for integrating Scratch into your Common Core lessons while allowing students to develop their creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving skills will be presented.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM
Career and College Readiness through Career and Technical Education
Luke Rhine, Director, CTE and STEM Office, Delaware Department of Education
Lisa Stoner-Torbert, Education Associate, CTE and STEM Office, Delaware Department of Education
In 2020 nearly 65% of U.S. jobs will require some level of post-secondary education.  Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways deliver academic, technical, and workplace content in a seamless, non-duplicative series of courses leading to industry recognized credentials, work-based learning and early college experiences.  Participants in this workshop will explore how Delaware’s model for CTE supports the development of both state-led and locally developed programs leading to career advancement and continuing education for all students.
Conference Presentation Schedule – Wednesday, March 18
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Ready, Set, Go! Statewide Schoology Launch – What it Means for You!
Nicole Klues, Education Consultant, Delaware Department of Education
Wayne Hartschuh, DCET Executive Director, Delaware Department of Education
Schoology is taking Delaware by storm! This platform is going to transform how Professional Development is delivered at the state level. In addition, see how your school can get involved in utilizing this platform to enhance instruction and transform curriculum delivery to increase personalization and promote collaboration.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 4:00 PM
New to Schoology? Fear Not!
Tom Becker, Math Teacher, MOT Charter High School
Elaine Elston, Senior High School Administrator, MOT Charter High School
Tom and Elaine will share some of the tools and techniques they have learned and utilized in this, their inaugural year, of implementing Schoology as MOT Charter High School’s learning management platform. They will share the teacher and administrator perspectives of this tool, their experiences and lessons learned. While their school implemented Schoology in every high school classroom, the information and tips they will share can be helpful to even the single classroom user.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 5:00 PM
Does It Blend? Best Practices for Maximizing Blended Learning
Michael League, Instructional Technology Coach, Indian River School District
This session will focus on getting the most impact from the blended learning experiences that you’re creating for students.  In particular, we’ll focus on best practices for leveraging the state’s new learning management system, Schoology, to create powerful digital experiences for students.  Session will include examples from classrooms.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 6:00 PM
SBAC Summative Math Assessment: Strategies for Improving Student Communication and Reasoning Skills
Sheri Firch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Milford School District
Jesse Parsley, Special Education Teacher, Milford Central Academy, Milford School District
Renee Parsley, Math Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
Explore the challenges students may experience in solving a mathematics problem on paper and then describing the solution method accurately with words and symbols using the keyboard. This webinar will connect mathematics, ELA and technology instruction in a combined effort to promote student communication skills about mathematical concepts and solutions.
Conference Presentation Schedule – Thursday, March 19
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Using Web 2.0 Tools to Address Speaking and Listening Common Core State Standards
Wayne Hartschuh, DCET Executive Director, Delaware Department of Education
Speaking and listening skills are an integral part of the Common Core State Standards. Standards at all grade levels require students to engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Learn how Web 2.0 tools, such as, VoiceThread, Screencast-O-Matic, and Voki, can be used to address speaking and listening skills.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 4:00 PM
Lori Roe, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cape Henlopen School District
“A single app can be powerful. Many apps, working together, can be transformative.” Lenny Liang
Empower learners to unleash creativity through the art of app smashing by combining the best features and functions of multiple apps and digital tools. This session will highlight iPad apps, however app smashing can be used with apps for other devices.
Thursday, March 19, 2015– 5:00 PM
Demystifying the Use of Learning Progressions
Theresa Bennett, ELA Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
Learning progressions are powerful tools for supporting instruction and formative assessment.  Participants will examine research and examples of how to use learning progressions to:  1) plan instruction, 2) align formative assessment, 3) analyze data, and 4) personalize learning.  Note:  CCSS-aligned ELA/Literacy Progressions will be used during this session.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 6:00 PM
Communication is the Key- Creating a Classroom Website using Weebly!
Melissa Bleile, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12, Woodbridge School District
Learn how to create a classroom website using Weebly and effectively communicate with parents and students.
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