Archive for the 'Presentations' Category

Experience the Inquiry and Design Cycle with Technology

Monday, January 7th, 2013

This Friday, January 4th, Dr. Jennifer Banas and I presented “Experience the Inquiry and Design Cycle with Technology” to education students at Northeastern Illinois University. The idea of the session is to use the Inquiry Cycle in the classroom with the aid of tools like, Diigo, Google Forms, Google Drawing, Google Sites, and Blogger.

Department of Education comes to CTC

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Yesterday, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Eduardo Ochoa came to visit us at CTC. He and his staff were interested in highlighting the work we do in connecting students to STEM education and careers. Invited guests included members from organizations across the Chicagoland area that are investing in getting underrepresented populations into the quickly growing STEM careers like healthcare and engineering. The event was a great success as measured not only by the fact that my presentation went smoothly without me tripping or messing up my lines, but by the collaborative energy that emerged from the room.

iMATHination 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

This past weekend was CTC’s 5th annual iMATHination conference in lovely St. Charles, Illinois at the grand Q Center. The focused content includes algebra, geometry and integrated math/science, math/technology sessions. I love iMATHination mostly because it treats teachers the way they ought to be treated: like professionals. Aaron Cortes, the Director of UBMS, and I presented on our afterschool and summer STEA2M (Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture and Math) programs.

VSS 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


I had a great time at VSS 2010, and in Arizona. It’s a lovely state, and I hope to one day see more than the amazing Grand Canyon and Sedona.

The conference was a wonderful opportunity for learning and networking. Our presentation, Games Design Workshop: Using a Blended Model to Teach Digital Media, was very well received and we got great feedback.

You can learn about our endeavors with teaching digital media virtually with industry professionals on our brand new blog, Big World Learning.

YAL 2010

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010


Last night, with help from Cole Pierce and Andy David, I presented at YAL’s 10th anniversary at the Q Center in St. Charles on the GEAR UP Summer Film Institute. I talked a little bit about how our philosophy aligned with Learning By Design (LBD) (a kind of inquiry education), gave an overview of the process, and showed a couple of the student films. The presentation was very well-received and the teachers in attendance wanted to learn how they could do this at their schools!

2009 Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

AEL Institute

Photo by Ian Usher

I can’t believe it, but another year came and went, and before I knew it, it was July and time again for the Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute. This year was extra special, as a new group of Higher Education Adobe Education Leaders joined us K-12ers in San Jose. The joining of the two groups was a brilliant move, with both groups learning from one another how we can all prepare students for the ever-evolving demands of the new workforce. In addition, as everyone there noted, the Higher Eds were raising the bar on the presentations and the discussions we were having throughout the Institute.

Ian Usher and I, along with Greg Hodgson via video clips, presented on our Game Design Workshop. Ian did an excellent job of formatting the presentation using different Connect layouts and our guest speakers (Colin Maxwell and two GDW students, Owyn and Rob) were wonderful at speaking a bit about their experience with the project. We received excellent feedback from Adobe staff and fellow AELs. We got great ideas for the future and made excellent connections with others interested in our concept.

Maybe this year will go by just as fast as last year, which would be great: I can’t wait for next year’s AEL Summer Institute!

Creative Partnerships Presentation

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Creative Partnerships

Greg Hodgson and I are presenting the Game Design Workshop at the Creative Partnerships Conference today in the UK. Well, I’m presenting by videoconference and Greg is there in person, but we’re hoping to spread the word about the wonderful experiences the students and we had during the the course.


Friday, May 15th, 2009


I just finished watching the unparalleled Ian Usher present (in just 7 minutes!) the work we did on the Game Design course via FlashMeeting. Ian presented at the TeachMeet Midlands. What’s a TeachMeet? The TeachMeet wiki describes it as an “unconference,” or a meeting that takes all of the icky parts out of a conference and sticks to the good stuff, like socializing, networking, discussion and presentations that are short and stick to point. They try to make it so not the same three people ate talking and asking questions every time by randomizing presentation schedules and making Q&A a big part of the meeting. Those who can’t go in person scan show up online. These TeachMeets are all centered around effective uses of technology in education and are broken into regional meetings. The thing is that these TeachMeets are a UK thing. So why don’t we have these here in the US? Or Illinois? Or Chicago? Or the Northside? Am I missing something? I only see people in my field at conferences, which are not always the best time to get to know one another and hash out the projects we’re working on and get some feedback, or even develop partnerships. Is there a TeachMeet equivalent I don’t know about?

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*i*Collaboratory Symposium 2009

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Tomorrow is the 12th Annual Collaboratory Symposium, featuring the iCollaboratory. The Symposium will be May 7, 2009, from 8:30-noon with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m., at Northwestern University’s Hardin Hall, Crown Center. Continental Breakfast is included. This Symposium will feature the iCollaboratory.

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I will be speaking briefly about integrating Moodle with Google Apps for the iCollaboratory.

CMSI Conference

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Tomorrow morning at 11:30, I will be speaking at the 2009 Chicago Math & Science Initiative Annual Conference.  I’ll be speaking about the IDNR Biodiversity projects I’ve done at the Collaboratory, and how science teachers can integrate (free!) technology into their curriculum to give their students an engaging and hands-on experience with science.  I will [...]