Online PD Community - tinyurl.com/OPDC2015


Imagine bringing recognized educators into your schools to provide Professional Development for your faculty and staff. The Online Community provides a model for this. Using this model, we will enjoy discussions with educational leaders in Florida, California, Texas and Iowa.

This model integrates a recorded video with a realtime video conferenced discussion. Each of the speakers has already created a 20-minute video recording for the 2014 and 2013 K-12 Online Conference

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.31.41 PM.pngIn each session, we will begin with a short introduction with our guest educator through video conferencing (ZOOM.US). We will then watch a 15 - 20 minute video on the selected topic. During this whole process, we will have a backchannel running (an online chat room) during the video so that the audience can discuss with the presenter and each other as it progresses

After the presentation, we will use Zoom.us to continue discussing the topic with the speaker. Whether the speaker is in Florida, California, Texas or Iowa, we will be able to meet face-to-face for some more in-depth discussion about the topic.

This is a Professional Development model that you can use at your school, district or company for a minimal expense. It provides educators the opportunity to view and review these presentations as needed.

Room 313 - ITEC Conference



Monday - October 12
Tuesday - October 13
8:00 – 8:50

Developing Leadership in Classroom, Schools and Communities Larry Ferlazzo - Sacramento, California
11:10 – noon
T3: Triple in Tech: Art, Music and MediaCarol Broos - The Villages, Florida

11:00 – 11:50

Using Tech Tools to Build Collaborative CommunitiesJared Colley - Arlington, TexasJoel Garza - Addison, Texas
1:10 – 2:00
Building Innovative Thinking through
Rube Goldberg Inventions
Leigh Zeitz - Cedar Falls, Iowa




Here is a list of the presentations that will be made in Room 313 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday, October 12, 2015




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T3: Triple in Tech: Art, Music and Media

Carol Broos (The Villages, Florida)

Monday, 10/12 - 11:10 - 12:00


Triple threat gridiron football is referring to a player who excels at all three of the skills of running, passing, and kicking. In theater, it is someone who can sing, dance, and act equally the same. In technology is it the ability to excel in creating your own artwork, composing your own music, then producing your own movies. Once you take the plunge to be a triple threat, by creating your own art, composing your own music and producing your own movies, it will change in the way you interact with all the arts. You will begin to create more, learn more, and share more.This triple threat presentation shares a trilogy of opportunities for your students can use to express themselves.
This presentation includes two interviews with triple threat educators: Tricia Fuglestad, a K-5 Art Teacher and Linda Keene, an architect and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.



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Building Innovative Thinking through Rube Goldberg Inventions

Leigh Zeitz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Monday, 10/12 - 1:10 - 2:00
Join us as we explore using Rube Goldberg Inventions to make innovative thinking fun. Innovation, a necessity in today’s world, can be cultivated through a creative hands-on curriculum. Develop your own ideas for classroom activities that heighten student engagement, encourage collaboration, nurture creative thinking and extend critical thinking skills.








Tuesday, October 15, 2013



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Developing Leadership in Classrooms, Schools and Communities

Larry Ferlazzo (Sacramento, CA)

Tuesday, 10/13 - 8:00 - 8:50

Developing the leadership potential of our students, teachers and parents is a key strategy to develop more learning, better teaching, and improved engagement for all. This session provides ideas for specific actions we can take to develop that leadership.




Using Tech Tools to Build
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Jared Colley (Arlington, Texas)
Joel Garza (Addison, Texas)

Tuesday. 10/13 - 11:00 - 11:50
This presentation demonstrates how three teachers used Tech Tools to build collaborative communities between their campuses. The idea was born out of a collaboration designed to do something very traditional between English classes. Growing from a shared interest to try something different, teachers experimented to understand the organic but deliberate aspects of one instance of collaboration, made possible by technology and open-minded spirits. In the beginning, however, the idea was largely traditional: to host a collaborative, inter-institutional paper conference for high school students. This is the story of how a traditional vision became the catalyst for 21st century learning practices – attempting, from there, to outline the emotional anatomy of such collaborative experiences.