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Upcoming Workshops & Sessions at FETC 2015

6 Jan

FETC15_eBadge_250_speakerHard to believe that 2015 is already underway… and with that only two more weeks before the National FETC educational technology conference in Orlando, Florida.

It is an honor to be selected as a Featured Speaker for this year’s conference! I can’t wait to present alongside so many brilliant and talented educators.

Here is a list of the info for each of my workshops and sessions. Would love to have you join me!

Featured Sessions:

Digital Village: Using Technology to Increase Parent Involvement
Thursday 1:00-1:40 p.m. – S310A

If it takes a village to raise a child, then this digital generation calls for a digital village. Studies increasingly show that parent involvement is directly correlated to student achievement, behavior and high school graduation rates. By using digital collaboration tools, parents can become an integral part of their child’s education, sharing from their knowledge, careers, and life experience. For students, their friends and family are the best place to establish their Personal Learning Network, preparing for a lifetime of communication, collaboration and digital citizenship. In this engaging session, attendees will examine pertinent research, explore best practices for implementation, engage live demonstrations of collaborative web environments, view diverse examples, and delve into free, effective Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, Voicethread, video-conferencing, collaborative applications and workspaces, and communication tools. Creating an innovative, connected classroom was never easier than when using these parent-friendly ideas. Whether for individual lessons or yearlong initiatives, educators and educational stakeholders will leave feeling inspired to expand the educational experience with a digital village!

Innovative Elementary Writing Instruction for the Digital Age
Thursday 3:20-4:00 p.m. – S320G

With the emergence of Web 2.0, tablet apps, and global communications tools, the art of writing is becoming increasingly vital to our students. Whether it’s translating the concise word choice of poetry to Twitter, the voice of persuasive essays to blogs, or the delicate crafting of an engaging narrative into ePublishing, effective writing is at the heart of 21st century learning and skills. In this eye-opening session, educators learn how to bring out the inner Shel Silverstein and J. K. Rowling in their students through intentional uses of dynamic applications and student-created digital media. Plus, educators learn about free and affordable ways to promote their budding authors by publishing paper and digital storybooks and anthologies. In fact, these activities, projects and practices have already empowered the presenter’s students to win international digital storytelling awards and even pen an Amazon Best-seller! Through these engaging, student-created projects and instructional practices, educators will see measurable improvements in their students’ spelling, grammar, voice, word choice, figurative language, creativity, elaboration and more! With the ideas, student samples, adaptable rubrics and the practical resources they need to get started, educators will rush to integrate their new learning as soon as they return to school!

3D Technologies: A Key to Maximizing Digital Age Teaching and Learning
Thursday 4:20-5:00 p.m. – S230B

Teaching and learning with 3D technologies can improve student achievement, attention, behavior, and more! Learn how three types of 3D educational applications can enhance teaching and learning at all grade levels! 3D design applications allow students to make their mental images a reality by creating 3-dimensional objects and scenes by using programs like Google Sketch-Up and Autodesk Maya. Progressive uses even include augmented reality, virtual environments, and video game creation. 3D printing produces such digitally designed objects in tangible materials from plastic to human tissue. Through its emergence in the “maker” movement, students are engaging an iterative engineering design process firsthand. Finally, stereoscopic 3D is familiar to many students from 3D movies and theme park rides. Whether with glasses or new glasses-free displays, 3D videos and simulations are increasing students’ learning gains, retention, and attention in classrooms around the world. Each 3D technology provides powerful opportunities for learning and develops the essential skills and knowledge needed for success in emerging 21st century fields and careers. Through best practices, practical applications, student-created examples, and true success stories, we will explore the basics of these 3D technologies and how they may serve as the key to maximizing digital age teaching and learning.

Workshops (a few spots left!) – more info and to register:

Lights! Camera! Student Moviemakers in Action!
Wednesday 8:00-11:00 a.m. – S330G

Lights! Camera! Student Moviemakers in Action! is a hands-on workshop that assists educators in effectively integrating student-created movie projects into the K-12 classroom. In this engaging workshop, educators will explore the positive impact of student media creation on meeting the challenges of 21st century learning and the participatory digital culture. They will learn a basic workflow for approaching various types of class video projects with iMovie. Plus, educators will also discover powerful applications of several student moviemaking genres and styles, as well as technological hardware and software tools, that support implementation of the NETS-S, the Framework for 21st Century Learning and the Common Core State Standards across curricular areas. Guided hands-on activities and demonstration in making creative and advanced video types, including stop-motion, time lapse, and stereoscopic 3D, round out this session to make it an innovative professional development experience that educators won’t want to miss. Best of all, they will acquire access to extended resources, reproducible classroom materials, sample rubrics, student-created examples and how-to video tutorials. As a result of this inspiring session, educators will leave ready to connect with their students in creative and meaningful ways upon returning to school.

Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students
Wednesday 12:00-3:00 p.m. – S330D

Whether for reading groups, Daily 5, math activities, or creative projects, centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation, independence, and discovery learning in the elementary classroom. By integrating easy-to-implement technology activities into these centers, every student, from kindergarten to fifth grade, can enhance their learning experience while developing progressive technology skills. In this interactive session, attendees gain first-hand experience of six progressive Independent Technology Centers. Each hands-on center provides samples, ideas for extended applications, how-to tutorials, adaptive lesson and rubric templates for K-2 and 3-5, as well as time to experiment with the tools. Plus, the session will provide best practices learned from successful implementation at several elementary schools that are making substantial gains on standardized testing while still promoting technology activities that develop creativity and critical thinking. With practical tools, resources and hands-on experience, attendees will leave confident and inspired to successfully develop 21st century skills and deep learning of the standards through these powerful learning centers.

4 Reasons 3D is Vital to ISTE 2014, plus SIG3D’s Webinar Video

26 Sep

With ISTE 2013 only just behind us, it’s already time to start thinking about submitting proposals for next year’s conference.  The ISTE 2014 Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA from June 28 to July 1, but the call for participation ends in just a week on October 2nd.

As you consider your submitting for next year’s conference, it has never been more important to consider including 3D technologies.  Why?

1.  The International Society of Technology in Education is an organization that represents the interests and priorities of educational technology leaders.  Each year, the conference program and exhibit hall reveal the both newest and more effective technologies and edtech practices to nearly 20,000 attendees.  In recent years, 3D technologies in design/modeling, 3D printing and stereoscopic 3D have represented the true cutting edge in educational technologies.  Including sessions, demonstrations, and hands-on offerings that allow educators to explore these technologies maintains the ISTE Conference’s reputation as the quintessential home for edtech innovation.

2.  3D technologies and applications are internationally relevant to educational best practices.  Stories, research and case studies of successes in teaching with 3D have emerged from countries across 6 continents, with applications spreading widely across the United States, India, and Europe.  With attendees participating from around the world, the ISTE Conference is the perfect venue for exploring and sharing emerging practices relevant to the global learning community.

3.  Knowledge and skills in emerging technologies lead to success in emerging careers.  With 3D applications exploding in design, technology, engineering and manufacturing industries, exposing our students to learning and creating in three dimensions prepares them for future success in college, careers and life.

4.  Teaching and learning with 3D technologies leads to significant learning benefits.  Research from case studies around the world are demonstrating that teaching with 3D technologies is good for students.  For example, when teaching with stereoscopic 3D video, interactives, and simulations, students demonstrate significant increases in learning gains, retention, abstract concept mastery, and more.  A great overview of these benefits can be found in my Stereoscopic 3D Enhances Learning infographic.

To get a better idea of the ISTE proposal process, ways that 3D relates to edtech’s hottest topics, and how to identify your own area of expertise to share, watch our SIG3D September 2013 Webinar archive video: How to Write a Great Proposal for ISTE 2014… and Why SIG3D Members Should!

And if and when you do submit your 3D technology-related proposal for ISTE 2014, I would love to hear about it.  Please, feel free to share about your ideas and approach in the comments below.  I look forward to connecting with you now and at the ISTE  2014 conference!

SIG3D ISTE14 Webinar

Infographic: Stereoscopic 3D Enhances Learning

16 Sep


Stereoscopic 3D Enhances Learning | Engaging Education Infographic
Copyright 2014 Nancye Blair Black



Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, speaker, author, and consultant.  She is the Founder and Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education (iste.org/sig3d) and recently published a chapter on 3D document camera use in the IGI Global book, Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education.

SIG3D Launches New 3D in Education Webinar Series

19 Aug

Out of ISTE’s new Special Interest Group comes a powerful opportunity for learning and collaborating with 3D in Education. SIG3D is sponsoring a series of webinars on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8 PM EST, along with additional opportunities for follow-up Q & As with their leadership team.

sig3d-logoBelow is a list of the webinars currently on the schedule. As we are planning for the coming year, what topics would you like to learn more about? What 3D experts or organizations would you like to hear more from?


Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 8 PM EST
Stereoscopic 3D Classroom Basics
Register to attend
Link to Webinar Room

Are you interested in understanding how stereoscopic 3D works, what is required to use it in the classroom, and even how you and your students can start creating stereoscopic 3D? In this webinar, 3D expert and SIG3D leadership team member Dennis Cafiero will show you the basics of using Stereoscopic 3D. You will discover how stereoscopic 3D works, as well as how to find and create 3D content for your classroom using free tools and online resources. Plus, you’ll learn about various 3D display technologies available for your classroom… and the pros and cons for each system. With robust resources and great integration ideas, you will leave ready to start trying out 3D in your classroom right away!

Presenter: Dennis Cafiero, Presente3D Founder and SIG3D Leadership Team Member, dennis@presente3D.com

Presenter Bio: When founding Presente3D in 2011, Dennis Cafiero discovered that many people were disenchanted with 3D because of the high cost of development and overall lack of knowledge regarding 3D. “It just wasn’t simple to create 3D content unless you were a trained 3D professional.” Since then, Dennis has worked hard to prove that 3D technologies can flourish within every classroom and within every budget. As former Technical Director for Eon Reality, Dennis shares wisdom and insight from over 16 years of experience in virtual reality, stereoscopic 3D software development, and educational 3D applications.

Tuesday, August 27 , 2013, 8 PM EST
Stereoscopic 3D Classroom Basics: Follow-up Q & A, with Dennis Cafiero
**Google Hangout** **Link**
Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 8 PM EST
How to Write a Great Proposal for ISTE 2014… and Why SIG3D Members Should! with Nancye Blair Black
**Register here**

Stereoscopic 3D Comes to ISTE 2013

22 Jun

ISTE Attendees, this list is for those of you interested in what is truly the most cutting edge in educational technology. Several ISTE 2013 sessions, events and resources can plug you in to the most current and emerging tools and practices for employing stereoscopic 3D in teaching and learning. Here they are:

Sunday, June 23 – SIG3D Open House
at the ISTE Member Networking Fair
3:00 – 5:00 PM
SACC Tower View Lobby
Meet the Leadership Team, network with other members, and get your SIG3D badge ribbon!

Monday, June 24 – Poster Session, Nancye Black
In Depth Education: Diving into Stereoscopic 3D Learning and Creating
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SACC Tower View Lobby, Table 7
Increase visual teaching, critical thinking, understanding, and engagement with anaglyph and stereoscopic 3D applications. Discover how student-created media, dynamic resources, and 3D tools deliver larger-than-life digital learning!

Tuesday, June 25 – SIG3D Inaugural Gathering
5:00 – 6:15 PM
SACC Social Butterfly and Newbie Lounge, West Reg
Find out what SIG3D is all about, network with other members, engage 3D learning stations, breakout for beginners and advanced users, contribute to the future of SIG3D. Plus, win 3D prizes like Presente3D, Eon Creator, 3D Ladibug Doc Cam, and Kid Pix 3D!


SIG3D’s List of Stereoscopic 3D Vendors: Click here.
This list will be updated regularly throughout the conference.


Other non-stereoscopic, yet related, sessions of possible interest:

Using 3D Printers in Education, Mark Barnett
Poster Session: Wednesday, 6/26/2013; 11:00am–1:00pm; SACC Tower View Lobby: Table 18

Teach 3D Game Design in One Week, Alexander Repenning
Workshop: Saturday, 6/22/2013, 8:30am–11:30am, SACC 208

Oh the Places You Will Go: Google Earth, SketchUp, Robert Craven
Workshop: Wednesday, 6/26/2013, 8:30am–11:30am, SACC 207A