Along with the regular business items, SVRTC members heard a presentation by guest speaker, Brian Callahan from WHRO Education on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Nottoway High School Mini Auditorium. Mr. Callahan explained the history of WHRO and the services they provide. WHRO offers a broad range of free and fee-based online content and development services to school divisions including online courses, professional development, educational software, instructional design and production services. Presently, there are sixteen SVRTC school divisions that have accounts with WHRO.
2014-09-19 Meeting - 3D Printing
Our 2014 year began with a great presentation on 3D printing during our September meeting of the SVRTC. Angel Bonham and Andy Rothenberger, Instructional Technology Resource Teachers for Spotsylvania Public Schools with over 40+ years of experience between them, presented methods and techniques for using 3D printing as part of project based learning.
Leveraging innovative and energized teachers was one way to increase the possibility of success using 3D printing technology. In their case, Josh Blum was the catalyst behind getting 3D printing into the classroom and using it successfully. Josh, an art teacher, may seem an unlikely candidate for 3D printing. However, his interest revolved around the ability to reproduce models of rare and interesting models of art that he used to peak the interest of his students.
In addition to the 3D models and other resources brought by Angel and Andy, Longwood University brought in its dual-filament Makerbot for SVRTC members to see. The Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices also put their Cubify and Solidoodle 3D printers on display. Bill Wilson provided information to the group on the capabilities and cost of the various models.
More information can be obtained by viewing the powerpoint presentation used by Angel and Andy. The presentation can be downloaded here.
End of Year Meeting
Maria Lewis and Katherine Plunkett from Charlotteville City schools presented a summary of their one-to-one laptop initiative to SVRTC members at the end of year meeting held at Longwood University on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Members can access the PowerPoint presentation from the Download section of this website. Pictures from the meeting may be viewed in the SVRTC Gallery
8th Annual SVRTC Awards Banquet
The 2014 Awards Banquet was held at Longwood University with a welcome provided by Liz Jamerson, co-chair of the SVRTC. Opening remarks were given by President W. Taylor Reveley, Longwood's 26th President. Shery Nussbaum-Beach delivered the keynote address to during the event which was well represented with 90+ people in attendance. Pictures taken during the event can be seen by visiting the SVRTC Gallery.
SVRTC Divisions Attend STEM Summit
The Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) hosted the 7th Annual STEM Summit on Thursday, January 30th, at Longwood University. Representatives from several SVRTC counties attended, including: Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Hopewell, Prince George, Sussex, Lunenburg The theme was, MakersLearn.
The summit had several presentations ranging from students to university staff. Dr. Talaiver, ITTIP’s director, spoke to the attendees about what qualities we find in makers and inventors before introducing the first guest speaker, a junior from rural India, Tenith Adithyaa, who talked about his Banana Leaves Technology. The summit continued with additional young presenters, this time middle school students from Charlottesville City and Albemarle County Public Schools. They talked about their collaboration with UVA for an initiative on 3D printing. Participating teachers and administrators also spoke about the cross curriculum project.
The second half of the summit’s presenters included STEM specialists from ITTIP who conducted a hands-on session where attendees were challenged to use the microcontroller, Makey Makey. The summit concluded with presentations from MathDisk’s confounder, Mohamed Jaffaralim, and NASA’sProfessional Development Coordinator, Dr. Kimberly Brush.