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Refresh Your Classroom Environment: Empower Student Authors

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Stacie Isenberg, Technology Integration Coach; Trisha Kaylor, High School Mathematics Teacher; and Jeff Smathers, Second Grade Teacher – all with Blairsville-Saltsburg School District in Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Shutterfly


Would you like to empower students to become published authors while learning to storyboard, design, write, and publish? We have the perfect session for you. Explore ways for students of all ages and content areas to easily create a story book with text, photos, audio clips, and Doodle drawings with the free Shutterfly Photo Story app for the iPad. In this webinar, learn how Stacie Isenberg, Trisha Kaylor, and Jeff Smathers – all from Blairsville-Saltsburg School District in Pennsylvania – enhanced students’ literacy and technology skills while supporting project-based learning.

Stacie, the technology integration coach for the district, discussed how Photo Story was implemented across the district in a variety of grade levels and subject areas, sharing management tips and suggestions learned through her experience using it with over 200 students and 12 teachers who participated in this project. She discussed the system supports that are needed to ensure the success of students and teachers.

Jeff, a second grade teacher, shared how Photo Story helped him create an active, participatory, authentic, standards-based learning environment addressing multiple learning styles for his second grade students. Examples were shared demonstrating the development of literacy skills and the differentiation incorporated for special needs students.

Trisha, a high school math teacher, showed how algebra students wrote stories with a centralized theme that incorporated a variety of math problems. Students chose topics such as sports, dancing, pets and more. This project not only meets many of the Common Core Standards for english language arts, but it also meets standards for high school algebra. You’ll discover a creative way to improve literacy for all students.

Watch Stacie, Jeff, and Trisha in this interactive session for inspiration and practical tips for using story books with your own students. They also fielded questions after their presentations.

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Stacie Isenberg, formerly a secondary math and business education teacher, is the technology integration coach for Blairsville-Saltsburg School District in western Pennsylvania. Stacie is a Google Certified Teacher, a Keystones Technology Integrator, and serves as a member of the district’s Apple Distinguished Program team. She has presented at district, county, and statewide professional development conferences and has participated in advisory panels for national and international educational technology corporations. Follow her on Twitter @isenbergs.



Kaylor-Trisha_Headshot_150x150_20150917Trisha Kaylor is a high school mathematics teacher at Blairsville High School in Blairsville-Saltsburg School District. She also, teaches several courses through Seton Hill University, serves as an adjunct instructor for Westmoreland County Community College and teaches cyber school through the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. She is a Keystone Technology Integrator, is a member of the district’s Apple Distinguished Program team, and served on the Big Ideas Committee for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.





Jeff Smathers is a second grade teacher at Saltsburg Elementary School in Blairsville-Saltsburg School District. Jeff has been teaching for 20 years at the elementary level. He received his BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Masters from Kutztown.




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If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be sent within 24 hours of the live event.


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