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2003 Teacher Education Showcase Conference
Student Presentations
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
LA-SS Dovina Israel- Greco Math Cynthia Miller Mus Jon Newton
LA Amy Kincaid Sci Emily Kern LA Phil Huff
SPED Jill Hertel Rene Argubright PE Brian Lee
LA Renee Greco Mindi Cotner SS Zach Davidson
LA-Sci Andi Van Houten Sci Jeffrey Bovee LA David Barringer
LA-SS Bryan Bahns Sci Ryan Kinnett
Sci Michele Cobain
LA Gabrielle Kaufman
Mus-LA Jessica Strand
SS Ann Bowling
SS Melissa Vogel
SS Becky Wanamaker
LA Heather Luben
Math Daniel Feller
Math Rob Fetter
Sci SS Jenna Miller
SS Melissa Moodhe
SS Nanci Pretzer
Sci Alisa Rawe
Sci Martha Glover
Sci, La Nanci Stauffer
SS Margaret Scott
Integrated Darci McKibben
Tech Kate Berten
LA Linda Hepokoski
Presenter: Dovina Israel-Greco. Pacific University
Title: Virtual Yearbook and Broadcast 
Synopsis of the project: Students will work in teams to record through pictures and movies the events that happen on a monthly basis in our classroom, school or community. They will use reporting and interviewing skills to make an iMovie and broadcast it to the rest of the school on a bimonthly basis. These reports will also be broadcast over the Internet using our class website. At the end of the year, we will compile the broadcast into a virtual yearbook (iMovie) to be presented to the parents and community. We can convert this iMovie and send it home on CD's or VHS tapes to all fifth graders.
Presenter: Amy Kincaid. Pacific University
Title:No Student Left Behind - Science and Nature Unit
Synopsis of the project: Our goal is to build a science and nature unit to include all students in my self-contained classroom, which can then be generalized to resource rooms and general education classrooms throughout the district.
Our project will utilize several forms of technology to help create a sciene and nature unit, which will be inclusive toward all students in my self-contained special education classroom.
Presenter:Cynthia Miller. Pacific University
Title: Bringing Real World Data into Middle School Mathematics  
Synopsis of the project:To provide real world applications of data collection and statistics to rural middle school students in order to stimulate higher level thinking and an awareness of math in their daily lives and in careers.
I plan to purchase a TI-CBL2 unit with probes to measure temperature, light, voltage, and pH. I would also purchase a TI-83 plus calculator and a workbook that includes material for teaching with the CBL2 unit. With the remaining money I would purchase TI-30Xa calculators for my classroom.
Presenter: Jill Hertel. Pacific University
Title: Writing Toward Independence In Inclusion  
Synopsis of the project: Our project will provide a structure where students can complete writing assignments. Our plan is to start with word cards to help students write sentences, then move to a word wall for reference in sentence writing. Next, students will use CoWriter to put sentences into paragraphs, followed by Write Out Loud where they will receive immediate feedback when writing paragraphs, and ultimately use a Word Processor. With this plan students will be able to work independently and participate in the general education curriculum.
Presenter: Renee Greco. Pacific University
Title: Making The English Language Learner's Voice Heard 
Synopsis of the project: This project will transform the traditional written book review into an engaging language experience for English Language Learners. Instead of producing quantities of written book reviews, student will use their unique voices to create a phonics movie and book commercials for younger students. As a result, students will foster a love of reading in younger students while practicing their own English language skills in a safe and nurturing environment where they can critically assess their English language development and communication abilities.
Presenter: Andi Van Houten. Pacific University
Title: What's the Weather?
Synopsis of the project: First grade students will utilize a digital camcorder, Internet sites, email, and the school weather station to support their weather unit. Each day, two student weather reporters will gather the current weather conditions from the school weather station and present that along with the information the teams have plotted on the class weather map in their weather report. Using the satellite photos from, the two student reporters will do a video forecast of the weather at our school for the following day.
Presenter: Brian Lee, Pacific University
Title: Improving Student Movement Skills & Motivation Through Digital Vid. Analysis
Synopsis of the project: I will be capturing a variety of student movements on videotape that they are learning in PE class. Then I will have the opportunity to review and analyze their performance. Athletes in sports such as track and field routinely use this kind of video motion analysis. My challenge will be trying to use this same technique in a high school PE class.
Presenter: Jon Newton, Pacific University
Title: Wind Ensemble Video Tape Assessment
Synopsis of the project: Students will be videotaped during their band rehearsals and performances during Spring Term 2003 at Forest Grove High School. Combined with a high quality audio recording, the videotape will provide excellent feedback to each student about his/her contribution to the event as well as serving as a tool to help students improve their performance.
Presenter: Martha Glover, George Fox University
Title: Shoot for the Stars
Synopsis of the project: This project incorporated the use of digital cameras and a slide show program called Kai’s Power Show. Students worked in groups of three to investigate one of the nine planets. They completed research on their planet using both books and the internet. The students designated pictures in the books that they wanted to include in their slide shows. Photos were taken and the students worked with me to put together their slide show. Each group resented on their planet to students from another fifth grade class.
Presenter: Bryan Bahns, George Fox University
Title: "A Day in the Life,” using technology to include all parents in the first grade experience.
Synopsis of the project: On a monthly basis, we will be compiling scans of student work and digital pictures and creating an album to be sent to each home via e-mail. The purpose of this project is to make all parents feel they are a part of their child's daily school life and to help parents extend learning within the classroom by using the pictures as prompts to discuss what was learned during the month.
Presenter: Michele Cobain, George Fox University
Title: Astronomy- trip to the planetarium at OMSI
Synopsis: Students will be studying about astronomy during the month of January. As a culmination to the unit, they will take a field trip to OMSI, to see the planetarium. While at OMSI, groups of students will focus on a particular area of astronomy. Using the digital camera, they will document their learning. Next, the students will develop a classroom slide show using still digital photos, videos, and sound clips taken during the visit to the planetarium. Students will also present the information they learned about their topic in the form of a speech. The speeches will work toward one of the third grade Benchmarks.
Presenter: Zach Davidson, Goerge Fox University
Title: Perceiving the Oral History of Vietnam War Veterans
Synopsis: A class of 10th grade U.S. History students preserved the oral history of Vietnam Veterans through interviews and using various types of technology. The project was collimated by a power point production on each o the veterans, which was created by the student using scanners, digital cameras, the Internet and power point.
Presenter: Gabrielle Kaufman, George Fox University
Title: Bringing the Classroom Experience Home
Synopsis: Students will create a monthly newsletter about events and projects we are doing in the classroom. Students will choose their topic and then write an article about it. They will take pictures of their topic and scan in work relevant to their project.
Presenter: Jessica Strand, George Fox University
Title: Using Digital Keyboard
Synopsis of the project: The keyboard will be used as an engaging instrument in literacy skill building for struggling readers and writers. With each letter of the alphabet on a key, overtime, these students will learn letter identification, chunk recognition, and whole word reading by matching what they see on their "music" sheet (which will be letters, parts of words, or whole words) with the letters on the keys. The students will also be able to record the words they spell and listen to how the word sounds.
Presenter:Nanci Stauffer, George Fox University
Title: Bringing Science and Literacy Together Through Technology Synopsis of the project: Second grade students will create mini-books using the Kidspiration software to organize their research on butterflies. They will use a digital camera to collect specimen samples and document their research of butterfly habitat around their school. Once their research is complete students will publish their books using the printer/scanner. They will then present to other classes at their grade level.
Presenter:Margaret Scott, University of Portland
Title:Internet Access in a Fourth Grade Classroom
Synopsis of the project: Students will create an Oregon Trail ABC book using PowerPoint. They will learn to utilize the internet and how to produce word processing documents.
Presenter:Ann Bowling, Concordia University
Title: Second Grader Run Main Street
Synopsis of the project: Students experience the life of a small town Main Street by creating a business, having employees, and dealing with community issues such as advertising, customer complaints and community service. These students solve real world problems in their small town such as slow business best community use of an empty lot, loitering, littering and noise. Technology used includes digital camcorder, CD writer, VCR.
Presenter: Phil Huff, Concordia University
Title: Documenting Student Progress with Technology
Synopsis of the project: The class project is using PowerPoint to create an electronic journal. The students will integrate pictures and MPEG video clips and use text to explain their project goals. The finished PowerPoint presentation will be used as part of an electronic portfolio.
Presenter: Melissa Vogel, Concordia University
Title: What will I Be When I Grow Up?
Synopsis of the project: Students will survey eight occupations via quest speakers, creation of a “Job Book”, exploring the occupations they already know using Kidspiration. Digital pictures will be taken of the quest speakers in their occupational attire and pictures will be taken of their work environments. Teacher generated materials. Using these pictures, will include pre and post assessment and a Power Point presentation recording the entire unit. Each student will have their own pictures in their job books wearing partial occupational attire.
Presenter: Becky Wanamaker, Concordia University
Title: Bringing the Government into the Classroom
Synopsis of the project: Students will be given a tour of various federal and state government building through the use of a Power Point presentation (using digital and scanned photographs). At the close of the unit, a local government official will visit the class as a guest speaker. After his/her presentation, digital photographs will be taken of the students and the government official. These photographs will be printed and inserted into the student’s U.S. government Journals in conjunction with a writing assignment about the experience. These two elements of the unit will give students a more first hand experience with the government’s fairly abstract concept!
Presenter: Rene Argubright, George Fox University
Title: Student Projects on a Classroom Website
Synopsis of the project: Using a digital camera and Publisher Software a classroom website will be created. Taking pictures of the student’s projects and activities a colorful and informative website was created.
Presenter: Mindi Cotner, George Fox University
Title: Enhancing Education Through the Use of Digital Cameras
Synopsis of the project: The students will be using digital cameras to create books that will help them to develop and enhance a variety of skills in reading, writing, and science. The students will also be creating a newsletter to inform parents of the learning that is taking place in the classroom. The community will also be kept informed on the special events and activities that are happening in the classroom, by posting information on the school website
Presenter: Heather Luben , George Fox University
Title: Class Magazine
Synopsis of the project: This class will create a magazine about themselves where they publish poems, fiction, and non-fiction pieces as well as photos and artwork. Each student will have two pages layout for their work, with opportunities to interact with technology pieces, as they desire.
Presenter:Jeffrey Bovee
Title:Claggett Creek Middle School Science Weather Station
Synopsis of the project: Create a weather station at Claggett Creek Middle School for Science classes. The weather station will be mounted on the roof of the school with a wireless remote monitoring receiver for classroom work. The station will tie the curriculum of weather, atmosphere and climate together for grades 6,7 and 8. One side use of the station will be to share information with local biologist, science club and the daily school new report.
Presenter:Daniel Feller, Willamette University
Title:Creating Excitement for Math through High-Tech Rocketry
Presenter:Rob Fetter, Willamette University
Title:My Family Cultural (Math)
Presenter:Emily Kern, Willamette University
Title:Amusement Park Physics
Synopsis of the project: 8th grade students at Waldo Middle School will attend class after school for 4 months to learn about the physics of amusement park rides. The class culminates in a trip to Great America n California where students will perform experiments on the rides and see if their calculations are correct.
Presenter:Ryan Kinnett, Willamette University
Title:Pringle Creek Project
Presenter:Jenna Miller, Willamette University
Title:Galapagos Naval School/Highland Elem. School interactive Class
Synopsis of the project: In this internet-based project, students in Salem, Oregon, and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, will learn collaboratively about Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, will learn collaboratively about the geography, culture, ecology, and environmental issues that currently impact the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and the Northwest United States.
Presenter:Melissa Moodhe, Willamette University
Title:Multi-media presentations
Presenter:Nanci Pretzer, Willamette University
Title: My Neighborhood, My Community
Synopsis of the project: Incorporating technology to assist students in learning and presenting information about their communities.
Presenter: Alisa Rawe, Willamette University
Title: Freshwater Ecosystems
Synopsis of the project: 5th graders at Highland Elementary School will be studying ecosystems and web chains, while specifically focusing on freshwater ecosystems. By using computer microscopes, students will be able to see plants and animals that inhabit this area up close and be able to see the similarities and differences in their structure and function.
Presenter: David Barringer, University of Portland
Title: Student Multimedia Presentations
Synopsis of the project: The students will give a multimedia presentation using a Dell desktop computer and a HP printer/scanner/copier. Thus far, the students have used it as a research and presentation tool. It has been used by the teacher and myself to run a grade program, maintain a class website, and scan documents into PDF’s to make available for students to access on the web.
Presenter: Darci McKibben, University of Portland
Title: JASON IVX: From Shore to Sea to the Classroom
Synopsis of the project: The JASON program offered a technological exploration of marine science, literature and mathematics. It is an integrated program that provided a setting from which my students developed deep level understanding of plate tectonics, pinnipeds, sea urchins, rain sheds, animal habitats, geometric shape rotation, symmetry and similarity as well as an appreciation of native cultures stemming from the study of the novel, “Island of Blue Dolphins,” As a result of the animal habitat study my classroom began to fill up with various creatures from both land and water. We now have Mexican salamanders, known as axoltyls, in our classroom as well as a pet rat named Roger. Students also participated in the national live-wire telecast at the OMSI pin site.
Presenter: Kate Berten, University of Portland
Title: The Digital Camera in the Classroom
Synopsis of the project: After recently receiving our grant which allowed us to purchase a digital camera and color printer we have brainstormed quite a bit on how to introduce them to the classroom. Our primary use is to communicate with parents by uploading pictures onto our website and through our weekly newsletter. We are also developing science units that allow the student to record the results of experiments and watch the growth through out the unit. This presentation will serve as an idea session for the uses of the digital camera, as well as, a review of some of the ways we have implemented it’s use in our room.
Presenter: Linda Hepokoski, University of Portland
Title: Reading and Writing
Synopsis of the project: This presentation explores how technology encourages first graders to write more stories and stories with more details. Additionally, children’s reading out loud skills are promoted through the use of video.

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