Workshops

This is a list of all currently scheduled workshops and their locations. Some information on this page may not be 100% up-to-date; see the Google Calendar for the most current information. If you would like to suggest an idea for a new workshop, please contact site coordinator Iva Jean Tennant.

Virtual Fieldwork at Buttermilk Falls

Date/Time: First session takes place online on Wednesday, September 13 from 4:00 to 6:00. See description for more dates

Location: Online and at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca

Presenter: Paleontological Research Institution and Museum of the Earth

Description: This is a year-long Fieldwork Experience Training that will take place over several sessions during the 2017-2018 school year. The initial meeting will be online via Zoom on Wednesday, September 13 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, which will follow up with an in-person workshop and visit to Buttermilk Falls State Park on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be three more online sessions, culminating in another in-person workshop on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Participants will:

  • Explore Virtual Fieldwork Environments (VFEs) in ways that support classroom use, with special attention to the Ancient Denvers and Shale Hills VFEs.
  • Practice skills and use tools and resources the support the development and use of the participants’ own VFEs.
  • Provide input on future Earth and environmental science educator professional development programming offered by the Paleontological Research Institution.

The overarching question is: Why does this place look like the way it does?  The place of the question will change as we move from site to site and as we make virtual visits to other sites. We will also give due attention to important follow up questions: What did this place look like in prehistoric times? How do we know (or, why do we think so)?  And we will also ask what if questions along the way (e.g., What if there was no convection?).

See the program description for more information.

Registration: Coming soon


Raspberry Pi: Minecraft Coding on a Raspberry Pi Computer

Date/Time: Saturday, September 23 – 8:30am to 4:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: TBD

Presenter: Evan Panagiotopoulos

Description: Minecraft is a “sandbox game” available on different platforms and has become one of the most popular games in the world. Minecraft users can create their own worlds and experiences, using various building blocks.

In this class you will use Minecraft to learn introductory coding skills using a language
called Python. We will use a Raspberry Pi computer that allows effortless integration of
Python and Minecraft. The Raspberry Pi (a. k. a. Pi) is a tiny computer that is used
around the world for educational purposes. Minecraft should be used by 5th grade students and higher or by adults who are interested to learn to code. It is ideal for computer clubs and for learning centers.

You will learn the following:

  • Where to go to ask for help using Python or the Pi.
  • Cost associated with purchasing a Pi.
  • Benefits of owning a Pi.
  • How to manage multiple users on a Pi.
  • Starting Minecraft on a Pi.
  • Opening, saving, and saving as your code.
  • Moving: East, West, North, South, Up, and Down using the keyboard.
  • Moving your Minecraft character using Python.
  • Python arithmetic operators, operations, comparators (less than, great than, etc.).
  • Simple “looping” techniques using Python.
  • Moving your character using Python.
  • Setting blocks using Python.
  • …and much more, if time permits

Registration: Coming soon (limit 18 attendees)


Brain Centered Teaching

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 3 – 5:00 – 7:30 (dinner and registration starts at 5, workshop starts at 5:30)

Location: Binghamton University

Presenter: Jim Overhiser

Description: “The brain remembers the emotional component of an experience
better than any other aspect.” – – John Medina, author of “Brain Rules”

We have learned more about how the brain works in the past 3 decades than all previous decades combined. Understanding how the brain might process information can be central to good instruction. This session will present various ideas related to how the brain processes information and its relation to instructional strategies.

Registration: Coming soon!


Google Training (New Forms Training)

Date/Time: Saturday, October 28 – 9:00am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: Binghamton University

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn the “NEW” Google Forms, with all its added features. (This is a different version from the one that was taught last year by Carol LaRow). Create your own customized Forms using the content and information pertinent to your subject area. Respondents fill out FORMS online, and Google “instantly” summarizes the answers in a spreadsheet and colored chart. The spreadsheet can be sorted for easy viewing, and the colored chart allows for quick and easy reading. Insert questions, images, videos, sections, and more. The “new” version allows you to use images within the question itself and/or use images in the answer options. See the description for more detailed information.

Registration: Coming soon!


Google Training (Google Earth)

Date/Time: Saturday, January 20 from 9:00 am to 4:00 (breakfast and registration starts at 8:30, workshop starts at 9:00)

Location: TBD

Presenter: Carol and Pete LaRow

Description: Learn the “NEW” Google Earth, released in April 2017, which works in the Chrome Browser and on Chromebook and Android devices, as well as the “CLASSIC” version, which is an application that is installed on most computers, and is a treasure chest of rich content for lessons and discovery. 

The “new” Earth has a magazine-like appearance with places Google has showcased to bring a wide variety of locations for people to visit, in breathtaking realism. Students can zoom to ground level, walk the streets, tour inside famous landmarks, hike in national parks, swim with divers, see geographical wonders, and discover places they never knew existed.

The classic Google Earth has layers of information. Google has partnered with agencies such as NASA, the National U.S. Geological Survey, National Geographic, and others to offer embedded information on the Google Earth globe. The layers are perfect for lessons and individual exploring of features.

See the description for more detailed information.

Registration: Coming soon!