Big Sky Technology Summit

Make and Create under the Big Sky Oct. 19-20

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Hello All!  T-minus 15 days until the tech summit.  We’re really excited to have just received a huge box filled with Google Cardboard devices for use at the summit.

Using these devices Jeremy Harder is going to demonstrate amazing ways to engage students in learning via Google VR.  You will experience apps such as Google Expeditions and Discovery VR, as well as creating 360 photos for sharing your Big Sky Tech Summit Experience.

Andrew Blessing will also be offering a session on programming a simple VR experience for Google Cardboard using Unity 3D.  Learn how to teach students to program for VR with just an android phone, this small bit of cardboard, and the free version of Unity 3D.

The Cardboard is then yours to take back to show your students!



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Masters Credit Through MSU Northern

Masters Credit Through MSU Northern

Posted By on Sep 14, 2016

We’re really excited to announce the availability of a Master’s level course for 1 graduate credit through MSU Northern for folks who attend the Big Sky Tech Summit!!

In order to qualify you will need to:

  • Provide proof that you attended 15 hours of our conference.  (We will provide an avenue to collect this)
  • Complete an application for the credit and submit before the end of the Summit
  • Pay $150 to MSU-Northern for their 1 credit fee
  • Complete a project to summarize your time with us. (More details to follow)

Please contact us for more information!

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I recently read this article discussing physical activity and the brain called Positive Changes In Brain Function.  It stated the following “With tightened budgets and a need to show scholastic achievement results for their efforts, schools have been increasingly removing physical education and recess from their curricula (1). Research however, indicates that the removal of physical activities may cause a significant detriment to academic achievement. In fact, numerous studies link an increase in physical activity with improved test scores (2,3,4,5).”

Cited Sources

  1. Booth, F. W., Gordon, S. E., Carlson, C. J. & Hamilton, M. T. Waging war on modern chronic diseases: primary prevention through exercise biology. J Appl Physiol 88, 774–787 (2000).
  2. Davis, C. L. et al. Effects of aerobic exercise on overweight children’s cognitive functioning: a randomized controlled trial. Res Q Exerc Sport 78, 510–519 (2007).
  3. Tomporowski, P. D., Davis, C. L., Miller, P. H. & Naglieri, J. A. Exercise and Children’s Intelligence, Cognition, and Academic Achievement. Educational Psychology Review 20, 111–131 (2008).
  4. Fisher, A. et al. Effects of a physical education intervention on cognitive function in young children: randomized controlled pilot study. BMC Pediatr 11, 97 (2011).
  5. Davis, C. L. et al. Exercise improves executive function and achievement and alters brain activation in overweight children: a randomized, controlled trial. Health Psychol 30, 91–98 (2011)

As a Health and Physical Educator, I appreciated the fact that this article related the contentedness of being healthy/physically active and how it enriches your brain capabilities.  Too often in schools, the first programs that are cut are the specials courses which include PE, Art, and Music.   One aspect we are trying to promote at our school district is how we can integrate the movement and brain activity to enhance our students’ experiences and enrich their learning avenues.  There has been vast research done on exactly this concept and substantial backing to support.  Here are a few sites/articles that I wanted to share that I found interesting and helpful Active Education,  SPARK PEMovement and Learning, The Importance of Movement.   I am super excited for our Big Sky Technology Summit 2016 as we will have sessions supporting our passions!

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