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Special Jam Sessions Presented by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Thursday, November 8
8:30-9:30 am
Michael A. DiSpezio
Author and Global Educator


Brain Sense: Learning About the Brain Through Puzzles, Illusions and Hands-on Activities

Join textbook author, television host, and global educator Michael DiSpezio as he facilitates an entertaining and motivating journey in which the latest brain research is explained using an assortment of mind-twisting puzzles, stimulating activities, and three dimensional illusions. In Michael's hallmark style, he'll challenge you to construct an understanding of neural function by assuming the role of active audience participant. From understanding perception to learning how to maintain a brain friendly environment, you'll see how the neurobiology of learning emerges through the mechanics of these inexpensive and easy-to-share experiences. Plus, you'll learn the techniques for capturing and displaying your own library of 3D images!

Thursday, November 8
10:00-11:00 am

Stephen Nowicki
Author, Educator, and Research Scientist


Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Taking Science from the News to the Classroom

Kids encounter all sorts of stuff on TV, in the movies, and on the internet that can challenge the way they think about science in both good and not-so-good ways.  How can we use this in our science classrooms to spark our student’s interest and promote better learning?  Join Holt McDougal Biology author, Dr. Steve Nowicki, in a fun, high-energy and interactive session in which he challenges you to channel your inner 14-year old and illustrates strategies for using the media world of your students as a springboard for their learning.  The session will focus on using a full range of media resources to connect current events, recent scientific discoveries, and quirks of nature with your science classroom and the everyday lives of your students.