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1, 2, 3 = Easy

Speaker: Rae Hughart, Math & L.A. Teacher, Evans Junior High School, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

A great teacher is a blend of Effective Grading and Relevant Learning. Join "1,2,3 = Easy" to learn a foolproof method for developing units focused on CCSS with a blend of creativity that is fun for all learners. You will understand how to guide students through the learning process, grade using Standard-Based Grading tools, and incorporate the community in daily learning! I will highlight the importance of using themed units to guide classrooms while showing educators how CCSS can help support creativity; not weigh it down!

Session resources: http://teachfurther.weebly.com/join-the-community.html

1:1 Panel

Speakers:  Michelle Dirksen, Director of Technology, Hancock Place School District, MO
                  Bill Niemeyer, Director of Technology, Orchard Farm School District, MO
                  Greg Southard, Director of Technology, Pattonville School District, MO
                  Richard Wilson, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr Ballroom C

This panel discussion will include several St. Louis area schools district which have implemented successful 1:1 programs. The panel will include technology directors sharing their districts 1:1 projects, and go over major facets of their programs. Time will be allocated for audience questions to the 1:1 panel. You will come away from this session with real-world solutions on how effective 1:1 programs have been implemented with St. Louis area school districts.

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21st Century Learners in a Primary Classroom

Featured Speaker: Christina Garcia, Teacher, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

In this session, our Featured Speaker will share teacher and student activities that can be completed using Google and iPad apps to address the different needs of students and meet state standards. Learn successes, failures and how to transform your classroom into a 21st century student centered learning environment that is both engaging and fun! By the end of this session, you will have ideas to help manage your classroom and teach your students by integrating technology in a 21st century learning environment.

Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/cgtechtraining.com/ed-tech-training/metc-2017

25 Free Tools and Resources Smackdown with Discovery Education

Speakers: Michael Bryant, Director Educational Program Activation, Discovery Communications
                 Rob Lamb, Teacher, Pattonville School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom A

Join our team for a smackdown-style dive into the suite of free resources from Discovery Education. Investigate resources to support arts and humanities, healthy living, STEM, professional development and career connections. Leave with a plan for how to use these tools with students and share with colleagues.

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360 Degrees of Learning

Speaker: Chris Anderson, Library Media Specialist, Liberty High School, MO
Lori Riedel, Library Media Specialist, Liberty High School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech level: All

Strand: Library & Media Literacy

Room: D1

Redefine your library to be a welcoming and inclusive space where students and staff can come to create, connect and cultivate 360 degrees of learning. Create a library environment that is flexible, collaborative, student-driven and inspiring. Physical flexibility of space allows on-demand, customizable access suitable for individuals, small groups, whole classes and community events. Students and staff are inspired to use the space for anything ranging from instructional to personal interests, all resulting in the development of the student skills needed for instructional innovation and college and career readiness. By redefining and rebranding the library, it has emerged as the central resource to support all areas of academic and instructional needs. It is essential that libraries evolve beyond a place for reading material and research assistance.

Session resources: https://tinyurl.com/360impact

3D Printing in the History Classroom

Speaker: Eric Langhorst, Teacher, Liberty Public Schools, MO
Day/Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm 
Audience: K - 12 
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: 104

Discover how a Dremel Ambassador is using a 3D printer in his middle school U.S. History classroom. In this session you will learn how this emerging technology is allowing students to explore historical artifacts on a new level. See student projects, learn about available free software applications for 3D model creation and practical advice on getting started with 3D printing in your classroom. You will leave this session with understanding of basic terminology and features of a classroom 3D printer.

Session resources: www.3dprinthistory.com

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4 Ways Digital Citizenship is Missing the Point

Speaker: Julie Smith, Professor, Webster University
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Grand Ballroom C

Digital citizenship should be more than anti-bullying programs. Our students are stressed out, vulnerable, gullible and filled with fear of missing out. Julie will share coping strategies for helping your students through this minefield: tools for evaluating the authenticity of online information, tips for helping students conquer FOMO and ideas for creating stronger passwords. Examples include 1Password, Emergent, Trendsmap, Google Reverse Image Search, Verification Junkie and more. We need to "elevate" digital citizenship education to go way beyond "cyberbullying". The issues go so much deeper, and we need to "evolve" so we can "educate" our students in this engaging way.

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50 Ways to Use Board Builder in the Classroom

Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Boardroom

Do you think Discovery Education is just about playing videos? Think again! Board Builder is a power multimedia content creator that lets students demonstrate learning by mashing up Discovery Education's videos, images and audio with their own work. Research shows that media is one of the most powerful ways for students to learn from, but it's even more effective when they create new content with it. Learn how to teach students to learn from, synthesize and then remix multimedia to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. Examples of student work will highlight how to elevate STEAM, Language Arts and Social Studies across grade levels. Explore 50 different ways to engage your students and kickstart creativity by using Discovery Education Streaming.

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A Spotlight on Strategies from Discovery Education

Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
               Rob Lamb, Teacher, Pattonville School District, MO
Day/Time:Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 101

Are you looking for creative ways to easily and effectively integrate Discovery Education digital media resources in your class? We’ve heard your S.O.S call! Go hands on in this interactive session and explore the popular series, “Spotlight on Strategies”. Teachers of every grade level and subject area will walk away with classroom-ready tips and tricks for integrating digital media.

Administrators, Ramp Up Your Role In Technology Integration

Speaker: Cara Wylie, Program Coordinator, eMINTS
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: 102

Do you struggle with staying current with technology integration? If you are an administrator who wants to learn how to model technology use, then this session is for you! We will explore ways administrators can elevate and optimize technology use in their schools. At the end of the session, you will walk away with new tools and strategies to enhance digital leadership in your school.

Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/emints.org/techyadmin/home

Amplifying Student Voice through Social Media

Keynote Speaker: Jennie Magiera, Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62, IL
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Learn how to harness social media tools to amplify student voices and empower them to share their thinking with the world. In this session we will explore how to scaffold social media use and show students how to use it for good and not evil. Example tools include Twitter, Google Docs, Schoology, Google Classroom, QR Codes and more. From school-wide movements to classroom-based activities for K-12, you will walk away with ideas for all ages and situations.

An Elementary Solution for Math and Literacy Summer Learning Loss

Speaker: Ben Gwynne, Senior Schools Manager, EverFi
               Deanna Moylan, Teacher, Francis Howell School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring remediation each year. To prevent this "summer slide," Major League Baseball partnered with EverFi to develop a web-based resource that prepares students to enter the next school year on track. This baseball-themed, game-based learning experience is available at NO COST through a partnership with MLB. EverFi is a grade 4-5 resource focusing on sentence structure/correction, commonly confused words, synonyms/antonyms, factors, multiples, ordering units of measure, fractions, and more.

Android on Chrome- Best of Both Worlds

Spotlight Educator: Nick Cusumano, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 102

The Best of Both Worlds- Android Apps on a Chromebook. Come explore the new possibility that this will provide in your classroom. Bring your Chromebooks and explore the new world of possibilities such as Adobe Apps, Skype and more...all available on a Chromebook. We will be developing best practices for evaluation tools and determine what apps to provide for students. You will leave this session after experimenting with Android Apps, so bring your Chromebooks!

Session resources: http://tinyurl.com/bobwaocb

Audio and Video on a Budget

Speaker: Jane Bannester, Media Teacher, Ritenour School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 104

Come learn how to create engaging lessons and assessments in order to create a student friendly, technology revolution in your own classroom! This session will show how to weave budget friendly audio and video alternatives into your teaching. We will look at using tools accessible to you on the web, alternative software options, and different ways to implement lessons and assessments into your own teaching, including online audio/video recorders and editor software. Examples include Vocaroo, SoundCloud, YouTube, TwistedWave, Google Apps, Castify and more. No matter the device, including Chromebooks, this session is for you. During the session, you will evolve through thinking of different ways to use the tools and rethink assessment options for your students.

Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK

Automate your School with Google Apps

Spotlight Educator: JP Prezzavento, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Fox C-6 School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Leadership
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Is your school still using triplicate forms to request professional development? Do your maintenance and tech requests live in an email strand? If this sounds like your school district, you NEED to learn how to automate your school's workflow with Google Apps. See how schools can use Google tools to create a paperless workflow for all of the administrative tasks that are sucking up time and productivity.

jpprezz.com/automateyourschool

Avoiding Brain Drain: 30 Minute Tech

Speaker: Andi Huisinga, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: 105

We've all been there. Technology PDC is often overwhelming with so much tech introduced that teachers end up not incorporating any of it. Librarians and other specialists can help ALL teachers streamline administrative procedures and create highly effective student learning by chunking tech PDC into short, product-oriented bites. Come discover how 20-30 minute tech sessions can make PDC more effective. By breaking up large technology ideas into bite-sized pieces that are product driven, it provides quality PDC without overwhelming teachers. Examples of GAFE, Discovery Education and free resources will be shown. School librarians need to evolve into technology leaders in their schools and help teachers find the technological resources needed to make their administrative and instructional practices more effective. By educating teachers in a manner that will not overwhelm them, the LMS & Instructional Coaches can be agents of school-wide change.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/U0ixa6

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Badge Unlocked: Inspiring Students to Crave More Learning Opportunities

Speaker: Joe Cox, Teacher, Lutheran High School South, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

Bored with a current course you teach? Are you stuck teaching the class no one else in the department wants? Join us in turning a stale course into an exciting gaming adventure. You will learn a framework to begin to design your own classroom game to rejuvenate a classroom environment and inspire students to seek additional learning opportunities. While making use of common tools (such as Microsoft Excel), this session will focus more on the principles utilized to create a system which can be managed in a variety of different ways. This session will guide you towards creating a badge-oriented incentive program which inspires your students to do more work. Come learn to gamify your classroom!

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2q5IC-9u-f0QWx5VnhDTGw4T2M

Becoming a Future Ready Librarian

Speaker: Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Whether it's implementing a Makerspace or supporting literacy, the librarian connects the dots for the school. Today's students need us to be strong leaders who understand the importance of transforming libraries into vibrant hubs of active digital learning. This session will focus on moving beyond survival mode and exploring what it means to be a Future Ready librarian. At the end of this session, attendees will be familiar with the Future Ready Libraries Framework and be able to make connections back to their own library programs. You will also understand how to harness the opportunities you have available to lead beyond the library and influence your buildings in a variety of ways. A variety of technology tools will be shared that help to enhance the digital age library.

Beyond Multiple Choice and True False: Improved Moodle Question Types

Speaker: Diana Dell, Moodle Instructional Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC
               Vince Szewczyk, Moodle Technical Support Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC 
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All 
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 105

Moodle now has more than 20 different question types. The constant evolution of Moodle question types allow educators to improve assessments and teacher efficiency through the use of cutting edge technology embedded within the world's most-used LMS platform. We will take an in-depth look at some newer question types, including the new drag and drop questions. We will also provide tips to speed up the process of creating questions for quizzes and demo creative uses for quizzes and questions to provide instant, automatic feedback for more than just tests.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/uBaLnN

Beyond the Book: Integrating STEM and Children's Literature

Speaker: Jane Dunn, Teacher, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

In this session learn to take the age-old ideas of reading and literature and bring them into the 21st century through practical applications and exercises. You will be given ideas for integrating literacy and STEM through Children's literature. Come get resources for ways to teach your reading standards and incorporate hands on lessons that encourage out of the box, 21st century thinking. This is the evolution of today's classroom.

Blogging for Bellwork

Speaker: Cassie Nix, Mobile Media Teacher, Turner 6th Grade Academy, Turner USD 202
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

Writing in today's classroom is evolving with technology! After a year of having students blog for bellwork every day in my class, I have tips and tricks about what works and what doesn't. We will discuss how to grade, manage, and excite students about blogging. I will also share resources I use to instruct my kids about the digital citizenship aspect of posting online.

Session Resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_dVrCJTnNUI5lwDt8dcYrxB4Fg7C-ruGyY9Victtzeg/edit?usp=sharing

BrainPOP for Beginners

(Exhibitor Plus Educator Session)
Speakers: Michael Jones, Teacher, Thomas Metcalf School, IL
                 Alicia Cooper, BrainPOP
Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

Get to know the ins and outs of BrainPOP during this workshop highlighting its entire suite of features. We'll show you how BrainPOP can help you keep track of student learning; design your own assessments with the Quiz Mixer; connect and develop ideas with Make-a-Map, a concept mapping tool; and effectively incorporate gaming into assessment and instruction. At the end of this session, you will have a broad understanding of BrainPOP's digital, educational offerings, and how to use them creatively to help increase student engagement and success.

Session resources: https://educators.brainpop.com/

BrainPOP! So Much More Than Videos!

Speaker: Kelly Martin, Instructional Coach, Hancock Place Elementary, MO Lillian Rutledge, Teacher, Hancock Place Elementary, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 8 Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

BrainPOP offers so much more than just instructional videos! If you'd like to go deeper with BrainPOP or would like to see all that BrainPOP has to offer, then this session is for you! This session will benefit both users of the free and paid version. You will learn how to utilize all the features of BrainPOP including Make-A-Map, GameUp, ad FYI in order to maximize student learning. Teachers will be able to elevate their instructional methods by using this technology tool with their students tomorrow!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/EO048o

Break Down Your Walls: The Connected Classroom

Speaker: Sabrina Avnor, Teacher, Parkway School District Julie Boatner, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 101

Reach out and open your classroom to the world! Bring experts into your classroom. Allow your students to communicate with an authentic audience outside of the walls of their school. Hear how a third grade teacher and a librarian broke down their walls and connected with experts, other classrooms, and authors. Learn how you can participate in global projects and solve real world problems. Walk away with ideas to implement in your school immediately!

Breakout EDU, Part Deux: Student Constructed Breakouts

Speakers: Dianna Chamberlain, Teacher, McDonald County School District
                 Spotlight Educator Debbie Fucoloro, Tech Coordinator, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School
                Christine Ruder, Teacher, Rolla Public Schools
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

It’s time to ‘create something different’ with students. Breakout EDU games are fun and engaging, but don’t stop with simply using them in your classroom. Students increase their understanding of curriculum concepts when they are engaged deeply within them. Learn how to guide your students through the creative process of writing and facilitating their own games for other students. Take problem solving to the next level by building on Breakout EDU

Session resources: http://bit.ly/2leuIrS

Bridging the Gap: Tackling Digital Equity Through Access and Opportunity

(Panel Session)
Speakers: Chantell Mason, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
                 Patricia Brown, Technology Integration Coach, Ladue School District, MO
                 Latoshia Ellis, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Leadership
Room: D3

Come engage in a rich discussion centered on K-12 digital equity and problems of practice from diverse perspectives that can be transferable to similar school situations. You will learn how equity issues, especially concerning race, gender and economic standing have broad implications on students regardless of district size. We'll discuss problems of practice as well as solutions that address digital needs affecting access and opportunity for students, especially students living in poverty and students of color. Panelists represent a broad spectrum, including the edtech industry and schools with diverse student populations.

Building a Digital Publication from the Ground Up

Speaker: Tracy McCart, Teacher, Poplar Bluff High School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Embassy Suites - Augusta

Are you ready to take your school publication into the 21st century? This session will focus on the process of creating a digital school publication. See how one district took their publication from the shadows to center stage. Staff recruitment, publication software, and content creation will be discussed.

Building a Media Festival: District, Building or State. Hows & Wows

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director- Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - Post Secondary Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Building a curriculum-based media festival that celebrates authentic assessment, project-based learning and gives students ownership and pride in learning is both engaging and empowering for students and teachers. In this session, you will learn how to build and hold a student project-based festival (media festival) for students at the building, classroom, district, or state level. Target all subject-areas and grades or pick an area of focus (examples: marine science, mathematics). Learn the nuts and bolts of several models from a longtime festival director and urban festival cofounder. See fabulous K-12 student examples and take-away rubrics and roadmaps!

Session resources:  https://discovery.box.com/s/bxmede8d3xkrpw8e9n4xj8fzycu99c0c

BYOD: Assess More, Grade Less Using Technology & the Danielson Framework (Part 1)

(BYOD Session - 2:20pm - 4:15pm)
Speakers: James Kurz, Technology Coordinator, University High School, IL
                 Kate Pole, Freshman Social Science, University High School, IL
Day/Time:Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm (double session)
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

Constant feedback with individualized assessment can boost student learning, but for teachers, that can prove overwhelmingly time-consuming. In this session we will look at strategies for effectively using online self-assessments, survey tools (like PearDeck), plagiarism checkers, TED-Ed talks and online chats to make individualized assessments and constant feedback less daunting! We will also discuss faster ways for grading writing assignments in ways tied to Danielson framework assessment indicators. At the end of the session, you will have a number of strategies for making classroom assessment better, both for the learner and for your own workload.

Session resources: http://www.uhigh.ilstu.edu/blogs/assessmentintech/

BYOD: Assess More, Grade Less Using Technology & the Danielson Framework (Part 2)

Speakers: James Kurz, Technology Coordinator, University High School, IL
                 Kate Pole, Freshman Social Science, University High School, IL

Day /Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm-4:15pm (double session)
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

Constant feedback with individualized assessment can boost student learning, but for teachers, that can prove overwhelmingly time-consuming. In this session we will look at strategies for effectively using online self-assessments, survey tools (like PearDeck), plagiarism checkers, TED-Ed talks and online chats to make individualized assessments and constant feedback less daunting! We will also discuss faster ways for grading writing assignments in ways tied to Danielson framework assessment indicators. At the end of the session, you will have a number of strategies for making classroom assessment better, both for the learner and for your own workload.

Session resources: http://www.uhigh.ilstu.edu/blogs/assessmentintech/

BYOD: Elevating Digital Leadership

(BYOD Session - 9:45am - 11:40am)
Speaker: Beth Houf, Principal, Fulton Middle School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Increase efficacy through utilizing digital tools to communicate and showcase learning! Digital leadership ensures that leaders are accessing the latest trends, research and ideas in the field to engage students, teachers and families. Join us in the BYOD two hour session, as we explore digital tools to enhance both the instructional leadership and management responsibilities of the principal. We will dive into PLN's, social media, Web 2.0 applications, blogging, Google Hangouts on Air and much, much MORE! Bring your device to this BYOD session and be ready to CONNECT!

BYOD: Getting Creative with Assessments (Part 1)

(BYOD Double Session)
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Speaker: Sean Scanlon, Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

A variety of formative and summative assessments, can help keep students engaged and encourage creativity. This session will introduce easy to use formative assessments as well as creative ways to utilize the iPad to assess student understanding. You will have time to work with Socrative, Kahoot, Quizlet, Google Forms, Tellagami, Explain Everything, Book Creator, Strip Designer, and Adobe Spark. You will see how these tools have been successfully implemented in a variety of classrooms to assess student understanding. Many of these tools can be used on Chromebooks or iPads. If a given tool is not available on a device, there will be a substitute tool offered. Bring your device and join us in diving deeper during this hands-on session!

 

BYOD: Getting Creative with Assessments (Part 2)

(BYOD Double Session)
Speaker: Sean Scanlon, Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

A variety of formative and summative assessments, can help keep students engaged and encourage creativity. This session will introduce easy to use formative assessments as well as creative ways to utilize the iPad to assess student understanding. You will have time to work with Socrative, Kahoot, Quizlet, Google Forms, Tellagami, Explain Everything, Book Creator, Strip Designer, and Adobe Spark. You will see how these tools have been successfully implemented in a variety of classrooms to assess student understanding. Many of these tools can be used on Chromebooks or iPads. If a given tool is not available on a device, there will be a substitute tool offered. Bring your device and join us in diving deeper during this hands-on session!

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Capturing Their Future (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Mike Berry, Teacher, Poplar Bluff School District
                Jennifer Nicolini, Teacher, Poplar Bluff School District
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

Missouri Connections is a "sandbox" that allows students to roam freely and find occupations, explore talents and access many other resources to assist them in becoming #winners at the game of LIFE! See how students at Poplar Bluff Schools are utilizing Missouri Connections, 1:1 technology and Capturing Kids' Hearts to prepare themselves to be #winners!

Change Takes Change: Change your questions; Change their Inquiry

Speaker: Rebecca Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-II School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 101

Is your grade-book riddled with F's and low effort scores? Are your students performing like zombies on your tests? As teachers it is our job to change and adapt to our students needs and the ever advancing and changing world. This means we must EVOLVE our teaching habits and mindsets, or we will become irrelevant and ineffective. Come learn how to change how you ask questions, and stage inquiry; and change your classroom...as well as your life! Learn strategies I use to decrease zeros and low effort scores; and increase engagement, critical thinking, and inquiry through PBL, asking the right questions, and student reflective blogging. By the end of the session, you will learn how to write and evaluate the quality of a good question prompt, create and post a first KIDBLOG post, and identify 5 strategies to increase student engagement.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-XnW31tuRtbevaGqkrlQgNmtGRLSMGvjldwas4jLRss/edit?usp=sharing

Character Goes Viral - High School Students Use Social Media to Counter Cyberbullying

Speakers: Tami Bopp, CharacterPlus Way Program Director, CharacterPlus
                 Shenekia Weeks, Program Coordinator, CharacterPlus
                 Students from St. Louis County School Districts
Day/Date: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

More than a hashtag, #startswithus began in 2014 and continues to be the empathic battle cry against cyberbullying. In this session, student leaders will share how they came together with other schools to: deepen their understanding of the effects of harmful messages, design surveys to discovery the prevalence of negative messages in their schools, develop an online campaign to counter these messages, and how they impacted their schools for the better. More importantly, learn how you can support and empower students in your school to do the same.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Speaker: Lisa Janas, Teacher, Wright City Middle School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books from years back? Now Google Forms makes it easy to create these stories online. In this session you will see templates and examples of how teens have rewritten history with their adventure stories. You will leave this session with a plan and structure to create your own adventures and learn how you might implement this in your own classroom.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/vSTqzp

Cisco Networking Academy Student Panel

Speaker: Jim Elkins, North Technical High School, SSD & Students
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: D3

Do you have a student help desk? Are you teaching ICT courses in your school? Come learn about the experiences from current and former students in the Cisco Networking Academy from North Technical High School. Students will share the PMI's (Plus, Minus & Interesting) components of the program. Interested schools and teachers will be able to hear some of the life-changing opportunities students were able to take advantage of due to enrollment in Cisco Networking Academy courses. The panel moderator, a 16 year Cisco Academy instructor and K-12 educator, will also provide details about the variety of courses that can be offered, instructor training, and costs associated with starting a Cisco Networking Academy in your school.

Classcraft: Join the Quest for Classroom Adventure

Speaker: Joe Cox, Teacher, Lutheran High School South, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 101

This presentation will introduce the classroom gaming platform Classcraft. You will be supported through a hands-on workshop in which participants will be guided through setting up their own Classcraft classroom environment. You will be introduced to various elements of the gaming platform, including setting up you own classrooms through the trial version. This demonstrates emerging classroom management technology evolving the classroom into an integrated in-class/online experience. Classcraft can be accessed through mobile devices, tablets and laptops.

Classkick-Game Changing App

Spotlight Educator: Kami Butterfield, Teacher, USD 508 - Baxter Springs, KS
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

Create amazing bell ringers and interesting interactive lessons with the use of the game changing CLASSKICK app. This amazing app can help create lessons that differentiate to meet the needs of all your students, regardless of ability level. You will be students when you enter this session and teachers ready to create their own lessons when you leave.

Coding is fun for everyone K-12 (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Kathy Foy, Teacher, Principia School
                Eddie Cox, Tech Advisor, Principia School
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Coding is fun and easy to learn for all ages. The resources to help teach students k-12 is rich and available at no cost. Students love to code. Educators can try a variety of hands on activities to inspire students and take back to the classroom,

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2q5IC-9u-f0eTBWY2Y3REEtMG8

Connect2Learn Year 2: Measuring the Impact of 1:1

(Panel Session)
Speakers: Kevin Whaley, Director of Instructional Technology, LSR7 School District
                 Jon Courtney, Instructional Technology Specialist, LSR7 School District
                 Julie Jensen, Instructional Technology Specialist, LSR7 School District
                 Jeff Nevinski, Instructional Technology Specialist, LSR7 School District Jill Rice, Instructional Technology Specialist, LSR7 School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: D3

This panel discussion by the Lee's Summit Instructional Technology Department will highlight the district's Connect2Learn initiative, which provided each student in grades K thru 12 with a Dell Chromebook 11 in the Fall 2015. You will see how Bright Bytes data from teachers, students and parents was used to make decisions. Hear about continued progress, see actual growth data highlighting the impact of 1:1 on students and teachers, and learn how the district continues to provide ongoing support and professional development using Schoology. Our Connect2Learn Program is an important step toward developing engaged learners and meeting the district's mission - We prepare each student for success in life. As districts emerge and evolve with technology, the LSR7 Instructional Technology Team demonstrates how they have elevated tech use for educating all students, K thru 12.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xtw-ceLAtGwvunX8YvI5in1jHprBreQYIdvlpXaWwyU/edit?usp=sharing

Cracking the Code (Part 1)

Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Alacoque School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

Explore engaging ideas for no-tech and lo-tech activities that teach coding concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Learn how our youngest students can learn to code using color, symbols, shapes/patterns and syntax. Example tools include Bloxels, Code.org, and Sphero. You will leave understanding that coding language and concepts may be taught without the aid of a computer, as well as engaging ways to teach problem solving and critical thinking skills. The value of coding in the classroom will be explored by demonstrating how coding can evolve from unplugged activities.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_VtrIU3Z7d_bQzjHPrtoU2Gv2TUfKsS5tiSdecPC-Dg/edit?usp=sharing

Cracking the Code (Part 2)

Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Alacoque School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

Explore engaging ideas for no-tech and lo-tech activities that teach coding concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Learn how our youngest students can learn to code using color, symbols, shapes/patterns and syntax. Example tools include Bloxels, Code.org, and Sphero. You will leave understanding that coding language and concepts may be taught without the aid of a computer, as well as engaging ways to teach problem solving and critical thinking skills. The value of coding in the classroom will be explored by demonstrating how coding can evolve from unplugged activities.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_VtrIU3Z7d_bQzjHPrtoU2Gv2TUfKsS5tiSdecPC-Dg/edit?usp=sharing

Creating a Space for Deeper Learning

Spotlight Educator: Debbie Fucoloro, Technology Coordinator, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

Come learn how design thinking and student voice can be leveraged to create a new innovative learning environment. You will see how a computer lab/makerspace/media center was transformed into an innovative, flexible, engaging space where process is valued over product. Within this innovative learning environment students create, collaborate, communicate, explore, share, celebrate, fail, reflect, and most of all, DREAM.

Creating Meaning in the Elementary Math Classroom

Speaker: Christine Ruder, Teacher, Rolla Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Boardroom

In this session you will learn how to move beyond using websites and apps that just review skills in your elementary math classroom. Come learn some ideas for using websites and apps that will have your students creating projects that will truly build their understanding of mathematical concepts. Go hands-on and in-depth with technology and math.

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Design Beautiful Graphics

Speaker: Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming, Affton School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

Not all students are inherently graphic designers. Yet we require them to design event flyers, campaign posters, product ads and visuals for the web. Allow me to teach you about free web-based graphic design tools, online resources and introduce design basics to help students think like designers and craft beautiful and purposeful graphics.

Design School: Transforming Students Into Digital Designers

Speaker: Sadie Lewis, Instructional Technology Specialist, Mehlville School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 105

Our students’ interests in gaming, coding, and social media are at an all time high. But are the products they are creating truly unique and marketable to a global audience? Step into Design School, where students are challenged to think like designers and create digital products that are content-rich, but also well designed and appealing to an increasingly visual audience. You will walk away with easy ways to teach your students basic design skills, like color, font, and layout, as well as ideas and resources to guide students through project management and the design process to transform them into digital designers.

Desmos 101: A Web-Based Graphing Calculator

Speaker: Mark Basi, Instructional Coach, University City School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 102

Learn how to use Desmos - a free, online graphing calculator. Desmos is a web-based graphing calculator that engages students and teachers in the application and visualization of mathematics. This session will cover the basics of using Desmos - graphing functions, plotting points, creating tables, finding curves of best fit, and working with inequalities and piecewise functions. You will be able to utilize the basic functions of the Desmos online graphing calculator - input functions, create tables, plot points, find curves of best fit, work with inequalities and piecewise functions.

Developing A Digital Curriculum Using Google Drive

Speaker: Don Jeffries, Curriculum Coach, Windsor C-1 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate Strand Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Housing your curriculum online can be simple using Google Drive. Increase collaboration in your PLCs through the use of shared Google Docs. You will learn how easy it is to house curriculum through the use of linked Google Docs in Google Drive. Also, you will be able to share assessments and resources easily by following the system that Windsor Middle School uses. Our method made it extremely easy for new teachers to the district to get acquainted to the curriculum for their classes. Best of all, if you are a Google Apps for Education district, you can do this at no additional cost. You will leave with sample templates for Curriculum Units and Pacing Guides to get you started. Save your district time and money by attending this session.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/5NwLsq

Digital Differentiation: Tools for All Learners

Speaker: Stephanie Filardo, Teacher, St. John Vianney High School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

Differentiation is often thought of exclusively for special education, but involves reaching different levels of students, which is a big, broad topic. Educators often have difficulty making sense of accommodations, modifications, and strategies. In this session, you will explore a variety of tools for increasing accessibility to the curriculum that can be used with all students. At the end, you will have a better understanding of differentiation and increased familiarity of digital tools for increasing accessibility to the curriculum. Some of the technology integration tools to be demonstrated not only Google Apps for Education, but also game-based learning modes including BrainPOP GameUp (free to access), and high interest activities like Flocabulary and GoNoodle.

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Spotlight Educator: Kara Welty, Mentor Teacher & Technology Integrationist, Independence School District
Don Goble, Broadcast Technology Film and Multimedia Instructor, Ladue School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary Tech
Level: All Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Learning through story has never been more important than it is today. In this session, you will review research for youth media habits, gain a deeper understanding on the importance of visual literacy, and learn creative and simple ways to engage your students in digital storytelling to show content comprehension across the curriculum. At the end of this session, you will understand the importance of building on our student visual literacies and learn an alternative method of addressing State Standards, by incorporating tangible lessons involving visual and media literacy. Example applications include WeVideo, Animoto, MS Photostory, SchoolTube and more. Leave with simple and free workflow ideas and apps to develop digital story lessons connected to your personal curriculum.

Digital Storytelling, Turning Writing into Movies (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Missy Kelly, Gifted Education Specialist, Francis Howell School District
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14 - 1:50pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Help your students take their writing to the next level. You will learn where to find resources for digital storytelling. This Poster Session will also go over a process on how to help students make stories come to life on the screen. We will be using iMovie as our main editing software, but information could be applied to other platforms like Windows Movie Maker or Photostory. This process has been used for: making movies for projects in the classroom, entering movie contests, with after school movie clubs, and for adults creating movies for school use.

Discovery Education - It's Not Just Videos

Spotlight Educator: Shelby Bailey, Teacher, Warren County R-III, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 105

It's so easy to just play a video for your students, but are they truly engaged in the learning? There is so much more to Discovery Education than just videos! At the end of this session, you will have experienced TEN new ways to use Discovery Education. Come explore DE and learn to use this resource well beyond videos! **You will need a Discovery Education Subscription

Ditch That OLD Research Project

Spotlight Educator: Shannon Steimel, Librarian, Lift for Life Academy, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Are your secondary students still writing research papers, creating slide presentations and making poster projects? This session will provide a framework for project-based learning that anyone can implement. The emphasis will be student choice and creativity to show learning in both informational and persuasive projects. We will also focus on how crafting compelling questions can drive research. You will walk away with menus of digital tools students can utilize with PBL best practices.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/duqBw6

Don't Laminate your Lesson Plans!

Speaker: Anne Truger, Educational Technologist, Truger Tech Talk, LLC, IL
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom A

What are some ways to shake up your lessons? We will use the SAMR 2.0 self reflection model to innovate your classroom. How can we step out of our comfort zone to let go of good and go for the great? You will leave this session with ideas and tools to help invigorate and enhance some of their favorite lessons. We'll explore various web tools, including Answer Garden. Bring your favorite lesson plan, share it and reflect.

Don't Market Your School Like a School

Speaker: Josh Walker, Director of Marketing & Communications, Success Academy
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

Stop. School is boring. We need to break tradition. An innovative growth spirit is essential in the education market today. Now is the time to learn how to grow your school using creative marketing tactics and a communications plan. By using your existing channels and constituents, and learning how to incorporate digital media, storytelling, and more, you will be prepared to leverage your existing brand equity and build momentum using minimal resources. Learn from a freelance consultant who worked with small businesses before joining a school, tasked with doubling its student population in less than three months. By using communication and marketing tools like Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, Wordpress, Mailchimp you will learn how to make a lasting impact on your community today.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cp3zEW36_aFx7HBxHoHaz8he6z8hGLslMthgeiZZWyg/edit?usp=sharing

Don't Shy Away from Greatness

Speaker: Nick Proud, Principal, Iowa City Community School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate Strand: Leadership
Room: 102

Don't Shy Away from Greatness will lead participants through a step by step process of taking your school/district's mission and vision to brand your school(s) and directly impact student learning. We will also examine the power of high expectations when branding your school community and how it can influence staff behaviors, change mindsets, and create positive perception from the entire school community. #FinestGreatestBest

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GKlZ1btwoTINN8zMaUGf3dphwcixllq_0SPD3SsEWhw/edit#slide=id.p4

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Effective Communication in the Tech-Ruled Classroom

Speaker: Josh Carter, Teacher, Monett R-1, MO Kourtney Brown, Teacher, Monett R-1, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 102

In this session we will present the methods in which we maintain our 1:1 classroom which hosts 7 teachers daily. We will demonstrate efficient communication between teachers, students, and parents. Some of the resources to be shared during this session include Trello, Google Drive, Google Classroom, ClassDojo, and Seesaw. By the end of the session you will know how to use these resources for effective communication and collaboration within your classroom.

Session Resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13hsaouGCwo5SgFTP4L1ptlqXx7aD4RbrB7Oi-5K2mSY/edit?usp=sharing

Elementary Literacy Differentiated Time Saving Tools

Speakers: Abigail Howe, Instructional Coach Shawnee Mission School District, KS
                 Krista Carson, Instructional Coach, Shawnee Mission School District, KS
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

Need literacy tools for digital differentiation that save valuable teaching time? Fill your toolbox with tools for ALL learners here. You will learn about key digital tools to differentiate literacy instruction. Leave understanding how to save valuable teaching time by utilizing digital differentiation tools to increase student achievement in literacy.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zFQIiyfqcTkoz3Yi6boS_ncosHRSlzdqnjfh2eJFLh0/edit?usp=sharing

Empower and Inspire with Digital Portfolios

Speakers: Kristy Cagwin, Language Arts Teacher, Rockwood School District, MO
                           Dana Stiebel, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
                           Laurie Birkenmeier, Principal, Rockwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Implementing school-wide digital portfolios has helped connect and engage students with classroom instruction and learning goals. Digital portfolios have elevated students' thinking and self-awareness of their academic progress and empowered them to make positive, self-directed choices both in and out of the classroom. Learn the process that one middle school used to launch digital portfolios for all of their students. At the end of this session, you will know how to create digital portfolios using google sites.

Engage Students and Families with Instagram and Twitter

Spotlight Educator: Kara Welty, Mentor Teacher and Technology Integrationist, Independence School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Are you wondering how to use Instagram and Twitter in the classroom with purpose? Would you like to take digital learning to the next level? Receive an in-depth look of how to use Instagram and Twitter in the classroom safely to engage students and families in ways that will transcend learning for your students. By following simple tips, you can get students excited about school, build endless connections with the world around you, and boost student learning and performance in more ways than you could ever fathom!

Engaging Diverse Learners Using 21st Century Tools

Speaker: Miranda Ming, Professional Data Coordinator & Teacher, Jennings School District
               Remy Bryant, Teacher, Jennings School District 
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - Post Secondary 
Tech Level: Innovative Instruction 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: D1

In this interactive session, educators will be presented with a template for a daily lesson plan that incorporates 21st century tools into assessment and instructional practices. Walk a day in a student's shoes, as we present a lesson from "Do Now" to "Exit Ticket" and explain the usage and purpose of various instructional tools. From Blendspace to Google Classroom, to a Digital Word Wall and finally end the day with a Kahoot to formatively assess the learning objective! Walk a away with an interactive, engaging, yet rigorous lesson in hand and elevate learning standards to apply to real world experiences today!

Engaging Tech Tools in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom

Speaker: Erin McAninch, Teacher and Dept. Chair, Ozark R-VI School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 9-12
Tech Level: Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

How many times have you heard the phrase, "This technology education works well in all areas…except for mathematics."? Are you looking for new ways to engage students in math class? Then, attend this session! Learn three tech tools that you and your students will enjoy. GoFormative is a free assessment tool where students can draw, type, or submit images to demonstrate their understanding. Quizlet and Quizletlive provide free study tools for students, teachers, and learners of all ages. Lastly, Recap is a free video response and reflection app that allows teachers to see how students learn.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/U99Xym

Engaging Tech Tools to Elevate ELA

Speaker: Shayna Peery, Teacher, Ozark High School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy

Suites Are you looking for new ways to engage students with reading and writing in the classroom? This is the right place! This session will highlight the importance of evolving and elevating students through the reading and writing process giving students confidence in the classroom. With these tech tools, teachers can formatively assess student's ability and help them emerge as readers and writers. You will create accounts and see examples from four tech tools, as well as hear the success of these tools in an ELA classroom. See how Actively Learn, Write About, Read Theory and Instagram can engage your readers and writers. Leave this session with fantastic tools you can use in your ELA classroom as soon as you return to school.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/JN19Vy

Engineering Brightness: Lighting up the World through Philanthropic Entrepreneurship (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Tracey Winey, Media Specialist & Teacher, Preston Middle School
                 John Howe, Founder/Director of STEM Institutes, Preston Middle School STEM Institutes
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Engineering Brightness where we took the concept and practice of 3D Printing to create an authentic, multi-age, global entrepreneurship project. We forged connections with other educators at the K-12 and tertiary levels. The essential question Tracey and John looked to solve through the project was: 'how can students use technology to impact the world and themselves?' By finding a problem kids can solve with a focus on engineering, we created an amazing and unique global opportunity through Engineering Brightness. Students designed 3D lights that can be printed and shared with communities who currently experience light poverty, so they have light to aid in reading and studying at night. Come learn how!

Engineering Design for Young Explorers

Featured Speaker: Christina Garcia, Teacher, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

In this idea packed session, our METC Featured Speaker will share her journey of implementing NGSS Engineering Design in her first grade classroom. Through the use of robotics, LEGO's, computer science programs, iPad apps and other strategies for integrating technology with 21st century skills across the curriculum, Christina Garcia is striving to inspire the next generation of explorers in a student centered environment that is engaging and fun. Examples of Dash & Dot, BeeBots, Tynker, Code.org, MinecraftEDU, Kodable and others will be shared. At the end of this session, you will have innovative STEM experiences you can use with your students.

Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/cgtechtraining.com/ed-tech-training/metc-2017

Session resources: www.edtechinspirations.com

Enhancing Instruction Through Virtual Reality and Google Cardboard

Speaker: Brian Reed, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
               Bob Deneau, Coordinator of STEM, Rockwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

In education, we want to students to solve real world problems. But to solve these problems, students need to experience the real world. Advances in technology such as Google Cardboard and Expeditions, virtual reality (VR) apps, and other VR tools brings the real world into the classroom. Come learn how to make this a reality in your classroom and leave with a list of apps and resources to implement VR in your classroom

Session resources: https://bobdeneau.com 

Exploration and Innovation for Primary Students

Featured Speaker: Christina Garcia, Teacher, Atwater Elementary School District, CA
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood, K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Come learn about the new 2016 ISTE standards for students. Within these new standards, ISTE outlines 7 key skills and qualities we want for our students. Learn how you can use Google Apps to design innovative learning activities that engage, challenge and empower your primary students.

Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/cgtechtraining.com/ed-tech-training/metc-2017

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Fantastic Google Chrome Extensions (Poster Session)

Speaker: Bethany Petty, Teacher, Central R-III School District
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14 - 1:50pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Fantastic Chrome Extensions will showcase over a dozen awesome websites and extensions that teachers can use to enhance the learning environment and increase student engagement! Expect to learn about these amazing extensions: EDpuzzle, RefME, Screencastify, Nearpodize, and MORE!

Session resources:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18iitIJi9FiFmKFYBzB1BY9Hx2pjPGe-dD0r7Yf7CKzc/edit
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Full STEAM Ahead: Next Stop MakerEd

(BYOD Session - 9:45am - 11:40am)
Speaker: Katie Perez, Education Consultant, ESSDACK
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 5 Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

The move from STEAM to MakerEd is an emerging trend in elementary classrooms across the country. In this BYOD two hour, hands-on session, we will explore together! You will be given the opportunity to explore resources and tech tools that will help elevate your own understanding of how powerful MakerEd in the elementary classroom can be. Teachers considering how an elementary makerspace can take student engagement to the next level will find this interactive session practical and captivating. We will begin by engaging in module challenges that include robots, 3D printing, coding, & circuitry to identify the academic and social learning involved. We will then discuss how to build a makerspace considering management, operation, and content learning. You will leave this session KNOWING how a makerspace for lower elementary can be managed in the library or in the classroom. *Bringing a laptop or iPad is highly encouraged!

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/127dU6xjLUDryu9h4Wgr4l0TVGsxAOhLRappRPt-mOEg/edit

Fun with Forms and Flubaroo

Speakers: Emily Fitzgerald, Technology Coach/Instructor, St. Catherine Laboure School/Archdiocese of Saint Louis, MO
                 Nancy Theobald, Teacher, St. Catherine Laboure School/Archdiocese of Saint Louis, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to assess your students? Would you like to create surveys for your class and parents and have instantaneous, organized data in a spreadsheet? Google forms may be the answer for you! In this session we will walk through creating a form, share ideas for using forms in the classroom, and demonstrate how the add-on Flubaroo can grade form submissions for you in seconds. So, bring your device with your Google account and come learn how to use Google Forms!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/74oqfr

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G Suite: Where Student Creation and Collaboration Thrive

Speakers: Dana Todaro, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
                 Maria Tenny, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Google Drive has emerged as a premier tool to elevate classroom levels of student creation and collaboration. The basic apps in Google Drive (docs, slides, sheets, and drawing) are anything but basic. These apps make it possible for students to express their creativity and understanding. Additionally, sharing features boost student and teacher collaboration with ease. These apps can be utilized by students to create, collaborate, and demonstrate what they have learned in unique and powerful ways.

Session resources: http://bit.do/studentsMETC17

Gamify Your Students Into Success

Speaker: Stacey Kramer, Teacher, Kirksville R-III School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: D3

We all know that even the lowest student in class can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about their favorite MORPG (Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), but they can't remember the content for your class. What if there is an almost foolproof way to get that student to remember and understand classroom content? Gamify your classroom. You don't have time for games, you say? In reality, you don't have time not to gamify! We will take a look at how easily and effectively gamify lessons and homework by adding game enhancements to your lessons.

Genius Hour

Speaker: Sandi Criswell, English Instructor, Ozark School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Genius Hour is the hot new way to get students involved in your classroom with Project Based Learning, by utilizing technology, and by letting students control their learning and creation. Learn to develop and research a question for just a few minutes of each class period that leads to a culminating project and presentation. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use Genius Hour documents they can modify to fit their classrooms as needed, they will learn about the why and how of Genius Hour, and above all they'll gain knowledge about increasing student achievement and critical thinking through the use of Genius Hour.

Session resources: https://prezi.com/ae-zfnjzxhwu/genius-hour/

Get Going with #GoOpen

Speakers: Sherri Kulpa, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, EducationPlus
                 Christine Terry, Director, eMINTS National Center
                 Bob Dillon, Leadership Team, Connected Learning
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: PreK - Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Junior A

Are you interested in transitioning your school district to using openly licensed educational resources? OER's allow teachers to curate, customize, adapt and create high-quality openly licensed educational resources without breaking any copyright laws! Attend this session to learn about the #GoOpen movement and to see how educators are replacing their textbooks and moving forward with budget-friendly, internet-based digital learning opportunities for their students. Learn how other states have adopted GoOpen and what's happening with conversations about Missouri supporting GoOpen.

Get Google Certified 101

Spotlight Educator: Nick Cusumano, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Has the Google bug bitten you and you want to learn more about how to become Google Certified? Find out how to prepare for Google Certified Educator Level I and II tests. Have your Google for Education Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 badges? Find out how to apply to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator or Google for Education Certified Trainer. Strategies to help you develop and define your Innovator project will also be shared.

Session resources: http://tinyurl.com/gcertif101

Get Your Balance Back...Use a Balanced Instructional Design

Speaker: Kirk Melkonian, Founder, Educators Cooperative
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 102

A balanced instructional design incorporates both teacher directed and inquiry based learning in a way that maximizes student learning. Come learn how to create units of study that effectively leverage student-led and teacher-led strategies. Gather tips of how to balance the role of technology to help students reach learning outcomes. You will walk away with strategies to maximize balanced instructional design with your students or teachers.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2qUVQM7CJC_cFZqdGlBSFhxUDA/view?usp=sharing

Getting a Handle on Video in the Classroom: Pedagogically, Organizationally, and Financially

Speaker: Angela Astuto, Director of Curriculum & Adjunct Professor Barat Academy & Webster University
               Mary Lynn, Instructor & Senior Collaborator, Educational Collaborators & Webster University
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 105

With nearly ubiquitous access to instructional videos, too little has changed in HOW we use them. This presentation is designed to help educators EVOLVE in how they use video to meet student learning needs. We will explore tools to locate, curate, and edit videos for learning. From tools like collaborative YouTube playlists to embedded assessment in EDpuzzle, we will explore free resources for curating and editing video and the opportunities for collaboration with and among students and colleagues. You will explore strategies for locating valuable videos, improving your own videos to scaffold learning, and fostering critical thinking by engaging students in the entire process. Leave with tools for using video, including advanced features of YouTube (collaborative playlists, editing timeline, YouTube Live), EDpuzzle, narrated presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides.

Getting Googly with Forms

Speaker: Carolyn Allen, Library Media Specialist, Hazelwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

Come learn how to harness the power of Google to save yourself time when creating assessments, forms, and surveys to use in your classroom. We will explore how to create Google Forms, then manipulate and use the results. We will also explore different add-ons within Forms to enhance your experience. You should have a personal or school Google account in order to participate fully. Come get Googly and make your life easier!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/qfOMLT

Getting On Board: Google Lit Trips and Tour Builder

Speakers: Kim Becherer, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
                 Jenny Gray, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library Room: D2

Literature across the curriculum! Immerse readers in culture, geography, history, allusions, and background information by bringing books alive with Google Lit Trips. Get the most out of read alouds and reading groups by also utilizing Google Tour Builder to help students create their own virtual online tours. You can use the information presented to engage your students in a lit trip that will open new worlds, elevate instruction and provide better understandings of literature.

Session resources: tinyurl.com/zv9yx9j

Girls in STEM

Speaker: Laura Knapp, Technology Teacher, Gateway Science Academy South, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

Have you ever wondered why not as many girls choose careers in STEM? We will explore some possible reasons why this occurs as well as some ways to pique their interest in STEM fields. There will also be a demonstration of specific kits, tools, books, and activities that can be used with girls to generate a higher interest in STEM. Come join us and learn how to help girls emerge and evolve in the STEM field.

Session resources: http://bit.ly/2ldUdsQ

Going Google in a High School Math Classroom

Speaker: Michele Spitzmiller, Math Instructor/Department Chair, Arcadia Valley R-II
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

A look into the transformation of a high school math classroom after going 1 to 1 with Chromebooks and integrating the 4 C's – Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, & Creativity. you will learn one way to integrate Google Sites, Classroom, Sheets, Forms, gMail, Draw, and gMath into their high school math classroom to foster the 4 C's and improve student performance. You will learn how to use emerging technologies (Google Products) to foster the evolution of high school math education (implement the 4C's) in order to elevate student achievement.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/yj75k1

Google Apps: There's an Add-On for That

Speakers: Maria Tenny, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
                 Dana Todaro, Instructional Technology Specialist, Rockwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced Strand Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Do you love Google Apps but sometimes wish it could give you just a little more? Add-ons are tools which extend the functionality of Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms. They increase the capabilities of Google Apps to improve productivity, enhance features, and engage learners. Come discover how add-ons can take you to the next level in your implementation of GAFE by promoting student learning and teacher productivity!

Session resources: http://bit.do/addonsmetc17

Google Forms - Your New Best Friend

Spotlight Educator: Mary Kienstra, Teacher, Naperville Community Unit District 203
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

The days of assessing with only paper and pencil are gone. In this session, you'll learn how to use Google Forms for formative assessment and for classroom management. With these engaging Google Forms, you can assess your students and easily organize the data you collect. Join us to see a variety of ways to use this powerful tool. Learn how data collected from Forms can be analyzed and used to form strategy groups and for classroom management. Learning new ways to assess students and organize data is key to evolving as educators. It's time to move toward new ways of formative assessment and strategy grouping.

Google Forms Add-ons      

Speakers: Hannah Dyksen, Technology Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
                 Jenn luckett, Technology Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites Harness the power of Google Forms Add-ons to increase your productivity and possibilities when using Forms! We will explore add-ons such as All Questions Required, Choice Eliminator 2, Docappender, Formlimiter, Form Recycler, and Forms Notifications. These add-ons will help you to minimize setup time, better track responses, allow for easy sign-ups, give feedback on quizzes and assignments, set limits to the number of responses that can be collected, reuse questions from other Google Forms, organize peer reviews, and more! You will leave with a list of Google Forms Add-ons to install and have a working knowledge of how to incorporate those Add-ons into instruction, planning, data collection, and communication with peers, parents, and students.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/b0vZg4

Google Outside the Lines

Speaker: Mandi Tolen, Teacher, Joseph School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12 Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 102

Do you use Google Forms to gather information or Google Slides to present content? Google Apps can do so much more. You'll learn how to create innovative lessons by using the entire Google Suite differently. At the end of this session, you will have different examples and ideas of how to use Google Apps in innovative ways, not just as they were intended. Many of these examples are interactive, so you will be able to experience them not just sit and see. From interactive content to Choose Your Own Adventure stories... Let's Google outside the lines!

Google Slides: This isn't Your Grandma's PowerPoint!

Spotlight Educator: JP Prezzavento, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Fox C-6 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Adding collaboration to Google Slides makes it much more than just a presentation tool! In this session, we will discuss ways to increase student collaboration and engagement by harnessing the collaborative power of Google Slides. The use of Google tools to create and collaborate have become more prominent in the past 5 years. Now that many teachers are able to use these tools, we need to learn creative, out of the box ways to use them. We will demonstrate advanced features of Slides that help students create real, meaningful work. This session will help teachers move their student work across SAMR by giving students the opportunity to collaborate on new, rigorous tasks. Finally, we will look at examples of collaborative student projects including ebooks, comic strips, and video galleries created in Google Slides.

Session resources: jpprezz.com/notforgrandma

Google Smorgasbord

Speaker: Stacie Wagers, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: D2

The Google Smorgasbord will treat participants to a buffet of Google technologies. We will explore Google Classroom, Apps/Extensions, Google Tourbuilder, Digital Makerspace and some Google Drive tricks. These tools will engage and inspire new learning possibilities with students. At the end of this session attendees will experience a variety of examples on how Google tools can impact student learning in the library or elementary classroom. So come join our technology feast.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/6cqnY9

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Help Your Teachers Develop Technology-Supported Instruction that Works

Speaker: Jennifer Porter, Midwest Account Executive, Chalkable
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership Room: Boardroom

Once, limited hardware, poor digital materials, and technical problems were the barriers to technology integration. Now educators must approach planning and implementation of technology-supported instruction using strategies that enhance and not just automate what they would normally do. Learn how to use effective strategies and the SAMR model to develop technology-enhanced lessons that actively engage students on a new level.

Hooked On Hangouts

Speaker: Mindy Southern, Educational Technology Facilitator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
               Faith Gann, Library Media Specialist, Farmington R7 School District, MO
               Kate Dillon, Library Media Specialist, Farmington R7 School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: 102

Travel The World! Be a Super Sleuth! Interview An Author! With Google Hangouts the possibilities are limitless! Come find out how our team of Library Media Specialists have our district Hooked on Hangouts and how you can replicate this in your school! Our team of LMS working with grades K-12 will show the different approaches each took to help elevate learning beyond the classroom walls in their buildings utilizing Google Hangouts. You will experience a live Google Hangout with individuals from around the world! You will leave knowing how to locate and then connect students to Google Hangout opportunities.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/3QpZl9

How METC Changed My Classroom

Speaker: Cheryl Hermach, Teacher, Rockwood School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: D1

In this session you will learn how I have used knowledge learned from previous METC conferences in my ELA classroom. METC has allowed me to figure out how to not only replace pen/pencil tasks, but to elevate and educate my students in ways that pen/pencil can't. I will cover the nitty-gritty on how I have flipped my instruction and used video, Thinglink, 6 Shot 6 Word personal narratives, Activelylearn.com, Instagram for a character unit, e-portfolios (the beginning) and many more to actively engage my students in the content.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1W1DNONTxTX6ZhKpN3Xzp6GPRPbEelySMhW0_oEc2NvU/edit?usp=sharing

How Problem Based Learning and STEAM Can Change Everything

Speaker: Chantell Mason, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time:  Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

In this session, see how you can transform your classroom into a problem/project based learning environment, often driven by social justice issues, that is infused with the principles of STEAM and education technology. You will leave with a plan to engage your students using inquiry about something relevant to them, but that can also achieve positive standardized test results.

How to do Student Collaboration Locally and Globally

Speaker: Austin Houp, Instructional Technology Director/Teacher, Ash Grove School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Want to provide your students with authentic learning opportunities? Then let's get your students to collaborate through your daily lessons! We'll discuss ideas of how to have your students collaborate with fellow students to solve local issues. Want to stretch your students even further? Then consider connecting with other teachers via social media (Twitter, Google+, etc.) to do collaborative research and not only solve global issues, but to also exchange cultural experiences!

Session resources: bit.ly/METC17Houp

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If We Boiled It All Down

(Panel Session)
Speakers: Will Chamberlain, Teacher, McDonald County Schools, MO
                 Patrick Dempsey, Assistant Principal, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

This panel discussion combines the wisdom of some great innovative educators. Join us to discuss how to get the best ideas into more schools for more kids. What is stopping this from happening? How can we make this happen? Great ideas, resources, and more will be shared through a discussion about how to build capacity around essential tenets of excellent modern learning. We will explore how to build knowledge on how to scale innovation across a system, as well as think and confer with colleagues about excellent ideas that you are experiencing or know about in the area. The best ideas are out there and available for all schools, but why aren't they using them. There is too much trapped wisdom in the system, and we don't have time for it to be not used in more place to impact more students.

If you give a Librarian a Device

Featured Speaker: Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: D1

If you give a 21st-century school librarian a computer, she is going to apply 21st-century teaching and learning methods and technologies to empower, engage, and connect with screenagers. Come, hear the story of how this high school library media specialist utilizes social media, mobile devices, YouTube, digital content, and even HipHop to facilitate student success in the land of click, slide, and touch technologies.

Session resources: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1956596

Ignite the Leader Next Door (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Cara Wylie, Core Program Coordinator, eMINTS National Center
                 Michelle Kendrick, Program Coordinator, eMINTS National Center
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Leadership

Who is better suited to be a leader in innovative practice? The teacher next door! Learn strategies for igniting a revolution. Our hybrid PD and coaching program, Innovative Teacher Leader, is based on ISTE Coaching Standards. Teachers build PLNs, use technology, assess instructional needs, create job supports and more. Come see how you can improve your leadership skills and ignite your passion!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/cf2TTO

Impactful Professional Development: Strategies to Lead and Empower (Part 1)

(BYOD Double Session 9:45am - 11:40am) Spotlight Educator: Kim Darche, Digital Learning Coach, SD113A, KS
Day/Time:Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

In this session you will explore professional learning strategies to engage, inspire and build community within a school or district. As an interactive workshop, you will experience activities as their staff members would during professional development opportunities. The following four pillars will serve as the framework for the session: inviting investment, pushing possibilities, interesting interactions and maintaining momentum. This session is jammed packed with hands-on and minds-on activities that will allow to transform theory into practice within their school or district.

Session resources: bit.ly/metc17

Impactful Professional Development: Strategies to Lead and Empower (Part 2)

(BYOD Double Session 9:45am - 11:40am)
Spotlight Educator:Kim Darche, Digital Learning Coach, SD113A, KS
Tuesday -  10:50am - 11:40am
Audience:K - Post Secondary
Tech Level:All
Strand:Leadership
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

In this session you will explore professional learning strategies to engage, inspire and build community within a school or district. As an interactive workshop, you will experience activities as their staff members would during professional development opportunities. The following four pillars will serve as the framework for the session: inviting investment, pushing possibilities, interesting interactions and maintaining momentum. This session is jammed packed with hands-on and minds-on activities that will allow to transform theory into practice within their school or district.

Session resources: bit.ly/metc17

 

Implementing AP Computer Science Principles

Speaker: Sarah Spaunhorst, Computer Science Teacher, Visitation Academy, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

Meet the new Mobile Computer Science Principles (CSP) curriculum to implement the AP Computer Science Principles course in your school! This course uses app development to reach students who traditionally have not been interested in computer science. We will cover tips on how to implement the course in your school, student responses, involvement, and lessons learned from the first year of the course.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NpaeG2xvUfgY3E5J62LCdJhYMIUxjSYCIJ2-Y9JNBhQ/edit?usp=sharing

Innovations in Missouri EdTech

Speaker: Michelle Kendrick, Program Coordinator, eMINTS
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

We will emerge you in a discussion of school innovations to help you evolve your thinking and elevate the education of your students. The best way to learn about the newest and most promising school innovations is from each other. In this session we will create a “Top Five Innovations in Missouri” list by facilitating a discussion about the newest innovations and technologies found in your schools. We will then present our own top ten list of upcoming learning innovations.

Session resources: http://metctop10.weebly.com/

Integrating Literacy and Design Thinking

Speakers: Abby Morgan, Instructional Coach, Shawnee Mission School District
                 Brittany Gonser, Instructional Coach, Shawnee Mission School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

Instructional coaches from Apache Innovative School in the Shawnee MIssion School district will present ideas on how to integrate ELA standards with design thinking by having students collaborate with peers to solve problems encountered by characters. A variety of ideas on how to have students find problems, and create better solutions will be presented. Ideas for differentiating to meet the needs of all learners will be shared. At the end of this session, you will know how to engage K-6 students in design thinking through accessing ELA standards to solve problems encountered by characters in grade-level literacy.

Introduction to iPad for Learning and Teaching

Speakers: Jeff Oldfield, Development Executive, Apple Education
                 Jennifer Orton, Development Executive, Apple Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Boardroom

iPad is changing the way students learn and educators teach. Powerful creative tools, interactive textbooks, and a universe of apps and educational resources make for endless learning possibilities. Join us to get an understanding of how iPad and digital learning experiences are transforming learning and teaching.

IT Networking Roundtable: Empowering Student Leadership Through Tech

(Roundtable - 2:20pm - 4:15pm)
Speakers: Jim Elkins & Area School Leaders Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Day/Time:Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Tech Level: All
Strand: Technical Infrastructure
Room: Jr. Ballroom A

A This roundtable discussion will share ideas, resources and examples of how area schools empower their student leaders to support technology. Area school districts will share their strengths and weaknesses of their student IT Support programs during this session. During this session, you will have time to ask questions, brainstorm and problem solve together in order to develop or strengthen the student leaders in your schools

IT Networking Roundtable: Google Apps For Education: Domain Administration, Management, and Automation

(IT Networking Roundtable - 9:45am - 11:40am)
Speakers: Jeff Puls, Chief Technology Officer, Clayton School District, MO
                 Drew McAllister, Educational Technology Architect, Gadellnet Consulting Services
                 Adam Jasinski, Director of Technology, Affton School District, MO
                 Richie Williams, Network Security Administrator, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Technical Infrastructure
Room: Jr. Ballroom A

This session is structured as a forum where you will both learn and share best practices on the efficient management of a GAFE domain. Lead presenters will kick off the discussion with an outline of Google Apps Directory Sync (GADS), Google Apps Manager (GAM), and other tools currently used in your districts. Bring your best tips and pick up a few more as you gain a deeper understanding of how to leverage a variety of management tools, and how to effectively and efficiently manage a GAFE domain.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xAyGzcFBevctJKQziwMHWuqNMmJl_cp5xDB3pwo5uv8/edit?usp=sharing

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Just Do It! iPad Projects in the Library

Speakers: Sarah McDonald, Library Media Specialist, Jefferson City Public Schools, MO
                 Carrie Martin, Library Media Specialist, Jefferson City Public Schools, MO
                 Sarah Rosslan, Library Media Specialist, Jefferson City Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: 105

In this session you will learn how you can jump right into student centered projects in the library without formal training. Get past the fear and "Just do it." Experienced teacher-librarians share how their students produce original works in the library using various iPad apps such as 30Hands, iMovie, Skitch, Tellegami and more.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8aVZEcfA4a8X2x5d2t6LUo1LUk?usp=sharing

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Kinderbots: Mindful Block Play for the iGeneration (Poster Session)

Speaker: Mary Meadows, Teacher, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

This Poster Session will provide examples of kindergarten engagement in block play with regards to coding blocks. Photos and project samples will be displayed to provide participants with ideas for engaging young children in coding experiences in the classroom.

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LAUNCHing Innovation in Your School

Speaker: Eleanna Liscombe, Innovation Instructor, Orchard Farm Middle School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

21st Century jobs revolve around problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration integrated with technology. Come hear students describe how the use of Thrively and John Spencer's LAUNCH Cycle has transformed them from consumers of content into innovators. From 3D printing to online media design to coding projects, they will share how their time in Innovation Class has allowed them to explore their interests, taught them to wonder and helped them find a global audience for their work.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/V80MaV

Leadership Luncheon - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Transformation and Technology: Leadership and Choice Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr. Ballroom A/B

With so much technology available for teaching and learning, narrowing the choices is critical! Explore a variety of technologies and compare them against each other to decide which is best for your school or district. There will be a competitive vote! Technologies include VR, AR, captions, mathematics apps, Skype, GoogleLitTrips, telescopes, microscopes, holes in school walls (yes!), media festivals, and more. Wild fun every time, it builds decision-making strength.

Session resources; https://discovery.box.com/s/bchx9f1nuwoyk5tmeqbzqkcqirowblmc

Leading Greatness

Speakers: Patrick Snyder, Instructional Design Strategist, Iowa City Community School District, IA
Nick Proud, Principal, Iowa City Community School District, IA
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

Learn how to foster a contagious enthusiasm for INNOVATION and GREATNESS through the lens of a Teacher Leader & Principal partnership. Impact student achievement by changing how teachers teach and embracing the messiness and fun of student learning. Impact achievement by implementing innovative learning into classrooms using tools like Kahoot, Story Builder, Padlet, Google Apps and more. Be ready to enter classrooms with model lessons and examples of greatness to move teacher practice and student learning forward.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1w930KLY9wbhgaD0OFouI1326YfCBOnxr4sIrI3xCJX4/edit?usp=sharing

Let's Rap: Using Hip Hop and Technology To Engage Students in the 3R's

Featured Speaker, Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

In this session we will discuss pedagogy and 21st-century teaching and learning. I will share student work samples and provide you with a curated collection of digital resources that supports teaching and learning with technology and Hip Hop Culture. Attend this session to acquire new knowledge that will cultivate your professional growth and elevate your instructional practice to educate 21st-Century students.

Session resources: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2164051

Library & Media Literacy Luncheon

P.A.S.S.I.O.N. for the Profession: What's L.O.V.E. Got To Do With It?!
Featured Speaker: Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD Day/Time: Wednesday - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All Strand: Library
Room: Junior Ballroom A/B/C
Preregistration Required with Extra Cost

During this special luncheon, Joquetta Johnson will provide an engaging session on how to develop an understanding of why we must have P.A.S.S.I.O.N. for our profession. Ms. Johnson will infuse music and video to engage, inspire, and move participants to hone their craft with L.O.V.E. You will see how you can cultivate your skills as a digital learner and leader through the use of media and literacy. Add this extra-special lunch and presentation to your conference day on Wednesday, February 15.

LMS Burnout Prevention

Spotlight Educator: Kelly Hauquitz, Library Media Specialist, Francis Howell School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: 105

Coping with our evolving role is stressful! Our work day simply isn't long enough to get everything done. So how do we deal? There are tools that not only help us get the job done, but do so without busting our work-life balance. In this session, you will have a few ideas to take back to your buildings to implement into your workflow that will help you get everything done and feel more accomplished at the end of the work day. Come learn how you can leave work feeling more accomplished!

Session resources: http://tinyurl.com/burnoutpres 

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MakerSpace 2.0 (Tuesday - Affton)

Speaker: Kathy Wagoner, Instructional Tech. Fac, Affton School District, MO Jennifer Ackerman, Librarian, Affton School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

Students love MakerSpace. They look forward all week to attending and choosing their favorite lab. How do you keep the excitement? After launching a very successful MakerSpace last year, we are now tweaking our MakerSpace to keep it innovative, engaging and fresh for the students. At the end of this session, you will have ideas on how to keep MakerSpace fresh so students continue to stay excited about it.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/aG8jlx

Makerspace 2.0 (Wednesday - Parkway)

Speaker: Kim Lindskog, Library Support Specialist, Parkway School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom A

You acquired the space, secured the stuff, and invited students but now what? How do we continue to harness the excitement, inspire innovation, broaden the library's purpose, and continue to engage patrons? You will have opportunities to learn about interactions in Makerspace movements, strategies, mobile Makerspaces, practicalities, and programing directions. Just as the librarian is evolving so too are the programming options. The Makerspace movement is an emerging juncture where students can learn and practice innovation skills which can elevate the library's purpose and enhance collaboration opportunities that broaden the library's influence. Discussion will be around innovation topics like: augmented reality, virtual reality, Google products like Expeditions, coding, game design, circuitry, and 3-D printing.

 

Making Your Classroom More Introvert-Friendly

Speaker: Julie Smith, Professor, Webster University
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - Post Secondary Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

How do you include the voice of students who don't necessarily want to use their voice? Nearly half of our students are introverts. They may be silent – but their minds are active! Many of us include "class participation" in our grading. We need to evolve our teaching to include their voices - even if they don't want to use their "voices" - there are loads of ways to educate them & help their voices emerge. Come learn about tools to engage introverted students – whether they be online tools, cell phone tricks or old-school paper ideas.

Marketing Your Library in the Digital Age

Spotlight Educators: Andrea Head, Library Media Specialist, Francis Howell School District, MO
                                 Kelly Hauquitz, Library Media Specialist, Francis Howell School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Libraries have been transformed from the quiet spaces of yesteryear and have now emerged as the hub for collaboration and student learning. You too have a vibrant school library program! Come learn how you spread the word that this bustling space has something to offer everyone by employing a variety of marketing strategies to reach your target audience. You will be presented with a plethora of practical ideas and strategies, as well as the resources and tools to make each a reality. Leave with a marketing plan to use in their library/learning commons.

Session resources: http://bit.ly/LibMarketingMETC

Measures of Academic Progress: K-12, Growth, and Adaptive Assessment

Speaker, Keri Cavanah, Account Executive, Northwest Evaluation Association
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Boardroom

Come explore NWEA's K-12 Interim Assessments that provide essential information about a student's continuum of learning and growth trajectory. Discover why educators around the globe trust MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) to deliver accurate instructional insights that help them accelerate student learning. Don't miss an opportunity to learn how MAP provides Missouri educators a projected proficiency on the state assessment in addition to on-track college readiness as low as fifth grade!

METC Cool Tool Duel

Speakers: Gina Hartman, Learning & Innovation Manager, Schoology
                 Carmen Marty, Instructional Specialist, eMINTS National Center
                 Cindy Lane, Chief Education Officer, Lane Outstanding Learning
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

LIVE at the METC is the Cool Tool Duel back by popular demand. Come join three instructional technology leaders that work with school districts around the nation in this fun, fast-paced session. Each presenter will highlight a handful of digital tools that can have a powerful impact on teaching and learning. You will be able to vote for your favorite Cool Tool at the end of the session. Don't miss this duel!

Mini-Makers: Process, Tools and Materials Appropriate for Our Youngest Makers

Speaker: Rebecca Hare, Science Teacher and Design Specialist, Gulliver Schools, FL
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

In order to get our youngest students creating, making and designing their ideas, we first need to support them with tool, process and material training. In this interactive session, I will show and tell what two educators have learned and experienced as supporters of young makers, and we will give you practical advice on how to get started making with this age group.

Session resources: http://rlh-designed.weebly.com/blogish/getting-started-with-low-fi-making

Mystery Skype - Where in the World?

Spotlight Educator: Shelby Bailey, Teacher, Warren County R-III School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instructions
Room: 103

Have you ever wondered how to use Skype in the classroom? One of the many exciting ways is through an activity called Mystery Skype. In a Mystery Skype, two classrooms are connected, and through a series of yes or no questions, the location of the other classroom is discovered. The students do not know where the other classroom is prior to the call. A Mystery Skype promotes collaboration, critical thinking, and teamwork. Plus, they are fun!

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByZV2MoCm5Z5QUlJUDFzRm5JeUk/view?usp=sharing

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Navigating the Grant Landscape to Fund K-12 Technology

Speakers: Elizabeth Evans, Grants Development Consultant, Grants Office LLC
                 Ashley Schultz, Grants Development Consultant, Grand Office LLC
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

With the recent changes to e-rate, schools now look to alternative sources of funding for their technology needs. Join us as we discuss the K-12 grant funding landscape, review specific technology-friendly grants, and offer tips for a successful proposal submission. This session will benefit you by providing you with distilled information on technology-friendly grants targeted towards K-12 education initiatives. As a result of attendance, you will be able to name different sources of funding for technology-friendly grant opportunities; including funding amounts, and deadlines; recognize RFP/guidance language stating whether or not a grant is "technology friendly"; explain how technology can be built into a grant proposal as a means to accomplish the project's goals; and describe 10 tips for getting grant funding. No brand specific technologies will be demonstrated within this presentation; all references are intentionally generalized so as not to show favoritism among solutions.

Session resources: https://grantsoffice.sharefile.com/d/sf7ea8505f4a48fe9

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Office 365 Can Do All of That?!?!

Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDW-G
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Microsoft has an amazing suite of tools and is capable of empowering educators to completely transform the way they work, teach and how students learn. Join me to learn more about Sway, OneNote, OfficeMix, Snip, Minecraft, Microsoft Classroom, and Microsoft Forms! Educators must understand how to leverage technology in ways that provide opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist. This session will empower you to Emerge, Evolve, Elevate, Educate and use technology as an accelerator toward a goal, not the goal itself.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NjNq_eQO5d2GHr503nNUoZoS8LPhTyA1plT03FAQGiY/edit?usp=sharing

Oh the Places you will Go....with Google!

Speakers:  Samantha Hardesty Knoll, Instructional Technology Coach, Wentzville R-IV School District, MO
                  Amanda Moody, Instructional Technology Coach, Wentzville R-IV School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Pack your bags and come experience all the amazing Geo Tools created by Google. We will sight see using My Maps, check out changes using Time Lapse, take a tour using Tour Builder, enjoy the Cultural Institute, and explore Google's Street View. Let's Discover how each of these cool tools can be used within any curricular area to engage and excite our students. You will have a chance to explore Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions and walk away with ideas about how to integrate Google Geo Tools in your classroom and across curriculum.

Session resources: goo.gl/iJaZc6

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Painting a True Picture of Meaningful Assessments

Speaker: Gigi Goodall,Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

What is the purpose of assessment? How can assessment effectively be used to identify the needs of every student in math and reading, including both misconceptions and advanced concepts? Once teachers understand the needs, how is the instruction connected? What defines growth? What does a positive district culture centered on data look like in schools and classrooms? Come to this session to learn how assessment can inform instruction, how data can be tied to instructional resources and how a blended learning environment is attainable to create a positive change in schools.

Passion-Based Literacies & Social Media

Spotlight Educator: Shannon Steimel, Librarian, Lift for Life Academy, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All Strand: Library
Room: 105

When students have the opportunity to read and write about their passions, it transforms their literacy skills. Social media gives students authentic audiences to share their passions. Whether it is reading and blogging about the problems in our world they want to solve, tweeting about their favorite books, publishing their own stories with Storyjumper, Wattpad or Createspace, or creating their own worlds through game design, technology tools are evolving our ideas of literacy. Come to this session to learn how build a student-led culture of literacy at your school.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/7FO7Xt

PBL: Surviving the Shark Tank

Speakers:  Julie Carda, Technology Help Desk Instructor, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District, MO
                  Valerie Ivy, Instructional Technology Specialist, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District, MO 
                  Cody Young, STEM Teacher, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm 
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate 
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Are you interested in learning how to engage and excite your students with learning? Do you want to take learning to the next level? Come learn how we took a simple science unit and transformed it into a cross-curricular and cross-grade level PBL unit involving real-world problems, experiences, and solutions. At the end of this session you will be able to plan, design, and create a PBL unit, and through this you will learn how to actively engage students in learning. Join us to learn how to survive the Shark Tank!

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WssfmzdOz3zFnhZQVsTr7qhli-KFH-mXrJAATGgVaWo/edit?usp=sharing

Personalize Learning Made Easy - Symbaloo Lesson Plans

Speakers:  Ching-Wen Chang, Associate Professor, Missouri State University
                   Annice McLean, Senior Instructor, Missouri State University
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary 
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: 101

Personalized learning, differentiated instruction, standard-based grading, etc. do not need to be just buzz words. You can make these instructional practices happen by using Symbaloo Lesson Plans. Create personalized learning activities for your students that includes videos, articles, interactive content or quizzes through a game-board format. Built-in analytics tools gather insightful data and improve learning outcomes, while students enjoy an engaging learning environment. Come participate in creating a personalized lesson activity with Symbaloo Lesson Plans.

Personalizing PBL using Inquiry Based Strategies and Student Blogging

Speaker: Brian Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-III School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 6 - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

This presentation will provide interactive examples of inquiry based strategies that allow learners to develop and drive project/problem based learning. These strategies, in combination with student blogging, create a personalized classroom atmosphere that allows for voice, choice, and authentic, higher order thinking and learning. You will leave with practical examples of inquiry based strategies that can be implemented in any classroom, grade level, and content area and applied to project/problem based classrooms and units.

Session resources: http://basocialstudies.weebly.com/personalizing-pbl-using-inquiry-based-strategies.html

Podcasting 101

Speaker: Jane Bannester, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 104

Are you looking for ways to include a "real-world" audience appeal, while giving students purpose and motivation, let me introduce you to the world of Podcasting. As your own instructional tool or in creating production, podcasting will be a great way to spice up your classroom. Podcasts can be published and archived so students learn from each other by both creating and hearing original audio. You will leave with the tools and resources needed for creating podcasts, lesson ideas for multiple subject areas, and where to find examples. Don't miss adding a new tool to your teaching arsenal.

Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK

Pokemon GO in the Inquiry-Based Classroom

Speakers:  Michelle Kendrick, Program Coordinator, eMINTS National Center
                  Christine Terry, Director, eMINTS National Center
Day/Date: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm  
Audience: K - 8 
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: Grand Ballroom A

In this session you will use data collection and analysis apps to support inquiry learning. This session will use a new and fun game, Pokemon GO, to motivate students to think at deeper levels. Come learn how we used Pokemon GO to promote elementary and middle school student inquiry. From question formulation, data collection and to using data for reasoning, Pokemon GO can provide a motivational tool to inspire student inquiry.

Session resources: http://pokemoninquiry.weebly.com/

Promoting a Digital Culture

Spotlight Educator: Dustin Jenkerson, Principal, CPS 93 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Post Secondary
Tech level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Grand Ballroom B

School leaders must take an active role in promoting and modeling the use of technology to transform the learning environment. In this session you will explore some ways to inspire and facilitate change with your students, faculty and community. Professional Learning, Professional Learning Communities and Networks (PLN's), Community Outreach and other methods will be discussed pertaining to digital leadership. Modeling and living as a digital learner can educate teachers and administrators on the benefit of using technology and becoming a connected educator. Google Classroom, Schoology, Twitter, Hashtags, YouTube, QR codes, Green Screening.

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Questioning Techniques that bring about Change

Spotlight Educator: Kim Darche, Digital Learning Coach, SD113A
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

What are the questions we ask in our classrooms? Are we supporting our student learning by teaching students how to ask questions during genius hour or in Makerspace or a book group? The fine art of asking questions which once seemed as simple as A,B,C at the age of 3 somehow loses its intensity and vigor as we grow older. Let's start a renaissance of questioning within our own craft! In this "minds-on" session, learners will ask the questions, explore how to leverage responses and build upon them as we flex our questioning muscles! We will modify traditional discussion techniques to understand innovative phrasing and practices that support a culture of moonshot thinkers.

Quick & Easy Tools for Creative Communication & Collaboration

Speakers: Deanna Moylan, Technology Information Literacy Teacher, Francis Howell School District
                 Carmen Kenney-Hill, Instructional Technology Specialist, Francis Howell School District
                 Dr. Paula Wuebbles, Technology and Information Literacy and Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Francis Howell School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

In this session, you will learn free & easy to use tech tools that encourage communication & collaboration skills as well as quick tips to ensure digital respect and responsibility. We will explore ways to promote creativity and 21st Century Standards through tools like Nearpod, Padlet, Kahoot, Prezi and more. Through examples, student work samples, and easy signups, you will experience active engagement and come away with ideas on how these tools can be used for quick feedback as well as instruction. Leave with ‘Top 10' Tools & quick tips!

Session Resources: https://goo.gl/Ks7fkU

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Reading for Meaning—Read Live

Speaker: Carol Ann Kane, Read Naturally
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Education - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension by combining three powerful, research-based strategies: teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring. Learn how to meet standards and accelerate the achievement of developing and struggling readers. These effective strategies are demonstrated using Read Naturally's web-based software program, Read Live.

Session resources: https://www.dropbox.com/s/06g678cylhx7yil/2016-01-15%20Reading%20for%20Meaning_RL_PresentationPacket.pdf?dl=0

Really Good or Just Good Enough?

Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Students are both motivated and engaged by genuine intellectual challenges and performances. This session will explore effective and meaningful uses of technology to empower students through authentic and relevant learning experiences. When students publish work online, they want it to be really good...when they turn it into the teacher, they just want it to be good enough. You will be equipped with practical ways to publish your student work online in their classrooms.

Retro Rehab Library Learning Spaces

Speakers: Linda Dougherty, Librarian, Northwest High School, MO
                 Kim Hornkohl, Librarian, Northwest High School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: All Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom C

Retro rehab your library learning spaces by reusing and recycling your library's furnishings. This is library make-over on a shoestring budget by bringing in vintage furniture, shopping your district's storage closets, and planning minimal purchases for collaborative learning spaces. Follow Northwest High School Library's third year of JumpStart freshmen classes' collaborations to introduce Chromebooks and Google apps in new spaces. Take home "retro" ideas to rehab, reuse, and recycle your current library bookcases, tables, and chairs. Plan flexible collaborative spaces and use professional development ideas to share with your teaching colleagues. We will explore visual and auditory applications using Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings, Adobe Spark, YouTube editor and screencasting apps so you can start tomorrow!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/2QYPjB

Rock, Paper...STEAM!

Speakers:  Terri Daly, Instructional Media Technologist, Park Hill School District, MO
                  Katie Langley, Elementary Art Teacher, Park Hill School District, MO 
                  Lori Lopez, Elementary Music Teacher, Park Hill School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am 
Audience: K - 5 
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate 
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation 
Room: 101

Get techy and heat up your school with STEAM education. Explore space through 3D printing; make music and light up your world with Makey Makeys, Little Bits, and Dash and Dot robots; draw code using Ozobots; and tie everything to literature and research as you collaborate with your building's art, music, and library teachers. You'll walk away with units of study on each of these topics as well as apps and books to support learning in each area.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/HFrm5x

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Show Me Your Badge: Competency-based Learning for Students AND Teachers

Speaker: Kirk Melkonian, Education Consultant, Educators Cooperative
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: 105

Personalized learning is good for both students and teachers. This approach to professional development (PD) allows teachers and administrators to work at their own pace as they build competencies and earn compensation. You will walk away with templates and structures for personalizing teacher PD using online digital badges and competency based demonstrations of learning. So, don't miss this interactive session to gain clear processes and protocols that can be replicated in your context.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2qUVQM7CJC_c05RY1o3UG9vVE0/view?usp=sharing

Sketchnoting your Flipped Classroom….or Any Classroom!

Speaker: Troy Cockrum, Director of Innovative Teaching, Little Flower School, IN
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

Students struggle to engage in lectures. Putting those lectures on video doesn't really help that. Students need opportunities to interact with the content. Learning through visual note taking, or sketchnoting, accomplishes that interaction. In this session, you will learn tools and strategies like FiftyThree, Google Drawing, and Google Keep. Leave knowing how to sketchnote, teach sketchnoting, and implement it into any classroom (flipped or not) to engage your students.

Student Engagement Through Formative Assessments (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Casey Echelmeier, District Instructional Technology Facilitator, Mexico Public Schools #59 
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14 - 1:50pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

This Poster Session will showcase digital tools that will allow for formative assessments to guide classroom instruction. You will assume the role of students and experience first hand the digital assessments in practice.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fAi2b0wnFb7EzEjcxDbRPKRFVMd7eZrvJL6Oq0IXPCk/edit?usp=sharing

Student PD Day: Giving Your Students a Voice

Speaker: Erin Lawson, District Technology Coach, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

If PD is for staff to improve themselves and learn new techniques, then why not have a day where students select what skills they want to learn and sign-up for sessions of interest? Student PD allows students to have a VOICE in their education, make a CHOICE on what they want to learn, and APPLY their new skills in everyday life. In this session, we will discuss how this idea came about, what steps we took to make it happen, and share the results of our first professional development day for students.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1k50cD5ah-x-vcamGn9YfHVETExG_dO1A6c5scmHsFSk/edit?usp=sharing

Survival Guide to Technology Leadership

Speakers:  Dawn Hickman, Technology Instructional Leader, Wright City School District, MO 
                  Erin Lawson, Instructional Technology Leader, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm 
Audience: Early Childhood - 12 
Tech Level: All 
Strand: Leadership 
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Instructional Technology Leaders are emerging to help transition daily instruction to 21st Century Learning. These positions are new and often come without a map detailing the best path to take. Erin and Dawn, current Instructional Technology Leaders, will discuss the path they took, provide successful tools and resources to help guide new leaders and allow for round table discussions.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/LVJW3X

Sweet on SMART Learning Suite

Speaker: Leslie Lincoln, Education Consultant and Trainer, Schillers AV
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 104

In this session you will learn how to leverage tools found in the SMART Learning SUITE to meet the demands of today's' classrooms. This SMART Suite allows you to drive and control the project from beginning to end in a safe controlled environment while seeing who is contributing. If you are a Google school that uses collaborative activities like project based learning, come learn about the valuable tools that you may already have in your classroom that you can put into action.

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Take your Forms to the Next Level

Speaker: Carolyn Allen, Library Media Specialist, Lawson Elementary
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced 
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

Do you already use Google Forms but want to take your forms to the next level? Then come learn how to use add-ons such as Flubaroo (for self-grading quizzes) and Choice Eliminator. We will also explore how to create self-checking forms using data validation features. You should have a personal or school Google account in order to participate fully. At the end of the session, you will leave with a knowledge of how to use add-ons to enhance Google Forms use as well as how to create self-checking forms using data validation in questions. This session will help elevate and educate your skills in order to better use Google Forms as both an assessment and information gathering tool.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/cFh1MM

Teaching Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming

Keynote Speaker: Dave Burgess, Owner & Author, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. 
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary 
Tech Level: All 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: Grand Ballroom C

A fast-paced and fun session designed to teach techniques that will skyrocket creativity. You will learn how to use their brain like Google, create a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically create new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle. You'll leave truly believing you are a creative being and inspired to add memorable experiences for students to your lesson plans.

Teaching with APP-itude

Spotlight Educator: Kami Butterfield, Teacher, USD 508- Baxter Springs, KS
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

At the end of this session, you will feel like you've have taken a sneak peek into the third grade classroom of our METC Spotlight Educator, Kami Butterfield-Teaching with APP-itude! We'll dive deep into a true 1:1 iPad classroom where students create, collaborate, design, analyze, and digitally discuss classroom concepts all with the use of an iPad. Examples of iPads, Apps and an Apple TV will be shared.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2B3HXfzfi4aQzMxelRQN2tqczg/view?usp=sharing

Tech Agents to the Rescue

Speaker: Jan Bailey, Technology Instructor, Fulton Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

It's a Win-Win as students learn new technologies and practices, then teach teachers! In this session, you will learn how FMS developed the role of student tech interns to meet our overwhelming need for tech support for both devices and instructional technology in our classrooms. Empowering students to take the lead on a variety of tasks from Help-Desk to Digital Citizenship, has been a game changer for our school culture as well as catapulting their own digital legacies. At the end of the session you will have a foundation for empowering students to take the lead in a variety of technology tasks.

Session resources: https://sites.google.com/a/fulton58.org/fms-tech-intern-portfolio/

Tech PD Implementation Survival Guide

Speaker: Joshua Howard, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Fulton Public Schools
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: 103

Is your school district ready to embrace technology and go deep with tech integration? Are your teachers ready for this challenge? This session will show you how you can gear your school for this moment. We will show you what we did as a school to provide school based professional development to our staff and the structures we put in place to ensure success. We will discuss how to prioritize what PD should look like for technology. Finally, we'll foster an understanding of how to make data an important part of your PD program, and review strategies for effective tech PD implementation. You will leave understanding how to plan for technology PD system in a school or district wide setting.

Session resources: http://bit.ly/TechPDGuide

TechBusters: Who Ya Gonna Call? (Panel Session)

Speakers:  Stephanie Kuper, Instructional Technology Specialist, Southeast Regional Professional Development Center 
                  Crystal Slaughter, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Malden R-1, MO 
                  Mindy Southern, Ed Tech Facilitator, Farmington High School, MO 
                  Candace Warren, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Poplar Bluff Jr. High, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm 
Audience: K - 12 
Tech Level: Beginner 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: D3

TechBusters: Who ya gonna call? Join the four Southeast Missouri "tech-busters" as they bust out their favorite tech tools for assessment, student engagement, and student collaboration. Candace, Crystal, Mindy, and Stephanie are tech facilitators from around Southeast Missouri coming to #METC17 to perform a unique ghost removal service to remove all the fears of technology implementation. When tech invades your school, who are you gonna call?

Tell Your Story

Speakers: Mindy Southern, Educational Technology Facilitator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
                 Allyson Hensley, Instructional Curriculum Coach & Tech Coordinator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood & Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership Room: 103

Tell Your Story! With the rampant use of social media in our culture, your school story is being told one way or another. Take charge of your message, reach out to your community, illicit support, promote your positives and be a self advocate via social media and 21st century tools. In this session, you will see how to utilize tools such as Twitter, YouTube, Hootsuite and Google Sites to tell your story and take communication to a whole new level! Discover how technology can be used to effectively tell your district's story to the world!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/gGMgOf

Telling Stories with Maps using Google Tour Builder

Speaker: Amy Johnson, Digital Learning Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

Give context to your stories by connecting your narrative to places around the world. Google Tour builder allows you to create multimedia stories tied to locations on the map through the integration of Google Earth. Use text, images and video to convey your story with each location on your tour. Come and learn how to create and share your tours to engage your students like never before!

That's Not How I Learned It!

Speakers: Amanda Goessling, Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
                 Jessica Richie, Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

Do your parents have a difficult time assisting their child with their homework? Are you constantly getting phone calls and emails exclaiming "That's not how I did it when I was a kid!"? This session will provide you with the tools and ideas needed to virtually bring the classroom home so your parents can assist their child with their learning.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2UN8tbzyxHaazNJSTBMTVJiMVU

The 1:1 Librarian

Speaker: Melinda Botkin, Librarian, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Library
Room: D2

The roles of the teacher librarian and the library space are evolving rapidly with the change from print to digital materials as well as the services and programs that it provides. Now many teacher librarians are also balancing the role of circulating a 1:1 device to all students and handling the associated repairs. This session will provide tips on how our high school made the switch to Google Chromebooks and a Makerspace, and how our library handled this added responsibility.

The 3 L's: Language, Literacy and Legos

Speakers: Marlow Barton, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
                 Debra Cole, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

In this session, participants will use Legos to explore the Language Experience Approach (LEA) for English Language Learners (ELLs). Participants will choose a story starter, create a scene of the story and then use their speaking skills

The Bode Book Review: An Example of Student-Led Blogging to Promote Reading

Speakers: Elisabeth Alkier, Teacher, Saint Joseph School District, MO
                 Elizabeth Hoskins, Library Media Specialist, Saint Joseph School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

What began as a simple book club evolved into a collaborative blog, where passionate student readers craft and share book reviews with peers. The Bode Book Review has taken the book club concept and adapted it to our 1:1 technology initiative and our students' love for online writing spaces. It has evolved from a classroom assignment with a limited audience to a continuously updated digital space with a potentially limitless audience. You will explore how to create a thriving online reading community through collaborative blogging. We'll also look at how technology like QR codes, tags, and Google Forms can help build connections to other students, books, and schools. Learn to promote active reading habits among students and encourage positive literacy habits with online and real-time communities, including through service projects.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RXEWiqz0yM2nj-4fk4ojyUkrNGtYrRBWRiRg-BFW8Z8/edit?usp=sharing

The Bookstore Model: Genrefying and More to Evolve Your Library

Speaker: Julie Boatner, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Why do so many people prefer a bookstore over a library? What do bookstores have that libraries don't? Come learn about many different methods of genrefying your library. Hear practical tips in creating an inviting atmosphere. Watch your library evolve into a collaborative space ready for the future!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/m3nHf5

The Brain STEM & Project Approach in the Early Elementary Classroom

Speaker: Carrie Hallensleben, Teacher, Pembroke Hill, MO
Day/Time:  Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 102

We will explore emerging and current brain research as it relates to how people learn. A model of inquiry, integration of subjects, inclusion of technology and the arts, (as advocated by STEAM,) facilitates engagement and builds neuro-pathways to long-term memory. Examples of projects and student artifacts from a first grade classroom will be shared.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ne9XiCWrxwiWW3DBzy0yxyT-4Dx68KOCPFCIJSfiRlE

The Digital-Age School: A Vision for the Future

Featured Speaker: Dustin Jenkerson, Principal, 15 - 16 Trenton R-9: 16 - 17 CPS 93, MO
Kasey Bailey, Assistant Principal, Trenton R-9 School District
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 103

Technology is rapidly changing the learning environment in ways we could not have imagined. As technology changes, teaching and learning needs to evolve to more of a teacher facilitated, student driven learning environment. In this session we will explore the possibilities that technology offers to catalyze radical change in student and professional learning at all levels.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WsR_Fhr7W88IpysTnH1QlORyH9UUjAdf3SdKurKK4lc

The Google Play Store, Coming to a Chromebook Near You!

Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: D2

Apps that run on phones and tablets now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This means you can download and use Android apps, work with Office files, be productive offline, and even play Minecraft! We'll cover which Chromebooks this applies to and how to get the most out of Android apps to transform teaching and learning. At the end of the session, you will know how to find which Chromebooks can run android apps and how to use them effectively for transforming teaching and learning.

The Google Throwdown

Speakers: Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District, MO
                Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, MO
                Other Google Certified Innovators
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

The Google Throwdown is ready to strike! In this rapid fire session, Google Certified Innovators will battle it out by sharing tips & tricks to ninja-fy your Google skills. Don't miss out on this fun & energetic session, as these Innovators throwdown to become the next Google Champion!

The Journey of Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER)

Speakers: Eric Langhorst, Teacher, Liberty Public Schools, MO
                 Jeanette Westfall, Director of Curriculum, Liberty Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

School districts nationwide are exploring Open Educational Resources (OER). Liberty is a #GoOpen district and is currently implementing an OER philosophy. Learn about Liberty's OER journey as we share ideas on curriculum curation, logistics of sharing resources and considerations for compensating teachers who create curriculum. Session will include the experiences of both a classroom teacher and district administrator implementing OER.

Session resources: www.LibertyOER.com

The Mad Caucus for School Technology: You Choose

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

With so much technology available for teaching and learning, narrowing the choices is critical! Explore a wild variety of technologies used in schools and vote competitively for the best for your district. Technologies include VR, AR, captions, mathematics apps, Mystery Skype, GoogleLitTrips, telescopes, microscopes, holes in school walls (yes!), media festivals, and more. Wild fun every time, the Mad Caucus will deliver something to take back.

 Session resources:  https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0

The Never-Ending Story: Professional Development for Technology Integration

Speaker: Karmin Ricker, Technology Director, Raymore Peculiar
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

The Raymore Peculiar School district has been implementing a hybrid BYOD/1:1 roll out since 2014. Learn how we have provided a professional development framework that supports teachers new to BYOD and provides ongoing support for our 1:1 teachers. Hear how professional development is essential to a change in instruction. We will discuss how our model has evolved while sharing our challenges and successes.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gO4yV89RUnKqFWfu9CcFkwqGYBdzKDxcLlaN-DIwozA/edit?usp=sharing

The New "3R's" - AR, VR, MR: Find, Make, Integrate Them!

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Mixed Realities (AR,VR) have made huge impacts in the workforce, entertainment--and education. Google's Cardboard created inexpensive entry points for Virtual Reality. The high end features virtual holodecks already used by districts. Augmented Reality also has inexpensive entry points. Mixed Realities enter the classroom in books, lessons, and real world interactions. Learn to make them and integrate Augmented Realities and Virtual Reality elements and learn appropriate ways to integrate them into the curriculum. The primary AR tool used is Aurasma, but others will be demonstrated. The primary VR tool shown will be Google Street View, because it is cross platform. These technologies change or are updated or displaced rapidly.

Session resources: https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0

The New Four-Letter Words in Your Life - SAMR and TPAK

Speaker: Stacey Kramer, Teacher, Kirksville R-III School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

You have access to devices, now what? You can have the students type instead of using pen and pencil, but is that all there is? Learn how to use the SAMR model and the TPAK framework to take your students to the next level with technology integration. The SAMR model aligns with Blooms to guide the teacher from merely substituting technology to infusing technology for previously inconceivable student-centered tasks. The TPAK framework helps teachers understand pedagogically sound practices with technology integration. We will explore examples and ideas on how to implement these in the classroom using Google Apps, Add-Ons and more!

There's NOT an App for that? Make one!

Speaker: Sarah Spaunhorst, Computer Science Teacher, Visitation Academy, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

The new AP Computer Science Principles course is in its first year of implementation! One of the curriculum options for the course is Mobile CSP - integrating MIT App Inventor with the standards aligned by College Board. In this session, you will experience firsthand how to start with MIT App Inventor, including ideas of classroom implementation for middle and high school students. The first part of the session will involve introduction to App Inventor and some of its uses. The second part of this session will describe the integration of App Inventor into this classroom, including benefits and lessons learned from implementing the course. 

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sM2kpoCnKug5wDIbgbREYGcuM9NVJ6sXfm4180P0lcE/edit

Tips & Tricks for Successful Collaboration

Speaker: Holly Pantle, Media Specialist, Charleston CUSD#1, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Come to this session and hear how one school librarian went from co-teaching four lessons a year to 100. You will learn about some simple ways you can start collaborating with classroom teachers on a regular basis and be a pioneer for using technology. Some examples of the lessons and units will also be shared.

Session resources: https://sway.com/IK0Ve89OfjY3DbY0

To Chromebooks and Beyond

Speakers:  Jen Gill, Teacher, Shelby County R-4 Schools, MO
                  Desirae O’Neal, Teacher, Shelby County R-4 Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

Are you looking for ways to help your students emerge into technology as they evolve through the grade levels? Be ready to elevate your learners from a basic knowledge of Chromebook use to one that personalizes their instruction, using a variety of online resources and join us as we go to Chromebooks and Beyond! This session will provide you with a list of online resources and give you a clear picture of how personalized instruction is used in both the primary and intermediate classrooms.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YNsM1gJ4mNIkaut2pChiIHzo5-DZIoMRkbjBjrxWsRE/edit

Top 10 of What's New with Discovery Education

Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

There's more to Discovery Education than just videos. In this session we'll dive into the top 10 new resources and tools added to Discovery Education. Did you know more than 30 free programs on everything from Decoding Cancer to the math behind EA Sports Madden Football can be accessed? Come learn all about these new resources and many more. We will be sharing Discovery Education Streaming resources and free partner program resources in this session.

Transform Instruction with Nearpod

Speaker: Matt Bright, Teacher, Hancock Place School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

Transform your classroom into a fun and interactive setting. Using Nearpod allows teachers to keep students engaged and even allow students to pace their own learning. Nearpod offers virtual field trips, content for all grade levels and courses from Math and ELA to digital citizenship, and allows teacher to check for understanding and track student progress. At the end of the session, you will be able to utilize Nearpod as not only a representational tool but also to give formative assessment, track student progress, flip classroom instruction and take students on virtual field trips.

Transforming Non-fiction Reading and Research with Technology

Spotlight Educator: Mary Kienstra, Teacher, Naperville Community Unit District 203, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

When kids care, it changes everything! In this session you will learn ways to transform your non-fiction units by engaging kids in reading and research projects. See how meeting the experts, writing scripts, producing videos with a purpose, and using green screens will empower your students. Take home ideas you can use with any nonfiction content.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ym-OQ0_XPf9OD83gLhZz9vRuxssA6Yiv74lVowXGYq0/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

Twitter and Voxer and Slack, Oh My! Using Social Media Platforms for PD (Poster Session)

Speaker: Patricia Brown, Technology Specialist, Ladue School District
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

Professional learning is social and collaborative, learn ways you can interact with emerging technologies such as Voxer, Slack, and Twitter to enhance your personal learning network. Stop by this Poster Session to learn about how these social media platforms can enhance your PD!

Twitter: A Tool for Professional Development

Speaker: Tori Grable, Teacher, St. Joseph School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Looking to grow professionally, learn about the latests news in education, and borrow ideas from other great educators? Twitter is a free tool that can help grow your professional learning network and allow you to learn in real-time whenever and wherever you are. It truly allows for differentiated and personalized professional learning. Bring your device, as you will set up both Twitter and TweetDeck accounts to use as a professional learning network, identify other Twitter users that you may want to follow to learn and borrow ideas from, search Twitter for information about a particular topic. Like much in 21st Century education, professional development is evolving with the use of technology. Twitter and TweetDeck are tools that elevate professional learning, allowing the educator to develop your own personal learning network to meet your professional learning needs. Twitter and TweetDeck are both free web-based tools.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/0BUe4f

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Use Science to Teach Reading, Reading to Teach Science (Poster Session)

Speaker: Lori Smith, National Curriculum Associate, Learning A-Z
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14 - 1:50pm - 3:10pm
Audience: All Tech Level: K - 5
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Elementary science time may often get shorted due to the reading block taking up excessive time. If teachers could teach reading and science simultaneously, everyone wins! This Poster Session will explore how to do just that. Science A-Z and Reading A-Z blend the practices of science with reading instruction to allow seamless integration of science and literacy into daily curriculum. Free trials to all who stop by!

Session resources: www.raz-plus.com 

Use STEAM and Mathematics Modeling to Differentiate your Instruction (Poster Session)

Speaker:  Sheila Hobson, Teacher, The Principia/Independence School
                Kathy Foy, Teacher, The Principia School
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14 - 1:50pm - 3:10pm  
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

This Poster Session focuses on STEAM & mathematical modeling activities that foster a collaborative culture of student centered learning. Students use important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration which are important skills that they will use in the workforce. A variety of student centered differentiated activities will be available for teachers to use in their own classroom.

Use the T to Engage Students in STEM

Speaker: Bob Deneau, Coordinator of STEM, Rockwood School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Students love technology but they may not be near as engaged in traditional subject areas. Utilizing a variety of different technologies, teachers can engage more students in science, math, and more. Come learn strategies utilizing a variety of products and skills to transform your students into STEM learners. Discover how robotics and coding can fit into multiple subject areas and learn STEM thinking strategies that can be utilized across other multiple subject areas. Example tools we will demonstrate are LittleBits, Lego WeDo, 3D printing and Design, Coding tools such as Raspberry Pi, Bloxels, Ozobots, Arduino and more.

Session resources; https://bobdeneau.com

Using Design Thinking to Create Changemakers

Speakers: Eva Rudolph, Teacher, Fox Middle School, MO
                 Stefanie Whitney, Teacher, Fox Middle School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

Fox Middle School has created the Changemakers Project, a platform designed to empower students to make a positive change in their community. In this session you will learn how to use the design thinking process to develop empathy in your learners, implement digital tools that foster student collaboration, and encourage students to identify themselves as changemakers. This session includes resources, collaborative activities, and strategies that can be applied directly into your classroom.

Using Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) to Defend Your Library Program

Featured Speaker: Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Randallstown High School, MD
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom A

The verdict is in! You will gain insight into how to utilize EBP resources to develop strategies for using evidence to inform your instructional practice and show how it impacts student achievement. You will be provided with ideas and resources that will enhance and evolve your thinking. Come acquire new knowledge to cultivate your professional growth and elevate your instructional practices so you can educate 21st-Century learners today!

Session resources: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1980337

Using Google Classroom in the Library

Speakers: Andi Huisinga, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
                 Marilyn Laird, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Engage your students beyond the library walls by creating a Google Classroom. Let Google Classroom help encourage student discussion, share book reviews, make research more collaborative and even run a March Madness-style book contest. By the end of this session you will know how to create a library classroom in Google Classroom and leave with a plethora of ideas on how to use it.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/kdFRLC

Using Technology to Maximize Educator Collaboration

Speaker: Riina Hirsch, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO

Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

This presentation will focus on strategies for increasing your collaboration using technology. Teachers are the greatest resource you have. Helping teachers integrate technology into their collaborative workflow is a powerful way to improve teaching and learning. In this age of "accountability" finding ways to effectively collaborate increases efficacy and impact. Tips and tools for online collaboration will be provided including Twitter, Padlet, Today's Meet, Kahoot!, Participate Learning, Coggle, Poll Everywhere, Office Mix, One Drive, and more. Tech & teachers are a powerful combination. Come learn tips & tools to leverage tech to increase meaningful collaboration.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1v2huHfcaXeKaxLAFjKiYyxRAy1FqpWfqUNNVwcczt6s/edit?usp=sharing

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Virtual Memories - Bringing Yearbook to Life with Augmented Reality Software

Speaker: Otto Schultejans, Teacher, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, MO 
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12  
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 103

This session will highlight how a small urban school was able to boost Yearbook sales by providing VR-enabled images in their Yearbook. Using the Aurasma application, various videos are linked to our 2016 Yearbook. This tech can be utilized throughout the school. Bring your smartphones to this session to have an opportunity to create your own Aurasma account, take a sample video, and link it to the "trigger" image of the METC logo.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DfDEiySTTBctBuQm7Fe6EJZyuiRgyAP1N0AhO6updXc/edit?usp=sharing

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Visible Data

Speakers: Dr. Beverly Boyd, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
                 Brooke Prickett, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

As educators, we want to know our impact. In this session, you will learn how to use a Data Workbook built in Google to organize pre/post assessment data to show individual student growth for your class and entire team, including up to five subgroups. This tool drives the collaborative team dialogue with a focus on effective instructional practices and differentiation for all learners. Work smarter with this time-saving, user-friendly tool and SEE your impact!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/eKZ8xq

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What can Sphero do for you?

Speaker: Andy Wall, Innovative and Technology Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 8
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

What can a Sphero do for you? Change the way you teach! Sphero is a robot that creates increased engagement with students. Using basic coding skills, teachers can create an environment where students make cross-curricular connections to topics being taught. You will discover some basic coding skills so you can incorporate robotics, coding and more into many different subjects. In this session you will see examples of Sphero lending a hand to teach various concepts in the elementary setting. You will explore how to integrate robots into various subjects, creating engaging lessons.

What if Schools Were Like Google? Implementing a Genius Hour Project

Speaker: Troy Cockrum, Director of Innovative Teaching, Little Flower School
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

In this session, you will learn practical ways to implement a Google-like 20% or Genius Hour Project. Using tested methods, the project will quickly have students choosing passion-based projects to support their learning and collaborating with others in answering their own questions. This innovative format will revolutionize your classroom and make every day more efficient and more fun for everyone. You will gain knowledge of the process to implementing Genius Hour, see student examples, learn from the presenter's experience in building the project, and gain ideas to start Genius Hour in your classroom tomorrow!

What is Innovation Class

Speaker: Andy Wall, Innovation and Technology Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

Come see the exciting new curriculum of #innovationclass at Orchard Farm School District where students explore topics outside of the normal curriculum. In this session, you will see examples of innovative instruction, STEM projects, Design Challenges, and much more. Andy will show ways for your instruction to evolve and meet the needs of students more efficiently. You will elevate your instruction from the status quo using tools like Sphero, Minecraft Education Edition, Bloxel Builder, Pixel Press Floors, Code.org, Tinkercad, Scratch Coding, Virtual Reality, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and more!

What Should Come First, Training or Professional Development?

Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Simply adding 21st century technology, to 20th century teaching practices only dilutes a teacher's effectiveness. Explore why it's crucial to differentiate between training, the HOW — a user manual on devices, software, apps etc. and professional development, the WHY— building teacher capacity to shift away from traditional teaching strategies. By the end of this session, you will be able to explain the difference between training and professional development and why it's crucial that teachers are provided with both.

What TED Talks Can Tell Us About Student Engagement

Speaker: Sarah Rausch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Centralia R-VI School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

Are you addicted to TED Talks like I am? Come learn how a TED Talk mindset can help you engage your students. We'll learn why TED Talks are so engaging, how you can "TED Talk" your instruction, and how you can use the TED Ed online platform to build lessons around specific TED Talks. At the end of this session you will have also learned the 6 types of student engagement. Join Sarah as she helps you learn how to increase student engagement today!

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/164mjkVhQ3BMOW0Q3GbjMlUgJFM5NosnWnkdoQroIDjA/edit?usp=sharing

What, Why, and How?: Project Based Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Speaker: Brian Anton, Teacher, Forsyth R-III School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 104

The focus on 21st Century skills, student creation, collaboration, and choice create an excellent opportunity for incorporating Project Based Learning (PBL) into the classroom. Project/Problem Based Learning is an equitable approach to education therefore elevating and educating students in a learner-driven classroom. We will discuss the misconceptions of Project Based Learning, its effectiveness in regard to student engagement and achievement, development of curriculum, and include a collaborative brainstorm session pertaining to the implementation of technology tools in a project based setting. This session will offer real examples from the classroom and include personal experience from an educator that has implemented Project Based Learning successfully in the classroom.

Session resources: http://basocialstudies.weebly.com/what-why-and-how-project-based-learning-in-the-21st-century-classroom.html

What's All the Hype About Hyperdocs

Speaker: Lisa Barry, Director of Technology & Special Project, St. Alban Roe School
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 102

HyperDoc is a term used to describe a Google Doc that contains an innovative lesson for students- a 21st Century worksheet, but much better. It's about hyperlinking your docs for amazing learning experiences! Come and learn what a Hyperdoc is and isn't, and how to create your own. At the end of the session, you will be able to create your own Hyperdoc and be able to bring this great tool back to your school. Hyperdocs will help teachers and administrators make their documents come alive and transform the way in which they are delivering content currently.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/VNY1rv

What's New in Moodle 3.2?

Speakers: Diana Dell, Moodle Instructional Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC
                 Vince Szewcyk, Moodle Technical Support Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 105

Many schools will soon be upgrading to Moodle 3.2. Attend this session to learn about the new features now available in version 3.1 and 3.2 of Moodle. The constant evolution of Moodle features allow educators to improve instructional practices and teacher efficiency through the use of cutting-edge technology embedded within the world's most-used LMS platform. New features include support for competency based education, learning plans, the long-awaited global search, a new recycle bin, improved course editing, simplified grading, and improvements to many core modules. You will leave with an understanding of how new Moodle features can enhance the learning process and teacher efficiency.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/kh3HIC

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You’re Not Alone! Building and Using a Professional Learning Network

Keynote Speaker: Dave Burgess, Author and Owner, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

Learn how to access an unbelievably rich set of resources for all subjects and stay current on emerging educational trends. You can have 365 day unlimited access to the most innovative minds in education, collaborate with like-minded educators with no geographic limitations, and personalize your professional development experience. Oh…and it’s free!! Join this entertaining, high-energy session and walk away with all of the information you need to get started immediately.


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