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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


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