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Badge Unlocked: Inspiring Students to Crave More Learning Opportunities
Speaker: Joe Cox, Teacher, Lutheran High School South, MO
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
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
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
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
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.
BrainPOP for Beginners
(Exhibitor Plus Educator Session)
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
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
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
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
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.