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Design Beautiful Graphics
Speaker: Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming, Affton School District, MO
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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://
Don't Laminate your Lesson Plans!
Speaker: Anne Truger, Educational Technologist, Truger Tech Talk, LLC, IL
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.