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Take your Forms to the Next Level
Speaker: Carolyn Allen, Library Media Specialist, Lawson Elementary
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.
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
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.
Tech Agents to the Rescue
Speaker: Jan Bailey, Technology Instructor, Fulton Public Schools, MO
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.