Morning Preconference Sessions

These are the morning preconference sessions from 9am - noon.
Lunch is only included if you attend a morning AND afternoon session or a FULL day session.

P02- Robotics in the classroom

Half Day AM - Changed from Full Day as of 1/30/17

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Ben Eye, Teacher CTE, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson, MO        

 Want more student engagement?  Want to spark students' creativity and imagination?  If you answered yes Robotics is for you.  In this session we will provide participants with skills to be able to start, build, and develop a robotics program for their classroom.  Participants will be introduced to the VEX robotics platform and Robot C programming language which will give participants hands on experience with these systems.

 BYOD: Attendees should bring a laptop with the following:

Intel® Pentium® processor or compatible, 800 MHz minimum 
Windows XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or greater 
256MB of RAM minimum 
Up to 30MB of available hard disk space 
1 available USB port 
Compatible Bluetooth adapter (optional)
Trial Version of Robot C

P04- Automating Your Workflow with Google

Half Day AM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Drew McAllister, Educational Technology Architect, Gadellnet Consulting, St. Louis, MO

Drew Snodgrass, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, KIPP St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

 In this workshop, attendees will learn a small but powerful set of formulas and add-ons that they can leverage to automate paperwork tasks, build data trackers, and manage the communication cycle. Participants will build rapidly from foundational spreadsheet formulas to the web-connected add-ons that make Google Sheets such a powerful tool for education professionals.  Basic spreadsheet knowledge is helpful but not necessary.

BYOD: Please bring a device that can run the full-featured Google Suite (laptop PC, Mac, or Chromebook).  Participants will need access to a Google account

P05- BreakoutEDU – Fostering Creative Problem Solvers in your Classroom through Gamification of Content - 

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced, Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Nick Cusumano, Theatre & Film Teacher, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Peters, MO

Andrea Head, LMS and Learning Commons Content Leader, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles MO       

 Experience a Breakout that will teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills as we tackle challenges that ignite our natural drive to problem-solve.  Find out how the BreakoutEDU process works, how to utilize your LMS in the process, how to organize it, and how to use it in your classroom and connect with the active Breakout EDU online community.

BYOD: Attendees should bring an electronic device of choice (smartphone, tablet, or laptop)

 

P06- Cyber Aware School Audit: Are You Ready?

Half Day AM

Strand: Technical Infrastructure & Support

Tech Level: Beginner/ Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Bill Niemeyer, CTO, Orchard Farms School District, St. Charles, MO

Richie Williams, Security Administrator, Orchard Farms School District, St. Charles, MO

 Orchard Farm was one of five schools in Missouri selected to receive a Cyber Aware School Audit from the Missouri State Auditor's office.  According to the Auditors office, the audits are designed to assess the effectiveness of privacy and security controls with a focus on identifying practices to improve the security of information school districts have on students and their families.  Orchard Farm staff will share the items the auditors are looking for and give examples of policies and procedures schools should have in place to be compliant.  Time will be given to brainstorm and create an action plan for your school or district to be ready

P07- Google and SAMR   

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate / Advanced

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Tina Lauer, Instructional Technology Specialist, St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, MO

 Using Google Apps for Education and other apps that sync with your Google Drive, you will explore how to use the SAMR model of technology integration into your curriculum.  The SAMR model will show you how to go beyond just substituting paper/pencil projects with technology, and how to seamlessly integrate technology into your lessons.  Using the participant's current grade level standards the group will build lesson plans based upon the SAMR model.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device that has Google Chrome installed - preferably a laptop or Chromebook.  Participants should also be able to access their current grade level standards so they can build lessons based on the SAMR model of technology integration

P08- Google Certified Educator GAFEcamp - Session is FULL

Half Day AM

Strand: Leadership

Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Stephanie Filardo, Teacher, St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis, MO

 This workshop is for educators who are interested in pursuing Google Certified Educator Level 1 (and beyond) designation.  This session will provide teachers with tools and tips to prepare for Google Certification exams. By working toward taking these exams, this will elevate them to the next level.  By focusing on the key skills needed to complete this assessment, educators emerge as technology leaders or resources within their buildings. 

BYOD: Attendees should bring a device that can access a browser, Chromebooks and laptops are ideal

P09- If They Can Design It, They Can 3D Print It

Half Day AM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming, Affton School District, St. Louis, MO

Dustin Klenke, Teacher, Union School District, Union, MO

Valerie Brinkman, Technology Coordinator, Affton School District, St. Louis, MO

 Curious about 3D printing and its potential in K12 classrooms, libraries or design spaces but have no experience?  Intimidated by the techy stuff?  This session will introduce participants to 3D printing in a K12 environment and the helpful process to get started.  Participants will be shown real classroom examples and learn how to use the tools needed.  Participants will be shown the different types of printers and filament available to K12 educators as well as learn how to use various software while creating and printing actual designs.

BYOD: Attendees should bring one of the following devices: Laptop w/ Google Chrome or Firefox installed, iPad w/ Morphi installed, Laptop w/ 123Design installed (optional)

P10 – I Wish Google Could…

Half Day AM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: Early Childhood, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Post-Secondary

 Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, Wentzville, MO

 We know Google Apps for Education is transforming our classrooms.  Though have you ever asked, “I wish Google could... (You fill in the blank)”?  Come explore how Add-Ons for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms and Extensions for Google Chrome can answer that very question.  We all have visions of what our classrooms can be like with Google...come experience how to make those dreams come true.

BYOD: Attendees should bring a Windows or Mac with Chrome installed or a Chromebook.  Chrome on Android or iPads/iPhones will not work

P11 – Podcasting 101

Half Day AM

Strand: Digital Tools & Creation

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

 Jane Bannester, Teacher, Ritenour School District, St. Louis, MO

 Teachers who attend this session will leave with easy ways to introduce audio production into their classroom to engage students. Whether used as your own instructional tool or in creating production, podcasting is a great way to spice up your classroom. This session is great for ways to include "real-world" audience appeal, while giving students purpose and motivation. By publishing or archiving podcasts, students can learn from each other by creating and hearing original audio.  Teachers will leave this session with the tools and resources needed to create podcasts, build lessons for multiple subject areas, and where to find examples. Be sure and bring your own device as you will be creating your own podcast during this session! Don't miss adding a new tool to your teaching arsenal.

BYOD: Attendees should have one of the following: smartphone, iPad or laptop

P12- STEAM-Y Force & Motion

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5, 6-8

 Carly Ewing, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

Sarah Abel, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

Danielle Haney, Teacher, Holden R-111, Holden, MO

Learn how to STEAM up your Force and Motion instruction with engineering challenges and technology. Participants will take Newton’s laws to the next level with catapults, exploding canisters, rollercoasters, pendulum painting, egg drops, and more. Explore the use of lego robotics, makey makeys, coding software and more to STEAMing up your physical science instruction. May the force be with you as you work with fellow participants in this hands-on session. (Focus will be at an upper elementary level, but can be adapted to all ages)

BYOD: All technology needed will be supplied 

P13- WeDo 2.0 Workshop:  Make Science Come to Life

Half Day AM

Strand: Innovative Instruction

Tech Level: Beginner, Beginner / Intermediate, Intermediate

Grade Level: K-5

 Laura Jackson, Retired Teacher, LEGO Education, Overland Park, KS

 Using LEGO Education solutions, elementary students can explore, create, and share their scientific discoveries as they build solutions to real-world, standards-based projects.  Explore the ways to integrate engineering into life, physical, and earth science.  This workshop will include getting started projects, guided-practice projects, and open-ended projects presented through an interactive software that teaches programming.  Come learn how to build engineering skills using Lego’s WeDo 2.0!

Last modified: Saturday, 11 February 2017, 9:33 PM