Amplifying Student Voice through Social Media
Keynote Speaker: Jennie Magiera, Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62, IL
Learn how to harness social media tools to amplify student voices and empower them to share their thinking with the world. In this session we will explore how to scaffold social media use and show students how to use it for good and not evil. Example tools include Twitter, Google Docs, Schoology, Google Classroom, QR Codes and more. From school-wide movements to classroom-based activities for K-12, you will walk away with ideas for all ages and situations.
An Elementary Solution for Math and Literacy Summer Learning Loss
Speaker: Ben Gwynne, Senior Schools Manager, EverFi
Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, widening the achievement gap and requiring remediation each year. To prevent this "summer slide," Major League Baseball partnered with EverFi to develop a web-based resource that prepares students to enter the next school year on track. This baseball-themed, game-based learning experience is available at NO COST through a partnership with MLB. EverFi is a grade 4-5 resource focusing on sentence structure/correction, commonly confused words, synonyms/antonyms, factors, multiples, ordering units of measure, fractions, and more.
Android on Chrome- Best of Both Worlds
Spotlight Educator: Nick Cusumano, Director of Instructional Technology, Fort Zumwalt School District, MO
The Best of Both Worlds- Android Apps on a Chromebook. Come explore the new possibility that this will provide in your classroom. Bring your Chromebooks and explore the new world of possibilities such as Adobe Apps, Skype and more...all available on a Chromebook. We will be developing best practices for evaluation tools and determine what apps to provide for students. You will leave this session after experimenting with Android Apps, so bring your Chromebooks!
Session resources: http://tinyurl.com/bobwaocb
Audio and Video on a Budget
Speaker: Jane Bannester, Media Teacher, Ritenour School District
Come learn how to create engaging lessons and assessments in order to create a student friendly, technology revolution in your own classroom! This session will show how to weave budget friendly audio and video alternatives into your teaching. We will look at using tools accessible to you on the web, alternative software options, and different ways to implement lessons and assessments into your own teaching, including online audio/video recorders and editor software. Examples include Vocaroo, SoundCloud, YouTube, TwistedWave, Google Apps, Castify and more. No matter the device, including Chromebooks, this session is for you. During the session, you will evolve through thinking of different ways to use the tools and rethink assessment options for your students.
Session resources: http://bit.ly/2kY4pDK
Automate your School with Google Apps
Spotlight Educator: JP Prezzavento, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Fox C-6 School District, MO
Is your school still using triplicate forms to request professional development? Do your maintenance and tech requests live in an email strand? If this sounds like your school district, you NEED to learn how to automate your school's workflow with Google Apps. See how schools can use Google tools to create a paperless workflow for all of the administrative tasks that are sucking up time and productivity.
Avoiding Brain Drain: 30 Minute Tech
Speaker: Andi Huisinga, Library Media Specialist, Northwest R-1 School District, MO
We've all been there. Technology PDC is often overwhelming with so much tech introduced that teachers end up not incorporating any of it. Librarians and other specialists can help ALL teachers streamline administrative procedures and create highly effective student learning by chunking tech PDC into short, product-oriented bites. Come discover how 20-30 minute tech sessions can make PDC more effective. By breaking up large technology ideas into bite-sized pieces that are product driven, it provides quality PDC without overwhelming teachers. Examples of GAFE, Discovery Education and free resources will be shown. School librarians need to evolve into technology leaders in their schools and help teachers find the technological resources needed to make their administrative and instructional practices more effective. By educating teachers in a manner that will not overwhelm them, the LMS & Instructional Coaches can be agents of school-wide change.
Session resources: https://goo.gl/U0ixa6
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.