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Tell Your Story

Speakers: Mindy Southern, Educational Technology Facilitator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
                 Allyson Hensley, Instructional Curriculum Coach & Tech Coordinator, Farmington R7 School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: Early Childhood & Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership Room: 103

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
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

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
                 Jessica Richie, Teacher, Orchard Farm School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

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
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Library
Room: D2

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.


The 3 L's: Language, Literacy and Legos

Speakers: Marlow Barton, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
                 Debra Cole, Consultant, St. Louis RPDC / EducationPlus
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

In this session, participants will use Legos to explore the Language Experience Approach (LEA) for English Language Learners (ELLs). Participants will choose a story starter, create a scene of the story and then use their speaking skills


The Bode Book Review: An Example of Student-Led Blogging to Promote Reading

Speakers: Elisabeth Alkier, Teacher, Saint Joseph School District, MO
                 Elizabeth Hoskins, Library Media Specialist, Saint Joseph School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

What began as a simple book club evolved into a collaborative blog, where passionate student readers craft and share book reviews with peers. The Bode Book Review has taken the book club concept and adapted it to our 1:1 technology initiative and our students' love for online writing spaces. It has evolved from a classroom assignment with a limited audience to a continuously updated digital space with a potentially limitless audience. You will explore how to create a thriving online reading community through collaborative blogging. We'll also look at how technology like QR codes, tags, and Google Forms can help build connections to other students, books, and schools. Learn to promote active reading habits among students and encourage positive literacy habits with online and real-time communities, including through service projects.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RXEWiqz0yM2nj-4fk4ojyUkrNGtYrRBWRiRg-BFW8Z8/edit?usp=sharing


The Bookstore Model: Genrefying and More to Evolve Your Library

Speaker: Julie Boatner, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom D

Why do so many people prefer a bookstore over a library? What do bookstores have that libraries don't? Come learn about many different methods of genrefying your library. Hear practical tips in creating an inviting atmosphere. Watch your library evolve into a collaborative space ready for the future!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/m3nHf5


The Brain STEM & Project Approach in the Early Elementary Classroom

Speaker: Carrie Hallensleben, Teacher, Pembroke Hill, MO
Day/Time:  Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 102

We will explore emerging and current brain research as it relates to how people learn. A model of inquiry, integration of subjects, inclusion of technology and the arts, (as advocated by STEAM,) facilitates engagement and builds neuro-pathways to long-term memory. Examples of projects and student artifacts from a first grade classroom will be shared.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Ne9XiCWrxwiWW3DBzy0yxyT-4Dx68KOCPFCIJSfiRlE


The Digital-Age School: A Vision for the Future

Featured Speaker: Dustin Jenkerson, Principal, 15 - 16 Trenton R-9: 16 - 17 CPS 93, MO
Kasey Bailey, Assistant Principal, Trenton R-9 School District
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 103

Technology is rapidly changing the learning environment in ways we could not have imagined. As technology changes, teaching and learning needs to evolve to more of a teacher facilitated, student driven learning environment. In this session we will explore the possibilities that technology offers to catalyze radical change in student and professional learning at all levels.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WsR_Fhr7W88IpysTnH1QlORyH9UUjAdf3SdKurKK4lc


The Google Play Store, Coming to a Chromebook Near You!

Featured Speaker: Eric Patnoudes, Education Strategist, CDWG
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: D2

Apps that run on phones and tablets now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This means you can download and use Android apps, work with Office files, be productive offline, and even play Minecraft! We'll cover which Chromebooks this applies to and how to get the most out of Android apps to transform teaching and learning. At the end of the session, you will know how to find which Chromebooks can run android apps and how to use them effectively for transforming teaching and learning.



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