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Badge Unlocked: Inspiring Students to Crave More Learning Opportunities

Speaker: Joe Cox, Teacher, Lutheran High School South, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

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
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Library
Room: Grand Ballroom A

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
               Vince Szewczyk, Moodle Technical Support Specialist, SqoolTechs, LLC 
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All 
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 105

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
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 103

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.


Blogging for Bellwork

Speaker: Cassie Nix, Mobile Media Teacher, Turner 6th Grade Academy, Turner USD 202
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

Writing in today's classroom is evolving with technology! After a year of having students blog for bellwork every day in my class, I have tips and tricks about what works and what doesn't. We will discuss how to grade, manage, and excite students about blogging. I will also share resources I use to instruct my kids about the digital citizenship aspect of posting online.

Session Resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_dVrCJTnNUI5lwDt8dcYrxB4Fg7C-ruGyY9Victtzeg/edit?usp=sharing


BrainPOP for Beginners

(Exhibitor Plus Educator Session)
Speakers: Michael Jones, Teacher, Thomas Metcalf School, IL
                 Alicia Cooper, BrainPOP
Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

Get to know the ins and outs of BrainPOP during this workshop highlighting its entire suite of features. We'll show you how BrainPOP can help you keep track of student learning; design your own assessments with the Quiz Mixer; connect and develop ideas with Make-a-Map, a concept mapping tool; and effectively incorporate gaming into assessment and instruction. At the end of this session, you will have a broad understanding of BrainPOP's digital, educational offerings, and how to use them creatively to help increase student engagement and success.

Session resources: https://educators.brainpop.com/


BrainPOP! So Much More Than Videos!

Speaker: Kelly Martin, Instructional Coach, Hancock Place Elementary, MO Lillian Rutledge, Teacher, Hancock Place Elementary, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 8 Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

BrainPOP offers so much more than just instructional videos! If you'd like to go deeper with BrainPOP or would like to see all that BrainPOP has to offer, then this session is for you! This session will benefit both users of the free and paid version. You will learn how to utilize all the features of BrainPOP including Make-A-Map, GameUp, ad FYI in order to maximize student learning. Teachers will be able to elevate their instructional methods by using this technology tool with their students tomorrow!

Session resources: https://goo.gl/EO048o


Break Down Your Walls: The Connected Classroom

Speaker: Sabrina Avnor, Teacher, Parkway School District Julie Boatner, Library Media Specialist, Parkway School District
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: 101

Reach out and open your classroom to the world! Bring experts into your classroom. Allow your students to communicate with an authentic audience outside of the walls of their school. Hear how a third grade teacher and a librarian broke down their walls and connected with experts, other classrooms, and authors. Learn how you can participate in global projects and solve real world problems. Walk away with ideas to implement in your school immediately!


Breakout EDU, Part Deux: Student Constructed Breakouts

Speakers: Dianna Chamberlain, Teacher, McDonald County School District
                 Spotlight Educator Debbie Fucoloro, Tech Coordinator, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School
                Christine Ruder, Teacher, Rolla Public Schools
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D1

It’s time to ‘create something different’ with students. Breakout EDU games are fun and engaging, but don’t stop with simply using them in your classroom. Students increase their understanding of curriculum concepts when they are engaged deeply within them. Learn how to guide your students through the creative process of writing and facilitating their own games for other students. Take problem solving to the next level by building on Breakout EDU

Session resources: http://bit.ly/2leuIrS


Bridging the Gap: Tackling Digital Equity Through Access and Opportunity

(Panel Session)
Speakers: Chantell Mason, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
                 Patricia Brown, Technology Integration Coach, Ladue School District, MO
                 Latoshia Ellis, Teacher, Ritenour School District, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Leadership
Room: D3

Come engage in a rich discussion centered on K-12 digital equity and problems of practice from diverse perspectives that can be transferable to similar school situations. You will learn how equity issues, especially concerning race, gender and economic standing have broad implications on students regardless of district size. We'll discuss problems of practice as well as solutions that address digital needs affecting access and opportunity for students, especially students living in poverty and students of color. Panelists represent a broad spectrum, including the edtech industry and schools with diverse student populations.


Building a Digital Publication from the Ground Up

Speaker: Tracy McCart, Teacher, Poplar Bluff High School, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Embassy Suites - Augusta

Are you ready to take your school publication into the 21st century? This session will focus on the process of creating a digital school publication. See how one district took their publication from the shadows to center stage. Staff recruitment, publication software, and content creation will be discussed.


Building a Media Festival: District, Building or State. Hows & Wows

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director- Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - Post Secondary Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

Building a curriculum-based media festival that celebrates authentic assessment, project-based learning and gives students ownership and pride in learning is both engaging and empowering for students and teachers. In this session, you will learn how to build and hold a student project-based festival (media festival) for students at the building, classroom, district, or state level. Target all subject-areas and grades or pick an area of focus (examples: marine science, mathematics). Learn the nuts and bolts of several models from a longtime festival director and urban festival cofounder. See fabulous K-12 student examples and take-away rubrics and roadmaps!

Session resources:  https://discovery.box.com/s/bxmede8d3xkrpw8e9n4xj8fzycu99c0c


BYOD: Assess More, Grade Less Using Technology & the Danielson Framework (Part 1)

(BYOD Session - 2:20pm - 4:15pm)
Speakers: James Kurz, Technology Coordinator, University High School, IL
                 Kate Pole, Freshman Social Science, University High School, IL
Day/Time:Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm (double session)
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

Constant feedback with individualized assessment can boost student learning, but for teachers, that can prove overwhelmingly time-consuming. In this session we will look at strategies for effectively using online self-assessments, survey tools (like PearDeck), plagiarism checkers, TED-Ed talks and online chats to make individualized assessments and constant feedback less daunting! We will also discuss faster ways for grading writing assignments in ways tied to Danielson framework assessment indicators. At the end of the session, you will have a number of strategies for making classroom assessment better, both for the learner and for your own workload.

Session resources: http://www.uhigh.ilstu.edu/blogs/assessmentintech/


BYOD: Assess More, Grade Less Using Technology & the Danielson Framework (Part 2)

Speakers: James Kurz, Technology Coordinator, University High School, IL
                 Kate Pole, Freshman Social Science, University High School, IL

Day /Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm-4:15pm (double session)
Audience: 9 - 12
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

Constant feedback with individualized assessment can boost student learning, but for teachers, that can prove overwhelmingly time-consuming. In this session we will look at strategies for effectively using online self-assessments, survey tools (like PearDeck), plagiarism checkers, TED-Ed talks and online chats to make individualized assessments and constant feedback less daunting! We will also discuss faster ways for grading writing assignments in ways tied to Danielson framework assessment indicators. At the end of the session, you will have a number of strategies for making classroom assessment better, both for the learner and for your own workload.

Session resources: http://www.uhigh.ilstu.edu/blogs/assessmentintech/


BYOD: Elevating Digital Leadership

(BYOD Session - 9:45am - 11:40am)
Speaker: Beth Houf, Principal, Fulton Middle School, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Increase efficacy through utilizing digital tools to communicate and showcase learning! Digital leadership ensures that leaders are accessing the latest trends, research and ideas in the field to engage students, teachers and families. Join us in the BYOD two hour session, as we explore digital tools to enhance both the instructional leadership and management responsibilities of the principal. We will dive into PLN's, social media, Web 2.0 applications, blogging, Google Hangouts on Air and much, much MORE! Bring your device to this BYOD session and be ready to CONNECT!


BYOD: Getting Creative with Assessments (Part 1)

(BYOD Double Session)
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Speaker: Sean Scanlon, Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

A variety of formative and summative assessments, can help keep students engaged and encourage creativity. This session will introduce easy to use formative assessments as well as creative ways to utilize the iPad to assess student understanding. You will have time to work with Socrative, Kahoot, Quizlet, Google Forms, Tellagami, Explain Everything, Book Creator, Strip Designer, and Adobe Spark. You will see how these tools have been successfully implemented in a variety of classrooms to assess student understanding. Many of these tools can be used on Chromebooks or iPads. If a given tool is not available on a device, there will be a substitute tool offered. Bring your device and join us in diving deeper during this hands-on session!

 


BYOD: Getting Creative with Assessments (Part 2)

(BYOD Double Session)
Speaker: Sean Scanlon, Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: All Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Jr. Ballroom B

A variety of formative and summative assessments, can help keep students engaged and encourage creativity. This session will introduce easy to use formative assessments as well as creative ways to utilize the iPad to assess student understanding. You will have time to work with Socrative, Kahoot, Quizlet, Google Forms, Tellagami, Explain Everything, Book Creator, Strip Designer, and Adobe Spark. You will see how these tools have been successfully implemented in a variety of classrooms to assess student understanding. Many of these tools can be used on Chromebooks or iPads. If a given tool is not available on a device, there will be a substitute tool offered. Bring your device and join us in diving deeper during this hands-on session!



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