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Take your Forms to the Next Level

Speaker: Carolyn Allen, Library Media Specialist, Lawson Elementary
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Intermediate, Advanced 
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: 101

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. 
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary 
Tech Level: All 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: Grand Ballroom C

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
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

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.

Session resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2B3HXfzfi4aQzMxelRQN2tqczg/view?usp=sharing

Tech Agents to the Rescue

Speaker: Jan Bailey, Technology Instructor, Fulton Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

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
Day/Time: Wednesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: 103

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 
                  Crystal Slaughter, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Malden R-1, MO 
                  Mindy Southern, Ed Tech Facilitator, Farmington High School, MO 
                  Candace Warren, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Poplar Bluff Jr. High, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm 
Audience: K - 12 
Tech Level: Beginner 
Strand: Innovative Instruction 
Room: D3

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
                 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.

The Google Throwdown

Speakers: Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District, MO
                Greg Lawrence, Director of Technology, Wentzville School District, MO
                Other Google Certified Innovators
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Grand Ballroom C

The Google Throwdown is ready to strike! In this rapid fire session, Google Certified Innovators will battle it out by sharing tips & tricks to ninja-fy your Google skills. Don't miss out on this fun & energetic session, as these Innovators throwdown to become the next Google Champion!

The Journey of Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER)

Speakers: Eric Langhorst, Teacher, Liberty Public Schools, MO
                 Jeanette Westfall, Director of Curriculum, Liberty Public Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 10:50am - 11:40am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

School districts nationwide are exploring Open Educational Resources (OER). Liberty is a #GoOpen district and is currently implementing an OER philosophy. Learn about Liberty's OER journey as we share ideas on curriculum curation, logistics of sharing resources and considerations for compensating teachers who create curriculum. Session will include the experiences of both a classroom teacher and district administrator implementing OER.

Session resources: www.LibertyOER.com

The Mad Caucus for School Technology: You Choose

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom A

With so much technology available for teaching and learning, narrowing the choices is critical! Explore a wild variety of technologies used in schools and vote competitively for the best for your district. Technologies include VR, AR, captions, mathematics apps, Mystery Skype, GoogleLitTrips, telescopes, microscopes, holes in school walls (yes!), media festivals, and more. Wild fun every time, the Mad Caucus will deliver something to take back.

 Session resources:  https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0

The Never-Ending Story: Professional Development for Technology Integration

Speaker: Karmin Ricker, Technology Director, Raymore Peculiar
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: K - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D2

The Raymore Peculiar School district has been implementing a hybrid BYOD/1:1 roll out since 2014. Learn how we have provided a professional development framework that supports teachers new to BYOD and provides ongoing support for our 1:1 teachers. Hear how professional development is essential to a change in instruction. We will discuss how our model has evolved while sharing our challenges and successes.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gO4yV89RUnKqFWfu9CcFkwqGYBdzKDxcLlaN-DIwozA/edit?usp=sharing

The New "3R's" - AR, VR, MR: Find, Make, Integrate Them!

Featured Speaker: Hall Davidson, Senior Director Global Learning Initiatives, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Mixed Realities (AR,VR) have made huge impacts in the workforce, entertainment--and education. Google's Cardboard created inexpensive entry points for Virtual Reality. The high end features virtual holodecks already used by districts. Augmented Reality also has inexpensive entry points. Mixed Realities enter the classroom in books, lessons, and real world interactions. Learn to make them and integrate Augmented Realities and Virtual Reality elements and learn appropriate ways to integrate them into the curriculum. The primary AR tool used is Aurasma, but others will be demonstrated. The primary VR tool shown will be Google Street View, because it is cross platform. These technologies change or are updated or displaced rapidly.

Session resources: https://discovery.box.com/s/0ku35hlimwr1y7qgowyk1o6lfot3nmd0

The New Four-Letter Words in Your Life - SAMR and TPAK

Speaker: Stacey Kramer, Teacher, Kirksville R-III School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

You have access to devices, now what? You can have the students type instead of using pen and pencil, but is that all there is? Learn how to use the SAMR model and the TPAK framework to take your students to the next level with technology integration. The SAMR model aligns with Blooms to guide the teacher from merely substituting technology to infusing technology for previously inconceivable student-centered tasks. The TPAK framework helps teachers understand pedagogically sound practices with technology integration. We will explore examples and ideas on how to implement these in the classroom using Google Apps, Add-Ons and more!

There's NOT an App for that? Make one!

Speaker: Sarah Spaunhorst, Computer Science Teacher, Visitation Academy, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 9:45am - 10:35am
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Windsor I - Embassy Suites

The new AP Computer Science Principles course is in its first year of implementation! One of the curriculum options for the course is Mobile CSP - integrating MIT App Inventor with the standards aligned by College Board. In this session, you will experience firsthand how to start with MIT App Inventor, including ideas of classroom implementation for middle and high school students. The first part of the session will involve introduction to App Inventor and some of its uses. The second part of this session will describe the integration of App Inventor into this classroom, including benefits and lessons learned from implementing the course. 

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sM2kpoCnKug5wDIbgbREYGcuM9NVJ6sXfm4180P0lcE/edit

Tips & Tricks for Successful Collaboration

Speaker: Holly Pantle, Media Specialist, Charleston CUSD#1, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: 6 - 12
Tech Level: All
Strand: Library
Room: Jr. Ballroom C

Come to this session and hear how one school librarian went from co-teaching four lessons a year to 100. You will learn about some simple ways you can start collaborating with classroom teachers on a regular basis and be a pioneer for using technology. Some examples of the lessons and units will also be shared.

Session resources: https://sway.com/IK0Ve89OfjY3DbY0

To Chromebooks and Beyond

Speakers:  Jen Gill, Teacher, Shelby County R-4 Schools, MO
                  Desirae O’Neal, Teacher, Shelby County R-4 Schools, MO
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 5
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: D3

Are you looking for ways to help your students emerge into technology as they evolve through the grade levels? Be ready to elevate your learners from a basic knowledge of Chromebook use to one that personalizes their instruction, using a variety of online resources and join us as we go to Chromebooks and Beyond! This session will provide you with a list of online resources and give you a clear picture of how personalized instruction is used in both the primary and intermediate classrooms.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YNsM1gJ4mNIkaut2pChiIHzo5-DZIoMRkbjBjrxWsRE/edit

Top 10 of What's New with Discovery Education

Speaker: Michael Bryant, Director, Educational Program Activation, Discovery Education
Day/Time: Wednesday - 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Audience: Early Childhood - 12
Tech Level: Beginner
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Boardroom

There's more to Discovery Education than just videos. In this session we'll dive into the top 10 new resources and tools added to Discovery Education. Did you know more than 30 free programs on everything from Decoding Cancer to the math behind EA Sports Madden Football can be accessed? Come learn all about these new resources and many more. We will be sharing Discovery Education Streaming resources and free partner program resources in this session.

Transform Instruction with Nearpod

Speaker: Matt Bright, Teacher, Hancock Place School District, MO
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: K - 12
Tech level: Beginner
Strand: Digital Tools & Creation
Room: Augusta - Embassy Suites

Transform your classroom into a fun and interactive setting. Using Nearpod allows teachers to keep students engaged and even allow students to pace their own learning. Nearpod offers virtual field trips, content for all grade levels and courses from Math and ELA to digital citizenship, and allows teacher to check for understanding and track student progress. At the end of the session, you will be able to utilize Nearpod as not only a representational tool but also to give formative assessment, track student progress, flip classroom instruction and take students on virtual field trips.

Transforming Non-fiction Reading and Research with Technology

Spotlight Educator: Mary Kienstra, Teacher, Naperville Community Unit District 203, IL
Day/Time: Tuesday - 3:25pm - 4:15pm
Audience: K - 8
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

When kids care, it changes everything! In this session you will learn ways to transform your non-fiction units by engaging kids in reading and research projects. See how meeting the experts, writing scripts, producing videos with a purpose, and using green screens will empower your students. Take home ideas you can use with any nonfiction content.

Session resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ym-OQ0_XPf9OD83gLhZz9vRuxssA6Yiv74lVowXGYq0/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=10000

Twitter and Voxer and Slack, Oh My! Using Social Media Platforms for PD (Poster Session)

Speaker: Patricia Brown, Technology Specialist, Ladue School District
Day/Time: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:15am - 10:40am
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Innovative Instruction

Professional learning is social and collaborative, learn ways you can interact with emerging technologies such as Voxer, Slack, and Twitter to enhance your personal learning network. Stop by this Poster Session to learn about how these social media platforms can enhance your PD!

Twitter: A Tool for Professional Development

Speaker: Tori Grable, Teacher, St. Joseph School District
Day/Time: Wednesday - 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience: Early Childhood - Post Secondary
Tech Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Strand: Leadership
Room: Windsor II - Embassy Suites

Looking to grow professionally, learn about the latests news in education, and borrow ideas from other great educators? Twitter is a free tool that can help grow your professional learning network and allow you to learn in real-time whenever and wherever you are. It truly allows for differentiated and personalized professional learning. Bring your device, as you will set up both Twitter and TweetDeck accounts to use as a professional learning network, identify other Twitter users that you may want to follow to learn and borrow ideas from, search Twitter for information about a particular topic. Like much in 21st Century education, professional development is evolving with the use of technology. Twitter and TweetDeck are tools that elevate professional learning, allowing the educator to develop your own personal learning network to meet your professional learning needs. Twitter and TweetDeck are both free web-based tools.

Session resources: https://goo.gl/0BUe4f


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