Concurrent Sessions Round One

10:25 – 11:25

001. Apple School Manager
At Apple, we’ve created a central system where technology managers can create accounts for everyone in the school, define roles and permissions, manage devices, and buy and distribute content in time for the first day of class. Join us in this session to explore how Apple School Manager can benefit you in your school.

Speaker: Jeremy Egger and Lynne Kivimaki

002. Unlock the Potential of Google Forms
Learn how to use add ons and other features of Google Forms to inform your instruction, simplify daily tasks, and make data manageable. Come to this energetic presentation to learn how about Flubaroo, Autocrat, g(Math) Choice Eliminator 2, Form Values and Form Limiter to name a few. You will walk away with time saving tips and tools for you and your staff.

Speaker: Rita Mortenson

003. Rural School Technology: How to Future Ready Districts by Maximizing Resources and Change Leadership
Preparing our students and districts for the future is an ongoing process, which calls for educators who understand the dynamics of change. There are key components that our districts need to have in place to be future ready, which means we need to understand the conditions of change. The Frederic and Unity School Districts have overcome limited resources and high poverty rates to successfully implement technology infrastructure and positive end user experiences. Despite obstacles, they have been able to increase student achievement, create more meaningful professional development, and rally community support for quality education.

Speaker: Josh Robinson and Brandon Robinson

004. Data Privacy: What School Leaders Need to Know
Technology is rapidly transforming teaching and learning, but technology’s promise requires a commitment to a safe, secure digital environment. With the endless release of apps, devices, websites, and an ever-changing legal landscape, the challenge increases. This session will focus on best practices used in three districts in Wisconsin to address the balance of advancing technology and learning goals while ensuring digital privacy, safety, and security. Learn about relevant national and local policies and the implications it has on your district as well as some best practices that can be implemented to address them.

The session will explain the steps taken by the Stevens Point Area Public to protect student data as well as an overview of comprehensive resources that guide educational leaders through the complicated world of digital privacy. The information being shared stems from COSN, the Consortium for School Networking, Wisconsin DPI and the Privacy Technical Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Education.
The presentation will feature Dr. Brian Casey, Technology Director of Stevens Point School District and will aim to walk the audience through analyzing digital privacy data and best practices using district experience and expertise as guidance.The audience will be lead through an interactive presentation that also will allow for sharing out and reflection as well as action steps that participants can leave with to bring back to their districts.

Speaker: Brian Casey

005.Writers Workshop and Technology, a Love Story
Tips and tricks on how to combine the traditional writer’s workshop model with the technology you have in your classroom. From conferring with students online in a meaningful way, to formative assessments at the click of a button to inform your instruction. Apps, tools, resources, and modules shared. Come with questions!

Speaker: Clair Fedderly

006. Twitter 101: Welcome to the Twitterverse
Do you want to know what this Twitter thing is all about? Are you ready to get connected with thousands of educators? In this session we will get you connected on Twitter. We will help you create an account, show you the basics, and show you how easy it is to connect with other educators. We will also discuss how you can use Twitter to engage your students. If you are ready to enter the Twitterverse and see all the power that it holds, check out this session.

Speaker: Benjamin Kitslaar

007. Why Flip for Flipped Learning?
It seems like every educational blog or slow chat on Twitter is talking about flipped learning. So, what is flipping exactly? In this session, you will learn the philosophy behind flipped learning, how it ties into Bloom’s Taxonomy, and what it looks like in a classroom setting. Time will be provided to learn flipping tips and explore resources you may use to design your own videos. Come learn and join the flipped movement.

Speaker: Christina Nording and Deb Dean

008. Why WISElearn? Wisconsin’s One-Stop for Quality, Aligned Digital Content and Access for All
Building district curricula? Don’t have time to sift through thousands of Google search results for high-quality, standards-aligned, Wisconsin educator approved content? The US Department of Education recently launched its #GoOpen campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. What does this mean for Wisconsin students, educators and school? Participants in this session will walk through an exclusive WISELearn Educator Toolbox, specifically the digital content repository, currently being “built” BY Wisconsin educators FOR Wisconsin educators. Come take a look and learn how to become involved.

Speaker: Kaye Henrickson

009. 4th Annual DPI IGNITE Talks: What is the Future – Reimagining Education with Collaborative Leadership to Build Future Ready Districts
What is the path of technology in re-imagining the future of teaching and learning through collaborative leadership structures? Panelists will discuss the impact of the Horizon K-12 2016 report, digital leadership, digital learning resources and the updated WI Digital Learning Plan to transform teaching and learning. Come connect with visionary leaders who foster effective district structure to build capacity. These IGNITE talks to inspire you to create Future Ready Leadership structures in your own district.

Speaker: Janice Mertes

010. Improve Teacher Effectiveness with a Research and Digital Learning Specialist
Explore our district’s journey of transforming librarians into Research and Digital Learning (RDL) Specialists. By focusing on increasing student achievement through improved faculty effectiveness via technology mentoring and instructional coaching, RDLs blend the tradition of research with the modern challenges of digital learning. The need for students to be able to conduct quality research utilizing modern tools has never been greater. Likewise, there is a need for teachers to improve their instructional practices. The RDL is the perfect person for the job. They have been thoroughly trained in the art of research and many have received effective training in instructional technology and the accompanying pedagogy. With the addition of formalized instructional coaching and implementation of a technology mentoring program, you have the ideal, non-threatening person to dramatically improve teacher effectiveness.

Speaker: Jeridon Clark, Suzy Zellmann and Monica Treptow

011. Using Data Walls to Monitor Student Progress
This session is focused on using data to inform the decision making process and to monitor student progress. The session will focus on what data to track, ways to reflect with staff about how to create instruction based on the learners, and how to design/implement programming to ensure success for all students.

Speaker: Adam Hengel

012. Making Learning Personal Through PSDA, PLC & Proficiency-based Design
Progress monitoring student proficiency and goal setting with learners are powerful strategies to improve engagement and achievement. Join this middle school science team as they detail their journey to embed PDSA processes in their PLC and with students. Learn digital tools such as Canvas and Google tools that support efficiency in collecting and analyzing formative assessment data. See how rapid cycle feedback led to providing responsive instruction and multiple instructional methods to reach all learners. Finally, learn continuous classroom improvement practices used to engage learners in setting personal goals, creating a plan to achieve their goals, and monitor, reflect and refine their learning path.

Speaker: Julie Wessel, Rebecca Murray, and Shari Gajria

013. Infusing Technology in EE from Start to Finish
This session discusses the importance and ways of infusing technology in educator effectiveness goals, processes, and outcomes, all in an integrated, cohesive manner. Technology infusion must be top of mind in every step from district vision to school, team, and educator action plan to be successful. Targets and supports, as well as both planning and implementation are to be in place to achieve the desired outcomes.

Speaker: Kinga Jacobson

014. The Evolution of Our Online Learning Center: A Non-Charter Virtual School Model
Our Stevens Point Area Online Learning Center began in 2010 and has gone through many stages of development to meet the needs of 7-12 grade students living in our District. We started our first semester with 31 students and increased this enrollment to a high of 132 in our summer session. We are proud to have served over 1300 individual students in the past 6 years. Approximately 75% of our pure online courses are now taught by 34 of our own District teachers; in our initial years we had zero. At this session, we will share some key components of our program to include: background, organizational structure, support system, communication and marketing strategies, decision making process, development of our blended learning program, and collaboration with WVS as a supplemental program and now with WEN as an affiliated member.

Speaker: Dana Breed, Elizabeth Steele, Brent Gostomski, Marianne Potter, Kehl Arnson and Jon Villendorf

015. Engaging Students While Managing Classrooms in the Digital Age
Engage and Manage Students in these different aspects:
– Absences (Student and Teacher)
– Distance Learning
– Independent Study
– Blended Learning
– Differentiation
– Opening Up Communication in the Following
– Advising Roles
– Coaching Roles
– Professional Development
– Peer Mentoring

Topics to be covered will include:
– Different learning management systems
– Polycom
– Camtasia
– Movenote
– Embedded Videos
– Google

Speaker: Ryan Winkler & Emily Zachery