Concurrent Sessions Round Two

1:05 – 2:05

016. Meaningful Integration via Tech Mentors
Looking to move beyond conversations on hardware and troubleshooting technology issues? Explore one model of technology integration through the implementation of a district-wide Technology Mentoring Program. Facilitated by the Technology Coach/ Integrator, learn about how this model can help maximize the professional development effectiveness and increase the relevance of technology integration in your district.

Speaker: Amanda Orth

017. Top Ten Secrets From a Tech Savvy School District
“That is amazing!” “Wow, I wish my district did that!” “How did you get that started?” These are comments we hear when we tell people about Technology Integration in our district, and it’s also why we decided to present at SLATE this year. Hear from our Technology Integration Specialist, Director of IT, Learning Coaches, and our Superintendent as we share our most valuable advice, methodologies, and lessons-learned regarding meaningful technology integration. From crafting and funding our 1:1 vision, to providing classroom teacher support with tech coaches and a Geek Squad, to creating flipped PD days and teacher-led tech inservices, you are certain to leave this session with several practical ideas on how to improve the state of tech integration in your district.

Speaker: Claudia Jelske, Claudia Felske, Chris Hibner, Justin Modrak, Jenny Ledin, and Brian Bierle

018. Design Thinking + Makerspace = A Plan to Get Teachers and Students Excited About and Involved in a Makerspace
Design Thinking can give purpose and direction to your makerspace. This session will give attendees resources and ideas for accelerating student participation in a Makerspace. Design Thinking can also be an effective way to create a positive school environment.

Speaker: Deb Norton, Matt Mineau, and Steve Thomaschefky

019. Exploring the SAMR Model Throughout the Course of a Unit – ELA and Math
This session will explore how the SAMR model can best be viewed and utilized using a Unit timeline model partnered with the SAMR model. The session will show both an ELA unit contrasted with a math unit. The session will also provide information on how relevant technologies are added to units during development before the unit and as well as during a unit. The presentation will conclude with a comparison of final products from traditional units and SAMR units.

Speaker: Tom Story

020. A Creative Intro to Designing an Online Course
It’s time! Are you ready to go digital? In A Creative Intro to Designing an Online Course, two long time veterans of iForward Online Charter School of Wisconsin, Tama Ihde and Constance Quade, touch on the necessary preparation and the basic process of writing an online course. Tama and Constance will share their experience as online facilitators/curriculum developers and will inspire you along the way. Learn exciting ways to make authentic connections with your online learners by motivating the virtual student with curricula that increases a love for learning and helps a learner make true connections with content. Join us for a lighthearted peek into the world of an online teacher and curriculum writer. This fun loving team will give you a new insight on the quality of online programming and a fresh view on how truly stimulating an online course can be.

Speaker: Constance Quade and Tama Ihde

021. Online & Blended Learning Landscape in Wisconsin
Participants will experience the blended station rotation model to gain knowledge about the various online and blended learning models being used throughout the state. Program leaders from various WDLC school districts will walk participants through a set of questions and topics relevant to online and blended learning including: student need, staffing, curriculum, and professional development.

Speaker: Samantha Forster, Sara Holewinski, Katrina Pionek, Shelly Gilmore and Jill Zupetz

022. Power of Positivity! Creating and Encouraging a Growth Mindset with Students (Special Ed Focus Grades 6-8)
Throughout the 2015-16 school year, we explored how to change a fixed mindset in our students or increase a growth mindset in our Special Education Students (grades 6-8) by reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D and Ready-to-Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom: Everything Educators Need for School Success by Mary Cay Ricci. As instructors, we increased our own awareness of fixed and growth mindset and sought out ways to change our mindsets in an effort to reach our potential as well as expose our students to their potential. We implemented several of the books strategies to increase our targeted population’s ability to change from a fixed mindset to growth mindset. Technology incorporated: We’ve combined the use of Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Documents and Google Forms for communication with parents and instruction with students. The use of Individual Online Assignment Notebooks, individual Student Online Profiles, and Advisory lessons (school wide) to increase student responsibility and production, and organization.

Speaker: Rebecca Carlson and Ann Akre

023. Coding in the K-6 Classroom: A Painless Approach
Learn how you can introduce coding into your classroom using an hour or less of class time. Tools such as CS First, Scratch,, and more get students excited about learning to code!

Speaker: Kevin Schmitz and Susi Mickelson

024. Creating Dynamic Professional Development
We are living through and working in transformative times. If we want our students to be prepared for their future and our schools to be relevant, we have to challenge ourselves to review and redesign our practices. Put bluntly, if we want our students to be ‘future ready’ then our SCHOOLS, our PRACTICES, and our STAFF have to be ‘future ready’ as well. Attendees will learn how one school transformed and created an approach that is personalized, engaging, sustainable, applicable, teacher-driven and led. We will share how we designed our professional development structure, format, and schedule and provide some concrete examples.

Speaker: Paul Hermes and Amy Arbogash

025. Google Hangouts: Connecting Learning Across the District and State
The Waukesha STEM Academy believes that collaboration is a fundamental 21st century skill. However, when your students have been with each other since kindergarten, the need for new relationships begins to form. We used Google Hangouts, Google Classroom, and other apps to bridge the gap between schools to broaden the potential partner pool to new heights. Come and see how we are developing the 21st century classroom that goes beyond the walls of the Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus.

Speaker: Joshua Hoffmann and Chris Sonier

026. Interdisciplinary Creative Assessment
What do you get when you combine a high school English class, a high school Social Studies class, and technology? This session will give you examples of how technology can be used to assess students’ knowledge level in creative and inspiring ways, based on a team taught, inter-disciplinary class called American Studies. One goal of this class is to break down the barriers that students see between the disciplines and make connections that span time and genres. An effective way to accomplish this goal, among others, is the use of technology. Demonstrations in this session include a QR Code Scavenger Hunt, Gone Google, Comic Strip Historical Fiction, and more.

Speaker: Ann Bartel

027. Five Critical Areas for Planning and Implementing Your Digital Learning Initiatives
Online and blended learning has proven to cost-effectively meet critical educational needs by providing opportunities that are not available, leveraging highly qualified teachers, and serving students with unique educational needs. As many districts across Wisconsin are planning online or blended programs for their districts, there is much to learn in the development of a quality district digital learning program. During this session five critical areas to consider when planning, implementing, and evaluating your digital learning initiatives will be introduced and planning resources made available to all planning teams.

Speaker: Dawn Nordic, Michele Nickels and Annette Walaszek

028. How WE Moved Forward Together!
In this session participants will learn how the Wausau School District mobilized an entire district into moving forward with technology integration starting first and foremost with instruction. We will highlight 3 main topics, which are included in our Keys to Greatness. They are: our instructional focus, personalized support, and most importantly our creative communication of the direction for the district. It’s this piece that is the real difference maker. Discover how the Wausau School District is personalizing the communication to our staff to continue Moving Forward Together.

Speaker: Jon Euting, Reggie Smith, Laura Morris, Rebekah Barbian and Melissa Piette

029. What the Latest Neuroscience Research Says Every Teacher Ought to Know About the Brain
The brain is something that indisputably educators work with on a daily basis and a better understanding of it could only make our jobs less complicated and more efficient. In this session participants will learn what happens in the brain when we learn and how to maximize student learning potential based on how the brain best learns. When we understand how our brain learns at the neural level, we can share that information with our students and empower them to create a growth mind-set for learning.

Speaker: Sarah Bosch

030. Implementing and Evaluating a District-wide Game-Based Learning Program
In 2015 the Sun Prairie School District implemented a district-wide game-based learning program to improve student engagement and build 21st century skills. The program, adopted in all elementary and middle schools, provides teachers with engaging digital content that helps them be a “guide on the side,” creating a more personalized learning experience for students.

Now in their second year of implementation, Sun Prairie School District Administrators are using student feedback, teacher experiences, and data analytics to expand and refine their game-based learning program. Join members from the Sun Prairie School District and Filament Games for a behind-the-scenes look at the district-wide implementation process, including Sun Prairie’s criteria and process for selecting their program, the challenges they encountered along the way, and the assessment measures that were put into place.

Session attendees will also hear how administrators use classroom case studies and assessment data from their Teacher and District game-based learning dashboards to inform their technology goals.

Speaker: Anne Larson, Mary Headington, Mike Mades and Brandon Pittser