Concurrent Sessions Round Five

8:15 – 9:15

061. Show the Thinking: Make It Happen With G Suite for Education & iPads
Help students dig deeper into their thinking and ask better questions! Learn effective ways to structure higher level thinking activities using an inquiry-based approach. This session will focus on framing your lessons to support discovery and problem-solving techniques, leveraging curation and creation apps for GAFE and iPad. Utilizing strategies to help students dig deeper into their thinking and ask better questions is an effective way to ways to engage students in innovative learning experiences that encourage students to view digital technologies more than a “classroom” tool. Integrating higher level thinking activities using an inquiry-based approach will allow students to collaborate while justifying their learning by formulating questions, researching, planning, and critically thinking. Furthermore, Google Apps and iPad creation/curation apps have the power to connect curriculum content and personal knowledge and redefine the writing, revision, communication, and collaboration process commonly used in the classroom. GAFE and iPad Apps then become to the vessels for students to effectively create and publish authentic content that demonstrates proficiency of student content knowledge and learning goals. This session will review how these inquiry-based activities also help students practice and build skills and behaviors focused on by the CCSS and become digital-age learners. Participants will be asked to brainstorm current lessons so we are able to convert them into a new, inquiry-based, format. For the hands-on portion of the session, participants may use a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad. For the iPad, please have the following apps loaded: Seesaw, Explain Everything (Shadow Puppet Edu can be loaded as a free alternative). Please also have the following Google Apps loaded onto your device: YouTube, Hangouts, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drive.

Speaker: Caroline Haebig and Jennifer Schlie-Reed

062. Teach Coding (Even If You Don't Know How to Code
Learn from my hours of research and testing of various coding applications with students in grades K – 8. We hear again and again about the importance of teaching coding and design thinking, but with so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. This presentation will walk you through several options so you can decide what’s best for your school.

Speaker: Danielle Brannan and Joe Du Fore

063. Conferring in Personalized Learning: Protocols for Engaging Students
Conferring is a regular, goal-oriented meeting between a teacher and student to talk about learning progress, processes, and/or products. Personalized learning teachers report this as a high leverage practice, but how do they do it? Through teacher-led co-design, we have developed multiple approaches, adaptable for different levels or goals. We will share our protocols, the process through which they were designed, and the collaborative design process as a method for improving practice. In particular, we will focus on how teachers use technology to capture, store, and use information about student learning trajectories.

Speaker: Julie Kallio

064. Self-Reported Grading in a Traditional Grading System
You’ve heard of Hattie and you’ve looked at his list of teaching strategies with high effect sizes, but you might have scratched your head about the number one: self-reported grading. What does it mean? What does it look like? Can it be done in a traditional grading system? Two teachers took on these questions. Through professional reading, discussions with colleagues, and careful planning, they were able to implement forms of self-reported grading in middle school language arts classrooms. This session aims to share their successes, failures, and provide a forum for all to better understand how to implement this incredibly effective teaching strategy. Specific information to be covered in this session includes the following: a definition of self-reported grading, a rationale for attempting to tackle this system, how it could work in a traditional grading system, and how to address student, parent, administration, and fellow colleague concerns. Though this session will provide specific examples for how self-reported grading can look in language arts classrooms, all content areas can gain insight and ideas to take and implement in the coming school year.

Speaker: Kate Cronk and Dan Piotrowski

065. Digital Tools to Support Learner Voice & Choice

This session will provide attendees with ideas and examples of digital tools for increasing learner voice and choice as students co-create a customized learning path to meet their learning goals in a personalized learning classroom. Attendees will see examples from developed student learning profiles and portfolios from an elementary school that is in their fourth year of implementing a personalized learning environment.

Speaker: Laura Busch and Rachael Thiede

066. Personalized Learning - Flexing Time and Space to Ensure Learning for All

Time and flexibility – two things kids and adults need to become successful. Participants will learn how to implement personalized learning techniques both in the classroom and district-wide through the use of personalized spaces, personalized professional development, a flexible schedule and the use of technology.

Speaker: Laura Lundy and Jill Lybert

067. Using Creation Apps and Digital Portfolios in a 2-Way Immersion/DLI

Learn from my hours of research and testing of various coding applications with students in grades K – 8. We hear again and again about the importance of teaching coding and design thinking, but with so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. This presentation will walk you through several options so you can decide what’s best for your school.

Speaker: Melissa Ruder and Lisette Venegas

068. Title TBD
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Janice Mertes

069. Effective STEM Integration
Learn from my hours of research and testing of various coding applications with students in grades K – 8. We hear again and again about the importance of teaching coding and design thinking, but with so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. This presentation will walk you through several options so you can decide what’s best for your school.

Speaker: Samantha Ecker

070. 1:1 Victories, Pitfalls and How to Overcome Them
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Carmen Ames

071. How Accessible Is Your District Website?
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Tricia Louis and Todd Ostrander

072. Dynamic Visual Presentations
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Danielle Brannan

073. How Janesville Eliminated Teacher & Student Calls into IT Service
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Robert Smiley and Berj Akian

074. Google Expeditions - Learn How to Leverage Virtual Reality
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Jacob Crase, Jessica Felton and Rebecca Arnold

075. Technology to Support Teaching
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Helen Xiong

076. Transforming Classrooms: The Role of Instructional Support
Session Description TBD

Speaker: Keshia Mashak and John David

077. Building an Intra-District Conference: Celebrate Teachers & Share Best Practice in Instruction and Technology
With two years of an intra-district conference fueled entirely by our educational staff to share with attendees, learn why and how to build your own in-district conference day focused on celebrating the best your district has to offer while promoting collaboration and extending our collective instructional practice.

Speaker: Brian Yearling