Concurrent Sessions Round One

10:25 – 11:25

001. Breaking Down the Four Walls

We all know that budget cuts can be disastrous to field trip money. What if you could take your students on field trips without leaving the classroom? This presentation will be filled with information on how to “break down the four walls” of your school and expand your student’s knowledge by using tools that enhance virtual field trips. Tools touched on in this session will be Google Expeditions, Google My Maps & Tour Builder, and much more.

Speaker: Tricia Louis

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Advanced
Convention Track: DATL

002. Incorporating Coding into Elementary Learning

Elementary school is a special time in a child’s life that makes it the perfect time for introducing a new domain of knowledge that will be important to their futures. Whether they become computer scientists or not, the skills they learn coding will apply to the rest of their lives. Coding can improve soft skills like perseverance and problem-solving that we educators emphasize. I will share hands on and digital ways teachers can bring coding into their Science and Math curriculum or begin a club/group even with our elementary students.

Speaker: Beth Kimmel

Strands:
Grades: K-6
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

003. Organizing your Google Admin Life for Yourself and Your Staff

This discussion will be for administrators in how they can organize their drives so their staff can easily access information. Also, creating hyper-docs for staff quick access.

Speaker: Troy Kuhn

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Tech Pro
Convention Track: LPD

004. Feedback & Project Management for Profession Based Learning

Learn how the Elmbrook Schools LAUNCH Program uses EchoSpan to provide feedback to help students grow in communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity and BaseCamp to manage projects in their profession based setting. Ideas for how to implement this into your classroom using Google will also be provided.

Speaker: Megan Fisher

Strands:
Grades: 9-12
Experience Level: Novice
Convention Track: DATL

005. Personalized Learning In The Modern Classroom

The presentation will be centered on personalized Learning and will include project outlines, curriculum ideas, and Google Classroom Implementation. Attendees will leave with information and data the can be used as early as the very next day to help promote students learning. Both presenters have led other staff presentations and staff members have been able to process the information and use for classroom implementation right away.

Speaker: Jessica Eisenman and Jaclyn Ahlgren

Strands:
Grades: 6-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

006. Project Based Learning with Google for Education’s Applied Digital Skills

Join Mike Patterson from the Google for Education team as he shares Google’s new Applied Digital Skills, a free, online curriculum designed to give students an immersive experience. The curriculum teaches project-based digital skills relevant to real-life situations like event planning, research projects, budgeting, resume building, creating a guide to an area, finding a job and more. The curriculum can be facilitated by an instructor, or taken independently as supplemental learning activities. Make sure you stop in for this can’t-miss session as you’ll hear from Google about the curriculum and best practices on how to use it to meet your district’s digital literacy initiatives and learning goals.

Speaker: Mike Patterson

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: All educators
Convention Track: DATL

007. Don’t Just Talk About the Future, Model it! Personalizing Your PD

If you are asking your teachers to personalize instruction for their students, but then you’re giving them a “one-size fits all inservice day,” it’s time to rethink your professional development. In this session, learn how you can give your staff voice and choice in their professional learning through the use of teacher facilitators and free technology.

Speaker: Laura Lundy

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: LPD

008. Engaging IEP Meetings and Student Led Conferences: It’s Not Just About Compliance, It’s About Student Voice

FlipGrid, ThingLink, Learner Profiles and visual resumes…who would have thought they would have a place at a student led conference or IEP meeting? During this session, Andelee and Joy will share with you how they guide their students to discover and advocate for what kind of learner they are using Universal Design for Learning principles and the model developed by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey both in the regular education environment and how the Learner Profile can be used during IEP development. Also, come learn how engaging tools like FlipGrid and Thinglink as well as visual resumes are being used to create engaging student led meetings. Participants are sure to leave with ideas on how to give all students voice during conferences and IEP meetings.

Speaker: Andelee Espinosa and Joy Conway

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

009. Personalized Path Through Middle School Math

Students in the 5/6 and 7/8 PATHS program at Wheatland J1 School District have voice and choice in their math learning. In this session we will share how we have set up a personalized math program with our students that follows a system where they build background knowledge, practice and show their mastery of learning standards, while choosing methods that align with the student’s learning style. Student’s work at a pace that allows each individual the opportunity to take the necessary time needed to master the content and fill gaps. To accomplish the goals of the personalized math program, we have incorporated a variety of tech tools from our day to day toolbox including Schoology, the Big Ideas math curriculum, YouTube, and a plethora of digital math games/resources, all of which we will share.

Speaker: Amy Hanson, Kandi Horton, and Megan Zirbel

Strands:
Grades: 6-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

010. Securing the Educational Instructional Environment at the Classroom Level

As citizens, students, educators, parents, employees, and consumers, we all have concerns about maintaining the privacy of our personal data, safe practices of technology, communication tools, and instructional tools. For school districts, data privacy is a multi-stakeholder priority, and it touches every aspect of operations and instruction. With the increasing concerns about security among families, districts, and legislators, and with increased teacher and student reliance on internet accessibility, school cyber security is subject to more scrutiny than ever. Today and going forward, student data privacy policies and their implementation are hard-wired to governance, discipline, purchasing, and communications practices. Five critical guidelines for ensuring data privacy in school district’s use of technology with a focus on the growing need to secure instructional learning opportunities. Information about the WETL and DPI statewide sponsored Certified Education Technology Leaders (CETL) professional learning opportunity will be shared that includes resources on these topics.

Speaker: Janice Mertes & Future Ready Districts

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Tech Pro
Convention Track: LPD

011. Let Their Voices Be Heard: Getting Started with Student Podcasts

Podcasts are an excellent medium for learning. Students are challenged to keenly engage with information using only their listening skills. What if we encouraged students to write, record and share their own podcasts? Learn from the experience of podcast newbies as they share their process for facilitating the creation of student podcasts in both elementary and high school classrooms. Beginner’s welcome!

Speaker: Rebecca Arnold, Renee Wall and Allie Zusan

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

012. How to Incorporate Student Voice and Choice

Session would include strategies for teachers to implement in their classrooms to increase student choice and voice. It has been proven that when students are given choice in their learning they are more vested in what they are doing. Student centered learning has also been a focus in our classrooms and has shown results. After doing some beginning research on Personalized Learning and knowing we couldn’t do a full implementation in our school, we looked at where in the curriculum we could give students more choice in their learning. We will offer strategies to integrate student choice into lessons and everyday classroom routines which will help with student engagement and student buy-in. As a 1:1 device school, we will also discuss how we use the devices at key times for optimal engagement rather than as the only tool for learning.

Session if divided up into 3 sections:

  1. Our journey to Student voice and choice
  2. Strategies and examples
  3. Student testimonials

Speaker: Carmen Ames 

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Intermediate
Convention Track: DATL

013. Voxer, The Learning Community Builder

Have you ever felt the desire to learn and collaborate with others beyond the artificial barriers of your school walls? Have you ever witnessed a tremendous lesson and had the desire to vocalize that feedback with your teachers and students? Have you ever had the desire to inspire your colleagues with a morning message that is aligned with the vision of your school? If you are looking for a way to enhance the culture of your school, increase timely instructional feedback, and have a concise communication channel, then Voxer is the tool for you. We want to invite you to come and learn about Voxer, The Learning Community Builder. We have witnessed Voxer expand our capacity to grow our Professional Learning Network with educators across the globe to have in-depth conversations that go beyond the #Twitterverse. Learn how Voxer can connect members of your staff that will begin a cultural shift from operating in silos to embracing transparency, feedback, and collaboration.

Speaker: Dennis Griffin, Jenny Restock, Laura Jennaro, and Pay Posick

Strands:
Grades: K-12
Experience Level: Novice
Convention Track: LPD

014. Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners

Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.  Attendees will identify 3 specific digital workflows that identify with their personal learning needs. Apple Accessibility: https://www.apple.com/accessibility

Speaker: Apple, Inc.