Concurrent Sessions Round Three

2:35 – 3:35

031. Tweets That Lead
Have you ever desired instantaneous Professional Development and Networking? What about the opportunity to learn, share your thoughts, and receive feedback from like-minded professionals that are on the cutting edge of creating vast learning opportunities for learners. Do you like to take pictures (selfies of course) that chronicle your journey and celebrate the wonderful accomplishments that are happening within the walls of your school? If you fit into any of these categories than Twitter is for YOU!!! Join us for Tweets that Lead to see how Twitter can expand the capacity of your LEARNING & LEADERSHIP.

Speaker: Dennis Griffin Jr. and Jenny Restock

032. Academic Conferencing with Google Apps: Simple Yet Purposeful
In this session, you will learn how INSPIRE (Waukesha North’s personalized learning program) is implementing academic conferencing by using the Google Apps suite. Through simple–yet purposeful and in-depth–conversations, teachers are able to monitor student progress, assess competencies, support progress towards goals, and provide rapid-cycle feedback to families. You will learn how to replicate this method in your classroom so that, you, too, can harness the power of technology to support the development of personalized learning pathways and to build relationships with all of your students.

Speaker: Greta Voit and Chris Del Ponte

033. Your Next Digital Footprint
The good, the bad, and the ugly. If you’re looking at transforming the use and implementation of technology in your district—–this is the session to be at. Check out how Genoa City Joint 2 District worked their technology implementation from the very start to where it has developed to today—– from working with rolling shared carts, to one to one implementations…..professional development movements and frameworks……and from tech teams to how that has developed to what is used today and into the disbursement of technology into their compensation model.

Speaker: Helen Xiong

034. Use Tech Tools to Unlock Understanding of Complex Text
Text complexity is more than the latest “buzz word.” It’s important for all content area teachers, because it’s best practice for all students! However, many teachers feel as though they don’t have the tools to do it well. This session will give teachers and their students the KEYS to unlocking the understanding of text complexity and its importance in the classroom. Session highlights include: Review of the KEY components for teaching complex text. KEY examples of strategies that target text complexity in different classrooms using traditional and non-traditional text. Explanation of KEY tech tools, add-ons, and other digital resources that aid in the teaching of text complexity. Teachers and technology leaders from Platteville High School and Marathon High School will be presenting a wide range of strategies that have been used in the classroom to engage students and target the issue of text complexity.

Speaker: Jacob Crase and Emily Zachary

035. Nuts and Bolts: Creating a Plan for the Launch of a 1:1 Initiative
This session will focus on the logistics and planning necessary to launch and/or maintain a 1:1 initiative. Topics will include: cost factors, professional development, 21st century learning, classroom management, logistics of disseminating and collecting devices, choosing the right device and learning management system, and everything else involved in a 1:1 initiative.

Speaker: Jason Gorst, Justin Scray, Carrie Mergen and Amy Eckels

036. Technology and Authentic Assessment
This session will demonstrate how to pair specific technologies with assessments to give students the opportunity to express their learning in authentic ways. We will also discuss the importance of creating a collaborative learning environment to promote student choice in these assessments. Some of the tools being discussed are Seesaw, Adobe Spark, and more.

Speaker: Kevin Hietpas and Jim Geoffrey

037. Blended Units in the ELA Classroom
Examples of 2-3 blended units designed for introducing blended units in the ELA classroom. These specific examples are used in the google classroom platform and target grammar and parts of speech at the HS level. Students are able to work at their own pace, receive immediate feedback on results, and choose direct instruction and have questions answered by teacher. What they learn through direct instruction can be reinforced by video tutorials that available to them 24/7. Students are offered a choice that best suits their learning needs.

Speaker: Kristen Trader

038. WiseDash: Data Sources to Enhance PLCs

The integration of WiseDash Local has helped to drive our SAIL work in developing our Theory of Action. Our Theory of Action is what our PLC Teams use as the focus of their PLC work. Data is analyzed and shared monthly with our staff and helps drive the Professional Development as a school leader that we provide to staff.

A comprehensive Data warehouse fed by Infinite Campus and Assessment Data Assessment: ACT, ASPIRE, Badger, MAP, PALS, STAR, Forward Attendance Behavior: Referrals by type Demographics: Race/Ethnicity, Spec. Ed, Economically Disadvantaged Final Grades: Failure rates.

Speaker: Kristin Higgins and Brian Schlei

039. #BrodheadMedia
In this session, co-advisers of Brodhead Media will present their Media Analysis program. This class focuses on teaching journalism in the 21st century through the use of video editing software, journalistic writing, assembling media packages for an online school news magazine, and the use of social media. In its fourth year, Brodhead Media has successfully built a website, airs daily morning announcements to the student body that are also shared with the community, and holds a competitive annual film festival.

Speaker: Lisa Biber and Paul Ritschard

040. Classrooms Rewired- Rethinking Engagement
The session would include strategies for teachers to implement in their classrooms to increase student engagement. It has been proven that when students are given choice in their learning and environment they are more vested in what they are doing. We will offer strategies to integrate student choice into lessons and everyday classroom routines which will help with student engagement and student buy-in. Student-centered learning has also been a focus in our classrooms and has shown results. We again will offer resources and strategies as to how this can be developed in classrooms. Developing opportunities for students to feel included in the classroom environment has been a very successful way for students to feel connected to their environment and has improved the level of engagement. We will discuss ways we have increased the feeling of community and increased the time spent in the classroom by students. This increased time in the classroom has helped to increase engagement in learning. 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. It is key to know when to use the device rather than to use them as a consistent crutch that kids become bored with. Another strategy that has led to increased engagement has been the use of flexible seating. We will discuss how we have acquired different types of seating and implemented this strategy in the room.

Speaker: Lori Longhini, Carmen Ames, Shawn Ptaszynski and Andi Kent​

041. Engaging Exploration: Cultivating Curiosity in Secondary Students
Secondary classrooms have lost the art of curiosity. Through this engaging exploration of the inquiry process, participants will learn effective strategies to cultivate curiosity and engage those students who are struggling to find the purpose of research. We will explore our process that includes collaborative discussion, digital learning practices, and old-fashioned research that promotes independence, organization, and curiosity. Utilizing inquiry-based learning within your classroom will promote student-centered learning and build student understanding and ownership of their learning. This session will focus on ways to integrate G Suite for Education, Google Web Apps/Add-Ons, and iPad creation apps to support and showcase inquiry. During the session, we will also discuss the design principles for inquiry-based learning activities/projects and strategies for students to reflect and provide peer feedback. This exploration and application will allow one to bring the 4Cs into a real life application with meaningful practices through the hands-on, sharing of ideas, practices and resources.

Speaker: Jennifer Schlie-Reed and Sarah Rowse-Borrelli

042. Spotlight Classroom: Technology Supporting Best Practices
Instead of the traditional district wide technology deployment model, The School District of Greenfield wanted to give teachers and students a voice in what technology they felt best supported teaching and learning. Consequently, we created the “Spotlight” classroom in which several classrooms received updated technology and instructional support. Join us as we share our experience with implementing a variety of new instructional technologies that support best practices and foster student engagement.

Speaker: Nicole Lange, Joe Brown and Brian Yearling

043. Technology and Video: The Science Classroom of the 21st Century
I would like to demonstrate how I have been using “virtual labs” in Physics and Chemistry to enhance student learning, by using the tools (phones, ipads, etc.) that students use on a daily basis. I will also show how videos can be used to do demonstrations of how to do a laboratory activity, as well as a tool for reviewing a challenging concept.

Speaker: Paul D. Fredrickson

044. Coding & Collaboration
In this session, learn how to integrate coding into elementary education, even at the kindergarten level using Ozobots, Dash and Dot and other tools. Coding not only helps students build problem-solving skills and collaborate, it can be used to provide students voice and choice in learning other curricular concepts, present evidence of learning and engage students in an interactive learning environment. Session attendees will have an opportunity to work with Ozobots, Dash and Dot along with the other tools discussed in the session and leave with ideas on how to incorporate coding into your elementary curriculum.

Speaker: Tim Harder and Jennifer Trattner