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: 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 Classroom

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. Leadership in the Digital Age

Organizations in the state provide technology infused practices and supports. This collaborative session will share what those organizations do together in serving all teaching and learning staff with the types of technology knowledge needed to be effective and proactive in schools, districts, classrooms and communities. In addition, this session will provide information from current people in technology leadership positions. Through real life examples we will share the skills, strategies, and dispositions we have developed to handle the current reality, cope with the struggles, and how we have been successful. There is a strong need to recruit, attract, and retain technology leaders and train individuals who serve in district leadership roles; be a part of the solution and attend this session to prepare yourself for a technology leadership position.

Speaker: WETL and DPI

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

Students can monitor their own work through Infinite Campus and Google Classroom. We’ve transformed our classrooms, and continue to, as we learn more.   Students are helping each other and teachers with devices. Students are becoming more independent, curious learners (Thinking, asking questions/wonderings, and finding answers in the moment) The norm now is bringing your technology with you to be prepared for learning. The learning can continue outside the classroom as students have access to resources outside of the school building via programs that are accessible online. Differentiation is made accessible for students (esp for special education and English language learners in a more efficient way. The level of motivation of students is higher Teacher is now the guide on the side and not the expert in front Students have increased access to the ideas of their peers. There is more opportunity for students to collaborate with their peers.

Speaker: Carmen Ames

071. How Accessible Is Your District Website?
A district website can be a great resource to all of the stakeholders in the education process – students, staff, parents, & community members. But, if one of those stakeholders was blind or deaf, could they access the documents, videos, photos, information, and other assets on your district website? In this session, we will share the process our district is going through in order to “re-vamp” our website in order to make it the most accessible to all users. We will also give you tips/tricks/resources on how to edit a website into a concise and polished source of information for all your district stakeholders.

Speaker: Tricia Louis and Todd Ostrander

072. Shakesabeth, Storwell, & Louickens XVI: When English & World History Collide

Highlights from a journey into personalized, interdisciplinary learning. We will reflect on key components of meshing contents, aligning skill development, taking risks with personalized learning, and utilizing an instructional coach. Also, we include practical skill application strategies, ideas to engage in a 1:1 classroom, and a starter guide to Genius Hour projects.

Speaker: Molly Mathia and Lindsay Sayles

073. How Janesville Eliminated Teacher & Student Calls into IT Service
Learn from a Wisconsin district where teachers and students enjoy fast, secure, and equitable technology access for all. From single sign-on and rostering to communication and training, their keys to unlocking ed tech’s potential ensure the door is always open. Find out how….and how you can do it too.

Speaker: Robert Smiley and Berj Akian


Bring Learning to Life Through Google Expeditions (Virtual Reality)

Travel the world (and space) to bring learning to life without leaving your classroom. Google Expeditions has more than 600 virtual reality field trips to choose from. Each Expedition is teacher directed and has several scenes, points of interest, leveled questions, and detailed information to share with students (grades 2 and up). This session will take participants on an Expedition, share resources, and discuss what to do before, during, and after a Google Expedition.

Speaker: Jessica Felton and Melissa Kearby

075. THE Tech Backpack

Get ready to leave with a backpack of tools to use right away in your classroom in various topics and subjects for all grade levels. Get ready to learn, collaborate, live, and teach!

Speaker: Caitlyn Kiefer and Helen Xiong

076. Transforming Classrooms: The Role of Instructional Support

Teachers and administrators in Merrill Area Public Schools, WI have placed a strong emphasis on creating high quality, engaging, and personalized learning opportunities for all students in their district. Through their 1:1 iPad initiative, increased access to digital content and resources, and thoughtful professional development and instructional coaching for their teachers, they are beginning to see students create, collaborate, and critically think in ways that were not previously possible. Join us as we share the journey of Merrill’s transformation, and discuss the role that instructional support for teachers has played in creating transformational classrooms across the district.

Speaker: Keshia Mashak and John Davidson

077. Keyboarding @ the Elementary

Keyboarding Implementation for K-5. Engaging students in skill building for proficient keyboarding skills for communicating student ideas and learned content.

Speaker: Mary Salani and Michelle Valeri

078. What’s In the Box? Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is a game-based learning opportunity which supports learning while developing teamwork, communication, perseverance, and problem-solving skills. Hear how Seymour Community School District teachers are using Breakout EDU to challenge K-12 students in content areas, reaching reluctant learners, and connecting with peers.

Using open-education-content, a Breakout EDU box can easily be assembled. Games are created and shared (for free) through a Google Drive folder. Join us for an engaging Breakout EDU session which will introduce participants to the Breakout EDU box and how it can be used with your students and staff. This session is a hands-on approach to learning about Breakout EDU through participation in an actual game facilitated by the presenter. Come ready to engage in a fun-filled session!

The presenter will also share tips and tricks to success in your school / classroom.

Speaker: Jenna Linskens