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Monday, December 10
 

10:30am

Actively Learning While Reading
What happens when effective reading strategies are paired with digital resources to support literacy? This session will answer that question for you. We will explore digital tools and model the blended approach to supporting readers while enforcing habits to develop stronger readers.

Speakers
avatar for Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Northstar Ballroom B - 2nd

10:30am

Powerful Checks for Understanding
It’s time we stop talking about technology and start focusing on how technology can improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. In this session, we will examine how we can use some fun tools to create powerful checks for understanding. This session will focus on Flipgrid and Socrative.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Nicollet D - 1st

10:30am

Principles of Inquiry Based Learning
For schools to truly be successful, they must first create a school culture that values the naturally inquisitive nature of their students. Schools need a framework and curriculum that allows students to explore what is relevant to them, all the while mastering the skills needed to thrive in academic environments and beyond. In an Inquiry School, no student ever asks, "why do we need to learn this?" because they set their own path towards acquiring knowledge. In this session we will review the principles of inquiry-based learning and discuss strategies and actions to bring it to live in your classroom. We will start with the most essential question, "why does our learning matter?"

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap

Global Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Nicollet BC - 1st

10:30am

Student Privacy and Data: What Teachers Need to Know
Teachers in the K-12 environment work in close proximity to student data that is considered private and needs to be protected. In this session, Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect, Sourcewell Technology, will review key concepts about data privacy that teachers need to understand. Topics will include what data is considered private, what are the best practices for protecting it, how to safely share student data with colleagues, and what laws apply. This is important information for every educator. No one wants to be the person in the school who accidentally causes a data breach or inappropriately shares student information.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Greenway BC - 2nd

10:30am

The IT that nobody knows about….Innovation Teams
What happens when you have pockets of innovative teachers, but they long for guidance? Learn about our implementation of Innovation Teams - teams of teachers moving toward personalizing learning and innovations in their classrooms. From recruiting our rockstar teachers to our plans in the future, I will describe the successes and challenges of the Innovation Team inception, and how we plan on turning these pockets of innovation and personalization learning into school-wide change.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

10:30am

We Want Kids to Be Creative But How Do We Assess That?
With the explosion of the maker movement, schools are beginning to embrace creativity. However, what does this mean for assessment? Should we assess the creative process? Should we assess the finished product? Does assessing creativity actually make kids more risk-averse? In this session, we explore what it means to assess both the creative process and the creative product without leading to risk aversion. We also explore five authentic assessment strategies you can use tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for John Spencer

John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Northstar Ballroom A - 2nd

10:30am

Writer’s Workshop (for Grown-Ups)
Think you could never be an author? Think again! We all have something to share. Find out how easy it is to get started with writing and publishing educational books. This session could change your life!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, PhD

Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Regency - 2nd

10:30am

Social LEADia Breakout EDU
Experience some the themes in Social LEADia while playing the fun and challenging Breakout launched at TIES! We will also look the new student creation features on the Breakout Platform.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Casa Todd

Jennifer Casa Todd

Teacher-Librarian, Social LEADia
Jennifer is a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, and author of the book, Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership, published by Dave Burgess Consulting. Before this, she spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:40am
Isles - 4th

11:45am

A Class Infused with Questions
Empowering students to ask their own questions can be game changing in the classroom . This one small shift can help our students become better thinkers and problem-solvers. In this session, you will learn a powerful Question Formulation Technique for helping students become better questioners, metacognitive learners and become more engaged in their own learning.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Nicollet D - 1st

11:45am

A Digital Immersion Experience
Experience the digitally-enhanced classroom where best practices in digital learning and teaching are modeled. This middle grades / secondary ELA content-specific immersion lesson provides both digital learning experiences and a transparent walkthrough of how student-centered technologically-enhanced lessons are created. The session will conclude with reflective discussions about the learning, successes, and challenges of this experience.

Speakers
avatar for Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Northstar Ballroom B - 2nd

11:45am

Developing critical literacies: What students need to know about “fake news”
In our “post-truth” era, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news and misinformation spread rapidly and with ease. In this new reality, education plays a more urgent and important role than ever before: as educators, we must equip today’s youth with the skills and competencies they will need to critically and responsibly navigate the world. In this presentation, participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the “fake news” phenomenon and will be introduced to a variety of tools, resources, and strategies for helping students to become critically literate learners and citizens.

Speakers
AC

Alec Couros

University of Regina


Monday December 10, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

11:45am

Learning for others: Problem-Based Learning Begins with Empathy
Want to tear the ceiling off of engagement in your classroom or school? Place empathy at the center of students’ learning experiences and watch creativity and engagement soar. Come learn about the conditions necessary for engaging students in purposeful, problem and product based learning, within a single classroom or throughout an entire school. Leave understanding how, through learning with empathy, schools can develop world class makers capable of designing products and solutions tailored to those who need them most.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Reetz

Rob Reetz

Principal, Edgewood Middle School


Monday December 10, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Northstar Ballroom A - 2nd

12:50pm

Divergent EDU
What is necessary in a district to really grow together into a climate and culture of innovation and support of divergent thinking? That is the million dollar question. In this session, I will discuss the Innovation Hierarchy of Needs and what all educators can do to establish the necessary components including creating a mindset, climate and culture, creating a common language, and effective support and leadership. Innovation is more than handing out devices. Let’s talk about how we can create the conditions to support teachers and students as they think of new and different ways to learn and grow!

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

12:50pm

Empowering students to be digital leaders → The Power of Class accounts
Those of us who are connected educators, recognize the power of it. In this session, we will look at the various ways we can teach digital citizenship in context by having kids run a class social media account. We will look at best practices as well as inspiring ways to show your kids that social media can be used to learn & share learning, address social inequality, and be a more positive influence in the lives of others. Let’s stop focusing on what kids CAN’T do online and focus on what they CAN do and how they can make a difference in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Casa Todd

Jennifer Casa Todd

Teacher-Librarian, Social LEADia
Jennifer is a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, and author of the book, Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership, published by Dave Burgess Consulting. Before this, she spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C - 4th

12:50pm

Epic Engagement: Lesson Planning Through the Lens of Story
Storytelling is a deeply human way of making sense out of our experiences. Using the lens of story, we explore how teachers can set up “epic” classrooms. The best lessons are the ones with a high level of suspense and profound character development. As teachers, we can allow students to struggle through both internal and external conflict as they make sense out of themes rather than just ideas.

Speakers
avatar for John Spencer

John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

12:50pm

Principles of Inquiry Based Learning
For schools to truly be successful, they must first create a school culture that values the naturally inquisitive nature of their students. Schools need a framework and curriculum that allows students to explore what is relevant to them, all the while mastering the skills needed to thrive in academic environments and beyond. In an Inquiry School, no student ever asks, "why do we need to learn this?" because they set their own path towards acquiring knowledge. In this session we will review the principles of inquiry-based learning and discuss strategies and actions to bring it to live in your classroom. We will start with the most essential question, "why does our learning matter?"

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap

Global Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Nicollet A - 1st

12:50pm

What Are Third Party Vendors Doing with Your Data
Teachers, students and education administrators use a wide range of third party vendors when delivering education services and accessing online curriculum resources. All of these vendors are collecting information from end users, so it is important to understand why they do that and what they are doing with that information. In this session Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect, Sourcewell Technology, will share some key points about data sharing with third party vendors, what to watch for in user agreements, and how to be strategic about using these types of services when it comes to data privacy.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Monday December 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Greenway BC - 2nd

1:55pm

Critical Thinking and the Web - Search Strategies in a Google Infused World
With such an abundance of information available it is critical that we develop some norms around searching and information literacy. In this session, we look at the search skills students need to acquire in order to become information literate. From top level search strategies to helping student learn how to effectively validate information

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

1:55pm

Level Up: 5 Steps to Gamify your Class
The face of instruction is changing, as educators often struggle to engage students. Gamification, or applying game mechanics to non-traditional settings, has proved to be an innovative and effective way to capture the interest of today's learners. In this session, educators will create a basic template to help them begin the process of gamifying their classroom for little or no money. After attending this session, participants will:- understand what gamification in education means, and how it will help to engage students.- understand the difference between gamification and game-based learning.- begin to create a gamification model.- learn other resources to gamify for little or no cost.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, PhD

Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet A - 1st

1:55pm

Maximizing Student Engagement
Ever been “in the zone” while working on a project? You lose track of time. You focus on what’s in front of you. There is a strange mix of calmness and excitement. Those moments are tied into something called Flow Theory. How do we create lessons, experiences, projects and spaces that maximize flow for students? This session is an interactive discussion with an end product of something tangible that would increase flow in learning (a space, a lesson, or a unit).

Speakers
avatar for John Spencer

John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

1:55pm

Understanding Digital Citizenship
Issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, and student access to inappropriate content are important areas of understanding for teachers, administrators, children, adolescents, and parents. In this session, participants will be presented with many of the important issues that face our schools in an era where access to information is ubiquitous, and digital messages are easily spread. Through a balance of information-sharing and questioning, participants will come to better understand such issues

Speakers
AC

Alec Couros

University of Regina


Monday December 10, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet D - 1st

3:00pm

Ask the Expert - Open Session with Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect
Ask the Expert!!! Bring all your questions and concerns about security, cybersecurity, data privacy, and more to Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect at Sourcewell Technology. Ryan will answer your questions about personal security, data privacy, school security, the future of technology, and more. You can also learn about getting your students involved in cybersecurity learning and careers. 

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Greenway BC - 2nd

3:00pm

Developing critical literacies: What students need to know about “fake news”
In our “post-truth” era, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news and misinformation spread rapidly and with ease. In this new reality, education plays a more urgent and important role than ever before: as educators, we must equip today’s youth with the skills and competencies they will need to critically and responsibly navigate the world. In this presentation, participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the “fake news” phenomenon and will be introduced to a variety of tools, resources, and strategies for helping students to become critically literate learners and citizens.

Speakers
AC

Alec Couros

University of Regina


Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicollet D - 1st

3:00pm

Teaching and Learning through Video
In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin. Participants will: - be introduced to the concept of flipped and blended instruction, among other strategies.- discuss common challenges of flipped instruction and their solutions.- preview and test resources for video creation, editing, and curation- examine best practices for using video.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, PhD

Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicollet A - 1st

3:00pm

The Show Must Go On
The focus in education has zeroed in on student mental health issues and what mindfulness can do in the classroom, but the topic of teacher mental health still remains taboo. This session discusses the importance of doing body scans and watching for mental health issues, using mindfulness but knowing when mindfulness isn’t enough, and other factors in the classroom that can affect mental health like burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Finally, how we can destigmatize mental health issues and create a culture of understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C - 4th

3:00pm

Use What They Know to Help Them Grow
Authentic assessments and timely feedback are crucial elements for improving student achievement. How do we leverage technology to assess students and provide immediate individualized feedback without hauling home cases of paper? This session is designed to share ideas for obtaining the data you need from writing, video and reading while providing diverse learners the instruction and feedback they deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicollet BC - 1st
 
Tuesday, December 11
 

10:30am

A Digital Immersion Experience
Experience the digitally-enhanced classroom where best practices in digital learning and teaching are modeled. This middle grades / secondary ELA content-specific immersion lesson provides both digital learning experiences and a transparent walkthrough of how student-centered technologically-enhanced lessons are created. The session will conclude with reflective discussions about the learning, successes, and challenges of this experience.

Speakers
avatar for Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Harriet - 4th

10:30am

Computer Science is Changing Everything: Tech in Your World.
In this breakout session, Angie will present the past, present, and future of technology. In addition, examples of classroom CS integration (Code.org, Make Code, etc), programs for students (Girls Who Code, Coderdojo, ect), and resources for you to take back to your classroom right away(lesson plans, research, ect).

Speakers

Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Nicollet D - 1st

10:30am

Considerations for Community Use of School Spaces
Schools are increasingly becoming community hubs for events, meetings, and other types of gatherings in the school building either during the school day or before and after hours. There are security considerations that should be taken into account when opening the school building to the community for public use. Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect for Sourcewell Technology, will review security and access concerns school administrators and buildings and grounds staff should consider when opening school buildings for public use.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Greenway BC - 2nd

10:30am

Developing critical literacies: What students need to know about “fake news”
In our “post-truth” era, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news and misinformation spread rapidly and with ease. In this new reality, education plays a more urgent and important role than ever before: as educators, we must equip today’s youth with the skills and competencies they will need to critically and responsibly navigate the world. In this presentation, participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the “fake news” phenomenon and will be introduced to a variety of tools, resources, and strategies for helping students to become critically literate learners and citizens.

Speakers
AC

Alec Couros

University of Regina


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Nicollet A - 1st

10:30am

Divergent EDU
What is necessary in a district to really grow together into a climate and culture of innovation and support of divergent thinking? That is the million dollar question. In this session, I will discuss the Innovation Hierarchy of Needs and what all educators can do to establish the necessary components including creating a mindset, climate and culture, creating a common language, and effective support and leadership. Innovation is more than handing out devices. Let’s talk about how we can create the conditions to support teachers and students as they think of new and different ways to learn and grow!

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

10:30am

Kimberly Bryant Post Keynote Q&A Session
Session Information Coming soon

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code
When Kimberly Bryant was first introduced to computer programming, as a freshman in Electrical Engineering, Fortran and Pascal were the popular languages for newbies in computing and the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. She remembers being excited by the prospects... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Nicollet BC - 1st

10:30am

Learning for others: Problem-Based Learning Begins with Empathy
Want to tear the ceiling off of engagement in your classroom or school? Place empathy at the center of students’ learning experiences and watch creativity and engagement soar. Come learn about the conditions necessary for engaging students in purposeful, problem and product based learning, within a single classroom or throughout an entire school. Leave understanding how, through learning with empathy, schools can develop world class makers capable of designing products and solutions tailored to those who need them most.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Reetz

Rob Reetz

Principal, Edgewood Middle School


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Northstar Ballroom B - 2nd

10:30am

Teaching and Learning through Video
In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin. Participants will: - be introduced to the concept of flipped and blended instruction, among other strategies.- discuss common challenges of flipped instruction and their solutions.- preview and test resources for video creation, editing, and curation- examine best practices for using video.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, PhD

Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:20am
Northstar Ballroom A - 2nd

11:45am

Critical Thinking and the Web - Search Strategies in a Google Infused World
With such an abundance of information available it is critical that we develop some norms around searching and information literacy. In this session, we look at the search skills students need to acquire in order to become information literate. From top level search strategies to helping student learn how to effectively validate information

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Nicollet D - 1st

11:45am

Epic Engagement: Lesson Planning Through the Lens of Story
Storytelling is a deeply human way of making sense out of our experiences. Using the lens of story, we explore how teachers can set up “epic” classrooms. The best lessons are the ones with a high level of suspense and profound character development. As teachers, we can allow students to struggle through both internal and external conflict as they make sense out of themes rather than just ideas.

Speakers
avatar for John Spencer

John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

11:45am

The IT that nobody knows about….Innovation Teams
What happens when you have pockets of innovative teachers, but they long for guidance? Learn about our implementation of Innovation Teams - teams of teachers moving toward personalizing learning and innovations in their classrooms. From recruiting our rockstar teachers to our plans in the future, I will describe the successes and challenges of the Innovation Team inception, and how we plan on turning these pockets of innovation and personalization learning into school-wide change.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

11:45am

Writer’s Workshop (for Grown-Ups)
Think you could never be an author? Think again! We all have something to share. Find out how easy it is to get started with writing and publishing educational books. This session could change your life!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas, PhD

Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:45am - 12:35pm
Northstar Ballroom A - 2nd

12:50pm

Actively Learning While Reading
What happens when effective reading strategies are paired with digital resources to support literacy? This session will answer that question for you. We will explore digital tools and model the blended approach to supporting readers while enforcing habits to develop stronger readers.

Speakers
avatar for Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

12:50pm

Cybersecurity As a Life Skill
Everyone is online now and we are all banking, conducting business, and purchasing goods and services using the Internet. Technology also provides enormous benefits to us in our ability to create, connect, and collaborate. There are, however, people online with nefarious intentions who want to steal your information, disrupt your business, or just create mischief. In this session, Ryan Cloutier, Sourcewell Technology Principal Security Architect, will talk about some basic practices you can build into your online routines to have greater security for your information and identity. Cybersecurity is truly a new life skill in the digital age. Come to this session and leave better armed with cybersecurity skills that will help keep your information safe.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cloutier

Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Greenway BC - 2nd

12:50pm

Let the Student's Talk - Empowering Student Voice with Flipgrid
Student voice is more than just letting students talk. It is about allowing them to take ownership of their learning. In this session, we look at three ways you can help students develop their voice and begin to understand their strengths and passions as learners.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:50pm - 1:40pm
Nicollet D - 1st

1:55pm

Level Up: 5 Steps to Gamify your Class
The face of instruction is changing, as educators often struggle to engage students. Gamification, or applying game mechanics to non-traditional settings, has proved to be an innovative and effective way to capture the interest of today's learners. In this session, educators will create a basic template to help them begin the process of gamifying their classroom for little or no money. After attending this session, participants will:- understand what gamification in education means, and how it will help to engage students.- understand the difference between gamification and game-based learning.- begin to create a gamification model.- learn other resources to gamify for little or no cost.

Speakers
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Sarah Thomas, PhD

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Lakeshore C - 1st

1:55pm

Moving Beyond Tweets & Pokes: Social Media for Deep Learning
Social media services have exploded in use over the past few years. These new tools have fueled many debates around the relevance of new media in learning environments. Some see these tools as unnecessary distractions, while many other educators have accepted them into personal and classroom use. So what do we need to know about this new reality? What exemplars exist for social media in education? And, how can we use these tools to support student thoughtfulness, critical thinking, and creativity?

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Alec Couros

University of Regina


Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet D - 1st

1:55pm

The Show Must Go On
The focus in education has zeroed in on student mental health issues and what mindfulness can do in the classroom, but the topic of teacher mental health still remains taboo. This session discusses the importance of doing body scans and watching for mental health issues, using mindfulness but knowing when mindfulness isn’t enough, and other factors in the classroom that can affect mental health like burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Finally, how we can destigmatize mental health issues and create a culture of understanding.

Speakers
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Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet A - 1st

1:55pm

Use What They Know to Help Them Grow
Authentic assessments and timely feedback are crucial elements for improving student achievement. How do we leverage technology to assess students and provide immediate individualized feedback without hauling home cases of paper? This session is designed to share ideas for obtaining the data you need from writing, video and reading while providing diverse learners the instruction and feedback they deserve.

Speakers
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Abbey Futrell

Assistant Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools
Abbey Futrell is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools located in North Carolina.  Prior to deciding to follow her heart back to a school district, she served as a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Nicollet BC - 1st

1:55pm

We Want Kids to Be Creative But How Do We Assess That?
With the explosion of the maker movement, schools are beginning to embrace creativity. However, what does this mean for assessment? Should we assess the creative process? Should we assess the finished product? Does assessing creativity actually make kids more risk-averse? In this session, we explore what it means to assess both the creative process and the creative product without leading to risk aversion. We also explore five authentic assessment strategies you can use tomorrow.

Speakers
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John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

3:00pm

A Class infused with HyperDocs
In this fun and hands-on session, we will look at what a Hyperdoc is and is not. We will learn how we can get started with these impressive student-facing lessons the classroom. Leave with the solid background and the resources to get started making your own!

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Director of Innovative Learning, Oakhill Academy
Holly Clark is The Director of Innovative Learning at a school outside of San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicollet A - 1st

3:00pm

Maximizing Student Engagement
Ever been “in the zone” while working on a project? You lose track of time. You focus on what’s in front of you. There is a strange mix of calmness and excitement. Those moments are tied into something called Flow Theory. How do we create lessons, experiences, projects and spaces that maximize flow for students? This session is an interactive discussion with an end product of something tangible that would increase flow in learning (a space, a lesson, or a unit).

Speakers
avatar for John Spencer

John Spencer

Professor & Maker, George Fox University
John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor who is passionate about seeing kids reach their creative potential. He is the co-author of the bestselling books Launch and Empower. In 2013, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower... Read More →


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B - 4th

3:00pm

Minnesota Government Data Practices Act: How Does This Apply to Schools
In this session, Ryan Cloutier, Principal Security Architect, Sourcewell Technology, will review the relevant components of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), also commonly known as Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13. Participants will learn how data is classified under MGDPA, what is considered public vs. private data, and what measures schools need to have in place in order to be in compliance. Schools are considered local units of government under MGDPA, so this session is important for any administrator or other school staff that is concerned with data privacy and policies for their school.

Speakers
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Ryan Cloutier

Principal Security Architect, TIES


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Greenway BC - 2nd

3:00pm

Understanding Digital Citizenship
Issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, and student access to inappropriate content are important areas of understanding for teachers, administrators, children, adolescents, and parents. In this session, participants will be presented with many of the important issues that face our schools in an era where access to information is ubiquitous, and digital messages are easily spread. Through a balance of information-sharing and questioning, participants will come to better understand such issues.

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Alec Couros

University of Regina


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nicollet D - 1st