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Saturday, December 8
 

1:00pm

Making Tech Matter: Designers, Entrepreneurs, Problem Solvers
Limited Capacity seats available

Your school has invested in maker materials and tech devices. You want your students to experience authentic, creative problem-solving. Now, all you need is a way to infuse your technology and maker programs with real-world purpose and impact. In this session, participants will learn strategies to bring design thinking and the entrepreneurship process to their school’s technology and maker programs. Through hands-on examples, activities and discussions, participants will engage in: the design thinking mindset, identifying real-world problems, finding and testing solutions, prototyping, pitching, feedback loops, and next steps for implementation. Participants will leave this session with knowledge, strategies and resources that they can use immediately to leverage their school’s technology and maker spaces for maximum social impact.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Rush

Martha Rush

founder, NeverBore LLC
Martha Rush is a nationally recognized economics and entrepreneurship teacher and curriculum developer. She is the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse 2018) and the Teen Startup Trainers curriculum. Martha's students have been recognized in five state and... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Innovation Coach, Maker Educator, Program Director, Intermediate District 287 / Code Savvy


Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway BC - 2nd

1:00pm

Mastering Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Personalized learning is a major buzzword in education right now, but figuring out how to actually make it work in your classroom is tricky. How do you design units of instruction? How do you monitor progress and provide effective feedback? How do you stay organized enough to not go crazy?

This session explores a structure for planning a personalized learning unit with a focus on mastery learning that answers all these questions and more!

It IS possible to personalize!

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Ott

Tiffany Ott

Educator, www.teachbetter.com
Tiffany Ott is a high school math teacher in Northeast Ohio. She loves finding ways to use personalized learning strategies that give every student in her class the kind of educational experience they need- no matter what their ability level is!


Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway J - 2nd

1:00pm

SciGirls Codes: Engaging Girls in Computational Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

SciGirls Codes is a program funded by the National Science Foundation which engages middle school girls from around the country in computational thinking and coding. This workshop will highlight research-based best practices for engaging girls in STEM and give participants a chance to get hands on with the SciGirls code curriculum. Participants will leave with strategies for creating a welcoming computational thinking environment for girls, new approaches to teaching computational thinking,

Speakers
avatar for Joan Freese

Joan Freese

RTL Project Executive Producer, Twin Cities Public Television
Joan Freese is an Emmy Award winning educational technologist at Twin Cities PBS,in St. Paul, Minnesota, focusing on projects for K-8 students, parents, and educators.She is digital producer of SciGirls, a transmedia enterprise that encourages tween girlsin STEM, and principle investigator... Read More →
avatar for Lana Peterson

Lana Peterson

PD & Community Engagement Coordinator, University of Minnesota
avatar for Cassie Scharber

Cassie Scharber

Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, UMN


Saturday December 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway FG - 2nd
 
Sunday, December 9
 

8:00am

"Hey Google...Take Me on a Trip"
Limited Capacity seats available

Throughout this session we will explore tools that focus on maps and how to use maps and other geographical based information not just for social studies but in any content area as well. Tools shared throughout this session will include Google MyMaps, Google Tour Builder, Google Earth, Google Tour Creator & Poly, Google Story Speaker, and GeoGussr.

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Louis

Tricia Louis

District Technology Integration Professional, Richland School District
Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is proud to be a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer Program... Read More →


Sunday December 9, 2018 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway HI - 2nd

8:00am

Rethinking Teaching Tech: Setting Up A Self-Paced G Suite Unit
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about how a unit on G Suite for Education was redesigned with personalized learning and pace to create a shift towards student centered learning using digital tools. The curriculum allows students to learn how to use docs, slides, drawings, sites and sheets at their own pace and with choice in their applications to show what they have learned. Walk through the lesson design process through the creation of a collaboratively designed HyperDoc.

Participants will have access to resources and curriculum and learn how to set up their course utilizing the LMS of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Draayer

Stephanie Draayer

Palmer Lake Elementary Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I am a Technology Integration Specialist at Palmer Lake Elementary - Osseo Area Schools. Half of my job is instructing Technology classes as a specialist, and half of my day is spent working on professional development and coaching and collaborating with teachers. I spent my first... Read More →


Sunday December 9, 2018 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway BC - 2nd

1:00pm

Awesome Pi Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your Raspberry Pi is sitting on a shelf collecting dust? Do you want to get your students to exploring this little computer wonders potential applications? Let’s explore how to get your Pi up to date and try some projects that may excite your students while engaging them with coding, problem solving, research and discovery. We will have several projects for you to try including turning your Pi into digital signage, a streaming media server, a retro gaming console, creating a pirate radio station, live stream on YouTube Live and other stimulating projects. Bring your own Pi or purchase one as an add-on to the cost of this workshop!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Integration Coach, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon


Sunday December 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway A - 2nd

1:00pm

Instructional Approaches for a New Generation
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that our current students, known as Generation Z, have different learning needs than our former Generation Y or Millennial students? So you may be asking- how does my instructional approach of teaching need to change to meet the needs of today's diverse learners & their eight second attention spans? Immerse yourself in this session to discover how Gen Z students learn through multisensory interactions. Naomi and Deb will lead you in creative instructional approaches and teaching strategies to capture Gen Z's learning attention through choice/voice activities to personalize their learning. You will discover ways to redesign your lessons to include “snackable” activities, such as mobile scavenger hunts with Goose Chase, Voxer group chats, digital vision dream boards with Google Slides, and on demand blended learning playlists.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm

Women Leadership and K12 STEM Innovation Specialist, Innovative Educator Consulting
Naomi Harm is an instigator of STEM innovation, and an edtech women in leadership thought leader and influencer. She welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise of brain-based instructional approaches, supported with technology literacy best practices with k12 students and educational... Read More →


Sunday December 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway FG - 2nd

1:00pm

Park-Based Learning: Place-Based Inquiry Inside & Outside
Limited Capacity seats available

Experiential learning allows students to explore, question, and share utilizing their environment as the main learning tool. But finding opportunities to do this in the real world can sometimes be challenging because of barriers like money, transportation, and time. That is where Park Based Learning comes into play! In this workshop, we will explore Park Based Learning, an approach to inquiry-focused education which combines aspects of several pedagogical models to create engaging and student-centered learning experiences. Students of all ages can benefit from this approach which is rooted in the Buck Institute for Education's HQPBL model, National Geographic Geo-Inquiry model, and tech-infused resources from the National Park Service. You will learn all about where to find these resources, how to align them to your content and learning goals, and how to facilitate student-centered learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom! Participants will leave with a great exploration-focused lesson and a large list of FREE resources for building their own completed Park Based unit of study.

Speakers
avatar for James Fester

James Fester

Technology Integration Support Specialist / National Faculty BIE, Hill-Murray School
As a technology integration support specialist in St. Paul, James Fester is experienced at helping both students and teachers become more comfortable with the integration of new technology-based pedagogical approaches in the classroom. James is a Google Certified Educator, Trainer... Read More →


Sunday December 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway HI - 2nd