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Saturday, December 6
 

8:30am

Building Your Twitter Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Twitter is a powerful professional networking tool that can benefit all educators. This workshop will help participants see the importance of an online professional network and help them build their own relevant network of global educators and resources that can help them learn, grow, and inspire.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

Anthony VonBank

Digital Learning Specialist, ISD728, Elk River Area Schools
Dr. Anthony VonBank taught secondary language arts and communications for over 15 years, and currently works as a district digital learning specialist in the Elk River school district. His doctoral work in education leadership focused on his passion for systems and innovative change... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway C

8:30am

Chrome: Browser, Apps & Extensions in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Focus on using Google's Chrome browser to its fullest potential. Learn tips and tricks, including apps and extensions, to move more of your teaching and learning experience to this cloud-based tool. What can you do? What is the difference between apps and extensions? How can they be used for educator productivity and/or student learning? We will also discuss how to apply this information about the Chrome browser to the Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, Sourcewell Tech
I rock:• Tech management and support for the conference• Preconference workshops• CTO Clinic


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway H

8:30am

iBooks Author and iTunes U: Explore and Develop
Limited Capacity seats available

iBooks Author and iTunes U are two incredibly powerful tools that are impacting classrooms around the world. This workshop will provide an overview of both tools, as well as ample time for you to create ebooks using iBooks Author and online courses using iTunes U. If you are looking for time to start or continue an iBooks Author or iTunes U project, this session will guide you in the process. Please come prepared with a Macintosh computer with iBooks Author installed, and an iPad with iTunes U and iBooks installed.

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Skyway

8:30am

iChoose: Integrating Academic Choice & Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

iChoose is a framework for integrating technology and providing authentic learning experiences for students to show what they know. iChoose supports self-directed, self-aware learners who advocate for themselves and navigate their learning in a technology enhanced classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate academic choice opportunities for students based on principles of Responsive Classroom, the SAMR model and Bloom’s Taxonomy. A guided discovery will be included to help gain a deeper understanding of the experience from a student’s perspective. Participants will have collaborative work time to adapt the framework for their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Bisson

Ryan Bisson

Staff Development Assessment Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Ryan Bisson is a Staff Development Assessment Specialist for Osseo Area Schools. Ryan was named TIES 2013 Exceptional Teacher for Osseo.
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Technology integration specialist, blogger, coder, co-teacher / collaborator, lifelong learner, and edtech enthusiast!


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway E

8:30am

Makers' Playground
Limited Capacity seats available

You've heard a lot about the Maker Movement in the press. Come explore maker tools and consider what possibilities they hold for your practice. We'll start with an overview of the movement, share examples from classrooms, and spend the rest of our time working in hands-on maker stations.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St Paul Academy and Summit School
Director of Instructional Technology for St. Paul Academy and Summit School Google Educator & Google Education Trainer Apple Distinguished Educator Passionate about #makered and portable/mobile devices in education


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Northstar Ballroom B

8:30am

The Changing Landscape of Google: Google+, Add-ons & More
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see the shifting landscape of Google Apps for Education. In this half-day session, you will learn about the latest uses of Google Apps. Streamline your classroom workflow with Google Classroom. Glean new apps and extensions in Chrome to personalize your browsing experience. Tap into the world with Google+ Communities and Hangouts. We’ll dig into and spend significant time exploring the new frontier of scripting with the most popular scripts to automate your workflow and make you more efficient. We’ll also cover some new best practice uses of Google Apps in the Classroom with Drive, YouTube, Sites and Even More!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Northstar Ballroom A

8:30am

Using Evernote to Remember Everything and Reinvent Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Need a mobile, automatically syncing, memory assistant that works across platforms and devices? Want your students to use a convenient, flexible, multimedia digital notebook for your course, project or assessment? Check out Evernote! It does so much teachers and students need: storing and retrieving notes, Internet bookmarking, capturing and annotating images, making lists, storing audio content, organizing and more. Bring your energy, curiosity, sense of adventure, and a mobile device with the Evernote app installed!

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

Science Teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkins Schools
Becky Fritz has been teaching science for 15 years and this is her fourth year in a classroom that’s 1:1 with iPads. She’s been in love with technology since she first learned how to program that turtle in Logo during elementary school. In recent years she has begun working... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, Hopkins North Jr. High
Debbie Hahn is a Teacher and Digital Content Specialist at Hopkins North Jr. High where every student has a district-issued iPad. She has been teaching junior high Social Studies for 15 years and has enjoyed the ride from 5.25” floppy disks to iPads, consistently trying to be creative... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Minnetonka

8:30am

Build Literacy Success with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Literacy needs to remain in the front seat once technology is introduced to the classroom. Strong literacy skills foster success in all areas of academics. Come learn some ways digital tools, including iPads, Google and online resources can be used hand-in-hand with literacy instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway J

8:30am

Effective Content Creation for a Flipped Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In a flipped learning environment, teachers create or curate digital content that students access outside of group time. Success in the flipped classroom requires effective content so that students can come to class prepared to explore and apply what they've learned. Participants in this workshop will learn how to create instructional videos that will engage student interest and empower them to understand the material. Participants will explore different styles of video creation as they work with different free and paid recording software. Participants should bring content for a video lesson which will be recorded and completed during the workshop to bring back and use with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Daniels

Kristin Daniels

Innovation Coordinator, Cambridge-Isanti Schools
I am a former classroom teacher (middle school science) who transitioned into a technology integration role in 2006. My passions are collaboration and innovation in the hopes of helping teachers to shift their thinking towards creating more student-centered classrooms and schools... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Calhoun

8:30am

Get More out of Microsoft Office Online and OneDrive NOW
Limited Capacity seats available

The integration of Microsoft Office Online promotes students' ability to meet standards. By having access to Office Online anytime, anywhere, students are able to organize and prepare for projects using OneNote, build on each others' ideas and provide peer reviews using Word, collect ideas through the Excel Survey tool, and present their learning using PowerPoint -- all within a collaborative space in OneDrive.com. Educators will learn to utilize the free tools available to manage files, work collaboratively, and create a seamless transition between school and home. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
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David Lopez

Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, Microsoft


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
St. Croix

8:30am

The Art of AppSmashing
Limited Capacity seats available

Take your iPad Projects to the next level by using multiple apps to create dynamic projects. The art of App Smashing uses 3, 4, 5 or more apps to create, modify, and remix content to develop a final product. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the process, hands-on experience creating several app smash projects, and a toolkit of apps to help get started with students. Come experience the first look at the latest Smashtivities and revisit updated favorites! Participants should bring a fully charged iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Gerhart

Kari Gerhart

Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Kari is an Education Technology Consultant at TIES. She is passionate about working with teachers to integrate technology in their classroom. Check out her preconference workshop on using YouTube in the Classroom!
avatar for Caroline Little

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Regency

12:30pm

Become a Productive School Leader with iOS
Limited Capacity seats available

An important part of being an effective school leader is managing the large amount of information we encounter daily. This workshop will share tips and tools for how to create a workflow that allows principals to effectively manage information using an iPad or iPhone. Experience real world examples from an elementary school principal that can be easily adapted for your situation. Walk away with many ideas to be a more productive and efficient school leader.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

President, Risen Christ Catholic School
I live my vocation as an educator by serving as president of Risen Christ School in Minneapolis, MN – the state’s first Catholic dual immersion school. I have experience serving schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as Director of Urban Education, principal and... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway C

12:30pm

Engaging Students with Infographics
Limited Capacity seats available

Infographics are a hot topic right now in both education and the design world. As our culture has become increasingly data focused, we look to artists and designers to help us make sense of, communicate, and translate complex data sets. Come learn methods and tools for engaging students in both the creation and analysis of data visualization and infographics. In this session we will explore many tools for analyzing data and producing awe-inspring visuals. We will also discuss the social and ethical issues related to infographics.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

Art Instructor
Art Education, Alternative Education, Innovative Schooling, Education Technology, Equity Issues in Technology & Education


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway I

12:30pm

Fabulous and Free Open Online Resources for Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and explore fabulous and free sources for learning content, lesson plans, and engaging activities for your students. Participants will learn about some searchable databases that contain resources created by educators for educators, how to find what will work best for your students, and how to integrate these great tools with instruction. Participants will also find out about how to use resources, including primary sources, in any content area to impact learning.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology
Twitter: @MaryTMM


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway D

12:30pm

Google Apps & iPads: Creating the New Digital Hub
Limited Capacity seats available

Get hands-on with the Google Apps for Education on iOS. We’ll devote significant time to Google-iPad workflows, including Google Classroom, to help you transform your teaching and make Google Drive the digital hub of your classroom. You’ll participate in fun, paperless activities while exploring the Google apps available on the iPad, as well as, tips and tricks and additional recommended apps that are good for any classroom. We’ll dig into Google Drive, Docs, Slides and Sheets on iOS, and also will explore the Google Search, YouTube Capture, Google Earth, Google Plus and more.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Northstar Ballroom A

12:30pm

iBeacons: Exploring the World Around You with iOS
Limited Capacity seats available

iBeacons afford us an opportunity to open up the world around us with key bits of information that can be shared with anyone holding an iOS device. This workshop will lead you through understanding what iBeacons is, how it works, and how it can impact K-12 learning. Discover how iBeacons will change the ways students access content and the potential impact iBeacons will have on classrooms around the globe. Come and join us.  

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Skyway

12:30pm

In Plain English: Videos in the Common Craft Style
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore what can you do with a document camera and screen capture software. The possibilities are endless! This session will explore creating In Plain English videos in the Common Craft Style. This process can be used with students as they create and model concepts and content in easy-to-understand videos. Participants will work through the process to create a video from storyboarding to screen capturing. These skills can also be used when flipping lessons. Come explore another way to engage students in the learning process!

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Pierson

Shelly Pierson

Library Media Center Director, School District of Altoona
I am passionate about learning and student centered classrooms, creating environments where students challenge themselves and each other, and where students and staff feel inspired.


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Minnehaha
 
Sunday, December 7
 

8:30am

Connecting and Collaborating with Video Conference
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore video conferencing to enhance and enrich your curriculum, collaborate with other classes and learn from content experts. Learn the lingo, explore the hardware and software options available for connecting your students, discover lesson resources and see how to arrange and conduct a live event.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Integration Coach, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway E

8:30am

Developing Google Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Instructional leaders who lead others in adopting digital strategies that impact instruction will thrive in this workshop. Participants will experience what it is to be a student in class or a staff member at professional development as they are led through the integration of Google's suite. Immediate feedback and collaboration in a structured environment will be modeled, deconstructed and developed by participants so they see both the front and back ends of using Google to impact instructional or leadership decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway A

8:30am

Explain Everything for Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use and open-ended screencasting and interactive whiteboard tool for iPad as well as most Android and Windows tablets. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the basic tools and features of the application, create several individual and collaborative projects, and become familiar with several use-cases and ideas that span all grade levels and disciplines. A tablet device with Explain Everything (a paid app) installed is necessary for fully engaged participation.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Regency

8:30am

Learn to Love Google Forms
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to love Google Forms in your classroom, professional development, coaching and advising. This pre-conference session is for the beginner to intermediate user in every role from the classroom teacher to media specialist to athletic director. We will begin by learning to make a simple form and move up the SAMR ladder with 50 examples of how forms can help transform your classroom and professional development. Learn how to use a form to create a word cloud, evaluate a movie, comment on a drawing, vote for the Homecoming Royalty and more!

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandchildren! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway F

8:30am

Making the Most of Google Apps for Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Tap into the advanced features of Google Apps for Education. Review the basics of Google Apps, learn about 21st century etiquette, explore the connects apps and extensions offered through Google Apps and the Chrome Web-store, and demonstrate your knowledge through a guided playground of activities. Presented by a technology integrationist and a Google-Qualified individual, this workshop will develop skills that you are ready to implement! Bring your laptop loaded with Chrome and your Google Apps for Education log-in information for a blended learning style session.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard

Faculty - School of Education, Saint Cloud State University
I'm faculty in the Teacher Development Department at the School of Education (Saint Cloud State University). Leading courses in educational practices, information media, instructional design, and technology integration - I have the pleasure to work with pre-service teachers and teachers... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway B

8:30am

The Networked Educator
Limited Capacity seats available

The role of teacher has changed dramatically since the use of the Internet has become commonplace to find information. Although this access to information has changed schools dramatically, the access to each other is much more powerful and profound in our work. In this workshop, George will show you "why" you should connect, and then lead work through tools such as Twitter and Blogging so that you are no longer isolated in your role as an educator. Please bring a laptop or tablet to the session and create a Twitter account beforehand, if you do not already have one.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 11:30am
Northstar Ballroom A

8:30am

Chrome and Google Apps in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Chromebooks in your classroom? Discover why Google Chrome has become the most used Internet browser in the world and in classrooms. Learn how to personalize and tweak Chrome to make the most out of everything you do online. We will address the following topics based on Marzano’s work on teaching with technology through learning apps that include Chrome: tracking student progress, identifying critical information, organizing physical layout of classroom, comparing similarities and differences. Dive into the Chrome Web Store and explore useful apps and extensions. Bring your own laptop or Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

Director of Technology, Princeton Public Schools
Eric is the Director of Technology for Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, Minnesota and a Google for Education Certified Innovator. A former social studies teacher, he leads technology leadership and instruction in PreK-12 settings. His recent interests include leveraging digital... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Lake Superior B

8:30am

Enhancing eBook Elements and Expanding iBooks Author
Limited Capacity seats available

Want an opportunity to learn about and use more of the tools and techniques available for ebooks? Participants will create their own content and generate widgets using that content with tools such as interactive Keynote, 3D, Bookry.com, and other resources. We will focus on using iBooks Author as a student learning tool rather than a teacher content tool. Plan to be engaged with hands on learning. Participants should have working knowledge of iBooks Author for this intermediate level workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Feller

Wayne Feller

Technology & Innovation Coach, Stillwater Public Schools
Innovation coaching is unique for each teacher. Grade level, content area, teaching style, interests, and context of experience affect choices and potentials. Amassing an arsenal of tools is not enough. Innovation is a continuous practice of applying skills and ingenuity to the... Read More →
avatar for Michael Main

Michael Main

Technology Coordinator, Carondelet Catholic School
I am the new technology integration specialist at Epiphany Catholic School, but spent 21 years in the classroom constantly striving to find ways to build technology into my English/Language Arts curriculum. My greatest educational desire is to make classroom technology use as easy... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Skyway

8:30am

The Ultimate Collaboration Tool: Microsoft OneNote
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed to help educators understand how to use OneNote to support teaching and learning so they can use it as a productivity tool for themselves and guide their students to do the same. With Microsoft OneNote you an create digital notebooks that support standards and outcomes across disciplines and tasks. Students will be able to use OneNote across content areas and grade levels to compile and organize information. OneNote also supports research, collaboration, information management, communication, note taking, journaling, reflective writing and academic requirements. OneNote is free and available for Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android and on the web. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
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David Lopez

Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, Microsoft


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Minnehaha

12:30pm

Developing Google Leader Superpowers (Part 2 of Developing Google Leaders)
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover Google Superpowers in this 3-hour workshop which enable leaders using Google to hit one button and send personalized/individualized messages to 75 recipients simultaneously. Instructional leaders, whose job entails bringing others into awareness of digital strategy to impact instruction, will develop easily accomplished and incredibly effective ways to collect relevant and real-time data and then immediately disseminate it in a personalized and customized fashion.

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway A

12:30pm

Engaging Students through eBooks and ePubs
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on session will provide educators with the tools and skills needed to create your own, or have your students design and develop, digital eBooks, etextbooks and ePubs. Learn how to design, develop and embed widgets to bring your digital books to life and engage your students in literacy, comprehension, and development of 21st century skills. Samples created by teachers and students will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

District Instructional Technology Coach, Seymour Community School District
Dr. Jenna Linskens is an Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Seymour Community School District. She also provides trainings and is a consultant to school districts in technology integration, instructional design, and e-learning in education. With a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
St. Croix

12:30pm

Explain Everything for Familiar and Advanced Users
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is intended for participants who consider themselves either familiar with the Explain Everything app or advanced users of the open-ended screencasting and interactive whiteboard tool. Engaging in a combination of individual activities and group mini-projects that mix and meld Explain Everything with a variety of other design and media-making tools, participants will walk away with new ideas for their own instructional practice as well as for student-created projects. A tablet device with Explain Everything (a paid app) installed is necessary for fully engaged participation.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Regency

12:30pm

Make the Leap to Final Cut Pro X
Limited Capacity seats available

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful, easy-to-use video editing package for Macintosh. While many Mac users find satisfaction in the features of the free iMovie editor, some want to step it up a notch. This workshop will give iMovie users and others an introduction to the ways of Final Cut Pro X. If you've ever wondered what Final Cut Pro is like but were afraid to jump in alone, this session is for you! Bring a video recording device and its USB cable to make and download video content to edit.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thorstad

Jesse Thorstad

Technology Specialist, Fergus Falls Public Schools
I'm a tech coordinator in Fergus Falls, MN. I love pretty much anything tech-ed or gadget related and showing young and old alike how these tools work. I love disc golf, coaching Special Olympics, drones, Jeep Wranglers, Geocaching, and everything Apple. And Google. And disc golf.I'm... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Calhoun

12:30pm

Managing Your Digital Life with iOS
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we explore how to leverage our digital devices to enhance our personal and professional lives. Learn through discussion, hands-on learning, and intentional tangents as we look at the iPhone and iPad. Explore advanced calendar features including notifications and alerts. Learn productivity apps such as Evernote and its family of tools. Delve into social networking for professional growth, with a focus on Twitter as well as associated apps to connect and extend our professional learning networks. We will have work time throughout to create accounts, explore and gain confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

Principal, Murphy Elementary
Sean Martinson is a northern Minnesota husband, father, and Elementary School Principal. He has four amazing children and is currently the Principal at Murphy Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sean holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology, Bachelors... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway B

12:30pm

Using Web 2.0 Tools for Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop on creating digital stories is intended for users of Chromebooks and laptops and will use both Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and the SAMR model. Digital storytelling can be used as an assessment at all grade levels to showcase student mastery of content knowledge. This workshop will include the process of planning a digital story while introducing mobile tools and apps to use in producing and creating the stories. Participants will be able to create different types of digital stories: personal narratives, stories that inform/instruct, and stories that document an event. A list of online tools will be provided prior to the workshop in order to register for them in advance.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Presenter, Kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Northstar Ballroom A
 
Monday, December 8
 

8:00am

District Tech Leaders: Build Your Skills
The district technology leader's role has changed from focusing on technical aspects (managing the network), to understanding the educational environment and providing leadership and vision. Conduct a chief technology officer (CTO) self-assessment. Learn about CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills for the K-12 CTO, as well as a new national certification to help show your value.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Lakeshore A

8:00am

Google Apps for Education:'Drive' Teacher Collaboration
This session will emphasize what it means to be a highly effective Profesional Learning Community. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) increases the effectiveness and efficiency of PLC work. We'll share the self-evaluation rubric Mounds View PLCs and model how the interactive GAFE platform drives and documents collaborative action research.


Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand North

8:00am

Teaching, Learning, and Creating with a Chromebook
Creating is the highest order thinking skill. The creating level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy has students design, construct, produce, devise, and make. Leave this session with tons of ideas for formative and summative assessments for students to showcase their mastery of content knowledge. Feel comfortable using Chrome apps and extensions to create projects to support your teaching!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Presenter, Kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand South

8:00am

Zen Presentation Design
Learn to make the information you are presenting beautiful. Design "zen" slides to activate your audience’s higher-order thinking skills. Retrain yourself and your students to stop performing PowerPoint karaoke: i.e., the tendency to turn your back on the audience and read exactly what’s on the screen, to the screen.

Speakers
avatar for John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen

Tech Integration Specialist & Social Studies Teacher, Hopkins Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway B/C

9:00am

11:00am

Apps, Tips, Websites and Gadgets for the Classroom Teacher
Classroom teachers, more educational technology resources are available to you than ever, and resources are due soon that promise to profoundly effect your time in and out of the classroom. Get an overview of top tools available now. Discuss Web 2.0, mobile, apps and hardware. Leave with tools you can use tomorrow.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet A

11:00am

Assessments: Fun and Easy Tools for All Ages
Engage your students with user-friendly formative and summative assessments. Exit slips, quizzes, tests, review activities, and gaming all rolled into one. See demonstrations of Kahoot!, Socrative and Google Forms. These tools are good for all ages and ability levels -- and the best part is that they are free!

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandchildren! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom C

11:00am

Curriculum Mapping in a 21st Century System
With teachers increasingly creating dynamic instructional environments, deviating from the standard textbook, curriculum maps need to be equally dynamic to provide meaningful information to guide decisions. In addition, teachers need a reason to view curriculum mapping as more than just another hoop to jump through. In this session, we'll demonstrate how TIES is addressing these issues, and placing the focus back on the teacher.

Speakers
avatar for T. J. Fletcher

T. J. Fletcher

Web Developer, TIES
I'm currently a web developer at TIES where I get to work on our cutting edge web-based applications. Prior to this, I was an Education Technology Coordinator at TIES where I was able to offer workshops in our state of the art training center. In a past life, I taught chemistry and... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway A

11:00am

Dataphobia: Increasing Comfort with Data
More often than not, the disconnect in successfully using data is not acquisition but application. Learn quick, simple methods of data analysis and explore a variety of surveys and electronic resources. Gain insights into developing a culture that values data. Leave with a plan for decreasing data fear and increasing data usage in your school or district.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Lakeshore B

11:00am

From Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership
Through effective use of technology and social media, people and students are doing great things to improve their own lives -- and to improve the lives of those in their school, communities, and around the world. Students today have the opportunity to make a difference through their online presence. We need to give them the opportunities and tools they need to make that difference.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom B

11:00am

Moodling with Project-Based Learning
If you want students to start reaching 21st century skills, put project-based learning (PBL) at the center of 21st century instruction. See examples of teacher PBL curriculum projects along with student products -- all stored in a blended professional development PBL101 Moodle course that teachers work on collaboratively to construct their PBL.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway H/I

11:00am

Rethinking Learning Spaces
Stretch your thinking on learning spaces. A Media Specialist and Technology Integrationist share their journeys to reinventing learning spaces in an elementary school, two middle schools, and a high school. Gain resources for implementing learning environments that encourage personalization of the learning process -- within a variety of budget situations.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Gearman

Lisa Gearman

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Chaska High School
Media Specialist, Chaska High School
avatar for Travis Lape

Travis Lape

Innovative Programs Director, Harrisburg School District
Travis has been teaching in South Dakota his entire career. He has been both a classroom teacher and technology integrationist. This year he moved into the Districts Innovative Programs Director position where he will help continue to lead the district in innovative practices. Travis’s... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Minnetonka

11:00am

Special Education: Capture Student Success
Discover how Capture, YouTube and Blogger effectively communicate a child’s progress to families. Go beyond required paperwork and bring personality into reporting. Use video and blogging to document what and how a student is learning, and help teachers reflect on teaching. The session will focus on students with handicapping conditions, but the information is universal.

Speakers
avatar for John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen

Tech Integration Specialist & Social Studies Teacher, Hopkins Schools
avatar for Sher Unruh-Friesen

Sher Unruh-Friesen

Elementary Special Education - DCD Teacher, Hopkins Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway J

11:00am

Student Learning: Technology Infusion Demonstrations
A team of presenters, from elementary to high school, offer brief vignettes of learning problems solved with technology. Each vignette demonstrates a particular learning target students struggled with and how technology improved student learning: how the lesson used to be taught, how technology improved student mastery, and evidence that learning improved.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Kara Osmundson

Kara Osmundson

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Sandra Riehl

Sandra Riehl

DLC, ISD #720
avatar for Casey Rutherford

Casey Rutherford

Teacher and Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
Casey teaches Physics and Math at Shakopee High School, and spends half his day as a Digital Learning Coach (shakopeedlc.org). He is passionate about an emphasis on solid teaching methods and considering both tech and non-tech options when doing so.
avatar for Joe Sage

Joe Sage

Digital Learning Coach & Physics Teacher, Shakopee Public Schools
This is my fourth year working for Shakopee Public Schools. I am a physics teacher as well as a Digital Learning Coach. I am passionate about teaching and am a life long longer.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Lake Superior A

11:00am

Leading the Digital Leap
What do the national associations for superintendents, school boards, and chief technology leaders in school districts share?  All have joined in a joint initiative called Leading the Digital Leap. This new partnership signals that the key school system leadership organizations are in agreement on the potential for education to provide a more personalized learning environment that prepares students to be college, career and life ready. It’s time to shift the conversation from "what" to "how."

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Northstar Ballroom B

11:00am

Surviving the Digital Zombie Apocalypse
An exponential influx of technology is spreading through our society. Digital tools have potential for both good and bad when it comes to how we learn, process and interact. Technology can infect learning if not handled properly. Without proper guidance and thought, our society will succumb to the Digital Zombie Apocalypse. But there is a vaccine! Come learn how we can open up our brains and make learning with technology more meaningful for everyone. It’s not too late. #brainz

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet B/C

11:00am

IGNITE! Everything Google
Four presenters have eight minutes and 25 slides advancing every 20 seconds to share their excitement and ignite yours for everything Google. Join this energetic, fast-paced session to be inspired to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Dreier

Jason Dreier

Secondary School Principal, Gillett School District
Jason is the principal of Gillett Secondary School in Gillett, WI. It is a 6-12 school with approximately 300 students schoolwide. He is a father of three, husband of one, and colleague of many. Curriculum and instruction, school leadership, and personal growth are his passion... Read More →
avatar for Chris White

Chris White

Upper School Technology Coordinator, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Google Education Trainer since 2014. SMART Certified Trainer Former Math teacher YouTube channel - youtube.com/CWGTvideos @whitechrisf1 Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram love to backpack, fat bike and mountain bike. My kids, a drummer, a rock climber and a swimmer


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway F/G

11:00am

Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Thinking about getting started with augmented reality? Drop by to see some examples and learn how you can get started using augmented reality in your school. Take the opportunity to do it yourself! Create some augmented reality and explore resources.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 1

11:00am

Making a High School MakerSpace
Learn how the Sauk Rapids-Rice High School media center incorporated a MakerSpace for its students. Get ideas for MakerSpace projects and funding: from 3-D printing, to still picture animation with iMotion HD app, to dowel art, to board games, to knitting and crocheting. Gather resources for starting your school MakerSpace.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 3

12:15pm

Culturally Relevant Learning Technologies
Explore culturally relevant teaching: the intersection of realness, relevance, relationships and rigor. Learn how four free learning technologies, paired with transformed teaching strategies, are responsive to each learner.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Christensen

Kim Christensen

iLearn Specialist, Eden Prairie Public Schools
I'm passionate about personalizing learning with a focus on tech integration and a lens of culturally responsive teaching.
avatar for Lynnea West

Lynnea West

i-Learn Specialist, Eden Prairie Public Schools
Lynnea West (@lynneawest) is i-Learn Specialist for the Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development focusing in Learning Technologies. Lynnea is committed... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore C

12:15pm

Digital Resources: The Skill of Finding Quality
How do we teach students both to find and analyze the quality of online primary and digital resources? Focusing on two digital collections (Minnesota Digital Library and Digital Public Library of America), you'll develop tools for your students to discover, save, and share research results. Gain strategies that can be used with any online resource.

Speakers
avatar for Shana Crosson

Shana Crosson

Academic Technologist, University of Minnesota
I am passionate about how technology can to create and enhance learning experiences that reach students with all learning styles.


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway J

12:15pm

Gamification: MinecraftEdu and Third Grade
Unlike Minecraft , MinecraftEdu is a wonderful education platform allowing students an immersed, collaborative, first-person experience exploring educational environments. Learn how a third grade team setup MinecraftEdu and planned curriculum. They incorporated lessons on coding, team building, as well new third grade Social Studies standards on ancient civilizations.


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway F/G

12:15pm

iOS Application Support Group
Grab your iOS device, or your desire to learn about them, and head to this session! Explore some of the newest, coolest teacher and personal apps for your iOS device. Gain tips and tricks. As time permits, delve into popular accessories and all sorts of apps for the classroom.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet A

12:15pm

iTunes U: Educational Content You’ll Flip Over
The iTunes U library offers free educational content. Discover how educators are using free content to extend learning beyond the four walls. Explore coursework specifically designed to support student engagement, motivation, and increase knowledge. Bring your ideas and experience hands-on development of iTunes U content you’ll flip over.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

District Instructional Technology Coach, Seymour Community School District
Dr. Jenna Linskens is an Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Seymour Community School District. She also provides trainings and is a consultant to school districts in technology integration, instructional design, and e-learning in education. With a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Millennium Grand South

12:15pm

Leading Online: Leading the Learning, Leading by Learning
Increasingly, educational activity is shaped online. We post assignments; students e-mail with questions; classroom discussions unfold; colleagues collaborate via shared documents. These spaces are all part of our educational reality. Online leaders must alternate seamlessly between helping others learn and learning themselves so as to bring that learning back to the groups they lead.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Millennium Grand North

12:15pm

MakerSpaces, 3-D Printing, and Special Education
Everyone knows vocational skills are in high demand. Join us as we explore MakerSpaces: the hands-on, collaborative, environments where students come to learn and create. Engage students in a project-based model using 3-D printers, laser engravers, vinyl cutters, and more 21st century tools.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Nupen

Matt Nupen

STEM teacher, DocentEDU
STEM teacher and co-founder of DocentEDU
avatar for Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson

Innovation Coach / EBD Math Teacher, Intermediate School Distirct 287
I am passionate about working with at-risk youth, and incorporating technology into the classroom. A new found passion has been problem solving with staff and teaching teachers.


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Minnehaha

12:15pm

PLNs and Social Media: Grow Your Network
Do you use Twitter or other social media but are unsure how to deepen those connections? Learn how to grow your network: participate in synchronous conversations around the world, build relationships with other teachers, and extend into the Blog-o-Sphere! Also, learn to enhance your blog by combining it with social media sharing and management tools.

Speakers
avatar for Kara Osmundson

Kara Osmundson

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Sandra Riehl

Sandra Riehl

DLC, ISD #720
avatar for Joe Sage

Joe Sage

Digital Learning Coach & Physics Teacher, Shakopee Public Schools
This is my fourth year working for Shakopee Public Schools. I am a physics teacher as well as a Digital Learning Coach. I am passionate about teaching and am a life long longer.


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lake Superior B

12:15pm

SMART Notebook 2014 Highlights
Experience SMART Response VE which turns any Internet-enabled device into a student response system. Add GeoGebra objects, activities, and worksheets. Use automatic handwriting conversion and intuitive text editing. Enhance your lessons with SMART 3D objects. Enable XC Collaboration to allow students to send text message responses directly to the SMART Board.

Speakers
avatar for Geri Feiock

Geri Feiock

Secondary Math Instructional Coach; Math Teacher, District 196 Rosemount - Apple Valley - Eagan
Geri brings her experiences as a Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer, G Suite for Education Top Contributor, SMART Certified Education Trainer, SMART Exemplary Educator, and high school math teacher to each of her presentations. She provides ongoing training and support... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway D/E

12:15pm

Teaching, Learning and Creating with an iPad
Creating is the highest order thinking skill. The creating level of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy has students design, construct, produce, devise, and make. Leave this session with tons of ideas for formative and summative assessments for students to showcase their mastery of content knowledge. Feel comfortable using iPad apps to create projects to support your teaching!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Presenter, Kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet D

12:15pm

Technology Plans: Leveraging Chromebooks for High Quality Instruction
Explore a district technology vision that has evolved, from projection in all instructional spaces to classroom carts of Chromebooks. Learn how the plan was developed, its ongoing support, and the vision for the future. See how the technology vision positively impacts instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Monson

Ryan Monson

Technology Coach, Mounds View Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway B/C

12:15pm

Create, Innovate, and Voice
Hear George Couros highlight trends in education and the world, and discuss how to create an engaging learning environment for students. He demonstrates that by giving students the ability to create meaningful learning, innovate, and be empowered with a voice, they will succeed long after their time in school.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet B/C

12:15pm

From Ideas to Action: Making School Transformation Happen
Today's schools have endless opportunities to redefine public education. While some schools succeed in transforming learning, others struggle to get great ideas off the ground. Come share strategies, examples, and scenarios to support school leaders in creating their own culture of innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Hegna

Jen Hegna

Director of Information and Learning Technology, Byron Public Schools
Director of Information and Learning Technology for Byron Public Schools(MN). I am a dreamer, collaborator, and a learning addict!


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

12:15pm

3-D Printing for All Ages
3-D printers are everywhere. This session explores how elementary and high school students use a 3-D printer to print scale models and full size products. Glencoe-Silver Lake High School students will demonstrate their engineering projects and share how the 3-D printer has improved their design skills.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Harriet

1:30pm

Analog Leaders in a Digital World
Education leaders come from an analog world. Today's students live in a digital world where information is accessible anywhere instantly. Learn to leverage this increased access, improve their learning experience, and encourage an environment where failure isn't always a bad thing. Ditch the VCR and embrace YouTube. Learn to see through the eyes of your students.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet D

1:30pm

District Vision: Learning Enhanced by Technology
Share our journey to develop and implement a district vision of a Dynamic Student Learning Experience enhanced by technology: Bringing together a task force; Presenting task force work to stakeholders; Developing beta groups to implement the vision; Determining the best device to enhance students' learning. Leave with strategies to use in enhancing your district vision.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Huling

Jenny Huling

Teaching and Learning Specialist, ISD 196
I am passionate about students creating and being innovative. I believe every person, child to adult has the potential to be a connected learner.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Minnehaha

1:30pm

Google Chrome: Personalize to Maximize Learning
Using Chromebooks, Chrome and Google Drive in the classroom allows staff and students to personalize their web experience. Learn how to personalize your Chromebook, add extensions for teachers and students, and maximize the power of Chrome for learning.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B

1:30pm

Interactive Digital Presentations Engage Students
Engage students in a digital learning experience with the creation of an interactive lesson that utilizes any Wi-Fi connected device in a class! You'll walk out of this session knowing both how to create a Nearpod and Pear Deck presentations, and how to use them with students.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Padrnos

Anthony Padrnos

Executive Director of Technology, Osseo Public Schools
Anthony has been involved with educational technology integration for many years as a classroom teacher, consultant, and technology administrator. Anthony has a B.A.S. in Mathematics Education with a certificate in educational computing and technology from the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway A

1:30pm

Professional Learning Network: Become a Connected Educator
Grow your professional learning network by connecting with like-minded educators on platforms such as Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. No need for previous experience; we will meet you where you are. This will be a hands-on approach to building your network. Come ready to try things out and participate.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Hoffmann

Andrea Hoffmann

Instructional Technology Coach, Minnetonka Public Schools
Andrea is an Instructional Technology Coach for the Minnetonka Public School District. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Coach, Andrea taught at the elementary and middle school level for over 10 years. She has presented at multiple conferences and is a Google Apps Qualified... Read More →
avatar for Ben Stanerson

Ben Stanerson

Technology Integrationist/Science Teacher, Minnetonka Public Schools
Ben is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) working with iPad integration at Minnetonka High School.   Prior to his current role, Ben was a High School Physics and Physical Science teacher for 10 years, and an active member of many pilot programs using technology in the... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway J

1:30pm

Tech Tools and Strategies for School Leaders
Share and explore technology-related tools and strategies available for school leaders. Learn to both engage your school community, and increase your personal efficiency and productivity!

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

Principal, Murphy Elementary
Sean Martinson is a northern Minnesota husband, father, and Elementary School Principal. He has four amazing children and is currently the Principal at Murphy Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sean holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology, Bachelors... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lakeshore C

1:30pm

Technology Initiatives: How Do We Get Buy-In?
Why do educational technology initiatives often fail to achieve buy-in? This session is geared towards administrators, teachers, and support staff responsible for promoting technology. Learn to identify common mistakes. Leave with concrete skills and strategies to effectively spread innovation in schools -- from 1:1 iPads to a blended learning program.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Smart

Mike Smart

Innovation Facilitator, Intermediate District 287
Like to talk about... Innovation. Education. Teaching. Maker Movement. Japanese. Programming. Games. Books. Parenting. Soccer. Coaching. ... Whatever, really, except Antiques and Gardening.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lake Superior A

1:30pm

Twitter as a Professional Tool
Learn how Twitter can help educators personalize your professional learning by creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN). Explore how Twitter can be used as an educational resource and the importance of a being connected educator. You do not need to have a Twitter account to attend this session.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Rexine

Kelly Rexine

IT Specialist, EduTech
My name is Kelly Rexine and I currently work for EduTech. EduTech is a company affiliated with ITD and the State of North Dakota. My professional title is K-12 Information Technology Specialist for the west central part of North Dakota. I work with educators around the state to help... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway B/C

1:30pm

Why We Chose Whitewater Learning® Online PD
With new performance review requirements and professional development challenges we can no longer use one-size-fits all solutions. To supplement our current practices we chose Whitewater Learning® E-Education for Educators as an online option because of its quality, accessibility, flexibility and affordability. Learn about how we are embedding WWL into our professional development.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

1:30pm

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Using Infographics as a Creative Assesment
An infographic is a visual representation of information. Learn tips and tricks for using student-created infographics as an authentic assessment. See how infographics are created. Explore the student literacy skills necessary to research, critique, summarize, and communicate information in a visual way to reach their audience.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Presenter, Kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet B/C

1:30pm

Assessments: Variety Is the Spice of School Life
Variety is the spice of school life. Learn how to apply technology to enhance the assessment process. Explore exit slips, formative assessments, and summative assessments using: Schoology, Today's Meet, Socrative, KidBlog, and Kahoot. School is more interesting when it changes often and you have diverse learning experiences!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mehra

Jennifer Mehra

5th Grade Teacher, Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 6

1:30pm

Kahoot! in the Classroom
Kahoot! is a game-based classroom response system. Use it on any device that connects to the Internet. It is engaging and allows for great feedback. Learn how it can change the way you teach and assess students!

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 3

2:35pm

Build Your Own iTunes U Course
Learn to build a course with Tunes U. In one hour you'll be up and flying! This hands-on session guides you through the basics from start to finish: explore the iTunes U store, use the course manager, structure content, publish your course. Bring your MacBook or iPad and join in!

Speakers
avatar for Jill Burdo

Jill Burdo

Consultant, Burdo Consulting, LLC


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand North

2:35pm

Design of the Times: Role of Design in Technology and Education
Emphasizing project based learning and arts integration, explore the role of design in both technology and education. Discuss the implications of aesthetics as a rhetorical tool. Gain critical understanding of how design influences teaching and learning. Learn teaching strategies to help students recognize, analyze, and critique design.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

Art Instructor
Art Education, Alternative Education, Innovative Schooling, Education Technology, Equity Issues in Technology & Education


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lakeshore C

2:35pm

Gamification and Collaborative Storytelling
Learn how to use the mechanics of different game formats to help your students collaboratively tell stories. Storytelling projects can range from individual, to small group, to classwide settings. Come away with tools and examples that empower students to engage in shared synergistic storytelling, and are easily adapted to different age and content levels.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand Center

2:35pm

Go-Go-Gadget iPad: Annotate the World
The iPad is an amazing all-in-one creation tool equipped with everything needed to make students documentarians of their own learning. Explore, hands-on, apps to help students document everything and annotate anything. Start building rich, visual portfolios of learning, connected to the real world and curated by students in their native digital medium.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet D

2:35pm

Google+ Communities = Engaging Classroom Web Presence
If you're a Google Apps for Education school, you can create an engaging web presence for your school or classroom in a matter of minutes using Google+ Communities. Easily share videos, photos, docs, and more. View examples and learn how to create a Community of your own!

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thorstad

Jesse Thorstad

Technology Specialist, Fergus Falls Public Schools
I'm a tech coordinator in Fergus Falls, MN. I love pretty much anything tech-ed or gadget related and showing young and old alike how these tools work. I love disc golf, coaching Special Olympics, drones, Jeep Wranglers, Geocaching, and everything Apple. And Google. And disc golf.I'm... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

2:35pm

iPad Cart: 10 Best Practices
Using an iPad cart in your classroom? Come and learn 10 best practices gleaned from three years of observing classroom-based iPad integration. Engage students through four C's: connection, concept, concrete practice, and conclusion. Try innovative practices to encourage student interaction and collaboration from beginning to the end.

Speakers
avatar for C. Candace Chou

C. Candace Chou

Professor, School of Education, University of St. Thomas
I am a professor at the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas. I am passionate about emerging media and specializing in the pedagogical applications of innovative educational technology. I administer the K-12 Learning Technology Online Graduate Certificate, E-Learning... Read More →
avatar for Lanise Block, Ed.D.

Lanise Block, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Digital Empowerment Academy
Dr. Lanise Block has been an educator for 18 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy and the Convener of the Northside Digital Innovation Alliance. Currently, Lanise is the Content Lead K-12: Social Studies in Minneapolis Public Schools... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet A

2:35pm

iPads and Transformative Learning with the SAMR Model
How does SAMR fit into technology integration in classrooms? Discover what transformative learning can look like at the modification and redefinition levels, with iPads in the classroom. Explore several examples of project-based learning ideas within these levels. Learn how the integration of the SAMR model helped raise student achievement in Crosby-Ironton classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Clasen

Allison Clasen

5th Grade Teacher, Crosby-Ironton Schools
I am passionate about bringing innovative methods into my classroom to enhance and transform student learning.
avatar for Britta Nelson

Britta Nelson

5th Grade Teacher, Crosby-Ironton Schools
This is my 4th year of teaching at Cuyuna Range Elementary School. I use Schoology everyday in my 1:1 classroom. I love using technology to enhance my students' learning!


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lake Superior B

2:35pm

Managing Public Certificates in Your Organization
Managing all of your public certificates can be a hairy job. When certificates unknowingly expire so do the services they provide. This can be disastrous for users! Learn how to manage your public certificates and replace them before they expire using a new tool developed by our partners at DigiCert.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Cedar

2:35pm

Moodle for Effective Course Design
Moodle is a powerful instructional tool for assessment, content delivery, and collaboration. Learn to define the characteristics of a well-designed and effective online course, and how to apply these using Moodle. Learn how to design your Moodle course so that it is manageable, easy to navigate, and appealing to students.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

Instructional Technology Coach, Orono Schools
Caitlin is the online learning specialist for the Orono public school district and serves as an executive committee member for the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Caitlin has run her own MOOC called Tech Tools for Teachers, a project-based professional development... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lake Superior A

2:35pm

Social Media: Connecting Educators Beyond School Walls
Do you believe that social media can enhance your professional learning? Examine the possibilities using Twitter, Google +, and other applications. Hear about others' experiences connecting with people around the country to grow their learning. Explore how to connect using social media, including how to develop a personal learning network.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Lape

Travis Lape

Innovative Programs Director, Harrisburg School District
Travis has been teaching in South Dakota his entire career. He has been both a classroom teacher and technology integrationist. This year he moved into the Districts Innovative Programs Director position where he will help continue to lead the district in innovative practices. Travis’s... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Greenway D/E

2:35pm

Teacher Evaluation: Evolving Use of Technology
Peer evaluators from Orono Public Schools share their evolution in teacher evaluation and use of technology. Explore examples of how technology is used in classroom instruction and the evaluation process. Discuss next steps in using technology to support professional development.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lakeshore A

2:35pm

Augment Your Reality
Augmented reality is gaining popularity, especially in education. Join this session for an introduction to some of the most popular augmented reality apps available. Create your own augmented reality using a variety of apps. Take a look at Google Glass and how it is being used in augmented reality.

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Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet B/C

2:35pm

Screencasting and Formative Assessment
Develop your understanding of and approach to assessing student learning, while connecting education research to both teaching practice and software development. Engage in hands-on and minds-on activities framed through screencasting technology and formative assessment. Provoke thinking and dialogue around the question: "How can I learn more about what my students truly understand?" When students create screencasts, they not only create a product of their learning, but also a vehicle to make their thought processes more visible to the teacher and, more importantly, to themselves.

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Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

4:30pm

MASA - Technology Leaders Meeting
Meeting of the Technology Leaders group of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Speakers
avatar for Josh Swanson

Josh Swanson

Executive Director of Technology, Eden Prairie Public Schools
Personalization of learning, leadership and change management.
avatar for Joel VerDuin

Joel VerDuin

Chief Technology and Information Officer, Anoka-Hennepin Schools
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Tim Wilson

Chief Technology Officer, Osseo Area Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Northstar Ballroom A
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

8:00am

Collaborative Apps for the 21st Century Classroom
Collaboration is key to the 21st century classroom. Explore a variety of collaborative apps used by a sixth grade Digital Literacy class, some Google-based: including comic creation, video creation, 3D printing, and more. Students use the apps to demonstrate core subject understanding. Gain tips to easily integrate these tools into your classroom curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Even

Chad Even

6th Grade Digital Lit. teacher, Bismarck Public Schools
Teach 6th grade in a "textbook less classroom". Teach a new innovative class called--Digital Literacy (21st Century Skills) Love finding new innovative ideas of teaching/learning. "Today is the day make a difference" Twitter-@evensclass
avatar for Sarah Francetich

Sarah Francetich

6th Grade Digital Literacy Teacher, Bismarck Public Schools
I love teaching students and teachers how technology can make learning more enjoyable. There is just something about watching students and teachers get excited about using technology to create and collaborate.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway F/G

8:00am

Come Create an Infographic!
Information graphics present complicated information quickly and clearly. Expand what educators and others use infographics for. Demystify how infographics can enhance your teaching! Learn about two very different, free infographic creation tools and compare their functionalities. Learn through hands-on exploration to create an infographic for yourself.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Lake Superior B

8:00am

Focus on the Five C's
What tools and technologies will help your students create, collaborate, communicate better, and develop critical thinking skills? Explore free resources that allow teachers to teach curriculum while employing today’s technologies. Expand your proficiency in making material accessible and engaging, while increasing student digital literacy and citizenship.

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Laura Gudmundson

Media Specialist, Computer/Media teacher, Kingsland Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Minnetonka

8:00am

Going Mobile with Google Apps
Did you know there over 20 apps available from Google? Explore some of the most popular apps. Gain tips and tricks. And dive into the more obscure Google apps!

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Northstar Ballroom B

8:00am

Inventory/Track Your Technology: AssetTrackDB
Learn how schools can use the free and open source AssetTrackDB software to inventory and track technology assets. From thousands of 1:1 devices to 100 computers, you'll explore how this software can help your technology department. Follow the software demonstration on your own device. Leave with all the tools you need to get started.

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avatar for Tyler Krehbiel

Tyler Krehbiel

Technology Coordinator, SWWC Service Cooperative
Twitter: @TylerKrehbiel


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
St. Croix

8:00am

Research: Google, Library Resources, and Your Students
How do you get your students to use library resources? How do you explain the differences between using Google and library resources for research? In this session, you’ll address these tough questions, assess the differences between Google and library resources as research tools, and outline some potential solutions.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway H/I

8:00am

Technology Assessment: Analyze Tech Status and Needs with BrightBytes
Can districts improve what they can't measure? Learn to analyze technology status and needs, and move forward in the right direction with your technology. Explore how Kasson-Mantorville Schools uses data collected with CASE Clarity by BrightBytes to find efficient and effective solutions to classroom, access, skills and environment.

Speakers
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Kelly Braun

Teaching & Learning Coordinator, KASSON - MANTORVILLE


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway A

8:00am

Walkthrough Data: Automate Observations with Google Forms
Need a way to collect data (such as classroom walkthroughs or observations), share feedback and analyze results electronically? Create your own data collection Google Form in this hands-on session. Your Google Form will collect data, as well as automatically create, e-mail and file a PDF of that data to stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Asper

Steve Asper

Technology Support Manager, White Bear Lake Area Schools
I work with all things Google; Apps, Chromebooks, Android tablets. I like working with teachers and students to discover new tools and ways to personalize learning for students.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Lakeshore A

8:00am

Winning the APPmazing Race
There is a revolution afoot that combines game-based learning and the maker movement with your mobile device and applies it to professional development.This can be done on any platform and with any topic while promoting teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and perseverance. Come experience the challenge and have fun while you learn!

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Northstar Ballroom A

8:00am

Monitor Online Activity, Keeping Students and Data Safe
Explore network hardware that provides content-filtering solutions. Barracuda Networks delivers simple, easy-to-use, affordable solutions that make it easy to regulate and monitor student and staff online activity, with tools designed specifically to meet the needs of K-12 organizations. This session may contain commercial content.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Isles

9:00am

11:00am

'Flippin' Staff Meetings -- An Innovative Approach
What if staff meetings and professional development were done differently by being innovative, engaging and transformative? Learn how and why one school transformed by using time differently, by "flipping" staff meetings and professional development. Gain real-life, applicable resources and approaches for flipping staff meetings in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Arbogash

Amy Arbogash

Technology Integration Specialist, Howard Suamico School District
This is my third year as the Technology Integration Specialist at Bay View Middle School in the Howard Suamico School District. We are a progressive 1:1 iPad, Apple, and GAFE school. I love helping teachers and students discover the wows and wonders of learning through technology... Read More →
avatar for Paul Hermes

Paul Hermes

Associate Principal, Howard-Suamico School District - Bay View Middle School


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Lakeshore A

11:00am

Civic Impact via Digital Engagement: Digital Empowerment Academy
The Digital Empowerment Academy (DEA) engages underrepresented youth to develop digital literacy and leadership skills. We support youth in making a social impact in their community via digital engagement. DEA curriculum is based on the Digital Kinship Model, a culturally responsive framework extending to those outside of digital society.

Speakers
avatar for Lanise Block, Ed.D.

Lanise Block, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Digital Empowerment Academy
Dr. Lanise Block has been an educator for 18 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy and the Convener of the Northside Digital Innovation Alliance. Currently, Lanise is the Content Lead K-12: Social Studies in Minneapolis Public Schools... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

11:00am

Data Collection to Inform Instruction
Consider concrete examples of data collection tools and how they can be used to inform learning. Plus gather best practices on how to move forward with a data action plan. Tools discussed include: Apple and Google Apps, Google Forms/scripts, and video collection/sharing. Apply them in your classroom tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Andi Loger

Andi Loger

Peer Coach, Edina Public Schools
As a peer coach I am passionate about professional development to support student success through teacher growth. I believe through building relationships and gathering meaningful data, coaching is one of the most powerful tools to teacher growth.
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Libby Sandvick

Teacher Evaluation Coordinator, Edina Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway J

11:00am

Digital Practice: It's Not About the Device
Technology in education is not about the device. It is about instruction that is transformed as a result of technology. Learn how existing best practices with the BIG 5 (elementary) and WICORT (secondary) reading strategies can seamlessly transform student experience and learning by incorporating digital practice. Leave with strategies you can use tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

11:00am

E-Rate 2.0: Broadband for Schools and Libraries
The E-Rate program, which provides schools and libraries with discounted Internet access and other telecommunications services, is going through significant changes for FY 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). Learn about changes to eligible services, the application process, and how E-rate funding will be distributed.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology
Twitter: @MaryTMM


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Minnehaha

11:00am

Evernote in Education
What started as an amazing website for helping you keep your notes synchronized, is now that and so much more! Explore Evernote and all its benefits, including new services and applications. Look at Evernote in education and how schools are using Evernote to help them stay more organized and efficient.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet A

11:00am

Gamification, Level 2: Increase Student Engagement
Gamification can be a powerful teaching tool. Bring true gaming strategies into the classroom -- moving beyond badges and achievement awards, to Minecraft and 3D printing. Learn how one teacher transformed his class into a semester-long game, increasing student engagement and interest by "nearly an order of magnitude."

Speakers
avatar for Dan Zabrowski

Dan Zabrowski

Technology Education Teacher. Unified Arts Department Head, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
Versatility in technology education. I'm focused on computers, telecommunications, and emerging technology. However, if you need someone to teach drafting, engineering, welding or woodworking, I got your back. Also, if you need a 4th for Smash Bros. or an impromptu storyteller for... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom B

11:00am

Google Sites: Setting your Sights Higher!
Be challenged by a Google Education Trainer to “set your sights higher.” Use Google Sites beyond a basic classroom presence. Discover the potential for projects, presentations, ePortfolios, events, resource repositories and more! Tips will be provided to enhance the design and functionality of new or existing sites.

Speakers
avatar for Geri Feiock

Geri Feiock

Secondary Math Instructional Coach; Math Teacher, District 196 Rosemount - Apple Valley - Eagan
Geri brings her experiences as a Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer, G Suite for Education Top Contributor, SMART Certified Education Trainer, SMART Exemplary Educator, and high school math teacher to each of her presentations. She provides ongoing training and support... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway B/C

11:00am

Keyboarding Skills: 21st Century Necessity
Why teach keyboarding? Will the keyboard become obsolete? How do you motivate keyboarding students? As students learn inefficient habits early using smartphones and tablets, keyboarding skills are more needed in the 21st century than ever. Learn to help students overcome hunting and pecking habits, and improve their productivity and preparation for college and their careers! May contain commercial content.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
St. Croix

11:00am

Live Stream your School Events
Examine the methods, benefits, and pitfalls of live streaming events from your school. There are as many ways to live stream your event as there are events for you to stream. Explore many streaming options (Ustream, Eduvision, Goodle Live, Dropcam, Kaltura), what equipment is required, cost factors, and what copyright issues you need to consider.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Integration Coach, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Minnetonka

11:00am

Professional Development: Become a Digital Educator
Students must engage beyond their classroom walls. To model this, teachers need to become digitally connected. Learn to leverage social media tools, as well as use targeted Google searches, so you too can become a digital learner. Think of it as professional development that is always tailored to your subject, grade level, and passions.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Lakeshore C

11:00am

Becoming a Mobile Learner
Embark upon a journey through the dawn of the information age with college student, Travis Allen. Experience the life of a true digital native who boldly refused to accept the status quo in the classroom.

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avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

President and Founder, iSchool Initiative
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom C

11:00am

Learning Spaces... the Final Frontier...
Houston, we have a problem! You've figured out how to get learning into the hands of kids with mobile devices, laptops,and BYOD. You've experienced that learning is best if it's learner-centered and authentic, with teachers changing their instructional practices. However, when you go into classrooms of modern schools, something looks eerily familiar to the classrooms of yesteryear. Despite the influx of technology and the re-imagining of pedagogy, the physical spaces remain the same. Explore ways to make the classroom space a new frontier.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet B/C

11:00am

IGNITE! iOS in the Elementary, Middle, Secondary Classrooms
Four presenters will each have eight minutes and 25 slides advancing every 20 seconds to share their excitement and IGNITE yours on iOS in the Elementary, Middle, Secondary classrooms. Join this energetic, fast-paced session to be inspired to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Clasen

Allison Clasen

5th Grade Teacher, Crosby-Ironton Schools
I am passionate about bringing innovative methods into my classroom to enhance and transform student learning.
avatar for Laurie Conzemius

Laurie Conzemius

Ed Tech Consultant, Laurie Conzemius LLC
I love discussing the tools, resources, and technologies that can improve teaching and learning. I feel fortunate to represent Minnesota educators as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) board member. Ask me about our resources - and join me at the premier international... Read More →
avatar for Britta Nelson

Britta Nelson

5th Grade Teacher, Crosby-Ironton Schools
This is my 4th year of teaching at Cuyuna Range Elementary School. I use Schoology everyday in my 1:1 classroom. I love using technology to enhance my students' learning!
avatar for Leslie Pralle

Leslie Pralle

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA
Prior to joining Prairie Lakes AEA as an Instructional Technology Consultant in August 2013, Leslie Pralle Keehn taught middle and high school Social Studies and middle school technology courses at Northeast Hamilton CSD in Blairsburg, Iowa. After taking on a leadership role in professional... Read More →
avatar for Lynnea West

Lynnea West

i-Learn Specialist, Eden Prairie Public Schools
Lynnea West (@lynneawest) is i-Learn Specialist for the Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development focusing in Learning Technologies. Lynnea is committed... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway F/G

11:00am

A Time Tested, Future Proof Digital Textbook
Create a website that functions as your digital textbook and classroom hub. Learn how free, easy-to-use tools like Google Sites, Weebly, and Wix can create your website. See how to integrate tools like Google Apps and Schoology to expand functionality. Resources will be provided to get you started.

Speakers
avatar for Landon Brainerd

Landon Brainerd

HS Teacher/Tech Integration, Crosby-Ironton School District


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 1

11:00am

eBooks: Continuing the Conversation
The eBook landscape continues to change. Learn about major providers, changes in access to eBooks, and means of access. Explore online textbooks, options for creating and self-publishing eBooks, and digital rights management.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 5

11:00am

iPads and Assistive Technology: Maximize the Options
Get an introduction to assistive technology tools built into iPads. These tools allow diverse learners to access information and demonstrate their learning more independently. Examine the strengths and limitations of specific features for vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and learning and literacy. Learn how teachers can maximize the strengths and minimize the limitations.

Speakers
avatar for Rojanne Brown

Rojanne Brown

Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Technology Integration Specialist at Osseo Area Schools Online Instructor for IT4Educators


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 4

12:15pm

Apps for Learning: Use iOS and Android Apps to Foster Engagement
Explore research-based classroom activities supported by iOS and Android app capabilities for multimodality, collaboration, interactivity, connectivity, and shared productivity. These activities foster acquisition of different disciplinary literacies. Learn how to model and assess students’ use of these app capabilities to enhance student engagement and learning.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway J

12:15pm

Brains and Technology: What Educators Need to Know
Recent brain-based learning research tells us that our brains are changing, particularly as a result of technology. While many changes are positive, some are alarming. Discuss what we are we doing right and what we need to consider changing in our use of technology in teaching. Leave with resources for reference and further reading.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway A

12:15pm

Content Retention: Stop the Summer Slide
How can you prevent summer student learning loss? Hear how one large urban district used a virtual learning solution with Compass Learning -- providing free, online resources to families. Review the data-driven Anoka-Hennepin case study and see firsthand how they eliminated summer academic loss on fall NWEA/MAP test scores.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce DeWitt

Bruce DeWitt

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Anoka-Hennepin School District
Instructional Technology Facilitator at Anoka-Hennepin


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Minnehaha

12:15pm

iBooks and 21st Century Resources: Time4Tech
Are your textbooks out of date? Maybe you're looking to move your classroom into the 21st century. Teach and learn using iBooks! This session features iBooks Author. You'll gain insight into flipped lessons and individualized learning, and learn to create your own free 21st century resources for the iPad.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore B

12:15pm

iPads + Google Apps: Workflow, Fun & Creation
Get hands-on with Google Apps for Education on iOS. You’ll explore some fun ways to get students creating, as well as, tips and tricks for the classroom and suggested workflows. Dig into Drive, Docs, and Slides on iOS, but also get hands-on with Search, YouTube Capture, Earth, and Plus.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet A

12:15pm

Learning Beyond the Four Classroom Walls
From local museums to scientists on the Arctic Circle, connecting to content outside the classroom has never been easier. Attendees will learn how to access and participate in a Google Hangout, explore the Connected Classroom with Google, and create digital resources to bring the outside world into the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Averbeck

Jamie Averbeck

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ashwaubenon School District
Follow me @AverbeckTech


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway F/G

12:15pm

LearningExpress Library for K-12 Skill Improvement
The LearningExpress Library School Center offers tests, eBooks, and tutorials to help students from fourth-12th grade increase their skill level in math, reading, logic, social studies, and and language arts. Walk through the SchoolCenter for all levels. Learn to create accounts to save resources: e.g., test prep, modes, scoring, and areas for further subject development.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Calhoun

12:15pm

Microsoft Office 365 Basics
Office 365 refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet. Learn the benefits of moving to Office 365 for students, teachers, and staff. Learn how you can take advantage of one terabyte for file and 50 gigabytes for mail storage per user for free!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
St. Croix

12:15pm

Open Educational Resources (OER): Increase Engagement
What qualifies as quality Open Educational Resources (OER), and how can OER improve teaching in blended; flipped and online settings? You may have a favorite strategy for finding OER. In this session, we'll learn to design strategies and use these resources to create greater engagement, within a learning management system.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Fila

Jon Fila

Curriculum Coordinator, Intermediate District 287
Curriculum Coordinator for ISD 287, OER, digital curriculum resources and professional development in blended, digital, and just-in-time teaching. Curriculum developer, trainer and support for the MN Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Teaches English 12 online for Northern... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B

12:15pm

Personalized Learning through Genius Hour
Ignite your students and staff to personalize their learning. Genius Hour prepares learners to be college and career ready with 21st century skills. Hear firsthand from students how Genius Hour changed their view of learning and increased their other pursuits. Leave ready to empower your students to have their passions and curriculum goals work in harmony.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Schiller

Erin Schiller

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Public Schools
Erin Schiller is an Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Technology and Differentiation from Hamline University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College... Read More →
avatar for Megan Skogstad

Megan Skogstad

Teacher, Eden Prairie


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Millennium Grand North

12:15pm

Professional Development: Dynamic Teacher Learning Experience
We strive for a dynamic student learning experience in classrooms around the world. How can we provide staff with the same experiences? Learn about one district's "beta" professional development plans for teachers, administrators, and instructional leaders. Gain strategies to help your district support staff as they go deeper with technology to enhance student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Huling

Jenny Huling

Teaching and Learning Specialist, ISD 196
I am passionate about students creating and being innovative. I believe every person, child to adult has the potential to be a connected learner.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Minnetonka

12:15pm

Professional Development: Self-Directed and Effective with Web Tools
Self-directed professional growth is vital in today's rapidly evolving educational scene; yet, it easily can be pushed aside by plates filled to overflowing. Four well-known Web 2.0 tools (Feedly, Twitter, Evernote, and LinkedIn) offer a convenient and effective solution. Discover how these tools can work together to keep you informed, connected, and growing.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Ahlsten

Mark Ahlsten

Multimedia/Instructional Design Specialist, North Dakota State College of Science
I am relatively new to this position, and it is the first position to incorporate some form of an instructional designer for the campus. Seeing instruction transformed into that which engages students, moves them into becoming responsible for their learning, and creating learner-centered... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway B/C

12:15pm

Socrative and Peer Instruction
Focus on ways to have your students work harder than you, while learning content. Peer Instruction is a powerful way of engaging students while learning. It promotes deeper understanding of content. Participate in a hands-on demonstration with three interactive examples of how Socrative can be used with Peer Instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Stanerson

Ben Stanerson

Technology Integrationist/Science Teacher, Minnetonka Public Schools
Ben is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) working with iPad integration at Minnetonka High School.   Prior to his current role, Ben was a High School Physics and Physical Science teacher for 10 years, and an active member of many pilot programs using technology in the... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore C

12:15pm

Technology Integration: Balancing Pedagogy and Technology
Sometimes lost in dialogue around technology integration is a primary focus on best practice pedagogies. Integration models lend themselves to focus on technology rather than pedagogy. Discuss how teachers can start lesson development with learning goals and best practice pedagogies in mind, then use technology to enhance and support the lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Rutherford

Casey Rutherford

Teacher and Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
Casey teaches Physics and Math at Shakopee High School, and spends half his day as a Digital Learning Coach (shakopeedlc.org). He is passionate about an emphasis on solid teaching methods and considering both tech and non-tech options when doing so.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lake Superior B

12:15pm

Technology Integration: Create a Vision with Focus and Clarity
Do you feel like you are drowning in a sea of technology? Explore a vision of technology integration based on “why,” and find focus and simplicity with clarity. Explore a roadmap based on SAMR to examine your current reality, and the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) to move toward modification.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cox

Ryan Cox

Director of Instructional Technology, Becker Public Schools
I am currently the Director of Instructional Technology for Becker Public Schools. We are involved in an expanding iPad 1:1 initiative in Grades K-12. Our High School and Middle School have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program. I believe very strongly in leveraging resources... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway H/I

12:15pm

Technology, Adventure and Change
Reframe 21st century education. Explore a framework to better utilize technology in the classroom. Start with the current situation in Minnesota using a Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition baseline. Examine the adventure/technology connection. Leave with a strong philosophical framework and simple action plan to move instructional technology forward in a classroom, school or district.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet D

12:15pm

Twitter Chat: #MNLead, Live Session Leadership Chat
Learn about Twitter chats and build your professional learning network. Join a session of #MNLead, a weekly twitter chat focusing on leadership, pedagogy, and technology. Discuss a topic through a series of questions in small groups, then post ideas on Twitter. Become part of the conversation as we work together to transform education in Minnesota!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ament

Michelle Ament

Director of Instruction and Professional Learning, Eden Prairie Schools
Passionate about innovative and creative ideas which are leading to the transformation and personalization of learning & teaching in a 1:1 technology environment.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore A

12:15pm

Technology Integration for Progressive Learning
Discuss current trends in educational audiovisual technology. Explore practical information on AV sources, displays, connectivity infrastructure, and control. Leave ready to plan for technology in the design phase, providing a seamlessly integrated learning environment for users. This session may contain commercial content.

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Extron

Dir of Sales, Extron Electronics
Extron is a leading manufacturer of classroom AV solutions, including PoleVault® classroom systems, VoiceLift® microphone systems, and GlobalViewer® AV resource management, recording solutions and campus communication software.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nokomis

12:15pm

Bringing A New Voice To Libraries and Schools Through Makerspaces
There are so many ways libraries and schools are being redesigned and changing. One way is by adding Makerspaces -- new places for creativity, collaboration, and connections. Learn how Shannon McClintock Miller and her students added a Makerspace and tools like a Makerbot 3D printer, LittleBits, knitting, and Maker Lunches to the library. Little did they know what these changes would bring to the entire school community. See how the students have been inspired through project-based learning, individual passions, and global connections to make a difference within their MakerSpace, school, and the world.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet B/C

12:15pm

CANCELLED SESSION - Culture Shift: Leading and Learning in the Connected School
A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world become increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge is changing in profound ways. As educators, your goal is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Stir a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches! Unleash the passion that lies within each learner.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

CEO, Powerful Learning Practice
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

12:15pm

Moodle for Professional Development
Learn how a K-12 school uses Moodle to enrich technology professional development, at both the elementary and secondary levels. Explore a variety of Web 2.0 and Google tools, and see how to use Moodle as the framework housing the tools.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Opsal

Sheila Opsal

Bus Ed / Technology Intergration, St Clair High School
Business Education/Career & Technical Teacher at St. Clair High School. I am passionate about technology and how it has changed the way we teach. Everyday their is something new to get excited about!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 4

12:15pm

Specialist Classroom and Digital Learning
Bring digital learning into the specialist classroom! Learn a variety of ways to incorporate technology into teacher preparation and sharing of information, formative assessment, and digital literacy and storytelling-type projects.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 2

12:15pm

Storytelling With iOS: Contribute Your Verse
Embrace the power of a story. The most important part of your story as educators is that you have a part in the stories of all your students. Every student has a verse to contribute and story to tell. See three examples for iOS to help students from different grade levels and backgrounds tell their story.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Pralle

Leslie Pralle

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA
Prior to joining Prairie Lakes AEA as an Instructional Technology Consultant in August 2013, Leslie Pralle Keehn taught middle and high school Social Studies and middle school technology courses at Northeast Hamilton CSD in Blairsburg, Iowa. After taking on a leadership role in professional... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 3

1:30pm

Apps, Tips, Websites and Gadgets for the Administrator
Administrators, keep on top of the ever changing dynamic of technology! Get an overview of some top tools, apps, and methods administrators across the country are using to help in their day-to-day activities. Discover a wealth of online people and resources to help you continue to lead effectively.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet D

1:30pm

Augmented Reality Apps Engage Students
Take a look at the newest technology buzz: Augmented Reality (AR). Learn how AR apps can engage students, specifically in writing processes and student-centered digital projects. Share specific examples of completed elementary student projects. Return to your classroom with lessons and ideas that will ignite students and their writing abilities.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B

1:30pm

Digital Badges for Lifetime Credentialing
Digital badges offer a novel alternative for credentialing. The badges rely on technology to support an open education infrastructure. They validate skills and competencies gained in the classroom, on the job, and in a multitude of other settings over one’s lifetime. Come explore the future of digital badges.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway H/I

1:30pm

Flipped Classroom Resources: Moving Up with iMovie and YouTube
Transform learning with flipped instruction. Discover how Tellagami, Explain Everything, iMovie, YouTube, Animoto, and your iPad can work together to redefine classroom learning. Explore a website with step-by-step instructions, as well as useful links, to easily replicate the process in your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandchildren! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Millennium Grand Center

1:30pm

Innovation 101: Tapping the Wisdom of the Crowd
Does your district embrace change? Do you know how to fully utilize the creative talent of your employees? Learn the secrets of crowdsourcing: it's collaborative, it's social, it's fun! Join a lively session that will introduce you to a new way of thinking. Leave ready to help your district increase employee morale, community support, and academic achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Associate Superintendent, Minnetonka Public Schools
As the Associate Superintendent in Minnetonka Public Schools, I lead innovation across the district as well as oversee ongoing development of the academic program. I am fortunate to work with a great T&L team and a very courageous group of principals and teacher-leaders in Minnetonka... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lakeshore C

1:30pm

It Takes an iVillage
Mobile learning needs to include parents! Mobile devices represent disruptive change in the classroom and in the home. Discuss ways to bond with your community over new digital mediums. From conversations about YikYak to laughs over Tumblr, schools and communities can help each other. After all, you’re not raising kids, you're raising adults.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead the LEAP program, which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet A

1:30pm

Manage your Digital Life with iOS
Explore how to leverage your digital iOS devices to enhance your personal and professional lives. Learn through discussion and hands-on learning as we look at the iPhone and iPad. Explore advanced calendar features. Learn productivity apps such as Evernote. Delve into social networking for professional growth and to extend your professional learning networks.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

Principal, Murphy Elementary
Sean Martinson is a northern Minnesota husband, father, and Elementary School Principal. He has four amazing children and is currently the Principal at Murphy Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Sean holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Technology, Bachelors... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lakeshore A

1:30pm

Online Tools: Share the Best of the Best
Share an extensive list of online tools of interest to teachers. An experienced teacher, "addicted to curation of online tools for teaching and learning," has bookmarked well over 5,000 resources. Enjoy a demonstration of her workflow for finding great tools and share the best of the best, plus a few that are just plain fun.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St Paul Academy and Summit School
Director of Instructional Technology for St. Paul Academy and Summit School Google Educator & Google Education Trainer Apple Distinguished Educator Passionate about #makered and portable/mobile devices in education


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway B/C

1:30pm

Personalized PD in Action!
Support an individualized approach to professional development. See how a district differentiated job-embedded staff development. Participants partnered with technology integrationists and instructional coaches throughout the year. Sessions focused on collaboration, creation, and implementation of technology integration and best practice instruction to increase student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Carney

Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS - North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, 4 years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her 3rd year... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway D/E

1:30pm

The Power of Personalized Video Enhancement
Take digital education to the next level, beyond the flipped classroom. Video Enhancement is the doorway to offering all students personalized, repeatable, consistent, predictable, and routine videos. Explore several types of videos and discover how to make it work for you. Video Enhancement allows educators to effectively foster a best practice approach to personalized content.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway J

1:30pm

Is Your Network on “App Overload”
District networks are flooded with the latest apps. How can a school know each and every app used on their network, and optimize critical app performance and security? Explore today’s "app overload” environment. Focus on using network data to increase academic performance, while also enhancing network performance.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Minnetonka

1:30pm

The Google Test: Creating Student Thinkers and Makers in the Age of the Internet
Examine the shifting the paradigm of classrooms: moving away from memorizing and remembering, and toward thinking, analyzing, and making. If Google can get any and all information for your students, then how do you teach them to use it?  With access to an impossible amount of information in your classrooms, how do you ask questions that Google can't answer?

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

1:30pm

Augmented Reality in an Elementary Classroom
Explore the benefits of augmented reality in the classroom: make an item become live with video, pictures, or graphics. Learn to use the Aurasma app to augment projects and conferences, and to set up classroom rules and routines. Help students actively engage in sharing their work with other classes, parents, and the world.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 5

2:35pm

Achievement Badges in the Classroom
Explore classroom gamification through the use of achievement badges. Badges can help improve student engagement and motivation to learn. Receive an overview of gamification, as well as tips and tricks to implementing and distributing badges in the classroom, and student thoughts on earning badges.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand Center

2:35pm

Apps with Meteor: Build Real-time, Reactive Web Apps
Learn how to build real-time, reactive Web Apps with Meteor. Meteor is a JavaScript framework for creating top-quality Web apps in a fraction of the time it usually takes. See a demonstration of how easy it is to spin up an application, i.e., build an app, that you can use in any classroom.

Speakers
avatar for T. J. Fletcher

T. J. Fletcher

Web Developer, TIES
I'm currently a web developer at TIES where I get to work on our cutting edge web-based applications. Prior to this, I was an Education Technology Coordinator at TIES where I was able to offer workshops in our state of the art training center. In a past life, I taught chemistry and... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lake Superior B

2:35pm

Engaging Students with Chrome Apps and Extensions
Discover how to guide students in creating unique digital learning projects while promoting on-task productivity. Find out how to maximize the power of Google Apps for Education, while also aligning them with the Common Core and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

District Instructional Technology Coach, Seymour Community School District
Dr. Jenna Linskens is an Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Seymour Community School District. She also provides trainings and is a consultant to school districts in technology integration, instructional design, and e-learning in education. With a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet A

2:35pm

Flipping the Classroom with TED-Ed Videos
Inspire and enhance the student communication experience. See examples from a flipped communication classroom using TED Talks and TED-Ed lessons -- engaging students to think, dig deeper, and discuss. Learn to create a TED-Ed lesson around any TED Talk or YouTube video. Set up a TED-Ed club in your classroom and share worldwide!

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Kowalik

Timothy Kowalik

Professor, University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Professor of Communication, with human communication emphasis, curriculum writer, and technology innovator with over 30 years of experience in education.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand South

2:35pm

Google Classroom: How can I use it?
Have you heard about Google Classroom and wonder what it is? Would you like to take a look and maybe set up your classes in it? Looking for a way to reduce paper and streamline assignment workflow? Come hang with us and see for yourself how Google Classroom can help your teaching and student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Asper

Steve Asper

Technology Support Manager, White Bear Lake Area Schools
I work with all things Google; Apps, Chromebooks, Android tablets. I like working with teachers and students to discover new tools and ways to personalize learning for students.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B

2:35pm

Guide Teachers to Transform Instruction
Use staff goals and coaching to avoid "pockets of wow" and build technology capacity in all teachers! Discover how two school districts are guiding teachers to transform instruction by developing proficiency integrating technology into their practice. Come away with a technology integration proficiency rubric you can use in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Borglum

Jason Borglum

District Technology Director, Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools
avatar for John Lustig

John Lustig

District Technology Director, Saint Peter Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

2:35pm

PD - This Time it has to be Personal!
PD is no longer Professional Development; it has to be Personal. See and share how far we've come. Join the Independent People of America District (iPad), where you will experience three fast-paced, individual driven PD ideas that you can take with you to transform PD in your district or use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Vagle

Tim Vagle

District Technology Coordinator, Thief River Falls Public Schools
I'd love to hear your story...share our story and grow with you. 20+ years in educational technology and I'm still blessed to be in a position to help kids...Currently in year 6 of 1:1 K-12 plan that's funded for 12 years let's talk about Dreaming Big...Listening Big and Talking Little.Can't... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet D

2:35pm

Professional Development: Edcamp Evolves
Edcamps, an emerging model of organic, participant-driven professional development, are springing up across Minnesota. What’s next for the Edcamp model? Will Edcamps transform professional development? Will the Edcamp model be integrated into districts’ overall approach to PD? Learn from a panel of Edcamp organizers and discuss opportunities and next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ament

Michelle Ament

Director of Instruction and Professional Learning, Eden Prairie Schools
Passionate about innovative and creative ideas which are leading to the transformation and personalization of learning & teaching in a 1:1 technology environment.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lakeshore A

2:35pm

Professional Development: Effortless Tricks for PD Tweeting
Building a professional learning community (PLC) is an important part of any educator’s professional development. Explore the use of social networking for PLCs and learning from others around the world. Come away with quick and easy tips from two novice Twitter users on how to gain meaningful insights on educational trends and best practices. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson

Manager of Integration and Customer Support, Atomic Learning


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Minnehaha

2:35pm

SMART Notebook: Nurture the SMART Boarder in You
Incorporate the SMART Board into your lessons through the use of SMART Notebook. Explore tools to build up to the perfect lesson over time or to build a lesson on the fly, as well as tools for students to build their own lesson to use in class. This session applies to any version of SMART Notebook.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Reynolds

Troy Reynolds

Technology Integrationist, Bagley ISD 162
I have been in education for nine years. In that time I have worked very heavily with technology integration and the use of SMART Boards and iPads. In 2009, I was hired by Waubun as a new teacher but within a few months I was given the opportunity to be a district technology integrationist... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Greenway D/E

2:35pm

Top 10 Barriers to Mobiles in the Classroom
Schools face many consistent challenges as they move toward a 1:1 or BYOD environment. It takes more than tablets in the classroom to create a successful learning environment. You have to create the right infrastructure, vision, and culture. Discuss best practices and how to overcome some of the biggest barriers in your mobile deployment.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

President and Founder, iSchool Initiative
Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

2:35pm

Workflow: Technology as a Productivity Asset
Do you feel like you have less and less margin in your teaching to be the creative teacher you imagined yourself to be? In this session, we will look at some creative ways to leverage technology to help reduce stress, streamline your workflow, consolidate paperwork, personalize learning, and create opportunity for you and your students.

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avatar for Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace

Classroom Teacher, Edina Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Greenway F/G

2:35pm

Creating a New Learning Culture for School Leaders
Integrating technology is about more than devices. The real power is in creating technology-rich learning cultures where classrooms are engaging and students develop skills for their future. School leaders, come and learn a systematic process to create change. Leave with a renewed vision of school cultures. This session may contain commercial content.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nokomis

2:35pm

Tools of the Future, Today: Augmented Reality, Wearable and Object Technology
Glasses, watches, phones, shoes, and a heck of a lot more are all jumping into the wearable and augmented reality space. Get an overview of the top wearables available now, and take a peek at what is heading our way. Take a look at some of the more wacky wearables and augmented reality apps out there.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Nicollet B/C

2:35pm

Technology Tools to Track Music Achievement
Use technology tools to communicate, support, track and document student progress in the music classroom. Explore FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, SmartMusic, iPads and networked computers. See how learning targets can be tracked for 250 students across 12 classes and 90 different possible sections in team teaching situations! Help students build their music skills.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 2

2:35pm

iMovie Trailer: Quick and Easy Filmmaking
iMovie Trailers are quick and easy because most of the work is already done for you. Choose a theme, type the words, add pictures and a little video. Voila -- a dazzling trailer. Come work with a fifth grade student expert to make your own iMovie Trailer. Then watch it on YouTube! iPads will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryne Nguyen

Kathryne Nguyen

Digital Literacy Specialist, Christina Huddleston Elementary
Creating a Maker Space at the Christina Huddleston Elementary Library in Lakeville. Love doing our daily Student Announcements in front of our Green Screen!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Harriet