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Elementary School (grades E-5) [clear filter]
Saturday, December 6
 

8:30am

Game Design Using Scratch: Integrating Art, Math, & Engineering
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore free tools and strategies to promote computational thinking. We'll look at a variety of video game design platforms and tools for promoting computational thinking, problem solving, creative expression and other higher-order thinking skills. After a brief orientation on building interactive programs using Scratch, you will create your own interactive game or program using Scratch to share with the group.

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 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway I

8:30am

iPads in the Primary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to explore education apps to find the perfect fit for your students! This class will focus on the most current and up to date apps and activities to use in the classroom for practicing skills, learning content and creating something new. Apps will be explored across age groups, subject matter and skills. You will leave with many new ways to implement iPads and be able to start using them right away! Come to class with your iPad, Apple ID and your password.

Speakers
SN

sara norman

Academic Coach, St. Cloud Area School District


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

8:30am

Engaging Elementary Students: Getting Started with the SMART Board:
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a SMART Board but aren’t sure how to utilize it to transform teaching and learning in your elementary classroom? Discover how purposefully integrating a few basic Notebook tools can engage your students in meaningful learning. Each participant will receive a free file full of Notebook pages which can be customized to meet the needs of their students. There will be time at the end of the session to apply newly learned skills, so bring any curriculum and a flash drive to save the amazing lessons you will create.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

Math Intervention Teacher, Mahtomedi School District
For the past 18 years, I have worked as an educator in the Mahtomedi School District. I am passionate about integrating technology and best practices to engage students and provide them with immediate feedback on their understanding. I am a SMART Exemplary Educator and Ties Exceptional... Read More →


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

12:30pm

Effectively Utilizing Schoology to Revolutionize Student Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Build success from the beginning by utilizing Schoology in the classroom. We will begin with the basics of how to use the Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology and then venture into more complex uses of this system. All aspects of Schoology will be explored to give you the ultimate toolkit to enhance and transform your instruction.

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!


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

12:30pm

Get With the Program: Coding in the K- 5 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and explore the many ways that coding can put the power of creation into your students’ hands by harnessing their natural curiosity to understand how things work. This workshop will discuss ways to integrate coding across curricular areas and grade levels, and will share ways to get started with coding at your school. We also will explore the skills students actively develop through coding. Participants are encouraged to bring their own technology to try out coding with free apps and websites. Let’s join the coding revolution and help our students make the shift from technology consumers to technology creators!

Speakers
avatar for Kent Sall

Kent Sall

Technology Integration Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
Integration • Programming • X-Country Skiing
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 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior A

12:30pm

Harness the Power of the iPad to Creatively and Easily Assess Students
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop we’ll help you move away from the iPad as a consumption tool and toward its use as a powerful creation tool. We will focus on strategies and apps that foster student engagement while allowing teachers to differentiate and increase the meaningful formative and summative assessments they utilize. By harnessing the power of the iPad, you will attain a rich, clear picture of what your students are learning. Teachers will leave with multiple resources and ideas for implementation in upcoming units. Show your students what the iPad can really do.

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 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway E
 
Sunday, December 7
 

8:30am

Keeping It Real: Authentic Teaching and Learning Using GAFE
Limited Capacity seats available

Innovative educators know that learning is most impactful when it is relevant to the learners’ lives. Transformational learning must be authentic. This session will explore authenticity in the areas of contexts, tasks, assessments, and products. Participants will examine ways to create engaging, real-world contexts that include essential questions and big ideas using Google Apps for Education. We will draw on ideas from inquiry and project-based instruction, and apply them to tasks, assessments, and products. This session is applicable for educators at all levels and content areas, and will be interactive with collaborative work time.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Brandt

Tom Brandt

Digital Learning Specialist, ISD 279
Always learning. Always skeptical of what is known. Always amazed at what others know and can do.
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!


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

8:30am

Top Ten Mac and iOS Apps for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this workshop will explore 10 top digital tools that will enhance and support student learning. Time will be provided to explore each app so participants are comfortable using them after returning to school. Suggestions will be given for ways each app will strengthen your knowledge as you work to meet the needs of your 21st century learners and educators. Participants will need to be able to access the app store on their device. Tools introduced will be available on both Mac computers and iOS devices.

Speakers
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 →


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

8:30am

Making Works! Design Thinking in Maker Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you curious about the Maker Movement in education? Interested in collaborating with like-minded educators? Do you like fun? This workshop is your chance to get started with in-person training and mentoring surrounding the Maker Movement and Design Thinking. We'll dig into making tools, both digital and traditional, and practice using the design thinking theory to make these experiences meaningful in the classroom.

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 →


Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30am - 3:30pm
Northstar Ballroom B

8:30am

Ready for More: Moving beyond SMART Notebook Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel comfortable using the basic features of SMART Notebook? Are you ready to move beyond the basics and transform your lessons using a variety of advanced Notebook features? This workshop will expose you to the next level of SMART lesson creation. Learn how to create interactive lessons that you can customize to meet the specific standards your students need to master. There will be time at the end of the session to apply newly learned skills, so bring any curriculum and a flash drive to save the amazing lessons you will create. This workshop will be taught using SMART Notebook 14.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

Math Intervention Teacher, Mahtomedi School District
For the past 18 years, I have worked as an educator in the Mahtomedi School District. I am passionate about integrating technology and best practices to engage students and provide them with immediate feedback on their understanding. I am a SMART Exemplary Educator and Ties Exceptional... Read More →


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

8:30am

Technology Literacy with Scratch 2.0 Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

Scratch 2.0 is a free, web-based, graphical programming language, designed for students ages 8 to 16. In this workshop participants will explore the Scratch lessons and resources available, and see examples of how students in grades 2 and above can use Scratch 2.0 across the curriculum. Participants will plan, create, and share a game, tutorial, or interactive story. They will also evaluate and remix existing projects; explore some of the advanced features of Scratch such as the backpack, cloud data, operators, and custom blocks which can be used for creating games and tutorials.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nicholson

Ann Nicholson

Professional Development Contractor
Ann is retired, but used to be the technology integration facilitator for CRCSD. She designed and delivered face to face, online, and blended professional development opportunities for teachers on a variety of technology integration resources and taught Educational Media and Technology... Read More →


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

12:30pm

21st Century Differentiated Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an interactive workshop where you’ll have the time to learn how to take differentiated instruction to a new level: use innovative technology tools that promote 21st century skills; dialogue about its role in professional development; and compare notes as to how it could enhance technology integration. Differentiated Instruction focuses on designing instruction to ensure that all students can learn. The workshop will end with participants developing a “So what?” statement about what they have learned and at least one action item.

Speakers
VJ

Vivian Johnson

Associate Dean/Professor, School of Education Hamline University
Associate Dean of Technology and Learning/Associate Professore at School of Education Hamline University     For more information and resources, go to http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/


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

12:30pm

Coding with Kids: Engage Learners through Computer Science Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Computing is part of our daily lives, both in and out of the classroom, so we need to help our students gain a foundational understanding of computer science. Let's explore why it's crucial for our students (and us) to understand how the devices we use daily actually work. We'll spend a significant part of our time together exploring free and low-cost tools and resources for teaching and learning introductory-level computer science. We'll also share ideas for how these tools can be implemented in our schools. You don't need a degree in computer science to effectively teach this content; I don't.

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


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

12:30pm

Engaging Students with Apptivities
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how apptivities can promote students’ use of multiple iOS applications to create, evaluate, refine, and publish content to meet Common Core and State Standards. This hands-on workshop will have you creating content-rich activities and digital products to meet the needs of students of all ability levels. Teachers will leave with lesson ideas and experience with multiple apps to use in all content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Justine Schrader

Justine Schrader

District Technology Integration Specialist, Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools,


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

12:30pm

Multi-Media Creation Tools on the iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

Take your classroom iPad use to the next level. Learn creation tools for you and your students that will move you and them from content consumers to creators. We will take an in-depth look at approximately 20 app/web tools, how to use them, and give examples of how to embed their use into your curriculum. You will leave this session with great ideas to start using in your class right after the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Scherer

Brad Scherer

Instructional Tech Ninja, Sartell- St. Stephen Schools
Brad Scherer is a recovering high school social studies/business teacher and currently a ninja of instructional technology with Sartell Schools. In this role, he facilitates the integration of technology into current and new curriculum with over 100 staff members, assists in the management... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway E
 
Monday, December 8
 

8:00am

Digital Primary Sources in the Classroom
Primary sources invigorate students' interest and knowledge of history through the use of actual sources from the past. Learn about digital primary sources and the best places to find them, an easier path than Googling "primary sources!" Leave with connections to the best resources on the web and ideas for classroom use.

Speakers

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

8:00am

Flipped Classroom: Flipping Out in Primary!
Learn innovative ways that teachers are flipping primary classrooms. Flipped instruction is often thought to be more for upper grades, but new tools and ideas can seamlessly transition any classroom. This high octane presentation promises new tools, new structures, and lots of examples. You are guaranteed to leave ready to flip your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Kris Szajner

Kris Szajner

Technology Integration Specialist, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
Kris is a former Kindergarten teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist. He has served as a pilot for flipped education and an innovator with Google Apps. Kris has spoken numerous national conferences. Kris is a published curriculum writer and a foundational member of STEM... Read More →


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

8:00am

iPads and IEPs
The iPad can be a transformative piece of technology to empower and engage students on Individualized Education Programs. This session will introduce you to students with learning disabilities who use individual iPads, and the apps they use to assist them throughout their school day and lives.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Aslakson

Amber Aslakson

Special Education Teacher/ Digital Learning Coach, Byron Public Schools
I have been a "nerd" since high school. I have always loved technology. I have taught for over 10 years and I am fortunate to work for a school district (#byronbears) that embraces and supports innovation. I am currently a middle school digital learning coach (#byrondlc) and have... Read More →


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

8:00am

Online Behavior: Teaching Students and Families What Is Appropriate
Learn about free resources for teaching students and families the issues related to online behavior, cyberbullying, and social media. This includes messaging to students and families about what is appropriate. Participants will learn about a comprehensive way to package the resources to use in their school/district with minimal preparation.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Blodgett

Greg Blodgett

Principal, Anoka-Hennepin Schools


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

8:00am

Professional Development: Breakfast Club Transition to 1:1
Looking to take professional development into your own hands? Learn how we used doughnuts and the magic of an opportunity to prepare our district transition into a 1:1 iPad/MacBook environment. Learn about Breakfast Club training sessions, an online community to teach and share, and a virtual book club for strategies to use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Darin Swenson

Darin Swenson

Teacher - EdTech Specialist


Monday December 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway D/E

8:00am

Student Response Systems: Finding the Best Tool for You
Student response systems allow you to get instant feedback from students, have discussions and assess student understanding. Which Student Response System works best? You'll have a chance to try different systems out. We'll go over pros and cons for several different systems on the market including: Socrative, Pear Deck, Kahoot, Plickers.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica McMahon

Jessica McMahon

Personalized Learning Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools


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

11:00am

Assessment Tools: Media Specialists Dive into Assessment and Data
How do media specialists prove the worth of Information Literacy classes? Where is the data? Learn to use a variety of formative assessments and the summative tool, TRAILS, to collect usable data. Then add your voice to help create Minnesota’s TRAILS benchmarks, while providing individualized feedback to your students and administration.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Berg

Claire Berg

Information & Technology Literacy Specialist, Riverview Elementary
I am a library media specialist. That means that I teach computer skills and applications while also teaching my students to be information literate. At the same time, I am also a more traditional librarian who loves and cares for the books! This year I have just about 825 studen... Read More →
avatar for Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

K-5 Media/ITL Specialist, North Trail Elementary (ISD192)
As a K-5 Information & Technology Literacy specialist / library media specialist, I teach organizational skills, a love of literacy, educational technology, and information searching skills. I support and assist my students and staff in developing informational, technological, and... Read More →


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

11:00am

Engineering and Programming in Elementary Schools
The Mahtomedi school district thoughtfully merged Engineering is Elementary (EIE) with programming/coding. The combined curriculum is a natural fit that meets science and ISTE standards. Share our process to scaffold EIE and programming, and come away with helpful resources for use in your district.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Oswald

Jean Oswald

Library Media Specialist, Mahtomedi Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

11:00am

Flipped Classroom Technology: Blended Learning for All Students
Are you a busy teacher trying to ensure all students learn despite attendance issues or scheduling problems? Explore using technology to create blended experiences enabling students to independently complete coursework, and enjoy the learning process. Learn to use the augmented reality, QR code, and screencast technologies to bring your classroom into the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Billie Rengo

Billie Rengo

1st Grade Teacher, Grantsburg Schools
I'm a highly engaged teacher that is on a mission to prove to others that nothing is too hard for first graders. To me, teaching and learning is a journey of inquiry and discovery that my students and I explore together. What will my students learn? My students will learn to set... Read More →


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

11:00am

Flipped Classroom: Checklist to Create and Implement
Get ready for flipping with a checklist for flipped classroom implementation at all levels. Look at flipped classroom models and different types of flipped learning. Consider communication methods with parents, students, administration, and technology staff. Plan for the struggles and adjustments. Conclude with feedback from students on their thoughts about the flipped experience.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Graves

Lee Graves

Teacher, St. Francis Public Schools
I have been teaching science for 12 years. I also am a professional development teacher, teaching differentiated instruction and how to increase the school and home connections. I am also flipping my science classroom, which has been a wonderful adventure.


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

11:00am

iPads in Primary Classrooms: Impact Learning
Hear how iPods and iPads are impacting learning in grades K-1 and 1-2 looping classrooms. Learn how the devices are managed and used throughout the day. Explore favorite apps for creating (books, posters, and presentations), as well as practice skills (word work, literacy, and math).

Speakers
avatar for Nanci Foster

Nanci Foster

K-1 Looping Teacher, Northland Pines School District
avatar for Holly Leusink

Holly Leusink

1-2 Looping Teacher, Northland Pines School District


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Millennium Grand Center

11:00am

Virtual Exploration: Bring the World to Your Classroom!
Learn to take your students -- no matter how young -- anywhere from outer space, to the Minnesota Zoo, to classrooms in other states and countries. Discuss ways to safely encourage virtual exploration and eliminate limitations to student access. Leave this session ready to empower students to virtually “Share Their Story” and bring the world to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Delzer

Kayla Delzer

Kayla Delzer is a 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge and blogger for Edutopia, where she writes about a variety of edtech and design topics. She is also the creator of her blog, Top Dog Teaching. She has nine years of teaching... Read More →
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 →


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

11:00am

So You Have 1:1 Devices...Now What?
STEM Fuse has the answer! Our digital curricula, compatible with any 1:1 device, includes software, teacher’s guides, lessons & projects, assessments, tech support and training needed to teach STEM/CTE and Common Core courses. Best of all...it's affordable and will prepare students for a successful future. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
avatar for STEM Fuse

STEM Fuse

Director of Sales & Marketing, STEM Fuse
I am the Director of Sales & Marketing for STEM Fuse, a K-12 curriculum development company. We offer curricula in game design, mobile app development, entrepreneurship, health information technology, biomedicine and biotechnology. Each curriculum is priced well below our competitors... Read More →


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

11:00am

1:1 iPads: Managing and Implementing an Elementary Setting
Examine how to implement 1:1 iPads in an elementary school setting. Discuss strategies for teachers and administrators to successfully conquer the challenge. See how it was done with 300 students in one year! Bring your questions.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 5

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

Coding and Computational Thinking: K-8
Learn how computational thinking and computer coding align with existing frameworks for your K-8 curriculum and standards. Try your hand at operating micro-controllers, that your students could use to learn design, technology, and computer coding concepts. This can be an integrated part of existing curriculum, rather than an add-on responsibility!

Speakers
avatar for Siri Anderson

Siri Anderson

Director of Graduate Education for Licensed Teachers, St. Catherine University
Long delighted by things shiny and new, I have been working technology into the classroom since the mid-90s when most online interaction was still just one step above pong. Now a died-in-the-wool online learning geek, I'm invested in digitally empowering social change through student... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 6

11:00am

Interactive Books: Establishing an iBooks Author Workflow
Create interactive books with iBooks Author. Provide teachers with the ability to create personalized curriculum for students based on standards, needs, and interests. Establish a workflow for using iBooks Author. Emphasize knowledge of fair use and copyright, open educational resources, digital and print resources, and the relationship of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 4

11:00am

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 11:00am - 11:50am
Harriet

12:15pm

Computer Science Education: Engage at an Early Age
There was a time when many thought computer science was too complicated to teach to K-8 students. Times have changed! Discus the importance of introducing students to computer science at a young age. Explore a variety of tools and resources appropriate for K-8 classrooms.

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


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Northstar Ballroom B

12:15pm

Digital Tools in the Media Classroom: Teacher as Learning Coach
The teacher serves as a learning coach in the media classroom. Learn to design and facilitate student-driven learning experiences fueled by standards, powered by digital tools, and incorporating learning targets. Maximize instructional time. Use project templates that promote collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and student success.


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

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

iPads and Music: Collaborate, Create, and Evaluate
See and hear how elementary students can learn rhythmic and melodic music composition through iPad apps, such as: 30 Hands, Pic Collage, IWriteMusic and Garage Band. Using iPads, students collaborate on composition in small groups, and self-reflect on their music using Google Forms. Compositions are shared through a YouTube channel.

Speakers

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

12:15pm

Paperless Classroom: Best Practices Using Google Apps
Learn best practices for establishing a paperless classroom using Google Apps. Explore how to best organize your Drive, how to use Google Classroom, and how to use Scripts or Add Ons like gClass Folders and Doctopus to automate the workflow with students. Discuss how to best use digital tools for student learning.

Speakers
TP

Tracy Purdy

Director of Online Learning, EdTechTeam
Tracy Purdy has been a 4th grade and 6th grade teacher for the past 12 years. She has had a one to one Chromebook Classroom for the past two years and is continually working on creating a paperless classroom. Tracy is a Google Certified Teacher and also was a TIES Exceptional teacher... Read More →


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

12:15pm

School Library and Social Media
In today's learning environment, a librarian needs to offer many different online resources to communicate, collaborate, and engage with learners. Social media tools are one avenue. Share a demonstration of three social media tools (LibraryThing, Pinterest and Twitter) used to share and foster reading, learning, and promotion of the school library program.

Speakers
JR

Jane Rolnick

Director, Library Media Technology, Hill-Murray School


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

12:15pm

Reading Fluency, Boost With iPads and Read Live
Experience what it’s like to achieve success as a struggling reader. Work through the steps of a research-based program, Read Live, on an iPad. Learn how to improve fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension in a short time. See why each step is critical for better results. This session may contain commercial content.

Speakers

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

12:15pm

Critical Thinking with PicCollage: Free App, 100s of Uses
Explore how a simple (and free) collage-making app can inspire and engage students in meaningful learning. Captivate students through creative, artsy, and professional-looking end products that fit any curriculum. Learn to use PicCollage as a visual, critical-thinking app and as a first step in app-smashing: i.e., compounding apps in a single lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Marissa Grodnick

Marissa Grodnick

Teacher, Hopkins 270
I began my journey in education as a video production specialist over 15 years ago. Soon after, I began teaching Language Arts. I was also one of the first Technology Integration Specialists in my district. My junior high is also in its third year of being a 1:1 iPad school. With... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 3

12:15pm

Flipping Second Grade Math
See how an elementary teacher uses iPads to flip a math classroom with incredible student success -- providing customized, individual, focused instruction for each child within a traditional school setting. Resources for gathering information will be shared, as well as the processes for making videos and conducting assessment. Learn why this teacher will never go back to direct instruction!

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 2

12:15pm

Google Drive: Oh, the Places You Can Go!
Explore how to use Google Drive to create and share documents in an educational setting. Drive gives the freedom for student creation, sharing, collaboration, and feedback. Learn about the multiple ways you can use Google Drive to enhance your skills professionally and within your classroom. Participants need an active Google account.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Intervention Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I have been a part of the Osseo Area School District for the past 6 years. I am always looking for ways in which I can incorporate technology into my teaching to enhance student learning. I believe that we are doing students a disservice by not allowing them to dabble in and explore... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Flipped Classroom: University of MN Research Results
The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota recently published research results on flipped math classrooms. Come share the results and their classroom implications. You'll gain a better understanding of flipped classroom benefits and potential pitfalls, and learn strategies to make the flipped classroom a more mature version of blended learning.

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 →


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

1:30pm

Formative Assessments: Fun, Free, Web Apps
Join in the fun with new ways to create formative assessments in all content areas, using web-based free applications. Quick response, interactive applications give students the opportunity to review and practice with enhanced engagement, while educators receive instant feedback to inform your instruction. Return to your schools with innovative assessments to share with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Hawkinson

Jamie Hawkinson

Teacher, Edina Public Schools
I am an advocate of positive and effective change. I love to bring new, exciting opportunities into my classroom each year. I have been in education for 15 years and every year gets more exciting. I love to sing. I enjoy being active in my school and home community. And, I love being... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Powell

Kristen Powell

Teacher Gr 4 - Creek Valley, Edina Public Schools
I've been an intermediate grade teacher for over 20 years. Outside of teaching, I enjoy creating music (both vocal and instrumental), traveling to interesting places around the world, reading, fishing, cycling, and puzzles of all kinds.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway D/E

1:30pm

Virtual Field Trips
As educators we find it harder and harder to leave the classroom for authentic hands-on learning for many reasons: time, money, etc. Leverage the technology you already have in your classroom to take your students on virtual field trips. Come learn how open up the world to your students!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Scherer

Brad Scherer

Instructional Tech Ninja, Sartell- St. Stephen Schools
Brad Scherer is a recovering high school social studies/business teacher and currently a ninja of instructional technology with Sartell Schools. In this role, he facilitates the integration of technology into current and new curriculum with over 100 staff members, assists in the management... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Vernier

Lindsay Vernier

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Millennium Grand North

1:30pm

Coding and Digital-Age Learning: Let's Get Coding at TIES!
Experience the Hour of Code and take advantage of hands-on, fun opportunities to explore digital-age learning experiences through coding.  This session will provide interactive coding opportunities on a variety of platforms and topics, including Scratch, coding with iPads, unplugged activities, and programming with Finch Robots.  Facilitators and students will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate activities, and share ideas about ways to bring coding back to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Sall

Kent Sall

Technology Integration Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
Integration • Programming • X-Country Skiing
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Laurie Toll

Technology Integration Specialist, Upper Mississippi Academy
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!


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

2:35pm

Blogging 101: Student Voice, Authentic Audience
Blogging intertwines critical thinking, creation, communication and collaboration in a digital environment. Come explore how blogs amplify student voice, improve writing, connect classrooms, provide an authentic audience, and develop a positive digital footprint!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Callies

Laurie Callies

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Schools
Proud Educator for 20+ Years. Passionate about the Journey. Committed to continuous learning for each individual.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

2:35pm

Data-Driven Technology Promotes Student Learning
How do you identify and gather the right metrics to assess technology’s impact on student outcomes? Learn how one district turbocharged systemic change by: focusing on informed decision-making, supporting school culture shifts, and engaging in thoughtful professional development planning. Embrace the power of the "right" data. May contain commercial content.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Greenway H/I

2:35pm

Digital PE: Wearable Devices Improve Assessment
Technology devices provide an opportunity for accurate measurement and assessment in physical education, and ultimately lead to quality formative and summative assessments. Using QR codes in a circuit training session, and using tracking with a displayed activity data system, session leaders will demonstrate how this leads to student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Howe

Matt Howe

Building Tech. Coordinator and Tech. Integration Specialist, Oak-Land Jr. High School, ISD 834 Stillwater, MN
I am passionate about everything I do!
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Deb VanKlei

HealthyMOVES PEP grant coordinator, Stillwater Area Public Schools
Integrating heart rate technology into the classroom and how to use it as a formative and summative assessment.


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

2:35pm

iPad Apps and Artwork: Creating in Middle School Media Arts
Explore how to integrate media arts using iPad apps for stop motion, vector-based drawing, animation, and video. See how the presenter teaches claymation, photography, drawn animation, and filmmaking in her middle school art room using the iPad, while meeting standards in art and media arts education. See app demos and objectives of the lessons.

Speakers

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

2:35pm

Assessments That Engage Students
Explore free and easy web-based technology tools for formative and summative assessments that engage students, and don't take a lot of time to create and grade. We'll explore Socrative, Poll Everywhere, and Google Forms with Flubaroo. These tools can be used in computer labs or with mobile devices.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brunson

Holly Brunson

Intervention Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I have been a part of the Osseo Area School District for the past 6 years. I am always looking for ways in which I can incorporate technology into my teaching to enhance student learning. I believe that we are doing students a disservice by not allowing them to dabble in and explore... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 1

2:35pm

iPads and Primary Classroom Teaching
Calling all primary teachers! This session will equip you with a multitude of ideas for using the iPad in the classroom. Walk away with teacher recommended educational apps, collaboration apps, self-created apps, and a variety of other activities for using your iPad in primary teaching.

Speakers

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

2:35pm

Schoology in the Classroom
Does your school district use Schoology but you struggle with ways to use it in your classroom? Explore ideas on how to engage your students and get them learning in Schoology! Possible uses range from attendance, to classroom discussions, to tests, to badges, to morning messages, to responding to the Star Student of the week.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 5

2:35pm

Technology Integration Through Collaboration
Learn how media specialists and classroom teachers can collaborate on technology integration projects and lessons. Get tips on models of media specialist and teacher collaboration. Explore examples of technology projects and tools that enhance student collaboration -- emphasizing for each the technology skills used, the specific content standard address, and the focused core competency.


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 3
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

8:00am

Reading and Social Media
Learn how to bring reading into the digital age from a media specialist, who is also a technology leader and loves to read. She uses Twitter, Goodreads and Biblionasium -- and incorporates the social media into the classroom. Use these sites to enhance your students' and your own reading experiences, turning reading into a deeper community experience.


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

11:00am

Build an App for your Classroom
Back by popular demand! Learn to use an app builder to create an app for your classroom. We will cover how the app builder works, plus offer ideas for what to include in your app. In as little as an hour, you can have a fully functional app for your students and parents!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

tech integration, Pine Island School District


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

11:00am

eLearning2: K-12 Digital Age Learning
Edina Public Schools embarked on a partnership with Best Buy in 2012 to accelerate an eLearning2 digital learning initiative. This year they moved the bring your own device (BYOD) program from “highly recommended” to “required.” Learn how the eLearning2 program is transforming learning in Edina and how your district could pursue a similar partnership.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Millennium Grand Center

11:00am

iPads for Primary Learners
Transform your classroom into a 21st century learning zone. Come explore a typical day in the life of a connected second grade classroom student. The session will cover responsible iPad use, management tips, and digital citizenship. You'll leave ready to seamlessly integrate anywhere from six to 1:1 iPads throughout the entire school day.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Delzer

Kayla Delzer

Kayla Delzer is a 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge and blogger for Edutopia, where she writes about a variety of edtech and design topics. She is also the creator of her blog, Top Dog Teaching. She has nine years of teaching... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Millennium Grand North

11:00am

LearnPad: from Selection to Implementation
Learn why an elementary school in Hastings selected the LearnPad for their personalized learning device. Hear about their implementation phases. Explore how the LearnPad allows the teacher to seamlessly architect learning experiences for students with just a few clicks.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Black

Melissa Black

2nd grade teacher, Hastings Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway D/E

11:00am

Middle Schoolers Closing the Digital Divide: Asian Penguins
The Asian Penguins are students in a Hmong charter school. They learn to use and install Linux and open source software for school computer use. They also apply their skills to recycle computers and donate them to needy families, helping close the digital divide. Come meet the Penguins and hear their story!


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

11:00am

Student Leadership Benefits a Digital Building
Listen to the students! The Hopkins student Genius Team will help teachers and administrators see the myriad benefits of providing students with technology-related leadership opportunities. Share the focus on three key areas of benefit and potential: students helping students, students helping teachers, and students helping develop your school-wide digital culture.

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 →


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

11:00am

Technology in an iOS World Language Immersion School
Learn to find the technology resources you need to make global cultural connections and authentic language applications that enhance learning in whatever language you teach. You'll gain strategies that focus beyond learning a second language, toward using the language in both content-specific and social settings to prepare students for real world situations.

Speakers

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

11:00am

Schoology in the Elementary Classroom
Has your district adopted Schoology as your new Learning Management System? Are you wondering how to use this with your elementary students? We are here to show you how to incorporate Schoology into your classrooms, grades k-5. The emphasis is on personalized learning for elementary students!

Speakers
avatar for Brianna Buck

Brianna Buck

Digital Learning Specialist, Farmington Area Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 3

11:00am

What's a MakerSpace?
See how one school's MakerSpace allows for maximum student learning opportunities. Check out student projects and creative ways to showcase learning. Learn how a 3-D printer and laser engraver provide fast, fun, and exciting ways to bring designs to life! Come with questions about how to acquire, maintain, and fund the equipment.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 6

11:00am

Best Apps? Ask the Students!
With so many apps available, which are best for increasing student engagement and learning? Find out from the students! Spring Lake Park students will answer questions and share the apps they feel are the best to increase student engagement and learning. Leave with a list of apps and ideas you can use in your classroom tomorrow.

Speakers

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

12:15pm

21st Century Skills Professional Development Institute
Follow one district's process in using a WOW (workshop, online, webinar) format to offer 21st century skills professional development. The skills are organized in eight strands: collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, courageous leadership, critical thinking, career skills, content learning, and curiosity. Learn the complexities of WOW, teaching that emerged for students, and strategies that evolved for teachers.

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 →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

12:15pm

Acceptable Use Policy at Home: Empowering Parents
In an age of 1:1 technology and BYOD (bring your own device), parents often give up power to their "digital natives" and forget that children need boundaries. Your school has an acceptable use policy, but does your home? Empower parents to create a manageable home policy and learn how to monitor on "digital natives."

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Hermann

Janelle Hermann

Tech Integration Specialist, Chisago Lakes School District
M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction: Education Technology Leadership emphasis, Technology Integrationist, Schoology Ambassador, Presenter, Traveler


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

12:15pm

Chromebooks: Inspire and Differentiate in Elementary Classrooms
Reach beyond the classroom walls to inspire elementary student learning! Learn how to introduce Chromebooks to students, and use them to meet student needs. Explore websites that engage student interest and differentiate instruction: such as Google sites, Weebly, Voki, Anomoto, Glogster, Prezi, and Go Animate. Increase family impact by sharing these resources.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Ardinger

Kristy Ardinger

Classroom Teacher, Edina Public Schools
I am currently a 3rd/4th grade teacher in the Edina Public School district. I love learning about new technologies and experimenting with how I can use these tools in my classroom. I am a Google Certified Teacher and have been a Integration and Technology Specialist in the Edina School... Read More →


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

12:15pm

Digital Rollout in an Elementary School: 0-100 Devices in 90 Days
Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant, we had 90 days to bring Oak View Elementary into the digital age. We ordered and set up over 100 devices: iPads, ChromeBooks,Nook HDs and eBooks. We trained staff and students on responsible, beneficial mobile learning. Share our roll out plan and student implementation activities!

Speakers
avatar for Dawn French

Dawn French

Instructional Coach, Osseo Area Schools
Technology Integration Leadership Staff Development Peer Coaching
avatar for Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Math/Science Middle School Teacher, Osseo Area Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

12:15pm

Digital Tools for Elementary Instruction
Learn exciting ways to engage your young students in meaningful technology activities that fit seamlessly into your curriculum! See how easy it can be to make minor modifications in your instruction to include technology. Leave this presentation with great resources and tools to use immediately -- such as Google Apps, Socrative, ForAllBadges, Animoto, Near Pod, and more.


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

12:15pm

Gamification: Shifting Your Mindset
Gamification vs. game-based instruction: is there a difference? How can a mistake-driven, failure-based gaming idea be applied to the classroom? Games create an environment where there is no penalty for failing. Learn to embrace gamification and enhance students' ability to create their learning narratives -- built in a creative, collaborative, iterative and feedback-filled classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Potts

Angie Potts

K - 4 STEM Teacher, Saint Peter Public Schools
I am a second-year board member of the Minnesota Middle School Association and have been teaching for 13 years both in the metro area and St. Peter. I have spent half of my teaching career in the middle school setting, teaching 6th and 7th-grade science, math and STEM. The last seven... Read More →


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

12:15pm

Getting out of your SMART Board Slump
Instruction is shifting towards 1:1 devices, but that should not stop you from leveraging the features and tools of your interactive whiteboard. Come and (re)learn ways you and your students can create dynamic presentations using the Lesson Activity Toolkit, screen recording, audio linking, and file sharing abilities of SMART Notebook software.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway D/E

12:15pm

Instructional Technology: Engage Buildingwide Support
Explore the framework used to move an elementary school from technology-deprived to technology-rich. Explore lessons learned along the journey up the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition ladder. How do you put learning first, technology second, and engage all teachers in redefining school identity? Join a collaborative conversation about finding staff synergy, interests, and increasing capacity.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Gorton

Rachel Gorton

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools
avatar for Cara Slattery

Cara Slattery

Tech Integration & Enrichment Specialist, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage ISD191


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

12:15pm

Making Assessment Fun with Primary Students
Are you new to integrating iPads or other devices and looking to move beyond limited purpose apps? Would you like both to alleviate the pile of uncorrected quizzes on your desk and have fun with assessment? Bring an iPad or other device with an app for scanning QR codes, and learn to create assessments that engage students.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

1:1 -- One School Journey with Windows 8 Tablets
Follow the journey of a Minnesota K-12 school in moving to a 1:1 device. This is our story from the very beginning to today. We decided to beef up our infrastructure, reallocate existing technology, and provide all 9-12 students with a Windows 8 tablet. If your district is considering 1:1 technology, come talk with us.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

tech integration, Pine Island School District


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

1:30pm

A Day in the Life of a 21st Century Learning Studio
The 21st Century Learning Studio embeds technology daily. See how teachers and students use technology in a unique space that puts an emphasis on 21st century skills and STEaM. Hear how technology has changed teaching, learning, and classroom management. Take away resources to begin transforming your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Shafer

Meredith Shafer

2nd Grade Teacher, Columbia Heights Public Schools
I am a second grade teacher in my seventh year of teaching. I have an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master of Arts from Hamline University. I have worked as a gifted cluster teacher for the past five years and hold a certificate in gifted education from Hamline... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Teichner

Carolyn Teichner

2nd Grade Teacher, North Park Elementary
This is my 10th year teaching second grade. I have an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin- Madison in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts from Hamline University, with a certificate in EL for the Mainstream Teacher. I am currently working in a 21st century Learning... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

1:30pm

Branding and Social Media: Great Things Happening at Your School
Who is telling your school's story? Learn strategies that will empower educators to shine the light on students and staff. Take ownership of your school's brand using social media and Web 2.0 tools. This session will demystify branding and help foster strong, transparent, and student-centered partnerships with stakeholders.


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

1:30pm

Coding in Elementary: Create the Programmers of Tomorrow
Implement computer science instruction tomorrow. Teach your elementary students how to write code, and create the programmers of tomorrow. Hear from a teacher who has taught the code.org K-8 curriculum to a multiage combined grades two and three classroom. Walk away with resources geared toward video game lovers, nonreaders, and girls.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Olson

Melanie Olson

Grades 2/3 Gifted Education Teacher, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
I teach grades 2/3 in a school within a school for highly gifted students. I am a board member of the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented. I have a Bachelors Degree in k-8 Elementary Education and 5-8 Social Studies, minoring in Social Studies and Special Education from... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Coding: Integrate throughout Classroom Curriculum
Computer coding is an important component of digital literacy. Integrating coding throughout the curriculum provides all students with real-world opportunities for planning, creating, collaborating, problem solving, and evaluating. We'll demonstrate a variety of coding options (e.g., Scratch, Kodable, Kodu, Tynker, and Alice), as well as curriculum support (e.g., Code.org, Codeacademy, and Bootstrap).

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nicholson

Ann Nicholson

Professional Development Contractor
Ann is retired, but used to be the technology integration facilitator for CRCSD. She designed and delivered face to face, online, and blended professional development opportunities for teachers on a variety of technology integration resources and taught Educational Media and Technology... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Digital Book Projects: Using Google Apps and the Web
Give students the opportunity to control their own learning through independent book projects -- while you reach English Language Arts common core, AASL, and ISTE standards. A high school English teacher and library media specialist (both Google-certified) will share how students can create digital projects using Google apps,

Speakers
avatar for Amy Ambelang

Amy Ambelang

Library Media Specialist, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

1:30pm

Digital Formative Assessments: Engage Students, Inform Instruction
Move beyond "entrance/exit slips" and "check for understanding" assessments. Learn to create digital formative assessments that quickly and visually engage your students and inform your instruction. Discuss the pros and cons of several assessment examples, and create your own quick digital formative assessment!

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Reichel

Jeremy Reichel

Science Teacher, Hopkins Public Schools
I am a junior high science teacher who has a soft spot for helping young adolescents navigate this big, scary world and become positive, knowledgeable, contributing young adults. I teach Spanish immersion science and would love to chat about anything A-Z related to education!


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

1:30pm

GarageBand for iOS
GarageBand for iOS has been available since 2011, but a free (yet limited) version was released in the fall of 2013, making GarageBand available for all 1:1 programs. We'll discuss the interface, options, tips and tricks, and how to implement the app in traditional music education classes.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Director of Choirs, Oltman Middle School, South Washington County Schools
Christopher J. Russell, Ph.D., is the author of the Technology in Music Education Blog. He is the is the Director of Choirs at Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Dr. Russell was featured for his use of technology in music education in the October 2014 issue of Choral... Read More →


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

1:30pm

iPad Creativity Apps in the Elementary Classroom
Learn ways that iPads can be used in an elementary classroom to allow students to “show what they know.” Move away from using the iPad for just drill and practice. Complete hands-on activities at your own pace. Explore with apps that allow for creativity.

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 →


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

1:30pm

Digital Photography to Engage Learners
Using digital photography, students can create photo journals to write stories that demonstrate learning and share the stories of the world they live in. Explore how to use the iPad to capture images that spark student interest, engage them in learning, and allow them to connect to the world.


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

1:30pm

Getting Started With Minecraft
Learn the first steps to getting Minecraft started in your school or classroom! Start a club for students who aren't already in one. Get simple ideas about incorporating Minecraft into your curriculum. Hear how Minecraft increases student attendance, work completion, and friendships. Play and they will come!

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Francour

Lynn Francour

Middle School Teacher, School District of Marinette


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

1:30pm

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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Harriet

2:35pm

1:1 Professional Development: Beyond Year One
The work getting a 1:1 program up and running successfully doesn't stop after the initial implementation. It is critical that the work continues with an even greater focus on professional development. Join a collaborative session with experienced 1:1 educators, sharing their best ideas and successes from two districts' journeys.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Eisenmann

Dave Eisenmann

Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services, Minnetonka Public Schools
Dave Eisenmann, M.A.Ed., has been the Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services at Minnetonka Public Schools since 2003. Dave manages instructional technology projects, oversees implementations, and guides staff development related to technology. Dave spent eight years... Read More →
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!


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

2:35pm

Digital Classroom: Create a Dynamic Social Media Platform
Meet the Millennials (and now Generation Z) where they live: on social media. Teaching in the 21st century is about mass marketing and customer service. Create a dynamic digital classroom culture. Learn how to use social media to build a platform for your classes, and create an unbelievable culture for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Reynolds

Kurt Reynolds

English Teacher, Independent School District 564
I am happily married to the most amazing person in the world, Kristie (she also happens to be the smartest, funniest, and hardest working person I have ever met). I am also blessed with four amazing kids: Casey, KoKo, Kenzie, and Cash. When I am not with them, I am teaching high school... Read More →


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

2:35pm

Digital Classroom: Keep It Organized with Moodle and Google
As classrooms becoming increasingly technology-driven, teachers must keep our digital presence organized. Focusing on Moodle and Google, you'll learn strategies to keep yourself, your students, and your digital content organized and easily explorable. See demonstrations of streamlining paperless work, assignment collection and feedback, and how to build student (and parent)-friendly classroom web pages.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Reichel

Jeremy Reichel

Science Teacher, Hopkins Public Schools
I am a junior high science teacher who has a soft spot for helping young adolescents navigate this big, scary world and become positive, knowledgeable, contributing young adults. I teach Spanish immersion science and would love to chat about anything A-Z related to education!


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

2:35pm

Flipped Instruction in Early Childhood: Parents and Technology
Join a conversation about parents using technology at home to help their children engage in the preschool curriculum. See how parents’ use of Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter can flip early childhood classrooms and continue parents roles as their child’s first teachers. Leave with tools to flip the early childhood classroom through online parent coaching.


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

2:35pm

Flipped Instruction: One Elementary Classroom Journey
Curious about how and where to begin when flipping lessons at the elementary level? Come explore how one second grade class flipped lessons. See the impact it has on student learning and engagement, how effectiveness is assessed, and how flipping lessons involves parents in their children's 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.


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

2:35pm

Launching 1:1 iPads in the Middle Grades
Share the District 279 1:1 sixth grade iPad launch. The event took planning, teaching, learning, parental communication, and a good digital literacy curriculum. Learn instructional and logistical launching plan details. Explore introductory student activities with interactive digital literacy lessons and cooperative learning strategies, preparing students for the responsibilities and learning possibilities in a 1:1 program.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn French

Dawn French

Instructional Coach, Osseo Area Schools
Technology Integration Leadership Staff Development Peer Coaching
avatar for Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Math/Science Middle School Teacher, Osseo Area Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

2:35pm

Nonfiction: Engage Your Students with Digital Resources
Engage your students in nonfiction -- and use culturally relevant teaching! Discover free online sources for nonfiction texts, video and other media. Learn how iPad tools such as TED Ed, Nearpod and Notability allow each student to evaluate, analyze and interact with information to create understanding.

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 Chris Kreie

Chris Kreie

Library Media Specialist, Eden Prairie Schools
I am one of two library media specialists currently working in the Eden Prairie school district. This year I am tasked with helping to support the library program at all eight of our schools. With a background of working at a 5th-6th grade school for 12 years, I still have a love... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

2:35pm

SAMR in Real Life: True Examples of Transformation
When it comes to the SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model, application can be tricky. Explore real life Modification/Redefinition learning opportunities designed by classroom teachers. Within these experiences, learn about new tools/apps, see real student artifacts, and walk away with tangible ideas for how you can transform your classroom this fall.

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

2:35pm

Connected Classroom
Help your students form connections worldwide and expand learning beyond the walls of your classroom. See how one school has participated in the Global Read Aloud, DOT Day, Mystery Skypes, and more. Explore opportunities for teachers to make connections with other classrooms and come away with the resources to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Aslakson

Amber Aslakson

Special Education Teacher/ Digital Learning Coach, Byron Public Schools
I have been a "nerd" since high school. I have always loved technology. I have taught for over 10 years and I am fortunate to work for a school district (#byronbears) that embraces and supports innovation. I am currently a middle school digital learning coach (#byrondlc) and have... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 4

2:35pm

Google Classroom in Elementary
Discover a new way to communicate with your students and parents. Provide students with the opportunity to engage in a digital environment with an emphasis on being a digital citizen.Explore how Google Classroom lets you integrate Google apps, while creating a source for communication, resources, and a semi-paperless elementary classroom.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 5

2:35pm

Google Education: Coordinate Tools for True Integration
Visualize how properly coordinated Google Apps for Education tools can streamline workflow. Learning to use these tools eliminates the need to know dozens of others. Open a world of rich digital learning experiences, accessible with even the most basic technology skills. Leave with concrete examples you can immediately replicate in your classroom.

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 →
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 →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 6

2:35pm

Parent-Teacher Communication: Bridging the Gap
Use technology to build a stronger relationship with your parents and bring communication to them. Learn how to use Tellagami, Three Ring, and Class Messenger to keep parents and students connected to their classrooms. Create communication that will deepen the involvement of parents in the education system.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 1