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Middle School (grades 6-8) [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

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

Flipping the Humanities
Limited Capacity seats available

The flipped classroom is becoming increasingly popular in today's classrooms. However, there is a difference in methods for STEM related classes and the humanities classrooms. Participants will learn how to use the flipped instruction method without giving up the discussion-based environment upon which most humanities classes thrive. Participants will leave with at least one complete flipped lesson, and most will finish several.

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 →


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

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

Using Minnesota’s E-Texts for Middle School Math and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Access, modify and adapt electronic textbooks for middle school math and science. These E-texts are aligned to Minnesota standards and were developed by teachers under the direction of the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. The E-texts are licensed under a Creative Commons license making them available to all schools at no charge. The content is accessed through Google Drive, as a Moodle course or in the CK-12 Flexbook format. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to access the curriculum in the format of their choosing. We will discuss strategies for implementation and learn how to modify the content for use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
Twitter: @marccjohnson


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

8:30am

Creating Digital Content for an iPad Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

As a growing number of districts are exploring the use of technology in their classrooms, so too they are exploring the capacity for new and exciting ways to connect technology to learning. In this session, we will be exploring how teachers can give access to information to learners through both iBooks and iTunes U. By doing so, teachers have more control over what material is available while also having access to updates whenever needed. Be sure to bring an iPad and USB sync cable, as well as a unit of study. When you leave, you will be on your way to a new digital environment.

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 →


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

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

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

Khan Academy: 'Khan' Students Into Learning
Use the Khan Academy to engage students with technology, while providing them with an individualized learning experience and instant feedback. Try out the program as a "student" and "coach." We'll explore missions, badges, exercises, videos, and how to use the real-time data to tailor and monitor your students' learning.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Stomberg

Lisa Stomberg

High School Math Teacher, Ashwaubenon High School
Lisa is in her seventh year of teaching at Ashwaubenon High School. She left the insurance industry after ten years and earned her bachelors in Mathematics, with a minor in Education. She is currently working on her masters with Marian University in Educational Technology. Lisa... Read More →


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

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

8:00am

Tech Interns: Student Led Chromebook Repair
The Westonka Technology Internship class is a hands-on study of technology integration, problem solving, and Chromebook repair! Hear how students and the instructor share logistics, preparation and implementation of a high school class created to support the district's 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Leave with an outline for starting an intern program in your district.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Simonson

Sue Simonson

Business/Technology Teacher, Mound Westonka High School
I have been teaching in the Westonka School District for 14 years. In 2014, I returned to classroom after serving for three years as the district Technology Integrationist. I attended the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago in July of 2013 to become a Google Certified Teacher/Innovator... Read More →


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

11:00am

Apps: Web 2.0 Apps Engage Students Before, During and After Class
Reach out and engage students where they live, in the digital world. Learn to use three simple Web 2.0 apps that will help you reach all students before, during and after class. The apps are free. Many possible uses will be shared for each app, to help springboard ideas for your classroom.

Speakers

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

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

BYOD with Limited Money and Resources
Bring your own devices for an interactive session on how to acquire and utilize various internet-enabled devices in your classroom at one time. Some call it "resource scrounging." Learn how to achieve a 1:1 ratio, and best practices and tools for success in the BYOD environment: featuring Nearpod, Schoology, Kahoot, and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Cory Klinge

Cory Klinge

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Schools, MN
Cory Klinge has 15 years of education and technology experience. He is an Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, MN. Cory earned his Masters of Arts in Education at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He is an adjunct instructor at St Mary's... Read More →


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

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

Student-Centered Media: Empowering Students in the Media Center
Come explore ideas for creating a student-focused Media Center experience. Empower students through the creation of a "nerd herd" (student experts on technology and media), and technology integration, such as augmented reality, digital curation tools, and digital badges.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

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

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

Differentiation Made Easy with Google Sites and Apps
Differentiating instruction for students can be difficult. Learn to use Google Sites and Google Apps to easily create a differentiated learning environment for most students. Easy and more advanced ways will be shared to help create different learning activities and paths for students.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

Ames CSD
Technology Coach at Ames High School in Ames, IA. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator. I am also a member of the Friendly Disruption podcast. I believe in focusing on using technology to make learning accessible for all learners.


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

12:15pm

Game and Curriculum Design: A Digital Learning Quest
Using good video game design as a blueprint for curriculum design creates a strong learning foundation. Explore how students learn the rules of a subject and how those rules accomplish course goals. Examine student work and how the opportunity to craft, quest and fight monsters enhances their learning, helping them become doers and not just receivers.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Stalnaker

Kathy Stalnaker

English/Language Arts Teacher, Spring Lake Park High School
9th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher at Spring Lake Park High School


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

12:15pm

Personalize Learning with Google Tools
Technology plays a key role in creating personalized learning opportunities. Learn to use tech tools to create personalized learning experiences: Google Site for efolio and teacher resources; Google Docs for collaboration and feedback; Google Forms for formative assessment; Today's Meet for feedback loop. You'll explore examples and practical applications of each tool.


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

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
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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

Digital Tools for World Language Instruction
Learn how to incorporate technology into world language instruction, and other curriculum. Experience tools like Kahoot, Flipquiz, Pear Deck, Socrative, Thinglink, Google forms, and more! Get tips on starting to flip your lessons. Leave with great resources to use immediately with your students, both in a 1:1 setting or BYOD.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 4

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

12:15pm

The Digital Leadership Team: Innovation in Action
Meet a Digital Leadership Team. This group of classroom teachers creates pockets of change within the 1:1 iPad environment. The team participates in a variety of digital content learning experiences and leadership development activities. Talk with teacher leaders who are transforming education. Learn from teaching exemplars!

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 →
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 →


Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 6

1:30pm

Flipped Classroom: How the iPad Changed Math
The iPad has changed the way we teach! Our 1:1 device flipped instruction is seamless with the devices, and our students have developed critical thinking skills that deepen their learning. We are 7th grade math teachers who will share tips and tricks to help you change the way you teach.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway H/I

1:30pm

Formative Assessments: Create Your Own with Google Forms
Learn to use Google Forms to create self-grading, formative assessments, with instant video remediation for students, and instant grading via Google Scripts. Other online assessment tools also will be demonstrated. Return to school ready to create online formative assessments!

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

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

Technology Increases Engagement
Start crowd-sourcing technology to increase student engagement! We'll explore positive use of student devices, games, apps, and web sites: for example, live-tweeting a video with a classroom hashtag. Let's make the classroom a more engaging and productive environment for students.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Averbeck

Jamie Averbeck

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ashwaubenon School District
Follow me @AverbeckTech
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 →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

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

Wearable Tech: Fitbits in Physical Education
Ready to use wearable technology? Use Fitbits in physical education classes to measure steps, active minutes, sleep habits, nutrition, and hydration intake. Explore curriculum used with Fitbits in a high school setting. See, touch, and try out a Fitbit!


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

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

1:1 Learning System -- Self-Paced, Student-Centered
Our school rolled out a digital curriculum using Google Apps for Education and a learning management system, for 1:1 learning. We engage all learners through relevant, interactive content, focused on higher-level thinking and creation. All student work is self-paced. Hear the benefits, challenges, and tools that enable our teaching success.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Nupen

Matt Nupen

STEM teacher, DocentEDU
STEM teacher and co-founder of DocentEDU


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

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

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.

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

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.

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

2:35pm

Voice Recording for the World Language Classroom
Learn to use four websites for student voice recordings: Voice Thread, Google Voice, Voki, and WeVideo. Hear an overview of each site. Bookmark each site for future reference. Learn step-by-step how to set each site up for use, and record your own voice example. Be ready to implement voice recording the next day!

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

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
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

8:00am

1:1 Implementation: World Class Education for the Modern Student
Move teaching from fact regurgitation to exhibiting the four Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity/innovation. Learn how to adopt an “information is not scarce” philosophy, and implement 1:1 classrooms with the vision to continuously improve. Explore Bismark's success and come away with 1:1 implementation resources you can replicate in your school.

Speakers

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

8:00am

Flipping the Flipped Classroom: Self-Paced Learning
The flipped classroom is a great concept, but doesn't always mean true customization for students. Learn how to move beyond a flipped classroom to a self-paced classroom. Discover how to personalize learning, create a self-paced classroom in a 1:1 environment, and achieve success with all students, including at-risk pull out classes.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway B/C

8:00am

Formative Assessment with the iPad Toolkit
The iPad is a powerful tool for formative assessments. Explore how to gather real time information about student understanding. Learn shortcuts to make student access quick and easy. Share live demonstrations of favorite formative tools, and leave prepared to replicate their use in your classroom. Come to this session to unpack our favorite formative assessment tools.

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 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand Center

8:00am

Reading Comprehension: Digging Deeper Using Digital Devices
This dynamic session explores apps and sites that help students dig deeper and improve reading comprehension using text on digital devices: iPads and web-based. Sites and apps will be showcased that teachers can use today for close reading, differentiation at all reading levels, and working with academic vocabulary.


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

8:00am

Web Tools Create Tech Savvy Readers
Learn how to connect students and staff with web-based tools that are sure to make them tech savvy readers. Help a reluctant reader find the perfect book. Make online reading easier. Connect with a community of readers. Increase library/media center accessibility, taking advantage of school and public library materials 24/7.


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

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

Collaborative Curriculum Development
Having access to a course made up of digital resources allows for a wide range of uses, under multiple sets of circumstances. This session focuses on the English 12 course from the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum Courses. Learn why this method of development may influence the future of digital curriculum.

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 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 11:00am - 11:50am
Lake Superior B

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

Empowering Students with a Technology Support Team
Join us for a panel presentation and discussion of the power of student technology support teams. River Falls High School has created a unique program that empowers students to promote our school, fix and maintain technology, as well as teach staff, students and parents safe, effective strategies for technology use.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Klinge

Cory Klinge

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Schools, MN
Cory Klinge has 15 years of education and technology experience. He is an Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, MN. Cory earned his Masters of Arts in Education at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He is an adjunct instructor at St Mary's... Read More →


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

11:00am

Flipped Classrooms: Economical and Effective Learning
Explore flipping your classroom (regular education, non-1:1 setting) with little to no cost! Flipped classrooms encourage improvement in 21st century skills. Plus students work at their own pace and stay more organized. Learn how students in one district have become responsible for their education and shown growth in test scores.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Whitbred

Charles Whitbred

Teacher/Tech Integrationist, Mora Schools
I am the technology integrationist for Mora Public Schools District 332 for grades 7-12 . I have currently stepped aside from part of my duties of health and physical education to support our staff and students in our 1:1 initiative.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Harriet

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

Chromebooks in a Math Classroom
With 1:1 initiatives, Chromebooks are a powerful tool that students can use to individualize their educational experience. Use the Chromebook as your go-to device to enrich student experiences in your math classroom: from Chrome extensions and apps, to online classrooms, to Web 2.0 applications, to Google education apps.

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

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

Flipped Classrooms: Lesson Plans for a 1:1 School
Witness teaching and learning methods in an engaging 1:1 flipped classroom. Learn to design engaging interactive lessons unique to your classes! Use Google Docs and Blogger: for discussions, to publish and distribute student work, and as a platform to embed lesson-building tools (i.e.,TED Ed and Storify).

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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

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

iPads: Transform Classrooms with the 4 C's
Explore lessons that move beyond worksheets. Encourage middle school students to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically. A technology integrationist, and math and social studies educators will demonstrate ideas you can bring back to your classroom. Learn how free websites (like Kahoot and Haiku Deck) and apps (like Nearpod and Educreations) transform classroom learning.


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

1:30pm

Leadership Skills Development in Blended and Virtual Settings
Character skills such as grit, growth mindset, and self-control have increasingly been shown to drive student achievement and well-being. Discover how Leadership Skills Development, a course created by Florida Virtual School and Mawi Learning, is transforming the lives of students and teachers alike. This session may contain commercial content.

Speakers
avatar for D'Athlone Brown

D'Athlone Brown

Digital Education Consultant, FLVS Global
D’Athlone Brown is a Digital Education Consultant at Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the country's first state-wide online public middle and high school. FLVS is nationally recognized as a leading authority on online education practices and curriculum development. As a Digital Education... Read More →


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

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

Google Docs: From the Classroom to Coaching
Google Docs and other Google applications are changing the ways we teach in the classroom and coach on the field. Come see examples of how you can use this powerful file sharing tool in both settings.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 4

1:30pm

New Literacies and Inquiry: A Social Issues Project
Students learn best through authentic and meaningful experiences. Effective adolescent learning also is collaborative and inquiry-based. Learn how you can use new literacies and technology to guide students on an inquiry journey. Students research a social issue of their choice and create a public service announcement for their peers.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Ramsborg

Laura Ramsborg

Literacy Lead/Reading 7 Teacher, Valley View Middle School
I have been a teacher with Bloomington Public Schools for four years. Prior to teaching, I worked in Communications and Marketing within the public sector. I have a B.A. in English Literature with a Business Writing minor from the University of WI-Eau Claire; a Masters degree in Teaching... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 3

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

Gamification in Math Interventions: a Reconstruction Journey
Gamification. Explore how a seventh grade math interventions class jumped in and will never be the same. Share the yearlong process to transform curriculum into a real life game. View the work-in-progress curriculum map on Prezi. Come away with tips to help you succeed in gamifying your class and avoid potential mistakes.

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 →


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

2:35pm

Geography: Connecting Local to Global with Technology
Follow the journey of seventh grade students in rural Iowa who took the five themes of geography (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region) from local to global. Learn to connect with cultures around the globe. Incorporate creation, connection, collaboration, and change -- using video editing, Twitter, and Google Maps.

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 2:35pm - 3:25pm
St. Croix

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

Research: Streamline the Process with Online Tools
Teach your students how to conduct effective, efficient, and credible research. We will consider how to: refine searches for difficulty levels; use credible search engines via ELM databases and Google; take notes and highlight with Google Drive, Diigo, and other options; and create citations for web sites.

Speakers

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

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

Math Beyond the Even Problems With Digital Tools
Digital tools and resources have changed teaching math -- moving beyond the even-numbered problems! Explore the Moodle quiz module for practice. It provides quick, constructive feedback and evaluates student knowledge through project-based learning and digital assessments (such as, creating a screencast for multi-step, multi-faceted problems).


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