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Saturday, December 6
 

8:30am

Building Your Twitter Network
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

Anthony VonBank

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


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

8:30am

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

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

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

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

8:30am

iChoose: Integrating Academic Choice & Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Bisson

Ryan Bisson

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

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

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


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

8:30am

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

Makers' Playground
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

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


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

8:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

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


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

8:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

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

Debbie Hahn

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


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

8:30am

Build Literacy Success with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


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

8:30am

Effective Content Creation for a Flipped Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Daniels

Kristin Daniels

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


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

8:30am

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

8:30am

The Art of AppSmashing
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Kari Gerhart

Kari Gerhart

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

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


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

12:30pm

Connecting Classrooms; Connecting Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

How connected are you and your classroom? Come join us as we share authentic ways to Connect K-12 Classrooms via online modalities such as Google+, including hangouts and communities, and more. We will also explore ways classrooms can connect through various social networking sites. What are you doing as a teacher to learn with others? We will identify opportunities for you to connect via online options and build your Personal Learning Network.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Schiller

Erin Schiller

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


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

12:30pm

Engaging Students with Infographics
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

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


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

12:30pm

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

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


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

12:30pm

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

12:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Pierson

Shelly Pierson

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


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

8:30am

Developing Google Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


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

8:30am

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

Learn to Love Google Forms
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

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


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

8:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard

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


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

8:30am

The Networked Educator
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

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


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

8:30am

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

Chrome and Google Apps in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

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


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

8:30am

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

Enhancing eBook Elements and Expanding iBooks Author
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Feller

Wayne Feller

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

Michael Main

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


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

8:30am

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

8:30am

The Ultimate Collaboration Tool: Microsoft OneNote
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
DL

David Lopez

Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, Microsoft


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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


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

12:30pm

Engaging Students through eBooks and ePubs
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

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


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

12:30pm

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thorstad

Jesse Thorstad

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


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

12:30pm

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

12:30pm

Using TED and TED-Ed in the classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the inspirational TED talks to a new level. Learn how to navigate the website for content and relevance to your content and grade level. Turn talks into a TED-Ed customized lesson with the free platform on the ed.ted.com website. Use TED-Ed originals to extend learning for your students. Also, take any educational video from YouTube and customize it. Create, share and extend learning for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Kraemer

Kathy Kraemer

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Fridley Public Schools
K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator at Fridley IB World SchoolsI'm passionate about BIG ideas, student advocacy, TEDx, travel, humor, the movies, photography, all kinds of music, being a wife, mom and teacher, kickboxing, swimming, and being lakeside.
avatar for Carla Staffa

Carla Staffa

Co-Director of Digital Learning, American School of Warsaw
Design, sewing, living in Poland.


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

12:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

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


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

8:00am

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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

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


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

8:00am

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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen

Tech Integration Specialist & Social Studies Teacher, Hopkins Schools


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

11:00am

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

Speakers

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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

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


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

11:00am

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

Flipped Classroom: SMART Amp Enhances Learning
Enrich student-center learning in a flipped classroom. Sharing, analyzing, and comparing and contrasting classroom observations -- ideas, lab information, and content discussion, as well as formative assessment -- has never been as easy as it is with SMART Amp software! See how students with iPads use this online collaborative workspace to enhance their learning experience!

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Straumann

Kristin Straumann

Technology Integration Specialist, ACGC Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway D/E

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

iPads: Going Google for Education
Bring your own iPad and try out many ways you can use Google in education, beyond a simple search. Explore how to best make use of Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Presentations, Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, cloud storage, and more -- all on an iPad. Learn invaluable tips and tricks during this hands-on session.

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 Peter Gausmann

Peter Gausmann

Instructional Technology Support Teacher 6-12, Minnetonka Public Schools
Peter Gausmann has been a Teacher on Special Assignment for Technology Integration and Support since January 2011, when Minnetonka High School was in an early phase of its 1:1 iPad implementation. Before his current position, Peter was an elementary media specialist for two years... Read More →


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

11:00am

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Gearman

Lisa Gearman

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

Travis Lape

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Kara Osmundson

Kara Osmundson

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Sandra Riehl

Sandra Riehl

DLC, ISD #720
avatar for Casey Rutherford

Casey Rutherford

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

Joe Sage

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


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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Jason Dreier

Jason Dreier

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

Chris White

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


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

11:00am

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


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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers

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

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

Collaborative Classrooms in the 21st Century
Many learners know how to share their feelings, but sharing knowledge can be trickier. Explore how learners of any age can foster collaborative learning environments using free, web-based tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as iPads, Chromebooks, and traditional desktop hardware. Examples include real-world situations highlighting the best tools to generate collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard

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

Holly

hollybeth27@gmail.com


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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kim Christensen

Kim Christensen

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

Lynnea West

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


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

12:15pm

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.

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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Shana Crosson

Shana Crosson

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


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

12:15pm

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

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

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


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

12:15pm

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

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

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.

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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Matt Nupen

Matt Nupen

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

Scott Swanson

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


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

12:15pm

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.

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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

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

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

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avatar for Geri Feiock

Geri Feiock

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

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


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

12:15pm

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.

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

12:15pm

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

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avatar for George Couros

George Couros

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


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

12:15pm

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.

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

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!

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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

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

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

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avatar for Jenny Huling

Jenny Huling

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


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

1:30pm

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

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: 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!

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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.

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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

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

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

1:30pm

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

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avatar for Anthony Padrnos

Anthony Padrnos

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


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

1:30pm

Professional Development: Interdistrict Collaboration Using Technology
See how districts collaborate and learn from each other to develop professional development opportunities. Hear from multiple districts that use technology to leverage cross-district connections and communication. Dialogue and explore additional possibilities. Leave with concrete ideas for how to begin your technology-based inter-district collaboration: Big Bang connections for no bucks!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ament

Michelle Ament

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

Rachel Gorton

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools


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

1:30pm

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

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avatar for Andrea Hoffmann

Andrea Hoffmann

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

Ben Stanerson

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


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

1:30pm

Project-Based Learning: VANTAGE Engages Business
Take a look inside Minnetonka's new VANTAGE program, a project-based learning model. Explore this inspiring new way to engage both students and your business community in partnership experiences that will set your graduates apart from other students in the college admissions process. This model is replicable and scalable for your district!

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avatar for Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

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


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

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.

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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

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

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avatar for Kelly Rexine

Kelly Rexine

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


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

1:30pm

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!

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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

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


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

1:30pm

IGNITE! Lessons Learned in 1:1 and BYOD Programs
Four presenters have eight minutes and 25 slides advancing every 20 seconds to share their excitement and ignite yours for Lessons Learned in 1:1 and BYOD programs. Join this energetic, fast-paced session to be inspired to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Burdo

Jill Burdo

Consultant, Burdo Consulting, LLC
avatar for Laura Mackenthun

Laura Mackenthun

Director of Technology, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools
Laura Mackenthun is a former media specialist and middle school language arts teacher who now serves as the Director of Technology for the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. She believes in using technology to accelerate and personalize learning that engages students. Connect with... Read More →
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 →


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway F/G

1:30pm

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

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avatar for Jennifer Mehra

Jennifer Mehra

5th Grade Teacher, Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School


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

1:30pm

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

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

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!

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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Jill Burdo

Jill Burdo

Consultant, Burdo Consulting, LLC


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

2:35pm

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

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avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

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


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

2:35pm

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.

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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

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


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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thorstad

Jesse Thorstad

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


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

2:35pm

iPad 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

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

Speakers
avatar for C. Candace Chou

C. Candace Chou

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

Lanise Block, Ed.D.

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


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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Allison Clasen

Allison Clasen

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

Britta Nelson

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


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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

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


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

2:35pm

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

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

2:35pm

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

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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Chad Even

Chad Even

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

Sarah Francetich

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


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

8:00am

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

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

8:00am

Content Creation: Moving Away from Content Consumption
See how moving away from teacher-directed content consumption results in student-centered learning. Let go of "Project Recipes" and move toward "Project Choice." Model content creation tools and then give students choice over presenting their knowledge. We'll discuss student blogs, video creation, green screening, interactive response tools, and more.

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 →


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

8:00am

Digital Resources from the Minnesota Historical Society
Digital programming is a high priority for the Minnesota Historical Society. History Live Interactive Video Lessons engage students in real-time conversations. Play the Past utilizes mobile gaming in Minnesota History Center exhibits. The new Northern Lights Interactive eBook supports Minnesota studies. Take part in a real-time History Live lesson and learn about free online resources!

Speakers
avatar for Shana Crosson

Shana Crosson

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

Rebecca Gillette

Community Engagement Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society
My job is to plan, develop and implement strategies to build supportive relationships with community organizations. I work in partnership with organizations, to develop programs that increase the Minnesota Historical Society's relevancy within communities whose stories have been... Read More →
avatar for Jack  Matheson

Jack Matheson

Saint Paul, MN, United States, Minnesota Historical Society
Jack Matheson has enjoyed the opportunity to develop and deliver a wide variety of educational programming for the Minnesota Historical Society. At the Minnesota History Center, Jack develops and teaches classes, portrays a 19th Century fur trader for the History Player outreach program... Read More →


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

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

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

Speakers
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Laura Gudmundson

Media Specialist, Computer/Media teacher, Kingsland Public Schools


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

8:00am

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

Gamification in Science, Math, and Language Arts
Looking for academic, fun, and creative tools to engage learners and transform the classroom? Want to collect data on student engagement? Gamification is the use of game mechanics and game design techniques in non-game contexts. Learn hands-on how to add the gamification tool to your portfolio of teaching strategies!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand South

8:00am

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

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

8:00am

Google Glass and Wearable Tech in the Classroom: Passing Glass
Google Glass is hot, new and exciting, but is it right for education? Look through the eyes and experiences of three teachers who experienced Glass in their high school classrooms. Aside from the cool factor, these three educators look critically at the pros and cons of wearable technology in education.

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Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand North

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

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

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


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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Steve Asper

Steve Asper

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


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

8:00am

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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

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


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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Lanise Block, Ed.D.

Lanise Block, Ed.D.

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


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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Marti Sievek

Marti Sievek

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


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

11:00am

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

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

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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Geri Feiock

Geri Feiock

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


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

11:00am

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

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

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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Integration Coach, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon


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

11:00am

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

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

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

11:00am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Allison Clasen

Allison Clasen

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

Laurie Conzemius

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

Britta Nelson

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

Leslie Pralle

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

Lynnea West

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


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Landon Brainerd

Landon Brainerd

HS Teacher/Tech Integration, Crosby-Ironton School District


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

11:00am

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

Speakers

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

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Rojanne Brown

Rojanne Brown

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


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

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

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

Speakers

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

12:15pm

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

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

12:15pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Bruce DeWitt

Bruce DeWitt

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


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

12:15pm

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

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Averbeck

Jamie Averbeck

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ashwaubenon School District
Follow me @AverbeckTech


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers

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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jon Fila

Jon Fila

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Erin Schiller

Erin Schiller

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

Megan Skogstad

Teacher, Eden Prairie


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Huling

Jenny Huling

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Mark Ahlsten

Mark Ahlsten

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Stanerson

Ben Stanerson

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Casey Rutherford

Casey Rutherford

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


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

12:15pm

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


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

12:15pm

E-Newspapers: Showcase and Connect Educators with Paper.li
Showcase innovative teaching and learning! Learn how one district uses Paper.li to recruit and foster connected educators in a weekly e-newspaper, with less than an hour's work each week. Use Paper.li to collect, curate, and share professional learning resources from a wide range of local and online sources.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Griswold

Kenneth Griswold

Coordinator of Technology Integration, Albert Lea Area Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 5

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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Opsal

Sheila Opsal

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


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

12:15pm

Smartphones and Google Apps in Chemistry Labs
Experience spectrophotometry without a spectrophotometer! See how a high school chemistry teacher harnesses smartphone technology to replace expensive science equipment. Learn how Google apps then are used to increase student engagement and collaboration in lab work. Try a mini-experiment of your own.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Poster Table 6

12:15pm

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

Speakers

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

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

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


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

1:30pm

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.

Speakers

Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lake Superior 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 Badges for Lifetime Credentialing
Digital badges offer a novel alternative for credentialing. The badges rely on technology to support an open education infrastructure. They validate skills and competencies gained in the classroom, on the job, and in a multitude of other settings over one’s lifetime. Come explore the future of digital badges.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

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


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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

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


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

1:30pm

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


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

1:30pm

Video Instructions: Teach and Review Skills Training
Hands-on classes are great for kinesthetic learners, but what do you do with 24 students at different steps on large projects? Create simple instructional videos demonstrating all the processes students need! Students use QR code readers and handheld devices to view the instructions -- meeting the needs of aural, visual, physical and logical learning styles.


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

1:30pm

Building your Website: Drupal CMS and Internet Marketing
Paticipants will gain a clear understanding of Drupal and how the content management system can effectively shape a website used by various audiences. In addition, participants will gain valuable knowledge about internet marketing and how these practices can help foster growth in connecting schools with parents, teachers, students , and the surrounding community. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bradish

Paul Bradish

Internet Marketing Strategist, August Ash
avatar for Shawn Haukaas

Shawn Haukaas

Shawn Haukaas is vice president of August Ash, a full-service Internet marketing and web development firm ranked as a Top 25 Web Development and Design Firm in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. With more than 20 years of management and operations management... Read More →


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

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

10x Vision in Education with Google and Minnesota Districts
Join Google to discuss how schools are transforming classrooms to increase student engagement and prepare students for future careers. Rather than making 10% improvements, consider moonshot-thinking and glean ideas from other districts to structure curriculum for 10X improvements! Explore new Google education tools, including Classroom and Google Play for Education. Take part in a Q&A with questions such as: How do we create a sustainable technology plan that is not only manageable from a technical perspective, but also in line with district curriculum goals? What are the biggest roadblocks to change at the district level? How might we structure professional development to move teachers from substitution to the upper ladders of SAMR?

Speakers
avatar for James Leonard

James Leonard

Regional Manager, Google for Education
James Leonard is the UK Regional Manager for Google for Education. James works with schools to successfully pilot, deploy, and scale Google for Education tools like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks. Before joining Google, James taught Year 6 Maths and Year 7 English at the... Read More →


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

1:30pm

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

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson

Manager of Integration and Customer Support, Atomic Learning
avatar for Neil Andruschak

Neil Andruschak

Digital Learning Specialist, Little Falls Community Schools
I am the Digital Learning Specialist for Little Falls Community Schools. My primary role is to support teachers in their classrooms.Let's talk about you, your classroom and your students. If somewhere in that conversation technology can find a place to help, then we can talk tech... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Erickson

Kyle Erickson

Director of Technology Services, East Grand Forks Schools
My role as Director of Technology Services, with the East Grand Forks School District, avails me many new and exciting challenges. My goal is to enhance our students' education with many tools, one of them being technology. My former position with the Northwest Service Cooperative... Read More →
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 →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway F/G

1:30pm

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for T. J. Fletcher

T. J. Fletcher

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Kowalik

Timothy Kowalik

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Steve Asper

Steve Asper

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson

Manager of Integration and Customer Support, Atomic Learning


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

2:35pm

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.

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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Troy Reynolds

Troy Reynolds

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


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

2:35pm

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

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

2:35pm

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

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

2:35pm

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.

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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

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

2:35pm

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

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