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Monday, December 8
 

8:00am

Creativity: The Subversive Educator's Guide
Every 21st century skill emphasizes creativity. This session demonstrates why creativity belongs in every content area, moving beyond music and art. Creativity is a genuine vocational skill and educators need to overcome our fear of creative children. Gain 10 practical methods for encouraging and assessing creativity in every assignment.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Director of Media and Technology, Mankato Area Public Schools
Director of Media and Technology at Mankato Area Public Schools and world wide speaker on information Literacy and author of the Blue Skunk Blog Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia... Read More →


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

8:00am

Free Math and Science E-Texts: Aligned to MN Standards
Discover electronic textbooks for middle school math and science! Available to schools at no charge, the texts are aligned to Minnesota standards, and developed by teachers under the direction of the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Accessible with computers and mobile devices, text formats include Google apps, CK-12 Flexbooks, Moodle, pdf and ePubs.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
Twitter: @marccjohnson


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

8:00am

Tierney Brothers Tech Tour at TIES
Take a break from your sessions to see the top new classroom technologies all in one room!  Explore the latest classroom tools including Chromebooks, Epson Interactive Projector (no board needed!), SMART 65” Interactive Flat Panel, FrontRow Classroom Sound, posterPRO large format printing & more.

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

8:00am

Gamification: Learning to Play and Playing to Learn
Professional development is often disconnected from life, motivation, and learning. Come play our game and find out how to engage a professional staff in a gamification type of learning. Learn the results of creating a “gamification/badge” system to increase the capacity of a technology support staff. This session may contain commercial content.


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

11:00am

Google Tools and Integration: Favorite Apps and Tips
Mark Garrison and Molly Schroeder share their favorite Google Apps and tips for perfect educational implementation. Their ideas have been collected through years of travel and work with with educators around the globe.


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

11:00am

iPads and Google: Transforming Science Instruction
Hear how a science team has grown, leveraging 1:1 iPads to increase classroom efficiencies and choice. Examples of their success include: Project Based Learning, screencasting with Explain Everything and Show Me, camera use with lab reports, Google Forms, and Schoology Assessments. All team planning is done on Google Docs and Presentations, and shared collaboratively.


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

11:00am

Personalized Technology Adoption Panel
You often hear about the issues and negative experiences surrounding personalized technology adoptions. Come share a glass half-full approach! In an interactive panel format with requested audience participation, hear from a variety of schools, districts, and service providers as to what is going well with personalized technology and platform adoptions. May contain commercial content.

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Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
St. Croix

11:00am

Video Conferencing: Connect and Collaborate
Use video conferencing systems to enrich your curriculum,collaborate with other classes, and learn from content experts. Learn the lingo. Explore the hardware and software options available for connecting your students. See how to arrange and conduct a live video event.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Integration Coach, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon


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

11:00am

Free Online Education Resources: Minnesota Learning Commons
The Minnesota Learning Commons (MnLC) provides free online education resources for public education -- teaching and learning. Explore resources and learn how to use them in your work to support accessibility, digital literacy, and the development of open education resources MNLC operates with the University of MN, MN State Colleges and Universities, and the MN Department of Education.

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Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 2

12:15pm

Library Collaboration Between School and Public: Less can be More
No money for books? No staff to teach tech workshops? No eBooks available? Less can be more. Call your local public library to the rescue and see collaboration, a crucial 21st century skill, in action. Hear directly from students how sharing resources doubled our ability to serve them.


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

12:15pm

Special Education: Transition Skills and Technology
Technology is evolving every day. Keeping up with technology and adapting it for special needs students -- to empower students and increase independence -- offers unique challenges. See how the White Bear Lake Transition Plus program uses Chromebooks, Google Drive, iPads, Nexus 7s, and Smartboards.  We'll share examples of what’s working and what’s not.  

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Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 2:20pm
Greenway H/I

1:30pm

30 Amazing Web Gems for the Classroom
Explore 30 free web tools, gems that you can leverage in your classroom to change the face of learning! We'll walk through resources thematically: learning activities, digital storytelling, productivity tools, quality copyright-friendly resources, audio/video creation and publication. Tools for every classroom will be addressed, along with examples of how to use them.

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

1:30pm

Common Formative Assessment Using Naiku at ISD 196
Do you have plans to conduct common formative assessment? Do you have goals of helping your PLCs collaborate, collect, and make better instructional decisions based on data? In this session, we will share how we successfully implemented our plans and goals at ISD 196 using Naiku, an online assessment solution.

Speakers
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Michelle DeMers

Assessment Coordinator, Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan
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Susan Semmler

Teacher, Rosemount High School


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

1:30pm

Digital Storytelling on iPads in Primary Classrooms
It can be difficult to get first-graders to share through writing. Motivate your students to share what they know through Digital Storytelling on iPads! Learn about ChatterPix, 30Hands, Doodle Buddy, and iMovie. Review student examples and explore the apps yourself. BYOD:Please bring your iPad, with these four apps already downloaded onto the device.

Speakers
avatar for Britt Theis

Britt Theis

1st Grade Teacher, Edina Public Schools
I am a 1st grade teacher who is trying to figure out different ways my students can learn and share through technology. The more opportunities my students have for voice and choice, and can get feedback from as many different people as possible, the better! I am a Seesaw Ambassador... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Enabling Next Generation Learning
Enabling Next-Generation Learning...Together. When humanity meets technology, the way we learn changes and the way we teach is transformed. We are realizing human potential and seeing the results of our actions. When people are connected, wonderful and innovative things happen. Come learn more... May contain commercial content.

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

1:30pm

This Is the First Time I’ve Been Good at Math!
How do we get math students to say, "this makes sense!"? Especially those who also say, "I'm not good at math." This session will incorporate growth mindset research and specific examples for how to engage students in a math class using real world connections. May contain commercial content.

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

1:30pm

Building a Better Digital Age Writer
Explore 21st century technology tools to increase middle-level student writing engagement and output. Learn how technology is integrated to create a blended sixth grade language arts class. Learn how digital writing tools help students grow writing skills, learn about the impact of voice, explore new topics, and meet state writing standards!

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Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 4

1:30pm

Check for Understanding: 4Cs and QR Codes
Integrate the 4Cs (collaboration, creative thinking, creativity, and communication) into your lesson plan to check for student understanding -- and learn to create QR codes to simplify the process. Walk away ready to integrate iPod touches (or iPads) into your instruction with the help of QR codes, Google Forms, Voice Memo and podcasting apps, and more!

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

1:30pm

Minecraft Edu
Learn how to use Mineraft Edu to draw in reluctant learners. Discuss the difference between Minecraft and Minecraft Edu. The Edu version integrates 21st century skills and can be used to teach in many curricular areas. Explore this highly engaging tool and the many resources available through the Minecraft Edu Wiki.

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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Poster Table 1

2:35pm

Meet ELA Standards through Curriculum, Collaboration, and Coding
Are you looking for a new way to approach English Language Arts (ELA) standards? Imagine a unit that not only fulfills the standards, but also incorporates coding, engages students, and encourages creativity. We will share the collaborative teaching process, examples of student success, and the instruction unit using the coding program Scratch.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer

Media Specialist, ISD 191
avatar for Amy Smalley

Amy Smalley

Instructional Coach, ISD 191
I am an elementary and junior high instructional coach for The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Having formally been an enrichment specialist and reading and math interventionist, I continually look for new and interesting ways to challenge and engage students.


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

2:35pm

Mobile Devices in Health Education
While the industry giants like Apple and Google fight for dominance of fitness/health apps and devices, the one guaranteed winner will be our students and the educators who harness this technology. Come see how these tools are continuing to individualize learning, and expand the classroom walls.

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

2:35pm

Using Mobile Devices to Improve Reading Ability
Imagine this: a group of students with their faces buried in their phone, but instead of texting, they’re reading! Explore how web resources and mobile devices --including phones, can get students reading more, improving their reading scores. The session may contain commercial content.

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

2:35pm

Creating a News Show for Your School or Classroom
Create a quick and easy news show for your school or classroom with your students using an iPad and some simple apps at a minimal cost. Applications at all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Tracy

Carol Tracy

Library Media Specialist, Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
I am passionate about student learning environments. I seek to create flexible learning spaces that foster creativity, collaboration and student voice. I am transforming my 3rd library space. My library transformations include a small, private Pre-K through 8th grade school media... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 6

2:35pm

Creating iBooks in Math with Book Creator
Transform how students learn math through the creation and sharing of iBooks using the math workshop model in Book Creator. It incorporates collaborative learning, teacher modeling, student-led, and differentiation.  iBooks vary from individual notebooks to class projects. Learn how iBooks fuse cooperative learning, differentiation, and math practices.

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Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 4
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

8:00am

Personalizing Learning, Our Journey
Curious about personalizing learning for each student? Wondering how to do this efficiently? Join a conversation with Eden Prairie Schools and explore how personalized learning looks, every day. Discover how Schoology and Fishtee, a 21st century learning platform, come together to save teachers time and help students learn.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ament

Michelle Ament

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


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway D/E

8:00am

Digital Content for the Classroom
“Digital Content for the Classroom – leveraging Resources You Already have; You just didn’t know about it! Learn how schools are customizing curriculum to meet standards and impact student performance and teacher effectiveness. This session will focus on ELM resources from Gale. May contain commercial content.

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

10:30am

TIES 2014 MakerSpace Experience
You may have heard of the “maker” movement and schools that have created makerspaces, and wondered what it’s all about. It’s about exploring. It’s about tinkering. It’s about taking things apart and putting them back together. It’s about making it happen. It’s about students working on projects of their own design, using a variety of materials and tools: from low-tech balsa wood and duct tape to high-tech 3-D printers.Makerspaces guide students in asking both “how” and “why does this work?”_x000B__x000B_Dive right into hands-on learning in the TIES 2014 Makerspace Experience.  Local experts have come together to create a diverse makerspace that includes over six distinct featured areas, including recyclables, circuits and makey-makey kits, programming, arduinos, simple robots, 3D imaging and printing, stop-motion animation, LEGOS, and more. Explore how to expand student interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and art through active participation in “making.” Gain insights for creating a Makerspace in your own school and walk away feeling inspired!

Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:30am - 11:50am
North Woods

11:00am

Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital helps build 21st century graduation readiness skills with Capstone Interactive eBooks (Prek-9 titles) and PebbleGo (K-3 Databases). Overview and demo of each resource, along with Q&A throughout plus testimonials and reviews. Please BYOD as free access to each will be provided. May contain commercial content.

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

11:00am

Introduction to CLASSFLOW
ClassFlow helps teachers to easily create interactive lessons bringing together the technology in their classrooms, such as interactive whiteboards, tablets, and laptops. ClassFlow has two available downloadable apps (ClassFlow Teacher and ClassFlow Student) to support dynamic lesson delivery and content sharing across devices in the classroom. May contain commercial content.

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