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Saturday, December 6
 

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

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

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

The Art of AppSmashing
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Kari Gerhart

Kari Gerhart

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

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


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

12:30pm

Become a Productive School Leader with iOS
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

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


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

12:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

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

Debbie Hahn

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


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

8:30am

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Pralle

Leslie Pralle

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


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

8:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

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


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

8:30am

Technology Literacy with Scratch 2.0 Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nicholson

Ann Nicholson

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


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

12:30pm

21st Century Differentiated Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
VJ

Vivian Johnson

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


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

12:30pm

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 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

Managing Your Digital Life with iOS
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

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


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

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


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

8:00am

Migrating Classrooms to the Digital Environment
Still using a VGA cable to connect a projector to a laptop? Your classroom technology is rapidly becoming obsolete. This session will provide an overview of new digital classroom technologies, most of them using mysterious four-letter acronyms: HDMI, HDCP, BYOD, IPTV, EDID and HDBaseT. May contain commercial content.

Speakers

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kara Osmundson

Kara Osmundson

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools
avatar for Sandra Riehl

Sandra Riehl

DLC, ISD #720
avatar for Joe Sage

Joe Sage

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


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

12:15pm

Systems Alignment to Transform Student Learning
Join a dialogue around actual scenarios in which transformation of district vision and strategic plans has taken places. Explore strategies on how to align the district vision to an action plan that achieves successful instructional change. Build focus on educational practices and effective instruction to create 22nd century learning opportunities for all students.


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

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

Becky Fritz

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

Debbie Hahn

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


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

1:30pm

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


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

1:30pm

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

Speakers

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

1:30pm

Open Source Datacenter
Modernize your server room! Use open-source visualization, management, and server technologies to provide a robust, stable, scalable solution for your network. Learn how to use off-the-shelf hardware for a cost-effective, enterprise-level solution for common virtualization needs. Come away ready to create trials for your own workloads.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

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


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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Mike Smart

Mike Smart

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


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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Brad Scherer

Brad Scherer

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

Lindsay Vernier

Instructional Technology Specialist, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools


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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mehra

Jennifer Mehra

5th Grade Teacher, Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion School


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

1:30pm

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!

Speakers

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Matt Howe

Matt Howe

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

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


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

2:35pm

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

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.

Speakers

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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

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


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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Travis Lape

Travis Lape

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


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

2:35pm

Building a Unified Workspace for Any Device
Interested in BYOD but not sure how to start? See schools using Stoneware’s webNetwork to create a platform that is the single entry point for students to access everything needed to learn. This “Unified Workspace” will enable anytime, anywhere learning, extending education beyond the classroom walls. May contain commercial content.

Speakers

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

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.

Speakers

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

2:35pm

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

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Poster Table 5
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

8:00am

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

Speakers

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

8:00am

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

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

8:00am

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

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Laura Gudmundson

Media Specialist, Computer/Media teacher, Kingsland Public Schools


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

8:00am

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology
Mary Mehsikomer is the Outreach Facilitator at Sourcewell Technology. In this capacity she provides professional development for educators, including instructional technology, business analytics, cybersecurity, and E-Rate. Mary is a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader and has... Read More →


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

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

Staff Development: Success Through Learning Lunches
Educate your staff on new technology tools with Learning Lunches: small, usable doses in an informal professional development setting. Learn how to encourage staff to attend your lunches! Receive a list of topics and explore the process for introducing tech tools to enhance instruction. Attendees will have access to user-friendly resources throughout the year.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Ohlgren

Donna Ohlgren

Library Media Specialist, Rush Creek Elementary
Library Media Specialist at Osseo Area Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Poster Table 2

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Gorton

Rachel Gorton

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools
avatar for Cara Slattery

Cara Slattery

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


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

12:15pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Sean Martinson

Sean Martinson

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


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

1:30pm

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

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.

Speakers

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers

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

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Laura Ramsborg

Laura Ramsborg

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


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

2:35pm

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.

Speakers

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Amber Aslakson

Amber Aslakson

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


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

2:35pm

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