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Monday, December 8
 

7:30am

First Timers Session
First time attending the TIES Education Technology Conference? Come and learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your conference experience from veteran speaker and attendee Susan Herder of Mounds View Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am
Lakeshore A
  • Host Organization 2566

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

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

District Tech Leaders: Build Your Skills
The district technology leader's role has changed from focusing on technical aspects (managing the network), to understanding the educational environment and providing leadership and vision. Conduct a chief technology officer (CTO) self-assessment. Learn about CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills for the K-12 CTO, as well as a new national certification to help show your value.

Speakers

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

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

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
Marc Johnson is the Executive Director of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative, a telecommunications and technology cooperative of 14 K-12 school districts and one technical & community college in East Central Minnesota. Previous to this role, he taught middle... Read More →


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

8:00am

Getting the Most Out of Your Mac and iPad
Discover tips and tricks to make the most of your Mac and iPad.

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Amber Aslakson

Amber Aslakson

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


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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Stomberg

Lisa Stomberg

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


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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Greg Blodgett

Greg Blodgett

Principal, Anoka-Hennepin Schools


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

8:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Darin Swenson

Darin Swenson

Teacher - EdTech Specialist


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

8:00am

Social Media: Become a Connected Educator
How do you connect with other educators and learners? Get started using Twitter and other social media channels to manage your own professional development. Gather and share resources to establish and grow professional connections tailored to your grade level, content, and interests. You chart your course, learning at your pace!

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 8:00am - 8:50am
Lake Superior A

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

Keynote Speaker, 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

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.

Speakers

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

8:00am

Top 10 Things Not to Do in a 1:1
Be prepared to laugh and learn as @mrhooker takes you through an informative three-year journey of his district's 1:1 implementation. Whether you are a classroom teacher, an administrator, or a tech director, knowing what pitfalls and mistakes to avoid will help put your school on the path to 1:1 success. _x000B_

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Educational Strategist & Consultant, 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 8:00am - 8:50am
Millennium Grand Center

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Claire Berg

Claire Berg

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

Josh Jackson

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


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

11:00am

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 grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University of Minnesota... 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

Curriculum Mapping in a 21st Century System
With teachers increasingly creating dynamic instructional environments, deviating from the standard textbook, curriculum maps need to be equally dynamic to provide meaningful information to guide decisions. In addition, teachers need a reason to view curriculum mapping as more than just another hoop to jump through. In this session, we'll demonstrate how TIES is addressing these issues, and placing the focus back on the teacher.

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 →


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

11:00am

Dataphobia: Increasing Comfort with Data
More often than not, the disconnect in successfully using data is not acquisition but application. Learn quick, simple methods of data analysis and explore a variety of surveys and electronic resources. Gain insights into developing a culture that values data. Leave with a plan for decreasing data fear and increasing data usage in your school or district.

Speakers

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

11:00am

Docker Introduction
Docker! This new container-like virtualization technology is on every tech blog, but what is it and is it as awesome as they claim? Explore what Docker is, how it works, and how you can use it in K-12. Learn how easy it is to install and get started on your own.

Speakers

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

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

From Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership
Through effective use of technology and social media, people and students are doing great things to improve their own lives -- and to improve the lives of those in their school, communities, and around the world. Students today have the opportunity to make a difference through their online presence. We need to give them the opportunities and tools they need to make that difference.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower... Read More →


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

iBeacons: Exploring the World Around You with iOS
From welcoming students as they enter the classroom to providing them content based on their location in a building, iBeacons open up a world of possibilities for students and teachers across the world.  Join us in this session as we look at iBeacon setup, workflows, and experience the power of access to location-based content.

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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

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

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

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.

Speakers

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

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

Special Education: Capture Student Success
Discover how Capture, YouTube and Blogger effectively communicate a child’s progress to families. Go beyond required paperwork and bring personality into reporting. Use video and blogging to document what and how a student is learning, and help teachers reflect on teaching. The session will focus on students with handicapping conditions, but the information is universal.

Speakers
avatar for John Unruh-Friesen

John Unruh-Friesen

Tech Integration Specialist & Social Studies Teacher, Hopkins Schools
avatar for Sher Unruh-Friesen

Sher Unruh-Friesen

Elementary Special Education - DCD Teacher, Hopkins Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway J

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

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

Career and Technical Education, ECMECC
Technology Integration Specialist at ECMECC - East Central Minnesota Educational Cable CooperativeIn 2008 Jon began supporting and encouraging staff of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) schools as they integrate affective technology practices into their... Read More →


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

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

12:15pm

Backup Alphabet Soup: A Backup Plan that Works
DR, RPO, RTO, SAN, NAS, iSCSI, SAS and snapshots. An overwhelming alphabet soup of backup options?! With guidance from the TIES Technical Services team, learn how to plan and design a backup and recovery scheme that works for your organization.

Speakers

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

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

District Curriculum Coordinator, Cambridge-Isanti Schools
I am a District Curriculum and PD Coordinator for Cambridge-Isanti Schools. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be involved education during a time where incredible technology is in the hands of students! I enjoy exploring the latest pieces educational technology and collaborating... 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.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

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


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

12:15pm

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

Leading Online: Leading the Learning, Leading by Learning
Increasingly, educational activity is shaped online. We post assignments; students e-mail with questions; classroom discussions unfold; colleagues collaborate via shared documents. These spaces are all part of our educational reality. Online leaders must alternate seamlessly between helping others learn and learning themselves so as to bring that learning back to the groups they lead.

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

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

Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement
'Maker' is a feature length documentary looking into the current Maker movement in America. This new wave of do-it-yourself and do-it-together is sometimes called the Third Industrial Revolution. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities driving the Maker movement, and offers a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of our age.

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

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

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

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

Speakers
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Jane Rolnick

Director, Library Media Technology, Hill-Murray School


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

12:15pm

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.

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 →


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

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

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

Keynote Speaker, 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

Technology Plans: Leveraging Chromebooks for High Quality Instruction
Explore a district technology vision that has evolved, from projection in all instructional spaces to classroom carts of Chromebooks. Learn how the plan was developed, its ongoing support, and the vision for the future. See how the technology vision positively impacts instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Monson

Ryan Monson

Technology Coach, Mounds View Public Schools


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

12:15pm

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.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
St. Croix

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

Analog Leaders in a Digital World
Education leaders come from an analog world. Today's students live in a digital world where information is accessible anywhere instantly. Learn to leverage this increased access, improve their learning experience, and encourage an environment where failure isn't always a bad thing. Ditch the VCR and embrace YouTube. Learn to see through the eyes of your students.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Educational Strategist & Consultant, 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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet D

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.

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Michelle DeMers

Assessment Coordinator, Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan
SS

Susan Semmler

Teacher, Rosemount High School


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

1:30pm

Deploying iPads for 1:1
Learn about the supported methods for deploying iPads in a 1:1 (teacher or student) environment.

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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

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.

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.


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.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Hawkinson

Jamie Hawkinson

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

Kristen Powell

Teacher, 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.

Speakers
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

Mobile Learning: Changing Culture
Getting results in a 1:1 learning environment does not result from merely deploying devices; it requires substantive changes in instructional practices. This session will highlight some of the results of successful schools, introduce a widely-used technology integration model, and discuss potential obstacles that school administrators face in leading their staff to transformational change in the classroom.

Speakers
CD

Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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

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.

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 →
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!

Speakers
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

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 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

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

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.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
St. Croix

1:30pm

Top Apps and Practices for Administrators
With the ever-changing dynamic of technology, it is tough for educational leaders to keep up-to-date. Explore some of the top tools, apps and methods administrators nationwide are using that will help you in your day-to-day activities. Discover a wealth of online people and resources to help you continue your effective leadership.

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

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.

Speakers
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!

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

Why We Chose Whitewater Learning® Online PD
With new performance review requirements and professional development challenges we can no longer use one-size-fits all solutions. To supplement our current practices we chose Whitewater Learning® E-Education for Educators as an online option because of its quality, accessibility, flexibility and affordability. Learn about how we are embedding WWL into our professional development.


Monday December 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Matt Nupen

Matt Nupen

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


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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Callies

Laurie Callies

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


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

2:35pm

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

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


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

2:35pm

Deploying iPads in a Shared Use Environment
Learn about the supported methods for deploying iPads in a shared use (cart) environment.

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Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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.

Speakers
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.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Howe

Matt Howe

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

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


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

2:35pm

Gamification and Collaborative Storytelling
Learn how to use the mechanics of different game formats to help your students collaboratively tell stories. Storytelling projects can range from individual, to small group, to classwide settings. Come away with tools and examples that empower students to engage in shared synergistic storytelling, and are easily adapted to different age and content levels.

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

2:35pm

Get to Know Google Classroom
Curious about Google Classroom? Two Google Certified Teachers and Trainers will show you the teacher and student sides of Google Classroom. Learn how Classroom can help you streamline your workflow for distributing/collecting assignments and providing feedback to students. Hear some useful tips in response to frequently asked questions. See how Classroom can be used for professional development outside of the typical class.

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 →
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →


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

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

Managing Public Certificates in Your Organization
Managing all of your public certificates can be a hairy job. When certificates unknowingly expire so do the services they provide. This can be disastrous for users! Learn how to manage your public certificates and replace them before they expire using a new tool developed by our partners at DigiCert.


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

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

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

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

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.

Speakers

Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
St. Croix

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!

Speakers

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

3:25pm

Orono Public Schools Meeting
This is a closed meeting to Orono Public School staff.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Pease

Penny Pease

Technology Integration Coordinator, Orono Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 3:25pm - 4:25pm
Minnehaha

4:30pm

MASA - Technology Leaders Meeting
Meeting of the Technology Leaders group of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators

Speakers
avatar for Josh Swanson

Josh Swanson

Executive Director of Technology, Eden Prairie Public Schools
Personalization of learning, leadership and change management.
avatar for Joel VerDuin

Joel VerDuin

Chief Technology and Information Officer, Anoka-Hennepin Schools
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Tim Wilson

Chief Technology Officer, Osseo Area Public Schools


Monday December 8, 2014 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Northstar Ballroom A
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

7:30am

First Timers Session
First time attending the TIES Education Technology Conference? Come and learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your conference experience from veteran speaker and attendee Susan Herder of Mounds View Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:00am
Lakeshore A
  • Host Organization 2567

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

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

Curated Content: Meet The App Store, The iBookstore, and iTunes U
With such a vast array of content available for educators and students today, come and join us to look at some key locations within The App Store, The iBookstore, and iTunes U that have been curated for educators of all grade levels and subject areas.  

Speakers
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Charles Duarte

Apple, Apple
Apple Inc.


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

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.

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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.

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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

Inventory/Track Your Technology: AssetTrackDB
Learn how schools can use the free and open source AssetTrackDB software to inventory and track technology assets. From thousands of 1:1 devices to 100 computers, you'll explore how this software can help your technology department. Follow the software demonstration on your own device. Leave with all the tools you need to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Krehbiel

Tyler Krehbiel

Technology Coordinator, SW/WC Service Cooperative


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
St. Croix

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.

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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

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

Technology Assessment: Analyze Tech Status and Needs with BrightBytes
Can districts improve what they can't measure? Learn to analyze technology status and needs, and move forward in the right direction with your technology. Explore how Kasson-Mantorville Schools uses data collected with CASE Clarity by BrightBytes to find efficient and effective solutions to classroom, access, skills and environment.

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Kelly Braun

Teaching & Learning Coordinator, KASSON - MANTORVILLE


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

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

Educational Strategist & Consultant, 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

'Flippin' Staff Meetings -- An Innovative Approach
What if staff meetings and professional development were done differently by being innovative, engaging and transformative? Learn how and why one school transformed by using time differently, by "flipping" staff meetings and professional development. Gain real-life, applicable resources and approaches for flipping staff meetings in your school.

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avatar for Amy Arbogash

Amy Arbogash

Technology Integration Specialist, Howard Suamico School District
This is my third year as the Technology Integration Specialist at Bay View Middle School in the Howard Suamico School District. We are a progressive 1:1 iPad, Apple, and GAFE school. I love helping teachers and students discover the wows and wonders of learning through technology... Read More →
avatar for Paul Hermes

Paul Hermes

Associate Principal, Howard-Suamico School District - Bay View Middle School


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

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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

Data Collection to Inform Instruction
Consider concrete examples of data collection tools and how they can be used to inform learning. Plus gather best practices on how to move forward with a data action plan. Tools discussed include: Apple and Google Apps, Google Forms/scripts, and video collection/sharing. Apply them in your classroom tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Andi Loger

Andi Loger

Peer Coach, Edina Public Schools
As a peer coach I am passionate about professional development to support student success through teacher growth. I believe through building relationships and gathering meaningful data, coaching is one of the most powerful tools to teacher growth.
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Libby Sandvick

Teacher Evaluation Coordinator, Edina Public Schools


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

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

Math, Science, Social, English Language Arts, World Languages, Music, Health - Physical Education, Career and Technical, Other
I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


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

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

Google Teacher Academy and Google Education Resources: Be More Google
Want to be more Google? Three newly Google-Certified teachers will talk about their experiences in the Google Teacher Academy and answer any questions you may have about free Google resources available to educators. Bring your own device to explore the Google for Education website.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Herder

Susan Herder

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools
Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative... Read More →
avatar for Belinda Stutzman

Belinda Stutzman

Integrationist, Wayzata Schools
Belinda is a veteran teacher and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist in the Wayzata School District where all students have access to an iPad. Being a Google Certified Innovator has been a fun way to meet many new people and share her passion for teaching and... Read More →


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

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

Launching a Large-Scale 1:1 Program
All-in! Share the joys and challenges of rolling out 3,000 Chromebooks for middle school students. Learn how to provide leadership opportunities for early adopters. Consider how to leverage Schoology to prepare 200 teachers to improve feedback,encourage student self-reflection, and adopt culturally relevant pedagogy in their classrooms.

Speakers
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Lesli Skarphol

Technology Integration Specialist, Robbinsdale ISD281


Tuesday December 9, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway H/I

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

Career and Technical Education, ECMECC
Technology Integration Specialist at ECMECC - East Central Minnesota Educational Cable CooperativeIn 2008 Jon began supporting and encouraging staff of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) schools as they integrate affective technology practices into their... Read More →


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

Personalizing Learning with iBooks Author
Standards are never enough.  Students learn best when they are engaged and directly interact with resources that connect with their own lives.  Content area teachers can personalize learning experiences by using iBooks Author. Workflow, organizing information, creating content themed widgets, and citing sources are all part of the develpment process. _x000B_

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

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

Professional Development: Nine Uses for Online Whitewater Learning®
Explore the nine ways Whitewater Learning® online professional development modules may be used in educational settings including: for license renewal; to close the performance review loop, providing a safety net for all involved; as university courses or supplements; for teacher content on snow days; and five additional applications.


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

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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Feller

Wayne Feller

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Hermann

Janelle Hermann

Tech Integration Specialist, Chisago Lakes School District
Languages Arts teacher turned Media Specialist turned Technology Integrationist for grades 9-12 with a permanent case of wanderlust and fernwah.


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

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.

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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

Continuous Learning Using iTunes U
What if you had a snow day and students were still engaged in learning?  Teaching courses using iTunes U provides students and teachers with continuously available learning experiences - even when one or both are absent.  Students receive posts - including instructions, resources, and assignments - in real-time and complete work at their own pace.


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Dawn French

Dawn French

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

Jeremy Lewis

Math/Science Middle School Teacher, Osseo Area Schools


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

12:15pm

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Angie Potts

Angie Potts

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


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

12:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keddie

Doug Keddie

Digital Learning Coach, Shakopee Public Schools


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

12:15pm

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

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

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.

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

12:15pm

Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement
'Maker' is a feature length documentary looking into the current Maker movement in America. This new wave of do-it-yourself and do-it-together is sometimes called the Third Industrial Revolution. The film explores the ideas, tools, and personalities driving the Maker movement, and offers a timely snapshot of one of the transforming influences of our age.

Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

12:15pm

Microsoft Office 365 Basics
Office 365 refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet. Learn the benefits of moving to Office 365 for students, teachers, and staff. Learn how you can take advantage of one terabyte for file and 50 gigabytes for mail storage per user for free!


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
St. Croix

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.

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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

Technology Integration: Create a Vision with Focus and Clarity
Do you feel like you are drowning in a sea of technology? Explore a vision of technology integration based on “why,” and find focus and simplicity with clarity. Explore a roadmap based on SAMR to examine your current reality, and the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) to move toward modification.

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 →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway H/I

12:15pm

Technology, Adventure and Change
Reframe 21st century education. Explore a framework to better utilize technology in the classroom. Start with the current situation in Minnesota using a Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition baseline. Examine the adventure/technology connection. Leave with a strong philosophical framework and simple action plan to move instructional technology forward in a classroom, school or district.

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

12:15pm

Twitter Chat: #MNLead, Live Session Leadership Chat
Learn about Twitter chats and build your professional learning network. Join a session of #MNLead, a weekly twitter chat focusing on leadership, pedagogy, and technology. Discuss a topic through a series of questions in small groups, then post ideas on Twitter. Become part of the conversation as we work together to transform education in Minnesota!

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 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore A

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.

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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

Apps, Tips, Websites and Gadgets for the Administrator
Administrators, keep on top of the ever changing dynamic of technology! Get an overview of some top tools, apps, and methods administrators across the country are using to help in their day-to-day activities. Discover a wealth of online people and resources to help you continue to lead effectively.

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

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.

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avatar for Angie Kalthoff

Angie Kalthoff

Technology Integrationist, St. Cloud Area School District
Hi! I am a Technology Integrationist for the St.Cloud Area School District. I am also a Google Innovator and Code.org Affiliate. I like to learn from others and share my knowledge for fun. I think it is important to take learning into your own hands and seek out new information... Read More →


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

1:30pm

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


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

1:30pm

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

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

1:30pm

Coding 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.

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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 grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University of Minnesota... Read More →


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

1:30pm

Flipped Classroom: Ensuring Success from IT to Classroom
Implementing a flipped classroom model requires involving leaders from every area of education. A former teacher and a technical services manager come together to share their roles in the flipped classroom program that transformed student learning in Hopkins Public Schools. Learn to ensure success in a digitally enhanced learning model.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for John Wetter

John Wetter

Technical Services Manager, Hopkins Public Schools
John manages systems & support services for Hopkins Public Schools, including building based technology support, the Technology Service Desk, and District Repair Services and district systems & infrastructure. He also works closely with the Hopkins Digital Content Team Teachers to... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
St. Croix

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

Innovation 101: Tapping the Wisdom of the Crowd
Does your district embrace change? Do you know how to fully utilize the creative talent of your employees? Learn the secrets of crowdsourcing: it's collaborative, it's social, it's fun! Join a lively session that will introduce you to a new way of thinking. Leave ready to help your district increase employee morale, community support, and academic achievement.

Speakers
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 →


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

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

It Takes an iVillage
Mobile learning needs to include parents! Mobile devices represent disruptive change in the classroom and in the home. Discuss ways to bond with your community over new digital mediums. From conversations about YikYak to laughs over Tumblr, schools and communities can help each other. After all, you’re not raising kids, you're raising adults.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Educational Strategist & Consultant, 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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet A

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

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

Personalized PD in Action!
Support an individualized approach to professional development. See how a district differentiated job-embedded staff development. Participants partnered with technology integrationists and instructional coaches throughout the year. Sessions focused on collaboration, creation, and implementation of technology integration and best practice instruction to increase student achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Carney

Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS - North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, 4 years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her 3rd year... Read More →


Tuesday December 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Greenway D/E

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

2:35pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Dave Eisenmann

Dave Eisenmann

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

Jen Hegna

Director of Information and Learning Technology, Byron Public Schools
Director of Information and Learning Technology for Byron Public Schools(MN). I am a dreamer, collaborator, and a learning addict!


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

2:35pm

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 Classroom in AP Social Studies
The flipped classroom is becoming more popular, but how can you use this method with social studies classes? See an example of the flipped classroom format in an Advanced Placement world history setting. Explore flipped classroom benefits and challenges, how to implement it, and how it will change your teaching. Questions are welcome!

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

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!

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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

Guide Teachers to Transform Instruction
Use staff goals and coaching to avoid "pockets of wow" and build technology capacity in all teachers! Discover how two school districts are guiding teachers to transform instruction by developing proficiency integrating technology into their practice. Come away with a technology integration proficiency rubric you can use in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Borglum

Jason Borglum

District Technology Director, Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools
avatar for John Lustig

John Lustig

District Technology Director, Saint Peter Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

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

PD - This Time it has to be Personal!
PD is no longer Professional Development; it has to be Personal. See and share how far we've come. Join the Independent People of America District (iPad), where you will experience three fast-paced, individual driven PD ideas that you can take with you to transform PD in your district or use in your classroom.

Speakers
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 →


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

2:35pm

Professional Development: Edcamp Evolves
Edcamps, an emerging model of organic, participant-driven professional development, are springing up across Minnesota. What’s next for the Edcamp model? Will Edcamps transform professional development? Will the Edcamp model be integrated into districts’ overall approach to PD? Learn from a panel of Edcamp organizers and discuss opportunities and next steps.

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 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lakeshore A

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

Top 10 Barriers to Mobiles in the Classroom
Schools face many consistent challenges as they move toward a 1:1 or BYOD environment. It takes more than tablets in the classroom to create a successful learning environment. You have to create the right infrastructure, vision, and culture. Discuss best practices and how to overcome some of the biggest barriers in your mobile deployment.

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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 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

2:35pm

Workflow: Technology as a Productivity Asset
Do you feel like you have less and less margin in your teaching to be the creative teacher you imagined yourself to be? In this session, we will look at some creative ways to leverage technology to help reduce stress, streamline your workflow, consolidate paperwork, personalize learning, and create opportunity for you and your students.

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avatar for Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace

Classroom Teacher, Edina Public Schools


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Greenway F/G