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Monday, December 8
 

11:00am

Leading the Digital Leap
What do the national associations for superintendents, school boards, and chief technology leaders in school districts share?  All have joined in a joint initiative called Leading the Digital Leap. This new partnership signals that the key school system leadership organizations are in agreement on the potential for education to provide a more personalized learning environment that prepares students to be college, career and life ready. It’s time to shift the conversation from "what" to "how."

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

11:00am

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

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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 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet B/C

12:15pm

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

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avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading 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 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet B/C

12:15pm

From Ideas to Action: Making School Transformation Happen
Today's schools have endless opportunities to redefine public education. While some schools succeed in transforming learning, others struggle to get great ideas off the ground. Come share strategies, examples, and scenarios to support school leaders in creating their own culture of innovation.

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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!


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

1:30pm

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

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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 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet B/C

1:30pm

EntrepreNerd Project: Does Entrepreneurship Fit into Education?
Hello nerds, geeks, makers, dreamers, and knowmads. The Entreprenerd Project reflects upon research into the influence of nerd/geek culture in entrepreneurship and the implications for our schools in this new paradigm. Explore current theories, trends, and global experiences that illustrate emerging learning pathways for developing students’ “entreprenerdial” potential._x000B_

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

2:35pm

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

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

2:35pm

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

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Monday December 8, 2014 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C
 
Tuesday, December 9
 

11:00am

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

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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 11:00am - 11:50am
Great Lakes Ballroom C

11:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

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 11:00am - 11:50am
Nicollet B/C

12:15pm

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


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

12:15pm

CANCELLED SESSION - Culture Shift: Leading and Learning in the Connected School
A passionate student is a learning student. As the people of the world become increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge is changing in profound ways. As educators, your goal is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools. Stir a sense of urgency for shifting classroom practice toward more engaging approaches! Unleash the passion that lies within each learner.

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avatar for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

CEO, Powerful Learning Practice
During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning... Read More →


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

1:30pm

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

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avatar for James Leonard

James Leonard

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


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

1:30pm

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

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

2:35pm

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

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