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Saturday, December 6
 

8:30am

Game Design Using Scratch: Integrating Art, Math, & Engineering
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore free tools and strategies to promote computational thinking. We'll look at a variety of video game design platforms and tools for promoting computational thinking, problem solving, creative expression and other higher-order thinking skills. After a brief orientation on building interactive programs using Scratch, you will create your own interactive game or program using Scratch to share with the group.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

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


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

8:30am

Engaging Elementary Students: Getting Started with the SMART Board:
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have a SMART Board but aren’t sure how to utilize it to transform teaching and learning in your elementary classroom? Discover how purposefully integrating a few basic Notebook tools can engage your students in meaningful learning. Each participant will receive a free file full of Notebook pages which can be customized to meet the needs of their students. There will be time at the end of the session to apply newly learned skills, so bring any curriculum and a flash drive to save the amazing lessons you will create.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

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


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

12:30pm

Connecting Classrooms; Connecting Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for 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 →
avatar for Erin Schiller

Erin Schiller

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


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

12:30pm

Engaging Students with Infographics
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

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


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

12:30pm

Fabulous and Free Open Online Resources for Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and explore fabulous and free sources for learning content, lesson plans, and engaging activities for your students. Participants will learn about some searchable databases that contain resources created by educators for educators, how to find what will work best for your students, and how to integrate these great tools with instruction. Participants will also find out about how to use resources, including primary sources, in any content area to impact learning.

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.


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

8:30am

Using Minnesota’s E-Texts for Middle School Math and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Access, modify and adapt electronic textbooks for middle school math and science. These E-texts are aligned to Minnesota standards and were developed by teachers under the direction of the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. The E-texts are licensed under a Creative Commons license making them available to all schools at no charge. The content is accessed through Google Drive, as a Moodle course or in the CK-12 Flexbook format. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to access the curriculum in the format of their choosing. We will discuss strategies for implementation and learn how to modify the content for use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
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 →


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

8:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

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


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

8:30am

Technology Literacy with Scratch 2.0 Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nicholson

Ann Nicholson

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


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

12:30pm

Coding with Kids: Engage Learners through Computer Science Exploration
Limited Capacity seats available

Computing is part of our daily lives, both in and out of the classroom, so we need to help our students gain a foundational understanding of computer science. Let's explore why it's crucial for our students (and us) to understand how the devices we use daily actually work. We'll spend a significant part of our time together exploring free and low-cost tools and resources for teaching and learning introductory-level computer science. We'll also share ideas for how these tools can be implemented in our schools. You don't need a degree in computer science to effectively teach this content; I don't.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

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


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

12:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Kraemer

Kathy Kraemer

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

Carla Staffa

Co-Director of Digital Learning, American School of Warsaw
I love to learn about Educational Technology in every facet offered. I keep myself busy by diving into all things Google - as they keep changing - and have transformed the world of Education. I am a former trainer for Apple, a consultant for TED-Ed and a recovering secondary social... Read More →


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