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Monday, December 14
 

11:45am CST

Chromebook Academy: Creating Student Google Specialists
Experience how we use our Chromebook Academy course to get students up to speed in our 1:1 learning environment at the Minnesota Center. Go through the class from the students’ perspective as well as get a behind-the-scenes look at how learning goals and badges are used to create our Student Google Specialists. Google Apps for Education, Digital Citizenship, and Keyboarding topics are covered.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Leuer

Steve Leuer

Middle Math School Teacher, Cambridge - Isanti Public Schools


Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Harriet

11:45am CST

iPad EDU: The Modern Teacher Toolkit
The teacher toolkit has always had the right tool at the right time to check for student understanding and guide learning. This hands-on iPad workshop will put a digital spin on the classics with the ultimate aim of students creating media-rich artifacts of learning. We’ll go beyond strategies and highlight ways (K-12) to streamline digital workflow with iPads in your classroom. You’ll walk away with digital learning strategies and concrete systems to manage them in your classroom.

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 14, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

11:45am CST

Scratch That Creative Itch: Coding in Elementary
Explore and create with Scratch, a free online programming and coding tool developed by MIT. Learn how and why coding can be a second language to students in an elementary setting. Investigate how Scratch can enhance content across all subjects and engage learners from a variety of backgrounds. See examples of interactive stories, animations, quizzes, and games created by students and connected to state standards. Create your own projects and remix existing projects Plan a lesson/unit to integrate Scratch into your instruction.

Speakers
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Gary Hill

3rd Grade Teacher, Burnsville Eagan Savage Independent School District 191
avatar for Alexander Tofte

Alexander Tofte

Digital Learning Specialist, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage ISD 191
I have been an upper elementary educator for 7 years in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School district. I am passionate about educational technology and trying new ideas and resources with my students. I have experience connnecting STEM and Language Arts standards to engaging, interactive... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Calhoun

11:45am CST

The Five Digital Tools I Can't Teach Without
This session will take you inside my 1:1 digital English classroom where I illustrate the five digital tools vital to my teaching: Blogger, Storify, Padlet, TED Ed, and Google Docs. I will demonstrate how these tools modify and redefine my curriculum so it's more meaningful and engaging for my students. Session participants should bring in a device and a lesson plan they would like to modify and redefine using one of these digital tools.

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 →



Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Minnetonka

1:55pm CST

Coding Beyond Scratch: Where to Go from Here?
Are you and your students interested in digging deeper into coding and exploring next steps beyond Scratch? This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore basic syntax-based programming (HTML/CSS and Python) through a series of fun mini-projects, all while focusing on innovative ways to integrate coding into the classroom to boost creativity, collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking. We will also share ready-made resources, lesson plans, and real-world project ideas that you can take back and use right away. Let’s dig deeper into coding and empower our students to become technology creators!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Technology integration specialist, blogger, coder, co-teacher / collaborator, lifelong learner, and edtech enthusiast!


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Minnetonka

1:55pm CST

Experience the World: Google Maps and Cardboard
Come and see the many ways we can take our students outside of the four walls of our classrooms. In this session you will explore Google Maps, Google Cardboard, and other tools to get you experiencing the world. Virtual Reality, Google Expeditions, Google Maps, and more will be explored and you'll get started on creating content!

Speakers
avatar for Molly Schroeder

Molly Schroeder

Digital Learning Specialist and Director of Summits, EdTechTeam
Molly Schroeder is a Global Digital Learning Specialist, Google Certified Teacher and Google Educator Trainer. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops and conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Calhoun

1:55pm CST

Mobile STEM Games that Inspire Student Collaboration
Games engage students in ways that traditional lectures and textbooks cannot. Yet how can we integrate mobile games into the classroom in a way that reinforces knowledge and skills, and helps us meet essential learning objectives? And can we use these games to facilitate an active and cooperative learning environment, overcoming the common perception (and reality) that mobile devices lead to separation from peers and more passive content consumption? In this session, we'll play easy-to-implement neuroscience games for science classrooms that support the delivery of relevant, scaffolded, standards-aligned curricula, and that facilitate active learning and authentic collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

High School Psychology Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin Schools
I am proud to show a great app, iNeuron, to psychology and science teachers that teach about the Brain and the Nervous system.


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

1:55pm CST

Take Your Students (or Staff) on an Amazing Race
An engaging lesson is really about packaging. Regardless of subject, if we wrap up our content in an ugly bag, students won’t want it — no matter how great it is. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Join this session to see how you can apply an “Amazing Race” style activity, using Google My Maps and Forms, to any subject area, with examples of how it has been used with students. You’ll have an opportunity to experience the excitement of participating in one, as well as an opportunity to remix and create your own.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Gauthier

Josh Gauthier

Josh is a Technology Training Specialist and former Business and Information Technology Educator. Currently working with grades 5 through 8 in the School District of De Pere(Wisconsin), Josh is ever passionate about the role that technology can play in increasing opportunities for... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Harriet
 
Tuesday, December 15
 

11:45am CST

App Smashing and PBL
PBL is shot through the roof when you integrate the thousands of apps available on an iPad. Come learn how to infuse real-world problems, iPads, and standards-based teaching. Your students will love the engagement and customization offered with this model!

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 →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

11:45am CST

AppMazing Race Featuring Google Apps for Education
What happens when you mix the Amazing Race and technology? You get an AppMazing Race! This year new staff and students participated in the AppMazing Dragons Race!  See how you can use Google Apps for Education to create an interactive experience for your colleagues and students. This is a great professional development activity as well as an opportunity for students to learn more about the technology available to them. Join us to try it firsthand and create your own AppMazing Challenge! Are you ready for an AppMazing experience?

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandchildren! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Minnetonka

11:45am CST

Creating with Code: Unleash your Superpower
Tap into your students’ curiosity and empower them to create through coding! This interactive session will provide participants with hands-on opportunities to explore coding and discuss innovative ways to integrate coding into the classroom to boost creativity, collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking. We will focus on Scratch as a creative coding platform and explore Google’s CS First resources and lesson plans as a way to get started with coding at your school. We will bring coding to life using Scratch and Finch Robots. Come and create with code and unleash a new superpower!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Technology integration specialist, blogger, coder, co-teacher / collaborator, lifelong learner, and edtech enthusiast!


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Calhoun

11:45am CST

Note to Selfie: Put the Lens on Student Learning
When students turn the camera on themselves, their creative juices begin to flow. Teachers can help fuel that creativity and foster critical thinking skills by implementing “selfie” student projects. In this session we will use the SAMR model to explore ways students can use the iPad as a creation tool to maximize student engagement, foster collaboration, and communicate thoughts and ideas. Bring your iPad to this session so that after discussing projects and viewing examples, you can participate with hands-on activities. A selfie-stick may be helpful, but not required.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Mikla

Jeremy Mikla

Teacher/Technology Integration, Milaca Public Schools
For 17 wonderful years, I have had the privilege of teaching and Coaching at Milaca High School. Four years ago I was given the opportunity to serve in a role as a technology integrationist for our school as we embarked on becoming a 1:1 iPad school in grades 7-12. I enjoying sharing... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm CST
Harriet

1:55pm CST

Making Formative Assessments Quick and Meaningful
Formative assessments and meaningful feedback are essential components to teaching and learning, but how does a teacher manage the information in a timely manner? I will show you three tools that can be used for formative assessments: Google Forms, Pear Deck, and Kahoot. Please bring your laptop to this session. You will be given time to explore these tools and create an assessment that will be ready for your next class.

Speakers
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Toni Schwartz

Instructional Design Specialist, Hopkins Public Schools


Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A3

1:55pm CST

The Appmazing Hunt!
Can I interest you in a learning activity that will motivate your students, keep them active and engaged all while using technology to learn? Attendees in this breakout session will actively participate in their own scavenger hunt using their own mobile device or tablet. We will use QR Readers and several other apps to complete a scavenger hunt. Each stop during the "hunt" will require you to complete a task, which could contain a content standard, a learning objective, something silly, or a combination of these. At the end you will receive tips on how to create your own scavenger hunt.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Dick

Matt Dick

Teacher, Harrisburg South Middle School
Totally immersed in Digital Citizenship!


Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Minnetonka

1:55pm CST

Transforming Google Docs into Interactive Lessons
Do you use Google Docs? Are you tired of boring text? How about being frustrated linking to outside activities? Or, have you ever said, “Why can’t I just embed a YouTube video?” This session will teach you how to use online tools to transform any Google Doc or PDF housed in Google Drive into an interactive lesson. Using the tools outlined in the session, you will be able to embed YouTube videos, interactive quizzes, and any Web 2.0 tools with an embed code. You will also learn how to add live discussions and questions into a doc.

Speakers
avatar for Karin Hogen

Karin Hogen

Teacher, White Bear Lake Public Schools
Talk to me about blended learning, paperless classrooms, Chromebooks, middle school, and English/language arts. You can also talk to me about InsertLearning.
avatar for Matt Nupen

Matt Nupen

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



Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Harriet

1:55pm CST

Your Digital Footprint
We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations. “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as organizations, what can we do to actually shape this footprint? With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school, or organization. This is not about branding as much as it is about modeling for our students that we are learners along with them.

Speakers
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George Couros

Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division


Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 3:25pm CST
Calhoun