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Monday, December 14
 

10:30am CST

Five Minutes of Creativity
You can't read a document about education and learning without seeing the word creativity. We all know how important creativity is in the 21st century and yet with all the other demands, it can often be a challenge to make it a regular part of the day. Creativity is like a muscle; it needs to be practiced and worked on daily. This session will showcase a few simple ideas that can be embedded into any classroom with five minutes and a bit of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Nicollet B/C

10:30am CST

Let’s Get Coding! Introduction to Google Apps Script
We will explore the potential of Google Apps Script as an opportunity for students and teachers to engage with “learn to code” projects that are tied directly into the Google Apps platform. The session will focus on identifying “do-able” project ideas and introducing the basics of the Apps Script coding environment and good online learning resources through some guided examples.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Lakeshore A

10:30am CST

PBL Gets a 'Make'over: Prompts, Scaffolding, and Assessment for the Maker Classroom
Of course students should have powerful, hands-on, project-based experiences in the classroom but how does that happen? This session will explore how to design engaging prompts with helpful (but not TOO helpful) scaffolding. We will also discuss how to manage the project process when students are using cutting-edge technology integrated with iterative design. Participants will learn about new research on assessment for projects and real classroom practices with students using modern technology and materials.

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Monday December 14, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Nicollet A

10:30am CST

Skills of the NextGen District Tech Leader
The skills of education technology leaders has dramatically changed in recent years. Learn about CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills for the K-12 chief technolology officer and the new Certified Education Technology Leader certification, which is the first aspirational leadership credential for district tech leaders. Be a leader. Learn how to raise your game and show your colleagues you have the expertise to create 21st learning.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, Consortium for School Networking
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Lakeshore B

11:45am CST

Game-changing Apps
We will be presenting game-changing apps for student engagement, teacher productivity, and augmented reality. We will show you how we are using these apps to change the culture and engagement in our classroom and our school. This session will benefit all grade levels and administrators. This is happening now. Come see how you can change the game. Learn. Teach. Lead. Changing the game!

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Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Nicollet B/C

11:45am CST

Go Paperless: Creating Digital Work
Gone are the days when a student completes a paper worksheet and then turns it in in the wire box on the teacher’s desk. In today’s world, students are creating digital projects using a variety of tools on computers and mobile devices. In this session, I will demonstrate my favorite apps and tools for students, and then will share a simple solution that will allow you to collect and organize students’ creations.

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Nicollet A

11:45am CST

Google Classroom for Professional Development
Google Classroom is not only a great tool for classroom teachers, but also a powerful professional development tool. Learn how Mounds View Public Schools has used Google Classroom as part of their Teacher Development and Appraisal Plan to organize documents and provide personalized feedback to teachers in a timely manner and how we plan to use Classroom in the future.

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 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Lakeshore A

11:45am CST

Moving from Privacy to Trust
What do you need to know about data privacy in the cloud and on mobile devices? And how do you change from a defensive position on privacy to building trust with your community. You will learn about great resources from CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative. You will also hear about how other school districts around the country are leading on privacy and changing the conversation to trust.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, Consortium for School Networking
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Lakeshore B

12:50pm CST

Automagic Meeting Agendas with autoCrat
Are you a school workflow hacker? This session is for you. The autoCrat add-on let's you run document merges on steroids -- run automatically off a Google form, on a timer, with multiple doc or sheets multiple templates, with conditions, and with automatic collating into folders. This session will lead participants through the live-build of an agenda system using Google Sites, Forms, Sheets, and Add-ons that will transform the way your school plans and memorializes team meetings! These skills are transferrable to classrooms and main offices everywhere.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

12:50pm CST

Making Assessment Meaningful
"Assessment" and "technology" are buzzwords and hot topics in our schools. Very few conversations are bringing these two ideas together. In reality, they are extremely compatible. This presentation will consider ways to provide better formative assessments using free technologies as well as touch on some controversial topics such as grading.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Regency

12:50pm CST

Using 1:1 Devices for Documenting Learning: A Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit
How do you capture and evaluate the process of learning? Design and media tools enable students to show understanding in ways that static methods and skill/drill apps are not able to. There are four processes possible on any mobile device — making photos, taking screenshots, filming videos, and creating screencasts — that form the Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit. While connecting research to practice and engaging hands-on activities, you will learn how these processes help make student thinking more visible to teachers, parents, and, most importantly, themselves.

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Monday December 14, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom C

12:50pm CST

Using the Wheel of Pedagogy to Guide Mobile Device Integration
In 1956, Benjamin Bloom developed a set of categories for learning called Bloom’s Taxonomy for Learning. During the 1990s the taxonomy was updated to reflect 21st century skills. Allen Carrington created a Wheel of Pedagogy to guide educators in mobile application integration. This taxonomy provides guidance to educators as to what levels students may be working. These levels can and should be applied to mobile learning. This session will have you making the connection between Bloom’s Taxonomy and SAMR as you explore apps that align with the various taxonomy levels.

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 14, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Lakeshore C

1:55pm CST

Culture and Innovation: A Paradigm Shift in Education
How does culture and innovation impact students, a classroom, a building, and the education system? See how we can transform the education system, one class at a time, from an antiquated industrial system to a system where we educate children with passion, integrity, responsibility, and good leadership to match the culture and innovation of the dynamic and meaningful world around us. Join me!

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Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 2:45pm CST
Nicollet D

1:55pm CST

Go Digital!
Blogging, podcasting, digital forms, shared calendars… it sounds overwhelming, doesn’t it? In this session, I will show you how easy it is to go digital in your classroom. Using some fabulous free web tools, you will be able to share student successes, communicate with parents, gather feedback, organize events, and more — all in just a few minutes per week!

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 2:45pm CST
Nicollet B/C

1:55pm CST

Rethinking Digital Citizenship
Digital citizenship has been a conversation in schools for several years. For the most part it’s been about avoiding trouble and staying safe online. This may not be really preparing our students to live and participate ethically and prosperously online. Let’s explore some shifts in thinking and ways to help our students and ourselves develop healthier, better perspectives, and understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 1:55pm - 2:45pm CST
Regency

3:00pm CST

A New Dimension to Ideas
4D is a new medium that enhances knowledge transfer on complex information with ease, engages yours students, and brings stories to life like never before. We will explore the process of creating AR experiences using DAQRI’s powerful cloud-hosted creative tool, 4D Studio. We will discuss meaningful ways to integrate augmented reality in your classroom, school, and community. This hands-on workshop will leave you empowered and inspired to bring a whole new dimension to ideas!

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Monday December 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Nicollet D

3:00pm CST

Google Activities for Students
Google offers a variety of free tools that allow students to create, collaborate, and share. In this session, you’ll see some clever activities for students – ideas that are not only quick and easy, but also require creativity and higher-level thinking. Activities will be demonstrated from start to finish using Google Drive.

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Monday December 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Nicollet A

3:00pm CST

Herd Cats While Riding a Mule — formMule!
formMule is an add-on for sheets that makes Outlook's email merge functionality look like a fossilized wooly mammoth. Get your geek on with a session dedicated to saving you and your colleagues hundreds of hours chasing down missing assignments, sending progress reports, reminding people to dues for the bowling league, etc. — all with a (seemingly) personal touch. Whether you are classroom teacher, a principal, or a school secretary, formMule will give you back your weekend and make you look like a hero at the same time!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Monday December 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Lakeshore B

3:00pm CST

Take Your Mobile Learning to the Next Level with ISTE’s Mobile Learning Pathway
We all understand that today’s students need digital-age skills to compete in a global economy. Educators have committed themselves to using mobile technology to deliver anytime, anywhere learning. ISTE has designed a Mobile Learning Implementation Framework with a focus on the importance of digital citizenship in mobile teaching and learning through the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA). This session will provide information on how teams from K-12 schools across the United States are taking advantage of ISTE’s free VMLA professional development for lifelong learning.

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 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom B

3:00pm CST

Teaching Entrepreneurship in K-12 Classrooms
What happens when learning at school is more like working at a startup? No homework. No grades. No exams. No scheduled class periods. No teachers (we’ll get back to this one). A starting point and ending point. A space to gather and work. Opportunities to expand networks and gain experiences. Near continuous feedback. Guidance. If this sounds more like the “real world” and less like “school”, then perhaps schools are not following the wisdom of John Dewey, who stated that school must reflect life, and life must reflect school. Through a combination of storytelling, small group brainstorming, and a mini design project of our own, you will leave with ideas for encouraging entrepreneurial and innovative thinking at any scale and for any age group.

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Monday December 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Nicollet B/C
 
Tuesday, December 15
 

10:30am CST

How a PLN Can Change Your Life: The Power of Social Media
This presentation focuses on the journey of connecting with people worldwide to grow as an educator and a person. We will look at social media and the impact it is having on education. This journey includes why it is important to create a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and how it will benefit you, your teaching, your leadership, and your students. Change your life with a PLN!

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Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Nicollet A

10:30am CST

Live Coding in Apps Script: Let's Build Something New Right Now or Fail Trying!
I will choose a new build request from the group and attempt to make it LIVE, in front of the room while articulating my coding / thinking process and fielding questions. This will be a fun session for anyone who aspires to write their own apps scripts and add-ons, or who might be curious to see how code gets written and debugged.  Be warned: There are no guarantees we will be successful!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A2

10:30am CST

Tammy's Favorite Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools
There are so many new technology gadgets, apps, and websites that it is nearly impossible to keep up. In this fast-paced session, I will share my favorite newly discovered tips, tricks, and tools for teachers and students.

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Tuesday December 15, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am CST
Nicollet B/C

11:45am CST

Grow Wings on Google Classroom!  Using Add-ons with Your Classroom Roster
The author of dozens of popular Google add-ons presents a handful of easy ways for teachers to extend the functionality of their Google Classroom rosters. This session will provide a high-level overview of a range of possibilities for integrating add-ons with Classroom, including rubric-based grading, merged progress reports, and digital portfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Nicollet B/C

11:45am CST

Mythbusting and the Nigerian Prince: Understanding Critical Literacy
From the moment you received your first email scam, the world became a different place. When it comes to truth and lies, digital means we have to be full-time critics and skeptics. Let's explore some practical ways you can teach your students to be harsh critics and mindful producers which empower them to navigate better and interact safely with digital content.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Regency

11:45am CST

Refreshing the ISTE Standards for Students
A refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students is in the works! Much has changed in the education and technology worlds since the current standards were published back in 2007. ISTE is committed to ensuring the standards remain relevant so they continue to serve their primary purpose of preparing students for the future. But we need your help! This fast-paced, interactive session is designed to provoke a lively discussion about the competencies students need to learn and live in a connected world. Join us in discussing how the ISTE Standards for Students can be refreshed.

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 15, 2015 11:45am - 12:35pm CST
Nokomis

12:50pm CST

Crossing the Curriculum: Using Infographics in the Classroom
Users of infographics have set this tool apart from others for marketing and engaging news announcements. Now this tool is entering the classroom in new and exciting ways. Infographics allow students to demonstrate and meet learning goals as established by educational standards. Learn how K-12 educators are crossing the curriculum and content areas to engage students in higher order thinking skills through the use of infographics.

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 15, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Greenway D/E

12:50pm CST

LaunchMe! Get Your Dreams Off the Launch Pad
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional speaker? Have you ever wanted to find your voice and break through all the “white noise”? Well, you can! Join me for this special version of the two-day LaunchMe Academy. Join me for fun, laughter, and great information. Find your voice today!

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Tuesday December 15, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom B

12:50pm CST

Leading Innovation in Your Organization
In any organization, it's normal for people to spend much of their time managing a set of ongoing, regular activities. To be effective over time, however, organizations also need to devote some time to innovation: The process of developing and implementing new ways of doing things. Many organizations struggle with the challenges of managing innovation. As a professor at the Carlson School of Management, I study and teach innovation, and I have learned some things about how innovation works in a variety of settings. I will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges innovation presents for organizations. I will also identify some tools that people have used to lead innovative efforts more successfully.

Speakers
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Dan Forbes

Associate Professor, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship, U. of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management


Tuesday December 15, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Northstar Ballroom B

12:50pm CST

What's New and Cool with Google?
Google is constantly adding new features to its search engine and other tools. Many times the changes slip under the radar and we many not even know about them. In this session, I will share what’s new and cool and explore ways to take advantage of these updates in the classroom.

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Tuesday December 15, 2015 12:50pm - 1:40pm CST
Nicollet A

1:55pm CST

Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity
True innovation happens when collaboration and creativity are given the opportunity to run wild! Finding many different solutions to the same problem creates outside-the-box thinking. Using technology with this approach breeds innovation. During this session we will tackle an abundance of web tools, applications, and devices to get students working as a team to reach new heights. Come explore how to use technology as a tool to inspire student innovation, collaboration, and creativity!

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Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 2:45pm CST
Nicollet D

1:55pm CST

Removing the Distance from Distance Learning
Online courses are entrenched in models that resemble correspondence courses. What strategies help make the online experience as rich as face-to-face classes? Come discover new ideas that can be implemented in any context that allows us to refer to "online learning" simply as "learning".

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 1:55pm - 2:45pm CST
Regency

3:00pm CST

Lessons Learned from a Chromebook Implementation...
...or how NOT to lose your mind rolling out 8,000 Chromebooks. Mounds View Public Schools is in the second year of a Chromebook implementation across all sites. Learn tips and tricks for making this work from an admin perspective, and, more important, how we are supporting our teachers with the change in instruction. I'll share our best practices and some that we have changed for the better so our teachers and students are using Chromebooks to their full potential.

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 15, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Nicollet B/C

3:00pm CST

Sharing in a Disruptive World
The challenges of education today are vast and complex. There are no easy answers but the affordances of technology to easily share, distribute, and connect with others offers an important step in making learning better. You'll leave inspired to share and learn how your work and ideas can impact in ways you can't even imagine.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada and worked for 24 years for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada as a classroom teacher and technology consultant. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom and holds a Masters of Education... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Regency

3:00pm CST

Up Your Domain Game: Power Tools for GAFE Domain Admins
Explore a range of add-ons designed to make life easier for GAFE domain administrators.  Our session will include demos by the author of the chromebookInventory, inactiveUserInventory, openSesame, and rosterSync add-ons for Sheets, and any others in the CloudLab arsenal the group wants to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Stillman

Andrew Stillman

Director of Systems Development, New Visions for Public Schools, New York City
Andrew is the Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools and originator of dozens of Apps Script tools for automating workflows in classrooms and schools (Doctopus, autoCrat, formMule, gClassFolders, gClassHub, pageMeister, sheetSpider, formFolio, etc.). Andrew is... Read More →


Tuesday December 15, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Great Lakes Ballroom A1