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Saturday, December 12
 

8:30am CST

Code Camp
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an EPIC Code Camp session programed for all learners and leaders of innovation. Coding is a new age literacy that builds on students' skills of collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and persistence. Through our camp experience you will connect learning, networking, and sharing to see how your students will start to think like computer scientists. As a camper, you will experience how math and literacy strategies both digital and unplugged can fit into your students' learning today!

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 →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway D/E

8:30am CST

Create Amazing Interactive Videos with Touchcast
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking for a way to create dynamic video newscasts that include interactive elements like images and documents that can be accessed onscreen in the video itself? Come and learn about how the free iPad app Touchcast makes green screen videos simple to create, fun to share, and very professional looking with almost no work! Throw out the weekly/monthly newsletter and start creating exciting videocasts that engage your audience and let them really see and connect with you. Create videos of your students to share with parents, the community, and a global audience to get them excited about school.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Turnbull

Chris Turnbull

Personalized Learning Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
Chris is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has been a district level technology integration and personalized learning specialist for the past 17 years, exploring various forms of flipped professional development & supporting iPads as a learning and teaching tool in 1:1 PreK-12 classrooms... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Northstar Ballroom B

8:30am CST

Creating iPad Projects for Your Class from Start to Finish
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to create one or two iPad projects to immediately use with your class. From design and directions to assigning and then collecting for assessment all using the iPad. We will explore Thinglink, Google, and App smashing in iMovie. Bring ideas and materials you'd like to use because this will be very hands-on! Also bring a charged iPad with the following apps installed: PicCollage, iMovie, Drive, Thinglink, and Tellagami.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Carlisle

Angela Carlisle

Teacher/Integration Specialist, Independent School District 318
I have been teaching for 26 years and have worked in every grade K-12, including teaching in private, public, alternative and community education. I am passionate about helping others learn to love to learn. I recently became an Apple Foundation Trainer and am an avid Google user... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway B/C

8:30am CST

Gamifying Small Group Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

This session aims to help educators jumpstart their preparation for gamifying small group instruction. In customizing the elements of gamified instruction, teachers are displaying their creativity and innovation, while also showing their attentiveness to the students’ collective interests. In working with the students to iron out the details of the classroom’s brand of gamification, teachers are also involving the students in planning and troubleshooting challenges and rewards. Learn from one educator's experience in gamifying his instruction to learn the challenges and rewards.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Kelly

Anna Kelly

After-school/Evening Club Leader, Former Math Tutor, Northfield Public Schools
I was a math enrichment tutor at Greenvale Park Elementary School for 2 years. On my second year of tutoring, we gamified our tutoring sessions after winter break, and it was amazing. I am on my third year of being an after-school club leader. Currently, I run Origami Club, Doodle... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway J

8:30am CST

Learn to Love Google Forms
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to use Google Forms in your classroom, professional development, coaching/advising, and more. This workshop is for the beginning user from the classroom teacher to the media specialist to the athletic director. We will begin by learning how to make a simple form and move up the SAMR ladder through substitution and augmentation with examples of how forms can help transform your classroom and professional development. We will learn how to use a form to create a word cloud, evaluate a movie, comment on a drawing, even vote for the Homecoming Queen. You will LOVE Google Forms!

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 →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway H/I

8:30am CST

Making Apps for Android with App Inventor 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to build your own Android mobile app using the MIT App Inventor 2! We will discuss some of the benefits of teaching and learning with App Inventor, build a sample app together that explores some of the basic functionality of the program, and explore resources for teaching App Inventor to varied age groups. Android device (with MIT AI2 companion app installed) highly recommended.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Indrelie

Kate Indrelie

Education Technology Consultant, TIES
I'm a former high school English teacher and instructor/director at technology summer camps. I'm passionate about using technology to integrate creativity and critical thinking in the classroom, particularly in beginning programming, digital art, and Minecraft.


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Lake Superior B

8:30am CST

Student-driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw
Limited Capacity seats available

Do digital portfolios seem like a daunting, complicated task? Are you ready for an easy way to organize work while empowering students? Grab your device and experience how students as young as kindergarten can use Seesaw to independently document their learning through photos, voice, and video. Get hands-on with this app, see ideas, explore how Seesaw works with other creation apps and shares with parents, all while saving you time! We’ll explore folders, student comments, and tips. No matter your technology or level of expertise, you’ll leave with your class set up and ready to create digital portfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Gadtke

Angela Gadtke

Seesaw Community Lead, Seesaw
Angela taught kindergarten for 15 years and was one of the first teachers to explore Seesaw prior to its launch. She has presented about technology and student voice and choice at ISTE, several state, and regional conferences. Angela’s passions include literacy and integrating technology... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway F/G

8:30am CST

YouTube in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore the many facets of using video in the classroom to inspire, engage, and empower your students. Participants will learn how to use YouTube to stimulate student learning, produce student work, archive valuable content, edit video, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Gerhart

Kari Gerhart

Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Kari is an Education Technology Consultant at TIES. She is passionate about working with teachers to integrate technology in their classroom. Check out her preconference workshop on using YouTube in the Classroom!


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Lake Superior A

8:30am CST

Connecting the Dots Between Learning and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Education is full of so many initiatives, programs, and frameworks that it is not uncommon to feel like there are a too many ideas pulling at us. In this workshop, we are going to explore how educators can integrate technology in a way that goes beyond the simple use of apps. We are going see how teachers and administrators can connect concepts like SAMR, the 4Cs, and effective PLCs with technology tools so they become a single focus connected with a common thread. Come see how to explore students' success and effective integration of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cox

Ryan Cox

Director of Technology, St. Cloud Area Schools
After spending 13 years in the classroom, and 2 years as a technology integrationist, I am the Director of Technology for St. Cloud Area Schools. I am focused on how personalized learning and the 4Cs can support student success.


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Skyway

8:30am CST

Free and Open (MPCC) Curriculum for Middle School Math and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Access, modify, and adapt digital courses for middle school math and science. These courses are aligned to Minnesota standards and were developed by teachers under the direction of the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. The courses are licensed under a Creative Commons license making them available to all schools at no charge. The content is accessed through Google Drive or as a Moodle or Schoology course. You will learn how to access the curriculum in the format of your choosing. We will discuss strategies for implementation and learn how to make the content your own.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
Twitter: @marccjohnson


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Greenway A

8:30am CST

Game Changing Tools For Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about websites and apps that will change how your students interact and engage with your classroom and curriculum. More than the next latest and greatest resources, this workshop will teach you how to redefine your learning experience for 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 →


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Minnetonka

8:30am CST

MakerSpace Experience: Hands-on Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

You've heard a lot about the Maker Movement. Now is your chance to explore maker tools and consider what possibilities they hold for your practice. We'll start with an overview of the movement, share examples from classrooms, and spend the rest of our time working at hands-on maker stations. We have implemented the MakerSpace concept in our schools and will share our experiences as educators, give you a chance to be a Maker, and construct ideas on how Maker concepts can support student learning.

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
avatar for Chelsie Jolley

Chelsie Jolley

K-5 Technology Coordinator, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
I love collaborating with others on creating fun, engaging and meaningful activities for others that integrated technology to allow differentiated learning and promotes teamwork and making. I have four years experience of teaching 1st grade, and two years experience teaching 3rd grade... Read More →
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Regency

8:30am CST

Raspberry Pi in a MakerSpace: Let's Roll!
Limited Capacity seats available

Raspberry Pi, the credit card size single board computer, screams MakerSpace but needs a little help getting started. If you have one of these computer boards or would like to give one a try, join us as we unbox the board, setup NOOBS, and begin exploring some of the projects for which a Pi is well suited. We will start at the Root level and guide you through formatting the SD Card, installing the OS, running command line setup, exploring Scratch and Python, and learning how to program the general purpose input\output bus connected to a breadboard for testing simple electrical circuits. The workshop fee includes a Raspberry Pi kit.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Instructional Technology Specialist, ECMECC
Twitter: @ecmeccjon



Saturday December 12, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Northstar Ballroom A

12:30pm CST

Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce educators to augmented reality (AR) and its possible uses in the classroom. AR has a number of potential uses, from enhancing the flipped classroom model to indoor recess. There are a myriad of apps that can be used to evaluate student learning and develop collaborative work skills. There are also a handful of apps that are designed to get students up and moving. This session will introduce you to these concepts as a way to incorporate technology in your instruction and in small group activity stations.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Kelly

Anna Kelly

After-school/Evening Club Leader, Former Math Tutor, Northfield Public Schools
I was a math enrichment tutor at Greenvale Park Elementary School for 2 years. On my second year of tutoring, we gamified our tutoring sessions after winter break, and it was amazing. I am on my third year of being an after-school club leader. Currently, I run Origami Club, Doodle... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway B/C

12:30pm CST

Become a Productive School Leader
Limited Capacity seats available

An important part of being an effective school leader is managing the large amount of information we encounter daily. This workshop will share tips and tools for how to create a workflow that allows principals to effectively manage information using mobile devices. Experience real world examples from an elementary school administrator that can be easily adapted to your situation. Walk away with many ideas for being a more productive and efficient school leader.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

8th Grade Science Teacher, Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway F/G

12:30pm CST

Designing Projects That Encourage Creativity
Limited Capacity seats available

This fun, interactive, and practical hands-on workshop will give participants the chance to practice designing project-based learning activities that encourage creativity by students. No more boring reports that avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing! Use digital tools to enable scenario discussion, adaptive reading, and collaborative building of assignments using digital tools.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Director of Technology, ISD191
Doug Johnson is the Director of Technology for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage (MN) Public Schools. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12. He is the author of nine books, columns in Educational Leadership and Library Media Connection, the Blue Skunk Blog, and articles... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Northstar Ballroom B

12:30pm CST

Free and Fabulous Online Resources for Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

There are thousands of free, high-quality education resources on the web, but how do you find them? How can you be assured they are high quality? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to databases, websites, and other tools designed by teachers for teachers. You will learn how to integrate these resources with instruction, how to find what meets the needs of students, and how to avoid the terror of the random Google search for resources.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology
Twitter: @MaryTMM


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway J

12:30pm CST

Harness the iPad to Creatively and Easily Assess Student Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll show you how to move from your use of the iPad as a consumption tool toward its use as a powerful creation tool that will show what your students can really do. We will focus on strategies and apps that foster student engagement while allowing teachers to differentiate and increase the amount of meaningful formative and summative assessments they use. By harnessing the power of the iPad, you will attain a rich, clear picture of what your students are learning. Teachers will leave with multiple resources and ideas for implementation in upcoming units.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Fritz

Rebecca Fritz

Tech Integration Coach, Science Teacher, Hopkins Public Schools 270
Becky Fritz has been teaching science since 2000 and this is her fifth 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 as... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, Hopkins Public Schools
Debbie Hahn is a Teacher and Digital Learning Coach t at Hopkins North Jr. High where every student has a district-issued iPad. She has been teaching junior high Social Studies for 16 years and has enjoyed the ride from 5.25” floppy disks to iPads, consistently trying to be creative... Read More →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway D/E

12:30pm CST

Learn to Love Google Forms Even More
Limited Capacity seats available

Intermediate Google Forms users in all area of education will learn more about using them in the classroom, professional development, coaching/advising, and more. We will begin by briefly reviewing how to make a simple form and quickly move up the SAMR ladder to modification and redefinition with examples of how forms can be used with advanced methods through branching, add-ons, and advanced data collection. You will LOVE Google Forms even more!

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 →


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway H/I

12:30pm CST

Quiz Show: Online Quizzes for Content Delivery
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the great upsides to a learning management system (LMS) is the level of data a teacher can gain from the quiz module. The problem is when we say "quiz" most think of summative assessments. This workshop will look at customizing quizzes to function as daily content delivery and formative assessment as well as summative assessment tools. This workshop will be LMS agnostic, but will demonstrate using Moodle and Schoology. You should have teacher rights to a course in your school or district LMS before arriving.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, Sourcewell Tech
I rock:• Tech management and support for the conference• Preconference workshops• CTO Clinic


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Lake Superior A

12:30pm CST

The Chromebook Classroom: Maximize Teaching and Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The Chromebook offers many levels of integration into everyday classroom activities from content creation to creativity expression. You will delve further into the Chrome Browser and the Chrome Operating System in the interest of increasing productivity, building student engagement, and creating a student-centered, collaborative environment. Bring a Chromebook if you have one. We will have some available for participant use.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Little

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


Saturday December 12, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Calhoun
 
Sunday, December 13
 

8:30am CST

Build Literacy Success with Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Literacy needs to remain in the front seat once technology is introduced to the classroom. Strong literacy skills foster success in all areas of academics. Come learn some ways digital tools (including iPads, Google, and online resources) can be used hand-in-hand with literacy instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway B/C

8:30am CST

Building Apps in AP Computer Science Principles
Limited Capacity seats available

We'll introduce computer science principles through the development of mobile apps with App Inventor for Android. You'll get hands-on experience and leave with apps you've developed yourself. Leaders will share classroom experiences and discuss how students are empowered by app development.

Speakers
avatar for Kaitie O'Bryan

Kaitie O'Bryan

Teacher, Mathematics, Mounds View Public Schools
avatar for Jennifer Rosato

Jennifer Rosato

Director, National Center for Computer Science Education
Advocate and researcher for equitable CS education for K16 students, in particular through serving the needs of schools and teachers with in-service and pre-service curriculum and professional development


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway F/G

8:30am CST

Computer Science Principles Using Processing
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting Fall 2016 the College Board is rolling out a new Advanced Placement course called Computer Science Principles (CSP).   The course is intended to increase enrollment in CS courses while offering a wide range of curricular choices.  In the workshop we will first explore the various options for setting up the course and then focus on making a holiday card with Processing, a freely available Java programming environment available at https://processing.org/, and one of several options for implementing CSP. This learning experience is open to all educators, regardless of experience or grade level. Come explore how CSP can help promote computer science in your school. Processing is a freely available Java programming environment.

Speakers
TR

Thomas Reinartz

Teacher, Rosemount High
Teacher at Rosemount High School For more information and resources, go to http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Lake Superior A

8:30am CST

Connected Classroom with the 4Cs
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be using web-based technologies to enhance your instruction with the 4Cs. Discover how to leverage creativity, collaboration, critical Thinking, and communication to create a personalized digital learning environment. Use technology and the 4Cs in creating assessments, project-based learning, and global communication to foster student choice in their learning and enhance your innovative classroom environment.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Divergent EDU
Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Verhunce

Valerie Verhunce

Technology Integration Coach, Oshkosh Area School District
I am an Instructional Support Teacher-Technology Integration Coach in the Oshkosh Area School District. I support teachers in their classroom, integrate technology into their lessons and differentiate learning experiences to provide a personalized learning environment. I am excited... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway A

8:30am CST

Cool Tools for the BYOD Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this fun, interactive workshop, you’ll see how to use Google tools (Blogger, Google Drive) and other tools to orchestrate some cool, collaborative activities that work well on any online device. Bring your own device to the session to see firsthand how awesome the BYOD classroom can be!

Speakers
TW

Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Regency

8:30am CST

Level Up Your Science Classrooms with Meaningful Game Play
Limited Capacity seats available

As technology becomes increasingly available for classrooms, many educators are wondering how to meaningfully incorporate technology into lessons that meet academic standards and make use of digital and non-digital learning styles. Filament Games offers science educators another tool to add to their belts: game-based learning. Digital games designed for classrooms allow educators to do things in class that would not normally be possible because of expense, risk, time, or abstraction. In this session, you will learn best practices for incorporating games into classroom instruction by experiencing sample lessons and playing some of Filament's high-quality learning games.

Speakers
avatar for Elle Jacobson

Elle Jacobson

Account Executive, Filament Games


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway D/E

8:30am CST

Paperless Classroom with Google Apps for EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and learn some of the best practices for establishing a paperless classroom using Google Apps. We will learn how to best organize our Drive, use Google Classroom and/or add-ons like Goobric and Autocrat to distribute, collect, and provide feedback for learning. We will discuss great tips and tricks with a variety of Google Apps to best use the tools in your digital classroom.

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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Northstar Ballroom B

8:30am CST

Schoology to the Max
Limited Capacity seats available

Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) that is only limited by your imagination! We will examine some of the basic concepts and features within Schoology and then proceed to blow your mind with features and ideas you can implement to revolutionize your classroom.

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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Lake Superior B

8:30am CST

Using Blogger, Google+, and +Communities for PD
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a high-energy workshop on the professional development power of reflection and connection via blogging and sharing content through Google+ and Google+ Communities. Learn how the School District of River Falls is using them as well as Blogger and Google Hangouts and other Google applications to personalize professional development for all of their staff. This process has helped us improve and streamline communication and collaboration. The staff-to-staff, student-to-staff, and staff-to-parent connection opportunities for your school organization are endless!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Bingenheimer

Ashley Bingenheimer

Elementary Instructional Math Coach, School District of River Falls
@MrsBingenheimer Ashley Bingenheimer has been an Instructional Math Coach since 2014. Prior to coaching, she taught upper elementary in a multi-age classroom. Ashley earned her Elementary Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and has a minor in mathematics... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Brenda Steward

Brenda Steward

Reading Coordinator/Literacy Coach, River Falls School District
I have been teaching for almost 20 years. I have taught in the classroom at third and fourth grade, as well as being a Title 1 Reading teacher for students in grades k-5. I am presently a Reading Coordinator and Literacy Coach for the River Falls School District.


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Greenway J

8:30am CST

A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

Join colleagues for a day of hard fun and problem solving — where computing meets tinkering and design. The workshop begins with the case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. You will view examples of children engaged in complex problem solving with new game-changing technologies and identify lessons for your own classroom practice. Powerful ideas from the Reggio Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement combine to create rich learning experiences. This workshop is suitable for all grades and subject areas. Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of students. Fabrication with cardboard and found materials, simple electronic circuits, wearable computing, Arduino, robotics, and computer programming are all on the menu. You will learn: • How new tools and technology can reinvigorate Project-Based Learning • Best classroom practices for integrating maker technology • How to plan engaging projects and use authentic assessment strategies • How to choose the technologies with the maximum learning impact • How to make the case for making, tinkering, and engineering Bring a laptop and your imagination!

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Northstar Ballroom A

8:30am CST

Breakout EDU Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

BreakoutEDU allows you to transform any space into a game-based learning environment. Using a BreakoutEDU kit, participants will have the opportunity to play a couple of games and reflect in the morning, and then develop plans for incorporating the games into their classroom or professional development experiences in the afternoon.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Staffa

Carla Staffa

Co-Director of Digital Learning, American School of Warsaw
Design, sewing, living in Poland.
avatar for Michael Walker

Michael Walker

Secondary Digital Learning Specialist, Edina Public Schools
I am an educator and life-long learner serving as Secondary Digital Learning Specialist for Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota. In previous positions I have taught Math, Computer Applications, Community Building using Technology and coached tennis. I live in Minneapolis, MN... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
St. Croix

8:30am CST

Creativity and Innovation: The MakerSpace Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want school to look differently than it does now? If so, this is a session you won’t want to miss. In this session we will explore the ways a MakerSpace can enhance a school culture and encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom. We will complete several hands-on challenges that will push your thinking and challenge the status quo. You will see the tools, and then you will use them in challenges throughout the workshop.

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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Greenway H/I

8:30am CST

Explain Everything Master Class: Interactive Whiteboarding,Collaboration, Screencasting, and Multimedia Project Design
Limited Capacity seats available

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn all of the ins and outs of Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard with one its creators, Reshan Richards. In addition to the goal of mastering the mechanics of designing, recording, importing, and exporting, you will also engage in a design process to create a variety of materials for immediate use within your own classroom, workshop, team, and other learning and teaching setting. A tablet (iPad, Android, or Windows) or touch-screen Chromebook with Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard installed will be necessary for full participation.

Speakers

Sunday December 13, 2015 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Skyway

12:30pm CST

Epic Win: Gamify Your Class!
Limited Capacity seats available

What is gamification? Can using game mechanics and game principals actually work in the classroom? Come see how we gamified our classroom and learn how you can do the same. Learn from our failures, EPIC wins, and incredible experiences. This session will give you specific examples of how to transform your curriculum and engage your learners. You will leave with a better understanding of gamification and momentum to put it into action in your classroom.

Speakers
NM

Nicole Maslowski

Teacher, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools
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 →
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Krista Ziemer

Teacher, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Lake Superior B

12:30pm CST

Explore the World with Google Cardboard
Limited Capacity seats available

After assembling your own Google Cardboard set, you'll be transported beyond the limitations of the room to explore the world around you. Learn how to take your students anywhere on the globe with the ultimate 360 degree digital field trips. You'll get hands-on with how Google Cardboard works with Google Maps, Street View, Virtual Reality, Google Expeditions, and more. Discover its potential in the classroom. Cardboard is provided, but you'll need to have your own iPhone or Android smart phone to fully participate.

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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 →
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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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Northstar Ballroom B

12:30pm CST

Flipping Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, you will learn effective ways to flip your math classroom using Schoology, Show me, TED Talks, and SMARTBoards to enhance the high school online learning atmosphere. The incorporation of online videos, homework, online quizzes, peer collaboration, and 24-hour-a-day, anywhere in the world connection with the instructor of the class raises student achievement, builds confidence, and helps reinforce concepts for struggling students. We will then use this knowledge to help set up your own flipped classroom.

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Michelle Pearce

Math Teacher, Davenport Community Schools


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway A

12:30pm CST

Google Activities for Students
Limited Capacity seats available

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 explored from start to finish using Google Drive.

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Tammy Worcester Tang

Educator Author Presenter, tammytang.com


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Regency

12:30pm CST

Innovation and Integration for School Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will help school leaders and coaches find resources, strategies, and inspiration as they lead innovation and integration in their buildings or districts. Participants will learn how the role of the leader is the crucial component in innovation, and how to leverage limited resources to make the greatest difference in students' lives. Administrators will learn how to get off the sidelines and get in the game with confidence.

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Anthony VonBank

Digital Learning Specialist, ISD728, Elk River Area Schools
Dr. Anthony VonBank taught secondary language arts and communications for over 15 years, and currently works as a district digital learning specialist in the Elk River school district. His doctoral work in education leadership focused on his passion for systems and innovative change... Read More →


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway D/E

12:30pm CST

Integrating Scratch Programming in the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Scratch 2.0 is an excellent, free, web-based, graphical programming tool developed by MIT that supports digital age learning, the NETS Standards for Students, 21st century skills (technology literacy), and content standards. You will learn the basics of using Scratch 2.0, learn and reflect on how Scratch supports technology literacy and content standards, explore the tutorials and resources available, and see examples of how elementary and middle school students can use Scratch 2.0 across the curriculum, creating and sharing interactive stories, games, and animations. You will begin to create an implementation plan and resources for introducing Scratch to your students.

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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 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway J

12:30pm CST

Online Mobile Learning and Developing Digital Citizens Ages 5 to 105
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital technologies have become part of the learning and teaching ecosystem in education throughout the world. Technology provides unprecedented opportunities for access, interaction, research, and creativity, but the speed at which these new tools are emerging raises concerns. It seems to tell students what they should and should not be doing on the web; however, research has shown that educators/administrators rarely model that behavior. How can schools use anytime/anywhere mobile learning to promote engaging learning opportunities while addressing responsible technology use? School and technology leaders will create a foundation for addressing those questions while supporting digital creativity.

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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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Minnehaha

12:30pm CST

Tools for Your Flipping Toolbox
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your tech toolbox for flipping lessons a little blah? Does it need something new? If so, this is for you! Spend some hands-on time learning how to make flipping your classroom easy and enjoyable with some great online tools: Nearpod, Google Forms with Flubaroo, Zaption, Socrative, and Screencastify. These tools are perfect for all educators interested in sharing lessons, differentiating, and creating content that is meaningful and relevant to their unique classroom situations. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to know these tools. Bring authentic materials, headphones, and a laptop for optimum participation.

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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 →


Sunday December 13, 2015 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Greenway B/C