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Preconference Workshop [clear filter]
Saturday, December 12
 

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
Sunday, December 13
 

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

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 →
KZ

Krista Ziemer

Teacher, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools


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

Speakers
MP

Michelle Pearce

Math Teacher, Davenport Community Schools


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

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.

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