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Saturday, December 9
 

8:00am

#Teachfurther: Curriculum, Creativity, & Connections
Limited Capacity seats available

Join "#TeachFurther: Curriculum, Creativity, & Connections" to learn dynamic, interactive, & innovative Unit Planning! During this session, Teachers will collaborate and develop a Themed Unit. Here, teachers will identify a set of standards. Through the blending of rigorous curriculum, teachers will connect content with its real world application. Utilizing contents real world application, teachers will work in small groups to brainstorm community sponsors. Teachers will receive training on how to utilizing local supports and options to incorporate Community Outreach activities - disbursing student learning back into its community.
TeachFurther units will support teachers to easily bridge the gap between content and the age old question "Will we ever use this in the real world?!?" Lets take teaching one step further!

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
St. Croix

8:00am

5 Steps To Grow Student Autonomy
Limited Capacity seats available

So much focus is on personalizing learning/creativity, and what teachers should do to make it happen. In reality, teachers can't personalize learning, only students can. Teachers can't schedule creativity, only encourage it. So how do we create the conditions for creativity/personalization to occur all day every day? For this type of learning culture, students need to be able to manage their own learning, behavior and be able to bring their ideas to life. Here are 5 steps to help them get there.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Calhoun

8:00am

Amplifying Student Voice Beyond Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore iPad apps that will help you to amplify your ELA students' voice with an authentic global audience. These apps will inspire your students to read more, develop their presentation skills, and share their writing and thinking beyond the classroom walls.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Turnbull

Chris Turnbull

Personalized Learning Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
Chris has been a district level technology integration and personalized learning specialist for the past 15 years, exploring various forms of flipped professional development & supporting iPads as a learning and teaching tool in 1:1 PreK-12 classrooms with over 40,000 iPads. She... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Minnetonka

8:00am

DIY: Direct It Yourself Music Video Creation
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to leverage music and video editing tools to bring curriculum to life with your students. Learn the process of making an original or a parody video - from song selection, to lyric composition, to music recording, to shooting and editing. This workshop, brought to you by the crew that brings you ridiculous intro videos each year at the TIES conference, will demonstrate various audio recording tools (Audacity, Garage Band, Soundtrap) and video tools (iMovie, WeVideo, other free online tools). Come ready to get creative and produce a collaborative video!

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 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Isles

8:00am

Finding Free Digital Resources for Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The quality and availability of free digital learning resources has increased greatly in the past few years. In this session, we'll explore images, videos, interactive simulations, and other digital resources to make your classes more engaging. You'll leave with a library of resources and several ideas that you can put into practice in your classroom or professional learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Givand

Jacob Givand

Online Learning Specialist, Robbinsdale Area Schools
OER, open educational resources, Schoology, instructional design, coding


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway A

8:00am

Fun Assessments for All Ages
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we'll review different methods of using technology to engage your students in user-friendly assessments that will provide you with quick, accurate insight to what your students are learning. Exit slips, quizzes, tests, review activities and gaming all rolled into one! Good for all ages and ability levels - there's definitely going to be something that will work for you! Kahoot!, Socrative, Google Forms with Quiz Feature and more will be covered. All FREE and FUN!

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City Public Schools
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 grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University o... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway F/G

8:00am

Gamifying with Digital Scavenger Hunts
Limited Capacity seats available

Gamification is not just playing games in the classroom. It uses principles of game design and playing to enhance the learning in the classroom, to differentiate learning and to personalize the experience of the learner. We will explore gamification principles, preview two mobile apps, design a hunt and participate in one.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Conference Equipment Chair | Love: Googly things, Moodly things, Synergizing, iOS nerdery, blended and competency based learning.


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Nokomis

8:00am

Google Sites: No Longer the Google App Left Behind
Limited Capacity seats available

G Suite's one neglected element, as the rest of its tools have leapt forward, WAS Google Sites. That is no longer true. If you had written off Google Sites, or had never even bothered to try it, you are in for an incredible surprises. Google Sites is now a dynamic and engaging tool with innumerable classroom uses. Spend time exploring and playing with the fun elements and features that Google Sites now offers. The session will offer potential uses of Google Sites, both for teachers and for students „ with focused time looking at how this improve Google Sites app opens awesome options for Hyperdocs. But, you will likely find your head swimming with the possibilities that your own brain will generate. Tips and tricks will definitely be included, but much of the time will allow you the freedom of guided exploration. What could be more fun that discovering that even G SuiteÍs former ñweakest linkî is now one of its strongest elements?

Speakers
avatar for Michael Main

Michael Main

Technology Coordinator, Carondelet Catholic School
Michael, who is certain he would be 5’8” if gravity would work in his favor, has been the technology coordinator at Carondelet Catholic School for just over 3 years. Before that, he spent over 20 years as a classroom teacher (English) at Cretin-Derham Hall. A huge fan of both... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Harriet

8:00am

Meet Micro:Bit - A Microprocessor Designed For Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2015, the UK began to distribute Micro:bits to all year 7 (6th grade) students with the goal of providing kids with tools to "get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media" and to support its national computer science initiative. Two years later, they became available in the US. In this session, you'll be hands on with the Micro:bit and see how computer science and making can come together. Participants are welcome to purchase a Micro:bit Go bundle for $16.50 from SparkFun or Adafruit prior to attending, there will be some demo kits available to use as well.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St Paul Academy and Summit School


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway B/C

8:00am

Motivating Girls To 'Lean In' w/ Passion-Driven Careers In Stem
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to motivate your female students to pursue passionate careers in STEM? Join this session with Naomi Harm, to discover innovative STEM approaches to empower the next generation of female leaders through a "startup" classroom culture. Naomi will immerse you in creative and collaborative learning experiences of how to motivate girls to "lean in" and further pursue their STEM passions within a making culture of computational thinking, robotics, and the new literacy of coding. You will leave this session empowered with new ideas and resources to inspire, mentor and model STEM career choices, while motivating your female students to lead with passion-driven purpose, technical expertise and global women entrepreneurship.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Skyway

8:00am

Reader's Workshop: Creating a Love of Reading Through Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of every language arts teacher is to create a classroom full of students who love to read. One of the longtime standby models of creating lifelong readers is readerÍs workshop. This classroom model is tried and true. I began using this model 2 years ago in my middle school classroom, and have experimented with how to effectively integrate technology in order to achieve a few goals: make reading more engaging for students, and make keeping track of students reading goals easier for me. This session will go over the basics of readerÍs workshop in the secondary classroom and how technology can be integrated into the entire process throughout the school year covering: mini lessons, student reading goals, student writing/reflection, teacher task-creation, and teacher organization and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Karin Hogen

Karin Hogen

Teacher, White Bear Lake Public Schools
Talk to me about blended learning, paperless classrooms, middle school, and English/language arts. You can also talk to me about DocentEDU.


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway D/E

8:00am

Return On Engagement: Efficient Digital Student Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Leading students in project-based learning can be difficult. How do you allow for student voice, choice, agency, creativity, and collaboration yet still meet standards and assess them fairly? This session will help participants design quality digital products that are time-efficient, aligned, and invite quality formative feedback, all without giving up weeks of valuable class time! Participants should leave with at least one completed project plan.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

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 cha... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Minnehaha

8:00am

Schoology Done Right!
Limited Capacity seats available

Schoology is the fastest growing Learning Management System for a reason. It's focussed on providing the tools needed to for all stakeholders to learn and to stay informed in an educational community. Join me for a deep dive into Schoology best practices including quality course design, eliminating clicks to enhance and speed up learning opportunities, increasing student agency via personalized learning and content based mastery course structure, and embedding external content and tools into Schoology to make it a one stop shop for all students, teachers, administrators, and parents. No matter what your Schoology skill level, you will come away from this workshop with multiple tricks and tips, as well as with sound pedagogical strategies to create better online learning content for learners of all ages.

Speakers
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 Mar... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway H/I

8:00am

Twitter: Personal Professional Development at Your Fingertips
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to leverage Twitter for professional learning and to create global opportunities for students. I will go over the "Why" behind it's use, how it can provide you with just in time PD, resources and connections, and the basics of starting an account and Tweeting. Finally, there will be multiple resources shared to get you started in being the next big EduTweep!

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Director of Innovation & Technology, Ripon Area School District
Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Ripon Area School District in Wisconsin where she supports educators in creating innovative change in their classrooms. In addition, Mandy is a keynote speaker with a passion for re-engaging teachers into their p... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway J

8:00am

Baking Raspberry Pi For Your Coding Enjoyment
Limited Capacity seats available

A Raspberry Pi can be a Robot, a Radio Station, a lighting controller and many other things but most of all it is a great educational tool. Let's find the recipe that works for you. Join us as we unbox the Pi, 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 spells, exploring Scratch and Python, and learning how to program the general purpose input/output bus connected to a breadboard for testing simple electrical circuits. Registration price includes a Raspberry Pi Ultimate Kit: http://a.co/3PnDXkF

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Technology Evangelist, ECMECC
Technology Integration Specialist at ECMECC - East Central Minnesota Educational Cable CooperativeIn 2008 Jon began supporting and encouraging staff of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) schools as they integrate affective technology practices into... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Regency

8:00am

G Suite Admin Console Technical Retreat
Limited Capacity seats available

The default admin console does not come configured for a school environment - in fact it's quite the opposite. This one day technical retreat will begin by walking through how to migrate to G Suite and ensure you're going down the right road for your school's Google journey. The day continues with a deep dive into the admin console and what services and settings you really need to change for your staff and more importantly, students. We will include tips and tricks for user provisioning and management.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Lake Superior A/B

11:30am

Teacher Self-Care 101
We intuitively know how important it is to take excellent care of ourselves, but as busy teachers, that task can feel impossible. In this session, teachers will explore the ways their self-care is intricately and intimately ​tied to teaching for social justice (equity work) as well as student achievement-- not to mention the most important thing: the mental, emotional, and heart (as in soul) health of a school's most important professional capital: healthy, happy teachers!


Saturday December 9, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lakeshore Ballroom

1:00pm

Building Brilliant Breakout EDU
Limited Capacity seats available

Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. We will also explore Digital Breakouts. Participants will first experience a Breakout EDU game, then you will have a chance to explore existing games and finally you will create a game of your own.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica McMahon

Jessica McMahon

Digital Learning Specialist, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
Former Latin Teacher, now a Digital Learning Specialist. I am a Twitter-addict and love talking iPads, Google , Schoology and more! I am also the person crocheting while waiting for sessions to begin.


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Calhoun

1:00pm

Exploring Worlds of Making
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will give background information to the Maker movement in schools, share stories of student successes, and then explore a collection of Maker stations. Explore different tools and brainstorm how they can be used in the classroom. See if you can get a MakerSpace BINGO! Get advice from an enthusiastic fourth grader and learn about Making from a student's eyes.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist, Hopkins North Junior High
Jen Legatt is a media specialist and tech integrationist who is energized by engaging learners in meaningful, authentic ways. Envisioning how to expand learning experiences out of the walls and bells of traditional classrooms. Mom of two readers.


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minnetonka

1:00pm

Gamifying Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready to learn how to make digital citizenship fun and engaging for your students? Curious about the resources out there to get started? We will cover ways to implement digital citizenship in your classroom, whether through game-based learning or gamification. Being a good citizen in the digital age means more than signing a policy at the beginning of the year, and in this workshop you will learn how to embed best practices and make learning fun for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Protivinsky

Ashley Protivinsky

Tech Consultant, TIES


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Isles

1:00pm

Going Google on the iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

G Suite provides a platform for collaboration creation, communication and critical thinking. This 3 hour workshop will examine how Google Apps can be used in conjunction with other iPad apps to enhance learning opportunities in any classroom. Participants will look at work flows that easily allow students to communicate, collaborate and create using Google Drive.

Speakers
avatar for Cara Hagen

Cara Hagen

Lead Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Education Technology Consultant at TIES


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Nokomis

1:00pm

Hey, Kermit! Turns Out It IS Easy Being Green (or Blue)!
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to do "more" with all of the tools available through G Suite? Join this wide-ranging discussion and hands on exploration of how G Suite can be leveraged in classroom (and throughout schools). This course focuses on the core elements of G Suite, Mail, Calendar, Drive (and its many components), Sites, and Contacts, but we will also touch on other elements available through G Suite. Most of the time, though, will be spent exploring what can be done with G Suite's various elements.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Main

Michael Main

Technology Coordinator, Carondelet Catholic School
Michael, who is certain he would be 5’8” if gravity would work in his favor, has been the technology coordinator at Carondelet Catholic School for just over 3 years. Before that, he spent over 20 years as a classroom teacher (English) at Cretin-Derham Hall. A huge fan of both... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Harriet

1:00pm

Kory's Story-Sharing a World of Ideas for Our Youngest Learners
Limited Capacity seats available


Learn how to incorporate technology-enhanced learning that is appropriate for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms. You will explore many tools and methods, including interactive media to support learning and development, integrating technology directly and intentionally into curriculum and student outcomes, and using technology effectively to individualize and differentiate instruction for each student. You will learn how to connect your students to other classrooms around the country and the world. You will also learn how powerful video can be for your students and your classroom. You will also discover ways to implement data collection and portfolios created by students. Coding and Makerspace Ideas will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Kory Graham

Kory Graham

Elementary Innovations Teacher, Byron Public Schools
After 20+ years of classroom teaching in all levels K-6, I am in my second year of being the Innovations Specialist in the Byron School District, teaching grades 1-5. Making this exciting jump allows me to pursue my passion. I am extremely passionate about improving teaching and... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway H/I

1:00pm

Maximize Learning with Nearpod®
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience Nearpod® firsthand in this hands on experience. Nearpod® is an invaluable tool in the 1:1 classroom and beyond. With Nearpod® educators, leaders and learners can interact, collect data, manage behavior, work independently and so much more. In this session attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live Nearpod® session that incorporates quizzes, polls, open ended questions, and drawing; create their own accounts; hear tips on work with Google and Nearpod®; and learn tips and tricks for managing Nearpod® content. Plan on rolling up your sleeves and delving into the wonderful world of Nearpod®!

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City Public Schools
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 grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University o... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway F/G

1:00pm

Meet Edison: A Lego-Compatible Robot for Under $50
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're looking for an affordable way to bring simple robotics into your school, meet Edison. Described by my 6th graders last year as a giant orange Lego with wheels, Edison is a Lego-compatible robot with a range of options. Participants will work with partners (paired programming) to learn the basics of Edison use and navigation and then build their own awesome Edison-powered device. Implementation ideas will be shared. Participants are welcome to purchase their own Edisons prior to attending. Edisons are $49 each for single purchase, however there will be demo kits available at the session.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St Paul Academy and Summit School


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway B/C

1:00pm

Microsoft Teaching and Learning Solutions for the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

With Microsoft teaching and learning solutions for the classroom, itÍs as easy as ONE. One place to create all of your lessons, one place to share with students and one place to create student portfolios, projects and collaborative class creations. The attendees will learn about OneNote solutions for the classroom - including Class Notebooks, Learning Tools, Office Mix, Sway, and how OneNote, Office365, and Teams work together.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway J

1:00pm

Move Over, Millennials, Here Comes Generation Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that Gen Z studentsÍ learning needs are completely different than Generation Y known as Millennials? So you may be asking how does my instructional approach and teaching delivery need to change to meet the needs of the Gen Z student population and their 8 second attention span? Come and immerse yourself in this session to discover how Gen Z learns through multi-sensory/multi-touch interactions focused on snackable chunks of content broken down into bite size pieces. Naomi will showcase instructional strategies to capture Gen Z's learning attention through choice and voice activities to personalize learning, how to redesign your activities in your classroom infused with brain-based teaching techniques, how to create snapshots of visual learning segments, and how you can create these activities side-by-side with your students.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Skyway

1:00pm

Okay, My Classroom Has Chromebooks, Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Did your classroom go 1:1 with Chromebooks, and you are looking for guidance with how to use them beyond Internet searching and email? Are you frustrated with PD sessions that say "Chromebooks", but instead generally address web tools? Are you left hanging about how to navigate specifically a Chromebook, as well as maximize its use as a transformative educational tool? I was, too. This is the Chromebook Startup 101 training that I was searching for, but couldnÍt find. Bring your Chromebook and your Google account, and let's begin. Come and learn basic operations, discover device classroom management ideas, and design a personalized lesson to get you going from here. And, oh yeah--we'll also explore some cool classroom web tools!

Speakers
avatar for Gina Drellack

Gina Drellack

Education Consultant, Northwest Service Cooperative
After a brilliant career as a professional reader and fierce stay-at-home-mom, Gina practiced for years in a K12 library. During that time, she transformed from school library paraprofessional into district media specialist. She now puts her Masters degree in Educational Media an... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway D/E

1:00pm

Rethinking Assessment: Tools To Engage, Assess and Differentiate
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to go beyond just giving quizzes to assess students. In this session, get hands on experience using 6 free, engaging and easy to use technologies that can be used to formatively assess students. Get practice interpreting multimodal formative assessments and learn to make decisions within the framework of the formative assessment cycle. Walk away with ready to use activities that can be given to students and shared with other educators in your school.

Speakers

Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
St. Croix

1:00pm

Technology Coach Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is intended to increase collaboration between tech coaches, tech mentors, and digital learning specialists. Whether a teacher on special assignment, or just a building leader, this session will be participant-centered with a flexible agenda, collaborative resources, and a lot of sharing of techniques and tricks. Some beginning topics will include device access and equity, LMS use, structuring training, and the art of coaching others in digital learning.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

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 cha... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minnehaha

1:00pm

The Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation & Divergent Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

What is necessary in a district to really grow together into a climate and culture of innovation and support of divergent thinking? We will talk about the Innovation Hierarchy of Needs, and what administration & teacher leaders can do to establish these necessary components: growth/innovator's mindset, climate & culture, creating a common language, and effective support and leadership. We can support innovation with the right pieces in place even with constraints and new initiatives. We will work on some reflective activities to determine where each participant's needs are, discussion amongst participants to push thinking, and finally develop personalized plans for moving pockets of innovative people forward.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich

Director of Innovation & Technology, Ripon Area School District
Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Ripon Area School District in Wisconsin where she supports educators in creating innovative change in their classrooms. In addition, Mandy is a keynote speaker with a passion for re-engaging teachers into their p... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway A

1:00pm

Transforming Stress and Burn Out
Limited Capacity seats available

Stress is actually functional and important to our personal and professional growth, yet few of us are trained to handle the stress-load of a modern teacher. In this highly experiential session, teachers will have the opportunity to explore and experience the fundamentals of mindfulness , learn about the nature of the mind , explore the origins of teacher stress, gain insight about the the 3 stages of teacher burnout, and explore the ways unchecked burnout manifests in the classroom setting and relationships with students.


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Northstar B
 
Sunday, December 10
 

8:00am

Avoid Death by Powerpoint and Inject Creativity into Your Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for new, brain based, and innovative methods of delivering instruction and facilitating learning in your classroom? Need alternatives to slideshow presentations, such as PowerPoint? Are you interested in adding more student-centered strategies to your teaching toolbox? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this workshop is for you. During his workshop, Oskar will show you how to improve direct instruction to avoid cognitive overload, gamify lesson delivery, and use media such as web pages, videos, infographics, blogs, Twitter and other apps to enhance student learning, inject creativity, provide more learning choices, and amplify student voice with technology. You will also learn some quick ways to collect immediate feedback on student learning.

Speakers

Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Nokomis

8:00am

Beyond the Hour of Code
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will guide participants through stations with options to expand student knowledge with coding with robotics and raspberry pi.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kalthoff

Angie Kalthoff

Technology Integrationist, St Cloud Area Sch District 742
Technology Integrationist for ISD 742


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway H/I

8:00am

Classroom Video Production: Tell the Story!
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom Video Production - Tap into student creativity and collaboration with video production in the classroom. This session will explore how to teach students to create content responsibly to tell the story of their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Stalnaker

Kathy Stalnaker

Education Technology Consultant, TIES


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Northstar B

8:00am

Classroom Workflows with iOS 11
Limited Capacity seats available

With iOS 11, there are more ways than ever to facilitate classroom workflows with your students. From using the Classroom app, to using your Google Drive with Apple's free tools we will have great hands-on activities that will help you use your iPads to their full potential.

Speakers
CA

Corey Anderson

Systems Engineer, Apple, Inc.
Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc.
avatar for Jason Molesky

Jason Molesky

Apple Education Development Executive, Lakeville Area Public Schools
My goal? Simple...To facilitate change in the educational system through dynamic leadership, engaging professional development, innovative resource development, and a commitment to the continuous improvement process. | | My description? Simple...turbonerd & datageek.


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Skyway

8:00am

Empower Students with Microsoft Office
Limited Capacity seats available

Accessible, mobile, flexible, and available for free for education, Office 365 will help prepare your students for careers and college while empowering them to achieve more.

Speakers

Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway J

8:00am

Making Culture: Changing How Students Experience Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Why does your school exist? What is the number one reason teachers come to work each day? How frequently are students so engaged in what they're learning that they lose track of time? How similarly would teachers, students, parents and administrators respond to these questions? 

In this session, participants will discover how answers to these and other questions led to the implementation of a shared vision and narrative for problem and product based learning at Chippewa Middle School. We'll discuss how to create conditions necessary for shifting your school's learning culture, and deepen understanding of how through making and problem solving, any school can produce world class learners capable of close observation, inquiry, empathy, wonder, design, and problem solving.

Speakers

Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Harriet

8:00am

Personalized Learning for the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how one PLE (personalized learning environment) fourth grade classroom uses technology, Google for Education, and a variety of online programs to instruct, manage, inspire and communicate with their learners and their families. This session will give the audience the opportunity to delve into the voice and choice of playlists while sampling some of the resources that contribute to making them personalized. Resources for record keeping,classroom management and keeping families in the loop will also be demonstrated.

Bring your laptops to dig into this hands-on learning experience.

Speakers
TD

Terry Day

Fourth Grade Teacher


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway B/C

8:00am

Personalized Learning Playbook
Limited Capacity seats available

Deploying a successful personalized learning classroom involves a variety of programs, learning experience, and a multitude of teaching strategies. The Personalized Learning Playbook workshop will walk educators through a game plan that will bring together all the key aspects of personalized learning in one complete package.

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Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Calhoun

8:00am

Rigor or Mortis: Designer Hybrid Learning Environments for All
Limited Capacity seats available

Give them Rigor or Give them Mortis: The back-end instructional design process to create an online environment to challenge academically talented students in the 21st century heterogeneous classroom.


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Minnehaha

8:00am

Sailing The 4Cs to the Land of the Connected Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Join me on this voyage as we discover web-based technologies that enhance your instruction with the 4Cs as well as lesson ideas for integration. Discover how to leverage creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication to create a personalized digital learning environment. Use technology and the 4 CÍs 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

Director of Innovation & Technology, Ripon Area School District
Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology at the Ripon Area School District in Wisconsin where she supports educators in creating innovative change in their classrooms. In addition, Mandy is a keynote speaker with a passion for re-engaging teachers into their p... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway A

8:00am

Technology that Transforms Your Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is readily available in elementary classrooms, but can it really affect student learning? You've heard the warnings: how much technology is too much? Can technology activities facilitate learning, focus student attention, and provide additional experiences, or is it all hype? In this session we will explore the best ways to integrate technology into your classroom. We will look at tools that support student success, provide extended learning, increase communication and student voice, and successfully make the most of the technology available.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Conzemius

Laurie Conzemius

Ed Tech Consultant, Laurie Conzemius LLC
I love discussing the tools, resources, and technologies that can improve teaching and learning. I feel fortunate to represent Minnesota educators as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) board member. Ask me about our resources - and join me at the premier... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
St. Croix

8:00am

Wait What? Computer Science Is Fun?
Limited Capacity seats available


Interest in AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles has skyrocketed in the past few years, and there is no indication that it will slow down. In fact the new AP Computer Science Principles Course blew way past enrollment expectations last year. Problem is, not many schools can keep up!

In the workshop we will first explore the various options for setting up both courses, then discuss relevant pedagogy including projects, and assignments. The last part of the workshop will focus on making a holiday card with Processing, a freely available Java/Javascript/Python programming environment available at https://processing.org/, and one of several options for implementing both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles.  Please bring a laptop computer (Mac, PC or Linux) with Processing (https://processing.org/download/) and Google Chrome installed.


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Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Isles

8:00am

Young Learners in a Digital World
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will address the topic of digital literacy, engagement and learning of the 21st Century K-2 learners. Lesson design for whole language learning in a global perspective has been crafted in this teacherÍs classroom, with digital citizenship in mind. Bring your own device and be ready to explore many apps. I will model how they fit into the SAMR model, and how to hit ISTE standards at the same time.

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avatar for Gloriann Heikes

Gloriann Heikes

Teacher Gr.1, West Elementary School
I'm a 1st grade teacher in Hutchinson, MN . I teach in a globally connected classroom. I love technology, and a device is never too far from my fingertips! My students love meeting others from around the world through Skype, Twitter, Zoom and Google Hangout.


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 11:00am
Greenway D/E

8:00am

CTO Clinic
Limited Capacity seats available

CTO Clinics® are in-depth professional development events for district technology leaders. Delivered in conjunction with CoSN state chapters, the clinics enable attendees to hear about emerging technology trends, particularly within their own state, receive the latest information on using technology to create effective learning environments, and network with peers and the private sector.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Regency

8:00am

Google Certified Admin Bootcamp and Exam
Limited Capacity seats available

This intensive one day training is focused on providing all the skills and understanding necessary to achieve the Google Certified Administrator credential. All areas of the G Suite Admin Console as related to the exam are clearly and concisely covered. An extra focus is placed on the educational K-12 application and how it relates to the exam material. The day concludes with participants taking the Google Certified Admin exam. Price includes exam fees.

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Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Lake Superior A/B

11:30am

Classroom Models That Foster Student Agency and Authentic Work
This interactive keynote will focus on "small chunks of time" and course-level redesigns that foster deeper learning, student agency, and authentic work. We will learn about and discuss various classroom models that empower students to do amazing, energizing work!

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Sunday December 10, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lakeshore Ballroom

1:00pm

3-2-1 Tell Your Story with an Amazing Free Classroom Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

Tap into the award-winning power of TouchCast's easy-to-use free iPad app to create an engaging, interactive mobile recording studio with multi-cam control of extra iPads, green screen, onscreen pop-up documents, and screencasting whiteboard. With a simple green screen, empower your students to share their learning live from within the structures of a cell to the surface of the moon or the depths of the ocean and other amazing locations. Ditch classroom newsletters and tell the story of your classroom or school with simple-to-create student-produced videos that build students' speaking and presentation skills and make learning fun. Great for highlighting your school with monthly principal-created videos parents will watch!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Turnbull

Chris Turnbull

Personalized Learning Specialist, Saint Paul Public Schools
Chris has been a district level technology integration and personalized learning specialist for the past 15 years, exploring various forms of flipped professional development & supporting iPads as a learning and teaching tool in 1:1 PreK-12 classrooms with over 40,000 iPads. She... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
St. Croix

1:00pm

Advanced Seesaw Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive Deeper into Seesaw! Now that you are using Seesaw, learn some creative ways to flip student learning, connect Seesaw to what you are already doing in the classroom, upload student work from other apps, tag and rate student work in Skills View, and learn how to build communication with parents using Seesaw Notes and other apps.

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avatar for Britt Theis

Britt Theis

1st Grade Teacher, Edina Public Schools
I am a 1st grade teacher who is trying to figure out different ways my students can learn and share through technology. The more opportunities my students have for voice and choice, and can get feedback from as many different people as possible, the better! I am a Seesaw Ambass... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway D/E

1:00pm

Breakout EDU: Gone Digital
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever want to play a BreakoutEDU game, but don't have the pieces for the physical box? Would you be more likely to have students play a game if it more directly related to your course content? Creating your own Digital BreakoutEDU game might be the answer for you. In this session, explore existing digital games to see how they function and operate, then learn how you can create your own games, before finally creating a game of your own.

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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 sha... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Calhoun

1:00pm

Bring the World to Your Classroom!
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we will explore the multitude of ways to bring virtual field trips to your classroom. You will have hands-on experience with Google Expeditions, Discovery VR, Youtube 360 Videos, Nearpod virtual field trips, and field trips through CILC, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Conzemius

Laurie Conzemius

Ed Tech Consultant, Laurie Conzemius LLC
I love discussing the tools, resources, and technologies that can improve teaching and learning. I feel fortunate to represent Minnesota educators as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) board member. Ask me about our resources - and join me at the premier... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minnehaha

1:00pm

Conquer Your Stress for Enhanced Productivity and Improved Health
Limited Capacity seats available

It's estimated that stress is responsible for 60-90% of doctor's visits and, one million workers miss work each day because of stress, costing companies $602 per employee per year, according the American Institute of Stress.
It is imperative that we recognize that stress is not the problem - it's our reaction to our stress and we can learn to control it. Acquire cutting edge self-care techniques - affirmations, visualization, mindfulness techniques and mini-meditations - that staff can do on their own for better health. A stress-free staff is a productive, healthy and happy staff. Dr. Gruver will share her decades of experience and you will walk away inspired to make positive changes in your life, your company and your staff.
Takeaways from this workshop include:
-Recognize the emotional, physical and behavioral signs of stress.
-Examine current research on meditation, positive self-talk and visualization and how it can be incorporated into your workday.
-Learn a simple technique, known as a mini-meditation, to stop the stress response in its tracks.
-Understand how you can use your daydreams to boost immune function and increase relaxation.
-Discover how to incorporate mindfulness into your day even if you think you don’t have time.

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Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Nokomis

1:00pm

Creating Hyperdocs for Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to build an inclusive, yet collaborative (if wanted) lesson. "HyperDoc is a digital document-such as a Google Doc-where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central hub." In this session you will discover how to incorporate your lessons into Google Docs and Slides. There will be time for hands-on building of your own HyperDoc so bring lessons you want to transform.

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avatar for Cyndy Harrison

Cyndy Harrison

Technology Consultant, TIES
Cyndy moved to Minnesota in 2013, but is originally from Houston, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing. After working in marketing and advertising for six years, she received a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of H... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Northstar B

1:00pm

Deploying and Managing iPads with Modern Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

The iPad has never been easier to manage and deploy. In this workshop you'll learn how to use Mobile Device Management and Apple School Manager to make deploying and managing your iPads hands-off, wireless, and super easy. If you've been managing iPads with Apple Configurator and without a Mobile Device Management solution, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Pete Markham

Pete Markham

Systems Engineer, Apple
I'm a Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc. I work only with K-12 Education institutions in Minnesota and North Dakota. I am an expert in all things iPad and all things Mac in an Education environment.


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Skyway

1:00pm

Elementary Engineers: Introducing the Design Process in K-5
Limited Capacity seats available

Dip your toes into the design process for elementary students! More than ever, students need to learn how to think out of the box, approach new learning with tenacity, and build problem-solving skills for their future. This hands-on session will allow you to walk away feeling confident and prepared to implement the design process in your own classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Vernier

Lindsay Vernier

Technology Integration Specialist
Educators naturally wear an abundance of "hats" throughout their career. I'm so proud to have worn the many hats of Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Middle School Instructional Technology Specialist, and now Elementary Technology Integration Specialist. | When I'm not shoppi... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway H/I

1:00pm

Integrate Digital Skills and CS First to Your Core Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a classroom application of two free tools created by Google to integrate computer science into your middle and high school core content courses. First, we will dive into Applied Digital Skills, lessons created to support 21st Century skill development within your content area. Then we will dig into GoogleÍs Computer Science (CS) First program which introduces programming to students through a variety of themes such as music, art and game design. This is not a workshop to help teach computer science classes, more to increase the fluency and application of digital skills across core content areas.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kalthoff

Angie Kalthoff

Technology Integrationist, St Cloud Area Sch District 742
Technology Integrationist for ISD 742
avatar for Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

Director of Technology, Princeton Public Schools
Eric is the Director of Technology for Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, Minnesota and a Google for Education Certified Innovator. A former social studies teacher, he has supported technology integration in K-12 settings, and a 1:1 iPad middle school. His recent interests in... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway J

1:00pm

Integrating Student Devices with the SMART Learning Suite
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on training session will focus on the many ways that teachers can utilize student devices while teaching with the tools that the SMART Learning Suite provides. Participants will learn how to quickly check for student understanding with the SMART LAB and SMART Response 2 features. We will also explore ways to create SMART AMP Workspaces for project-based learning ideas. Attendees should bring a laptop with the SMART Learning Suite loaded on it so they can build activities during the session.


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Greenway B/C

1:00pm

Leading Modern Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Leaders today can't afford to stay one step removed from innovation and digital learning. Modern leaders in modern schools must lead the change. This interactive session will help building leaders explore system change in the context of a technology-rich, socially connected, globally and culturally relevant society. Topics covered will include navigating complicated issues in social media, reimagining professional development, and building a culture of innovative spirit in your building.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

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 cha... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Executive Boardroom

1:00pm

Minecraft: Education Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will play and learn how to create lessons in Microsoft's new Minecraft Education Edition. We will walk you through the basics of playing, creating lessons and much more. You will be inspired by others who have created and shared worlds in a variety of content areas.

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avatar for Glen Irvin

Glen Irvin

Teacher/Technology Integrationist/Crafter, Wabasha-Kellogg School District
I have taught Spanish for the past 13 years at Wabasha-Kellogg High School. I not only teach Spanish full time but I am also the half-time Technology Integrationist for the school district. I am an avid gamer! My classroom is a gamified, quest-based, mastery learning environmen... Read More →
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Brad Taylor

SR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE EDU, US-EDU Central North


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Minnetonka

1:00pm

Redesigning Lessons to Enhance Deeper Learning and Student Agency
Limited Capacity seats available

Unfortunately, we often find that our deep investments in learning technologies aren't paying off for us as we had hoped. This very interactive, hands-on workshop is for educators who wish to push their technology-infused pedagogy to new levels. We will blow right through TPACK and SAMR and use the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol to design and redesign classroom lessons and units across various grade levels and subject areas. We will use actual lesson plans and video exemplars to facilitate our work. Bring a computer, a willingness to rethink learning and teaching, a lack of defensiveness, and an eagerness to redesign, please. This session is for principals, instructional coaches, and technology integrationists.

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Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Harriet

1:00pm

Win (What I Need)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, participants will learn about the evolution of the Rogers High School intervention system from a few teachers being responsible for all interventions to the current flexible scheduling system where all teachers are intervening and enriching with students. Participants will also learn about how it works in terms of creating sessions, student sign-up, and attendance. Finally, students will learn about how the system is currently being refined.


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Skyway