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Tuesday, February 28
 

8:30am

Culture Counts: Constructive Leadership that Promotes Student Success
This course will offer practical strategies to help effective leaders intentionally build and shape a positive, healthy culture that embraces change and promotes student success. Included will be indicators that identify positive and toxic cultures and tools that assess culture. This course will show the relationship between effective leadership, school culture, and student achievement.  Recommended for principals who want to improve school culture. Participants will leave energized with practical ideas, research-based practices, and handy tools to create and maintain a positive school culture that promotes learning and engagement for students and staff.

Presenters
avatar for Charlene Chausis

Charlene Chausis

Creativity & Innovation Specialist for Mobile Pedagogy, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102
Working to promote the learning of adults in schools. (Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, Discovery Star Educator).


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Pheasant C

8:30am

Effective Use of Technology in Schools

This course will focus on the evaluation of technology in the classroom and how it relates to the evaluation of teachers. It is designed to provide administrators with the ability to walk into a classroom and know the difference between a teacher using technology as a lesson enhancer, not just using it to say they are using it.  Participants will be able to identify and understand engaging, authentic, and observable technology infused lessons, and the many possible effective uses of technology to support instruction.  This course will also give participants a better understanding of how technology is changing the educational landscape and what they need to do to be change leaders in the area of technology integration.  Participants will be able to talk about current and future technology trends.  Participants will leave this course with the ability to formulate a long term action plan that will guide their school/district's technology implementation, in the areas of equipment, professional development, and staffing.



Presenters

Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Salon A

8:30am

Support RtI with Digital Tools: Technology Integration in Core Instruction & Interventions

Put your technology dollars to work! Technology is a powerful tool for learning that goes far beyond entering data to create charts and graphs. This session will help you to make the most of the hardware and software you already have, and it will also focus on considerations for future purchases. Join us to see examples of assessment data and specific examples of interventions using free tools. Explore best practices for integrating technology into core instruction.


Presenters
KD

Kellie Doubek

For the over 15 years, I have been providing professional development to teachers. With a background in reading and technology integration, I am passionate about supporting literacy skills for the 21st century. I am currently an independent educational consultant. My work with districts includes planning at the district level and following those initiatives through into classrooms. The majority of my contracts are long term, spanning several... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Cardinal A

8:30am

Get Your Google On
Ready to bring your Google skills from beginner to super user? During this full-day workshop, you will interact with and create advanced applications using Google tools. These activities will promote a learning environment that is innovative and engaging and focus on personalized student learning and reflection. Megan (Google Certified Educator Level 1, 2 and Trainer) and Meghan (Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2) will provide hands-on, engaging, and relevant training as you take your skills to the next level. Participants must have a Google Apps for Education account.

Presenters
avatar for Megan Mkrtschjan

Megan Mkrtschjan

Instructional Technology Coordinator, CUSD 303
Megan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator and Assistant Director of Curriculum for the St. Charles school district. She is a tech nerd, mom of 4, and budding baker. She is currently building a maker space in her basement for the neighborhood kids.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Salon B

8:30am

Let’s Put the “F”in Fun for Formatives, Feedback and More !

Help your students to achieve by providing feedback beyond just a grade and without spending endless hours grading !!!
This fun hands-on session will enable you to provide students with differentiated feedback and remediation sans hours of writing and lots of ink by using Google Apps and Add-ons!

Presenters
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. A recent online publication for AACT showcases the use of Google Drawings in representing the particulate view of matter. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Oriole B

8:30am

AR, QR, VR -- Bringing Alternate Realities into Your Classroom
Are you looking for a new way to inspire your students to explore their classroom and the world? Bring new life into your classroom technology with QR, AR, and VR! This workshop will help you learn how to engage your students using Quick Response Codes, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality. We will show you how to create your own QR codes and create fun, differentiated activities for any subject area. We will also guide you into the world of AR and how you and your students can transform corners of your classroom into exciting educational spaces. Finally, we will take you on new adventures using VR and some amazing apps that can help transport your students to other places - without a permission slip! Join us for this hands on session, where you will be able to create and design engaging, differentiated lessons for your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Froemming

Stephanie Froemming

Senior Consultant, Dulany Consulting
Stephanie brings years of teaching experience at the primary grade levels to the Dulany Consulting team. She specializes in getting students to be part of the ""Maker Movement"" and loves showing teachers at every grade level how to integrate technology into the classroom. She has a passion for showing teachers how to use technology as a tool for creation and expanding student learning beyond the four walls of their classroom. Stephanie is a... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Topaz

8:30am

Breakout EDU | Game Experience & Game Creation
Breakout EDU allows educators to transform any space into a game-based learning environment. Using a Breakout EDU 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.
Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting students with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.
Breakouts are perfect for classrooms as well as professional development for staff. At the end of a Breakout, players are immediately eager for their next opportunity! Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world or collaborative context.
Observing student and teacher reactions has reinforced that playing Breakout EDU escape games could bring a new element to our learning. How great it is to be given an opportunity to apply past knowledge and make connections in order to solve new problems? Using problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, creativity, communication, collaboration...these are the skills that must be emphasized in order to become lifelong learners!

Presenters
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

teacher, CUSD95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy has recently served students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aquarium where he lived on a research vessel for a week conducting scientific inquiry. Prior to teaching in Lake Zurich he worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Broadway B

8:30am

Bring the World to Your Classroom via Social Media
Our students our visual learners and love interacting with their friends on social media. Why not use this venue of communication to promote learning? This session will prepare teachers and staff on how to use social media with their students. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge needed to navigate and integrate online social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Periscope. Must be familiar with GAFE. Most importantly participants will demonstrate what they have learned and experienced through the hands-on learning experience.

Presenters
VW

Vickki Willis

National Board Certified Chicago Public School High School Social Science Educator with thirteen years of experience. Currently works at the Juvenile Detention Center teaching Social Science and working on a Literacy Curriculum for Juvenile Detainees. I volunteer with AdvancEd as a member of the External Review Team and have participated as a Teach+ Policy Fellow for the 2014-2015 school year. Former Grade Level Lead Teacher, Consulting Teacher... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Turquoise B

8:30am

GAFE - It’s the Best Train Ride Ever! All Aboard!
Everyone around you has jumped on the Google train leaving you in the dust. Want to catch up? Join me as we take a train ride and stop at major Google depots along the way. Come away with valuable souvenirs from each Google depot to use in your classroom.
All can benefit from this fast-paced train ride! Chrome’s apps and extensions, Google Calendar, Docs, Forms, Drive, Add-ons are among the stops we’ll visit.

Presenters
avatar for Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins

LMC Director, Indian Prairie School District
I am currently a Library Media Center Director for a K-5 building in Naperville, Illinois. I have been a teacher for 17 years. I am an avid reader, computer geek, gardener and lover of languages. I am a Certified Google Education Trainer.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Marsalis

8:30am

iCreate: Technology Integration in K-2 Classrooms
K-2 students are ready for more! Current Illinois Standards integrate technology and multimedia into all academic areas. During this workshop, participants will learn how to create using technology in the K-2 classroom to accomplish these standards. Classroom tested ideas will be shared on how K-2 students collaborate, create multimedia projects, publish books and science journals, evaluate information from different media formats, and so much more. Creation options will be explored for both the iPad and Chromebook platforms. Be ready to walk away with technology integrations ideas to use in your classroom the next day!

Presenters
avatar for Marguerite Parker

Marguerite Parker

iCoach (Innovation Coach), Crystal Lake Elementary District 47
Presenters are members of the Crystal Lake Elementary District 47’s iCoach team. Kristin, Marguerite & Megan provide professional development for district staff on best practices for transforming student learning through technology integration. The iCoach team works closely with the Student Learning Department to implement technology initiatives and develop training that aligns with and supports the district’s curriculum. Elementary... Read More →
avatar for Megan Sutter

Megan Sutter

Presenters are members of the Crystal Lake Elementary District 47’s iCoach team. Kristin, Marguerite & Megan provide professional development for district staff on best practices for transforming student learning through technology integration. The iCoach team works closely with the Student Learning Department to implement technology initiatives and develop training that aligns with and supports the district’s curriculum. Elementary... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Thorsen

Kristin Thorsen

iCoach, Crystal Lake Elementary District #47
Presenters are members of the Crystal Lake Elementary District 47’s iCoach team. Kristin, Marguerite & Megan provide professional development for district staff on best practices for transforming student learning through technology integration. The iCoach team works closely with the Student Learning Department to implement technology initiatives and develop training that aligns with and supports the district’s curriculum. Elementary... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Broadway C

8:30am

Innovative Instruction for the Classroom and Professional Development
Whether your students are 10 or 40, innovative instruction needs to be impactful and engaging for all the learners. This session will model and teach innovative strategies that could be used in the classroom or during professional development. All educators need to think out of the box to provide all students, young and old, a 21st Century Learning Experience.

Presenters
CB

Chris Bohula

Technology teacher, Orland School District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am an Apple Foundations Trainer and a Google Certified Educator.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Ruby

8:30am

Interactive Media Made Easy
Interactive media is quickly becoming a preferred method for formative and summative assessment. Tools like EdPuzzle, PlayPosit, Zaption, and Wirewax are available to create interactive lessons that not only provide review; but, also evaluate acquisition of knowledge based on real time data. This workshop will introduce you to just how simple it is to create interactive media in an educational setting. The material covered will provide educators with the tools and resources necessary to begin exploring this emerging technology in a classroom setting. Whether you are looking for creative ways to flip your classroom, improve your assessment strategies or just find ways to make your classroom more engaging, this workshop has something for you!

Presenters
avatar for James Gubbins

James Gubbins

District Technology Coordinator, Maine Township High School District 207
James Gubbins has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom for nearly 20 years. He maintains the blog zenodotus.net which gives succinct, helpful information on useable technology and explores current trends in educational design and pedagogy. As the District Technology Coordinator for a High School District, he has been involved in education and technology in multiple capacities and has a passion for helping educators... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Cardinal B

8:30am

Introduction to html, css, JavaScript, and JQuerry
We will introduce how to create webpages from scratch using html, css, JavaScript and JQuery. We do not require any prior knowledge of the subject.
We will also discuss how to introduce this topic in the curriculum. We will provide information about free resources that are available for this topic.

Presenters
PP

Phadmakar Patankar

I am a faculty at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. I am certified to teach both Mathematics and Computer Science. For last two years, I have been teaching only Computer Science. I have been teaching high school for last twelve years.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Pheasant B

8:30am

iWhat? Using iMovie in the classroom (Desktop/Laptop Version)
Curious about using iMovie X in the classroom but just not confident enough? If you are an iMovie newbie or just a casual user who has never really explored all that iMovie X has to offer, then this project based/hands on workshop is for you. Learn how to make a variety of professional looking projects including movie trailers, professional style interviews, digital stories, newscasts, green screen effects and polished photo slideshows for use in your classroom. Overcome your fears and anxieties and finally put this free video editing program to good use. This is a beginner level workshop for iMovie X but intermediate and advanced topics may be addressed as well. (Latest version for Mac desktop/laptop). (Presenter: Dennis Matuch)

Presenters
DM

Dennis Matuch

I am a "P.E. teacher" who turned "tech teacher" back in 2005 following a major knee injury and reconfiguration of our district. I have a passion for film and animation and I am always excited to help fellow teachers integrate these wonderful mediums into their classrooms. I remember & understand what it was like to learn from scratch for all the "newbies" but my passion to improve has given me enough knowledge to challenge and inform those at a... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Blue Jay B

8:30am

Makerspace Roadmap
Sometimes learning needs to get messy so that students can experiment with tools and materials. That experimentation often leads to innovation, which leads to excited and engaged students. We now call those innovative spaces makerspaces and they can be big or small, in a dedicated room, or on a travelling cart. Learn about the many choices for creating or expanding a makerspace that uses high and low technology and the principles of STEM/STEAM to wow your students. Experience a variety of tools and projects from simple 3D modeling, circuitry, and structural engineering, to advanced soldering, sewing, and robotics. Leave with your own simple creations that you can reproduce inexpensively in your classroom.

Presenters
MD

Mr. Dain Elman

I taught technology class at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, IL for 14 years and am now the District 56 STEM Director leading the setup of STEM Labs and makerspaces throughout the district, along with STEM curriculum. I also coordinate the Destination Imagination program for District 56 and am a member of the Destination Imagination regional board.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Quail A

8:30am

STEM Powered Learning
Build up a full head of STEM with your students and get them excited about learning! STEM learning activities lend themselves to more of the hands-on learning your students crave. In this beginners’ workshop, learn how to integrate these activities into your classes with free online tools that promote STEM learning. Design and challenge each other with student-created video games from Gamestar Mechanic. Dive into the world of coding with Code.org, Code Combat, and Tynker. Explore various areas of Science through The Reconstructors web series as well as build in 3D with Lego Digital Designer and Homestyler. When you leave this workshop, you will have created your own video game, learned how to teach your students to code, and helped solve some medical mysteries that your students will love to learn about.

Presenters
TS

Tanya Stahl

I am a STEM lab teacher at Hawthorn District 73 in Vernon Hills, IL. The mission of my lab is to promote STEM education and give students the foundation for activities and projects they may complete in their core academics. Students engage in relevant and authentic learning experiences, and engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and in depth learning in my lab.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Pheasant A

8:30am

Tinker, Tailor, Creative Maker
Shift the way you teach and improve the way students learn. You will learn how to engage students with hands-on experiences in STEM, Novel Engineering, and Tinkering. The emphasis is learning through doing in a social environment using the 4Cs; creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. Discuss the importance of redesigning your learning environment to allow for maximum flexibility. Share ideas with colleagues and leave with new ideas to revitalize your curriculum. Refine your professional practice and make lasting changes in the way you teach.

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Ungar

Barbara Ungar

Instructional Design Consultant
Barbara Ungar, NBCT is an Instructional Strategy & Design Consultant. She is a Google Apps Trainer, and a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences. Her articles include, “Revising Research” featured in School Library Monthly as well as the co-authored article, “A Collaborative Journey - The Learning Commons” featured in the Teacher Librarian Magazine. Her third grade project “A Day in the Neighborhood” won the... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Kolod Wysocke

Lauren Kolod Wysocke

Technology Teacher, Central Elementary School


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Jade

8:30am

GEG Chicagoland - Getting to Know Google for Education
The Chicagoland Google Education Group is a collaborative community of teachers and learners. Attendees will be introduced to GEG Chicagoland resources connected to Google Apps for Education Suite. The session will connect learners to resources that enhance collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity in teaching and learning. Emphasis will be placed on ideas, procedures, and resources that support best practices when using Google Apps for Education for teaching and learning. Session resources will be built around the 4 Cs of Education and Digital Literacy Skills. Learners will have the opportunity to drive their own learning in a learner-centered environment with the support of the presenters.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204
Andy Fekete is an Instructional Technology Specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. Andy has served in his current position for four years. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist, Andy taught for eight years as an elementary educator. His passion lies in the use of educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as enhance teacher productivity and efficiency. He works to develop and facilitate... Read More →
avatar for Mike de Leon

Mike de Leon

Instructional Technology Specialist, Valley View School District 365U
Mike de Leon is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Valley View School District 365U in Bolingbrook and Romeoville, IL. He is primarily tasked with providing professional learning opportunities for 6-12+ educators to create the best possible learning environments for their students. | | Having taught all grades 6-12, Mike has spent the better part of his teaching tenure in the classroom as a high school biology teacher. During this... Read More →
avatar for Dallas Turner

Dallas Turner

Instructional Technologies Integration Specialist, Rockford Public Schools
Physics teacher turned to the dark-side as a technology mentor; theologian, computer geek, rocket enthusiast, wannabe early adopter of technology. My interests are diverse, but my passion runs across all of these.
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
I am a Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School In Naperville, IL. I have a Masters in Instructional Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. I have taught Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. My focus as a learner is strongly influenced by the 4Cs, EdTech, GSuite for Education, and... Read More →
avatar for Robin Yokas

Robin Yokas

Instructional Coach, Huntley Community School District 158
I am an Instructional Coach in a middle school. We are a 1:1 school/district using Chromebooks.


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Blue Jay A

8:30am

Impactful Professional Development: Strategies to Lead and Empower
Interested in finding the time to offer, and participate in professional development? This session provides strategies to incorporate job embedded opportunities and creative options for strategic and ongoing support. We explore questioning techniques, unique ways to approach brainstorming, building a culture of learning and more through leveraging digital learning tools and research. This high energy session allows reflection time for participants to consider and re-imagine professional learning opportunities in their own district. Whether it be a department meeting, full Institute Day or year long planning, these approaches will infuse reflection, fun and involvement into learning.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Digital Learning Coach, SD113A
As a Digital Learning Coach at Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences Kim has been lucky enough to spread her zest for learning with others. Kim has received two advanced degrees in both Educational Technology and Administrative Leadership. She is also a Level 2 Google Certified Trainer and an adjunct professor at the University of St. Francis, a 2017 recipient of Midwest Spotlight Educator Award and has been chosen to be part... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Broadway A

8:30am

More than Google Docs, Using the Chromebook as a multimedia publisher!
Chromebooks can be so much more than just a tool for word processing, web browsing, and accessing Google Drive. With a host of Chrome Apps, extensions, and web tools available, it has the ability to become a powerful multimedia creation and publishing device. In this session, participants will get hands-on experience using a combination of several tools to create and publish content. While the tools of creation are extremely important to understand, strategies for sharing and publishing student work to a wider audience will also be discussed and investigated. After exploring the wide variety of ways these tools can be used across the curriculum, teachers will return to their classrooms with an arsenal of strategies to help unlock the creative minds of their students.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In this capacity, he led the district’s technology committee through the process of implementing a 1:1 environment of iPads and Chromebooks in grades K-12. | | As an... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Coral

8:30am

So you’ve got a 3D Printer… NOW what?
Most people have seen or heard about what 3D printers can do, but still don't know how to effectively use them in a normal classroom. Teachers can, with just a little preparation and a 3D printer, bring meaning, tactile learning, and visualization to both simple and complex problems.

In this session, participants will act first as a student taking part in the classroom experience, then learn how to design and teach lessons using 3D printers. All lessons are aligned with Common Core Standards, and feature real school success stories.

This session is intended to help teachers, tech coordinators, and 3D printing experts take the classroom experience to the next level. Participants will find it helpful to have experience working with 3D printers, but it’s not required to take part in the session.

Presenters
PD

Pete Dulany

After spending ten years as a high school math and technology teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Pete Dulany has spent the last five years helping schools across the country reach their technology goals and reach their fullest potential. | Pete is an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University Chicago, a Google Certified Trainer, and the president and founder of Dulany Consulting, Inc. With a staff of six teacher consultants, Dulany... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Sapphire

8:30am

Teaching in a 1:1 Environment
In this hands-on workshop, teachers will begin to develop a roadmap for transitioning to a 1:1 learning environment. We will explore how 1:1 can expand current classroom practices and afford new opportunities to develop student who are Collaborative, Reflective, and Empowered. We will also introduce SAMR as a framework for describing the role technology plays in lessons, and focus on how student outcomes can be improved by incorporating interactive technologies. Participants should have a working knowledge of Google Drive, and bring existing lessons to modify.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Lichtman

Lisa Lichtman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove North High School
Instructional technology coordinator & former CTE teacher.
avatar for Jon Orech

Jon Orech

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove South High School
Jon Orech taught English and coached football for 24 years before becoming the instructional technology coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. He also is an instructor for Aurora University where he teaches Graduate classes in Instructional Technology. In the classroom, he has always promoted innovations that increase student achievement. His presentations include a wide variety of topics including digital storytelling... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
ACT Salon C
 
Wednesday, March 1
 

8:30am

Differentiation & More in the Google Classroom:
In this session teachers will set up a differentiated project and learn how to manage it using Google Classroom. This hands-on session is for teachers who are part of any 1:1 initiative and desire to put the knowledge they have about differentiation into action. You'll also learn some other ways to use Google Classroom to create a more collaborative environment.

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas, a CPS Ones to Watch 2016 winner, is a premiere leader in the CPS district for Ed Tech. She is a two time graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology. In 2014, Taneesha successfully rolled out the largest deployment of Chromebooks ever in the District, the 3rd largest school district in the US. She is the Digital Learning Coordinator at Bogan HS where she... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Meadowlark A

8:30am

A Creative Approach to Design Thinking
As makerspaces move throughout schools how can we be using these tools to work towards the achievement of students? Based on the research from Stanford D School, Juliani and Spencer’s book, “Launch”, and local district site visits come begin your design thinking journey using collaborative activities and integrating technology tools. In addition, you will learn challenges, risks, and successes from District 100’s process and leave with resources for immediate application. Whether you walk away with tools for a lesson, a unit, or a program throughout your district, we will provide you with an experience to ignite the design thinking process in your schools.

Presenters
avatar for Jordan Garrett

Jordan Garrett

iDirector, Berwyn South School District 100
Jordan Garrett joined Berwyn South School District 100 in 2010 as a 1st grade co-teacher. She also taught 4th grade before becoming one of the District’s iCoaches, traveling throughout the district, instructing and coaching staff on the use, applications and capacity of technology in the classroom. Jordan is now the iDirector, Instructional Director, for BSD100. She oversees 1:1, District iCoaches, site visits, District 100’s iEngage... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Oriole A

8:30am

Adventures in Sketchnoting
Sketchnoting - aka visual notetaking, graphic narration, or purposeful doodling - can be an incredibly powerful way to take notes that are meaningful, engaging and fun. Sketchnoting can be a great tool to use with visual thinkers and those students who always need to have something in their hands. In this workshop, we'll explore resources, examine best practices in teaching your students to sketchnote, and even learn how to do it! Since this is a tech conference, we'll also look at electronic sketchnote resources, including how to use an iPad to sketchnote and some of the best apps to use. The best part of sketchnoting is that your students don't have to be artists to sketchnote, and you don't have to be one, either!

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Harris

Deborah Harris

Director, Educational Technology, Solomon Schechter Day School
Debbie Harris is the director of educational technology at the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook, IL and teaches religious school at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism. Involved in Jewish education for over thirty years, she received an education degree from Northwestern University with a concentration in instructional media. She is skilled in using and teaching desktop publishing, video editing, presentation and animation... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Pheasant C

8:30am

An Alternative to GAFE: Microsoft Office365 for Education
In a world where Google "rules the school," come learn why one school decided to do things differently with Microsoft O365 for Education! Hear from a school that Microsoft says is "doing it right" about our process from beginning to end: platform, device, software, stakeholder and teacher buy-in and fully integrated use of Microsoft OneNote Classroom Notebooks.

Presenters
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Jeff Gerdeman

Director of IT, ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL
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Colleen Kaplan

I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of a team that rolled out a 1:1 program using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices during the 2015-2016 school year and, since then, have become a self-proclaimed Microsoft... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Pheasant B

8:30am

But That Won’t Work in MY Room: SBL in STEM & ELA
“But that doesn’t work in math…” “That won’t work in my class…” Yes it will. Yes it can. Standards Based Learning can and does foster positive learning in both STEM and non-STEM (Flower) classrooms. This presentation highlights comparisons & contrasts between both kinds of classrooms and shares specific ways to manifest the SBL principles in both content areas. A culture rich in the growth mindset, “failing forward,” and internalizing meaningful feedback permeates all SBL classrooms, while the “nuts and bolts” of how this culture manifests in each type of classroom varies. Collective philosophies, differentiated implementation, and authentic examples are interlaced throughout the presentation to make it clear to participants that SBL does, in fact, work in their classrooms.

Presenters
MM

Megan Moran

With 13 years experience teaching high school mathematics in a diverse suburb of Chicago, Megan Moran has discovered that incorporating practices including one-to-one iPad integration, the flipped classroom model, and Standards Based Learning have the most positive impact on student learning. Integrating SBL with technology has been filled with successes. Vowing to teach with a growth mindset, Megan shares her experiences with other educators... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Blue Jay A

8:30am

Calling all App Designer Wanna-bes!
Let your creative side soar as you explore game design and development using Construct 2 (HTML5 based). No previous skill set is necessary and no coding required! Construct 2 hones in on IF/THEN statements and problem solving skills to produce original app creations. Watch student engagement at its finest as apps are perfected with every revision. In this beginner session, we will step through the making of an app to equip you in the use of this free web-based tool with your students.

Presenters
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Lorraine Ibe

Lorraine is the media specialist at Concordia Lutheran School. She teaches K-8 technology classes. Her Master's Degree in Ed Tech and most recently an earned graduate certificate in Instructional Design give her knowledge. But it is her 12 years in the classroom with young kindergarten students through junior high that truly hone her craft.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Pheasant A

8:30am

Creating Your Own Digital Portfolio for Evaluations
Get ready to get your hands dirty in a Google Sites playground. After a brief overview of a digital portfolio concept, participants will complete challenges designed to familiarize themselves with the different components of Google Sites and the Danielson Framework. These challenges will encourage participants to collaborate and communicate with other participants and engage critical thinking skills. Participants will create a template to curate professional artifacts organized by the 4 domains of the Danielson framework. This will be a beneficial tool as evidence documentation becomes digital. Participants will be able recreate this model experience for their students with the basic skills required to make a digital portfolio on Google Sites.

Presenters
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Kristin Beeler

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Apple Foundations Trainer.
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Chris Bohula

Technology teacher, Orland School District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am an Apple Foundations Trainer and a Google Certified Educator.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Cardinal A

8:30am

Creative YouTube Ideas to Energize and Engage Learners
YouTube is the second most visited site on the Internet. Are you leveraging its ability to allow your school and your students to engage, create and share in positive and impactful ways? At the outset, this workshop will discuss a number of different approaches to infusing video into the classroom. Attendees will learn how to present information in creative ways using video, screencasting, stop motion and a variety of other formats. With a foundational understanding of why to use YouTube video for instruction, attendees will explore the YouTube editor and begin working on creating meaningful content personalized for their learning environments.

Presenters
avatar for James Gubbins

James Gubbins

District Technology Coordinator, Maine Township High School District 207
James Gubbins has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom for nearly 20 years. He maintains the blog zenodotus.net which gives succinct, helpful information on useable technology and explores current trends in educational design and pedagogy. As the District Technology Coordinator for a High School District, he has been involved in education and technology in multiple capacities and has a passion for helping educators... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Turquoise A

8:30am

Designing Flexible Spaces for Flexible Learning
How do we design learning spaces that reflect our increasingly mobile technology uses? Explore how goal setting, Design Thinking, student and teacher input, hands-on data gathering and observation can lead to a well-crafted, well-designed learning space that meets students needs.

Presenters
avatar for Carolyn Foote

Carolyn Foote

Eanes ISD
Carolyn is a techno-librarian at Westlake High School and fascinated by the changes mobile technology has brought to her 1:1 campus. She is a four time finalist for TCEA's Librarian of the Year Award and was honored as a White House Champion of Change. She's interested in conversation.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Ruby

8:30am

Feel the Power! iPads in the Elementary Classroom
Do you want to go beyond skill-based apps? The iPad is a powerful tool for student creativity, reflection, interaction, and collaboration. Learn how mobile devices can make a difference for your K-5 students! We'll play and create in the role of a student and then put on our teacher hats to reflect, discuss, and apply what we've learned. In this fun, interactive workshop, two Apple Distinguished Educators will share their expertise and passion for using technology in meaningful, effective ways.

Presenters
avatar for Sue Gorman

Sue Gorman

Institute of Professional Educator Development, UW Parkside
I am celebrating 30 years as an educator My motto is Be kind. Be grateful. Be brave. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. I am a wife, Mom and Glamma-to-be. | I am an administrator/educator working to inspire teachers to redefine and transform their classrooms. I am passionate about engaging classrooms that inspire inquiry, visible thinking, student voice and choice, and global collaboration. I work with... Read More →
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Carolyn Skibba

Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology specialist at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago's Lakeview community. She teaches and co-teaches, leads the school’s 1:1 iPad program, and continuously develops integration strategies to support Burley’s unique, literature- and inquiry-rich curriculum. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of the 2012 Chicago Public Schools "Ones to Watch" award.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Broadway B

8:30am

Give Your Students the Floor: Turn Your Classroom Upside Down to Promote Innovation and Creativity?
Come learn how the multimedia program at Effingham High School became a world renowned incubator for student creativity and innovation. Students and staff will share the techniques they use to cultivate student potential and celebrate their success on the global stage. This is a working session that will provide participants with the tools they need to have an immediate impact on their classrooms. This high octane session will empower you with everything you need to unlock the imaginations of your students and help them become world changers.

Presenters

Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Coral

8:30am

Inquiry and the Maker Movement: An Introduction and Playground Experience
Whether you're hearing about the Maker Movement for the first time, or trying to find ideas for incorporating 21st Century creative tools into your teaching, we've got you covered. From cardboard games to 3D printing, coding to robots, the Maker Movement has a lot to offer. Inspired by the writing and research of Sylvia Martinez, this session will introduce teachers to various tools and toys--some paid and some free--to promote inquiry, creativity, and imagination in the classroom. Come to learn and play!

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Michael

Kevin Michael

Instructional Technology Coach, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64
Kevin Michael has been an educator for over 15 years, with experience ranging from pre-K through high school. He currently works as an Instructional Technology Coach in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, and previously taught in his own classroom for 10 years (grades 4/5). Kevin is passionate about education, having grown up in a family of teachers. He is also passionate about technology, having grown up as a nerdy kid in the ‘80s. As a... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Salon B

8:30am

Media Literacy for Your Classroom
In this workshop, presenters will go over NAMLE’s Core Principles, the Key Questions, and review strategies for simple ways to incorporate Media literacy into the curriculum. We will spend time decoding media messages and reviewing inquiry based learning methods. The goal would be for every workshop attendee to leave with a clear understanding on how to easily incorporate key media literacy concepts into their every day classroom work. It would be a lively, interactive workshop using current media examples to engage the audience. It would be appropriate for any teacher no matter what grade they teach.

Presenters
avatar for Kelsey Greene

Kelsey Greene

Adjunct Faculty; Communications Director, Roosevelt University; Columbia College Chicago



Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Topaz

8:30am

Robotics Playtime
You will have the opportunity to play with several types of robots (Ozobot, Dash and Dot, Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo, Kibo) in this hands-on, problem-based learning session. We will focus on one robot at a time for small groups to dig in and build (if applicable) and program the robot, using your own device, then we will complete a series of challenges. After each mini-session we will regroup and discuss our experiences and classroom applications of the technology to promote innovative thinking.

Presenters
avatar for Becky McDowell

Becky McDowell

K-5 STEM Teacher, Barrington 220
I am a passionate STEM educator that finds joy in preparing kids for our ever-changing world through development of problem solving skills. Currently I teach K-5 STEM in Barrington, IL and regularly use 1:1 iPads to program LEGO robotics to complete engineering challenges with students. I have a BA in Elementary Education, a MS in Natural Science Education, and a STEM certificate from Tufts University. I have been an instructional coach for... Read More →



Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Quail B

8:30am

Set Your Sight on the New Google Sites
Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the new Google Sites! We start with a tour of the new features, review successful models, and learn power tips for making the most of Google’s newest addition to Google Apps, which Google calls “an effortless way to create beautiful sites.” Then we'll dig into designing effective sites for use inside and outside of the classroom, and participants will walk away with fully-functional, fabulous websites! We welcome all Google App users; however, this session will be most productive for those who have access to the new Google Sites.

Presenters
avatar for Aliaa Ibrahim

Aliaa Ibrahim

Technology Integration Specialist, Evanston Township High School
Aliaa Kamara-Ibrahim is a driven educator always on the hunt for the best ways to engage students in learning. She searches for the most effective ways to integrate technology as an engaging and valuable tool for the learning experience. She implements the use of smart boards, iPads, Chromebooks, the flipped classroom among other forms of engaging tools and methods across the curriculum. She currently serves as a technology integration specialist... Read More →
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Instructional Technology Specialist, Latin Teacher, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School, where she previously taught Latin for five years. She is an avid learner and Google Education Trainer.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Quail A

8:30am

The Art of Design with Google Drawings and Google Slides
Have you ever seen a handout or presentation and wondered how did they create that? From adding graphics to constructing a layout, this workshop will show you how to take your design methods from bland to something that others will envy! We will focus on using Google Drawings and Google Slides to create engaging and visually pleasing handouts, presentations, letters to parents and more! Participants will also learn about borders, banners, layering of images/text and how to select an appropriate color palette. The skills learned in this workshop will not only benefit teachers, but you'll also learn some helpful tips that you can share with students. So grab your “basic” templates and get ready to take your creations to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!

Presenters
avatar for Amy Frank

Amy Frank

Innovation Coach, Crystal Lake School District #47
Amy Frank is an Innovation Coach (iCoach) for Crystal Lake Elementary District 47. In this role, she works to empower students and teachers to integrate technology into the classroom through guided practice, coaching support and professional development. Technology has always been a passion of hers well before she started teaching back in 2006 and she has enjoyed making new discoveries through self-exploration or course work. As a former... Read More →
avatar for Jill Pearce

Jill Pearce

Innovation Coach (iCoach), School District #47
Jill Pearce has been with District #47 since 2002. She has taught 3rd Grade (10 years) and 5th Grade (1 year) and is currently an iCoach for the District. She has always had a passion for technology since college and has always looked for different ways to integrate it into her classroom. From being awarded one of the 21st Century SMART Pilot Classrooms in 2011 to piloting iPad Minis in a 1:1 classroom setting in 2013, she has enjoyed and... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Meadowlark B

8:30am

The Gamification of Technology Professional Development
Ever wonder why technology professional development goes over teachers, particularly ones who are techno-phobic, like a lead balloon? Teachers often feel too overwhelmed if you pull them out for a 1/2 day inservice, and if you try to offer it after school hours, they are just too busy to put the extra time in. In Gurnee School District 56, we have not only met that challenge, but we have conquered it! In this session, we will share proven, working strategies to present technology professional development that will leave your teachers begging for more. So much so, that our teachers have now gained a valuable tool set that has proven to raise student achievement in the classroom, as well as rewards them for sharing what they learned with others. Many teachers are now employing the same method of gamification that they have participated in, into their own methods of teaching.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Pacatte

Colleen Pacatte

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Assessment, Gurnee School District 56
Dr. Colleen M. Pacatte is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment for Gurnee School District 56. Dr. Pacatte has facilitated the transition to becoming a successful 1:1 school district by providing ongoing, job embedded, professional development. Along with district staff, she designed a gamified approach to professional development intended to support the use of the SAMR model when integrating technology in the classroom... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Broadway C

8:30am

Weird, Wild and Wonderful Classroom Hacks
After you've taught for a few years, it's easy to fall into a routine. This workshop will teach you how to hack your own classroom/school/LMC and make the experience fresh and new again. We'll look at simple ways to make the school day just a little more magical. This session may not raise test scores, but it will raise the level of joy! Some of the technologies we'll be exploring are gamification, augmented/virtual reality, ways to use five dollar computers, and how to hack your own instruction! Big fun without the big bucks will be a pervasive theme for the day!

Presenters

Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
Broadway A

8:30am

Why Aren't Students Sitting at their Desks?
This workshop will offer ideas and tools to promote inquiry-based, personalized learning to meet the needs of all students. Children are encouraged to investigate their natural curiosity to study a topic they are passionate about as a means to conduct research, understand the content in greater depth, and possibly connect with experts from across the globe using technology-based communication tools. Students then have choice in how they design, create, and share these projects with an authentic audience, including classmates, teachers, and families, and potentially the entire Internet-connected world. This launch process of publicly sharing either multimedia portfolios or traditional presentation models sets a purpose and motivates students to produce high quality work. Students may, and most likely will fail in their initial plan or at some point in their journey. And then they will learn, innovate, adapt, and discover how to proceed, with student as leader, and teacher as facilitator, encourager, and supporter. The process is messy, but powerful….like real life. Once you experience it, you will never turn back. Come re-energize yourself!

Presenters
avatar for Mary Flessas

Mary Flessas

Teacher on Special Assignment/Instructional Coach, River Trails School District 26
Mary Flessas, River Trails School District 26, Teacher on Assignment, is a passionate educator and lifelong learner with twenty years of experience in elementary education. She enjoys using technology and student-centered learning to inspire, motivate, and foster creativity. Her goal is to cultivate eager, enthusiastic children and teachers that have a true excitement for learning. She believes that there isn’t anything children cannot... Read More →
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Matthew Silverman

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, River Trails District 26


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Oriole B

8:30am

Amplify Literacy Workshop
This workshop will be an exploration into how we can use technology tools in a meaningful way for reading and writing as well as use targeted learning progressions to elevate the quality of student work. Participants will work collaboratively in a workshop atmosphere to design real world authentic tasks for students and create tools for student self-reflection, feedback, and assessment.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Muhtaris

Katie Muhtaris

Literacy Coach, Barrington CUSD 220
Katie Muhtaris is an Instructional Digital Age Learning Coach in Barrington IL and Co-Author of the book Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Salon C

8:30am

GAFE to the Rescue!
Why make things harder than they need to be? In this session you will explore ways to incorporate the 4 C’s into your teaching without having to download any fancy new apps. Google is continually improving to make their tools user friendly for the classroom. Walk away with ideas to use tomorrow to make your teaching more engaging and innovative using nothing more than the core suite of GAFE!

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Hager

Amanda Hager

Innovative Learning Coach, CCSD59
I am an innovative learning coach in CCSD59. I have been an elementary school teacher for 8 years and now in my second year as an instructional coach. I have a masters in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading and am very passionate about giving students authentic learning experiences. I'm not a natural born "techy," but fell in love with instructional technology when I saw how it gave my kids the ability to connect and... Read More →
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Christy Riggs

I am an Innovative Coach at Community Consolidated School District 59


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Cardinal B

8:30am

No Coding, No Kidding! Create Your Own Apps for Lessons/Quizzes/Games/Projects Using All FREE Apps.
This presentation is a modern "make-n-take", where participants will learn how to create their own interactive instructional activities and assessments for iOS or Android mobile devices using a combination of free apps. This session is appropriate for all ages/grade levels/content areas, from PreK to adult PD. Particularly useful for flipped classrooms, blended learning, or project-based learning activities. Great open educational resource!

Participants are encouraged to BYOD (preferably a tablet, not smart phone) with the following apps downloaded prior to the session: TinyTap - Create Interactive Lessons and Games, Cut My Pic, and Dropbox (not needed if you store your photos in an iCloud or Google Drive account), as well as setting up their TinyTap and Drop Box profiles in advance. To explore the free TinyTap marketplace, go to www.tinytap.it

Presenters
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Ellen Weber

Mrs. Weber holds Master’s Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Educational Leadership, and graduated Magnum-Cum-Laude from Northwestern State University with a Specialist Degree in Educational Technology. She has worked in public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Florida and Georgia with a total of 40 years of experience in education. Mrs. Weber is recently retired from the Cobb County School District, Georgia, where she served as a... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Blue Jay B

8:30am

Tweaking your Google Apps Control Panel for Maximum Impact

Your school district has already been using Google Apps, maybe for quite some time. It’s time to optimize! The Google Apps for Education Control Panel is a critical intersection between providing opportunities for student learning, policy decisions, and technical management. Making wise decisions with a focus on all of these elements is critical for success. Supporting learners and managing technology for students presents unique legal, political, and instructional challenges, and this workshop allows participants to get inside their own Google Apps Control Panel and understand the structures and settings that will result in environments in which students can create and learn while also addressing legal, policy, and technical challenges that schools and school districts face today. While everyone is welcome, this session will best serve those who manage Google Apps for Education for their domains as they actively audit their control panel with this new format.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Klein

Jason Klein

Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning, Maine Township High School District 207
Formerly a middle school teacher and principal, Jason Klein served as the Chief Information Officer in Community Consolidated School District 21 previously and is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning in Maine Township High School District 207. Jason’s instructional focus is to use the curriculum to provide all students with exciting, challenging, and differentiated authentic learning experiences. Jason... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 11:00am
ACT Salon A

8:30am

Future Ready Schools: A Framework for Transformation

When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1916 and 2016 yield eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. How can schools and classrooms transform from those of the industrial era where desks are in rows, students are facing forward, and have teachers always front and center to ones that are student-centered, personalized, and harness the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, in school and home connectivity, among others. This hands-on, engaging pre-conference workshop will challenge the thinking of school district leaders, while giving them the opportunity to dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, network with other school leaders, and gain access to a myriad of free tools and resources that can support your district’s transformation. Thomas C. Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, and one of ICE’s keynote speakers in 2016, will lead this full day workshop. Murray will also share a variety of districts and leaders who have gained national attention for creating unique learning experiences for all students, who are working to overcome obstacles against all odds, and how all districts can create cultures of innovation inside their schools. This workshop will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their districts, schools, and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.


Presenters

Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
New Orleans Ballroom

8:30am

Legal Implications of the Use of Technology in a School District

The course is a detailed review of the laws and regulations affecting and dealing with technology use in school districts. It includes the implications and pitfalls of the use of e-mail, blogs, and instant messaging by the Board of Education, along with the FOIA regulations and recent rulings on this subject. Additionally, it reviews the requirements of an Acceptable Use Policy for students, staff, and the Board of Education, as well as providing recent case law regarding the use of technology in schools.


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Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Preservation Hall

8:30am

Evaluating Tangible Tech for Early Childhood: Circuits, Early Coding and Robotics workshop!
Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute invites you to join us for the ultimate early childhood #TECplaydate! We have over 45 tangible tech items for children ages 2-8 yrs. old in our TEC Collection that range from circuits to early coding and robotics tools. Join our one-day STEM Lab and learn how to evaluate tangible tech tools for use with young children and develop appropriate play and lesson plans to use in classroom, library and museums settings. Our library team will also share lesson learned and tips from creating the largest and first early childhood tangible tech loaning collection in the U.S.
Exciting opportunity to visit the Erikson Institute 451 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60654-4510

Presenters
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Chip Donohue

Chip Donohue, PhD, is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is a Senior Fellow and Advisor of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs... Read More →
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Tamara Kaldor

Program Coordinator, Erikson Institute
Tamara Kaldor, M.S., is the Assistant Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute. | Tamara is a child development specialist with over a decade of experience teaching parents, educators, and administrators how to integrate technology to support the social-emotional and learning needs of ALL children to help children play, relate and learn. Tamara has been invited to deliver workshops on technology, inclusion... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Erickson Institute 451 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60654-4510

8:30am

Future Ready Schools: A Framework for Transformation
When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1916 and 2016 yield eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. How can schools and classrooms transform from those of the industrial era where desks are in rows, students are facing forward, and have teachers always front and center to ones that are student-centered, personalized, and harness the power of technology? Districts and schools across the nation are transforming into ones that are Future Ready, revamping such aspects as teacher empowerment, personalized professional learning, innovative learning spaces, community partnerships, in school and home connectivity, among others. This hands-on, engaging pre-conference workshop will challenge the thinking of school district leaders, while giving them the opportunity to dive deeply into the Future Ready Framework, network with other school leaders, and gain access to a myriad of free tools and resources that can support your district’s transformation. Thomas C. Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, and one of ICE’s keynote speakers in 2016, will lead this full day workshop. Murray will also share a variety of districts and leaders who have gained national attention for creating unique learning experiences for all students, who are working to overcome obstacles against all odds, and how all districts can create cultures of innovation inside their schools. This workshop will inspire school leaders and provide free tools and resources to empower them to transform their districts, schools, and classrooms into ones that better prepare students for the world they face tomorrow.

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Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
New Orleans Ballroom

8:30am

Game of Drones!
Drones
noun
1.the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey.
2.an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight:
the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.
(loosely) any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely:
a radio-controlled drone.
3.a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.
4.a drudge.
*Source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/drone?s=t

Oh how the definition of this word has changed in such a very short amount of time. If you have never flown a drone, you need to attend this session. If you have drones but you don't know how to make them work effectively in your learning environment, this session will get you up and flying!

We will cover a wide variety of drones from those that cost under $100 to those well over the thousands or even millions (but we won't have any of those with us!)

Participants will have ample opportunity to explore, tinker and fly drones. We'll dig into how our school has found ways to integrate them across the arts and integrate a plethora of skills from language arts, math and science.

Don't be afraid, but the drones are coming! Come join the Game of Drones!

Presenters
avatar for Todd Burleson

Todd Burleson

Resource Center Director/Library Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods School
Todd Burleson is a 24 year veteran teacher who wakes up more excited than the day before to get to school. He is incredibly honored to be the 2016 School Library Journal's School Librarian of the Year! His work developing a cutting edge STEAM space has kept him busy and motivated. His curiosity is insatiable and is constantly learning!


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Marsalis

8:30am

Imagine the Places You'll Go with Virtual Reality in the Classroom!
Discover the powerful possibilities for teaching and learning with virtual reality across all content areas and grade levels. Learn how to design and personalize multimedia rich, interactive 360 experiences for teaching and learning using ThingLink’s 360 photo editor. Combine the power of popular 3rd-party tools, like Google Docs, to drive the learning and also collect data for reteaching and assessment. Create, share and collect VR lessons, then modify them for reuse in your own classroom. Discover the powerful possibilities for engaging students in a completely new way of learning that is designed to meet the unique needs of all learners and imagine the places you'll go with interactive VR in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Oxnevad

Susan Oxnevad

Data and Tech Integration Coach, Oak Park Elementary Schools
Susan Oxnevad has worked in the public schools as a classroom teacher, instructional technology leader, and data coach for nearly 3 decades. When the introduction of digital tools in education began to rapidly emerge, Susan began exploring ways to design differentiated learning experiences for students. She found what she was looking for in 2011 when she created her first ThingLink. Driven by a passion for creating engaging digital content to... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Jade

8:30am

Microsoft Innovative Educator 1 Day Academy
This Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy is designed for the K-12 classroom educator who wants to learn more about Microsoft’s best tools and resources for classroom learning in a one-day professional learning experience.  Bring your own Windows 8.1 or 10 device to learn how to most effectively use the latest version of Windows, including basic navigation and Windows Apps. Discover Office Mix, Sway, and OneNote, including how digital notebooks can be created and used as a productivity tool for educators and students. This training will also cover how easy it is to use cloud-based tools in Office 365 for education and Skype in the Classroom, including how to take advantage of storage on OneDrive, and how to work collaboratively with others all through the cloud.

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt

Dr. Jeffrey Hunt is an experienced technology practitioner in implementing technology in traditional classrooms as well as online classrooms. He has served as the director of e-learning and director of instructional technology for a large midwestern school district. Jeff has led initiatives to design, deliver, and evaluate online courses as well as the implementation of learning technologies traditional classrooms. He has implemented learning... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Turquoise B

8:30am

The New STEM Education: Students as Creators
This workshop meets at 1871, the digital entrepreneurship incubator in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. Participants will learn the keys to engaged student learning facilitated through the lens of real world entrepreneurship experiences. IMSA;s Entrepreneurship program, TALENT, meets at 1871 on Wednesdays where students intern with digital startups and work on their own business ideas. Combined, face to face and remote opportunities enable students to develop life-long entrepreneurial mindsets and skills. IMSA is a partner with 1871, bringing high school students into the STEM startup pipeline in Illinois. This workshop explores all facets of the TALENT extra-curricular program that fills the high school entrepreneurship gapthat schools may adopt and adapt. Lunch will be provided. All registrats for this workshop will receive an email with further details on the location prior to the workshop.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
1871 (Offsite) theMART, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654

8:30am

Beyond Dewey: It's All About the Numbers
Everyday your library is collecting data, from collection statistics, library database usage, circulation stats and much, much more. Learn how to leverage to this data and transform your library. In this workshop we will illustrate ways this data can be used to leverage better budget choices, as well as talking points to gain teacher and administrative support. We will discuss the different methods of data collecting and then share out ways to make this information more dynamic! We will discuss how you can use Google Apps to manage and extract this information. We will also discuss infographics, and other ways to visual display this information.
#LibraryAssessment #ManagingYourData #Infographics

Presenters
avatar for Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan

Librarian, Maine Township HS 207
Pamela is an informational specialist, a certified teacher, and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Currently, she is the librarian at Maine East High School. She specializes in research and education. She has gained extensive knowledge by presenting in a variety of breakout sessions, workshops, and other professional development duties in several conferences including the Illinois Summit for Google Education (2014), Illinois Computing... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Preservation Hall (B)

8:30am

Building Critical Literacy Skills: Routine Research, Close Reading, and Writing
Build 21st Century literacy skills and engage students by bringing inquiry into the ELA classroom. Rather than adding research projects, the emphasis will be on embedding routine research skills in Common Core Standards. Lesson ideas will be shared for searching, evaluating, synthesizing and communicating information while incorporating critical thinking, close reading, and writing skills. Bring your curriculum materials and plan lessons you can implement throughout the year. (This session will be geared towards grades 3rd through 8th grade.)

Presenters
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Kellie Doubek

For the over 15 years, I have been providing professional development to teachers. With a background in reading and technology integration, I am passionate about supporting literacy skills for the 21st century. I am currently an independent educational consultant. My work with districts includes planning at the district level and following those initiatives through into classrooms. The majority of my contracts are long term, spanning several... Read More →


Wednesday March 1, 2017 8:30am - 3:30pm
Sapphire

12:30pm

High Tech without the High Price
We'll explore the most cutting edge technologies, online and offline, that can be incorporated without needing a referendum! From AR to VR, Web 2.0 to the latest from Apple and Google, we'll focus on the technologies you can see today and start using in your classroom on Monday.   

Presenters

Wednesday March 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Main Stage Amphitheater

12:30pm

Trend Spotting - Beyond the Box
How often do schools tap into the trends occurring around them? Track a series of consumer, educational, and technology trends and contemplate how they can be utilized by schools or libraries to engage students or to reframe our services in more unique ways.

Presenters
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Carolyn Foote

Eanes ISD
Carolyn is a techno-librarian at Westlake High School and fascinated by the changes mobile technology has brought to her 1:1 campus. She is a four time finalist for TCEA's Librarian of the Year Award and was honored as a White House Champion of Change. She's interested in conversation.


Wednesday March 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Broadway A/B

2:10pm

World Changers Unite: Empowering Students to Become Global Citizens
There has never been a time in the history of the world when it is more important for our students to have the ability to connect with diverse audiences on the global stage through the use of multiple forms of digital technology than today. However, most schools still operate in an analog world. This high energy session will challenge participants to find new ways to create vibrant learning environment that empower students with the skills and opportunities they need to become global citizens.

Presenters

Wednesday March 1, 2017 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Salons I, II, III, IV
 
Thursday, March 2
 

10:00am

Diving Deep with Content-Area Literacy
Students who are able to read at a higher level are better able to dive deeper into the content of their classes. But how and when do content-area teachers feasibly teach those skills? This session will focus on how to meaningfully integrate literacy practice in all content areas using technology. Participants will engage in reading and writing tasks that will model strategies to help reach a variety of learners at a various skill levels. Join us for some fun as we discover what will best help our students to critically think, read, write, and reflect to engage with their dynamic world.
This session will include exposure to relevant digital tools, but the majority will be focused on the actual methods teachers can use tomorrow in their classes to engage students, promote literacy skills, and utilize technology. Learn how to dive deep within your content by helping students develop the reading skills to swim on their own. There is no surface diving in this session so be ready to participate!

Presenters
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Erica Holton

Instructional Coach, Huntley Community School District 158
Mother. Wife. Instructional Coach. Loving Literacy. Celebrating Instruction and active learning. What can I learn next--today and tomorrow?


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Blue Jay A

10:00am

Diving Into the SAMR Pool
Everyone knows that we need to integrate technology into our daily lessons, but what does GOOD and MEANINGFUL technology integration look like? Join us as we learn about the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model of technology integration - a four level model that allows for both "low tech" and "high tech" lessons. You will walk away from this session with tons of great, FREE resources and feeling in control about technology use in your classroom!

Presenters
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Colleen Kaplan

I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of a team that rolled out a 1:1 program using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices during the 2015-2016 school year and, since then, have become a self-proclaimed Microsoft... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon B

10:00am

Robots & Literature: A Perfect Match

As schools introduce more robot and coding into the curriculum, how do we link these activities with subjects outside the science realm? The presenters will share how they have collaborated to create an interactive literacy and robot project for their elementary grade students. Attendees will learn more about the project, and the skills students developed through this project. Attendees will participate in a hands on process where they will work through all the steps the students did with this project, starting with exploration, design, ideating and testing. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the various robots, technology, and materials used.

Presenters
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Mary Catherine Coleman

Librarian, Francis W. Parker School
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Sarah Beebe and Mary Catherine Coleman

Tech Facilitator and Librarian, Francis W Parker School
Mary Catherine and Sarah Beebe teach together in Chicago, IL and go by the motto, “Fabulous ends in ‘us.’ Coincidence? I think not.” We work with JK-5th grade teachers to create collaborative learning experiences that encourage creativity, collaboration, and adaptability. We’re passionate about building and facilitating these projects to help students and teachers build connections between departments, grade levels and the community. We... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Cardinal B

10:00am

Star Wars, Technology, and Podcasting in the Classroom
This workshop will focus on incorporating Star Wars into the classroom in myriad ways. The focus is on using popular culture for student engagement, and provides resources for any level or discipline. Technology and research will be featured, as well as a demonstration on how to start a podcast for you or your classroom.

Presenters
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Dan Zehr

I am a high school English teacher with ten years experience, a Master's in Teaching and Learning, and write about Star Wars and Education for StarWars.com.


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Meadowlark A

10:00am

“Students, take the wheel!”- What Happens When Students Drive Their Learning
We've heard it before- that we should give up trying to be the “sage on the stage,” but handing over the reins to have our students guide their learning sounds a little scary. Join three middle school specials teachers as we share our experiences in creating classroom environments that are student-centered, fueled by personalized learning projects, that foster student creation and innovation. Learn strategies that we have found successful to apply in your own classroom, view student work and reflections and even hear about these experiences from our very own students. Soon, you'll see that though it might still be a little scary, you'll enjoy having your students take the wheel.

Presenters
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Kaitlin Fajks

Communication Media Arts Teacher, Arlington Heights School District 25
I'm a former K-5 technology coach, and currently the Communication Media Arts teacher at Thomas Middle School, Grades 6-8, in Arlington Heights, IL. I’m a Google Certified Educator and love all things edtech. I think I have the coolest job in the world since I get to work with so many talented students as they learn how to express themselves through video, web design, animation and sound in a digital environment! I'm constantly amazed at... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon C

10:00am

Digital Citizenship: Moving Beyond Personal Responsibility
Whether you have been tasked with teaching digital citizenship or are an administrator trying to figure out how to integrate these concepts into your school or curriculum, this workshop is designed to help you think about digital citizenship beyond a list of rules for students to follow. This workshop will couple research and theory with classroom based best practices. Participants will be expected to collaborate with one another, share their ideas and experiences, and will walk away with an outlined plan for implementing digital citizenship in an authentic way.

Presenters
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Kristen Mattson

LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
I am a Future Ready high school library media specialist working to equip students and staff alike with the digital and media literacy skills needed to live and work in the digital age. My research interests include digital citizenship, social justice, and the intersection of the two.


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon A

10:00am

Drawn to Doodle: A Beginners Guide to Using Sketchnoting To Enhance Learning
Remember when you used to doodle in the margins of your notebook paper in class? Did you know you were sketchnoting? Sketchnoting is a visual note taking strategy that connects visuals with words to help improve our ability to synthesize retain, attend to and recall information while strengthening our metacognition. This interactive, hands on workshop will have you doodling to learn a variety of different ways you can use sketchnoting’s elements to enhance learning for all students and teach you how you can combine these parts together to create sketchnotes of your own. Come doodle with us!

Presenters
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Carrie Baughcum

Carrie Baughcum is an inspiration junkie, idea sharer, learning enthusiast and passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how. She is the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Extended Resource Special Education teacher in Arlington Heights School District 25 where she uses creative thinking, a fearless attitude, the power of gamification, endless doodles and the power of technology to enable her students to access information and... Read More →
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Dana Ladenburger

4th Grade Teacher, CUSD 95


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Pheasant C

10:00am

Five Fantastic Features of Formative Assessment and Supporting Tech Tools
Web-based technology tools have the power to transform the giving and getting of feedback in the classroom. Formative assessment can happen in real-time in ways that were never possible before. The heart of it all is still communication about student progress and perceptions. Come to this interactive session to experience how a philosophy of formative assessment can be enhanced and transformed with technology integration in order to create feedback loops. Bring ideas or materials and plan to work with tools and techniques in Google Apps for Education and a collection of other largely free web apps that can be put to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Presenters
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Mike Biondo

Social Science Teacher & Instructional Coach, Maine South High School
Michael Biondo (www.biondoteaches.com) is in his 14th year as a Social Science teacher and in his 8th year as an Instructional Coach at Maine South High School. He teaches US History and coordinates student participation in the Chicago Metro History Fair, the local affiliate of National History Day. In his coaching role, he provides one-on-one coaching to teachers, leads staff development programs, and co-directs a district action research cohort... Read More →
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Alexis Liakakos

Biology Teacher & Instructional Coach, Maine South High School


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Oriole A

10:00am

Formative Assessment & EdTech - Connecting Student Learning
Formative assessments are powerful learning checkpoints for teachers and students. Formative assessments should be part of the learning process and can be enhanced with a variety of different #EdTech resources. This session will introduce attendees to a variety of different categories of formative assessment tools. These tools will connect to a range of different age groups and learning styles. Time will be given to explore and experiment with the support of the facilitator and interactive resources for formative assessment tools.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
I am a Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School In Naperville, IL. I have a Masters in Instructional Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. I have taught Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. My focus as a learner is strongly influenced by the 4Cs, EdTech, GSuite for Education, and... Read More →
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Melissa Wilson

Instructional Technology Coordinator and English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
I am an English teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School. I am a Google Certified Educator and love all things GAFE. My goal as a classroom teacher and IT coordinator is to create and model a learner centered environment, fostered by collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity. With this, students can take ownership of their learning as they work to be future ready.


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Quail B

10:00am

G-WTTW Google Writing Tools That Work
Learn about several writing tools that improve students writing: Voice to Text - Students who are typing challenged can dictate their text right into a Google Doc. With a few simple commands, students can express THEIR ideas freely. Research Tools - Students will search smart, cite, and obtain the correct bibliographical information for their writing format, MLA, APA, etc... all within their Google Doc. Google Keep - Note taking the easy way! Students can take notes in a variety of formats; text, image, etc.. Unlike your post-it's, your Google Keep Notes are always available anywhere, on any device. Texthelp Highlighting Tools - Teach students to read and highlight evidence that supports their claims when developing an argument centered writing.

Presenters
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Taneesha Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas, a CPS Ones to Watch 2016 winner, is a premiere leader in the CPS district for Ed Tech. She is a two time graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology. In 2014, Taneesha successfully rolled out the largest deployment of Chromebooks ever in the District, the 3rd largest school district in the US. She is the Digital Learning Coordinator at Bogan HS where she... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Cardinal A

10:00am

Skills For Life: Incorporating life skills into the classroom
As educators, we notice there is less and less time to teach skills that students are lacking. Those skills include money management, time management, study skills, leadership and teamwork skills, basic social skills, and public speaking. During this workshop, participants will receive a packet of materials to use within the classroom in order to address these needs.

Presenters
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Christine Moran

My name is Christine Moran and I am in my 9th year of teaching. I have had the opportunity to create a variety of curriculum for exploratory classes. My background as an RA, Camp Director for Girl Scouts, and facilitator at the Chicago Children's Museum has given me a diverse opportunities to grow as an educator. I currently teach a 6th grade public speaking class.


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Oriole B

10:00am

The World is Different - Map a plan to lead changes in learning

Today’s world is smaller and more connected with the pace of change advancing faster than ever. While an Internet connection and corresponding devices have become common, typically learning remains focused on facts and isolated skills that are assessed using traditional quizzes, tests, and projects. Pioneering educators in every school see the need to fundamentally change learning environments as they teach the curriculum by using real resources from around the world to solve authentic problems. A major shift in instructional strategies and school culture requires major change. Leading that change from any position is extremely complex and requires leadership, great resources to support change, and a plan for causing the change to occur. This session will provide leaders the opportunity to map out short-term and long-term plans and identify the resources that will be best used to carry out these plans with different groups of staff members, parents, and students.

Presenters
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Jason Klein

Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning, Maine Township High School District 207
Formerly a middle school teacher and principal, Jason Klein served as the Chief Information Officer in Community Consolidated School District 21 previously and is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning in Maine Township High School District 207. Jason’s instructional focus is to use the curriculum to provide all students with exciting, challenging, and differentiated authentic learning experiences. Jason... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Blue Jay B

1:30pm

Be a SAMRi with the Superpowers of Seesaw 4.0
Come join us to see what all the BUZZ is about with the AMAZING Seesaw!
Seesaw is a free digital learning journal that provides students opportunities to take ownership of their learning and assessment for learning! Students can show their work, self-assess, communicate with their parents, engage in global blogging and other learning experiences in authentic meaningful ways! We will share our SAMRi experiences implementing digital student portfolios as well as how we intend to use some of the amazing new features Seesaw just released! Come to an interactive, hands-on, upbeat session at any level learner and walk out ready to SAMRi with Seesaw!

Presenters
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Lissa Blake

Technology Integration Coach, Maercker School District 60
Lover of learning, technology and innovation! Lissa Blake has been teaching for 14 years in primary education, and 11 years in technology specifically! Love to coach teachers, mentor students, communicate with parents and engage and enlighten all learners! Seesaw ambassador, coach to all K-8 teachers using Seesaw in the classroom in our District, speaker at multiple conferences on Seesaw, Google Certified Educator, Certified Technology Coach... Read More →
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Bri Savic

Teacher, Maercker School District 60
Bri is a passionate educator of 20+ years. She has earned two advanced degrees in both Literacy and ELL and Administrative Leadership. Her love for learning with and from others, teaching, technology integration, literacy, and all things ELL are assets to her role as a Seesaw Ambassador.


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Blue Jay B

1:30pm

Cardboard Challenge: Make it and Take It
The Cardboard Challenge is an international event sponsored by The Imagination Foundation. http://imagination.is/our-projects/cardboard-challenge/ Our school will host our second annual event on October 8th.
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In this session, we'll present an overview of the details and lessons learned from our two challenges. Then, participants will take time to work through the design process to plan and create a magnificent cardboard structure that they can wear and share with the other ICE attendees! Attendees will leave with all the resources they need to organize and host their very own Global Cardboard Challenge!

Presenters
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Todd Burleson

Resource Center Director/Library Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods School
Todd Burleson is a 24 year veteran teacher who wakes up more excited than the day before to get to school. He is incredibly honored to be the 2016 School Library Journal's School Librarian of the Year! His work developing a cutting edge STEAM space has kept him busy and motivated. His curiosity is insatiable and is constantly learning!
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Dexter Codell

Technology, Hubbard Woods Elementary


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Cardinal A

1:30pm

Diving into Google Apps for Education
Are you new to GAFE or thinking about making the switch? If so, this workshops for you!! During this session we will go over the many tools that GAFE has to offer. Through hands on activities, we will explore Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Gmail, Hangouts and more.

Presenters
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Ashley Holland

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ridgeland 122
Ashley has spent a majority of her career in the primary classroom. She has spent most of her time in a 2nd grade classroom. After 12 years in the in the classroom, Ashley’s love for integrating technology into her lessons encouraged her to become an EdTech Coordinator. Currently she is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Ridgeland School District 122. Ashley works closely with teachers from Kindergarten through 8th grades helping them... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Pheasant B

1:30pm

Freaky Fast Feedback
This interactive session will introduce participants to a variety of feedback and assessment tools to help create an effective workflow in the classroom. Featured tools include video feedback tools (Let’s Recap, EdPuzzle ), rubric feedback tools (Orange Slice or JoeZooExpress), and digital quizzing tools (Socrative, Quizziz). A discussion of effective feedback and best practices will be included, and participants will learn how to quickly and efficiently utilize a digital video feedback tool and create and use digital rubrics. Enhance student voice and differentiate with freaky fast feedback. Grading workflow and giving and getting feedback just got easier! Tools discussed and demonstrated are free and work best in a 1:1 environment. Beginner or Intermediate will gain skills in this workshop.

Presenters
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Shannon Schroeder

8th grade English/Language Arts, Homer CCSD 33C
Shannon Schroeder teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Homer Jr. High in Homer Glen. She is passionate about teaching with craftsmanship, meaningful technology integration, and candy! As a technology leader and veteran teacher of 14 years, she first discovered the joy of technology in the classroom when serving as the District 33C Chromebook pilot in 2013. Shannon has continued to explore technology integration and share her learning through... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Blue Jay A

1:30pm

Green Screening Made Simple With a Single iPad
Green Screening is something we see everyday on TV and in Hollywood. Our assumption is that only a high tech broadcasting studio has the capabilities of producing quality Green Screened video, but that is not true. Come ready to engage in this interactive session on how students and staff can produce quality Green Screen video's with a single iPad, a green cloth or green construction paper, the internet, and the Do Ink app for only $2.99. Please bring an iPad, your creativity, and a desire to have fun with video production. Our goal will be to film, edit, and submit a final product. We will use iMovie or Youtube Editor (laptop) to create our final product. Leave with the skills ready to use in your classroom tomorrow!

Presenters
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Vince Neil

Instructional Technologist District 301, Central High School District #301
I was a high school history teacher for 10 years until moving into the realm of Instructional Technology 3 years ago. While in the classroom I was 1-1 with iPad's and now as an Instructional Tech I work directly with teachers and students promoting technology in the classroom. Last school year, I helped to implement Green Screening technology at Central High School. After 1 year of implementation, Green Screen has become the preferred activity... Read More →
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Stacy Nemec

Instructional Technology Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
I am an English teacher, librarian, and now elementary technology support coach. I love learning and helping teachers and students engage in meaningful ways using technology.



Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Cardinal B

1:30pm

No Man is an Island (or Collaboration with Office 365)
Don't be left stranded with Wilson. Navigate the waters of collaboration!
Learn how Office 365 can be used to foster collaboration in your school and classroom. Microsoft’s free tools empower teachers and students to collaborate and manage content in meaningful ways.

Participants will jump in and:
• Share & collaborate in real-time using their OneDrive accounts.
• Utilize OneNote to deliver course content and create interactive lessons.
• Create SharePoint Groups for colleagues and students

Recommended for administrators, all teachers and support staff, as well as grades 6-12 teachers. Participants should have an Office365 account (free for educators).

Presenters
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Rosanne Grigoletti

Technology Director, Providence Catholic High School
Rosanne Grigoletti started out as a Math and Computer Science teacher at Downers Grove North. She served as part of the Technology Support team in District 146 in Tinley Park for 5 years and is currently the Technology Director at Providence Catholic (since 2000). Over the years, Rosanne has provided her staff and students with a huge selection of professional development classes, technology tips and integration ideas. Her classes emphasize using... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Quail B

1:30pm

Solving Human Problems Through Virtual Field Trips & The Engineering Design Process
Participants in this session will actively engage in the Engineering Design Process through a virtual field trip to the Brookfield Zoo. Emphasis will be on using three dimensional learning to solve a real human problem. This session targets NGSS: 1LS1 "Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs." However, practices can be applied at any grade level.

Presenters
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Marjorie Baker

Marjorie Baker is the School Programs Coordinator at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. Marjorie manages the Institute of Science Teaching Excellence, develops and teaches classes focusing on NGSS, provides RTOP evaluations and classroom coaching and mentoring, and collaborates with school and community partners to facilitate program growth, and supervises instructors for school classes at Brookfield Zoo. A former science teacher in... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Oriole B

1:30pm

Stay Classy with Google Classroom

Google Classroom, a valuable component of the Google Apps for Education suite, designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. Classroom also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. During this hands-on interactive session, we will explore Google Classroom and its application in the classroom setting as a workflow management tool. We will explore the various components of Google Classroom from adding students to assigning and collecting content digitally. You will walk away with the information and support to be able to begin utilizing Google Classroom in your classroom. Go back to school with some “class” - Google Classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204
Andy Fekete is an Instructional Technology Specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. Andy has served in his current position for four years. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist, Andy taught for eight years as an elementary educator. His passion lies in the use of educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as enhance teacher productivity and efficiency. He works to develop and facilitate... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Salon A

1:30pm

Teaching and Deeper Learning
The workshop addresses how teachers can work differently in digital settings to inspire creativity, innovation, collaboration, and many other activities that are in the standards for teacher and students. In deeper learning settings, students use their academic abilities to build on their core academic foundations, think critically and use problem solving strategies in collaborative groups, develop self-directed learning opportunities, and effectively communicate their learning.

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt

Dr. Jeffrey Hunt is an experienced technology practitioner in implementing technology in traditional classrooms as well as online classrooms. He has served as the director of e-learning and director of instructional technology for a large midwestern school district. Jeff has led initiatives to design, deliver, and evaluate online courses as well as the implementation of learning technologies traditional classrooms. He has implemented learning... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Meadowlark B

1:30pm

Certified BrainPOP Educator Workshop

Calling all BrainPOP enthusiasts and experts for a hands-on Certified BrainPOP Educator workshop - the first step in becoming officially certified!

Over the last few years, BrainPOP has added a breadth of new, interactive features; enabled individual accounts; and given students the ability to submit their work for feedback from teachers. These features add power to BrainPOP, while maintaining the simplicity, quality, and humor that you’ve come to expect. The CBE program was developed by the BrainPOP Educators team - all former teachers themselves - to help teachers everywhere take full advantage of the tools that come with a school’s subscription. It is designed to help you become a more confident and competent BrainPOP user - and have fun doing it!

This Certified BrainPOP Educator, CBE, will be led by a local teacher who has previously achieved the CBE distinction, and also participated in a bootcamp at BrainPOP HQ.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Lab School Science Teacher, Illinois State University
Mike Jones is a middle school science teacher for Metcalf, Illinois State University’s Lab School. Michael received his B.S in Middle School Education at Illinois State University. He later completed his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently working on another in Educational Administration and Foundations. He is a trainer for The Moveable Feast, a professional development seminar centered on technology and has presented at... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Oriole A

1:30pm

Coaching Teachers: Leveraging Technology For Fostering Higher Order Thinking Skills
Join us to see how our tech integration coaching team blends SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy to help teachers more effectively leverage technology. We'll share how we created our HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) based philosophy and what it looks like in action. We'll provide an inside view of our teacher PD space (The HOTSpot), program development, and how our team created & implemented a teacher tech learning program. In this interactive session, you'll have the opportunity to learn, experience, and build on our philosophy. Come see examples and develop action based plans to bring back to your school and implement immediately. Bring your own device and get ready to walk away with crowdsourced strategies and ideas.

Presenters
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Sean Crevier

Business Ed Teacher / Tech Coach, Vernon Hills H.S.
Sean started teaching business classes at Vernon Hills H.S.16 years ago after leaving the technology consulting world. He also works on the National Accounting Curriculum Team, training teachers on implementing college accounting curriculum into their high school courses. Sean has given several educational keynotes, workshops, and a TED talk and loves learning with other educators. He is a Lake County, IL native, loved his time as a student at... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Salon C

1:30pm

Collaborate and Iterate in STEM
Participants will use the Design Process to develop solutions to a design problem. Several collaboration strategies will be presented to support the design process as it supports iteration. The authentic use of technology will be discussed as design models are created.

Presenters
avatar for Sydney Schuler

Sydney Schuler

I am a life-long learner with over 20 years of educational training experience. I started my career in middle school special education and transitioned to STEM education. I solicit community partners in an effort to offer my students authentic design problems. I create lessons promoting collaboration and iteration in the design process.


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Pheasant C

1:30pm

Democratizing Video Broadcasting for Schools - Give Your Students a Voice!
This workshop will include active discussion and share many examples of how to empower students and allow each student to be a broadcaster, a reporter and an activist. Engaging students with meaningful learning experiences in today's world is not an easy task. The YouTube Generation students are natural broadcasters that would love to create videos and express themselves. With easy to use video production tools, each classroom can be a broadcasting studio. This fosters student collaboration to produce professional videos that answer learning objectives of any topic. Participants will enjoy a hands-on experience in which they get to experience the tools and create their own green screen videos to bring back to their classrooms and buildings.

Presenters
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

teacher, CUSD95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy has recently served students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aquarium where he lived on a research vessel for a week conducting scientific inquiry. Prior to teaching in Lake Zurich he worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Pheasant A

1:30pm

Design Your Own BreakoutEDU
Escape rooms, or puzzle rooms, have grown in popularity around the country, and many educators have implemented it in the classroom. This session will lead participants through a sample Breakout EDU, as well as instruct them in how to create one in their own classroom without departing from your curriculum. Integration of Google Apps, various technology tools, and disciplinary literacy instruction will also be discussed. Please bring a text or content to turn into a breakout.

Presenters
avatar for Kara Kennedy

Kara Kennedy

Special Education Teacher, Leyden District 212
I have experience teaching students from kindergarten through seniors in high school at various ability levels for 8 years. I have taught honors, on-level readers, struggling readers, and students with disabilities at the high school, middle school, and elementary level. I hold endorsements in English Language Arts, LBSI, Gifted Specialist, and Reading Specialist.


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Salon B

1:30pm

Pre-K through Grade 8 1:1 Curriculum Tips and Resource Ideas
Finding and managing cross-curriculum resources for a Pre-K through Grade 8 doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Gleaning from what this presenter feels is the “best of the net,” Faith Carr will share her bag of tricks for teaching and learning in a 1:1 to one environment. Resources she shares are currently being used in her Chromebook lab in Decatur, IL. Differentiate your curriculum, gather ideas to take back with you and set up a web-based learning space for your students in this 1:1 workshop. Chromebooks® or Windows® based laptops or mobile devices are encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Faith Carr

Faith Carr

Computer Teacher/Gifted Education Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Now in her 33rd in education, Faith (Bishop) Carr is a Pre-K through Grade 8 Technology and Gifted Education Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Decatur, IL. Formerly a Principal Consultant for ISBE and administrator of the Title II D Competitive 1:1 Grants in the state of Illinois, she remains current with trends of a 1:1 environment. Recently, Faith jumped on board with Google® Tools in the 1:1 classroom. She was recognized in 2013 as... Read More →



Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 4:00pm
ACT Meadowlark A
 
Friday, March 3
 

10:00am

Design Thinking Boot Camp
In increasingly complex times, with the landscape in education changing at a torrid pace, innovation and collaboration skills are becoming vital to students, and both principles are essential in the design thinking framework. This hands-on workshop will lead educators through the design thinking process including a discussion on activities to immediately implement in the classroom environment. Participants will gain insight into the creative process that helps learners design meaningful solutions in the classroom, at your school, and within the community. design thinking is in fact genius hour and project-based learning molded together to purposefully meet learning targets in today’s world. Together we'll explore how human-centered design can help develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges students will face as they continue their own learning paths.

Presenters
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

teacher, CUSD95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy has recently served students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aquarium where he lived on a research vessel for a week conducting scientific inquiry. Prior to teaching in Lake Zurich he worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Oriole B

10:00am

Ditch the darkened classroom; Light it up with Nearpod!
Imagine yourself, sitting in a darkened classroom listening to the constant hum of the Proxima overhead while your instructor sits in a chair talking about the wonders of chlorophyll. Your head snaps back from a quick dip into sleep and you wonder if anyone noticed. Maybe you have been that student. Maybe you are worried you might be that teacher. Well, fear no more! Come discover the engaging power of this interactive tool that is sure to increase motivation, foster rich discussion, and allow for real time formative assessment. Leave with a FREE digital tool to add to your arsenal to change the way you teach and enrich the way your students learn. Session participants will experience the customizable nature of Nearpod through modeled examples, and will get to create a presentation of their own which can be used with their students the next day.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf

Teacher/ Technology Integration Coach, Vernon Hills High School
Chris is a graduate from the University of Illinois and has been teaching Biology at Vernon Hills High School for over a decade. His passion for hands-on science instruction has been complemented by his infusion of instructional technologies in the classroom. As a Google Certified Educator and Nearpod Pionear, Chris also serves as a Technology Integration Coach.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Pheasant C

10:00am

Empowering Learners Through Personalized Learning
Personalized learning empowers learners to take ownership of their learning while giving teachers the flexibility to meet their needs. In this session, we will explore a continuum of structures that allow teachers to develop a personalized learning experience for their students. Using a variety of digital tools, participants will practice creating activities that produce a learner-driven classroom with varying degrees of personalization. Participants will walk away with tools and an understanding of how to implement personalized learning to meet the needs of all learners.

Presenters
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Jenny Lehotsky

Jenny is an instructional coach in Berwyn South School District 100. She has over 12 years of teaching experience in science and reading in a 1:1 environment. She has spent many of the these years incorporating STEM and aligning NGSS and CCSS. She received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Illinois State University and a Master’s degree from Dominican University, qualifying her as a Reading Specialist. In 2016, she was chosen to be... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon B

10:00am

Leading the Library Leaders: Cultivating a Culture for Change by Instilling a Future Ready Mindset
Is your library a Doppelganger? If you answered Yes, No or Maybe then this workshop is for you! This hands on interactive experience will provide participants an opportunity to deep dive into the components of the Future Ready Librarian Framework as it relates to the Future Ready Framework. Instructional leaders will leave this session with a strong understanding of the frameworks that will enable them to develop their own Future Ready Libraries.

Presenters
avatar for Allan Davenport

Allan Davenport

Director of Instructional Technology, Indian Prairie School District 204
Allan is currently the Director of Instructional Technology for the Indian Prairie School District #204. Prior to this position, Allan served District 204 as a middle school principal at both Crone and Hill Middle School. In addition, Allan coaches and consults with other professionals in the following areas: digital citizenship, future ready libraries, instructional leadership as well as building a positive climate and culture.
avatar for Laura Nylen

Laura Nylen

Instructional Technology Specialist, IPSD 204
I am passionate about instructional innovation in every learning environment . I love working with teachers to help support them as they bring best practices for innovation into their instruction. Together We Can!


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon A

10:00am

STEM - Ignite the Passion in Your Elementary Students
STEM is quickly gaining ground in schools throughout the country, and with valid reason. Utilizing a project-based approach to learning, students apply scientific and engineering concepts to problem-solve authentic, real-world issues.

Come hear from two Crystal Lake School District #47 teachers who will share the journey of how and why STEM became an integral part of District 47’s curriculum. Our students are developing critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills while learning and applying important STEM principles which integrate all the new Illinois Learning Standards. Come hear how you can get your students “Future Ready!” You will walk away from this workshop with strategies and activities you can use in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Thorsen

Kristin Thorsen

iCoach, Crystal Lake Elementary District #47
Presenters are members of the Crystal Lake Elementary District 47’s iCoach team. Kristin, Marguerite & Megan provide professional development for district staff on best practices for transforming student learning through technology integration. The iCoach team works closely with the Student Learning Department to implement technology initiatives and develop training that aligns with and supports the district’s curriculum. Elementary... Read More →
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Teresa Wolf

Teresa Wolf is passionate about science and those connections to all the other content areas within the classroom. Teresa holds a Masters in Elementary Science and Educational Leadership. Her rich background while working in many different school districts, focusing on providing best practice science/STEM instruction led her to her current role as the STEM teacher at West Elementary School in Crystal Lake, IL. She works extensively with... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Salon C

10:00am

Step into Robotics
We will explore with NXT LEGO Robotics, Littlebits, and more. This is a step into Robotics, robots will be interacted with and controlled but we will not go into deeper programming ideas. We will cover how to integrate with personalized learning, and problem based learning. Helping students learn how to handle mistakes/failures. Everyone will get to do lots of building, playing, and exploring.

Presenters
avatar for David Stopps

David Stopps

Technology teacher 6-8, Fremont Middle School 79
I am a tech teacher who is constantly in search of how to use that cool thing in a meaningful way. I incorporate robotics, 3D printing and more into my class. I am pushing my students to explore try, and learn from their failures to create bigger, better, faster, things.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Quail B

10:00am

The Collaborative Classroom with Google Classroom
In this half day and hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the necessary tools to feel confident and comfortable to fuse Google Classroom into their curriculum. Participants will learn about the blended learning aspects as well as the collaborative power of expanding their “physical” classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with the know-how and a Google Classroom “Class” ready to be incorporated into their curriculum. (Participants must have a district-provided Google Apps for Education account.)

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Regalado

Gregory Regalado

Art Teacher, Maine West High School
Gregory Regalado is in his 25th year as an educator. He is an Art Teacher and Technology Enthusiast at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. With his passion in education and knowledge of technology he became a Google Education Certified Trainer to teach educators. In 2011 he earned recognition as a Google Certified Innovator and most recently in 2013 he was honored with the Golden Apple Teaching Award of Excellence. He is looking forward to... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Blue Jay B

10:00am

Coding in the 21st Century Classroom
Struggling with the idea of how to embed coding into your curriculum? Come to this session and learn how one district has begun the journey to include coding
techniques into the student educational experience. In addition to gaining a better understanding of what coding offers students, participants will have the opportunity to explore tools such as the Sphero, Hour of Code, Bloxels and Little-Bits. The presentation will conclude with a detailed look at the Troy 30c after school Coding Club which serves as an extension of coding in the classroom.

Presenters
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Ron Sarver

Executive Director of Information Services, Troy CCSD 30-C
For the past 16 years I have worked with all aspects of elementary school technology, from data networking, systems administration to student information systems and custom application development. The last 3 years I have had the awesome privilege of sponsoring an after school Coding Club for 7th and 8th graders. I have found the club to be challenging and definitely rewarding.
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Jenna Woodland

Jenna Woodland is currently the Educational Technology Coordinator of Troy School District 30c. Her experiences include working as a first grade and fifth grade teacher, building instructional coach, and building administrator. Ron Sarver is currently the Director of Information Services with extensive experience in web-based applications development for the Troy School District.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Blue Jay A

10:00am

Designing Assessments for Digital Learning
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to design assessments for digital settings that include traditional learning as well as collaborative and group work, as well as project or inquiry based settings.

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt

Dr. Jeffrey Hunt is an experienced technology practitioner in implementing technology in traditional classrooms as well as online classrooms. He has served as the director of e-learning and director of instructional technology for a large midwestern school district. Jeff has led initiatives to design, deliver, and evaluate online courses as well as the implementation of learning technologies traditional classrooms. He has implemented learning... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Pheasant B

10:00am

Getting Googley with Hyperdocs
As more and more schools move towards 1:1 and student centered classrooms, it is crucial for educators to embrace change and start to modify instructional practices to empower students to be future ready. With a device in their hands, students can take ownership of their learning and work individually and collaboratively as teachers facilitate an engaging classroom environment. Creating and utilizing a hyperdoc in class provides endless opportunities for critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity. A hyperdoc is a document created, using GAFE, that includes tasks and links to external resources in order to foster learning in the classroom. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about hyperdocs and how to utilize them effectively in the classroom for learning, thinking, and collaborating. In addition, participants will be given time to brainstorm and create a hyperdoc to use in the future.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
I am a Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School In Naperville, IL. I have a Masters in Instructional Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. I have taught Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. My focus as a learner is strongly influenced by the 4Cs, EdTech, GSuite for Education, and... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Instructional Technology Coordinator and English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
I am an English teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School. I am a Google Certified Educator and love all things GAFE. My goal as a classroom teacher and IT coordinator is to create and model a learner centered environment, fostered by collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity. With this, students can take ownership of their learning as they work to be future ready.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Cardinal A

10:00am

Getting Googley! Don’t get left behind!
It seems everyone is using Google! Do you feel out of the Google loop? Feeling left behind, overwhelmed, or not quite sure why you should be using Google? Then this hands on session is for you! We will help get you started, answer questions, and help you understand Google!

Presenters
avatar for Tim Timmons

Tim Timmons

Tech Specialist, ccsd46
I have been a Tech Integration Specialist/coach for 11 years out of 17 for this district. In my off years I have been a 5th Grade teacher. Using technology as a tool has always been an automatic to whatever I do for the 19 years I have been teaching.


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Pheasant A

10:00am

Shifting From HELP! To Collaborative Coaching: Creating a System That Works
Our staff clamored for support in using new technology but the HELP! method wasn't working. We established a collaborative coaching model that allows us to have quality conversations that shift the focus from technology to student learning outcomes and empowers teachers to design, develop and facilitate 21st century learning experiences.

In this session, we will talk through the steps to create a coaching model of technology integration support. We'll explain how we've used tools such as Google Sites, Google Forms, Google Calendar, Autocrat to facilitate our coaching cycle and give you the opportunity to explore and develop materials that work for you.

We all want to make an impact on student learning and teacher practice. Moving to a collaborative coaching model allows us to have deeper conversations with staff. Our hope is that you will leave this workshop with concrete tools and a system that you can implement right away.

Presenters
avatar for Patience Bertana

Patience Bertana

Technology Integration Specialist, Mundelein Elementary District #75
Patience Bertana is a Technology Integration Specialist in Mundelein Elementary District #75. She spent 15 years in the classroom as a special education teacher before taking on the role of supporting teachers and students with developing technology-rich learning environments. She has Masters Degrees from Benedictine University in Reading & Literacy and from NIU in Instructional Technology.
avatar for Jen Vincent

Jen Vincent

Technology Integration Specialist, Mundelein District 75
Jen Vincent is a Technology Integration Specialist for Mundelein School District 75, a K-8 district north of Chicago. As a writer, blogger, and educator, she strives to inspire others to live a growth mindset. Her passion is connecting people and ideas and believes in the power of being a connected educator to impact teaching and learning. Jen hosts Sunday Check-Ins for Teachers Write, co-hosts the kidlit It’s Monday! What Are You Reading... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Cardinal B

10:00am

Will you be able to escape?
Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for all ages. Games teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting challenges that ignite their drive to problem-solve.Breakouts can be used to teach core subjects and have embedded standards that apply problem-solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. In this session, participants will complete 2 breakouts. Discussion and collaboration on how to use Breakout EDU in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Roger Hale

Roger Hale

Technology Director, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
I'm the Technology Director for a K-8 school district in Bourbonnais, IL. We've been a GAFE district for 6 years, and 1:1 chromebooks for 4 years.
avatar for Kari  Moulton

Kari Moulton

Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past eight years. Starting with smart boards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. A technology leader in her district; leading various trainings for both teachers and other employees. As a Google Certified Educator, Kari continues to expand her knowledge of technology. She enjoys sharing her love of... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Oriole A

10:00am

Wondering in the Humanities: Making Student Inquiry Happen
The idea of independent inquiry for students has made a comeback in recent years. Whether you call it Genius Hour, a 20% plan, or a research project, time is reserved within an academic class or program for personalized learning and student inquiry. Does this kind of wondering have to be something separate from the regular academic program? Can students be taught to be co-creators of their learning experiences within the regular academic curriculum? Come to this session to experience, explore, and discuss strategies and structures, coming out of a National History Day and a US History Classroom, for making inquiry a way to life in your history or humanities classroom for research projects AND regular academic lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Biondo

Mike Biondo

Social Science Teacher & Instructional Coach, Maine South High School
Michael Biondo (www.biondoteaches.com) is in his 14th year as a Social Science teacher and in his 8th year as an Instructional Coach at Maine South High School. He teaches US History and coordinates student participation in the Chicago Metro History Fair, the local affiliate of National History Day. In his coaching role, he provides one-on-one coaching to teachers, leads staff development programs, and co-directs a district action research cohort... Read More →


Friday March 3, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
ACT Quail A