2014 Elementary Sessions

Check out these confirmed sessions for this year's conference. Note that all sessions will have electronic handouts so you can access their information even if you choose another session. 
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Media Center
Easing into Integration: Easy ideas for your 1:1 classroom - Abby McClelland, Mill Creek 3rd Grade - From math to read aloud, in this session you'll discover ways to integrate iPads into your existing curriculum. We will use the following apps and sites: Google Drive, Keynote, Qrafter, Today's Meet, iMovie, Doodle Buddy, Snapguide, Notability

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Using Google Drive in the Classroom - Jenifer Smith and Cindy Hobbs, Russell 5th/3rd Grade - Teachers will learn how to implement google drive in their classrooms. Attendees should have google drive, google docs, and google sheets downloaded on their ipads. Cindy and Jenifer will share how google drive transformed their classrooms allowing for collaboration and authentic interaction through their experiences with a one to one classroom of ipads.

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Everyone's Engaged with Apps and Sites - Stacy Robison, Two Mile 5th Grade This session will include information about apps and websites to ensure that every student is engaged in the lesson and actively participating with his/her device, regardless of the content area/subject or grade level. Some of websites discussed in the session may include, but aren't limited to polleverywhere.com, todaysmeet.com, and padlet.com, along with the app popplet. During this time, you'll be able to participate in a quick demonstration of these engagement activities and then have some time at the end to plan how to implement them into your lessons and/or curriculum.

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Using iMovie and Multimedia Projects to Enhance Learning - Amberleigh Slaven and Janette Henry, Mill Creek 5th Grade - This session will share the use of iMovie and multimedia projects in the classroom. It will include planning stages and student examples (grades K-5). Participants will be given the opportunity to share ideas for classroom implementation. It would be helpful to have a Google account, Prezi account, and a movie-making app (such as iMovie or Photostory).

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Twitter Talk - Cassandra Baxter and Vesta Hotchkiss, Mill Creek 3rd and Kindergarten - Does the thought of using twitter leave you feeling less than enthused? Have no worries! Tweeting isn't just for the birds anymore. We will help you set up your own classroom Twitter account, send your first tweet, and tell you all about the crazy hashtag thing. Already have a Twitter account? Don't worry. We'll give you ideas and real life examples of taking things to the next level. #itsgoingtobegreat!

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Teaching Reading and Writing using LEGO Story Starters - Heather McCullar, Benton STEM Specialist - Do you want students to learn how to make their own stories? Have you ever thought about using Legos to do just that? Come learn all about how to use the Lego Story Starter materials and software. You will even get a chance to create your own lego story.

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iBooks: A New World of Interactive, Multitouch Digital Content - Barry Sevett, Apple Inc. - iBooks are beautiful multitouch books and learning resources for iPads and Macs. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. In this session we’ll explore iBooks developed by major textbook publishers, other education content providers, educators and students.

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Flip It! - Allison Chostner and Robin Sherman, Midway 5th Grade/Media Specialist - You will learn easy steps and strategies to begin flipping your classroom tomorrow! We will show you the best technology and resources to support the flipped classroom and tap into your creativity. Come learn about great tools and technology that you will be able to use whether you are a novice or expert.

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Do Your Students Geddit? - Justin Mann, Let's Geddit App via San Francisco - Have you ever wanted to know if all students understand? Geddit goes beyond quizzing to gather real-time formative assessment data to leverage the power of your 1:1 classroom. Geddit is a free tool, created by teachers and students. You will learn how to track student confidence, techniques for responding to real-time needs and finally how to connect the dots with Geddit reports to make simple data driven decisions about your classroom.

Canceled: Blackboard for Elementary 1:1 - Tim Trogdon, Instructional Technology - Going to have a classroom full of iPads and fifth graders? Come learn how to use Blackboard to manage your courses, conduct online discussions, and communicate with parents. All behind a password protected space. It's easy to get started using Blackboard.

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Buzz Worthy Book Reviews - Stacy Robison, Two Mile 5th Grade - Now that students have devices, what should they do with them during independent reading time? This session is here to help with that dilemma! I’ll provide you with some safe and appropriate links that kids can use during their independent reading time. We’ll also explore some apps that kids can use to share about their completed independent books, similar to old fashioned book reports; however, kids will LOVE that book reports now integrate technology. Please download the following apps, if you can, as examples will be shown of : Overdrive, MyOn, 30 hands, Pic Collage, Voice Record, iMovie, and Trading Cards.

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AppSmashing - Sharon Stemmons and Becky Ross, Mill Creek Media Specialist and 1st Grade - Have you ever wanted to use one feature of an app to make something in a different app? Well, now you can! Come and learn how to use apps in conjunction with each other to make a fabulous finished product! Some suggested apps to download in advance are: Pic Stitch, Chatterpix, Tellagami, Keynote, iMovie, Haiku Deck, Prezzi, 30 hands, Doodle Buddy, and Explain Everything.

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Authentic Research with Genius Hour - Aubrey Ash, Shepard 4th Grade - Looking for a new way to offer challenging learning opportunities to your students? You should try implementing Genius Hour. Based on Google's "20% Time", Genius Hour gives students the chance to ask questions, conduct research, and present their findings on any topic that interests them. Come learn how to embed this engaging time into your busy schedule. Get tips, see student projects, and ask your own questions to help get you started. 

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Classroom Management 101 for the Technology-Infused Classroom - Anna Osborn and Misha Franks, Jefferson Middle - Feeling a little overwhelmed with behavior issues when you put technology in students hands? Worried students are more involved with their screens than their partners? Feel a general sense that managing tech integration is just too much? In this session, Anna and Misha will share management strategies that span a variety of topics including organizing and planning for successful tech integration to teaching students better listening and speaking skills to make tech use a richer experience for all.

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Blogging 101 - Ariel Schwarting and Rachel Vogt, Grant 3rd Grade - This session will provide an overview and tutorial of creating a classroom and/or student blog. See how easy it is to create a beautiful and informative blog for your classroom. It's the centerpiece for the sharing of all your student work. Please have the Blogger app downloaded prior to attending.

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iBooks Author: Creating Interactive, Multitouch Digital Content - Barry Sevett, Apple Inc. - In this session you’ll have an opportunity to try out iBooks Author, an amazing, free Mac app that educators can use to create engaging digital content for iPads and Macs. iBooks Author makes it easy to create learning resources with galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions and more. If you have a Mac with iBooks Author installed, bring your favorite lesson, content and your most innovative ideas to this session. We will also have Macs available with sample digital content for you to work with.

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Collaboration with Lync - Rob Baker, TS - Did you know? Lync can be used for instant message, video conferencing, and screen sharing within and outside the district! Join us for this one hour session where we will simulate a video conference with others, and explore the screen sharing options.

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Digital Reading: Using Overdrive, Zinio, MyON and other eBooks in the Classroom - Kerry Townsend, Coordinator of Library Media - As our district continues to expand its collection of digital texts and students increasingly have 1:1 access to eReader devices, questions of how to help students effectively manage these resources abound.  This session will teach participants to successfully navigate the reading process (text selection, reading, text-marking, note-taking, etc.) with our district’s most prevalent digital text browsers.

11:00
Media Center
Best Apps for your 1:1 Classroom - Leanna Guillory and Susan Heath, Shepard 3rd Grade - Have you downloaded an app and found it wasn't what you thought it was? We will provide you with a list of tried and true apps that we have used in the classroom that align with 3-5 grade objectives...and kids love them. Included will be apps that can be used for enriching and remediating your curriculum. Also included will be apps that we have found to be helpful in researching and tips on how to make researching go more smoothly using iPads.

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Engagement Through Inquiry - Carla Chaffin, eMINTS National Center - How to incorporate inquiry into the classroom will be modeled for participants including apps for online connections. A taste of the eMINTS Instructional Model and questioning strategies will be incorporated for developing lesson design techniques. 

Media Center Computer Lab
Web 2.0 Tools - Erika Fitch and Kristen Burkemper, Alpha Hart and Derby Ridge Media Specialists - Learn engaging and interactive ways to incorporate Web 2.0 apps into your classroom lessons and routines. Examples include TodaysMeet, Padlet, etc. 

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Google Galore: Utilizing Google Tools with Students - Nikki Kunkel, Shepard 4th Grade - Google offers a multitude of free and easy to understand tools. In this session, I will share ways I utilize Google Blogger and Google Drive with my students. From book club assignments to homework, these tools offer accessibility and an avenue for student creativity. It would be helpful if you download Google Blogger and Google Drive apps prior to this session.

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Co-Teaching Common Core: Media Specialists and Teachers - Sarah Easley, West Blvd. Media Specialist - Many of the CCSS require students to fluently use technology and consume/produce a variety of media. Media specialists, do you know how to help your teachers? Teachers, do you know how your media specialist can help you? This session will cover the major areas of CCSS where media specialists can assist and provide some ideas for collaborative projects.

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Set Your Sites on Sites: Using Google Sites for Portfolios and Project-Based Learning - John Nies, Grant 5th Grade - Looking for an easy, student-created digital portfolio that can be shared with any audience? The presenter will share how his students used Google Sites for electronic portfolios and for web site creation within a community science project.

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Going Green with a Green Screen - Beth and Ken Koster, Centralia Intermediate Media Specialist and Instructional Technology - A green screen app makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos right on your ipad. You can tell a story, explain an idea, produce a news broadcast, create a commercial and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways. During this session learn how one media specialist used this app to enhance learning and then you will create a green screen movie. Since the app, Green Screen by Do Ink ranges in price from free - $4.99, ipads will be provided with the app on it so you may experience the creation of a green screen video in small groups. So Go Green at Technopalooza!

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Engaging Learners with Digital Content and Content Creation - Barry Sevett, Apple Inc. - More than ever, teachers are using digital content to create interactive, engaging experiences for their students. Which means students can connect to subject matter and demonstrate knowledge in exciting new ways. In this session we'll explore what it's like to be a student in a digital classroom, using education apps, interactive iBooks textbooks, iTunes U learning resources and courses, and content creation tools.

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Teacher Access Center Elementary Roundtable - Walt McManus, TSBring your questions! This session will be a 1 hour roundtable to discuss common questions in in the Teacher Access Center, and best practices. Bring your samples and examples to discuss.

12:00
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Google Forms: Exploring the Possibilities - John Riley, MOREnet - See innovative ways Google Forms are being used to collect, manipulate and display information. Learn how to harness the power of lesser known features in Google Forms to save time and organize a wide variety of information and data. Whether on one computer, a computer lab, or mobile device, forms make the collection and use of data easy and effective. Forms allow collaboration between your students in your classroom and with classrooms anywhere in the world to gather data specific to location.

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Traveling Through Third Grade: A Peek Inside our Year with Technology - Maggie Eastman, Grant 3rd Grade - Excited about your new 1:1 classroom? I spent all last year using iPads in my 1:1 third grade classroom. Learn new ways you can incorporate educational apps into your everyday curriculum.

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Crossover Presentation Apps - Debbie Perkins and Terri Brines, eMINTS National Center - Wondering what apps to use for Androids and iPads? Join us to work with apps that will support learning in your classroom no matter what digital device is in your students’ hands. We will explore presentation and productivity apps that are free on both Android and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad).

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Using Book Creator for Digital Publication - Ashley Archer, Rock Bridge Elementary - Come see how to easily publish student writing with Book Creator on the iPad. We'll show great examples of student work and then have time to create your own eBook. iPads will be available and preloaded with Book Creator. We'll also discuss options for purchasing apps for use in your classroom.

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Edmodo: From Common Core to Common Sense - Vanessa Kline, Parkade 3rd Grade - This session will explore how Edmodo's learning platform can enhance the engagement of students while attaining the Common Core state Standards. This classroom based approach will inform teachers how to take the standards and implement them digitally in order to engage your 21st Century Learners. Prerequisite: Must have basic knowledge of Edmodo

Media Center Computer Lab
Game On: It's MIT's Scratch - Anne Schoelz and Josh Ray, Russell and Benton Media Specialists - Computational logic and coding are engaging real world methods to get you and your students problem solving in any content area. Scratch is an open ended tool which incorporates math and literacy into any project. My favorite part is the collaboration in the classroom between students, and students and the teacher. All this, and it is free. Come and find out the basics so you can get started.

Media Center
What if...? in the Classroom: How to Use Active Curiosity and Create Platfor(u)ms for Learning - Matt Murie - What if we pursued questions instead of answers? What if, in asking questions, we gain better direction of our learning and teaching? What If...? will share a process of how students, educators, and communities can crowdsource curiosity to uncover outcomes that are all around us...we just have to learn how to ask.

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Emerging Tech Tryout - Taylor Adams, Luke Robison, Donny Silver, Heather McCullar - Visit this hands-on session to experience some of the new, cool technology you could use in your building. Featured technology includes 3D printers, Cubelets robots, 3D pens, GoPro cameras, and Google Glass. Come on by and play around. 

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Online Student Assessments in your Classroom - John Riley, MOREnet - Hardware based Student Response Systems are a great tools for promoting student involvement, streamlining assessment, and checking retention in a nonthreatening environment. We will explore alternatives to buying “clicker” sets using technology you already have. All of the options we will look at are free and web based so if you have a class set of computers or mobile devices with WiFi, internet access, or SMS (text) you have a student response system. You can use anything with a browser and these tools to get results. Even invite students to bring their own devices and turn those devices into a response system.