2014 Secondary 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. 
9:00
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Starting the Year with 1:1 iPads: Teaching Students Organization & Self-Discipline - Lynn Hagen, Battle High - In this session we will look at how to create a productive classroom environment where students use their personal devices to enhance their education. Based on my experiences and those of my colleagues who implemented 1:1 iPad use last year, we will discuss what works and what doesn't with organization, self-discipline, classroom procedures and student work habits. By the end of the session, teachers will have concrete ideas about how to effectively start the school year with an iPad in each student's hands.

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Utilizing Blackboard - Julie Nichols and Kerry Townsend, Coordinator of Library Media Programs - 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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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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QR Codes in the Classroom - Angel Renick, Rock Bridge High - Come learn what a QR code is, how to make one and how to use QR codes in the classroom. We will look at ways QR codes can aide in assessments, links to websites, and for classroom instruction and activities. Please download in advance: Qrafter - QR Code and Barcode Reader Free App

Media Center Computer Lab
Google Docs in the Classroom - Katherine Sasser, Rock Bridge High - Learn how to use Google Docs in the classroom. Integrate your device by building a daily course schedule, creating folders & digital files, sharing web links, and using entrance/exit slips all from one easily accessible source! Students won't have to wait on you for directions and instead can go directly to their homescreen on their device to initiate work for the day. Students can even submit work via Google Docs. Hooray! Come check out the possibilities!

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Sharing Resources, Documents, and Assessments with Colleagues and Students - Marsha Tyson and Ben Fortel, Battle High - Come to our session and add to your ipad toolbox. We will share what we have learned at Battle High School this year about sharing resources, documents and assessments. We encourage your participation as you learn how we utilize Google Drive, Teacher Websites, and QR codes to share documents with colleagues and students. We will also show you how we get it back using Showbie, a free easy way to markup work without clogging your inbox. We will also weave in some easy assessment tricks for your classroom. Apps to download prior to attending: Nearpod, Showbie, Google Drive, QRafter, Notability (pay app).

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Apps in the Cloud - Jeff Cochran and Patrick Sasser, CACC - So many tools, so little time. This fast-paced session should help you generate ideas for later application. Watch demonstration of cloud-based apps used to save time and integrate technology into the classroom. Session includes: Google tools, QR codes, concept maps, word clouds, polling apps, texting apps, and Chrome browser extensions and app options.

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Optimizing Teacher Access Center - Jessica Moorman, TS - Optimizing the features of Teacher Access Center including; navigating your classes, viewing your roster, taking attendance, setting up seating charts, gradebook overview and emailing students and guardians. This is a great session for new teachers, or teachers who would just like a refresher! Please note, this session will briefly cover the gradebook basics. For more advanced training on the Teacher Access Center gradebook, please plan on attending one of the gradebook focused sessions.

10:00
Media Center
Social Media: Harness Its Power Inside and Outside the Classroom - Julie Smith, Webster University - Meet them where they are - leverage the power of social media to communicate with and engage your students both inside and outside the classroom

F109
Do Your Students Geddit? - Justin Mann, Geddit App Developer - 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. 

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Sharing Resources, Documents, and Assessments with Colleagues and Students - Marsha Tyson and Ben Fortel, Battle High - Come to our session and add to your ipad toolbox. We will share what we have learned at Battle High School this year about sharing resources, documents and assessments. We encourage your participation as you learn how we utilize Google Drive, Teacher Websites, and QR codes to share documents with colleagues and students. We will also show you how we get it back using Showbie, a free easy way to markup work without clogging your inbox. We will also weave in some easy assessment tricks for your classroom. Apps to download prior to attending: Nearpod, Showbie, Google Drive, QRafter, Notability (pay app).

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End with the Beginning in Mind - Kim Stichnote, Southern Boone High School - Ever give a problem that was too hard or poorly worded to have your students give up and hold you hostage until you "helped" them through it? If the students create their own problems, then they only have themselves to blame for poor wording or nasty answers. In this session we will work to create student centered work that only requires you guide them in the direction you want them to go. It is easier than you think and the engagement level is much higher. Bring a concept (i.e. solving equations, graphing lines, solving systems) and see if together we can free you up from the worksheet grind. I am a secondary math teacher (9-12), but this could apply to a middle school teacher too.

Media Center Computer Lab
Notability and Google Drive - Brian Hancock, Battle High - Using Notability and Google Drive to deliver notes and information to students. We will also talk about the variety of tools that notability offers to both students and teachers.

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Classroom Management 101 for the Technology-Infused Classroom - Anna Osborn and Misha Franks, Jefferson MiddleFeeling 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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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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LMS Integration (Tools/Techniques for Blended and Online Courses) - Jeff Cochran and Patrick Sasser, CACC - Learn instructional strategies and time saving techniques when implementing online components to your courses. See what features and options Blackboard offers as well as other online tools.

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Using Twitter to Build Your Personal Learning Network - Jayme Pingrey, Battle High Media Specialist - Interested in connecting with other teachers to share advice, resources, links, and other useful information? Have you considered how social media can be used to build your professional repertoire of teaching tools? Come to this session that focuses on how to use twitter to share and collect resources. 

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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.

12:00
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Socrative: Ready, Set, Engage! - James Melton, CPS Fine Arts Coordinator - Learn to use any personal learning device as a student response device. Who needs a specialized clicker or proprietary system for administering fast opinion polls, quick quizzes, exit tickets, and even more elaborate assessments. Socrative can be what you make it, but for students the possibility to be exciting and engaging in the moment is a learning opportunity not wasted. If you would prefer, please download the official apps on the Google Play StoreApple App Store, or at the Windows App StoreNo download is necessary and we will fully explore the possibilities together.  

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Utilizing Evernote and StudyBlue in the 1:1 classroom - Jill Villasana, Battle High - Come see many ideas on how to distribute work to students and how to utilize student iPads for all content areas. We can talk about apps such as Evernote to disseminate content and activities and some fun apps that can make boring stuff fun! Arrive with the Evernote app downloaded and account created. 

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Khan Academy in the Math Classroom - Ryan Pingrey, Battle High - This session will focus on the powerful possibilities of Khan Academy in the Mathematics classroom. See how this site can help you differentiate instruction, monitor student progress, and motivate students!

Media Center
Ditch The Worksheets! Engage Your 21st Century Learner with Web 2.0 - Julie Smith, Webster University - Help your students become creators - not just consumers! Discover free sites to create infographics, mind maps, cartoons, timelines and screencasts to increase engagement and creativity in your classroom.

Media Center Computer Lab
What Does the Blog Say? - Kristie Harms and Anne Borgmeyer, Battle High - Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet, and mouse goes squeak. But there's one sound that no one knows, what does the blog say? In the twenty-first century, blogs have become a way for individuals to voice their ideas in a reflective and thoughtful way. In the high school classroom, blogs are an opportunity for students to participate in online learning communities and to contribute to a larger conversation. No matter the content area, the blog format encourages an enhanced quality of writing and a use of multimedia because students are writing for an audience and for publication. In this presentation, learn how to create a virtual, collaborative classroom with blogs and to encourage students' higher-order thinking skills through reflective public writing. 

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Flipped Classrooms - Hannah Nandor, Battle High - Have you ever wondered what a flipped classroom actually looks like? Are you hesitant because you don't know where to start? Do you have concerns about having a flipped classroom? Come and learn how one teacher flipped her room half-way through the school year...and made it work! We will talk about some flipped philosophy, strategies and how to make it work in your classroom.

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Making Curriculum Accessible to All Learners - Wendy Gruber and Kitty Peer, Columbia Public Schools - Learn about some of the tools currently available that help struggling readers listen to curriculum materials and struggling writers listen to their own writing for spelling and editing support.

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#TwitterTalk - Amanda Klenke, Battle High - Do you want to publicize the great things happening in your class? Come to #TwitterTalk to find out more about educational Twitter and how to make it work for you! *Please come with an account already created* We will also discuss PicCollage and project-based learning.

F104
Teacher Access Center Secondary 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.

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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.

1:00
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Flipped, Tipped or Tilted? Chalk it up to Blackboard - Pam Close and Rachel Tinsley, Hickman High - Not ready for a fully flipped classroom? Use the myriad of tools on the Blackboard learning platform to make curricular resources available to students, while gathering formative feedback of student learning. This session is in the style of an EduCamp, and peer-to-peer sharing within the session is encouraged. We will share our experience and projects using Blackboard in General and AP classrooms, and hope to learn from you as well. Bring ideas to share and explore new avenues of online student collaboration and assessment with your colleagues.

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Learning Management Systems 101: An Entry-Level Look at Edmodo and Teachers.io. - Michael Collins, Battle High - This session is intended to introduce teachers to Edmodo and Teachers.io, Learning Management Systems through which you can organize, communicate, and pass electronic material to your class (and more!). Think of them like class websites v2.0. Please download the following Apps: Edmodo, MyHomework, Teachers.io, Educreations, GoogleDrive

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Science, Technology, and STEM in the Middle School - Beth Newton, Oakland Middle Need sustainable strategies for integrating technology into the science classroom? Digital note booking, assessment and projects. Learn about great apps that make it all happen. ( nearpod, iMovie, Evernote, showbie, socrative).

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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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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Top Ten Mac Tricks - Colin Hubert, Technical Support Analyst, CPS - Interested in finding out how to use your MacBook more efficiently? Join me to learn the best secrets that your MacBook is keeping. Bring your own MacBook, or borrow one for the session. CPS teachers are able to check out MacBooks from curriculum coordinators. You just have to ask!

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Teacher Access Center: Did You Know? - Rob Baker, TSDid you know that TAC has a calendar where your assignments can be posted and viewed by students and parents? TAC has a built in Rubric feature? You can attach documents to assignments that can be accessed by students and parents in Home Access Center? You can import grades into your gradebook when a student comes mid-year? You can use TAC on your iPad? Drop by to check out some of the lesser known features of TAC.

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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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Using Geogebra to enhance learning of Algebra and Geometry concepts - Kathy Steinhoff, HickmanGeoGebra is a FREE, multi-platform, open-source 
dynamic mathematics software. It is accessible on the ipad and allows students and teachers to visualize, conceptualize, extend and apply ideas of algebra and geometry. This session would be useful for all secondary mathematics teachers. Participants will practice navigating the program while investigating multiple common core standards. Please download Geogebra prior to the session.

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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.