2015 Administrative Sessions

9:00
SAMR - Teaching Above the Line: Apple INC
Ultimately, the greatest improvement to learning occurs when teachers and students modify and redefine the learning experience. In this session we’ll investigate the SAMR framework and talk about engaging learners with meaningful learning experiences. Exemplar work from Apple Distinguished Educators and Apple Distinguished Programs will be shared.

Promoting Innovation and Creativity in your School (Administrator Panel)
Come join the conversation with principals from Columbia Public Schools. Discuss the best practices for promoting innovative instructional practices in the classroom. Members of the official panel include:
  • Dr. Kim Presko, Battle High School
  • Dr. Ed Schumacher, Smithton Middle School
  • Angie Gerzen, Midway Heights Elementary School
  • Tabetha Rawlings, Mill Creek Elementary School
  • Amy Watkins, Parkade Elementary School
Getting Started with Schoology - Gina Hartman, Schoology
Join Gina, Professional Development Specialist from Schoology, as she helps you understand why educators across the globe describe Schoology as “a powerful digital tool that enables them to transform teaching and learning in their classroom” and “the best thing since sliced bread.” In this session, participants will understand the basics of navigating Schoology, they will know how to create a basic Course, explore best practices for cultivating a blended learning environment, and walk away with a multitude of resources that will enable them to get started using Schoology with their students. All participants should bring a device with them to this session and make sure they can log into Schoology before they come using a district or Free account.

10:00
Enhancing Teaching and Learning with iPad: Research and Real Life Stories: Apple INC
This session is an opportunity to explore how the iPad can transform teaching and learning and engage students like they've never been engaged before along with an overview of the research supporting the effectiveness of these efforts. Educational applications of the iPad include digital textbooks, iBooks, web-based digital content, and apps for all curriculum areas and grade levels K-12. Attendees will learn about productivity and creativity tools for content creation and publishing.

Full STEAM Ahead in the Library! Makerspaces and STEAM Club: Melanie Thompson, Thorpe Gordon Elementary JCPS
Create a Makerspace in your library or start an after school club based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). This session will share tools and strategies for designing a space in your library for creation and innovation. There will be resources and tips as well as suggestions for funding and supplying your space. Learn how to create a news studio with a limited budget and how to Green Screen for video production.

Join Gina, Professional Development Specialist from Schoology, as she shares 10 Schoology Gems that will transform the teaching and learning taking place in your classroom. Gina will dig into some advanced features that will help you differentiate and personalize learning for your students, track student mastery based on specific learning objectives, create collaborative Groups with your colleagues to share materials and common assessments, and much more. Don’t miss out learning about these Schoology Gems!

11:00
You've been Snagged: Peter Stiepleman, Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools
Educators are always being criticized for not communicating enough. I was looking for a way to share information and I found Snagit. During our session, I will demonstrate how I create a Snagit presentation and encourage participants to consider creating one welcoming parents and students to the new school year.

12:00
The iSpartan Collaborative: Wendy Gruber, Battle High School CPS
Come meet the iSpartans to learn the settings, tricks, and shortcuts you need to use your iPad proficiently. This is a drop in session in which high school students will assist you with tools and tips to use the settings on your i-device to manage distractions, listen to content, dictate, assist with organization, and efficiently access digital content.

1:00
In this session we will discuss how to create a positive classroom environment where students are learning to use their technology in responsible, educational ways. We will talk about things teachers can do to set expectations, things students need to know, and ideas about how to handle difficulties that arise.

TAC, HAC, and the Family App: Walt McManus, Technology Services CPS
Have you ever wondered how the information you enter in Teacher Access Center looks for a parent or student? Come to this demo where we'll enter data into Teacher Access Center and demo Home Access Center and the new Family App.

Renaissance Dashboards provide powerful insight for building and district leaders. This session will provide a navigator overview of the new dashboards built into STAR as you monitor student achievement and growth, evaluate district programs and predict future performance. We’ll also reserve a little time to see what’s new!

Getting Started with Schoology - Gina Hartman, Schoology
Join Gina, Professional Development Specialist from Schoology, as she helps you understand why educators across the globe describe Schoology as “a powerful digital tool that enables them to transform teaching and learning in their classroom” and “the best thing since sliced bread.” In this session, participants will understand the basics of navigating Schoology, they will know how to create a basic Course, explore best practices for cultivating a blended learning environment, and walk away with a multitude of resources that will enable them to get started using Schoology with their students. All participants should bring a device with them to this session and make sure they can log into Schoology before they come using a district or Free account.

2:00
Come to this session to learn specifics about a library media specialist's role regarding 1:1 iPad implementation. We will the discuss deployment/collection, general troubleshooting, damaged devices, discipline, app distribution and supporting stakeholders via tutorials, lessons, and professional development sessions. Bring your questions!  

Join Gina, Professional Development Specialist from Schoology, as she shares 10 Schoology Gems that will transform the teaching and learning taking place in your classroom. Gina will dig into some advanced features that will help you differentiate and personalize learning for your students, track student mastery based on specific learning objectives, create collaborative Groups with your colleagues to share materials and common assessments, and much more. Don’t miss out learning about these Schoology Gems!