2015 Elementary Sessions

9:00
This session will be presented by a 5th Grade teacher and her students. The session will be a combination of teacher-led and student-led instruction. You will leave the session with ideas and student examples for incorporating technology into your everyday teaching (many specific ideas for 5th grade curriculum, but can easily be adapted for your grade level). You will also get a list of teacher/student friendly apps to share with your colleagues and students.

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.

Twitter Talk 2.0: Cassandra Baxter, Mill Creek Elementary CPS
"How can I communicate our daily happenings to parents in a quick, friendly, and current way?" Twitter! Come to Twitter Talk 2.0 (an improvement from last year's session) and learn how to use twitter to keep others up to date on the #cpsbest teaching you do each day! "But I already have a twitter?" That's okay! We will be discussing and exploring further uses of twitter, including Tweet Deck. An iPad or device with the twitter app already installed will be helpful in getting you started during this session.

Creating and Learning with Educreations: Brian Hancock, Battle High School CPS
This session will provide information on the use and implementation of the Educreations App. This is a whiteboard app that allows screen recordings. It also allows you to save a share videos and lessons with you students. The session will include several creative uses for the app, including differentiated lessons and interactive projects.

Reinventing with Infographics: Emily Vallandingham, Jefferson City Public Schools
It's no secret that the two sides of the brain interact with the world differently. The left brain responds to logic, order, and reason; the right brain, however, comprehends holistically, creatively, and intuitively. In school, we often structure lessons and activities that rely more on the left side of the brain. With infographics we can reinvent teaching and learning in our classroom so students better utilize their whole brains. This session will cover how teachers can use infographics that already exist to teach content and how students can create original infographics to better understand and retrain content. It will be helpful if participants have a Pinterest account and the app downloaded. Other apps to download are: Canva, Adobe Draw, Lucidchart, and Stats of the Union.

Google Student and Teacher Feedback: Kelsey Monroe, Midway Heights Elementary CPS
During this session, teachers will learn how to implement student-student and student-teacher feedback using Google Docs.

20 Creative Ways to Using Discovery Education Streaming in the Classroom: Michael Haggart, Discovery Education
So you love Discovery Education Streaming, but like most teachers you spend most of the time with videos. You know there is more to use, but time just doesn't permit you to explore. Come experience 20 instructional activities that you never knew were so easy to incorporate into your daily lessons.

Going Green Screen: Rachel Vogt, Grant Elementary CPS
Have you ever wanted to visit the moon? Stand in the Oval Office? Brush elbows with dinosaurs? You can do all this and more with the Green Screen app, by Do Ink. Participants will learn how to use the app, integrate it into classrooms, and even interact with it themselves! No need to download the app beforehand, just come see it in action.

Note-taking Made Easy! Basic Notability Functions: Leslie Aguilar, Battle High School CPS
Notability is organizational and note-taking app that allows you to integrate handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, and recording. It’s an ideal technological replacement to the old-school binder and folders. This session will provide you with the tools to navigate Notability and its most commonly used features – and a few tricks that may save you some frustration!
It is suggested that you bring your iPad with the app already downloaded. (Note: the app does have a cost associated with it - it is not a free app. Please check your iTunes store to verify current pricing details.)

STEAM: Practical Application of Technology in Elementary Classrooms: Heather McCullar, Benton STEM Elementary CPS
This session will introduce participants to a range of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom at the elementary level. Technology tools that will be shared include littleBits, Dash & Dot robots, VEX robots, Osmos, and 3D printing. Ideas will be shared on how to integrate each of these tools into classroom instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore with the tools and make their own creations.

Augmented Reality: Bring a 4th Dimension to Your Classroom: Shane Williams and Chris Johnson, Jefferson City High School
The technology behind Augmented Reality (also referred to as AR or 4D) is taking a real-world view and enhancing it with computer-generated imagery. Whether this is done by using a computer monitor and camera or fitted goggles to imprint imagery in the lenses, augmenting in this manner has great possibilities for a variety of tasks. You must come and see for yourself how using AR compels you to rethink many aspects of teaching and learning, and will in fact redefine how we interact with our environments in our everyday lives. Search for yourself, but we warn you, go down this rabbit hole and you will not be able to stop thinking of ideas and applications.
You may want to download the following FREE Apps: Daqri, Aurasma, colAR Mix

Freedcamp: Educational Efforts made Effortless: Matt Leuchtmann, Battle High School CPS
Freedcamp is a project management app that professionals in a wide variety of industries can use. Like many of its competitors, Freedcamp offers group collaboration, instant notifications, project templates, and a dashboard page that puts all the most relevant information at a user’s fingertips. The main difference between Freedcamp and other similar web-apps? This application is totally free.
In this session you'll learn how one teacher used Freedcamp to facilitate 35 different projects, across three high schools simultaneously. The fun didn't stop with students though. Learn how the software was also used to organize the districts Project Lead the Way Partnership program.
Whether you're looking to enhance Project Based Learning in your classroom, or you'd like to organize digital collaboration in your district, this session will introduce you to a powerful FREE tool that will help you reach your goals.
Sign up for Freedcamp and/or download the app at: www.freedcamp.com

Text & Tech: Using RSS Readers Personally & Professionally: Jayme Pingrey, Battle High School CPS
What do you read online? Blogs? News Sites? Discussion Boards? Vlogs? Social Media? Come to this session to find out out how RSS Readers (such as Feedly and Flipboard) can cut down on the number of sites you need to visit, essentially creating a digital magazine of all the latest information and posts curated just for you. Come explore the possibilities of this tool for you personally and your classroom.

10:00
This session will be presented by a 5th Grade teacher and her students. The session will be a combination of teacher-led and student-led instruction. You will leave the session with ideas and student examples for incorporating technology into your everyday teaching (many specific ideas for 5th grade curriculum, but can easily be adapted for your grade level). You will also get a list of teacher/student friendly apps to share with your colleagues and students.

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.

How Google Chrome Apps & Extensions Can Change Your Life: Ryan Pingrey, Instructional Technology CPS
Did you know that Google Chrome is more than a browser? Way more. By using Chrome Apps and Chrome Extensions/Add-ons installed into your chrome browser, you can complete just about anything you could with fancy computer programs - but without the software, without the cost, and with more style. Best part, if you're a google drive and/or google docs user, most Chrome apps and extensions integrate with your google drive files to make your life so much easier and cooler. Before this session you should peruse the "Chrome Web Store". Just google it and explore for 5 minutes. Also, when in a google doc/sheet/form, click "Add-ons" up top and then click "Get add-ons". Play around in there for a couple minutes and prepare to have your mind blown. I promise just checking those two places out will get you intrigued.

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.

Creating and Learning with Educreations: Brian Hancock, Battle High School CPS
This session will provide information on the use and implementation of the Educreations App. This is a whiteboard app that allows screen recordings. It also allows you to save a share videos and lessons with you students. The session will include several creative uses for the app, including differentiated lessons and interactive projects.

You'll be King Kahoot! Jill Villasana, Battle High School CPS
Looking for a fun and efficient way to assess student learning? Look no further than Kahoot! Using technology to engage students and assess their knowledge throughout the learning process saves time for you and is fun for your students. You will learn to search Kahoot's database of thousands of quizzes and create original quizzes incorporating images and video. Kahoot has user-friendly data reporting methods to help you track student learning. Please create an account prior to the session at: https://getkahoot.com/

Google Classroom for the Non-1:1 Classroom: Erika Fitch, Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary CPS
Want to use Google Classroom with your students? Not 1:1? That's okay, it can be done! In this session, participants will learn how to use Google Classroom without being 1:1. Ideas for management and implementation will be shared as well as examples from real classrooms.

20 Creative Ways to Using Discovery Education Streaming in the Classroom: Michael Haggart, Discovery Education
So you love Discovery Education Streaming, but like most teachers you spend most of the time with videos. You know there is more to use, but time just doesn't permit you to explore. Come experience 20 instructional activities that you never knew were so easy to incorporate into your daily lessons.

Your OverDrive platform is a website and app that allows students and educators 24/7 access to a customized collection of eBooks and audiobooks. CPS provides hundreds of titles for your students to access in and out of the classroom. In this session, you will learn the basics of OverDrive and strategies and resources for implementing eBooks and audiobooks in the classroom.
No specific apps are required for this session, although participants may download the OverDrive app beforehand. The app can be downloaded at http://app.overdrive.com/ and instructions to download and set up an OverDrive account are located here: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481620

Increasing Student Voice - It's All About Backchanneling! Jennifer Ludwig, Centralia High School
Come learn how you can use backchanneling to increase communication in your classroom! Backchanneling is the process of having a conversation in a digital space while another activity takes place in the classroom space. You'll participate in a mock Socratic Seminar using backchanneling, and you'll learn various ways to use backchanneling across grade levels and subject areas.

iPads in Primary Classrooms: Erin Christ, Shepard Elementary CPS
Are you looking for engaging ways to integrate technology into your primary K-2 classroom?
In this session you will get hands on practice with multiple apps and websites to use in many subject areas in your K-2 classroom. Please download the free versions of the following apps before the session: Book Creator, Sock Puppets, and Bitsboard.

Augmented Reality: Bring a 4th Dimension to Your Classroom: Shane Williams and Chris Johnson, Jefferson City High School
The technology behind Augmented Reality (also referred to as AR or 4D) is taking a real-world view and enhancing it with computer-generated imagery. Whether this is done by using a computer monitor and camera or fitted goggles to imprint imagery in the lenses, augmenting in this manner has great possibilities for a variety of tasks. You must come and see for yourself how using AR compels you to rethink many aspects of teaching and learning, and will in fact redefine how we interact with our environments in our everyday lives. Search for yourself, but we warn you, go down this rabbit hole and you will not be able to stop thinking of ideas and applications. 
You may want to download the following FREE Apps: Daqri, Aurasma, colAR Mix

GEOGEBRA- An essential tool for every math class: Kathy Steinhoff, Hickman High School CPS
You know longer need to try to sketch or describe answers to, "what if", you can show students the answer and let them investigate on their own. Geogebra allows you to investigate the coordinate plane, transformations, equations, systems and much more. Geogebra is a free app that can be used for all levels of math. Examples during the presentation will focus on middle and early high school. Please bring an ipad, preferably with the Geogebra app preloaded.

Getting Students "N"gaged with Notability & Nearpod: Stacy Robison, Two Mile Prairie Elementary CPS
Come learn more about and explore Mac's 2014 App of the Year award winner, Notability! This app is more than just a note taking app - it's very versatile and my students used it daily in fifth grade. I'll give you some tips, especially for language arts, on how to incorporate this app into your daily activities, and help keep students organized and engaged in their learning.
Want to spruce up your old Power Points? Try using Nearpod! It's easy to create and download multimedia presentations, and then share them with students. They'll interact with the presentations and become engaged in the lesson. Too many cool features to name, so come to learn more!
Please have the apps Notability and Nearpod.

11:00
Inside Out! Opening the doors to the world outside! Shelli Thelen, Paxton Keeley Elementary CPS
Using iMovie, a Kindergarten teacher opens the classroom doors to share learning with the community. Using Padlet, the outside world is delivered inside the classroom for little learners to explore. See how the app iMovie and Padlet, a web-based tool, can be used to support young learners. Having iMovie installed on your iPad would be helpful. Additionally, creating a Padlet account (www.padlet.com) prior to the session is suggested as well.

Apple Innovation Center: Hands-On Activities: Apple INC
Come visit the Media Center to experience hands-on activities with emerging technologies. Two of Apple's educational consultants will lead participants through some exciting experiences. Stop by to see what's coming next!

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.

We will focus on assessments and problem-solving. eVisionMATH provides students with the visual tools they need to both understand and solve word problems. Assessment is an integral part of instruction, not an interruption. Both skills and understanding are assessed on a daily basis. Daily formative assessment is provided and connects to information for interpreting results (diagnosis) and intervention tasks.

Your OverDrive platform is a website and app that allows students and educators 24/7 access to a customized collection of eBooks and audiobooks. CPS provides hundreds of titles for your students to access in and out of the classroom. In this session, you will learn the basics of OverDrive and strategies and resources for implementing eBooks and audiobooks in the classroom.
No specific apps are required for this session, although participants may download the OverDrive app beforehand. The app can be downloaded at http://app.overdrive.com/ and instructions to download and set up an OverDrive account are located here: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481620

NEWSworthy Apps and Ideas for the Classroom: Tara Rucker, Paxton Keeley Elementary CPS
Are you looking for a new way to share about the happenings in your classroom? What about a class news segment? We will share how our students designed, filmed, edited and published weekly iMovies to share learning and events from the classroom. We will also share ways our students used apps such as 30 Hands, Face Talk and iBook Author. Get tips, see student projects and ask questions to help get started.

STAR Assessments provide actionable insight into student learning and achievement growth. Explore the new Dashboards for classroom teachers and plan for growth with instructional resources, such as Performance Tasks, Teacher Activities, Lesson Plans and Worked Examples through Core Progress for Reading and Math built into STAR. We’ll also reserve a little time to see what’s new!

Getting Appy with Language Arts: Stacy Robison, Two Mile Prairie Elementary CPS
After completing a year of 1:1 with fifth grade, I'll share with you the apps that my students and I used on a daily basis for language arts instruction. The focus will be on shared whole-class instruction time, small-group instruction, and conferencing. Some apps we'll discuss include Google Drive, Google Classroom, Notability, and Showbie.

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.

Digital Content: Curation, Creation, and Delivery: Apple INC
Educators can curate, create and deliver engaging digital content for iPads with iBooks Author and iTunes U. iBooks Author is an amazing application that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch books and resources for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. iTunes U courses let teachers give each class a customized learning experience. Teachers can create and manage their course and students can experience it all from the iTunes U app on iPad. Within all of this amazing content is the work of Apple Distinguished Educators, and we will take a closer look at their interactive One Best Thing iBooks as well as the huge repository of courses and lessons plans they have shared.

Did you know that every CPS teacher has a Schoolwires website? This session will focus on learning the basic features of the Schoolwires website, including:
1. How to access your site
2. How to add your own resource links
3. How to embed your Twitter feed
4. How to display your latest newsletter on your site.
Come ready to work! By the end of this session, you will have your own Schoolwires website ready to go for the new year!

CANCELED: Future Proof Your Classrooms with ClassFlow for Schools: Lance Muller, ClassFlow Powered by Promethian
"Integrate technology in the classroom"..."Engage students"...sound familiar? Let's take a collaborative approach in exploring how to continue to do this at a higher degree utilizing the new visionary, cloud-based software, ClassFlow for Schools. ClassFlow for Schools will assist you in maximizing use of your current technology hardware, while discovering new techniques aimed at increasing engagement and personalizing learning for your students.

Coding--Is it computer science content? Is it problem-solving? Is it a learning product option across all curriculum areas? YES! Come to learn from teachers and sixth grade students how you can inspire students to learn using coding. In this session, you will learn a few basics of coding, know where to access FREE online curriculum and tracking tools, and travel to the places coding takes students. Participants may want to create an account at code.org.

Zap Life into Learning with Web 2.0: Nikki Schwartz, Hallsville Public Schools
Ignite your students with some great Web 2.0 websites/apps! Get a quick overview of some engaging websites you can use the first day in your classroom. These resources will be for a variety of activities: student response, writing, formative assessment, presentations, and more! Device recommended for your own engagement.

Be mysterious...how to engage students with Mystery Skype! Maggie Eastman, Instructional Technology CPS
Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The audience will participate in an actual Mystery Skype live in the room, gain an understanding of how it works, learn how to connect with teachers from around the world and utilize it in your classroom. **A 1:1 classroom is not needed for this activity!

Media Specialist Idea Exchange: Rebecca Bevel-Smith, Oakland Middle School CPS
Need ideas for programming? Have a great tip for managing 1:1? Please come to our first ever Technopalooza Media Specialist share session!

Using ClassDojo to Provide Feedback in the Elementary Classroom: Cara Taylor-Steele, Battle Elementary CPS
Have you heard about ClassDojo? Have you been meaning to check it out but haven't had the time? Have you tested it out but aren't sure where to start or how to use it in your classroom? ClassDojo is a customizable and fun data tracking system that you can use for behavior and academic goals. In this session we will share how we use it in our classrooms and help you get started!

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.

STAR Assessments provide actionable insight into student learning and achievement growth. Explore the new Dashboards for classroom teachers and plan for growth with instructional resources, such as Performance Tasks, Teacher Activities, Lesson Plans and Worked Examples through Core Progress for Reading and Math built into STAR. We’ll also reserve a little time to see what’s new!

JUST TEACH!: Jazz Rucker, Battle High School CPS
Just TEACH!: a holistic, ‘no-fear’ approach to educating in a classroom rich with technological resources. This session will operate as a shortened 'class period' or 'lesson.' You will play the role of the student as we learn how weave different technological programs into our class. Participants will need schoology, notability, google drive, voice record and a QR reader to successfully engage in this session/class. 

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!  

Apple Innovation Center: Hands-On Activities: Apple INC
Come visit the Media Center to experience hands-on activities with emerging technologies. Two of Apple's educational consultants will lead participants through some exciting experiences. Stop by to see what's coming next!

Fluba-who?? - Assessing with Google Forms: Julie Gastler, Battle High School CPS
Flubaroo is an add-on for Google docs that enables teachers to use a Google form to assess student learning. In this session you will learn the basics of how to make a Google form, including choosing a theme, setting the responses destination, an overview of a variety of question types, and advanced settings on questions. Then you will learn how to use Flubaroo to score your assessments, view the results, and interpret the data to improve student learning.

CANCELED: Future Proof Your Classrooms with ClassFlow for Schools: Lance Muller, ClassFlow Powered by Promethian
"Integrate technology in the classroom"..."Engage students"...sound familiar? Let's take a collaborative approach in exploring how to continue to do this at a higher degree utilizing the new visionary, cloud-based software, ClassFlow for Schools. ClassFlow for Schools will assist you in maximizing use of your current technology hardware, while discovering new techniques aimed at increasing engagement and personalizing learning for your students.

Blogging: The New Newsletter: Kristina Tutt, Rock Bridge Elementary CPS
Move over, Friday Folder newsletters and handouts bound for the recycling bin! With the use of a classroom blog, teachers can showcase student work, link to resources and documents for homework and projects, and connect with families to keep them updated on class activities and upcoming events. In this session, teachers will see how they can utilize a classroom blog as a one-stop-shop for students and parents throughout the school year. We'll discuss how to make the most of a Blogger account, along with Symbaloo, ThingLink, KidBlog, The Remind app, and other helpful tools.

Become a Google Classroon Guru!: Carlei Wies, Derby Ridge Elementary CPS
Do you wish you were a 1:1 classroom? Do you wish you knew the ins and outs of Google Classroom and Notabilitly? Well, look no more, you've come to the right place! We will teach you how to use Google Classroom to assign work, grade homework, and hold discussions. We will show you not only the conventional way to use Notability, but also creative ways to incorporate it into class projects. Please have the Google Classroom App and Notability Downloaded. Remember, you don't need to have a 1:1 classroom to make great use of Google Classroom!

What's Your Story?: Kendra Windsor and Melanie Thompson, Jefferson City Public Schools
Storytelling is as old as humanity, but today's technology makes it possible to tell stories as never before. Come, gather around, as we explore today's tools that make it possible to share stories that are rich with images, video, text, and sounds. Pull up a chair and enjoy student samples and great free resources. Settle in, get cozy and let's learn new ways to tell our stories.

Have a Hoot with KaHoot!: Ariel Schwarting, Grant Elementary CPS
This session will focus on how you can incorporate the program KaHoot for both academic and entertainment purposes in your classroom! KaHoot is a website that is full of quizzes that can be used in your room. There is also options to create your own, original quiz. This presentation will be geared toward elementary teachers. Please make sure that you bring either a smartphone or an iPad with you.

Learn about technology in education ideas from around the world. I will be attending the ISTE 2015 conference and will bring back the best ideas to share with you during Technopalooza III. I will ask my colleagues attending to share with me in order to offer a wide variety of engaging lessons to enhance learning in your classroom. I will update this description by mid- July(need to attend the conference first), so check back for more specific details.

We will explore free, easy tools for online assessments. We will go over how to create your own materials and how to access and assign ready-made content. Google apps (Classroom, Drive, Docs, Sheets) are recommended as well as an Edcite account.

Teacher Access Center - Did you know?: Walt McManus, Technology Services CPS
Notifications, Alerts, Calendars, Email, and Reporting Tools...all things available to you within Teacher Access Center. Come see a demo of some of the additional tools you could be using within Teacher Access Center.

Free for all @ DBRL: Elementary Session: Hilary Aid, Daniel Boone Regional Library
The Daniel Boone Regional Library is stuffed to the gills with free resources for you, your students, and their families. Come learn all that we have to offer. Highlights will include information on:
· Programs for all ages including information on our new technology lab, the Studio.
· Online databases from talking books for the young ones to test prep for teens.
· Downloadable e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music.
· How to run a library card drive, invite the bookmobile to your school event, or schedule library tours.
This session will focus on resources for elementary school teachers working in Boone and Callaway counties.