2017 Elementary Sessions

9:00
Certifiably Google - Google Educator Certifications - Tonya Ellis, Jefferson City PS
In this session, an overview of Google Educator certifications will be outlined and explained, including information about the online Google Training Center. Then we will focus on Google Educator Level 1, and the steps to work through to achieve certification, including resources we've gathered and created to help staff in our school district prepare for the exam.
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Are you interested in learning more about Schoology and building an online component for your classes? Then come get trained on Schoology. For those of you out there who need a little refresher, and for those of you just starting out, you will learn ins and outs of this program and why it is my #1 choice for a classroom LMS. Schoology is “the only learning management system (LMS) that connects all the people, content, and systems that fuel education.”  
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Enter the World of QR Codes! - Jodie Langston and Melissa Frericks, New Franklin
Have you ever wanted to be in two places in your classroom at once? With QR codes, you can! There are so many uses for QR codes in your classroom. You can easily create QR codes for directions for small group work. You can also create stories, games, links, and activities that are easily accessible for students. We will teach you how to create a QR and show many different ways to use them in your classroom! Please make sure you have a device and a QR reader with you!  
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Step up your game! - Mark Burlison and Chelsea Jackson, Mill Creek Elementary
Welcome to a new way of learning! In this session you will be able to learn how to use Swivl and Schoology to help develop your teaching skills! With the use of Swivl and an iPad you can now learn from the best instructors in your building, across your district, or anywhere! With the these two items you will be able to learn from fellow teachers and receive meaningful feedback from your peers!! Your admin will be able to give you quality feedback when you request it. The best part is that you can record yourself teaching and be able to upload the video or try it again.....no pressure....only send what you want. What's better than personalized feedback from your colleagues and admin?!?
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Going Paperless with Grammar - Stacy Robison, Two Mile Prairie Elementary
Are you curious about experimenting with Mentor Sentences, but don't want all of the copies? Find out how to incorporate student iPads and apps like Google Drive, Docs, Notability, and Schoology. See how I did used Mentor Sentences this year without any paper in my fifth grade classroom!
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Library Media Specialist Collaboration - Tranna Foley, Hickman HS and Jessi Menold, Douglass HS
Have a great tip about collaborating with teachers? Need ideas to support 1:1 implementation, genrefy your collection, or create a Makerspace?Want to make over your Library Media Center but don't know where to start? This session provides LMS an opportunity to support and share with one another. Looking forward to learning and sharing with other LMS! Please bring one idea to share and the title of at least one MUST READ book.
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Now this is a session all about how my class got flipped-turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there and I'll tell you some info that you'll want to share! Have you wanted to try out a flipped classroom? Do you dread days with a substitute because you might have to pause your lessons? Then this session is for you! We will use the Explain Everything app, EdPuzzle, and Schoology quizzes and completion rules to bring your lessons to life even when you can't be there! Please have the Schoology and Explain Everything apps downloaded. Please sign up for a teacher account at www.edpuzzle.com.
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Breakout Boxes in the classroom - Nichole Salas, Parkade Elementary
Explore how to use Breakout boxes to enrich learning in the classroom
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10:00
Chrome Extensions that Help Students - Nikki Schwartz, Battle Elementary
Laptop is most useful if you want to load extensions as we talk. If you don't have a device, you will still learn! Participants will learn about how to personalize their students' Chrome experience. Several of these extensions are helpful for differentiation as well as students with disabilities.
Media Center Computer Lab

STEAM Slam - Craig Adams, STEAMBus Guy
The STEAM Slam is a combination of speed dating and career networking or… “speed networking,”! Faculty are often too busy to learn about new resources or industry techniques that could make them more efficient when discussing STEM/STEAM related “careers” with their students.  The Columbia STEM Alliance, along with a handful of CPS, will conduct a form of “speed dating for STEAM”. In this format, local professionals run a series of 3-5 minute intro sessions on how they view STEAM in their profession. Teachers are given the opportunity to discuss topics with the professionals and network. 

Professions discussed be included from the 6 Career Pathways recognized by the State of Missouri -Engineering Technology, Health Services, Human Services, Arts and Communications and Business Technology
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Explore the app Explain Everything and see how it could transform your instruction. 
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Learn what happened when I decided to make African history come alive. Students explored an inquiry strand, planned their writing, labored through a rough draft, edited/revised, created a final draft, and collaborated to produce their own podcasts using technology available through CPS. Find out what happened in my class and how you can adapt this project to your class!
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The Power of Literary Technology: Tools to Enhance Book Talks and Motivate Readers - Dr. Barri L. Bumgarner, Westminster College
In this session, see how one professor and her students motivate readers using digital tools to learn about and listen to hot middle level and YA books. In Barri's classrooms, future teachers get to learn about trending books, while also integrating technology in how students learn about and respond to their books, whether in Book Clubs, read aloud, or independent reading. Participants will see and hear about the titles, the digital responses, and strategies for getting students excited about books to read.  
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Stop! Stop Motion for cross-content integration - Whitney Adams, Lee Elementary
This session is designed to teach you how to integrate your curriculum with stop motion film making. Together, we will explore how to make stop motion films and how to use stop motion in your classroom. You will need to bring your iPad with the "Stop Motion" app already downloaded and your creative thinking! 
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Sensational SeeSaw - Laura Mathes and Lynda Baker, Mill Creek Elementary
Participants will learn about the versatile, useful, and fun SeeSaw app and get to experience it themselves. We will share ways we have used it to communicate with parents as well as ways we've used it for in class activities and assessments. Please download the free Seesaw app prior to the workshop (not the parent version).
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Engaging practices: High impact/low tech - Shelli Thelen, Paxton Keeley Elementary
You may have used a KWL in class. What about an Agreement Circle? Four Corners Debate? Human Continuum? Gallery Walk? No tech needed. Be prepared to get out of your seat and learn some practical, engaging structures that will involve students while providing you with student feedback!
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Fostering Innovation in Your School: Admin Discussion - Facilitated by Chris Drury, Mark Burlison, Angie Gerzen
Come join the discussion of how schools are encouraging and supporting the use of innovative instructional practices. Principals from CPS middle and elementary schools will facilitate the conversation. Topics might include innovative use of planning time, professional development, student feedback, and more. Bring your ideas and questions!
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Student Empowerment 2.0 - Nicole Reed, Blue Ridge Elementary
How do you empower students in their classroom, community, and beyond? How do you motivate students intrinsically while facilitating positive classroom behaviors, leadership, and accountability in your classroom? I will discuss these topics as a continuation from last summer's session. This session will be full with tips, tricks, and real life takeaways!
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Come to this session and add to your 1:1 toolbox. Learn how to establish technology routines throughout the year with a "bring your device everyday expectation." See how I have reinforced digital responsibility. I will also share my journey of finding a balance between paper and digital. You will get strategies I have found successful and participants are encouraged to share strategies too.
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12:00
Art & Music of Protest, Revolution, and Liberation - Shelli Thelen, Paxton Keeley Elementary
So you say you want a Revolution? This session will take the participants on a journey through recent history using image study and music reflecting historical times. Using digital tools such as YouTube, Padlet, Schoology, and friendly websites, this session will reinforce the power of art and its commentary on the world through time. If you have wanted to integrate more image study and lyrical reading into your fifth-12th grade Eng/Ss classroom, join in! Having Schoology would enrich your experience. Currently integrating? Join the conversation and share your favs and how you have successfully used this medium to teach.
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The New SMART Notebook for Elementary - John Riley, MOREnet
When CPS teachers get to their classrooms this year, you'll find a new and improved version of SMART Notebook installed. This session will help you learn all the new features for you to utilize in the classroom this fall. 
Media Center Computer Lab

Digital Citizenship: Essential Browser Apps and Resources - Jeff Cochran, Columbia Career Center
This session covers a wide variety of digital citizenship topics including information sharing and privacy, copyright law, cyberbullying prevention and more. Also learn to use web apps to block questionable advertisements, purify youtube, add another level of web filtering.
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Enhanced Learning with Public Library Resources and Programs (Elementary Edition) - Brandy Sanchez, Daniel Boone Regional Library
Learn about a variety of online resources available through your Public Library. Online databases, e-books, streaming music and more are just a click away with your library card. Use these tools for your own education, or bring them into your classroom to enhance your students' learning experience.
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Creative littleBits: Integrating Science, Music, & Technology - Molly Krueger, Russell Boulevard Elementary
This session explores the use of littleBits synthesizer kits, a resource available through the STEAM Bus. Suggestions for a unit integrating objectives for science, music, writing, and social studies will be discussed. This technology provides countless opportunities for students to create. Get ready to make some noise!
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Participants in this session will learn the basics behind teaching engineering at the elementary level. We will talk about various ways to include engineering challenges in the curriculum. Participants will also get to try to design their own solution to an engineering challenge. 
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Everyone Can Code - Apple INC
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. You’ll hear about Swift Playgrounds, a new app for iPad that makes getting started with coding fun and interactive, and you’ll get a first look at the accompanying teacher guide. You’ll also explore App Development with Swift, a curriculum for high school and college for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.
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Scholastic News: Non-fiction the Fun Way! - Jimmy McKee, Grant Elementary
Are you tired of seeing kids be bored while reading non-fiction? You can help change that! Using Scholastic News articles in real world form can make reading these articles fun! In this session you will learn how your students can take their Scholastic News readers and create an informational and creative news broadcast for your entire school. You will learn how to implement IMovie and Do Ink for a great broadcast! 
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Bloxels Builder: Bringing Math Coding and Storytelling Together - Andrew Crawford, Battle Elementary
This session will give an introductory look at the iPad app Bloxel Builder by Pixel Press and how it can be implemented into a classroom bringing elements of the designing process of a video game how much work goes into the story and planning of a game and the problem solving aspects behind it. We will also look at how Bloxels can be implemented as a tool for math especially in the use of fractions, decimals, percentages and area/perimeter. 
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Layering Texts to Deepen Understanding - Nicole Burks, Paxton Keeley Elementary
Approaching some historical content for the first time can bring lots of new vocabulary, people, events, and ideas. Students have varying background knowledge on the topics that we study. While students will be making new knowledge as they read, presenting readers with “layered texts”, usually curated on a Padlet, has helped enrich the book club experience. This strategy, “layering texts”, can help students see the connections between historical events and current events. Some possible ways to create a “layered text set” is to include the following formats: podcasts, image study, video clips, primary sources, and picture books.
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1:00
Elementary EdCamp - Aubrey Ash and Nikki Kunkel, Shepard Elementary
Do you have a ton of ideas and need to chat? Are you dying to share and listen to ideas of other teachers? Do you have a burning thought you want to discuss? In speed dating fashion, come and gather a great deal of information from fellow educators in a relaxed and conversational environment. Come, share, grow...All thoughts welcome!
Media Center

Breakout lockboxes are used as a tool to engage students in curriculum centered mysteries and creative thinking and problem solving. Students uncover clues that enable multiple locks on a box to be released incrementally after each discovery. At the end the box is opened to reveal a reward or the last clue. We will share several mini-lockouts with participants in a short session to demonstrate the use of this exciting classroom strategy. Make your own box from the discount store, or purchase a ready-made kit and get ready to ‘escape’ to science learning and problem solving. A free repository of games in many content areas are available and a growing community of teachers and media specialists are adding to the free collections daily. You can use games from the free repository or custom design your own games to match the core content and science practices with which you want your students to engage. Once you try it in your classroom, they will beg you for more. Join an online community of teachers who work in general or science content groups to troubleshoot and discuss best practices for using the games in a variety of settings from classrooms to co-curricular activities, faculty meetings, or family curriculum nights. 
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Before the Puck Drops - Teaching Science and Math to Students Through Online Hockey Simulations - Ben Gwynne, EverFi
Attendees will gain access to a web-based resource that is available at NO COST:
Hockey Scholar: (grades 4-6) this course brings science, math & engineering concepts to life using the exciting, fast-paced game of hockey. Through immersive hockey simulations, each module enables students to explore real-life applications of fundamental STEM concepts. The course aligns with state math and science standards, it is student-driven and has assessments embedded into them enabling students to go at their own pace as the teacher can be a facilitator in the classroom and see measurable outcomes from student work. 
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Mathematics with Sphero the robotic ball - Evan Schilling, Battle HS
Engage your students in mathematics with coding using the app controlled robot ball, Sphero SPRK edition. Experience a variety of applications ranging from elementary to high school that will hopefully SPRK you and your students imagination. Whether you have experience with coding Sphero or not, you will have a ball.  
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Empowering Students to Solve Place-Based Problem Through Design-Thinking: An Introduction - Tony White, Lange Middle School
Consider the water quality in an urban stream running through your schoolyard, or the increasing traffic congestion along busy school bus routes, or the wasteful use of electricity in our hallways and classrooms. These real-world problems affect our students, staff, and school neighbors in their daily lives.
This session will introduce ways we can solve these daily dilemmas through Design Thinking - a systematic approach to creating human-centered solutions to real-life problems. Design Thinking emphasizes creativity, constructiveness, and collaboration. Using the lens of Place-Based inquiry, Design Thinking will help us, as educators, more fully utilize our school campuses, buildings, and surrounding neighborhoods. This session's goal is to provide participants with ideas for how to build and strengthen connections between our school community and the larger Columbia community. 
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Apple Teacher - Apple INC
Apple has created new resources and tools to help with technology integration in the classroom.  The new Apple Teacher Program offers free professional learning exclusively for educators. Join us for this exciting workshop and start earning your badges in order to be recognized as an Apple Teacher! 
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2:00
Minecraft- More Than a Game, It's Visual Thinking - Anne Schoelz, Russell Elementary
Minecraft has been used by your students for years. How can you use this open ended tool to enhance and deepen content areas: social studies, science, math and literacy. The environment is low floor, high ceiling and can be used with any grade level, kindergarten through high school, to make learning more student centered.  
Media Center Computer Lab

PBL 101: An Overview of Project-Based Learning - Sarah Rausch, Instructional Technology
Are you looking for a way to give students opportunities to develop life skills like problem-solving, communication, and grit?  Are you wanting a way to add rigor and relevance to your curriculum?  Have you been searching for a way to purposefully and intentionally integrate technology in order to personalize learning?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Project-Based Learning is for you and your students!  Come learn the basics of Project-Based Learning and walk away with all the necessary steps to implement a PBL unit, including a planning template, project ideas, and rubrics.
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Whether you have always wanted to learn Twitter (and never had the time) or you have been a Twitterfan forever, come share and learn about the power of Twitter to build a professional learning network.  From growing connections among colleagues right here in CPS, to breaking down classroom walls and connecting her and her students to authors across the country, to growing a Professional Learning Network on a national level, Anna has seen how Twitter can impact a teacher’s professional life and dreams.   In this session, she’ll share some tips and tricks to Twitter PD.  Download the Twitter app and get ready to participate in a live Twitter Chat with Heinemann author Kara Pranikoff during this session. You just might win a signed copy of her new book!
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Like lego? Like movies? Like seeing students engaged? Bring your iPad or iPhone and participate in this stop motion animation workshop to make your very own movie masterpiece. By using only a pile of legos and your imagination, see how digital literacy skills and standards-based content can be combined to create movies that are totally awesome!
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Solving the financial literacy gap for K-12 students - Ben Gwynne, EverFi
The #1 reason students drop out of college is because financial concerns. Join our session to receive access to web-based resources that raise awareness about financial education to elementary, middle and high school students. All of these student-driven resources are available at NO COST. Teachers will receive access to the following:
-EverFi (grades 10-12 - 6-8 hours) – Teaches students about credit scores, investing, financing higher education, and more.
-FutureSmart (grades 7-9 - 3-4 hours) – Students play the Mayor of a town, helping local citizens with decisions such as weighing opportunity costs, budgeting and savings.
-Vault (grades 4-6 - 2-3 hours) – Introduces students to concepts like savings and banking to increase knowledge for making sound financial decisions at a young age. 
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Let Sphero Sprk+ the Creative Robot Revolution - John Riley, MOREnet
Through connected play and discovery, the Sphero robots are challenging and inspiring brilliant young minds. From math and science to programming and the arts, hands-on activities expand imaginations and help shape a brighter future. Connect to the Lightning Lab app to learn programming, complete activities, and get inspired through connected play and coding. 
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Apple Classroom - Apple INC
See Apple Classroom, a powerful iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share and receive work and manage student devices in both a 1:1 and shared environments. This year, you will be able to create your own classes and enroll your students. Come see how to use this powerful tool to guide instruction in your classroom next school year.
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