2017 Secondary Sessions

9:00
Cancelled - Cloud Cinema - Joshua Howard, Fulton PS
Are your students watching videos on YouTube? Of course they are. It’s unavoidable that our students are spending their time consuming copious amounts of digital media online. But what if we used that interest in digital video for good? What if our kids became the YouTubers? In our session we will look at some very basic video creation tools; Stupeflix, Screencastify, WeVideo and YouTube to name a few, and we will explore how easy it is to dive deep into video creation. But more importantly, we will explore the “Why?” of video creation. With an emphasis on student voice, authentic audience, and personal connection, we will show you how you can change the culture of education by training the next generation of YouTubers to use their powers for good.
Media Center

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.
Media Center Computer Lab

Are you getting a little worried that you need to manage your classes in Schoology next year but don't really have any idea how to get started? Come to this "square one" session for the ultimate in basics including how to structure your classes, create assignments, give assessments and use the calendar. Get caught up with your colleagues in this easy-going session. There are no stupid questions here! 
Room F104

Setting Up Your Gradebook in TAC - Andrea Hunting, CPS Technology Services
Have an opportunity to ask questions about best practices in gradebook setup and review common mistakes that cause pain points at grade reporting time. 
Room F107

Cancelled - Classroom Applications for CPS High School 1:1 - Alex Miller, Battle HS
This session will be an exploration of the tools that we can use as classroom teachers to implement our new devices in a practical manner. Focusing on tools that we currently use and simple tools and strategies that we can use to help both ourselves and our students transition quickly.
Room F109

Video Game Simulations with Bloxels - Marc Alexander, Smithton MS
Learn how students can use Bloxels to make a video game simulation of your content. I suggest bringing your ipad but this is not necessary to attend.
Room F208

Google is likely your first stop when you want to research something or locate an answer to a question. In true Google fashion, the search feature has many hidden gems that will allow you to locate information quicker and more effectively. This session will uncover those hidden gems and reveal some fun Google-y surprises along the way!
Room F210

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.” 
Room F214 

Looking for a way to manage behavior, motivate students AND help them hold each other accountable? Then this is for you. I will show you how using Classcraft and having your students be mages, healers and warriors can do all that! Now, if you're thinking, "Oh...so this is just like Class Dojo."...you wouldn't be more wrong. Come see AND experience Classcraft through actually participating. You will create a student account and learn about the basic features.   
Room F219

10 Class Hacks Using Microsoft Office - Maria Turner, Microsoft
Would you like to hack your classroom and gain more instructional time with your students?  Come learn 10 tricks and tips for using Microsoft Office more efficiently so that you can hack your classroom, save time, and gain more time to spend on what matters the most - your students!  
Room G105

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.
Room G208

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.
Room G210

10:00
Do you want to incorporate more film and multimedia into your classroom? Do you want True/False and Ragtag experts to help curate your curriculum and gain insights on teaching film and multimedia? Do you want to take field trips to Ragtag Cinema? 

The Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative began last year as an effort to do those things and more. Teachers earn PD and in-service credit for meeting approximately once a month as part a year-round Media Literacy program. As one teacher in last year's group put it, "So much of what we do at schools is about creating a good thinker--somebody who can evaluate what they see, think about what they hear, and decide for themselves what's important to them." The Media Literacy Initiative aims to support you as teachers in that goal.

To find out more, check out our session and/or email Allison Coffelt at allison@truefalse.org.
Media Center

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
Upstairs Commons

Explore the app Explain Everything and see how it could transform your instruction. 
Room F104

Mastery in Schoology - Andrea Hunting, CPS Technology Services
Student Mastery Reporting in Schoology allows instructors to view student achievement on any standard or learning objective that has been aligned to Assignments, Test/Quiz Questions, or Discussions within a course. This area contains multiple views that allow instructors to evaluate how students are learning and pinpoint students that may need additional attention. Learn about how to get started with student mastery reporting today!
Room F107

Using OneNote as a Digital Notebook for Students and Teachers - Ryan "Master P" Pingrey, Instructional Technology, BHS
In this session, you will learn both some basic and advanced uses of OneNote. OneNote is an application in the Microsoft Office suite (like Word, Powerpoint, etc.) that serves as a digital notebook. We will learn how to create and organize notebooks and add text, handwriting, pictures, and video into our notebooks. We will also learn how to insert files (PDFs, etc) into notebooks in order to type/annotate on them. Lastly, we will learn how to use Class Notebooks so that you can create a notebook and push it out to your students, view their progress in the notebook (while they are still editing), and have them turn it back into you all without leaving OneNote.
Room F109  

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!
Room F208

Are looking for a way to provide extensive formative feedback without having to hand grade individual papers? Are you moving toward Standards Based Grading? If you answered YES to either question, then this is the session for you! You will learn how to use the Schoology "Quiz" function to write formative assessments with questions and/or responses linked to specific standards that provide specific formative feedback for correct and incorrect answers. In addition, you will learn how to export data to Excel for use with Standards Based Grading. Please bring your laptop (preferred, if you have one) or iPad and a list of objectives/standards for a specific unit and as well as a few questions you might want to use for an assessment.
Room F210

Advanced Google Searches - Robert Cunningham, West Middle School
Learn, first-hand, the power of modified google searches. Decrease the time you and your students spend researching in Google . We will also learn to leverage a seldom-used power of the WORLD-wide web.
Room F214

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.  
Room F219

Get to Know Creating Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) Course Curriculum - Maria Turner, Microsoft
Got Bot? This session is an overview of a first-semester course that introduces programming to middle-school through early secondary grades in a manner that will excite and engage student; no prior experience required! Participants will gain an understanding of the course through hands-on experience with the curriculum and the TouchDevelop platform.
Room G105, 90 minute session

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).
Room G107

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!
Room G109

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!
Room G208

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.
Room G214

11:00
Do you want to incorporate more film and multimedia into your classroom? Do you want True/False and Ragtag experts to help curate your curriculum and gain insights on teaching film and multimedia? Do you want to take field trips to Ragtag Cinema? 

The Ragtag Film Society Media Literacy Initiative began last year as an effort to do those things and more. Teachers earn PD and in-service credit for meeting approximately once a month as part a year-round Media Literacy program. As one teacher in last year's group put it, "So much of what we do at schools is about creating a good thinker--somebody who can evaluate what they see, think about what they hear, and decide for themselves what's important to them." The Media Literacy Initiative aims to support you as teachers in that goal.

To find out more, check out our session and/or email Allison Coffelt at allison@truefalse.org.
Media Center

The New SMART Notebook for Secondary - 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

Current Events does not equal Naptime - Nathan Byrne, Newsy
Do you struggle to find already-curated, age appropriate news stories for your classroom? Nathan Byrne, the supervising editor or the academic partnerships at Newsy will introduce you to a series of easy-to-use videos for your classroom. Newsy, an E.W. Scripps Company brand, had its humble beginnings as a startup in Columbia. Today, Newsy delivers quick, smart, candid news across many platforms and carriers - including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and others.

In addition to his new role as a liaison between Newsy and schools, Nathan teaches a class about Newsy at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Room F104

TAC and Schoology Roundtable - Andrea Hunting, CPS Technology Services
In this roundtable session you will have an opportunity to talk with colleagues and software experts about TAC and Schoology. Learn about upcoming features, ask questions, and find out how TAC and Schoology can better serve you.
Room F107

Switching from a Mac to a PC can be a culture shock - here's what you need to know to ease the transition. Avoid Mac home-sickness and come discover some great analogous software and stellar tips to make your transition super-smooth!
Room F109

QR: Codes for everyday usage - Lori Doerhoff, Battle HS
QR codes, how to create them, implement them, how to use them with the new computers, QR generator in google Apps, and more...
Room F208

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.
Room F214

Enhanced Learning with Public Library Resources and Programs (Secondary 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.
Room F219

1:00
Advanced forms and add-ons - John Riley, MOREnet
Google forms are an easy way to collect information. Come and learn about new ways to build and reuse forms and control the amount and type of information coming in. We will build a form and use add-ons such at “All questions Required”, Choice Eliminator, Form limiter, and formRecycler.  
Media Center Computer Lab

Flipping Your Classroom without flipping your lid! - Dean Klempke, Gentry MS
Instructional methods of using iPads in the 6-8 classroom in a meaningful way. This session will reinforce the teaching you already do, with a heavily weighted technology stint. 
Room F104

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. 
Room F109

Explain Everything: the Swiss Army Knife of Apps - Erin Thompson, Smithton Middle School
Explain Everything is an app that allows teachers and students to record themselves while writing, drawing, or demonstrating. It is great for differentiated instruction, self-paced learning, class projects, or an intervention or extension activity. It's even a great tool for lessons when you need a substitute teacher! Explain Everything needs to be downloaded prior to the session.  
Room F208

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. 
Room F210

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.  
Room F219

Canceled: 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. 
Room G104

Building a Digital Classroom with OneNote - Maria Turner, Microsoft
Want to go paperless? Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning?  Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote! A free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!
Room G105

Teachers are under extreme pressure to make sure that all students are successful in our classes. However, we’re often faced with limitations like class time, absences, and student previous experience. Faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of all of our students, we implemented a flipped-mastery approach to our classrooms. We will start with an overview of the research behind mastery, flipped learning, and flipped-mastery. We will then discuss what we have learned from our first year of experience. We will be honest about what has worked well, what challenges we faced, and how we met those challenges. We will also highlight what changes we’ve made in our second year of experience with this classroom model as well as all of the resources that we’ve used along the way. Teachers attending this session will gain an understanding of flipped-mastery as well as tips on how to implement pieces or all of the method in their own classroom.
Room G107