Elementary Communication

"I would like for parents and students to know more about what's happening in my classroom. How can I communicate more efficiently?"

Suggested Sessions:

Twitter Talk - Cassandra Baxter and Vesta Hotchkiss, Mill Creek 3rd and Kindergarten - Does the thought of using twitter leave you feeling less than enthused? Have no worries! Tweeting isn't just for the birds anymore. We will help you set up your own classroom Twitter account, send your first tweet, and tell you all about the crazy hashtag thing. Already have a Twitter account? Don't worry. We'll give you ideas and real life examples of taking things to the next level. #itsgoingtobegreat!

Blogging 101 - Ariel Schwarting and Rachel Vogt, Grant 3rd GradeThis session will provide an overview and tutorial of creating a classroom and/or student blog. See how easy it is to create a beautiful and informative blog for your classroom. It's the centerpiece for the sharing of all your student work. Please have the Blogger app downloaded prior to attending.

Using Twitter to build your Personal Learning Network - Jayme Pingrey, Battle High Media SpecialistInterested 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. 

Blackboard for Elementary 1:1 - Tim Trogdon, Instructional Technology - Going to have a classroom full of iPads and fifth graders? 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.

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.

Google Galore: Utilizing Google Tools with Students - Nikki Kunkel, Shepard 4th Grade - Google offers a multitude of free and easy to understand tools. In this session, I will share ways I utilize Google Blogger and Google Drive with my students. From book club assignments to homework, these tools offer accessibility and an avenue for student creativity. It would be helpful if you download Google Blogger and Google Drive apps prior to this session.

Edmodo: From Common Core to Common Sense - Brian Rehg and Vanessa Kline, Parkade 4th and 3rd GradeThis session will explore how Edmodo's learning platform can enhance the engagement of students while attaining the Common Core state Standards. This classroom based approach will inform teachers how to take the standards and implement them digitally in order to engage your 21st Century Learners. Prerequisite: Must have basic knowledge of Edmodo