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TIES 2013 CONFERENCE
TRANSFORMING PEDAGOGY WITH TECHNOLOGY


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Saturday, December 14
 

8:30am

Authentically Integrate Technology in Elementary Grades
Learn simple ways to authentically incorporate technology into your elementary classroom. Get inspired with creative solutions to common problems. You'll also learn how to use several web sites to promote inquiry in the classroom, support your curriculum, increase parent and school communication, and extend student learning outside of the classroom. Bring a wi-fi enabled device.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Zachman

Megan Zachman

2nd Grade Classroom Teacher, South Washington County Public Schools


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
St. Croix

8:30am

Create, Manage and Deliver Digital Content
Learn how to design and create engaging digital lessons using free and copyright-friendly content. You'll also see how to store, manage and deliver content accessible to all students. Bring your laptop to explore content and test out a variety of tools. Optionally, bring a mobile device to see how your lessons will work on other devices.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Cahill

Caitlin Cahill

Instructional Technology Coach, Orono Schools
Caitlin is the online learning specialist for the Orono public school district and serves as an executive committee member for the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Caitlin has run her own MOOC called Tech Tools for Teachers, a project-based professional development... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway I

8:30am

Enhance Your Elementary Classroom Through Robotics
Learn how your students can explore science and math concepts with LEGO Education WeDo Robotics by building moving models out of LEGO® bricks and programming the models using a graphical programming platform developed specifically for elementary students. Bring your own laptop.

Speakers
PK

Paul Keeney

Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin School District


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Regency

8:30am

Gamification Toolkit
Games offer a powerful model for successful learning in the classroom. Explore the cognitive, emotional and social benefits of gamification and game-based learning while acquiring a tool set to make it a reality in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hesselbein

Chris Hesselbein

Technology Integration Specialist, TIES
Technology Integration starts with good teaching. Chris Hesselbein strives to bring the "Why" back into Professional Development. He aims to give teachers solid pedagogical and psychological frameworks on which to hang high quality technology tools. He is currently focussing on... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway B

8:30am

QR Codes in the Classroom
Help students find their way using QR codes. You'll learn how QR codes can guide students on the web in a controlled manner, offering them differentiated learning while staying on task. Come see how teachers are using QR codes in the classroom and create your own. We will develop QR code scavenger hunts that you can bring back to your classroom right away! Bring your own laptop and iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kalthoff

Angie Kalthoff

Technology Integrationist, St. Cloud Area School District
Hi! I am a Technology Integrationist for the St.Cloud Area School District. I am also a Google Innovator and Code.org Affiliate. I like to learn from others and share my knowledge for fun. I think it is important to take learning into your own hands and seek out new information... Read More →
SN

sara norman

Academic Coach, St. Cloud Area School District


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Minnehaha

8:30am

Teaching and Learning on an iPad
Consider a vision where less is more and the words "focus" and "simplicity" describe how teachers and students approach technology. This session will focus on how technology can be effectively used to address an overall learning environment. You will see a select collection of iPad apps that focus on creativity, collaboration, professional development, assessment and overall work flow and can be used in either a 1:1 program or a cart model. Bring your own iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cox

Ryan Cox

Director of Instructional Technology, Becker Public Schools
I am currently the Director of Instructional Technology for Becker Public Schools. We are involved in an expanding iPad 1:1 initiative in Grades K-12. Our High School and Middle School have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program. I believe very strongly in leveraging resources... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Lake Superior B

8:30am

Using Evernote to Remember Everything
Need a mobile, automatically syncing, nearly omnipresent memory assistant? Check out Evernote. It does almost everything: web site bookmarking, storing and retrieving Quick Notes, capturing and annotating images, making lists, storing audio content and more. We'll learn how to do all this while having more fun than is probably legal in many states. Bring a mobile device with the Evernote app installed.

Speakers
avatar for Malik Bush

Malik Bush

Sales Engineer/Technology Consultant, TIES
Education Technology Specialist at TIES     For more information and resources, go to http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Lake Superior A

8:30am

Using SMART to Enhance Math Instruction
Take your math lessons to the next level with SMART Notebook features and tools. You'll learn to integrate research-based methods for increasing achievement into your lessons, explore ideas for using your SMART Board as an elementary or middle school mathematics and leave with sample files you can customize. Bring resources and a flash drive to save your work and sample files.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

Math Intervention Teacher, Mahtomedi School District
For the past 18 years, I have worked as an educator in the Mahtomedi School District. I am passionate about integrating technology and best practices to engage students and provide them with immediate feedback on their understanding. I am a SMART Exemplary Educator and Ties Exceptional... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway C

8:30am

Creating Content for the iPad Using InDesign
Learn how to create and publish interactive documents for the iPad using InDesign CS6. Join the digital publishing revolution by creating your own iPad magazine using InDesign on your laptop and viewing it with the free Adobe Viewer iPad app. Bring your iPad with Adobe Viewer installed.

Speakers
avatar for Connie DeMillo

Connie DeMillo

Design & Interactive Media Instructor, NE Metro Career and Technology Center
Design, education and sustainability. Creating interactive magazines is my passion. I was a magazine designer before I began teaching, and now my medium has come back with so much more opportunity for interaction with the reader. I love the app Next Issue, which allows me to... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Calhoun

8:30am

Creating Interactive Content in iBooks Author
Learn tips and tricks to enhance your e-books created with iBooks Author. Participants will explore several interactive book ideas, including how to create Choose Your Own Adventure, Scavenger Hunts and I Spy Books, along with content that brings the curriculum alive. Participants should have experience creating books using iBooks Author.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Gerhart

Kari Gerhart

Education Technology Consultant, TIES
Kari is an Education Technology Consultant at TIES. She is passionate about working with teachers to integrate technology in their classroom. Check out her preconference workshop on using YouTube in the Classroom!


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Minnetonka

8:30am

Innovation Design Challenge 2013
Dive into a high-energy workshop where YOU are the innovator. Working in teams, participants will use a design thinking process to solve a challenge with the help of trained facilitators. Teams will present their innovative ideas in an ignite session format, and these ideas will be showcased throughout the TIES 2013 conference. One team will be selected to receive coaching support from TIES Learning and Technology staff to implement their idea during the 2013-2014 school year. All teams that implement their ideas in the 2013-2014 school year will be invited to present their story at TIES 2014.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Daniels

Kristin Daniels

Innovation Coordinator, Cambridge-Isanti Schools
I am a former classroom teacher (middle school science) who transitioned into a technology integration role in 2006. My passions are collaboration and innovation in the hopes of helping teachers to shift their thinking towards creating more student-centered classrooms and schools... Read More →
avatar for Mike Dronen

Mike Dronen

Executive Director of Technology, Minnetonka Public Schools
For me, the magic, "I get it" moment was as a teacher with the launch of an eMentoring program and seeing the effect such a simple use of technology could have in students' lives. To this day, playing a role in pulling all the pieces together to create better opportunities for student... Read More →
avatar for Todd Nielsen

Todd Nielsen

Innovation Thought Leader


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Northstar Ballroom A

8:30am

iPad for Early Learners
Discover the role of iPad apps in early childhood. We will explore apps for early learning, picture schedules, curriculum areas and social skill development. This workshop is for pre-K educators who are brand new to the iPad. Participants will learn basic navigation, native applications, accessibility features and how to download apps, as well as how to find resources for using iPads.  Participants should bring their own iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Gayle Berthiaume

Gayle Berthiaume

Consultant / Trainer, Gayle Berthiaume Consulting LLC
Gayle Berthiaume is an educational technology integration consultant and trainer. She helps teachers throughout the world learn about technology, the Internet and creative uses for them in the classroom. Gayle taught K-2, Title 1 and gifted students for 35 years in Becker, Minnesota... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway H

8:30am

Making Rocks
Making, tinkering, inventing, hacking, playing: these concepts belong in every classroom to help students develop self-confidence and problem-solving skills. Come see for yourself as you work with maker technologies such as 3D printing, Scratch and Makey Makey and find their place in your classroom. Bring your own laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Brass

Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St Paul Academy and Summit School
Director of Instructional Technology for St. Paul Academy and Summit School Google Educator & Google Education Trainer Apple Distinguished Educator Passionate about #makered and portable/mobile devices in education


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway J

8:30am

Use iBooks Author to Create an eBook
Learn how to create your own ebook with iBooks Author. We will explore planning an ebook project, organizing chapters and pages, manipulating text and creating rich media. Widgets will be a major focus, including how to use image gallery, media, keynote, scrolling sidebar, PDF document viewer, embedded browser, form builder and more. Bring a Mac laptop with iBooks Author downloaded.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Feller

Wayne Feller

Technology & Innovation Coach, Stillwater Public Schools
Innovation coaching is unique for each teacher. Grade level, content area, teaching style, interests, and context of experience affect choices and potentials. Amassing an arsenal of tools is not enough. Innovation is a continuous practice of applying skills and ingenuity to the... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway D

12:30pm

CETL Exam
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Little

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Chrome and Chromebooks: The Teacher's Pets
Discover why Google Chrome has become the most used Internet browser in the world. Chrome can simplify tasks to create and share content with the rest of your digital life. Learn how to personalize and tweak Chrome to make the most out of everything you do online. We will dive into the Chrome Web Store and explore useful apps and extensions. Bring your own laptop or Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kalthoff

Angie Kalthoff

Technology Integrationist, St. Cloud Area School District
Hi! I am a Technology Integrationist for the St.Cloud Area School District. I am also a Google Innovator and Code.org Affiliate. I like to learn from others and share my knowledge for fun. I think it is important to take learning into your own hands and seek out new information... Read More →
avatar for Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

Director of Technology, Princeton Public Schools
Eric is the Director of Technology for Princeton Public Schools in Princeton, Minnesota and a Google for Education Certified Innovator. A former social studies teacher, he leads technology leadership and instruction in PreK-12 settings. His recent interests include leveraging digital... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway F

12:30pm

Creating Content for All Learners with iTunes U
iTunes U can be used to extend learning to anytime and any where. We will discuss how using iTunes U courses can benefit both students and teachers, along with the steps for creating a course, including the framework and content. Participants will leave with the beginnings of a course and an understanding of how to finish building it.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Cox

Ryan Cox

Director of Instructional Technology, Becker Public Schools
I am currently the Director of Instructional Technology for Becker Public Schools. We are involved in an expanding iPad 1:1 initiative in Grades K-12. Our High School and Middle School have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program. I believe very strongly in leveraging resources... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior A

12:30pm

E-Books: Past, Present and Future
Come review the current status of e-books with the perspective of the past and consider access and use, including major providers, means of access, digital rights management and the variety of devices available. A discussion of new advances will bring additional focus and allow participants to consider the opportunities and impact of e-books for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Nelson

Dawn Nelson

School Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School
Learning is primary. Technology is the means to engage and equip students to find information and be excited about their world!


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior B

12:30pm

Maximizing SMART in Your Elementary Classroom
Come and see how a SMART Board can truly transform your elementary classroom! We'll explore a variety of features, including page recording, SMART recorder, adding sound, creating tables and object animation. You will receive a sample file with pages you can customize. Bring any curriculum that may help you develop lessons and a flash drive to save your work.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlson-Kelm

Chris Carlson-Kelm

Math Intervention Teacher, Mahtomedi School District
For the past 18 years, I have worked as an educator in the Mahtomedi School District. I am passionate about integrating technology and best practices to engage students and provide them with immediate feedback on their understanding. I am a SMART Exemplary Educator and Ties Exceptional... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway C

12:30pm

MINDSTORMS Robotics in the Middle School Classroom: Getting Started
Learn how your students can explore science and math concepts with LEGO Education MINDSTORMS Robotics by building moving models and programming the models using a graphical programming platform developed specifically for elementary students. Bring your own laptop.

Speakers
PK

Paul Keeney

Teacher, Anoka-Hennepin School District


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Regency

12:30pm

Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers visually display information and patterns/relationships in that information. Teachers and students can use them before, during and after instruction as well as for assessments. Resources for locating various types of graphic organizers as well as examples of K-12 implementation across the curriculum will be explored and practiced. Work time will include opportunities for discussion and implementation planning.

Speakers
avatar for Cara Hagen

Cara Hagen

Education Technology Consultant at TIES


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway B

12:30pm

Twitter in the K-12 Classroom
Explore the world of Twitter and learn how this social media tool can help you communicate with K-12 students and parents, promote critical thinking skills and facilitate student interaction in the classroom. Bring your own own laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Carlson

Tricia Carlson

Kindergarten teacher, Fridley IB World Schools
Tricia Carlson is a Kindergarten teacher at Stevenson Elementary in Fridley, MN. She enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology into her classrooms whether it be using the Smartboard, iPads, or social media. The past few years she has explored ways she can use social media... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
St. Croix
 
Sunday, December 15
 

8:30am

21st-Century Classroom Assessment
Develop an understanding of assessment for learning and explore the application of effective assessment practices in the classroom. Participants will understand one of the most important purposes of formative assessment: deciding whether or not to adjust instruction for learners. They also will develop multiple and varied technology-enhanced assessments into clearly articulated learning progressions aligned to standards. Participants should bring a laptop or Chromebook to the workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Brandt

Tom Brandt

Digital Learning Specialist, ISD 279
Always learning. Always skeptical of what is known. Always amazed at what others know and can do.
avatar for Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Technology Integration Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Technology integration specialist, blogger, coder, co-teacher / collaborator, lifelong learner, and edtech enthusiast!


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway G

8:30am

Assessing and Reflecting on Learning Using an iPad
Evaluating student learning can be as simple as a click of a button by collecting assessments digitally. From digital exit cards to formal summative assessments, the iPad helps teachers take the pulse of student learning. Elements of the iPad also let students both complete their work and reflect on their learning. Come learn some strategies for assessing students and helping them to reflect on their work. Participants should bring their own iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway I

8:30am

Create, Collaborate and Communicate with Scratch 2.0
Scratch 2.0, a free, web-based tool, supports digital learning, National Educational Technology Standards and 21st-century skills. Participants will learn the basics of using Scratch 2.0, explore the tutorials and resources, and see examples of how students in grades 2 and higher can use Scratch 2.0 across the curriculum to create and share stories, games and animations.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Nicholson

Ann Nicholson

Professional Development Contractor
Ann is retired, but used to be the technology integration facilitator for CRCSD. She designed and delivered face to face, online, and blended professional development opportunities for teachers on a variety of technology integration resources and taught Educational Media and Technology... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway B

8:30am

Deployment and Management for Sets of iPads
Come explore a range of technical best practices for administering sets (carts, classroom sets) of iPads. We will talk about what works well and simplifies the management process. Participants will gain an understanding of app ownership models and distribution using iTunes and Apple Configurator and consider options for using other mobile device management systems.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Cherry

Troy Cherry

Lead Education Technology Consultant, Sourcewell Tech
I rock:• Tech management and support for the conference• Preconference workshops• CTO Clinic


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway E

8:30am

Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Language Arts
Come see how educators can use Mac, iPad apps, iBooks Author and iTunes U to personalize learning and strengthen reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Explore apps, Multi-Touch books, iBooks Author and free education resources in iTunes U that deliver an amazing array of language arts content. May contain commercial content.

Speakers

Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway A

8:30am

iPad Applications and Uses for Administrators
This session will provide administrators an opportunity to explore effective uses, applications and creative ways to use the iPad in their professional life to support evaluation, organization, and communication. The presenter will demonstrate applications (both free and of minimal cost) on the iPad including: Book Creator Free, Common Core Look Fors (CCL4s), Good Reader, Idea Sketch, iTunesU, and Join Me. Information on iPad management within the school setting will also be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring their iPads so they can download and try out suggested applications.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

District Instructional Technology Coach, Seymour Community School District
Dr. Jenna Linskens is an Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Seymour Community School District. She also provides trainings and is a consultant to school districts in technology integration, instructional design, and e-learning in education. With a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Lake Superior B

8:30am

Photo Editing on Your iPad
This class will overview some of the best tips and tricks for using your iPad for taking photos. We will work on framing, composition, exposure and more. We will then take a look at multiple applications that allow you to do anything from time lapses to full image editing. 

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

Chief Geek, Fisher Technologies Incorporated
I am a geek that likes to speak!Fisher Technologies Incorporated specializes in K-12 Educational Technology conference and event presentation services as well as on site and online professional development.


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Greenway F

8:30am

Project-Based Learning and Technology Integration
Deepen your understanding of project-based learning as a strategy to engage learners through real-world applications of knowledge. This workshop will explore a range of technology tools to support deeper inquiry and facilitate project management. You will engage in PBL practices as you consider tools to help students collaborate, brainstorm, research, think critically and create original content. _x000B_

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant, Buck Institute for Education
I’m a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, working to harness the power of teaching, learning, and storytelling to improve lives and transform communities. Recent projects have taken me across the United States and around the globe to support schools that are... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Lake Superior A

8:30am

Simple Tools for Gathering Digital Feedback in the Classroom
Experience using and creating technology-enabled interactive experiences in the classroom. Using online tools such as Poll Everywhere, Socrative, Padlet, TodaysMeet and GoogleDocs, participants will design activities that make the most of a classroom in which every student has a device. Bring a wi-fi enabled device.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Director of Media and Technology, Mankato Area Public Schools
Director of Media and Technology at Mankato Area Public Schools and world wide speaker on information Literacy and author of the Blue Skunk Blog Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Minnehaha

8:30am

The Changing Landscape of Google Apps
Come explore the shifting landscape of Google Apps for Education. You'll learn about the latest uses of Google Apps and how some of the classics such as Forms and Maps have been reborn. You'll also glean new apps and extensions in Chrome to personalize your browsing experience; tap into the world with Google+ Communities and Hangouts; and dig deep into the new frontier of scripting to automate your workflow. We’ll also cover best-practice uses of Google Apps in the Classroom. Bring your own laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Bennett

Molly Bennett

Director of Summits and Digital Learning Specialist, EdTechTeam
Molly Bennett is a Global Digital Learning Specialist, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Summits for the EdTechTeam. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops, and conventions on how to... Read More →
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
North Star Ballroom A

8:30am

Web-Based Resources for Teaching and Learning
With all the web resources available, how do you find those effective for teaching and learning? You can start with sites such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Thinkfinity. Thinkfinity has over 60,000 free curriculum resources for K-20 from such content partners as National Geographic, NCTM, Wonderopolis and more. Learn how to access these resources and use them to improve student engagement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
Marc Johnson is the Executive Director of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative, a telecommunications and technology cooperative of 14 K-12 school districts and one technical & community college in East Central Minnesota. Previous to this role, he taught middle... Read More →
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Math, Science, Social, English Language Arts, World Languages, Music, Health - Physical Education, Career and Technical, Other
I am passionate about learning, reading, teaching, and helping educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for students.


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 11:30am
Minnetonka

8:30am

Build a Culture of Innovation in Your School
This workshop will help educators create a genuine culture of innovation that allows students to become more engaged and learn more authentically. With an understanding of what makes for the best culture of innovation and hands-on time with the tools to get there, participants will walk away with a clear blueprint for making the next evolutionary shift.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony VonBank

Anthony VonBank

Digital Learning Specialist, ISD728, Elk River Area Schools
Dr. Anthony VonBank taught secondary language arts and communications for over 15 years, and currently works as a district digital learning specialist in the Elk River school district. His doctoral work in education leadership focused on his passion for systems and innovative change... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway C

8:30am

Create Engaging Content in Moodle
Use Moodle's features to create engaging content. This is key for use in blended, flipped and online settings. We'll cover design, using the lesson module, activity settings and timesaving elements for teachers. This session covers features that are included in versions 2.2 and higher. Participants should bring their own laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Fila

Jon Fila

Curriculum Coordinator, Intermediate District 287
Curriculum Coordinator for ISD 287, OER, digital curriculum resources and professional development in blended, digital, and just-in-time teaching. Curriculum developer, trainer and support for the MN Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum. Teaches English 12 online for Northern... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Skyway

8:30am

iBooks Author Fundamentals and Fun
Participants will get direct instruction on the core elements of iBooks Author and hands-on experience creating their own mini-iBook. Beyond exploring the core elements of iBooks, the workshop will also emphasize simple, effective, and powerful ways to enhance the interactive aspects of iBooks. Participants should bring their own Mac laptop with iBooks Author installed.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Feller

Wayne Feller

Technology & Innovation Coach, Stillwater Public Schools
Innovation coaching is unique for each teacher. Grade level, content area, teaching style, interests, and context of experience affect choices and potentials. Amassing an arsenal of tools is not enough. Innovation is a continuous practice of applying skills and ingenuity to the... Read More →
avatar for Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

Library Media Specialist, Cretin-Derham Hall High School
avatar for Michael Main

Michael Main

Technology Coordinator, Carondelet Catholic School
I am the new technology integration specialist at Epiphany Catholic School, but spent 21 years in the classroom constantly striving to find ways to build technology into my English/Language Arts curriculum. My greatest educational desire is to make classroom technology use as easy... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Roy

Kathleen Roy

Library Media Director, Cretin-Derham Hall High School


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Greenway D

8:30am

Using LEGO Mindstorms Robots to Teach STEM Skills
Learn how to use the LEGO Mindstorms robot building system to engage and inspire your students to exercise key STEM skills. Bring a laptop with the Mindstorms NXT-G software (any version) installed and your LEGO robot kit (assembled or not). You will learn how to build a basic robot and then program it to perform a range of tasks, testing it on our obstacle course. Along the way, you will learn effective ways to use this technology to teach STEM concepts. Some laptops and robots will be available. May contain commercial content.

Speakers
avatar for Rand Whillock

Rand Whillock

Engineer, Whillock Visions
I have been using robotics to engage and inspire students to learn and exercise STEM skills for many decades. I coach, mentor, judge and coordinate, robot competitions including First Lego League and FTC. I teach programming classes for students and professional development training... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Regency

12:30pm

Applying Marzano with iPads
How can you use iPads most effectively to help students learn? Come discover ideas for aligning iPad apps and activities with Marzano strategies that increase student achievement. You will explore classroom examples of model strategies and leave with a resource list of Marzano-aligned apps. Bring your own iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Kelli McCully

Kelli McCully

Instructional/Technology Integration Coach, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District
Instructional/Technology Integration Coach at Northeast Metro 916 - Valley Crossing Community School
avatar for Scott Schwister

Scott Schwister

Technology Integration Specialist, Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District
Technology Integration Specialist at Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway G

12:30pm

Assessing Technology Implementation
Want to know how your district compares to others in its technology use? Using five noncommercial online checklists, participants will complete a short but comprehensive assessment of technology implementation in their districts. This workshop will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and give you the kernel of a plan prioritizing your efforts to make sure technology is making a difference to your staff and students. Bring a wi-fi enabled device.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Director of Media and Technology, Mankato Area Public Schools
Director of Media and Technology at Mankato Area Public Schools and world wide speaker on information Literacy and author of the Blue Skunk Blog Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
St. Croix

12:30pm

Build Literacy Success with Technology
Come learn ways iPads and other digital tools can be used in literacy instruction. You'll discover how to use an iPad to read and define text for struggling readers; how to create, capture and store quickwrites for future publication; and how to enhance two-column notes, summarization, collaborative writing and fluency checks with technology. You will walk away with practical solutions to use in your classroom. Bring a wi-fi enabled device.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway I

12:30pm

Creating E-Texts for Math and Science
Learn about electronic math and science textbooks that are based on the CK-12 flexbook model, assembled by teachers from central Minnesota schools, aligned to state standards and available to all schools. Participants will create a CK-12 account, learn how to import existing books into their account and edit the books for use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

Executive Director, ECMECC
Marc Johnson is the Executive Director of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative, a telecommunications and technology cooperative of 14 K-12 school districts and one technical & community college in East Central Minnesota. Previous to this role, he taught middle... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Minnetonka

12:30pm

Designing Games with Scratch
Explore free tools and strategies to promote computational thinking. We'll look at a variety of video game design platforms and tools for promoting computational thinking, problem solving, creative expression and other higher-order thinking skills. After a brief orientation on building interactive programs using Scratch, you will create your own interactive game or program to share with the group.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson

Art Instructor
Art Education, Alternative Education, Innovative Schooling, Education Technology, Equity Issues in Technology & Education


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway B

12:30pm

Differentiated Instruction + Technology
Learn how to take differentiated instruction to a new level by using innovative technology tools that promote 21st-century skills. Participants will discuss its role in professional development that supports 21st-century learning and compare notes on how it could enhance technology integration. They also will come away with a “So What” statement about what they have learned and at least one action item. Participants should bring their own laptop.

Speakers
VJ

Vivian Johnson

Associate Dean/Professor, School of Education Hamline University
Associate Dean of Technology and Learning/Associate Professore at School of Education Hamline University     For more information and resources, go to http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway E

12:30pm

Enhancing Teaching and Learning in STEM
See how educators can use the Mac and iPad to create and deliver engaging STEM content. You’ll learn how digital content can personalize learning and help students of all learning styles grasp challenging concepts. You'll explore a range of engaging STEM apps, Multi-Touch textbooks and learning materials available for the iPad, as well as the iTunes U catalog. May contain commercial content.

Speakers

Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway A

12:30pm

Flip Your Classroom with Google
Using YouTube and the Google Apps for Education, you can flip learning for anytime, anywhere. Combine video with Google Forms and scripts to survey, personalize and differentiate instruction. Bring it all together with Google Sites as a place for you to host your flipped classroom. This session will feature work time to put your learning into practice.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Bennett

Molly Bennett

Director of Summits and Digital Learning Specialist, EdTechTeam
Molly Bennett is a Global Digital Learning Specialist, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Summits for the EdTechTeam. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops, and conventions on how to... Read More →
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
North Star Ballroom A

12:30pm

Google Drive for School Administrators
Google Drive provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration. Participants will examine uses of Google Documents and Google Forms, exploring the collaborative features of Google Documents and practical ways to use them with school staff and the school community, along with learning how to use Google Forms for collecting data during walkthroughs, observations and other administrative tasks. Participants should have an active Google account.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Little

Caroline Little

Director of Instructional Technology, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Calhoun

12:30pm

iMovie in the iPad Classroom
Come see all you can do with iMovie and the iPad. We will review the basics of filming, learn how to use iMovie, explore equipment and storage options, examine grading rubrics, review possible projects for all ages and learn how to share movies. You will then practice applying these skills, view samples and brainstorm options for use in your classrooms. Bring your own iPad with the iMovie App downloaded.

Speakers
avatar for Dihanna Fedder

Dihanna Fedder

District Technology Integrationist, Pine City
Dihanna is a mother of two sons and one four-legged genius. Dihanna is a new grandmother and will happily share pictures of her beautiful grandson! She taught Spanish for 26 years and holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology from the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway H

12:30pm

Interactive Video Conferencing in K-12 Classrooms
Explore interactive video conferencing for the K-12 classroom. You will learn what a video field trip is, where to find or arrange one and how to prepare your class. You will also hear about video conferencing opportunities offered by local organizations and see examples of how this technology is being tied directly to classroom curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Larson

Jon Larson

Career and Technical Education, ECMECC
Technology Integration Specialist at ECMECC - East Central Minnesota Educational Cable CooperativeIn 2008 Jon began supporting and encouraging staff of the East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) schools as they integrate affective technology practices into their... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
St. Croix

12:30pm

Project-Based Learning and Technology Integration
Deepen your understanding of project-based learning as a strategy to engage learners through real-world applications of knowledge. This workshop will explore a range of technology tools to support deeper inquiry and facilitate project management. You will engage in PBL practices as you consider tools to help students collaborate, brainstorm, research, think critically and create original content.

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant, Buck Institute for Education
I’m a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, working to harness the power of teaching, learning, and storytelling to improve lives and transform communities. Recent projects have taken me across the United States and around the globe to support schools that are... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior A

12:30pm

Project-Based Learning and Technology Integration
Deepen your understanding of project-based learning as a strategy to engage learners through real-world applications of knowledge. This workshop will explore a range of technology tools to support deeper inquiry and facilitate project management. You will engage in PBL practices as you consider tools to help students collaborate, brainstorm, research, think critically and create original content. _x000B_

Speakers
avatar for Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss

Writer and Educational Consultant, Buck Institute for Education
I’m a writer and educational consultant from Portland, Oregon, working to harness the power of teaching, learning, and storytelling to improve lives and transform communities. Recent projects have taken me across the United States and around the globe to support schools that are... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior A

12:30pm

Top Tools for the BYOD Classroom
This workshop is designed to introduce you to the plethora of web sites available that work on all devices, allowing your students to use the device they already own. We will also look at web sites that have accompanying apps. Some of the topics covered will be polling, communication, testing, information gathering, note taking and graphic design.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

Chief Geek, Fisher Technologies Incorporated
I am a geek that likes to speak!Fisher Technologies Incorporated specializes in K-12 Educational Technology conference and event presentation services as well as on site and online professional development.


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Greenway F

12:30pm

Using iPads as Dynamic Teaching Tools
Discover effective and creative ways to use the iPad to support student learning and assessment. We'll share lesson presentation, organization and communication applications, as well as applications that encourage higher-level thinking skills while meeting state and national standards. Classroom management ideas, project samples and group discussion will help attendees feel confident about using the iPad for creation, not just consumption. Participants should bring their own iPad.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Linskens

Jenna Linskens

District Instructional Technology Coach, Seymour Community School District
Dr. Jenna Linskens is an Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Seymour Community School District. She also provides trainings and is a consultant to school districts in technology integration, instructional design, and e-learning in education. With a MAEd in Curriculum & Instruction... Read More →


Sunday December 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Superior B