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Monday, February 25
 

9:30am

Annotation in the Digital Classroom
Students are asked to comprehend and analyze like never before. The task of annotating a text can be cumbersome and hard to grade. Yet, the 21st century classroom allows students to use digital tools to show analysis and understanding meaningfully. This session focuses on using the Educreations app to annotate texts.

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Piper

Joshua Piper

English/Communication Teacher, Farmington Central High School


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg G

9:30am

Epic Hack Battles of Teaching
Watters vs Wolf. Locked in an epic battle of teacher hack awesomeness. In one corner we have Google Certified, Nearpod Pionear Biology Teacher Chris Wolf and in the other Google Certified Instructional Coach Chemistry Teacher Brandon Watters. Who has the best teacher hacks to engage students in learning? Who will be crowned Teacher Hack Champion? You get to decide. Bring hacks of your own to share and we can all learn how to make this thing called "teaching" a little bit easier. This fun and competitive atmosphere will showcase “hacks” for engaging students and providing personalized learning experience that challenge students while making learning fun. We will also highlight “hacks” that make your workflow and management simpler, freeing up time to spend with your students. Many of takeaways can be implemented right into your next lesson.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Wolf

Chris Wolf

Science Teacher, Vernon Hills High School
Chris is a graduate from the University of Illinois and has been teaching Biology at Vernon Hills High School for over a decade. His passion for hands-on science instruction has been complemented by his infusion of instructional technologies in the classroom. As a Google Certified... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

9:30am

Esports?
Electronic gaming in a form of athletics in the pursuit to receive college scholarships for the students.

Presenters
avatar for Brock Frazier

Brock Frazier

Esports Head Coach, Massac USD#1
I am one of the lead technicians for our I.T. department in the district, I also am a head coach for our girls soccer team, assistant coach for the boys soccer team, and head coach for our esports club and teams.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia D

9:30am

Go #BeyondCode with Sphero EDU
Programming. It’s kind of a big deal, but there’s more to learn than just logic. Sphero Edu incorporates STEAM activities and the 4Cs – all with Sphero robots. This presentation session is designed to teach individuals about the Sphero Mini, Sphero 2.0 or Sphero SPRK+ robot and how it can be used in many cross-curricular activities promoting STEAM. These activities were created by fellow teachers utilizing little to no coding in order to lessen any sort of intimidation associated with programming as well as to promote activities to younger audiences. Any code-based activities demonstrated are already pre-coded and available FREE online through Sphero EDU to enhance their teaching environment with the power of STEAM.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg D

9:30am

How We Gamified Google Certification Training
After running a sit-and-get Google Certification training in our district, we decided things had to change. So we used free websites, Google Forms and Sheets, and a little creativity to immerse our teachers in a fun, self-paced, gamified Google Certification training system that prepares them for the Level 1 Exam. Come see how we did it, and add a little play to your PD.

Presenters
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Adam Geisen

Instructional Tech Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
avatar for Mike Wielgus

Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg B

9:30am

Infuse Technology into the Social Studies Classroom
Specifically targeted to social studies & history teachers, this session will address meaningful, productive, creative and content specific uses of technology in the social studies classroom. Going beyond being device specific, this session will focus on a multitude of tools and resources that can transform learning in social studies classrooms. From digital portfolios to website creation, podcasting and multimedia timelines, participants will know and be able to consider thoughtful approaches to technology integration in their classroom.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

Making Technology Work for You
Technology is a huge push in classrooms and so many of us are just word processing. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, finding apps, extensions, and websites to work FOR the teacher and classroom has made all the difference in delivery and engagement. By using more than just Google Apps for Education, students find creative outlets for work and are more prepared for different challenges in their educational career. Teachers can find ways to focus their time on more important things in the classroom: teaching and learning. Come find out new and exciting ways to incorporate technology and share ideas with others.

Presenters
avatar for Jacklyn Feldpausch

Jacklyn Feldpausch

English teacher
I'm an overly enthusiastic and slightly awkward English teacher who has an immense passion for technology in the classroom. Professionally, I love Google, technology, literature, puns, literary theory, and projects. Personally (that spills into professionally), I love reading, audiobooks... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B

9:30am

Making the LEAP from Library to Learning Lab!
We REvised, REvamp, ENergized our library space to a flexible, open concept exciting hub of our 1:1 Chromebook school! Learning Lab will engage and excite you with Common Core and ISTE aligned, technology rich activities that you can walk away with and use in your classroom tomorrow! We will guide you with our ideas and leave you a BUZZ with exciting lessons surrounding the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity)! We will focus on many topics covering ELA, Math, Social Studies, Information LIteracy, STEM and more! We will engage you in our hot off the presses ideas with Digital Breakouts, Design Thinking, Pear Deck, Book Creator, CoSpaces, Stop Motion Animation, Green Screen Galore, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality creation and more!

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Blake

Lisa Blake

Learning and Technology Instructional Coach, Maercker District 60
Lissa Blake is a K-2 Instructional Technology Integration Coach for the past 15 years in Clarendon Hills, IL. Lissa is a lover of learning, technology and innovation! She enjoys coaching teachers, mentoring students, and communicating with parents. She loves sharing what she has learned... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A

9:30am

Photovoice: Empowering Students through Issue-Based Photo Stories
In this presentation, learn about Photovoice, a pedagogy rooted in social justice that allows students to share their stories through photography. Hear how groups of middle school students used photography and video to share their stories of struggle and perseverance through issues of race, gender, identity, community, mental illness and power. Learn how you can use photography, video, and Adobe Spark in your school to empower students, create empathy and community, foster creative expression, and amplify student voice.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F

9:30am

The Power of Servant Leadership
As building and district leaders we strive to be servant-leaders who focuses developing our staffs to feel empowered to try new things and support them to think outside of the box. Through being present in classrooms, building relationships with staff & students, and walking along as learners beside our staff we can empower. Being an active listener, building empathy and developing a community can change the culture of your staffs. Come get ideas to implement immediately.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Beeler

Kristin Beeler

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Apple Foundations Trainer.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E

9:30am

Wanna Start an Educator Podcast?
The idea behind podcasting is simple: press record and start talking about anything. But the nitty gritty details behind scripting, recording, post-production, hosting, and publication can be overwhelming. Let’s get real and talk about how you can actually start a podcast tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Weld

Matt Weld

Director of Innovation and Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Curious, passionate, and interested in all things education. Leader for www.directionsconference.com www.teachillinois.com, and Teachers' Classroom podcast. Google Certified Trainer.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C

9:30am

How Launching Blended Courses Have Advanced Student-Centered Commitment Across the District
With a fully implemented digital learning program, teachers wanted to leverage the power of technology and to enhance instructional experiences, allow students flexibility within their school day and ensure students are college and career ready. Learn about we started our blended learning pilot and how it has transformed student learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. In this panel discussion an administrator, a BetterLesson coach, teachers and students speak about their journey to creating a blended learning environment where student agency, teacher lesson design, virtual coaching and administrative support have helped ensure a successful blended learning program in our high school.

Presenters
avatar for Stacey Gonzales

Stacey Gonzales

Director of C & I, www.d230.org
My passion, purpose and vision are to empower teachers and students to achieve their potential through meaningful academic and emotional experiences.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

9:30am

Become Immersed In Breakout EDU
Breakout EDU allows educators to transform any space into an immersive, game-based learning environment. Breakout EDU games incorporate skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication which are vital for individuals to encompass. Led by official Breakout EDU trainers Maria Galanis & Billy Spicer, participants will have the opportunity to play a Breakout EDU game, reflect, become familiar with everything involved in Breakout EDU, learn the latest updates the platform has to offer, and brainstorm ideas for integrating Breakout EDU into their own classrooms, schools, and learning environments.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Innovation

9:30am

Blazing a Trail for Technology, Making, and Design for the Littles: Preschool-Kindergarten Students

This hands on workshop will walk attendees through specific projects that they as educators can do with Preschool-Kindergarten aged students. These projects can serve as building blocks in the creation of a meaningful introduction to Maker Empowerment, Coding and Technology Design program that incorporates literacy and reading standards for young students, or these projects can serve as additions to an already robust program. Attendees will use a variety of age appropriate robots, apps, and work with LEGOs to build knowledge and experience for introducing these concepts to young students through storytelling. The presenters will also provide examples of other projects attendees can use with their young students, in addition to the hands-on activities they will engage with during the half day workshop.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Imagination

9:30am

Civil Discourse in a Digital World
This workshop will provide an introduction to civil discourse, pedagogy, strategies, digital tools and resources, and lesson plans for classroom implementation. We’ll work through actionable strategies to take back to the classroom to help students construct sound arguments while remaining respectful to the ideas and opinions of others. This workshop will prepare you to teach students about empathy in a world where talking about race, religion, and politics is no longer something we can (or should) avoid. We'll tackle tough topics and think about how we interact with them with students in age-appropriate ways, both online and in person.

Presenters
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Leslie Pralle Osborn

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Inspiration

9:30am

Computer Science Immersion in the Elementary Classroom
Elementary classroom teachers will learn how to add coding into core content areas to enhance student engagement and collaboration using a variety of teaching methods, technologies and manipulatives. The focus will be on providing differentiated ways students can demonstrate their mastery of concepts and big ideas in their learning.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Hintz

Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Connection

9:30am

Design Thinking Sprint By: Future Design School
The majority of the workshop is a Design Sprint. Participants will learn the process of design by developing a solution to a common challenge. The session includes techniques for empathizing with a user and ideating solutions. These repeatable methods can be used with students to help them solve real world problems. Along the way, students build their skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Prosperity

9:30am

Forming Flashy Fulfilling Formative Assessments (For Free!)
Formative assessments are often misguided or skipped entirely, but these assessments are the key for adjusting and transforming instruction. They provide fast insights to affect immediate in-class learning and data to help plan future instruction. This device agnostic workshop will dive into Kahoot, Quizizz, Socrative, Pear Deck, Quizlet, and EdPuzzle and how these free and easy to use tools can elicit data in engaging and innovative ways.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Iovinelli

Jessica Iovinelli

Director for Instructional Technology, Elmwood Park CUSD 401
I am a former music teacher turned tech guru and Google Certified Trainer, leading our district into 1:1 territory not to be cool, but to prepare our students for 21st-century society.


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Serenity (2nd floor)

9:30am

Propelling Language Growth 2.0 - Learn and Play with Tech Tools for EL’s
Looking for tech tools that will propel your English Language Learners’ growth and proficiency level in all four language domains? This presentation will introduce tools for all levels of EL learners that align with curriculum and English Language standards. Based on feedback from ICE 2018 attendees, we will then provide time to play and discover potential tools that can be implemented tomorrow. This “playground” type setting will help you discover technology through hand-ons experience of tech tools as a student and instructor. Attendees will also learn to evaluate tech tools for learning and academic language in order to use the most appropriate resources in classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Harder

Amy Harder

EL / Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
EL / Bilingual Specialist for 16 years. Experience with K - 8 + adult education. Interested in technology, parent engagement, collaboration, ELs and disabilities. Avid reader.
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Jasmine Myalil

EL/Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
A Chicago-land native, Jasmine Myalil earned a B.S. from University of Miami (FL) in Elementary Education and Spanish, with an ESL endorsement. Upon returning to Illinois, she started her career as an ELL Specialist. In addition to her teaching role, she focuses on parent engagement... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Epiphany (2nd floor)

9:30am

Who Wants A BLT? (Balanced Literacy and Technology)
Balancing Literacy and Technology can be a difficult task at all levels! We will share ways to incorporate technology, student choice, and rigorous standards into daily balanced literacy routines. Attendees will leave full of ingredients to make their own BLT!

Presenters
avatar for Roshaunda Henson

Roshaunda Henson

Assistant Principal, Zion Elementary District 6
Greetings! Currently, I am an Assistant Principal who loves to empower students, teachers, and parents on a daily basis.  I am a lifelong learner who’s always continuously seeking ways to make learning come alive for all!  Lately, my new found passion is speaking to educators... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 9:30am - 11:45am
Perfection

10:45am

Curriculum and Methodologies for Neurodiverse Learners
The presenters employ a platform-neutral approach to Computer Science for neurodiverse students emphasizing the structure of programming. Students develop computational and critical thinking across devices such as Spheros, Arduinos, Lego Mindstorms, Ozobots, Raspberry Pis. We teach coding through GUIs (graphical user interface) eventually learning more traditional programming processes, where students using Audinos and Raspberry Pis.

We develop a broader knowledge base by teaching concepts like the physical infrastructure of the internet, cryptocurrency, the history of computers, and careers. We educate through whole class instruction, discussions, writing activities, vocabulary development with co-teaching and differentiated instruction.

Students enrolled at Brehm have unique learning profiles and require an individualized approach that taps into strengths and compensates for challenges. Lessons utilize checklists, rubrics, and lists which form the basis of authentic and ethical grading practices. Attendees will gain practical approaches to enhance their schools existing curriculum or better structure new clubs and classes.


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B

10:45am

Do you STEAM in the K-5 Classroom?
This presentation will explore setting up a STEAM station in the elementary classroom. Explore what supplies could be in a basic structure/kit to support multiple challenges. Incorporating literature to create science, technology, engineering, art and mathematical activities with a list of resources including E-Books. Interactive and content STEAM supports will be explored to fit any educators experience level. Participants will leave with resources to incorporate a simple STEAM Challenge.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward

Content Specialist for Learning Supports, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives
Special education educator for 20+ years and currently a content specialist for learning supports with Illinois State University/ISBE. Masters degrees in Special Education and Learning and Technology. My team and I have been creating resources for Illinois teachers for 5 years. As... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

Evaluating Technology and Digital Media Use for Early Childhood
Evaluate technology and digital media use for PK-3 classrooms using current research and policies. Join Erikson Institute’s Technology in Early Childhood Center to investigate which technology tools and practices are developmentally appropriate and how to make technology and digital media use high quality. Take home a deeper understanding of how to improve technology integration practices in your early childhood program.

Participants will be guided through evaluating apps and tangible technology tools commonly used in early childhood classrooms. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center’s joint position statement on technology use in early childhood (2012), as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement and technical report on children’s media use (2016) will both be highlighted and will support the participants understanding of technology and digital media use with young children.

Presenters
avatar for Jenna Herdzina

Jenna Herdzina

Program Manager, TEC Center
Technology and digital media, early childhood development, civic identity development, social justice and equity!


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F

10:45am

Future Ready, What's Next? The continuing journey of a Future Ready District
Once you have strived to become Future Ready, that is not the be all, end all goal.
In this session we will discuss what innovations are possible after you have achieved the goal of becoming Future Ready.

Presenters
avatar for Dain Elman

Dain Elman

STEM Director, Gurnee District 56
Dain Elman taught middle school technology class for 14 years and is now the STEM Director at Gurnee District 56. He spends his time helping staff and students play with robots, build structures, print in 3D, launch rockets, Photoshop images, wire circuits, and more. He also coaches... Read More →
avatar for Phil Hintz

Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G

10:45am

Makers on the Move: Innovation in the LMC
Follow the journey of two librarians on a mission to get makerspace activities into their fixed LMC schedules - including robotics, coding, and building activities. From idea to implementation, let us tell you what we've learned about what it takes to make a space for making.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Delzell

Liz Delzell

LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST, Lake Zurich CUSD 95 / Spencer Loomis


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A

10:45am

Mindful Movement
Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking. What are students expected to do everyday? Research shows students need movement. Movement and learning are connected. Students need inviting, flexible, open, engaging, and flexible classroom environments that are conducive to learning. Purposeful movement and active student-centered instruction increases student engagement, helps students stay on-task, reduces classroom management issues, and improves students' memory and concentration. Participants will learn how to use technology to get students to move and brains working in a 21st century classroom.

Presenters
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Scott Dillard

Instructional Technology Specialist, Valley View SD 365U


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

10:45am

Sharpen STEM Skills and Increase Student Interest in STEM Careers
STEM careers are projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. How will you increase student interest and introduce them to career paths in that sector?

Educators will receive access to a variety of FREE digital resources:
-Ignition (6th-9th grades): Touches on areas such as cyber-bullying, monitoring digital footprints, and the risks and rewards of using technology.
-Endeavor (6th-9th grades): Takes students into the STEM concepts behind their world and introduces them to inspiring careers they never knew existed.
-Hockey Scholar (5th-7th grades): Brings STEM 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 concepts.

This session will discuss implementation strategies that can extend offline. These resources are student-driven and have 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. Join us or visit EVERFI.com/k-12 to learn more.

Presenters
avatar for Meaghan Joyce

Meaghan Joyce

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Meaghan Joyce is a Senior Schools Manager with EVERFI, an education technology company that provides schools with no-cost digital resources. For over three years, she has supported schools around Illinois in their use of EVERFI's programs. Meaghan has always enjoyed partnering with... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E

10:45am

Take Your Classroom to Hyper Speed: Using the HyperDocs Concept with all Google Apps Tools
HyperDocs create an interactive learning experience for students, allowing them to explore content, create and curate digital artifacts that demonstrate what they know, think, feel, and understand. The misconception about HyperDocs is that they are simply Google documents with hyperlinks in them. However, when used appropriately, they can transform teaching and learning into interactive, engaging, student-centered environments. Similarly, a HyperDoc doesn’t have to be only a Google Document, in this session we will explore how to use the HyperDoc process to transform the learning experience using the full Google Suite: including Slides, Forms, Sheets, Drawings, and MyMaps.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B

10:45am

The Coaching Game Network
Coaches from Berwyn South and Orland Park are your fabulous hosts for a game show style session where tech coaches from any level can practice coaching conversations, dive deeper into ISTE Standards for Coaches, share their favorite tech tool and build their PLN. Come for the fun, stay for the fabulous prizes

Presenters
avatar for Kara McFarlin

Kara McFarlin

Kara loves the way that technology has transformed education in her 20 years of teaching and training. Her vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Thorne

Michelle Thorne

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland School District 135
I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation... Read More →
avatar for Ramona Towner

Ramona Towner

Instructional Coach, Berwyn South School District 100
Ramona "Mona" Towner is an Instructional Coach in Berwyn South School District 100. The district offers 4,000+ K-8 students 24/7 access to an iPad. As an Instructional Coach, she travels to 8 buildings working with teachers to help them meet the standards and integrate technology... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C

10:45am

“From Playpen to Playground:” Using iPads in the Early Elementary Classroom
Apple believes that “Every learner is a creator” so come learn how we can make our youngest learners just that. But wait...how can we be mindful of positive early childhood development and keep iPads from being “babysitters” in the primary classroom? We will learn about research on coding, computational and design thinking and how it relates to the SAMR model of tech integration for the young learner. Discover how to create a more student-directed learning environment with apps and other non-tech devices that will engage and empower students in all aspects of the K-2 Curriculum. We will explore ways to effectively manage iPads in the classroom and learn how to make the accessibility features come alive for ALL learners. Come, think and create with us!

Presenters
avatar for Laura Montgomery

Laura Montgomery

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Forest School District 67
Laura Montgomery is an instructional technology coach for Lake Forest School District 67. A 30-year veteran educator with experience in the elementary classroom and an instructional technology coach for K-8, Laura has been a change-agent for ed-tech and 21st Century Teaching and Learning... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia D

10:45am

Making Outside the Space: Expanding STEM Education
Hear from two high school students who put into action their desire to ignite a passion for STEM in younger students. Kate is one of six girls who created Glenview’s Got STEAM - a program whose mission it is to inspire girls to develop confidence in STEAM fields and endeavors. The curriculum emphasizes subjects involving math and physics where females are traditionally underrepresented. In its first year the project was featured in the Chicago Tribune and every workshop hit overflowing capacity. Nicholas and a friend developed CS Upstart, a week-long, half-day camp designed for middle school students to promote an interest in computer science and tech careers while expanding on the core STEM concepts from their other classes. Students learn fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS and Javascript) and entry-level robotics and engineering. These pioneers are providing inspiration and opportunities to their own generation, reshaping how we think about traditional education.

Presenters
MS

Michael Sinde

Project Lead The Way Teacher, GBS Career & Technical Education


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D

10:45am

Read STEAM - Children's literature & lessons to help support your classroom learning
The Storymamas will be sharing their favorite STEAM books and how they integrate them into their classroom, often times using technology. Participants will listen to excerpts from the books, hear about the books and see some of the lessons we have used with the books.


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

10:45am

Big Engagement, Big Results
In this session, you will learn about how to use big engagement strategies to enhance learning for your students. From songs and chants to room transformations, you'll learn about how to tap into your creativity and take your lessons from student groans to cheers.


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

10:45am

Do We Need More Ed Tech or Do We Need More Training?
While blended learning offers great promise, there are no ‘silver bullets’ when it comes to adding technology in education. Change comes not from implementing technology but from helping all stakeholders use that tech to leverage educational change instead of the 'domestication' of the technology to outdated practice. This help comes in the for of ongoing, content and grade level specific training, and providing staff with the time and resources need to adapt to the new possibilities opened by educational technology and blended learning. Implementation is not just showing teachers how to use technology, rather training them to teach with it. This session will briefly look at the body of research on educational technology implementation, and the training requirements of ESSA. This will be followed a discussion on the practical considerations for planning effective training for staff, students, and parents when implementing educational technology.

Presenters
avatar for Philip Pulley

Philip Pulley

Teacher, Fieldcrest High School CUSD 6
I am a 20-year educator and educational technology trainer. I currently teach high school history, video production, and dual credit communications. I have taught for six years in a 1:1 environment using the flipped classroom model. I have presented and conducted tech training at... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

10:45am

Formative Assessment Can Be Fun!
Participants will explore ideas on how to incorporate more formative assessment activities to help check for student understanding. We will explore best practices as well as tech tools to assist in the process. Teachers will have opportunities to use Google Forms, Padlet, Recap, Flipgrid, Plickers and more.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Brazeau

Ben Brazeau

Technology Integrator, Green Bay Area Public Schools
Ben Brazeau is a technology integrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin and adjunct professor at UWGB. He has infused technology to create engaging lessons for students in his own classroom and now supports teachers to integrate technology with their students. Ben is a huge proponent of Dave... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

10:45am

Generation: Yes We Can!
The youngest of learners in our schools come to us with a “Yes We Can!” mindset. Providing students the access to 21st Century learning tools perpetuates this! Learn how Libertyville School District 70 created foundational skills lessons that facilitate authentic and creative learning environments.

Presenters
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Jill Przybylski

Jill Przybylski has been teaching for over 20 years. For the past 14 years she has been a Technology Literacy Coach at Libertyville School District 70. She has had the opportunity to implement technology in grades K-8 in all subject areas and help to develop a technology rich integrated... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

10:45am

Get "WISE" with Google Drawings !
Learn to Write Inquiry Stories to Explore (WISE) using Google Drawings . Colorful magazine style student content reading wil be used to engage the reader. Participants will create a graphic novel story about an investigation with embedded questions to help students learn to develop testable questions, design an experiment and make a claim which can be supported with evidence and reasoning.

Presenters
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
"Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. Her online publication for AACT showcases... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:30pm

Evolving Meetings into Adventures
Looking to transform your staff meetings? Want new ideas to engage staff? Need to think outside of the box to be an innovator as a building leader? If so, check out this session. Ideas on how to bring engagement, hands-on learning and buy in to your staff during meetings.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Beeler

Kristin Beeler

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Apple Foundations Trainer.


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg E

12:30pm

Huh??? Copyright Explained
Did you ever see a picture online and wonder can I use this? Did you know that as soon as your students create something it instantly has a copyright? Do you need to ask permission to use copyrighted materials in your classroom? Do your students? Did you know that for many years the song Happy Birthday was under copyright? These questions and more will be answered. This session will provide you an introduction to copyright in your classroom and teaching it to your students. You will leave this session with an idea of how copyright affects you, creative commons and public domain resources, and you will be ready to teach about copyright tomorrow.

Presenters
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Melissa Rosen

Technology Teacher, Highland Middle School
Melissa Rosen has been teaching for 14 years. She is currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Technology at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL. Her current classes include a basic technology skills class, S.T.E.A.M., Movie Making, and Animation. She has presented at multiple... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg A

12:30pm

Innovation and Creation Across Content Areas
This session will provide a variety ways to include innovation and creation in all content areas. These activities embedding technology will engage students and provide opportunities for collaboration, higher level thinking and problem solving that can be implemented in the classroom right away.

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Sheila Ruh

Media Specialist/Tech Facilitator, Westmont Junior High
I have been a Media Specialist for the past thirteen years and I love it! This is my 5th year in CUSD201 at Westmont Junior High School. I have a post graduate degree in Technology in Education from National-Louis University. I enjoy working with teachers to embed technology and innovation... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia D

12:30pm

Literacy Meets Computer Science- Incorporating Computational Thinking in Language Arts
With an overwhelming number of ELA standards, it seems impossible to make time for computer science in the elementary classroom. However, many CS fundamental skills can be incorporated into the language arts curriculum. Using robots, students will be engaged with the ELA skills as well as learn basic CS concepts!

Presenters
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Sarah Phelps

Elementary Computer Teacher, Triad CUSD 2
I have been a teacher for the last 10 years. I have always had a passion for STEM education, and recently I became the elementary computer science teacher for our whole district. This program is fairly unique for our area, so I’ve had to do a lot of research in order to produce... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg D

12:30pm

Mass Communications Interns: Amplifying Student Voice and Positive Culture in Your School
Research shows that student voice and positive school culture are both major contributors to student and school success. Princeville Junior/Senior High School created the Mass Communications internship to continue developing both of those aspects of education in our already student-minded school. MC interns manage our website, social media accounts, create signage, report school news, create school culture initiatives, and much more. Join us to learn how your students and your school can benefit from student internships and how to get started.

Presenters
avatar for Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki teaches English and mass communications classes and co-teaches an interdisciplinary English III/US history course at Princeville Junior/Senior High School, and has been teaching there since 2015. Previously, she taught advanced English and college prep writing courses... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

12:30pm

Microsoft Office 365 - More Than Just Email!
Your Office365 portal can be used for much more than just checking your email! Learn how to use a sampling of Office365 apps: Sway (a presentation tool similar to Prezi), Forms (surveys and online quizzes), Tasks (to-do lists), Teams (hub for classrooms and groups), and OneNote (online portfolio).

Presenters
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Colleen Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Francis High School
I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia C

12:30pm

Moving from “One Size Fits All” PD
We don’t expect our students to match a “one size fits all” learning approach. Why do we expect our teachers to learn this way? In this session, come and learn how YOUR school’s professional development can be one that teachers actually WANT to attend.

Presenters
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Pete Dulany

President / Founder, Dulany Consulting Inc.
After spending ten years as a high school math and technology teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Pete Dulany has spent the last six years helping schools across the country reach their technology goals. Pete is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago, a Google Certified Trainer... Read More →
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Haley Kalinichenko

Haley is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Teacher, and loves to run hands-on and engaging professional development sessions for teachers about the best practices for using SMART Boards, iPads, and Google Suite for Education for instruction at all grade levels. | | Haley also... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg C

12:30pm

STEAM Scholars: Building a Creative, Progressive Curriculum for your STEAM Program
With the growing popularity of STEAM in schools, many struggle with the implementation of a creative and progressive curriculum. This session will be led by experienced STEAM educators who have been implementing this curriculum over the past 5 years. Attendees will leave with an understanding and confidence to implement STEAM into their school’s environment that allows student choice, voice, and self-directed learning.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Wolfe

Jonathan Wolfe

STEAM Facilitator, Alan B. Shepard Middle School
Jon is currently in his fifth year as the Communication Media Arts teacher at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, IL. Passionate about giving students a learning environment in which they can develop their passions creatively while 'failing forward' and using really cool stuff... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg G

12:30pm

Supporting Learner Agency in a Personalized Learning Environment with Google Tools
Do you believe every child deserves a personalized learning experience? Personalized learning as a strategy for instruction will provide the best opportunities for each student, but making the most of class time while students are engaged in a variety of pathways can feel overwhelming for the teacher and confusing for the students. Using Google tools, students can increase their independence while engaging in learning activities. In this session, participants will see sample Google Tools, such as Sheets, Docs, and Forms, that have been created to enhance learner agency. Participants will also have time to modify and apply existing tools in order to meet the needs of their learners.

Presenters
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Kristen Stern

Instructional Technologist, Batavia High School
Kristen Stern is an Instructional Technologist for Batavia Public School District. She works with teachers in K-12 support technology integration in a 1:1 environment.


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia B

12:30pm

Synchronous Distance Learning--Are You Ready?
Have you ever thought about expanding the walls of your classroom to include live museum visits? Have you ever considered co-teaching your course with another teacher or expert on your subject? Would your district benefit from having courses having low enrollment courses in more than one school taught by one teacher? Synchronous distance learning is the answer to these questions. Synchronous distance learning/classroom video conferencing would allow smaller school districts to share teachers to combat our teacher shortage. It could be the answer for larger districts to continue to offer low enrollment courses among buildings. High quality professional development activities without travel could remove the cost barrier for school districts. Participants will learn about the hardware and software requirements, costs, and implementation issues followed by a question and answer period.


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg F

12:30pm

The Power in Positive
This presentation is designed to empower teachers. From new teachers beginning their journey all the way to veteran teachers who need to re-spark their passion. Teachers will be reminded of the power of believing in themselves and their students, learn tips to avoid the dreaded teacher burnout, and ultimately discover how to have the courage to be yourself while helping your students do the same.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Richey

Kristin Richey

Reading Lab, Freedom Middle School
Kristin Richey, an Apple Teacher and Middle Level Reading Specialist, works in Berwyn South School District 100. In her 11th year of teaching, she focuses on using technology to connect and communicate with students and their families while engaging them in the subject of reading... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg B

12:30pm

Design Ed.: Connecting Learning Science Research to Practice
Yes, you can do this! Design effective and impactful learning experiences for digital age learners using the LITE (Learners, Instruction, Technologies, Environment) framework to share must-know, teacher-friendly findings from the learning sciences. What are the learning sciences? Why are they part of the ISTE Educator Standards? (Learner: 1.c.) Join us to identify the learning science concepts and high leverage teaching practices to create effective learning environments with digital age learners. Teachers respond "I wish I'd known this much earlier!" Based upon a forthcoming book of the same title, to be published by ISTE, Summer 2019!

Presenters
avatar for Angela Elkordy

Angela Elkordy

Chair and Asst. Prof. Learning Sciences & Dir. Learning Technologies, National Louis University
Dr. Angela Elkordy, is Director, Learning Technologies at National Louis University and Chair of the newly formed Learning Sciences program area. Dr. Elkordy has been a teacher educator for over a decade, and shares her knowledge through professional networks and conferences, including... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

12:30pm

Educational Scavenger hunts! Amazing Race or Mission Impossible --Creating Activity Learning
Unlock the full potential of Google Forms for education. You may know Forms as a tool to collect information via surveys, but it can be used in a multitude of other ways. Let’s explore its functions as a formative assessment tool and as a way to bring your content alive. We will examine ways to use Forms to create interactive activities that utilize the unique functions of Google Forms. We will look at creating Choose Your Own Adventure style activities and Amazing Race interactive lessons. This session will provide you instruction on the potential of Forms and inspiration to create your own.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Brazeau

Ben Brazeau

Technology Integrator, Green Bay Area Public Schools
Ben Brazeau is a technology integrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin and adjunct professor at UWGB. He has infused technology to create engaging lessons for students in his own classroom and now supports teachers to integrate technology with their students. Ben is a huge proponent of Dave... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

12:30pm

Let's make it personal; this isn't where YOU went to school!
Learn how Yorkville CUSD 115 (enr. 6400) is developing new policies, structures and learning opportunities to
support a personalized and engaging approach to education. Through district­wide planning and
implementation, this PreK­12 district has connected standards­based and mastery learning; secure, flexible
and open learning environments; and the infusion of wireless infrastructure, technologies, and software to
support personalized student learning and student/staff collaboration.

Presenters
avatar for Ryan Adkins

Ryan Adkins

Director of Technology, Yorkville School District 115


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

12:30pm

Satellite Tracking, Orbits, and Modeling
Be empowered and ignite excitement with your students through the lens of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite tracking as it applies to physics, art, and mathematics. Useful and adaptable hands-on STEAM activities guide educators in orbital mechanics, orbital scale and real-time tracking of objects in LEO. Participants will track satellites in real-time and plot their progression. The position of subsequent satellite passes and the duration of the acquisition of a signal with respect to the trigonometry of the earth and a satellite's position is investigated.

Presenters
avatar for Frances Dellutri

Frances Dellutri

Deputy Manager of Education, National Space Society
As Deputy Manager of Education of SpacEdge Education (SEE), an arm of the National Space Society, I am involved in the presentation, promotion, and development of STEAM space science curriculum for K-12+. Our lessons and resources can be viewed at SEE Academy found at: | https... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:30pm

Tapping into the 4Cs with BreakoutEDU
BreakoutEDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.  K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem-solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context. Drop by to see how we have been using BreakoutEDUs to tap the 4Cs and see what we have learned on our implementation journey.

Presenters
avatar for Cheri Bridge

Cheri Bridge

Technology Integration Specialist and BreakoutEDU Authorized Trainer, Wilmette SD 39
Cheri Bridge is a Technology Integration Specialists and BreakoutEDU Authorized Trainer at Wilmette Junior High School. Cheri has experience teaching elementary and middle school; their current position focuses on staff development and coaching teachers on the proper integration of... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

1:45pm

Do We Need More Ed Tech?!
While blended learning offers great promise, there are no ‘silver bullets’ when it comes to adding technology in education. Change comes not from implementing technology but from helping all stakeholders use that tech to leverage educational change instead of the 'domestication' of the technology to outdated practice. This help comes in the for of ongoing, content and grade level specific training, and providing staff with the time and resources need to adapt to the new possibilities opened by educational technology and blended learning. Implementation is not just showing teachers how to use technology, rather training them to teach with it. This session will look at the body of research on educational technology implementation, the training requirements of ESSA, and provide practical steps to provide staff, students, and parents with the training they need to be successful in using educational technology.

Presenters
avatar for Philip Pulley

Philip Pulley

Teacher, Fieldcrest High School CUSD 6
I am a 20-year educator and educational technology trainer. I currently teach high school history, video production, and dual credit communications. I have taught for six years in a 1:1 environment using the flipped classroom model. I have presented and conducted tech training at... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia C

1:45pm

GAME ON! How to Gamify Your Classroom & Maximize Engagement
Gamification is a hot topic - but how exactly do we do it? How do we get started? Come learn how I took the plunge in my classroom- what I learned, what I'd do again and what I'd skip - and what my students thought. You will leave with concrete ways to gamify YOUR classroom and increase engagement to extraordinary levels!

Presenters
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

1:45pm

Giving a "Nudge" in Teacher-Coaching
Teacher-Coaching can be a delicate balance as the shifting landscape of education and technology can just appear overwhelming to some. For those of you coaching those cautious educators who are reluctant to jump-in with both feet, we will look at ways to 'nudge' those teachers into taking a small steps forward. Sharing stories, brainstorming, and discussing some successful 'nudge' strategies will empower coaches to leave this session with tools for even the most timid.

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Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg B

1:45pm

How IKEA Can Help Remodel Your PD
IKEA didn't become a worldwide leader by doing things the same old way. They've built their business with simplicity, support, and progress in mind. Bet your PD could use some of that! Together we will look at IKEA's Vision and Culture and use it to create a new style of PD for any size district.

Presenters
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Adam Geisen

Instructional Tech Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
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Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg C

1:45pm

Interns, Broadcasts, and Tweets, Oh My!
At #rowvastrong, we’re small but mighty! With help from our student social media interns, we have gone from almost no social media presence 4 years ago to a brand that defines our school and allows us to reach and interact with students, parents, community members, and schools across the country. Come to our session to hear about building your school's brand from three perspectives: student social media intern, social media director, and superintendent. We’ll share tips on how to build your school’s brand and tell your story!

Presenters
avatar for Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

This is my 9th year teaching high school English. I earned an M.A. in English, and I am a Google Certified Educator Level 2. I am also the district social media director and the project manager for our district's Future Ready Plan. My motto? "Down with status quo!" I have a passion... Read More →
avatar for Joe Sornberger

Joe Sornberger

I am the superintendent at ROWVA #208 in Oneida, Illinois. This is my 6th year as a superintendent and my 14th year in education. Our small, rural school district prides itself on academic excellence and innovation. ROWVA is a Future Ready School District. I would love to share our... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg D

1:45pm

Media Literacy in a World of Memes and Fake news.
Media Literacy might be the most important critical thinking skill of our time, especially in a 1:1 learning environment. What programs should we have in place to evaluate facts, identify bias and discern truth across the curriculum? This session will take a look at how we have taught media literacy in the past and the new challenges we face in teaching students who, device in hand, are connected to information at all times. Bring your devices, this session will use web-based tools and practice classroom strategies for students of all ages.

Presenters
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Shawn McCusker

Instructor and Presenter, EdTechTeacher
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg A

1:45pm

Personal Passion Projects: What an Experience!
Our school has provided student-led, project-based learning to high school students through our January Short Term (JST) program for over 45 years. Recently, we expanded JST into our middle school with P3: the Personal Passion Project. Students choose a topic and spend two periods a week on it. They use the design thinking process to create something related to their passion. We pair each with an adult expert mentor (alumni, parents, etc) so they can increase not only their knowledge of the topic, but also learn how to network with others (a valuable life skill!). Students spend one full “Experience Week” focusing on P3, culminating in our P3 Expo. In this session, you will learn about our P3 program, as well as JST, and discover how you might bring something similar to your learning environment.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Shutters

Elizabeth Shutters

Director of Technology, Roycemore School
Beth Shutters is the Director of Technology, PD, and the Middle School Experience at Roycemore School, a small independent K-12 school in Evanston. Beth is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She takes care of everything that has to do with technology at Roycemore, and helps... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg G

1:45pm

Slide Into Assessments with Google Slides!
We all know that Google Slides is an awesome presentation tool, but do you know all the amazing ways it can be used to assess student learning?

From turning traditional lecture-based lessons into engaging, interactive presentations to giving students the opportunity to get creative and demonstrate their own learning, Google Slides is an extremely versatile tool for the classroom. Best of all, it’s free!

In this session, participants will learn to harness the power of Google Slides Add-ons to turn presentations into interactive formative assessments.

We will also explore many creative ways that teachers can have students use Google Slides to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals.

Educators will leave this session with a number of practical, easy-to-implement ideas for assessment in their classrooms using Google Slides.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Wickham

Jeremy Wickham

Coordinator of Academic Technology, Zion Elementary School District 6
Jeremy is a Google for Education Certified Trainer with nine years of experience integrating technology into the classroom. He enjoys helping students from all backgrounds learn the 21st Century skills to make them successful in school and beyond. He has previous experience working... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia B

1:45pm

Still Using Microsoft in a Google World?
You don’t have to choose. Microsoft and Google can coexist and you can have the best of both worlds. This presentation will provide you with practical tips, tricks, and technologies that will help you easily navigate between these two seemingly different worlds. So your district is “all in” with the Google ecosystem for your students and Chromebooks are your one to one device of choice? We will discuss methods for how you can navigate through these seemingly very different systems.

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Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg F

1:45pm

Tech Successes and Failures: Fostering a Growth Mindset in EdTech
Like many things in education, technology use doesn't always go as planned. Whether it's technical error or user error, it's what we do when it goes awry that matters. This session will explore problem solving techniques for teachers as well as coaching strategies for leaders to promote a growth mindset when #technologyfails.

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Perry

Natalie Perry

Assistant Principal/ Technology Integration Specialist, Farmington CUSD #265


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg E

1:45pm

The Hidden Entrepreneurs in your Classroom
In this session, a nationally recognized 16 year old student entrepreneur will talk about her life changing experience bringing a product to market. Beginning in the 5th grade to shipping hundreds of thousands of dollars of product throughout the world and being recognized by CNN, the White House, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and others. She has interviewed dozens of fellow student entrepreneurs and teachers about student entrepreneurship and will present her findings about the often simple ways that teachers and schools can support student entrepreneurs.

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Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia D

1:45pm

Building Deeper Connections to the Natural World Through Video Technolog
At Shedd Aquarium, we’ve been exploring the use of video technology to help our learners connect to content, the natural world, and each other. Learners have immersed themselves in 360 videos and felt like they were SCUBA diving among sharks and in our exhibits. Families and

friends were able to feel like they were out in the field with our teen field program participants. Throughout a week-long program, students used video as a story-telling tool to document their experiences, and then shared those stories with their loved ones. These experiences were integrated into our program plans and directly connected to our outcomes. In this participate and share session, come experience these moments for yourself using various VR headsets. We’ll share and demonstrate how you can help your students connect and reflect on their learning with digital tools and how you can use the content they create to evaluate learning outcomes.


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

1:45pm

Oodles of Learning Opportunities in Office 365
New to 365?  Come and see what wonderful tools are available right at your fingertips anywhere you have internet access.  Checkout what new adventures are available in Microsoft Tools for you and your students!  From Immersive Reader in Word to creating a slideshow from an outline in PowerPoint.  Create and embed forms, videos, record your presentation, and more!  

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

1:45pm

PJ PD with TeachIllinois
Come test drive a 100% online teacher professional development platform that uses blended learning to provide valuable learning opportunities for all educators, not just ones from Illinois. What metrics do we collect and analyze? How do we create coursework? How much programming is involved? How much does it cost to run?

Presenters
avatar for Matt Weld

Matt Weld

Director of Innovation and Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Curious, passionate, and interested in all things education. Leader for www.directionsconference.com www.teachillinois.com, and Teachers' Classroom podcast. Google Certified Trainer.


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

1:45pm

Project -Based Learning in a 21st Century World Language Classroom
Bonjour! Buenos Dias! Gutten Tag! Come join us for a presentation packed with creativity and innovation. These World Language projects, based on student writing, include: art, history, geography, architecture, all wrapped up with readily accessible Technology tools.Discover new, creative, and engaging ways to get students to use meaningful dialogue in the World Language classroom.


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

1:45pm

Stories of Heroes without Capes
Everyday heroes are often unseen and, after the hurricanes, our town quickly found out there were more heroes than we ever knew. Students wanted to share the why and how a hero has helped to serve through digital storytelling, comics and posters as a way to promote community service.


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

1:45pm

Active Music Making and Assessment with Interactive Technology
Participants will use 5 apps (DoInk, Notebook, Seesaw, (opt.Garageband), Flipgrid and Edpuzzle) to explore and establish strategies, skills, and tools that elementary general music teachers may use to integrate technology seamlessly into lessons, activities, assessments and grading. This session demonstrates the Orff Schulwerk model that integrates music, movement/dance, speech, and as a synthesis of the performing arts, within the context of a 21st century educational framework. This optimizes instructional time, includes class management, advocates and incorporates student choice, develops collaboration and communication skills along with awareness and empathy for self and others, while stimulating creativity and providing opportunities for individual strengths to be used and recognized. Templates and strategies to measure student growth and proficiency through ongoing assessments will be discussed. The skills developed through the Orff Schulwerk can have lifelong implications in creating growth mindset and developing resilient and responsible global citizens for the future.

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Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Inspiration

1:45pm

Chopped EDU: Where your recipe for success will combine ingredients, skills and knowledge!
Welcome to your ChoppED kitchen!
Your task today is to create an innovative learning experience using your group’s basket of ingredients. Make sure your recipe TRANSFORMS the ingredients, using them to design something that includes each of the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). Think about having students “show” what they know through their use of the 4Cs. Also, remember to think of your learning targets and goals as you design your recipe.

You will have access to a “Pantry” of ingredients shared by your head chefs. This “Pantry” includes various tools, strategies and pedagogy to help create a truly transformative learning experience. You must use one “Pantry” ingredient and all of your "Must Have" ingredients to create your activity.

This is a make and take workshop. Come prepared to learn some new innovative tools and implement them right away!

Presenters
avatar for Kara McFarlin

Kara McFarlin

Kara loves the way that technology has transformed education in her 20 years of teaching and training. Her vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional... Read More →
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Michelle Thorne

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland School District 135
I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Imagination

1:45pm

Genius Hour - Time to get Your Hands Dirty
This workshop will move you through the steps of Genius Hour and how it really feels to go through the process. By remembering how it feels to be a learner we can understand the struggle often felt by our students. We will also chat through some tips and tricks to successful implementation of Genius Hour.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach, SD113A


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Innovation

1:45pm

Google for Beginners
Are you new to the Google family? As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, I have a passion to helping the education community use Google Apps for Education work for their lives. With so many other daily jobs, don't get bogged down by technology. We will discuss the different Google Apps for Education, how they work, and how they can work for YOU. Come for a day of collaboration, information, and hands-on, everyday scenarios.

Presenters
avatar for Jacklyn Feldpausch

Jacklyn Feldpausch

English teacher
I'm an overly enthusiastic and slightly awkward English teacher who has an immense passion for technology in the classroom. Professionally, I love Google, technology, literature, puns, literary theory, and projects. Personally (that spills into professionally), I love reading, audiobooks... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Epiphany (2nd floor)

1:45pm

Manage Session Digital Storytelling: Unlocking Student Voice Through Audio/Video Creation
Harness the power of technology to create a multitude of audio and video projects. Give students a voice in your classroom, provide alternative methods to demonstrate mastery, and create opportunities for peer evaluation. In this session, we will explore how to create audio-video projects that showcase student learning. Participants will learn a variety of tools to create products of learning and explore tools to create their own products to take back to their classrooms. We will look at the process from creation to award shows and all the steps in between. The use of Recap and Flipgrid will be a significant part of the presentation along with Google Apps like: Slides, Forms, Classroom, Docs and more will be infused into this session to produce dynamic learning products. The session will be a show and share with time for participants creating their own products.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Brazeau

Ben Brazeau

Technology Integrator, Green Bay Area Public Schools
Ben Brazeau is a technology integrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin and adjunct professor at UWGB. He has infused technology to create engaging lessons for students in his own classroom and now supports teachers to integrate technology with their students. Ben is a huge proponent of Dave... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Connection

1:45pm

Tech Coach with a Tech "Plan"
Coaches will learn how to connect the ISTE standards and SAMR model to individualized teacher technology plans and tech-rich units.

Presenters
MB

Marcy Brugger

My name is Marcy Brugger. I have been in education for 9 years. I have taught various grade levels including 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. This is my first year in the role of District Technology Integration Specialist at Elmwood Community Schools #322. I am a graduate of Bradley... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Serenity (2nd floor)

1:45pm

Technology and Literacy: A Love Story
Add to your arsenal of technology tools that work together perfectly to promote literacy in the classroom or in the library. Bring a device and get ready to explore 50+ tools that promote literacy in our technology filled world!

Presenters
avatar for Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins

Library Media Center Director, Kendall Elementary School
Rhonda has been in her school district for 20 years. She has taught third grade, fifth grade, and served as a reading specialist at the high school level. Currently, she is the library media center director at Kendall Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois. Her current position... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Prosperity

1:45pm

Un-PD Your School
Professional development is necessary, but why do we have to sit through Sit-N-Gets and not get anything? Un-PD your school with innovation and personalization as you embrace the skills and talents of the professionals in your building. Come learn more about these free and powerful PDs that provide growth and support for teachers as they foster 21st Century teachig skills.

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest SD #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, and an EdTech conference enthusiast, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. After dedicating more than twenty years in the classroom she extended her reach and spent the last five... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Perfection

3:00pm

Breakout of GSuite! - How to “Break In” Staff
Learn how using a digital breakout deepened the District teachers’ understanding and comfort using Gsuite in their classroom and helped them grasp the value of Google Suite in their work-life. Although we had been offering sessions on GSuite for the past five years, the teachers learned more about GSuite during this breakout than in any previous PD session. Teacher teams completed challenges in Docs, Drawings, Forms, and Slides in order to unlock digital clues. The last clue led to a physical lock box to the Breakout of GSuite! In the session, we will share how we differentiated teams, the breakout process used, as well as templates, tips, and enticements. If you have never tried a breakout, this is an easy and exciting one to use. We will walk you through the steps and discuss ways that it can be tailored to any content area.

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Wegley

Kathy Wegley

Instructional Tech Coordinator, Northbrook 27
Interested in all kinds of technology, especially K-8 classroom uses. SMART Certified Trainer, Google Certified Teacher


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg C

3:00pm

Connect while Staying Connected: Supporting relationships with technology in early childhood
Explore how young children learn best with technology using current research, recommendations, and policy statements. Join Erikson Institute’s Technology in Early Childhood Center to understand how to use tangible technology and digital media to support early connections and relationships. Take home ideas on how to prioritize social and emotional learning with technology tools in your classroom.

Participants will be guided through an investigation into how technology and digital media play a role in early social and emotional development. The National Associate for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)/ Fred Rogers Center joint position statement, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 (2012) and the LEGO Play Well Report (2018) will be highlighted and will support the participants understanding of technology and digital media use with young children.

Presenters
avatar for Jenna Herdzina

Jenna Herdzina

Program Manager, TEC Center
Technology and digital media, early childhood development, civic identity development, social justice and equity!


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg F

3:00pm

Ditch Your Multiple Choice Exam: Using Makerspace Projects as Final Exams
This session will detail how a makerspace was leveraged to differentiate assessment and increase engagement in a high school, cross categorical special education classroom with struggling readers. This session will focus on explaining the use of a makerspace project as a final exam for any content area. Participant will see examples of student projects as well as obtain an overview of why this approach was chosen and how it was graded. Students utilized student choice to demonstrate their understanding of literacy skills and strategies taught throughout the semester.

Presenters
avatar for Kara Kennedy

Kara Kennedy

Special Education Teacher, Leyden District 212
I have experience teaching students from kindergarten through seniors in high school at various ability levels for 8 years. I have taught honors, on-level readers, struggling readers, and students with disabilities at the high school, middle school, and elementary level. I hold endorsements... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg B

3:00pm

Lighting a Spark - Creative Student Voice
Creative student voice activities can be essential parts of any classroom learning experience. When students engage in exploring and creating visuals the research shows that learning sticks. This session will introduce and explore Adobe Spark Pages, Posts, and Videos. Attendees will learn about Adobe Spark and have a chance to explore the resource as they design visuals that could be used in their classrooms the next day. Join us as we explore how Adobe Spark can support and engage all learners.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Neuqua Valley High School, Napverville
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor Kiam | I am a lifelong learner who is passionate about exploring the growth mindset with teachers & students. My focus as a learner is strongly connected to the 4Cs, Student Voice, G Suite for Education, HyperDocs... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg D

3:00pm

One Tool at a Time: An Elementary Technology Planning Guide
Does technology implementation overwhelm you? Are there too many tools and not enough time to teach them well? The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, so why not introduce your students to one tech tool at a time.

In this presentation you will learn how to plan and pace your tech instruction using a 10 month school year planning guide. The plan starts with beginning of the year basics building upon itself each month, and by May, students will be adding finishing touches to a personalized and curated e-Portfolio. Differentiation is made easy with this plan because the tools can also be taught in isolation. It’s a simple but systematic approach with great results.

Presenters
avatar for Jess Landes

Jess Landes

3rd Grade Teacher, Marion Community Unit School District 2
Jess Landes is a third grade teacher in Southern Illinois and has been teaching in the Marion Unit #2 School District for 15 years. Her teaching experiences have been in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. This is her tenth year teaching third graders and she especially loves... Read More →
avatar for Kerri Young

Kerri Young

Kerri Young is a 2nd grader teacher in the Southern Illinois community of Marion. She is currently in her second year teaching 2nd grade and loves introducing her primary students to the wonderful world of technology. Prior to this assignment, she taught one year of 4th/5th grade... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia D

3:00pm

Saving Time with Google Add-Ons & Extensions!
Time is easily an educator's most valuable resource, and with the help of Google Add-ons & Extensions, time is exactly what you can save. This session will hi-light several Google Extensions & Google Add-ons that are classroom appropriate and useful for both teachers and students. Everything from a formative assessment tool for Google Slides to a permanent clipboard of comments for Google Docs will be explored and demonstrated, and participants will leave with ideas for how they can start saving precious time!

Presenters
avatar for Kerri Young

Kerri Young

Kerri Young is a 2nd grader teacher in the Southern Illinois community of Marion. She is currently in her second year teaching 2nd grade and loves introducing her primary students to the wonderful world of technology. Prior to this assignment, she taught one year of 4th/5th grade... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia B

3:00pm

Shift your Districts EdTech into Gear-A Team Approach to Transforming Learning
By taking a team approach to providing and supporting educational technology resources, Lindsey, a digital learning coach, and Cody, an IT director, are all gas and no brake when it comes to transforming learning in their school district. This dynamic duo has put a unique spin on the Future Ready initiative making it more inclusive for staff and making the goal of a digital learning culture more attainable. Come and learn how you too can put the pedal to the medal and move your district forward through the Future Ready process.

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Lox

Lindsey Lox

Digital Learning Coach, Illini Bluffs School District


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg E

3:00pm

Teens, Twitter, and the Times: Teaching Controversial Topics to Teens
How do you bring current and controversial topics into your classroom and help your students process and understand the events in the world around them? This session will look at ways to bring current and controversial issues and events into the classroom though both social media and mainstream media. Talking about these events can cause arguments, raise voices, and get your students fired up but it will also engage them with the issues that will make them informed and active participants in a democratic society

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 12 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD committee, the president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor. To me, technology is... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia C

3:00pm

Transdigital Lessons: Infusing Creativity Across Traditional and Digital Methods
The transdigital approach merges both traditional and digital methods across physical and digital spaces. Our iPad art room allows students to make art physically then extend the learning digitally. Explore ways to infuse creativity into your classroom to implement engaging ideas, expand your curriculum, and make meaningful connections with Make it and Move it designs, holograms, AR, rotoscope, unusual green screen effects, stop motion, and animated gifs in both physical and digital ways. You’ll see how students can haunt their classroom with ghosts that lift off their screen, make robots that blink and sputter to life, create a lip-sync animation over a video, and magically jump into artwork. Dive into my 240+ STEAM art lessons from my award-winning classroom and be sure to download the HP Reveal App (then follow Fuglefunart) so you can experience first hand some exciting ARt that moves with Augmented Reality.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg G

3:00pm

Transforming Libraries and Classrooms Into Flexible Learning Spaces and Igniting Innovation
This session will demonstrate the visionary leadership behind transforming school spaces into optimal learning environments, the transcendent schools visioning workshop, as well as the tenets of design thinking in order to understand the "why" behind transforming classrooms and learning spaces.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Hintz

Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg A

3:00pm

Student Centered Broadcasting Club
Examples and student testimonials from the creation and administration of a student centered and student led Broadcasting Club. From initial organizational meetings, to the launch of a school wide news program, this is the story of how students can become adept creators and learners on both sides of the camera.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Frye

Christopher Frye

Teacher and Technology Coach, Consolidated High School District 230
Long-time listener, first-time caller. Multimedia teacher, consumer, and presenter. Dynamic advocate of classic video games. Certified Professional Ed-Tech Teacher with at least a few meaningless online certifications. Dreams of getting verified on Twitter. Likes handing out prizes... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

3:00pm

Get Hyper with HyperDrawings
Create amazing flipped or blended learning materials with Google Drawings ! The students can demonstrate understanding, solve problems and create screencasts on the drawing canvas. Students can self-assess and reflect upon their learning in an embedded Google form . Teachers write directions, embed YouTube videos and give assignments in the blank space next to the canvas. Avoid scrolling through several pages in a HyperDoc by creating a one page HyperDrawing! This is a must have tool in the classroom, don’t miss out !

The use of HyperDrawings will allow coaches to show teachers how to collect and analyze student data, interpret data and improve instruction through embedded Google Forms. Coaches and teachers will be able to see and hear a student explain their work on the Google Drawings Canvas via pictures of student work, screencasts and/or voice recordings. Students will be able to construct the knowledge that they display from YouTube videos and online resources embedded on the HyperDrawings by the teacher

Presenters
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
"Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. Her online publication for AACT showcases... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

3:00pm

Get Started with Code
Do you wonder how to get your younger students engaged into coding? In this session you will get to learn about Apple’s iPads Get Started with Code FREE curriculum, all the resources available to you, and how to successfully implement in in your classroom.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

3:00pm

How Do You App Smash?
In this Participate and Share session, let’s conversate about App Smashing!! What apps do you like to combine? How do you combine them? Let’s get together and share our favorite apps, and how we use them in our classrooms!!

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist. Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership and Design with a focus on Instructional Technology in December of 2016. Her goals and aspirations for the district... Read More →


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

3:00pm

Pinterest for Pennies
Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest: all ways for teachers to be inspired, to make changes, or to improve upon to their pedagogy. However, some of the best “Pinterest classrooms” come at a price that many educators simply do not have the budget for. The aim of “Pinterest for Pennies” is to show educators ways to create a unique and fun environment on a budget. These ideas are all things that have been implemented in my classroom over the last five years, and have been successful in making a productive and positive classroom for both students and myself. This presentation will discuss the use of the Cricut Machine, leveraging bulk purchasing on Amazon, and using social media to get inspired and inspire others.


Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

3:00pm

Teach in their Playground with EdPuzzle
This session will go through the basics of EDPuzzle. I will start with creating an account and importing videos. Next, I will look at how to trim a video, add various question types, and voice overs. Finally, I will show how to assign and view student responses.

Presenters

Monday February 25, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4
 
Tuesday, February 26
 

8:00am

3-2-1...Action! It’s time for Your Student-Lead Morning News Broadcast!
Create a feeling of culture and community among your students, teachers and parents by creating, student-lead, weekly news broadcast with the option to go LIVE. Highcrest Middle School used to just have a teacher driven, student-anchored, weekly news broadcast featuring the pledge, announcements and mini features. We have since TRANSFORMED this broadcast to be aired LIVE and to be student-lead and student-driven. Join us to learn about our journey. We will be providing step-by-step directions and resources for you to get your morning news off the ground.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Utopia D

8:00am

Design Meetings that don't have Teachers Grading in the Back of the Room
In this workshop, participants will explore how to design better learning experiences for adults. We will dig into the design, the environment and the interactions of meetings. How do you stay organized? How do you stay on track? How do you reflect on the experiences? Upon leaving this workshop, learners will say - I get it!

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach, SD113A


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg B

8:00am

Idioms? Piece of Cake With Concept Maps, Games, and More
Are you at your wits end teaching idioms? With Idioms as the sample topic, the presenters will discuss the importance of developing the nuances of learning the English language with even our youngest learners. We will then explore the areas of BrainPOP ELL that teachers can use to engage students with animated movies, games, concept maps, and more. In addition to all the features that we know and love about BrainPOP, the icing on the cake is that BrainPOP ELL differentiates for each students needs and journey to English language acquisition. Don’t miss the boat! Get on board and teach language and content with fun, creative tools and resources. Note: While many of these tools are free to all, like GameUP, others require a BrainPOP or BrainPOP ELL subscription.

Presenters
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Jasmine Myalil

EL/Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
A Chicago-land native, Jasmine Myalil earned a B.S. from University of Miami (FL) in Elementary Education and Spanish, with an ESL endorsement. Upon returning to Illinois, she started her career as an ELL Specialist. In addition to her teaching role, she focuses on parent engagement... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg C

8:00am

Learning + Space = Redesigning Spaces that Reflect our Vision for Learning
What story about learning should our facilities communicate? Do the spaces students are educated in impact learning? What features in an environment impact learning most? What if we looked at spaces through a child’s eye and let them write the story? How can a change in spaces be collaborative and incremental? What happens when you engage a system in inquiry around these questions?

In this session, we will share our district’s journey rethinking learning spaces towards creating environments that are “adaptable and functional, inviting and comfortable, learner and learning centered.” Through modeling the way we used an inquiry process and design thinking principles to redesign library and classroom spaces, participants will walk away with both readily applicable zero cost ideas AND big picture process ideas for making future systemic changes.

Presenters
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Alison Keller

Tech Facilitator/Teacher, Lyon School, Glenview D34
Alison Keller is an educator in both K-12 and higher education settings. She is especially interested in professional learning, creativity and critical thinking, arts integration, and using technology to make learning more authentic and meaningful. Alison is currently a Technology... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg A

8:00am

Making Sense of Instructional Leadership
School leaders - teachers and administrators alike - struggle with the living out the ideal that is being an instructional leader. This session works to de-mystify this complex charge educational leaders feel compelled to carry forward. With a direct and though-provoking delivery style participants are sure to leave with their paradigms shifted.

Presenters
avatar for PJ Caposey

PJ Caposey

Superintendent, Meridian 223
Dr. PJ Caposey is an award-winning principal and Superintendent who is an expert in teacher evaluation, school culture, personalized learning, and student voice. PJ has published three books in the last few years, with three more coming out in the next 18 months. He is a sought after... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg E

8:00am

Nearpodizing Math Problem Solving with the Three Reads Strategy
We will explore the Three Reads Strategy and how to use Nearpod to break down math problem solving activities. Using this close reading strategy to gain a strong understanding of a complex math problem or task can aid learners in slowing down and persevering through rigorous material.

Presenters
avatar for Anne Kasa

Anne Kasa

Instructional Coach, Troy CCSD 30c
I am currently enjoying life as an instructional coach for Troy 30c in an elementary building. In the past, I have been a reading specialist, primary, intermediate, and middle school classroom teacher. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time traveling with my husband, seeing live... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Utopia C

8:00am

Not Your Grandma’s Literature Class
Literature has been around for ages, but how do we make it relevant to today’s students? Start off by telling them “this is not your grandma’s English class! In this session, I’ll share how I make my English classes “lit” using a variety of tools and structures to enhance literature instruction. We’ll discuss how to get your students reading, discussing, and even rapping with passion! Through tools like Flipgrid, Twitter, WeVideo, GSuite, Makey Makey, etc., and structures like Genius Hour, Flipped Instruction, and Book Clubs, we can make literature class the most exciting, engaging class of the day!

Presenters
avatar for Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

This is my 9th year teaching high school English. I earned an M.A. in English, and I am a Google Certified Educator Level 2. I am also the district social media director and the project manager for our district's Future Ready Plan. My motto? "Down with status quo!" I have a passion... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg D

8:00am

Old School Games used in a Techy Way
Want to find a way to spice up the lessons in your classroom? Come see how to incorporate old school games like Chutes and Ladders or Candyland as an interactive board game using Google Slides. The interactive game allows for a student paced environment, increased student engagement, and scaffolding. This can be adapted for any grade level and subject.

Presenters
avatar for Kari Moulton

Kari Moulton

Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past ten years. Starting with smartboards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. A technology leader in her district; leading various trainings for... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

8:00am

Reading Comprehension and Digital Text: Striking a Balance Between Print and Electronic Formats
Digital texts are a great way to inspire students of all ages and abilities about literature and language. They attract and motivate kids to read and offer benefits to reluctant and struggling readers, special needs students, and English language learners. How do we strike a balance between traditional print format and digital texts? This session will examine why educators should teach digital format while providing a primer on how to read, understand, and teach the unique structure of the digital text format and tools.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Rolain

Amy Rolain

Library Information Specialist, Arnett C. Lines Elementary
For the past fourteen years, I have been employed by Barrington 220 as a K-12 licensed school library information specialist. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, I began my career in 1996 as an elementary classroom teacher and curriculum designer at Lincoln... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg G

8:00am

Transforming Reading and Writing Workshop in the Primary Classroom for 21st Century Learners

Participants will learn ways to balance and integrate technology, purposeful play and personalized learning effectively during reading and writing workshop to enhance the 4 C’s. During this session teachers will share the positive transformation of their classrooms after going 1:1 and using Google Classroom and Seesaw for schools. Your school does not have to be 1:1 to benefit from this session.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Schaumburg F

8:00am

VR and AR: Experience It For Yourself
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, experience it for yourself, because experience is knowledge. Once you have, you’ll get the connection, see the vision, and join the cause. Time, effort, and resources saved makes this workshop worth the experience. After the experience, get ready to create your own realities that foster inquiry and critical thinking.
Participants will be able to: Lead their students on a virtual tour that will provide students an immersive experience as consumers of VR and AR, and creators or VR.

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest SD #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, and an EdTech conference enthusiast, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. After dedicating more than twenty years in the classroom she extended her reach and spent the last five... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Utopia B

8:00am

Learner Qualities: Empowering Students to Develop Their Capacity to Learn
In this session the panel will share our school’s journey in teaching students seven learner qualities that build learning capacity. Our school’s goal is to have students in the pit, a place where they struggle with and question new concepts. We ask our students to use learner qualities to find their way out of the pit. This panel discussion will focus on which learner qualities we teach and why, how we teach and integrate learner qualities and how it has changed the culture of our school community.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

9:15am

Building a Student Social Media Team at Your School
Creating a social media team at your school might be a new concept, but kids have been creating content for their schools in the yearbook, journalism class, or for the school newspaper. Followers find social media posts created by students to be much more interesting and engaging.

Active engagement on school social media accounts is a great benefit for schools. It keeps the community involved and up to date on activities. It allows the school to share pictures and comment on what is going on at school and school events. It builds interest for potential students and parents. Schools are starting to use student social media teams to create the content and posts that can safely go on the school's social media.

Presenters
avatar for Taylor Siebert

Taylor Siebert

President, Class Intercom
Helping Schools Share Their Story Online through New Media Education.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg F

9:15am

Connecting Students Globally to Spread Student Voice
As the world becomes increasingly connected, how do we harness this power in our classrooms to enhance learning while preparing students for this connected world? Along with enhancing academic writing and speaking skills, connecting students helps develop empathy for others and allows them to learn first hand about cultures around the world while sharing their ideas and gaining new perspective from others. Learn simple ways to connect students with others across the globe.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Lehotsky

Jennifer Lehotsky

Instuctional Coach
Jenny is an instructional coach in Berwyn South School District 100. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in science and reading in a 1:1 environment. She has spent many of the these years incorporating STEM and aligning NGSS and CCSS. She received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Utopia B

9:15am

Engaging Educators in Anytime, Anywhere Relationship-Centered Professional Learning
Engaging educators in online, asynchronous conversations has the potential to increase access to professional learning and help educators see themselves as resources for their peers. But how do you bring educators into the online space and ensure conversations are reciprocal and meaningful? Protocols! Come learn and practice core protocols for facilitating online conversations that build relationships between educators and encourage peer feedback. We will explore how online spaces can be welcoming places for sharing, supporting, and challenging each other as part of a reflective, collaborative instructional practice. All the protocols we will experience can be adapted for classroom use with students and will work with a range of digital tools.

Presenters
avatar for Mindy Gold

Mindy Gold

Consultant & Coach, EdtechMMG
Relationships are at the center of my work. I focus on building relationships between people and concepts in online and blended learning spaces as a foundation for growth. I founded EdtechMMG, an educational technology consultancy, to elevate the integration of digital technologies... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg C

9:15am

Enhance Instruction for ELs with Tech

Do you need a “virtual” backpack of tech tools that will help support your EL’s language growth? Back by popular demand, come and collaborate with ESL/Bilingual teachers that think outside the box at this standing room only ICE 2017 presentation! During this session, teachers will acquire a "virtual" backpack of tech resources to use with ELs that provide practice and production of language. Discover technology that will help students both acquire and demonstrate their new language, AND learn to evaluate tech tools for learning and academic language.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Harder

Amy Harder

EL / Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
EL / Bilingual Specialist for 16 years. Experience with K - 8 + adult education. Interested in technology, parent engagement, collaboration, ELs and disabilities. Avid reader.
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Jasmine Myalil

EL/Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
A Chicago-land native, Jasmine Myalil earned a B.S. from University of Miami (FL) in Elementary Education and Spanish, with an ESL endorsement. Upon returning to Illinois, she started her career as an ELL Specialist. In addition to her teaching role, she focuses on parent engagement... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg B

9:15am

Expanding beyond the classroom with ebooks
Learn how leading schools are taking a holistic approach with digital content to support student achievement anytime, anywhere. We'll also cover how the new Sora reading app can serve as an invaluable portal to your public library's digital collection for greater reading and learning opportunities.

Presenters
avatar for OverDrive

OverDrive

OverDrive
OverDrive Education delivers a central digital content solution for K-12 that includes digital curriculum, novels, professional development and more. Meet all your content needs with digital versions of books you have in print to achieve curriculum and instruction goals. Students... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg A

9:15am

Innovator's Fair - Immersing Students in Design Thinking
The Innovator's Fair is an immersive, two week long, design thinking project for our 4th graders. Come learn what the LAUCH Design Thinking process is, how we created an immersive experience for our students to culminate their elementary school years, and what steps you can take to bring it to your own school. We will share our stories, student projects, and resources to help you get started planning your own version of the Innovator's Fair for this school year!

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Wysocke

Lauren Wysocke

Technology Teacher, Wilmette Public School District 39


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Utopia D

9:15am

Questioning History
"You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school" -Stephen Ambrose
Bring fun and excitement to the social studies classroom by using inquiry rather than memorization drive instruction in the social studies classroom. Get rid of old history textbooks and help students develop the skills to ask questions and find answers to essential questions. Example activities and useful tools will be showcased during this session.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 12 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD committee, the president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor. To me, technology is... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg D

9:15am

Students will make 3D Video Games
3D Video Game Design is Fun! You will make your first video game (in 3D) similar to the Classic Arcade hit "Frogger". You will creative problem solving skills, use logic, and programming. YOUR game. YOUR world. YOUR rules. 3D Video Game Design meet and exceed skill mastery outlined in NETS, FITs, Common Core, and even the new Emerging Science Standards. Anyone can create a 3D Game!

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

9:15am

Systemic Change and Stronger Communication
Join us to explore our journey as a district into our systemic shift to Personalized Professional Learning for our teachers. Learn how stress was drastically reduced, while strategic initiatives and outcomes were markedly increased. With the help of an organized system and clear communication, Digital Portfolios, a new LMS and an iPad rollout all occurred all in the same year. You will leave with strategies to implement similar rollouts in your own school/district.

Presenters
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Renee Fitzsimmons

Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Lake Forest Schools


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg E

9:15am

The World in Your Classroom: Authentic Experiences in Global Learning
Use technology to bring the world to your classroom, engaging students with authentic, meaningful projects that will light up learning. Young people are growing up in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Students need global awareness, international collaboration, and an understanding of different cultures and world issues to be successful in the world today.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg G

9:15am

ThreeD with the ThreeRD, if third graders can do it so can you!
How to get third graders excited about millimeters and inches? How to motivate them to solve a problem with many solutions? Make a plan, learn new computer skills and apply them to a real life result? Use a 3D printer! We gave them lessons on Tinkercad and developed the steps and measurements they needed for their own personal bubble blower design and each and every student succeeded.

Presenters
avatar for Dayna Perkins

Dayna Perkins

Technology Aide, Mahomet Seymour School District
I am a tech teacher, I teach third through fifth grade. I enjoy coding, 3D printing, Green screen, Virtual Reality, G suite, and fun.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

9:15am

Using Tech to Assess with Standards Based Grading
Looking for new ways to assess students in a standards based way? Want to ensure you are gathering accurate evidence of student learning? In this session, participants will leave with a variety of digital assessment tools to use with Standards Based Grading. Quality assessment practices inform instruction and practice, give actionable feedback, and lead to student success. Hands on opportunities will be provided to explore options, create accounts, and dive in! There will be time to learn, time to share, and time to play!

Presenters
avatar for Garnet Hillman

Garnet Hillman

Garnet is an educational consultant and author who has extensively researched and implemented standards based learning, assessment, and grading. She spent three years as an instructional coach at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois and fifteen years in the classroom as a World... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Utopia C

9:15am

Elevating Student Learning with SAMR
Set your students up for success by aligning your teaching practices to 21st-century learning outcomes, and learn how SAMR can elevate your use of technology in the classroom! Dive into digital creation and communication tools, and leave with the resources and strategies to practically apply what you’ve learned to existing or new lessons. This session is jam-packed with helpful guides you’ll walk away with to return to and use at your own pace. Examples of ed tech resources covered include G Suite for Education, Explain Everything, Padlet, Book Creator, Flipgrid, and so much more!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

K12 Education Strategist, CDWG
In my role as a K12 Education Strategist within the CDW•G organization, I act as the voice of the educator to the CDW•G K12 sales team. | | It is my responsibility to provide an educator’s pedagogical expertise of the benefits, challenges, and impact of technology in the classroom... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

9:15am

Engaging Science Students with Digital Tools
The use of technology in the high school science classroom can go far beyond simply using digital worksheets. Learn how the chemistry classroom at Elgin Academy uses tools such as G Suite, Flipgrid, Kahoot, EdPuzzle, Happy Atoms, and more to stimulate learning in classroom and lab activities, and how these ideas can be applied to a wide variety of levels and subjects.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Lau

Jamie Lau

Chemistry Teacher and Tech Coach, Elgin Academy


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

9:15am

Freaky Fast Feedback
Giving and getting specific detailed feedback is made easier with digital tools ! This interactive session will introduce participants to a variety of digital feedback tools to help create an effective workflow in the classroom. Featured free apps utilized in this hands-on session include Google Forms, Google Classroom’s Comment Bank, Kaizena and Flipgrid (a video feedback tools). Bring your device and learn to save time and prevent writer’s cramp using digital feedback tools.

Presenters
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
"Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. Her online publication for AACT showcases... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

9:15am

PSA's You Can Use!
Public service announcements (PSAs)created by students are a great way to get the students to think creatively and solve problems. Explore topics that can be used across all grades and involve various subjects and writing styles. Learn about the tools and places to connect the PSAs with an audience.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

9:15am

Success and Failure of Hybrid (Self-Paced) Learning
In my self-paced classroom (HS Alg 1 and Geometry) this year I have created time for both learning content through a self-paced model along with time for students to do creative, critical thinking projects.

In this session I will give an overview of my self-paced classroom and some of the projects that students have done. I will also discuss the successes and failures of the year to date and end with open discussion and questions on topics.

Presenters
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Sean Foster

This is my 4th year of teaching and will be my 2nd year of doing self-paced instruction. The school that I teach at is smaller, 264 students, and I teach Algebra 1 and Geometry. Our school is 1:1 with Chromebooks and teachers have both a Chromebook and IPad.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

9:15am

Forms & Sheets Smorgasbord: Do more with automated add-ons

We all know Forms and Sheets go together like peanut butter and jelly, but how do you turn them into a full course meal? In this workshop, we’ll show you how to take your Forms and Sheets to the next level using add-ons such as Form Ranger, Form Publisher, AutoCrat, FormMule, and YetAnotherMailMerge. You’ll then have the time and support to tackle your own automated projects, cooking up plans that are nothing short of five-star gourmet.

Presenters
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Evanston Township High School, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. She previously taught Latin and supported teachers in the World Languages department as an instructional coach. She loves working with students in classes throughout the school... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Petros

Danielle Petros

Evanston Township High School
Danielle Petros is currently the Support Specialist Trainer at Evanston Township High School, in Evanston, IL. While this position focuses on supporting the non-instructional staff at ETHS, Danielle supports various classroom projects including Google Expeditions. Previously, she... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Connection

9:15am

Coaching Teachers: Leveraging Technology for Fostering Higher Order Thinking Skills
See how our tech integration coaching team blends SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy to help teachers more effectively leverage technology. Experience our HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) based philosophy in action while getting an inside view of our teacher PD space (The HOTSpot), program development, and teacher tech learning program. Attendees will experience the creation of our tech integration coaching team and how we emphasize the importance of understanding the “why” while blending SAMR & Bloom’s Taxonomy to help our teachers more effectively leverage technology. Teachers, coaches, and administrators will gain an inside look at how we use our PD space (The HOTSpot) to create a culture of peer to peer learning. In this interactive session, educators will have the opportunity to learn and experience our coaching philosophy while customizing it to fit their school’s needs. Attendees will work together to develop action based plans ready to bring back for immediate implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Sean Crevier

Sean Crevier

Business Ed Teacher / Tech Coach, Vernon Hills H.S.
Sean started teaching business classes at Vernon Hills H.S.16 years ago after leaving the technology consulting world. He also works on the National Accounting Curriculum Team, training teachers on implementing college accounting curriculum into their high school courses. Sean has... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Prosperity

9:15am

Create Your Own Virtual and Augmented Realities
Through the power of Virtual and Augmented Realities (VR and AR), learn how to transport your students to different times and places, providing engaging experiences that transform learning. We’ll show you the tools and apps to move beyond just consuming VR and AR content to actually creating it with your students, unleashing their understanding and creativity. This hands-on session will allow you to experience VR and AR for yourself and help you understand how to make it a reality in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Trudeau

Andrea Trudeau

Library Information Specialist, Shepard Middle School/Deerfield District 109
Andrea Trudeau, M.S.Ed. (@Andrea_Trudeau) is a National Board Certified Teacher (EA/ELA), current AISLE Professional Development Chairperson, CoSpaces EDU Rockstar Ambassador, and 21-year veteran in education with a variety of teaching roles at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Perfection

9:15am

G Suite in the Writer's Workshop
Gone are the days of carrying bags and bags of writing home to grade. The process is slow, the feedback is ineffective at the end, and it's not reflective of the actual types of writing our students will be doing in their future careers. Leveraging G Suite in our classrooms allows students to become content creators instead of regurgitating facts, and gives you the ability to provide faster, higher-quality feedback during the writing process in ways that were not possible before. We will explore dozens of tools to change up your writer's workshop, from brainstorming through publishing.

Presenters
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher, Chicago Public Schools
Sean Eichenser teaches 8th grade, either English, Reading, Language Arts, Literacy, or whatever they call "book learnin'" where you're from. He's a Google Certified Educator, a Google Certified Trainer, and has conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, and teachers... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Epiphany (2nd floor)

9:15am

Personalized Learning in a Mastery-Based Classroom
Our students live in an on-demand world. Why not provide them with an on-demand education? Participants in this workshop will be able to transform their existing classes or school (regardless of subject or grade level) into a very personalized learning experience for their students using a mastery-based approach that allows for maximum student choice and helps build excellent relationships. Students experiencing a transparent mastery-based learning model receive clear learning targets, learn at their own pace, and get one-on-one attention whenever they need it (in class or even at home in their pajamas). Students demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through a series of formative assessments before they qualify to complete a summative assessment. Built in RtI methods enable the teacher and student to work through a seamless remediation process when necessary. This workshop utilizes many free technology tools available to both teachers and students to enhance learning and further engage students.

Presenters
avatar for Gerry Marchand

Gerry Marchand

Science Teacher & #ILFabCon Co-Founder, Huntley High School & Elgin Community College
Gerry is a science teacher at Huntley High School, adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, and co-founder of The Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network (@ilfabn). He has been teaching in the NW suburbs of Chicago since 2006. Gerry completed his B.S. at Northern Illinois... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Imagination

9:15am

Spark Your Curriculum
gnite learning in your classroom using Adobe Spark. Learn how to create beautiful digital designs and images, stunning websites, and seamlessly tell digital stories. Explore this free tool and create a digital document, a website, and a short movie. Leave the workshop ready to share your creations and teach your students to make their own.

Resources will be provided on Adobe Spark lessons/classroom idea, copyright, creative commons and public domain images, sounds, music, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Rosen

Melissa Rosen

Technology Teacher, Highland Middle School
Melissa Rosen has been teaching for 14 years. She is currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Technology at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL. Her current classes include a basic technology skills class, S.T.E.A.M., Movie Making, and Animation. She has presented at multiple... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Innovation

9:15am

Streamlining the Classroom in the iGen Age
Teachers will gain an understanding of iPad applications, the flipped classroom, videos, and more to maximize learning. Integration of technology, into instruction will be discussed with a focus on the SAMR model. The following topics will be shared: assessment in the classroom, creation apps, and collaborative tools for students. Within all of these topics, lessons aligned to the different stages of the SAMR model will be demonstrated and shared with participants. G Suite for Education will be infused in all of these areas where appropriate.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Serenity (2nd floor)

9:15am

UDL for Undergraduate Courses
Instructors of undergraduate courses struggle to use the learning management system (LMS) to accommodate all students. In this half day workshop, Dr. Friesem will provide case studies and digital tools to address the perception, expression and engagement of all students. Based on extensive brain research Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provide a framework to offer multiple ways of representation, expression, and engagement. With tools such as LEGO®, video annotations, screencasting, online reflection tool, and collaborative writing, participants will explore how each tool can provide access to all students. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to apply the tools to their own LMS in their undergraduate class.

Presenters
avatar for Yonty Friesem

Yonty Friesem

Associate Director, Media Education Lab


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Inspiration

9:15am

What's in Your Writing Wallet?
Current research suggests renewed focus is needed in the area of writing. Teachers will update their writing driver's license to effectively implement a writing program, select the best strategies to get the biggest bang for their buck, and explore the gift cards of technology that teachers can redeem to help students become college and career ready. 

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward

Content Specialist for Learning Supports, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives
Special education educator for 20+ years and currently a content specialist for learning supports with Illinois State University/ISBE. Masters degrees in Special Education and Learning and Technology. My team and I have been creating resources for Illinois teachers for 5 years. As... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am
Knowledge

10:30am

BIG DATA - What do your students need to know?
We've all heard the term "big data", but what does it mean for students? Come learn ways to help our students monitor their data-driven identities in today's digital landscape. You will leave with specific tools that students can use to help them navigate and control their own data profiles.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg C

10:30am

BreakoutEDU: Illinois
BreakoutEDU is an immersive game that will have all students working collaborating, thinking critically, problem-solving, and using their creativity to troubleshoot. Breakouts encompass many concepts and strategies of 21st Century teaching and learning as students try to solve a series of subject related puzzles in order to open a locked box. What’s in it? Come find out! Can YOU Break Out?

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest SD #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, and an EdTech conference enthusiast, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. After dedicating more than twenty years in the classroom she extended her reach and spent the last five... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

10:30am

Building a healthy & compassionate student: Teaching compassion, character, and health/wellness
Are your students equipped with the life skills they need to thrive inside and outside of the classroom? Our session will cover SEL, health/wellness, and the growing importance of the whole child approach.

This session provides access to SEL-focused resources, such as The Compassion Project (2nd-4th grades), Character Playbook-Building Healthy Relationships (7th-9th grades), Honor Code (8th-10th grades), and Say Something Digital (9th-12th grades). We will also discuss health/wellness resources, such as Healthier Me (1st-4th and 6th-8th grades), Mental Wellness Basics (8th-10th grades), and Prescription Drug Safety and AlcoholEdu (9th-12th grades).

These FREE interactive digital resources are student-driven and have assessments embedded into them, enabling students to go at their own pace as the teacher can be the facilitator in the classroom and see measurable outcomes from student work. Join us or visit EVERFI.com/k-12 to learn more.

Presenters
avatar for Meaghan Joyce

Meaghan Joyce

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Meaghan Joyce is a Senior Schools Manager with EVERFI, an education technology company that provides schools with no-cost digital resources. For over three years, she has supported schools around Illinois in their use of EVERFI's programs. Meaghan has always enjoyed partnering with... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg F

10:30am

Candyland 2.0
In this highly interactive experience, come prepared to play and connect with other innovators through a childhood favorite - Candyland, only this version is life-sized and you are the game piece. To achieve sweet victory, you will need to rely on your no-bake networking skills and gourmet gift of gab.

After interacting with numerous versions of this game, we will discuss the how and why you can use this in your classroom - Now this is gamification!

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach, SD113A


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Utopia B

10:30am

From K to (gen) Z: Tech Coaching in a K-12 District
Technology can be different in any grade level. Throw in over 800 teachers as well as classrooms full of kiddos with a variety of skill level and abilities and you get…..INNOVATION and LEARNING! Join me as we cover how coaching across a K-12 can be both challenging and rewarding. I will share the tips and tricks that I’ve learned over four years, and how instructional technology has transformed our teaching and learning across the district.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Cikesh

Melissa Cikesh

Instructional Technology Coach, West Aurora School Dist.
I'm a technology integration coach at West Aurora SD 129, a K-12 school district in the western Chicago suburbs. Come talk to me about anything #edtech!
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Stephanie Leo

Instructional Technologist, Aurora West School District 129
Stephanie Leo is one of the Instructional Technology Coaches at West Aurora School District 129. She previously taught elementary school in the district. In 2017, Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. She also holds... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg B

10:30am

Google Keep used as assignment board.
You can use Google Keep to replace a premier for keeping track of assignments, due dates, projects and lists.

Presenters
avatar for Dana Wherley

Dana Wherley

Science Teacher, Eureka Middle School


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg D

10:30am

Maker Space & Classroom Technology
I will walk you through my personal journey with technology in the classroom that started with Maker Space implementation and led me to finding new ways to use technology in my classroom. We will cover types of maker spaces, where to begin when implementing a maker space, and the goals of maker space. We will also quickly cover types of technology available for the classroom, how to integrate them into subject areas, and how to get them into your room!

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

10:30am

Redefining a Culture of Reading
The library is the heart of a school community and sets the tone for the entire building! I will showcase successful steps I’ve taken to reignite a culture of reading in my own school, such as connecting students with authors, hosting events to bring people into the library, and promoting district-wide reading initiatives. Technology helps maximize our time and ability to reach students, so I will share internet tools I use to organize popular book challenges, and talk about how I utilize social media and videos to get kids excited about reading.

Presenters
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Clare Lund

Librarian, Gower 62


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg A

10:30am

Tech Tools to Turbocharge your school's career and college counseling program
Trends in national jobs data, workforce income trend data, college completion and related student loan debt data as well as degreed student underemployment data have to be informing our career and college counseling programs right now. The good news is that there are more sophisticated tools available today to help students, staff and parents understand both where the jobs are, what those jobs are likely to pay, and which training paths make the most sense from a "return on investment" perspective, which is the context from which schools have to begin shaping their career and college advisement programs if we want to improve outcomes after high school.

Presenters
avatar for Ken Wallace

Ken Wallace

Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207
Dr. Ken Wallace is Superintendent of Maine Township HSD 207. Under Ken’s leadership District 207 became Google’s first K-12 partner, created annual instructional coaching plans for every teacher, was named one of America’s most innovative Districts by Tech Insider and won an... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg E

10:30am

Visual Literacy in Every Classroom
Our media-driven, image-saturated culture has changed how our students interpret and understand the world around them. Learn how to integrate visual literacy in your classroom by exploring instructional strategies and resources to help our students master these skills. We will focus on how to guide students in better analyzing primary and secondary sources, interpreting and evaluating imagery and learning to create engaging, informative and accurate visual graphics. In this course, participants will explore note-taking strategies including sketchnoting, how to construct research-based infographics and more. These strategies can enhance students understanding and engagement across all content areas.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Hartman

Benjamin Hartman

Instructional Coach, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman connects teachers to empowering ideas and resources, bringing engaging learning to students. A classroom teacher for 13 years, Ben is now Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and authentic integration of... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Utopia D

10:30am

Writing in the Digital World
It’s time to transform your students’ digital writing process beyond the basic Substitution level of SAMR to Redefine both their purpose and their product. We will discuss a number of next-generation ideas such as blogging, collaborative work, digital storytelling, peer editing, voice-to-text, and more! This session is geared to writing across the curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Lynch

Lisa Lynch

Instructional Technology Coach, Joliet Public Schools District 86


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Utopia C

10:30am

E-Nabling the Future: Empowering Students, Changing the World
E-Nabling the Future provides students with rich and engaging learning experiences which integrates design engineering, social emotional learning (SEL), and all aspects of STEAM. Students utilize 3D printing tools to manufacture prosthetics for children with upper limb differences. E-Nabling the Future is an authentic opportunity for students to practice dispositions of empathy, resilience, problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students will share their reflections of their participation in this passion project which resulted in the presentation of a hand to a second grader within their district. Learn how to access resources and technology to successfully implement Enabling the Future in your school district.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg G

10:30am

Build your own Hour Of Code activities with AppLab from Code.org
Learn to use the App Lab programming environment and engage in moldable ‘Hour of Code’ activities for your students to create small programs that will actually run on their iPhone or Android. Students can work on a computer, chromebook or tablet to drag blocks of code to develop apps that perform simple tasks. Such programs include converting between units like gallons to liters, solving a quadratic equation, graphing a line, an interactive history timeline, and others. All activities are designed to be completed in less than an hour which can be transformed and expanded as you become more familiar with App Lab. No programming experience is necessary. Bringin a laptop, chromebook, or tablet is highly recommended.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

10:30am

Cue, Bloxels, Osmo, Dash, Merge, Oh My!
Take a trip through the different forms of coding, gaming, VR/AR reality, and more with the Technology Apprentice Students. They will show you how they are utilizing the STEM related devices to teach other students how coding, gaming, and virtual reality can assist in learning. TAP members will also share lessons they created to assist teachers in integrating these STEM devices into their daily curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Ami Young

Ami Young

K-8 Technology Teacher, St. Dennis School
My name is Ami Young. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum. I have twenty plus years of teaching experience. St. Dennis School has been my home for the last seven years. I currently teach kindergarten through... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

10:30am

Culturally Responsive Teaching & Global Awareness in a Pre-K - 2nd Classroom
Description: I will discuss how I increase global awareness and culturally responsive teaching in my kindergarten classroom through the use of technology. I will discuss how culturally responsive teaching can impact learning and brain function. I use powerful pictures of kids from around the world to have powerful discussions during morning meeting. This allows me to implement culturally responsive teaching while allowing the students practice their language skills. I also teach my students about diverse world changers through a variety of books and videos. They completed a S.O.L.E. (Student Organized Learning Environment) project where students used technology such as Pebble Go and Epic! to choose which world changer they would like to further research. This project engaged students through choice and allowed them to be independent with technology in their learning. I will discuss how I incorporate global awareness through play and STEAM

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Dunmore

Jennifer Dunmore

Kindergarten Teacher/Adjunct Professor, LaGrange School District #102
I am a kindergarten teacher at Barnsdale Road School in LaGrange Park, Illinois. I have a cluster of English language learners in my classroom. I am also an adjunct professor at National Louis University teaching teachers who are earning their English language learner and bilingual... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

10:30am

Turn Evidence into Outcomes: How to Drive Student Achievement Through Data-Led Decisions
It is no secret that the education landscape has seen a substantial influx of digital learning technologies over the past few years. The digitization of classrooms and the increased adoption of edtech products are not only supposed to modernize 21st century classrooms but also increase equity, while enhancing and personalizing learning for all students. Despite the immense amount of time, energy and money invested in edtech implementation however, there is a great deficiency in research and tools that examine the utilization and effectiveness of edtech products. Join a K-12 district leader as she illustrates how her district is using a rapid-cycle evaluation (RCE) tool to collect and analyze data and discusses how to use evidence to inform important decisions that improve student outcomes. This session is perfect for anyone who can benefit from making evidence-based decisions in educational settings, including educators, administrators and district leaders.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

10:30am

Word Work Workout
Ditch the word work journals and use a digital interactive journal. Students use a variety of apps and tools for vocabulary exercises and record their progress in their digital journal.

Presenters
avatar for Kara McFarlin

Kara McFarlin

Kara loves the way that technology has transformed education in her 20 years of teaching and training. Her vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Thorne

Michelle Thorne

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland School District 135
I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:30pm

Back to Basics: A Librarian’s Guide to Growth and Mastery
This breakout is a guide for Librarians, Teachers and Administrations to help define or redefine their Library space. Amy tells her story on how she rebuilt her District’s K-12 Library Program over the past four years.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg A

12:30pm

Book Rallies: A Low Tech Pep Rally for Innovation
Innovation, Creativity, and Empowerment- You can make these a reality in your school with Book Rallies. Use books as a pep rally to empower your staff to rethink innovation and creativity while bringing the pages of the book to life. Participants will leave this session knowing how to utilize a Book Rally as an alternative to traditional technology professional development, how to drive their teachers’ PLNs with Book Rallies, and walk away with guides for bringing Book Rallies to your school. You can’t make everyone come to your pep rally, but if the cheerleaders are good enough they will come!

Presenters
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Christine Chiodo

STEAM Teacher, Pontiac Junior High
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Brandon Thornton

Mathematics Educator, Speech Coach, Bloomington Public Schools, District 87
I'm just an ordinary teacher trying to be the person my dog already thinks I am.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg B

12:30pm

Breaking In or Breaking Out?
Join us to see how we gamified our curriculum using #QRBreakIN. Our students loved break out challenges such as breakoutedu, but now, thanks to Matt Miller and the Ditch that Textbook blog, we are breaking students in! We will discuss the #QRBreakIN creation process, curriculum connections, and share resources so you can leave ready to create your own #BreakIN.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia C

12:30pm

Choice, Voice, & Inquiry: Blended Learning
Blended Learning empowers students to make choices and to provide their voices to structure the learning process. By creating online instructional materials, by designing pathways for students to make choices on how to learn content and skills, and by using a research project to facilitate personalized inquiry, I have given students in my United States History classroom a large role in driving their own learning. This session will focus on how I scaffolded teaching experiences for myself and learning experiences for my students in order to get to the point where these opportunities could be implemented. With support from an ongoing pilot project in my school, students are able to leave class when it is warranted to work in flexible times and spaces while the teacher provides support and guidance for individuals and small groups. This presentation will also share how the pilot has progressed.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Biondo

Michael Biondo

Social Science Teacher & Instructional Coach, Maine South High School
Michael Biondo (www.biondoteaches.com) began teaching Social Science in 2003 and started serving as an Instructional Coach in 2009 at Maine South High School. He teaches US History and coordinates student participation in the Chicago Metro History Fair, the local affiliate of National... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia D

12:30pm

Digital Citizenship Remixed
With the internet and technology resources immediately at our fingertips, delivering the message of digital citizenship to our students is more important than ever! Join us as we remix digital citizenship by decoding creative activities, resources, and lessons you can immediately bring back to your school!

Presenters
avatar for Kara McFarlin

Kara McFarlin

Kara loves the way that technology has transformed education in her 20 years of teaching and training. Her vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional... Read More →
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Michelle Thorne

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland School District 135
I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg F

12:30pm

Get Dirty: Creating a Positive Culture through Involvement
Principals, Curriculum Directors, and others in a position of leadership will gain new ideas and resources on continuing to build rapport with your students, staff, and families while still creating an environment accepting of change and growth. In this session attendees will be encouraged to take a reflective approach to their current practices in a position of leadership and be exposed to a variety of tools that could assist along the way.

Presenters
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LIndsy Stumpenhorst

Principal, Sterling Public Schools
Lindsy Stumpenhorst is a Principal at Washington Elementary School in Sterling, Illinois. Lindsy has written and presented for organizations including NAESP, ICE, IPA, and ILASCD. As a Principal, she expects students and teachers to work hard, but never alone. Most days you will... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg E

12:30pm

PD That Packs a Punch
Revolutionize your district's PD through the development of a summer PD program that encourages teachers to help other teachers. Keep the momentum going throughout the school year with individualized components that still keep teachers' busy schedules in mind.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Crawford

Stefanie Crawford

8th ELA, Dunlap Valley Middle School I District 323
Stefanie Crawford has been teaching ELA to middle school students for over 10 years and is elated to be able to combine her inner game nerd with her passion for teaching. She loves helping teachers gain confidence in incorporating new ideas and tech tools into the classroom with ideas... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg C

12:30pm

Pump Up the Volume: Amplify Student Voice in the Classroom

Empowering students to take ownership of their learning begins with encouraging student voice in the classroom. There are numerous benefits to being an “active” class member, but it can be difficult for students to understand these benefits unless they have authentically experienced the value and power that comes from having a voice in and out of the classroom. Luckily, educational trends are moving towards expanding student voice, and there are various ways that teachers can encourage student ownership, but in a reflective, meaningful, and less intimidating way. Attendees will learn how to promote student voice in the classroom utilizing various digital resources including FlipGrid, PearDeck, G Suite for Education, and many more. Lets challenge our students to step up to the plate and amplify their voices to hit one out of the park. If we can help amplify their voice, opportunities for student growth - both personally and academically - are endless.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Neuqua Valley High School, Napverville
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor Kiam | I am a lifelong learner who is passionate about exploring the growth mindset with teachers & students. My focus as a learner is strongly connected to the 4Cs, Student Voice, G Suite for Education, HyperDocs... Read More →
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Melissa Wilson

Instructional Technology Coordinator and English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
My name is Melissa Wilson, and I am an English teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School. I believe that students need to take ownership of their learning, and as teachers, we can inspire them to take risks and grow personally and academically... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia B

12:30pm

Ready Player One: Gamify Your Classroom
Gamify your classroom and watch the engagement and interaction between your students and the skills being learned intensify, including enhancing students' meaningful interaction with technology such as Google Sites, Flipgrid, and even Twitter. Experience how easy it is to add game elements into your classroom and to make small changes that make a big difference.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Crawford

Stefanie Crawford

8th ELA, Dunlap Valley Middle School I District 323
Stefanie Crawford has been teaching ELA to middle school students for over 10 years and is elated to be able to combine her inner game nerd with her passion for teaching. She loves helping teachers gain confidence in incorporating new ideas and tech tools into the classroom with ideas... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg D

12:30pm

The Integration of Minecraft in Education
“Minecraft,” a widely popular video game loved by millions worldwide, is entering school districts throughout the U.S. as a highly-effective educational resource. From the Hour of Code to classroom projects, “Minecraft” encourages students to collaborate and engage in an exciting environment. However, “Minecraft” was not originally made to be used as an educational resource, resulting in many of its features to raise red flags to both parents and educators throughout the world. Some of these issues include unmonitored chat throughout gameplay, and excessive profanity and brutality in its multiplayer feature. High school students Mitchell Brown and Scotty Vrablik will introduce the several solutions to the problems that concern educators and parents using “Minecraft” at home and in education.

Presenters
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Scotty Vrablik

Co-Founder, Clean Minecraft Videos
Scott Vrablik is a Sophomore student at Carmel Catholic High School as well as the co-founder and co-owner of Clean Minecraft Videos, an emerging startup company offering teachers and parents a selection of over 700 pre-screened, guaranteed appropriate Minecraft videos. Scott has... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg G

12:30pm

IGNITE Sessions: See Description for Titles/Sessions
A Good Place To Start: The Beginning with How to Use Tech
In this world of a variety of tools, apps, and programs, it can be difficult to know where to begin for how to approach an audience when sharing a tool. The best place to start can actually be the very beginning with how the tool works. Sample tutorials for a variety of G Suite apps will be demonstrated in this session with step by step procedures. The process by which one can create a tutorial for one’s own school district will be shared as a conclusion to this session.

Accepting Failure, True Accountability
This talk will look at the failures of both the student and the teacher in the classroom and some ways to handle them from my personal experience and my peers experience. We will investigate small failures, for example, getting an answer incorrect or a lesson idea does not work (Tech or no tech it happens). Then we will go deeper into the largest failure, a student failing a course.

Student Activism in a Digital World
This ignite will focus on the benefits and drawbacks of technology in a world where student voice and agency has become increasingly important, yet volatile. Examples, strategies, and opportunities will frame the talk.

The not so secret life of students: digital privacy issues for today’s youth
Are we teaching students about Big Data on a broad enough scope?  Do our students know how their data can be collected and shared with others?  A quick overview of the topic and some questions to ask ourselves as educators.

Will Technology Make Teachers Obsolete?
In an age where students can access any content from anywhere at any time, how can we justify teaching it? What is the role of a educator in the digital age? Consider the ed tech that has changed how students learn. Reflect on why teachers are still necessary and how teaching can change to prepare students in the 21st century.

Presenters
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Elizabeth Broemmelsiek

Media Department Chair, Palatine High School
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Sean Foster

This is my 4th year of teaching and will be my 2nd year of doing self-paced instruction. The school that I teach at is smaller, 264 students, and I teach Algebra 1 and Geometry. Our school is 1:1 with Chromebooks and teachers have both a Chromebook and IPad.
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Leslie Pralle Osborn

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

12:30pm

Active Literacies, Interdisciplinary Thinking & Cooperative Learning Tools
Active Literacies, Interdisciplinary Thinking & Cooperative Learning Tools
Literature Circles have been a hallmark of successful language arts classrooms. This presentation builds on the rich tradition of Literature Circles through the use of interdisciplinary Learning Experience Organizers (LEOS). Teachers will engage in a research-based active learning experience where they experience innovative ways to explore print and non-print texts (film, audio, graphs, cartoons, etc.) with students. Uses across disciplines will be explored and many PDFs will be shared with participants that they can use in their teaching immediately. Collaboration and cooperative learning are tenets of this rich learning environment along with a focus on new texts and technologies.

Presenters
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Pam Goble

Adjunct, DuPage ROE, Benedictine and COD
PAM GOBLE, Ed. D. taught middle school for thirty years and has taught education, humanities, and literature courses for undergraduates and graduate students for the past 18 years. She has presented at numerous conferences, such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

12:30pm

Innovate, Create, and Flip Learning with Google Classroom Mate!
How can you flip the learning in your class to make it more student motivated and student centered? In this session, I will show you exactly how to use Google Classroom to do just that. Create a learning environment where students work through lessons and activities at their own pace. This process will require a variety of tech tools and approaches. Get ready to see which tools can help you accomplish flipped learning. Students will stop and ask questions according to their personal needs. You become the facilitator of instruction, and students become the navigators.

Presenters
avatar for Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith

Teacher Leadership Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
I am an enthusiastic educator of 12 years. I love technology and math, but leadership development is my new inspired path. I am a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, and I hope to soon become a Google Certified Trainer.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

12:30pm

Learner Profiles for Districts Who Dare
Driving instruction from the "whole child" view of the student, which is provided by the Learner Profile, is ushering in a new digital-age learning culture. A Learner Profile is built using multiple and diverse data and information about students, and is maintained by teachers & administrators, parents, and the students themselves. Teachers are better informed about their students; students are empowered by actively participating in their own learning; and parents are actively engaged.
In the group discussions we will refer to the models that are being deployed in districts, and some early outcomes. A key element of personalized learning is ensuring that teachers and students co-create and maintain an up-to-date (digital) record that provides a deep understanding of each student's individual strengths, needs, motivations, progress, and goals to help inform his or her learning. The advantage of a platform and tools approach for the Learner Profile design is:
* the ability to collect diverse and disparate data sources, along with traditional SIS data and measures, in a single location, for a well-rounded descriptive view of each student;
* a Personalized Learning Plan for each student; * accessible and easy to edit profiles;
* a survey tool to gather information for profile augmentation and update; *
We have been discussing this approach with Illinois districts, looking to build a community of early adopters who can share know-how and resources.
Focused in this session on the deployment of Learner Profiles at the High School level, we will include discussion of the use of the profile in College and Career Readiness programs.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Hintz

Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8... Read More →
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Karen Perry

Director - Title I, Henry County Schools


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

12:30pm

Learning Space Transformation
Education has evolved with the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are shifting our mindsets for what the 21st-century student experience looks like in the classroom, alongside the transitioning role of educational technology as a learning tool. Now, the transformation of our learning spaces is following suit. The classroom design conversation has shifted from anchor charts and word walls to the creation of active, flexible environments that facilitate the needs of collaborative learning. You will walk away from this session understanding how the learning space can actively support the 4 Cs and ed tech use in your classroom, along with strategies and resources for immediately implementing change in the learning space environment.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

K12 Education Strategist, CDWG
In my role as a K12 Education Strategist within the CDW•G organization, I act as the voice of the educator to the CDW•G K12 sales team. | | It is my responsibility to provide an educator’s pedagogical expertise of the benefits, challenges, and impact of technology in the classroom... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

12:30pm

Storybook STEM
Engage your students with easy to use STEM ideas incorporating fiction and non-fiction picture books. This model can be adapted to fit a Maker space, supplement science and technology lessons in the classroom, or as stand alone lessons in STEM or library classes.

Presenters
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Kathy Garneau

Library Media Specialist/STEM Facilitator, Bannockburn School
STEM! Libraries! Passionate about creating, innovating, and collaborating with kids and teachers.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:30pm

Add Standards-Based Feedback To Your Schoology Gradebook
We will start by showing how a single letter grade provides very little information as to what a student needs to learn or submit in order to earn a higher grade. We will then share information on how learning standards provide specific expectations that take the guesswork out of what students need to master in the course.
A classroom example from our applied technology teacher will be shared where he ties in learning standards, and from a student’s point of view participants will see all the additional data that students get when their teachers align standards to their assignments and quiz questions.
We will then demonstrate how we accomplished this. We will demonstrate how to add learning standards into their courses in Schoology, how to tag their assignments and quiz questions to one or more standards, and how to adjust the Mastery settings to change the reporting view for the teacher.
The difference between Standards-Referenced Feedback and a Standards-Based Gradebook will be explained to show that teachers can either continue to give letter grades PLUS provide feedback based on standards (SRF), or they can complete change their grading practices by tying the letter grade to their overall mastery of the learning standards (SBG).
We will briefly tie-in other topics related to the Mastery feature in Schoology including the use of four-point grading scales like Marzano’s as well as aligning standards to grading rubrics.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Perfection

12:30pm

Code & Create with Microsoft Make Code!
Using a combination of the Microsoft MakeCode app and the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, students can let loose a storm of creativity to build their own coding projects! Participants will not only learn the basics of coding, but will also be able to participate in a hands on "maker session" (lead by students!) to create their own, unique, coding creation.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Kaplan

Colleen Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Francis High School
I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Serenity (2nd floor)

12:30pm

Compassionate Leadership: Leading with a Tech Mind and Heart
As a supervisor, manager, director or team member, there are many management styles and approaches that are used to lead teams and organizations. Technology-based teams are unique and can be challenging to lead given the variety of areas that serve client needs. Leadership with diverse teams requires a unique blend of desire, openness to learning, self-awareness and compassion. During this active engagement workshop session, participants will evaluate/identify their current technology management approach, review the principles of compassionate leadership with a lean to diverse tech teams, learn techniques to integrate compassionate leadership in to their day-to-day work and develop a team development strategy with a focus on: 1) learning; 2) standards; 3) bulldozing barriers; 4) leveraging influence; 5) fueling passion and reinforcing the value of a team.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Smeets

Adam Smeets

Chief Technology Officer, Indian Prairie School District 204
Hello! My name is Adam Smeets I am the Chief Technology Officer at Indian Prairie School District in Aurora, IL. | | Previously, I was the Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Officer at Dominican University, providing leadership for the "application" side of IT... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Inspiration

12:30pm

Creating Online, eLearning Experience for Kids and Adults
So, you have a new LMS or Google Classroom and you’re supposed to flip your classroom or your staff meetings, but you’re not sure if what you’re providing is the most effective. What are some good ways to present the information, assess learning, and analyze the assessment results? This workshop will be LMS-agnostic, instead focusing on what works in developing online content for kids and adults. Participants will bring a lesson idea and walk away with the message broken into actionable items connected to tools for creation. Teams encouraged.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Weld

Matt Weld

Director of Innovation and Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Curious, passionate, and interested in all things education. Leader for www.directionsconference.com www.teachillinois.com, and Teachers' Classroom podcast. Google Certified Trainer.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Epiphany (2nd floor)

12:30pm

Design Thinking, Innovation, and Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you could bring design thinking into your classroom? Have you wanted your students to be part of the iterative process? Would you like to see true collaboration between students? Do you want your students excited to learn and to participate?

Buckle up because this workshop will give you hands-on experience with all of these. You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and experience needed to you successfully implement these in your classroom tomorrow!

All teachers will benefit from attending this session. It is applicable to teachers of all subjects and grades and to teachers with and without knowledge of design thinking and the iterative process.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Rosen

Melissa Rosen

Technology Teacher, Highland Middle School
Melissa Rosen has been teaching for 14 years. She is currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Technology at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL. Her current classes include a basic technology skills class, S.T.E.A.M., Movie Making, and Animation. She has presented at multiple... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Knowledge

12:30pm

Give Students a Voice - Amazing Digital Books Created with Pages
Join two Apple Distinguished Educators for an energetic and engaging workshop exploring the new features of Pages, one of the most amazing word processing programs to date! With the newest version of Pages for iPad, users can create interactive books that include text, image galleries, audio clips, video and drawings. This beautiful word processing program will allow students and staff to become creative communicators and publish content in a mobile format. Give students a voice by creating travel books, science books, or stories/books for any age or content area— the possibilities are endless! In addition, the built-in collaboration tools allow anyone to design and create with a variety of individuals anywhere in the world. When finished, the documents can be viewed in Apple Books. We will guide you through the authoring process step-by-step, and inspire you and your students to create amazing interactive digital books!

Presenters
avatar for Rita Mortenson

Rita Mortenson

Educational Technology Coach, Verona Area High School
Rita is the Educational Technology Coach for Verona Area High School. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has been a member of the ADE Global Institute with content published in an iBook. She has been actively working with a variety of teachers as they develop content for... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Prosperity

12:30pm

Going Google? Stop Scanning Old Worksheets!
Are you trying to take a paper-based lesson activity into the online world? Going Google should be more than just scanning an old worksheet into a PDF file, but many teachers don’t know any other place to start. Let us reveal our top-secret recipe of how to take your lesson to the next level with true tech integration!

In this workshop, we’ll show you the best practices for taking a paper-based lesson, worksheet, or activity into the online world - regardless of whether you’re using Chromebooks or iPads at your school. We’ll show you several real-world paper-based lessons from various sources and demonstrate the best ways to structure them in an electronic format.

At the end of the workshop, we’ll present the electronic and paper versions of the lessons and ask which one YOU would rather learn.

Presenters
avatar for Pete Dulany

Pete Dulany

President / Founder, Dulany Consulting Inc.
After spending ten years as a high school math and technology teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Pete Dulany has spent the last six years helping schools across the country reach their technology goals. Pete is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago, a Google Certified Trainer... Read More →
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Haley Kalinichenko

Haley is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Teacher, and loves to run hands-on and engaging professional development sessions for teachers about the best practices for using SMART Boards, iPads, and Google Suite for Education for instruction at all grade levels. | | Haley also... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Innovation

12:30pm

Overview of badges, digital certificates and blockchain credentials
An overview of the different types of digital credentials that are being used in the education and professional spheres and how the technology behind them works. Walk-throughs of how 8 different institutions have implemented badging across three sectors (universities, private training and professional associations) and the lessons learned along the way. Summary of best practices for different use cases and things to be aware of when implementing digital badging solutions.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Imagination

12:30pm

Seesaw: Showcasing Student Learning with Activities
In this workshop, participants will actively learn about the exciting features of Seesaw Activities. These activities can be created for any curricular area and across various grade levels. Participants will walk away with knowledge of how to create an activity, ideas for utilizing Seesaw in the classroom and at least one activity they can use with students the next day. They will also leave with a plethora of ideas that can be used throughout the school year.


Tuesday February 26, 2019 12:30pm - 2:45pm
Connection

1:45pm

Are we preparing students for their, future or our past?
We’re in the midst of preparing students for a fundamental shift in the nature of work that includes increased reliance on technology, automation, digital platforms and artificial intelligence. However, the teaching and learning in many of our schools has not changed in over 100 years. Join me as we discuss the future of all things artificial intelligence, automation, work, education, and and what it means to be a contributing member of a future society.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Patnoudes

Eric Patnoudes

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Otus
Former K-12 Education Strategist CDW, Special Education Teacher, Instructional Technologist, & Adjunct Prof • Montessori Dad • Co-Founder #ConnectIT Blog • Level 2 Google Certified Educator • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg B

1:45pm

Connect With Other Classrooms...Across the Hall or Across the Globe!
Communication and collaboration are necessary skills both in the classroom and in the real world. An elementary teacher and instructional tech coach have teamed up to share their experiences connecting with other classrooms. We’ll talk about all aspects of our journey, from how to find a suitable partner teacher to what technology works best to the pedagogical benefits of making connections with peers who are outside the walls of your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Alison Mahoney

Alison Mahoney

Tech Integration Specialist, D23 Prospect Heights
Alison Mahoney has been an instructional tech coach for seven years. She is currently in District 23, Prospect Heights. Alison works with teachers and students in grades 3-5 which includes both 1:1 and shared iPads. Working with teachers to plan lessons and then helping in the classroom... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

1:45pm

From NOW to WOW: Using 4Cs & ISTE Standards to Increase Engagement and Creativity in Your Classroom
Co-Authors of the NOW Classrooms technology integration series come together to share some of their favorite ways to WOW your students daily! We will take you on our journey to bring joy, engagement and FUN into your classroom. We will guide you in ways to empower your students to create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. We will use tools like Pear Deck, Google Expeditions/Tour Builder, Stop Motion Animation, Adobe Spark, Green Screen Secrets and Flipgrid to excite all of your learners at any level!

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Blake

Lisa Blake

Learning and Technology Instructional Coach, Maercker District 60
Lissa Blake is a K-2 Instructional Technology Integration Coach for the past 15 years in Clarendon Hills, IL. Lissa is a lover of learning, technology and innovation! She enjoys coaching teachers, mentoring students, and communicating with parents. She loves sharing what she has learned... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia D

1:45pm

Host your own School Maker Faire
Maker Faires are held throughout the world to celebrate invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. We took a chance on hosting a School Maker Faire and the response was overwhelming! We filled the middle school gymnasium with 44 exhibits which showcased student projects, local makers, and community organizations that inspired our students and other visitors. Exhibitors were able to share what they’ve learned and created with others, and visitors were able to see what kinds of creative projects their peers enjoy working on. They were also able to try out some tools and skills they may not normally get the opportunity to use such as metal etching, soldering, and button making. Learn all about how we planned, organized, and staged our 1st School Maker Faire.

Presenters
avatar for Dain Elman

Dain Elman

STEM Director, Gurnee District 56
Dain Elman taught middle school technology class for 14 years and is now the STEM Director at Gurnee District 56. He spends his time helping staff and students play with robots, build structures, print in 3D, launch rockets, Photoshop images, wire circuits, and more. He also coaches... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg A

1:45pm

Keep Those Questions Coming!: Fostering Student Inquiry with Primary Sources
Young children ask an estimated 10,000 questions before they begin formal schooling. Yet research has found that only 27% of college graduates say they are confident in their ability to formulate questions. So what happens in between? Could it be that classrooms are more focused on teacher-generated questions rather than student questions? How can we change that dynamic, tap into our students’ natural curiosity about the world and spark the questions that are the foundation of all learning? This session provides hands- and minds-on experience in using primary sources and the Question Formulation Technique of The Right Question® Institute to help students develop and use questions for inquiry. Participants will try out this powerful tool and examine ways to apply it in the classroom, with ties to the Illinois Social Studies and NextGen Science Standards, the Danielson Framework, and the Common Core Standards.

Presenters
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Joanne Zienty

LMC Specialist, CCSD 62


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg G

1:45pm

Making Magic with Google Apps Script (No Wands Necessary)
For many of us non-coders, Google Apps Script seems like a part of the G Suite world that is hard to break into. But even folks with NO CODING BACKGROUND can easily get started. You, too, can learn to perform coding magic and add tons of versatility to your favorite G Suite tools. Together we'll build a foundation by learning the basics of Google Script writing, and we'll even write a cool Forms/Slides script on the spot. Come join us and get your code on! (No magic wands or flying brooms necessary.)

Presenters
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Adam Geisen

Instructional Tech Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
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Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg C

1:45pm

Manage Your Time or Your Time Will Manage You
Time management IS NOT your problem. Trust me. Time management is simply a symptom of the problem. This is why so many people struggle and so many fads or organizational tools provide immediate relief but never solve the problem. This session examines the root causes of time management issues and gives participants methods to solve their issues or the issues of those they coach.

Presenters
avatar for PJ Caposey

PJ Caposey

Superintendent, Meridian 223
Dr. PJ Caposey is an award-winning principal and Superintendent who is an expert in teacher evaluation, school culture, personalized learning, and student voice. PJ has published three books in the last few years, with three more coming out in the next 18 months. He is a sought after... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg E

1:45pm

Tech Tools That Bring Books to Life!
Enliven literature instruction using a variety of free and subscription based technology resources. Everything from teacher lesson guides to student creation tools will be explored with an emphasis on promoting an interest in reading and bringing books to life.

Presenters
KT

Kara Thorstenson

Library and Digital Media Manager, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg F

1:45pm

Totally Rad Tech Tips
Flashback through our year with our favorite tidbits that will have your students screaming "FAR OUT". In this fast-paced session attendees will fill their toolbox with some "RIGHTEOUS" techniques to get every learner engaged. Join us for 60 minutes of ideas, resources, tips, and tricks you can take back to your building right away.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

5th grade teacher, Dunlap School District


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg D

1:45pm

Unraveling the Web
As educators, we are painfully aware that the world is flooded with a wealth of readily available information. The challenge for teachers and students alike becomes deciphering what is legitimate. Session attendees will learn new methods for conducting credible research, gathering reliable data and validating information found online. Additionally, this session will demonstrate resources for investigating plagiarism and ways of validating and citing Internet resources. This session is designed to assist administrators, technology professionals and educators to "unravel the web" to uncover the relevant and pertinent data. Finding factual information is only half the battle. It is vital to use this information in a responsible way that allows students to examine the difference between quality content and information designed to divide, polarize and sensationalize. Numerous free tools will be identified that can assist educators in teaching students how to use information from the internet responsibly and become effective digital citizens.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia B

1:45pm

Virtual Field Trips and Distant Mentors
We use our computers for a lot of things, but not often for the thing they do best--communicate! Kids type, google, and play games, but they don’t get to see the incredible opportunities offered by our ability to communicate with people a world--or a state--away.

Attend this workshop and walk away with a list of resources for virtual field trips and mentorship opportunities. These include connections to scientists, authors, and journalists as well as other classrooms.

Work with fellow teachers to develop standards-based lessons that take advantage of connections to far-away people and places.

Presenters
avatar for Janis Michael

Janis Michael

Teacher, Avoca West School
Janis is a fourth-grade teacher at Avoca West School in Glenview. She's a former programmer, former editor, former waitress, and a former specialist on concepts of mind and body in 18th-century Chinese traditional medicine because she really loves studying hopelessly obscure topi... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia C

1:45pm

#NotAnotherSlideShow: Sixty Sensational Slides You Can Use Today!
Google Slides is not the solution to “dont PowerPoint me to death”. Google Slides is the solution to authentic, interesting and meaningful classroom activities and more.

In this hour long engaging conversation you’ll discover new ways to use Google Slides in your classroom. We will share unique ways in which Google Slides can be used by both teaches and students to document learning, present ideas, use critical thinking skills, collaborate and create.

Bring your laptop or tablet and play along or sit back and engage in conversation as we dive into the “other” uses for Slides.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Lagerquist

Kristin Lagerquist

K-5 Technology Integration Specialist, Sacred Heart Schools
I am the K-5 Technology Integration Specialist at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, IL. I hold my Google Educator Levels I and II certificates, am a GEG Chicagoland Leader and maintain educator certifications through Symbaloo and Graphite/Common Sense Media. I absolutely love what... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

1:45pm

A Student's Creation in an iPad World
Let the students teach you! Students display their knowledge behind an array of apps. Explore the different projects they have created utilizing the apps on display.

Presenters
avatar for Ami Young

Ami Young

K-8 Technology Teacher, St. Dennis School
My name is Ami Young. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum. I have twenty plus years of teaching experience. St. Dennis School has been my home for the last seven years. I currently teach kindergarten through... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

1:45pm

Digital Differentiation on a Dime !
Do you want more strategies to reach a wide range of abilities of students in your class without breaking a sweat? In this session, you will learn how to use digital tools such as Google Forms to make branched quizzes that go different questions or resources (pictures, video, docs or sites) based on the test takers answer. Google Drawings & Docs can be used to create differentiated lessons and Google Classroom can quickly assignments to individual students or groups.

Presenters
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Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
"Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. Her online publication for AACT showcases... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

1:45pm

PBL- How- What-When and even Why?
Let's talk about PBL. How do you start? When does it take place in your curriculum? Why did you start? What have you found that works? How do assess learning? SO many questions. Let's share experiences.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

1:45pm

Twitter Chats: 24/7 PD at Your Fingertips
This session will introduce or re-introduce educators to the benefits of a Twitter chat. Chat basics, including using Tweetdeck to maximize efficiency, will be discussed at the beginning and we will run a chat using the #ICE19 hashtag to show the power of the chat.

Presenters

Tuesday February 26, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5
 
Wednesday, February 27
 

10:00am

20% Time / Genius Hour - Tech Tools For Project Based Learning
See how empowering our students with content choice can result in amazing learning. We’ll explore project based learning through the use of Google’s famous 20% time philosophy and look at tech tools that integrate smoothly into this unique student learning & teacher assessment process. Attendees will be challenged to consider their own learning environment as a potential space for creating student choice in learning. Educators (classroom and administrators) will see how a teacher can go from 0 to 100 with the famous 20% Time concept. Throughout this session, the why, what, and how of 20% time projects will be illustrated. Attendees will hear about the benefits, challenges, and other things to consider throughout the journey into giving students choice in their project based learning. There will be a key focus on how educators can introduce, guide, and assess the learning throughout a 20% Time project. Technology tool options for all three stages will be presented for educators to consider. Finally, attendees will be exposed to a slew of “end results” that have come from the presenters own students over the past 7 years of 20% Time projects.

Presenters
avatar for Sean Crevier

Sean Crevier

Business Ed Teacher / Tech Coach, Vernon Hills H.S.
Sean started teaching business classes at Vernon Hills H.S.16 years ago after leaving the technology consulting world. He also works on the National Accounting Curriculum Team, training teachers on implementing college accounting curriculum into their high school courses. Sean has... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia B

10:00am

Build Your Own Web Apps With Google Script
Folks with a little coding experience will love this! With just a little HTML, CSS, and JavaScript knowledge, anyone create a web app using a stand-alone Google Apps Script that can be integrated into almost all G Suite Apps, and that is hosted right there in the cloud. Totally free and totally awesome!
During this session we will explore exactly how the Apps Script editor works, how to build a user interface, create scripts in the back end, and publish it for the world to see.
We'll see examples of working apps and leave with resources to use right away! Come and get your CODE ON!

Presenters
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Adam Geisen

Instructional Tech Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
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Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg B

10:00am

Building Digital Literacy through Primary Sources
Open to all grade levels! Build students’ digital literacy skills and increase engagement, questioning and critical thinking by utilizing primary sources from the Library of Congress. Access free, vetted, standards-aligned lessons for immediate use in K-12th grades. Lessons cover content in Next Generation Science Standards, social studies and language arts and focus on teaching students to critically analyze sources. Bring your device to explore the Library of Congress website, resources from Teaching with Primary Sources at Governors State University and other digital tools to incorporate primary sources in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Carol Humm

Carol Humm

Instructional Coach, Flossmoor School District 161


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg G

10:00am

Demystifying Spreadsheets: Unlock your Cell and Free your Data
Spreadsheets can be intimidating, especially for first time users. Truth is, you don’t have to be a numbers nerd or data wizard to harness the power of these misunderstood but miraculous documents. In this hands-on session, we’ll start at the beginning by clarifying basic Sheets tools and terminology. Along the way we’ll highlight important formulas and insider tricks to help you navigate spreadsheets. In the end you’ll have the tools you need to tackle any Sheet that dare to cross your path.

Presenters
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Evanston Township High School, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. She previously taught Latin and supported teachers in the World Languages department as an instructional coach. She loves working with students in classes throughout the school... Read More →
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Danielle Petros

Evanston Township High School
Danielle Petros is currently the Support Specialist Trainer at Evanston Township High School, in Evanston, IL. While this position focuses on supporting the non-instructional staff at ETHS, Danielle supports various classroom projects including Google Expeditions. Previously, she... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia C

10:00am

Google Classroom and Google Suite for School Librarians
Are you struggling to adopt Google Classroom for your 500 or 1,000 students? Wondering how to create and maintain 22 or 37 Google Classrooms per year? Interested in learning ways to streamline your library instruction and assessment? Look no further than Google Classroom and Google Suite for School Librarians!

Presenters
KT

Kara Thorstenson

Library and Digital Media Manager, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Utopia D

10:00am

Making Flexible Seating Functional
If you’ve wanted to try flexible seating but are unsure of how to make it a reality in your classroom, then this session is for you! There are many factors to consider when thinking about doing flexible seating such as: age of the students, classroom management, student needs, and the dreaded budget which will all be addressed in this session. Flexible seating gives students the power of choice, which provides them with a sense of ownership over their participation and engagement, which results in deeper learning.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Spaulding

Heather Spaulding

6th-8th Grade STEM Teacher, Robert E. Abbott Middle School
Heather Spaulding currently teaches sixth - eighth grade students STEM at Robert E. Abbott Middle School in Waukegan Community Unit School District #60. She has been an educator in Waukegan for the last eight years, and is currently piloting a middle school STEM program. Heather is... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg A

10:00am

SHOUTT: Students Helping Others Understand Their Thinking
Do your students whisper their thinking? In this session, we will show you how to get your students to SHOUTT out to the world! Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of student voice in the classroom. Practical examples will be shared on how to easily implement a variety of ways to share your student’s voice with an authentic audience.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg D

10:00am

Skills for Innovative Leadership
Supporting digital learning and innovation in schools is challenging. Join the presenter, a veteran building principal who recently moved into a district technology leadership role, to identify key elements critical to putting innovative leadership into action.

An innovative leader should try to create new ideas, but it is more important that they create a culture of innovation. Explore methods to empower your teachers with a shared vision and a safe and supportive environment of risk taking, trust, and swift implementation.

Innovative leaders not only “think” differently, but they “act” differently. Now is the time to act and put these innovative characteristics into action. This session will empower YOU to build a culture of innovation.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg E

10:00am

Using OneNote for a Streamlined Digital Classroom
OneNote is a digital note-taking application within O365 that allows for personal productivity and collaboration with teachers, staff and students. OneNote is a broad canvas that allows you to handwrite or type notes, embed images, audio and video, draw, and many other things. You can share notebook pages, sections or entire notebooks with, and you can access your OneNote notebooks from any device. Learn the features of OneNote, and how to use it with staff, teams, PLCs, as well as with your students.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Kaplan

Colleen Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Francis High School
I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg F

10:00am

The Role of Play in Makerspaces to Promote STEAM Learning
At Lake Forest Country Day School the "open shop" elements of Makerspaces are emphasised. Through a Makerspace class for kindergartners or optional time during recess for upper and lower school, students are able to independently enhance knowledge and ownership outside of curriculum. Students will describe the culture of the Innovation Lab and how this free play time contributes to their learning.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

10:00am

YouTube and the 21st Century School
Bring your school to the spotlight by making a presence on YouTube! Your budget-friendly "TV station" will be accessible to all ages and abilities, producing videos that highlight your students and their school. Students use a wide array of tools to create a channel featuring their own content; they compose, direct, perform, and produce everything. Turn your announcements into a live newscast, or a final project into a story-driven documentary. Broadcast your assemblies, concerts, and events live in front of a real-life audience. "Hit Play" on 21st century learning and connect it to your students' lives like never before!

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Schaumburg C

10:00am

A Quest for Equity in Illinois
Come be a part of the discussion about Equity in Education in Illinois. The is a conversation that you want to be apart of. For years we have professed our desire to educate ALL children, however we have come short year after year, as the data shows a great disparity in the achievement of minorities. With all that we know, why are we still failing children across Illinois? What’s in the way? What can we do beyond this discussion?

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest SD #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, and an EdTech conference enthusiast, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. After dedicating more than twenty years in the classroom she extended her reach and spent the last five... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

10:00am

Board Games as an Educational Tool
Board games are a great way to foster collaborative learning experiences. Games build social emotional learning skills and help students develop critical thinking skills in a highly engaging manner. This session will highlight kid-tested board games that support the 4C's and K-12 curriculum topics.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Connection

10:00am

Cardboard Challenge: a celebration of creativity, innovation, and teamwork
A cardboard challenge is a celebration of creativity, innovation, and teamwork, where teams of students use the engineering design process to build whatever they can imagine out of cardboard and then play it or display it. See and hear about how we planned, organized, and staged a school-wide cardboard challenge in our 3-5 school. You will also be taken through the same process students went through as you get to design and build your own cardboard creations!

Presenters
avatar for Dain Elman

Dain Elman

STEM Director, Gurnee District 56
Dain Elman taught middle school technology class for 14 years and is now the STEM Director at Gurnee District 56. He spends his time helping staff and students play with robots, build structures, print in 3D, launch rockets, Photoshop images, wire circuits, and more. He also coaches... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Inspiration

10:00am

Creating a Makerspace in your Classroom!
Finally a one stop shop on how to create a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using tools and materials in your classroom! I will show you several items I personally have in my Makerspace and how they can be used in the actual classroom, tied to your curriculum. Some of the activities will include Spheros, Bloxels, 3D printing, green screen and much more!

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Prosperity

10:00am

InFORM Yourself: Using Data for Differentiation

Learn how to use add-ons to help provide personalized docs and email. Autocrat, Form Publisher, and formMule can give your students personalized feedback, create customized documents, ,communicate with parents/staff, and more! We’ll show you some sample uses, and walk you through the process with some sample data. You won’t be intimidated by these tools anymore!

Presenters
CV

Collin Voigt

Department Chair - Science and Industrial Technology, Glenbard South High School
Collin Voigt serves as the department chair for Science and Industrial Technology at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. In addition, he is a Google Certified Teacher Trainer and serves as a leader in the Chicagoland GEG. He has presented and led professional development... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Perfection

10:00am

Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone
This electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. Stop asking “How can I get the kids to learn this lesson?” and start asking “How can my interaction lead to more questions, more self-direction, more curiosity?"
Makey Makey’s have a place in all classrooms and all grade levels.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Serenity (2nd floor)

10:00am

Mythbusters EDU: The Empowered Learner Episode
On this episode of Mythbusters EDU, we will tackle the myths of student empowerment. Join us as we explore activities that promote learner engagement, voice, choice and design thinking. Let’s not just talk about the myths regarding student empowerment, let’s put them to the test!

Presenters
avatar for Kara McFarlin

Kara McFarlin

Kara loves the way that technology has transformed education in her 20 years of teaching and training. Her vocational journey has included general education homeroom teacher, substitute teacher, technology club facilitator, technology teacher, staff development presenter, and instructional... Read More →
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Michelle Thorne

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland School District 135
I am an Instructional Technology Coach for Orland School District 135. I am a tech enthusiast who is eager to share and learn with others. One of my greatest passions is providing professional learning to staff and students. Prior to coaching, I taught 4th and 5th grade innovation... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Innovation

10:00am

Playing Is Learning
Are you interested in game-based learning? Then come play and make games with us during our workshop! Whether you teach graduate students or kindergartners, you will learn some fundamentals of educational game design that will improve engagement and retention with your students.

Presenters
IK

Igal Kakon

I have been teaching middle and high school students for more than twenty years. In the past decade, I have incorporated technology into many areas of my curriculum. I developed technology based games that serve to enhance the students understanding of the material in an interactive... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Epiphany (2nd floor)

10:00am

Riding the Literacy Wave with Technology
Participants will be introduced to several web applications that can be used in Reading and Writing Workshop. This includes multi media (Flipgrid, Let's Recap etc.), blogging, sites to gain resources for differentiated instruction and places for students to collaborate with other students around the world.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Imagination

10:00am

Technology in Support of English Language Learners for the 21st Century

In our session, participants will experience technology tools that support English Language Learners and incorporate 21st Century Learning skills. We will model how to embed technology across the four domains of language and strengthen students’ cognitive academic language proficiency.

Participants will engage in a 5E cycle for each of the technology tools:
Facilitators will Engage participants in finished examples created with the tool,
Participants will Explore the tool independently as students,
Facilitators will Explain the nuances of using this tool and support learning in small groups,
Discussions will Extend the possible uses and applications of the tool, and
Participants will Evaluate the tool’s use in their context and self-assess their understanding.

This structure provides deeper understanding and immediate application of the tools to participants’ teaching context. Participants will leave with ideas, experience, and support for the use of the free tools Padlet, Flipgrid, Book Creator, and Adobe Spark.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Knowledge

11:15am

"Making" Literacy Rich Expereinces
Puzzled on how to connect making to your curriculum? Interested in a makerspace, but not sure how it fits into your school program? Literature becomes the connection to building student competencies through making. We'll explore high and low tech ways to engage students and build critical thinking skills.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Diekman

Linda Diekman

Library Information Specialist, Central Elementary School
Linda Diekman is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Central Elementary School in Wilmette and facilitates student learning in their Learning Commons.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg A

11:15am

Diving in, head first, to Standards-Based Grading
Take the plunge! You may understand Standards-Based Grading, but how do you make it manageable in the classroom? Join a session dedicated to providing tools to support SBG Classroom Implementation, Parent Communication suggestions, Report Card options, and developing a deeper student understanding of the process! Take off the floaties and let’s head to the deep end!

Presenters
avatar for Rae Hughart

Rae Hughart

6th Grade Math Teacher, Evans Junior High, McLean County
Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math and Writing Educator in Illinois and the Director of Training and Development for Progressive Mastery Learning, LLC. Over the past few years, Rae has used the 3C’s of the TeachFurther Unit Design - Curriculum, Creativity, and Connections - to transform... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg D

11:15am

Engaging Students and Building Digital Skills
Have you explored Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum? Google has created a free digital literacy curriculum to help learners engage in a wide range of digital literacy skills. Educators can use the curriculum as is or adapt the activities to connect to curricular goals. This session will introduce educators to the interface, the activities, and explore connections to existing classroom content.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Neuqua Valley High School, Napverville
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor Kiam | I am a lifelong learner who is passionate about exploring the growth mindset with teachers & students. My focus as a learner is strongly connected to the 4Cs, Student Voice, G Suite for Education, HyperDocs... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia D

11:15am

Flip, Don't Flop: Instructional Video Design From the Ground Up
Join us for an HGTV-style look at DIY instructional videos for students. What makes a successful "flip", and what makes a "flop"? Taking on the roles of architect and builder, participants will create a blueprint for flipped learning using instructional design principles. Participants will fill their toolkit with multiple tools for creating instructional videos and be ready to construct!

Presenters
avatar for Dana Ladenburger

Dana Ladenburger

Technology Instructional Coach, CUSD95
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Casey Veitch

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Casey is in her fourth year instructional technology coach at Middle School North in Lake Zurich CUSD95. As part of D95's team of IT coaches, she is committed to assisting teachers and students achieve personal excellence using 21st century skills and technology. She co-chairs LZ95's... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia C

11:15am

Let them Lead: Giving Students Opportunities to Facilitate their own Learning
Who’s doing the work in your classroom? Join us for a session full of student ownership tools and resources to take back and utilize in your classroom. Get excited for time to explore different strategies, activities, and student choice! Participants will leave ready to give students the opportunity to facilitate their own learning… AKA… LET THEM LEAD!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Eggert

Jennifer Eggert

Instructional Technology Coach, Bloomingdale School District 13


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Utopia B

11:15am

Make your elementary classroom INCREDIBLE 2 with STEM!
Come find out how to easily transform your classroom into an INCREDIBLE elementary classroom with STEM. Learn how to incorporate weekly STEM lessons into your curriculum and the importance of STEM for students. We will share our favorite STEM activities that engage students and allow creativity and innovative design. Educators will leave with ideas, a supply list, and ways to implement an effective STEM program to build INCREDIBLE learning opportunities for their students!

Presenters
avatar for Sheril Flynn

Sheril Flynn

K-6 Technology Facilitator, Rochester CUSD 3A


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg G

11:15am

National Geographic Geo Inquiry
The Geo-Inquiry Process is a five-step method designed to teach the skills necessary to think and reason geographically, and includes asking Geo-Inquiry Questions, acquiring geographic information, organizing and analyzing information, and using the information to answer Geo-Inquiry Questions for informed action. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on geographic perspective as a foundation, offering students a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections of systems in our world. Geographic perspective is interdisciplinary and allows for the examination of complex issues at various scales. By using a geographic perspective with the Geo-Inquiry Process students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections as they look at the world differently in order to make informed predictions, well-reasoned decisions, and take action.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

11:15am

So, our journey changed course...NOW what?
Wondering how to continue implementation when the journey has lead to a new destination? Want to make sure the focus remains on student learning all along the way? Learn how to use your plan to stay the course and make changes as needed in a clear “Why/What/How/Then What” format. Ideas presented have been tested by practicing educators and leaders! They are also the groundwork for ideas supported with specific examples from a variety of grade levels.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg E

11:15am

Supercharge your PD!
Feel like your training is a drag? Did you know that one of the top ten challenges that trainers face is learner engagement? It's time to put some pep in your PD. During this workshop, participants will explore and discuss strategies to build a community of connected learners. Participants will power up their tech toolkits with tech tools to increase adult learner engagement. By the end of the session, participants will create an outline of their own Supercharged PD session using the tech tools and strategies presented.

Presenters
avatar for Chappel Billings

Chappel Billings

Chappel BIllings Instructional Design
Instructional Designer, National Conference Presenter, Blog Radio Guest, and Educational Consultant. | | Chappel Billings is a creative and passionate educator and school leader with over 17 years in education. She has designed, developed and delivered energizing professional development... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg C

11:15am

ARTEC: Arts and Technology Across the Curriculum
Students share the ways the ARTEC grant has allowed them to engage with technology and the arts to support their learning. Students will share podcast samples, stop-motion videos, and multimedia products that they used in the classroom to reflect their learning in all subjects. Both teachers are participating in a grant written to bring all aspects of the arts, as well as technology, into the classroom to support student learning. Rather than teaching apps for the sake of teaching them, we are blending digital with tangible production to allow students to more fully explore the subjects they study.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Ramlow

Melissa Ramlow

5th grade teacher, Waukegan Public Schools
Melissa Ramlow has worked with educational technology for over 15 years; before entering the general education classroom she programmed and facilitated augmented communication devices with students on the autism spectrum. Now in the general education classroom, her classroom is nearly... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg F

11:15am

Using Epic! to Enhance a Reading Program

By using an app like Epic! teachers can spark the interest in reading with their students. We read some great biographies and even had some read to us. Then, we learned to take notes on our chosen person. Next, we wrote a life summary in chronological order. Our final project was to type the summaries and share a poster we created to depict who we read about. It was a great way to read nonfiction, integrate technology, and present what we learned to our classmates.

Presenters
avatar for Kristie House

Kristie House

4th Grade Instructional Teacher, Palos CCSD 118
I have been a teacher for 20 years and have taught third, fourth and fifth grades in Florida and Illinois. I earned two Master's degrees, one in administration, the other in special education. This year I made the transition from the general education setting to the special education... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg B

11:15am

Next Generation Conferences: Not just SITting Around
The Students Involved with Technology (SIT) Conference is staged simultaneously at multiple Illinois sites. Participants and presenters are students in grades 3-12 who get a professional technology conference experience. Come meet past student presenters and participants and conference organizers to find out how we bring thousands of kids together.

Presenters
TL

Tammi Lapinski

Administrative Assistant, Bloomington Public Schools


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

11:15am

Digital Differentiation
As more devices get in the hands of students, it’s our job to maximize the use of technology to serve their individual needs. In this session, we will focus on the use of websites, apps and GSuite extensions that will help all students stay organized, communicate and collaborate. With specific examples of how these tech tools have been used effectively with students of all ranges, attendees will leave this session with the newest updates as well as practical ways to implement these ideas in any classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Buelow

Jennifer Buelow

Teacher, CCSD15
As a National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher for the past 16 years, I have a passion for integrating technology to reach and teach all learners. I am a Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Trainer, and I love showing teachers how they can leverage the Google suite... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

11:15am

Google for All: Projects and Activities for Every Classroom
Experience our Google infused classroom as a student while gaining project ideas for a variety of content areas and grade levels. Personalize your learning by selecting projects of your choice that include a variety of Google apps as well as other free resources that use Google logins. Also, learn how your Google Classroom can host your students’ one-stop-shop for learning.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Lynch

Lisa Lynch

Instructional Technology Coach, Joliet Public Schools District 86


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

11:15am

Managing Inquiry to Deepen Learning
Inquiry based learning is engaging and meaningful, but it can be messy and challenging to implement. How can teachers leverage digital tools to spark and oversee inquiry learning? This session will provide practical ideas for introducing inquiry and address strategies for managing the workflow unique to this learning framework. Time for hands on exploration will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Schroeder

Shannon Schroeder

8th grade English/Language Arts, Homer CCSD 33C
Shannon Schroeder, ICE 2017 Educator of the Year, is a Google Certified Trainer who teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Homer Jr. High in Homer Glen. She is passionate about teaching with craftsmanship, meaningful technology integration, and candy! Shannon passionately explores... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

11:15am

Minecraft: First Time Around the Block!
Interested in learning about Minecraft Education? Wondering how teaching and learning can be reimagined through game-based learning? We'll share successes, learning experiences and tips for getting your students started with Minecraft in the classroom. No playing experience necessary!

Presenters
avatar for Simon Vasey

Simon Vasey

Teacher/Technology Coach, Lincolnshire-Prairie View SD103


Wednesday February 27, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:45pm

Breaking Financial Barriers Through Blended Learning
How can you empower students to have confidence in their financial and career goals? Our session will cover financial capability, entrepreneurship, investing, and the growing importance of educating our students to be financially responsible citizens. Our financial education programs provide a rich foundation in areas such as budgeting, investing, credit, taxes, and financing higher education. Along their learning journey, the entrepreneurship program provides students an engaging platform to explore a potential career pathway.

This session provides educator access to Vault-Understanding Money (4th-6th grades), FutureSmart (6th-8th grades), Venture-Entrepreneurial Expedition (7th-10th), and EVERFI-Financial Literacy and Marketworks (9th-12th grades) and will discuss implementation strategies that can extend offline. These FREE interactive digital resources are student-driven and have 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. Join us or visit EVERFI.com/k-12 to learn more.

Presenters
avatar for Meaghan Joyce

Meaghan Joyce

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Meaghan Joyce is a Senior Schools Manager with EVERFI, an education technology company that provides schools with no-cost digital resources. For over three years, she has supported schools around Illinois in their use of EVERFI's programs. Meaghan has always enjoyed partnering with... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Utopia B

12:45pm

Building Student Leaders Through Broadcasting
Are you looking for ways to build student leadership skills and amplify student voice? Then a student-driven broadcasting club might be the right choice for you! A broadcasting club provides students opportunities to collaborate and hone their leadership skills, while building school community. Come and learn about the process of launching our very first broadcasting club, including resources and materials to get you started.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Utopia C

12:45pm

But Wait There's More... Even More from Google for Education!
Did you know that beyond the core set of Google tools, there is a world of amazing resources for you to use tomorrow in your classroom with students? During this high paced, energized session, we will explore some of the lesser known tools and resources available from Google for use in education. We will run through 30 amazing tools and explore some ways to use some of the Google products you are already using in new and interesting ways. We will explore the Google Training Center, Google Transformation Center, Google Expeditions, Advanced Search, Google Earth, G Suite Training for Education, the Google Cultural Institute, Google Keep, Google Photos, SpellUp, have fun with drawing and many, many more! Participants will walk away from this high energy, fast paced session with some ideas, tips and tricks that you can take back and you in your classroom and in any role right away!

Presenters
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Utopia D

12:45pm

Dive-In for Cross-Curricular Differentiated Instruction
The use and implementation of multiple learning (digital) platforms to differentiate student learning. Using these platforms can enhance student choice and global collaboration. Using NewsEla for Content, Padlet for Collaboration, BrainPop for Visual, and Penpal Schools for Global Learning. The participants will learn how to blend curriculum and continue learning as the year progresses.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Enger

Sarah Enger

5th Grade Co-Teacher, Berwyn South SD 100
I am a fifth grade inclusion teacher, who enjoys implementing and incorporating new techniques and ideas into the classroom. I have used Penpal Schools to merge in-classroom content with global experiences. Students love working on new projects and meeting/collaborating with new... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg G

12:45pm

Esports & The Scholar Gamer
Learn about the "Scholar Gamer" and the five unique ways esports (organized competitive video games) can revolutionize your school or district’s approach to engaging your students in their learning.

Presenters
avatar for James O’Hagan

James O’Hagan

Racine Unified School District


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg E

12:45pm

Once You Go Paperless, You Never Go Back!
Lost in a sea of papers to grade everyday? Dreading proofreading those rough drafts? Fear stricken at the thought of the copy machine jamming again as you make your copies for the coming week? Well, fear no more! Google Classroom is here to save the day and make your life easier! Participants will learn how to get started using one of Google's most interactive applications, Classroom. Come see how Classroom can increase your productivity and free up time in your day!

Presenters
avatar for Jama Eddleman

Jama Eddleman

Technology Director, Jonesboro Grade School
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Stephanie Hill

Technology Teacher, Jonesboro Grade School


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg B

12:45pm

Reimagining Research
Tired of uninspired students slogging through research projects, filled with rote notetaking and questionable connection to students' interests? Let's reimage the research process! Integrating collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and yes, even creativity, into the research process helps to prepare students for today's world.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Diekman

Linda Diekman

Library Information Specialist, Central Elementary School
Linda Diekman is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Central Elementary School in Wilmette and facilitates student learning in their Learning Commons.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg A

12:45pm

Trending Ed Tech … Giving Your Teachers PD They Love!

The Moveable Feast is a proven model of Professional Development for teachers that has been around for 20 years. Join our curriculum coordinators and site coordinator to learn how this PD model has impacted teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms. All attendees will leave with a Feast Playbook and the most loved teacher take aways to use in your classroom tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Chiodo

Christine Chiodo

STEAM Teacher, Pontiac Junior High
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Tammi Lapinski

Administrative Assistant, Bloomington Public Schools
avatar for Brandon Thornton

Brandon Thornton

Mathematics Educator, Speech Coach, Bloomington Public Schools, District 87
I'm just an ordinary teacher trying to be the person my dog already thinks I am.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg C

12:45pm

Using simulations and interactive learning in science to take us places the classroom can’t
Creating student centered learning through the use of online simulations and interactive websites in the science classroom driven by NGSS. Finding ways to enhance classroom labs with virtual opportunities along with self paced learning. Keeping learning engaging, fun and meaningful! We will spend the last few minutes sharing with eachother successful lessons, ideas and websites!

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg D

12:45pm

Visual Literacy and Video Creation with WeVideo.
Participants will discuss the overarching themes of Visual Literacy as well as important steps for students in Video Creation before receiving instruction on using WeVideo and accessing Photo Resources (such as copyright free images)
Teachers will be given time to sign-up and explore WeVideo (and walk-away with a few other Video Creation resources) in hopes that they will incorporate these tools in their curriculum and/or create their own videos.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg F

12:45pm

Teaching the iGen Learner
Do you find yourself saying “Students today are not like they were 10 years ago!” Well, you’re right! Join us in this student-led session to learn more about the “iGen learner” from iGen learners themselves. Find out how they experience the world and process information differently. Hear about how they view their generation and what they want from their educational experiences. The students, along with their teacher, will outline learning strategies centered around collaboration and instant feedback as well as creative ways to help students of this generational cohort learn.

Presenters
avatar for Corinn Sparks

Corinn Sparks

Instructional Tech Coach, Aurora West School District 129


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Nirvana C CDW-G Classroom

12:45pm

IGNITE Sessions: See Description for Titles/Sessions
MultiMedia Engagement
Engage students using multimedia projects to connect with storytelling and research presentations. This session highlights the use of GoogleSites, WeVideo, and GoogleMaps to guide students in the creation of narrative movie representations, interactive websites and historical role play.

Multipotentialites Really Do Exist
Throughout history, we've been called 'gentleman scholars' and 'renaissance men'. In today's world of specialization, we are 'indecisive'. Multipotentialites are the hidden superheroes in schools, working as students, teachers, and leaders.

Need for Active Learners
One of the keys to academic achievement is active learning. According to research -personalized, collaborative, and connected learning experiences enhance student engagement, which in turn drives student success. By integrating active learning into the classroom, educators Active learning can take learning experiences to the next level and improve student performance to make the classroom as dynamic as the world around us.

The Making Flow
The Making Flow is about how key skills can be integrated into the making process and then generalized across content areas. For instance, questioning is an important part of making and STEAM education, but can also be practiced in mathematics, science, and english language arts.


Presenters
avatar for Matt Weld

Matt Weld

Director of Innovation and Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Curious, passionate, and interested in all things education. Leader for www.directionsconference.com www.teachillinois.com, and Teachers' Classroom podcast. Google Certified Trainer.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

12:45pm

E-Sports Club: Year 2
The #rowvastrong E-Sports program has entered it's second year. This session will examine our journey from a small club to where we are today. In this session we will discuss the reasons to have an E-Sports team and club, some of the challenges in getting a club up and running, and where to go next.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 12 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD committee, the president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor. To me, technology is... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

12:45pm

Math in the Digital World

Move your students into the digital math world! In this training, you will explore effective ways to have students collaborate digitally in math, learn how to incorporate C.R.A. online, capture students’ concrete work, flip your math classroom, and more!


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

12:45pm

STEM for Language Arts & Social Studies Classrooms
Participants will actively engage in two STEM-designed lessons.
Following the lessons, discussion will focus on the applicability of
STEM into the SS and ELA curriculum, as well as the connection
to the Danielson rubric.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

12:45pm

Transforming Students into Game Designers
Let's get creative and discuss ways in which students can create their own educational games and media in both digital and traditional platforms. By designing powerful visual user experiences, students can take charge of the learning process, problem solve, collaborate with peers and experts, and develop content-rich products playable by other students. In this session, you will gain access to free game templates, prompts, and standards-aligned lesson plans to help your students create games and digital art quickly and effectively. Types of games covered will include a range of STEAM subjects, theme-based quizzing, coding, and more! Let's discover ways we can help students learn how they learn best.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Baker

Mary Baker

President, eLearning Current, LLC.
Need a creative professional who can help you make something amazing online? I’m here for you. As President of eLearning Current, LLC, I help clients bring their creative web dreams to fruition. Some of my services include designing and developing websites, online training programs... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 5

12:45pm

Using Technology to Practice and Play: Data Collection Tools
This session will introduce free sites such as Socrative, Qiuzizz,
Quizlet Live, EdPuzzle and Kahoot, to promote 100% student
engagement, create fun ways to practice skills, promote
cooperative learning and gather student data at the click of a
button.

Presenters
avatar for Monica Griffin

Monica Griffin

Educator/ Framework for Teaching Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Monica meets the diverse needs of teachers, students and learning environments by providing educational services that will enhance performance. Her professional experience includes serving as a Special Education teacher for grades K - 12, Special Education Case Manager, Freshman Academy... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

2:30pm

Art and Music Go Hand and Hand With Technology

Music and Art Specialists will not want to miss this. We will dive into the use of technology in the arts classroom. Musical compositions with coding as well as art masterpieces will be discussed in this session. Some of the resources we will use include OSMO, Makey, Makey, Spheros, Dash, Ozobots as well as apps that will transform and amaze. Whether you are a specialist or a classroom teacher who is looking for new ideas, plan on attending this session and walk out with new ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Cathy Houchin

Cathy Houchin

Elementary Music Teacher
I love to use technology in my teaching. I like to use different ways to assess how many students are learning.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg F

2:30pm

Become a 4 C's Ninja
Become a 4 C’s Ninja Warrior! This session will show you a way to gamify content for your students or teacher PD. Participants will work in small teams to learn about the 4 C’s and various ways to incorporate Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, and Critical Thinking in the classroom. Instructors will be your guide on the side as you earn badges when you complete Ninja challenges. This fun, fast-paced, hands-on session will allow you to leave with many ideas to help your students or teachers understand and use the 4 C’s as well as spark ideas to gamify your content in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Paulus

Kim Paulus

Instructional Coach, Central 301
This is my second year as an Instructional Coach at Central 301. I love working and sharing with other professional staff! Prior to becoming a coach, I was a middle school classroom teacher for 21 years. Even though I taught all subjects over that time, science was my passion and... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg B

2:30pm

Bringing your In-District PD Online
In this session, participants will learn to create in-district PD training sessions online using G-Suite for Education apps, Google Sites and Google Classroom. The skills presented in this session also model online instruction design for teachers of any grade level to use in their classrooms when creating blended learning lessons. Participants should be familiar with G-Suite tools.

One of the biggest obstacles for teachers seeking professional development (PD) is time. With online PD, teachers can seek out PD at a time that works best. Bringing PD online also allows a greater time-frame than a traditional “sit-and-get” session. This makes it much easier to follow up with skills learned and measure how the PD skills have impacted student learning. Teachers can also seek out more relevant PD than traditional PD sessions which traditionally teaches one topic to all teachers. Thus leading to deeper meaning and more impact on classroom learning.

Presenters
avatar for Tyler Breitbarth

Tyler Breitbarth

Technology Specialist, Eureka CUSD 140
Mr. Tyler Breitbarth, is an education technology specialist for Eureka Community Unit School District 140 as well as an online social studies teacher for Illinois Virtual School. Tyler graduated from Eureka College with a Bachelors Degree in History with Teacher Certification in 2009... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

2:30pm

Creating Successful Initiatives - How To Avoid Poorly Planned Projects
Have you ever been asked to undertake a technology initiative that you KNEW couldn’t succeed but you were helpless to stop it because you couldn’t demonstrate why it wouldn’t work? Have you ever been asked to approve an initiative and wished you had a simple and reliable way to know if it would succeed or not? Do you lose sleep because you know that the stakes are too great and the price for failure is too high to be making poorly informed decisions?

The good news is that there are known and proven criteria that can be applied to and used during the decision making process. At this session we will share what those criteria are and we will provide you with tools and resources you can use to help make better decisions and quickly determine if a proposed initiative has a chance of succeeding.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Marassa

Michael Marassa

Director of Technology, Grayslake Community SD 127
Michael Marassa joined Grayslake Community High School District 127 as the Director of Technology in June 2011. Michael is responsible for strategic planning and management of technology and print services systems that support instructional and business functions for two large high... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E

2:30pm

High Quality at No or Low Cost ~ OER all the Way!
Numerous innovative educators are designing open educational resources [OER] for teaching a variety of subject areas. OER offer low or no-cost peer-reviewed materials as well as cutting-edge adaptive educational technologies. I want to share my journey going OER all the way Fall of 2018! Savings for my students amount to approximately $20,573 for one semester embracing free textbooks – the power of OER! This includes the low costs of groundbreaking adaptive and personalized technology to increase student success in my general introductory psychology classes. I will share links to great online OER resources, answer questions and look forward to a lively discussion!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Nina Dulabaum

Dr. Nina Dulabaum

Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University
Currently Nina is the visiting professor of psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. Her background includes graduating from Oberlin College and serving in Berlin, Germany as an international volunteer during the East-West divide. There she began conducting seminars on cross-cultural... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia B

2:30pm

Reaching ALL Students with Mastery Learning
This session will provide participants with easy to implement strategies to reach ALL students with Mastery Learning in their classrooms. The discussed methods have been shared and utilized to increase student achievement and ownership through self-paced mastery grids across the country. By providing tools that create a self-paced, personalized and student-centered classroom environment every student can be met where they are at and thrive in the classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Chad Ostrowski

Chad Ostrowski

Malone University / Progressive Mastery Learning
As a middle level science educator Ostrowski thrived in the classroom and held roles in grade level, building, and district leadership. While teaching He developed innovative strategies to meet the needs of students and personalize learning utilizing mastery based strategies and original... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg D

2:30pm

Social Media in the Classroom
Social media lends itself to a multitude of applications in the classroom. It encourages interaction and collaboration among students while nurturing a student-centric learning environment. Utilizing a multitude of platforms, including Twitter, Snapchat, Padlet, and Edublogs, students gain unique, creative practice in research, communication and presentation skills within platforms that extend learning beyond the classroom.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg G

2:30pm

Stock Market Simulation
Colleges have been teaching classes on Stock Exchange simulations. We will discuss past experiences and how this benefits all students.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg C

2:30pm

Using Digital Badges For Motivation In the Classroom
Grades are an evaluation of a student’s performance in class. But do grades motivate students? When students are motivated to learn and participate they become more engaged in the classroom instruction and activities. One method of motivation is the use of badges. Similar to patches worn by the Scouts, medals earned in the military, and achievements won while playing video games, badges are used in the classroom to encourage students to work towards goals that will benefit them and their classroom. Learn how to use badges to increase motivation, awareness, proficiency and engagement throughout the classroom in ways that go well beyond grades. You will learn about the research behind badges as well as the methods of creating and awarding badges.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia D

2:30pm

When The Bleep Are We Going To Use That!
In an attempt to engage uninterested students in typically uninteresting material, I worked to develop a classroom with challenging hands-on activities with a plot. I'll share my experiences playing Walter White and the Cryogenically Frozen Head of Walt Disney while teaching in the flipped model. I'll show you how my class has stolen/modified space stations, attempted to save Puerto Rico, and colonized Mars using project-based learning and 3D printing.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia C

2:30pm

Using Board Games to Teach the 4C's
Board games are a great way to foster collaborative learning experiences. Games build social emotional learning skills and help students develop critical thinking skills in a highly engaging manner. This session will highlight kid-tested board games that support the 4C's and K-12 curriculum content.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg A

2:30pm

Coaching: The After Hours
Spreading your influence as a coach across a district can be challenging. Come explore what a coach does “after hours” to make a bigger impact. Through the use of creation tools that amplify video and audio production, you’ll uncover the secret to maintaining reflective practices, feeling vulnerable to try new things, and pick up a few tricks that even students can try in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Gonzales

Angela Gonzales

iCoach, Berwyn South School District 100


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 4

2:30pm

Genius Hour with GSuite
The number of devices in students’ hands is multiplying, but are we helping students leverage this technology for the greater good? Genius Hour/Problem-Based Learning/20% Time are getting more buzz in the educational world, but just giving students time to explore is not maximizing their investment. In this session, we will focus on the practical implementation of Genius Hour/PBL using GSuite apps, extensions and websites. Attendees will leave this session with real examples of goal-setting, organization, accountability and sharing practices that can be applied to any classroom to increase students’ independence and investment.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Buelow

Jennifer Buelow

Teacher, CCSD15
As a National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher for the past 16 years, I have a passion for integrating technology to reach and teach all learners. I am a Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Trainer, and I love showing teachers how they can leverage the Google suite... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 1

2:30pm

Reality in the Classroom
Participants will be able to see different lesson plans that we used Google Expeditions Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to enhance student learning. The what to dos and what not to dos to make it a successful lesson.

Presenters
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Jessica Buffo

Teacher, Legacy Academy of Excellence Charter School


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 3

2:30pm

Using Classcraft to influence Social/Emotional learning
Is it a struggle to get students to work together? Come explore how Classcraft can change the narrative from "my class" to "our class". We'll explore the principals of gamification, as well look at the results of practical implementation of Classcraft and ideas for the future. All principles will be able to be implemented with the free version of Classcraft!

Presenters
avatar for Douglas McArthur

Douglas McArthur

Teacher - Coach - Tech Specialist, Rockford Public School District 205
Douglas McArthur is primarily an English teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford, IL. In addition to his content area duties, he is a Teacher Technology Support Specialist for the district, the head coach of the JHS Speech Team, and one of the founding officers of SLICE - the... Read More →
avatar for Dallas Turner

Dallas Turner

Physics Teacher
Dallas is a high school physics teacher, former technology coach and model rocketry enthusiast. In addition, he is a board member of the StateLine Illinois Computing Educators. He enjoys finding problems and their solutions which is why he does what he does. He is a level 1 Certified... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold Table 2

2:30pm

ALL IN - For every student to succeed our adult learning programs have to mirror students
Hattie theorizes collective teacher efficacy, but what would it take to actually get there? This session will explore how Maine Township High School District 207 is seeking collective teacher efficacy through an adult learning model focused on a culture of teacher leadership and coaching that includes plans for every teacher every year as well as a growing leadership coaching program. Strategies for implementing and scaling a system-wide adult learning model will be reviewed and participants will develop actions steps to implement a model in their own district within their own structures. In addition, we will consider how schools can evaluate seven elements of the OECD "Learning Organization" model to consider their strengths and areas of opportunity.

Presenters
avatar for Ken Wallace

Ken Wallace

Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207
Dr. Ken Wallace is Superintendent of Maine Township HSD 207. Under Ken’s leadership District 207 became Google’s first K-12 partner, created annual instructional coaching plans for every teacher, was named one of America’s most innovative Districts by Tech Insider and won an... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Epiphany (2nd floor)

2:30pm

Better Together: Practically Painless Assessments With Google Forms and Classroom
Do you want a quick comprehension check that gives you live feedback? Would you like an assessment tool that can grade itself? How about a quiz that can reteach topics missed for students who need it within the quiz itself? Do you need to differentiate and easily send modified assessments to students at the same time you send them to the rest of the class? Would you like to find an easy way to take an existing typed quiz and make it into an interactive quiz? If you said YES to any of these questions - this is the workshop for you!

Presenters
avatar for Jama Eddleman

Jama Eddleman

Technology Director, Jonesboro Grade School
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Stephanie Hill

Technology Teacher, Jonesboro Grade School


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Connection

2:30pm

Breakout!: Design Your Own Digital Escape Room
Digital escape rooms make learning meaningful and engaging for multiple contents, even when you're not there. Participants will explore how to use free tools to create digital escape rooms with Google Sites, Google Forms, and Canva. By the time the workshop is done, participants will be well on their way to having a completed digital escape room for classroom use.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Crawford

Stefanie Crawford

8th ELA, Dunlap Valley Middle School I District 323
Stefanie Crawford has been teaching ELA to middle school students for over 10 years and is elated to be able to combine her inner game nerd with her passion for teaching. She loves helping teachers gain confidence in incorporating new ideas and tech tools into the classroom with ideas... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Serenity (2nd floor)

2:30pm

Coding Isn’t Just for Big Kids! Coding in the Primary Grades!
Are you stuck with how to teach coding to younger students? So were we. See where we started, and how our primary students are now coding, and love it! This hands-on workshop will provide the opportunity to learn about coding with both unplugged and plugged activities for grades K-2. See how coding connects to a variety of subject areas, including reading, science and math! All activities have been used successfully in District 101.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Tortorello

Beth Tortorello

Technology Integration Specialist, Western Springs School District 101


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Innovation

2:30pm

Crack the Code: Coding in the Math Classroom
Learn new ways to engage students during math class. Presenters will illustrate how they incorporated innovative technologies through coding with Spheros and Drones in various high school math classes. Participants will familiarize themselves with coding technologies and discover ways to incorporate coding with Spheros and Drones into various math classes. Participants will have hands on engagement with Spheros and Drones.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Meyers

Janet Meyers

Technology Coach, Oak Lawn Community High School
Janet Meyers has been a business/technology teacher at Oak Lawn High School for 23 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University Business School, Mrs. Meyers obtained her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in school leadership from Olivet Nazarene... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Imagination

2:30pm

Design Thinking: Not Just for Techies and Makers
You are most likely familiar with design thinking, the process that companies and individuals use to solve problems and create new products. You may have even learned the process at a workshop or conference session (perhaps involving building something with foil and popsicle sticks). But how does one actually use design thinking in education? Believing this process is an important, future-ready skill for our students, we set a goal this year of implementing design thinking throughout our entire K-12 school, from student projects, to teacher professional development, to redesigning learning spaces. Come hear about our approach and how our students are benefitting from it (and yes, foil and popsicle sticks are still involved!).

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Shutters

Elizabeth Shutters

Director of Technology, Roycemore School
Beth Shutters is the Director of Technology, PD, and the Middle School Experience at Roycemore School, a small independent K-12 school in Evanston. Beth is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She takes care of everything that has to do with technology at Roycemore, and helps... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Knowledge

2:30pm

Flipping the Paradigm: unconventional Drone STEM approach
You’ve seen racing drones ripping around spectacular courses on ESPN. Can that translate to the classroom? We did it but with a completely counter intuitive approach. We back doored the STEM process by first engaging students with racing drones and then when it came time to repair crash damage, we slip in STEM.

We teach students technology problem solving out of shear necessity. Fly, repair, compete, build, design.

Attendees, get ready to race and learn by doing. Ninety minutes of hands-on sessions. Goggles down thumbs up.

Presenters
avatar for Gregg Novosad

Gregg Novosad

Founder, GoDroneX
How can we make technology both fun and engaging? I have been a pioneer with drone e-sports since it's inception. At GoDroneX, we have methods, tools and techniques that Jump Start the world of First Person View (FPV) drones for scholastic environments. We have assisted with drone... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Prosperity

2:30pm

Grow a Grassroots Movement by Cultivating Personalized PD
Grassroots movements are successful because they encourage a group to feel personally investing in a cause. In this workshop, participants will discuss how they can design PD opportunities for staff by staff that personalize and empower teachers to grow their professional practice. We will share our strategies for how we harvest the talent already in our district (marigolds and walnut trees alike) to cultivate a learning garden where student motivation and achievement bloom.

Presenters
avatar for Dana Ladenburger

Dana Ladenburger

Technology Instructional Coach, CUSD95
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Casey Veitch

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Casey is in her fourth year instructional technology coach at Middle School North in Lake Zurich CUSD95. As part of D95's team of IT coaches, she is committed to assisting teachers and students achieve personal excellence using 21st century skills and technology. She co-chairs LZ95's... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Perfection

2:30pm

Microcontrollers - Projects, Collaboration, and Fun
We designed this one-semester course to appeal to both male and female students. It has problem-centered experiences, opportunities for integrated thinking, and plenty of modeling challenges. The students literally think on their feet, collaborate with their team, and in a specific time duration design a solution, test it, fix bugs, retest the solution, and demonstrate the required Microcontroller application. Since there are different solutions based on the program code, they have plenty of opportunities to “wow” each other. We had over one-third female enrollment in the class. In this presentation, we will discuss the Arduino kit (we will have loaner supplies for attendees to use), show our curriculum, student projects, and also provide hands-on experience for all attendees. The course can be adapted in a middle school or high school setting and we believe that the students would find it exciting given the hands-on nature of the course.


Presenters
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Phadmakar Patankar

This is my 10th year teaching at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. For last three years, I have been teaching only Computer Science. Prior to that, I used to teach, both Mathematics and Computer Science. I have designed Robotics Programming course using Java and I have taught... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Inspiration

3:45pm

Cultivate Your Brand: Social Media 101 for #Educators
Teachers and Administrators new to or just starting out on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram will learn the benefits of creating professional accounts and using their online presence as a communication tool within their school community as well as a collaboration tool with fellow educators. This session will also introduce the basics of how and why to set up Twitter and Instagram accounts and provide opportunities to brainstorm ideas that will help them cultivate their online brand. Before leaving the session, participants will create their own Twitter and Instagram accounts, find subject-relevant people to follow, and tweet and post their first professional online messages.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Euphoria (Ignite/Panel Stage)

3:45pm

Emotional Health and Technology
The digital world provides seemingly limitless opportunity and advantage to anyone with internet access. Join together to personally and collaboratively evaluate and dramatize one of the darker corners of technology's impact on the heart and mind, then strategize to ensure that families and schools are better equipped to ensure emotional well-being.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg F

3:45pm

From Learning to Leading: Shifting Coaching Conversations from Tools to Teaching

Guided by the work of Dr. Liz Kolb (Learning First, Technology Second) and Diane Sweeney (Student Centered Coaching) and nicely aligned with our district’s Strategic Plan, two first year coaches spearhead an initiative defining the role of technology within our classrooms. Working strategically to transform the definition of coaching, we were able to launch a 1:1 initiative focusing on opportunities for collaboration and creation. By curating a deep understanding of the device’s purpose and native abilities, we’ve shifted the conversation from “How do I access this tool?” to “What do we want students to be able to do?” Providing professional learning around instructional initiatives, we’ve efficiently and successfully altered the conversation from tools to teaching in one short year.

Presenters
avatar for Krissy Pierce

Krissy Pierce

Instructional Coach, NORTHBROOK SD 28


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg B

3:45pm

Got Assessment? Which Formative Assessment is right for your needs?
Educators are well aware that providing faster student feedback results in greater student understanding. Additionally, collecting feedback sooner allows time for the instructor to revise instruction and maximize student learning.

In this session we will demonstrate and elaborate on tools and techniques that will allow students and educators to:
-Provide feedback at student’s own pace
-Give immediate insights into student learning
-Allow visualization of student understanding
-Maximize student collaboration

Presenters
avatar for Brandi Argentar

Brandi Argentar

Tech Coach and Science Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Brandi Argentar started her love for technology at U of I by publishing her physics research on Netscape. From there, she worked as a technology consultant for Ernst & Young. Eventually, she missed her biology roots and headed back to school to receive her MAT, and was able to fuse... Read More →
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Christina Wood

Science Instructor & Instructional Tech Coach, Adlai E. Stevenson
While Christina Wood has been part of Stevenson High School for the last 20 years, her career began 24 years ago at a small private school, Regina Dominican. At Regina, her colleagues thought she would be the perfect person to head the technology committee (primarily because she was... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Utopia D

3:45pm

Hidden Google Gems: Finding the Undiscovered Treasures
Did you know there are undiscovered treasures to be found in G Suite and other Googley products? They aren’t really hidden, you just don’t know where they are! Let’s discover, explore and have some fun while finding some excellent tools that will support our use of G-Suite in the classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Anne Truger

Anne Truger

Truger Tech Talk, LLC
Anne Truger is an educational technology consultant with over 20 years of classroom experience. Anne started her career as a Special Education teacher with a Masters in Instructional Technology. She went on to become a Director of Educational Technology Innovation. | | Today she... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Utopia C

3:45pm

Introduction to Competency Education
Illinois State Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith continues to encourage every district in the State of Illinois to join the Competency Education pilot, which is now in Year 2. Ridgewood High School is part of the original year 1 cohort and a leader working with the State to create a competency plan for all districts. In this session, through interactive activities we will introduce Competency Education as well as demonstrate how technology has played a pivotal role in our implementation.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg E

3:45pm

LAUNCHing K-8 STEAM into the Stars
The engineering design process (EDP) brings STEAM to life. But, how do we help K-8 students internalize this process? Come explore the LAUNCH Cycle—a student-friendly EDP framework. First-hand experiences and student examples will be featured. Walk away with confidence and inspiration to LAUNCH your STEAM program into the stars!

Presenters
avatar for Billy Heisler

Billy Heisler

Teacher, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Passionate learner and educator. Middle school Computer Tech and Science teacher. STEAM Camp co-teacher. STEAM Summit co-chair. Moonshot thinker.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg G

3:45pm

Revive and Refresh Your Science and Social Studies Research Projects with Technology
Do you ever feel like your science and social studies projects aren't engaging the students as much as you’d like? Are you finding it challenging to implement NGSS? Interested in integrating technology more? Come learn from a librarian and technology coach who co-teach all major research projects! We will provide example research projects from grades 1-5 on science and social studies topics. You will leave this session with sample planning documents, final product examples, differentiated instruction, and assessment/reflection options.

Presenters
avatar for Anna Davis

Anna Davis

Technology Integration Coach, Northbrook/Glenview District 30
I am a Technology Integration Coach at Wescott School in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30. This is my second year in this technology role, but my sixth year teaching. I taught fourth grade for four years. I am a technology specialist serving students and teachers in a 1st-5th... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg A

3:45pm

Teaching Coding with Robots
Have you been teaching coding and want to make it more exciting to your students? Do you want to see actual written code come to life? In this workshop, you will get a chance to go beyond just coding on an iPad. You will interact and engage with robots that your students will love to learn with.

Presenters

Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Utopia B

3:45pm

The Kids Are Alright: Tech Tools to Enhance Student Agency
Many people cite technology as the largest problem in teaching our students “soft skills” when, in reality, it may be our best solution. Using the Social Emotional Learning Standards and the current research on student agency -- personalized learning through student voice and student choice -- we will highlight tech tools that will make choice and voice an everyday part of your classroom.

“The Kids Are Alright” is often used ironically to convey that the kids are in fact not alright. With these tools, maybe they will be.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Chiodo

Christine Chiodo

STEAM Teacher, Pontiac Junior High
avatar for Brandon Thornton

Brandon Thornton

Mathematics Educator, Speech Coach, Bloomington Public Schools, District 87
I'm just an ordinary teacher trying to be the person my dog already thinks I am.


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schaumburg C