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Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference: October 7-8, 2015

  • Registration attendee costs-

Pre-conference Workshop- $50

Conference registration- $125

Group registration- $10 off each registration for groups of 6 or more paid on the same PO, check or credit card

Lead Presenter- $50

Student- $50

Full Schedule Details

Wednesday, October 7th

Pre-conference Workshops. Run from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop Title Presenter / Co-Presenter Workship Description
Become a Graphite Certified Educator Darci Lindgren & Jeremy Nielson Work through the process of becoming a Common Sense Education graphite certified educator at this one day workshop. Become a part of the growing pool of teachers who review technology tools and receive benefits for their time and creativity. Create two lessons integrated with those tools to share with the common sense education community. This applies to all subject and grade levels.
Building Story Maps with ArcGIS Harris Payne In this workshop, participants will examine the significance, application and career opportunities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. They will receive hands-on instruction on how to create a GIS Story Map using ArcGIS web-based software – a system used by law enforcement and other government agencies across the world. The session will also show participants how to obtain a free K-12 ArcGIS site license for their classrooms (valued at over $2000). This workshop is part of the Nebraska GIS Initiative, which is a collaboration between ESRI, the Nebraska CIO Office, the Nebraska Department of Education and Geographic Educators of Nebraska.
Get Organized & Explore Our World with Google Beth Still Part 1- It is easier than ever to go digital, but sometimes it can be a daunting task. If we don’t have a clear plan for how to organize ourselves digitally there is a very good chance we will end up feeling like we are chasing our tails. To help you avoid this panicky feeling I have a few tools, tips, and tricks I would like to share with you. If you want to experience a sense of control and order in your digital world then this session is for you! Part 2- Get ready for an exciting journey by taking a tour of the Google Cultural Institute. You’ll learn about the Art Project, Historic Moments, and World Wonders. We will also explore Google Expeditions and how teachers are using it to show the world to their students.
Get Your Students Creating, Not Consuming Content Chad Ackerson Students learn so much more from creating their own content instead of consuming content from others. Yes, it is easier to find a website or YouTube video that shows your students how someone else summarized your unit. Just think about how powerful it would be for your students to create those projects to show you what they learned. This hands-on workshop will give you a variety of tools your students can use to create their own content.
Google Tools for Data Collection, Analysis, & Reporting Nick Ziegler Google Forms are powerful tools. This workshop is designed for administrators: to help you take the next step – to more effectively analyze and share your results. You will get hands-on experience:  1) Creating Google Forms  2) Creating Pivot Tables and Awesome Tables to analyze School Climate Data  3) Using AutoCrat and FormMule to share results from Teacher Evals.
Project Based Learning (PBL) with iPads Guy Trainin & Laurie Friedrich Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying (Edutopia, 2014). In this session we will experience short projects and their interaction with the affordances of digital devices that create powerful literacy learning. Bring your laptop or mobile device and get ready to make, explore, and experience PBL.
Teaching in a Digital World: Marzano + Technology Peg Coover Technology use and technology integration are not one and the same! In this session we will revisit Marzano’s research-based strategies for effective instruction using technology as the lens. We will focus on how to enhance the strategies of summarizing & note-taking, identifying similarities & differences and non-linguistic representations with purposeful technology integration.
Technology and Adolescent Literacy Mickey Carlson This workshop is intended to support teachers and administrators to enhance the use of technology in ALL areas of Adolescent Literacy. We will cover apps, websites, documents, and extensions that will turn the world of Adolescent Literacy upside down!
Twitter for School Administrators Mike Lucas Attendees will learn how school leaders are using Twitter as a tool for communication/public relations, outreach to alumni, and professional development.

Thursday, October 8th

Full Schedule Details

8:00-9:00 a.m.- Welcome and Keynote

9:00-9:30 a.m.- Vendor Break – with muffins for breakfast

9:30-10:15 a.m.- Session 1

10:30-11:15 a.m.- Session 2

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Lunch/Activity

12:30 -1:15 p.m.- Session 3

1:30-2:15 p.m.- Session 4

2:30-3:15 p.m.- Session 5

3:30-4:15 p.m.- Session 6




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Joe Mazza Keynote

Joe Mazza will be the 2015 Keynote at #NEFETC.

From site listed above:

Joe Mazza, Ed.D.

Joe serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education working with Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (MCDPEL) faculty, students and alumni as well as supporting the Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL). Joe also serves as a national family-community engagement advisor to the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. Before moving to higher education, Joe served as K-12 Project Manager for Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership in the North Penn School District in Lansdale PA. Joe served as lead learner at Knapp Elementary School since 2007 before taking on the district edtech role.  He has spent his career working with students, teachers & families as a 3rd grade teacher, bilingual assistant principal, middle school vice-principal, an elementary principal, while serving as a TV studio producer, webmaster and technology integration coach in each setting. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.Dissertation topic: Principals’ use of social media to strengthen home-school partnerships.

Joe’s blog was originally created to share ways educators can use innovative tools to complement face to face communications between home and school, and do this in a transparent and collaborative way. Since completing his dissertation, the blog is aimed to serve all things teaching, learning & leadership. It’s the relationships that matter, and Joe’s work is aimed at meeting stakeholders “where they are” with a focus on technology and social media tools to complement face to face interactions.

Joe and his wife Lauren, who serves as an autistic support teacher, live just outside the city of Philadelphia with their two-year old son Mark and pit bull rescue Oliver.


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