Is your district looking for a more efficient way to organize data? Managing a digital world through GAFE is a made simpler with the Google Script Gallery. Come see how Google Forms and the Script Gallery can work together to organize and compile data while minimizing work-flow problems. The script gallery can help create district-wide systems that make data management and student collaboration a breeze. Come set-up your classroom or district and reap the benefits of data-management with the click of a button!
Minecraft is Meaningful: A Crash Course in Gamification
Jason Wilmot & Jason Schmidt
More than measurements, schools need meaningfulness. Come expecting to learn, create, play and game. You will leave with know-how, experience and an understanding of why students find this form of education absolutely relevant. This workshop will aim to inform and make a case for online learning platforms like Minecraft. Attendees will come away understanding why Gamification fits pedagogically and how to facilitate it within the classroom environment. This session will be informative, but will shift to hands-on learning and will provide a space for collaboration, creativity and feedback.
Power Up Your Digital Classroom!
Thinking about gamifying your classroom? In this session we will begin to build your digital classroom utilizing the elements of game design. From setting objectives and learning missions, to creating Power Ups, Level Ups, and Activity Loops, by the end of this hands-on session, you will have the tools start your classroom adventure.
Smash Learning in Your Classroom
Take the device you are utilizing in your classroom to a whole new level with some App Smashing! App Smashing is the process of combining multiple apps to create one product. App Smashing allows your students to create, collaborate and curate media into new learning artifacts. During this hands on workshop we will explore and create a number of smashes using tools such as Pic Collage, Explain Everything, Popplet Lite, Skitch, iMovie and many more! Come join us for a fun, practical workshop in which you will gain ideas that can be implemented into your classroom tomorrow!
Using Meraki to Deploy and Manage iPads
Dave Evertson & Patty Wolfe
Are you confused about the new tools Apple has provided for deploying iPads and apps? Would you like to see how the Meraki MDM solution can be used to manage mobile devices? We’ll walk you through the steps required to set up and use Apple’s DEP and VPP management tools in conjunction with Meraki’s MDM solution (system manager). We’ll help you apply for your Apple DEP and VPP accounts, show you how to enroll your devices in these programs, and provide instructions for configuring Meraki to work with Apple’s tools. We’ll also show you examples of how we use Meraki to manage our school iPads and app deployment. Bring your laptop and one or more school iPads to practice with!
Thursday night Keynote Session Title and Description
Engage, Empower, Energize: Realizing The Hope of Technology
The power of technology comes through its ability to open doors to exciting learning opportunities for our kids. To feel this power in our classrooms, a community of innovative learning must be fostered by teacher leaders and school leaders. With a passion for excellence driving our work, all students can feel a fresh energy that empowers their learning in the classroom and beyond.
Session One Title and Description (8:00 a.m.)
Maximizing Classroom Engagement through Connected Learning
Innovative educators are always looking for ways to get kids excited and engaged with their learning. This session is designed to build capacity in the attendees through discussion, conversation and action planning on a number of strategies to maximize engagement. Topics will include: creating permeable classrooms, using social media to engage experts, learning in the community, and connecting students with authentic audiences. In addition, time for discussion will be made to talk about how providing students with choice, voice, authentic audience, and a chance to change the world will amplify all learning spaces.
Session Two Title and Description (9:15 a.m.)
Integrating Technology and Visible Thinking Strategies
Visible Thinking Strategies are a series of high value teaching strategies that help students with their thinking about their thinking as well as organize critical thinking. Join the conversation about how these strategies when coupled with technology can boost learning and amplify the impact of teaching in all classrooms. Leave with simple, but effective strategies that can be used in the
2014 Nebraska Fall Ed Tech Conference Keynote Speaker Announced!
Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon serves as a fellow for the Martin Institute based in Memphis, and as the Secretary of Innovation for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today’s needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. His first book, Leading Engaging School, is set for publication in the fall. He is supported by his wife and two daughters, and spends the remainder of his time running and cycling.