Michigan Flip and Blended Learning Conference

Session Program

February 20, 2016

Steelcase Learning Center

Welcome and Keynote: 9:00-9:50 AM

Welcome:  David Prindle Byron Center High School District

                Don Batdorff Steelcase Education

Keynote: Jason Bretzmann

Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on flipped learning, personalized professional development, and effective educational technology use. He is co-author and publisher of “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class,” and “Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development.” He also founded and consults with The Bretzmann Group on flipclass, personalized PD, and edtech strategies. Jason has been learning with his students and encouraging innovation since the mid-’90s.

Keynote Title: Where The Mermaids Stand

Keynote Description:

While celebrating the individuality of each teacher, Jason Bretzmann shows how we are also all in this together. He honors professional educators by explaining that we should trust ourselves as we make important decisions about students deeply learning important content, building meaningful relationships, fostering curiosity, and developing the skills of learning for a lifetime. He suggests that we should stand up for what we know to be true, and stand together for authentic learning opportunities everywhere.

Michigan Flip and Blended Learning Conference

General Sessions

General Session #1 10:00-10:50

Presenter: Ben Rimes, Mattawan Consolidated School

Session Title: Screencast Like A Champ

Room #: 1

Session Description:

New to screen casting and want to start off on the right foot? Been screen casting for awhile, but haven't found your stride? Let a Techsmith ScreenChamp guide you through a discussion of what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to creating winning screencasts.

Presenter: Matt Becker, Central Woodlands Elementary - Forest Hills Public Schools 

Room #: 2

Session Title: Google Apps for Education & Blended Learning 

Session Description:

This session will explore strategies for teachers to use Google Apps for Education to create a blended learning environment, even if they are not a 1:1 school. We will explore Docs, Forms, Slides as well as other Google Apps for student interaction and learning.

Presenter: Tara Becker-Utess, Ingham ISD

Co-Presenter: Andrew Shauver, Ingham ISD

Room #: 3

Session Title: Rigorous Content, Accessible Learning: Tools and Strategies to Engage All Learners in Secondary Math.

Session Description:

Secondary math classes are a stumbling block for many students, particularly those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. We know that focusing on access for the disadvantaged, we actually improve access for everyone. We will discuss how blended learning and UDL can help engage all students in rigorous math content.

Presenter: Jeff Bush, Kent Innovations High School - Kent ISD

Room #: 4

Session Title: An Introduction to Project Based Learning

Session Description:

A growing number of classrooms are implementing a PBL model and more classroom teachers are experimenting with PBL units. This session is for the educator with little to no experience in PBL who doesn’t know where to start, or has tried PBL and would like to learn more. Bit.ly:  bit.ly/pblmiflip2016

Presenter: Mike Fillman - WGVU & PBS Learning Media

Room #: 7

Session Title: WGVU & PBS Learning Media: Your FREE Digital Resource to Use in the Classroom

Session Description:

This session focuses on how to use the PBS LearningMedia digital resource website to enhance instruction in the classroom. Plus, how to align the resources to national and state standards will be discussed. I have examples of student work to show from using it in my classroom.

Presenter: Andrew Kim, Steelcase Education Research

Co-Presenter: Gaby Scarritt, Aileen Strickland, Andrea West

Room #: 8

Session Title: Evolving the concept of “We” in learning spaces

Session Description:

How does space affect collaborative experiences? Steelcase Education Researchers will lead an interactive workshop exploring how space can influence the social interactions that occur within formal and informal learning spaces. This workshop will introduce participants to our spatial insights on knowledge exchange, generative activities and social hierarchy. 

General Session #2 11:00-11:50 AM

Presenter: Gerry Marchand, Huntley High School - Huntley IL

Session Title: Standards-Based Blended Flipped Mastery Learning

Room #: 1

Session Description:

I accidentally created the perfect classroom in the Fall when I introduced my students to Flipped Mastery Learning in their Blended Science class. Students work at their own pace and the classroom is rarely larger than 10 students at a time and every teacher at every level can do it.

Presenter: Jennifer Ward, Ionia Public Schools

Co-Presenter: Ionia High School Students

Room #: 2

Session Title: Empowered Writers

Session Description:

Building choice, connections, and mentors into inquiry assignments helps students reflect on their developing skills as writers in all content areas. Participants in this session will have an opportunity to see how social media and the Google platform helped high school English students write and share their individual inquiry projects with real audiences. 

Presenter: Missy Cosby - Okemos High School

Co-Presenter: Megan Frantz

Room #: 3

Session Title: Flipping Awesome Adventures in High School Math

Session Description:

In this session, we would provide attendees with tips and strategies for setting up a flipped classroom environment in secondary mathematics that fosters learning, problem solving, collaboration, and differentiation. Several examples will be provided as well as active engagement of the participants in creating their own flipped learning activity. We will also discuss options for video creation and student engagement in and outside of the classroom. 

Presenter: Dave Tchozewski, Jenison Public Schools

Room #: 4

Session Title: Auto-Grade Assessments with Google Forms 

Session Description:

Google Forms can be an incredibly powerful assessment and data tool. With a free Google Add-On called Flubaroo, you can automate the process of grading your student assessments. Explore pre-made assessment templates that you can customize to your needs. Join us in the land of Google Forms and auto-grading assessments.

Presenter: Jason Bretzmann, The Bretzmann Group

Room #: 7

Session Title: Use This Flipping Technology

Session Description:

Learning can be enhanced, expanded, and made more engaging with the intentional use of the best EdTech tools. I’ll share tools for creating and communicating in a Flipped classroom or any learning community. I’ll share practical project and product examples of what you and your students can do.

Presenter: Andrew Kim, Steelcase Education Research

Co-Presenter: Gaby Scarritt, Aileen Strickland, Andrea West

Room #: 8

Session Title: Evolving the concept of “We” in learning spaces

Session Description:

How does space affect collaborative experiences? Steelcase Education Researchers will lead an interactive workshop exploring how space can influence the social interactions that occur within formal and informal learning spaces. This workshop will introduce participants to our spatial insights on knowledge exchange, generative activities and social hierarchy. 

Lunch 11:50-12:55 Courtesy of Steelcase Education

General Session #1 1:00-1:50 PM

Presenter: Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids

Room #: 1

Session Title: An Innovative Model for Engaging All Students

Session Description:

New models of education have the power to transform American education. Learn about a blended learning model focused on improving student achievement through personalized, self-paced learning. One in which students take charge of their high school experience in order to earn their high school diploma their own way. School leaders guide attendees through collaborative discussion to learn why their program works.

Presenter: Anne Thorp, Ottawa Area ISD

Room #: 2

Session Title: Teaching Students the Art of Discovery Learning

Session Description:

Would you like to see your students more engaged in their own learning? Guiding students to be self-sufficient learners successfully takes practice, patience, and guidance. You are invited to join this session to do some hands on work and strategy digging to create a plan for guiding students through the process of directing their own learning and outcomes. Learners who direct their own learning strategies and representations are more engaged and have a higher level of recall of concepts learned. Teaching students how they learn is one of best gifts you can give them. Come on in and let’s make plans to create your best year yet!

Presenter: Ann Smart, Jackson ISD

Co-Presenter: Kellie DeLosSantos, Jackson ISD

Room #: 3

Session Title: If You Design It, They Will Come

Session Description:

Come learn how Adrian High School Media Center was brought back to life by four high school seniors and two advisors.

Presenter: David Prindle

Room #: 4

Session Title: Some Great Web Apps

Session Description:

Learn about some web apps that are easy to learn, update and students to use.  These include EdPuzzle, Curriculet, LiveBinders and more. 

Presenter: Margy Barile, Haslett Public Schools

Room #: 7

Session Title: Google Classroom: Customize Learning

Session Description:

The ease of Google Classroom allows for the customization of learning like no other platform has before. Learn how students can take an active role in the customization process by sharing ideas for classes and content and help design their blended learning to explore personal interests or develop skills. 

Presenter: Dave Tchozewski, Jenison Public Schools

Room #: 8

Session Title: Immerse Your Students in the Magic of Green Screen 

Session Description:

This session will be a “Let’s give it a try!” experience. Take your videos to a new level and immerse your students in pictures and movies with the magic of green screen technology. A green screen will be set up for participants to works hands-on with the magic of a green screen.

EdCamp Sessions  2:00-2:50 PM

This is your chance to share your knowledge with others or ask for a specific topic or sit down and network. You can explore the Steelcase Learning Center and ask questions.

The Michigan Flip and Blended Learning Team

Brian Bennett - Elkhart Community Schools - IN

Delia Bush - Kenowa Hills Public Schools - MI

David Fouch - Forest Hills Public Schools - MI

Karl Lindgren-Streicher - San Mateo High School - CA

David Prindle - Byron Center Public Schools - MI

Doug Regan - Hudsonville Public Schools - MI

Dan Spencer - Parma-Western Schools - MI

Anne Thorp - Ottawa Area ISD - MI