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Teacher Tech Con 2022 Session Titles & Descriptions

Opening Session: 8:30AM-9:45AM
Defining the Next Generation of Makerspaces | Katona Miller | Gymnasium 

Does your district have a makerspace or are they planning for one? Or perhaps you’re at the point where you’re considering a makerspace refresh? Katona’s vision and experience can help you expand effectiveness, support curriculum, and increase both teacher and student participation in authentic projects. We’re at a moment in education where rebuilding community is essential. Learn how makerspaces can play a vital role in that process.

Session 1: 10:00AM-10:55AM


Sponsor Showcase
 | Various | STEM COMMONS & CAFETERIA
You are welcome to take this time to connect with sponsors and learn more about their products and services.

Makerspace Hands On Sponsored by Fluxspace | Ryne Anthony, Fluxspace & Parkland SD | MEDIA CENTER
Take an opportunity to learn and play hands on. Whether you’re just getting started with a Makerspace in your district, looking to refresh, or take it to the next level, we’ll be making ideas and inspiration all day long here. ALL subjects can find curricular connections in the Makerspace!

Unconference Table Topics | You! | Outdoor Classroom Weather Permitting (Art Classroom as backup)
Network with conference attendees and go deep in discussion around a specific topic. Choose from some example table topics or bring your own!

BreakoutEDU Digital | Jacque Creamer, Parkland SD | 214
BreakoutEDU takes the excitement and engagement of an escape room and brings it to your classroom. Challenge your students (and maybe even yourself) to standards-aligned puzzles and games that cover just about all subject areas. In this session, we will specifically cover the digital games provided on the Breakout EDU platform. This can be done as a whole class, or even assigned individually to students during independent work.

Pixel Art in Education | Hillary Stevens, East Stroudsburg Area SD | 213
Do you want to teach a little differently and really get into Google Sheets? Do you have objective content that you need to spice up a little? Come to this session to create ART and connect to kids on a different level. Pixel art can be used for: artistic creation, picture identification, vocabulary review, spelling review and testing, math questions, Advanced Google Sheet Skills, consonant sounds, math facts, scavenger hunts and really....any objective content. Come and check it out!

Daily Formative Assessment with Nearpod | Mike Post, Parkland SD | 210
Learn to use Nearpod to deliver quick, daily formative assessments to monitor student learning and make data driven decisions about instruction.

Enhancing Read Alouds by 1.21 Gigawatts Using Novel Effect | Kim Borden, Pen Argyl Area SD | 207
Novel Effect is an app that uses voice recognition software to help bring stories to life. Students will be blown away and become more engaged when using Novel Effect to accompany storytime read alouds.

Getting Started with Edpuzzle | Stephanie Bass, Edpuzzle | 204
Ready to level up your video lessons with Edpuzzle? In this hands-on session, teachers will learn how to create engaging video lessons, embed assessment questions, and navigate easy to read data in Edpuzzle. This powerful platform is a must have for your EdTech toolkit, come find out why!

Designing Effective Schoology Courses for Primary Grades | Jillian Szilagyi, Parkland SD | 124
This session will support elementary teachers who are looking to create a Schoology course that is functional, engaging, and friendly for elementary parents and students. Whether you use the elementary experience mode, or customize the regular view to fit your needs, you can successfully leverage Schoology in primary grades!

Use A Maker Mindset to Launch Your STEAM Power! | Mary Gruber, Kutztown Area SD | 123
How are you building a maker mindset in your classroom using an integrated approach with real-world applications? Engage in STEAM-powered fun while reflecting on modern pedagogy, innovative ideas, and design thinking. Add new apps, extensions, websites, simulators, books, AR/VR tools, Maker and STEAM event resources, project ideas, and more to your toolkit! Do you want projects for outside the classroom walls? No problem! Take a sneak peek into a recently published book (where my work is featured) that contains over 100 projects for you to explore with your students!

Canva: Tips and Tricks for Making Your Teaching POP! | Danielle Creighton, Parkland SD | 120
Canva is an online graphic design tool that can take your teaching to the next level. From creating interactive lessons to presentations to decorative materials, Canva offers something for every teacher! In this session, attendees will learn about the Canva platform and how to use it to make virtually anything! Attendees will also have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life with time to play on Canva.  

Now What? The Future is Personalized Learning | Hollie Woodard, Central Bucks SD | 117
Due to the inequity caused by the pandemic, teachers must dismantle their traditional scope and sequence and personalize learning to meet the unique needs of their students. An award-winning teacher and author, Hollie Woodard, will share her personalized learning journey to demonstrate how to use technology to provide personalized learning.

NOTE: THIS IS A DOUBLE SESSION that will run from 10:00AM-12:00PM.

Q&A With Katona Miller | Katona Miller, Scranton SD | 200
Dive deeper into the topics Katona discussed in her keynote in a more conversational setting.

Session 2: 11:05 AM-12:00 PM

Sponsor Showcase | Various | STEM COMMONS & CAFETERIA
You are welcome to take this time to connect with sponsors and learn more about their products and services.

Makerspace Hands On Sponsored by Fluxspace | Ryne Anthony, Fluxspace & Parkland SD | MEDIA CENTER
Take an opportunity to learn and play hands on. Whether you’re just getting started with a Makerspace in your district, looking to refresh, or take it to the next level, we’ll be making ideas and inspiration all day long here. ALL subjects can find curricular connections in the Makerspace!

Unconference Table Topics | You! | Outdoor Classroom Weather Permitting (Art Classroom as backup)
Network with conference attendees and go deep in discussion around a specific topic. Choose from some example table topics or bring your own!

BreakoutEDU Physical | Jacque Creamer, Parkland SD | 214
BreakoutEDU takes the excitement and engagement of an escape room and brings it to your classroom. Challenge your students (and maybe even yourself) to standards-aligned puzzles and games that cover just about all subject areas. In this session, we will specifically cover the physical games provided by Breakout EDU. These games are usually done as a whole class and are completed using unique locks and physical clues hidden around the room.

Formative Assessment Refresher | Hillary Stevens, East Stroudsburg Area SD | 200
Do you need something to spice up your classroom? Do you like to have the data at your fingertips so you can use the data to help drive your next lesson? Check out this session, and find out different ways to use formative assessment and keep the kids guessing about what you'll teach next!

Improve Collaboration and Participation Using EduProtocols and Nearpod | Emily Sattler, Commonwealth Charter Academy | 210
If you are thinking about new ways to engage your learners and increase collaboration and participation, look no further! This session will introduce you to EduProtocols and Nearpod. It will introduce teachers to three different EduProtocols – Cyber Sandwich, Iron Chef, and Great American Race. Teachers will experience each one, and then walk away with templates for each, along with templates and resources for the other protocols.

Biff Tannen's Storytime with Robots | Kim Borden, Pen Argyl Area SD | 207
Use Dash and Botley robots to help young students retell stories, create interactive timelines, and recreate settings/events from books we love!

Level Up Your Video Lessons with Edpuzzle | Stephanie Bass, Edpuzzle | 200
Ready to take your Edpuzzle skills to the next level? In this hands-on session, attendees will learn how to create engaging and effective video lessons with Edpuzzle. Participants will experience Edpuzzle Live Mode, learn specific strategies to level up embedded questions, discover how to create original content with the new Edpuzzle Extension, and explore engaging and rigorous content options in our digital library.

Google BYOQ | Kerin Steigerwalt, Parkland SD | 124
In this BYOQ (Bring Your Own Question) session, you have a chance to ask anything about Google - apps, extensions, add-ons, Google workspace, Gmail. . . anything!!!! Stop by and get those questions you just never have time to ask answered! Feel free to come with a specific question or a "I'm kinda sorta thinking of maybe doing. . . can Google help me?" type question, too!

Kami 101 | Oliver Tingling, Kami | 123
"Have you never heard of or used Kami before? Then this is the session for you. Learn how to open documents in Kami and use the most popular tools and features.Prior to our meeting make sure you have signed up for a Kami account via kami.app (Note: All Parkland staff have an account already).

Hands On, Minds On!  Engaging hands-on learners through career & technical education at LCTI | Joseph Peregrin, Diane Rarick, LCTI | 200
LCTI IT Academy teachers Joe Peregrin and Diane Rarick will share information regarding the realities of today's career and technical education and what it means to students preparing for their future careers.  They will be joined by current LCTI students that will tell you why LCTI was their choice for career planning and preparation and the reasons why they believe that they have an edge on their peers because of the opportunities afforded to them by Lehigh Career & Technical Institute.

What’s NEW for Back-to-School with Discovery Education | Samantha Schlieben, Discovery Education | 115
We’ve made it easier—and more intuitive—to find, build, and deliver compelling lessons that enhance learning through traditional and digital resources. Capture students’ attention, no matter what you are teaching, track progress using Quiz and manage assignments in the fully redesigned My Classrooms. Explore amazing content from new partners such as Minecraft, Sesame Workshop, Marzano Academies and more!

Student STEAM Expo Activities | Parkland Students | Cafeteria Lobby

Session 3: 1:25 PM-2:15 PM

Makerspace Hands On Sponsored by Fluxspace | Ryne Anthony, Fluxspace & Parkland SD | MEDIA CENTER
Take an opportunity to learn and play hands on. Whether you’re just getting started with a Makerspace in your district, looking to refresh, or take it to the next level, we’ll be making ideas and inspiration all day long here. ALL subjects can find curricular connections in the Makerspace!

Unconference Table Topics | You! | Outdoor Classroom Weather Permitting (Art Classroom as backup)
Network with conference attendees and go deep in discussion around a specific topic. Choose from some example table topics or bring your own!

BreakoutEDU Student Creators | Jacque Creamer, Parkland SD | 214
BreakoutEDU takes the excitement and engagement of an escape room and brings it to your classroom. Challenge your students (and maybe even yourself) to standards-aligned puzzles and games that cover just about all subject areas. In this session, we will specifically cover the student experience on the Breakout EDU platform. We will see how students are assigned games and even how students can create their own based on what you are covering in class!

Be Internet Awesome | Hillary Stevens, East Stroudsburg Area SD | 213
Now more than ever Digital Citizenship is of the utmost importance. Students need to recognize their rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world so that they remain safe, legal, and ethical. Come explore as we unpack ISTE Student Standard #2 and integrate "Be Internet Awesome."

Writing: It’s Not Just For English Class Anymore! | Emily Sattler, Commonwealth Charter Academy SD | 210
Reading and writing isn't just for English class anymore! Use of Nearpod, ideas for journals, and some other tech-savvy ways for adding writing will be some of the methods explored. If you teach in the content areas or are just looking to add more writing, this is the session for you! Teachers will walk away with resources to add to their classrooms right away.

50 Time Saving Tips for Teachers | Deborah Kerby, Pocono Mountain SD | 207
Busy teachers all need to save time! This presentation will show you ways to save time on daily computer tasks. Some apply to all platforms but most are for Googely products including Chrome, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Classroom. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their favorite tips.

So, You Think You Know Nearpod? | Jasmine Toledo, Nearpod | 124

This is an advanced Nearpod session where teachers will learn about all of Nearpod's new features like the advanced collaborate board, co-teaching, live-to-student paced modes, student accounts, Nearpod's interactive whiteboard, and MORE!

Leveling Up with Kami | Oliver Tingling, Kami | 123
"In this session, learn how to make any teaching and learning activity collaborative by working together with students in Kami. Whether teachers are delivering lessons with traditional material like printed text or media-rich content like Slides, Kami gives instructors the ability to transform lessons into collaborative technology-enhanced activities. Prior to our meeting make sure you have signed up for a Kami account via kami.app (Note: All Parkland staff have an account already).

Lightening Your Load | Hollie Woodard, Central Bucks SD | 117
With teacher burnout creating a retention crisis resulting in a mass exodus from the profession, teachers have to find a way to lighten their workload. Attendees will learn how to harness technology to lighten their planning, instruction, and grading load.

Discovery Education | Discovery, Discovery Education | 115
TBA

Student STEAM Expo Activities | Parkland Students | Cafeteria Lobby

Closing Session: 2:30PM-2:45PM

Student Ignite Talks | Reva Gandhi, Mitchell Roth, & Mia Aybar | Gymnasium