September 11, 2018

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

 

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

Pre-Function

 

8:15 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

 

Welcome and Introductions

Conference Room

 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

Personalized Tech PD - Technology Content Area Academies

Dedication

Kim Estes, Burleson ISD

Get teachers on board with technology integration by differentiating and personalizing your training! Learn about Burleson ISD's Technology Content Area Academies. From the logistics to the content, we'll share how we ran content (and grade-level) specific training for our teachers and the feedback we received!

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Forecast Practice: A Strategic Look at What Students Need

Innovation

Elaine Plybon, Keller ISD

This session will explore design practices to empower education leaders to think like futurists using tools designed by the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Through hands-on activities, participants will catch a glimpse of what may be reality ten years from now, so that their planning today can be more meaningful for students tomorrow.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Deal Yourself a Winning Hand with Google Slides!

Transformation

Brooke Lowery, friEdTechnology

Stack the deck with new and engaging tools in Google Slides. In this session, we will explore making newsletters, flyers, templates, and hyperdocs. Collaborate with teammates, staff, and others to create dynamic presentations. You don’t want to miss learning how to shuffle up ordinary slides into engaging material.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Fixer Upper - Digital Edition

Inspiration A

Elizabeth Benno, Lovejoy ISD

Teachers have lots of wonderful projects that students do year after year. We will take a look at some of these projects and make them over with easy-to-use technology tools. We will demonstrate that by using the right tech tools the rigor will increase and students will more clearly demonstrate their knowledge.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Uncovering Student Thinking in Math: Strategies to Support Metacognition

Inspiration B

Mason Mason, EdTechMason

This session makes metacognition in math concrete. Check out five metacognitive math strategies you can use to respond to student misconceptions, push student thinking deeper, and maximize learning for all students.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

9:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

 

Micro:bit - Major Learning with Mini-Challenges

Dedication

April Whitehead, Brazosport ISD

The BBC Micro:bit is a small, inexpensive device that brings code to life with LEDs, sensors, and more. In our first classroom project, students programmed the Micro:bit through scaffolded mini-challenges. Then, we turned it into a musical instrument, exploring circuits, logic, and musical composition. Learn what worked, what didn't, and how Micro:bit can bring STEAM learning to your school.

1.5 CPE Credits | Eligible for GT Credit

 

All Students Learn Differently - How to Deliver 30 IEPs!

Innovation

Theresa Ellington, EllingtonEdTech Consulting

Discover 10 practical, use-tomorrow strategies for teachers to be able to facilitate individualized, student-driven learning in a full classroom. Get strategies for classroom management, setup, and technology tools so teachers become the guide on the side!

1.5 CPE Credits | Eligible for GT Credit

 

We Go Together!

Transformation

Karla Burkholder, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

Curriculum and technology departments in SCUC ISD partner on everything from professional development (Leading Innovative Teaching Academy, curriculum development, and our SCUC U) to developing the district’s instructional model. SCUC leaders will share successes, best practices, and opportunities for developing a powerful partnership in your district.

1.5 CPE Credits

 

Cultivating Your Elementary STEAM Program

Inspiration A

Betty Justus, LEGO Education

Want to build an elementary STEAM Program? This project-based session will explore computational thinking and STEAM learning for the elementary classroom. This session is highly individualized to accommodate novices and more experienced participants, teachers of different subjects, and those working in informal settings as well as in classrooms.

1.5 CPE Credits | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Blended Learning Toolkit for Educational Leaders

Inspiration B

Tracy Mulligan, Hays CISD

Are you leveraging technology to maximize student achievement? Developing a Blended Learning Toolkit will help support teachers while piloting models in your school. We will cover: what blended learning is and is not, making a plan, supporting pilots, the power of data, observation look-fors (T-TESS), and professional learning. We will give away a digital copy of "Blended Learning in Action."

1.5 CPE Credits | Eligible for GT Credit

 

11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

 

Raising the Bar for Your 3D Printing Class

Dedication

Scott Hagedorn, Sabine Pass ISD

See what our students are doing and get ideas for your classroom. We integrate 3D printers into the K-12 curriculum, and I teach a 3D printing class. I'll share projects and ideas and an overview of day-to-day operations. The session will go over how we do our 3D Printing in secondary (Middle School and High School) classes.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Metacognition Magic with Tech Tools

Innovation

Julie Smith, Texas A & M University

Research shows that metacognition (“thinking about thinking”) is one of the best ways to increase student learning. In this session, you will learn practical ways to teach students how to practice metacognition. Learn quick, simple ways to use Socrative, Padlet, Coggle, and other tools for preassessments, “muddiest point” awareness, retrospectives, and reflections.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Make It. Code It. Rock It.

Transformation

Randy Rodgers, Seguin ISD

Technology is ubiquitous in our workplaces, homes, automobiles, and more. It is increasingly also being integrated into the clothes we wear. Join as we explore easy tools to get kids excited about coding and inventing through the creation of wearables, such as illuminated shirts or ties. Learn affordable electronic resources for creating a huge range of student-designed projects.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Engage Students and Staff with Mini-Challenges

Inspiration A

Cari Orts, friEdTechnology

Not ready to take the leap into a full PBL environment? Learn how technology-based mini-challenges can quickly and easily transform your lessons. From students to staff, engage your learners in an authentic, hands-on experience. Leave with knowledge and examples to take back to your district.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Using Technology to Remove Reading Barriers at Dripping Springs ISD

Inspiration B

Matthew Hattoon, Bookshare

Dripping Springs ISD integrates technology district wide to provide print disabled students immediate access to resources such as Bookshare, effectively removing barriers to reading in the classroom. Examine DSISD’s Bookshare implementation process from the district level to the classroom and the effect it has had on teaching and learning in the district.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Lunch Provided

Conference Room

 

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Tech Tools for Reluctant Readers

Dedication

Julie Smith, Texas A & M University

Based on research explaining why some kids don’t like to read, this session will showcase practical ways to engage your reluctant readers. See how various tech tools can help address differences in learning trajectories, engagement, and perceptions. Discover tools that make collaboration, communication, and relatedness happen in your classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Managing Multiple Platforms and Pitfalls in Virtual Classrooms

Innovation

Tammy Dwight- Ministero, Keller ISD

Managing multiple platforms in a single program can be difficult. In this session, we’ll discuss how Keller ISD implements online classes into one cohesive user experience. We’ll cover lessons learned and our vision for future implementation.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

How to Make Your EV3 Robotics Content Relevant in the Middle and Secondary School Classroom

Transformation

Betty Justus, LEGO Education

Do you currently operate a STEM Learning Lab? This session will provide an introduction on how to use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 robotics as part of your STEM Learning Lab. Participants will complete a series of engaging and socially-relevant design challenges - all TEKS-aligned - to develop engineering design skills and habits of the mind.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

PD + Google Classroom + Badges = Self-Directed Learning!

Inspiration A

Theresa Ellington, EllingtonEdTech Consulting

Teachers want to learn what they want, when the want to know it! Just as student learning is changing, so is teacher PD. Learn how to create a Google Classroom for teacher PD that self-grades, auto-reteaches, and auto-badges by integrating Google Slides, Forms, Sheets and more.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

So You Want a Makerspace? What’s Next?

Inspiration B

Darren Wilson, Abilene Christian University

If you're considering adding a makerspace to your campus but are not sure how to make it happen, there are some important questions you should answer to help guide the process. Every space is different, but all should be designed to help students work towards clearly-identified goals. In this session, we'll discuss makerspace tools, materials, course objectives, and academic outcomes.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

 

Teaching Human Social Robot Interaction: Robotic Psychology

Dedication

Dr. Charles Fritz, ELI

This session will explore an innovative course called Robotic Psychology created by the presenter. The course teaches students about social robotics and interaction with artificial intelligence. We will explore topics in the subject and how to implement them in the classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Lesson Design and Alignment with Virtual Reality

Innovation

Tai Preuninger, Mesquite ISD

Virtual reality is breaking down classroom walls and engaging more students than ever. But, it takes intentional and deliberate planning to design an experience where learning standards are actually met. See how we're using curiosity and inquiry in guiding our students through Google Expeditions.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Curation as Authentic Assessment

Transformation

Pamela Hill, The John Cooper School

Student curation is an authentic assessment alternative to traditional testing and teaches students how to find, evaluate, and categorize quality information. It’s also an easy way to embed digital citizenship into a project or assessment. This session will describe a wide variety of curation assignments and suggest tools students can use to create and showcase their digital exhibits.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Taking Your Classroom Global

Inspiration A

Rochelle Kaempf, Azle ISD

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate to attendees how to utilize Skype in your classroom to create global connections. This presentation will demonstrate how to create engaging lessons through Mystery Skype. It will also demonstrate how Mystery Skype can bring the world to your classroom. Attendees will leave with new ways to implement global connections in the classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Will You Marry Me? Engaging the Mind in Critical Thinking

Inspiration B

Lisa Farrow, CM and DI Consultant

Participants will learn multiple strategies, techniques, and learning activities to engage their students. Learn how to effectively use brainstorming, randomness, and questioning in your classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

 

The 4C’s, as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Dedication

Elizabeth Benno, Lovejoy ISD

Communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking are the foundation for teaching and learning in this century. Our students need to have these tools in their toolkits in order to succeed in any field. Come see how Lovejoy ISD is helping teachers and to infuse the 4Cs into their curriculum.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Choose Your Adventure with Nearpod

Innovation

Stacey Stallings, Nearpod

In this session, participants will learn how to use Nearpod to differentiate for the different ability levels in their class, through a fun-filled choose your adventure theme.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Digital Escape Games - Breakout of Boring!

Transformation

April Whitehead, Brazosport ISD

Digital escape games are a fun, FREE tool to bring learning to life in the classroom and in professional development. Learn how to create your own fantastic breakouts with no-cost digital tools and get tips and resources for using breakouts with students and staff.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Box of PD Tools to Engage ANY Staff

Inspiration A

Brooke Lowery, friEdTechnology

Come get a virtual box of professional development tools to use all year long. You'll learn different tools, techniques, and ideas to engage your staff. We will explore flipped staff meetings, presentation and reflections tools, challenges, and communication programs. Integrating technology in your staff development will showcase expectations for the classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Sharing Student Success: Digital Portfolios in Google Sites

Inspiration B

Frank Murray, Wichita Falls ISD

Get get a crash course in Google Sites and learn how to teach students to use this technology to create digital portfolios to showcase their work with a worldwide audience.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

September 12, 2018

 

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

 

Continental Breakfast and Networking

Pre-Function

 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

 

We Bought a 3D Printer... Now What?

Dedication

Scott Hagedorn, Sabine Pass ISD

This session is designed to go over how we started implementing 3D Printers in our school. We started with several 3D Printers that we were using throughout the district, and then we took the next step and created a class. This sessions covers both our hurdles and successes and gives you an idea of what to expect when adding printers to your district.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Access More eBooks and Audiobooks Through Sharing

Innovation

Joe Dickinson, OverDrive Education

Shared Collections with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. Discover how these valuable reading and learning resources can be accessed via a joint OverDrive platform with purchased titles available to all members. Come learn how you can join today!

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Parental Guidance Recommended

Transformation

Beth Sullivan, Denton ISD

Informed parents are happy parents, and happy parents make happy teachers! Check out a variety of easy communication strategies to keep parents and students up to date without a lot of work for you!

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Coaching and Teacher Professional Development in a Video World

Inspiration A

James Jackson, Torsh

Dallas ISD has applied a blended PD model which includes video as a means to drive instructional change. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how an innovative coaching model was used for peer-to-peer coaching, instructional coaching, and professional development accountability checks.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

A Google Innovator's Hometown 360° Virtual Reality Project

Inspiration B

Tai Preuninger, Mesquite ISD

See how we're using 360° images and video to build curiosity and make learning relevant for our students. You can leverage local history to put the past in context with the present to help kids get excited about where they live. You'll hear how this is aligned to the TEKS and how you can start your own hometown project.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

 

Only the Strong Survive

Dedication

Lisa Farrow, CM and DI Consultant

Participants will take away five strategies for effective classroom management. Take back examples that you can implement the next day. Teachers have the toughest job in America. I can help make your life easier in just one hour.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Meaningful Technology: Resources and Strategies that Make Sense

Innovation

Elaine Plybon, Keller ISD

Meaningful technology implementation can be difficult to define. This session will provide educators with a concrete strategy for evaluating technology resources and a means for determining best practices when it comes to implementing technology in a true 21st century classroom.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

1:1 at the Intermediate

Transformation

Emily Turner, Brazosport ISD

From rolling out our 1:1 initiative in Year 1 to ironing out the details in Year 2, we'll talk about the successes, challenges, and milestones of 1:1 at an Intermediate campus.

1 CPE Credit

 

Poke'mon Go! To Your Content

Inspiration A

Cari Orts, FriEdTechnology

Cash-in on the hype behind Poke'mon Go! by app-smashing to create a themed scavenger hunt tied to your content. Innovative strategies for both classroom and PD needs will be provided. Participants will take part in a live search during the session to win prizes!

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Five Ways to Use Data Validation in Google Forms

Inspiration B

Frank Murray, Wichita Falls ISD

Have you ever password protected your Google Forms? How about created digital locks? Are you tired of getting email addresses entered incorrectly? Please join me to learn how data validation can change the way you use forms.

1 CPE Credit

 

10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

 

Strategies and Tools for Deeper Student Learning

Dedication

Pamela Hill, The John Cooper School

These days all the education marketers use “brain-based” to describe everything. But what does the research actually say about learning? This session will give you specific bite-size nuggets of the latest findings from the Mind, Brain, and Education field and strategies for using digital tools to take advantages of these findings to improve student learning.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Designing Spaces That Amplify Learning

Innovation

Tracy Mulligan, Hays CISD

"We are not decorating learning spaces, we are designing them to amplify learning." Is your space flexible enough to facilitate a variety of activities? Do students have choices to meet their needs? Is the space tech-enabled? Who owns the space? Get ideas on how to optimize your space for learning and win a copy of The Space: A Guide for Educators!

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

How Can a Makerspace Build Community?

Transformation

Darren Wilson, Abilene Christian University

A makerspace should be a hub for creative and innovative thinking, a gathering place for makers to work and share, and ground central for community involvement. For five years, the Maker Lab at ACU has been a center for creative and innovative thinking, experiential learning, and collaborative problem solving. Hear our story and learn from our experiences.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Beyond the Buzzword: Blended Learning

Inspiration A

Shelly Shaw, ESC Region 11

Join us to learn the keys to taking blended learning from just another buzzword to highly engaging learning that helps meet the needs of ALL of your students. You will be immersed in a blended learning experience from a student's lens. We'll dive into the key components that are pivotal to your students' high-quality blended learning experience.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

Teaching Physical Literacy: The Power of Pairing Individual Fitness with Technology

Inspiration B

Danielle Sherbo, DrumFIT USA

Child obesity rates require an innovative approach to PE. A shift in teaching individualized physical literacy and use of technology is increasing engagement and getting results. Learn what successful educators have done to integrate individual fitness options and technology into their curriculum, strategies for implementation, practical application, and evidence-based research backing this shift.

1 CPE Credit | Eligible for GT Credit

 

noon – 12:15 p.m.

 

Closing Session

Conference Room