January 29, 2018

Choose from either a full day workshop OR one (or two!) of our various half-day hands-on workshops. Come for just a morning or an afternoon of learning or for the whole day with two different workshops.

Full Day Workshops: 8:30 am – 3:30pm

Google Level 1 Certification Workshop with Tom Daccord

Join an exciting day of preparing for the Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam! Over the course of this one-day workshop, you will learn how to master the Google “products” and “skills” specific to the Level 1 exam. Participants will also learn how to apply the Google “product” and “skills” to the Level 1 exam themes of: Collaboration & Sharing with GSuite, Digital Organization with Google Drive, Assessment & Data analysis with Forms and Sheets, Productivity with Gmail and Google Calendars, and Creation with Google Sites.

**Please Note: Completion of the workshop does not automatically guarantee that a participant will pass the Level 1 Exam.

Google Level 2 Certification Workshop with Ben Sondgeroth

Join an exciting day of preparing for the Google Certified Educator Level 2 Exam! Over the course of this one-day workshop, you will learn how to master the Google “products” and “skills” specific to the Level 2 exam. Participants will dive into multiple approaches of leveraging GSuite, including: exploration of new learning models to help personalize the learning experience; blended learning; the flipped classroom and project based learning; collaboration and HyperDoc lesson building strategies with Google Docs; advanced data analysis, visualization and organization of information with Sheets; communication and collaboration with NEW Google Sites; utilizing Add-ons and Extensions to enhance student learning and many more!

**Please Note: This workshop is designed for participants who have intermediate experience with Google Apps for Education products and have completed the Google Certified Educator Level 1 training or exam. Completion of the workshop does not automatically guarantee that a participant will pass the Level 2 Exam.

Apple Teacher Workshop with Mason Mason

Join former Apple employee and Apple Teacher, Mason, as he helps educators build the foundational skills they need to unlock the magic of the iPad and the Mac. This Apple Teacher Workshop will provide learning resources with step-by-step instructions and hands-on activities to help educators build the skills necessary to use Apple hardware and software effectively for teaching and learning. Designed for educators on the path to becoming Apple Teachers, this workshop focuses on productivity and creativity on the iPad and the Mac including the basics of Apple’s productivity suite with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, and the basics of Apple’s creativity suite with iMovie and GarageBand.

* Please Note: To get the most benefit from the workshop, participants should bring an iPad AND a Mac with the latest software updates.

Launching Innovation in Schools with Justin Reich

Technology can play a powerful role in expanding the possibilities of learning environments, but technology alone does not change schools. Leadership plays an essential role in ensuring that new technologies are paired with innovative and effective pedagogical practices. This workshop is for leaders of learning – principals, superintendents, IT directors, and academic leaders – to help develop a vision for how technology and pedagogy investments will improve student learning. We will outline key characteristics of successful technology leadership and discuss frameworks and models that help create and sustain a culture of innovation. In all, participants will leave the program with a greater comprehension of leadership around emerging technologies, a deeper understanding of effective technology integration, and an action plan for leading change in their school.

Design Thinking and Maker Spaces with John Umekubo

Design Thinking and Maker Spaces encourage a hands on approach to learning by using technology and analog materials to create and solve problems. As design thinking can play an integral role in making, we will also explore how to incorporate a design thinking approach to makerspaces, including 3D printing into the design and creation of a physical product. The Design Thinking process first identifies a problem and then proposes and tests solutions, all with the needs of the end user in mind. The culmination of every Design Thinking process is a tangible product. Whether the goal is to create new lessons, activities, curriculum, or projects, it can offer a powerful lens through which both teachers and students can design new products. In this workshop, participants will take on a design challenge, work through the five phases of the process, and come out with a tangible product. Through the lessons and activities in this session, teachers will gather valuable learning resources for use in their classrooms.

Morning Workshops: 8:30-11:30am

Elementary iPads with Avra Robinson

From recording reading fluency, to developing communication skills, to demonstrating problem solving, iPads can be used in a myriad of ways in the elementary and middle school classroom. This workshop will focus specifically on iPad innovation at the K-8 level, as we will explore apps and strategies specific to younger learners that empower them as creators of their own learning artifacts. With “purposeful play” as the objective for this workshop, participants will be immersed in a hands-on learning environment designed to help them experience the possibilities when they put the power of iPads in their students’ hands. Whether you are new to iPads or looking for new inspiration, this workshop is a perfect way to uncover a new realm of possibility for your students.

VR in Edu - From Consumption to Creation with Greg Kulowiec

From the Virtual Reality Bus to Google Cardboard and everything in between, this session will explore the potential of virtual reality in the classroom. With the recent emergence of virtual reality environments in education, much of the VR content on the market for classroom use is pre-created by VR developers. However, there are VR creation platforms emerging that allow both teachers and students to capture environments and create virtual reality environments of their own. Join us as we explore the spectrum of possibilities in this emerging field and critically evaluate the potential use in the classroom. NOTE: Multiple devices will be used in the workshop to both consume and create the VR content (mobile phone, laptop & iPad). Please bring both a laptop/tablet & modern mobile phone (iOS or Android) to the workshop.

Digital Learning Leadership with Tom Driscoll

Every school can point to certain rockstar teachers that leverage technology to take teaching and learning to the next level. But how can we move beyond these pockets of excellence and scale these transformative practices across entire schools and districts? In this session, we will explore proven strategies and key leadership moves that you and your colleagues can take right away to help make this happen. Participants will collaboratively discuss several topics including practical ways to foster innovative classroom environments, strategies to personalized professional learning, tips for evaluating and implementing emerging digital learning tools, and ways to leverage community partnerships to personalize learning experiences.

Afternoon Workshops: 12:30-3:30pm

Digital Portfolios - Best Practices in the Elementary Classroom with Avra Robinson

What is a digital portfolio? Who should create a digital portfolio? Why are digital portfolios useful and important? How can digital portfolios help us differentiate learning experiences for students? Most importantly, HOW does one create a digital portfolio? Join us for an engaging session filled with tools that you can take back to your classroom for immediate implementation! Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways they can increase student engagement, differentiate learning experiences for students, and get students reflecting on their learning through the use of digital portfolios.

Project Based Learning with Greg Kulowiec

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise. Applicable across grade-levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest. Project Based Learning, paired with the ever-growing technology access available in many educational settings, offer educators unique possibilities in unit design. Intentional use of technology within the essential design elements of PBL provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, refine 21st Century Skills, and publish to a Public Audience.

In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, meaningful ways to integrate technology as an integral component in student engagement and motivation, and instructional strategies to support student learning. With PBL, we will identify and align student learning goals, construct driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity, in addition to offering student choice and voice through the use of technology. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create assessment frameworks for PBL, and reimagine current curriculum in order to implement Project Based Learning in their classroom.

Personalized Professional Learning with Tom Driscoll

As we aim to personalized instruction for all students, it is increasingly important to develop relevant and personalized professional learning opportunities for our educators. In this session, we will explore ways that schools around the nation are developing innovative approaches to this, many of which leverage technology to enhance learning experiences for teachers just as they are with their students. Some topics we will explore include: lab classrooms to pilot digital learning strategies, microcredentials to recognize achievements and skill development, staff redesign for support and coaching opportunities, and strategic social media use to expand quality professional learning networks.