November 13, 2017

Choose from either a full day of Google Certification Level 1 or 2 preparation 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:

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.

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.

Learning Through Game Dynamics with Douglas Kiang

Come discover five secrets that make games addictive, and learn about specific ways that you can use game dynamics in your classroom to differentiate instruction and engage learners. Discover an overview of the concept of gamification, and why it is so effective at changing behavior. This is a practical presentation with many ideas that actually work with students. By the end of this workshop, teachers will come away with an understanding of what makes the games their students play so addictive, as well as specific ideas about how they can apply these ideas to their own classrooms.

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? 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 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.

Makerspaces with Douglas Kiang

What is the DIY “Maker” movement, and how can it influence curriculum and physical space? How can coding be used to make real objects come to life? We’ll explore how classrooms can be designed to foster creativity and innovation, and see how you can use simple art supplies, electronics, and code to create beautiful things that solve problems or serve a useful purpose.

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.

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