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Wednesday, August 3
 

8:30am

Adventures in Green Screen Technology - Room: F216
Limited Capacity full

Learn how to use green screen technology to make your curriculum come to life. Teach your students how to write their own scripts based on any content they’ve learned. Then, they will act, direct, and edit their film adding in background images and videos. Videos will be used to assess and reflect on their learning in an entertaining and authentic way. Videos can be shared through class blogs and school district learning management system. You will love how your students will experience a deeper level of understanding, will work collaboratively, and will be challenged and motivated.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Bowles

Lisa Bowles

Teacher, West Aurora School District #129
I have been teaching in West Aurora for over 25 years. I've taught fifth, fourth, and second. Next year, I will be looping with my class to third grade. This past year, I was involved in a technology grant and had iPads for my class. We've spent the last year learning and evolving. Using technology has changed and redefined how I teach and how the students learn. It's an ever-changing process and has brought a renewed excitement for me... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Cikesh

Melissa Cikesh

Instructional Tech Coach, WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL (AURORA)


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
F216

8:30am

Build a Fabulous Form - Room: D204
Limited Capacity full

Google Forms is a powerful tool to use in any school! Join me as we work together to build a form to meet your data collection needs: Create and grade a test/quiz, collect data, generate permission slips, gather daily observations, etc. The options are many, the choices are yours. Come with an idea in mind and we'll make it work!

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins

LMC Director, Indian Prairie School District
I love languages, books, technology, gardening and most cooking TV shows. I love to travel and have been to many places outside of the USA! I am a Google Certified Educator and I love everything Google!! I have been an LMC Director for two years and am always looking for ways to enhance my students' joy and excitement for reading and for visiting the library!


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D204

8:30am

Empower Student Agency, Choice and Voice through Design Thinking - Room: H210
Limited Capacity full

Using materials and a free web portal provided by Design for Change USA, learn how 6th grade students followed the Design Thinking model developed in partnership with IDEO, Stanford. Evidence and resources will be shared that documents and helps you create self-directed teams of students who observe problems, interview community members, design solutions, and present their findings. An environmental science unit was the context for the design thinking process.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Richelle DiCola

Richelle DiCola

6th grade, Math, Science & Social Studies, Crone Middle School, Indian Prairie School District 204
I'm inquisitive and love to learn new things. I enjoy being able to facilitate my students to be excited about their learning.
avatar for Mary Yockey

Mary Yockey

Library Media Specialist/Teacher, Crone Middle School
I'm curious about everything! I find that I learn best when I'm on a quest with friends, asking questions and researching to find out more about just about anything. I'd love to learn more about tools to facilitate inquiry based learning for my students. I have a special interest in STEAM and co-lead a club called STEAM Team, http://steamteamcrone.edublogs.org/.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H210

8:30am

Experience #BreakoutEDU - Room: H212
Limited Capacity full

BreakoutEDU – It is time for something different in education. BreakoutEDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) lead participants through collaboration, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem solve. During this session, participants participate in a Breakout challenge and will be able to experience how they may use BreakoutEDU with their students and building staff. Learn More: http://www.breakoutedu.com/

Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204
Andy Fekete is an instructional technology specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. Andy’s background is as an elementary educator. His passion lies in the use educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as teacher productivity and efficiency. He works to develop and facilitate professional learning in a variety of ways including online and blended courses across a K-12 district. Andy is a Google... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H212

8:30am

Helping Parents Thrive with 1:1 Learning at Home and at School - Room: D209
Limited Capacity full

This session will focus on simple relatable ways teachers can advice parents on how to help their students navigate the 1:1 world at home.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Matt Rich

Matt Rich

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Downers Grove School District 58
I have the wonderful opportunity to work with adults and children as we all learn and grow together.
avatar for Stacy Rich

Stacy Rich

Technology Integration Specialist, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Currently I am a Technology Intergration Specialist for Northbrook-Glenview School District 30. Previously, I was a 2nd and 4th grade teacher in Plainfield School District. 15 year Sunday School and Hebrew School teacher at Congregation BJBE. Returning to the arena of public school education after spending time raising children. B.A., M.A.T., and ELL endorsements from National Louis University and M.S.W. from Wayne State University.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D209

8:30am

Innovation Inside the Box - Room: H202
Limited Capacity full

From the ideas of Daniel Pink and George Couros, how can we create a culture of innovation in our schools? How do we cultivate these mindsets for students AND teachers? Discuss and explore the "boxes" that keep us from being innovative and how we can use those boxes to still create innovative experiences in our learning environments. Come with your ideas. Come with your experiences. Come with your boxes.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Mkrtschjan

Megan Mkrtschjan

Instructional Technology Coordinator, CUSD 303 - Saint Charles
I am the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the St. Charles School District. My current passion is building the capacity of the teacher leaders in our district. I have found that I LOVE teaching teachers (although I really miss interacting with students on a regular basis).


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
h202

8:30am

Introduction to Google Classroom - Room: D205
Limited Capacity full

This session will cover basic Google Classroom functions. This will include setting up your Google Classroom, adding and grading assignments, using the announcement function, and using the question function. These tools will help you communicate and collaborate more with your students, help your students communicate and collaborate more with each other, and collect easy formative data on your students.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Blaser

Matthew Blaser

6th grade science, Crone Middle School


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D205

8:30am

Library Makeover: What we gained by letting go - Room: H209
Limited Capacity full

Libraries everywhere are changing their spaces to make way for modern day learning and collaboration. Hear about the ways the team at Waubonsie Valley High School started transforming their forty year old library into a modern center of innovation, collaboration, and exploration. This presentation will cover everything from our search for dollars to the physical labor of weeded and sorting a 22,000 volume collection. Hear about the ways students and community members were engaged in the process to build buy in and support for the new vision. 

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Mattson

Kristen Mattson

LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
- Digital citizenship | - Digital literacy | - School libraries | - Instructional Design with Technology


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H209

8:30am

Mathematical Practices and Habits of Mind - Room: H203
Limited Capacity full

Do you want your students thinking deeper about math? Based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practices, we will look further into how to build strong mathematical thinkers at any grade level. We will examine each of the eight mathematical practices and how to build the math habits of mind into your instructional practices. Participants will leave with resources and materials on these standards.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Director of Innovative Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
James Eichmiller is the Director of Innovative Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H203

8:30am

My Favorite Chrome Extensions - Room: H204
Limited Capacity full

Ever wish that you could do more with the little time that you have in your day. Google has created a great web browser that loads quickly, but they didn't give it a lot of flash. Coders have been writing extensions for Chrome that give it amazing additional capabilities. I will show you how to add extensions to your browser as well as share with you some of my favorites.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Dallas Turner

Dallas Turner

Instructional Technologies Integration Specialist, Rockford Public Schools
Physics teacher turned to the dark-side as a technology mentor; theologian, computer geek, rocket enthusiast, wannabe early adopter of technology. My interests are diverse, but my passion runs across all of these.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H204

8:30am

Smashing Google Forms: Beyond Formative Assessment - Room: H206
Limited Capacity full

Google Forms are a powerful formative assessment tool. By using a few easy tips and tricks, you can take those Forms to the next level and use them as tools for teaching and learning.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy McBrayer

Jeremy McBrayer

Director of 21st Century Learning, Channahon SD17
Jeremy is the Director of 21st Century Learning at Channahon SD17 and a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
H206

8:30am

Tech Treats - Room: D203
Limited Capacity full

Squeeze in a “Tech Treat” during lunch, PD that can work. Time and resources are limited. Come prepared to get implementation ideas, templates, and tech tools/concepts to add to support staff “toolkits.”

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
VO

Vicky O'Boyle

Engaged Learning Specialist, Gower 62
avatar for Jill Schwartzers

Jill Schwartzers

LRC Teacher, Community Consolidated School District 15


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D203

8:30am

The Women's Education League - Room: D202
Limited Capacity seats available

We are the co founders of the Women's Education League. Our mission is to energize and uplift women in education throughout their career. We have hosted three formal events in Chicago, Summit, IL and Wisconsin. The day consists of a panel of women in education that share their "Favorite Moment from the Field" (FMFTF) and formal award to one educator. The award winner is nominated through her peers and if selected she receives the Distinguished Teacher Award. We would like to present our organization's work and work in small groups to have participants share their "Favorite Moment from the Field". Additionally, we would like to encourage teachers to nominate women from their schools for the FMFTF panel and/or the Distinguished Teacher Award at attend the Fall Event.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Harsy

Kathleen Harsy

Co Director, Women\'s Education League
We would love to talk about teacher leadership and supporting teacher morale! Reach out and nominate a positive female educator for our Fall Distinguished Teacher Award or a dynamic teacher for our Favorite Moment from the Field panel. You can reach us at womenseducationleague1@gmail or @ womensedleague1.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D202

8:30am

Using Seesaw in the Classroom - Room: D206
Limited Capacity full

Learn different ways to use Seesaw in your classroom! Get ideas for student/parent communication, classroom organization, student reflection, and much more!

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Prosser

Lauren Prosser

1st Grade Teacher, Hillcrest School
Lauren teaches 1st Grade at Hillcrest School in Downers Grove. Lauren loves being in an 1:1 district and teaching her students how to use technology in the classroom to enhance their learning. Lauren is entering her 2nd year as a Seesaw Ambassador and enjoys educating others about her favorite app!


Wednesday August 3, 2016 8:30am - 9:20am
D206

9:25am

Blended Learning - Room D210
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session participants will be provided and overview of what Blended Learning is and what it could look like in a classroom setting. Participants will learn the components of a Flipped Classroom as well as the Station Rotation Model for Blended Learning.

 


Speakers
avatar for Allan Davenport

Allan Davenport

Director of Instructional Technology, Indian Prairie School District 204


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D210

9:25am

Coding, Math, Writing...they connect? - Room: H202
Limited Capacity filling up

Writing workshop, math and computer coding don’t seem to mix. But the connection is stronger than you may think. I spent a year with 5th graders learning to write computer code and found myself teaching math and writing each time we powered on. When my students began telling me that revision was just like debugging, I knew we were headed in the right direction. Join me for a little bit of computer coding and a lot of discussion on how coding in your classroom builds understanding in content areas and meets student needs.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Lannert

Cathy Lannert

Instructional Coach for Technology, Skokie School District 68


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
h202

9:25am

Empowering Students Through Personalized Learning - Room: D203
Limited Capacity full

In this session, I will give several strategies for creating self-paced and personalized units that will allow students to work at their appropriate level. I will discuss tech tools such as blendspace and Go Formative, that make the creation of personalized units possible. Classroom management tips will also be given with websites and apps as resources. I will also discuss student examples tied to CCSS Math, CSS ELA, NGSS. I will share how to overcome real issues myself and other teachers experience on this journey. Attendees will walk away with a structure that will give them a template to create units that are driven by the students and help all learners meet the standards.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Lehostsky

Jenny Lehostsky

iCoach, Berwyn South School District 100
After teaching middle school science and reading for twelve years, Jennifer Lehotsky is currently an instructional coach in BSD100. She received a BS in elementary education at Illinois State University and a Master’s degree from Dominican University, qualifying her as a Reading Specialist. In 2016, she was chosen to be a Ted Ed Innovative Educator. Follow her on twitter @JennyLehotsky or her blog... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D203

9:25am

Expediting Your Classroom with Advanced Google Forms - Room: F214
Limited Capacity full

This sessions will walk teachers through the use of Google Forms, Spreadsheets and Add-Ons to expedite and automate their classes. Teachers will learn how to utilize forms for rubrics, automated feedback and much more, so that teachers can free themselves up to truly be present in their classrooms.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
F214

9:25am

Go Back to School with Class - Google Classroom - Room: H212
Limited Capacity full

Google Classroom, a valuable component of the Google Apps for Education suite, designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. Classroom also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized. During this hands-on interactive session, we will explore Google Classroom and its application in the classroom setting as a workflow management tool. We will explore the various components of Google Classroom from adding students to assigning and collecting content digitally. You will walk away with the information and support to be able to begin utilizing Google Classroom in your classroom. Go back to school with some “class” - Google Classroom!

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204
Andy Fekete is an instructional technology specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. Andy’s background is as an elementary educator. His passion lies in the use educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as teacher productivity and efficiency. He works to develop and facilitate professional learning in a variety of ways including online and blended courses across a K-12 district. Andy is a Google... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H212

9:25am

Go Green with Green Screen! - Room: F216
Limited Capacity full

Do you want to learn how to use a fantastic, easy Green Screen app to integrate into your ELA lessons? Students will be able to create fantastic, collaborative projects in many different ways using this wonderful app! The #1 Green Screen app for the iPad in Education! Classroom-tested by kids and teachers, this app emphasizes ease-of-use and simplicity while still enabling fantastic results. With Green Screen by Do Ink, you can tell a story, explain an idea, and express yourself in truly creative and unique ways. Intended Audience: Elementary & Middle School Educators. Platform: iOS (iPad, iPhone).

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
LB

Lissa Blake

Technology Integration Coach, Maercker School District 60


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
F216

9:25am

It's All In How You Use It! - Room: H209
Limited Capacity full

Technology provides an unprecedented ability for effective differentiation of classroom learning experiences; however, no apps or tools (even the best ones) can take the place of the essential role of the teacher in the differentiation process. Come to this session to share, discuss, and learn not only some cool tools, but concrete ways in which to use the tools in ways that support differentiation.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H209

9:25am

Making Standards Based Grading and Learning Work in Any Classroom - Room: H201
Limited Capacity full

“But that doesn’t work in math...” “That won’t work in my class...” Yes it will. Yes it can. Standards Based Learning can and does foster positive learning in both STEM and non­STEM (Flower) classrooms. This presentation highlights comparisons & contrasts between both kinds of classrooms and shares specific ways to manifest the SBL principles in both content areas. A culture rich in the growth mindset, “failing forward,” and internalizing meaningful feedback permeates all SBL classrooms, while the “nuts and bolts” of how this culture manifests in each type of classroom varies. Collective philosophies, differentiated implementation, and authentic examples are interlaced throughout the presentation to make it clear to participants that SBL does, in fact, work in their classrooms.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Aric Foster

Aric Foster

Founder, STEM and Flower Learning Consultants
Never satisfied with his own teaching and ardently passionate about student learning, Aric has | been teaching English 11 and AP Literature & Composition for 16 years in a rural town 35 miles north of | Detroit. He is also a contributing author of Hacking Assessment, an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Student Intern Liaison at Oakland University, and Learning Consultant for stemandflowrlearning.com. Committed to the growth mindset... Read More →
avatar for Megan Moran

Megan Moran

High School Math Teacher, Schaumburg High School
I am a high school mathematics teacher that has been flipping for 6 years. I teach Algebra 2, Trig, Pre Calc and ESL Geometry. I also implement Standards Based Learning/Grading. I am currently co-writing a book on SBG and presenting across the Midwest. I am involved in regular Twitter Chats including #sblchat #COLchat #iledchat #Schoologychat and #D211edchat.


SAMRi SBL gslides

Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H201

9:25am

Making your own Clip Art - Room: H211
Limited Capacity full

In this age of one to one programs in schools, students and teachers are searching for relevant images for their lessons and projects. However, many are forced to deal with creative commons licenses and content safe images. In my session, I will show you how to create your own clip art using tools such as chromebooks, iPads and more. I will also go over safe search and creative licenses websites you can use for your classroom and more.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Read

Ryan Read

Manager of Campus Technology, Jackson RCSO
Ryan Read has an MSeD in Instructional Technology with five years experience in the field. He has been a part of several conferences presenting on the use of iPad, chromebook, digital classroom and Technology Integration and the use of his creation, App Dice. Currently the Manger of Campus Technology for Jackson Charter School. Ryan continues to explore the changes in Educational Technology and classroom integration with the latest technology. He... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H211

9:25am

Mathematical Learning with Desmos and GeoGebra - Room: H203
Limited Capacity seats available

GeoGebra and Desmos are free tools that can be used for mathematical exploration and learning on nearly any device. GeoGebra (geogebra.org) is dynamic geometry software, similar to Geometer’s Sketchpad. Desmos (desmos.com) is a beautiful, browser based graphing calculator. In this hands on session you will be learn how to get started with each of these apps, along with some examples how how they can be incorporated into your mathematics curriculum.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Director of Innovative Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
James Eichmiller is the Director of Innovative Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H203

9:25am

Motivate to Educate - Room: D205
Limited Capacity full

Motivate to Educate.... Strategies and educational edtech tools that will help engage students and improve performance.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Maslowski

Maggie Maslowski

English Teacher, Joliet West High School
I'm passionate about education and innovative technology. I believe all students have a genius within them and are capable of making a difference in their lives and in the future of our society. Link to My Presentation: https://goo.gl/2VkrZm


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D205

9:25am

Plot Your Learning with Google MyMaps - Room: H210
Limited Capacity filling up

Google My Maps allows users to build, share, and publish custom maps. Learn to use this Drive based app with students, building context and background knowledge across all content areas. Plot locations from fiction and non-fiction texts or build a tour of a location. Build collaborative maps between students, classes, and schools, importing data such as locations, place names, or latitude and longitude. Participants will build a map, learning the tools in this hands-on session.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman

Instructional Coach, Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman is an Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and technology, Hartman collaborates with teachers to develop instructional strategies which enhance student learning, build professional learning opportunities, and connect educators around common goals. A Google Certified Educator, Amazon Education Teacher Innovator and lead organizer for #EdcampChicago, you can connect... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H210

9:25am

Student-Created Animated Dictionaries - Room: D204
Limited Capacity full

See how to combined Google Slides, Google Drawings, with a Chrome Extension and a website to let students create an animated dictionary. It's a perfect method for students to take ownership of their learning and demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words for any unit.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins

LMC Director, Indian Prairie School District
I love languages, books, technology, gardening and most cooking TV shows. I love to travel and have been to many places outside of the USA! I am a Google Certified Educator and I love everything Google!! I have been an LMC Director for two years and am always looking for ways to enhance my students' joy and excitement for reading and for visiting the library!


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D204

9:25am

Students, take the wheel! (self-tracking and self-advocacy) - Room: D209
In the 21st Century, students must take ownership over their learning. I will introduce one avenue you can take to reach this destination. I will model not only my methods for student self-tracking and self-advocacy, but the ways that I build and maintain a collective growth mindset that fuels this process throughout the year. With remaining time, teachers can build their own templates for student use, discuss other ways to promote student ownership, and share resources. I will share my growth mindset lessons/ activities, progress sheet templates, supporting practices, culminating/ final reflection, tips, struggles and more. At the very least, I hope this session will get you geared up about increasing student ownership.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Peter Ruzicka

Peter Ruzicka

Social Studies Teacher, St Patrick High School
I teach social studies and lead a variety of projects for my school. I have conducted thorough research on the power of teacher-student relationships and universal design via UbD because the two biggest forces in improving education are instruction and relationships. I have created partnerships with local community members, led professional development, and moved instruction and learning forward in my PLC and PLN. I am excited to learn more... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D209

9:25am

Technology Tools in the Primary Grades - Room: D206
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn how to incorporate technological tools such as YouTube and Google Sites to help enhance learning in the primary classroom. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_KbNilWjsiSZHB2m0vWwsg/playlists

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
D206

9:25am

Using Number Talks to Improve Number Sense - Room: H206
Limited Capacity full

Number Talks are a purposeful vehicle for making sense of mathematics, developing efficient, computation strategies, communicating mathematically, reasoning and proving solutions. This session will include What are Number Talks?, Goals of Number Talks, The Key Components of Number Talks, Planning Number Talks, Resources to Access Number Talks, and How Number Talks improved number sense and mathematical thinking in my classroom. 

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Katie Hurckes

Katie Hurckes

DG58, 1st grade teacher
I am a 1st grade teacher in Downers Grove School District 58 at Henry Puffer School. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from Ball State University. I have an elementary education degree (concentration in home/school/community relations) and master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. I am currently pursuing another master's degree in Mathematics Teaching at Mount Holyoke University. In addition to... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
H206

10:20am

#EdTech for Formative Assessment - Room: H210
Limited Capacity full

Formative assessments are powerful learning checkpoints for teachers and students. Formative assessments are part of the learning process and can be enhanced with a variety of different #EdTech resources. This session will introduce attendees to a variety of different formative assessment tools. The tools will connect to a range of different learning styles and activities. Time will be given to explore and experiment with the support of the facilitator and interactive resources for formative assessment tools.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
Teacher, Life-Long Leaner, and Technologist in Naperville, IL. We are a GAFE district with a focus on student-centered learning and integrating skills connected to the 4Cs
avatar for Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Instructional Technology Coordinator and English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H210

10:20am

Blended Learning - Room D210
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session participants will be provided and overview of what Blended Learning is and what it could look like in a classroom setting. Participants will learn the components of a Flipped Classroom as well as the Station Rotation Model for Blended Learning.

 


Speakers
avatar for Allan Davenport

Allan Davenport

Director of Instructional Technology, Indian Prairie School District 204


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D210

10:20am

Classroom App - Room: H202
Limited Capacity full

Classroom is a powerful new iPad app that helps teachers guide learning, share work, and manage student devices. Join us in this hands-on session to experience the new Classroom app and see how it can be your new teaching assistant.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
h202

10:20am

Even More from Google! - Room: H212
Limited Capacity full

Once you have explored the core apps that Google for Education has to offer, then it is time to keep adding tools to your toolbox! This session will go through some of those little known tools and provide ways you can incorporate them in your classroom! We will look at fantastic tools such as: Advanced Search, Google Art Project, Google Keep, Connected Classrooms, Docs Story Builder, Spell Up and MORE tools you can add to your toolbox and begin using right away!

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Andy Fekete

Andy Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204
Andy Fekete is an instructional technology specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. Andy’s background is as an elementary educator. His passion lies in the use educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as teacher productivity and efficiency. He works to develop and facilitate professional learning in a variety of ways including online and blended courses across a K-12 district. Andy is a Google... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H212

10:20am

Gale meets Google: Get the most out of your database! - Room: H209
Limited Capacity seats available

If your school subscribes to any of the Gale suite of databases, this session is for you! Learn about ways to get the most out of your database subscription including advanced searching, highlighting and annotating features, audio supports, connecting with Google Drive and more. Take the stress out of research for both you and your students by learning the most efficient ways to do so.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Mattson

Kristen Mattson

LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
- Digital citizenship | - Digital literacy | - School libraries | - Instructional Design with Technology


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H209

10:20am

Guided Reading Comes Alive - D206
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn how to use integrate recording videos with guided reading. Participants will learn how to help students to synthesize their learning by creating a video recording of what they have read.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D206

10:20am

Helping Parents Thrive with 1:1 Learning at Home and at School - Room: D209
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on simple relatable ways teachers can advice parents on how to help their students navigate the 1:1 world at home.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Matt Rich

Matt Rich

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Downers Grove School District 58
I have the wonderful opportunity to work with adults and children as we all learn and grow together.
avatar for Stacy Rich

Stacy Rich

Technology Integration Specialist, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Currently I am a Technology Intergration Specialist for Northbrook-Glenview School District 30. Previously, I was a 2nd and 4th grade teacher in Plainfield School District. 15 year Sunday School and Hebrew School teacher at Congregation BJBE. Returning to the arena of public school education after spending time raising children. B.A., M.A.T., and ELL endorsements from National Louis University and M.S.W. from Wayne State University.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D209

10:20am

Inventors Wanted! - Room: D201
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about a STEAM project that sparks student problem solving, creativity, and innovativeness and learn how to get student ideas heard! Bring your projects and ideas to add to the conversation!

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Gadzala

Nancy Gadzala

5th Grade Teacher, CCSD181
I teach 5th grade at Madison School in Hinsdale. I recently earned my Masters in Educational Technology at Concordia. I am passionate about creating a space that gives students choice and ownership in their learning. I believe integrating technology into the classroom using the SAMR Model is vital in today's education. Follow my blog at www.PositivelyTechie.com


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D201

10:20am

Making a Makerspace/Idea Lab in your Classroom or Library - Room: H211
Limited Capacity full

Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where your students can gather to explore, invent, and learn all while using the 4Cs. Want to know more? Come see easy ways (both with and without technology) that you can set up a makerspace in your library or classroom.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
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Dawn Vieira

LMC Director, White Eagle Elememtary


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H211

10:20am

Move Learning Forward: Tools to Close the Feedback Loop - Room: D204
Limited Capacity full

In most classrooms, one of the most underrated aspects of the teaching-learning relationship is the significance of feedback. Through tools such as Seesaw, Voxer, and Google forms, this presentations provides philosophy and in-class strategies to close the achievement gap cross-curricularly through having learners personalize and then personify teacher feedback. Let’s not count on the “hope” that students learn from the words we write on the page. Instead, we let's give our learners the tools that close the feedback loop and moves learning forward.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Aric Foster

Aric Foster

Founder, STEM and Flower Learning Consultants
Never satisfied with his own teaching and ardently passionate about student learning, Aric has | been teaching English 11 and AP Literature & Composition for 16 years in a rural town 35 miles north of | Detroit. He is also a contributing author of Hacking Assessment, an adjunct professor at Concordia University, Student Intern Liaison at Oakland University, and Learning Consultant for stemandflowrlearning.com. Committed to the growth mindset... Read More →
avatar for Megan Moran

Megan Moran

High School Math Teacher, Schaumburg High School
I am a high school mathematics teacher that has been flipping for 6 years. I teach Algebra 2, Trig, Pre Calc and ESL Geometry. I also implement Standards Based Learning/Grading. I am currently co-writing a book on SBG and presenting across the Midwest. I am involved in regular Twitter Chats including #sblchat #COLchat #iledchat #Schoologychat and #D211edchat.



Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D204

10:20am

Partnering with Your Local Public Library - Room: H205
Limited Capacity seats available

There is more to your public library than books! Working together with District 58 and 99 teachers, two public librarians will talk about collaboration and unique ways for educators to utilize your public library.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Lynette Pitrak

Lynette Pitrak

Teen Services Coordinator, Downers Grove Public Library
Lynette Pitrak has been the Teen Services Coordinator at the Downers Grove Public Library for 8 years. She is passionate about connecting with teenagers over books, music, art, and the act of creation. She also volunteers for the Chicago-based organization Open Books, which mentors students in literacy and creative writing. In her free time, Lynette loves to bike, paint, practice yoga, and go on long walks with her dogs Bernie and Farrah.
avatar for Tasha Squires

Tasha Squires

School Librarian, O'Neill Middle School
Excited to be working with middle school students and teachers. Enjoy connecting students with great books. I'm really interested in learning new ways of connecting students to material through gamificaition and beyond.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H205

10:20am

Remind Breakout Session - Room: H201
Limited Capacity filling up

Text students or parents without giving up your phone number- for free!  Did you know that 98% of texts are opened compared with only 22% of emails?  Teachers and administrators use Remind to text parents and students about everything from assignments to field trips, from sporting events to fire drills to project due dates.

Educators using Remind report significant improvements in student attendance, parent engagement, assignment completion, and student learning outcomes.  Come learn about how Remind can help you boost the student and parent engagement in your classroom!

Used by over one million teachers in 50% of US schools, Remind is a free web and mobile based texting tool that allows educators to instantly communicate with their students or parents.  Educators can send Remind messages from their computer or free smartphone app, and students and parents can receive them on ANY device, including "flip" phones. 

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
JK

Jackson Klein

"Jackson Klein is a Community Manager for Remind (a free communication tool for education) and is based in Chicago. Jackson earned his Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and his Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. He has worked in education for the past six years as both a third grade teacher in Washington, D.C. and high school administrator in Chicago. His experience working... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H201

10:20am

Revealing the Real Meaning - Room: D205
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will practice applying the meaning of symbolic language to reveal hidden messages to viewers of art and readers of text.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D205

10:20am

Rockin' Reading Ideas and Programs - Room: D202
Limited Capacity full

Fire up your students with the love of reading by using low-cost ideas, strategies and activities that create and unite readers. Come and hear a giant menu of ideas that have successfully transformed our school into a community of readers who are passionate about reading.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
D202

10:20am

SuperTools: 2K16 - Room: F214
Limited Capacity full

We all know that being a teacher sometimes feels as though it requires super powers. This session will look at a variety of technology tools that teachers can use in their classes to help be the superheroes they truly are.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
F214

10:20am

The 4 C's : PokemonGo Edition - Room: H204
Limited Capacity full

Step outside your classroom to learn how PokemonGo enlists the 4C’s of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity to build enthusiasm and motivate users to action. Evolve your instruction with practical ideas to engage students and create meaningful connections in your classroom. Participants will collect ‘em all in a master list of resources, strategies, and activities to share.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman

Instructional Coach, Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman is an Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and technology, Hartman collaborates with teachers to develop instructional strategies which enhance student learning, build professional learning opportunities, and connect educators around common goals. A Google Certified Educator, Amazon Education Teacher Innovator and lead organizer for #EdcampChicago, you can connect... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
H204

10:20am

Using Seesaw to Capture Student Success - Room: F216
Limited Capacity full

Seesaw, the learning journal, crosses language barriers and empowers students & teachers to capture learning with photos, videos, drawings, audio, and digital creations. Students can self-reflect, comment, and share their work with each other as well as parents to create a collaborative learning experience. Intended Audience: Elementary & Middle School Educators. Platform: iOS (iPad, iPhone), Mac, Windows, Chrome, Cross-Platform.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
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Lissa Blake

Technology Integration Coach, Maercker School District 60


Wednesday August 3, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
F216

11:15am

Blended Learning - Room D210
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session participants will be provided and overview of what Blended Learning is and what it could look like in a classroom setting. Participants will learn the components of a Flipped Classroom as well as the Station Rotation Model for Blended Learning.

 


Speakers
avatar for Allan Davenport

Allan Davenport

Director of Instructional Technology, Indian Prairie School District 204


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:05pm
D210

11:15am

Developing and Empowering Leaders for Digital Transformation - Room: F214
Limited Capacity full

Developing and Empowering Leaders for Digital Transformation

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Stan Gorbatkin

Stan Gorbatkin

Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services, Indian Prairie School District 204


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
F214

11:15am

Digital Learning - Using Google to Enhance and Transform your Classroom - Room: H210
Limited Capacity full

As the world of education shifts, educators must embrace change and discover how current teaching practices can be enhanced and transformed by digital learning. This session will motivate teachers to consider the 4C’s of Education and Digital Learning: Collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. With these skills, the classroom setting can be enhanced and transformed in order to promote a student‑centered classroom. Google Apps for Education provides numerous options for teachers as they shift current practices, and attendees will be exposed to a variety of successful digital learning models based on the 4C’s and GAFE. Attendees will learn that in order to create an effective digital learning classroom environment, the focus must be placed on the skills and how instructional practices can promote student success. The various Google Apps for Education tools will be the driving force behind the discussion and promotion of digital learning in the classroom.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
Teacher, Life-Long Leaner, and Technologist in Naperville, IL. We are a GAFE district with a focus on student-centered learning and integrating skills connected to the 4Cs
avatar for Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Instructional Technology Coordinator and English Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
H210

11:15am

Digital Workflow With Google Classroom - Room: D205
Limited Capacity full

Educators can now create a paperless classroom simply by using Google Classroom in combination with Google Drive. The paperless classroom can become an engaging, student centered, differentiated and enriching reality for students using instructional technology! Meanwhile, it is easy to use, keep organized, enhances teacher and student communication, and integrates well regardless of device!

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
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Aliaa Ibrahim

Technology Integration Specialist, Evanston Township High School
avatar for Maria Stavropoulos

Maria Stavropoulos

Director of Technology, Prospect Heights SD 23



Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D205

11:15am

Everyone Can Code - Room: H202
Limited Capacity full

Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. You’ll hear about Swift Playgrounds, a new app for iPad that makes getting started with coding fun and interactive, and you’ll get a first look at the accompanying teacher guide. You’ll also explore App Development with Swift, a curriculum for high school and college for Mac that shows students how to create apps from start to finish.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
h202

11:15am

Google Classroom in YOUR Classroom - Room: D203
Limited Capacity full

Learn all about Google Classroom and how it can help to manage assignments, communicate with students, and increase collaboration in your classroom. Students appreciate the user friendly tool for organization and support.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Rude

Nicole Rude

7th grade teacher, Hinsdale Middle School


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D203

11:15am

Google Drive for the Uncomfortable - Room: H204
Limited Capacity full

Have you heard others speak of "The Google" and you just wonder what this is? In this session we will offer a beginning look at Google Drive and Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms) for those just starting down this way of collaboration. The only expectation of participants is that they will come with a device capable of connecting to the internet so that we can work together.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Dallas Turner

Dallas Turner

Instructional Technologies Integration Specialist, Rockford Public Schools
Physics teacher turned to the dark-side as a technology mentor; theologian, computer geek, rocket enthusiast, wannabe early adopter of technology. My interests are diverse, but my passion runs across all of these.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
H204

11:15am

Incorporating Technology in an SEL Curriculum - Room: H209
Limited Capacity full

As the Social Emotional Learning of our students grows, as does our need to engage students in that process. In this session, we will look at possible uses for technology to support the development of SEL lessons. Additionally, time will be given to collaborate and share resources for use within your classroom.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Elder

Justin Elder

4th Grade, Naperville 203


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
H209

11:15am

Learning Comes Alive - Room: D204
Limited Capacity full

Walt Disney once said, " We keep moving forward opening forward , opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Are you looking for a way for students to show their understanding in a creative way? Do you want to spark your students' curiosity? Tired of using worksheets and tests to measure understand. Come along on this journey of using various technology tools and the use of Google to make learning come alive. During this session, we will explore using Google Maps, Chatterpix, Thinglink, and many other tools to display student learning. You will even see the power of a screen cast. The focus of this session will be on the 4C's and how to use tools to accomplish learning objectives. This session will also feature the use of augmented reality(Aurasma) to make learning come alive.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers

Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D204

11:15am

Let's Work Together: Collaborating with the Library - Room: D206
Limited Capacity full

Presenter will share strategies for creating a collaborative relationship between the classroom and the school library, as well as, sample lessons that facilitate hands-on student learning in the library.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Shiles

Michelle Shiles

LMC Director, Graham Elementary School


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D206

11:15am

Math Practices and Mindset in the Elementary Classroom - Room: H203
Limited Capacity full

We need to change the way we teach math in the United States! And you can start by joining in on our discussion about the growth mindset and the Standards of Mathematical Practice (SMP). Spend time with me as we discuss how the SMP give more time for depth and exploration and how changing your mindset and your students can make an incredible difference in your classroom!

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Katie Hurckes

Katie Hurckes

DG58, 1st grade teacher
I am a 1st grade teacher in Downers Grove School District 58 at Henry Puffer School. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from Ball State University. I have an elementary education degree (concentration in home/school/community relations) and master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. I am currently pursuing another master's degree in Mathematics Teaching at Mount Holyoke University. In addition to... Read More →


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
H203

11:15am

Minecraft in the Classroom - Room: H211
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever tried to use Minecraft in the classroom? This session is designed to explore the possibilities of using this amazing tool. We will discuss how our elementary school created a Minecraft club and how to incorporate it in the classroom setting. Free free to join in on the Minecraft conversation!

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Matt Coaty

Matt Coaty

Gifted Specialist, CUSD 95
avatar for Tara Rittner

Tara Rittner

4th Grade Teacher, CUSD95


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
H211

11:15am

Putting the FLEX in your Flexible Classroom - Room: D201
Limited Capacity full

Learn why a flexible classroom benefits student learning and discover how to create, fill, and manage a classroom that is perfect for your students.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Gadzala

Nancy Gadzala

5th Grade Teacher, CCSD181
I teach 5th grade at Madison School in Hinsdale. I recently earned my Masters in Educational Technology at Concordia. I am passionate about creating a space that gives students choice and ownership in their learning. I believe integrating technology into the classroom using the SAMR Model is vital in today's education. Follow my blog at www.PositivelyTechie.com


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D201

11:15am

The New Home Folder - Letting Parents Inside the Work w/ 1:1 Learning - Room: D209
Limited Capacity full

In this session we will highlight techniques for integrating parents into finding work products, seeing how their child is progressing, and actively understanding the work in the classroom with 1:1 learning environment. Tools will include Seesaw, Schoology, Explain Everything, Google Drive, Edmodo, and others.

Session Format: Presentation - presenter led

Speakers
avatar for Matt Rich

Matt Rich

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Downers Grove School District 58
I have the wonderful opportunity to work with adults and children as we all learn and grow together.
avatar for Stacy Rich

Stacy Rich

Technology Integration Specialist, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Currently I am a Technology Intergration Specialist for Northbrook-Glenview School District 30. Previously, I was a 2nd and 4th grade teacher in Plainfield School District. 15 year Sunday School and Hebrew School teacher at Congregation BJBE. Returning to the arena of public school education after spending time raising children. B.A., M.A.T., and ELL endorsements from National Louis University and M.S.W. from Wayne State University.


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:10pm
D209

11:15am

Student Centered Learning in Science - Room: H212
Limited Capacity full

Are you sick of lecturing? Are your students bored? Are you sick of giving meaningless worksheets and assessment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, This session is for you! In this session, you will learn what is student centered learning and share different strategies to effectively teach your student and prepare them for the 21st century.

Session Format: Facilitation - participant driven with guidance from the facilitator.

Speakers
avatar for Terence White

Terence White

7th Grade Science Teacher, IPSD 204


Wednesday August 3, 2016 11:15am - 12:20pm
H212