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Monday, February 26
 

7:00am

Registration
Express Check In:
Scan your confirmation bar code available via your mobile device or printed copy to receive your name badge, lanyard holder, and swag. Computer kiosks will be available to lookup registrations as well. 

On-Site Registration:
Sign up and pay for registration here. Add day-of ticketed workshops. Student and Co-Presenter (non-attending) check-in here. 

Presenter Check In:
A separate Express Check-In booth is available for our Presenters. Scan your confirmation bar code available via your mobile device or printed copy to receive your name badge, lanyard holder, and swag. Computer kiosks will be available to lookup registrations as well. 

Monday February 26, 2018 7:00am - 3:00pm
Adventure Threshold

7:00am

Food Options
Monday, Feb. 26
Remote concessions will be available for purchase throughout the venue
Lunch is included for the full-day Makey Makey workshop
Appetizers and drinks will be served during the Exhibit Hall Opening from 3:30 - 5:00
Appetizers will be served during the Pre-Keynote session at 5:00
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Concessions will be available for purchase in the Exhibit Hall & at onsite outlets listed below
Lunch is included for the full-day ICE/IETL Leadership Summit
Snacks will be served during Dedicated Exhibit Hall time (1:15 - 2:30pm)

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Concessions will be available for purchase in the Exhibit Hall & at onsite outlets listed below
Snacks will be served during Dedicated Exhibit Hall time (11:15 - 12:15pm)
BEVERAGE & FOOD OUTLETS available at the venue:

SAM & HARRY’S STEAKHOUSE:
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Breakfast: Monday through Friday - 6:30am-10:30am
Lunch: Tuesday through Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Monday - Served in Gather Bar
Dinner: Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm-10:00pm
Famed for its USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and vintage wines
GATHER BAR
American Cuisine
Open for lunch and dinner
Sunday through Thursday 11:00am-12:00am
Features great food and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere
RENDEZVOUS
Coffee House
Open Daily 6:00am-8:00pm
Proudly offers Starbucks hot and iced beverages, pastries, sandwiches and light salads, in addition to sundries and gifts
CLUB LEVEL LOUNGE
Open Monday through Thursday 6:00am-10:00pm
A LA CARTE
Open for breakfast & dinner service
Breakfast: Monday through Sunday 6:30am-11am

Monday February 26, 2018 7:00am - 8:00pm
TBA

8:00am

Welcome / Opening Session
Moderators
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for @awelcome

@awelcome

Director of Innovation and Technology
Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation for a large school district in the Bay Area of California with 35,000 students. Adam was an elementary school teacher for many years, as well as being an Elementary Principal for six years. Adam was Principal of the Year for his... Read More →
avatar for Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera

Chief Program Officer, EdTechTeam
Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam, focusing on diversity and equity in education. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Ch... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Superintendent, Fall Creek School District, WI
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, which was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. In addition to his current book, Hacking Leadership, he has co-authored T... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Schaumburg East/West

9:30am

Innovative Learning Using the Numbers App
How can creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration lead to a deeper understanding of content? Through innovative lesson design, teachers at this school are creating opportunities for students to demonstrate their content mastery by curating in an interactive Numbers document. Discover how this powerful use of Numbers has transformed learning in their classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Beeler

Kristin Beeler

Instructional Technology Coach, Orland District 135
Instructional technology coach who works with staff to address the needs of teachers to help them achieve the district goal of providing our students with the best 21st century learning experiences. I am a Google Certified Trainer and Apple Foundations Trainer.

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

Inspiring Young Learners Through Coding
The early years are a great time to introduce coding concepts as a way of thinking about the everyday and digital worlds. Learn from an Apple Distinguished Educator who uses iPad to inspire elementary students with cross-curricular lessons in coding from the free Everyone Can Code resources.

Presenters
avatar for Karrin Burns

Karrin Burns

Teacher, River Forest SD 90
Karrin Burns is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Google for Education Certified Trainer (GoogleCT). She is a Grade 3 teacher at Lincoln School in River Forest, Illinois. Karrin has an undergraduate degree in French from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's de... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

Active Learning and Gamifying History
What happens when students are given the opportunity to design elements of a game that helps them with what they are learning? The presenters, high schoolers from California, tried creating a club in which students design games for learning history. Learn about how they have worked to get these students interested in adding layers of complexity and balance to what they design, and how that has shaped how they think of their own experiences as students.

Presenters
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Leon Lin

Leon Lin and Allen Yao are high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. They both love history, and decided that they could bring their enthusiasm to other students by creating a club built around complex games.
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Allen Yao

Leon Lin and Allen Yao are high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. They both love history, and decided that they could bring their enthusiasm to other students by creating a club built around complex games.


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg H

9:30am

Be the SPARK in your School and Ignite PD
Engulf your professional development with energizing and personalized strategies. Learn how to plan and execute an EdCamp, CoffeeEDU, PatioPD, Twitter Challenges and Flipped Faculty Meetings. Be the spark to spread a burning desire in your staff to continuously learn, grow and build a Personal Learning Network. Extinguish those boring sit and get faculty meetings and SIP days with these sure fire activities and interactive mediums.

Presenters
avatar for Mandy Ellis

Mandy Ellis

Elementary Principal, Dunlap Grade School
Mandy Ellis is a K-5 Principal and Lead Learner in Dunlap, Illinois. Google Level 1 Certified Educator, Flip Grid Ambassador, and Twitter Guru. She has a BS in Elementary and Special Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and an MA in Educational Leadership and Administra... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Pitzer

Stefanie Pitzer

Instructional Technology Coach, Dunlap District 323
My name is Stefanie Pitzer and I'm a former 2nd grade teacher of 11 years. I'm in my first year of being an instructional technology coach for the Dunlap School District. I'm also a Seesaw Ambassador and a Fligrid Certified Educator. I love empowering educators to create meaningf... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E-2

9:30am

Connecting to Nature through Tech with Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium uses technology daily to connect learners to nature, empowering them to investigate, innovate, and communicate about their learning. Ecology and conservation come to life through robotics, virtual reality, social media, and more. Enjoy an opportunity for hands-on exploration of these resources to inspire your own innovative practice.

Presenters
avatar for Belle Archaphorn

Belle Archaphorn

Learning Specialist, Shedd Aquarium
As Learning Specialists at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, Belle Archaphorn and Halley Gardner develop and facilitate inquiry-based programming, including award-winning underwater robotics and teen field programs. Belle has expertise in conducting field work as an engineer an... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria

9:30am

Harmonizing Your Edtech Ecosystem to Save Time
Image a classroom symphony of tech tools to engage student learning and save planning and instructional time. Educators will learn to create an ecosystem of multiple edtech tools such as Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Newsela, and Padlet to support lesson planning. 

Presenters
avatar for JJ Janikis

JJ Janikis

Team Lead of Educator Communities, Newsela
I am a former 6th grade special education teacher with the NYC DOE. As the Team Lead of Educator Communities at Newsela, I provide both digital and in person professional learning to teachers and school leaders.


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia D

9:30am

Huh??? Copyright Explained
Did you ever see a picture online and wonder can I use this? Did you know that as soon as your students create something it instantly has a copyright? Do you need to ask permission to use copyrighted materials in your classroom? Do your students? These questions and more will be answered. This session will provide you an introduction to copyright in your classroom and teaching it to your students. You will leave this session with an idea of how copyright affects you, creative commons and public domain resources, and you will be ready to teach about copyright tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Rosen

Melissa Rosen

Technology Teacher, Highland Middle School
Melissa Rosen has been teaching for 14 years. She is currently teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Technology at Highland Middle School in Libertyville, IL. Her current classes include a basic technology skills class, S.T.E.A.M., Movie Making, and Animation. She has presented at mul... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A

9:30am

Kids Deserve It
Are you constantly wanting to do more, trying to push the envelope because you know your students are capable of doing whatever they put their minds too! Come hang out and be inspired to go big with your students - and yourself as well. Let's do this!

Presenters
avatar for @awelcome

@awelcome

Director of Innovation and Technology
Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation for a large school district in the Bay Area of California with 35,000 students. Adam was an elementary school teacher for many years, as well as being an Elementary Principal for six years. Adam was Principal of the Year for his... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia A

9:30am

Leading In An Age of Technology & Collaboration
I'm not working in the kind of school district that I grew up in, are you? Has your leadership evolved to keep pace with the changes of the 21st Century? How do you lead in the use of technology? Does your leadership promote collaboration, or stifle it? Don't worry, I don't have all the answers, either. I'll share my leadership philosophy and how I believe that has impacted my school district for better and for worse! Come ready to listen and to share your experiences so we all leave a little more informed with ideas that we know work...and ideas we know to avoid!

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wilder

Steve Wilder

Superintendent, Knoxville CUSD #202
I am the Superintendent of Schools in Knoxville, IL. Knoxville is a small, rural school district in West Central Illinois that has flourished thanks to a history of long-term planning and a student-centered focus. We have a districtwide 1:1 program, and we opened a new High Schoo... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

Let the Students Lead the Way: Building a Student Innovation Team
Allow students to lead your classroom, school or district’s technology initiative. Build a team to advise, support and train teachers as they explore digital learning. In this session, learn how to start your own team, tips for getting started and how to adapt the idea to your own situation.

Presenters
avatar for Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera

Chief Program Officer, EdTechTeam
Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam, focusing on diversity and equity in education. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62, the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Ch... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana B

9:30am

Next Generation Conferences: Not just SITting Around
The Students Involved with Technology (SIT) Conference is staged simultaneously at multiple Illinois sites. Participants and presenters are students in grades 3-12 who get a professional technology conference experience. Come meet past student presenters and participants and conference organizers to find out how we bring thousands of kids together.


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Innovation

9:30am

Personalize & Leverage OER for Student Success!
This is an exciting time in education! There are more and more innovative open educational resources [OER] being developed and available for teaching many different subject areas. These provide an alternative to the traditional textbooks and technology from publishing companies. OER offer low or no-cost peer-reviewed materials as well as cutting-edge adaptive and personalized technologies. Findings from two pilot studies using the OpenStax psychology textbook coupled with a new personalized and adaptive “open educational resource” and technology - LRNR - will be presented. Participants will be directed to a few great resources on OER, information about OpenStax, and receive the opportunity to look “inside LRNR” – biology, sociology, psychology and more - by perusing the guided tours online. I am looking forward to a lively discussion on disrupting “traditional” education to increase both student and faculty success!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Nina Dulabaum

Dr. Nina Dulabaum

Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University
Currently Nina is the visiting professor of psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University. Her background includes graduating from Oberlin College and serving in Berlin, Germany as an international volunteer during the East-West divide. There she began conducting seminars on cross-c... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B

9:30am

Promoting Student Growth through Personalized, Inquiry Based Learning
This session will offer ideas and tools to promote multiple ways to implement inquiry-based, personalized learning to meet the needs of all students. Children are encouraged to investigate their natural curiosity to study a topic they are passionate about as a means to conduct research, understand the content in greater depth, and possibly connect with experts from across the globe using technology-based communication tools. Students then have choice in how they design, create, and share these projects with an authentic audience, including classmates, teachers, and families. This launch process of publicly sharing either multimedia portfolios or traditional presentation models sets a purpose and motivates students to produce high quality work. Students may, and most likely will fail in their initial plan or at some point in their journey. And then they will learn, innovate, adapt, and discover how to proceed, with student as leader, and teacher as facilitator, encourager, and supporter. The process is messy, but powerful….like real life. Once you experience it, you will never turn back. Come re-energize your teaching and learning with Inquiry Based Learning strategies!



Presenters
avatar for Mary Flessas

Mary Flessas

TOSA, River Trails School District 26
My current role in River Trails School District 26 is Teacher on Assignment for Curriculum & Instruction. I'm a passionate educator and lifelong learner with twenty years of experience in elementary education. I enjoy using inquiry, technology, and student-centered learning to in... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F-2

9:30am

Slaying the Professional Learning Dragon with a Blog
Research is clearly showing professional learning has greater impact when educators take personal responsibility for their PD. Referencing ISTE Standards for Educators and the Danielson Framework, we will create a strategy and working template using a blog as a digital portfolio for documenting and sharing professional learning.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Schuetz

Robert Schuetz

Technology Coordinator, Township HS District 211
Robert, a National Board Certified Teacher, is the Technology Department Chair at Palatine High School. An Apple Teacher and Schoology Ambassador, Bob was named Schoology Educator of the Year in 2015. His ruminations on teaching and learning can be found on his blog, "Nocking the... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg D

9:30am

The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow's Schools Today
The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow's Schools Today
In this interactive session, participants will model and share new ways of leading through experience, observation, trial and error. Unlearning leaders put forth the power and positive impact of leadership when they unlearn old truths to to lead in new ways. The book upon which the presentation is based will provide a backdrop/foundation for the session. This is a combination book talk & thinking session. There will be opportunities for reflection on how unlearning can apply in your own setting.
Purchase the Unlearning Leader

IL Principal Association Book Talk Video
EduTalk Radio Interview about the Book

Presenters
avatar for Michael Lubelfeld

Michael Lubelfeld

Superintendent of Schools, District 109
Michael Lubelfeld Ed.D. has served as a public school superintendent in suburban Chicago, Illinois since 2010. On July 1, 2013, he became the superintendent of schools in Deerfield, IL (DPS 109). His 25-year educational career has included serving as an assistant superintendent... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Nick Polyak

Nick Polyak

Superintendent, Leyden High School District 212
Dr. Nick Polyak serves as the Superintendent for Leyden Community High School District #212. The district contains two comprehensive high schools with 3,500 students from Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, River Grove, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and Unincorporated Leyden Towns... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg B

9:30am

Two Cyberians Take on Internet Safety
With so many Internet Safety programs out there from which to choose, how do you pick which ones are the best for your students and parent community? Ponder no longer! Two techie cyberians tested and tested, program after program and are excited to share our findings with you! Help your students become prepared to make smart digital decisions and explore the online world with confidence.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Schwartzers

Jill Schwartzers

LRC Teacher, Community Consolidated School District 15
Jill Schwartzers is a Library-Media Director, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, and a National Board Certified Teacher. She is passionate about creating and presenting professional development that is motivating, differentiated and practical. Jill thrives on collaborating w... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Vicky O'Boyle

Engaged Learning Specialist, Gower 62


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C

9:30am

Use Tech to Assess with Standards Based Grading!
Looking for new ways to assess students in a standards based way? Want to ensure you are gathering accurate evidence of student learning? In this session, participants will leave with a variety of digital assessment tools to use with Standards Based Grading. Quality assessment practices inform instruction and practice, give actionable feedback, and lead to student success. Hands on opportunities will be provided to explore options, create accounts, and dive in! There will be time to learn, time to share, and time to play!

Presenters
avatar for Garnet Hillman

Garnet Hillman

Garnet is an educational consultant and author who has extensively researched and implemented standards based learning, assessment, and grading. She spent three years as an instructional coach at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois and fifteen years in the classroom as a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E

9:30am

What’s Trending in STEM
Are you overwhelmed with the idea of integrating STEM tools in the classroom? Do you need help evaluating which tool is the best fit for you and your students. We’ll talk about how to choose STEM learning tools and how to use them to meet your classroom needs. Learn what the research says and hear about challenges and successful implementations.

One of the new innovations we will introduce is the HP Sprout Pro which is an all-in-one learning station designed to encourage hands-on learning, promote collaborative engagement and spark creativity. It exposes students to bleeding edge, real-world technology experiences and enhances the learning process by bridging the gap between physical and digital worlds. The Sprout enhances educational work flows, including: Flipped Classroom, Blended Content Presentations, Graphic Design/Art, Storytelling, 3D Exploration, Group Research and more.  

Presenters
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Lynn Swanson

Lynn Swanson is a dedicated, knowledgeable, flexible and conscientious instructional technology professional with a reputation as an innovative leader who creates teams from silos. Lynn has shared her passion for strategically utilizing technology to equip students with the neces... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Sabiha Rahman

Sabiha Rahman

5/6 STEM Teacher, Deer Path Middle School/ District 67


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F

9:30am

Who is Leading Your District's Story?
How are you leading and leveraging technology to tell your district's story? In an era of difficult financial situations, school district leaders are faced with more community scrutiny than ever before and are challenged to do more with less. Join us to hear our story of challenges and successes and learn about how you can leverage and sustain positive staff, Board, parent and community partnerships through practical and effective strategies and communications.

Presenters
avatar for Courtney Orzel

Courtney Orzel

Superintendent, Lemont-Bromberek SD113A
Courtney Orzel serves as an elementary school superintendent in | the suburbs of Chicago. She is a former principal, middle school | teacher, and high school teacher. Courtney’s educational interests are | focused on continuous improvement models, principal and teacher | le... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

9:30am

Stay Classy with Google Classroom
Google Classroom, a valuable component of the G Suite for Education, was initially designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. Classroom includes time-saving features, such as the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. Classroom helps keep everyone organized through auto-created folders and naming conventions. However, since its launch, Classroom has become so much more than a workflow management platform. During this breakout session, we will explore the features, functionality and benefits of using Google Classroom to support your teaching and student learning. Additionally, attendees will learn some pro-tips on setting up Classroom to be an effective and efficient tool for any classroom. You will walk away with the information and support to be able to begin utilizing Google Classroom. Keep It “Class”y with Google Classroom!

Presenters
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 has served in his current position for five years. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist, Andy taught for eight years as an elementary educator. His passion lies... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg G

9:30am

Redefining the Paperless Classroom with OneNote
OneNote is a powerful digital notebook teachers and students can use to stay organized, collaborate, and create. OneNote redefines what it means to have a paperless classroom by imbedding content into the page, digitally inking, and using Immersive Learning Tools. Learning Tools provides an improved reading and writing experience for all students. This presentation focuses on the use of Microsoft OneNote as a digital inking program to effect students’ access, opportunity, and mental approach to mathematics in the high school classroom with teacher, Scott Ball. Scott is a 12th year math teacher at Argo Community High School primarily teaching Geometry to a variety of age levels Argo has  1:1 Microsoft Surface Pro devices.

Presenters
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Scott Ball

Math teacher
Scott Ball is a 12th year math teacher at Argo Community High School primarily teaching Geometry to a variety of age levels.  
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Adam Rummelhart

Microsoft in Education Teacher Ambassador, Microsoft
Adam Rummelhart is a Microsoft in Education Teacher Ambassador. He works with schools to provide professional development on how to integrate Microsoft technologies into the classroom.


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

9:30am

Choose Me, Pick Me, Love Me: Getting Teachers to Fall For An Elective Instructional Coaching Program
Would you like to put a little spark into your technology coaching life?  Technology coaching can be a little bit like dating -  from the awkward “first meeting” to the commitment stage; come learn how to begin, build, and maintain a relationship with teachers as they integrate technology.  If you want teachers to “choose you” and keep coming back for more, come take a peek into our “little black book” of coaching tips.



Agenda:
The Art of the Meet-Cute: Building Your Base
Going Steady: Building a Lasting Relationship through coaching cycles
Keeping the Spark Alive:Branding and Community Building
It’s the Little Things: Start Small (workshops)
The Grand Gesture: But Go Big (symposium)

Presenters
avatar for Cassaundra Veitch

Cassaundra Veitch

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Casey has worked as an instructional technology coach for the last three years in Lake Zurich at Middle School North as part of a team with 5 other technology coaches. The team is committed to assisting teachers and students achieve personal excellence using 21st Century skills a... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Emily Coklan

Emily Coklan

Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD #95
This is my fifth year as in Instructional Technology Coach at Lake Zurich CUSD #95 and I feel I have the world's greatest job to work with teachers and students in their technology practice every day. Prior to this, I was an LMC Director at Lake Zurich High School. My master's de... Read More →
avatar for Jenni LaBrie

Jenni LaBrie

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD #95
Instructional Technology Coach and Spanish Teacher at Lake Zurich Community District 95
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy currently serves students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aqua... Read More →
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, Lake Zurich School District #95
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, a 2016 Chicago Public School ‘Ones to Watch’ winner for technology innovation, is a premiere leader in the Ed Tech field. Over the past four years, she has presented at over 25 conferences around the US, including Illinois Education and Technology... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Weider

Suzanne Weider

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
I have been a classroom teacher for twenty-five years. For the last two years I co-taught in a First Grade Technology Demonstration Classroom. I taught part of the day and spent the rest working with teachers to help make the bridge between the curriculum and technology. Recently... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Knowledge

9:30am

IRL (In Real Life): Designing Digital Learning Experiences
As a forward-thinking educator, you may understand that using digital tools and creating digital learning experiences means more than “tech integration” but are curious about what this means in IRL. How can we maximize the benefits of digital tools or learning environments effectively in practice? What are good design practices for digital learning activities and environments? Join us at this session to learn about digitally-mediated, 21st century learning environments and how to effectively design learner-centered experiences using digital tools and contexts. National Louis University’s Learning Technologies graduate student instructional technology coaches will share their creative – and practical – ideas through demonstrations at elementary, middle and high school levels. Collaborating in small groups, participants will build upon their knowledge of instructional technologies, teaching and learning and will be guided through design of digital learning experience to try in their own classrooms!

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Angela Elkordy

Dr. Angela Elkordy

Chair and Asst. Prof. Learning Sciences & Dir. Learning Technologies, National Louis University
Dr. Angela Elkordy, is Director, Learning Technologies at National Louis University and Chair of the newly formed Learning Sciences program area. Dr. Elkordy has been a teacher educator for over a decade, and shares her knowledge through professional networks and conferences, inc... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Dr. Ayn Keneman

Dr. Ayn Keneman

Dr. Ayn Keneman, is Program Director, Early Childhood Education at National Louis University. Dr. Keneman has been a teacher educator for over twenty years and shares her knowledge through professional networks and conferences, including presenting at the International Literary A... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Prosperity

9:30am

ozobot - It may be Small but it is Mighty!
ozobots are small, smart toy robots that empower gamers and learners to code, play, create and connect the physical and digital worlds. Students using Ozobot within schools are learning sequential thinking, logical reasoning and coding concepts. These critical life skills enable children from all walks of life to succeed in the future digital age. Come take a hands on adventure using these robots as they are used in my classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Debra Segiet

Debra Segiet

Technology Teacher, Churchville Middle School-Elmhurst CUSD205
Debra Segiet has served as the Computer Literacy teacher and Middle school department chair for Community Unit School District 205 in Elmhurst, IL since 2015. She is passionate about providing tech infused opportunities to promote student choice, learning and growth. Her early ye... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Imagination

9:30am

Personalized Learning in a Mastery-Based Classroom
Our students live in an on-demand world. Why not provide them with an on-demand education? Participants in this workshop will be able to transform their existing classes or school (regardless of subject or grade level) into a very personalized learning experience for their students using a mastery-based approach that allows for maximum student choice and helps build excellent relationships. Students experiencing a transparent mastery-based learning model receive clear learning targets, learn at their own pace, and get one-on-one attention whenever they need it (in class or even at home in their pajamas). Students demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through a series of formative assessments before they qualify to complete a summative assessment. Built in RtI methods enable the teacher and student to work through a seamless remediation process when necessary. This workshop utilizes many free technology available for both teachers and students to enhance learning and further engage students.

Presenters
avatar for Gerry Marchand

Gerry Marchand

Science Teacher & #ILFabCon Co-Founder, Huntley High School & Elgin Community College
Gerry is a science teacher at Huntley High School, adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, and co-founder of The Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network (@ilfabn). He has been teaching in the NW suburbs of Chicago since 2006. Gerry completed his B.S. at Northern Illinoi... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Serenity

9:30am

The World is Different - Map a plan to lead changes in learning
Today’s world is smaller and more connected with the pace of change advancing faster than ever. While an Internet connection and corresponding devices have become common, typically learning remains focused on facts and isolated skills that are assessed using traditional quizzes, tests, and projects. Pioneering educators in every school see the need to fundamentally change learning environments as they teach the curriculum by using real resources from around the world to solve authentic problems. A major shift in instructional strategies and school culture requires major change. Leading that change from any position is extremely complex and requires leadership, great resources to support change, and a plan for causing the change to occur. This session will provide leaders the opportunity to map out short-term and long-term plans and identify the resources that will be best used to carry out these plans with different groups of staff members, parents, and students.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Klein

Jason Klein

Principal, Community Consolidated School District 15
Formerly a middle school teacher, Jason Klein also served as a principal and the Chief Information Officer in Community Consolidated School District 21 previously as well as the Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Learning in Maine Township High School District 207. Today... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Inspiration

9:30am

Virtual Field Trips: FREE to Travel, Unlimited Possibilities
Do rising costs, collecting permission slips, and limited options have you worried about exposing your students to the world by attending field trips? Have no fear, this session has some amazing FREE resources that you can use with your students to take them around the world and expose them to the wonderful place we live. Come participate in a Mystery Hangout (live), and learn about using Google Tour Builder and Google Arts and Culture to bring your classroom to life! After this workshop session, you will have resources that you can present to students immediately.

Presenters
avatar for Edward Dougherty

Edward Dougherty

Ed is an Innovation Specialist with Charleston County School District in South Carolina. As an Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, and Apple Teacher, he enjoys sharing his passion for educational technology with teachers all over the world. During his career, he... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Epiphany

9:30am

Connect with Apple
Connect with Apple in the Utopia Threshold, to get your product questions answered by Apple Education and AppleCare team members. Learn about iPad and Mac in the classroom and deploying Apple products in your school.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 4:30pm
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for K12 Educators
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Get ready for a fun hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit used by educators in all 50 states and around the world and featured in TED talks. This workshop is new and being delivered throughout the US. You’ll learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that you can use later when you train others or teach the students you serve.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 9:30am - 4:30pm
Connection

10:45am

Creating a Culture of Professional Learning
Learn about Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program designed to help teachers get the most out of their iPad or Mac. In this hands-on session, you’ll hear from an Apple Distinguished Educator who’ll share how her school is integrating Apple Teacher to support their ongoing professional learning needs.

Presenters
avatar for Cindy Crannell

Cindy Crannell

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest Public School District
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she started her career as an elementary classroom teacher. After taking a few years off to start a family, she moved outside of the U.S.and has lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, West Midlands of U.K., Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London, U.K... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold

10:45am

Engaging Teachers in the Four C’s
To encourage innovation in a mobile learning environment, it’s important to support teachers in learning about new apps and how to use them in the classroom. See how an engaging faculty meeting can offer staff the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate, and think critically while exploring different apps.

Presenters
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Cheri Bridge

Cheri Bridge and Jill Forti are Technology Integration Specialists on Chicago’s north shore. Both, Cheri and Jill have experience teaching elementary and middle school; their current position focuses on staff development and coaching teachers on the proper integration of techno... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold

10:45am

Art as Inspiration and Connection: Exploring Maker Ed and STEAM to Innovate Curriculum
Transform your curriculum to allow students to unleash their creativity and construct solutions to complex problems using semi-flipped classroom, design, low/high tech maker projects, STEAM, 21st Century Skills, and emerging technologies. The presenter will show how she is using iPads and Chromebooks as tools to create multi-media products that show the process of innovation within cross-curricula: reflection, analysis, research, and synthesis. The presenter will be sharing examples of both elementary and middle school student projects including collaborations, movies, stop-motion animation, books, artwork, and pictures.

Presenters
HH

Hether Hoffmann

Hether Hoffmann teaches art at Quest Academy in Palatine, Il. She teaches fourth -eighth grades. Her experiences as a professional artist and documentary filmmaker directly influence her maker/art studio teaching approach and philosophy. She graduated from the Documentary Studies... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D

10:45am

Being Innovative in Small, Rural Districts
Elmwood, Illini Bluffs, and Princeville, are small, rural districts in Peoria County that are utilizing a collaborative approach to try to offer students optimum technological experiences while dealing with the parameters of being small, rural districts. Through shared Professional Development, creation of Tech Integration Specialists, and collaboration of tech personnel, we feel we are on the right track to evolving with the ever-changing realm of technology.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Chad Wagner

Dr. Chad Wagner

Superintendent, Elmwood CUSD #322
I am the superintendent of the Elmwood School District and am originally from Dubuque, Iowa. I attended the University of Northern Iowa for my BA in Elem Ed, Northwest Missouri State University for my MS in Administration, ISU for my Supt. Degree, and Aurora University for my EdD... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Roger Alvey

Roger Alvey

Illini Bluffs CUSD  327, Illini Bluffs CUSD  327
Dr. Alvey completed his undergraduate degree in general science education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1992, followed by his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Illinois State University in 1998, his Superintendent's Endorsement from Western... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Duling

Shannon Duling

Superintendent, Princeville CUSD #326
Mr. Duling spent two years at Eureka College before completing his degree in Elementary Education at Illinois State University in 1994, followed by his Master’s degree in Educational Administration, also from Illinois State University in 1997 and his Certificate of Advanced Stu... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

10:45am

Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment
What does the future of learning look like, and how can you provide a learning environment that supports that for your students? Knoxville opened a new High School in 2014 that supports the future of learning through technology and collaboration. Don't have the resources for a new school? Don't worry, this session is about planning for the future all at once, or in small steps. I'll share our experience about planning, funding, and decision-making. Come ready to ask questions and share your experiences, too! We learn best by sharing with each other...just like our students!

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wilder

Steve Wilder

Superintendent, Knoxville CUSD #202
I am the Superintendent of Schools in Knoxville, IL. Knoxville is a small, rural school district in West Central Illinois that has flourished thanks to a history of long-term planning and a student-centered focus. We have a districtwide 1:1 program, and we opened a new High Schoo... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

10:45am

Creating a Statewide PLC using Ed360 and Ed Leaders Network
Learn how your district can leverage ISBE’s Ed360 data dashboard and IPA’s Ed Leaders Network (ELN) professional development platform to improve learning for students and staff. The seamless integration of these two technologies (Ed360 and ELN) provides districts the data needed to make informed decisions and the professional development needed to support implementation. You will also see how ELN’s online community can be used at the state and regional level to share best practices and sustain high achievement across the state.

Presenters
avatar for Arlin Peebles

Arlin Peebles

Online PD Director, Illinois Principals Association, Springfield
Arlin Peebles serves as the Online Professional Development Director for the Illinois Principals Association. In this role he assists educational experts and practitioners in the development of online learning opportunities for educational leaders. He also oversees the Ed Leaders... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B

10:45am

Fillable Forms in Microsoft Office
Have you ever received a document that you were supposed to fill out and return that you had to print out, fill out by hand and return by email? I know I have and I always hate that process because it takes so many steps. Microsoft Office has the ability to create forms that you can electronically fill and return. This would be a great opportunity for anyone that is required to create paper documents that they have to personalize. If you type faster than you can write by hand or if your hand-writing is as bad as mine, this is the session for you. In this session we will look at a sample document prepared as a fillable form and then work to be able to create a document of your own so that you have a useful tool to take back to your classroom, PLC or office.

Presenters
avatar for Dallas Turner

Dallas Turner

Physics Teacher
Dallas is a high school physics teacher, former technology coach and model rocketry enthusiast. In addition, he is a board member of the StateLine Illinois Computing Educators. He enjoys finding problems and their solutions which is why he does what he does. He is a level 1 Certi... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Doug McArthur

Doug McArthur

Teacher - Coach - Tech Specialist, Rockford Public School District 205
Douglas McArthur is primarily an English teacher at Jefferson High School in Rockford, IL. In addition to his content area duties, he is a Teacher Technology Support Specialist for the district, the head coach of the JHS Speech Team, and one of the founding officers of SLICE - th... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A

10:45am

It's Time to Find Your EdTech Passion
How do you identify your edtech passion? Kathy can help! She will showcase the aspects of educational technology used to support meaningful teaching and learning she cares deeply about. Learn about a wide array of practices, pedagogies, and thought-provoking uses of technology by educators and students. From cool gadgets to embedding technology, and everything in-between, you will come away with a plan of how you can focus on “doing what you love” in the edtech arena!

Presenters
avatar for Kathy Schrock

Kathy Schrock

Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock's kackl!
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana B

10:45am

Learning With Your Peers: Creative Pineapple PD
Pineapple PD is an innovative PD solution that allows educators to invite one another into their classrooms for informal learning observations with their students. The learning outcome is to observe creative instructional strategies, student learning engagement activities, view classroom learning space setups, and participate in the lesson. Join Naomi Harm to learn more and hear success stories from across the nation!

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm

Strategic Outreach Manager in K12 Education, Innovative Educator Consulting & Wonder Workshp
Naomi Harm is an educational thought leader/influencer. She welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise/best practices relating to mobile teaching/learning initiatives, coding, programming and robotics, redesigning classroom learning spaces, and brain-based instructional st... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

Make it Real...Differentiate your Professional Development
Creating opportunities for professional development to be authentic and real for all types of learners is a hard task that coaches and leaders try to do. However, trying to figure out the right combination is difficult with time constraints and making sure it fits with everyone’s focus area. Come learn how to create real opportunities for all staff that make it meaningful.

Presenters
CK

Caren Kimbarovsky

| Caren Kimbarovsky has been teaching for over twenty-five years, seventeen of those years in the technology field. Currently, she is a Technology Literacy Coach at Libertyville School District 70. She has had the opportunity to implement technology in grades K-8 in all subject... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia D

10:45am

Make the Library the Literacy Hub of Your School
Learn about library events large and small that will create school and community wide excitement. We will share specific examples of how to engage and excite students of each age/grade level about reading and information literacy through opportunities to share their voices and learn with authentic audiences. Our examples include One Book One School, District Wide Book Trailer Festival, celebrations of unique facts, blogging about personal reading goals, Solar Awards, book clubs and Tournament of Books which all help the library becomes the center of action, interest and engagement throughout the school, district and community.

Presenters
IM

Idelle Melamed

Idelle Melamed has been an LMC Director at Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights District 25 for ten years. In her earlier life she was an attorney, stay at home mother of four children and library associate. At Patton she exposes students to quality literature, and promo... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown

LMC Director, Olive-Mary Stitt School
I have been an LMC Director at Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School in | Arlington Heights District 25 for seven years. In my earlier life, I was a middle school language arts and social studies teacher in District 95, Lake Zurich. My favorite way to encourage student engagement in... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F

10:45am

Making it Fit: How to Plan to Use Technology Effectively
More than ever, teachers are required to incorporate various components when planning for instruction. Now, as we prepare students to be "future ready" for jobs and skill sets yet-to-be-created, purposeful use of technology and applications are added to the mix. Join us to discover how this all fits together to make planning an ease. You will walk away with a concrete method to plan that will be helpful for instruction, but evaluation evidence, too!

Presenters
avatar for Matt Andrews

Matt Andrews

English Teacher & Department Chair, Dunlap CUSD #323
Currently serving as English Department Chair at Dunlap High School, I have been in education for over 10 years: 9 in the classroom and 1 working in curriculum at the district-level. I have been an active member of our 1:1 Future Ready Initiative, and one of my many roles while w... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Heather Bowman

Heather Bowman

Dunlap School District 323, DUNLAP CUSD 323
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, follow me on Twitter at @hlhb13.


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E

10:45am

Seesaw for Student Success!
Seesaw: The Learning Journal empowers students at all grade levels to highlight what they are learning in school. Students capture their learning with photos, videos, drawings, voice, and digital creations to show their growth and successes in speaking, listening, reading and writing in any subject area. Students comment on each other’s submissions to learn from each other and create a collaborative learning experience. Seesaw engages parents by giving them a real-time, personalized glimpse into their child’s school day. Parents can see and comment on their child’s work as well as receive communication in over 50 languages to engage in the learning process as a partner in education. In this session, teachers will learn how to help students create their own digital portfolios with a special emphasis on flipped learning, assessment of/for learning, and how teachers can deliver technology-integrated products for differentiated learning.

Presenters
avatar for D. (Bri) Savic

D. (Bri) Savic

Literacy Specialist/Coach
I am an extremely passionate teacher of 20+ years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Administration and Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Literacy and ELL. I have taught all grades K-4 as a classroom teacher and/or an EL te... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B

10:45am

Strengthening Connections with Families and Sharing with the World
Change family conversations from "What did you learn at school today?" to "I was impressed with your report about Arctic Foxes you posted this morning. Tell me more about that!". We will show you ways to enable parents to know and understand more about what their students are doing in real time.
Increase the critical pool of students who offer comments and feedback about work by easily connecting with other classrooms around the world. We will show you how to get connected and share globally using Seesaw.

Presenters
avatar for Sophia Garcia-Smith

Sophia Garcia-Smith

2nd Grade Teacher, Des Plaines School District 62
Sophia Garcia-Smith is a 2nd grade teacher who loves to create, collaborate and share her love of teaching and technology. She currently works at a suburban Chicago school district. She has successfully hosted an annual school wide Hour of Code event, a district wide Appy Hour an... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F-2

10:45am

Teaching and Learning Through Video
In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across co... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia A

10:45am

Thriving on Admin Island; Survivor Edition
Leading is like being a Survivor contestant. This session will give you activities, tools, and strategies that can be used tomorrow or next year. Learn how to establish alliances, carry the torch through tough times, and understand the importance of confessional. This session will help you create a positive culture and climate in your school...earning immunity as a building leader. In this session participants will be actively engaged in tools that will allow them to thrive, not just survive, as current or aspiring administrators. In one hour attendees will have take away activities/ways to build a positive culture/climate within their school, tips on ways to connect with like-minded educational leaders, and time saving strategies that allow us to streamline our workflow and increase our efficiency.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Kartsimas

Melissa Kartsimas

Principal, Kennedy Elementary School
Melissa Kartsimas is in her 7th year as the principal of Kennedy Elementary School in Schiller Park, IL, which serves 800 wonderful students, PreK-3rd grade. Melissa previously taught 3rd grade, as well as serving as a Curriculum Facilitator. Melissa is a former ICE Educator of t... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Lindsy Stumpenhorst

Lindsy Stumpenhorst

Principal, Sterling Public Schools
Lindsy Stumpenhorst is a 3-5 elementary principal in Sterling, Illinois, a rural community two hours west of Chicago. She has taught grades ranging from 3rd to 8th, spending time as an RTI specialist and an Associate Principal before moving into a Lead Learner role. She expects h... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C

10:45am

Trending Ed Tech … Giving Your Teachers PD They Love!
The Moveable Feast is a proven model of Professional Development for teachers for 20 years. Learn how this PD model has impacted teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms. All attendees will leave with a Feast Playbook and the most loved teacher take aways to use in your classroom tomorrow

Presenters
Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Innovation

10:45am

Wait! There's a Shortcut for That!
Everyone likes to save time, regardless of the task. Whether you're a teacher grading papers or a student trying to complete an assignment, chances are you're always looking for the quickest way to get the job done correctly. In this session, we will discuss various shortcuts that can save what is arguably our most valuable resource - TIME! We will discuss Google Add-Ons, Google Extensions, and other various shortcuts that can be used by any teacher, at any grade-level, and in any content area. Spend an hour learning many different tricks that will have you telling co-workers and students in your district, "Wait! There's a shortcut for that!"

Presenters
avatar for Kerri Young

Kerri Young

Kerri Young is a 2nd grader teacher in the Southern Illinois community of Marion. She is currently in her second year teaching 2nd grade and loves introducing her primary students to the wonderful world of technology. Prior to this assignment, she taught one year of 4th/5th grade... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Jess Landes

Jess Landes

3rd Grade Teacher, Marion Community Unit School District 2
Jess Landes is a third grade teacher in Southern Illinois and has been teaching in the Marion Unit #2 School District for 15 years. Her teaching experiences have been in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. This is her tenth year teaching third graders and she especially loves... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria

10:45am

Yes, you CAN use Chromebooks in the Math Classroom!
Are you having a hard time using Chromebooks in your math classroom? Are you struggling to find lesson ideas that really work? In this session, we will explore a variety of tools that will make Chromebooks work in your math classroom. Tools for centers, flipped classrooms, and student interactives will be shown, in addition to teacher resource tools.

By the end of this session with Pete Dulany, a certified mathematics teacher, you’ll agree that, yes, you CAN use Chromebooks in the classroom!

Presenters
PD

Pete Dulany

After spending ten years as a high school math and technology teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Pete Dulany has spent the last six years helping schools across the country reach their technology goals. Pete is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago, a Google Certified... Read More →

Co-Presenters
HK

Haley Kalinichenko

Haley is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Teacher, and loves to run hands-on and engaging professional development sessions for teachers about the best practices for using SMART Boards, iPads, and Google Suite for Education for instruction at all grade levels. | | Haley a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E-2

10:45am

Google Drawings & Graphic Organizers
Learn to use and create interactive Google Drawings templates and graphic organizers or students. Construct "Click and Drag " Venn diagrams, matching items, as well as categorize vocabulary and lab equipment...the sky is the limit! Most importantly learn to teach your students how to utilize this tool to be a creator in all of their classes!

Presenters
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
"Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. Her online publication for AACT showc... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G

10:45am

Bridge the Homework Gap: Connectivity for All
We will go through different ways to provide connectivity at home for students who do not have it. There is no silver bullet this has to be a whole community effort.

Presenters
JM

Joe McAllister

After six years in a High School Mathematics classroom, I recently became I am a Learning Environment Advisor at CDWG. In this position I help our customers make the best decisions in the classroom. I am passionate about finding best practices in education for educators across th... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg H

10:45am

Devices Are Not Enough: How We Are Bringing Our District Into The 21st Century
In just a few short years, Channahon SD17 has transformed from a district using very little technology to one that thrives in being innovative. We'll share how we did it and the obstacles we had to overcome.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy McBrayer

Jeremy McBrayer

Director of 21st Century Learning, Channahon SD17
Jeremy is the Director of 21st Century Learning in Channahon School District 17. He has helped organize and transition the school district into a leader in developing 21st Century Skills in students of all age levels. Jeremy is also a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and lo... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Nick Henkle

Nick Henkle

Superintendent, Channahon SD  17
Nick Henkle is the Superintendent of Channahon School District 17. He believes that the joy of learning is built into every human being and that it is the responsibility of every educator to unlock and discover this joy within each child.


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold C

10:45am

Don't get Caught Phishing! - Strategies for Launching a Cyber Security Awareness Campaign
Come Explore Strategies for Launching a Cyber Security Awareness Campaign in Your District

Presenters
avatar for Stan Gorbatkin

Stan Gorbatkin

Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services, Indian Prairie School District #204
Stan Gorbatkin is in his 34th year in Education with 30 of those years in Indian Prairie School District 204. Stan has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal before joining the District-level administrative team. He currently serves as Assistant Superintendent fo... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Andrew Peterman

Andrew Peterman

Assistant Director, Technology Services, Indian Prairie School District #204
Andrew Peterman is in his 19th year in education at Indian Prairie School District 204. Andrew has served as a Teacher, Coach, and Educational Specialist before joining the District-level administrative team. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Technology Services... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold D

10:45am

Encouraging Innovation with a Mini-Grant Format
Transforming learning spaces is expensive! Changing space also requires some experimentation. To encourage teachers to take risks and consider changing the learning environment, I developed a mini grant process for teachers by using Google Docs. I reserved a portion of the budget to allow teachers to request items for their classrooms that promote innovation and creative problem solving. The mini grant requires research that supports the items and a written reflection on the changes to provide feedback for other teachers. Teachers are challenged that more money is available if teachers cut the budget in other ways such as through the use of paper, mailings and other traditional supplies. As a result, teachers are experimenting with a variety of classroom tools that will guide our transformation in learning.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold B

10:45am

The Best PLC is TLC: Relationship Building for Coaches
Together we will collaborate with each other and learn that how to change and improve the culture in our school environments. As coaches, we strive to build and sustain relationships within our school communities. We will share some of our most successful strategies and activities to foster and connect while coaching.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Digital Learning Coach, SD113A
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learning discoveries with other teachers, students and administration! As a Digital Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences she has been lucky enough to spread that learning with ot... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold A

10:45am

We're 1:1-Now What?
As more and more schools have taken the steps towards becoming a 1:1 environment or are on the verge of making this transition, many are faced with important questions; we’ve gone 1:1... Now what? During this session, we will explore many aspects that allow for a 1:1 program to not only begin successfully, but continue to gain momentum and maintain focus on what is most important; great teaching and learning. We will take a look at several key components to maintaining a successful 1:1 program, including outlining and designing a professional development program that is suited for your school and teachers, ideas to “teach” important information to students regarding digital citizenship, academic usage of technology and day to day expectations, explore how social media and technology can be used to elevate student voice, examine the importance of culture and 1:1 as well as ways that you can re-energize teacher teams and committees into a learning and innovation focus. 1:1 is a great opportunity to take our teaching and learning to the next level. Let’s push the limits!

Presenters
avatar for Dominic Manola

Dominic Manola

Assistant Principal, Instructional Innovation
Dominic Manola is the Assistant Principal for Instructional Innovation at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. While Lake Park is embarking on their 1:1 journey, the emphasis remains on teaching and learning. How does technology support good instruction? Differentiated instructi... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold E

12:00pm

Creating Memorable Presentrations with Keynote
Explore some of the newest features and discover the infinite possibilities for telling stories, presenting ideas, representing change through animations, and more. With its powerful tools, dazzling effects, and real-time collaboration, Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia Threshold

12:00pm

Personalizing Professional Development on iPad
Hear about this middle school’s journey with one-to-one iPad, which started six years ago and has now expanded across their entire district. You’ll learn how the Apple Teacher Learning Center helped them empower their staff and personalize professional learning on iPad and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for Lindsay Johnson

Lindsay Johnson

Technology Integration Specialist, River Forest Public School District 90
Lindsay Johnson guides teachers in designing innovative learning experiences, parents in developing healthy digital plans for the home, and administrators in defining and leading visionary schools. | | With a background in teaching, professional development, graphic design, illu... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Annmarie Clasky

Annmarie Clasky

Instructional Tech Specialist, Lincoln Elementary
Annmarie is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Lincoln Elementary in River Forest, IL. She received her Masters in Education from National Louis University and has been working in the educational field for 25 years including 4th grade, 5th grade and the computer lab. She l... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Crannell

Cindy Crannell

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest Public School District
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she started her career as an elementary classroom teacher. After taking a few years off to start a family, she moved outside of the U.S.and has lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, West Midlands of U.K., Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London, U.K... Read More →
KM

Kevin Martin

District Technology Director for 19 years, 3 years high school teaching experience.


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia Threshold

12:00pm

Be a Social Media Superhero
Every school needs a Social Media Superhero. The use of social media meets families, community members, and decision makers in a place where they live daily. Find out how to maximize your school’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more) in order to lead, inspire and inform all stakeholders. Social media is a new literacy and our schools leaders have to model that literacy appropriately.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Superintendent, Fall Creek School District, WI
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, which was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. In addition to his current book, Hacking Leadership, he has co-authored T... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana B

12:00pm

Chug Along Until You’re Full STEAM Ahead
Do you have big ideas to have a STEAM Lab in your school? I did, three years ago. In this session, you will learn from my journey. We will discuss how a STEAM Lab builds student’s soft skills, interest in STEAM strands, and desire to be a lifelong learner. I will show you how to create a successful after school club, how to gain interest and buy-in within your school for designated STEAM time, and how to extend STEAM activities/challenges to cover ELA CCSS. If you are ready to board the STEAM train, this session is for you!

Presenters
avatar for Nancy Gadzala

Nancy Gadzala

weCreate Lab Facilitator/ MRC Director, CCSD181
Nancy is the weCreate Lab Facilitator and MRC Director at Madison School in Hinsdale. A former 5th grade teacher who utilized a flexible classroom environment, engaged students in collaborative, creative learning with 1:1 iPads, and spearheaded a STEAM program for all grade level... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg C

12:00pm

Design Learning Spaces That Matter - Modern learning needs modern learning spaces
As we look to craft curriculum and instruction to prepare our students for college and careers, it is essential that they have an opportunity to learn in spaces that support this mission. The tradition of desks in rows in a teacher-directed classroom is inhibiting our progress to address the needs of all students. But designing excellent learning spaces isn’t about decorating — it’s about having conversations about purpose and intentionality. Robert Dillon will discuss best practices based on previous district success and brain research. You’ll leave with a variety of hacks and ideas you can use to transform your district classrooms and set in motion new ways of learning in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon

Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

12:00pm

Digital Formative Assessment Tools
This session will address how to use digital formative assessment tools to facilitate self- and peer-reflection, to inform instruction, to communicate with students, families, and staff, to provide timely feedback, to accommodate learner needs, and to help students build self-direction. Three main tools will be utilized: SeeSaw, PearDeck, and Edulastic. The majority of student work will showcase student learning in mathematics; however, application to other subjects will be discussed for each tool. Then, participants will have the opportunity to choose a tool that they would like to set up for their classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Droba

Christine Droba

Teacher, North Palos School District 117
I graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Child Studies. Since graduation, I have completed a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration on English Learners. I am currently completing the Illinois Princip... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Kara Smit

Kara Smit

Technology Instruction Coordinator, North Palos School District 117
My name is Kara Smit and I am one of the Technology Instruction Coordinators at North Palos School District 117 in Palos Hills. Prior to becoming a Technology Instruction Coordinator, I was a 6th-grade science teacher. I have seen the ways that technology can transform learning a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia C

12:00pm

Digital Tools That Boost Formative Assessment

This session will discuss and share a variety of engaging digital tools to enhance, monitor and elicit evidence of student learning. The tools that will be covered include Seesaw, Nearpod, and Goformative. This session will provide an opportunity to see how technology can be used to check for students' understanding of lessons, how it provides instant feedback to both teacher and students, in addition to having access to data to monitor student progress. Hands on opportunities will be provided for participants to create classroom accounts and explore.


Presenters
avatar for Samar Abousalem

Samar Abousalem

First Grade ELL Teacher, North Palos School District 117
I have been working in education for the past eight years as a first grade English Language Learners teacher. I teach Arabic speaking students at North Palos School District 117. From 2015-17, I served on the District's Technology Committee to help guide and support implantation... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg E

12:00pm

Empowering Creators Everyday
Innovation has an infinite number of possibilities, which makes it empowering for everybody. The question educators need to ask is: How do we launch this momentum for tomorrow’s future leaders? Within our workshop model, you will learn how to evolve the creative process for every learner. Be brave. Take a risk. Our future leaders deserve it!

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Pitzer

Stefanie Pitzer

Instructional Technology Coach, Dunlap District 323
My name is Stefanie Pitzer and I'm a former 2nd grade teacher of 11 years. I'm in my first year of being an instructional technology coach for the Dunlap School District. I'm also a Seesaw Ambassador and a Fligrid Certified Educator. I love empowering educators to create meaningf... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

5th grade teacher, Dunlap School District


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg F-2

12:00pm

First Class: New Teachers as Great Digital Citizens and Role Models
As more and more technology exposed millennials enter the workforce, how can we encourage mindful digital citizenship in both our staff and students? Whether a novice or experienced teacher, all staff can model great digital citizenship for their students and increase the digital competency of their school overall. As school leaders, how can we train new staff to understand norms and etiquette, to collaborate with peers, and create original materials? Within the framework of the 4 Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking), this session will present training strategies to help new staff navigate the ever-changing world of digital integration, and how to build positive habits from the start of their careers as 21st century educators.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Rihtar

Beth Rihtar

Instructional Tech Coach, D64 Park Ridge-Niles
Beth Rihtar is in in her fourth year as an instructional technology coach at a suburban Chicago district. Prior to coaching, she taught music in Indiana for 18 years. As a proud middle school educator, she’s committed to team teaching, coteaching, collaborating as a team, forma... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Mary Jane Warden

Mary Jane Warden

Director of Technology, Park Ridge-Niles District 64
Mary Jane Warden has been in education for 23 years in the northern Illinois area, serving in many capacities – as a classroom teacher, staff developer, technology coordinator, and district-level administrator. Her energies have been invested in supporting teachers in integrati... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg E-2

12:00pm

Innovative Student Leaders: Giving students a voice in their learning through innovative strategies

How might we leverage innovative strategies to tap into students’ passions, talents, and voice in schools today? In Riverside District 96, we have created a student lead innovation team where students lead within the classroom as well as provide professional development opportunities for our staff. Members of the club support innovative learning within the classroom through supporting both teachers and students through instruction and guidance. Innovative Student Leaders create digital content and tutorials for their classmates and teachers and publish this content on a Google Site to share to our District. These leaders advocate for their learning through providing professional development to teachers through the student perspective. Come learn how we started our club at Hauser Jr. High and what we have learned along the way.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Smit

Jason Smit

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Riverside School District 96
I am a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer and have been in the field of instructional technology for 13+ years serving many different roles; technology teacher, Jr. High Assistant Principal, and currently as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. In my current... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Kelly King

Kelly King

Instructional Technology Specialist, Riverside School District 96
Kelly is an instructional technology specialist in Riverside School District 96 who works with K-8 students and teachers across the district to help provide meaningful implementation of technology in the classroom. Prior to this role, she was a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

12:00pm

Make IT Work!
Finding the right tool to enhance your lesson with technology and engage your students can be a challenge. Who has time to find that perfect “hook” to connect learners to the curriculum? This fun, fast paced, interactive session will demonstrate how to find just in time resources which can be creatively adapted to match your specific learning targets, aligned to standards and scaled effectively to climb the SAMR ladder towards transformative and purposeful instruction. Come prepared to learn, share, challenge, discuss and explore!

Presenters
avatar for James Gubbins

James Gubbins

District Technology Coordinator, Maine Township High School District 207
James Gubbins has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom. He maintains the blog zenodotus.net which gives succinct, helpful information on useable technology and explores current trends in educational design and pedagogy. As the District Technology Coor... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg D

12:00pm

Protecting Student Data & Privacy - One district’s journey
An overview of the steps we've taken from a parent concern, to a district policy, to everyday practice, to the creation of a privacy resource guide, and the steps we still need to accomplish.

Presenters
KM

Kevin Martin

District Technology Director for 19 years, 3 years high school teaching experience.

Co-Presenters
avatar for David Davis

David Davis

Assistant Principal, River Forest Public School District 90


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg F

12:00pm

The IlliniCloud Story
The story of the IlliniCloud is simple - we are K12 for K12. Started over 10 years ago, this non-profit cooperative is lead by three school districts within Illinois and provides services and innovative solutions for key challenges for K12 schools districts. The IlliniCloud is looking to expand its efforts and its membership by sharing its story. Come hear what is new about the IC, what our successes, what we've learned from our collaborations, and how you can empower you schools. We will be showcasing our efforts all afternoon will conversations and demonstrations by IC partners on topics of (here's where we need to figure it out: 3D printing, gaming in the classroom, esports, security, maker spaces, what else???)

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Innovation

12:00pm

The Intersection of Competency Based Learning, Growth Mindset, and Technology—Is This the Tipping Point?
According to the Department of Education, competency-based learning programs can increase productivity, engage students, and make better use of technology.   As CBL programs take hold, there is a growing belief that student success depends more on self-perception than learning styles or innate ability.   Many educators are still tweaking the most effective way to interject technology into this mix.
This session will examine these claims through the lens of actual practitioners, including teachers, administrators, and students. In addition, we will explore:
●    What do good competency-based learning programs look like? What are the challenges and risks associated with moving to this model?
●    What does a growth mindset classroom really look like?  How is it implemented?
●    What does recent learning research tell us about deep learning, retention, and student growth?

Presenters
DK

Dr. Kenneth Hoover

IXL
With 18 years of education experience and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Ken Hoover brings to IXL deep expertise in best practice instruction and cultural leadership.  Ken is a former teacher, coach, administrator, and director of an aspiring leadership program in Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Euphoria

12:00pm

The SEL Elephant in the Room: Media Literacy
If we are attempting to teach SEL without media literacy, we are missing the point. In this session, you'll learn how to incorporate media literacy skills into SEL so that the eleven hours per day of media that our kids consume don't counteract the character education we are attempting.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom en... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg B

12:00pm

Using an LMS for a Self-Paced Classroom for At-Risk Learners
Learn how we use our LMS to create a self-paced classroom that provides an opportunity to meet the needs of all students, especially our at-risk learners (low reading levels, low SES, Sheltered, Special-Ed, etc). The method we use can be adapted to all content areas and grade levels.

Presenters
JK

Jillian Kroot

I am a 5th year math teacher at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. I currently teach a low level Sheltered algebra 1 class, a low level algebra 1 class, a regular level algebra 1 class, and an honors algebra 2/trig class. This is my 3rd year teaching in a one-to-one... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Dana Lainio

Dana Lainio

Math Teacher, Warren Township High School 121


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg A

12:00pm

What? We Can’t Code! Starting a “Girls Who Code” Club at Your School!
We started out with varied coding experience but much inspiration from “Girls Who Code” founder, Reshma Saujani. Learn how we got the club off the ground with a group of dedicated students from two campuses! We want to share our struggles, successes, and lessons learned while embarking on this new adventure!

Presenters
avatar for Mary Mlinar-Stephens

Mary Mlinar-Stephens

7th Grade ELA Teacher, Waukegan Public School District #60
An educator for over 20 years, Mary Mlinar-Stephens is currently an instructional coach and computer applications teacher at Waukegan High School. She has taught seventh graders in a 1:1 learning initiative at Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan. Mary is a former Director of... Read More →

Co-Presenters
AW

Angela Wang

Math and Computer Science Teacher, Waukegan High School
Angela started her teaching career four years ago as a teaching aide at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL. After teaching there for a year, she got a job at Waukegan High School, where she has been teaching mathematics (Geometry) for three years and AP Computer Science... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia D

12:00pm

When We Stop Playing, We All Lose
We should all enjoy what we do, we should engage in meaningful learning, we should learn from and with others. That’s the whole purpose of education, that’s what we want to do in our classrooms, and that’s what you will learn from this session. This is an introduction to the FLO pedagogy. (Fun - Learning - Others)

Presenters
avatar for Zack Gilbert

Zack Gilbert

Teacher, Thomas Metcalf School
Zack Gilbert is currently teaching 5th/6th grade social studies at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal, IL. Metcalf is the K-8 laboratory school through the College of Education at Illinois State University. Zack was the host of the EdGamer podcast, a source of cutting edge interview... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia B

12:00pm

How to Run Your Class Like a Startup
Technology is fast and fun! Come learn about what makes startup culture effective and enticing. Embrace the group chat as a classroom collaboration tool, get increased participation and productivity with a scrum board, and reward achievement in an increasingly standards-based education system with a simple gamification technique. Don't you love it when you hear the rewarding Super Mario coin sound? That's not an accident! Bring a device and equip yourself with tools that your students can use when they start working for the next Google!

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg H

12:00pm

Powerful Checks for Understanding with The Google Infused Classroom
It's time we stop talking about technology and start focusing on how technology can improve teaching and learning in our classrooms. In this session, we will examine how we can use some powerful and fun ways we can use tools like Flipgrid and Socrative to get at student understanding.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Educational Strategist, EdTechTeam
Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego, CA. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A long time teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innov... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia A

12:00pm

Beyond the Fourth Wall: One District’s Quest to Use Technology to Make Thinking Visible
Teachers write objectives, create assessments, and instruct students, but how we really know our kids are learning? In 2013, Lake Zurich School District 95 launched its Mobile Learning Initiative, which dramatically increased our K-12 students’ access to technology. Over the last 5 years we have stressed to our stakeholders that access to technology doesn’t equal student success - teachers facilitate student achievement through core student-centered instructional practices like clarity, feedback, a supportive class culture, and by working collaboratively to reflect on their impact. In this discussion our district administrators, teachers, and technology coaches reflect on how they use technology and these practices to make student thinking visible.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Coklan

Emily Coklan

Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD #95
This is my fifth year as in Instructional Technology Coach at Lake Zurich CUSD #95 and I feel I have the world's greatest job to work with teachers and students in their technology practice every day. Prior to this, I was an LMC Director at Lake Zurich High School. My master's de... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Jenni LaBrie

Jenni LaBrie

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD #95
Instructional Technology Coach and Spanish Teacher at Lake Zurich Community District 95
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy currently serves students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aqua... Read More →
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, Lake Zurich School District #95
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, a 2016 Chicago Public School ‘Ones to Watch’ winner for technology innovation, is a premiere leader in the Ed Tech field. Over the past four years, she has presented at over 25 conferences around the US, including Illinois Education and Technology... Read More →
avatar for Cassaundra Veitch

Cassaundra Veitch

Instructional Technology Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Casey has worked as an instructional technology coach for the last three years in Lake Zurich at Middle School North as part of a team with 5 other technology coaches. The team is committed to assisting teachers and students achieve personal excellence using 21st Century skills a... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Weider

Suzanne Weider

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
I have been a classroom teacher for twenty-five years. For the last two years I co-taught in a First Grade Technology Demonstration Classroom. I taught part of the day and spent the rest working with teachers to help make the bridge between the curriculum and technology. Recently... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold A

12:00pm

PD Hack- A New Way To PD
Teachers take classes and attend district workshops to earn continuing education credits but how much of that learning translates into improved outcomes for our students In this session, you will learn how Lisa Berghoff is taking a whole new approach to professional development with some interesting results. You will learn about the design thinking process that helped create a new type of professional development opportunity and learn ways to create your own PD Hack at your school or district.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Berghoff

Lisa Berghoff

Director of Instructional Technology, Highland Park High School
As a high school special education teacher for 19 years, Lisa Berghoff has worked with many students and their families to create unique learning experiences and ensure that they are an authentic part of the school community. She has seen firsthand the possibilities that come wit... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold C

12:00pm

Personalized PD for Personalized Student Learning through Technology
In 2015, Creston Community Consolidated School District 161 and Northern Illinois University launched multi-year collaborative relationship designed to support 1:1 technology and personalized student learning. In this session we will reflect on this relationship and provide an overview of the topics covered over the past two years. We will also explore how the professional development has evolved to meet the needs of the teachers and how, in year three, we are embracing personalized professional learning through a teacher-designed learning project. Join us for an interactive conversation about this unique professional development relationship.

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold D

12:00pm

Personalized Professional Development: Your Tailored PD
Participants will learn how to use new professional development models and online platforms (Twitter Chats, Edcamps, Google Hangouts, Unconferences, etc) to further their own professional development. No more need for traditional “sit and get” conferences. Technology coupled with online resources allow educators to take control over their own professional development. New PD models allow educators to make connections to others despite the barriers of geography and time. Educators can now use their voice and choice to find professional development tailored to their needs.

Presenters
MB

Marcy Brugger

My name is Marcy Brugger. I have been in education for 9 years. I have taught various grade levels including 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. This is my first year in the role of District Technology Integration Specialist at Elmwood Community Schools #322. I am a graduate of Brad... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold E

12:00pm

SPARK- Online Evaluation System
Our district has created and implemented an internal web-based series of templates specific to the Danielson evaluation rubric. These templates allow both teachers and administrators access to ongoing evaluation tools, rubrics and Danielson resources. Our online evaluation tool (SPARK) allows for areas for online continual improvement activities as well as evaluative feedback. This rubric is Danielson-based and growth-centered.

Presenters
AL

Aaron Lenaghan

I am the Director of Technology, Teaching and Learning with DuPage High School District 88. We are a progressive high school district focused on continuous improvement of student achievement. Our technology team has implemented many innovative programs for our students and staff... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold B

1:15pm

Engaging English-Language Learners with iPad
iPad can be used to create interactive and engaging learning experiences for English-language learners. Explore built-in features on iPad that help scaffold and support language acquisition. Experience apps that strengthen language skills, let students learn at their own pace, and use language authentically to creatively demonstrate knowledge.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia Threshold

1:15pm

Photo Walk: Portraits and People
From selfies to photographing groups, we’ll show you how to take great portraits of people with your iPhone or iPad on this photo walk. We’ll experiment with interesting backgrounds, work with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting, and explore creative framing.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia Threshold

1:15pm

#GlenviewCardboardChallenge: Empowering Families through Design and Dispositions

The Glenview Cardboard Challenge is a school and public library initiative: encouraging kids and their families to explore the Design Thinking process and foster lifelong learning dispositions including critical thinking, adaptability, resourcefulness, and perseverance. Inspired by the short film, 'Caine's Arcade', the Global Cardboard Challenge is a community engagement event to celebrate child creativity, empower families to understand district values and engage the greater community with libraries. Sponsored by Glenview District 34 and Glenview Public Library.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Steiger

Sarah Steiger

LRC Director, Glenview SD 34
The LRC is truly the hub of Lyon School- where we are passionate about learning, for teachers and kids. As the director, I support staff in accomplishing their instructional goals and I help kids to make meaning of our world. You can learn more about what we do on our website at... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Rachel Davidson

Rachel Davidson

LRC Director, Henking School/Glenview D34
I have been an educator for 27 years, starting as a classroom teacher in grades 1st - 5th, teacher of the gifted K-5 and an LRC director for 18 years now. I believe it is my role to be an extension of the classroom and to be an integral part of the total educational team to help... Read More →
avatar for Megan Freeley

Megan Freeley

LRC Director, Westbrook Elementary
This is my third year as the LRC Director at Westbrook. I love being involved in all of the grades and different happenings going on in our school. I believe it is my job to be as much support as I can to the teachers while helping students to find their lasting love of reading a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg C

1:15pm

#ToolsThatTalk: Tools that enhance oral development and total participation in the classroom.
Are your English learners reluctant to talk in class? Do you hear the sound of crickets when you say, "turn and talk?" The amount and quality of talk in classrooms is tied directly to student achievement. Join #ToolsThatTalk to learn all about digital tools that not only promote oral language development, but increase total participation in your classroom! Empower and motivate your English learners to take ownership of their learning through technology tools that transform the learning environment.

Presenters
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Shadia Salem

North Palos School District #117
My name is Shadia Salem and I am a Technology Instruction Coordinator and English Learner enthusiast at North Palos School District 117. Prior to becoming a Technology Instruction Coordinator, I was an Arabic bilingual teacher for students in grade 1st-4th. I am a sole believer i... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg A

1:15pm

10 Must-have Tech Tools For Admin
As admin, we have to stay relevant, model new tech tools, and efficiently handle all the various roles we play as admin. This session will give you 10 tech tools that are must-haves to be a connected admin who can foster the use of technology in your schools and help you be a technology leader. The session will introduce you to my top 10, but as a group we will share others you may have as an admin.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Eagan

Jonathan Eagan

Jonathan currently serves as Assistant Superintendent and oversees Ed Tech and supports all middle schools in MDUSD. Jonathan served as a high school VP, elementary and middle school Principal, and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Currently Jonathan is working on... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg F

1:15pm

Art & Music Meet Coding!
This project is a collaboration between the elementary school art and music teachers. In an effort to utilize the students’ knowledge of coding and integrate technology into the art and music curriculum, we created this interactive project for the second and third grade students. Each student created three artworks influenced by Van Gogh, Klimt, and Gaughin in art class and each with a specific color theme of red, yellow, or blue. In music class, the students learned to code with the program Tynker a short chord progression with three major chords (I, IV, and V). The students began the school year learning to play recorders in second grade and Nuvo Instrument Toots in third grade. After coding the chord progression and coding a corresponding artwork (red:I chord, yellow: IV chord, blue: V chord) the students created melodic lines on their instruments. The students performed compositions with the projected art work onto three blank canvases and the coded chord progressions for their class.

Presenters
AH

Annabel Hasty

Annabel Hasty is the Lower School Music Teacher at Quest Academy, a gifted independent school in Palatine, Illinois. Annabel has taught music in a variety of different socioeconomic environments across the country. She is a founding teacher at an inner-city charter school in New... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg E

1:15pm

Classroom or Start-up? Turn your classroom into a design-thinking hub
Innovative classrooms are like tech start-ups: students brainstorm, develop, test, & market ideas for solutions to problems. Learn how to use technology to incorporate student inquiry, voice & choice, and project-based learning to facilitate a design-thinking based environment; encouraging creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in your elementary classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Karrin Burns

Karrin Burns

Teacher, River Forest SD 90
Karrin Burns is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and Google for Education Certified Trainer (GoogleCT). She is a Grade 3 teacher at Lincoln School in River Forest, Illinois. Karrin has an undergraduate degree in French from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's de... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg B

1:15pm

Creating a culture of innovation
Every school leader would love if their district is defined by a culture that does not fear failure and pursues progress relentlessly. Getting there, however, is difficult. This session will mix in best practices, relevant recent publications, and personal experiences to create a template of actions a school leader can take to start to build a culture of innovation in their building. The session will be interactive, engaging, and undoubtedly thought provoking.

Presenters
avatar for PJ Caposey

PJ Caposey

Superintendent, Meridian 223
Dr. PJ Caposey is an award-winning principal and Superintendent who is an expert in teacher evaluation, school culture, personalized learning, and student voice. PJ has published three books in the last few years, with three more coming out in the next 18 months. He is a sought a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

1:15pm

Empower EL and Struggling Students with Digital Portfolios
We all want our students to be mindful in their learning, be reflective, and be able to observe their own journey in our classes. Hear from co-teachers Lisa Berghoff and Ana Thompson as they walk you through their process of using Google sites as well as other tools in digital portfolios for powerful results, specifically with students who struggle with language or are second language learners. Lisa and Ana will provide you with steps you can take in your own classroom or school in this fun, engaging breakout session.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Berghoff

Lisa Berghoff

Director of Instructional Technology, Highland Park High School
As a high school special education teacher for 19 years, Lisa Berghoff has worked with many students and their families to create unique learning experiences and ensure that they are an authentic part of the school community. She has seen firsthand the possibilities that come wit... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Ana Thompson

Ana Thompson

Science Bilingual Teacher, District 113
Ana Thompson is a Science bilingual teacher at Highland Park High School. She is also a Marine biologist and worked in research before becoming a teacher. She is passionate about finding new tools to improve student engagement and learning. She has been using student's digital po... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg F-2

1:15pm

Healthy Grading Practices
What is all this talk about grading? Teachers all around the world battle it out in 140 characters on Twitter - Let’s teach responsibility! Let’s get rid of the five-paragraph essay! No more grades at all! But what is behind all of that discussion? Key words and ideas will be looked at thoroughly by participants of this session, and decided if they are necessary in a classroom, nice to have, or if they should be trashed.

Presenters
avatar for Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr

Teacher, Thomas Middle School
Joy was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders in Arlington Heights School District 25. Joy is passionate about stu... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia B

1:15pm

Launch & Iterate: Teaching and Learning in an Ever Changing World
At the core of what we do is great teaching and learning; it always has been and it always will be. Technology is an incredible tool to help us better our practice. But it is just that; a tool. During this session, we will discuss and take a look at the big picture of education today, as it relates to our ever changing society and world, with and without technology. In this discussion based format, we will challenge our thoughts and beliefs through a series of scenarios, questions and interactions. We will examine the speed of change, different 21st century educational models, the role of technology, several relevant educational issues and more, as they relate to teaching, learning, innovation and technology.

Presenters
avatar for Dominic Manola

Dominic Manola

Assistant Principal, Instructional Innovation
Dominic Manola is the Assistant Principal for Instructional Innovation at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. While Lake Park is embarking on their 1:1 journey, the emphasis remains on teaching and learning. How does technology support good instruction? Differentiated instructi... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

1:15pm

Level Up: Five Ways to Gamify Your Class
The face of instruction is changing, as educators often struggle to engage students. Gamification, or applying game mechanics to non-traditional settings, has proved to be an innovative and effective way to capture the interest of today's learners. In this session, educators will create a basic template to help them begin the process of gamifying their classroom for little or no money.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across co... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia A

1:15pm

Making, Design, and the Future of Learning
A learning revolution is taking place around the world. The maker movement, modern design methods, and agile development mean that people are learning to solve problems in new ways with modern technology and global awareness. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. Educators can adapt the powerful technology, design ideals, and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.

Presenters
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez is the co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, known around the world as the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” She advocates for student-centered hands-on, minds-on learning with an emphasis on STEAM for all. She... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Nirvana B

1:15pm

News and Media Literacy - Building Critical Consumers and Creators
More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids.This session takes us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including: -Why news and media literacy is more important than ever -Latest research on kids and news -What is “fake news” and how to spot it -Ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum -Rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy

Presenters
avatar for Steve Garton

Steve Garton

Senior Manager, Common Sense Education
Steve Garton is a Senior Manager for Common Sense Education in the Learning Solutions program. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg E-2

1:15pm

Partnerships: A Panel Discussion
Working together is the key to making things happen. Representatives from statewide groups such as techgeeks, IETL, ICE, ICN, ISBE and Illini Cloud will come together to discuss how partnerships help to make k-12 education stronger in Illinois.

Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Innovation

1:15pm

Survivors Ready? Gamification in the Classroom
How excited would students be about learning if you turned your curriculum into a game? In this session we’ll talk about how to turn one (or all) of your classes into a game like the well known television show, Survivor. Students in my 5th grade math class are excited to come to class every day and participate in reward challenges, immunity challenges, and tribal council. I’ll also share other ways to creatively gamify your classroom and use technology to enhance the gamification process.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Hagedorn

Scott Hagedorn

5th grade teacher from Lockport, Illinois, Will County School District 92
Scott Hagedorn is a fifth grade teacher in Lockport, IL. He is thrilled to have 1 to 1 iPads in his classroom and utilizes them in his teaching whenever he can. Scott loves to use different teaching styles and is currently excited to use gamification in his classes. Students in h... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Euphoria

1:15pm

What's New with the Illinois Open Educational Resource Searchable Database
In this session you will learn how schools can take advantage of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement and the Illinois Open Educational Resource (IOER) searchable database. This summer, educators from across the state participated in a tagging initiative and learning retreat. The goal of this initiative was to increase the number of standards-aligned and vetted resources in the system and work with educators to tag, curate, and evaluate resources in IOER. In this session you will learn about the results of this initiative and get a preview of the new features in IOER.

Presenters
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Kristin Brynteson

Kristin Brynteson, Ed.D. is the director of professional development for the P-20 Center where she leads efforts to support interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education and technology integration through regional and statewide profes... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Utopia D

1:15pm

“Bell Ringers, Summaries, and Exit Slips, Oh My!”
Tired of the same bell ringers that kids ignore? Summaries that don’t really clarify? Exit slips that are rushed through just to get out of class? Wish you had a pocket full of ideas to wow your students and have them focused and engaged? Join us as we explore technology-based activities that you can use with your class the very next day!

Presenters
avatar for Nanci Greene

Nanci Greene

Instructional Technology Coach, Bloomingdale School District 13
Nanci is an instructional technology coach at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale District 13. She has a true passion for integrating technology into every subject possible for an advanced level of education. She enjoys helping students learn to use digital tools successfully... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Jon Perry

Jon Perry

Teacher, Westfield Middle School
Jon works at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale District 13. Jon is a Spanish and writing teacher. He has a true passion for integrating technology into his subjects for an advanced level of education. Helping students learn to use digital tools successfully and seamlessly i... Read More →
avatar for Mariela Siegert

Mariela Siegert

School Librarian, Westfield Middle School
Mariela works at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale District 13 as the school librarian. She has a true passion for integrating technology into every subject possible for an advanced level of education. Helping students learn to use digital tools successfully and seamlessly... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg D

1:15pm

What's New with Google?
Join the Google for Education team to hear about all the new announcements, features and products from the last few months. We might even have some new toys to show off!

Presenters
avatar for Britton Picciolini

Britton Picciolini

Central Region Manager, Google

Co-Presenters
avatar for Anne Nash

Anne Nash

Program Manager, Google
Anne Nash has been at Google for over 4.5 years. During that time, she has worked on Google's Ads business, as well as their People Development team, where she oversaw Google's unconscious bias training programs. Originally from Michigan, she now happily resides in Chicago with h... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg G

1:15pm

Providing Tech Support for 1:1 Initiatives - Student Internship/Job Skills & Outsourced Solutions
Supporting your install base of 1:1 devices is a real consideration in implementing 1:1. See how one school (Evanston Township HS) uses this as in-school internship/job skills opportunity through a hybrid model which includes some internal support and some external support provided by Technology Resources Advisors (TRA).

Presenters
avatar for Chris Elkendier

Chris Elkendier

Gold
TRA assists school districts with beginning and maintaining their 1:1 initiatives with Chromebooks, Accidental Warranty and Accessories.
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Gary Haller

Evanston Township High School
An experienced educator with a passion for computer science and technology education. Leveraging his 20 years in the business world including time at IBM and United Airlines (and various subsidiaries), Gary brings a practical and informed perspective into his classroom. Using tho... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg H

1:15pm

Bringing Daily Student Announcements Alive!
Is your school making daily announcements that originate in the office using an intercom system and does anyone really listen? Then this session is for your district! Learn how two educators from SD89 were charged with implementing daily student announcements at Melrose Park School. What seemed like an overwhelming project turned into a fun learning experience. Very quickly they were able to use TouchCast to bring daily student announcements alive. They will describe the process they used to work with students, to video and edit announcements and to add outside supplemental resources to enhance daily student announcements. Now students can’t wait to hear the daily announcements and can’t wait to be a part of the process!

Presenters
avatar for Christina De La Pena

Christina De La Pena

Computer Facilitator K-5, SD89 - Maywood - Melrose Park - Broadview
Christina De La Peña is an educator specializing in educational technology. While she has spent the last 13 years working in elementary schools, education is a second career for Christina. Previously she worked in banking as an Operations Manager specializing in electronic check... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Barbara Palomo

Barbara Palomo

ESL Resource Teacher, Melrose Park Elementary School
Barbara Palomo is a 19 year veteran in the field of elementary education. Barbara’s experience has been focused on working with English Language Learners across different elementary school grade levels through multiple programs of instruction. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts i... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold C

1:15pm

Developing FutureReady Leaders/Learners
Come hear how we use a combination of approaches to ensure that our students are #FutureReady in IPSD 204. From establishing a student-led "ChromeZone" help desk and student-led technology classes that encourage student creation with technology, to a Career Connections program that connects students with over 300 professionals. Find out how a student-centered approach to coaching led to the implementation of these programs. Come to learn, ask questions, and share your knowledge with others.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Skrzypchak

Chris Skrzypchak

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Waubonsie Valley High School IPSD 204
Chris is currently serving as the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Waubonsie Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District 204. Prior to this role, Chris was a Teacher On Special Assignment for Instructional Technology, in Huntley Community School District 158. In h... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Dr. Kristen Mattson

Dr. Kristen Mattson

LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
I am a Future Ready high school library media specialist working to equip students and staff alike with the digital and media literacy skills needed to live and work in the digital age. My research interests include digital citizenship, social justice, and the intersection of the... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold D

1:15pm

Epic Journey to Personalizing Learning
Embark on an Epic Journey to shift the culture of education at your school. We will show how technology, PBL, and STEAM perfectly blend to create an environment for all learning styles. Attendees will leave with examples, and materials that will allow for discussion of PL at their school.

Presenters
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Hannah Barry

Alli Arnold and Hannah Barry each have 6 years experience in PreK-8 public education. Alli is a 5th grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Janesville, WI. She is a grant recipient and working in conjunction with the Institute for Personalized Learning to lead PL from distr... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold E

1:15pm

If You Build it They Will Come: A 21st century library and computer lab redesign
Over the past three years, the library and computer lab at Illini Central Grade School have been transformed. Formerly a space that was aesthetically stuck in the 1970s, where students checked out books and learned computer basics, it is now a space for true 21st century learning. Low-cost, high-impact physical renovations, combined with changes to the curriculum created an inviting, engaging, comfortable place for students to work and learn. When you step into this space you will hear the quiet buzz of enthusiasm as students discuss books, respond to texts using PicCollage, retell a story using Scratch Jr, or collaborate to create a character education slide show for their peers. The session will detail how we created a student-centered space which combines literacy and technology in a meaningful way in order to prepare students for their futures. A discussion of ideas and possibilities among attendees will be encouraged.

Presenters
KS

Kaitlyn Strauman

Library and Computer Lab Teacher, Illini Central Grade School
This is my 9th year teaching. I work in a small, rural district in southern Illinois. I spent six years as a classroom teacher. I taught 4th grade, 2nd grade and 1st grade. I am in my third year of teaching literacy and technology classes, titled Write to Read and Read to Write i... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold A

1:15pm

Once Upon a School Library
Huff and puff and transform your elementary school library into a fairy tale! Discover how to incorporate STEAM, literature, and BreakoutEDU games, all centered around classic fairytales, Watch student engagement skyrocket and make your school library a hub for researching exploring, connecting, and creating.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Schwartzers

Jill Schwartzers

LRC Teacher, Community Consolidated School District 15
Jill Schwartzers is a Library-Media Director, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, and a National Board Certified Teacher. She is passionate about creating and presenting professional development that is motivating, differentiated and practical. Jill thrives on collaborating w... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Vicky O'Boyle

Engaged Learning Specialist, Gower 62


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Schaumburg Threshold B

1:15pm

Capture This: Video Editing Alternatives
Student-created videos are GREAT authentic assessments but trying to navigate so many options can be overwhelming for both new and veteran teachers alike. In this session, we will explore video editing tools that are both student and school friendly. Options for iPad, Chromebook, AND laptop schools will be provided. Participants will leave this hands on workshop having created several fun and informative videos, with lots of lesson ideas for use in the classroom.

Presenters
PD

Pete Dulany

After spending ten years as a high school math and technology teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, Pete Dulany has spent the last six years helping schools across the country reach their technology goals. Pete is a faculty member at Concordia University Chicago, a Google Certified... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Haley Kalinichenko

Haley is a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Teacher, and loves to run hands-on and engaging professional development sessions for teachers about the best practices for using SMART Boards, iPads, and Google Suite for Education for instruction at all grade levels. | | Haley a... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Epiphany

1:15pm

Cleverbots and Coding Oh My!
Robotics and coding are the newest rage to get more learners interested in computer science. Why should I use robotics and how does it relate to coding in my classroom you may be asking? Join the fun and come to Naomi Harm’s session to explore and discover how Dash, Dot, and Cue are rocking our student's STEM worlds! Engage in unplugged activities to challenge-based learning, even higher tech computational thinking activities writing your own code magic text messages. These hands-on collaborative dynamic duo and transformative trio team activities will provide a strong coding knowledge base, to empower your student's programming and coding pathways, while meeting digital fluency learning outcomes. Your mind will be spinning with new ideas of how to seamlessly integrate student-led challenges, aligned to thematic unit literacy activities, while inspiring your student's critical thinking and problem-solving skills related to their world!

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm

Strategic Outreach Manager in K12 Education, Innovative Educator Consulting & Wonder Workshp
Naomi Harm is an educational thought leader/influencer. She welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise/best practices relating to mobile teaching/learning initiatives, coding, programming and robotics, redesigning classroom learning spaces, and brain-based instructional st... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Serenity

1:15pm

Impactful Professional Development: Strategies to Lead and Empower
Participants in this session will explore professional learning strategies to engage, inspire and build community within a school or district. As an interactive workshop, participants will experience activities as their staff members would during professional development opportunities. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of professional learning along with proven research to enhance the development of teachers. The following four pillars will serve as the framework for the session: inviting investment, pushing possibilities, interesting interactions and maintaining momentum. This session is jammed packed with hands-on and minds-on activities that will allow participants to transform theory into practice within their school or district.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Digital Learning Coach, SD113A
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learning discoveries with other teachers, students and administration! As a Digital Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences she has been lucky enough to spread that learning with ot... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Imagination

1:15pm

Making Spaces into Maker Spaces
This session would provide participants with an introduction to Design Thinking, by walking participants through the 5 Phases in small groups, including the construction of a "prototype." Following this introduction, participants will then be exposed to not only the benefits of, but many great examples of, maker spaces within the curriculum. Classroom maker spaces, library maker spaces, and community-district maker space examples will be provided, with videos, sample lesson plans, "maker" prompts, and rubrics.

Presenters
avatar for Todd Dugan

Todd Dugan

Superintendent, New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88
Todd Dugan has been serving in public education for 21 years, as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In five years, Dugan has transformed a small, remote rural district of high-poverty into an innovative district that has been uniquely 1:1 for four years, pioneered the maker... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Darcy O'Connor

Darcy O'Connor

Teacher, New Holland-Middletown ESD 88


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Knowledge

1:15pm

News Literacy for Digital Natives
With the rapid growth the "fake news" in the world today, students need to be better equipped to read and critically evaluate the news they consume. This session will provide teachers across the curriculum with hands-on time to work with tools to assist in providing a new level of literacy to students who have grown up with digital technology at their fingertips.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 12 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD committee, the president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor. To me, technology i... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Perfection

1:15pm

The Responsive (and Not Boring!) Math Classroom Using Formative Assessment Tech Tools
Go beyond the boring worksheets and multiple choice in the mathematics classroom. Learn to see that math is not black and white, but rather a vibrant, interesting, and exciting subject. Leverage technology tools like ClassKick and Desmos to change the way you see student thinking, give feedback, and respond with instruction. Also, discover how math educators are connecting to create and curate free, online resources to bring joy to math class!

Presenters
avatar for Annie Forest

Annie Forest

iCoach, Berwyn South School District 100
Annie is an instructional coach with 12 years of classroom teaching experience. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, received the 2014 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Award for Middle School Teaching, and is now on the board of directors for ICTM. Annie i... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Prosperity

1:15pm

What is Technology? Learning To Code Pre-K - 12
This curriculum is different because students are NOT told what to do. While projects drive interest and models associate process and demonstrate goals, the larger learning impact is an iterative system of discovery. iPTL IGOPS is a method for directing inquiry. Each step in the inquiry is designed to provide redundant guiding questions that will help direct a student to Identify, Gather, Organize, Produce, & Share a personal interest. Learners appreciate a non-specific, open ended system of logic that accommodates personality and taste. While the system works handsomely with a stick and a tray of sand, iPTL _Slim_00 complements the discovery model by quantifying formative growth (learner: expectation, time, confidence) and embedding metacognitive strategies that foster rational thought, divergent discovery, omnidirectional logic, and autonomous correction within an entrepreneurial model.

Presenters
avatar for Tom Bieschke

Tom Bieschke

Founder, iPlanToLearnNOW
My name is Tom Bieschke and I am an enthusiastic and engaging educator with a passion for designing educational scenarios that offer participants an an interactive experience that offers foundational guides, but is driven by learner choice. As participants move through the learni... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Kate Bieschke

Co Founder, iPlantoLearnNow


Monday February 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:30pm
Inspiration

2:30pm

Life Is Short—Capture the Moment!
Clips, a free iOS app for iPhone and iPad, creates a fun new way
for video to redefine how students demonstrate learning. In this hands-on session with Apple Distinguished Educators, you’ll explore hows to capture and share learning moments with new features like Live Titles, filters, stickers, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Aimee Redding

Aimee Redding

Spanish Teacher/Reading Specialist, Gurnee School District 56
Aimee Redding teaches 7th and 8th grade Spanish in Gurnee School District 56. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator. Her Masters degree is in Reading and she has worked as a K-5 ELL/bilingual teacher in Gurnee and Berwyn. Using iPads and other technology in a 1:1 setting... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia Threshold

2:30pm

Using Technology to Empower Learning in High School
Education is evolving to a more student-centered focus, especially at the high school level. But with so many technologies available, it can be difficult to figure out how to best engage students and empower them to be equal partners in their learning process. In this session, you’ll hear about a school’s approach to maximizing learning potential and promoting collaboration. You’ll also go over strategies for facilitating this shift in strategy, as well as best practices for implementing technology.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Meyers

Janet Meyers

Technology Coach, Oak Lawn Community High School
Janet Meyers has been a business/technology teacher at Oak Lawn High School for 21 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University Business School, Mrs. Meyers obtained her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in school leadership from Olivet N... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia Threshold

2:30pm

A Few of my Favorite Things: A Super Duper Edtech Geekout
Google Expeditions, Minecraft Education Edition, Quadblogging, Crossbraining, YouTube Channels, Geoguessr, Machine Learning, and more! After attending nearly every major edtech conference in the US, I've seen some of the coolest classroom tech around. Join me for this fast-paced, exciting and informative session on the latest and greatest edtech on the planet.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Patnoudes

Eric Patnoudes

Education Strategist, CDWG
A former teacher, instructional technologist and adjunct, Eric works with curriculum and technology departments to ensure common goals are identified and pursued responsibly, cohesively and strategically. Eric is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, has experience as a Microsoft... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

2:30pm

Beyond the Theme : Design Literacy for Student Created Content
Have you ever felt like you or your students are design-challenged? Do you want to learn how to create your own amazing visuals and see how design literacy extends into the classroom? Come examine basic design principles and put them into practice in this hands-on session. We will take a look at how to design a balanced visual, pair fonts effectively, create color schemes from scratch, and choose simple images that convey and extend meaning. All of these design principles will be explored from both the teacher and student perspective. Participants will leave with the resources necessary to help students become creative designers.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Diebold

Katie Diebold

Instructional Coach, York Community High School
Katie is an Instructional Coach at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois and has thirteen years of experience in education. She is a former Applied Arts and Technology teachers is passionate about non-traditional grading, design literacy, and helping teachers move beyond substit... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg F-2

2:30pm

Carts, Chromebooks, and Kids, OH MY!
The beginning of the school year can be a very hectic time, especially when teachers are learning new curriculum, rolling out technology, and we can't forget, memorizing new faces and names. In this presentation participants will learn the basics of setting up and preparing Chromebook devices and carts for the beginning of the year. Then teachers will learn how to introduce students to their new devices, including Chromebook care, setup, and enrolling in a Google Classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Jess Landes

Jess Landes

3rd Grade Teacher, Marion Community Unit School District 2
Jess Landes is a third grade teacher in Southern Illinois and has been teaching in the Marion Unit #2 School District for 15 years. Her teaching experiences have been in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. This is her tenth year teaching third graders and she especially loves... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Innovation

2:30pm

Coaching for Personalized Learning
As our district begins to pilot personalized learning, the instructional coaches have realized the need to shift some of our approaches in order to provide the best embedded training for teachers to meet the demands of the ever-changing classroom environment. How does coaching look different in a personalized environment? What becomes of professional development? Explore how instructional coaches can use the concept of personalized learning to support the teachers they serve.

Presenters
avatar for John Reid

John Reid

Instructional Technology Coach, Hawthorn District 73
Former Language Arts teacher turned Instructional Technology Coach working in a district who has just implemented 1:1 technology and is piloting Personalized Learning at two middle schools. Also a husband, father and possible superhero!


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E-2

2:30pm

Designing an Effective Elementary Schedule: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Scheduling can be a nightmare! How can you balance regular education services, EL services, RtI interventions, and IEP services? To create an effective master schedule, Chris shows how you must first examine your district and school mission, vision, resources, and priorities. He shares how to let your needs and beliefs guide your creation of a block schedule in which all students receive daily small- group guided reading, most RtI interventions occur within the classroom, and flexible math groups advance differentiation.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Wolk

Chris Wolk

Principal, Community Consolidated School District 46
Chris is the principal at Avon Center School, a K-4 school in Round Lake Beach, IL, which has a student body of 380 students, 55% low income and 40% English Learners. He is the regional director of the Illinois Principal Association, a certified NAESP Principal Mentor, and an Ed... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia C

2:30pm

From Now to Wow: Incorporating Engaging Technology.
Join several authors from the NOW Classroom series as they take you a on a ride through an engaging school day (K-8) full of popping lessons aligned directly to the powerful ISTE standards. Integrate technology into everyday routines and lessons to empower students to collaborate, create, think critically, and communicate their ideas even if you are new to using technology.

Engage in fun and interactive centers as you learn how to use technology from first bell to dismissal and transform your classroom from NOW to WOW!

Presenters
avatar for Megan Flaherty

Megan Flaherty

Library Media Specialist/Technology Coach, Westview Hills Middle School
Megan Flaherty is a library media specialist and technology coach at Westview Hills Middle School in Willowbrook, Illinois. In addition to managing the school’s library, she coaches teachers and helps students use technology in a 1:1 Chromebook environment. Megan enjoys using t... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Lissa Blake

Lissa Blake

Learning and Technology Integration Coach, Maercker School District 60
Lissa Blake is a K-2 Instructional Technology Integration Coach for the past 15 years in Clarendon Hills, IL. Lissa is a lover of learning, technology and innovation! She enjoys coaching teachers, mentoring students, and communicating with parents. She loves sharing what she has... Read More →
avatar for Sheri DeCarlo

Sheri DeCarlo

Instructional Technology Coach, Maercker School District 60
avatar for Jennifer Lehotsky

Jennifer Lehotsky

Instuctional Coach
Jenny is an instructional coach in Berwyn South School District 100. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in science and reading in a 1:1 environment. She has spent many of the these years incorporating STEM and aligning NGSS and CCSS. She received a Bachelor's degree in... Read More →
avatar for Meg Ormiston

Meg Ormiston

For over twenty-five years Meg Ormiston has been involved in professional development that focuses on changing instructional practice in the classroom. Meg marries her passion for technology with a deep curriculum background and over twelve years as a classroom teacher. | | Meg... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg D

2:30pm

Harness the Power of Chrome Apps, Extensions and Add-ons
Chrome Apps and Extensions provide creative and collaborative learning opportunities for laptop, desktop, and Chromebook classrooms. Learn some of the best uses of Google Drive Add-Ons and explore helpful Chrome apps and extensions. Among the tools featured are Soundtrap, Kami, VideoNot.es, Screencastify, and many others! Examine how educators make the most of tools that extend Google capabilities and plan effectively for integration strategies.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Instructor, EdTechTeacher
Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In th... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia D

2:30pm

How to infuse the Google Applied Digital Skills Curriculum
Google Applied Digital Skills Curriculum is a free curriculum designed for in-school to create a self-paced blended learning environment. This curriculum targets students students 13 and older on practicing life skills while building projects on using Google Suite of Apps. Each unit focuses on a variety of practical and digital skills (i.e storyboarding, group decision making, conduct research while verifying source credibility). This session will focus on an overview of the curriculum, benefits of this personalized learning experience, and ways to adapt this curriculum within your course and school. In addition, this session will highlight the benefits on the importance of digital literacy, problem solving and creativity.

Presenters
avatar for Nicholas Aguina

Nicholas Aguina

Special Education Teacher, Lakes Community High School
Nicholas is a special education teacher at Lakes Community High School. He has several years of experience working with staff in both one-on-one and group settings to build their pedagogy of technology and assist them in the integration of technology in their classrooms. Some of... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Euphoria

2:30pm

Implementing a Self-Directed Professional Development Model
Come and learn how one district created a conceptual design and implementation strategy for a self-directed professional development model for all teachers. Framework and organizational strategies will be shared regarding how to design and implement this idea in a school building and/or district. Participants will leave the session with practical ideas and strategies on how to bring this unique approach back to their schools.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Assistant Superintendent for C & I, River Trails School District 26
Matt Silverman works extensively in all areas of K-8 education, as well as at the graduate level as an adjunct professor in doctoral studies. Dr. Silverman has co-authored a professional development academy for administrators and numerous workshop presentations for teachers, pare... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner

Superintendent, River Trails School District


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E

2:30pm

Lead From Within
“I’m just...
It’s a phrase we hear all the time. I’m just a teacher, I’m just an assistant principal, I’m just a tech director, I’m just a custodian….the list goes on and on and is always followed by reasons something CAN’T happen. Leadership is not a title, it’s an action...and it starts from within. Identifying leadership traits in yourself changes your mindset when thinking about leading those around you. Part of our responsibilies as leaders is to identify leadership traits in others. We need to be better talent scouts in our schools. The opportunities are endless for those who choose to lead...it’s our job to find those traits, focus our efforts on growth opportunities, and foster an environment where everyone has a chance to lead. This fast paced and engaging session will help you identify your own leadership traits and implement practical ways to increase your capacity to find them in others.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Superintendent, Fall Creek School District, WI
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, which was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. In addition to his current book, Hacking Leadership, he has co-authored T... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana B

2:30pm

Middle School Students Take the Lead - Implementing a Student Tech Squad
Come explore strategies to implement a student-run Tech Squad to help in supporting your Digital Initiative. Indian Prairie School District 204 has utilized over 200 student volunteers to partner with staff in supporting IPSD's 1:1 implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Stan Gorbatkin

Stan Gorbatkin

Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services, Indian Prairie School District #204
Stan Gorbatkin is in his 34th year in Education with 30 of those years in Indian Prairie School District 204. Stan has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal before joining the District-level administrative team. He currently serves as Assistant Superintendent fo... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Allan Davenport

Allan Davenport

Director of Innovation & Instructional Leadership, Indian Prairie School District 204
Allan is currently the Director of Innovation & Instructional Leadership for the Indian Prairie School District #204. Prior to this position, Allan served District 204 as a middle school principal at both Crone and Hill Middle Schools. In addition, Allan coaches and consults with... Read More →
BG

Brian Grinstead

Coordinator of Computer Services, Indian Prairie School District #204
avatar for Scott N Loughrige

Scott N Loughrige

Assistant Principal, Scullen Middle School CUSD 204
Assistant Principal at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, IL.
avatar for Andrew Peterman

Andrew Peterman

Assistant Director, Technology Services, Indian Prairie School District #204
Andrew Peterman is in his 19th year in education at Indian Prairie School District 204. Andrew has served as a Teacher, Coach, and Educational Specialist before joining the District-level administrative team. He currently serves as Assistant Director for Technology Services... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

2:30pm

The Connected Classroom
Technology has indeed connected the teacher to their students and students to their teachers. It has effectively connected the school to it’s parents and community. So what place does Twitter, Blogs, Video Chats, have in the 21st Century’s Classroom? Come and be a part of the discussion of why, how, when, and what when it comes to using social media in the classroom when policy lags.
At the end of this session, participants will begin to change their mindset on Social Media and it’s place in the classroom and begin using it to connect their classrooms, schools, and district to the world.

Presenters
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, Lake Zurich School District #95
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, a 2016 Chicago Public School ‘Ones to Watch’ winner for technology innovation, is a premiere leader in the Ed Tech field. Over the past four years, she has presented at over 25 conferences around the US, including Illinois Education and Technology... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg F

2:30pm

The Integration of Minecraft in Education
“Minecraft,” a widely popular video-game enjoyed by millions of students worldwide, is entering private and public schools throughout the country as a highly-effective educational resource. From the Hour of Code to school projects, “Minecraft” encourages students to collaborate and engage in a classroom environment. Although “Minecraft” raises red flags due to the recreational nature of the game, many resources have been produced and developed both by educators and professionals to solve these issues. High school sophomores Mitchell Brown and Scotty Vrablik will introduce the many resources available with “MinecraftEDU,” and discuss the endless possibilities of classroom integration.

Presenters
SV

Scott Vrablik

Scott Vrablik is a Sophomore student at Carmel Catholic High School as well as the co-founder and co-owner of Clean Minecraft Videos, an emerging startup company offering teachers and parents a selection of over 700 pre-screened, guaranteed appropriate Minecraft videos. Scott has... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg A

2:30pm

Three More “R’s” for Education: AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and MR (Mixed Reality)
There is no better way to encourage a growth mindset than to move into new territory where effort is rewarded and success is visible. The new “3 R’s” do this by engaging students with tools that have no prefixed identity. This overview of AR, VR, and MR offers example of their impact in classrooms and ways to tie projects to the curriculum. It is not a sideshow. Every major tech firm is betting the future on these technologies. Already in traditional industries from design to manufacture, it’s time to get these technologies integrated into traditional subject matter. See how they can be integrated into classroom projects now.

Presenters
avatar for Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson

Senior Director for Global Learning initiatives, Discovery Education
Hall Davidson is a renowned speaker in educational technology. He presents to audiences around the world to educate and inspire them to leverage the power of technology in today’s classrooms. These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg C

2:30pm

Using YouTube Live to Transform Professional Development
Use the Live Streaming feature of YouTube to create professional development experiences that staff can actively participate in the moment or watch later at their own pace. We will highlight how we have made digital professional development as interactive as possible while honoring the busy schedules of teachers.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Smit

Jason Smit

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Riverside School District 96
I am a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer and have been in the field of instructional technology for 13+ years serving many different roles; technology teacher, Jr. High Assistant Principal, and currently as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. In my current... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Kelly King

Kelly King

Instructional Technology Specialist, Riverside School District 96
Kelly is an instructional technology specialist in Riverside School District 96 who works with K-8 students and teachers across the district to help provide meaningful implementation of technology in the classroom. Prior to this role, she was a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia B

2:30pm

What's Missing in Your Digital Citizenship Curriculum?
We need to move BEYOND "bullying" and talk about social anxiety, depression, compare & despair, strong passwords, recognizing pfishing emails, determining validity of online information, tools to monitor digital identity, the actual terms and laws of apps and personal branding. "Be nice online" is no longer enough to help our students navigate this digital world. Come see what's missing.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom en... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg B

2:30pm

Hacking Google Forms
Of course you have used Google Forms for assessment and surveys, but have you maximized its potential? We'll explore innovative uses for Forms that will have you automating your workload and reaching new heights as an educator.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy McBrayer

Jeremy McBrayer

Director of 21st Century Learning, Channahon SD17
Jeremy is the Director of 21st Century Learning in Channahon School District 17. He has helped organize and transition the school district into a leader in developing 21st Century Skills in students of all age levels. Jeremy is also a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and lo... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg G

2:30pm

Learn Without Limits Design Session: Exploring Equitable Access to PD through Participate
With an energized focus on empowering the voices of educators through connection and shared experience, the participatory learning movement has brought personalization to the forefront of professional development in education. Join for this interactive design session as we place teachers at the center of their own professional practice and position them as valued resources within learning networks. We’ll take a deep-dive into the Participate PD ecosystem and drive discussion on ways schools/districts can leverage customized, collaborative learning environments and microcredentials and badging to build capacity and prioritize agency and deep-learning. Come ready to have your learn without limits toolkits filled as we transform our session room into a workspace and together explore possibilities in reimagining PD for today’s educator.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Williams

Dr. Jennifer Williams

Director of Education Strategy, Participate
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As the Director of Education Strategy at Participate, she champions teachers to reimagine professional development... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, Billy currently serves students and teachers as an instructional coach. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aqua... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia A

2:30pm

One Size Does Not Fit All
All learners vary in skills, interests, and abilities. Regardless of proficiency, curricula need to be altered, edited, and enriched to best support individual learning levels. Discover the process of differentiating instruction to engage in purposeful, rigorous learning. The session participant will recognize the process of differentiation and its role in improving achievement.

Presenters
avatar for Hoonuit

Hoonuit

Platinum, Hoonuit
Hoonuit’s pedagogical content paired with technology training helps ensure educators have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to provide engaging, meaningful learning experiences. The resources include short videos as well as self-paced workshops. Take advantage of a vast library of online learning resources relating to instructional practices, college and career readiness, student engagement, technology use, and more. Check us out... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg H

2:30pm

FutureReady Learning Spaces/Experiences
How can educational environments be transformed to provide better opportunities of learning for our students? What experiences can we provide for students that will better prepare them for the world in which they will live and work? Come experience how we have transformed our LMC into a place of learning and are using Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D to create FutureReady experiences for our students.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Skrzypchak

Chris Skrzypchak

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Waubonsie Valley High School IPSD 204
Chris is currently serving as the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Waubonsie Valley High School in Indian Prairie School District 204. Prior to this role, Chris was a Teacher On Special Assignment for Instructional Technology, in Huntley Community School District 158. In h... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Dr. Kristen Mattson

Dr. Kristen Mattson

LMC Director, Waubonsie Valley High School
I am a Future Ready high school library media specialist working to equip students and staff alike with the digital and media literacy skills needed to live and work in the digital age. My research interests include digital citizenship, social justice, and the intersection of the... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold A

2:30pm

Personalized Learning & Reading

Struggling with meeting the needs of all your learners? Looking for ways to utilize student data in meaningful ways? Look no further! Join us as we outline some simple strategies and resources for differentiating instruction specifically during small group and center time. It’s imperative that we meet the needs of all of our students. Through the use of several innovative strategies and technology tools, we have been able to design learning experiences efficiently and effectively for our students. Through student goal setting, conferencing and digital portfolios, students are now taking ownership of the learning and feel empowered to take risks.
Come find some ways to best use the time you have by personalizing your students learning experience, creating meaningful and authentic learner driven tasks and moving all of your students!

Presenters
LZ

Lindsay Zilly

Instructional Coach, Orland 135
Lindsay Zilly is an instructional technology coach for Orland School District 135 who works with staff to train today’s generation to be responsible and ethical life-long learners of the digital age. In many cases, today’s learners have an innate ability to navigate various l... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold C

2:30pm

Personalized Learning in a Middle School: How to facilitate, organize and challenge so many students
Do you want to let students have more voice and choice? Do you teach more than 20-30 students? Want to learn how to create a personalized classroom with many projects and learning paths? Come and see what one teacher has done, then share ideas about what has worked for you! G-Suite and Schoology to the rescue in Personalized Learning. What do you use? We need to share our ideas to make learning student centered for our technology savvy, Youtube loving students.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Creative Innovative Specialist, Arlington Heights School District 25
Jen Smith is a Communication Media Arts teacher at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, IL. She has been teaching for 15+ years in K-8 school districts, has worked as a classroom teacher, a world language teacher an instructional coach and now as she is a Communication Media... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold E

2:30pm

Providing Effective and Meaningful Feedback with Classkick
Learn how Classkick can be used to give real-time feedback to your students during independent, guided, and shared instruction. Teachers create lessons and assignments that allow them to monitor student’s progress and help when they need it most. Students can also gain support and help from their peers with this interactive app that allows students to take control of their learning by seeking help from others.

Presenters
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Becky Meyer

Digital Learning Coach, Schaumburg School District 54
I am currently a digital learning coach for Schaumburg School District 54. For the past three years, I have helped with the full implementation of Chromebooks at the junior high level and am currently helping as we pilot in some of our 5/6 classrooms. As a part of the Digital Lea... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold B

2:30pm

Ready, Set, Share! - Seesaw Interactive Teacher Training
During this session, educators will be introduced to Seesaw, a multimedia journal that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place, while serving as a parent communication tool that builds a strong school-home community. Seesaw empowers students to apply 21st Century skills by documenting their learning as it happens in a safe, moderated environment.
Participants in this session will interact with Seesaw’s built-in tools that make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, and develop new skills. Upon completion of this session, participants will understand the benefits of using Seesaw in their classroom, be able to fluently navigate the Seesaw website and/or app, both as a student and a teacher, and have several ideas on how to start using it in the classroom. Participants should BYOD for a complete hands-on learning experience.

Presenters
avatar for Alison Moreau

Alison Moreau

2nd Grade, Palos CCSD #118
Alison has been a primary teacher in District 118 for the past 17 years. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she is also a Certified Seesaw Ambassador. She has a passion for learning, implementing, and sharing new technology that enhances the 21st Century learning experienc... Read More →

Co-Presenters
AR

Andrea Ramoley

Kindergarten Teacher, Palos Community School District #118
Andrea has been an elementary teacher in District 118 for 16 year. She has taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade and is currently teaching Kindergarten. Andrea has been a Certified Seesaw Ambassador for 2 years and is excited about how it has positively impacted her instruction, assessm... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg Threshold D

3:30pm

5:00pm

eSports Showcase
So what is eSports anyway!? Join students and coaches from District 230, Massac Unit 1, and Maine 207 for a live demo of an eSport match with students playing League of Legend. In addition, we will hear the stories from students and their coaches about the impact educational gaming has had on them.

Presenters
avatar for Brock Frazier

Brock Frazier

District I.T., Massac Unit 1
I am one of the lead technicians for our I.T. department in the district, I also am a head coach for our girls soccer team, assistant coach for the boys soccer team, and head coach for our esports club and teams.

Co-Presenters

Monday February 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Schaumburg East/West

6:00pm

Keynote: Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity by Chris Ulmer
Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity
I have made it my life’s mission to normalize the diversity of the human condition by showcasing how understanding, positivity, and acceptance can make a better world for all. Together, we will explore these concepts and more through my experiences with the worldwide acceptance movement, Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK). (Facebook.com/specialbooksbyspecialkids)



Presenters
avatar for Chris Ulmer

Chris Ulmer

Chris Ulmer is known as the teacher behind Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK), a popular video series that has surpassed a million followers in only twenty months. Chris travels the world interviewing neurodiverse humans and sharing their stories. The SBSK community is leading... Read More →


Monday February 26, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Schaumburg East/West
 
Tuesday, February 27
 

7:00am

Registration
Express Check In:
Scan your confirmation bar code available via your mobile device or printed copy to receive your name badge, lanyard holder, and swag. Computer kiosks will be available to lookup registrations as well. 

On-Site Registration:
Sign up and pay for registration here. Add day-of ticketed workshops. Student and Co-Presenter (non-attending) check-in here. 

Presenter Check In:
A separate Express Check-In booth is available for our Presenters. Scan your confirmation bar code available via your mobile device or printed copy to receive your name badge, lanyard holder, and swag. Computer kiosks will be available to lookup registrations as well. 

Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:00am - 3:00pm
Adventure Threshold

7:00am

Food Options

Monday, Feb. 26
Remote concessions will be available for purchase throughout the venue
Lunch is included for the full-day Makey Makey workshop
Appetizers and drinks will be served during the Exhibit Hall Opening from 3:30 - 5:00
Appetizers will be served during the Pre-Keynote session at 5:00

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Remote concessions will be available for purchase throughout the venue
Lunch is included for the full-day ICE/IETL Leadership Summit
Snacks will be served during Dedicated Exhibit Hall time (1:15 - 2:30pm)

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Remote concessions will be available for purchase throughout the venue
Snacks will be served during Dedicated Exhibit Hall time (11:15 - 12:15pm)

BEVERAGE & FOOD OUTLETS available at the venue:

SAM & HARRY’S STEAKHOUSE:
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Breakfast: Monday through Friday - 6:30am-10:30am
Lunch: Tuesday through Friday 11:30am-2:00pm
Monday - Served in Gather Bar
Dinner: Monday through Saturday - 5:00pm-10:00pm
Famed for its USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood and vintage wines

GATHER BAR
American Cuisine
Open for lunch and dinner
Sunday through Thursday 11:00am-12:00am
Features great food and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere

RENDEZVOUS
Coffee House
Open Daily 6:00am-8:00pm
Proudly offers Starbucks hot and iced beverages, pastries, sandwiches and light salads, in addition to sundries and gifts

CLUB LEVEL LOUNGE
Open Monday through Thursday 6:00am-10:00pm

A LA CARTE
Open for breakfast & dinner service
Breakfast: Monday through Sunday 6:30am-11am


Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:00am - 8:00pm
TBA

8:00am

Welcome / Opening Session
Presenters
avatar for Mawi Asgedom

Mawi Asgedom

Founder, Mawi Learning
Mawi Asgedom has written eight books that are read in thousands of classrooms across North America, and has spoken to over one million students and educators in more than forty states. Mawi Learning’s online leadership courses have inspired students around the world. As a child... Read More →
avatar for Steve Dembo

Steve Dembo

A pioneer in the field of educational social networking, Dembo was among the first to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities. Steve Dembo served for ten years as Dis... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

Squirrels LLC
K-12 EdTech Conference Presenter
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley was raised in Texas, Singapore, and Arkansas (in that order), and has worked and studied on three continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online school, teacher trainer, and motivational speaker. He founded and is executive director o... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across co... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher & Author, Big Shoulders Fund
Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin works with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that ar... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Schaumburg East/West

9:30am

Helping Students Explore Their Passions Using iPad
Middle school is a formative time when students can discover
what they’re passionate about. During this session, you’ll learn how you can use iPad and accessibility features to give your students new opportunities to find their interests, as well as avenues to pursue them.

Presenters
LS

Lindseuy Sinde

Assistant Principal, Berwyn South School District 100


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

Unlocking Student Creativity with Keynote
More than a presentation tool, Keynote empowers students to create. Join an Apple Distinguished Educator in this hands-on session to discover how students use this powerful app to create and share interactive portfolios, animations, visual infographics, and engaging presentations.

Presenters
avatar for Nancy Gadzala

Nancy Gadzala

weCreate Lab Facilitator/ MRC Director, CCSD181
Nancy is the weCreate Lab Facilitator and MRC Director at Madison School in Hinsdale. A former 5th grade teacher who utilized a flexible classroom environment, engaged students in collaborative, creative learning with 1:1 iPads, and spearheaded a STEAM program for all grade level... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

An Alternative to GAFE: Microsoft Office365 for Education
In a world where Google "rules the school," come learn why one school decided to do things differently with Microsoft O365 for Education! Hear from a Microsoft Showcase School about our process from beginning to end: platform, device, software, stakeholder and teacher buy-in and fully integrated use of Microsoft OneNote Classroom Notebooks.

Presenters
CK

Colleen Kaplan

Colleen Kaplan is a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, she worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an English-Language Arts teacher in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. In her current rol... Read More →

Co-Presenters
JG

Jeff Gerdeman

Director of IT, ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg D

9:30am

Become Future Ready! Start Coding Today!
Well folks we have a new language, and it's the language of the future. Coding is in! We have to get our students into this world where there simply aren’t enough people yet. Apple, Google, and all the others don’t have enough engineers to fill their jobs, and it is just going to get worse unless we do something about. Come find simple coding solutions for both our beginning tiny ones and more advanced older crowd. You will get plenty of chances to both see how this can fit into your class, and to really get started with coding tools!

Presenters
DL

David Lockhart

David Lockhart is an edtech presenter, speaker, advocate, and coach. For over 10 years, that meant stepping into a High School Social Studies classroom, and delivering instruction in a way that was just different. By August of 2014, his students were learning history in a histori... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E

9:30am

Collaborative Coaching: Growing Capacity and Communication Across Schools
Collaborative Coaching elevates instructional coaching through shared ideas, efforts, and experiences. In this session you will learn how to implement a collaborative coaching model in order to grow teacher capacity, collaboration, and communication throughout your district. You will discover strategies, structures, and processes for building an effective collaborative coaching model; discuss the elements of transformational coaching; and identify tools for facilitating discussions, exploring ideas, and sharing content between teachers, and across schools, content areas, and grade levels.

Presenters
avatar for Janice Mattheis

Janice Mattheis

Instructional Technology Specialist, Franklin Park D84
As Franklin Park School District 84’s Instructional Technology Specialist, Janice provides leadership to ensure that students are adequately prepared for school and career in the 21st century. She led the creation and launch of District 84's Future Ready Innovative Learning Ini... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Sarah Petrin

Sarah Petrin

Innovation Coach, Franklin Park District 84


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg B

9:30am

Cross Grade Level Collaboration: Taking Tech Buddies to a Whole New Level

Want to spice up student motivation and learning? Foster student self-confidence, collaboration, and leadership skills? Come and learn how we’ve implemented Tech Buddies at DuJardin School-- from the teacher, technology coach, and student perspectives. The activities our 5th Graders and Kindergarteners (which can be applied at various other grade levels) engage in together are OUT OF THIS WORLD. We will explore new ways to utilize your best resources… your students. Also in this session, you’ll be sure to add many new ideas to your toolbox to take back and try with your students-- big and small. That’s right, we’re talking digital portfolios, videos, ebooks, QR code fun and so much more!

Presenters
JE

Jennifer Eggert

Jennifer Eggert is currently the Instructional Technology Coach at DuJardin Elementary School. She works with teachers and students to create exciting 21st Century learning experiences. She draws upon her classroom teaching background and Master’s Degree in New Learning and Des... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F-2

9:30am

Designing New Pathways for Professional Learning and Growth in Your District
Transform professional development from "sit and get" delivery to “active learning” through the use of Future Ready Framework and ISTE Standards for Coaches.  Learn new strategies and structures including online, face to face, self paced, peer to peer, participant-driven, collaborative, or incentivized to implement into your professional development repertoire.  

Presenters
avatar for Cindy Crannell

Cindy Crannell

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest Public School District
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she started her career as an elementary classroom teacher. After taking a few years off to start a family, she moved outside of the U.S.and has lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, West Midlands of U.K., Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London, U.K... Read More →

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Annmarie Clasky

Instructional Tech Specialist, Lincoln Elementary
Annmarie is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Lincoln Elementary in River Forest, IL. She received her Masters in Education from National Louis University and has been working in the educational field for 25 years including 4th grade, 5th grade and the computer lab. She l... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria

9:30am

Esports: IHSA and the IlliniCloud helping schools compete on the virtual fields
IHSA and the IlliniCloud worked to get esports as an emerging sport/activity for Illinois high schools. Come hear what’s being done to support high school students involved with competitive gaming and learn how your school can become an active participant in esports.

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Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Innovation

9:30am

Four Fun, Powerful, and Quick Activities for Starting Class
Want a good class? Have a strong start! In this session, we'll look at four ways of getting a class going using images, games, discussion tools, and short videos. With these freebies in your tool belt, you'll be ready to kick-start any class!

Presenters
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Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley was raised in Texas, Singapore, and Arkansas (in that order), and has worked and studied on three continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online school, teacher trainer, and motivational speaker. He founded and is executive director o... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia A

9:30am

Future Ready, What's Next? The continuing journey of a Future Ready District
Once you have strived to become Future Ready, that is not the be all, end all goal.  In this session we will discuss what is possible after you have achieved the goal of becoming Future Ready.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Hintz

Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Dr. John Hutton

Dr. John Hutton has served as the superintendent at Gurnee School District 56 in Illinois for eight years. He was one of 100 superintendents to be invited to a White House Summit in November of 2014 as part of the national campaign to make all schools Future Ready and will be hos... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

9:30am

Hosting a School Maker Faire
A School Maker Faire embodies the spirit of the Maker Movement and celebrates innovation within STEAM topics. It is a chance for students to share their own projects, gain hands-on learning experience from others, and create DIY projects to take home. Wild Rose will host our third annual School Maker Faire this spring with booths led by student clubs and community organizations. Come learn about our journey!

Presenters
avatar for Corrie Ball

Corrie Ball

LRC Director, Wild Rose Elementary School
Corrie Ball is the LRC Director at Wild Rose Elementary School. She also coordinates the Wild Rose Maker Club and the Wild Rose School Maker Faire. Corrie has presented on technology and Maker Education topics at ICE and ISLMA, and she teaches an online graduate course for aspiri... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

Learning Mascots: Awakening The Incredible Learner Within
Inside of each of us is an inner voice, our ultimate learner, our unwavering cheerleader, our fearless risk taker. When we think hard enough and use our imaginations, these pieces of us can be brought to life visually. Connecting with our Learning Mascot brings us tremendous power, showing students how to connect with theirs allows us to to connect them with skills and strategies that will improve their learning. Our Learning Mascots project our goals, our hopes and parts of our future selves. Additionally, this meaningful image can be used and combined repeatedly with our learning. A familiar and well practiced, easily drawn doodle can be paired with new and learned information. This doodle can activate and be combined with information, reflections and comprehension. Learning Mascots have infinite potential to bring out the best in students, enhance their learning and empower them to achieve. Come meet yours!

Presenters
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Carrie Baughcum

Special Education Teacher, South Middle School | Arlington Heights School District #25
Carrie Baughcum is an inspiration junkie, idea sharer, learning enthusiast and passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how. She is the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Extended Resource Special Education teacher in Arlington Heights School District 25 wher... Read More →

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Dana Ladenburger

4th Grade Teacher, CUSD 95


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B

9:30am

Not Your Grandma’s Book Club
Literature circles/book clubs have been around for a long time, but how can we make them relevant for today’s students? In this session, participants will learn how to use tools such as Flipgrid, twitter, and G Suite to enhance every aspect of the lit circle process. We’ll discuss how to choose books, organize class time, and facilitate discussion, writing, and projects using tools that engage students. Lit circles don’t have to be overwhelming for the teacher and boring for the students: through small round table discussions, written chats and reflections, and creative project-based learning, I’ll show you how to make book clubs cool again!

Presenters
avatar for Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

This is my 9th year teaching high school English. I earned an M.A. in English, and I am a Google Certified Educator Level 2. I am also the district social media director and the project manager for our district's Future Ready Plan. My motto? "Down with status quo!" I have a passi... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C

9:30am

Ready Set - Growth Mindset
Developing a Growth Mindset and the belief that you can change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can equal success for you, your colleagues and especially your students. By changing the way we look at challenges and mistakes we can help students learn that they have the choice to make their “Brain Strong” and Learn Anything!

Presenters
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Jennifer Carlson

District Librarian/ Media Director and Tech 'Mom" at ROWVA District 208, Level 2 Google Educator. Graduate Student in Digital Learning and Leading @ Lamar University. Technology amazes me and I hope to never stop learning!


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F

9:30am

Supporting All Learners: Google Chrome Accessibilty
If students have access to the Google Chrome browser, they have access to apps and extensions that can support their learning. Whether students use Chromebooks or Windows/Mac computers, these tools can support all learners! Come learn about these accessibility features and how they can help students with a wide variety of needs.

Presenters
avatar for Kate Sassatelli

Kate Sassatelli

Technology Integration Coach
After six years of teaching middle school reading & language arts, I received my M. Ed in Instructional Technology and made the switch to coaching. I've spent four years as a technology integration coach for School District 57 in Mt. Prospect, IL, and I've loved every minute! My... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A

9:30am

Teaching Math with Google Apps (Double Session)
Alice Keeler wrote the book on Teaching Math with Google Apps (literally!). Teaching math in the 21st century is different, it asks students to be critical thinkers, model their math, critique the reasoning of others, and to analyze. Many of the math problems we have traditionally been using have literally become obsolete as a result of modern technology. This is a gift! This session is an introduction to ways we can use Google Apps to make this shift.

Presenters
avatar for Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler is a mom, teacher, author, Google Certified Innovator, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter. "I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers to try something new. More than idea sharing I work with teachers to make vision reality. I will not settle for the status quo, there is always a better way something can be done and technology can help make it happen. I am passionate about students learning, understanding and being able to apply their... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana B

9:30am

Using Innovative Technology to Engage Students in the Algebra Classroom
Learn new ways to keep students engaged during algebra class. Presenters will illustrate how they incorporated innovative technologies by coding with Sphero, Breakout Edu, the ShowMe app, and other fun activities into algebra class. Participants will get a hands-on approach using Spheros and Breakout Edu materials. Examples are from a co-taught algebra class with numerous special education students. This session is aimed at high school students but it also applicable to middle school students.

Presenters
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Janet Meyers

Technology Coach, Oak Lawn Community High School
Janet Meyers has been a business/technology teacher at Oak Lawn High School for 21 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University Business School, Mrs. Meyers obtained her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in school leadership from Olivet N... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E-2

9:30am

Young learners can Build, Code, and Problem Solve in the STEM Classroom with LEGO WeDo 2.0
STEM learning experiences should not be just for older students. LEGO Education’s WeDo 2.0 provides manageable tasks and projects that integrate with existing curriculum and the primary classroom. Come to this Hands On workshop to experience how this resource can be used with students in your classroom to help build a passion for creating and innovating.

Presenters
SM

Stephen Meehan

Stephen Meehan has been an educator for the last 37 years, recently retiring from the Naperville 203 schools as a Technology Integration Specialist. Stephen has presented at many conferences on a variety of topics including Technology, Mathematics, and Gifted Education. | Curren... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

9:30am

G Suite Health Check - Open your mouth and say Google
The Admin Console has hundreds of policy settings and controls. Do you have them all set correctly for a K-12 space ? In this session we will look at common pitfalls and best practices for getting your G Suite Domain setup appropriately for staff and students. Get a glimpse into our groundbreaking Google for Education Audit and learn about some much needed changes you can make to safeguard your environment.

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Melissa Benson

Google for Education Consultant, Amplified IT
Melissa Benson is a Certified Google Apps Administrator and a Google Apps Consultant for Amplified IT. Melissa began working with the GAFE Admin Console in 2007 where she helped implement and integrate Google Apps and Chromebooks into multiple K-12 school districts. Now, as part... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg G

9:30am

Redefining the Paperless Classroom with OneNote
OneNote is a powerful digital notebook teachers and students can use to stay organized, collaborate, and create. OneNote redefines what it means to have a paperless classroom by imbedding content into the page, digitally inking, and using Immersive Learning Tools. Learning Tools provides an improved reading and writing experience for all students. This presentation focuses on the use of Microsoft OneNote as a digital inking program to enhance students’ access, organization, and engagement in science class.  It will also highlight the way in which the science department has gone almost completely paperless in just one year with shared experiences from teacher, Jill Alexander. Jill is a science teacher at Argo Community High School primarily teaching Biology, Physics, and Chemistry to students in grades 9-12.  Argo has 1:1 Microsoft Surface Pro devices.  

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JA

Jill Alexander

Science Department Chair and 25th year teacher
Jill Alexander is Science Department Chair and a 25th year science teacher at Argo Community High School primarily teaching Biology, Physics, and Chemistry to students in grades 9-12.  
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Adam Rummelhart

Microsoft in Education Teacher Ambassador, Microsoft
Adam Rummelhart is a Microsoft in Education Teacher Ambassador. He works with schools to provide professional development on how to integrate Microsoft technologies into the classroom.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg H

9:30am

1:1 Implementation in the High School Classroom
This snapshot session will dive into the 1:1 transformation that is currently happening in the Champaign Unit 4 School District, highlighting the successful integration of 1:1 teaching practices in the high school classroom setting, including the challenges and opportunities that this type of instruction affords.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly is the Educational Technology Coach for Champaign Unit 4 High Schools. He received a Master’s in Educational Technology from Concordia University Chicago after a brief career as a Music Teacher for Champaign Unit 4 Schools and GCMS High School and Middle School.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg Threshold D

9:30am

Blended Robotic Coding for All
Why should you teach coding to students of all ages? How should you do it? We will share our answers to these questions and more!

Presenters
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Kirsten Innes

Information Specialist, Prairieview School, CCSD #46
I am the Information Specialist at Prairieview School in CCSD #46. Prior to landing my dream job almost 20 years ago, I was a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher. I am a Smart Exemplary Educator, Google Educator Levels 1 & 2, Google Certified Trainer, Tech4Learning Innovative Edu... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Craig Keer

Lighthouse Education


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg Threshold E

9:30am

Engaging students and teachers in Computer Science K - 5
This session will take you through our three year journey in develop our computer science and robotics curriculum. We will share our resources, professional development and parent events. Video footage, photos and activities will be shared from our district over the past three years.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Shadel

Steven Shadel

Niles Township District 219
I am the K - 12 Executive Director of STEM and Literacy for District 219, 67 and 69. In my role I work to develop an engaging STEM curriculum K - 12. Over the past three years we have developed a K - 12 computer science curriculum, k - 12 technology progressions and a PBL based S... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg Threshold A

9:30am

Exploring Electric Circuits using Makey Makeys, Snap Circuits, and a Z-Space

Is teaching circuits one of your NGSS standards? Have you wondered how to teach this using fun tools? Come see how I was able to take Makey Makeys, Snap Circuits, and a Z-space to get my students super excited about electricity. We used these tools to tackle NGSS 4PS3-2 and 4PS3-4 and enginerring standard 3-5-ETS1-1. I will be bringing both Makey Makeys and Snap Circuits to explore during the session!

Presenters
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Athena Cocallas

I am a 4th year, 4th grade teacher. I have loved incorporating technology into my classroom since the beginning and was really inspired from ICE 2017. I push teachers at my school to incorporate technology and to not be scared of it. We work together to create exciting, engaging... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg Threshold B

9:30am

Coaching Teachers: Leveraging Technology for Fostering Higher Order Thinking Skills
See how our tech integration coaching team blends SAMR and Bloom’s Taxonomy to help teachers more effectively leverage technology. Experience our HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) based philosophy in action while you get an inside view of our teacher PD space (The HOTSpot), program development, and teacher tech learning program. Attendees will experience the creation of our tech integration coaching team and how we emphasize the importance of understanding the “why” while blending SAMR & Bloom’s Taxonomy to help our teachers more effectively leverage technology. Teachers, coaches, and administrators will gain an inside look at how we use our PD space (The HOTSpot) to create a culture of peer to peer learning. In this interactive session, educators will have the opportunity to learn and experience our coaching philosophy while customizing it to fit their school’s needs. Attendees will work together to develop action based plans ready to bring back for immediate implementation.

Presenters
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Sean Crevier

Instructional Tech Coach / Business Ed Teacher, Vernon Hills H.S.
Sean started teaching business classes at Vernon Hills H.S. in 2000, after leaving the technology consulting world. He currently wears three hats at VHHS; teaching business, working with other teachers as a technology integration specialist, and coaching golf. Sean serves on the... Read More →

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Amanda Carroll

Teacher, Vernon Hills
Amanda is a Social Studies Teacher and Technology Coach at Vernon Hills High School. She attended Marquette University majoring in International Affairs and after realizing her true calling attended DePaul University to obtain her teaching certification and Masters in Education... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Connection

9:30am

Get Your Google On!
Already know the basics of Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Slides? Looking for practical and efficient ways to get the maximum benefit from G Suite for Education? Are you ready to take your Google experience to the next level and transform your school or classroom? Great! In this workshop, you will complete a series of tasks that will give you hands-on exposure to multiple Google apps and tools like Incognito, Google Hangout, Google Calendar, Google Sites, Google Classroom and Google Keep. You will also learn about some of the hottest Chrome Extensions out there and be able to download on the spot! Like our students, we learn best by doing. In this session, you will walk away with great tools that will shift your instructional practice, transform your classroom and increase student achievement! So sign up to Get Your Google On!

Presenters
avatar for Nashwa Mekky

Nashwa Mekky

Teacher, Arlington Heights School District 25
Nashwa Mekky is a 5th grade teacher that has embraced technology in her classroom to motivate students to think critically, collaborate and communicate in authentic and meaningful ways. A strong advocate of paperless classrooms and a Google Certified Educator, Nashwa has brought... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Inspiration

9:30am

Maker Space - The New Playground
Are you looking for a way to drive students into your library? In this workshop we will discuss the hows and why of creating a Maker Space in your school library. You will also have the opportunity to "play" with items that you may choose to include in your Maker Space.

Presenters
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Kathleen Bieritz

LMC Director, McCleery Elementary School
15 years as an Elementary School Library Information Specialist, National Board Certified, lifelong learner, lover of books, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. I don't feel like I go to work; I go to school. Every day is a new adventure.

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Epiphany

9:30am

Making Virtual Reality (VR) a Reality in Your Classroom
Imagine spending an afternoon in the Roman Colosseum, floating around a Caribbean reef, or even exploring the structure of an atom from the inside--all without ever leaving the comfort of your classroom! Through the power of Virtual Reality (VR), learn how to transport your students to different times and places, creating engaging, unforgettable experiences that transform learning. We’ll show you the tools and apps you can use to experience pre-made VR worlds, and you’ll also learn how to create your own with your students, unleashing their understanding and creativity. This hands-on session will allow you to experience VR for yourself and help you understand how to make it a reality in your classroom.

Presenters
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Andrea Trudeau

Library Information Specialist, Shepard Middle School/Deerfield District 109
Andrea Trudeau (@Andrea_Trudeau) is a National Board Certified Teacher (EA/ELA), Google Educator, and 20-year veteran in education with a variety of teaching roles at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield District 109. Most recently, she became the school's library informati... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Maria Galanis

iCoach, Shepard Middle School
Hi! I'm Maria and I'm currently an iCoach for grades 6-8 in a suburb north of Chicago. My role in education for the past 17 years began as Tech Coordinator which evolved to Tech Coach. My current role as an iCoach integrates instructional coaching with an emphasis in innovation... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Imagination

9:30am

Mapping Your Way to Coding: Computational Thinking and Early Coding
Join us to connect the big ideas in math and technology. Explore how to support the development of computational thinking and early coding in young children through storytelling, neighborhood walks, map making, and play-based experiences with tangible technology tools without screens. Connect the latest research in early childhood development, technology, computational thinking and early coding to your early childhood program. Come prepared to play and explore in this hands-on session.

Presenters
avatar for Tamara Kaldor

Tamara Kaldor

Associate Director, TEC Center at Erikson Institute
Ealy childhood development, play, learning and technology!

Co-Presenters
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Jenna Herdzina

Program Manager, TEC Center
Technology and digital media, early childhood development, civic identity development, social justice and equity!
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Erin Stanfill

Teacher, Chicago Public Schools
Erin has been working as a preschool teacher for the past seven years in Chicago. She has achieved her National Board Certification and Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from the Erikson Institute. Erin has worked in the Head Start and Tuition-Based preschool progra... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Serenity

9:30am

On the Fly: Assessing and guiding Instruction
Teachers will learn a variety of formative assessment tools as well as specific methods that will improve student learning as well as guide future instruction. By using formative assessment in efficient and effective ways, teachers can differentiate instruction to specifically target students who need more intervention or intervention in certain areas. The formative assessment tools will include a variety of different tools such as Pear Deck, Google Forms, Socrative, Quizlet, Padlet, Recap, Gooru, and Quizizz.
While teachers will be given a variety of tools to formatively assess students, there will also be a focus on best practice and specific methods and strategies on how formative assessment will increase student outcomes. The research proven strategies that will be focused on are spaced practice, effortful retrieval, and interleaving. Teachers will leave this session with ready to use formative assessments that will demonstrate their learning of formative assessment tools and strategies.

Presenters
avatar for Trevor Fritz

Trevor Fritz

Teacher, Maine Township High School D207
Trevor Fritz is a fifth year social science teacher who currently works at Maine South High School in Maine Township High School District 207. He is passionate about using technology in innovative ways to help create authentic learning processes for students. Trevor has been publ... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Heather Chambers

Social Studies Teacher, Glenbrook South High School
Heather Chambers is in her 13th year teaching high school social studies , 9 of which include teaching Introduction and AP psychology. Currently, Heather is teaching at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois. She graduated from Western Illinois University in spring of... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Prosperity

9:30am

SAMR Tools in the 1:1 Environment
With 1:1 environments becoming so prevalent in today’s schools, how can teachers ensure that they are integrating digital tools in the most meaningful way? The SAMR Model is a framework that assists teachers in understanding how they are currently utilizing technology in their classroom, and how they can progress to the next level toward lesson transformation. Learn how free tools like Padlet, Flipgrid, Pear Deck, Seesaw, Google Classroom, Quizlet, and Popplet can be easily integrated into the classroom curriculum to maximize student engagement and enhance learning experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Tombs

Matthew Tombs

Digital Learning Coach, East Maine School District 63
Matt Tombs has been a Digital Learning Coach for East Maine SD 63 since 2016, where he coaches teachers on how to effectively integrate technology tools into the classroom environment by focusing on the SAMR Model. Prior to that, he taught 4th grade in Arlington Heights SD 25, an... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Kathryn Newton

Kathryn Newton

I taught middle school science for 10 years but have a passions for technology integration. I am currently a Digital Learning Coach supporting two elementary schools and one junior high school on their journey towards full digital integration into the curriculum.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 11:45am
Knowledge

9:30am

Connect with Apple
Connect with Apple in the Utopia Threshold, to get your product questions answered by Apple Education and AppleCare team members. Learn about iPad and Mac in the classroom and deploying Apple products in your school.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 4:30pm
Utopia Threshold

9:30am

ICE / IETL Leadership Summit: Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today (also offered as AA#1694)
*This sessions is hosted by ICE and IETL. It is offered as a full-day WS or Admin Academy.
Having no historical precedent, the current speed of technological breakthroughs has lead to the coming age of workplace automation, dramatically altering the world of work that our students will enter upon graduation. With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a redesigned learning experience fundamentally shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that is personal, while altering the use of authentic assessments, how technology is leveraged, the spaces in which the learning occurs, the way educators grow professionally, how schools collaborate with the community, and ultimately, the sustainability of the system as a whole. In this full day workshop, Future Ready's Thomas C. Murray and ICLE's Eric Sheninger will dissect these eight keys, which each serve as a puzzle piece for redesigning the learning experience, to unlock tomorrow’s schools so that today’s modern learners leave ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems. We must create tomorrow’s schools today and you are part of the solution.

Presenters
avatar for Thomas C. Murray

Thomas C. Murray

Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department... Read More →
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Eric Sheninger

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership and Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognize... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 9:30am - 4:30pm
Schaumburg East/West

10:00am

How Mimir is Helping Schools Scale To Meet Computer Science Demand
CEO Prahasith Veluvolu will be presenting data trends observed through Mimir, an education technology company focused on computer science education. Mimir Classroom, the company's core product, provides the tools for instructors to efficiently teach computer science courses of any scale without compromising the quality of education for students.
 
A case study featuring Instructional Specialist Joshua Nahum of Michigan State University, will be shared detailing his experiences using Mimir Classroom to automate grading for his 259,000 student submissions last semester. He also uses it to reduce plagiarism and scale his own curriculum. Thousands of students, like Nahum’s, have been using the platform at more than 75 universities since 2014. Through increased classroom interaction they’ve seen their student’s exam scores increase by 11%. 

Schedule a personalized, in-person walkthrough of Mimir Classroom before leaving the conference by visiting www.mimirhq.com/ICE.

Presenters
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Prahasith Veluvolu

Mimir
From high school friends with a knack for computer science to seasoned entrepreneurs running one of the most successful startups out of Purdue, Prahasith Veluvolu, and his co-founders, Colton Voege and Jacobi Petrucciani have not strayed from innovation. Their online computer science platform takes computer science education to the next level and is currently used by more than 70 universities. Recently the co-founders were featured on... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall Teaching Theater

10:30am

Evaluating the Best Chromebooks of 2018 and Taking a Look at Re-certified Windows Devices
llinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) a statewide cooperative has partnered with BlueRange Technology, a full-service IT solution, offering K-12 schools new and certified refurbished computers, computer equipment, complete end-to-end IT lifecycle management, custom system configurations, and top-notch customer service.

Come by to see and hear about some of the top Chromebook offerings of 2018. We will explore pricing, durability, performance and how BlueRange can help your school district with additional services surrounding your Chromebook needs. BlueRange customers benefit from customization and a commitment to safety standards. Have questions about the certified windows device offerings? Stop by and learn more.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall Teaching Theater

10:45am

Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners
Join us to learn about tools and resources from Apple that allow all students to explore, communicate, and create in new and powerful ways. Explore the built-in accessibility features included on every iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that can be customized to help diverse learners succeed.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold

10:45am

Sketch Walk: Observational Drawings
Join Apple for an inspiring walk on sketching the people, objects, and places around you on iPad Pro using Apple Pencil. We’ll practice basic techniques, and share tips on how to observe and draw what you see.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Fuller

Matt Fuller

Asst Supt for Technology & Innovation, Barrington 220
Dr. Matt J. Fuller is Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Innovation at Barrington 220, a PK–12 school district northwest of Chicago. He has served in educational technology leadership roles in Illinois school districts including Winnetka District 36, Des Plaines Distri... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Charlene Chausis

Charlene Chausis

Creativity & Innovation Specialist for Mobile Pedagogy, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102 - Retired
Mostly retired, yet, still working to promote the learning of adults in schools. Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2003), Apple Teacher, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold

10:45am

Are You Ready Player One? Join the Playful Learning Movement
Description: Have you read the book? Checking IMDB for details for THE movie of the Summer ’18? Or are you a big 80’s and gaming enthusiast? Come to this session to see how we are using Ready Player One to gamify EdTech. Several dozen copies of Ernest Cline’s incredible book will be given away!

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Innovation

10:45am

Augmented Reality Apps in the Classroom
Augmented reality apps (like Pokemon Go) combine virtual reality with real-world elements like a book or a drawing. We will look at a few different apps and discuss different ways you can use these apps in your classroom to engage your students with the content in new ways. Please bring a smartphone or tablet with you.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

STEM Initiatives Manager, Chicago Public Schools
Michael Kosko is STEM Initiatives Manager for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to that role, he taught high school STEM and science in the district for 10 years. He’s a vocal advocate for technology integration and using design thinking in the classroom. Michael is a Google for Ed... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F-2

10:45am

Build Confidence in Your Staff and in Your Community through Video Stories
This session will focus on tips and tricks in Gmail, Drive, and Docs to help school administrators become more productive on a daily basis in communications and in meetings. If you are the one drowning in emails, and cringing during ineffective meetings, this session will help you with some easy strategies that you can take back to your team.

Presenters
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Henry Thiele

Dr. Henry (Hank) Thiele is the Superintendent for Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove Illinois where he serves 5000 high school students and 700 staff members. He is one of the co-founders of the Illinois Google EDU K-12 user group and the Google Educator Group Chi... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

10:45am

Computer Science for All: Integrating CS in your classroom
Thinking about how you can bring Computer Science (CS) into your classroom? Discover ways to integrate CS skills into content you are already teaching across multiple subjects. Tools shared will include free and low-cost options accessible to educators. We will discuss why learning CS skills are important for all students regardless of their future careers. Participants will learn about several activities and try samples they can apply to their own classrooms. This session will include lessons learned from those already integrating CS content and offer tips for those looking to start or increase their integration of computer science. Ideas for parent engagement will also be discussed. Please download the free ScratchJr app (available on iOS, Android and Chromebooks) and join us for some fun!

Presenters
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Jen Gilbert

Instructional Technology Coach, Fairview South School, District 72
Jen Gilbert is a Learning and Behavior Specialist certified in Early Childhood Technology with a Masters in Science Education. When not creating innovative activities with teachers or working on social media integration projects, she can be found presenting on education technolog... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C

10:45am

Creating Student Techsperts
Come see how Joliet 86 empowers students to become technology leaders by participating in a TECHspert program. What is TECHsperts you ask? This online program consists of student created video tutorials and performance tasks that provide skills to support schools in the areas of computer fundamentals, basic troubleshooting, and integration of G-Suite applications. Presenters will share the evolution of the TECHspert program from conception to a fully integrated program across the district.

Presenters
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Erin Buteau

Tech Coach, Joliet Public School District 86
Erin Buteau is currently an Instructional Tech Coach with JPSD86 and has been for 9 years. In the past, she has taught middle school math and Primary Sp Ed along with "Teaching with Technology" at Chicago State University and Lewis University. Erin is a digital native who has bee... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D

10:45am

Got Tech. What Next?
In this session, the audience will learn what the physical learning environment means for schools that are looking to successfully apply STEM education. Schools that utilize project- and STEM-based learning, like Khan Lab School in Mountain View, as well as companies like Google, strive to ultimately make their students comfortable with computer science and technology. Part of that means combatting their problems with space: here, educators and administrators will focus on the impact that a physical learning environment has on their ability to teach science, technology, engineering and math. Case studies will be presented to the audience to give real world examples of schools with specific learning models, objectives, and experiences that they wanted to equip their students with, and how they have worked with architects to design physical spaces that support their experiments in space.

Presenters
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Danish Kurani

Founder, Kurani
Danish Kurani is a trained architect and urban designer, instructor at Harvard University, and founder of the design firm Kurani. Considered an expert on learning environments by the OECD, Danish has given keynotes and talks around the world on the topic of learning spaces. Kuran... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

10:45am

Innovative Learning with Technology and Passion
Teaching using innovation and passion makes learning relevant, rigorous and fun for both students and teachers.  Incorporating communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity each day empowers students to be in charge of their own learning, which increases motivation.  Students look forward to learning when they can see the relevance.  My goal is to facilitate these lifelong learning opportunities for teachers and students everyday.  I look forward to sharing my experiences and passion, and also providing the chance for others to share their experiences and passion as well.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria

10:45am

Keeping it Together with Google Keep
In the never-ending quest to keep our daily lives organized, wouldn’t it be great if there were a tool that allowed you to collaborate on your endless personal and professional “To Do” lists? Looking for limitless access to school to do lists, notes and common feedback, while being able to share those lists with colleagues. There is a tool for that! Join this session and dive into the many ways Google Keep can be used to help keep up with and improve many daily tasks.

Presenters
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Aliaa Ibrahim

Aliaa Ibrahim joined the Ed Tech Team at ETHS in 2016 as a Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to that, she served as a math and social studies teacher in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Aliaa loves working in the classroom with students and collaborating with teachers to integr... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Mina Marien

Evanston Township High School, Evanston Township High School
Mina Marien is an instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, IL. She previously taught Latin and supported teachers in the World Languages department as an instructional coach. She loves working with students in classes throughout the school... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B

10:45am

Leveling Up the Classroom
Video games can transport students to far away worlds or times. This session will address ways to integrate a variety of games and related activities into the classroom as a useful part of the curriculum. Session will include activities related to Minecraft, Civilization, as well as others. While many of the activities can be used in multiple subject areas, the primary focus will be on integrating games in the history/social studies classroom.

Presenters
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Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 12 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD committee, the president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor. To me, technology i... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E

10:45am

Lights! Camera! Action! Creating a School Film Program...on a budget!
Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity. The 4 “C’s” of the 21st Century classroom are tailor-made for school media programs. Come and see how Beach Park Middle School transformed its STEM program to include a digital media class, which walks students through the 5 phases of filmmaking. Learn how students develop ideas, learn the basics of cinematography, and promote their videos on YouTube. You’ll leave with some great ideas on how to bring a program like this to your school - on any size budget!

Presenters
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Steven Angelos

Digital Media Teacher, Beach Park Middle School
Teacher. Coach. Digital Media Hack. Life-long learner. Husband. Father. Triple-Bogey Golfer. Steven has been teaching in the Zion/Beach Park, Illinois area for 12 years focussing on using technology in the classroom to give students a voice in their schools. He has been a part of... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F

10:45am

Making After Year One: Sustaining Your Makerspace
By focusing on the 4C’s in their library and makerspace, Central Elementary School students and staff share robust learning experiences. Learn how you can sustain and build the maker energy in an established space and program by extending literature, research, and curriculum. Session will include a presentation and time for discussion.

Presenters
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Linda Diekman

Linda Diekman is a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Central Elementary School in Wilmette and facilitates student learning in their Learning Commons.

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

Maverick Leadership
Education draws passionate & talented individuals to its ranks. These professionals are, more often than not, completely dedicated to student learning, and strive daily to connect with each student to help them achieve. Often, these motivated individuals get driven into a ‘bunker’ mentality by forces beyond their control, and take refuge in making the learning environment the best for those students within their scope of influence.

Occasionally, educators break out of these confines and stretch their entrepreneurial muscles through innovative public-private partnerships, contests, outreach and other efforts. Inspire the entrepreneur in all educators – using successful examples to give them tools and techniques to move even the most reticent educational institutions forward for the benefit of all kids.

Presenters
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Mike Lawrence

Chief Maverick, MAVERICK Learning
Mike Lawrence has been impacting education as a teacher, administrator, technology coordinator and non-profit leader for twenty-five years. He served as CEO of CUE, a nonprofit educational association, driving 500% growth for over a dozen years. He also serves as Director of the... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Mark Dohn

Mark Dohn is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Teacher and Digital Learning Consultant. He holds an MS in Education, Media Design and Technology and was a classroom and technology teacher/coordinator for fifteen years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With other Ap... Read More →
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Amber Heffner

Executive Director, Illinois Computing Educators
Amber Heffner is the Executive Director of Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional opportunities to educators throughout Illinois. ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia D

10:45am

Propelling Language Growth- Tech Tools for EL’s
Looking for tech tools that will propel your English Language Learners’ growth in proficiency level and all four language domains? Come and collaborate with ESL/Bilingual teachers that think outside the box! During this session, teachers will acquire a "virtual" backpack of tech resources to use with ELLs that provide practice and production of language. Discover technology that will help students both acquire and demonstrate their new language, AND learn to evaluate tech tools for learning and academic language.

Presenters
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Jasmine Myalil

EL/Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
A Chicago-land native, Jasmine Myalil earned a B.S. from University of Miami (FL) in Elementary Education and Spanish, with an ESL endorsement. Upon returning to Illinois, she started her career as an ELL Specialist. In addition to her teaching role, she focuses on parent engagem... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Amy Harder

EL / Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
EL / Bilingual Specialist for 14 years. Experience with K - 8 + adult education. Interested in technology, parent engagement, collaboration, ELs and disabilities. Avid reader.
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Amy Welzenbach

Arlington Heights School District #25


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A

10:45am

Teaching Math with Google Apps (Double Session)
Alice Keeler wrote the book on Teaching Math with Google Apps (literally!). Teaching math in the 21st century is different, it asks students to be critical thinkers, model their math, critique the reasoning of others, and to analyze. Many of the math problems we have traditionally been using have literally become obsolete as a result of modern technology. This is a gift! This session is an introduction to ways we can use Google Apps to make this shift.

Presenters
avatar for Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler is a mom, teacher, author, Google Certified Innovator, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter. "I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers to try something new. More than idea sharing I work with teachers to make vision reality. I will not settle for the status quo, there is always a better way something can be done and technology can help make it happen. I am passionate about students learning, understanding and being able to apply their... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana B

10:45am

The power of EdCampifing your Institute Days!
Tired of boring in-services and institute days? Well EdCampify your PD! Learn how to give teachers choice and ownership in their learning without the worry of a traditional EdCamp. It is about time that we modeled the type of learning we want our students to have.

Presenters
avatar for John Hummel

John Hummel

Director of Technology, Center Cass School District 66
I am the Director of Technology for Center Cass School District 66 in Downers Grove, Illinois. I strive to bring transformational change to my district through innovation and failing forward.

Co-Presenters
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Joy DeFors

Instructional Coach, Center Cass School District 66
As a middle school instructional coach at Lakeview Jr. High School in Downers Grove, IL., I am a cheerleader of teachers and students.
avatar for Theresa Strong

Theresa Strong

Instructional Coach, Center Cass School District


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B

10:45am

Using Digital Tools to Enhance Reader's and Writer's Workshop
Reader's and Writer's Workshop requires a great deal of planning, organization, and record keeping. Learn how to let G Suite and other digital tools do some of that work for you! From standards-based reader response journal Docs to free apps to keep kids excited about reading, attendees will leave with strategies to help streamline assessment and feedback, as well as ways to make workshop more accessible for struggling or reluctant readers and writers.

Presenters
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Stacy Ginocchio

ELA teacher, St. Margaret of Scotland School
Stacy Ginocchio is a middle school English Language Arts teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland School in Chicago. Her professional interests include fostering teacher collaboration and using technology to enhance reader's and writer's workshop.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E-2

10:45am

Writer's Workshop (For Grown-Ups)
Think you could never be an author? Think again! We all have something to share. Find out how easy it is to get started with writing and publishing educational books. This session could change your life! Optional accessories: a charged laptop or Chromebook, headphones, and your book content.

Presenters
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Sarah Thomas

Founder, EduMatch
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across co... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia A

10:45am

Google Secrets - You Don't Know What You Don't Know!
This fast paced session will introduce attendees to some great unknown Google tools and engage the room in discussions about how to use them. Learn about Google Autodraw, Google Slide Add-ons, Chrome Experiments, Google Keep, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Instructional Technology Coordinator & Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School
" "Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor KiamI am a lifelong learner who is passionate about exploring the growth mindset with teachers & students. I believe that EdTech should be a powerful enhancement for learning. My focus as a learner is strong... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G

10:45am

Deliver Relevant Professional Development
Are you looking to streamline your PD to positively impact student success? All districts want to provide engaging, results-producing professional development. Discover how districts have used Hoonuit to ensure teachers are prepared and empowered to effectively reach every student.

Presenters
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Hoonuit

Platinum, Hoonuit
Hoonuit’s pedagogical content paired with technology training helps ensure educators have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to provide engaging, meaningful learning experiences. The resources include short videos as well as self-paced workshops. Take advantage of a vast library of online learning resources relating to instructional practices, college and career readiness, student engagement, technology use, and more. Check us out... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg H

10:45am

Grow your PLN in 60-minutes or less!
We will be teaching participants the ins and outs of utilizing Twitter and Tweet Deck to enhance instruction within the classroom and school. Beyond that, we will also be providing help to those that would like to start or host an edchat.

Presenters
avatar for Megan Hacholski

Megan Hacholski

8th Grade Science Teacher, Simmons Middle School, Ridgeland District 122
This is my 6th year teaching science for Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, IL. In the past year, I have witnessed the trajectory of my career dramatically impacted through the development of a PLN and by participating in / hosting Twitter chats. I am passionate about the use of... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Michael Abramczyk

Technology Integration Specialist, Ridgeland PS District 122
Megan Hacholski is an 8th grade Science and STEM teacher at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, IL. She is in her 6th year of teaching. Michael Abramczyk is the STEM Facilitator at Simmons Middle School in Oak Lawn, IL. He is in his 18th year of teaching. Together, they have devel... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold D

10:45am

Our Journey to Innovation!
The Future Ready process has given Princeville CUSD 326 a new outlook on education and a renewed energy! Come and learn how we have made small and big changes that is leading to innovation in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Joanna Carroll

Joanna Carroll

Instructional Technology Coach, Princeville CUSD 326
Joanna Carroll is the Instructional Technology Director/Coach for Princeville CUSD 326. Prior to joining the Princeville school district, she was an educator for 18 years. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Google for Education Certified Innovator. Joanna is... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold C

10:45am

Team Helping Hand
What happens when you change a tired old computer lab into a makerspace and give three amazing teachers an idea and the materials to make that idea come to life? You get Team Helping Hand! Our district PT, a 5th grade teacher and Tech Lead in our intermediate building joined forces to fulfill a challenge presented by the district tech coordinator to 3D print a prosthetic hand for a student in our district. What happened next changed the lives of the students in two classrooms (K and 5th) and all the adults involved. See how makerspaces are "making" a difference in the lives of students and adults in our district!

Presenters
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Dayna Perkins

Technology Teacher, Mahomet Seymour School District
I am a tech teacher, I teach third through fifth grade. I enjoy coding, 3D printing, Green screen, Virtual Reality, G suite, and fun.

Co-Presenters
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Christopher Forman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3
Hi, my name is Christopher Forman and I am the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Mahomet-Seymour school district. This will be my second year in this position, coming out of the classroom where I spent nine years. My role is two fold in the district. I oversee and coor... Read More →
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Kathryn Rose

Physical Therapist, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3
Kathryn Rose has provided physical therapy services to the Mahomet-Seymour school district since 1990. Her caseload includes students ranging in ages three years through twenty-one years old. She received her Bachelor's from Eastern Illinois University and then went on get her ph... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold B

10:45am

Tech Buddies in the Elementary Classrooms
Do you want to give your students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of technology in a cooperative learning environment? Then Tech Buddies is for you!
Come explore how our second and third grade students work together by using technology to enhance their learning. Through peer-teaching, our tech “masters” facilitate learning for their classmates.

Presenters
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Danielle Faubert

3rd Grade Teacher, CCSD 46 - Prairieview Elementary
I have been in the teaching profession since 2012 and have experience in second, third, and fourth grades. I am currently teaching in a third grade classroom, and we are 1:1 with iPad devices for the second year. I received my Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy in 2015. As... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold A

10:45am

Using Google Calendar and Sites to Maximize Student Organization and Productivity
We will demonstrate the utilization of Google Sites to create a
school-wide platform for teachers to communicate assignments and important dates to student and parents. This streamlined system embeds Google Calendars that maximize student organization and provide up-to-date information for the school community in a central user-friendly location.

Presenters
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Lauren Rivera

Digital Learning Coach, Schaumburg School District 54
Lauren Rivera and Erin Whalen are Digital Learning Coaches in Schaumburg School District 54. As employees of the Department of Student Learning, we: -Support teachers throughout the district in planning instruction that effectively integrates technology; -Plan and provide distric... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg Threshold E

11:00am

Connecting Standards Based Grading to Student Management Systems
Common Goal Systems provides a Standards Based Grade Book Solution to dozens of Illinois school districts. Common Goal provides its own SIS and also uses such tools as OneRoster and Clever to connect to other SIS such as Skwyward, PowerSchool and Tyler.

Presenters
avatar for Martin Bennet

Martin Bennet

Regional Director, Common Goal Systems
Martin Bennet is responsible for over 450 existing accounts across three states, new user sales, marketing, customer implementations, and customer training. He works with 230+ Illinois districts and has been with Common Goal for 8 years.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Exhibit Hall Teaching Theater

11:30am

Data Leaders and Teams: Product + Process + Culture = Success
School districts are looking to better measure academic achievement through the use of assessment data, streamline operations and reduce the amount of testing. LinkIt! helps schools achieve this outcome through a combination of technology, data analysis and differentiated professional development.

Participants will learn how to effectively warehouse data, administer and/or collect assessment data and employ effective activities and protocols. This workshop will benefit both new and experienced data leaders looking to simplify and improve their existing solutions.

Presenters
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Matthew Wilson

Director of Educational Programs, LinkIt!
Matt joined LinkIt! in January, 2016. Matt’s focus at LinkIt! is managing client implementations, customer support, professional and product development, as well as leadership training throughout the New England states. Matt looks forward to using his extensive experience to he... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall Teaching Theater

12:00pm

Conceptional Teaching in a One-to-One School
Do you want your students to think critically, rather than simply regurgitate facts? Conceptual teaching shows students how to collect facts from a variety of sources and form their own opinions based on essential questions. Discover how a one-to-one program can enhance conceptual teaching by allowing students to learn beyond classroom walls. During this session, teachers will share their experiences as well as student examples.

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Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia Threshold

12:00pm

What's New for iPad in Education
new productivity tools. Explore the new Files app, the new Dock, intuitive multitasking, built-in screen recording, and new features in the Notes app. Learn about classroom workflows using the Classroom app, Apple apps, and more.

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Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia Threshold

12:00pm

Building Relationships and Trust as an Innovative Teaching and Learning Coach
In this breakout session, we will be discussing how to effectively gain and retain long-term trust as a tech coach. I will discuss ideas of how to initially gain that trust, and share some tools and ideas I have used to get started on the right foot. We will then explore how to reach those teachers who are either reluctant to use tech or are seemingly too savvy to need coaching. I will share some tools and ideas I have used to grab those outliers. To ensure that teachers don’t stay stagnant, we will explore how to identify the current capacity of teachers and discuss how to set goals with them to encourage risk taking and growth. Finally, I will talk about how I work with teachers to retain their trust and foster a “reaching” mindset.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Braband

Steve Braband

Innovative Teaching and Learning Coach, Pleasantdale School District 107
I am a former classroom teacher with experience in both elementary and middle school settings. I hold a master’s degree from Concordia University Chicago in Educational Technology. For the last few years, I have worked as a technology integration specialist. My current role is... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg B

12:00pm

Choosing the Path of Positive Change: Becoming 'Future Ready'
Who's sick of hearing this line: "That's the way it's always been done"? At ROWVA 208, we were ready to dismiss the status quo and move toward innovation and positive changes for our students. There was one problem: we didn't know where to start! Becoming a Future Ready district helped us develop a plan and has transformed our district in 18 short months. The best part? It's free! Participants will walk away with small, easy changes with a big impact that they can implement in their district tomorrow. (Why wait? We love "right now" changes.) We'll also outline how Future Ready can help you implement a long-range plan of innovation for your district.

Presenters
avatar for Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

This is my 9th year teaching high school English. I earned an M.A. in English, and I am a Google Certified Educator Level 2. I am also the district social media director and the project manager for our district's Future Ready Plan. My motto? "Down with status quo!" I have a passi... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Joe Sornberger

Joe Sornberger

I am the superintendent at ROWVA #208 in Oneida, Illinois. This is my 6th year as a superintendent and my 14th year in education. Our small, rural school district prides itself on academic excellence and innovation. ROWVA is a Future Ready School District. I would love to share o... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

12:00pm

Collaborating With Your Librarian: Go Beyond the Bookshelf!
Would you like to learn how to increase collaboration between the classroom and the LMC? Come join as we show you how to use use your current or new digital resources to collaborate with colleagues and make student learning visible. We will focus on the area of informational text and how the work in the classroom and the LMC does not have to exist in separate silos.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Delzell

Liz Delzell

LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
Liz Delzell is a school librarian who began her professional career as a classroom teacher working with students in grades 5-8. Her library experience includes five years in Youth Services in public libraries and five years (and counting!) as a school librarian. Liz is committed... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Weider

Suzanne Weider

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
I have been a classroom teacher for twenty-five years. For the last two years I co-taught in a First Grade Technology Demonstration Classroom. I taught part of the day and spent the rest working with teachers to help make the bridge between the curriculum and technology. Recently... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Euphoria

12:00pm

Designing Engaging Graphic Organizers for ANY Content Area
In this session, we will show you how to use Google Drawings to design awesome graphic organizers for students. They can be imported into Google Slides to create one of a kind digital notebooks to keep students organized and on-task. So, throw away those spiral notebooks once and for all!

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Mollenhauer

Kelly Mollenhauer

Instructional Technology Coordinator, CCSD15
I am an instructional technology coordinator for CCSD15 in Palatine, IL. Our district has 20 schools with over 12,000 students. I love learning new ways to incorporate technology and love learning new things! I also work in classrooms directly with students and teachers to suppor... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Colleen Seick

Colleen Seick

Instructional Technology Coordinator, CCSD15
I am an Instructional Technology Coordinator for CCSD15 in Palatine, IL. I am also the CCSD15 STEM Liason. I am a Seesaw Ambassador as well as Google Certified Level 2. I am now on my 15th year with CCSD15. I previously taught Fourth Grade and was a Learning Resource Center Teach... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg E-2

12:00pm

Drowning in Tech? Here’s Your Lifeboat
Have trouble finding the Doc you need in your Google Drive? Losing emails left and right? With all the directions you are pulled in everyday, it’s no wonder it’s hard to stay afloat. At this session, I will show you simple tips and tricks to stay organized and keep your sanity in a sea of apps. You’ll learn how to automate, prioritize, be selective, and be proactive. I may not be able to get you to Inbox Zero, but I can help you gain a few more minutes in your day for what really matters.

Presenters
avatar for Meredith Rice

Meredith Rice

Innovation Specialist, Sunset Ridge District 29
Meredith is the innovation specialist at Sunset Ridge District 29. She is also an Apple Teacher and a Google Certified Teacher and Trainer. Meredith believes that technology should be used in ways that transform learning. She believes that it is the passionate goal of every teach... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg F-2

12:00pm

Engage students through EDpuzzle!
If you are looking for an easy and intuitive video platform to help save you time, boost classroom engagement, and improve student learning then EDpuzzle is for you! EDpuzzle allows teachers to customize videos by editing the length, adding voice overs, and embedding quizzes to assess student understanding. Choose from the wide selection of already created videos or make your own. EDpuzzle is a great way to engage students in learning while being able to easily check their progress and understanding of the skills/content being taught.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Spaulding

Heather Spaulding

8th Grade Science Teacher, Robert E. Abbott Middle School
Heather Spaulding currently teaches eighth grade students science at Robert E. Abbott Middle School in Waukegan Community Unit School District #60. She has been an educator in Waukegan for the last eight years, and for the last four years has been one of the leads in pilot team w... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia B

12:00pm

Engagement, Collaboration, and Discovery: STEM in the Early Childhood Classroom
Hands on experience with STEM skills and concepts provide critical tools for success in todays’ classrooms and workplaces. Regular practice and exposure supports development of growth mindset, collaboration, and problem solving for learners of all ages and abilities. This session will share the relevance of incorporating STEM in the early childhood classroom to enhance learning across content areas. It will provide practical tools for teaching STEM concepts through a combination of lessons that are accessible for all learners, and open ended invitations for exploration.

Presenters
KA

Kat Armstrong

Kat Armstrong is an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher for Deerfield District 109. She believes strongly in inclusive learning experiences that promote growth for ALL students.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg E

12:00pm

From Fantasy to Reality: Engaging and Motivating Students with Nearpod
Imagine a classroom with 100% participation, where the teacher receives instantaneous feedback and real-time reports. Imagine students excited about their learning and empowered to participate. We've described an amazing teaching tool called Nearpod! In this workshop, join us to discover how you too can transform your student's learning through the use of interactive hands-on lesson content with features such as: Virtual Field Trips, 3-D Objects, Sways, Polls, and much more! You will also receive digital resources for continued discovery, including how to create your own customized lessons!

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg F

12:00pm

Google for Education: The Chromebook Advantage and Introduction to Jamboard
Simple. Secure. Affordable. Shareable. Join the Google for Education Team to share best practices for the planning, deployment, and support of Chromebooks. Highlights include a full Chrome overview, including 2018 device trends, including Jamboard, the future of Android apps on Chromebooks, and Q&A with Google for Education.

Presenters
avatar for Britton Picciolini

Britton Picciolini

Central Region Manager, Google

Co-Presenters
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Anne Nash

Program Manager, Google
Anne Nash has been at Google for over 4.5 years. During that time, she has worked on Google's Ads business, as well as their People Development team, where she oversaw Google's unconscious bias training programs. Originally from Michigan, she now happily resides in Chicago with h... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

12:00pm

Hello My Name is ____ and I am a Failure! Embracing the Fail in Technology & Life
Have you ever failed in life or at work? If the answer is "yes", then come and join us in a celebration of that failure. This session is an exploration into the importance of embracing and sharing our experiences of failure. If we can understand the place that failure has in our technology learning, then we can help our students and our colleagues to “embrace the fail.” You'll hear reflections on failure from successful educational technology leaders, administrators, educators, business professionals, and students. Participants will be asked to identify and share their experiences of failure, and to consider creative ways in which they can use technology and their own failures to inspire students, colleagues and, ultimately, themselves.

Presenters
avatar for Alicia Duell

Alicia Duell

Director of Technology & Information Services, Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21
Alicia Duell is the Director of Technology and Information Services for Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21. Prior to her experience in district-level technology leadership, Alicia was a school librarian. The ever-increasing levels of technology integration in scho... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia C

12:00pm

Level Up: Next Generation Learning
Come hear the projects that the IlliniCloud are working on with different partners in the area of playful learning, esports, 3D printing, our virtual book club, and other innovative classroom ideas that take learning to the next level. The IlliniCloud looks for partnerships that meet the next generation of learners on their playing field so that the process of learning engages them and makes them lifellong learners. This session will also allow you to share out what innovative ways you are engaging with your students.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Innovation

12:00pm

Office 365 Apps Sampler Platter
Your Office365 portal can be used for much more than just checking your email! Learn how to use a sampling of Office365 apps: OfficeMix (screencasting through PowerPoints), Sway (a presentation tool similar to Prezi), Forms (surveys and online quizzes), and OneNote (online portfolio).

Presenters
CK

Colleen Kaplan

Colleen Kaplan is a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, she worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an English-Language Arts teacher in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. In her current rol... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg D

12:00pm

Read the World NOW: The evolution of literacy in a digital culture
With the influx of mobile devices, multimedia websites, e-books, interactive graphics, and social media, there's no question that literacy is changing. But are we adjusting our pedagogy to adopt and adapt literacy instruction to meet the needs of today’s learner?
New devices invite students to read beyond the text and use multimedia--images, video, infographics--to add layers to their thinking. In this new learning landscape, we rethink what it means to “read” and craft lessons that explicitly teach students to analyze a photo, closely investigate a video clip and read the world. We’ll investigate new entry points for all learners and share ideas for empowering students to author their own messages as content creators in this participatory digital culture.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher & Author, Big Shoulders Fund
Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin works with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that ar... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia A

12:00pm

Student Created Blockbusters using Touchcast
You and your students can create your own blockbusters quickly and easily! Use the Touchcast iOS app to have your students demonstrate their thinking and show their understanding in any subject area. This versatile app can be used by students for formative assessment or projects. Teachers can use the app as part of the flipped classroom model. 

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg C

12:00pm

Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
What a fantastic time to be using technology in the classroom. The amount of free, affordable and downright cool solutions is amazing! This class will introduce you to some of the top Websites, Apps and Tools that you can start using in your classroom tomorrow. We will also take a peek into the future at some technology that might be part of your classroom in the future

Presenters
avatar for Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

Squirrels LLC
K-12 EdTech Conference Presenter


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Nirvana B

12:00pm

Using Best Practice Strategies to Design a Personalized Digital Citizenship Program
Often the new and best thing in technology creates excitement regarding the endless possibilities; however, for those concerned with the safety and security of students, what is new in technology often introduces potential dangers. The question for many is how to create school policy that protects and how to integrate curriculum and instruction that prevents. In 2016, Warren Township High School sought to answer that question by pursuing the goal to create a digitally responsible school culture. A Digital Citizenship Committee was formed, comprised of student leaders, with teachers serving as facilitators. Anchored by ideas of raising awareness and providing support, the result is a Digital Citizenship Program created for students, by students.

Presenters
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cheryl parmenter

Social Studies Teacher, Warren Township High School
Cheryl Parmenter has more than 10 years classroom experience in grades 9-12. She has taught a wide-range of social studies courses, always with an emphasis on empowering students to make good choices through engagement with relevant and meaningful content. Cheryl earned her docto... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Utopia D

12:00pm

Utilizing Technology to Enhance the Learning of ELLs & involving parents in the learning process
During this session, I will be discussing how I use technology such as videos and the app, Seesaw to make kindergarten students engaged, independent and reflective learners. I also use technology such as Youtube, Google drive and Seesaw to involve their parents in the learning process and communicate how they can help their child at home. This presentation will focus on how it will not only benefit English language learners but ALL students to be successful in the kindergarten classroom. If I have time, I will discuss how I increase global awareness in my kindergarten classroom by using powerful pictures of kids from around the world to have powerful discussions during morning meeting (using simultaneous Powerpoints). This allows me to implement culturally responsive teaching while having the students practice their language skills during our morning meeting time

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer LaRocque

Jennifer LaRocque

Kindergarten Teacher/Adjunct Professor, LaGrange School District #102
I am a kindergarten teacher at Barnsdale Road School in LaGrange Park, Illinois. I have a cluster of English language learners in my classroom. I am also an adjunct professor at National Louis University teaching teachers who are earning their English language learner and bilingu... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg A

12:00pm

Get Your Badge On...Join the Google Certified Family!
Have you heard about Google’s certifications for educators ? Come find out more about becoming a Google Educator (Levels 1 & 2), Google Trainer, Google Innovator, and Google Administrator through this question/answer session. Get ready to hear tips and tricks to becoming certified and find out how these certifications have transformed our teaching.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Schwartzers

Jill Schwartzers

LRC Teacher, Community Consolidated School District 15
Jill Schwartzers is a Library-Media Director, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, and a National Board Certified Teacher. She is passionate about creating and presenting professional development that is motivating, differentiated and practical. Jill thrives on collaborating w... Read More →

Co-Presenters
VO

Vicky O'Boyle

Engaged Learning Specialist, Gower 62


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg G

12:00pm

Creative Ideas for Video Projects, feat. WeVideo
Take your videos to the next level! Add a variety of special effects to your videos using WeVideo tools. WeVideo can be accessed on all device platforms, and anywhere you have internet access. We’ll share ideas for using green screen effects, titles, and captions in innovative ways, and how to incorporate other special effects into your video projects. These ideas can be applied to both student-created video projects and your own teacher/instructional videos to make them more interesting and engaging. This session is part demonstration, part hands-on time with WeVideo, with opportunity to ask questions and brainstorm techniques that you can start using in your own classroom right away!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Leban

Jennifer Leban

Technology Teacher, Elmhurst CUSD 205 / WeVideo
Jennifer is currently a Computer Literacy/Creative Technology Teacher at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL/CUSD 205. Prior to that, she taught visual art for 13 years. At her school, they are 1:1 Chromebooks and use Google Apps for Education. | | Jennifer earned her BA fro... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg H

12:00pm

3DNA
This project integrated the use of the 3D printer into our Biology curriculum. Replication, transcription, translation, and mutation of DNA are difficult concepts for students to grasp, and printing 3D models helped make a very small thing visible to students. Our presentation will walk attendees through our project. Each class was divided into small groups of three to four students and was responsible for designing and replicating a three dimensional representation of DNA with a certain combination of proteins using a three dimensional printer. Groups printed manipulatives that were taken apart and changed to model the different DNA processes. We will talk about the ICE mini grant we received, the challenges we faced in project design, software and hardware issues we faced and the ultimate success of the project.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Ochs

Lauren Ochs

Media Specialist, Mahomet-Seymour High School

Co-Presenters
avatar for Christopher Forman

Christopher Forman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3
Hi, my name is Christopher Forman and I am the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Mahomet-Seymour school district. This will be my second year in this position, coming out of the classroom where I spent nine years. My role is two fold in the district. I oversee and coor... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold E

12:00pm

Coding For All Students: Adapting STEM for Learners for Special Needs
The high level of emphasis and initiatives of teaching Coding and STEM to all students has reached to national levels. As we think and reflect on how we are instructionally meeting the needs of all students in regards to teaching STEM how are you doing? Many students with special needs actually lean toward STEM fields in higher numbers than other students. According to a STEM3Academy report, about 34% of kids with autism spectrum disorders gravitate to courses and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math. That contrasts with 20% of students in the general school population. In this session we will share and discuss strategies to instructionally deliver STEM to every student in your school in particular students with special needs in PreK through the Elementary setting.

Presenters
avatar for Cindy Crannell

Cindy Crannell

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest Public School District
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she started her career as an elementary classroom teacher. After taking a few years off to start a family, she moved outside of the U.S.and has lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, West Midlands of U.K., Dubai, United Arab Emirates and London, U.K... Read More →

Co-Presenters
AP

AJ Peters

Elementary STEM Teacher, District 90


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold A

12:00pm

Gamify Your Classroom: A Beginner's Guide
Intrigued by the idea of gamifying but not ready to jump all in? Learn how to start a basic gamification in your classroom to engage and excite students while still addressing your learning standards and meaningfully integrating programs/apps such as Flipgrid, Seesaw, and even Snapchat. Participants will be introduced to game-based activities with ideas on how to adapt them for content areas.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Crawford

Stefanie Crawford

8th ELA, Dunlap Valley Middle School I District 323
Stefanie Crawford has been teaching ELA to middle school students for over 10 years and is elated to be able to combine her inner game nerd with her passion for teaching. She loves helping teachers gain confidence in incorporating new ideas and tech tools into the classroom with... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold B

12:00pm

The Wallet Killer Gadget Extravaganza
Don't Bring Your Credit Card to this Session! We will go over some of the coolest gadgets and gizmos that are out there! Some are great for the classroom, while others are just plain cool. Come see what is really out there!

Presenters
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David Lockhart

David Lockhart is an edtech presenter, speaker, advocate, and coach. For over 10 years, that meant stepping into a High School Social Studies classroom, and delivering instruction in a way that was just different. By August of 2014, his students were learning history in a histori... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold C

12:00pm

Why Should We Code in Elementary Classrooms?
Are you interested in coding in your elementary classroom but not sure where to start? Join this session to learn how to easily add coding into multiple content areas. See what students are saying about the coding process. Learn how to get more engagement and collaboration from your students. See why coding is becoming a critical part of the elementary classroom and preparing students to be 21st century workers.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Austin

Beth Austin

I am a first grade ESL teacher who made the switch from the corporate world to teach and inspire the next generations. Last year I added coding into my classroom and watched my students' engagement, collaboration and curiosity explode. My goal is to imbed more coding into my curr... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Phil Hintz

Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Schaumburg Threshold D

1:15pm

Dedicated Exhibit Hall
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for special opportunities to connect with our Exhibitors and network in the PLN Plaza!

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

2:30pm

Cultivating Critical Thinkers with Learn To Code
Coding is essential for students to thrive in a future driven by technology. When you teach coding, you also teach critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Learn from an Apple Distinguished Educator who uses the free Swift Playgrounds app and Learn to Code lessons in middle and high school classes.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia Threshold

2:30pm

Meeting the Needs of All Learners: Innovative Teaching Practices
As education leaders, we know that every student matters. Over the past three years, teachers from this school have worked to create differentiated instruction for all their students. Learn how WIN (What I Need) time, passion projects for all ages, and genius hours give students the freedom to think creatively and explore what fascinates them.

Presenters
Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia Threshold

2:30pm

Photo Walk: Portraits and People
From selfies to photographing groups, we’ll show you how to take great portraits of people with your iPhone or iPad on this photo walk. We’ll experiment with interesting backgrounds, work with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting, and explore creative framing.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia Threshold

2:30pm

Citizen Science: Real Research in Your Classroom
Citizen science is real research supported by ordinary citizens. Participants of all ages can contribute to dozens of ongoing scientific research projects by collecting or analyzing data. Not just for the science classroom, citizen science projects exist in writing, history, art, music, and many other fields. These projects are an amazing way to get your students excited about research, and to connect with researchers from around the world. This presentation will share many examples of citizen science projects, and how they can fit into ANY classroom - science or otherwise. We will participate in a few actual projects during the session. You will leave with many resources to help you get started in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Shutters

Elizabeth Shutters

Technology Coordinator, Roycemore School
Beth Shutters is the Director of Technology, PD, and the Middle School Experience at Roycemore School, a small independent K-12 school in Evanston. Beth is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She takes care of everything that has to do with technology at Roycemore, and help... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg F-2

2:30pm

Collective Learning: Leveraging the Minds of Many to Modernize Education
Join this lively panel discussion as we share innovative practices to modernize education for tomorrow’s learner. Panelists, consisting of a group of K-12 educators, including teachers, tech directors, innovation specialists and administrators, will bring multiple perspectives to the table as they discuss best practice strategies for technology in the classroom, new literacies, flexible seating and social emotional learning.  Intended to be an interactive “think-talk,” audience members will be included in the conversations as panelists answer questions, share their vision for the future and engage in a stock market-style speed round of “Buy, Hold, or Sell” regarding current trends in education. Join in as we leverage the minds of many to envision the future of learning!

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Ziemke

Kristin Ziemke

Teacher & Author, Big Shoulders Fund
Kristin Ziemke is an urban school educator and the author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, inquiry and technology, Kristin works with schools around the world to develop learning experiences that ar... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana C (Modern Learning Classroom)

2:30pm

Creative Communicator
In the world of education it is imperative to keep communications collaborative, efficient, meaningful, and helpful. The creative communicator session focuses on how educators, students, and schools can creatively utilize modern mediums as well as common technology to increase engagement in the classroom and throughout the school. Resources will include various video based collaboration tools and leveraging different tools in G Suite for Education for meaningful communication while sharing real life experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Diamond Lake School District 76
Instructional Technology Coordinator who has served for several years as classroom teacher, technology facilitator, and informational literacy coach. Mr Hansen has many years of experience in educational technology management, conference presenting, edtech coaching, training as a... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Euphoria

2:30pm

Digital Feedback for Student Success
Feeling overwhelmed by all the work that goes into giving students meaningful feedback? Don’t you wish that there was a way to quickly and efficiently offer students genuine and detailed feedback? Join this session and learn how to offer students written, audio, visual and speedy formative feedback that fosters your students’ metacognitive skills, and is efficient on your time.

Presenters
avatar for Aliaa Ibrahim

Aliaa Ibrahim

Aliaa Ibrahim joined the Ed Tech Team at ETHS in 2016 as a Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to that, she served as a math and social studies teacher in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Aliaa loves working in the classroom with students and collaborating with teachers to integr... Read More →

Co-Presenters
JK

Jin Kyung Hwang

Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson High School


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia C

2:30pm

Digital Video and Sharing School Successes
Digital video tools now make it incredibly easy to create and share the stories of your school's successes. This is important not simply as a PR tool, but also as a framework for discussing success and building the morale and professional focus of the entire campus team. In this session, you'll learn how to plan for, discuss, share, and promote the stories of successes. This session is geared toward campus and team leaders.

Presenters
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Relentless optimist, language teacher, principal, nonprofit director, and one of the original Google Certified Teachers, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley was raised in Texas, Singapore, and Arkansas (in that order), and has worked and studied on three continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online school, teacher trainer, and motivational speaker. He founded and is executive director o... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia A

2:30pm

Get Your Genius On - Genius Hour Tech Tools For Project Based Learning
See how empowering our students with content choice can result in amazing learning. We’ll explore project based learning through the use of Google’s famous 20% time philosophy and look at tech tools that integrate smoothly into this unique student learning & teacher assessment process. Attendees will consider their own learning environment as a potential space for creating student choice. Educators will see how to go from 0-100 with the famous 20% Time concept. Throughout this session, the why, what, and how will be illustrated. Attendees will explore benefits, challenges, and other considerations throughout the journey into student choice and project based learning. We’ll focus on introducing, guiding, and assess learning throughout 20% Time / Genius Hour projects. Technology tools for all three stages will be presented for consideration. Finally, attendees will see a slew of “end results” from student projects over the past 6 years.

Presenters
avatar for Sean Crevier

Sean Crevier

Instructional Tech Coach / Business Ed Teacher, Vernon Hills H.S.
Sean started teaching business classes at Vernon Hills H.S. in 2000, after leaving the technology consulting world. He currently wears three hats at VHHS; teaching business, working with other teachers as a technology integration specialist, and coaching golf. Sean serves on the... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia B

2:30pm

Hands on the Wheel: Using Formative Assessment Tech Tools to Drive Writing Instruction
Who's driving your writing instruction? Students leave signals during writing that can detour their progress. Coupling tech and formative assessments help students stay engaged and provides teachers with the immediate information they need to direct students. This session will showcase important research while taking 21st Century strategies for a spin! Resource rest stops will give participants the tech tools to keep their classrooms zooming.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Brown

Jill Brown

ELA Content Specialist, Illinois State Board of Education
Jill Brown has been in education for over twenty years and currently works for both Illinois State University in the Center of Advancement of Educational Initiatives as well as an ELA Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education. Ensuring that teachers are prepare... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward

ISBE Content Specialist for Learning Supports, Center for Educational Initiatives at ISU


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg C

2:30pm

Hidden Google Gems: Finding the Undiscovered Treasures
Did you know there are undiscovered treasures to be found in G Suite and other Googley products? They aren’t really hidden, you just don’t know where they are! Let’s discover, explore and have some fun while finding some excellent tools that will support our use of G-Suite in the classroom!

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg D

2:30pm

How Mindset Empowers Technology
How can districts create and maintain a Growth Mindset around technology adoption? What does it mean to hit one's "Turbo Button" and solve predictable technology-related problems proactively and quickly? In this session, leadership expert Mawi Asgedom will share mindset best practices from Mawi Learning's decades-long work at the intersection of leadership and technology.

Presenters
avatar for Mawi Asgedom

Mawi Asgedom

Founder, Mawi Learning
Mawi Asgedom has written eight books that are read in thousands of classrooms across North America, and has spoken to over one million students and educators in more than forty states. Mawi Learning’s online leadership courses have inspired students around the world. As a child... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana B

2:30pm

Inquiry Based Strategies to Support Personalized Learning
Are you inquiring about 'inquiry'? Wondering how to develop an Inquiry Based Learning lesson/unit that supports personalized learning? Join this session to learn how to get started and begin to develop your own personalized plan for embedding inquiry into your instructional practice. Participants will leave this session with practical applications to support inquiry for all students.

Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg F

2:30pm

It's More Than Just a Game
What is Esports? What impact does it have for students? Come join an Esports coach and two players for an inner look at what Esports and gaming in general means for the students. We will share our story and why it has been helpful and beneficial for them to have an Esports Club and Team at their school.

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Brock Frazier

Brock Frazier

District I.T., Massac Unit 1
I am one of the lead technicians for our I.T. department in the district, I also am a head coach for our girls soccer team, assistant coach for the boys soccer team, and head coach for our esports club and teams.


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg B

2:30pm

Keeping Student Data Safe and Secure
Making sure our students' data and identity is secure and private is of utmost importance for any school district. The IlliniCloud has made this a key priority in their service solutions. Come learn from how your district can make sure that they have the right solution for their needs. Talk to experts in the field. Get your questions answered, hear about innovative, collaborative solutions that are already working in K12 environments. You don't want to miss this session if data and identity and privacy issues are important to your district!

Presenters
Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Innovation

2:30pm

Teaching Without Words: Building Deeper Conceptual Understanding of Math by Removing Language
An overwhelming body of research shows that 1 in 4 students exhibit traits of math anxiety - a real cognitive condition that leads students to identify themselves early on as "not a math person". One of the primary reasons of math anxiety is language. Come learn how to nip this crippling fear in the bud by engaging students with a language-independent approach to teaching math.

Presenters
AB

Ankur Bhatia

I am an Education Partnerships Manager with MIND Research. We are the makers of a unique K - 12 supplemental math program called ST Math that removes the language barrier for students so they can build deeper, conceptual understanding of math. I spent several years teaching 4th a... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg A

2:30pm

The Admin Tool Box
Lindsy and Matt will provide educational leaders with practical tips/strategies that can be employed to transformation building administrators from managers to true leaders. These tools allow administrators to leverage use of time effectively to ensure a majority of their time is spent working with teachers and students on teaching and learning. Much like a carpenter's toolbox, building principals and district leaders should have their own tools to maximize impact, time, and positive relationships.

Presenters
avatar for Lindsy Stumpenhorst

Lindsy Stumpenhorst

Principal, Sterling Public Schools
Lindsy Stumpenhorst is a 3-5 elementary principal in Sterling, Illinois, a rural community two hours west of Chicago. She has taught grades ranging from 3rd to 8th, spending time as an RTI specialist and an Associate Principal before moving into a Lead Learner role. She expects h... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Matthew Mayer

Matthew Mayer

Director of Learning and Programs, Morton Grove School District #70
Matt Mayer is the Director of Learning and Programs for Morton Grove School District. Matt has previously served as a building principal, assistant principal and dean of students. He instructed both middle and high school. He strives to create environments that allow students and... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Nirvana A (Future Ready/Leadership)

2:30pm

Their Digital Footprint
Rather than buy in to the "fear of the year" let's be teachers and lead students to be responsible for their digital footprint. Resources and curriculum to teach students to take care of their footprint will be shared. All resources described are free for teachers to use. Leading students from Kindergarten through eighth grade to be good digital citizens does not take
great time and expense. Let's look at ways to teach these concepts.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Technology Director, St. Paul's Lutheran School
Mark has been the director of technology at St. Paul's Lutheran School now in Bourbonnais since 1999. He has been a teacher since 1982. He not only is the network administrator, but teaches computing skills to kindergarten through eighth graders each week. He has led groups and s... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E

2:30pm

Unlock Innovative Thinking with Questioning Strategies
Participants will learn how to grow the art of questioning in students and colleagues while practicing techniques that can be simply integrated into instruction. We will explore questions that speak to our core: “What is your ‘stake in the ground?’” “How do you challenge your own beliefs?” “What is a successful conversation?” In this minds-on session, learners will ask the questions, explore how to leverage responses and build upon them as we flex our questioning muscles! We will modify traditional discussion techniques, understand innovative phrasing and practices that support a culture of moonshot thinkers.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Digital Learning Coach, SD113A
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learning discoveries with other teachers, students and administration! As a Digital Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences she has been lucky enough to spread that learning with ot... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Utopia D

2:30pm

Graphing in Sheets 101
Want to take your STEM classes to the next level? Unsure how to graph in Sheets yourself? We'll walk through how to make graphs and how you can get your students on board making their own graphs. We'll even go over the Explore tool to see how you can make your data come alive.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

STEM Initiatives Manager, Chicago Public Schools
Michael Kosko is STEM Initiatives Manager for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to that role, he taught high school STEM and science in the district for 10 years. He’s a vocal advocate for technology integration and using design thinking in the classroom. Michael is a Google for Ed... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg G

2:30pm

Build Your #GlobalEd Toolkit: Take ACTION with Technology
Looking for ways to inspire your students to become instruments of positive change as global citizens? Join in this inspired session to discover how to use emerging technologies and purposeful instructional practices to fuel the collaborative classroom and empower every student to advocate, innovate, and campaign. Come curate ideas as we share specific programs, tech tools and apps, and technology-infused initiatives that develop global competencies for our students inviting them to (1) investigate the world, (2) weigh perspectives, (3) apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise, and (4) take action! Session participants will learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and global education connections to standards of practice and ways they can seamlessly infuse social good practices of empathy and compassion into current instruction. Come build your #globaled toolkit as we go broad to narrow and cover the continuum from pedagogy to practice and local to global.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Williams

Dr. Jennifer Williams

Director of Education Strategy, Participate
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As the Director of Education Strategy at Participate, she champions teachers to reimagine professional development... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg H

2:30pm

Cybersecurity Threats facing K-12 and How to Effectively Protect your Network and Students
Staff from Illinois Century Network (ICN) will discuss security trends, insights and new threat vectors for the K-12 community. Topics will include impact on K-12, ICN lessons learned from responding to attacks, overview of ICN’s enhanced security protection capabilities, and mitigation techniques and strategies for ICN customers. Distributed denial of service attacks will be looked at in depth as well as new threats, such as cyber extortion. This session is of particular importance given that attacks are no longer the domain of elite hackers, but rather can be easily launched by those with limited technical skills, with the results severely impairing K-12 operations.

Presenters
avatar for Lori Sorenson

Lori Sorenson

Chief Networking Officer, State of Illinois, Dept of Innovation & Technology
Lori Sorenson is responsible for the State of Illinois telecommunications and network operations including the Illinois Century Network, a statewide open access broadband network serving nearly 4,000 schools, libraries, colleges, universities, health care, government, and communi... Read More →


Tuesday February 27, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schaumburg E-2
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