2015 Conference Session Descriptions

ESU9 iTi Conference
Agenda and Breakout Session Details

October 19, 2015
7:45-8:00    Registration/Sign-In                       11:15-1:20  Lunch Available
8:00-8:15    Welcome/Announcements               11:30-12:10  Breakout Sessions 3
8:15-9:30    Opening Keynote                               12:25-1:05  Breakout Sessions 4
9:40-10:20   Breakout Sessions 1                  1:20-2:00 Breakout Sessions 5
10:35-11:15  Breakout Sessions 2                        2:15-3:15  Closing Keynote

3:15-3:30  Wrap-Up/Prizes/Evaluation

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Conference Location: Adams Central Jr-Sr High School • 1090 S Adams Central Ave Hastings, NE 68901

Session Descriptions

Time Session Information Room
7:30-8:00 Registration Auditorium
8:00-8:15 Welcome/Announcements Auditorium
  Jackie Ediger, ESU 9  
8:15-9:30 Create, Innovate, and Voice Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  In this talk, George will highlight some of the trends that are happening in education and the world and how we create a learning environment that is engaging for students. By giving them the ability to create meaningful learning, be innovative, and empower them with a voice, we will see students succeeding long after their time in school.  
9:40-10:20 Your Digital Footprint Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations. “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as organizations, what can we do to actually shape this footprint? With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organization. This is not about branding as much as it is about modeling for our students that we are learners along with them.  
9:40-10:20 Breakout EDU 203
  Craig Badura, Aurora Public Schools  
  Come and see how you can transform any classroom into the ultimate gaming experience using a Breakout EDU box! Breakout EDU evolved from the popular trend of Escape rooms. You choose a game that Breakout EDU has already created or create one of your own, set up your room, then let your students use their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills to “break in” to the box! We will be playing an actual “game” during this session, so come prepared for a difficult challenge!  
9:40-10:20 Mindful Matters 205
  Amy Schultz, ESU 9  
  Being mindful matters. This session will focus on the work of Dr. Carol Dweck and her book Mindset. We will discuss the two different types of mindsets and how we can develop the growth mindset in our classrooms.  
9:40-10:20 Improving Learning Through the Use of Data 207
  Carrie Rigney, Education Research Partner, BrightBytes  
  This will be an active working session where you will explore the meaning of your BrightBytes data. You will begin to develop metric-based goal(s) and actions based on your high priority areas determined through the BrightBytes Clarity platform. This session was developed with team collaboration in mind. You are encouraged to bring a collaborative colleague with you.

This is a 90-minute session.

 
9:40-10:20 Flipped Classroom Using SWIVL 208
  Faye Friesen and Ann Mays, Hastings High School  
  Make classroom demonstrations, lectures and activities available to students outside of the traditional classroom through the use of SWIVL. Students who miss a demonstration or lab can access the online video better preparing them for class.  
9:40-10:20 Learning Management System (LMS) vs File Management System 217
  Dr. Darci Karr, Hastings Senior High School  
  What is the difference/similarities between a Learning Management System and a File Management System. We will take a look at Canvas LMS and Google Classroom to see which best meets your needs. Come find the best way for you to distribute and collect materials for your class, provide feedback, and possibly ‘flip’ your classroom.  
9:40-10:20 Are your students ready? Get Set… Get EdReady!! 220
  Beth Kabes, ESUCC  
  Lois Hafer, ESU 9  
  Are your students prepared for college? What about the career they are considering after high school? With EdReady students can test themselves in math, then follow a customized study plan to help them be prepared for the next step… attending college or beginning their career. During this session, participants will learn about EdReady and how to get signed up and start using it with their students.  
9:40-10:20 Wish you had more time? Chrome add-ons to the rescue! 301
  Lynne Herr, ESU 6  
  If you use Google forms, spreadsheets or docs, Chrome add-ons can help you work more efficiently and give you time back for your family or just time for yourself. Bring your computer to explore add-ons such as RowCall (automatically sorts data collected by Google forms into separate spreadsheet tabs), Autocrat (create mail merge style documents to automatically return data submitted in forms to the submitter), Orange Slice (in document rubrics) and more! Add-ons only work using Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on any other computers so please bring yours along for hands-on practice! As a bonus, we’ll check out a few extensions that work great with these add-ons as well!  
9:40-10:20 Why Won’t They Just do What I Say? Easy to Use Behavior Management Strategies that You can Use on Monday Morning 402
  Matt McNiff, ESU 5  
  Although it would be nice, there are many students in our school system that don’t understand the wisdom of our classroom management and thus miss out on an excellent opportunity to learn. If they would just do what we say, wouldn’t they be much better off? In this session, you will learn why students don’t do what you say and how you can use some simple strategies to change the behavior to your advantage. This program will be 90 minutes and address developing your behavioral philosophy, using positive strategies to increase positive behavior, reinforcement programming, academic adjustments for behavior and much more. At the end, you will be ever more equipped in helping students to learn how wise and just you are as a teacher. Examples will be provided for preschool through high school.

(This is part one of a two-part program. This session will address some easy to use and simple strategies that are effective. Part two will focus on easy to use advanced strategies for those extreme student behaviors.)

This is a 90-minute session.

 
9:40-10:20 Community Action Poverty Simulation Library
  Euwanda Jennings, University of Nebraska Extension  
  Please join us for a rare opportunity to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low budget family trying to survive from month to month. Approximately 45.3 million people (19.9 percent are under 18), live in poverty every day. Many more live just above the poverty line but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for some government programs like SNAP, Medicaid and housing assistance. It is difficult for those who have never lived with the frustrations and stress of not knowing when your next meal will come, to truly understand the situation low budget families face. This is not a game! The Poverty Simulation experience brings awareness and understanding to the world of poverty. It’s a reality for many people of all ages in our community. Take the poverty challenge learn what it’s like to live in poverty.

This is a 90-minute session.

 
9:40-10:20 STEM Connections Lab Playground Cafeteria
  Chad Johnson, Nebraska Public Power District  
  Visit this playground throughout the day for a hands-on experience with various devices from the STEM Connections Lab. See page 15 for a detailed description of what is available in this lab.  
10:35-11:15 Your Digital Footprint Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  (REPEAT SESSION)
We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations. “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as organizations, what can we do to actually shape this footprint? With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organization. This is not about branding as much as it is about modeling for our students that we are learners along with them.
 
10:35-11:15 Digital Posters and Newsletters 203
  Heather Callihan, Northwest Public Schools  
  The days of printed newsletters and advertisements are fading. Come learn about a tool to help engage, communicate, and connect with your audience. Smore helps you create amazing publications that you will be proud to share.  
10:35-11:15 Top 30 Resources to Electrify your Classroom & Rock Organization 205
  Jackie Ediger, ESU 9  
  From Chrome Apps and Extensions to favorite websites, come find a wealth of free tools and sites for you and your classroom.  
10:35-11:15 Improving Learning Through the Use of Data 207
  Carrie Rigney, Education Research Partner, BrightBytes  
  Continuation of previous session.  
10:35-11:15 Educational Opportunities at Hastings Museum 208
  Russanne Hoff, Curator of Education, Hastings Museum  
  Katie Karr, Education Assistant, Hastings Museum  
  The Hastings Museum is the largest municipal museum between Lincoln and Denver featuring the J.M. McDonald Planetarium and a Large Format Theatre. We offer many interactive, hands-on school programs that align with Nebraska State Standards. They tie into our three floors of exhibits and feature topics such as Native Americans, rocks and minerals, fossils, mammals, Kool-Aid, and more. We host special programs such as the Native American Festival and offer several high-quality, educational films. Join us to learn how the Hastings Museum can engage your students beyond the classroom.  
10:35-11:15 Classroom Coding 217
  Kristen Slechta, ESU 9  
  Ever wonder what it would be like to create your own video game, musical instrument, or website by SCRATCH? An introduction to the purpose, practicality, and potential of student coding. Definition of coding: A system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages. That means critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Come PLAY with us!  
10:35-11:15 Using Your Content And Finding New Resources For Your Interactive White Board 220
  Dustin Frank, Engaging Technologies  
  In this session we will focus on how to incorporate your current content into the use of an interactive white board (IWB). We will look at how to quickly and easily find interactive sites and resources on-line. Although this session will be using Mimio interactive tools, the concept will apply on other brands as well.  
10:35-11:15 That’s Free! 301
  Tom Johnsen, Hastings Public Schools  
  Can’t seem to find the time to research websites that will help you become a more efficient and organized teacher or find that chrome add-on that will help you grade faster. Want some examples of sites for engaging your students? Want to not be stuck at your computer while you teach. Come watch a demonstration of a few, start using a few, see where you can easily find many more.  
10:35-11:15 Why Won’t They Just do What I Say? Easy to Use Behavior Management Strategies that You can Use on Monday Morning 402
  Matt McNiff, ESU 5  
  Continuation of previous session.  
10:35-11:15 Community Action Poverty Simulation Library
  Euwanda Jennings, University of Nebraska Extension  
  Continuation of previous session.  
10:35-11:15 STEM Connections Lab Playground Cafeteria
  Chad Johnson, Nebraska Public Power District  
  Visit this playground throughout the day for a hands-on experience with various devices from the STEM Connections Lab. See page 15 for a detailed description of what is available in this lab.  
11:30-12:10 Digital Citizenship 203
  Heather Callihan, Northwest Public Schools  
  Teens are using a variety of social media apps and tools to post, share, and chat. As a teacher we do not need to know all the ins and outs of every app and site but knowing the basics can make a difference between a positive and negative digital presence for your students. This session will showcase the latest “trendy” apps/sites and provide resources in order to be proactive in educating students and families.  
11:30-12:10 A Technology Toolbox for a Blended Learning Experience 205
  Sandy Kliewer, Adams Central  
  I want to share with you some tools I use in my blended learning classroom. I will focus on content creation tools, distribution tools, communication tools and more. Our school uses Schoology as our learning management system (LMS), but this can be adapted for any LMS!  
11:30-12:10 Password Management and Identity ProtectionCANCELED 207
  Gary Needham, ESU 9  
  Account and password breaches are commonplace enough that only the most significant ones make the news anymore. Fortunately, there are some great password management tools in place to help us. This session will discuss some of the best tools and practices to protect yourself. We will also make the case for password management as a component of digital citizenship.  
11:30-12:10 Online Resource for Math & Science 208
  Beth Kabes, ESUCC  
  With vast amounts of resources available on the web, how do teachers know if the activity is of quality and comes from a reputable source? This session will introduce teachers to free online resources from HippoCampus. The presenter will show you how to log in with an account, create playlists, and search for content correlated to the Nebraska Math & Science Standards. To get the most of this session, attendees are requested to bring a laptop (this application is not suited for tablets using Flash). Come away with activities you can use TOMORROW!!!  
11:30-12:10 Teaching with Canvas 217
  Katie Minnick, Silver Lake Public Schools  
  Teaching with Canvas – a general how-to session on creating assignments, discussion boards and quizzes within the Canvas interface, including integration with Powerschool, utilization of SpeedGrader, and successfully getting students on board with using Canvas daily in the classroom.  
11:30-12:10 Digging Through Gform Data 220
  Nicholas Ziegler, ESU 5  
  Google Forms are great for quick surveys/assessments! As participants fill out the forms, their answers populate into a Google Spreadsheet which can produce great graphs/tables for easily visualizing the results. HOWEVER, what if I want to dig deeper? What if I only want to look at the results from one stakeholder group (like elementary students/parents)? Awesome Tables is the answer! In this session you will learn how to set them up.  
11:30-12:10 Creation Apps for the Elementary Classroom 301
  Holly Hudson and Craig Badura, Aurora Public Schools  
  Come and learn about how to integrate technology into your elementary classroom using these creation apps: Seesaw, Chatterpix, Pic Collage, Doodle Buddy, QR Codes, and more. See how we use these apps plus Twitter, Coding Apps and App Smashes in the primary classroom. Everything that we show will be easily adaptable into an upper elementary classroom as well!  
11:30-12:10 Sumdog: Math Fluency Practice K-8 402
  Jeremy Watssman, Sumdog Inc.  
  An introduction to Sumdog.com; a website which combines educational games and extensive teacher tools to make fluency practice and intervention easy and accessible.

The session will cover the basic functionality of the Sumdog site, how students interact with it, and the tools available to teachers.

Sumdog has a free component and a paid Premium component – the session will outline the differences, and what’s possible with each.

 
12:25-1:05 Blogging as Professional Portfolio Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  Blogging has become a tool that is used often in the classroom, but has also become a valuable tool for educators to use in their own professional learning. Aligning with Teaching Standards, this session will show you how to create a professional portfolio that will be invaluable for sharing, connecting, and reflecting on teaching practice.  
12:25-1:05 Engaging Elementary Students with Augmented Reality Apps 203
  Lynne Herr, ESU 6  
  Augmented Reality (AR) apps allow students to engage with classroom objects in unique and engaging ways. Participants will explore Quiver, Aurasma, AR Basketball, AR Flashcards and AR enhanced picture books to better understand what augmented reality apps are, and how they can be used to engage students. Participants who want to explore the apps hands-on, should download the first 4 apps listed above to their mobile device prior to the session.  
12:25-1:05 YouTube Tips and Tricks for your Classroom 205
  Jackie Ediger, ESU 9  
  Sharing playlists, recording and sharing videos you have made and videos you find on YouTube with your students, plus how to have students take timestamped notes with a video using VideoNot.es.  
12:25-1:05 Pathways to a Technical Future 207
  Chad Johnson, Nebraska Public Power District  
  Engage in learning about NPPD’s new framework for connecting curriculum and CAREERS through a progression of processes designed in the maker’s mentality utilizing open education resources. In other words, we connect your classroom with workforce skills through fun hands-on technology integration!  
12:25-1:05 Planetarium Programs at Hastings Museum 208
  Katie Karr, Education Assistant, Hastings Museum  
  Russanne Hoff, Curator of Education, Hastings Museum  
  The J.M. McDonald Planetarium offers live and full dome sky shows for grades PreK-12. Many of our programs align with Nebraska State Standards and correlate to STEM. Our live Sky Tonight show can be customized to meet your needs. We also offer solar observing, Starry Night Sky Theater, ViewSpace, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can bring astronomy to life for your students!  
12:25-1:05 Innovative Ways to Use Schoology in Every Class 217
  Jeremy Borer, SCUSD  
  How do you use Schoology in innovative ways in non-traditional environments like Art, PE or even with lower elementary students? Come to this session to discover strategies to engage kids in every classroom.  
12:25-1:05 Assessment: The Fun and Engaging Way 220
  Dr. Darci Karr, Hastings Senior High School  
  Do you want to know what students know quickly? Maybe a quick ticket-out-the-door or a planned assessment. Tired of grading and wish someone, or something, could do it for you? Maybe you just wish students would get excited about showing you what they know. There are multiple tools available that help liven up an assessment and make grading a matter of clicking a few buttons. Come take a look to compare some of these tools and see which one(s) you will want to incorporate tomorrow.  
12:25-1:05 Classroom Clarity: Crystal Clear Expectations, Inspirations, and Motivations for All Classrooms 301
  Kristen Slechta, ESU 9  
  This includes information on the “Golden Circle” (Simon Sinek) and the “Multiple Intelligence Theory” (Howard Gardner). All students have strengths to share. All of us react and interact with our environment. Create an atmosphere and environment for learning based upon student strengths and capabilities. Find inspiration in how the human brain responds and adapts to stimuli.  
12:25-1:05 What Do I Do If They Don’t: Advanced Strategies for Working with Rude and Defiant Students 402
  Matt McNiff, ESU 5  
  As a teacher, creating a classroom in which students can learn and have a positive experience is imperative to their success. Some students don’t always see the end goal of what you are trying to accomplish and may find that they would rather use behaviors to avoid your excellent tutelage. Rude and defiant students can create a climate that makes it difficult to teach, but more importantly, it makes it difficult for other students to learn. These behaviors can become overwhelming and we can lose sight of our main goal.

This 90-minute program is an expansion of the morning session and will address advanced strategies that are easy to use such as overcorrection, inconvenience, reinforcement programs, hero procedures, and the crisis cycle and what to do at each stage of a student’s escalation. Examples will be provided for preschool through high school.

This is a 90-minute session.

 
12:25-1:05 Community Action Poverty Simulation Library
  Euwanda Jennings, University of Nebraska Extension  
  (REPEAT SESSION)
Please join us for a rare opportunity to better understand what it might be like to live in a typical low budget family trying to survive from month to month. Approximately 45.3 million people (19.9 percent are under 18), live in poverty every day. Many more live just above the poverty line but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for some government programs like SNAP, Medicaid and housing assistance. It is difficult for those who have never lived with the frustrations and stress of not knowing when your next meal will come, to truly understand the situation low budget families face. This is not a game! The Poverty Simulation experience brings awareness and understanding to the world of poverty. It’s a reality for many people of all ages in our community. Take the poverty challenge learn what it’s like to live in poverty.This is a 90-minute session.
 
12:25-1:05 Robotics PlaygroundCANCELED Cafeteria
  Gary Needham, ESU 9  
  An opportunity to come experiment with different robotics tools that can be used in K-12 classrooms. Affordable robots and curricular tools will both be available for teachers to see, touch, and use.  
1:20-2:00 Blogging as Professional Portfolio Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  (REPEAT SESSION)
Blogging has become a tool that is used often in the classroom, but has also become a valuable tool for educators to use in their own professional learning. Aligning with Teaching Standards, this session will show you how to create a professional portfolio that will be invaluable for sharing, connecting, and reflecting on teaching practice.
 
1:20-2:00 (Don’t Forget to) Show Your Work 203
  Brenda Klawonn, Aurora High School  
  How do you reflect as a classroom teacher? I started blogging as a way to reflect on my practice. Making my thinking visible is a way for me to evaluate what is working in my classroom and I can showcase student work. Let’s discuss ways that you are making thinking visible.  
1:20-2:00 Got Engagement? 205
  Amy Schultz, ESU 9  
  Much like “milk….it does the body good,” brain-based engagement strategies…..it does the classroom good. In this session I will share my top ideas and strategies on how educators can cause engagement in the classroom.  
1:20-2:00 Take a ride on the Virtual Field Trip (VFT) Bus 207
  Lois Hafer, ESU 9  
  Learn how to find virtual field trips (VFTs), collaborations with other classrooms, and make connections with museums, entrepreneurs, professionals, etc. for your students without leaving your classroom! All you need is a computer/device with a camera, a microphone and a projector!

 

Hop on the VFT Bus with me as we visit places such as NVIS, CILC/TWICE Project, Nepris, and Connect2Texas.

 
1:20-2:00 Online Resource for English & Social Studies 208
  Beth Kabes, ESUCC  
  With vast amounts of resources available on the web, how do teachers know if the activity is of quality and comes from a reputable source? This session will introduce teachers to free online resources from HippoCampus. The presenter will show you how to log in with an account, create playlists, and search for content correlated to the Nebraska English & Social Studies Standards. To get the most of this session, attendees are requested to bring a laptop (this application is not suited for tablets using Flash). Come away with activities you can use TOMORROW!!!  
1:20-2:00 Digital Media Production at Sandy Creek 217
  Jeremy Borer and Levi Gorsuch, SCUSD  
  Get a look at CougarVision HD – Sandy Creek’s student-led digital media production class. We will give an overview of how we produce content for our video board and how we use social media like Twitter, Periscope and YouTube to promote our school.  
1:20-2:00 Get organized! 220
  Dr. Darci Karr, Hastings Senior High School  
  How do you manage all your files, bookmarks, links, and information you use daily, weekly, or just every now and then? We will take a look at several free tools available to get everything organized. And, most importantly, don’t be tied to a specific computer. Access all this information from anywhere on any computer/device!  
1:20-2:00 Things That Rock 301
  Craig Badura, Aurora Public Schools  
  Part debate, part discussion, part conversation. This is a participant driven session. I’ll provide 8­10 emerging or controversial topics around education and technology, you’ll share whether you like it or not. It’s part debate, part conversation. We’ll have fun!  
1:20-2:00 What Do I Do If They Don’t: Advanced Strategies for Working with Rude and Defiant Students 402
  Matt McNiff, ESU 5  
  Continuation of previous session.  
1:20-2:00 Community Action Poverty Simulation Library
  Euwanda Jennings, University of Nebraska Extension  
  Continuation of previous session.  
1:20-2:00 Robotics Playground Cafeteria
  Gary Needham, ESU 9  
  An opportunity to come experiment with different robotics tools that can be used in K-12 classrooms. Affordable robots and curricular tools will both be available for teachers to see, touch, and use.  
2:15-3:15 Leading Innovative Change Auditorium
  George Couros, Keynote Speaker  
  Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why,” this workshop is meant for educators to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. It is not focused on the “how to” of technology, but is more focused on the conversations that will help staff move forward in a way that they will be excited yet feel supported in their journey.  
3:15-3:30 Wrap-up/Prizes Auditorium
  Jackie Ediger, ESU 9  
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