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๐๐„๐—๐“ ๐Œ๐„๐„๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Evanston Township High School -

๐“๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ: GAGA for GOOGLE!

There are over a Million Reasons to be excited about using the GSuite. Come join NICE as we dig deeper to explore additional ways to advance your usage of GSuite Applications in the Classroom beyond the Edge of Glory. Weโ€™ll throw out some topics (see below for some examples), request additional ones from you, and break off into small groups based on your preferences. Weโ€™ll have two breakout sessions and then bring your Poker Face to close out with an exciting Chrome Extensions slam. Save your Applause for the very end.

Possible topics:

  • Rethinking the GSuite w/ Students
  • Lesser Known Google Tools (Drawings, Keep, etc.)
  • Automated Processes using GSuite
  • Google Expeditions (Creator Beta) Demo
  • What's missing from the GSuite and workarounds to fill the holes

Parking and Entry Directions: Evanston Township High School is located at 1600 N. Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201. Upon arrival, please park in Lots 2 or 3, and enter through Door 2. For your convenience, access a parking lot map here:

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No Paparazzi please.


Personalized Learning at Lincoln Middle School, Park Ridge, IL

Mark your calendars for the next NICE Meeting, Thursday, April 19 at 4:30 pm. We will meet at Lincoln Middle School in Park Ridge. Our topic is Personalized Learning.

How do you define personalized learning? What does it look like in your classroom/school? How do you personalize the learning? How do you manage it? How did you start? Pitfalls? Positives?

Join us at the next NICE meeting for answers to these questions and more! Our panel of educators will share how they use personalized learning to provide students with opportunities to reach their learning targets. In addition, we will personalize our own learning with an opportunity to explore a variety of tools and strategies for changing student learning, while tapping into our panel membersโ€™ experience.

Our panelists include:

Parking: Park along the street or in the parking lot located along Crescent Ave. Please enter through the main entrance located in the SouthEast Corner of the school.

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Download the April 2018 NICE News.


NICE Minicon! Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, Evanston Township High School

Join us for the twenty-fourth annual Mini-Conference sponsored by Northern Illinois Computing Educators, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge, Evanston. Check-in and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. Admission is $5.00, payable at the door. Pre-register at

Visit the NICE MiniCon website to see all the sessions and speaker info in a โ€œSCHEDโ€ site. Create a login to build your conference schedule! Filter or search by speakers or type of session: Conference Event; EdTech Tools; Global Connections; Google Tools; Instructional Strategies; Maker/STEAM; Professional Development; and Student Innovation Playground.

Download the NICE News MiniCon edition.

STEAMY Make and Take! Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Location: Glenbrook South High School, 4000 W. Lake Ave.

Time: 8:30 am to Noon


It's a make and take program with NICE expert Makers! Use real tools, learn about circuits, electronics, coding and more as you take home a variety of project and challenge ideas. Join us for a variety of Maker, hands -on educational experiences:

  • Make it Glow (Inspired by the book of the same title by Emily Cocker and Kelli Townley) -- Learn how to use LEDs of all types to light up learning. Explore electricity and electronics through the collection of kid-ready LED projects in โ€˜Make it Glow.โ€ Resources:
  • Bridging Digital and Physical Worlds with Makey Makey -- Explore sample activities you can apply in your own classroom and practice programming skills in Scratch or Tynker (sign up for a free teacher account). Small groups will work on interactive designs using provided materials. Challenge cards will be provided for those who need a sample topic. Groups will design, build, program and connect a Makey Makey. Completed designs (minus Makey/wires) go home with participants. Please bring a USB web-enabled device (e.g., laptop or Chromebook) if you have one! Take away Challenges to use in your own classroom. Resources
  • Tynker -- December 4th kicks off the week of the Hour of Code, so use the workshop to plan your classroom coding adventure and project. Teach your students to code with Tynker so they can participate! Bring Tynker into your classroom and learn how to code the easy way. Walk away with coding skills and classroom ready lessons. Please bring an internet ready device.
  • Classroom Challenges -- Learn how to use STEAM challenge cards/activities with your classroom curriculum. This take away will be your personal challenge cards that can be given to students to practice their problem solving skills utilizing the STEAM concepts.


  • 8:30-8:50 -- Light Breakfast
  • 8:50-9:00 -- Introduction
  • 9:00-10:15 -- Session 1
  • 10:30-11:45 -- Session 2
  • 11:45- 12:00 -- Closing
STEAMY Make and Take 12/2/2017

Join us at our October 30 meeting: Global Connections, Virtual Field Trips, Breaking Down Walls

Location: Carleton Washburn School, 515 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Time: 4:30 pm to 7 pm

(Announcements, resources and shared links from the meeting are located in the slides to the right.)

โ€œWhy Global?โ€

Weโ€™re excited to welcome Lucy Gray as our kick-off presenter! Lucy Gray (@elemenous) is the founder of the Global Education Conference Network, and co-organizer of the eighth annual Global Education Conference, taking place November 13-16, 2017. This free online conference brings together educators and innovators from around the world!

Extend the reach of your classroom! Breakout sessions with Lucy Gray, Jeff Miller, Katie Nelson, Kathy McDonough and Matt Boyer will include resources for making global connections; bringing the world to your classroom through virtual field trips or Google Expeditions; creating your own virtual reality learning experiences; online collaboration via Hangouts or Skype; and teaching with National Geographicโ€™s GIS.

Published Global Connections 10/30/17

Announcements & Shares from the NICE September 13, 2017 Share-a-Rama #Pub PD:

Check out the list of tools and resources shared at our #pubPD event below. You'll find tips for Google tools, Chrome, online student assessment and study websites, Maker Space resources, Professional Development links and more!

Published Share-a-Rama 9/13/17
2017-2018 NICE Share-A-Rama Resources

Welcome to the 2017-18 School year!

Please join us for our annual Share-a-Rama on Wednesday, September 13 at The Warehouse Eatery in Deerfield -- our first ever #pubPD. There is no charge to attend, and light bites are included! See details and directions in our NICE News.

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