June 6th 2019

End of Year Symposium

Session Descriptions

Morning Sessions 10:30AM- 12:00PM

Room 200

Precision and Choice: Strengthening Student Writing with Quill

Quill.org is a free online grammar instruction tool that helps students in grades 3-12 become strong writers. Our activities focus mainly on teaching grammar concepts through the research-backed method of sentence combining. In this session, facilitators will introduce participants to the Quill writing tools, starting with our diagnostic and independent practice activities and working through our collaborative class lessons. From there, we will discuss implementing Quill in the classroom. Finally, we will explore Quill’s extensive reporting features. By the end of the sessions, teachers will have hands-on experience using Quill as well as ideas for effective classroom implementation.

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Room 202

Technology Driven Assessment to Measure and Celebrate Student Progress: iTutor

Authentic assessments provide the foundation for data-driven instruction and are a well regarded best practice for all educators. During this workshop, collaborate with colleagues, share current practices, and reflect on how technology transforms the task of monitoring student performance. Participants will trial innovative assessment tools and develop strategies to enhance their ability to enhance and celebrate student performance.

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Room 203

Using Microsoft Sway and Forms for Student and Parent Engagement

Learn about Microsoft Sway and Forms as tools to engage students in the classroom as well as parents outside of the classroom.

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Room 204

Apex Learning Basics- New Users

During this session, participants will receive an introduction to the Apex Learning digital curriculum, pathways, and course catalog. They will experience the digital curriculum from the perspective of both a student and teacher. Participants will discover teacher tools in the digital curriculum, grade book, reports, and the outline manager and discuss best practices for classroom management, student orientation, and monitoring student progress.

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Room 211

Introduction to Edgenuity Courseware –

Online Content 6-12

This is an introduction to Edgenuity Courseware. Edgenuity partners with schools and districts to bring a world-class learning experience to classrooms of any size and shape using

cutting-edge digital tools and research-backed instructional strategies. Edgenuity’s online curriculum and learning solutions are designed to support all educators and students, and can be easily customized to meet the unique needs of any school, classroom, and student.

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Room 213

Tech Tools for the Math Classroom

Technology in the classroom can support students in becoming independent thinkers. In this session, you will learn how to use multiple EdTech tools to differentiate instruction for learners. Learn multiple ways to assess students and revise instruction for all learners in your classroom. Participants will leave this session with information on new EdTech tools and how to implement them in the classroom. Participant will leave this session with information on how to promote student thinking and increase math discussion in a classroom using technology and meaningful tasks. Participant will leave this session with information on creating and sharing activities to increase student ownership.

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Room 219

iPad: The Right App at the Right Time

Are you just starting an iPad implementation in your classes? Eager to gain some clarity on navigating the setup procedures to manage and supervise iPads in your building?

Join us at this beginner, user-friendly session to explore those concerns and to evaluate some popular apps along with the iPad’s built-in productivity tools that can be used to support educational activities. We will examine the potential for using this mobile device to promote collaboration, communication and students as creative knowledge constructors.

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Room 221

Reimaging Simplified with DIIT’s Imaging Corner Initiative

This session is designed to provide our audience with the tools and knowledge necessary to reimage any device. With the approaching Windows 7 End-of-Life deadline, our goal is to ensure every school has a simple and efficient means to upgrade to Windows 10 regardless of technical background.

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Room 224

Digital Transformation for School Systems: Deeper Learning Approaches Driving Technology

Education is consistently changing and as we move forward, there is a larger emphasis on skills based instruction as opposed to traditional pedagogical approaches that most are used to. There is a shift that looks at manipulatives, models as well as a technological component. Students have the power of the web at the palm of their hands and we as educators need to be understanding with the usage of it. This session will look at the current state of Educational Technology as well as different approaches to enhance the student experience in a digital age.

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Room 226

Fundraising for Classrooms with DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website, started in 2000 that engages the public in public schools. Teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests that are fulfilled by generous citizen donors as well as corporations and foundations that want to support our nation’s students.

Teachers and other front-line educators (counselors, athletic coaches, school-based therapists) in every state, grade level, and subject area can post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. They work in communities of every size and with every level of economic need. If you are an educator at a public district school or public charter school, are employed full-time by the school or district, and work directly with students at least 75% of the time, you are eligible to post projects.

Join two of our official DonorsChoose.org Ambassadors and DonorsChoose.org screening volunteers to learn maximize your project potential and gain behind-the-scenes information on funding! Learn all the steps necessary for bringing the resources you need into your classroom through DonorsChoose.org.

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Room 237

Developing Executive Function Skills through Technology

In order for students to learn from the best lessons and resources, they need the skills of self-regulation, organization, and planning. These executive function skills will enable them to create meaning from their learning opportunities. In this workshop, teachers will gain an understanding of the link between executive function skills and academic achievement, and develop learning and practice activities using various technology tools aimed at building executive function across the seven key components: working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and self-regulation.

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Room 243

Building Higher Order Thinking Skills

Strategic questioning fosters critical thinking for all students. The right question can spark student engagement and higher-order thinking. Building on the Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) categories, participants will explore and design Five Levels of Facilitation Questions (comprehension, application, connection, synthesis, and metacognition) for an upcoming unit. Additionally, teachers will explore how to integrate technology as a means of connecting rigorous questions with real-world problem solving. Authentic problem solving through questioning aligns directly with the CCLS focus on application of content and rigor.

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Room 245

Technology Infused Formative Assessment

Data collected from formative assessment is like the satellite signals that your GPS continually emit to gauge your progress. Based on the assessment, your GPS may recommend a detour or new path. Formative assessments provide the teacher with the data needed to make instructional decisions. Participants will learn and explore formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-­directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments. In addition, participants will design formative assessment grids to allow them to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction. Participants will be exposed to a range of technology options to collect and manage formative assessment data. This workshop will be designed for participants to explore how to more effectively use formative assessment for all learners, including English Language Learners and Special Education students.

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Room 247

Designing Equitable Learning Environments

Providing all students with access and opportunity is key to maximizing potential. By designing equitable classroom environments you can influence issues of equity beyond the classroom. After establishing a working definition of equity in the classroom, participants explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional equity and develop resources and structures you can use immediately in the classroom. Participants will create an equitable learning environment that accepts and appreciates all cultural differences by designing learning activities to match cognitive levels, learning styles, and culture. What would that look like?

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Room 280

The Sketchnote Workshop

The Sketchnote Workshop is designed to develop and to strengthen your visual thinking abilities and help you understand sketchnoting and strategies for teaching it to students as well as integrating sketchnoting into your class curriculum. The topics and exercises we cover are designed for complete beginners with no prior experience. Can't draw? No problem. you will learn Mike's approach to the basics of drawing. He will guide you through exercises to build your sketchnoting skills and offer tools to integrate sketchnotes into your teaching. If you have a positive attitude and are willing to experiment and share your work with a small group, you're perfect for this workshop. And you'll have fun! Everything is provided, just bring yourself.

The following sessions are 3 hours. Please attend the selected title for both the

AM and PM session.

Room 263

10:30AM-12:00PM and 12:50PM-2:20PM

An Introduction to Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a Teaching Model that Improves Learning For All

In this session, participants will engage in activity to review Project-Based Learning—its purpose and key components, and impact. Additionally, they will also explore the importance and design of Essential Questions as a critical factor to PBL design success. This session is interactive and planned for middle and high school teachers.

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Room 265

10:30AM-12:00PM and 12:50PM-2:20PM

Do More with Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 is a powerful suite of tools for teaching and learning. It gains even more educational applications when used with Office 365. This workshop will give a brief overview of the most relevant tools for educators and students, then it will move into hands on activities with OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, Forms, Sway, OneNote, Accessibility Features, and the Microsoft Educator Community.

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Room 267

10:30AM-12:00PM and 12:50PM-2:20PM

MIE Teacher Academy using Microsoft Teams

How do we support teachers and students who are challenged to learn in an increasingly collaborative and mobile environment? Microsoft Teams creates an ideal digital hub for teachers to deliver instruction, enhance learning, and interact in a rich and engaging online space. Participants will engage in a series of immersive learning activities that will build a strong understanding of how to use Microsoft Teams to improve instruction and meet the learning needs of their students.

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Room 271

10:30AM-12:00PM and 12:50PM-2:20PM

Using Google Classroom for Classroom Instruction and Beyond

Google Classroom offers a wide range of options for taking your classroom beyond its four walls. During this informative, interactive workshop, you will not only have the chance to learn the basics if you are just getting started but also pick up more advanced techniques that will allow you to make the most of this tool for sharing, enhancing, and delivering your instruction anywhere, anytime, and on any device!

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Room 273

10:30AM-12:00PM and 12:50PM-2:20PM

Let Google Drive Be Your Hero!

This will be a hands-on, interactive session taking you through the features of Google Drive that will help you become more organized and save you time (and paper!). Google Drive is a free, cloud based tool from Google that allows you to create, store, access and share all of your files. We will also look at ways to create collaborative experiences for your students using Google Drive.

Afternoon Sessions 12:50PM- 2:20PM

Room 200

Precision and Choice: Strengthening Student Writing with Quill

Quill.org is a free online grammar instruction tool that helps students in grades 3-12 become strong writers. Our activities focus mainly on teaching grammar concepts through the research-backed method of sentence combining. In this session, facilitators will introduce participants to the Quill writing tools, starting with our diagnostic and independent practice activities and working through our collaborative class lessons. From there, we will discuss implementing Quill in the classroom. Finally, we will explore Quill’s extensive reporting features. By the end of the sessions, teachers will have hands-on experience using Quill as well as ideas for effective classroom implementation.

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Room 202

Technology Driven Assessment to Measure and Celebrate Student Progress: iTutor

Authentic assessments provide the foundation for data-driven instruction and are a well regarded best practice for all educators. During this workshop, collaborate with colleagues, share current practices, and reflect on how technology transforms the task of monitoring student performance. Participants will trial innovative assessment tools and develop strategies to enhance their ability to enhance and celebrate student performance.

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Room 203

Increasing Accessibility and Fostering an Inclusive Classroom

Learn about Microsoft’s accessibility features such as the Immersive Reader, Translator, Dictation, Editor, Word Prediction, Inclusive Math and captioning.

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Room 204

Apex Learning For Site Coordinators and Program Directors

During this session, participants will discuss roles and responsibilities for Site Coordinators. They will learn how to better manage enrollments in Apex and Admin Console and review the most useful reports for account management. Participants will also discuss best practices for classroom management, student motivation, and monitoring student progress. They will also learn what new features were released recently and what is coming in Fall 2019 and have questions answered about their own schools’ issues.

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Room 211

Introduction to Edgenuity Courseware –

Online Content 6-12

This is an introduction to Edgenuity Courseware. Edgenuity partners with schools and districts to bring a world-class learning experience to classrooms of any size and shape using cutting-edge digital tools and research-backed instructional strategies. Edgenuity’s online curriculum and learning solutions are designed to support all educators and students, and can be easily customized to meet the unique needs of any school, classroom, and student.

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Room 213

Digitally Gamified Assessments

Teachers will explore Quizlet, Socrative, SMART Lab and other platforms that may be used to assess student comprehension through the use of games.

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Room 219

Building Parent Community Using Tech Tools

Finding time to communicate with parents can be a challenge with all to do during the day. This workshop will explore different tools to engage parents and support communication around parent interaction and participation.

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Room 221

Reimaging Simplified with DIIT’s Imaging Corner Initiative

This session is designed to provide our audience with the tools and knowledge necessary to reimage any device. With the approaching Windows 7 End-of-Life deadline, our goal is to ensure every school has a simple and efficient means to upgrade to Windows 10 regardless of technical background.

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Room 224

Getting Started as the Google Super Admin

This session will provide schools with all the tools necessary to get started as the Google Super Admin. Participants will learn everything from creating and distributing student account information to managing user settings. The objective of this session is for all participants to walk away with everything they need to get started as a Google Super Admin. All attendees for this workshop should already have a GAFE account and be the current super admin for that account.

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Room 226

Fundraising for Classrooms with DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website, started in 2000 that engages the public in public schools. Teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests that are fulfilled by generous citizen donors as well as corporations and foundations that want to support our nation’s students.

Teachers and other front-line educators (counselors, athletic coaches, school-based therapists) in every state, grade level, and subject area can post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. They work in communities of every size and with every level of economic need. If you are an educator at a public district school or public charter school, are employed full-time by the school or district, and work directly with students at least 75% of the time, you are eligible to post projects.

Join two of our official DonorsChoose.org Ambassadors and DonorsChoose.org screening volunteers to learn maximize your project potential and gain behind-the-scenes information on funding! Learn all the steps necessary for bringing the resources you need into your classroom through DonorsChoose.org.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Room 237

Developing Executive Function Skills through Technology

In order for students to learn from the best lessons and resources, they need the skills of self-regulation, organization, and planning. These executive function skills will enable them to create meaning from their learning opportunities. In this workshop, teachers will gain an understanding of the link between executive function skills and academic achievement, and develop learning and practice activities using various technology tools aimed at building executive function across the seven key components: working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and self-regulation.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Room 243

Building Higher Order Thinking Skills

Strategic questioning fosters critical thinking for all students. The right question can spark student engagement and higher-order thinking. Building on the Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) categories, participants will explore and design Five Levels of Facilitation Questions (comprehension, application, connection, synthesis, and metacognition) for an upcoming unit. Additionally, teachers will explore how to integrate technology as a means of connecting rigorous questions with real-world problem solving. Authentic problem solving through questioning aligns directly with the CCLS focus on application of content and rigor.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Room 245

Technology Infused Formative Assessment

Data collected from formative assessment is like the satellite signals that your GPS continually emit to gauge your progress. Based on the assessment, your GPS may recommend a detour or new path. Formative assessments provide the teacher with the data needed to make instructional decisions. Participants will learn and explore formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-­directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments. In addition, participants will design formative assessment grids to allow them to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction. Participants will be exposed to a range of technology options to collect and manage formative assessment data. This workshop will be designed for participants to explore how to more effectively use formative assessment for all learners, including English Language Learners and Special Education students.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Room 247

Designing Equitable Learning Environments

Providing all students with access and opportunity is key to maximizing potential. By designing equitable classroom environments you can influence issues of equity beyond the classroom. After establishing a working definition of equity in the classroom, participants explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional equity and develop resources and structures you can use immediately in the classroom. Participants will create an equitable learning environment that accepts and appreciates all cultural differences by designing learning activities to match cognitive levels, learning styles, and culture. What would that look like?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Room 280

The Sketchnote Workshop

The Sketchnote Workshop is designed to develop and to strengthen your visual thinking abilities and help you understand sketchnoting and strategies for teaching it to students as well as integrating sketchnoting into your class curriculum. The topics and exercises we cover are designed for complete beginners with no prior experience. Can't draw? No problem. You will learn Mike's approach to the basics of drawing. He will guide you through exercises to build your sketchnoting skills and offer tools to integrate sketchnotes into your teaching. If you have a positive attitude and are willing to experiment and share your work with a small group, you're perfect for this workshop. And you'll have fun! Everything is provided, just bring yourself.