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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Tuesday, November 5
 

8:00am

Pre-Conference - Introduction to GeoSpectrum Lessons and the Interactive GeoInquiry Map
In Wyoming, GIS professionals and Professional Land Surveyors have a passion for their work, yet they recognize the lack of understanding for the work they do and a need for more people seeking these professions in the future. In collaboration with the Wyoming Board of Education, Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming, University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and WYGEO, an outreach effort is underway that will pilot an opportunity for professionals in these fields to visit 3rd – 12th grade classrooms and facilitate learning opportunities utilizing a web-based GeoInquiry interactive map and GeoSpectrum lesson plans currently in development. These lessons support Wyoming state standards in math, science, technology, and social studies and offer authentic opportunities for students to participate in real-world activities that utilize STEM initiatives. This session will include an introduction to the map and current lesson plans, suggestions for implementing these tools in different grade levels and contents, time for participants to explore the map and plans, and an opportunity to provide feedback on this outreach effort. Participants, please bring a laptop, if possible.

Speakers
CJ

Cindy Jones

K-14 Outreach Project Coordinator, Senior, University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science


Tuesday November 5, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Old Faithful

8:00am

Pre-Conference - Professional Development: Practices and Strategies to Expedite Academic Growth, Access and Equity for English Learner Students
English language learners, struggling students, children of poverty, and new immigrants must participate in a full and rich curriculum. Too often we find English language learners enrolled in programs limited to English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, remedial reading practices, and remedial math classes. Issues of inequality often begin with placement decisions that are based on reading abilities, but may neglect to look at other factors. What practices should staff implement that are best known to expedite the achievement of English learners and other struggling students? Key evidence-based strategies that expedite the acquisition of academic vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and writing practices across content areas will be reviewed. This session will be interactive.

Speakers
avatar for Maria N. Trejo

Maria N. Trejo

Trainer and Coach, Maria N. Trejo
Dr. Maria N. Trejo is an expert national and international consultant in reading and English as a second language for struggling students and adults; has a unique expertise in working with parent groups and advisory committees; and in the area of mathematics.Maria served as an expert... Read More →



Tuesday November 5, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Boars Tusk

8:30am

Pre-Conference - Open Educational Resources (OER)
Learn how to support student success using educational content that is free, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible. Learn helpful tips on how to find high quality Open Educational Resources and incorporate them into your classroom. This pre-conference session will also focus on collaborating with other educators throughout the state through hands-on brainstorming. During the brainstorming session, resources that can be used in the classroom will be created. (Laptop required).

Speakers
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Alisa Cook

Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Alisa Cook is the Personalized Learning Consultant with the Wyoming Department of Education. Alisa is passionate about meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. She provides support to districts, schools and teachers through Open Educational Resources, Digital Learning... Read More →


Tuesday November 5, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Vedauwoo

8:30am

Pre-Conference - Canvas Training
Canvas is a Learning Management System, or LMS. It is a collaborative platform used to manage online learning—including reporting, resource-sharing, grading, feedback, discussions, content creation, outcomes and tasks. An LMS simplifies teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. These training sessions will introduce participants to Canvas as well as provide in-depth training for those more experienced users. Whether you are a faculty member, Canvas Admin, Principal, Technical Support, or an Instructional Designer, there are sessions tailored to all audiences.

Speakers
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David Stokowski

David’s entire 20-year career has been in academia--either seeking to create new knowledge as a research scientist, or in direct education of students and teachers. His educational background has been focused in the sciences with a B.S. in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines... Read More →


Tuesday November 5, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm
Devils Tower

1:00pm

Pre-Conference - Future Ready
Are you ready to maximize digital learning opportunities and help your school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship? The Future Ready Toolkit provides an easy to follow guide on just how to accomplish those goals. 
The Future Ready Framework is rooted in seven gears: 
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Use of Space and Time
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personalized Professional Learning
  • Budget and Resources
This pre-conference session is focused on helping teachers, school leaders and districts leaders learn more about becoming Future Ready and what is could mean for your school or district. Bring your self or bring a team to work through the toolkit! (Laptop required).

Speakers
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Alisa Cook

Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Alisa Cook is the Personalized Learning Consultant with the Wyoming Department of Education. Alisa is passionate about meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. She provides support to districts, schools and teachers through Open Educational Resources, Digital Learning... Read More →


Tuesday November 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Vedauwoo
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

8:00am

Pre-Conference Parent Engagement, Participation, and Partnerships
Do your district's or school's practices reflect parent engagement, parent participation, parent partnerships, or all of the above? Do you have clearly articulated goals and expectations for the involvement of parents? These two questions, simple as they may seem, if not clearly stated practices often create disappointments and conflicts for both school personnel and parents. Successful experiences that result in both satisfied parents and staff along with positive impacts on student achievement take careful planning articulation of well-defined goals. Examples of successful practices and procedures will be shared with the attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Maria N. Trejo

Maria N. Trejo

Trainer and Coach, Maria N. Trejo
Dr. Maria N. Trejo is an expert national and international consultant in reading and English as a second language for struggling students and adults; has a unique expertise in working with parent groups and advisory committees; and in the area of mathematics.Maria served as an expert... Read More →



Wednesday November 6, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Boars Tusk

9:00am

Pre-Conference Area 59 Visit
Tour Area 59, the Gillette College Center for Innovation and Fabrication, and Wyoming’s largest maker space! Area 59 is equipped with a traditional wood shop, a modern machine shop, a metal working area, and a host of state-of-the-art equipment too extensive to list! Come explore all Area 59 has to offer in hands-on-learning for K-12 students, college students, and the community at large!

Wednesday November 6, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Area 59

9:00am

Pre-Conference Campbell County #1 School Visits
Campbell County School District #1 is providing pre-conference school visits to allow participants to see what  interesting things are happening in elementary, middle and high schools in Gillette. The pre-conference events will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6. Participants will be brought back by 11:30 a.m. in time for the start of the Innovations conference.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Campbell County Schools

9:00am

Pre-Conference ISTE Standards for Students
Calling All Innovators! In this pre-conference session, participants will explore, unpack, and fall in love with the ISTE Standards for Students. Whether you’re new to using technology in the classroom, or an “old pro” at it, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to dig deep into the standards that put teaching and learning first, technology second, and students right in the center. Join Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey, one of the principal developers of the ISTE Standards for Students (2016) and the ISTE Standards for Educators (2017), as she facilitates this one-of-a-kind workshop for teachers. Participants will walk away energized and inspired to innovate!  

Speakers
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LeeAnn Lindsey

LeeAnn Lindsey… self-proclaimed education nerd, digital citizenship enthusiast, and all-around boundary pusher. Drawing on both her formal education and 20-something years of experience teaching kindergarten through doctoral level students, Dr. Lindsey strives to create change in... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
Devils Tower

12:30pm

1:00pm

Opening Keynote
Curiosity is the fuel of learning. Without it, motivation and energy for learning lags. With it, engagement and focus for learning increases. While this seems like a relatively simple set of statements - the importance for finding as many ways to engage a student's genuine curiosity cannot be overstated. As one of the oldest ideas in education (think, Socrates) and 'new' old ideas (think, Dewey), inquiry is not new, but its place in the educational landscape needs to recover a prominent position.

In a classroom that values inquiry, learning starts from curiosity and intentionally builds learning experiences to honor student ideas, questions and investigations. The teacher role is to create space for student ideas, questions and investigations to go from seed to tree utilizing a wide range of curricular materials (video, graphs, maps, images, etc). The student role is to do the heavy lifting of learning; requiring development of ever increasingly sophisticated questioning and investigation skills. When a learning environment values inquiry, students become arbiters of their own learning experience. Join Diana Laufenberg in an interactive keynote that focuses on how a classroom can move from a more traditional approach to one that places inquiry as a core value. Practical examples, suggestions and activities will be utilized.

Session materials available at:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Heart Mountain

2:30pm

Using Microsoft Tools to Create a UDL Environment
Attendees will explore updates to Microsoft's Learning Tools and how they can be implemented using a Universal Design for Learning approach. In this session we will explain how we have implemented these tools in our district to meet the needs of our students.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Create an implementation plan for the use of Microsoft Learning Tools.
2. Articulate how these tools are included in a Universal Design for Learning approach.
3. Identify the benefits of the tools and have the information needed to begin teaching students how to use them.

Speakers
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Niki Styger

Niki is the coordinator of the Laramie County School District #1 Assistive Technology Team.  Her previous educational experience includes 3 year of being a high school special education teacher, 5 years as a language resource teacher, and 3 years as an elementary principal and special... Read More →
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Rachel Land

Occupational Therapist, LCSD #1
Rachel is an Occupational Therapist and a member of the Laramie County School District #1 Assistive Technology Team. Rachel has most recently been working at the Elementary school level and provides Assistive Technology support for students K-12 throughout the district.


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Vedauwoo

2:30pm

Programming Robots Without a Screen
Award winning QuestBots can be used to teach 3-year old how to debug their own code. More complex concepts are great for older users who want to learn core programming and math skill in a fun way. In this workshop we’ll learn how to teach introductory math and programming concepts using robots. We’ll draw and use applications of color patterns, counting, directions; left, right, back and forward, degrees, centimeters, functions, and debugging/troubleshooting. In addition, we’ll design our own maze and navigate our robots all while using blocks. 2 to 3 participants per team will share their experience and present their own design at the end of the workshop. No screens are required for this workshop.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Use hands-on tools to teach advanced concepts such as robotics, command, parameters, and debugging/troubleshooting.
2. Learn to incorporate robots in their math classes.
3. Draw and learn applications of logic, color pattern, physics, and statistics using robots.

Speakers
avatar for Delfin Lozano

Delfin Lozano

Founder, QuestBotics Inc.
Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer electronics industry, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, and Operations. Founder of QuestBotics Inc., a local Edtech startup that develops and manufactures hands-on educational tools for K-12 students to learn... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Devils Tower

2:30pm

Continuing the Inquiry Conversation
Stay with Diana to continue the conversation about inquiry based educational approaches. This will be a time to share ideas, ask questions and dig further into the ideas that were introduced in the opening keynote. More examples, more practical suggestions and more questions will be the focus of this time.  

Session materials available at:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Castle Gardens

2:30pm

#ISTECert Challenge: Transform your practice
Nearly 2000 educators have participated in the new ISTE Certification for Educators since June 2018. They took up the challenge of this competency-based, pedagogy-focused certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. Learn more about what it takes to transform your practice.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Sykora

Carolyn Sykora

Sr. Director, ISTE Standards, ISTE
Carolyn Sykora is the senior director of the ISTE standards. She is leading ISTE’s current efforts to update the ISTE standards for students and teachers. Sykora directs the development of resources that increase the awareness, adoption, and implementation of the ISTE standards... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Boars Tusk

2:30pm

Transitioning from F2F into Innovative Online PD
This year, we created online professional development courses for teachers delivered entirely through Canvas. Learn about our journey of transitioning the delivery of professional development from face-to-face to online. We will demonstrate how we prepared for and designed these courses, including expectations and templates and receiving feedback from participants. We will also share tips and tricks we learned, including techniques for course design and participant engagement.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Begin the process of transitioning from F2F to online teaching and learning.
2. Redesign their current PD courses into a more blended and/or online approach.
3. Learn techniques for course design.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Jacobson

Debbie Jacobson

Debbie Jacobson is currently the Technology Integration Program Administrator for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  She supervises a team who is responsible for technology integration and training for the district.  She has an associate degree in Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Young

Maureen Young

Maureen Young is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  She is on a team responsible for technology integration and training for the district.  She has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a master’s in Technology... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Old Faithful

2:30pm

Zoom at Wyoming Innovations in Learning, 2019
Zoom is a unified communications system promoting video-first meetings, student support sessions and online teaching. In this session both ‘how-to’ and ‘why use’ Zoom will be explored based on feedback and examples from hundreds of universities and school districts that employ Zoom with professors, teachers and staff. Bring your computer and login, or just join the Zoom session at 2:30 MDT, November 6:

https://success.zoom.us/j/542910539
 
The session will also highlight Zoom’s industry unique single platform and interface where video and audio conferencing, Webinars, Chat, telephone and conference rooms can be accessed, making use and management simple.  It just works!
 
Jim Sigman, who represents Zoom across Wyoming ‘s education sector, and has 20 + years working in education technology and for schools and colleges in the state, will present and be available for questions.

Speakers
JS

Jim Sigman (Zoom Video Communications, Inc.)

Senior Account Executive, EDU, Zoom


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Fossil Butte

3:30pm

"Iter Ad Astra" - Road the Stars
I will discussion a program that was developed to launch a balloon into the stratosphere with a payload that included microcomputers which performed data gathering and experiments.

The balloon launch is the culmination of "Iter Ad Astra" - Road the Stars - a stratospheric balloon project put together by myself, a group of McCormick coding students, mentors, teachers and parent volunteers.

Iter Ad Astra was made possible by a grant from the Microsoft Techspark program through the Rotary Club of Cheyenne.

The launch included a payload carrying two Raspberry Pis which gathered atmospheric data (temperature, pressure) as well as GPS data and two on board cameras. The students constructed the payload and assisted in the testing and coding of the on board computers to capture the data (Raspberry Pis), GPS and atmospheric sensors and cameras.

The balloon/payload flew to over 94,000 feet. The atmospheric, GPS and camera data was analyzed after the flight to learn more about the structure of the atmosphere.

A stratospheric balloon flight was also completed with a group of students from Burns Junior High

I will discuss what is needed in regards to supplies, know how, procedures, etc., to create a similar program in schools, clubs, etc.



Speakers
DD

Don Day, Jr.

Meteorologist, DayWeather, Inc.



Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Vedauwoo

3:30pm

Engage Students With Digital Escape Rooms
In this hands-on session, attendees will first experience a digital escape room. Then, attendees will learn how to create a digital escape room that they can use in their own classrooms, as well as some ideas for implementation.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Identify a lesson to use with a digital escape room.
2. Create a digital escape room.
3. Experience a digital escape room, just as students would experience it in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Basham

Jaime Basham

Jaime Basham is a high school Spanish teacher who enthusiastically incorporates humor and authentic realia in her classes. Jaime is currently teaching at Lander Valley High School. She has served on the revision committee for the Wyoming World Language Standards and has revised curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Liisaan Cooper

Liisaan Cooper

English Teacher, Campbell County School District
Liisaan Cooper, a high school English teacher at Campbell County High School from Gillette, Wyoming, is a teacher leader who is constantly on the lookout for new tools and strategies to engage her students in learning.  Her goals of developing literacy have been dramatically increased... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Old Faithful

3:30pm

Learning Visually
Visuals work in the classroom because they grab students and allow an entry point to learning — and because they sum up pages and pages, even chapters, of information that would take a reader hours to process. Interactive info graphics and data visualizations make kids want to immediately start clicking around to see what’s what. Info graphics and data visualization are not just for consumption though, teachers and students can also challenge the learning process by creating original graphics for themselves. Join Diana in a resource and example rich session to discuss the potential for learning visually in the classroom.

Session materials available at:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Castle Gardens

3:30pm

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
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LeeAnn Lindsey

LeeAnn Lindsey… self-proclaimed education nerd, digital citizenship enthusiast, and all-around boundary pusher. Drawing on both her formal education and 20-something years of experience teaching kindergarten through doctoral level students, Dr. Lindsey strives to create change in... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Devils Tower

3:30pm

Neuropsychological Processing/MTSS Integrated Model of Identification for Specific Learning Disabilities
Attendees will be introduced to a model that integrates neuropsychological data along with MTSS data to identify strengths and weaknesses as they relate or learner profiles, academic interventions and disability identification.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the connection between underlying neuropsychological processes and academic achievement;
2. Understand when to refer students for psychoeducational evaluation based on MTSS data;
3. Align evaluation data with academic interventions.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Henry

Tyler Henry

School Psychologist, Park County School #6
Tyler Henry, Ed.S., ABSNP earned his M.S. in School Psychology at University of Montana in 2000 and earned his diplomate in School Neuropsychology in 2006.  He has been practicing school psychology in Park County School District #6 since 1999.
DC

Daniel Cossaboon

School/Neuropsychologist, Park County School District #6
Daniel Cossaboon earned his Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology and Neuropsychology in 2006 from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.  He has experience in private practice and has been practicing school psychology in Park County School District... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Boars Tusk

4:30pm

Physical Computing Fun:Exploring Tools K-8
Attendees will learn how we have started exploring Physical Computing in our K-8 classrooms to extend the learning beyond Code.org. They will get to explore each tool we have used in our journey.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Have new ideas for Physical Computing.
2. Gained hands on experience with a variety of tools to bring coding to life.
3. Access to multiple resources we used during our journey.

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Fossil Butte

4:30pm

Beyond the 3: Excelling in Standards-Based Grading
Attendees will explore a novel approach for science assessment in a standards-based learning environment. In this hands-on session we will conduct a short lab (absorption of energy by plant pigment) and discuss results. Following completion of the primary lab, attendees will brainstorm with other “students” and propose questions raised by the lab. Attendees will then use these questions as a base from which to further explore photosynthesis. Materials will be available for attendees to then design and conduct a new experiment to address their questions, applying the skills they have just learned. This structure provides scaffolding for open inquiry learning. This is the technique currently used by our Science Department for differentiating instruction for students, and providing students a format to go above and beyond to attain a score of a 4.

Upon completion of this session attendees will have a new understanding of the benefits of standards based grading, which is focused both on students attaining proficiency in a standard, as well as enabling a more advanced student the opportunity to truly go above and beyond and be challenged in a way they may have never been challenged before. Attendees will have explored from the perspective of a student what it takes to get a 4 using a student-centered learning approach. Lastly, attendees will have a lesson plan that they can use in their classroom.

Speakers
CT

Claudia Troxel

Claudia Troxel has been teaching High School Science for the past 5 years, and currently teaches Biology, Chemistry I, and Dual Credit Chemistry II.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Troxel had a professional career as a Toxicologist for 18 years. She received her degrees in Biochemistry... Read More →
avatar for Richard Atnip

Richard Atnip

Richard Atnip has over 20 years of experience in public school system. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Chadron State College, in Secondary Education with a field endorsement in Biology, and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Devils Tower

4:30pm

Growing Good Digital Citizens
In a world increasingly filled with information of dubious quality, digital citizenship is a skill we should be adding to all areas of education. There is a vast amount of information available at our fingertips, but very few people have the skills to wade through it and be a good digital citizens. This interactive presentation will demonstrate ways to integrate information evaluation skills into your activities and curricula. The activities can be scaled for K-12, college, and beyond.

At the end of this session, attendees will:
1. Understand the importance of including digital citizenship skills into their curricula.
2. Have tools to use to engage students in digital citizenship.
3. Evaluate information based on the concepts of authority, audience, credibility, and intent.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Boule

Michelle Boule

Michelle Boule is a geek, author, and librarian from Houston, TX. Michelle is passionate about the power of people and information to save the world. She has created online learning environments, taught in-person classes, presented on a wide variety of technology and training subjects... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Boars Tusk

4:30pm

Put Some “Spark” Into Those Student Presentations!
Attendees will get a hands-on session using two of Adobe’s apps. You will learn how Adobe Spark and Adobe Post can help you and your students create stunning videos and posters. You will have time to create your own projects and play with the apps. The possibilities of these apps are only limited to your students’ imaginations. The best part is you can introduce them to another way to demonstrate their learning and have presentation pieces ready for any audience. We will also discuss practical ideas that you can start using in your classroom when you get back!

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. Create a video using Adobe Spark.
2. Create a poster using Adobe Post.
3. Come away with ideas about how they can use it in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Britton

Heidi Britton

GATE Teacher, CCSD/Paintbrush Elementary
Heidi Britton is in her 26th year of teaching with experience in all grades k-12 as well as adults. She has taught special education, ESL, and is currently in a fifth grade position.  She has her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus in reading. But...technology... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Old Faithful

4:30pm

Professional Development in the 21st Century: How Online, On-Demand Learning Can Improve Literacy Instruction
Attendees will learn about an interactive, online form of professional development designed to improve pedagogical skills for literacy instruction. They will learn what makes this approach unique and successful and how they can use it to meet their professional learning needs. They will also hear from an educator who has extensively used the platform and will share how it has enhanced her knowledge and improved her instruction.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the benefits of interactive, online PD,
2. Know how to access the platform,
3. Identify goals for their own professional learning related to literacy instruction

Speakers
avatar for Liisaan Cooper

Liisaan Cooper

English Teacher, Campbell County School District
Liisaan Cooper, a high school English teacher at Campbell County High School from Gillette, Wyoming, is a teacher leader who is constantly on the lookout for new tools and strategies to engage her students in learning.  Her goals of developing literacy have been dramatically increased... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Vedauwoo

4:30pm

Transforming Data Collectors into Data Users
If we solicit data from students we have a moral obligation to use it. As educators, we’ve become especially adept at collecting mounds of data, slicing and dicing it a thousand different ways. But data is only valuable if teachers act upon it to improve teaching and learning. 
Join veteran educator Trenton Goble for a session focused on transforming data cultures in our schools by implementing proven data-driven decision-making strategies. He’ll share accessible methods, tangible takeaways, and teacher-centric tools that are guaranteed to get you using data, not just collecting it. 

Speakers
TG

Trenton Goble

VP K12 Learning / Product Management, Instructure


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Castle Gardens

5:30pm

 
Thursday, November 7
 

8:00am

ABCs of STEM
This fast-paced, high energy session will introduce attendees to 26 STEM tools, resources, and concepts. Participants will see how two STEM/Technology facilitators incorporate apps, robots, websites, and 21st century best practices in their STEM labs and how they encourage teachers in their buildings to use the same tools.

1. Select STEM & technology resources that best match their educational goals.
2. Transform current lessons to STEM lessons using the resources presented.
3. Inspire creativity by introducing students to a variety of engaging tools.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Gibson

Heather Gibson

Heather Gibson is an experienced technology facilitator for the Campbell County School District.  She has taught 3rd grade, 4th grade, K-6 technology and currently K-6 STEM.  Heather has been teaching for over 15 years.  She was named STEM Teacher of the Year for the state of Wyoming... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Old Faithful

8:00am

GIS in Your Classroom: Incorporate Mapping Activities with a Free Platform and Ready Made Lesson Plans
ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping program freely available to all Wyoming K12 schools. GIS is a proven method to help students gain 21st century technical skills for further education or employment. It provides the background knowledge and analytic skills for tackling local and global challenges. Learn ways to incorporate this free ArcGIS Online School account into your classroom. We will explore lesson plans provided by ArcGIS, plans created by other Wyoming educators and more. Bring a laptop to participate in this interactive session.

1. Sign-up for and set-up a free ArcGIS Organizational account for their school
2. Identify lesson plans that they can use with their students
3. Identify other learning opportunities to use ArcGIS with their learners, including storymap creations

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vedauwoo

8:00am

Expand the Walls of your Classroom with Virtual Field Trips
Attendees will explore a variety of virtual field trip platforms to expand learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. In this hands-on session we will travel from below the sea to outer space while matching ELA, science, social studies and art content.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to select from a variety of virtual field trip platforms, guide students on a virtual field trip and help students meet content area standards using virtual field trips.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Outka-Hill

Jill Outka-Hill

Jill has been a Technology Facilitator in Campbell County School District #1 for 13 years and is currently the Technology Facilitator at a 1:1 Elementary School in Gillette. Jill is also an adjunct faculty member at Northern Wyoming Community College District in Gillette, teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Fossil Butte

8:00am

The future can’t wait. Transformational change with the ISTE Standards
Our students are engaging in the world and learning in ways that were unfathomable to us when we were in school.  How do we, as educators, meet them where they are and prepare them for where they are going in our tech-powered world? The ISTE Standards provide a vision and guide for digital learning and purposeful use of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Sykora

Carolyn Sykora

Sr. Director, ISTE Standards, ISTE
Carolyn Sykora is the senior director of the ISTE standards. She is leading ISTE’s current efforts to update the ISTE standards for students and teachers. Sykora directs the development of resources that increase the awareness, adoption, and implementation of the ISTE standards... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Boars Tusk

8:00am

Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop
Learn how to support student success using educational content that is free, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible. Learn helpful tips on how to find high quality OER's and incorporate them into your classroom. Receive hands on guidance to curate, create, revise, and remix a lesson plan of your choosing. Bring one of your own or adopt one from OER Commons.

1. Understand what OER is.
2. Find quality OERs and adapt them to their classroom.
3. Create customized materials for their classroom.

Speakers
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Alisa Cook

Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Alisa Cook is the Personalized Learning Consultant with the Wyoming Department of Education. Alisa is passionate about meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. She provides support to districts, schools and teachers through Open Educational Resources, Digital Learning... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Devils Tower

8:00am

Using i-Ready to combine assessment & Instruction to drive differentiated instruction
Teachers face the daily challenge of how to balance providing targeted support for students performing below grade level while also ensuring they are providing appropriate instruction on  grade-level standards.  Learn how i-Ready’s adaptive Diagnostic can provide teachers with targeted, actionable data to drive differentiation at the student, small-group and class level and provide connections to a host of individualized supports such as engaging online instruction, teacher-led interventions, games, small-group activities and targeted practice.  

Speakers
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Dane Moorman

Educational Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates


Thursday November 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Castle Gardens

9:00am

Integrating Computer Science in Core Class
Participants will be provided module outlines designed by practicing classroom teachers. Each module was developed to expose 7-12 grade science or social studies students to introductory coding concepts and skills. In addition, teachers from other curricular areas will gain insight into the opportunities to introduce basic computer science coding principles into any 7-12 class. Throughout the session, we will share successes and challenges of integrating computer science into our core content area classes.

Participants will leave with a step-by-step module appropriate for social studies or science class.
Participants will participate in simple coding activities relevant to any classroom
Participants will participate in a discussion about the relevance and importance of introducing coding concepts at all levels

Speakers
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Sarah Ramsey

Educator, NCSD #1
Sarah Ramsey is a teacher and STEM education advocate.  She currently teaches science at Roosevelt High School in Casper, WY.  Sarah is a member of the team awarded a 2018-2019 Innovative Education Grant.  She is excited  to continue integrating Computer Science education into... Read More →
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Colleen Burridge

Educator, NCSD #1
Colleen has been a social studies teacher for more than 35 years. She has had experience ranging from elementary through high school levels. Although she is primarily a secondary social studies teacher, her passion and experience primarily lie in offering integrated, meaningful learning... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Devils Tower

9:00am

Leading Innovation Strategies for Today's School Leaders
Leadership for today’s school requires innovative thinking and examination of ourselves and our leadership strengths. In this session we will discuss leadership mindsets and strategies to help manage the unique stressors that today’s leaders face. Participants will explore creative ideas that will help you grow as an innovative leader with strategies you can immediately take back and use with your staff or team.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Mangum

Nancy Mangum

Associate Director of Professional Learning, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Nancy Mangum is Professional Learning for the Friday Institute at NC State University. In this role she has provided extensive, customized professional development for teachers and administrators across North Carolina and frequently presents at national conferences for teachers and... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vedauwoo

9:00am

Phenomenon-based Storyline Science Learning in a Wyoming Context
Come join us in learning about shifts in science teaching and learning! Since the adoption of Wyoming’s new science standards in 2016, teachers are being asked to re-evaluate what science teaching and learning looks like, sounds like, and feels like. In providing professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, we have found success in the use of natural phenomena, or observable events, alongside reflective practice as a strategy of introducing/framing units, creating more engagement and buy-in from students. The use of this strategy leads to student questions, which are used to drive the instruction. As a result, students experience higher levels of engagement and connection in the instructional units. Participants will spend the session engaging in this practice with the facilitators, focused specifically on Wyoming-centric phenomena.

Upon completion of this session, participants will have gained personal understanding regarding:
1. Phenomena-based instruction
2. Place-based (Wyoming-centric) instruction within science teaching
3. Fundamental ways that science teaching and learning is changing in light of the new science standards

Speakers
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Martha Inouye

Dr. Ana Houseal and Martha Inouye have worked extensively with school districts, science teachers, and administrators around the state of Wyoming for the last seven and four years, respectively. Throughout this time, they have developed a wealth of strategies and tools to assist science... Read More →
avatar for Clare Gunshenan

Clare Gunshenan

Clare Gunshenan brings a wealth of knowledge from her outdoor education experience to this team. Clare joined Ana and Martha during the 2018-19 school year and continues to build and refine her knowledge as she collaborates on teacher PD in Wyoming. 


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Old Faithful

9:00am

Bring the World to Your Classroom
In this hands-on workshop attendees will learn how to access thousands of innovative, standards aligned, classroom ready digital resources. In this session attendees will explore award-winning educational content from PBS LearningMedia. This is a free digital resource for pre-K-12th grade educators. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, the WyomingPBS Education Collection contains learning modules specific for Wyoming educators, written by Wyoming Educators. PBS LearningMedia is compatible with Google Classroom, Schoology, Clever, and Remind.

Attendees will register for the WyomingPBS LearningMedia site, will understand how to search for resources, use collection pages, manage favorites and folders, and learn how to use the Google Classroom and Remind features, along with lesson and quiz Building resources.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Garber

Carol Garber

Education Coordinator, WyomingPBS
Carol Garber is the Education Coordinator for WyomingPBS.  Mrs. Garber has a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from  the University of Wyoming.  Mrs. Garber has 22 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Boars Tusk

9:00am

Transforming Data Collectors into Data Users
If we solicit data from students we have a moral obligation to use it. As educators, we’ve become especially adept at collecting mounds of data, slicing and dicing it a thousand different ways. But data is only valuable if teachers act upon it to improve teaching and learning. 
Join veteran educator Trenton Goble for a session focused on transforming data cultures in our schools by implementing proven data-driven decision-making strategies. He’ll share accessible methods, tangible takeaways, and teacher-centric tools that are guaranteed to get you using data, not just collecting it. 

Speakers
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Trenton Goble

VP K12 Learning / Product Management, Instructure


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Castle Gardens

9:00am

Standards-Based Assessments Using Canvas
Attendees will learn tips and tricks related to assessment of Outcomes in Canvas. The session will focus on the mechanics of Canvas Outcomes, how to add Outcomes to Rubrics for assessment using the Canvas SpeedGrader for Assignments or Discussions, and the use of both Classic Quizzes and Quizzes.Next to formatively assess outcomes. Examples of how to use the Canvas Teacher App for assessment of student activity will also be demonstrated. Finally, once student data has been generated we will explore the Learning Mastery Gradebook to show how this data can help drive student achievement and mastery.

After this session, attendees will be able to:
1) Prepare outcomes for assessment of Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes (including Quizzes.Next) using Rubrics and Question/Item Banks
2) Assess Outcomes via Rubrics using both the web-based and mobile platforms.
3) View student outcome results in the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

Speakers
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David Stokowski

David’s entire 20-year career has been in academia--either seeking to create new knowledge as a research scientist, or in direct education of students and teachers. His educational background has been focused in the sciences with a B.S. in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Fossil Butte

10:00am

21st Century Learning for the Poverty Mind
Tired of struggling how to 'reach' the students who seem to be unreachable? Research shows our students of poverty process, retain and express information differently than those that do not live in poverty. Attendees will delve into the findings surrounding the poverty mindset in order to replicate and modify learned strategies to build relationships with students of poverty, increase comprehension, raise student success and decrease discipline referrals. This workshop will be hands-on where participants will experience and practice many of the applications taught. Educators will also collaborate with others in the room to share ideas for implementation and execution. We must not punish or condemn our children which possess a poverty mindset, we must educate them to provide a way out of it for them.

Attendees will be able to identify the 9 Resouces essential for identifying the poverty mindset and the role each plays in establishing growth.
Attendees will understand the 10 actions and how to address student growth, emotionally, physically and mentally.
Attendees will possess real world, practical application strategies they can implement immediately into the classroom regardless of grade level or learning ability.

Speakers
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Jennifer Nehl

Jennifer Nehl is a passionate educator of 26 years. She has taught in the classroom at all grade levels, has held 2 principalships spanning Pk-12 and has worked at as Learning Specialist providing training for schools and school districts across the nation for 12 years. She currently... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Boars Tusk

10:00am

Data Literacy in the Real World
Data is everywhere—the numbers and information that is collected, analyzed and used to determine what ads pop-up in your Facebook, where to build a new business, and more! Data literacy is critical—being able to read and write effectively with data will help as you work with students, patrons and in your personal life. This interactive session will explore data conversations, real life examples and more. Bring your device to follow along!

1. Recognize the role that data plays in today's world
2. Identify the skills necessary to read and write effectively with data
3. Discuss the implications of data literacy among multiple perspectives like data privacy, personal data management and Big Data

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Old Faithful

10:00am

Transforming from Traditional to Personalized
Upton High School has been working through the movement to personalized learning. Hear the story of the move from an administrator, teacher, student, and graduate perspective. We'll share the successes, the challenges, and the future plans.

Avoid some pitfalls in making the change. Identify positive reasons for making the change. Understand the possibilities of personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Crawford

Linda Crawford

Linda Crawford, MA Ed is finishing up her doctorate in Educational Administration. Prior to moving into her position as the Upton High School principal, Linda taught 7-12 ELA for 12 years at schools in Montana, Kansas and Wyoming.  While working on her masters in Adult Education... Read More →
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson has been the Social Studies teacher at Upton High School for the past four years. He has taught America Government, American History, World History, World Geography while also teaching AP Psychology, AP World History, AP US History and AP US History.  He earned his Associates... Read More →
avatar for Jayden Caylor

Jayden Caylor

Jayden is a senior at Upton High School.  The year he was freshman was the year that Upton High School began it's transition from teacher led classes to student driven personalized learning.  He is involved in football, basketball, track, FBLA, and Student Council. 
avatar for Sydney Davey

Sydney Davey

Sydney is a 2019 graduation of Upton High School.  In her high school career, she had the chance to experience traditional and personalized learning and has moved on to college.  She was involved in volleyball, track, and FBLA in her high school career. 


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vedauwoo

10:00am

Go Virtually Anywhere!
Attendees will explore Google Expeditions, Skype, and Zoom as tools to travel the world and explore limitless topics with their students. Attendees will also learn about several resources for finding opportunities for interactions with scientists and specialists across the country through Zoom, Skype, and other conferencing tools. Finally, attendees will explore some of the resources available to enrich these virtual field trips and integrate these opportunities into the curriculum.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to lead students on a Google Expedition, use Zoom and/or Skype to connect with experts across the country, and choose other learning activities to extend and enrich students' experience with the technology.

Speakers
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Anita Tope

Anita began her teaching career 17 years ago in a multi-grade classroom at a rural school in Northeast Wyoming with just a few computers.  After spending a few years at home with her children, she returned to teaching at Rozet Elementary, where she has taught second and third grades... Read More →
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Susan Riesland

Susan is the Technology Facilitator at Rozet Elementary. She enjoys collaborating with classroom teachers to help extend students learning outside of the classroom. In the 12 years she has been a Technology Facilitator, she has seen big changes in technology and technology integr... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Devils Tower

10:00am

Canvas Adoption Consulting Roundtable
Attendees will hear from a number of admins at various stages of Canvas implementation from around Wyoming. Our panel will present their Canvas experiences with particular focus on structures and decisions that led to both successes and struggles during the implementation process. We will also focus on and discuss the future direction of Canvas in Wyoming. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the panelists. Schools and districts with all levels of Canvas usage are encouraged to attend, even those who have not yet chosen Canvas as their Learning Management System.

After this session attendees will:
1) Be able to make connections with other schools and districts, fostering collaboration to help increase Canvas usage.
2) Generate ideas to help deepen adoption of Canvas within their schools/districts.
3) Hear about the current plans for Canvas within Wyoming.

Speakers
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David Stokowski

David’s entire 20-year career has been in academia--either seeking to create new knowledge as a research scientist, or in direct education of students and teachers. His educational background has been focused in the sciences with a B.S. in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Fossil Butte

10:00am

How to Get Students IT Job Ready with IT Certifications
Attendees will learn how Instructors in High Schools, Colleges and Universities get students job ready for IT careers with TestOut LabSim courseware.  LabSim is a multimedia learning resource with videos, demonstrations, text lessons, practice questions and lab simulations to give students hands-on experience with real world IT skills.  LabSim replaces the textbook while also providing hands-on labs in one easy to use online resource.
 
LabSim is used in traditional, hybrid and online classes to allow students to learn and develop IT skills. Our courseware includes preparation for IT Certifications for CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, EC-Council & TestOut. TestOut backs up their TestOut Pro Certifications with a Skill Guarantee to employers.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Castle Gardens

11:00am

Sphero Robots in Action--Come Play with Us!
Attendees will learn about the Sphero Bolt robot and experience a hands-on standards based challenge that can be used in the classroom right away with Sphero robots.

Upon completion, attendees will:
1. Walk away with new ideas for Physical Computing with Spheros.
2. Have gained hands-on experience with Spheros using a standards driven challenge.
3 Have access to multiple resources for using Spheros in the classroom."

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Devils Tower

11:00am

I Learned It On YouTube and You Can Too: Discipline-Specific Digital Literacy and Content Creation
Attendees will identify tutorial or instructional videos within a content area that they have received solid foundational education (e.g. writing, math, dance, industrial maintenance). They will analyze these videos for credibility and discuss what makes them useful or not useful. After analyzing existing videos, students will create a storyboard for their own tutorial or instructional video.

Upon completion of this session attendees will understand the value of discipline-specific digital literacy. They will have new ways to analyze online content in their areas of study. They will leave the session with new tools for creating their own online content.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Boars Tusk

11:00am

Taking Book Reviews into the 21st Century
Today’s children live in a society that revolves around technology. Their future is technology. It is important that we prepare our students to become 21st century learners. Students need to be collaborative, creative, think critically, and be able to be efficient communicators.
It is very important to keep books in the hands’ of our students. In my classroom we love to combine books and technology. After my students read a book they create a book review using different technology platforms. In this session my students and I will show you how to use different platforms to express their literary understanding. We will discuss the following platforms for book reviews: iMovie, Clips, green screen, book snaps, and SeeSaw.

State what technology platforms can be used to give book reviews
Instruct students on “how” to use these platforms.
Create one book review within the session

Speakers
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Stacey McCarty

Third Grade Teacher, CCSD/Paintbrush Elementary
Education runs in the veins of Stacey McCarty.  McCarty grew up idolizing her grandmother who was a special education in North Dakota for 40 years. Her father was a middle school principal for over 35 years.   Those influences molded McCarty into the teacher she is today. McCarty... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Fossil Butte

11:00am

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
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LeeAnn Lindsey

LeeAnn Lindsey… self-proclaimed education nerd, digital citizenship enthusiast, and all-around boundary pusher. Drawing on both her formal education and 20-something years of experience teaching kindergarten through doctoral level students, Dr. Lindsey strives to create change in... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Vedauwoo

11:00am

The Kickstart Guide To Making Great Makerspaces
Are you thinking about adding a makerspace to your learning space? Or do you have one but want to extend it to the next level? “The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces” by Laura Fleming provides a framework for guiding you through the process of establishing and refining a makerspace in your school. This session will help you learn how to develop ongoing, open-ended exploration, increase engagement and support learning for everyone. Explore how maker activities can build community, promote creativity and spark new opportunities for teaching and learning. Learn how adding customizable and flexible maker activities to your learning space can help increase engagement and support learning. Experience a true makerspace in this hands-on make-and-take session. As one makerspace participant said “I felt smart, and empowered, and capable, and I need my students to feel this way, too.”—don’t miss the opportunity to learn more!

1. Develop and refine their understanding makerspaces and the considerations for implementing one in their learning spaces.
2. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
3. Establish a plan for creating a makerspace in their learning spaces

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Old Faithful

11:00am

Wyoming’s Equation for Sharing = WYEd-Fi Operational Data + District Operational Data
The session will introduce you to the WYEd-fi system sponsored by WDE, which is available to any district in Wyoming. It will also show how Uinta CSD #1 has leveraged the same approach for a local data store to improve their data management and reporting.

Speakers
avatar for Jaraun Dennis

Jaraun Dennis

CTO, Uinta County School Distirct #1
Jaraun Dennis is an educator who has taught students from fifth grade through working professionals. He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the Uinta County School District Number One in Evanston, Wyoming. He has served as a classroom teacher and site and district... Read More →
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Kathleen Browning

Product Manager, ESP Solutions Group



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Castle Gardens

12:00pm

1:30pm

Gamifying Education
Attendees will learn the necessary aspects of gamification that should be implemented to increase motivation in the classroom. The five necessary steps of immediate feedback, communicating goals, using failure as a learning tool, providing an authentic learning environment, and relying on social interaction will all be described and related to engendering student agency. Specific methods for including these in a secondary classroom will be described from both the presenter's personal experience and from research. The session itself will feature some of these aspects for the attendees (depending on the number and technology available).

1) Evaluate what kinds of feedback they already provide and consider how these could be better utilized to engender student motivation
2) Increase student agency in their classrooms without sacrificing content
3) Create a more positive learning environment for students who struggle to follow the implicit rules of school

Speakers
avatar for Angela Schanke

Angela Schanke

Graduate assistant/PhD student, University of Wyoming
I have taught mathematics for eight years, starting at Carbon County.  When I was there, I completed my master's and worked on an action research project using gamification.  The system was so effective that I have used it ever since.  I am currently working on a Ph.D. in Mathematics... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Fossil Butte

1:30pm

Mursion
Interactive classroom simulation. Attendees will either participate or observe an augmented reality classroom setting, and then engage in open discussion around current uses of the technology and innovative ideas for future use.

Think outside the box with supplemental instruction. Practice student engagement. Network with peers in a risk free environment.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie S. Rush

Leslie S. Rush

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, University of Wyoming
Leslie S. Rush is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming, where she serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs n the College of Education. Dr. Rush has received the University of Wyoming's John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Devils Tower

1:30pm

The Power of Implementing an Integrated Approach
Participants in this session will experience the approach, and leave with ideas and tools to utilize and work through the difficult question of how to fit it all in. Utilizing Carol Dwek's Growth Mindset work, focusing on our Why, and discussing best practices to cultivate a community in which learners can take risks will be focused on. Additionally, tools for partnering with families and increasing the school to home connection will also be highlighted.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Old Faithful

1:30pm

App Smashing for the Littles
Attendees will learn the basics of app smashing with a focus on grades Kindergarten through third. They will have hands on experiences with apps and formats to make it successful in their classrooms.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to plan an app smashing experience to fit any content area. Attendees will also leave with a comprehensive list of apps that integrate well with each other and are friendly for primary grades. Lastly, they will have hands on experiences creating an app smash project to use as a classroom teaching tool.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Newman

Kayla Newman

Teacher, CCSD #1
Kayla is a first grade teacher at Rozet Elementary and has taught grades First-Fifth. Her classroom is full of laughter, hands on learning with a dose of technology. Kayla and Chelsey have worked together for the last three years to combine their talents and love of students and learning... Read More →
avatar for Chelsey VanDeHey

Chelsey VanDeHey

Teacher K-2 & 5th, Campbell County School District


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Vedauwoo

2:30pm

How's your mood
Attendees will make a digital "mood ring" using some basic coding and a TI-84 or TI-Nspire calculator. No experience in coding required. Attendees will walk away with step by step directions and resources for similar activities. This activity could be used in either middle school or high school programming courses.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. use introductory programming skills to write If then statements and loops to collect data and make decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Byer

Becky Byer

Becky teaches math and computer science at Kelly Walsh High School.  She earned her Bachelor degree in Mathematics Education from Black Hills State University and her Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Montana State University.  She is a Texas Instruments Regional instructor... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Old Faithful

2:30pm

Place-based learning activities using the interactive Wyoming Student Atlas
In this hands-on session, attendees will use interactive maps from the Wyoming Student Atlas to explore their own neighborhoods, towns, and surrounding areas to make connections to Wyoming’s natural and human features. Activities have been developed based on social studies and/or science standards for grades 4-8, as well as some for high school; all activities make connections from local places to regional and even global scales. Some example topics are: How have natural resources affected population patterns in Wyoming? Can we predict natural hazards in Wyoming? Why are some areas so windy in Wyoming? What do Wyoming and Mars have in common? How did westward expansion affect indigenous tribes? Samples of instructor-guided activities and self-guided activities will be demonstrated. No special software or experience is required, only laptops, an internet connection and a projector.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1) identify features in their neighborhoods, communities and surrounding area on an interactive map
2) make connections to Wyoming’s natural and human features
3) explore patterns in Wyoming in relation to other areas in the U.S. and the world
4) be familiar with resources for these activities on the Wyoming Student Atlas web page

Speakers
MB

Margo Berendsen

Margo Berendsen has worked as a GIS analyst, educator, and research scientist at the University of Wyoming for 25 years, focusing on cartography and environmental applications. She co-authored the Wyoming Student Atlas in 2014, a publication that has been distributed to elementary... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Boars Tusk

2:30pm

Help! Technology has taken over my classroom!
Attendees will participate in a round table discussion addressing such questions as: What happens when your classroom is taken over by too much technology? When there is no time allowed for teaching? When you find the students and you are bored? When actual learning seems to be declining because the teaching element you want so much has been effectively removed? This session hopes to address these and other questions within a “what happens in the room, stays in the room” atmosphere.

Outcomes: Attendees will be able to: identify situations where technology has taken over the teaching in an inadequate manner, identify ways to re-personalize teaching and learning, and determine ways to frame the technology in a way that motivates students to use it for learning.

Speakers
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Patricia Bahmer

Substitute Teacher & Retired, None


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Devils Tower

2:30pm

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
LL

LeeAnn Lindsey

LeeAnn Lindsey… self-proclaimed education nerd, digital citizenship enthusiast, and all-around boundary pusher. Drawing on both her formal education and 20-something years of experience teaching kindergarten through doctoral level students, Dr. Lindsey strives to create change in... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Fossil Butte

2:30pm

How to teach even when you are not there: Using Screencast-O-Matic to make the most of your absences
Attendees will explore the implementation of Screencast-O-Matic within a classroom to help increase student learning on dates where the teacher or student might be out of the classroom and even on dates where a changeup is needed.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Create a screencast to help increase student learning.
2. Utilize screencasts as an opportunity for students to show what they know.
3. Embed or place a screencast in Canvas LMS for student use.

Speakers
BJ

Bart Jernigan

A current ELA and PE teacher as well as coach at Kemmerer Jr/Sr High School, I have been in education or coaching in public schools for the past 15 years. I began implementing EdTech into my classroom early in my teaching experiences. My favorite EdTech includes the Canvas LMS, Screencast-O-Matic... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Vedauwoo

2:30pm

How Wyoming can leverage Public-Private Partnerships to Support the Educational Attainment Initiative
Wyoming has established aggressive yet attainable goals for using educational attainment as a driver for economic growth. With much of the responsibility and effort  resting on the shoulders of government agencies, success of the initiative will require partnerships with both in-state and out-of-state private sector businesses.

The Wyoming Community College Commission partnered with Florida-based Link-Systems International several years ago to deliver 24/7 online tutoring to public college students. We explore how partnerships like this and others benefit Wyoming, and how we can leverage these partnership to accomplish our objectives.

Speakers
VF

Vincent Forese

President/CEO, Link-Systems International, Inc.
BM

Ben Moritz

Chief Academic and Student Services Officer, Wyoming Community College Commission


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Castle Gardens

3:30pm

Amplifying Student Voice- Using Podcasting
Do you listen to podcasts? Have you ever thought about creating podcasts with your students? This hands on course allows you to create your own podcast to share with students and staff. Attendees will get lesson ideas as well as templates to make your podcast fail proof in the classroom.

Attendees will walk away having made their own podcast and have several lesson ideas to bring back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Plett

Angela Plett

Angela Plett has been a CCSD teacher for 14 years and loves teaching among so many creative colleagues. Of those years, she had the incredible experience of working in a rural school teaching 5th and 6th grades. She came into town and has been at Hillcrest Elementary since. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Ennis

Tracy Ennis

Technology Facilitator, Hillcrest Elementary
Tracy Ennis is a Technology Facilitator at Hillcrest Elementary in Campbell County School District. She has been a classroom teacher as well as now provides technology instruction for students and staff within her building. She also helps teach technology classes at the district level... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Old Faithful

3:30pm

Learner Profiles
So you want to personalize learning for all students but how can you get started? What do you need to know? During this session we will explore the what and how behind learner profiles. Participants will see models of profiles from around the country, leveraging lessons learned from others to create profiles that can transform their instruction from teaching to the middle to reaching all students.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Mangum

Nancy Mangum

Associate Director of Professional Learning, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Nancy Mangum is Professional Learning for the Friday Institute at NC State University. In this role she has provided extensive, customized professional development for teachers and administrators across North Carolina and frequently presents at national conferences for teachers and... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Devils Tower

3:30pm

National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry Process in Action
National Geographic invites you to join a movement of like-minded educators empowering students to think like explorers and make a difference in the world. In this highly interactive session, participants will learn about the Geo-Inquiry Process and the tools created to support outstanding real-world, problem-based projects in the middle school classroom.

The Geo-Inquiry Process assists students in developing the skills, knowledge and tools of a geographer. It provides a systematic way to investigate and understand the world through the patterns, processes, and interactions between human and natural systems and then to act on their conclusions.
The Geo-Inquiry Process is designed to build on student questions that reflect issues in their local community. The process is project-based, authentic, and experiential in nature, which requires students to spend time asking, investigating, organizing, analyzing, and creating.

Implement the geo-inquiry process in order to further a student’s understanding of our planet and empower them to generate solutions for the future
Develop relevant geo-inquiry based questions on hot topics in their communities
Explore the digital copy of National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process handbook and other online resources. Come and explore how you and your students can partner with National Geographic to investigate and change the world.

Speakers
GW

Germaine Wagner

Education Outreach Director, Wyoming Geographic Alliance


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Fossil Butte

3:30pm

(Students Create!) Using ADOBE SPARK in the Classroom
Are you ready to SPARK! your students’ creativity? Adobe Spark for Education is an integrated suite of storytelling applications that is easy to use with younger students, but professional enough for any age. In this hands-on session, participants will share their ideas quickly (and beautifully) by creating with Adobe Spark Post, Video, and Page.
Included will be a discussion of our District’s Adobe Enterprise logins allowing students of all ages to use Adobe Spark for Education.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. Create a simple project using Adobe Spark Post, Video and Page
2. Utilize the search integration for Creative Commons-licensed photos allowing for best practices around copyright and fair use
3. Gather ideas on using Adobe Spark in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Cathy McGeowan

Cathy McGeowan

Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.   Cathy provides professional development assisting educators, as they create authentic, digital-age learning experiences.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Vedauwoo

3:30pm

The I. M. Learning System of Success
Attendees will be provided an I. M. Learning system that will enable them to address the needs of their advanced, proficient, and students needing interventions. This system is student-based and individual-interest centered with a thinking-learning hierarchy (Bloom's Taxonomy) structure. Hands on and teacher monitored, this I. M. Learning system can help educators form an individual learning program for each student in their class.

Upon completion k-12 attendees will have an I. M. Learning system to help address individual student learning needs and ways to implement it in their classroom. Attendees will have a plan for use, how to monitor learning, and ways to evaluate that learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy K. Orr

Kathy K. Orr

I am a retired elementary teacher. I taught for 40 years and had always been looking for innovative ways to teach our children. I taught K, 2-8 and Gifted and Talented, with 36 student classes to 5 student classes. Wanting to keep the children engaged in learning, but needing to address... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Boars Tusk

3:30pm

esports: Not just video games
With over 80 colleges offering scholarships and 300+ fielding competitive teams, esports is bursting into the education scene. What does this mean for K12? Is esports merely an extracurricular activity that offers teaming opportunities for more students or should it be integrated into curriculum as a career pathway?

Speakers
KQ

Kelsy Quinn

Educational Strategist, Dell Technologies


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Castle Gardens

4:30pm

Strategies for Student Engagement and Assessment Using Interactive Video Lectures
In this session attendees will learn about strategies for student engagement and assessment using interactive video lecture tool, VidGrid, at the University of Wyoming. This approach to delivery of course content and student assessment can be used in strictly online classes, as well as in blended, hybrid, and flipped classrooms. Attendees will learn about best practices for designing and recording interactive video lectures, assessment features, including Canvas LMS Gradebook integration, and accessibility features, such as closed captioning.

Attendees will be able to:
1. learn about best practices in developing and recording interactive video lectures
2. identify potential assessment strategies integrated into video lectures
1. apply accessibility principles to video lectures

Speakers
avatar for Oksana Wasilik

Oksana Wasilik

Instructional Designer, University of Wyoming
Oksana is an instructional designer at the University of Wyoming.
MK

Maria Kuznetsova

Maria Kuznetsova completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, and then moved on for her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been working for the University of Wyoming since 2011 and... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Devils Tower

4:30pm

Immerse Yourself in Metaverse: Build Your Own AR
Want to learn how to create your own augmented reality experience? Metaverse Studio is a platform that allows teachers and students to create an interactive AR experience without coding. Use it to review for a test, spark interest in a topic, go on a scavenger hunt, have students create their own review. Come have fun building your own AR Experience!

Attendees will be able use the Metaverse app, build their own experience through Metaverse Studio, and walk away with creative, innovative uses for technology in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Dickson

Stacey Dickson

Stacey Dickson is in her second year as a Professional Development Specialist in Campbell County School District.  Previously, she was a classroom teacher, technology facilitator, and SmartLab facilitator at Conestoga Elementary.  Stacey received the 2018 Wyoming Innovations in... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Vedauwoo

4:30pm

STEM Camps: Afterschool Engagement
Attendees will explore different ways to engage students in STEM activities. In this hands-on session we will practice designing video games with Bloxels, coding with Dash/Dot robots, birding activities and health/ wellness activities.

Upon completion of this session attendees will have a foundation to be able to engage students in a variety of STEM activities using different technologies.

Speakers
HS

Heather Sorenson

Heather Sorenson grew up in Wyoming, attended the University of Wyoming and currently resides in Lander, Wyoming.  She has been working at the after school program for four years and is currently the STEM Coordinator for Lights On in Lander.
CW

Ceatriss Wall

Ceatriss Wall is the director of Lights On in Lander and the principal for Pathfinder High School in Lander. She has been working in education for over 15 years. She has a B.S in Biology and a M.A degree in Educational Leadership.


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Old Faithful

4:30pm

Digital Learning Plan and Future Ready Toolkit
Are you ready to maximize digital learning opportunities and help your school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship? The Future Ready Toolkit provides an easy to follow guide on just how to accomplish those goals.

1. Learn how your district can participate in Future Ready Wyoming.
2. Learn best practices in utilizing the Future Ready Framework.
3. Learn how to receive additional training

Speakers
AC

Alisa Cook

Personalized Learning Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Alisa Cook is the Personalized Learning Consultant with the Wyoming Department of Education. Alisa is passionate about meeting the needs of every student in the classroom. She provides support to districts, schools and teachers through Open Educational Resources, Digital Learning... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Boars Tusk
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:00am

Change How the World Works with Makey Makey Invention Kits
Attendees will explore the Makey Makey Invention Kits and participate in a design challenge using the Scratch coding platform.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. walk away with new ideas for using Makey Makey Invention Kits.
2. gained hands on experience with a Makey Makey Invention Kit and be able to apply their knowledge.
3. have access to multiple resources for using Makey Makey Invention Kits in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Boars Tusk

8:00am

Focus and Concentration for Students, Parents and Teachers
Attendees will learn strategies and sample tools to boost engagement and increase focus and concentration in their classrooms and at home. Beneficial for all students, may be especially helpful for students with learning disabilities. The session will focus on the 5 senses and how outside influences that take away focus and concentration can be mitigated.

To help with Focus and Concentration in the classroom and home environments Attendees will:
1. Take away simple methods to create suitable environments for learning
2. Ideas for aids
3. Leave with some aids to focus and concentration they can try on their own during the Conference

Speakers
avatar for Lisa McDonald

Lisa McDonald

Substitute teacher, Natrona County School District
Lisa McDonald has been teaching in some form or other for over 34 years. She started teaching dance and youth groups as a teenager. She attended the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Education Degree with minors in Early Childhood Education and Ukrainian language. She... Read More →



Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Vedauwoo

8:00am

Global Communicators Engineering the Future: Collaborating with Industry Experts to Address Real-World Issues
Attendees will learn how Recluse School students embarked on a STEM journey and are collaborating with an engineer who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. Industry and higher education are increasingly motivated to cultivate new generations of STEM students. Primary and secondary teachers may also tap into this unique learning experience with STEM experts to help build strong strategies for successful learning outcomes. Session attendees will learn how to team with STEM professionals to create a learning environment that will spark enthusiasm and propel students toward a deeper exploration of global collaboration.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Create a toolbox of ideas to use in planning their own collaborative STEM initiatives.
Set expectations with professionals and prepare them for meaningful interactions.
Prepare students to be receptive, inquisitive, prepared and engaged.

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Braunlin

Deanna Braunlin

Technology/STEM Facilitator, Recluse School
Deanna Braunlin is a certified youth facilitator and leadership trainer, coach and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Ms. Braunlin is also the technology facilitator at Recluse School in Campbell County School District. Deanna’s experience includes presenting at the Wyoming Native... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Old Faithful

8:00am

Boost Engagement and Empower Struggling Learners via Digital Tools
Participants will have an opportunity to actively engage in the presentation's focus by using the digital tools and working collaboratively to develop specific strategies for struggling learners. The focus will be placed on the usage of digital tools, differentiation of instruction and assessment and expansion of linguistic abilities.

1. identify reasons why students are struggling.
2. utilize digital tools to help struggling students
3. effectively engage struggling students

Speakers
avatar for Karolina Kopczynski

Karolina Kopczynski

Dr. Karolina Kopczynski is a native of Poland. She Moved to the USA as a high school student. Her passion was learning foreign languages and being able to travel and communicate with others to broaden and deepen her perspectives as a global learner.  She earned her B.A in Spanish... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Devils Tower

8:00am

Digital Skills Crucial for All Educators
Digital literacy skills are an integral part of a learner’s successful education. Learners need to be able to effectively communicate, collaborate and solve problems digitally to succeed in work and life both in school and after graduation. We must recognize the importance of these vital digital literacy skills to ensure learner success.
Attendees will practice the technical and cognitive skills necessary to search, evaluate, and curate information in order to solve problems digitally. In addition, attendees will utilize these skills and processes to collaborate and share solutions to real-world issues. Participants will develop a better understanding of copyright and its application in the learning environment as well familiarize themselves with the concept of a digital identity.


1. Develop and refine their understanding of what aspects of digital literacy are important for independent learners
2. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
3. Apply digital literacy tools and resources in the classroom

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Fossil Butte

9:00am

Integrating Computer Science into the Elementary World
Attendees will breakdown the proposed WY Computer Science Standards and view examples of how to integrate these standards into their curriculum of reading, writing, math, science, or social studies. Attendees will explore tools and begin to create an integrated CS project that fits into their grade level and topic of choice.

1. Identify ways to incorporate the WY CS standards into other curriculum areas
2. Identify tools they can use in their classroom to teach CS
3. Create one integrated CS example project


bit.ly/CSElementaryWorld

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Hurley

Abigail Hurley

Faculty, NWCCD
I am the Computer Science Outreach Coordinator for Northern Wyoming Community College District. It is my job to bring Computer Science into the Elementary Schools here in Sheridan, Wyoming. I work with teachers to create lessons, to form a curriculum to reach all learners K-5 and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Fossil Butte

9:00am

LMS and Computer Science Student Success with 3rd Party Tools
Attendees will be guided through a process to design and build an online course in the Canvas LMS that leverages 3rd party learning tools.

Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to design and implement a semester timeline for student success using 3rd party learning tools. Increase knowledge of integration options that leave faculty more time for coaching and student encouragement.

Speakers
CO

Carol Olson

Carol Olson – Computer Science –  NWCCDMBA, University of PhoenixB.S. in General Studies, minor in Computer Science, Chaminade UniversityCarol leads the Computer Networking Administration AAS, IT Support Technician Certificate and Cyber Security AAS/Certificate programs at NWCCD... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Devils Tower

9:00am

But I am NOT the English Teacher
This session is designed for content area teachers who struggle with the “English” aspect of reading and writing within their content area. I constantly have teachers asking me ways to incorporate writing and reading comprehension skills in their classroom that would not take up an enormous amount of time in terms of presentation, production and grading. Technology today has given teachers a plethora of ways to engage students in writing that isn't "traditional." Strategies to use SnapChat and Twitter to assess writing and reading comprehension will be explored. In addition, I will have some short, but effective tools for teaching vocabulary in context that I know many science and social studies teachers would find beneficial.

Use SnapChat to assess writing and reading comprehension; Use Twitter and #Hashtags to assess reading comprehension; Learn 1-3 strategies to assess an "English" teacher skill in the content area classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Smith

Kristie Smith

A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Kristie Smith has 27 years of classroom experience teaching English, literature and writing to grades 7-12.  She created the “Lunch and Read” program at Niobrara County High School that was featured in the Casper Star Tribune in 2010... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Old Faithful

9:00am

Linking Literacy & Tech
Attendees will explore innovative ways to effectively enhance informational literacy instruction using technology in an intermediate to higher education classroom--regardless of content. Specifically, they will analyze online publishing trends and tools to engage students in meaningful and authentic literacy practices.

o Know how to effectively incorporate technology into their lessons to better
engage students; use technology not as a substitute, but as an
enhancement.
o Walk out with exposure to both new technology tools or with tools that they
are familiar with, such as Adobe Spark, and learn how to use them in a way
they haven't previously considered for literacy instruction.
o Enhance PLN by collaborating with other educators through technology.

Speakers
JS

Jenny Sorenson

Jenny has lived in Wyoming for most of her life: growing up in Cowley, graduating from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and teaching 8th grade English at Sage Valley Junior High in Gillette. She believes that literacy can empower students to chase after ideas and opportunities... Read More →
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Carmen Toole

Carmen has a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Dakota State University in Madison, SD.  She has been teaching in many different areas over her career in public and private sectors:  Special Education for primary and secondary students, Kindergarten, 6th grade, Physical... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Vedauwoo

9:00am

Geometry + Code = Engagement + Learning
Attendees will explore how to use a few simple lines of code to explore interior angles, perimeter and area of regular polygons. We will use a Loop to code on the TI-Rover to drive regular polygons making geometry concepts visual and accessible to all. NO CODING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

Attendees will be able to a few simple lines of code to create regular polygons using a calculator and a TI-Rover. Attendees will be able to find the area of a regular polygon both theoretically and empirically.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Byer

Becky Byer

Becky teaches math and computer science at Kelly Walsh High School.  She earned her Bachelor degree in Mathematics Education from Black Hills State University and her Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Montana State University.  She is a Texas Instruments Regional instructor... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Boars Tusk

9:00am

Using i-Ready to combine assessment & Instruction to drive differentiated instruction
Teachers face the daily challenge of how to balance providing targeted support for students performing below grade level while also ensuring they are providing appropriate instruction on  grade-level standards.  Learn how i-Ready’s adaptive Diagnostic can provide teachers with targeted, actionable data to drive differentiation at the student, small-group and class level and provide connections to a host of individualized supports such as engaging online instruction, teacher-led interventions, games, small-group activities and targeted practice.  

Speakers
DM

Dane Moorman

Educational Sales Consultant, Curriculum Associates


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am
Castle Gardens

10:00am

SCRIPT: Strategic Planning for Computer Science Education
Beginning last spring the WDE has been supporting districts with developing their strategic plan for implementing computer science. Using the Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) Rubric, districts have developed actionable goals enabling them to effectively implement computer science K-12. Come to this session to see the great ideas districts have developed, along with next steps the WDE is planning.

Speakers
LB

Laurel Ballard

Supervisor, Student and Teacher Resources Team, Wyoming Department of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Boars Tusk

10:00am

(Students Create!) Using the iPad in the tech-integrated classroom
Attendees will explore using the iPad for student-centered creation. In this hands-on session, we will focus on transforming iPad use from traditional teacher-created tasks to a more student-centered, tech integrated learning experience. Starting with the newest features found within iOS 12 and expanding (as time allows) to easy-to-use apps that can be integrated with “next-day” ease!

BYOD with iOS 12 installed is preferred, however, a limited number of iPads will be available for your use.

Upon the completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Explore some of the features of the iOS 12 iPad that allow for student-centered creation
2. Become familiar with multiple creation apps that inspire creativity and independent learning
3. Practice using specific apps to support teaching and learning

Speakers
avatar for Cathy McGeowan

Cathy McGeowan

Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.   Cathy provides professional development assisting educators, as they create authentic, digital-age learning experiences.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Devils Tower

10:00am

Incorporating Robots in CS, Math and Arts.
Award winning QuestBots can be used to teach 3-year old how to debug their own code. More complex concepts are great for older users who want to learn core programming and math skill in a fun way.
In this workshop we’ll learn how to teach math and programming concepts using robots. We’ll draw and use applications of arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, boolean logic, degrees, centimeters, functions, and debugging/troubleshooting. In addition, we’ll design our own maze and navigate our robots all while using blocks.
2 to 3 participants per team will share their experience and present their own design at the end of the workshop.
No screens are required for this workshop.

Attendees will learn how to incorporate robots, computer science, and programming in teaching math concepts for K-12 students.
Attendees will also learn boolean logic, nesting, loops and swarm robotics.
Finally, attendees will learn to draw mathematical shapes.

Speakers
avatar for Delfin Lozano

Delfin Lozano

Founder, QuestBotics Inc.
Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer electronics industry, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, and Operations. Founder of QuestBotics Inc., a local Edtech startup that develops and manufactures hands-on educational tools for K-12 students to learn... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Vedauwoo

10:00am

Zooming in on Blended Learning: Student Perceptions of Engagement
Attendees will discuss and react to data gathered from surveys of blended courses (live and distance students in the same synchronous class) at Eastern Wyoming College. Distance students participated in the classes via Zoom video conferencing.
 
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Articulate actual and predicted pros & cons of blending distance students via video conference within a ground-based course
2. Anticipate student perception of their learning experience in a blended course
3. Anticipate student satisfaction with instructor communication in a blended course

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Bahmer

Aaron Bahmer

Director, Instructional Technology, Eastern Wyoming College
avatar for Brandons Semler

Brandons Semler

Communication Instructor, Eastern Wyoming College
Dr. Brandon J. Semler has a Ph.D. From the Univeristy of North Dakota emphasizing in Communication and Public Disourse.  A M.A. in Communication and IT focused in Instructional Online Development.  A B.A. from the South Dakota State University in Communication.Dr. Semler is from... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Old Faithful

11:00am

Closing Keynote Panel and Closing Comments
Speakers
avatar for Brandons Semler

Brandons Semler

Communication Instructor, Eastern Wyoming College
Dr. Brandon J. Semler has a Ph.D. From the Univeristy of North Dakota emphasizing in Communication and Public Disourse.  A M.A. in Communication and IT focused in Instructional Online Development.  A B.A. from the South Dakota State University in Communication.Dr. Semler is from... Read More →
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Leesa Lee

Associate Professor, Western Wyoming Community College
Leesa is an educator living in Southwest Wyoming and teaching at Western Wyoming Community College. As a veteran instructor, Leesa knows the value of learning how to change and teaching students to be resourceful. Through hardware and software updates that seem to be constant in our... Read More →
MK

Mia Kim Williams

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming
MY

Marie Yearling

Instructor, Microbiology, Laramie County Community College


Friday November 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Heart Mountain