November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Wednesday, November 6

3:30pm MST

"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.


Don Day, Jr.

Meteorologist, DayWeather, Inc.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Thursday, November 7

8:00am MST

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.

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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 MST
Boars Tusk

9:00am MST

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


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 →

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 MST
Devils Tower

10:00am MST

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.

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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 →
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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 →

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. 

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 MST

1:30pm MST

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

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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 MST
Fossil Butte

2:30pm MST

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.


Patricia Bahmer

Substitute Teacher & Retired, None

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

3:30pm MST

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.

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Nancy Magnum

Founding Partner, Leading EDge Learning
Nancy Mangum is the Associate Director of 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 the country and frequently presents at national conferences... Read More →

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

4:30pm MST

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

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Oksana Wasilik

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

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 MST
Devils Tower
Friday, November 8

8:00am MST

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.

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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 MST
Old Faithful

10:00am MST

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.


Laurel Ballard

Supervisor, Student and Teacher Resources Team/Sta, Wyoming Dept of Education

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