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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Wednesday, November 6
 

4:30pm MST

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
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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 →
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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 MST
Devils Tower

4:30pm MST

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 MST
Old Faithful
 
Thursday, November 7
 

8:00am MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo

8:00am MST

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 MST
Fossil Butte

8:00am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

9:00am MST

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 Magnum

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 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Vedauwoo

9:00am MST

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
MI

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 →
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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 MST
Old Faithful

9:00am MST

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 MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

11:00am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

11:00am MST

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 MST
Old Faithful

1:30pm MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

1:30pm MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo

2:30pm MST

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
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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 MST
Old Faithful

2:30pm MST

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
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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 MST
Boars Tusk

3:30pm MST

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 MST
Old Faithful

3:30pm MST

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
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Germaine Wagner

Education Outreach Director, Wyoming Geographic Alliance


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

3:30pm MST

(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 MST
Vedauwoo

4:30pm MST

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
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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.
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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 MST
Old Faithful
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:00am MST

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 MST
Boars Tusk

8:00am MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo

8:00am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

8:00am MST

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 MST
Fossil Butte

9:00am MST

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 MST
Old Faithful

9:00am MST

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
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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 MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

(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 MST
Devils Tower

10:00am MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo