November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Wednesday, November 6

2:30pm MST

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.

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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 →
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Maureen Young

Technology Integration Specialist, LCSD1
I am a Technology Integration Specialist. I am passionate about helping others learn how to integrate technology into the classroom. I am excited to also be providing online professional development through Canvas for the staff in our District.

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

3:30pm MST

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:

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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 MST
Castle Gardens

4:30pm MST

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.

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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 MST
Boars Tusk
Thursday, November 7

8:00am MST

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.


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 MST
Old Faithful

9:00am MST

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.


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 MST
Fossil Butte

10:00am MST

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.


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 MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

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.

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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 MST
Old Faithful

11:00am MST

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.


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

11:00am MST

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


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 MST
Fossil Butte

11:00am MST

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.

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Jaraun Dennis

CTO, Uinta County School District #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 →

Kathleen Browning

Product Manager, ESP Solutions Group

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

1:30pm MST

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.


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

2:30pm MST

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.


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 MST

3:30pm MST

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.

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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 MST
Boars Tusk

3:30pm MST

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?


Kelsy Quinn

Educational Strategist, Dell Technologies

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

4:30pm MST

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


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 MST
Boars Tusk
Friday, November 8

9:00am MST

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


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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 MST
Fossil Butte

9:00am MST

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.


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 MST
Devils Tower

9:00am MST

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
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.


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 →

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 MST