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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Tuesday, November 5
 

8:00am MST

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
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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 MST
Old Faithful

8:00am MST

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 MST
Boars Tusk

8:30am MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo

8:30am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

1:00pm MST

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 MST
Vedauwoo
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

8:00am MST

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 MST
Boars Tusk

9:00am MST

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 MST
Area 59

9:00am MST

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 MST
Campbell County Schools

9:00am MST

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 MST
Devils Tower

12:30pm MST

1:00pm MST

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 MST
Heart Mountain

2:30pm MST

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
Delfin is the founder of QuestBotics, an educational technology company based in Longmont, Colorado. He has worked in medical devices as operations and manufacturing engineer for more than 10 years. He holds a MSEE and MBA.


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

2:30pm MST

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 MST
Castle Gardens

2:30pm MST

#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 MST
Boars Tusk

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.

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

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

2:30pm MST

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 MST
Fossil Butte

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.



Speakers
DD

Don Day, Jr.

Meteorologist, DayWeather, Inc.



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

4:30pm MST

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
avatar for Trenton Goble

Trenton Goble

VP K12 Learning / Product Management, Instructure
Trenton currently serves as the VP of K12 Strategy at Instructure where he works to support educators worldwide. As a former teacher, three-time principal, and Director of Elementary Schools at Canyons School District, he has over 20 years of experience in leadership and education... Read More →


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

5:30pm MST

 
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

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 MST
Boars Tusk

8:00am MST

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

Sponsor, Curriculum Associates
Partnership Manager for Utah Charter Schools for 2 years


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

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 →
CG

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

9:00am MST

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
avatar for Trenton Goble

Trenton Goble

VP K12 Learning / Product Management, Instructure
Trenton currently serves as the VP of K12 Strategy at Instructure where he works to support educators worldwide. As a former teacher, three-time principal, and Director of Elementary Schools at Canyons School District, he has over 20 years of experience in leadership and education... Read More →


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

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.

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 MST
Old Faithful

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.

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 →
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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. 
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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
Vedauwoo

10:00am MST

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
DS

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 MST
Fossil Butte

10:00am MST

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 MST
Castle Gardens

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jaraun Dennis

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 →
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Kathleen Browning

Product Manager, ESP Solutions Group



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

12:00pm MST

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

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 MST
Old Faithful

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.

Speakers
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Patricia Bahmer

Substitute Teacher & Retired, None


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

2:30pm MST

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
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Vincent Forese

President/CEO, Link-Systems International, Inc.
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Ben Moritz

Chief Academic and Student Services Officer, Wyoming Community College Commission


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

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?

Speakers
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Kelsy Quinn

Educational Strategist, Dell Technologies


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

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 MST
Old Faithful

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

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

Sponsor, Curriculum Associates
Partnership Manager for Utah Charter Schools for 2 years


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

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.

Speakers
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Laurel Ballard

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


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

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
Delfin is the founder of QuestBotics, an educational technology company based in Longmont, Colorado. He has worked in medical devices as operations and manufacturing engineer for more than 10 years. He holds a MSEE and MBA.


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

10:00am MST

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 MST
Old Faithful