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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Grades K-6 [clear filter]
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
CJ

Cindy Jones

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


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

Alisa Cook

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


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
AC

Alisa Cook

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


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

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

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

Speakers
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Niki Styger

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

Rachel Land

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


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

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


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

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


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

3:30pm MST

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

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

Speakers
JB

Jaime Basham

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

Liisaan Cooper

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


Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm 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:
bit.ly/WYInnovations

Speakers
avatar for Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg

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


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

3:30pm MST

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

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

Speakers
TH

Tyler Henry

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

Daniel Cossaboon

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


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Boule

Michelle Boule

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


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

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

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

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

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

Speakers
HG

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

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

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

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
AC

Alisa Cook

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


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

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

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

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

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.

Speakers
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David Stokowski

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


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

Speakers
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Jennifer Nehl

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


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

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

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

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
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David Stokowski

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


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

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

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

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

Speakers
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Stacey McCarty

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


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

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

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

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

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

Speakers
MB

Margo Berendsen

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


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

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

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

Speakers
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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
Vedauwoo

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Nancy 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 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Devils Tower

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy K. Orr

Kathy K. Orr

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


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

Speakers
KQ

Kelsy Quinn

Educational Strategist, Dell Technologies


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

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
HS

Heather Sorenson

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

Ceatriss Wall

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


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

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

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 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Boars Tusk
 
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

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

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

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


bit.ly/CSElementaryWorld

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Hurley

Abigail Hurley

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


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

(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