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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Integrating Technology in the Learning Environment [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 6
 

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

3:30pm MST

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
LL

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 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Devils Tower

4:30pm MST

Put Some “Spark” Into Those Student Presentations!
Attendees will get a hands-on session using two of Adobe’s apps. You will learn how Adobe Spark and Adobe Post can help you and your students create stunning videos and posters. You will have time to create your own projects and play with the apps. The possibilities of these apps are only limited to your students’ imaginations. The best part is you can introduce them to another way to demonstrate their learning and have presentation pieces ready for any audience. We will also discuss practical ideas that you can start using in your classroom when you get back!

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. Create a video using Adobe Spark.
2. Create a poster using Adobe Post.
3. Come away with ideas about how they can use it in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Britton

Heidi Britton

GATE Teacher, CCSD/Paintbrush Elementary
Heidi Britton is in her 26th year of teaching with experience in all grades k-12 as well as adults. She has taught special education, ESL, and is currently in a fifth grade position.  She has her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus in reading. But...technology... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Old Faithful
 
Thursday, November 7
 

8:00am MST

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

9:00am MST

Bring the World to Your Classroom
In this hands-on workshop attendees will learn how to access thousands of innovative, standards aligned, classroom ready digital resources. In this session attendees will explore award-winning educational content from PBS LearningMedia. This is a free digital resource for pre-K-12th grade educators. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, the WyomingPBS Education Collection contains learning modules specific for Wyoming educators, written by Wyoming Educators. PBS LearningMedia is compatible with Google Classroom, Schoology, Clever, and Remind.

Attendees will register for the WyomingPBS LearningMedia site, will understand how to search for resources, use collection pages, manage favorites and folders, and learn how to use the Google Classroom and Remind features, along with lesson and quiz Building resources.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Garber

Carol Garber

Education Coordinator, WyomingPBS
Carol Garber is the Education Coordinator for WyomingPBS.  Mrs. Garber has a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from  the University of Wyoming.  Mrs. Garber has 22 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

Go Virtually Anywhere!
Attendees will explore Google Expeditions, Skype, and Zoom as tools to travel the world and explore limitless topics with their students. Attendees will also learn about several resources for finding opportunities for interactions with scientists and specialists across the country through Zoom, Skype, and other conferencing tools. Finally, attendees will explore some of the resources available to enrich these virtual field trips and integrate these opportunities into the curriculum.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to lead students on a Google Expedition, use Zoom and/or Skype to connect with experts across the country, and choose other learning activities to extend and enrich students' experience with the technology.

Speakers
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Anita Tope

Anita began her teaching career 17 years ago in a multi-grade classroom at a rural school in Northeast Wyoming with just a few computers.  After spending a few years at home with her children, she returned to teaching at Rozet Elementary, where she has taught second and third grades... Read More →
SR

Susan Riesland

Susan is the Technology Facilitator at Rozet Elementary. She enjoys collaborating with classroom teachers to help extend students learning outside of the classroom. In the 12 years she has been a Technology Facilitator, she has seen big changes in technology and technology integr... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Devils Tower

11:00am MST

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
LL

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 →


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

11:00am MST

The Kickstart Guide To Making Great Makerspaces
Are you thinking about adding a makerspace to your learning space? Or do you have one but want to extend it to the next level? “The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces” by Laura Fleming provides a framework for guiding you through the process of establishing and refining a makerspace in your school. This session will help you learn how to develop ongoing, open-ended exploration, increase engagement and support learning for everyone. Explore how maker activities can build community, promote creativity and spark new opportunities for teaching and learning. Learn how adding customizable and flexible maker activities to your learning space can help increase engagement and support learning. Experience a true makerspace in this hands-on make-and-take session. As one makerspace participant said “I felt smart, and empowered, and capable, and I need my students to feel this way, too.”—don’t miss the opportunity to learn more!

1. Develop and refine their understanding makerspaces and the considerations for implementing one in their learning spaces.
2. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
3. Establish a plan for creating a makerspace in their learning spaces

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Old Faithful

1:30pm MST

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

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
PB

Patricia Bahmer

Substitute Teacher & Retired, None


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

2:30pm MST

ISTE Standards 101
We live in a world that is ever changing and increasingly digital, and that requires us to rethink how we prepare our students for the future. The ISTE Standards for Students were revised in 2016 as a framework to help innovative teachers design digital age teaching and learning experiences. In this session, attendees will explore the ISTE Standards for Students and consider classroom practices that foster 21st century skills. You’re not familiar with the ISTE Standards? Haven’t reviewed them and don’t know where to start? This is the first you’ve heard of them? This introductory session is just for you. Come and dip your toe into the ISTE waters. I promise this water is warm and inviting.

Speakers
LL

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 →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm MST
Fossil Butte

3:30pm MST

(Students Create!) Using ADOBE SPARK in the Classroom
Are you ready to SPARK! your students’ creativity? Adobe Spark for Education is an integrated suite of storytelling applications that is easy to use with younger students, but professional enough for any age. In this hands-on session, participants will share their ideas quickly (and beautifully) by creating with Adobe Spark Post, Video, and Page.
Included will be a discussion of our District’s Adobe Enterprise logins allowing students of all ages to use Adobe Spark for Education.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. Create a simple project using Adobe Spark Post, Video and Page
2. Utilize the search integration for Creative Commons-licensed photos allowing for best practices around copyright and fair use
3. Gather ideas on using Adobe Spark in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Cathy McGeowan

Cathy McGeowan

Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.   Cathy provides professional development assisting educators, as they create authentic, digital-age learning experiences.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect... Read More →


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

4:30pm MST

Immerse Yourself in Metaverse: Build Your Own AR
Want to learn how to create your own augmented reality experience? Metaverse Studio is a platform that allows teachers and students to create an interactive AR experience without coding. Use it to review for a test, spark interest in a topic, go on a scavenger hunt, have students create their own review. Come have fun building your own AR Experience!

Attendees will be able use the Metaverse app, build their own experience through Metaverse Studio, and walk away with creative, innovative uses for technology in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Dickson

Stacey Dickson

Stacey Dickson is in her second year as a Professional Development Specialist in Campbell County School District.  Previously, she was a classroom teacher, technology facilitator, and SmartLab facilitator at Conestoga Elementary.  Stacey received the 2018 Wyoming Innovations in... Read More →


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

4:30pm MST

STEM Camps: Afterschool Engagement
Attendees will explore different ways to engage students in STEM activities. In this hands-on session we will practice designing video games with Bloxels, coding with Dash/Dot robots, birding activities and health/ wellness activities.

Upon completion of this session attendees will have a foundation to be able to engage students in a variety of STEM activities using different technologies.

Speakers
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
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:00am MST

Boost Engagement and Empower Struggling Learners via Digital Tools
Participants will have an opportunity to actively engage in the presentation's focus by using the digital tools and working collaboratively to develop specific strategies for struggling learners. The focus will be placed on the usage of digital tools, differentiation of instruction and assessment and expansion of linguistic abilities.

1. identify reasons why students are struggling.
2. utilize digital tools to help struggling students
3. effectively engage struggling students

Speakers
avatar for Karolina Kopczynski

Karolina Kopczynski

Dr. Karolina Kopczynski is a native of Poland. She Moved to the USA as a high school student. Her passion was learning foreign languages and being able to travel and communicate with others to broaden and deepen her perspectives as a global learner.  She earned her B.A in Spanish... Read More →


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

8:00am MST

Digital Skills Crucial for All Educators
Digital literacy skills are an integral part of a learner’s successful education. Learners need to be able to effectively communicate, collaborate and solve problems digitally to succeed in work and life both in school and after graduation. We must recognize the importance of these vital digital literacy skills to ensure learner success.
Attendees will practice the technical and cognitive skills necessary to search, evaluate, and curate information in order to solve problems digitally. In addition, attendees will utilize these skills and processes to collaborate and share solutions to real-world issues. Participants will develop a better understanding of copyright and its application in the learning environment as well familiarize themselves with the concept of a digital identity.


1. Develop and refine their understanding of what aspects of digital literacy are important for independent learners
2. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
3. Apply digital literacy tools and resources in the classroom

For session material click here.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Fossil Butte

9:00am MST

Geometry + Code = Engagement + Learning
Attendees will explore how to use a few simple lines of code to explore interior angles, perimeter and area of regular polygons. We will use a Loop to code on the TI-Rover to drive regular polygons making geometry concepts visual and accessible to all. NO CODING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

Attendees will be able to a few simple lines of code to create regular polygons using a calculator and a TI-Rover. Attendees will be able to find the area of a regular polygon both theoretically and empirically.

Speakers
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Becky Byer

Becky teaches math and computer science at Kelly Walsh High School.  She earned her Bachelor degree in Mathematics Education from Black Hills State University and her Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Montana State University.  She is a Texas Instruments Regional instructor... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Boars Tusk

10:00am MST

(Students Create!) Using the iPad in the tech-integrated classroom
Attendees will explore using the iPad for student-centered creation. In this hands-on session, we will focus on transforming iPad use from traditional teacher-created tasks to a more student-centered, tech integrated learning experience. Starting with the newest features found within iOS 12 and expanding (as time allows) to easy-to-use apps that can be integrated with “next-day” ease!

BYOD with iOS 12 installed is preferred, however, a limited number of iPads will be available for your use.

Upon the completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Explore some of the features of the iOS 12 iPad that allow for student-centered creation
2. Become familiar with multiple creation apps that inspire creativity and independent learning
3. Practice using specific apps to support teaching and learning

Speakers
avatar for Cathy McGeowan

Cathy McGeowan

Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.   Cathy provides professional development assisting educators, as they create authentic, digital-age learning experiences.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect... Read More →


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

10:00am MST

Incorporating Robots in CS, Math and Arts.
Award winning QuestBots can be used to teach 3-year old how to debug their own code. More complex concepts are great for older users who want to learn core programming and math skill in a fun way.
In this workshop we’ll learn how to teach math and programming concepts using robots. We’ll draw and use applications of arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, boolean logic, degrees, centimeters, functions, and debugging/troubleshooting. In addition, we’ll design our own maze and navigate our robots all while using blocks.
2 to 3 participants per team will share their experience and present their own design at the end of the workshop.
No screens are required for this workshop.

Attendees will learn how to incorporate robots, computer science, and programming in teaching math concepts for K-12 students.
Attendees will also learn boolean logic, nesting, loops and swarm robotics.
Finally, attendees will learn to draw mathematical shapes.

Speakers
avatar for Delfin Lozano

Delfin Lozano

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


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