Thursday Sessions 2017

Welcome & Opening Keynote
From Preschool to Prison: Changing Our Thinking to Engage Today’s Students
Andre Daughty
8:15 – 9:15

Each year, millions of preschoolers walk into classrooms for the first time excited about learning and elated to start their journey of education. By their freshman year in high school, those same students dread attending school, with many dropping out. Never developing college and career ready success skills, thousands of students transition from the joys of preschool to the dejected lows of prison. This pipeline can be conceptualized as a series of roadblocks and obstacles that hinder children, especially children of color, from academic success but funnel them into the criminal justice system.

This keynote provides awareness to help steer students away from preschool to prison but from preschool to prosperity using practical strategies to engage students using research based strategies, protocols, culture builders, technology, and laughter!

Thursday Morning

Vendor Sessions
All Day
Keen Kutter A

 

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Session One
9:30 – 10:30

Helping Students Become Safe, Savvy, and Social
Confused on how to help students understand the “big idea” of Digital Citizenship. Come be a part of the conversation of how educators are building on their curriculum to cover the topics to help students become Safe, Savvy, and Social.
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Intermediate
Mike Ribble Simmons
The Nuts and Bolts of Genius Hour
Have you wanted to explore Genius Hour (Passion Projects) projects in your classroom, but not sure how to get started? Join in on the discussion and the hands on planning workshop to get everything ready for you to start of with helping your students dive into their passions!
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8
Novice, Intermediate
Carmen Zeisler Keen Kutter B
Oh the Places You Can Go (and the Things You Can Do) On YouTube
Everyone knows YouTube as the video manual capital of the world. However, did you know that there is so much more you can do? Attendees at this session will explore different ways to use YouTube as well as discovering ways to save those YouTube clips that you have come to love. This is an interactive “Play with Me” session where attendees participate and learn several new strategies while using their devices. Devices are encouraged for this session.
Grades PK-4, 
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Conference Keynote
Andre Daughty
Keen Kutter C
Follow the Signs
We will inform you on how we created our cross-curriculum, student- driven- school business, Cougar Custom Signs. We’ll encourage you to do the same at your school and provide you with tools to develop your own ideas and plans.
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Ashley Coirier, Jon Meyer Keen Kutter D

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Thursday Morning
Session Two
11:00 – 12:00

Podcasting for Engaging Discussion
Robust discussion is one of the hallmarks of an engaging and high level learning experience. Attempts to draw this discussion out of students often provides lackluster results. Come learn how to give the work of creating and sustaining meaningful discussion back your learners.
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice
Kyle McClure Simmons A
Making Global Connections for Littles
This presentation will provide an overview on how to connect your primary classroom globally through social media. You will learn what activities, projects and connections that my first grade students have been a part of. Mystery Skype, Mystery number, Mystery job, Create my monster, Shared readers theaters, weekly math challenges are just a few to start with, and there are many more. These connections were made through twitter and Facebook. Focus will be on building connections via twitter and group chats, along with modifying activities for student abilities.
Grades PK-4
Novice
Traci Wood Keen Kutter B
Three pillars for Designing Innovative Projects That Students Can Be Proud Of
In this session, we will explore three pillars for creating innovative student projects – require an authentic product, set high expectations, and allow for quality collaboration. Participants will walk away with a series of ideas to spark innovation in their classrooms and to design projects that students can be proud of.
Session Resources
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Novice
Erin Hayes Keen Kutter C
Cloud Cinema
Kids love digital video. Classroom video projects are fun. Let’s put the two together and get crazy. In this session we’ll show you how to create YouTube culture in your classroom – passion and desire for digital projects that are creative, informative, and best of all FUN! With so many apps and tools that live online and in the cloud, it couldn’t be easier.
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Intermediate
Joshua Howard Keen Kutter D

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Lunch
12:00 – 1:30

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Thursday Afternoon
Session Three
1:30 – 3:00

Grab Your Computer and Let’s Draw!
Instead of picking up a pencil for your next drawing, pick up your computer! Google Drawings is an awesome and very underutilized tool for creating engaging, fun and free creations. Grab your computer and join in the fun as we draw up some new inventive ideas for your classroom.
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice, Intermediate
Carol Nelson Simmons A
Gamification STEMS into 21st Century Learning
Take part in an interactive session geared towards utilizing video games in a creative manner, to foster STEM/STEAM thinking and innovation in the classroom. Take part in this hands-on session showing how video games can introduce coding concepts, critical and analytical thinking, writing skills, all the while having fun!
Session Resources
Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Intermediate
Brian Dalton Keen Kutter B
The Great Beyond: Storytelling with Games
Do more than gamify your classroom – make a video game in this hands on session. After introducing coding my students always wanted more – now we code every subject from ELA to Art. Learn how creativity exploded in 2nd grade using Scratch and Scratch Jr.
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8
Novice, Intermediate
David Hendershot Keen Kutter C
Let’s Move! Active = Engaged
Even in this age of technology and digital learning, research shows that it is still vital for students of all ages to be up and moving. A classroom that includes purposeful movement and activity keeps students engaged and improves behavior. In this session, you will explore art, improvisation, and movement to facilitate active learning and will understand how connect these ideas to your own content area. Teachers will leave with innovative ways to incorporate movement and activity in the classroom with technology.
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice
Rachel McClaran Keen Kutter D

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Thursday Afternoon
Session Four
3:30 – 5:00

Ditch the device – for DICE!
Gaming in the classroom or library? ABSOLUTELY. But not your run of the mill games, by any means. Be persuasive, defend your “nerd” cred, break into a museum, outwit your opponents, test your historical knowledge, weave your own “Once Upon a Time” or create a game of your own. Go a little “low tech” and get your game on!
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Novice
Lucas Loughmiller Simmons A
Make Your Classroom a Techsploration Hub with 360 Images and Virtual Reality Maps, Displays, & Virtual Tours
Come and Techsplore with 360 photo & VR technology. Find ways to let students to create, tell, and consume information for a local and global classroom. Learn to create visual stories with 360 & VR technology help you experience your story like never before!
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Monty Graber Keen Kutter B
Podcasting: All Systems Will Be Go!
Join me during this session to explore the world of podcasting. If you have ever considered creating a podcast or having your students create content for a podcast, this is your session to attend. Don’t worry, everything will be a-okay, and all systems will be go.
Session Resources
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice, Intermediate
Kim Baldwin Keen Kutter C
Old Town Funk Gonna Give It To Ya! – Creating Parodies for Educational Use
Get ready to step outside of your comfort zone and find your inner “Weird Al Yankovic”! You will learn how to create your own educational parody that will grab your students’ attention, get them singing, and teach them great information. You may even become the next internet superstar!
Grades PK-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Adult Learners
Novice
Tim Vesco Keen Kutter D