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Saturday, January 30
 

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Sign in, grab a name tag, and head to breakfast sponsored by Technology Resource Advisors.


Saturday January 30, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
East Cafeteria - Room 1705

8:30am

Welcome and Announcements
Speakers
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Instructional Technology Specialist, Latin Teacher, Evanston Township High School
I am the Instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School, where I previously taught Latin for five years. I enjoy working with teachers and students to leverage technology in ways that can redefine learning. I am also a Google Education Trainer and co-chair for the 2016 NICE MiniCon.


Saturday January 30, 2016 8:30am - 8:45am
East Cafeteria - Room 1705

9:00am

Lego League - Hands On!
Thinking about starting up a Lego League in your school or district? We will share our journey from team creation to final competition phase. Learn how to program an EV3 robot, about the components of competition, and feel ready to use Lego robotics in your school (and possibly... start your own team).

Speakers
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Nina Espinos

EL Teacher, School District 23
avatar for Kelly Funk

Kelly Funk

4th Grade Teacher, District 23
4th Grade Teacher at District 23 in Prospect Heights. Love tech and working with students to make curriculum interactive and fun.


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

9:00am

Robotics for Elementary School
I display and share a variety of robotics/robotic toys for use in the elementary school classroom in the Innovation Space.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Pritchard

Claire Pritchard

I am the technology teacher/coach at St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette. My students are prek-8. We do everything from pulling apart electronics to see what makes them tick to building famous structures with lego to robots and soft circuits. | | We're currently involved in Shedd's ROV program so if there are any program alums, I'd love to chat!


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

9:00am

STEAM at Winnetka 36
Engage in some of the maker activities that our K- 8 Winnetka 36 students are experiencing this year - robotics, programming, circuits,... and more!

Speakers
avatar for Todd Burleson

Todd Burleson

Resource Center Director/Library Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods School
Todd Burleson is a 24 year educator. He has experience in elementary and at the collegiate level. He is currently the Library Media Specialist at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, IL. Presently he is in the process of seeing to fruition a multi-pronged plan at redesigning his traditional library into a learning commons complete with a makerspace and digitial broadcast studio. He is a passionate and energetic educator who is always... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen McDonough

Kathleen McDonough

Teacher, Winnetka Public Schools
avatar for Maureen Miller

Maureen Miller

Director of Technology, The Winnetka Public Schools
Maureen Chertow Miller has been an educator for over 20 years. She started using technology in the classroom when she was student teaching and hasn't looked back. Maureen's eyes are always future-focused, with a vision for using technology to help all students to exceed their learning goals. | | Currently the Director of Technology for The Winnetka Public Schools District 36, Maureen has led initiatives for Google Apps, Web 2.0 focused... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Selgrat

Timothy Selgrat

STEAM/Maker Education, Carleton Washburne School, The Winnetka Public Schools D36
Timothy Selgrat has developed and is currently teaching the student driven, STEAM course Innovation Technology at Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka, Illinois. Prior to coming to District 36, Selgrat was the Technology Director and teacher at his alma mater, Queen of Angels Elementary School for almost a decade, where he strived to integrate 21st-century skills into the classroom. Through his efforts, Selgrat implemented many schoolwide firsts... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

9:00am

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Say goodbye to boring Google Slides presentations. In this workshop, participants will explore the power of Google Slides by using and manipulating images to create interesting and professional presentations. Participants will work in a "sandbox" Slides presentation and be encouraged to play, tinker and explore during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Barraza

Jaime Barraza

Language Programs Coordinator, Highland Park
Jaime has been a part of the NSSD112 Community for the last seven years both as a Dual Language teacher and most recently as the Language Programs Coordinator on the Teaching and Learning Team.
avatar for Stephanie Cardella

Stephanie Cardella

Highland Park
Stephanie proudly serves as Director of School Improvement & Innovation at North Shore School District 112 where she enjoys living in perpetual beta, asking questions and thinking big. In this capacity, Stephanie develops curriculum, leads professional development and supports teachers in their endeavors to create innovative and engaging learning experiences. She has presented and facilitated workshops at the local, state and national level... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2050

9:00am

GForms: From Creation to Customization
Google Forms is a MUST HAVE in your tech integration toolkit. GForms is the perfect solution for quick formative assessments, quizzes and bell ringers to summative assessments like mid-term and semester finals with nine question styles. Upload images, charts, graphs, videos to create forms that asses, collect data, survey and give you an immediate visual presentation of the responses. From the Principal's office to the classroom, to the nurse's office, GForms has a solution to improve your system. This PD provides you with a wide range of tips and tricks that will empower you with the power to access REAL DATA in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas is a premiere leader in CPS district for Ed Tech, period. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in Instructional Technology. She was given the responsibility by her Principal at Bogan to roll out the largest deployment of Chromebooks ever in the District! She is a researcher of technology and loves to find ways to manage the use of the tools as well as reduce loss and theft. Talk with her about... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2060

9:00am

Google Drawing Did That?
This session will cover how to use Google Drawings creatively. Google Drawings is no longer just for Infographics! Create beautiful illustrations that mirror the complexity of photoshop. We will review the user interface, develop some basic drawings, and then kick it up a notch by looking at ways to use Google Drawings creatively. Hands on workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Kenyatta Forbes

Kenyatta Forbes

Chicago Community Manager, Mozilla Foundation


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3005/3010

9:00am

Google Sites for the Classroom
An overview of google sites. Includes how to blog, collaborate and brag about your classroom to the world, or a much smaller audience.

Speakers
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Laura Fenwick

Web Coordinator, Winnetka Public Schools


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2065

9:00am

Paperless Edu
Whether you are teaching a 1:1, integrating some devices, or a building leader. This session focuses on teaching, learning, and leading without using paper. Most tools with revolve around Google products: Classroom, Keep, Drive, Chrome Apps, and Google Add-Ons.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

Information Literacy Coach, Community Consolidated School District 21
Currently, Eric Hansen is an Information Literacy Coach at CCSD21 as well as served as an Integrated Technology teacher and Technology Facilitator for Zion Elementary School District 6. Eric has years of experience in educational technology training, educational leadership, infusing technology within the curriculum, conference presenting, graphic/web development, and technology management. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, SMART... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3030

9:00am

Take Control of Your Gmail Inbox
Overwhelmed when you look at your Inbox?? A Gmail inbox is so much more than a holding area for email. Learn to leverage the difference between Archive and Delete, label your email with action labels, take advantage of Gmail’s powerful search and filter features, and more

Speakers
avatar for Kate Isabelli

Kate Isabelli

Tech Integration Specialist, Community High School District 128
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Donna Warmbold

Data Support Specialist, Community High School District 128


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2045

9:00am

Projects with iPads
Come and learn new apps and projects to integrate into your classroom. We will show you new ways to engage your students using technology.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Cardella

Katie Cardella

Teacher, Aptakisic Tripp District 102
Katie is a first grade teacher at Tripp School in Aptakisic Tripp D102. She has been in D102 for the last nine years both as a first and third grade teacher. She loves integrating technology into the curriculum and is always looking for new ideas.
avatar for Laura Iacullo

Laura Iacullo

Teacher, Aptakisic Tripp District 102
I teach an At-Risk Full Day Kindergarten program at Tripp School in Buffalo Grove. I have been using ipads for students to practice their skills, as well as create projects. I am always looking for unique ways to use technology to enhance learning!


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2055

9:00am

Using an LMS To Proactively Support the Overall Student: A Counselor’s Story
Our high school counselors use a Learning Management System to provide a tiered support system for all students. Counselors create different groups and courses within the LMS to provide support to students transitioning to high school along with study skills and information on college requirements. Counselors and teachers use the LMS as a data-management system and to keep parents connected with their child's academic, social, and emotional well-being.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Sorensen

Keith Sorensen

Technology Coordinator, Fremd High School


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3025

9:00am

How to Build a Makerspace Out of Practically Nothing
Want a makerspace but don't know where to start? Whether in your classroom or in a common area, makerspaces can encourage innovation and creativity. Explore ways to make your own makerspace out of practically nothing. Anybody can host a makerspace ... come learn the ways to make it work for you!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Budrow

Katie Budrow

6th Grade Science Teacher, Caruso Middle School, DPS109
Katie Budrow is a sixth grade science teacher at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois. Before teaching, Katie spent five years doing chemistry work in the labeling industry. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology from UW-Madison. Katie has presented and worked with various school districts on NGSS implementation. In her classroom, the focus is put on project-based learning and bringing real-world science to life.


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3075

9:00am

Kids can code: Computer programming for Kindergarten and up
The morning coding club at Middlefork School allows students to explore computer programming through activities geared towards their grade level (K-3). We will share how we extended Hour of Code to this supplemental coding group. Come hear about (and play with) the same activities our kids are using to learn coding!
Resources added here: http://bitly.com/kidscancodeslides and here: http://bit.ly/kccshared  

Please contact me for any questions or to add something that is missing!  More detailed slides will be in the folder at the "kccshared" bitly link above. 

Speakers
avatar for Jen Gilbert

Jen Gilbert

Teacher
Jen Gilbert is a Learning and Behavior Specialist with her MS in Science Education working on her Early Childhood Technology certification. Jen provides professional development on computer programming and robotics in primary grades along with how to infuse maker education activities into the classroom. She also loves animals and if you ask her about her research on The Science of Flying Dogs™, she will teach you that dogs can fly and physics... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3070

9:00am

Making makers, giving students the tools and opportunities to create.
We'll go over a handful of quick tools that students can use to kick start their creativity from programming and video games to 2D and 3D design. I will also share how students can find those ideas and keep themselves and their ideas organized. Most shares will be free resources.

Speakers
avatar for David Stopps

David Stopps

Technology teacher 6-8, Fremont Middle School 79


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3015

9:00am

Creating and Editing Videos via YouTube
With YouTube, students and teachers have much more than a consumption tool in front of them. Learn how to create, annotate, edit, and share videos using nothing more than YouTube. Explore strategies for utilizing Youtube for both teacher created videos and student projects

Speakers
avatar for Calley O'Neil

Calley O'Neil

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook High Schools Dist. 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2040

9:00am

Digital Storytelling: Get it Write!
Movies, TV shows, commercials, PSA's, coming attractions, YouTube - students understand the language of film and television. Use the writing process to build on the visual grammar we see on a daily basis in movies and TV to create short student videos that communicate effectively and are memorable.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Brennan

Joe Brennan

Creativity & Innovation Specialist, Meridian Middle School
I am a former Spanish teacher, AV/Media coordinator and coach who recently unretired to fill in as Creativity & Innovation Specialist at Meridian Middle School in Buffalo Grove. My Spanish students at Niles West showed me the power of student made videos and I've been a digital storytelling evangelist ever since. I'm also an adjunct instructor in Wilkes University's Instructional Media Program along with serving as CTO for my grandchildren.


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3035

9:00am

Worry Free Resources
Ever wonder where to find great resources for your projects and presentations? This session will introduce you to the concept of Creative Commons licensing, where to find images and sounds you can use for free and how to provide proper attribution for these works!

Speakers
avatar for James Gubbins

James Gubbins

District Technology Coordinator, @JMGubbins
James Gubbins has a passion for technology and education. For the past seventeen years, he has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom. He supports the special education program in his district and enjoys assisting educators helping to bring them into the 21st century. He maintains a blog Zendotous.net that gives succinct and helpful information on useable technology. As the District Technology Coordinator for a High... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3065

9:00am

Identifying Quality Apps, Websites, and Games for Learning
Educators must sift through a sea of digital media to determine what apps, websites, and games are of high quality for student learning. In this session, learn how to discover, use, and integrate the best digital learning products using the free resource Graphite by Common Sense Education. Teachers can find rigorous reviews of learning products, covering a broad range of core academic subjects such as math and ELA, and all products are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Speakers
avatar for James Tieken

James Tieken

STEM/TECH Classroom Teacher - Technology Specialist
Born and raised in Texas, became a teacher and then decided to move to South Korea. While there I became the head teacher of my academy responsible for creating and instilling a 1:1 tablet classroom environment while training new teachers. I moved to Chicago almost a year ago and have stumbled upon my passion in education, help teachers implement technology into their lessons



Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3060

9:00am

BFFs - The Symbiotic Relationship of Tech and Library
Strengthen the relationship between your tech person and your librarian to see huge growth in your staff and students. This interactive presentation gives insight into the ways tech and library support one another. By working together, you can both be better than you could ever be on your own.
Attendees will:
Understand the value of collaboration between technology and librarian roles
Learn specific strategies to promote collaboration
Identify at least one opportunity for collaboration for the current school year.
Presentation Link 
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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson

Technology Facilitator, Glenview School District #34- Westbrook School
avatar for Esther Storrie

Esther Storrie

Glenview 34


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2025

9:00am

Changing Teaching and Learning Through Technology
Today, technology is at the forefront in everything we do. From games, to shopping and how we communicate, technology keeps us learning, productive, and connected. With this, the landscape and purpose of school must change to remain relevant. 21st century skills, communication, collaboration, and authentic learning will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
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Alison Friedman

Information Literacy Coach, Jack London Middle School


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3050

9:00am

Personalized Learning
Giving examples and ideas so that you can make the most of social emotional learning in the classroom by adding individualized choice (with personal meaning) to every student and project.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Paul

Kristen Paul

Associate Principal, District 109
This Fall, Kristen will begin her 12th year in education. Kristen taught English for nine years at Antioch Community High School, was an administrator at Niles North High school for one year and is beginning her second year as an Associate Principal at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield. Kristen earned a BA from Trinity in Secondary Education and earned an MA in Special Education and an MA in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3055

9:00am

Tour of the Student Help Desk
Take the opportunity to visit our Anytime, Anywhere Learning student help desk. We will showcase the room setup and the help desk process. Explain the best practices in running a repair shop. Great time to brainstorm ideas for your own student run help desk. If time permits, we can demonstrate common repairs on Chromebooks.

Speakers
avatar for Abraham Sihweil

Abraham Sihweil

Student Technology & Application Support Specialist, Niles North High School
I started working at Niles North in 1997 as a Science Lab Assistant. With a B.S. in Biology, one with think my adventures in science would continue. But, having the great fortune to work in the Niles Township District, I not only expanded my Education with a M.S. in Teaching, left to teach Middle School, and returned Niles North to be play a major role in our 1:1 program. Our 1:1 program has been successful due to many factors, but the... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Student Help Desk Room 1015

9:00am

Using SOLE (self-organized learning environment) and Maker Philosophy to Empower Students
Empower Students! Invite curiosity, inspire wonder, and ignite deep questioning in your students by adapting SOLE and Maker philosophy as a foundation for students directing their learning. Participants will experience the SOLE framework and discover its unique ability empower students, especially when integrated a Maker philosophy.

Speakers
avatar for Margo Newtown

Margo Newtown

K-4 Information Literacy Instructor, Sheridan Elementary



Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2015

9:00am

Docent.edu : How to make the plain website/document interactive for students
Docentedu.com is a new educational tool used to help make websites and documents interactive for learning. Teachers can embed videos, highlight important vocab, and add insight for the students who need a little more help. Teachers can also add discussion posts and multiple choice questions to check understanding.

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Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3040

9:00am

EDpuzzle: Create Interactive Videos
Make any video in the internet your own ! Learn to use EDpuzzle to create interactive videos with embedded multiple choice or written response questions and audio or text comments. View student responses, scores, time spent and add comments while grading their written work. You can use a video you find on the internet or create your own screencast with Screencastify.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. A recent online publication for AACT showcases the use of Google Drawings in representing the particulate view of matter. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2030

9:00am

Flipping (Out?) in the Middle School Classroom
What are the advantages of flipping a middle school classroom, and what challenges are faced? What technology and formatting is needed in order to keep lessons successful? Tools including EdPuzzle, Screencast-o-matic, and Audacity will be presented.

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Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2020

9:00am

Motivate to Educate
Sharing how to utilize a variety of edtech tools to engage and assess students in fun and meaningful ways that empower students to self-reflect on their learning and want to learn more in the classroom. All of these tools provide meaningful data for teachers to modify lessons and enhance the learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Maslowski

Maggie Maslowski

English Teacher, Joliet West High School
I'm passionate about education and innovative technology. I believe all students have a genius within them and are capable of making a difference in their lives and in the future of our society. Link to My Presentation: https://goo.gl/2VkrZm


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 3020

9:00am

Nearpod Introduction: Amp up engagement with Nearpod
Using slide presentations that you already have, you can amp up the engagement and interaction in the classroom by leveraging Nearpod as a way to engage, enliven, share, and assess. In just a few quick steps, a hum drum presentation turns into your best lesson all year. Nearpod is easy to use, works best in a 1:1 setting, and is cross platform. Your students will be begging for another Nearpod, and you'll be thrilled with the formative and summative data and increased student engagement. This session will be interactive, bring your device and be ready to engage.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schroeder

Shannon Schroeder

8th grade English/Language Arts, Homer CCSD 33C
I love learning about, sharing, and applying new technologies and teaching techniques in the classroom. We can connect on Twitter: @sschroederteach


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2010

9:00am

Twitter Round Up
Twitter basics for beginners. Basic navigation, lingo, and how educators can use Twitter to connect and learn with others, give your students voice, and engage with this great social media tool.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Preis

Megan Preis

Park Ridge - Niles District 64, Park Ridge - Niles District 64
avatar for Allison Sobotka

Allison Sobotka

Instructional Technology, Park Ridge District 64
I am an instructional technology specialist in Park Ridge District 64. Innovative thinking and learning has been on my radar lately. I love learning from and collaborating with other educators looking to improve learning opportunities.


Saturday January 30, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 2070

10:00am

Robotics: Inspiring kids to code!
This year in our IDEA Lab we've introduced three different robotics platforms. Come explore all three and learn what has worked with our elementary age students. You'll walk away with materials to implement your own robotics programs!

Speakers
avatar for Todd Burleson

Todd Burleson

Resource Center Director/Library Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods School
Todd Burleson is a 24 year educator. He has experience in elementary and at the collegiate level. He is currently the Library Media Specialist at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, IL. Presently he is in the process of seeing to fruition a multi-pronged plan at redesigning his traditional library into a learning commons complete with a makerspace and digitial broadcast studio. He is a passionate and energetic educator who is always... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Osburn

Kristin Osburn

Technology Lab Associate, Winnetka Public Schools District 36


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 3070

10:05am

Engaging And Managing Maker Technology
Our ongoing experience with creating a makerspace: challenges we encountered, questions we found answers for and questions we are still trying to answer. Our focus is on engaging, managing, and sustaining student/faculty interest and making the best use of available resources.

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Andy Stone

Middle School Technology Coordinator, Latin School of Chicago


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

10:05am

Middle School Makers
Come explore some of the hands-on materials we're currently using to get kids making and creating in North Shore District 112. We'll have a variety of hands-on materials and examples from our middle school STEM lab. You'll also learn about our 8th grade interest-based Moonshot Projects.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Steinbach

Bill Steinbach

STEM Teacher, Northwood Junior High School
Bill Steinbach is a middle-school STEM teacher and technology leader at Northwood Junior High School in Highland Park. He has presented at both the ICE conference and NICE MiniCon. He currently is involved in the FIRST LEGO League and sponsors Minecraft, programming and broadcasting clubs at his school. In 2013, Bill was selected to be a Siemens STEM Fellow for their annual STEM Institute in Washington, D.C.


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

10:05am

The Chromezone
Bogan Computer Technical is CPS first 1:1 High School where students take their Chromebooks home. The Chromezone is a place for students and staff to go to resolve their Chromebook, applications, email, insurance, and connectivity issues and concerns. The Chromezone is managed by a selective group of students who go through an application and interview process for membership.

Speakers
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas is a premiere leader in CPS district for Ed Tech, period. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in Instructional Technology. She was given the responsibility by her Principal at Bogan to roll out the largest deployment of Chromebooks ever in the District! She is a researcher of technology and loves to find ways to manage the use of the tools as well as reduce loss and theft. Talk with her about... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

10:05am

The Making of a Chrome Tech
Evanston Township High School's ChromeZone provides support for students and staff in our 1:1 initiative before and after school as well as throughout the day. The ETHS ChromeZone is mainly run by students as volunteers and our Information Technology Internship (ITI) classes and it is run as a professional space. The following is a list of some of the services that the ETHS ChromeZone provides:

  • Perform insurance approved basic repairs for student Chromebooks.

  • Perform advanced repairs that are not covered by warranty or for uninsured students

  • Prepare and ship devices for insurance repairs as well as warranty repairs

  • Issue short term daily loaners (to be returned by end of day)

  • Issue long term loaners (to be swapped with original device while undergoing repair)


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Barlow

Jeff Barlow

Spanish Teacher, Evanston Township High School


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Codell Commons - Room 1810

10:05am

Going Paperless: From Paper Heavy to Paperless in One Year
Learn how an ESL teacher used Google Docs in a high school writing workshop setting. The class evolved from binders, folders, and three paper drafts of each essay to a virtually paperless classroom. Students with little computer experience became savvy in working with google docs. Teacher rarely ever visits the copy room! Note:  This is not yet a google classroom. Google docs and Hapara Dashboard are the main online tools.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Payne

Patty Payne

ESL Teacher and Instructional Coach, Evanston Township High School
I am currently an ESL teacher and the World Languages Department Instructional Coach at Evanston Township High School. I have been at ETHS since 1989 and have spent most of my career there working with piles and piles of paper. In the last two years, with the help of Mina Marien (NICE MiniCon Chair), I have moved from a very paper-heavy writing workshop class for my intermediate-level English learners to an almost completely paperless writing... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3035

10:05am

Google Classroom for Beginners
Have you been wanting to try Google Classroom, but just haven’t had time to explore it? Now is the time! In this beginner session, we will set-up your Google classroom while exploring the basic functionality of this amazing product!

Speakers
avatar for Caren Kimbarovsky

Caren Kimbarovsky

Technology Literacy Coach, Libertyville School District 70


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2035

10:05am

Google Docs Intermediate/Advanced
Do you create Google Docs to share with colleagues or with students? Come learn some intermediate/advanced techniques for formatting, collaborating, and sharing. Your Docs represent you! Make them logical and professional.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Mahoney

Alison Mahoney

Instructional Tech Coordinator, CCSD15 Palatine
I love instructional tech! Previously I taught middle school math. With two other coordinators I support 20 schools, 11,000 students, 900 teachers, 5,500 iPads and a Chromebook pilot. We focus on using tech to support demonstration of learning, creation, and productivity. I strive to find ways to support student collaboration and streamline workflow between teachers and students.



Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2065

10:05am

Google Drawings
Learn to use and create interactive Google Drawings templates and graphic organizers or students. Construct "Click and Drag " Venn diagrams, matching items, as well as categorize vocabulary and lab equipment...the sky is the limit! Create a customized image to insert into another file! Most importantly learn to teach your students how to utilize this tool to be a creator in all of their classes!

Speakers
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. A recent online publication for AACT showcases the use of Google Drawings in representing the particulate view of matter. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2030

10:05am

Google “Mail” Merges
Got spreadsheet data? Whether you’ve entered it by hand, imported it from somewhere else, or collected it via a form, you can leverage that data to do so much more using various merging tools available for Google Sheets. Make your spreadsheet data much more usable by merging it to individual Google or PDF documents which can be automatically shared with email addresses in your spreadsheet. Even generate customized emails personalized with data from your spreadsheets.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Isabelli

Kate Isabelli

Tech Integration Specialist, Community High School District 128
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Donna Warmbold

Data Support Specialist, Community High School District 128


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2045

10:05am

Plotting Learning with Google MyMaps
Google My Maps allows users to build, share, and publish custom maps. Learn to use this Drive based app with students, building context and background knowledge across all content areas. Plot locations from fiction and non-fiction texts or build a tour of a location. Build collaborative maps between students, classes, and schools, importing data such as locations, place names, or latitude and longitude. Participants will build a map, learning the tools in this hands-on session.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Hartman

Benjamin Hartman

Instructional Technology Coach, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman is the Instructional Technology Coach at Churchville Middle School, in Elmhurst, Illinois. A veteran 4th/5th grade classroom teacher, he now assists teachers integrate technology as a part of their classroom instruction, builds professional learning opportunities, and connects educators around common goals. Ben is an Edcamp Chicago organizer and Google Certified Educator. You can read his blog at learnturnteach.blogspot.com and follow... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3055

10:05am

Polishing Chrome
This session will cover the basics of Google Chrome and then take a deep dive into how to customize and personalize and streamline your browsing experience with behind the scenes settings, apps and extensions.

Speakers
avatar for James Gubbins

James Gubbins

District Technology Coordinator, @JMGubbins
James Gubbins has a passion for technology and education. For the past seventeen years, he has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom. He supports the special education program in his district and enjoys assisting educators helping to bring them into the 21st century. He maintains a blog Zendotous.net that gives succinct and helpful information on useable technology. As the District Technology Coordinator for a High... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3065

10:05am

Green Screening Made Easy with 1 iPad
Have you ever wanted to learn to green screen but are limited on resources and funding to purchase expensive film equipment? If so, come see how your students can learn to green screen using only 1 iPad or a single iPhone, green construction paper, and the internet (optional). Come ready with an iPad or iPhone to film and shoot your first green screen video! This presentation will be very interactive so come ready to have fun. Attendee's will also leave with tools ready to use in the classroom on Monday.  An iPad or iPhone with the app "Green Screen by Do Ink" ($2.99) is recommended to interact fully with this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Vince Neil

Vince Neil

Central High School District #301
I am an Instructional Technologist at Central High School in District #301 and love everything tech. I was a former High School Social Studies teacher and currently coach Cross Country and Track & Field at Central High School.
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Stacy Nemec

Instructional Technology Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
I am an English teacher, librarian, and now elementary technology support coach. I love learning and helping teachers and students engage in meaningful ways using technology.



Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3005/3010

10:05am

Honest Take on 1:1 iPads
Explore and discuss Middle School 1:1 iPad programs while referencing knowledge learned through Science & Arts Academy's 3rd year of their program.

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Julie Lettner

Technology Coodinator, Science & Arts Academy
Julie has over eight years of educational technology experience in public and private school settings. Prior to this, she had taught math at the middle school level. A degree in elementary education and a Masters in Technology in Education have served her well. Within her current position as Technology Coordinator at Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines, she has many duties including the supervision and management of the middle school 1:1... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3025

10:05am

Using Canvas in Middle School
I will share my journey of being the first person in my school district to being a driving force for Canvas in the district. I'll discuss how I use Canvas in my middle school classes. This presentation will go over the basics of setting up classes to tracking students in the program.

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Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3030

10:05am

Family Coding Celebration
We host a popular Family Coding Celebration during Hour of Code week. It’s open to all our students (PreK-12) and their families. I will discuss how we plan and promote the event, and give participants a chance to complete the activities. If you’d like to do a coding event at your school, or just want to try some basic coding activities, come to this session! Slides: http://bit.ly/NICECoding 

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Shutters

Elizabeth Shutters

Coordinator of Ed Tech, Roycemore School


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2020

10:05am

Lost in Makerspace
Ever wonder what this whole Makerspace thing is? Wonder how can you buy or ask for all these expensive items? Wonder how does this fit in my classroom? Well these are all good questions that participants will be able to walk away from this session with. We will look at what Makerspaces are about, some funding sources, but mostly looking at items that you can use in your classroom. We will be focusing on low cost Maker items that should be easy to get and allows for more students to have access. Also we will look at items that can be used at almost all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Mike McGowan

Mike McGowan

President, ICE Chip
Mike is the Technology Director for Morris School District 54. Mike is also the ICE Chip President and PD Chair for ICE. Mike has been working in the field of educational technology for the past 12 years, being a teacher, tech dir, and building administrator. Mike has also presented on various Ed Tech topics across the globe at different conferences and workshops.


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3015

10:05am

Demystifying Microphones and Audio: An Introduction
It is easier than ever to make a great video, but how can you improve your audio? By learning a little bit about microphones, microphone placement, accessories, and software, you can take your videos to the next level. Computer and iPad audio recording scenarios will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Meltzer

Jason Meltzer

Technology Teacher and Coach, Oak Grove School District #68
I teach 6-8 Digital Media Arts. I am also a technology coach.



Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2025

10:05am

Creating Authentic, Global Projects through Literacy
In order to be prepared for our global community, students need to be exposed to global issues, develop cultural tolerance and awareness, and gain a general sense of connectivity across the globe. Using the literacy classroom to develop these skills provides students with a real-world approach to improving their reading and writing abilities while increasing their global competency and preparing them for an ever evolving, interconnected world.

Link to Google slides presentation 

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3050

10:05am

Diving into PBL: Getting Started with Project-Based Learning
Want to get started with PBL but don't know where to begin? Explore the basic elements of a project-based classroom, learn different ways projects can be implemented, and discover different ways to publish projects to the community. Bring your ideas, and be ready to work!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Budrow

Katie Budrow

6th Grade Science Teacher, Caruso Middle School, DPS109
Katie Budrow is a sixth grade science teacher at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, Illinois. Before teaching, Katie spent five years doing chemistry work in the labeling industry. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology from UW-Madison. Katie has presented and worked with various school districts on NGSS implementation. In her classroom, the focus is put on project-based learning and bringing real-world science to life.


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3075

10:05am

Engaging Ways For Students To Demonstrate Knowledge of History and Culture
Are you looking for innovative ways to test student knowledge of history and various cultural perspectives? Are you interested in pairing technology with these assessments? Then, this workshop is for you! English, History, World Language teachers, etc. are often meant with the task of assessing students on past cultures and experiences; yet, with the variety of technological options, teachers might feel overwhelmed with how to incorporate these tools into student-created projects. Therefore, this workshop is designed to present several apps that provide engaging, creative, and thoughtful ways to test student knowledge in areas of history, culture, English, and more. Apps on both iPad and Android platform will be presented. While this workshop derives from the experience of a World Language teacher, the content is not limited to foreign language teachers. All disciplines are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Vastardis

Alexandra Vastardis

5th and 6th Grade Latin Teacher, Highcrest Middle School


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2010

10:05am

GAME ON… A Beginners Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom
Beginner gamers will learn how to create a classroom model where students use great student skills and team work to earn points, learn to level up and unlock bonuses. This make-and-take session will provide the tools and time for beginning gamers to create the foundation of their own classroom gamifcation system.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Baughcum

Carrie Baughcum

6/7/8 Extended Resource Teacher, Arlington Heights School District 25
I am Carrie Baughcum. I am a self described inspiration junkie, idea sharer, learning enthusiast and most of all a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how. I am the mother to two daughters, 8 and 10 years old. At home I encourage my daughters to explore, learn and try anything they their imagination can think up. I am also the 6th, 7th and 8th grade Extended Resource Special Education teacher in... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2015

10:05am

Tech Leader & The Student Help Desk
Our D219 Tech Leaders will discuss working in a 1:1 student help desk environment. They will explain their roles, help desk procedures, and customer service skills. They will discuss their involvement with the Digital Literacy Program and troubleshooting application issues with student peers. The Tech Leaders will demonstrate that a student led help desk is an imperative solution when it comes to a 1:1 mobile device environment when it comes to cost effectiveness as well as the ability to understand the students needs when device problems are brought in, as they are using the same devices in a similar manner daily.

Speakers
avatar for Abraham Sihweil

Abraham Sihweil

Student Technology & Application Support Specialist, Niles North High School
I started working at Niles North in 1997 as a Science Lab Assistant. With a B.S. in Biology, one with think my adventures in science would continue. But, having the great fortune to work in the Niles Township District, I not only expanded my Education with a M.S. in Teaching, left to teach Middle School, and returned Niles North to be play a major role in our 1:1 program. Our 1:1 program has been successful due to many factors, but the... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Student Help Desk Room 1015

10:05am

The 4 C’s and Google Classroom
Communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are skills that 21st century learners need to be prepared for a global society. Explore and experience strategies for leveraging Google Classroom, Google Apps, and other web-based tools to build a digital course space that encourages building the 4 C’s with students in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Calley O'Neil

Calley O'Neil

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook High Schools Dist. 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2040

10:05am

e­Publishing with iBooks Author
Learn the basics of creating a multi­touch electronic book using iBooks Author. Embed Keynote presentations, photo galleries, quizzes and more.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Cardella

Katie Cardella

Teacher, Aptakisic Tripp District 102
Katie is a first grade teacher at Tripp School in Aptakisic Tripp D102. She has been in D102 for the last nine years both as a first and third grade teacher. She loves integrating technology into the curriculum and is always looking for new ideas.


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2055

10:05am

Keepin’ It Real(time) - Presentation and Real-Time Assessment with Pear Deck
Bring the classroom to life with interactive presentations! Pear Deck combines presentation and real-­time assessment tools into one integrated solution. Teachers share their interactive lessons and students respond to “checks for understanding” through any device. They can track student results on an individual and group basis. Pear Deck lives in the cloud and is deeply integrated with Google, so you spend less time administering and more time engaging your learners!

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Wickham

Jeremy Wickham

Instructional Technology Coach, Lincolnwood School District 74
Jeremy Wickham has eight years of experience integrating technology into the classroom. He enjoys helping students from all backgrounds learn the 21st Century skills to make them successful in school and beyond. He works as an Instructional Technology Coach for Lincolnwood School District 74 helping teachers utilize the 1:1 iPad program. He previously assisted in the successful implementation of a school-wide 1:1 program using Google Chromebooks... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3020

10:05am

More Ways to Gamify your Class
You've probably heard of Kahoot!, but have you tried the OTHER educational games that also motivate your students to learn and compete in class? I'll share some of these lesser known games, such as: Quizizz, Quizalize, Prodigy Game, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hagedorn

Scott Hagedorn

5th Grade Teacher, Will County School District 92


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 3040

10:05am

Using Seesaw to Capture Student Success
Seesaw, the learning journal, crosses language barriers and empowers students & teachers to capture learning with photos, videos, drawings, audio, and digital creations. Students can self-reflect, comment, and share their work with each other as well as parents to create a collaborative learning experience.

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Lissa Blake

Technology Integration Coach, Maercker School District 60


Saturday January 30, 2016 10:05am - 10:55am
Room 2050

11:10am

Educating without Boundaries...Learning without Limits: Learning Spaces Matter!
For the past few years, Lake Forest Schools have been transforming learning spaces to benefit their students and teachers. Come learn about our process, successes, and the things we'd do differently. We'll talk curricular connections, MakerSpaces, and student empowerment. Big budget and low budget examples for K-12 will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Epcke

Judith Epcke

Director of Instructonal Tech and Learning Spaces, Lake Forest District 67
avatar for Patti Fleser

Patti Fleser

Teacher Librarian, Deer Path Middle School
“Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don't ever piss one off. ” ― Spider Robinson Always trying to recapture her youth!
avatar for Corey Holmer

Corey Holmer

Educational Technologist, Lake Forest High School SD 115
Corey Holmer is a Google Certified Innovator and authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer who leverages educational technologies to engage all learners. Corey has been recognized by the ISTE organization as the 2015 Outstanding Young Educator for his work in coaching and integrating technology into the classroom. Most recently Corey became a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, helping students spread their big ideas. Corey supports district... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Juliano

Jimmy Juliano

Educational Technologist/English Teacher, Lake Forest Community High School SD 115
I'm a TED-Ed Innovative Teacher, Google Certified Innovator and Google for Education Trainer. By day I'm an Educational Technologist and English Teacher for Lake Forest High School, and by night I'm furiously outlining and writing new stories (I'm really into urban legends and folklore). Talk to me about TEDx, TED-Ed, Google Apps, writing, and movies. Cheers!
avatar for Margo Newtown

Margo Newtown

K-4 Information Literacy Instructor, Sheridan Elementary


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Codell Commons - Room 1810

11:10am

IWitness: Teaching with Virtual Testimonies
Teachers will learn about the contents of IWitness and think of ways it connects to current units they may be already be teaching.

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Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Codell Commons - Room 1810

11:10am

Start a TED-Ed Club at Your School!
Students in TED-Ed clubs meet regularly to discuss, pursue and present their big ideas in the form of short “TED-style Talks.” If you have ever seen a TEDTalk, you will understand the power and significance of this affiliation. In addition, exceptional student ideas may potentially be featured at the annual TEDYouth conference or TEDxYouth events. Learn how to start a club at your school. Club cycle is approx. 13 weeks and is suitable for middle school to high school students.

Speakers
avatar for Charlene Chausis

Charlene Chausis

Creativity & Innovation Specialist for Mobile Pedagogy, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD 102
Passionate about educating educators, and promoting the learning of adults in schools. | (Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, Discovery Star Educator). | Excited for the opportunity to share and learn in TX!


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Codell Commons - Room 1810

11:10am

What a 21st Century Learning Space Looks Like
Come and see what Bannockburn School did to revamp our collaborative learning space. Learn about the steps and how to utilize a new, 21st century learning environment along with implementing STEM-like features.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Garneau

Kathy Garneau

Library Media Specialist/STEM Facilitator, Bannockburn School
avatar for Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Technology Integration Specialist, Bannockburn School
My name is Liz and I'm the technology coach and STEM teacher at my school/district. I love learning about new technology tools and applications to implement into the K-8th grade classroom along with connecting with other educators. I'm currently in grad school for Educational Technology and just finished my Level 1 Google Certification for Educators.


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Codell Commons - Room 1810

11:10am

Follow a Google Form Project from Start to Finish
Really put Google Forms to work for you. We will take a project that we have actually done and show it to you from start to finish. We’ll start with tips on what makes an effective form, then collect data using the form. Next we will merge the data into a formatted document that can be stored in a folder or emailed to recipients. We will also discuss tips on how to effectively work with the data on the spreadsheet.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Isabelli

Kate Isabelli

Tech Integration Specialist, Community High School District 128
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Donna Warmbold

Data Support Specialist, Community High School District 128


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2045

11:10am

G-WTTW: Google Writing Tools That Work
Voice to Text - Students who are typing challenged can dictate their text right into a Google Doc. With a few simple commands, students can express THEIR ideas freely.
Research Tools - Students will search smart, cite, and obtain the correct bibliographical information for their writing format, MLA, APA, etc... all with in their Google Doc.
Google Keep - Note taking the easy way! Students can take notes in a variety of formats; text, image, etc.. Unlike your post-it's, your Google Keep Notes are always available anywhere, on any device.
Texthelp Highlighting Tools - Teach students to read and highlight evidence that supports their claims when developing an argument centered writing.

Speakers
avatar for Taneesha A Thomas

Taneesha A Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas is a premiere leader in CPS district for Ed Tech, period. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a masters degree in Instructional Technology. She was given the responsibility by her Principal at Bogan to roll out the largest deployment of Chromebooks ever in the District! She is a researcher of technology and loves to find ways to manage the use of the tools as well as reduce loss and theft. Talk with her about... Read More →


G WTTW pdf

Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2060

11:10am

Google Classroom Intermediate
As an Instructional Technology Coordinator in a large K-8 district I have the privilege to work with many teachers and administrators who use Google Classroom with both students and colleagues. I have seen great ideas and learned some pitfalls to avoid!

Speakers
avatar for Alison Mahoney

Alison Mahoney

Instructional Tech Coordinator, CCSD15 Palatine
I love instructional tech! Previously I taught middle school math. With two other coordinators I support 20 schools, 11,000 students, 900 teachers, 5,500 iPads and a Chromebook pilot. We focus on using tech to support demonstration of learning, creation, and productivity. I strive to find ways to support student collaboration and streamline workflow between teachers and students.


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2065

11:10am

17 iPad Tips for Teachers by Teachers
You have an iPad, now what? Learn some simple tips and tricks for managing student and teacher iPads in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Heller

Justin Heller

Technology Support Coordinator, The Winnetka Public Schools


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2055

11:10am

Collaborative Activities for iPads and More!
Learn about how you can have students collaborating in your classroom with iPads and more. You will see examples of how students in my 5th grade class learn via blogging, videochatting, writing, screencasting, and podcasting. The amount of iPads in your class doesn't matter, it's how your students collaborate with the ones you do have! Appropriate for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hagedorn

Scott Hagedorn

5th Grade Teacher, Will County School District 92


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3040

11:10am

Canvas as Your LMS
Has your school moved to or will be moving to Canvas as a learning management system? Do you want to see how Canvas is used in everyday instruction? Then come to this interactive session on how to create assignments, quizzes, discussion boards, and grade efficiently using Canvas. Also, you will see how students can submit content digitally, including presentations, docs, video's, etc. in Canvas. Learn how Canvas can flip your classroom and take the first steps toward going paperless. Please bring a laptop to access Canvas and learn by doing in this interactive presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Vince Neil

Vince Neil

Central High School District #301
I am an Instructional Technologist at Central High School in District #301 and love everything tech. I was a former High School Social Studies teacher and currently coach Cross Country and Track & Field at Central High School.
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Technolgist, CCUSD 301
I am an Instructional Technologist for our K-5 teachers and students. Prior to this position, I taught 5th grade for 10 years. Technology has always been an important factor in my classroom. I love helping our teachers implement technology into their classrooms.



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3005/3010

11:10am

Schoology in the Music Classroom
Assesments, technology, homework, and exit slips in the music classroom? No problem! Participants will have an opportunity to engage in several musical activities using Schoology from a student’s perspective, as well as learn how to create and share resources from the teacher’s perspective. You will leave the session with ready-made music resources (SMART Board files, worksheets, listening activities, and assessments) to help begin your Schoology journey as early as the following day. Although this session will focus on music resources, it can be applied to any content area!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Banas

Amy Banas

Music Teacher, Hoffman Elementary School



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3030

11:10am

Elementary Makerspace and the Curriculum Day: Everyone as Makers
Makerspaces have been popping up in schools and libraries around the country but most take place outside of the school day. What if Makerspace was part of the curriculum day so everyone could participate-students, teachers, parents, administrators?What if Makerspace was aligned to curriculum standards and still allowed the freedom to engineer, create and collaborate? What if this all happened at the elementary level? Can Makerspace be experienced this way? Come hear how our schools are 'making' it happen!

Speakers
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Penny Jack

Instructional Technology/Info Literacy Coach, Wheeling CC School Dist. 21
avatar for Laurie Stanley

Laurie Stanley

Information Literacy Coach, Tarkington School
This is my first year creating a Makerspace. I am very excited about it but I have a lot to learn! I am trying to figure out how to best use my limited funds to purchase materials and looking for ideas to accumulate consumable materials for free.
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Jill Ziegler

Instructional Technology/Info Literacy Coach, Wheeling CC School Dist. 21



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2025

11:10am

Make It!: Creating a Makerspace in a Middle or High School
The Maker Movement is here! Are you ready to transform learning in your classroom or library through creative and enjoyable hands-on experiences? This session will give an overview of the Maker Movement and makerspaces as well as provide ideas and resources to help you get started.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Trudeau

Andrea Trudeau

Library Information Specialist, Shepard Middle School/Deerfield District 109
Andrea Trudeau is a NBCT and 18-year veteran in education with a variety of teaching roles at Shepard Middle School in Deerfield District 109. Most recently, she became the school's library information specialist and hit the ground running in order to transform the school library into a lively learning commons. She is passionate about literacy, project-based learning, digital tools and resources, and makerspaces. She was fortunate to be invited... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3015

11:10am

Rookies to Veterans- Lego League
Thinking about starting up a Lego League in your school or district? We will share our journey from team creation to final competition phase. Learn how to program an EV3 robot, about the components of competition, and feel ready to use Lego robotics in your school (and possibly... start your own team).

Speakers
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Nina Espinos

EL Teacher, School District 23
avatar for Kelly Funk

Kelly Funk

4th Grade Teacher, District 23
4th Grade Teacher at District 23 in Prospect Heights. Love tech and working with students to make curriculum interactive and fun.


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3025

11:10am

STEMified Stories
STEMify stories through Novel Engineering! Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy. Students begin by reading a book and discussing problems encountered by the characters.
At some point, either during reading or upon completion of the book, the students design something that they can build in the classroom that will solve one of the problems in the book. Come see how we've implemented STEM challenges tied to literature in our Learning Commons' MakerSpace!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Kolod

Lauren Kolod

K-4 Technology Teacher, Central School, Wilmette School District 39
avatar for Barbara Ungar

Barbara Ungar

Library/Media Teacher, Central Elementary School
Barbara Ungar, NBCT is a Library Media Teacher at Central Elementary School in Wilmette, IL. Barbara is a regional trainer in IIM (Independent Investigation Method of Research), a Google Apps Trainer, and a frequent presenter at local and state conferences. Her article, "Revising Research" was featured in School Library Monthly. Her third grade project "A Day in the Neighborhood" won the inaugural ALA Sara Jaffarian Award for Exemplary Humanities... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3070

11:10am

Ten Steps to a Science Lab Xylophone
You will leave this "music meets STEM" lesson with the tools to recreate a music/science lab lesson that meets Standards in music, math, science and technology. Differentiated for a variety of learners, this cooperative lesson can be tailored to the equipment at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Simon

Gail Simon

Middle School Music Teacher, Aptakisic Trip District 102
I am a Middle School Music Teacher and Choral Director in Aptakisic Tripp District 102 in Buffalo Grove. I have over 30 years experience in music education, having worked in both public and private school, in formal and informal educational settings, with children, teens and adults. Having managed a private piano studio for many years, I also enjoy serving as an accompanist in our district. My current passion in the classroom is the... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3055

11:10am

YouTube Editor : Create Your Own Videos with Ease!
Become a creator rather than just a consumer of YouTube videos. Learn how easy it is to create, annotate, edit, and share videos. Explore strategies for utilizing Youtube for both teacher created videos and student projects. Bring your own video clips to put together a video in this hands-on-session.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Sabatello

Tina Sabatello

Chemistry Teacher, Maine East Township High School
Tina Sabatello has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL since 1992. She also has taught at the community college level, served as an SAT II Chemistry Test Developer and published a study guide for AP Chemistry. A recent online publication for AACT showcases the use of Google Drawings in representing the particulate view of matter. As a Google for Education Certified Trainer, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2030

11:10am

Digital Citizenship Games and Interactives for Students
As young people participate in digital spaces, they need guidance in how to participate safely and ethically. In this session, learn about nonprofit Common Sense Education’s free digital citizenship interactives and games for students: Digital Passport (grades 3-5), Digital Compass (grades 6-8), and Digital Bytes (grades 7-12). Students practice with decision-making, perspective-taking,and reflecting on their own participation in digital spaces. See how you can engage students with these interactives to teach digital citizenship skills, and how you can combine with instruction from Common Sense’s free Digital Literacy & Citizenship curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen McDonough

Kathleen McDonough

Teacher, Winnetka Public Schools


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2050

11:10am

Problem-Based Authentic Learning: Real, Meaningful Instruction Connected to Standards
With today’s technological tools, it is easier than ever for students to be empowered to solve problems by creating real products for real audiences, both locally and globally. We will discuss how to standards to create problem-based units and demonstrate how authentic learning can be used to naturally motivate students

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Crowley

Tracy Crowley

Information Literacy Specialist, Wheeling CCSD21
Tracy Crowley is an instructional leader with a passion for deep student engagement, student directed learning, and innovative instructional practices. She has experience with elementary, middle school, staff development, and administrative experiences. Currently, Tracy is the district-wide Information Literacy Specialist, integrating technology and curriculum across Pre-K through eighth grade. Tracy enjoys learning new things and pushing the... Read More →
avatar for Sandy Mills

Sandy Mills

Information Literacy Coach, Community Consolidated School District 21



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3050

11:10am

Reinventing your classroom by flipping it!
Give students control of your class! Learn tips on how to exercise the flipped model and how to empower students to take ownership in their own learning. See how the flipped classroom leads to different ways to assess students. 

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Humphreys

Kirk Humphreys

TAP Math Teacher, Caruso Middle School, Deerfield #109
Kirk Humphreys is a TAP (gifted) mathematics teacher at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, IL. He has been teaching for 14 years. As an educator, Kirk prides himself in being an innovator and is constantly reinventing his math classroom. His classroom is a “flipped classroom” and gives the control of his classroom to the students. Students take control of their education. In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Kirk has worked for the... Read More →



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2020

11:10am

Scaffolding Digital Citizenship Through Google Classroom
Struggling to find ways to seamlessly integrate digital citizenship into an already jam packed curriculum? Learn how to scaffold skills for appropriate, responsible behavior in a digital an online environment using Google Classroom. With Classroom teachers can manage and monitor student participation in a digital course space and guide students into participating in a more public online community outside of the “walled garden” of Google Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Calley O'Neil

Calley O'Neil

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson

Instructional Technology Trainer, Glenbrook High Schools Dist. 225
Stephanie Olson and Calley O'Neil are Instructional Technology Trainers at the Glenbrook High Schools District #225. They assist teachers in planning and implementing instructional uses of technology in the classroom. They also work with the Instructional Technology team to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on instructional strategies for teaching and learning. They enjoy instructing others on how best to use... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2040

11:10am

Using Technology to Check for Understanding
3D in Danielson's framework is "Using Assessment in Instruction". How can teachers integrate checks for understanding seamlessly into a lesson? We will explore several tools, such as GoSoapbox, PollEverywhere, Zaption, Quizzizz, and more. BYOD (Bring your own device)!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Gressel

Rachel Gressel

World Languages/ Bilingual Department Chair, Evanston Township High School
I am a former Spanish teacher, current department chair. I love organizing events (hence, Connections Conference) and look forward to a great day connecting with colleagues. By the way, how cute is my puppy Maisie?!?!
avatar for Qamile Sulejmani

Qamile Sulejmani

Spanish Teacher, Evanston Township High School
My name is Qamile Sulejmani, pronounced Cha-me-le Su-le-mani. I am a Spanish teacher at Evanston Township High School. I enjoy collaborating and sharing ideas with other educators to add to my bag of tricks! As educators, we are each others best resources and I am grateful for any opportunity I have to share and learn.
avatar for Kathleen Sullivan

Kathleen Sullivan

Spanish Teacher, Evanston Township High School
I teach Spanish at ETHS and love using Google docs, slides and Teacher Dashboard to engage my students. In addition, I use many online tools to check for understanding and formative assessments. I am always willing to try out new technology in my classroom and am flexible.



Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3060

11:10am

Using Technology to Develop and Engage Readers
We will discuss various ways to use technology to further engage students as they learn how to become lifelong readers and authors.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Klepper

Mary Klepper

Instructional Coach, Deerfield School District 109


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3035

11:10am

Web Literacies in the Classroom
Introduction to Teach Like Mozilla
Bringing web literacy to the regular classroom.
What is web literacy?
Modeling web literacy
Introducing simple literacy standards into the regular classroom
Connecting to others and learning more

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy

Technology Professional Developer, Nippersink District 2
Brendan Murphy earned his master’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern University in 2000. Original plans to be a high school math teacher were sidelined by the joy of learning at the elementary grades. Since that time Brendan has continued to grow and learn in his profession both formally and informally. For many years he had a gifted cluster of students in his fourth grade classroom while he studied differentiation of gifted... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2015

11:10am

Stop Skimming. Start Learning. Interactive Reading with Actively Learn
Actively Learn is a digital platform that helps teachers engage their students in reading. Scaffolding, peer learning, and assessment come together inside a text, exactly when students want help and need motivation. Students think more, write more, and collaborate when reading all while teachers can customize instruction and better understand student struggles. This reading platform makes it easy for schools to engage their students with interactive texts, share digital curriculum, and diagnose “the why” behind student performance. Teachers create assignments using one of thousands of texts available to them, or by pulling in your own PDFs, Google Docs, and web articles you can teach exactly the content you want. Students answer the questions presented to them and receive feedback in real time. Actively Learn integrates with your favorite Google tools, allowing you to import content directly from Drive, Import rosters from Classroom, and Sign in with Google Apps for Education accounts.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Wickham

Jeremy Wickham

Instructional Technology Coach, Lincolnwood School District 74
Jeremy Wickham has eight years of experience integrating technology into the classroom. He enjoys helping students from all backgrounds learn the 21st Century skills to make them successful in school and beyond. He works as an Instructional Technology Coach for Lincolnwood School District 74 helping teachers utilize the 1:1 iPad program. He previously assisted in the successful implementation of a school-wide 1:1 program using Google Chromebooks... Read More →


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3020

11:10am

Vocabulary Retention with Help from Technology!
Do your students struggle with learning unit vocabulary? Are you in search of a variety of technological tools designed to help your students retain vocabulary from past units? Then this workshop is for you! Specifically for World Language teachers, this is a problem we struggle with every year in every class. Therefore, this workshop is designed to present several activities that teach, practice, and maintain unit vocabulary. Activities on the iPad and online tools will be presented which can be used for both classroom and homework activities. As well, audience members will see how the Schoology platform can be incorporated into this focus. While this workshop derives from the experience of a World Language teacher, the content is not limited to foreign language teachers. All disciplines are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Vastardis

Alexandra Vastardis

5th and 6th Grade Latin Teacher, Highcrest Middle School


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 2010

11:10am

Writing Fun with Night Zoo Keeper and Kidblog
Get your kids excited about writing using the Night Zoo Keeper website! It is an International website that is aligned to the common core. It has an assessment tool and allows for teacher/ user comments. Use the friendly competition format along with the game component to inspire your children to write stories, reports, poetry, explanations, letters, play scripts, etc. Connect with other classrooms around the world using other websites like Kidblog! Let's inspire and engage our children to become excited about writing!

Speakers
avatar for Heather Glass

Heather Glass

2nd Grade, Wilmot Elementary School
avatar for Kelli Pottinger

Kelli Pottinger

2nd Grade Teacher, Wilmot Elementary


Saturday January 30, 2016 11:10am - 12:00pm
Room 3075

12:15pm

Keynote: Islands & Teachers & Trains (Oh My)
Join us as Sean Crevier takes us on his journey-ride to connectedness. As educators and professionals, Sean shows us why we need to:
• Not Be Fine
• Get Off “Teacher Island”
• Eat More Often
• Learn To Drive
• Do What Sheldon Would Do
• Build Tracks To Nowhere

Speakers
avatar for Sean Crevier

Sean Crevier

Business Ed Teacher / Tech Coach, Vernon Hills H.S.
Accounting and Financial Education. Ed-Tech Integration. TED Talks. @GetUpLiving. Golf. Outdoors. Eating.


Saturday January 30, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium

1:00pm

Announcements & Raffle
Speakers
avatar for Mina Marien

Mina Marien

Instructional Technology Specialist, Latin Teacher, Evanston Township High School
I am the Instructional Technology Specialist at Evanston Township High School, where I previously taught Latin for five years. I enjoy working with teachers and students to leverage technology in ways that can redefine learning. I am also a Google Education Trainer and co-chair for the 2016 NICE MiniCon.
avatar for Megan Preis

Megan Preis

Park Ridge - Niles District 64, Park Ridge - Niles District 64
avatar for Allison Sobotka

Allison Sobotka

Instructional Technology, Park Ridge District 64
I am an instructional technology specialist in Park Ridge District 64. Innovative thinking and learning has been on my radar lately. I love learning from and collaborating with other educators looking to improve learning opportunities.


Saturday January 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Auditorium

1:30pm

After Party
Come enjoy pizza, build your PLN, network with attendees, and practice your new skills! Additional items will be raffeled during this time. Don't miss out! The After Party is sponsored by Common Sense Media.


Saturday January 30, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
East Cafeteria - Room 1705