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Saturday, January 30
 

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

Administrator, Distinctive Schools


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 Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas, a CPS Ones to Watch 2016 winner, is a premiere leader in the CPS district for Ed Tech. She is a two time graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology. In 2014, Taneesha successfully rolled out the... Read More →



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

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

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Diamond Lake School District 76
Instructional Technology Coordinator who has served for several years as classroom teacher, technology facilitator, and informational literacy coach. Mr Hansen has many years of experience in educational technology management, conference presenting, edtech coaching, training as a... 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

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
Caren Kimbarovsky has been teaching for over twenty-three years, sixteen of those years in the technology field. Currently, she is a Technology Literacy Coach at Libertyville School District 70. She has had the opportunity to implement technology in grades K-8 in all subject areas... Read More →


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... Read More →



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. Her online publication for AACT showcases... 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 Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman

Instructional Coach, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman connects teachers to empowering ideas and resources, bringing engaging learning to students. A classroom teacher for 13 years, Ben is now Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and authentic integration of... 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, Maine Township High School District 207
James Gubbins has been on the forefront of implementing technology in the classroom. He maintains the blog zenodotus.net which gives succinct, helpful information on useable technology and explores current trends in educational design and pedagogy. As the District Technology Coordinator... Read More →


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

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 Thomas

Taneesha Thomas

Digital Learning Coordinator, Chicago Public School/ Bogan High School
Taneesha Thomas, a CPS Ones to Watch 2016 winner, is a premiere leader in the CPS district for Ed Tech. She is a two time graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology. In 2014, Taneesha successfully rolled out the... 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... Read More →


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