Research indicates that digital storytelling improves critical thinking, creativity and engagement. This powerful instruction and assessment strategy can be used across the curriculum and at all grade levels. In this session you will learn to combine best practice with one of the numerous digital resources that can facilitate the process and help drive engagement. Walk away with ideas about how this strategy can best be merged into your curriculum as well as a plethora of digital resources that can be used for digital storytelling.
Bill is an eLearning Coach whose professional interests exist at the intersection of education, technology, and psychology. He is passionate about applying the theories of neuroeducation, technology, psychology and education to the goal of every student passionately engaged with rigorous and meaningful work and achieving at high levels. Bill believes in the power of technology to engage students and create new possibilities, and in the importance of developing students’ 21st century skills. He has over 15 years of classroom experience and was the 2006 Outstanding High School Educator for Vanderburgh County. Bill left the classroom to become an eLearning Coach, a position he held for the past 7 years. Currently he is a doctoral candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology degree with an emphasis on integrating technology, learning, and psychology. He has a supportive wife Jeneen and wonderful son Zander.
What is it like to be a student in your class? What outcomes are possible when we use video to inform our instruction? Join us as we explore the possibilities that arise when we see ourselves through the eyes of our students. Tap into your growth mindset by setting some meaningful goals that will impact the change that YOU want to see and that your students will appreciate.
Jeanne Schwartz and Chelsea Fleming are Instructional Coaches in the Center Grove Community School Corporation in Greenwood, IN. Their Thelma and Louise approach to risk-taking and exploring new avenues in teaching will inspire others to reexamine their own practices within their classrooms.
This session will focus on tools that can be used daily in any primary classroom. Some tools will work best in a 1:1 environment but others will still work with only a teacher device.
Katie Graves has been a second grade teacher for 9 years, 4 of which have been in a 1:1 iPad classroom.
Google Suite creates wonderful opportunities for learners to unleash their creativity. This session will provide participants with practical, yet innovative methods of using the GSuite to bring out the innovative genius in our students. Participants will learn how to use Slides, Sheets, Drawings, Hangouts, and Docs to inspire students to improve their Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity and prepare them to be Future Ready.
Matt is a classroom teacher that is passionate about educational technology and equipping teachers with tips and tools to transform learning opportunities in their classrooms. He is a Google Certified Educator, Apple Teacher, CK-12 Certified Educator, and a Certified Brain Pop Educator.
What is a Makerspace? It is a place for anyone, in particular students, to come and tinker, create, learn new skills or just utilize equipment. Over the last 2 years, I have started implementing a Makespace at my Jr/Sr high school. It is still in its infancy. However, I have put lots of time into research, writing grants and visiting existing Makerspaces to help me reach my vision of what we want our Makerspace to not only look like but what are goals are of having a Makerspace in our school. In this session, I will present what a Makerspace is, how you can start one in your school, why you should start one in your school as well as discuss roadblocks I have encountered and how I have overcome those. I also welcome anyone who has already been involved in Makerspaces to hold an open discussion of issues they are encountering or ideas they have to improve Makerspaces.
Jo Ann has taught science for 25 years and most recently robotics for the last 3. Over the past 2 years she has started a Makerspace in her jr-sr high school. She has lived in Clinton for the last 20 years with her husband and 3 boys. Jo Ann has always been a huge supporter of STEM/STEAM careers especially getting girls interested in those fields.
Are you needing that push toward implementing a STEM curriculum in your class or maybe school-wide? If so, this session is for you! Listen to the journey of a normal classroom teacher and be inspired to take the chances that could lead you to a whole new teaching experience. From K-8, discover over 20 STEM projects that can be used to transform your class and begin arming students with the 21st-century skills necessary to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. Exciting and engaging, this session will change your outlook on teaching and your view of how STEM can be used in your class.
Chad began teaching in 2003. In the fall of 2014, Chad was selected by the Indiana Department of Education as one of 25 teachers to be on a STEM curriculum writing team that wrote lessons utilizing new technology in the classroom. Through this experience he met his fellow EdTech Heroes. And through EdTech Heroes, Chad has found a new passion. This new passion is sharing his techniques and educational ideology with fellow educators. He is a Google Level 2 Certified Educator and lists as his superpowers blending meaningful technology into his classroom, STEM education, energizing students through project based learning, and ridding the world of boring professional development one conference at a time. Chad has presented at over 20 conference around the state of Indiana including ICE, HECC, Matt Miller’s Ditch that Conference and recently was chosen to teach STEM in China in the summer of 2018. He is the founder of Wabash Valley Maker’s Fest which is a STEM conference for students and educators in his area of the state.
I’m a teacher. I have the 3R’s, the 4C’s, and everything else on my plate. Why (and how) do I need to teach Digital Citizenship? Nine essential elements of Digital Citizenship (Mike Ribble) have emerged over time, and each of them is critical to understanding and navigating our digital world. We will discuss each of the nine elements and their impact on the lives of our students.
Robbie Grimes believes that to be successful, learners must have the knowledge to use and the ability to choose the most relevant resources when it comes to learning. And high quality professional development and training is key to that success. A champion for all things EdTech, Robbie has spent the past 20 years as a classroom teacher and integration specialist, and is currently the eLearning Specialist for MSD Wayne Twp Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana. As co-owner of the educational technology consulting team, EdTechZone, he has helped numerous schools navigate their way toward transforming their classrooms into 21st Century learning environments. Robbie is also co-owner of Standard For Success, an online teacher evaluation and management tool. He holds a Master of Science in Educational Technology and is Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified and a Google For Education Certified Trainer.