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.
Regardless of what grade you teach or what test you prepare students for, there are universal elements in today’s assessments. Learn what makes these assessments more complex and how to address those challenges instructionally. Attendees will walk out the door with three power strategies to take back to their classrooms:
- How to mirror the various question formats students will face on standardized tests
- How to decode the academic vocabulary used in questions and prompts
- How to support students in identifying the best answers in multiple-choice questions.
President and lead consultant for Smekens Education, Kristina Smekens is a highly sought after speaker and author who has spent more than a dozen years supporting K-12 educators with on-site school trainings, regional seminars, and an always-growing pool of print, digital, and video resources.
After attending a training led by Kristina, teachers leave excited and ready to apply new ideas in their own classrooms. This is because Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work.
Kristina is well known for offering innovative ideas, but also for the energetic and enthusiastic way in which she delivers every professional development session. A certified 6-Traits trainer, Kristina is the author of several books and resources including Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2, Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12, Trait-Based Writing: Lessons and Activities, The Writing Parent Pack, and more.
A proud alumnus of Michigan State University, Kristina taught high school English and journalism in Michigan and Indiana before a series of opportunities allowed her to commit to a career as a full-time literacy consultant. In the time since then, she has been blessed to work and learn with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers throughout the Midwest.
Kristina lives in Warren, Indiana with her husband Brady, their three teenage children, and a rambunctious family dog named Buddy.