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Tuesday – June 9, 9am-noon

Accordion Sample DescriptionWant to bring coding to your elementary students? Integrate coding in meaningful ways? Explore a wide array of robots and determine which ones are the ideal fit for your classroom. You will get hands-on experience with popular classroom favorites and explore multiple free coding sites to expose your students to many different languages of coding.
From book inventory, seating charts, lesson plans and more, Microsoft Excel is one of the best options for organizing and tracking information, but you have to start with the basics. Sherryl Nelson’s passion for this software will get you excited about putting it to work for you in the classroom. You will develop fundamental skills for entering, sorting, saving, and printing information.
Extensions and add-ons can be powerful tools that can expand and extend the power of the Google apps and Chrome. In this session you can become an extension and add-on super hero!
Green Screen projects aren’t just for older students. Discover how K-2 learners can create Green Screen projects to express their ideas, showcase their learning and much more! It is easy, inexpensive, and takes very little time. Come experience the Green Screen magic!
Say goodbye to bland presentations and boring reports. Your students can show their learning through digital posters, comic strips, choose your own adventure stories, eBooks, animations,, and more with Google Slides!
Discover how to use Nearpod to keep students engaged and excited about learning! In this session, you will explore how to import your slides into Nearpod, create questions and polls, and begin turning your static lessons into interactive activities.

 

Tuesday – June 9, 1pm-4pm

It's never to early to start fostering creativity, problem solving and collaboration! Join us in this engaging session as we learn how to implement STEAM into your classroom by exploring effective tools to help your students be successful!
INSTRUCTOR:  VANESSA PEREZ
Discover some lessor-known and new tools to increase productivity, enhance student communication, brainstorm, create graphics and much more! This fast-paced session will leave you with tools to immediate use in your classroom.
INSTRUCTOR:  JASON MORGAN
Even the youngest students can benefit from Google Classroom. You will explore how to set up Google Classroom for  Elementary students plus explore the recommended practices for your youngest to oldest learners. Then, discover how to get started using Google Classroom to manage all your lessons, assignments and more!
INSTRUCTOR:  REBECCA PALMATARY
Build upon your basic Microsoft Excel skills by exploring a few powerful techniques and tools. You will expand the functionality of your spreadsheets by using formulas, functions and charts.
INSTRUCTOR:  SHERRYL NELSON
Google Drive is a wonderful tool to use in your classroom to store, organize and share classroom documents.  Be prepared to become a Google Drive expert in this information-packed session.  Discover uploading/downloading documents, creating and organizing folders, sharing and collaborating and so much more.
INSTRUCTOR:  RANDALL SMITH
Google Forms can not only be a tool to gather information it can be used for self-grading assessments.  Want to give a test that will grade itself?  Then Google Forms is for you.  Discover how easy it is to create self-grading assessments to save you valuable time.
INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT HASELWOOD

Wednesday, June 10, 9am-noon

If you think you can't use Google Sheets, think again! In this session you will learn and use the basic features in Sheets. From formulas to formatting, to lists and data, keep you and your classroom organized with Google Sheets
INSTRUCTOR: VANESSA PEREZ
Experience the simplicity in creating instructional videos using FREE screen casting and publishing tools. In this session, you will share your screen, record it, and even interact with your audience. Walk away with the tools and confidence that you need for creating added instruction for your students or to support a flipped classroom environment.
INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT HASELWOOD
Allow your students' voices to be heard! Ask your class families to join the discussion! Flipgrid allows you to hear from all stakeholders in an easy format that is quick to set up and easy to send out! Post a topic and listen to the voices!
INSTRUCTOR: GRETCHEN PITTS
Google Sheets is more than a simple spreadsheet app. Using graphs, conditional formatting, and add-ons, Google Sheets offers you the tools to develop practical activities to enhance your instruction and save you time. You will walk away with a variety of templates to customize for your lesson content plus loads of ideas for engaging students and enhancing learning. This session is designed for those already comfortable using Google Sheets.
INSTRUCTOR: KAREN SNEARY
In this information-packed session, you will create graphics, live student response quizzes, create voice-over tutorial videos, accessibility options & more! Discover little known features such as morphing plus how to easily transform bullets into graphics. Turn your existing PowerPoints into engaging lessons!
INSTRUCTOR: JASON MORGAN
Are you struggling how to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? This powerful session will show you how to give open-ended projects that lead students through the engineering design process. Take the lessons you are already teaching and add a STEAM challenge to enhance your students learning.
INSTRUCTOR: REBECCA PALMATARY

 

Wednesday – June 10, 1pm-4pm

ChatterPix gives your still images a voice making it easy to engage with learners of all ages. Using an iOS or Android device, this free app turns any lesson or story into an exciting way to learn. From your talkative to your most shy student, everyone can have a voice with ChatterPix.
INSTRUCTOR: GRETCHEN PITTS
Do you have a new SmartBoard TV? The new interactive displays from SmartBoard are filled with new and exciting technology features. Join us in this session as we explore this exciting technology and the impact it can have in your classroom
INSTRUCTOR: REBECCA PALMATARY
Google Classroom is a great tool for managing class assignments, collaboration, discussions and more. However, if you are only using the web version, you are missing out on many special features. Students and teachers can also run Classroom as a mobile app on phones, tablets, and modern Chromebooks. The mobile version adds several additional tools such as handwritten annotations, the option to take and insert images and videos, share content from other mobile apps in Classroom, push notifications and more!
INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT HASELWOOD
Everyone loves GIFs and memes. Why not leverage these for student learning? In this session you will learn all about creating Google Drawings, GIFS, Memes and more for your classroom and student creations.
INSTRUCTOR: JASON MORGAN
Do you live in a "Microsoft world", have information about students, classes, etc. but don't know what it is telling you? Discover how to use the tools in Excel to turn rows and columns of information into charts and graphs to quickly tell a story. To get the most from this session, you should have strong, basic skills in Microsoft Excel.
INSTRUCTOR: KAREN SNEARY
Are you wondering what you can do in Google Docs and how this tool can help you in your teaching and learning in the classroom? Go beyond the basics of document creation and discover how Google Docs can be the ultimate sharing and collaboration tool.
INSTRUCTOR: VANESSA PEREZ

 

Thursday, June 11, 9am-noon

Get ready to discover how to maximize the capabilities in Google Classroom. You will explore how to integrate Google Drive and other apps to make this Classroom work for you and your students! To get the most from this session, you should have been using Google Classroom in your school.
INSTRUCTOR: SCOTT HASELWOOD
Use Google’s lesser-known G Suite tools together to make notetaking and brainstorming more collaborative, effective, and accessible! Learn the basics of Google Keep, Google Drawings, and Google Jamboard then combine them for an amazing learning experience!
INSTRUCTOR: VANESSA PEREZ
Virtual Reality is all the rage, but most are just using premade content. Teachers and students can be innovative designers of their own VR experiences using Google Tour Creator! This can be used to inspire deeper learning and motivate students to go beyond just being consumers of VR and become creators as well.
INSTRUCTOR: RANDALL SMITH
With so many grant opportunities available, it is hard to know where to start! Discover best practices in finding, writing, and obtaining grant dollars for your classroom and school.
INSTRUCTOR: DR. LINDA MASON
Entice those digital natives to be creative and excited about learning. Discover how to create learning stations for all types of learners, combine free tools with your Slide deck for fun assessments, and much more!
INSTRUCTOR: REBECCA PALMATARY
Go beyond Docs, Sheets and Slides to discover some of Google’s more obscure apps, sites and solutions. Learn what other tools and strategies in G-Suite that you can leverage for your classroom.
INSTRUCTOR: JASON MORGAN

 

Thursday, June 11, 1pm-4pm

If you are ready to maximize the capabilities of Microsoft Word, join us in this session as we dive deep into Word. You will discover shortcuts, tips, trick and timesavers that will be sure to increase your productivity and get things done better and faster in Word.
INSTRUCTOR: KERRI WATKINS
Want to step up your ""hyperdoc game""? Discover how to combine gamification with Google My Maps and other Google tools to create an interactive breakout experience for your students. Break down the walls of your classroom and let your students travel across the globe!
INSTRUCTOR: JASON MORGAN
Let your students demonstrate their knowledge by creating their own App! Using Google Slides, Sheets and GlideApps, you will discover how easy it is to let your students begin creating and sharing what they have learned with others.
INSTRUCTOR: VANESSA PEREZ
From book trailers and classroom projects to fieldtrips and more, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating videos for student engagement. Take your first steps in discovering how to create a basic video using the free tool, OpenShot. Bring your digital pictures and/or videos to this session and let your imagination begin!
INSTRUCTOR: DIANA HASLETT
Explore this ultimate playground of toys designed to broaden your imagination of utilizing technology in your classroom. Rotate through learning stations to discover practice ways to get your students learning in a fun and creative way. This kind of learning environment encourages meaningful conversations regarding ideas, implementation, tools, and projects that you can immediately incorporate in your classroom.
INSTRUCTOR: REBECCA PALMATARY & GRETCHEN PITTS
Whether it is your students or yourself, we live in a world that can demand our time and energy. Discover the current research on the impact of our devices plus empowering tools to take back control of where you focus your attention.
INSTRUCTOR: KIM STROM
Discover how to engage your students using the many tools available for your SmartBoard. Using the Notebook software, you will customize lessons to convert static content into interactive activities.
INSTRUCTOR: ROBERT MCGEHEE