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Wednesday, November 17
 

7:00am CST

Registration / Check-In
Wednesday November 17, 2021 7:00am - 1:00pm CST
Registration Desk, 1st Floor

8:30am CST

One Size Does Not Fit All – Chrome Apps and Extensions to Support Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn (CAST). This engaging, hands-on presentation will introduce participants to Chrome apps and extensions through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The three basic components of UDL, multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation, and multiple means expression will be defined. Free to low-cost technology resources to support all three areas will be demonstrated. Participants will leave with exciting ways for all students to learn and show what they know!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Skalitzky

Jennifer Skalitzky

Assistive Technology Facilitator, Infinitec UCP-Seguin
Jennifer works for Infinitec UCP-Seguin as an assistive technology facilitator. She has been in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years and has her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification. She performs assistive technology collaborations, trainings, and provides... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Plaza A

8:30am CST

3D Printing FUNdamentals
Are you wondering what's next in your technology integration? Do you want to take your tech integration to the next level? Join us for an informative session on the basics of 3D printing and 3D printers. We will explore the fundamentals of 3D printing, the software and apps needed for successful printing, the best printers for education, how to plan for a 3D printing space, and some curriculum integration essentials. 3D printing has SO many real-world, practical applications and can be easily integrated at any grade level across the curriculum… Come see how!

Speakers
avatar for Joe Cipfl

Joe Cipfl

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Joe Cipfl is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. He facilitates professional learning events regionally; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and technology... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 8:30am - 3:30pm CST
Plaza B

12:30pm CST

Evaluating your Technology Program: 12 Questions to Ask
This workshop will identify a number of key questions that technology leaders should be able to answer in order to get a comprehensive understanding of their technology programs and systems. The questions will address the organization's key performance indicators as well as other commonly accepted accountability indicators. Facets to be considered will include infrastructure, cybersecurity, human resources, policy development, and professional development. The session will provide recommendations for how to use that data to improve technology programs and to advocate when necessary for executive and board support in alignment with a district's strategic plan or goals.

Speakers
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Steve Baule

Asst. Professor, Winona State University
Twitter: @Baule_S


Wednesday November 17, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Plaza A

12:30pm CST

Personalize Learning with Self Paced Classrooms
You have a wide range of skills, learning styles, attendance, and personality in your classroom. Engage and challenge EVERY student by enrolling the use of self-paced units! In this workshop, you will be introduced to different models of self-paced classrooms, hear about how this transformed my own classroom, and create at least one self-paced unit to use in your classroom. In addition to the unit materials, you'll walk away with communication materials to explain expectations, the general design of the unit and how the grading will work and more for parents, students, and your peers. This workshop is great for teachers and technology/instructional coaches alike to try out some new strategies and use time to plan out what this would look like in their schools and classrooms!

Speakers

Wednesday November 17, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Plaza D

4:30pm CST

Assistive Tech + You = Awesome
In this session, we will discuss how to really use assistive technology in the general education classroom. Assistive Technology is there to help you, not make things worse. We will discuss some great options to help all of your various learners and their needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed

Teacher, Dade County Schools
Jessica Reed is a special education teacher in Georgia, who has been teaching for 12 years. Jessica’s undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky. She has a Masters of Arts in Collaborative Teaching (6-12) from the University of Alabama. She received... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Automated Record Keeping
Learn to use the add-on Appender with Google Forms and Google Docs to automate your record keeping with students, staff, and families.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Bingham-Cruz

Dana Bingham-Cruz

Educator of 18 years
Dana Bingham-Cruz is an educator of 15+ years, coach, blogger, presenter, Student Voice Ambassador, Screencastify Certified Genius, Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, Google for Education Certified Trainer.  She has gained a variety unique perspectives from her experience as... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Clubs to Curriculum - Minecraft: Education Edition Engaging Experiences
By attending this session, attendees will be able to use materials available to start a lesson using Minecraft: Education Edition and know where to find support and online courses to further their learning.

Speakers

Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Confidence With Coaching Conversations: Communication that Works
Conversational skills are a coach’s most powerful tool when working with teachers. This session goes over three foundational principles of effective coaching conversations: paraphrasing, questioning, and having difficult conversations. Participants observe role plays of each specific coaching conversation skill and have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in their own coaching conversations. The session concludes with specific tips and suggestions for making coaching conversations more effective and for building a culture of reflection in your school. Join us and hone your skills to listen, paraphrase, and ask good questions.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dowd

Heather Dowd

Coach Mentor, TechKnow Coach
Heather Dowd is an educator, coach, mentor, and author. As an original team member of the Dynamic Learning Project pilot which evolved into the Google for Education Certified Coach Program, she mentored instructional coaches across the United States to inspire teachers to use technology... Read More →
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Rachel Swanson

Rachel Swanson Coaching


Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Engage with Digital Scavenger Hunts
Engage your students with a digital Scavenger Hunt that gets them up and moving around the classroom or school!  Scavenger Hunts can be used to flip the classroom or enrich student understandings.  By using  QR Codes and Google Sites, you can create engaging pathways for your students to explore.  Combine your content with Google Forms for immediate student feedback. Teachers will use Google Sheets to monitor student engagement.  If used remotely, students will explore a digital room to find the links that lead them to the new content. Students are rewarded with digital badges after each completed task. Scavenger hunts are an innovative approach  to get students interacting with content, and each Engage your students with a digital Scavenger Hunt that gets them up and moving around the classroom or school! Scavenger Hunts can be used to flip the classroom or enrich student understandings. Using QR Codes and Google Sites, you can create engaging pathways for your students to explore. Combine your content with Google Forms for immediate student feedback. Teachers will use Google Sheets to monitor student engagement. If used remotely, students will explore a digital room to find the links that lead them to the new content. Students are rewarded with digital badges after each completed task. Scavenger hunts are an innovative approach to get students interacting with content, and each other, in an exciting new way.

Speakers
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Amy Metzger

Google Certified Trainer/Educator, Tech-It-Up Teachers/MeridianCUSD223
Amy is an elementary teacher of 20 years including one year of full remote teaching. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Over the years, she has always wanted to learn more about the “next new thing”! That’s what Amy loves about the ever-changing business of education... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Let's Jam(Board)
Join us to collaboratively learn how to use Jamboard. We will work together to talk about different ways to incorporate Jamboard into the classroom. Explore some templates to help your students to succeed!

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Howell

Stephanie Howell

Instructional Tech Coach, Gold Edu / Pickerington School District
Stephanie has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Adaptation and Modification for 504 and IEP Students in a Mainstream Classroom through the use of Technology
As classrooms become increasingly digital, how do you ensure that you are not creating a digital divide between 504/IEP and standard track students? We will go over the many tools that we have implemented to make technology more accessible to all students. We will highlight tools that help with small group activities, test/quiz reading, test adaptation, redirection, graphic organizers, help with dyslexic students, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Desi Vuillaume

Desi Vuillaume

Teacher/Technology Coach, CHSD 230
Desi has been a teacher for 19 years, the last 17 years at Carl Sandburg High School. He teachers AP Psychology and has been a technology coach for the last 7 years. He has helped to usher in a district-wide Learning Management System along with helping to organize district-wide professional... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Assessments at a (Safe) Social Distance
Whether your instruction is using an in-person or blended/concurrent learning model, attend this session to learn about tools that can be used for various types of assessments. Explore digital tools that will be appropriate for your classroom.

Speakers
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Kelsey Rummelhoff

Teacher, East Maine School District 63
Middle School, social studies, broadcasting
avatar for Agnes Palucki

Agnes Palucki

Digital Learning Coach, East Maine School District 63
Agnes Palucki works at East Maine School District 63 as a Digital Learning Coach for the past 3 years. Prior to that, she was a 5th and 6th-grade teacher for 5 years. She integrated technology into her classroom, facilitated technology-related professional development to staff, and... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Creating with Littles
Many people believe that creating with our youngest learners in elementary school is too difficult. Thinking it takes too much time, they end up having our youngest students only consume using tech tools. Learn easy ways to get our youngest students creating using technology. First, discover easy ways to promote student agency using these tools. Next, experience how tools like Wixie, Pear Deck, Flipgrid, and Google Slides can provide our students amazing opportunities to create. Finally, leave this session with ideas you can use with your littles the next day and resources to extend your learning even more.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Tannenbaum

Debbie Tannenbaum

School Based Technology Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum works each and every day to “transform” learning using technology. During her time in education, she has served  both as a classroom teacher in various grades and as an elementary technology coach. Outside of... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Illinois K-12 Broadband Network
State of Illinois funding has been allocated for a secure K-12 Broadband Network available at no cost for all Illinois K-12 public school districts. This program removes barriers limiting access to secure Internet bandwidth essential in today's digital learning environment. The key objective is to ensure every Illinois public K-12 school district has sufficient and fully funded bandwidth to meet the needs of their students, faculty and administration. Essam will discuss what the program offers and how schools can access it.

Speakers
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Essam El-Beik

Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Make Professional Development Matter!
Educators are hesitant to contemplate and discuss shortcomings and areas of growth given the magnitude of their jobs - educating children. Participants will consider why some educators resist improving, what to do about it, and how to ultimately improve instruction for the benefit of students.

Speakers

Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Record your Lessons to Increase Productivity
Teachers teach every day. If you have more than one class you might repeat yourself two or more times a day! Well, why not record the lesson so you can say it ONCE? Wouldn't you like that? Then you can pull small groups and personalize your mini-lesson for your small audience. This class will show you multiple ways to record your lessons and how to share your awesome videos with your students. It doesn’t have to be a Hollywood production, just be able to convey a message. You got this! Do it for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Manny Curiel

Manny Curiel

EdTech Specialist, Cy-Fair ISD
Super Manny is a former early elementary bilingual teacher. He now supports teachers PreK-12th and the LOTE (World Languages) curriculum. Manny loves encouraging teachers to have fun in the classroom, Yaaaas! LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN! EdTech is an awesome way to increase rigor, choice... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Ceramics in the World of Technology
Over the last 4 years, our Ceramics class has been trying to modernize its curriculum to meet the evolving needs of 21st-century learners. The convergence of this planned modernization along with the pandemic put us in the perfect place to allow remote learners to still create physical pieces of art. Learn about our use of 3D Clay printing with PotterBot, 3D design software, and of course Clay!

Speakers
avatar for Desi Vuillaume

Desi Vuillaume

Teacher/Technology Coach, CHSD 230
Desi has been a teacher for 19 years, the last 17 years at Carl Sandburg High School. He teachers AP Psychology and has been a technology coach for the last 7 years. He has helped to usher in a district-wide Learning Management System along with helping to organize district-wide professional... Read More →
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Dan McCabe

Art Teacher & Potter


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Make and Take: Google Sites
Build your own Google Site along with Google for Education Certified Trainer David Lerch. This session will cover how to get started with Google Sites, best practices when creating and setting up a Site, simple ways to streamline your Site, best practices for making it efficient, and more. This session will also cover best tools to integrate with Sites to make it a one-stop learning tool for a variety of teacher needs.

Speakers
avatar for David Lerch

David Lerch

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Marissa CUSD #40
David Lerch has been teaching for 15 years. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Illinois College in 2007 and his master’s degree from SIUE in 2010.  He’s taught a variety of grades from 5th grade to 8th grade. He has also taught subjects ranging from ELA, Math, Science... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Personalize Learning with Self Paced Classrooms
You have a wide range of skills, learning styles, attendance, and personality in your classroom. Engage and challenge EVERY student by initiating the use of self-paced units! In this workshop, you will be introduced to different models of self-paced classrooms, hear about how this transformed my own classroom, and create at least one self-paced unit to use in your classroom. In addition to the unit materials, you'll walk away with communication materials to explain expectations, the general design of the unit and how the grading will work, and more for parents, students, and your peers. This workshop is great for teachers and technology/instructional coaches alike to try out some new strategies and use time to plan out what this would look like in their schools and classrooms!

Speakers

Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Reigniting Curiosity in the Classroom
Questions are more important than answers. Inquiry learning connects classroom activities to student voice and choice. An important component of Inquiry learning is curiosity. This session will explore the importance of curiosity and then connect educators to practical resources to inspire a sense of curiosity. Educators will explore, collaborate, and begin to create an activity connected to curiosity.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Science Teacher & Instructional Technology Coordinator, Neuqua Valley High School
I am a Science Teacher & Instructional Technology Coordinator in the Indian Prairie School District. I have taught Science & Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. My focus as a learner is strongly connected to the 4Cs, Instructional Technology... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Streamline Your Coaching w/ Google
Learn how to incorporate 7 different Google Workspace tools into your coaching routine to maximize your productivity and your impact.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Bingham-Cruz

Dana Bingham-Cruz

Educator of 18 years
Dana Bingham-Cruz is an educator of 15+ years, coach, blogger, presenter, Student Voice Ambassador, Screencastify Certified Genius, Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, Google for Education Certified Trainer.  She has gained a variety unique perspectives from her experience as... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Thinking Routines with Flipgrid
Using Flipgrid, we can encourage intentional thinking from students not only in writing but also through video, making this tool ideal for working in hybrid or remote learning environments. In particular, this session will focus in on how to utilize video response and questioning strategies to make the most of Flipgrind’s potential. To do this, participants will create their own Flipgrid lessons to ask questions and respond with feedback.

Speakers

Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online
 
Thursday, November 18
 

7:00am CST

7:30am CST

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
All attendees and vendors are invited to a continental breakfast in the Exhibit Hall. 

Thursday November 18, 2021 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Exhibit Hall

8:30am CST

Welcome and Keynote (Manuel Herrera)
"Drawing as a Thinking Process"

Join Manuel as he shares how using simple sketches can help students and teachers think openly about their ideas. Learn strategies to support your students as they quickly generate designs, and then share them for perspective and constructive feedback.

As you step into the sketch arena, you'll begin to shift your mindset from seeing drawing as an artistic process to seeing it as a thinking process and beyond.

Thursday November 18, 2021 8:30am - 9:45am CST
Ballroom

10:00am CST

Adventures in Instructional Coaching with Microsoft Tools
See how to implement Microsoft's Building Machines to Emulate Humans Hacking STEM lesson in both in-person and remote learning environments. No prior experience in STEM instruction necessary! Hear how two teachers from different parts of the globe used Flipgrid and Microsoft Teams to combat the isolation of remote learning, through helping students connect and create meaningful learning experiences. Learn how to use Microsoft Translator and Immersive Reader to plan inclusive instruction for multilingual students.


Speakers
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Lauren Keppler

Biliteracy Coach, Morton High School District 201
avatar for Sophia Faridi

Sophia Faridi

Instructional Coach, J S Morton District 201


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Capital II

10:00am CST

All Your Technology Documentation in One Place
Documentation is the name of the game if you're looking to keep your tech department streamlined, efficient, and up-to-date. But even the best tech departments have room for improvement when it comes to tracking tech supports, software updates, and more. Whether you're looking to make a few tweaks to your institution's documentation system or you're interested in a more holistic transformation, attendees will receive a step-by-step walkthrough of the LTC's Technology Documentation Assessment Guide, plus have a chance to ask questions and learn what documentation best practices work best for tech departments of all shapes and sizes.

Speakers
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Eric Muckensturm

Network and Information Systems Specialist, Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Governor

10:00am CST

Demystify Student Data Privacy - How to Protect your Students Online
This session unpacks the world of student data privacy for edtech coaches and teachers. Starting with what student data privacy is, we explore what we can do to help protect student data, and how navigating student data privacy connects to responsible digital citizenship in the classroom. We will demystify student data privacy laws and offer tips for how to use edtech tools in the classroom to better protect students and their data.


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Plaza D

10:00am CST

Drawing As a Thinking Process - It's More Than Sketchnoting
Discover how simple drawings can be leveraged beyond capturing information and staying focused during lectures. We'll demonstrate how sketching and visual thinking is used by students to create and refine mental models, make thinking visible and problem solve. You'll leave with simple techniques and examples to employ tomorrow that enhance learning.

In this workshop, educators will take a step back from a focus on the final product and support students with the creative process. We ask students to design everyday. Posters, videos, graphics, and audio. We seldom help them with the design process. We simply hand them a rubric, and device and a due date and hope for the best. My goal is to support teachers in helping students take the ideas in their head, capture them on a surface (paper, tablet, dry erase board), and organize them in a way that leads to better solutions, stories, and outcomes.

Speakers

Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Plaza F

10:00am CST

Empower Student Voice and Choice in Your Classroom!
Technology provides incredible opportunities for our students to engage with our class content in ways they may have never been able to before! In a traditional classroom setting, students are often only given one way to respond to content from their teacher. With technology, we can empower students to demonstrate their understanding in ways that best fit their learning styles! By giving students voice and choice in their learning, we provide students with an opportunity to take ownership of their education and empower them to become better learners. Join us as we explore the many amazing ways technology can give students voice and choice in their learning!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Ben began his career as a history teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and coordinated the district’s iPad pilot program, redesigning the curriculum to effectively integrate the new technology. During this time, he developed a passion for sharing with other teachers exciting... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Plaza B

10:00am CST

10:00am CST

TechSperts: Developing Confident & Competent Technology Leaders
​A TechSpert is encouraged to: develop and nurture an interest in technology tools; use technology in a responsible, safe and ethical manner; and demonstrate, model, and teach what they know to their peers. TechSperts also teach technology and leadership skills to help students become more confident, independent learners. Come see how a Technology Integration Specialist (TechSpert) at Crow Island Elementary School in Winnetka, IL developed an asynchronous technology training program to be used during the pandemic for grades 1-4.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Banas

Amy Banas

K-4 Technology Integration Specialist, Crow Island Elementary School
Amy currently teaches at Crow Island Elementary School in The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 in the North Shore of Chicago. She has spent over a decade teaching in the elementary school setting as a general music teacher as well as a Technology Integration Specialist. Currently... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Illinois

10:00am CST

The Principles of Design
Are you presenting materials in a way that students can comprehend, or are you adding to their cognitive overload? This session will introduce you to best practices and design principles to keep your audience engaged and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Zumpano

Nicole Zumpano

Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
This is my 29th year in education! I have extensive experience with classroom instruction, instructional coaching, and teaching in higher education.


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Plaza C

10:00am CST

There’s No Crying in PD
Delivering PD doesn’t have to bring tears to your eyes! This session will focus on how purposeful Professional Development for our K-12 district has helped us move to a destination district. The session will go through our hits and strikeouts as well as how our continual focus on student achievement drives what we do. It will include what we do from the beginning of the year in our mentor/protege program, to our continued support for classroom educators through online, face-to-face, and personalized learning. Batter up, let’s hit one out of the park!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Paulus

Kim Paulus

Instructional Coach, Central CUSD 301
Kim Paulus, Ed.D. is an experienced Instructional Coach, teacher and presenter employed at Central 301 in the Chicago Suburbs. She spent 21 years in the middle school classroom and is in her 5th year as an Instructional Coach. Kim is a strong believer in the power of a Growth Mindset... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Springfield

10:00am CST

What Do You See?
Why are surgeons, FBI agents, and police officers signing up for art appreciation classes? They’ve learned that analyzing images helps them find hidden clues in their work. The same opportunity exists to sharpen our students’ visual thinking skills and help them become better critical thinkers and problem solvers through the power of images. This session will provide practical strategies and digital tools for using images with classes of all grade levels and content areas to help students become more active observers of the world around them. Activities will center on finding quality images and using images and visual cues to promote higher-level thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Nanci Greene

Nanci Greene

Innovative Learning Coach, Bloomingdale School District 13
Nanci is the Innovative Learning Coach at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale, IL. She has a true passion for integrating technology into every subject possible for an advanced level of education. Helping students and teachers learn to use digital tools successfully and seamlessly... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Capital IV

10:00am CST

Hit the TRAILS! Student-Created STEM Strolls and Stops
STEM concepts are everywhere you look—if you know HOW to look for them.  This session is a project-based learning approach designed to help educators guide students in looking at what’s around them through a ‘STEM Lens’. Students will learn to look at locations critically, formulate questions, and test hypotheses to create an interactive activity, all while making connections to their community and continuing to shape their understanding of STEM concepts.  Participants in this session will be guided through the design process of creating a STEM Stroll or STEM Stop and walk away with resources and ideas to use in their own schools.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Hanrahan

Anna Hanrahan

Education Initiatives Specialist, Trafera
Anna finished her 20th year teaching in the Heyworth, IL district at the end of the 2020-21 school year. She spent 17 years as a 3rd grade teacher and the past 3 years as the K-6 gifted teacher, as well as the designer, curriculum-writer and teacher of the K-6 STEAM program. Anna... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Plaza A

10:00am CST

VEX Robotics: One Solution for Every Grade
Speakers
avatar for Scott Read

Scott Read

Sales Support Manager, iDESIGN Solutions
Sales Support Manager


Thursday November 18, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Capital I

11:00am CST

Dedicated Exhibit Hall & Boxed Lunch
Thursday November 18, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CST
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm CST

Boxed Lunch cont.
Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:15pm CST
Exhibit Hall

12:00pm CST

Break it Down! Video Lesson Tips and Tricks
Learn how to apply traditional teaching strategies such as Pause and Connect, Quick Writes, and Chunking Information successfully in any type of video lesson. The presenter will review strategies on how to break down materials and show a side by side comparison of a traditional video resource and the new and improved video lesson. Attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on a lesson that they want to improve and work through simple changes they can make based on a Video Must Have Checklist.

This interactive session will provide attendees with tips, tricks and tools that they can apply to their lessons immediately. This presentation focuses on freely accessible programs, such as flipgrid, screencast software, youtube, and other free apps.

Students need explicit instruction on how to interact with the materials we are providing them. Listening is not learning! Teachers need to show them what Learn how to apply traditional teaching strategies such as Pause and Connect, Quick Writes, and Chunking Information successfully in any type of video lesson. The presenter will review strategies on how to break down materials and show a side-by-side comparison of a traditional video resource and the new and improved video lesson. Attendees will have an opportunity to reflect on a lesson that they want to improve and work through simple changes they can make based on a Video Must Have Checklist. This interactive session will provide attendees with tips, tricks and tools that they can apply to their lessons immediately. This presentation focuses on freely accessible programs, such as Flipgrid, screencast software, YouTube, and other free Students need explicit instruction on how to interact with the materials we are providing them. Listening is not learning! Teachers need to show them what learning looks like!

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Parrish

Kerry Parrish

Art Educator and Instructional Technology Coach, D155
Kerry Parrish has been teaching Visual Arts for 25 years and has been an Instructional Technology Coach for 6 years. She has presented at ISTE, ISTE Creative Constructor Lab, CUElive, IDEA/TCEA, ITC, LTCIlliois, NAEA, and IAEA. As an art teacher, she frequently looks art edtech through... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Capital IV

12:00pm CST

Breakout EDU Student Digital Game Design
Similar to an escape room, Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform where players of all ages are challenged to open a locked box by solving unique and challenging puzzles by using the 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) – all within a set amount of time. In this session, participants will learn how to effectively use the Breakout EDU platform and empower students to start designing their own digital breakout EDU games.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Banas

Amy Banas

K-4 Technology Integration Specialist, Crow Island Elementary School
Amy currently teaches at Crow Island Elementary School in The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 in the North Shore of Chicago. She has spent over a decade teaching in the elementary school setting as a general music teacher as well as a Technology Integration Specialist. Currently... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Illinois

12:00pm CST

Create Screencasting & Doc Camera Videos with Ease
Screencasting videos are not just made by teachers! See how to create a video tutorial, lesson, or video reflection using screencasting (recording your screen). While the main focus will be on the techniques, a couple of different screencasting tools will be shown. The session will also take a brief dive into using a document camera (or web cam/mobile phone as a substitute) as an option for these videos.

Speakers
avatar for John Langley

John Langley

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pleasant Plains CUSD#8
John Langley is the current president of Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and a member of the Mid-Central Region Scholastic Art Board. He has been an educator for 24 years at Pleasant Plains School District. The first 16 years of his career, he taught high school English, speech... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Plaza B

12:00pm CST

12:00pm CST

Decision-making Wash Cycle: Anticipate, Research, Guide, Feedback, Implement, Revise
The start of remote learning had most of us scrambling to figure out how to best deliver instruction. Equipment was ordered, subscriptions were added, and we all did a lot of improvising. Along the way, we discovered many items were on back-order and subscriptions were often-times geared towards a personal credit card purchase. Anticipating and early planning was the mother of necessity. It might be time to start a new decision-making process where we anticipate and revise while we are forming the big picture. Remote learning is here to stay. How can we The start of remote learning had most of us scrambling to figure out how to best deliver instruction. Equipment was ordered, subscriptions were added, and we all did a lot of improvising. Along the way, we discovered many items were on back-order and subscriptions were often-times geared towards a personal credit card purchase. Anticipating and early planning was the mother of necessity. It might be time to start a new decision-making process where we anticipate and revise while we are forming the big picture. Remote learning is here to stay. How can we be better prepared this fall?

Speakers
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Melvin Soto

Assistant Principal, Whitney Young High School/Chicago Public Schools
A graduate of Chicago Public Schools (Lowell, Lloyd, Lane Tech), Melvin Soto has worked in multiple capacities over his CPS career including: Mathematics Teacher at Peirce School of International Studies, District Technology Trainer, District Website Manager and Assistant Principal... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Springfield

12:00pm CST

Digital Displays in Your Schools
Digital displays are used for sharing daily announcements, lunch menus, and recognition of students. Displays can be used on a daily basis or for special occasions. During this session we will explore ideas around hardware, software, budget, and people to make your digital displays work in your schools.

Speakers
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Chris Wherley

Director of Technology Services, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Chris Wherley is the Director of Technology Services for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC). Prior to joining the LTC, Chris was the Director of Technology at an Illinois K-12 Public School District for 21 years and gained a broad knowledge of technologies such as G... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Governor

12:00pm CST

Do We Need More Ed Tech?! (Or More Training?)
While blended learning offers great promise, there are no ‘silver bullets’ when it comes to adding technology to education. Change comes not from implementing technology but from helping all stakeholders use that tech to leverage educational change instead of the 'domestication of the technology to outdated practice. This help comes in the form of ongoing, content, and grade-level specific training, and providing staff with the time and resources need to adapt to the new possibilities opened by educational technology and blended learning. Implementation is not just showing teachers how to use technology, rather training them to teach with it. This session will briefly look at the body of research on educational technology implementation and the training requirements of ESSA. This will be followed by a discussion on the practical considerations for planning effective training for staff, students, and parents when implementing educational technology.

Speakers
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Philip Pulley

Teacher/Tech Aide, Fieldcrest High School CUSD 6
A social studies, speech, & video teacher with 11 years teaching in 1:1 environment, 5 years with Schoology. (Presentations follow) Phil is a PowerSchool Champion, Schoology Ambassador, and former Ambassador of the year. His doctoral studies focused on flipped learning, educational... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Plaza C

12:00pm CST

Google Drawing + A Process = Creativity
One of the most underutilized tools in GSuite for K12 is Google Drawing. Pair this tool with a creative process and you end up with amazing opportunities for students. In this session, participants will learn about how combining a creative process with Google Drawing can be used to create killer graphics, detailed digital prototypes, and fantastic social media filters that can be added to other GSuite apps like slides and forms.

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Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Plaza F

12:00pm CST

Podcasting in the Classroom
The power of podcasting! In this session teachers will learn various ways in which podcasting can be used across all curricular areas. Attendees will learn how students and teachers can create their own podcasts, why listening to podcasts can be useful in educational settings, and how to get a podcast out to a worldwide audience for free! We will cover all the necessary tools, from software to hardware, AND ideas to organize podcasts to make them sound their best!

Speakers
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Michael Doyle

Instructional technology Coach, Central School Dist #301
An educator since 1998, Michael taught 8th grade science and social studies teacher for 16 years before moving into the position of Instructional Technologist in Central School District 301. Michael has assisted in the planning and implementation of an aggressive 1 to 1, K-12, single... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Plaza A

12:00pm CST

Tackling the Computer Science Standards
Ready to take a look at the CS Standards that are to be implemented in 2023-2024? In this session, we will take a look at the framework guiding the standards, the standards themselves, and resources for implementing them into your existing curriculums. We will primarily focus on the standards from a lower/middle-level grade lens (Pre-8). While Computer Literacy is not yet defined by the state of Illinois, these standards are where we need to start to understand what those benchmarks will look like in the classroom.

Speakers
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Heather Giles

Instructional & Technology Coach, Bradley Elementary Schools 61
Heather Giles is currently Bradley Elementary Schools District 61 Instructional & Technology Coach. Before joining the team at Bradley, Heather was the 6th Grade Enhanced Technology Teacher in the Troy30c School District. With a Masters in Educational Technology and a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Plaza D

12:00pm CST

Using Flipgrid #GridPals and Other Microsoft Tools to Bring Innovative Experiences to Students with Special Education Services
In this session, participants will learn how we used Flipgrid #Gridpals to connect our students with low-incidence disabilities to students like them from other places. We also will showcase our virtual scavenger hunt, which provided a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together, as equals, to work towards a common mission. Through these experiences, Students with Special Education Services focused on speech, language, social work, and mobility goals. Additionally, the experiences fostered the development of leadership and inclusion for all students.

Speakers
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Samantha Skubal

Director of Innovation and Accountability, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201
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Kerry Pozulp

Special Education, Morton West High School
Special Education Coordinator


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Capital II

12:00pm CST

Social-Emotional Learning in Your District - What Should It Look Like?
This upcoming school year has brought added challenges to already trying teacher schedules yet we know and understand that we need to address our students' social-emotional wellbeing and our own. How can we accomplish this without the additional scheduling and lesson planning burden on us? Move This World Social Emotional Learning curricula are delivered through short interactive lessons with the goal of empowering students with skills to effectively navigate our rapidly-changing world throughout their lives.


Speakers
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Sarah Gaw

Distinctive Schools Network SEL Coordinator, Distintive Schools
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Kendall Sweeney

Program Director, Move This World


Thursday November 18, 2021 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Capital I

1:00pm CST

Coding with CS First
Thought about incorporating coding into your class but not sure how? CS First is Google’s free ready to teach introductory computer science curriculum. No coding experience needed. During this session, you will see what the program contains and how you can incorporate the lessons into your classes.

Speakers
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Kari Moulton

Technology Instructional Coach, Bourbonnais SD 53
Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past twelve years. Starting with smartboards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. As a Technology Instructional Coach in her district, Kari leads... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Plaza B

1:00pm CST

Diving Deeper into Digital "Rooms"
Digital rooms can be used as an interactive space for learning, or even a place where students can go if they are finished early. History can come alive when students create rooms for famous people of the past. Attendees will learn about the benefits of creating and using a digital classroom and will walk away with the skills needed to begin their own digital room.

Speakers
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Carolyn Wargo

K-8 Instructional Tech Coach & 5th grade tech teacher, Streator Elementary District 44
Mrs. Wargo is an educator of 19 years in the middle school setting. After 17 years of teaching math, she moved to the Instructional Tech Coaching position in the Streator Elementary District. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and Nova Southeastern University. She is Google... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Capital IV

1:00pm CST

1:00pm CST

Improving Instruction through more Effective and Gentle Student Feedback
This session will discuss a variety of methods online instructors can use in order to gather student feedback throughout the length of a course. Students who have the opportunity to engage with the teacher and provide feedback on their perspectives about coursework will be more engaged in the course. Additionally, teachers can build more effective courses by using routine student feedback to modify instructional materials and methods. Examples of methods used to solicit feedback will be shared. 

Speakers
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Steve Baule

Asst. Professor, Winona State University
Twitter: @Baule_S


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Springfield

1:00pm CST

Just Click Record! Podcasts for Student or Professional Learning
It’s easy to feel isolated during this time of remote learning, for students and educators alike. In addition to missing time with our students, we also miss our time to network with like-minded educators. A podcast might be able to bridge that gap during this time of remote teaching and learning. Join Nick and Matt of the “Learning Through Leading” podcast to find out how to use a few simple tools to help get your student or professional learning podcast off the ground.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson

Online Learning Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Learning through Leading is a podcast that connects educators in schools and classrooms with those who are moving the needle to help kids in effective and innovative ways.


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Illinois

1:00pm CST

Learn all about Jampacked Jamboard!
Have you heard of Google's hottest tool Jamboard? Want to learn how to implement this tool into educational lessons, leadership sessions, PD, and more? In this presentation, attendees will learn the basics of Jamboard and best practices for implementing it in any and all grade levels, subjects areas, or topics. Simple tips and tricks will be shared to get you optimizing this amazing tool quickly and efficiently!

Speakers
avatar for David Lerch

David Lerch

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Marissa CUSD #40
David Lerch has been teaching for 15 years. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Illinois College in 2007 and his master’s degree from SIUE in 2010.  He’s taught a variety of grades from 5th grade to 8th grade. He has also taught subjects ranging from ELA, Math, Science... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Plaza F

1:00pm CST

Marie Kondo Your Instructional Program
In 2020, educators pivoted to meet new challenges teaching both remotely and in-person. Now that schools are back to "normal", does your pedagogy look the same as it did pre-pandemic? In this session, we'll revisit best practices about how today's students learn and look at strategies that can be implemented both in-person and remotely.

Speakers
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Nicole Zumpano

Director of Instructional Technology Coaching, Learning Technology Center
This is my 29th year in education! I have extensive experience with classroom instruction, instructional coaching, and teaching in higher education.


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Plaza A

1:00pm CST

Microsoft and Gale - Match made in Heaven!
Microsoft was made for research!  Learn how to leverage Office 365 tools such as Researcher, Similarity Checker, Accessibility Checker, and Immersive Reader to give your students the upper hand when writing research reports.  Then, we will dive in to Gale Research Database to show how its integration with Microsoft Teams makes any classroom research project seamless and accessible!

Speakers
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Holly Kelly

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Holly Kelly is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center, East Illinois. She facilitates professional learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and technology staff that support digital teaching and learning. Holly provides onsite... Read More →
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Colleen Kaplan

Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Capital II

1:00pm CST

Ready, Set, Transform! Leverage Student Engagement with Room Transformations
There's more than meets the eye to this session. Learn how to transform your classroom to capture student interest and spice up the curriculum. Prepare for an academic adventure galloping in the Wild West, riding through Jurassic Park, and settling in at the Starbooks Cafe. Ready, set, transform!

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Tasha Ohotzke

Student-Centered Instructional Coach, Homer 33C
Tasha Ohotzke is currently a student-centered instructional coach, but has spent the past 18 years teaching third grade in Homer Glen, Illinois. She is passionate about educational technology, gamification and developing a growth mindset. She has presented at IETC for the past 5 years... Read More →
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Cindy Bulthuis

5th Grade Teacher, Woodgate Elementary School
After a career in the legal field for 10 years, Cindy Bulthuis is currently in her fifth year of teaching 5th grade in Matteson, Illinois. She is passionate about educational equality, promoting the use of educational technology and not forgetting the importance of science and social... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Plaza D

1:00pm CST

Students with Sharp Objects: The Student-Run Help Desk
Students: the cause of (and now solution to) all of your Chromebook repair problems. Students have proven that they are experts in destroying Chromebooks, but what about repairing them? For the past 4 years, high school students at Eureka CUSD 140 have been fixing every damaged Chromebook from both students and staff. In this presentation, we will look at what happens when you give students the tools, physically and intellectually, to keep your Chromebook fleet in tip top shape. The process from start-up to lessons learned will be revealed as well as how to get students industry certified and prepped for college, technical school, or career right out of high school.

Speakers
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Tyler Breitbarth

Technology Specialist, Eureka CUSD 140
Mr. Tyler Breitbarth holds his Master's Degree in Education Technology. He a Licensed Education Technology Specialist through the Illinois State Board of Education, a Google Certified Educator, and Professional Development Workshop Presenter. With over 10 years in education and a... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Governor

1:00pm CST

Your Edtech Toolbox is Full! Do you have the Blueprints?
We all love new, exciting, engaging edtech tools! It is one of the reasons we come to a conference like IETC! However, too often, we leave the conference with a full toolbox of edtech tools, but no blueprints on how we can build up student learning. This session will showcase some of the best edtech tools, but the focus won’t be on how that app or site works; instead, we will focus on what our students can create with them! Our focus will be on the lessons and products your students can build with these fantastic tools. So not only will you walk away with some new and exciting tools, but new and exciting ways to engage your students in their learning!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Ben began his career as a history teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and coordinated the district’s iPad pilot program, redesigning the curriculum to effectively integrate the new technology. During this time, he developed a passion for sharing with other teachers exciting... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Plaza C

1:00pm CST

1:00pm CST

What’s Working to Engage Families Today: Communication Tips for Technology Leaders
When it comes to communication in schools, parent & community expectations have shifted recently. The strategies and tools used 10 years ago are not working today, yet many are still in place. Even CoSN's annual survey of technology leaders found 95% say their districts changed how they engaged with parents during the pandemic. During this session, attendees will learn modern tips and tools for engaging families across the various layers of their school community—classroom, school, district, and groups (parent groups, student clubs, & athletics)—and considerations for technology leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Tignor

Jeremy Tignor

Senior Regional Director, ParentSquare


Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CST
Capital III

2:00pm CST

App Smashing with Office 365
Join us for an interactive demonstration of how to mix and match Office 365 apps to create unique learning experiences for your students.  From Flipgrid to Forms and everything in between, we will be smashing apps and leveling up our skills!

Speakers
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Colleen Kaplan

Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Capital II

2:00pm CST

2:00pm CST

Coaching With SAMR
As coaches, we know SAMR. We know what it means & how to use it. But do we use it effectively in our coaching & conversations with our teachers? This session will look at how to introduce SAMR to teachers & how to help them use it to evaluate their own lessons & units!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist since 2016.Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership andDesign with a focus on Instructional Technology. Her goals and aspirations are to help everyteacher... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Plaza C

2:00pm CST

How to Become a Student Data Privacy Warrior
Talk of student data privacy, cybersecurity, SOPPA, and scary news stories of major data leaks at school districts have been everywhere recently. While ensuring the security of school district infrastructure is undeniably the CTO’s responsibility, much can also be done at the teacher, coach, principal, and district office level to safeguard confidential student data against falling into the wrong hands. This presentation will explore: Why student data privacy matters; Federal laws surrounding student data privacy (particularly FERPA, COPPA, PPRA; Small steps individual employees can take to secure student data privacy; New Illinois student data privacy law (SOPPA) and how it affects teachers and the edtech platforms they use; Student data privacy often seems like a too-complicated mandate that is out of our hands, residing only in the office of the CTO, but armed with a simple understanding of the legal requirements regarding student data privacy and a few practical tips, anyone - at any level - can become a Student Data Privacy Warrior. ISTE Standards Addressed: ISTE Standards for Education Leaders, 4c: Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Duell

Alicia Duell

Director of Technology & Information Services, Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21
Alicia Duell is the Director of Technology & Information Services at Wheeling CCSD21, a K-8 district in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Prior to her role in technology administration, Alicia was a school librarian, living and working both in the U.S. and in international schools... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Plaza A

2:00pm CST

Incorporating Computer Science into the K-8 Classroom
Are you interested in bringing computer science to your K-8 classroom? Looking for strategies and resources to use with your students? We'll talk about easy ways to embed activities that incorporate computer science concepts into any classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Phelps

Sarah Phelps

Instructional Technology Coach, Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Illinois

2:00pm CST

Just the Right Blend: Heart, Tech, & Action in the Blended Classroom
What does high-quality blended learning look like in action? In this workshop, we'll focus on three main areas of blended learning: (a) clear vision of successful blended experiences, (b) the power of mindfulness to influence learning, and (c) lesson design that requires students to get active. To do this, we'll refine our definition of blended learning into actionable strategies, then engage in modeled examples of learning paths to feel more confident about building flexible pathways in our classrooms. Next, we'll practice mindfulness activities together and plan for ways to weave SEL into our lessons as both stand-alone breaks from instruction and parallel skills within the academic learning itself. Finally, we'll play with action-based learning prompts that propel students into the learning path. Come with energy and an open mind; leave with samples, templates, experiences, collaborative ideas, and plans to refresh blended learning in your classrooms this school year.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Waldvogel

Jennifer Waldvogel

Teacher on Special Assignment, Yorkville District 115
Jen is a National Board Certified teacher who spent over a decade teaching writing and literature to high schoolers. After a transformative blended learning pilot, she shifted into the role of TOSA to support student success at a global level in Yorkville’s Teaching & Learning Department... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Capital III

2:00pm CST

2:00pm CST

Old School Game Used in a Techy Way
Want to find a way to spice up the lessons? Come learn how to incorporate old school games like Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, or Battleship as an interactive board game using Google Slides. The interactive game allows for a student paced environment, increased student engagement, and scaffolding. This can be adapted for any grade level and subject.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Moulton

Kari Moulton

Technology Instructional Coach, Bourbonnais SD 53
Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past twelve years. Starting with smartboards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. As a Technology Instructional Coach in her district, Kari leads... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Plaza B

2:00pm CST

Pixel Art Assignments
Learn to create interactive, self-grading assignments and assessments with your own creative pixel art designs. Using any assignment with a number or specific term response, you can create a pixel art design that will keep students engaged while allowing them to see if their response is correct in real time. Students will be hooked until the final question where the finished picture is revealed. This can be used with any subject area or grade level.

Speakers
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Laura Moore

Math Teacher, East Peoria Community High Sch
Laura Moore is teaching her 12th year in the classroom as a math teacher, currently at East Peoria Community High School. As a Google Certified educator, technology in the classroom has always been a passion. Laura is constantly trying new ideas and platforms to improve her teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Plaza F

2:00pm CST

Seeking Equitable Grading
Are you still using norm-referenced grading practices in a standards-based learning environment? It's time to leave those old grading practices behind and explore the world of standards-based grading. We will discuss how to collect your data so your assessments can drive your instruction. Let's focus on students mastering those standards and celebrate success.

Speakers
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Allison Gaubatz

Teacher, Smithton CCSD #130
Allison began teaching in 2002 after graduating from Western Illinois University. Following, she taught fourth grade at West Edgecombe School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Next, she taught a blended classroom of fourth and fifth graders at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East... Read More →
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Sasha Courtney

Teacher, Smithton CCSD 130
I am a 4th grade teacher with a passion for technology. I love to bring new ides and concepts to the classroom. I also love to train teachers to become more familiar with technology.


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Springfield

2:00pm CST

Tech: Coaching's Four-Letter Word
"Tech" shouldn't be a curse word when it comes to instructional coaching and PD! Come learn how coaches, administrators, and PLCs can work together to improve the quality and outcomes of instructional technology coaching in your district. In this session, we will discuss how leaders can work together to establish appropriate expectations for all parties, resulting in successful and meaningful coaching to support your goals!

Speakers
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Aaron Celmer

Director for Instructional Technology, Elmwood Park CUSD 401
Aaron Celmer is the Director for Instructional Technology at Elmwood Park CUSD 401 and holds an MSEd in Educational Leadership. Prior to his current position, Aaron worked in the curriculum & instruction department of Woodstock CUSD 200 as an instructional coach after moving from... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Plaza D

2:00pm CST

Visualize It!
We live in a visual age in which images have become the central medium for representing and communicating ideas. As savvy internet users, students are accustomed to consuming information in many textual and visual forms. Using images in the classroom helps engage students who have grown up in this media-rich environment. This session will explore strategies, resources, and online tools—including memes, infographics, comics, sketchnotes, emojis, and GIFs—to support learning and help students become powerful visual communicators.

Speakers
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Nanci Greene

Innovative Learning Coach, Bloomingdale School District 13
Nanci is the Innovative Learning Coach at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale, IL. She has a true passion for integrating technology into every subject possible for an advanced level of education. Helping students and teachers learn to use digital tools successfully and seamlessly... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Capital IV

2:00pm CST

Embracing the Process: How A Mature Security Posture Can Help with Cyber Insurance
Cybersecurity insurance providers are driving requirements that are forcing schools and districts to make rushed and difficult decisions. It is often said that security is a process, not a product. CDW-G will discuss the merits of a strategic approach to security and how it can help districts navigate meeting Cybersecurity Insurer’s demands.

Speakers
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Tyler McChristian

Field Solution Architect - Information Security, CDW-G


Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CST
Capital I

3:00pm CST

Computer Science Networking
Attending a conference will no doubt leave you eager to implement new and fresh ideas you gather by attending sessions. But have you ever felt like you need to take a break and think through those new ideas, dive deeper into a tool or resource, or even debrief with other like-minded educators? This session is designed to give you time for just that. No presenters, no slide decks, just a space for you and other educators to plan, brainstorm, explore, and share ideas.

Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Sangamon

3:00pm CST

Instructional Technology Coaches Networking
Attending a conference will no doubt leave you eager to implement new and fresh ideas you gather by attending sessions. But have you ever felt like you need to take a break and think through those new ideas, dive deeper into a tool or resource, or even debrief with other like-minded educators? This session is designed to give you time for just that. No presenters, no slide decks, just a space for you and other educators to plan, brainstorm, explore, and share ideas.

Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Illinois

3:00pm CST

Library/Media Specialist Networking
Attending a conference will no doubt leave you eager to implement new and fresh ideas you gather by attending sessions. But have you ever felt like you need to take a break and think through those new ideas, dive deeper into a tool or resource, or even debrief with other like-minded educators? This session is designed to give you time for just that. No presenters, no slide decks, just a space for you and other educators to plan, brainstorm, explore, and share ideas.

Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Capital II

3:00pm CST

Technology Leader Networking
Attending a conference will no doubt leave you eager to implement new and fresh ideas you gather by attending sessions. But have you ever felt like you need to take a break and think through those new ideas, dive deeper into a tool or resource, or even debrief with other like-minded educators? This session is designed to give you time for just that. No presenters, no slide decks, just a space for you and other educators to plan, brainstorm, explore, and share ideas.

Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Governor

3:00pm CST

Branching Growth: A Progressive and Differentiated Approach to Professional Learning
After years of sit-and-get PD for all staff on the same topic at the same time, the Freeport SD 145 C&I team, led by Dr. Julia Cloat, decided to shift to a format based on the diverse needs of our teaching staff inspired by the belief that "if you build it, they will come!"

Dividing professional learning into four progressions, or categories, staff were able to participate in learning that met their specific needs and interests aligned to personal, building, and district goals. The Branching Growth model resulted in a dramatic increase of staff participation in district institute days, learning cohorts outside of contract hours, and nearly 30% of staff signing up for an optional weeklong learning institute in the summer!

Attendees in this session will have the opportunity to experience the four progressions of the Branching Growth model and walk away with a plan on how to implement this in their buildings, districts, or organizations!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Valencic

Alex Valencic

Professional Learning Coordinator, District
Alex Valencic is an educator, former small business owner, Boy Scout, volunteer drug prevention specialist, unrepentant bibliophile, and a geek of all things. Although his professional teaching career began in 2008, he likes to say that he started teaching when he was just thirteen... Read More →
avatar for Julia Cloat

Julia Cloat

Assistant Superintendent, District


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza A

3:00pm CST

EdTech Tools and the 4 Cs
Education technology is revolutionizing classrooms everywhere, but ensuring technology reaches ALL teachers and students equally is no small task.Education technology is revolutionizing classrooms everywhere, but ensuring technology reaches ALL teachers and students equally is no small task. This session will equip teachers with free tools that any teacher, regardless of their zip code, can use to incorporate critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration into their everyday lessons. This session will equip teachers with FREE tools that any teacher, regardless of their zip code, can use to incorporate critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.

Speakers
TO

Tasha Ohotzke

Student-Centered Instructional Coach, Homer 33C
Tasha Ohotzke is currently a student-centered instructional coach, but has spent the past 18 years teaching third grade in Homer Glen, Illinois. She is passionate about educational technology, gamification and developing a growth mindset. She has presented at IETC for the past 5 years... Read More →
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Cindy Bulthuis

5th Grade Teacher, Woodgate Elementary School
After a career in the legal field for 10 years, Cindy Bulthuis is currently in her fifth year of teaching 5th grade in Matteson, Illinois. She is passionate about educational equality, promoting the use of educational technology and not forgetting the importance of science and social... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza D

3:00pm CST

Getting Googley with iPads in a Primary Classroom
Using iPads with first graders can be fun! But we also need to get them ready for using Chromebooks when they become big grown-up 2nd graders. This session will talk about how a group of first graders, first-grade teachers, and tech coaches are utilizing Google tools (Jamboard, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc) on iPads to learn, grow, and demonstrate Using iPads with first graders can be fun! But we also need to get them ready for using Chromebooks when they become big grown-up 2nd graders. This session will talk about how a group of first graders, first-grade teachers, and tech coaches are utilizing Google tools (Jamboard, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc) on iPads to learn, grow, and demonstrate understanding!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist since 2016.Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership andDesign with a focus on Instructional Technology. Her goals and aspirations are to help everyteacher... Read More →
avatar for Heather Giles

Heather Giles

Instructional & Technology Coach, Bradley Elementary Schools 61
Heather Giles is currently Bradley Elementary Schools District 61 Instructional & Technology Coach. Before joining the team at Bradley, Heather was the 6th Grade Enhanced Technology Teacher in the Troy30c School District. With a Masters in Educational Technology and a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza C

3:00pm CST

Reading: It’s Not Just For the Good Readers
Reading: the pivotal piece of the educational puzzle. Reading strategies are essential for all content and disciplinary areas of school and in life. Some students seem to master the “Art of Reading” at a young age and make it look easy, while others take more time and struggle to find the ease other students found. This session will focus on a reading approach that will work for ALL students to help give them the tools and practice to be a successful reader. This is not a curriculum; it will work with all types of reading and has a special penchant for non-fiction! The teachers that worked with this in our district, saw an increase of reading confidence and gains for the students. While this can work for subject areas, instructionally it is better instructed during an ELA class. Come see how you can incorporate this approach into your current classroom environment and make a difference with all students.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Paulus

Kim Paulus

Instructional Coach, Central CUSD 301
Kim Paulus, Ed.D. is an experienced Instructional Coach, teacher and presenter employed at Central 301 in the Chicago Suburbs. She spent 21 years in the middle school classroom and is in her 5th year as an Instructional Coach. Kim is a strong believer in the power of a Growth Mindset... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza B

3:00pm CST

Structure of an Online Lesson for Success
Online lessons, whether live or video, are an art form that have a learnable formula. They are great for both student lessons and professional learning. Lessons for live meetings and video lessons for blended learning both need to have a condensed structure. This will be a methods session for structuring an online lesson.

Speakers
avatar for John Langley

John Langley

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pleasant Plains CUSD#8
John Langley is the current president of Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and a member of the Mid-Central Region Scholastic Art Board. He has been an educator for 24 years at Pleasant Plains School District. The first 16 years of his career, he taught high school English, speech... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Capital IV

3:00pm CST

The E is for Engaged: E-learning in Kindergarten
When COVID shut down our schools, educators had to drastically change how they engage their students. This session will give tips and tricks on how to actively engage K-1 students who are learning remotely. Content will include engaging lessons on Google Slides and fun ways to make your students turn their cameras on as well as ways to make your students feel connected to school when they are physically away. All of the strategies used can be used for in-person learning as well because engaged learning is for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Bertrand

Emily Bertrand

4-6th Grade Technology Teacher, Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53
Emily Bertrand is a kindergarten teacher in Bourbonnais School District 53. She has 13 years of teaching experience. She has a passion in teaching technology and graduated with her Masters in Early Childhood with a STEM concentration from Erikson Institute in Chicago. She is a proud... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Springfield

3:00pm CST

The Google Tools You Never Knew Existed
Are you looking for a way to maximize all the Google apps but are unsure how some of them would even integrate into your curriculum? In this session, we will explore a couple of different Google tools that you may not know about - Google Jamboard, Google My Maps, and taking virtual field trips with Google Maps and Treks! Jamboard allows you to create a collaborative whiteboard space for your students to explore different learning concepts. Google My Maps allows students or teachers to create personalized maps that have amazing applications across content areas! Your students can take virtual field trips with Google Maps street view and Google Maps Treks. Join us for an incredible learning experience!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Ben began his career as a history teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and coordinated the district’s iPad pilot program, redesigning the curriculum to effectively integrate the new technology. During this time, he developed a passion for sharing with other teachers exciting... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Plaza F

3:00pm CST

Digging Deeper with Edpuzzle!
In this fun, hands-on, interactive session we will be exploring all of the amazing features and video curriculum that makes Edpuzzle such an impactful tool for your classroom. Bring your laptop to make sure so you can join in on and participate in the session!

Speakers
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Aaron Shute

Edpuzzle


Thursday November 18, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CST
Capital I

4:30pm CST

Learners Here, There, and Everywhere – Zoom ClassRoom
While students and educators were spread far and wide by the pandemic, many districts turned to Zoom to bridge to geographic gap. However, now that hybrid learning environments are becoming the norm, those same teachers are faced with a major hurdle – how can they effectively and clearly communicate with a webcam and headset while simultaneously interacting with a class of in-person students?

Enter Zoom ClassRoom, a new educational tool made for this moment. With it, educators can effectively flex between simultaneous learning environments without leaving any students behind. In this webinar, you’ll hear from one educator who has harnessed Zoom ClassRoom to meet their students where they are, regardless of where they are.

Speakers

Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Create Fun Online PD for Teachers
Who wants to learn at the end of the day? Weekends are for the family. Creating online PD for teachers to learn at their own time is the answer! Yaaas! come and learn how we will create a Who wants to learn at the end of the day? Weekends are for the family. Creating online PD for teachers to learn at their own time is the answer! Come and learn how to create a self-paced class for teachers to earn credit! Once teachers go through this experience they can then create something similar for their students.It’s a win win!!

Speakers
avatar for Manny Curiel

Manny Curiel

EdTech Specialist, Cy-Fair ISD
Super Manny is a former early elementary bilingual teacher. He now supports teachers PreK-12th and the LOTE (World Languages) curriculum. Manny loves encouraging teachers to have fun in the classroom, Yaaaas! LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN! EdTech is an awesome way to increase rigor, choice... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Learners Here, There, and Everywhere – Zoom ClassRoom
While students and educators were spread far and wide by the pandemic, many districts turned to Zoom to bridge to geographic gap. However, now that hybrid learning environments are becoming the norm, those same teachers are faced with a major hurdle - how can they effectively and clearly communicate with a webcam and headset while simultaneously interacting with a class of in-person students?  Enter Zoom ClassRoom, a new educational tool made for this moment. With it, educators can effectively flex between simultaneous learning environments without leaving any students behind. In this webinar, you'll hear from one educator who has harnessed Zoom ClassRoom to meet their students where they are, regardless of where they are.

Speakers

Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Magic of My Maps
Plan and create interactive lessons for any subject using Google My Maps.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Bingham-Cruz

Dana Bingham-Cruz

Educator of 18 years
Dana Bingham-Cruz is an educator of 15+ years, coach, blogger, presenter, Student Voice Ambassador, Screencastify Certified Genius, Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, Google for Education Certified Trainer.  She has gained a variety unique perspectives from her experience as... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Social-Emotional Learning in Your District - What Should It Look Like?
This upcoming school year has brought added challenges to already trying teacher schedules yet we know and understand that we need to address our students' social-emotional wellbeing and our own. How can we accomplish this without the additional scheduling and lesson planning burden on us? Move This World Social Emotional Learning curricula are delivered through short interactive lessons with the goal of empowering students with skills to effectively navigate our rapidly-changing world throughout their lives.


Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

4:30pm CST

Support For E-Learning Days
Leverage your homeroom advisory time or e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI's digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in - making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to state and national standards. Best of all? They're available at absolutely NO COST to schools. Learn more at everfi.com/k12

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Henry

Rachel Henry

Iowa Implementation Lead, EVERFI
Rachel Henry is an Implementation Lead for EVERFI based in Dubuque, Iowa. She grew up outside of Ft. Worth, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to working at EVERFI, Rachel has served as a high school math teacher and most recently, a financial aid counselor... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes

Implementation Specialist, EVERFI
Jonathan is a native Ohioan and graduated from THE Ohio State University. Prior to working at EVERFI, Jonathan was a museum professional specializing in STEM education programming. Jonathan is passionate about giving educators the support they need to keep their students engaged... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm CST
Online

5:00pm CST

IETC-Q Reception Social
Enjoy catching up with your peers over delicious, complimentary food and a live band performance.  
A great chance to connect with friends new and old!

Thursday November 18, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm CST
Exhibit Hall

5:10pm CST

Customizing Chrome
Participants will learn how to customize Google Chrome to meet their needs, including tweaking settings, using extensions, and tips and tricks to maximize your workflow. Take what you've learned and apply it with your students and colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for DJ Rudd

DJ Rudd

Upper Primary Teacher, Springfield Ball Charter School
DJ Rudd is nearing a decade of teaching, most recently as an Upper Primary Teacher (2nd and 3rd grade) at Springfield Ball Charter School. He attended Blackburn College and Illinois State University and has presented for the Taming Tech Conference at Bradley University, as well as... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

From Passive to Active Learning with Nearpod
Join this session to engage with Nearpod and experience how it can be used to make learning more active, support emerging voices, and provide choices for diverse learners.

Speakers
avatar for Leticia Citizen

Leticia Citizen

i4Coach, Beverly Hills USD
Leticia Citizen, a 23-year educator, is an i4Coach with a particular interest in technology-enhanced teaching and global connections. As a result, she implements many applications available to teachers, helping augment their students’ learning, modernizing traditional classroom... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

It is Easy Being Green! Bring the World to Your Students Using Green Screen
Get on the Green Screen bandwagon! Let me show you how you can integrate a green screen into your content using FREE and paid software! Plop yourself and your students into your content...literally!

Speakers
avatar for Manny Curiel

Manny Curiel

EdTech Specialist, Cy-Fair ISD
Super Manny is a former early elementary bilingual teacher. He now supports teachers PreK-12th and the LOTE (World Languages) curriculum. Manny loves encouraging teachers to have fun in the classroom, Yaaaas! LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN! EdTech is an awesome way to increase rigor, choice... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

Make Your "LIST" and Check it Twice: Easily Create Accessible Google Documents
This session will help participants learn to apply the L.I.S.T. technique to create content in Google Docs that is accessible all learners. Specific areas of focus will include: best practices regarding accessibility with regard to Links, Images, the Structure of text content, and Tables. We will also discuss native accessibility features in Google Workspace for Education Apps and Google Chrome, as well as helpful Google Chrome extensions that can help ALL users more effectively access content.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Swope

Megan Swope

Co-Founder and Lead Trainer, 2-Minute Tech
Megan is a Google Certified Trainer and a full-time Technology Coach in the Pennsbury School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Megan has 22 years of classroom teaching experience as a high school Social Studies Teacher. She is also a Canvas trainer for Instructure and the co-founder... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hermann

Michael Hermann

Co-Founder & Lead Trainer, 2-minute Tech
In addition to 24 years of classroom experience teaching science, I was selected to be a demonstration teacher in my district specializing in technology integration and e-learning. I have presented numerous technology workshops for teachers in and out of my school district, assisted... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:10pm CST

OneNote for Hyperdocs
Learn how OneNote creates the perfect environment for blended learning using Hyperdocs. Using templates and experiencing a OneNote Hyperdoc will lead to fun and understanding that can be used immediately! Change the way you deliver PD. Participants will experience the Hyperdoc system created in OneNote. This will give participants the opportunity to experience the concept and tool as a learner as well as provide suggestions for implementation. Participants will also be introduced to the active community online to find even more ideas and connections.

Speakers

Thursday November 18, 2021 5:10pm - 5:40pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Chart A New Course: Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow's World
Finding ways to reach all students and to effectively implement new strategies and digital tools into the classroom can be overwhelming. I want to share how some of the changes I have made in my classroom structure and instruction, as well as the different digital tools that I have integrated into my classroom, have led to great benefits for my students as well as to my own practice as a teacher. This session will share ideas for creating a flexible, student-driven learning environment, where students build their confidence, relationships and collaborate on a learning adventure. I will share some of the most versatile tools and methods that are beneficial for anywhere learning and help students to develop the skills they need to be successful now and, in the future, while also develop essential SEL skills. Learn a variety of ways to empower students as they develop skills essential for the future. Explore versatile ideas and digital tools for helping students to navigate in the digital world while building the vital SEL and communication skills they need.


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

D.I.Why Creating Self Paced Tutorials
Showing a student the step-by-step process for any digital tool in a virtual space can be frustrating. You can do it by sharing your screen or you can do it by recording a video, but for some students, that’s still too confusing. Self-paced tutorials to the rescue! With tools like iorad, Thinglink, and gifs created by your favorite screen recording apps, you can create student controlled accessible tutorials for your students that they can use again and again.

Speakers
avatar for Frederick Ballew

Frederick Ballew

Technology Integration Specialist, Minneapolis Public Schools
Frederick is an ISTE Certified Educator, Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader, Google for Education Certified Innovator (#NYC19 cohort), Trainer, Coach, the founder and leader of GEG Minnesota Metro Area, a GEG Mentor for US - Midwest, a Microsoft Innovative Educator... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Six Word Memoir Digital Style
Connect with your students & allow them to share their perspectives & identity by using a digitized version of the Six Word Memoir, which was first popularized by Ernest Hemingway. Leverage student creativity & amplify student voice through using design features in Adobe Spark Post and Google Sites to create & share. This session will demonstrate the process & show student examples to inspire your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schroeder

Shannon Schroeder

8th LA & District Instructional Technology Coach, Homer 33 C CCSD
Shannon Schroeder is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Homer Jr. High in Homer Glen. She is a Google Certified Trainer and the district instructional technology coach leader. She is passionate about teaching with craftsmanship, meaningful... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online

5:50pm CST

Using "Real World" Classrooms to Meet The Standards
Make your writing class more meaningful! Learn how to use project-based learning units to foster a sense of competence, encourage student curiosity, and embrace a career-based form of collaborative learning! Join me to learn how to inspire students to write for a purpose and maybe just change the world! (Note: This approach is also useful in other subjects areas because students find themselves writing in nearly every curricular subject!)

Speakers
avatar for LeAnn Fujimoto

LeAnn Fujimoto

8th grade Science & Language Arts Teacher, McLean County Unit 5 School District
LeAnn is a middle school educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom, along with many years of experience helping fellow teachers design and implement activities that engage and inspire students. Teachers get excited about using LeAnn’s activities that not only meet... Read More →


Thursday November 18, 2021 5:50pm - 6:20pm CST
Online
 
Friday, November 19
 

7:00am CST

CoffeeEDU
Wake up with the early birds for a warm cup of coffee or tea and an enlightening conversation about your edtech interests and aspirations!

Speakers
avatar for Learning Technology Center

Learning Technology Center

Executive Director, Learning Technology Center
Professional development, conferences and training


Friday November 19, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am CST
2nd Floor

7:00am CST

7:30am CST

8:00am CST

Designing Visuals and Interactive Lessons Using Google
Are you interested in spicing up the graphics and visuals that you provide your students? Are you interested in learning how to create interactive and engaging lessons using Google Slides and/or Google Drawings? This session will provide you an opportunity to explore both. Come learn how to design stunning visuals/lessons for your students!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Banas

Amy Banas

K-4 Technology Integration Specialist, Crow Island Elementary School
Amy currently teaches at Crow Island Elementary School in The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 in the North Shore of Chicago. She has spent over a decade teaching in the elementary school setting as a general music teacher as well as a Technology Integration Specialist. Currently... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Plaza A

8:00am CST

Digital Citizenship Week: A Headache or a Celebration
Every year, we work hard to teach our students how to be effective digital citizens. Digital Citizenship should not be about all the terrors of the internet, but rather about how to navigate the often-muddy water and get to a point where the 5 C's (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, and character) are able to flourish for students of all ages. This session, created by two Education and Technology Coaches, will provide you with new ideas, take-aways, and something that you can implement right away in your district!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist since 2016.Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership andDesign with a focus on Instructional Technology. Her goals and aspirations are to help everyteacher... Read More →
avatar for Heather Giles

Heather Giles

Instructional & Technology Coach, Bradley Elementary Schools 61
Heather Giles is currently Bradley Elementary Schools District 61 Instructional & Technology Coach. Before joining the team at Bradley, Heather was the 6th Grade Enhanced Technology Teacher in the Troy30c School District. With a Masters in Educational Technology and a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Plaza C

8:00am CST

Dynamic Math with Desmos
Desmos is an incredible free tool to help build math and logical understanding in your classroom. Learn the basics of where to start with the Desmos Graphing Calculator and how to incorporate it into your teaching! If you are already familiar with Desmos, don't worry, we will step it up and explore the amazing Activity resources that are available to you online... AND how YOU can make your OWN ACTIVITES!

During the pandemic, the Algebra 2 team at my school turned to creating interactive and thought-provoking projects to assess student understanding instead of relying on traditional test grades. We have learned an incredible amount of information since our first basic project during the fall and we want to share that excitement and passion with other teachers who might be interested as well!

Desmos and their Activity Builder are versatile tools that can be used in more than just a math classroom. The power and interconnectivity between the Desmos Graphing Calculator and all the different Activity Builder Components is truly mind blowing! Science teachers can definitely use Desmos! Coding and Computers classes can use Desmos! Our Scholastic Bowl Team uses Desmos for practicing. Junior High and Grade Schools can benefit from Desmos just as much as High Schools can.

The only limitation for using Desmos is what's in your imagination. #CreateGreatThings

Speakers
avatar for Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson

Math Teacher, Jacksonville High School
Using his background in Mathematics and Art, Phil doesn't just do math... he dreams it into life and bottles it up at the front of a classroom. Winner of the "Bill Russell Award for Excellence in Education," Phil has taught exclusively at Jacksonville High School since his 2013 collegiate... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Plaza F

8:00am CST

Formative Assessments for Blended Learning - You Got That, Right?
Formative assessments lend themselves to online learning, whether it is remote learning or blended learning. Dive into the reasons and benefits of formative assessments, and then take a quick tour of several formative assessment platforms, including your favorites, with options for classroom use.

Speakers
avatar for John Langley

John Langley

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pleasant Plains CUSD#8
John Langley is the current president of Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and a member of the Mid-Central Region Scholastic Art Board. He has been an educator for 24 years at Pleasant Plains School District. The first 16 years of his career, he taught high school English, speech... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Plaza B

8:00am CST

Get Certified by MicrosoftEDU
Interested in becoming part of MicrosoftEDU's elite Showcase School Program? Want to learn the difference between MIE, MIEE, and MCE?  Heard about Minecraft Global Mentors but don't know what they actually do? Join this session to learn about Microsoft EDU's paths to certification and recognition for both you and your school or district!  We will cover what the various processes entail, from laying the groundwork in your school community, to the application process, to the befits and perks of being accepted into each of the programs.  This session will be an informal discussion where we will share the process and path to becoming Microsoft certified and discuss with participants how they can bring the Microsoft EDU mentality back to their home schools.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Kelly

Holly Kelly

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Holly Kelly is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center, East Illinois. She facilitates professional learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and technology staff that support digital teaching and learning. Holly provides onsite... Read More →
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Colleen Kaplan

Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Capital II

8:00am CST

Getting Started with Google Script
Speakers
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Adam Geisen

Technology Director, Pontiac William Holliday SD #105
Adam Geisen has been in education since 2000 and taught high school English at Triad High School in Troy, IL, until 2017. At that point his role changed as he became one of two Technology Integration Coaches in his district. Since then he has become a Google Certified Trainer and... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Plaza D

8:00am CST

Google Slides make Teaching and Learning Interactive
Are you looking for ways to make your teaching and learning interactive? Google Slides is the answer. More than a presentation app, in Google Slides you are able to make interactive lessons, hidden pictures, discussion boards and more. Participants will learn how to create engaging and interactive lessons for their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Moulton

Kari Moulton

Technology Instructional Coach, Bourbonnais SD 53
Kari has been incorporating technology in her classroom for the past twelve years. Starting with smartboards in the classroom to now 1:1 devices, Kari is constantly looking for ways to engage her students in technology. As a Technology Instructional Coach in her district, Kari leads... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Governor

8:00am CST

Have We Got a Site for You!
Create your own classroom website using Google Sites. It’s a powerful way to connect with parents and students. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Post assignments, documents, tech-tips, calendars and announcements and AS AN ADDED BONUS, you'll walk away with your very own classroom website.

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Cindy Bulthuis

5th Grade Teacher, Woodgate Elementary School
After a career in the legal field for 10 years, Cindy Bulthuis is currently in her fifth year of teaching 5th grade in Matteson, Illinois. She is passionate about educational equality, promoting the use of educational technology and not forgetting the importance of science and social... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Capital IV

8:00am CST

8:00am CST

Press Record: Tips to Infuse Creativity and Choice into Your Classroom
Students live in the world of images and videos. Meet them where they are and teach them to integrate these skills into their learning products. Encouraging student choice on products and processes will increase student engagement. Students can tell their story through new mediums: video, podcast, photography, digital design, and digital drawing. Teachers do not have to be an expert in these areas to bring them into the classroom. Attendees will be shown a variety of free applications that can be used on multiple devices, as well as high-quality resources. Educators can transform their classroom by offering multiple products, students can learn a new skill or showcase their current skills and even become the teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Parrish

Kerry Parrish

Art Educator and Instructional Technology Coach, D155
Kerry Parrish has been teaching Visual Arts for 25 years and has been an Instructional Technology Coach for 6 years. She has presented at ISTE, ISTE Creative Constructor Lab, CUElive, IDEA/TCEA, ITC, LTCIlliois, NAEA, and IAEA. As an art teacher, she frequently looks art edtech through... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Springfield

8:00am CST

Telling Lies for Grades and Learning
The title is in jest, sort of.  This session will introduce you to a deceptively simple game format that opens the doors to learning that sticks. And, it can apply to any school subject in junior high, high school and college. Bring an inquiring mind and a sense of humor. Let's have some fun.

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Butch Wilson

Director of Instructional Technology, MVTHS #201
About.me/butch_wilson


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Illinois

8:00am CST

EDR Not Your Mother's Antivirus
The attackers are getting more sophisticated tools. Are your security tools keeping pace? In the middle of a cybersecurity arms race, it's important to keep up with the state of the art in defenses. Extended Detection and Response software is the latest tool to help in the battle. Learn how EDR can block attacks that antivirus may not even detect.

Speakers
avatar for RedEye Network Solutions

RedEye Network Solutions

RedEye Network Solutions
Communication technology


Friday November 19, 2021 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Capital I

9:00am CST

CANCELED - I've Made All This Digital Content. Now What? - Flipping Your Classroom
Have you created  A LOT of digital content during the last couple school years? If so, then you are ready to flip your classroom! It's the next logical step in your technology integration. The time is now! Join us for some EdTech inspiration and motivation as we discuss getting past the barriers to flipping your curriculum.

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model where the traditional lecture and homework elements are reversed. Pre-recorded digital content is viewed before class. In-class time is repurposed so students can inquire about lecture content, apply their knowledge, and participate in hands-on activities. By reversing the traditional lecture and homework elements and integrating engaged-learning activities, educators can transition their class from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered environment. Making this transition will completely change the dynamics of the classroom and revolutionize your curriculum.

Come discover the possibilities offered by the flipped classroom model as we explore the technology that will make implementation in your classroom a breeze.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Cipfl

Joe Cipfl

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Joe Cipfl is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. He facilitates professional learning events regionally; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and technology... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Plaza A

9:00am CST

Converting Laptops and Desktops to Chrome OS
Why recycle old desktops and laptops when they can be turned into Chromebooks? Many districts have turned to Cloudready by Neverware to extend the life and use of older laptops and desktops. Bringing older machines into the Google Admin Console is a sure fire plus and saving big bucks by not having to purchase new hardware is a no brainer! It's easy to install and maintain.  And for those struggling to find additional chromebooks for virtual learning, this is a great solution to this ongoing problem.  With Neverware, EOL and AUE become mere myths.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Brehm

Mike Brehm

Technology Consultant, Brehm Technology Consulting
After retiring from public education in 2016, I continue to provide technology services to several entities throughout my immediate geographic area. I also have time to sharpen my golf skills!


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Illinois

9:00am CST

9:00am CST

Digital Citizenship Evolved - Today’s DigCit
Learn how to teach and model appropriate digital citizenship in online communications, online comments, discussion posts, photo posts, profiles, and licensing (Creative Commons and Public Domain vs. Copyright). Includes the DigCitCommit focus areas: Inclusive, Informed, Engaged, Balanced, Alert.

Speakers
avatar for John Langley

John Langley

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pleasant Plains CUSD#8
John Langley is the current president of Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and a member of the Mid-Central Region Scholastic Art Board. He has been an educator for 24 years at Pleasant Plains School District. The first 16 years of his career, he taught high school English, speech... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Plaza B

9:00am CST

Game on! Using Game-Based Learning to Engage and Empower your Students
Take student learning to the next level with a gamified classroom! Incorporate strategies such as challenges, quests, leaderboards, and badges to ignite new levels of excitement for learning. This session will focus on utilizing a variety of tech-based and old-school games to engage students virtually or in-person. Are you ready to get your game on?

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Tasha Ohotzke

Student-Centered Instructional Coach, Homer 33C
Tasha Ohotzke is currently a student-centered instructional coach, but has spent the past 18 years teaching third grade in Homer Glen, Illinois. She is passionate about educational technology, gamification and developing a growth mindset. She has presented at IETC for the past 5 years... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Capital IV

9:00am CST

Google Goodness
This session will focus on the plethora of resources provided by Google Chrome browser for teachers and students. Over 30 things you can do with the browser alone will be featured. As time allows, we will move on to more Google resources for your classroom use.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Technology Director, St. Paul's Lutheran School
Mark has been the director of technology at St. Paul's Lutheran School now in Bourbonnais since 1999. He has been a teacher since 1982. He not only is the network administrator, but teaches computing skills to kindergarten through eighth graders each week. He has led groups and sessions... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Plaza C

9:00am CST

Implementing Computer Science into K-5 Classrooms with CS Fundamentals
Code.org CS Fundamentals is a free, easy way to incorporate computer science into any classroom.  Learn the basics of how to get started with Code.org as dive into setting up a class, assigning content that's best for your students, and trying out some online and unplugged activities that you can start with your students immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Phelps

Sarah Phelps

Instructional Technology Coach, Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Springfield

9:00am CST

Personalize Learning with Self Paced Classrooms
You have a wide range of skills, learning styles, attendance, and personality in your classroom. Engage and challenge EVERY student by initiating the use of self-paced units! In this workshop, you will be introduced to different models of self-paced classrooms, hear about how this transformed my own classroom, and create at least one self-paced unit to use in your classroom. In addition to the unit materials, you'll walk away with communication materials to explain expectations, the general design of the unit and how the grading will work, and more for parents, students, and your peers. This workshop is great for teachers and technology/instructional coaches alike to try out some new strategies and use time to plan out what this would look like in their schools and classrooms!

Speakers

Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Governor

9:00am CST

Starting a Podcast: You've got an idea, now what?
Podcasts can be excellent sources of information, inspiration, and innovation, and anyone with a topic and a desire to share what they know can contribute to the conversation! In this session, Dave and Adam will record a podcast while we show you how we got ours started only a few short months ago and how you can start your own. We'll cover topics like organizing episodes, microphones and recording strategies, types of distribution apps you can use, issues we ran into, and so much more. You'll leave with resources and tips for sounding like a professional from the start, and getting your podcast out there for everyone to hear!

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Adam Geisen

Technology Director, Pontiac William Holliday SD #105
Adam Geisen has been in education since 2000 and taught high school English at Triad High School in Troy, IL, until 2017. At that point his role changed as he became one of two Technology Integration Coaches in his district. Since then he has become a Google Certified Trainer and... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Plaza D

9:00am CST

Teacher Self-Care and Personal Welfare
Ask educators how they’re feeling at this moment, and a good number of them will tell you they’re anxious and stressed! With the Coronavirus still plaguing our country, the news feed going bonkers, and the reality of virtual learning, in-person work, or a hybrid model (or all three!), educators have plates that are completely full! “Teacher tired” is real! But as we know, it’s impossible to fill someone else’s cup if our own is empty. This session will fill up your educator cup! Participants will take away dozens of easy self-care practices which will destress their mind, remove anxieties about this school year, and restore their soul’s peace.

Speakers
avatar for Dwayne Reed

Dwayne Reed

Teaching phenom and educational activist, Dwayne Reed, has been crisscrossing the globe, promoting his message of love and equity in education. After seeing viral success with the release of his educational music video, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," and appearing on Good Morning America... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Plaza F

9:00am CST

SMART – Answers for All Learning Environments
Do you have files in multiple applications? Combine them into one file, add games and activities, then share it to student devices so they have their own copy - no matter when or where the student is learning. In this session, we will explore how SMART Interactive Flat Panels, SMART Notebook software and SMART Learning Suite Online (aka LUMIO) make student engagement a priority in all learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Tulin

Jean Tulin

SMART Certified Trainer, Bradfield's
Bradfield's can help improve productivity in the classroom with technology solutions that make learning fun and interactive. See us for your SMART Board Interactive Displays with training, Epson projectors, and classroom audio.  We are an authorized reseller for both HP/Lexmark printers... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Capital I

9:00am CST

You Can Do THAT with the Zoom Client!? Introducing, Zoom Phone!
We know you're curious about Zoom Phone, but the future of Zoom is around Zoom being a platform.   A great way to see manifestations of that is by looking at the Zoom client.    Many of you might be just using it for Meetings, but did you know you can use it for all of your real-time modalities, namely Meetings, Messaging, Calling AND SMS!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Lozano

Megan Lozano

Zoom
Communication technology
avatar for John Fiske

John Fiske

K-12 Leadership, Zoom
I am Zoom's K-12 expert for the central United States. I enjoy long walks on the beach, communications strategy, and talking about K-12 Education. The last 2 years have propelled forward the use of a variety of communication types in school districts. Navigating the most efficient... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am CST
Capital II

10:00am CST

Dedicated Exhibit Hall
Friday November 19, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CST
Exhibit Hall

11:00am CST

App Smashing with Office 365
Join us for an interactive demonstration of how to mix and match Office 365 apps to create unique learning experiences for your students.  From Flipgrid to Forms and everything in between, we will be smashing apps and leveling up our skills!

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Colleen Kaplan

Learning Technology Center of Illinois


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Capital II

11:00am CST

Canceled - 3D Printing FUNdamentals
Are you wondering what's next in your technology integration? Do you want to take your tech integration to the next level? Join us for an informative session on the basics of 3D printing and 3D printers. We will explore the fundamentals of 3D printing, the software and apps needed for successful printing, the best printers for education, how to plan for a 3D printing space, and some curriculum integration essentials. 3D printing has SO many real-world, practical applications and can be easily integrated at any grade level across the curriculum… Come see how!

Speakers
avatar for Joe Cipfl

Joe Cipfl

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois
Joe Cipfl is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. He facilitates professional learning events regionally; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and technology... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Plaza A

11:00am CST

Design with Google Slides
Google Slides is often used in the classroom as a way for students to share their learning. However, the features and tools within Google Slides allows for it to be used in many other ways.

Participants will learn how to reset their thinking and begin creating interactive activities and/or lessons for their students to implement the 4Cs. Throughout the session, participants will use their device and Google account to practice the skills and tools being showcased. The session will start by breaking down the necessary steps in planning and setup of creating a Slides activity using the Backwards Design model. This includes page setup, themes, forced copy and other pertinent skills. We will also focus on the importance of the Master Slide aspect and how it can be used in various ways. Discussion of different features that can be inserted into Slides (animations, images, videos, etc.) as well as different formats will be included.

Google Slides is often used in the classroom as a way for students to share their learning. However, the features and tools within Google Slides allows for it to be used in many other ways. Participants will learn how to reset their thinking and begin creating interactive activities and/or lessons for their students to implement the 4Cs. Throughout the session, participants will use their device and Google account to practice the skills and tools being showcased. The session will start by breaking down the necessary steps in planning and setup of creating a Slides activity using the Backwards Design model. This includes page setup, themes, forced copy and other pertinent skills. We will also focus on the importance of the Master Slide aspect and how it can be used in various ways. Discussion of different features that can be inserted into Slides (animations, images, videos, etc.) as well as different formats will be included. Activities created using Slides will support collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity in the classroom. Changing how you use Slides can change the way your students learn.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Coach, Central District 301
Gail Stover is in her 21st year as an educator in Central District #301, Burlington, IL. She spent 13 years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, Second and Fifth grade. The last eight years Gail has been an Instructional Coach. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the... Read More →
avatar for Leah Herold

Leah Herold

Instructional Coach, Central District 301
Leah Herold is in her 16th year as an educator in Central District #301. This is her seventh year of being an Instructional Coach. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. Leah is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Plaza C

11:00am CST

Digital Portfolios for Student-Owned Learning
The 3 types of student portfolios and their purposes will be covered. Digital portfolio tools such as SeeSaw, Google Sites, Blogger, etc. will be shown as well as examples of student portfolios. Student portfolios are an amazing tool to both demonstrate and showcase learning.

Speakers
avatar for John Langley

John Langley

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pleasant Plains CUSD#8
John Langley is the current president of Illinois Digital Educators Alliance and a member of the Mid-Central Region Scholastic Art Board. He has been an educator for 24 years at Pleasant Plains School District. The first 16 years of his career, he taught high school English, speech... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Plaza B

11:00am CST

Ever Wonder How To.....
Ever wonder how those cool Pixel Art Reveal pictures are made. Ever think if they're hard to do. Ever wonder how to add those "Click to add Text" boxes on slides. Well no need to pay for Pixel Art reveal when you can create them yourself. This session will show you how they are created as well as how to tweak Google Slides so that you don't always have to change the font, size, color, background, add "Click to add text" boxes , and add a byline that will show up on each slide. Bring a device so you can work along in this "How to" session. This is geared towards K-5, but Ever wonder how those cool Pixel Art Reveal pictures are made? Ever think if they're hard to do? Ever wonder how to add those "Click to Add Text" boxes on slides? Well, no need to pay for Pixel Art reveal when you can create them yourself. This session will show you how they are created as well as how to tweak Google Slides so that you don't always have to change the font, size, color, background, add "Click to add text" boxes, and add a byline that will show up on each slide. Bring a device so you can work along in this "How to" session. This is geared towards K-5, but could be used at all grade levels and subjects. These are also skills that students could be taught as well.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Hahnenkamp

Kim Hahnenkamp

Elementary Technology Integration Specialist, Pana Unit #8
Kim Hahnenkamp has been an educator for 33 years, 32 years as an elementary teacher (2nd grade for 27 of those years) and is in her second year as the Elementary Technology Integration Specialist role for Pana Unit #8. She has presented at IETC several times. She has also taken 2... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Governor

11:00am CST

Get Your Workout On in Google Workspace
Exercise your way to great Google Workspace health by participating in this “gym-packed” session about extensions, apps, add-ons, and settings! Learn more about this session at tricialouis.com/ietc-nov-21

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Louis

Tricia Louis

District Technology Integration Professional, Richland School District
Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is proud to be a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer, Apple... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Plaza D

11:00am CST

Google Earth: More Than Just A Map
In the past, Google Earth has been thought of as a great map and a digital globe tool for social studies classrooms. However, recent updates have turned this webtool into a presentation powerhouse for all classrooms! In this session we will walk through many of the little know features in Google Earth and learn how to create presentation for our classrooms. Best of all, any of your students can use this tool for their own presentations!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

Instructional technology Coach, Central School Dist #301
An educator since 1998, Michael taught 8th grade science and social studies teacher for 16 years before moving into the position of Instructional Technologist in Central School District 301. Michael has assisted in the planning and implementation of an aggressive 1 to 1, K-12, single... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Plaza F

11:00am CST

11:00am CST

More Time for Student Engagement: Inside the Flipped Classroom
This session shows how the flipped classroom model can give you more classroom time to work with students by removing direct instruction (lecture) from classroom time. This time can be used to apply information, work with individual students, provide social and emotional learning supports (SEL), and allow for collaboration time. This is especially important with equity, remote & hybrid learning & demonstrates a better use of synchronous & asynchronous instructional time to improve learning outcomes.

This session will include for main areas: 1) Today’s New Teaching ‘Realities’; 2) ESSA and Blended Learning; 3) Flipped Basics and Beyond; and 4) Remember your ‘Why’ & Practical Ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Pulley

Philip Pulley

Teacher/Tech Aide, Fieldcrest High School CUSD 6
A social studies, speech, & video teacher with 11 years teaching in 1:1 environment, 5 years with Schoology. (Presentations follow) Phil is a PowerSchool Champion, Schoology Ambassador, and former Ambassador of the year. His doctoral studies focused on flipped learning, educational... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Capital IV

11:00am CST

Six Word Memoir Digital Style
Connect with your students & allow them to share their perspectives & identity by using a digitized version of the Six Word Memoir, which was first popularized by Ernest Hemingway. Leverage student creativity & amplify student voice through using design features in Adobe Spark Post and Google Sites to create & share. This session will demonstrate the process & show student examples to inspire your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schroeder

Shannon Schroeder

8th LA & District Instructional Technology Coach, Homer 33 C CCSD
Shannon Schroeder is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Homer Jr. High in Homer Glen. She is a Google Certified Trainer and the district instructional technology coach leader. She is passionate about teaching with craftsmanship, meaningful... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Springfield

11:00am CST

Veeam Backup - It May Save You From Disaster
Modernize your data protection and eliminate downtime with Veeam Backup & Replication, the simple, flexible, and reliable solution for protecting your data. Veeam Backup & Replication is the foundation of the Veeam Platform, providing backup, recovery and replication for your critical workloads including VMware, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Windows, Linux, NAS, enterprise apps and much more. Data protection that’s simple to deploy and easy to use.

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Rick Lawsha

Data Retention Engineer, RedEye Network Solutions
Rick Lawsha was the Technology Director at CUSD 205 in Galesburg Illinois for 23 years. Since retirement from CUSD 205 Rick has been employed at RedEye Network Solutions as a Data Retention Engineer and is in charge of a Veeam Cloud based network with tenants from the Education, HealthCare... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CST
Capital I

12:00pm CST

Lunch
A boxed lunch is served in the ballroom 30 minutes before the keynote starts. 

Friday November 19, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm CST
Ballroom

12:30pm CST

Keynote (Dwayne Reed)
"Being the Educator your Scholars Need"

Filled with tons of SEL, restorative justice practices, and trauma-informed talking points, Reed will help educators re-discover their "WHY" of teaching, and will emphasize the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with scholars.

Each participant will leave with dozens of practical, relationship-building strategies which can immediately be implemented in their classroom or school environment.

Friday November 19, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Ballroom

1:40pm CST

Customizing Chrome
Participants will learn how to customize Google Chrome to meet their needs, including tweaking settings, using extensions, and tips and tricks to maximize your workflow. Take what you've learned and apply it with your students and colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for DJ Rudd

DJ Rudd

Upper Primary Teacher, Springfield Ball Charter School
DJ Rudd is nearing a decade of teaching, most recently as an Upper Primary Teacher (2nd and 3rd grade) at Springfield Ball Charter School. He attended Blackburn College and Illinois State University and has presented for the Taming Tech Conference at Bradley University, as well as... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 1:40pm - 2:30pm CST
Plaza B

1:40pm CST

Google's Applied Digital Skills
A walkthrough of Google's Applied Digital Skills course and how I have used it over the past few years with seventh and eighth graders

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Technology Director, St. Paul's Lutheran School
Mark has been the director of technology at St. Paul's Lutheran School now in Bourbonnais since 1999. He has been a teacher since 1982. He not only is the network administrator, but teaches computing skills to kindergarten through eighth graders each week. He has led groups and sessions... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 1:40pm - 2:30pm CST
Plaza A

1:40pm CST

Mastering the Master Slide
In Google Slides, working on the Master Slide and creating presentations that students can manipulate without fear is empowering!! In this session, we will work in the Master Slide area of Google Slides to learn how to create templates and activities that students and teachers alike will enjoy working on!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist since 2016.Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership andDesign with a focus on Instructional Technology. Her goals and aspirations are to help everyteacher... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 1:40pm - 2:30pm CST
Plaza D

1:40pm CST

Targeted Feedback
Feedback can be a valuable tool in supporting student and teacher growth. Effective feedback can promote an environment of continuous learning and improvement. Formative assessments driven by learning targets generate opportunities to give effective feedback and foster growth. In this session, participants will investigate different types of feedback and the components needed for it to be effective. Participants will reflect on past feedback strategies they have used and their impact on student (or teacher) learning. A variety of strategies and delivery methods (i.e. verbal, written, or digital) will be shared and practiced in this session. Regardless of your role in education, the key strategies for effective feedback can be applied to students and as well as educators. Feedback provides the opportunity to improve.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Coach, Central District 301
Gail Stover is in her 21st year as an educator in Central District #301, Burlington, IL. She spent 13 years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, Second and Fifth grade. The last eight years Gail has been an Instructional Coach. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the... Read More →
avatar for Leah Herold

Leah Herold

Instructional Coach, Central District 301
Leah Herold is in her 16th year as an educator in Central District #301. This is her seventh year of being an Instructional Coach. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for nine years. Leah is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 1:40pm - 2:30pm CST
Plaza C

1:40pm CST

Using "Real World" Classrooms to Meet The Standards
Make your writing class more meaningful! Learn how to use project-based learning units to foster a sense of competence, encourage student curiosity, and embrace a career-based form of collaborative learning! Join me to learn how to inspire students to write for a purpose and maybe just change the world! (Note: This approach is also useful in other subjects areas because students find themselves writing in nearly every curricular subject!)

Speakers
avatar for LeAnn Fujimoto

LeAnn Fujimoto

8th grade Science & Language Arts Teacher, McLean County Unit 5 School District
LeAnn is a middle school educator with over 30 years of experience in the classroom, along with many years of experience helping fellow teachers design and implement activities that engage and inspire students. Teachers get excited about using LeAnn’s activities that not only meet... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 1:40pm - 2:30pm CST
Plaza F
 
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