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Monday, February 24
 

8:00am

Monday Keynote/Opening Session: Being The Educator Your Scholars Need
The first step in being the educator your scholars need is to build relationships with them! Teaching phenom, and relationship-building expert, Mr. Reed, will inspire your teachers in the art of Maslow before Bloom, which means getting kids to know you care before they care about what you know. Each participant will take-away dozens of practical, relationship-building skills and strategies which can immediately be implemented in their classroom. Teacher-leaders will also benefit from the lessons learned in this session!

Opening Presenter:
The Power of Curiosity (Nate Butkus)
Students like me are curious and we have a lot of questions. The answers we get can feed our imaginations and help us think big.  



Presenters
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 →


Monday February 24, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom

8:00am

The Power of Curiosity
Students like me are curious and we have a lot of questions. The answers we get can feed our imaginations and help us think big.  

Presenters
avatar for Nate Butkus

Nate Butkus

Hosted by fourth grader Nate Butkus, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Nate started his podcast just before entering kindergarten with an approach to interviewing that's been described as "explain it to me... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom

9:30am

A Meaningful Pathway: Implementing a High School Education Intern Class for Future Educators
In the fall of 2019, Elmwood School District #322 created a new course, Education Internship, geared toward helping high school students who aspire to become future educators learn more about the profession through authentic and practical learning experiences. The goal of this session is to show the many reasons why it is important for districts to explore new pathways and competencies for students and the opportunities these can provide them. During this session, attendees will learn more about the steps it takes to get approval, how to implement a new class, and ways to develop the curriculum.
Also, Elmwood School’s first Education Intern, senior Greta Inskeep, will highlight her experiences in this class. She will offer a first hand account of her experiences observing classroom instruction and management, reflecting on practical applications of theories, utilizing transformative technologies, and creating standards-aligned unit plans. Presenters will also illustrate how ISTE Student Standards are strongly embedded into this class. More specifically, presenters will make connections to the Empowered Learner Standard, Creative Communicator Standard, and the Knowledge Constructor Standard through their presentation. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to implement this class and how to offer meaningful experiences to future educators.

Presenters
avatar for Marcy Brugger

Marcy Brugger

My name is Marcy Brugger. I have been in education for 9 years. I have taught various grade levels including 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. This is my first year in the role of District Technology Integration Specialist at Elmwood Community Schools #322. I am a graduate of Bradley... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki is the K-12 Instructional Coach for Elmwood Community School District in Elmwood, IL. She previously taught English and mass communications classes as well as an interdisciplinary English III/US history course at Princeville Junior/Senior High School. Prior to that... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg H

9:30am

Applying Digital Skills to "Non Digital" classes
How can you incorporate technological skills and ideas into math & science “hands-on” courses? Challenges arise when teaching courses that still require physical materials while trying to incorporate technology. We believe these digital skills are as important as our content curriculum, so we’re sharing ideas of how we’ve worked to integrate technology into our hands on courses.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Many

Julie Many

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Neuqua Valley High School

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

Bringing Home the Conference
Educational technology and its pedagogy changes rapidly. Conferences bring forth a multitude of minds together to share ideas in jam packed events. Still, the following question remains. How is one to apply the learning from a conference to their own organization? This session will explore tips and tricks for how to gather information in an organized way, and then share it with others after the conference ends. These tips and tricks will be generated by both the presenter, and the audience in an interactive 60 minutes. This session is for first time attendees, or veterans who need a refresher in how to best apply newly acquired practices in their institution. Presentation resources can be seen here: https://tinyurl.com/bhcidea2020

Presenters
avatar for Mia Gutsell

Mia Gutsell

Instructional Technology Specialist, Besenville School District 2
Mia Gutsell is a certified Instructional Design Coach and Social Science teacher. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist. She is passionate about the ability of technology to foster collaboration and com... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria (2nd floor)

9:30am

Design Thinking for Educators
In this hour long session, participants will explore the five phases of the design thinking process to develop understanding of how design might be applied to solve problems, generate solutions, and test prototypes in the classroom. No prior design experience needed! Come learn how design thinking can support learning outcomes through authentic design-based learning.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Exploration Threshold

9:30am

Digging in with Digital Natives
One-third of the population of Illinois are digital natives, but what do we really know about this growing and evolving species? As classrooms go 1:1 and smart phones operate our social and educational lives, do educators really understand HOW and WHY digital natives use technology? Join in our student panel discussion to learn about how technology supports and thwarts equity, social emotional learning, and high impact instruction.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Reitz

Wendy Reitz

Teacher, Maine East
My goal of technology use in the classroom is to find ways to incorporate helpful technology that is easy for the creator to make, enhancing for the user to use, and NOT a substitute for valuable, ever-so-important, human interaction.

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg B

9:30am

Engage, Enhance, Extend through Digital Production
Attendees will explore video, graphic, and audio digital production tools that can be used to facilitate the Triple E Framework for technology integration. Through these user-friendly and mostly free programs, students can take ownership of their learning, communicate their understanding, seek feedback from peers, and publish for an authentic audience. Participants will leave with projects and ideas they can use across subjects and grade levels.

Presenters
avatar for Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman

Info Tech Specialist, Frederick School, CCSD 46
Hello, I am a Google Certified Trainer and Apple Teacher who is interested in the ways we have students leverage technology to create. In my current role I split time between teaching a 5th and 6th grade technology class and helping run various tech projects and coaching staff on... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F

9:30am

Everyone Can Create - Ignite Creativity with iPad
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing with iPad. In this session, you’ll get hands-on with some of the music and drawing lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Apple

Apple

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Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia D (Apple)

9:30am

Getting STEAMy with Design Thinking
This session will discuss the partnership between Brookfield La Grange Park District 95 and TinkRworks to develop a STEAM Lab focused on design thinking and multidisciplinary project based learning. With or without a physical space or advanced resources, a solid STEAM program can be designed! Come learn about how to begin the process of designing an effective STEAM program that allows students to think critically and create!

Presenters
avatar for Megan Hacholski

Megan Hacholski

STEAM Lab Coordinator, S.E. Gross Middle School, Brookfield La Grange Park District 95

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E

9:30am

Google Classroom 101
Join us for a hands-on session to learn how to create a class, add students, push out and organize assignments in the new Classwork page, differentiate, use the associated Calendar and more.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

9:30am

How to Implement a Purposeful eLearning School Day
Can you imagine teaching your students with a cup of coffee while lounging in your pajamas, all in the comfort of your own home? Learn about how we successfully rolled out and prepared teachers to facilitate a productive lesson even when students weren’t at school. We will share our professional development plan that included reaching all levels of our teachers: those who were apprehensive, those who didn’t want to “lose” a day and those who were ready to roll. We helped staff feel fully prepared for the day so that their instruction was purposeful, relevant and in stride with their planned lessons. Topics include organization of materials, communicating with students, quality vs. quantity of work, digital tools for learning, feedback, and reflection. Additionally, we’ll touch on some of the logistical details such as attendance, staff expectations, etc.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Wargin

Jennifer Wargin

Instructional Coaching, Art Education, all things Apple, eLearning, Sketchnoting and Social Emotional Learning! That’s my jam!

Co-Presenters
avatar for Janet Meyers

Janet Meyers

Technology Coach, Oak Lawn Community High School
Janet Meyers has been a business/technology teacher at Oak Lawn High School for 23 years. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University Business School, Mrs. Meyers obtained her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in school leadership from Olivet Nazarene... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana C

9:30am

Let’s Chat: Promoting Relationships & Conversations Digitally and Beyond
Let’s face it fostering relationships with our students is vital in creating a positive culture and climate in our classrooms as well as encouraging student engagement. When we let all learners have a voice though we empower them! Join us as we share our favorite ways to promote relationships and conversations all while teaching students how to balance between screens and face to face chats.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

5th grade teacher, Dunlap School District

Co-Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Pitzer

Stefanie Pitzer

Instructional Coach, Dunlap District 323
My name is Stefanie Pitzer and I'm a former 2nd grade teacher of 11 years. I'm in my third year of being an instructional coach for the Dunlap School District. I'm also a Seesaw and Flipgrid Ambassador. I love empowering educators to create meaningful learning experiences for their... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C

9:30am

Maria and Jen’s Green Screen Magic Show!
1. What is Green Screen, anyways?
2. How Green Screen works in WeVideo on the web
3. Green Screen on the iPad app
4. WeVideo Essentials Library for Green Screen resources
5. Anything that’s green is subject to “green-screening”
6. Ideas! Ideas! Ideas!
7. Take your own green screen photos
8. Make a Green Screen thing

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Leban

Jennifer Leban

Creative Technology Teacher, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Jennifer Leban is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified Teacher, Jennifer teaches creative technology and visual arts classes at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. In 2018, Jennifer was... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

9:30am

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Adventure Threshold

9:30am

Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age
Today, propaganda is everywhere, as algorithms bring highly personalized videos, social media posts and memes directly to our cell phones. Learn how to explore the topic of propaganda with learners in middle-school and high school as a means to advance digital literacy competencies in this dynamic hands-on, minds-on session with Renee Hobbs.

Presenters
avatar for Renee Hobbs

Renee Hobbs

Director, Media Education Lab, University of Rhode Island
Renee Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities in digital and media literacy education. As professor and director of the Media Education Lab, she has helped bring the pedagogy of digital and media literacy to educators in more than 25 states and over a dozen countries. Author... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg D

9:30am

STEAM Scholars: Building a Creative, Progressive Curriculum for your STEAM Program
With the growing popularity of STEAM in schools, many struggle with the implementation of a creative and progressive curriculum. This session will be led by experienced STEAM educators who have been implementing this curriculum over the past 6 years. Attendees will leave with an understanding and confidence to implement STEAM into their school’s environment that allows student choice, voice, and self-directed learning. We will spend a good amount of time showing example projects within our program that have a very minimal cost to those we have invested a good amount of money into. Hope to see you there!

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Wolfe

Jonathan Wolfe

STEAM Facilitator, Alan B. Shepard Middle School
Jon is currently in his sixth year as the Communication Media Arts teacher at Alan B. Shepard Middle School in Deerfield, IL. Passionate about giving students a learning environment in which they can develop their passions creatively while 'failing forward' and using really cool stuff... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Christian Ball

Christian Ball

Teacher, District #109
I currently am in my 19th year of teaching in District #109. A bulk of my career was teaching science, however, I am now in my 5th year of teaching STEM and love every minute of it. Working with my fellow colleague Jon Wolfe has been an absolute blast as we are always trying to re-shape... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg G

9:30am

Student Choice/Student Voice: Using Hyperdocs to Expand Student Learning
What is one of the most challenging aspects of having a successful classroom? Keeping your students engaged while learning at their highest potential. This session will merge the idea of student choice with the practice of using HyperDocs in creative and purposeful ways. We can use Hyperdocs as a “one-stop-shopping” tool that combines hyperlinks, video, higher-level thinking, and student choice all in one neat package. This course will explore the ideas behind Hyperdocs and student choice as well as give participants guided time to create activities to use with your students next week.
Participants should have previous experience with using Google documents and slides.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa O'Hara

Melissa O'Hara

Digital Learning Coach, CUSD 300

Co-Presenters
avatar for Crista Goluch

Crista Goluch

Digital Learning Coach, D300


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana A (Google)

9:30am

Technology Addiction and Surprising Solutions
Do you have students in class who can’t put their cell phones down, even for a second? Do you assign work on the computer, but notice that your students often wander off to other websites that are not related to the topic at hand? Do you have students who come into class with red, bloodshot eyes, and struggle to stay awake because they were up all night long playing video games? Yeah, me too. There is good news, however! After almost 2 years of research, I have some surprising solutions that I would love to share with you. Please join me for a great discussion about technology addiction and how we, as educators, can reduce its negative impact on teaching and learning.

This session will be hosted by Trinity3 Technology (@Trinity3Tech)

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Ratliff

Joshua Ratliff

Professional Learning Specialist, Trinity3 Technology
Josh is a Professional Learning Specialist with Trinity3 Technologies. He is a life-long learner, teacher, and administrator who has dedicated his career to building capacity among educators on the topics of technology integration and digital citizenship.


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Serenity

9:30am

The Coaching Toolkit: G Suite Tools for Automating Coaching Workflows
Tech coaches and specialists juggle many responsibilities. Upgrading your workflows with G Suite Apps and Add-ons will improve your efficiency so you can spend more time directly supporting teachers and students.

If you’re currently implementing (or considering) Coaching Cycles, Badging Systems (microcredentials), Google Certification support, or Pineapple Charts, then consider investing time into developing workflows that make those projects more efficient.

In this session you will learn to:
  • Set up a digital coaching cycle tracking system that documents your support and generates a report for your teachers with a few clicks. 
  • Create a dashboard that organizes and gives you quick access to the many frameworks and standards that you use to support educators.
  • Create a badging system that automates teacher badge requests, allows you to approve and send badges with a few clicks, and displays them publicly for recognition (and to promote a little competition!).
  • Develop a system to help teachers track their own professional development while alerting you of their progress.
  • Set up Pineapple Charts for peer observation to make it easy for teachers to see other teachers teach.
In addition to learning how to set up these systems, you will receive downloads and instructions to get you started.

Make technology work for you as you provide innovative programs to support and motivate your staff!  All solutions presented utilize G Suite (Google Apps).

Presenters
avatar for Eric Santos

Eric Santos

Technology Learning Coach, Mannheim School District 83
I\'m in my 3rd year as a Tech Learning Coach at Mannheim Middle School. Previously I taught middle school Science/STEM for 11 years. I\'m a National Board Certified teacher and a Google Certified Trainer. I also coach basketball and chess club after school. I blog about EdTech... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana B

9:30am

Bringing Prosthetic 3DPrinting to the Classroom
BitSpace, E-NABLE, and 3D Universe present a collaborative workshop designed to engage learners in empathy, problem-solving, and skill building. We’ll share the sessions we created to bring hundreds of students an experience in learning how to print and assemble prosthetic hands. Incorporating anatomy, technology, and digital humanitarianism, teachers will experience an immersive session with the power to change lives that can be adapted to any school, regardless of whether or not you have access to a 3D printer.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Hurley

Mike Hurley

prez, bitspace
Mike Hurley presents an overview of the exciting product and service offerings Bit Space has available to help your school implement hands-on maker-education programs for your students.Bit Space is the leader in maker education for kids. Whether it’s a kid or teen just starting their maker education, an experienced teacher trying to integrate new skills into their... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Gleisten

Samantha Gleisten

Director of Learning, BitSpace
Samantha Gleisten is the Director of Learner Experience Design at BitSpace, where she works to share professional development opportunities in making and constructivist teaching with educators across the country. Prior to her work with Bit Space, Sam was a classroom teacher for 15... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Knowledge

9:30am

Coding Can Take your Teaching to Infinity and Beyond
You have heard the buzz about the benefits of teaching coding. You have seen the robots. Have you tried them? Do you want to try them? Do you know what you can do with them? Do you know what your students can do with them? This session will give you a hands-on opportunity to learn about and try some of the robots that our K-4 students use! You will get the opportunity to try Beebots, Code and Go Mice, Ozobots, Dash and Dot, Sphero, Cubelets, and maybe more! Our students also use "super exclusive building materials" aka free recyclables such as toilet paper and paper towel tubes, to design and build challenges that meet classroom curriculum. Collaborating with classroom teachers enables us to use coding and robotics to not only meet ISTE Standards but to fit into the curriculum as well. Learn how we are building and integrating STEM skills that you can use with your class tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Kirsten Innes

Kirsten Innes

Information Specialist, Prairieview School, CCSD #46
I am the Information Specialist at Prairieview School in CCSD #46. Prior to landing my dream job over 20 years ago, I was a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher. I am a Smart Exemplary Educator, Google Educator Levels 1 & 2, Google Certified Trainer, BrainPop Certified Teacher, Tech4Learning... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

9:30am

Maker Mondays
Trying to find a way to schedule STEM, coding or maker activities into your school? Maker Mondays allows teachers to choose the activities they do and the time slots (set by you) that work for them and their schedule. Providing introductory lessons to students and teachers allows teachers to comfortably use the materials in their own classrooms in the future or plan integrated activities with you.

Presenters
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Amanda Grudzien

Librarian, Lowell Elementary
I started in education as a kindergarten teacher for seven years and have been the librarian at Lowell Elementary in Wheaton for the last seven years. I recently finished my Technology Endorsement through Aurora University. I am a Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educator.


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Imagination

9:30am

Book Bosses: Reading, Thinking, and Creating with Tech
Stories play a powerful role in how students process difficult situations, understand the world, and deepen passions. Led by 11-year old book activist, LivBit amplifies student voice. You’ll learn how using tech tools transforms student thinking, inspires digital creation and becomes stepping stones for student agency and activism. 

Presenters
avatar for Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia Van Ledtje

LivBits
Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) is a reader, thinker, and kids' voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia A

9:30am

The Teacher as a Scholar Activist: Disrupting the Cycle
Schools are the main platforms that can disrupt cycles of injustice and hate. How do teachers take on the task of ensuring that all students are given equal opportunities of success in classrooms?  How do teachers present balanced perspectives and engage students in critical conversations about current events and global issues? This session will provide educators at all grade levels with practical methods to target implicit biases, implement culturally sustaining practices that are systematic, and engage all students on a global platform to build connections and expand classroom walls with the intent of promoting social justice and civic engagement.  Participants will learn how to integrate platforms like Flipgrid, connect with all stakeholders, and articulate and collaborate with global communities as tools to understand and appreciate our diverse country and other parts of the world, including different religions, cultures, and points of view, as essential elements of global and cultural competence.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Founder, Education Unfiltered Consulting
Founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting, Teacher at East Leyden HS, Board Director of Our Voice Alliance @SJEducate


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A

9:30am

PBL, Virtual Reality and Inquiry: Make Learning Immersive and Meaningful
What does the slide deck to teach a child to walk look like? It's a ridiculous question because there are some lessons that a lecture and powerpoint just cannot teach. What makes for a meaningful learning experiences? What do our meaningful experiences have in common? Educational trends such as AR/VR, Action Civics and PBL have and their core one key idea: Situated Cognition. How can we work to create more meaningful experiences for our students and tap into the great power Immersive Learning. I will discuss Situated Cognition and share examples of where it is already relevant. Then discuss how asking "Is the learning situated" we can make our lessons more powerful and school more relevant.

Presenters
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Innovation

9:30am

Sketchnoting for YOU
Welcome to Sketchnote City!  Create your character and wander through the city meeting other IDEACon residents.  Be part of designing the cityscape doodle wall, attend the neighborhood tech store to try out different sketch apps, build your sketchnote bank by designing your character backstory and designing your character’s home and network of friends (including furry friends). Attend the local school room to sit in on one of the sketchnote minilessons, and create your own plumbob hat before you leave. Exchange your contact info with other players at Sketchnote City so you can continue the learning long after IDEACon is done.  

Presenters
avatar for Dana Ladenburger

Dana Ladenburger

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

9:30am

Virtual Field Trips & Connected Educators
In this connected world of streaming content live as it happens, we need to look at how we can harness that global connection in our classrooms! How can we connect with other classrooms, cultures, and experts? How can we bring experiences from all across the globe right into our classrooms with the power of technology?
During this session, we will experience and explore Google Earth, Hangouts, Expeditions, Tour Creator, Arts & Culture, and FlipGrid to connect with other classrooms and create virtual experiences for our students. Many of these sites have pre-made experiences ready to go as well as the ability to customize experiences to your classroom objectives.
When you turn these tools over to your students, they can create unique digital experiences to demonstrate & share their learning as well as connect with other classrooms across the globe.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Powell

Julie Powell

Instructional Technology Coach, Park Ridge-Niles CCSD 64
Julie is her 10th year in the education field and her 3rd year as an Instructional Technology Coach. She previously taught middle school STEM and Mathematics. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics Education from NIU and her masters in Educational Technology Leadership... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Connection

9:30am

Wellness Room
Stop by the Wellness Room and enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle. De-stress with soft lighting, relaxing music, plush pillows, and aromatherapy.

Monday February 24, 2020 9:30am - 4:00pm
Perfection

10:00am

Empowering teachers: How to create an organic Microsoft Teams rollout in your district
This session is for attendees who are looking to rollout and implement an LMS in their school or district. We will specifically explain how we, J. Sterling Morton High School, developed a strategic plan to rollout Microsoft Teams, which included a teacher cohort and teacher experts. We will discuss how our teacher cohort empowered teachers and created an organic rollout of the program. You will also have time to demo Teams as both a student and a teacher!


Presenters
avatar for Joe Ignatius

Joe Ignatius

Account Executive, Microsoft
Account Executive


Monday February 24, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Adventure Threshold

10:45am

1:1...Now what? A Conversation
This session will focus on a conversation regarding how to use 1:1 in a classroom setting. In our first year of using chromebooks, problems and issues will arise. A discussion with the audience about how to work 1:1 to your advantage will be had. Let's learn together!

Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

10:45am

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
avatar for Apple

Apple

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Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

10:45am

Creating a Healthy Technology Balance in the Classroom and the Home
Preparing students for the future includes teaching them basic skills, but also introducing them to existing and changing technologies. Last year, a student told me their average daily screen time was 11 hours per day, but some days were as much as 14 hours on weekends. How does technology affect us, but more importantly how does it affect our students? How can we help and encourage creating a balance when coding, robotics, AI and other technology jobs require hours of screen time to develop skills? How can we assist students in creating a positive “digital” footprint? This presentation will focus on the research answering these questions as well as suggestions and tips to support our students in creating healthy technology habits in the classroom and home.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Rinkel

Jeremy Rinkel

English Teacher, Cowden Herrick High School
Jeremy is a husband, father, high school English teacher and Yoga Teacher. He has earned a Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Teaching from Greenville University. His goal is to inspire students, teachers and anyone he comes into contact... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E

10:45am

Esports in Education
This session will look at esports and its place in education. We will start with what esports is, move to what is happening in education, why folks are adopting it in education and then how to get started. The session will get as technical as the audience would like it to be.    
What is esports?
The history of esports in education
What benefits are there to students?
How would I get started?
What do I need?

Presenters
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Joe McAllister

Education Esports Expert, CDW-G
I have worked with 250 schools around the world on esports in education. I help schools with What is esports?, Why would we do this in school?, How do we get started? and How do we build a program to last.



Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg H

10:45am

Feed Your Student Leaders: Growing Leaders With Student Led Conferences, Service, & Communication
Discover how our district of 1000 rural Illinois students builds student leaders from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Participate in an engaging conversation where we will share how the drive to want more for our students has encouraged us to empower students to lead parent-teacher conferences, IEPS, and community outreach. Our students and teachers even started a food pantry to help hungry families in our district! Explore how technology has made these opportunities possible, and identify ways these small changes could bring opportunities to your students' educational experience.

Presenters
avatar for Jana Zipfel

Jana Zipfel

1St grade teacher
Have taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for 18 years. Passionate about education and technology! I love using Seesaw in my classroom, and many other technology apps/websites since we are a 1:1 district. My classroom and teaching style is flexible and set up to teach at individual levels... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F

10:45am

Google Drawings for Beginners
Google Drawings is a lot easier than you think! This amazing and somewhat forgotten tool allows you to create amazing and visually appealing resources! This will be a hands-on, interactive session that will walk you through the ins and outs of Drawings. Come with an idea and leave with a creative piece of amazingness that YOU create!

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

10:45am

Google Science Journal
Turn phones into a science lab using the free Google Science Journal App. Explore features that are available in the app like sound intensity, pitch, brightness, and learn experiments that you can do with your students tomorrow.

Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana C

10:45am

Google Secrets - Exploring Awesome Teaching & Learning Resources
Google and innovation go hand in hand. We all know that Google Drive, Google Classroom, and Chromebooks have become core resources for many schools. Classrooms are also engaging students with a host of awesome resources connected to Google. Join us as we explore some of Google’s hidden gems and learn that It’s not the tool, it’s how you use it to engage all students.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Science Teacher & Instructional Technology Coordinator, Indian Prairie 204
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor KiamI am a lifelong learner who is always looking for resources and ideas to grow as a teacher and a learner. My focus as a learner is connected to the 4Cs, Student Voice, Student Choice, Curiosity, Inquiry, G... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana A (Google)

10:45am

Hands on Coding with Swift
In this session, participants will learn how our district is using the Learn To Code curriculum in conjunction with robots to teach the fundamentals of coding. We will discuss our Year 1 7-week curriculum in addition to our Year 2 12-week curriculum.

Here is a link to the presentation:

http://bit.ly/Handsoncoding

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Thomen

Lisa Thomen

Coding Teacher, Stratford Middle School

Co-Presenters
avatar for Kevin McCann

Kevin McCann

Coding Teacher, CCSD 93



Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia D (Apple)

10:45am

I Don't Speak Tech - Coaching Teachers to Successful Technology Integration
This session is designed specifically for technology coaches, instructional coaches, those who are in a mentorship role or anyone who wants to learn strategies to work with and support teachers in integrating technology into their curriculum. Our teachers need support! While students seem to be entering this world technology in hand, many of our fellow colleagues did not and the world of education and technology is moving faster than many of us. In this session you will learn strategies for success in helping adults learn and adopt technology skills & processes. The goal is to take teachers from reluctance to self‑confidence in the adoption and infusion of technology in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kristin Lagerquist

Kristin Lagerquist

K-5 Technology Integration Specialist, Sacred Heart Schools
I am the K-5 Technology Integration Specialist at Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, IL. I hold my Google Educator Levels I and II certificates, am a GEG Chicagoland Leader and maintain educator certifications through Symbaloo and Graphite/Common Sense Media. I absolutely love what... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana B

10:45am

Inquiry, Evidence-Based Writing and DBQ Online
The DBQ project is excited to demo the new features of our DBQ Online platform. For those familiar with our methodology, see if the Online version is right for you. For those new to DBQ, receive an overview of our 6-step teaching method and designed to address issues of equity when involving students in historical inquiries using documents. ( Grades 3-12).

Participants will review the interactive tools and features of DBQ Online to understand The DBQ Project's 6-step method. Using DBQ Online teachers can:

  • Provide feedback and grade student work
  • Add co-teachers to their classes
  • Provide detailed instructions to students
  • Assign audio read-aloud of textual documents
  • Customize assignments within a class
  • Assign Essay Builder and/or Guided Essay to guide students through the writing process.

Participants will engage with DBQ Online to learn how the six-step method engages students in critical thinking and evidence-based writing. Bring iPad, Chromebook or laptop.


This session will be hosted by The DBQ Project (@DBQProject )

Presenters
avatar for Paula Frohman

Paula Frohman

Director of Technology, The DBQ Project



Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Serenity

10:45am

Machine Learning for Kids
You may have heard about machine learning and artificial intelligence, which are a popular new field in computer science. It is used in things all around us, like digital assistants, Google Photos, music suggestions, and countless other applications. In this session we will learn the basics of what machine learning is, and we will learn about an easy to use free tool (Machine Learning for Kids) where students can train a machine and test it out, all using the Scratch programming language.

Presenters
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
"I am the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58. I am a Google Certified Teacher. I started my educational career as a high school math teacher. In recent years I have worked in various educational technology roles. I enjoy... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

10:45am

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Adventure Threshold

10:45am

Moonshot Mindset
The Growth Mindset is a good start...but is it enough? Our students will face enormous, unimaginable challenges in the future that require equally radical and big ideas to solve. How do we get them started thinking big NOW so they are ready for tomorrow?
Students with Moonshot Mindsets embrace growth but also see opportunities to transcend the boundaries of traditional learning to take more risks and think bigger. Participants will learn what it takes to teach students about Moonshot Thinking and will attempt to solve an impossible task.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
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Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Exploration Threshold

10:45am

Pop-Up Podcast feat. Coffee with Kenobi (Scheduled/Open Interviews)

Presenters
avatar for Tom Gross

Tom Gross

Tom Gross has been in education for 20 years.  His first 10 years were as a high school classroom teacher of English, Speech and U.S. History.  The most recent 10 years he has spent as a high school librarian currently serving at Washington Community High School.  Besides working... Read More →
avatar for Dan Zehr

Dan Zehr

Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi, the award-winning podcast that examines the Star Wars saga from a place of intelligence and humor. He has been teaching high school English for fourteen years and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. His... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
TBA

10:45am

Reader’s Choice! Leveraging Technology to Allow Student Choice in Reading
This session will focus on leveraging technology to allow students to read the text of their choice while addressing reading comprehension standards. Participants will learn how technology can support the logistics of managing students engaging with a variety of texts in a classroom. Take home resources that you can use in your classroom tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Duffy

Jennifer Duffy

Instructional Coach, Batavia Public Schools #101
Jennifer Duffy is an Instructional Coach for Batavia Public School District. Jennifer is formerly an Instructional Technologist, Special Educator and Assistive Technologist. She believes in leveraging technology to reach all learners.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Angie Sutherland

Angie Sutherland

Educational Consultant, Sutherland Educational Services
Angie Sutherland is an Educational Consultant, a prior Instructional Technologist for Batavia School District, a Google for Education Certified Innovator, and a Google for Education Certified Trainer, an ISTE Certified Educator and Trainer, and a Seesaw Ambassador. She provides support... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Stern

Kristen Stern

Instructional Technologist, Batavia High School
Kristen Stern is an Instructional Technologist for Batavia Public School District. She works with teachers in K-12 support technology integration in a 1:1 environment. She received her ISTE Certification in 2019 and also has her Google Level 1 & 2 certification.



Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G

10:45am

Tech + SEL: Supporting Student Mental Health and Wellness
Technology coaching isn’t just for your teachers!  As a technology coach/specialist, you can partner with your school social workers, counselors, special education teachers, and other personnel that focus on student mental health and wellness.

Sometimes the biggest challenge is knowing where to start. I'll be joined by Marjorie Colindres, bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of our #D83Falcons team. She'll share insights on the challenges faced by school social workers, the solutions we've developed together, and what you need to know to be successful working her counterparts at your school!

Tech coaches/specialists/trainers/leaders will learn to build solutions to common challenges faced by social workers, and will receive downloads of the examples for your own use. We’ll share ideas on familiar G Suite (Google Apps) tools like Forms, Sheets, and Classroom as well as less commonly used tools like Keep, Expeditions.

Put these ideas into practice immediately to build another coaching connection and ally in serving your students. Specific resources we will share:
  • Set up a record keeping system with Google Forms and Sheets, with add-ons that improve efficiency.
  • Create a user-friendly behavior tracking system for daily use by teachers, including data analysis and reporting, for any student on a caseload..
  • Develop a check-in system for students that alerts you when a student is in crisis.
  • Organize calming music collaboratively with colleagues and students, and share it easily as needed.
  • Explore Virtual Reality as a tool for anxiety reduction.
This session is targeted to both tech coaches/specialists who want to support their SEL staff, as well as SEL professionals who want fresh ideas for increasing efficiency and effectiveness. G Suite for Education (Google) Apps will be the focus and access to / basic understanding of G Suite is a prerequisite.

Use technology to make time for what matters - connecting with students!

Presenters
avatar for Eric Santos

Eric Santos

Technology Learning Coach, Mannheim School District 83
I\'m in my 3rd year as a Tech Learning Coach at Mannheim Middle School. Previously I taught middle school Science/STEM for 11 years. I\'m a National Board Certified teacher and a Google Certified Trainer. I also coach basketball and chess club after school. I blog about EdTech... Read More →

Co-Presenters


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

Therapy Dogs - Maine Township/Leyden Presentation
The primary role of a therapy/comfort/help dog in school is to assist individuals who demonstrate symptoms/behaviors/needs such as panic attacks, depression, grief/loss, stress, tension, limited socialization with peers, limited motivation to attend school, reading support and fluency activities, and provide sensory support. Our dogs are in their respective schools on a daily basis.

Patti & Penny, Lizz & Teddy, Cris & Luke


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D

10:45am

Through the Eyes of ELs: Visual Thinking for Your ELs
ELs are an ever growing population who come gifted with a wide range of background knowledge and abilities. Visual thinking and sketchnoting can help ELs tap into what they already know and propel them in their learning. Engage all proficiency levels and improve their retention of English through this dynamic approach.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Harder

Amy Harder

EL / Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
EL / Bilingual Specialist for 16 years. Experience with K - 8 + adult education. Interested in technology, parent engagement, collaboration, ELs and disabilities. Avid reader.

Co-Presenters


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C

10:45am

Using Portfolios & Student Led P/T Conferences to Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Participants will walk away with the knowledge, resources and confidence to transform their traditional parent teacher conferences into a productive meeting that honors each participants' role, highlights students' strengths and weaknesses, focuses on student performance data, fosters a continuous cycle of improvement, and creates a partnership of collaboration and mutual respect. During the session, participants will be introduced to multiple digital tools for curating and presenting student artifacts, explore advantages/drawbacks, and discuss creative ways to implement digital portfolios with limited access to technology. In addition, participants will learn how to select and collect artifacts along with legal considerations educators and administrators should be aware of as a digital tool is selected to aggregate artifacts. Members will receive a brief overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and their responsibilities in protecting student data. Participants from the audience will be enlisted to participate in multiple demonstrations of student led conferences to observe how to facilitate a conversation that models a cycle of continuous improvement in which the parent and student are key stakeholders. Participants will learn how to support parents who are confrontational, shift blame, belittle their child, feel helpless/hopeless/powerless, or believe unfounded assumptions(I was never good at math, so my child will never be good at math). Student led parent teacher conference are an invaluable tool to advance student learning which can be used throughout the year not just during quarterly conference dates established by school districts.

Presenters
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Matthew Todd

Principal, Murphysboro CUSD No. 186


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B

10:45am

Bringing Prosthetic 3DPrinting to the Classroom
BitSpace, E-NABLE, and 3D Universe present a collaborative workshop designed to engage learners in empathy, problem-solving, and skill building. We’ll share the sessions we created to bring hundreds of students an experience in learning how to print and assemble prosthetic hands. Incorporating anatomy, technology, and digital humanitarianism, teachers will experience an immersive session with the power to change lives that can be adapted to any school, regardless of whether or not you have access to a 3D printer.

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Gleisten

Samantha Gleisten

Director of Learning, BitSpace
Samantha Gleisten is the Director of Learner Experience Design at BitSpace, where she works to share professional development opportunities in making and constructivist teaching with educators across the country. Prior to her work with Bit Space, Sam was a classroom teacher for 15... Read More →
avatar for Mike Hurley

Mike Hurley

prez, bitspace
Mike Hurley presents an overview of the exciting product and service offerings Bit Space has available to help your school implement hands-on maker-education programs for your students.Bit Space is the leader in maker education for kids. Whether it’s a kid or teen just starting their maker education, an experienced teacher trying to integrate new skills into their... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Knowledge

10:45am

Engineering in the Classroom: Problem Solvers of Today and Tomorrow
Join us to get hands-on with some engineering design challenges! All students benefit from bringing these creative problem-solving challenges into the classroom. Come discuss why this is important for their present and future. We will share how to use simple materials for engineering challenges. Activities shared have been used in a 7th/8th grade science classroom with a population of students with learning disabilities. We will design and build together during this session. Accessible resources, including Novel Engineering (from Tufts University), will be shared in sample photos from our classroom so you feel empowered to bring engineering back to your own classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Jen Gilbert

Jen Gilbert

Teacher, Hyde Park Day School
Jen Gilbert is a Learning and Behavior Specialist certified in Early Childhood Technology and Engineering Education with a Masters in Science Education (STEM Specialist). When not creating innovative activities with teachers or working on social media integration projects, she can... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Imagination

10:45am

6 Edtechies Share Favorite Tools, Tips, and Techniques for 2020
Join us for a fast-paced (and super fun) session as six edtech educators share their favorite (free) tools, tips, and techniques for the new year! Come fill your toolkit as we cover ready-to-go ideas set for implementing right into instruction: our top picks for literacy, STEM, digital citizenship, and social good.  Short on budget and time, but ready for new ideas that support student voice, inquiry, and creative problem-solving? Let's jump right in and get to sharing! Hope to see you there!

Presenters
avatar for Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Exec Dir, Take Action Global
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally-minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly, she champions teachers to use educational technology for... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Billy Spicer

Integration Specialist, Winnetka Public Schools 36
Integration specialist in suburban Chicago who strives to enhance student learning through meaningful experiences. I also enjoy hotdogs, coffee, and records.
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David Lockhart

Instructional Coach, Big Guy in a Bow Tie Inc
David Lockhart is a little bit of everything. He is a teacher, coach, presenter, maker, and a whole host of other things that all have one goal in mind. Make the classroom different. He did it in his own classroom by bringing a historical news room concept to high school social studies... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Lehotsky

Jenny Lehotsky

Instructional Coach, Downers Grove 58
Jenny is an instructional coach in Downers Grove School District 58. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in a K-8 1:1 environment. She has spent many of these years incorporating STEM and aligning NGSS and CCSS. In 2016, she was chosen to be a TED Ed Innovative Educator and... Read More →
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Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest School District #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, an EdTech national presenter, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. She serves as a captain for Chicago’s Google Education Group, she has also presented at EdTechTeam Summits... Read More →
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Terence White

Technology Learning Coach, Mannheim School District 83
Terence is a Technology Learning Coach at Scott School in Melrose Park, Illinois. In his 9th year of education, Terence is extremely passionate about equity, technology and instilling the love of learning in his students and teachers. As a Certified Google Educator and Innovator... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria (2nd floor)

10:45am

An Intensive Field Trip: Foundations for Conversations on Justice and Equity
For most students, partaking in the interrogation of their identity is difficult.  Many do not comprehend their own positionality in the larger context of the world and how that shapes their perceptions.  This session will walk educators through tips on conducting inclusive critical conversations in the classroom; introduce students to the concepts of intersectionality, power, marginalization, social action, systemic oppression, and civic engagement; use technology to provide students with community leadership opportunities.  Participants will walk through a unit of study with purposeful integration of technology that will help them fulfill the role of collaborators and allies to students; help them learn about their positionality, link to other communities, and lead as agents of change. The session will also focus on teaching students to celebrate and honor differences as well as recognize the importance of individual lived experiences and stories by creating spaces for students to share their stories.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Founder, Education Unfiltered Consulting
Founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting, Teacher at East Leyden HS, Board Director of Our Voice Alliance @SJEducate


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A

10:45am

Using Design Thinking and Technology To Foster Creative Problem Solving
Design thinking is a powerful framework that, when used, can help students create real impact in the world. In this session, participants will learn about how design thinking and technology can help build and improve communities both in school and beyond. Using a design-driven experience curriculum, administrators and education leaders will learn how to introduce this approach in their classrooms to help students use academic skills and knowledge to ideate the solutions to help communities around them.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Director of Innovation, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia A

11:45am

Therapy Dogs - Maine Township/Leyden "Pop-Up"
Watch out for announcements/push notifications for the location. 
Patti & Penny, Lizz & Teddy, Cris & Luke


Monday February 24, 2020 11:45am - 1:45pm
TBA

12:30pm

3D Social Studies: Design, Data, and Destinations
Everything looks better in 3D! Learn how to leverage data, destinations, and design to engage students in the Social Sciences. Come away with usable examples at every level of adoption from BYOD to room scale VR.

Presenters
avatar for Jake Koniak

Jake Koniak

Technology Integrationist 9-12 and 3-4, TCUSD #3
I live and work in the community of Taylorville, IL with my wonderful wife (also a teacher) and two beautiful daughters. I have taught and coached in central Illinois for the last 12 years. My most recent move has been from the Social Studies classroom to the role of technology/innovative... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

12:30pm

A Backstage Pass into Student Thinking: Screencastify as a Formative Assessment Tool
When you use Screencastify as a formative assessment tool, you get an all-access pass into the brains of your students and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their work. (This session will include an early premiere of our newest product.)

This session will be hosted by Screencastify.

Presenters
avatar for Nefertiti Dukes

Nefertiti Dukes

Education Innovation Lead, Screencastify
Education Innovation Lead


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Serenity

12:30pm

Accessibility Is For Everybody
Ever listen to an audio book? Ever increase the font on your screen so you can see it more easily? Accessibility features are designed for people with disabilities but are actually beneficial for everyone! Come and learn from Lisa Berghoff, director of instructional technology and veteran special educator, about the many accessibility features built in to Chrome and Chromebooks. Learn about Universal Design For Learning to empower students to be able to remove barriers to learning. Have an opportunity to play and experiment with the many tools that our students and staff can have at their fingertips.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Berghoff

Lisa Berghoff

Director of Instructional Technology, Highland Park High School
As a high school special education teacher for 19 years, Lisa Berghoff has worked with many students and their families to create unique learning experiences and ensure that they are an authentic part of the school community. She has seen firsthand the possibilities that come with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia C

12:30pm

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
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Apple

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Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

12:30pm

Be a DigCit Superhero! Empowering Students With Embedded Digital Citizenship
Adapted from the Google Be Internet Awesome and the ISTE DigCit campaign, this framework guides students and teachers to engage with digital citizenship in a positive and embedded approach. Create a school-wide culture that encourages students and teachers to consider how they can impact our digital world through responsibility, responsiveness and sharing ideas.

Materials at: bit.ly/IDEADigCit2020

Presenters
avatar for Kristen Stern

Kristen Stern

Instructional Technologist, Batavia High School
Kristen Stern is an Instructional Technologist for Batavia Public School District. She works with teachers in K-12 support technology integration in a 1:1 environment. She received her ISTE Certification in 2019 and also has her Google Level 1 & 2 certification.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Angie Sutherland

Angie Sutherland

Educational Consultant, Sutherland Educational Services
Angie Sutherland is an Educational Consultant, a prior Instructional Technologist for Batavia School District, a Google for Education Certified Innovator, and a Google for Education Certified Trainer, an ISTE Certified Educator and Trainer, and a Seesaw Ambassador. She provides support... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Duffy

Jennifer Duffy

Instructional Coach, Batavia Public Schools #101
Jennifer Duffy is an Instructional Coach for Batavia Public School District. Jennifer is formerly an Instructional Technologist, Special Educator and Assistive Technologist. She believes in leveraging technology to reach all learners.


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana A (Google)

12:30pm

Coffee with Kenobi (Live Podcast Recording)
Presenters
avatar for Tom Gross

Tom Gross

Tom Gross has been in education for 20 years.  His first 10 years were as a high school classroom teacher of English, Speech and U.S. History.  The most recent 10 years he has spent as a high school librarian currently serving at Washington Community High School.  Besides working... Read More →
avatar for Dan Zehr

Dan Zehr

Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi, the award-winning podcast that examines the Star Wars saga from a place of intelligence and humor. He has been teaching high school English for fourteen years and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. His... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Edcamp Chicago Unconference Session

An unconference is very simple.  You propose the topics,  Then gather with like minded people to discuss them.  This EdcampChicago Mini Unconfernece will be a modified Edcamp with 15 minutes sessions.

3 Rules

1.  You make the sessions. - No topic is too small, come and propose the session you need.  
2.  Everybody participates - There is no leader, just a conversation among peers. 
3.  Vote with your feet- If a conversation is not helping, get up and move to one that does.  GO WHERE YOU GROW. 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bueneeJi0r5PO_7bbXTEroY_LF6izeKdhuSZx5jHu8Y/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom

12:30pm

Empowered Learners: Social Media and Technology Intern Program
After three years of working with a social media intern, we decided to expand our program to 20 students! Learn how we implemented a mass communication class to empower our students to take ownership of school pride and branding and how we created a tech intern program to offer "right now" solutions to both teachers and students while giving the interns real-world certifications and experience to prepare them for the future. We'll walk you through the initial boot camps, the first few weeks, and how we run our weekly meetings. Then we'll show examples of student projects and share tips for success!

Presenters
avatar for Joe Sornberger

Joe Sornberger

I am the superintendent at ROWVA #208 in Oneida, Illinois. This is my 8th year as a superintendent and my 16th year in education. Our small, rural school district prides itself on academic excellence and innovation. ROWVA is a Future Ready School District. I would love to share our... Read More →
avatar for Traci Johnson

Traci Johnson

Director of Innovation
Traci is the IDEA 2020 Making IT Happen Award winner! Traci has been teaching high school English for 11 years. This year, she took on the role of Director of Innovation at her district, ROWVA CUSD 208. She earned her M.A. in English in 2012, and she is currently an Authorized ISTE... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg G

12:30pm

Empowering Your Classroom using Microsoft Office 365
In today's digital world, providing an engaging experience in the classroom is as important as ever. Join Microsoft's Education Team to learn how to bring your classroom into the digital age utilizing Office 365 and Microsoft Teams for Education. 

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn Megan Albino

Kathryn Megan Albino

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft
Kathryn Megan (or Kat for short) is the Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store at Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL). Kat has built relationships with Non-profit organizations, schools and the Chicagoland Community for over 3yrs and has a huge passion for working with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Connection

12:30pm

Engage ELs with Developing and Expanding English Proficiency using Tech
The needs of ELs with developing and expanding English proficiency are immense. Tech can engage your EL students and help to boost them to higher levels. During this session, teachers will acquire a "virtual" backpack of tech resources to use with ELs that provide practice and production of language. Discover technology that will help students both acquire and demonstrate their new language, AND learn to evaluate tech tools for learning and academic language.

Presenters
avatar for Jasmine Myalil

Jasmine Myalil

EL Specialist & Coach, Northbrook District 28
Experience with EL/Bilingual Education for 15+ years, Motivated by K - 8 ed + Adult PD. Unapologetically passionate about EL/Bilingual Education, Learning First technology, collaboration, ELs ± disabilities, and parent voice through engagement.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Amy Harder

Amy Harder

EL / Bilingual Specialist, Arlington Heights School District #25
EL / Bilingual Specialist for 16 years. Experience with K - 8 + adult education. Interested in technology, parent engagement, collaboration, ELs and disabilities. Avid reader.



Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg C

12:30pm

Innovation Across the Curve: Shifting pedagogy in every classroom
More schools are investing in technology. However providing devices without support can at best result in minor change in student outcomes and at worst harm them. Teachers need the support on shifting their skillset AND mindset to fully realize the full impact of these tools. This takes more than a day of PD but rather a program that ongoing support AND addresses the need for a shift in thinking. This session will share successes from schools engaging in such a program, and allow participants to explore how to positively impact their schools and allow for systemic adoption of future-ready pedagogies.
SLIDES
More information about the Dynamic Learning Project here

Presenters
avatar for Heather Dowd

Heather Dowd

Senior Director of the Dynamic Learning Project
Heather Dowd is the Senior Director of the Dynamic Learning Project at EdTechTeam. She enjoys helping instructional coaches inspire their teachers to use technology in meaningful ways for student learning. Teaching English in Japan inspired her to become a teacher and the adventure... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg H

12:30pm

KAIZEN & HANSEI
Kaizen (change for the better) and Hansei (relentless self-reflection) are eastern concepts that have driven more than 75 years of innovation both here and in Japan. Today, these concepts are beginning to shape our classrooms into entrepreneurial hubs of innovation. This hands-on session will have educators engaging in a classroom-ready problem solving activity and learning some strategies to help students conduct meaningful introspection and grow as learners. 

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Exploration Threshold

12:30pm

Keep on Keeping with Google Keep!
Let's get you organized with Google Keep! Come prepared with the app on your phone and logged in on your browser. We'll show you everything from making a checklist to using OCR to scan and share information.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
AM

Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

12:30pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Adventure Threshold

12:30pm

No Worries! I have a Slide Deck for That!
As a tech coach for 385 teachers, 5,500 students, and over 50 administrators and their clerical staff, I provide training on a wide variety of topics, tools, and levels. How do I help this many people and still have time to watch hockey? Slide Decks! In this session, I will share how I create and share my library of slide decks with not only my people but the world!

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist. Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership and Design with a focus on Instructional Technology in December of 2016. Her goals and aspirations for the district... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana B

12:30pm

So they asked me to teach Coding......
Have you been asked to instruct students on coding and coding concepts? You know of code.org but is there more? The answer is YES! Explore 7 plus activities into a 12 week program that allows students to explore coding and programming in a hands-on, student-paced environment. I will share my created and modified resources for students using Sphero, LEGO Mindstorms, Makey Makey, Hummingbird Bit, CodeHS, Khan Academy’s Hour of Code and for an added bonus 3D Printing. In this session you will leave with more than just a list of robots you need to buy, you will leave with how to use these robots.

Session Resources: bit.ly/sotheyasked2020




Presenters
avatar for Heather Giles

Heather Giles

6th Grade Enhanced Technology, Troy 30c
Technology SpecialistGoogle Certified Educator Level 2 National Institution for STEM Education-STEM CertificationMakey-Makey Trainer


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

12:30pm

Spice Up Your Google Site With The Embed Tool
Google Sites provides a sleek interface for designing responsive websites BUT still lacks some of the bells and whistles of the old Google Sites. This session will introduce & help you explore the Embed tool which allows you to add bits of code to your Google Site to spice it up and increase interaction, functionality, and fun!!!

Presenters
avatar for Mike Wielgus

Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2
Mike Wielgus just began his 21st year in education and third year as a full time K-12 Instructional Technology Coach. He has led technology in-service trainings in his district for over 15 years and has had the opportunity to consult and train staff in neighboring school districts... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Adam Geisen

Adam Geisen

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad Community Unity School District
Adam Geisen has been in education since 2000 and taught high school English at Triad High School in Troy, IL, until 2017. His role recently changed as he became one of two Technology Integration Coaches in his district. Since then he has become a Google Certified Trainer and was a... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg F

12:30pm

Supercharging Student-Led Portfolios Using Digital Tools
Choose this session to learn new ways to inspire students to develop high-quality digital portfolios! Participants will explore how to leverage digital platforms to empower students and showcase their academic learning and social and emotional growth.  We will dive into multiple platforms, including Google Classroom, Google Sites, and Padlet as options for showcasing student work and tracking growth over time.  Participants will see authentic examples of digital portfolios and hear directly from students on how they use various platforms to collect artifacts and promote self-reflection and goal setting.  Management tips and tricks will also be shared to help participants guide students through the process of creating their very own portfolios.


Presenters
avatar for Lauren Rivera

Lauren Rivera

Digital Learning Coach, Schaumburg School District 54

Co-Presenters
avatar for Matt Meyer

Matt Meyer

6th Grade Teacher
avatar for Melissa de Pau

Melissa de Pau

Digital Learning Instructional Coach, Schaumburg School District 54


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

12:30pm

Teaching Tech Writing: STEM in the English Classroom
With nearly 70 percent of jobs revolving and focusing within the tech sector, it is important for students to know how to communicate academically, but also technologically. While academic writing and literary analysis has its place, it is equally important for students to learn new technologies and write about the experience and process. Technical Writing takes a variety of forms including reports, memos how to manuals, and creative writing for advertising. This informative and exciting session will showcase student projects, break-down the forms of tech writing, and a brief time experimenting with drones, a Cosmo robot, a Sphero Spark+, and a Raspberry Pi to top it off.

Link to Raspberri Pi resources: https://wke.lt/w/s/aegQw4

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Rinkel

Jeremy Rinkel

English Teacher, Cowden Herrick High School
Jeremy is a husband, father, high school English teacher and Yoga Teacher. He has earned a Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Teaching from Greenville University. His goal is to inspire students, teachers and anyone he comes into contact... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg E

12:30pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Podcasting
You’ve decided that hosting a podcast is the best way to build your learning and connect with other educators, but you have more questions than answers. How do I start each episode? Where do I find music? When do I publish an episode? How do I choose, invite, and introduce guests? Let’s analyze some successful podcasts and spend some time writing your tagline and your intro/outro, exploring free resources, and brainstorming potential guests. By the time you leave, you’ll have the confidence to start recording!

Presenters
avatar for Matt Weld

Matt Weld

Director of Innovation and Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Curious, passionate, and interested in all things education. Leader for www.directionsconference.com www.teachillinois.com, and Teachers' Classroom podcast. Google Certified Trainer.


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana C

12:30pm

What Story Does Your Data Tell?
Do your students struggle to truly understand the meaning of graphs?  Do your students crave interactive and creative work in the classroom?  Do you want to spark conversations among students?  If you answered yes, then this session is for you!  In this session, participants will actively work with data and graphs in order to both illustrate and write a narrative story inspired by the artist Jill Pelto.

If you plan to come to this session and are able to download the Graphical Analysis app on your device (it's free) ahead of time, please do so.  We will be using it for our first activity.

Presenters
avatar for Marjorie Baker

Marjorie Baker

Curriculum & Instruction Specialist- Science
I have a passion for helping develop scientific/ocean/environmental literacy in students and educators. I love seeking ways to bring in different learning modalities to create learner-centered environments that are creative and fun. My professional background includes teaching both... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg B

12:30pm

You Got Game?
Using gamification techniques in the classroom will excite your students, increase participation and improve performance. In this session, you will learn how to implement multiple gamified approaches in your class to increase student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. These research-based strategies can be easily integrated into your existing curriculum. Leave with practical ideas on how to make learning more immersive and engaging for your students. Following this session, participants will be able to:
  • Explain what gamification is and how it can be applied in a classroom setting.
  • Layer gamification strategies over content to create an engaging learning environment.
  • Describe how gamification amplifies creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
Greg has integrated a multitude of different gamification strategies in his classes over several years and has found those that are most successful. He completed an action research project to study the impact of these strategies and has come away with practical techniques that are proven effective. Learn how he engages his students in the learning process and has made “boring” content more exciting.
Derrick has dabbled in digital gamification for the last ten years, experimenting with how it can contribute to a successful cooperative learning environment. He has spent the last fifteen of his twenty years in education as a teacher leader for cooperative learning, inspiring his desire to explore innovative classroom techniques. Derrick wants to understand the methods and motivations behind student learning so that he can help his students recognize them to maximize their own success.

Presenters
Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg D

12:30pm

#KidsCanTeachUs: Reading, Thinking, and Kid Voice Believing
This session introduces you to Liv, an 11-year-old reader, thinker, and kids' voice believer. Learn how she uses technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism with a global audience, and consider how kid creation can inspire deeper understanding of digital citizenship. This session will include examples of inspiring kids from around the world—you will leave truly seeing how #KidsCanTeachUs.

Presenters
avatar for Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia Van Ledtje

LivBits
Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) is a reader, thinker, and kids' voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg A

12:30pm

Ten Questions to Support Space Design Decisions
This session is designed to unpack ten key questions that all educators should be considering as they worked to optimize their learning space design. The session will provide practical solutions and ideas to help educators think with intention about their learning spaces.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon

School District of University City
Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

12:30pm

The Entrepreneurial Spark: Creating The Space To Promote Entrepreneurial Thinking
Entrepreneurial thinking is less about starting and running a business and more about how you look at the world around you differently and seek out to solve problems you see in the world. In this workshop participants will embark on a journey towards creating a dedicated time and space at their school for students to learn about, develop, and pursue challenges they care about through the lens of entrepreneurial problem-solving. 

Presenters
avatar for Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Director of Innovation, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia A

1:45pm

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
avatar for Apple

Apple

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Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

1:45pm

Applying Best Practices for Blended Learning
Do you struggle with students knowing where to be in your blended course?
Are you frustrated with students not understanding how to interact with peers collaboratively using technology?
Are you unsure of what to do to improve your blended course?
Come to this session to get a fresh perspective on your course and provide insight to another course. Bring a device large enough to view your blended course on. Come ready with a blended course you'd like to improve and at least one blended activity or lesson you want feedback on. You'll put your "student eyes" on and explore another person's course from a student perspective. You'll walk away with constructive feedback about your course and resources to improve it.

Presenters
avatar for Cassandra Bilyeu

Cassandra Bilyeu

French Teacher & Instructional Coach, Pekin Community High School
I'm a French teacher, instructional coach, social studies online instructor, and Quality Matters course reviewer with a masters in Instructional Design from WIU (2018).



Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

Creating Collaborative Spaces: The Modern Learning Environment
Join CDW-G for a workshop on how your district or school can begin the process of redesigning your learning spaces to become more active, collaborative, and flexible. In this session, we will dive into the pedagogy and research behind learning space transformation, what components make up a modern learning environment, and how school leadership can successfully implement a redesign project in their building.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

K-12 Education Strategist, CDW
In my role as a K12 Education Strategist within the CDW•G organization, I act as the voice of the educator to the CDW•G K12 sales team.It is my responsibility to provide an educator’s pedagogical expertise of the benefits, challenges, and impact of technology in the classroom... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg H

1:45pm

CS Principles with Code.org
Come learn about my experience with code.org's Computer Science Principles curriculum that is free for teachers and students. Click here to see my presentation! http://bit.ly/cspjp2020

Presenters
avatar for Julie Powers

Julie Powers

Teacher, Limestone Community High School


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg E

1:45pm

D323 Library Podcast: A Librarian's quest to learn something new
What do you do with audio equipment being stored in your space? Start a podcast of course! A librarian and SPED teacher spend two prep periods creating a school library podcast, in which they talk books and genres for students and teachers. Come learn how you can leverage the power of podcasting in your space with these easy tips and tricks. No experience necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Stefanski

Amy Stefanski

District Librarian, Dunlap Community School District
Amy is a veteran K-12 educator with certifications in Library Science, Math,Science, and Family and Consumer Science. She is the current District Librarian for Dunlap School District in Dunlap Il. Amy specializes in innovoting and rebuilding library and other educational programs... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg C

1:45pm

Dive Deep into Creative Digital Storytelling!
Let’s dive in and explore some of the coolest tools out there for students to shine and create to tell their stories! As a ISTE Certified Educator, I have tried & tested some creative and exciting ways to use powerful tools to extend the classroom walls and showcase student voice! This session will highlight and allow time for exploration with innovative ways to use my favorite creative tools: CoSpaces, Buncee, Book Creator and Flipgrid. We will use these tools to connect with families, global classrooms and integrating AR/VR into the process. We can work together to share some best practices in the 4Cs to showcase student learning. We will dive deep into relevant, timely and purposeful edtech uses to integrate technology within Common Core Standards in a creative way!

Presenters
avatar for Lissa Blake

Lissa Blake

Learning & Technology Instructional Coach, Maercker District 60
Lissa Blake is a K-2 Instructional Technology Integration Coach for the past 15 years in Clarendon Hills, IL. Lissa is a lover of learning, technology and innovation! She enjoys coaching teachers, mentoring students, and communicating with parents. She loves sharing what she has learned... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

1:45pm

DIY EdTech: Build Your Own App Without Code
Do you have an idea for the next big EdTech application but lack the technical skills or financial resources to bring your idea to life? Learn how to take your idea from paper to a fully functional app without ever writing a single line of code. This interactive session is led by Chris Hammer, a local Spanish teacher, world language curriculum specialist, and the creator and developer of Charlala, a web-based application for world language teachers. Chris will share his journey as an EdTech startup, guide attendees through creating their first application, and share some insights on the future of the industry. Attendees should have experience using EdTech applications and possess advanced computer skills. Please bring a laptop if you plan to build an app during the session.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Hammer

Christopher Hammer

World Languages Curriculum Specialist, Park Ridge-Niles District 64
Chris Hammer is a local Spanish teacher, world languages curriculum specialist, and the creator and developer of Charlala, a web-based application for world language teachers.


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana C

1:45pm

Empowering Learners through UDL and Student-Determined Assessments
When students are self-motivated, see personal utility in their learning, and have a voice in what they create to show what they know and can do, the classroom becomes a place of boundless creativity, skill building, and opportunity. Using UDL to design learning experiences for students and giving them the responsibility and freedom to design their own authentic assessments not only improves the depth of student understanding, but also provides students opportunities to improve planning, design, and various other critical thinking skills. In this presentation, we'll share how UDL can be used in elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms, as well as share unit resources and planning processes to help teachers use UDL effectively in their classrooms for the benefit of all learners.

Presenters
avatar for Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki is the K-12 Instructional Coach for Elmwood Community School District in Elmwood, IL. She previously taught English and mass communications classes as well as an interdisciplinary English III/US history course at Princeville Junior/Senior High School. Prior to that... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg D

1:45pm

Facilitating leaders with 3D & AI
This session will be split between two topics as part of a STEAM middle school curriculum. One topic will be on how students used a combination of 3D printing and design thinking to make a positive impact on others outside of the classroom community, including students with visual impairments. The other topic will cover what students learned about artificial intelligence and how it impacts our lives now and will continue to do so in the future.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Jones

Steven Jones

STEAM Facilitator, Hauser Jr. High
Steven Jones is a STEAM Facilitator at Hauser Jr. High in Riverside Illinois, ISTE STEM Co-Chair, and IDEA Illinois Western Suburbs Vice President and Governing Board Representative. Using his own curriculum, he teaches a wide variety of STEAM classes to students in 6th through 8th... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg B

1:45pm

Gamification Made Easy With the Free Gamably App
Gamification is a great tool and a hot Ed topic, but most people don't know how to start. This session will teach you how to use a new free web app called Gamably to get your game on! Built by an educator, Gamably will help manage and organize your game in a fun and engaging way! Come play with us!

Presenters
avatar for Adam Geisen

Adam Geisen

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad Community Unity School District
Adam Geisen has been in education since 2000 and taught high school English at Triad High School in Troy, IL, until 2017. His role recently changed as he became one of two Technology Integration Coaches in his district. Since then he has become a Google Certified Trainer and was a... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Mike Wielgus

Mike Wielgus

Instructional Technology Coach, Triad CUSD #2
Mike Wielgus just began his 21st year in education and third year as a full time K-12 Instructional Technology Coach. He has led technology in-service trainings in his district for over 15 years and has had the opportunity to consult and train staff in neighboring school districts... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia A

1:45pm

Innovate, Create, and Flip Learning with GOOGLE CLASSROOM, Mate!
How can you flip the learning in your class to make it more student motivated and student-centered? In this session, I will show you exactly how to use Google Classroom to do just that. Create a learning environment where students work through lessons and activities at their own pace. This process will require a variety of tech tools and approaches. Get ready to see which tools can help you accomplish flipped learning. Students will stop and ask questions according to their personal needs. You become the facilitator of instruction, and students become the navigators.

Presenters
avatar for Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith

Teacher Leadership Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana A (Google)

1:45pm

Interns at your School - Technology and Mass Comm Interns making a difference!
Learn how Technology and Mass Comm Interns at Princeville High School provide Level One Tech Support and assist with school branding through our website and social media. See a live demonstration of students repairing Chromebooks, using our “Help Desk”, updating our website and posting to our district social media accounts.  Eleven Princeville High School Juniors and Seniors will be available to discuss our program.  Hope to see you there!

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Jenkins

Kelly Jenkins

Technology Coordinator, Princeville CUSD #326
I have been with the Tech Department at Princeville CUSD #326 for over 8 years and have been in my current position as Technology Coordinators for 4 years. I initiated the Technology and Mass Communications Internships at Princeville Jr/Sr High School. It is very exciting to see... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Connection

1:45pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Adventure Threshold

1:45pm

Museum of Flops, Ooops, and Uh-Ohs! - Embracing and Learning from Fails to Launch Forward
What do purple ketchup, new Coke, the Apple Newton and the lesson plan you spent all weekend designing have in common? Unfortunately, they were all epic fails. In life and in the classrooms, things do not always go as planned. However failures, whether famous or from our own classrooms, can lead to a positive and powerful transformation. During this session, we will share personal failures, explore the lessons learned from these experiences and how to cultivate a growth mindset. Through problem-solving, coaching, and establishing a culture of risk-taking, develop the tools and techniques necessary to navigate failure. While some may shy away from failure, join us as we embrace the uh-ohs, oops and flops of life.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Fekete

Andrew Fekete

Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204

Co-Presenters
avatar for Molly Larson

Molly Larson

Instructional Technology Specialitist, Indian Prairie 204
Hi Edventurers! My name is Molly Larson and I am an Instructional Technology Specialist for IPSD 204. I am a Google and National Geographic Certified Educator who is passionate about promoting student voice and choice in future-ready environments. Also, I am a soccer coach, debate... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg F

1:45pm

Pop-Up Podcast feat. Coffee with Kenobi (Scheduled/Open Interviews)

Presenters
avatar for Tom Gross

Tom Gross

Tom Gross has been in education for 20 years.  His first 10 years were as a high school classroom teacher of English, Speech and U.S. History.  The most recent 10 years he has spent as a high school librarian currently serving at Washington Community High School.  Besides working... Read More →
avatar for Dan Zehr

Dan Zehr

Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi, the award-winning podcast that examines the Star Wars saga from a place of intelligence and humor. He has been teaching high school English for fourteen years and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. His... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
TBA

1:45pm

Screencastify Your Learning in G Suite
Blended and flipped instruction set students free to take charge of their own learning. Screencastify and Google Classroom are the perfect marriage to allow students to gain independence and explore learning on their own. Come explore in a hands-on session and experience the dynamic learning that takes place when these two tools collide.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
AM

Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

1:45pm

Solve in Time
Problem-based learning & the design-thinking process smashed into a gamified experience! A new play on the design-thinking process.
Pick a problem, set a timer, and answer each question to creatively #SolveiT!

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Exploration Threshold

1:45pm

There's a new sheriff in town: Meet smart filtering for online student safety
Students now have more power in their student learning devices and phones than the lunar landing. With this increased power, our most impressionable age group is now exposed to increased dangers. Between explicit websites, social media, and dangerous apps, educators and parents need to protect students from online risks that many of us never personally experienced as children. Traditionally, educational institutions have utilized URL filtering to protect students, but we will discuss how traditional URL filtering is being replaced by Smart Filtering and artificial intelligence. Join us as we walk through some of the most common dangers and talk about creating opportunities to educate all stakeholders.

This session is hosted by GoGuardian (@goguardian).

Presenters
avatar for Mirna Reagan

Mirna Reagan

Account Executive, GoGuardian


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Serenity

1:45pm

YouTube and the 21st Century School
Bring your school to the spotlight by making a presence on YouTube! Your budget-friendly "TV station" will be accessible to all ages and abilities, producing videos that highlight your students and their school. Students use a wide array of tools to create a channel featuring their own content; they compose, direct, perform, and produce everything. Turn your announcements into a live newscast, or a final project into a story-driven documentary. Broadcast your assemblies, concerts, and events live in front of a real-life audience. Our student presenters from the Diverse Learner cluster program will share their expertise as we watch samples from the content they have produced. Hit "Play" on 21st century learning and connect it to your students' lives like never before!

Presenters
Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana B

1:45pm

30 Tools In 60 Minutes
Fasten your seatbelts! You're about to get a bite of each of 30 different digital tools that can help keep your students engaged, help you deliver instruction that is differentiated for your students' varying needs, and help your students apply their skills and show what they know. Learn new ways to use some common digital tools and learn about some of the newest tools out there. Go back to school armed with a toolbox of shiny new tricks and tips to use in your classrooms or staff meetings today!

Presenters
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Lisa Berghoff

Director of Instructional Technology, Highland Park High School
As a high school special education teacher for 19 years, Lisa Berghoff has worked with many students and their families to create unique learning experiences and ensure that they are an authentic part of the school community. She has seen firsthand the possibilities that come with... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia C

1:45pm

Video, What's That For?
Students love watching videos. Students love creating videos. Why not have them create to learn? Come join us for the hour or stop by for ten minutes as this session will focus on the use of screen recording to share and create content by teacher and student. We will cover many different screen recorders focusing on the Chrome Add-on--Screencastify and Iorad. There will also be several ideas and examples of teacher created screen casts along with showing multiple ideas for student creation of screen casts across the disciplines--we will even create a short recording during the presentation. The session will wrap up with lesson ideas, plans, assignments, and rubrics that can be used by teachers of all content and levels.

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Piper

Joshua Piper

Teacher, Dunlap High School
I’ve been in the English class room since 2000 with a two year hiatus in administration from 2016-2018. Relationships and meeting students where they are at to show them what possibilities await us.

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

"I'll Help You Shear Your Sheep!” Examining Minecraft Stories as Narratives of Care
Observe a student playing Minecraft and it’s difficult to ignore the rich narrative as they create worlds. You’ll hear the language of creation, connection, problem solving and care. This session, led by 11-year old gamer, LivBit, will show the transformative power of Minecraft as a literacy tool in your classroom. 

Presenters
avatar for Olivia Van Ledtje

Olivia Van Ledtje

LivBits
Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) is a reader, thinker, and kids' voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg G

1:45pm

Bold Learning Spaces: Classroom Designs for Diversity, Social Good, and Social-Emotional Learning
Looking to redesign your classroom or library learning space to be reflective of your students, their passions, and their identities? Innovative space designs are not only supporting skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, but they are also showing potential to be responsive to culture, diversity, social-emotional learning, and social good. Join for this featured session highlighting some of the most innovative school spaces in the world, including Google Next Lab, Black Girls CODE Lab, and more. Based on work with architect and Stanford professor Danish Kurani, social good global educator and ISTE author Jennifer Williams shares practical ideas for classroom teachers, librarians, coaches, and administrators ready to take bold actions for their students. Let's start creating! 

Presenters
avatar for Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Exec Dir, Take Action Global
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally-minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly, she champions teachers to use educational technology for... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

1:45pm

The Untold Story: Marginalization of Arab American Students
Research reiterates that culturally sustaining schools are safer for everyone; yet, narratives continue to be told by those who hold the power, excluding voices of historically marginalized groups. Not acknowledging those stories in our classrooms hinders the establishment of culturally sustaining school environments.  
In a time of Islamophobia, Arab American students are being targeted from multiple angles. They are not recognized on the census and are omitted from much of the academic conversation about inclusion, achievement, and equity.  This session will focus on research findings about the exclusion of Arab American students and the impacts on their social emotional development and academic achievements.  It will also debunk myths and stereotypes that are often associated with this subgroup.  Attendees will gain tips for combating bias in the classroom, creating more inclusive curricular materials, examining intrinsic bias, starting critical conversations in class, leveraging technology purposefully, and evaluating how equity issues impact everyone.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Dr. Sawsan Jaber

Founder, Education Unfiltered Consulting
Founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting, Teacher at East Leyden HS, Board Director of Our Voice Alliance @SJEducate


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg A

1:45pm

PD That Packs a Punch
Revolutionize your district's PD through the development of a summer PD program that encourages teachers to help other teachers. Keep the momentum going throughout the school year with individualized components that still keep teachers' busy schedules in mind.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Crawford

Stefanie Crawford

Instructional Coach, Dunlap CUSD 323
Stefanie Crawford taught middle school ELA for 12 years and is now an instructional coach. Stefanie is passionate about learning, creating, and inspiring other educators. She has a real passion for classroom and PD gamification, sketchnotes, trying new things, and all things Harry... Read More →

Co-Presenters
JG

Jodi Gordon

Dunlap #323
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Stefanie Pitzer

Instructional Coach, Dunlap District 323
My name is Stefanie Pitzer and I'm a former 2nd grade teacher of 11 years. I'm in my third year of being an instructional coach for the Dunlap School District. I'm also a Seesaw and Flipgrid Ambassador. I love empowering educators to create meaningful learning experiences for their... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Imagination

1:45pm

Student Created Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Immersive Learning Experiences have the ability to convey learning in powerful ways. Research suggests that Virtual Reality can drastically improve memory and retention and can serve as an “empathy machine” for understanding the experiences of other people. Many teachers think that Virtual Reality is a future technology, but you can get kids started NOW using a variety of FREE tools. Explore the tools, learn about the research behind immersive learning and see what innovative teachers are creating with VR in their classes. Get students started creating today!

Presenters
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Innovation

1:45pm

The Real 4Cs of the Classroom
In this hands-on and minds-on session, we will explore the 4Cs and put them into action. No more just talking about Collaboration, Creation, Communication, and Critical Thinking, participants will experience each of the 4Cs through digital and non-digital activities which can be incorporated into any teaching and learning practices

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learningdiscoveries with other teachers, students, and administration! As an Instructional Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences, she has been lucky enough to spread that learning... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Knowledge

3:00pm

An Intermediate Guide to Google Forms
Not too geeky, not too basic here. Come to this session knowing how to create a basic form and then learn a whole lot more using the Quizzes feature, some Add-ons, and page-based answers.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
AM

Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

3:00pm

Beyond Substitution: Designing EPIC and Authentic Learning Experiences With Students
How can we use instructional practices to create innovative learning opportunities that engage students? Explore ways you can redefine your teaching and examine ways to create meaningful learning experiences that engage all students. We’ll learn about creating meaningful learning moments through a variety of strategies (e.g., Geo Inquiry, QFT, field studies) and move beyond substitution with your technology integration (Pages, Seesaw, Padlet, Kidblog, Slides, Keynote, Tour Builder, & more).

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer LaBrie

Jennifer LaBrie

Instructional Technology Coach & Spanish Teacher, Lake Zurich High School
Instructional Technology Coach and Spanish Teacher at Lake Zurich Community District 95

Co-Presenters
avatar for Dana Ladenburger

Dana Ladenburger

Instructional Coach, Lake Zurich CUSD 95
avatar for Suzanne Weider

Suzanne Weider

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

3:00pm

Exploring Mindfulness
We will investigate mindfulness in theory and practice: mindfulness in the classroom, current research, controversial issues, philosophical underpinnings, different practices and application in education. I will present key research results from my pilot study and information on websites and supplementary resources and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect and explore web-based resources and apps and design their own “1 – 2 – 3” action plan for implementation of mindfulness. This is an interactive session aimed to foster critical, constructive and collaborative thinking.

Presenters
avatar for Nina Dulabaum, Ph.D. ~ Psychology and Education

Nina Dulabaum, Ph.D. ~ Psychology and Education

Faculty, Instruct. Designer, Researcher, Innovation Education-Sustainability
Nina Dulabaum graduated from Oberlin College and served in Berlin, Germany as an international volunteer during the East-West divide. There she conducted seminars on cross-cultural communication, conflict transformation and de-escalation seminars with violent youth as well as exploring... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana C

3:00pm

Four Weddings and a Funeral: Schoology Adaptation
Come to this session to learn four tools that will make you want to marry Schoology and one feature that’s to die for! We will discuss features of Schoology that are underutilized like the lock feature, calendars, workload planning, grading groups, and individually assigning work that will have you saying “I do!” Also learn how Google Drive Assignments, with an emphasis on Google Slides, will soon become your better half. Your wedding favors from this session will include strategies on improving organization, differentiation, and a variety of Google templates for grades 1st-8th. Come learn from two tech coaches who will walk you down the aisle towards a lifetime of happiness with Schoology!

Presenters
HS

Hannah Sutter

Technology Integration Specialist, Prospect Heights School District 23
I was a 5th grade teacher in Oak Forest, IL and loved discovering new ways to personalize classroom learning for my students. I am now a Technology Integration Specialist at MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights, IL and get to extend this interest into other classrooms.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Anna Davis

Anna Davis

Technology Integration Coach, Northbrook/Glenview District 30
I am a Technology Integration Coach at Wescott School in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30. This is my third year in this technology role, but my seventh year teaching. I taught fourth grade for four years. I am a technology specialist serving students and teachers in a 1st-5th... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg E

3:00pm

GameStormEDU: Discover How Students and Educators Can Design Physical and Digital EduGames!
Creating a game to teach a concept sounds like a tall task ... until now! Enter GameStormEDU, a collection of resources, tools and instructionals that help show both students and educators the wealth of ways they can become game designers overnight. Design your very own game to take home.

Presenters
avatar for Jon Spike

Jon Spike

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Integration Services, UW-Whitewater
Jon Spike, a graduate of UW-Madison, started his career as a high school English teacher. Since then, he has served as a Technology Integrator, helping students and staff use technology to engage, inspire, and create. He currently works as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg D

3:00pm

Getting on the Pathway to Future Readiness with the Schoolwide Needs Assessment for Personalized Learning (SNAPL)
Despite all the potential today’s cutting edge technology has to transform education, the promise of edtech has gone largely unrealized. Research has shown that technology alone is not the answer, but instead a holistic approach is necessary for the transformation of our classrooms into Future Ready learning spaces. Developed at the University of Hawaii, the Schoolwide Needs Assessment for Personalized Learning (SNAPL) helps schools begin their journey towards realizing the true potential of education technology.

Designed around the six elements of the Future Ready Honeycomb, the SNAPL helps schools and districts develop new insights into the ground conditions necessary for Personalized Learning to flourish. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive a free report for their district and begin their journey towards becoming Future Ready.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exploration Threshold

3:00pm

Google "Suiteness"
Find the “Suiteness” of Google in this session and use it tomorrow in your classroom. This fast paced session will cover many tips & tricks that will make your life easier! We’ll be showcasing ideas for Google sharing, formatting and productivity in several areas of GSuite such as Docs, Sheets, Forms and Slides. Come join the fun, but make sure you bring your laptop so you can play along and leave with the information ready to use on Monday morning! We will even share a few shortcuts that will be a game changer. We will focus on teacher productivity but many of the tricks can be used by students too. If you are looking for ways to make your Google experience more productive, this is the session for you!

Presenters
avatar for Gail Stover

Gail Stover

Instructional Coach K-5, CCUSD 301
Gail Stover is in her 18th year as an educator in Central District #301 with the last five years as an Instructional Coach Coaching position, Gail has taught Kindergarten, Second and Fifth Grade. Prior to moving into education, Gail worked in the business world for 20+ years. Gail... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana B

3:00pm

Introduction to the Hybrid Notebook
Learn to use the Hybrid Notebook, through RocketBook, to increase communication with colleagues, parents, and students. This session will go through using Rocketbook the notebook, free pages, and the new Beacons. 

Presenters
avatar for Alene Vandermyde

Alene Vandermyde

Technology Innovator, Davenport Community Schools
Esports, Robotics, Google, Classroom management with technology - oh! Also, I am a technology coach at Central High School.



Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg B

3:00pm

iPadOS for Education
Explore new tools and features in iPadOS that are ideal for education, including desktop-class browsing in Safari, powerful multitasking tools, improved file management, and enhanced accessibility features. Join us to learn how iPadOS takes iPad to a whole new level for education, helping students and teachers be even more productive and creative.

Presenters
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Apple

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Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia D (Apple)

3:00pm

Is your district using outdated IT support strategies? (The answer is yes)
K-12 districts are frequently tasked with managing tomorrow’s technology with yesterday’s toolkit. By bringing district help ticketing, asset management, and SIS data closer together, modern classrooms can be supported like never before. This session provides blueprints and best practices for bringing your district’s IT team up to speed with the latest strategies for managing large deployments of educational technology and the data that surrounds them.

This session will be hosted by Incident IQ (@IncidentIQ)

Presenters
avatar for R.T. Collins

R.T. Collins

VP & General Manager, Incident IQ


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Serenity

3:00pm

Knocking Down the Walls:How to Design Flexible Learning Environments in a Blended Ecosystem
With students’ needs ever-changing, how can we leverage the tech we have in our schools to design clear, approachable learning opportunities that support everyone? Explore how to change hands with your students, placing them in the driver’s seat of their learning inside a dynamic, blended learning space. Hear about how to build blended culture, how to keep engagement rolling, how to create unit plans that build a path for students to follow on their own. Learn about the practices in blended pedagogy that are sparking innovation across the country and how to include Depth of Knowledge progression in the playlists your students follow. Leave with the templates you need to start building student pathways and blended culture tomorrow.

Presenters
avatar for Jen Wadvogal

Jen Wadvogal

TOSA, Yorkville School District
Jen Waldvogel fell in love with teaching because she’s an optimist at heart and believes the possibilities inside classrooms are endless. She currently serves as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Technology Integration in Yorkville District 115, working alongside students, teachers... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Jim Wolf

Jim Wolf

TOSA-Instructional Technology Specialist, Yorkville School District
I am a Teacher On Special Assignment for Yorkville CUSD 115. In my TOSA position, I am a Canvas Administrator, a Canvas Advocate, a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, an Apple Teacher, and a Certified Technology Specialist.


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

3:00pm

Let's Team Up! Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
How do we support teachers and students who are challenged to learn in an increasingly collaborative and mobile environments? Microsoft Teams creates an ideal digital hub for teachers to deliver instruction, enhance learning, and interact in a rich and engaging online space.


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg H

3:00pm

Micro-Credentialing: Students Supporting Help Desks
The District 219 Tech Leader Program was established in 2010 and is not only in place to inspire, grow, and educate high school students who have an interest or penchant to learn more about the inner workings of computers but help them gain experience and knowledge with online tools that will propel them through college and beyond. Our mission to ensure the best possible computer experience for each student and teacher demonstrates the real world importance of excellent customer service and technology training. The goal at the end of the program is that the Tech Leaders are able to teach, communicate, coach, and tutor peers and teaching staff. To facilitate their growth and support post-secondary experiences, we established a three tiered micro-credentialing system. In addition to helping the Tech Leaders improve their skills, the tiered approach allows the students to take control of their own learning, accessing materials and self assessments via a Google classroom at their own pace. The micro-credentials are earned by demonstrating competency on well defined performance based tasks. The micro-credentials serve not only to demonstrate their growth while in the program at District 219, but are valuable in showing potential future employers documented skills and knowledge and can be displayed on sites such as Linkedin. We will share our journey and the resources we have developed to implement this program. We will also facilitate a discussion on how this program may grow and answer questions about how to implement a similar system in your District.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Lacey

Phil Lacey

NTHS 219

Co-Presenters
avatar for Abraham Sihweil

Abraham Sihweil

Student Technology & Application Support Specialist, Niles North High School
I started working at Niles North in 1997 as a Science Lab Assistant. With a B.S. in Biology, one with think my adventures in science would continue. But, having the great fortune to work in the Niles Township District, I not only expanded my Education with a M.S. in Teaching... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana A (Google)

3:00pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Adventure Threshold

3:00pm

Streamline the Writing Process with Google Keep
Writing assignments can be difficult to manage. Google Keep can help students organize their brainstorming, research, and note taking. Teachers can use it for quick, easy feedback and record keeping. Learn how to use Google Keep to streamline the writing process. Leave with strategies that can be implemented tomorrow.
Come learn what Google Keep is and how to use it and all its features. You will also see how to use the Google Keep Chrome Extension and how Google Keep integrates with Google Docs. Strategies for students to use it will be shared, including how it can be used for brainstorming, research, and note taking. Discover how it can be used to offer feedback on student writing, maintain anecdotal notes and record keeping, and share resources with students. This tool and these strategies are easy enough to use that what you learn today can be used in your classroom the next day. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and develop some Google Keep notes of your own during the session.

Presenters
avatar for Renee Bogacz

Renee Bogacz

Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Channahon School District 17


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia C

3:00pm

The Good Ol' Girls Club: The Case for Women in Technology, Leadership and Awesomeness
There's no question that women are statistically underrepresented in fields of technology and leadership. Join the club and learn how to best model the roles we want our young girls to seek out, embrace, and excel in. Women supporting women and men supporting women are all welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Perry

Natalie Perry

Asst Principal/ Technology Integration Specialist, Farmington CCUSD 265



Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg F

3:00pm

The Power of Podcasting
Speaking and listening standards are across the curriculum at every level, and sometimes are overlooked or underdeveloped. Podcasts can help you rev up your standards while also infusing others. Come learn about how to use podcasts in the classroom, how to create your own podcasts for student learning, and how to get students podcasting. Bring your listening skills, creativity, and gift for gab.

Presenters
SR

Stacy Reagan

Instructional Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
Former English teacher turned librarian turned instructional coach. No moss gathers on this rolling stone. I consider myself a life-long learner--school is never boring to me whether it's in the classroom, board room, or cabin in the woods--I'm always learning.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

Instructional Coach, Central Community Unit School District 301
An educator since 1998, Michael taught 8th grade science and social studies 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 year... Read More →



Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg C

3:00pm

Using Deep Dive Discussions to Drive Change
We have always done things that way! There is no way that we can make that type of change. Sound familiar??
Learn how one district has used a deep dive discussion format to have tough conversations about educational change in a respectful environment. Much of this session will have participants taking part in a sample deep dive about a variety of educational topics. Mentimeter will be used to capture the opinions of the audience. That’s when the conversation begins!!

Presenters
avatar for Don Sturm

Don Sturm

Technology Integration Specialist/Instructional Coach, Morton CUSD #709
Don has been an educator for 29 years. He spent 23 years as a high school social studies teacher and now serves his district as a technology specialist/instructional coach. He is passionate about creating and nurturing tough conversations about education with all stakeholders.


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg G

3:00pm

Engaging Science Students with Digital Learning
Get away from textbooks and move towards innovation! Learn how to implement digital tools, such as Merge Cubes, Flipgrid, 3D design printing, and the TI Innovator Rover into your curriculum. Examples from a science middle school class will be shared, but this can be adapted to any subject and grade.

Presenters
KK

Karoline Kamzic

Junior High Science Teacher, ROWVA CUSD 208


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

3:00pm

Teeter-Tottering Technology Integration
Participants will first explore from a student’s viewpoint of how different technology tools are seamlessly integrated within a middle school science classroom (this presentation is applicable to all content areas and grade levels). We will explore current technology tools for instruction and assessment and participants should leave with new ideas and technology resources, at least one new tool and/or product to use with students, and a resource to collaborate further with the session participants.

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

science teacher, Lemont-Bromberek SD113A
Anything related to science, technology, curriculum and instruction, assessment, leadership, opportunities with the Ocean Exploration Trust, my time at sea on the E/V Nautilus as a teacher ambassador.



Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Connection

3:00pm

Design Sprint: Quick & Creative Moments In The Classroom
In this session you will learn about the Design Sprint method used by Google Ventures and startups to solve real problems with speed! Design Sprints gives you the structure you need to create an environment that promotes creative problem solving and thinking. This method is great for teachers to develop new strategies to engage students, or to empower students themselves. 

Presenters
avatar for Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Director of Innovation, Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia A

3:00pm

Using Failure and Risk-Taking to Foster Creativity
Failure is often treated as a bad word in education yet so many of the inventors and creators of our time often failed miserably multiple times in life.  Failure and risk-taking are a part of the learning process. During this interactive keynote session, we’ll learn what barriers we create to stifle creativity and how to overcome them, as well as take a few risks ourselves. It’s not how you fall down, it’s how you get back up!

Presenters
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead one of the nation's first one-to-one K-12 iPad programs in his 8000-student district... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg A

5:00pm

IDEAcon Trivia Night
Join us for an exciting evening of trivia with featured speaker, Carl Hooker. If you know Carl, you know the evening will be filled with fun, laughter, unique trivia...and of course, some music! A big thanks to our sponsors, TRA and Google for providing drinks and appetizers (and even some trivia questions). RSVP for this event at: bit.ly/IDEAconTRIVIAnite

Presenters
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead one of the nation's first one-to-one K-12 iPad programs in his 8000-student district... Read More →


Monday February 24, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom
 
Tuesday, February 25
 

8:00am

Tuesday Keynote/Opening Session: Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good
Today’s students are ready to design, dream, and make the future! This keynote session will showcase stories of bold practice and educational impact through an interactive game of “Yes, and…” and will support teachers who are ready to activate positive change in teaching and learning through innovation, meaningful use of technology, and social action at local and global levels.


Presenters
avatar for Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Exec Dir, Take Action Global
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally-minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly, she champions teachers to use educational technology for... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Billy Spicer

Billy Spicer

Integration Specialist, Winnetka Public Schools 36
Integration specialist in suburban Chicago who strives to enhance student learning through meaningful experiences. I also enjoy hotdogs, coffee, and records.
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Carolyn Skibba

Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology specialist at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago's Lakeview community. She facilitates the school’s 1:1 iPad program, teaches and co-teaches, leads professional development, and continuously develops integration... Read More →
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David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District\'s 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom

9:30am

Accessibility for All
Google is committed to making sure everyone can access and enjoy the web and so are many of their partners. Join us to learn about such 3rd party accessibility apps such as Read&Write, Beeline Reader, Co:Writer and many more.

Presenters
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Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

9:30am

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
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Apple

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

9:30am

Bringing Creativity to Social Emotional Learning
This session will provide participants with strategies and tools to effectively build individual student SEL competencies and support mindfulness in all classrooms through creativity with technology. Participants will leave this session with proven and practical classroom-ready SEL tools to promote mindful learning environments!

Presenters
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Sara Kash

Assistant Principal, Orland District 135
Passionate educator, advocate for all students, lifelong learner, collaborator, Apple Teacher, #Nearpod & #FlipGrid Certified #Seesaw Ambassador

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg B

9:30am

Create! Show! Share! in the PreK-2 Classroom
During this exciting breakout session, Vickie Antonsen and I will present a wide variety of student selected projects in various subject areas. We will be showcasing projects using tools such as Wixie, iMovie, Seesaw, Chatterpix, Book Creator and more. See how even our youngest students utilize these tools on a daily basis to showcase their learning. Allowing students to choose their technology projects has increased their enthusiasm and allowed them to grow in many ways. All projects shown can easily be shared with parents to increase two-way communication between home and school.

Presenters
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Beth Tortorello

Technology Integration Specialist, Western Springs School District 101
Seesaw Ambassador, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, coding in the K-5 classroom, green screen enthusiast and tech educator in Western Springs School District 101.

Co-Presenters
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Vickie Antonsen

Technology Integration Specialist, Western Springs SD 101


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Euphoria (2nd floor)

9:30am

Diving In-Learning the New OneNote App
OneNote is a digital note-taking application within Microsoft Office365 that allows for personal productivity and collaboration with teachers, staff and students. OneNote is a broad digital canvas that allows you to hand write or type notes, embed images, audio and video, draw, and many other things. You can share notebook pages, sections or entire notebooks with collaborators and you can access your OneNote notebooks from any device. Learn the features of the new OneNote App, and how to use it with staff, teams, PLCs,as well as with your students. A special focus will be demonstrating the Microsoft Learning Tools (embedded in the program) designed to help all students have access to equitable learning.

Presenters
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Colleen Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Francis High School
I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg G

9:30am

Engaging Students with CS First: interactive instructional videos + coding with Scratch.
Looking for meaningful ways to engage your students? Participants will learn about Google’s CS First flexible and free curriculum that can be used across multiple disciplines and in a variety of learning environments. The activities help students become independent learners while developing the 4 C's. Several activities are available in Spanish with additional ones coming soon. During this hands on session you will be able to try out some of the activities. This session is aligned to the ISTE and Common Core State Standards.

Presenters
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Dara Kappel

Instructional Technology Specialist, Bensenville School District 2
I'm a Google for Education Certified Trainer. I'm passionate about teaching and integrating technology into all areas of the curriculum to motivate students and promote a love of learning.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana A (Google)

9:30am

For the ❤️ of Apple.
Imagine, create, and explore all the ways to use Apple apps. Meet students who are doing just that. They are exploring and expressing themselves across all curriculums utilizing many of the productivity apps. Come and explore with them.

Presenters
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Ami Young

K-8 Technology Teacher, St. Dennis School
My name is Ami Young. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum. I have twenty plus years of teaching experience. St. Dennis School has been my home for the last eight years. I currently teach kindergarten through... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia D (Apple)

9:30am

Global Education: Not Just Ripley's Believe it or Not
Too often we present the world to students through "odd practices" and "weird stuff." Make global education an opportunity for discovery for students through virtual exploration of commonalities and differences. Help students examine why we sometimes have different ways of living, instead of looking at differences as oddities to exclaim over.  The presenter will be working with her Global Education Framework, REACH, in which students focus on:
Reasons for differences
Empathy for struggles
Alliances for change
Civility and respect
Healing the wounds of genocide and racism.
The presenter is an NEA Foundation Fellow and a former member of the National Geographic Education Community Steering Committee as well as a National Geographic Certified Teacher.  Janis will share a website that she developed during her participation in a month-long field school in Mongolia which exemplifies the use of the framework. Participation in the field school was partly funded by IDEA.

Presenters
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Janis Michael

Teacher grade 4, Avoca West School
I am a passionate believer in global education that encompasses all of the subject areas that we artificially divide up. Talk to me about your adventures, ideas, and wonders and how we can use those in our classrooms (while meeting standards at the same time)! I am happy to talk about... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg F

9:30am

I Teach YouTube to My Middle School Students... and You Can Too!
In my technology elective class each year we have a unit on video production, and we use WeVideo to make our final projects. This year I dove into something entirely new and somewhat out of my comfort zone in the name of motivating students - we create YouTube channels! Don’t worry, we don’t actually publish them on the web (although you could if you have older students). In this session, I’ll go over the unit and how it worked - I’ll even give you a copy of my entire lesson so that you can use it in your own classes if you wish!    1. Backstory
2. Thom Teaches YouTube
3. My unit layout
4. Hits and Misses
5. Some examples
6. Next time around…
7. Get your own copy!
8. Q&A

Presenters
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Jennifer Leban

Creative Technology Teacher, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Jennifer Leban is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified Teacher, Jennifer teaches creative technology and visual arts classes at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. In 2018, Jennifer was... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg H

9:30am

Learning Styles: Equitable Student Centered Environments for All
Communities all across Illinois are embracing the fact that students today need to learn differently in order to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.  Modernization of existing spaces doesn’t necessarily need to be a 1-to-1 replacement of “the old”. This session will take a look at individual learning preferences and review various layouts that support a more personalized approach to the learning environment.

Presenters
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Kevin Ecarius

MiEN Environments


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

9:30am

Making it real: Authentic Learning/Engaging Instruction and preparation for the workplace and citizenship
Deep and lasting learning results when learners are intrinsically motivated, and intrinsic motivation is a common result of providing students with Authentic Learning opportunities. Students will learn curriculum and standards more deeply when they are solving real problems for real people, and these units and lessons also provide the perfect opportunity for students to learn and practice the essential skills for success in the workplace and society. Join us to learn why this is important and how to create these experiences in your classroom.

Presenters
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Jason Klein

Director of P-20 Initiatives, Northern Illinois University
Jason Klein is currently the Director of P-20 Initiatives at Northern Illinois University. In this role, he facilitates the P-20 Network to support school district and community college leaders, engages in statewide and local research projects, and working with directly with educators... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg C

9:30am

Making your Blended Learning dreams come true: Hands on with Jen and Canvas
This will NOT be a sit-n-get session so make sure to bring your devices! Is your district heading down the Blended Learning path? The Yorkville 115 Team and AK from Canvas will be running a Blended Learning session for all to be part of! We are making this a hand-on, open forum and Q&A session about the "Why's". Why Blended Learning, Why an LMS and any other questions you might have! Come join us! 

This session will be hosted by Canvas.

Presenters
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Amanda Ketay

Canvas Regional Director, Canvas
I love what I do, I love the company I work for and I LOVE the people I get to interact with everyday....the educators! I really enjoy working with all the districts across the State of Illinois and learning from them too! My partnership with IETL and the LTC gives me the ability... Read More →
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Jen Wadvogal

TOSA, Yorkville School District
Jen Waldvogel fell in love with teaching because she’s an optimist at heart and believes the possibilities inside classrooms are endless. She currently serves as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Technology Integration in Yorkville District 115, working alongside students, teachers... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Jim Wolf

TOSA-Instructional Technology Specialist, Yorkville School District
I am a Teacher On Special Assignment for Yorkville CUSD 115. In my TOSA position, I am a Canvas Administrator, a Canvas Advocate, a Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2, an Apple Teacher, and a Certified Technology Specialist.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg D

9:30am

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Adventure Threshold

9:30am

Protecting Your Students in Today's Digital Playground
Today’s children are growing up in a digital playground. Their primary learning model is grounded in technology that navigates both their private and public lives, as well as their future educational and professional careers. A child left unattended in a park and a child online can face the same dangers: bullying, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, and acts of violence. 

Hear Gaggle’s Mike McInerney discuss the key components of student and school safety, experiences with districts like yours, and solutions for prevention. Also listen to Ryan Adkins, Director of Technology at Yorkville CUSD 115 tell his school's safety success story. Learn how together we can keep our students safe and engaged in the classroom!

This session will be hosted by Gaggle (@Gaggle_K12).

Presenters
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Gaggle

Regional Sales Manager, Gaggle
At Gaggle, our mission is to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students. We use both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to proactively assist districts in the prevention of bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations... Read More →
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Ryan Adkins

Director of Technology, Yorkville CUSD 115


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Serenity

9:30am

Ready. Set. Play.: A Beginner’s Guide to Gamifying PD
You think you're ready to gamify your school's PD, but you just can't seem to take the leap. Now is the perfect time to jump in. Gamify your school's PD and watch the engagement and interaction between your teachers and the skills being learned intensify, including enhancing teachers' meaningful interaction with technology. Experience how easy it is to add game elements into your PD and to make small changes that make a big difference. Themes, items, choice boards - participants will leave with ideas to start gamifiying their school's PD.

Presenters
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Stefanie Crawford

Instructional Coach, Dunlap CUSD 323
Stefanie Crawford taught middle school ELA for 12 years and is now an instructional coach. Stefanie is passionate about learning, creating, and inspiring other educators. She has a real passion for classroom and PD gamification, sketchnotes, trying new things, and all things Harry... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana B

9:30am

Student Voice & Choice in the Classroom
Objective: Provide a variety of ideas to use in the classroom tomorrow to promote student voice and choice. Introduce cross curricular activities designed to meet your student's needs today. Learning that incorporates student choice provides a pathway for students to fully, genuinely invest themselves in quality work that matters. Participating in learning design allows students to make meaning of content on their own terms. By giving students opportunities to produce quality work about issues that matter, we give them access to their passion, voice, skills, and revelation.
There are times when students are able to pursue their passions and independently create projects, and other times when students can be given choice in smaller, yet meaningful, ways. The parameters of choice vary depending on the cycles of the school year, the specific students, the project, and many other factors. Regardless of the scenario, maintaining a focus on student choice helps to create learning environments of meaning where student voices matter.

Learn how education works when students have opportunities to find and develop unaccessed or unknown voices and skills! Leave with many easy ideas to use in your classroom to promote student voice and choice. 

Presenters
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Rebecca Barton

7th Grade Science

Co-Presenters
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Alison Salo

7th Grade History Teacher, Meridian Junior High School


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Nirvana C

9:30am

The Google Administrator: using Google tools to become a more efficient leader
During our session school administrators will learn how to communicate using Google's various tools including,Google Keep, Google Classroom, Google Classroom, Gmail, and a few extras to help streamline your school's communication. Our school district's leaders will illustrate examples, provide time for you to set up your own Google Tools, and show you how to have fun along the way.

Presenters
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Dimitri Almasi

Principal, Elmwood CUSD #322
@D_Almasi

Co-Presenters


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg E

9:30am

⏱️✂️🍽️ #MakerKitchen
Think you have what it takes to create an awesome project with just 40 minutes and a bag full of goodies? Start with imagination, fearlessness, and teamwork; bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Add critical thinking with research and communication; simmer until innovation is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Add reflection and admiration until tender, about 10 minutes.

Presenters
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Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
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Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Exploration Threshold

9:30am

Was it worth it?
There are numerous products and kits on the market that seem perfect for a MakerSpace. Kits that let kids build robots, kits that let kids build electronics, kits that let kids explore in new ways. With so many options to choose from it is sometimes difficult to navigate where to focus your funds to get you the biggest bang for your buck. In this session, we’ll share what we bought in our first attempt at stocking a MakerSpace for our 5K-4th grades, and focus in on our personal pros/cons and tips for using them in an educational setting. After hearing about our personal “was it worth it” review, you’ll have a chance to try out those that interest you, including Code-A-Pillars, Code & Go Robot Mice, Squishy Circuits, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, Vex Kits, Lego WeDo Robotics and more. Come learn and try so that you can focus your funds most effectively.

Presenters
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Corinne Meissner

MakerSpace Teacher & GT Coordinator, Merton Community School District

Co-Presenters
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Mary Iwanski

STEM and Innovation Specialist, Merton Community School District
I am a STEM and Innovation coordinator in the Merton Community School District. I am a Google Innovator, Trainer, and Level 1 & 2 certified and have also been trained in Project Lead the Way Design and Modeling, Lead teacher for PLTW Launch, and attended Columbia Teachers College... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Innovation

9:30am

#Creativities: Activities to Activate Creative Thinking
Creativity is like a muscle that needs exercise. If we want students to be innovative problem-solvers, we need to nurture creative habits to equip them to approach challenges in imaginative ways. This session, led by an instructional coach and art teacher, will immerse you in engaging activities to give you practical experience with #creativities. Attendees will be actively participating in fun creativity challenges independently and in groups that can be implemented immediately with students.  

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Presenters
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Tricia Fuglestad

K-5 Art w/ MATL in Technology Integration, Dryden Elementary School
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT, is the K-5 art teacher  at Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. with a masters in  K-12 technology integration.  Tricia has been recognized for her innovative teaching in 2010 with the PBS Teachers Innovation Award, won Illinois Art Teacher... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Kim Darche

Instructional Coach
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learningdiscoveries with other teachers, students, and administration! As an Instructional Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences, she has been lucky enough to spread that learning... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia C

9:30am

Embracing the Real
It’s okay to have a bad day. It’s okay to laugh. The reality of our teaching jobs can be, let’s face it, kind of depressing sometimes. Between the negativity and judgments, we may have lost our joy. The government is constantly telling us how to do our jobs. Parents no longer support us. Administrations are using data to determine our worth. How do we take a step back to laugh? Where do we rediscover our purposes as educators? How do we come to embrace our weaknesses and showcase our strengths? Where do we find the joy in the constant negative? My desire is to answer these questions and your questions as we try to find the joy in our rooms and in our teaching community in our own different ways. I want to empower you to embrace the mess, teach all the things, and love and change all the lives. 

Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Utopia A

9:30am

Global Connections- Giving students the experience of a lifetime!
“I want to make global classroom connections but I don’t know where to start!” Do you hear yourself saying this often? Well this session is the place to help you get started. We will explore blogs, Seesaw Global Classrooms, hangouts, and social media to get you connected. Once you’re connected what do you want from these connections? We will go through the valuable outcomes that will happen when you give your students an authentic audience. I promise you will leave ready to connect!

Presenters
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Sophia Garcia-Smith

EL & Literacy Enrichment Teacher, Des Plaines School District 62
Sophia Garcia-Smith is an educator who loves to create, collaborate and share her love of teaching and technology. She currently works at a suburban Chicago school district. She has presented at many educational tech conferences across the United States. She has connected with schools... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Schaumburg A

9:30am

AR & VR Playground
The virtual reality tools shared will focus on the learning experience which immerses the viewer into a new world. The participants will learn about the importance of this trend in education and how it will impact the expectations of learning in the future. During the session, we will explore some of the viewers, cost, and important features needed to properly function with virtual reality. An emphasis on immediate use, modifying personal learning experiences and providing authentic, relevant content will solidify the importance of virtual reality in the classroom.

Presenters
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Jaime Donally

Author | Speaker | Consultant, ARVRinEDU
Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Knowledge

9:30am

GWTTW- Google Writing Tools That Work
Learn about several writing tools that improve students writing:  Voice to Text - Students who are typing challenged can dictate their text right into a Google Doc. With a few simple commands, students can express THEIR ideas freely. Explore Tool - Students will search smart, cite, and obtain the correct bibliographical information for their writing format, MLA, APA, etc... all within their Google Doc. Google Keep - Note taking the easy way! Students can take notes in a variety of formats; text, image, etc.. Unlike your post-it's, your Google Keep Notes are always available anywhere, on any device. 

Presenters
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Taneesha Thomas

Instructional Technology Specialist, River Forest School District #90
Taneesha A. Thomas, MS. ED, is a certified Instructional Technologist, a Google Trainer, an Apple Teacher, an EdTech national presenter, as well as CEO of Flutter Tech LLC. She serves as a captain for Chicago’s Google Education Group, she has also presented at EdTechTeam Summits... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Imagination

9:30am

Scratch Encore, The intermediate Scratch Curriculum.
Scratch Encore is aligned with CSforAll, a national movement nurtured (and named) in Chicago to bring high-quality computer science education to all students, regardless of background. This curriculum fulfills a specific need in upper-elementary school and middle school education. The curriculum is designed to advance equity. To us, it means creating materials that support teachers of all experience backgrounds to provide high-quality instruction to students of all experience and cultural backgrounds.

Presenters
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Kristan Beck

CS Elementary Integration Specialist and Instructional Coach, CS4All/Office of Computer Science
I am so excited to share this curriculum with you. Scratch Encore is a collaboration between the University of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It is providing an actionable and empirically-grounded answer to the question: Can we create advanced 4th-6th grade Computer... Read More →

Co-Presenters
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Melissa Cobian

Computer Science Curriculum and Integration Specialist, CPS Office of Computer Science (CS4All)
Computational Thinking and Computer Science provide many opportunities to bring an entire school culture to new levels of rigor and innovation. With more than 2 decades as an educational leader--as a Teacher, AP, and Principal--I am excited to share the impact we've seen when schools... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

9:30am

Sketchnote Sims-ulation
Welcome to Sketchnote City!  Create your character and wander through the city meeting other IDEACon residents.  Be part of designing the cityscape doodle wall, attend the neighborhood tech store to try out different sketch apps, build your sketchnote bank by designing your character backstory and designing your character’s home and network of friends (including furry friends). Attend the local school room to sit in on one of the sketchnote minilessons, and create your own plumbob hat before you leave. Exchange your contact info with other players at Sketchnote City so you can continue the learning long after IDEACon is done.  

Presenters
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Rachel Swanson

Mentor, Dynamic Learning Project
Rachel is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Lutheran schools in Chicago as well as a mentor with the Dynamic Learning Project, an initiative with the goal of closing the secondary digital divide in high need schools. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovators... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

9:30am

Teaching Introductory Python through Musical Pieces
Learn how to engage students in introductory programming through the use of Earsketch. Earsketch is a free online tool that gives your students access to over 4000 different musical beats. Student creativity will be sparked when they get to lay down tracks of beats using Python. 

Presenters
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Amy Wozniak

CS Educator, Lane Tech College Prep
I've been teaching high school for seventeen years and specifically teaching CS for six years at Lane Tech. I have always been motivated to encourage more females to enter the field of CS. I run an art and technology club at Lane and I teach Media Computation and Innovation Creation... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
Connection

9:30am

Wellness Room
Stop by the Wellness Room and enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle. De-stress with soft lighting, relaxing music, plush pillows, and aromatherapy.

Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:30am - 4:00pm
Perfection

10:45am

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
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Apple

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

10:45am

Bringing History Alive with Newsela
Teachers across Illinois love using Newsela for nonfiction content. Come learn about our three new products that were released in 2020! We’ll be diving into social studies and participating in specific classroom activities you can share with teachers or use with your own students. The classroom strategies will demonstrate that history can be interactive, differentiated, and engaging, all while supporting Illinois State Standards. Tyler Overstreet used Newsela for four years in his classroom before joining the team and is excited to share strategies you can take back to your own classrooms. He believes that all students have the right to access and engage in history! 

Presenters
avatar for Tyler Overstreet

Tyler Overstreet

Learning and Engagement Manager, Newsela
Anything and all things Newsela and literacy!


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg H

10:45am

Classroom Podcasting Made Easy!
Unleash the power of podcasting with your students! In this session we will talk about how to easily get your students podcasting to services like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more. Learn how to set up your class podcast so it is something that students can creatively utilize.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Hagedorn

Scott Hagedorn

5th grade teacher from Lockport, Illinois, Will County School District 92
Scott Hagedorn is a fifth grade teacher in Lockport, IL. He is thrilled to have 1 to 1 iPads in his classroom and utilizes them in his teaching whenever he can. Scott loves to use different teaching styles and is currently excited to use gamification in his classes. Students in his... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia D (Apple)

10:45am

Coffee with Kenobi (Live Podcast Recording)
Presenters
avatar for Tom Gross

Tom Gross

Tom Gross has been in education for 20 years.  His first 10 years were as a high school classroom teacher of English, Speech and U.S. History.  The most recent 10 years he has spent as a high school librarian currently serving at Washington Community High School.  Besides working... Read More →
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Dan Zehr

Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi, the award-winning podcast that examines the Star Wars saga from a place of intelligence and humor. He has been teaching high school English for fourteen years and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. His... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg B

10:45am

Defeat the Demogorgons: Conquering the 4Cs in your Classroom
Travel back to the 80s and get ready to save Hawkins! Engage the learner to explore the 4Cs with this interactive format themed around the popular Netflix series Stranger Things that can be easily modified to fit any content area or grade level. Various tech tools will be paired with each C to create effective formative assessments for use in your classroom.

Presenters
CW

Caitlin Wlezien

Instructional Specialist, Addison School District 4

Co-Presenters
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Caroline Matkowski

Instructional Specialist, Addison School District 4


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg E

10:45am

Design Thinking for Educators
In this hour long session, participants will explore the five phases of the design thinking process to develop understanding of how design might be applied to solve problems, generate solutions, and test prototypes in the classroom. No prior design experience needed! Come learn how design thinking can support learning outcomes through authentic design-based learning.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Exploration Threshold

10:45am

Engaging All Students With Creative Student Voice Activities
Creativity frequently tops the list of skills most desired by employers. Creativity is an important part of the learning process in student-centered classrooms. Some of the most memorable learning experiences provide students with opportunities to share their voice in creative ways as part of the learning experience. Attendees will explore creative digital student voice resources that can engage students in visual design, video creation, verbal responses, and more. Let’s get them creating and make learning stick!

Presenters
avatar for Steve Wick

Steve Wick

Science Teacher & Instructional Technology Coordinator, Indian Prairie 204
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward." - Victor KiamI am a lifelong learner who is always looking for resources and ideas to grow as a teacher and a learner. My focus as a learner is connected to the 4Cs, Student Voice, Student Choice, Curiosity, Inquiry, G... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Neuqua Valley High School
My name is Melissa Wilson, and I am the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Neuqua Valley High School. I believe that students need to take ownership of their learning, and as teachers, we can inspire them to take risks and grow personally and academically. Incorporating... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Euphoria (2nd floor)

10:45am

Going Beyond Battle--Creating a Community of Readers
Are you interested in engaging and empowering your students with literature? Learn how our district has transformed the Battle of the Books. Competition is great...but having only one winner in reading is not. Our new vision, Bibliomania, is student centered learning focused on reading, thinking, creating, collaborating and sharing ideas. Our librarians took the challenge of integrating literacy in a meaningful way within the library and district literacy curriculum. Our goal is to create a community of readers that collaborate and think critically about what they are reading and develop meaningful projects about their reading.

Presenters
avatar for Tracy Hubbard

Tracy Hubbard

Librarian & Library Department Chair, Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies
Working in a library is something special, I work with students and staff to find their passion, in books, information, technology or making. I had the privilege of being a 2017 Fellow of Teachers for Global Classrooms What a wonderful opportunity to have friends and colleagues... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Beth Schencker

Beth Schencker

Library, Lincolnwood School
Librarian and Coding teacher at Lincolnwood Elementary School in Evanston, IL.
avatar for Mindy Perry

Mindy Perry

Librarian, Dawes Elementary School
I teach library and coding. I love to bake!I love all things geeky.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana C

10:45am

How to Get Started with VEX Robotics
This session will inform as to how to implement VEX EDR and VEX IQ in the classroom.  A description of the two robots will be included, along with coding the robots, professional development options and a discussion of the various competitions that take place locally and throughout the state.

This session will be hosted by iDESIGN Solutions  (@idesignsol)

Presenters
avatar for Edward Teelucksingh

Edward Teelucksingh

iDESIGN Solutions
iDESIGN Solutions (iDESIGN) is a Value Added Reseller of technology for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education. The company sells  VEX Robotics Classroom Kits & Parts, 2D and 3D design software, 3D Printers and Accessories, teacher training, and much... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Serenity

10:45am

Implementing the Punk Rock Mindset and PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) will disrupt the status quo.
It's time for educators to get out of their comfort zones and change the game of education. Today's students do not learn the same way many of us did, stand and deliver. The times have changed and so does our approach to delivering meaningful and impactful learning that will prepare students for the real world. As an educator, regardless of your role, if you are not enjoying each day, making a difference, it's a guarantee your stakeholders aren't either. It's time to learn strategies and implement changes that will benefit everyone in your classroom and school. Everyone should enjoy being in school, including educators! Mobile offices, skateboarding, dance parties, collaboration, problem solving, and RELATIONSHIPS are all crucial for success in school. This session will take the Punk Rock Mindset of challenging status quo to make a positive difference for educators and our students. By challenging current educational practices, educators will become reinvigorated and prepare our students to believe in themselves, their strengths, peers, and be ready to change the world!

Presenters
avatar for Michael Earnshaw

Michael Earnshaw

Principal, Oak Glen Elementary School / Lansing SD 158
I'm an educator determined to tear down antiquated teaching methodologies and approaches to education. It is our responsibility, as educators, to empower our students to become problem solvers, collaborators, display empathy, know their strengths, and be determined to change what's... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia C

10:45am

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Adventure Threshold

10:45am

Operation Genius: A Community Event
This session walks through the steps, strategies, and all things necessary for creating a district or school wide event centered around Genius Hour also known as 20% time or passion projects. Participants would learn about creating a timeline, resources necessary, time commitment, and how to get students, teachers, and administrators on board with this type of display of innovation.  The live link to the presentation is bit.ly/IDEA2020

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Iovinelli

Jessica Iovinelli

Director for Instructional Technology, Elmwood Park CUSD 401



Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg D

10:45am

Promoting Student Voice Through A Digital Newspaper
Congratulations! You have been nominated to join the inaugural IDEAcon newspaper team. You will work with your team in this session to create a digital newspaper showcasing your conference experience using the G Suite templates provided for you. At the end of session you will walk away with not only many new ideas but also an artifact of your learning experiences from the week to share with your colleagues and students.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

Assistant Principal, Chicago Public Schools
Michael Kosko is an elementary school Assistant Principal in Chicago Public Schools. Prior to that role, he taught high school STEM and science in the district for 10 years. He’s a vocal advocate for technology integration and using design thinking in the classroom. Michael is a... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg F

10:45am

Taking the Digital out of Citizenship
Much focus and attention recently has been spent on digital citizenship. This session will look at strategies and activities that address citizenship as a whole, not just the digital component of it. How can educators help students become better citizens of their school and local communities? What are methods and strategies that will empower students to become active and positive members of their communities? This session will attempt to address these types of questions and find places to fit these discussions into the curriculum including but not limited to both Jr. and Sr high school civics courses.

Presenters
avatar for Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Jr/Sr High School History, ROWVA CUSD 208
I have taught for 15 years as a social studies teacher at ROWVA Jr/Sr High School where I have helped to support educational technology across the grades. I am on the Future Ready PD and curriculum committees, a former president of entICE, and a McCormick Foundation Civics Mentor... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg C

10:45am

The Big Ask
How do we support inquiry in our classrooms and in our culture? Time, support, inspiration, mentorship but at the core of all these supports is the capacity to formulate questions. And then question your own questions! Participants will learn how to grow the art of questioning in students and colleagues while practicing techniques that can be simply integrated into instruction. In this minds-on session, learners will ask the questions, explore how to leverage responses and build upon them as we flex our questioning muscles! We will modify traditional discussion techniques, understand innovative phrasing and practices that support a culture of thinkers.

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learningdiscoveries with other teachers, students, and administration! As an Instructional Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences, she has been lucky enough to spread that learning... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

10:45am

Tips and Tricks for all my Chromies
Have you ever watched in awe as someone seamlessly navigated Google, swiftly duplicating objects, formatting text, and changing the appearance as quickly as a skilled magician? You’d be surprised how much time a few clicks can save! Join us for the lowdown on all the latest tips, tricks, shortcuts and hacks for all our Chromies.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

10:45am

Virtual Reality Activities that Engage, Enhance, and Extend Student Learning
Many virtual reality experiences are passive activities. In this session, we will focus on VR that challenges students to engage with real-world problem-solving, work together in teams to solve VR challenges, and design 3D creations that can be brought into the physical world.

Presenters
avatar for Jon Spike

Jon Spike

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Integration Services, UW-Whitewater
Jon Spike, a graduate of UW-Madison, started his career as a high school English teacher. Since then, he has served as a Technology Integrator, helping students and staff use technology to engage, inspire, and create. He currently works as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg G

10:45am

“Hacking” Google Keep for Ultimate Productivity!
Google Keep (a GSuite core service) is an incredible tool for organizing your workflows and increasing efficiency - especially when you learn about these super rad tricks to really customize and make it work for you and your students! Learn all the secrets and leave feeling like an education productivity wizard! Google Keep will quickly become your new favorite GSuite app!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Leban

Jennifer Leban

Creative Technology Teacher, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Jennifer Leban is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified Teacher, Jennifer teaches creative technology and visual arts classes at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. In 2018, Jennifer was... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana A (Google)

10:45am

Integrating Robots into CTE
In this session, participants will learn about the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitive Center, and different pieces of technology such as the Dobot Magician, robotic arm, Spheros, and micro:bits that are being implemented within the Design and Innovation studios which are being installed in schools, along with partnerships from companies such as Subaru, Crysler, and Honda.  Additionally, participants will learn about the variety of curriculum that has been developed alongside Purdue University to strengthen the implementation of these studios within schools.

Presenters
avatar for Beau Scott

Beau Scott

STEM Education Works


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Innovation

10:45am

Edtech Projects for Global Impact: Digital Storytelling, Coding, and AR/VR for Social Good
As our students come to understand their own connections to purpose, technology can help amplify and spread student messages and stories to cross over content areas and move beyond classroom walls. In developing a plan to support your students as storytellers, you can begin to consider practices that will enable students to act as illustrators of the human experience through digital storytelling, coding, and AR/VR. Join this session as we showcase examples of #CSforGood (computer science for good) and impact storytelling from K-12 classrooms of the world and explore edtech tools and innovative practices to help your students share perspectives through purpose-driven projects.

Presenters
avatar for Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Exec Dir, Take Action Global
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally-minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly, she champions teachers to use educational technology for... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Utopia A

10:45am

Future-Proofing Today's Schools
Trying to predict the future can be a tricky thing, especially with education. We’ve played it safe for decades and continued the factory-model and one-size fits all approach to teaching to survive instead of thrive. Times are always changing and technology is as unpredictable as anything. However, there are some skills and traits we can help our students with to make them more successful in the future and we might not have to overhaul education to make it happen. In this interactive talk, we’ll discuss look at the global future, trends, and disruptive ideas that we can leverage to best prepare our students for the unpredictable future.

Presenters
avatar for Carl Hooker

Carl Hooker

Consultant and Speaker, HookerTech LLC
Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 21 years in education. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he helped spearhead one of the nation's first one-to-one K-12 iPad programs in his 8000-student district... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Nirvana B

10:45am

Manage Your Principal (Yep I Said It!)
Teachers often wonder how they can work more effectively with their principals while principals often ponder the same question. During this session we will explore the concept of “managing up” and identify strategies for ensuring that this critical relationship enjoys more success. During this interactive session, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of “managing up” and participants will develop a mini action plan full of actionable next steps. All school leaders, teachers, and other school staff members are welcome! 

Presenters
avatar for Cheyenne Batista

Cheyenne Batista

Founder & CEO, Firefly Worldwide Inc.
Cheyenne E. Batista, is the Founder & CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc., a global education and nonprofit consulting practice. She previously served as Founding Superintendent, Managing Director of a Pre-K to 12th grade community-based school network in her hometown of New York City where... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Schaumburg A

11:30am

IDEA Western Suburbs Chapter Meet-Up
Do you live or work in the western suburbs? Come meet your chapter! Join the Western Suburbs IDEA Chapter for a meet-up...there might even be some giveaways. Bring your lunch and join the leadership team in the lounge area (on the 2nd floor on the hotel side)

Tuesday February 25, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:45am

Therapy Dogs - Maine Township "Pop-Up"
Teddy and Lizz

Tuesday February 25, 2020 11:45am - 1:45pm
TBA

12:00pm

Be an EDUcon Hero! Play the IDEAcon Conference Game
Experience IDEAcon in a whole new way with our fun and engaging IDEAcon League online gamified experience!

Connect - Transform - Inspire 
Join fellow educators in hands-on, reflective activities to engage deeper during your time at IDEAcon. Earn points toward IDEAcon buttons, stickers, and raffle tickets towards daily drawings! The more you do, the more raffle tickets you win!  Complete all three league missions and you are an EDUcon Hero and will receive SIX RAFFLE TICKETS.

Win an IDEAcon League T-shirt, Lunch Vouchers, a 32 inch monitor and more! Daily Drawings!

Step 1: Login: ideacon.allludolearning.com
Step 2: Create your account (use Gmail/Outlook, Email, Twitter or Facebook account)
Step 3: Profile setup - select your IL District or Other, Out of State or Private School
Step 4: Join the game ‘Play IDEAcon Leaguer’ and select your first activity to begin.

Presenters
avatar for Julia Francis

Julia Francis

Sales and Program Management, Alludo
Engage in choice, personalized learning for your teachers, students and staff with Alludo. Our personalized learning platform engages learners in a whole new way, from a catalog of 1,000\'s of activities to digital badges, educators can own their learning objectives with self-directed... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Near Volunteers Table (1st Floor)

12:30pm

Apple Creativity Lab
Join us for an immersive learning experience that’s possible only with iPad. Unleash your creativity through, drawing, photography, video, music, coding, and augmented reality. Get hands on with fun activities, then take your projects home to share with peers.

Presenters
avatar for Apple

Apple

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia Threshold (Apple)

12:30pm

Book Brackets - The Kids Will Eat Them Up
This session will explore how and why using book brackets in the classroom can be fun and educational. We will talk about the different technology we use to implement and promote the bracket. We will do a mini-bracket tournament centered around children’s books involving food. Come hungry and ready to cheer on a book!

Presenters
avatar for Kimberly McDermid

Kimberly McDermid

Elementary Teacher, Storymamas

Co-Presenters


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana C

12:30pm

Coaching Across the Generations
As schools implement new technologies they hold a unique challenge in getting their teachers trained, comfortable, and confident enough to use them with their students. As technology coaches and instructors our job to work with these educators to build their capacity to use new technology tools and strategies with their students. As coaches, we face the challenge of communicating these new technologies to teachers across multiple generations. Schools have Millennials working alongside Gen X’ers, who are working alongside Baby Boomers that are preparing to retire. Each of these generational groups have their own unique way of learning and working with technology and it is important that coaches understand and respect how to communicate with each of these generational groups. Join us as we share our experiences and best strategies we’ve developed for empowering all generations to bring technology into their classrooms!

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Byam

Elizabeth Byam

Instructional Technology Coach, Learning Technology Center
Elizabeth Byam started her career in Fulton, IL as a 4th-grade teacher. During her time as a classroom teacher, she obtained a Masters\\\'s Degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology. Meanwhile, she spent time providing professional development in and outside of her district... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Ben Sondgeroth

Ben Sondgeroth

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator, LTC Illinois
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 →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

12:30pm

Digital Portfolios take over the Classroom
Digital technology is quickly replacing spiral notebooks as a means for student’s science notes, research, and data collection. We have successfully used online digital portfolio/notebook options and are excited to show you how easy it is to make the switch. Our presentation will fully engage the audience practicing with hands on science and STEM based activities to learn various digital portfolio platforms. Participants will be joining a digital classroom and creating portfolio entries that represent how their students would use the actual tools. We will also show demonstrations of our actual student samples. Attendees will learn that their students will be more actively engaged and have more ownership and pride. Students capture their hands-on labs using video, pictorial, and written notes and share it with an authentic audience. Online digital portfolio/notebooks allow students to record their thinking and data results and submit to teachers for review and easy grading. Portfolios can also be shared with families to give them a birds-eye view into the classroom. This session is appropriate for primary, elementary, and middle school and supports the 3-dimension practices of NGSS and ISTE standards.

Presenters
avatar for Lynn Gorey

Lynn Gorey

4th Grade Teacher, Maercker School District #60
Twitter @d60Gorey

Co-Presenters
avatar for Sheri DeCarlo

Sheri DeCarlo

Instructional Technology Coach, Maercker School District 60


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg G

12:30pm

EdCamp Chicago Smackdown Session
It is incredibly powerful for teachers to share what they are currently doing and what is currently working for them in the classroom. This session is a chance for YOU do do just that  and to hear others share their passions and successes.  Do you ahve a cool new tech tool? Do you have a powerful new teaching strategy? 

A smackdown session is participant led, Participants will share tool or a strategy that they love.  They will dadd that strategy to Slide deck that will be shared with everyone and then go to the podium and share and explain to the masses. 

Have you always wanted to present but had cold feet? Do you have that one thing that you are proud of and want to share with the world? There are people who need your expertise and talent and this is the perfect chance to share ot with the world.  

http://bit.ly/edcampchicago-smackdown



Presenters
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg East/West Ballroom

12:30pm

Empowering Educators with Microsoft Innovative Educators
Join Microsoft's Education Team to learn how to create a Microsoft Innovative Educator account, access the education community, training materials and resources to create a more modern learning experience in the classroom all while becoming a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn Megan Albino

Kathryn Megan Albino

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft
Kathryn Megan (or Kat for short) is the Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store at Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL). Kat has built relationships with Non-profit organizations, schools and the Chicagoland Community for over 3yrs and has a huge passion for working with... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg F

12:30pm

Facilitating Desmos Activities in Your Math Classroom
Bring excitement and wonder to your math classroom using Desmos activities! Designed to make math interesting and visual, these activities are created to help you facilitate rich conversations. Learn the basics of the teacher dashboard and controls. We will also take a look at how your can design your own activities using Desmos Activity Builder. Use important principles of designing engaging math activities to bring your own content onto the Desmos platform.

Presenters
avatar for Annie Forest

Annie Forest

Math & Coaching Coordinator, Berwyn South District 100
Annie was a classroom teacher for 12 years, instructional coach for 2 years, and now serves as a K-8 district coordinator. She is passionate about helping teachers and students find joy in math, giving all students an equitable math experience, and using the power of technology to... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Connection

12:30pm

Flip Your Learning with Screencastify
Join us as we discuss ways to combine the magic of Screencastify and Flipgrid. Flipgrid and Screencastify are great tools on their own, but appsmashing provides opportunities for critical thinking and collaboration. We will share some of the ways that we use these tools in our ELA and Math classes to create an engaging classroom environment in which our students are experiencing personalized and authentic learning experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Caitlyn Clayton

Caitlyn Clayton

Teacher, Farmington Central Junior High School

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg B

12:30pm

How hearing and listening can improve student achievement
Come find out how you can ensure every student has equal access to ALL that is said in the classroom; as well as tools to support teachers with small group and collaborative leaning spaces.

This session is hosted by Lightspeed Technology.

Presenters
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Steve Mefford

Regional Sales Manager


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Serenity

12:30pm

Instructional Rounds #Collaboration #Relationships
Too often PD is short term and not connected to the wants and needs of staff.  This session will focus on an ongoing collaborative project between an Innovative Learning Coach and a Literacy Coach. Instructional rounds provide a framework for teachers to have  a voice in staff development.

Presenters
avatar for Rick McCall

Rick McCall

Innovative Learning Coach, Bloomingdale District 13
After working in technology fields Rick transitioned to education. The first nine years of Rick\'s teaching career he taught Technology Courses at the secondary level. During this time he had the opportunity to create a student run help desk to support the e-learning program and... Read More →
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Elizabeth Niemiec

Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach, Bloomingdale SD13



Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg E

12:30pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Adventure Threshold

12:30pm

Moonshot Mindset
The Growth Mindset is a good start...but is it enough? Our students will face enormous, unimaginable challenges in the future that require equally radical and big ideas to solve. How do we get them started thinking big NOW so they are ready for tomorrow?
Students with Moonshot Mindsets embrace growth but also see opportunities to transcend the boundaries of traditional learning to take more risks and think bigger. Participants will learn what it takes to teach students about Moonshot Thinking and will attempt to solve an impossible task.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Exploration Threshold

12:30pm

Now You’re Talking: Student Speaking & Listening Leveled Up
Looking for fun and exciting ways for students to present and speak in front of your class? Want to learn more about how your students can become confident, self-motivated and empowered speakers? Join us to dive deeper into non-traditional learning opportunities that allow for student voice and creativity. We’re talking ignite speeches, TED talks, student produced news announcements, podcasts and more! We look forward to sharing our powerful experiences, as well as hearing ways in which you skyrocket student growth!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Eggert

Jennifer Eggert

Innovative Learning Coach, Bloomingdale School District 13

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

12:30pm

Pop-Up Podcast feat. Coffee with Kenobi (Scheduled/Open Interviews)

Presenters
avatar for Tom Gross

Tom Gross

Tom Gross has been in education for 20 years.  His first 10 years were as a high school classroom teacher of English, Speech and U.S. History.  The most recent 10 years he has spent as a high school librarian currently serving at Washington Community High School.  Besides working... Read More →
avatar for Dan Zehr

Dan Zehr

Dan Z is the host and brand director of Coffee With Kenobi, the award-winning podcast that examines the Star Wars saga from a place of intelligence and humor. He has been teaching high school English for fourteen years and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. His... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Redefining the Social Studies Experience
Social Studies is an opportunity to have students travel the world, dive into culture, and tackle the complexities of current events. Technology is an opportunity to take experiences in each of those areas to the next level. This session will focus on technology integration into the Middle School Social Studies classroom with specific focus on Modifying and Redefining learning experiences. Google Expeditions, WeVideo and Green Screen creations, Essential question answer development, and breakout vocabulary will all be discussed in enough detail to give you the confidence to try these things next week.

Co-Presenters
avatar for Mary Iwanski

Mary Iwanski

STEM and Innovation Specialist, Merton Community School District
I am a STEM and Innovation coordinator in the Merton Community School District. I am a Google Innovator, Trainer, and Level 1 & 2 certified and have also been trained in Project Lead the Way Design and Modeling, Lead teacher for PLTW Launch, and attended Columbia Teachers College... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg D

12:30pm

The Hidden Opportunity of Student-Generated Social Media
From a sticky note with the username and password to creating meaningful content, this session provides an in-depth look at the hidden opportunities of student-generated social media. Learn how students are moving beyond taking selfies in order to become better digital citizens, learn leadership skills and how to manage their time when creating content for their school.

Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg H

12:30pm

Using Google MyMaps to Explore Our World
In this session, we will learn how to use Google MyMaps to share information with our students and how to have students create their own Google MyMap to share their own learning!

http://bit.ly/GoogleMyMaps2020 

http://bit.ly/KSD111MyMapsChoice

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Fierro

Melissa Fierro

Technology Integration Specialist, Kankakee School District 111
Melissa Fierro is Kankakee School District 111's Technology Integration Specialist. Mrs. Fierro earned a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois in Leadership and Design with a focus on Instructional Technology in December of 2016. Her goals and aspirations for the district... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana A (Google)

12:30pm

What’s Up Google Doc? - Beyond Basics
You have conquered the basics of Google Docs like how to share a file, collaborate effectively, and you've got some formatting and font skills too, but what are you missing? OH SO MUCH! If you're ready to take your Google Docs game to the next level with built in tools like Table of Contents and hyperlinks, this session is for you. Don't spend another day wondering what you're missing!

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

12:30pm

Write on Polar Bears: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Authentic Writing Calibration
Calibrating writing in grade level teams, as well as vertically articulating across grade levels, is powerful for teachers, administrators, and students. Using the data we collect from authentic student writing produced during Writing Workshop, we analyze what students control and set goals for improving writing instruction. Meaningful integration of digital tools, such as Seesaw, Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Book Creator, and Padlet can allow teachers more opportunities to share student work and spark meaningful discussions on student growth and achievement. In working to help students improve their writing instruction, we reference different digital tools that could help students meet their goals. Come and learn more about our calibration journey and how teachers can not only utilize technology to collaborate more effectively, but also what tools could be used to improve student learning through targeted instructional practices and specific feedback.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Pearce

Jill Pearce

Innovation Coach, Crystal Lake Elementary District #47
Jill Pearce has been an Innovation Coach for Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 since 2014. Prior to this, Jill spent 10 years teaching grades 3-5. During her time in the classroom she piloted 1:1 iPads, a SMART Board and a 21st Century classroom.  Jill has always had a passion... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams

Assistant Principal, Crystal Lake District 47


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg C

12:30pm

YouTube for Teachers
Do you have a YouTube channel, or have you ever thought about starting one? In this session, teachers will learn the advantages of using a YouTube channel as a teaching tool to help meet the needs of all learners. Additionally, a YouTube channel can help you grow your PLN, provide a model for safe and ethical usage of technology, and connect with students, parents, and the community. We’ll go over the basic features of a YouTube Channel, and give options and ideas for creating video content. There will be time for networking and sharing your own YouTube ideas, as well as a Q&A time for those lingering questions.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Leban

Jennifer Leban

Creative Technology Teacher, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Jennifer Leban is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified Teacher, Jennifer teaches creative technology and visual arts classes at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. In 2018, Jennifer was... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia C

12:30pm

Teacher Leadership in Action
As a community, we seek to empower committed educators to have an impact beyond the four walls of their classroom. In 2018, Educators 4 Excellence found that 92% of all teachers surveyed desired more opportunities to further their careers and professional skills while staying in the classroom. We know that teachers possess the answers to challenges their schools face and hold the keys to unlocking a school-wide culture of learning.

Geared towards future and current teacher leaders, this session will explore taking ideas for school improvement and making them a reality. Teachers will work to build a vision and strategic plan which can be used to lead a team within their school. We will explore best practices in engaging stakeholders, project planning with a focus on leading adults and navigating school-based obstacles.

Presenters
avatar for Pallavi Abraham

Pallavi Abraham

Executive Director, Teacher Supporting Teachers
Teacher Leadership and Retention!



Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

12:30pm

Closing Your Classroom Door
There is a lot of distractions within our classroom walls. Then add in all the noise outside of our rooms, it can be deafening. Between competencies, grading, adult drama, personal lives, and fulfilling expectations, we can get lost. Often times, we are surviving- not thriving. Most of us have kids in our room who need us to treat them and look at them as a person, not as a statistic. They need someone to invest time into developing their character and listen to their stories and struggles. During this session, we will discuss why this investment is so important in our classrooms today!  

Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Utopia A

12:30pm

Delivering Great Feedback
Giving feedback to anyone can be challenging—be in the best or worst circumstances. Whether you are a manager or coach supporting a teacher’s improvement, or you are a teaching assistant seeking a better relationship with your lead teacher, knowing how to give great feedback can make the world of a difference in your overall effectiveness as a team. During this session, we will dive into the reasons why most people struggle to give feedback and then explore ways to give feedback effectively. Participants will enjoy opportunities to practice and get feedback about—you guessed it—their feedback in what will be an informative, fun session.

Presenters
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Cheyenne Batista

Founder & CEO, Firefly Worldwide Inc.
Cheyenne E. Batista, is the Founder & CEO of Firefly Worldwide Inc., a global education and nonprofit consulting practice. She previously served as Founding Superintendent, Managing Director of a Pre-K to 12th grade community-based school network in her hometown of New York City where... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Schaumburg A

12:30pm

K-2 Can Do That Too!
Have you been to a presentation and you love the tool but wonder how this can work in my class of little learners? This hands on session will give you a toolbox of ideas that you can bring into your primary classroom and start tomorrow.


Presenters
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Sophia Garcia-Smith

EL & Literacy Enrichment Teacher, Des Plaines School District 62
Sophia Garcia-Smith is an educator who loves to create, collaborate and share her love of teaching and technology. She currently works at a suburban Chicago school district. She has presented at many educational tech conferences across the United States. She has connected with schools... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nirvana B

1:45pm

10X Problem Solving
In this one hour session, our challenge is to come up with moonshot ideas to move beyond just substituting what we’ve always done with technology, to transform our schools, to increase engagement, and prepare kids for their futures! This is a rapid prototyping session that can be applied in classrooms immediately.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
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Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Exploration Threshold

1:45pm

Are You Ready for the Amazing Google Race?
Experience using a whole host of tools to race your peers to the finish line as you experience a unique way to study and progress through your learning path with Google Tour Builder, then get started building your very own Amazing Race with content from your subject and grade level. This is one of our most popular sessions for a reason! Can your team win the friEdTechnology Amazing Race by finishing first? OR will your students be the real winners as they learn content in a collaborative, fun way? Either way, YOU are ALL winners!

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

1:45pm

Building a Culture of Readers
In this session, participants will explore different ways to build a culture of readers both on and off line! We will showcase the steps we’ve taken to build a culture of readers in our district, such as getting buy-in from every district employee, leveraging the schools’ libraries, and promoting district-wide reading challenges. We will also share how we utilize technology and social media in our district, allowing us to enhance our goals for building a strong culture of readers.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Janusz

Liz Janusz

Instructional Coach, Lemont SD113A
Liz is an Instructional Coach currently working in Lemont School District 113A by supporting 3rd-5th grade students and teachers. She has previously worked as a reading specialist and as a classroom teacher before transitioning into her coaching role. Liz's biggest passion is ensuring... Read More →

Co-Presenters
avatar for Colleen McNaughton

Colleen McNaughton

Instructional Caoch, Lemont Bromberek School District 113a
I am an instructional coach in Lemont Bromberek School District 113a. I support the teachers and students at our EC thru 2nd grade. Previously I worked as a reading specialist and prior to that I taught in 4th and 5th grade. I love working supporting the staff in all of their endeavors... Read More →
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learningdiscoveries with other teachers, students, and administration! As an Instructional Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences, she has been lucky enough to spread that learning... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana C

1:45pm

Candyland 2.0
In this highly interactive experience, come prepared to play and connect with other innovators through a childhood favorite - Candyland. This version is life-sized and you are the game piece.
After playing, we will discuss the how and why you can use this in your classroom - Now this is gamification!

Presenters
avatar for Kim Darche

Kim Darche

Instructional Coach
Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learningdiscoveries with other teachers, students, and administration! As an Instructional Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences, she has been lucky enough to spread that learning... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Zilly

Lindsay Zilly

Director of Professional Learning, IDEA
Lindsay Zilly is the Director of Professional Learning for Illinois Digital Educators Alliance. In this position, she is able to create meaningful professional learning experiences for educators, help connect teachers to experts and provide instructional support for educators in the... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

1:45pm

Exploring Mindfulness through Technology
Participants will be introduced to the many smartphone and tablet applications that help people of all ages practice mindfulness. There are currently many free as well as paid applications that promote a mindful practice for teachers as well as students. In this session, participants will be given the opportunity to create accounts, explore and utilize the many applications currently available for a personal mindful practice, as well as applications made for young adults and children. Several of these applications are free for educators and time will be provided in this session to explore these applications and their online curricular components as well.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Beversdorf

Lauren Beversdorf

Spanish Teacher, Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor, Bannockburn School and Core Power Yoga
Lauren teaches K-8 Spanish at Bannockburn School in Bannockburn, IL. With 18+ years of experience working with all age groups, she also coordinates, designs and implements SEL and mindfulness curricula and multi-age lessons for students and fellow educators. She received her mindfulness... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia C

1:45pm

Forest Ridge D142’s CIO Brian Skibinski shares managing their macOS/iOS MDM with FileWave
As a FileWave customer for over 7 years, Brian shares his overall perspective utilizing FileWave’s device management for Apple devices at Forest Ridge D142. Areas covered will be pushing out iOS & macOS updates, deploying filesets/software payloads, creating and utilizing queries and working with smart groups.

Brian Skibinski serves as the Chief Information Officer at Forest Ridge School District 142 for the past six years. He supports 1,600 K-8 students, 150 faculty and staff across four schools. The district is primarily comprised of 350 macOS and 1,600 iOS devices. A graduate of Purdue University, he holds degrees in Computer Technology and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Computers have been a keen interest since his first Intel 386 PC with a color dot matrix printer! Prior to joining District 142, he was the Technology Director at Palos Heights School District 128, a small law firm in Chicago and Marian Catholic High School. He resides in Frankfort with his wife and three children.

Brian can be reached by email at bskibinski@d142.org and on Twitter @BrianSkibinski.

This session will be hosted by FileWave.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Skibinski

Brian Skibinski

Chief Information Officer, Forest Ridge School District 142


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Serenity

1:45pm

Gaming Gold
As Esports expands each year new opportunities arise for our students to join a much untapped job field. Join me and a couple of my students on a breakdown of what jobs are available and why we should be preparing our students for these fields. Esports have reached many of our schools and now comes the time to expand this opportunity into a fun filled curriculum that can lead to life changing careers.



Presenters
avatar for Brock Frazier

Brock Frazier

Esports Head Coach, Massac USD#1
I am one of the lead technicians for our I.T. department in the district, I also am a head coach for our girls soccer team, assistant coach for the boys soccer team, and head coach for our esports club and teams.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Prosperity (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

Get Moving! Using Movement to Demystify Data
Data can be a difficult topic for students to be excited about. By adding kinesthetic activities, data is no longer just on paper and comes alive in meaningful ways. Join us as we explore the hidden fun in data collection!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Noncek-Eastman

Jennifer Noncek-Eastman

Training Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society
My career has taken me from the formal classroom to the informal. While I no longer work with K-12 students, I work to help their teachers make learning a \\\"butt-up\\\" experience. We all learn best through first-hand experiences and my passion is bringing fun into all classroo... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg A

1:45pm

Going Google: Differentiating with Google Apps
Differentiation is essential in today's classroom and Google Apps makes it easier Google apps are ideal for differentiation when approached with planning and forethought. This session will demonstrate how to differentiate content, product, product and process utilizing Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Drawing, Google Sites, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, and Chrome Apps and Extensions.

Presenters
avatar for Donna S. Wakefield

Donna S. Wakefield

Associate Professor, National Louis University
Dr. Donna Wakefield is a professor of special education at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois where she teaches graduate courses in language, literacy, assistive technology and differentiation. She worked in the birth-21 setting as a speech-language pathologist, special... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana A (Google)

1:45pm

Introducing Parlay: A Tech Tool to Bolster Student Voice with Safe and Meaningful Class Discussions
Do students feel intimidated and shy when responding to others during on-line discussions and Socratic seminars? Well, worry no more! Let us introduce you to Parlay. Parlay is a blended-learning tool that helps teachers inspire meaningful, measurable & inclusive discussions in the classroom.
In this session, we will walk you through how to build a “RoundTable” activity, Parlay’s unique approach to student discussion and we will show you the vast resources Parlay has ready for you to use.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Seick

Colleen Seick

Instructional Technology & STEM Coordinator, CCSD15
Instructional Tech and STEM Coordinator for D15- Palatine, ISTE and Google Certified Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, former Library & 4th grade teacher!

Co-Presenters
avatar for Anna Lisa Martin

Anna Lisa Martin

Instructional Strategist, Parlay Ideas Inc.
All about class discussions, ed-tech, and student-driven instruction. Ontario Certified Teacher and former teacher in China and Canada (Yes, I am Canadian✌️🇨🇦!) Want to see a demonstration? LMK!
avatar for Katie Burns- Wojtalewicz

Katie Burns- Wojtalewicz

Social Studies Teacher, Palatine CCSD#15
Hi everyone! I\'m a 7th and 8th grade Social studies teacher and tech enthusiast at Carl Sandburg Junior High School in Palatine CCSD#15. Promoting student voice and engaging my students in creative critical thinking is my goal every day!


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg C

1:45pm

LEAD the WAY! Facilitating STEM While Transforming Instructional Design
Attendees will learn ways to construct and use a STEM lab and Stem Lab tools to facilitate and develop a curriculum that helps build critical thinking skills while providing real-world experiences. Participants will learn how to utilize a variety of technology tools in a stem lab or classroom setting using a blended learning approach. We will share how these technology tools such as Chromebooks, green screen, drones, Spheros, Google Expeditions (VR), zSpace machines, and 3D printers have helped to build critical thinking skills in our students while providing real-world experiences. Attendees will also learn how technology integration specialist has collaborated with classroom teachers to redesign classroom instruction with a blended learning approach. With this type of approach, students are able to experience a variety of technology tools within one class period or lesson. Teachers are able to differentiate instruction tailored to students’ needs in small groups. The teacher becomes more of a facilitator in the learning process and students are given more ownership of their personal learning.

Presenters
avatar for Tammy Reindl

Tammy Reindl

Technology Integration Specialist, Taylorville School District
I am currently the Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to my new position, I taught 5th grade for 4 years and 2nd grade for 20+ years.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg B

1:45pm

Lessons of a First Year Instructional Coach
Come along with me as I share the successes and lessons learned during my first year as a district instructional coach. If you’re a teacher aspiring or preparing to become a coach, an already well-established coach, or even an administrator looking to launch or relaunch a coaching program, this session is for you. We’ll talk implementation and support, tools for buy-in, student-centered approaches, and the two narratives of a coach. We’ll share ideas and resources while building a network of coaches that can help support one another throughout the year.

Presenters
avatar for Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki

Anne Krolicki is the K-12 Instructional Coach for Elmwood Community School District in Elmwood, IL. She previously taught English and mass communications classes as well as an interdisciplinary English III/US history course at Princeville Junior/Senior High School. Prior to that... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg F

1:45pm

Microsoft Office 365 - More Than Just Email!
Your Office365 portal can be used for much more than just checking your email! Learn how to use a sampling of Office365 apps that will streamline your classroom, impact student learning,
and improve your workday. Apps that will be included are Sway (a presentation tool similar to Prezi), Forms (surveys and online quizzes), Tasks (to-do lists), and Teams (hub for classrooms
and groups). OneNote (online portfolio) and its use in conjunction with Microsoft Learning Tools to create a powerful learning experience for learners of all abilities will also be highlighted.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Kaplan

Colleen Kaplan

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Francis High School
I am a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, I worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an ELA teacher at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School and Notre Dame High School for Girls. I am currently part of... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg G

1:45pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Adventure Threshold

1:45pm

Reading for Meaning with Read Naturally Live
Learn how to develop fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension by combining three powerful, research-based strategies:  teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.  Learn how to meet standards and accelerate the achievement of developing and struggling readers.  These effective strategies are demonstrated using Read Naturally’s web-based software program, Read Live.  
Participants will: Understand the role of fluency in overall reading proficiency, understand how to identify students who are at risk for reading failure, learn how the three research-based strategies have been developed into a series of steps that improve fluency, support vocabulary, and promote comprehension in developing readers--and learn why each step is critical to achieve maximum results.

Presenters
avatar for Carol Ann Kane

Carol Ann Kane

Education Consultant, Read Naturally


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg H

1:45pm

Strengthening Literacy with iPad
Discover new ways to enhance students’ literacy skills with the power of iPad. Explore the built-in features on iPad and a variety of education apps that can build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Experience creativity apps that help students increase fluency and demonstrate their knowledge in creative and personal ways.

Presenters
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Apple

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia D (Apple)

1:45pm

Supporting Language Learners with Book Creator
We will explore using all four language domains, fourteen tried and tested ideas, and this multimedia app can be used by teachers of language learners and students acquiring a new language. Explore ideas such as cognates, Total Physical Response (TPR), Reading Response Journals and other ideas spanning the curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Ramona Towner

Ramona Towner

Instructional Coach, Berwyn South School District 100
Ramona "Mona" Towner is an Instructional Coach in Berwyn South School District 100. The district offers 4,000+ K-8 students 24/7 access to an iPad. As an Instructional Coach, she travels to 8 buildings working with teachers to help them meet the standards and integrate technology... Read More →

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg E

1:45pm

We've Got SOLE: Integrating Technology with Inquiry Based Research for 21st Century Learning
SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) is an engaging inquiry based learning session where students' imaginations are sparked by a BIG question. Inspired by Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud, the SOLE process, appropriate search tools, and curricular standards will be presented.
As students develop and grow as digital citizens, they need opportunities to participate in engaging research based inquiry learning. The SOLE process allows students to read, research, discover, and answer questions related to all areas of the curriculum. Although teachers are typically teaching students to "learn to read", SOLE offers the opportunity for all students to "read to learn". Many common core standards are woven through a singular SOLE session. Children think about a BIG question, self-organize into small groups, decide what to research, develop a presentation, and deliver their presentation to an audience of peers. Peers offer feedback and ask questions at the end of each presentation. This engaging session allows all students to further develop their language arts skills. The benefits are countless and not only include a way to connect curriculum to inquiry, but also allow for students to grow in the area of Social Emotional Learning. Children learn to problem solve, accept differences in each other, and discover successful partnerships with minimal guidance and support from the teacher. Each session ends with a time for reflection and a discussion for goal setting and growth. Conference attendees will leave ready to run a SOLE session and realize that it is the favorite part of the week.

Presenters
avatar for Leslie Shapiro

Leslie Shapiro

Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University

Co-Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Schaumburg D

1:45pm

Aquatic and Terrestrial Digital Tool Playground
In this hour-long session, participants will explore 4 key digital tools Shedd Educators are using in their informal teaching practices and tying them to NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts. The tools presented will be practiced in small groups with example activities that can be used in the classroom or in the field. Participants will leave with a list of the tools, where they can be acquired, and how to best connect them to existing lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Gryzbek

Mary Gryzbek

Learning Specialist, John G. Shedd Aquarium
avatar for Michelle Schmidt

Michelle Schmidt

Learning Specialist, John G Shedd Aquarium
An informal educator at the Shedd Aquarium specializing in teacher professional development, digital learning and environmental education.


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Epiphany (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

Bold Learning Spaces: Classroom Designs for Diversity, Social Good, and Social-Emotional Learning
Looking to redesign your classroom or library learning space to be reflective of your students, their passions, and their identities? Innovative space designs are not only supporting skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, but they are also showing potential to be responsive to culture, diversity, social-emotional learning, and social good. Join for this featured session highlighting some of the most innovative school spaces in the world, including Google Next Lab, Black Girls CODE Lab, and more. Based on work with architect and Stanford professor Danish Kurani, social good global educator and ISTE author Jennifer Williams shares practical ideas for classroom teachers, librarians, coaches, and administrators ready to take bold actions for their students. Let's start creating! 

Presenters
avatar for Jen Williams

Jen Williams

Exec Dir, Take Action Global
Dr. Jennifer Williams is a globally-minded educator that works with classrooms of the world to connect learning and experience through meaningful uses of technology. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly, she champions teachers to use educational technology for... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

1:45pm

Embracing the Real
It’s okay to have a bad day. It’s okay to laugh. The reality of our teaching jobs can be, let’s face it, kind of depressing sometimes. Between the negativity and judgments, we may have lost our joy. The government is constantly telling us how to do our jobs. Parents no longer support us. Administrations are using data to determine our worth. How do we take a step back to laugh? Where do we rediscover our purposes as educators? How do we come to embrace our weaknesses and showcase our strengths? Where do we find the joy in the constant negative? My desire is to answer these questions and your questions as we try to find the joy in our rooms and in our teaching community in our own different ways. I want to empower you to embrace the mess, teach all the things, and love and change all the lives. 

Presenters

Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Utopia A

1:45pm

Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You
If I told you five simple mindset shifts could transform both your personal and professional lives would you be interested? I thought so . . . This session will leave attendees thinking deeply about their personal behavior for weeks after, but also with practical solutions that can begin to use immediately. So, if you want to take back control of your life this session is perfect for you. 

Presenters
avatar for PJ Caposey

PJ Caposey

Superintendent / Author, Meridian CUSD 223
Award winning educator, author x 7, keynote speaker. https://www.amazon.com/P.-J.-Caposey/e/B00DVY1BMI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Nirvana B

1:45pm

AR & VR Breakout
Experience the concept of Breakout EDU with a technology twist. Join in digital challenges to unlock each piece of the mystery to breakout of the PD norm while learning augmented and virtual reality tools.

Presenters
avatar for Jaime Donally

Jaime Donally

Author | Speaker | Consultant, ARVRinEDU
Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Knowledge

1:45pm

Student Created Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Immersive Learning Experiences have the ability to convey learning in powerful ways. Research suggests that Virtual Reality can drastically improve memory and retention and can serve as an “empathy machine” for understanding the experiences of other people. Many teachers think that Virtual Reality is a future technology, but you can get kids started NOW using a variety of FREE tools. Explore the tools, learn about the research behind immersive learning and see what innovative teachers are creating with VR in their classes. Get students started creating today!

Presenters
avatar for Shawn McCusker

Shawn McCusker

Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise
Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. An innovator in the creation and organization of online learning... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Innovation

1:45pm

Unlock the Cells: The Wild and Wonderful World of Spreadsheets
Let’s face it, most educators are mystified by spreadsheets. And yet, we are faced with grades, data walls, all manner of spreadsheets. And with Google Forms, the Sheets have become never-ending. What do we DO with all of that stuff? What CAN we do with it? In this immersive and hands-on session, participants will learn how to use Google Sheets to organize, manipulate, sort and import data in a variety of ways. You will
become initiated into the arcane world of formulas, master basic tasks, pivot some tables, and chart some graphs. By the end, you will also discover new worlds of power with add ons. It will be a lot, but if you’ve ever wondered why people like spreadsheets, or maybe you like Sheets and just want to learn more... this session is for you. 

Presenters
avatar for Ronald Carroll

Ronald Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday February 25, 2020 1:45pm - 4:00pm
Imagination

2:00pm

VIP Advance Access - Exhibit Hall
Tuesday February 25, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Bringing a Customizable Computer Science Platform to Your School with CodeHS
This session will give an overview of how you can use the comprehensive CodeHS platform in their computer science classroom. Topics will include the basics of creating and setting up CodeHS sections, finding the right courses, and utilizing the suite of teacher tools and resources available.

CodeHS offers free 6-12th grade computer science curriculum including over 50 free courses from introductory block-based programming to AP courses in many languages.

You’ll learn how to configure and create assignments on CodeHS, and explore additional assignments created by a community of computer science teachers. The CodeHS Problem Bank and Quiz Question Bank have thousands of teacher-created assignments and quizzes that you can use in your courses. We’ll also show you how you can create student portfolios, streamline your grading workflow, and track student progress—all in one place!

Whether you are a first time or experienced computer science teacher, you’ll learn how you can make use of these tools to help your classroom. Visit codehs.com to sign up for a free teacher account today.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Keeshin

Jeremy Keeshin

CEO, CodeHS
Jeremy is the CEO and co-founder of CodeHS, a site for helping high schools teach computer science. Talk to him about how you are trying to bring computer science classes to your school!


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Serenity

3:00pm

Building a School and Community Connection Through Creative and Engaging Experiences
Are you looking to improve family engagement and build a stronger school and community connection? Join us as we share ways in which we have successfully engaged with families and hosted events that brought our school community together. Come and learn how you could create a family event based on the BreakoutEDU platform on a large scale while building connections via social media and other digital platforms. See how you can foster collaboration and connections digitally using different platforms, such as Seesaw or Flipgrid. Connect with families regarding topics of Digital Citizenship in a fun and engaging way! Learn how we worked with the staff and community members to bring meaningful experiences to our school community and the digital tools we utilized to accomplish our goals. We will share tips, resources and ideas in this session to help you go back and put things into motion in your own school community.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Adams

Rebecca Adams

Assistant Principal, Crystal Lake District 47

Co-Presenters
avatar for Jill Pearce

Jill Pearce

Innovation Coach, Crystal Lake Elementary District #47
Jill Pearce has been an Innovation Coach for Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 since 2014. Prior to this, Jill spent 10 years teaching grades 3-5. During her time in the classroom she piloted 1:1 iPads, a SMART Board and a 21st Century classroom.  Jill has always had a passion... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia B Mien Modern Learning Classroom

3:00pm

Creating Reflective Learners Through Metacognition and Retrieval Practice
Teachers will learn formative assessment strategies and tools that allow for retrieval practice and immediate feedback. Teachers will also learn how they can teach the skill of metacognition to their students and how this skill coupled with formative assessments can allow for students to be more thoughtful and independent learners. By providing students with the strategies, tools, and opportunities to reflect on their own learning we create an environment of constant improvement. By using research based strategies like retrieval practice and interleaving teachers can provide students with feedback on their learning progress while also help to guide future instructional decisions. Teachers will have the opportunity to share with their peers strategies they have used in their classroom as well as brainstorm how metacognition and retrieval practice could be used in their classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Trevor Fritz

Trevor Fritz

Teacher, Maine Township High School D207
Trevor Fritz is a fifth year social science teacher who currently works at Maine South High School in Maine Township High School District 207. He is passionate about using technology in innovative ways to help create authentic learning processes for students. Trevor has been published... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg C

3:00pm

Design Ed: Connecting Learning Science Research to Practice (Instructional Leaders Edition)
As an instructional leader, you provide leadership and vision around teaching and learning. You also provide support to solve instructional problems of practice. Findings from the learning sciences are becoming essential to excellence in the role of instructional leadership, but what does that really mean from a practical perspective? This session is designed to share powerful ideas originating in the learning sciences which can be leveraged into highly effective teaching practices, particularly with digital tools and technologies. It is based upon our new ISTE publication, Design Ed: Connecting Learning Sciences Research to Practice. The LITE framework is introduced which is a tool to guide educators in creating meaningful learning experiences. The book describes aspects of the learning sciences followed by practical advice for the implementation of the LITE (Learners, Instruction, Technologies, and Environment) framework to design instruction for the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication collaboration, and creativity). Resources for further exploration will be provided.

Presenters
avatar for Angela Elkordy

Angela Elkordy

Chair and Asst. Prof. Learning Sciences & Dir. Learning Technologies, National Louis University
Dr. Angela Elkordy, is Director, Learning Technologies at National Louis University and Founding Chair of the new Learning Sciences program area. Dr. Elkordy has been a teacher educator for over a decade, and shares her knowledge through professional networks and conferences, including... Read More →



Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg E

3:00pm

Embrace E-Learning Days: strategies for coaches and teachers to make the most of online learning.
Your district implemented E-Learning Days, now what? In this session, we’ll discuss strategies for moving in-class instruction online to push curriculum forward during inclement weather and how instructional coaches can support teacher success on E-Learning Days. Whether you’re an online learning pro or a novice, we’ll collaborate on an E-Learning Day Toolkit you can bring back to your school.

Presenters
avatar for Abigail Kime

Abigail Kime

Director of Instructional Technology, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Euphoria (2nd floor)

3:00pm

Enabling Apple Technology in the Classroom
Hear about the latest features for education in iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. Discover how teaching tools like the Classroom and Schoolwork apps make it easy to guide how students use devices and apps in the classroom and provide insight into each student’s progress. See how Apple School Manager can streamline deployment. And learn about zero-touch Apple TV deployment.

Presenters
avatar for Apple

Apple

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Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Utopia D (Apple)

3:00pm

Getting on the Pathway to Future Readiness with the Schoolwide Needs Assessment for Personalized Learning (SNAPL)
Despite all the potential today’s cutting edge technology has to transform education, the promise of edtech has gone largely unrealized. Research has shown that technology alone is not the answer, but instead a holistic approach is necessary for the transformation of our classrooms into Future Ready learning spaces. Developed at the University of Hawaii, the Schoolwide Needs Assessment for Personalized Learning (SNAPL) helps schools begin their journey towards realizing the true potential of education technology.

Designed around the six elements of the Future Ready Honeycomb, the SNAPL helps schools and districts develop new insights into the ground conditions necessary for Personalized Learning to flourish. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive a free report for their district and begin their journey towards becoming Future Ready.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Design Strategist, EdTechTeam
Former teacher, school, and district administrator in K-12 now COO and Design Strategist at EdTechTeam supportingeducators to transform learning experiences for all students! Book hoarder, tinkerer, learner, and always looking for new and interesting challenges.
avatar for Brendan Brennan

Brendan Brennan

Education Architect, The Janus Group
Brendan Brennan is a teacher, researcher and trainer out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently serving as the Professional Development Architect for the Hawaii’s Future Ready Learning program as well as the co-author of the state wide 1:1 Deployment & Change Guide Book. He is also... Read More →


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exploration Threshold

3:00pm

Google Classroom 101
Join us for a hands-on session to learn how to create a class, add students, push out and organize assignments in the new Classwork page, differentiate, use the associated Calendar and more.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology, friEdTechnology
Hi, I\'m Brooke Lowery, an experienced classroom teacher and facilitator of digital learning atmospheres. After I was  introduced to G-Suite for Education, I became an avid adult learner of instructional technology. As a teacher, I worked with reluctant students who pushed me to... Read More →
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Amy Mayer

friEdTechnology


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana Threshold (Google)

3:00pm

How many “followers” do you have? The impact social media has on today’s student.
A recent study from Common Sense Media found that students are turning away from traditional media organizations and getting current events information from social media and YouTube. It was estimated that more than half of teens get their news at least a few times a week from social media platforms. This session will illustrate, explain, and share strategies to help educators understand how to reach today’s student in the ways they gather information, and ways to help students understand and distinguish media bias vs. reputable sources.

Presenters
avatar for Rico D'Amore

Rico D'Amore

Director, Academic Services Technology, Benedictine University


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nirvana C

3:00pm

Make Writing Magical
During this session, educators will hear from the creators of Night Zookeeper. Their website (www.nightzookeeper.com), is a fun and safe online writing community where kids can write stories, learn new words and practise their spelling and grammar.
The session will focus on Elementary and Middle School writing standards. The presenters will also share helpful tips on how to inspire a love of writing in all students.
The session will involve a quick tutorial of the website (15 mins) and then attendees will be able to try it out for themselves (30 mins). Everyone attending the session will receive an extended free trial version of the website to try with their students back in school. There will also be time for a question and answer session (15 mins).

Presenters
avatar for Paul Hutson

Paul Hutson

Education Director, Night Zookeeper


Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Schaumburg H

3:00pm

Microsoft Playground
Please take advantage of all that Microsoft has to offer at this year’s conference! From breakout sessions led by the Microsoft team and/or your peers, to an immersive Minecraft experience at the GameOn area, or take a short walk from there to our booth & pick up additional materials, and lastly, journey over to the Adventure space to interact with the team, learn from random pop-up sessions, or experience the Surface Hub for yourself! All this and more at this year’s IDEACon!!

Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm