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Thursday October 5, 2023 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Door 21E (Main Gym)

9:00am EDT

🟱Welcome/Indiana Connected Educators President Kyle Kline
Thursday October 5, 2023 9:00am - 9:10am EDT

9:15am EDT

đŸŽ€Keynote: Tyler Tarver and the Future of Ai in Education
Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Education Consultant, Tarver Academy
Dr. Tyler Tarver loves helping teachers. He has over 40 million views and 320k subscribers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. He is the founder and creator of a plethora of resources over at TarverAcademy.com, has written 4 books (The Baller Teacher Playbook and 3 others that are meh), hosts multiple podcasts, has his superintendent certification, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Harding University. He's also a Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Certified Foundations Trainer, and was on th... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
Cafetorium

10:00am EDT

Alternative Forms of Assessment using Ed Tech Tools
Ready to transform your assessment strategies using cutting-edge tools like Book Creator, Pear Deck, Wakelet, and Flip? Join my session to explore alternative assessments that enhance student motivation and deepen understanding. Experience hands-on activities and leave with actionable ideas to implement these powerful tools in your classroom next week. Elevate your students’ learning to align with ISTE standards and further depths of knowledge to prepare students for their future.

Speakers
avatar for Stevie Frank

Stevie Frank

Technology Coach, Zionsville Public Schools
Stevie Frank (she/her) is a Digital Learning Coach at her school in Zionsville, Indiana. Stevie has 14 years of education background and earned master's degree in Literacy Education from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She's recently been named 1 one of the top 30 K-12 IT Influencers... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
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10:00am EDT

Digital Tools to Assist ELL and Struggling Readers
There are many digital tools that are being developed and refined to assist our struggling reading and ELL student populations. This session will focus on a few dynamic free digital tools that can transform the teaching and learning in the classroom. Utilizing these digital tools gives students ownership of their learning.
One tool we will focus on is Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. It is a digital tool that assists with reading comprehension, encourages independent reading, and is embedded in many online resources like Office 365, Canvas, BrainPOP, Microsoft Edge, and OneNote. We will explore other tools like Microsoft/Google Translate apps, screen readers, and resources like PATINS Project to assist in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Beimfohr

Kyle Beimfohr

Digital Learning Coach, Zionsville Community Schools
Kyle Beimfohr is the Digital Learning Coach at Zionsville Community Schools. He has been working as an educator for the last 27 years, with classroom experience in elementary and middle school. He has developed and leads the student technology leadership team (Zeek Squad) for grades... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
611

10:00am EDT

From ABC to AI: How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Education
This session will address AI resources, their barriers, and ways educators can leverage AI to benefit student learning and productivity.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bardack

Melissa Bardack

Instructional Leadership Manager, Indiana Online
Melissa Bardack is the Instructional Leadership Manager for Indiana Online, a department of Central Indiana Educational Service Center. She actively collaborates and fosters innovative learning experiences while serving as co-chair for the national Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
301

10:00am EDT

Kami - More Than An Annotation Tool
Kami is the best EdTech tool for teachers and students. In this 45 minute session, attendees will dive right into using Kami in a digital collaboration workspace together. We'll start with an interactive opportunity where we all collaborate on a Kami document together, go over best practices for using Kami in the classroom, how Kami helps with Accessibility for students with special needs, and time-saving resources in Kami for teachers to use instantly.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Camacho

Samantha Camacho

Teacher Success Champion, Kami
Samantha Camacho is a Teacher Success Champion with Kami. Before joining Kami, she taught for 18 years in public education, with most of those years teaching in a DAEP setting. She was voted Teacher of the Year in 2008, and served in several leadership roles, including Special Education... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
701

10:00am EDT

Reaching All Learners with Google and Accessible Design
Our learners’ brains are as unique as their fingertips-as are their needs. As more districts leverage Google tools and author their own instructional materials, it is critical that materials are universally designed and flexible to support learners' needs. This session explores how to leverage built-in assistive features in Chrome/Chromebooks, as well as accessible design tips with a UDL lens. By the end of the session, attendees will recognize the value of accessible design, have specific design strategies, experience applying tools, and develop plans for future implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Brenny Kummer

Brenny Kummer

Assistant Director of Educational Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
My name is Brenny Kummer and I am the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana. With Universal Design for Learning serving as the district instructional framework in her home district, I have a passion for Universal... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
625

10:00am EDT

⭐Google Docs Design Lab⭐
Join design expert Lauren Heil in the "Google Docs Design Lab" to learn how to craft visually captivating documents that enhance accessibility, foster inclusivity, and encourage meaningful user interactions. Discover the art of aesthetics by harnessing design elements like color, typography, and layout. Explore inclusive design principles and strategies for making documents accessible to all learners. Uncover the secrets to boosting engagement through user-centric interactivity, and get an exclusive look at the Stickity add-on for Google Docs and Slides, designed to revolutionize collaboration and feedback. Engage in hands-on practice and leave with the skills to create impactful documents that stand out and make a difference.

Speakers
LH

Lauren Hiel

Stickity Founder, friEdTech


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
608

10:00am EDT

Data Privacy: Yours
 and your students’
With the continual emergence of new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and “Internet of Things” (IoT), our data is increasingly becoming more exposed. This exposure of our data, including personally identifiable information as well as your email address, phone number, or sensitive banking information, creates opportunities for advertisers or “dark web” actors who want to use our information for their benefit. Websites and mobile apps are in the business of collecting (and using or selling) our information. This session will examine Data Privacy, from a personal and professional perspective, and we’ll discuss federal guidelines (COPPA/CIPA) on student data and security that educators need to consider when bringing innovation into the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dianna Knox

Dianna Knox

Technology Instructional Specialist, Clay Community Schools
Dianna Knox is the Technology Instructional Specialist for Clay Community Schools in Brazil, Indiana. She has been in this position since 2017 and previously spent 18 years teaching Spanish, English, Communications, and Theatre. In transitioning to the role in instructional technology... Read More →
avatar for Seth Slater

Seth Slater

Cheif Technology Officer, NORTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS (Indiana)
Seth serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Northwest Allen County Schools and has the privilege to work with teachers and administrators across the K-12 environment, supporting their development of strategies and design structures that purposefully integrate technology into the... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
601

10:00am EDT

10:00am EDT

From Preparation to Presentation: A Guide to Speaking at a Conference
Educators will walk through the steps I take when I am presenting at a technology conference. I will share my process, successes and mistakes. Educators will have time to work though their own ideas and have the opportunity to receive feedback from peers. The objective is for attendees to leave with an idea and support if they would like to speak at a future conference.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Van

Austin Van

Technology Coordinator, MSD of Steuben County


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
302

10:00am EDT

A Few of My Favorite (EdPuzzle) Things
Wondering how to make the most out of video in your classroom? In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how Edpuzzle makes video lessons safe, fun, and engaging for students. You’ll also get to explore our newest features like Teacher Assist (our AI-powered tool designed to save you valuable time!), playlists, audio questions, and more. Whether you are brand new to the Edpuzzle platform or an experienced user, you’ll leave with new ideas and a set of tools to start using right away!

Speakers

Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
624

10:00am EDT

The Upside Down of Data: Make Sense of Your Numbers with Google Looker Studio
In this session I will introduce participants to Google Looker Studio (previously Google Data Studio). I will share what Google Looker Studio is, how it can be used specifically in K-12 education, and get participants started with the basics of how to use Google Looker Studio using data from Google Sheets. I will include examples of how other districts are already using Google Looker Studio, give participants a sample to navigate with guidance, demo using Google Looker Studio, and provide participants with takeaway resources and sample data to practice using Google Looker Studio as well as a completed dashboard that matches their data for comparison.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Basham

Cynthia Basham

Professional Development Specialist, Five-Star Technology Solutions
Cynthia Basham is a Professional Development Specialist for Five Star Technology Solutions.  As a former High School Spanish teacher with sixteen years in education, she loves integrating technology in the classroom to help students and teachers explore the world beyond the walls... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
607

10:00am EDT

⭐AI in the Classroom: What You Need to Know⭐
Everyone's talking about artificial intelligence (AI). It will eventually reshape the world and schools in many ways. How do we proceed? Learn from two published authors on the subject: Holly Clark (The AI Infused Classroom) and Matt Miller (AI for Educators). They'll help you understand AI, give you some perspective on its implications in the classroom, and help you to see how it can level up teaching and learning in your classroom or school.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Education Consultant, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the six books, including Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your... Read More →
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Education Consultant, Infused Classroom
Meet Holly, a passionate educator and digital learning pioneer who has made significant contributions to the field of educational technology. With over 25 years of rich experience, Holly is not only an international speaker and a bestselling author but also an influential advocate... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Cafetorium

10:00am EDT

⭐Hacks to Organize and Declutter Your Gmail⭐
You use Gmail every day, but do you know all its’ features that can help you be more productive? Beginners, come learn how to use Gmail and all the hidden gems it offers to help you organize your life! You will never look at email the same way again and you can CLEAR your email inbox now! This is the guided work session you never knew you needed!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Desiree Alexander

Dr. Desiree Alexander

Founder CEO, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Deputy Director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
612

10:00am EDT

From Pointillism to Pixels - Connecting the Dots
In this session participants will walk away with ideas about how they can integrate Digital Learning, Computer Science, Eduprotocols, robotics, etc into their art classroom. I will first introduce the idea with a Google Slide Deck that has examples of how I have integrated these into my own K - 6 Art classroom this year with links to ideas, websites. Next, I will allow for sandbox time where the participants can have hands on experiences with the different programs, and tools that I introduced so that they feel confident walking back into their classroom the next day with one thing that they think that they can try.

Speakers
HS

Holly Swartz

Art Teacher, SBCSC


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
709

10:00am EDT

10:00am EDT

The Modern Classroom Model: Blended, Self-Paced, Mastery-Based Learning
The goal of my presentation is to introduce the Modern Classroom Project movement that can transform any classroom with these key components: blended learning, self-pacing, and frequent mastery checks. Teachers create short instructional videos which students watch and then work on activities at their own pace. The teacher is able to work with students individually or in small groups which allows greater knowledge of each student’s abilities and challenges. Learning is broken down into small chunks with students taking a short mastery check showing whether they are ready to move on.
Participants will be engaged by experiencing a Modern Classroom in action! The learning target would be: I can explain how a Modern Classroom would help me better differentiate and know my students’ abilities through three key components: blended instruction, self-pacing, and mastery checks. Participants would watch a short introduction video, engage in activities to create a student tracker of assignments, and take a mastery check to complete the final step.

See a roadmap here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LgzlinbVRhpirEvRMx8N_dWCP5eqH9GwAK_oHEsMMes/edit?usp=sharing

Key takeaways will be for teachers to consider signing up for the free Modern Classroom Project virtual course which walks them through implementing the process. Teachers will be encouraged to try recording short instructional videos and plan follow-up activities for students to do which will free up the teacher to work with students in small groups or individually. By eliminating the whole group instruction, students will ease into working at their own pace.

Speakers

Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
708

10:00am EDT

Creating Visual Stories with Adobe Express
Help your students get more out of their learning by designing, creating and presenting powerful visual stories with clarity and ease. This hands-on session will introduce participants to Adobe Express, and instruct them on how to create beautiful graphics, engaging videos, and dynamic web pages to engage students and support classroom projects.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Walden

Nate Walden

Director of Professional Development Programs, Five-Star
Nate Walden is a Director of Professional Development Programs for Five Star Technology Solutions. Before joining the Five Star team, he worked as a middle school Social Studies teacher for 11 years. Nate is a graduate of Indiana University, a Google Certified Trainer, and an Adobe... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
604

11:00am EDT

Equity: A Concrete Plan for Teachers
Equity work is the responsibility of all K-12 educators and stakeholders. How can educators ensure they are doing the deep inner work needed to have conversations around equity that will lead to equitable decision making for students? How do you ensure that equity is an integral component of your current practice? Join us for an informative and interactive lecture on equity in education, focused on the text The Equity Expression: 6 Nonnegotiables for Academic Success. In this session, you will learn how the six entry points for equity provide educators with tools to empower them as change agents, with a focus on: - The challenges of implementing equity initiatives at the school level - The entry points for equity framework and what they mean for educators - How innovative professional development can help you and your team embed equity into teaching and learning

Speakers
FH

Fenesha Hubbard

Professional Development Leader


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
701

11:00am EDT

EVERFI – Your partner for no-cost digital resources
EVERFI – a 2023 recipient of the ISTE Seal of Alignment - is your partner in whole child learning and provides educators with engaging, online learning resources in topics such as Financial Literacy, Digital Citizenship, Character Education, STEM Career Readiness, and more.  All of our programs are standards-aligned and FREE OF CHARGE to schools.  
Participants will learn how to integrate EVERFI's free, online courses in their classes to meet learning goals and increase student engagement; how to get support from our team of veteran educators; and how to have their students
apply for over $100k in scholarships.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes

Education Success Specialist, Everfi
Jonathan is a native Ohioan and graduate of THE Ohio State University. Prior to working at EVERFI, Jonathan was a museum professional specializing in STEM education programming and educator training and development. Jonathan is passionate about giving educators the support they... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
604

11:00am EDT

PrimaryAI: Teaching Elementary Students About Artificial Intelligence
We will present our PrimaryAI curriculum, an integrated AI-science curriculum and immersive learning environment that introduce AI concepts including perception, planning, robotics, and machine learning, as well as AI ethics, into upper elementary science classrooms. PrimaryAI enables students to collaboratively learn about artificial intelligence by using age-appropriate AI tools to solve ecology problems in science adventures as they engage in argument from evidence, analyze and interpret data, develop models, and construct explanations. The deliverables of the presentation will include the PrimaryAI curricula, the PrimaryAI immersive problem-based learning environment, the PrimaryAI professional development model and its associated materials, and the PrimaryAI online community portal. The outcome of this presentation will build knowledge on the design and development of AI-infused life science learning environments and teaching models for upper elementary grades.

Participants will participate in model activities and discussions, as well as receive copies of the curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Leftwich

Anne Leftwich

Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology Professor and Interim Chair, Instructional Systems Technology, Schoo, Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich is an Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University – Bloomington. Dr. Ottenbreit-Leftwich’s expertise lies in the areas of the design of digital curriculum resources, the use of technology to support pre-service teacher... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
301

11:00am EDT

Tools to Support Differentiation & Personalization
This session will examine digital tools teachers can use to support differentiation practices in a make and take format.

Participants will work collaboratively in groups vetting out selected digital tools based upon a prompted task specifically geared toward individualized learning. The tools include the Lexile-Quantile Hub, Wakelet, Rewordify, SUMMRY, Vocaroo & Mote, Reader extensions, AI, LMS, and more depending upon the number of participants.

Groups will then share out the basic premise of the tools their group examined and discuss the value of the tool and how it could be used to individualize instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Painter

Chris Painter

Instructioanl Technology Coach, Blackford County Schools


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
611

11:00am EDT

⭐Google Slides Design Lab⭐
Elevate your presentation game with the "Google Slides Design Lab" led by Lauren Heil, the brains behind the Stickity add-on for Google Docs and Slides. As educators and school leaders, your ability to create engaging and visually compelling slide decks is paramount. In this session, you'll delve into innovative tips and tricks that go beyond traditional presentations, transforming your slides into interactive learning notebooks, dynamic info hubs, and more. Uncover the secrets to boosting engagement through user-centric interactivity, and get an exclusive look at the Stickity add-on for Google Docs and Slides, designed to revolutionize collaboration and feedback. Engage in hands-on practice and leave with the skills to build slides that transcend the ordinary, making a lasting impact on your students and school community.

Speakers
LH

Lauren Hiel

Stickity Founder, friEdTech


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
608

11:00am EDT

HECC Come & Go: Talk Nerdy to Me: How to Talk to Your Techies so They Listen
This session will give attendees an opportunity to discuss the topics that are necessary to bridge the gap between education and technology. Teachers need to lean on the tech department to get the access they need to support their students. Techies need to depend on the teachers and coaches to provide what is needed. The communication, systems, and relationships all matter. Following in the HECC Conference Come & Go session format, we encourage attendees to also be participants in the conversation.  

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Walley

Melissa Walley

EdTech Specialist, Hanover Community Schools & Keep Indiana Learning
avatar for Dianna Knox

Dianna Knox

Technology Instructional Specialist, Clay Community Schools
Dianna Knox is the Technology Instructional Specialist for Clay Community Schools in Brazil, Indiana. She has been in this position since 2017 and previously spent 18 years teaching Spanish, English, Communications, and Theatre. In transitioning to the role in instructional technology... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
601

11:00am EDT

New Role: Online Safety Specialist
As we emerged from the lessons learned from the pandemic and attempted to reimagine meeting student needs, the MSD of Steuben County created a new role, the Online Safety Specialist. Hear about this innovative position's job description and responsibilities and the impact it has made on student success.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Yoder

Emily Yoder

Online Safety Specialist, MSD Steuben County


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
303

11:00am EDT

Spice Up Your Professional Development with Educator Voice and Choice
Professional development is helpful, but the way it is designed is not always helpful. While educators are encouraged to design learner-centered environments and provide learners with voice and choice, learning opportunities for educators do not always look this way. In a world where educators need to learn future-ready tech tools and tips to design engaging learning environments for their students, it is critical that the precious time they have for PD is productive and impactful. In this session, we will explore ways leadership and coaches can design educator-centered PD, taking lessons from some of the PD formats we were forced to utilize from the pandemic, and how those modalities can have a lasting impact. Examples will include podcast PD, virtual coaching sessions, gamified PD, and credentialing. Attendees will walk away with practical ideas, and an opportunity to plan to implement these tips in their role.

Speakers
avatar for Brenny Kummer

Brenny Kummer

Assistant Director of Educational Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
My name is Brenny Kummer and I am the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana. With Universal Design for Learning serving as the district instructional framework in her home district, I have a passion for Universal... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
625

11:00am EDT

Turn Burn Out Into Burning Passion: Strategies to Avoid the Dreaded Teacher Burn Out
In this session, we will examine what causes teacher burnout and stress in the field of education. Even though we have just started a new year, I am sure you are feeling the pressure of the 500 things on our plates. This session is designed to help you identify your biggest stressors/tasks, separate the small from the big, and develop a system to approach them to help you feel less pressure. You will walk out of this session having created a plan that is unique to you and you alone that can be used to prioritize your tasks, attack each one in a manageable time frame, and avoid getting burnt out as the year progresses and our to-do lists get longer.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Shreve

Emily Shreve

Social Studies Teacher, Penn Harris Madison
I have been in public education for 6 years. I have taught through the new teacher phase, COVID, and many changes to our profession. I hope to share some of my organizational and mindset techniques to help people keep their passion for learning bright and avoid the dread burnout... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
302

11:00am EDT

Collaborate, Create, and Connect: Inspiring Ideas for Technology in Music Education
In music education, classes are designed to embrace the national standards centered around student performance. Which makes it difficult to embrace technology to collaborate, create, and connect with students and full fill other national standards. This session will feature three different free technologies that educators can directly use in their classroom with students at all grade levels. First, we’ll explore Chrome Music Lab's ‘experiments’ and then learn how to use them to create improvisation and composition lessons. Secondly, we’re going to look at three different methods of adding audio to Google Slides and how they can be used to create a collaborative audio lesson with students. Finally, we are going to finish with a look at using the Google Chrome extension - Music Snippet to insert music notation into Google Docs or Slides.

Music educators, instructional coaches, and other specialists will enjoy an interactive and hands-on approach to these technology tools and leave with practical and direct applications for the classroom. Audience members will need a laptop or tablet to participate. All other materials will be provided to them in the clinic.


Speakers
avatar for Kyle Lutes

Kyle Lutes

Professional Development Specialist, Five Star Technology


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
607

11:00am EDT

Level up Your District’s Indiana Learning Lab Experience
The Indiana Learning Lab is a free, personalized professional development platform full of curated learning opportunities for Indiana educators. One of the newest features of the Learning Lab allows district and building leaders to add their own private content to the Lab, allowing them to award professional growth hours and track resource completion. This session will provide participants with information on the District Admin feature and walk them through the steps to activate those capabilities at your district.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Gick

Sherry Gick

Senior Director of PD Programs
Sherry is the Senior Director of Professional Development Programs for Five Star Technology Solutions.  A former teacher-librarian and special education teacher with 20 years of experience with students K-12, she now enjoys working with educators across the nation on effective technology... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
312

11:00am EDT

Video Beyond the Classroom: How to Use Edpuzzle as a School or District Leader
This hands-on session is jam-packed with tips and tricks for making the most of Edpuzzle in your role as a school or district leader. We’ll look at features that complement and support alignment for your curriculum, how to use Edpuzzle for internal PD and asynchronous staff meetings, and how to support teachers using Edpuzzle in their classrooms. We will also explore new features like Teacher Assist (our AI-powered tool designed to save teachers valuable time), audio responses, Edpuzzle Originals, and more.

Speakers

Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
624

11:00am EDT

⭐Are You Ready For It? Teaching with Taylor Swift LyricsđŸŽ€
It's time to shake off old lesson plans and infuse the power of Taylor Swift. In this session, non-Swiftie educators will discover the magic of integrating Taylor Swift's iconic lyrics into their teaching experiences. Using AI, we'll inspire lesson ideas and dive deep into the poetic genius of Swift. Our journey will help us uncover innovative ways to inspire students, teach complex topics, and foster critical thinking. We'll delve into the emotionally charged, narratively rich world of Taylor's lyrics, offering educators a novel way to connect, inspire, and educate their students, even if they're not Swifties.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Education Consultant, Infused Classroom
Meet Holly, a passionate educator and digital learning pioneer who has made significant contributions to the field of educational technology. With over 25 years of rich experience, Holly is not only an international speaker and a bestselling author but also an influential advocate... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
805

11:00am EDT

⭐EfficienTEACH: Teach Better and Save Time for What Matters Most⭐
Teachers are leaving the education field in droves. Really, really good teachers. Maybe you're considering it. How can you do your best work -- and get home at a reasonable hour for the important stuff? The answer: EffiicenTEACHing. This session outlines research-backed, brain-based teaching practices you can use in class tomorrow to save time AND teach better. Most are low-prep or no prep. They'll level up your teaching and get you home faster at night. This session will also connect you with Ditch That Textbook's free, community-driven, comprehensive EfficienTEACH project with a growing database of research-based teaching strategies that save time and level up teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Education Consultant, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the six books, including Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
804

11:00am EDT

⭐Resource Roundup⭐
Run through dozens of templates and resources to make your life easier!! How nice would it be to have your team walk through creating a copy, adapting it to their specific needs, and implementing it, all while walking through the process? This is highly practical and useful training for years to come!  

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Education Consultant, Tarver Academy
Dr. Tyler Tarver loves helping teachers. He has over 40 million views and 320k subscribers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. He is the founder and creator of a plethora of resources over at TarverAcademy.com, has written 4 books (The Baller Teacher Playbook and 3 others that are meh), hosts multiple podcasts, has his superintendent certification, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Harding University. He's also a Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Certified Foundations Trainer, and was on th... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
409

11:00am EDT

⭐Using Hip-Hop to Empower Students with Flocabulary⭐
All content and grade levels engage students by using Hip Hop through Flocabulary videos in the classroom. But, how do you use Flocabulary to empower student voice? Come learn about the paid version of Flocabulary and the Lyric Lab to have your students creating their own raps about content and ways to use this as a unique assessment that not only shows if they learned the content, but engage and empower them at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Desiree Alexander

Dr. Desiree Alexander

Founder CEO, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Deputy Director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
612

11:00am EDT

A Feasibility Analysis on Metaverse for Education
Metaverse - a trendy platform transient from the traditional virtual world, letting users interact with its environment via a Virtual Reality (VR) device is not sufficiently studied in educational settings. We investigated most existing metaverses, like Spatial.io, Discentraland, and 
etc. to figure out their limitations and capabilities. In this study, we will show our results and suggestions for creating learning activities in a metaverse.

Speakers
HC

Hung-Fu Chang

Assistant Professor


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
309

11:00am EDT

Backchannel with YoTeach; Giving All Students A Voice (Karrie Sarah)
Attendees will be introduced to a free tool called YoTeach, which enables backchannel chatting for students. They will be given a tutorial with tips and tricks on how to best use the site. The strategy will also be modeled live with participants during the presentation. The tool could be used in tandem with a variety of lesson and grades.

Speakers
avatar for Karrie Sarah

Karrie Sarah

English Language Arts Teacher


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
709

11:00am EDT

Blending Instruction to Create a Modern Classroom
Attendees will be introduced to the idea of blended learning styles. We will discuss and show how to use videos created by the teacher to introduce new learning to students. Attendees will be immersed in a blended learning environment during their session. After learning what it is like in a blended learning classroom attendees will have the opportunity to view it in action through videos with students.

Speakers
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Samantha Erick

5th Grade Teacher
Samantha Erick5th Grade TeacherFWCSI teach 5th grade in Fort Wayne Indiana. I have been teaching for 15 years. In the past year I began implementing MCP in my classroom. I am now a Distinguished Educator and Expert Mentor with MCP. 


Thursday October 5, 2023 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
708

12:00pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Designing Engaging Content in Canvas
No more boring Canvas! Let's take advantage of the Canvas Rich Content Editor, Canva, Genially, and other online tools that easily embed into Canvas can help add pizazz and style to your courses.

Part 1: Canvas Rich Content Editor | Review components to make sure that attendees are familiar with all of the tools available.
Part 2: Canva | Discuss and demonstrate ideal pixel size of design components for Canvas, show how easily they can be added to Canvas; give attendees time to practice.
Part 3: Genially | Demonstrate how to easily create an interactive image and embed it into Canvas; give attendees time to practice.
Part 4: Other tools that can easily be embedded into Canvas
Part 5: Question & Answer
Attendees will leave the the resources shared and crowdsourced ideas of ways to make our Canvas pages more engaging.

Speakers
avatar for Dianna Knox

Dianna Knox

Technology Instructional Specialist, Clay Community Schools
Dianna Knox is the Technology Instructional Specialist for Clay Community Schools in Brazil, Indiana. She has been in this position since 2017 and previously spent 18 years teaching Spanish, English, Communications, and Theatre. In transitioning to the role in instructional technology... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
608

1:15pm EDT

Innovative Learning in the CTE Classroom
Participants will go through the steps of the Quick Pitch Challenge (an hands on activity that takes an idea to a prototype in less than 30 minutes). We will then talk about how this can be used and adapted in the classroom. I will then discuss other classroom activities(Badges and Brags Wall, Children’s Book Activity, Professionalism Day) and how those activities can be used in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

CTE Business Teacher, DeKalb High School
Ashley Johnson is a Career and Technical Education teacher with over a decade of experience at the high school level.  After five years of working in the radio industry, Ashley was offered a job teaching high school business and hasn't turned back since.  In, 2013, Ashley earned... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
604

1:15pm EDT

Pass the Mic: Student Driven Podcasts
Learn to elevate your classroom with student-led podcasts. I'll provide a systematic approach for implementation, resources, and ongoing support. You'll gain tips, tools, including websites and graphic organizers, and empowerment to kickstart podcasting, all aligned with state and ISTE standards. Let's revolutionize education together!

Speakers
avatar for Stevie Frank

Stevie Frank

Technology Coach, Zionsville Public Schools
Stevie Frank (she/her) is a Digital Learning Coach at her school in Zionsville, Indiana. Stevie has 14 years of education background and earned master's degree in Literacy Education from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She's recently been named 1 one of the top 30 K-12 IT Influencers... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
303

1:15pm EDT

Stranger Things: 11 Feedback Tools for the Upside Down, Flipped, Blended Classroom
Providing feedback may sometimes seem like a scary task. Paper assignments, digital assignments, late assignments, missing assignments-as learning has gone more digital in the 1:1 world and learners are provided options in how they express their understanding, trying to provide feedback to students may sometimes feel like navigating through the upside down. While this session will not magically grant you the powers to grade/provide feedback on assignments instantaneously, attendees will learn ELEVEN ways they can better provide feedback to their learners and how to provide feedback in accessible ways that students will truly review and implement in their future work. By the end of this session attendees will learn the value of providing timely, personalized feedback, the role of feedback in furthering learning, and several practical, free accessibility-based tools for providing feedback to students. Tools covered in this session will include district supported premium tech tools as well as free tools to improve teacher workflow (Google hacks and more). 80’s attire and vibes welcomed!

Speakers
avatar for Brenny Kummer

Brenny Kummer

Assistant Director of Educational Technology, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
My name is Brenny Kummer and I am the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana. With Universal Design for Learning serving as the district instructional framework in her home district, I have a passion for Universal... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
625

1:15pm EDT

Taking Your Lessons (presentations) from oh to WOAH - A beginners guide to Canva

Taking Your Lessons (presentations) from oh to WOAH - A Beginners Guide to Canva

What is Canva for Education?
Canva is a Visual Design Platform. It has over 250K ready-to-use templates with over 50k EDUCATIONAL Specific Templates. 21st Century Skills are fostered while designing and creating in Canva


We will first go over Editor Tips and Tricks and in this section we will explore the following tools:
Elements
Uploads
Canva Apps
Editor Tools
Time Saving Tips and Tricks

Then we will go over, What can you do with Canva in your classroom?
Presentations
Posters
Infographics
Videos
Foster Collaboration - Whiteboard
Check-ins/Exit Tickes
Group Projects
Book Designs
Mind Maps 
KWLs
Story Boards/Comic Strips
So much More
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We want the participants, Hands-on Learning Time- Give them time to use what they learned.

Q&A

Speakers
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Mary Swope

Digital Integration Specialist, SBCSC


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
701

1:15pm EDT

Training Creators: Canva for Littles
Students learn by doing. That’s our mission with this session
 training young creators and that starts with having training for our teachers! With two presenters, we will be able to aid attendees while explaining the ins and outs of Canva. Attendees will have time to create and ask questions by the end of the session. This session will include tips and tricks for Canva beginners, as well as Canva pros! There are many recently released updates and features that allow students to create to take control of their learning. Some tools we plan to cover are as simple as finding the right template for your needs all the way to their newly released Magic Edit tool. It can be intimidating to use tools like Canva with young learners, but with the proper guidance and the help of our premade templates, we hope to lighten the workload. This session is geared toward K-2 teachers, but teachers of all grade levels can benefit! What better way to flip the script than to allow students to create and become the masters of their learning instead of just the students?! During our session, teachers will leave with new tools, templates (primary & intermediate), and perspectives on using tech with young learners!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Werling

Ashley Werling

Teacher/Tech Coach, Liberty-Perry Schools
I have been teaching for 10 years with Liberty-Perry Schools in both primary and intermediate levels. Outside of school, I'm a wife and mom to two littles, ages 4 and 2. I'm a night owl who runs on coffee and Diet Coke and love all things teaching, tech, and math!


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
301

1:15pm EDT

Behind the Curtain – A Look Inside K-12 Tech
During this session, attendees will get a backstage look at K-12 Technology Departments and the things that make them tick. Attendees will leave this session with a stronger understanding of departmental procedures and decision-making processes. Whether you’re a teacher, tech coach, administrator, or aspiring leader, this session will shine a new light on why your Technology Department does what it does.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold

District E-Learning Specialist, Richmond Community Schools
Tim Arnold is in his 8th year as a District eLearning Specialist with the Richmond Community Schools. Prior to that, he spent 26 years as a social studies teacher, coach, and educational leader at Nettle Creek Schools in Hagerstown. Tim, was selected as a top ten educator in the State... Read More →
avatar for Seth Slater

Seth Slater

Cheif Technology Officer, NORTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS (Indiana)
Seth serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Northwest Allen County Schools and has the privilege to work with teachers and administrators across the K-12 environment, supporting their development of strategies and design structures that purposefully integrate technology into the... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
601

1:15pm EDT

Round Table Discussion: Effective Instructional Coaching Strategies
This round table discussion will bring together educators who are interested in exploring effective instructional coaching strategies. The session will provide a platform for participants to share their experiences, insights, and questions about instructional coaching, and to learn from the collective wisdom of the group.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Zepik

Jessica Zepik

Media/STEM Specialist, South Madison Community School Corporation
Jessica has ten years of classroom teaching experience and is currently the Media/eLearning Specialist at East Elementary in Pendleton, IN. Her role includes managing the elementary library and supporting teachers and students with STEM and blended learning. She is also a Keep Indiana... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
302

1:15pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Less like Cable and more like Netflix: On-Demand PD in the Indiana Learning Lab
The Indiana Learning Lab is a free, personalized professional development platform for Indiana educators. This hands-on session will introduce participants to the features of the Lab, offer tips for maximizing their professional development, and provide time to explore and personalize their experience in the Lab.

The session will consist of an overview of the various features of the Lab and then participants will be able to explore the platform, completing various challenges to allow them to discover specific resources and workshops that apply specifically to their classroom, grade levels, content areas, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Walden

Nate Walden

Director of Professional Development Programs, Five-Star
Nate Walden is a Director of Professional Development Programs for Five Star Technology Solutions. Before joining the Five Star team, he worked as a middle school Social Studies teacher for 11 years. Nate is a graduate of Indiana University, a Google Certified Trainer, and an Adobe... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
607

1:15pm EDT

Neurodiversity in the STEM Integrated Classroom
This session focuses ways that teachers can serve neurodiverse students in the STEM integrated classroom. It begins with a focus on the meaning of neurodiversity and the origins of this term. The session moves to focus on current trends in STEM teaching and learning, particularly on integrating STEM pedagogy across content areas. From there the session will help participants explore a strengths-based approach to teaching and how this approach could be used to help neurodiverse students find their place in the STEM classroom.

Session Objectives:
Explore the meaning of neurodiversity
Examine a strengths-based approach to learning
Review the concept of integrated STEM learning and two frameworks that support it
Evaluate the importance of all learners having access to STEM learning opportunities
Discuss implications for neurodiverse learners in the STEM integrated classroom through a strengths-based lens

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Waring

Stephanie Waring

Lead PD Specialist


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
709

1:15pm EDT

⭐Beyond Google Slides: Unleashing Student Creativity with Book Creator⭐ 
The digital tools we use in the classroom play a pivotal role in shaping the learning experience. While platforms like Google Slides have their merits, there's a world of creativity waiting to be explored with Book Creator. This session delves into the transformative potential of Book Creator, showcasing how it can be a catalyst for both creativity and critical thinking in students. If you have ever asked yourself the question, what else could students use to showcase their learning, then this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Education Consultant, Infused Classroom
Meet Holly, a passionate educator and digital learning pioneer who has made significant contributions to the field of educational technology. With over 25 years of rich experience, Holly is not only an international speaker and a bestselling author but also an influential advocate... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
805

1:15pm EDT

⭐ChatGPT in Education⭐
ChatGPT in Education: Where does artificial intelligence have a place in education? As teachers, we are now forced to dance the line between empowering our students, and not just letting them paste questions on the internet and get an answer. ChatGPT is a powerful tool that has taken the education industry (and the rest of the world) by storm. As an experienced teacher, you have the opportunity to take advantage of this cutting-edge technology and make the most of it in your classroom. The benefits of incorporating ChatGPT into your lessons are numerous, including the ability to plan lessons and write emails with ease. This innovative technology is freakishly capable and performs well across a wide range of academic subjects, making it an invaluable resource for teachers everywhere. In this training, you'll learn how to effectively implement ChatGPT in your classroom, harnessing its capabilities to help you streamline your lessons and better engage your students. Though it's a technological tool, it's important to remember that it will never replace the fundamental purpose of writing and our human capacity for questioning. With ChatGPT by your side, you'll be able to empower and prepare your students like never before!

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Education Consultant, Tarver Academy
Dr. Tyler Tarver loves helping teachers. He has over 40 million views and 320k subscribers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. He is the founder and creator of a plethora of resources over at TarverAcademy.com, has written 4 books (The Baller Teacher Playbook and 3 others that are meh), hosts multiple podcasts, has his superintendent certification, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Harding University. He's also a Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Certified Foundations Trainer, and was on th... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
409

1:15pm EDT

⭐Fast Hacks Using Google for Productivity⭐
We all have a ton of work and not that much time.  This is the session for all educators to combine their knowledge of Google products to help organize and manage workflow.  All educators can benefit from learning best practices (and tips and tricks) that can help when increasing productivity. This fast-paced session will have educators using these tools before they leave the session.  Previous knowledge of Google Chrome and Drive will be helpful when attending this session.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Desiree Alexander

Dr. Desiree Alexander

Founder CEO, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Deputy Director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
612

1:15pm EDT

⭐Worksheet to WOW: 20+ Ways to Upgrade Your Worksheet⭐
Worksheets have been embedded in classrooms for years and years. They’re ready to use and easy to grade. But we want to do better than giving students photocopies, right? We want to encourage better learning, creativity, personality, and fun? Let’s go from worksheet to WOW. This session will provide practical ideas for upgrading your worksheets.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Education Consultant, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the six books, including Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
804

1:15pm EDT

IXL Implementation- Strategies to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement
Join Alli, a current instructional coach, as she shares how her Indiana school district uses IXL to increase student achievement. What does it really look like to implement IXL in the classroom? Join Alli to find out how her district strategically uses IXL Math and IXL ELA for all students in grades 5-8 and how they have seen significant growth in their ILEARN data. This past year, in fact, their 8th graders were number 1 in the state for Math ILEARN scores! Also, learn how her district uses data-informed decisions to provide supplemental support for Tier-2 intervention at the K-4 level. What is so powerful about the way they use IXL? Hear about this and more from our special guest speaker.

Speakers
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Allison Coulter

Instructional Coach/ IXL Ambassador, Avon Community School Corporation


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
624

1:15pm EDT

Your Brain on Books: Reading in a Digital World
This session will discuss the reading brain, what that means in a world with increasingly ubiquitous technology, and the ways that impacts how we read and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Herring

Heather Herring

Course Access Specialist


Thursday October 5, 2023 1:15pm - 2:05pm EDT
708

1:15pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

High School / Middle School Esports: The why and how to make it happen
Join us as we describe the steps for why and how you should start an esports team at your high school / middle school. We will discuss the importance of esports, the community it can enable, how to set up teams, how to grow esports as well as much more information.

Speakers
NP

Nick Parcell

Tech Integrationist and STEM Coordinator


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
301

2:15pm EDT

Peary SEL Focused- Integrating SEL into your classroom spaces tomorrow!
Implementing SEL into your daily classroom practice can be as a easy as a few clicks with Pear Deck! Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool that can help drive instruction and increase motivation in the classroom. It also allows for seamless integration with socio-emotional needs of students. I will cover specific examples of how I used SEL templates and brain breaks while teaching with Pear Deck. 

Speakers
avatar for Stevie Frank

Stevie Frank

Technology Coach, Zionsville Public Schools
Stevie Frank (she/her) is a Digital Learning Coach at her school in Zionsville, Indiana. Stevie has 14 years of education background and earned master's degree in Literacy Education from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She's recently been named 1 one of the top 30 K-12 IT Influencers... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
303

2:15pm EDT

Students as Creators of Content
In this session, attendees will Consider how to empower students to become creators of content, collaboratively brainstorm student project ideas, and briefly explore tools to use with students. Attendees will leave this session with practical steps they can take to encourage student creation of content in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore

District Innovation Coach, Center Grove Schools
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Jaime Ledbetter

Technology Integration Specialist, Center Grove Community Schools


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
701

2:15pm EDT

Up Sheets Creek
Google Sheets has so many different functions that can be used throughout a classroom on a regular basis - so this is going to showcase 3 of those functions. We will be using Google Sheets to create Escape Room activities, collecting data on content assessments, sending home communication/communicating with staff. For the escape rooms I will share a template and then walk thru a few different ways that this can be modified for multiple contents. To use as a data assessment piece we will look at all the functionality that the settings in a Google form can do and then linking those to a Google sheet to then analyze the data. These two items can be done with no previous skill or knowledge of Google for Education tools. For communication, this is integrating Slides/Forms/Sheets together using the auto-crat add-on. This is building on to those basic skills and for anyone with intermediate knowledge of the Google For Education tools prior to the session. This can be used to send common communication home to parents but wanting to include specifics to a particular child - maybe a grade update. It can be used to create PD certificates or any certificate that you may want to give inside a classroom or for a staff setting. A folder of templates connected together already will be shared and then we will walk thru creating their own.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Holden

Melissa Holden

Adjunct Professor - Mathematics, Ivy Tech


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
625

2:15pm EDT

⭐Design Drive - The road to accessible materials⭐
Visual design heavily impacts the experience of the learner in a classroom, staff meeting or PD session. With the right guidelines, educators can use design techniques to increase access for all learners. Lauren is a Learning Experience Designer on a mission to help educators create inclusive materials for the classroom. In this session, she will reveal how she used visual design techniques in her middle school classroom to improve the student learning experience, increase comprehension, and take classroom management to the next level. Session attendees will work alongside Lauren to create and design together, and leave equipped with knowledge, tools and resources to implement design changes in their personal materials that day! This session is perfect for any K-12 educator who teaches with technology on a regular basis. Let’s steal the strategies that web and app designers use to create equitable and engaging experiences for ALL students.

Speakers
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Lauren Hiel

Stickity Founder, friEdTech


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
608

2:15pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

Harnessing the power of student feedback to amplify their voices for equitable classrooms
Student voice, though seldom measured, has the power to transform the culture of a classroom to be more equitable and engaging. The simple act of soliciting student feedback on their engagement, paired with evidence-based teaching strategies, helps educators improve student learning and create more equitable and engaging classrooms.
Research demonstrates that engaged students are more successful academically. When students are invested, their learning grows exponentially. And teachers need student feedback to grow as educators. However, it is hard for educators to know which aspects of their lessons keep students engaged, and to stay abreast of the latest research and instructional technology resources that can improve engagement.
Come learn in this engaging and dynamic session how the South Bend Empowerment Zone is collectively using student voice and engagement data from LessonLoop to inform instructional practice, focus professional learning, and create more active, nurturing, and equitable classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Hackett

Melanie Hackett

South Bend Schools
Melanie is a proud military/police wife, mother of 4, a self-proclaimed tech-savvy champion for student-centered classroom experiences and all things educational technology. As an Ed Leader, Melanie has spent her career promoting the notion that all students can learn and innovative... Read More →
avatar for Nona Ullman

Nona Ullman

Founder and CEO, LessonLoop
Our mission is to create more vibrant, nurturing, meaningful, and rigorous student learning experiences by amplifying student voice, guiding better instruction & transforming learner engagement—all through one professional learning platform.


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
604

2:15pm EDT

HECC Come & Go: How can we help? What Tech Leaders Need to Hear from School Leadership
This session will focus on the conversation between technology leaders, teacher leaders, and administrators. While technology conferences are often focused on distributing information, this session is also about collecting information. What do technology leaders need to hear from the people their work impacts? How can we help you achieve your classroom or building goals? What policies, practices, or directions can we provide to make your jobs easier? Following in the HECC Conference Come & Go session format, we encourage attendees to also be participants in the conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Dianna Knox

Dianna Knox

Technology Instructional Specialist, Clay Community Schools
Dianna Knox is the Technology Instructional Specialist for Clay Community Schools in Brazil, Indiana. She has been in this position since 2017 and previously spent 18 years teaching Spanish, English, Communications, and Theatre. In transitioning to the role in instructional technology... Read More →
avatar for Seth Slater

Seth Slater

Cheif Technology Officer, NORTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS (Indiana)
Seth serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Northwest Allen County Schools and has the privilege to work with teachers and administrators across the K-12 environment, supporting their development of strategies and design structures that purposefully integrate technology into the... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
601

2:15pm EDT

There’s No Tired Like Teacher Tired
Are your teachers and co-workers tired? As teachers, things are constantly being added to our plates. We are discussing the mental health of our students but we need to also make sure our teachers are taking care of their mental health as well. In this session we will discuss ideas and ways you can show appreciation to your teachers and encourage them take time for themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Everhart

Amy Everhart

Canvassador, Canvassador
Amy is the Special Education Coordinator & District Technology Coach for Liberty-Perry Schools, which is 1:1 iPads in grades K-12. Prior to this, Amy taught English at the middle school level while doing her school's 1:1 pilot. Most of her teacher career was spent teaching special... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
302

2:15pm EDT

Quadruped and Bi-ped Robotics educating the entire school
There is a new technology making its way into the middle school, high school, and post-secondary schools that are changing the way we think about coding and programming. Quadruped and Bi-ped robots are creating a new opportunity to teach students multiple formats of programming, while also giving students many diverse applications to use that programming. The powerful part of these highly technical robots is that almost every department in the school can easily use this technology. Additionally, there are applications in the area of school security that make this a very interesting option. Lastly, with a complete curriculum for students wanting to learn how to use this technology to attain a career in these fields, this program is turning traditional education upside down.

Speakers

Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
709

2:15pm EDT

Transport Your Meetings to a New Dimension using Google Docs
Turn those mundane meetings into dynamic and engaging opportunities for educators to grow and collaborate. This session will explore how school leaders can use Google Docs to improve routines, integrate technology, and facilitate effective meetings that build an inclusive school culture and solve your most pressing challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fahey

Sean Fahey

Professional Development Specialists, Five Star Technology Solutions
Sean Fahey is a former elementary and middle school mathematics teacher. He taught in a one-to-one Chromebook classroom and strived to bring innovative learning experiences to his students using technology. He is currently a Professional Development Specialist with Five Star Technology... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
607

2:15pm EDT

How to be a Baller Teacher
Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Education Consultant, Tarver Academy
Dr. Tyler Tarver loves helping teachers. He has over 40 million views and 320k subscribers across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. He is the founder and creator of a plethora of resources over at TarverAcademy.com, has written 4 books (The Baller Teacher Playbook and 3 others that are meh), hosts multiple podcasts, has his superintendent certification, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Harding University. He's also a Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Certified Foundations Trainer, and was on th... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
409

2:15pm EDT

⭐20 AI Tools to Save Time in the Classroom⭐
What if you had a virtual assistant who could do tasks for you and free up your time? Science fiction has become reality. You do! Lots of artificial intelligence tools can help you with tedious tasks like writing emails, providing feedback, and creating teaching resources. Learn about them -- and how to use them to make time for what matters most -- in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Education Consultant, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the six books, including Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
Cafetorium

2:15pm EDT

⭐Collaborating with AI: A Modern Approach to Storytelling in the Classroom🏰
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, teachers are constantly seeking innovative ways to engage students and enhance their learning experiences. Enter the world of artificial intelligence and digital tool Book Creator for an incredible look at how we can uplift all students to be better writers. 

Speakers
avatar for Holly Clark

Holly Clark

Education Consultant, Infused Classroom
Meet Holly, a passionate educator and digital learning pioneer who has made significant contributions to the field of educational technology. With over 25 years of rich experience, Holly is not only an international speaker and a bestselling author but also an influential advocate... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
805

2:15pm EDT

⭐Have No Fear: Google Sheets is Here⭐
Spreadsheet. Just the name strikes fear in your heart! Well, fear no more! Beginners, come learn how to use Google Sheets to create spreadsheets in a step-by-step presentation that will have you saying, “Well, why didn’t they just tell me that?!”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Desiree Alexander

Dr. Desiree Alexander

Founder CEO, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Deputy Director for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
612

2:15pm EDT

Best Practices for Higher Achievement and New Features for IXL
Join Arielle, Account Manager for IXL to learn about best practices based on what research has shown will be the most effective for student progress and learning with IXL.  What Smart Score should students be working towards and why? How many skills should students be working on weekly for maximum impact?  Arielle will also show you new features of IXL that make it the most innovative platform on the market as well as our skill plans that that are specific to Indiana.

Speakers
avatar for Arielle Carrico

Arielle Carrico

Account Manager - Indiana, IXL


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
624

2:15pm EDT

Beyond Computer Science: Computational Thinking in any Content Area
Computational thinking (CT) isn’t just for computer science class. This fast-paced session is designed to help educators experience computational thinking as a problem-solving process and real-world skill and how it can play out in not only computer programming but other content areas. Attendees will learn how to help their students build the foundational skills of decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design at any grade level. Attendees will leave the session with free resources for real-world examples, coding exercises, and instructional strategies that you can use with your students right away to improve their learning in any content area!

Speakers
avatar for Joni Neer

Joni Neer

Senior Professional Development Specialist, CodeHS
Joni spent a long career of 27 years in high school classrooms in central Indiana before joining CodeHS as a Professional Development Specialist. She has taught many courses ranging from Introductory to AP Computer Science. Joni joined CodeHS in 2021 and will be continuing to impact... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
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2:15pm EDT

Using a Framework to Make Better Decisions with Technology
The purpose of this session is to help educators and others working with students to focus more on the WAY in which these technologies are being used rather than the many different technologies and web applications available. First, there will be a review of the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) which is helpful in understanding the potential for transforming learning with technology along with examples. Also, a framework developed by the presenter CHOICE (Collaborative, Higher-Level of Thinking, Open-Ended, Individualized, Contextual, and Engaging) shares 6 ways to assure that students will be gaining the most from the use of technology. This session will help all participants not only understand how to select the best technologies but know how to use technology to make the greatest impact on student learning.

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David Pratt

Professor of Education, Purdue University Northwest
David Pratt is an associate professor in the School of Education and Psychology at Purdue University Northwest. He enjoys teaching college students in the area of technology and assessment and consults local schools on issues related to technology integration and models for how to... Read More →


Thursday October 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
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3:05pm EDT

🟱Closing/Prizes🟱
Thursday October 5, 2023 3:05pm - 3:20pm EDT
 
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