Chicago Agenda

Friday, May 11, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast (Foyer/Ballroom G-H)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Welcome/Keynote (Ballroom E): Making the Marriage Work Ballroom E
How can schools and districts better support collaboration between IT and Curriculum departments to better serve teaching and learning? This mini-keynote will address this issue with perspectives from administration, curriculum, tech, and students. Each speaker will pose specific challenges and solutions that attendees can take back to their schools and put into action. Presenters: Sean Crevier (Teacher/Coach), Rico, D’Amore (Tech Director), Colleen Pacatte (Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment), & 8th graders Ashtin Hara and Jack Immesberger. Moderator: Phil Hintz.
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Break (Ballroom G-H)
For breakout sessions, choose from four tracks: 
Playground (Ballroom G-H): Choose from a variety of stations where you can try some of the latest edtech. 
Demo/How to (Ballroom E): See demonstrations of new edtech and learn how specific edtech tools and approaches can improve teaching and learning.
Leadership (Malpensa): This track for school leaders will focus on big picture questions (and answers) related to leading and sustaining edtech innovation. 
Edtech Models (Narita): In this track, attendees will hear from schools and districts about how they rolled out initiatives like blended learning, computer science for all, and more. 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Breakout Session #1
  • Playground (Ballroom G-H): This playground breakout will offer stations demonstrating: Assistive Technology 101 (Beth Heile); Five Fabulous Formatives in Fifty (Wendy Reitz & Eric Coval); and YouTube Live to Transform Professional Development (Jason Smit).
  • Demo/How to: Implementing STEM into any Classroom (Ballroom E): This panel will explore coding in the elementary classroom, integrating literacy into computer science, and a variety of STEM activities for any classroom. (Phil Hintz, Katie Buckley, Marcie Faust) 
  • Leadership (Malpensa): This panel of CFOs will discuss "budgeting for innovation"  (Chris Wildman, Dan Oberg, R.J. Gravel)
  • Edtech Models (Narita): Empowering The Student Help Desk: Work Experience, Industry Certifications, and Class Credit: Take a look inside a few student Help desk models offering a variety of real world work experience, some even offering tech industry certifications while earning class credit!  Attendees will hear from adults running these programs, as well as students in these programs.  You will gain an understanding of what it takes to prepare your administration and learning community to get your students involved. (Ryan Miles, Phil Lacey, Rico D’Amore, & students)
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Breakout Session #2
  • Playground (Ballroom G-H): This playground breakout will offer stations demonstrating: Choosing Multimedia Furniture for Educational Settings (Don Roth), and LMS lessons learned (Reggie Smith).
  • Demo/How to (Ballroom E): A Robotic Journey 
    Our little humanoid robot, NAO, will be your tour guide as we take you on an exciting, robotic adventure. You will experience the evolution of the development of programming skills beginning with hands-on Cubetto and moving to Dash and Dot, Sphero, and the EV3. (Winnetka Public School STEAM Team)
  • Leadership (Malpensa): Curriculum & IT: Can This Marriage Be Saved? Hear from D127's tech director,  Director of Curriculum, and Associate Superindent for Curriculum on how they are making the Curriculum & IT marriage work. (Presenters: Tracey Landry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Barbara Georges, Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Michael Marassa, Director of Technology).
  • Demo/How to (Narita): AI in K-12: An Interactive Workshop (Dale Reed & Faythe Brannon)
    How does Artificial Intelligence (AI) work?  In this hands-on session we will step through an example of capturing expertise, creating a game that is smart enough to then beat us.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Lunch (Ballroom E)
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Dessert & Demos (Ballroom G-H)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Breakout Session #3
  • Playground (Ballroom G-H): In this breakout, learn how to Bring PBL to the Next Level with AppSmashing (Kristin Lagerquist)  
  • Edtech Models (Narita): Effective Academic Coaching Models: This panel will discuss academic coaching models that work, including one district that went from no devices and no coaches to the complete opposite over a 3-month summer break (Sean Crevier), and a Coaching and Staff-Centered PD model that help teachers need navigate the future ready classroom (Melissa Wilson and Steve Wick). Moderator: Joe Macchia
  • Leadership (Malpensa): Technology & 21st Century Learning Environments 
    Students today utilize technology in many of their free time activities.  The business world has fully embraced technology and all the benefits it has to offer.  So how can you best incorporate technology in the 21st learning environment to better prepare your students for the future?  In this presentation we will discuss technology in furniture and where it could be used within your school.  We will discuss the benefits of tech teaching tools and how to bring them into your district.  Finally we will review makerspaces and the modern media center (formerly known as libraries). (Todd Dugan and Shanna Fish)
  • Demo/How To (Ballroom E): Internet of Things (IoT) Micro:bits:
    You may have heard of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices becoming common in our homes, cars, at work, and in public spaces. Come experience a hands-on session playing with an IoT device called a Micro:bit. Half the size of a credit card and costing ~$15, it includes light, motion, and temperature sensors as well as buttons, and has LEDs and other options for output.  It is trivially easy to get started with it, and it is extensible to do complex tasks. It includes a radio transmitter and receiver, so Micro:bits can interact with each other. Micro:bits were designed by the BBC and distributed broadly in schools in the UK.  Bring a laptop. Wifi will be available and Micro:bits will be loaned to participants. (Dale Reed, Valerie Curry)
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Closing Reception
Join the party! Wind down with refreshments, discover the winner of the team trivia and poetry slam, and get ready to win prizes!