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Saturday, January 23


60 Minutes of Practical STEM Integration with Margaret Agbowo
This session will review a number of STEM activities that are easy to integrate into any curriculum, and at different price points and experience levels. Given that CCSS increases not just writing but also TECHNOLOGY, it is imperative that all classroom teachers become comfortable with and knowledgable of tools and activities to provide experiential learning and increase student engagement. Tools to be reviewed include coding, math, science, green energy, circuitry, and as much as can be fit into 60 minutes! Humanities will not be left out: we will brainstorm ways to integrate these activities into humanities courses.

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Margaret Agbowo

Technology Integration Specialist, New Haven USD
Tech Teacher * Tech Integrator * Tech Thinker || Integrating technology into the educational experience, connecting learning to goals and careers, and hands-on, project-based experiences where all students benefit ... that's the goal of this Tech Teacher * Tech Integrator * Tech... Read More →

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23


Elementary Robots - What's Not to Like? with Terry Smith
We’ve been piloting and experimenting with 6 relatively inexpensive programmable robots in grades 1-5. Students participated in the selection process and we purchased a selection for use in classrooms. This presentation will include the steps in the decision process, and an introduction to each of the robots considered – with their respective pros and cons. Robots will be present and available for participant experimentation along with a sampling of activities including video of students engaged with them in various classroom activities.

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Terry Smith

STEAM Education Specialist, STEAM-In.org
STEAM Advocate and Educator, Technology Coordinator, Artist

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 24
  • Presentation Link www.steam-in.org


Free & Fun CCSS Resources with Sara Armstrong & Shauna Hawes
Teachers should be prepared with a variety of teaching tools in their toolboxes. This session will present curriculum tools that can be modified easily to fit other areas of the curriculum, management tools, communication tools, and more.

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Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong Consulting
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Shauna Hawes

Technology Teacher, MDUSD- Valley View Middle School
Shauna Hawes has integrated technology into her teaching in both elementary and middle schools. Now a technology teacher, she continued with integration projects such as robotics and after-school robotics club, and summer technology camp programs for girls and another for boys. Shauna... Read More →

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 3


Free Sites for Paperless Classrooms with Ted Dunn
"There are not many free LMS (Learning Management Systems) out there and using these programs have helped me turn my classroom into a virtual paperless classroom. This session will cover 3 digital tools that will engage all students in collaborative lesson participation in K-12 classrooms. Participants will learn about three digital tools, Edmodo, Google Classroom, and Padlet. Most importantly there is no need for e-mail to run this program.

To start a class a teacher can utilize Edmodo to have the students (and parents) see the agenda and start a do now or warm up. Then they can use the site as a back-channel to get questions answered and get more information about the current subject from other students while the teacher is pushing out information. This will also be the main communication tool between students and teachers instead of using e-mail.

Google Classroom is a tool from GAFE (Google Apps for Education) your school has to already have it to utilize Google Classroom. The real advantage of this program is that it is a great tool to pass out and collect work that is assigned in the classroom. More importantly you can share your presentations almost instantly and push out a template of an assignment to all students in one place.

Padlet provides virtual space for teachers to collect and present students’ ideas. Using Padlet, teachers can quickly create and manage a collaborative digital forum where all students demonstrate their engagement through real time, written response.

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 21


Get Onboard with Blended Teaching with Eileen Walters

Teachers will gain an understanding of the types of activities they can use to extend their students' learning beyond the school day. They will be introduced to specific tools and techniques that will help them understand how to develop interactive activities that will keep their students engaged outside of the classroom.

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Eileen Walters

Volunteer Leadership/LEC Coordinator, CUE
Currently Eileen serves CUE in two roles. First as Volunteer Leadership Coordinator and secondly as Leading Edge Certification Coordinator.

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 27


Get Teched Up! with Arlene Simpelo and Linda Wu
During this sessions K-2 teachers will learn about a variety of highly engaging ed tech tools that will allow them to reach a diversity of learning styles. Ed tech tools covered include iPad apps and online resources that will support & enhance what teachers and students are already doing in the classroom.

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Arlene Simpelo

Teacher, Lydiksen Elementary

Linda Wu

Teacher, Pleasanton USD

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29
  • Presentation Link bit.ly/1Pjkkaw


Got $550? Get Minecraft EDU with Traci Bonde
We'll explore the model being deployed at Murray elementary in Dublin CA in all grades. Who can manage? What teachers really need to know, PD from students, etc..

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Traci Bonde

Traci is the Instructional Technology Director in Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District. In this role, she’s implementing social media standards, digital citizenship, tech planning, working with all to move thinking forward on use of technology in instruction. She really... Read More →

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7


Making History with Tech at the Middle School with Julie Garrahan
During this sessions participants will learn how to using design thinking techniques to create lessons that focus on deepening the understanding of civilizations' contributions in history and to reverse engineer novels that they are studying with the use of green screen and jeopardylabs.


Julie Garrahan

Teacher, Los Cerros

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5


Middle Schoolers Talk Tech with Stanley WiredCats

Middle School is Cool: The WiredCats student tech team teaches technology tools to teachers. Come sit with them and ask all the questions you have about technology use in the classroom. They'll provide a round table discussion and some 1:1 help on whatever you need from what you've learned today.


Betsy Balmat

Asst. Principal, Stanley Middle School

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26


Student Research Using Google Tools with Melissa Hero
In this quick paced workshop, you will learn how you and your students can use Google tools to complete research for class projects. Learn how to help students successfully search the web, find and analyze credible sources, organize their research, collaborate on writing and editing, and cite their sources.

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Melissa Hero

Biology & AVID Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Carlmont High School
Melissa Hero is biology and AVID teacher and technology coordinator at Carlmont High School. Melissa believes that good teaching requires strong pedagogy, and if used correctly, technology can enhance a lesson and student learning. Melissa teaches using the flip class model and... Read More →

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 22


Transform Student Presentations with Pecha Kucha with Joan Tracy

During this session, participants will (1) learn what a Pecha Kucha is and why it is a superior presentation format and (2) learn how to teach students to make a Pecha Kucha using iMovie.
Tools covered will include a digital collection of sample Pecha Kuchas, a sample Pecha Kucha assignment, and step-by-step instructions on how to make one.

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Joan Tracy

Director of Academic Technology, Carondelet High School

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28


Turbo Charge your Docs, Sheets & Forms with Add-ons with Josh Harris
Are you and your students already Google Docs & Drive adepts, but you’re looking for more functionality out of what are already pretty cool tools? Come and learn about the new face of Google scripts--The Add-On. In this session we will go shopping for Add-Ons, We will also investigate a handful of Add-ons for Docs, Sheets, and Forms each and experiment with how we can leverage them for our students and our partner teachers. Participants will leave with new tools they can use right away.

Please note: this is NOT a tablet friendly session. Add-ons do not work on mobile.

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Josh Harris

Director of Educational Technology, Alisal Union School District
Josh Harris is an educator who is passionate about bringing equity to all student through the use of and access to digital tools and the global community of learners. He has been in public education since 1999.  He started in education as an ASL interpreter.  From 2000 to 2013 he... Read More →

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2


Using the Schoology LMS for Teaching an Online English Arts Class with Kevin Cushing
During this session participants will learn how to design a sequential online or blended course for the English language arts. There will be an emphasis on the use of the Schoology LMS but aspects of course design are transferrable to any LMS platform. Course creation will focus on the creation of learning units or modules, use of introductory activities for each lesson, creating a collegial, interactive class environment, effective pacing, clear and effective assessments, and specific strategies related to formative assessment. Embedding audio, video, and outside links and resources will also be discussed with an emphasis on practical information that students will actually use.


Kevin Cushing

Principal, Carondelet High School

Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 1