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• • • • • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • • • • •

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About Powerful Learning

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The third annual Powerful Learning Conference is a full day event providing opportunities to learn, collaborate, and showcase innovative teaching strategies with other educators in our region. We strive to offer the event at a minimal cost with topics relevant to our local communities.

We are excited to announce Angie Potts as our 2016 keynote speaker. Angie is an Instructional Coach for Saint Peter Public Schools who is passionate about STEM. She encourages students to use iterative design through a process of thinking, making, and improving. Her message will inspire educators to blend problem-based learning into authentic, hands-on lessons and activities.

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$50 per attendee, lunch included

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

New Prague High school (map)
221 12th Street NE
New Prague, MN 56071 

Parking (map)
Please use the staff parking lot.

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Topics

Project Based Learning
Professional Development
21st Century Skills & the 4 C's
Flipped Classroom Strategies
Personalized Learning 

Attendees

Classroom Teachers
Principals
Curriculum Directors
Technology Leaders

Schedule

Click the breakout session titles to review the descriptions and additional information.

7:45 - 8:30 am  |  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:40 am  |  Welcome - Tim Dittberner, NPAS Superintendent

8:45 - 9:25 am  |  Keynote - Angie Potts, Saint Peter Public Schools

Keynote Presentation

0AngiePotts.pngAngie Potts
Instructional Coach
Saint Peter Public Schools

Auditorium | Resource Page
Angie is an Instructional Coach for Saint Peter Public Schools who is passionate about STEM. She encourages students to use iterative design through a process of thinking, making, and improving. Her message will inspire educators to blend problem-based learning into authentic, hands-on lessons and activities.

 

 

9:35 - 10:20 am  |  Breakout Session I

Our Journey into Personalized Learning

0JenHegna.png0BeckyD.png0AndyL.pngJen Hegna, Director of Information & Learning Technology
Becky Demmer, Continuous Improvement Coach
Andy Laning
, Continuous Improvement Coach, Byron Public Schools

 

Upper Media Center | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Byron Public School's educators worked for several years reviewing standards, creating essential learner outcomes, common assessments, and learning scales. Now that the critical work is done, the district is focusing on creating powerful learning experiences that are not only deeper but engage and empower ALL students. In this session, we will share our journey to personalized learning that includes major milestones, challenges, aha's, and present and future action plans.

 

 

NPAS Integrated Learning Program

0JaneDitt.png0SeanDuBe.pngJane Dittberner, High School Business Teacher
Sean DuBe', High School Language Arts Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

Classroom - 81 | Target Audience: grades 9-12, Leadership | Resource Page
The Integrated Learning Program is a course offered to New Prague High School Juniors and Seniors. It combines academic content in Language Arts and Economics, guest lectures, site visits, a mentorship program, professionalism and soft skills, and business projects into one course. The purpose of the program is to provide students with as many real-world experiences as possible in order to prepare them for a life in college and the workforce. In this breakout session, attendees will learn about how the program started, the development of the curriculum, the daily operation of the course, and hear from students in the course during the 2016-2017 school year. The breakout session will include explanation and time for questions about the program.

 

Using Formative Assessments to Differentiate

0ZachEid.png0EricH.pngZach Eidelbes, Digital Learning Coach
Eric Hills, Digital Learning Coach
Shakopee Public Schools

Auditorium | Target Audience: PreK-12 | Resource Page
Use digital formatives assessments to gather data and meet the needs of all learners. Explore opportunities to differentiate student work after getting formative data, self-pace/personalize, and give students opportunities to show what they know using digital creation tools.

 

Do More with Google Drawings

0JocelynBuckentin.png0NeshaWithers.pngJocelynn BuckentinTechnology Innovation Specialist
Nesha WithersFourth Grade Teacher
Hutchinson Public Schools

Lecture Hall - 265 | Target Audience: grades 3-12 | Resource Page
This often overlooked app is quite possibly the most powerful Google app you’ve never used! This session will show how this simple tool can help you annotate over content or create graphic organizers, posters, mind maps, flow charts, infographics, interactive personalized lessons and even memes! Students can use it to demonstrate their understanding, collaborate with others and showcase their creativity.

In this session you will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to use the basic elements of Google Drawing
  • Receive ready-to-use Google Drawing templates that you can use immediately in your classroom in ANY content area or grade level
  • Practice moving virtual manipulatives and brainstorm some activities you could use this with for students
  • Learn the easiest way to share templates with students

 

Seesaw: A Digital Portfolio for Little Ones

0MissyTrnka.pngMissy Trnka
First Grade Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

The Nook - 140 | Target Audience: PreK-5 | Resource Page
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio. It is an incredible way for students to capture their learning progress, for teachers to give timely feedback and for parents to share in the learning process.

We will get your class up and running, discuss how Seesaw can be used in each curricular area you teach, make a plan to begin using Seesaw immediately with your students when you return to your classroom and explore other apps that can be used to smash student created work into your students' Seesaw portfolios.

 

The Flipped Classroom

0JenniferBye.pngJennifer Bye
High School Mathematics Teacher
United South Central Schools

The Cover - 114 | Target Audience: grades 6-12 | Resource Page
Flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment. The curriculum is often delivered by video or another online venue and completed outside of class time. It also moves assignments and group activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom.

This presentation discusses the hows and whys of flipping your classroom.The pros and cons of flipping your classroom will be discussed and resources will be shared to help you start flipping your classroom.

 

 

10:30 - 11:15 am  |  Breakout Session II

Building Empathy through Digital Storytelling

0AngiePotts.pngAngie Potts
Instructional Coach
Saint Peter Public Schools

 

Upper Media Center | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Dig into the power of digital storytelling through photos, videos, Google Cardboard, 360 photos, augmented and virtual reality. Create opportunities for students to construct and express their stories. Build an empathetic community of learners by creating, sharing, and reflecting on a variety of perspectives. Have an opportunity to see, share and reflect on the power of empathy and how it plays a role in classrooms and schools. Come experience different examples of embracing empathy through digital storytelling as well as dig into resources that can be used to create similar experiences. Leave with ideas for implementation and tools for creation to give empathetic voice to the students in your classroom and school.

 

The Standards-Based High School Classroom

0NatNelson.pngNatalie Nelson
High School Language Arts Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

Lecture Hall - 265 | Target Audience: grades 9-12, Leadership | Resource Page
In this session, participants will learn about different approaches to using standards in the high school classroom. One approach is through standards-based learning, or how to start using standards to direct instruction and learning. Another approach is through standards-based grading, or how to start using standards to direct the grade book. Additional topics addressed will include suggestions for using technology to enhance standards-based classrooms and common resistance to this new focus in the high school classroom.

 

Inquiry: 5 Es in any content area

0NatWeather.pngNatalie Weatherman, Digital Learning Coach
Brianna Buck, Digital Learning Coach
Shakopee Public Schools

Classroom - 81 | Target Audience: grades 3-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Learn about the 5 Es, an inquiry model that can be used in any content area.

Experience the process as a learner in a hands-on example. Then break down the inquiry process and discuss how it can be used in many content areas.

Why is inquiry powerful? What makes it powerful? How can we create that experience for students in all content areas?

 

Focus on Learner Management Systems: Blogs, Rubrics, and Other Bells & Whistles

Laura Johnson, Language Arts Teacher
Rita Augustine, Language Arts Teacher
United South Central Schools

The Cove - 114 | Target Audience: grades 9-12 | Resource Page
Blogs
: Use blogs for independent reading and other purposes. Allow students to interact in a positive way. Help students use more appropriate language skills when interacting digitally.

Rubrics: Connect the purpose to your assignments by using rubrics. Quickly provide a snapshot of requirements for students.

This session will have a Schoology focus but will also discuss tools that can be used in other learner management systems.

 

Getting Geeky with Google Sheets

0KenGriswold.pngKenneth Griswold
Coordinator of Technology Integration
Albert Lea Area Schools

The Nook - 140 | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Learn how to use Google Sheets to roll-your-own systems to solve common problems and perform tasks both in and outside of the classroom. We'll look at examples used for assigning groups, creating collaborative study aids, tracking homework, scheduling parent conferences or resources like computer labs or device carts, gamifying assessment, tracking student behavior, and more.

 

 

11:25 - 12:10 pm  |  Breakout Session III

Computing in the Classroom - Coding, Robots, Raspberry Pi - Oh my!

0AngiePotts.pngAngie Potts
Instructional Coach
Saint Peter Public Schools

 

Upper Media Center | Target Audience: PreK-8 | Resource Page
It is 2016 and we have Roomba to clean up after us! The ideas of the Jetson’s is no longer a completely far-fetched idea. Students’ personal and academic lives are intertwined with technology that we were dreaming of as kids - robots, drones, wearable technology, augmented reality. The presence of these tools provide students with the power of creativity, experimentation, and problem manipulation. Students own the learning process and define the next great problem they wish to solve. Come explore how these tools can support students’ skills to build upon their problem solving and critical thinking skills to enhance their work in your classroom and the walls beyond.

 

Media-Rich Differentiated  Learning with the iLife Suite

0KariG.pngKari Gerhart, Digital Learning Coach
Sandra Riehl, Digital Learning Coach
Shakopee Public Schools

The Cove - 114 | Target Audience: grades 6-12 | Resource Page
Learn how you can leverage the iLife Suite to engage and motivate learners, foster experiences that contain a multitude of mediums that facilitate in-depth learning, and encourage excellence and sense of purpose by publishing for real audiences.

You will receive a set of ready-to-use tools which differentiate multiple skill levels within your classroom.

 

Personalized Professional Development Pathways

0SarahKlitzke.png0MattFlug.pngSarah Klitzke, Elementary Principal & K-12 Curriculum Director
Matt Flugum, Digital Learning Specialist & Instructional Leader
Tri-City United Public Schools

Lecture Hall - 265 | Target Audience: Leadership | Resource Page
Come to a roundtable discussion on personalized professional learning experiences. Tri-City United has begun a journey to provide authentic, personalized professional development to our educators. We would love to share and hear about what other districts are doing to design professional learning experiences for educators leading to deeper learning for students in the classroom.

 

The "Paperless" Classroom

0AnnaBorwege.pngAnna Borwege
Middle School Science Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

The Nook - 140 | Target Audience: grades 6-12 | Resource Page
Tired of all the paperwork and grading in your classroom? Join us for this session presenting different ways to eliminate or reduce the paperwork that comes along with teaching. Anna Borwege will introduce multiple technology resources for reviewing material, submitting homework, completing bell work, and assessing students both formally and informally. Bring your Chromebook or device.

Resources include: Google Forms, Moodle, goFormative, Quizlet, Kahoot!, Quizizz, EdPuzzle, and more!

 

Break Out of the Norm with BreakoutEDU!

0ShawnBrandt.pngShawn Brandt
Director of Technology Integration
New Prague Area Schools

Classroom - 81 | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
BreakoutEDU is a revolutionary new game-based activity that actively engages students in learning. Each game centers around a locked BreakoutEDU box. Students are given a set amount of time to open the box, using a combination of physical and online puzzles, clues, and challenges. Breakout EDU gets students out of their seats using the 4Cs of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity to unlock the box. The BreakoutEDU website contains a growing number of resources where you can download already created games (many of which are free) or find inspiration to create your own game.

 

 

12:10 - 12:45 pm  |  Lunch

12:45 -   1:30 pm  |  Breakout Session IV

DELTA Meeting

David Paschke, Managing Director, South Central Service Cooperative
Jason Borglum, Educational Technology , SOCRATES

Upper Media Center | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Each month the South Central Service Cooperative hosts a Community of Practice meeting for regional Digital Education Leaders (DELTA) and Curriculum and Professional Development Leaders (CLSM).  This community is attending the "Powerful Learning" event in place of their regular meeting. During this breakout, we will demonstrate how these communities work, do a little DELTA / CLSM Leader business, and discuss our Blended Instruction / Professional Development Exchange model.

 

GUYS READ! Set up a Boy's Book Club in your School!

0JohnaA.pngJohna Anderson
Reading Specialist & NPAS Mentorship Program Coordinator
New Prague Area Schools

The Cove - 114 | Target Audience: grades 3-8 | Resource Page
Research has proven many boys aren't crazy about reading.  So what can we do?  Learn in this session how to set-up and organize a "Guys Read" book club.  The boys in your school or district will be motivated to become life-long readers, by connecting them with materials they will want to read, in ways they like to read
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Unique Learning in the Special Education Setting

0ShellyThelen.png0LisaBlaschko.pngShelly Thelen, Special Education Life Skills Teacher
Lisa Blaschko, Special Education Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

The Nook - 140 | Target Audience: PreK-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Unique Learning System and News 2 You is a comprehensive curriculum designed specifically for students with special needs. It is modified with academic content standards (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) with a strong emphasis on life skills. Unique provides monthly units while News 2 You provides weekly current event articles.

There are six grade bands for Unique Learning System; Preschool through Transition, with three differentiated levels of participation. There is one band for News 2 You with four differentiated reading levels. Lessons include stories, chapter books, comprehension and writing activities, functional math lessons, recipes, and science experiments.

In this session, participants will gain knowledge on how this curriculum is used at New Prague High School Life Skills program for students with cognitive disabilities. A Special Education Teacher and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant will demonstrate their collaborative services that include use of technology, such as a Smart Board, Chromebooks, and iPads with the Unique Learning System and News 2 You curriculum.

 

Integrating technology with shared 1:2 Chromebooks and Google Classroom and Seesaw:  Year 3.

0MelM.png0MarkN.pngMelinda Talamantes, Teacher
Mark Nechanicky, 4th Grade Teacher & Technology Integration Coach
Albert Lea Area Schools

Lecture Hall - 265 | Target Audience: gradess 3-8 | Resource Page
Learn what three groups of 4th grade students taught us about piloting and integrating technology with shared 1:2 Chromebooks using Google Classroom and Seesaw.

  • Google Classroom and Seesaw set up
  • Assigning work to small groups
  • Sharing background knowledge using YouTube for things like Reader’s Theater
  • Using forms to record student data (reading records-behavior)
  • Flipping review lessons for word study, math, and science
  • Digital Kiosk used for student exemplars

 

Kahoot!

0NaomiS.pngNaomi Sandgren
Second Grade Teacher
New Prague Area Schools

Classroom - 81 | Target Audience: PreK-12 | Resource Page
"A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of 'players', creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment." -Kahoot! Journal

Learn how to use Kahoot! as a tool to teach, practice, and review topics in your classroom. This is a fun and easy website to get your students motivated while using technology.

In this session, you will play Kahoot! and create our own Kahoot!s for your classroom!

 

Digital Citizenship through Student Voice

Kirsten Ausman, Byron Public Schools
Janelle Groehler, Byron Public Schools
Auditorium | Target Audience: grades 6-12, Leadership | Resource Page
Come listen to two 8th grade teachers share about how they have fostered an environment for student voice within their classroom. The focus was on promoting positivity around digital citizenship to educate students, parents and community members. Come and see the process along with steps taken in order to have students take charge of their learning. Hear about the students' presentations, social media presence, videos, activities, and other exciting original work.  They will discuss authentic learning and assessment.  And how they are assessing the standards without giving the students a test.

 

 

1:30 - 2:00 pm  |  Closing Activity (Auditorium)

 

 

 

 

Questions?

How do I submit my registration fee?

Please make checks payable to: New Prague Area Schools
(Sorry, we are not able to accept purchase orders or credit cards. Please send payment before Wednesday, November 9th.)

Mail payment and a copy of the registration invoice to:

New Prague Area Schools
Attn: Julie Schmitz
410 Central Ave. N.
New Prague, MN  56071

(After November 9th, checks will be accepted at the conference registration table.)

 

Who should I contact if I have questions about registration?

If you have any questions about registration, please contact:

Julie Schmitz
jschmitz@isd721.org
(952) 758-1741

 

Who should I contact if I would like more information about the conference sessions?

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Brandt
Director of Technology Integration
sbrandt@isd721.org
Event URL: npaschools.org/npplc16