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Monday, July 31
 

9:00am

BLENDed Learning 101 - An Introduction to BLEND
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This course is intended for instructional staff and campus administrators who are new to BLEND. Participants will learn the mechanics and navigation of BLEND while experiencing a BLENDed learning environment. Participants will have the opportunity to experience BLEND and create initial content in the system. BLEND, AISD's learning positioning system (LPS), is being built upon the Canvas learning management system. By pinpointing, tracking, and delivering individualized learning, BLEND provides students, teachers, and parents the ability to identify where a student is on their learning journey toward his/her academic success and graduation. Preregistration required.

Speakers
SD

Sarah Dille

Technology Design Team, Austin ISD
ET

Emiy Tipps

Technology Design Team, Austin ISD


Monday July 31, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
JBWN 202
 
Tuesday, August 1
 

9:00am

Blending Online Science Resources
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be examine elementary District Online Resources.  Highlighting those resources that can easily be incorporated into BLEND.  Reviewing and elaborating on the importance of the Blended Learning approach.  

Participants will be able to experience Blended Learning through the 1st - 5th Grade Science curriculum.  Examples will be shown using content from the AISD curriculum guides.  Participants should bring a device to fully experience blended learning.

Participants will take with them the knowledge and experience of working within BLEND and a better understanding of the incorporation of online resources and the impact of the Blended Learning approach.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Bromley

Stella Bromley

Librarian, Austin ISD Professional Library
avatar for Marion Rocco

Marion Rocco

Library/Media Services, Austin ISD
Marion Rocco is a librarian with the Austin ISD Professional Library and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Information. Marion has also worked in public and school library settings. She serves on the Board of Directors for USBBY and is a member of the ALA/ALSC... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

9:00am

Developing 21st century skills with Technology in your Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Integrate technology efficiently in your Elementary Math & Science classroom.

Some ideas on what will be going on: Austin ISD cloud tools, Google Drive and Google Docs, online versions of the textbooks, Seesaw, Educreations, Quizizz, teacher-made online tools… and more!

Learning how to access Austin ISD cloud when you are a 2nd grader can be tough, but it opens the door to a huge amount of possibilities to explore with all the tools you have available in there. Using the online version of the textbook may not be 100% transformational, but helps with differentiation and allows to adapt to the pace of each student and to “flip” your classroom in some way. Using Quizizz to assess instead the usual paper and pencil strategy makes 100% full engagement a real picture of your classroom. These, and many other ideas, will be shared during our workshop so we may learn from one another and search ways to make our students more successful.

Please BYOD to actively participate in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Alba Cascales

Rafael Alba Cascales

Teacher, Austin ISD


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 361

9:00am

Increasing Student Collaboration Through Technology
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will focus on how secondary teachers can use technology to increase collaboration between students in the science classroom setting. Participants will also learn how to encourage their students to step outside the Prezi/PowerPoint box and take their class projects to the next level by providing exciting new choices. Please bring your laptops or tablets so that we can explore these amazing tools together!

Speakers
MJ

Marion Jones

Science Teacher


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 163

9:00am

Tech Tools You Can Use Tomorrow or the Next Day
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will explore many tools that you can start using tomorrow in your classroom with very little prep or experience. We will checkout Kahoot!, Quizizz, Edupuzzle, Recap and many more tools that take very little prep, but can give you interactive tech lessons you can use tomorrow in your class.

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 202

9:00am

Using and Incorporating Discovery Education
Limited Capacity filling up

Discovery Education has undergone many signficant updates over the past few years and now features many new outsanding resources. During this session, you will be walked through how to use Discovery Education (DE) within your classroom.  You will be shown a few of the innovative and creative ways to incorporate DE with students, build a board to share with admin, families and students, and you will upload content from DE to BLEND.  This opportunity is intended for all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Dyer

Audrey Dyer

Teacher Sci 8, Sadler Means YWLA
I have been teaching science for 7 years in NE Austin. I love trying new strategies, especially when they involve technology. I am passionate about the environment and working toward having students working responsibly on digital devices. I love gardening, being outdoors, watching... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 268

9:00am

New Users to Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity filling up

Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of work that your students will do in the program. This covers the how, why and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWN 204

9:00am

Accommodations, Modifications, and Accessibility in BLEND
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will be an interactive demonstration and how-to on designing content and using features within BLEND to create accessible content with accommodations or modifications. Participants will use BLEND to practice using the features and options within BLEND within the context of providing special education accommodations. Participants will require a device and access to BLEND in order to participate fully. Participants will leave with a guide on BLEND features, tutorials, and a little bit of practice in using the main features. This is an ideal session for educators who teach special education students and will cover beginner to advanced features. Please bring your own device. Presentation Document and Notetaker with links to all resources

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Tuesday August 1, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 363

10:15am

Blended Learning with SeeSaw
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Want to start giving your students more choice and create a blended learning environment in your elementary classroom? Come hear about my journey this year. I will share my timeline of implementation and tell the story of how my students and I grew as a community of learners. I will share how I was able to avoid worksheets, keep parents informed, build leadership in my students and differentiate content in meaningful ways. Come hear about how SeeSaw has made this one of my best teaching years yet! Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Higgins

Kris Higgins

Teacher, Aisd


Tuesday August 1, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 265

12:30pm

Blending Online Science Resources
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will be examine elementary District Online Resources.  Highlighting those resources that can easily be incorporated into BLEND.  Reviewing and elaborating on the importance of the Blended Learning approach.  

Participants will be able to experience Blended Learning through the 1st - 5th Grade Science curriculum.  Examples will be shown using content from the AISD curriculum guides.  Participants should bring a device to fully experience blended learning.

Participants will take with them the knowledge and experience of working within BLEND and a better understanding of the incorporation of online resources and the impact of the Blended Learning approach.

Speakers
avatar for Stella Bromley

Stella Bromley

Librarian, Austin ISD Professional Library
avatar for Marion Rocco

Marion Rocco

Library/Media Services, Austin ISD
Marion Rocco is a librarian with the Austin ISD Professional Library and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UT Austin School of Information. Marion has also worked in public and school library settings. She serves on the Board of Directors for USBBY and is a member of the ALA/ALSC... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

12:30pm

Returning Users of Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity filling up

You’ve used Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated by the avatar, contests, and games. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2017-2018 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Tuesday August 1, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 204

1:45pm

Did You Know Google Can Do EVERYTHING?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Get ready for a crash course in everything Google. We will explore tips and tricks for all Google products, add-ons and Chrome Extensions and check out some things Google offers that you never knew existed. If you're a Google power-user this session is a must. Bring your laptop and get ready to go Google!

Speakers

Tuesday August 1, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 202
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

9:00am

The Test Review, Revisited
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Increase voice and choice and target student needs by rethinking the test review. How can we make this time more beneficial? Come learn about how you can set a "menu" of activities so students can create their own review, increase engagement, create a high energy environment and have fun! This workshop has a secondary science (chemistry) focus but could be adapted to all levels. Bring your own laptops and let's do this!

Speakers
avatar for Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Teacher, Austin ISD
With ten years of science teaching under my belt, I moved to Austin in 2012, teaching at Akins High School for three years before joining the faculty at LASA. I'm passionate about science education and edtech, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and interest with all of... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 262

9:00am

BrainPOP: Blending Your Classroom Instruction
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The BrainPOP Suite offers cross-curricular animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, and additional resources for students in grades K-8. Its topics span Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Tech, Health, and Arts & Music. BrainPOP also offers GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom; Make-a-Map, a concept mapping tool; the new Make-A-Movie, and the “My BrainPOP” suite of features, which lets teachers keep track of learning, customize assessment, incorporate gaming into instruction, and provide feedback on learning artifacts. BrainPOP resources support individual, team, and whole-class learning in traditional, blended, and “flipped” settings and are proven effective through science-based research that are aligned to the TEKS. Participants will create My BrainPOP accounts as well as have the opportunity to explore, set up classes and experience BrainPOP as a student. Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones

Technology Design Coach, Austin Independent School District
Vanessa is a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD. She has worked in the Dept of Technology for over 20 years. She has taught third through six grades. In 2017, she was a finalist for the TCEA Technology Special of the Year Award and was once recognized as Intel's Education 20... Read More →
avatar for Shelley May

Shelley May

Technology Design Coach, Austin ISD
Shelley grew up in Houston, Texas, graduating from Bellaire High School. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and received her B.S. in Education. She later attended the Lawyer's Assistant Program at Southwest Texas State University and after graduation, was a legal assistant... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 267

9:00am

Instructional Video Production
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As student access to technology increases, so does the need to provide digital access to instruction. Participants will be guided through the process of creating his/her own instructional video for classroom use. To maximize this experience, participants should bring a laptop with microphone access provided by most school districts, and a tablet. However, those materials will not be required to participate. Both presenters have years of experience with creating and using videos in mathematics classrooms, and are ready to share ideas!

Speakers
KW

Kelly Wroblewski

Instructional Coach and Mathematics Teacher, Austin ISD



Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 161

9:00am

Tech Tools You Can Use Tomorrow or the Next Day
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session we will explore many tools that you can start using tomorrow in your classroom with very little prep or experience. We will checkout Kahoot!, Quizizz, Edupuzzle, Recap and many more tools that take very little prep, but can give you interactive tech lessons you can use tomorrow in your class.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 206

9:00am

New Users to Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) combines live teacher support, unique student motivation, and engaging adaptive instruction in a web-based learning system that is proven to help students learn and love math! Join the Imagine Math expert in a Getting Started session for teachers new to the program. How you start your students impacts the quality and quantity of work that your students will do in the program. This covers the how, why and when of student launching and the importance of a journaling action plan.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 9:00am - 11:15am
JBWS 363

10:15am

Blended Learning with SeeSaw
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Want to start giving your students more choice and create a blended learning environment in your elementary classroom? Come hear about my journey this year. I will share my timeline of implementation and tell the story of how my students and I grew as a community of learners. I will share how I was able to avoid worksheets, keep parents informed, build leadership in my students and differentiate content in meaningful ways. Come hear about how SeeSaw has made this one of my best teaching years yet! Please bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Higgins

Kris Higgins

Teacher, Aisd


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 264

10:15am

Integrating Interactivity with H5P into Your Students' Online Learning Experience
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Discover a variety of online content creation tools provided freely by H5P, including image hotspots, drag-and-drop matching, interactive video and slide presentations, and more. During this session, teachers will setup their H5P account, create content, and embed it into a BLEND module. 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Martell

Christopher Martell

Innovation & Design Specialist


Wednesday August 2, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 161

12:30pm

Assessment Update for the 2017-2018 School Year
Limited Capacity seats available

The Assessment team will provide an update on BLEND's Quizzes vs. Quizzes.Next, the 17-18 Benchmark assessments, Schoolnet, DMAC, and where we go from here.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

12:30pm

10 Tips On Making BLEND Accessible for ALL Learners
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will go over easy tips that educators can use in designing accessible instructional content. These tips will focus on design lessons learned while building accessible courses using BLEND. This is designed to be a basic primer on simple ways to ensure your content will work with TTS extensions and other design features that will meet the needs of students with disabilities who may require accommodations. Participants will be provided with an easy guide of tips that they can use during course creation, and they are welcome to bring their own devices to access and practice using BLEND. This session is intended for any teacher who wants to use BLEND during the upcoming school year.

Presentation Materials: Notetaker, Using Technology to Provide Accommodations & Accessibility, and Special Education Resource Guide (Handouts will be provided to participants)

Speakers
avatar for Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson

Technology Design Coach/VILS Coach, Austin ISD
For more than 10 years, Rita has served students for multiple districts as both a general and special education teacher in secondary science. She is currently serving as a Technology Design Coach for Austin ISD as a VILS coach for Sadler Means YWLA.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 204

12:30pm

Increasing Student Collaboration Through Technology
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on how secondary teachers can use technology to increase collaboration between students in the science classroom setting. Participants will also learn how to encourage their students to step outside the Prezi/PowerPoint box and take their class projects to the next level by providing exciting new choices. Please bring your laptops or tablets so that we can explore these amazing tools together!

Speakers
MJ

Marion Jones

Science Teacher


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWS 261

12:30pm

Getting Going with Google Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Integrate technology into your classroom to make learning easier and more engaging. Google Classroom improves communication and collaboration beyond your classroom walls. Learn how to combine google docs, google forms and add-on's to create a better organized, paperless classroom. This session will help you get started creating your classes and posting assignments. Bring your own device please.

Speakers

Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JBWN 202

12:30pm

Blended Learning in Science (or any other) Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will demonstrate a blended learning model for a Science classroom wherein students engage with content in a variety of ways, and at different paces. Students are provided with a clear structure for self-pacing and accountability. The model showcases the integration of a number of different technology tools, with non-tech workarounds for campuses not yet approaching a 1:1 student-device ratio. Finally, the model enables teachers to create small group learning environments within a larger classroom, which is useful for special education accommodation. Although the demonstration deals with science content, the model can easily be adapted to any subject. THIS IS AN IN-DEPTH VERSION of the session offered at the Blended Learning Summit. 

Attendees will wear two hats: teacher and student, to get a hands-on look at how blended learning can work in practice.

Please NOTE: This is NOT a training on BLEND platform (AISD's version of Canvas). This is about a classroom model that literally blends different kinds of learning. I will actually be using Google Classroom, but you could easily use the BLEND platform for the same purpose. 

Speakers
avatar for Kermit O

Kermit O

6th Grade Science Teacher, Mendez Middle School
My professional focus is on educational equity, tech integration, blended learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy.


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 265

12:30pm

Returning Users of Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math)
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve used Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and know the basics of running the program. Your students journal, use live teacher support, and are motivated by the avatar, contests, and games. But you’d like to do more! Join the Imagine Math expert to learn how to pull reports for progress monitoring, create new pathways, design your own teacher-led motivation, and learn what’s new for the 2017-2018 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Sonya Lerma

Sonya Lerma

Customer Success Manager, Imagine Learning
I'm a former educator of 14 years who enjoys helping teachers leverage technology to improve the academic successes of their students. At Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math), we want to help teachers utilize our unique, adaptive program to improve the math achievements of their... Read More →


Wednesday August 2, 2017 12:30pm - 2:45pm
JBWS 363

1:45pm

Recapping Your Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The primary topic during this sessions is how to promote communication about learned skills within students. This session will focus on how to incorporate Recap, a web tool, that allows users the opportunity to share out their thinking and to rate how well they are versed in that topic. The use of Recap can expand throughout the curriculum, but, for this session, we will explore how teachers can use this tool to gauge student understanding of science skills and to further expand their knowledge. Participants will be able to work both sides as a teacher and a student. Participants are encouraged to bring a device (laptop, mobile device, Chromebook) in order to fully participate. As the end of the session, my hope is that K-12 teachers will leave with a tool that they will be ready to use right away in their classrooms.



Wednesday August 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
JBWN 204
 
Thursday, August 3
 

9:00am

Accessing TX GoMath Digital Resources in BLEND
Take a deeper dive into navigating the digital resources available with TX GoMath. Utilize these resources for core instruction as well as differentiation. Please bring your own device to follow along with the presentation.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

9:00am

Did You Know Google Can Do EVERYTHING?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Get ready for a crash course in everything Google. We will explore tips and tricks for all Google products, add-ons and Chrome Extensions and check out some things Google offers that you never knew existed. If you're a Google power-user this session is a must. Bring your laptop and get ready to go Google!

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWN 202

9:00am

Recapping Your Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

The primary topic during this sessions is how to promote communication about learned skills within students. This session will focus on how to incorporate Recap, a web tool, that allows users the opportunity to share out their thinking and to rate how well they are versed in that topic. The use of Recap can expand throughout the curriculum, but, for this session, we will explore how teachers can use this tool to gauge student understanding of science skills and to further expand their knowledge. Participants will be able to work both sides as a teacher and a student. Participants are encouraged to bring a device (laptop, mobile device, Chromebook) in order to fully participate. As the end of the session, my hope is that K-12 teachers will leave with a tool that they will be ready to use right away in their classrooms.



Thursday August 3, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
JBWS 363

10:15am

Accessing HMH ScienceFusion Digital Resources in BLEND
Take a deeper dive into navigating the digital resources available with HMH ScienceFusion. Utilize these resources for core instruction as well as differentiation. Please bring your own device to follow along with the presentation.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 186 (Carter Auditorium)

10:15am

Science Technology Made Easy (via Google Classrooms)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This presentation will address the basics of getting started on Google Classroom via the Cloud. This will be used as a platform for student collaboration and science instruction. I will walk the audience through 3 examples of authentic, student projects in physical, life, and earth science. I will also discuss how to create Google Forms to build learning checks in science content using add ons such as Flubaroo to assist in grading. Even though audience members might prefer a different blended learning model, these projects use a variety of websites that can be adapted to any other preferred model. Grades 2-5 would receive the most from this session.

Speakers

Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 268

10:15am

Instructional Video Production
Limited Capacity filling up

As student access to technology increases, so does the need to provide digital access to instruction. Participants will be guided through the process of creating his/her own instructional video for classroom use. To maximize this experience, participants should bring a laptop with microphone access provided by most school districts, and a tablet. However, those materials will not be required to participate. Both presenters have years of experience with creating and using videos in mathematics classrooms, and are ready to share ideas!

Speakers
KW

Kelly Wroblewski

Instructional Coach and Mathematics Teacher, Austin ISD



Thursday August 3, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
JBWS 161