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The Spring Midwest Summit is a two-day, hands-on conference focusing on integrating Google for Education in K-12 and Higher Ed learning environments. All presentations will be from Google for Education Certified Innovators and Certified Trainers, and local Googley talent!

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Monday, March 13
 

9:15am CDT

Coding, Digital Citizenship and the 4C’s
Coding, digital citizenship, collaboration and innovation are the new necessary skills that need to find place in today's curriculum. Learn how one district makes this possible. Rather you are a media specialist, classroom teacher or technology integrator this session will allow you to increases your students experiences, exposures, and skill sets to the world beyond your classroom. Various resources and tools will be shared to include both coding, digital citizenship while embracing the 4C’s in your classroom. From kindergarten to middle school help your students learn the skills for tomorrow’s jobs.

Speakers
avatar for Aggie Salter

Aggie Salter

ITS, CESA 5
Agnieszka Salter (@AggieSalterITS) is the Technology Integration Specialist for CESA5. Aggie is a Google Educator and Google Education Trainer, iPad/Tablet and Flipped Classroom certified educator who provides training for various districts. Aggie has spent several years as the Technology... Read More →


GS2017 pdf

Monday March 13, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Sandstone 3

9:15am CDT

A+ Integration: Changing Attitude, Achievement and Assessment through Authentic Audiences
We want our students to create quality work with an attitude that portrays that what they’re doing matters. Far too often, students feel that their work is trivial, thus they do the bare minimum to get the projects done. As teachers, we strive to change this mindset. It is essential to show students that what they do in school has meaning and value outside the four walls of our classrooms. This session will focus on tools and strategies that will help increase student engagement and performance by using authentic audiences. As a technology coach, I have seen first hand how students' engagement dramatically increases when they know their work will have a real audience. Come learn how to successfully integrate technology to make student work significant and meaningful.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Averbeck

Jamie Averbeck

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ashwaubenon School District
Follow me @AverbeckTech
avatar for Mandy Schroeder

Mandy Schroeder

Technology Integration Coach, Ashwaubenon Public Schools
I work with all learners to help determine the best use of technology in the classroom in order to grow innovative thinkers. I am the technology integration coach for 4K through 12th grade in Ashwaubenon, WI. I am also a Certified Google Educator and a Seesaw Ambassador.


Monday March 13, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Wilderness 4

9:15am CDT

Manage Your Life, Classroom, and Work With Free Google API Tools
Throw away the sticky notes stuck below your keyboard, say goodbye to lost files and documents in the analog and digital world, manage a personalized classroom of 40 students doing 40 different tasks at once, and/or plan a wedding or birthday party. It's all possible with free tools that sync with Drive for immediate file access, and give you the ability to save to your Google Calendar. This session WILL get you organized and inspired.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Klinge

Cory Klinge

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Schools, MN
Cory Klinge has 15 years of education and technology experience. He is an Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, MN. Cory earned his Masters of Arts in Education at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He is an adjunct instructor at St Mary's... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra C/D

9:15am CDT

OK Google, What's New?
Things are getting better all the time! Come learn about some of the recent updates to Google for Education you can use with other educators and students! We will explore Google Cast for Education, Quizzes, Expeditions, and updates to Sites, Slides and Classroom to get started. Bring your questions and we'll try to get some answers.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Behmer

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning/Media Services, Grant Wood AEA
Stacy is a former elementary and middle school teacher and also spent some time as a district technology director. She is currently the Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Services at Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she works with a team of digital learning consultants... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Sandstone 8/9

10:30am CDT

I Do! The Marriage of Literacy and Digital Learning
Literacy and digital learning go hand in hand! During this session, participants will hear about ways to merge the two worlds together. The presenter will give several lesson ideas for writing, reading, and speaking/listening, and then the group will work in grade level bands to brainstorm additional ideas for integration.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Wathke

Jen Wathke

LMS, School District of West De Pere
Jen is a Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist for the School District of West De Pere. Jen has a passion for creatively blending the world of literacy and technology. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of topics including Google Apps... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Wilderness 4

1:30pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

GSFE Security
We put thousands of student data points and records into the cloud. I will discuss how ACSD tries to secure our GSFE world.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Hehr

Karl Hehr

Director of Technology, Ames Community Schools


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Tundra C/D

1:30pm CDT

My Maps
Learn how to customize and edit your own maps by creating place marks, polygons and paths. We’ll get a little geeky and import our own data to create rich multi-layered maps.

Speakers
avatar for Lance Lennon

Lance Lennon

Director of Technology, Eagle Grove Community School District
Lance Lennon has been in education for 20 + years, the last 18 have been as a technology director and technology integrationist. He is a Certified Casper Administrator, a DEN Star Educator, an Apple Teacher, a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Administrator, and a Google... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Tundra E/F

1:30pm CDT

Go Go Gadgets
Come see and experience all of the interesting technology gadgets that are trending currently. Some are educational and some are just plain amazing to see in action. If you are a gadget person who loves to see the coolest educational and personal technologies around, then this is the session for you. Disclaimer: Impulsive buyers beware! Don't bring your wallet to this session because you will end up maxing out your credit card.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Jaber

Michael Jaber

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Sheboygan Area School District
Michael Jaber is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Michael spent the first seventeen years of his career as a secondary social studies teacher for the Fond du Lac School District. After 17 years in the classroom... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Sandstone 8/9

1:30pm CDT

Crafting Creators: Using GSuite Tools to Develop Independence & Innovation
In this session, attendants will learn the many GSuite tools and tips used to facilitate students in the design process as they work on their own Genius Hour/20% Time Projects or other independent learning. From identifying problems, proposing solutions, research and evaluation, the GSuite Apps, Add-Ons and Extensions can make the process easier, more productive and more collaborative for students and teachers. Everyone will leave this session with something new that they can bring to their classrooms today!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Buelow

Jennifer Buelow

Teacher, CCSD15
As a National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher for the past 17 years, I have a passion for integrating technology to reach and teach all learners. I am a Google Certified Educator and Google Certified Trainer, and I love showing teachers how they can leverage the Google suite... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Glacier A/B

2:45pm CDT

Automate Classroom Processes with Google Sheets and Autocrat
Sick and tired of spending valuable planning time performing mundane and arduous tasks? Want to streamline classroom efficiency? Google Sheets, Autocrat, and Corey are here for you. In this hands-on session, users will learn the basics of Autocrat, a Google Sheets Add-on that allows mass creation of personalized documents, runs mail merges, and provides individualized student feedback. You will be amazed how simple it is to be a Google Sheets and Autocrat wizard.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Holmer

Corey Holmer

EdTech, Lake Forest High School
Corey Holmer is a Google Certified Innovator and authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer who leverages educational technologies to engage all learners. Corey has been recognized by the ISTE organization as the 2015 Outstanding Young Educator for his work in coaching and... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Tundra A/B

2:45pm CDT

Android Apps on Chrome
FINALLY, we can use Android Apps on Chrome! See how to use and deploy Android apps to approved Chrome devices.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Hehr

Karl Hehr

Director of Technology, Ames Community Schools


Monday March 13, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Tundra C/D
 
Tuesday, March 14
 

8:30am CDT

Make Your Learning Vision A Reality
Developing and sustaining a district vision can be a daunting task. Learn how Downers Grove High School District 99 refined its vision for students to become more Collaborative, Reflective, and Empowered. This is being accomplished through collaborative leadership, purposeful technology adoption, and “just in time” professional development.This vision has been bolstered through 1:1 Chromebook utilization and G Suite adoption. During the session, you will have an opportunity to share your vision for student learning and apply techniques to begin to realize that vision.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lichtman

Lisa Lichtman

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove North High School
Instructional Technology Coordinator at Downers Grove North High School.
avatar for Jon Orech

Jon Orech

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Downers Grove South High School
Jon Orech taught English and coached football for 24 years before becoming the instructional technology coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. He also is an instructor for Aurora University where he teaches Graduate classes in Instructional Technology. In the... Read More →
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Gina Ziccardi

Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Community High School District 99
Gina Ziccardi has been the Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning in District 99 for four years. She also served as the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies Department Chair, and social studies teacher. This is her twenty-sixth year in educati... Read More →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Glacier A/B

8:30am CDT

What’s New with Google: Amplifying the 4C’s
The four C’s, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, are the heart of an engaging, effective 21st century classroom. Experience this hands on session designed to introduce educators to some of Google’s newest tools all designed to bring the four C’s to life in the classroom. Come learn about how Google Classroom enhances communication by streamlining digital workflow and how Google Forms promotes critical thinking through its new quiz feature. See how Google Expeditions will spark creativity as students design and share landscapes and how Google Spaces improves collaboration by syncing all Google tools in one place. Not only will participants explore some of Google’s newest tools and features, they will also discover the direct correlation between Google and the four C’s, and will be prepared to increase student engagement, participation, and motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Holmer

Corey Holmer

EdTech, Lake Forest High School
Corey Holmer is a Google Certified Innovator and authorized Google for Education Certified Trainer who leverages educational technologies to engage all learners. Corey has been recognized by the ISTE organization as the 2015 Outstanding Young Educator for his work in coaching and... Read More →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Wilderness 1

8:30am CDT

8:30am CDT

What's new in Chromebooks
Right now there are TONS of new Chromebooks coming to market, which ones are best, which ones are toughest, which ones are fastest, what should I buy? We will talk tools, buying practices and what's new in the Chrome hardware world!

Speakers
avatar for Karl Hehr

Karl Hehr

Director of Technology, Ames Community Schools


Tuesday March 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Tundra C/D

9:45am CDT

Awesome Workflows
Using Google Apps and Awesome Tables to create super cool workflows can be very useful to you and a your district. Come to this session to find out just how cool you can become when making workflows that work.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Frerichs

Chad Frerichs

Director of Technology, ADM CSD


Tuesday March 14, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Sandstone 3

9:45am CDT

Expeditions and Beyond!
Come see how learning can soar to new heights by using Google Expeditions! Then we will examine other ways to have students experience VR using Google Arts & Culture, 360 Videos, Google Street View and other cardboard apps! Finally, we'll think about how we can have students create their own 360 or VR experiences! Field trips don't have to be culminating activities anymore!

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Behmer

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning/Media Services, Grant Wood AEA
Stacy is a former elementary and middle school teacher and also spent some time as a district technology director. She is currently the Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Services at Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she works with a team of digital learning consultants... Read More →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am CDT
Sandstone 8/9

12:45pm CDT

Using Google's Newest Apps, Extensions and Classroom to Create Engaging, Relevant and Meaningful Classroom Activities
Technology is an outstanding tool for enhancing students learning experiences and student outcomes. Come together with fellow educators to discover new tools to create meaningful, engaging and relevant learning environment, that will transform your classroom. We will cover newest Google apps, extensions, and Google Classroom tools for all grades and subjects (yes even math).

Speakers
avatar for Aggie Salter

Aggie Salter

ITS, CESA 5
Agnieszka Salter (@AggieSalterITS) is the Technology Integration Specialist for CESA5. Aggie is a Google Educator and Google Education Trainer, iPad/Tablet and Flipped Classroom certified educator who provides training for various districts. Aggie has spent several years as the Technology... Read More →


GS2017 pdf

Tuesday March 14, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Sandstone 3

12:45pm CDT

Digital Differentiation
Differentiation is not something that can be downloaded; however, thanks to digital tools like Google Drive and Google Classroom, creating differentiated learning experiences has never been more achievable. Attendees of this session will receive an overview of the basics of differentiation theory and then delve into ways technology tools can support instruction that meets the needs of a diverse audience of learners.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Tita

Joseph Tita

Manager of Instructional Technology, Lake Park High School


Tuesday March 14, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Glacier A/B

12:45pm CDT

New Tricks with GAM
Come and see all the new updates that have been added to GAM and how to leverage them in your GSFE environment.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Hehr

Karl Hehr

Director of Technology, Ames Community Schools


Tuesday March 14, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Tundra C/D