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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

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
Sandstone 3

9:15am

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
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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
Wilderness 4

9:15am

Supporting the Standards for Mathematical Practice with Google Classroom
An often forgotten part of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Standards for Mathematical Practice are just as important as the content standards. They provide a guide for how teachers can work to develop students as strong mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. In this session, we will discuss what the standards mean, and then look at resources and exercises that can be used by teachers to support these standards. Google Classroom will help us organize and distribute resources, provide a mechanism for student collaboration, and allow for effective feedback to students.

Speakers
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
"I am the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58. I am a Google Certified Teacher. I started my educational career as a high school math teacher. In recent years I have worked in various educational technology roles. I enjoy... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Tundra A/B

9:15am

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 Area Education Agency
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
Sandstone 8/9

10:30am

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

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, 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
Wilderness 4

10:30am

Learn to Code with Google Apps Script
Google Apps Script is a simple to use tool can enhance Google Apps in a countless number of ways. It is based on javascript, and because the code is developed and run online, it is very simple for beginners to develop applications. This is significant, because if the barriers to application development are lowered, people with strong backgrounds in education (and not necessarily in computer science) could develop relevant, effective learning and productivity applications.

After this session, participants will understand what Google Apps Script is, and what it is capable of. You will know how to find and interpret documentation, and where to access tutorials other learning materials. You will write several short scripts that demonstrate how this simple tool can extend Google Apps.

This session will be very hands on, with your fingers on the keyboard, learning through exploration.

Speakers
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
"I am the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58. I am a Google Certified Teacher. I started my educational career as a high school math teacher. In recent years I have worked in various educational technology roles. I enjoy... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Tundra A/B

1:30pm

Spreadsheets 101
Speakers
avatar for Chad Frerichs

Chad Frerichs

Director of Technology, ADM CSD


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sandstone 3

1:30pm

Math Tools for Google Chrome

Math Tools for Google Chrome

GeoGebra, Desmos, and gMath are outstanding mathematics tools that are available as Google Chrome Web Apps or Add-ons with Google Drive integration. This means that students can create and explore with these free web-based mathematical tools with the added benefit of Google Drive’s sharing capabilities and anywhere access.

GeoGebra (geogebra.org) is dynamic geometry software, similar to Geometer’s Sketchpad. Desmos (desmos.com) is a beautiful, browser based graphing calculator that makes traditional graphing calculators look like a slide rule.

In this hands on session you will be learn how to get started with each of these apps, along with some examples how how they can be incorporated into your mathematics curriculum.

GeoGebra and Desmos are free tools that can be used for mathematical exploration and learning on nearly any device. GeoGebra (geogebra.org) is dynamic geometry software, similar to Geometer’s Sketchpad. Desmos (desmos.com) is a beautiful, browser based graphing calculator that makes traditional graphing calculators look like a slide rule. In this hands on session you will be learn how to get started with each of these apps, along with some examples how how they can be incorporated into your mathematics curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for James Eichmiller

James Eichmiller

Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning, Downers Grove Grade School District 58
"I am the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning for Downers Grove Grade School District 58. I am a Google Certified Teacher. I started my educational career as a high school math teacher. In recent years I have worked in various educational technology roles. I enjoy... Read More →


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

1:30pm

1:30pm

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
Tundra C/D

1:30pm

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 Schools
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
Tundra E/F

1:30pm

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
Sandstone 8/9

1:30pm

Cal Cal Land - Google Calendar gets its own session!
Can a presenter really talk about GCal for an hour? Spoiler alert: Probably not. However, we will certainly try and in the process, we’ll share all the ways that Google Calendar can help manage one’s personal and work life balance, how students can use Calendar to organize their homework, and how schools can use GCal to manage rooms, carts, parent-teacher conferences, and more. If time remains, we’ll delve into how GCal fits into accomplishing the mission of Inbox Zero. You’ll walk away with a colorful, organized, and detailed Google Calendar for you and/or your school.

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilderness 1

2:45pm

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
Tundra A/B

2:45pm

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
Tundra C/D

2:45pm

Introduction to Awesome Tables
In this Awesome session you will learn how awesome Awesome Tables can be. We will have a peak at the different types of Awesome Tables and how you can use them to better visualize your data.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Frerichs

Chad Frerichs

Director of Technology, ADM CSD


Monday March 13, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sandstone 3

2:45pm

Rogue One (to One) - Reflecting on 3 years into a 1:1 Chromebook Deployment
Whether you’ve been 1:1 for a few years or are considering rolling out devices in a shared cart model, what are some use case scenarios, tips, and tricks on how to effectively use devices in your classroom? How does a school manage their fleet of Chromebooks, whether you have 10 or 10,000? And what about loaners, charging, and broken devices? We'll start with some practices observed in various classrooms and then share with each other what has worked and what hasn't in your own classrooms and schools. Walk away with some new ideas, attitudes, resources, as well as a network to bounce off ideas in the future.

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Monday March 13, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Wilderness 1

2:45pm

Using Chrome to Support Reading & Writing
Speakers
avatar for Stacy Behmer

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning & Media Services, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
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 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sandstone 8/9
 
Tuesday, March 14
 

8:30am

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
Glacier A/B

8:30am

Formative Assessments (& MORE) with Seesaw
It has never been easier to have e-portfolios in your classroom! Seesaw is a one stop shop for parent communication, digital citizenship lessons, formative assessments, and much more! During this session, you will have a hands on experience with Seesaw to understand the impact that it can have in your school/classroom! ***Please download the app before you come if you are bringing in iPad/Tablet!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Wathke

Jen Wathke

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, 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 →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Wilderness 2/5

8:30am

Keep Yourself Organized with Google Keep
Google Keep is a powerful, collaborative note taking and task management resource that will help you and your students get organized and collaborate. Google Keep is so much more than just note-taking! Students can make and share notes, create task lists, and much more in a visually appealing and functional way. This hands on session will provide lots of ideas to get started using Google Keep with your kids AND for your own professional uses.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Lind

Tammy Lind

Instructional Technology Coach
Tammy is an Instructional Coach in Southeastern Wisconsin.  She is a Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator as well as an Intel Master Teacher.  A former special education teacher, Tammy is passionate about finding web-based technologies to make the curriculum... Read More →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Sandstone 8/9

8:30am

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
Wilderness 1

8:30am

8:30am

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
Tundra C/D

9:45am

Upgrade your GSuite Skills in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
Did you just learn about Google Drive and are ready to shed your “Newbie” badge? Are you feeling comfortable with the basics of creating and collaborating, but not quite ready to call yourself a “Ninja”? This hands-on session is for you, the true “Intermediate”, and for two hours, we’ll dig into at least four GSuite apps, searching for and sharing some of the more hidden (but just as important) features of Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Some sample topics may include: Drive Add-Ons, Conditional Formatting Rules, Polling in Slides, and Logic Branching.

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Director of Instructional Technology, Evanston Township High School D202
David S. Chan is the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) where he oversees the libraries, media centers, and student tech support center. He is the project lead for the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.David is a Google for Education... Read More →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Wilderness 4

9:45am

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 Area Education Agency
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
Sandstone 8/9

12:45pm

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
Sandstone 3

12:45pm

Let's Explore Virtual Reality and Expeditions!
Virtual reality has opened up a world of possibilities for our staff and students! Come to this session to get some practical ideas about how to incorporate 360 videos and virtual reality into your school. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Google Expeditions during the session. Please bring Google cardboard or a Viewmaster if you have one!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Wathke

Jen Wathke

Library Media/Instructional Technology Specialist, 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 →


Tuesday March 14, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Wilderness 2/5

12:45pm

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
Glacier A/B

12:45pm

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
Tundra C/D