Jeremy Macdonald, Education Content & Training Manager, Sphero, Inc.

Like any new language, learners have to be immersed in meaningful contexts to truly understand the language well enough to use it in different ways. Coding should be no different. Students need to be able to use not only the logic behind coding but the language itself in useful and meaningful ways. So then, what's beyond coding? This session will help teachers of all grade levels find ways to use coding, its logic and it's language as a means for learners to gain understanding and share their learning.

'Rapping Your Knowledge'

TImothy A. White, Technology Facilitator, Kanawah County Schools

Using Novation to "Launch" your knowledge to the next level. Launchpad is a touch based tool that uses musical patches to create and weave a backdrop for a rhyming good time. From Math to English, and Social Studies to Science. Combine the elegance of the Arts to any mainstream classroom. Write your rap and then "back it up!" Creating music videos has never been so much fun.

1:1 Year 1 - A Science Teacher's Perspective

Joanna McKown, TIS certified AP Physics Teacher, Ripley High School - Jackson County

With the labs and demonstrations that are conducted within a science classroom, we already see a lot of student-centered learning. See what adding 1:1 to your classroom looks like from a teacher’s point of view. Find some new ways to engage your students in the learning process within a technology rich environment.  Adapt old methods to allow for increased student-centered learning.   Modify science labs and demonstrations into guided inquiry learning experiences.  With a little front loading of the content at the beginning of a unit, you can build a curriculum that will be easily adapted and used for years to come.

A Collaboration to Teach Information Literacy

Lynda Martin, School Librarian, Retired, West Virginia School Libraries Division, West Virginia Library Association

"Specials" teachers often have to cover for "regular" teachers when they are scheduled for Professional Learning Community meetings. To make this time more meaningful, Brookhaven Elementary's team consisting of the school librarian, the TIS, the art teacher and the basic skills teacher, developed an approach to teach digital citizenship, Office or Google tools and research as a part of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades' health curriculum. This session will outline our program which culminates with a 5th grade student-driven and produced health fair for the younger grades.

Active Directory - Best Practices

Walter Corley, Engineer-Network, Pomeroy

This session will show steps you can take to better secure your Active Directory and protect your users from today's threats.

Advocacy: How to Make Yourself Indispensable

Dr. Kimberly McFall, Assistant Professor, Marshall University
Dr. Tina Allen, Assistant Professor, Marshall University

Do you ever get the "Wow! I didn't know that happened in your (insert: classroom, library, school)!" Then, this session is for you! We will be discussing ways that you can incorporate advocacy in your current teaching situation. You will leave this session motivated to attempt at least one new thing and ready to try your hand at marketing student work and/or program promotion. We will talk about the do's and don'ts in highlighting student successes on social media along with general advocacy tips. There will be an opportunity to share successes you have had and ask questions about why something did not work the way you wanted. In times of tight budgets and program cuts, join us for tips to make yourself and your programs indispensable.

Apple Teacher

Apple Team Member, Education Development Executive, Apple Inc
Apple Team Member, Senior Account Executive, Apple Inc

The Apple Teacher program helps teachers make the most of iPad, Mac and built-in apps to engage students. This will introduce participants to the program and lead them through hands-on experiences exploring the Apple Teacher Learning Center, Apple Teacher Starter Guides and other resources that support and inspire professional learning. Participants will learn ways to bring the program to their schools.

Assess. Adapt. Achieve.

Tonya Samuels, Account Executive, Edgenuity
Kerry Ciotti, Sales Associate, Edgenuity

Many students struggle to make connections between what they are taught in the classroom and how those skills appear on high-stakes tests, especially when the tests have technology-enhanced items that students don't have much experience with. Lets walk through the situation of a struggling student, a confident student, add in a frustrated and overworked educator, a concerned Administrator, and lets see how we can achieve the impossible. Edgenuity is proud to introduce UpSmart™, a supplemental test readiness program designed to help students in grades 6-8 demonstrate mastery in math and English language arts.

Assistive Technology on Android and iOS Tablets for Struggling Readers

Amy L. Smith, TIS, Summers County Schools

This presentation will cover Assistive Technology for both Android and iOS tablets to use with dyslexic students and other struggling readers. Students must have equal access to the text in the classroom. This presentation will discuss fonts and introduce apps that deal with text-to-speech, picture-to-text, speech-to-text, writing tools, worksheet helps, spelling aids, math and study aids.

Blending BrainPOP Into Lesson Design

Cathie Gillner, Teacher, Fox Chapel Area School District - Pittsburgh PA

Did you know that BrainPOP is more than a movie and a quiz? If you have a subscription or not, you will learn the latest tips and tricks on all that BrainPOP offers for your daily lessons. Concept mapping, primary sources, gaming and playful assessments are all at your fingertips with minimal effort in planning. Learn what all the Beep is about!

Bloomz and Remind - Keeping Parents and Students in the Know on the Go

Chrystalle Doyle, Technology Integration Specialist, Mason County Schools

Would you like to be more connected with your students and parents, but don't want to risk using Facebook and/or giving out your personal phone number? We have an app or two for that. Bloomz helps build a connection for messaging, sharing pictures privately, sharing school work, scheduling volunteers and scheduling conferences. Remind gives you one way or two way communication through text messaging or through the app. Come learn how to customize these apps to work for you and enjoy new levels of parent involvement. It's a Win Win for you and your class.

Breaking Out...Breaking In!

Tina Tomczak, Librarian, Marshall Elementary School / North Allegheny School District - Wexford PA

Watch student engagement soar with Breakouts....or is it "Break-Ins" as my students call it? See how you can create digital and physical breakouts to fit any discipline or curricular area. Escape Rooms are sweeping the country as they provide a collaborative approach to problem solving that is just plain fun! Breakouts are inquiry based and allow students the opportunity to practice inferencing, communication and GRIT! Attendees will be exposed to a variety of educational Breakout examples and resources to create them. Attendees will be able to view various locks, lock boxes and ideas for creating their own inexpensively. As educators, we look for ways to promote Growth Mindsets in our students and Breakouts provide an awesome resource to do just that!

BREAKOUT of Your Teaching Box

Pamela Stegall, Technology Integration Specialist, Spring Mills High School - Berkeley County
Dr. Carrie Marcum, Assistant Principal, Spring Mills High School - Berkeley County
Jana Woofter, Science Teacher, Spring Mills High School - Berkeley County

Escape Room games are a sensation among many age groups. BreakoutEDU is based on this same concept. As educators, we have the opportunity to teach course content along with the necessary 21st Century Skills of teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and communication using this popular game. Games designed for core curriculum, digital citizenship and foreign language, as well as cross curricular games are available online or can be created by teachers based on specific course and/or student needs. Technology can be interwoven through the use of QR codes, apps and websites. Students can also create content related games.

Building a Bridge Between Literacy and Robotics

Kelli Westmoreland, Educational Resources Manager, Booksource
Mary Meadows, Early Childhood Chair and Kindergarten Teacher, Oak Hill School - St. Louis MO

Disciplinary literacy creates opportunities for students to think like a scientist. Through the integration of LEGO Education resources with authentic literature, students will have the skills to be successful. Inquiry, inferring, predicting and interpreting vocabulary are just some of the literacy skills needed to become a creator of knowledge. This session will demonstrate how LEGOs and literacy combine to help students develop the 21st-century literacy skills of creativity, collaboration and problem-solving through student agency.

Building Brands and Sharing Your School's Story

Rachel Burkett, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Fluvanna County Schools - Virginia

When it comes down to it, what's out there about your school? Your classroom? How is your district sharing all of the positive success stories taking place? Are the only news articles to be found typically negative? It's time to take charge of social media and begin to build your school's digital presence online. Social media provides an oft untapped source for schools and districts to bring the positive to the forefront, and help get families more invested in the schools their children and other family members attend. Participants will learn how one school district has taken steps to share their success stories using Facebook and Twitter. You will walk away with steps to help your district, school, or even classroom share their stories with the world. After all, if you won’t share your story, who will?

Building Capacity for Your Technology Integration Initiative

Dr. Ken Williams, Director of Student Services and Technology Integration, Mt. Pleasant Area School District - Pennsylvania

Attendees will learn how a small, rural school district in Pennsylvania made the transition from a very traditional educational approach to a more engaged, robust and tech-savvy environment. Participants will walk away with a practical and methodical approach to building teacher capacity in utilizing technology to make a difference in classroom instruction and student engagement. Moving from low-tech to higher-tech, leveraging resources was critical in this school's transformation.

Capture Your Learning Through the Lens:

TImothy A. White, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools
Charleston, WV 25311 , ,

Using iPads/iPhones/iMovie/Stopped Animation to help with creation in "Classic Films" Class. From storyboarding to footage and sound effects to global sharing. How can I present the hook, create rolls and keep students motivated? Ideas and tips to go from a dark room of students sleeping through movies to an actively engaged classroom of filmmakers.

Charting a Path to Personalized Learning

Megan Hankins, Marketing Communications Manager, OnHand Schools
Dr. Steve Biancaniello, Director of Professional Learning, OnHand Schools
Don Martin, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit 1

Studies have shown a direct link between use of personalized classroom instruction and significant gains in student performance. Personalized learning is a key facet in the strategy for positioning schools to meet students' college and career readiness needs. While the path to "personalized learning" hasn't been clear, new tools are emerging that allow teachers to put this into practice. Dr. Biancaniello and Don Martin, Assistant Executive Director of Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit 1, will highlight key elements of an effective personalized learning strategy that implements assessments embedded in the instructional process through a new mobile-based classroom technology (Kandoolu) that enhances formative assessment - delivering a real-time snapshot of student understanding. Kandoolu then provides supporting tools that dynamically assign follow-up activities and resources to individual students based on performance and interests. We'll provide a hands-on demonstration and discussion.

Classroom Collaboration With OneNote

Tina Allen, Assistant Professor, Marshall University
Kimberly McFall, Assistant Professor, Marshall University

Want to increase student use of technology in your classroom? Want to reduce the amount of paper used for assignments? Want to provide additional support and feedback to students as they work on assignments or projects? The OneNote Class Notebook is a shared workspace for teachers and students that offers an alternative to existing paper-based activities in the classroom. Shared notebooks offer the opportunity for students to collaborate as well as the ability for the teacher to provide electronic feedback along the way. Join us as we explore how Microsoft OneNote and the Class Notebook can be used to facilitate collaboration and technology integration into your classroom.

Cloud-based Web Filtering, Bully Detection and Parental Involvement in 1:1 Initiatives

Anders Johnsson, Vice President, Sales, Securly, Inc.
Devin Murphy, ,

This session will focus on exploring an entirely different approach to web filtering and student safety online. This is particularly useful for schools with 1:1 initiatives and at-home filtering. Learn more about cyber bullying and how to better address violent self-harm topics on social media sites and e-mail. With Digital Citizenship initiatives sweeping across the nation, and new privacy laws, we will review a new approach that allows parents to integrate and work with the school to help keep their kids safer and productive online. Securly offers a parent portal, giving parents access to view their child's online activities, and be involved. This is changing the face of 1:1 student safety across the nation.

Coding 101 Using Scratch

Christina Brewster, Teacher-STEM, Huntington East Middle School - Cabell County

We will use computers and browse through as the hook. There are videos imbedded with testimonials from game creators and companies as to the importance of coding and computer science. The audience will then be shown the different sites within for student use to introduce them to coding which includes Star Wars, Minecraft, Frozen, Moana and Flappy Bird. Then, we will look at a site called Scratch and I will show them how to code an entire blank screen to include sprites (characters, backdrop, sound and motion).

Coding Drones

Rich Senatore, Technology Integration Specialist, Monongalia County Schools

This session will explain how you can have your students learn coding and pilot a real life drone all at the same time. The best part is it can be done inside the classroom or be taken outside!!

Connected Classrooms Using the O365 Suite

Maggie Fisher, Teacher, Tyler Consolidated High School - Tyler County
Tracy Summers, Library Media Specialist, Tyler Consolidated High School - Tyler County

Modern workplaces require employees to have both face-to-face and digital communication skills. Managing and sharing documents in the cloud, sending information via e-mail and collaborating on digital platforms: Office 365 provides the technology to make it happen. Teachers, using Office 365, can create an environment that not only alleviates some of the common issues in the secondary classroom, but also allows students to develop real life technology skills. Participants will explore a secondary ELA classroom that is fully connected through the O365 suite and create a plan to implement those programs into their own classrooms.

Connected Educator Meetup / Informational Session

Rachel Burkett, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Fluvanna County Schools - Virginia

Are you a connected educator? Do you use Twitter, Facebook, or some other form of social media on a regular basis? Is one of your goals sharing and building relationships with other educators? Then this session is for you! Don't know a thing about being a connected educator or how to get started, but have always wanted to do so? No problem. Come join us and explore some basic tips on getting started, and how to begin your connected educator journey. We’ll even give you some recommendations of folks who can help guide you along the way. You’ll leave with resources and some great suggestions to get you off and running.

Creating Interactive Assignments for Greater Student Engagement and Accountability with Edulastic

Barbara B. Zingg M.Ed., Teacher, Washington High School - Jefferson County

Edulastic is a free online program for creating interactive assignments and assessments including 6 classic types of questions, 22 math enhanced question types, and 9 ELA enhanced questions. Participants will create accounts, create classes, view already created assignments as well as create their own, author their own questions, and look at the wealth of data available for tracking student progress and mastery. Questions cover from K - 12th grade in subjects including Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Currently Edulastic is uploading the WV CCRS in mathematics. Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet.

Critical Success Factors for a Strong RTI/MTSS Program

Megan Hankins, Marketing Communications Manager, OnHand Schools
Chris Sweeney, President, OnHand Schools
Dr. Steve Biancaniello, Director of Professional Learning, OnHand Schools

Well-designed RTI/MTSS programs use comprehensive student data to focus and monitor interventions and are coordinated by school leaders to enhance and enrich students' learning experiences. When implemented effectively, they make a difference in the learning trajectory of students. In this session, Dr. Biancaniello and Chris Sweeney will provide a roadmap outlining a clear programmatic model for effective intervention. Presenters will discuss critical success factors needed to develop, implement and deploy a strong RTI/MTSS process that is capable of aggregating, displaying and tracking key facets of student performance that correlate with Early Warning System requirements and other progress monitoring systems. Participants will learn processes to accelerate and streamline selection criteria and tiering of students, review tools and reports to strengthen and align progress monitoring and discuss use of evaluation rubrics to gauge quality and assess effectiveness of interventions.

Cultivating a Garden: Advice For the Beginning Technology Integration Specialist

Rachel Burkett, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Fluvanna County Schools - Virginia

A garden is a place where growth and cultivation take place. No matter your official title, a beginning technology integration specialist may have a tough time deciding just how to cultivate their own gardens. How do you begin changing mindsets? How do you find new resources? How do you master providing professional development? How do you grow yourself? To someone new to the position, finding the answers can be rough, frustrating and overwhelming. This session seeks to provide helpful advice, tips and tricks to answer these questions and more. It is most beneficial to anyone currently taking TIS certification, recently hired as a TIS or someone who is interested in the area of technology integration.

Developing Inquiry with DPLA Primary Source Sets

Adena Barnette, Teacher, Ripley High School - Jackson County

Led by Ripley High educator Adena Barnette, this workshop will introduce participants to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and, specifically, DPLA’s online Primary Source Sets resource. DPLA is a free, nonprofit national digital library that brings together cultural heritage materials from libraries, archives and museums across the country. In the last year, DPLA has worked with a team of educators (including Barnette) to design and create 120 Primary Source Sets on topics in US History, American Literature, Art History and more, which draw on the vast and diverse primary sources found in DPLA—from newsreel footage to historical maps to oral histories and photographs. The presenters will introduce participants to this rich trove of free, classroom-ready resources as well as technology-based techniques and strategies for classroom implementation that supports differentiation for diverse learners, cross-curricular learning and standards driven inquiry-based analysis.

Digital Content and Curriculum

Al Teixeira, Innovation and Accountability Specialist, McGraw Hill Education

The future of education revolves around the idea of “open,” which intersects with education & edtech - from standards & sources to content & OERs. Understanding the various open definitions is vital to provide safe & effective personalized learning pathways that grab and hold the attention of a learner. Hear the conversation among the panelist to understand the power & value of open. Creating an open learning ecosystem can personalize learning, improve learning outcomes & provide digital equity.

Digital Tools to Connect, Create and Collaborate

Shannon McClintock Miller, Keynote Speaker, Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect

Our students love being engaged and connected to their learning, passions and technology. We have the opportunity to give them the tools they need to collaborate, connect and create with others, not just in their classroom and school, but around the world. In this session, participants will learn how to use a variety of digital tools to do just that...Connect, Collaborate and Create! Shannon McClintock Miller will tell stories, show a number of amazing digital tools and give lots of real-life examples that worked for her in the library and classroom. You will walk away with a rich tool box filled with things you can put into practice with teachers and students.

Discover, Connect, Inspire: Blended Learning and the Role of the School Library

Dr. Kimberly Sigman, Computer Curriculum Specialist, Putnam County Schools
Kelly Thompson, Librarian Media Specialist, Winfield High School - Putnam County
Ronda Moncada, Language Arts Teacher / Librarian Media Specialist, Hurricane High School - Putnam County
Sarah Parkins, Librarian Media Specialist, Poca High School - Putnam County
Amanda Byus, Librarian Media Specialist, Buffalo High School - Putnam County
Mary Beckelhimer, Director of Technology, Putnam County Schools

Blended learning is an integration of traditional and online instruction that provides educational opportunities to facilitate student achievement. An important aspect of blended learning is to ensure flexible access to library resources for both teachers and students. This presentation focuses on how Putnam County school libraries provide resources and services that support blended learning. The session will emphasize methods to embed research into blended learning and will also incorporate tips, modeling and best practices that the librarians have found to be successful at various depths of integration.

Don't Settle for a Score: How to Work Smarter Not Harder to Improve Assessments

Julie Woestman, Solutions Engineer, PowerSchool Group LLC
Vicky Cline, Tech Director, Greenbrier County Schools

Learn from a high performing school district in West Virginia how they are empowering teachers and driving student growth with standards aligned formative assessments! Participants will gain a clear vision of exactly how Greenbrier County is addressing the challenges presented by the on-line testing environment and technology-enhanced item types. Their Academic Coaches will take you step by step through their formative assessment journey from pacing guides, to standards, to reviewing and selecting items, to constructing and administering common assessments and using real-time reporting to inform instructional practices. Join us to formulate your action plan for formative assessment!

Engage Your Students with Formative Assessments!

Kristin Hamilton, Library Media Specialist, Rivesville Elementary Middle School - Marion County

We all know the importance of using formative assessments in the classroom to assess student learning. In this session, learn about some of the cool technology tools that will engage your students in these assessments! Even if you have minimal technology in your classroom, you will still see resources that can work for you! We’ll move past the Exit Slip with tools like Kahoot, Plickers, Quizalize and much more. Hands-on experience participating in these activities, as well as time to practice creating your own simple assessments, will make this a fun session for anyone who wants to find some simple ways to inform your instruction. If possible, please bring a device with you; otherwise, you can share with a friend or just watch!

Engaging, Time Saving, Free Resources You Can Use Today

Lee Ellen Harmer, Outreach and Collaborations Manager, SAS® Curriculum Pathways®
Julie Brown, Customer Support Specialist, SAS® Curriculum Pathways®

Preview engaging, time saving free resources from SAS® Curriculum Pathways® available to you today. SAS Curriculum Pathways offers over 1,700 high-quality resources for K-12 and beyond across English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish. Aligned to state standards, and created by content specialists, these resources engage students through the use of technology, presenting ideas in a way that traditional textbooks cannot.

Enhancing Productivity with Apple

Apple Team Member, Apple Inc

Help your students maximize learning time by using iPad to boost their productivity. This session shows educators how to use iPad and multiple apps in connected workflows to help students streamline learning processes, organize assignments and save time so they can be engaged in more meaningful learning tasks. No matter what grade level or content area you teach, you'll find versatile learning activities throughout the session that use iPad to enhance student productivity habits.

Everyone Can Code with Apple

Apple, Senior Account Executive, Apple, Inc.

We think every student should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. During this information based session, you will learn about Apple's free education content and resources for Everyone Can Code and Swift Playgrounds. We will explore Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum that includes a range of resources that take students all the way from no coding experience to building their first apps This session will help you establish what you need to get started in your classroom.

Expecting the Unexpected When Going 1:1

Joshua Weekley, Technology Systems Specialist, Wetzel County Schools
Edward Davis, Technology Systems Specialist, Wetzel County Schools
James Froehich, Technology Systems Specialist, Wetzel County Schools

This session will chronicle Wetzel County Schools journey with instituting a 1:1 initiative with a laptop or tablet for all students in our district over the last year. We will share some of our techniques in managing the influx of computers and what a technology team may want to think about if they are considering a 1:1 initiative. We also hope to have other districts that have instituted 1:1 in attendance to share best practices as well.

Finding Quality Digital Tools for your Classroom

Randall Black, Technology Systems Specialist, Putnam County Schools

Educators spend hours looking for new and exciting digital tools and resources for their classroom, but often times, come up short in finding quality items to integrate. Wouldn't it be great to have one place to go and find these items for your classroom? Common Sense Education (CSE) provides a way for educators to find items for their classroom that have been reviewed by an editorial team and other educators from around the world. CSE also provides quality lesson plans and a growing teacher community for discussion on educational tools and resources. Join Randall Black, Certified Educator: Graphite and a Common Sense Ambassador, to see what CSE has to offer.


Rebekah Foringer, 6th Grade Technology Education Teacher & Formative Dream Team Member, Formative - Los Angeles CA
Ethan Myler, 5th Gr Business Ed teacher & Formative Dream Team Member, Formative - Los Angeles CA

Introducing Formative, a website, where teachers can create assignments with a wide variety of question types (MC, short answer, drawing, image-based and more), collect live responses, and give instant scoring and written feedback. You can now also tag questions to standards and track individual student progress on individual standards so that on top of helping you teach responsively within a single learning activity, it can help you teach responsively over the course of the school year. You'll have a living portfolio of student work/thinking and be able to use trends to inform your teaching. While there will be premium components of the tracker, every users should be able to use it to an extent for free. Teachers are able to gather those live responses to teach responsively and with our new version and the tracker, you can teach responsively across learning activities and multiple formatives based on standards/skills you tag.

Formative Assessments for the Digital Classroom

Kimberley McMillian, Teacher, Lincoln County Schools

Technology can make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday activities. Online tools and mobile devices can help teachers stay organized when collecting data that will make analyzing information easier and more meaningful. With the abundance of technology options available for teachers, it can be intimidating to search for and locate the right one. Implementing and using formative assessment in everyday classroom activities is not difficult and it’s made even easier with the help of numerous digital tools. Geared toward classroom teachers, this session focuses sharing some of the digital tools that can help facilitate formative assessment in the classroom; including rubrics and all student response systems. Many free online resources will be shared with session participants.


Amy L. Smith, TIS, Summers County Schools

This presentation will cover PC Assistive Technology for dyslexic students and other struggling readers that are FREE. Students must have equal access to the text in the classroom. This presentation will use proven free assistive technology to discuss free fonts, introduce free web-based AT, demonstrate how to have anything on your computer and Internet read to you using 2 free applications, along with how to use your webcam and 2 free programs to turn pictures into text and speech.

Free Writing Tools to Improve Student Writing

Lee Ellen Harmer, Outreach and Collaborations Manager, SAS® Curriculum Pathways®
Julie Brown, Customer Support Specialist, SAS® Curriculum Pathways®

Explore a suite of free online tools/apps supporting all phases of the writing process - planning, drafting, revising and publishing. In this interactive, hands-on session, teachers will explore tools that help students improve their work in ways that traditional products cannot. The tools help students ask questions experienced writers ask automatically - at every stage of the composition process. The focus is not mere mechanical correctness, but the kind of judgment that is essential to effective writing.

From My Perspective...

Dr. Carrie Marcum, Assistant Principal, Spring Mills High School - Berkeley County
Pamela Stegall, Technology Integration Specialist, Spring Mills High School - Berkeley County

Learn how to use tech tools to create interactive virtual tours of your classroom, school, business or community. Administrators can make virtual tours of their buildings for teacher or parent orientation, teachers can make tours of their classrooms and students can create their own virtual project that can be presented to their teacher and classmates with VR goggles. With the help of a 360 camera and a few additional technology tools, the options with this technology are limitless!

Full Stack Cloud Management: Meraki

Jeff Verkon, PSS Meraki, Cisco

Cloud Networking provides centralized management, visibility and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay management software. Cisco Meraki products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting and much, much more. Cisco Meraki deploys quickly and easily, without training or proprietary command line interfaces.

Getting Googly with Google Apps

Mel Thornhill, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Do you have a Google Account? Come see how you can unlock the power of some of the many different apps in the G Suite. We will look at how to maximize efficiency and student workflow with Google Drive and how you can use Docs, Slides and Sheets for student collaboration. Learn how to use Google Forms as an assessment tool as well as surveys and exit slips. Also, we will look at how these tools can integrate with your LMS. If time permits, we will explore different Add-Ons that you can add to your Suite to help with student learning.

Google Classroom...In the Classroom and Beyond

Rich Senatore, TIS, Monongalia County Schools
Jennifer Reaves, Teacher, Monongalia County Schools

This session will provide an inside look at the implementation and use of Google Classroom in an early elementary classroom setting. No matter the type of device or how many you have, this is the session for you!

Grappling With the Grendel, How the QM Rubric Improves an Online and Traditional Early British Literature Course

Nathan Fortney, Instructional Designer, Alderson Broaddus University
Dr. Andrea Bucklew, Associate Provost, Alderson Broaddus University
Dr. Kayla McKinney, Assistant Professor of English, Alderson Broaddus University

For many, early British literature has often been associated with the medieval libraries and monasteries of the region, relegated to the dusty pages of ancient manuscripts, and the fanciful dreams of would be adventures everywhere. With common themes and lessons that are as applicable today as they were in the days these tales where first penned, it's time to move these legendary tales of struggle, triumph and tragedy to the modern area, and offer their study to a new generation of scholars, who find themselves armed not with quills and inkwells, but smartphones, free Wi-Fi and unlimited data plans. Join us, as we discuss how a small private university in West Virginia is turning this traditional course offering into an interactive distance education course, guided by the QM framework. We will discuss the methodology used when designing this course, and demonstrate how the QM rubric was applied during the design of the course, to ensure compliance and create a noteworthy course.

Green Screen S.T.E.A.M.

Teena Hine, 3rd Grade Teacher/Team Leader/Faculty Senate President/iTeam, Berkeley County Schools
Kyle Hine, County Data Manager/TIS, Morgan County Schools

In this session, educators will learn how to implement green screen technology in order to give students an opportunity to creatively report on research, current world events, books reports, as well as ways to show their knowledge of content while addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards. Attendees will leave with ready to use strategies such as: applications that work well for young students, how to set up your green screen and manage it as a station, trial and error advice, as well as, how it can be effectively implemented across the curriculum to incorporate S.T.E.A.M.

Growing Careers for Unemployed or Underemployed Citizens in West Virginia

Thomas Stose, Director/Senior Professor, Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center part of Pierpont Community & Technical College

The Aircraft Structures Program was developed in a cooperative effort between higher education and aerospace companies located at the North Central West Virginia Airport. In eight weeks, we are able to introduce adults to the work of aviation and aircraft structure repairs. This presentation will explain how the program was formed and developed. It will also show how it has expanded and helped displaced workers find new careers in the aviation industry. This program has been successful in helping out of work displaced single mothers, coal miners and gas & oil workers. This will be a PowerPoint presentation with time for interaction with the participants.

How Safe is Your Data?

Mike Ferrari, Sales Manager, Alpha Technologies, Inc.
Doug Tate, CEO, Alpha Technologies, Inc.

Keeping you data safe is a serious issue that every organization is paying close attention to. Cyber crime is big business and all organizations are targets. Join Alpha Technologies and Cisco as we show you ways to protect your data and network, as we show you the network security best practices.

How to Discover and Integrate Great Tools for Learning

Randall G. Black, Technology Systems Specialist, Putnam County Schools

This workshop covers five essential elements of digital learning and weaves in the SAMR model as a lens on lesson design. The first half, participants are introduced to how to DISCOVER, EVALUATE and CURATE great digital tools for learning. The second half, is focused on how to INTEGRATE tools for learning, in which participants will dive into the SAMR model and connect it to lesson ideas. Lastly, participants explore ways they can COLLABORATE with others.

How to Increase Microsoft Office Certification Credentials with GMetrix Practice Tests and Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC)

Lori Troy, Director of Certification Deployment, Certiport / Pearson Vue

To help prepare your students to earn a Microsoft Office Certification, GMetrix Practice Tests will provide the pathway to Certification success. This session will cover the features and benefits of the GMetrix practice test product. You’ll understand how to create fully customized exams to solidify learning segments that map directly to Microsoft Imagine Academy MOAC curriculum, evaluate student progress by creating a pre/posttest, and tailor exams to individualized learning plans for students. Come learn how to effectively use these programs to get the most out of these classroom resources and achieve the outcomes you’re working toward.

I've Got a 3D Printer - Now What?

Melinda Monks, 5th Grade Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist, Kanawha County Schools

Nothing is more exciting than opening the seal on that brand new box of fresh technology goodies for your classroom - and nothing is more terrifying than realizing you are in over your head on implementing that tech in a meaningful way with your students. Join Melinda Monks as she facilitates a discussion on 3D Printing in the Elementary Classroom, including how she implemented 3D printing in her fifth grade classroom in 2017 and how you can do the same. 3D Printing Veterans please also join us to share your tips and tricks, link us to great resources you have used and get a chance to network with others teaching this valuable skill.

If Only I Had More.....Time to Play

Mel Thornhill, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Like all teachers, I'm sure you hear about new apps, plan to try them out, but you get busy and never have time to explore the apps. In this session, that is what you are going to do. We are going to take the time for hands-on exploration of some apps that you can use in your classroom the first day of school. Don't have an iPad, no worries, we have some you can borrow. We will have some choice time for you to look at Shadow Puppet, Popplet Lite, ChatterPix and Stop Motion. We will share how you could use these apps with your students to show student learning.

Improve Your Return On Instruction With ClassFlow

Melissa Lipka, Education Consultant, Promethean

Please join us for the interactive, hands-on ClassFlow experience. Named one of Tech & Learning's Best of Show winners at ISTE 2016, ClassFlow is a free instructional delivery system that connects classroom technologies, measures student learning, enables differentiated instruction and provides school/district-wide data for continuous improvement. As part of this session, you will not only learn how to get started with your own free ClassFlow account, but you will leave with all the ClassFlow basics you need to transform your lessons into engaging and fun learning experiences.

Incorporating Technology into the Middle School Band and General Music Classroom

John Shawler, Band Director, Winfield Middle School - Putnam County

Learn how to easily incorporate technology into your general music or band classroom without breaking your budget, using both stand-alone and web-based software for ear training, theory and vocal/instrumental performance. Presented by a middle school band director who has had success with these platforms. Software discussed in this presentation includes Theta Music Trainer and SmartMusic.

Integrating an LMS into the K-12 Classroom

Jonas Knotts, Teacher/TIS, Webster County High School

This session will show educators how to integrate learning management systems (LMS) into their individual classrooms. With an LMS, classroom educators can give students more flexibility over when and where they complete assignments. Educators can also use the LMS to make planning and assessment more efficient and time-saving. Participants will learn the pros and cons of several free K-12 LMS platforms, ways to build the shell of their LMS, creating individual classes and adding students, incorporating the LMS into their classroom, and how to design assignments and assessments to take advantage of the LMS. Participants will also be able to see examples of LMSs in action in K-12 classrooms.

Is Your Website Compliant - Avoiding an OCR Complaint?

Mary Beckelhimer, Director of Technology, Putnam County Schools
Kim Sigman, Computer Curriculum Specialist, Putnam County Schools

Putnam County Schools will share tips to ensure websites are accessible for persons with disabilities. The session with address our experiences with page creation, image tagging, video captioning, file compliance and site organization.

ISTE Student and Teacher Standards

Michelle Liga, Technology Integration Specialist, Preston County Schools

ISTE (International Standards for Technology in Education) updated its standards for students in mid-2016 and just released the updated standards for teachers. These standards are a guide for what should be happening in our classrooms. Many companies and web based services follow these standards when developing materials for education. Receiving ISTE's stamp of approval is considered a important step in product development. Please join this session to learn about these standards and how you can implement them into your classroom/school.

It's a Great Big Virtual World

Pamela Stegall, Technology Integration Specialist, Spring Mills High School - Beckeley County
Dr. Carrie Marcum, Assistant Principal, Spring Mills High School - Beckeley County

In this session, participants will learn about Google Expeditions, LEGO Digital Designer and CoSpaces. Each are powerful tools educators can use to bring the world to their students and incorporate STEM into their curriculum. Google Expeditions allows teachers to explore places they might never be able to take students. LEGO Digital Designer lets students create and design in 3D. CoSpaces allows teachers and students to explore VR worlds from the shared library or create their own to share. Lessons and presentations are enhanced and engaging, and the best part is that they are all FREE!


Gloria Burdette, Coordinator, WV Department of Education

Me! Me! Me! Do students think everything is just about ME, ME, ME? In the world of virtual school, it IS all about the student! Not all students learn at the same pace. Virtual courses are designed to allow students to set the pace for their learning. By using text, audio and hands-on activities ,all learning styles are met. In this session, participants will get a better look at the WV Virtual School and learn about the many opportunities available virtually for students statewide.

Just the Facts, Please

Janice Hirst, Third Grade Classroom Teacher, Kingwood Elementary - Preston County

Math fact fluency is important for students in order to become proficient with the WV College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics. Fact fluency frees a child's working memory for higher level tasks. Some schools in our district invested in a technology-based fluency program to address this key area of mathematics. In this presentation, I will share an overview of the program, its impact and strategies for recognizing student achievement in math fact fluency. We will also take a closer look at the mathematics proficiency of four of the students that used Reflex Math for two years by looking at STAR Mathematics data from their 5th grade year.

Labdisc, The Portable STEM Lab

Barry Sunder, Regional Manager, Boxlight / Mimio
Lawrenceville, GA 30043 , ,

The Labdisc portable lab opens the door to inquiry-based learning in a variety of science fields, including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and geography. With our STEM science lab, take the science classroom anywhere. Labdisc helps students connect and engage with science from wherever they are. - There’s a wireless, compact Labdisc data logger for every science domain, with up to 15 built-in sensors. - Fits in the palm of a student’s hand. - Up to 150 hours of battery life make it a practical tool for inside or outside the classroom. - The ideal solution for long-term experiments such as plant growth, weather change and pollution. - Ever ready with zero setup time, automatic sensor testing, and calibration — maximizes valuable lab time. Participants will experience a live, real time science experiment with the Labdisc and witness how simple recording the data can be.

Lexia Reading Core5 - Personalized Literacy Instruction for Students of All Abilities

Tara Goldberg, Account Executive, Lexia Learning

Lexia provides personalized learning on fundamental reading skills for students of all abilities, and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis testing. This research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students year-end performance and provides teachers data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction. This presentation will cover Lexia's unique ability to close the reading gap for your high-risk students and continue to challenge and accelerate your low-risk, on-target and advanced students.

Made from Scratch: Storytelling Through Coding

Amber Matty, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

We all know that students have plenty of stories to share with us! However, when it comes to writing them down, students can be reluctant to participate in the writing process. Do you need a way to get students engaged in writing? Do you have students who love coding? If you answered yes, then come check out this session! We will explore the basics of Scratch, Jr. as a tool to bring student writing to life!

Making Assessing Quick, Easy and Fun with Tech

Meredith Norman, First Grade Teacher/ Certified Administrator, Hooverson Heights Primary School - Brooke County

Is testing, both formative and summative, boring and exhausting for your little learners? What if I showed you a way to test anything other than open ended questions with one simple card all while grading and analyzing the answers for you! You're in luck! Enjoy Plickers and change the way you test and grade your kiddos! This technology can be tailored to any content area for any age group.

Mentoring Baby Librarians

Suzie Martin, School Librarian-retired, West Virginia Library Association, School Libraries Division

Since West Virginia has opened Praxis-only as a route for certification, more than 700 teachers have taken advantage of this option. As library media specialists often practice in isolation from their peers, how can we "seasoned vets" take advantage of technology to ensure that our new colleagues have the support they need? What kind of support do new librarians, regardless of the path to certification, need? Join this question and answer session as we try to develop a standard for providing ongoing professional development through Skype, Google Hangouts, Yammer or other forums. This session is for everyone certified as a School Library Media Specialist, whether currently in a position or hopeful of getting a library job.

MOS Master: The Golden Ticket (Teacher Panel)

Lori Troy, Director of Certification Deployment, Certiport / Pearson Vue

Microsoft Certification is one of the most demanding and respected endorsements in the industry. Earning a Microsoft certification can help differentiate individuals in today's competitive job market, broaden employment and internship opportunities by displaying advanced skills. This session will be a teacher panel discussion who will cover best practices on how they have increased student engagement to aspire to earn a Master Certification. In addition to best practices, learn how to excite and encourage your students to “Go for the ‘Gold’”.

Motivate and Animate with Voki

Jennifer Tesar, Associate Professor, Davis & Elkins College
Macy Jackson, Adjunct Instructor, Davis & Elkins College

Maximize engagement in your evolving 21st Century classroom with fully customizable avatars through Voki. Voki is designed to help educators and students create, with ease, authentic, fun and exciting lessons. Voki encourages collaboration among students and teachers. Capture your students’ attention with animated lessons and give them the opportunity to animate their own projects. Students at any level or subject will enjoy creating their own avatars for presentations, projects, and groups assignments. Teachers can provide a new look (and sound) to old lessons that can be saved or posted online to use for years to come. Teachers also enjoy Voki because it cuts down on preparation time and leaves more time for teaching. Voki can be shared on social media, websites, and blogs giving students and teachers the opportunity for classroom work to be shared with a broader audience.

Motivate, Engage and Grow with Technology

Janice Hirst, Third Grade Classroom Teacher, Kingwood Elementary School - Preston County

With many elementary classrooms moving to guided reading and/or math, finding resources for the groups not working directly with the teacher that promote active engagement and differentiation are imperative. This session will focus on web sites that students can work with independently while supporting the content the teacher is working with. Some of the sites that will be featured are Prodigy Game, Front Row Ed, Read Works, Newsela and more.

Movavi for Education

Meredith Norman, First Grade Teacher/ Certified Administrator, Hooverson Heights Primary School - Brooke County

Learn how to produce videos with Movavi in the classroom for your individual class or school website. It is a great way to advertise your great school or what you do daily with your class families!

Navigating a Path to Digital Literacy

Rachel Plybon Beach, Assistant Professor of Applied Design, Pierpont Community & Technology College

I will be presenting my initiative study to close the Digital Gap by applying higher education practices from these areas: - standards to course curriculum content - developmental practices on increasing digital literacy for college learners to build skills and prepare for college courses - and establish equity with accessibility for students. The primary objective is to create a proven digital inclusion method to build digital literacy skills for our college learners, encourage enrollment, increase completion rates, and provide greater employment opportunities for West Virginia.

Networking Paradigm Shift

Richard Sylvester, Dell EMC Account Executive, Dell EMC
Ian Ciemania, Network Solutions Specialist, Dell EMC

A huge shift as come to Networking, just as with PC's and Servers over the last 15 years. Join us to find out how this change can massively enable your School to embrace technological advances that were not possible before. For Schools in WV, the network is your digital foundation. That foundation faces many challenges, including bandwidth demands, aging infrastructure, securing access, increasing complexity and lack of funding. Meanwhile, you need to support mobile devices, digital content, online assessments, social collaboration - as well as virtualization and cloud computing. Please join us to learn how you can take advantage of these shifts in technology to advance your schools digital foundation; The Network.

New Stackable Credentials from Certiport: Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB)

Lori Troy, Director Certification Deployment, Certiport/Pearson

ESB is the first certification product in the new Certiport Business Fundamentals Certification Program. Whether it is a beauty salon in a large metropolitan city, a taco shop in a booming resort location or a car repair garage in the suburbs, an incredible number of small businesses can be found almost everywhere. In fact, in a recent report from, "every minute a new business is started in the U.S. and according to some, more than 50% of all workers will be self-employed by 2020." (The State of Small Business in America, 2015,

New Stackable Credentials from Certiport: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Lori Troy, Director, Certification Deployment, Certiport/Pearson

If you are looking for a first step to help your students build a successful career in IT or programming, Microsoft Technology Associate is an excellent entry-level credential that validates essential technology knowledge. Every business, everywhere in the world, uses (actually, relies on) technology. Knowing how technology works and understanding its impact on today's workplace environment is increasingly important—particularly for students interested in exploring professions involving technology.

Odds & Ends: Digital Tools to Make Your Life Easier

Aaron Radcliff, Technology Integration Specialist, Robert L. Bland Middle School

In this session, you will learn about a series of apps, websites and other resources that won't revolutionize the way you teach, but they will make your day to day a little easier.

Parent Communication: Putting the Classroom in the Palms of Their Hands

Michelle Burk, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Clear and timely communication with parents contributes to student success. In today's fast paced world, time is hard to come by. Both teachers and parents rush to take care of daily responsibilities. Smart phones and other mobile devices make it possible to communicate quickly and conveniently, even in the classroom setting. SeeSaw, Class DoJo and Remind 101 are powerful, free digital tools that allow teachers and parents to stay connected. Come try them out for yourself!

Peep Show: Tools for Learning

Michelle Burk, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Classrooms are filled with tools used for student learning. Pencils, books and rulers clutter shelves in every school. While these are certainly teacher favorites, most students do not agree. Take a moment to rethink how your students are learning. What are you doing to keep students engaged? How about including a few iPads? How about including some Peeps? Let's get together and find creative ways that students can show what they know!

Personalized PD - Reimagining the 18 hours

Derek Oldfield, Assistant Principal, Lead Learner, Designer of Professional Learning, Wirt County High School

Personalized professional development is job-embedded, goal oriented, self-directed, collaborative, data-driven and student-centered. Learn how you can build capacity by using social media tools to capture and curate learning experiences. Personalized PD leverages choice and relevancy. Let's talk about mastery micro-credentials. "If educators aren't taking charge of their own professional learning, they aren't even treading water." -Rick Wormeli

Practical Ideas for Utilizing OneNote Class Notebook

Mary Young, Technology Integration Specialist, Wetzel County Schools
Michelle Weekley, Technology Integration Specialist, Wetzel County Schools

Mary Young and Michelle Weekley, Certified Microsoft Educators/Trainers and Wetzel County Technology Integration Specialists, will explore the power of Microsoft Office 365 OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook with participants. Examples will be shown and strategies will be discussed for successful implementation of OneNote amongst teachers/administrators, within PLCs, and in the classroom environment. OneNote Class Notebook has the potential to increase collaboration and engagement, foster more meaningful feedback, enrich student learning, accommodate all learners and even save teachers time. The classroom is no longer contained by four walls, and a paperless classroom is at your fingertips.

Responsive Teaching for Meaningful Learning

Kelsey Corder, High School Math Teacher, Spring Mills High School STEAM Academy - Berkeley County
Karla Hilliard, High School English Teacher, Spring Mills STEAM Academy - Berkeley County

Teachers and administrators know that one size doesn't fit all. But many teachers feel the ticking clock of school calendars and the race to "cover it all." Spring Mills High School STEAM Academy takes a responsive approach to teaching our students, building our lessons and activities to suit what our students most need and what will most engage them in their own learning. Through formative assessment, active learning, and intensive collaboration, SMHS STEAM aims to respond to students, not calendars or curriculums. In this session, participants can expect to learn what it means to be a "responsive teacher" and how this philosophy can transform your classroom.

Robotics and Coding in ELA

Connie Boggs, Library/Media Specialist, Monongah Elementary School - Marion County

This hands-on session will explore Sphero SPRK, Ozobot, Code and Go Robot Mouse, and Code-a-pillars as well as practical ways to incorporate them into your English Language Arts standards. As assessments and worksheet alternatives - teachers can use these technologies in their classrooms and library/media classes. Need fresh ideas to motivate struggling learners? Robots and coding can be your solution. Do you think robots cost too much? We will discuss funding options and equipment loan programs. Are you thinking your students are too young? These tools can be used with students beginning in Kindergarten. Are you uncomfortable with robots or coding? Join us and you will see that everyone can be a successful coder.

Schoolwide Technology Celebrations

Amy Moore, Technology Integration Specialist, Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School - Tucker County

Bring your school together, as well as involving your community, with schoolwide technology celebrations! Get your teachers and students excited about using technology in the classroom with these 3 events: Hour of Code, Skype-a-Thon and Digital Learning Day. Learn ideas for promoting and conducting these days in your school, activities, online resources, meeting standards and involving your parents and community members.

Seesaw: Digital Learning Journal

Kristen Kroll, First Grade Teacher, Nutter Fort Primary - Harrison County

As a Seesaw Ambassador, I am constantly getting trained on the updated features of Seesaw. In this session, I will provide the attendees with an interactive demo of Seesaw, answer questions about Seesaw and much more! Attendees will also have an opportunity to win some Seesaw Swag!

Sink or Swim: Planning and Producing Successful Continuous Professional Development

Kevin Sears, Technology Coordinator and Coach, Jackson County Schools
Luke Swiney, Technology Coordinator and Coach, Jackson County Schools

A common misconception is that everyone learns the same. Many times we verbally state the fact that everyone learns differently, but rarely do we adjust our practices to reflect that. Teachers are not an exception to this rule. Everyone learns differently whether they are a student in class or teach a class. Everyone learns differently! This session will provide a few strategies and models for making professional development beneficial and relevant, while appealing to the various learning styles of teachers.

SMART Learning Suite 2017 Camp

Kevin Willson, SMART Exemplary Educator, Business/Computer Department Chairperson, York Suburban School District

Join like-minded educators for this hands-on session and boost your SMART Learning Suite 2017 know-how! Led by an educator for educators, SMART Learning Suite 2017 Camp will examine the SMART Learning Suite which combines lesson delivery, assessment, student collaboration and game-based learning software into one ultimate education suite. It connects students, teachers and devices to turn lessons into enriching learning experiences. Camp provides participants with an opportunity to learn tips, tricks and best practices from a SMART Exemplary Educator.

Something from Nothing

Sandra Wiseman, Library Media Specialist / TIS, Woodsdale Elementary - Ohio County

You've read about the benefits of coding in the classroom, about people who are using robots with children and looked at beautiful makerspaces designs. You know these are things that your students would learn from and would enjoy. But you've never written a code and don't even know how to turn a robot on. Plus you have no money. Does it seem impossible? Let me tell you about what is happening in my school and how you can get started.

STEM in the Classroom

Mike Ferrari, Sales Manager, Alpha Technologies, Inc.

Come hear about how littleBits is helping to transform learning through invention-based learning across the country and around the world. Learn how to incorporate littleBits into your existing curriculum and lessons through their alignment with NGSS. You'll hear about case studies and see how invention happens! littleBits is on a mission to empower everyone, especially kids, to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. Let's empower the next generation to have the creative confidence & curiosity to always ask why. To test ideas without fear. To take feedback without ego. To use their brains and hands to solve real-world problems when there isn't a clear right answer. With littleBits, kids learn how to be more than just consumers of technology. They become inventors.

Supporting Larger Class Sizes Through Individualized Learning In West Virginia: The Evolution Continues

Michael Gevirtz, Regional Territory Manager, Edmentum, Inc.
Mike Duffy, Regional Vice President, Edmentum, Inc.

Individualized Learning to support larger class sizes and drive student outcomes is gaining momentum and focus in the classroom and increased funding on the state/national stage. To implement individualized learning strategies within the classroom, administrators and teachers across the nation are seeking out the most effective ways to adopt and implement new strategies within the classroom. This session focuses on the impact of personalized learning, the components needed for a personalized learning program and how a program can impact Response to Intervention (RTI), supplemental instruction and individual student success. Session participants will have an opportunity to engage with the presenter in a dialogue surrounding individualized learning implementations and best-practices. In addition, participants will gain deeper insights into available tools and programs, the planning/execution process for implementation within a County and an opportunity to discus best practices.

Surviving the TIS Cohort in ODTP

Amy Hoffman, Interventionist, WV Deptartment of Education
Ashley Skavenski, Instructional Coach, WV Department of Education

This session will focus on ways to adapt some of the technology requirements and make them meaningful for students who are in residential treatment facilities. We will share ways that we use technology in the classroom within this type of setting and share how we adapted some of the requirements during the TIS cohort for our unique facilities.

Teaching Computational Thinking

Ugur Kale, Associate Professor, West Virginia University
Leah Devine, Online Spanish Instructor, West Virginia Virtual Schools
Nathan Calvert, , Hollywood Elementary School - Raleigh County

Computational thinking (CT) is one of the skills critical to successfully solving problems posed in our technology driven and complex society. Limited opportunities to integrate CT in school settings underscores the need for helping teachers integrate it into their practices. Besides developing the relevant knowledge, teachers need to recognize the relevance of CT to their teaching - a factor influencing their future practice with it. Drawing from the literature on problem solving, we will provide a framework that focuses on enabling teachers to make the connections between CT and teaching. We will also exemplify the framework through two cases where graduate students in the instructional design field developed content specific modules and piloted with a group of teachers to promote CT. Participants attending this presentation will not only review the framework and its application, but also gain practical strategies to help K12 teachers integrate CT in their content-specific lessons.

Teaching Reverse Engineering Across Interdisciplinary STEM Programs

Gary Daniels, Consultant, Amtek Company

Teaching reverse engineering using 3D scan data is the most effective way to generate a CAD model from a physical object that has any kind of complex or freeform shape. Watch as we 3D scan an object, produce a 3D mesh, and transfer this mesh data into a model that is then 3D printed. From this presentation, attendees will learn how reverse engineering works and how to integrate these teaching principles into the classroom. Of course, reverse engineering isn’t just for engineering classes. It resonates across all STEM disciplines. Learn how to incorporate reverse engineering into cross-curricular programs, including agriculture, health, robotics, forensics science, general science, and more.

Teaching with Kahoot!

Melinda Monks, 5th Grade Teacher and TIS, Kanawha County Schools

Sure, your kids love Kahoot! quizzes, but have you tried teaching with Kahoot!? It's a great way to move from "Sage on the Stage" to interactive lecturing and learning, allowing students to stay engaged while absorbing needed introductory material. Teach with Kahoot! lessons are also a great addition to move at your own pace blended learning. Join Melinda Monks as we learn how to use the additional site features that make Teach with Kahoot! so great, find ways to weave it into many different content areas (even math!) and leave with the link to a pre-designed lesson on the First Thanksgiving to get you started.

Tear Down Classroom Walls with Virtual Field Trips

Jason Noland, Temporary Assistant Professor, Fairmont State University

This session will discuss incorporating virtual field trips across the curriculum to enhance learning. We will explore the possibilities with Google Expeditions, Google Cardboard, Google Earth, and YouTube to bring deeper meaning to the curriculum.

Technology Foundations: College/Career Readiness and STEM Resources

Alyssa Mahramus, School Implementation Manager, EverFi
Jenny Nakamura, Senior Schools Manager, EverFi

Through EverFi’s interactive, web-based programs focused on key critical skill areas that are aligned to West Virginia standards, apply concepts into real world situations while receiving instant feedback and support. EverFi secures sponsorships for your school so that the resources are available free of cost to every teacher and student. In this session, you will learn how to educate your students on the nuts and bolts of technology, bring STEM concepts to life using the fast- paced game of hockey, learn the basic of coding as a secret agent and build a foundation for financial well being. We will take a deep dive into the programs and determine the best fit for your curriculum. - Future Goals-Hockey Scholar (Grades 5-8) - Ignition- Digital Literacy and Responsibility (Grades 5-8) - Radius- Coding and STEM Career Awareness (Grades 8-12) - EverFi- Financial Literacy (Grades 9-12)

The Martian Rescue

Jeremy Macdonald, Education Training & Content Manager, Sphero, Inc.

Wait?! He's still alive?! WE HAVE TO GET HIM BACK! Join a team of NASA experts to find a way to bring our astronaut home safely. Be ready for fast paced problem solving while working with your team to design rescue plans, build space rovers and program robots (Sphero Sprk) to get your astronaut to the launch site in time. This immersive workshop will model scaffolded problem solving techniques and team building exercises that can be used in most grades.

The Modern Datacenter

Robert Upson, Senior Solutions Engineer, Dell Technologies

Discussion around removing technical debt and designing a more agile environment for your organization.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Shannon McClintock Miller, Keynote Speaker, Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect

In this presentation, Shannon McClintock Miller will share a few of her favorite things including educational resources, digital tools and apps, and some tricks and tips that have worked for her. You will hear about each and lots of real-life examples of how they have worked for Shannon, her students and other educators. You will gain lots of inspiration and creative thoughts from this presentation, along with your very own toolbox filled with a few of your new favorite things.

Too Much, Too Soon, Too Often: How Do I Utilize Technology in the Classroom When Technology is Always Changing?

Rikki Lowe, Director of Special Education, Lincoln County Schools

We hear it all the time: "I can't/won't use technology because it keeps changing. I can't keep up with it, so I'm not using it!" In some ways, it's true. Technology changes rapidly, and platforms that were the "next big thing" have gone by the wayside. This presentation focuses on the "why" behind technology use, beginning with the end in mind, so that we can adapt and maneuver our way through the changing world of educational tech.

Using Digital Natives to Teach Digital Respect & Responsibility

Dr. Jennifer Tesar, Associate Professor, Davis & Elkins College
Macy Jackson, Adjunct Instructor, Digital Media & Education Technology, Davis & Elkins College

Provide your students with an authentic teaching/learning experience on what it means to be digitally responsible. This session will focus on how educators in K-12 classrooms and higher education courses can collaborate to teach and learn about the perils of our digital world. Digital natives have a unique perspective that is often better communicated to younger students because of their lifelong exposure to this new social world. These natives are in the age group that have grown up with technology, and have had the personal experiences of what it means to be digitally responsible and have digital respect. We know students live online. Let's let them work together to teach each other the importance of digital literacy.

Utilizing Nearpod to Create Engaging, Interactive Lessons

Cynthia Modecki, Technology Integration Specialist, Monongalia County Public Schools

Want to learn how to make your lessons ENGAGING, INTERACTIVE and just plain AWESOME? Nearpod might be the tool for you! Nearpod is a digital platform full of free, ready to use, interactive lessons for all grade levels and subjects. In addition, you can customize and create your own lessons and assessments with engaging multimedia activities, including VR Field Trips, 3D models, MS SWAY, collaborative boards, drawing tools and much more! In this session, you will learn how teachers at North Elementary (Morgantown, WV) are using Nearpod to create interactive, engaging lessons. Come & learn about the benefits of using Nearpod and get a taste of what this platform has to offer!

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Corinne Housington, Professional Development Trainer, ByteSpeed
Sabrina Mayaan, Account Manager, ByteSpeed

The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain our classrooms to experience the digital world on a flat screen? The shift from 2D to 3D immersive learning is as natural as adding color to movies and television was in the 1950’s. In many ways, it is even more impactful. Virtual Reality is transforming education. What started out as something that was simply “cool” has become a way to engage learners like never before. Join Sabrina Mayaan, of ByteSpeed, as she walks you through how to bring your classroom to the cutting edge of 21st century learning.

Virtual Simulation in the Classroom, Whether Traditional or Online

Evelyn Martin, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, EET, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
Susie Davis, Special Education Teacher, Sophia Elementary - Raleigh County Schools

The benefit of virtual simulation is that it increases student engagement with course content. Virtual simulation allows for increased critical thinking, learner self-reflection of competency and overall evaluation of learning attainment. Theoretical Framework - The theoretical framework for incorporating the virtual simulation in the classroom is grounded in the learning theory. The Complete Learning Theory combines the blend of traditional learning theories – behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism with the digital age – connectivism. In addition, utilizing virtual simulation in the classroom also meets Quality Matters standards for online course design. Describing the Activities - The audience will be actively engaged in participating as a student in the online virtual simulation. Audience members will walk away with hands on knowledge of how a virtual simulation activity can be incorporated into the traditional and online classroom setting.

Wake Up! - The Digital Divide Isn't Going Away: What Are You Doing About It For Your Students?

Booker T. Walton III, Customer Resource Specialist, WVNET

Buzzwords such as the "Digital Divide" and "Bridging the Digital Gap" are used often in West Virginia as a way to discuss the broadband have's vs. have nots. However, what are we doing about the problem besides talking? In my opinion, not too much. We will take a look at these buzzwords and look at a digital map showing the significant chasm between the broadband affluent and those not as fortunate. We will also take a cursory look at the software called URcast, which provides it's own solution to this continued problem. If you're looking for a way to solve this continued crisis, join me in this session for a thought provoking start.

What We've Learned in 20 Years of Teaching On-line

Matt Vangalis, Digital Learning Consultant, FLVS
D'Athlone Brown, Area Director, FLVS

Join FLVS Global for an information session of best practices in blended and on-line learning. 2017 marks our 20 year anniversary of teaching on-line classes and in this session you will learn some best practices and things to avoid. Audience participation and networking will be included.

What's Brewing in the SMART Notebook Lab?

Kevin Willson, SMART Exemplary Educator, 9-12 Business Department Chairperson, York Suburban School District

Come see how to use SMART Notebook LAB features to enhance your teaching. Excite and engage your students with monsters, pirates and rock stars. The best part about the LAB is that you can easily create activities in five minutes or less. This hands-on session lead by an educator for educators gives ideas for you to take back to the classroom and use immediately.

What's New from Apple

Apple Team Member, Systems Engineer, Apple Inc.

Find out how the latest Apple products can support learning and teaching in your school or district. At this technical session designed for technology staff, you’ll discover what's new at Apple, meet your Apple team, ask questions and explore the latest products and solutions Apple offers for education. This includes new tools and features in iOS, tvOS, and macOS that are ideal for education, including Shared iPad, the Classroom app, Apple School Manager, and new management features across all of Apple’s platforms.

Wiring for Wireless Infrastructures

Bree Murphy, National Training, Applications Engineer, Oberon

This presentation focuses on emerging WiFi technology and standards. The IEEE 802.11ac Wireless network standard advances mobile networking to unprecedented capabilities. WiFi is ubiquitous in practically every vertical, and it is more important than ever to plan for wireless in the cabling infrastructure. This presentation is geared to the cabling, wireless and networking professional who needs an update on emerging standards and trends. The presentation will describe the advances of 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2, the push for an “NBASE-T” standard for supporting greater than 1 Gig cabling to the WiFi access points and Power over Ethernet to support this wireless technology. The presentation will also provide insight into how to physically install the WiFi APs for optimum performance, physical security, aesthetics and code compliance in different verticals such as K-12, Higher Education and Government.

WVDE STEM and the WV STEM PK-12 Resource Clearinghouse

Karissa Poszywak, WVDE STEM Coordinator, WV Department of Education

Join us to learn about the West Virginia Department of Education's vision, mission, goals and activities to promote STEM education. Also, maximize your STEM collaboration through the WV PK-12 STEM Resource Clearinghouse --a directory of science, technology, engineering and mathematics resources designed to support STEM for PK 12 grade students with separate pages for students, parents, educators and community/industry partners. See to add resources as we prepare for the public launch of the site in Fall 2017.

📕📝with 😁🤖 (Story Writing with Emojis)

Amber Matty, Technology Facilitator, Kanawha County Schools

Have you been 💭 of ways to get your 👧👦 engaged in writing? Do you have 👧👦 that struggle with 📕 and/or 📝? Do you and your students ❤️ emojis? If so, this is the session for you! Come create with us! Make and share your own 📕 using 😁🙃😋😬 and your choice of digital storytelling tools!