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Conference Sessions

Tuesday, July 19

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Apple Learning Coach

Apple Education

Empowering educators with technology and resources is fundamental to Apple — that’s why professional learning has always been a key piece of Apple’s education offerings. Apple Learning Coach is a new professional learning program for educators who coach K-12 teachers. Attend this session to learn more about the free program and how it empowers — and brings together — instructional coaches, digital learning specialists, and other coaching educators.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon A

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Office 365 Overview

Mark Moore

A quick look at all the tools available in Office 365. This will be an overview of everything rather than a deep dive into any one tool.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Waterfront

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

When 1 + 1 =3: West Virginia’s Learning Goals Aligned with Powerful Technology

Annie Schuerman

Using West Virginia Department of Education’s 2021 Strategic Plan as a framework, this presentation will address how technology, specifically Brightspace by D2L, can foster a positive and equitable learning environment at scale. Even before the pandemic, education has been in state of near constant transition. In today’s post-pandemic world, uncertainties in the academic landscape make it even more crucial to utilize technology to bridge gaps in access, means, ability, and proximity to ensure every student achieves at his or her full potential. Join us as we walk through a selection of the 7 Core Beliefs that make up the shared…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Wharf A

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Computer Science in WV

Jennifer Reaves, Amber Stoffel

This session will give a brief description of what computer science is and why it matters in West Virginia. Participants can also expect to receive an overview of CodeWV’s professional development programs offered and at least one hands-on lesson demo will be presented to provide participants with lesson experience

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Coding

Salon B

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

How Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Are Transforming Blended STEM and CTE Learning Environments

Gary Daniels

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) training represents a new innovative way for educators to give students the necessary skills and knowledge to enter tomorrow’s workforce. Further transforming STEM and CTE programs, AR/VR teaching platforms now lend themselves to a hybrid learning environment, supporting course work at home and in the laboratory at school. While students participate in traditional face-to-face instruction, they also have an opportunity to participate in online learning courses based on individual needs and interests. Instruction can be delivered remotely when students are unable to attend school because of health or other circumstances. This presentation will demonstrate…

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Classroom instruction and hybrid learning

Salon G

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Clips, Tricks and iMovie

Timothy White

In this regular session, we will discuss the benefits of using the iPad for; visual and audio responses to class questions and discussions. visual and audio responses as a testing tool to sometimes replace formative and informative assessments. we will visit green screening and travel anywhere you would like to go. we will even show how young/older students can use Clips and iMovie to create media in their own style. Tired of the same old PowerPoint’s and Keynotes all the time. This is a fun and engaging way to get kids creating so you can see their learning and understanding….

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon F

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Banner BDM in Three Months

James Fauver

In 2020 to BridgeValley decided to implement the Banner Documentation Management system. With most of our staff working from home, this product would make it easier to share student documents.The kick-off call as held on November 19, 2020 and went live in production on February 1, 2021. This was the fastest go live our trainer had seen.This presentation looks at how we were able to get this project completed so quickly and what we I would have done differently.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon D

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

What’s new with Chromebooks

Google for Education

During this hands-on session, we will begin by diving into the basics of Chromebooks and setting the stage for learning. We also will take you through examples of how to create with Chromebooks and using Google Workspace for Education tools.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Mon River

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Information Systems Management and the use of Cloud Computing in the classroom

Clifton Jackson, Gary Edwards

Many do not understand the differences between the Information Systems discipline and Computer Science programs. Part of the purpose of this presentation is to describe the differences and how to determine which is the best choice for students considering computer technology careers. Cloud Computing makes real world Information Technology resources available in the classroom for low or no cost to the institution and enhances courses that have a focus on Information Systems or Computer Science. Professors Gary Edwards and Clifton Jackson will discuss their experiences using free and low cost cloud computing resources. Their Information Systems Management program was the…

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Classroom Technology, Cloud Computing, Information Systems Management, and ISM

Salon G

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Integrating Authentic Learning and Assessment Activities into Instruction

Lisa Heaton, McKenzie Brittain, Kimberly McFall, Maureen Gildein

Authentic learning and assessment activities encourage students to explore real-world topics and produce real-world products. These activities often connect to project-based learning with opportunities for students to research and demonstrate what they know using a variety of technologies. This session is designed for teachers and teacher educators interested in encouraging authentic learning, peer collaboration, decision making, and creative technology use. Presenters will share examples used in their own classrooms that can be easily adapted across content areas and grade levels.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon F

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Leading Students and taking them to the next level with Certiport Industry Certifications

Logan Staab

Looking for innovative ways to implement Microsoft certifications and increase student engagement in the classroom? Join us to discuss new and exciting ways to get students on a pathway to certification. We will dive into curriculum resources to prepare students, pacing guides, projects and activities to increase student engagement and reporting to track your students’ progress and help with grades.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Certification Exams

Salon A

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

ACCESS UNLOCKED TO THE VIDEO GAME OF SCIENCE: Increase engagement, save teachers’ time, and improve STEM.

Mike Tuggle

Bring your laptop and Join us for a hands-on epic adventure with Plasma Games. In this session we will provide you access to our platform which includes a one-of-a-kind video game, STEM career spotlights, a teacher portal full of curriculum resources, and free professional development.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Literacy and Pedagogy

Salon B

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Math Apps to Guide Small Group Instruction

Lois McPhail

This session will look at apps available from The Math Learning Center that can be used with all grade levels, for various skills. Worried about using math manipulatives and germs? How to use manipulatives in a virtual setting? This is the session for you. These apps provide a digital alternative to traditional hands on materials. We will look at apps such as Number Frames, Math Clock, Money Pieces and Number Line and many more! The apps are available in IOS and also web based.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps and Math

Salon C

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Productivity with To Do and Planner

Mark Moore

Manage yourself with lists in To Do. Manage your groups with Planner. Are you forgetting a task or have something past due? With Planner and Microsoft To Do, you can streamline your office and increase productivity. Join us to find out more.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Waterfront

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

What’s new with Chromebooks

Google for Education

During this hands-on session, we will begin by diving into the basics of Chromebooks and setting the stage for learning. We also will take you through examples of how to create with Chromebooks and using Google Workspace for Education tools.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Mon River

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Systems Change: High Impact Change Ideas from the First2 Network

Jade Irving, Erica Harvey, Juliana Serafin

First2 Network is an expanding group of people and organizations across West Virginia committed to continuous improvement of institutional practices and changing the system to better support the STEM persistence of rural, first-generation, underrepresented, and underserved students. We will present the Network’s developing menu of high-impact change ideas and the improvement science techniques being used to test them, as well as the organizational structures that support our collective impact approach to systems change. First2 Network is an NSF INCLUDES Alliance funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Higher Education

Wharf A

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Transitioning to a New LMS: Lessons Learned

Harmony Garletts, Cory Morrison, Aubree Zullo

In June of 2021, WVNET began its transition from Blackboard to D2L’s Brightspace LMS. This presentation will discuss our experience throughout the transition, from the experience of WVNET and participants at our institutions, as well as insight from some of our colleagues at D2L. We will discuss the transition from a variety of viewpoints and explain what we did well and what we would have done differently.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Distance Learning

Salon D

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Inspiring Video Innovation In and Out of the Classroom

Michael Kessler, Chris Urban

Between in-class, hybrid and remote teaching, and probably more of that to come in 2022-23, teachers need an innovative single online source for creating and sharing instructional videos with their students. The use of video in and out of the classroom, whether for watching instructional videos as a class or as a homework assignment, is critical in keeping students engaged in the evolving learning process. In this session, we will delve into the MyVRSpot video management platform and explore how it is being used at Monongalia County Schools. From its suite of innovative creation tools to video based assessments, we…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Distance Learning

Salon A

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Managing Technical Experts, or Secrets to Leading Geeks

Carl Powell

Management courses teach a “one size fits all” approach, but IT specialists are a unique blend of individuals. Technical geeks are revered for their technical expertise, typically by those who have trouble spelling IT. Many typical management techniques just won’t work. Learn the differences between general management and technical leadership, and the secrets to becoming a successful leader of IT talent.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Management and Leadership

Salon G

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Microsoft Whiteboard

Mark Moore

Whiteboard has had an update. We’ll review the new templates and tools.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Waterfront

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Think Outside – No Box Required!

Teena Hine

Rooted in outdoor learning, you and your students will experience digital growth. Together we will unearth how to balance “screen time” with “green time”, in a variety of combined outdoor and digital experiential opportunities. You will leave this session with:-Ideas to apply standards to an outdoor experience-Easy to use digital outdoor learning planning framework-Methods to balance outdoor learning with digital applications-Research based evidence-Hands on opportunities that you can immediately apply-Free, already created outdoor lessons! No matter the device your students use, you will leave equipped to innovate and grow outdoors, in digital applications!

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Wharf B

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Technology Addiction and Surprising Solutions

Josh Ratliff

Do you have students in class who can’t put their cell phones down, even for a second? Do you have students who struggle to stay awake because they were up all night long playing video games? Districts all over the United States are still trying to navigate the difficulties associated with Covid-19 and distance learning. How do we make sure learners maintain a healthy relationship with technology? After almost 3 years of research, I have some surprising solutions that I would love to share with you. Please join me for a great discussion about technology addiction and how we, as…

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Digital Citizenship

Wharf A

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Using Google Tools to increase your productivity

Chrystalle Doyle

In this session, you can learn about how to use Google Tools of Sheets, Slides, Docs, and Drawings to make your life easier. Learn tricks, tools, and hacks that you can use right away in the classroom.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon B

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Using Registration Self Service Plan Ahead with Degree Works Plans

Senta Chmiel

Special thanks to Stephanie Gabor and Emma Coa-Mulzet for helping to put together the presentation. Utilizing Degree Works plans for registration can enable students to be successful in their college journey. This presentation will review how to build templates in Degree Works for advisors to create academic plans from that contain the requirements the student needs to graduate from their respective programs. Students/Advisors can pull these degree works academic plans into the “class schedule” plans they build in Plan Ahead in Self Service Registration and select the courses (and/or sections) they plan to register for. From these plans students can…

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon C

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

What’s New from Apple Education for IT

Apple Education

Learn about the latest education tools and resources from Apple. Discover new iOS, macOS, and tvOS features for education. Learn how Apple School Manager can simplify and streamline deployment.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Technical

Salon F

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Level Up your Google Classroom Assignments with Kami

Sophie Youngs - Kami

This session will walk you through how the Kami extension can level Up your Classroom Assignments: from creation to grading, use Kami with Google Classroom for an even more interactive and engaging digital classroom experience.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Mon River

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Generational Teaching and Learning Challenges

Lydia Mong

Much has been written and discussed about Generation Z and the challenges it poses to teaching in higher education. This presentation will examine the forces that affect our interactions with our current students. What effect has the pandemic had? What might we need to change in our approach to teaching? How can we as educators use the latest information on Generation Z to encourage student success?

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon D

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

The Hyflex Headache: Demystifying Distance Delivery Innovations

Monica Brooks, Christopher Sochor

Hyflex is the new buzzword used to describe what OLC defines as a course with “both classroom-based and online options available for all or most learning activities…[sic] in which students “choose when and where they study based on their own needs, desires, and preferences.” At first glance, this doesn’t seem very daunting until an instructor ponders the technology, the pedagogy, the room, the camera, the prep– all while anticipating varied student learning styles! In this session, we will discuss some of these hurdles and suggest a few strategies for anyone considering a hyflex future.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Distance Learning

Salon D

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Tried and True: Recommended Plugins for any WordPress Website

Sarah Barnes

WordPress is a fantastic and easy to use Content Management System; however, its power lies in its expand-ability through plugins and customized functionality. The difficulty is in knowing which plugins can be trusted to deliver results. This presentation will be an overview of the core suite of plugins WVNET uses to build and support WordPress websites and how they enhance the CMS for the end users and site administrators.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps, Content Management, Websites, and WordPress

Wharf A

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Working in Different Places at Different Times? No Problem!

Alexander Keefover, Suma Ponnam

Since March 2020, our working lives have been a bit different as many of us have been working in different locations. We are also gradually seeing that some people work more efficiently at times other than the traditional 9 to 5. So, what does this mean for collaboration? Well, succeeding at this has been key to the success of WVROCKS for over 10 years. In this session, we will go over our best practices for working asynchronously and remotely as well as touch on how teachers/instructors can promote the same for student group work.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Remote Work and Telecommuting

Waterfront

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Writing across the Curriculum: An Innovative Approach

Michelle Burk

Students must be able to communicate clearly at all levels of education. Both written and oral communication are critical to student success in the classroom. These skills are necessary for college and career readiness. In this session, we will follow the Apple Innovation in Schools model to increase engagement and personalize the writing process across the curriculum.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon C

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Authentic Communication Development for Leaders

Shaan Rais

During the first 15 minutes Shaan Rais will engage the crowd colorfully in vivid descriptions of what true authenticity is and how it translates to effective communication in the workspace. Humorously detailing examples of success and failure through storytelling. The audience will laugh, relate, and let their guard down to learning as rapport is established. _x000D_ _x000D_ During the second segment of the keynote, 15 minutes will be strategically utilized to personalize authenticity to each leaders’ personal brand. Many people are under the assumption that true authenticity exists separate and apart from their true identity and story. Nothing could be…

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Communication, Leadership, and Management and Leadership

Salon G

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Designing a Story Based Virtual Math Night

John Carper

This presentation will explore my process of designing and creating a virtual math night for K-2 that was based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book, Jumanji. We will discuss my design process and how I created it using Bitmoji, Garage Band, Google Forms, Google Sites, iMovie, and Keynote.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Math and Pedagogy

Salon B

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Learner Centered Playlists

Derek Oldfield

As educators rush to adapt to the rapidly changing models of schooling, it’s important to consider the pedagogical changes that would put our learners in the best position to succeed. This session will ask teachers to consider how they lay out content, personalize pathways, maximize face-to-face time with learners, and assess for mastery. If you’re interested in replacing conventional ideas with innovative solutions to authentic problems, then this session is for you.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon F

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Boost Student Engagement with Google Slides

Jennifer Reaves

Google Slides is often referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” or the Google Workspace. Join us in this interactive session to find out why and how this versatile tool can boost student engagement in your classroom!

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps and Pedagogy

Mon River

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Introduction to CISA

Jody Ogle

This session provides an introduction to who CISA is and what they do, along with an explanation of the relationship of privacy to cybersecurity.

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Audience: Government and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

Wharf B

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm

Regular Session

Technology Pedagogy and Teachers’ Growth Mindset

Nellie Cottle

Go from being a technophobe to an ed-tech geek! I wasn’t tech savvy before I became a Technology Integration Specialist, but I had a passion for taking on challenges and learning new things. I was excited about the possibilities that educational technology offered teachers and students, new developments, and a constantly evolving future. I saw “EdTech” as a way to teach differently, engage today’s students, prepare them for careers of tomorrow, bring opportunities to poor, rural, isolated WV schools, and lighten teachers burden through increased efficiency and productivity. For teachers who are still struggling to integrate technology in their lessons,…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon A

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Wi-Fi Design for Apple Products

Apple Presenter

Please join us for a focused discussion on WiFi design for Apple Products. Proper Wi-Fi network design is based on the tenets of the Wireless LAN Lifecycle. Broken into four components, the Wireless LAN Lifecycle includes defining the purpose of the network, designing the network to meet the definition, deploying the hardware and software required to operate the network, and validating that the network performance has met the design objectives. A good design must take the least capable yet most important (LCMI) device into consideration. This presentation provides an overview of the Wireless LAN Lifecycle and the Apple device behaviors…

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Wi-Fi design, Wi-Fi setup, and wireless setup

Wharf A

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

What’s new with D2L’s Brightspace LMS?

Andrea MacArgel

Join us as we discuss new, upcoming, and often under-used features and tools of Brightspace LMS, along with some of our new services. Over the last couple years, with the influx in online learning, we have seen a growing need for additional tools and support. During this session, we will dive into some of these newer features and offerings.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Wharf B

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

A Modern Day Approach to Coding Education with Project-Based Learning

Julie Crawford, Amanda Windsor

“Project-Based Learning” (PBL) is something educators throw around frequently, yet few truly understand what it is, what the benefits to adoption/use are and most importantly how to use in their schools and classrooms effectively. This is true cross-curricularly but is even more apparent when it comes to computer science and coding education curricula. This is unfortunate as coding education thrives with a project-based learning approach delivering meaningful outcomes for students and teachers alike. To truly level-up and modernize computer science and coding education programs for K12 a project-based learning approach must be utilized, We’ll show you why and how it…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps and Coding

Salon B

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Changing Students Lives with Certiport Industry Certifications

Logan Staab

Want to find new and exciting ways to help change students’ lives to set them up for future success? Come join Logan Staab, who is your Certiport Deployment Manager, and we will discuss how Certiport Certifications can help students who are ready to continue their education past high school or who are just ready to jump into the workforce! Discussion will also include turning your classroom into a Certiport Test Center, ensuring student success on certification day, how to use the reporting available and how to keep your students engaged and excited about your program.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Certification Exams

Salon A

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Microsoft Teams

Mark Moore

Microsoft Teams from beginning to end. Including Meeting Options to keep control of your meetings.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon G

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Note-taking in Obsidian

Gustavo Keener

Taking notes can be a challenge for many people. If you work on a computer and like to keep track of what you’re doing, how you want to do it, and documenting what was done, then taking notes with Obsidian might be a fit for you. The application is free, and one begins with an empty “vault”. The vault is a folder on your computer. It could also be a folder in your iCloud. How you manage your files is up to you. The key to Obsidian is that everything is yours, always. It’s a promise they make to the…

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Waterfront

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Polygraph: A Digital Guess Who Game

Jessica Thomas

Wouldn’t it be fun to play Guess Who with important historical figures, or geometric shapes, or characters in a novel? You can do this digitally with Polygraph by Desmos! In this session, participants will get to play Polygraph and learn how to create their own after discussing the uses for this type of game in their classrooms.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon F

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

The Mountain State Digital Literacy Project K-8

Justin Hensley

The Mountain State Educational Services Cooperative is partnering with Learning.com to provide equitable access to digital literacy skills instruction. Participation in West Virginia public school districts is fully-funded for grades K-8. Join us to learn about the comprehensive resource and how West Virginia public school districts are using Learning.com to provide teachers with this easy-to-implement resource to teach technology standards and measure proficiency gains. Students are equipped with foundational skills to support STEM programs and online assessments while becoming future-ready. Bring your device for a hands-on student experience- which pathway will you choose?

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Business Apps, Coding, Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy, and Online Safety

Salon C

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Chrome OS Flex

Brittany Christain

Learn how to transform your school‘s existing devices and make the most of your current hardware with Chrome OS Flex— the fast, secure, cloud-first, easy-to-manage operating system for Macs and PCs

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Hardware and Software

Mon River

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Regular Session

Video Capture and Publication with Panopto

Leslie Ward

Panopto is a video capture, editing, and hosting solution that can help you enhance your face-to-face or online courses. This session will cover Panopto’s video creation features such as recording, editing, creating table of contents and closed captions, and inserting quiz questions. Video sharing options will be discussed. The session will conclude with a demonstration of viewer features like playback speed, discussion / comments, and keyword search.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Accessibility, editing, Panopto, Software innovations, and Video

Salon D

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Google Earth Projects

Nellie Cottle

Google Earth Projects can be used in many subjects and cross-curriculum content areas for creative projects. Students use Google Earth, create interactive maps, and add images and descriptions to engaging and informative presentations.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy and Software

Mon River

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Boosting Engagement with Blended Learning

Jennifer Reaves

How can you keep every student engaged? In this session, participants will learn techniques and tools to allow students to show what they know and express their choice and voice, be it in the classroom or virtually! Bring back the joy to teaching and watch your students thrive!

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Blended Learning and Pedagogy

Salon A

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Build a Digitally Responsive Educational Organization for Effective Digital-Age Learning

Andrea Tejedor, Eric Pederson

Discover how to chart a guided pathway to digital agility. Explore ways to build support for your organization’s mission and vision through dialogue and collaboration. The main objective of the session is to delve into a nine-part framework for digital responsiveness that empowers administrators to: • Enhance institutional capacity for innovation • Exploit the full potential of digital technologies and interactive learning content • Assess engagement with digital learning and digital pedagogies • Enable all stakeholders to competently design, implement, and appraise programs, projects, and initiatives for the integration of digital learning technologies The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed the historic…

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Digital Learning and Leadership

Wharf A

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Complete that Degree- Using WVROCKS!

Lucy Kefauver

This interactive presentation will include information on West Virginia’s Climb, a commitment to achieve 60% college completion by 2030, and how WVROCKS can contribute to reaching that goal. WVROCKS’ history, organization, and the process for participation will be included. After attending this session, it is hopeful that participants will be able to share information about degree completion through WVROCKS with their institutional stakeholder groups.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Distance Learning

Salon D

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Level Up Student Speaking and Listening Skills

Sophie Youngs

Learn how to boost confidence in speaking and listening skills with ease. Provide opportunities to practice speaking, listening, reflecting, and revising in low-stakes situations. Participants will leave with ready-made templates and strategies that can be implemented tomorrow! Attendees will also leave with a Kami free trial and swag!

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Communications

Salon B

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Migration to Oracle Cloud

Steven White, Scott Hofer, James Farley

Discussion on the effort and experiences of moving to the Oracle Cloud.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle

Salon G

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Roundtable Session

PowerAutomate

Mark Moore

If you can click two blocks together, you can automate. Join almost anything on the internet together. Tweets can go to Excel, Google Drive can be copied to OneDrive, Microsoft Forms results can be routed to the correct person for approval.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Waterfront

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

Supporting Digital Equity with Digital Literacy & Coding

Nicasia Caires, Kevin Combs

West Virginia has elevated the primacy of digital literacy for students of all ages and all backgrounds. Join Learning.com to discuss the “must-have” critical skills that prepare students for a digital world, to succeed in school and the workplace. We’ll discuss what these fundamental skills are – information literacy, keyboarding, computational thinking, coding and more – and how we can keep it a focus, even during today’s challenging educational landscape. Learning.com will share how our EasyTech and EasyCode solutions can support educators in building ALL students’ future-ready digital skills, as well as key, actionable steps for developing a successful technology-prepared…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Coding and Digital Literacy

Salon C

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Regular Session

The Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching: A Comparison of How Online Teaching Strategies Have Evolved Since Spring 2020

Laurie McCormick

The global pandemic brought many, rapid changes. School districts and higher education institutions scrambled to put their classes online spring of 2020. Originally they thought this would be for a brief period; however, COVID-19 changed the way education was, and is still be delivered. This roundtable discussion addresses the reactions of, and ongoing impact on COVID-19 on teachers when and since all classes went online March 30, 2020. Teachers’ online teaching strategies will be discussed. There have been studies about the impact of COVID-19 on teachers, but not a comparison on how their online teaching strategies have evolved since COVID-19…

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): COVID-19, Digital Learning, Distance Learning, and Pedagogy

Salon F

Wednesday, July 20

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Design Bootcamp

Maggie Fisher

Creating quality graphics is a useful skill. During this session, learn about basic design rules and apply them to a quick, creative exercise using Canva: a free, online design tool. Some iPads will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own device & create a free Canva account prior to the session.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Graphic Design

Salon G

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Ellucian Experience-Fairmont’s New Portal

Senta Chmiel, Alexander Elliott

Fairmont State University has adopted Ellucian Experience as their new web portal for students, faculty and staff. This portal enables users to access necessary applications for administration, teaching, and learning. This presentation will demonstrate how Experience works out of the box, as well as show how it can be customized to provide unique, specialized cards.

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Audience: Higher Education

Topic Area(s): Apps and Distance Learning

Salon B

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Forms and Forms for Excel

Mark Moore

Microsoft Forms and Forms for Excel have one minor difference that can have a huge impact on your work. Forms for Excel is needed if you want to automate your work with PowerAutomate.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon F

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Roundtable Session

Getting Started with the Certiport and Microsoft Statewide Program

Logan Staab

Whether you are new to the program or want a refresher, join your Certiport Deployment Manager for a complete overview of the Certiport and Microsoft Imagine Academy statewide program. Discussion will include how to use the Microsoft Imagine Academy Curriculum to prepare your students and deliver certifications in your computer lab.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Certification Exams

Salon A

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Revolutionary Tools for Live Broadcasting Success!

Michael Kessler

Live streaming is in popular demand right now. Whether you are looking to broadcast school board meetings, school graduations, morning news shows, holiday programs, or other special events, live broadcasting needs to be easy and accessible. In this session, we will explore how MyVRSpot’s Live Broadcasting solution makes broadcasting a breeze and with just a few simple clicks of a mouse. We will delve into how to broadcast from most any device, from free software encoders to your iOS and Android mobile devices. We will share real-world examples from districts across the country and will even look at how some…

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps, Broadcasting, and Communications

Salon C

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Regular Session

Zip It Up! Using Ziplet to Open and Close Class

Jessica Thomas

Toss those Post-Its and sign up for Ziplet, a digital exit ticket (and bell ringer) tool. This website allows you to assign multiple choice or open ended questions to classes you create, and then look at student responses quickly. In this session, participants will explore Ziplet as both a student and a teacher to better understand the way it can be implemented in their classrooms.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon D

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Microsoft Stream Updates

Mark Moore

Microsoft Stream is a video sharing platform similar to YouTube but is unblocked in all WV schools. Stream is undergoing a world-wide update. This session will review some of the new features that are coming.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon G

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

How WVU is using Juniper’s AI to improve student Wi-Fi experience

Will Faulconer

Join this informational session with Stephen Belcher, Director of Network Operations and Telecommunications at WVU, to hear how Juniper Networks’ AI driven wireless solution has transformed the way student’s, staff, and faculty experience the network throughout WVU. We will also provide a brief demonstration of Juniper’s wireless solution, and how its’ use of a real AI platform can transform the network experience at schools throughout the state.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Information Technology and Network Infrastructure

Salon D

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Run of Show: A new way to think about lesson plans

Julie Black, Lydia Mong

How many times have you entered a classroom thinking, “It’s showtime, folks!” only to find that the checklist you made isn’t quite enough? See how you can adapt this cue-by-cue, event-planning approach to your class meetings. Whether online or face to face, a run-of-show approach has applications that can help you make the most of your limited classroom time and ensure students are actively involved.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon B

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Creating “Jobready” Engineering Students

Sandra Mitchell

One of the greatest challenges of our time is the digitalization of engineering and manufacturing. Most companies are sold on the value of automating business processes with technology. However, technology has been changing quickly and talent is not available to fill all the needs. Companies want to build talent teams beginning with K-12 through higher education. They need technology users and researchers who can hit the ground running. This presentation will examine industry challenges, workforce trends, and some ways to create “jobready” students.

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Pedagogy

Salon C

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Growing eSports in West Virginia

Austin Clay, Scott Vogelsong

Joint presentation with Mr. Drew Schmalz from Magnolia HS.

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Esports

Wharf A

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

School Websites & Social Media

Maggie Fisher

Media companies like Apptegy integrate school websites & social media accounts. How can schools make the most of their website and social media presence? What are some challenges and best practices related to school media? Discussion prompts will be provided during this roundtable session, but participants are encouraged to bring their own questions.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Social Media and Websites

Waterfront

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

CIO by day, Cop by night: Dealing with stressful users

Carl Powell

For six years, I was a university CIO during the week and a Reserve Police Officer on the weekends. I learned that great officers can deescalate high-stress or confrontational situations using techniques that easily apply to IT. In this session, I will share my insight on policing skills I learned that can be readily used to improve IT interactions and public perception (handcuffs not included). “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Management and Leadership

Salon F

9:00 am - 9:50 am

Regular Session

Engaging Students with Video Projects

Nellie Cottle

Students love to create videos! Engage students, integrate technology, and teach writing, and oral presentation skills in any subject, topic, or project. It is easy and fun for students to use green screens and video editing apps. Students can use videos to show what they are learning, and share information with other students, teachers, and community members. I have worked with third and fourth graders on weekly school news videos, “Reading Rainbow” style book review videos, PSAs, and commercials for various topics. These video projects aren’t fancy or complicated, but they can look “professional” with some easy tricks that even…

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps, Project Based Learning, Student Engagement, Technology Integration, and Video Projects

Salon A

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Creating Closed-Captioned Videos For Your Online Classroom

Angela Milliren, William Beasley

Are you making videos for your online course? Have you considered if those videos are accessible for all students? It is imperative that all students in your course should be able to have equal access to the videos you have created. In this presentation, Dr. Angie Berna Milliren and Dr. William Beasley will walk you through creating closed-captioning using YouTube Studio. During this session, you will learn how to configure your channel’s settings, upload a video, and edit the captions auto-generated by YouTube.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Accessibility, Distance Learning, and Video

Salon G

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Device screen time and blue light…the impact on all of us

Paul Wright

Device screen time and exposure to blue light is up 30+% since 2020 with kids exposure doubling since 2019. What does this mean from a health and productivity standpoint? Join Paul Wright for the session titled “Screen time and blue light…the impact on all of us”

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Devices and Digital Citizenship

Wharf A

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

How Telecommunications connects customers to the State Network

Jason Chastain, Jake Rakosky, Chris Freeman, Nathan Justice, Brian Nine

The WVNET Telcomm Group will give a presentation on how all our customers are connected to WVNET. Mainly, this will be related to our inter and intra net customers. We plan on using SolarWinds and Thousand Eyes along with other documentation to show how folks connect. There will be a Q&A session with opportunities for follow-up discussions post-session.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Connectivity, Networks, Technical, and Telecommunications

Salon D

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Microsoft Sway – The first tool for students

Mark Moore

Microsoft Sway was intended as an alternative to PowerPoint. What Microsoft actually gave us was the perfect tool for lessons, homework and distance learning. Sway is so simple and powerful that it is frequently the first tool we teach students. AT THE KINDERGARDEN LEVEL!

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon F

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Navigate the Not-So-Wonderful World of Word Problems with Kami

Sophie Youngs

Do your students cringe at the sight of word problems? Is it a struggle to get them to persevere to the finish line? Come to this session to learn about a word problem map designed to help students make sense of the problem, attend to precision, model with mathematics, and design a plan of action. Bring your device to participate in a live collaborative experience of how to implement and introduce your students to the word problem map that will help them navigate through the not-so-wonderful world of word problems! Swag will be given away to the most active audience…

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Audience: Higher Education and K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps, Kami, and Pedagogy

Salon C

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Technology in the K-12 Classroom: Hits & Misses

Theresa Cross

The presentation will be a sharing of experiences in schools and classrooms. Participants will be asked to share technology products, software and projects that have worked and have not worked at their schools. I will facilitate the discussion, so we can all learn from each other. I will begin by sharing some of the experiences that I have had working as a Technology Integration Specialist at an elementary school, then I will ask others in the room to participate in the discussion and share their experiences (good and bad).

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Audience: K-12

Topic Area(s): Apps

Salon B

10:00 am - 10:50 am

Regular Session

Yes, you still need to test your website (and content) for accessibility

Sarah Barnes

Web designers, developers, and content managers need to remember that ensuring their website content is accessible to all users is not only the right thing to do, but is a legal requirement. So why is the vital step of testing web accessibility still being overlooked after over 20 years of raising awareness? This presentation will review the basics of testing for and fixing web accessibility issues and what you can do to make sure it is a part of your website development and content management processes.

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Audience: Government, Higher Education, K-12, and Non-Profit

Topic Area(s): Accessibility, Apps, Content Management, Websites, and WordPress

Waterfront