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    The conference will be broken into "tracks" including Administration, Technical (Plugs and Wires), STE(A)M Learning, Education Technology, and Best Practices (in general).

    SESSION A 9:40 – 10:30
    Examining Fair Use in a Digital Classroom
    Jennifer Ehehalt – Common Sense Education
    GEMMELL 146
    Students and teachers love using digital tools to create. Students call them projects, and they have fun while they learn. But what copyrighted material can students use in an educational setting? What happens once their creation is posted for the world to see? Incorporating digital media into projects necessitates a better understanding of copyright and fair use. Join us for a lively session to explore effective, copyright-friendly use of digital media in the classroom that builds best practices for teachers and students, when creating and utilizing content for learning.
    Recommended Audience: Admin, Ed. Technology, STE(A)M Learning, Best Practices in the Classroom
    Microsoft Office 365 for District Leaders
    Jill Sitnick – Microsoft
    GEMMELL 248
    O365 is a rich suite of tools that Fortune 500 companies use to increase communication and collaboration among their organizations. Learn about how O365 Groups, PLC Groups, Delve, SharePoint and Planner can be used in your institution to assist leadership accomplish goals across a broad span of users. Learn how these technologies can help break down silos that exist in every organization. All of these technologies are part of your education licensing!
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Tech (Plugs and Wires)
    Fuel Learning with STEAM
    Dr. Janice Kreuger & Dr. Marilyn Harhai – Professors, Clarion University
    GEMMELL 250
    Energize your classroom with the wide array of primary and secondary materials available through government agencies. This session will demonstrate specific STEAM related government information and provide hands on practice in finding and incorporating government information. Dr. Janice Krueger teaches government documents in the MSLS program at Clarion University. Dr. Marilyn Harhai teaches in the K-12 school library program at Clarion University.
    Recommended Audience: STEAM Learning
    Cool Google Tools You Never Knew Existed
    Kevin McGuire - Library Media Specialist, Woodland Hills School District & Eduspire
    GEMMELL 252
    This session will cover Google tools and features that participants may not be familiar with if they only use the basic features of Google Drive. Participants will learn practical classroom applications for various Google tools and explore the use of these no matter the devices they use with their students.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology
    After the Keynote…Continuing the Conversation
    Carl Hooker – Keynote Speaker
    Join our Keynote Speaker, Carl Hooker as he continues to share his experience and knowledge.
                            SESSION B 10:40 – 11:30
    Digital Citizenship: The Foundation to Building Tech-Rich Classrooms
    Jennifer Ehehalt – Common Sense Education
    GEMMELL 146
    As technology becomes more pervasive in our schools, educators and parents need support with issues related to digital citizenship including: Internet safety, relationships, cyberbullying, information literacy, self- image, digital reputation, and creative credit. This interactive session will provide educators with immersive K-12 digital citizenship learning resources from Common Sense Education, best practices for implementation, how to become recognized as a Common Sense Educator, School or District and opportunities to extend your professional learning network around these issues.
    Recommended Audience: Admin, Ed. Technology, STE(A)M Learning, Best Practices in the Classroom
    Breakout of the Traditional Classroom
    Nicole Hill - 7th Grade Communications Teacher, DuBois Area School District
    GEMMELL 152
    In a race against time, participants find clues, solve riddles, and complete tasks to “breakout”. Groups are presented with a challenge and engage in experiential learning, problem solving, and critical thinking. Come play an actual game of Breakout and learn how to incorporate it into any classroom or professional development.
    Recommended Audience:  Administration, Education Technology, STE(A)M Learning
    Achieve Your Goals & Save Time
    Angela Kresic - eDoctrina
    GEMMELL 246
    Achieve your curriculum and assessment goals using eDoctrina. Join this informative session to learn about a tool designed by educators for educators. We are successfully being used in school districts across PA.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology
    Cognitive WIFI Technical Training - WIFI SAAS
    Dave Dixon and John Garrison - Mojo Networks
    GEMMELL 248 
    Cognitive Wi-Fi harnesses the power of cloud, big data analytics, automation, and self-awareness to deliver a pristine experience to your Wi-Fi users – all the time, in every location, regardless of what devices and applications they are using. Cognitive Wi-Fi visualizes the quality of experience for every one of your users and automates root cause analysis if network problems do occur. It even gives you indicators of future problems so IT can address issues before they impact user experience. Cognitive Wi-Fi helps you resolve problems rapidly instead of turning them into a wild goose chase.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Technical (Plugs and Wires)
    Project-Based Learning - How DO you Know?
    Deborah Spencer and Diane DeMario - ASSET STEM Education
    GEMMELL 250
    What is the difference between project assignment and project-based learning experiences? Project-based learning is a powerful approach that creates authentic, realistic opportunities to engage students in the process of learning. Through intentional design, educators are able to create inquiry-based experiences that provide differentiation and ongoing assessment. Working with partners in education and industry, ASSET STEM Education has worked with over 150, K-12 educators over the last three years to support the implementation of PBL in districts. This collaborative session will help administrators and classroom educators consider the differences and begin the essential conversations needed to implement this 21st century strategy successfully.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, STE(A)M Learning
    Get into the Flow with ClassFlow
    Dr. Samantha Fecich – Professor, Grove City College
    GEMMELL 252
    Learn how to integrate ClassFlow into your classroom. This dynamic tool is fantastic for engaging presentations on the interactive whiteboard or on individual student computers. Participants will get hands on experience using ClassFlow and get an introductory lesson about utilizing it in their classroom.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology
    SESSION C 12:55 – 1:45
    Motivation in the Classroom
    Joe Harmon – Teacher, Redbank Valley School District
    GEMMELL 146
    Research has proven that motivation in the classroom is crucial. Joe's doctoral research was on motivation, specifically the factors that help boost more intrinsic types of motivation in the classroom. He will share what he learned and help you sustain students' passions, creativity, and efforts.
    Recommended Audience: Best Practices in the Classroom 
    Work Smarter, not Harder with Google
    Anna Woods – Teacher, DuBois Area School District
    GEMMELL 152
    Come and learn how to utilize Google in your daily lessons, assignments, and projects. We'll share tips and tricks for GAFE. The focus will be on Google Classroom, but ways to implement Google forms and 
    Google docs will also be discussed. 
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology, Best Practices in the Classroom
    What's Missing in Your Reading Instruction? LETRS!
    Denise Ross – Training and Consulting, Riverview Intermediate Unit #6
    GEMMELL 246
    Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) prepares educators for the challenging work of teaching literacy. LETRS is now available at RIU#6! Join Denise for an overview of this comprehensive professional development which responds to the growing need for high-quality support for literacy educators and is intended for educators striving to raise literacy achievement for all learners in grades K-12.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Best Practices in the Classroom 
    Privacy Evaluations for Apps? What's That?
    Jennifer Ehehalt - Common Sense Education
    GEMMELL 248
    Do you know how the apps you're using use and share student information? Learn how to navigate Common Sense's privacy evaluations and the implications for your school. Discuss the importance of privacy and data use for educators. Share practices at your school and learn from others. 
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Technical (Plugs and Wires), Education Technology
    3D Printing in the Elementary Classroom
    Mike Bertoni - Technology Teacher, Clarion-Limestone Area School District
    GEMMELL 250
    3D printers are an awesome piece of technology that can be utilized to meet the educational needs of a wide range of students. This presentation will chronicle experience with a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer and how the machine is currently utilized in his classroom. Topics covered will include applicable instructional strategies, software overviews, examples of student designed projects, resources for additional models, and printing hacks.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology, STE(A)M Learning
    Fixer Upper: How I Climbed the SAMR Ladder
    Kristen Zaccari – 5th Grade Teacher, North Allegheny School District
    GEMMELL 252
    This session will focus on how to revamp lessons commonly taught in an elementary classroom and give them a new life by the purposeful integration of technology tools such as Explain Everything, GAFE, Quizizz, and Do Ink. Reboot your lessons and create your own “punch list” to take back to your classroom to help work your way up the SAMR ladder.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology
    SESSION D 1:55 – 2:45
    Getting Students Engaged With Nearpod!
    Greg Macer and Katherine Kauffman Roth - Nearpod Pionears
    GEMMELL 146
    This interactive session introduces attendees to the power of Nearpod! Learn how a presentation tool can engage students with features like polls, drawing, and virtual field trips while providing real-time feedback to the instructor. No longer will students sit idly by while waiting for the end of the presentation - instead they will be immersed in their own learning. This session is appropriate for those new to Nearpod, as well as those who would like to delve into advanced features. Explore all that Nearpod has to offer with experienced Nearpod Pionears! Please BYOD to this session.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology; Best Practices in the Classroom
    Creating Quality Video Content on a Budget
    Dr. Lacey Fulton - Assistant Professor, Clarion University
    GEMMELL 152
    Creating video content is a breeze with a smart phone and a few simple (and inexpensive) tools. This presentation will introduce multiple tools (microphones for smart phones/tablets, smart phone tripods, pop-up green screen) that can be used with free or inexpensive video editing software (iMovie, Premiere Pro Elements) to create video content for classroom projects, student announcements, public speaking practice or just for fun on a rainy day!
    Recommended Audience: Technical (Plugs and Wires), Education Technology
    Mass Customized Learning - Things to Consider
    Lisa Royek – Principal, Titusville Area School District
    GEMMELL 246
    Titusville Area will explain their implementation of Mass Customized Learning by giving a short overview and then address three of the Top Ten areas: Things they Love about it, Things they Didn't Expect and Things they are Working to Overcome that were issues in the implementation. They will also discuss the role of technology in MCL.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology 
    Distance Learning - RUS/DLT Grant
    Alejandra Sulpizio and Mark Carretta - ePlus Technology
    GEMMELL 248
    This past year ePlus and their Grants team worked with Titusville Area School District to apply for the RUS/DLT Grant to offer Distance Learning technologies for their district along with Forest Area School District, Union City Area School District, and Edinboro University. ePlus' Grants team worked with the districts to help craft a distance learning curriculum between the districts and Edinboro, and get the necessary equipment to provide for that curriculum. We would like to take the opportunity to discuss our achievements with Titusville Area School District and how we can help surrounding districts and communities achieve a clear path for Distance Learning Objectives.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology, Tech (Plugs and Wires)
    Coding and the Teachable Moment
    Louise Maine - Biology Teacher, Punxsutawney Area School District
    GEMMELL 250
    Can you incorporate computer programming into your class? Chances are you already do. Learn about various computational thinking skills and how to integrate these into your classroom. Participants will understand that many of these topics in coding programming are mirrored everyday through sequences, cause and effect, and problem solving activities. Using these applications can bring a deeper and different understanding to students and the understanding of your content. The uses of computational thinking skills goes beyond skills for certain careers and are essential skills for all students regardless of career choice. Online coding resources will also be shared.
    Recommended Audience: STE(A)M Learning
    Digital Storytelling
    Larry Dorenkamp - 8th Grade US History Teacher, North Hills School District
    GEMMELL 252
    Attendees will be introduced to various applications that students can use to create stories and narratives through a digital format, we will share how to locate primary resources from various locations that are practical and grade level appropriate, identify strategies that engage students and lead them to produce narratives that display their understanding of primary resources, and we provide helpful tips for using the Stop Motion app. After the formal dissemination of information, attendees will be provided an opportunity to produce a brief Stop Motion project using three-dimensional manipulatives of varying kinds to produce their own Stop Motion example that displays a comprehension of the techniques provided by the presenters.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology
    SESSION E 2:55 – 3:45
    Branding your School through Broadcasting
    Mike Fricko and Blane Gold - English/Broadcast Journalism, Redbank Valley School District
    GEMMELL 146
    We will look at how the development of a student driven broadcast journalism course can help to promote community relations through positive exposure to school events. You will also learn how to make highlight videos of class projects so you can show future students what you expect of them and also challenge them to improve upon previous classes.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology, Best Practices in the Classroom
    Technology in Elementary School Classrooms
    Kristen Landers - Elementary Computer Teacher, Redbank Valley School District
    GEMMELL 152
    Kristen has been teaching elementary computer classes for the past six years. She has incorporated everything from keyboarding and basic word processing to coding and 3D design into my classroom. During this session she'll share where she obtains resources, as well as how these skills are benefiting the students in their regular education classrooms. She will also discuss how you can integrate technology into your own curriculum.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology, STE(A)M Learning
    Accelerate Learning with LightSail
    Jennifer Zarra - LightSail
    GEMMELL 246
    Learn about how LightSail’s adaptive reading platform accelerates learning in balanced literacy classrooms. Balanced literacy is an approach to teaching reading and writing that incorporates all of the elements necessary for students to become fully literate and engaged in literacy. The three main components of balanced literacy include: reading workshop, writing workshop, and word work. After a brief review of balanced literacy, we will explore how the features of LightSail support the instructional strategies typically used in a balanced literacy environment. LightSail perfectly meshes with a balanced literacy framework by including built-in scaffolds, providing data to support personalized instruction, and using authentic literature – algorithmically matched to each student’s specific zone of proximal development – to inspire a deep affinity for reading. Additionally, the flexibility of the platform means that it can be a critical component of every element of a balanced literacy classroom, even those customized to a particular district or school.
    Recommended Audience: Administration, Education Technology
    Assessment Tools on Any Device in K-12
    Rick Roth and Larry Dorenkamp - Mathematics Teacher/Technology Trainer, North Hills School District
    GEMMELL 248
    The focus of this session will be on free assessment tools that can be implemented by teachers of all subject areas and administrators in K-12. Socrative is a free assessment tool that records and reports data from any web-based device. Kahoot! is a free tool that is similar to "bar trivia" for students. Quizlet is another free web-based tool that both students and teachers can use as a study aid by creating practice tests, flashcards, and review games.
    Recommended Audience: Admin, Technical (Plugs and Wires), Ed. Technology, STE(A)M Learning
    Educational Foundations: Digital Literacy and STEM Readiness Resources
    Alyssa Mahramus - EverFi
    GEMMELL 250
    Through EverFi’s interactive, web-based programs focused on key critical skill areas aligned to Pennsylvania standards, students will have the opportunity to apply abstract concepts into real world situations. Through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, these resources are available at no cost to your school. 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 apply math and social studies concepts in a virtual community. We will take a deep dive into the programs and determine the best fit for your curriculum. Future Goals-Hockey Scholar (Grades 5-8) through immersive real-life simulations, students build their understanding of fundamental STEM concepts, such as geometric constructions, energy, and forces. Ignition- Digital Literacy and Responsibility (Grades 5-8) Educates students on the risks and rewards that technology can bring to their lives and empowers them with the skillset to leverage technology safely and effectively. Radius (Grades 8-12) a unique digital STEM education program that uses online gaming and simulations to teach critical math, technology, and coding skills. Radius features  real world application of algebra to basic computer science in a secret agent themed course. Engaging, interactive lessons focus on skill building and highlighting the career possibilities that a STEM education could unlock.
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology, STE(A)M Learning
    Seesaw: Student-Driven Portfolios 
    Sara Groves – Teacher, North Allegheny School District
    GEMMELL 252
    Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio system that helps to create a closer home-to-school connection. Students are able to independently document their own learning in real time and bring their families “into” their school day! Through this session participants will not only learn about the features of Seesaw and how to get started, but tips, tricks and ideas to seamlessly integrate this into their classroom or school. Seesaw can be used on tablets, phones and computers, so whether you are ‘one-to-one’ or only have one device, we can help make Seesaw a useful tool in your classroom!
    Recommended Audience: Education Technology 
    POSTER SESSIONS 11:30 – 12:45
    Bringing Tech to Text: Using G-Suite for Online Lit. Circles
    Mike Fricko - English Teacher, Redbank Valley School District
    GEMMELL (first floor by food court area)
    Over the years, literature circles continue to be redefined as technology becomes more & more an essential part of our classrooms. This poster session will take a look at how to successfully create online literature circles using the Google Suite for Education as the primary tool to facilitate the learning.
    C3 Model Project
    Dr. William R. Naugle – Director of International Programs, Clarion University 
    GEMMELL (first floor by food court area)
    Clarion University students and faculty in various disciplines are currently collaborating with a K-12 school in Guadalajara, Spain (Sagrado Corazón), on a project that provides the Spanish students and teachers with “virtual” access to American English and culture. The Clarion University students, as part of their curricular experience, provide language/culture content resource for the teachers and students in Spain. The project is called the C3 Model (Clarion CLIL Competence Model). It presents a practical, low-cost model for providing Other Language Support (OLS) to primary, secondary, and university classrooms using videoconferencing and/or flipped classroom strategies.
    The Nitty Gritty of Designing Problem-Based Learning
    Louise Maine - Biology Teacher, Punxsutawney Area School District
    GEMMELL (first floor by food court area)
    Although project based learning has been around for some time, design thinking is relatively new. It offers scaffolding for teachers in crafting lessons for students that offer collaboration, critical thinking, choice in the demonstration of knowledge, and also empower a new generation to envision a difference in their community and how they use information. In order to be able to use design thinking to solve the problem, students must work through and use the content throughout their decision making. Students will delve deeper into the content and use creativity to solve the problem. Examples from a High School Biology class will be provided as well as examples collected from other sources. See how creativity and engagement can be added to your classroom.
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