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Thursday, December 11
 

12:00pm

Registration
Thursday December 11, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Inspire Lobby San Mateo Marriott

1:00pm

Planning, implementing and sustaining a blended learning program.
This workshop will benefit teacher and administrative educational leaders. Learn about tools, metrics and measures that will help you build, improve or extend a successful and student-centric blended learning program. This session focuses on best practices of planning and implementing a blended learning program and based on iNACOL’s roadmap for blended learning implementation which includes the six key elements of leadership, professional development, teachers, policy, technology, content. Learn how these can be applied in your school or district.

Speakers

Thursday December 11, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA San Mateo Marriott

1:00pm

Using iBooks Author to Create Interactive Resources
iBooks author can be used by administrators, teachers and students to create dynamic and interactive resources for school or classroom management and for student learning. Participants must have a Mac device with iBooks author installed.



Thursday December 11, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA San Mateo Marriott
 
Friday, December 12
 

7:30am

Registration
Friday December 12, 2014 7:30am - 4:00pm
Inspire Lobby San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Blend it Up!: Google Apps for Education + Chrome Extensions
Come learn to leverage Google Apps for Education to take student achievement to the next level. See how Chrome Apps and Extensions can be used with "Google Classroom" to engage students both in and out of the school environment, and create dynamic learning experiences for students on their way to content mastery!

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Blended: How to Make Blended Learning Work for Students and Teachers
Michael Horn will highlight his new book's findings on blended learning and disruptive innovation. He will discuss how school leaders and teachers can design learning environments to harness innovation toward personalization, access and equity at scale to unleash student engagement and dramatically improve student achievement. Michael is available to sign his new book, "Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” following the presentation.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Create a Personal Learning Network Using Free Digital Tools and Resources
Digital technologies make it easier to connect, to collaborate and to learn together with others around the corner and around the world. Personalize your professional learning by building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) – a system of interpersonal connections and resources that support informal learning. Develop you PLN using free tools, including social media tools such as Twitter. Become a lifewide learner. You have nothing to lose but your isolation.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Silverstein

Tina Silverstein

Instructional Designer, ACOE
Instructional Designer and Online/Blended Learning specialist at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). I run the Connected Learning/Connected Educator program at ACOE. Talk to me about personal learning networks, online communities of practice, online and blended teaching and learning, and new and exciting models of and methods for professional learning, open education resources. In my non-digital time I love to be outside listening to... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Growth of LMS Use: How Moodle became a part of every class, every day
A look at the growth of Moodle from a single teacher to district wide adoption (grades 3-12) over the span of several years. The presentation will review how staff were trained, how successful use was promoted, what expectations were in place, and what freedoms teachers had. The practices for promoting an LMS will apply to any brand of LMS and to any tech tool you want teachers to use. Bonus: Why we need an LMS in 2014?

Speakers
avatar for Colin Matheson

Colin Matheson

Carmel Unified School District
Ed Tech Professional Development Coordinator


Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Connect 6 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Managing Growth in Online/Blended Learning Programs
Knowing when and how to grow online learning programs can be almost as important as making the decision to create the program. Should you buy in early and large? Should you pilot small groups first? How many online seats should you purchase this year? What about next year? Keeping an eye on your budget, but meeting the needs of your students can always be a challenge. Learn how to meet that challenge.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Purposeful Selection: Finding the Best Digital Content for Your Needs
Over the last few years we’ve seen an exponential growth in digital content across all domains. Textbook adoption cycles of 5-10 years are being replaced by newly available digital content daily.

Where do you even start in order to think about what content might work best for your varied student population and empower, rather than overwhelm teachers?

New ways of organizing and curating these resources are emerging to help manage what can feel like chaos.

Join us as we discuss several frameworks for viewing the industry and evaluating specific products.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Politzer

Ben Politzer

Director of Growth, Education Elements
Looking forward to connecting with state, school, and district leaders passionate about student centered learning and the role technology can play in supporting good teaching and learning.


Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

Showing, Not Telling: Create and Share Stories for the DIGITAL Age
This workshop is designed for teachers interested in creating compelling videos for their flipped classroom and/ or for teachers that want to help their students to craft meaningful digital stories. The focus of the session will be: 1) how to create compelling, engaging digital stories in a variety of genres (narrative, informative and persuasive) to communicate clear, intended messages, and 2) how to combine good writing and storytelling strategies with moviemaking techniques and digital media tools to create original works that give students a “voice” to share with the larger community.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Grafton

Lee Grafton

Educational Tech Specialist, Palm Springs USD


Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

9:00am

To build or to buy?
Should you build or buy online courses? Participants will collaborate and evaluate the resources needed to create engaging online curricula. During the training, educators will learn the development process that Florida Virtual School has used over the last 15 years to create engaging, award-winning online courses. To help determine whether to build or buy, participants will review pedagogies, instructional design elements, and INACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Curate the World with the Google Cultural Institute
Find and curate artwork, historical events, landmarks and digital exhibits with the Google Cultural Institute. Explore three projects: Art Project, World Wonders, and Historic Moments. Create a collection of art and share it as a gallery. Virtually discover some of the most famous locations on earth. Evaluate other user’s galleries in this personalized tour of the world.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Foreign Language in E-Learning environment
In this session we will discuss & examine the way students learn language at all grade level. And what internet based tools are available for Language Acquisition.
We will examine: 1. Can E-Learning accomplish Language fluency? ; 2. What does Language Learning look like?; 3. Gamification & Language Learning?; and 4. Hybrid Learning environments: Classroom, G+/Skype hangouts, meetup, Field-trip..
This session concludes with open discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Production support, I wanna be a
I really enjoy couples dancing ie. country, west coast swing... sorry to say don't care for line-dancing. I have been skiing since my childhood. My childhood was involved in hiking around the wilderness of Alaska, lounging on moss and making snow angels. I was brought up in small communities were you could not be false about who you were,,,just go down to the local market and get the low down on me. As a child I learned how difficult it was to... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Getting to The Common Core of Blended Learning
Now that the "new car smell" of blended learning is wearing off, it's time to begin looking under the hood to determine what makes this model run so successfully at different levels. This workshop addresses how instructional leaders in and outside the classroom provide high quality instruction balancing the CCSS as well as those 21st Century skills needed for the workforce today. We will dive into the rotational model and look at how the "gradual release of responsibility" leads to a student who is able to think critically and is prepared for college and beyond.


Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Leading in the Digital Age: A Primer
Administrators are Lead Learners and set the example for their staff. Join the conversation to get strategies that will expand your knowledge, impress your teachers and ensure that your students are prepared to enter the digital age with confidence. In this session you will:
1. Explore technology options for connecting on your campus and with other Administrators in your district, around the state, and around the world: Twitter, G+, GAFE
2. Discuss how technology is a game-changer for CCSS by looking at some of the technology-enhanced trends in education at the moment such as blogging, 20% time, PBL, eportfolios, flipping, SAMR
3. Consider the impact on your campus culture of “changing the game” by removing the concept of failure
4. Talk about the benefits of Social Media for your office as well as your classrooms
5. Develop an action plan that you can take back to your site/district to ultimately change the culture on your campus


Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Connect 6 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Move beyond the traditional classroom
Set students and teachers up for success with an engaging, enriching learning experience. Support both face-to-face and online teaching and learning by promoting communication and collaboration both in the classroom and beyond.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

Preventing Failure: Building a Path to Success for CA Students Through Blended Learning
In this session we will look at this leading edge integration of technology in California’s classroom. First, we will focus on student success; how to create an environment where students are able to determine their path through education with technology inside and outside the classroom. Next, we will consider the teachers’ perspective and learn how they can organize their classrooms and utilize tools that support students with a personalized learning experience. Finally, we will consider the administrator’s perspective and look across the district to optimize the resources that are in place, determine what changes should be made, and execute a plan to improve outcomes for every student.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

The CA and National Digital Learning Landscape
With the 2014-15 school year well underway, what are the key trends in online and blended learning in California and other states? The lead researcher for the annual Keeping Pace publication will present the latest findings and discuss implications for educators and policymakers. In addition to providing the most recent counts of students in online and blended courses, we will explore effectiveness of digital learning, key policy changes, and the convergence of digital learning and personalized learning.


Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

10:15am

The Importance of Building Community in an Online Environment
Creating an online environment is more than putting the curriculum together. Community building is as, if not more, important to consider when designing for online learning. This session will look at community building and successful case studies.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

11:30am

Lunch, Awards, & Keynote
Shortly after lunch begins, we'll announce our eLearning Educator of the Year and eLearning Advocate Awards, followed by Amy Burvall's Keynote address.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
Convene 1 & 2 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas
Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas is an interactive training that will equip educators with an understanding of their role in addressing the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Applying CCSS across all subject areas helps transform students who are accustomed to thinking about text-explicit concepts into dynamic thinkers able to draw inferences and reach evidence-based conclusions no matter what course they are in. Learn ways that higher-order questioning can be infused into Live Lessons/Collaborations and be the beginning of an exciting change in learning outcomes.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Blending Learning with Classroom for Google Apps for Education
Many classrooms are already using Google Apps for Education to move learning outside the four walls of the classroom. Bring your Google Apps account and a mobile device and experience how Google's new tool "Classroom" helps teachers create a blended learning environment with their students.



Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Designing Online Courses with a 21 Century Framework
Today’s students need critical thinking and problem-solving skills to meet the challenge of a constantly changing workforce and know how to problem solve on a day-to-day basis. For online instructors building the “Four Cs” into an online learning platform will be a greater challenge as this platform does not lend itself to face-to-face collaboration. Online instructors can incorporate challenging task and utilize Web 2.0 Tools to allow students to demonstrate the “Four C’s” in class assignments and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Dickenson

Patricia Dickenson

Assistant Professor, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, USA
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at National University


Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Key Strategies for Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Blended Courses
Schools are moving toward more blended learning as technology becomes easily accessible to students. A well-trained teacher can expand upon the online components of the blended classroom. Research indicates that students achieve more if their teachers are well-versed in the pedagogical strategies and techniques necessary for blended learning. This lecture and Q & A identifies key strategies for designing professional development for teachers of blended high school courses.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Grado

Chris Grado

Principal, Antelope Valley UHSD


Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Connect 6 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Reach Every Student with Blended Learning
The Flipped Classroom, blended learning, faculty meetings, ALPS, intervention sessions, mastery teaching/standards based grading...So many reasons to move away from a direct instruction model and now more than ever we have the tools to make the promise of differentiated instruction a reality. Spend this session learning how to apply the web tools as well as build the class culture necessary to make digital lessons effective in your classroom or school.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Redlands eAcademy - Making K-12 Blended learning WORK
Redlands eAcademy, a K-12 Public, Blended Learning school in Southern California's Inland Empire, will share our story of creating and growing our school. Topics we will address include: how to get started, what road blocks to expect and ideas to address these, student recruitment and training, increasing two-way parent communication, successes and challenges for teachers and learners, and creating structures for continual school improvement.


Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Shall we play a game?
Not everyone realizes the amazing potential of games. Those who play know that games challenge us, push the boundaries of possibility, and feed our imaginations. They often give players a safe place to express themselves, to take on difficult tasks, connect with others, and develop important skills through practice. How might we harness this incredible experience in the classroom? In this session, explore Game-Based Learning and Gamification in education. Learn how research has shown that the concepts of “fiero” and “flow” can foster engagement with both teachers and students. Using gamification can take professional development and everyday teacher tasks to new levels of excitement. In the classroom, transform curriculum through game-based experiences using both technology and other game based strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Kami Thordarson

Kami Thordarson

Director of Instructional Technology, Campbell Union School District
I am an educator who is passionate about exploring with students, engaging them with real-world content and tasks, and learning with them side by side. I am also passionate about digital storytelling, gaming, and learning more about the constantly changing world around me. Twitter: @kamithor
avatar for Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

STEM Coach, Los Altos Elementary
EZ

Erin Zaich

Elementary Teacher, Los Altos School District


Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

1:10pm

Towards an Open Assessment Ecosystem
In the face of standards such as Common Core, use of formative assessments on a micro and iterative level with K-12 students is critical to achievement of those final mastery objectives. Effective and frequent assessments have been shown to be a cornerstone of a successful "backward design" effort to achieve learning objectives.

Using resources (such as videos and games) in the flipped or blended classroom is of course becoming more prevalent. What has not yet been widely discussed or explored is how using resources is a great way to provide the payoff from determining knowledge gaps from formative assessments.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Digital Literacy Key to eLearning
More than ever, our children are growing up digital. However, does that mean there is a corresponding growth in their ability to evaluate and integrate? Hear how a teacher librarian can act as a “guide on the side” teaching students how to wade through the wealth of information without giving up, focusing on the four C’s Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, and Collaboration. Expand expectations for the role of the teacher librarian to be part of the team leading the digital movement, capitalizing on resources, and serving as the go-to person for professional development.

Speakers
RO

Renee Ousley-Swank

School Library Technology Consultant, California Department of Education


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Empower your Students to become Published Authors: Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad
With digital tools, teachers and students have the means to create stories and non-fiction narratives that can be published and shared with worldwide audiences. Using a free iPad app, learn how to facilitate student writing that combines text, photos, drawing, and their voice to create digital stories or nonfiction accounts. Incorporate project based learning and explore ways to create active, participatory, and authentic class projects. Learn how teachers have utilized Photo Story across grade levels and content areas, supporting Common Core State Standards, and how students can uniquely document and demonstrate their learning in a published physical book.


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Connect 6 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Project Based Learning in a Digital World
Researching, critically analyzing and evaluating information, and creatively constructing knowledge is not only part of the Common Core Standards but an integral part of a successful and engaging educational experience for students. Project Based Learning online is a mechanism to effectively engage students in active learning while providing them with 21st century skills needed to navigate the complexities of a global marketplace and connected world. This session will highlight the integration of digital literacy and how to successfully implement Project Based Learning in an online environment through the use of Web 2.0 tools.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Searching, Curating and Remixing a World of Knowledge- Finding and Using Open Education Resources
This workshop will provide an introduction to the use of Open Education Resources (OER). OER are media, tools and other curriculum materials without copyright restrictions that can be used, distributed and often remixed by anyone. During the workshop, we will learn about Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons licensing. We will explore some online collections of OERs and learn about tools for curating collections of OER content.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Silverstein

Tina Silverstein

Instructional Designer, ACOE
Instructional Designer and Online/Blended Learning specialist at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). I run the Connected Learning/Connected Educator program at ACOE. Talk to me about personal learning networks, online communities of practice, online and blended teaching and learning, and new and exciting models of and methods for professional learning, open education resources. In my non-digital time I love to be outside listening to... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Strategies to Motivate Online Students
It is sometimes difficult to motivate students who you see face-to-face frequently. How do you motivate students who take classes online and you may never or rarely see them face-to-face? Join in on this session to learn research based strategies to motivate the unmotivated student.


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Technology in the Common Core Age
Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessments are changing our classrooms. K-12 online and blended learning environments are poised to lead the change. This session examines the specific role of technology in this transformation - including research and best practices. We will examine some of the ideas and the applications gaining traction as teachers make the connections between ed tech and the Common Core.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Large

Dennis Large

Director, Riverside County Office of Education


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

To do or not to do Online Discussions in High Schools
This session will present research on how to evaluate online discussions as well as research on strategies used to benefit classroom discussions through the use of online discussions. Online instructional strategies and methods to analyze online discussions will be described including the results of a research study that compared high school students perceptions and academic performance between using online discussions before face-to-face classroom discussions with using online discussions after face-to-face discussions


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

2:20pm

Webinars for Teaching with Google Hangouts Air
Learn to use Google Hangouts Air to flip your classroom or as part of a regular instructional strategy. Google Hangouts Air is free, continually evolving with app extensions, and can provide a cutting edge method of online instruction to students or can be used by students to demonstrate their learning!


Friday December 12, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Building Creativity Through Flipped Learning
Creativity is something hard to define and even harder to teach, but is something that is essential to the learning process. How can teachers, particularly flipped class teachers, create an environment where students can learn to take risks, collaborate, and embrace the chaos of creativity? We will discuss research about creativity, practical strategies to foster creativity, and will trace our journey to make creativity the centre of our classroom, both for our students and in our own practice.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Morris

Cheryl Morris

Teacher, San Jose Middle School
Cheryl has been teaching for 13 years, mostly high school with a few years of 6th grade and one of 7th grade at the end. She is a PBS Digital Innovator, as well as a Google Certified Innovator. With her cross-country collaborative partner, Andrew Thomasson, she has been exploring flipped learning, student-centred education, inquiry, and project-based learning. Together they have taught about 20 different classes, and over 1500 students in... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Thomasson

Andrew Thomasson

teacher, Forestview High School
Both Andrew and Cheryl have been teaching for over a decade, mostly in high school (though Cheryl made the jump down to 6th grade this year). They tried flipping separately before meeting during #flipcon12, and since then have been co-flipping cross-country. Together they have taught about 20 different classes, and over 1000 students in their collaborative flipped classrooms, and are always experimenting trying to find the best way to reach... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Building Critical Thinking with Gamebased Learning in Minecraft
Critical thinking is an important skill to prepare students for college and career readiness. A county wide program was constructed to train teacher to understand how a gaming mindset support summative and formative assessment as students solve project based lessons in games such as Minecraft.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Kolset

Randy Kolset

Coordinator, Orange County Department of Ed
I am passionate about educating students, teachers and leaders with ideas that excite, motivate and build towards a strong future for our world. Technology provides a great structure that allows this to happen.


Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Design Thinking: The Confluence of a Blended Learning Pedagogy and Project-Based Curriculum
Learn how a project-based curriculum and a blended pedagogy can most effectively serve students and educators within a secondary school. Join CTE professor and the preeminent hyper-blended researcher navigate through the competing currents that face today's K-12 educators. Dr. Jeffrey Smith’s overview includes the four key elements needed to effectively teach in a context-based and blended learning environment: industry driven curriculum, non-hierarchical organization, teacher-developed online pedagogy, and architectural spaces designed to enhance student learning.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Discussion Boards: Purpose and Power
Participants will explore the purpose and power of Discussion Boards. Discussion Boards can be used for the following three purposes: 1) deepening a student's knowledge, 2) initiating peer tutoring, and 3) demonstrating mastery of material. Discussion boards are powerful tools for meeting many ELA Common Core Anchor Standards. In this workshop participants will take an in-depth look at how to use Discussion Boards effectively. Key concepts that will be looked at include developing essential questions, online deliberation, and argumentation. Be prepared to discuss these concepts.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Google Tools Complete the Common Core Connection for ELA
It’s inevitable that CCSS is coming to your classroom and school, if it hasn’t done so already. Learn how you can meet each broad standard when using Google Presentations, Google Blogger, and Google Sites.

The four broad standards for the ELA CCSS are reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Participants will see demonstrations on how each of those standards can each be addressed using Google Presentations, Google Blogger, or Google Sites to meet CCS Standards in their ELA classrooms. An explicit outline of how each CCS ELA standard is met in each tool will be presented. It is estimated that 15 minutes will be used for each respective Google Tool, but with anticipated Q&A intertwined, each segmented presentation could last up to 20 minutes. While conceptually these ideas can be applied across content areas, the examples will be specific to ELA.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Mattis

Kristina Mattis

Google Director, SFUSD
Kristina works in the Department of Technology for the San Francisco Unified School District. She tries to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all 120 schools, 56k students, and 4500 teachers (and some admins and staff), so you'll often see her cruising around the city, trying to not get into any accidents. Her geeky side brings in her love for research and making sure that her work is aligned with CCSS. After a few... Read More →


Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

Moving Digital Curriculum Forward
This session will focus on Shmoop's digital curriculum resources that are fun, relevant, and affordable. Shmoop balances a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials that help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. A complete one-stop shop for education curriculum, Shmoop provides online test prep, Common Core-aligned courses, learning guides, and webtools for students and teachers alike.

In this session in particular, we will address current roadblocks in education and how to overcome them using EdTech tools such as Shmoop. With increasing funding cutbacks, schools face a daunting challenge when it comes to creating effective, accessible, and motivating curriculum that will lead to collegiate success.

Speakers

Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

The Blended CTE Classroom
Taking a Career Technical Education class from the traditional face-to-face setting to a blended format is a challenge. But is it really? Find out from CTE instructors the benefits and the challenges of teaching a blended learning class. Discover the lessons learned, the pitfalls and the
surprises!


Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Connect 6 San Mateo Marriott

3:30pm

The Core of the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now a part of all classrooms, but how can you quickly and easily create and develop lessons that will allow you to meet multiple CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? This session will provide you with strategies on how to develop tool sets, workflows and power lessons that will allow you to supercharge the teaching and learning in your classroom. This session will also allow you to get the students to teach each other and in turn deepen their own learning.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Brumbaugh

Kyle Brumbaugh

Director, Professional Lrng, Krause Ctr for Innovation
EdTech Evangelist / Guerrilla Learner - Google Certified Teacher-CommonSenseMedia Trainer-Sony Educational Ambassador-Leading Edge Certified Trainer/Developer


Friday December 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott
 
Saturday, December 13
 

7:30am

Registration
Saturday December 13, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Inspire Lobby San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

Beyond Blended Learning. It’s Blended Instruction.
Sometimes relying on anecdotal feedback isn’t enough to justify why something is done the way it is. Blending theory into practice can help you answer “that’s why.” Learn how Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios can improve student writing outcomes.

It’s not just blended learning anymore, it’s blended instruction. Blending theory and research into practice increases the validation of instructional design. In this session, the writing process will be justified by theory and research. Participants will be shown how the stages from the theory of self-regulated learning actually improve writing outcomes, all of which students can demonstrate using Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios. While the initial establishment of the process is teacher-directed, future processes are student-centered, allowing students to take more ownership of their writing.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Mattis

Kristina Mattis

Google Director, SFUSD
Kristina works in the Department of Technology for the San Francisco Unified School District. She tries to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all 120 schools, 56k students, and 4500 teachers (and some admins and staff), so you'll often see her cruising around the city, trying to not get into any accidents. Her geeky side brings in her love for research and making sure that her work is aligned with CCSS. After a few... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

Google Sites and the Power of an Authentic Audience
Learn how to motivate students to demonstrate and share their learning with digital portfolios and cross-curricular, common core aligned projects using Google Sites and other Google Apps for Education. We will also explore free online media creation apps to enrich the curriculum, and discuss ways to share and modify for various grade levels and subject areas.

Speakers

Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

Implementing a Blended Learning Program in a School District
Blended Learning is allowing schools to use real-time data to personalize learning for each student in a variety of ways with the use of technology. Hear about one California school district’s experience about implementing blended learning and learn how it can be applied to your school or district. Other California implementations will be shared as well as a framework for implementing your blended learning program whether in a school or across an entire district.


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

National Certification for Innovative Educators - Be Leading Edge
Discover a certification program designed for innovative educators like you. Leading Edge Certification prepares educators to be digital age leaders and learners. Certifications include Online and Blended Teacher, Digital Educator, Administrator, and Professional Learning Leader.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Forst

Danielle Forst

Professional Learning Coordinator, CUE
Danielle Forst is the Professional Learning Coordinator for CUE. Prior to this role, she was a classroom teacher  and implemented a blended K-8 Independent Study program. She has also taught online courses for K-12 educators. Danielle is honored to be a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and a Leading Edge Certified Professional Developer.
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Mary Kraus

Project Specialist, Online & Blended Learning, San Diego County Office of Education
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Sandy Somera

Educational Technology Consultant, Self-Employed
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Eileen Walters

Instructional Technology Specialist, Contra Costa County Office of Education


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

Remixing and Modding in the Math Classroom
Blended learning is a data, driven instructional approach, that offers personalized learning in a flexible, adaptive model that draws from multiple resource and an integration of technology.
Using Khan Academy in our 5th through 8th grade math classrooms, allows many teachers to experience data driven instruction at a new level. Using performance based assessments built on common core standards, our teachers are designing curriculum and projects that engage students not only in math, but across subject areas. Participants will have an understanding of how one school district is moving teachers to a personalized blended learning model where teachers are weaving technology and various other resources together to create dynamic and authentic learning opportunities that work towards a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Twitter: #mathmodding.

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avatar for Kami Thordarson

Kami Thordarson

Director of Instructional Technology, Campbell Union School District
I am an educator who is passionate about exploring with students, engaging them with real-world content and tasks, and learning with them side by side. I am also passionate about digital storytelling, gaming, and learning more about the constantly changing world around me. Twitter: @kamithor
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Karen Wilson

STEM Coach, Los Altos Elementary
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Erin Zaich

Elementary Teacher, Los Altos School District


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

To Engage or Not Engage: Ingredients for Quality Online Learning Experiences
As online learning continues to expand, don’t leave the students behind through lack of engaging online experiences. Come to this session where we will examine how to actively engage students with the online content; whether that content is a single lesson, unit or a complete course. We will demonstrate tools and online resources that can be used to create online learning experiences that engage students, promote critical thinking and deliver Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards content.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

8:00am

[Insert LMS Here] Summer Academy
Last year, I built a blended summer course for teachers who wanted to incorporate a blended component to their classes. The course was delivered through our LMS, using a flipped model, and included not only instruction in using the LMS but also considerations and strategies for online learning. I’ll share how I built the course, how the teachers completed the work, and what some of the results were.

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Kevin Fairchild

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Saddleback Valley USD
I was a high school science teacher, then a ToSA for Technology and Learning, and now work as Instructional Technology Coordinator in Saddleback Valley USD. I am also an organizer of EdCamp San Diego and a board member of San Diego CUE. I have presented at CUE National, Fall CUE, CUE Affiliate Tech Fairs, EdTechTeam GAFE Summits, and eLearning Strategies Symposium.


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

8:15am

Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Blended Learning
Play with technology and explore new ways to engage students in active learning to meet the Common Core. This session will focus o n concrete strategies and tools you can use to teach reading, vocabulary, research and writing. Use technology to scaffold work, foster collaboration and drive higher-order thinking. Explore how you can blend technology and tradition to create a student-centered classroom that encourages students to be active participants in the learning process. Walk away with lesson ideas and fun tech tools you can use with students today!

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Catlin Tucker

Educator, Windsor Unified School District
Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 is a bestseller and her most recent book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology was published in June 2015. Catlin writes the “Techy Teacher” column for... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 8:15am - 11:15am
TBA San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

A Gamified To Do List
As a student in a fully online doctoral program it can sometimes be difficult to connect with classmates and a course. In this session I will share how our cohort connects and encourages each other. Our gamified to do list was surprisingly motivating for already motivated students. You will be able to practice using the to do list and take away a template that you can use with your students.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

App Smashing with the Common Core in an Elementary Classroom Setting
Now that our district has experienced the one-to-one setting for a few years, students are fluently versed in many CORE apps. Instead of staying stagnant with these CORE apps, we have taken these tools across subject areas to focus more on connecting learning to the Common Core Standards. Thus, we are able to move past the teaching of the apps themselves and into the learning of the material. Throughout our journey, we have recognized the importance of focusing on the learning and allowing students choice in picking the appropriate tool to reach a common goal. This session will show how app smashing works and how using different tools allows students choice while building capacity.


Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

Authoring and Adapting Online Content with CK12 - the Leading OER Platform
CK-12 is the leading Open Educational Resource (OER) for quality, free common core aligned online courses and curriculum concepts. Find a complete course or curriculum concept and use it directly out of the box… or copy it, edit and adapt it, and make it your own by adding your words, links, and resources. In this session, you’ll get an overview of the CK-12 OER system, learn how to search for and find courses and concepts, copy and edit courses and concepts, and even author and publish your own courses and concepts. Quality AND free... CK-12!

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Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

Google Classroom
Google Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with Google Apps for Education teachers to help them save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. This session will help participants gain knowledge and experience with all of the newest features of Google Classroom, as they learn to expertly navigate both the student and teacher interfaces within Classroom.

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avatar for Kristina Mattis

Kristina Mattis

Google Director, SFUSD
Kristina works in the Department of Technology for the San Francisco Unified School District. She tries to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all 120 schools, 56k students, and 4500 teachers (and some admins and staff), so you'll often see her cruising around the city, trying to not get into any accidents. Her geeky side brings in her love for research and making sure that her work is aligned with CCSS. After a few... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

iPhoneography: Creativity and Learning on the Go
Learn the art of making pictures on your iPhone. We’ll cover tricks for developing your imagery skills while thinking creatively about using mobile devices to teach Common Core in school. We will also cover ideas of how to use social media for more inspiration, and to further your learning on this popular new art form.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

L,M,N,O...PD's: An A to Z’s of Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Development Models to Support Technology Integration
This session will provide a snapshot into a variety of professional development models that can be implemented by administrators and staff. As Digital Learning Coaches we will share our experiences as coaches, mentors, and our role in developing appropriate professional development with a focus on technology integration. Let us help you find ways to incorporate PD's into your LMNOP's!

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Amanda Johnson

TOSA, ELA Curriculum, Tustin USD
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Brandee Ramirez

Instructional Coach, Tustin Unified School District
Brandee Ramirez has been in education for sixteen years and is currently a Connect Coach for Tustin Unified School District. Her main role is to coach teachers and students on finding their passion and how to incorporate technology into their daily classroom routines. She advises for Age of Learning/ABCmouse.com, is a UCI Writing Project Fellow, was Teacher of the Year-2013. She also works closely with COTSEN and Educator's Cooperative. She has... Read More →


Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

9:10am

Systems and Structures for Administrators to Support Blended Learning Implementation
This session will provide administrators and school leaders systems and tools to use in supporting blended learning teachers. Included will be ideas on systems, infrastructure, observing blended learning classrooms as well as a blended learning continuum that can be utilized across a school or district for implementing or sustaining a blended learning program.


Saturday December 13, 2014 9:10am - 10:10am
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

Digital Storytelling Using the iPad in an Online Environment
Explore the pedagogy, techniques, and application to content using student-generated digital stories created on the iPad using the online, collaborative video editor WeVideo. iMovie and YouTube upload will also be examined. Authentic research, writing, and speaking become transferable 21st century skills. A brief, live (follow-along) demonstration using WeVideo to make a prototype classroom digital story as well as comparison to iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, etc. will be explored. Resources, student examples, and writing prompts provided!

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avatar for Roger Pence

Roger Pence

Science Teacher, Benicia Middle School
I am convinced that visual literacy and creativity have a potentially transformative place in student learning. Through the creation and presentation of student-generated digital content, students can showcase and guide their own discovery, as well as hone useful 21st century skills. I love the interplay between the arts and core curricular content.


Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Inspire 2 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

Google Forms for Administrators
Increase communication and collaboration with Google Forms. Beyond surveys, Google Forms can be used as a walkthrough and evaluation tool, bullying & behavior report notification, & much more. Many Forms are already pre-made for you. we'll show you where to find them.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Inspire 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

Is it Working? Evaluating and Improving Course Effectiveness
Now that you have online or blended courses up and running, how do you know if they're "working"? Take a look at specific criteria that can help you objectively evaluate your program, improve course effectiveness, and increase student engagement and success. This workshop is great for big-picture program evaluation as well as for course-by-course evaluation and improvement. Learn from our experiences over the last decade implementing online and blended courses across the globe and share your insights as well!

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CW

Caye Wycoff

Assistant Director, Brigham Young University
Make your education as unique as you are. with over 400 courses in over 100 countries, we go where you go.


Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Synergy 4 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

NINE INDISPENSABLE TOOLS FOR BLENDED LEARNING SUCCESS
In the face of diminishing budget resources, where do you get the biggest bang for your blended learning dollar? What cost-effective tools are available to help ensure successful student outcomes? How do you find the great teachers and content to ensure student mastery in a proficiency-based learning environment? In this session, the founder of I•Schools, a non-profit blended learning center based on individualized education, shares the key tools, strategies and resources for ensuring student success using a personalized, blended approach. These methods apply to large school districts, rural communities, public and private, SPED to profoundly gifted – everywhere students are learning.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Connect 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

No More Worksheets - How to Inspire Students and Cultivate Creativity
We all are well intentioned, but there are days when we settle for making copies of a worksheet. In this session participants will leave with a toolkit of project and activities ideas that are as easy to do with your students as a trip to the copy machine.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Synergy 1 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

Online Tools to Support Computational Thinking
There's a lot of talk about young people needing to learn to code, but what are the deeper concepts, such as computational thinking, that one can gain through coding? And how can we use online tools and resources to teach computational thinking? This talk with describe what computational thinking is, why it is an important skill for today's students, and how it can be taught using online techniques.

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avatar for Elisabeth Sylvan

Elisabeth Sylvan

edtech . coding . HCI . blinky things | @lisard | lisard.com


Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Connect 5 San Mateo Marriott

10:20am

Teach Like A Pirate - Online
Dave Burgess, author of the book Teach Like a Pirate (TLAP) says "Do not teach a lesson, create an experience!" Let's take this experience online. Getting away from simply putting PDF's online, how can we create an experience that engages learners and follows the principles of TLAP? This session looks at how you can be an e-PIRATE educator.

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Saturday December 13, 2014 10:20am - 11:20am
Inspire 3 San Mateo Marriott

11:30am

Closing Keynote
Ramsey Musallam, blended learning guru and TED speaker, presents our closing keynote.

Saturday December 13, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Convene 1 San Mateo Marriott