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Welcome to Summer Spark 2016!  We hope you have an incredible two days of innovating, collaborating, and connectating!  The collaborative notes and presenter materials will be available at http://bit.ly/USMSparkNotes16. Let us know if we can help you in any way.  Enjoy!

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Monday, June 13
 

8:00am CDT

Registration
Monday June 13, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am CDT
Gym Foyer Gym Foyer

8:00am CDT

Breakfast
Get your day started with a light breakfast and some conversation with your fellow Sparkers!

Monday June 13, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am CDT
US Gym US Gym

8:30am CDT

Welcome to Summer Spark!
Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!


Monday June 13, 2016 8:30am - 8:45am CDT
Theater Theater

8:45am CDT

The Innovator's Mindset
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. Learning is not only consumption, but more importantly, it is what we create with the knowledge we have. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and how they can make a significant impact on the learning or ourselves and ultimately our students.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Learner, Speaker, Author, Couros Innovations LTD.
George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. In his 20... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 8:45am - 9:45am CDT
Theater Theater

10:15am CDT

Beyond the Tri-Fold: Personalizing Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens. When we encourage students to take risks, they often surprise us. This session will provide ideas for innovative assessment that quite frankly, was entirely inspired by students. We will also talk about the what, and the how of assessment, and how to provide greater opportunity for more student VOICE, CHOICE, and ownership in assessment. 

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Kornowski

Andrea Kornowski

Science Teacher, Kettle Moraine School District
Andrea Kornowski teaches AP Environmental Science at Kettle Moraine High School. As a Google Education Trainer, she also helps plan and facilitate the technology professional development in the district. In her free time you'll find her out in the field with her APES students, coaching... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M219 Strains M219 Strains

10:15am CDT

Design Thinking for Educators
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Design thinking is a planning, implementation, and problem-solving process that can help educators meet challenges to provide ideal learning environments for students and teachers. It is a very collaborative process that puts the needs of people at the center of the planning work. Design thinking is a method that enables teachers to become effective innovators within their classrooms and schools to bring about needed changes. These changes can be anything from a learning space redesign, an overhaul of curriculum, to solving traffic issues in the school parking lot. Attendees will gain an understanding of the design thinking process and also participate in an engaging hands-on minds-on design challenge.

Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M312 Nesbit

10:15am CDT

Engaging Students with an Enrichment Box
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will learn about apps and activities to use for stretching students when they finish their work early.  We will discuss both electronic and non-electronic options.  Participants will have the information they need to make an enrichment box for their classroom.


Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M316 VanderVelde M316 VanderVelde

10:15am CDT

Sparking Students with Outdoor Experiences
Limited Capacity seats available

Research shows that in the stages of early childhood development there is a critical connection between time spent in nature and a child’s brain development.  Children are curious about their surroundings; the outdoors provides a perfect vehicle for the developmental of the whole child and to help them make sense of the world.  With today's fast paced structured day, at home and in school, children are not getting outside and exploring on their own.  We will look at current research of the importance of outdoor play and how hands-on outdoor experiences are important to the development of the whole child.  Participants will leave with information and activities to get them started on the path to outdoor experiences in all school settings.  


Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Meet in the Middle School Lobby

10:15am CDT

Google Gold: Google Hidden Treasures!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your Google Tour Guide, Michael Jaber (aka "Jabes") on a Googley Journey into areas less traveled by Google users. Some of the "Site-Seeing" will include places like:
The Google Cultural Institute, Think with Google, A Google a Day, Google Sky...
And the list goes on! This will be an interactive session, so come prepared to explore the new Googlicious Territories.

Be prepared to take in a marathon worth of resources in the distance of a 100 meter dash! You'll leave with your head spinning, as well as being out of breath!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Jaber

Michael Jaber

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Sheboygan Area School District
Michael Jaber is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Michael spent the first seventeen years of his career as a secondary social studies teacher for the Fond du Lac School District. After 17 years in the classroom... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M306 Fultz M306 Fultz

10:15am CDT

Plot Student Learning With Google MyMaps
Limited Capacity seats available

Google My Maps allows users to build, share, and publish custom maps. Learn to use this Drive based app with students, building context and background knowledge across all content areas. Plot locations from fiction and non-fiction texts or build a tour of a location. Build collaborative maps between students, classes, and schools, importing data such as locations, place names, or latitude and longitude. Participants will build a map, learning the tools in this hands-on session.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman

Instructional Coach, Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman is an Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and technology, Hartman collaborates with teachers to develop instructional strategies which enhance student learning, build professional learning opportunities... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

10:15am CDT

Adventures in the Gamified Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will describe how to layer the most motivational techniques of gameplay over your curriculum to increase student collaboration, problem solving, and creativity. Come away with practical strategies that you can use in any class or grade level to make learning come alive for your students! 


Speakers
avatar for Tisha Richmond

Tisha Richmond

Tech Integration Specialist, Medford School District 549c
Tisha Richmond is a passionate and innovative Tech Instructional Specialist in Medford, OR and author of the newly released DBC, Inc book, Make Learning Magical. She is passionate about infusing joy, passion, play and gamified strategies into classrooms to make learning MAGICAL. She... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M309 Matera M309 Matera

10:15am CDT

Got Genius?
Limited Capacity seats available

What do wrestling and coding have to do with one another? Second grade passions, of course! Genius Hour is a concept that can be implemented at any age. Join the presenters in finding out how second graders embraced the idea of growth mindset and set forth on a journey to research their passions.

Participants will participate in growth mindset activities and work through the steps of a passion project for lower elementary students as well as looking at technology tools to assist in the Genius Hour journey.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Panka

Cheryl Panka

Mentor Coordinator/Educator Effectiveness Coach, Pewaukee School DIstrtict
avatar for Dria Setter

Dria Setter

Educational Technology Coach, Pewaukee School District
Dria is a educational technology coach for K-6 in the Pewaukee School District - and loves her job! Working with teachers in this capacity has been a great vehicle for implementing personalized learning, differentiation, and increasing student engagement and empowerment. When she... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M209 Cermak M209 Cermak

10:15am CDT

Knights of the Global Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in connecting your students with others from different countries for any type of collaboration? Come and share your ideas.  Learn how to connect globally with resources that work for any grade level and discipline.  Explore strategies to help you think globally and look locally.  Examime a variety of different ways to connect with other classrooms and students.  If you have a desire to connect your classroom with other classrooms around the world, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for William Piper

William Piper

5th grade World Cultural Geography Teacher, University School of Milwaukee
I am a fifth grade World Cultural Geography teacher at University School of Milwaukee, and teach a survey course on how people and places around the world are both similar and uniquely different. Developing, analyzing and tweaking this course and working with learners whose heritage... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M318 Piper M318 Piper

10:15am CDT

Learning with LEGO
Limited Capacity seats available

From designing LEGO sets and minifigures on paper, to actually getting your hands on the colorful bricks and building with them, this session will show you everything you need to know about using LEGO in the classroom. We’ll go over basics for those of us who feel out of our element with construction toys, and go beyond the usual use of LEGO with classroom extensions that can turn a fun “activity” into a research project that will engage and excite your students.

Speakers
avatar for Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins

Teacher, Granite School District
Quinn Rollins is an educator in Granite School District, first at Bennion Junior High in Taylorsville, and more recently as the district social studies curriculum specialist. In previous lives he was a cartoonist and toy designer, which led him to using toys and comic books with his... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

10:15am CDT

The Lightning Round: 60 Powerful Tools in 60 Minutes
Limited Capacity filling up

Hang on, because they’re going to come fast and furious! 60 useful digital tools are presented in 60 minutes. Get the most power for your hour! Everyone will come away with something they didn’t know about that they can use. Includes GREAT digital handouts to give you access to these tools any time.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Educator, Blogger, Presenter, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Mellowes Hall Mellowes Hall

10:15am CDT

Developing a "LeadWild" Culture in Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Tom & Leah Whitford will share their thoughts and experiences on growing a collaborative leadership culture where teachers are comfortable taking risks and feel empowered enough to embrace the responsibility for developing that culture with peers and students.

Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M205 Abraham M205 Abraham

10:15am CDT

Professional Development - This Time It's Personal
Limited Capacity filling up

With so many new tools, apps, programs, resources, etc…, how do you prepare yourself, or your staff, to tackle the monumental task of effectively integrating technology?
This workshop will allow you time to explore models and tools that address the following:
- Creating an overall plan for PD that keeps education before technology
- Developing an individualized PD plans
- Creating teacher portfolios and sharing teacher reflections from PD
- Developing and utilizing effective online PD
- Developing PD which puts a focus on differentiated learning

Individual Learning Plans can be found at http://www.flippedpd.org/ 

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of ways to take a personal approach into your professional development.


Speakers
avatar for Sean Scanlon

Sean Scanlon

Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Sean Scanlon is the Director of Instructional Technology at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, IL. He is the lead developer and instructor for Professional Development, an Apple Teacher, and a Certified Google Education Trainer. Sean has presented at many Educational... Read More →



Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak

10:15am CDT

Sparking Innovative Student Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership is not limited to Student Council.  Students can be incredible problem solvers if they are given latitude to do so.   Over his 8 year tenure as Dean of Students, Rishi helped create leadership systems that were student centric and allowed students to be problem solvers.  Learn about leadership opportunities for students through advisory, retreats, diversity, clubs and project based learning.  Participants will leave with ideas that they can take back to their own schools.  


Speakers
avatar for Rishi Raghunathan

Rishi Raghunathan

History Teacher, University School of Milwaukee
Leadership. Inclusion. ISACS Equity and Justice Committee. History. Photography.


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M302 Barthenheier M302 Barthenheier

10:15am CDT

Putting the Art in STEAM
Limited Capacity filling up

We all know STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but do you know STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART, and mathematics)? In this session we will show you how to take full advantage of your Makerspace and art room. Learn how to use Perler Beads to make an Ozobot maze. Create your own BB-8 Green Screen. Make an animated book using Google Slides. Make Pizel art with Google Sheets. Learn how to make your own Clipart with Google Drawings and Adobe Illustrator Draw. Use Emojis to bring gamification to your classroom and more. Its full STEAM ahead as you will learn to create and be innovative for your classroom and students.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Read

Ryan Read

Manager of Campus Technology, Jackson RCSO
Ryan Read has an MSeD in Instructional Technology with five years experience in the field. He has been a part of several conferences presenting on the use of iPad, chromebook, digital classroom and Technology Integration and the use of his creation, App Dice. Currently the Manger... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M304 Judge M304 Judge

10:15am CDT

Jump Start Your Oral Proficiency Program in the World Language Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The World Language teachers at University School have spent the last year rebuilding their program based on ACTFL’s oral proficiency guidelines. Students spend much of their class time speaking or otherwise developing their oral proficiency skills. Students focus on language performance and learning targets. They are becoming familiar with the ACTF proficiency language. We would like to share our journey with you and help you refocus your program in a way that makes sense for you and your curriculum. Learn from our false starts and mistakes and come away with a plan to help jumpstart your students’ proficiency.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ballentine

Jeff Ballentine

6th and 7th grade Spanish teacher/academic dean, University School of Milwuakee
I'm interested in talking more about using learning targets and exploring ways to enhance personal professional development especially as it relates to evaluations.
avatar for Alison Dupee

Alison Dupee

French teacher, University School of Milwaukee
Lower School French teacher, prone to nerd out over foreign language curriculum, research and methods, good coffee and coffee roasting, authentic assessments, Global Ed, community building and culture. Always seeking excellence in work/life balance.
avatar for Shannon Peters

Shannon Peters

Middle School Spanish Teacher, University School of Milwaukee
avatar for Todd Schlenker

Todd Schlenker

Teacher, USM



Monday June 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
M140 Ballentine M140 Ballentine

11:30am CDT

Google Forms and other Formative Assessment Tools that will Transform Your Teaching
Limited Capacity filling up

The new and emerging Web related educational technologies that were introduced in the last couple of years have made it possible to create interactive and engaging assessment tools. In this session you will discover various tools that will increase your students' performance. We will focus on Google forms, various add-ons and various formative assessment tools. Learn to create assessments that will shake up classroom practices and improve your students' performance

Speakers
avatar for Aggie Salter

Aggie Salter

Technology Coach, Montello School District
Agnieszka Salter has been teaching elementary music and is the district technology coach at Montello Schools. Aggie is a Google Educator and Google Education Trainer, iPad/Tablet and Flipped Classroom certified educator who provides training for various districts. Aggie has spent... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M306 Fultz M306 Fultz

11:30am CDT

Preparing to LAUNCH
Limited Capacity seats available

In our classrooms and schools, there has been a great emphasis on providing opportunities for students to fail forward. The design thinking process is one way to allow for this to happen. In this workshop you will experience the design thinking process first hand through a design thinking challenge, where you will develop confidence in the steps of design thinking and also have an opportunity to collaborate and create your own design approach to your content area. CAUTION: Your creativity WILL be tested! And you won’t walk away empty handed.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Kornowski

Andrea Kornowski

Science Teacher, Kettle Moraine School District
Andrea Kornowski teaches AP Environmental Science at Kettle Moraine High School. As a Google Education Trainer, she also helps plan and facilitate the technology professional development in the district. In her free time you'll find her out in the field with her APES students, coaching... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M314 Dunning M314 Dunning

11:30am CDT

Explore the Creation Station
Limited Capacity seats available

When do we ever get time to just play? This is an opportunity to play with different materials that are available in The Wildcat Creation Station. A chance to see what kinds of activities that can be done using a Maker Space.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnne Williamson

JoAnne Williamson

Academic Technology Coordinator, University School Milwaukee
Newly minted academic technology coordinator in the Lower School at University. I am researching and learning every day about coding and making with younger kids. The learning curve is steep, but I keep on keeping on. I am excited about doing more with the little ones in the lower... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Meet in the Middle School Lobby

11:30am CDT

Beyond Batman: The Best Graphic Novels for Elementary Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Graphic Novels have surged in popularity over the last decade, but the increased number of books doesn’t always mean an increase in quality. This session looks at the best graphic novels and comic books for teaching elementary students, with a focus on literacy and updated teaching strategies unique to visual storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins

Teacher, Granite School District
Quinn Rollins is an educator in Granite School District, first at Bennion Junior High in Taylorsville, and more recently as the district social studies curriculum specialist. In previous lives he was a cartoonist and toy designer, which led him to using toys and comic books with his... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

11:30am CDT

Tear Down That Wall!
Limited Capacity filling up

Keeping it fresh and engaging everyday is hard. BUT...if you knock down the walls of your classroom and go out into the world, the world CAN be your oyster! Join us as we learn how to navigate the world of authors on your Smart Board, reading to other classes on World Read Aloud Day, or simply conducting your class in a new environment. I'm excited to show you possibilities as well as engage in a conversation of how and when we fit this all in! I'm here to tell you, it's possible! I can't wait to meet you!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Jones

Heidi Jones

5th Grade Teacher, Merton Intermediate School
I am so excited to be presenting at Summer Spark! Even though I have been teaching for over 25 years I feel like I just "woke up" when I became a connected educator. "Meeting" people on twitter, participating in chats, and connecting with other classrooms/authors [via GHO] has opened... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M316 VanderVelde M316 VanderVelde

11:30am CDT

Sharing is Caring: Collaborative Google Apps Activities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session introduces you to a long list of collaborative activities that can be accomplished across the entire Google Apps suite. These activities utilize the real-time collaboration, chat, commenting and link sharing capabilities of Google Apps. Collaborative activities can cross over to administration, enabling new, powerful modes of staff communication from the ground up.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Educator, Blogger, Presenter, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Mellowes Hall Mellowes Hall

11:30am CDT

How am I changing and improving lives? (with gamification)
Limited Capacity seats available

I am going to use the Design Thinking Process (LAUNCH) for the participants to begin the brainstorming phase for designing a mini game for a gamified classroom. Each stage in the Design Thinking Process will be a different level in the game. There also may be some Easter eggs and items that will be earned throughout the process. The first stage is to empathize and immerse the users (participants). There will be some resources to read through and then each participant will think about the last game they played. What elements of the last game they played made that game fun to play? Each partner will interview each other and describe their experience during the empathize and immersion stage. The next activity will be for each user to synthesize the needs and insights gained from the empathize and immersion stage.Then the users will create an avatar for the user they interviewed, The next stage is to define the problem. In a “How might we ……” question. Take what you learned from your user and come up with concise problem statement. After each participant has defined the problem they will be ready to ideate. During this stage each user will use sticky notes to come up with as many ideas as possible in 10 minutes. It will be fast paced and non judgmental. Each person will sketch their top 5 ideas and then share their sketches with the user.Then each person will give feedback on their sketches. Furthermore, each person will take their feedback and sketches and provide one single solution sketch. The next step is to build a prototype of their solution. They will build an actual 3D tangible object to put in their user’s hands that best represents their solution. They will use cardboard, tape, and other craft materials to build their model. The final stage is to test the prototype. Create an experience for your user and present their prototype to their user. Then the users will give feedback on their prototypes. Their feedback will be helpful, specific and kind. We will then share all prototypes to the whole group.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Science Instructional Coach, Council Bluffs Community Schools
@slapshot99


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M309 Matera M309 Matera

11:30am CDT

YouTube and Zaption: Making Learning Visible
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Just watching videos doesn't necessarily lead to deeper learning. Discover how to engage students with interactive videos that include text, images, questions, and discussions to deepen understanding, hold learners accountable as they watch, and personalize learning. Also learn how to use student created videos in the form of a 1 - Take as a method for informal formative assessment.  Walk away with the tools you need to immediately start using interactive video in your courses.


Speakers
JM

Jennifer Mielke

US Spanish teacher, University School of Milwaukee


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M310 DeTorre M310 DeTorre

11:30am CDT

Spitball Nerdvana
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear what is in USM's Nerdvana (aka MakerSpace).  From Play D'oh to Mitre Saws, from crayons to CNC machines...let's discuss the tools that are highly coveted and essential when creating a MakerSpace.  

All MakerSpaces are different...there is no "cookie cutter", "one-size fits all" when it comes to your Nerdvana.  Let's chat about what works in your space and take away some new ideas and cool tools to explore.  


Speakers
TM

Tom Mussoline

Middle School Tech Coordinator, University School of Milwaukee


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M209 Cermak M209 Cermak

11:30am CDT

Purpose, Passion, and Connection through Global Ed
Limited Capacity seats available

These days, global education isn’t code for world history and extended social studies units. Learn how to strengthen your lessons by integrating globally-collaborative projects into your classroom in an organic manner, no matter the subject or grade-level you teach. In a world with disintegrating borders, it’s time us educators step up to the plate to promote worldwide purpose, passion, and –you guessed it—connection.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Hodges

Christine Hodges

3rd Grade Teacher, Asociación Escuelas Lincoln
Hello! I'm an international educator currently posted in Argentina with a background in elementary education and literacy instruction. Professional interests include inquiry, PBLs, gamification, globally collaborative projects, literacy, Tech Ed resources, and design thinking. Outside... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M318 Piper M318 Piper

11:30am CDT

Using Cell Phones in Class… It’s NOT the Coming of the Apocalypse
Limited Capacity filling up

Many districts are still fighting the cell phone battle, and they are losing. Regardless of the rules, students have phones in their pockets, purses, and backpacks… and they are using them! In this workshop, you will learn how to change cell phones from devices that cause teacher frustration to devices that create student engagement. Julie will share how she has embraced the use of cell phones in her classroom and how she has watched students come to life because of it! You will walk away from this session with several specific sites and tools to use in your own classroom (and beyond!) and convinced that cell phones can be a powerful partner in education rather than the enemy.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M219 Strains M219 Strains

11:30am CDT

Trick Out Your Presentation: Nifty GAFE Tricks to Make Your Students' Presentations POP
Limited Capacity filling up

Sick of seeing the same old title, three bullet points, and image on your students' Google Slides presentation? Let's get students to "Trick Out" their presentations with tons of unique GAFE tricks, such as cutouts, GIFs, hidden images, choose-your-own adventure slide decks, and much more!

In addition to tricking out the slide decks, we'll talk about how we can use some of the other GAFE tools, such as Docs and Draw, in innovative ways to present content. After this session, your students' presentations will never be the same!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Spike

Jon Spike

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration Services, UW-Whitewater
Jon Spike started his career as a high school English teacher and K-12 Technology Coach. He currently works as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with preservice teachers and instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M207 BMarkwald M207 BMarkwald

11:30am CDT

LEAD Like a Pirate
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Dramatically TRANSFORM school culture

Lead with ENTHUSIASM that is contagious

Leaders will walk away from this workshop with the tools they need to build a PIRATE culture, strategies and a coaching model they can implement tomorrow, and the confidence they need to make school AMAZING.

Through our intense commitment to staying connected, participants can also expect ongoing collaboration and support as they are encouraged to participate in weekly leadership challenges uniquely designed to support them in taking steps to becoming PIRATE leaders.


Speakers
avatar for Shelley Burgess

Shelley Burgess

Chief Publishing Officer, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M205 Abraham M205 Abraham

11:30am CDT

Blogging as Professional Portfolio
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Learner, Speaker, Author, Couros Innovations LTD.
George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. In his 20... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak

11:30am CDT

Fostering Leadership, Learning and Personal Growth through Adventure and Challenge
Limited Capacity filling up

Activity based methodologies are great ways to engage participants, foster community, expand awareness and meet a wide range of personal and academic outcomes in the classroom and beyond. This workshop is an introduction to framing and sequencing activities, developing simulations and learning games and processing and transferring experiences. We will also explore some of the theory and growing body of research on this approach and share ideas on ways to incorporate activities of all kinds into a range of learning environments. We will be active for part of this workshop. THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART WORKSHOP.

Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
MS Commons MS Commons

11:30am CDT

Putting the Art in STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

We all know STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but do you know STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART, and mathematics)? In this session we will show you how to take full advantage of your Makerspace and art room. Learn how to use Perler Beads to make an Ozobot maze. Create your own BB-8 Green Screen. Make an animated book using Google Slides. Use Emojis to bring gamification to your classroom and more. Its full STEAM ahead as you will learn to create and be innovative for your classroom and students.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Read

Ryan Read

Manager of Campus Technology, Jackson RCSO
Ryan Read has an MSeD in Instructional Technology with five years experience in the field. He has been a part of several conferences presenting on the use of iPad, chromebook, digital classroom and Technology Integration and the use of his creation, App Dice. Currently the Manger... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M304 Judge M304 Judge

11:30am CDT

Secret Agents: The Quest for L.A.
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn comprehensible input (CI) strategies that can be incorporated in any foreign language classroom. CI strategies will include: TPRS, PQA, TPR, Embedded Reading, Movie Talk and music. This will be a hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in each activity so that can experience the instruction techniques from a student's perspective. Also, Spanish will be used to deliver many of the instructional strategies so as to immerse the participants in a foreign language classroom setting. As an added bonus attendees will learn Spanish!

Speakers
JP

Jorge Perez DeJesus

Jorge Pérez de Jesús has been a Fluency Fast instructor since 2015 (http://fluencyfast.com). However, he has been teaching ESL and Spanish as a TPRS practitioner (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) since 2000. He incorporates many Comprehensible Input methods in his classes based on Dr. Stephen Krashen’s Second Language Acquisition theories. He strong... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
M140 Ballentine M140 Ballentine

12:30pm CDT

Book Signings
During lunch, many of our speakers will have their books for sale and signing - take advantage of this great opportunity to build your professional development library!

Monday June 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
MS Lobby MS Lobby

12:30pm CDT

Lunch
Grab some grub, find a Sparker or two, and continue innovating, collaborating, and connectating!

Monday June 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
LS/MS Dining Room LS/MS Dining Room

1:30pm CDT

Functional Feedback Using Google Apps
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn to leverage Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to secure functional student feedback. These tools allow teachers to build formative assessments, measure student progress, enable flexible lesson redesign, and support students at all levels. Explore the add‑ons and extensions that customize learning outcomes and create personalized learning options for all students. Focusing on learners, this session will provide examples from across content areas and grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman

Instructional Coach, Churchville Middle School, Elmhurst CUSD 205
Ben Hartman is an Instructional Coach at Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Focusing on instructional design and technology, Hartman collaborates with teachers to develop instructional strategies which enhance student learning, build professional learning opportunities... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

1:30pm CDT

Preparing to LAUNCH
Limited Capacity seats available

In our classrooms and schools, there has been a great emphasis on providing opportunities for students to fail forward. The design thinking process is one way to allow for this to happen. In this workshop you will experience the design thinking process first hand through a design thinking challenge, where you will develop confidence in the steps of design thinking and also have an opportunity to collaborate and create your own design approach to your content area. CAUTION: Your creativity WILL be tested! And you won’t walk away empty handed.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Kornowski

Andrea Kornowski

Science Teacher, Kettle Moraine School District
Andrea Kornowski teaches AP Environmental Science at Kettle Moraine High School. As a Google Education Trainer, she also helps plan and facilitate the technology professional development in the district. In her free time you'll find her out in the field with her APES students, coaching... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M314 Dunning M314 Dunning

1:30pm CDT

Shark Tank! Engaging Upper Elementary Students in Personalized Learning
Limited Capacity filling up

Professor Perseverance guides students to see how important Growth Mindset is in everything you do. Find out how collaborating teachers took this idea one step further to offer students a chance to harness their own ideas and change the world for the better.

Through the incorporation of research, writing, speaking, and listening skills, students participated in a Shark Tank simulation. Join us to hear about the level of engagement, empowerment, and personalized student learning that took place from start to finish. Find out how to bring personalized learning opportunities to your elementary classroom!

Participants will participate in growth mindset activities and experience steps in the personalized learning model to help improve the world around them. Bring your ideas, ambition, and be ready to collaborate!

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Panka

Cheryl Panka

Mentor Coordinator/Educator Effectiveness Coach, Pewaukee School DIstrtict
avatar for Dria Setter

Dria Setter

Educational Technology Coach, Pewaukee School District
Dria is a educational technology coach for K-6 in the Pewaukee School District - and loves her job! Working with teachers in this capacity has been a great vehicle for implementing personalized learning, differentiation, and increasing student engagement and empowerment. When she... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M316 VanderVelde M316 VanderVelde

1:30pm CDT

Fantastic 4fms
Limited Capacity filling up

Let's Get Adventurous with Forms. Google Forms is a powerful tool beyond surveys and quizzes. We will explore, engage and build forms that transform your learning environment. Create self paced review, Scavenger hunts and Choose Your Own Adventure stories to name a few. You will learn the advanced features of Google Forms and create your own examples.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Brazeau

Ben Brazeau

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Shawano School District
Ben Brazeau is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Shawano School District, and adjunct professor at UWGB. He has infused technology to create engaging lessons for students in his own classroom and now supports teachers to integrate technology with their students. Ben is... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M219 Strains M219 Strains

1:30pm CDT

Itemize It!
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At one time we all had dreams of having superpowers, the ability to bend the rules, and a way to personalize an experience. The Itemize It! session will help you add powerups, short cuts and items to your game that will lead to an engaging and personalized experience for your students and push them to meet their full potential. You will learn tips for creating your own items, gain plenty of ideas, and leave ready to enhance your gamified class!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Teacher, Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M309 Matera M309 Matera

1:30pm CDT

Genius Hour Throw Down
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

With 5 years of experience, Don will have an open forum as we explore the trials and errors of starting a genius hour time in your class. This is the time to share best practices, and learn from those who have tried to implement innovation in their classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Don Wettrick

Don Wettrick

Teacher, Noblesville High School
Don Wettrick is the founder of StartEdUp, author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” and Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, central IN. Don is known for his award-winning work as a middle school and high school... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M209 Cermak M209 Cermak

1:30pm CDT

42 Days of GRA: Jump Into the Global Read Aloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hear how our first grade team experienced the Global Read Aloud for the first time. We’ll show you the tools we used and share our lessons learned. Discover how to make successful connections, plan efficient and engaging, activities, and manage the time commitment. It's a great session for any grade level!


Speakers
BB

BethAnne Bernacchi

First Grade Teacher, University School of Milwaukee
avatar for Patti Ptak

Patti Ptak

First Grade Educator, University School of Milwaukee
I love learning about new ways to teach. I am very interested in integration and PBL. It's amazing to watch young children interact with new information - you literally see the lightbulbs above their heads! Also striving to become more connected.


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
L144 Ptak

1:30pm CDT

Creating Blended Learning Environments
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

Learner, Speaker, Author, Couros Innovations LTD.
George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. In his 20... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

1:30pm CDT

Nearpod: The All-in-One Platform for Student Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Personalized Learning? Virtual Reality? Increased Student Engagement? Dive deeper into all of these with Nearpod! Designed for all grade levels, PreK all the way through 12th grade, Nearpod is an all-in-one student learning platform that will spark your students' interest and participation.  Learn how to create highly interactive lessons and receive real-time student data through quizzes, polls, drawing tools and more! Participants will not only hear about best practices, but they will also experience what they look like in the classroom! This is an easy-to-use, beginner-friendly tech tool that can yield big results! Bring your device, and get ready to jump right in! 


Speakers
avatar for Brita Willis

Brita Willis

University School of Milwaukee


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M306 Fultz M306 Fultz

1:30pm CDT

Oh Snap! How Can Photography Tell Your School's Story?
Limited Capacity filling up

Get ready to smile and say, "Cheese!" In a world filled with selfies and plenty of Social Media platforms, how can educators use the power of photography as an inspiring tool for students to connect globally? Learn how you can personally take photos to share and document the learning of students. 


Speakers
avatar for Yau-Jau Ku

Yau-Jau Ku

Learning Coach, Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln
Yau-Jau Ku is currently a Learning Coach in Argentina. He is excited to be part of the first ever SPEAK! Conference at Lincoln empowering student voice.


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M207 BMarkwald M207 BMarkwald

1:30pm CDT

Get the LEAD out of your LEADership
Limited Capacity seats available

This session isn't for the "faint of heart" leaders. It will address issues that leaders face when trying to move a building/district forward technologically and with GAFE. I will address qualities that leaders should possess and some of the roadblocks that are preventing us from being at our best. DISCLAIMER--> Don't attend this session if you are easily offended! ;-) There are REAL discussions that will take place!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Jaber

Michael Jaber

Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Sheboygan Area School District
Michael Jaber is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Michael spent the first seventeen years of his career as a secondary social studies teacher for the Fond du Lac School District. After 17 years in the classroom... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M205 Abraham M205 Abraham

1:30pm CDT

The Capstone Project: Best of Both Worlds
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, faculty from US, MS, and LS will outline USM’s innovative capstone philosophy, which blends the traditional research and academic skills approach to capstone projects with experiential education and makerspace ed. We will discuss the essential components of successful capstones, share useful materials and resource, and reflect on the lessons learned from our pilot program. We will also share best and next practices for capstones at all three grade levels. Student project examples and videos will be on display.

We hope that our session will encourage attendees to adapt into their own course projects and PBL some of the aspects we’ve identified as most important and impactful. Moreover, we would love to see attendees consider bringing capstones into their schools. We believe that in the future we could serve as a resource for schools who want to implement a similar program. We look forward to fulfilling the Strategic Plan as thought-leaders and community partners in groundbreaking education by sharing our continually growing expertise in capstones. Below please find the outline of the Tower Projects program, which will serve as the foundation of our presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Walczak

Laurie Walczak

8th grade American Studies and Creative Writing Teacher; Middle School English Department Chair, University School of Milwaukee
I am a nerd for all things English Language Arts! This year, I've combined my English course with Chuck Taft's Social Studies to create what we hope will eventually become a fully interdisciplinary American Studies class, called "America's Story." We read literature of many forms... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak

1:30pm CDT

Fostering Leadership, Learning and Personal Growth through Adventure and Challenge
Limited Capacity seats available

Activity based methodologies are great ways to engage participants, foster community, expand awareness and meet a wide range of personal and academic outcomes in the classroom and beyond. This workshop is an introduction to framing and sequencing activities, developing simulations and learning games and processing and transferring experiences. We will also explore some of the theory and growing body of research on this approach and share ideas on ways to incorporate activities of all kinds into a range of learning environments. We will be active for part of this workshop. THIS IS PART TWO OF A TWO PART WORKSHOP.

Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
MS Commons MS Commons

1:30pm CDT

Planning and Running a Family STEM Night
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will cover all of the bases for planning a fun family night including funding, activities, staffing, and partnering with other organizations.


Speakers

Monday June 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M304 Judge M304 Judge

2:45pm CDT

A Day in My Paperless Classroom
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Take a tour of the tools and techniques this teacher uses to teach practically paperlessly. Find out about using: Google Apps to create almost everything in class, Weebly for a class website, TodaysMeet to communicate quickly, Socrative for quick assessment, KidBlog for online writing, and more. Great digital handouts give you all the information you need to get started with anything mentioned in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Educator, Blogger, Presenter, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Mellowes Hall Mellowes Hall

2:45pm CDT

Media Literacy Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

With the average American consuming over eleven hours of mass media daily, media literacy has truly become a 21st Century survival skill that can no longer stay trapped in our school libraries. In this powerful and fun keynote, Julie will explain the concepts and history of media literacy and ultimately inspire you to include it as an integral part of your daily curriculum. Teachers in all disciplines will leave this session not only motivated, but with concrete ways they can incorporate media literacy within their lessons to design wildly engaging experiences for students that spark their critical thinking. With media literacy now an integral part of the Common Core State Standards, the time is NOW for teachers to expose students to this empowering skill that ensures they are able to consume, analyze, critique and evaluate media in a whole new way. Julie will draw you in with her humor, relevant examples, engaging stories and poignant reflections in this call to action for our students to be smart consumers of their daily media diet.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

2:45pm CDT

Play Like a Pirate
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Before becoming a middle school teacher, Quinn Rollins lived other lives. Drawing on his experiences as a cartoonist, a toy designer, and a gamer, he’s become a champion of the power of play in the classroom.

Students spend hours of every day bored. If they’re bored, they’re unlikely to remember what we’re trying to help them learn. Using tools they love – LEGO, Hot Wheels, action figures, Barbie, superheroes, and games – Rollins will help you make connections to your curriculum, bringing some fun back into your classroom.

Rollins shares both big ideas and practical strategies for how to use toys, games, and comics to engage your students – and will show you how the best tools to reach those kids were within your reach all along.


Speakers
avatar for Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins

Teacher, Granite School District
Quinn Rollins is an educator in Granite School District, first at Bennion Junior High in Taylorsville, and more recently as the district social studies curriculum specialist. In previous lives he was a cartoonist and toy designer, which led him to using toys and comic books with his... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
MS Commons MS Commons

2:45pm CDT

Push Play - Beginning Gamification in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone is born knowing how to play. Through playful planning, teachers can harness the power of games. Games allow us to learn from our failures, explore the world around us, and unlock talents in ourselves through leveled challenges. Together we can bring these elements into our schools. Educators who effectively use game theory, thinking and practice in their course design will see their students in a new light. Learn how to start crafting your gamified classroom to help build your student creativity, courage and clarity of content.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Teacher, Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Theater Theater

2:45pm CDT

CHOICE: Getting & Giving Personalized PD
Limited Capacity seats available

What’s the worst professional development you’ve been a part of (or more accurately: “apart” of)? We won’t linger on those terrible experiences, but we’ll talk about solutions to the problem of bad PD. There is a better way. We’ll drill down into practical ways for each of us to get what we need when we need it, and for those who plan PD to make it more about CHOICE (Constant progress, Honoring professionals, Ongoing, Individualized, Collaborative, Energizing).


Speakers
avatar for Kenny Bosch

Kenny Bosch

Social Studies, Muskego High School
Kenny Bosch has been teaching social studies since 1999 and flipping his classes since 2011. He has presented on Edtech throughout the state and has been a featured educator on Doceri's website this school year for his innovative uses of Edtech as a Doceri Certified teacher. Kenny... Read More →
avatar for Jason Bretzmann

Jason Bretzmann

Teacher/Innovation Integrator/Author, Muskego High School/Bretzmann Group
Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on flipped learning, personalized professional development, and... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

4:00pm CDT

Spark Treasure!
Come together for an end of the day challenge involving networking, trivia, puzzle solving, and more tomfoolery.  Can your group crack the code and claim the treasure?

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!



Monday June 13, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Theater Theater
 
Tuesday, June 14
 

7:30am CDT

Breakfast
Get your day started with a light breakfast and some conversation with your fellow Sparkers!

Tuesday June 14, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am CDT
US Gym US Gym

8:00am CDT

Building a Culture of Innovation
In this keynote, Don lays the foundation of what “Innovation” looks like and why creating a collaborative work culture is the first (and most important) step to integrating innovation into any classroom. Through his partnerships with top companies like Google, Facebook, and several start-ups in Silicon Valley, comparisons are made between great work environments and the traditional school model. This is also a frank discussion on embracing failure, taking risks, and the importance of self-reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Don Wettrick

Don Wettrick

Teacher, Noblesville High School
Don Wettrick is the founder of StartEdUp, author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” and Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, central IN. Don is known for his award-winning work as a middle school and high school... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Theater Theater

9:00am CDT

Unconference Planning
Choose your own professional development adventure as we plan our three session unconference. Come with ideas for sessions to lead and learn! We will make the schedule for the unconference on the spot, and then spend some great time leading, sharing, and learning. Our sessions will be available at bit.ly/USMSparkUnconference16.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!


Tuesday June 14, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Theater Theater

9:50am CDT

Unconference Session 1

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!


Tuesday June 14, 2016 9:50am - 10:35pm CDT
Middle School Rooms Middle School Rooms

10:45am CDT

Unconference Session 2

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!


Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:45am - 11:30pm CDT
Middle School Rooms Middle School Rooms

11:00am CDT

Spark Park
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Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:00am - 4:00pm CDT
MS Lobby MS Lobby

11:40am CDT

Augmented Reality and Other Innovative Tools in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Inspire creativity, innovation and collaboration by using various Augmented Reality tools. Discover a wide range of apps that address different learning styles as well as empower your students to grow and access higher level thinking while keeping the learning objective in mind. In this session you will discover new apps and tools that will transform your classroom into the coolest room in the school!

Speakers
avatar for Aggie Salter

Aggie Salter

Technology Coach, Montello School District
Agnieszka Salter has been teaching elementary music and is the district technology coach at Montello Schools. Aggie is a Google Educator and Google Education Trainer, iPad/Tablet and Flipped Classroom certified educator who provides training for various districts. Aggie has spent... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

11:40am CDT

BreakOut EDU
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking are extremely important skills students need in the 21st century world. Given a scenario, players will need to scour the room to find clues, analyze and interpret a variety of information to break into a locked box in a limited amount of time. There might be physical objects in the room, or digital excursions, that players need to find and use to solve riddles or break into locks. After experiencing Breakout EDU, we will discuss how you can use this engagement tool with your students and form it to fit your content area.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Gauthier

Rebecca Gauthier

Green Bay Area Public School


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak

11:40am CDT

Cells that Fire Together, Wire Together
Limited Capacity seats available

Brain research and MRI analysis are changing the way we educate adolescents offering windows into the middle school mind and how it processes and stores new learning (I can remove the adolescent/ Middle School part and make it more global to hit all age levels and pull from a larger audience). Learn about recent findings and how these help educators to be memory enhancers rather than just information dispensers. Discover interactive and innovative strategies that stimulate learning in a variety of ways to help build circuitry and connect networks in the brain.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Judge

Debbie Judge

5th grade middle school mathematics, University School of Milwaukee
I teach 5th grade math in a middle school setting. I'm constantly looking for ways to challenge my students and stretch their thinking in class while meeting a variety of different needs and learning styles. I'm very interested in brain research, and I use current discoveries to... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M304 Judge M304 Judge

11:40am CDT

Create FREE & INTERACTIVE Student Showcases
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to utilize tools such as Google Forms, Weebly, Google Hangouts, Thinglink, BookCreator, Padlet, and even Aurasma - Augmented Reality. With the assistance of these tools, the audience can hear the voice of the artist / presenter, and learn more about the student’s learning process.

These tools help expand the student’s audience, and opens the possibility of an authentic audience. Students can even collaborate with other classrooms as they work on their final product. Many of these tools can be used on multiple platforms (iPads, Chromebooks, Android) and more importantly are free.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Scanlon

Sean Scanlon

Director of Instructional Technology, Marian Catholic High School
Sean Scanlon is the Director of Instructional Technology at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, IL. He is the lead developer and instructor for Professional Development, an Apple Teacher, and a Certified Google Education Trainer. Sean has presented at many Educational... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M217 Jacobs M217 Jacobs

11:40am CDT

Creating Karaoke Kids: Promoting Creative Projects with Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

Our students have entered a tipping point in internet culture - the era of negative commentary, cyber-bullying, and uncensored social media posts. So how do we cultivate "Karaoke Kids" - students who care about sharing their knowledge and giving judgement-free support to others who create?

In this session, we will talk about how to pursue innovative projects that encourage students to create projects that aim to teach others around the world, and how to breed a culture of supportive internet commentary through their peers' work. Topics will range from innovative video projects to creative visual arts, emphasizing Google Apps for Education and other tools that allow for commentary and sharing.

In addition, we will talk about how a "Karaoke Kid" culture inherently teaches Digital Citizenship without painful lectures and campy videos. Get ready to sing like no one's listening!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Spike

Jon Spike

Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration Services, UW-Whitewater
Jon Spike started his career as a high school English teacher and K-12 Technology Coach. He currently works as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with preservice teachers and instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M312 Nesbit

11:40am CDT

Finding $$ for your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will talk about ways to find money / materials for the classroom.  We will discuss GoFundMe, YouCaring, DonorsChoose, and how to find / apply for grants.


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Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M318 Piper M318 Piper

11:40am CDT

Flippin' Elementary Math
Limited Capacity seats available

You will be given the opportunity to explore what a true flipped math classroom looks like at an elementary level. We will explore modifications within the flipped framework, and applications to other academic areas. We will share data from within our district that shows the effectiveness of a flipped classroom compared to other teaching methods. In a traditional classroom students receive instruction in class (usually listening to a lecture of some sort) and then doing an "application" activity for homework (worksheet, project, etc). In the flipped classroom we reverse that while working within small groups. It can be used for all academic levels. Come explore this innovative teaching technique!

Speakers

Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M205 Abraham M205 Abraham

11:40am CDT

Grow the Greens
Limited Capacity seats available

What do teenagers need to be successful?  Teens Grow Greens answers this question through a nine-month paid internship fostering the skills, habits and values that will help teenagers to succeed.  In this session, we will outline the need, format and results of this non-profit program and hear from a Graduate of the program about his experience and future.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Uihlein

Charlie Uihlein

Director, Teens Grow Greens
I was not a "good student" in high school. Like many teenagers, I didn't have a sense of purpose and didn't believe in myself. Perhaps that's what drew me to teaching--wanting to provide youth with direction and experience with success. However, after teaching for three years at an... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

11:40am CDT

Implementing Mindfulness and Meditation in Education
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Do you ever feel stressed out? Do you ever experience burn out syndrome during your school year? Do you ever wish there were some quick and easy techniques to bring you back into balance? Do you wish that you could be rejuvenated and energized at will? If you do, you need to come to this section!
This section will offer a variety of meditation tips and techniques; it ranges from positive psychology and implementation of visualization, to various breathing techniques, tapping on the Chinese meridian system and gazing exercises.
It can help you to be relaxed but connected, and peaceful but with more presence and energy. It can also help you to enhance your personal as well as professional relationships with your students and others!

Speakers

Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M302 Barthenheier M302 Barthenheier

11:40am CDT

Math Workshop: Using Developmental Grouping to Differentiate Your Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

-How does it work in a primary classroom?
-How can you integrate your current math curriculum?
-In what order do the groups rotate to each station?
-What does the daily schedule for math block look like?
-How can you supplement with other math activities?


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M316 VanderVelde M316 VanderVelde

11:40am CDT

Mindstorms!
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted to play with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots? Here’s your chance. We will provide you with a robot and some basic programming techniques. The rest is up to you. You’ll soon be brainstorming all the ways you can use LEGO Mindstorms in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kamie Fultz

Kamie Fultz

6th Grade Science, University School of Milwaukee


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M306 Fultz M306 Fultz

11:40am CDT

Start Something That Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Upper School faculty will outline the philosophy of our distinctive program, share useful materials, and make suggestions for how to implement this type of experiential, multi-disciplinary program at their own schools. A student panel will present their recent projects.

Compass 9 offers every USM ninth grader the opportunity to practice the traditional, core academic skills and daily habits we expect at University School and to apply those skills to solve real-world problems. This experiential learning program, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary teaching team, invites students to move beyond the classroom into the larger community as they independently devise and implement creative, interest-driven, long-range projects.

In Compass 9, while students practice critical reading and thinking plus effective writing and public speaking, they also learn to use contemporary tools to research authentic sources, to curate information, and to create a professional, public, on-line presence. They practice mature “mission” skills like collaboration, persistence, problem-identification and problem solving, and design thinking,

Compass 9 is a transformative educational experience, where students take classroom knowledge and skills and make them personally authentic and relevant. Here, we envision students begin to see themselves as leaders--independent thinkers, entrepreneurs, and change agents who know how to train a critical eye and use a keen mind in order to take critical action.

Ultimate Goals of Program:
Design-Thinking (empathy, problem identification, iteration, assessment)
Personal Choice, Vocation, Purpose


Required Elements:
**Research skills and practice
**Community Connections (actual or virtual)
**Presentation
**Reflection

Speakers

Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M207 Markwald M207 Markwald

11:40am CDT

Teaching for Global Competency
Limited Capacity seats available

In the global 21st century, content knowledge of world events and institutions simply are no longer sufficient for truly global education. Increasingly, information is not what is lacking, but instead there is a dearth of authentic global experiences and opportunities for students to get beyond their comfort zones and break free from their preconceived notions about the world. To do this, we now look to inculcate our students with global competencies to prepare them for their global futures. But what do these competencies look like and how do we design our curriculum to successfully nurture these in our students? In this session, I will share my experiences garnered while working through the Global Competency Certification program developed and administered by the Teacher’s College at Columbia University, the Asia Society, and World Savvy. We will then discuss how I have used these lessons to redesign the Global Scholars Program at USM.

The 50-minute session will be structured in three parts. First, we will discuss how I have taken the GCC coursework and fieldwork experiences and adapted them to building the University School’s Global Scholars program. We will then critique the GCC’s Global Competence Matrix and examine materials from the GCC curriculum. Lastly, we will explore implementation, using the student-centered project design of USM’s collaboration with Ugandan communities in the “Great Lakes to Great Lakes Water Project” as an example. The goal of this session will be to discuss and to articulate the core concepts, skills, values, attitudes and behaviors that we should foster as we seek to educate our students to be globally competent. 


Speakers
avatar for Henry Wend

Henry Wend

Director of Global Studies, University School of Milwaukee
Henry Wend earned his PhD in U.S. History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His academic work focused on the Marshall Plan and its implementation in West Germany. He has taught at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Boston University and Berlin’s Free University. Since... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M219 Strains M219 Strains

11:40am CDT

The Future of Sports is eSports
Limited Capacity seats available

eSports are rapidly growing around the world. Why would my school district want to look into eSports? How do they fit into your school or district? What does my school district need to get started? eSports are competitive video games that incorporate communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. And colleges and universities are now offering scholarships for those involved in eSports. The session will provide an overview, materials and the pathway to roll out your first eSports team.

Speakers
avatar for James O'Hagan

James O'Hagan

Founder, The Academy of Esports
An educator for 20 years, James has long believed that video games can promote a positive culture for students that engages creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills. He has served as an elementary, middle and high school teacher and administrator, and... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M309 Matera M309 Matera

11:40am CDT

What Happened to Student Voice? Accessibility and Alternative Assessment - Let's Explore the Possibilities!
Limited Capacity filling up

Differentiation! Meet the needs of all students! Let’s move from buzzwords to classroom reality. Technology provides multitude methods to access information and create products of mastery. Explore tools like speech to text, online recorders, video creation, and others to develop classroom ready lesson ideas to give students a voice in their learning. This session will include examples of student and teacher work and provide opportunity to explore a variety of tools and lessons you can integrate into your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Brazeau

Ben Brazeau

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Shawano School District
Ben Brazeau is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Shawano School District, and adjunct professor at UWGB. He has infused technology to create engaging lessons for students in his own classroom and now supports teachers to integrate technology with their students. Ben is... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M209 Cermak M209 Cermak

11:40am CDT

Blendspace: The one tool that can make a huge difference
Limited Capacity seats available

Join in and learn about Blendspace!  take the pre-session survey 

I look forward to the session!  I have several ways to present this information and hope to also share some new tools with you during our session. 

I will discuss how using Blendspace over the past three years has enabled me to quickly create lessons for my students to receive personalized learning opportunities, differentiation for remediation or enrichment, for sharing projects, and for storing teacher resources all in one central location.
I will use a lesson, with assessment tools, surveys before presentation, hands-on learning, teach attendees how to use and how many different ways it can be used. Recently presented at PETE&C in Pennsylvania at our Ed Tech Conference in Hershey PA. 

The presentation will focus on how you can use Blendspace for so many beneficial learning experiences.   I will provide links to sample lessons, the presentation, and use interactive lessons to show additional technologies that can be quickly added into your classroom and also the Blendspace lesson.   It really is the all in one tool to use!

Presentation website example lesson
https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/_IztoRCSSdfKOQ/espanol-i-capitulo-1

Sample curation of Spanish 2-4 projects into 1 lesson  https://www.tes.com/lessons/AggQnNCb8pU3GA/sample-spanish-2-3-4-projects

Speakers
avatar for Rachelle Dené Poth

Rachelle Dené Poth

Spanish and steam teacher, Riverview School District
Rachelle Dené Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
M140 Ballentine M140 Ballentine

12:30pm CDT

Book Signings
During lunch, many of our speakers will have their books for sale and signing - take advantage of this great opportunity to build your professional development library!

Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
MS Lobby MS Lobby

12:40pm CDT

Lunch
Grab some grub, find a Sparker or two, and continue innovating, collaborating, and connectating!

Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:40pm - 1:40pm CDT
LS/MS Dining Room LS/MS Dining Room

1:30pm CDT

Explore Like A Pirate
Limited Capacity filling up

Join classroom game designer and author Michael Matera on a journey into the new world of education… a world that flourishes on collaboration and creativity. Inspire and empower your students to take control of their learning and leave a lasting legacy. On this journey, Matera will serve as your experienced guide to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum. Ready yourself for learners who will request MORE of these game-inspired earning opportunities that highlight their talents, ignite their passions, and fuel their desire to leave a legacy. Then brace yourself, matey, for the thrill it will spark in YOU as you follow the call to imagine, design, and grow within a content-filled, experience-rich “New World” classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Teacher, Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Theater Theater

1:30pm CDT

Fact or Fiction? Bogus or Bonafide? How to Determine the Validity of Online Information
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever seen something shared on Facebook ten thousand times that is so obviously FAKE?  Why is so much false information shared online? How easy is it to create credible false information?

In this fun and fast-paced session, I will share they HOW and WHY fake information flourishes online and the tools to share with YOUR students so they can de-bunk it.  They need our help to outsmart the memes!  You will leave this session with ways to research the validity of online information as well as tips and tools to share with your students.  And during an election year, the ability to discern fact from fiction is more important than ever.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M212 Library M212 Library

1:30pm CDT

Play Like a Pirate
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Before becoming a middle school teacher, Quinn Rollins lived other lives. Drawing on his experiences as a cartoonist, a toy designer, and a gamer, he’s become a champion of the power of play in the classroom.

Students spend hours of every day bored. If they’re bored, they’re unlikely to remember what we’re trying to help them learn. Using tools they love – LEGO, Hot Wheels, action figures, Barbie, superheroes, and games – Rollins will help you make connections to your curriculum, bringing some fun back into your classroom.

Rollins shares both big ideas and practical strategies for how to use toys, games, and comics to engage your students – and will show you how the best tools to reach those kids were within your reach all along.

Speakers
avatar for Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins

Teacher, Granite School District
Quinn Rollins is an educator in Granite School District, first at Bennion Junior High in Taylorsville, and more recently as the district social studies curriculum specialist. In previous lives he was a cartoonist and toy designer, which led him to using toys and comic books with his... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
MS Commons MS Commons

1:30pm CDT

Sketchnotes: Tools and Tactics for Visual Notetaking
Limited Capacity seats available

Sketchnoting is a fun, visual, brain-friendly way to remember important ideas and make sense of them for others. In this session, you’ll learn some sketchnoting basics and best practices. You’ll learn how to create them digitally or on paper. You’ll also get a chance to create your first sketchnote!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Educator, Blogger, Presenter, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Mellowes Hall Mellowes Hall

1:30pm CDT

Use this Flipping Technology
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Whether in a Flipped or more traditional classroom, learning can be enhanced, expanded, and made more engaging with the intentional use of the best EdTech tools. We’ll share our experiences with tools for creating and communicating in a Flipped classroom or any learning community. Let’s innovate together!

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Bosch

Kenny Bosch

Social Studies, Muskego High School
Kenny Bosch has been teaching social studies since 1999 and flipping his classes since 2011. He has presented on Edtech throughout the state and has been a featured educator on Doceri's website this school year for his innovative uses of Edtech as a Doceri Certified teacher. Kenny... Read More →
avatar for Jason Bretzmann

Jason Bretzmann

Teacher/Innovation Integrator/Author, Muskego High School/Bretzmann Group
Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on flipped learning, personalized professional development, and... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

2:30pm CDT

Awesome 3D Art for Everyone
Limited Capacity seats available

3D Printing the Beauty of Failure

Over the last two years I have been working to try and break down the skills necessary for students to create and print their own unique 3D pieces. As an Upper School art teacher I am always looking for something to “spark” their sense of wonder and thirst to learn something new. 3D printing is a 15 billion dollar industry that is projected to grow at a 300% rate over the next 8 years. After a lot of exporation of different 3D design applications I have settled on the online application Tinkercad.com because of its ease of use. My students continue to astonish me with the unique creations that they have made with such a simple tool. This year, I was lucky enough to get a 3D printer in my classroom and came face to face with the constant cycle of failure and success intrinsic to 3D design and printing. There are so many variables in the 3D printing process that it can be a daunting task to make sure students have a positive experience in the end. I find it valuable to teach students how to navigate the inevitable setbacks so that they can get the payoff of a successful print. The mindset that mistakes and problems are a part of the process will serve them well in a world that changes so rapidly, Students learn that being adaptable will enhance their flexibility and creativity to better prepare them for necessary job skills in the near future.

In this workshop I will cover the basics of the 3D printing process and its use in business and art. Participants will gain a basic understanding of simple construction techniques, and essential information on how the design must be formatted in order to print properly. I will give links to good teaching resources for different grade levels and subject areas for projects that teachers could use in their classrooms. We can also connect to each other as a learning community online so that we can support each other through the eventual struggles and successes. The hands on learning and concept attainment that can be gained by prototyping models quickly are skills that are very useful for a variety of classes.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Michels

Jessica Michels

Upper School Art Teacher, University School of Milwaukee


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Meet in the Middle School Lobby

2:30pm CDT

Ditch Thet Textbook Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Matt Miller

Matt Miller

Educator, Blogger, Presenter, Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Mellowes Hall Mellowes Hall

2:30pm CDT

EAT - How a School Produces Its Own Food
Limited Capacity seats available

From the classroom to the table—grow food to eat at your school. See how planting, growing, harvesting, eating, and composting can be done involving the school community. Learn the sustainable practices of composting by combining greens and browns to make organic, rich soil for any garden. Give vermicomposting a try too. Add an outdoor component to your science curriculum or start your own kitchen garden at home. Grow and eat food locally—be a locovore! This session is for all.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth W. Jacobs III

Kenneth W. Jacobs III

Teacher, Beepods


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M217 Jacobs M217 Jacobs

2:30pm CDT

Fostering Deep, Independent Reading
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The Middle School English department from the University School of Milwaukee will walk you through the proven strategies for close reading fiction and non-fiction created by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, known as Notice and Note. After years of struggling to teach effective close reading strategies to kids of a wide range of reading ability, we came across Beers and Probst at NCTE. Since then we've been using their books and LOVING their approach because it truly works for all students, from grade 5 on up, encourages independence AND critical thinking, helps students see annotating as helpful and good rather than vague, nebulous and arbitrary, and leads easily into deep analysis of texts.

We will give you lesson outlines, handouts, and expansion ideas that have worked for us, and help you create lessons based on the books you teach.

Come join us for an energetic conversation about helping kids to truly “get” the books we teach.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Dunning

Brad Dunning

6th Grade English Teacher, University School of Milwaukee
avatar for Hannah Reimer

Hannah Reimer

7th grade English teacher, University School of Milwaukee
avatar for Laurie Walczak

Laurie Walczak

8th grade American Studies and Creative Writing Teacher; Middle School English Department Chair, University School of Milwaukee
I am a nerd for all things English Language Arts! This year, I've combined my English course with Chuck Taft's Social Studies to create what we hope will eventually become a fully interdisciplinary American Studies class, called "America's Story." We read literature of many forms... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M216 Walczak M216 Walczak

2:30pm CDT

Gamification Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Youv'e heard about gamification, now start putting theory into action with the help of an expert! Begin or continue your gamification design of a lesson, unit, or ourse with Michael Matera at your side!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Matera

Michael Matera

Teacher, Explore Like a Pirate
Michael Matera has taught for more than a decade using interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning to transform the classroom in international, public and private schools. He is a pioneer in the field of education, using gamification and technology to increase authentic... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M309 Matera M309 Matera

2:30pm CDT

Go Digital, Assess, Create, Motivate!
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to the session, please complete the Survey before the session so I can best prepare.  Survey 

I look forward to sharing ideas with you and talking about how we can inspire students, provide opportunities for students to communicate, collaborate, and create.  To empower the students with choices and engage them, transforming from learners to leaders. 

I have a lot of ideas and student examples that I am excited to share with you, and will do my best to make the session personalized for you and work through some of these tools, how to use them and get you started during the session. 

Session will provide time for an overview and interactive lesson with participation using collaborative tools, assessment tools, interactive video tools, project based learning tools and more. We will work on creating some new resources to take back to our classrooms and share our experiences. 

The attendees will explore digital resources and learn how to enhance communication and collaboration through technology, while also encouraging student choice and voice and therefore enhancing their creativity and motivation through the use of technology. The tools shared in this presentation will be based on the questions and interests of the attendees, determined by use of survey before session to determine interests of those attending.
Throughout the session many examples will be available to provide new ideas and one on one interactions as well, to inform teachers and attendees of ways to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students and alternative ways to deliver instruction through a variety of assessment tools and diverse and innovative digital storytelling projects and other presentation formats, all paperless. Teachers will learn how digital tools can be used to quickly assess and encourage student participation in classroom discussion while learning additional technology skills. The tools can also allow learning to occur beyond the traditional time and setting of the classroom and provide was to promote student involvement in their learning experiences.
The focus is on showing how technology opens possibilities for communication, collaboration and centers on promoting personalized learning and choice for students.

Speakers
avatar for Rachelle Dené Poth

Rachelle Dené Poth

Spanish and steam teacher, Riverview School District
Rachelle Dené Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: Emerging Technology. Rachelle has Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, past-president of ISTE Teacher Education Network... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M207 BMarkwald M207 BMarkwald

2:30pm CDT

Going Win to Win with Chromebooks
Limited Capacity seats available

They gave your class or your students Chromebooks and you want the devices used for more than typing. This is your session! From the simple to the advanced, we’ll work through the best practical options to get the most out of your Chromebooks and the Google suite. Keyboard shortcuts, essential settings changes, impactful extensions, tools for efficiency and more. We’ll go beyond the device and share the online tools to put the internet to work for you and your students. And, of course, we’ll encourage you to Apply, Practice and Explore throughout the session. Let’s go APE!


Speakers
avatar for Kenny Bosch

Kenny Bosch

Social Studies, Muskego High School
Kenny Bosch has been teaching social studies since 1999 and flipping his classes since 2011. He has presented on Edtech throughout the state and has been a featured educator on Doceri's website this school year for his innovative uses of Edtech as a Doceri Certified teacher. Kenny... Read More →
avatar for Jason Bretzmann

Jason Bretzmann

Teacher/Innovation Integrator/Author, Muskego High School/Bretzmann Group
Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on flipped learning, personalized professional development, and... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M218 Taft M218 Taft

2:30pm CDT

Increase Engagement by Making Students your Curriculum!
Limited Capacity seats available

Is it too good to be true?!  A technique to employ in ANY class that will increase student engagement AND student achievement?  Students will gain language proficiency AND discipline problems may be reduced? Somebody PINCH ME!  

In this hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to practice communicative techniques that allow students to gain second-language skills while focusing on the most compelling subject out there--themselves! The techniques taught and practiced during this session are applicable to any language, and any level. Not only that, but they may greatly increase student engagement (and maybe even reduce some class management issues) while actually decreasing the amount of time required for the teacher to prep! Too good to be true? Come and find out! This session will combine demonstration, explanation, and discussion, with ample opportunity for attendees to practice what they learn in a friendly environment.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Ferguson, NBCT

Kelly Ferguson, NBCT

I teach Spanish in Madison, WI and am also fairly fluent in American Sign Language and have studied French, Mandarin, and Russian. When I'm not teaching I'm often doing music (violin, percussion) or playing sports. I spend a lot of time being a rabid fan of Forward Madison Football... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M209 Cermak M209 Cermak

2:30pm CDT

Inter-ACTIVATE Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Interactive Notebooks are useful across all content areas at many grade levels. They help students to organize their thinking, take notes in a meaningful way, and reflect about new learning.

During this workshop, you'll learn the basics of interactive student notebooks. You'll learn how to guide students through notebook setup, notetaking, and making meaning of content.

Stuff we'll be making for your Interactive Notebooks:
• Left Page Assignments printable
• Foldable example 1
• Foldable example 2
• Glossary/Words Worth Knowing examples
• Rubric for scoring Interactive Notebooks

Speakers

Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M312 Nesbit

2:30pm CDT

Leveling Up: How Video Game Design Teaches More than just Coding
Limited Capacity seats available

While computer programming is a central element of video game design, creating a successful game requires a multitude of other skills that do not require the use of technology. To create a compelling game, students must utilize creative problem solving, design thinking and perspective taking; as well as tap into their skills as creative writers, researchers, teachers, artists, critics and storytellers.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lamont

Lisa Lamont

Educational Technology Specialist, Windward School


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M205 Abraham M205 Abraham

2:30pm CDT

Lobster Tank Robotics
Limited Capacity seats available

Design and build an underwater robot from PVC that is able to maneuver gracefully through the water and retrieve items. We will spend part of the session in the classroom, planning and building our Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Then we will take the robots to the basement to test them in our kiddie pool. Once we begin our lobster pot competition, you will see first hand how performance is impacted by design.

Speakers
avatar for Nicola DeTorre

Nicola DeTorre

Science Teacher and Academic Dean, University School of Milwaukee
Since 1998, I have taught in a variety of upper elementary and middle school science settings. My goal is to provide opportunities for students to explore and make connections that help them better understand the world and think like scientists.


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M310 DeTorre M310 DeTorre

2:30pm CDT

Play Like a Pirate Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Quinn Rollins

Quinn Rollins

Teacher, Granite School District
Quinn Rollins is an educator in Granite School District, first at Bennion Junior High in Taylorsville, and more recently as the district social studies curriculum specialist. In previous lives he was a cartoonist and toy designer, which led him to using toys and comic books with his... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
MS Commons MS Commons

2:30pm CDT

Take Your Students (or Staff) for An Amazing Race!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

An engaging lesson is really about packaging. Regardless of subject, if we wrap up our content in an ugly bag, students won’t want it no matter how great it is. However, that doesn’t have to be the case! Join this session to see how you can apply an “Amazing Race” style activity, using Google My Maps and Forms, to any subject area, with examples of how it has been used with students. You’ll have an opportunity to experience the excitement of participating in one, as well as an opportunity to remix and create your own.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Gauthier

Josh Gauthier

Josh is a Technology Training Specialist and former Business and Information Technology Educator. Currently working with grades 5 through 8 in the School District of De Pere(Wisconsin), Josh is ever passionate about the role that technology can play in increasing opportunities for... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M304 Judge M304 Judge

2:30pm CDT

The Innovative Power of Asking, 'What if? Why not? and So what?'
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After hearing from the innovative minds at Summer Spark, we will want to have it all. But how? Let's engage in conversation, share experiences, and plan strategies with educators interested in creating an environment of pirates, innovative geniuses, savvy gamers, and textbook ditchers. Please attend this workshop to create immediate, actionable plans for memorable classroom experiences. For educators. For students.
  • What if a teacher’s primary responsibilities are to facilitate learning by supporting innovation, provide immediate feedback to student performance, ask open-ended questions, and listen as students talk themselves through creative insecurity?
  • What if learners understand how to assess their performance against course standards, recognize opportunities for growth, determine reasonable timelines for completion and sharing of artifacts they create, and craft authentic outcomes as evidence of their learning? 
  • Why not participate in a workshop session personalized to meet the professional development needs of educators interested in transforming the learning process for their students?  
  • So what? So students and teachers have the autonomy, space, and time to produce enduring learning. 
Let's explore our collaborative impact and innovative power by asking, “What if? Why not? So what?”

Speakers
avatar for Brian Durst

Brian Durst

English Teacher, Grafton High School
Brian Durst has been gathering wisdom from colleagues and creating memories with students for two decades in his learner-centered clubhouse. He and his students learn with a purpose every day by asking, "What if? Why not? and So What?" Brian is on a quest to promote a culture of learning... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M316 VanderVelde M316 VanderVelde

2:30pm CDT

Think Together - Collaborate to Create Leadership, Inclusion, and Global Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will guide participants to new ways of fostering leadership, global perspective and global citizenship through engaging activities, tests of the mind, and frameworks of action. We will establish a groundwork of social-emotional learning, and they spring to experiential activities, and mental focus points that will bring the social emotional learning alive for students and adults. This session will be helpful for those working on service learning, global education, equity and inclusion or 5-12th grade classroom teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Nink

Matt Nink

Executive Director and Chief Innovation Offier, Global Youth Leadership Institute
Matt has been the Executive Director of Global Youth Leadership Institute since the organization spun off from ISACS in Chicago in 2005. He also has fifteen years of experience as an award winning English teacher and administrator at three high schools in Wisconsin, USA.Among his... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M219 Strains M219 Strains

2:30pm CDT

Yeah, Prove It!
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Based on Erik Palmer's new book, Good Thinking (published in April, 2016), teachers of all subject matters will learn how to transform the activities they already use into openings for improving student thinking. Developing reasoning skills will also improve their oral and written communication, which are very important for their future success in the real world. Sandy will share classroom-tested lessons to help students understand the principles of good arguments and proper use of evidence. Many of these lessons were created and tested in Sandy's classroom, since she is one of the featured teachers in Erik's book.
Participants will have opportunities to explore these lessons during the workshop. Plus, Erik Palmer and Stenhouse have generously donated copies of Good Thinking for a few lucky participants. One of them could be you!
Last year at Summer Spark, Sandy presented on speaking skills: namely PVLEGS. Argument and reasoning skills provide the backbone for strong speaking. Attend this session and learn fun and engaging ways to give your students these skills.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Otto

Sandy Otto

6th MS English Teacher, 6th MS English Teacher
I am a passionate reading, writing, speaking and listening teacher. I teach 6th MS English. I've met two of my Ed heroes, Kelly Gallagher and Erik Palmer. Looking forward to meeting many others, as well as authors of the books I read and love. Love Twitter chats, Voxer, EdCamps and... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
M318 Piper M318 Piper

2:30pm CDT

Your Kids are Doing it, Why Aren’t You?… The Truth About Social Media
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Speakers
avatar for Julie Smith

Julie Smith

professor, Webster University
Julie Smith teaches in the Media Communications Department at Webster University in St Louis. She is the author of "Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World" and travels extensively speaking on the media, fake news, social media and classroom engagement... Read More →


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
MS Library MS Library

4:15pm CDT

Closing and Raffle
Close two days of innovating, collaborating, and connectating with some fun and prizes!

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Taft

Chuck Taft

History and Summer Spark Guy, University School of Milwaukee
I try (heavy on the try) to make the nation's past come alive for my 8th grade young historians through enthusiasm, activity, technology, and humor - and then share those techniques with teachers of all ages and disciplines! Bottom line - I like learning, 'cuz learning is cool!


Tuesday June 14, 2016 4:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
Theater Theater