Full & Half Day Workshops & Administrator Academies

2019 Workshop Notes

Registration: Advanced, pre-registration by Nov. 6 is required.  On-site registration will not be available.

Meals: Lunch is provided for those registering for two half-day workshops (one morning, one afternoon) and for those registering for a full-day workshop. Lunch will not be provided for those attending one half-day workshop session.

Full-Day Workshops & Administrator Academies

Coaching Academy

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Participants in this workshop will explore coaching strategies to engage, inspire and build community within a school or district. Through interactive experiences, participants will engage in activities as their staff members would during professional growth opportunities. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of professional growth and the coaching cycle along with proven research to enhance the development of teachers.

The work we will do together provides real, rubber to the road strategies to incorporate job-embedded opportunities and creative options for strategic and ongoing support. We explore questioning techniques, unique ways to approach brainstorming, building a culture of learning and more through leveraging digital learning tools and research. We approach our time together with high energy but also allows for reflection so that participants can consider and re-imagine coaching opportunities in their own school or district.

Presenter: Lindsay Zilly, Julie Powell
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Instructional Coaches
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Explore and Build in the Virtual World

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Come out for a day of exploring and creating in VR. Get hands-on with tools such as Google Expedition, Tour Builder, and more. We will not just explore VR but will also be creating VR content. VR has proven to be a tool to increase student engagement with greater retention of content. Come and open up a world of possibilities for your students today.

Presenter: Mike McGowan, Technology Director, Sunnybrook School District 171
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Making Magic with Code: Build a Web App Using Firebase

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

If you’ve got just a little HTML and JavaScript experience, you can build a superfast scalable web app FOR FREE using Firebase, Google’s awesome and easy-to-use database system! This workshop will show you how easy it is to integrate Firebase in a new project using Google single sign on, getting info from users, and creating easily searchable data sets. Join us and leave with a working web app!

Presenter: Adam Geisen, Instructional Technology Coach, Triad Community Unit School District
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $150

Half-Day Morning Workshops

Integrating STEAM in a K-5 classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Participants will experience hands on strategies with integrated lesson plans for several STEAM challenges. Making connections to grade level literature and multiple content standards can help educators find the time to incorporate science, technology and engineering into the K-5 classroom. Participants will also have time to create an integrated lesson plan based on a STEAM challenge.

Presenter: Lisa Ward, Content Specialist, ISU/Center for Educational Initiatives
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches
Meals: Continental breakfast is provided.  Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Google Administrator Certification

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A session dedicated to Google management updates and best practices for the Google Administrator Certification. This session is BYOD.

Presenter: Butch Wilson, Director of Technology, Christopher Unit School District #99
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Technology Coordinators
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $75

Make Your Own BreakoutEDU

Wednesday, Nov. 13
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Have you heard about Breakout EDU or Escape Rooms in the classroom, but are not sure what the hype is all about? During this workshop, participants will experience breakouts in various ways: whole group, small group, and digital. During breakouts, put your students problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills to the test.

Presenter: Kari Moulton, Teacher/Instructional Technology Coach, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, Library Media Specialists
Meals: Continental breakfast is provided.  Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Half-Day Afternoon Workshops

Cybersecurity Checklists

Wednesday, Nov. 13
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

This workshop is meant to provide your school with checklists, tools, and resources based around the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF). We will examine the NIST CSF’s 5 main areas of Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover as well as the 23 categories and 108 sub-categories to make your school more cybersecure.

Presenter: Chris Wherley, Network & Technology Services Coordinator, Learning Technology Center
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Technology Coordinators
Meals: Continental breakfast and lunch is provided.
Cost: $75

Making the most of eLearning Days!

Wednesday, Nov. 13
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Is your school taking advantage of eLearning days this winter? Not sure how to structure your lessons? Come explore the BEST tools to use on eLearning days in this interactive session, to make lessons and grading EASY! (iPads? Chromebooks? No 1:1? No problem!)

Presenter: Pete Dulany, President / Founder, Dulany Consulting
Strand: Leadership/Professional Development
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Technology Coordinators, Library Media Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Administrators
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attended a morning workshop.  An afternoon beverage/snack break is provided.
Cost: $75

Robots in the Classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 13
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Come get hands on with various robots that are great fit for any elementary classroom. See how these engaging tools can enhance any content as well as teach the fundamentals on computational thinking. Sphero, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, Ozobot, and more will be available to test out.

Presenter: Sarah Phelps, Elementary Computer Science, Triad Community Unit School District
Strand: Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attended a morning workshop.  An afternoon beverage/snack break is provided.
Cost: $75