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Full & Half Day Workshops & Administrator Academies

Workshop Notes

Registration: Advanced, pre-registration 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.

Morning Half-Day Workshops (Wednesday, Nov. 15 -- 8:30am - 11:30am)

Tech Tools for K-8

Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30am

Do you have access to technology in your classroom, but not sure what to use on it? Come see how various tech apps and extensions can be easily incorporated into tomorrow’s lesson with ease! PDF mergy, mysimpleshow, Adobe Spark, Linoit, answergarden and other tools will be introduced and explored by participants.

Presenter: Kari Moulton, Teacher, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Coding Across the Curriculum

Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30am

Coding can easily be included in every class at your school. This 21st-Century skill is no longer just for techies or computer science class! Today, every student can code, and every teacher can teach it. Using Sphero, we will demonstrate practical, high-interest coding activities for art, consumer education, English, math, physical education, science, and social science classes. Activities are high school level, but can be modified for lower grades.

Presenter: Jennifer Sidlow, Media Specialist, Oak Lawn Community High School 
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Mix it up! Flip your lessons with EdPuzzle, Youtube and video capture

Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30am

Free online tools make it easy to create flipped lessons that will ultimately save time, boost classroom engagement, and formatively assess students. This hands-on session will walk you through capturing your own videos and using YouTube to create student-paced lessons. We will show you how to upload, crop, and embed questions using EdPuzzle. Please bring a lesson of your choice, your laptop, and a headset so we can help FLIP your lesson for a day!

Presenter: Angelica Delatorre-Im, Spanish Teacher, University High School 
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Windows Server Health

Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:30am

This workshop will cover what it takes to backup, monitor, update and secure a Windows server.

Presenter: Rick Lawsha, Director of Technology, Silas Willard School, CUSD #205
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend an afternoon workshop.
Cost: $75

Afternoon Half-Day Workshops (Wednesday, Nov. 15 -- 12:30pm - 3:30pm)

Newsela Certified Educator Workshop

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Newsela Certified Educator is a training program designed to recognize leaders in the Newsela community. This 3 hour workshop will review extensions of Newsela features, PRO tips, and classroom applications. Educators will collaborate to apply learning to design future trainings for their school community or design curriculum connections.

Presenter: JJ Janikis, Team Lead of Educator Communities, Newsela
Strand: Professional Development Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend a morning workshop.
Cost: $75

G Suite in the Classroom

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Have you ever wanted to incorporate more G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) into your classroom but not sure how? This hands-on workshop will focus on the various G Suite tools (Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Forms) and the ways they can be incorporated into your classroom.

Presenter: Kari Moulton, Teacher, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend a morning workshop.
Cost: $75

Maximizing and Protecting Your Network

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30pm

This workshop is divided into two main topics: maximizing your existing wireless infrastructure and protecting your network through monitoring and hardening. First, learn strategies to enhance your current wireless infrastructure. Second, learn about tools (mostly free) and techniques that you can use to monitor your network and help harden your security.

Presenter: Aaron Souza, Director of Information Technology, Minooka 201
Strand: Technology Infrastructure
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend a morning workshop.
Cost: $75

More than Just Apps: Using the iPad as a Creation Device

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30pm

Do you use iPads in your school? This session will focus on how to use the iPad for its intended purpose…student creation! This will be a hands-on session using apps like Buncee, Book Creator, and Explain Everything.

Presenter: Don Sturm, Technology Integration Specialist, Morton Community Unit School District #709
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is not included unless you also attend a morning workshop.
Cost: $75

Full-Day Workshops & Administrator Academies (Wed., Nov. 15 -- 8:30am-3:30pm)

How to Lead “Technology Trends in Education” (Admin Academy #1818)

Wednesday, 8:30am – 3:30pm

This course will assist administrators exploring the latest in technology trends for improving instruction and student achievement. Participants will engage in a global analysis of their district/school’s past and current technology implementation program(s). They then will explore technological trends in order to develop an implementation plan for future improvement. How can administrators become more active leaders in the area of technology integration? Participants will develop a better understanding of the changing educational landscape and how they can address their role as a proactive leader of educational technology.

Presenter: Mike McGowan, Technology Director, Sunnybrook School District 171
Strand: Leadership
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is included.
Cost: $175

Legal Implications of Technology Use in the Classroom (Admin Academy #686)

Wednesday, 8:30am – 3:30pm

This seminar will consider the legal implications with the use of technology in schools including, use of social networking sites by staff, student records issues with photographs and video recordings, the PRESS acceptable use policy and alternatives, bargaining issues associated with technology, student discipline including cyber bullying, sexting and search of electronic devices, bring your own device policies, and use of electronic devices by board members and administrators in compliance with Open Meeting Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements.

Presenter: Attorneys at Law at Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC
Strand: Leadership
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is included.
Cost: $175

Supporting Design Thinking in the Classroom

Wednesday, 8:30am – 3:30pm

This hands-on workshop will help you dig into the principles and processes of Design Thinking. How can you support Design Thinking in your building and help students directly approach complex problems, innovation, collaboration and creation of solutions to real-world problems?

Presenter: Megan Mkrtschjan, Assistant Director of Curriculum, CUSD 303
Strand: Teaching and Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is included.
Cost: $150

Impactful Professional Development: Strategies to Lead and Empower

Wednesday, 8:30am – 3:30pm

We will explore professional learning strategies to engage, inspire and build community. The following four pillars will serve as the framework: inviting investment, pushing possibilities, interesting interactions and maintaining momentum. This session is jam packed with hands-on and minds-on activities that will allow participants to transform theory into practice.

This session is device neutral.  Bring your own device and come ready to have some fun!

Presenter: Kim Darche, Digital Learning Coach, District 113A
Strand: Professional Development Learning
Audience: Pre-K, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Meals: Lunch is included.
Cost: $150