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Welcome to the 2019 Upstate Technology Conference!

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Tuesday, July 9
 

8:30am

Going Paper-Less for Admin and ICs
We all have too many papers to keep track of and checklists to create...and re-create. Fortunately, technology provides tools that can help us organize, automate, and simplify our interactions with our teachers. Learn some workflows that you can take back to your building this fall.
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Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
104

8:30am

Technology Made Simple for Administrators
Calling all administrators (teachers and other staff too)! Do you want to learn more about some tech tools that can make your life easier in your role as a leader? Looking for ways to show your teachers some strategies that they can use to integrate more technology in their classroom? Do you want to get better with technology? This session is for you! Come learn about multiple technology tools, applications, and resources to make your life easier and be that model teacher for your staff. This will be a fun and fast-paced session, but for all levels of technology proficiency. Bring your device and lets get to it!
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Speakers
avatar for Todd Stafford

Todd Stafford

Assistant Principal, Greer High School
Current assistant principal for the Freshman Academy at Greer High School. I'm excited to learn from all of you!


Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
105

9:45am

Plug into your school's Power Pair: Media Specialist and Instructional Coach
Attendees will gain an understanding of how a collaborative partnership between the Media Specialist and Instructional Coach can be leveraged to provide teachers with personalized technology coaching and students equitable, technology inspired instruction. This session will offer a blueprint for implementing this model. Discover how to integrate separate workflows into an intentional implementation of professional development and student-centered instruction resulting in meaningful, digital age learning experiences for all stakeholders.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
104

9:45am

Technology Made Simple for Administrators
Calling all administrators (teachers and other staff too)! Do you want to learn more about some tech tools that can make your life easier in your role as a leader? Looking for ways to show your teachers some strategies that they can use to integrate more technology in their classroom? Do you want to get better with technology? This session is for you! Come learn about multiple technology tools, applications, and resources to make your life easier and be that model teacher for your staff. This will be a fun and fast-paced session, but for all levels of technology proficiency. Bring your device and lets get to it!
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Todd Stafford

Todd Stafford

Assistant Principal, Greer High School
Current assistant principal for the Freshman Academy at Greer High School. I'm excited to learn from all of you!


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
105

11:00am

When The Answer is Both
The complex and monumental task of educating children requires us to do many things. Questions like, “Do we want to prepare children for college and career readiness, or to be productive citizens?” Certainly, our response to questions like this is “both,” or sometimes we say: “It’s a balance." Without a clear vision and intention, we lose our focus. Healthy and productive cultures are built around key and purposeful ideas and actions. This session will challenge you to take stock of your current culture and inspire you to consider simple, yet powerful ways to establish cultures of joyful learning that serve all learners.

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PD

Patti Duncan

Mgr, Partner Engagement, Activation, Discovery Education
Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology integration specialist, and professional development trainer who joined the Discovery Education family in 2008. After working for 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education. She taught middle school and high school... Read More →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
105

12:30pm

Digital Leadership in the 21st Century
This session will highlight Digital leaders who are using technology and social media to share learning and be a more positive influence. It will provide examples, tools, and strategies you can use tomorrow to empower Student Digital Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Willard

Anthony Willard

Educator, Greer Middle School
Husband, Educator, Lover of History, and I hang out with middle schoolers and talk about the past, present, and what they want to happen in the future.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
105

1:45pm

Digital Leadership in the 21st Century
This session will highlight Digital leaders who are using technology and social media to share learning and be a more positive influence. It will provide examples, tools, and strategies you can use tomorrow to empower Student Digital Leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Willard

Anthony Willard

Educator, Greer Middle School
Husband, Educator, Lover of History, and I hang out with middle schoolers and talk about the past, present, and what they want to happen in the future.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
105

1:45pm

Let’s Unpack the GCS Backpack – 2019 Rollout
What will parents find in their child’s GCS online Backpack? Come learn about the new Backpack application designed for parents and students that will be available in the fall of 2019. Teachers will be able to access student information more readily and track communication with parents. Parents will be able to check their child’s behavior log, monitor grades, review standardized test scores, and more!


Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
104
 
Wednesday, July 10
 

8:30am

Level Up!-Tech Tools for Administrators
Communication and collaboration builds trust and establishes an effective work environment. This session will explore how online resources like AnswerGarden, Google Apps (Choice Eliminator, Keep), Padlet, and Twitter can be used to take your communication and collaboration to the next level! Participants will learn basic features, share ideas, and identify the best resource(s) to use for the upcoming school year.

Speakers
avatar for P. Sloan Joseph

P. Sloan Joseph

Instructional Technologist, Greenville County Schools
I am an Instructional Technology leader with over 15 years of expereince as a Business Education Teacher, Professional Development Facilitator, and Administrator. I currently work with the Greenville County School district as an Instructional Technologist at Greer Middle School... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
104

8:30am

The Flip Side of Professional Development
Join us to see how you can offer your teachers PD that meets their individual needs while at home or on the go, early in the mornings or late at night. We will show you how we flipped our lengthy back-to-school handbook using EdPuzzle, how we're using Screencastify to share teacher tips, and how we use a comprehensive site called Kyte Learning to flip our PD to meet the needs of all teacher learners.
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Chris Ross

Chris Ross

Principal, Bell's Crossing Elementary


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
105

9:45am

Level Up!-Tech Tools for Administrators
Communication and collaboration builds trust and establishes an effective work environment. This session will explore how online resources like AnswerGarden, Google Apps (Choice Eliminator, Keep), Padlet, and Twitter can be used to take your communication and collaboration to the next level! Participants will learn basic features, share ideas, and identify the best resource(s) to use for the upcoming school year.

Speakers
avatar for P. Sloan Joseph

P. Sloan Joseph

Instructional Technologist, Greenville County Schools
I am an Instructional Technology leader with over 15 years of expereince as a Business Education Teacher, Professional Development Facilitator, and Administrator. I currently work with the Greenville County School district as an Instructional Technologist at Greer Middle School... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
104

9:45am

The Flip Side of Professional Development
Join us to see how you can offer your teachers PD that meets their individual needs while at home or on the go, early in the mornings or late at night. We will show you how we flipped our lengthy back-to-school handbook using EdPuzzle, how we're using Screencastify to share teacher tips, and how we use a comprehensive site called Kyte Learning to flip our PD to meet the needs of all teacher learners.
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Chris Ross

Chris Ross

Principal, Bell's Crossing Elementary


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
105

11:00am

Using Google to Drive the School
Learn how to use Google to streamline your communication to faculty and staff. We use Google sheets, slides, forms, classroom, and calendar regularly to provide clear communication to all faculty and staff; to include, but not limited to, weekly schedules, meetings, observations, announcements, and professional development.

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Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
104

11:00am

When You Are No Longer the Expert: What to do when your teachers are smarter than you.
Ever feel like you are playing catch-up with technology? Come learn about what happens when you realize that you aren’t the expert anymore. The session will talk about the shift from leader to learner, discuss the technology your teachers are using, and how PD works when everyone is in a different place.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Miller

Tom Miller

Administrator, Greenville County Schools
Tech Enthusiast, 1:1 Principal


Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
105