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Tuesday, July 9
 

8:30am

Change Comes From Many Profiles​: Part 1 of 2
You're a master with technology... are you ready to be a leader of adult learners? This session is for the coaches who are responsible for educational technology leadership in their schools. Work through the five levels of the technology adoption curve and discover ways to approach different profiles of teachers. Hear from two practicing technology coaches -- one at the middle and one at the high school level -- who work with over 200 teachers at Spartanburg District 7.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Babcock

Adam Babcock

School Technology Coordinator, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg District Seven
A Technology Integration Specialist in South Carolina and former high school teacher, Adam is an Apple Learning Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator (yeah, you can be both!) and one of one-hundred 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators.
avatar for Joel Colon

Joel Colon

Technology Integration Specialists, Spartanburg School District 7
Joel Colón is a Technology Integration Specialist at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg School District # 7. In his 16 year career as a teacher, he has taught ESOL, ELA, Social Studies, Media Literacy and Science. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
117

8:30am

Donors Choose Done Right!
Have you needed materials for your classroom that you couldn’t afford or weren’t provided? Is there an activity you want to do but can’t because of a lack of resources? In this session, we will look at the incredible opportunities available through Donorschoose.org. This platform gives teachers the chance to raise money using social media for classroom resources and materials. We will explore how to use the website, learn tips for writing your proposal, and by the end of the session, everyone will have a live project posted on the website.

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
230

8:30am

Hot Topics with Discovery Education
Discovery Education has developed a variety of powerful and engaging resources designed to support educators in your quest to address the top needs in empowering today’s learners. From resources to fuel a cultural shift with STEM to a wide variety of literacy supports to engaging ideas for addressing the needs of diverse/ELL learners, you’ll leave this session with our favorite resources for supporting these hot topics including instructional strategies, fresh ideas and perspectives, and ways to continue the conversation within the DEN Online Community.

Speakers
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 8:30am - 9:30am
113

8:30am

S.L.A.Y. the Day-Effectively Managing a Digital Classroom
A successful digital classroom begins with a digital management plan that is practical and age-appropriate. This session will review procedures, behavioral interventions, and free/inexpensive rewards for appropriate digital behavior. Cellphone, tablet, or laptop is required.

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 →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
232

9:45am

Change Comes From Many Profiles​: Part 2 of 2
Now that you know how to identify teachers' levels with technology, how do teachers' cognitive styles and belief systems fit into your technology efforts. In this second of our two-part series, engage in reflection on your own biases and how they can inform your technology initiatives

Speakers
avatar for Adam Babcock

Adam Babcock

School Technology Coordinator, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg District Seven
A Technology Integration Specialist in South Carolina and former high school teacher, Adam is an Apple Learning Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator (yeah, you can be both!) and one of one-hundred 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators.
avatar for Joel Colon

Joel Colon

Technology Integration Specialists, Spartanburg School District 7
Joel Colón is a Technology Integration Specialist at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg School District # 7. In his 16 year career as a teacher, he has taught ESOL, ELA, Social Studies, Media Literacy and Science. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
117

9:45am

S.L.A.Y. the Day-Effectively Managing a Digital Classroom
A successful digital classroom begins with a digital management plan that is practical and age-appropriate. This session will review procedures, behavioral interventions, and free/inexpensive rewards for appropriate digital behavior. Cellphone, tablet, or laptop is required.

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 →


Tuesday July 9, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
232

9:45am

Sending Out an SOS (Spotlight on Strategies)
Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) is a series of creative, research-based instructional strategies, presented by teachers for teachers. These strategies incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways. Learn how to use these with your Discovery Education service, and discover the high level of engagement that your students will experience.

Speakers
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 9:45am - 10:45am
113

11:00am

Integrating Technology with Room Transformations/Project-Based Learning
During this session, I will be informing teachers how to express their creativity through room transformations. I will explain the process of getting decor for the classroom and making activities on a budget. I will also explain ways to integrate PBL and technology within the theme of the room transformation to make learning more engaging and fun for both teacher and students.
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
233

11:00am

Virtual Fieldtrips
You don't have to suffer through travel setup to take your classroom on a field trip. Technology has granted us access to experiences and learning opportunities around the world. Get your students excited and engaged by taking them on a virtual field trip! We will explore a few different options for setting up a trip using Google apps and sites, and will discuss ideas for all age groups and subject areas.

The only thing you need to pack for this trip is your favorite electronic device (Chromebook/laptop/tablet/smartphone). Smartphone users may have the opportunity to try some VR goggles.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wylie

Kim Wylie

Technology Clerk, Mauldin Middle School
Talk with me about anything Google or Chromebook related.



Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
229

11:00am

Google Data Studio for Education
Data Studio pulls from data sources like csv’s, Google Sheets, Google Analytics, BigQuery, and more. Reports are stored in Drive and are shared like Drive documents with view or edit access. Learn how to set who can access your Data Sources, data manipulation, and creating data visualization reports for your school or classroom.

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
215

12:30pm

Substituting eLearning for Inclement Weather: First Year Pilot Reflections
Spartanburg District Seven was one of five districts in South Carolina to pilot the use of eLearning Days in lieu of missing school for inclement weather. Learn about Schoology’s role in preparing our teachers and supporting student learning.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Babcock

Adam Babcock

School Technology Coordinator, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg District Seven
A Technology Integration Specialist in South Carolina and former high school teacher, Adam is an Apple Learning Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator (yeah, you can be both!) and one of one-hundred 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators.
avatar for Joel Colon

Joel Colon

Technology Integration Specialists, Spartanburg School District 7
Joel Colón is a Technology Integration Specialist at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg School District # 7. In his 16 year career as a teacher, he has taught ESOL, ELA, Social Studies, Media Literacy and Science. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
117

12:30pm

Tackling Parent Teacher Conferences DIGITALLY!
Parent teacher conferences just got so much easier! This session will teach you all that you need to know about conducting parent teacher conferences DIGITALLY!!

Speakers

Tuesday July 9, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
202

1:45pm

Virtual Fieldtrips
You don't have to suffer through travel setup to take your classroom on a field trip. Technology has granted us access to experiences and learning opportunities around the world. Get your students excited and engaged by taking them on a virtual field trip! We will explore a few different options for setting up a trip using Google apps and sites, and will discuss ideas for all age groups and subject areas.

The only thing you need to pack for this trip is your favorite electronic device (Chromebook/laptop/tablet/smartphone). Smartphone users may have the opportunity to try some VR goggles.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Wylie

Kim Wylie

Technology Clerk, Mauldin Middle School
Talk with me about anything Google or Chromebook related.



Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
229

1:45pm

Herding Cats: Class Management in a 1 to 1 Classroom
Routines, consequences and rules keep a learning environment running. A good teacher establishes these expectations, but is this infusion of technology disrupting your typical classroom environment? In this session, teachers will see video samples of off-task behaviors, receive tips and then get hands-on with case studies of classroom management issues that are happening in our classrooms after five years of being a one-to-one district.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Colon

Joel Colon

Technology Integration Specialists, Spartanburg School District 7
Joel Colón is a Technology Integration Specialist at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg School District # 7. In his 16 year career as a teacher, he has taught ESOL, ELA, Social Studies, Media Literacy and Science. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
205

3:00pm

Herding Cats: Class Management in a 1 to 1 Classroom
Routines, consequences and rules keep a learning environment running. A good teacher establishes these expectations, but is this infusion of technology disrupting your typical classroom environment? In this session, teachers will see video samples of off-task behaviors, receive tips and then get hands-on with case studies of classroom management issues that are happening in our classrooms after five years of being a one-to-one district.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Colon

Joel Colon

Technology Integration Specialists, Spartanburg School District 7
Joel Colón is a Technology Integration Specialist at McCracken Middle School in Spartanburg School District # 7. In his 16 year career as a teacher, he has taught ESOL, ELA, Social Studies, Media Literacy and Science. He currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tuesday July 9, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
205

3:00pm

Tech-ifying Instructional Strategies
Are you familiar with Discovery Education? Are you looking for creative ways to utilize digital media? We have heard your SOS call! Join us to learn how Discovery Educators from around the globe are engaging their students by combining digital resources such as videos, images, audio files, apps, and web tools with the Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series. Walk away with ready to use digital integration strategies to incorporate into your curriculum.

Speakers
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 3:00pm - 4:00pm
113
 
Wednesday, July 10
 

8:30am

Creating Accessible Documents
It is federally required that all documents created for posting publicly on a website be designed so that people with disabilities are not discriminated against due to features which make the document inaccessible for one reason or another. This sessions provides some basic steps to insure that your documents are free from accessibility flags.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Webmaster, Greenville County Schools
Michael Simmons is webmaster for Greenville County Schools where he manages the district website. He also provides support and training for all school and teacher websites. He's been serving in this capacity for 12 years, prior to which he was a high school science teacher.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
106

8:30am

Skype in the Classroom
Do you ever wish you could bring an author in to teach a writing lesson? What if you could talk to a research scientist in Antarctica? You can! And the best part is...it's free! Make learning come alive with Skype in the Classroom. Discover how easy it is to take a virtual field trip, connect with authors, scientist, and other experts in their field. Collaborate with classrooms around the world to work on projects, play games, explore different cultures, and learn about the world around you. Perfect for every grade and subject.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Howell

Ruth Howell

3rd Grade Teacher, Spartanburg 5
Skype Master Teacher, MIE Expert, Certified Microsoft Educator, 2016 SC STAR Teacher, Flipgrid Certified, Seesaw Ambassador, 3rd-5th National Splash Math Winner.Follow me on Twitter @RuthHowell3


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
202

8:30am

Tech-ifying Instructional Strategies
Are you familiar with Discovery Education? Are you looking for creative ways to utilize digital media? We have heard your SOS call! Join us to learn how Discovery Educators from around the globe are engaging their students by combining digital resources such as videos, images, audio files, apps, and web tools with the Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series. Walk away with ready to use digital integration strategies to incorporate into your curriculum.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
113

9:45am

Creating Accessible Documents
It is federally required that all documents created for posting publicly on a website be designed so that people with disabilities are not discriminated against due to features which make the document inaccessible for one reason or another. This sessions provides some basic steps to insure that your documents are free from accessibility flags.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Webmaster, Greenville County Schools
Michael Simmons is webmaster for Greenville County Schools where he manages the district website. He also provides support and training for all school and teacher websites. He's been serving in this capacity for 12 years, prior to which he was a high school science teacher.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
106

9:45am

Differentiating Instruction with Discovery Education’s Digital Resources
Discovery Education helps you engage diverse learners with multimodal digital content for multiple learning styles, degrees of readiness, and interests by offering resources to help vary content, process, product, and learning environment. Explore resources, strategies, and learning opportunities for effectively using Discovery Education to differentiate instruction.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
113

11:00am

Integrating Technology with Room Transformations/Project-Based Learning
During this session, I will be informing teachers how to express their creativity through room transformations. I will explain the process of getting decor for the classroom and making activities on a budget. I will also explain ways to integrate PBL and technology within the theme of the room transformation to make learning more engaging and fun for both teacher and students.
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
233

11:00am

Differentiating Instruction with Discovery Education’s Digital Resources
Discovery Education helps you engage diverse learners with multimodal digital content for multiple learning styles, degrees of readiness, and interests by offering resources to help vary content, process, product, and learning environment. Explore resources, strategies, and learning opportunities for effectively using Discovery Education to differentiate instruction.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
113

11:00am

What's the hype with Mystery Skype?
Can your students locate SC on a map? Do they know the difference between a state, a country, and a continent? Join me as I show you how to strengthen your student's map skills, learn about other cultures and enhance their critical thinking & communication skills. Not a geography teacher? That's ok, Mystery Skype can be played using math & science concepts too.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Howell

Ruth Howell

3rd Grade Teacher, Spartanburg 5
Skype Master Teacher, MIE Expert, Certified Microsoft Educator, 2016 SC STAR Teacher, Flipgrid Certified, Seesaw Ambassador, 3rd-5th National Splash Math Winner.Follow me on Twitter @RuthHowell3


Wednesday July 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
202

12:15pm

Gimkit Gaming For Student Engagement
Are your students bored of the same old review games? Gimkit is a new option that includes a more competitive edge in its game play, as well as having more teacher controls to customize your students experiences.

Speakers
AL

Amber Lewis

6th grade science, Greenville County Schools
Topics that would strike the most interest from me would have to do with; inquiry based learning strategies, classroom management, content vocabulary review strategies, classroom organization.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
221

12:15pm

Hey Ma! I Met a Polar Bear Today!
Discover how thousands of kids visited Mars, investigated Ford’s Theatre, participated in Constitution Day and explored the frozen tundra with polar bears via virtual field trips. We'll show you how to leverage free archived virtual field trips to engage students, connect them to other classrooms and supplement curriculum.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
113

12:15pm

Website Accessibility Tips
Public schools and other government entities are required to have websites which are accessible to everyone and which do not discriminate against people with disabilities. This session will provide suggestions for building and maintaining an accessible website. This session will also highlight free tools to test for and mitigate accessibility issues at your website.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Webmaster, Greenville County Schools
Michael Simmons is webmaster for Greenville County Schools where he manages the district website. He also provides support and training for all school and teacher websites. He's been serving in this capacity for 12 years, prior to which he was a high school science teacher.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
106

1:45pm

Gimkit Gaming For Student Engagement
Are your students bored of the same old review games? Gimkit is a new option that includes a more competitive edge in its game play, as well as having more teacher controls to customize your students experiences.

Speakers
AL

Amber Lewis

6th grade science, Greenville County Schools
Topics that would strike the most interest from me would have to do with; inquiry based learning strategies, classroom management, content vocabulary review strategies, classroom organization.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
221

1:45pm

Hey Ma! I Met a Polar Bear Today!
Discover how thousands of kids visited Mars, investigated Ford’s Theatre, participated in Constitution Day and explored the frozen tundra with polar bears via virtual field trips. We'll show you how to leverage free archived virtual field trips to engage students, connect them to other classrooms and supplement curriculum.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
113

1:45pm

Project Based Learning: Making a Family Connection
In this session, PBL projects will be shared, including Generations from 3rd grade, Olympians from 1st grade, Medical interns from 5th grade, 2nd grade Election project, and 4th grade Florida history project. Classroom teachers, administrators, specialists, and families all worked together to create a deep, meaningful learning experience for all students.
Through PBL, students will learn about artifacts, interviewing, writing deep questions, having conversations, writing skills, and effective communication.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Penchev

Nancy Penchev

Elementary school teacher, Scheck, FL
Presenter ISTE, FETC, ILA, ST4T, iPadpalooza, SCCSS, OESIS, Upstate Technology, NCAEE, Florida Reads, FAMEPresentations:Literacy DaysTechnology ToolsGirls Build STEAMSTEM/STEAM and LiteracyBlended LearningInstructional Technology and Professional Development2015 Common Sense Media... Read More →


Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
213

1:45pm

Website Accessibility Tips
Public schools and other government entities are required to have websites which are accessible to everyone and which do not discriminate against people with disabilities. This session will provide suggestions for building and maintaining an accessible website. This session will also highlight free tools to test for and mitigate accessibility issues at your website.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Webmaster, Greenville County Schools
Michael Simmons is webmaster for Greenville County Schools where he manages the district website. He also provides support and training for all school and teacher websites. He's been serving in this capacity for 12 years, prior to which he was a high school science teacher.



Wednesday July 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
106