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Wednesday, June 12
 

10:45am

Innovation Institute Makerspace/STEAM Lab

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
Rotunda

10:45am

Jumping on the Makerspace Bandwagon (Without Falling Off!)

The Makerspace movement is HUGE right now, and for good reason. Having a space where your students can explore, create, engineer, and problem solve (all while LOVING it) can have positive effects in all areas of their learning. The only problem is, it's hard to know where to begin. When do we do it? Where do we do it? What do we do? And where does all of that STUFF come from?! In this session, tips and tricks will be shared from a media specialist who just completed her first year building and facilitating a successful Makerspace program in an elementary school.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Reaves

Courtney Reaves

Media Specialist, Jacksonville North Pulaski SD
Courtney Reaves is the media specialist at Pinewood Elementary in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Over the past year she has built a makerspace program that is the first of its kind in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. She was recently named the Air Force Association Chapter... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
D103

10:45am

Learning Blade - Supplemental STEM Online Curriculum focusing on Computer Science

This is a grant-funded, online STEM supplemental curriculum with lessons designed primarily for grades 5-9. These lessons would be a great addition to science, math, computer science, Career Development, GT/Enrichment, ALE, EAST, and stand alone STEM wheel classes. They can even be used in business finance, Agri and Health.

Speakers
avatar for Learning Blade

Learning Blade

Exhibitor/Vendor, Learning Blade
Consultant and Trainer, Retired from the Dept of Career Education, 25 years experience in Career Guidance as teacher, administrator and Global Career Development Facilitator


Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:45am - 12:45pm
D111

11:50am

Why Coach Robotics? A Look at FIRST LEGO League Competition!

Your Elementary/Middle School doesn't have a robotics team? Why not?! Come learn about FIRST Robotics & FIRST LEGO League! Learn about FLL components & core values, general competition guidelines, and advice on getting a new team started!

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Kautzer

Cassie Kautzer

Teacher, Hellstern Middle School
Cassie is a former Wisconsinite, currently in her 10th year of education in Northwest Arkansas, having spent seven years in elementary education and now working in middle level Science. Cassie is a 2014 Presidential Science Awardee (PAEMST) and the 2017 Air Force Association Chapter... Read More →
avatar for Michael Tapee

Michael Tapee

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Michael is passionate about robotics and creating a mathematics classroom rich in student discourse.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 11:50am - 12:45pm
D103

11:50am

Maker Movement: What Do I Need to Know?

In this session, we will walk through what "making" looks like at Sonora Middle School as well as participate in our own making challenge. Participants will leave with financial resources on how to get started in their own school and even how to work in making through classroom time and project based learning.

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 11:50am - 12:45pm
MC

11:50am

Innovation Institute Makerspace/STEAM Lab

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 11:50am - 12:45pm
Rotunda

12:55pm

MERGE into the Future

Are you ready to merge into the future? Attend this session to dive into MERGE Cubes and experience Augmented Reality (AR). By holding the hologram in your hands, you'll transform learning in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Lybeck

Mandy Lybeck

EdTech Director
Mandy Lybeck is starting her fifth year as an Educational Technology Director for the Neosho School District. Her passion is empowering learners of all ages to seamlessly integrate technology and innovation throughout their experiences. In her free time, she spends time with her husband... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Brines

Samantha Brines

Pre-service Teacher/EdTech Support, Neosho School District
Samantha Brines is the G-3 lab instructor at Goodman Elementary School in Goodman, Missouri. Three years ago she took a chance on transforming her computer lab into something more innovative for her Pre-K to 4th Grade students. Now, the once mediocre class is a place of engagement... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:55pm - 1:50pm
B105

12:55pm

Storytelling: Beyond the Pencil and Paper

How can digital storytelling in an elementary school library (grades 3 and 4) enhance engagement in writing as well as the motivation and ability to create higher quality writing? In particular, what happens as students move beyond the novelty or entertainment effect of new technology to adoption in their regular literacy activities? This presentation focuses on three programs Hatch, Bloxels, and Story Maker.

Hatch is an adaptation of Scratch programming. Hatch is an amazing way to incorporate computational thinking while supporting digital storytelling.

Using Scratch as a digital storytelling tool, students can:
Create poetry
Create short stories related to a piece of literature
Create and/or illustrate a math problem
Research and report about a career
Research and report about a historical figure, scientist, etc.
Illustrate a current event

Bloxels is an intuitive platform for creating video games in a classroom. When students build games, they become the writers, artists, designers, and developers of their own interactive stories.

Story Maker is an animated program. Story Maker transforms classrooms into animation studios which gives students the tools to write and produce original animated stories. Each Story Maker project is designed to promote literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and other vital 21st century skills. Best of all, students take pride in creating animated stories they can share with the world.


Speakers
JD

Jennifer Dralle-Moreano

Educator, Mineola School District
Ms. Dralle-Moreano is a library media specialist with a passion for digital citizenship, computational thinking, and clubs such as First LEGO League Junior and Ted-Ed. She is a doctoral student and a certified school building/district leader.
JG

Janet Gonzalez Ed.D

Administrator, Mineola
Dr. Gonzalez is currently the principal of the Jackson Avenue School in Mineola, NY. In 2015, Jackson Avenue School became an Apple Distinguished School and has been designated as Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified School. Dr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:55pm - 1:50pm
D102

12:55pm

Coding with Dash & Dot...and Cue!

Participants will enjoy learning how to use Dash, Dot, and Cue. All of these awesome robots provide unique learning experiences throughout various subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Rentschler

Heather Rentschler

4th Grade Math Teacher, Bentonville Public School
Heather Rentschler is an innovative math teacher who works diligently to incorporate the latest ideas into her lessons!
avatar for Dr. Amy L. Holland

Dr. Amy L. Holland

Educator, Bentonville Schools
I am originally from Arkansas, WOO PIGS! I graduated from the University of Arkansas majoring in Elementary Education. I later obtained a Master's from the University of Phoenix specializing in Curriculum & Instruction. Currently, I am working on my doctorate in E-Learning from Northcentral... Read More →


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:55pm - 1:50pm
D103

12:55pm

Innovation Institute Makerspace/STEAM Lab

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 12:55pm - 1:50pm
Rotunda

2:00pm

Maker Movement: What Do I Need to Know?

In this session, we will walk through what "making" looks like at Sonora Middle School as well as participate in our own making challenge. Participants will leave with financial resources on how to get started in their own school and even how to work in making through classroom time and project based learning.

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:55pm
MC

2:00pm

Teaching with Nearpod

Imagine all of the students in the classroom being on the same screen of a presentation at the same time. Nearpod allows teachers to share interactive content with students in real time. Learn how this tool can support deeper learning and collect assessment data on students.

Audience: All tech usage levels ~ Grades K-12

Speakers
avatar for Mickey McFetridge

Mickey McFetridge

Administrator, Fayetteville School District


Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:00pm - 2:55pm
C101

3:05pm

Innovation Institute Makerspace/STEAM Lab

Speakers
DR

Derek Ratchford

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Current EAST Facilitator at Sonora Middle School and 3D Printing Curriculum Specialist for NWA3D. Also, a Level 2 Certified Google Educator and lover of all things technology.


Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm
Rotunda
 
Thursday, June 13
 

10:45am

Storytelling: Beyond the Pencil and Paper

How can digital storytelling in an elementary school library (grades 3 and 4) enhance engagement in writing as well as the motivation and ability to create higher quality writing? In particular, what happens as students move beyond the novelty or entertainment effect of new technology to adoption in their regular literacy activities? This presentation focuses on three programs Hatch, Bloxels, and Story Maker.

Hatch is an adaptation of Scratch programming. Hatch is an amazing way to incorporate computational thinking while supporting digital storytelling.

Using Scratch as a digital storytelling tool, students can:
Create poetry
Create short stories related to a piece of literature
Create and/or illustrate a math problem
Research and report about a career
Research and report about a historical figure, scientist, etc.
Illustrate a current event

Bloxels is an intuitive platform for creating video games in a classroom. When students build games, they become the writers, artists, designers, and developers of their own interactive stories.

Story Maker is an animated program. Story Maker transforms classrooms into animation studios which gives students the tools to write and produce original animated stories. Each Story Maker project is designed to promote literacy, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and other vital 21st century skills. Best of all, students take pride in creating animated stories they can share with the world.


Speakers
JD

Jennifer Dralle-Moreano

Educator, Mineola School District
Ms. Dralle-Moreano is a library media specialist with a passion for digital citizenship, computational thinking, and clubs such as First LEGO League Junior and Ted-Ed. She is a doctoral student and a certified school building/district leader.
JG

Janet Gonzalez Ed.D

Administrator, Mineola
Dr. Gonzalez is currently the principal of the Jackson Avenue School in Mineola, NY. In 2015, Jackson Avenue School became an Apple Distinguished School and has been designated as Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified School. Dr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
B110

10:45am

Bringing Wonder To Your School

Wondering how to start Making in your school? Thinking about how to bring STEM into your classroom? Bringing Wonder To Your School will show you how to actively engage your students in Making and STEM! Get ready for some hands-on activities and teacher tricks and tips for implementing STEM into your classroom and school.

Speakers
LT

Lisa Taylor

Educator, Shaw Elementary
Lisa Taylor is a 5th grade teacher and mother of two. She has taught 20 years, in grades 3-5. She loves teaching and creating innovative teaching resources. Her goal is to make learning fun, while engaging her students in integrated STEM activities that connect to skills that must... Read More →
JH

Julie Herrera

Wonder Lab Coordinator, Springdale
Julie Herrera is a Computer Instructional Assistant at Shaw Elementary. She has been in the Springdale School district for 19 years with most of those years being in the Computer Lab.


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
C101

10:45am

Jumping on the Makerspace Bandwagon (Without Falling Off!)

The Makerspace movement is HUGE right now, and for good reason. Having a space where your students can explore, create, engineer, and problem solve (all while LOVING it) can have positive effects in all areas of their learning. The only problem is, it's hard to know where to begin. When do we do it? Where do we do it? What do we do? And where does all of that STUFF come from?! In this session, tips and tricks will be shared from a media specialist who just completed her first year building and facilitating a successful Makerspace program in an elementary school.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Reaves

Courtney Reaves

Media Specialist, Jacksonville North Pulaski SD
Courtney Reaves is the media specialist at Pinewood Elementary in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Over the past year she has built a makerspace program that is the first of its kind in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. She was recently named the Air Force Association Chapter... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 10:45am - 11:40am
D106

11:50am

MERGE into the Future

Are you ready to merge into the future? Attend this session to dive into MERGE Cubes and experience Augmented Reality (AR). By holding the hologram in your hands, you'll transform learning in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Lybeck

Mandy Lybeck

EdTech Director
Mandy Lybeck is starting her fifth year as an Educational Technology Director for the Neosho School District. Her passion is empowering learners of all ages to seamlessly integrate technology and innovation throughout their experiences. In her free time, she spends time with her husband... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Brines

Samantha Brines

Pre-service Teacher/EdTech Support, Neosho School District
Samantha Brines is the G-3 lab instructor at Goodman Elementary School in Goodman, Missouri. Three years ago she took a chance on transforming her computer lab into something more innovative for her Pre-K to 4th Grade students. Now, the once mediocre class is a place of engagement... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 11:50am - 12:45pm
B105

11:50am

Coding with Dash & Dot...and Cue!

Participants will enjoy learning how to use Dash, Dot, and Cue. All of these awesome robots provide unique learning experiences throughout various subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Rentschler

Heather Rentschler

4th Grade Math Teacher, Bentonville Public School
Heather Rentschler is an innovative math teacher who works diligently to incorporate the latest ideas into her lessons!
avatar for Dr. Amy L. Holland

Dr. Amy L. Holland

Educator, Bentonville Schools
I am originally from Arkansas, WOO PIGS! I graduated from the University of Arkansas majoring in Elementary Education. I later obtained a Master's from the University of Phoenix specializing in Curriculum & Instruction. Currently, I am working on my doctorate in E-Learning from Northcentral... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 11:50am - 12:45pm
C101

12:55pm

Coding Takes Flight

Are you interested in learning how to program successful flight patterns, not only for drones but for your students? This session will introduce you to some basic coding concepts and cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning as well as serving as a sandbox of sorts to discuss how alternative methods of learning can be applied to multiple different content areas.

Speakers
WW

Wade Ward

Teacher, Don Tyson School of Innovation
Wade Ward serves as an EAST Facilitator as well as the Drones Instructor at the Don Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale Arkansas. With a background that includes a degree in Nutrition as well as Masters degrees in Business Administration and Educational Leadership, Mr. Ward has... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 12:55pm - 1:50pm
C101

3:05pm

Why Coach Robotics? A Look at FIRST LEGO League Competition!

Your Elementary/Middle School doesn't have a robotics team? Why not?! Come learn about FIRST Robotics & FIRST LEGO League! Learn about FLL components & core values, general competition guidelines, and advice on getting a new team started!

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Kautzer

Cassie Kautzer

Teacher, Hellstern Middle School
Cassie is a former Wisconsinite, currently in her 10th year of education in Northwest Arkansas, having spent seven years in elementary education and now working in middle level Science. Cassie is a 2014 Presidential Science Awardee (PAEMST) and the 2017 Air Force Association Chapter... Read More →
avatar for Michael Tapee

Michael Tapee

Teacher, Springdale Schools
Michael is passionate about robotics and creating a mathematics classroom rich in student discourse.


Thursday June 13, 2019 3:05pm - 4:00pm
D102
 


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