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Monday, August 17
 

9:00am CDT

10 Add-ons and Extensions that Make G-Suite Better
Learn about add-ons that make G-Suite applications even more wonderful for education/administrative purposes. Add-ons and Extensions featured can be used to make your assignments and messages more personalized, prevent redundant tasks, and save you time.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Teacher, Tanner Elementary School
Jennifer Lee has been a World Language teacher at Tanner Elementary school for the past 7 years. She is a Level 1 google certified educator. She believes that technology is a useful tool in building student engagement. She uses google classroom as a hub for her 2nd-8th grade clas... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Inbox (0) - Don't let email control your life

How many unread emails do you have in your inbox? 100+? 1000? More? Most people use email as a way to keep reminders, manage their to-do's, or as a general catch all for everything. Using a few simple tools and a process of "Getting Things Done" (GTD), learn to take back control of your inbox so that you focus on what matters.

Link to presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-jYc_X_A2_lOmVFA3jua5MIo4JJ_OlmqKAo05Y1iQRk/edit

Video on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MXBTXsOHMw

Speakers
avatar for Brian Huang

Brian Huang

Science and engineering, Von Steuben Metro Science Center


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Universally Designed Learning with Google Tools

Google has made accessible learning possible and universal through Chromebooks and Google Classroom. A solid foundation of core accessible tools are built in, while the latest extensions go deeper to help students fully access the curriculum. I will demonstrate the latest extensions (Snap&Read, Co:Writer, and Quizbot) for Google that power learning—including annotation, automatic quiz creation, language supports, dynamic text leveling, study tools, data, and distraction-free reading tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy D'Aquila

Amy D'Aquila

Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston
Amy D’Aquila has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and International Relations from Lake Forest College. Amy is a Don Johnston Educational Support Specialist for the Central U.S. and has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory... Read More →
avatar for Trisha Johnson

Trisha Johnson

VP of Sales, Don Johnston Incorporated
Trisha Johnson is the Vice President at Don Johnston Incorporated.  She personally understands the challenges that struggling students face as a struggling life long learner herself.  She personally learned how to self advocate for tools that worked to meet her personal learning... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Visual Poetry Project for Assessment

Through creativity, one has a sense of joy, peace, and now a different venue to help determine a student's level of understanding for a specific topic. Visual Poetry Project for Assessment combines poetry, images, and Google Slides as a platform for displaying subject content understood. Students, showing what they've learned, write their poems, match pictures, and place them in a Google Slides presentation for teacher and peer review.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Brawner

Cynthia Brawner

Educator, Wadsworth STEM Elementary
Hello! I teach 3rd grade, all subjects including basic technology and basic coding skills.  Cynthia
avatar for Delores Mister

Delores Mister

Teacher 1st Grade, James Wadsworth School
Jambo everyone! My name is Delores Ann Mister. I have taught grades first-fifth for the past twenty-nine years at James Wadsworth STEM School. I am also a product of the Chicago Public Schools. I attended Herbert Spencer Elementary, Luther Burbank Elementary, and Charles P. Steinmetz... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

GSuite on iPad

Let’s learn how to make the most of the latest technologies to support learning on iPad.
Using Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Classroom, or Google Meet, you can navigate
and save work across the apps on a daily basis. Come learn more about how working with
Google apps on iPad is easy so students have a seamless experience with Google apps on iPad.

Speakers

Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Breaking The Education Code: Instructional support to help build teacher capacity, while increasing scholar achievement.

The title of this presentation is, “Breaking the Education Code.” I chose this title because it’s time for us to understand and acknowledge the need for diversity in education. We need to awaken to the changes that have to occur to best service our scholars. This presentation is comprised of some of the best practices and strategies that I’ve implemented as an instructional leader. Right now in education, we are in the Kairos moment. It’s time for us to understand the need for diversity in education and how our curriculum should reflect the different styles of learning that happens in our classrooms. Ideally, our first step is to embrace the diversity that is occurring in various forms in America. I believe that public education is the cornerstone of democracy and if we create a learning environment that reflects the belief that all scholars can learn and be successful, then we will truly give scholars the opportunity to become college-and career-ready.

This presentation is comprised of some of the best practices and strategies that I’ve implemented as an instructional leader. I will facilitate a collaborative conversation around scholar engagement, equity vs. equality, and Tailored Instruction. The audience will leave with strategies around closing the achievement gap in education.

Speakers
avatar for Larue Fitch

Larue Fitch

Educational Consultant, LM Fitch Consultants
Kankakee, Illinois is home for me. As a former resident for 18 years, I experienced a lot of situations that has impacted me mentally and physically. As a youth in our beloved city, I grew up with a loving and caring family on the “Southside!” Some of my hobbies growing up were... Read More →
avatar for Lorraine Cruz

Lorraine Cruz

CEO/ Leadership Coach, Learning With Lorraine LLC
A 34 year veteran in education, Lorraine Cruz has been a teacher and principal of elementary, middle, high school and vocational schools.  Her experience spans across working for Chicago Public Schools, U-46, Minneapolis Public Schools, Renton Public Schools (Washington State) and... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Curriculum Equity Initiative Early Release
The Curriculum Equity Initiative is releasing available digital resources this fall to all district teachers and students. This walkthrough will provide information about the resources available along with professional learning materials, and a variety of supplemental digital resources available to schools. Please join to get access to a toolkit to support hybrid and remote learning!

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Ben-Isvy

Manager of Professional Learning, Curriculum Instruction and Digital Learning, CPS
KT

Kara Thorstenson

Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
Kara is the Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Chicago Public Schools, working in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning. She has been a school librarian, instructional technology coach and district leader serving grades PreK-12.


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

EVERFI: Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI's digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in - making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to Illinois and national standards. Best of all? They're available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

High school - Financial education, Prescription drug/alcohol abuse awareness, entrepreneurship, African-American history, college and career readiness, mental wellness
Middle school - Digital wellness, STEM education, character development, financial education, college and career readiness, bullying prevention
Elementary school - Summer learning loss for math/ELA, health and wellness, SEL, financial education, STEM

Speakers
avatar for Noah Doppelt

Noah Doppelt

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Noah Doppelt works as a Senior Schools Manager in his home state of Illinois, where he helps provide districts, schools, and teachers with access to no-cost digital resources for their students. Throughout the school year, Noah travels to districts in Illinois, helping to train teachers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for EVERFI

EVERFI

EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, we provide our digital platform, training, and support at no cost.


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Flipping, Gaming, and Project-Basing Your Classroom!!

In a world that is becoming more fast paced. It will be imperative that we provide academic experiences that will appeal, connect, and intrinsically motivate our students to engage in remote/hybrid learning model. During this session, teachers will learn innovative ways to embed gamification, flipped classrooms, simulations, STEM, and project-based learning individually and collaboratively. Teachers will leave this session with specific strategies to connect their curriculum to real world scenarios using various interactive tools for cross curricular tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Kimiko Pettis

Kimiko Pettis

6th-8th ELA, Avalon Park Elementary
I have been teaching for Chicago Public Schools for fourteen years. During this time period I have taught Kindergarten and 5th-8th grade students. In addition I have experience with teaching both self-contained 5th, 5th-6th split, as well as departmentalized 6th-8th ELA, Writing... Read More →
avatar for Drew Shilhanek

Drew Shilhanek

LA/SS Teacher, Quest Academy
I have been teaching at Quest Academy, an independent gifted school in Palatine, IL, for 18 years and will be starting my 19th. I teach language arts and social studies in grades six through eight. I earned my Bachelor's degree in English and broad area social and political science... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Math Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

RapidPortal for student management

Identity Management at CPS - How to manage student passwords with RapidPortal.

Speakers
SS

Steven Smith

Identity Access Management, Chicago Public Schools


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Remote Learning Tool Kit

We will teach at least ten tools, apps, extensions, add-ons etc to make remote learning easier and more engaging for students. From, polling students to taking attendance to creating virtual break out rooms.

HERE is a link to the PowerPoint Presentation
HERE is the link a doc with an overview of all the links to the resources that will (went) over

Speakers
avatar for Katie Hallberg

Katie Hallberg

Assistant Principal, Frederick W Vn Steubn Mt Sc Ct
I am a passionate and dedicated urban educational leader with 16 years of experience in CPS, whose decisions and actions are grounded in the firm belief that all students can achieved post-secondary success and it is our job as educators to properly prepare every child with a rigorous... Read More →
avatar for Yvette Vazquez

Yvette Vazquez

CPS Teacher, CPS Teacher


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

TeachingBooks Resources for Virtual and Blended Learning

In this session, we will focus on using the resources on TeachingBooks to promote reading and support literacy efforts in both virtual settings and blended learning environments -- accommodating the flexibility needed in current times. We will look at tools to easily disseminate author book recordings, video book trailers, audio book performances, and more, directly to your students in any learning space you have. TeachingBooks is licensed to all students, families, and educators in Chicago Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Alyssa's background is in youth development, restorative justice, SEL, and program development. She is thrilled to work with educators and literacy professionals to support their vision — to listen and work together to find creative ways to infuse a joy of reading into each unique... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Ballard

Crystal Ballard

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Hello! I would love to talk to you about how you can help readers connect to books and create a lifelong love of learning!

Sponsors
avatar for Teachingbooks

Teachingbooks

Promotional MaterialsTo schedule a meeting with TeachingBooks please use this link... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

The Evolving Role of Technology Coordinators during Remote Learning

With the reliance on technology during remote learning, technology coordinators became an essential part of every school and wore many hats. Two experienced technology coordinators will share their experiences and provide recommendations on how to best support their schools for future remote learning terms.

Speakers
avatar for York Chan

York Chan

Technology Coordinator III, Bell Elementary School
York Chan is the technology coordinator at Bell Elementary School working with over 800 devices (full range of Chromebooks [1:1 middle school], PCs, Macs, iPads, and more) for 1,000+ students and 75+ staff. He also assisted with new STEAM Lab implementation in 2017-18 and is a Google... Read More →
avatar for Clarence Cooper

Clarence Cooper

Technology Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
Greetings,I'm a Technology Coordinator (TechCo) with Chicago Public Schools and I've had the great pleasure of fulfilling this role for 15 years. My background in IT ranges from not only the education sector but also the public and private sectors. As a techco, I've had the opportunity... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Elementary focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.

Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Fix Your Wig & Find Your Light: Tips & Tricks for Great Virtual Presenting!
Britton Picciolini from Google will share some tips and tricks on how your virtual classes can really sing! We'll review everything from lighting to backgrounds as well as some fun ways to get your classes engaged! Great for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Britton Picciolini

Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager, Google
Britton Picciolini is obsessed with all things digital. From coding BASIC in 6th grade to her Nest Thermostat today, nothing is ever too wired. Working at Google since 2002, she’s completely at home surrounded by the whirring noise of technology’s evolving pace. Britton has held... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Google

Google

Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Technology is transforming teaching and learning. It’s helping kids learn at their own pace, become creative problem solvers, and effective collaborators. But for those without access... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Click HERE to access our Google Presentation Slides.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

30 Creative Activities on iPad

Explore 30 creative activities to do with built-in features of iPad. Designed for all students, these activities can be easily tailored to all ages. Learning more about these tools such as five days of photo fun, challenging friends to take the best slow-motion video, and so much more will open new ideas to fit your every day lesson needs!

Speakers

Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Managing iPads with Jamf Configuration Profiles: Restrictions and Web Clips

During this session you will learn how to create and modify restriction profiles and web clips (short cuts to websites) that are easily deployed to iPads via Jamf.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Hoban

Margaret Hoban

iOS Device Management Lead, Chicago Public Schools
Margaret has taught across grade levels from first grade to twelfth grade, in both regular and gifted classrooms in IL and NY state. She has also provided professional development for teachers through for-profit companies such as Futurekids and Sylvan Education Solutions, later known... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lewis-Provine

Kim Lewis-Provine

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
Kim Lewis-Provine is an iOS Device Management Administrator with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Technology & Support • Information & Technology Services. Kim joined CPS in 2017 with a gamut of experience in Information Technology and Professional Services.  Kim’s work experience... Read More →
avatar for Maria Tenemaza

Maria Tenemaza

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I've been with CPS since 2004 in a few different positions. I have supported different platforms; Windows, Chromebooks, iOS, printers, etc. in the Information Technology field. Now I am part of the iOS Support Team and we provide Jamf Pro and iPads support for the district’s supervised... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

A Fun, Easy Way to Embrace Video in Your Classroom with Flipgrid

Students love using Flipgrid to create video responses. Join our session to learn how to use Flipgrid and integrate video interactions in your classroom. You will be pleasantly surprised by your students' level of engagement and creativity when released in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

AP, Bell
avatar for Heather Burke

Heather Burke

Learning Specialist, Alexander Graham Bell School
I am a middle school learning specialist and love talking about diverse learning!
avatar for York Chan

York Chan

Technology Coordinator III, Bell Elementary School
York Chan is the technology coordinator at Bell Elementary School working with over 800 devices (full range of Chromebooks [1:1 middle school], PCs, Macs, iPads, and more) for 1,000+ students and 75+ staff. He also assisted with new STEAM Lab implementation in 2017-18 and is a Google... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Checkpoint: "Everything you need to know"
We will take the participant through the purposes and uses of the District recommended online assessment system. 

Resource deck is accessible here

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.



Speakers
avatar for Nell Kemp

Nell Kemp

Manager, Assessment for Learning, Chicago Public Schools


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Creating interactive lessons using Google and third party sources.

Learn how to create interactive lessons using a combination of Google Extensions, Apps and third sources. From how to digitalize your current worksheets with three clicks to creating an interactive colorful page for your students to find all the instructions and materials for that week's work. Learn how to create a bitmoji classroom interactive page! Learn how to create animated GIFs, how to split screens with one click. Learn other useful technology hacks to work smarter and not harder!

Link for video presentation and all other videos tutorials, Links, and materials are on the lasts slides under "RESOURCES" (Two slides of them). 

You can access the Google Slide Presentation here:  

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1noflUnSuKjo_cpn5AANGHUu6pxPCi-U-VI3BZK-bkc4/edit?usp=sharing

And for the FREE virtual classrooms backgrounds: 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ztm3ajs6NZWoqiE-18GsFs6WF3888WW4?usp=sharing

Everything else is in the "RESOURCES" slide of the presentation. The video of the presentation is there as well. 

and now all the RESOURCES:

Google Chrome Store:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions

 

Talk and Comment Extension:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/talk-and-comment-voice-no/djnhkfljnimcpelfndpcjcgngmefaobl?hl=en

 

Pear Deck Extension:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pear-deck/dnloadmamaeibnaadmfdfelflmmnbajd?hl=en

 

https://app.peardeck.com/home/

 

Custom Cursor for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/custom-cursor-for-chrome/ogdlpmhglpejoiomcodnpjnfgcpmgale

 

Genius Scan App:  

https://thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan/

 

Digitize Worksheets Video Tutorial:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dQlR0Vk0jWmo-mbIl0HRArZCLNc4MxpZ/view?usp=sharing

 

Royalty Free Images at Pixabay

https://pixabay.com/

Bitmoji How to create bitmoji account

https://support.bitmoji.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001493786-Create-a-Bitmoji-Account

 

FREE Bitmoji Classroom Backgrounds (From other teachers)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ztm3ajs6NZWoqiE-18GsFs6WF3888WW4?usp=sharing

 

Link Ebooks to Virtual Classroom Board:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cTZi73hasVOpC5gh5rVwFh_mxOPNxpFy/view?usp=sharing

 

Remove background on Videos or Photos UNSCREEN:

https://www.unscreen.com/

 

Custom Cursor for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/custom-cursor-for-chrome/ogdlpmhglpejoiomcodnpjnfgcpmgale

 

Tab Resize SPLIT SCREEN

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tab-resize-split-screen-l/bkpenclhmiealbebdopglffmfdiilejc

 

GRID in Google MEET

https://support.bitmoji.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001493786-Create-a-Bitmoji-Account

 

Video of this Presentation for Googlepalooza/ Tech Talk:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VTlZrhbI7QVUGCigu2K43OcmH-NzlZ4M/view?usp=sharing





Speakers
avatar for Yuridia Trujillo

Yuridia Trujillo

Teacher, Thomas Kelly College Prep
Hello everyone! I am a High School Teacher who is happy to share the tech bits that make my life easier when teaching. I will be sharing the presentation, the video of the session and additional videos of how to (what I showed in the session) and the sources (links). If you like the... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching Across Learning Models (In-Person, Remote, Hybrid)

In this session, attendees will learn about the key tenets of culturally responsive teaching, and how CRT can be implemented across various learning models: in-person, remote, and hybrid. Attendees will define “culture”, begin mastering their own authentic story, and explore practical strategies for ensuring that all students benefit from culturally responsive teaching. Presenters Ike Ramos and Katie Pecoulas currently work at Nearpod + Flocabulary and are former teachers and school administrators in large urban cities.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

EVERFI: Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI's digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in - making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to Illinois and national standards. Best of all? They're available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

High school - Financial education, Prescription drug/alcohol abuse awareness, entrepreneurship, African-American history, college and career readiness, mental wellness
Middle school - Digital wellness, STEM education, character development, financial education, college and career readiness, bullying prevention
Elementary school - Summer learning loss for math/ELA, health and wellness, SEL, financial education, STEM

Speakers
avatar for Noah Doppelt

Noah Doppelt

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Noah Doppelt works as a Senior Schools Manager in his home state of Illinois, where he helps provide districts, schools, and teachers with access to no-cost digital resources for their students. Throughout the school year, Noah travels to districts in Illinois, helping to train teachers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for EVERFI

EVERFI

EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, we provide our digital platform, training, and support at no cost.


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Inspire Inquiry with Free Virtual Library Resources
Learn about the resources available to all CPS teachers and students to build a more connected, robust curriculum. Whether learning in the class or at home, knowing how to access the CPS digital library resources is critical for any teacher, in any department. In this session, you will learn about how to access : databases, ebooks available at the school and district level, and ways you can promote these tools with your colleagues and students. We will also explore the ways you might integrate the content with instructional technological tools available for your class- ensuring thoughtful and nuanced instruction, inspiring inquiry and engaging learners.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Dorsey Chambers

Dorsey Chambers

Library Coordinator, Department of Curriculum Instruction and Digital Learning
Area of Expertise: Library Science
avatar for Sarah Steiger

Sarah Steiger

Library and Digital Media Manager, CPS


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Middle School Science Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit with Large Print

What’s the most powerful literacy tool on your shelf? Libraries across the country are discovering that large print can effectively support striving readers, ESL/ELL students, and children with special learning needs. Large print isn’t just a bigger font size. Compared to standard print format, large print books are proven to help with decoding, fluency, tracking, and comprehension.
Hear from Teacher Librarian, Tasha Squires, who has found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. She has seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their own large print collection, we’re giving all attendees a 5-step action plan and helpful marketing materials.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha Squires

Tasha Squires

Teacher Librarian - O'Neill Middle School, Downers Grove School District 58
2015 Follett Challenge winner, Tasha Squires started her career as a Young Adult Librarian in a large public library district serving a diverse Southwestern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours booktalking in and working with the middle and high schools in the area... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

PopScholar: A Social and Emotional Learning Platform

PopScholar is a FREE research based Social and Emotional Learning platform that encourages K-12 students to set goals and post their accomplishments. By using PopScholar students build self-efficacy by showcasing their learning, connecting with sponsors, and earning MicroScholarships.

Speakers
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Steve Parsons

PopScholar Founder, PopScholar.com
Steve Parsons teaches AP Psychology at Lane Tech High School, Educational Psychology at North Park University, and is a co-founder of PopScholar.com.
VC

Vince Caputi

Special Education Teacher, Charles P Steinmetz Academic C
I have been a Special Education and English teacher at Steinmetz College Prep for the past twelve years and I have taught in Chicago Public Schools for twenty years.  I am one of the founders and creators of PopScholar.com, an online SEL platform that allows students to post their... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Sora supports student success with 24/7 reading opportunities

Join OverDrive for an overview and demonstration of Sora, the student reading app that can be downloaded or viewed in-browser on any device including phones, laptops, and tablets. In this session, we will show you how easy it is for Chicago Public Schools’ students and staff to get started with Sora. Easy onboarding, a simple, one-tap step to borrow and start reading, and automatic syncing across devices allows students to engage with books instead of tech troubleshooting. Sora also offers personalization and IEP support with audiobooks, dyslexic font, enlarged text and Read-Alongs. And learn about some of Sora's exciting new features like holds re-delivery and screen reader accessibility - all to help open a world of reading for every student.


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

TeachingBooks Resources for Virtual and Blended Learning

In this session, we will focus on using the resources on TeachingBooks to promote reading and support literacy efforts in both virtual settings and blended learning environments -- accommodating the flexibility needed in current times. We will look at tools to easily disseminate author book recordings, video book trailers, audio book performances, and more, directly to your students in any learning space you have. TeachingBooks is licensed to all students, families, and educators in Chicago Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Alyssa's background is in youth development, restorative justice, SEL, and program development. She is thrilled to work with educators and literacy professionals to support their vision — to listen and work together to find creative ways to infuse a joy of reading into each unique... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Ballard

Crystal Ballard

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Hello! I would love to talk to you about how you can help readers connect to books and create a lifelong love of learning!

Sponsors
avatar for Teachingbooks

Teachingbooks

Promotional MaterialsTo schedule a meeting with TeachingBooks please use this link... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Middle School focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.

Find all of your Gale Databases on the CPS SOAR website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Flexible Pathways To Engage Students With Remote Learning

Get students engaged in remote learning with multi-sensory tools (ex: playlists, podcasts, and social media) to differentiate for students' learning needs. During this session participants will learn how to support students synchronously and asynchronously as they navigate through various pathways in the curriculum. These techniques can be implemented in all content areas and create continuity as we face shifts in instruction (ex: hybrid and in person instruction).

Speakers
avatar for Kimiko Pettis

Kimiko Pettis

6th-8th ELA, Avalon Park Elementary
I have been teaching for Chicago Public Schools for fourteen years. During this time period I have taught Kindergarten and 5th-8th grade students. In addition I have experience with teaching both self-contained 5th, 5th-6th split, as well as departmentalized 6th-8th ELA, Writing... Read More →
avatar for Molly Castner

Molly Castner

8th grade English Teacher, North Allegheny School District
My name is Molly Castner. This year marks my 23rd year teaching 8th grade ELA.  For most of my career, I have been at Marshall Middle School in the North Allegheny School District. In the past few years, I have undergone a renaissance in my teaching as education evolves toward a... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Meet Playground

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT

11:30am CDT

Explore Your World with Virtual Field Trips

Have students start off the field trip from your school using Google Earth to travel quickly and safely to your travel destination. Create Google Docs with questions, pictures, and direct links to your field trip location using Google Arts & Culture. Students have the opportunity to explore museums and locations around the world. The possibilities for your students to learn are endless. A Google Classroom will be shared with you with resources for creating your own virtual field trips.

Link to Google Form for receiving informational folder. For those people that did not have opportunity to complete in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Kaestner

Carrie Kaestner

Biology Teacher/Science Fair Chair, Von Steuben MSC
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Joe Trpkosh

Frederick W Vn Steubn Mt Sc Ct


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

How to create a digital portfolio

Features: Steps needed to create and present student and teacher digital portfolios.  Add your own content including lesson plans, assessments, and coursework.  Showcase works and achievements including athletic achievements.  Create lists of your favorite books and reading material.  Customize and personalize your portfolio's responsive design including colors, images, and layouts.  Students and educators will be able to showcase their success using the latest digital platforms.  

Speakers

Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

I'm so excited for Google + SMART

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it. Google Integration is here and I think I like it. Learn how you can build and deliver SMART Learning Suite lessons directly within your Google ecosystem. We'll have a good time, come on!

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Kane

Allyson Kane

SMART Technologies - Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Allyson supports implementation of SMART products in CPS and other districts across North America.  She brings a unique background consisting of 9+ years of classroom teaching, technology coaching in the classroom, and 3+ years in leading professional develpment.

Sponsors
avatar for SMART

SMART

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Less Work, More Fun - Never grade an Assignment again - Have Google Classroom do it for you

Quizziz- is a learning platform fully integrated in Google Classroom. It is easy to link to google classroom and fun for students to play. When students take assessments or complete assignments via the Quizziz link, their grades get automatically uploaded into Google classroom. It has a bank of thousands of assessments and millions of questions you can use to differentiate according to student needs. Best of all, students really enjoy it. It's like Kahoots but you can view the questions. Questions also are randomized so students can't look off each other and to maintain a fun competititive environment.  Please feel free to explore the quizziz.com website. Feel free to create a login and username preferably connected to your CPS email to faciliatate easier integration with google classroom later.

Speakers
SM

Smitha Mathen

Teacher, Drake - Chicago Public Schools
Quizziz, Google Classroom, Science, Literacy, Interactive Whiteboards/Promethean.


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Let Google Be Your Receptionist (2020 Updated)

To view my slides and live-stream, check out my materials page: https://sites.google.com/view/seaneichenser/googlepalooza-2020

Wouldn't it be great if you had someone scheduling your appointments, sending emails for you, and pulling up the documents and materials you needed, right when you needed them? With a few simple tweaks to your Google account, you can create a kind of receptionist to automate your day-to-day tasks. Save time on paperwork, spend more time with your students, where it counts.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher
Hi there! I teach 7th & 8th grade ELA. I'm a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I've conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, WITS (Rochelle Lee Teaching Award), and teachers all across the Chicago area. I'm also on the... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Organizing Your Online Class Environment with a Google Site

Are you looking for ways to organize your online classroom? Are you trying to create a resource for students and parents to quickly refer to when not live teaching online? This session will teach how to create a classroom website using Google Sites. We will take the time to show you how to use this tool as well as embed links, assignments, videos and other resources. Create a website that you'd be proud of and can update year after year.  We will add the hyperlinks to the recorded sessions by Wednesday for reference.

Session 8/17
Session 8/18
Follow Up Session Survey

Please click here for the host website that we created.  You will be able to access the slides, contact information for presenters and video tutorials.

Speakers
avatar for Krystyna Tate

Krystyna Tate

CS Instructor, Kenwood Academy
I have been a teacher for 15+ years; 10 of those years at Kenwood Academy.  I have served in the capacity of teacher, techco and now virtual lead for the 2020-2021 school year.  Technology education has always been my passion.  I currently hold the Google level 1 and 2 educator's... Read More →
avatar for Dontae Starkes

Dontae Starkes

Teacher, Chicago Public Schools
I have been in education for over 10 years, 8 of those with CPS where I have had the opportunity to serve students ranging from grades from 3rd to 12th including just about all subjects. I am currently serving as a Computer Science teacher at Kenwood Academy. I am looking forward... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Progress Monitoring Made Easy

Participants will learn about the different tech tools (Google Forms, Pear Deck) available to make progress monitoring and data analysis easy.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Boateng

Evelyn Boateng

Special Education Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I am a special education administrator for Network 12. I have been in the special education field for over 10 years. I spent 4 years working as a BCBA and 4 years as a special education teacher before joining my current team. 
MB

Megan Best

Special Education Administrator, ODLSS


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Tips and Tricks for the Beginning of the School Year for both the Teacher and the Student

The focus of this session will be to teach teachers what computer literacy skills are important to teach students in the beginning of the school year especially since they will be working in a remote learning environment. The session will focus on the importance of teaching your students the following skills at the beginning of the school year: the parts of an email, how to successfully send an email. how to organize your Gmail inbox, how to organize your Google calendar, the parts of the Google classroom, and how to submit assignments. There will also be tips for teachers on how to make the beginning of the school year easier for themselves. For instance they will learn how to set up Parent Teacher Conferences using Google Calendar and how to assign labels to emails. They also will be provided tips on how to organize their Google Drive to make things easier to find. Lastly they will be shown key extensions and add-ons that may make their teaching practice in the fall a lot easier.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Blake

Joy Blake

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Hi, my name is Joy Blake, the creator of the Blake Basics, a Youtube channel and website with technology at the forefront. I am the Instructional Technology Support Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to this position, I have worked as an educator for over 15 years where... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Using Google Apps to ease collaboration amongst staff and with parents.
Participant survey.

How can we harness the power of Google Classroom to ease collaboration between teachers and staff when time is at a premium? How can we use the power of Google Apps to reach parents who may not be as tech savvy as we are? We will explore how we can use Google Apps and extensions to reach out to other staff members as well as parents to keep us connected whether we are in the building or not.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Link to livestream if presentation is full.

Link to Google Doc with list of resources. This document will be edited and revised as the week progresses. Add the document to your drive for future reference and we will continue to add items as we go through our sessions.

Link to Google forms for questions or requests for resources.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Raigoza

Maria Raigoza

8th Grade ELA/Social Studies/Civics/Splash of Journalism, Avondale Logandale School
Due to a time mix up, I will be giving this presentation again from 12:00 - 1:00 PM on Friday meet.google.com/ghx-ecjt-tfe. Documents are linked in the drive. I apologize for the mix up.
avatar for Jacqueline Santillan

Jacqueline Santillan

Special Education Teacher, Avondale Logandale Elementary School


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Clips - Easy Video on iPad

Clips is a free app that lets teachers and students easily create and share fun and engaging videos. We’ll show you how educators can use Clips to create instructional videos for exploring new skills and ideas — and how students can make videos to share what they’ve learned.

Speakers

Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Building School and Classroom Culture in A Hybrid Environment

Attendees will learn the key tenets of School Culture and explore practical ways to build and maintain a school culture that values excellence, collaboration, and student achievement. Ike and Katie will also share ways to create engaging experiences for students. Ike Ramos is a Hip Hop artist and dedicated educational leader, having served as a principal, grades K-12. Katie Pecoulas is a former teacher in Chicago and dedicated to educational equity. Ike is currently a Director and Recording Artist at Nearpod + Flocabulary, where he continues to support education by empowering staff and engaging students through his work. Katie is a partnership manager at Nearpod + Flocabulary and supports schools across CPS.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

How to Access Your School's eBooks

This session will explore how to access and use free and purchased digital resources available to all CPS students and staff. We'll review how to access the SOAR library at the district level and your school's virtual site license to provide resources for digital and in-person learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Omernik

Sheri Omernik

Educational Consultant, Mackin
Mackin is a long-term education distributor for print, ebooks, and makerspace products and other library and classroom materials for grades PK-12.Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, we have access to over 18,000 publishers and an available... Read More →
avatar for Joe Horning

Joe Horning

SOAR Support Specialist


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Chemistry Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (High School focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

You CAN Teach a Virtual Librarian New Tricks

Book clubs, reading challenges, maps, choice boards...these are things we've always done; how can we adapt them to virtual learning and chart a new course? We hope teachers and librarians will participate in this virtual discussion led by CPS elementary and high school librarians. You'll be invited to join our Google Classroom and contribute to our slide deck!

Speakers
avatar for Connie Amon

Connie Amon

Librarian, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Colleen Herman

Colleen Herman

Librarian, Swift Elementary
Area of Expertise: Library Science
avatar for Brenda Garcia

Brenda Garcia

School Library Media Specialist, Cooper Dual Language Academy
Let's talk books and making! My students and I enjoy both. Oh, also comic books!
avatar for Emily Porter

Emily Porter

Librarian, Curie Metropolitan High School
Doing work in libraries. Doing the computer, sometimes. Workin', tryin'.#wordsmatterCPS Help us change the face of the card catalog!


Monday August 17, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Grackle Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

To schedule a one on one meeting, contact: Graham Barker, M.Ed. Sr. Account Manager.   E: gbarker@grackledocs.com   

Sponsors
avatar for Grackle

Grackle

Grackle Suite enables education and non-governmental institutions to mitigate the risk of OCR (Office of Civil Rights) complaints which might result in negative publicity, government scrutiny, costly litigation or large fines.How? By meeting legal requirements for Sections 504 & 508... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

12:30pm CDT

LocknCharge Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

You can use this Live Chat link to ask questions and schedule meetings for a later date: https://drift.me/lnc

Schedule is subject to change: if for some reason our reps are not available via the Zoom link, please have attendees reach out to these contacts:Informational Videos:
UVone: https://vimeo.com/432221431
FUYL Tower: https://vimeo.com/394460650
LocknCharge carts: https://vimeo.com/176458766


Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

12:30pm CDT

Mackin Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

Use this link to schedule a one on one meeting with Mackin: https://calendly.com/sheri-omernik/cps

Sponsors

Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

12:30pm CDT

Meet Playground

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Meet Playground

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Click here to access our Google Slides presentation deck.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Google Classroom and YOU
Learn how to make an easy to navigate google classroom that can be a hub for your learning. Go over the basics of google classroom and learn how to organize assignments. Appropriate for PK-12.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Teacher, Tanner Elementary School
Jennifer Lee has been a World Language teacher at Tanner Elementary school for the past 7 years. She is a Level 1 google certified educator. She believes that technology is a useful tool in building student engagement. She uses google classroom as a hub for her 2nd-8th grade clas... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Holding Students Accountable in a Virtual Classroom

Learn how we facilitated virtual summer classes using Google Classroom, Google Meet, Screencastify and more. I will share how we troubleshooted tech issues, and what ended up being the most efficient and ideal setup for our teachers. I will demo several Google Meet Chrome Extensions and Apps that can help you hold your students accountable during your Live class time this Fall.

Google Meet Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1thj1_qrcqCijvt1liJ5ZmAMYJIBQvaWe/view

Google Slides Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WbbrCJ_ZbYc2jBsS9f9XCeanQD8YpVPWBFwdtamVj-Y/edit

Speakers
avatar for Noelle Coronado

Noelle Coronado

Chicago Ag Sciences
Noelle Coronado is a sixth year teacher at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. As the instructor of the Agricultural Finance & Economics Career Pathway she teaches through the lens of 10 years of experience in industry roles and a natural curiosity for experimenting... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Instructional Coaches: How Google can support you!
Do you ever work 1:1 with teachers as an instructional coach? Come learn about the Google for Education Certified Coach Program, a new program designed specifically to help you hone your practice, whether you are a new coach or a seasoned veteran.  This session will provide an overview to the Certified Coach Program, include activities to get you familiar with our coaching model, and outline how Google can support you .


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Let Google Be Your Receptionist (2020 Updated)

To view my slides and live-stream, check out my materials page: https://sites.google.com/view/seaneichenser/googlepalooza-2020

Wouldn't it be great if you had someone scheduling your appointments, sending emails for you, and pulling up the documents and materials you needed, right when you needed them? With a few simple tweaks to your Google account, you can create a kind of receptionist to automate your day-to-day tasks. Save time on paperwork, spend more time with your students, where it counts.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher
Hi there! I teach 7th & 8th grade ELA. I'm a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I've conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, WITS (Rochelle Lee Teaching Award), and teachers all across the Chicago area. I'm also on the... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Making Math Lessons Interactive with Pear Deck & Google Tools

Keeping students focused and engaged in while learning math online can be a struggle but not if you have the right tech tools for the job. Google has many resources that allow students to remain engaged, not only continuing to process information but demonstrate understanding and allow for teachers to gather data and plan for differentiation. Pear Deck is one of the those amazing resources. Let us show you how you can use Pear Deck to grab student's interest and brain power, and then use that data to reinforce your math lessons with other Google Tools.

Virtual Parking Lot- Googlepalooza Pear Deck
https://padlet.com/kmsimms/peardeck

Speakers
avatar for Keishonda Simms

Keishonda Simms

Middle School Math Teacher/Middle School Chair, William H. Ryder Math & Science Specialty School
Keishonda Simms has been working and teaching with Chicago Public Schools for over 12 years.  She has been teaching for seven years at William H. Ryder Math & Science Specialty School and worked as the Physical Education Teacher for Pre-k-8th Grades and 6th Grade Social Science Teacher... Read More →
avatar for DeShonda Sisco

DeShonda Sisco

Curriculum & Instruction Coach/ MS Math Teacher, Chicago Public Schools


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Universally Designed Learning with Google Tools

Google has made accessible learning possible and universal through Chromebooks and Google Classroom. A solid foundation of core accessible tools are built in, while the latest extensions go deeper to help students fully access the curriculum. I will demonstrate the latest extensions (Snap&Read, Co:Writer, and Quizbot) for Google that power learning—including annotation, automatic quiz creation, language supports, dynamic text leveling, study tools, data, and distraction-free reading tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy D'Aquila

Amy D'Aquila

Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston
Amy D’Aquila has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and International Relations from Lake Forest College. Amy is a Don Johnston Educational Support Specialist for the Central U.S. and has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory... Read More →
avatar for Trisha Johnson

Trisha Johnson

VP of Sales, Don Johnston Incorporated
Trisha Johnson is the Vice President at Don Johnston Incorporated.  She personally understands the challenges that struggling students face as a struggling life long learner herself.  She personally learned how to self advocate for tools that worked to meet her personal learning... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

“Digital Learning Menus: A More Personalized Approach to Learning During a Pandemic

Whether you’re teaching face to face, online, remotely, and/or in a hybrid learning environment, digital learning menus will provide a comprehensive individualized learning pathway for each student. This session will provide teachers with the tools to create digital learning units that encourage flexible independent learning using the Google Suite. Attendees should come with a short unit in mind that includes a pre-test, formative and summative assessments, learning activities, digital texts and other instructional materials, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Teneisha Huley

Teneisha Huley

Drama Teacher, Al Raby High School
Teneisha Huley is an energetic drama teacher who is passionate about theater arts and creative writing! Topics of personalized learning, student voice, 21st-century learning, and high expectations authentically fuels her ambitions. Laughter, leadership, innovation, and collaboration... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Google Classroom on iPad

Let’s learn more about best practices using Google Classroom on iPad.

Speakers

Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Jamf: Using Static Groups to Manage iPads

This session will introduce you to creating and editing static groups in Jamf. Learn how to make groups for iPads used for remote learning to make deploying apps and profiles easier!

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Hoban

Margaret Hoban

iOS Device Management Lead, Chicago Public Schools
Margaret has taught across grade levels from first grade to twelfth grade, in both regular and gifted classrooms in IL and NY state. She has also provided professional development for teachers through for-profit companies such as Futurekids and Sylvan Education Solutions, later known... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lewis-Provine

Kim Lewis-Provine

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
Kim Lewis-Provine is an iOS Device Management Administrator with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Technology & Support • Information & Technology Services. Kim joined CPS in 2017 with a gamut of experience in Information Technology and Professional Services.  Kim’s work experience... Read More →
avatar for Maria Tenemaza

Maria Tenemaza

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I've been with CPS since 2004 in a few different positions. I have supported different platforms; Windows, Chromebooks, iOS, printers, etc. in the Information Technology field. Now I am part of the iOS Support Team and we provide Jamf Pro and iPads support for the district’s supervised... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Friend or Foe? Being Cyber Safe on Social Media

This session will cover cyber security best practices with an emphasis on social media safety. We will also introduce upcoming initiatives and provide clarity on frequently asked questions about the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Speakers
LR

Laurie Rose

Information Security Training and Communications Lead, Information & Technology Svcs
A member of the team working to keep you cyber safe at work and home.
CY

Craig Youngberg

Technology Director, ITS
Director of Information Security and Privacy for Chicago Public Schools.Keep CPS aware of the threats we cannot block systematically so we are an aware, informed, and resilient group that can identify threats and prevent cyber incidents.


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

How to Select More eBooks for Your School

This session will take a tour of mackin.com and focus on how to select titles that best support your students. Mackin is one of the CPS strategic vendors and works with the entire district and SOAR library. This session will help staff learn how to leverage our team to create title lists for you and how to research which titles would work best in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Mesa Heise

Mesa Heise

Director of Digital Services, Mackin
Mesa Heise, Mackin's Director of Digital Services, brings a wealth of experience to the company and the customers it serves. Throughout the year, she travels the country, attending national and local conferences, educating the public on the virtues of Mackin and their digital resource... Read More →
avatar for Sheri Omernik

Sheri Omernik

Educational Consultant, Mackin
Mackin is a long-term education distributor for print, ebooks, and makerspace products and other library and classroom materials for grades PK-12.Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, we have access to over 18,000 publishers and an available... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Biology Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Learn how to leverage Sora in the library and classroom

Join your OverDrive representatives to learn how to leverage ebooks and audiobooks with Sora to support your Fall curriculum and remote learning needs.


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Map the Gap: Using the Coherence Map for Math CCSS in Coordination with Checkpoint to Differentiate Tasks and Address Unfinished Learning

Participants will learn how to use Achieve the Core's Coherence Map and the Checkpoint Student Assessment System in combination to identify and address unfinished learning around grade-level math CCSS through differentiation of task and flexible grouping. Additionally, participants will consider how this strategy supports student-to-student math discourse and brainstorm about how this lesson structure might apply to other subject areas

Speakers
avatar for Mark Janka

Mark Janka

Assistant Principal, Alcott College Prep High School, Chicago Public Schools
I'm interested in using design theory to improve leadership, amplifying teacher voice, and bottom-up solution-orientation.
avatar for Christina Castillo

Christina Castillo

Math/Senior Seminar Teacher


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Nearpod +Flocabulary: The Ultimate Student Engagement Platforms for Remote Learning

In this session, attendees will go through a Nearpod and Flocabulary lesson from the perspective of being a student to experience first hand the high level of interactivity. Through this, we will explore the different ways that lessons can flex between in-person and remote instruction for the hybrid model. At the end of the session participants will know how to "Nearpodize" their existing lessons by adding in dynamic media such as Virtual Reality, Desmos, PhET science simulations, gamified quizzes, plus more and understand how to edit any of our pre-existing lessons in our supplemental lesson library to further customize in meeting the needs of all students. Presenter Katie Pecoulas currently works at Nearpod and Flocabulary and is a former Special Education Teacher in Chicago.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

PE, Tech & You.

Make the most of remote teching for PE with curriculum, ideas, lessons and activities from our session. This is a BEST PRACTICES share out session from current PE teachers who are also trying to figure it out! Please be ready to participate and give feedback and comment in the chat features about what works for you or ask for advice on "How To" make this work in your classes. Side note: We will recommend and briefly chat about developmentally appropriate apps to help motivate students to take ownership over their personal fitness during remote learning and when we get back to in person learning.

Google Drive link to PP
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1D7Bmhlmbj4ZIInPKEOblGdtVFPf95YR_YFJwFpYXTTg/edit?usp=sharing

Here is the google link to the meeting! You must be logged in from your CPS email account (INCLUDING THE BROWZER!!!!)
https://meet.google.com/wks-sqpo-vse
Dial-in: (US) +1 260-639-8106 PIN: 855 960 119#


YouTube Video Link to Tuesday 8/17/2020 presentation
https://youtu.be/Kk9UotEEdyY



Speakers
avatar for Katie Niemi

Katie Niemi

HPELT Member, Benito Juarez High School
I currently teach freshman PE and health and Junior PE at Juarez. I use many different methods to find ways to get technology into the gym and classroom to help students find success in and out of class.
avatar for Melanie Gorter

Melanie Gorter

Teacher - HPELT Member, Westinghouse College Prep - CPS


Monday August 17, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Explore Your World with Virtual Field Trips

Have students start off the field trip from your school using Google Earth to travel quickly and safely to your travel destination. Create Google Docs with questions, pictures, and direct links to your field trip location using Google Arts & Culture. Students have the opportunity to explore museums and locations around the world. The possibilities for your students to learn are endless.


Link to Google Form for receiving informational folder. For those people that did not have opportunity to complete in the session.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Kaestner

Carrie Kaestner

Biology Teacher/Science Fair Chair, Von Steuben MSC
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Joe Trpkosh

Frederick W Vn Steubn Mt Sc Ct


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Jammin' with Jamboard

This session will include the basics of using Google Jamboard, highlighting uses for Prek through 12th grade with examples in all subjects. Jamboard is a fun and engaging collaboration tool, a brainstorming tool and whiteboard. Jamboard makes learning visible and accessible to all collaborators on the jam session.

Speakers
avatar for Wynter Rose

Wynter Rose

STEAM Innovation Specialist, West Park Academy/CPS
I have been with CPS for 28 years with 19 years as a Library Media & Technology Specialist. I have also taught 1st & 3rd grade, as well as health and technology. I currently teach PreK-8th grade STEAM classes as an enrichment teacher.
LP

Laura Povsner

Art Teacher


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Need Accessible Output from G Suite? Grackle Solves That.

Managing the challenge to rapidly publish curriculum from G Suite online—quickly—for teachers, students, parents and the public? Grackle Suite is designed just to help you with that.
For curriculum materials created in Docs, Sheets or Slides, Grackle Suite is comprised of the only Add-ons that check, remediate and create accessible output according to WCAG, PDF U/A and Google Accessibility standards.
This session will explore ways Grackle can easily and quickly help you make your G Suite output accessible and ready for remote learning or in-class use.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Barker

Graham Barker

Senior Account Manager, GrackleDocs Inc.
Hi! I'm co-presenting with GrackleDocs' Co-founders.Graham Barker M. Ed., leads GrackleDocs’ sales, field marketing and partner activities. He has over 25 years prior experience as a software sales executive, marketing evangelist and international partner manager. Earlier he worked... Read More →
PW

Paul Walker

Co-Founder, GrackleDocs Inc.


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Video Conferencing + SMART Learning Suite

SMART software: not just for your front of room display anymore! Come learn how to encorporate SMART Learning Suite into the virtual environment using video conferencing. We will also be showing you where to find 1000s of FREE classroom ready lessons!

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Kane

Allyson Kane

SMART Technologies - Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Allyson supports implementation of SMART products in CPS and other districts across North America.  She brings a unique background consisting of 9+ years of classroom teaching, technology coaching in the classroom, and 3+ years in leading professional develpment.

Sponsors
avatar for SMART

SMART

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Visual Poetry Project for Assessment

Through creativity, one has a sense of joy, peace, and now a different venue to help determine a student's level of understanding for a specific topic. Visual Poetry Project for Assessment combines poetry, images, and Google Slides as a platform for displaying subject content understood. Students, showing what they've learned, write their poems, match pictures, and place them in a Google Slides presentation for teacher and peer review.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Brawner

Cynthia Brawner

Educator, Wadsworth STEM Elementary
Hello! I teach 3rd grade, all subjects including basic technology and basic coding skills.  Cynthia
avatar for Delores Mister

Delores Mister

Teacher 1st Grade, James Wadsworth School
Jambo everyone! My name is Delores Ann Mister. I have taught grades first-fifth for the past twenty-nine years at James Wadsworth STEM School. I am also a product of the Chicago Public Schools. I attended Herbert Spencer Elementary, Luther Burbank Elementary, and Charles P. Steinmetz... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Designing for Remote Instruction with iPad and Apple

Learn how to be best prepared for successful e-learning. In the sessions, you will learn tips and tricks on how to best navigate with iPad and Apple to have the most meaningful and engaging remote instruction.

Below is the link to the Keynote Tutorial
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Xgd0MmYutvysYpVXmfrtnkqC9xghNUnH/view?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Kasia Derza

Kasia Derza

STEM Educator, Mariano Azuela Elem School
K-8 STEM Educator at Mariano Azuela Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools with 8 years of teaching experience. Apple Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017. Michigan State University STEM and Leadership Fellow. Computer Science 4 All ambassador.In K-5 grade classrooms... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

5 Tips to Engage Black and LatinX Youth in Business and Technology Virtually

In this session we will outline proven strategies to help teachers and school leaders increase engagement among Black and LatinX youth, especially boys, while increasing academic rigor all within the zone of proximal development.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Steward

Scott Steward

Founder, Genius Lab, Inc.
What can we say to do this Gentlemen Gen X’er some Justice? Well … first and foremost Mr. Scott Steward wears many hats and flaunts several alter egos. This is part of what makes him one of the more interesting entrepreneurs you will ever meet. He can be either Professor Stew... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Easy Resource Shopping-Explore Ebook and Makerspace Bundle for CPS

CPS & Mackin Educational Resources collaborated to created bundles customized for CPS schools. Titles and products were selected specifically for Chicago Public Schools and bundles are set up to make ordering extremely easy. Join us to learn how easy it is to get ebook and makerspace bundles for your schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mesa Heise

Mesa Heise

Director of Digital Services, Mackin
Mesa Heise, Mackin's Director of Digital Services, brings a wealth of experience to the company and the customers it serves. Throughout the year, she travels the country, attending national and local conferences, educating the public on the virtues of Mackin and their digital resource... Read More →
avatar for Sheri Omernik

Sheri Omernik

Educational Consultant, Mackin
Mackin is a long-term education distributor for print, ebooks, and makerspace products and other library and classroom materials for grades PK-12.Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, we have access to over 18,000 publishers and an available... Read More →


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Physics Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Student Created Videos Lead to Success

Learn various ways to allow your students to create videos of their own and share them with their peers and the world. In this session I will teach you how to make these videos so that you can teach your students this amazing skill.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Bean

Andrew Bean

William E Dever School
2018 Ones to Watch Winner


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Virtual and Blended Learning in Music
A panel of music educators, along with the audience, Will discuss their experiences with remote learning & ideas for blended learning for a variety of music courses as we move into the future of music education. 
Can be viewed live on YouTube with the following link:  https://bit.ly/GoogleMusicEducators

Speakers
CB

Carmella Berthia

Schl of Social Justice HS


Monday August 17, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

3:00pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

These sessions will be informal and will be driven by your conversation.

Monday August 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

3:00pm CDT

Meet Playground

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT

3:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT

3:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 3

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. We'll be hosting Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone.

Monday August 17, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
 
Tuesday, August 18
 

9:00am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Nearpod Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

Use this link to book a one on one meeting with Nearpod: https://engine.groove.co/meetings/katiep/15min

Self Paced Introduction to Nearpod: https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/mg2wU328Lu
Nearpod Website: https://nearpod.com/chicago
Nearpod Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84O2hNzP6zE

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

9:00am CDT

Computational Thinking Celebrations! A Look at First Steps in Infusing CT and CS into Schoolwide Instruction

How does a school go about integrating CT and CS into their curriculum and daily instructional practices? Can CT and CS be seen through an academic lens in all subject areas and grades? What are some academic threads that run through Pre-K - 8th grade that are related to computer science? Several teachers at Gray School began tackling these questions as the staff worked to begin schoolwide implementation of CT and CS. Attend this session to learn about our first steps in this endeavor and how a pre-K, 1st, 4th and Technology teacher engaged students in CT and CS in their classes.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Blaz

Monica Blaz

Curriculum Coordinator, William P. Gray Elementary School
I am the curriculum and bilingual program coordinator at William P. Gray School in Chicago. Before taking on this school-wide support role, I taught middle school language arts and social studies for 14 years.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Google Classroom 101 -- for Young Learners
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how the features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support even very young students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Student Engagement: Embracing Nearpod as Solution for Boring Slide Presentations

Are you looking for ways to increase your student engagement as you are presenting content? Well, join us as we explore the student's engagement platform Nearpod. Nearpod is a free and simple concept that is an easily adaptable Google Chrome Extension that provides educators with an abundance of features to bring your boring Google Slides to life.  Imagine having your Google Slides presentations with added features like Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Virtual Field Trips, Drawing-Boards, Web Content, and so on.  How about having the ability for you to control student screens where they can interact in realtime,  be assessed with results shared  and data on screen in less than 1 minute.  Join us as we SLIDE into the new way of learning.  

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Mallory, M.Ed.

Kendra Mallory, M.Ed.

S.T.E.A.M. Specialist, Ruggles Elementary S.T.E.A.M. School
Hello, I am Kendra Mallory, a S.T.E.M. educator with well over 19 years of experience teaching. For the past 15 years, I have taught at Lionel Hampton School of FIne Arts, Morton School of Excellence and my current School is the newly designated STEAM school Ruggles Elementary.  I... Read More →
avatar for Chay King

Chay King

Elementary Math Specialist
I am Chay D. King,  I am currently a fourth grade teacher at Horace Mann Academy, which is located on the southeast side of Chicago. I have over 15 years of teaching experience. I have taught grades K-5 over the years. I have experience with private, charter, and public school education... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Using Read&Write Literacy Tools with PDFs and Worksheets

Given the rapid changes in the landscape of education across the U.S., now more than ever, we are seeing the importance of having digital technology tools to support the creation and facilitation of classes along with the student support needed for online and remote learning. In a brick-and-mortar classroom, worksheets and PDFs are central instructional materials. However, how does this type of pedagogy effectively get moved online? Participants of this session will learn how Texthelp’s literacy support tool Read&Write and accompanying PDF Reader can support students, teachers, and administrators as they create and move content online. With this tool, all students, including diverse learners, English learners, and students who struggle with reading and writing, have interactive content and built-in supports to help them complete work in the classroom or remotely. We’ll demonstrate how to annotate on PDFs, use dictation and word prediction tools, read text aloud, and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Regional Director, Texthelp, Inc.
Debbie Shaw has been with Texthelp since 2010 as the Sales Director supporting the Midwest.  Texthelp is the developer of the Read&Write family of literacy support tools and the exciting new digital math extension, EquatIO.  At Texthelp, we believe there’s a whole world of avid... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Becoming an Apple Teacher

Explore Apple Teacher Learning Center, an online professional development learning tool that can be done on your own time. In this session, you will learn how to explore iPad features, learn how to implement them into your classroom, and see examples you can replicate from educators around the world. You will learn how to receive CPDUs for completing each session in Apple Teacher.

Speakers

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Jamf Pro Refresher - Deploying Apps via Jamf

Jamf Pro allows the deployment of apps to a mobile device. You can configure and customize managed apps using Jamf Pro. End users can then select an app that is automatically installed to a mobile device without having to log in or contact IT, making app device deployment quick and easy.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Hoban

Margaret Hoban

iOS Device Management Lead, Chicago Public Schools
Margaret has taught across grade levels from first grade to twelfth grade, in both regular and gifted classrooms in IL and NY state. She has also provided professional development for teachers through for-profit companies such as Futurekids and Sylvan Education Solutions, later known... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lewis-Provine

Kim Lewis-Provine

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
Kim Lewis-Provine is an iOS Device Management Administrator with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Technology & Support • Information & Technology Services. Kim joined CPS in 2017 with a gamut of experience in Information Technology and Professional Services.  Kim’s work experience... Read More →
avatar for Maria Tenemaza

Maria Tenemaza

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I've been with CPS since 2004 in a few different positions. I have supported different platforms; Windows, Chromebooks, iOS, printers, etc. in the Information Technology field. Now I am part of the iOS Support Team and we provide Jamf Pro and iPads support for the district’s supervised... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Curriculum Equity Initiative Early Release
The Curriculum Equity Initiative is releasing available digital resources this fall to all district teachers and students. This walkthrough will provide information about the resources available along with professional learning materials, and a variety of supplemental digital resources available to schools. Please join to get access to a toolkit to support hybrid and remote learning!

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Ben-Isvy

Manager of Professional Learning, Curriculum Instruction and Digital Learning, CPS
KT

Kara Thorstenson

Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
Kara is the Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Chicago Public Schools, working in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning. She has been a school librarian, instructional technology coach and district leader serving grades PreK-12.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

EVERFI: Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI's digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in - making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to Illinois and national standards. Best of all? They're available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

High school - Financial education, Prescription drug/alcohol abuse awareness, entrepreneurship, African-American history, college and career readiness, mental wellness
Middle school - Digital wellness, STEM education, character development, financial education, college and career readiness, bullying prevention
Elementary school - Summer learning loss for math/ELA, health and wellness, SEL, financial education, STEM

Speakers
avatar for Noah Doppelt

Noah Doppelt

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Noah Doppelt works as a Senior Schools Manager in his home state of Illinois, where he helps provide districts, schools, and teachers with access to no-cost digital resources for their students. Throughout the school year, Noah travels to districts in Illinois, helping to train teachers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for EVERFI

EVERFI

EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, we provide our digital platform, training, and support at no cost.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Math Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

RapidPortal for student management

Identity Management at CPS - How to manage student passwords with RapidPortal.

Speakers
SS

Steven Smith

Identity Access Management, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

TeachingBooks Resources for Virtual and Blended Learning

In this session, we will focus on using the resources on TeachingBooks to promote reading and support literacy efforts in both virtual settings and blended learning environments -- accommodating the flexibility needed in current times. We will look at tools to easily disseminate author book recordings, video book trailers, audio book performances, and more, directly to your students in any learning space you have. TeachingBooks is licensed to all students, families, and educators in Chicago Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Alyssa's background is in youth development, restorative justice, SEL, and program development. She is thrilled to work with educators and literacy professionals to support their vision — to listen and work together to find creative ways to infuse a joy of reading into each unique... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Ballard

Crystal Ballard

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Hello! I would love to talk to you about how you can help readers connect to books and create a lifelong love of learning!

Sponsors
avatar for Teachingbooks

Teachingbooks

Promotional MaterialsTo schedule a meeting with TeachingBooks please use this link... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

The Evolving Role of Technology Coordinators during Remote Learning

With the reliance on technology during remote learning, technology coordinators became an essential part of every school and wore many hats. Two experienced technology coordinators will share their experiences and provide recommendations on how to best support their schools for future remote learning terms.

Speakers
avatar for York Chan

York Chan

Technology Coordinator III, Bell Elementary School
York Chan is the technology coordinator at Bell Elementary School working with over 800 devices (full range of Chromebooks [1:1 middle school], PCs, Macs, iPads, and more) for 1,000+ students and 75+ staff. He also assisted with new STEAM Lab implementation in 2017-18 and is a Google... Read More →
avatar for Clarence Cooper

Clarence Cooper

Technology Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
Greetings,I'm a Technology Coordinator (TechCo) with Chicago Public Schools and I've had the great pleasure of fulfilling this role for 15 years. My background in IT ranges from not only the education sector but also the public and private sectors. As a techco, I've had the opportunity... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Elementary focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Using Adobe Spark to Design Online Videos and Posters

Adobe Spark is a free program and allows students to design simple videos and posters online through the use of templates or starting from scratch. Student creativity can go a long way with Adobe Spark.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Moi

Peter Moi

Design Process Thinking Program from The James Dyson Foundation, William P Gray School
For the past 8 years, I've been the technology teacher at Gray Elementary School. I've had amazing opportunities to work with: Adobe Youth Voices and their global initiative, the Computer Science For All program, several Ingenuity grants for the arts, and most recently the James Dyson... Read More →
avatar for Monica Blaz

Monica Blaz

Curriculum Coordinator, William P. Gray Elementary School
I am the curriculum and bilingual program coordinator at William P. Gray School in Chicago. Before taking on this school-wide support role, I taught middle school language arts and social studies for 14 years.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Fix Your Wig & Find Your Light: Tips & Tricks for Great Virtual Presenting!
Britton Picciolini from Google will share some tips and tricks on how your virtual classes can really sing! We'll review everything from lighting to backgrounds as well as some fun ways to get your classes engaged! Great for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Britton Picciolini

Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager, Google
Britton Picciolini is obsessed with all things digital. From coding BASIC in 6th grade to her Nest Thermostat today, nothing is ever too wired. Working at Google since 2002, she’s completely at home surrounded by the whirring noise of technology’s evolving pace. Britton has held... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Google

Google

Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Technology is transforming teaching and learning. It’s helping kids learn at their own pace, become creative problem solvers, and effective collaborators. But for those without access... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:00am - 10:10am CDT
Streaming Online

9:15am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:15am - 9:30am CDT
Streaming Online

9:30am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:30am - 9:45am CDT
Streaming Online

9:45am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:45am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

10:00am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:00am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Meet Playground

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 10:30am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

I'm so excited for Google + SMART

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it. Google Integration is here and I think I like it. Learn how you can build and deliver SMART Learning Suite lessons directly within your Google ecosystem. We'll have a good time, come on!

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Kane

Allyson Kane

SMART Technologies - Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Allyson supports implementation of SMART products in CPS and other districts across North America.  She brings a unique background consisting of 9+ years of classroom teaching, technology coaching in the classroom, and 3+ years in leading professional develpment.

Sponsors
avatar for SMART

SMART

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Read&Write for Google Chrome: The Literacy Support Tool Every Student Needs

School districts all over the country are finding that Read&Write for Google Chrome is their “go to” Google extension for literacy support. With over 20 unique tools seamlessly integrated into a single toolbar, Read&Write for Google Chrome provides all students with the reading and writing tools they need to become confident, independent learners in class, at home, and on tests. Some of the features include:

- Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices
- Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries
- Develop writing skills with word prediction, dictation and grammar checker
- Support independent student research with valuable study skills tools
- Annotate directly into PDF documents

All students, including diverse learners, English learners, and students who struggle with reading and writing, can benefit from using these tools.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Regional Director, Texthelp, Inc.
Debbie Shaw has been with Texthelp since 2010 as the Sales Director supporting the Midwest.  Texthelp is the developer of the Read&Write family of literacy support tools and the exciting new digital math extension, EquatIO.  At Texthelp, we believe there’s a whole world of avid... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom to Organize & Engage Students!
Do you have a million resources that parents keep asking for links to, or do you post LOTS of different videos, links, documents, announcements throughout your teaching? Using a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom is a super FUN and ENGAGING way to organize EVERYTHING a parent/student needs! This can be used for either E-Learning or Classroom communication when we do go back to in person teaching & learning! And other fun ways to use a virtual classroom!

The presentation slides & step by step directions are posted up on my blog: http://kinderkidatheart.com/2020/08/17/googlepalooza-presentation/  

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Friedl

Katie Friedl

Kindergarten Teacher, Gillespie Elementary School
Hello! I have been teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade for 12 years in Chicago Public Schools. I work on the Southside and LOVE my students! I hold a National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Teaching Best Practices. Teaching has always been... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Google Forms and Addons to Better Manage School Discipline

This session is designed to support school leaders, deans, counselors and/or teacher leaders create a school wide communication system for student referrals using a simple Google Form with an Addon which allows for tailored email communication regarding student discipline, social emotional concerns, and celebrations. I have sample forms that I have created and used successfully with several schools.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Topel

Scott Topel

ISL, CPS


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Pear Deck to Engage Students in Mental Health Services

When the school doors closed due to COVID19, auxiliary supports such as mental health counseling also moved online. Remote learning created several barriers to students accessing mental health support services, and also led to kids being less motivated and interested in mental health services. Pear Deck, a Google Add-On, helped improve student engagement and participation while also addressing some of the social awkwardness that comes with online therapy sessions. By utilizing Pear Deck's features, staff are better equipped to deliver material in a way that's interactive and engaging, and captures and maintains students' attention.

Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Duchak

Tatiana Duchak

Youth Therapist, Behavioral Health
Hello! My name is Tatiana and I work as a mental health therapist at Percy L. Julian High School on the South Side of Chicago.I deeply love my job and I am passionate about meeting the needs of my students and their families. Therapy is great, but being therapeutic is amazing. There... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Jamf Refresher: Using Remote Management Commands

After deploying apps to a mobile device(s), this session will show ways to use Management Commands to troubleshoot, update iOS, and other mass or individual remote command actions. It's highly recommended to attend Deploying Apps via Jamf session to have a better understanding of this session.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Hoban

Margaret Hoban

iOS Device Management Lead, Chicago Public Schools
Margaret has taught across grade levels from first grade to twelfth grade, in both regular and gifted classrooms in IL and NY state. She has also provided professional development for teachers through for-profit companies such as Futurekids and Sylvan Education Solutions, later known... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lewis-Provine

Kim Lewis-Provine

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
Kim Lewis-Provine is an iOS Device Management Administrator with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Technology & Support • Information & Technology Services. Kim joined CPS in 2017 with a gamut of experience in Information Technology and Professional Services.  Kim’s work experience... Read More →
avatar for Maria Tenemaza

Maria Tenemaza

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I've been with CPS since 2004 in a few different positions. I have supported different platforms; Windows, Chromebooks, iOS, printers, etc. in the Information Technology field. Now I am part of the iOS Support Team and we provide Jamf Pro and iPads support for the district’s supervised... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Record Your Thinking on iPad

Explore how to screen record on your iPad to bring lessons to life with Apple products, whether you’re building basic skills or looking to enrich everyday activities with iPad.

Speakers

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

A Fun, Easy Way to Embrace Video in Your Classroom with Flipgrid

Students love using Flipgrid to create video responses. Join our session to learn how to use Flipgrid and integrate video interactions in your classroom. You will be pleasantly surprised by your students' level of engagement and creativity when released in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

AP, Bell
avatar for Heather Burke

Heather Burke

Learning Specialist, Alexander Graham Bell School
I am a middle school learning specialist and love talking about diverse learning!
avatar for York Chan

York Chan

Technology Coordinator III, Bell Elementary School
York Chan is the technology coordinator at Bell Elementary School working with over 800 devices (full range of Chromebooks [1:1 middle school], PCs, Macs, iPads, and more) for 1,000+ students and 75+ staff. He also assisted with new STEAM Lab implementation in 2017-18 and is a Google... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Black History Books from Black Authors

We will present some titles that tell Black History and provide some activities that help to develop understandings that will help people to engage in conversations about history, race and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard C Turner

Bernard C Turner

Author/Publisher, Highlights of Chicago Press
Mr. Turner has been a teacher of Language Arts (ELA), German and Spanish in the middle school and high school and worked in educational publishing in sales and marketing until December 2014. He has also served as a gallery interpreter and docent at the Chicago History Museum since... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching Across Learning Models (In-Person, Remote, Hybrid)

In this session, attendees will learn about the key tenets of culturally responsive teaching, and how CRT can be implemented across various learning models: in-person, remote, and hybrid. Attendees will define “culture”, begin mastering their own authentic story, and explore practical strategies for ensuring that all students benefit from culturally responsive teaching. Presenters Ike Ramos and Katie Pecoulas currently work at Nearpod + Flocabulary and are former teachers and school administrators in large urban cities.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

EVERFI: Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI's digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in - making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to Illinois and national standards. Best of all? They're available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

High school - Financial education, Prescription drug/alcohol abuse awareness, entrepreneurship, African-American history, college and career readiness, mental wellness
Middle school - Digital wellness, STEM education, character development, financial education, college and career readiness, bullying prevention
Elementary school - Summer learning loss for math/ELA, health and wellness, SEL, financial education, STEM

Speakers
avatar for Noah Doppelt

Noah Doppelt

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
Noah Doppelt works as a Senior Schools Manager in his home state of Illinois, where he helps provide districts, schools, and teachers with access to no-cost digital resources for their students. Throughout the school year, Noah travels to districts in Illinois, helping to train teachers... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for EVERFI

EVERFI

EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, we provide our digital platform, training, and support at no cost.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Inspire Inquiry with Free Virtual Library Resources
Learn about the resources available to all CPS teachers and students to build a more connected, robust curriculum. Whether learning in the class or at home, knowing how to access the CPS digital library resources is critical for any teacher, in any department. In this session, you will learn about how to access : databases, ebooks available at the school and district level, and ways you can promote these tools with your colleagues and students. We will also explore the ways you might integrate the content with instructional technological tools available for your class- ensuring thoughtful and nuanced instruction, inspiring inquiry and engaging learners.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Dorsey Chambers

Dorsey Chambers

Library Coordinator, Department of Curriculum Instruction and Digital Learning
Area of Expertise: Library Science
avatar for Sarah Steiger

Sarah Steiger

Library and Digital Media Manager, CPS


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Middle School Science Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

PopScholar: A Social and Emotional Learning Platform

PopScholar is a FREE research based Social and Emotional Learning platform that encourages K-12 students to set goals and post their accomplishments. By using PopScholar students build self-efficacy by showcasing their learning, connecting with sponsors, and earning MicroScholarships.

Speakers
SP

Steve Parsons

PopScholar Founder, PopScholar.com
Steve Parsons teaches AP Psychology at Lane Tech High School, Educational Psychology at North Park University, and is a co-founder of PopScholar.com.
VC

Vince Caputi

Special Education Teacher, Charles P Steinmetz Academic C
I have been a Special Education and English teacher at Steinmetz College Prep for the past twelve years and I have taught in Chicago Public Schools for twenty years.  I am one of the founders and creators of PopScholar.com, an online SEL platform that allows students to post their... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

TeachingBooks Resources for Virtual and Blended Learning

In this session, we will focus on using the resources on TeachingBooks to promote reading and support literacy efforts in both virtual settings and blended learning environments -- accommodating the flexibility needed in current times. We will look at tools to easily disseminate author book recordings, video book trailers, audio book performances, and more, directly to your students in any learning space you have. TeachingBooks is licensed to all students, families, and educators in Chicago Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Alyssa Yokota-Byron

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Alyssa's background is in youth development, restorative justice, SEL, and program development. She is thrilled to work with educators and literacy professionals to support their vision — to listen and work together to find creative ways to infuse a joy of reading into each unique... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Ballard

Crystal Ballard

Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Hello! I would love to talk to you about how you can help readers connect to books and create a lifelong love of learning!

Sponsors
avatar for Teachingbooks

Teachingbooks

Promotional MaterialsTo schedule a meeting with TeachingBooks please use this link... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Middle School focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Flexible Pathways To Engage Students With Remote Learning

Get students engaged in remote learning with multi-sensory tools (ex: playlists, podcasts, and social media) to differentiate for students' learning needs. During this session participants will learn how to support students synchronously and asynchronously as they navigate through various pathways in the curriculum. These techniques can be implemented in all content areas and create continuity as we face shifts in instruction (ex: hybrid and in person instruction).

Speakers
avatar for Kimiko Pettis

Kimiko Pettis

6th-8th ELA, Avalon Park Elementary
I have been teaching for Chicago Public Schools for fourteen years. During this time period I have taught Kindergarten and 5th-8th grade students. In addition I have experience with teaching both self-contained 5th, 5th-6th split, as well as departmentalized 6th-8th ELA, Writing... Read More →
avatar for Molly Castner

Molly Castner

8th grade English Teacher, North Allegheny School District
My name is Molly Castner. This year marks my 23rd year teaching 8th grade ELA.  For most of my career, I have been at Marshall Middle School in the North Allegheny School District. In the past few years, I have undergone a renaissance in my teaching as education evolves toward a... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

Meet Playground 3

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

LocknCharge Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

You can use this Live Chat link to ask questions and schedule meetings for a later date: https://drift.me/lnc

Schedule is subject to change: if for some reason our reps are not available via the Zoom link, please have attendees reach out to these contacts:Informational Videos:
UVone: https://vimeo.com/432221431
FUYL Tower: https://vimeo.com/394460650
LocknCharge carts: https://vimeo.com/176458766


Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:30am - 2:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

10:45am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:45am - 11:00am CDT
Streaming Online

11:00am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

11:00am CDT

Meet Playground 3

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

11:15am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:15am - 11:30am CDT
Streaming Online

11:15am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:15am - 11:30am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Bring the Museum to You! (Google Arts and Culture in the Classroom)

To view my slides and live-stream, check out my materials page: https://sites.google.com/view/seaneichenser/googlepalooza-2020

Google has partnered with thousands of cultural sites around the world to digitize their museum collections. You can build 3D museum tours, collections of artifacts to share with students, and a bunch of fun art experiments to push your student's thinking about color, medium, and more. These materials will be perfect for remote learning, and a way to bring true, authentic sources and items into your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher
Hi there! I teach 7th & 8th grade ELA. I'm a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I've conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, WITS (Rochelle Lee Teaching Award), and teachers all across the Chicago area. I'm also on the... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Click here to access our Google Slides presentation deck.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Leading and Learning During COVID19

COVID shutdowns have pushed teacher and school leaders, but has also provided an opportunity to reflect and improve on how to build community, grading and assessment, communication, and social-emotional learning. This session will explore the choices one Bell made before and during the COVID shutdown in these areas, how we utilized G Suite to help in the work, and the plans that are in place for potential closures next school year.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kosko

Michael Kosko

AP, Bell


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Less Work, More Fun - Never grade an Assignment again - Have Google Classroom do it for you

Quizziz- is a learning platform fully integrated in Google Classroom. It is easy to link to google classroom and fun for students to play. When students take assessments or complete assignments via the Quizziz link, their grades get automatically uploaded into Google classroom. It has a bank of thousands of assessments and millions of questions you can use to differentiate according to student needs. Best of all, students really enjoy it. It's like Kahoots but you can view the questions. Questions also are randomized so students can't look off each other and to maintain a fun competititive environment.  Please feel free to explore the quizziz.com website. Feel free to create a login and username preferably connected to your CPS email to faciliatate easier integration with google classroom later.

Speakers
SM

Smitha Mathen

Teacher, Drake - Chicago Public Schools
Quizziz, Google Classroom, Science, Literacy, Interactive Whiteboards/Promethean.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Organizing Your Online Class Environment with a Google Site

Are you looking for ways to organize your online classroom? Are you trying to create a resource for students and parents to quickly refer to when not live teaching online? This session will teach how to create a classroom website using Google Sites. We will take the time to show you how to use this tool as well as embed links, assignments, videos and other resources. Create a website that you'd be proud of and can update year after year.  We will add the hyperlinks to the recorded sessions by Wednesday for reference.

Session 8/17
Session 8/18
Follow Up Session Survey

Please click here for the host website that we created.  You will be able to access the slides, contact information for presenters and video tutorials.

Speakers
avatar for Krystyna Tate

Krystyna Tate

CS Instructor, Kenwood Academy
I have been a teacher for 15+ years; 10 of those years at Kenwood Academy.  I have served in the capacity of teacher, techco and now virtual lead for the 2020-2021 school year.  Technology education has always been my passion.  I currently hold the Google level 1 and 2 educator's... Read More →
avatar for Dontae Starkes

Dontae Starkes

Teacher, Chicago Public Schools
I have been in education for over 10 years, 8 of those with CPS where I have had the opportunity to serve students ranging from grades from 3rd to 12th including just about all subjects. I am currently serving as a Computer Science teacher at Kenwood Academy. I am looking forward... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Read&Write for Google Chrome: The Literacy Support Tool Every Student Needs

School districts all over the country are finding that Read&Write for Google Chrome is their “go to” Google extension for literacy support. With over 20 unique tools seamlessly integrated into a single toolbar, Read&Write for Google Chrome provides all students with the reading and writing tools they need to become confident, independent learners in class, at home, and on tests. Some of the features include:

- Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices
- Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries
- Develop writing skills with word prediction, dictation and grammar checker
- Support independent student research with valuable study skills tools
- Annotate directly into PDF documents

All students, including diverse learners, English learners, and students who struggle with reading and writing, can benefit from using these tools.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Shaw

Debbie Shaw

Regional Director, Texthelp, Inc.
Debbie Shaw has been with Texthelp since 2010 as the Sales Director supporting the Midwest.  Texthelp is the developer of the Read&Write family of literacy support tools and the exciting new digital math extension, EquatIO.  At Texthelp, we believe there’s a whole world of avid... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Sending personalized email updates to students and families using Google Sheets

This session will show you how to update students and parents on progress at once using Google Sheets. Specifically, email addresses and personalized messages are updated in the sheet and a mail merge Sheet add on is used to send multiple emails at once.

Before the presentation, please complete this form.

Here is the live-stream link for this session which extends the attendance viewership to an essentially unlimited number of attendees.  Please only use this if you DID NOT register.

Speakers
avatar for Mahesh Alur

Mahesh Alur

Teacher, Lake View High School
Chemistry and Robotics teacherRobotics coachFlipped Mastery Learning17th year teaching


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Tips and Tricks for the Beginning of the School Year for both the Teacher and the Student

The focus of this session will be to teach teachers what computer literacy skills are important to teach students in the beginning of the school year especially since they will be working in a remote learning environment. The session will focus on the importance of teaching your students the following skills at the beginning of the school year: the parts of an email, how to successfully send an email. how to organize your Gmail inbox, how to organize your Google calendar, the parts of the Google classroom, and how to submit assignments. There will also be tips for teachers on how to make the beginning of the school year easier for themselves. For instance they will learn how to set up Parent Teacher Conferences using Google Calendar and how to assign labels to emails. They also will be provided tips on how to organize their Google Drive to make things easier to find. Lastly they will be shown key extensions and add-ons that may make their teaching practice in the fall a lot easier.

Speakers
avatar for Joy Blake

Joy Blake

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Hi, my name is Joy Blake, the creator of the Blake Basics, a Youtube channel and website with technology at the forefront. I am the Instructional Technology Support Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to this position, I have worked as an educator for over 15 years where... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Using Google Apps to ease collaboration amongst staff and with parents.
Participant survey.

How can we harness the power of Google Classroom to ease collaboration between teachers and staff when time is at a premium? How can we use the power of Google Apps to reach parents who may not be as tech savvy as we are? We will explore how we can use Google Apps and extensions to reach out to other staff members as well as parents to keep us connected whether we are in the building or not.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Link to livestream if presentation is full.

Link to Google Doc with list of resources. This document will be edited and revised as the week progresses. Add the document to your drive for future reference and we will continue to add items as we go through our sessions.

Link to Google forms for questions or requests for resources.

Bonus Google Meet 12:30 - 1:30  - Preparing for the first weeks of distance learning 

Speakers
avatar for Maria Raigoza

Maria Raigoza

8th Grade ELA/Social Studies/Civics/Splash of Journalism, Avondale Logandale School
Due to a time mix up, I will be giving this presentation again from 12:00 - 1:00 PM on Friday meet.google.com/ghx-ecjt-tfe. Documents are linked in the drive. I apologize for the mix up.
avatar for Jacqueline Santillan

Jacqueline Santillan

Special Education Teacher, Avondale Logandale Elementary School


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Engaging Students w/ Active Learning on iPad

When educators and learners aren’t in the same room, how can teachers effectively communicate, interact and have high expectations of their students? Let’s explore essential strategies for continuing the learning process and collaborating with students and colleagues.

Speakers

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Black History Books from Black Authors

We will present some titles that tell Black History and provide some activities that help to develop understandings that will help people to engage in conversations about history, race and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard C Turner

Bernard C Turner

Author/Publisher, Highlights of Chicago Press
Mr. Turner has been a teacher of Language Arts (ELA), German and Spanish in the middle school and high school and worked in educational publishing in sales and marketing until December 2014. He has also served as a gallery interpreter and docent at the Chicago History Museum since... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Building School and Classroom Culture in A Hybrid Environment

Attendees will learn the key tenets of School Culture and explore practical ways to build and maintain a school culture that values excellence, collaboration, and student achievement. Ike and Katie will also share ways to create engaging experiences for students. Ike Ramos is a Hip Hop artist and dedicated educational leader, having served as a principal, grades K-12. Katie Pecoulas is a former teacher in Chicago and dedicated to educational equity. Ike is currently a Director and Recording Artist at Nearpod + Flocabulary, where he continues to support education by empowering staff and engaging students through his work. Katie is a partnership manager at Nearpod + Flocabulary and supports schools across CPS.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Chemistry Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Planboard: Web-based Collaborative Lesson Planning and Scheduling Platform

Planboard is a free online curriculum and lesson planner that allows for flexible scheduling, templates, and standards tracking, and is especially suited to teachers who cover a variety of different student groups and/or subjects. With a subscription, extensive collaboration between team members and administration becomes a solution to school-wide planning and organization.

Follow-up training with Chalk:  https://chalk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pL1nlhDAQyKADSZXUdOWpg

And step-by-step setup guides: https://help.chalk.com/learning-guides/planboard-guide/planboard-chapter-one

Speakers
avatar for Adam Lurie

Adam Lurie

Media Arts / Technology, John Barry School
Integrating technology into core curriculum subjects and training teachers to take advantage of the opportunities to use technology in their regular classroom.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Tools to Bridge eLearning: How to Use Simple PDF Annotation Tools for eLearning

From take-home packets to Google Classroom, PDFs are now a staple for eLearning. But PDF assignments are challenging for many students—especially without in-class support. They may have difficulty:
  1. Opening and accessing PDFs
  2. Reading and comprehending text independently
  3. Writing on the PDF assignment or quiz
With simple PDF annotation tools, teachers can make these digital assignments accessible for students of all abilities.
View this recorded snapshot* look at how Co:Writer and Snap&Read work together seamlessly to support independence in any learning environment.
You’ll see how to use these PDF supports for eLearning:
  1. Read aloud, text leveling, translation
  2. Word prediction, speech to text, topic dictionaries
  3. Integration with any LMS including Google Classroom

Speakers
AH

Annie Hagy

Don Johnston Inc.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (High School focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

You CAN Teach a Virtual Librarian New Tricks

Book clubs, reading challenges, maps, choice boards...these are things we've always done; how can we adapt them to virtual learning and chart a new course? We hope teachers and librarians will participate in this virtual discussion led by CPS elementary and high school librarians. You'll be invited to join our Google Classroom and contribute to our slide deck!

Speakers
avatar for Connie Amon

Connie Amon

Librarian, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Colleen Herman

Colleen Herman

Librarian, Swift Elementary
Area of Expertise: Library Science
avatar for Brenda Garcia

Brenda Garcia

School Library Media Specialist, Cooper Dual Language Academy
Let's talk books and making! My students and I enjoy both. Oh, also comic books!
avatar for Emily Porter

Emily Porter

Librarian, Curie Metropolitan High School
Doing work in libraries. Doing the computer, sometimes. Workin', tryin'.#wordsmatterCPS Help us change the face of the card catalog!


Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:45am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 11:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:15pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:15pm - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 12:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 12:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 12:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 12:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

12:30pm CDT

Grackle Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

To schedule a one on one meeting, contact: Graham Barker, M.Ed. Sr. Account Manager.   E: gbarker@grackledocs.com   

Sponsors
avatar for Grackle

Grackle

Grackle Suite enables education and non-governmental institutions to mitigate the risk of OCR (Office of Civil Rights) complaints which might result in negative publicity, government scrutiny, costly litigation or large fines.How? By meeting legal requirements for Sections 504 & 508... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

12:30pm CDT

OverDrive Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

Book a time to meet with Connie Bowman, Account Executive, OverDrive Education.




Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

12:30pm CDT

TeachingBooks Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

You can also schedule a time to meet one on one with TeachingBooks using this link: https://calendly.com/teachingbooks-alyssa/15min?month=2020-08

Sponsors
avatar for Teachingbooks

Teachingbooks

Promotional MaterialsTo schedule a meeting with TeachingBooks please use this link... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

1:00pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:00pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:00pm - 1:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:15pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:15pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Bring the Museum to You! (Google Arts and Culture in the Classroom)

To view my slides and live-stream, check out my materials page: https://sites.google.com/view/seaneichenser/googlepalooza-2020

Google has partnered with thousands of cultural sites around the world to digitize their museum collections. You can build 3D museum tours, collections of artifacts to share with students, and a bunch of fun art experiments to push your student's thinking about color, medium, and more. These materials will be perfect for remote learning, and a way to bring true, authentic sources and items into your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher
Hi there! I teach 7th & 8th grade ELA. I'm a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I've conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, WITS (Rochelle Lee Teaching Award), and teachers all across the Chicago area. I'm also on the... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Click here to access our Google Slides presentation deck.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Instructional Coaches: How Google can support you!
Do you ever work 1:1 with teachers as an instructional coach? Come learn about the Google for Education Certified Coach Program, a new program designed specifically to help you hone your practice, whether you are a new coach or a seasoned veteran.  This session will provide an overview to the Certified Coach Program, include activities to get you familiar with our coaching model, and outline how Google can support you .


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Making Math Lessons Interactive with Pear Deck & Google Tools

Keeping students focused and engaged in while learning math online can be a struggle but not if you have the right tech tools for the job. Google has many resources that allow students to remain engaged, not only continuing to process information but demonstrate understanding and allow for teachers to gather data and plan for differentiation. Pear Deck is one of the those amazing resources. Let us show you how you can use Pear Deck to grab student's interest and brain power, and then use that data to reinforce your math lessons with other Google Tools.

Speakers
avatar for Keishonda Simms

Keishonda Simms

Middle School Math Teacher/Middle School Chair, William H. Ryder Math & Science Specialty School
Keishonda Simms has been working and teaching with Chicago Public Schools for over 12 years.  She has been teaching for seven years at William H. Ryder Math & Science Specialty School and worked as the Physical Education Teacher for Pre-k-8th Grades and 6th Grade Social Science Teacher... Read More →
avatar for DeShonda Sisco

DeShonda Sisco

Curriculum & Instruction Coach/ MS Math Teacher, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Universally Designed Learning with Google Tools

Google has made accessible learning possible and universal through Chromebooks and Google Classroom. A solid foundation of core accessible tools are built in, while the latest extensions go deeper to help students fully access the curriculum. I will demonstrate the latest extensions (Snap&Read, Co:Writer, and Quizbot) for Google that power learning—including annotation, automatic quiz creation, language supports, dynamic text leveling, study tools, data, and distraction-free reading tools.

Speakers
avatar for Amy D'Aquila

Amy D'Aquila

Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston
Amy D’Aquila has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and International Relations from Lake Forest College. Amy is a Don Johnston Educational Support Specialist for the Central U.S. and has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory... Read More →
avatar for Trisha Johnson

Trisha Johnson

VP of Sales, Don Johnston Incorporated
Trisha Johnson is the Vice President at Don Johnston Incorporated.  She personally understands the challenges that struggling students face as a struggling life long learner herself.  She personally learned how to self advocate for tools that worked to meet her personal learning... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Using Google Forms and Addons to Better Manage School Discipline

This session is designed to support school leaders, deans, counselors and/or teacher leaders create a school wide communication system for student referrals using a simple Google Form with an Addon which allows for tailored email communication regarding student discipline, social emotional concerns, and celebrations. I have sample forms that I have created and used successfully with several schools.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Topel

Scott Topel

ISL, CPS


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Video Conferencing + SMART Learning Suite

SMART software: not just for your front of room display anymore! Come learn how to encorporate SMART Learning Suite into the virtual environment using video conferencing. We will also be showing you where to find 1000s of FREE classroom ready lessons!

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Kane

Allyson Kane

SMART Technologies - Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Allyson supports implementation of SMART products in CPS and other districts across North America.  She brings a unique background consisting of 9+ years of classroom teaching, technology coaching in the classroom, and 3+ years in leading professional develpment.

Sponsors
avatar for SMART

SMART

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

“Digital Learning Menus: A More Personalized Approach to Learning During a Pandemic

Whether you’re teaching face to face, online, remotely, and/or in a hybrid learning environment, digital learning menus will provide a comprehensive individualized learning pathway for each student. This session will provide teachers with the tools to create digital learning units that encourage flexible independent learning using the Google Suite. Attendees should come with a short unit in mind that includes a pre-test, formative and summative assessments, learning activities, digital texts and other instructional materials, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Teneisha Huley

Teneisha Huley

Drama Teacher, Al Raby High School
Teneisha Huley is an energetic drama teacher who is passionate about theater arts and creative writing! Topics of personalized learning, student voice, 21st-century learning, and high expectations authentically fuels her ambitions. Laughter, leadership, innovation, and collaboration... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Early Childhood on iPad

Teachers keep finding new and transformative ways that iPad can personalize learning for primary students. Discover developmentally appropriate tools that provide opportunities for reflection and deeper learning experiences. Explore built-in features on iPad that support early reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. And see how iPad can transform into almost any tool primary learners need—a camera, a book, an art set, a voice recorder, a math manipulative, and more.

Speakers

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Student Centered Sound Design

SESSION DECK HERE:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bCgZjZgsylD6BdPx8FbLehoEt1neyer776xHFbo3dOQ/edit?usp=sharing

Advance student voice and choice by using sound design in your theatre and dance classes and performances, or in other core classes for student's presentations of their work. In this session, participants will learn, step-by-step, how to create a sound design in Garageband on iPad using vocal recording, music, and sound effects. This session will be grounded in the IL Arts Learning Standards and ISTE standards and will begin with an SEL Welcoming/Inclusion Activity. Participants will have access to resources at the end of session including a short video tutorial and a student-facing slide deck covering the technical how-tos that they can modify for their grade band and curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Abney

Holly Abney

Arts and Technology Librarian, Arts
Designs professional learning and creates digital resources for district arts teachers who want to practice arts and technology integration in their classrooms.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

5 Tips to Engage Black and LatinX Youth in Business and Technology Virtually

In this session we will outline proven strategies to help teachers and school leaders increase engagement among Black and LatinX youth, especially boys, while increasing academic rigor all within the zone of proximal development.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Steward

Scott Steward

Founder, Genius Lab, Inc.
What can we say to do this Gentlemen Gen X’er some Justice? Well … first and foremost Mr. Scott Steward wears many hats and flaunts several alter egos. This is part of what makes him one of the more interesting entrepreneurs you will ever meet. He can be either Professor Stew... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Friend or Foe? Being Cyber Safe on Social Media

This session will cover cyber security best practices with an emphasis on social media safety. We will also introduce upcoming initiatives and provide clarity on frequently asked questions about the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Speakers
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Laurie Rose

Information Security Training and Communications Lead, Information & Technology Svcs
A member of the team working to keep you cyber safe at work and home.
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Craig Youngberg

Technology Director, ITS
Director of Information Security and Privacy for Chicago Public Schools.Keep CPS aware of the threats we cannot block systematically so we are an aware, informed, and resilient group that can identify threats and prevent cyber incidents.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Biology Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Map the Gap: Using the Coherence Map for Math CCSS in Coordination with Checkpoint to Differentiate Tasks and Address Unfinished Learning

Participants will learn how to use Achieve the Core's Coherence Map and the Checkpoint Student Assessment System in combination to identify and address unfinished learning around grade-level math CCSS through differentiation of task and flexible grouping. Additionally, participants will consider how this strategy supports student-to-student math discourse and brainstorm about how this lesson structure might apply to other subject areas

Speakers
avatar for Mark Janka

Mark Janka

Assistant Principal, Alcott College Prep High School, Chicago Public Schools
I'm interested in using design theory to improve leadership, amplifying teacher voice, and bottom-up solution-orientation.
avatar for Christina Castillo

Christina Castillo

Math/Senior Seminar Teacher


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Nearpod +Flocabulary: The Ultimate Student Engagement Platforms for Remote Learning

In this session, attendees will go through a Nearpod and Flocabulary lesson from the perspective of being a student to experience first hand the high level of interactivity. Through this, we will explore the different ways that lessons can flex between in-person and remote instruction for the hybrid model. At the end of the session participants will know how to "Nearpodize" their existing lessons by adding in dynamic media such as Virtual Reality, Desmos, PhET science simulations, gamified quizzes, plus more and understand how to edit any of our pre-existing lessons in our supplemental lesson library to further customize in meeting the needs of all students. Presenter Katie Pecoulas currently works at Nearpod and Flocabulary and is a former Special Education Teacher in Chicago.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Ramos

Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pecoulas

Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:30pm CDT

Virtual Community Building in Times of Uncertainty

As we enter the new school year we are presented with a challenge: how do we build relationships with our students (and build relationships between students) if we are not face-to-face? This session will focus on how you can use technology to implement SEL strategies that build community in your e-learning classroom. Strategies that will be covered include holding virtual check-ins, restorative circles, activities for small group/breakout sessions, online apps & games, and strategies to invite in students who are reluctant to join/participate. These techniques can help build a fun, warm virtual space where students want to log in and are ready to learn!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Fliehman Levinstein

Sara Fliehman Levinstein

IB Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
avatar for Rosie Crow

Rosie Crow

Individuals & Societies Teacher, Ogden International School of Chicago


Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:45pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

1:45pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:00pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:00pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:15pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:30pm CDT

Coffee Break 2

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:30pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:30pm CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:00pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Formative Assessments with the help of Technology

This session will demonstrate how to use Google Meets with Pear Deck and Google Forms and integrate those tools in your class.

Speakers
MM

Maria Melendez

Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Google Classroom 101 (Google Led)

We'll walk you through the basics of Google Classroom. This session is for teachers who haven't used Classroom in the past or are new to using it.


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Interactive Digital Notebooks

How to engage your students, collect, curate their work in a Digital Interactive Notebook. Take advantage of all the benefits of Interactive Notebooks, without the Paper, cutting, and mess! Teachers will leave this session with templates for Digital Notebooks. Learn best practices for teaching students how to interact with Digital Notebook, and anticipated Troubleshooting.

Speakers
avatar for Labeeba Samayoa

Labeeba Samayoa

Art Teacher, Englewood STEM High School
avatar for Raven Althimer

Raven Althimer

Teacher, Englewood Stem
Greetings,I’ve been a proud social science teacher for students within Chicago since 2005, the entirety of my career has been serving schools within the communities of Englewood, Bronzeville, and Roseland.  I love my job and I am very passionate about helping students grow into... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Need Accessible Output from G Suite? Grackle Solves That.

Managing the challenge to rapidly publish curriculum from G Suite online—quickly—for teachers, students, parents and the public? Grackle Suite is designed just to help you with that.
For curriculum materials created in Docs, Sheets or Slides, Grackle Suite is comprised of the only Add-ons that check, remediate and create accessible output according to WCAG, PDF U/A and Google Accessibility standards.
This session will explore ways Grackle can easily and quickly help you make your G Suite output accessible and ready for remote learning or in-class use.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Barker

Graham Barker

Senior Account Manager, GrackleDocs Inc.
Hi! I'm co-presenting with GrackleDocs' Co-founders.Graham Barker M. Ed., leads GrackleDocs’ sales, field marketing and partner activities. He has over 25 years prior experience as a software sales executive, marketing evangelist and international partner manager. Earlier he worked... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills

Founder, GrackleDocs


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Teaching Geometry through the Google app "Sketchup for Schools"

You will learn how to use this easliy accesible Google app by drawing a 3 dimensional house using various geometrical shapes (cube, pyramid, dome, etc.) using "Sketchup for schools".

Speakers
avatar for Angelo Chavez

Angelo Chavez

Teacher, Richard Edwards School
Intrested in Sketchup and Scratch
RM

Ricardo Moreno

Math Teacher, Richard Edwards Elementary


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

The Power of Using Bitmoji's for SEL - Turning Bitmoii's into Socialmoji's that connect and engage students.

Everyone's talking about Bitmoji's use in teaching, but did you realize that Bitmoji's are really powerful for Social Emotional Learning. Bitmoji's were made to sociallize and connect with one another in a creative and visual way. In this session, the presentor will demonstrate how you can enhance your SEL lessons by creating virtual classrooms, and lessons using Bitmoji's in Google Slides. These lessons can be very interactive, allowing students to experience self paced engaging activities, that are packed with videos, songs, readings, personalized messages and more! The presenter will get you started with the basics of developing virtual Bitmoji scences in Google Slides, while sharing tons of resources. tips and tricks, that will get you started. Join the fun, and learn how social workers, counselors, and clinicians can use Bitmoji's for SEL engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Moore-Taylor M.S.W.

Margaret Moore-Taylor M.S.W.

School Social Worker, Chicago Public Schools
For over twenty years, Margaret has been employed as a school social worker with additional experience as a school administrator. Margaret has a M.S.W from Jane Addams School of Social Work, a M.Ed. from Governors State University. She possesses a L.C.S.W and Type 73 and 75 certificates... Read More →
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Renee Green LCSW-CSSW

Social Worker, Chicago Public School
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with background in community based mental health service delivery prior to joining CPSInterest in Telemental health delivery and remote social emotional learningCPS School Social Worker for past 22 academic yearsExperience in piloting evidenced based... Read More →


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

What's New for IT with Apple

Find out how the latest Apple products can support learning and teaching in your school. In this session designed for Tech Co's, you’ll discover what's new at Apple, meet your Apple team, ask questions, and explore the latest products and solutions Apple offers for education.

Explore new tools and features in iPadOS that are ideal for education. Discover how teaching tools like Classroom make it easy to guide how students use devices and apps in the classroom and provide valuable insight into each student’s engagement. Learn about remote learning support from Apple including the Apple Education Learning Series, the Apple Teacher Learning Center and @AppleEDU on Twitter.

Speakers

Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Checkpoint: "Everything you need to know"
We will take the participant through the purposes and uses of the District recommended online assessment system.

Resource deck is accessible here

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Nell Kemp

Nell Kemp

Manager, Assessment for Learning, Chicago Public Schools


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online

2:45pm CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Physics Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Tuesday August 18, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Streaming Online
 
Wednesday, August 19
 

8:00am CDT

Nearpod Virtual Vendor Booth
This is an experiment for Tech Talk/Googlepalooza 2020! Historically, our sponsors have booths you can visit to learn more about their products. This year, we are going to try and replicate the experience virtually. Pop by on your lunch break and spend a few minutes chatting with our sponsors!

NOTE: These are virtual vendor booths and not professional learning sessions.

Use this link to book a one on one meeting with Nearpod: https://engine.groove.co/meetings/katiep/15min

Self Paced Introduction to Nearpod: https://share.nearpod.com/vsph/mg2wU328Lu
Nearpod Website: https://nearpod.com/chicago
Nearpod Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84O2hNzP6zE

Sponsors
avatar for Nearpod

Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 8:00am - 10:00am CDT
Virtual Vendor Booth

9:00am CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Wednesday August 19, 2020 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Streaming Online

9:00am CDT

Keynote Address: Techquity: Creating Culturally Inclusive Learning Environments For Sustainability, Equity, and Access
This interactive keynote will address how to navigate one of the biggest challenges educators face today -- providing students with equitable and culturally inclusive learning opportunities. This talk will include a detailed analysis on the varying levels of culture, addressing our social-emotional needs, and why we must ensure our students are provided a diverse and equitable educational experience. Further expanding on the primary purpose will be a look at how technology serves as both a needed and critical component to that end. Embedded within the keynote are personal narratives aligned with the central theme of incorporating both a culturally relevant and culturally responsive pedagogy to any content area.

Watch on YouTube for live chat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VI70O6Coo

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton

Chief Education Officer, Elevate Education
Add your bio.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Streaming Online

10:00am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Moderators
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Laurie Rose

Information Security Engineer, Chicago Public Schools

Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:00am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Speakers
LD

Liza DeMello

Senior Manager - PK-12 Curriculum, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:00am - 10:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Click here to access the Google Slides presentation deck for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
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Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Graphic Design 101 - Google Docs & Slides Tips & Tricks

Gain the basics skills of good graphic design and how to apply it to Google Docs and Slides. Learn the difference between a .jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif, .pdf, .eps, etc., files, and what works best in Google. Explore what makes an effective Google Slide presentation and leave with beautifully designed Google Doc and Slide Templates.

Speakers
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Kirk Arthur Miller

Senior Designer, CPS
Yes, Art really is my middle name and it has been my passion ever since I won a Kodak Instamatic camera in a coloring contest at the age of 6. Nowadays, I use my creativity in the CPS Marketing Department to brand schools, design collateral for departments, and create materials to... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Mowery

Charlie Mowery

Graphic Designer, CPS
I studied Art and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!), and now I use my design powers for good in the CPS Marketing Department. I work on school branding, city-wide campaigns, and all sorts of print and digital collateral.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

I'm so excited for Google + SMART

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it. Google Integration is here and I think I like it. Learn how you can build and deliver SMART Learning Suite lessons directly within your Google ecosystem. We'll have a good time, come on!

Speakers
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Allyson Kane

SMART Technologies - Education Sales Consultant, SMART Technologies
Allyson supports implementation of SMART products in CPS and other districts across North America.  She brings a unique background consisting of 9+ years of classroom teaching, technology coaching in the classroom, and 3+ years in leading professional develpment.

Sponsors
avatar for SMART

SMART

SMART is a world leader in classroom technology, providing interactive solutions to help every student and teacher discover and develop the greatness within them. A consistent innovator for over 30 years, SMART is the inventor of the SMART Board® and the developer of SMART Notebook... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Read&Write for Google Chrome: The Literacy Support Tool Every Student Needs

School districts all over the country are finding that Read&Write for Google Chrome is their “go to” Google extension for literacy support. With over 20 unique tools seamlessly integrated into a single toolbar, Read&Write for Google Chrome provides all students with the reading and writing tools they need to become confident, independent learners in class, at home, and on tests. Some of the features include:

- Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices
- Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries
- Develop writing skills with word prediction, dictation and grammar checker
- Support independent student research with valuable study skills tools
- Annotate directly into PDF documents

All students, including diverse learners, English learners, and students who struggle with reading and writing, can benefit from using these tools.

Speakers
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Debbie Shaw

Regional Director, Texthelp, Inc.
Debbie Shaw has been with Texthelp since 2010 as the Sales Director supporting the Midwest.  Texthelp is the developer of the Read&Write family of literacy support tools and the exciting new digital math extension, EquatIO.  At Texthelp, we believe there’s a whole world of avid... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Student Engagement: Embracing Nearpod as Solution for Boring Slide Presentations

Are you looking for ways to increase your student engagement as you are presenting content? Well, join us as we explore the student's engagement platform Nearpod. Nearpod is a free and simple concept that is an easily adaptable Google Chrome Extension that provides educators with an abundance of features to bring your boring Google Slides to life.  Imagine having your Google Slides presentations with added features like Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Virtual Field Trips, Drawing-Boards, Web Content, and so on.  How about having the ability for you to control student screens where they can interact in realtime,  be assessed with results shared  and data on screen in less than 1 minute.  Join us as we SLIDE into the new way of learning.

Speakers
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Kendra Mallory, M.Ed.

S.T.E.A.M. Specialist, Ruggles Elementary S.T.E.A.M. School
Hello, I am Kendra Mallory, a S.T.E.M. educator with well over 19 years of experience teaching. For the past 15 years, I have taught at Lionel Hampton School of FIne Arts, Morton School of Excellence and my current School is the newly designated STEAM school Ruggles Elementary.  I... Read More →
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Chay King

Elementary Math Specialist
I am Chay D. King,  I am currently a fourth grade teacher at Horace Mann Academy, which is located on the southeast side of Chicago. I have over 15 years of teaching experience. I have taught grades K-5 over the years. I have experience with private, charter, and public school education... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Take a Walk on the Wild Slide: Make Your Slides Sing!
This session will introduce participants to some advanced Google Slide features and add ons, as well as present three ideas for how to use Slides to make interactive learning materials. Participants will learn how to use Slides to make engaging graphic organizers, Bitmoji virtual classrooms, and more. We'll also talk a little about 3rd party apps like PearDeck, Mentimeter, and PollEverywhere to make your lessons interactive, too!

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
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Sara Carroll

English Teacher & Instructional Coach, Chicago Academy High School
I've been an English teacher in Chicago Public Schools since 2001. I started at Disney Magnet, then spent 4 years at Gage Park High School, before landing at Chicago Academy, where I've worked as a mentor teacher, a department chair, and now an instructional coach. In my spare time... Read More →
avatar for Meghan O'Keefe

Meghan O'Keefe

English Teacher, Chicago Academy High School


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Universally Designed Learning with Google Tools

Google has made accessible learning possible and universal through Chromebooks and Google Classroom. A solid foundation of core accessible tools are built in, while the latest extensions go deeper to help students fully access the curriculum. I will demonstrate the latest extensions (Snap&Read, Co:Writer, and Quizbot) for Google that power learning—including annotation, automatic quiz creation, language supports, dynamic text leveling, study tools, data, and distraction-free reading tools.

Speakers
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Amy D'Aquila

Educational Support Specialist, Don Johnston
Amy D’Aquila has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and International Relations from Lake Forest College. Amy is a Don Johnston Educational Support Specialist for the Central U.S. and has expertise in the educational trends, funding and statewide initiatives that impact her territory... Read More →
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Trisha Johnson

VP of Sales, Don Johnston Incorporated
Trisha Johnson is the Vice President at Don Johnston Incorporated.  She personally understands the challenges that struggling students face as a struggling life long learner herself.  She personally learned how to self advocate for tools that worked to meet her personal learning... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom to Organize & Engage Students!
Do you have a million resources that parents keep asking for links to, or do you post LOTS of different videos, links, documents, announcements throughout your teaching? Using a Virtual Bitmoji Classroom is a super FUN and ENGAGING way to organize EVERYTHING a parent/student needs! This can be used for either E-Learning or Classroom communication when we do go back to in person teaching & learning! And other fun ways to use a virtual classroom!

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
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Katie Friedl

Kindergarten Teacher, Gillespie Elementary School
Hello! I have been teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade for 12 years in Chicago Public Schools. I work on the Southside and LOVE my students! I hold a National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Teaching Best Practices. Teaching has always been... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Google Docs and Slides for Online Learning

Use Google Docs and Slides to create hyperdocs and choice boards that can help you pace your online lesson. Hyperdocs provide time for student discovery and research, direct instruction, collaboration, and reflection. Choice boards/learning menus  allow students choice in their learning while still focusing on content. See how to use Google Slides to create drag and drop activities as well as  slides students can write or draw on.

Speakers
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Debra Roethke

Consultant, Advanced Learning Partnerships, Inc.
Personal Summary StatementI am an experienced professional with a unique combination of instructional, technical, managerial, and leadership expertise in the delivery and implementation of instructional strategies and instructional technology practices in K-12 school settings. I have... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Early Childhood on iPad

Teachers keep finding new and transformative ways that iPad can personalize learning for primary students. Discover developmentally appropriate tools that provide opportunities for reflection and deeper learning experiences. Explore built-in features on iPad that support early reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. And see how iPad can transform into almost any tool primary learners need—a camera, a book, an art set, a voice recorder, a math manipulative, and more.

Speakers

Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Jamf: Using Static Groups to Manage iPads

This session will introduce you to creating and editing static groups in Jamf. Learn how to make groups for iPads used for remote learning to make deploying apps and profiles easier!

Speakers
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Margaret Hoban

iOS Device Management Lead, Chicago Public Schools
Margaret has taught across grade levels from first grade to twelfth grade, in both regular and gifted classrooms in IL and NY state. She has also provided professional development for teachers through for-profit companies such as Futurekids and Sylvan Education Solutions, later known... Read More →
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Kim Lewis-Provine

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
Kim Lewis-Provine is an iOS Device Management Administrator with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Technology & Support • Information & Technology Services. Kim joined CPS in 2017 with a gamut of experience in Information Technology and Professional Services.  Kim’s work experience... Read More →
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Maria Tenemaza

iOS Device Management Administrator, Chicago Public Schools
I've been with CPS since 2004 in a few different positions. I have supported different platforms; Windows, Chromebooks, iOS, printers, etc. in the Information Technology field. Now I am part of the iOS Support Team and we provide Jamf Pro and iPads support for the district’s supervised... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Checkpoint: "Everything you need to know"
We will take the participant through the purposes and uses of the District recommended online assessment system. 

Resource deck is accessible here

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
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Nell Kemp

Manager, Assessment for Learning, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching Across Learning Models (In-Person, Remote, Hybrid)

In this session, attendees will learn about the key tenets of culturally responsive teaching, and how CRT can be implemented across various learning models: in-person, remote, and hybrid. Attendees will define “culture”, begin mastering their own authentic story, and explore practical strategies for ensuring that all students benefit from culturally responsive teaching. Presenters Ike Ramos and Katie Pecoulas currently work at Nearpod + Flocabulary and are former teachers and school administrators in large urban cities.

Speakers
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Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
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Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
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Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

How to Access Your School's eBooks

This session will explore how to access and use free and purchased digital resources available to all CPS students and staff. We'll review how to access the SOAR library at the district level and your school's virtual site license to provide resources for digital and in-person learning.

Speakers
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Sheri Omernik

Educational Consultant, Mackin
Mackin is a long-term education distributor for print, ebooks, and makerspace products and other library and classroom materials for grades PK-12.Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, we have access to over 18,000 publishers and an available... Read More →
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Joe Horning

SOAR Support Specialist


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Middle School Science Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

Speakers
JS

Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Learn to Code and Create Cool Music with Earsketch and Python

Earsketch is a web based software tool that has over 4000 different beats that you and your students can use to create awesome songs through code. Use Python or Java, blocks or text based coding, Earsketch offers them all. Earsketch is a great tool for many levels of students, but primarily middle schoolers and high schoolers. The block based coding does allow you some flexibility with students in younger grades though. Earsketch's built-in curriculum is free and makes it easy to learn. In this session, we'll introduce you to the software and all it has to offer and we'll get you started on making that next top 40 hit!

Speakers
BR

Brenda Remess

CS Teacher, Lane Tech College Prep
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Amy Wozniak

CS Educator, Lane Tech College Prep
I've been teaching high school for seventeen years and specifically teaching CS for six years at Lane Tech. I have always been motivated to encourage more females to enter the field of CS. I run an art and technology club at Lane and I teach Media Computation and Innovation Creation... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Level Up: Prep Your Literacy Toolkit with Large Print

What’s the most powerful literacy tool on your shelf? Libraries across the country are discovering that large print can effectively support striving readers, ESL/ELL students, and children with special learning needs. Large print isn’t just a bigger font size. Compared to standard print format, large print books are proven to help with decoding, fluency, tracking, and comprehension.
Hear from Teacher Librarian, Tasha Squires, who has found success after embracing large print and partnering with teachers to bring large print books into the classroom. She has seen wider usage, noticeable reading improvements, and happier readers! And because we believe that every library can successfully build and promote their own large print collection, we’re giving all attendees a 5-step action plan and helpful marketing materials.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha Squires

Tasha Squires

Teacher Librarian - O'Neill Middle School, Downers Grove School District 58
2015 Follett Challenge winner, Tasha Squires started her career as a Young Adult Librarian in a large public library district serving a diverse Southwestern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours booktalking in and working with the middle and high schools in the area... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

PopScholar: A Social and Emotional Learning Platform

PopScholar is a FREE research based Social and Emotional Learning platform that encourages K-12 students to set goals and post their accomplishments. By using PopScholar students build self-efficacy by showcasing their learning, connecting with sponsors, and earning MicroScholarships.

Speakers
SP

Steve Parsons

PopScholar Founder, PopScholar.com
Steve Parsons teaches AP Psychology at Lane Tech High School, Educational Psychology at North Park University, and is a co-founder of PopScholar.com.
VC

Vince Caputi

Special Education Teacher, Charles P Steinmetz Academic C
I have been a Special Education and English teacher at Steinmetz College Prep for the past twelve years and I have taught in Chicago Public Schools for twenty years.  I am one of the founders and creators of PopScholar.com, an online SEL platform that allows students to post their... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

RapidPortal for student management

Identity Management at CPS - How to manage student passwords with RapidPortal.

Speakers
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Steven Smith

Identity Access Management, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Tools to Bridge eLearning: How to Use Simple PDF Annotation Tools for eLearning

From take-home packets to Google Classroom, PDFs are now a staple for eLearning. But PDF assignments are challenging for many students—especially without in-class support. They may have difficulty:
  1. Opening and accessing PDFs
  2. Reading and comprehending text independently
  3. Writing on the PDF assignment or quiz
With simple PDF annotation tools, teachers can make these digital assignments accessible for students of all abilities.
View this recorded snapshot* look at how Co:Writer and Snap&Read work together seamlessly to support independence in any learning environment.
You’ll see how to use these PDF supports for eLearning:
  1. Read aloud, text leveling, translation
  2. Word prediction, speech to text, topic dictionaries
  3. Integration with any LMS including Google Classroom

Speakers
AH

Annie Hagy

Don Johnston Inc.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Elementary focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Eshelman

Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
avatar for Allison Farrar

Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:15am CDT

Using Adobe Spark to Design Online Videos and Posters

Adobe Spark is a free program and allows students to design simple videos and posters online through the use of templates or starting from scratch. Student creativity can go a long way with Adobe Spark.

Speakers
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Peter Moi

Design Process Thinking Program from The James Dyson Foundation, William P Gray School
For the past 8 years, I've been the technology teacher at Gray Elementary School. I've had amazing opportunities to work with: Adobe Youth Voices and their global initiative, the Computer Science For All program, several Ingenuity grants for the arts, and most recently the James Dyson... Read More →
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Monica Blaz

Curriculum Coordinator, William P. Gray Elementary School
I am the curriculum and bilingual program coordinator at William P. Gray School in Chicago. Before taking on this school-wide support role, I taught middle school language arts and social studies for 14 years.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Speakers
LR

Laurie Rose

Information Security Training and Communications Lead, Information & Technology Svcs
A member of the team working to keep you cyber safe at work and home.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Streaming Online

10:30am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Speakers
LR

Laurie Rose

Information Security Training and Communications Lead, Information & Technology Svcs
A member of the team working to keep you cyber safe at work and home.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 10:30am - 10:45am CDT
Streaming Online

11:00am CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Moderators
NC

Nicole Chandler

Organizational Change Management Specialist, Chicago Public Schools

Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

11:00am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Speakers
LR

Laurie Rose

Information Security Training and Communications Lead, Information & Technology Svcs
A member of the team working to keep you cyber safe at work and home.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:00am - 11:15am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Coffee Break 1

Looking for a place to network with your peers and share the exciting things you're learning during the week? Grab a cup of Joe and join us for Coffee Breaks hosted via Meet to get that social interaction we've all been craving.

This informal session is driven by you. Take a quick break to chat with others from the event about the sessions you've all attended, your goals for the event, how you'll use what you've learned, etc. We'll have some basic questions available to get you started just in case you need a nudge.

Speakers
LD

Liza DeMello

Senior Manager - PK-12 Curriculum, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 11:45am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Meet Playground 1

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Speakers
LS

Lindy Stockton

Senior Organizational Change Management Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 11:45am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Meet Playground 2

Need some practice with Meet? No worries, we've got you covered. Meet Playgrounds to give you a chance to practice using the tool in an interactive, judgement-free zone. Practice actions such as muting and unmuting, adjusting video, turning on captions, presenting your screen, using the in-meet chat feature, etc.

Moderators
MM

Manesha Myrick

Technical Business Admin Mgr - Information & Technology Svcs, Chicago Public Schools

Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 11:45am CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Google Classroom 101
In this session, the CPS Instructional Technology Team will guide you through the basics of Google Classroom with an eye toward remote learning. Learn how all of the new features of Classroom and Meet can be incorporated along with all the power of G-Suite to support your students.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Speakers
avatar for Ron Carroll

Ron Carroll

Manager of Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools
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Melissa "Missy" Cobian

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Google Expeditions: Windows to the World

Ready to embark on a global adventure and experience virtual reality for yourself? Join us for a journey into the worlds within Google Expeditions! Together we will explore the wonders of VR, including an opportunity for you to try out Google Cardboard on your mobile device for a fully immersive experience. You will leave with a digital tote of practical resources to plan out lessons using these powerful tools, and be inspired to start today!

Speakers
avatar for Curtiss Strietelmeier

Curtiss Strietelmeier

Education Strategist, CDW-G
View additional information in our Inspire Loudoun Virtual Exhibit Hall. Creating a modern learning environment can be a challenge, but the right classroom technology can inspire active learning and collaboration and enable better educational outcomes... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Google Meets: Tips, Tricks, and Next Steps

To view my slides and live-stream, check out my materials page: https://sites.google.com/view/seaneichenser/googlepalooza-2020

Remote learning forced Google Meet to become our classrooms. With the unprecedented time of COVID, if that becomes our reality again, I will be providing you with some extensions, tips, and tricks to take your Google Meet-ing to the next level.



Speakers
avatar for Sean Eichenser

Sean Eichenser

Teacher
Hi there! I teach 7th & 8th grade ELA. I'm a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, as well as a Google Certified Trainer. I've conducted training for CPS staff, Illinois State University, WITS (Rochelle Lee Teaching Award), and teachers all across the Chicago area. I'm also on the... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Google Sites 101

Building your class website is easier than you may think. Join us as we guide you to create an impressive professional website for your classroom. No Tech Skills Needed.

Speakers
avatar for Mimi Kelso-Grant

Mimi Kelso-Grant

Diverse Learning Coach, Gale CommUNITY Academy
I'm a Memphis native with over twenty-five+ years of teaching experience, the last three years in Chicago Public Schools at Gale Elementary in Rogers Park.  I recently completed my Ed.S. at Arkansas State University, Go RedWolves!, and am starting a nonprofit organization focused on providing  STEAM+ learning experiences to increase educational equity for youth in Rogers Park's Howard area.When planning learning activities, I focus on integrating Social Emotional Learning and Student Voice through Literacy.  Admittedly, I'd be lost without tech... Read More →
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Grant Gifford

6th Grade English Teacher, Robert J Richardson Middle School
Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, I have been teaching in Chicago Public Schools for 3 years. I am passionate about using technology skills in the classroom to allow students and teachers to form bonds in the world of Covid-19. Using technology in the classroom is inherently... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
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11:30am CDT

Leading and Learning During COVID19

COVID shutdowns have pushed teacher and school leaders, but has also provided an opportunity to reflect and improve on how to build community, grading and assessment, communication, and social-emotional learning. This session will explore the choices one Bell made before and during the COVID shutdown in these areas, how we utilized G Suite to help in the work, and the plans that are in place for potential closures next school year.

Speakers
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Michael Kosko

AP, Bell


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
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11:30am CDT

Less Work, More Fun - Never grade an Assignment again - Have Google Classroom do it for you

Quizziz- is a learning platform fully integrated in Google Classroom. It is easy to link to google classroom and fun for students to play. When students take assessments or complete assignments via the Quizziz link, their grades get automatically uploaded into Google classroom. It has a bank of thousands of assessments and millions of questions you can use to differentiate according to student needs. Best of all, students really enjoy it. It's like Kahoots but you can view the questions. Questions also are randomized so students can't look off each other and to maintain a fun competititive environment.  Please feel free to explore the quizziz.com website. Feel free to create a login and username preferably connected to your CPS email to faciliatate easier integration with google classroom later.

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Smitha Mathen

Teacher, Drake - Chicago Public Schools
Quizziz, Google Classroom, Science, Literacy, Interactive Whiteboards/Promethean.


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Productive Virtual Staff Meetings: Ensuring Engagement and Follow Through

UPDATED MEET LINK https://meet.google.com/ytm-adai-vwp?
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Ensuring effectiveness of in-person staff meetings is challenging; virtual meetings add on another layer of complexity! This session will focus on strategies for increasing productivity and efficiency of virtual meetings, with a focus on participant engagement and follow through. We will focus on preparation for meetings, agenda format, discussion structures, equity of voice, facilitation techniques, and how apps like Jamboard can be used effectively.

Speakers
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Sara Fliehman Levinstein

IB Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
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Rosie Crow

Individuals & Societies Teacher, Ogden International School of Chicago


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Tips and Tricks for the Beginning of the School Year for both the Teacher and the Student

The focus of this session will be to teach teachers what computer literacy skills are important to teach students in the beginning of the school year especially since they will be working in a remote learning environment. The session will focus on the importance of teaching your students the following skills at the beginning of the school year: the parts of an email, how to successfully send an email. how to organize your Gmail inbox, how to organize your Google calendar, the parts of the Google classroom, and how to submit assignments. There will also be tips for teachers on how to make the beginning of the school year easier for themselves. For instance they will learn how to set up Parent Teacher Conferences using Google Calendar and how to assign labels to emails. They also will be provided tips on how to organize their Google Drive to make things easier to find. Lastly they will be shown key extensions and add-ons that may make their teaching practice in the fall a lot easier.

Speakers
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Joy Blake

Instructional Technology Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Hi, my name is Joy Blake, the creator of the Blake Basics, a Youtube channel and website with technology at the forefront. I am the Instructional Technology Support Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to this position, I have worked as an educator for over 15 years where... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Using Google Apps to ease collaboration amongst staff and with parents.
Participant survey.

How can we harness the power of Google Classroom to ease collaboration between teachers and staff when time is at a premium? How can we use the power of Google Apps to reach parents who may not be as tech savvy as we are? We will explore how we can use Google Apps and extensions to reach out to other staff members as well as parents to keep us connected whether we are in the building or not.

This session will be delivered via a Google Meet Livestream, and will require a CPS.EDU account to access.

Link to livestream if presentation is full.

Link to Google Doc with list of resources. This document will be edited and revised as the week progresses. Add the document to your drive for future reference and we will continue to add items as we go through our sessions.

Link to Google forms for questions or requests for resources.


Speakers
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Maria Raigoza

8th Grade ELA/Social Studies/Civics/Splash of Journalism, Avondale Logandale School
Due to a time mix up, I will be giving this presentation again from 12:00 - 1:00 PM on Friday meet.google.com/ghx-ecjt-tfe. Documents are linked in the drive. I apologize for the mix up.
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Jacqueline Santillan

Special Education Teacher, Avondale Logandale Elementary School


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Augmented Reality on iPad

What's the future of learning look like? Have you experienced first hand one of the most powerful ways to learn, Augmented Reality? With augmented reality, students can experience just about anything they can imagine. Join us to explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

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Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Instructional Videos: Make them clear with Clips!

As many of us discovered this spring, recording a walk-through of classroom directions or a multi-step process can be frustrating, and in spite of our best efforts, it's hard for kids to attend to all the details. With a little planning and the free Clips app (for iPad/iPhone), you can take simple screen shots or photos of each step, explain and add automatic subtitles, and enhance with arrows and text cues. Support your students with clear, multimodal instructional videos and improve your own workflow!

Speakers
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Carolyn Skibba

Technology Specialist, Burley School
Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology specialist at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago's Lakeview community. She teaches and co-teaches, leads the school’s 1:1 iPad program, and continuously develops integration strategies to support Burley’s... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

5 Tips to Engage Black and LatinX Youth in Business and Technology Virtually

In this session we will outline proven strategies to help teachers and school leaders increase engagement among Black and LatinX youth, especially boys, while increasing academic rigor all within the zone of proximal development.

Speakers
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Scott Steward

Founder, Genius Lab, Inc.
What can we say to do this Gentlemen Gen X’er some Justice? Well … first and foremost Mr. Scott Steward wears many hats and flaunts several alter egos. This is part of what makes him one of the more interesting entrepreneurs you will ever meet. He can be either Professor Stew... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Building School and Classroom Culture in A Hybrid Environment

Attendees will learn the key tenets of School Culture and explore practical ways to build and maintain a school culture that values excellence, collaboration, and student achievement. Ike and Katie will also share ways to create engaging experiences for students. Ike Ramos is a Hip Hop artist and dedicated educational leader, having served as a principal, grades K-12. Katie Pecoulas is a former teacher in Chicago and dedicated to educational equity. Ike is currently a Director and Recording Artist at Nearpod + Flocabulary, where he continues to support education by empowering staff and engaging students through his work. Katie is a partnership manager at Nearpod + Flocabulary and supports schools across CPS.

Speakers
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Ike Ramos

Brand Ambassador, Nearpod / Flocabulary
I am a hip hop artist, turned teacher and principal, K-12. I have written and performed several songs as a Flocabulary artist. I'm currently the Director of District Partnerships for both Nearpod and Flocabulary. I am passionate and knowledgable about Equity, Social Justice, Closing... Read More →
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Katie Pecoulas

Senior Regional Partnership Manager, Nearpod + Flocabulary
Katie Pecoulas is a Chicago native, former Special Education Teacher, and is now the Partnership Manager at Nearpod and Flocabulary based in the city. In her role, she has the honor of partnering with CPS schools across the city to help teachers make their instruction as engaging... Read More →

Sponsors
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Nearpod

Nearpod is a student engagement platform that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. They can also access over 7K k-12 standards-aligned... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Easy Resource Shopping-Explore Ebook and Makerspace Bundle for CPS

CPS & Mackin Educational Resources collaborated to created bundles customized for CPS schools. Titles and products were selected specifically for Chicago Public Schools and bundles are set up to make ordering extremely easy. Join us to learn how easy it is to get ebook and makerspace bundles for your schools.

Speakers
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Mesa Heise

Director of Digital Services, Mackin
Mesa Heise, Mackin's Director of Digital Services, brings a wealth of experience to the company and the customers it serves. Throughout the year, she travels the country, attending national and local conferences, educating the public on the virtues of Mackin and their digital resource... Read More →
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Sheri Omernik

Educational Consultant, Mackin
Mackin is a long-term education distributor for print, ebooks, and makerspace products and other library and classroom materials for grades PK-12.Known the world over for exemplary service and a stringent attention to detail, we have access to over 18,000 publishers and an available... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Flipping with FLIPGRID: Harness the Fun Power of Social Media in Classroom

Looking for ways to tap into the our students world of communication. How about communicating with parents and staff the same way. Today our students are hyper-connected and use social media-like video tools for self-expression. Let's harness the power of using these skills to give our students a voice creating video journals, interacting with peers, supporting growth in digital citizenship, creating current event news clips, daily SEL check-in, video book reviews, explanation of math/science reasoning etc. using an incredible video platform called FLIPGRID. FLIPGRID is where your students go to view your topics, record their responses and reply to their classmates. It provides an easy way for students to watch other student videos; self reflect, learn from each other, and compare their learning with that of their peers. Administrators can use this platform to communicate as well creating video updates of school events, newsletters or to get feedback from staff or parents. Join us in transforming your audience into being more effective communicators using digital tools, you will leave ready to engage.

Speakers
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Kendra Mallory, M.Ed.

S.T.E.A.M. Specialist, Ruggles Elementary S.T.E.A.M. School
Hello, I am Kendra Mallory, a S.T.E.M. educator with well over 19 years of experience teaching. For the past 15 years, I have taught at Lionel Hampton School of FIne Arts, Morton School of Excellence and my current School is the newly designated STEAM school Ruggles Elementary.  I... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Laboratory & Instructional Spreadsheet Modelling Applications for Chemistry Teachers

Computational modeling and remote learning have defined the pandemic, and Spreadsheet Lab Manual (SLM) has developed a standardized, NGSS aligned computational modeling curriculum framework based on value added in capability. This is due to a gigahertz microprocessor and a vast array of computing cells and functions makes a spreadsheet a powerful tool for analytics, that provides near infinite value added in terms of calculating power and memory compared to the human brain. Leveraging this computing power can be done through precisely guided pedagogy that includes exact instructions students or teachers follow to code the model. SLM provides everything to be remotely accessed, shared, and can serve as an interactive experimentation platform. Spreadsheet modeling is a high-value time investment for educators with professional development credited for completing and delivering a lesson module to your students. Once the first-time prep work is complete, subsequent iterations are influenced by the teacher's own creativity and lesson experience with students, which they can then share with others. By joining the SLM professional learning community, more students will learn physics with spreadsheet based content in class, we grow the diversity of ideas that can be shared, but ensure fair and equitable access to valid content for each and every student.

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Jamiu Sokoya

President, Intelligent Educational consultancy LLC


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
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11:30am CDT

Making eLearning Meaningful with Specially Designed Instruction

Remote /tele-practice /elearning is raising new questions for related service teams. It’s challenging to:
  1. Provide SDI to get student outcomes
  2. Collaborate effectively with related services teams
  3. Meet IEP objectives and provide accommodations
In this session, Ruth Ziolkowski, OTR shares how to use simple tools to keep your WHOLE team on the same page while supporting students’ schedules, goals, and accommodations. They demonstrate:
  1. Accessible technologies that support reading, language, and vocabulary
  2. Free e-learning content and lesson plans
  3. Tools for collaboration and planning to improve outcomes with AT supports (planning matrix)

Speakers
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Ruth Ziolkowski

President, Don Johnston Incorporated
Ruth Ziolkowski has "grown up" in the field of Special Education starting as an OT and evolving into her role as President of the leading AT company in Literacy. She not only leads her company but also is a thought leader driving the future of AT services and devices. She has been... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Streaming Online

11:30am CDT

Turn Databases into Action with Gale (Middle School focus)

Gale Databases can be used no matter if in person, hybrid or digital this fall. Learn how quick and easy to find rich vetted content, that can meet the needs of all learners. Share easily with parents and family members in up to 40 different languages with one click. Prepare for your lessons with up-to-date content that can easily be loaded into your Google Classroom.


Find all of your Gale Databases on CPS's SOAR Website here: https://library.cps.edu/databases.php?loc_id=1

Speakers
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Andrea Eshelman

Midwest District Manager, Gale Cengage
Gale is proud to partner with ITEM Members and Back to the Future Conference attendees to offer outstanding digital resources for students, teachers and community. Gale resources ensure equity of access to high-quality, accessible, sustainable culturally relevant and current multimedia... Read More →
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Allison Farrar

Field Sales Consultant, Gale, a Cengage Company
Gale is proud to partner with CPS to offer outstanding database solutions for research, literacy, and engaging classroom curriculum content, ensuring equity of access to all CPS students, teachers and community. Gale tools cover all subject areas and reading levels, can be translated... Read More →


Wednesday August 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
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