2015 Session Info


Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Session 1 - 9:00-10:30 am

Introductory Google Docs with Students

Presenters: Jeanna Walker

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Join us in this introductory class to the world of Google Docs. You will learn how to create, edit, share, and collaborate with Google Docs. We’ll explore ways to use Google Docs in the classroom and  ways for your students to collaborate.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Google Cheat Sheet Folder

Digital Citizenship 101

Presenter: Paul Murray and Dan Vomastek

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Our children and students are growing up in a Digital World.  They are surrounded by technology at home and school.  How can we give them the tools they will need in order to make smart choices when faced with technology moral dilemmas?  Learn about great resource like Commonsense.org and DigitalEd, along with tips on how to encourage chromebook/device care and responsible digital citizenship at school.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Stop Motion Skills

Presenter: Colin Killmer

Location: Rm 1140

Description: Learn how to use Stop Motion Studio and other smartphone and webcam tools to make short, stop-motion videos. A great tool for teachers or students!  This class is intended for use with a smartphone or a tablet with a camera.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

No Matter the Language (WL or ELA), You Can Blend It with Google Classroom!

Presenter: Collin Nuismer and Katelin Gonzalez

Location: Community Room

Description: This session will focus on showing actual assignments and activities both presenters have created in Google Classroom (with multiple Google apps and other digital tools) that other language teachers can directly apply in their own classrooms. We will showcase the functionality of Google Classroom when supplemented with other Google Apps and digital tools. We also will show how Google Classroom and these apps naturally promote student collaboration and engagement. Come learn from our failures and successes with these tools and how those changed the way we think about the blended environment.

Intended Audience: Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Ready, Set, Read! E-tools for Elementary Reading

Presenters: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Room 1131

Description: R...E...A..D...now it’s time to read with me!  It’s time to cheer each other on as we learn new tools and techniques for teaching reading and managing our small group reading instruction time, all with the help of technology.  We’ll be exploring tools for read to self, read to someone, listening to reading, word work and work on writing.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers

Resources: Presentation


Mini-Session - 10:45-11:15 am

Middle School Blended Learning Pilot - Discussion Panel

Panel: Tara Heywood, Stephanie Wagner, Collin Nuismer, Katelin Gonzalaz

Facilitator: Paul Murray

Location: Community Room

Description: During the second half of the school year, twelve teachers (four from each middle school), participated in a Blended Learning project. Blended learning brings the best elements of the classroom together with the best elements of the internet for the purpose of developing self-directed, engaged learners allowing teachers to become true facilitators and students owners of their own learning. Join these teachers as they discuss the paths they have traveled, the roadblocks along the way, and the joy and exhilaration of connecting deeply with their students’ learning. Bring your questions, or simply come to hear them tell their stories.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone


Lunch - 11:15-12:15 pm

If you ordered a lunch, you can pick it up in the cafeteria/commons.  The cafeteria/commons will be open to anyone who wishes to find a place to sit down and enjoy lunch.  If you are heading out, Session 2 will begin at 12:15 pm.


Session 2 - 12:15-1:45 pm

Research A-Z

Presenters: Jeanna Walker

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Looking for a way to boost you and your students’ research skills while engaging them in appealing interfaces for learning? Join Teacher Media Specialist, Jeanna Walker, as we explore a multitude of resources that will give you and your students evaluated full-text articles, eBooks, digital images and other valuable research information. This session will also show you how to access an easy-to-use system that will allow you to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Graphing on Google Sheets - What the …!?!

Presenter: Dan Meyers

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: In this session, we'll cover the previously dreaded task of creating graphs and charts in Google Sheets, complete with color, trend lines, and multiple data sets. This session is most helpful for instructors who include graphing and data analysis in their curriculum, require data analysis components in their evaluation paperwork, or like to help out with data analysis in their school improvement teams. Even though Excel is more familiar to use, Sheets offers people the chance to save data to the cloud and work on it or present it anywhere on any device.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Administration, Support Staff

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Fast Feedback! Online Formative Assessment Tools

Presenters: Collin Killmer

Location: Room 1140

Description: This session will focused on web-based opportunities for teachers to give immediate feedback to their students on learning objectives. Socrative, Kahoot, and other fun free tools will be explored.

Bring your smartphone or tablet to explore available web interfaces!

Intended Audience: Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Chromebook 1-to-1 Pilot - Discussion Panel and Tech Tool Sharefest

Panel: Todd Chappa, Ben Overbeek, Sarah Moroz, Beth Taylor

Facilitator: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Community Room

Description: This year eight of our elementary teachers took on the adventure of piloting a 1-to-1 Chromebook classroom.  They explored new tools, had numerous successes and failures, learned from their missteps and adapted what they did everyday to make learning more engaging and beneficial for their students.  These brave souls are now here to share what they have learned over the past school year.  Bring your questions, or simply come to hear them tell their stories.  We all need to work smarter, and learn from the trailblazers.  

Intended Audience: Everyone - but Panelist are all elementary teachers.

And You Can Google Classroom, Too!

Presenter: Stephanie Wagner

Location: RM 1131

Description: Let technology do the work for you! Learn how to use Google Classroom features to run a classroom full of diverse learners. We will focus on management tips and ideas that are designed to lessen your work load but at the same time heighten your students' motivation to learn and navigate your subject area.  Science will serve as the Google Classroom model for this session.  You will also learn some tips in how to incorporate labs into your lessons using Google Classroom.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers


Session 3 - 2:00-3:30 pm

Google Sites Advanced: Okay, I have a site - now what do I do?

Presenter: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: So, you have a Google Site.  It is basic, you update it occasionally, but aren’t really sure what to do now.  Would you like to learn more about how to customize your site by adding calendars, groups, pictures, custom banners, edit HTML, add Google Analytics and much more? Then this class is for you.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Resource Document

Social Media and your PLN

Presenters: Dan Meyers and Paul Murray

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Connecting with colleagues to discuss and hone your craft is vital to the growth of every educator. There’s just not enough time in the day and sometimes that person or group is in another district or worse yet, a different state. Well, there IS a solution! During this session you will be exposed to the power of social media as your own Professional Learning Network. You will learn how these networks will save you time, not take away from it. We’ll even work with you to get you started building your virtual PLN today!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Administration

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Gutters and Strikes of the Books of Chrome

Presenters: Todd Chappa

Location: Room 1140

Description: Three years of piloting Chromebooks in the elementary classroom have offered loads of dos and don'ts that will be shared during this session. There will be teaching tips to make a streamlined, Chromebook proficient and efficient classroom. Come with questions and there will be loads to go through.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers


Hanging out with Google

Presenter: Ben Overbeek

Location: Community Room

Description: Have you ever felt like you could teach more effectively if you could talk to an expert? Do you wish you could take your students outside the classroom to give them a more meaningful experience? Virtual Field Trips and Google Hangouts are for you! We will be exploring the ease and power of using video chat/video conference capabilities in your classroom to speak to other teachers, students, and people from around the world.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Resources: Presentation



Thursday, August 6, 2015


Session 1 - 9:00-10:30

Tech in the Social Studies Classroom

Presenter: Tara Heywood

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Ever wonder how to integrate technology within your social studies classroom?  Want to take a virtual field trip with your class?  See the world  from the comfort of Portage... I will also teach you where to find primary and secondary resources to enhance student learning.

Intended Audience: Everyone

What's All This Stuff?

Presenters: Rachel Markel

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Join us as we make sense of the myriad of resources available in MeL. We will cover a variety of resources and hone in on some of those that best meet the needs of the attending audience. Discover a wealth of information that is all free to use!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Fast Feedback! Online Formative Assessment Tools

Presenters: Collin Killmer

Location: Room 1140

Description: This session will focused on web-based opportunities for teachers to give immediate feedback to their students on learning objectives. Socrative, Kahoot, and other fun free tools will be explored.

Bring your smartphone or tablet to explore available web interfaces!

Intended Audience: Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Doing More with Google Docs

Presenter: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Community Room

Description: There is so much more to Google Docs then documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  Come open the treasure trove of add-ons, applications, and real life techniques for getting the most out of our Google Apps for Education Accounts.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Presentation

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Chrome Apps and Extensions

Presenter: Paul Murray

Location: Room 1131

Description: Make Google Chrome work for you! One of the great features of Chrome is that you can add more features. There exists a whole slew of tools that one can take advantage of with Chrome that will help users be more productive and efficient. During this session, we will get you set up with and using these tools today!

Intended Audience: Everyone


Mini-Session - 10:45-11:15 am

Tech Tool Smackdown

Facilitator: Paul Murray and Jessica Winstanley

Location: Community Room

Description: Let’s Do This!  Got a great tool to share?  Want to learn about what tech tools your colleagues are using in their classroom?  Then come to this fast-paced session that is sure to blow your mind.  Teachers will have 3-5 minutes to share their favorite tech tool that they have used in their classroom.  This could be a website, app, or technique.  The sky's the limit.  Don’t be shy, step up and show us what you’ve got!  Sure to be a fun filled experience for everyone.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone


Lunch - 11:15-12:15 pm

If you ordered a lunch, you can pick it up in the cafeteria/commons.  The cafeteria/commons will be open to anyone who wishes to find a place to sit down and enjoy lunch.  If you are heading out, Session 2 will begin at 12:15 pm.


Session 2 - 12:15-1:45

Free is Fabulous!

Presenter: Rachel Markel

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Dive into a wealth of resources all provided to you free through the Michigan Electronic Library. Join us as we skim the surface of the place that can meet your information needs. All educators can benefit from the plethora of information here.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Quick and Easy Webcam Tutorial Videos with Screencast-O-Matic

Presenter: Colin Killmer

Location: Room 1140

Description: Do you want to make a quick tutorial video with free software using just a webcam and your desktop? This is the class for you! Quick problem solving videos, tutorials on how to use a website, demonstrations for class, and anything else at which you can point a camera or display on your computer can be made into a simple short video and hosted on YouTube.

No special software required, just a webcam and a computer!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Administration

Google Classroom + Differentiation = The Perfect Solution

Presenter: Johnna Kline and Kristen Gavlas

Location: Community Room

Description: Are you looking for a tool to help you differentiate in both reading and math instruction in order to meet the needs of your students?  Differentiation is necessary and Google Classroom is an easy and effective tool to deliver leveled instruction (so easy even First Graders have been using it this year).  We will share ideas for using Google Classroom with Elementary students using Chromebooks or the computer lab.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers

Resources: http://bit.ly/gcsolution


Online Assessments in Skyward

Presenter: Susan Mann

Location: Room 1131

Description: Finally, an online assessment tool that will offer instant feedback to you and your students with help and support from your tech department. This session will focus on how to create the assessment and have it graded automatically. Quick and easy, you'll never want to have another paper and pencil test again.  

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers


Session 3 - 2:00-3:30

Infographics

Presenter: Jeanna Walker

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Looking for a way for you and your students to create stunning visual representations of learning? Then join us as we explore the fascinating world of Infographics! Infographics are those cool poster-like images you see on the web and in magazines. They are “graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.” Infographics combine many elements of learning: research, the writing process, data gathering and the synthesizing knowledge, all combined digitally. When students create infographics, they are using information, visual, and technology literacies. Infographics turn data into striking visual stories, turning data into meaningful interpretations of learning. During this class you will become familiar with the power of Infographics and you will be introduced to such Infographic applications as easel.ly.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Computer basics, for the Technophobe

Presenters: Joshua Enos

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Can't sort out what files end up where, and why? Can't remember when to left-click, right-click, or double-click? Want to get a handle on the basics of computer use? This session is for you! We'll cover the basics from bootup to shutdown and cover all the language the Techies use, so you can understand what it all means. Bring a notepad, and a voracious appetite for information! Much of this info is applicable to use of your home PC as well.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Outline or contact Joshua at jenos@portageps.org

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Design Online: Explore the Power of LucidPress!

Presenter: Kimberly Quinn

Location: Room 1140

Description: Do you love using publisher to create newsletters, posters, brochures and more, but want a tool that can be accessed online, linked to your Google Drive, works on the chromebooks, and offers real time collaboration?  Then you need to check out LucidPress.  Come create something beautiful!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Gems and Jewels of Web-Based Tools

Presenter: Johnna Kline and Kristen Gavlas

Location: Community Room

Description: Looking to jazz up your elementary technology toolbox?  Then this session is for you!  We will explore tools you can use with your teacher tech-station lessons, cool sites for small group instruction, and super ways to use your lab time or Chromebook cart.  Better yet—all the gems we share are FREE!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers

Resources: http://bit.ly/Gemsnjewels


Google Forms - Sign up sheets, self-grading quizzes, formative assessments, and more!

Presenter: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Room 1131

Description: Fun, free, fabulous, forms!  Google forms are one of the best tools in the Google Apps suite.  They allow you to quickly and easily collect information from parents, students, and staff, then feed that information into spreadsheets automatically.  Use add-on tools like Flubaroo, and Auto-crat to make your life so much easier!  Learn it all in this great class.  Plenty of hands-on practice will be provided so you can walk away with multiple forms ready to go for the new school year.

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Resources Handout



Friday, August 7, 2015


Session 1 - 9:00-10:20

BlogBusters: Crack the Code on Blogging with Students

Presenter: Jessica Winstanley

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Do you want a way to help students improve their writing in a real world way? Become a blog buster and crack the code on how to teach students to share their thoughts in a way that fosters digital citizenship and creative, critical thinking.  Explore the process of teaching students how to blog on paper, so when they share their thoughts in the “Digital World”, they will have the tools in their tool-box to craft and comment in an intelligent way.  You too can be a BlogBuster!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Resources: Blog Buster Presentation

Getting Minecraft-y

Presenters: Joshua Enos

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: Heard of Gamification? We will explore the process of buying, installing, and setting up a Minecraft world (or several) for your students to explore, build, play, and yes, LEARN! Minecraft can be used to teach math, history, social studies, and more!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, PPS Staff who might run a club

Resources: Handout

Google Sites: Clean and Simple

Presenters: Paul Murray

Location: 1131

Description: Whether you have an existing site or are new to Google Sites, this session will teach you how to simplify and clean up your site. As a teacher, you don’t have time to have to manage a site and teach your students. I can show you how to make your site clean and virtually maintenance free!

Intended Audience: Everyone

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone


Session 2 - 10:30-12:00

Online Assessments in Skyward

Presenter: Dan Vomastek

Location: Media Center - Lab 1

Description: Finally, an online assessment tool that will offer instant feedback to you and your students with help and support from your tech department. This session will focus on how to create the assessment and have it graded automatically. Quick and easy, you'll never want to have another paper and pencil test again.  

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers

Computer Basics II

Presenters: Joshua Enos

Location: Media Center - Lab 2

Description: This will be a continuation of the Computer Basics for Technophobes class. We'll cover the next stage of daily computer use and management, and spend some time at the end of class answering questions from participants. Come prepared with a notepad and any questions you may have from Thursday's session, or any general computer questions.

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, Support Staff

Resources: Outline or contact Joshua at jenos@portageps.org

Classroom Management E-Tools

Presenters: Jessica Winstanley

Location: 1131

Description: Fostering learning in our students is the most important things we do as educators, but without solid classroom management, everything else falls apart.  Come learn some new classroom management tools to add to your tool box, like class dojo, online timers, formative assessment tools, Google classroom and more!

Intended Audience: Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers

Resources: Presentation, and Handout

Open Lab

Location: First Floor Computer Lab (Rm 1132)

Description: Need some time to process and/or try out the cool tools or teaching techniques you are learning about at camp?  Have a project you have been excited all summer to start, but haven’t been able to find the time to get started, or you wanted some tech support to get going?  Need a quiet place to think, plan, create, share?  The Open Lab is OPEN for business!

Intended Audience: Everyone