Spring Technology Conference 2017 - at the Laconia Middle School

March 15, 2017

Hurray - registration extended! Now closes March 8!

New raffle prize just added! - echo dot

Register here

Laconia Staff - Signup in MLP -Conference activity is on the catalog/calendar

Conference Schedule
3:30-4:00 Check in & snack
4:00-4:15 Keynote - Technology In Our Schools
4:20-5:10 Breakout session #1
5:10-5:50 Dinner (Sal's pizza and salad)
5:55-6:45 Breakout session #2
6:45-7:00 Closing & Laptop Raffle (...must be present to win)

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Session#
Presenter Name
Session Title
ISTE Standard
Session Description
Grade Level

1-1
Katina Provencal
Getting Started with Sway ( A Presentation Software)
Empowered Learner
Innovative Designer
Creative Communicator
Bored with the same old PowerPoint presentations, Sway is a free app found on Microsoft Office 365 that makes it easy to create and share interactive reports, personal stories, presentations, and more. You can add your own text and pictures as well as search for and import relevant content from other sources – even YouTube videos. Sway’s built-in design engine takes care of making your creation look its best or you can fully customize your layout to make it your own.
Sway is available for free: Create an account today-
https://account.microsoft.com/account
3-12

1-2
Rebekah Gonzalez
Jeff Twombly
Excel for Beginners
Computational Thinker
In this session attendees will learn the basics of excel. They will leave here knowing how to use data to create graphs and meaningful visuals of information. We will also share quick tips to make using excel easier.
Excel is available for free: Create an account today-
https://account.microsoft.com/account
All

1-3
Wendy Hills
Mindfulness for the Individual
Knowledge Constructor
Do you feel edgy, short on patience or need help sleeping & general relaxation? This workshop is for you! We will practice hands on mindfulness techniques that can be used throughout your day for various situations. You will also be introduced to iphone & ipad apps that can be adopted relaxation practice.
All

1-4
Chris Carey
Planbook: How to Better Prepare Yourself and Your Students
Empowered Learner
Creative Communicator
An overview of planbook.com and its uses for both teacher and student preparation. Included would be an overview in how to use planbook and an in-depth look at the many features it has to offer. Participants will learn how to form quality digital lesson plans, conform them to a variety of standards including ISTE and CCSS, and how to share plans across teams, grade levels, and administrators.
All

1-5
Karen Switzer
Office 365: When and Where You Need It!
Empowered Learner
Digital Citizen
Knowledge Constructor
Innovative Designer
Creative Communicator
Global Collaborator
Come explore all Office 365 has to offer. We will take a tour in Office 365 and stop along the way at the various Apps. Here’s your chance to get organized and learn about all the capabilities including sharing to support collaborative learning.


1-6
Shannon Siegler
Lindsay Middleton
Digital Citizenship in the Classroom and Beyond
Empowered Learner
Digital Citizen
This session will examine several lessons and multiple resources available for teaching students to become responsible digital citizens.
6-12

1-7
Michelle Plourde
Osmo in the Classroom: Come Explore the Osmo Playground

Come and Explore the World of Osmo: the way your students interact with an Apple iPad. Join us for a hands on opportunity to explore a new dimension in learning allowing students to use critical and creative thinking skills during active learning experiences. It is even challenging enough for adults. Come play, learn and get ready to see how OSMO is used in the classroom.
Check out OSMO: https://playosmo.com/en/schools/


1-8
Leanne Keller
Jess Roberts
Sifting Through the Sediment - Digital Science Resources for the K-12 Classroom
Empowered Learner
Knowledge Constructor
Innovative Designer
This session will introduce teachers to a variety of digital science tools, we will try to provide a range of resources across age groups as well as science topics. Let us do the work so you don't have to!
All








2-1
Karen Abraham
Getting Started with Sway
Empowered Learner
Digital Citizen
Knowledge Constructor
Innovative Designer
Creative Communicator
Global Collaborator
See how this digital story telling app can work for you in the classroom with your students. Sway is a great way to create newsletters, presentations, etc. that can be used both personally and professionally.
Sway is available for free: Create an account today-
https://account.microsoft.com/account
All

2-2
Rebekah Gonzalez
Jeff Twombly
Advanced Excel
Innovative Designer
Computational Thinker
Do you use excel regularly? Are you looking for new ways to analyze and interpret data or organize information? In this session you will learn how to use excel to look at data, organize information, and create solutions to improve efficiency.
Excel is available for free: Create an account today-
https://account.microsoft.com/account
All

2-3
Wendy Hills
Mindfulness Activities for the Classroom
Knowledge Constructor
This workshop will provide teachers with tools in which to teach various mindfulness activities in their classrooms. Studies show that students learn better when they receive several quick 2-3 minute breaks dispersed throughout their day. Simple, traditional mindfulness techniques, brain breaks and movement break activities will be provided for each of the individuals signed up for this workshop.
K-8

2-4
Whitney McCallum
Chris Carey
Microsoft Forms: Making Assessment Convenient and Easy

In this session, you will learn about the advantages of Forms in the Office 365 Suite.Do you give assessments? This session is for you!
Is having multiple choice quizzes graded for you and available when you're ready to record them of interest? This session is for you!
Do your students have access to computers? This session is for you!
Would you enjoy dividing up and sharing your work load? This session is for you!
Are you interested in "going paperless" as much as possible? This session is for you!
If you wish you could give your students immediate feedback on their assessments, this session is for you!


2-5
Karen Switzer
One Note: Your Ultimate Digital Notebook
Empowered Learner
Creative Communicator
Take notes anywhere and keep them all together, even if your offline. You might already have One Note access if you have Office 365, an Outlook.com email or a Windows 8 device. If not, create a Microsoft account for free. -
https://account.microsoft.com/account


2-6
Shannon Siegler
Lindsay Middleton
Promoting Collaborative Learning
Knowledge Constructor
Computational Thinker
Creative Communicator
Global Collaborator
Integrating technology into classrooms is both exciting and essential. It can be utilized in ways students never thought possible and integrated into every discipline and every curriculum. During this session we will explore and experiment with four, free web-based tools at Spiral which promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving. Connections will be made to alternate resources which can be used for similar purposes.
All

2-7
Michelle Plourde
Take Back Control of Your iPhone

In this session we'll cover Settings tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPhone, including the disabling of location services that track your every move, set reminders by location and not date & time, Drop photos from one device to another, set email preview options, listen to text pages with speech to text and much more....Make sure your phone's IOS (operating software) is up to date: Setting – General - Software Update – Download and Install if necessary.... phone to full to update come and we will discuss storage options.


2-8
Allison Walls
Creating Your Own Classroom Website
Creative Communicator
This session will provide teachers with step-by-step assistance to create their own classroom websites. Using Weebly, you will create a link to your very own website, where you can then create sections (homework, important dates, newsletters, etc.), add photos, create a blog and more. This site is able to be customized to meet your unique needs. This course is for beginners. Please bring your school laptop and make sure you have pictures accessible online (or on your computer) that you can access to help build your website.
Weebly offers free websites for educators.
All

2-9
Ashley Marden
Laptops with Little Learners: Technology in the Primary Classroom
Empowered Learner
Knowledge Constructor
Computational Thinker
Creative Communicator
Come learn about the benefits of technology in the classroom from someone who was once apprehensive about technology. This session will offer ideas and resources for creating independent digital learners in the primary classroom. People who attend will be shown teacher-tested resources for whole group time, centers, and independent learning time. Included will be great websites and apps for math fact fluency, math concepts and application, phonics, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and publishing writing pieces. Instead of trying different websites or apps and finding the pros and cons yourself, let us show you what worked for a group of primary teachers and what we were not so thrilled about. Work smarter, not harder!
1-5













Exciting News! We have invited several other districts to join us this year!!

Laconia staff-
  • Submit your session proposals by January 23
  • Attendee registration will open late January
  • Registers early!!

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