Deena Kimmel, Marketing Specialist

Texthelp's List of Recommended #ISTE17 Sessions

Later this month, thousands of educators, thought leaders and industry representatives from across the world will be making their way to San Antonio, Texas for the ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo. At ISTE, attendees gather to "engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching." If you are looking to learn about the latest educational technology and best practices, this is the conference for you.

To help you navigate the incredible list of sessions, we've highlighted a handful that we're most excited about. Below please find the list of Texthelp-recommended sessions.

Monday, June 26:

9:00 - 10:00 am: Snapshot 210, 2 of 2: UDL for Math and Science in the Google Apps for Education Classroom
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)
Creating digital math used to be a difficult process. It can be complicated to type and frustrating for students and teachers alike. We'll focus on simplifying this process using EquatIO and other apps, enhancing ways students can respond to math and science problems digitally and collaboratively within G Suite for Education.
10:00 - 11:00 am: Project-Based Learning for Diverse Learners
Dr. Kevin Anderson, Elmwood Park CUSD 401
Dr. Cindy Anderson, Roosevelt University - Chicago
Julie Crowe, Metro Nashville Public Schools (@juiecrowe333)
Helen DeWaard, Lakehead University (@hj_dewaard)
Jennifer Edge-Savage, OT/AT Consultant (@jennifersavedge)
Kendra Grant, Educational Consultant
Dr. Susie Gronseth, University of Houston (@susiegronseth)
Rhianon Gutierrez, Boston Public Schools (@RhianonElan)
Mindy Johnson, CAST (@min_d_j)
Luis Perez, Educational Technology Consultant (@eyeonaxs)
Christine Southard-Lorenzo, Herricks UFSD

Get a deep dive into the importance of accessibility in project-based learning as experts share research-based and practical strategies and tools you can use to promote STEAM learning for diverse learners. We'll cover strategies for including learners with disabilities, gifted and talented students and learners with language differences.
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Use G Suite for Education (formerly GAFE) to Support Diverse Learners
Jennifer Lotze, Hudson School District (@jpeterson7384)
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. G Suite for Education is a powerful tool and in a world where all students are accessing technology, it is imperative to customize each device to be the “portable least restrictive environment”.

Tuesday, June 27

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs
Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium (@ericcurts)
Explore four fantastic tools that provide engaging, personal, digital feedback, including Google Docs text comments, voice comments with Read&Write for Google, video feedback with Screencastify and handwritten feedback with the Google Classroom mobile app.
1:15 - 2:15 pm: How to choose safe and effective apps
Jason Carroll, Texthelp (@jkcarroll)
Brendan Desetti, Software & Information Industry Assoc.
Rob Dickson, Omaha Public Schools (@showmerob)
Brandon Dorman, (@dormanmath)
Naomi Harm, Innovative Educator Consulting Network
Jennifer Parker-Moore, Macomb Intermediate School District

This panel will share best practices for selecting the right apps for your students. We’ll discuss how to vet apps and what to know about privacy policies and what to look out for.
1:15 - 3:15 pm: Engaging Mobile Lesson Plans for Authentic Learning
Julie Stewart, Challenge to Excellence/DCSD (@bmossholder)
Beth Mossholder, mindSpark Learning (@StewartStarsEDU)

Through participation in the ISTE Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, school teams collaborate on creating student-centered learning to foster digital age skills like innovative design, global collaboration, and critical thinking in knowledge construction and computational thinking for all students. Discover innovative lessons for to effective mobile integration.
1:15 - 3:15 pm: Paperless Planners: Happy Parents, Organized Students, and No More Lost Assignments
Julie Stewart, Challenge to Excellence/DCSD (@bmossholder)
Beth Mossholder, mindSpark Learning (@StewartStarsEDU)

How many times have you heard a student say, "I forgot my planner?" Well, those days are gone! Come and learn how easy it is to create and implement a paperless calendar planner for your students and parents. It will save your sanity along with saving money for your school.
1:45 - 2:45 pm: Geeking Out Over Google Classroom
Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning/Region 10 ESC (@ShakeUpLearning)
Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook (@jmattmiller)

Geeks unite! Ready to take your Google Classroom skills to the next level? Learn how to maximize the potential of this powerful application in your classroom, including ways to differentiate assignments, create a custom header and connect third-party apps to create a more seamless and paperless classroom.
2:30 - 4:00 pm: Rethinking Mathematics Education in a Digital World
Sandra Chow, TVO & Toronto District School Board (@watnunu)
Kim Pollishuke, York Region District School Board (@KimPollishuke)

Experience how technology is redefining students' ability to communicate, collaborate, represent and learn from one another in a one­-to-­one math classroom. Learn about tools that facilitate teachers’ ability to differentiate instruction and reach students of all levels.
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Using iOS and Chrome Extensions To Promote Literacy
Dr. Tara Mason, Boulder Valley School District
Through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), this workshop will facilitate educators in accommodating and differentiating for literacy needs of their students with either the Chrome browser or an iPad with iOS accessibility features. Educators will utilize accessibility features/extensions and practice using features with case study examples.
4:15 - 5:15 pm: How to Design Google PD that Works!
Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning/Region 10 ESC (@ShakeUpLearning)
Everyone has “gone Google,” but providing effective professional development can be a challenge. This session will provide a framework for Google (G Suite) PD as well as strategies, tips, tricks and resources to help you deliver the best professional learning to your teachers and staff.
4:15 - 5:15 pm: Google Apps with Math Activities
Jo Boaler, Stanford University
Alice Keeler, (@alicekeeler)

Discover how to teach math with Google Apps. We'll demonstrate the innovative math activities from and how they can be utilized using Google products. NOTE: Jo Boaler will be participating remotely via video.

Wednesday, June 28

9:00 - 10:00 am: Personalize Learning by Building a Personal Learning Backpack with Your Learners
Kathleen McClaskey, Personalize Learning, LLC (@khmmc)
Learn how to begin to personalize learning by helping each learner build their personal learning backpack so they can develop independent learning skills with tools and apps to support their learning.

12:30 - 12:50 pm: Google Teaching Theater Session - Math and Science with can do it! (Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room #214D)
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)

Creating digital math used to be a difficult process. It can be complicated to type & frustrating for students and teachers. We will focus on simplifying this process using EquatIO and other apps to make Chromebooks the ideal lab partner with GSuite!

So as you can see, there are lots of great sessions for you to attend with lots of great learning for you to takeaway. If you end up going to any of them, please share your thoughts with us using the hashtag #ISTExthelp. And don't forget to pop by our booth (#1758) and say hi to our Texthelpers. We look forward to seeing you there!


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