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Texthelp's List of Recommended #ISTE18 Sessions - Sunday and Monday

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference is taking place in Chicago, Illinois from June 24 -27. With nearly 1,200 sessions to choose from, ISTE has something for everyone! To help you navigate the incredible list of sessions, we’ve highlighted a handful that we’re most excited about. Here are the recommended sessions that are taking place Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25.

Recommended Sessions at ISTE

Sunday, June 24

8:30 - 11:30 am: shIfTing Math Teaching & Learning With Technology (Premium Registration Required)
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)
Emily Fitzpatrick, EdTechTeam Canada Ltd (@efitz_edtech)
Sandra Chow, TVO (@watnunu)

Experience how technology is shifting students' ability to communicate, collaborate, represent and learn from one another in a one­-to-­one math classroom. Learn about tools that facilitate the teachers’ ability to differentiate instruction and reach students of all levels.

10:30 - 11:30 am: Google Tools for Struggling Students
Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium (@ericcurts)

There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist struggling learners or students with special needs. These include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and apps that aid readability, reading comprehension, organization, focus and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use them with students.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Top Google Tips and Tricks to Transform Your Teaching and Their Learning
Mona Johnston, Magnolia ISD (@aggal98)

Capitalize on Google’s latest tips and tricks and make the most of your limited time in the classroom. Learn Google’s hidden gems and how they can impact student learning. This session will be packed with time savers, organizers and tools that will impress even the most techy students.

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Ding! Ding! Technology Coaching For the Win
Melissa Piette, Wausau School District (@appyteacher)
Laura Morris, Wausau School District (@laur_morriss)

Join us as we walk you through our process for meeting teachers where they are at, establishing motivating and meaningful PLNs that support innovative teaching and learning, while creating a positive culture for learning and moving everyone forward, one step at a time!

7:00 - 8:30 pm: Innovative and Global Learning Environments: Creating an Innovation Lab
Joanne Najarian, Andover Public School District (@jnajarian)
Shelagh St. Laurent, Andover High School

The Innovation Lab combines methods of design thinking and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to encourage students to think differently and view the world through a global lens. The iLab begins with a design boot camp, then explores global issues to find solutions through the process of collaboration and design.

Monday, June 25

8:30 - 9:30 am: Technology-Based Literacy Resources and Practices With Special Promise
Jason Carroll, Texthelp (@jkcarroll)
Mark Gura, EdTech Digest (@mark_gura)
Dr. Michele Haiken, Rye Middle School/Manhattanville College

What’s new, exciting and inspiring in literacy instruction? Members of the ISTE Literacy PLN and invited guests will present emerging technology-based resources and practices with high potential to improve and transform learning and teaching. Leave this session with ideas, insights and resources ready to impact your classroom and practice.

10:00 - 11:00 am: Dynamic Learning With G Suite
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning/Region 10 ESC (@ShakeUpLearning)

With collaborative tools like G Suite that are available 24/7, the learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. Let’s explore ways to go beyond traditional learning -- beyond the bell, beyond the due date, beyond the walls -- and prepare future ready students using G Suite for Education.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Formative Assessment Tools at Your Fingertips!
John Korassa, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Trisha Roffey, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Dane Sadownyk, Edmonton Catholic Schools

Fill your teacher toolbox with great formative assessment tools, tips and tricks for any device beyond the traditional! Find out how to provide amazing feedback with this collection of assessment tools that you can use right away in your classroom.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Escape the Room with Inclusive Strategies!
Christopher Bugaj, Loudoun County Public Schools (@attipscast)

Alone or together, you'll have 45 minutes to collect clues, decipher riddles and solve the puzzles! Along the way you'll learn a variety of instructional strategies useful for designing inclusive experiences. Leave with a list of practical tools. Even if you fail, you win! Will you ESCAPE THE ROOM?

2:00 - 2:20 pm: Math & Science in the GSuite with EquatIO
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)

John will be presenting at the EdTechTeam Booth #1828 as part of the EdTechTeam Teaching Theater.

2:30 - 3:30 pm: 4 Edtech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom
Shaelynn Farnsworth, Central Rivers AEA (@shfarnsworth)  
Steven Anderson, @Web20Classroom (@web20classroom)

When moving to a more student-centered classroom, care and consideration must be taken to reach all learners. Through differentiated instruction, educators use different methods and techniques to ensure student success. Join us as we examine technology and instructional practices that support a differentiated classroom.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: The Technology Superpower: UDL
Mindy Johnson, CAST
Dr. Kimberly Coy, California State University, Fresno   

Technology is amazing and new technology can be seductive. However, using all of this robust technology without purpose will not get results. We’re excited to use new technologies in our learning environments, but without a framework to guide our pedagogical decision-making, our learners will find even more reasons to disengage. Hear about our framework and why it works.

Other Ways to Prepare for #ISTE18

More Session Recommendations
If you want to see our recommended sessions for Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27, click here to visit the blog post.

Start Exploring the EdTech
What better way to prepare for ISTE than to start exploring the edtech that will be featured there? We recommend starting your exploration with Read&Write and EquatIO. Not only are they great edtech tools for literacy and STEM, but they're also FREE for Teachers! Simply fill out our Free for Teachers form to get started.

Present with EquatIO and Read and Write


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