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Texthelp's List of Recommended #ISTE18 Sessions - Tuesday and Wednesday

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 Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27.

Recommended Sessions at ISTE

Tuesday, June 26

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Supporting Literacy with Free Chrome Extensions: Technology Improving Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Kristi Patton, Salem High School (@kypatton)

Chrome has many useful free extensions to support literacy. Discover how Chrome extensions can be used to support the four strands of literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Based on your students’ abilities/needs, the presenters will suggest and model trusted Chrome extensions to help improve literacy skills.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Successful and Sustainable Makerspaces in Low-Income and Rural Schools
Rafranz Davis, Lufkin ISD
Stephanie Chang, Maker Ed
Colleen Graves, Mason Elementary/LeanderISD (@gravescolleen)
Robert Pronovost, San Mateo County Office Of Education (@pronovost)
Aaron Vanderwerff, Lighthouse Community Public Schools

A panel comprised of educators at various positions within their school districts will confront common challenges in creating successful and sustainable makerspaces in low-income and rural schools.

1:00 - 2:30 pm: CoSN CTO Forum: Building a Community Conversation on Digital Equity
Diane Doersch, Green Bay Area Public Schools (@DoerDi)   
Marlo Gaddis, Wake County Public School System   
Keith Krueger, Consortium for School Networking, CoSN   
Andrew Moore, Boulder Valley School District (@InnovateMoore)  
Dr. Scott Smith, Mooresville Graded School District (@tecsmith)

Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success. Many students from economically disadvantaged families have limited access to these tools both at school and at home. CoSN is working to close the access gap for learning. Join the conversation about strategies and tools to support your work.

1:15 - 3:15 pm: From Teacher-Led to Student-Owned: Personalizing Learning for All With UDL
Luis Perez, National AEM Center, CAST (@eyeonaxs)
Kendra Grant, Kendra Grant Consulting (@kendrafgrant)

If every learner is unique, how can we design instruction that addresses this variability? In this session, you'll use a UDL Planning Guide to rethink and revise a lesson while leveraging technology to address learner variability. Leave confident you can provide diverse learners with multiple pathways for learning.

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Middle School Students Take the Lead: Implementing a Student Tech Squad
Andy Fekete, Indian Prairie School District 204 (@FeketeEDU)

Come explore strategies to implement a student-run tech squad to help in supporting your digital initiative. Indian Prairie School District 204 has used over 200 student volunteers to partner with staff in supporting IPSD's 1:1 implementation. (Students presenters will join adults in facilitating the presentation.)

4:45 - 5:45 pm: Technology for ALL
Delaney George, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp (@bcsctechcoach)
Nick Williams, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp (@bcscedtech)

Learn how to make your online learning environment accessible for everyone through Chrome tools, add-ons and extensions. Accessibility tools will include Read and Write for Google, EquatIO, Screencastify and more. The technology resources will be presented through the lens of Universal Design for Learning.   


Wednesday, June 27

8:30 - 9:30 am: UDL and Assistive Tech: Strategies to Reach Every Learner
Christopher Bugaj, Loudoun County Public Schools (@attipscast)
Kendra Grant, Kendra Grant Consulting (@kendrafgrant)

ISTE authors who are experts on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), inclusive learning, and assistive/adaptive technologies will share takeaways that can be incorporated into instructional strategy to reach all students.

9:00 - 10:00 am: Hack the Classroom: Power Tips from Power Teachers
Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast LLC (@TeacherCast)
Tammy Dunbar, Manteca Unified School District
Richard Snyder, Lake Washington School District (@mr_snyderman)

Are you looking for powerful  ways to weave technology into your classroom that you can use immediately? Join this panel of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for their power tips on incorporating technology across the curriculum to power up your lessons and, most importantly, student success!

10:00 - 11:00 am: Get Goog-Smacked: An Epic Smackdown of G Suite Tools and Teaching Tips
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning/Region 10 ESC (@ShakeUpLearning)
Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium (@ericcurts)
Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog (@coolcatteacher)
Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook (@jmattmiller)

Join a high-energy panel of Google Suite pros to learn about best practices and tips from K-12. During this smackdown, panelists will share at least 50 tips and examples of how to use G Suite tools across all subject areas and grade levels, including some of the latest innovations.

10:00 - 11:00 am: ISTE 1-in-3 Sessions -- Round 2
Angela Burgess, Forsyth Co Schools (@MmeBurgess)

Using Read & Write for Google in the World Language Classroom.

10:30 - 11:30 am: Beyond the Red Pen: Providing Meaningful Feedback for Students
Amy Mayer, friEdTechnology (@friEdTechnology)
Brooke Lowery, friEdTechnology

When students aren't using feedback to improve, we are wasting our nights and weekends, so in this session, you'll learn several techniques to offer meaningful feedback your students can and will use in a fraction of the time you spend marking papers.

Other Ways to Prepare for #ISTE18

More Session Recommendations
If you want to see our recommended sessions for Sunday, June 24 and Monday, June 25, 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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