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Saturday, February 23
 

8:00am

Breakfast and Registration
Join us for breakfast, catch up with colleagues, and meet new people! Registration will be in the hallway as you enter the school, adjacent to the MU. Please make sure that you have registered with someone at the tables and picked up your badge and goodie bag.

Saturday February 23, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Multi-Use Room

8:30am

Keynote
Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Multi-Use Room

8:30am

Collaboration Space
Use this space to hang out, debrief with colleagues, and meet new friends!

Saturday February 23, 2019 8:30am - 2:15pm
A2

8:30am

Collaboration Space
Join your colleagues in this space to reflect on your learning, share ideas, and meet new friends!

Saturday February 23, 2019 8:30am - 2:15pm
A3

9:25am

Crowd-sourced Protocols!
Help build the set-list for this session with a little crowd-sourced action! Come see how protocols can be used in your classroom and how you can train students to use these awesome frameworks. Protocols are adaptable to all content, engage students in the curriculum, and get kids out of the worksheet cycle and using the 4 Cs. Let's see how they work across all subjects and all grade levels while streamlining your lesson planning. We’ll try out these awesome frameworks and learn some new variations of some old protocol favorites that you can start using on Monday morning.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Cannon-Johann

Meghan Cannon-Johann

Teacher, FSUSD
Meghan Cannon-Johann has been an educator for fourteen years with experience spanning four grade levels.  She is passionately dedicated to encouraging wonder and growth-mindset in all students.  For the past 3 years she has run a successful BYOChromebook program with 2nd graders... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
E7

9:25am

Digital Portfolios
Looking for a simple way to keep all students' work in one place, sharing easily with parents and innovative way to show their work at open house. Look no further, come stop. This session is just for YOU! Google Sites to create Digital Portfolio.

Speakers
avatar for Nupur Sethi

Nupur Sethi

Middle School Teacher, Oak Grove School District
Nupur Sethi is a middle school teacher in San Jose, California. As a Merit'18 Fellow and Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader, Nupur is passionate about innovation and integration of technology in classrooms to support the development of creativity, critical thinking... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
B2

9:25am

Google Forms for Elementary, Quizzes, and Beyond
Tired of piles of paper? Quizzes, exit tickets, grading rubrics, and more can really stack up. Collecting and organizing data can be done more efficiently with Google Forms, with applications ranging from quizzes to tracking anecdotal data. Then, we’ll use Google Sheets to view and organize the data.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Mains

Janine Mains

4th grade teacher, LVJUSD, #MERIT18


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
A4

9:25am

SPED + TECH = EDGE LEARNING
Lesson ideas for differentiated/special education students using technology and collaboration to inspire student engagement and learning

Speakers
avatar for Helen Rike

Helen Rike

8th grade SDC, MDUSD
I'm a lifelong learner and truly believe that every person regardless of ability can learn and benefit from technology and the doors it can open. I currently have been teaching 8th grade Special Education at El Dorado Middle School for 5 years. I have an MS.Ed in Technology, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
C1

9:25am

Coding in K-2
Come play and learn as my son Jake and I walk you through ideas and activities for teaching computer science to our youngest learners.


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
A5

9:25am

Ignite a STEAM Night!
How do you extend your community learning night past the usual suspects? Come hear from a teacher and a principal about how a simple STEAM night, turned into an extravaganza of learning and family. Learn how to utilize technology and school resources to communicate with your entire school demographic, cultivate your staff’s natural passions to ignite the excitement of learning in students, and ultimately use that momentum to involve the unexpected families. We will break down the planning process and give you easy to use resources to plan a successful STEAM night of your own!

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Chilcott

Gabriel Chilcott

Mira Vista School
avatar for Caralee Spafford

Caralee Spafford

Mira Vista School


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
B4

9:25am

Putting the Art in STEM
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate art into your robotics lesson? Come and find out how to be more "artistic"!
We are going to paint with robots!

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Elliott

Margaret Elliott

C-STEM Teacher/TIL, Foothill Middle School
Middle School Engineering and Robotics Teacher, Robotics Club Adviser, Technology Integration Leader, Nerd, Geek, Disneyland Lover, Tired!



Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
S3

9:25am

#SEL4All
During this session participants will take part in two STEAM mini lessons that support facilitating student success in low budget open ended makerspace projects. Participants will create project samples using various common materials supplied. Through the open ended projects participants will practice the emotional intelligence skills of perseverance and self motivation. The STEAM projects will elevate skills needed to improve their own trial and error and exploration grit. Three digital examples will be highlighted to support publishing makespace projects and artifacts privately and on YouTube.

Speakers
avatar for Felicia Suminski

Felicia Suminski

Intervention Specialist / Technology Coach, Dublin Unified School District
Enrichment inspired Intervention, Podcasts, Podcasting with students, google classroom, Virtual Book Club, Intervention, Title I, After school technology classes


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
E2

9:25am

Call a Doctor! You’ve caught the SKETCHNOTE FEVER!
Have #SketchnoteFever and #Sketch50 taken over your Twitter feed? Have you always wanted to learn but don’t consider yourself an artist? If you can draw dots, lines, and shapes, you’re on your way to becoming a sketchnote master! Starting with the basic visual alphabet, you’ll practice turning ideas and concepts into notes that stick! You’ll leave with practical strategies for your own note-taking as well as resources for getting your students sketchnoting in the classroom. Both analog (pencil/paper) and digital (tablet/stylus) resources available.

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Zare

Alisha Zare

4th Grade Teacher, District Leadership Facilitator, Sunnyvale School District
My 1st year in 2009- "transparency" meant a copy you needed to print for the overhead projector.10 years later in 2019- "transparency" means authenticity of teaching and learning, being visible with our thinking, no matter what the tech tool/fancy gadget/new buzz word may be that... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
C7

9:25am

Chromebooks in the Thinking Classroom
What role can Chromebooks, and other student devices, play in an active mathematics classroom alongside vertical non-permanent surfaces and visibly random grouping? I will share successes, struggles and lessons learned this first year of our 1:1 Chromebook program for 6th grade as well as ideas for integrating student technology use in your thinking mathematics classroom.

Today's mathematics activities will include overviews and/or use of Google Classroom, Google Forms, Flippity, Desmos, Pear Deck, Google Slides, Google Draw and Flip Grid.

Please be prepared to use a personal gmail account to join our Google Classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Giles

Michelle Giles

Mathematics Teacher; #FAME17, #MERIT18, Stanley Middle School


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
E5

9:25am

Investigating Nature on your School Site (applications of NGSS)
We will discuss and learn that biodiversity is used as a measurement of ecosystem health.  Students survey their campus and use this information to compare the effects of abiotic factors on biodiversity. We encourage students/teachers to expand on how biodiversity can influence humans directly and ask them to think about a school site project to start. We also refer to the EEI unit recommended to teach this standard which gives teachers preparatory reading and materials to continue with the lessons that fit in with their curriculum.  As a follow up to our session, we would like to either come back or check in on their progress.

Speakers
NP

Noelle Pipa

Gardens of Heather Farms
TB

Tascha Barnes

Gardens of Heather Farms


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
D3

9:25am

Learn To Solder - Separate Registration REQUIRED (see link in description)
The basics of soldering will be covered and practiced in this session. Safety will be emphasized. Teacher will also learn how to take a basic soldering kit and "hack" it to produce an eye catching project students of all ages will want to take home. Pre-registration is required for this session. Please fill out this form to reserve your spot.


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
E6

9:25am

Making in the Middle School and Middle Grades Humanities Classroom
We’ve seen a great deal of energy and excitement in our schools as the STEAM movement has grown in popularity. Yet as we break down the acronym, it can be tricky to see where our humanities classes might fit into this important work. In this session, we’ll explore how making in the ELA and social studies classroom can support critical thinking, problem-solving, social activism, and creativity among our students.

Speakers
avatar for Mia Gittlen

Mia Gittlen

EBCUE Board of Directors, East Bay CUE
Mia is the K-8 Instructional Technology Teacher on Special Assignment for Berkeley Unified School District in Berkeley, CA. For over a decade, she has taught middle and high school in public and independent schools in the Bay Area and Massachusetts. 
avatar for Beth Gillis

Beth Gillis

MS Humanities
Beth has taught a variety of middle school subjects over the past 19 years in California and New York. Most recently, she worked at the San Francisco School and Sea Crest School in Half Moon Bay. She's taking the year off to work on her own technology projects and to volunteer at... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
D4

9:25am

My FIRST Message to You
Every day, people are searching for fun and innovative ways to engage students in STEAM. A member of FalconX Robotics, a robotics club at College Park High, is here to share her story for the first time to the public about FIRST—an international youth organization that operates four robotics programs. Learn how  FIRST impacts students' development in the STEAM community, the reason schools should create FIRST teams.

Speakers


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
B1

9:25am

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear
What if you could engage every student in your class, every day? Pear Deck lets you bring presentations to life with formative assessments and interactive questions. Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real time how each student in your class is doing.  In this hands-on session we will let you experience the power of  Pear Deck as both a student and a teacher. We’ll walk through how easy it is to: 1) Add formative assessment questions right from Google Slides 2) Manage your class and view student answers with the teacher dashboard 3) Capture student responses with our Google Classroom integration and Takeaways  By the end of the session, you will walk away as a Pear Deck expert with a Free Pear Deck Premium Account! Plus, with Pear Deck’s add-on for Google Slides, you have access to premade slide templates for critical thinking, exit tickets, bell ringers and more!  Bonus: Teaching digital citizenship? You can now access 19 free, ready-to-teach digital citizenship lessons featuring Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum, all with the interactive power of Pear Deck.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

Western Region Partnership Manager, Pear Deck
Pear Deck was founded by educators to help teachers deliver powerful learning moments to every student, every day. As an educator and advocate to give all student a voice, I can help your school and district engage every student, every day and give your teachers a tool for formative... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 10:40am
D6

9:25am

FULL DAY SESSION: Separate Registration REQUIRED (see link in description): Raspberry Pi Workshop: A crash course in physical computing with the Raspberry Pi computer
Bring coding to life in your classroom by integrating physical computing and digital making projects with the Raspberry Pi computer! In this hands-on workshop you'll discover how to use the Raspberry Pi computer to make STEM learning relevant for students by combining electronics projects with programming in popular applications like Scratch, Minecraft and Sonic Pi. Please register at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/PQFqeHYsuuX8Ptnj1.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Haughs

Amanda Haughs

2nd grade Educator & Learning Designer, Campbell Union School District


Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 2:15pm
E1

9:25am

STEM Playground
Come to S2 and play with the STEM tools available in the MDUSD Lending Library. MDUSD teachers can borrow these tech tools to use in their own classrooms! Come check it out!

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 2:25pm
S2

9:25am

College Park High School and Ygnacio Valley High School Robotics
Visit with the CPHS and YVHS Robotics team and learn what they've been working on, what their challenges have been, and what competitions they are participating in. They may be out on the blacktop as well.

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:25am - 2:25pm
S1

10:50am

Empowering ELLs in the Google Age
Get your ELLs speaking and writing more through these highly engaging, low-prep, easy-to-implement strategies that support academic language development. Using Google Cultural Institute, StreetView, and YouTube, these lessons allow students to practice high-level cognitive skills while considering the world from different perspectives.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Almerido

Abby Almerido

Academic Technology Specialist, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Abby is an ed-tech evangelist and proud member of the MERIT14 cohort. Although a strong advocate for adeptly using tech in the classroom, she uses any available resources to help students construct learning whether it be through LEGOs, drama or baking. She is excited and committed... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
B6

10:50am

Getting the Most out of Google Slides
This session will provide user-friendly tips for Google slides, such as how to make a more effective presentation, lesson, or document (including tools for Reader's and Writer's Workshop). Participants will also learn various uses for Google Slides, including "Choose your own adventure" style lessons, collaborative slide decks for students, Hyperdocs, memes, handouts, etc. Additionally, participants will learn strategies to make their Google slides' products more aesthetically pleasing to further students' digital literacy, enrich learning, and enhance engagement. Sandbox time will be given so that teachers can collaborate and experiment with our guidance and walk away with a new and practical skill set.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Dowd

Lauren Dowd

Teacher, MDUSD
8th grade Core (English and History) teacher at Foothill Middle School.
avatar for Alicia Martin

Alicia Martin

I'm a middle school teacher and teach 8th grade Core (English and History combined). One of my favorite parts about teaching is getting to know my students and helping them to grow academically and individually throughout the year. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
D8

10:50am

Google Forms and Sheets, a Match Made in Heaven
Participants will complete a series of challenges that will allow them to create a variety of Google Forms and use conditional formatting in Google Sheets to make their life easier. For example, they will create a daily check in and format the accompanying spreadsheet to color code responses to quickly alert them to students requiring immediate attention. They will also make a form using choice eliminator that can be used for conferences. In the end, they will have the resources to complete all challenges whether or not they finish during the session. Click here for presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Terri Hughes

Terri Hughes

2nd Grade Teacher and Technology Coach, Campbell Union School District
I have been a teacher in the district since 1991. During my years, I have worked hard to extend my knowledge and skills through participation in professional development. I have taught all subjects, and fifth through seventh grades. I strive to teach innovative, culturally relevant... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
A5

10:50am

I want my students to podcast, HELP!
We have been presenting at past CUE conferences for adults using podcasts and the number one question we get is, “ How do we get our students to podcast?” We really didn’t have the time to answer until now! In this session, we will be discussion how to get your students podcasting and several example on how and what to podcast. Most importantly...why you should have your students podcast. You’ll want to check this out!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Briggs

Brian Briggs

Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology, Plumas Lake Elementary School District
Brian Briggs is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Plumas Lake Elementary School District. Brian enjoys working with teachers and students teaching, training and learning alongside them with new and exciting topics in Educational Technology. He loves the use... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
D5

10:50am

Put your Students in the Drivers Seat: Students as Creators of Learning
Empower your students to direct their own learning using media available on the internet and the flexibility of tech tools and resources. Your class can develop a community knowledge base while developing their critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. This approach was designed for an advanced level world language class, but would be appropriate for 6-12th grade language arts and social studies classes as well.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Sharer

Catherine Sharer

Spanish Teacher, Notre Dame High School


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
C2

10:50am

SPED + TECH = EDGE LEARNING
Lesson ideas for differentiated/special education students using technology and collaboration to inspire student engagement and learning

Speakers
avatar for Helen Rike

Helen Rike

8th grade SDC, MDUSD
I'm a lifelong learner and truly believe that every person regardless of ability can learn and benefit from technology and the doors it can open. I currently have been teaching 8th grade Special Education at El Dorado Middle School for 5 years. I have an MS.Ed in Technology, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
C1

10:50am

Strengthen your Students’ Visual Literacy
“A picture is worth 1,000 words.” This trite saying is so true for this generation. Basic visual literacy is a skill we are born with, but it needs to be honed and built upon. Visuals are universal and have great power in reaching masses that words may not fully affect. Why not capitalize on this medium and infuse this skill-building in our curriculum? Students need to learn how to interpret, analyze, and utilize images and visuals in order to better understand themes and rhetoric. And they need to know the power of the images that they can create for their own intentions. See the presentation at bit.ly/visual-lit2019.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Vallejo

Erin Vallejo

Teacher, Dublin Unified (Dublin High School)



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
E4

10:50am

The Great Wide Open: Leveraging Creativity with Low-Tech and High-Tech Options
Learners will participate in open-ended, cross content area activities that optimize divergent and higher order thinking. First and foremost, though, we'll get our creativity on in ways beyond conventional artistry.

Session resources: bit.ly/ebcreate1

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Almerido

Jonathan Almerido

Teacher, ARUSD
Jonathan Almerido is a fourth grade teacher at L.U.C.H.A. Elementary in East San José, California, where he's entering his third year as a teacher. In his first two years, he's taught third through fifth grade, with an emphasis on social justice, purposeful tech integration, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
B7

10:50am

Ignite a STEAM Night!
How do you extend your community learning night past the usual suspects? Come hear from a teacher and a principal about how a simple STEAM night, turned into an extravaganza of learning and family. Learn how to utilize technology and school resources to communicate with your entire school demographic, cultivate your staff’s natural passions to ignite the excitement of learning in students, and ultimately use that momentum to involve the unexpected families. We will break down the planning process and give you easy to use resources to plan a successful STEAM night of your own!

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Chilcott

Gabriel Chilcott

Mira Vista School
avatar for Caralee Spafford

Caralee Spafford

Mira Vista School


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
B4

10:50am

Putting the Art in STEM
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate art into your robotics lesson? Come and find out how to be more "artistic"!
We are going to paint with robots!

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Elliott

Margaret Elliott

C-STEM Teacher/TIL, Foothill Middle School
Middle School Engineering and Robotics Teacher, Robotics Club Adviser, Technology Integration Leader, Nerd, Geek, Disneyland Lover, Tired!



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
S3

10:50am

#SEL Interactive Parent Ed Night
Students at, below, and above standards need social emotional skills support. This session is interactive and can be used to host a parent education night at your school. Interactive activities center around supporting the growth of the social emotional skills needed to be a successful learner. The activities are family centered and support students of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Felicia Suminski

Felicia Suminski

Intervention Specialist / Technology Coach, Dublin Unified School District
Enrichment inspired Intervention, Podcasts, Podcasting with students, google classroom, Virtual Book Club, Intervention, Title I, After school technology classes


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
E2

10:50am

Call a Doctor! You’ve caught the SKETCHNOTE FEVER!
Have #SketchnoteFever and #Sketch50 taken over your Twitter feed? Have you always wanted to learn but don’t consider yourself an artist? If you can draw dots, lines, and shapes, you’re on your way to becoming a sketchnote master! Starting with the basic visual alphabet, you’ll practice turning ideas and concepts into notes that stick! You’ll leave with practical strategies for your own note-taking as well as resources for getting your students sketchnoting in the classroom. Both analog (pencil/paper) and digital (tablet/stylus) resources available.

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Zare

Alisha Zare

4th Grade Teacher, District Leadership Facilitator, Sunnyvale School District
My 1st year in 2009- "transparency" meant a copy you needed to print for the overhead projector.10 years later in 2019- "transparency" means authenticity of teaching and learning, being visible with our thinking, no matter what the tech tool/fancy gadget/new buzz word may be that... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
C7

10:50am

Chromebooks in the Thinking Classroom
What role can Chromebooks, and other student devices, play in an active mathematics classroom alongside vertical non-permanent surfaces and visibly random grouping? I will share successes, struggles and lessons learned this first year of our 1:1 Chromebook program for 6th grade as well as ideas for integrating student technology use in your thinking mathematics classroom.

Today's mathematics activities will include overviews and/or use of Google Classroom, Google Forms, Flippity, Desmos, Pear Deck, Google Slides, Google Draw and Flip Grid. 

Please be prepared to use a personal gmail account to join our Google Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Giles

Michelle Giles

Mathematics Teacher; #FAME17, #MERIT18, Stanley Middle School


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
E5

10:50am

Design Your Way to a Student Centered Classroom!
Our workshop will include specific K-12 examples of Design Thinking in action so participants walk away with a picture and connect it to knowledge, practice, and ideas they can apply right away. Since each piece of a DT cycle is essential, we will break down and practice each step to construct a strong and meaningful end result, empowering them to go forth and make a difference in their students’ world.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Berger

Linda Berger

Teacher, Santa Clara Unified School District
Empathy and Design Thinking drive the work I do with students. When we give them the right tools, their curiosity and creativity shines. Let's talk so we can find ways to make your own ideas a reality.


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
C4

10:50am

Get What You Need For Your Classroom Through DonorsChoose.org and other funding sources.
Are you a public school classroom teacher wishing you had access to more technology or classroom materials? Do you want to learn to use crowdsourcing to fund the supplies your students need most? This session will offer you insight into DonorsChoose.org and teach you how to write proposals for your classroom. Leave this session ready to post your first project. Learn insights and tips to help your project get posted the first time through and discover how to take advantage of special funding opportunities. Get started posting what you need for your classroom through DonorsChoose.org!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Clappin

Megan Clappin

5th Grade Teacher, LVJUSD
I'm a fifth grade teacher in Livermore. I am passionate about social studies, upper elementary picture books, and using Instagram to connect with other teachers around the country and world.


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
C3

10:50am

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear
What if you could engage every student in your class, every day? Pear Deck lets you bring presentations to life with formative assessments and interactive questions. Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real time how each student in your class is doing.  In this hands-on session we will let you experience the power of  Pear Deck as both a student and a teacher. We’ll walk through how easy it is to: 1) Add formative assessment questions right from Google Slides 2) Manage your class and view student answers with the teacher dashboard 3) Capture student responses with our Google Classroom integration and Takeaways  By the end of the session, you will walk away as a Pear Deck expert with a Free Pear Deck Premium Account! Plus, with Pear Deck’s add-on for Google Slides, you have access to premade slide templates for critical thinking, exit tickets, bell ringers and more!  Bonus: Teaching digital citizenship? You can now access 19 free, ready-to-teach digital citizenship lessons featuring Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum, all with the interactive power of Pear Deck.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

Western Region Partnership Manager, Pear Deck
Pear Deck was founded by educators to help teachers deliver powerful learning moments to every student, every day. As an educator and advocate to give all student a voice, I can help your school and district engage every student, every day and give your teachers a tool for formative... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
D6

10:50am

SEL+MakeyMakey = HappyStu
Use MakeyMakey + Scratch to create interactive deStress stations.


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Library

10:50am

Setting students up for amazing small group work!
Stanford SCALE has created a group work unit, designed around a set of 10 group norms and 6 group roles. These lessons show students the foundation of good group work.

Speakers
avatar for Zac Hansel

Zac Hansel

6th Grade Teacher, Santa Rita Elementary School
I have been a teacher for 8 years, mostly in 6th grade and mostly science. I recently relocated back to California after 8 years in Hawaii. I have been working extensively to improve my teaching practice with courses like MERIT (at KCI), Responsive Classroom (middle school level... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
B1

12:05pm

Lunch, Tech Swap, and Student Round Table
Join us as you eat your lunch and hear students share their experiences in STEM. We've also added a tech swap, so bring your gently used but no longer needed items to give to others, and see if there's something that will interest you there!

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:05pm - 12:50pm
Multi-Use Room

1:00pm

Bring VR & AR into Any Classroom
Virtual and Augmented Realities are technologies that we’ve been hearing about for awhile. There are now tools to make these accessible to all classes. This session will show teachers how to these bring immersive experiences to their classes and how they can have their students make their own. This session will show the potential which VR and AR have in helping to create new learning experiences. Participants will be shown many of the tools which teacher can now bring into their schools.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Briggs

Brian Briggs

Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology, Plumas Lake Elementary School District
Brian Briggs is the Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Plumas Lake Elementary School District. Brian enjoys working with teachers and students teaching, training and learning alongside them with new and exciting topics in Educational Technology. He loves the use... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
D5

1:00pm

Getting the Most out of Google Slides
This session will provide user-friendly tips for Google slides, such as how to make a more effective presentation, lesson, or document (including tools for Reader's and Writer's Workshop). Participants will also learn various uses for Google Slides, including "Choose your own adventure" style lessons, collaborative slide decks for students, Hyperdocs, memes, handouts, etc. Additionally, participants will learn strategies to make their Google slides' products more aesthetically pleasing to further students' digital literacy, enrich learning, and enhance engagement. Sandbox time will be given so that teachers can collaborate and experiment with our guidance and walk away with a new and practical skill set.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Dowd

Lauren Dowd

Teacher, MDUSD
8th grade Core (English and History) teacher at Foothill Middle School.
avatar for Alicia Martin

Alicia Martin

I'm a middle school teacher and teach 8th grade Core (English and History combined). One of my favorite parts about teaching is getting to know my students and helping them to grow academically and individually throughout the year. Besides teaching, I enjoy spending time outdoors... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
D8

1:00pm

Grow Social Skills in a New World: Minecraft in Your Classroom
If we want to support our students and their successful futures, they need a balanced education. Recent research focuses on the need of explicit Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons in our classrooms. This is even more important as the number of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder increases each year. Educators need to find ways to address this area in a way that is student friendly, educational, and engaging. Minecraft hits the sweet spot of all three. Session will include specific K-12 examples of SEL development so participants will walk away with models, knowledge, practice, and ways they can immediately apply with students who need it most.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Berger

Linda Berger

Teacher, Santa Clara Unified School District
Empathy and Design Thinking drive the work I do with students. When we give them the right tools, their curiosity and creativity shines. Let's talk so we can find ways to make your own ideas a reality.


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
C4

1:00pm

K-2 Can Google, Too!
Primary educators shouldn't miss out on using Google tools! Come learn why and how to get K-2 kids into G Suite. We'll highlight tools and techniques like Google Draw, Slides templates, and getting the right mix of analog and digital for little kids.

Find session slides (with linked resources) at http://bit.ly/k2canggl

Speakers
avatar for Michael Dreyfus-Pai

Michael Dreyfus-Pai

East Bay CUE Board of Directors, East Bay CUE


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
D2

1:00pm

Put your Students in the Drivers Seat: Students as Creators of Learning
Empower your students to direct their own learning using media available on the internet and the flexibility of tech tools and resources. Your class can develop a community knowledge base while developing their critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. This approach was designed for an advanced level world language class, but would be appropriate for 6-12th grade language arts and social studies classes as well.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Sharer

Catherine Sharer

Spanish Teacher, Notre Dame High School


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
C2

1:00pm

Strengthen your Students’ Visual Literacy
“A picture is worth 1,000 words.” This trite saying is so true for this generation. Basic visual literacy is a skill we are born with, but it needs to be honed and built upon. Visuals are universal and have great power in reaching masses that words may not fully affect. Why not capitalize on this medium and infuse this skill-building in our curriculum? Students need to learn how to interpret, analyze, and utilize images and visuals in order to better understand themes and rhetoric. And they need to know the power of the images that they can create for their own intentions. See the presentation at bit.ly/visual-lit2019.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Vallejo

Erin Vallejo

Teacher, Dublin Unified (Dublin High School)



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
E4

1:00pm

The Great Wide Open: Leveraging Creativity with Low-Tech and High-Tech Options
Learners will participate in open-ended, cross content area activities that optimize divergent and higher order thinking. First and foremost, though, we'll get our creativity on in ways beyond conventional artistry.

Session resources: bit.ly/ebcreate2

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Almerido

Jonathan Almerido

Teacher, ARUSD
Jonathan Almerido is a fourth grade teacher at L.U.C.H.A. Elementary in East San José, California, where he's entering his third year as a teacher. In his first two years, he's taught third through fifth grade, with an emphasis on social justice, purposeful tech integration, and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
B7

1:00pm

Rich Math Tasks
This session is an introduction to using several similar styles of math tasks, originally developed by Dan Meyer as 3-Act Tasks. Participants will experience the student side of a 3-Act Task, followed by a dive into exploring the wide variety of tasks already developed by different teachers for various standards. Tobi Nielsen is a 6th grade Math & Science Teacher in Alum Rock with experience teaching students a wide variety of academic and language levels. Shs is a FAME17 graduate & a MERIT18 participant. Resources here: http://bit.ly/2Vems9O 

Speakers
avatar for Tobi Nielsen

Tobi Nielsen

Teacher, ARUSD
I am a 6th grade Math & Science teacher in East San Jose. I participated in FAME17 & am a current participant in MERIT 18. I am passionate about providing equitable access to education in heterogeneous classrooms & engaging students in learning through the use of appropriate tools... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
D4

1:00pm

Get What You Need For Your Classroom Through DonorsChoose.org
Are you a public school classroom teacher wishing you had access to more technology or classroom materials? Do you want to learn to use crowdsourcing to fund the supplies your students need most? This session will offer you insight into DonorsChoose.org and teach you how to write proposals for your classroom. Leave this session ready to post your first project. Learn insights and tips to help your project get posted the first time through and discover how to take advantage of special funding opportunities. Get started posting what you need for your classroom through DonorsChoose.org!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Clappin

Megan Clappin

5th Grade Teacher, LVJUSD
I'm a fifth grade teacher in Livermore. I am passionate about social studies, upper elementary picture books, and using Instagram to connect with other teachers around the country and world.


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
C3

1:00pm

Investigating Nature on your School Site (applications of NGSS)
We will discuss and learn that biodiversity is used as a measurement of ecosystem health.  Students survey their campus and use this information to compare the effects of abiotic factors on biodiversity. We encourage students/teachers to expand on how biodiversity can influence humans directly and ask them to think about a school site project to start. We also refer to the EEI unit recommended to teach this standard which gives teachers preparatory reading and materials to continue with the lessons that fit in with their curriculum.  As a follow up to our session, we would like to either come back or check in on their progress.

Speakers
TB

Tascha Barnes

Gardens of Heather Farms
NP

Noelle Pipa

Gardens of Heather Farms


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
D3

1:00pm

Let's Do STEAM Stations!
Let’s Do STEAM Stations Wondering how to get started with STEAM and NGSS? STEAM stations are a great way to incorporate exploration, creation, and play, centered around STEAM concepts. Educators attending this session will do some hands-on learning as they explore stations. We will get started with how to introduce the NGSS cross-cutting concepts to guide station exploration and write digital station reflections that allow for real-time teacher feedback. Leave this session with lists of ideas and resources that can be used in your classroom on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Cannon-Johann

Meghan Cannon-Johann

Teacher, FSUSD
Meghan Cannon-Johann has been an educator for fourteen years with experience spanning four grade levels.  She is passionately dedicated to encouraging wonder and growth-mindset in all students.  For the past 3 years she has run a successful BYOChromebook program with 2nd graders... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
E7

1:00pm

Motion Analysis Software in Math Classroom
The advent of computer technology has made powerful software and hardware tools accessible to educators. In this presentation, you will learn how to incorporate the free video analysis software Tracker to create engaging activities for a math classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Pui Ho Wilson Tsang

Pui Ho Wilson Tsang

Math-STEM Teacher, Cabrillo Middle School



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
A4

1:00pm

Play: Our Brain's Favorite Way to Learn
Learn the science behind what makes play so powerful in learning environments and how you can build a strong culture of curiosity, creativity, and innovation. Walk away with easy-to-implement, quick strategies you can try out on Monday that help classrooms become more connected, more productive, and more creative.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Almerido

Abby Almerido

Academic Technology Specialist, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Abby is an ed-tech evangelist and proud member of the MERIT14 cohort. Although a strong advocate for adeptly using tech in the classroom, she uses any available resources to help students construct learning whether it be through LEGOs, drama or baking. She is excited and committed... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
B6

1:00pm

SEL+MakeyMakey = HappyStu
Use MakeyMakey + Scratch to create interactive deStress stations.


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Library

1:00pm

Setting students up for amazing small group work!
Stanford SCALE has created a group work unit, designed around a set of 10 group norms and 6 group roles. These lessons show students the foundation of good group work.

Speakers
avatar for Zac Hansel

Zac Hansel

6th Grade Teacher, Santa Rita Elementary School
I have been a teacher for 8 years, mostly in 6th grade and mostly science. I recently relocated back to California after 8 years in Hawaii. I have been working extensively to improve my teaching practice with courses like MERIT (at KCI), Responsive Classroom (middle school level... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
B1

1:00pm

My FIRST Message to You
Every day, people are searching for fun and innovative ways to engage students in STEAM. A member of FalconX Robotics, a robotics club at College Park High, is here to share her story for the first time to the public about FIRST—an international youth organization that operates four robotics programs. Learn how  FIRST impacts students' development in the STEAM community, the reason schools should create FIRST teams.

Speakers

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:20pm
B2

2:25pm

Closing and Raffle
Join us as we close out the day with some reflections and raffle off some amazing prizes! You must be present to win!

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:25pm - 3:00pm
Multi-Use Room