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Wednesday, February 8
 

8:00am MST

Effective Use of Microsoft Teams Beyond Class Teams
Have you thought about the many ways you can use teams for effective collaboration district wide? Let us show you the many ways we as a small district have used Microsoft Teams throughout K-12. This includes Class Teams, Parent Teams, Teams for collaboration among teachers, Teams for curriculum storage and resources, Teams for collaboration among office staff, Teams with information regarding Human Resources, and Personal Learning Community (PLC) Teams. Join us to learn the amazing potential of Microsoft Teams.

Speakers
avatar for Joanie Arendse

Joanie Arendse

Technology Integration and Instruction, Cole Valley Christian Schools
Joanie Arendse is a technology integration coach and instructor at Cole Valley Christian Schools. She has been in education 40 years. Joanie has been a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator since 2015, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert since 2019, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator... Read More →
avatar for Brian Carnes

Brian Carnes

Technology Integration and Instruction, Cole Valley Christian Schools
Brian Carnes is a technology integration and instructor at Cole Valley Christian Schools. He has been in education for 25 years. Brian is a Google Certified Educator and a Leading Edge Certified trainer. Brian has been instrumental in expanding the use of Microsoft Teams at CVCS over... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Grow with Google
Grow with Google helps people across the United States gain digital
skills to grow their careers and businesses. In this session you will learn about Applied Digital Skills and the Grow with Google Partner Program.
The Grow with Google Partner Program provides access to free
resources, workshop materials, and hands-on help from the Google team.

Speakers
avatar for Penni Aufderheide Keck

Penni Aufderheide Keck

Technology and Robotics Teacher, Jerome High School
Penni Aufderheide Keck has been a teacher for 27 years. She has presented at IETA and ISTEM. Her passion is integration of technology into all subjects. Mrs. Aufderheide Keck has received Excellence in Education Award 2018, VFW Teacher of the Year 2018 & 2019, Post VFW Teacher of... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

The write way to annotate my documents - myViewBoard WhiteBoard App (Free) for all.
Are you wanting to have an easy software to annotate over your Google Docs, PowerPoint, PDF, or Images, look no further. We will walk through how to download and install the myViewBoard WhiteBoard App to be able to annotate over your current curriculum documents. We will explore best practices in being able to use the WhiteBoard app to write over the top of anything. For Windows users we explore how to write over websites quickly an easily. The software can be used with Windows, iPads, Macbooks (M1), and Chromebooks.

Speakers
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Blake Everhart

Director of Professional Development, ViewSonic Corporation
Blake came from the education space with over 10 years as a practitioner in the classroom before moving into Technology Leadership roles at Yorktown Community Schools in Indiana. His vision helped to increase classroom engagement with technology tools paired with proper professional... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Coding in Minecraft- Middle Schoolers Learning JavaScript and Python
Students are learning to code at their own pace through problem solving on a platform they already love. Where can students go from here with experience in JavaScript and Python in middle school?

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Kaylene Hoyt

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Kaylene Hoyt spent a decade in the business industry before teaching business and graphic design courses at a public, secondary school in Idaho. Her passion to grow opportunities for students to be successful in a variety of technology careers led her to administration and now, the... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

What Are the Skills That District Technology Leaders Need to Succeed?
Learn about the Framework of Essential Skills for district technology leaders. Tips for those who aspire to move up to be the district technology leader, as well as how those in the position can become a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, COSN
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Everyone Can Create
Access to technology provides students with a multitude of ways to use their creativity to demonstrate what they think, what they want to know, and what they can do. This session will provide participants an opportunity to work through a student lesson from IDLA’s Everyone Can Create with iPads course, to learn how technology can be incorporated to support creativity in the learning process. Participants are encouraged to bring an iPad to the session if they have access to one. A limited number of iPads will be provided for those who do not already have access to one.

Speakers
avatar for Ashlee Kolar

Ashlee Kolar

Educational Technology Engineer, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
https://www.idahodigitallearning.org/team-member/ashlee-kolar/
avatar for Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons

Director of Supervision and Instruction, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Jeff Simmons is the Director of Supervision and Instruction for the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). In this position, Jeff works with IDLA’s Teachers, Principals, and Internal Professional Development teams. Jeff also coordinates with other teams to ensure IDLA continues... Read More →
avatar for Robert Selzler

Robert Selzler

Program Manager, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Robert Selzler is a Program Manager for Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). In this role, Robert works with program partners to ensure that Idaho students have equitable access to program offerings, support, and technology. Robert holds an EdS in Educational Leadership from Northwest... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Digital Photography and Video With Special Education Students
Explore ways to use digital photography and video with special needs students as they practice social and communication skills in a context that is supportive and fun. We will highlight when to use photography and video in the classroom, how to organize them, how to reinforce skills, and how to share what is produced with others.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Lake

Dean Lake

High School Special Education Teacher, Bear Lake School District
I am a special education teacher at Bear Lake High School working with both resource and life skills students. Having spent thirty years working with students as a school librarian, elementary teacher, and high school special education teacher I am passionate about helping students... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Launch Into Design Thinking: How to Bring Out the Maker in Every Subject
Creative work can be hard. It can be challenging. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and plan and incorporate into the classroom. Yet, we know our students are going to have to be more creative than ever to successfully thrive in today’s world. This workshop shares how design thinking can provide a structure for creative teaching and learning, and how this process can empower our students to do remarkable work inside our schools right now.

Speakers
avatar for A.J. Juliani

A.J. Juliani

A.J. Juliani serves as Faculty for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PLN) and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. As an English teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
130 Boise Centre West - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Learning with Apple
At Apple, we believe that great technology in the hands of many can change the world. And that begins with empowering every student with great learning experiences that are connected, collaborative, creative, and personal. We see these principles in today’s world, the workplace, and the most innovative schools. Join us to explore what’s possible with Apple technology in learning and discuss strategies for building the future of learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Veatch

Dr. Casey Veatch

Education Leadership Executive, Apple
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Since then Apple has designed products and programs that help unleash the creative potential in every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. Apple Education is... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
410A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Teach Cybersecurity Skills to all Levels Using Cyber.org
Go beyond digital citizenship by helping even the youngest students understand key fundamentals of cybersecurity. Cyber.org is a free K-12 curriculum designed to help teachers and students build skills and knowledge to prepare them for high-tech success. In this session, participants will create their free cyber.org account and explore resources relevant to their grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Downey

Erin Downey

Professional Learning Specialist, NCCE
I am the District Consulting Librarian for the Boise School District, and a new Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE. I am passionate about providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, trainers, and coaches that embody the teaching practices we want to see in the... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Using Blooket in the classroom
Show how educators can use blooket in their classroom. A fun game to review concepts that have been taught in class.

Speakers
avatar for Tate L. Swensen

Tate L. Swensen

3rd Grade Teacher, Fremont County School District 215
I am a third grade teacher. I previously taught middle school Science. I love using technology as a tool in my classroom. Technology can be a great way to, create a hook for a lesson, review, assess, and take brain breaks. It can also be a tool to help me be more efficient. I love... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Technology- supported STEM learning: Perspectives from research and practice
This session will discuss why (from the research perspective) and how (from the practice perspective) technology can support STEM learning with first-hand knowledge from both STEM educational researchers and practitioners/teachers. It will begin with an overview of the advantages of technology-supported STEM learning drawing from educational technology and STEM educational research, which includes enhanced student motivation in learning as well as enhanced student learning of STEM subject content (Yang & Baldwin, 2020). The presenters will then discuss some practical approaches towards the use of technology to support STEM teaching and learning, such as using technology to provide an authentic learning environment and to create content (Yang & Baldwin, 2020). Additionally, the presenters will discuss teacher professional development on using technology to support STEM learning. Finally, the presenters will demonstrate the use of some most popular technologies such as robotics, drones and microchips that are employed in assisting students in learning STEM. Conference attendees will walk away with not only theoretical but also practical knowledge of technology-supported STEM learning.


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April Burton

Instructional Technology Content Leader, Francis Howell School District
April Burton is an Instructional Technology Content Leader for the Francis Howell School District. Her role is to support PK-12 teachers to pair great teaching with great technology. April continuously works with teachers to “think differently” about instruction and assessment... Read More →
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Dazhi Yang

Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Dazhi Yang is professor in educational technology with joint/adjunct appointment in the College of Engineering at Boise State University. Her current research interests include technology- supported STEM education, engineering and computing education, online and distance learning... Read More →
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Dr. Kellie Taylor

Elementary Educator, Boise School District
Dr. Kellie Taylor is an elementary teacher in the Boise School District. She currently teaches 2nd and 3rd GATE at Hawthorne Elementary. Kellie served as a 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., a 2021 National Museum... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Using the CodeHS Curriculum and Platform to Teach Computer Science or Increase Computer Science Offerings at Your School.
Are you looking to teach more computer science courses at your school? In this session I will discuss how our school district has been using CodeHS to expand our computer science offerings and provide more robust curriculum in our current computer science courses. CodeHS can help you teach Cybersecurity, AP/DC Computer Science, Java, Python, Mobile Apps, Game Design, and much more. Even if you have never taught a computer science class before, CodeHS can help you make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Clifton Weight

Clifton Weight

High School Computer Science and Social Studies Teacher, Bonneville School District No. 93
I have been in education for 11 years and hold a Master's in Educational Technology. I have taught both face to face and virtually throughout my career. I currently teach at Bonneville Online High School and IDLA.


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Best Practices for Using an Online, Adaptive Mathematics Program
The SDE provides Imagine Math for all Idaho school districts at no cost to the district. This session will review what is available for Idaho School Districts as well as discuss best practices for implementation. We will share success stories from Idaho schools. Topics covered will include using Imagine Math as a part of providing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for all levels, blended learning models and credit recovery.

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Catherine Beals

State Department of Education Mathematics Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Dr. Catherine Beals is the Mathematics Coordinator at the State Department of Education. She has worked with Imagine Learning for three years to implement this program in Idaho schools. She has previously worked as a district administrator of curriculum and assessment, a building... Read More →
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Tiffany Poppe

Professional Development Specialist, Imagine Learning
Tiffany Poppe is a Professional Development Specialist with Imagine Learning, working with district and school leaders to successfully implement Imagine Math in Idaho schools. Trained as an elementary school teacher, she has a unique 20-year background in coaching, school leadership... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

ChatGPT: A Boom or Our Doom?
What if you could get a tech tool to create a lesson plan, or generate a letter to your students' parents? What if that same tool could be used by students to handle their written assignments? What if it could write poetry, or computer code? ChatGPT is a tool that can do all these things, and it's free. In this course, we'll look at both fascinating and ominous possibilities of ChatGPT as they relate to our work as educators.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Create a Coding Club – No Coding Experience Necessary
Do you have students asking for a coding club but you don’t feel qualified to lead one? Want to provide
your students with the opportunity to learn coding but feel underqualified? Well, with ‘Coding in
Minecraft’ by Prodigy Learning, you can lead a coding club without having any coding experience. Plus,
your club will be both engaging and immersive because your students will be learning within the game
of Minecraft: Education Edition. Come learn how you can create an amazing student-led club where you
students can learn to code in Blocks, JavaScript, or Python and be rewarded for their work along the way
with certificates and digital badges.

Speakers
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Kaylene Hoyt

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Kaylene Hoyt spent a decade in the business industry before teaching business and graphic design courses at a public, secondary school in Idaho. Her passion to grow opportunities for students to be successful in a variety of technology careers led her to administration and now, the... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Product Specialist, Prodigy Learning
Jennifer Brown is the Product Specialist for Coding in Minecraft and has 18 years’ experience as both an educator and a trainer.  She is a Global Minecraft Mentor, Microsoft Master Trainer, and Minecraft Certified trainer and has trained hundreds of teachers on game-based learning... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Flip Your Practice with Microsoft Flip
Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a video-based tool allows for discussion across digital devices, but in a fun and engaging way that makes it ideal for use in education. This powerful discussion tool does have the might of Microsoft behind it but, despite that professional backing, is a very simple to use and fun tool. That makes it ideal for students and teachers alike. From use in the classroom, to hybrid learning, to at-home work, Flip can be used without boundaries to enhance communications for students and teachers. In this hands-on session, learn about Flip and its use in EDU, set up a FREE educator account, and create your first Flip! Experience using Flip from both an educator and student perspective and explore some use-case scenarios. Leave ready to incorporate Flip into your practice!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Wenzler

Dr. Heather Wenzler

Owner/Consultant, Wenzler Education Consulting
I have been a successful classroom teacher and hybrid learning course developer for over 18 years and I have a deep devotion to and passion for the education field.My passion is to teach and inspire other educators in the use and integration of technology in the classroom as well... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Project Based Learning for Today's Student: Engaging All Learners Through Choice, Tech and Innovative Practices
Our learners today live in a completely different world than we did 25, 15, or even 10 years ago. Students have access to on demand information with the click of a button on their phones. In today's world, technology is growing exponentially, change is an expected part of our lives, and we have tools that revolutionized the way we think about teaching and learning.

Yet, on the fundamental level of learning we know that all of this change needs to be channeled for it to have a positive impact on our students and in our classrooms. This session goes into detail on how to build a student-centered classroom that promotes authentic learning experiences for all students.

Attendees will learn:
• how student-choice fuels engagement
• how to use technology with a learning purpose
• what innovative teaching practices impact a diverse set of learners
• why student-centered classrooms promote equity and ownership of learning

Innovation in education starts with our students. It strengthens relationships and deepens learning experiences. Student choice and technology allow teachers to build true engagement with all students regardless of their background.


Speakers
avatar for A.J. Juliani

A.J. Juliani

A.J. Juliani serves as Faculty for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PLN) and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. As an English teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
130 Boise Centre West - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Enhancing your teaching using Teams and SharePoint Sites
Enhancing your teaching using a SharePoint site with Teams. SharePoint sites offer a method to house content with a website look and feel.

Speakers
avatar for Lora Evanouski

Lora Evanouski

Information Services Technology Coordinator, Nampa School District
Lora Evanouski is an Information Services Technology Coordinator for the Nampa School District. She has 13 years teaching experience F2F and online. In her job with NSD, she teaches and trains staff and students how to use technology. Lora is an MIE Expert for 7 consecutive years... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

The Neighborhood STEAM School
Maker education is fun, motivational, and effective, but often feels difficult to implement and utilize. Learn how we at JR Simplot Elementary in American Falls, Idaho started with a Makerspace, grew a school-wide maker mindset, and now use engineering design in daily instruction to prepare the next generation of independent problem-solvers. Listen to perspectives from a classroom teacher, school principal, and superintendent. Topics to be covered include:

1. The value of maker education and how we include it in everyday instruction
2. How you can implement maker education in your classroom right away
3. Why all students benefit from maker education, not just advanced students
4. Why business and community leaders value maker education
5. Where maker education, project-based learning, and STEAM intersect

Speakers
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Nathan Lammers

Teacher, American Falls School District #381
Nathan Lammers has taught in schools for 13 years in Pocatello and American Falls, Idaho. For the past 5 years, he has worked to implement STEM and Maker education in the American Falls school district. He currently teaches STEM to 3-5 grade students at Cognia STEM-certified JR Simplot... Read More →
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Chris Torgesen

School principal, American Falls School District #381
Chris Torgesen has been an educator for 36 years; teaching math and science to 6-8 graders and serving as an Elementary Principal in several 3-5 grade elementary schools. In 2019 Chris opened the J.R. Simplot Elementary School in American Falls, Idaho. After catching the STEAM bug... Read More →
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Randy Jensen

Superintendent, American Falls School District #381


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Humanizing the Digital World: Cultivating Growth Mindset and Belongingness in Online Communities
This session will focus on improving communication and fostering a sense of belonging with yourself, peers, and students alike in a virtual environment. Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect, gain new knowledge, and share experiences in this interactive session that synthesizes Arbinger Institute philosophies and real-world examples of challenges we face while attempting to bridge the gap between online communication and genuine human connection.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Selzler

Robert Selzler

Program Manager, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Robert Selzler is a Program Manager for Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA). In this role, Robert works with program partners to ensure that Idaho students have equitable access to program offerings, support, and technology. Robert holds an EdS in Educational Leadership from Northwest... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Swanson

Amanda Swanson

Content Development Specialist, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
Amanda earned a BA in English from UMUC: Europe and a MAT in Secondary Education from Sierra Nevada University. She was the 2022 recipient of IDLA's "Innovation Award" and has played various roles in the world of online education since 2007 including student, teacher, program coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

K-12 Cybersecurity Trends…Oh My!
Hear the latest troubling data and trends relating to the risks of cybersecurity attacks in K-12 from CoSN, the national association of district technology leaders. From ransomware to phishing, what so valuable about the data school systems hold? Learn the first lines of defense, tips and tools to help you protect your student data. Whats at risk and what are some first steps you can take to minimize risk.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, COSN
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Video Stories for Deeper Learning and Strengthened Confidence
When one thinks of simplistic teaching, it often boils down to validating "correct" answers. Using compelling stories from across the world, however, we can enable students to see new possibilities using prompts that seek to transcend the obvious. In this session, we will look at a new and completely free resource allowing teachers to use design thinking principles to have students explore possibilities they had not imagined.In the spring of 2022, my nonprofit was awarded a grant from the state of California to encourage teachers and students to create videos related to wildfire prevention education. Focusing on combining strong academics, active learning with digital media, and the importance of understanding and preparing for wildfires, this grant proposal was not what CAL FIRE usually receives, but captured the imagination of the reviewers, leading to a successful award. In this session, participants will look at what made this proposal a successful one and have the chance to shape ideas for grant proposals of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
100E 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Augmented Reality
With augmented reality, you and your students can discover experiences that you didn’t think possible. This session highlights how instructors can easily bring augmented reality apps into existing lessons to enhance student engagement and motivation across subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Veatch

Dr. Casey Veatch

Education Leadership Executive, Apple
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Since then Apple has designed products and programs that help unleash the creative potential in every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. Apple Education is... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
410A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Bringing the World of 3D Design and Printing to the Classroom
In this class students will explore all the ways that 3D design and printing are being used in the real world. Students will also see how we introduce and teach 3D design and printing in our computer science class. Students will learn about different 3D design principles that we teach our students in our computer science class using a program called Tinkercad. This will be a hands on class where students can apply these design principles in creating their own 3D designs.

Speakers
avatar for Erik Bloom

Erik Bloom

6th Grade Science Teacher, Madison 321
My name is Erik Bloom and I have been teaching 6th grade Science and Computer Science for 9 years. I have a master's degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Missouri and love everything about Computer Science. I am originally from Maryland, but my wife and... Read More →
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Parker Bartell

World History Teacher, District 93
My name is Parker Bartell and I have been teaching for 4 years now. I was born and raised in SE Idaho, which is also where I met my wonderful husband. We have been married for 4 years and enjoy spending time with our family, different outdoor activities, and trips to Disneyland. In... Read More →
avatar for Auri Willard

Auri Willard

Computer Science Teacher / School Counselor, Madison 321
My name is Auri Williard and I have been working at Madison Middle School for 10 years. I was born and raised in SE Idaho, where I met and married my husband. We have made our home here and plan to stay in Idaho forever. I started working for Madison Middle School as a teacher where... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Differentiation: Scaffolding with Google Classroom
In this session participants will learn to use Google Classroom as a tool to differentiate by content, process, product, and learning environment. Educators will learn how to dual code, add closed captioning, create leveled assignments, and gamify content to ensure that all students will reach their learning goals.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Somoza

Paige Somoza

District Learning Coach, Boise School District
Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. In her role as District Learning Coach for the Boise School District she encourages and trains coaches and educators to become risk... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

Teaching Information Literacy in Idaho's School Libraries
Information literacy checklists are CRAAP and aren't very useful in our current information landscape. When articles and social media posts are designed to trigger an emotional response, how do we teach students and adults what reliable information looks like? This session will discuss a new approach to practicing information literacy.

Speakers

Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:15pm MST

All Things Adobe Certified Professional Certifications
We will discuss all of the ACP certifications, how to earn the Adobe Specialty Credentials, Adobe Competition and face the technical nuances of the Adobe certifications head on. You will leave confident about the ACP certifications and how to prepare your testing center for a successful certification day!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Majors

Jason Majors

Director of Global Deployment, Certiport
Jason Majors is your Certiport, Deployment manager and the Director of Global Deployment. He comes from the classroom where he prepared students for Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications during his five years of leading the Digital Design Academy... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 1:15pm - 2:00pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Bringing STEM to Your Teaching Practice
A panel of STEM education leaders will speak on the benefits and challenges of teaching STEM. They will discuss why they have chosen to bring STEM into their teaching practice, how they implement STEM, and what they wish they knew when they were first getting started. Resources, best practices, and innovative approaches will also be presented. The panel will be moderated by the Idaho STEM Action Center. Come hear how STEM has changed educators lives' professionally and what it has done for their students!

Speakers
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Crispin Gravatt

Senior Research Analyst and Strategic Change Liaison, Idaho STEM Action Center
Crispin was born in Pocatello, and grew up in various places along the Snake River. He graduated from Boise State University with degrees in Sociology, French, Gender Studies, and Economics. In 2014, Crispin was selected to represent ten states and various US territories as a human... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Leveling Up Literacy Skills with BrainPOP
So many teachers and students know the ever-popular BrainPOP movies and quizzes featuring Tim and Moby, but did you know that BrainPOP also supports literacy-building for your K-8 students across the content areas?

Join the BrainPOP team in a strategy-filled workshop focused on impactful routines that build students’ literacy skills whether they are learning about punctuation, presidential elections, or potential energy. Using BrainPOP’s learning activities as the model for the strategies discussed, we will grapple with vocabulary, summarizing, identifying and using evidence, and even using the movie’s or text’s structure to find the main idea.

Participants are assured to leave this professional learning opportunity with instructional strategies to place in their teaching toolkits while also discovering how to use BrainPOP in ways they have never considered previously to deepen instruction and students’ literacy confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Bobbi Bear

Bobbi Bear

Vice President of Professional Learning, BrainPOP
With over 17 years experience providing educational thought leadership to best serve students, educators, and the educational technology marketplace, Bobbi currently serves as BrainPOP’s Vice President of Professional Learning, innovating how teachers and administrators across the... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Using RTii and PLC to Provide Virtual Intervention and Extension
The essential understandings offered through this presentation will include answers to the questions surrounding how to refine your RTii and PLC program structure and organizational support. It will also offer solutions to the staffing gap that may be inhibiting intervention and extension opportunities for all students.
An RTii process (Response to Intervention and Instruction) alongside a PLC (Professional Learning Community) are programs that keep student growth as the focus of your team’s work. We will showcase the systems and support structures of our successful online RTii and PLC program and how these practices support student intervention and extension in our Launchpad program.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Remacle

Amanda Remacle

Elementary Principal, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA)
I am an Idaho Native, passionate about meeting the educational needs of Idaho’s students and families. I am currently serving as the IDLA Elementary Program Principal. I have had the honor of teaching in both private and public schools since 2001, including elementary classrooms... Read More →
avatar for Amy Marlowe

Amy Marlowe

Elementary Instructional Coach, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance (IDLA)
My core beliefs are creating an equitable learning experience for every student, honoring a school’s culture and surrounding community, and building all practices from evidence-based research. I earned my Master of Education in Reading (M.Ed.) while working full-time in an elementary... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

CSTA: Benefits, Networking & Resources, Oh My! An introduction to CSTA membership and its benefits
CSTA: Benefits, Networking & Resources, Oh My!
An introduction to CSTA membership and its benefits

We will go over the basics of CSTA membership... how to enroll; the 2 different types of memberships; their differences; what each offers; and how to get your account up and running.
We'll take a look at some of the items that you can look into and find useful for your particular position, and see how being a part of CSTA makes you a member of the world's largest CS department!
We'll provide time to join (why not?) and tweak your profile/settings. Then, we'll tour the site, and see what all this organization has to offer. Well, as much as we can in 45 minutes.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Ramirez

Henry Ramirez

Central Region Chapter Support Coordinator, CSTA
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IrElsB7mLVSUzj78Swhvef45wQXib8RL3DNCai4831I/edit?usp=sharing
avatar for Penni Aufderheide Keck

Penni Aufderheide Keck

Technology and Robotics Teacher, Jerome High School
Penni Aufderheide Keck has been a teacher for 27 years. She has presented at IETA and ISTEM. Her passion is integration of technology into all subjects. Mrs. Aufderheide Keck has received Excellence in Education Award 2018, VFW Teacher of the Year 2018 & 2019, Post VFW Teacher of... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Learning Like Wildfire: A Project and Grant for Saving Lives
In the spring of 2022, my nonprofit was awarded a grant from the state of California to encourage teachers and students to create videos related to wildfire prevention education. Focusing on combining strong academics, active learning with digital media, and the importance of understanding and preparing for wildfires, this grant proposal was not what CAL FIRE usually receives, but captured the imagination of the reviewers, leading to a successful award. In this session, participants will look at what made this proposal a successful one and have the chance to shape ideas for grant proposals of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
100E 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Safety and Security, where it matters most. Reliable in-building cellular signal for your faculty & students
Poor cellular coverage in your building?
It may not have been a problem in the past but as we race into the future of 5G carrier coverage, that will change.
Whether it is two-factor identification, mass notification, new cellular teaching tools, collaboration, safety, and security; cellular connectivity has become a necessity in many educational facilities.

Passive DAS solutions can alleviate many cellular connectivity issues that educators may experience due to poor in-building cellular coverage.
These solutions can provide amplified cellular coverage to the entire campus or if the need is pinpointed in a specific area.
Best of all, these solutions are cost effective and budget-friendly for any school or educational institution over any of the traditional carrier-coordinated DAS solutions.

Learn about the different in-building solutions and how they can help improve the education and security of your facilities.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rees

Brandon Rees

Regional Sales Director, Wilson Electronics
25+ years of experience in Technology and Wireless.  Creating solutions to bring wireless coverage to where you need it most.


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
410C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

All In Favor of Civil Discourse
All In Favor is an intuitive teaching tool enhancing civil discourse and informed decision making. This interactive game was created right here in Idaho! Built on a foundation of engagement in civil discussion, All In Favor offers an interactive approach. Educators can build their own games, or use any of the pre-built content available.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Somoza

Paige Somoza

District Learning Coach, Boise School District
Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. In her role as District Learning Coach for the Boise School District she encourages and trains coaches and educators to become risk... Read More →
avatar for Kari Wardle

Kari Wardle

Education Manager, Idaho Public Television
Kari Wardle currently works as the Education Manager for Idaho Public Television where she leads the education department and provides training and support to teachers throughout the state. Before joining the IdahoPTV staff in 2017, she worked as an elementary school teacher for ten... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Chaos (theory) in the Classroom with Code.org
Introduce a little chaos (theory) in your computer science or gen-ed Classroom! In this session, you will walk away with a ready-to-use activity for your students 6-12. This activity blends plugged and unplugged elements that will engage every learner. Students will be exposed to concepts such as measurement, critical thinking, computer science (CS), and chaos theory. The goal of this session is to get educators in any capacity excited about CS concepts and give them the confidence to know that they can teach the fundamentals of CS without having to be an expert. More information about professional development opportunities related to CS and specific curriculum and courses available will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Stafford

Samuel Stafford

Computer Science Teacher, Boise Schools
Sam is a veteran Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A teacher. He has used many different curriculum during his cs teaching tenure and currently uses the Code.org curriculum in his classrooms. Sam has been a Code.org facilitator since... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Create and Innovate with Canva
This session is for teachers looking to take their standard assignments and turn them into innovative and creative endeavors taken on by their students. Canva is one of the fastest growing educational tools at our disposal…for free! The session will cover several different templates and their applications in the classroom. It will be hands-on, mistakes will be made, and we will have fun in the process. The sessions will be geared towards beginners but all are welcome. Everyone will walk away with something valuable.

Speakers
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Kyle Jensen

7th Grade ELA Teacher, West Side School District
Kyle Jensen is a 7th grade ELA teacher at West Side School District. He is actively involved in numerous groups including Mastery Education, Student Council, and has even been given the title of "Party Planner." He loves teaching middle school and finding ways to make ELA exciting... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

2:45pm MST

OneNote
Diving into OneNote to understand all its functions. Specifically how to use it for teaching and to teach students.

Speakers

Wednesday February 8, 2023 2:45pm - 3:30pm MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
 
Thursday, February 9
 

8:00am MST

Student Driven Learning: Shifting from point gathering and compliance to owning learning and mastery
This session will interactively review the student driven learning practices that empower teachers to design and provide optimal learning experiences for their students, ultimately creating a environment where students own their learning and strive for mastery, rather than point gathering and compliance. Resources for digging deeper into the practices will be shared.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron McKinnon

Aaron McKinnon

Coordinator for Mastery-Based Education and Innovation, Idaho State Department of Education
After 22 years of blowing things up in a middle school science classroom, Aaron transitioned to the Idaho State Department of Education as the Science Coordinator. A short time later, he was later asked to coordinate the State’s Mastery-Based Education/Innovation efforts. From classroom... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Telling the Stories of Your School
Most schools do an abysmal job of promoting their stories in a way that prompts people to share and support what happens on campus. The perceived hurdles are technological, logistical, and psychological, and in this session, participants will learn how these hurdles are far less formidable than one might imagine. We will look at how to foster, gather, and share stories to build support for programs that can make the school truly distinctive.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

What Keeps District Tech Leaders Up At Night?
Learn the key trends that district technology leaders say are most important to them – from cybersecurity to changes since Covid. Hear new breakthrough research by on the continued importance of student home connectivity even when most students are onsite for classes.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, COSN
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

How digital books help schools reimagine reading equity
Over the past few school years, abrupt shifts between remote, hybrid and in-person learning forced schools to reimagine how to deliver instructional resources to student — and digital books helped meet a critical need. However, a return to in-person instruction doesn’t necessitate a return to the status quo. Digital books aren’t just a useful tool for the remote classroom. They’re also a critical tool in the fight to increase reading equity.

This session is a must-attend for anyone looking to build a digital library from the ground up or exploring new ways to leverage their existing ebook and audiobook catalog.

Speakers
avatar for Sora, by OverDrive Education

Sora, by OverDrive Education

Account Executive, Suzy Nash
The Sora student reading app, from OverDrive Education, connects over 59,000 K-12 schools worldwide with the industry's largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and more. Sora provides 24/7 access to books and powerful learning tools and insights to meet the needs... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Beyond tests and grades with Microsoft and Adobe Industry Certifications through Certiport
Today's students need more than passed tests and good grades to enter the workforce. You have the opportunity to offer your students Microsoft and Adobe certifications at no cost to you. Join us to learn more about the Idaho Microsoft Program and the Create Idaho Academy. We will cover all things certification so you will leave with the knowledge you need for a successful and stress free Certification Day.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Majors

Jason Majors

Director of Global Deployment, Certiport
Jason Majors is your Certiport, Deployment manager and the Director of Global Deployment. He comes from the classroom where he prepared students for Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications during his five years of leading the Digital Design Academy... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Creativity in Learning
At Apple, we believe creativity is essential to human progress because we know how important creativity is in our world and in people’s lives. But creativity can be hard to define, so in this session we’ll explore recent research findings on creativity in teaching and learning that demonstrate the power of creativity for students. We’ll also discuss how Apple products enables simple and powerful ways to help bring creativity into learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Veatch

Dr. Casey Veatch

Education Leadership Executive, Apple
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Since then Apple has designed products and programs that help unleash the creative potential in every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. Apple Education is... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
410A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

EduProtocols: Ditch That Worksheet
Tired of having students complete boring worksheets on memorized facts in your classroom? Are you interested in increasing student engagement and voice in your teaching practices? In this session, we will explore a series of digital lesson frames known as EduProtocols that allow educators to plug their content into collaborative and student-centered lessons! Come learn about The Fast and The Curious, Random Emoji Paragraphs, the CyberSandwich, and more. Help students use technology to increase their learning and become an educational technology facilitator rather than the dictator of knowledge in your room.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Melyssa Ferro

Dr. Melyssa Ferro

K-12 Digital Innovation and Integration Specialist, STEM coordinator, Middle School Science Teacher, President of ISTA, Caldwell School District #132, Idaho Science Teaching Association
After transferring college majors from lab scientist to science educator and graduating from Boise State University with a B.S. in Biology, Secondary Education, Melyssa has spent the last 23 years of her career dedicated to providing hands-on and enriching science and engineering... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Google Tips and Tricks
G Suite updates constantly to better meet the needs of teachers and students, and it can be a lot to keep up with! Join Erin Downey for a rapid-fire session of 30 tips, tricks, and tools to streamline your daily workflow, increase student engagement, and keep up with the latest new tools!

Speakers
avatar for Erin Downey

Erin Downey

Professional Learning Specialist, NCCE
I am the District Consulting Librarian for the Boise School District, and a new Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE. I am passionate about providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, trainers, and coaches that embody the teaching practices we want to see in the... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Shifting to Sustainable Student Led Workflows-From Lecture to Student Discovery
Teachers are exhausted because they do the lion’s share of the work. This workshop will guide
teachers in reimagining time-consuming, teacher-led workflows that are ineffective and help
them to shift to more sustainable student-led workflows. This workshop will focus on
developing a partnership with learners and embracing workflows that position the learners as
active agents in the learning process. We’ll explore how teachers can leverage blended learning
to create the time and space for these sustainable workflows and use the principles at the heart
of Universal Design for Learning to ensure these workflows are accessible, equitable, and
inclusive. Teachers will leave this training with concrete strategies designed to help them shift to
more student-led sustainable workflows. These workshops are hands-on and practice-based, so
participants will leave with resources they can use immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Catlin earned her doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. Currently, Catlin is working... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
130 Boise Centre West - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Teaching Math with Coding and Robotics
In this session educators will align math standards with coding and robotics activities. State standards along with Success Criteria and Learning Targets will be utilized to develop math lessons implemented with coding and robotics. Educators will develop curriculum using robotics for students to successfully master math skills. This project based learning approach brings 21st Century skills into the classroom to prepare students for college or career readiness.

Speakers
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Gina Kwid

Teachers, West Ada School District
Gina Kwid Bio Link: https://msd2-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/kwid_gina_westada_org/EWY4ICaPXTNJuD9xMozocvoBcZLWRbmbnFA0CyYT0jPpoQ?e=itIfhk
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Nicole Sarty

Teachers, West Ada School District
Nicole Sarty Bio Link: https://msd2-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/r/personal/sarty_nicole_westada_org/Documents/Professional/Goals/Sarty%20Resume%202022.pdf?csf=1&web=1&e=maWf9V


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Translating Research into Math Success
Rigorous instruction engages students in deeper learning or the process through which an individual becomes capable of taking what was learned in one situation and applying it to new situations. Imagine Illustrative Mathematics ® K–12 is an intuitive, problem-based rigorous curriculum that is designed to provide conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and a productive disposition. Students learn by doing, working their way through problems in both mathematical and real-world contexts and constructing arguments using precise language. This session will highlight the award-winning platform which provides a combination of interactive online and offline math and language arts lessons, instructional videos, activity worksheets, quizzes, and assignments. Rather than forcing teachers to gather, create, or decipher resources from scratch, Imagine Illustrative Mathematics provides lesson plans and notes that educators can use to more efficiently plan lessons, orchestrate instruction, and act on data. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen DeSchryver

Karen DeSchryver

National Consultant, Imagine Learning
Karen’s educational career spans over 26 years with experience as a school psychologist, private counselor, district academics coordinator, monitor for U.S Department of Education/WestEd, and ed-tech sales and support. She is an award-winning presenter on how ed-tech can help a... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 8:00am - 8:45am MST
440 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Data Privacy and 1EdTech
Is the app you are using protecting the data of your students, teachers, and staff? It is the responsibility of the school or district to ensure educational applications are protecting the privacy, data security, and other safety aspects of users. Come learn how to view 1EdTech's list of Data Privacy certified applications, the rubric used to vet these apps, and how you can feel assured your educational applications within your district are protecting the identity of individuals.

Speakers
avatar for Ashlee Kolar

Ashlee Kolar

Educational Technology Engineer, Idaho Digital Learning Alliance
https://www.idahodigitallearning.org/team-member/ashlee-kolar/


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Soaring Your STEM Programs to Greater Heights with Funding
You have great plans for your STEM programs, but you are looking for additional funding. This presentation will describe grants available from Idaho STEM Action Center, Idaho STEM EcosySTEM, and local foundations and where to find information on additional educator grant opportunities. Included in the presentation will be tips for how to write grant applications and budgets to improve your chances of being awarded a grant and what you need to do when you receive a grant. The presentation will include information on the Idaho STEM EcosySTEM which can build your network of STEM partners in education, industry, and government. The presentation will also contain information regarding private donors and how they can help fund your STEM programs.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Schneider

Elizabeth Schneider

Grants Writer, Idaho STEM Action Center
Elizabeth is a Boise native works as a grant writer for Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation. She has 35+ years of experience in the tech industry. Before joining STEM AC Elizabeth retired after twenty years at Intel Corporation, her last position as a software engineering manager... Read More →
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Dan Schillo

Southwest Idaho STEM Hub Coordinator, Idaho STEM Action Center
Dan originally is from Central New York but has found himself roaming the West Coast and Mountain West ever since studying Environmental Studies at Humboldt State in Northern California. He comes from a strong background in experiential education first with Sierra Nevada Journeys... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
110C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Little Things Make You Better
We all know that we can get better. A cool idea here, an adapted technique there, and soon, we're reaching the next student - the one who has been such a challenge. One of the best pieces of teaching is getting kids like that to believe in themselves, so why not try something new that allows you and them to experience something fun, cool, and hopeful? Join in for ideas, techniques, and advice that can make you a little (or a lot) better now.

Speakers
avatar for Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley

Executive Director, NextVista.org
Rushton Hurley is a former high school teacher, former principal of an online high school, author of three books on learning and schools, and founder and executive director of an educational nonprofit. Rushton has spoken to and trained over 100,000 teachers and school leaders around... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Cultivating Belonging and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom
Digital technologies have the power to amplify effective teaching practices, but they can also support our work in creating inclusive learning spaces for students and their families.  In this session, we will explore some ways that teachers and administrators can create learning opportunities that foster belonging and inclusion for all learners, helping students to feel welcome, seen, and respected as members of a learning community.

Speakers
avatar for Shelby Reynolds

Shelby Reynolds

Assistant Director, Instructional Technology and Library Services, Northshore School District
Shelby Reynolds has been a leader in Educational Technology since 2003, when she left the classroom to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers.  Since then, she has led efforts to implement many initiatives to support digital learning: one to one, interactive presentation... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
440 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Engaging students and taking them to the next level with Certiport Industry Certifications
Looking for new ways to implement Industry certifications and increase student engagement in the classroom? Join us to discuss new and exciting ways to get students on a pathway to certification. As two, former classroom teachers we will dive into curriculum resources, pacing guides, projects and activities to increase student engagement and prepare your students to successfully earn Microsoft and Adobe Industry Certifications.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Majors

Jason Majors

Director of Global Deployment, Certiport
Jason Majors is your Certiport, Deployment manager and the Director of Global Deployment. He comes from the classroom where he prepared students for Adobe Certified Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications during his five years of leading the Digital Design Academy... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Formative Assessment with Flip & Padlet
Educational technology can open up a whole range of engaging assessment tools for classroom educators. In this session, we will explore how to use Padlet and Flip (formerly known as Flipgrid) to understand what student know and can do in a variety of educational spaces. From bell ringers to exit tickets to portfolio building, these platforms can transform the way we give and receive feedback from our students about their learning!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Melyssa Ferro

Dr. Melyssa Ferro

K-12 Digital Innovation and Integration Specialist, STEM coordinator, Middle School Science Teacher, President of ISTA, Caldwell School District #132, Idaho Science Teaching Association
After transferring college majors from lab scientist to science educator and graduating from Boise State University with a B.S. in Biology, Secondary Education, Melyssa has spent the last 23 years of her career dedicated to providing hands-on and enriching science and engineering... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Idaho Drone League (iDrone) to Promote STEM Pipelines Across Idaho and Beyond
The session will feature informal STEM learning activities to stimulate Idaho youth across Idaho and beyond. The Idaho Drone League (iDrone) was launched to inspire the next generation’s workforce through engagement with informal STEM research and education. Over the past years, Idaho youth (middle/high school students) participated in hands-on drone workshops in multiple locations. Thus, since 2018, the iDrone program has been conducted in three major cities, including Boise (Idaho South), Moscow (Idaho North), and Pocatello (Idaho East) to engage sixth to eleventh graders in STEM education using drones. Subsequent event titled “IDRONE Summer CAMP” was also held in the Treasure Valley in 2019. During the camp, students built and flew drones with smartphones, learned to program and fly drones with software, reviewed federal regulations and safety guidelines, explored drone research applications, developed futuristic drone concepts/engineering design, and interacted with local drone professionals who address real-world problems. Starting 2020, the iDrone headquarter (IDRONE HQ) located in Boise started broadcasting iDrone curriculum online to benefit more Idaho youth during the global pandemic (COVID-19). It was very successful and productive in the sense that students had experienced hands-on STEM learning under the unprecedented circumstances. More than 2000+ students have been influenced by iDrone program so far and teaching strands and lesson learned from iDrone program will be shared with the broad IETA participants at the venue. To find more information about iDrone program, visit at: https://www.idroneprogram.org.

Speakers
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Jae Ryu

Associate Professor, University of Idaho


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
100E 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Reach a Creative Summit with Canva
We can’t wait to show you everything you can do in your classroom with Canva, a FREE graphic design tool. In this session we’ll show you how we use Canva in our schools, and how you create professional looking newsletter, presentations, social media posts, and classroom materials. You can even use Canva with your students as a creative tool for projects and assessments. It’s free, easy and fun to use!

Speakers
avatar for Kelli Ogle

Kelli Ogle

Teacher, Coeur d'Alene School District


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Scaling New Peaks In Your Curriculum and Instruction
Education has been operating in a “crisis mode” for the past few years, creating challenges that educators have never before had to navigate.  However, along with these challenges, opportunities to better leverage our curriculum, instruction, and assessment have presented themselves.
In this session, we’ll focus on how this can be done and the Instructure resources available to ensure that ALL students can reach new heights in their learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Nuttall

Casey Nuttall

Regional Director, Instructure
Having worked in the Educational Technology space for nearly a decade, Casey has had the distinct privilege of working directly with educators across the country in providing access to tools and resources that have a direct impact on student learning. Helping educators create a positive... Read More →
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Jami Domeny

K12 Principal Solutions Engineer, Instructure
As a Principal Solutions Engineer, Jami works to support districts during the evaluation process of instructional technology tools by providing both technical and educational expertise. Prior to joining the Instructure team, Dr. Jami Domeny served as a building administrator in the... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
420B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Shifting to Sustainable Student Led Workflows: From Teacher Designed to Student Initiated PBL
Teachers are exhausted because they do the lion’s share of the work. This workshop will guide
teachers in reimagining time-consuming, teacher-led workflows that are ineffective and help
them to shift to more sustainable student-led workflows. This workshop will focus on
developing a partnership with learners and embracing workflows that position the learners as
active agents in the learning process. We’ll explore how teachers can leverage blended learning
to create the time and space for these sustainable workflows and use the principles at the heart
of Universal Design for Learning to ensure these workflows are accessible, equitable, and
inclusive. Teachers will leave this training with concrete strategies designed to help them shift to
more student-led sustainable workflows. These workshops are hands-on and practice-based, so
participants will leave with resources they can use immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Catlin earned her doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. Currently, Catlin is working... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
130 Boise Centre West - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Take a (One)Drive with Me!
In this 45-minute session, learn the basics for using Microsoft’s cloud-based file storage program, OneDrive. Learn how to access OneDrive from your Office account, download the OneDrive desktop app, and navigate OneDrive. With OneDrive, enjoy the freedom to access, edit, and share your files on all your devices, wherever you are. New integrations allow you to create sharable links, grant expiring access, and follow configured policies. Easily store, access, and discover your individual and shared work files in Microsoft 365, including Microsoft Teams, from all your devices. Your offline edits will automatically sync next time you connect. Securely share files and work together in real time using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint across web, mobile, and desktop.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Wenzler

Dr. Heather Wenzler

Owner/Consultant, Wenzler Education Consulting
I have been a successful classroom teacher and hybrid learning course developer for over 18 years and I have a deep devotion to and passion for the education field.My passion is to teach and inspire other educators in the use and integration of technology in the classroom as well... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:45am MST

Teaching and Learning for the Next Generation
Educators strive to ensure every learner has access and support to be successful in developing the skills they need for the future. Learn about the art of what’s possible with Microsoft’s education platform. Helping all students achieve their potential by taking a learner-centered approach to explore all aspects of teaching and learning: curriculum, assessment, devices, and spaces with a focus inclusive practice that are project and competency-based, collaborative, and require students to own their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Geri Gillespy, Ed.D.

Geri Gillespy, Ed.D.

Microsoft Sr Industry Executive US EDU K12, Microsoft
Prior to her role at Microsoft, Geri Gillespy, Ed.D. was the Administrator of Digital Integration for a large district in Idaho. Her Digital Integration team supported the implementation, training, and evaluation of technology integration at all levels, K-12 throughout the district... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

AI - BIG IDEAS
Presented by Cassia County Educators, Kaywin Cottle- Burley Jr High and Edumorphic, and Aaron Merrill, Mountain View Elementary. The session is an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and teaching/learning resources to learn how AI and Machine Learning are impacting our world, lives, and work. This session will share resources from ISTE and other curated and classroom tested resources that are age appropriate for kids 6-18. Also the newly released AI Bill of Rights Blueprint will be shared for discussion.

Speakers
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Aaron Merrill

Mountain View 6th Grade Teacher, Cassia School District
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Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
120A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

What’s the big IDEA? Free E-books and Digital Resources for Schools
Learn how to use the free online databases for all Idaho K-12 students found on LiLIforSchools.org. Attendees will get hands-on experience with the databases by working in tandem with the presenter's demonstration and completing online searches directed by the presenter. Presenter will also showcase the IDEA e-book collection available through the Sora by Overdrive app for K-12 schools, how to connect local school districts with the collection, and discuss content access levels to differentiate e-book content in elementary, middle, and high school. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Rose

Marina Rose

E-Resources Library Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries
Marina has overseen the LiLI databases and IDEA e-book collection at the Idaho Commission for Libraries since May 2022. She has seven years of experience in adult and reference services in a public library setting. During this time, Marina helped design and launch technology training... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

Digital Running Records?? Yes, PLEASE!
Reading Progress is a free tool designed to support educators in creating personalized reading experiences that build confidence and reading fluency in their students. Built into Assignments in Teams, Reading Progress passages are easy to create and differentiate for impactful instruction. Reading Progress is a reading fluency app that can help student readers who fall into a wide range of categories. This includes early readers and elementary school students, middle and high school students, non-native speakers and English Language Learners, adult learners, as well as world language students and students receiving special education services.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Wenzler

Dr. Heather Wenzler

Owner/Consultant, Wenzler Education Consulting
I have been a successful classroom teacher and hybrid learning course developer for over 18 years and I have a deep devotion to and passion for the education field.My passion is to teach and inspire other educators in the use and integration of technology in the classroom as well... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
110A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

Learning with Apple
At Apple, we believe that great technology in the hands of many can change the world. And that begins with empowering every student with great learning experiences that are connected, collaborative, creative, and personal. We see these principles in today’s world, the workplace, and the most innovative schools. Join us to explore what’s possible with Apple technology in learning and discuss strategies for building the future of learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Veatch

Dr. Casey Veatch

Education Leadership Executive, Apple
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Since then Apple has designed products and programs that help unleash the creative potential in every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. Apple Education is... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
410A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

Stress, Anxiety and Burnout – Three Strategies to Bring More Peace to Your Work and Life
Living in a digital age invites a constant bombardment of notifications, an expectation to be ‘on’ 24/7, and a sense of feeling disconnected from the tangible – a recipe for stress, anxiety, and burnout. As a recovering stress addict, I will share three resources that have helped me on my road to recovery. In this session, be prepared for a hands-on experience to participate in using meditation, tapping, and ikebana and leave feeling prepared with tools to have peace in your life on a daily basis.

First, an explanation of what meditation is and is not will be presented in addition to dispelling some myths regarding the practice. A variety of guided meditation apps will be provided as a resource. The specific use of Insight Timer, a free app, will be presented and then the group can participate in a short sample guided meditation from Insight Timer.

Next, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping will be explained, benefits presented, and questions answered. The group can participate in a round or two of tapping to address current issues they may be feeling.

Last, research has shown that repetitive motion can calm the over-active mind. Not only the traditional yoga or tai-chi but also handwork such as knitting and crocheting focuses the mind and decreases stress hormones. A brief explanation of the Japanese art of flower arranging or ikebana that has been used for centuries to calm the mind will be provided. A demonstration will take place and then those who wish to participate will be invited and guided to create their own ikebana arrangement. Materials will be provided.

While the presentation will be focused on personal use, the strategies can easily be used in the classroom to help students dealing with stress and anxiety.


Speakers
avatar for Christine Lake

Christine Lake

High School Teacher, Idaho Virtual Academy
HS science teacher for over 10 years with a current teaching assignment of Honors Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science and Computer Science Principles. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s in Health Education degree both from Idaho State... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

Video Game Design with BLOXELS
BLOXELS:
Bloxels is an educational tool used for ages eight and up. The basis of this tool is to allow students to create a platformer video game using pixel blocks. You can create pixel art, terrain layouts , animations, backgrounds, and even own characters for the game. Believe it or not, this kind of video game can teach your students to practice reading, writing, digital literacy, creative expression and different forms of narrative. Come unleash the inner gamer in you!

Speakers
avatar for Merilee Sorensen

Merilee Sorensen

Computer Science Teachers, Madison Middle School
My name is Merilee Sorensen. I live in Southeast Idaho with my husband and our four children. I have been teaching 5th grade for 13 years. Teaching science and computer science are among my favorite subjects to teach, and I have had the opportunity to be involved in the development... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Thompson

Heidi Thompson

5th Grade Science Teacher, Madison School District 321
My name is Heidi Thompson. I live in SE Idaho and have taught 5th-grade science for nine years. I love my big family, my dog Sadie, corn dogs, and pop tarts.  I helped create a 12-week computer science course that each 5th grader gets to take part in. I think computer science is... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

1:00pm MST

‘Coding in Minecraft ‘- Immerse Your Students in Coding
Are you looking for an engaging and immersive curriculum to teach your students to code?  Have you
always wanted to utilize game-based learning but didn’t feel you had enough gaming experience? Do
you want students to be able to validate their skills with credentials? With ‘Coding in Minecraft’ by
Prodigy Learning, you don’t have to be a gaming or coding expert! In this session you will learn how
‘Coding in Minecraft’ creates a student-led, highly engaging learning experience where the educator
becomes the facilitator, and the students lead their own learning to learn how to code in Blocks,
JavaScript or Python. Students gain credentials by proving the skills they have learned in coding by
undertaking assessments in the game. You will see how our immersive curriculum and credential
pathway has all the resources you need to teach your students how to code.

Speakers
KH

Kaylene Hoyt

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Kaylene Hoyt spent a decade in the business industry before teaching business and graphic design courses at a public, secondary school in Idaho. Her passion to grow opportunities for students to be successful in a variety of technology careers led her to administration and now, the... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Product Specialist, Prodigy Learning
Jennifer Brown is the Product Specialist for Coding in Minecraft and has 18 years’ experience as both an educator and a trainer.  She is a Global Minecraft Mentor, Microsoft Master Trainer, and Minecraft Certified trainer and has trained hundreds of teachers on game-based learning... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Driving K-12 Innovation
Explore the key Hurdles, Accelerators and Tech Enablers identified in the 2023 global research called Driving K-12 Innovation. Engage in a discussion whether the trends identified by leaders from around the world are the ones happening in your school system.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Krueger

Keith Krueger

CEO, COSN
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Cars, Canines, and Cadavers - Oh My! The New Reality of Workforce
Discover how districts across the northwest have taken their STEM and CTE programs and labs both in-person and virtual through creative approaches that include augmented and virtual reality. Discover how students are exploring career pathways and preparing for STEM careers and industry credentials in Health Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-Science, and Transportation pathways through various models of blended learning.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the AR/VR landscape and which are aligned to STEM curriculum and CTE certifications.
- Discover clinical evidence supporting learning gains through learning with AR/VR.
- Identify funding sources for new technology.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Kopesky

Justin Kopesky

Director of CTE Solutions, zSpace
Justin Kopesky spent five years in the classroom as a High School Social Studies and Special Education teacher, as well as 7 years in business development working in multiple industry sectors: healthcare, construction, trades, property management and many others. For the past 5 years... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Augmented Reality
With augmented reality, you and your students can discover experiences that you didn’t think possible. This session highlights how instructors can easily bring augmented reality apps into existing lessons to enhance student engagement and motivation across subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Casey Veatch

Dr. Casey Veatch

Education Leadership Executive, Apple
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh computer in 1984. Since then Apple has designed products and programs that help unleash the creative potential in every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. Apple Education is... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
410A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Idaho STEM Action Center Maker Room
Do you want to get hands-on with current STEM tools and technology and engage with experts who are using these tools with youth of all ages? The STEM Action Center has assembled a group of passionate makers and STEM aficionados to share engaging, innovative tools and ways you can use them in your learning environment. The Maker Room will be open all day on  the 5th and 6th, and you are encouraged to drop in and get hands-on with robotics, circuitry, coding, virtual reality, design challenges, and construction tools that can be used with a variety of grades and ages. The STEM Action Center will also share information on resources, funding opportunities, and more to support your innovative ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Compton

Erica Compton

STEM Program Manager, Idaho STEM Action Center
The Idaho STEM Action Center is an education and growth catalyst helping students, parents, educators, businesses, and communities create immediate and long-term paths to success. As an incubator, connector, and advocate of STEM thinking and initiatives, the center provides resources... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Level 2 Lobby Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Networking Session: Coaches
Network with your fellow instructional coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Somoza

Paige Somoza

District Learning Coach, Boise School District
Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. In her role as District Learning Coach for the Boise School District she encourages and trains coaches and educators to become risk... Read More →
avatar for Seth Deniston

Seth Deniston

Director of Technology, IETA
Seth Deniston, Director of Technology, Coeur d’Alene School District Seth oversees technology operations and instructional technology, collaborating with teachers and administrators on utilizing technology with our students to improve student learning and engagement. He also oversees... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
110D 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Networking Session: Elementary Teachers
Network with your fellow elementary teachers. 

Speakers
avatar for Kelli Ogle

Kelli Ogle

Teacher, Coeur d'Alene School District
avatar for Seth Deniston

Seth Deniston

Director of Technology, IETA
Seth Deniston, Director of Technology, Coeur d’Alene School District Seth oversees technology operations and instructional technology, collaborating with teachers and administrators on utilizing technology with our students to improve student learning and engagement. He also oversees... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
120B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Networking Session: Librarians
Network with your fellow librarians. 

Speakers
avatar for Seth Deniston

Seth Deniston

Director of Technology, IETA
Seth Deniston, Director of Technology, Coeur d’Alene School District Seth oversees technology operations and instructional technology, collaborating with teachers and administrators on utilizing technology with our students to improve student learning and engagement. He also oversees... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
110B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

3:15pm MST

Networking Session: Secondary Teachers
Network with your fellow secondary teachers. 

Speakers
KS

Kathleen Severson

Coeur d'Alene School District
avatar for Seth Deniston

Seth Deniston

Director of Technology, IETA
Seth Deniston, Director of Technology, Coeur d’Alene School District Seth oversees technology operations and instructional technology, collaborating with teachers and administrators on utilizing technology with our students to improve student learning and engagement. He also oversees... Read More →


Thursday February 9, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm MST
120C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
 
Friday, February 10
 

8:00am MST

Camp You've Got Game
Welcome to Camp You've Got Game! Your camp counselors have been awaiting your arrival. Join us as we explore gamification to increase engagement and promote student-centered learning in your classroom. In this session we will model and discuss the benefits of gamification, provide templates, strategies, and best practices when creating these types of units for students. You will then have a chance to build your own gamified experience for student-centered learning. You will leave this session feeling like one happy camper!

Speakers
avatar for Paige Somoza

Paige Somoza

District Learning Coach, Boise School District
Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. In her role as District Learning Coach for the Boise School District she encourages and trains coaches and educators to become risk... Read More →
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Lindsay Husted

French Teacher at North Junior High, Boise School District
Lindsay Husted is a tap dancing French teacher at North Junior High in Boise, Idaho. In her 18 years of teaching, Lindsay has taught dance, AVID and French at the secondary levels. She believes that inspiring students to be global citizens is the most important job she has as a teacher... Read More →
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Samantha Hartman

4th Grade Teacher at Koelsch Elementary, Boise School District
Sam Hartman is a 3rd year teacher at Koelsch Elementary School and has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Bilingual Education. In her role as a 4th grade teacher for the Boise School District, Sam encourages students to think critically and approach... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Strengthening the Idaho STEM College and Careers Pipeline
This session will identify and provide examples of STEM research options for students grades 6-12. Attendees will take away standards-based materials and specific contact/support information. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a plan for implementing meaningful student research in the school and/or classroom. In addition, attendees will receive materials demonstrating the benefits of student and teacher participation in independent STEM research, including building a culture of excellence and enhancing STEM college and career opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Merrie Rampy

Merrie Rampy

Idaho Science Fairs Director, Idaho STEM Action Center - Idaho Regional Science & Engineering Fairs
Merrie has been involved with science and engineering fairs for more than 50 years, beginning as a participant and volunteer, then mentoring students and managing local fairs as a secondary teacher, and most recently serving as the state Science & Engineering Fairs Director. 12 of... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
430A 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Climb to New Heights with Microsoft Reading Progress and Reading Coach
Reading Progress and Reading Coach in Microsoft Teams is changing the way schools improve reading fluency and analyze data at all levels, PK-12. Explore how these tools can show notable improvement for beginning readers, as well as some of our most vulnerable populations, including English learners, students with dyslexia, and those with learning differences. See why educators are scrambling to trade in traditional, time-consuming running records for the automated calculation of learners’ independent, video recorded readings. Reading Progress and Reading Coach provide the repetition and streamlined data needed to build learners’ skills and confidence with individualized learning opportunities. Join us to dive into the basics of implementation in your school or classroom, and then go further with rich collaboration and innovative strategies for fostering an environment that embraces reading, brings equity and inclusion to the forefront, and saves teachers’ valuable time.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Bray

Lisa Bray

Digital Integration Specialist, West Ada
Lisa is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist for the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho. She loves encouraging others to be innovative in their journey to become critical thinkers in the global world. Lisa has seventeen years of teaching experience which includes being... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall

Digital Integration Specialist, West Ada
Jennifer is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist for the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho. She has over seventeen years of experience as an elementary teacher, instructional technology coach, and digital integration specialist. Jen graduated from Boise State University... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Hubler

Aaron Hubler

Digital Integration Specialists, West Ada
Aaron is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist supporting the use of digital tools in the West Ada School District. He has over 20 years of experience teaching in middle school and continues to be excited to assist teachers and students using technology in effective and useful... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

8:00am MST

Get Hands on with ‘Coding in Minecraft’
Teaching your students to code has never been more engaging than with ‘Coding in Minecraft’ by
Prodigy Learning. In this session you will get hands-on with this immersive curriculum and credential
pathway which immerses students in Minecraft: Education Edition to learn all about coding. Come see

for yourself how ‘Coding in Minecraft’ creates a student-led, highly engaging learning experience where
the teacher becomes the facilitator, and the students lead their own learning to learn how to code in
Blocks, JavaScript or Python and validate their skills by gaining credentials along the way!

Speakers
KH

Kaylene Hoyt

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Idaho State Department of Education
Kaylene Hoyt spent a decade in the business industry before teaching business and graphic design courses at a public, secondary school in Idaho. Her passion to grow opportunities for students to be successful in a variety of technology careers led her to administration and now, the... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Product Specialist, Prodigy Learning
Jennifer Brown is the Product Specialist for Coding in Minecraft and has 18 years’ experience as both an educator and a trainer.  She is a Global Minecraft Mentor, Microsoft Master Trainer, and Minecraft Certified trainer and has trained hundreds of teachers on game-based learning... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 8:00am - 10:00am MST
130 Boise Centre West - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:15am MST

Edpuzzle Tips, Tricks & Updates
Ready to learn tips and tricks to boost engagement with Edpuzzle? In this hands-on session, participants will learn about our new features, create engaging video lessons, embed interactive questions, and navigate easy-to-read data.

Speakers
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Melissa Bougie

School Success Manager, Edpuzzle
Melissa currently serves the Edpuzzle community as a school success manager. Before joining the Edpuzzle team, she served as a department lead for a virtual high school and as an ELA teacher.
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Jess Davie

School Success Associate, Western US, Edpuzzle
Jess currently manages Edpuzzle regional partnerships with Idaho schools and previously served as a family constituency services manager for Denver Public Schools.


Friday February 10, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm MST
410B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:15am MST

Gamification in the Classroom
As many of our students are interested in the gaming world, gamification in our music programs makes retention of concepts something that students find enjoyable. The days of flashcards and drills are something that most students dread or do not find enjoyable - a necessary evil let's say. However, creating a game system is very easy to do in most programs and there are so many tools out there to foster this concept. The session I propose is to give guidance on this Gamification process and give teachers options on how to implement them into their programs. Gamification is the concept that students can "level up" and retry "failed levels" again and again without the incredible pressure to always succeed. Gamification also gives students a pathway where critical thinking and reasoning skills must be applied in order for it to work. Currently, in my own program, I have two forms of gamification, one is for technology to take the lead and the other is an "extra" program that all students can try and level themselves up using skills.

As my Masters Degree is in Instructional Technology and Design, I enjoy finding new ways to implement technology and making it accessible and fun for students and teachers. Things like GimKit lend itself to a wide variety of fields and grades. There are multiple others as well that have been highlighted as integration of video games has become more and more of an interest in students - both private, charter, and public.

The longer sessions would allow me to have attendees participate in some of the gamification process and we can create different games together. Longer sessions would also permit designing projects and development of integration into individual instructor's programs. I can do it in a shorter session as well as it is incredibly adaptable. If given the opportunity to present, a lot will be based on time allotted.

Speakers
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Heather Petrella

Band Director, Pocatello/Chubbuck SD#25: Hawthorne Middle School
https://hawthorneband.weebly.com/the-director.html


Friday February 10, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm MST
420B 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:15am MST

Google Deep Dive
It's been a whirlwind of a conference so far! Take some time to apply your Google learning by completing a series of challenges in Classroom, Slides, Earth, and other great GSuite tools in this rapid-prototyping session. You'll be able to choose one or several different challenges and work together or with your peers to explore, design, create, and learn. Dive deep into a tool and learn how to get the very most from it, or combine your learning from several sessions to plan a lesson or activity relevant to you!

Speakers
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Paige Somoza

District Learning Coach, Boise School District
Paige Somoza encourages student creativity and choice and believes these are important skills that will serve students as 21st century problem solvers. In her role as District Learning Coach for the Boise School District she encourages and trains coaches and educators to become risk... Read More →
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Erin Downey

Professional Learning Specialist, NCCE
I am the District Consulting Librarian for the Boise School District, and a new Professional Learning Specialist for NCCE. I am passionate about providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, trainers, and coaches that embody the teaching practices we want to see in the... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm MST
410C 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

10:15am MST

Mining the Mountain of Learning with Minecraft EDU
Ignite the fire of learning for students and explore the benefits of using Minecraft EDU in  your classroom. Minecraft can be a powerful tool in the classroom to engage students in learning subject content as well as other skills such as perseverance, cooperation and empathy.  Join us as we explore ideas for first lessons, uncover hints for managing worlds in Minecraft and discover where to find resources that can be used to start you on your journey of mining the mountain of learning available with Minecraft EDU.

Speakers
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Randy Hawkin

West Ada School District
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Lisa Bray

Digital Integration Specialist, West Ada
Lisa is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist for the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho. She loves encouraging others to be innovative in their journey to become critical thinkers in the global world. Lisa has seventeen years of teaching experience which includes being... Read More →
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Jennifer Marshall

Digital Integration Specialist, West Ada
Jennifer is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist for the West Ada School District in Meridian, Idaho. She has over seventeen years of experience as an elementary teacher, instructional technology coach, and digital integration specialist. Jen graduated from Boise State University... Read More →
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Aaron Hubler

Digital Integration Specialists, West Ada
Aaron is a Regional Digital Integration Specialist supporting the use of digital tools in the West Ada School District. He has over 20 years of experience teaching in middle school and continues to be excited to assist teachers and students using technology in effective and useful... Read More →


Friday February 10, 2023 10:15am - 12:15pm MST
420A Boise Centre East - 850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
 
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