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Welcome to the 2018 Upstate Technology Conference!

A link to the online UTC 2018 Session Catalog will be sent to all registered attendees.   Registering for a Sched account or selecting classes is for participant convenience only and DOES NOT grant admittance into the conference. All participants must register for the conference through our website beginning Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:30 A.M.

PRESENTER CANCELLATIONS:
Tuesday, July 10
8:30 - Technology Tools for a Student Centered Classroom
8:30 - Vocabulary in the Digital Age
9:45 - Vocabulary in the Digital Age
11:00 -  Increasing Engagement and Accountability with Nearpod

Wednesday, July 11
8:30 - Stop Motion Videos in the Elementary Classroom
8:30 - Technology Tools for a Student Centered Classroom
8:30 - Using Technology to Create Authentic Assessments
9:45 - Using Technology to Create Authentic Assessments
9:45 - Stop Motion Videos in the Elementary Classroom
12:15 -  Bridging Gaps in Concepts Using Stop Motion Animation
12:30 -  Sparkle with Adobe Spark in the Classroom - Creativity and Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum

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Tuesday, July 10
 

8:30am

A Cartoon Pig and His Lexile Levels
As technology becomes more readily available, there is more of a need for lexile training now than ever. Using the Freckle Education website and resources, come learn and read with me as we learn about a pig and self paced content related lexile growth opportunities.
Twitter: @mratwillard
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Willard

Anthony Willard

Educator, Greer Middle School
Husband, Educator, Lover of History, and I hang out with middle schoolers and talk about the past, present, and what they want to happen in the future.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
204

8:30am

Empowering Introverted Students: Tech Tools for Digital Differentiation
This session includes information on free websites, apps, and tech tools that will provide a voice and an empowering platform for our introverted secondary students. Learn how you, as a teacher, can use technology for differentiation and showcase the talents of our most quiet, contemplative students.
Twitter: @stacy_holcombe

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
113

8:30am

Tech Accommodations for ELLs
Come learn about online resources you can easily implement in your classroom to differentiate instruction for your English language learners!

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
106

8:30am

Collaborative Lab Reports through Google Docs & Google Sheets
Collaboration - one of the 4 C's. We will focus on the collaboration process, but communication, creativity, and critical thinking will be an added bonus! Discuss what works in inquiry-based lab reports. Plan out templates to scaffold the lab report process. Teach your students how to create a graph in Google Sheets and insert it into their document for a clean-looking lab report. Learn how to grade lab reports efficiently. Streamline the peer review and peer evaluation process for more meaningful feedback. Geared towards science teachers, but anyone wanting to improve their collaboration using the G Suite is welcome to attend! Participants should bring a Chromebook or laptop; optional - a lab that can become collaborative.
Twitter: @curlgirljill
Instagram: @MrsKelSci
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Jill Kelsey

Jill Kelsey

Science Teacher, Wade Hampton High School
I am passionate about science and passionate about education. I believe that students learn better by doing, especially doing something fun. I want my students to be scientifically literate and scientific thinkers. I can't wait for all of Greenville Country Schools to be 1:1.I... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
217

8:30am

Math Homework Gone Google
Are you looking for ways to go digital in your math classroom? Would you like to learn more ways to assign classwork and homework using G Suite tools? In this session, we will explore practical methods for assigning, collecting, and providing feedback on assignments in the 1:1 classroom. I will share my efficient method of using Google Drawings to streamline and enhance how independent practice is utilized in my classroom.   By the end of this session, you will have the tools to implement this efficient approach in your classroom immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Hurt

Megan Hurt

Middle School Teacher, Greenville County Schools
I teach 7th grade math at Lakeview Middle School. I just completed my second year there, and my fourth year overall. I really enjoy integrating technology into my classroom to help engage and motivate my students. I do this through the use of Google Drawings and Google Classro... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
212

9:45am

Empowering Introverted Students: Tech Tools for Digital Differentiation
This session includes information on free websites, apps, and tech tools that will provide a voice and an empowering platform for our introverted secondary students. Learn how you, as a teacher, can use technology for differentiation and showcase the talents of our most quiet, contemplative students.
Twitter: @stacy_holcombe

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
113

9:45am

Personalizing Learning with Adaptive Mathematics and Literacy and How to Support Teachers Through Your Blended Learning Transformation
Discuss the nuances of personalized learning. Explore a variety of implementation models and adaptive resources. Position your classrooms along the pathway to personalization. Engage in a debate around personalization, isolation, equity, and access. Consider the challenges of change and how to meet them, including affordable, sustainable professional development, planning for gradual change, and creating personalized plans for each teacher.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
215

9:45am

Math Homework Gone Google
Are you looking for ways to go digital in your math classroom? Would you like to learn more ways to assign classwork and homework using G Suite tools? In this session, we will explore practical methods for assigning, collecting, and providing feedback on assignments in the 1:1 classroom. I will share my efficient method of using Google Drawings to streamline and enhance how independent practice is utilized in my classroom.   By the end of this session, you will have the tools to implement this efficient approach in your classroom immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Hurt

Megan Hurt

Middle School Teacher, Greenville County Schools
I teach 7th grade math at Lakeview Middle School. I just completed my second year there, and my fourth year overall. I really enjoy integrating technology into my classroom to help engage and motivate my students. I do this through the use of Google Drawings and Google Classro... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
212

11:00am

Personalizing Learning with Adaptive Mathematics and Literacy and How to Support Teachers Through Your Blended Learning Transformation
Discuss the nuances of personalized learning. Explore a variety of implementation models and adaptive resources. Position your classrooms along the pathway to personalization. Engage in a debate around personalization, isolation, equity, and access. Consider the challenges of change and how to meet them, including affordable, sustainable professional development, planning for gradual change, and creating personalized plans for each teacher.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
215

11:00am

Integrating Technology in the Instrumental Music Classroom
This session will explore a variety of technological tools to enhance the music curriculum. Some of the tools discussed will be Screencastify, Google Sites, class badges, and Rocketbooks.
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
116

12:15pm

Desmos Activities for Middle and High School Math Teachers
Did you know that Desmos is more than just a graphing application? Learn how to use Desmos activities to create dynamic practice, encourage communication, and develop critical thinking skills. Teachers will explore the different pre-made activities that Desmos has to offer. Participants will use Desmos from both the teacher and student side of the website during this session. This will allow teachers to understand what their students will be expected to do as well as see how teachers are able to monitor student activity while on Desmos. Desmos is great for all levels of learners as well as all math content areas. This session will require a computer.
Twitter: @teachwright233

Speakers
avatar for Logan Wright

Logan Wright

Instructional Technology Coach, Wade Hampton High School
For the past 6 years, I have been a 9th-grade mathematics teacher! I have taught Algebra 1 at the CP and Honors levels, Honors Geometry, and Math Strategies (a year-long algebra program) as well as Teacher Cadet. This upcoming school year I will be starting my first year as the... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
220

12:15pm

Technology Tools for the Math Blended Classroom
Have you ever wanted to learn how to engage students at their own pace, but feel tied to a one-size-fits-all curriculum? Participants will learn more about differentiated instruction through stations and increasing feedback and engagement through technology applications.
Twitter: @mskelley37
Instagram: kdub1673
Session Resources


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
118

12:30pm

Monitoring Chromebooks with Pear Deck
With the introduction of Chromebooks, it has become harder to monitor students' habits during class. While we do not have a program to “check-in” on our students, there is something to help you in this pursuit. Pear Deck is a great opportunity to optimize technology and monitoring in one application to get your students fully engaged in your content. Come hang out with me to find out more.
Twitter: @mratwillard

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Willard

Anthony Willard

Educator, Greer Middle School
Husband, Educator, Lover of History, and I hang out with middle schoolers and talk about the past, present, and what they want to happen in the future.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
204

12:30pm

Building Better Rubrics for PBL
How can we as teachers develop useable and thorough rubrics that set high expectations but also provide student voice and choice? In this session, bring your standards and expectations, because we will be looking at quality rubrics and building rubrics for your project(s).
Twitter: @AJBabc

Speakers
avatar for Adam Babcock

Adam Babcock

School Technology Coordinator, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg District Seven
A Technology Integration Specialist in South Carolina and former high school teacher, Adam is an Apple Learning Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator (yeah, you can be both!) and one of one-hundred 2014 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
207

1:45pm

Monitoring Chromebooks with Pear Deck
With the introduction of Chromebooks, it has become harder to monitor students' habits during class. While we do not have a program to “check-in” on our students, there is something to help you in this pursuit. Pear Deck is a great opportunity to optimize technology and monitoring in one application to get your students fully engaged in your content. Come hang out with me to find out more.
Twitter: @mratwillard

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Willard

Anthony Willard

Educator, Greer Middle School
Husband, Educator, Lover of History, and I hang out with middle schoolers and talk about the past, present, and what they want to happen in the future.


Tuesday July 10, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
204

1:45pm

Turn Up the Volume with Google Hyperdocs!
One of the most difficult tasks that an educator has in the classroom is making sure that students are engaged in the lesson. Google Docs allows you to maintain an interactive classroom. You will learn how to create a Google Doc with hyperlinks to curate a wide variety of material in one place. Videos, links to articles, recordings, documents, and Google Slides can be available for students while creating a hands on environment. A Multimedia text created with Google Docs can be reused, granting educators with the advantage of assigning the work to multiple classes in different periods of time, if wanted. Because this is a hands on activity that runs on its own, can be also used in a Flipped Language Classroom.
Twitter: @edootech
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Google for Edu. Certified Trainer, World Language Teacher
I have been teaching in the US for the last 15 years. I earned a Law Degree from my native country, and I am a World Language Certified Teacher K-12 in the states of New Jersey and Florida. I am a Google for Education Certified Trainer and have a Master in Educational Technology from... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
114

1:45pm

Classcraft - Gamifying the Classroom For Better Engagement and Discipline
Classcraft is a tool that educators can use to improve both student engagement and discipline in the classroom. Modeled after the video games that students love to play, the immersive management tool allows teachers to shape wanted and unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Students can earn XP for good behaviors and outcomes (allowing them to level up and unlock cool new things) and lose HP for unwanted behaviors - which could result in falling in battle and receiving a teacher-created sentence. Teachers can tailor this management tool to fit their particular class and use the features like Random Events and Wheel of Destiny to improve student engagement. Plus - it's fun!
Twitter: @MichelleHigdon6
Instagram: @mehigdon6
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
221

3:00pm

Geogebra Tasks for Middle or High School Math Teachers
Looking for a way to integrate technology into your math classroom? Geogebra is a dynamic mathematics graphing, application, exploration, and practice tool for students! This session will help you explore all that Geogebra has to offer when it comes to creating purposeful technology based practice for students. Teachers will learn how to create a group, assign tasks, create a worksheet, and give feedback. Geogebra can work for all levels of learners as well as all math content areas. This session will require a computer.
Twitter: @teachwright233

Speakers
avatar for Logan Wright

Logan Wright

Instructional Technology Coach, Wade Hampton High School
For the past 6 years, I have been a 9th-grade mathematics teacher! I have taught Algebra 1 at the CP and Honors levels, Honors Geometry, and Math Strategies (a year-long algebra program) as well as Teacher Cadet. This upcoming school year I will be starting my first year as the... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
219

3:00pm

Turn Up the Volume with Google Hyperdocs!
One of the most difficult tasks that an educator has in the classroom is making sure that students are engaged in the lesson. Google Docs allows you to maintain an interactive classroom. You will learn how to create a Google Doc with hyperlinks to curate a wide variety of material in one place. Videos, links to articles, recordings, documents, and Google Slides can be available for students while creating a hands on environment. A Multimedia text created with Google Docs can be reused, granting educators with the advantage of assigning the work to multiple classes in different periods of time, if wanted. Because this is a hands on activity that runs on its own, can be also used in a Flipped Language Classroom.
Twitter: @edootech
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Google for Edu. Certified Trainer, World Language Teacher
I have been teaching in the US for the last 15 years. I earned a Law Degree from my native country, and I am a World Language Certified Teacher K-12 in the states of New Jersey and Florida. I am a Google for Education Certified Trainer and have a Master in Educational Technology from... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
114

3:00pm

Classcraft - Gamifying the Classroom For Better Engagement and Discipline
Classcraft is a tool that educators can use to improve both student engagement and discipline in the classroom. Modeled after the video games that students love to play, the immersive management tool allows teachers to shape wanted and unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Students can earn XP for good behaviors and outcomes (allowing them to level up and unlock cool new things) and lose HP for unwanted behaviors - which could result in falling in battle and receiving a teacher-created sentence. Teachers can tailor this management tool to fit their particular class and use the features like Random Events and Wheel of Destiny to improve student engagement. Plus - it's fun!
Twitter: @MichelleHigdon6
Instagram: @mehigdon6
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
221
 
Wednesday, July 11
 

8:30am

10 Tech Tools to Engage & Amaze
As educators we want tools that give us the most bang for our buck. We do not have endless amounts of time to learn how to use these tools and develop new activities. These tech tools will help you engage your students, receive feedback, and shake up your instruction with a minimal time investment on your part. The tools shared in this presentation have been used and found effective by many teachers across multiple disciplines. Some tools we will explore are WordArt, AutoDraw, Popplet, and Slides Carnival. If you attended my session last year there will be some new tools and updates!
Twitter: @amorrison_teach
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison

Instructional Coach, Greenville County Schools
I am the instructional coach at Mauldin High School. One of my instructional goals is to work toward a perfect balance between educational technology and solid pedagogy.


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
110

8:30am

Streamline Grading using Goobric & Doctopus
Are you transitioning to a paperless classroom? Do you need a more efficient way to grade assignments turned in through Google Classroom? Is it hard to follow the peer review process? Then Goobric & Doctopus are the Chrome add-ons you will want to learn about. In this session, we will learn how to use these add-ons to streamline your grading process while easily providing students with quality feedback. Bring a paper rubric and a Chromebook or laptop.
Twitter: @curlgirljill
Instagram: @MrsKelSci
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Jill Kelsey

Jill Kelsey

Science Teacher, Wade Hampton High School
I am passionate about science and passionate about education. I believe that students learn better by doing, especially doing something fun. I want my students to be scientifically literate and scientific thinkers. I can't wait for all of Greenville Country Schools to be 1:1.I... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
217

8:30am

Going 1:1 - From Start to Now
This presentation will explain the process of how Hillcrest High implemented their 1:1 program focusing on professional development, logistics of rolling out, formation of our Digital Leader Core (DLC) team, and continuing our support for both teachers and students. It will be a mixture of our presentation with a Q&A portion at the end.
Session Resources


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
104

8:30am

Digital Explorations in the Math Classroom
Let students do the thinking using digital math manipulatives and explorations. Participants will explore digital tools for use in the mathematics classroom and identify ways to integrate these tools to increase student conceptual understanding. Use in a 1:1 setting or with stations. Please bring your own device to this session: laptop, Chromebook, iPad or other tablet.
Twitter: @bethbarwick
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Barwick

Elizabeth Barwick

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools
Call me a technology explorer. As a classroom teacher and someone who loves learning, I am always on the lookout for new ways to teach, to learn and to motivate my students. I currently teach 7th graders at League Academy and am an adjunct instructor with GCS Instructional Technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
230

9:45am

10 Tech Tools to Engage & Amaze
As educators we want tools that give us the most bang for our buck. We do not have endless amounts of time to learn how to use these tools and develop new activities. These tech tools will help you engage your students, receive feedback, and shake up your instruction with a minimal time investment on your part. The tools shared in this presentation have been used and found effective by many teachers across multiple disciplines. Some tools we will explore are WordArt, AutoDraw, Popplet, and Slides Carnival. If you attended my session last year there will be some new tools and updates!
Twitter: @amorrison_teach
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison

Instructional Coach, Greenville County Schools
I am the instructional coach at Mauldin High School. One of my instructional goals is to work toward a perfect balance between educational technology and solid pedagogy.


Wednesday July 11, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
110

9:45am

Digital Explorations in the Math Classroom
Let students do the thinking using digital math manipulatives and explorations. Participants will explore digital tools for use in the mathematics classroom and identify ways to integrate these tools to increase student conceptual understanding. Use in a 1:1 setting or with stations. Please bring your own device to this session: laptop, Chromebook, iPad or other tablet.
Twitter: @bethbarwick
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Barwick

Elizabeth Barwick

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools
Call me a technology explorer. As a classroom teacher and someone who loves learning, I am always on the lookout for new ways to teach, to learn and to motivate my students. I currently teach 7th graders at League Academy and am an adjunct instructor with GCS Instructional Technology... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
230

12:15pm

Technology Tools for the Math Blended Classroom
Have you ever wanted to learn how to engage students at their own pace, but feel tied to a one-size-fits-all curriculum? Participants will learn more about differentiated instruction through stations and increasing feedback and engagement through technology applications.
Twitter: @mskelley37
Instagram: kdub1673
Session Resources


Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
113

12:30pm

Student Perspectives on Chromebooks in the Classroom
We surveyed over 250 students who are working with Chromebooks for the first time this year. We asked them how the Chromebooks have impacted their education and social interactions. Topics will include time spent on computers, the effectiveness of Chromebooks in the classroom, cheating, and social media. After we present our findings, we will have a group of students who will be willing to share their experience and answer any questions you may have.

Speakers

Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
115

1:45pm

Student Perspectives on Chromebooks in the Classroom
We surveyed over 250 students who are working with Chromebooks for the first time this year. We asked them how the Chromebooks have impacted their education and social interactions. Topics will include time spent on computers, the effectiveness of Chromebooks in the classroom, cheating, and social media. After we present our findings, we will have a group of students who will be willing to share their experience and answer any questions you may have.

Speakers

Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
115