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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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Language Arts [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 10
 

8:30am

Getting the Most Out of Technology
This presentation is designed to give teachers the skills required to seamlessly incorporate technology into the classroom. Teachers will be given a brief overview of basic technology concepts. This session will equip teachers with resources and strategies that will enable them to give students hands-on experience with the infusion of technology into their academic journeys. This session is NOT solely about technology tools and apps. However, it is about using technology to help facilitate learning in the classroom, gain grading time back, and help our students become digitally aware in the 21st century. This course will be most beneficial to teachers at 1:1 middle schools, but all are welcome.
Session Resources

Speakers
KM

Ken Minton

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
213

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

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

HearBuilder® Online – Software for Literacy and Learning (PreK-8th Grade)
HearBuilder® Online targets the foundational skills required to build a strong base for listening, reading, and comprehension. This course provides an overview of the evidence-based titles included in the HearBuilder® Online software suite: Following Directions, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Memory, and Sequencing. Appropriate for English Language Learners (ELL), Response to Intervention (RTI), students performing below grade-level, and Title 1 programs; HearBuilder® features multi-level activities and supplements language arts skills essential to classroom success and allows educators and administrators to track student, group, school, and districtwide progress.
Twitter: @SuperDuperPub
Instagram: @SuperDuperPub

Speakers
AS

Abby Sakovich

Speech-Language Pathologist, Super Duper Publications


Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
111

12:15pm

Web-Based Tools to Take Your English Classroom Up a Notch
Come and learn about tried and true tools that will make your English classroom more engaging and successful. We will see how products like Flipgrid and Quizizz can increase student interest. We will see how CommonLit and Insert Learning can help you meet students where they are in their reading. We will see how add-ons like the highlighter tool can help students with their writing. Come and learn about these tools that are worth putting into practice.
Twitter: @elinorlister
Instagram: elinorlister

Speakers
avatar for Elinor Lister

Elinor Lister

English Teacher, Anderson 5 Glenview Middle


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
117

12:15pm

Engaging with Literacy Task Cards
Teachers will be exposed to a variety of literacy task cards that hold students accountable and engaged during reading workshop. While teachers are working in guided reading groups, these literacy task cards help students work efficiently and independently to enhance relevant reading skills for both fiction and nonfiction texts on independent reading levels. Students will use a variety of iPad apps to complete the literacy task card activities, and create a final project to turn in electronically.
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Ann Heatherly

Ann Heatherly

Instructional Coach, Thomas E. Kerns Elementary


Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
216

12:30pm

The Reading and Writing Workshop Goes Digital
Do you want to give your Reading and Writing Workshop a digital edge? With so many tools, it is difficult to know where to begin or how to integrate apps and Google platforms effectively. We will explore how to use the Google Platform (Classroom, Docs, Slides) as well as some great tools such as Padlet, Flipgrid, and Piktochart to enhance what you do in your Balanced Literacy instruction in an elementary classroom.
Twitter: @hchapman
Instagram: cupfulofhope
Session Resources

Speakers

Tuesday July 10, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
218
 
Wednesday, July 11
 

8:30am

Getting the Most Out of Technology
This presentation is designed to give teachers the skills required to seamlessly incorporate technology into the classroom. Teachers will be given a brief overview of basic technology concepts. This session will equip teachers with resources and strategies that will enable them to give students hands-on experience with the infusion of technology into their academic journeys. This session is NOT solely about technology tools and apps. However, it is about using technology to help facilitate learning in the classroom, gain grading time back, and help our students become digitally aware in the 21st century. This course will be most beneficial to teachers at 1:1 middle schools, but all are welcome.
Session Resources

Speakers
KM

Ken Minton

Middle school teacher, Greenville County Schools


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
213

11:00am

HearBuilder® Online – Software for Literacy and Learning (PreK-8th Grade)
HearBuilder® Online targets the foundational skills required to build a strong base for listening, reading, and comprehension. This course provides an overview of the evidence-based titles included in the HearBuilder® Online software suite: Following Directions, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Memory, and Sequencing. Appropriate for English Language Learners (ELL), Response to Intervention (RTI), students performing below grade-level, and Title 1 programs; HearBuilder® features multi-level activities and supplements language arts skills essential to classroom success and allows educators and administrators to track student, group, school, and districtwide progress.
Twitter: @SuperDuperPub
Instagram: @SuperDuperPub

Speakers
AS

Abby Sakovich

Speech-Language Pathologist, Super Duper Publications


Wednesday July 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
115

11:00am

Critical Literacy in a Digital World
If we want students to become the empowered readers our society needs, they must become thoughtful readers who can critically evaluate text, especially online. This session will show you ways to help students navigate today’s complex information landscape by deeply analyzing what’s on the screen, behind the screen, and beyond the screen. We will be looking at several websites, including Checkology and Channel One, that will be useful for teachers and students to understand media literacy, bias, and evaluating information. Bring laptops or iPads!
Twitter: @tracy_legrand
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Tracy LeGrand

Tracy LeGrand

reading interventionist, Greenville County Schools
I am passionate about all things literacy!


Wednesday July 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
117

12:15pm

"Keeping" the Balance in Literacy: Using Google Keep in the Elementary Classroom
In this session, you will learn how to use Google Keep to organize and personalize your balanced literacy classroom. You will gain methods to promote progress in reading and writing goals through interacting and collaborating with your students. Walk away with ideas of how this tool can be utilized by your students tomorrow, including responding to text, applying reading and writing strategies, promoting inquiry, and conducting research. This session is for beginners to Google Keep but is best for those proficient with G Suite. Strategies learned will work best in classrooms with 1:1 devices, specifically Chromebooks. Please bring your laptop!
Twitter: @PutnamTeach
Instagram: @jenakputnam587
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Jena Putnam

Jena Putnam

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Greenville County Schools
I am a Title I Instructional Technology Facilitator who loves learning from and growing with fellow educators!


Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
107

12:15pm

Engaging with Literacy Task Cards
Teachers will be exposed to a variety of literacy task cards that hold students accountable and engaged during reading workshop. While teachers are working in guided reading groups, these literacy task cards help students work efficiently and independently to enhance relevant reading skills for both fiction and nonfiction texts on independent reading levels. Students will use a variety of iPad apps to complete the literacy task card activities, and create a final project to turn in electronically.
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Ann Heatherly

Ann Heatherly

Instructional Coach, Thomas E. Kerns Elementary


Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
216

12:30pm

The Reading and Writing Workshop Goes Digital
Do you want to give your Reading and Writing Workshop a digital edge? With so many tools, it is difficult to know where to begin or how to integrate apps and Google platforms effectively. We will explore how to use the Google Platform (Classroom, Docs, Slides) as well as some great tools such as Padlet, Flipgrid, and Piktochart to enhance what you do in your Balanced Literacy instruction in an elementary classroom.
Twitter: @hchapman
Instagram: cupfulofhope
Session Resources

Speakers

Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
218

12:30pm

G That's Suite: Collaboration and Presentation with Docs and Slides
In this session, participants will learn how to use Docs and Slides to promote creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Participants will participate in various activities I have used in the classroom.
Twitter: @sblakeney3
Instagram: edtechbuzz

Speakers
avatar for Shalonda Blakeney

Shalonda Blakeney

Instructional Technology Specialist, Greenville County Schools
I am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist with ten years of classroom experience in the elementary setting. I have taught second, third, and also fourth grade. I am a graduate of Columbia College and have also obtained my Masters of Science in Elementary Education with... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
117

12:30pm

Using Stations and Flipped Lessons in the English Classroom for Engagement and Management
Come and see how dividing classroom work into stations can be done through planning and flipped lessons. In this session, I will walk you through how to break up the content into stations with specific thoughts on materials and timing. We will also look at how to create flipped lessons so that you can be in more than one place at the same time, showing your students multiple things at once. We will discuss how to make the videos and when to use them as well.
Twitter: @elinorlister
Instagram: elinorlister

Speakers
avatar for Elinor Lister

Elinor Lister

English Teacher, Anderson 5 Glenview Middle


Wednesday July 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
108

1:45pm

Seesaw in the Elementary Classroom
Seesaw is a free program that allows students of any age to digitally document what they are learning at school, making their work accessible to the teacher and parents. This session will broaden your understanding of Seesaw, providing ideas that will help increase student engagement, make assessments easier, and improve home-school communication. Please bring an iPad to this session.
Twitter: @abloc438
Instagram: mixitupinfirst
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Fesperman

Carrie Fesperman

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Greenville County Schools


Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
110

1:45pm

G That's Suite: Collaboration and Presentation with Docs and Slides
In this session, participants will learn how to use Docs and Slides to promote creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Participants will participate in various activities I have used in the classroom.
Twitter: @sblakeney3
Instagram: edtechbuzz

Speakers
avatar for Shalonda Blakeney

Shalonda Blakeney

Instructional Technology Specialist, Greenville County Schools
I am currently an Instructional Technology Specialist with ten years of classroom experience in the elementary setting. I have taught second, third, and also fourth grade. I am a graduate of Columbia College and have also obtained my Masters of Science in Elementary Education with... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
117