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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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**Featured Speakers** [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 10
 

8:30am

Digital & Interactive Stories with Google Slides
Business people know that stories sell. When we reframe our ideas into a story, they become solid and real. So how do we get our students telling stories? And how can we use Google Slides to make it even easier? In this session, participants will learn some of the hidden features of Google Slides that make storytelling easy and interactive. We'll also explore some key ideas and best practices behind digital storytelling.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
102

8:30am

Spruce Up Your Centers With Technology
The collection of activities teachers provide students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet in the classroom. Whether you use centers for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or exploration, it’s great to know about online resources that are perfect for independent and cooperative activities. Learn to leverage technology to give learning centers a boost, especially when it comes to setting the course, providing content, supporting creativity, and capturing responses. All resources are free, so you can get to retooling your learning centers right away!
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Media Center

9:45am

Digital & Interactive Stories with Google Slides
Business people know that stories sell. When we reframe our ideas into a story, they become solid and real. So how do we get our students telling stories? And how can we use Google Slides to make it even easier? In this session, participants will learn some of the hidden features of Google Slides that make storytelling easy and interactive. We'll also explore some key ideas and best practices behind digital storytelling.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
102

9:45am

Spruce Up Your Centers With Technology
The collection of activities teachers provide students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet in the classroom. Whether you use centers for reading, writing, listening, speaking, or exploration, it’s great to know about online resources that are perfect for independent and cooperative activities. Learn to leverage technology to give learning centers a boost, especially when it comes to setting the course, providing content, supporting creativity, and capturing responses. All resources are free, so you can get to retooling your learning centers right away!
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Media Center

11:00am

Going 1:1 in the Classroom: Realities, Tips, Tricks, & Strategies for Success
Getting tech into the hands of every student is the dream, and when it becomes a reality it's exciting. But then reality sets in and you begin to wonder how to manage the new freedom students feel and how to do things in class with these new tools. In this session, you'll get an idea of what a 1:1 classroom looks like and how it functions, and I'll share ways to manage and maximize your 1:1 classroom by sharing my experiences, challenges, and strategies. We'll talk about everything from arranging your classroom to controlling the chaos (sort of) to how to integrate your Chromebooks into everyday classroom life. When you leave, you'll feel more confident and excited about getting these incredible tools into the hands of your students while maintaining your sanity and inspiring their learning.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
102

11:00am

Vocabulary Comes Alive with Chromebooks
Learning academic terms and phrases doesn't have to be boring. In fact, learning new words should be exciting and fun! It's time to start looking at digital ways to expand students' vocabulary. Let's explore free tools and websites that are so irresistible, students can't help but be motivated to learn. We'll take a good look at representing words visually, creating multimedia, fueling collaborative learning, and playing games. Yes, the technology can be mesmerizing, but it's important to use techniques and strategies proven to work. That's why pairing what Chromebooks can do with Robert Marzano's Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction is a powerful combination.
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


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

1:45pm

Going 1:1 in the Classroom: Realities, Tips, Tricks, & Strategies for Success
Getting tech into the hands of every student is the dream, and when it becomes a reality it's exciting. But then reality sets in and you begin to wonder how to manage the new freedom students feel and how to do things in class with these new tools. In this session, you'll get an idea of what a 1:1 classroom looks like and how it functions, and I'll share ways to manage and maximize your 1:1 classroom by sharing my experiences, challenges, and strategies. We'll talk about everything from arranging your classroom to controlling the chaos (sort of) to how to integrate your Chromebooks into everyday classroom life. When you leave, you'll feel more confident and excited about getting these incredible tools into the hands of your students while maintaining your sanity and inspiring their learning.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
102

1:45pm

Vocabulary Comes Alive with Chromebooks
Learning academic terms and phrases doesn't have to be boring. In fact, learning new words should be exciting and fun! It's time to start looking at digital ways to expand students' vocabulary. Let's explore free tools and websites that are so irresistible, students can't help but be motivated to learn. We'll take a good look at representing words visually, creating multimedia, fueling collaborative learning, and playing games. Yes, the technology can be mesmerizing, but it's important to use techniques and strategies proven to work. That's why pairing what Chromebooks can do with Robert Marzano's Six Steps for Vocabulary Instruction is a powerful combination.
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Tuesday July 10, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Media Center
 
Wednesday, July 11
 

8:30am

Know Your Students Better
Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses help teachers adjust learning experiences for their students. Formative assessment involves the teacher collecting information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. It can play a part in checking for understanding, surveying background knowledge, reviewing content, and getting a general pulse of the classroom. Let’s explore and compare free feedback and formative assessment tools like GoFormative, Recap, and Quizizz. Let's also talk about what to do with the gathered information.
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Media Center

8:30am

Will It Blend? Blended Learning Strategies for Success
Blended learning is one of those things that everyone talks about but not many actually know how to do well. Effective blended learning takes forethought, planning, and creativity. And it's totally do-able. In this session, you'll learn about some of the best practices and strategies to keep in mind when designing your blended learning classroom. We'll explore how to decide what should be online and what should be face-to-face. And I'll show you lots of examples and ideas that I use in my blended courses. I'll also show you how to "pseudo-blend" the courses that have that meet every day.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
102

9:45am

Know Your Students Better
Knowing students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses help teachers adjust learning experiences for their students. Formative assessment involves the teacher collecting information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. It can play a part in checking for understanding, surveying background knowledge, reviewing content, and getting a general pulse of the classroom. Let’s explore and compare free feedback and formative assessment tools like GoFormative, Recap, and Quizizz. Let's also talk about what to do with the gathered information.
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Media Center

9:45am

Will It Blend? Blended Learning Strategies for Success
Blended learning is one of those things that everyone talks about but not many actually know how to do well. Effective blended learning takes forethought, planning, and creativity. And it's totally do-able. In this session, you'll learn about some of the best practices and strategies to keep in mind when designing your blended learning classroom. We'll explore how to decide what should be online and what should be face-to-face. And I'll show you lots of examples and ideas that I use in my blended courses. I'll also show you how to "pseudo-blend" the courses that have that meet every day.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
102

11:00am

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning
Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest websites and apps for showing, explaining, and retelling. In fact, these tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to project-based driving questions. Tony Vincent shares examples and demonstrations of apps for making audio recordings, editing movies, creating comics, recording digital puppet shows, narrating drawings, crafting digital books, and more. You’ll also learn about ways to assess projects and the importance of reflection. This presentation is great for those already familiar with project based learning (PBL).
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Media Center

11:00am

Get Things Done Fast with Drive, Calendar, & Keep
G Suite supports teachers, admin, and staff by giving them lots of free tools. However, most people just scratch the surface of what these powerful tools can do. In this session, attendees will deep dive into Google Drive, Calendar, and Keep while exploring some of the lesser known ways these apps can super-charge your productivity (and your students')! You'll learn some tips for staying organized and finding things fast, ways to use Calendars to simplify your life, and how Keep can make remembering and recording things super easy.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
102

1:45pm

Creating Products to Show and Share Learning
Nowadays students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest websites and apps for showing, explaining, and retelling. In fact, these tools can turn students into teachers and are great for sharing their answers to project-based driving questions. Tony Vincent shares examples and demonstrations of apps for making audio recordings, editing movies, creating comics, recording digital puppet shows, narrating drawings, crafting digital books, and more. You’ll also learn about ways to assess projects and the importance of reflection. This presentation is great for those already familiar with project based learning (PBL).
Twitter: @tonyvincent
Instagram: @learninginhand

Speakers
avatar for Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent

Educator, Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent is a true teacher’s presenter. After a dozen years of self-employment as an education and technology presenter, Tony went back to the classroom to teach fifth grade in Council Bluffs, Iowa for the 2018-2019 school year. While he’s proud to have lead workshops and... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Media Center

1:45pm

Get Things Done Fast with Drive, Calendar, & Keep
G Suite supports teachers, admin, and staff by giving them lots of free tools. However, most people just scratch the surface of what these powerful tools can do. In this session, attendees will deep dive into Google Drive, Calendar, and Keep while exploring some of the lesser known ways these apps can super-charge your productivity (and your students')! You'll learn some tips for staying organized and finding things fast, ways to use Calendars to simplify your life, and how Keep can make remembering and recording things super easy.
Twitter: @KindledClass
Session Resources

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood

Amanda Youngblood has been an educator for over 16 years, but has been passionate about technology for much longer, starting from her formative education years learning coding a (now ancient) Apple computer. As a teacher, she has taught multiple subjects, at multiple grade levels... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
102