Recorded Live Sessions


Below are the recorded videos of the live sessions for the 2021 SPARCC Technology Conference, grouped by time slot with details and links for each session.

🎞️ Watching the recordings:
  • The live sessions have been recorded for later viewing, in case you were not able to join the live Google Meet.
  • The recordings will be available for viewing until October 31, 2021 (although some recordings may be removed sooner at the request of the presenters.)

📝 Session resources:
  • Each session listed below also has a link to a resource document.
  • The presenters may have used that document to provide additional links, resources, and materials related to their session.

Certificates of attendance:
  • Each session has a link to a Google Form for attendance.
  • After you complete the form, a certificate of attendance PDF will be generated and emailed to you for that session.
  • The option to watch the videos and receive certificates of attendance will be available until October 31, 2021.




8:00 AM (EST) - Session Slot #1

Hipster Google

Everyone knows about Google Docs, Gmail, Search, and other common Google tools. But there are also loads of smaller, lesser-known, but powerful tools. Learn about hidden gems from Google for teaching and learning.

Presenter: Eric Curts

Organization: SPARCC
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


App Smashing to Amplify Student Voice

Today, we’ll use tech tools (Pear Deck, WeVideo, Padlet, Flipgrid) to make learning visible. We’ll create interactive experiences to amplify student voice, build community, & collaborate.

Presenter: Steph Sukow 

Organization: CHSD 155
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


5 Great Ways to Structure Student Led Learning

Come learn about HyperDocs, Choice Boards/Playlists, Digital Breakouts, Interactive Classrooms, & Choose Your Own Adventure lessons. Bonus tips too!

Presenter: Patrick Hausammann

Organization: Clarke County Public Schools
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Dynamic Approaches to Digital Learning in the History/Social Studies Classroom

Participants will learn digital tools for students to develop skills in research and investigation, mapping, observation, and source/data analysis and evaluation, highlighting Google and other tools.

Presenter: Nathan Gildart

Organization: Nagoya International School
Grade Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Magic of My Maps

Plan and create interactive lessons for any subject using Google My Maps

Presenter: Dana Bingham-Cruz

Organization: Valley View SD 365U
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Why Internet safety is not an add-on - Assisting students to being safe online 

Thoughts and ideas for teachers to inform about internet safety, cyberbullying and sexting,The long term digital consequences to actions . Encouraging students to be responsible digital citizens.

Presenter: Karen Walstra

Organization:
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link



9:30 AM (EST) - Session Slot #2

Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides

Students can create stop-motion animation with Google Slides to express their understanding on any topic. Learn how to create Slides stop-motion with images, shapes, text, audio, and more!

Presenter: Eric Curts

Organization: SPARCC
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


The Goldness of YouTube

How can you convert your Google Drive videos to youtube to free space up? We will talk about the benefits of Youtube and what you need to know to get going.

Presenter: Stephanie Howell

Organization: Pickerington Ohio
Grade Levels: Middle School (6-8)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Building Relationships, Culture and Making Connections Virtually

Learn the best ways to connect with students and communities when in-person, remote, or hybrid!

Presenter: David Lerch

Organization: Marissa Community Unit School District #40
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


50 Time Saving Tips for Teachers

Save time on daily computer tasks with these tech tips.

Presenter: Deborah Kerby

Organization: Pocono Mountain SD
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Empowering Student Writers

Writing is a method of communication. But is that how we teach it in our classrooms? Learn about research-backed writing instruction that will engage your student and empower them as young writers.

Presenter: Katelynn Giordano

Organization: Barrington School District
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


When am I ever going to use this? An introduction to Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum.

This session will look at the Applied Digital Skills Curriculum developed by Google. With lessons for every subject, the curriculum has something for everyone. 

Presenter: Stephen Keys

Organization: Franklin County Public Schools
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link



11:00 AM (EST) - Session Slot #3

Mastering Personalized Learning 

Personalized learning is transforming students learning experiences. Let’s talk about implementation and finally reach all of our students while also making the process manageable for teachers.

Presenter: Rae Hughart

Organization: Teach Better Team
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


How To Videos On YouTube

Learn more about How To Videos On YouTube, how to create them, and why they are trending in 2021 in search results. We will cover world-renowned videos for both learning and YouTube Ads for business.

Presenter: Benjamin Kepner

Organization: Global Social Media Marketing
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Level Up Google Forms

Google Forms are awesome! You can save time when collecting data, creating lesson plans,  filling out IEPs and evals, and even create a searchable database. The possibilities are nearly endless!

Presenter: Emily Thomas

Organization: Northeast Metro Intermediate School District
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


World-Class Classrooms with Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture: a great environment learning and experiencing other cultures worldwide, with applications for history, social studies, art, and music, providing lesson plans and activities.

Presenter: Jim Ekrut

Organization: www.ncce.org
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Augmented Learning: A New Reality

In this presentation we will explore the use of Augmented Reality in the classroom and the importance of giving this technology a space within curriculum.

Presenter: Alfonso Mendoza Jr.

Organization: Sharyland ISD
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Sheets Sans Numbers, Using Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum

If you only think numbers when you think spreadsheets you're missing out on a great tool for teaching across the curriculum. My “W.o.W.” sheet helps students better understand & learn information.

Presenter: Anthony Luscre

Organization: ZT Learn
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed, Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: TBD

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: TBD



12:30 PM (EST) - Session Slot #4

The Chromebook Classroom

The Chromebook Classroom may be a new & scary place for you. This presentation will share tips, tricks, & tools to make your Chromebook Classroom more efficient, engaging, & not as overwhelming.

Presenter: Melinda Cales

Organization: Cleveland Heights High School
Grade Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Virtual Field Trips

Students can explore the world from your classroom! We'll explore Google Earth Projects, Nearpod VR lessons and others that allow students to embark on a Virtual Field Trip!

Presenter: Dan Niessen

Organization: NEOnet
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Start Google Classroom on the Right Foot

Google Classroom is perfect for the digital classroom. I'll share 8 "Big Ideas" so you set up Google Classroom, in a way that is right for you, from the beginning. Let's take the first step together!

Presenter: Sarah Kiefer

Organization: Ross Local School District
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Make it Gorgeous

Attendees will learn simple strategies to change the way they think about their online lessons and will learn strategies to engage students through beautifully curated lessons.

Presenter: Matthew Mays

Organization: Stark County Educational Service Center
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed, Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Tik Tok: Time to Get in on This Tool

Tik Tok is a free, easy-to-use tool that you can use to make quick videos for your classroom (without using the social media aspect). Download the app, create an account, & become a Tik Tok Teacher.

Presenter: Amy Roediger

Organization: Mentor Public Schools
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed, Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link



2:00 PM (EST) - Session Slot #5

Dynamic Tools for the Math Classroom

This session will focus on incorporating Desmos and other tools in a student-centered math classroom. Teachers will take on the role of a student leveraging dynamic math tools for problem solving.

Presenter: Chris McCaffrey

Organization: Wilson SD & Kiker Learning
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Working Smarter (Not Harder) in the Virtual Learning Environment

Participants will learn how to use technology & tricks in order to work smarter (not harder) in the virtual learning environment. Engaging, free virtual activities for students will be demonstrated.

Presenter: Dr. Krista Welz

Organization: North Bergen School District
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Google Slides for Interactive Teaching and Learning

Are you looking for ways to make your teaching and learning interactive? In Google Slides you are able to make interactive lessons, hidden pictures, discussion boards and more.

Presenter: Kari Moulton

Organization: Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8)

Tech Level: Advanced - requires previous experience / knowledge with topic by attendee

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


Google Tools for Struggling Students

Learn about Google tools, apps, extensions, and features to assist struggling learners including resources for text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, audio support, organization, focus, and more.

Presenter: Eric Curts

Organization: SPARCC
Grade Levels: Not aligned with specific grade levels

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link


From Passive to Active Learning with Nearpod

Join this session to engage with Nearpod to experience how to make learning more active, support emerging voices, and provide choices for diverse learners.

Presenter: Leticia Citizen

Organization: Hawthorne School
Grade Levels: Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), Higher Ed

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Recorded Session: Video link

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Google Form link