Live Sessions


Below are the live sessions for the 2021 SPARCC Technology Conference, grouped by time slot (in Eastern Standard Time) with details and links for each session.

🎞️ Joining live sessions:
  • On the day of the conference (August 6th) each session will have a Google Meet link listed.
  • Use the Google Meet link to join the sessions a few minutes before their start time. 
  • The session host will let attendees into the session a few minutes before the session begins, but you can join the waiting room ahead of time by using the Google Meet links.
  • Each Google Meet has a limit of 250 attendees, so it is possible that a session may fill up.
  • During the live Google Meet please use the chat feature in Meet to ask questions of the presenter, and to share any comments you have.
  • Please keep your microphone muted and your camera turned off when in the live Google Meet unless otherwise instructed by the session presenter.

📅 Watching the recordings later:
  • The live sessions will be recorded for later viewing, in case you are not able to join the live Google Meet, or simply wish to view the session again later.
  • Links to the recorded videos of these live sessions will be added soon after the conference is over.
  • 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 use that document to provide additional links, resources, and materials related to their session.

Certificates of attendance:
  • On the day of the conference (August 6th) each session will have 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.




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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


Genius Hour and Google Classroom

Are you ready to increase student engagement and personalize learning? Genius Hour can help you do just that! Learn how to implement Genius Hour in your classroom from start to finish!

Presenter: Sarah Fromhold

Organization: Frisco ISD
Grade Levels: Primary (PreK-2), Intermediate (3-5)

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon



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

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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon



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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon



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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


Using Mote for Voice Feedback and Comments

Come take a tour of Mote and Google Workspace. We'll be hands-on with Forms, Gmail, Docs, Classroom and more using the Mote extension for voice feedback and comments.

Presenter: Lisa Thumann

Organization: Millburn Township Public Schools
Grade Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon



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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


Podcasting With Your Students

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing mediums in the world. In this session, we’ll collaborate your own podcast episode and explore how to integrate it in your content focused classroom!

Presenter: Jeff Gargas, Rae Hughart

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

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


21 Chrome Extensions for Educators in 2021

With so many tools out there it can be hard to find the right extension for you. In this session you'll get a quick breakdown of 21 must have Chrome extensions for every educator!

Presenter: Steve Szumanski

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

Tech Level: Novice - introduction / basics

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon


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

🎞️ Live Meet Link: Coming soon

📝 Session Resources: Google Document link

Certificate of Completion: Coming soon