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KySTE Conference 2018 Features Several Local Speakers (and one Very Nice Award!)

KySTE 2018 Conference

The annual Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) features a variety of speakers including several district experts.

In addition to the clinics, one library media specialist will accept a grant to advance further enhance technology for students.

This year’s KySTE Conference is March 7-9 at the Galt House in Louisville. Technology Integration Specialists Keith Barnes, Danita Cobble, Amy Cuenca, Christie Turbeville and Susan Vincentz host several sessions:

Wednesday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. - New Computer Science Resources from Google by Keith Barnes - Google has a lot of new resources to help teach Computer Science. Learn about them and the Digital Literacy Curriculum.

March 7 at 10:30 a.m. - Recruiting and retaining Computer Science Teachers by Keith Barnes - Finding qualified Computer Science teachers is hard, keeping them is even harder. In this session, we will discuss where to find qualified CS teachers, pathways to certification and how to keep them once you have them.

March 7 at 1:00 p.m. - Computer Science for All by Keith Barnes - This session will explore the new k-12 Computer Science standards. Come and learn about this initiative from our panel of experts.

March 7 at 2:00 p.m. - Computer Science Campfire by Keith Barnes - Come and sing Kumbaya, well, not really. In this session, you bring the topic and you and others will meet and discuss the topics YOU choose in a small group setting.

Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 a.m. - Remove the Mask! No More Guessing Student Mastery of Standards by Amy Cuenca and Susan Vincentz - Learn how to use Google Forms to track formative assessment data including standards mastery and behavior monitoring. Forms with KY Academic Standards will be shared so you can take this back to your school or classroom and begin using it immediately with students.

March 8 at 9:30 a.m. - Get FAT (Free Amazing Tools) with Chromebooks by Danita Cobble - Are you looking for effective ways to use Chromebooks with your students? In this presentation, I will walk you through FREE programs that teachers are successfully using daily in their classrooms. We will learn about programs such as DuckSoup, XODO, Google Classroom and Google Suite, Equatio, and many, many others. Be prepared to have your brain fattened.

March 8 at 2:00 p.m. – It’s a Cakewalk! Be the King of Organizing Your Google Drive by Susan Vincentz and Amy Cuenca - My Drive, Shared With Me, Team Drives, oh my! We all love the easy access to Google Drive, however, it can get cluttered very quickly if you don't keep yourself organized. Come and learn several tips and trips to keeping your drive organized using symbols, colors, multiple locations for files, and much more. Leave the session a little less stressed over all of those files staring back at you.

March 8 at 3:00 p.m. - No Bayou Magic Needed! Be the Monarch of your Elementary Carnival with Google Classroom by Amy Cuenca and Susan Vincentz - Google Classroom isn't just for older students. Start using Google Classroom with second semester first graders and beyond by building their skills one semester at a time. Leave this session with a grade-by-grade plan for using technology to build capacity in your elementary school and create new learning opportunities for students of all ages through the use of Google Classroom.

March 8 at 3:00 p.m. - Come Get Chromebook B.E.A.D.S. (Get your Mind Out of the GUTTER!) by Christie Turbeville, Danita Cobble - B - BEST Chromebook E – Extensions A - Apps and D – Disguised S – Shortcuts. Similar to 25 Chromebook Tips and Tricks from last year, in this session I will share + tools, tips, and tricks that will make you dance through the streets! Come BROWSE and EXPLORE the bells and whistles hidden inside a Chromebook, Google Apps and Google Chrome! Let the good times roll in this session!

Friday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. - Join the Krewe of Google on a Tour of the Big Easy with Tour Builder by Keith Barnes - Let the Krewe of Google take you on a tour of the Big Easy or anywhere else for that matter. Tour Builder is a way to build tours right in your browser and share them on Google Earth with just a push of a button. Lit trips, historical venues, concert tours all can be documented with tour builder. So come on a trip with the Krewe of Google, you might even get some doubloons!

March 9 at 8:30 a.m. - UnMASK your Senses and Make Pictures Come to Life! By Christie Turbeville and Danita Cobble - Just like Mardi Gras, every story told is a sensory experience. Learn how students can create colorful, engaging stories on a Chromebook. Explore numerous websites and Chromebook applications that will excite and empower your students to tell a story through presentations, movies, animation, comics, and infographics. Show them how to create a colorful story and make their pictures come to life!

March 9 at 10:30 a.m. - A Carnival of Resources by Danita Cobble - Uncover the mask of Mardi Gras and join us as we find just the right tool for use in your classroom. In this session, I'll share a carnival of resources for assessment, creation, collaboration, and presentation that you probably have not seen or used yet. Want to throw your beads to the wind and learn new tools? Then join us as we taste the King Cake sample of new technology.

Now for the Very Nice Award!

The KySTE closing ceremony always features recognition of key staff plus the presentation of Outreach grant awards.

This year, Pleasant Grove Elementary School Library Media Specialist Alison Egan will be presented with a $10,000 check to purchase an augmented/virtual reality tool called zSpace.

“We are so excited,” Egan said. “The zSpace work stations will provide STEM curriculum opportunities for all students inspiring them to understand complex science concepts, empowering mastery-based learning through trial and error in user-created experiments,” she said.

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