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Tuesday, February 21
 

11:00am

Registration
Registration for those attending pre-conference workshops.  Please check in upon arrival at the hotel.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
Ballroom Foyer

12:30pm

Automate Everything Using Google Forms
You can plan events, make a survey or poll, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way with Google Forms. You can create a form from Google Drive or from an existing spreadsheet that can record the responses to your form. Learn how to use Google Forms to automate a multitude of tasks you’re now doing manually. No prior knowledge of Google Forms is necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Director, Ouachita Baptist University
Tyler Tarver is the Director of OBU at NLC. He has over 12 million views on YouTube and 50k subscribers. He also runs TarverAcademy.com, wrote 3 books, podcasts, Google and Apple Trainer, and has been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and a fake Assistant Superintendent. He is not... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

12:30pm

Becoming a Digital Principal or District Administrator
In this “boot camp” style professional learning experience, learn how to use Google tools to help maximize workflow for yourself and your staff. This hands-on session will focus on calendar, forms, and other apps to streamline the administrative processes that normally take up too much time. You’ll be introduced to technology tools to aid in efficiency, time management, collaboration, communication with students and staff, and discipline. We will also look at ways to use Google Classroom to deliver district professional development that’s meaningful and engaging for teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Katti (Kate)  Bowen

Katti (Kate) Bowen

Assistant Principal, Conway Junior High School
Hello! I am serving the Conway Public Schools as one of our four assistant principals at Conway Junior High, which is our 8/9 campus that serves about 1500 students. I work closely with our staff and technology department on technology integration and use. I'm a Google Level 1 and... Read More →
avatar for Joe McClung

Joe McClung

Administrator, Farmington Public Schools
Joe is the Principal at Farmington Jr. High in Farmington, Arkansas.


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Professional Learning
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

12:30pm

Break Away – Digital Escape Rooms to Personalize Learning
What's the best way to personalize learning, maintain student interest, teach important concepts, and meet standards while teaching internet kids? Escape Rooms! In this session, attendees will participate in a digital escape room, learn how to use Google forms and sites to design a digital escape room, and experience how escape rooms connect to Arkansas standards, promote critical thinking skills, collaboration, research skills, and team-building. Join the fun and the ultimate in personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Oretha Ferguson

Oretha Ferguson

Teacher, Fort Smith Public Schools
Oretha Ferguson has been in education for 22 years and currently teaches sophomore English at Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is a co-author of The Classroom Management Book with Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong released May 2014 and is frequently featured on Teachers.net... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

12:30pm

Budget Breakdown: Collaborative Ways to Save Time & Money
Don’t think of this workshop as a boring data exploration! No. It’s a hands-on dive into budgeting spreadsheets to make wise financial choices. We will explore procedures on how to determine where you are spending, determine the return on investment of that purchase, and plan future purchasing. Spreadsheets are made to make this process easy and FUN especially when you learn the ways we will show you to work collaboratively with this process!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gilley

Susan Gilley

Harrison Public Schools
Susan Gilley is a Certified Google Education Trainer who presents across Arkansas. Recognitions include School Leader finalist from EdTech Digest Awards and AAIM/ARKSTE Technology Leader of the Year. Resources are available at sgilley.com, because: It's not what you know, but what... Read More →
MJ

Michael J. Graham

Principal, Westside High School


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Hoffman
  • Future Ready Gears Budget and Resources; Use of Time
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

12:30pm

Building a Vision for the 21st-Century Student
This workshop walks administrators through the steps of developing or improving a 1:1 initiative. Participants learn how to create a vision and community consensus around the 4C's. They learn how to align their system to the 4C's and clearly define student outcomes by building a professional development model that challenges teachers to think and communicate effectively. Participants also learn why they should closely align the curriculum to their vision and how to embed the 4C's to curriculum and assessments—all the while supporting teachers through the process by building capacity.

Speakers
CB

Chad Brinkley

Educational Consultant, Tech with Jen, LLC.
avatar for Jennifer Kimbrell

Jennifer Kimbrell

Educational Consultant, Tech with Jen, LLC.


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Lafayette
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

12:30pm

Designing Professional Development Sessions That Will Meet Your Staff’s Needs and Not Make Them Want to Poke Themselves (or You) in the Eye
Attendees will learn how to assess each teacher's individual needs, learn how to analyze and plan for professional development based on observations and PGPs, receive guidance, examples, and practical examples of how to engage teachers during professional development sessions that teachers will actually enjoy attending.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively... Read More →
avatar for Leann Pinkerton

Leann Pinkerton

Director of Academics, Bauxite Schools
Using Google to Build Relationships with Students! I am a Google Certified Trainer.


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

12:30pm

Is your School, District or Educational Cooperative Future Ready? Why not?
Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Future Ready provides resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. Join this workshop and get a head start on making sure your organization truly is Future Ready!


Speakers
avatar for Rowland Baker

Rowland Baker

Executive Director, TICAL
Rowland Baker has been recognized for his leadership in the United States and Internationally with his work in education, innovation, leadership and technology. He has served public education for over forty years, and has been awarded for his work as a teacher, principal, director... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Miller-Bunting

Debbie Miller-Bunting

Director of Instructional Services, Conway School District
https://plus.google.com/+DebbieMillerConway | Debbie has worked in education for 32 years as a teacher and administrator, served on various state boards, and educational organizations. She has an EDS in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

3:00pm

Afternoon Break
Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom Foyer

3:30pm

1-to-Many: New Thinking about Schools and Technology and Students
Until recently, Bring-Your-Own-Device and school-based technology initiatives such as 1:1 were considered mutually exclusive. However, that perception is changing. Whether or not it’s acknowledged, students bring and use their own devices on school campuses every day. And yet, there are solid reasons why schools opt to provide hardware to students. Attend this workshop to review strategies and identify steps to leverage the best of BYOD and technology provided by schools. An online agenda will be provided for use during the conference and participants will have ongoing access to all materials referenced._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Susan Young

Susan Young

Cadre Member, TICAL
Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education. During her career, she worked in both public and private education settings. | | Today, Susan works with educators internationally... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

3:30pm

Leading Your School's Instructional Practices
Get a grip on blended learning, personalized learning, and other key digital learning methods. Gain solid information and personal confidence in supervising implementation of these new and exciting instructional practices from an administrator’s perspective. Become a connoisseur of best practice and how these approaches can create effective instruction.

Speakers
avatar for George Lieux

George Lieux

Technology Academy Director, Fort Smith Public Schools
Tech in K-12, Germany, Gym Workouts
avatar for Jim Yeager

Jim Yeager

Director of Instructional Technology, Two Rivers School District
I am a semi retired career educator with over 45 years in Arkansas Schools. I am especially interested in ways to make technology relevant, practical, and seamless in the classroom.I am a charter member of the TICAL Cadre and I am proud of TICAL's efforts to provide a conference that... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

3:30pm

Promoting your School with Social Media
As an administrator, you understand the importance of communication. Along with the need to communicate with students, parents, and teachers, competition between schools makes it necessary for you to market your school to retain and build enrollment. An effective school social media presence can help address both of these needs. Join this workshop to get a practical look at the main social media outlets and how to optimize them to reach your constituency.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Director, Ouachita Baptist University
Tyler Tarver is the Director of OBU at NLC. He has over 12 million views on YouTube and 50k subscribers. He also runs TarverAcademy.com, wrote 3 books, podcasts, Google and Apple Trainer, and has been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and a fake Assistant Superintendent. He is not... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

3:30pm

Two for the Price of One: Newsletters Faculty Members Read + Evernote
As an administrator, you probably send your faculty lots of emails—perhaps too many—and perhaps not all of them get read. In this workshop, you’ll learn an approach to creating a weekly faculty newsletter your team will actually want to read! We'll discuss what to include in the newsletter to eliminate the "I didn't know about that" or the "I didn't get that email" responses. At the same time, you’ll learn how to use a simple but powerful tool—Evernote—to publish your newsletter and do much, much more.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Principal (grades 6-12), Central Arkansas Christian School
Jordan is the secondary principal at Central Arkansas Christian School. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, he was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Lafayette
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

3:30pm

What's New: The Latest and Greatest Tools for Education
Join Keturah and Susan for this extended and action-packed session exploring what’s new in technology including what's new in the Google Suite Tools for Education! Technology tools are constantly changing. Participants will explore the latest Google updates as well as other technology integration tools to learn how these tools can impact teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gilley

Susan Gilley

Harrison Public Schools
Susan Gilley is a Certified Google Education Trainer who presents across Arkansas. Recognitions include School Leader finalist from EdTech Digest Awards and AAIM/ARKSTE Technology Leader of the Year. Resources are available at sgilley.com, because: It's not what you know, but what... Read More →
avatar for Keturah Rush

Keturah Rush

Technology Integration Facilitator, Ed Collaborators/Monticello School District
Keturah Rush is a Technology Integration Specialist at Monticello School District in Monticello Arkansas, Certified EAST Facilitator (Environmental and Spatial Technology) and Google Education Certified Trainer. The combination of experience as an Instructional Technology Specialist... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffman
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

5:30pm

6:00pm

Cadre Reception
Tuesday February 21, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, February 22
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday February 22, 2017 7:00am - 4:45pm
Ballroom Foyer

7:45am

First-Time Attendees Greeting
Is this your first year to attend the TICAL Conference? If so we want to meet you and make you feel welcome and prepared for the conference. Drop in at the First Time Attendees session to receive tips on making your first TICAL conference a success, ideas for organizing your time, and enter a special raffle for first time attendees only.  We look forward to meeting you and helping you get the most from your first TICAL experience.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yeager

Jim Yeager

Director of Instructional Technology, Two Rivers School District
I am a semi retired career educator with over 45 years in Arkansas Schools. I am especially interested in ways to make technology relevant, practical, and seamless in the classroom.I am a charter member of the TICAL Cadre and I am proud of TICAL's efforts to provide a conference that... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2017 7:45am - 8:15am
Hoffman

7:45am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday February 22, 2017 7:45am - 8:30am
Ballroom Foyer

8:30am

Opening Session
Wednesday February 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Salon AB

9:15am

Makerspace from the Launch Pad
Come join the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub as they demonstrate what they are doing for students in North Little Rock and beyond. From creativity and design with 3D printers and laser cutters to innovation and STEM approaches to robotics and programming. Come experience a real maker space and learn how to build a similar environment in your school or district.

The Makerspace is a "drop-in" environment and will be open from 9:15 until 4 PM--except during the keynote luncheon.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Gordon

Joel Gordon

Director of Making/CEO, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
My professional career to this point has been a winding path with many valuable discoveries along the way. I have learned from mentors, friends and associates and what I have learned is that each of us is valuable and powerful. I have learned that the job of a manager is to hire smart... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:15am - 12:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:15am

Vendor Presentations
Our sponsors and exhibitors will be available all day to share their products and services with you.  Please stop by their tables and see what they have to offer.  Their support goes far to make the TICAL conference possible!

Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:15am - 12:00pm
Ballroom Foyer

9:45am

Big Events—Big Fun!
A description of an award-winning comprehensive STEAM implementation in a middle school. This includes PBL projects across the curriculum. How to plan STEM/STEAM curriculum.

Speakers
MS

Marsha Snell

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Washington Middle school
CT

Chelsey Turner

Library Media Specialist, El Dorado School District
JV

Jody Vines

Principal, El Dorado School District


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Community Partnerships
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Drones: Jobs, Regulations and Curriculum
The ExplorNet curriculum for Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Career Education as a STEM program of study or to be included in a modified program of study. This 3-course program provides secondary students with knowledge and skills necessary to build, operate, program, and repair a UAS. This is a growing field with many new job opportunities for those with UAS background and skills. Learn about this exciting new program and the accompanying resources. It is sure to pique the interest of students!

Speakers
CM

Chad Mercado

Teacher, Beebe High School


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Makerspaces in Early Childhood
Learn how real materials, real tools can be used in an authentic self-directed process as we explore the Makerspace phenomenon and the learning approach as applied in early childhood settings. Characteristics of young learners such as imagination and risk taking are the same fundamental characteristics of makers.

Speakers
avatar for Zephonia Avant

Zephonia Avant

Early Childhood Specialist, South Central Service Cooperative
avatar for Tonia McMillan

Tonia McMillan

Technology Coordinator, Dawson Educational Cooperative
Technology Coordinator for an educational organization that serves over 3000 teachers in the state of Arkansas.


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Paperless Referral Systems
Many of the referral systems that we have grown accustomed to in schools can be cumbersome and cluttered with paper. This session focuses on how to do develop a system for you school as well as an electronic system that will help your school with streamlining procedures for handling discipline referrals.

Speakers
avatar for Joe McClung

Joe McClung

Administrator, Farmington Public Schools
Joe is the Principal at Farmington Jr. High in Farmington, Arkansas.


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

9:45am

Top Ten (or more) Google Extensions and Apps for Classroom Embedded Tech Tools
What are effective, engaging and efficient tech tools for teachers to embed into curriculum units which will totally engage students while raising the level of rigor and academic achievement? Come See! These tools also are effective ways to differentiate as well as provide resources for RTI Levels 1 and 2.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Etters

Brad Etters

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District
Interests include STEM education, technology integration, and teacher development.
NL

Nicole Loftis

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

9:45am

Using Video Observation to Improve Teacher Effectiveness
Learn how to best use observational methodology with the video observation feature in Ed Reflect. The use of video observation can be an extremely effective tool in providing specific, constructive feedback to teachers. Video footage can serve to facilitate discussions about areas of both strength and challenge. Attendees will learn more in-depth information about the video observation tool and how to manage videos on a variety of devices.

Speakers
RM

Rocci Malone

AR Leadership Development Coach, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Karen Kay McMahen

Karen Kay McMahen

Teacher Center Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative
I am privileged to serve as the teacher center coordinator for South Central Service Cooperative. I regard this role as a support line for administrators. I enjoy working with principals to solve problems in their buildings. I have spent a great deal of time supporting principals... Read More →



Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Harris Brake
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Professional Learning
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

9:45am

Who's at the wheel: Navigating Career and Technical Education
Is your district providing quality career and technical education (CTE) courses for your students? Are your students ready for the workforce after graduation? Those attending will learn new ways to offer CTE programs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. D. Chris Rink

Dr. D. Chris Rink

Director, Univeristy of Arkansas Fort Smith


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Community Partnerships; Professional Learning
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

9:45am

ArkansasIDEAS: Technology PD!
Do you want access to thousands of technology trainings, by industry experts...anytime...anywhere...for free? Join ArkansasIDEAS for a hands-on exploration of our new Learning Management System (LMS) and learn about access to technology training with Lynda.com at no cost to you. Bring your devices or use one of ours!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener

Education Program Coordinator, AETN-ArkansasIDEAS
Jessica Keener is the Education Program Coordinator with ArkansasIDEAS at the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway, Arkansas. Her role with ArkansasIDEAS is to provide professional development, both online and face-to-face, to empower educators to impact student achievement... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

9:45am

Makerspace from the Launch Pad
Come join the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub as they demonstrate what they are doing for students in North Little Rock and beyond. From creativity and design with 3D printers and laser cutters to innovation and STEM approaches to robotics and programming. Come experience a real maker space and learn how to build a similar environment in your school or district.

The Makerspace is a "drop-in" environment and will be open from 9:15 until 4 PM--except during the keynote luncheon.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Gordon

Joel Gordon

Director of Making/CEO, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
My professional career to this point has been a winding path with many valuable discoveries along the way. I have learned from mentors, friends and associates and what I have learned is that each of us is valuable and powerful. I have learned that the job of a manager is to hire smart... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:45am - 12:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level

10:00am

Student Showcase
Open from 10 AM to 3 PM except closed during the luncheon and keynote.

Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level

11:00am

Blended Learning in the Secondary Classroom
This session will introduce blended learning and different models of blended learning that may be applied. Research on blended learning will be discussed as well as the benefits and potential drawbacks for students. Data on North Little Rock School District's pilot program will be provided as well as how blended learning was deployed.

Speakers
avatar for Brouke Reynolds

Brouke Reynolds

Secondary Technology Facilitator, North Little Rock School District
Brouke has worked for the North Little Rock School District for 16 years. 12 years as a business teacher and four years as the Secondary Technology Facilitator. She is an Apple Foundations Trainer and a National Board Certified teacher. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Administrator... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

Break Away – Digital Escape Rooms to Personalize Learning
What's the best way to personalize learning, maintain student interest, teach important concepts, and meet standards while teaching internet kids? Escape Rooms! In this session, attendees will review a digital escape room, learn how to use Google forms and sites to design a digital escape room at no charge, and experience how escape rooms connect to Arkansas standards, promote critical thinking skills, collaboration, research skills, and team-building. Join the fun and the ultimate in personalized learning.

Speakers
avatar for Oretha Ferguson

Oretha Ferguson

Teacher, Fort Smith Public Schools
Oretha Ferguson has been in education for 22 years and currently teaches sophomore English at Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is a co-author of The Classroom Management Book with Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong released May 2014 and is frequently featured on Teachers.net... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harris Brake
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

CFAM - Comprehensive Financial Analysis Model
This session demonstrates a new, revolutionary financial analysis tool which uses visualization and graphing tools to demonstrate and report a district’s current financial status, as well as four-year revenue and expenditure trends – all based on a district’s APSCN accounting and coding records. The software application is customized for Arkansas School Districts and provides access to unlimited flexibility in terms of financial reporting in order to clearly tell a district’s financial story to school boards and other stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Rich

Ken Rich

Director of Finance, APSRC
Ken Rich is the Director of Finance Services for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center. For the past 12 years, he served as superintendent of the Salem School District in Salem, Arkansas. He has 27 years of experience in education as a principal, assistant principal, teacher... Read More →
avatar for Kendal Wells

Kendal Wells

Director of Technology, APSRC
Kendal Wells serves as the Director of Technology at the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and has done so for almost 2 1/2 years. Before coming to APSRC, Kendal served 22 years as the Technology Director at the Cabot School District and a Systems Analyst for a combined 8 1/2... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Budget and Resources; Use of Time
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

11:00am

Designing and Sustaining Transformative PD
In this session, participants will learn how to approach professional development from an organic, community-driven approach that maximizes the use of technology while minimizing distractions and off-task behavior. A particular focus will be on how to sustain the learning beyond the day of the PD.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

Top Ten (or more) Tools for Instructional Facilitators (IFs) and Academic Coaches
Collaborating with administrators and teachers through pacing, coaching and communicating provides great opportunities for effective use of technology tools. Join these IFs as they share how they use Google Classroom, apps, extensions, and add-ons to make curriculum planning efficient and real-world.

Speakers
SR

Shannon Riner

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District
avatar for Jacob  Sisson

Jacob Sisson

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District
I currently work for Conway Public Schools as Middle School Instructional Facilitator.
avatar for Jake Stroman

Jake Stroman

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District
Jake has been teaching in the Conway Public School District for 9 years, recently taking on the role of instructional facilitator for grades 8-12 in Social Studies and Fine Arts. He taught Economics/Pre-AP Economics and developed the district digital course framework. He also co-sponsors... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

Utilizing Data Through My School Info to Impact Change
My School Info providers the public with an easily accessible tool to view school and district information. Comparing schools and districts across the state can be accomplished within seconds. Participants wanting to dive deeper in the data can create customized reports or utilize the Analyzer tool. Reports can be exported, saved and shared. Available data sets include: students, finance, personnel, summative state assessments, NAEP and ACT. In this Data Mining Era, maintaining data privacy should be on everyone’s radar. This session will share best practices and available resources to meet this growing demand. 

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Collier

Daniel Collier

Technology Projects Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Daniel coordinates training and special projects for ADE's division of Research & Technology. Check out his website for future training opportunities! Contact: daniel.collier@arkansas.gov
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education



Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Budget and Resources
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

11:00am

YouTube Revolution
A brief but concise teaching/learning session on one of the most innovative tools at the hands of teachers, students, and humans alike: YouTube!

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Tarver

Tyler Tarver

Director, Ouachita Baptist University
Tyler Tarver is the Director of OBU at NLC. He has over 12 million views on YouTube and 50k subscribers. He also runs TarverAcademy.com, wrote 3 books, podcasts, Google and Apple Trainer, and has been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and a fake Assistant Superintendent. He is not... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

Makerspace from the Launch Pad
Come join the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub as they demonstrate what they are doing for students in North Little Rock and beyond. From creativity and design with 3D printers and laser cutters to innovation and STEM approaches to robotics and programming. Come experience a real maker space and learn how to build a similar environment in your school or district.

The Makerspace is a "drop-in" environment and will be open from 9:15 until 4 PM--except during the keynote luncheon.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Gordon

Joel Gordon

Director of Making/CEO, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
My professional career to this point has been a winding path with many valuable discoveries along the way. I have learned from mentors, friends and associates and what I have learned is that each of us is valuable and powerful. I have learned that the job of a manager is to hire smart... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:00am

Student Showcase
Open from 10 AM to 3 PM except closed during the luncheon and keynote.

Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level

11:00am

Your Assessment, Our Instruction–Better Together
We know the importance of assessments informing instruction to close gaps. But how can teachers really do that for every student and ensure instruction time is targeted and meaningful? Our session will show you an individualized learning program that uses your assessment data, whether that’s ACT Aspire, Renaissance, ScanTron or NWEA, to create learnings paths for each student where they are ready to learn. Learn how Classworks leverages your assessment data to drive instruction.

Speakers
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Kim Ramsey

Kim Ramsey is a former Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology. In her career, she has worked as an Educational Technology Specialist, an Instructional Technology Trainer and Teacher. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Technology and is a Certified Master Technology... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

12:00pm

Lunch for Student Showcase Participants
Students who are participating in the Student Showcase and their chaperones are invited to enjoy pizza and lemonade.

Wednesday February 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Riverview

12:15pm

Luncheon/Special Keynote Address - Deb Delisle
Speakers
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Deb Delisle

Executive Director, ASCD
Deborah S. Delisle is the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. During Deb's 40-year career in education, she has served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, superintendent, state superintendent... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom (Salons ABC)

2:00pm

Vendor Presentations
Our sponsors and exhibitors will be available all day to share their products and services with you.  Please stop by their tables and see what they have to offer.  Their support goes far to make the TICAL conference possible!

Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom Foyer

2:15pm

Student Showcase
Open from 10 AM to 3 PM except closed during the luncheon and keynote.

Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level

2:15pm

A Nation of Makers

My experience at the White House as a committee member for the Nation of Makers Initiative was a tremendous opportunity. I gained insights into best practices, rich pedagogical resources and a clear vision of the Maker Movement. Best of all, I saw the future: a richness of opportunities in technologies and skills. In my discussion, I will share these experiences and examine the possibilities of lifetime learning in and out of school and beyond the makerspace.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Gordon

Joel Gordon

Director of Making/CEO, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
My professional career to this point has been a winding path with many valuable discoveries along the way. I have learned from mentors, friends and associates and what I have learned is that each of us is valuable and powerful. I have learned that the job of a manager is to hire smart... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Lafayette
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture; Excellence in Professional Practice

2:15pm

Beam Me Up Scotty with Virtual Reality
Imagine being able to transport your entire classroom to a different place, time, or even inside objects with the click of a button? By using virtual reality in the classroom, these immersive learning experiences are now just a small sample of what's possible with VR today. Participants will get the opportunity to explore the various types of Virtual Realities that can easily be implemented in the classroom.

Speakers
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Tonia McMillan

Technology Coordinator, Dawson Educational Cooperative
Technology Coordinator for an educational organization that serves over 3000 teachers in the state of Arkansas.


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Technology, Networks, and Hardware
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

2:15pm

Depth of Knowledge Meets Technology
Can a technology tool have a Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level? Let’s review DOK levels and explore how they can support the integration of technology into the classroom. Some specific tools to be explored are Padlet Edcite and Kahoot!

Speakers
avatar for Julie Cobb

Julie Cobb

Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader, Fort Smith Special Schools
Julie Cobb has worked in education at both the primary and secondary levels for the past twenty-three years. She is currently a Technology Instructional Facilitator in Fort Smith Schools. She has presented at Innovation Institute in Springdale, TICAL Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

2:15pm

Digital Signage 101
Using Chrome Sign Builder and Chromebits to create digital signage in your school. Explore inexpensive ways to showcase your school with insight from the technology set up and finished product.

Speakers
avatar for Katti (Kate)  Bowen

Katti (Kate) Bowen

Assistant Principal, Conway Junior High School
Hello! I am serving the Conway Public Schools as one of our four assistant principals at Conway Junior High, which is our 8/9 campus that serves about 1500 students. I work closely with our staff and technology department on technology integration and use. I'm a Google Level 1 and... Read More →
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Adam Stroman

Technology Technician, Conway Public Schools


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

2:15pm

Hear it from a Tech Savvy Principal -- How I use Tech Tools with my Staff!
Join this tech savvy principal as he shares great ways to use and model technology with his staff. Learn tips for faculty meetings, TESS, teacher assistance teams, collaboration ideas, and management tools.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy DeFoor

Stacy DeFoor

Principal, Conway School District
Stacy currently serves as the Principal at Florence Mattison Elementary in Conway, Arkansas. He obtained his Educational Specialist degree in School Leadership, Management, and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. Stacy has served as an educational administrator... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

2:15pm

Leadership Quest: The Principal, the Most Influential Position in Education
An introduction to the multi-tiered system of support for principals throughout the state. The Quests will be delivered through facilitated Journeys during professional learning communities of principals within all the educational cooperatives. The three Quests are: In Pursuit of Teacher Excellence (Supporting Continuous Professional Growth); Maximizing Talent (Distributing and Amplifying Leadership); Journey to a Great Place to Work and Learn (Building a Culture Conducive to Learning).  Attendees will learn more in-depth information about the Journeys for each Quest and tier 2 and 3 support provided by the Quest

Speakers
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Rocci Malone

AR Leadership Development Coach, Arkansas Department of Education
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Karen Kay McMahen

Teacher Center Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative
I am privileged to serve as the teacher center coordinator for South Central Service Cooperative. I regard this role as a support line for administrators. I enjoy working with principals to solve problems in their buildings. I have spent a great deal of time supporting principals... Read More →



Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

2:15pm

Students at the Hub: Beyond 1:1 into the Differentiation, Individualization, and Personalization of Learning
Students and teachers must view learning through the lens of the end user. How do we differentiate, individualize, and personalize learning experiences? How can technology help harness the power of diversity? Consistent access to a written viable curriculum, technology tools, student voice/choice, and relationships and mentorship in learning can assist students in achieving learning goals.

Speakers
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Eric Hatch

Administrator, Springdale Schools
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Joe Rollins

Principal, School of Innovation
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Dr. Megan Slocum

Associate Superintendent, Springdale School District


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Harris Brake
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

2:15pm

Work Smarter with Evernote
Looking for ways to organize everything you need to be more productive, collaborate with teammates and get organized in both your personal and professional life? Then you need to try Evernote to create and store your own set of digital notebooks that let you take notes, make to-do-lists, store relevant documents and emails. In other words—get organized!

Speakers
avatar for Butch Owens

Butch Owens

TICAL Cadre Member, TICAL
TICAL Cadre Member


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Professional Learning
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

2:15pm

You Have Those Digital Resources. Can everyone use them?
Technology has transformed teaching and learning. Classrooms use more devices and digital resources than ever before. With this growth comes challenges – ease of use, equal access, security and more. ClassLink is a single sign-on solution that addresses these challenges - anywhere, anytime, on any device, secure access to all apps and all file sources with one login. ClassLink is the solution to ensure successful technology implementations, which drive successful student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Dunn

Colleen Dunn

Vice President of Instructional Technology, ClassLink
With ClassLink, use one username and password, "single sign-on", to gain easy access to ALL your online resources and files sources, using any device, any time, any place and collect complete usage analytics of every resource being used in your district. Also, roster quickly and... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

2:15pm

Makerspace from the Launch Pad
Come join the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub as they demonstrate what they are doing for students in North Little Rock and beyond. From creativity and design with 3D printers and laser cutters to innovation and STEM approaches to robotics and programming. Come experience a real maker space and learn how to build a similar environment in your school or district.

The Makerspace is a "drop-in" environment and will be open from 9:15 until 4 PM--except during the keynote luncheon.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Gordon

Joel Gordon

Director of Making/CEO, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
My professional career to this point has been a winding path with many valuable discoveries along the way. I have learned from mentors, friends and associates and what I have learned is that each of us is valuable and powerful. I have learned that the job of a manager is to hire smart... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 2:15pm - 4:00pm
East Concourse - Lobby Level
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

3:15pm

Vendor Presentations and Refreshments
Wednesday February 22, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm

#ARKidsCanCode------ Digitally Literate Workforce!
When all #ARKidsCanCode, Arkansas will have a 21st Century Prepared Workforce! Anthony Owen, State Director of Computer Science Education, will facilitate a discussion on Gov. Hutchinson’s Computer Science Initiative, and how it is preparing Arkansas’s students to meet the needs of modern and future workforces. This session will involve audience participation, and participants are strongly encouraged to bring an internet enabled device.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Owen

Anthony Owen

Arkansas Department of Education
Anthony Owen serves as Arkansas’s Director of Computer Science, a position housed within the Arkansas Department of Education. Owen began his career in education as a math and science teacher in 2006. From 2011 until July 2015, he served as ADE’s K-12 Mathematics and CS Speci... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Community Partnerships
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

4:00pm

Coding + Literature = Spheros in the Classroom
Spheros are small robots in the shape of a ball. They can be coded using a smartphone or tablet. Come see ways Spheros can be used as a tool for learning in the classroom.  Teach coding and literature at the same time!

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Byrd

Lisa Byrd

Teacher, Cutter Morning Star High School
Lisa is a 29 year educator who teaches English as if her life depends upon it. She has been married for almost 30 years and her three children are all over 21. Her favorite parts of teaching English are reading Shakespeare and the Hero's Journey. She is also a maker... give her a... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Technology, Networks, and Hardware; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

4:00pm

Google Classroom Integration
Paper and pencil assignments will soon be a thing of the past. This workshop addresses the growing need for technology-based assignments through the incorporation of Google Classroom and extensions. In addition, it will discuss the use of Google Classroom and extensions in professional development communities.

Speakers
avatar for Felicia Owen

Felicia Owen

Principal / Google Certified Educator, Lavaca School District
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Tracie Weaver

teacher, Lavaca School District
Tracie Weaver has been a science teacher at Lavaca High School for the last 5 years. She has presented many technology professional developments for Lavaca School District, as well as presenting at TICAL 2017, HSTI 2017/2018, Midsouth Google Summit 2017/2018, and is a coordinator... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

4:00pm

Investing in the Future: Planning a Successful Student-Led Technology Expo
A well-designed plan is needed to host a student-led technology expo. It requires a team that can work well and collaborate. This team will consist of administrators, teachers, and students excited to demonstrate how technology can enhance curriculum and instruction. The best part is that this event can be hosted and run by students! Visit with us to learn how your district can plan for a successful technology expo.

Speakers
avatar for Keena Crenshaw

Keena Crenshaw

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Jonesboro Public Schools


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Budget and Resources; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

4:00pm

Learning Blade - STEM/CTE Game Changer for Middle Schools
Come and learn why the Governor's Office and the Arkansas Department of Education, in partnership with APSRC, are offering Learning Blade for FREE to all schools across the state. Learning Blade is a unique, online STEM career-awareness system aimed at middle schools and linked to Arkansas academic standards. Results indicate that Learning Blade is doubling the number of those interested in science and engineering careers. The program also is significantly increasing the number of students who recognize that STEM skills will be useful later in life. The Learning Blade encourages students in grades 5 through 9 to consider STEM.

Speakers
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Ray Henson

STEM Curriculum Trainer, APSRC
Ray is currently contracted with the Arkansas Public School Resource Center as a consultant and trainer  specifically for the Learning Blade STEM curriculum. Ray has recently retired from the Arkansas Dept of Career Education where he worked to establish regional business and industry... Read More →
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Joshua Sneideman

VP, Learning Blade
Joshua Sneideman is Vice President of Learning Blade and the 2013 -2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz, recognized Sneideman for his efforts to increase minority participation in STEM education. A 10-year middle... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

4:00pm

Personalizing Google Tools to make Quality Decisions
Data drives quality decisions and Google has the tools you need to personalize that data. This session will show you that it's easy as well! Join me to see how the thoughtful design of the many features of Google Forms will give you some awesome data to put to work for you. Then, through add-ons, you can analyze the data, share the data with others, and put the data to use! Forms are just one tool in Google's arsenal. You will also learn how docs, sheets, and other Google tools can be utilized to make you the most productive. Take the ideas from this session and personalize them for your district.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gilley

Susan Gilley

Harrison Public Schools
Susan Gilley is a Certified Google Education Trainer who presents across Arkansas. Recognitions include School Leader finalist from EdTech Digest Awards and AAIM/ARKSTE Technology Leader of the Year. Resources are available at sgilley.com, because: It's not what you know, but what... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harris Brake
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Data and Privacy
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

4:00pm

The Refreshed ISTE Student Standards: What Every Administrator Needs to Know
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released the most recent version of its technology standards for students in June 2016. While they still emphasize skills and qualities students need to engage and thrive in a connected digital world, the refreshed standards are substantially different from earlier versions. This session offers an opportunity for participants to unpack the new standards and learn about the critical elements necessary for effective technology use in classrooms. An online agenda will be provided for use during the conference and participants will have ongoing access to all materials referenced.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Young

Susan Young

Cadre Member, TICAL
Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education. During her career, she worked in both public and private education settings. | | Today, Susan works with educators internationally... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

4:00pm

ArkansasIDEAS: Technology PD!
Do you want access to thousands of technology trainings, by industry experts...anytime...anywhere...for free? Join ArkansasIDEAS for a hands-on exploration of our new Learning Management System (LMS) and learn about access to technology training with Lynda.com at no cost to you. Bring your devices or use one of ours!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener

Education Program Coordinator, AETN-ArkansasIDEAS
Jessica Keener is the Education Program Coordinator with ArkansasIDEAS at the Arkansas Educational Television Network in Conway, Arkansas. Her role with ArkansasIDEAS is to provide professional development, both online and face-to-face, to empower educators to impact student achievement... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Manning
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

4:15pm

Vendor Presentations
Our sponsors and exhibitors will be available all day to share their products and services with you.  Please stop by their tables and see what they have to offer.  Their support goes far to make the TICAL conference possible!

Wednesday February 22, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom Foyer
 
Thursday, February 23
 

7:00am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday February 23, 2017 7:00am - 7:45am
Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Registration
Registration for those attending pre-conference workshops.  Please check in upon arrival at the hotel.

Thursday February 23, 2017 7:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Building Capacity for Tech Infusion
We all know that students need a unique set of 21st century skills to be successful, and technology integration is a huge part of that. But how do we increase the use of effective instructional technology when oftentimes there is only one technology specialist for an entire district, or none at all? This session is designed to give you the tools to create your own Technology Infusion Certification Program to help build capacity throughout your district.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Engelken

Jennifer Engelken

Instructional Facilitator, 7-12, Jonesboro Public Schools
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Kylene Lichucki

Instructional Facilitator, K-6, Jonesboro Public Schools


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

8:00am

Get Your 'Make' On! Makerspace Basics and Beyond
Now more than ever, the connection between technology and literacy is crucial. Join us as we share how a Makerspace can enhance student voice. Participants will learn about the background of Makerspaces, tools for starting one in your classroom or media center, and participate in hands-on activities from the point-of-view of a student.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Warriner

Anna Warriner

K-12 Literacy Specialist, South Central Service Cooperative
In my 20th year in education, I am passionate about promoting innovative practices. As a literacy specialist, I am able to help teachers in all content areas make the connection between reading and writing with technology. Even though it has been many years since I graduated from... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ann Womack

Jo Ann Womack

Technology Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative



Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Lafayette
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

8:00am

Google Classroom for Administrators
Engaging and time saving ways to use Google Classroom with your teachers. Learn how to model effective use of Google Classroom with your teachers and explore what professional development looks like in Google Classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Katti (Kate)  Bowen

Katti (Kate) Bowen

Assistant Principal, Conway Junior High School
Hello! I am serving the Conway Public Schools as one of our four assistant principals at Conway Junior High, which is our 8/9 campus that serves about 1500 students. I work closely with our staff and technology department on technology integration and use. I'm a Google Level 1 and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

8:00am

How Do TESS Rubrics and ISTE Standards Fit Together?
In many districts technology is playing a more and more crucial role in instruction. How can we evaluate instruction without considering how the technology is being used? Let’s begin a conversation, as instructional leaders, about how the ISTE standards could support the domains and indicators of the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS).

Speakers
avatar for Julie Cobb

Julie Cobb

Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader, Fort Smith Special Schools
Julie Cobb has worked in education at both the primary and secondary levels for the past twenty-three years. She is currently a Technology Instructional Facilitator in Fort Smith Schools. She has presented at Innovation Institute in Springdale, TICAL Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

8:00am

How to Use Tech Tools with your ELL Students
What are effective ways to use technology tools for your ELL learners? Participants will explore tools which link the core classroom, curriculum planning, and assessments for ELL learners

Speakers
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Brittany Griffith

ESOL Teacher, Conway School District
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Heather Nutt

Instructional Facilitator, Conway School District


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

8:00am

Paperless Project-Based Learning
This session will show you how to manipulate Google classroom and help mid-level students gain confidence with independent multi-faceted, cross-curricular projects. Furthermore, participants will gain insight how to grade projects with Google forms. This session will close with examples of how to include the community in student work.

Speakers
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Jena Adams

Mid Level Teacher, Cotter School District
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Maggie Davenport

Mid Level Teacher, Cotter Schools


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

8:00am

Personalizing Instruction: Exploring Harrison Advanced Learning Opportunities
Join me to learn how our district is individualizing instruction to expand opportunities for internships, allow college coursework, and build relationships through mentoring. Through 1240 waivers and now an approved conversion charter our district is working to personalize instruction and meet individual student educational needs.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gilley

Susan Gilley

Harrison Public Schools
Susan Gilley is a Certified Google Education Trainer who presents across Arkansas. Recognitions include School Leader finalist from EdTech Digest Awards and AAIM/ARKSTE Technology Leader of the Year. Resources are available at sgilley.com, because: It's not what you know, but what... Read More →
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Jay Parker

Assistant Principal, Harrison High School


Thursday February 23, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Community Partnerships
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

9:45am

Cross Curricular STEAM
Participants will learn about S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, and Engineering expressed through the Arts with applications of Mathematics). Additionally, participants will learn how STEAM can be a cross curricular program with instructional strategies for non- STEAM subject areas.

Speakers
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Zachary Lewis

Instructional Technology Specialist, Pine Bluff School District


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Ouachita
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Hidden Secrets of Google
Come learn some of the cool extensions and add-ons that Google users across the world have integrated into their everyday lives. We will explore some of the most popular tools to assist in effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity for not only in the classroom but your daily routines. In this session, you will get to experience these tips and tricks and also take away ideas to implement them in your classroom tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Canada

Lori Canada

Program Coordinator, EAST Initiative
Lori taught secondary math for 6 years in Southeast Arkansas. In her classroom, she aspired to increase student engagement and sought out new ways to integrate technology. Lori has worked at EAST Initiative three years and since has helped teachers across the state to implement project-based... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Conway
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Professional Learning
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Summit Personalized Learning
In this session, participants will receive a guided tour of Summit Public Schools' approach to personalized learning, as well as the world-class Summit Personalized Learning Platform (PLP) developed in partnership with Facebook, Inc. Participants will also get an exclusive look at the application process and the training available through Summit's onboarding program, Basecamp. Both Basecamp and the PLP itself are completely free of cost!

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Barnett

Tyler Barnett

Director, Charter School Development, Arkansas Public School Resource Center
Tyler Barnett is the Director of Charter School Development for the APSRC. A Teach For America alumnus and former high school English teacher from Memphis, his current work includes coordinating and providing strategic guidance for all state regulatory processes for open-enrollment... Read More →
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Kevin Silberberg

Superintendent, Panama-Buena Vista USD
avatar for Katherine White

Katherine White

Teacher, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
Katie White has been teaching in the Panama Buena Vista Union School District for the past 18 years. She has experience in all elementary grade levels. She has also served as a Beginning Teacher Support provider and worked on district curriculum teams. She has taken several graduate... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Grampas
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Time
  • NETS Systemic Improvement

9:45am

This Time Will Be Different
Why do some technology initiatives thrive while others are dismal failures? Several factors can be leveraged to increase the likelihood that technology-supported instruction will succeed at your site or district. Attend this session to engage in explorations of how this works. An online agenda will be provided for use during this BYOD session and participants will have ongoing access to all materials referenced.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Young

Susan Young

Cadre Member, TICAL
Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education. During her career, she worked in both public and private education settings. | | Today, Susan works with educators internationally... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Chicot
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Visionary Leadership

9:45am

Transform Your School Into an Adventure!
Come and learn how to improve student engagement, attitude, and overall experience at your school. By using conventions typically found in games and applying them to the classroom, Classcraft.com allows administrators, teachers and students to reward and be rewarded for positive behavior. Unlock your students' achievement with play. Classcraft not only helps you manage your classes, it's also a set of tools to make lessons more engaging.

A lucky attendee will receive a free one-year subscription to Classcraft, a $100 value. Must be present to win.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Abner

Tiffany Abner

Technology Integration Specialist/Teacher, Greenland School District
This is my 11th year in education and my 6th year at Greenland School District. I teach two periods a day of Career Development and the rest of the day is spent with my technology department duties. I love that I get to spend time with my students and teacher from kindergarten to... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Neosho
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

9:45am

Utilizing YouTube Editor to Personalize Learning
Learn how to utilize Youtube Editor and Youtube Capture to create videos that are free, seamlessly integrated, and practical.  Administrators will be able to create instructional and informational videos to share with their staff, students, and stakeholders.  Teachers will be able to create videos for the classroom, and students could create videos to explain their personalized learning. This process could also be used to create videos for the “flipped classroom” model.

Speakers
avatar for Ty Davis

Ty Davis

ToSA, Springdale Schools
Ty Davis is a currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Springdale Public Schools. Previously he was a special education teacher and football coach for Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. Prior to entering the field of education he worked in college athletics in various roles... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
White Oak
  • Future Ready Gears Use of Time; Technology, Networks, and Hardware
  • NETS Excellence in Professional Practice

9:45am

What's New: The Latest and Greatest Tools for Education
Missed Keturah and Susan's full workshop of this topic on Tuesday?  Join this shortened version.  You'll still explore lots of what’s new in technology including what's new in the Google Suite Tools for Education! Technology tools are constantly changing. Participants will explore the latest Google updates as well as other technology integration tools to learn how these tools can impact teaching and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gilley

Susan Gilley

Harrison Public Schools
Susan Gilley is a Certified Google Education Trainer who presents across Arkansas. Recognitions include School Leader finalist from EdTech Digest Awards and AAIM/ARKSTE Technology Leader of the Year. Resources are available at sgilley.com, because: It's not what you know, but what... Read More →
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Keturah Rush

Technology Integration Facilitator, Ed Collaborators/Monticello School District
Keturah Rush is a Technology Integration Specialist at Monticello School District in Monticello Arkansas, Certified EAST Facilitator (Environmental and Spatial Technology) and Google Education Certified Trainer. The combination of experience as an Instructional Technology Specialist... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Harris Brake
  • Future Ready Gears Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Robust Infrastructure
  • NETS Digital Age Learning Culture

11:30am

Concluding Session and Raffle
Join us for wrap up, volunteer to be part of the demo slam, and see if you will be a raffle winner!  More details to follow.

Thursday February 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Salon AB